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Lightly-raced five-year-old Prince Of Pleasure looks set to send punters home on a winning note by proving too smart for his nine rivals in the final event, the 2130m Choices Flooring Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The son of champion sire Bettors Delight warmed up for his Australian debut, and his first start for 18 months, by scoring a runaway victory in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning when he set the pace and won by 40 metres from I See Fire in a field of eight.

The stallion, trained by Gary Hall snr, was driven by Gary Hall jnr, who will be in the sulky on Friday night from the favourable No. 2 barrier in a field of ten.

Prince Of Pleasure rated 1.57.9 in the trial, in which the quarters of the final mile were run in 30.7sec., 29.3sec., 29.3sec. and 27.8sec.

His only success in New Zealand was at his final appearance in that country, in a 2200m mobile event at Alexandra Park on July 1, 2020,when he started from the outside barrier in the field of seven and raced in last position until he revealed a dazzling burst of speed to come from last at the 800m to charge to the front in the space of 150m on his way to winning by three quarters of a length from the pacemaker and $2.50 favourite Marathon Man.

Prince Of Pleasure rated a modest 2.0.3, but he gave a sample of his ability by sprinting over the final two 400m sections in 27.7sec. and 27.4sec.

He will concede a massive disadvantage in experience to his nine rivals who have competed in a combined total of 905 races for 126 wins which puts Prince Of Pleasure’s one win and one placing from eight starts well and truly in the shade.

Prince Of Pleasure is the second foal out of the Christian Cullen mare Holly Madison, who raced 17 times for five wins, five placings and $43,101 in stakes. Holly Madison is a full-sister to J Walker, who earned $176,441 from 17 wins and 22 placings from 95 starts. J Walker won nine times in Western Australia, with his most notable success being in the Mount Eden No Dill Christmas Handicap at Gloucester Park in December 2013.

The main dangers to Prince Of Pleasure on Friday night are expected to be the polemarker, four-year-old Soho Gigolo, the youngest runner in the event, and five-year-old Pradason, who is racing with great enthusiasm, but is unfavourably drawn at the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line.

Soho Gigolo, to be driven by Shannon Suvaljko for Hopeland trainer Glenn Elliott, who battled on gamely from sixth at the bell to finish fourth behind Bettorstartdreaming over 2536m last Friday night.

Pradason, trained and driven by Aiden de Campo, led when a head second to Know When To Run over 2130m two starts ago before finishing third behind Typhoon Banner and Arma Einstein over 2536m last Friday night when he raced without cover over the final 1300m and was checked and broke in the final stages.