Horse Racing

Fashionista — “A gamble that paid off.”

Observer writer

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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“A gamble that paid off.”

That was how title-chasing trainer Anthony Nunes described the win by Fashionista in a Restricted Allowance event on Wednesday (November 14, 2018).

Fashionista, returning from a 10-month break, held off the late surge from Sergeant Reckless by a neck to win the five-furlong straight (1,000m) event – a non-winners of two race for native-bred three-year-old fillies. Fashionista after chopping splits of 22.3 and 45.0 was clocked in a final time of 58.4.

“She ( Fashionista) still has a serious injury as her tendon is lower down where she has the injury. It is a difficult hard place for them (doctors) to sound and deal with. We toyed with the idea of retiring her but because of the championship, with the owners' and trainers' battle, we kept her around,” Nunes revealed.

Nunes continued: “We actually ran here to see how well she could do and if she could come out of the race sound, we could possibly get another race into her. Certainly didn't expect her to run 58.4 seconds because she has been at sea swimming a lot. She is hot now and she is fine now but we will see how she is tomorrow (Thursday) morning that's the tell-tale sign.”

Ridden by capable apprentice, Raddesh Roman, Fashionista broke well from the number three draw and after a couple of strides, she was battling for the lead with Sergeant Reckless (Anthony Thomas).

The two went at it until leaving the dummy rails, Fashionista began to draw away from Sergeant Reckless. But with a furlong to go, Sergeant Reckless was gaining on Fashionista but Roman found extra in his charge who held on well in the end.

Queens Highway (Phillip Parchment) came on strong for third place with Fly First Class (Dane Dawkins) in fourth.

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