TASMANIA’S old warhorse Fleet Express kept his unbeaten record for his new stable intact when he blitzed a small but elite field of open class performers at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart on Sunday night.
The 10-year-old delivered the knockout blow to his three rivals in the back straight the last time when he unleashed a scintillating sprint that left his rivals flat-footed.
Fleet Express settled last in the field of four with driver Ricky Duggan cleverly teasing Jilliby Rio’s driver Rohan Hadley to leave the fence and take him into the race on the one-wide line.
The ploy worked and once on the back of Jilliby Rio he was able to creep into the race and pocketed Redside Shrek that travelled on the back of the leader.
Driver Ricky Duggan won the race when he elected to call on his charge to sprint clear of his rivals nearing the home turn.
By the time race favourite Redside Shrek was up and running, the old veteran had the race safely in his keeping.
While Redside Shrek tried valiantly to haul him in up the long home straight his supreme effort was in vain.
Fleet Express had prepared for almost seven years by top Brighton-based trainer Eric Jacobson who recently released the horse to his owners as a result of a dispute.
The owners sent Fleet Express to talented young trainer Christian Salter, who admitted to being slightly apprehensive about taking on such a highly revered pacer.
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