Temora two-year-old Mister Rea maintained his unbeaten start to his career in spectacular fashion at Young on Tuesday night.
Mister Rea ($1.22) overcame a difficult second row draw and some early carnage to take out the $10,000 NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Colts and Geldings Heat (1720m).
Mister Rea sat back in the field off a hot early speed and spotted the leader about 35 metres with just one lap remaining. But the two-year-old showcased his versatility but launching a strong run from back in the field to win by 15 metres in a mile rate of 1:56.5.
The win ensured the Ray Walker-trained gelding took his unbeaten record to six.
Coolamon driver Daryll Perrot was impressed by Mister Rea's latest effort.
20 metres off the pace? No worries ... the Raymond Walker trained/ Daryll Perrot driven Mister Rea showed why he's the fastest 2-year-old in Australia this season with a dominant 15 metre victory in the 2YO colts & geldings heat of the #NSWbred Breeders Challenge Series in Young pic.twitter.com/vw1xY3584y— Harness Racing NSW (@HRNSW_Harness) September 14, 2021
"It was just good to get him through. I just hope all goes well from here. That first quarter was a bit hairy, that's for sure," Perrot told Harness Racing NSW after the race.
"He was pretty flat for the first couple of furlongs, just to catch the field, because I reckon he probably gave them 30 (metres) start, just to get out of the scrimmage so he's done well to finish it off."
The David Micallef-trained Eucan Roll ($12) grabbed second, ahead of $71 chance Excelente.
Mister Rea will now progress to the semi-finals of the Breeders Challenge, to be held at Menangle on October 16.
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Meantime, Victorian filly Captains Queen ($1.10) won the $10,000 NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Fillies Heat (1720m) for former Uranquinty trainer Russell Jack and driver Brad Hewitt.
Captains Queen was a much more regulation victory but she still did it in good time, recording a mile rate of 1:56.4, scoring by eight metres.
Lulu Mae finished second, with Bruce Harpley's Macarena Madi not far away in third.
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