Talented pacers My Prayer and Newman battle it out at Pinjarra

Tight finish: My Prayer and Newman battle it out on the track at Pinjarra. Photo: Supplied.

Tight finish: My Prayer and Newman battle it out on the track at Pinjarra. Photo: Supplied.

Talented pacers My Prayer and Newman look to have a bright future when the duo both clashed at Pinjarra and a half head would be the final margin when they hit the line together.

My Prayer, trained by Barry Howlett and driven by the master Chris Lewis, was sent forward early after the start. 

She was kept wide in the beginning before settling in the running line, then getting a lovely trip in the one on one. 

Newman, for driver Lorne Steer and trainer Brad Chinnery, was driven quietly early on, three back from the rails. 

With 400 metres to run the field opened up when the sprint went on. 

My Prayer dashed around to take the lead into the straight, with Newman taking short cuts before being steered to the outside. 

Both hit the line nearly locked together, but My Prayer got the verdict to record back-to-back wins.

Catastrophic Event is a unique pacer as the mare doesn't wear hobbles; but that didn't stop the Colin Reeves-trained six-year-old mare from continuing her great form this season.

Starting from the tricky barrier 11, driver Morgan Woodley settled the mare at the rear of the field.

But hearing the bell with a lap to go, Woodley got a trail in to race and with 400 metres to run he set her alight four wide.

When taking the lead she was able to hold the rest of the field at bay to win by a length.

Ageing war horse Dredlock Rock Star looked a tad unlucky on Friday night at Gloucester Park when held up for clear running over the concluding stages when running fourth.

Following leader and eventual winner Tact Major, trainer driver Ash Markham was hoping the the sea would part ways to extend the 10yo over the final stages, but it wasn't to be; but with another good draw he could bob up at odds.

Talented pacers Pure Silk, Three Bears and Hello Hotshot all trailed at Bunbury last Wednesday for the Barry Howlett stable. However the three filled the top three places and will be ones to follow.