It’s Bianca scores overdue win

It's Bianca and Ulrika Holmquist cruising home at Taupo. (Photo: Peter Rubery, Race Images).

It’s Bianca and Ulrika Holmquist cruising home at Taupo. (Photo: Peter Rubery, Race Images).

Anne Herbert experienced a mixture of relief and delight when It’s Bianca recorded an overdue win at Taupo yesterday.

Twelve months earlier at the corresponding Taupo meeting It’s Bianca had looked smart when beating the stakes performer Tavy in her debut over 1200 metres. It was an effort which followed wins in both her trials and promised an exciting career.

But since that maiden victory, It’s Bianca had raced five more times with the best result being a fifth behind Iffley Road in a Rating 65 event at Ellerslie last December.

Though It’s Bianca’s fans dropped off, not so Herbert and her Hastings owner, Judy Holland, who knew that problems behind the scenes experienced by the daughter of Alamosa had been the reason for her below-standard showings.

“It’s a huge relief to see her realizing the potential she has always shown,” said Herbert. She has had soundness issues, subtle soreness that had been hard to pin point, but we’ve got her right.”

It’s Bianca hinted she was back on the right track when winning a Cambridge trial over 950 metres last month and she lived up to expectations yesterday when careering away with a two and a quarter-length win over Absolute Gold.

Herbert was full of praise for her stable apprentice, Ulrika Holmquist, who rode a well-judged race on It’s Bianca, sneaking the four-year-old through will a timely rails run in the final stages to burst clear.