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Byford trainer Tony Svilicich is adamant veteran Shardons Rocket did not fluke his upset win in tonight's Gloucester Park feature event and predicts more victories against strong opposition.

Shardons Rocket ($34.30) set a solid pace for champion reinsman Chris Lewis in the $22,500 Sully's Painting New Seasons Pace (2536m) and scored by 1.5m.

Ballas Arockstar ($29.60) ran second and Courage Tells ($30.30) was a further 1.5m back in third place.

"No matter how high the grade he's up against, Shardons Rocket is very hard to beat when leading," Svilicich said.

"He showed that again tonight. He can keep winning in fast class if getting to the front early. There are a number of races which will suit him within weeks."

Svilicich suggested 10-year-old Shardons Rocket would start in the $22,500 Media Guild Cup (2130m) next Friday.

He could also contest the $22,500 Spring Pace (1730m) on September 19 and the $35,000 Brennan Memorial (2130m) a week later.

"I'm not looking as far as the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup, both in January," Svilicich said. "Let's just take it week by week."

Leading trainer Gary Hall displayed the quality of his team when Soho Highroller ($1.90), Machtu ($1.04) and Elegant Christian ($1.20) won the first three races.

Four-year-olds Machtu and Elegant Christian are aimed at the $175,000 Golden Nugget Championship (2536m) at Gloucester Park in December.

Reinswoman Kiara Davies and trainer Bob Mellsop maintained a run of success when winning tonight with Our Boy Su ($58) in the League Talk On SportFM 91.3 Pace (2536m).

Davies and Mellsop won with Chaldea on the past two Fridays.

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