Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Seven-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding Lawrence is certainly not a star pacer in the powerful Greg and Skye Bond stable, but he is certainly a model of consistency.
Driven by Ryan Warwick and starting the $1.40 favourite in the 2130m Coppa Kabana Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, Lawrence was not fully extended in setting the pace and winning by just under a length from the $5.50 second fancy Know When To Run, who had a tough run in the breeze before fighting on determinedly.
Lawrence, who is by the American stallion Shadow Play, has delivered the goods in fine style in Western Australia, with his 22 starts in the State producing nine wins, seven seconds and one third placing to take his overall record to 50 starts for 14 wins, 18 placings and $141,772 in stakes.
His win came a week after he started off the back mark of 30 metres and had little opportunity to get involved in the action with a solid pace being set all the way. He was last in the field of ten before fighting on to finish seventh behind Caveman. At his previous start he led and won over 2185m at Pinjarra, with a final quarter of 27.2sec.
“People thought he was disappointing when unplaced in the stand last week, but he wasn’t,” said Warwick. “Tonight, I was hoping we would get an easy lead time, and if he repeated his effort of the previous week none of the others should be able to beat him.”
Warwick was able to guide Lawrence through the lead time in a comfortable 38.5sec., and then after a second quarter of 30sec. Lawrence sprinted over the final 400m sections in 27.8sec. and 28.3sec.