Ken Casellas | Photo Credit: Hamilton Content Creators
Collie trainer Erol Ashcroft continues to produce Henwood Bay in fine fettle, and the tough WA-bred five-year-old ended a losing sequence of 12 when Deni Roberts landed him a strong winner over the $2.10 favourite Bettor Be Oscar in the 2536m Direct Trade Supply Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Henwood Bay started from barrier two on the back line and Roberts gave the gelding a perfect trip in the one-out, one-back position before he burst to the front about 450m from home.
Bettor Be Oscar, who raced wide from barrier four in the early stages before getting to the front after 500m, was swamped by Henwood Bay and was trailing by more than a length before he rallied under strong driving from Aiden de Campo. The two pacers then fought out a spirited duel over the final 300m, with Henwood Bay prevailing by a narrow margin.
Henwood Bay has been a reliable moneyspinner for his connections and now has earned $128,135 from 17 wins and 28 placings from 98 starts.