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Byford part-owner and trainer Katja Warwick named the athletic little Mach Three colt Machnificent because of his handsome looks — and the $20,000 yearling continues to excel on the racetrack.
Machnificent, the $1.40 favourite from barrier No. 1, revealed sparkling speed when he set a bold pace and strolled to victory in the Go One Better With Westral Pace on Friday night when his mile rate of 1.53 equalled the best by a three-year-old over 1730m at Gloucester Park, with the New Zealand-bred Howard Hughes recording that rate in his win over Undercover Mac on September 4, 2020.
Machnificent, driven by Shannon Suvaljko, reeled off quarters of 29.4sec., 29.1sec., 27.8sec. and 27.1sec. when he won by a length from $8 chance Beat City, who trailed the leader throughout.
“I didn’t expect he would run such a fast time,” said Warwick. “But I have always thought that he is a super smart horse, such a hard trier and blessed with an exceptional sprint.
“How far can he go; that’s anyone’s guess. Shannon didn’t pull the ear plugs and he said that Machnificent could’ve gone another 27sec. quarter after winning. And he has pulled up superbly.”
Machnificent has now earned $101,842 as well as many more thousands of dollars in Westbred bonuses from his ten wins and 11 placings from 35 starts.
Warwick continued in winning form when Amante Secreto, a $9 chance driven by Chris Lewis, finished strongly along the sprint lane to beat the pacemaker and $3 favourite Minor Catastrophe in a 2100m event for three-year-old fillies at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park on Saturday night.
Lewis then used identical tactics to win the following event with Busselton trainer Barry Howlett’s six-year-old gelding Deep Blue.