Combination Scores Again
The combination of eight-time WA premier trainer Ross Olivieri and leviathan owner Merv Butterworth continues to thrive, with the partners celebrating a double at Gloucester Park on Friday night with five-year-old mare Queen Shenandoah and six-year-old trotter Mr Sundon.
Queen Shenandoah, the $2.80 favourite driven by Chris Voak, made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier by leading all the way and winning the 2130m Retravision 60 Day Price Promise Pace. She dashed over the final 400m section in 28.3sec. and won by a neck from $17 chance Anime, who had enjoyed the perfect trail behind the pacemaker throughout.
This improved Queen Shenandoah’s record to 46 starts for 11 wins, 15 placings and $128,563 in stakes.
Mr Sundon maintained his status as the State’s best trotter when Chris Lewis drove the $1.22 favourite to an easy three-length victory over the pacemaker Tenno Sho in the 2130m Retravision Your One Stop Electrical Shop Trot.
Mr Sundon was not bustled from out wide at barrier No. 7 and he settled down in seventh position, some eight lengths behind Tenno Sho, who dashed to the front after 150m. Mr Sundon took the lead 220m from home and raced away from his rivals to score easily at a 1.59.4 rate.
Mr Sundon now has had 45 starts for 17 wins, eight placings and $141,393 in prizemoney.