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Promising New Zealand-bred pacer Hittheroadjack will create considerable interest when he starts from the front line in a $20,250 stand over 2503m, The Caduceus Club Members Stakes, at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

This will be the five-year-old’s second appearance at Gloucester Park — after he was the $1.08 favourite when he set a dawdling pace in a 2130m mobile event on September 28 and broke into a fierce gallop when in front 220m from home and dropped back to finish last behind Newsy.   

That disappointing performance followed Hittheroadjack’s easy wins at Kellerberrin at his first two starts in Western Australia. Since his Gloucester Park failure Hittheroadjack, who is trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has had six starts at Pinjarra for four wins and two placings.

Three of those starts at Pinjarra were in stands for two wins (one after slewing sideways at the start and the other after racing in the breeze). His other start in a stand was when he suffered a gear malfunction, causing him to break and then recovering to finish third behind Gayle Force.

Hittheroadjack will be driven on Friday night by Dylan Egerton-Green, and the gelding’s stablemate Lawrence (Ryan Warwick) looks his most serious rival.

Lawrence, the lone backmarker off 30m, is an experienced and capable standing-start performer. Two starts ago he began off the 60m mark and finished strongly to be a head second to Hittheroadjack, who started off 30m.

Then at his next and most recent start Lawrence, in a 2185m mobile event at Pinjarra last Monday week dashed forward in the middle stages to set the pace on his way to victory over Mister Bushido, with a final quarter of 27.2sec.

The Bond stable also has bright prospects of ending Friday night’s program with a win. The stable will be represented by smart four-year-olds Jett Star (barrier one) and Give Us A Wave (barrier three) in the 2130m Pace.

Warwick will drive Jett Star, and Deni Roberts will be in the sulky behind Give Us A Wave. Jett Star has warmed up for this assignment with easy trial wins over 2150m at Byford on the past two Sundays. He will be fancied to set the pace and prove too strong for Give Us A Wave, who will be having his second start after a spell, following a fading first-up ninth behind Strike Team at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon after racing without cover.