IT DIDN’T take top pacer Scooterwillrev long to bounce back to the winners’ circle.
Successful at his last five starts before being sent for a spell, the Craig Hayes-trained gelding was third – beaten a metre-and-a-half – in his first run back when coming from a 30-metre back mark.
Facing the same handicap in last night’s Danbury Park Cup in Launceston, Scooterwillrev shrugged off the obstacle and history to trounce his rivals.
Driven by Rohan Hadley, the son of Somebeachsomewhere was untouched to score by 12 metres from Riverboat Jasper, with Medal Of Honour seven-and-a-half metres away third.
Rating 2:00.8 over 2698 metres, Scooterwillrev became the first performer to win from 30 metres behind since Vespasian in 1974.
“I couldn’t be happier with him,” Hayes said. “He did well first-up from a break and I knew he would be sharper again
“He got a good cart into the race, but still ran away from them and won pretty easily.”
Setting the City Of Launceston M0 series in three as Scooterwillrev’s next target, Hayes has also set his sights on the Tasmania Cup in March.
“The series in Launceston should be perfect for him,” Hayes said. “It’s a metropolitan front, so as an M0 he will move to the front line.
“The Tasmania and Easter Cup later in the season are also part of his long term agenda.”