New Zealand import Ana Malak has strong prospects of completing a rich double after courageously winning Friday night’s $125,000 Group 1 4YO Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park
Reinsman Ryan Warwick predicted the horse would show further improvement in Friday week’s $200,000 Group 1 Golden Nugget (2535m).
Ana Malak, making his Perth debut for co-trainers Greg and Skye Bond, set the pace as a $1.60 favourite last night and fought on gamely to hold out Ideal Liner ($8.90) by a half-neck.
Mighty Conqueror ($7.30) finished almost 5m back in third place.
Warwick expects Ana Malak to benefit from his first Gloucester Park race.
“His lack of experience here nearly cost us the win,” Warwick said. “He was off and on the bit. This horse has a big motor, but he didn’t know how to fully use it in new surroundings tonight.
“He’s sure to be better after becoming familiar with Gloucester Park this evening.”
Part-owner Rob Gartrell said Ana Malak seemed certain to have a bright future.
“It was a great effort to win in top company without having previously raced at Gloucester Park,” Gartrell said “This horse is very exciting. He’s started only eight times and is still learning.”
Ana Malak won at four of six New Zealand starts, then recorded a 37m victory at Pinjarra in his WA debut last Monday week.
Rating 1:55.5 in the 4YO Classic, he was among five winners for the Bonds and Warwick last night.
They also won with Our Max Phactor, Bright Diamond, Fizzing and Mitch Maguire.
Warwick will drive Vampiro for the Bonds in tonight’s $50,000 Group 2 Bunbury Cup (2569m)
The Bonds will also start Galactic Star, to be driven by Sydney reinsman Todd McCarthy, in a first round Victorian Inter Dominion Championship heat at Melton tonight.
Earlier at last night’s meeting, Maczaffair was a brilliant all-the-way winner for reinsman Mark Reed in the $30,000 Howard Porter Memorial Pace (2130m).
Trained by Reed’s father Mike, she will run in the $125,000 Group 1 Mares’ Classic (2536m) next Friday night.
Maczaffair, who started at $1.10 last night, rated 1:57.4 and scored by 10m from Gotta Go Gabbana ($43.20).
Tricky Styx ($17.60) was 1m away in third place.
“Maczaffair is still relatively early in her campaign and this race will make her more solidly conditioned,” Mark Reed said.
“She finds plenty when rivals come at her.”