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A favourable barrier has boosted brilliant young driver Emily Suvaljko’s confidence in Savvy Bromac’s ability to turn the tables on her arch rival Born To Boogie in the $50,000 WASBA Breeders Stakes at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Savvy Bromac, prepared by Nathan Turvey, will start from the prized No. 1 barrier which should prove a major advantage over the Ross Olivieri-trained Born To Boogie, who will start out wide at barrier seven in the 2130m group 2 feature event for mares.

Born To Boogie led from the No. 3 barrier and won a 2130m event in convincing fashion from Bettor Get It On and Savvy Bromac last Friday week. Savvy Bromac started from the outside barrier in the field of nine and charged home, out four wide, from last at the bell.

Savvy Bromac has a losing sequence of seven, with Suvaljko explaining: “She has been struggling from bad barriers. She has drawn the No. 1 barrier only once (from 25 starts at Gloucester Park) and that was when she led and wasn’t pressured and won the Mares Classic (beating Born To Boogie and Balcatherine over 2536m last November).

“Two starts after that Savvy Bromac set the pace and was pressured by Balcatherine, and we got the upper hand (beating Balcatherine by a half-head at a 1.54.3 rate over 2130m).

“All the intentions on Friday night will be to lead, and I’d say Nevermindthechaos (to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr from barrier three) will be putting a bit of pressure on.”

Trainer Michael Young predicts that Nevermindthechaos, a winner at four of her past six starts) will be prominent, saying: “She keeps drawing outside the better ones, and she will have to keep doing all the work again. But she will run a good race.”

Nevermindthechaos revealed typical spirit and toughness last Friday night when she moved into the breeze position 1250m from home, took the lead with 430m to travel and fought gamely when second to the brilliant Eldaytona.

Born To Boogie, who has an exceptional record in Western Australia of twelve starts for eights wins, three seconds and a fourth, will be driven for the first time by Aiden de Campo, who was engaged after Chris Lewis and Chris Voak were unavailable under COVID health and safety protocols.

An interesting runner will be Fifty Five Reborn, who has not appeared since finishing eighth behind Nota Bene Denario 17 weeks ago. She is a smart mare who has won at 14 of her 49 starts for trainer-reinsman Colin Brown.

Fifty Five Reborn will begin from the No. 5 barrier, and Brown said he was looking for a good performance. “Racing first-up won’t matter,” he said. “She has been in work for a long time and is very fit. She has been working against Purest Silk and has been working at least as good as her.

“The award thing is that the four runners drawn inside of her have got good gate speed. We have to go forward; Fifty Five Reborn has never been a horse who comes from behind. I’ve got no option. If I go back, I can’t earn. So, I’ll be in charge of my own destiny, and if they make her work early, they’ll be working, too.”

Purest Silk, trained and driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, also must come under consideration following her excellent, hard-working victory over Vivere Damore and My Prayer in the 2503m Race For Roses last Friday night. She will start from barrier six.

Baskerville trainer Ryan Bell is confident that Miss Limelight will not be out of her depth, even though she is expected to be one of the outsiders after starting from the No. 2 barrier on the back line.

Miss Limelight, to be driven by Kyle Symington, finished strongly when third behind Power And Grace and Beat City last Friday week. “She has a good draw and should race three back on the pegs,” said Bell. “Hopefully, she will get a split at some stage. She is going really well and is a definite place chance.”