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“I don’t think he has been beaten when he has set the pace,” said Blythewood trainer Gary Elson after champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr had enjoyed an armchair drive to score an effortless all-the-way victory with Jaspervellabeach in the 2130m Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

From the prized No. 1 barrier Jaspervellabeach was the $1.20 favourite who ambled through the lead time in a slow 39.1sec. before coasting through the opening quarters of the final mile in 32.1sec. and 30.3sec. and then sprinting over the final 400m sections in 28.7sec. and 27.7sec. to win at a 1.59.3 rate.

Jaspervellabeach won by 5m from $12 chance Allwoods Rocknroll, who trailed the leader all the way. The Kraken ($6.50) fought on to be third after enjoying the one-out, one-back trail.

“He looked like the best horse in the race, and he had the best driver,” said Elson, who bought the son of Somebeachsomewhere as a yearling in Melbourne where he was offered for sale by the Alderbaran Lodge.

“A young bloke told me that the breeders had a nice horse, and that they were hoping to sell him for $20,000. I bid to $11,000 and got him. I had ten youngsters at home that year and I told my daughter Kristy that she could have one of them.

“Jaspervellabeach kept throwing himself down, but Kristy said that he was the one she wanted.”

Indeed, it was a wise decision. Jaspervellabeach, now a five-year-old, has earned $220,222 from 13 wins and 12 placings from 51 starts. He was an outstanding youngster who won at four of his six starts as a two-year-old, with his notable victories being in the group 1 Golden Slipper in which he defeated Major Martini, and in the group 2 Champagne Classic.