MITCH Turnbull claimed back-to-back upset wins to start his Friday meeting at Bathurst Paceway in style, driving father Steve's duo Ripponlea and Prince Parker to victories.
Ripponlea ($7) gained a small break on the field to win the Village Jolt @ Lochend Stud Pace (1,730 metres) relatively comfortably but it was a much more different story for Prince Parker in the next event.
After going out smoothly from the inside gate Turnbull was happy for Prince Parker ($8.50) to take the sit directly behind leader Constantina throughout the running of the GC36 2YO Sustaining Payments Due 1 November Pace (1,730m).
Rounding for home there were a large host of hopes all within striking distance.
Prince Parker ducked to the sprint lane as quickly as possible to take on Constantina while Scaramucci, Kingston Shannon and Bomani were all winding up for a big finish out wider.
Lucky Lyla was also finishing with a head full of steam from the rear of the field and Yes You May was right on Prince Parker's tail when he entered the sprint lane.
With at least seven genuine winning chances with 200 metres left to run it was difficult to know where to look.
Prince Parker popped his head in front just inside the 100m, with Yes You May ($3.70 joint favourite, Isobel Ross) slowly gaining ground, but long shot Scaramucci ($41, Greg Rue) was finishing the fastest of the bunch.
Unfortunately for Yes You May and Scaramucci they ran out of race course, having to settle for second and third respectively around a metre off Turnbull's winner.
The entire top seven runners were separated by just 4.3 metres.
It was the second career win for Prince Parker at start number 20, coming in a new fastest winning mile rate of 1:57.3.
Turnbull had plenty of confidence in his horse's ability but the big concern was whether the race would pan out in an ideal way for him.
"I had a beautiful trip and I was getting ready for a good sprint. I just hoped that the leader would get me to the sprint lane before the outside swoopers got there, and luckily he did," he said.
"When he straightened he drew level with them all and once I got him lined up he got his head in front."
In his previous run Prince Parker made his return to racing after a full year away from the track, and did himself no favours when he galloped at the start.
"Last start he was stirred up early but it was his first start in a while so he was probably just a little bit green," Turnbull said.
"He was really, really unlucky not to run second in that race so I was hoping tonight with a good run that he'd have a good race and luckily enough for me it all worked out.
"He's had a long spell so he's ready for a lot of racing now. He's had a third and a first so hopefully as he going along he can keep being competitive."
Amanda Turnbull finished Wednesday night's meeting with three wins, coming on Blaze Coops, Vigoroso and Its A Sweet Life.
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