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    Handy pacer finds spiritual home Handy pacer finds spiritual home

    ADAM CROCKER - Photo Dan Costello

    HAVING spent stints with trainers in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, handy pacer Adam Crocker appears to have found his spiritual home... Handy pacer finds spiritual home

    HAVING spent stints with trainers in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, handy pacer Adam Crocker appears to have found his spiritual home in Queensland.

    Making a winning debut for Chantal Turpin a fortnight ago, Adam Crocker backed-up with a victory in last night’s Group Two Australian Pacing Gold Consolation at Albion Park.

    Thrilled with the four-year-old’s progress, owner Gary Crocker is confident Adam Crocker can continue to fulfil his potential in the Sunshine State.

    “He’s done well everywhere he has raced, winning four races and figuring among the placings nine times from 26 starts, but was never quite right or happy,” Crocker said.

    “For example, during his time with Justin (Brewin) last year he was never fully healthy.

    “He won back home in South Australia in December then had a good break before I sent him to Chantal and he hasn’t stopped thriving since he got here.

    “I think the Queensland weather and lifestyle agrees with him!”

    With Turpin’s husband, Peter McMullen, in the cart, Adam Crocker showed tremendous gate speed to lead from barrier six as his stablemate, A Rainbow Delight, was forced to work overtime on his outside.

    Fending off the initial challenge leaving the back straight, the son of Somebeachsomewhere staved off a late charge from Bombadier Jujon to score by a metre-and-a-half.

    Venus Jujon, a stablemate of the runner-up, was six metres away third.

    Covering the last half in 56 seconds, Adam Crocker rated 1:54 over 1660 metres.

    “With his gate speed he was always going forward, and once he found the front he was never going to be run down,” Crocker said.

    “We’ll be looking to put that gate speed to good use in coming weeks as he goes in the 947-metre race series at Redcliffe next.

    “There are only five in the field, so no matter where he draws, he’ll be going forward.”

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