Just A Blur wins Wagga Town Plate
May 14, 2016
Just a Blur has come with a barnstorming finish down the centre to take out the feature $100,00 Wagga Town Plate on the first day of the Carnival.
The win added another feature win to her bow after winning the 2015 Goulburn Cup, 2014 Wagga Guineas and placings in the Listed 2016 Canberra National Sprint.
Racing fresh Matthew Cahill snagged her back from the wide alley and gave her time to balance up before peeling widest on straightening and showing an electric turn of foot to win by half neck on Sure and Fast ($4 fav) with Hill Spy ($6) finishing third only beaten 1/2 length in a bunched finish.
It was Cahill’s second Town Plate win after his 2006 victory on Little Shrek and also ended a 25-year drought for Barbara Joseph who trained the 1991 winner Merimbula Bay.
“It’s just wonderful, in this industry you don’t grow old, you just keep waiting for the next good horse to come along,” Joseph said.
“This one cost us $20,000. She’s a great horse, I absolutely love her.
“I spend every day with her and you just get to know that she’s something special.”
Just A Blur may now back up at next week’s Scone Cup carnival before heading to Brisbane and Cahill hopes he keeps the ride.
“We had a good run, there was speed in the race and the race panned out just how it had to for her,” Cahill said.
“It was a strong field but she had the momentum up, had a good clear run from the top of the straight and I always thought she would get there.”
“I’ve had as bit of luck on the mare before winning the Goulburn Cup and its always a great thrill to win for Barbara and Paul.”
The Town Plate victory took Just A Blur’s career earnings past $370,000.
The mother son combination had already enjoyed success earlier on with the lightly raced three year old Croix De Vie who ran out the mile strongly to break his maiden for Kayla Nisbet.
By Zane Jones