Talented young reinsman Corey Peterson is making a name for himself as a trainer, and he notched a double on Friday night, driving Shanway to an all-the-way victory in the 2130m Specialised Equipment Funding Solutions Pace at Gloucester Park before his four-year-old mare Smooth Rye ran on from sixth at the bell to beat War Club by a half-head in a 2100m event at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park, 175km away.
Shanway, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old by Bettors Delight, was a hot favourite at $1.60 from the prized No. 1 barrier and Peterson made every post a winner, holding out the fast-starting Medieval Man and then setting a brisk pace, with a 36.7sec. lead time followed by 400m sections of 30sec., 30.4sec., 28.7sec. and 28.1sec. He went on to win by more than a length from $8.50 chance Thereugo, who trailed him throughout. The winner rated 1.56.2.
Shanway, owned by Mick Harvey, has raced six times in WA for Peterson for two wins and two seconds to improve his record to 60 starts for 13 wins, 15 placings and stakes of $109,881.
Smooth Rye, a mare by Tintin In America, was driven by Aldo Cortopassi and her win as the $2 favourite was her second from two starts for the 20-year-old Peterson. She was driven by Peterson when she ran on from the rear to win by more than five lengths from Chase The Feeling at Kellerberrin the previous Sunday.
by Ken Casellas