Lamia Bale recorded her second Group victory within the space of 10 days when she took out this afternoon’s Group Two Laurels Classic at Sandown Park.
Drawn in box six, the brindle daughter of High Earner and Maple Bale began well before being outpaced by the speedy Lady Ronray (7) who assumed the lead around the first turn.
As Lady Ronray crossed to the fence racing through the catching pen, Lamia Bale was checked and lost ground, but was still able to hold onto second ahead of Kerrigan Bale (4) racing down the back.
Despite setting up a sizeable break as she neared the home turn, Lady Ronray started to get a little weary, enabling the super strong Lamia Bale to hook to her outside turning for home and dash by her in the run to the line.
Lamia Bale scored by just over half a length at the finish in a quick 29.45. Lady Ronray held on for second while Kerrigan Bale ran third.
Trained by Steve Collins, Lamia Bale has now won 11 races from 35 starts with a further 11 minor placings. It was a remarkable effort from the 27.5 kilogram bitch which has faced the starter five times in the past 17 days.
On the fourth of December, Lamia Bale won a heat of the Group Three Sir John Dillon Memorial over 595 metres at Sandown Park. She then returned the following Sunday to register a win in her heat of the Laurels over the 515 metre sprint.
On the 11th, Lamia Bale returned to the middle distance to record a victory in the Group three feature, before running second in her Laurels semi- final three days later.
With seven days off to refuel her engine, Lamia Bale showed terrific speed and stamina today, stamping herself as one of the toughest and most consistent bitches in Australia.