IN WHAT is fast developing into a cliché, Expensive Ego has become Australian Pacing Gold’s latest Group One winner.
Purchased from last season’s APG Brisbane Sale, Expensive Ego joined the company’s ever-growing list of top shelf winners by capturing last night’s Qbred Triad Final at Albion Park.
In doing so the two-year-old maintained his undefeated status from three starts for New South Wales trainer David Thorn.
Naturally impressed with the son of Rock N Roll Heaven, Thorn will remain in Queensland with Expensive Ego in preparation for APG Brisbane Sale Series.
Heats are scheduled to be conducted on August 2, with the $100,000 Final the following week.
“He’ll have a few light days now then I’ll get him ready for the APG heats,” Thorn said. “I have him and a couple of others up here and will be staying for a few weeks.
“He has pulled up a treat from last night, you wouldn’t even know he’d raced, which is terrific.
“Hopefully he can go just as well in that series as he did in the Qbred.”
With Jimmy Douglass holding the reins, Expensive Ego began roughly from barrier four as Another Statement led from gate two.
Given time to find his rhythm, Expensive Ego was then sent forward to test the pacemaker from the breeze.
Forging his way to the front around the home turn, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven dashed to a three-and-a-half metre win from the previously unbeaten Governor Jujon, with Mistery Road eight meters away third.
Owned by Jason Grice, the colt rated 1:52.9 over 1660 metres.
“Knowing how good he feels I expected him to be hard to beat, but I just wasn’t sure how to line up the Queensland form,” Thorn said.
“He ran up to expectations and did it quite comfortably.
“Jimmy still had a handful of horse on the line.”