Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content
Talented reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green was rewarded for his bold decision to dash Ideal Agent forward with a lightning-fast move from last in the field of nine with about 1300m to travel in the 2130m Get the Best Service Only @ DTS Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Ideal Agent, racing first-up for champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond, was the $6.10 second fancy, with Doc Holliday a hot $1.30 favourite from the favourable No. 2 barrier, and when that pacer ambled through the opening quarter of the final mile in 31.5sec. Egerton-Green realised that Ideal Agent would be unable to come from last with a late burst in the final lap to make up sufficient ground to beat the frontrunner.
So, Egerton-Green made the fast move with Ideal Agent to charge to the breeze and put pressure on Doc Holliday, who had to increase the tempo to keep Ideal Agent at bay. This resulted in a 28sec. second 400m section of the final mile, followed by a 29.7sec. and then a fast 28.4sec. final quarter.
Ideal Agent ran home determinedly to take the lead in the final 20m and beat Doc Holliday by a neck, rating 1.56.8sec. Arma Einstein ($23) finished strongly, four wide, from sixth at the bell to be a neck farther back in third place, a nose ahead of the fast-finishing Vespa ($7.50).
Ideal Agent, who was having his first start for ten weeks, won at four of his 31 starts in New Zealand and now has raced ten times in WA for six wins, three seconds and one seventh.
Ideal Agent’s win completed a double the Bond stable and Egerton-Green, who opened the nine-event program with the $1.50 favourite Dont Bother Me None proving too strong for his eight rivals in the DTS We’ve Got Shedloads Pace.
Polemarker Rock Me Over ($10) set the pace, with Egerton-Green content to rate Dont Bother Me None in the breeze. After a modest lead time of 37.8sec. and opening quarters of 30.7sec. and 29.8sec. Rock Me Over sped over the third 400m section in 27.7sec. before Egerton-Green sent Dont Bother Me None the front with 370m to travel. The final quarter was run in 28.1sec. and Dont Bother Me None won by a length from $3.60 chance Will I Rocknroll, with Rock Me Over holding on to be third.
Dont Bother Me None, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old by Bettors Delight, has done all his racing in WA, earning $74,949 from 12 wins and four placings from 21 starts.