Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Four-year-old New Zealand-bred bred stallion Ideal Agent gave an emphatic sample of his class when he scored a runaway victory in the 2130m The Sports Daily Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Favourite at $1.04 from barrier three, Ideal Agent, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, revealed excellent gate speed and raced three wide in the early stages to hold out $26 chance Dominate The Dojo, who was first to begin from barrier six and got to the lead by three-quarters of a length, but was unable to cross.
Ideal Agent continued to race three wide for the first 580m before getting to the front 120m later. He then set the pace and sprinted over the final 400m sections in 28.1sec. and 27.8sec. to win by eight lengths from $51 outsider Trinity Bromac, who finished strongly from sixth on the pegs at the bell.
Ideal Agent, a winner at four of his 31 New Zealand starts, gives every impression of developing into a top-flight performer in WA where his four starts have produced a first-up nose second to Doc Holliday followed by three wins.
“When he arrived, he didn’t really know how to win,” said reinsman Ryan Warwick. “After his first-up second (when he raced three wide early and then in the breeze) his work at home was a lot different, and he has taken it to the races. He will win more races in town.” Ideal Agent is by American Ideal and is the first foal out of the unraced Bettors Delight mare Lady Smack, whose dam Lady Finger produced The Orange Agent, who amassed $746,423 in prizemoney from her 23 wins and six placings from 33 starts. The winner of the Northern Oaks at Alexandra Park in February 2015, The Orange Agent won four group 1 events, three group 2 features and one at group 3 level.