Better races await Blink


Speedy three-year-old filly Blink bounced back onto the winner's list when she led from start to finish to easily win the $30,000 Book Your MVRC XMAS Party Handicap (1200m) at Moonee Valley last night.

The Danny O’Brien-trained filly pinged the gates to cross the field from barrier 10 under the guidance of James Winks.

From that point on, the race turned into a procession as Blink quickened too brilliantly for her rivals in the final two furlongs.

“She’s a little beauty, she just does everything right and she has done it since day one,” Winks said.

“She did it again tonight, she was infront after 50 metres which is always a bonus with the rail out seven metres.

“At the 600 metre mark, I kicked her into the bridle and she gave me a little bit so I thought ‘I can wait a little bit now because I know your going to give me something when I go for you’ and that’s the way it was,” he added.

Blink defeated the Lee Freedman pair of Belle Chantecler by a half length with Follonica a further short head away from the winner.

Belle Chantecler raced outside the leader the entire trip from the outside alley while Dwayne Dunn on Follonica decided to stick to the rails and picks runs through the field.

After winning impressively at Geelong Synthetic on debut (pictured above), Blink failed to handle the slow going at Flemington at her second start.

Winks, who has ridden the filly at all three starts, was relieved to see her return to form this evening.

“I’ve always had a very good opinion of her.”

“It’s pleasing to come to the races tonight and get the win, knowing it was the wet track the other day and we can push on.”

Danny O’Brien Racing's Bloodstock Manager Karl Brown suggested post-race that Blink may contest a stakes race restricted to her age and sex over the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Blink was purchased for $90,000 from the draft of Yarraman Park Stud at last year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

She has raced three times for two wins with her prizemoney currently standing at $25,838.

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