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Recent New Zealand import Gambit was untroubled to win the group 3 Chandon Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and looks set to perform strongly in Free-For-All company.

Favourite at $1.40 from barrier five, Gambit raced three wide early before Gary Hall jnr sent him to the front after 500m. Howard Hughes, the second favourite at $6, also raced wide early before moving to the breeze with 1400m to travel.

Howard Hughes was a half-length behind Gambit 225m from home when he broke into a bad gallop and dropped back to finish ninth. “I was confident I had Howard Hughes beaten before he galloped,” said Hall. “Gambit is racing well and should handle the rise to Free-For-All company, though he lacks a bit of point-to-point speed.”

Gambit coasted to victory by just over three lengths from the fast-finishing Vespa, with the early leader Our Sequel in third place. The final 800m was covered in 56.6sec. and the winner rated 1.56.3.

Gambit, who is prepared by Gary Hall snr, has impressed at his three WA starts for two wins and a second to Blue Blazer, and the New Zealand-bred five-year-old now has a record of 25 starts for eight wins, seven placings and $131,120 in prizemoney.

He is by American stallion Shadow play and is the eighth and last foal out of Whata Breeze, who earned $42,639 from four wins and 12 placings from 38 starts. Gambit’s maternal granddam Reign In New York, produced Immortal Quest, a winner in New Zealand, Victoria and America before being retired with a record of 103 starts for 30 wins, 29 placings and stakes of $449,590.

Written by: Ken Casellas | Photo Credit: Hamilton Content Creators