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Former South Australian pacer Whatabro provided plenty of excitement for his part-owner Ian Goddard when he set the pace and held on grimly to defeat Euphoria by a head in the 2536m Better Your Bet With TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday morning.

It was a carbon copy performance by the Four Starzzz Shark four-year-old who was an all-the-way winner over 2130m the previous Friday night.

Whatabro, trained by Michael Brennan and driven by Michael Grantham, is owned by Goddard, Julie Billinger and Heather Howe, and Goddard and members of his family were delighted that they had made a special trip from Adelaide to Perth to watch the gelding race on Friday.

Whatabro now has earned $112,576 from 20 wins and 35 placings from 78 starts, and his success rate is nothing new for Goddard and Billinger, who were part owners of former champion South Australian pacer Come On Frank, who was retired in December 2016 with a marvellous record of 130 starts for 61 wins, 26 seconds and 12 thirds for stakes of $404,650.

Whatabro is a half-brother to Come On Frank, with both pacers being out of Whatacorka, a What’s Next mare who had a modest 28-start career of three wins and 11 placings for earnings of $7797.