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One victory from her past 81 starts is hardly the credentials of a likely winner. But C C Chevron, an evergreen ten-year-old mare and a veteran of 220 starts, is racing with commendable enthusiasm, despite starting at $126 twice, $101 twice, $91 and $61 at her past six starts.

Owned and trained by Matt Scott, C C Chevron will be driven by Deni Roberts from a favourable barrier (No. 2) in the 2130m Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night — and she certainly has winning prospects, with little recent exposed form shining a light on any of her eight rivals.

C C Chevron warmed up for Friday night’s assignment in good style at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when she raced three back on the pegs in an Indian file affair over 2185m and was clocked at 27.27sec. over the final 400 metres. She ran home solidly to finish third behind Lawrence and Mister Bushido.

C C Chevron is one of three Scott-trained pacers in Friday night’s event, the others being Billy Mack (Shannon Suvaljko) and Euston Flyer (Mitch Miller).

“C C Chevron is racing out of her skin,” said Scott. “She will probably sit behind the No. 1 (Pierre Whitby).”     

Billy Mack, an 11-year-old who has won at 12 of his 170 starts, and the eight-year-old Euston Flyer (14 wins from 100 starts) have shown glimpses of form in recent weeks and are capable of figuring in the finish of a race in which Pierre Whitby and Batavia On Fire are generally expected to dominate the betting.

Pierre Whitby, trained by Debra Lewis, has won at 14 of his 109 starts and has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier. Whether he leads is problematical. He has begun from the No. 1 barrier ten times — and has not been given the task of leading. He has never attempted an all-the-way victory at any stage of his career.

Those ten runs have produced a solitary win, three thirds, a fourth, a fifth, a sixth, two ninths and a twelfth placing. His win from barrier one was over 2130m at Gloucester Park on July 17, 2020, when he showed good gate speed to lead for the first 550m before he surrendered the lead to Art Tutor and finished fast, out three wide, to snatch a last-stride win over that pacer.

Batavia On Fire is a nine-year-old trained by Giles Inwood who has been unplaced in all of his seven starts this season. Fourths behind Typhoon Banner, Gambit and American Bullitt in those outings have been good efforts, and he deserves favouritism on Friday night.

Batavia On Fire will be handled by Chris Voak, who said: “It looks the right type of race for him. He is one of nine chances in the race. At his best he could definitely win. But I’m not sure that he’s at his best, but you could say that about the rest of the field.”