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West Australian-bred four-year-old Alta Cinderella continued her march towards the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic on November 26 with a devastating all-the-way victory in the Garrard’s Here On Track Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Gary Hall jnr roused her from the No. 1 barrier at the start to ensure that she set the pace. She responded but pulled hard for the first 400m before she relaxed and enjoyed her pacemaking role.
After a solid lead time of 36.5sec. Alta Cinderella, the $1.40 favourite, covered the opening quarter of the final mile in 30.7sec. before she dashed over the following 400m sections in 28.5sec., 28.3sec. and 29.5sec. She rated 1.56 over the 2130m in winning by three lengths from $23 chance Diamond Dove, who trailed her throughout. Sagano ran home solidly from seventh at the bell to finish third.
Alta Cinderella has won at five of her past six starts and has a record of 15 starts for nine wins and one second placing for earnings of $51,554. By Alta Christiano, she is the second foal out of the Art Major mare Funzova (34 starts for eight wins, ten placings and $53,938).
“She was outstanding,” said trainer Gary Hall snr. “She’s definitely on track for the Mares Classic. She is one of the best mares here and the 2536m of the big race won’t bother her. She is actually better, sat-up. If they go hard, she will pelt home.”