Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing
New Zealand-bred mare Booraa is a model of consistency for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, and she kept up the good work when she set the pace for Ryan Warwick and held on to win by a half neck from the fast-finishing McArdles Gem in the 2130m Bridge Bar Open This Sunday Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Booraa, the hot favourite at $1.10 from the No. 1 barrier, had an easy time in front with a slow lead time of 39.3sec. followed by quarters of 32.7sec., 30.4sec. and 29.9sec. before covering the final 400m in 28.4sec.
McArdles Gem ($11) raced in third position, three back on the pegs, before charging home with a late burst, with Zazu ($3.70) wilting to finish third, two lengths behind McArdles Gem, after trailing the leader all the way.
Booraa is by Mach Three and is the first foal out of the Live Or Die mare My Baby’s Laughing, who won four minor races from 15 starts in New Zealand. Booraa won at three of her 13 New Zealand starts and now has had 17 starts in WA for five wins and seven placings to improve her career record to 30 starts for eight wins, 11 placings and stakes of $70,752.