For punters who took the $2.30 on offer for Iconoclast at Carnarvon on Saturday, there was no cause for concern with the seven-year-old demolishing his rivals with contemptuous ease.
The result of the Carnarfin At The Gassy Handicap (1200m) was never in any doubt with Iconoclast spacing his nearest rival Aytozed by a commanding 6 1/2 lengths.
The State City gelding was put into a perfect position by jockey, Andrew Masters, and bounced back strongly after going down by a narrow margin to Via Ringa Rah when first-up two weeks ago.
The seven-year-old completed the first leg of a winning treble for trainer, Noel Pateman and continued his terrific affinity with the track.
He holds a dominant record at Carnarvon, missing the money just once with three wins and four minor placings from nine starts.
While punters rallied to get behind Iconoclast they were less forgiving of stable mate Jolly Jillaroo in the Gascoyne Hotel Ladies Day Bracelet (1200m).
After weakening to beat one runner home at Carnarvon’s season-opening meeting on May 9, the four-year-old was sent out as one of the outsiders.
Defying her rating the Outback Prince mare settled fourth for jockey, Ellie Cockram, before working to the line strongly and getting over the top of Twin City Soldier.
Cockram and Pateman were again to the fore when they successfully combined with Scotland Street in the Live Music At The Gassy Handicap (1400m).
The Royal Academy gelding was forced to work hard but responded to edge past a determined Boys Business by a narrow head margin.
Last year’s champion trainer Jo-Anne Leeson flexed her stable muscle with a running double.
Former Sydney galloper Heads Of State, racing first-up, looks a handy pickup after holding out Trade My Pago by a short neck.
Gaintlike had it far easier when the Stratum gelding kicked clear to defeat Little Larrikin by a decisive 1 1/4 lengths.