Big turnaround for veteran sprinter after successive victories

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Natasha Faithfull wins the 1925 metres Class 2 Iron Jack Handicap with Vital Boom trained by Neil Lee.
Camera IconNatasha Faithfull wins the 1925 metres Class 2 Iron Jack Handicap with Vital Boom trained by Neil Lee. Credit: Laurie Benson

Evergreen 10-year-old Tranquilla Sunrise recorded back-to-back victories for trainer Roy Rogers when leading all the way to take out the Wellington and Reeves Handicap (1000m) at Percy Spencer Racecourse last Thursday.

Apprentice Beaux Banovic-Edwards made it successive wins on the veteran sprinter, jumping straight to the front and bursting clear in the final 200m to win by 2.2 lengths over Willow River who was second all the way.

It has been a big turnaround in form for the 10-year-old gelding who was unplaced at his first four runs this preparation.

Natasha Faithfull returns to scale after winning the 1925 metres Class 2 Iron Jack Handicap with Vital Boom.
Camera IconNatasha Faithfull returns to scale after winning the 1925 metres Class 2 Iron Jack Handicap with Vital Boom. Credit: Laurie Benson

Another horse to win back-to-back races was Vital Boom, who has been terrific since returning to Neil Lee’s Albany stable.

A clever ride from jockey Natasha Faithfull aboard Vital Boom, surging to the front as the field turned for home helped claim the Iron Jack Handicap (1925m) by more than two lengths.

Faithfull tasted success on the six-year-old at his last start and after settling in the back half of the field, Faithfull peeled out three wide down the back straight and hit the front as they kicked clear to beat Losing Ticket by 2.5 lengths.

Beaux Banovic-Edwards wins the 1000 metres Wellington and Reeves Handicap with the Roy Rogers trained Tranquilla Sunrise.
Camera IconBeaux Banovic-Edwards wins the 1000 metres Wellington and Reeves Handicap with the Roy Rogers trained Tranquilla Sunrise. Credit: Laurie Benson

Our Buddy Boy returned to the winners for the first time in just under two years for trainer Rebecca Wallrodt after a strong performance in the Aqua Ice Handicap (1450m).

Starting as the favourite on the tote, Our Buddy Boy sat just off the early leader Corporate Larrikin before pouncing around the turn and booting clear to win by a length.

Samantha Faithfull’s strong season continued, training another winner with Black Missile saluting in the GWN Maiden (1600m).

Beaux Banovic-Edwards returns to scale with the Roy Rogers trained Tranquilla Sunrise.
Camera IconBeaux Banovic-Edwards returns to scale with the Roy Rogers trained Tranquilla Sunrise. Credit: Laurie Benson

It was the first leg of a riding double for Natasha Faithfull.

Jockey Ellie Asphar was fined $250 for excesses use of her whip in race three aboard Release Potential while Jordan Turner received a $250 fine for misconduct when weighing out for race eight he attempted to manipulate his weight while on scale to avoid changing to his lighter race riding gear.

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