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    Defending Vicbred Super Series champion CENTENARIO - Photo HRV

    UNBEATEN youngster Centenario will be given a light week before being primed for another Group One assault. Winner of the Australian Pacing Gold Final... Exciting freshman extends unbeaten status

    UNBEATEN youngster Centenario will be given a light week before being primed for another Group One assault.

    Winner of the Australian Pacing Gold Final at Tabcorp Park Melton just moments ago, Centenario will be aimed at the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series by premier trainer Emma Stewart.

    Heats of the futurity are programmed to be staged on June 16, with the Final set down for July 7.

    “He has done a wonderful job so far,” Stewart said. “You couldn’t ask for more from him.

    “He’ll have a short break now, then it will be on to the Vicbred.”

    Driven by Chris Alford in the $350,000 decider, Centenario was pushed forward to find the lead from barrier three after engaging in a short battle with Muscle Factory for the front.

    Never seriously challenged from that point, the colt completed a two-and-a-half metre win from his stablemate, Hurricane Harley, which was taken to the ‘death seat’ at the bell.

    Muscle Factory, which trailed the pacemaker, was two-and-a-half metres away third.

    Covering the last half in 57 seconds, the two-year-old rated 1:55.8 over 1720 metres.

    “Once he got to the front it was hard to imagine him being run down,” Stewart said. “Chris said he was still strong on the line and could have found more up the straight if needed.

    “Everything he has done so far has been spot on and he’s getting better with each start.

    “I’ve said before he’s a very nice type which has a lot going for him.”

    Owned by a large syndicate, which purchased him at the Melbourne APG Sale, Centenario boasts five wins from five starts for earnings of $174,800.

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