High Beam lights up a cold Bendigo day

Jul 14, 2019

Few wins have been more deserved than High Beam’s success at a cold Bendigo meeting.

High Beam took 11 starts to break her maiden but she hadn’t run a bad race in her autumn and winter preparation, which stretched to its seventh run at Bendigo.

Damien Thornton was aboard High Beam in her close second at Cranbourne on July 4 and took the knowledge gained on that day into his ride on the daughter of So You Think in the Mortimer Petroleum Maiden Plate (1600m).

Thornton gave High Beam the perfect run behind the leaders before waiting until the 200m to ask the filly for her best effort.

High Beam hit the front at the 100m before holding off a late challenge to score narrowly.

“She was due for that and she deserves it,” Thornton said.

“She puts in 110 percent every time but she has been finding one better lately.

“Up to the mile today and the heavy track suits her. She got the job done today so hopefully she gets some confidence.

“It mapped out perfectly for us and she had a lovely run. She was still strong on the bridle but didn’t overdo it.

“She moved into it well and I waited as long as possible before I let her go.

“She was too strong today.”

High Beam’s win earned connections $27,650 in prizemoney and bonuses for her success, taking her stakes tally to more than $64,000.

Congratulations to owners Hesket Bloodstock and to all involved in High Beam’s breakthrough win.