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A punctured sulky tyre proved a serious impediment to Black Jack Baby in the $30,000 Daintys Daughter Classic at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, and reinsman Chris Voak said that the star filly had an excellent chance to atone for her unlucky fourth behind Captains Beachbabe by winning the Garrard’s Horse And Hound Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

“The off-side tyre punctured with a lap to go; it was right on the winning post, and she did remarkably well to finish where she did,” said Voak.

“When the tyre popped there was a loud bang and she got scared and overraced terribly. It was a very good effort to run where she did. It’s not easy to carry a flat for a thousand metres.”

Black Jack Baby had begun speedily from the No. 6 barrier and set the pace in Monday’s event in which she was still in front until the final few strides. She finished fourth, a half-length behind the winner Captains Beachbabe, who beat Rumour Has It by a short half-head, with Joelene finishing a close third.

“Black Jack Baby crossed (to the front) easily enough at Pinjarra and I think she can cross from the outside in the field of seven on Friday night,” Voak said. “However, we have options, and I will discuss tactics with Shane (trainer Shane Quadrio).”

Black Jack Baby, with a wonderful record of 12 wins, five seconds and one third from 25 starts for earnings of $189,889, deserves favouritism on Friday night when her clash with Captains Beachbabe (four wins from 15 starts for $43,429) should be one of the highlights of the nine-event program.

Captains Beachbabe, trained by Nathan Turvey and to be driven by Emily Suvaljko, will start from the No. 1 barrier for the fourth time in her career, and strangely she has finished out of the top four the three previous times she has started from the inside barrier.

She has raced without cover at four of her past five starts, including in Monday’s race when she revealed good fighting qualities to get to the front in the final couple of strides.

Also producing splendid efforts were Rumour Has It and Joelene.

Rumour Has It, trained by Debra Lewis and driven by Chris Lewis, finished powerfully from eighth at the bell to finish second, while Joelene ran home strongly from sixth with a lap to travel.

Written by Ken Casellas | Photo Credit: Hamilton Content Creators