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Victorian-bred square gaiter Beefour Bacardi is a strong stayer who was not extended in leading and winning the 2503m 7News The Pulse Of Perth Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The six-year-old gelding’s trainer Michael Young has a good opinion of Beefour Bacardi, a trotter he declares who has the ability to perform strongly in sprint events.

“He won easily, with the plugs still in,” said Young after Maddison Brown had guided Beefour Bacardi to his impressive victory over Tricky Ric and Tears Of Joy. “Maddison got away with what she could, and it all worked out well.

“We will have a crack at the Trotters Sprint at Pinjarra in a few weeks time. He is versatile, has gate speed and a bit of strength. I don’t think there is a trotter here who is capable of beating him over a mile.”

After a slow lead time Beefour Bacardi, the $1.70 favourite, strolled over the opening quarters of the final mile in 32.4sec. and 32.1sec. before increasing the tempo with final quarters of 29.3sec. and 28.3sec.

Tricky Ric ($3.70) was an eye-catching second, finishing a length and a half behind Beefour Bacardi. He galloped badly at the standing start and lost about 45 metres before Michael Grantham dashed him forward to move to the breeze after a lap. He fought on determinedly.

Beefour Bacardi, a winner at five of his 22 Victorian starts, now has raced seven times in WA for five wins and a second placing. His only appearance in a sprint was as a four-year-old when he set the pace and held on to win by a nose from Scruffy Doolan, rating 1.59.8 over 1720m at Melton in February 2020.