John Dunn looks over and sees Anytime just has the measure of Lilac Star. Photo: Race Images.
Inclement weather overnight left Sunday’s Nevele R Fillies heat at Mount Harding Racecourse devoid of its two biggest stars – but the race lacked for nothing as a spectacle.
Both Bettor Joy and Dizzy Miss Lizzy were withdrawn from the meeting due to the track conditions with a big assignment to come at Addington this Friday night, but promising filly Anytime stepped up and filled the void.
The Bettor’s Delight filly, owned by Ashburton’s Wendy Nordqvist, sped to the lead early in the one -mile assignment and then fought off the brave challenge of Lilac Star – who’s performance was something that had to be seen to be believed.
The Dean Taylor-trained filly galloped after 200 metres and cost herself 10 lengths, but put up a huge recovery to run a narrowly beaten second.
Anytime has now had four starts for two wins and a third and looks set to enjoy a profitable time of it in the coming weeks.
Her win extended the lead for Robert Dunn in the trainers’ premiership to four over Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen.