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Astute South Australian trainer Dale Afford has no regrets for his decision to send his promising four-year-old over Hesashark to Western Australia seven weeks ago to be trained by Nathan Turvey.
Twenty minutes before the first event at Gloucester Park on Friday night Afford had two runners in the fourth race at Port Pirie, and he landed the quinella, with Michael Smith leading with Ultimate Trouble and winning by a head from stablemate Wesaidso, whom he drove and finished strongly along the sprint lane.
Afford then was able to watch the telecast of the Catalano Truck And Equipment Sales Ugga Dugga Pace at Gloucester Park when Emily Suvaljko drove Hesashark, the $1.30 favourite, to an easy all-the-way victory.
This was Hesashark’s fourth start in WA, following a first-up fourth and two third placings. Hesashark impressed with his 35 starts for Afford in South Australia producing 11 wins and 13 placings. The highlight of his career in that State was his fast-finishing neck second to Mach Dan in the South Australian Derby at Globe Derby Park in February 2020. Turvey was more than happy with Hesashark’s win, saying: “He has been working well and I expect him to do a good job in WA.”