Gordon Spowart is hoping last weekend’s cautious approach will pay dividends when Statewide contests the Mitchell & Brown Communications Handicap (1400m) at Geraldton on Sunday.
Statewide was set to make his first Perth appearance in nearly three years but the top trainer erred on the side of caution and opted against a trip to Ascot in heatwave conditions.
Statewide had earned a city trip and the lure of lucrative financial pickings after displaying red-hot form at his past two outings.
The State City gelding held out the fast-finishing Mr Lonely over 1400m before scoring a comfortable victory over Gannochy when stepping up to the mile.
Spowart is confident Statewide, who will jump from barrier nine for Ben Paterson, is racing well enough to make it three wins from as many starts.
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