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New Zealand-bred six-year-old Lawrence will resume racing after a spell when he begins off the back mark of 30m in the Nova 93.7 Handicap at Gloucester Park on Saturday night.
He will be driven by Ryan Warwick for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and should prove very hard to beat at his first appearance since he set the pace from the No. 1 barrier and won from Rabchenko and Nota Bene Denario in a 2536m mobile event at Gloucester Park on May 28 this year.
He is a proven standing-start performer, having raced five times in stands in Western Australian for two wins and three seconds. He gave a sample of his class when he started off 10m and had a tough run before finishing a neck second to Leap Of Faith in the $50,000 Easter Cup earlier this year.
Ace reinsman Shannon Suvaljko gave punters a valuable lead by choosing to drive Gee Smith for trainer Matt Scott in preference to the Michael Young-trained The Tiger Army.
Gee Smith, who will begin from barrier three on the front line, will be having his first start since finishing fifth behind The Wizard in a 2150m stand at Northam on July 31. He started from 20m, took the lead in the middle stages and won easily in a 2636m stand at Narrogin at his previous outing.
Gary Hall jnr will drive The Tiger Army from the inside barrier on the front line. The Sportswriter four-year-old is in sound form, with placings in stands at his past three starts.
Mundijong trainer Kiara Davies will be looking for a strong effort from four-year-old in Medieval Man, who will start off 20m with Emily Suvaljko in the sulky.
Medieval Man impressed in a 2631m stand at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when he started off 30m, galloped for a couple of strides and then dashed forward, three wide, to take the lead after 900m and then go on and win from Withoutthetuh and Howard Hughes.
Hit The Sky, who raced four back on the pegs before finishing fourth behind Medieval Man on Monday, will begin off the front in Saturday night’s race and will have admirers. He led and won by three lengths from Star Of Diamonds in a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park the previous week.