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Hayden Charles was in a warm, nostalgic mood after driving Galvinston John to an all-the-way victory in the 2130m Steelos Pace at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night.
Not only did the win give Charles a welcome present on his 39th birthday, but it kindled fond memories of his first driving success, as a teenager when he landed outsider Rattlesnake a head winner over Via Las Vegas in a 2100m C1-C2 event at Gloucester Park on October 22, 2001.
Rattlesnake’s win, charging home from last at the 400m, was the seven-year-old’s only win from 70 starts for Wanneroo trainer Charlie Luca.
In a set of interesting similarities, the 75-year-old Luca is the owner and trainer of four-year-old Galvinston John, who broke through for his initial win at his ninth start when he was the $1.70 favourite from the No. 2 barrier. The victory gave Luca his first success for seven years, and it was his 43rd success as a trainer.
Rattlesnake rated 2.1.8 in his win in an event in which the opening quarter of the final mile was run in a dawdling 32.2sec. Galvinston John ran his opening quarter in 32.3sec. and he rated 2.1.5.
Galvinston John’s win gave Charles, a chartered accountant, his 145th victory from 2738 drives in WA. He also was quite a trailblazer when he drove many winners during his time as an accountant in England a few years ago.
Charles predicts further successes for Galvinston John, a son of American Ideal and the first foal out of the unraced mare Soho Margaux, a daughter of the Queensland-bred Fake Left mare Miss Galvinator, who amassed $1,148,446 in prizemoney from her 60 wins and 75 placings from 231 starts.
Miss Galvinator won 18 times in Queensland and was successful at her only start in New South Wales when she scored at Harold Park in May 2004 before leaving for the United States where she won a further 41 races.