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Talented two-year-old Paul Edward revived memories of former champion pacer David Hercules when he scored a runaway victory in the Cowden Limited The Insurance Brokers Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
The classy colt is a half-brother to seven winners of 90 races, including David Hercules, who amassed $1,263,159 from his 39 wins and 35 placings from 108 starts for his breeder and part-owner Steve Johnson and Byford trainer David Thompson.
Paul Edward’s win in the final event completed a wonderful double for Johnson, Thompson and reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green, who had combined to win the opening event with quality three-year-old Otis.
Thompson, who is suffering from a debilitating illness, was at home where he watched his colts win stylishly, with his wife Karen caring for the stable runners on course.
Paul Edward, by American stallion Always B Miki, is the ninth foal out of the Golden Greek mare Like A Dame, who managed three wins from 36 starts before being retired to stud. Paul Edward was foaled on October 8, 2018, and it was an unusual coincidence that his third win from 12 starts (along with six placings) boosted his earnings to $31,315 on October 8, 2021.
Paul Edward was the $1.70 favourite from the No. 6 barrier in the 2130m event which was widely regarded as a match between him and High Price ($2.15).
However, the much-anticipated duel did not eventuate, with High Price beginning speedily from the outside barrier in the field of seven and leading by a length and about to cross $34 chance Peter Romeo and take up the running after 150m when he broke into a fierce gallop and dropped back to a distant last.
Egerton-Green then dashed Paul Edward to the front, and the colt was not extended in setting the pace and winning by five lengths from stablemate Peter Romeo to give Johnson and Tompson the quinella. The final quarters were run in 29sec. and 28.7sec., with Paul Edward rating 1.57.4.
Paul Edward, High Price (who, at his debut a fortnight earlier had led and beaten Paul Edward) and Peter Romeo have shown excellent promise of developing into leading candidates for the WA Derby and other classic events for three-year-olds next year.
Egerton-Green maintained his form in the sulky by winning with Oscar Maguire in the opening event at Kellerberrin on Sunday afternoon.