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Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing

Ross Olivieri, winner of the WA trainers’ premiership eight times, predicted a bright future for five-year-old Power And Grace after the New Zealand-bred horse had won the 2536m The Super Model Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

“The best is yet to come and there is a lot to look forward to,” said Olivieri. “He is not fully wound up and I think there is quite a bit of improvement in him. He is a nice gentle horse and he’s got more wins in him.

“It wasn’t the ideal preparation for a 2536m race, running in a 1730m event, and then a two-week gap before tonight’s race.”

This was Power And Grace’s third start for Olivieri, following a nine-month absence. “I have had him for about ten weeks, and I think he is the first horse I have trained for Albert Walmsley,” said Olivieri.

Chris Lewis, handling Power And Grace for the first time, dashed the $2.50 favourite straight to the front from the No. 3 barrier and he was not challenged in the lead before he sprinted over the final quarters in 28.5sec. and 27.8sec. and won by a half-length from the $3.30 second fancy Hittheroadjack, who fought on gamely after racing in the breeze throughout.

Power And Grace, by Somebeachsomewhere, has done all his racing in Western Australia, having 40 starts for 13 wins, 16 placings and stakes of $106,833. Friday night’s win was his eighth when leading. He is the first foal out of the unraced Art Major Mare Pure Magic, whose half-brother earned $305,000 from 13 wins and eight placings from 59 starts.