Victorian-bred seven-year-old Space Junk ended a sequence of five unplaced efforts when he relished the role of pacemaker and was not extended in winning from Free To Air and The Watch Maker in the 2130m Etch Coatings Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
The gelding, trained by Giles Inwood, was favourite at $2.20 and was driven confidently by Chris Voak, who dashed him straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier.
After a slow lead time of 38.9sec. and modest opening quarters of 30.9sec. and 29.6sec., Space Junk dashed over the final 400m sections in 28sec. and 28.9sec. to win at a 1.57.7 rate.
“It was the right race and the right field,” said Voak. “His form has been average, but he got a good draw and was able to lead, and he has always been a good frontrunner.”
Space Junk, a winner of five races in Victoria, has won at 12 of his 43 starts in Western Australia and has earned $134,693 from 17 wins and nine placings from 55 starts.
Written by: Ken Casellas | Photo Credit: Hamilton Content Creators