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A sizzling start from the outside barrier in a field of eight paved the way for an effortless victory by Black Jack Baby in the 1730m TABtouch Lounge on SEN Track 657 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.    

Black Jack Baby, driven by Chris Vopak and second fancy at $2.20, simply had too much speed for the polemarker and $2.05 favourite Royal Essence, and after opening quarters of 30.6sec. and 29.8sec. the brilliant three-year-old filly zoomed over the final 400m sections in 27.7sec. and 28.5sec. to beat Royal Essence by just under a length, rating 1.55.9.

This improved Black Jack Baby’s record to 14 wins, six placings and stakes of $211,651 from 27 starts.

Breeder, owner and trainer Shane Quadrio had no hesitation in declaring that Black Jack Baby is the best pacer he has had in a lifetime involvement in harness racing.

“In tonight’s sprint event we thought we would use her brilliant gate speed and have a crack for the front,” he said. “She overraced a bit in front, but still ran a fast time. You can’t complain that after a fast start she was able to run a 27.7sec. third quarter which showed that she has many weapons.

“We couldn’t be happier with her. To be honest, we have never screwed her down. She is showing no signs of tiredness. She is a racehorse who just loves to run. We will give her a few more runs before giving her a break.”