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Beour Bay makes it a hattrick

Updated: Jun 22, 2023

Beour Bay made it a hattrick with a metropolitan win at Mornington on Monday. Zac Spain is building a great rapport with the mare, having been aboard for all three wins.

Beour Bay, TBB Racing, Shane Nichols Racing
Image Courtesy of Racing Photos

The Shane Nichols-trained four-year-old had a change of ownership between wins one and two, and the new owners are understandably enjoying the ride.

"It's nice to win a city race with her," Nichols said after the race.

"It's a good group in her, they haven't owned her very long, and she's returned them well. It's a good result all around.

"We thought she had a bit of ability all the way through. She had a couple of ownership changes, but we were keen to keep her in the stable. We didn't want to let her slide."

She started the streak with her maiden win at Wodonga over 1100m before stepping up to the 1200m at Pakenham for the final night meeting of the season. She remained at the six furlongs for the home-track win.

"Last start, she just got up on the bridle a little bit. We left her at 1200m for today, and once again, when they quickened on the corner, I thought the short-priced one would be hard to roll, but she really rallied and was pretty strong late.

"It might indicate that she might get out a little further later.

"To win three in a row, it's a credit to the staff. We've got her racing well, and Zac has been terrific on her in all three wins."

Spain and Nichols have been quite the duo, prominently combining with Streets Of Avalon.

"She's very naturally fast out of the barriers, and she gets into stride pretty quickly," the jockey said.

"I was worried at the 600m. Carlene (Hefel, riding Mrs Chrissie) put me under pressure a long way from home, and she was never picking up underneath me.

"It wasn't until she balanced up and straightened up where she pinned the ears back and really had a crack. She's as honest as they come this mare. She's racing terrific."

Spain agreed when asked if he thought the Cable Bay mare could stretch a little further in distance.

"Yeah, I think so in time. She's doing everything right at the 1200m. Eventually, she'll get out to a bit of a trip, maybe the 1400m.

"She's racing well, and she's consistent."

Beour Bay was bought for just $8,000 on an Inglis Digital Sale and has won $70,000 in prizemoney in her three starts for Nichols.

Image Courtesy of Racing Photos.


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