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Six-year-old Bee Seventeen gets an excellent chance to break a 15-month drought when he starts from barrier four in the 2130m Simmonds Steel Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Trained at Baldivis by Cliff Woodworth, Bee Seventeen will be resuming after an eight-week absence, and a smart win in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra on Wednesday of last week was a good indication that the son of American stallion Mr Aviator was capable of a bold first-up performance.
Driven by Chris Voak in a seven-horse trial, Bee Seventeen settled down in fifth position in the Indian file affair before he made a fast move and charged to the front with about 1400m to travel. With final quarters of 28.5sec. and 29.2sec. he won comfortably from Trinity Bromac.
Bee Seventeen has managed just one placing from eight starts this season. But his latest run was full of merit. He finished solidly from sixth at the bell to be fourth behind Will I Rocknroll over 2130m at Gloucester Park on June 25.
There is not a lot of exposed form among the nine runners in Friday night’s event, but four-year-old Illawong Mustang deserves consideration following his most recent effort when he was twelfth at the bell and sustained a spirited burst to finish third, seven lengths behind the winner Soho Gigolo at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week.
Illawong Mustang is one of seven good drives on the program for Dylan Egerton-Green, with Shadow Roll (race two), Tyler Brett (three), Patronus Star (four), Jaspervellabeach (five), Thejewelinhereye (six) and Otis (nine) all having each-way claims.
Shannon Suvaljko also will have a busy night, with drives in eight of the ten events. He is bullish about the prospects of Machnificent in race nine but says that The Kraken appeals as his best winning chance.
Five-year-old The Kraken, trained at Coolup by Phil Costello, is favourably drawn at barrier two in the Catalanos Truck And Equipment Pace.
Suvaljko was impressed with The Kraken’s performance when driven by Chris Voak in the group 3 Kerry Clarke Pace two starts ago. A $51 outsider, The Kraken trailed pacemaker Fifty Five Reborn before finishing with a powerful burst to be a close third to that speedy mare.