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Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing

Jocelyn Young and six-year-old gelding Pierre Whitby continued their wonderful association when they combined to win the opening event, the 2130m Milne Feeds Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Pierre Whitby, the $1.60 favourite from the prized No. 1 barrier, was having his 116TH start, and his thrilling win by a nose over $10 chance Bettor Be Lively was his 16TH and took his earnings to $165,510.

It marked the 14TH time that the 28-year-old Young had driven him to victory. After a slow lead time of 38sec. and an ambling opening quarter of 31.2sec. Pierre Whitby was joined by Bettor Be Lively, who was driven by Aiden de Campo and vacated the favourable one-out, one-back position to move to the breeze and put pressure on the pacemaker 900m after the start.

This pressure saw Pierre Whitby increase the tempo and the final 400m sections were run in 28.6sec. and 28.2sec. Bettor Be Lively finished with great determination and failed by the narrowest of margins.

For much of his career Pierre Whitby was driven as a sit-sprinter, but recently he has revealed abundant gate speed and has enjoyed a frontrunning role.

“Generally, he was taken back at the start and then came home with one run,” said Young. “He frequently drew badly, so this worked out, particularly over the longer trips. Now we’ve been using him off the gate when he draws well.”

Pierre Whitby is by Mach Three and is out of former star mare Party Date.