Victorian import Perfect Major earned a cups campaign when overcoming his back-line draw to win the $30,000 Preux Chevalier Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park tonight.
The Ross Olivieri-trained four-year-old, driven by Chris Voak and starting a $2 favourite, scored by 1.5m from pacemaker Euphoric Moment ($6.70) after racing outside him.
Alta Intrigue ($6.30) ran third, more than 8m behind the winner.
Olivieri said Perfect Major, unbeaten in three starts since a recent transfer to WA, had exceeded expectations.
“He’s kept improving here,” Olivieri said. “I didn’t think he would be a cups horse, but he’s turning out to be very good.
“I now reckon he could be up to running in the big races.”
Olivieri plans to enter Perfect Major in the $300,000 Fremantle Pacing Cup on November 20 and the $450,000 WA Pacing Cup two weeks later.
Co-trainers Greg and Skye Bond’s cups contender Galactic Star had earlier won the $25,000 TABtouch Pace (2536m) in an upset.
Galactic Star ($11.40) ran on to narrowly beat stablemate Vampiro, the $1.30 favourite who is also a cups hope.
Trainer Michael Brennan was delighted when Braeview Bondi ($6.90) stormed home from last in an 11-horse field to win the $17,000 Off The Track Pace (2130m).
“They don’t win any better than that,” Brennan said. “He’s shown a lot in trackwork since arriving from Melbourne and tonight he produced his electric speed under racing conditions.
“Braeview Bondi is a sound horse with a bright future.”
Brennan, 45, an Australian hockey team gold medallist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, has a strong pacing stable.
Tyler Brett ($40.20) secured a late split to win the Community TAB Pace from Vincenzo Perrugia ($14.30) and Rock Me Over ($49.70). The TAB trifecta dividend was $7828.10.