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Lightly-raced six-year-old Know When To Run has bright prospects of retaining his unbeaten record when enjoying the advantage of the No. 1 barrier by setting the pace and proving the master of his nine rivals in the group 3 $30,000 Catalano Trucks The Clarke Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
The Roll With Joe gelding has started from barrier No. 1 twice in his 24-start career for two effortless all-the-way victories — beating Galante by two lengths in June 2019 and defeating Arma Einstein by 5m last December.
Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice will be anxious to use Know When To Run’s excellent gate speed to make life tough for the gelding’s chief rivals Orlando Blue, Valentines Brook and Ima Fivestar General.
Know When To Run, raced by the Trotsynd No. 11 syndicate, is proving to be a bargain. He was purchased for $13,000 at the 2017 APG Perth yearling sale and has earned $84,816 from eight wins and eleven placings. A win this week would boost his prizemoney to $102,951.
Know When To Run raced in the one-out, two-back position before finishing solidly to be third to Vespa and Hampton Banner over 2536m last Friday week.
In-form trainer Michael Young is looking forward to pitting his smart pacers Orlando Blue and Doc Holliday against Know When To Run. Maddison Brown will drive four-year-old Orlando Blue from barrier three, and Chris Voak will be in the sulky behind five-year-old Doc Holliday from the No. 2 barrier.
“Orlando Blue is flying, and his past three runs have been super,” said Young. “We will drive him for luck and will be looking to tuck him in. It looks tougher for Doc Holliday, who hangs a bit and is a bit sluggish. He needs to be up on the speed.”
Orlando Blue put in a tremendous performance last Friday night when he started from the back line and settled down in tenth position. He started a three-wide move approaching the bell and challenged the leader Franco Ecuador strongly 250m from home and fought on powerfully to finish a head second to that talented performer.
Ravenswood trainer Jocelyn Young has Valentines Brook racing in wonderful form, with his five starts for her producing a win, three seconds and one third placing. He will be driven for the first time by Young’s younger sister Madeliene.
Valentines Brook sustained a superb three-wide burst from eleventh at the bell to finish a half-length second to Hampton Banner last Friday night.
Henley Brook trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams also has Ima Fivestar General in sparkling form, with the New Zealand-bred five-year-old’s five starts this season producing four wins and a close second. He rated 1.55.1 when he raced in the breeze before winning the 1780m Village Kid Sprint at Northam last Saturday night.