Ultimate Art produced a strong effort to finish third and revive his Perth Inter Dominion grand final hopes in round two of heats at Bunbury on Tuesday night.
After a disappointing seventh in opening heats last Friday at Gloucester Park, Ultimate Art was taken forward early by Ellalong trainer-driver Michael Formosa three wide to sit outside leader, favourite and eventual winner Hectorjayjay.
The seven-year-old entire appeared under pressure on the home turn of the 2100-metre race but finished well to easily claim third place and valuable points. The result lifted Ultimate Art to 12th on the series and gave him a genuine chance of making the grand final.
The final round of qualifiers are on Friday night at Gloucester Park. The top 10 on points will race in the $1.1 million decider at Gloucester on December 9.
On Tuesday night, Ultimate Art came out of gate six, instead of seven, after Elegant Christian was scratched from the series. The withdrawal followed the scratching of Emma Stewart-trained trio Guaranteed, Restrepo and Yankee Rockstar.