IT’S A Bird has scored her maiden group 1 triumph, taking out the Bold Trease (715m) on Friday night at Sandown Park for trainer Wayne Vassallo.
Starting from box one, the daughter of Hondo Black and It’s A Blur was able to push through to take the lead soon after box rise and from that point onwards was never behind another runner, defeating the strong finishing Jaimandy Hatty (box six) by three and one quarter lengths on the line.
Ramifications ran an honest race to finish third, but all honours were with the winner which clocked a slick 41.89 over the gruelling half-mile trip.
“She drew well, we had a bit of luck last week in the heat and got through and the two gave her a bit of room, pushed up, led and she was just too strong,” said an elated Wayne Vassallo after the race.
“Probably half way down the back I thought she is just going to keep kicking.
“She just kept battling away and they just couldn’t get to her.”
The fawn stayer (pictured winning her heat last week) has now won 17 of her 46 career starts, including her last three in a row, while Friday’s winner’s cheque took her career earnings to a sizeable $133,864.