Eloquent Mach Shines
Young reinsman Stuart McDonald was effusive in his praise of Eloquent Mach after driving the New Zealand-bred four-year-old to a brilliant victory in the 2536m Westral Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
“He felt like his old self, like he was as a three-year-old and an early four-year-old, winning the Western Gateway, the Marathon and the Binshaw last year,” he said.
“He didn’t feel right and wasn’t himself at his last preparation. But now he’s certainly hitting his straps and he’s going to be better for the run.
“I was surprised that he was such a good price ($3.30). Just look at his scalps. He raced against Major Trojan (the 2019 WA Derby winner) four times and beat him three times, and he’s beaten horses of the calibre of Franco Edward, Patrickthepiranha and Convert Denario.”
Stablemate Extreme Prince, the $3 favourite from the No. 1 barrier, led early before Nathan Turvey set $34 chance Carter Micheal alight from the outside barrier (No. 9) and burst to the front after 250m.
Eloquent Mach started from the No. 2 barrier on the back line and settled down in eighth position before an aggressive McDonald urged the gelding forward to assume control after 950m. After the race McDonald pleaded guilty to having forced Braeview Bondi wide leaving the back straight in the first lap and was suspended for seven days.
Braeview Bondi (Michael Grantham) had a tough run in the breeze outside of Eloquent Mach and did well to finish fourth, just behind Carter Micheal and Jimmy Mach.
Brett Smith, who drove Burning Rubber, was suspended for ten days for having caused interference to Always Arjay and Quick Stride leaving the back straight then first time.
Eloquent Mach, prepared by Gary Hall Snr, has amassed $192,026 from 13 wins and six placings from just 29 starts and is developing into a strong candidate for the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup early next year.