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Victorian-bred six-year-old Beefour Bacardi enhanced his reputation as one of WA’s best trotters when he coasted to an impressive victory in the $20,250 Follow The Stars Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Driven patiently by Gary Hall Jnr, Beefour Bacardi, the $2.30 second favourite, chalked up his fourth win in a row when he trailed the pacemaker Son Of A Whiz ($9) before getting off the pegs 270m from home, hitting the front on the home turn and beating Son Of A Whiz by just under a length.

Beefour Bacardi began speedily from the No. 5 barrier and with the polemarker and $1.70 favourite Patched galloping at the start, Hall urged Beefour Bacardi forward to lead by a half-length in the early stages before Son Of A Whiz held him out and Hall wisely opted to restrain the gelding and take the sit behind the leader.

Patched, attempting his fourth win in a row, settled down a conspicuous last before he impressed in making up a lot of lost ground to finish fourth.

Trainer Michael Young has done a remarkable job with Beefour Bacardi, who now has had 14 starts in WA for ten wins and two placings.

Young revealed that Beefour Bacardi had overcome a problem to win at his previous start to sit behind the frontrunning Son Of A Whiz before finishing gamely to beat that trotter narrowly over 2692m at Pinjarra 11 days before Friday night’s event.

“He had a bit of an infection in a back leg and wasn’t quite right at Pinjarra,” said Young. “I think that this knocked him around a bit, and he only just got over Son Of A Whiz. We have got that problem patched up and tonight he was as sharp as a tack.”