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A frustrating run of four second placings from five starts was finally broken when Gary Hall jnr drove the New Zealand-bred six-year-old to an easy victory in the 2130m Simmonds Steel Fencing And Gates Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

“Thank goodness for that,” said Hall. “It was nice to get a soft run with him for a change.”

Gambit, owned by New Zealander Steve Waters, was the $1.20 favourite from the No. 2 barrier, and Hall jnr was able to dash the Shadow Play gelding past the polemarker and $5.50 second fancy Arma Einstein moments after the mobile barrier had sent the field of ten on its way.

Gambit sped over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 27.2sec. and won by 7m from Arma Einstein, who had enjoyed the perfect trip behind the pacemaker.

Gambit, prepared by Gary Hall snr, has earned $70,897 from his four wins, six seconds and one third from 15 starts in Western Australia. He was a career record of 37 starts for ten wins, 13 placings and stakes of $170,757.

The best of his six wins from 22 starts in New Zealand was in a group 2 Free-For-All at Alexandra Park in March 2020. His most important WA victory was in the Chandon final at Gloucester Park last July.

Gambit is the eighth and final foal out of the Sands A Flyin mare Whata Breeze, who had 38 starts for four wins, 12 placings and $42,639 in prizemoney.