Emerging four-year-old Red Salute shaped as a WA Pacing Cup prospect when he scored an impressive all-the-way win for champion reins- man Chris Lewis in last night's $50,000 Channel 9 Binshaw Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park.
The Ross Olivieri-trained Red Salute, backed from $2 to $1.50 favouritism, was unextended by Lewis in beating Western Cullen and Showdownatmidnight.
Western Cullen raced outside Red Salute until shaken off nearing the home turn.
Red Salute, who will be aimed at next season's $400,000 WA Pacing Cup and $250,000 Fremantle Cup, has won three races in the past two weeks.
"He had quite a bit in reserve on the line tonight," Lewis said. "This horse has really come forward in the past few weeks.
"I've been surprised by how far he's advanced.
"He's now putting it all together and can develop into a very good performer."
Managing owner Denise Trobe praised Olivieri, Red Salute's former trainer Peter Tilbrook and regular reinsman Chris Voak, who is under suspension.
"Chris Voak has helped sort out Red Salute's quirks when driving him in trackwork," Trobe said.
"He drove the horse in his previous two wins, then missed tonight's race through suspension.
"Peter Tilbrook settled Red Salute when he was a three-year-old last season.
"Ross has come back and put polish on Red Salute in the past six to eight weeks."
Red Salute's Binshaw victory gave former premier Perth trainer Olivieri his first feature event win since a disqualification.
Olivieri returned in December from a 12-month ban which foll- owed an inquiry into a horse's elevated total carbon dioxide level.
Red Salute was Lewis's third winner last night and 30 minutes later he won with tough stayer Shardons Rocket for trainer Tony Svilicich.
Lewis had earlier driven Live High and Bundaberg Black, trained by Olivieri and Natalie Duffy respectively, to wins.