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Lightly-raced mare Sheez Our Hope, a brilliant sit-sprinter, revealed her versatility when she gave a spirited frontrunning display to score a stylish victory in the $26,000 DTS All Your Civil And Construction Supply Needs Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

And what was the most impressive feature of her neck win over Vivere Damore was that she survived two serious challenges — the first from Angel In White in the first circuit of the 2130m event, and the second from Vivere Damore, who enjoyed a comfortable passage in the one-out, two-back position before sprinting strongly over the final 450m and took a narrow lead approaching the home turn.

Sheez Our Hope, the $2.20 favourite, responded to the late challenge and went to the line strongly to beat Vivere Damore, the $2.40 second fancy, by a neck, rating 1.55.3 after the final three quarters were run in 27.8sec., 28.6sec. and 28.4sec.

Booraa ($7) enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail and fought on gamely to finish third, with Angel In White running fourth after racing without cover.

Reinsman Kyle Harper said that he had a few moments of concern before the race, saying: “Funnily enough she warmed up a bit scratchy. During the first 600 to 700 metres of the warm-up she skipped and hopped, which is unlike her. She didn’t feel sore and eventually settled down.

“It was nice to get a 38sec. lead time, and then the rest of the race was war, so we were lucky to have had that lead time. She is a lovely animal who travels effortlessly. When she ran a 27.8sec. quarter into the bell, it felt like she was running 31sec.

“She copped all the pressure in the world, and to her credit she kept boxing on. It’s always a worry when a horse (Angel In White) puts the pressure on. Sheez Our Hope is a very good sit-kick horse, and I wasn’t sure how she would go out in front, and under pressure.

“She has led and won before, but in much weaker company. This was a really good test for her, and she came through with flying colours. I know that Sheez Our Hope always rallies in the front straight. She dug deep and it is a credit to her.”

Owner-trainer Mike Cornwall said that Sheez Our Hope has been in work for almost nine months and that he was going to give her a well-deserved spell. “She hasn’t shown any signs of needing a break, but I do think it will do her, particularly considering that a lot of her racing has been in hot weather.”

Friday night’s victory improved Sheez Our Hope’s record to 23 starts for ten wins and five placings for stakes of $111,238. She is by former star pacer Alta Christiano and is out of the New Zealand-bred mare Easton Swift, who raced 52 times for 13 wins, 12 placings and $123,391.