Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content
West Australian-bred pacer Rich American notched his second win in the space of four days when Emily Suvaljko drove the four-year-old to an easy all-the-way victory in the 2130m DTS 55,000 Stock Lines Under One Roof Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
This followed her strong frontrunning display to win over 2130m at a 1.56.2 rate at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening.
The American Ideal gelding, part-owned and trained by Karen Thompson, has been handled by the 21-year-old Suvaljko 19 times for all of his five victories in his 32-start career for earnings of $44,380. He was purchased for $14,000 at the 2019 APG Perth yearling sale.
Rich American, the $1.30 favourite from the prized No. 1 barrier, set a solid pace and gave his rivals little chance by dashing over the final quarters in 28.8sec. and 27.7sec. He rated 1.57.6 and beat the $4.40 second fancy McArdles Gem by four metres. McArdles Gem trailed Rich American all the way and finished with a spirited burst, without threatening the favourite.
Rich American has inherited some of the ability of her dam Rich Life, who raced 60 times for five wins, 12 placings and stakes of $36,358.
Suvaljko followed her win with Rich American in the final event at Gloucester Park on Friday night by winning the opening three events at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park on Sunday afternoon with Dynamite Dolly ($5.50), Lamour Dottie ($2.50) and Stirup Iron Jack ($10).