Byford trainer Tony Svilicich capped a double celebration when tough pacer Mysta Magical Mach brilliantly won last night's $60,000 _The West Australian _ Village Kid Sprint (1700m) at Gloucester Park.
The eight-year-old, starting $5.50, raced outside pacemaker Can Return Fire and went on to score by 3m from Please Release Mein, rating 1:54.9.
An elated Svilicich revealed that last night's big win had closely followed the transfer back to his stable of $1.2 million stake-earner Has The Answers, a winner of 73 races.
"Mysta Magical Mach is set for the WA Pacing Cup in two weeks," Svilicich said.
The $1.1 million stake-earner Mysta Magical Mach, who won the 2009 WA Pacing Cup, has strong prospects of a repeat victory in the $400,000 race over 2506m on January 11.
Class pacer Lombo Navigator bounded back into calculations for next month's cups when he broke an 11-run losing sequence and rated 1:53.4 to win last night's _The West Australian _ Village Kid Sprint Consolation (1700m).
The $503,000 stake-earner, a winner of 23 races, went within 0.6sec. of a track record.
Gate one's winning run continued when pacemaker Village In Vesa scorched to victory in the Tabform Need For Speed Final (900m).
Gloucester Park introduced 900m racing two weeks ago and the short course sprints have attracted strong entries. Village In Vesa ($11), driven by Robbie Williams, rated 1:50 in scoring by 5m from Shoab.
"The barrier draw told the story," Williams said. "Gate one gave him a winning edge."
He was the fifth straight winner, including dead-heater Centrefold Angel, to start from No.1 last night.
In view of a high winning percentage by pole runners at Gloucester Park this year, officials will permanently move starting points a further 30m back from first turns.
The new starting points will be in place next Friday.
Talented four-year-old Quick Reflex landed a betting plunge when he led all the way after being backed from $7.50 to $4.30 favouritism in _The Weekend West _ Pace (2503m).
Some Kinda Tactics showed cups potential for trainer Gary Hall Sr when he led all the way to win The Form Final (2100m).
The unfancied Twilight Express ($114.80) caused a major surprise when getting up to dead-heat first with favourite Centrefold Angel ($1.30) in _The West Australian _ Mares Pace (2100m).