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Debuting filly wins Harness 5000

  • Fri, 16 Feb 2018
  • Matt Markham
Bardot and Tim Williams scoot up the passing lane to win the Harness 5000 on debut. Photo: Race Images

Bardot and Tim Williams scoot up the passing lane to win the Harness 5000 on debut. Photo: Race Images

Brendon Hill’s got a problem, but for once it’s a good one.

The North Canterbury horseman produced a masterful training performance to not only produce the quinella in the Listed $40,000 Harness 5000 at Addington, but for good measure he produced a three-year-old filly to win it on debut - a rare feat indeed.

And while he wasn’t surprised that Bardot was able to run up the lane and beat his in-form pacer, Acuto, Hill had to admit that he wasn’t sure if she would be able to do it.

“You have horses like her at home and they give you a good feel and then do nice things at the workouts and trials but going to race day for the first time is a whole new ball game,” Hill said.

“I’ve always liked her, there’s no doubt about that.

“But I think that performance just showed how good she actually is.

“Acuto is a good horse too, and he’s got ringcraft and experience on his side.”

A daughter of Stunin Cullen and former Nevele R Fillies Stakes winner Hemisphere, Bardot is raced by John Higgins, who also raced the dam, along with Bruce Martin, Andrew Patterson and Maria Murrell, who were all on hand to witness the win.

“I’ve got Ricky May to thank for getting me the horse, he was the one who told John to send her to me.

“The only condition was the Ricky was the driver, but he wanted to drive Acuto tonight.”

Tim Williams handled the driving duties on the three-year-old filly and managed to get her into the lane at the top of the straight where she burst through to win impressively from her stablemate.

But now Hill has that problem.

Bardot will cop a decent amount of rating points for the victory and that limits options for the immediate future.

The Southland Oaks is a serious option, but to get there they’d need to have at least two starts down South.

“In an ideal world I’d back right off her now, but we might have to see what’s available because the Oaks would be perfect for her.”

Acuto was a brave second after working hard to get to the lead at the 500 metre mark while the Terry and Glenys Chmiel pair of Dibaba and Liberal Arden filled the next two placings.