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Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing

Ultra-consistent pacer Hittheroadjack scored a notable victory in the $20,250 Hoist Torque Vertical Transport Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was his first win from five appearances at harness racing’s delightful city headquarters.

Reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green has formed a strong association with the Greg and Skye Bond-trained New Zealand-bred five-year-old, having now driven him seven times for four wins.

Hittheroadjack was great value at $9, simply because he had drawn the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line in the field of twelve.

Zazu, the $2.05 favourite from the No. 1 barrier, was smartest to begin, and Egerton-Green made his intentions perfectly clear when he aggressively sent Hittheroadjack forward with an early three-wide burst to move to the breeze.

Zazu sprinted over the third 400m section of the final mile in 27.9sec. in a bid to dull Hittheroadjack’s finishing effort. However, Hittheroadjack did not falter, and he took a narrow lead about 45m from the post and beat Zazu by a half neck, rating 1.57.4 over the 2130m journey.

Hittheroadjack is by former star New Zealand pacer Terror To Love and is the second foal out of New Zealand mare Blackjacky, who raced 64 times for seven wins, 12 placings and $54,104 in prizemoney. Hittheroadjack’s seven wins and four placings from 13 WA starts have boosted his record to 26 starts for nine wins, 11 placings and $69,280.