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West Australian-bred pacer Star Of Willoughby continues to shine for Banjup horseman Josh Dunn, and the four-year-old showed that there are many more wins in store when he romped to a runaway victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring For Luxury Vinyl Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The four-year-old stallion by Follow The Stars is bred in the purple, with his dam Lady Willoughby earning $167,293 from 16 wins and 14 placings from 53 starts.

Lady Willoughby is the first of the progeny of former outstanding pacer Amongst Royalty, who amassed $570,820 from 23 wins and 27 placings from 86 starts.

Bred and owned by Bob Fowler’s Allwood Stud Farm, Star Of Willoughby has had 21 starts for Dunn for five wins and nine placings.

Star Of Willoughby was a smart three-year-old last year when Dunn considers his best performance was when he won easily at a 1.56.2 rate from the classy Jumpingjackmac last November.

Dunn, a full-time 32-year-old truck driver, prepares two pacers who he works in the afternoons and evenings after his work commitments.

Emily Suvaljko did not bustle Star Of Willoughby, the $1.85 favourite, in the early stages and was happy to race in sixth position, one-out and two-back, while Billy Mack ($9) set a solid pace, with Mister Bushido ($12) in the breeze.

Star Of Willoughby went forward, three wide, with 700m to travel, and he burst to the front 150m later and then raced away to win by five lengths from $31 chance Quick Stride, who surged home from ninth at the bell to give Fowler the quinella.

“I expected the one (Billy Mack) to lead, so I didn’t want Star Of Willoughby to burn early,” said Dunn. “He is a speed horse who goes better when he goes back (at the start) and is saved for one run.

“It was a good run tonight when he hit the line with the ear plugs still in and wanting to keep going. He has had feet issues but is sound at the moment. The beach helps; he wades and jogs on the sand at Kwinana and does his hopple work on the Jandakot track.”