Later Baby gets on the board on opening day

Aug 01, 2014

Honest mare Later Baby has started the season perfectly for Cranbourne trainer Ken Keys with her belated maiden victory.

The four-year-old raced consistently in her previous 13 starts before luck went her way in the Charles Rose Jewellers Maiden Plate (1900m) on the Geelong Synthetic track.

Later Baby had run placings at all three starts on the Geelong Synthetic track, which caused bookmakers to assess her as a $2.80 favourite to break through for her first win.

Experienced jockey Dale Smith stuck with Later Baby after riding her into second spot at her last start as a three-year-old on July 15.

Smith positioned Later Baby midfield, one-off the fence, while a suitable speed transpired up front in the early and middle stages of the $17,500 contest.

Smith allowed Later Baby to stride into contention rounding the final turn but the Excites mare took time to wind up early in the straight.

Later Baby hit top gear to claim the lead at the 100 metres but the plucky runner-up Balmodena would not let her get away in the closing stages.

Later Baby responded to Smith’s hard riding, lifting near the line to get home narrowly to the joy of her terrific bunch of owners.

Congratulations to all involved in Later Baby’s fighting maiden win.

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