Pate­man vic­to­ri­ous on Fly Away Peter

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - Justin Fris

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.

Pic­ture: Justin Fris

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.

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