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West Australian-bred four-year-old Caveman, the least experienced runner in the 2130m Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, proved too smart for his older rivals when Mark Reed drove him to an all-the-way victory.

Reed took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier and Caveman set a solid pace and went on to win by a half neck from the nine-year-old $31 outsider Major Stare, rating 1.57.8. Carrera Mach, a $14 chance, made an unsuccessful early bid for the lead and then raced in the breeze for a while before gaining the one-out, one-back trail. He battled on doggedly to finish third, just ahead of $41 outsider Pierre Whitby, who ran home strongly from tenth at the bell.

Caveman, who is prepared by Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed, has raced 33 times for 12 wins, nine placings and stakes of $99,739. He looks set for further successes.

Caveman, raced by Wilma and Jim Giumelli, was purchased for $47,500 at the 2018 Perth APG yearling sale.

Written by: Ken Casellas | Photo Credit: Hamilton Content Creators