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Inexperienced New Zealand-bred pacer Matai Geordie lived up to the prediction of champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr that the gelding is a speed machine when he revealed a spectacular last-lap burst on his way to a runaway victory in the 1730m APG Perth Yearling Sale Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The $1.60 favourite, prepared by Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr, started from the inside of the back line and Hall jnr was able to ease him out into the one-wide line on the first bend to assume a commanding position, one-out and two-back, with the polemarker Anvil Rollover ($12) setting a brisk pace.

The opening quarters were run in 28.2sec. and 29.4sec. and Hall bided his time until he set Matai Geordie on fire with a three-wide burst about 600m from home. He sprinted brilliantly, surged to the front at the 380m mark and won by three and a half lengths from $91 outsider Tradie, with Anvil Rollover a length farther back in third place. The final quarters were run in 28.4sec. and 27.4sec.

“It all worked out perfectly,” said Hall. “I had room to pull out whenever I wanted to. They put it on for him because of the speed.

“He will keep working his way through the grades and, hopefully, he will measure up to the Cups next summer. Over in New Zealand he could only sprint, but we can toughen them up, working on the sand.”

The six-year-old Matai Geordie has had only 16 starts for three wins from 12 outings in New Zealand and three wins from four starts in WA.

By Ken Casellas