City Century for the Bonds

Rising star Patronus Star gave star trainers Greg and Skye Bond their one hundredth metropolitan success for the 2019-20 season when he was not extended in setting the pace and coasting to victory in the $50,000 San Simeon Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

It was a notable success for the New Zealand-bred three-year-old, who proved the master of his older and more experienced opponents.

Patronus Star, the $1.10 favourite, gave leading reinsman Ryan Warwick an armchair drive, setting the pace from the coveted No. 1 barrier and rating 1.55.2 over the 2130m, with quarters of the final mile in 29.1sec., 29sec., 28.6sec. and 28.8sec.

Later in the program the Bond stable completed a double with Starlight Destiny’s win in a 2130m event for mares. The Bonds now have had 373 city starters this season for 101 wins, 65 seconds and 31 thirds for $2,056,862 in prizemoney. On all tracks in the State for the season the Bonds have prepared 207 winners, 105 seconds and 55 thirds for earnings of $2,579,245.

Patronus Star coasted to victory by one and a half lengths over $19 chance Boom Time, who finished powerfully, three wide, from tenth at the bell.

Patronus Star, winner of the WA Derby in April, is unbeaten at his five starts in Western Australia that have netted $171,530 in prizemoney. He will be one of the chief contenders for the rich Golden Nugget championship early next year.