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Pinjarra trainer David Young is enjoying a great run of success with promising five-year-old square gaiter Patched, who faces a rise in class when he contests the 2130m Follow The Stars All Aged Sire Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Young is up for the challenge, declaring: “Patched is a pretty decent trotter who should handle the rise in class. I think he has enough speed to hold up from barrier one, but if he doesn’t it should not be a great problem. He doesn’t have to lead to win; his greatest asset is his high speed.

“It is a good, strong field. I can’t fault him, and his work this morning (Tuesday) was beautiful.”

The Victorian-bred Patched entered Young’s stables about 12 weeks ago, and his six starts in Western Australia have produced five wins and a second placing. He is unbeaten at his four appearances at Gloucester Park.

At his most recent outing, at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week, Patched started from 50m (virtually 30m, with the frontmarker Kell Road Kid starting from the 20m mark). He strolled to the front after 500m and coasted to victory by three and a half lengths from Luvaflair.

Patched, to be handled by his regular reinsman Aiden de Campo, will need to trot soundly to defy the likely strong opposition from Beefour Bacardi, Son Of A Whiz and Majestic Dream.

Beefour Bacardi is in superb form for trainer Michael Young, with his 13 WA starts producing nine wins and two placings. Son Of A Whiz, trained by Barry Howlett, has raced 15 times in WA for four wins and six placings, and the Karen Bennett-trained Majestic Dream has won at eight of her 18 starts in WA.

Beefour Bacardi is aiming to stretch his winning sequence to four, and Young predicts a bold showing from the smart six-year-old, who will start from barrier six, saying: “I think he is the best horse in the race, and I wouldn’t swap him with any other horse in the race. However, I would definitely swap draws with Patched.