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“A new work program is paying off,” said part-owner and trainer Kyle Anderson after WA-bred four-year-old Al Guerrero gave a spirited frontrunning display to score an easy victory in the 2130m Nova 93.7 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Al Guerrero, the $4.60 second favourite from barrier three, burst to the front after 300m and set a brisk pace with quarters of 29.8sec., 29.4sec., 27.9sec. and 28.5sec. to win by 8m from $11 chance Manning, who finished fast from sixth on the pegs at the bell.

“This was his quickest mile rate (1.54.7) and he seemed to do it with a bit up his sleeve,” said Anderson. “He’s now on a pretty tough mark. It was the sort of run that you start to look at the bigger races, and you cross your fingers that he gets a start and a good barrier.

“Al Guerrero had a brief freshen-up about eight weeks ago, and after that I started working him in a heavy jog cart in the heavy sand. Now, he definitely feels stronger.

“I’m using a fire break down the road from where I’m stabled at Pinjarra for his work in the heavy sand. I used to work for Nathan Turvey, who loves working his horses in the heavy sand. All Guerrero is a stallion, and this new work has resulted in a change of attitude

“His starting to act like he’s the king around the place. I still hopple him a bit with the focus on running a fast last quarter.”

Al Guerrero is a noted frontrunner and all his 14 wins from 53 starts have been when he has set the pace. “His past two unplaced runs were good from awkward barriers,” said Anderson. “He is not a sit and kick horse, and tonight he made the most of a good barrier.”

Al Guerrero was driven with aplomb by Kyle Harper, with Anderson saying that the combination of Al Guerrero and Harper was a match made in heaven.