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Harness Racing: Scott has faith in Gee Smith

Trainer Matt Scott believes his charge Gee Smith may just have enough to hold off the hot fancy Ima Fivestar General in Friday night’s Direct Trade Supply Maddington Handicap at Gloucester Park.

Gee Smith is in good form having won a mobile event at the track on Tuesday of last week and returns to standing-start racing in his latest assignment.

Standing-start specialist

Standing starts are Gee Smith’s favourite having won four out of five in Western Australia. However on this occasion he is up against Ima Fivestar General.

Scott admits that Ima Fivestar General is the one to beat but his horse does have a 10-metre advantage and it may be just enough to get him home in first place.

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"Gee Smith will have to rate about 1.58.5 off the front to beat Ima Fivestar General," said Scott. "We hope that over the short distance Gee Smith can get a bit of a break on his rivals. He worked well last Saturday, and he has been consistent, having finished in the first five in his 24 starts in WA."

Rock Me Over to star

Meanwhile Scott also has Rock Me Over in action later in the night when he contests the Direct Trades Supply We’ve Got Shedloads Pace.

Shannon Suvaljko will take the drive and Scott is happy to pass on the race tactics.

"He was going to run a place last week," said Scott. "Shannon said that Rock Me Over got pushed back in when attempting to ease off the pegs about 250m from home.

"I’ll leave the tactics up to Shannon on Friday night, but I’d say that we will probably attempt to lead. The horse is pretty bright and is running around at home which is rare for him."

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