The $200,000, Group 3, Daily Press Nivison (1200m) on Saturday’s Randwick program in Sydney witnessed Positive Peace (by Stratum) enhance her long-term breeding credentials with a second black-type win from 22 starts.
Successful in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) at the backend of March, the 5-year-old racemare had struggled in elite fillies and mares company in a handful of starts since, but relished the Heavy 8 conditions when holding on in determined fashion to record a slender win.
Ridden in the 'one-one' by Josh Parr, the Bjorn Baker trained galloper wrested the lead away from long-time leader Sweet Deal with 200 metres to negotiate before fighting on doggedly for a very game win.
Wandabaa (by Wandjina) rattled home late in the straight to finish second, ahead of Godolphin’s Athiri (by Lonhro) in third.
A very satisfied Bjorn Baker, the winning trainer, voiced after the win: “It was a super result. She is a class mare.
“She’s won eight of 21 [before today] and a Group 2 on a wet track, so I couldn’t believe the price today — not that I worry about that.
“Louise and Steve Gillard have been great owners of mine and it’s great to see her back.”
Baker nominated the $500,000 Hot Danish in two weeks time as Positive Peace’s next assignment.
Discussing his winning ride, Josh Parr remarked: “I was very keen to be positive on her, especially coming from the 1600m [at her previous outing] to the 1200m.
“I needed her fitness to be her best asset. Racing on [the] speed was vital.
“We got a nice clear run, nice clear air and she was brilliant.”
Positive Peace won by a Neck, with 1¼L separating second and third.
SPs on the race were Positive Peace $16.00, Wandabaa $5.50 equal-favourite and Athiri $6.00.
Winning Time was 1m10.69s (last 600m in 35.90s) on a Heavy 8.
Positive Peace races in the colours of Louise and Steve Gillard and now boasts a record which reads nine wins and four 2nds from 22 starts for $507,465 in earnings.
Josh Parr with Positive Peace, picture Sportpix.com.au
What the beaten jockeys said:
Nash Rawiller (Sweet Deal): “I thought she was very gallant in the conditions. Well before the corner, although she travelled she wasn’t handling it. It was a pretty gallant run considering she wasn’t handling it.”
Jason Collett (Evalina): “Copped a lot of kick back. She didn’t like it and wasn’t able to finish it off.”
Sam Clipperton (Jen Rules): “She doesn’t show any speed in those conditions and we were no hope where we were positioned.”
Regan Bayliss (Seasons): “She likes a bit of sting out of the ground but not that much. Her wheels started spinning from the 600m onwards.”
Tommy Berry (Wandabaa): “Honest, tough run.”
Robbie Dolan (Blazing Miss): “It was too heavy for her. She has won on heavy before but in weaker company. I couldn’t get her to travel today.”
Rachel King (Athiri): “Huge run. She is just so tough. She didn’t enjoy that track at all but doesn’t know how to run a bad race.”
Tom Sherry (Tricky Gal): “Ran really well. Hope to get another one with her.”
Tim Clark (Insensata): “She ran OK considering she was first up.”