ONCE again several Adelaide Crows players have at least one reason to smile tonight.
While hanging their heads low after losing a winnable match against West Coast, the footballers were in the winners’ circle thanks to Watch List’s success at Tabcorp Park Melton.
Adelaide Crows players Brad and Matt Crouch, Josh Jenkins and ‘Tex’ Walker, are part-owners in the Michael Stanley-trained youngster which proved too slick against older rivals.
It’s not the first time Watch List has scored to help boost morale when the Crows have been beaten this season.
“They had an ordinary evening, but will rapt with the win,” Stanley said. “They’re always pretty happy with him.
“He did a great job once again and will bring a smile to the boys’ faces.”
With Stanley holding the reins Watch List began quickly to lead from barrier three as War Dan Delight settled on his outside.
Opening a winning break – which he didn’t see fade away – at the top of the home straight, Watch List burst to an effortless 15-and-a-half metre win from Harpagus, with Elteearr a neck away third.
“Once he got to the front he was always going to be hard to catch,” Stanley said. “I was very happy with the manner in which he got away from them when I let him go a bit.”
An Australian Pacing Gold purchase, the son of Betterthancheddar rated 1:56.5 over 2240 metres to stretch his record to six wins and a second from 13 starts.
To be given a light week, Watch List will then be aimed at the thre-year-old Vicbred Super Series heats in Kilmore on June 20.
“I will give him a few easy days now,” Stanley said. “That run will top him off nicely for the Sires’ heats in a few weeks.
“After a light week I will rev him up again for those.”