Trainer Michael Lane’s big opinion of Resortman was further vindicated when the promising gelding made a successful return to racing at Ascot on Saturday.
The three-year-old, with in-form jockey Kyra Yuill aboard, claimed a ¾ length victory in the Amelia Park Handicap (1200m) and it was an impressive outing from the $2.30 favourite.
Giving Yuill the second-leg of a treble, Resortman box-seated in third position and once clear he worked home strongly to overhaul the leader Captain Kink in the last 50 metres.
Platinum Bullet made up a lot ground from last position to run third, but the Simon Miller-trainer second-elect and last-start winner, was never a winning threat.
Lane was confident of another forward showing from Resortman with his only concern the short turnaround after a successful Bunbury trial on Monday.
Resortman was having just his second race start after making a big impression on debut at Bunbury in January with a barnstorming victory.
The son Helmet looks a smart prospect and is on track for further success, according to Lane.
“He is a nice horse, but we won’t make any long-term plans, he has to put a couple together,” Lane told The Races WA.
“I think he is pretty special and he did what I thought he could.
“You can be wrong about them, but I hope I’m right.
“He shows all the attributes of being a good horse.
“I really like him and he ticks a lot of boxes.”
Resortman followed on from the determined win of stable mate Miss Ivy League in the Gourmet Takeaway Plate (1200m).
After going stride for stride with Powerful in the straight, Miss Ivy League fought on to win by a half-head with Ghobella third.
A Galah two-year-old, Miss Ivy League broke through at her fourth start. Her maiden win aided after the scratching of raging favourite Charleton Eddie at the barriers.
“Having the favourite out helped, but it was no surprise,” Lane said
“I thought she may have done it earlier.
“She has definitely more wins in front of her.”
Yuill later captured her third win on Hot Style.