Two masterful drives by Shannon Suvaljko and Colin Brown have paved the way for a pair of upset results in the Clipsal By Schneider Electric Sales Classics, both over 1730m, at Gloucester Park last night.
Speaking prior to the race, Suvaljko said it was his intention to press forward and find the front on the Glenn Elliott-trained Soho Interceptor from barrier six.
The filly’s task became significantly easier when second favourite Cap In Hand, drawn immediately to Soho Interceptor’s outside, galloped just after the start.
Suvaljko had to work relatively hard for the lead as Justin Prentice looked to hold up with Delightfull, but Soho Interceptor had too much dash and was able to cross as the field left the straight the first time.
The second of the Justin Prentice-trained runners in the race Has No Fear tried hard in the concluding stages to run down the Art Major filly, but she proved too strong in the closing stages.
It continued a successful period for owner Robert Watson, after Soho Tribeca finished third in last week’s Miracle Mile at Menangle.
Has No Fear and Delightfull filled the minor placings, while Cap In Hand tailed off to finish last.
In the colts and geldings final, the Ryan Bell-trained Shockwave was sent out a short price favourite, but was upstaged by Colin Brown, who trained and drove Its Rock And Roll to victory.
A $37,500 buy at last year’s Australian Pacing Gold sales, Its Rock And Roll initially went back from barrier seven, before Brown went around his rivals to the breeze for a short time.
Patrickthepirhanha then moved into the position, allowing Its Rock And Roll to be one out one back for the final lap.
Shockwave looked to have established a winning break on the home turn, but Its Rock And Roll went home a little too strong in the closing stages to score by a half-head.
Patrickthepirhana fought on gamely to finish third.
Meanwhile, Speed Man looks set to be the leading contender for the Gary Hall Snr stable in the upcoming WA Derby, after his impressive win in the Push By Schneider Electric 3yo Pace (2130m).
It took a courageous drive by Gary Hall Jnr to get the colt out of a pocket, but when he did get clear running, he powered away from Golden State.