Lilly’s Little Girl takes a mile in big win for Plummer at Forbes

Orange trainer Michael Plummer. Photo: PHIL BLATCH
Orange trainer Michael Plummer. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

Orange trainer Michael Plummer found success at Forbes on Monday, with Lilly’s Little Girl bursting from the pack to take home the 1400 metre International Gaming Technologies Class 1 Handicap. 

Lilly’s Little Girl was at $26 to win the race when the barriers dropped but stormed home ahead of Cameron Crockett’s Good Verdict ($7) and Keith Draydon and Scott Collings’ Pahruli, who was the $4 favourite in the $20,000 race. 

The five-year-old mare sat in the back third of the field for most of the race before jockey  Anthony Cavallo timed his run to burst out from between Good Verdict and Pahruli – who were leading at the time.

The leap into top gear came at the perfect time as the the race leaders gave Lilly’s Little Girl half an inch and Cavallo took a mile, speeding home to win by half a length. 

The mare has been building into form over its past two starts, with three of its past four over about 1400 metres, resulting in a seventh in Dubbo on July 7 and a fifth in Bathurst on July 30. 

Plummer also had Stately Boy run fifth in the Lion Nathan Furphy / L&H Electircal Maiden Plate over 1600 metres, while Sovereign Default was scratched from race four, which is the same race Lilly’s Little Girl ended up winning.

Meanwhile, Mr De Niro was scratched from race five. 

Lee Van Den Bos had two horses in race nine, however Abstract Lady was scratched before the race while Cat Walk Queen just couldn’t get going on the home straight and finished in ninth. 

Plummer is set to have four horses racing at Narromine on Sunday, with Matchfox, Justice Honour, Sovereign Default and Prior Engagement all with nominations, while Van Den Bos’ Cat Walk Queen and Loves A Hassle are set to race.