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Cardup trainer Craig Abercromby is delighted with WA-bred two-year-old filly Free Wheeling’s potential and the way she is racing, and he is looking forward keenly to her running in the WA Oaks next year.

“She is showing every sign of developing into an Oaks runner,” said Abercromby, who races the American Ideal filly in partnership with her breeder Pat Gilroy.

“I’m not sure when the Oaks will be run, but we will be setting her for that race.”

Free Wheeling, the $3.40 favourite, notched her fourth win from eight starts when she scored a comfortable victory over Follow The Ark ($7) and Jay Elle ($4.80) in the 2130m Cowden Limited Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Aldo Cortopassi, who celebrated his 45TH birthday last Wednesday, drove Free Wheeling with great confidence. Polemarker Follow The Ark was smartest to begin, but Cortopassi made his intentions perfectly clear when he urged Free Wheeling forward from barrier five, and the filly raced three wide for the first 300m before surging to the front soon afterwards.

After a slow 39.1sec. lead time, Free Wheeling was able to coast through the first two quarters of the final mile in 31.7sec. and 30.4sec. before the filly gave a sample of her class by sprinting over the final 400m sections in 28.5sec. and 28.3sec. She won at a 1.59.4 rate by just under a length from Follow The Ark, with Jay Elle 5m farther back in third place after working in the breeze over the final 1200m.

Free Wheeling is the third foal out of the unraced Art Major mare Le Chambon, whose first foals Marquisard and Dissertation have performed in fine style for Abercromby and Gilroy. Marquisard has raced 107 times for 17 wins, 14 placings and stakes of $149,107, with Dissertation earning $36,984 from his five wins and eight placings from 32 starts.