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