Bacchus Marsh breeder Shannon Nixon enjoyed a sensational night at Tabcorp Park on Friday when home-bred filly Our Femme Fatale claimed the $100,000 Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final for 2YO fillies.
Trained at Ballarat by Emma Stewart, Our Femme Fatale settled midfield with polemarker Glenferrie Shuffle holding out Courageousnquick in the run to the first turn.
In an interesting tactical affair, the hot favourite Dieing Secret was sent forward within a lap to park out, with Im Smouldering following her forward to race in the open.
Chris Alford didn’t want the leader to get it easy and eased Dieing Secret three wide to occupy the breeze, giving Im Smouldering cover for the final circuit.
Racing along the back straight on the final occasion, Getya Wings Out commenced a forward move from three back in the running line, with Our Femme Fatale immediately latching to her back.
Overwhelming the pacemaker on turning, Dieing Secret went for home, with Im Smouldering switching down to the sprint lane after following her through and Our Femme Fatale launching a claim out wide with Getya Wings Out in the centre.
Finishing full of running, Our Femme Fatale prevailed by two metres over Im Smouldering, with Dieing Secret a half-metre away in third place.
Emma snared the $100,000 Vicbred Super Series Final for Two Year Old Colts & Geldings earlier in the night with outstanding colt Guaranteed in a rate of 1-57.2.
Bred and raced by Mark & Sue Thompson, Guaranteed lobbed midfield in the moving line, with the South Australian Aspiring Artist holding out Lennytheshark before handing over to Mark Purdon’s Border Control entering the straight the final time.
Brent Mangos - aboard the other Kiwi hope Major Star - had followed Border Control forward but was left in the open when he crossed to lead.
That was short-lived however as Guaranteed followed the pair to park out for the final circuit.
With Alford putting the foot to the floor approaching the home turn, the pair raced away from their rivals, with Major Star trying to keep in touch and Lennytheshark giving chase out wide on the track.
In a superb staying effort Guaranteed worried Border Control out of the race to score by a half-neck, with Lennytheshark running on strongly for third place, with Major Star a metre back fourth.
Millionaire owner Kevin Riseley - who had shared in the ownership of the two placegetters Border Control and Lennytheshark - enjoyed his magical moment when home bred filly Spidergirl captured the $50,000 Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final for juvenile trotting fillies, but not before some anxious moments when two false starts were called prior to the race getting under way
Trained by David Aiken in Avenel and driven by Chris Alford, Spidergirl wasn’t bustled from the pole, with Dora Pepperell flying away from gate six to lead.
Quickly away from the markers, Alford allowed Spidergirl to gradually slide forward and assume control within a lap.
Always travelling beautifully, Spidergirl toyed with her rivals to score by a conservative 22.6 metres from Dora Pepperell who tried valiantly to keep in touch, with the South Australian No Renege a game third albeit 13.4 metres away after racing in the open.