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Papinik, a lightly-raced gelding, gave further proof of his excellent potential when he was not extended in scoring an effortless victory in the 2130m Garrard’s Horse And Hound Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Trainer Ross Olivieri was delighted with his win at a 1.55 rate in beating Golden State by one and a half lengths.

“I think that his form warrants a start in the Fremantle Cup (next Friday week),” said Olivieri. “I think that the handicappers might have had the possibles and the probables tonight, and there were some horses who did not perform all that well.

“Papinik is ticking along rather nicely, and he deserves a start in the Fremantle Cup. It has been a real team job at the stable where everyone has played their part. My wife Jemma has been the centre-half-forward in the team.

“He won easily tonight and when he went 27.9sec. down the back Chris (Voak) said it felt as though he was going 29sec., and that is a good sign, a sign of a good horse.”

Papinik, the $1.50 favourite, is in top form, with his four starts in his current preparation producing three wins and a second to Major Martini. He has raced only 18 times for 12 wins and five placings for earnings of $95,489.