Under The Bright Lights Vegas Gets Home

Nov 23, 2015

It was fitting to see It's Vegas Baby return to the winners circle under the lights at the Sunshine Coast last night. Named after the bright light city, Las Vegas, the three year old dug deep to score by a nostril and gave trainer Brad Herne a good sign he is in for a successful preparation.

Herne was full of praise for both horse and jockey Brad Pengelly, with the in form hoop notching up his fourth win for the stable in two and half weeks.

"Brad didn't have the easiest of tasks tonight," Herne said.

"Drawing barrier 11 he was always going to have to go forward and he had to do a bit of work to get outside the leader when in previous starts this horse always managed to get caught deep in the same situation.

"It was a pretty tough win really. He's only three year old and has been asked to carry 58kg in an open class one and after the work he did he was probably entitled to get tired but he fought hard and it was good to see him hit the line like that."

Stakes placed as a two year old , It's Vegas Baby has been plagued with bad barriers and the majority of his starts have been from outside gates.

"He's been a pretty unlucky horse really and if he did happen to draw an inside gate, I think it's happened twice, it's been when the fence is off or on a wet track which he doesn't really handle.

"This win will help him get a bit of confidence back. We threw him in the deep end a bit last prep when he ran in some races over the Carnival. He's a QTIS horse so we'll just try and run him through his grades and chase some QTIS money now. I think he'll get to a mile this prep as he's a pretty relaxed sort of character so one of those QTIS mile races on a Saturday will be his eventual target."

It's Vegas Baby has now won two races and $57,800 for connections from ten starts.