Smooth Caesar too slick for his rivals

Drawing barrier one, Smooth Caesar was engaged in a two-horse speed battle early on with Oneheart Twofists.

Driver Kim Young bailed out of the early contest after 300 metres and allowed Oneheart Twofists to take up the running.

That proved to be a wise move as, turning for home, Young was able to angle into the clear and ran past Oneheart Twofists to win by two metres.

In his past eight starts, Smooth Caesar has only been unplaced once, and recorded two wins.

‘We claimed him for $10,000 and after tonight’s win he has paid for himself,’ Young said.

Meanwhile, if ever anyone knows the highs and lows of harness racing, it is Michael Brennan.

During last week’s Inter Dominion Grand Final, Brennan’s star pacer Im Victorious suffered a severe check, leaving him with bad lacerations and ending his racing career.

At Gloucester Park on Friday night, Brennan said the horse had recovered better than expected, but there was still a long way to go.

‘I can’t wait to get him home and allow him to live the life of luxury in the paddocks of home ” he deserves it,’ Brennan said.

‘The past five, six days have been numbing.’

Brennan had a little bit of his pain soothed with two winners at two tracks 24 hours apart.MantoMan, who won at Pinjarra four starts earlier, took out the Spices Group Pathway Series Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Then the following night at Bunbury, Back On Board, who was having his second start for Brennan, won over 2100m in the opening event of the Saturday night meeting.

MantoMan was allowed to drift back into sixth spot before driver Gary Hall (junior) went three wide after 500 metres to sit outside of the leader, Boofshalfbrother.

The duo then engaged in a good old-fashioned slugfest with Mantoman prevailing by a neck.

At Bunbury, Back On Board was sent out a very warm $1.40 favourite and he didn’t let his supporters down.

Fired out of the mobile by driver Justin Prentice, Back On Board was initially caught leading up the one-wide line before surging to the front after 500 metres.

Once in front, the race was effectively over as the son of Christian Cullen went on to win by a length.

WOTAVUGOT recorded one of the easiest wins seen at Gloucester Park in recent times when he won the final event on Friday night at the Make Smoking History Pathway Series Pace (2100m).

Drawing barrier two, the Laurie Groves-prepared six-year-old was sent straight to the front by driver Chris Brew.

From the 600m point, Brew started to edge away from his rivals, and eventually strode away to win by 32 metres.