Per­fect Mach breaks drought

The Sunday Times - - RACING -

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.

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