Day At The Track

Bonds enjoying the benefits of perseverance

09:02 AM 07 Nov 2014 NZDT
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Driver Colin Brown with connections of Galactic Galleon

With Galactic Galleon overcoming his poor attitude, Forrestdale harness racing trainers Greg and Skye Bond are at last reaping the benefits of their perseverance.

Ace reinsman Colin Brown is also getting to appreciate Galactic Galleon’s ability as he matures into a more tractable pacer, with the prominent driver predicting Galactic Galleon will be hard to beat in tonight’s LD Total Kersley Pace at Gloucester Park.

Galactic Galleon has drawn perfectly in barrier one, with Brown looking to lead throughout.

“He is an exceptional front runner and his recent work suggests he can be right in it at the finish,” Brown said. “He has been in a lot better form, both at the races and on the training track.

“He seems to have matured somewhat and is now a better driving horse. He used to hang badly and had a very ordinary attitude.

“But after a short let-up he’s come back with a different attitude and is actually a pleasure to sit behind. Something had to happen eventually…he couldn’t be that stupid for so long.”

Brown cites the Clive Dalton-trained Our Jerry Lee, which has won at eight of his 11 Western Australian starts, as the one to beat.

Our Jerry Lee, to be driven by Chris Lewis, has drawn barrier two on the back line and will follow out speedy beginner Shifting Sand.

Dylan Egerton-Green drove Galactic Galleon last Friday night when he gave a splendid performance to finish a neck second to Miss Madoff over 1730 metres after facing the breeze.

A week earlier the son of Art Major led from before being restrained to race behind the pacemaker Tuapeka Khan. He finished a sound fourth behind Soho Highroller, Libertybelle Midfrew and Soho Jackman.

“Our Jerry Lee is a quality animal, but I don’t know that he gets around Gloucester Park quite as good as he does at Pinjarra,” Brown said.

  • KEN CASALLAS

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