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Mundijong trainer Michael Young is confident that Beefour Bacardi will make amends for his unlucky defeat in the $50,000 group 1 Trotters Cup three weeks ago by winning the $20,250 7News The Pulse Of Perth Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Beefour Bacardi was the $1.95 favourite in the Trotters Cup, a stand over 2503m, when he began safely from the front line before breaking into a gallop after about 20 metres and losing four or five lengths. He then dashed forward to take the lead 570m after the start before wilting in the final stages to finish a close fourth behind Majestic Dream.
He will start from the inside barrier on the front line in Friday night’s 2503m trot and will be driven for the first time by Maddison Brown.
“Will he make amends this week? suggested Young. “Yes, most definitely. That was the first time he has galloped in a stand, and I’d be very surprised if he galloped again. He’s a good frontrunner and can run good times. So, I expect him to win if he leads.”
Beefour Bacardi has raced six times in WA for four wins (two in mobile and two in stands). He raced 22 times in Victoria for five wins and nine placings. His only appearance in a stand in Victoria was when he led from barrier three on the front line and won over 2150m at Yarra Valley.
Beefour Baccardi, co-frontmarkers Tears Of Joy and Tricky Ric and Majestic Dream (10m) are sure to dominate betting on Friday night’s event.
“Tears Of Joy is safe away from the tapes and Dylan (Egerton-Green) will put her on speed, and she will run a good race,” said trainer Aiden de Campo.
Tears Of Joy trailed the pacemaker On Fast Forward before finishing fast to snatch a last-stride victory over that trotter in a 2096m stand at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. That followed her splendid second behind Majestic Dream in the Trotters Cup at her previous outing.
Tricky Ric, trained by Gary Hall snr, will be driven by Michael Grantham. He has resumed after a spell in fine form, with a first-up third in the Trotters Cup followed by an easy all-the-way victory in a 2185m mobile trot at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon.
Majestic Dream, to be driven by Kyle Harper for Wandering trainer Karen Bennett, is sure to fight out the finish. She completed a winning hat-trick when she finished powerfully from tenth at the 600m to beat Teras Of Joy and Tricky Ric in the Trotters Cup.