Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing
New Zealand-bred five-year-old Double Up is proving to be one of the stars of champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond’s Forrestdale stable, and he showed that he should be one of the leading contenders for Cup events in the winter months with another splendid victory at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
He was the second fancy at $4.10 and had to survive a lengthy protest hearing before being declared the winner, by just under a length, from the $1.90 favourite Jumpingjackmac.
Gary Hall jnr, driver of Jumpingjackmac, lodged a protest, alleging interference in the back straight in the final lap when Double Up, driven by Ryan Warwick, shifted out from the one-out, one-back position.
After hearing the evidence from Hall and Warwick, the stewards dismissed the protest, saying that they were not totally satisfied that Double Up was not entirely responsible for Jumpingjackmac racing roughly and then breaking into a gallop.
Double Up, a gelding by American Ideal, managed only two wins from 14 starts in New Zealand, but has been a revelation in WA with his 28 starts in the State producing 13 wins and nine placings.
Polemarker Tyler Brett ($10) set the pace, with Born To Boogie ($6) in the breeze, followed by Double Up in the one-out, one-back position. Jumpingjackmac raced in the one-out, two-back position, and he lost valuable ground when he paced roughly in the final lap. He finished strongly from fifth on the home turn.