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Promising two-year-old gelding Peter Romeo broke through for his first win at his 14TH start when Shannon Suvaljko took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier to drive him to a comfortable all-the-way victory in the 2130m DTS, We’ve Got Shedloads Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Peter Romeo, trained by David Thompson, had sufficient in reserve at the finish to beat $3.90 chance Loucid Dreams by more than a length after setting up his win with a slow lead time of 38.9sec. and moderate opening quarters of 31.1sec. and 30.7sec.
He kept Loucid Dreams at bay after that gelding had worked in the breeze throughout. Peter Romeo’s stablemate Paul Edward, the $1.60 favourite from the outside barrier in the field of eight, raced at the rear before starting a three-wide move at the bell. The final 400m sections were run in 28.6sec. and 29.5sec. and Paul Edward fought on doggedly to finish fifth.
Peter Romeo, bred and owned by Steve Johnson, is by American stallion Always B Miki, and is the eleventh foal and eighth winner out of the Beach Towel mare Jane Elouise, who raced 14 times for four wins, three placings and stakes of $44,926.
Jane Elouise won at her second appearance and at her Gloucester Park debut in February 2005 when she set the pace and beat Perfect Example by a nose. At her next start she finished third behind Jupiters Darling in the $70,000 final of the Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies.
She won at her final two starts (for trainer Colin Brown), in February 2006 when she was a $14 chance from barrier seven and beat Dynamite Freedom in the $40,000 Sales Classic for three-year-old fillies, and then three days later she led from barrier two and beat the $1.60 favourite Asahi.
Jane Elouise was bred by Johnson, who purchased her dam, the Tasmanian-bred Shy Amazon at a broodmare sale in Melbourne in 1996.
Shy Amazon, by the American stallion Atashy, produced her twelfth foal Jane Elouise as a 20-year-old, and Jane Elouise’s eight winners have been Soho Jackman, Harriet Elisabeth, Karen Elizabeth, Liam Neil, Manly Boy, Nikki Louise, Osaka and Peter Romeo.
Soho Jackman has been a top-flight performer who raced 123 times for 32 wins, 33 placings and $368,278 in prizemoney. He won 13 times in WA before being sold to America in August 2015.
Johnson said that Peter Romeo and Paul Edward would continue racing. “There’s a Friday night race for two-year-olds every two weeks, and if they are happy, healthy and sound they will probably race every couple of weeks,” he said.