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Five-year-old Victorian-bred pacer Bletchley Park fired up after bursting to an early lead and led by five lengths with 500m to travel in the $50,000 Mondo Doro RWWA Cup over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night before holding on grimly, under hard driving from Lindsay Harper, to win by a half-head from Diego.

“At the 400m and again at the 200m he looked in big trouble,” said Bunbury trainer Stephen Reed, who celebrated his 38TH birthday on Friday. “Diego is a smart horse, and I thought he was going to run over the top of us. But to Bletchley Park’s credit he kept on digging and did enough to hang on.”

Bletchley Park, described by Reed as a pocket dynamo, said he didn’t expect the American Ideal gelding to go so fast, particularly when he scorched over the second 400m section of the final mile in 27.2sec.

“That definitely wasn’t the plan to do that,” he explained. “He has done that in the past when he has led. He can get fired up, and at other times he can relax.

“Since his previous run (a fortnight earlier) we haven’t done a lot of work with him. He hasn’t been to the track; he has been to the beach, wading, most days. So, possibly, he got away from me a bit, being too fresh tonight.”

Reed said that owner Albert Walmsley, under doctor’s orders to remain at home, recuperating from shoulder surgery, was ecstatic at Bletchley Park’s performance, and was looking forward for the gelding running in the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups early next year.

“That’s his main aim, the big Cups,” said Reed. “So, we will space his runs and try to keep him fresh, but not too fresh like he was tonight. He is a pegs horse who excels when he is leading. When he has to travel out wide, he doesn’t get around the bends all that well.”

Bletchley Park has raced 55 times for 19 wins, 20 placings and stakes of $382,781. He is the eighth foal out of the unraced Caprock mare Alldatglittersisgold, the dam of eight winners, including Bling It On (100 starts for 49 wins, 24 placings and $1,882,957) and Baby Bling (55 starts for 21 wins, ten placings and $854,490).

Hurricane Harley, the $3 favourite for the RWWA Cup, was not suited by racing without cover, and he wilted to finish last in the field of ten, 13 lengths behind Bletchley Park.

Wildwest, a $26 chance, impressed in finishing fast into fifth place. He raced in seventh position on the pegs and was badly blocked for a run until the final 70 metres. “It was a sensational run; he charged to the line,” said trainer Gary Hall snr.