Day At The Track

Voak's winning treble

02:55 AM 20 May 2015 NZST
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Reinsman Chris Voak
Reinsman Chris Voak

Harness racing reinsman Chris Voak believes Im A Peregrine has scope for further improvement after a top runaway win at Gloucester Park on Friday.

Giving Voak the first leg of a driving treble, the Elsu gelding made it look easy when he put 17 metres on his nearest rival, favourite, Jumbo Jet.

”I thought he was my best winning chance on the night,” said Voak on Tabradio.

“His runs prior were really good and I thought he would win.

“He had to cover ground early and it was impressive.

“I didn’t have to pull the plugs or anything and after the race he could have gone another lap.

“That was the most impressive thing.”

The Bucket List was sent out a short-priced favourite and gave punters little cause for concern when he swept past leader Northview Cardle in the straight.

The Christian Cullen gelding posted his second win for trainer Michael Brennan and bounced back after a distant third in the Narrogin Cup.

Despite winning comfortably by seven metres Voak said The Bucket List was made to earn his first victory at Gloucester Park.

“When you get a standout like him he can become a target for the other horses,” said Voak.

“I didn’t think he would have to run the time he did to win the race.

“If you look at the sectionals The Bucket List had to work that much harder.

“The leader in the race was a tremendous run.

“It was good to see him dig in and have his class prevail.

“It was a very tough and strong effort.”

Voak said there was a sense of atonement when he piloted home Delusional from an outside draw to bring up a winning treble.

Voak was behind the Rich and Spoilt gelding when he ran sixth to Fully Zapped at Gloucester Park seven days earlier

“A week ago he drew favourably in barrier nine and three back the fence became available, but he got held up,” said Voak.

“I kicked myself all week for driving him that way and I wasn’t going to make a mistake on Friday so it was good to get a bit of retribution back for Peter Tilbrook.

“He went as well as I thought he would go and showed good tough qualities to hang on in the last 50 metres.”


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