Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing
Experienced trainer Bob Mellsop has no regrets regarding his decision to relocate from his Waroona stables to the Donaldson Park training complex in Bunbury.
“I made the switch in December, and I’m delighted to have won 13 races this year,” he said.
His 13TH winner was five-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding Our Star Watch, who was driven by Kyle Harper to a convincing victory in the $20,000 Quayside Transport Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Our Star Watch, the $2.50 favourite, dashed to an early lead, and after modest opening quarters of 31.9sec. and 30.3sec., he sped over the final 400m sections in 27.8sec. and 28.7sec. to coast to a one-length victory over $2.80 second fancy Middlepage, who fought on gamely after trailing the leader throughout.
“Our Star Watch is a nice horse,” said Mellsop. “I’ve had to make a few adjustments, and now we seem to have him pretty much where we wanted him to be. He will keep racing, and I’m not aiming at anything in particular with him.”
By American stallion Hes Watching, Our Star Watch is the first foal out of the unraced Bettors Delight mare Star N Diamonds. He won at two of his 16 New Zealand starts and his WA record of 33 starts for seven wins and 13 placings have improved his record to 49 starts for nine wins, 18 placings and stakes of $80,693.