Comet puts on stunning show

Driven by Gary Herbert, Batavia Comet drew the outside of the backline in the 2190m event and settled at the rear of the field.

Batavia Comet, the son of Village Jasper, was last with 800m forcing Herbert four wide at the 400m mark.

Sweeping around the field, Batavia Comet joined the leader Gamblers Power at the 250m mark and persisted in the very last bound to win by a half head.

It was the gelding’s second run back from a six-week spell and his first win since triumphing at Kalgoorlie on October 5.

Showcasing his talents, Batavia Comet fronted up to Gloucester Park on Friday night, where he ran a very credible third behind Mexicano and Grand Cru and paid the enormous place dividend of $9.50.

Herbert praised his charge for the effort.

‘The track was a bit heavy tonight but he boxed on strongly,’ he said.

‘I think the two runs together may have been a bit much, he’s still a bit skinny. We will give him a bit of a breather then might take him to Kalgoorlie.’

His stake earnings are now about $18,700.