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Smart New Zealand-bred six-year-old Miracle Moose bounced back to his best form when he set the pace and held on grimly to win the $30,000 SEFS Finance Trucks, Trailers, Cars Free-For-All at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Starting a hot $1.30 favourite from the prized No. 1 barrier in a field of five, Miracle Moose ambled through the lead time in 38.6sec. and the opening quarters in 31.8sec. and 30.4sec. before dashing over the final 400m sections in 28.5sec. and 27sec.

Champion reinsman Chris Lewis had to urge him strongly in the home straight as the gelding defied a spirited challenge from the $3.90 second fancy Diego and won by a nose at a 1.58.1 rate over the 2130m journey.

“That’s probably as good as he can go, running home in 27sec.,” said trainer Nathan Turvey, who races Miracle Moose in partnership with 12 stable clients.

“He is probably better when he is rolling, but when you are leading (and rolling along in front) in a five-horse field you are vulnerable. We couldn’t work out what happened when Miracle Moose finished last (behind Balcatherine) in a field of six at his previous start two weeks earlier.

“Drawing barrier five makes it hard in the Pinjarra Cup on Monday. But if he performs well, he will probably be set for the upcoming Bunbury Cup.”

Miracle Moose is by Mach Three and is the second foal out of the Bettors Delight mare Minnie Moose, who earned $142,791 from eight wins and 21 placings from 55 starts. Minnie Moose won seven times in New Zealand and once from five starts in Queensland in the winter of 2012. At her final appearance she finished a neck second to the brilliant Bettor Cover Lover in the $150,000 Diamond for five-year-old mares at Ashburton in June 2013.

Miracle Moose now has raced 54 times for 16 wins, 17 placings and $258,772. He won at two of his 15 New Zealand starts and his 39 WA starts have produced 14 wins and 13 placings.

Turvey followed Miracle Moose’s victory with a double with his only two runners at Williams on Sunday. He was successful with Franco Western ($2.70) and Tomlous Jambo ($1.12). Both pacers were driven by Kyle Harper.