The saying ‘you’ll hear her before you see her’ was a reality after the fourth race at Eagle Farm on Saturday. In the middle of downpour of rain, meaning low visibility for jockeys, Georgie’s Pride made it her third straight win in 3YO Quality Handicap.
After beginning swiftly from barrier four, Jim Byrne took the three-year-old filly to the front and dogged it out with the heavily backed Mass Destruction over the final 300m.
Trainer Desleigh Forster’s cheers rang out through Eagle Farm as the filly pulled away to win by a length and a half.
“When the rain came it made it a bit awkward,” Forster said.
“But Georgie delivered.”
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The easing betting favourite made it her fifth win in six starts this campaign, with her only defeat coming at the hands of Miami Fleiss back in February.
While the Better Than Ready filly had won on a Soft 5 before and the track remained a Good 4, she hadn’t raced in heavy rain, which was a concern, but she defied the drift and seemingly relished the conditions.
“Jimmy (Byrne) said the reins slipped through his hands it was that wet,” she said.
“When she pulled he had to let her go.”
“She was going away from them in the end.”
“It was all super.”
While her preparation hasn’t been set from here on in, her ability to handle Eagle Farm and maintain a solid tempo wouldn’t see her out of place in a Stradbroke Handicap on June 12th.