Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing
New Zealand-bred mare Unconditional’s 21 starts have all been in Western Australia for trainers Greg and Skye Bond for earnings of $54,998 from eight wins and five seconds.
But the four-year-old continues to provide plenty of headaches for her driver Ryan Warwick, who drove her to a narrow victory in the 2130m Vertical Transport And Hoisting Needs Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Favourite at $2.10 from barrier four, Unconditional enjoyed a perfect passage in the one-out, one-back position before starting a three-wide move 480m from home and gaining a head verdict over the pacemaker and $4.40 second fancy Run For Mercy, rating 1.57.3.
“She is a nightmare to drive,” said reinsman Ryan Warwick. “In the preliminary she gives you bad anxiety. She spins around. When she is going three-quarter pace, she just spins around. It is quite dangerous. I’d love to say she is getting better, but she’s not.
“Once she gets camouflaged on the way to the barrier and once she gets on to the arm, she is fine.
“Tonight, I had to go when I did because they weren’t going quick enough, and when she did, she had them covered leading into the corner. I just had to get around the corner nicely, and she did it pretty easily, even though the margin wasn’t big.”