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Inexperienced four-year-old Himself overcame a poor beginning in the 2503m standing-start City Discount Tyres Performance Tyre Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night start to give a gutsy performance to beat the frontrunning Cooper.

Cooper, the $2.60 second fancy and unbeaten at his three appearances in stands, began speedily from the No. 1 barrier on the front line, while Himself, the $2.10 favourite from the No. 2 barrier, galloped and lost four lengths at the start.

Himself then settled down in fifth position before Ryan Warwick seized the initiative and dashed the Sportswriter gelding forward to race in the breeze.

Cooper sprinted over the third quarter of the final mile in 28.1sec. but was unable to shake off the dogged and determined Himself, who moved on terms with the leader 250m from home before taking a clear advantage at the 50m and winning by a half-length after a final 400m of 28.6sec.

Himself, prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, is unbeaten at his first three starts in Western Australia and appears certain to develop into a strong performer. His win on Friday night followed wins in stands at Bunbury and Northam.

“We weren’t sure what to expect from Himself tonight, but we were happy to drive him that way (in the breeze) if Cooper led,” said Warwick. “It was pleasing to see him do it that way. He made it look like hard work in his wins at Bunbury and Northam, but he got the job done both times.”

Himself is a son of McArdle mare Shards Of Myross, who managed one win from 21 starts in New Zealand. He has raced 14 times for six wins, four placings and stakes of $57,367.