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Veteran pacer Rock Me Over has impressed with fast-finishing placings at his past three outings, but trainer Matt Scott is planning for Shannon Suvaljko to attempt an all-the-way victory in the 2130m Catalanotrucks.com.au Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Seven-year-old Rock Me Over has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier, and Scott said: “We will be trying to lead. He has led and won in the past.

“He has never been a good trackworker, but in the past week Kyle Anderson has driven him and said that it was the best he has felt for months. He has been coming home strongly, but in this field he will be trying to stay in front.”

Scott attributes Rock Me Over’s recent eye-catching runs to a change in his training routine. “For about the past month I have been taking him to the beach at Kwinana where I have been riding Billy Mack in the water while leading Rock Me Over,” Scott explained.

“If he leads and gets run over on Friday night it will be pretty disappointing.”

Rock Me Over has been a wonderfully consistent performer, earning $343,930 from 22 wins, 24 seconds and 29 thirds from 157 starts. He has a losing sequence of 27 stretching back to April 30, 2021, when he led for the first 60m from barrier one before $81 outsider Talkerup dashed to the front and then surrendered the lead to Rock Me Over 250m later.

That was the eighth occasion that Rock me Over had set the pace and won At Gloucester Park. He has also won when leading at Pinjarra, Bunbury and Northam.

One of Rock Me Over’s main dangers on Friday night is likely to be Valbonne, who will be driven for the first time by Chris Voak. Valbonne, owned and trained by Lisa Walton, has a losing sequence of 19, but has impressed with five placings from his seven starts this season, including his strong-finishing second to Robbie Rocket last Friday night in the race in which Rock Me Over finished fast, out wide, after enjoying an ideal passage three back on the pegs.

“It was a really good run,” said Voak. “And I give him a knock-out hope.”