Day At The Track

Falco Peregrinus storms home to win Westbury Cup

09:40 PM 16 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Falco Peregrinus (Dylan Ford) after Westbury Cup win

PROMINENT Tasmanian harness racing owner Mick Alexander has raced some handy horses over the years but the way Falco Peregrinus delivered the knockout blow to his rivals in the Westbury Cup at Carrick on Friday he might be the best.

Falco Peregrinus (Dream Away-Peregrine NZ) settled last and understandably from his sole 20-metre back mark but he was still near the rear turning for home and looked unlikely to even run a place when they straightened.

But when novice driver Dylan Ford took him to the outside of the track and called on the seven-year-old gelding for the supreme effort he rattled home at the rate of knots to score by almost three metres from race leader High Flyin Ruler with Put Mback three metres away third.

It was a herculean performance to win from that position in such a high grade race open to C4 plus performers.

The gelding began his career in Victoria where he won a C0 and two C1 races at Ballarat and Stawell in 2010 before heading to Menangle the following season where he won a 4YO over 1609m.

After three more minor placings at that track the following preparation he was dispatched to Tasmania just over a year ago and won first-up for Grant Hodges.

He was transferred to Keith Toulmin and in his care he notched four minor placings leading up to this latest win.

By Peter Staples




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