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Your Good Fortune on the path to stardom

01:45 PM 24 Mar 2013 NZDT
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Backers of 7/4 on favourite Your Good Fortune, as well as harness racing reinsman Colin Brown, survived an early scare before the New Zealand-bred gelding gave a stylish frontrunning display to win the $35,000 Alltools Four and Five-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The ease of Your Good Fortune's victory over Famous Alchemist and Dredlock Rockstar was a firm indication that the lightly-raced four-year-old is on the path to stardom.

Your Good Fortune, trained at Forrestdale by Greg and Skye Bond, began well from the favourable barrier two on the front line, but he was easily beaten out by 11/1 chance Red Salute, who began very fast from the No. 4 barrier and got a full length in front of Your Good Fortune.

Red Salute (Chris Voak) was about to cross to the lead from a three-wide position before he broke into a bad gallop about 100m after the start, with Your Good Fortune narrowly avoiding interference.

"It was a bit scary, but we couldn't do much about it," said Brown after the race.

Your Good Fortune, the least experienced runner in the race, pressed forward to take the lead after about 300m, with polemarker Paramedic taking the trail and Goldenorro left in the breeze. Tuxedo Tour and Famous Alchemist then took turns of racing outside the leader, with Famous Alchemist, a 20/1 chance driven by Gary Hall jun., fighting on in grand fashion to be second, one length behind Your Good Fortune after racing without cover over the final 1200m.

Outsiders Dredlock Rockstar and Bronze Seeker impressed in sustaining strong bursts from the rear to finish third and fourth, respectively. Bronze Seeker, who raced on the pegs at the rear, was still tenth with 100m to travel before surging home, six wide, to be fourth.

Red Salute was distanced and will now go for a spell. Polak, second favourite at 5/1, raced one-out and two-back before starting a three-wide move with 850m to travel. He moved to third at the 500m mark before wilting to fifth.

The final 800m was covered in 57.7sec. and Your Good Fortune rated 1.57.4 over the 2130m.

"Your Good Fortune has come back to racing in the sort of form we hoped he would have shown all the way through," Bond said. "He's had some hock issues, but he has overcome them and is now showing his true potential."

Brown said that the Bonds had done a great job in curing the gelding's hock problems and he was looking for bigger and better things with the gelding. "He's a great all-rounder who has a high cruising speed," he said.

Your Good Fortune, owned by Bond, Kevin, Rob and John Gartrell, Andrew Foster, Craig Hampson and Brad Collett, won at three of his seven New Zealand starts and now boasts a record of 17 starts for nine wins and three placings for earnings of $126,430.

He made an auspicious Australian debut at Gloucester Park in April 2012 when he finished a close second to Im Victorious in the WA Derby. He gives promise of developing into major candidate for the WA Pacing Cup next summer.


West Australian-bred six-year-old Adda Paternal Suit caused a major upset when he revealed dazzling early speed and set a blistering pace to score a brilliant victory over Please Release Me and David Hercules in the $21,000 Alltools For All Your Tools Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Adda Paternal Suit's win shocked most punters who considered David Hercules a good thing after he had set the pace and rated 1.54.9 in winning by seven lengths from Mysta Magical Mach the previous Friday night.

The win also gave outstanding reinsman Aiden de Campo a belated present after celebrating his 21st birthday six days earlier.

It was de Campo's bold tactics which set up the victory for Adda Paternal Suit, a 22/1 tote outsider in a race in which David Hercules dominated the betting and was sent out at 3/1 on.

Adda Paternal Suit, bred and owned by Albany businessman Harry Capararo and trained at Capel by the reinsman's father Andrew, rated a sizzling 1.53.6 to smash the 1730m track record of 1.53.9 set by Has The Answers when he led and beat Tuapeka Tiz by 13m on July 16, 2010.

"He impressed us in his trackwork during the week and we knew he could run 1.54," Aiden de Campo said. "Dad said that if we could get to the front we would give the opposition something to chase. And that's what he did."

Adda Paternal Suit drew barrier four on the front line, with three vastly inferior rivals on his inside and David Hercules on his outside at barrier five. It was de Campo's plan to burst straight to the front and to make live as tough as possible for David Hercules.

Adda Paternal Suit was able to charge straight to the front and he literally flew over the first 400m section of the final mile in 27.3sec., with David Hercules forced four wide early and then three wide before getting to the breeze after 550m.

The final three quarters whizzed by in 28.4sec., 28.9sec. and 29.8sec. Turning into the back straight in the final lap it was obvious that David Hercules was going to struggle to overhaul the flying frontrunner and Morgan Woodley even resorted to switching David Hercules to the pegs to follow the leader for a while down the back stretch.

When David Hercules moved off the pegs to issue a challenge to the leader before the turn out of the back straight Please Release Me, who was fifth in the one-wide line at the bell, was driven up by Chris Brew along the pegs to get on to the back of the leader. Please Release Me (19/1) issued a determined challenge in the home straight, but Adda Paternal Suit carried too many guns and scored by a half-length. David Hercules was a gallant third, 5m farther back, with 5/1 second fancy Mysta Magical Mach a battling fourth after coming from sixth (three wide) at the bell.

This was Adda Paternal Suit's fourth win from his past seven starts and he now has earned $208,145 from 20 wins and 25 placings from 80 starts.


Harriet Elisabeth gave convincing proof that she is the best two-year-old filly in Western Australia when she gave a superb frontrunning exhibition to annihilate her rivals in the $20,000 Alltools Western Crown Classic for fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

It was her third effortless victory from three starts and she looks set to dominate races for her sex and age this season.

Bred and owned by Steve Johnson and trained at Byford by David Thompson, Harriet Elisabeth revealed dazzling early speed from the No. 4 barrier to charge straight to the front for Colin Brown. She sprinted over the final 800m in 57.9sec. and won by just over five lengths from Absolute Royalty, with a half-head to Highest Royalty.

Harriet Elisabeth rated 1.57.4 which broke the track record for a two-year-old filly over 1730m. The previous record of 1.57.7 was set by the brilliant Artemis Belle when she settled in last position and sustained a powerful burst to win by four and a half lengths from Soho Nike on August 20, 2010. Harriet Elisabeth's time also was faster than the track record by a two-year-old colt or gelding --- the 1.57.5 rated by Go West U Terror on May 1, 2010.

Brown still had a tight hold of Harriet Elisabeth, the red hot favourite at 10/1 on, when she went to the line well clear of 13/2 second fancy Absolute Royalty, who trailed the leader all the way.

Harriet Elisabeth has won her first three races by a combined margin of 45m (15 lengths) without being extended. She is by American stallion Modern Art and is out of the Beach Towel WA-bred mare Jane Elouise, who was retired as a three-year-old after having had 14 starts for four wins, three placings and $44,926 in prizemoney.

Brown drove Jane Elouise at her final start, when she won from Asahi over 1742m at Gloucester Park in February 2006. Jane Elouise had won the group 34 WA Sales Classic at her previous outing.


New Zealand-born reinsman Reon Tither and Bunbury trainer Stephen de Campo combined to win their second feature event for juvenile pacers at Gloucester Park in the space of a fortnight when 11/2 chance Choccy Mac proved far too speedy for his eight rivals in the $20,000 Alltools Western Crown Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings on Friday night.

They were successful earlier in the month with 20/1 chance Lord Platinum won the Sales Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings. Both winners scored after starting from the unfavourable No. 5 barrier on the front line. Both were driven assertively early by Tither to get to the front inside the first 500m.

Choccy Mac surged past stablemate Art of Illusion to take the lead 300m after the start of the 1730m event. He then bowled along in front and won by 5m from 6/1 chance Flying Thunderbolt (Kyle Harper) who sustained a strong burst from the rear. Art of Illusion, second favourite at 9/4, was a sound third.

The 6/4 favourite Lukey settled in seventh position before dashing forward in the first lap to work hard in the breeze. He faded to finish eighth. After the race it was revealed that Lukey had been at a significant disadvantage. His lugging pole became detached early in the event and was hanging down and striking the colt's legs.

Choccy Mac, owned by Geoff Pearson, rated 1.59.1 and took his record to two wins and a close second from three starts for stakes of $19,390. He is the seventh foal out of Barnett Hanover mare Maid For Life who was retired after three unplaced runs, at Pinjarra, Gloucester Park and Bridgetown, as a two-year-old in November-December 2002.

Maid For Life is also the dam of Dredlock Rockstar, who finished strongly to be third behind Your Good Fortune in the Four and Five-Year-Old Championship an hour after Choccy Mac's win. Dredlock Rockstar has had 33 starts for eight wins, 14 placings and $52,661. Maid For Life's progeny also includes The Governator (three wins) and Big Bad Wolf (four wins).

Choccy Mac's granddam Sokys Maid produced former iron horse Bank The Money, who had 246 starts for 31 wins, 68 placings and $152,969.


Leading reinsman Gary Hall jun. deliberated for several hours before opting to handle Algeepee in preference to Rebel Scooter in the $25,000 final of the Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And his judgment proved to be correct when he drove Algeepee to a smart all-the-way victory in the 2130m event.

"I wanted to drive Rebel Scooter, but the barrier draw influenced me to drive Algeepee," Hall said.

Algeepee started from the prized No. 1 barrier and punters rallied to support the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old into favouritism at 6/4, with Rebel Scooter, driven by Kim Prentice a 15/1 chance from the No. 4 barrier.

Dhoni, an 11/1 chance, was smartest into stride from barrier three and Morgan Woodley had the eight-year-old just over a length in front of Algeepee in the early stages. But Hall drove Algeepee vigorously and the gelding was able to prevent Dhoni from crossing into the lead.

Rebel Scooter, three wide early, quickly took over the breeze position, giving Dhoni an ideal trail. Impressive heat winner Hez The Bart Man, second fancy at 7/4, settled in eighth position from his back-line draw and Chris Lewis sent him forward, three wide, approaching the bell.

Hez The Bart Man went four wide at the 650m and he sustained his strong finishing burst to finish an excellent second, just 2m from the winner. Xupan Three (15/1) trailed the pacemaker throughout and finished third.

Algeepee is trained by Gary Hall sen. for Victorian owner Andrew Curran, who also is a part-owner of star performer Mysta Magical Mach. Algeepee won six races in New Zealand and five on Victorian country tracks before arriving in WA where his first three starts have produced one win and two seconds. He has had 92 starts for 12 wins, 32 placings and $121,571 in prizemoney.


Hindu Sitara finished second to Miss Holmes in the WA Oaks nine years ago and now her second foal Deluxe Edition is a leading candidate for the $150,000 WA Oaks on May 10.

Deluxe Edition, a big filly by Jet Laag, was produced in fine fettle by Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri for her first appearance for seven months when she finished powerfully to snatch victory from 7/4 favourite Eagle Rox in the 2130m Milwaukee Redlithium Pace for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

A 12/1 chance, Deluxe Edition responded to the hard driving of Chris Voak and forged to the front in the final couple of strides to defeat Eagle Rox by a half-length, with Loving You (20/1) running on from seventh on the pegs at the bell to be third. Deluxe Edition dashed over the final 800m in 58.7sec. and rated 1.57.7.

In a race full of incident, Soho Kidman (14/1) was first out from barrier No. 2 and led by a length, but was unable to cross the polemarker Wilkins Lucinda and then the heavily supported Kanata Queen (5/2) broke into a gallop when sixth 300m after the start. And about the same time outsider Nightwatch Lady galloped badly.

Wilkins Lucinda (13/2) set the pace with Soho Kidman in the breeze and Deluxe Edition enjoying a perfect run behind the leader. Magic Chesay broke at the 1100m mark and Gary Hall jun. got Soho Winslet (8/1) into the breeze at the bell, enabling Eagle Rox to slot into the one-out, one-back position.

Voak eased Deluxe Edition off the pegs 700m from home, forcing Eagle Rox three wide, and then Soho Winslet swept to the front with 520m to travel. Eagle Rox took the lead at the 300m mark and was tiring noticeably in the home straight, with Prentice driving hard. She was close to exhaustion 35m from the post when she faltered slightly, dipped and lost momentum. She fought on gallantly, but was unable to hold out Deluxe Edition.

Voak paid the penalty for his vigorous driving when the stewards fined him $400 for an incorrect whip action in the closing stages of the race.

"She has had a fair share of immaturity problems and she is going tom improve out of sight with racing," Voak said.

Bred and owned by Denise Trobe and Adrian Staltari, Deluxe Edition has had eight starts for three wins, three placings and $22,849 in stakes. Her dam Hindu Sitara (by Safely Kept) raced 42 times for nine wins, 12 placings and $97,607. Hindu Sitara and Deluxe Edition are related to former good WA winners Race Ruler, Racy Return and Arch Rival.


No wonder his mates call him "Lucky Dickie Bell," the course commentator at Gloucester Park whose calls are also broadcast on Racing Radio and Sky Channel.

Richard Bell always had a liking for Victorian-bred pacer Omegarama and he leapt at the opportunity to claim the Panorama gelding for a mere $10,000 on August 5, 2011.

Bell was again all smiles after Morgan Woodley drove the Peter Anderson-trained Omegarama to an easy victory at enticing odds of 18/1 in the Alltools Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

A winner of six metropolitan-class events, but now competing as an M1-class performer due to the drop-down regulation, Omegarama has proved a wonderful investment for the 46-year-old Bell and his friend Tony Fairweather. Injury-free and an iron horse, Omegarama has had 55 starts since being claimed for seven wins and 11 placings for $85,952 in prizemoney to take his career record to 136 starts for 22 wins, 29 placings and $202,657.

Omegarama repaid his claiming price within seven days when he started at 12/1 and stormed home to beat Ella Sue at Gloucester Park, earning $11,055.

Bakerandthefatman was all the rage for Friday night's event and went out favourite at 10/9 on. He set a solid pace, with 11-year-old Tee Pee Village in the breeze, Sir Artsplace behind the leader and Omegarama in the one-out, one-back position.

Woodley bided his time and waited until the 400m mark before easing Omegarama three wide. Omegarama charged to the front at the 250m mark and dashed away to score by just under two lengths from Scram Jet, with Death Adda running on to be third and Bakerandthefatman wilting to fifth over the 2536m journey.


Consistent New Zealand-bred five-year-old Franco Torres maintained his splendid form when he finished strongly to win the 1730m Milwaukee Nothing But Heavy Duty Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he looks assured of many more wins for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg.

After starting out wide at the No. 5 barrier on the front line, Franco Torres was angled across to take up the perfect one-out, one-back position by Shannon Suvaljko while 11/4 equal favourite Te Rauparaha set the pace with Tartary Troy in the breeze and Soho Aintree behind the pacemaker.

Franco Torres finished full of running to take the lead 90m from the post before winning by a length from Te Rauparaha, with rank outsider Frankie Maguire running on from ninth at the bell to be third.

Franco Torres, a winner at two of his eight New Zealand starts and at three of his 21 appearances in New South Wales, has had ten starts in WA for three wins and four placings.

He is certainly bred to be a good winner, being related to a host of former outstanding performers. His dam There's A Franco (by Holmes Hanover) raced 45 times for 13 wins, 13 placings and $217,588. In November 1998 There's A Franco finished fourth behind Christian Cullen, Iraklis and Franco Enforce in the 3200m group 1 New Zealand Cup. Christian Cullen is the sire of Franco Torres.

There's A Franco won a group 2 event for three-year-old fillies at Alexandra Park in December 1995 and five months later was successful in the group 1 New Zealand Oaks at Addington as well as finishing a half-length second to Party Party in a $100,000 group 1 event at Addington. In January 1998 she won a group 1 event for mares at Canterbury.

Franco Torres is a younger half-brother to Franco The Man, who won races in New Zealand, WA and in America. Aldo Cortopassi trained and drove Franco The Man in WA where he had 27 starts in 2007-08 for ten wins (including the 2007 Kalgoorlie Cup) and seven placings.

Franco Torres is also closely related to This Time Franco (36 starts for ten wins, 11 placings and $249,151), Franco Thunder (178 starts for 44 wins, 43 placings and $199,928), Franco Tiger (116 starts for 43 wins, 36 placings and $991,387) and OK Tiger (52 starts for 12 wins, nine placings and $142,866).

Franco Thunder raced in WA between 1998 and 2002 and won nine times at Gloucester Park and once at Pinjarra and Northam. Franco Tiger, winner of the 1992 Miracle Mile at Harold Park, was successful in New Zealand, Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia and WA. He was driven by Brian Gath at his three WA appearances for wins in two preludes of the WA Pacing Cup in December 1992 and a third behind The Harlem Boy and Jack Morris in the Cup final in January 1993.


Bunbury trainer Simone Strachan landed her first metropolitan winner when 17/1 chance Donovan Bromac won the Milwaukee New Fuel Pace at Gloucester park on Friday night --- after finishing a half-length second to 2/1 fancy Our Universal Ruler.

Donovan Bromac started from the inside of the back line and trailed the pacemaking Our Universal Ruler throughout the 2130m event. Callan Suvaljko went for an inside run with Donovan Bromac in the home straight after Our Universal Ruler drifted out. But Our Universal Ruler shifted inwards by only a couple of centimetres, causing the wheels of the sulkies to lock.

This impeded Donovan Bromac (who appeared to get his nose in front about 40m from the post) and prevented him from retaining his clear passage. Suvaljko lodged a protest against Our Universal Ruler (Chris Voak) alleging interference. The protest was upheld and the placings reversed.

El Machine, the 6/4 favourite, started from the back line and settled down in sixth place before Kade Howson dashed him forward, three wide, 450m after the start. But Howson was unable to get to the breeze as Catch me Right, a 20/1 chance driven by Donald Harper, kicked up and kept the favourite three wide. Howson then was forced to ease El Machine back to the rear and the four-year-old finished last. Catch Me Right continued to race without cover before fading to finish tenth.

The stewards opened an inquiry into harper's driving tactics and also into all aspects of the race.

Donovan Bromac, bred in New Zealand, has been racing keenly and his past nine starts have produced three wins, three seconds, one third and two fourths. Donovan Bromac has raced 63 times for nine wins, 13 placings and $57,724.

Simone Strachan is a daughter of well-known Bunbury trainer-reinsman Brian Clemens, who prepared Sheeza Vixen for a win in the second event at Bunbury on Saturday night. Sheeza Vixen, a 10/1 chance, was driven by Kyle Harper for owner Lynette Clemens.


Miracle man Tony Svilicich further confirmed his status as a genius when Shardons Rocket overcame the back mark of 30m to score a convincing win in the 2503m Alltools The Name Says It All Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Svilicich took over the preparation of the New Zealand-bred eight-year-old early last November when the gelding had a losing sequence of 21.

Under Svilicich's care Shardons Rocket has had 18 starts for seven wins and six placings and has graduated from an M1 mark to an M7 classification. Shardons Rocket now has had 93 starts for 21 wins, 32 placings and $217,057.

Shardons Rocket, a 6/1 chance, galloped out from the back mark and settled down a distant last. That Is Correct (9/1) set the pace and Etruscan, favourite at 7/4, was left in the breeze for the first circuit before Gday Mate got outside the pacemaker.

The pace had slackened and Chris Lewis dashed Shardons Rocket forward to move outside the leader 1450m from home. Shardons Rocket relaxed in the breeze and he finally forged clear on the home turn and won by 2m from last-start winner Coringa Cory, who flashed home with a late burst after being ninth on the pegs at the bell.


Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. and leading reinsman Gary Hall jun. combined to be the dominant force at the Donaldson Park meeting in Bunbury on Saturday night.

Hall sen. trained four winners and his son drove three winners. Hall sen. was successful with square gaiter Makati Maximus and pacers Slick Chapel, Slick Byrd and Is She Talking.

Hall jun. drove Makati Maximus (5/2 on), Slick Chapel (3/1 on) and Is She Talking (11/4) and Robbie Williams drove Slick Byrd (6/4).


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