Saleahs Comand Makes a Flying Start

Maddison Brown stole a march on her ten rivals in the 1730m Insure With PSC Bloodstock Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when she got $29.90 outsider Saleahs Comand away to a flying start.

Most punters considered that the polemarker Ideal Investment ($2.80) would set the pace and prove hard to beat, with Soho Thunderstruck ($1.85) expected to fight out the finish.

However, Brown urged Saleahs Comand forward from the outside barrier (No. 9) and the experienced seven-year-old gelding revealed dazzling early speed to burst past Ideal Investment and into the lead after about 75m.

Saleahs Comand relished his pacemaking role, with ideal Investment enjoying a perfect trail behind the frontrunner and Soho Thunderstruck forced to work in the breeze.

Saleahs Comand, trained and part-owned by Sue Wiscombe, dashed over the final 400m sections in 28.5sec. and 28.7sec. and won by 2m from Dominate The Dojo ($21), who ran on after enjoying the one-out, one-back trail. Ideal Investment was a head Away in third place, with Bettor Be Oscar (a winner at his three previous outings) catching the eye with a fast-finishing burst, out four wide, to be fourth after racing in ninth position.

Saleahs Comand, who had led from barrier one and scrambled to a half-head victory over 2130m two starts earlier, now has raced 82 times for 13 wins and 23 placings for earnings of $118,144.