Brilliant stayer Blue Lorian ($3.20fav) bought up the sixth Group win of his career with an outstanding victory in the Group 2 Macro Meats Zoom Top over 725 metres at The Meadows last Saturday night.
Trained by Peter Whye, the son of Surf Lorian and Winsome Bluebird missed the start from box one, but quickly mustered enough speed to sit on the pace with a lap to travel. Despite Group 1 champ So Seductive ($4.50) sitting hot on his heels, Blue Lorian found the front down the back, stopping the clock at 29.85 for the third sectional.
With enough fuel in the tank, Blue Lorian raced away from So Seductive in the home straight, holding off the fast-finishing Lady Arko ($12.50) by one and three quarter lengths in 42.53. The Kel Greenough-trained So Seductive was a further half-length away in third.
The win was Blue Lorian’s sixth Group race victory and third at The Meadows – a track where he has won all five of his starts over the half-mile journey. Handler Brendan Wheeler said that Blue Lorian again highlighted his chasing quality.
“What else can you say about old “Herbie”. This dog tries his hardest every time he steps out. The Meadows has been a dream track for him, and he seems to go around at great odds every time. The guys back home at the local pub keep buying me beers because I keep tipping them Blue Lorian, who just keeps winning.”
Blue Lorian has now won 27 of his 58 race starts, with prizemoney pushing past $340,000. He will now be set for the Group 1 Macro Meats Superstayers heats next Saturday night.
Blue Lorian is a Blue dog whelped December 2007 by Surf Lorian from Winsome Bluebird (Lansley Bale x Winsome Duchess). He raced and trained by Peter Whye at Narellan in New South Wales. He has now won 27 races and been placed on 21 occasions from his 58 starts. The Zoom Top first prize of $30,000 brings his overall prizemoney to $340,750.
Winning time and sections for the Zoom Top were 42.53, 5.06(2), 16.24(2) and 29.85(1). After the placings the runners finished in the following order: Bobby Boucheau ($4.50), Slick Lee ($42.70), Pillow Torque ($4.50), Jarvis Bale ($35.60) and Nellie Noodles ($13.40).
Listed below are the past winners of the Zoom Top.
2003 Tears Of Jupiter, 2004 Irinka Barbie, 2005 Rocky, 2006 Slick Galore, 2007 Miss Grub, 2008 Miss Brook, 2009 Gunnadoo Magic and 2010 Drill ‘Em.