Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing
New Zealand-bred six-year-old Heez Our Perseus maintained his excellent form and revealed plenty of strength when he raced without cover before dashing away from his rivals over the final 400m to score an easy victory in the 2130m Money Magnet Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Trained by Gary Hall snr and driven confidently by Maddison Brown, Heez Our Perseus, the third favourite at $3.80, is proving a wonderful bargain for Brown, Karen Hall and Glen Moore, who purchased him for $15,000 about 15 months ago. He now has had 32 starts for his new owners for eight wins, six seconds and four thirds for earnings of $102,942, taking his career record to 55 starts for 13 wins, 13 placings and stakes of $180,504.
Polemarker Our Star Watch was the $3.20 favourite, who set a slow early pace with a lead time of 39.9sec. and an opening quarter of the final mile in 31.4sec. Brown was unconcerned as Heez Our Perseus relaxed in the breeze, a couple of lengths from the pacemaker.
After a second quarter of 29.1sec. Brown urged Heez Our Perseus forward and the third 400m section was run in 28.1sec., with Heez Our Perseus getting on terms with the leader 550m from home. He led clearly at the 400m and gradually drew away to win by almost two lengths from Our Star Watch, rating 1.58.6.