Veteran pacer Whozideawasthis became only the second pacer in the 60-year history of the Memorial Day Stakes to win the feature event twice when he revealed sparkling gate speed from the outside barrier in the field of six to set a brisk pace and score a stylish victory in the $25,000 feature event over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
The only other dual winner of the Memorial Day Stakes was Kiwi Dillon, who was successful in 1962 and 1963 for trainer Bill Johnson and his reinsman son Max.
Whozideawasthis, a New Zealand-bred ten-year-old, won this event in 2018 and finished second to The Bucket List in 2019. He charged home from last to win by a half-head from Lord Rosco over 2130m last Friday week, but was neglected by punters on Friday night and was a $25.40 tote outsider.
Vultan Tin was generally expected to set the pace and win from the No. 1 barrier on Friday night and was a hot favourite at $1.07. However, Vultan Tin was unable to hold out the flying Whozideawasthis, who sped to the front after 50m.
Trainer Gary Hall Snr said that Whozideawasthis could not have won if he had been restrained at the start, and he praised the initiative shown by his son, Gary.
“I was very pleased to get Whozideawasthis from Albert Pizzuto a few years ago and he has done a huge job here,” said Hall Snr. Whozideawasthis now has earned $307,029 from 27 wins and 18 placings from 108 starts.
Vultan Tin settled down trailing Whozideawasthis before Emily Suvaljko eased him off the pegs and into the breeze with two laps to travel when Chris Voak was urging Im Full Of Excuses forward.
Im Full Of Excuses then gained a perfect sit in the one-out, one-back position, but he wilted to finish sixth. Vultan Tin battled on manfully into third place, just over a length behind the winner.
by Ken Casellas