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Victorian-bred pacer Iamthefirecracker ended a frustrating losing sequence of 14 when he dictated terms in front and coasted to victory in the 2130m Garrard’s Your One Stop Shop Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

“He has been screaming out for a barrier and drawing No. 1 was a bonus,” said trainer Bob Mellsop.

Kyle Harper relished the opportunity to take full advantage of the inside draw and the gelding’s frontrunning ability. After a languid lead time of 38.2sec. and a slow opening quarter of 31.2sec. Iamthefirecracker, the fourth fancy at $6.90, sped over the next three 400m sections in 30.2sec., 28.4sec. and 27.8sec. to beat Vespa ($8.50) by 5m, with Our Sequel ($9) a half-head away in third place.

Last-start winner and the $3 favourite Hittheroadjack finished fourth after racing wide early and then in the breeze. He locked sulky wheels with Mister Bushido briefly on the home turn when he was not a threat to the winner.

Iamthefirecracker is a six-year-old by American stallion Betterthancheddar and is the second foal out of Elixir, a smart mare who had 59 starts for 14 wins, 24 placings and $231,180 in stakes. The highlight of Elixir’s career was her victory in the Australian Oaks at Moonee Valley in July 2009, following seconds in the New South Wales and Victorian Oaks.

Iamthefirecracker has earned $46,842 from six wins and eight placings from 43 starts. He won at four of his 23 Victorian starts and has raced 20 times in WA for two wins and five placings.