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Pedro Ximenez appreciated the softening conditions to score a dominant win at Werribee on Saturday.

Enjoying a perfect ride from Rhys McLeod Pedro Ximenez was settled behind the leaders in a slowly run race to halfway, fourth passing the winning post the first time.

Ridden along to go to second as the tempo lifted before the final turn, Pedro Ximenez reached the front 200m out and went clear to pass the post under hand and heels, 2 1/4-lengths clear of It Could Be You with the longtime leader Zabextra a further 2 1/2-lengths off third.

Mike Moroney was pleased to see Pedro Ximenez back in winning form.

“We were expecting him to run well but it was certainly good to see him win like that,” Moroney said.

“To be fair he got a perfect ride and the conditions suited him but he did it really well.

“The distance was the key to him and he was strong through the line so we’ll see how he pulls up before deciding where we go next with him.”

Pedro Ximenez was purchased as a yearling at the 2015 Inglis Premier Sale by Paul Moroney and has now won two of his eight races.

Congratulations to his owners, Ballymore Stables (Aust) Pty Ltd, R & C Legh Racing Pty Ltd, Mr R Smith, Pulitano Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, Mr M Rasinac, B & C Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
[14 Jan 18]

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