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Wells Family enjoys Group 1 Success

Cranbourne HRC committeeman Malcolm Wells and his family enjoyed perhaps their biggest moment in harness racing when Is That A Bid took out the $100,000 Vicbred Super Series final for 3YO Trotting Colts & Geldings at Melton on New Years Eve.

Named the Victorian 2yo Trotting Colt/Gelding in his freshman season, Is That A Bid has raced consistently without recording a big race win this year and has battled with periodic, albeit relatively minor, injury issues. But the son of Andover Hall and Elusive Charm produced his very best on Thursday night to lead all the way to crown his three-year-old campaign.

Driver Rodney Petroff speared Is That A Bid off the arm in the first 200 metres of the Group 1 event and made sure that the race would be run as a last man standing affair. The Michael Hughes trained trotter had to call on all his reserves in the home straight but, as is so often the case with Hughes horses, Is That A Bid found plenty in the concluding stages to record a two-metre win over Cracker Jet with No Biggie filling third placing.

The start of the race was delayed by some minutes after the short-priced favourite Cover Of Darkness threw a shoe in what could only be described as a lively pre-race warm up. The winner of his seven life-time race starts leading into Thursday’s assignment, Cover Of Darkness was clearly unsettled and virtually took no part in the event after galloping in the score up.

“A few things worked out for us early. I saw Cover Of Darkness misbehave as we went up to the gate and then Powderkeg had to do a bit of work to get outside me. Once that happened, we bowled along, made it a bit of a staying test and to Mick’s credit he got him right on the right night,” Petroff said.

“He’s that type of horse, he looks like he’s all out but he just keeps going,” Petroff said. “It’s my first Group 1 winner, so it’s a really good thrill.”

Is That A Bid is a son of the very good racemare Elusive Charm and was bred by Cranbourne HRC President David Scott. Sold for $20,500 at the 2018 Australian Premier Trotting Sale, Is That A Bid has now recorded 5 wins and 14 placings from 26 career starts for earnings of $130,000 to date.

The win was Hughes third Group 1 victory after he tasted success at that level with Cruisin Around in the 2016 editions of both the Vicbred Super Series and Breeders Crown for 3YO Trotting Colts & Geldings.

By CHRC Media

Photo:  Stuart McCormick Photography