Royal Outlook shook loose late and pulled off a 10-1 upset in the $15,500 Preferred Pace, which was featured on Friday night's harness racing card at Western Fair Raceway along with a handful of City of London Series divisions.
The Dan Creighton-trained Royal Outlook, driven by Trevor Henry, settled away mid-pack and watched the early front end action before making a late dash for the cash in the Preferred.
Insider Flames Cammi Boy and Alex Lilley gave way to the Mike Saftic-driven Stonebridge Terror just past the hot :26.4 opening quarter mark. The new leader was confronted by the parked out Machal Jackson and J.R. Plante as they raced by the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24 and eventually settled for third place honours as Royal Outlook weaved between horses into the three-path and came on to score in a season's best 1:54. Favourite Machal Jackson pushed ahead of Stonebridge Terror near the wire and finished a half-length behind the winner.
Royal Outlook paid $23.90 to win for the eighth time this year. The four-year-old Royal Mattjesty-Fresh Outlook gelding, who surpassed the $100,000 career earnings mark, is owned by Danterra Racing Stable of Strathroy, Ont. He has yet to miss the board in 14 races this year.
The City of London Series continued on Friday night with the trotters stepping into the spotlight for their first round of racing action. Two $8,000 divisions for male trotters went to the maiden-breaking Kilmartinliberator (2:02) andHey Aj (2:01) while Cynthia Loo (2:02.3), undefeated Daylon Miracle (1:59) and 2011 City of London Series leg one winner Sovereign Ley (2:01.1) won the filly and mare divisions.