Callmequeen impresses in her return from a six-month spell

NICE DRIVE: Mat Rue guided Callmequeenbee to victory at Parkes.
NICE DRIVE: Mat Rue guided Callmequeenbee to victory at Parkes.

SHE was first up after a six-month spell and spent a lap running three wide, but Callmequeenbee still lived up to her name at Parkes on Wednesday night.

She proved a class above her rivals in taking out the Club Menangle Country Series Heat (1660 metres).

The Gemma Rue, Georges Plains trained four-year-old mare had just one trial in her legs since her last start on July 1, 2018, when placing third in a Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge Final at Menangle.

However, she won that trial in commanding fashion with a 1:54.8 mile rate to start as a $1.85 favourite at Parkes.

From barrier nine with Mat Rue in the gig, Callmequeenbee was kept out of the early speed battle as she settled one out and four back.

As the bell sounded Rue set off three wide with the favourite and while the tempo up front lifted, she quickly made up ground.

The daughter of Shadow Play nosed in front through the final bend and then kicked clear down the straight.

She won by 5.3m over Amy Rees’ Sams Express ($3) in a 1:56.7 mile rate, with Carramar TImes Up ($6), who had led on the bell for Nathan Turnbull, was 6.4m further back in third.

It was the eighth win of Callmequeenbee’s 24-start career and took her earnings beyond $100,000.

The Rues also picked up a second at the Parkes meeting with Izzy Watt ($3.90) in the Heartbreak Hotel Pace (2,040m).