Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Speedy frontrunner Back In Twenty celebrated his final appearance in Western Australia with another splendid all-the-way victory at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
“I am sad to see him go,” said trainer Justin Prentice. “He’s fast-class level when he leads, and I expect him to go really good in Sydney.”
Back In Twenty, a five-year-old son of American stallion Sportswriter, was bred and is owned by Bob Fowler’s Allwood Stud Farm, and his victory on Friday night took his career record to 72 starts for 15 wins, 17 placings and $157,482 in stakes.
Starting favourite at $1.20 from the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Westral Plantation Shutters Pace, Back In Twenty was rated perfectly in front by Maddison Brown.
After an opening quarter of a comfortable 31.3sec., Back In Twenty gave his rivals little chance of beating him by dashing over the final three 400m sections in 28.7sec., 28.8sec. and 28.2sec. to record a mile rate of 1.56.7. He won by just over a length from $7 chance My Carbon Copy, who trailed him throughout. Gambit ($26) sustained a strong burst from last in the middle stages to finish third.
He is enjoying his best season with his 29 starts this year producing eight wins and six placings for earnings of $91,120. He has inherited much of his ability from his dam Aristocratic Glow, who raced 44 times for nine wins, 13 placings and $74,756 in stakes.
Back In Twenty and promising four-year-old mare Smooth Rye are due to leave for New South Wales on Monday. They will be prepared in Sydney by young trainer-reinsman Corey Peterson.
Smooth Rye, also owned by Fowler, was bred in New South Wales, and she has shown considerable promise, with ten wins and four placings from 34 starts which have netted $48,351 in stakemoney.
“I am sure Back In Twenty will like the big track at Menangle,” said Prentice. “He has raced with spreaders here, but I reckon they will be able to remove them when he races on the spacious Menangle track.”
If Back In Twenty maintains his excellent form in Sydney there is a strong chance that he will continue his career in America.