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Trainer Michael Brennan left Gloucester Park on Friday night for the trip back to his Coolup stables a contended man, with his only runner at the meeting, Whatabro, scoring a convincing all-the-way victory in the 2536m Simmonds Steel Pace.

“It’s a good present,” said Brennan, who celebrated his 46TH birthday on Friday. The win brought back memories of Brennan driving Anvils Big Punt to a neck victory over Ohoka Courage at Harvey on his 38TH birthday.

Whatabro, the $2.80 favourite from the No. 1 barrier, was driven with supreme confidence by Michael Grantham, who released the ear plugs in the home straight, which saw the experienced four-year-old bound away from the opposition and win by 5m from Jaspervellabeach ($4), rating 1.58.7 over the 2536m journey.

This took Whatabro’s record in WA for Brennan to 13 starts for three wins and five placings, and the son of Four Starzzz Shark now has raced 83 times for 21 wins, 35 placings and stakes of $124,711.

Though Whatabro had started at $101 and raced at the rear before finishing last in the group 3 Kersley Pace a week earlier, Brennan and Grantham were full of confidence going into Friday night’s event.

“Michael got off him last week and said that the horse was ready to win, adding that all he needed was a (favourable) barrier,” said Brennan. “He said he was really sharp, even though he finished last. And Kim Young galloped Whatabro on Wednesday and said that it was the best he’s had him gallop.   

“He is a big, strong horse and 2536m really suits him. He also has good high speed. He has probably nearly graduated to Free For All company, and he’ll do a good job in that class, though I’m not saying that he will win one. But tucked away on the rail, he will earn.”