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Experienced New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Burning Rubber bounced back to his best form when he overcame the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier in the field of nine to score an exciting victory in the 2130m Mondo Doro Smallgoods Pace at Gloucester Park on Fiday night.

The Mach Three gelding trained by Brett Smith settled down in last position before Chris Lewis sent him forward to be sixth at the bell, with La Suleiman setting a moderate pace.

Burning Rubber, a $9.80 chance, was still sixth at the 400m before Lewis switched him four wide with 300m to travel. He then sprinted fast to burst to the front 70m from the post and win by just over a half-length from the $2.15 favourite Jesse Allwood, who was badly blocked for a clear run and was seventh 250m from home.

Finally, Aldo Cortopassi was able to ease Jesse Allwood off the pegs and the gelding charged home, out wide, to finish an unlucky second.

Burning Rubber, who has had to contend with unfavourable barriers at several previous outings, notched his 16TH win from 103 starts. A winner at three of his 18 starts in New Zealand and at three of his 13 starts in New South Wales, has raced 72 times in Western Australia for ten wins and 13 placings.

He is the first foal out of Lady Valentia, whose half-sister Carabella was an outstanding pacer, who amassed $693,615 in stakes from 17 wins and two seconds from just 19 starts. Her wins included six at group 1 level, two in group 2 feature events and one in a group 3 race.