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Harness Racing: Bettorstartdreaming ends drought

Trainer-reinsman Lindsay Harper was delighted to see a plan come together as Bettorstartdreaming took out the Retravision Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Bettorstartdreaming faced strong competition from the hot fancy Sangue Reale but a lightening start from barrier five proved to be crucial and Harper's charge managed to get the job done.

Plan came together

Despite being delighted with the win, Harper admitted his frustration at the way Bettorstartdreaming has to take the lead to be in with a chance of winning.

Thankfully for Harper he managed to do it again on this occasion when getting ahead of his rival to pick up his fifth win from 35 starts since being in Australia.

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His record was better in New Zealand where he raced on 18 occasions and picked up five wins and Harper is struggling to put his finger on why that is.

The plan was also to set the pace in his latest assignment and it paid off with the six year-old saluting.

Harper frustration

"His lead form has been very good, but his trailing form has been poor," Harper told reporters after the race. "I really don’t understand it, because he was versatile in New Zealand where he didn’t have to lead to win over there.

"At the moment it appears that he has to be up in front and we were always going to let loose tonight to try to get to the top.

"The couple of scratchings helped. I think he has a lot of ability, but his heart and head are not what you would like with a good horse.

"Once we got away with a slow lead time and a 32.3sec. first quarter he was going to be hard to beat. When he leads, he looks impressive, and when he doesn’t lead, he’s disappointing."

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