Express Service continued his march to the WATC Derby in April with a gutsy win in the $80,000 Think Pink Challenge Stakes (1500m) at Ascot.
Express Service successfully backed up from his stylish win in last Saturday’s $100,000 Magic Millions Perth 3YO Trophy (1400m).
Backed from $4.20 to $3.60, Express Service was made to work hard to sit outside of the leader after starting slowly.
Jockey Paul Harvey guided the three-year-old past pacesetter Helder The Painter early in the straight and he battled on well to hold off the $2.70 favourite Antique Belle by a long neck.
Helder The Painter ($17) held third from Bippo No Bungus, who ran fourth after being trapped wide throughout.
Trainer Darren McAuliffe praised Express Service for his ability to handle the quick back-up and carry the 58kg topweight to victory.
“He carried weight and did some work but fought them off,” McAuliffe said.
“It was a good effort.
“He cops the work and off the seven-day back-up, that was an impressive win.
“I love the horse. He’s a tough bugger.”
The $400,000 WATC Derby (2400m) is run on April 20.
Express Service continued the stunning run for his sire, Danehill Express.
He gave the Mungrup Stud sire his first stakes victories when winning the Magic Millions race and Challenge Stakes.
Danehill Express sired an Ascot double with impressive Albany galloper Dream Lifter taking out race two.
Trainer Steve Wolfe hopes to set Trichologist for the $500,000 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) on April 6 after his impressive win in the Pink’s Bacteria Eliminator Plate (1000m).
After sitting outside of the lead in running, Trichologist proved far too good for his opposition when he beat De Jersey by 1 ¾ lengths.
“He’s a really nice horse,” Wolfe said.
“We’ll give him an easy time and hopefully keep him up for the Karrakatta.”