Perfect Mach breaks drought
Robbie Dewar PACING PERFECT Mach caused a boilover on Friday night in the York Cup (2503m).
Trained and driven by Ryan Bell, the $23.50-chance stepped cleanly from the tapes and settled on the back of the leader Assassinator in the $30,000 Group 3 race.
Bell was able to extricate the seven-year-old into the clear with 220m to travel and ran to the front soon after entering the home straight to win by a length.
It was the son of Mach Three’s first win in his past 11 starts.
“He went really well tonight, especially when you get a run like that you are always going to be in the mix, aren’t you,” Bell said.
“I told the owners coming in that we should move him on, but after tonight I don’t know, especially when he steps in stands like he did tonight.
“He is a half-brother to Soho Tribeca. I paid $6000 for him before I syndicated him out.”
Friday night he proved how much of a bargain he has become despite the long drought between wins as he took his stake earnings to $125,038.
DRIVER Clint Hall had a winning double with Fernleigh Rebel in the WA Country Builders Kersley Qualifying Heat 2 (2130m), and Webb Ellis who led all the way to take out the Thomas Sabo Jewellery Pace (1730m).
His drive behind Webb Ellis was the drive of the night.
Taking full advantage of drawing barrier 1, Hall allowed the son of Changeover to stride and with 950m to travel he had put a three-length space between him and his rivals.
He won by a sulky length in a 1.54.7 mile rate.
Michael Brennan also trained a double when successful with Im Rockaria in the TABtouch Pace (2130m) and the final event when Mac Tiger led throughout to win by three lengths.
In Kalgoorlie, trainer Matt Saw and driver Madeline Young had a back-to-back double with Estocada and Mister Ardee.
ONE TO WATCH PUNTERS could collect in the not too distant future with Parisian Partygirl who flashed home from last to get within a halflength of Bettor Boa in the Life Members Of York Harness Fillies And Mares Ms Pace (2130m).
INTER DOMINION The final set off rankings for the forthcoming TABtouch Inter Dominion Championships have been released.
The top 10: Lazarus, Lennytheshark, Chicago Bull, Our Dream About Me, Have Faith In Me, Tiger Tara, Soho Tribeca, Shandale, Ohoka Punter and Major Croker. The first set of heats are run on Friday week, with the $1.1 million final set for December 8.