Michael Grantham owned and trained the first galloper to win a race run around the home turn on the Pinjarra Scarpside long course, Ryan Hill wearing his friend’s maroon, white and silver colours aboard all-the-way victor Top Trade.

Officially, racing authorities will catalogue Daniel and Ben Pearce-prepared filly Born Spicy as the first-ever Pinjarra Scarpside winner, but the victories of both her and Paeroa Lad in the second of Sunday’s eight events at the Western Australian track occurred over the 1,000 metres straight course that is not new to the venue located south of Perth.

Top Trade, which former thoroughbred racing jockey and current standardbred racing driver Grantham picked up after the gelding’s spells with Neville Parnham and Zach Tyler, placed second in a Pinjarra Park staying contest two weeks ago that was switched away from Pinjarra Scarpside’s virgin turf due to heavy overnight rainfall. Top Trade, which is the youngest offspring of retired maiden mare Sarabella, has won two of his 27 starts since debuting in February 2019.

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