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Promising three-year-old Eton Rock has won at Yarra Valley, Pinjarra, Narrogin, Kellerberrin and Bunbury in a 12-start career and he is ready to put his best foot forward, according to his driver Emily Suvaljko.

The Nathan Turvey-trained Eton Rock is favourably drawn at barrier two in the $20,250 Trevors Getaway Holidays Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he faces the daunting task of challenging the brilliant Greg and Skye Bond-trained gelding Street Hawk.

“Eton Rock’s last-start win at Bunbury when he led early from barrier three and then sat behind the pacemaker before running on to win from The Good Life, coming home in 27.8sec. and 27.4sec., has given me confidence going into Friday’s race,” said Suvaljko.

“He is a quality horse and is a strong each-way chance. I think that sat-up is his best bet. I haven’t been asking him to get out of the gate, but he still begins pretty good.

“Free Wheeling has drawn barrier one and he gets out of the gate quite nicely. He went pretty good (from barrier six and racing in the breeze) when fourth behind Little Darling last week. I drove Elsamay, who finished second, and I consider Eton Rock is a better horse than Elsamay.”

Street Hawk, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick from barrier five, was unplaced at his three starts in New Zealand as a two-year-old before being extremely impressive this year as a three-year-old, winning at two of his three starts in New Zealand and then scoring in fine style at his first two appearances in WA.

He led from barrier three and won by six lengths from Sunshine Swift, rating 1.57.8 over 2185m at Pinjarra, and then scored a powerful victory over Pocketfulofpepper, rating 1.58.4 over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. After an unsuccessful bid for the early lead Street Hawk raced behind the pacemaker Ifeel Sikdarl, and then moved to the breeze with 1300m to travel before taking the lead on the home turn.

Suvaljko has given punters a valuable lead by choosing to drive Eton Rock ahead of the Peter Tilbrook-trained Seven No Trumps, a winner at five of his 29 starts, and handily drawn at barrier three. He will be handled by Gary Hall Jnr.