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Michael Young, an emerging star amongst the ranks of harness racing’s trainers, celebrated his first success in a feature race group event when the richly talented Emily Suvaljko produced a perfect drive to land Doc Holliday an impressive winner of the $50,000 Hoist Torque Australia Four And Five-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The 33-year-old Young is now hoping Doc Holliday will give him another Group 2 victory when he contests the $50,000 Easter Cup next Friday.

Doc Holliday was a $18.80 chance from barrier two on the back line in Friday night’s 2130m event when the 21-year-old Suvaljko had the option of trailing the $3.50 favourite Dont Bother Me None in the one-wide line.

But she opted to restrain the big New Zealand-bred five-year-old at the start and then angled him across to the inside to settle down three back on the pegs, following the $12 chance Arma Einstein.

Jasperevellabeach set a solid pace with Ima Fivestar General ($18) in the breeze, followed by Dont Bother Me None.

Colin Brown eased Arma Einstein off the inside at the 500m and the four-year-old sprinted fast to get to the front 200m later. Suvaljko simply was able to follow Arma Einstein every step of the way, and Doc Holliday surged to the front at the 50m and won by 2m, rating 1.55.2. Ideal Agent ($3.60) finished strongly from tenth at the bell to be third, with his stablemate Dont Bother Me None finishing fourth.

“The win didn’t surprise me,” said Young. “He was always going to need a lot of luck from his draw, and he got it. He was good enough to take advantage of it.

“Doc Holliday is a big dope, and he doesn’t have a particular strength, and we have often overdriven him because he is so sluggish. We have driven him soft only twice and he has performed very well both times, including tonight.”

Doc Holliday has performed strongly in WA after winning at three of his 24 New Zealand starts. His 16 WA starts have produced seven wins and four placings. Doc Holliday’s full-sister Best Western raced 27 times for three wins, 16 placings and $171,976, with the highlight of her career being her victory over Belle Of Montana and Wainui Creek in the Group 1 Northern Oaks at Alexandra Park in March 2019.

Young is in his third season as a trainer and has had 390 starters for 88 winners and 112 placings.