Terrific Treble At Bunbury!

Bunbury’s last Sunday meeting of the season was sponsored by the Bunbury Mail, and the stable was well represented in the 8 race card.

Key Dynasty, a recent addition to the stable, was drawn wide in the 93% Readership Maiden over 1400 metres. Jockey Clint Harvey settled the horse towards the rear as Quick Stitch and Aqua Storm cut out the early running. Key Dynasty was asked to make up ground on the home turn, which he did easily and, on straightening, quickened up well to win by 1¾ lengths, going away from his field.

This may prove to be another of Peter’s “training miracles”, as the horse had run 21 times without success, and this was only his second start since coming to the stable.

The manner of Key Dynasty’s victory delighted his group of prestigious owners, including All Australian ruckman Dean Cox, Dean’s extended family, and Carlton captain Chris Judd. Managing owner Eddie Michalczyk is Dean’s uncle. The crowd at Bunbury were thrilled to have Dean Cox on course, and as always this likeable footballer gave freely of his time, with photos and autographs for his fans.

The feature race of the day was the Bunbury Mail Trophy over 1400 metres, and we had two runners, Real Honour and Bonny Bonny, with the former well fancied after a 2nd last time out. Radiant Prince set off at a cracking gallop, determined to try and make all, but our horses were well settled further back, just off the pace. Once into the home straight, Bonny Bonny found the company a bit rich, but Real Honour began to make significant progress down the outside of the closely bunched field. Silver Deck took up the lead 100 metres out and looked sure to win, but Shaun O’Donnell got a tremendous run out of Real Honour, and she grabbed the verdict in the last stride by a short half head, to Darren McAullay’s surprise! A great effort by horse and rider, and quick compensation for the mare’s near miss last time.

Sophie Madrigali was happy to receive a beautiful Wedgewood trophy and a kiss from one of the directors of the Bunbury Mail!

In the last race of the day, the Mail Handicap over 1200 metres, Jomatesi was well fancied to win again after his victory last time out. The race was run at a strong pace, and William Pike had his mount well positioned in 3rd place, just behind the speed. Halfway down the home straight Jomatesi was asked for his effort, and the gelding responded in fine style to win by a cosy ¾ length. Jomatesi has really found his mark over the shorter trips, and has struck up a good partnership with William Pike, giving his enthusiastic owners a real thrill.

This rounded up a great day for the Giadresco team, as a treble at our home track is always is always cause for celebration, and hopefully should put the stable well on course for another premiership.

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