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Five-year-old Miracle Moose set the pace and won the 2130m Vili’s Gourmet Pies Pace by a neck from the gallant Fanci A Dance at Gloucester Park on Friday afternoon, but he did it easily according to his driver Emily Suvaljko.

“He will let a horse get close to him, but he won’t let him get past him,” said Suvaljko. “He was first-up after a bit of a freshen-up, so I didn’t let him kick away and win by a mile.

“Around the corner I hadn’t turned the stick on Moose who was doing it quite comfortably. Then, half-way up the straight I got a bit worried when Fanci A Dance got near me. But as soon as I asked Moose (for an effort) he kicked away, and he did it really easily.”

Miracle Moose was the $1.30 favourite from the No. 1 barrier, and he easily withstood a brief early challenge from $31 chance Jaspervellabeach and was able to amble through the lead time in 38.3sec. and the opening quarter in 31.5sec. After a 29.3sec. second 400m he dashed over the next quarters in 28.2sec. and 28.3sec. and rated 1.57.5.

Miracle Moose is trained by Nathan Turvey and after two wins from 14 starts in New Zealand, he has blossomed in WA, with his 29 starts in the State producing ten wins and 12 placings.

He is by Mach Three and has inherited a good deal of his ability from his dam, the Bettors Delight mare Minnie Moose, who raced 43 times fore six wins and 15 placings for stakes of $92,348.