IT was a good night to be onboard a favourite at the Bathurst Paceway on Friday as no fewer than six of the eight victories went to the shortest-priced entries while the other two races were taken out by $4.30 and $3.10 chances.
Ashlee Siejka and Amy Bateup combined for a winning double, while the Steve and Amanda Turnbull combination struck yet more gold as they took out the $8,000 Alabar In A Whisper Final .
They saluted through Whispering Lass - a daughter of In A Whisper - who started at $3.10 behind $2.10 favourite Miss Ponder.
But the Robert Morris-trained fancy put in one of her less impressive performances to finish a distant ninth.
Whispering Lass started from the inside of the second row, but was manoeuvred well enough by Amanda Turnbull to get into a winning position.
Still, she had to survive a big scare from Nathan Hurst’s Express Jet ($32.20), who belied her long odds to get within a neck of the winner.
A 29-second third quarter proved decisive as Miss Ponder was never able to mount a significant challenge.
Trainer Siejka and her driver Bateup secured back-to-back wins in the second and third events on the program, starting with Our Miss Kathryn ($2), who was too strong for another bold outsider in Dashing Deano ($39.20) in the C1-C2 Pace (1730m)
From gate one Bateup drove decisively on the favourite, doing enough to win by 3.5 metres over Dashing Deano, with Art Appreciation ($18.50) in third.
The winner threatened to break two minutes for the mile, finishing with a 2.00.9 mile rate.
In the following race, the Elsu Pace for C3-C4 runners over 1730m, Stirling William was taken from gate five after starting at $2.30.
Once more an outsider almost caused a boilover as Truly Miss Terious ($19.30) got to within a short half head of the winner.
The unlucky Wendy Turnbull trained both Dashing Deano and Truly Miss Terious.
The most dominant performance of the evening came from Eglinton trainer-driver Nathan Hurst onboard Reservation Road ($1.30) in race one.
Coming into the race on the back of eight placings in nine starts, and three wins in his last five, the five-year-old was always likely to take some beating.
That proved the case as his effort in the Bred In The Blue Pace C1-C2 (1730m) was impressive.
He sizzled around in 1.59.0 for the mile, putting in 28.7 and 29.9 sectionals for the third and fourth quarters as he pulled away to win by 13 metres.
Setting the pattern for the races to follow, $40.30 chance Essayist crossed the line in second just ahead of Kung Fu Magic ($11.10).