Eloping rushes away with the gold

THERE were plenty of pundits, including her track rider, who  thought Eloping was looking for the paddock after failing at Flemington last start.

However, her co-trainers Peter Morgan and Craig Widdison were not among them and they were proven correct with the filly running out an easy winner of the $250,000 VOBIS Gold Rush (1000metres) at Bendigo on Saturday.

''We’d been told by our track rider for a fortnight that she was over the top and we were stupid running her,'' Morgan said.

''She hasn’t had a day of lameness and has always eaten the bin out and the owner wanted to run.''

The race was as good as over shortly after the start, with Eloping beginning smartly to find the lead from stablemate Lady Trickster, with $2.4 million debutant Wilderness coming across from his wide gate to be further out.

However, on straightening, Damien Lane slipped Eloping ($2.70) a little rein and she skipped right away, to win by six flengths rom Jarklin ($14),  who ran on strongly over the final 200 metres.

''She’s a gem to ride and went she let rip on the corner I knew something would have to be very smart to get past her,'' Lane said.

The only disappointment for Morgan was that Lady Trickster ($71) could not quite hold on for second, ''because I had a big quinella'', he quipped.

Although Wilderness ($2.4 favourite) tired back in fourth placing, jockey Stephen Baster was not overly disappointed.

Baster said he had pushed forward after drawing a wide gate but it had not suited the son of Fastnet Rock.

''I don’t think that is the way to ride him,''’ Baster said. ‘''He’s a nice horse but definitely not a jump and runner and we’ve been just trying to rush him.''

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