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Harness racing folk at the 2019 Perth APG yearling sale missed a wonderful opportunity to secure a bargain when a well-bred colt by former star pacer Rich And Spoilt out of successful race mare Mene Jaccka failed to attract attention and was passed in after nobody was willing to purchase him for his modest reserve price of $4000.

Purchased cheaply after the sale by Hopeland trainer Debra Lewis, the unwanted youngster, now the three-year-old gelding Powerplay chalked up a hat-trick of wins when he started at a dream quote of $13.80 and scored a decisive win in the 2130m Better Your Bet With TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Powerplay had led from favourable barriers and won at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park at his two previous outings, but most punters dismissed him as a winning chance from out wide at barrier eight on Friday night.

However, champion reinsman Chris Lewis held an oppositive view and he stole a march on his ten rivals when he made full use of Powerplay’s sparkling gate speed and dashed the gelding straight to the front. Powerplay set a solid pace and with final quarters of 28.5sec. and 28.1sec. he won by 5m from $10 chance Orlando Blue, rating 1.56.

The $1.80 favourite Mr Fantastic was unable to muster sufficient early speed to hold out Powerplay and he was gradually shuffled back in the field before being badly hampered for room in the final circuit. He finished eighth.

Powerplay now boats a splendid record of eleven wins, seven placings and $89,510 in prizemoney from 34 starts.

Written by: Ken Casellas | Photo Credit: Hamilton Content Creators