IN-FORM trainer Phillip Ford stretched his lead in the trainer’s premiership with a treble at CarrickPark on Saturday.
Ford’s stable has been firing of late with this latest treble taking his season total to 36 and 19 clear of his nearest rival Barrie Rattray.
His treble included victories in the two feature races with Dance Of The Deity winning the $8000 Carrick Cup and cats And Dogs snared the $6000 Country Challenge that was formerly known as the Country Derby.
His other winner was Sweeten The Pot that scored in Hilite Plaster Plate over 2150m.
All three of Ford’s winners are owned by Gary Rogers and his UIverstone Syndicate.
Ford said Dance Of The Deity’s main mission is the Devonport Cup and that this latest win would enhance his chances of gaining a start in that race.
“The Devonport Cup is Dance Of The Deity’s main target and that’s he’s such a good standing start horse you’d reckon he’d be a good chance off the front,” Ford said.
“He won nine races in Victoria before I got hi and since he’s been with me he has continued to improve.”
“From what I can gather they thought he was pretty smart as a young horse but he went off a bit and didn’t show much form last time in so Gary sent him to me,” he said.
The Devonport Cup will be run on March 7.