Kalane showed tremendous fortitude to claw her way back in front when it mattered most and win the Listed Sheffield Greyhound Stadium Mares’ Chase at Doncaster this afternoon.
With good ground, there were four non-runners, leaving a field of just five to contest this 2 ½ mile race.
Viky Du Reponet went into the lead from the start, from Kalane and Unify, as the field raced down the home straight for the first time.
At the last in the home straight, Kalane made a bad error and Jack Quinlan did well to keep the partnership intact.
The ex-French trained Viky Du Reponet, headed out onto the final circuit clear of Kalane, with a long gap back to Colla Pier and Unify, while Magic Money was a long way last.
The pace seemed to ease racing over Rose Hill though, as Kalane closed on Viky Du Reponet and Colla Pier and Unify also edged noticeably nearer to the pace.
Viky Du Reponet quickly and tamely dropped away and Kalane was left in front at the sixth from home, with Colla Pier the challenger, while Magic Money unseated.
Into the home straight, Kalane led but Colla Pier continued to stalk and the latter moved to the lead three from home, with her rival hard at work to keep in touch. However, Kalane showed tremendous courage, willingly answering Quinlan’s endeavours to battle back into the lead and she joined Colla Pier and jumped the last well.
Her momentum took her clear on the flat for a very game win from Cola Pier, with Unify miles back in third.
This was a major victory for the fledgling training career of Amy Murphy, as the 7 year old mare Kalane won for the second time for her.
Murphy was concerned about the ground and gave the matter much thought before giving Kalane the go-ahead to run.
“I’m obviously delighted with her. It was touch and go whether we ran prior to the race,” she said.
“I walked the track twice over before I made the decision. With it being her last season, we thought we’d let her take her chance.
“I said to Jack if at any point he wasn’t happy, bring her home and look after her.
“Jack said that although she wasn’t at her best on the ground she handled it, so I’m delighted with her.”
Murphy admitted she did not see Kalane’s blunder.
“I’m terrible, I can’t watch anything so I didn’t actually see the mistake, but I was told it was awful!” she said.
“I’m delighted for dad. He’s put so much into the sport with the mares and keeping them in training. It’s fantastic.
“When she retires at the end of the season she’s going to be covered by Sulamani.
“It’s my biggest success. We’ve had six winners so far from about 20 odd runners. I’m got such a good team at home and I couldn’t do it without them.
“Today was the main aim. It’s not that she doesn’t handle Cheltenham, I think she’s better on flat, galloping tracks.
“We’ll take her home and have a look at the programme book to see where we go next.”