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Veteran pacer Rabchenko ended a losing sequence of 13 when he returned to form with a vengeance, finishing strongly to win the 2130m Breed To Eagle To Get Your Double Westbred Bonus Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
The eight-year-old, trained at Pinjarra by Frank Vanmaris, is raced on lease by his daughter Asha, and was driven skilfully by her fiancé Chris Voak.
Rabchenko’s victory came as an early wedding present for Asha and Chris, who will be married in Yallingup on November 27.
Rabchenko was leased by Kevin Charles to Asha Vanmaris last March, and his 16 starts for Frank Vanmaris have produced two wins and four placings.
“He finally put in a good run,” said Voak. “He has had problems with his feet and Frank is very good at shoeing, while Asha is a veterinary nurse and has tended to his well-being. Now that Rabchenko has found form I expect him to hold his form.”
Rabchenko was an $8.60 chance from barrier two on the back line, and Voak quickly positioned him into the favourable one-out, one-back position, with the $1.80 favourite Lord Rosco setting the pace. Voak timed Rabchenko’s finishing burst to perfection and the gelding swept past the pacemaker in the home straight to win by a neck after a final quarter of 28.1sec.
Rabchenko, a son of Art Major, has had 112 starts for 16 wins, 21 placings and $163,019 in prizemoney.