(By John Jenkins)
Bronte Beach produced an outstanding performance to win the maiden two-year-old race at today’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, recovering remarkably after almost falling on the point of the home turn.
The Reliable Man filly settled second last in the early stages of the 1200m event, while Cinzento and Platinum Spirit went head-to-head at break-neck speed in front.
Jockey Dylan Turner went to improve Bronte Beach with 500m to run but had to check her back to last when things got tight in front. He then angled for another gap as the field rounded the home bend but she clipped the heels of the weakening Platinum Spirit and stumbled badly, almost unseating the rider.
The incident would have put paid to the chances of most horses but Bronte Beach was able to quickly regain her momentum and showed an electrifying turn of foot in the final 200 metres to charge clear for a 3-1/2 length win over Lethal, who just managed to head off third placed Seven Seas.
Race favourite Cinzento, who set a torrid pace with Platinum Spirit until the home turn, weakened to finish fourth.
Bronte Peach is prepared by Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh and was having her second start, following a debut fifth over 1230m at Rotorua on a fortnight ago. She is raced by prominent thoroughbred owner-breeder Kevin Hickman and is out of the Stravinsky mare Bronte Lass, who was the winner of five races and four of them were at 1600m.