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Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has advised punters not to disregard the winning prospects of  Twoandahalf Tigers in the 2536m Garrard’s Online www.Horseandhound.com.au Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, even though the ten-year-old has been unplaced at his past 15 starts.

Twoandahalf Tigers, prepared by Pinjarra trainer Tracy Reay, will begin from the No. 1 barrier, and Hall said that the New Zealand-bred gelding was capable of setting the pace and winning.

“He has been racing well off back marks in stands, and he should be prominent from the ideal barrier,” said Hall.

Twoandahalf Tigers started off the 30m mark in a 2631m stand at Pinjarra on Monday of last week when he was ninth at the bell and then got off the pegs before starting a three-wide move at the 700m to finish fourth behind frontmarker Twobob Cracker.

Three nights before that Twoandahalf Tigers ran home strongly from ninth at the bell to finish fourth behind Euston Flyer in a 2130m mobile event at Gloucester Park.

Hall is happy to be reunited with Twoandahalf Tigers, a pacer he drove to five Gloucester Park wins in 2016 and 2017.

Hardest for Twoandahalf Tigers to beat looks certain to be Blissfullabbey, who should appreciate a considerable drop in class and has the ability to overcome an awkward barrier at No. 7.

Hall has excellent winning prospects with Alta Cinderella in race four and Tricky Ric in race nine, a 2096m standing-start trot.

“Alta Cinderella (having her second start after a spell) has drawn No. 1 and she gets her chance to win,” said Hall. “She’s quick out and should lead. She has done plenty of work and the 2536m won’t worry her.

Brilliant three-year-old filly Wonderful To Fly should again prove too smart for the colts and geldings by scoring a comparatively easy victory in the 2130m Garrard’s Perth Pace. She warmed up in impressive style when she set the pace and coasted to victory in a 1730m event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night.

“At this stage everything is going according to plan, leading into the final of the $50,000 Gold Bullion,” said trainer-reinsman Shane Young. “It was an easy run tonight, and it’s a good option to compete against the colts and geldings in a small field on Friday night.”

One of Wonderful To Fly’s rivals is Linebacker, who was sixth at the bell before dashing to the front at the 400m and then careering away to win by 14 lengths in a 2242m event at Narrogin last Saturday night.

“We have the draw advantage (barrier two) over Wonderful To Fly (four),” said reinsman Chris Voak. “She is the best horse in the race, and I will have to see what Barry (trainer Barry Howlett) wants to do; whether to attempt to lead or to sit-sprint. Either way, Wonderful To Fly will be very hard to beat.”