Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Lightly-raced six-year-old Tokyo Joe overcame a poor start to score an easy win after he had broken into a gallop soon after the mobile barrier had sent the field on its way in the 2130m Westral Timber Shutters Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Tokyo Joe settled down in fifth position in the field of eight and trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams had no option but to opt out of the early spirited speed battle involving Malabar Spur, My Medina, No Republic and Majestic Courtney.
No Republic, second fancy at $2.80, eventually got to the front after a fast lead time of 36.9sec. and he then defied strong pressure from the $2.10 favourite Majestic Courtney.
The early speed told on No Republic and Majestic Courtney, and Deni Roberts dashed $9 chance My Mdina to the front 260m from home after that trotter had enjoyed the ideal one-out, one-back trail. Williams switched Tokyo Joe three wide at the 250m, and the $4.70 chance finished strongly to get to the front in the final 70m on his way to defeating My Mdina by almost a length.
No Republic faded to fifth, while Majestic Courtney, who began to hang in at the 400m, finished seventh.
Tokyo Joe, a winner of four standing-start event in New Zealand, has had 22 starts in WA for six wins and seven placings.