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Boyanup trainer-reinsman Cody Wallrodt produced Babyface Adda in fine fettle for a first-up victory in the 2130m Follow The Stars Standing at Medowie Lodge NSW Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Having his first start for five months, the five-year-old son of Rich And Spoilt, the second fancy at $5.60, gave a spirited frontrunning performance and sprinted over the final 800m in 57.1sec. to win narrowly from Vespa ($7) and Walsh ($1.50).
Vespa, who was fifth on the pegs at the bell, rattled home out four wide, and Walsh charged home, out five wide, from seventh at the bell.
Babyface Adda was due to have resumed racing a fortnight earlier in a Free For All featuring Magnificent Storm and Vampiro, but Wallrodt scratched him when he was not satisfied with his condition.
“He hadn’t felt great in his trackwork and when jogging, so I scratched him,” said Wallrodt. “That has been a blessing in disguise because I was able to get the work into him, and he has improved in the past two weeks.
“I’m hoping he will keep improving and that he can step up to Free For All company. It would be awesome if he kept improving and maybe qualify for the big Cups at Christmas time.”
Wallrodt races Babyface Adda on lease from Peter Capararo, and the gelding now boasts a splendid record of 63 starts for 14 wins, 15 placings and stakes of $168,763.