Panache equals Vernon record

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    JK PANACHE - Photo Fotowon

    AFTER reeling off three straight sub-:27 quarters, JK Panache not only had amassed a comfortable margin over his four rivals, but he tied Fireyourguns’s 1:47.3 all-age pacing record at Vernon Downs yesterday.

    Assigned the outside post in a field of five, JK Panache and driver Frank Davis vaulted clear of his four rivals through a sensible enough :26.3 initial quarter, subsequently using an eye-popping :53.2 middle half to bottom out the field. A

    fter reaching three-quarters in 1:20, the leaders of the second flight began to tire, and 3-5 favourite Burkentine Hanover kicked cover to rally late.

    He only could get to within eight lengths of JK Panache, whose front-end 1:47.3 mile was simply too much for his competition.

    That’ll Be the Rei stayed on for third after a mild bid in upper stretch.

    Trainer David Dewhurst co-owns JK Panache with Philip Hale.

    • JAMES WITHERITE

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