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Emerging star Papinik maintained his brilliant form with a dashing victory in the $25,000 Joe and Margaret Petricevich Memorial Fremantle Cup Consolation at Gloucester Park on Friday night to stake strong claims for a start in the $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup next Friday week.

“We would like to get a start in the Pacing Cup,” said trainer Ross Olivieri. “Tonight, he overraced a bit, and Voaky (Chris Voak) said it felt like he needed the run. So, he may be improved by that run.”

Papinik’s win was a triumph for Voak, whose initiative played a major role in the lightly-raced six-year-old’s win over Hampton Banner and Al Guerrero. Papinik’s gross time of 3min. 2.7sec. was fractionally slower than Minstrel’s time of 3min. 2.4sec. in winning the Fremantle Cup.

Hampton Banner ($6.50) began like a flash from barrier three and burst straight to the front before being hotly challenged by $3.60 second fancy Rocknroll Lincoln.

Hamton Banner resisted the challenge and Gary Hall jnr restrained Rocknroll Lincoln after 550m. The early tempo was hot, and Voak, realising that the early combatants would relish a drop in the tempo, dashed Papinik, the $2.50 favourite, forward after settling in fifth place.

Papinik sprinted fast after 700m to charge past Hampton Banner and then he maintained a strong pace, with the final three 400m sections being covered in 28.8sec., 28.7sec. and 29.8sec. He won by a half-length from Hampton Banner, who ran home full of determination.

The WA-bred Papinik, who is by the New Zealand-bred stallion Advance Attack, is out of Artists Impression, a Perfect Art mare who had three starts in WA as a two-year-old in 2001 for one placing, a second to Mandeville Melody at Gloucester Park. Papinik now has an imposing record of 19 starts for 13 wins, five placings and $110,602 in prizemoney.