Trainer Colin Little had promising mare Soosa Rama primed for the VOBIS Murray River Gold (1400m) and she responded at Echuca on Sunday.
The Caulfield-based trainer secured the $70,000 VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series plus a further $30,000 worth of Super VOBIS bonuses for her connections.
Little said the key to the Bel Esprit mare was getting her to the outside in the home straight. “She’s now won four races and she’s never been inside a horse in all four of those wins. We had her pretty right for today and it’s a great race to win.
Soosa Rama (4m Bel Esprit – Make My Dane by Danehill) is from a three-quarter-sister to Danehill stakes winner Springsteen and cost $40,000 as a foal from Phoenix Broodmare Farm at the 2011 Inglis Great Southern Sale.
Winning jockey Chad Schofield angled Soosa Rama off the fence approaching the home turn before she powered home for a convincing victory. “We drew the inside barrier but Colin said she was better off getting off the fence and swooping,” Schofield said. “She relaxed well and rounded them up really quickly – once in front she coasted.”
Eliza Park International champion Bel Esprit is engaged in a two-horse war with Reset for this season’s sires’ title in Victoria. He has reigned year-after-year but is $150,000 in arrears of the Darley stallion settling into the second-half of the season.