It was a hectic and entertaining weekend of harness racing with a number of excellent pacing features taking place around Australia.
One of the biggest pacing races of the weekend was the $50,000 Group 2 Community Newspapers Western Gateway 3YO Pace (2130m) where the brilliant David Hercules smashed his rivals for a sensational win at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
The Artesian gelding began as the hot pre-race favourite at $1.70 and lived up to all expectations coasting to an incredible 12.4m victory ahead of roughie Indomitable Saab ($49.70) with Crombie ($11.60) a further 1.5m back for third.
Lombo Navigator ($10) held on for a close fourth while other fancied pacers failed to fire with Grinjaro ($6.80) and Chillin Dylan ($9.7) finishing ninth and eighth respectively.
After blasting from his ideal barrier one, David Hercules found the lead early and maintained his dominance for an impressive all-the-way win.
Three-year-old David Hercules has now saluted in six of his 20 career starts and Friday night’s $33,500 first prize elevated his total earnings to $176,964.
Other pacing features that took place on Friday night included the $20,000 Simpson Memorial (2160m) at Harold Park.
Chariot King ($3.30) narrowly beat home the hugely popular Two Eye See ($3.10) by a neck with Just A Blue Chip ($16.10) 2.5m away in third.
First round heats of the Australian Pacing Gold for two-year-old colts and geldings were also conducted at Harold Park with Just Grange, Wotattitude, Veracity Red and Min Min Lights all securing a win.
Victoria’s Tapcorp Park was home to the other Australian Pacing Gold heats on Friday night, won by Royal Verdict, Jadahson, Mathias and Dee Deviot. Trainer Peter Tonkins and Emma Stewart prepared all of the APG heat winners at Tabcorp except Royal Verdict giving their Smythes Creek stable a great start in the series.
The second round heats for the APG will take place four days prior to the $300,000 final on April 23.