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Talented young driver Maddison Brown continued her excellent association with the Justin Prentice-trained pacer Back In Twenty when she was rewarded for her aggression by guiding the five-year-old to an effortless victory in the 2130m Cowden Ltd Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

There was plenty of pre-race discussion of how the perceived match race between Back In Twenty (barrier four) and Roman Art (barrier two) would pan out, with many punters convinced that the Victor Bryers-trained Roman Art, a noted frontrunner, would be capable of setting the pace by virtue of his more favourable barrier.

However, Brown had other ideas and she stole an important march by getting Back In Twenty away brilliantly to burst straight to the front, leaving Roman Art, the $2.15 favourite, in the breeze.

Punters who supported Back In Twenty were overjoyed at his extremely generous tote price of $4.30 — after he had put up such a strong performance a week earlier when he raced three back on the pegs and finished strongly to be third to outstanding Cup-class pacers Galactic Star and Mighty Conqueror.

“Back In Twenty follows speed really well and he went well last week,” said Brown. “But tonight, the plan was to go forward and try to lead. And he was able to lead, easily. He is a totally different horse in front.” Brown has developed a good association with Back In Twenty, having driven him 16 times for five wins and three placings.

Back In Twenty, bred and owned by Bob Fowler, has been a good, consistent performer who has raced 71 times for 14 wins, 17 placings and stakes of $147,206. He is by American stallion Sportswriter and is the first foal out of Northern Luck mare Aristocratic Glow (44 starts for nine wins, 13 placings and $74,756).

Aristocratic Glow’s second foal Aristocratic Star has had 28 starts for five wins, 11 placings and $102,703. As a two-year-old he finished second to Manning in the group 1 Pearl Classic and second to Major Martini in the group 1 Westbred Classic.

Aristocratic Glow’s dam Arctic Glow produced seven other winners, including Amongst Royalty (86 starts for 23 wins, 27 placings and $570,820) and Chazsalico (135 starts for 20 wins, 31 placings and $141,515) and Arctic Glow’s dam Broncroft Castle’s eight winners included the brilliant Mon Poppy Day (50 starts for 20 wins, 16 placings and $318,558).