Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Seven-year-old Goodtime Pe Rabbit has only a ten per cent winning record and has managed just four wins from 34 appearances in standing-start events.
However, he has excellent prospects of winning the $18,000 Direct Trades Supply Trot, a stand over 2096m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, after a splendid, fighting effort in a mobile race at Gloucester Park on Monday.
The Tony Svilicich-owned and trained gelding will start from the inside on the front line and Chris Lewis will be anxious for a clean getaway in the hope of an all-the-way success.
Goodtime Pe Rabbit is not foolproof in stands but is generally reliable. He broke into a gallop moments after the start of Monday’s race, losing about five lengths. He then surged forward but was trapped out three wide for the remainder of the 2130m event. He fought on with grim determination to finish second to the pacemaker Shanhill.
That impressive effort followed his sound first-up performance the previous Tuesday when he raced in the breeze and finished second to My Medina in a 2096m stand.
My Medina, to be driven by Deni Roberts for Wundowie trainer Bruce Stanley, is racing with boundless enthusiasm, and from the 10m mark she has excellent each-way prospects. She enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing strongly to beat Goodtime Pe Rabbit on Tuesday of last week. That followed seconds to Tokyo Joe and Majestic Dream at her two previous outings.
Majestic Dream, trained by Karen Bennett, will start from barrier two on the front line with Kyle Harper in the sulky. The former Victorian trotter was a $1.90 favourite when he broke soon after the start and was distanced in a mobile event at Pinjarra on Monday of last week.
That followed smart mobile victories at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park at his two previous outings, his first runs in WA. It is worth noting that he has contested seven standing-start events without finishing in the top three in any of them.
No Republic (Jocelyn Young) and Tokyo Joe (Robbie Williams) will start off the 20m mark and will have many admirers. Both trotters were successful in mobile events last month.