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Seven-year-old Vampiro showed that he is far from a spent force when he outclassed his six rivals in the $25,000 All Tech In July We Wear Pink Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The New Zealand-bred gelding, trained by Greg and Skye Bond and favourite at $2.20, was driven with great confidence by Dylan Egerton-Green at his third appearance after a six-month absence. He began with great alacrity from the No. 4 barrier, burst straight to the front and relished his frontrunning role to win by seven lengths from stablemate Patronus Star ($6), with $31 chance Ideal Liner finishing strongly to be third.

“He has improved with each of his three runs since resuming from a spell,” said Egerton-Green. “The instructions were to let him run. He likes bowling along and I knew he had the gate speed to lead from barrier four, so I was keen to make every post a winner.”

Vampiro’s win followed his first-up third behind Patronus Star over 1730m and his head second to Chiaroscuro (after setting the pace over 2536m) and the son of Rocknroll Hanover now has raced 74 times for 27 wins, 24 placings and stakes of $615,137.

Egerton-Green has formed a splendid association with Vampiro, having driven him six times for a win, a second, two thirds and two fourths. Ther gelding, owned by Skye Bond and Rob Gartrell, is sure to be one of several star pacers from the powerful Bond stable to be prominent in the rich Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park’s summer carnival.

Vampiro was unplaced in the two major Cup events last summer after his outstanding efforts 12 months earlier when he finished a head second to Caviar Star in the Fremantle Cup and a head second to Mighty Conqueror in the WA Pacing Cup. Four-year-old Patronus Star is also developing into a leading candidate for the big Cup events. He maintained his excellent form when he started from the outside barrier in the field of seven and was in last place 300m from home before surging forward, five wide, at the 250m and finishing with a powerful burst. The final quarters were run in 27.9sec. and 28.6sec. and Vampiro rated 1.55.9.