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“On one hand I’m happy, and on the other hand I’m very disappointed,” said Wundowie trainer Bruce Stanley after The Male Model had caused an upset by winning the 2503m Garrard’s Perth Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
The Male Model, owned and trained by Stanley, was a $46.70 outsider when Kim Prentice trailed the pacemaker Tears Of Joy and brought the seven-year-old home with a well-timed burst to hit the front 50m from the post and score by one and a half lengths.
The victory ended a 32-month drought and a losing sequence of 49. It was the New Zealand-bred gelding’s first success at Gloucester Park at his 31ST appearance at the track.
The reason for Stanley’s mixed emotions was that he was driving his recent acquisition Majestic Courtney, a $9 chance at his West Australian debut. After starting from the back mark of 50m, Majestic Courtney enjoyed a perfect passage in the one-out, one-back position before he hit the off-side wheel of No Republic’s sulky 420m from home, broke into a gallop and dropped back to finish last.
“I’m pretty sure that Majestic Courtney would’ve won easily,” he said. “He was travelling quite nicely before he hit a wheel and broke. No-one is more disappointed at the moment than me.”
Stanley had a good feeling before the race that The Male Model would perform strongly. “I told Kim before the race that it had taken me a long time to catch The Male Model in the paddock to load him on to the float for the trip to Gloucester Park.
“He is usually pretty good, but today he ran around, and it took a while to catch him. I have had a lot of problems with him, a lot of health issues, and I was going to retire him last year.
“But after giving him eight months off I decided to bring him back into work, and he has improved a lot in his trackwork.
“I’m happy that he won tonight and that my third runner in the race, My Mdina, ran on well to finish third.”