Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Starting from the outside barrier (No. 8) on the front line proved no obstacle for smart New Zealand-bred five-year-old Double Up in the 2130m APG Offers $600,000 In Local Prizemoney Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Double Up, a $8.80 chance for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, was driven with supreme confidence by star reinsman Ryan Warwick, who was happy to keep the American Ideal gelding at the rear before asking for a supreme effort in the final lap.
Space Junk, a $23 chance, set the pace after keeping out the $2.20 favourite Bettorstartdreaming, who had begun speedily from the No. 3 barrier. Bettorstartdreaming faced the breeze before fading to finish last.
Double Up was last in the field of nine with 600m to travel. It was then that Warwick urged Double Up forward, out wide, to burst to the front soon after the 400m mark on his way to scoring an effortless victory by six lengths from $26 chance Vespa, who ran on out wide from seventh at the bell.
Double Up, a winner at two of his 14 New Zealand starts, has been a model of consistency in WA where his 19 starts have produced ten wins and six placings, taking his career record to 33 starts for 12 wins, 11 placings and $107,494 in prizemoney.