Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond are in the midst of a hot streak and their winning run looks likely to continue at Gloucester Park tonight, particularly in the opening two events in which they will be represented by At Princeton (Breakfast With Steve Mills Pace) and Jungle Genie (Karl Langdon Pace).
Both pacers recorded runaway victories at Kellerberrin on Sunday when the Bonds prepared four winners on the eight-event program. Then at Pinjarra on Monday the Bonds trained another three winners.
Colin Brown, who drove At Princeton and Jungle Genie to effortless victories at Kellerberrin, will be replaced by Ryan Warwick on Friday night. Brown drove at Kellerberrin and Pinjarra on a stay of proceedings and is now serving a ten-day suspension for forcing another runner to cover more ground than necessary in a race at Pinjarra the previous Monday.
At Princeton, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, worked hard in the breeze before racing away from the opposition and winning by four lengths from Local Rogue over 2130m at Kellerberrin on Sunday. He showed his liking for pacemaking when he started from barrier two, set the pace and won from Time Passenger and Four Grinners over 2130m at Gloucester Park four starts before that.
A winner at seven of his 38 starts, At Princeton is sure to appreciate the No. 1 barrier on Friday night and Warwick will certainly attempt an all-the-way win. His chief rival is likely to be Heavens Delight, a smart five-year-old trained by Gary Hall sen. who will start out wide at barrier six.
Heavens Delight bounced back to good form at his third appearance after a 14-month absence when he set the pace and won convincingly from Bledisloe over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday night.
Jungle Genie, an inexperienced three-year-old filly from New Zealand, looks ideally placed at barrier No. 2 on Friday night. She recorded her third win from six starts in her current campaign when she set the pace and sprinted the final 400m in 28.3 to win by more than four lengths from Lethal Krita over 1730m at Kellerberrin on Sunday.
Jungle Genie is likely to be hotly challenged by Robyns C C, Eselar, Deluxe Edition and Indomitable.
Robyns C C gave a powerful display at Pinjarra on Monday when she raced without cover and then three wide before winning in fine style from Eselar over 2185m, covering the final 800m in 57.4sec. and rating 1.58.4.Indomitable has won in good style at her past two starts and Deluxe Edition has won at six of her 21 starts and looks set for a bright career.
by Ken Casellas