Collie coach Chris Gilbert put on an impressive training performance to taste success with Scooter’s Machine first place, no tryout at the Mt Barker Turf Club last Friday.
Scooter’s Machine returned to racing after a 244 day break and proved too strong for its rivals in the Make A Resolution Handicap (1200m).
The seven-year-old gelding kicks off Sunday in the $ 100,000 Fitzpatrick Plate (1,230m) in Albany.
Gilbert and apprentice jockey Kristy Bennett teamed up to each claim their second victory in the Great Southern season and Scooter’s Machine claimed a fourth distance victory and eighth of its career.
Scooter’s Machine opened the doors and pulled straight forward, controlling the tempo before breaking out into the straight and holding back Kendel’s favorite Mee Dad by a neck.
Can’t Get Enough caused upheaval in the Time To Party Handicap (1100m) for Albany coach Roy Rogers.
Jockey Kate Witten rode her first winner in the region this season after leading all the way to guide Can’t Get Enough to a two-length victory, with favorite Blue Line at $ 1.90 finishing third.
Jason Whiting finished the program with a winning brace after guiding Starauthoress to victory for local coach Peter Western in race six and then the Scream In Blue coached by Paul Hunter in the final event.
Meanwhile, Halatorion broke her maiden status for Rogers in Pinjarra on Monday.
Brad Rawiller guided Halatorion to a long-necked victory over favorite Otheroneson while Heavenly Waters also finished second for Rogers in the first race at Pinjarra.