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Filly feels pinch as she targets Melbourne win


Talented filly Believe ‘N Achieve is feeling the pinch as she rises in weight on the back of her outstanding Adelaide race record.

Trained by Mark Kavanagh, the Beautiful Crown three-year-old has won five of her nine starts and will chase her first Melbourne success in Saturday’s Gillies Famous Pies Handicap (1500m) at Moonee Valley.

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Kavanagh’s racing manager Merv Harvey said Believe ‘N Achieve was only small and that she may have found her level.

“She is paying the penalty for her consistency,” Harvey said.

Believe ‘N Achieve is running against mares to try to get some weight relief and Mark Zahra will ride her when she carries 57.5kg on Saturday.

“She has probably reached her mark as she is only a little pony,” Harvey said.

Believe ‘N Achieve has won twice at Strathalbyn and three times at Morphettville including second-up two starts ago when she carried 55kg to victory.

She made her Melbourne debut at Flemington last start but with 56.5kg was unable to make much ground and finished fourth to Dysphonia over 1600 metres on May 15.

Despite her impressive record, Believe ‘N Achieve doesn’t give a hint of her ability in her track gallops and even had jockey Michael Rodd puzzled during the week after a sluggish workout.

“On her work you wouldn’t think she would be any good at all,” Harvey said.

“She is just the worst track worker and after Michael rode her on Tuesday morning he couldn’t believe she could have won five races.

“She just won’t go but on race day she turns it on.”

By Robert Windmill