Elysees Crest showed that she should develop into a major harness racing player in events for mares this season when she thundered home from 11th at the 600m mark to win the Veolia Environmental Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Backed from 4/1 to 5/2, the Ross Olivieri-trained Elysees Crest was driven with supreme confidence by Chris Lewis and she charged home to hit the front 20m from the post and score by a length from the pacemaker Birubi Babe (13/4) and Little Angel (7/2).
After winning 17 races in South Australia and three in Victoria, this was themare's first win from four WA starts. She now has amassed $171,500, which represents a tremendous return for a mare who is on an M1 mark.
She was successful in the $100,000 Vicbred Super Series for three-year-old fillies at Moonee Valley in May 2007. Her dam is the WA-bred Windshield Wiper mare Paris Player, who has produced nine winners, including Lombo La Paree.
Lombo La Paree's best wins were in two-year-old classics for fillies in 1994 when she won a $50,000 feature at Albion Park and a $70,000 event at Moonee Valley.
Another pacer set for more wins is five-year-old Smooth Shift, who notched his fourth win from his past five starts when he set the pace and beat Everton Star and Kurt Rustler in the 2503m Tooheys Extra Dry Pace.
Driven by Gary Hall jun. and trained by his father Gary Hall sen. Smooth Shift was a 5/4 on favourite and he gave his rivals little chance after jumping straight into the lead from the inside barrier.
He set a slow early pace before sprinting the final 800m in 57.6sec. His mile rate was a moderate 2.8.1.