Coffs Harbour apprentice jockey Allan Chau returns to the mounting yard after saluting the judges with his mount Spirit of Shin
Coffs Harbour apprentice jockey Allan Chau returns to the mounting yard after saluting the judges with his mount Spirit of Shin

Hannahharry gives supporters a fright

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

EXCITING photo finishes weren't just the domain of the great race at Flemington yesterday.

Hannahharry flew down the outside fence on the heavy track in the Lakes Estate Fillies and Mares Maiden Plate to just edge out a tiring Pretty I'm Not by a head.

The Brahms filly didn't get off to the best of starts in the 804m dash but once she found the better going with only half a furlong left to travel it looked like it was all over bar the shouting . . . until the exciting three year old suddenly decided that she no longer wanted to run in a straight line past the post and darted back towards the middle of the track costing it a couple of lengths in the running.

"When she was coming down the straight and we were 100m out she spotted that big umbrella and she run in," winning hoop Wayne Wheatley explained of the tense final moments.

"I thought 'Oh look out, she's going to throw it away here' but she had the momentum up and was on the better part of the track."

Wheatley's massive experience on the Coffs track in rain affected conditions may just have been the difference between Hannahharry breaking her maiden or not.

"When it rains here, it's a matter with all of them that whatever goes through it and whatever gets out wide wins the race," he said.

"I was surprised that no-one else came out wide. Racing on the inside here is just suicidal, if you're not on the outside fence you may as well not even turn up, there's that much difference."



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