Royal Inferno, charging home late, was too strong in a three horse finish to the Crown Perth Sprint (1200m), edging out Secret Scandal and Hussy By Choice.

Veteran Eglinton trainer Bill Doughty said the Due Sasso filly spends her time in a paddock and is not easy to catch.

In fact the trainer had doubts he was going to get a halter on her to make  Saturday’s race but said that once on the track she had been given a beautiful ride from barrier two by Shaun O’Donnell, although he had some doubts as to whether she was going to get out in time.

O’Donnell said he had been held up “until the furlong” mark and although he was three out on the turn he still had to wait for Born To Be Wild (Troy Turner) on his outside to drop out before he gained the run he wanted.

O’Donnell has a good record on pick-up rides and he filled in on Royal Inferno for the injured Mark Forder.

Apprentice rider Ryan Hill also had a good strike rate for Simon Miller but had to lower his colours on that trainer’s filly.

Hussy By Choice went to the front from her wide barrier draw but looked well beaten at the 200m mark. However, the filly fought on gamely under her top weight of 58kg and lost no friends with her close third.