Byline: GEOFF NEWLING
SUGAR Baby won for the first time in two years when the former Victorian mare claimed the $20,000 Andrew Bensley Thanks For Everything Class 1 Handicap (1215m) at Grafton.
The Brett Bellamy Coffs Harbour-trained daughter of Turffontein surged down the middle of the track to beat Can't Beat Me (Shane Edmonds) and Elusive Eagle (Allan Denham) into the minor placings.
A five-year-old mare, Sugar Baby was coming off a half length second at Coffs Harbour on April 14.
"She's been slowly improving," Bellamy said.
The win completed a good day for Coffs trainers at Grafton on Monday with Robert Agnew (Chillie Cod), Cathleen Rode (Grand Anthem), Sally Taylor (With Certainty) and Bellamy saluting.
Rode and Rory Hutchings combined to break their Northern Rivers duck with talented gelding Grand Anthem.
The Coffs Harbour trainer and Sydney jockey were aboard the topweight in the $20,000 JR Richards and Sons Maiden Handicap (1720m) and the son of Equiano did not let them...