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Four-year-old American Arma continues to flourish under the care of Banjup trainer-reinsman Colin Brown, and she outclassed her rivals in the 2130m Table Bet Tragedy Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
This was her fourth win in a row and further enhanced her prospects in the rich feature events for mares in the coming summer months. Her victory completed a treble for the 63-year-old Brown, who had won the two previous events with Talks Up A Storm and Regal Cheval.
American Arma, a $6 chance from out wide at barrier eight, settled in ninth position in the field of ten, with Brown content to let her relax while the lead time was covered in a quick 35.9sec. which saw the $3.30 favourite Might As Well getting to the front after 400m.
Paroquet ($20) dashed forward to unsuccessfully challenge Might As Well for the lead 1350m from home. Miss Boudica ($6.50) also went forward, three wide, before being restrained back to the rear with 1100m to travel.
American Arma was eighth at the bell before Brown set her alight with a fast three-wide move at the 700m. American Arma assumed the one-out, one-back position for a brief while before Brown urged her forward again, three wide, at the 450m. American Arma sprinted strongly, took the lead at the 250m and raced away to win by just over four lengths from the $3.50 second fancy Miss Lamarr.
American Arma rated 1.57.8 and she is showing signs of developing into an outstanding performer. Her first six starts in late 2020 resulted in five wins and a second placing, and she now boasts a wonderful record of 20 starts for nine wins, seven placings and stakes of $103,040.
She has inherited much of the ability of her dam Arma Xpress, who was a brilliant youngster, with her wins as a two-year-old in 2012 including two group 1 features, the WA Sales Classic and the Golden Slipper, two group 2 events, the Champagne Classic and the Westbred Classic, and the group 3 Gold Bracelet. She raced only 18 times for 12 wins and one placings for $279,890 in prizemoney.