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Ken Casellas | Hamilton Content Creators

Handy four-year-old pacer Alice Kay, described by her trainer Katja Warwick as an amazing trier and a very tough mare who keeps digging in, gets an excellent chance to celebrate her 50TH start with a win in the 2130m Specialised Equipment Funding Solutions Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Alice Kay will start from the No. 2 barrier and will be handled by Shannon Suvaljko, who drove her aggressively last Friday night when he dashed her forward from the back line to work hard in the breeze all the way before fighting on to finish second to the speedy pacemaker Mirragon over 2536m.

That was Alice Kay’s first appearance for seven weeks, and she is sure to have derived great benefit from the outing. She revealed her ability as a frontrunner four starts ago when she led from the No. 1 barrier and won by more than three lengths from Our Star Watch over 2536m.

In what should develop into a keenly-contested affair, has sound prospects of beating her well-performed rivals Leosabi, Typhoon Banner and Pocket The Cash.

Leosabi, trained by Nathan Turvey and driven by Emily Suvaljko, is in wonderful form and looks set to fight out the finish despite starting from the outside of the back line. She raced three back on the pegs and did not get clear until late when a fast-finishing third behind The Ideal Touch and Typhoon Banner last Friday week. That followed impressive wins over 17309m and 2536m at his two previous starts.

Typhoon Banner is in splendid form for trainer-reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green and is due for a change of fortune after his past four runs have produced three seconds and a third placing. He has the strength and ability to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the front line.

Pocket the Cash will start out wide at barrier eight for Bunbury trainer Stephen Reed at his first appearance since he ran home solidly to be second to Jesse Allwood over 2536m on July 11. He will be driven by Jocelyn Young.

Punters will be looking to Gary Hall jnr to get them away to a successful start and then a winning finish to the ten-event program, with Hall driving The Ideal Touch in race one and Youre So Fine in the tenth event.

The Ideal Touch had a tough run in the breeze when third behind Machnificent last Friday night, a week after he endured a similar trip before winning from Typhoon Banner and Leosabi.

Gary Hall snr prepares The Ideal Touch and two-year-old Youre So Fine, who will start from the outside in the field of six in the final event. Youre So Fine covered extra ground when narrowly beaten by the fast-finishing Floewriter last Friday week. He also had a tough run when a winner over Paul Edward at his previous start.