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Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing

Seeryanfly is ready to shine at his first appearance at Gloucester Park for six months when he faces the significant challenge of a considerable rise in class when he contests the group 3 $30,000 Simmonds Steel Im Themightyquinn Pace on Friday night.

The WA bred four year old has come through an unusual preparation for this 2130m mobile feature event with flying colours, beginning from back marks in stands on country tracks at his first four starts for outstanding young trainer-reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green.

He has revealed excellent natural speed and strength to score easy wins in those four stands, the first two over 2503m at Bunbury, followed by victories over 2636m at Narrogin and over 2560m at Northam.

Seeryanfly warmed up for this week’s assignment in fine style at Northam last Saturday night when he galloped off the 40m mark before making up lost ground quickly and bursting to the front after a lap and going on to win easily by two and a half lengths from Texas Tara.

His most recent appearance at Gloucester Park was in a 2130m mobile on December 27 when he raced in the one-out, two-back position before starting a three-wide move, with cover, 950m from home when he was eighth at the 500m and finished strongly to hit the front on the home turn and win by a half-length from Hav Ago Joe, rating 1.57.4.

A week earlier, he raced in the one-out, one-back position before finishing strongly to be second to the pacemaker Ezana.

Seeryanfly, who will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line on Friday night, is bred to be a good winner. He is by American sire Heston Blue Chip and is out of Brush With Courage, who had nine starts as a two and three year old in 2010 for three wins, two seconds and $33,895. Brush With Courage is a full-sister to Heez On Fire (52 starts for 20 wins, eight placings and $287,607) and is a half-sister to Papinik (23 starts for 13 wins, seven placings and $132,493).

One of Seeryanfly’s main rivals on Friday night will be Ezana, a winner at nine of his 21 starts. He will start from the No. 5 barrier and will be handled by Emily Suvaljko, who replaces Egerton-Green who has driven the New Zealand bred four year old at his past five starts for three wins, a second and a fading eighth behind Talks Up A Storm in the Pure Steel Pace last Friday night when he set the pace and was tackled hard for much of the 2130m journey.

Ezana is trained at Mt Helena by Ray Williams, who has a good second string in another New Zealand bred four year old in Stamford, who has won at ten of his 17 starts. He will be driven by Aiden De Campo from barrier seven.

Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond will be represented by Socrates and Markham Eyre. Colin Brown has been engaged to handle Socrates, who will start from barrier four, and Ryan Warwick will drive Markham Eyre from the inside of the back line.

Socrates maintained his excellent form when he finished with a spirited three-wide burst from seventh at the bell to finish third behind Talks Up A Storm last Friday night. He raced without cover when a fighting second to Glenledi Chief the previous week. Markham Eyre impressed when he set the pace and dashed over the final 400m in 26.9sec. and won easily from Arma Einstein over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday.

The Ryan Bell trained Soundwave is racing in wonderful form, and he caught the eye last Friday night when he finished boldly, out four wide, from ninth at the bell to be second to Talks Up A Storm.