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Veteran pacer Fanci A Dance overcame an early setback to come from last in the field of eleven to win the 2130m DTYS, Your Industrial Supplies Partner Pace at Gloucester Parn Friday night.

Fanci A Dance, bred and owned by Busselton trainer Barry Howlett and his son Jimmy, was a $7.80 chance from out wide at barrier No. 8, and his supporters were concerned when he settled down a distant last, several lengths behind the pacemaker Smart Fortune.

He was ninth with 550m to travel, was switched four wide at the 250m mark and surged home to get up and win from the $2.40 favourite Euphoria, who had raced in the breeze before getting to the front in the final 60m.  

“We got dragged back at the start by a horse who couldn’t keep up,” explained reinsman Chris Voak. “It wasn’t that I was being tactical. And because of what was transpiring in front of us I thought there was no point in going three wide, with Medieval Man trapped out three wide.

“Then, we got the lucky breaks and fortune went my way late. Fanci A Dance is a nice horse and I think he is capable of doing even a lot better. He has always shown ability, but injuries have held him back. There are plenty more wins in store for him.”

Fanci A Dance, an eight-year-old by Rock N Roll Heaven, has had 55 starts for 12 wins, 18 placings and $102,942 in prizemoney. His dam Fancipance (by Fake Left) had 139 starts for 12 wins, 39 placings and $40,571. She won 11 times in Queensland and her final ten starts were in WA  2007 when she was trained by Bob Mellsop for a win at $21.90 in a C5 event at Gloucester Park and one third placing.