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Promising four-year-old Beat City is developing into a standing-start specialist, and trainer Michael Young said the A Rocknroll Dance gelding would be set for the standing-start Northam Cup in February after he had scored a narrow victory in the Specialised Equipment Funding Solutions Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

“He has had two starts in stands for two wins, and we will aim him for the Northam Cup,” said Young.

Beat City, the $1.60 favourite, raced in the breeze all the way before beating the pacemaker Gee Smith ($5) by a half-head after the final 800m was covered in 56.3sec.

“It wasn’t ideal getting stuck in the breeze, but Shannon (Suvaljko) drove him sit-sprint from that position. It wasn’t an over-taxing run, and he was able to use his speed to win.”

Beat City got to a narrow lead at the 100m mark and he maintained this advantage in the run to the finish. Double Up, who enjoyed the favourable one-out, one-back trail, battled on to finish third.

Beat City, a winner of eight races in Victoria, has had nine starts in WA for three wins and four seconds. He is owned by Victorians Gary Collinson, his wife Kim and trainer-reinsman Alex Ashwood, who trained and drove Fashion Passion to victory in the final event at Melton on Friday night. They also own Zazu, who has had eight starts in WA for Young for two wins, three seconds and a third placing.