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Eight-time WA premiership trainer Ross Olivieri acknowledged a wholehearted team effort for his three winners at Gloucester Park on Friday night and was particularly grateful for the work of farriers Tommy Sheehy and his son Jack to get outstanding lightly-raced five-year-old Papinik back in action after the gelding was suffering from hoof problems.
Papinik reappeared after a four-week absence when Chris Voak guided him to a commanding victory over Bracken Sky and Boom Time in the 2130m $20,000 Etch Coatings Mobile Sandblasting And Painting Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Papinik, the $1.20 favourite, set the pace and sprinted over the final quarters in 28.5sec. and 27.4sec. to improve his record to 16 starts for 11 wins, four placings and stakes of $80,051.
“Tommy and Jack have done a marvellous job on Papinik’s feet; they have always been a bit troublesome,” said Olivieri. “Papinik missed a fair bit of work after his previous win a month ago. He pulled up sore in a front leg. But we have rectified that, and there might be a nice race for him somewhere.”
Papinik appreciated the No. 1 barrier on Friday night when he was one of the winners of the final five events on the program when they all started from barrier one and led all the way.
Punters who pin their faith in pacers starting from the No. 1 barrier went home extremely contented following the consecutive wins of Heez Our Perseus ($1.40), Suing You ($16), Arma Indie ($1.70), Papinik ($1.20) and Catch The Red Eye ($3.40).