Mattjestic Star Ends Long Losing Run

Veteran pacer Mattjestic Star ended a losing sequence of 29 (which included just one minor placing) when he was a solidly supported $2.40 favourite and was driven by Shannon Suvaljko to an all-the-way victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

He had been unplaced at his 13 previous starts and was at odds of $34, £71 and $51 at his past three outings for Wanneroo part-owner and trainer Julie O’Neill.

But a drop in class, an ideal barrier at No. 2 and a smart trial run at Byford the previous Sunday were major factors in his improved performance.

He led and finished a short half-head second to Mister Bushido in the 2150m Byford trial in which he rated 1.57.5

On Friday night, the nine-year-old New South Wales-bred Mattjestic Star bowled along at a strong pace and rated an excellent 1.55.8 to win by four lengths from $4.60 chance Crocodile Kid, who battled on gamely after enjoying an ideal passage, one-out and one-back.

A winner of 14 races in NSW Mattjestic Star has had 83 starts in Western Australia for five wins and 11 placings to take his career record to 163 starts for 19 wins, 34 placings and $170,084 in prizemoney.