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Seven-year-old mare Blissfullabbey defied a spirited early challenge for the lead from Pocket The Cash and went on to set the pace and score a fighting victory in the 2130m Michael Young Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Blissfullabbey is trained by Chris Willis, who owns the mare in partnership with his daughter Prue George.

Aiden de Campo took full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier when he sent Blissfullabbey, the $2.80 favourite, to the front and then held Pocket The Cash at bay before she controlled the race with a lead time of 37.7sec. and opening quarters of 31.7sec. and 30.3sec. She then before dashed over the final 400m sections in 28.7sec. and 28.6sec.

She went on to win by 2m from $6.50 chance Rupert Of Lincoln, who fought on doggedly after racing in the breeze. Pocket The Cash, who enjoyed a comfortable sit in the one-out, one-back position, was third.

The Victorian-bred Blissfullabbey ended a losing sequence of ten and improved her record to 75 starts for ten wins, 16 placings and $118,185 in stakes.

By the American sire Blissfull Hall, Blissfullabbey is a daughter of Norwood Abbey, a winner of eight races in Victoria and two in Queensland.