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Arma Einstein is the youngest runner in the 2130m Budget Stockfeeds In Oakford Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and ace trainer-reinsman Colin Brown is predicting a strong performance from the speedy four-year-old, whose 50 starts have produced ten wins and 22 placings.

“He went super last Friday night (when he finished fourth behind Ima Rockabilly Rebel after being hampered for room and momentarily locking wheels in the home straight),” said Brown.

That was Arma Einstein’s second run in the space of five days, following his second to Lord Rosco at Pinjarra the previous Monday.

“I thought that he pulled up big after his Pinjarra run, and that’s why I buttered him up,” said Brown. “Normally, I don’t do it. But we have got him a lot stronger. Obviously, Distinguished Taste from barrier one will lead, and it might by the time to roll the dice, go forward and see if we can find a spot. We will be going forward to make our own luck.”

Distinguished Taste, trained in Bunbury by John Graham, was a smart all-the-way 2130m winner over Sidstrepo at Gloucester Park two starts ago before he set a fast pace and faded to seventh behind Ima Rockabilly Rebel over the same journey last Friday week.

“Initially, I was disappointed with his last-start effort,” said Emily Suvaljko. “But when I looked at the times, I discovered that he had not previously gone that quick, even though he actually felt he was going real slow.

“The plan will be to lead, but I think I will be taking an extra double grip on him this week and we won’t be going as fast.”

The main dangers to Distinguished Taste and Arma Einstein are expected to be Will I Rocknroll (barrier seven) and Valentines Brook (eight). Will I Rocknroll caught the eye last Friday night when he was eighth at the bell before flashing home with a late burst to finish fourth behind Beat City, Fanci A Dance and Classic Choice.

Suvaljko also is upbeat about the prospects of Twobob Cracker, who will start from the inside of the front line in the Hamilton Content Creators Handicap, a standing-start event over 2503m.

“Twobob Cracker loves the distance and if he leads, he loves to roll along and will give the backmarkers something to chase,” she said.

Glenledi Chief, trained by Greg and Skye Bond and to be handled by Ryan Warwick, will start off the 20m mark. He is a standing-start specialist who was most impressive in scoring a runaway victory in a 2631m stand at Pinjarra last Monday week after starting off the back mark of 50m.

Evergreen ten-year-old Vultan Tin gets a chance to make amends for his disappointing ninth behind Texas Tiger over 2536m last Friday week when he starts from the No. 1 barrier in the 2536m Premium Quality Products From Australian Premium Feeds Pace.

“He wasn’t himself and he didn’t turn up to race,” said reinsman Mitch Miller. “I’m sure he will be much better this week when it will be my aim to lead.”

Vultan Tin’s clash with To Fast To Serious and Double Up should provide plenty of action. To Fast To Serious will pay to follow after fast-finishing placings at his past two appearances.

He was sixth with 350m to travel before running home strong, out five wide, to finish a very close third behind Double Up and Texas Tiger last Friday night. Double Up maintained his dashing form when he raced without cover over the final 1300m before getting up in the final stride to beat the pacemaker Texas Tiger.

Byford trainer Katja Warwick holds a strong hand in the final event, the 2130m Fly Like An Eagle Pace, with two of the six runners, Juggernaut (Shannon Suvaljko) and All Is Well (Emily Suvaljko). Both two-year-olds have good gate speed and is a winner, with Juggernaut leading and beating Star Lavra in February, and All Is Well setting the pace and defeating Rockokoko at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon.

Trainer-reinsman Ryan Bell will drive Lucapelo from barrier two. Lucapelo, a Pinjarra winner on debut in February, will be having his first start for almost three months, but impressed in a 1684m trial at Pinjarra three Wednesdays ago when he set the pace and was not extended in winning narrowly from Rockokoko.

“Lucapelo will be trying for the front, and keeping it,” said Bell. “He is no star but is no slouch, either.”