Classy mare Rouge Dior landed a massive betting plunge and earned a crack at the Cyril Flower Stakes when she beat Peggie’s Dream in the tabtouch.mobi Sprint at Ascot.
Rouge Dior was sensationally backed from $13 to $7 and started at $5 on tote.
Jockey Troy Turner shot Rouge Dior to the lead from the outside gate and she boxed on gamely to hold off Peggie’s Dream, the $2.15 favourite, to win by a short head.
Rouge Dior’s win continued the sensational form of trainer Robert Harvey Jnr and his trainer son, Todd.
They have combined to score impressive Ascot wins with Blitz Off, Kemilee and Beatnik Boy recently.
Todd Harvey said Rouge Dior is likely to tackle the $80,00 Cyril Flower Stakes (1200m) in a fortnight.
She will clash with progressive sprinter Watermans Bay, who won the Mungrup Stud Sprint (1300m) at Mt Barker last month.
“She’ll probably have a crack at the Cyril Flower,” Harvey said.“She’ll get too much weight in fillies and mares’ races now and would get into that with a pretty light weight.”
The Other Harv will be set for the Bunbury Cup in March after scoring a top win over 1800m.
The Other Harv ($3.30 favourite) scored her second straight victory when she ran on from fifth on the turn to gun down The Corporation ($5.50) by half a length.Trainer Alan Mathews said the mare will back-up in next Saturday’s Detonator Stakes (1800m) or head straight to the AHA Cup (2000m) at Bunbury ahead of the Bunbury Cup.