It's Therugo at Last

Speedy seven-year-old Thereugo, beaten on the 13 previous occasions when he set the pace, broke through for an overdue win and ended a losing sequence of 23 when he enjoyed the benefit of a slow lead time of 38.9sec. and a leisurely opening quarter of 31.8sec. to win the 2130m It’s Your Birthday Casey Greenfield Pace at Gloucester Park on Sunday afternoon.

Favourite at $2, the Lindsay Harper owned, trained and driven Thereugo revealed his normal sparkling gate speed from barrier six to burst straight to the front and he was not seriously challenged before he sped over the final quarters in 27.8sec. and 28.2sec. to win by just under a length from $6 chance Sergeant Oats, rating 1.58.

Nineteen of Thereugo’s 21 victories have been achieved when he has set the pace and Sunday’s win boosted his earnings to $192,180.

By American stallion McArdle, Thereugo is out of the Live Or Die mare Janice Franco, who earned $76,782 from eight wins and 19 placings from 110 starts.