Williams Team Continue Flying Start To Season

20
Aug

I’m Feeling Lucky and Royal Supreme continued a flying start to the new season for co-trainers Grant and Alana Williams after their impressive wins at Belmont on Saturday.

The husband and wife team have grabbed an early lead in the trainer’s premiership battle, having prepared a winner or better in the first six meetings of the season.

I’m Feeling Lucky was given a perfect run by Glenn Smith, who had the in-form mare sitting on the flanks of pacesetter, Shalo, until he burst clear on straightening.

Saker and Thunderclap Newman tried valiantly to chase down I’m Feeling Lucky in the run home , but they couldn’t bridge the gap, finishing second and third respectively.

Im Feeling Lucky made it a winning hat trick in the Young Membership Handicap (1600m), defeating Saker by 1 1/4 lengths with two lengths to Thunderclap Newman.

Royal Supreme followed up in the Kirin Megumi Handicap (1300m), but it was a much tighter affair with the Domesday gelding scoring an unlikely win in the last.

Royal Supreme looked hopelessly unbeaten when he turned for home in last position, but a blistering finish and a top William Pike ride proved the difference.

Pike plotted a path between runners and darted back to the inside to gain a clear run before snatching a neck victory over Countercat.

Royal Supreme had been knocking on the door of victory and prised it open after three placings from his previous four starts.

Trainer Trevor Andrews has his sights set on a fourth WA Guineas success after talented gelding scored an easy win in the Perth Racing Instagram Plate (1400m).

Rewarding jockey, Shaun McGruddy, the son of Saxon settled last, sprinted to the front with 100m remaining and cleared away to defeat Rich Red by a dominant 2 3/4 lengths.

Get Over It, who heads for a brief let-up, made it two wins from as many starts after opening his winning account at a midweek Belmont meeting on August 10.

McGruddy, who pulled the right reign when he opted to ride Get Over It ahead of One Short for Steve Wolfe, said the three-year-old possessed an impressive turn of foot.

Django continued his resurgence under Alan Mathews when he fought on strongly from third at the turn to defeat Spin Da Wheels in the Carnivale At Crown Handicap (1200m).

The Trade Fair gelding is racing with renewed zest, posting two wins and a second from three starts since joining Mathews’ Muchea stables earlier this year.

Mathews said he was leaving his options open but is seriously contemplating Django tackling the Hannans Handicap (1400m) in Kalgoorlie.

Trainer, Robyne Martin and French jockey, Matthieu Autier, combined for their maiden Perth Saturday win when Fathoms Of Gold converted his Pinjarra form to Belmont, claiming a hat trick in race six.

Julio Santarelli