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Cardup trainer Craig Abercromby was not disillusioned when his promising three-year-old filly Free Wheeling drew out wide at barrier No. 8 in the 2130m Noah George Fundraiser Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

On the contrary, he was quietly confident that Free Wheeling could overcome the wide draw, and he and reinsman Aldo Cortopassi planned to use the filly’s excellent gate speed in a bid to set the pace.

“The plan was to go forward, unless it was ridiculous,” said Abercromby. “Free Wheeling’s work on Tuesday was very good, and I thought she should come out and have a bit of a look.”

The plan worked out perfectly, with Free Wheeling, a $15.90 chance beginning smartly and dashing to the front after about 300m. This move was helped by the fact that the $2.05 favourite Wall Street Girl began speedily from barrier four and was in second place, three wide, challenging for the lead after 50m when she broke into a bad gallop and dropped back to a distant last.

Taking The Miki ($4.60) began fast and attempted to take up the running in the early stages before Chris Voak was content to take the sit behind Free Wheeling, with Dontbesillychilli ($16) working in the breeze.

Free Wheeling went on to win by just over a length from Taking The Miki, with Dontbesillychilli a well beaten third.

“We will race Free Wheeling fortnightly and maybe look at running in the $100,000 Westbred Classic for fillies on September 9,” said Abercromby.

The victory improved Free Wheeling’s record to 21 starts for seven wins, five placings and $59,506 in prizemoney. Free Wheeling, who is by American Ideal and is out of the unraced Art Major mare Le Chambon, is a full-sister to seven-year-old gelding Marquisard, who has had 131 starts for Abercromby and breeder Pat Gilroy for 17 wins, 19 placings and stakes of $ 159,477.