Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
New Zealand-bred six-year-old Tricky Ric was on his best behaviour and made the most of a stroke of luck to win the group 2 $30,000 Mondo Doro Smallgoods Trotters Sprint over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Starting favourite at $2.30, Tricky Ric, prepared by Gary Hall snr, burst straight to the front and set a brisk pace before winning by three lengths from $126 outsider My Medina, with The Male Model ($101) a half-length farther back in third place.
“We got a bit of luck at the start,” said reinsman Gary Hall jnr, referring to Son Of A Whiz ($3.50) galloping badly moments before the start and badly inconveniencing the $3.30 second fancy Beefour Bacardi.
Son Of A Whiz raced at the rear before finishing a well-beaten seventh, while Beefour Bacardi was never in contention and finished in tenth position. The stewards declared Beefour Bacardi a non-runner because he was denied a fair start.
Tricky Ric, who galloped at the start and finished a distant tenth in the 1684m Trotters Free-For-All at Pinjarra 11 days earlier, began smoothly and was never in danger of defeat as he dashed over the quarters of the final mile in 29.8sec., 31.1sec., 28.9sec. and 29.5sec. Wundowie trainer Bruce Stanley was prominent with his three runners, My Medina, The Male Model and Majestic Courtney ($8.50) finishing in the top five.