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Freewheeling pacer Medieval Man strengthened his claims for a start in the $50,000 Binshaw Classic next Friday night when he gave a strong frontrunning performance to win the 2130m Simmonds Steel Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

This followed the West Australian-bred four-year-old’s splendid victory over Carrera Mach and Lord Rosco the previous week when he finished strongly after working hard in the breeze in the 2536m event.

Thereugo, the $4.20 favourite, led for the first 200m before surrendering the lead to Medieval Man, the $5 third fancy, who had begun speedily from barrier five.

Emily Suvaljko then was able to get Medieval Man to relax after a moderate lead time of 37.8sec., and the opening quarter of the final mile was covered in a slow 31.3sec.

After a moderate second quarter of 30.1sec., Medieval Man sprinted over the next 400m in 27.8sec. and the final section was covered in 29.2sec. as the gelding held $6.50 chance Henwood Bay at bay to score by just over a length at a 1.58 rate.

Medieval Man, part-owned and trained by Kiara Davies, now boasts an excellent record of 57 starts for 12 wins, 13 placings and stakes of $90,520.