Blast­ing up the track

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH

THE mar­ket sug­gested it would be a walk in the park, but Po­lar Blast’s trainer Janel Ryan wasn’t sur­prised it was any­thing but after the geld­ing se­cured its fourth straight win at Clu­den Park yes­ter­day.

Sent out an over­whelm­ing $ 1.30 favourite in the Bench­mark 70 Hand­i­cap ( 1400m), the five- year- old and jockey Brad Pen­gelly sur­vived a spir­ited chal­lenge from sec­ond elect Deputy Dan ($ 6) to win by half a head.

It was Po­lar Blast’s fourth straight win, and fifth in 17 ca­reer starts, after he was fresh­ened up after a three length vic­tory at Cairns on Oc­to­ber 31. Po­lar Blast was be­hind Deputy Dan be­fore win­ning an en­gross­ing duel in a head­wind down the straight.

“We knew it was go­ing to be a re­ally hard race to win to­day be­cause ev­ery­thing in it was pretty well on equal terms, es­pe­cially Roy Chillemi’s horse ( Best Hoffa, fourth) and Deputy Dan,” Ryan said.

“We were pleased with the run. He’s been work­ing well and there’s no rea­son ( why) he couldn’t win.

“We thought he’d be run­ning sec­ond in the trip, and that’s how it panned out.

“After this run we thought we’d send him for a spell, but at the mo­ment there’s not a lot of grass on the Table­lands so we’ll see how it goes.”

The Ryan- Pengilly com- bi­na­tion took out the open­ing two races of the card after also salut­ing with Cen­tre Red ($ 3.80) in the Class 3 Place ( 1609m). Cen­tre Red set­tled fourth in the run be­fore fin­ish­ing over the top of the well- backed Light Up Ve­gas ($ 9). In one of the up­sets of the day, trainer Garry Dick­son’s $ 18 hope Sep­timo over­came a bet­ting plunge on favourite Imanui ( fourth) to win the Class 6 Plate ( 1200m).

WIN­NING STREAK: Po­lar Blast ( cen­tre, rid­den by Brad Pen­gelly) tak­ing the lead in the Bench­mark 70 Hand­i­cap ( 1400m) at Clu­den Park yes­ter­day. It was the geld­ing’s fourth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory. Pic­ture: ALIX SWEENEY

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