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In-form Mundijong trainer Michael Young makes no secret that he considers Nevermindthechaos the best pacer in his stable, and the speedy four-year-old mare is firmly on target to extend her winning sequence to four when she contests the $26,000 Hoist Torque Solutions Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Nevermindthechaos warmed up for Friday’s race in magnificent style, working hard in the breeze before going on to win a 1730m event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night, rating 1.53.4.
Miss Boudica set a fast pace and the 400m sections whizzed by in 28.7sec., 28.4sec., 27.6sec. and 29.3sec. Gary Hall Jnr sent Nevermindthechaos forward to draw level with Miss Boudica 550m from home before she took a clear lead with 420m to travel
Nevermindthechaos was challenged strongly in the home straight by Bettors Destroya and American Arma and she held on resolutely to beat Bettors Destroya by a neck.
Nevermindthechaos will start from the No. 2 barrier in Friday night’s 2130m event in which she will clash with several highly-promising mares, including Three Rumours, Unconditional and Alta Cinderella.
“It is a good field, and I wouldn’t swap her for any of those mares,” said Young. “I knew she could do what she did tonight, so I wasn’t surprised at the fast time. She has gone 1.55 over 2130m a couple of times and has done it easily with the ear plugs in, unextended.
“The plugs had to come out tonight. Junior (Hall) said that when she hit the front, she switched off a bit. But when they came at her she found that bit extra. And that’s a good quality she has — digging in like that even after she has run sectionals like that.
“It is good that she is finally doing what I thought she was able to do. I have been saying for a fair while that she is the best horse I have got. So, it’s good that she is finally showing everybody the same thing.”
Busselton trainer Barry Howlett will be looking for a strong showing from his talented four-year-old mare Three Rumours, who has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier for her first appearance since she set the pace and won by more than five lengths from Sahara Storm, rating 1.56.3 over 2130m on December 3.
Chris Lewis drove Three Rumours in a two-horse standing-start trial over 2116m at Pinjarra three Wednesdays ago. Three Rumours set the pace and beat One Bid Buys, a veteran trotter with a losing sequence of 72, by 60 metres, rating 2.0.6 after final quarters of 28.9sec. and 28.5sec.
“The trial was good, and No. 1 is an advantage,” said Lewis.
Three Rumours is a noted frontrunner, but Young said that he was keen for Nevermindthechaos to set the pace. Tonight, Miss Boudica, racing first-up, set the pace and paid the price. So, it could be the same scenario on Friday night if Three Rumours, racing first-up, leads and keeps Nevermindthechaos in the breeze. If Nevermindthechaos doesn’t lead, she will still be a great chance.”
Unconditional, trained by Greg and Skye Bond and to be handled by Ryan Warwick, will start from the No. 3 barrier. Unconditional resumed after a spell in a 2536m event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week when she began speedily from the outside barrier in a field of eight, set the pace and sprinted the final 400m in 27.7sec. to beat Peligroso by almost two lengths.
Alta Cinderella, a quality mare trained by Gary Hall snr will start out wide at barrier eight at her first appearance for four months. A winner at nine of her 20 starts, she will be driven by Maddison Brown.
Alta Cinderella impressed in winning a five-horse 2185m trial at Pinjarra on Wednesday of last week when she took the lead after 300m and bowled along in front on her way to winning by 13 lengths from Bettor Move Along, rating 1.57.6.