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Star reinsman Shannon Suvaljko’s plans for an all-the-way win with Seven No Trumps in the 2130m In Memory of Alec Barnfield Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night were thrown into disarray when the colt bumped into the mobile barrier arm and was beaten for early pace by Hoppys Way.

Seven No Trumps then was left behind Hoppys Way and was badly hemmed in for much of the event by Make Your Mark in the breeze.

However, Suvaljko remained cool and finally was able to ease Seven No Trumps off the pegs 400m from home before the $1.50 favourite went three wide at the 250m and ran on strongly to win by a half-length from Make Your Mark ($16), with Hoppys Way ($6.50) in third place.

Trainer Peter Tilbrook admitted that he had many anxious moments before Seven No Trumps got up to win, saying: “The plan was to lead (from the No. 1 barrier), but that didn’t work out. Shannon said that he was trying to time the start and the horse got a bit keen, got on to the gate too early and banged his head on to the gate, which threw his momentum off.

“Shannon waited until the right time to get him off the pegs and into the clear — and he got the job done. It wasn’t an easy move, but he got it done.”

Seven No Trumps, a colt by Advance Attack, went into the race with a record of unplaced runs at his previous five starts after his first six starts had produced three wins, a second and a third.

“He was unlucky at his three previous starts,” said Tilbrook. “He didn’t have a lot of luck in the Westbred final and had no luck at all in the Golden Slipper.” The win by Seven No Trumps completed a treble for Suvaljko, who had been successful earlier in the program with Vespa and Bracken Sky.