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Evergreen pacer Disco Under Fire continues to race with great enthusiasm, with owner-trainer Giles Inwood saying, “he goes good for the girls; that’s the conclusion I’ve come to.”
Nine-year-old Disco Under Fire was driven for the first time in his 152-start career by Deni Roberts, who gave an exemplary performance in the sulky to bring home the gelding with a stirring late burst to win the 2130m SEFS, You Name It, We Fund It Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Emily Johnson drove Disco Under Fire at his previous start for a close second to American Bullitt at Pinjarra, and two starts earlier Maddison Brown was in the sulky when the old campaigner was blocked for a clear run in the home straight when an unlucky second to Has No Fear at Gloucester Park.
“And Disco Under Fire’s previous win before Friday night was when he was a $102.60 outsider and Jocelyn Young brought him home with a strong sprint from the rear to beat Rock Me Over,” said Inwood.
Disco Under Fire was a $23.90 chance on Friday night when he started from the No. 5 barrier and was quickly angled across to the inside after the start to race in fifth position, three back on the pegs, with The Tiger Army ($4.40) setting the pace.
Disco Under Fire was hemmed in on the pegs until Roberts was able to ease him off the inside with 220m to travel. He did not get clear until 120m from the post, and Roberts urged him forward, three wide, to win from $7.50 chance Pradason, with The Tiger Army wilting to finish third.
Roberts became the 25TH driver to have handled Disco Under Fire — and the seventh different driver to have driven him at his past seven starts.
Inwood certainly has no regrets about his decision to buy Disco Under Fire for $4000 13 months ago. Since then, the indefatigable Disco Under Fire has raced 68 times for Inwood for seven wins (four in metropolitan-class events) and 15 placings for earnings of $88,224 — taking his career record to 152 starts for 15 wins, 50 placings and stakes of $156,765.
“He was a stand horse racing in Albany but was on his mark and getting put back on 40 and 50 metres,” said Inwood. “Wes Andrews, a good mate of mine, had been driving Disco Under Fire and he recommended him to me.”
Roberts continued to sparkle in the sulky at Northam on Saturday night when she landed a treble with Be Rock Hard ($1.50), Mufasa ($2.30) and Krakka Lightning ($8).