Past the Post - Statewest Group Boulder Cup - 18th September 2016
Race Round 2016 kicked off Sunday with quality racing action including the Statewest Group Boulder Cup.
The feature race was taken out by Don'tgetcaught who rebounded after being well beaten in the Coolgardie Cup a fortnight ago.
There were two changes made going into the Cup, trainer Ben Pearce took the blinkers off and Peter Hall rode the Dangeroud gelding.
The six year old came from what most who have thought an impossible position, after being relegated to last at the 300m.
In the meantime the Martin Allan trained I Done It had shot clear and looked the winner at the furlong.
Ihtsahymn and Cougar Express started to wind up but it Don'tgetcaught with an unmatched acceleration who took out the $100,000 listed feature.
Cougar Express was second and top weigh Ihtsahymn gallant in third with the 60kg on his back.
The John Matthew & Sons Handicap was taken out by the Steve Wolfe trained Kostyazilch.
The Musket five year old had placed at all five starts heading into the race, with Shaun McGruddy flying past Stanton Abbey who looked a big chance at the furlong.
Wolfe will target the galloper for another race over the Round.
The Worldbase Handicap was taken out by the Peter Fernie trained Bonaventure.
The Churchill Downs seven year old was given a favourable run by William Pike, sitting behind the leader and being produced at the top of the straight.
Pike believes 1760m is the furthest distance the galloper will get stating that he started to feel the pinch in the final stages.
Fernie had a double on the day with Crown Saga taking out the Diggers & Dealers Sprint.
Pike settled the mare midfield before improving her at the top of the straight and sailing past the leaders for a clear victory.
The mare has made it successive wins and will now be nominated for Kalgoorlie Cup day on Sunday.
Ben Pearce had a sensational day at the KBRC training a double including the Cup and the Widdesons Hire Service Handicap over 1200m with Forbidden Planet.
The four year old was settled in front by Hall after there was no speed on early in the race.
The Planet Five four year old now holds an impressive record of three wins from nine starts.
Jestpatim brought up his sixth career win in the Rocktech Handicap over 1100m.
The Brett Mathews trained galloper has improved remarkably since arriving in the Goldfields.
Jestpatim and race favourite Rikki Tikki Tavi both settled worse than midfield before making their runs together.
It was Jestpatim who took out the event, holding off a gallant Rikki Tikki Tavi by a short half head.
Grinding Hard gave Neville Parnham a winner on Boulder Cup day taking out the Yarradale Stud Tom Sayers Memorial Maiden over 1400m.
Steven Parnham produced a positive ride improving the mare from the 600m and proving too strong in the run to the line.
NEOMETALS RIDER OF THE DAY
Peter Hall with a double including the Cup is this week's winner.
Racing continues Thursday with the running of the $120,000 TABtouch Hannans Handicap at listed level.