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Versatile WA-bred three-year-old Powerplay completed a double for Hopeland owner-trainer Debra Lewis when her husband Chris drove the Rich And Spoilt gelding to an all-the-way victory in the Vili Milisits Memorial Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday afternoon.
Mrs Lewis was successful earlier in the program with Pierre Whitby, who was driven by Jocelyn Young.
“It all went to plan,” said Chris Lewis. “We got things comfortably with a lead time of 37.7sec. and an opening quarter of 31.2sec.”
Lewis had planned to set the pace with Powerplay after he had drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier. Last-start winner Otis, the second fancy at $3.70, raced in the breeze but was unable to overhaul the pacemaker, who sprinted over the final 800m in 56.4sec. and rated 1.57.1 over the 2130m journey.
Powerplay, who was purchased cheaply after he was passed in when he failed to reach his modest reserve price of $4000 at the 2019 Perth APG yearling sale, has earned $106,389 from 13 wins and seven placings from 39 starts.