Prentice runners enjoy big night out
North Boyanup trainer reinsman Justin Prentice brought two runners to Donaldson Park on Saturday night and both of them saluted in style.
Leading the way was his impressive Kiwi mare Alex Pollizzi, with the short priced favourite defeating Minimum Wage by 3.8m in the South Western Times 3YO+ MS Pace (2100m).
Piloted by Gary Hall Jnr, the five-year-old began three wide during the early stages and it took her a while to push towards the head of the field, such was the genuine speed throughout the field.
Heading into the final turn, Hall Jnr was able to keep the mare on a loose reign, which put her ahead by 5m heading into the home straight.
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Despite Minimum Wage and Joey Girl showing a bit of cheek, the mare managed to see them off comfortably and make it five placed finishes from her last six starts.
Things were more comfortable for Prentice’s second runner Always An Honour, with the red-hot favourite powering to a victory by 10.5m over Mondooley Mach in the Tabtouch 3YO+ SS Pace (2503m).
Incredibly, it looked anything but easy for the Kiwi pacer early, after galloping at the start and losing considerable ground.
After regaining composure in fourth position heading into the home straight, driver Gary Hall Jnr unleashed the four-year-old down the outside and glided to the lead. Enjoying a comfortable middle section, Always An Honour managed to coast along at a relatively solid pace without seriously being challenged for the remainder of the race.
Other South West trainers and drivers who were successful across the program included the Andrew De Campo stable, with his three-year-old Alta Engen defeating Jessie Allwood easily in the GWN7 3YO+ MS Pace (2569m), while Busselton-based reinsman Aaron Beckett guided $26 outsider Major Spoilt to victory in the Happy 30th Dean Miller 3YO+ MS Pace (2100m).
De Campo also tasted success in the final race, with his colt The Freelancer pipping Star Of Madonna in a condensed field of four runners.
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