Postal Express wins opening race at Bathurst Paceway meeting

WHEN Jason Turnbull asked Postal Express to show him what he had at the top of the straight in Wednesday night’s Alan Colwell’s 80th Pace (1,730 metres) he answered with an excellent turn of foot.

DID IT EASY: Jason Turnbull checks to see if he and Postal Express are in the clear during the closing stages of Wednesday's Alan Colwell's 80th Pace (1,730 metres). Photo: ALEXANDER GRANT

DID IT EASY: Jason Turnbull checks to see if he and Postal Express are in the clear during the closing stages of Wednesday's Alan Colwell's 80th Pace (1,730 metres). Photo: ALEXANDER GRANT

With a well-timed dash down the outside of the field the Wendy Turnbull-trained Postal Express ($4.50 eq favourite) went clear of the field at Bathurst Paceway to record a fifth career victory.

Postal Express almost led from start to finish in his previous start, only to be beaten by a nose as he faded towards the finish.

There was much more left in the tank when it came to Wednesday night's race.

Driver Jason Turnbull said with 200m to go it was going to take something disastrous for his six-year-old gelding to not to challenge for the race win.

“At the top of the straight I thought if he didn’t win today he wasn’t going to win again. He was a bit disappointing last week which he probably should have won too but it’s to get the win. He had a really good trip tonight,” he said.

“They just went out so hard early. He just got a beautiful trip along in the one-one. Everything turned out perfectly for him. I couldn’t have asked for it to go any better.

“He’s been consistent. He’s been running places, picking up cheques and paying his way but it’s a bit frustrating that he hasn’t been winning.”

After a false start racing got underway through Mah Koo Loo Queen who raced to the head of the field from gate three.

Postal Express was initially looking at a death seat run before Flight Express had the spot outside the leader.

Mah Koo Loo Queen and Flight Express guided the field into the home straight before Jason Turnbull’s runner peeled wide for his sprint to the line.

Once he got wound up Postal Express never looked like being beaten.

As Lowas They Come ($7) finished with a strong run but had run out of time to hunt down the leader, who had eased his way to the line.

Flight Express ($6) finished in third in a photo finish ahead of Mister Bigshot ($17).

The wait for a win was a long one for Wendy Turnbull with Postal Express’ last victory coming at Dubbo in April. In that time had picked up six placings.

The win is also the first for Postal Express on his home track.

It was a dominant night of racing for the Turnbull family who claimed the opening five races on the program through Postal Express (Wendy Turnbull), Casino Tommy, Lap Dancer, Holdonsu (all Steve Turnbull) and Gozo Pearl (Nathan Turnbull).

Bernie Hewitt picked up a double to end the night’s racing with Trunkey Emily and In The Paper.

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