CHAMPION: Tommy Berry brings Clearly Innocent up the inside to win The Country Championships Final.
CHAMPION: Tommy Berry brings Clearly Innocent up the inside to win The Country Championships Final. DAVID MOIR

Trainer’s Randwick dream turned to nightmare

RACING: Northern Rivers Racing Association chances in The Country Championships Final (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday fell well short of their competition, missing out on the finish by more than eight lengths.

Despite leading for most of the race the Jim Jarvis-trained Ultimate Dreamer finished outside the top 10 after she was bulldozed along the straight.

It was a great jump from Ultimate Dreamer but the filly did not have enough in reserve to hold off a charging field in the run home.

Stephen Lee's Profiler didn't enjoy the same start as Ultimate Dancer but found a pocket in the middle of the field but still finished more than a length behind its NRRA counterpart.

Scone trainer Greg Bennett won the $388,000 final with Clearly Innocent who defied an amazing betting drift from $2.80 to $5.50 to dash through along the inside and win with ease.

Clearly Innocent was an early short-priced favourite when the betting markets opened but with the final in sight the betting markets evened out.

Mack Griffith-trained Pera Pera firmed into $5 ahead of the barrier opening which was a just assumption of the 5yo gelding which finished second, two-and-a-half lengths behind the leader.



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