Ripper Rodrigo raring to go

This gave prominent Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan a winning treble this week.

Four days earlier, Brennan triumphed at the Gloucester Park midweek meeting with Pocket Change.

On Tuesday, he travelled to Northam with one horse, Extreme Bromac, and also saluted.

Driven by Justin Prentice, Rodrigo found the back of the leader soon after the start, despite drawing wide in barrier six.

Getting clear at the top of the straight, the five-year-old ran on strongly to win by a length.

Brennan was full of praise for the son of Bettors Delight after the win.

‘He is a ripper of a horse, but he’s been desperately unlucky, especially in his first three runs where he got held up,’ Brennan said.

‘His form in Victoria was very good, finishing second behind the likes of Keayang Cullen and Smoulder.

‘We’ll bring him back here to Gloucester Park next Friday night for the Marathon Handicap ” it’s a case of the further they go, the better he’ll like it, especially if it’s saved up for one run.’

Former NSW pacer Pocket Change broke his WA winless record when he won over 2130m at the Gloucester Park midweek meet.

Punters supported him into $2.30 favourite and he did not let them down.

Driven by Gary Hall (jnr), Pocket Change settled midfield in the moving line, before starting up the three-wide train 1200m from home.

He joined Northern Emperor in the lead and the duo engaged in a good old-fashioned two-horse war, before Pocket Change gained the upper hand 50 metres from home, to win by a half-length.

Extreme Bromac was friendless at Northam, drifting out to $34.30 on the tote before winning over 2190m.

Settling outside the leader Jasper Casper, Extreme Bromac gained the upper hand 100m from home and drew away in the run to the line to win by a length.

Birthday celebrations for trainer Chris King have taken on a new meaning.

Last year, King celebrated his 40th birthday with a winning double at Gloucester Park when Flamin Tact and Leda McNally won.

This year, he trained a quinella one day shy of his 41st birthday when Lord Lombo and Leda McNally quinelled in the Cowden Limited Qualifying heat one (2130m).

Lord Lombo, who drew barrier one, caused a false start, and at the second attempt, driver Nathan Turvey was extra cautious.

Kicking away on the home bend, Lord Lombo went on to win by a long neck from Leda McNally, who sat on his back.