Day At The Track

Livingontheinterest is set for a hat-trick

11:26 PM 25 Jun 2013 NZST
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Brilliant five-year-old Livingontheinterest looks set to notch a winning hat-trick by proving too fast for his ten older and more experienced rivals in the $25,000 Retravision Past Presidents Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

His prospects improved sharply when he drew perfectly at barrier two on the front line in the 2536m event, with his chief opponent David Hercules drawing poorly at No. 5.

Hes My Hero will start from the No. 1 barrier and he will not pose any problem for Livingontheinterest in his quest to burst straight to the front. Hes My Hero has started from the inside barrier and has been restrained to take the trail behind Livingontheinterest in races over 1730m and 2130m on the past two Friday nights.

This means that Livingontheinterest’s reinsman Gary Hall jun. will be able to dictate the terms of the race from the front, with David Hercules (Morgan Woodley) being forced to cover extra ground.

David Hercules started from the No. 5 barrier in the 2012 Past Presidents Cup when he was seventh in the one-wide line at the bell before flying home, seven wide, to finish a 4m second to Sneakyn Down Under.

Livingontheinterest revealed sparkling early speed from barrier five to charge straight to the front before setting the pace and sprinting over the final 800m in 56.7sec. to score an easy win over Hokonui Ben and Ima Rocket Star, rating 1.55.3 over 2130m last Friday night. He revealed blistering speed when he led and won very easily at a 1.53.1 rate from Hokonui Ben and David Hercules over 1730m the previous week.

Hall and his father, leading trainer Gary Hall sen. will be looking to Livingontheinterest to give them their second win in the Past presidents Cup. They combined to win the race in 2006 with The Falcon Strike.

Hall sen. also has an excellent second string in this week’s Cup, with Hokonui Ben starting from barrier No. 3 on the back line. Hokonui Ben has finished powerfully into second place behind Livingontheinterest on the past two Friday nights.

The prospects of ten-year-old Sneakyn Down Under winning the Cup for the second year in a row diminished appreciably when he drew the outside of the back line. He reappeared after a five-month absence last Friday week when he fought on from seventh at the bell to be fifth behind Livingontheinterest.

Nine-year-old Rocket Reign, who finished strongly to win the 2011 Past Presidents Cup from Few Good Men and Nowuseeme, will start from barrier two on the back line. He finished strongly to win in considerably weaker company at Northam on Tuesday of last week and he will be at long odds on Friday night.

OLIVER HAS HEEZ ON FIRE AT HIS PEAK FOR WESTBRED CLASSIC

Impressive wins on country tracks at his first two starts after a spell stamp Heez On Fire as a bright prospect in the $25,000 Westbred Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Part-owner and trainer Rod Oliver has timed the gelding’s preparation perfectly in a bid to complete the second leg of the feature event after Heez On Fire led from barrier three and scored an easy victory over Loaded Aussie and All the Torque in the two-year-old leg 12 months ago.

Heez On Fire, to be driven by Chris Lewis, fared well in the random draw and will certainly appreciate the No.2 barrier on the front line.

He started from barrier four and set the pace when he won first-up over 2190m at Northam on June 6 and 11 days later he gave a superb performance to win at a 1.54.7 rate over 1684m at Pinjarra. He started from the outside of the back line and was tenth at the bell before he charged home, seven wide, in the home straight to get up a snatch a last-stride victory over Apiata V C.

Heez On Fire has won five times from 11 starts and has a bright future. However, he is not likely to have things all his own way on Friday night when he clashes with some quality performers, including Another Vinnie and Smokey The Bandit, as well as smart pacers Rocky Pop, Bettor Party, Desgerrado, Dardy Delight, Firebomb, Wild Zephyr and Ima Ripper.

Another Vinnie has wonderful potential and looks set to fight out the finish, even though he is at a marked disadvantage, starting from the outside of the back line. He warmed up for this week’s event with a stylish win in 1.56.9 over 1609m at Bunbury last Saturday night when he raced behind the pacemaker Soho Indianapolis in the first lap before surging to the front approaching the bell and going on to win easily from Bratski after dashing over the final 800m in 56.3sec.

Trained at Bunbury by Frank Bonnett and driven by Aaron Beckett, Another Vinnie is the best performed runner in Friday night’s race. He has had 28 starts for ten wins, eight seconds and one third for stakes of $84,872.

Part-owner, trainer and driver Jamie Rigoli has As Tough As Steel in excellent shape for a forward showing. As Tough As Steel made his first appearance for two months at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon and impressed when he charged home from tenth at the bell to win over 2130m.

DELUXE EDITION SHOULD GIVE VOAK THE ICING ON HIS BIRTHDAY CAKE

In-form reinsman Chris Voak has high hopes of celebrating his 25th birthday by guiding Deluxe Edition to victory in the $25,000 Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Voak, who turns 25 on Thursday, was full of praise for Deluxe Edition after driving her to an easy win over Kanata Queen at a 1.58 rate over 2130m last Friday night. Deluxe Edition raced without cover for the first 1000m before Voak sent her to the lead. ”She relaxed in front and carved out some pretty nice sectionals,” he said.

Deluxe Edition, trained at Oakford by Ross Olivieri, worked hard in the breeze before winning at Pinjarra at her previous start and she goes into Friday night’s race with a record of 16 starts for six wins and five placings.

Deluxe Edition fared well in the random barrier draw and will start from the prized No. 1 barrier on the front line. Voak will be determined to set the pace in a race in which her most serious rival, Adda Rising Star, faces a stern test after drawing the outside (No. 7) on the front line.

Adda Rising Star boasts an impressive record of ten wins, nine placings and stakes of $90,387 from 31 starts for breeder-owner Harry Capararo and Bunbury trainer Frank Bonnett. She will again be handled by Matt White, who has driven her to victory at her past two outings, at Narrogin and Bunbury in the past two weeks.

Adda Rising Star gave a powerful performance at Bunbury last Saturday night when she started from the outside of the back line and raced in 11th position before moving to ninth at the bell. She sustained a strong three-wide burst and sped over the final 800m in 56.7sec. to hit the front in the home straight.

The John Rogers-trained Kanata Queen, who trailed the pacemaker and finished determinedly to be second to Arma Xpress in the two-year-old leg of this event 12 months ago, will start from No. 6 on the front line. She led for the first lap and fought on solidly when second to deluxe Edition last Friday night.

Northam trainer Jesse Moore has Soho Monroe in good form. She set the pace and held on to win by a head from Money Time Milly over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Monday morning. That was her seventh win from 30 starts. She has drawn awkwardly at No. 5 on the front line.

PURE ROYALTY LOOKS TO HAVE AN EDGE ON HER EIGHT RIVALS

Pure Royalty is the only last-start winner in the $25,000 Rabbitohs versus Warriors 7th July Sires for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night and she appears to have a slight edge in class on her eight rivals.

She will start from the inside of the back line in the 1730m event for Herne Hill trainer Sam Torre and reinsman Chris Voak.

Pure Royalty will start behind Flicka Whitby, an inexperienced filly who has not revealed any great gate speed at her three unplaced starts. Usual Chaos (barrier two) and Racey American (three) have shown good gate speed and Voak is likely to be keen to try to get a trail behind one of those fillies --- unless Justin Prentice is able to get Flicka Whitby away speedily.

Pure Royalty started from barrier two on the back line in a 2130m event last Friday night and Voak wasted no time in getting her into a commanding position, one-out and one-back while Major Flirt set the pace.

Voak bided his time and did not ease Pure Royalty three wide until 300m from home. The filly unwound a spirited burst to get to the front in the final 35m and won by 1m from Maddy White, who had taken the lead 400m from home. All About Pink, who raced three back on the pegs, fought on well to be third.

There is only one winner engaged in the field of ten which will contest the $25,000 O’Connor Retravision Sires for two-year-old colts and geldings. He is the Neil Lloyd-trained Bhagwan, who set the pace and won from Ariki and Bettor Rules over 1730m at Gloucester Park in February. He has been placed twice at five subsequent starts.

Bhagwan led and finished a neck second to outstanding two-year-old Mister Jadore two starts ago, an encouraging effort which is sure to entice many punters to pin their faith in him this week. Bhagwan, to be driven by Chris Brew, will start from barrier two on the back line.

The most interesting runner in the race will be Has Answered All, a gelding bred and owned by Les Coulson, trained at Bunbury by Frank Bonnett and driven by Aaron Beckett.

Has Answered All, who will start from barrier four on the front line, will be making his debut. He is a full-brother to evergreen champion Has The Answers, who has amassed $1,285,492 from 74 wins and 62 placings from 232 starts. Has The Answers finished fourth behind Young Parson at his debut in a two-year-old event at Bunbury on December 31, 2004.

Has Answered All has appeared in one public trial, over 1609m at Bunbury on Wednesday of last week when he finished a 20m second to Macon Georgia.

by Ken CASELLAS

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