Mamwaazel Scores Narrow 2015 Belle Of The Turf Stakes Victory

January 10th, 2015

Hoop Glyn Schofield scored two race wins at Gosford Racecourse on Friday, including the feature race – Group 3 Belle Of The Turf Stakes (1600m).

Mamwaazel (seen here in the Hyland Race Colours Handicap) narrowly won the Belle Of The Turf Stakes at Gosford on Friday.

Mamwaazel (seen here in the Hyland Race Colours Handicap) narrowly won the Belle Of The Turf Stakes at Gosford on Friday. Photo by Steve Hart.

Just eight fillies and mares took the field following the scratchings of She’s Clean and Miss Espresso but that didn’t stop the race from being action-packed.

Peace Force, the $3.20 favourite at, got away fairly but it was Sunday Too Far who took the early lead with Crooked Stick and Mamwaazel settling in behind.

With 200 metres to go, Brenton Avdulla made his way up with Peace Force and looked the winner until Mamwaazel made a late challenge for a photo finish between the pair.

Unlike the last time the duo faced off in a Benchmark 80 at Canterbury on December 27, Mamwaazel emerged victorious by a nose with the Anthony Cummings-trained Mary Lou in third.

Schofield had his work cut out for him in the race, admitting he had to be aware of Peace Force the entire time.

“I wasn’t going quick enough to clear Brenton and I was aware he was there so I had to give him a little bit of room,” he said.

“I didn’t want to drive the ears off Mamwaazel just for the sake of being there but I ended up coming back and getting into a good spot fortunately.

“I came round the corner a little wide and I didn’t want to eyeball Peace Force too much because she’s a real fighter but my filly didn’t corner too well so I got a bit away from her in the straight and blindsided her.

“We got a bit of a margin and she just held on.”

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2015 Belle Of The Turf Stakes Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 6 MAMWAAZEL Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 4 54kg $5.50
2 3 PEACE FORCE Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 0.1L 2 55.5kg $3.20F
3 8 MARY LOU Anthony Cummings Jason Collett 1.1L 1 54kg $5
4 7 CROOKED STICK Patrick Webster Christian Reith 1.6L 7 54kg $21
5 5 FARE WELL Clarry Conners Sam Clipperton 2L 3 54kg $12
6 2 MYAMIRA Rodney Northam Robert Thompson 2.8L 8 57kg $8
7 4 COMMANDING WIT Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 3.7L 5 54.5kg $5.50
8 9 SUNDAY TOO FAR Gary Portelli Tommy Berry 5L 6 54kg $101
10 MISS ESPRESSO John McNair Jay Ford 0
1 SHE’S CLEAN Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 0