NOORAT-OWNED pacer Vansumic was the south-west’s big winner at the Inter Dominion grand final on Sunday.
The eight-year-old won the $200,000 group 1 Ladyship Mile at Menangle Park. The prestigious mares-only race attracted some of the top pacers from across Australia and New Zealand.
Vansumic won the race by three-and-a-half metres from champion New Zealand mare Adore Me.
Abahma Joy was a further eight metres away in third place.
Noorat couple Mick and Sue Moloney bought Vansumic at the yearling sales. She started her racing career later than most as a four-year-old under the guidance of Terang- based driver/trainer Robert Arundell.
Twelve months ago Vansumic was transferred to trainer Darren Hancock, who trains near Menangle.
Hancock said it was a thrill to win such a prestigious race.
“She’s been with me for 12 months or so now and has been going along great,” he said.
“The Ladyship is one of the best mares’ races in Australia, so it’s a big achievement for her. She’s done a good job.”
Hancock said Vansumic had qualified for the race automatically after winning the Teeny Teen Stakes in mid-January.
“Normally you have to be invited, but that win got us an automatic entry,” Hancock said.
The horse has recorded 13 wins and 14 placings from 60 career starts, amassing $241,184 in stakes for connections.