Nautical defies the odds to win Bow Mistress

Dec 19, 2017

VICTORIAN mare Nautical produced a career-best performance to score a last-stride win in the $125,000 Group 3 Bow Mistress Trophy at UBET Park yesterday.

Nautical ($13) produced a barnstorming finish to run down the favourite I Love It ($2.30) that looked set to make it consecutive wins in the weight-for-age mares classic over 1200 metres.

In a desperately close photo-finish it was a relieved trainer Nikki Burke when her mare’s number was posted in the winner’s frame on the semaphore board.

Burke was nervous before the race because the mate had not eaten any hard food since arriving in Tasmania and had lost a lot of weight.

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