Pateman victorious on Fly Away Peter
Fly Away Peter broke through for his first victory in almost 17 months during Thursday’s The Bull and Bush Tavern handicap (1690m) at the Bunbury Turf Club.
After negotiating a pedestrian speed in the opening stages, Mitchell Pateman guided the six-year-old from third to the lead within the space of 10 seconds and led the field by two lengths midway down the back straight.
The other runners were unable to gain enough ground to seriously challenge him over the remainder of the journey to win by 2.3 lengths, although plucky three-year-old filly Caslavska ran home strongly in her seventh career start.
Trainer Tim Crosby also had a promising start early in the afternoon, with his three-year-old Cocky Dodd claiming his first career win on debut in the Moshi Moshi Marketing maiden (1108m).
Although he was pushed for lengthy stages by Warwick Bradshaw’s three-year-old Euphonious, rider Randy Tan held his nerve in the saddle and got the gelding home by the barest of margins.
The South West flavour continued in the Furphy — Refreshing Ale maiden (1208m) with trainers Bruce Watkins and Christine Stelmach having runners finish at the business end of the race.
Watkins’ three-year-old Fred Dag continued his liking for the Bunbury track by defeating Great Charade by 1.8 lengths in his second career start, while Stelmach’s runner Flying Target rallied late from the middle of the pack to finish in third. Stelmach’s impressive afternoon was completed in the Amelia Park Wines Handicap when her seven-year-old Bon Signore defeated Adam Durrant’s red-hot Deception Game.
Arguably the most in-form runner leading into the meeting, the Durrant three-year-old was unable to penetrate the head of the field until the closing stages, where he fell agonisingly short.
Despite having his run of three consecutive wins come to an end, Durrant’s runner has placed no lower than fourth across his career to date.
Fly Away Peter canters to victory by 2.3 lengths in Thursday’s The Bush and Bull Tavern handicap (1690m) at the Bunbury Turf Club.