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Return to glory for Pacific Rapture

Don’t bother asking trainer Jay Abernethy what happened to Pacific Rapture’s best form, because he doesn’t know where her glory days went either. But he is just happy to have her back winning as her racing career starts to come to an end. The five-year-old old mare showed gate speed then courage to lead throughout in a handy race at Alexandra Park last Friday, recording just the fourth win of her career at start 50. That record seems a far cry from her two-year-old days when she won the Sales Series Pace and looked one of the best of her age. But the campaigns since have had few highs and plenty of frustration for Abernethy. “I honestly can’t tell you what went wrong but for a long time she raced terribly,” he admits. “We have made a few little changes but nothing I can really put my finger on. “But she has definitely been better her last two starts.” Which is just in time to add some gloss to her record as Pacific Rapture will soon be served by Mach Three. “So this is her last campaign and it is nice to get another win out of her, with hopefully another one or two to come.” Pacific Rapture has value as a broodmare too, not return to glory for Pacific Rapture Michael Guerin only because of her age group form but she is by Bettors Delight out of Seamoon, so has plenty of black on her page. She is part of a smaller team of 13 being worked by Abernethy and his brother Sailesh as they aim for quality over quantity. “We have a smaller team but I still think we can match or better last season, which was our best ever,” he offers. “Last season we spent too much time on battlers so this year we have a more select team and I am happy with how they are looking.” Pacific Rapture headed home a Bettors Delight quinella, beating Just A Delight.