Runaway Three's Claim to Fame

New Zealand-bred gelding Runaway Three has been a handy performer whose main aim to fame is that he is closely related to former start American pacer Beach Towel.

Runaway Three is by the Canadian-bred super sire Mach Three and is out of American broodmare No Paba, whose dam Sunburn also produced Beach Towel, who shone in America in the early 1990s when  he amassed $2,570,357 from 29 wins and five placings from just 36 starts.

Runaway Three, trained and driven by Corey Peterson, is also a half-brother to Nearea Franco, a smart mare who had 34 starts for 11 wins, 11 placings and $440,875 in stakes.

At Gloucester Park on Friday night Runaway Three was favourite at $3.10 from the No. 4 barrier in the 2130m Milne Feeds Made For WA Pace, in which the polemarker McArdles Gem was second fancy at $3.20.

McArdles Gem led for the first 220m and then Brett Smith was content to take the sit behind Runaway Three. After a slow lead time of 38.6sec. and a dawdling first quarter of the final mile in 32.6sec. Gary Hall jnr sent Our Rhythm N Blues forward to assume the position in the breeze.

Our Rhythm N Blues got on terms with Runaway Three approaching the home turn, but Runaway Three carried too many guns and forged clear in the home straight to beat Our Rhythm N Blues by just under a length, rating a modest 1.58.5. Walsh, who started from the inside of the back line, raced three back on the pegs before moving into the one-wide line at the bell. He finished solidly into third place.

Runaway Three has raced 75 times for 16 wins, 16 placings and stakes of $137,481.