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Pekin's enjoying a winning time

Stanhope trainer Gary Pekin is content with how his stable is going at present with two of his pacers, Attack On Command and Illawong Fantasia, posting victories in the past 10 days.

GUS UNDERWOOD May 9, 2014 3:20am

Gary Pekin and son Charlie with Attack On Command and Illawong Fantasia.

Nobody knows better how tough the trotting game can be than Gary Pekin.

The friendly Stanhope horseman is one of those dedicated one-man stable trainers in the business who knows just how hard good horses and winners are to find.

So that’s why Pekin has had every reason to be satisfied with himself during the past 10 days.

He produced Attack On Command to win last week at Charlton and then buttered up to win with Illawong Fantasia at Melton last Sunday night.

Attack On Command completed back-to-back wins with a pillar to post performance at Charlton, while Illawong Fantasia won in identical style at Melton.

Attack On Command, who is owned by trots photographer Geoff Durn, won at his previous start at Charlton and two starts earlier had saluted at Albury. All were all-the-way wins.

The four-year-old has now won four races with three seconds and a third from 22 starts and is building an impressive record.

Pekin put the pacer’s current purple patch of form down to maturity and is hopeful the best may be yet to come for the sturdy gelded son of the Jate Lobell stallion, On The Attack.

Pekin is also confident the talented Illawong Fantasia who led her rivals a merry dance when winning at Melton on Sunday is capable of more wins.

The daughter of Grinfromeartoear had 11 top four finishes, including four frustrating seconds, in her last 14 outings prior to Sunday night.

But once she drew the inside running it was her big chance to return to the winning list and she seized it to record her second win.

‘‘She had drawn the back row at her previous seven starts, but once she drew the pole with a scratching she was always going to be hard to beat,’’ Pekin said.

Pekin said Illawong Fantasia was a good example of not being to hasty in judging the ability of horses.

‘‘She didn’t do much in her first 20 starts, but she always showed me something and I kept persevering and she’s just got better with every start,’’ Pekin, who lines up the mare at tonight’s Melton meeting where he expects her to make her presence felt again, said.

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