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Forty-odd years ago Colin Joss was a high-profile trainer who prepared several star pacers, including Satinover, Burrows, Palimar and Tarport Sox.

Earlier this year the 72-year-old Joss decided to end his long career as a trainer. But it didn’t take him long to change his mind and to get involved again in the sport of harness racing.

He was a contented man at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Our Sequel, a $7.50 chance, was driven by Ryan Warwick to an all-the-way victory in the 2130m DTS, 123 Kelvin Road Maddington Pace at Gloucester Park.

This gave Joss his first success for two and a half years — since Warwick drove Breach The Beach to victory over Art Tutor at Gloucester Park on May 7, 2019.

“Before buying Our Sequel I had retired and wasn’t going to train any more,” said Joss. “I sat on the couch for three weeks, and I thought that this is ridiculous; I’m going to drive myself crazy. So, I got the boys together and bought Our Sequel, who was advertised for sale for $15,000.”

Our Sequel, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, is now raced by Joss’s wife Pauline and three of his long-time mates, Craig Bradshaw (a FIFO worker), Mark Roberts (retired) and Rex Gray (an actor).

It has been a good purchase, with Our Sequel having six starts for Joss for Friday night’s win and a couple of fourths for earnings of $12,568.

Our Sequel races in the Joss colours of red and white checks (chosen because of his lifelong support of the South Fremantle Football Club). They are the colours worn by the drivers of Courage Tells, who won 11 races for Joss a few years ago.

They were also carried to 28 victories by Satinover, the Black Flash who defeated the mighty Pure Steel the first time the champions met in a race. Soon after that Pure Steel defeated Satinover in the Match Race of the Century at Gloucester Park in May 1980 to end Satinover’s remarkable winning sequence of 19, which also included the Australian Pacing Championship.

Burrows was an outstanding mare who finished fifth behind Rhetts Law in the 1982 Interdominion championship final at Gloucester Park. She also finished second to Pure Steel in the 1981 Fremantle Members Sprint and was second to Black Irish in the same event in 1982. She also finished third in the 1982 Fremantle Cup.

Palimar won 24 races and earned $306,125. He finished second to Village Kid in the 1989 Fremantle Members Sprint and second to Trunkey Sting in the 1990 Fremantle Cup. Earlier, Joss took Palimar to Sydney for the 1988 Interdominion championship at Harold Park where he finished second to Our Maestro in the final.

Tarport Sox gave Joss one of his biggest victories when he won the 1990 WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park.

Joss is the eighth trainer that Our Sequel has had in his 54-tart career of 12 wins, seven placings and $72,906 in prizemoney. Quite remarkably, on Friday night Warwick became the 20TH person to have driven the Mach Three gelding in a race.