Day At The Track

Frontrunning tactics give Suvaljko double

10:53 PM 27 Mar 2010 NZDT
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Serial Pest Heeza Hudson
Serial Pest - Win came as a surprise
Heeza Hudson - Relished the pacemaking role to go on and win

Callan Suvaljko adopted frontrunning tactics perfectly to land a harness racing double in successive races at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He was successful with Heeza Hudson (9/2 to 3/1) in the Swan Draught Claiming Pace and Serial Pest (8/1) in the James Boags Draught Pace. Both pacers are trained at Serpentine by Suvaljko's wife Amanda.

From barrier one Heeza Hudson had no difficulty in beating out his rivals and then he relished the pacemaking role to go on and win from Rostriever Ornum (12/1) and Spirit of Shard (6/4), rating a smart 1.57.4 over 2130m.

This brought up a hat-trick for the Albert Albert eight-year-old after he had been successful in claiming events over 2130m at his two previous outings.

However, Serial Pest's win came as a surprise because he went into the race with a losing sequence of 22, stretching back to November 2008.

Serial Pest began speedily from barrier four and he enjoyed his pacemaking role before dashing away from his rivals and scoring by three lengths from the fast-finishing Jayares Lad, with Born To Groove fighting on to be third.

"He's had throat operations and patience has paid off," Suvaljko said. "He's a horse I've always liked. I've expected a lot better from him." He added that the son of Troublermakers return to form could be contributed to a change in training methods. "Lately, I haven't been hoppling him," he explained. "He just jogs."

Ken Casellas

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