Vincenzo Peruggia Wins First-Up

Vincenzo Peruggia, whose career was in grave doubt early in 2017 when he was suffering from badly bowed tendons and was off the scene for 20 months before making a successful return to racing, reappeared at Gloucester Park on Friday night after an absence of almost five months.

The six-year-old was produced in fine fettle by veteran trainer Tony Svilicich and was not extended in setting the pace and winning the second event over 2536m, with Chris Lewis in the sulky. Favourite at $3 from barrier six, he raced three wide early before forging to the front. He won easily from Crocodile Kid and Soho Wonder, rating 1.58.5.