De­cep­tion Game lunges to vic­tory in thrilling hand­i­cap

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - Justin Fris

Adam Dur­rant’s three-year-old De­cep­tion Game has just seven ca­reer starts un­der his belt, but Sun­day’s vic­tory in the Civil­con Con­struc­tion Hand­i­cap (1400m) at the Bun­bury Turf Club dis­played the class of a sea­soned run­ner.

En­ter­ing Sun­day with two con­sec­u­tive wins, Wil­liam Pike was perched at the back of the field for three quar­ters of the jour­ney, with the geld­ing un­able to find rhythm.

How­ever, in the clos­ing stages, Pike found a path, with De­cep­tion Game calmly strid­ing along­side Rob Smith’s six-year-old Awe­some As, who ap­peared on course for a com­fort­able vic­tory.

Sec­onds out from the win­ning post, De­cep­tion Game edged his neck in front of the valiant mare and se­cured a thrilling vic­tory.

With three wins al­ready in his ca­reer, one won­ders whether Lark Hill-based Dur­rant will be en­ticed to send the three-year-old back to Bel­mont Park to back up its Septem­ber 26 vic­tory.

An­other run­ner who im­pressed dur­ing Sun­day’s meet­ing was Stephen Miller’s three-year-old The Pen, who recorded his first ca­reer vic­tory in the Qube Ports and Bulk Trans­port Maiden (1000m).

A run sim­i­lar to Pike’s later in the af­ter­noon, rider Paul Har­vey took con­trol of the geld­ing from the mid­dle of the field and kept a solid tempo in the fi­nal 200m of the jour­ney.

Once hit­ting the front, The Pen showed ex­cel­lent tem­per­a­ment and glided to vic­tory ahead of Eu­pho­nious, who en­joyed a solid fin­ish in his first out­ing of the sea­son.

There was joy for South West­based train­ers, with Justin War­wick’s pre-race fancy Len­non’s Song com­fort­ably de­feat­ing Triple Ex­press by a length in the Qube Ports and Bulk Steve­dor­ing Hand­i­cap (1675m) en­sur­ing back-to-back wins from four starts.

Although vic­tory ul­ti­mately eluded him, there was a lot to like from Tom Wid­de­son’s five-year-old Dis­tant Tril­ogy, who fin­ished sec­ond in the Mar­ket City Meats Hand­i­cap (1200m).

The Pen, rid­den by Paul Har­vey, ral­lied in the clos­ing stages to de­feat Eu­pho­nious in the Qube Ports and Bulk Trans­port Maiden (1000m).

Pic­tures: Justin Fris

De­cep­tion Game, rid­den by Wil­liam Pike, de­feats Awe­some As by a neck in Sun­day’s Civil­con Con­struc­tion hand­i­cap (1400m) at the Bun­bury Turf Club.

The Fug­hazi, rid­den by Shaun McGruddy, claims line hon­ours in the West­ern Meat Pack­ers Maiden (1200m) from Fairedu.

Rich Turf, rid­den by Steven Parn­ham, com­pletes her fi­nal prepa­ra­tions ahead of the West­ern Meat Pack­ers maiden. The three-year-old filly fin­ished third.

Rider Wil­liam Pike en­ters the mount­ing yard aboard De­cep­tion Game fol­low­ing the thrilling come-from-be­hind vic­tory.

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