Hometown heroine Kelsey Bale crowned herself Victoria’s new country cups ‘Queen’ on Friday night when romping to back-to-back provincial titles in the $116,335 Group 2 Sportsbet Geelong Gold Cup Final (520m).
After a stunning last-to-first victory in the G2 Ballarat Cup, there were no such concerns for Kelsey Bale’s young Avalon trainer Daniel Gibbons and owner/breeder Brendan Wheeler at Geelong.
Drawn in box seven, as was also the case at Ballarat, Kelsey Bale – one of seven finalists trained in the Geelong region – started $3 favourite.
Punters who backed Kelsey Bale were heading for the payout queue on the first turn when she was up running a close second to Storm Stroller ($6.40).
Kelsey Bale took control in the back straight and dashed away with the $75,000 winner’s purse, defeating Storm Stroller by 2.19 lengths in a near-record 29.62sec, with Mepunga Mustang ($9.90) third.