Ken Casellas | Photo Credit: Hamilton Content Creators
New Zealand-bred five-year-old Mini Mine Yet continued in her purple patch of form and notched her fourth win from her past ten starts when Emily Suvaljkjo drove her to an emphatic victory in the 2130m Northern Rivers Equine Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Mini Mine Yet, the $3.10 favourite, began speedily from barrier five and took up the running after 250m before she was challenged by $3.90 chance Mandy Joan. With a fast lead time of 35.1sec., Suvaljko wisely opted out of the speed battle and surrendered the lead to Mandy Joan.
The change of lead left the $3.20 second fancy Star Of Diamonds racing without cover. Suvaljko eased the Nathan Turvey-trained Mini Mine Yet off the pegs and into the clear approaching the home turn. Mini Mine Yet finished fast to beat the gallant Star Of Diamonds by just under a length, rating 1.57.1. Mandy Joan wilted to finish eighth.
Mini Mine Yet has had 45 starts for ten wins, 11 placings and $87,672 in stakes and is developing into a serious contender in the rich feature events for mares in the summer months.