Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Leosabi, a winner of three races in Victoria, maintained his outstanding form for the indomitable partnership of trainer Nathan Turvey and driver Emily Suvaljko when he finished powerfully from seventh at the bell to win the 2130m Specialised Equipment Funding Solutions Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
This was his seventh win from 14 starts in Western Australia and improved his record to 42 starts for ten wins, 17 placings and stakes of $78,771.
“He is a lovely horse around the stable, and he has exceeded all expectations” said Turvey. “He is a versatile horse and things worked out nicely tonight.”
Leosabi started from the outside of the back line and was the $3 favourite ahead of Typhoon Banner ($4) and Alice Kay ($4.40) who filled the minor placings.
Thereugo ($7) began with his usual alacrity from the No. 5 barrier, and he set the pace, with Alice Kay enjoying an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, and Typhoon Banner in last position.
Alice Kay was flushed out approaching the bell, and her three-wide run was followed by Leosabi and Typhoon Banner, with Leosabi getting the front 50m from the post and scoring by a neck from the strong finishing Typhoon Banner.
Leosabi, a four-year-old by Art Major, is out of the Courage Under Fire mare Glenferrie Alexis, who raced 65 times for 19 wins (six in New Zealand and 13 in Victoria) and ten placings for earnings of $288,323. This win gave Turvey his 50TH city training success for the season and his 77TH on all tracks. Suvaljko maintained her outstanding form by driving the winner of the first three events at Gloucester Park on Saturday night. She was successful with Sonic Suzy ($1.90), Burghley Shard ($6.50) and Hesacharmer ($9) to take her season’s tally to 165.