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Blythewood trainer Gary Elson has been concerned over Battlescard’s habit of pulling hard and overracing, and he was delighted when a special pulling bit enabled him to overcome this problem when he was a $13.40 chance and won the 2130m SEFS You Name It, We Fund It Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

“I had ordered a pulling bit, but was unable to get one,” said Elson. “But now I’m very thankful to Gary Hall snr who gave me one of his pulling bits, and tonight Battlescard was as good as gold; he just rolled along and didn’t pull.

“He is a strong horse who has a few issues, and we haven’t been able to use his gate speed because he has been pulling. He now has won five times from eleven starts and is Derby class (next season) because he is so strong and has good gate speed.”

Outstanding young driver Emily Suvaljko used Battlescard’s gate speed from the No. 4 barrier to get the two-year-old to the front after 100 metres, and the gelding relished his pacemaking role as he reeled off quarters of 29.6sec., 29sec., 28.8sec. and 29.5sec. on his way to winning by a half-length from the fast-finishing $26 chance Maungatahi, rating 1.55.9.

The victory completed a wonderful night for the 21-year-old Suvaljko, who was successful earlier on the ten-event program with Hesashark, Sokys Bigbullet and Sahara Storm.

This gave Suvaljko her first quartet of winners at a Gloucester Park metropolitan-class meeting, and she holds the unique record of being the only female driver to have landed four winners at a West Australian meeting more than once. She now has enjoyed driving four winners on a program three times.

“Sahara Storm ran a good time and beat some good mares,” she said. “It was a close finish with Battlescard, so it was a bit more exciting. Hesashark is a strong stayer and a highroller, and I didn’t even know who Shane Tognolini was, but it was good to win for him with Sokys Bigbullet.”