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WA-bred five-year-old Walsh has struck a purple patch, and new tactics suited the Art Major gelding when he scored a smart victory in the 2130m Channel 7 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
“We have been driving him tough lately, and tonight he sprinted really good,” said Emily Suvaljko after Walsh ($5.90) had enjoyed an ideal passage in the one-out, two-back position before surging home to win easily from Shadow Roll ($8) and the $2.80 favourite Alta Engen.
“When I pulled him out, it was right on the home corner, and he can hit a knee, so I thought I had pulled out at the wrong time. But there were no problems and he got home really good up the straight.
“I had been tracking the right horses (with Alta Engen in the breeze outside the pacemaker and $3.90 fancy Whatabro, and Shadow Roll in the one-out, one-back position). I knew Dylan (Egerton-Green) was always going to come out in front of me with Shadow Roll. When he went three wide, I switched four wide and let the horse maintain his momentum.”
Walsh, who had settled at the rear before charging forward, three wide, after 600m to take the lead shortly afterwards on his way to a convincing victory the previous Saturday night, was a $34,000 purchase at the 2017 Perth yearling sale who has now earned $133,897 from 13 wins and 23 placings from 85 starts.
His new trainer Nathan Turvey is delighted at his recent performances, but sounded a word of warning, saying: “This win will put him in Free For All company, and it’s going to get harder.”
Turvey and Suvaljko continued on their winning ways, combining to win three of the six events at Narrogin on Saturday night.
They were successful with Royal Essence ($1.12), Rockin Rufus ($1.36) and Leosabi ($2.80).