Paris Of Troy returns to his best

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Punters witnessed several handsome victories on March 22 at the Geraldton Turf Club, with plenty of horses, trainers and riders continuing their excellent form.

An all-female trainer trifecta kicked off the afternoon, with Michelle Vallentine, Sarah Childs and Tania Guy’s runners all figuring in the finish of the Bunbury Apartment Motel Maiden (1400m).

Vallentine’s three-year-old filly Rosa Filente enjoyed a comfortable run behind Churches (trained by Childs, ridden by Andrew Castle) and You Don’t Say (trained by Guy, ridden by Ryan Hill) for the bulk of the journey, before claiming a clear run on the inside and majestically striding past the post by 21/2 lengths.

The margin of victory was extended ever so slightly in the RedFM Geraldton maiden (1200m), with Adam Durrant’s three-year-old filly Briar Wood easily defeating Ubersonic Empress by almost three lengths.

With Peter Knuckey guiding astutely, Briar Wood entered the final 400m with relative ease and confidently finished in style.

Gordon Spowart’s six-year-old gelding Paris Of Troy recorded his third convincing victory of the season, dominating all comers in the TABtouch Maiden (1800m)

After an uncharacteristic fifth to Shibuya Crossing on February 23, the clever runner bounced back quickly, finishing a close second to Anisau on March 3. There were no such hassles this afternoon, with Peter Hall ensuring the good vein of form continued for Spowart, with Paris Of Troy kicking clear by 21/2 lengths.

Replicating Paris Of Troy’s feats was Noel Pateman’s runner Three Generations, with the five-year-old gelding also recording his third victory of the season in impressive circumstances later in the day during the Charters Flights Available To The Cup Handicap (1600m).

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