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Banjup owner-trainer Annie Belton is confident Bulldozer will prove hard to beat in tonight's $50,000 Tabtouch San Simeon Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park.

Bulldozer was the fastest of four San Simeon qualifying heat winners when rating 1:56 for reinsman Chris Voak in an all-the-way victory over 2130m last Friday.

The six-year-old has won twice at Gloucester Park since his WA debut two months ago and has drawn ideally in gate three tonight.

Belton and her husband, Colin, followed Bulldozer's career in Victoria, where he won nine races, and were keen to buy him.

"It was our 25th wedding anniversary last year," Annie Belton said.

"Colin asked me if I would like a holiday or the horse. I didn't hesitate to choose Bulldozer and we got him for $9000.

"He's since earned more than $12,000 and is the best of my three-horse team.

"Bulldozer's a powerful mover and I can see why his name was selected. He's been kept fresh on beach work this week and is thriving."

Cometao, the San Simeon Classic's first emergency, secured a start when qualifying heat winner Talon Spike was scratched.

"Talon Spike has a tendon injury," chief harness racing steward Bill Delaney said.

"Seven horses have been scratched from support races at the San Simeon Classic meeting.

"Please Release Me is lame and Soho Daytona has a hoof abscess. Colic has ruled out Veitchy and Life Boat. A virus has hit Banana Dana.

"Some Kinda Tactics and Pure Empathy have colds."

Banana Dana and Some Kinda Tactics, acceptors in the $25,000 MMJ Real Estate Final (2130m), will be replaced by emergencies Bledisloe and North Toa Luckstar. Bledisloe will start from gate seven, with North Toa Luckstar in five.

The West Australian

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