Babyface Adda Enjoys Leading

Boyanup horseman Cody Wallrodt took full advantage of Babyface Adda’s ability as a frontrunner when he drove the four-year-old to a smart all-the-way victory in the 2130m Graham Compson 80TH Birthday Pace at Gloucester Park on Sunday afternoon.   

Babyface Adda, the $1.22 favourite from the No. 1 barrier, had to withstand a spirited bid for the early lead from The Black Cardinal ($16) before covering the first two quarters in 30.7sec. and 30.5sec. and then sprinting over the final 400m sections in 28.1sec. and 28.4sec. on his way to winning by 2m from $23 chance Henwood Bay, who fought on determinedly after working in the breeze.

Wallrodt races the Rich And Spoilt gelding on lease and has prepared him for his past six starts for Sunday’s victory and two placings. Babyface Adda, who ended a losing sequence of ten, is a noted frontrunner who has set the pace in seven of his 11 wins in a 50-start career.