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Eight-year-old Saleahs Comand has won 14 times from 103 starts, with 12 of his victories achieved when he has set the pace.
He will resume after a five-month absence when he starts from the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Mark Reed is sure to be planning to use the old gelding’s good gate speed in a bid for an all-the-way victory. Upper Swan trainer Michael Munro drove Saleahs Comand when he led and won a four-horse standing-start trial by more than four lengths from Suarez over 2116m at Pinjarra on Wednesday July 28.
He revealed all his normal early speed when he dashed over the first three quarters of the final mile in 29.1sec., 29.4sec. and 29.2sec. before he slackened over the final 400m in a slow 32.4sec.
Saleahs Comand meets modest opposition on Friday night, with his most serious rivals appearing to be Robbie Easton and Caruba.
Robbie Easton, a winner at ten of his first 32 starts, is battling to regain his best form and now has a losing sequence of 15. Now trained by Michael Young and to be driven by Emily Suvaljko, Robbie Easton will start from the No. 5 barrier and is likely to start a short-priced favourite, even though he has been unplaced at his past nine starts.
He fought on from eight at the bell to finish fifth, more than eight lengths behind the winner Henwood Bay over 2536m last Friday night. An improver could well be the Peter Tilbrook-trained Caruba, who will be having her second start after a spell.
Caruba resumed racing when an inconspicuous seventh behind Master Leighton at Narrogin last Saturday night. However, she has the potential to improve sharply.