Bayanova's A Beauty!

Mar 17, 2016

"Dwayne Dunn has pulled off a beauty!" enthused race caller Greg Miles as tough staying mare Bayanova raced away to an easy win at Sandown on Wednesday.

Stepping up to 3000m at only her third outing this time in, the daughter of Alamosa took her usual position well back in the field early but when the pace slowed Dunn showed great initiative to make an early run.

Circling the field at the 1200m, Bayanova hit the lead and travelled sweetly in front, undeterred when joined before the turn and even headed early in the straight.

Quickly shaking off her challenger, Bayanova shot clear from the 200m, her winning margin an impressive 3 3/4 lengths.

In doing so recording her third success from 14 starts, the bay still has plenty to offer according to Michael Kent who has always had plenty of time for the five-year-old.

"She has always returned great figures (heart rate and lactose) at home, she can do a lot of work and be ready for more."

"She will be a really good stayer this mare, she will get somewhere."

"I even toyed with the idea of running her in the Adelaide Cup but her rating was too low and it is important to get that up."

Kent was delighted to see Dunn take off early, noting that whilst watching the pace slacken that it was his hope that he would do so. "We thought a few might roll early and put some pace into it but they didn't... it was a terrific ride."

"They just wanted to pull up," Dunn said, mindful that Bayanova can hit a flat spot when first asked for her run - "fortunately she went around them pretty easily and as Mick said, she stays well."

Raced by David Gillies, Bayanova is out of the imported mare Russian, a three times winner from a strong international family whose members include the Group One gallopers Cacoethes (third in Better Loosen Up's Japan Cup), Fabulous Notion, Subordination, Careless Jewel, Java's War and Fiji. And she boasts an interesting pedigree being line-bred to Milan Mill, dam of the legendary Mill Reef.