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Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing

Eleven-year-old Mattjestic Star ended a losing sequence of 40 when he relished his pacemaking role and beat the $1.50 favourite Heez Our Perseus in the 2130m Hoist Torque Rent A Gen Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The veteran pacer, part-owned and prepared by Wanneroo trainer Julie O’Neill, was the $6.70 second fancy from his favourable No. 2 barrier, and he tested the skill of Kyle Harper with his normal hard-pulling style.

Heez Our Perseus began from barrier six and settled down in sixth position in the Indian file affair in the field of seven until Gary Hall Jnr eased him off the pegs 900m from home. He was then forced three wide before moving to the breeze at the 700m.

He overhauled Mattjestic Star with 400m to travel and led by a length but was unable to cross to the pegs. Mattjestic Star rallied and regained the lead in the home straight to beat his rival by just under a length.

Mattjestic Star won 14 races in New South Wales before heading to Western Australia where he has raced 124 times for six wins. His overall record stands at 2014 starts for 20 wins, 36 placings and $194,585 in prizemoney.

By the American sire Royal Mattjesty, Mattjestic Star is out of Star Of Mia, who has also produced durable performers in Star Writer (226 starts for 27 wins, 62 placings and $232,918) and Joes Star Of Mia (127 starts for 36 wins, 41 placings and $530,511). Joes Star Of Mia won 17 times in New South Wales before winning another 19 raced in America.