Beret Juggernaut Rolls on
Oakland Park Stud’s Beret continued her hot run of form, bringing up her 4th consecutive win in the Group 3 La Trice Classic at Ascot on New Year’s Day.
Ridden once again by Clint Johnston-Porter, Beret was put into the perfect position by WA’s most inform jockey, settling off a solid pace set by last years winner of the race Dance Music.
In last years race, Dance Music was able to set a solid tempo then kick clear in the straight, however she wouldn’t have things quite so easily this time, with Johnston-Porter quietly stalking the leaders throughout.
Once they entered the straight, Johnston-Porter made his move on Beret and 200 meters from home the race was all over with Beret going on to record another black type victory for the daughter of Helmut, bringing her race record to seven wins, eight seconds, and five thirds from 26 starts with earnings of $393,650.
After the race Durrant stable representative Jason Miller commented when asked how she has gone from being a bridesmaid to winning four in a line. “She is in a good spot, and when you get these mares in form they can hold it,” Miller said.
“She’s gone to another level this prep, and it’s good to see for all the owners.
“Clint gave her a peach. A ten out of ten ride and he is riding so well, which everyone can see.”
Earlier in the day, Oakland Park bred The Front Bar looked also looked destined to win four in a row in the Listed Summer Scorcher over 1000m, only to be gunned down on the line by a fast finishing Miss Conteki.
Racing in the WA for possibly the last time after being sold to Melbourne interests, it took a 32:81 last 600 to bring The Front Bar’s winning streak to an end, but the 3YO daughter of Sessions goes to the stables of Tony and Calvin McEvoy in form and full of promise.
Over at Flemington earlier the same day, Oakland Park bred Not To Be Missed finished 3rd in the listed Chester Manifold Stakes over 1400m, having won its previous start at Flemington two weeks earlier.
The previous day at Belmont on December 30, Oakland Park’s Via Monte overcome pre-race drama to break through for his maiden win first up over 1000m for trainer Danny Morton.