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  Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing

Few pacers are capable of contesting a spirited and fast lead time and then setting the pace before sprinting home powerfully with final quarters of 28.4sec. and 28.1sec.

That’s exactly what trainer Michael Young’s smart five-year-old Beat City did on his way to scoring a most impressive victory in the 2130m Your One Stop Shop Is At Garrard’s Horse And Hound Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Beat City was the $2.20 favourite from barrier two when he was involved in a hectic early battle for the lead with Bracken Sky ($8.50), Jaspervellabeach ($51) and Typhoon Banner ($2.75).

Jaspervellabeach led by a head soon after the start before being restrained, polemarker Bracken Sky set the pace for the first 450m, with Beat City, driven hard by Gary Hall Jnr, challenging strongly, and Typhoon Banner, from out wide at barrier eight, dashing forward early, out three and four wide in a bid for the lead.

Typhoon Banner did not appear likely to get to the front, leaving Dylan Egerton-Green no option but to restrain the talented five-year-old who was able to obtain the one-out and one-back position.

The hectic early battle resulted in a fast lead time of 35.3sec., but Hall, after getting Beat City to the front after 450m, was able to get the gelding to relax and amble through the opening quarter of the final mile in 32.3sec. After a second quarter of 30.5sec. Beat City sprinted over the final 400m sections in 28.4sec. and 28.1sec.

Caveman, a $7.50 chance who raced in the breeze, issued a challenge to Beat City approaching the home turn. But Beat City was not to be denied, and he dashed away from his rivals to win by just over two lengths from Caveman, who was making his farewell appearance in Australia before travelling to America to continue his career which stands at 53 starts for 16 wins, 13 placings and stakes of $156,059.

Young was impressed with Beat City’s splendid performance, saying: “I thought he could be vulnerable and that it wouldn’t suit him being involved in such a fast lead time.

“This was only the second time that we have pushed him off the gate as hard as we can. Gary was worried that Beat City could be crossed by Typhoon Banner, and I told him to make sure that it didn’t happen.

“If Beat City was able to hold out Typhoon Banner, I was confident we could beat him. As it turned out we had the barrier (advantage) and were able to hold up.

“I might be aiming too high, but I wouldn’t mind trying to get Beat City into the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups in the summer. He might not stack up, but we will give him a chance, and see what happens.”

Beat City, a winner of eight races in Victoria, has thrived under Young’s care in WA where his 27 starts have produced nine wins, ten seconds and two thirds.