Holmes Hanover gelding The Hunter scored the biggest win of his career when upsetting local star Has The Answers in the $35,000 Group 3 J P Stratton Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday evening.

The former kiwi led briefly in the 2,536m West Australian feature before handing up to the race favourite Has The Answers. In the straight the final time the R.J. Huston trained pacer came off the leader's back and was able to reel him in to score by a head at the line in a mile rate of 1:57.9.

The win was the 7yo gelding's 12th to date, taking his lifetime earnings to just over $95,000.

Bred by Nevele R Stud, The Hunter is the fourth foal of OK Bye mare Winning's OK, an unraced half sister to the former NZ Derby winner Winning Blue Chip.