Trainer Ray Green and driver Andre Poutama discuss Friday night’s encouraging debut by Hilary Barry.

Everyone stoked with Hilary Barry’s debut - and Hilary calls her amazing

Hilary Barry didn’t win on Friday night but her fine debut fifth thrilled her trainer and her Seven Sharp namesake.

And the filly remains on target for the March 8 Young Guns Fillies’ Final at Alexandra Park.

Television presenter Hilary Barry wasn’t able to watch the race live - she was on a flight at the time - but she has seen a replay.

“The human Hilary Barry can’t fast enough to save her life but the equine version is amazing,” she says.

Hilary Barry strides out during Friday night’s race at Alexandra Park.Hilary Barry strides out during Friday night’s race at Alexandra Park.“I thought she did brilliantly, she was right up there with the leaders and showed tonnes of potential (in my humble opinion).”

Snookered four back on the markers early from her inside second row draw, driver Andre Poutama manoeuvred the filly to three back on the outer for the last lap.

Trainer Ray Green says he started getting a bit excited 150 metres from home when it looked like she might run in the money.

“She rushed into it but just flattened out the last 50 metres.

“I was quite happy with her. She went great.

“With that run under her belt and a better draw she won’t be far away in the final.

“If she gets a two hole trip she’ll be in the money for sure.’’

Poutama described the run as very encouraging.

Hilary Barry, arrowed, runs right into contention behind the leaders.Hilary Barry, arrowed, runs right into contention behind the leaders.“She fought all the way to the line.’’

The news on stablemate Beaudiene Blinkz, who ran last, is not so good.

“She pulled up a little off,’’ says Green.

“She didn’t look comfortable on the track and and wasn’t a happy horse afterwards.

“We’ll get the vet out and see if we can find the problem.’’

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“He obviously needed the run last week. He pulled his way round the field and sat outside the leader but he couldn’t cop a run like that first-up and got tired. The ability is there, whether he’s fit enough or not we’ll find out. But I expect him to go well, the three draw is much better than last week.”

Race 2: Lenny Lincoln

“He’ll probably need a race but he’s capable of running a slot. He’s unlucky not to have won a race, all three of his seconds were good. He’s got a bit better with each of his trials this time in and he got home well last Saturday, after coming widest on the turn.”

Race 3: Obadiah Dragon

“The way the race was run at Cambridge last week, his effort wasn’t bad at all. Moni (Monika Ranger) said he felt strong and, if he’d been a few slots closer, he would have been right in it. He’ll be improved for the run.”

Race 3: Leo Lincoln

“He’s very consistent - he’s only missed a couple of cheques. But he’s another just coming back and should improve with the run.”

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