Walk Hard (5) has scored a thoroughly deserved victory in the Group 2 Lion Quality Products Warragul Cup on Friday night. The race favourite, Black Magic Opal (7), was the best away and quickly shot to a one length lead over Paw Licking (1). At this stage Walk Hard (5) was up in third after a decent beginning from the unfavourable draw.
Negotiating the turn, Paw Licking elected to switch to the outside of Black Magic Opal, leaving Walk Hard with some room along the rail. As the field turned into the home straight, it was Paw Licking that got to the lead, with Black Magic Opal dropping back into the field.
It was then a race between Walk Hard and Paw Licking down the home straight. After running down Paw Licking last week, there was no doubt that Walk Hard could repeat that effort. He gave himself the space and unleashed a withering finishing burst to run away with the win by one and three quarter lengths in 25.60. Evie’s Entity rattled home for second, with Paw Licking third. Black Magic Opal crossed the line in sixth.
The win is a just reward for Nicole McRae and Walk Hard. Hopefully he pulls up well from the run and we see him in the Healesville Cup heats in early February.