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Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has given punters a valuable lead by choosing to drive Euphoria in preference to the New Zealand-bred five-year-old’s talented stablemate Alta Cinderella in the 2130m Allwood Stud Continues To Show The Way Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Euphoria, trained by Gary Hall Snr, has had two starts since resuming after a spell, and he caught the eye last Friday night when he raced in the breeze and fought on doggedly to finish fourth behind Typhoon Banner.
He has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier, with Alta Cinderella drawn at No. 3 and to be driven by Maddison Brown. Hall drove Alta Cinderella to an emphatic all-the-way victory over 2536m last Friday week before the mare raced without cover and faded badly to finish a distant last behind Born To Boogie over 2130m last Friday night.
“It was a super run by Euphoria last week, and I think he can lead and take beating this week,” said Hall. “Dont Bother Me None will be hard to beat, though he probably will have to sit outside the leader.”
Don’t Bother Me Non, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will start from the outside in a field of eight. He will be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, who replaces the Bond stable’s No. 1 driver Ryan Warwick, who is enjoying a holiday in Carnarvon.
Don’t Bother Me None notched his 13TH victory from 23 starts when he started from the 10m mark and raced in the breeze for much of the journey before finishing determinedly to beat the pacemaker Gee Smith by a head.
The Bond stable holds a strong hand in this week’s race, with two of Dont Bother Me None’s rivals being stablemates Ima Rockabilly Rebel (Deni Roberts) and Booraa (Michael Grantham).
Ima Rockabilly Rebel is in peak form, having won at three of his past four starts at Gloucester Park, while Booraa will be attempting to notch her fourth consecutive victory after wins at Narrogin and two at Gloucester Park.
Adding further interest to the race will be trainer-reinsman Colin Brown’s smart and consistent four-year-old Arma Einstein, who maintained his excellent form with a strong-finishing close second to Lord Rosco over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday. Arma Einstein is favourably drawn at barrier two.