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Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing

Experienced seven-year-old gelding Machs Gold celebrated the trip of several of his owners to Perth from Geraldton by ending a run of eleven unplaced efforts and a losing sequence of 14 with a solid all-the-way win in the Team Bond Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The Karen Thompson-trained pacer was the $1.50 favourite from the prized No. 1 barrier, and Dylan Egerton-Green made the most of this favourable draw by sending Machs Gold straight to the front and then ambling through the lead time in  a slow 39.6sec. and opening quarters of 32.8sec. and 30.8sec. before running the final 800m in 57.4sec.

Machs Gold won at a modest 2.1.3 rate over the 2130m, beating the $6 second fancy Naval Aviator by a half-length after that pacer had enjoyed a perfect sit behind the leader all the way.

“He got out of the gate, which was just what he needed to do,” said Egerton-Green. “And once he led, I thought he was a good thing.”

Machs Gold has been a handy performer, with his 93 starts producing 14 wins and 28 placings for stakes of $131,200.

He is the fourth out of the Armbro Operative mare Return To Gold, who had 31 starts for four wins, seven placings and $40,057. Machs Gold’s full-sister Generally Outspoken won the group 3 Gold Bracelet at Gloucester Park in July 2013, and his half-sister Spellbound has amassed $382,155 from 14 wins and 17 placings from 46 starts. Her most important success has been in the Group 1 Ladyship Cup at Melton in February this year.