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Banjup trainer Annie Belton was delighted when Lady Zegna overcame an early setback and went on to snatch a dramatic victory at Gloucester Park on Tuesday afternoon, and she has high hopes of her other four year old mare, Lady Jadore, winning the $26,000 Andy Sheahan Hall Of Fame Inductee Pace on Friday night.
Lady Jadore will start from the No. 2 barrier and will be driven by Chris Lewis, who was in the sulky when she ran home strongly from seventh at the bell to finish third behind Platinum Sparkle in the group 3 Lombardo Pace last Friday night.
“Lady Jadore won’t be hanging around,” said Mrs Belton. “I’d expect her to go to the front. I am very happy with her work, and she is doing everything right. On Friday night the two good ones (Angel In White and Fifty Five Reborn) are drawn out wide, and I think she will go well.
“I was very pleased with her last-start run when she hit the line strongly. Her heart rate was good, and she has recovered well.”
Lady Jadore has won at six of her 19 starts, and Lady Zegna is showing excellent promise and her seven starts have produced four wins and two placings. She lost six lengths when she broke into a gallop soon after the start when being restrained to take the sit behind the pacemaker Pocketfulofpepper. She was fifth at the bell and finished with a spirited burst to get up and beat Pocketfulofpepper by a neck.
Lady Jadore’s chief rival looms large as owner-trainer Shane Tognolini’s rejuvenated eight-year-old Angel In White. Angel In White, driven assertively by Emily Suvaljko, raced in the breeze before winning from Shadow Roll over 2536m last Friday night.
This week Shannon Suvaljko will drive Angel In White, with his daughter Emily choosing to drive the Nathan Turvey trained Sahara Storm, who will start from the No. 5 barrier.
Four year old Sahara Storm impressed with a strong third behind Blitzembye and Ragazzo Mach last Friday night when she finished with a solid burst from fifth, three back on the pegs, at the bell.
Baskerville trainer Ryan Bell’s five year old mare Areu Talkin, to be driven by Kyle Symington from barrier three, will have admirers after her eye-catching effort last Friday night when she was sixth in the middle stages before sustaining a spirited burst to finish second behind Platinum Sparkle.