This year’s running of the Group 2 Schweppes All Stars Sprint at Cannington saw Queenslander, Queen Lauryn, take out the race in an entertaining affair.
After being very unlucky to miss out on a berth in the Group 1 Topgun run earlier in the night, Tony Brett sent his star performer to Perth instead, in order to chase the $40,000 first prize.
With a final that consisted of a very good crop of local chasers, Silk Moon was supported strongly in betting before the race, after qualifying fastest with a six and a half length win in 30.23sec last week.
Queen Lauryn could only manage 30.37sec in winning her heat and hence was sent out at lucrative odds of $2.60, with punters thinking she may have trouble crossing from box seven.
Joanne Monelli was always going to be a chance when drawing box one this week, after defeating another Queenslander in Elma Fud, to clench her berth in the final from box eight. The other heat winners included Flying Shambi for Graham Berry and former Victorian, Stoner Bale who both looked likely to need clear runs from awkward draws.
As it happened, it was the box manners of Stoner Bale moving towards the rail, that allowed both Queen Lauryn and Silk Moon the space to muster forward after beginning fairly, in an attempt to catch early leader, Joanne Monelli.
By the time they had reached the top turn, the three favourites had well and truly pulled away, with Queen Lauryn drawing level in the lead and Silk Moon camped behind. But once on the bunny, the mighty black chaser showed why she’s regarded as one of the best bitches in Australia.
After slashing away in the concluding stages, Queen Lauryn stopped the clock at 30.10sec setting a new race record. Her winning margin of almost eight lengths was a great effort, considering she was behind for most of the journey. Silk Moon grabbed second place ahead of Joanne Monelli, who both would have lost no admirers with their runs.
The daughter of Token Prince and Cheeky Sprite will be turning four in December, this victory takes Queen Lauryn’s overall earnings to $270,000 for the Hawkins Family Syndicate.