Photo: Stuart McCormick Photography

Race 5: Melton Park, Saturday 25-4-2024 APG Vic Gold Bullion 3yo Colts & Geldings Winner: Soho Spectre (5) Trainer & Driver: Rickie Alchin Race Distance: 1,720 metres, Mile Rate: 1.53.8 photography: Stuart McCormick

The Western Australian owned, NSW trained Soho Spectre and the locally owned and trained Perpetuity captured their respective $150,000 Australian Pacing Gold Victorian Gold Bullion finals at Melton on Saturday night (May 25).

Soho Spectre, who finished fifth in the APG Gold Bullion final as a two-year-old, made the three-year-old series finale a one-act affair.

The Art Major colt, driven by his trainer Rickie Alchin, began like a bullet from the No. 5 gate to assume control, backed off in the middle stages and then pinged home with flying quarters in 28.3 and 26.5 seconds to comfortably hold his nine talented rivals at bay.

He rated 1:53.8 for the 1720 metres mobile trip.

The $75,000 winner’s cheque lifted his season’s earnings to a hefty $203,690, making him the richest of his age, sex and gait in the country in 2024. He boasts lifetime earnings of $288,372.

Among Soho Spectre’s 10 successes have been the NSW Derby, NSW Sapling Stakes and Vicbred 2YO Silver.

Bred by leviathan Perth businessman Robert Watson, who also races him, Soho Spectre ranks as a half-brother to the Bathurst Gold Bracelet winner Soho Rhapsody ($165,204), being out of the multiple Group/Listed winner Delightful Jade ($241,577).

Photo: Stuart McCormick Photography

Race 4: Melton Park, Saturday 25-4-2024 APG Vic Gold Bullion 3yo Fillies Winner: Perpetuity (8) Trainer: Emma Stewart; Driver: Mark Pitt Race Distance: 1,720 metres, Mile Rate: 1.52.79 photography: Stuart McCormick

Starting from the back row, Perpetuity secured the perfect trail behind the pacesetter Libby Lou from the outset and outsprinted her down the long Melton straight to score by half a length.

Her mile rating of a slick 1:52.9 was a new lifetime mark.

Perpetuity, who is trained by Emma Stewart and driven by Mark Pitt, has won four races and been twice placed from eight starts for $94,368 in stakes.

Bred and raced by Benstud Standardbreds, the American Ideal filly is the second foal and winner out of the very smart Art Major mare Bamako Mali, a winner of 13 races and $259,309 including the NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Final and NSW Pink Bonnet.