Osborne's mare breaks Duck in Drought Breaker
Those spoils became even larger after the mare was eligible for a Vobis Gold bonus, which meant connections walked away with a cool $33,250 after the mare's overdue maiden success.
With 400 starts between the fourteen runners, Dancing Duck was the sixth most experienced runner in the race, whiles placegetter's Smart Promise at start twenty-nine and Bless The Fleet in race number twenty-eight will have to wait for another day.
Sent out a drifting second favourite in fourth race on the program, rider Jake Duffy bided his time before the Von Costa de Hero mare rounded her rivals up with contempt, to suggest her long awaited first win may not be her last.
“As harsh as it might be, some of these horses have had a few goes so they probably aren’t going to be that strong late when they do run at a strong tempo,” Duffey explained post-race.
“I know this horse more a less wants ten furlongs, so I was happy to find a rhythm out the back and knew she was going be strong through the line when probably the others weren’t.
“I know she’s had a few goes before she’s won her maiden, but the way she won today it would actually suggest she might win another couple of races on the back of that performance, especially over 10 furlongs.”
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The win would have come as a delight to Benalla-based trainer Russell Osborne who also bred the four-year-old. She had been a runner-up in three of her past four outings leading up to Sunday’s deserving win.
“It’s good when you get a horse up and they are consistent, even though she’s had a lot of starts but it’s nice when they go to the races and are consistent for you,” Osborne said.
“We will get back out over 2000 metres with her and get her rolling.
“With the prizemoney on offer it was too hard to pass up coming back to the distance.”
Dancing Duck has now won a total of $73,548 in prizemoney.
Osborne also runs Riverbank Farm Stud at Benalla, where Dancing Duck’s stallion Von Costa de Hero is one of seven stallions on his roster.
Other stallions include Black Caviar’s half-brother Prince of Caviar.