Captain Kirk Holds On

Noted frontrunner Captain Kirk was swamped by Jack William and McArdles Gem in the final few strides but he was able to hold on and win the 2130m Better Your Industry With TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night by a short half-head in what was almost a rare triple dead-heat.

Jack William, who raced in the breeze, and McArdles Gem, who enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, fought on determinedly and dead-heated for second place behind the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Captain Kirk, the $2.25 favourite.

Captain Kirk, driven by Ryan Warwick, had the luxury of a moderate early pace, with opening quarters of 31.1sec. and 29.4sec. A fast third quarter of 27.9sec. then gave the horses back in the field virtually no hope of figuring in the finish.

Captain Kirk, a Mach Three gelding and winner at two of his 27 starts in New Zealand, now has had 24 starts in Western Australia for eight wins and seven placings. Six of those eight victories came after he had set the pace.

He is the sixth foal out of Gail Devers, who raced only 19 times for ten wins and two placings and $77,854 in stakes.