Lords delighted with Punter’s Bandit after gutsy Six-Hundy win

Punter's Bandit wins Summer Six-Hundy Final
Handler Paul Mills (centre) celebrates a come-from-behind win with Punter's Bandit for Jodie and Andy Lord in the Summer Six-Hundy Final at Gosford. (Picture: The Dogs)

Handler Paul Mills' reaction said it all after Punter's Bandit saluted in the Summer Six-Hundy Final at Gosford on Saturday night.

The two-year-old went on to triumph by three-quarters of a length in the 603m race worth $34,100.

Kennelmates Grim Madara and made up the trifecta for Jodie and Andy Lord.

But when Punter's Bandit was more than a dozen lengths off the lead at the halfway point, victory for the $4.20 winning chance looked unlikely.

That was why Mills let out a yell of pleasant surprise when the talented bitch crossed the line in first place.

This relief was echoed by co-trainer Andy Lord.

“That was a massive effort as she had to make up around 15 lengths from the halfway mark,” he told The Dogs after the race.

2023 Summer Six-Hundy Final – Punter's Bandit (1st)

Punter's Bandit will now head to Melbourne for The Rookie Rebel over 600m at this Saturday night.

And despite drawing box eight for the feature, Lord said she would be hard to beat after coming back to win in such fine fashion from box six on the Central Coast.

“She has box eight and will be awfully hard to beat from that draw, especially as she has had a look at The Meadows over the 600m trip,” he said.

Earlier in the night, the Punters HQ syndicate and the Lords started off a memorable night when She's A Pearl prevailed in the inaugural running of the .

Starting from the five box, the champion bitch and $1.45 favourite trailed Ron Asquith's after the first turn.

But she displayed her renowned turn of foot on the back straight, going on to salute by four lengths in a lightning-fast time of 29.11 seconds over the 515m distance.

It was her fastest time at Gosford, impressing her trainers.

“Although she didn't go straight to the front tonight I don't think She's A Pearl has lost any of her early zip,” Lord said.

“It's just that she has not quite worked out the Gosford starting boxes yet.”

Only 21 minutes after She's A Pearl's win, Canya Smoke Them gave the Lords another success.

The two-year-old registered an all-the-way victory at his middle-distance debut in a 603m fifth-grade race, the $1.85 favourite crossing the line in 34.37 seconds.

And in another highlight on a great night of racing, French Martini led throughout to win her 603m fifth-grade race, crossing the line in 34.33 seconds.

French Martini will also compete in The Rookie Rebel this weekend.

She will then go back to 520m, with trainer Peter Lagogiane aiming her at the Group 1 Golden Easter Egg at Wentworth Park.

“French Martini has drawn the cherry in The Rookie Rebel, which is great,” Lagogiane said.

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