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Byford trainer Peter Tilbrook is setting experienced mare Vivere Damore for the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic on November 26, and as part of her preparation for the Group 1 feature event he has decided to run her in the 2536m Garrard’s Rio Cobra Sulky Pace at Gloucester Park Friday night.

Vivere Damore’s five runs since resuming from a spell have been over 2130m and Tilbrook is keen to get the six-year-old mare accustomed to running over 2536m, the testing distance of the Mares Classic.

Vivere Damore has contested nine events of 2500m or more and has managed just one placing, a third over 2631m at Pinjarra. However, Tilbrook was heartened by Vivere Damore’s effort in setting the pace and finishing fourth at $51 behind Balcatherine in the Mares Classic last November.

“Tilly has changed her work and he has put her in this race this week as part of her preparation for the Mares Classic,” said reinsman Shannon Suvaljko, who notched his 100TH winner for the season when Euston Flyer led all the way in a 2130m event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening.

“Vivere Damore has had a couple of hard hit-outs, close together, and she is ready to perform well over 2536m on Friday night. This is a race in which she can find the front and roll along and prove to be hard to beat.”

Vivere Damore has performed well with third placings over 2130m on the past two Friday nights. She started from barrier four last week and was prominent all the way, finishing third behind Savvy Bromac and Wainui Creek. A week earlier she raced in the one-out, one-back position and ran on well when third behind Alta Intrigue and Shadow Roll.

Hardest for Vivere Damore to beat are likely to be Euphoria, Al Guerroro and Blue Blazer, with Euphoria, trained by Gary Hall snr, expected to be a firm favourite from the No. 6 barrier after a win and two seconds from his past four starts. He is a most consistent four-year-old with nine wins, 11 seconds and two thirds from 32 starts.

Suvaljko also has sound claims in the opening event, the Garrard’s Horse And Hound Pace for two-year-old fillies in which he will drive the Mike Reed-trained Queeninthecorner from the prized No. 1 barrier.

Queeninthecorner made an excellent debut when she raced in fifth position in an Indian file 2100m event at Bunbury three Saturdays ago before finishing solidly to win by a head, with the first five runners locked together across the track in the final stages.

“She sat back and ran the final 800m in 57.2sec.,” said Suvaljko. “She’s got good gate speed and goes well in front, so I’ll be planning to lead. I drove her and set the pace in a few trials when she was trained by Kevin Charles.”

Also fancied in Friday night’s race will be the Greg and Skye Bond-trained In The Spotlight and the Colin Brown trained and driven The Hope Diamond, who were locked together and about to fight out the finish before locking sulky wheels close to home and dropping back to the rear in an event won by Jay Elle.

Jay Elle, to be driven by Gary Hall jnr for trainer Justin Prentice, also cannot be left out of calculations. She will start from barrier No. 7.