Demerit gelding Demeritorious added to Daniel and Ben Pearce’s growing list of three-year-old winners with a dominant win at Geraldton on Thursday.

Aided by a perfect ride from hoop Peter Hall, Demeritorious ($3.00) loomed up to leader The Tubby Butcher ($26.10) turning for home before clearing away to take out the Owner’s Only Maiden (1100m).

The Tubby Butcher held second position, beaten a length-and-three-quarters, narrowly edging out Hot Star ($3.10).

Demeritorious’s debut win gave the Pearce brothers their eighth individual three-year-old winner for the 2017/18 season so far.

Meanwhile, Not A Single Doubt filly Everything’s Sweet ($2.00) endured a torrid run before finishing second in the Iron Jack Maiden (1300m) earlier in the day.

The three-year-old was posted three-wide and without cover in running but fought on gamely against eventual winner Zygalski ($4.70).

She went down by three-quarters of a length, holding off the fast-finishing Flaming Pro ($12.80) by half a length.

Flying Pegasus mare Hashtag ($5.80) ran another honest race without ever looking the winner when fifth in the Midwest Sand Supplies Handicap (1200m), beaten by only a length-and-a-half.

Oratorio three-year-old Wild Fusion ($5.30) performed below expectations when eight in the Sun City Print Handicap (1300m).

The Pearce stable have three runners engaged over the weekend in the form of Tenterden (Ascot) and Two For Twenty Two (Collie) on Saturday before Don’tgetcaught takes part in the $125,000 XXXX Gold Northam Cup (1600m) on Sunday.

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