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Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing

Nine-year-old Mister Bushido has been living in the shadow of his illustrious younger full-brother Diego, but he showed his worth with a fighting win in the 2130m Hoist Torque Vertical Transport Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The veteran performer celebrated his 88th start when he was an $8.20 chance and caused a notable upset when he defeated the $1.25 favourite Alta Rhett by a nose.

Mister Bushido trailed the pacemaking Alta Rhett and was badly blocked for a clear passage on the home turn before Gary Hall Jnr got him into the clear 120m from the post after the breeze runner Alice Kay began to tire. Mister Bushido got up in the final stride and rated 1.58.2 in ending a losing sequence of 18 stretching back to September 2020.

Mister Bushido, owned by Karen Hall and trained by her husband Gary Hall Snr, won four times in New Zealand and his 67 starts in Western Australia have produced nine wins and 19 placings.

Diego has been one of the Hall stable’s star performers this season, with his last-start victory over Papinik in the group 2 Pinjarra Cup boosting his earnings to $219,684 from 15 wins and 14 placings from 58 starts.

Mister Bushido’s win on Friday night completed a double for Hall Jnr, who had won the previous event with Nevermindthechaos. Hall also finished the meetings with two seconds — behind Zazu and Heez Our Perseus.