You always remember winning your maiden. Now without doubt the best maiden ever winner at Bendigo was the mighty Highly Blessed. I know because I ran second to her two weeks in a row. Firstly in a semi-final of the maiden series with Camona Black then in the final with his sister Camona Lady. In fact in the semi’s Carmona Lady ran best of the night 25.12. Highly Blessed 25.20.
BENDIGO – MONDAY, 16 OCTOBER 1989
5 8:40 PM Name SOUTHERN CROSS NET.MDN THOUSAND
Type Maiden Distance 430m
1 HIGHLY BLESSED LORRAINE FERREMI (KIALLA)33 26.2 24.850 3.25
2 CAMONA LADY NEIL BROWN (KEYSBOROUGH)11 25.2 25.055
3 MAIRANGI BAY BRIAN LOMAX (AVONDALE HEIGHTS)55 25.134
4 CAMONA BLACK NEIL BROWN (KEYSBOROUGH) 2 2 29.0 25.212
Des Dooley remarked – Was the strongest maiden series in the state. I won it the year before with Franklin Deano. The stakemoney was handy as I backed the kennelmate Mystery Man who ran 3rd. Beau Rock, trained by George McWaters ran 2nd.