Dec 30, 2018
There is always that added bit of pressure when sending out an odds-on favourite but, as Reid Balfour said at Bairnsdale on Friday "the horses don't read the paper!"
We had two such short priced favourites at the meeting and fortunately both won in the style expected of their tight quotes, the first of those being Angel Lass who could not have been more impressive breaking her maiden at just her fourth start.
Coming off a tough run at Moonee Valley and before that a gallant Sandown second, the daughter of the late Hinchinbrook look nicely placed in the 1000m contest and, despite a tardy start, was always travelling like the winner.
Sliding through to share the lead with second favourite Realign, Angel Lass left that horse standing at the turn, kicking three lengths clear strengthening and extending on that margin as she neared the line, saluting by a soft 4 1/4 lengths.
Delighted with the strength of the victory, Balfour said that he is looking forward to seeing Angel Lass head to town over the summer months - "she will be hard to beat as she goes through the classes, especially now as she has that winning feeling."
In-form visiting jockey Martin Seidl, who coped very well with the soaring temperatures, said that he was always confident - "Realign tried to go with her but she was always on more gears than him and when I came into the stretch I only had to say go."
"Her Sandown run was very good and she was a bit unlucky at Moonee Valley - we came here today to win and I rode her like that."
Purchased at the 2017 Inglis Classic Sale by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, Angel Lass is the second runner and winner for the winning Tale Of The Cat mare Angel Of Avalon.
Also dam of the city placed five times winner Fox Tales, Angel Of Avalon - daughter of the US stakes winner Sunriseontheoasis - produced a Your Song colt in October; at her two previous years at stud producing a colt and filly by The Factor.
Angel Lass is a descendant of Flaring Top whose Canadian Oaks winning daughter Flaming Page produced the legendary racehorse and stallion Nijinsky II.