Linda Lovegrace when she was trained by Mark Purdon. She is now in the Kerryn Manning camp at Great Western.
Breeders Crown placegetter Linda Lovegrace is shooting for three wins on the spin in tomorrow night’s Harness Breeders Victoria Ian Daff Memorial.
The Kerryn Manning-trained four-year-old mare, who placed in a Breeders Crown final last year, is working her way through the grades, winning at Charlton and Swan Hill at her last two outings.
With 14 race wins and stakes north of a quarter of a million dollars she’s proving a handy earner.
“She’s always been very consistent,” Manning said.
“She’s been working her way through the classes but it’s getting a lot harder now.”
Linda Lovegrace has drawn barrier six over 1720m tomorrow night, a “tricky draw” according to Manning, but the punters are still likely to install her favourite.
“I might drive her a bit more quietly,” Manning said. “There looks to be a fair bit of speed on the front line.”
Polemarker Ithappenstbeametro, Chilled Desire (gate three), Wow Shes Smooth (four), Lovelist (seven), Milly Perez (eight) and Steam Washed (10) will all be in the market in what looks a tricky quaddie first leg.
IAN DAFF MEMORIAL HONOUR ROLL
2006 $15,000 Ball Gown (John Justice) FT 2100m MS 2:01.0
2007 $14,000 Apennyspent (Kerryn Manning) FT 2100m MS 1:59.4
2009 $20,000 Very Chic NZ (Kerryn Manning) FT 2100m MS 1:58.6
2010 $20,000 Pacific Charm (Lisa Miles) FT 2240m MS 1:59.1
2011 $20,000 Broadways Best (Chris Alford) FT 2240m MS 1:59.2
2012 $20,000 Yankee Dream NZ (Greg Sugars) FT 2240m MS 1:56.9
2013 $20,000 Repelem (Ryan Hryhorec) FT 1720m MS 1:53.8
2014 $20,275 Victoria May NZ (Alison Chisholm) FT 1720m MS 1:54.3
2015 $20,275 Just Cala NZ (Amanda Turnbull) FT 1720m MS 1:55.4
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