So it was no surprise to see brilliant chaser On Coin reverse some recent poor form with a gutsy win in the Mal Atwell Billiards Free To All (530m) at Cannington last Saturday.
Following some uncharacteristically poor performances which resulted in downfield finishes at his previous two starts, On Coin looked to be headed for a similar outcome in the early stages when he was squeezed and shuffled to the tail of the pack before they hit the first turn.
As the runners came into the back straight, On Coin was eight lengths behind the leader Jump The Queue and in all sorts of trouble.
But when a gap opened up, he switched into top gear and pressed forward to cut the margin. But he was still a long way off the pace by the time they turned for home.
Gomes took control in the straight and looked to have a winning lead in the run to the finish post.
But On Coin kept coming, with all the grit and power that has carried him to 27 career wins and earned connections more than $210,000 in stakes.
He rattled along the rail with a barnstorming run to snatch victory in the final stride.
With Zelemar Fever off the scene and Dyna Nalin retired, On Coin is undisputedly the leading sprinter in WA and the main fancy to represent the home state when Cannington hosts the Nationals next month.James Broadhurst