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    PROMINENT Western Australian couple Skye and Greg Bond have enjoyed a sensational 24-hour period which spreads the width of the national. Beginning with last... Purple patch spans width of the nation

    PROMINENT Western Australian couple Skye and Greg Bond have enjoyed a sensational 24-hour period which spreads the width of the national.

    Beginning with last night’s Gloucester Park program, the pair capped their stellar stint at Tabcorp Park Melton this evening.

    Closer to home, the Bonds won five of the 10 races on the card, including the Group One Four-Year-Old Classic with boom pacer Ana Malak.

    Having his second start for the Bonds, Ana Malak led throughout to score from Ideal Liner and Mighty Conqueror – a stablemate of the winner – in 1:55.5 over 2130 metres.

    The son of Bettors Delight boasts the imposing record of six wins and two placings from eight starts.

    “He’s a pretty nice horse which is still on the way up,” Greg said. “That was only his second run since August when he arrived from New Zealand.

    “There is still plenty of upside to him.”

    While Skye was in charge of the local squad, Greg is in Victoria with Galactic Star, which captured a heat of the Inter Dominion.

    With Todd McCarthy holding the reins, Galactic Star set the pace from barrier four on his way to a neck win from San Carlo, with Mach Doro three-and-a-half metres away third.

    Also by Bettors Delight, the gelding rated 1:54.1 over 2240 metres to remain unbeaten from three starts this season.

    “He only had two starts before we came over and I would have preferred to have given him one more run before the series,” Greg said.

    “He’s come out and done a good job tonight and should only get better from here.”

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