Qwara Bale, the only female in Saturday night’s KCR Pet Transport Maturity Classic (525m) at The Meadows, outpointed ‘the boys’ to claim her second Group 1 title and give Andrea Dailly a third victory in the prestigious age feature.
Dailly’s previous Maturity victories came with champion sprinter/sire Fernando Bale in 2015 and his daughter Dyna Patty in 2018.
In May, Qwara Bale, a daughter of Team Dailly’s Meadows 525m record holder Allen Deed, won the female-only G1 Sapphire Crown at Sandown Park, while she also outpointed the male sprinters, including superstar kennelmate Shima Shine, in the G2 Warrnambool Cup.
After campaigning in Brisbane, where she raced below her sensational recent Victorian form, Qwara Bale returned to the winners list in the Maturity heats, albeit clocking 30.19sec, which was the second ‘slowest’ of the eight qualifiers.
Earlier in the week Qwara Bale shared favouritism with first reserve Koblenz, which didn’t gain a start, but she drifted to $4.30 on race night, with Jason Thompson’s fastest heat winner Aston Fastnet heading betting at $4, despite a tough draw in box eight.
Qwara Bale came out running and crucially held out Mr. Fix It ($4.60) rounding the first turn.
She then kicked clear in the back straight and held off the strong-finishing Fernando Mick ($8.10); prevailing by half-a-length in 29.93sec, with Mr. Fix It finishing third.
“Going into the race I thought if she pinged she was in with a big chance but if she didn’t come out she had no chance,” said co-trainer George Dailly.
“She came out nice and when she held out Mr. Fix It I thought she was going to be hard to beat.