Tradement holds off plucky Divine Wind
Gloomy conditions failed to deter a big crowd on Sunday afternoon at the Bunbury Turf Club, with several thrilling finishes sprinkled across the meeting.
One of the closest finishes occurred in the William Barrett and Sons Maiden (1400m), with four-year-old Tradement holding off The Divine Wind.
Barely a breath of wind separated both runners in the closing stages, with Graeme Ballantyne’s gelding coming from the middle of the field after they passed the final turn for home.
Tonia Stampalia’s mare Fairtore looked to have done enough in crafting victory, however Tradement’s rider Jason Whiting was able to weave a path through the congestion.
The Divine Wind, who ran with a tremendous degree of pluck throughout, was unable to find an extra stride but should take confidence from the performance.
Things were far more clear-cut in the Mainline Plumbing handicap (1100m), with Tawny Pete majestically striding to victory without peer.
Following up from his solid third-placed finish at Bunbury on November 29, the five-year-old glided down the home straight to win by five and a half lengths from Cold As Cold.
Later in the afternoon Steve Wolfe’s runner Go Crying recorded a gritty victory in the class three All American at Magic Millions handicap (1200m).
After running on confidently as the race neared the final 200m, Peter Knuckey found a narrow slipstream on the inside rail aboard the four-year-old and had enough space to elude Wanted Desire, who had also flown down the home straight in impressive fashion.
Six-year-old Mouquet continued her good form and extended her consecutive run of placings to four starts, after winning the class five Southern Built Homes and Sheds handicap (1675m).
Rider Daniel Staeck let the mare enjoy the expanses on the track and she led the field for the majority of the journey.
It was only during the final few seconds where proven runner Kia Ora Star gamely attempted for the lead, after having worked his way to within a whisker of the race leader. Although he fell short, it was his fifth placing from last seven starts.
Racing returns to the Bunbury Turf Club this Sunday afternoon.
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