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Classy filly Wonderful To Fly bounced back after her surprise defeat first-up a week earlier when her part-owner and trainer-driver Shane Young drove her to an effortless victory in the Westside Auto Wholesale Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
The $1.10 favourite began speedily from No. 3 barrier and after a dawdling lead time of 39.1sec. and slow opening quarters of the final mile of 33.1sec. and 31.2sec., she dashed over the final 400m sections in 29.2sec. and 27.4sec. to beat Precocious Lady ($6.50) by 10m at a 2.0.9 rate over the 2130m journey.
This improved her record to 15 starts for eight wins, three placings and stakes of $148,590.
“She showed good gate speed and I was surprised she went so slowly early,” said Young. “I was pleased that she did not overrace.
“She probably will have a couple more runs before having a break. She is a quality filly.”
Follow The Ark maintained her steady rate of improvement and impressed in running home strongly from seventh and last at the bell to finish third.