Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing
Middlepage, a $20,000 purchase at the 2018 APG Perth yearling sale, boosted his earnings to $61,884 when he scored a smart victory in the 2130m Fly With Fly Like An Eagle Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
The win completed a double for experienced reinsman Lindsay Harper, who had been successful earlier in the evening with crack four-year-old Eldaytona in the Larkhill Vets pace.
Middlepage, the fourth favourite at $9.90, caused a minor upset when he beat the last-start winner and $2.15 favourite Adda Something by 5m to boost his record to nine wins and 13 placings from 50 starts.
The field of eight raced in Indian file, with Adda Something leading from Spy Major ($3.80) and Middlepage. Harper made a bold move when he switched Middlepage off the pegs with 1000m to travel, and the five-year-old got on terms with Adda Something at the 400m before surging away to win easily, rating 1.58.9 after the final 800m was covered in 56.4sec.
Middlepage is by Tintin In America and is out of the New Zealand-bred mare That’s The Spirit, who earned $134,334 from 22 wins and 30 placings from 105 starts. She won eleven times in Victoria, ten times in Queensland and once in New South Wales. Middlepage is a half-brother to Patrickthepiranha, who has earned $352,853 from 15 wins and 16 placings from 54 starts. Patrickthepiranha won at 13 of his 43 WA starts and now has won twice from eleven starts in America.
Eldaytona, part-owned and trained by Sue Wiscombe, maintained his wonderful form when he was the $1.10 favourite and was untroubled to lead all the way and beat the strong-finishing The Code Breaker ($10) by just under a length at a 1.57 rate over 2130m.
Eldaytona has now raced 26 times for ten wins, 11 seconds and stakes of $86,121.