Racing: Mares' features goal for Here We Go Again

Bronson Munro flourishes the whip after guiding Here We Go Again to a win in in track record time at Forbury Park last night. Photo by Jane Dawber.
Bronson Munro flourishes the whip after guiding Here We Go Again to a win in in track record time at Forbury Park last night. Photo by Jane Dawber.
Here We Go Again has bigger challenges on the horizon after her comfortable track-record win at Forbury Park last night.

The daughter of Mach Three took over the lead with just over a lap to go in the junior drivers event, and was never tested to any great degree, slicing 0.5 of a second off Anvils Never Easy's 2200m mares' time of 2.41.9 set in 2010.

Trainer Jamie Gameson is mapping out a plan for the 4yr-old mare but is conscious the Harness Jewels may be beyond her this season, after the 4yr-old division was expanded to include 5-yr-olds.

''It's a lot tougher this year with the 5-yr-olds in there, having to take on Better Cover Lover and the others,'' he said.

A race for 0-3w mares at Winton next Saturday appeals for Here We Go Again, Gameson said.

From there, the daughter of New Zealand Cup winner Kym's Girl will be aimed towards the mares' features in Canterbury in February.

A gut feeling encouraged co-trainer Geoff Knight to hold on to Rock Of Tara, who won the opening event, a 2200m 0w mobile pace.

''Ian Munro sent him to us to train for a syndicate and he didn't really front up,'' Knight said.

Munro came to collect Rock Of Tara along with another horse, but when Munro arrived with the float, Knight had a change of heart.

''We said, maybe we'll keep him, so he leased him to us.''

The Knights collected a double when Expressionist led up and won a 1-2w mobile pace, holding off late runs from Lively Tintara and Rockin Cullen to pace the 2200m in 2.45.9.

Mum Beat Lyall showed a nice turn of foot in the feature trot of the night, downing Commander Jewel with an inside run on a closing 400m of 29.8sec. Commander Jewel was relegated from second to seventh after causing interference to Whitney (sixth) at the 850m mark.

Dominance continues
Bettor Cover Lover continued her dominance of the nation's mares in the group 1 Queen of Hearts at Alexandra Park last night.

The Bettor's Delight-Front Cover Lover mare led from her gate of one. After she threatened to switch off last week, trainer-driver Brent Mangos let her loose with 400m to go, carving out the last quarter in 26.5sec to beat Tatijana Bromac and Elusive Chick.

- Matt Smith