Denmark Cup gives trainer Poolman double-delight
Denmark trainer Bob Poolman has claimed the $10,000 Boston Brewery Denmark Cup (2258m) after talented pacer Good Times Ahead notched the biggest win of his career at Harold Reid Paceway on Saturday night.
Starting a warm $3.20 favourite in the feature race, Good Times Ahead was brilliantly driven by Mitchell Miller from gate 1 on the front line to hold the lead and withstand a mid-race challenge from My Samantha Jane to score victory.
Miller had a tight hold on the four-year-old in running and he sprinted clear on the final lap when asked for an effort, to defeat My Samantha Jane ($3.30 chance) comfortably on the line by 10.8m, with $5.30 chance Mister Ardee storming home from the back of the field to claim third place.
The Mach Three gelding has now won 10 of his 37 starts but this was clearly his biggest triumph since being transferred to the Poolman stables from Gary Elson.
It proved to be a perfect night for Poolman, who scored a double on the night his hometown cup was contested after Our Jeremes Gem was successful earlier.
On the same card last season, Poolman notched a winning double with Good Times Ahead and Our Jeremes Gem, and he repeated the dose after Miller guided the latter to victory in the Thornton’s Mitre 10 Pace (2258m).
Well supported into $4.40 on the tote, the six-year-old settled back from the outside of the second row before moving up three wide on the final lap and powering to the lead.
Our Jeremes Gem had to fight off Santanna Cruiser, who rallied late on the inside, and won by half a head in a thrilling finish.
The daughter of Jeremes Jet has now won back-to-back races in Albany for Poolman who, after his double, now has four winners from 11 starters here this season.
Star reinsman Michael Grantham had a dominant night on the eight-race card, with three winners including a race-to-race double to start proceedings.
Grantham partnered $1.30 favourite Im Entitled for trainer Michael Brennan in the Ray White Denmark Graduation Pace (1828m) which led and smashed his rivals by 30.3m before raging $1.10 favourite Milliondollahanova scored a 17.3m win in the Neville Drummond Memorial Pace (2258m).
The third leg of his treble came with the Brenann-trained Jus Livinthedream, who won as a short-priced favourite in race 6.
Rising four-year-old Kathleen Betty ($1.70) held out Machulbeatchu by a neck in the $7000 fillies and mares final for trainer- reinsman Stephen Reed.
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