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Harness Racing: Prince Of Pleasure shines on debut

Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr says Prince Of Pleasure is set for a bright future after shining on his Australian debut at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The New Zealand-bred pacer caught the eye of Hall when he romped to a brilliant win at Auckland's Alexandra Park and it was not long before he was heading across the Tasman to Australia.

Stunning debut

Prince Of Pleasure had a record of one win and one second from eight starts in New Zealand and got his Aussie career off to the perfect start when taking out the 2130m Choices Flooring Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The win was even more impressive considering Prince Of Pleasure arrived in Western Australia back in October 2020 and had not raced for 18 months.

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Prince Of Pleasure had been struggling with leg problems but showed no signs of them on Friday night when cruising to a three-length victory over Valbonne.

Hall Snr was delighted with the performance and the ease at which he did it and already has big plans for the pacer.

WA Pacing Cup target

"He is a top-class horse, and if he stays sound, he could be anything," Hall told reporters after the race. "I love him, but he has been a nightmare with his leg problems. He has bowed both tendons. He is sound at the moment and is very, very quick.

"A few weeks ago, I drove him on my track at Serpentine and he ran home (over the final 400m) in 26.3sec. at the end of a three-minute 1200m workout. He beat Heez Our Perseus by six lengths.

"I have driven a lot of good horses, and he is a really good horse. I can’t recall having driven a horse before who has sprinted home in 26.3sec. on the track; maybe Quinny (Im Themightyquinn) once.

"I’m going to go through the classes with him and win next year’s WA Pacing Cup, provided he stays sound."

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