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West Australian-bred three-year-old Powerplay, hot favourite at $1.30 from the prized No. 1 barrier, gave champion reinsman Chris Lewis an armchair drive when he set the pace and won easily from his ten older rivals in the 2130m Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Powerplay sped over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 27.3sec. on his way to beating $20 chance Whatabro by three lengths at a 1.57.9 rate.  Bettor Be Oscar ($17) raced without cover and battled on gamely to be a half-length farther back in third place.

Powerplay, owned and prepared by Debra Lewis, was a cheap purchase after failing to reach his reserve price of just $4000 at the 2019 APG Perth yearling sale.

By former smart WA pacer Rich And Spoilt, Powerplay is out of McArdle mare Mene Jaccka, who raced 95 times for seven wins, 17 placings and stakes of $48,105. Chris Lewis drove Mene Jaccka seven times for two wins and two second placings.

Powerplay certainly has proved a bargain and he now has earned $78,629 from ten wins and seven placings from 33 starts.

Written by: Ken Casellas | Photo Credit: Hamilton Content Creators