Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Talented four-year-old Major Martini continued his comeback after a 19-month injury-enforced absence in fine style at Gloucester Park on Friday afternoon when he scored an easy victory in the 2130m TABtouch Pace.
With trainer Justin Prentice in the sulky behind Major Martini ($1.70) for the first time since the gelding led and won the group 2 Western Gateway Pace from stablemate Gardys Legacy in March 2020, the WA-bred pacer took the lead after 350m and set the pace before winning by more than a length from $2.35 chance Papinik, who applied plenty of pressure on the pacemaker after getting a neck in front 1200m from home..
This was Major Martini’s fourth win from five starts in his current campaign. He has shown steady improvement in every start, and he impressed in recording his fastest rate (1.54.8) in his wonderful 19-start career of ten wins, seven placings and stakes of $321,923.
Prentice has driven Major Martini five times for four wins and a short half-head second to Double Expresso in the Caduceus Club Classic in February 2020.