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Eight-year-old gelding Disco Under Fire, described by his owner-trainer Giles Inwood as “just a battler,” ended a losing sequence of 17 when he gave a good frontrunning performance to win the 2130m Nova 93.7 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Though he had managed just two placings from his previous 16 starts, Disco Under Fire was a popular $2.40 favourite from the coveted No. 1 barrier, and Chris Voak rated him perfectly on his way to a half-length victory over $26 chance Rocknroll Whitby, who finished solidly after enjoying a perfect trip in the one-out, one-back position.

“He likes to go slow, and it was ideal tonight,” said Inwood. “HH didn’t go overly fast, and Chris controlled the race. I bought him from Alf Paganoni in February last year when the horse was racing well in Albany and Narrogin. And he has done a good job.”

Inwood paid just $4000 for Disco Under Fire, who now has had 52 starts for his new owner for five wins, 12 placings and stakes of $58,558 in the space of 17 months. The gelding has enjoyed racing in a career of 136 starts that have produced 13 wins, 47 placings and stakes of $125,972.

Disco Under Fire, by Courage Under Fire, is the first foal out of the Pacific Rocket mare Midnight Disco, who had 55 starts for seven wins, 13 placings and $45,351.