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Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park

Leading reinsman Shannon Suvaljko took full advantage of a lucky situation in the Catalano Trucks Kenwick WA Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to score an overdue win with Deeorse.

Deeorse, a $15.90 chance, enjoyed an ideal passage behind the pacemaker and $1.26 favourite Just Wing It, who looked certain to win after a slow lead time of 38sec. and dawdling opening quarters of 32.5sec. and 29.7sec.

But Just Wing It was giving champion reinsman Chris Lewis a difficult time as he was hanging out throughout before he veered out half way down the back straight in the final lap, providing Deeorse with a freak inside passage.

Suvaljko was more than happy to seize the opportunity to send Deeorse through on the inside of Just Wing It and take the lead about 475m from home.

Deeorse dashed over the final 400m in 28.1sec. and won by a neck from the fast-finishing Whoswhointhezoo ($15), with $14 chance Alta Rhett finishing strongly from eighth at the bell to be third, a length ahead of Just Wing It.

Deeorse, part-owned and trained by Debbie Padberg, ended a losing sequence of 45, stretching back to November 17, 2020, when he was a $1.75 favourite who led and won from Batavia Silverline at Gloucester Park.  

“Finally, we had a bit of luck,” said Padberg. “Deeorse has been unlucky, with bad draws and being held up. I’m very happy that everything went in his favour tonight.

“He is just an average horse, a skinny-looking horse who is honest and always tries.”

A winner of four races in New South Wales, Deeorse was bought by Debbie and John Padberg and David and Adele Simmons for $12,000. The American Ideal six-year-old now has earned $54,394 for his new owners from three wins and 16 placings from 62 starts in WA.