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The perseverance of Serpentine owner-trainer Matt Scott paid off at Gloucester Park on Friday night when his indefatigable ten-year-old mare C C Chevron returned to the winning list and ended losing sequence of 73 when Emily Suvaljko drove the $13.80 chance to an all-the-way victory in the $17,000 Retravision Pace over 2536m.
C C Chevron’s win provided the icing on the cake for the 44-year-old Scott, who spent the evening at Busselton where he won the Busselton Cup with Awaitinstructions, the $3.10 favourite who put up a remarkable performance after being tightened and breaking into a fierce gallop 120m after the start of the $14,000 2680m Cup.
C C Chevron went into Friday night’s event, having been unplaced at her previous 14 starts. But she was rated perfectly in front and was able to sprint over the final 400m in 28.6sec. on her way to winning by a half-length from the $4.80 chance Quick Stride, who charged home, five wide, from eighth at the bell.
The much-travelled New Zealand-bred C C Chevron was having her 198TH start in Western Australia after being placed at each of her four New Zealand starts in 2014, winning at five of her nine Victorian starts, winning the 2015 South Australian Derby at Globe Derby Park at her only appearance in that State, and being unplaced at her only appearance in New South Wales.
C C Chevron’s 213 starts have produced 17 wins, 20 seconds and 24 thirds for stakes of $200,599. Her 198 starts in WA for Scott have resulted in 11 wins and 37 placings.
Apart from winning the Busselton Cup on Friday night, Scott was also successful at the meeting with $4.80 chance Belonero, who was driven by Mitch Miller to an all-the-way success in the $7250 Kerry Clarke Memorial. Miller and Scott combined with Miracle Mary, who finished a half-head second to Minor Catastrophe in a 2030m event.
Miller also drove Awaitinstructions in the Cup, and he drove Velvet Shadow to victory in the final event of the five-night carnival in which Scott took out the award as leading trainer.
Few gave the Tim Blee-owned Awaitinstructions any chance of winning the Busselton Cup after he was tightened about 120m after the standing start and galloped fiercely, losing at least 50 metres.
Miller did not panic and Awaitinstructions quickly made up his lost ground to race in last position. The Courage Under Fire gelding was still last with 550m to travel before he unleashed a sparkling burst of speed to charge to the front 150m later and race away to score by ten lengths from Jill Mach.