WA Trots | Flying start to season for Hot Fraternity

Personal best win: Hot Fraternity, out of the great mare Red Hot Date, gets up in the last stride at Gloucester Park last Friday night. Photo: Supplied.
Personal best win: Hot Fraternity, out of the great mare Red Hot Date, gets up in the last stride at Gloucester Park last Friday night. Photo: Supplied.

Hot Fraternity started the season off with a bang for former Busselton trainer Frank Bonnett and reins-man Bailey McDonough on Friday night at Gloucester Park, with a well deserved win.

Bred and owned in the Busselton region Hot Fraternity has had a consistent career under the care of Bonnett who has had the son of Art Major since his debut at Harvey some five years ago.

Hot Fraternity's record stands at 58 starts for 10 wins and 22 places; and on Friday night he set a new personal best winning time of 1.55.9, defeating leader Atherbascan in the final stride to score by a short half head for Frank's grandson McDonough.

Barry Howlett's season has started strong with two winners, two places, a fourth and a fifth from seven starters.

Howlett took four runners to Pinjarra on Monday. Millwood Polly started the day with a close fourth.

Restrained at the start Polly settled at the rear but made up lots of ground to finish just one metre from the winner.

Rosies Delight got a win on the board for the stable when leading all the way to record her second win from just five starts.

Punters Dream tried to emulate Rosies Delight but was caught late to run third, beaten by 2m.

Smart Fortune had to do it the tough way sitting outside odds on favourite Infatuation, but didn't give up, battling for second by less than a length.

Three Bears ran a better race Friday night; after sitting four back on fence he got home well for a close fifth.

Delightful Mandy bought up Barry's second win.

When setting the pace she had to dig deep to hold out a brave Sergeant Oats but held on by a short half head. Songster ran a creditable fourth after a easy run.