Classy five-year-old Our Alfie Romeo has a major target ahead after brilliantly winning the $50,000 Norms Daughter Classic (2130m) for co-trainers Greg and Skye Bond at Gloucester Park tonight.
Reinsman Ryan Warwick sprinted the bay clear in the early stages and she was never seriously challenged before beating Arma Indie by more than 3m, with Dracarys finishing a close third.
The Bonds said Our Alfie Romeo, who rated 1:57.3 tonight, would contest the $125,000 Mares’ Classic (2536m) in a fortnight.
After notching four wins in her past six starts, Our Alfie Romeo looks ready to be a Perth summer carnival star.
Meanwhile, six-year-old Handsandwheels stylishly broke through the half-million dollar stake-earnings barrier when winning first-up in tonight’s $25,000 Westral Pace (1730m).
Raced by a syndicate including Perth Cup winning jockey Kyra Yuill, he has won 24 races and earned $503,000 in a 69-start career.
Starting at $8 tonight, he rated 1:54 when defeating $3.30 favourite Ana Malak by 2.4m, while Our Jimmy Johnstone ($21) was another 1.5m back in third place.
Handsandwheels’ trainer-reinsman Aiden De Campo said he would contest the $300,000 Fremantle Pacing Cup (2536m) and $450,000 WA Pacing Cup (2936m), both to be run in January.
“He went into tonight’s race without having started for 11 weeks,” De Campo said. “I thought the lack of recent racing would tell when he hit the front near the home turn.
“But he kept fighting down the straight. We’ve had a high opinion of him since he was a youngster and he’s got tougher with age.”
Followers of favourites had a flying start tonight when Just Make Mine Diamonds ($2.25) and Athabascan ($2.10) were the early winners.