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Master Publisher’s career has been disrupted by several niggling problems over the past year or so, and he ended a 17-month drought when he was untroubled to lead throughout in the 2130m Etch Coatings Commercial Spray Painting Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

This was only his third appearance after a 15-month absence, and the New Zealand-bred five-year-old trained by Gary Hall Snr, was a strong $1.50 favourite from the favourable No. 2 barrier.

Gary Hall Jnr took full advantage of the draw and he sent Master Publisher straight to the front, and after a slow lead time of 38.3sec. and modest opening quarters of 31.5sec. and 30.8sec., he dashed over the final 400m sections in 28.9sec. and 27.9sec. to win by 19 metres from the $7 second fancy Tiger Royal, who fought on gamely after racing in the breeze all the way. Pocket The Cash ($7.50) improved from sixth at the bell to be 17m farther back in third place.

Master Publisher is a five-year-old gelding by A Rocknroll Dance and is the eighth foal out of the unraced Badlands Hanover mare Neverland Franco, whose full-sister Nearea Franco was a star performer in New Zealand where she won the $200,000 Four-Year-Old Diamond at Cambridge in May 2008 and the group 1 Queen Of Hearts at Alexandra Park in December 2008. She retired with earnings of $441,405 from 11 wins and 11 placings from 34 starts.

Master Publisher raced three times in New Zealand for unplaced efforts in group 2 and 3 feature events early in 2019 before arriving in WA. He now has a record of 26 starts for eight wins and three placings for $56,391 in prizemoney.