Howson import likes life in the fast lane

Restrained at the start, Live Life Fast, who started a very warm $1.20 favourite, settled third last.

Taken three-wide with 1000m to travel, Live Life Fast worked to the front 550m from home and then held off a challenge from Simondu Su to win by a sulky’s length.

A son of Live or Die, Live Life Fast was having his third run back from a three-month spell, and since joining Howson’s stables from New Zealand has only once missed a place.

At the same meeting, Pure Empathy overcame a 10m handicap to win the Mobile Equine Supplies-Available 7 Days a week Discretionary Handicap Pace (2631m).

Driven by Aldo Cortopassi for trainer Brad Groves, Pure Empathy settled in the one-out, one-back position but 25m off the lead.

Cortopassi didn’t panic and though shuffled back to ninth spot with 1250m to go, he bided his time.

Unleashing the five-year-old at the 600m point, Pure Empathy swept around his rivals to join the leader Galileo on the home bend and gained the upper hand 30m out to win by three-quarters of a length.

PETER Tilbrook has more than a live chance in the $100,000 WA Sales Classic Final (1730m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night following the win of La Mia Juliette in her heat last Monday.

Totally unwanted by punters, the Daughter of Jet Laag was sent out as a $47.40 hope.

La Mia Juliette settled slightly worse than midfield in the moving line and Tilbrook waited until 500m from home before unleashing the two-year-old, who quickly ranged up to the leaders and hit the front in the shadows of the post to win by a half-length.

IN-FORM driver Matt White guided Ima Ripper to a length win during last week’s Gloucester Park midweek meeting for Pinjarra trainer Barry Warwick.

Sent out as a $3.80 second favourite, Ima Ripper drew the second row in the 2130m event and settled in the back half of the field.

Joining the leader Zonya at the 400m point, they engaged in a two-horse battle before Ima Ripper gained the upper hand 40m from home.

The winner will receive exclusive naming rights to the Cup, naming rights to a support race on the day, a 15m x 1.2m sign for 12 months, a full-page colour racebook advertisement on race day, hospitality including lunch and drinks on Cup day, company logo placement in all Cup day advertising and on-course promotional opportunities.

‘There only 50 tickets available at $400 each and every one of the 50 ticket holders wins a prize,’ club general manager Sian Hughes said.