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Star filly Cott Beach is thriving after her brilliant victory last Friday night and harness racing trainer Kristy Elson is quietly confident that she will maintain her winning form when she contests the Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Cott Beach was untroubled to defeat her ten rivals in last week’s event restricted to three-year-old fillies, but is sure to find the going somewhat more testing this week when she comes up against six colts and geldings and one filly (Miss Sangrial). “It will be tougher against the boys,” Elson said. “However, she should go okay. She has worked well this week and is feeling good within herself.” Cott Beach, who has earned $176,568 from nine wins and five placings from 15 starts, will begin from the outside barrier in the field of eight on Friday night. The Advance Attack filly revealed dazzling gate speed from the outside barrier (No. 9) last week and burst to the front after 150m before setting a brisk pace and winning by more than a length from Beaudiene Beach Babe, with Miss Sangrial 5m farther back in third place. Elson said that she would leave the tactics up to reinsman Nathan Turvey, who appears certain to make full use of Cott Beach’s sparkling early speed. Miss Sangrial, trained by Michael Brennan, has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and Chris Voak plans to take advantage of her good gate speed. In last week’s race, Miss Sangrial, from barrier four, was a hot 5/2 on favourite, with Cott Beach at 4/1. However, Miss Sangrial was sluggish at the start and was easily passed in the early stages by Ella Gant Player and Cott Beach. She then had to work hard in the breeze before battling on into third place. Voak is of the firm opinion that a false start was the reason for Miss Sangrial’s defeat. “At the first attempt at a start she felt a million dollars and felt as though she was going to lead,” he explained. “The second time, she wasn’t the same horse. She obviously was unsettled by the false start and didn’t want to get going. “She didn’t feel like the same horse 50 metres from the release point. I don’t believe she’ll get crossed this week. If she leads I reckon she’ll be right in the finish and even if she does get crossed, she is a good sit-sprinter who is still capable of winning.” There is also plenty of talent among the six colts and geldings, with the Mike Reed-trained Bechers Brook a winner at three of his four starts and Mistahmistah, trained and driven by Kyle Harper, looking set for a bright career after stylish wins at his only two starts. Bechers Brook reappeared after a spell in fine style when he set the pace and won by more than two lengths from Extradite over 2190m at Northam last Saturday night. He dashed over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 27.8sec. He will start from barrier four and will have many admirers. Mistahmistah, a winner at Addington in July, made an impressive Australian debut at Gloucester Park three Fridays ago when he led from barrier one and sped over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 27.8sec. to beat Speed Man and Cott Beach. Ken Casellas

Thirty-five-year-old Kristy Elson has high hopes of making a flying start to her career as a harness racing trainer by landing a winner with her first starter Cott Beach in the $18,000 GT Insurance Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Cott Beach by Advance Attack is a brilliant filly who has amassed $169,938 in prizemoney, with her 13 starts producing eight wins, three seconds, one third and one fourth. Elson has taken over the preparation of Cott Beach this week from part-owner Peter King, who started the small filly at Gloucester Park last Saturday night when she was surprisingly beaten into third place behind Mistersandman and Lucky Sensation after she had started from the outside barrier in a field of eight and revealed much of her renowned sizzling early speed. Cott Beach, having her first start for 22 days and driven for the first time by Shannon Suvaljko, was forced four wide in the early stages when the lead time was covered in a sizzling 35sec. She eventually crossed to the lead after 400m, and set a moderate pace but the early speed told on her and she wilted over the final 150m. Kristy Elson is a daughter of Blythewood trainer Gary Elson, whose licence has been suspended pending the outcome of a stewards’ inquiry. Gary Elson prepared Cott Beach for her first 12 starts, which included victories earlier this year in the Champagne Classic, the Westsired feature event for two-year-old fillies and the $100,000 Westbred Classic. She also finished second to outstanding colt Jack Mac in the Golden Slipper in July. Nathan Turvey, who handled Cott Beach in her first 12 starts for eight wins and three seconds, will resume in the sulky behind the filly on Friday night, with Blythewood trainer Michael Brennan engaging Suvaljko to drive his brilliant filly Miss Sangrial. Miss Sangrial, who finished second to Cott Beach in the Champagne Classic, has had 15 starts for seven wins, four seconds and two thirds. She is awkwardly drawn at barrier six this week, with Cott Beach at barrier five. They are the only fillies in the race and are sure to receive stiff opposition from the colts and geldings, including Speed Man, Mistahmistah and Lucky Sensation. Before her surprise defeat at 5/2 on last Saturday night, Cott Beach had scored easy victories at her two previous outings (her first two runs as a three-year-old). After leading and winning from Bettor Finish at Bunbury on November 5, Cott Beach set a fast pace and romped home by ten lengths from Fortunate Adda, rating 1.57.1 over 2130m at Gloucester Park on November 17. Adding considerable interest to Friday night’s race will be the appearance of the inexperienced New Zealand-bred gelding Mistahmistah, who will be making his Australian debut and is sure to be fancied from the favourable No. 2 barrier. Mistahmistah arrived in Perth eight weeks ago and is trained and driven by Kyle Harper. He warmed up for this week’s assignment with a most impressive win in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning when he was restrained at the start from the outside barrier. He settled down in last position in the field of six and the first two sections of the final mile were covered in the slow times of 32.8sec. and 31.2sec. before final quarters in 29.9sec. and 29.4sec. Mistahmistah was still last with 300m to travel before he went four wide on the home turn and was completely unextended in winning very easily at a modest 2.03.1 rate. He has raced only once, for a narrow victory at a 2.00.4 rate over 1950m at Addington on July 7. Trained by Cran Dalgety and favourite at 10/1 on, Mistahmistah began well from the No. 4 barrier and burst to the front after 80m before setting a slow pace, with opening quarters of the final mile in 32.2sec. and 32.6sec. He then increased the tempo and ran the final 800m in 57.2sec., with the last 400m taking 27.3sec. He held on and won by a nose from Christian Who, who finished fast along the inside. The most memorable feature of that race was that it gave star New Zealand reinsman Dexter Dunn his 2000th career victory and took his tally for the season to 221, a New Zealand record. New Zealand-bred colt Speed Man, to be driven by ace reinsman Gary Hall Jnr for champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, will start from the outside in the field of eight in his quest to notch four wins in a row at his fifth appearance in a race.  After being checked and breaking into a gallop before finishing a well-beaten second to Reacher at his debut, at Wagin in mid-October, Speed Man scored decisive victories at Narrogin, Bunbury and Pinjarra in November. He was three back on the pegs at the bell before charging home out wide to win by 12 lengths from Rocknroll Beachboy at a 1.57.6 rate over 2185m at his most recent appearance. The Katja Warwick-trained Mistersandman was fourth (three back on the pegs at the bell) before Chris Voak brought him home with a well-timed run to take the lead 150m from the post and to a convincing victory over Lucky Sensation and Cott Beach at Gloucester Park last Friday night. By Ken Casellas

Nominal favourite Cott Beach appeals as the horse to beat in Friday night's $100,000 Owners Only Westbred 2YO Fillies Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park. The lightly framed harness racing  filly has won at five of her eight starts and banked more than $72,000 for her lucky connections. The Advance Attack two-year-old will bump her earnings past the $136,000 mark, courtesy of the $64,000 winner's cheque, if she can salute in the Group 1 feature and it would take a brave man to suggest that she couldn't. Blythewood trainer Gary Elson has done a remarkable job to keep Cott Beach racing at her peak. She has been very consistent in her first season of racing with five wins, two seconds and a fourth in an ominous warning to Cott Beach's 11 rivals, Elson said his filly would be an improved horse from last week when she was sent straight to the front by regular reinsman Nathan Turvey and ran the opposition ragged to win by an ever-increasing margin. "She was short of a run last week," Elson said. "She's a lot fitter after that run last week and I expect her to be hard to beat. I was pleased that she had a relatively easy time of it in front last week." Cott Beach has drawn awkwardly in gate five for Friday night's assignment, but Elson doesn't see the draw as being a hindrance. "I'll talk to Nathan about the tactics," he said. "But it's hard not to use her at the start because she's got such good gate speed. It may have looked like she was a bit slow out last week when she took a while to get past the inside horse (Infinite Symbol) but it's always hard to cross the horse drawn directly on your inside. She also had a little bit of a skip and hop just before they sent them away. I think she'll be able to muster more pace from the middle of the line." Elson said Cott Beach was continually surprising him in her work at home. "I work her with the older horses, like Sprinter," he said. "She's a headstrong little thing and can sit on the back of a horse like Sprinter and follow speed really well and she's got a great turn of foot when she follows pace - she can really ping when she's held up for one run." Elson said Cott Beach would, in all likelihood, have one more start this campaign. "If she goes as well as I expect her to on Friday night then we'll set her for the Golden Slipper in a couple of weeks," he said. "I know a horse like Jack Mac would be hard to beat, but she'd give him a run for his money if she happened to get a sit on him." Hardest for Cott Beach to beat could be the polemarker Infinite Symbol, who finished second to her last week, and the Diamond Classic winner Cimorene, who upset odds-on favourite Miss Sangrial but Cimorene's chances were dealt a severe blow when she came up with gate nine at Tuesday's barrier draw. Wayne Currall

Brilliant two-year-old filly Cott Beach has been given a freshen up by Blythewood harness racing trainer Gary Elson and will prove the testing material in the $30,000 Westsired 2YO Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Cott Beach burst on to the scene with a slashing last-to-first victory in the $50,000 Champagne Classic (2130m) in April. On that occasion, race driver Nathan Turvey dropped the Advance Attack filly to the rear of the field and then brought her with a barnstorming finish that saw her swamp the leaders in the straight to win running away. It was the run of a horse with the potential to add much more to her stakes of more than $52,000. Since Cott Beach's win in the Champagne Classic, she has finished fourth and second behind the smart Miss Sangrial - and there were legitimate excuses for the filly's efforts on both occasions. Her run to finish fourth behind Miss Sangrial at Bunbury in May was out of character. Turvey told stewards after the race that Cott Beach became unsettled after a false start and when the race did get under way she over-raced and pulled herself into the ground after racing wide and at the back of the field behind winner Miss Sangrial. Then at headquarters at her next start she finished second, beaten only 4.6m behind Miss Sangrial after matching motors down the back straight and all the way to the line. At GP on Friday night, Cott Beach will come out of gate two and most punters will expect Turvey to give her her head at the start and take up the running from her inside draw. Cott Beach has shown a blistering turn of foot from the mobile in the past. Her first three wins were recorded after Turvey sent her to the front after she sped out of the machine. She was always going to draw well in the preferential barrier draw that gives fillies the inside marbles over the colts and geldings and when she came up with gate two it guaranteed that Cott Beach would be sent out as the favourite with punters. Her sire Advance Attack has been a revelation this season. He is the leading 2YO sire in WA with eight wins, four seconds and a third from 29 starts. Hardest for Cott Beach to beat on Friday night could be the filly who is drawn directly inside of her, Infinite Symbol. This Julie O'Neill-trained filly recorded a hat-trick of wins when she downed The War Nurse and Miss Sangrial at headquarters last Friday night over the sprint trip of 1730m. It was a tough win from the Indomitable Saab filly, following her earlier victories at Pinjarra and Bunbury. She has speed out of the machine - evidenced by her all-the-way victory at Pinjarra when she was sent forward from a wide draw to take up the running - but her driver Wayne Reid may elect to take the trail behind the speedy Cott Beach. Either way, the two fillies are set to dominate the event and the early speed battle could very well determine the outcome of the race. Wayne Currall

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 13, 2017 - A from-last Massive Attack A (Jordan Stratton, $86) blew up Yonkers Raceway's first femme harness racing feature of 2017, Friday the 13th's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried early from post position No. 3, the rank outsider watched as outside assignee Tessa Seelster (George Brennan) had to work getting around her five inside foes. 'Tessa' did just that just after a :27.1 opening quarter-mile, with pole-assigned Motu Moonbeam A (Tyler Buter) protecting the pocket and Velocity Vespa (Matt Kakaley) away third. She then rated a :29.4 next station (57-second half) before Bettor N Better (Jason Bartlett) moved from fourth. Things became interesting right around the 1:25.3 three-quarters when the leader-who had all sorts of equipment changes for this race-threatened to break for a handful of steps before losing it altogether. Tessa Seelster wound up leaving the course soon after as Bettor N Better was defaulted a two-length lead entering the lane. The first-up trip was about to do Bettor N Better in, however, as a second-over, even-money fave Hidden Land (Brent Holland, four winners on the 10-race card) went by. However, a third-up Massive Attack A made the last lead, rolling from third-up to win by a half-length in 1:54.3. Hidden Land did hold second, with Bettor N Better, Motu Moonbeam N and a placed-fifth Velocity Vespa completing the payees. Tessa Seelster wound up fifth-placed-sixth for her unscripted dance. For Massive Attack A, a now-6-year-old Down Under daughter of Advance Attack co-owned by (trainer) William Adamczyk, Alexander Kantonist, Joshua Schwartz and Raymond Hoegen Jr., it was a season-debuting victory. The exacta paid $295, with the triple returning $856. The bombardier was the prime culprit in Fridays 'unhit' Pick 5 wager, so Saturday night's gimmick begins with a carryover of $1,983.53 (50-cent base wager, races 6 through 10). Frank Drucker

From the time he first stepped onto a racetrack, Advance Attack had huge boots to fill. After all he was  a full brother to the harness racing champion juvenile Courage Under Fire 1:54.2 ($1,551,941). He was also such a good looking individual and he was in the best stable in New Zealand at Mark Purdons. And for a while it looked like he might fulfill those expectations held for him. As a two year old he won his first seven starts including such time honoured classics as the Sapling Stakes and the Welcome Stakes and he ran time as well, rating 1:57.3 over 1950m. His last couple of runs at two looked well down on his previous displays and he was spelled with a view to bringing him back at three. He was to have seven more runs in New Zealand  at three, winning three with his best run an unlucky second in the $125,000 Great Northern Derby where he was beaten just a neck. It was at this point he was sold to Australian interests and while he was to win a further 18 races and compete in most of the major classics in Australia, one always felt he had never really reached the level he had promised too as a juvenile. Ending up in Perth at the end of his career, he retired from the track the winner of 28 races for stakes totaling $406,094. At this point his full brother Courage Under Fire  had established  himself as one of Australasia's elite sires with a string of high class colts and fillies. At last count he had gone on to sire 521 winners for stakes totaling $15,997,128 in Australasia. So on retirement from the track with his pedigree and race performance being so good, it was decided to give Advance Attack his chance at stud. Expectations weren't that high as he settled in at Henty Brooks Standardbreds farm in Western Australia. A fee of $1500 GST included was settled on but he was hardly rushed with mares even at that fee. Serving just nine mares, he ended up with eight foals which are two years old in the current season and if this small crop is any indication of his siring ability then he is in for some very busy seasons in the years ahead. His flag bearer is undoubtedly Persistent Threat 1:57.6 ($81,725) who has won five of six to date including the Group 1 $100,000 Sales Classic. Three more of the eight two year olds have also raced including the Gary Hall trained filly, Massive Attack 1:57.4 ($11,600) who has won two from three to date and Sheza Red Hot ( $3,700) who was a close up fifth in the Group 1 Sales Classic at just her second start. When you look at the dams of his two winners to date, they both come from good New Zealand families but not ones that have been that successful lately. After such a poor start numbers wise in year one, Advance Attack was not made available in year two and so has no yearlings waiting to race next year. However on the back of some promising reports about his yearlings, Advance Attack served 20 mares the next season which has resulted in a crop on the ground of 12 weanlings at present. While Advance Attack may never reach the heights of his full brother Courage Under Fire in the siring ranks, it is also apparent that he has plenty to offer as a stallion. Harnesslink media

La Mia Juliette, whose ancestry traces back to Dainty's Daughter, the greatest West Australian-bred pacing mare, gave convincing proof that she is on the doorstep of a wonderful career when trainer Peter Tilbrook drove her to a superb victory in the $100,000 Clipsal WA Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. La Mia Juliette, second fancy at 7/2 behind 10/9 favourite Isabella Jane, started from the outside of the back line (barrier three) and Tilbrook allowed her to relax in eighth position in the early stages while polemarker Maddyann Maree set the pace. Tilbrook sent La Mia Juliette forward, three wide with 900m to travel and he was able to give her a breather down the back straight when he angled her into the one-out, one-back position at the 600m mark before taking off again, three wide, 230m later. La Mia Juliette surged to the front 120m from the post and won by 2m from 8/1 chance Playin With Magic, who was seventh in the one-wide line at the bell and charged home five wide on the track. Choccywoccy (33/1) ran on solidly to be third, with Maddyann Maree wilting to fourth. La Mia Juliette, a fast-finishing heat winner at her only previous start, is already proving to be a good buy. Tilbrook bought the Jet Laag filly for $8000 at the 2013 Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale and she now has earned $64,550 for Tilbrook's partner Letitia Barron and his good friend Luke Tabbakh. The win came as a well-deserved compensation for Tilbrook, who outlaid $4500 to buy a Northern Luck colt at the 2011 yearling sale. The colt, who was out of True Royalty, showed considerable promise before he died. True Royalty is the dam of La Mia Juliette and Tilbrook was determined to buy her at the yearling sale. True Royalty, by American stallion Barnett Hanover, was retired after having only two starts as a two-year-old in January 2007 when she finished in eighth and ninth positions. However, her dam Remember Rhoie, who failed to win a race from seven starts, produced six winners, including Lombo Buon Natale (100 starts for 14 wins, 23 placings and $112,061) and Perfect Rhoie (78 starts for 12 wins, 12 placings and $84,284). True Royalty and Perfect Rhoie are direct descendants of Dainty Widow, the mother of Dainty's Daughter, who set a world record for two miles when she won the 1970 WA Pacing Cup. Dainty's Daughter also won the 1971 Fremantle Cup, the Meteor Mile at Gloucester Park in 1969 when her time of 1.58.8 set a world record for a mare on a half-mile track. She also became the first Australian-bred mare to record a sub-2min. time for a mile in Australia. Friday night's triumph by La Mia Juliette gave the 42-year-old Tilbrook his second success in a group 1 event. His previous success was in the $100,000 State Sires Series final for three-year-old fillies when he brought 16/1 chance Beverley Button home with a powerful burst from the rear. La Juliette is the fourth foal, and the first to race, out of True Royalty. She rated 2.0.1 over the 1730m on Friday night and Tilbrook said that she would have a little break before being prepared for the $100,000 Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies on June 27. "We've been going to the sales for quite a few years, trying to find one that would actually make the races," Tilbrook said. "And this one was good enough to give a name to. She sustained a really strong run in the heat from the 600m and she hit the line and went for another 200m at the same speed. So I thought she would be able to make a run in the final from the 900m. "I didn't really want to go that early, but when the one behind me was trying to flush me out I thought I'd let him do that and that might put Isabella Jane in a pocket. And that seemed to work." Isabella Jane, who raced in seventh position after starting out wide from barrier six, was inconvenienced and lost ground at the bell before finishing in ninth place. PERSISTENT THREAT IN LINE FOR RICH PLUMS Classy gelding Persistent Threat remained undefeated when Tom Buchanan drove him confidently to record a stylish victory in the $100,000 Clipsal WA Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This gave the 23-year-old Buchanan his biggest success in harness racing and Persistent Threat has all the earmarks of becoming the dominant force in rich two-year-old feature events in the coming couple of months. If Persistent Threat pulls up well after his effortless triumph on Friday night he will contest the $50,000 Champagne Classic next Friday night, and all going well he will then run in the $100,000 Pearl Classic (June 13), the $100,000 Westbred Classic (June 27) and the $125,000 Golden Slipper (July 18). Bunbury trainer John Graham has produced Persistent Threat in fine fettle for his first five starts --- for five easy victories and earnings of $77,225. For Graham, Friday night's win gave him his second success in a group 1 Sales Classic. He trained and drove Trunkey Mustang for his victory over Super Embrace and Whitby Nova in the 1994 two-year-old colts and geldings Sales Classic. An excited Buchanan said that it was a thrill to win the classic and declared that it was a privilege to drive a youngster as good as Persistent Threat. "I'm glad to repay John (Graham) for the faith he has had in me," he said. Despite going into Friday night's event with an unbeaten record, Persistent Threat was a 3/1 chance, with Ezygatboy, a heat winner at his debut the previous week, a warm 7/4 favourite from the No. 2 barrier. Obviously many punters considered Persistent Threat a risk from the outside barrier (No. 7) on the front line. Polemarker Captain Oats was smartest into stride, while Persistent Threat settled down in ninth position before Buchanan seized the initiative and urged persistent Threat forward with a three-wide burst 1100m from home. Persistent Threat mustered great pace and he burst to the front with a lap to travel. Persistent Threat covered the final quarters in 29.7sec. and 28.8sec. and won by a length and a half from Captain Oats, with more than two lengths to heat winner Blacklist in third place. Persistent Threat rated 1.57.6 which was a race record, bettering the 1.58 rated by Getaway Plan when he won the event in 2012. However, the track record for a two-year-old colt or gelding over 1730m remains at the 1.56.9 recorded by Hugh Victor when he beat Mister Jadore last August. Ezygatboy, who enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail for most of the way, failed to flatter and finished seventh. Persistent Threat is by Advance Attack and is out of the New Zealand-bred Live Or Die mare Well That's Life, who had 69 starts for 12 wins, 21 placings and stakes of $69,158. Well That's Life finished 11th at her only New Zealand start and then won once from four Victorian starts, eight times from 32 starts in South Australia and three times from 32 starts in Western Australia. IT'S A STROLL IN THE PARK FOR HOKONUI BEN New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Hokonui Ben will be a leading contender for feature Cup events on the Western Australian calendar, judged by his effortless victory in the $21,000 Memorial Day Stakes at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His much-anticipated clash with returning superstar Im Themightyquinn failed to eventuate when champion was withdrawn, suffering from a bout of colic. This left Hokonui Ben, drawn at the prized No. 1 barrier, a hot favourite at 3/1 on and trainer Aldo Cortopassi gave punters no cause for concern when he got Hokonui Ben away smartly before he dictated terms after a slow lead time of 38.4sec. and a modest first 400m section of the final mile in 30.7sec. Hokonui Ben dashed over the final three quarters in 28.9sec., 27.9sec. another 29.7sec. He rated 12.56.2 over the 1730m and beat Red Salute by just over two lengths after that pacer had trailed him throughout. Lord Lombo fought on to be third after enjoying the one-out, one-back passage. Hokonui Ben has been a wonderfully consistent pacer for Queensland owner Jerome Nieuwenburg, earning $611,799 from 20 wins and 15 placings from 57 starts. Cortopassi was delighted at the gelding's performance, saying: "First-up he was short (of full fitness) and he held on and won, and last week he ran a huge race in the Easter Cup (starting off the 40m mark and finishing fourth). "Once he drew one for tonight's race I was pretty confident. We fired him up in the prelim because we thought that Polak (barrier five) might come out and have a crack at us early. So we didn't want to be caught napping. We wanted to make sure that he was on his toes. "I was actually pretty confident even with the Quinn in the race. I thought this was my chance to beat him, first-up and after a long absence and no trials. We had drawn one and he had drawn seven and he was going to get a long way back. I thought that if we could run a good 1000m to 1200m we would give him a shake. But I'm not complaining that he wasn't there." JUNGLE GENIE BACK TO HER BEST Four-year-old New Zealand-bred mare Jungle Genie bounced back to her best form and ended a losing run of six when she outclassed her rivals in the West Australian Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A 5/1 chance from barrier three on the back line, Jungle Genie was driven confidently by Colin Brown, who was content to allow the mare to relax in eighth position before she unwound a powerful last-lap burst to storm to victory by just over a length from Terra Into The West (5/1). The pacemaker Cielito (15/2) held on to be third, with the even-money favourite Adda Rising Star finishing fourth after racing without cover. Jungle Genie, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has excelled in WA after having managed one third placing from five New Zealand starts. She has had 27 starts for the Bonds for 12 wins and nine placings and she now has earned $67,932. The Bonds also are preparing Jungle Genie's half-sister Jungle Jewel, whose first three WA starts (all in March this year) produced a first-up Gloucester Park third followed by wins at Gloucester Park and Kellerberrin. Jungle Genie had warmed up for Friday night's event in a 21895m race at Pinjarra four days earlier when she was driven by Dylan Egerton-Green and raced four back on the pegs before finishing fast to be a close fourth behind Car Fiftyfour. "I thought that performance was enormous," said Brown. "I drove another horse in the race and I went back and watched the replay and I thought that the mare (Jungle Genie) was the run of the race. "She's just got a bit of that lickety-split back. I was always happy in running tonight and was particularly happy that most of the boys in the one-wide line were under the pump and fortunately they didn't pull out from underneath me. So that made it a lot easier." NO TROUBLE FOR ALTA CHRISTIANO Star four-year-old Alta Christiano was hardly out of second gear as he took full advantage of the coveted No. 1 barrier and strolled to an effortless victory in the $25,000 Del Basso Smallgoods Johnson final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His three-length victory over Erskine Range boosted his earnings to $276,164 from ten wins and two placings from just 15 starts, but ace reinsman Gary Hall jun. warned that the New Zealand-bred stallion was a day-by-day proposition. "His leg is very good at the moment, but he did do it (injure it) pretty badly twice, so there is no guarantee that he will stand up," he explained. "We've just got our fingers crossed and will take each race as it comes. If we can get a full campaign out of him and really show people what he can do it would be great. It's the main aim to boost his reputation before he goes to stud. "He obviously needs some good racing under his belt to get to the level required to contest the big carnival races next summer. The ability is there, no question, but just getting the work into him is the key at this stage. "I was really happy with the barrier draw tonight because he's obviously carrying a bit of extra condition and it's nice to get easy wins like that where he's not bustled around off the track. It's good to get wins like that, on the rail and doing it his own way." Alta Christiano started at 10/1 on and never looked in the slightest danger. Erskine Range, second fancy at 13/1 from the inside of the back line, trailed Alta Christiano throughout and battled on gamely. The Black Lord (50/1) came from three back on the pegs to be third. YOUNG'S DARING TACTICS PAY OFF Daring tactics by Pinjarra trainer-reinsman David Young returned handsome dividends when big seven-year-old gelding Boofshalfbrother left his ten rivals floundering in his wake in the 1730m Clipsal Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Young sent Boofshalfbrother straight to the front from barrier two and he gelding set a blistering early pace, sprinting over the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 28.4sec. and 28.6sec. before he coasted to a two-length win over Sargent Sonny after final quarters in 29.5sec. and 30.3sec. Boofshalfbrother was showing signs of fatigue over the final 300m. But so too were his rivals. He rated a slick 1.56.1 in quite a remarkable performance from a veteran performer who had managed one win from his previous 30 starts. Young certainly enjoyed the moment, jubilantly waving the whip as he crossed the finish line well clear of the struggling opposition. Boofshalfbrother, who had started from 40m in a 2636m stand at Narrogin at his previous outing a fortnight earlier, finished last in that event after covering a lot of extra ground. He was a 10/1 chance on Friday night, with last-start Pinjarra winner Adda Notherzero favourite at 6/4 and Guilty Grin, a winner at his two previous starts (at Pinjarra() second fancy at 9/4. Those two runners started from the two outside positions on the back line. Guilty Grin went forward in the first lap to obtain a good sit, one-out and one-back, and he battled on into fifth place. Adda Notherzero was always well back and finished ninth. Boofshalfbrother's only previous Gloucester Park win was in August 2010. He now has raced 84 times for 13 wins, 19 placings and $63,447. By American stallion Mattuity, he is out of Crouch mare Point Anne, who was unplaced at her four starts on WA country tracks in 2000 before being retired. Point Anne's dam Dirkala produced five winners, including Bremer Bay (71 starts for 17 wins, 11 placings and $52,418) and Trigalow (71 starts for 14 wins, 22 placings and $59,621). Boofshalfbrother is related to dozens of former very smart WA pacers, including Cheeky Arab, Bin Oro, Oro Travis, Arabian Bin, Bin Axworthy, red Axworthy and Vermilion. ACCIDENT AIDS SHANDON VILLAGE An accident soon after the start of the 2536m Sky Racing Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night paved the way for an easy win to 12/1 chance Shandon Village. Ergo, a 16/1 chance, met with severe interference and caused reinsman Ryan Warwick to be dislodged from the sulky 300m after the start. Elusive Courage, the 4/1 second fancy, was setting the pace before relinquishing the lead 600m after the start to 10/9 favourite Notabadexcuse. However, the stewards called off the race after a lap because Ergo was still lying on the track. Ergo was then withdrawn on veterinary advice and the race was re-started a few minutes later. In an almost identical replay of the first start, Elusive Courage worked hard, three wide, to get to the front before Clint Hall sent Notabadexcuse into the lead after 600m. Again, trainer-reinsman Aldo Cortopassi had eased Shandon Village to the rear after starting from the outside of the front line. Meet George Jetson moved into the breeze 1250m from home and got on terms with Notabadfexcuse at the 400m mark. Shandon Village, who had been restrained to the rear at the start, was ninth at the bell before Cortopassi sent him forward, three wide to move to sixth with 450m to travel. Notabadexcuse was under pressure, but still narrowly in front of Meet George Jetson on the home turn when he broke into a gallop and caused interference to Meet George Jetson. Shandon Village charged straight to the front and raced away to win by just over four lengths from Fire of Rock (who ran on from last at the bell), with Roy Bolt in third place. Cortopassi admitted that everything had gone in the favour of Shandon Village. "They burnt hard the first time (before the race was stopped) and they burnt again the second time," he said. "This horse (Shandon Village) has got a brilliant turn of speed and they set it up for him. We just got the benefit of it. "We've been racing him in stands and he'd get away and he would miss. So his form was a bit up and down. So now I'm concentrating on mobiles and I think his form should hold up a bit more." Shandon Village, who is owned by his breeder, Victorian priest Fr Brian Glasheen, came to WA recently with a losing sequence of 20 and won at his WA debut, in a stand at Northam in mid-March this year. The eight-year-old Village Jasper gelding has raced 158 times for 14 wins, 25 placings and stakes of $75,830. He has had six WA starts for two wins and one placing. The stewards found that Callan Suvaljko caused the interference to Ergo by allowing Knight Crusader to shift inwards to the marker pegs when not clear of Ergo. Suvaljko was suspended for 16 days. He was granted a four-day stay of proceedings and travelled to Bunbury on Saturday night where he landed a double with 15/2 chance Cup of Life and Copagrin, an 11/2 chance who finished powerfully to win the Bunbury Tenth Light Horse Troop Cup by two lengths from Artistic Glow, rating 1.55.8 to set a track record over 2100m. JONES KEEPS UP THE GOOD WORK Queensland teenager Lauren Jones maintained her splendid form in the sulky when she brought 6/1 chance Heavens delight home with a well-timed burst to snatch a last-stride victory in the 1730m Clipsal Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Jones, a stablehand at the Serpentine training establishment of Gary Hall sen., drove patiently as she trailed the pacemaker and even-money favourite The Oyster Bar until she got into the clear in the home straight and Heavens Delight sprinted fast to beat The Oyster Bar by a half-head at a 1.55.9 rate. Black Pontiac (8/1) worked hard in the breeze and gained a narrow lead in the home straight before finishing a nose away in third place. Heavens Delight, trained by Hall, was having his first start after a four-month absence. A winner of two races from eight starts in New Zealand, Heavens Delight has had 40 starts in WA for 13 wins and nine placings. His stakes stand at $91,516. GIFT HORSE DUNDEE THREE WINS AGAIN New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Dundee Three, a gift horse from Greg and Skye Bond to Serpentine trainer Stephanie Smith, made his record for his new owner two starts for two wins when he scored an impressive victory in the 2503m Clipsal Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Those two wins have been worth $22,440 and the Mach Three gelding has improved his record to 76 starts for 21 wins and 22 placings for stakes of $216,598. Dundee Three, who started off the back mark of 40m with Shardons Rocket, was favourite at 5/2. Frontmarker Bartowski, third fancy at 9/2, set the pace for Chris Voak with 3/1 chance The Pacing Priest working hard in the breeze. Dundee Three raced in 11th position for the first 1200m before moving to sixth at the bell. Morgan Woodley then got him into the one-wide line before taking him three wide again 350m from home. Dundee Three sustained his spirited effort to get to the front on the home turn before dashing away to win by two lengths from Bartowski at a 1.58.9 rate. Franco Jackson, who trailed the pacemaker, was third, with Shardons Rocket in fourth place. "UI was really concerned," Woodley said. "Dundee Three got away fairly well, but it wasn't good enough to even maintain his ground. The front pack was really rolling along and we were chasing the whole way. "I was urging him to make ground all the way and it certainly was concerning what he was going to have left in the tank coming towards the 400m and I just can't say enough for the horse and for Steph's performance. "A lot of lesser horses would have put up the white flag around the 200 to 300m mark. But he just dug deep and kept coming. When Shardons Rocket went around to attempt to get to the breeze it was a concern for me if he was able to get there cheaply. Then I would have had to lead up the three-wide line, and that would have made things difficult. "With Shardons Rocket getting left out three wide it certainly made a huge difference to my horse's chances." DAVIES KEEPS HER PERFECT RECORD Kiara Davies maintained her 100 per cent record behind speedy five-year-old Little Boy Blue when she adopted bold frontrunning tactics to score an easy victory in the 1730m Yes Loans Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This was her second drive behind Little Boy Blue, after using similar tactics to win with the New Zealand-bred gelding over 2130m two starts earlier. Little Boy Blue, trained at Waroona by Bob Mellsop, is flourishing and moves to an M3 classification. He gives every indication of many more victories. Little Boy Blue was a heavily-supported 6/4 favourite and Davies wasted little time in urging Little Boy Blue forward from the No. 4 barrier and into the lead after 220m. A sparkling first quarter in 28.2sec. was followed by a moderate 30.2sec. second split before Little Boy Blue dashed over the final sections in 28.1sec. and 27.9sec. to beat Lisharry by two and a half lengths at a 1.54 rate. Maggies Mystery finished boldly to be third, with El Machine wilting to fourth after working in the breeze. "He was a bit keen early and I was happy to get a second quarter in 30.2sec.," Davies said. Little Boy Blue has raced 60 times for 14 wins, 21 placings and $131,106. by Ken Casellas To unsubscribe, please click here. To forward, please click here.

Persistent Threat remained unbeaten when winning the $100,000 WA Sales Classic at Gloucester Park last night. Trained by Bunbury's Josh Graham, the  two-year-old brown gelding is remarkably the only winner to date sired by Advance Attack, who is a full-brother to racing and siring sensation Courage Under Fire. Advance Attack, who was originally trained by Mark Purdon, was a brilliant early two-year-old winning his first eight starts and 10 of 16 in New Zealand. He was then sold to Australia where he won a further 18 races from 73 starts for stakes of $406,094. Persistent Threat, who looks to have inherited all of his family’s early two-year-old ability, showed a dazzling turn of foot when launched to the front by driver Thomas Buchanan with a lap to go before sprinting away to win easily by 4.7 metres over Captain Oaks. He has now all four of his race day appearances and looks set for a big future. La Mia Juliette (Jet Laag), who also remains unbeaten, was successful in the $100,000 fillies final for trainer-driver Peter Tilbrook, while Alta Christiano was also an impressive winner on the card.  

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