Top Kalgoorlie horseman Peter Fernie has edged clear in the trainer’s premiership following a training double yesterday.
Fernie advanced to 16 wins for the season and is two clear of Dean Nazzari following wins to Mr Vadim and Red Cheeks.
Mr Vadim, a $14 chance on tote, produced a form turnaround after finishing a distant last behind Miss Heineken a fortnight ago.
The son of Starcraft jumped well for veteran jockey Russell Hanson and won comfortably by 1 ¼ lengths from race favourite Lunar Module.
Mr Vadim’s second win from 16 starts capped off a riding treble for Hanson who also scored on The Feral and Turing.
The second-leg of Fernie’s double arrived courtesy of Red Cheeks who powered home from last for jockey Kevin Bohorun and won by a narrow short-head margin over Bar Lover.
Aaron Bazeley moved to 13 wins and third position in the trainer’s premiership after preparing former Bunbury galloper Sugar Bun to a maiden victory.
The Citidancer filly was skilfully ridden by Bazeley’s wife, Misty, who leads by one in the jockey’s premiership.
Stable mate Amreeka came desperately close in race one when she chased home The Feral but fell short by a nose margin.
Dan Morton, who trained a treble at the previous meeting, maintained his good form when dominant favourite Big Josh collected his third straight win in comfortable style.
It gave Morton his 13th win for the season and keeps him within striking distance of Fernie.
Meanwhile at Port Hedland it was Jeff Berry who claimed riding honours after victories to Prince Bellagio and Wallyworld.
Berry rebounded after odds on favourite I’m Called Earl, chasing a hat trick of wins, had his colours lowered by Tenpin.
Brynbella, a 15 start maiden, again had to settle for the minor prize, her third consecutive runner up placing this time in.