Five-year-old mare Radiant Amber, unplaced at her previous eight starts and with a losing sequence of 15, caused an upset at Gloucester Park on Sunday night when she was a $27 outsider from out wide at barrier seven in the group 3 $30,000 Allwood Stud Farm The Lombardo Pace.
It was a flying start which paved the way for her comfortable victory over Miss Limelight ($13) and Bettor Get It On ($1.65).
Urged forward by Aiden de Campo, the Ryan Bell-trained Radiant Amber began speedily and crossed to the front after 150m before she settled and coasted through the opening quarters of the final mile in 31.8sec. and 30.6sec. before dashing over the final 400m sections in 29.2sec. and 28.9sec.
Owned by Bell’s wife Tiffany Sharpe, Radiant Amber is by American sire Betterthancheddar and is out of the New Zealand-bred mare Elsu Sheila, who earned $67,458 from nine wins and 15 placings from 48 starts. Radiant Amber now has raced 58 times for eight wins, 17 placings and earnings of $93,654.
“We gave her a good chance tonight,” said Bell. “Aiden and I were pretty confident she could cross (to the lead) and take catching. And everything fell in her way. She follows Shockwave every day, but comes to the races and doesn’t put in. Hopefully, that getting to the front, getting it easy and winning softly will give her a bit of a boost.”
Written by Ken Casellas | Photo Credit: Hamilton Content Creators