The Parkes-trained Caribbean Pat wins opening event at Bathurst Paceway

BATHURST hasn't been the friendliest of venues for Caribbean Pat but the mare enjoyed just her second win at the track on Wednesday night for Parkes trainer-driver duo Malcolm and Brett Hutchings.

It was the 17th crack at a Bathurst event for the Caribbean Blaster mare when she started as second favourite Cobbity Equine Ladyship Pace (1,730 metres) but this time Caribbean Pat ($2.40) found it to be smooth sailing.

Caribbean Pat spent the majority of the raced parked in the one-one position behind death seat runner Blu Moon, before making starting a winning three wide move before the turn for home.

Winning driver Brett Hutchings knew he had the chance to make a winning move just inside the 600m.

"She's been racing well with not a lot of luck. She got a great run through from the second line tonight. She lobbed into a handy spot," he said.

"When the favourite came three wide we thought it was time to get on our bike and make a few of them chase us. She's quite honest so I knew that she'd keep going on with it.

"I knew there would be a few coming late and I thought while there were a few of them making their move out wide I might as well pinch the gap and go for home."


It took some time for the field to settle after a messy start to the race.

Gate one starter Shes An Artist broke immediately, forcing second row runner Negative Nancy to quickly shift out and avoid her.

Black Sassi Lassi shot to the lead with ease from gate five as the rest of the field tried to sort themselves out.

Amelia Regal settled in behind the leader with Blu Moon to her outside.

Caribbean Pat held the one-one and Millie The Fillie stuck to Amelia Regal's tail.

Race favourite Infinity Beach ($1.70, Bernie Hewitt) spotted the entire field at the bell.

Across the back of the track Infinity Beach was brought forward by Hewitt, and when he sat next to Hutchings' shoulder he decided to duck three wide in front of the favourite.

Caribbean Pat easily shot by both Blu Moon and Black Sassi Lassi and at the 300m had already built up a 10m lead heading onto the straight.

Hutchings' mare held that margin with ease and was able to ease of the accelerator with more than 100m still left to race.

Negative Nancy ($16, Graham Betts) and Yellow Bow ($61, Anthony Frisby) both finished strongly out wide in a fight for second, with Betts' runner winning in a photo.

It was the sixth career win for Caribbean Pat in start number 51.

The Hutchings combination finished fourth with their other chance of the night, Watch And Weep, later in the meeting.

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