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You can Bet The House Huston will enjoy the ride

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Trainer Ron Huston admits he’s excited to have smart pacer Bet The House back racing, ahead of his first-up assignment at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

BET THE HOUSE. Picture: Western Racepix

Bet The House finished his most recent campaign in fine form, taking out the Gold Bullion Final (1730m) and Caduceus Club Classic (2130m).

Those wins in the $50,000 features meant a lot to Ron Huston, who said there was a realistic possibility the gelding was heading to the east coast to continue his career.

"He got really sick before last campaign and it was six weeks before the Bullion I still didn't know if he would get back," Huston told Racing WA Harness.

"He had stomach ulcers and I couldn't get him right.

"After he won the Champagne Classic as a two-year-old he went off.

"I gave him a long spell and he came back, but then he fell apart before he raced again.

"I almost gave him to someone else over east, but we changed his feed and he was back racing in time for the Bullion."

Bet The House's beat the likes of Waverider, Menemsha, Grevis, Ten To The Dozen and Opal Hunter in his feature race wins to enhance his claims as one of the leading three-year-olds ahead of November's WA Derby.

His road to the WA Derby and September's Westbred Classic gets underway in Friday's Nova Boy Race Pace (2130m), where he meets Golden Slipper winner Vegas Strip.

The son of Betting Line looks set to have a tough task beating the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Vegas Strip, who has drawn barrier one in the field of eight.

Bet The House will start from barrier five and Huston conceded it would be hard from the draw.

"If he was absolutely screwed down, he would run a good race," he said.

"He has come back a bigger and better horse and, more importantly, he's healthy.

"The only time he got beaten last preparation was in a similar race to this when Justin Prentice's horse (Artful Major) drew one and we probably let him get away with too much.

"I'm resigned to the fact it'll probably be run in single file."

Huston also has Lake Pichola engaged in the Nova Nation 2YO Pace (2130m), following his stylish debut win at Pinjarra last month.

Like his stablemate, Lake Pichola has a tricky assignment in front of him from barrier four in the field of eight.

Sebastian James, By Gee By Jingo and Captain Stirling have drawn inside Lake Pichola, while Louie Vee also features in the event from the outside draw.

Huston said he expected the two-year-old event to follow a similar pattern to the three-year-old race.

"I've got a wrap on Sebastian James, and I think he will lead," he said.

"Hopefully we won't have to be the first one to go.

"His number one aim this preparation is also the Westbred."

Chris Voak takes the drive on both Huston runners on Friday night and is expected to fulfil the commitments, despite being involved in an incident at Gloucester Park last night.

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