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YONKERS, N.Y. – The Blindswitch Racing Stable has built success on importing harness racing pacers from Australia and New Zealand over the past several years and Lady Dela Renta is no exception. Blindswitch purchased the 5-year-old Well Said daughter this spring and shipped her to the U.S. early this summer. Since then, she’s earned six wins in 10 starts and has a chance to claim her second victory in the $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers Raceway Friday night (Nov. 8). Despite her impressive stateside record, Lady Dela Renta proved an unlikely candidate to ship to North America. Lady Dela Renta was owned by partners Colin Belton, trainer Annie Belton, and S. W. Hoffmann in Australia. While Hoffmann was eager to sell, the Beltons were attached to their mare. When agent Cameron Lee contacted Blindswitch’s David Litvinsky, the deal proved difficult to settle. “It was tough to get her,” Litvinsky said. “The owners there, Colin and Annie Belton, they bought her at a sale and raised her and they owned half of her. It was not easy to pry her away from them.” Litvinsky began researching Lady Dela Renta and liked what he saw. However, he felt the ranking system at Western Australia’s Gloucester Park placed the mare at a disadvantage in many of her starts. “I started watching her races and replays and she was just a super horse,” Litvinsky said. “She always kind of sat at the back and came home at the end and I figured she’d be perfect for Yonkers. She could take advantage of the early speed. I just kind of fell in love with her from the beginning. “With the ranking system in Australia, she was racing in Western Australia and she was always drawing outside because of her high rating,” he continued. “She was put in a disadvantage pretty much in every race, unless it was a random draw.” Finally, Litvinsky made the Beltons an offer they couldn’t reject. In addition, to a generous sum, Litvinsky agreed to race Lady Dela Renta in Belton’s stable in Australia for several starts before bringing her to the U.S. Lady Dela Renta made her first start for Blindswitch in an AUD$20,000 Gloucester Park overnight April 5, finishing second and becoming Blindswitch’s first Australian starter. Four starts later, Lady Dela Renta connected with a victory at the same level May 18. Lady Dela Renta wrapped up her career Down Under with a win in a Filly and Mare FFA Pace at Gloucester June 21. “I established a relationship with them and promised to send pictures and videos every chance I get. I promised that I would race the horse there with them for a few months as well, which turned out to be a great move,” Litvinsky said. “She won a few races over there and she won her last race there before she came here, which is really special. “It was pretty cool. They’re interviewing the drivers in the bike minutes before the race. It’s a whole different perspective, a lot more in your face, and beautiful HD cameras,” he continued. “You can see every aspect of the race. So, it was a new experience for me, which was nice and I like it a lot. “They race for good money there and they’re not hard on their horses; they don’t go too fast,” Litvinsky said. “And Gloucester Park is a half-mile track, which definitely helped with buying her because I knew she would be able to get around the Saratoga and Yonkers tracks. The first win was very exciting, and the last win was even more exciting.” After her final Australian start, Lady Dela Renta shipped to the U.S. to join trainer Jose Godinez’s barn at Golden Shoe Training Center in Montgomery, N.Y. While she proved a handful when she first arrived, Lady Dela Renta adjusted to her new surroundings in a few weeks’ time. “Colin and Annie were super tight with the horse. They sent me a five-minute video of them putting the horse on the trailer to go. I couldn’t even watch the whole thing. It was so sad. She was crying,” Litvinsky remembered. “They said when you put the gear on her, you have to have somebody standing with her. She gets race ready. When she came over, she was kicking, so we padded her stall with rubber,” Litvinsky said. “Within her first few weeks, she completely relaxed. Now, she’s a complete professional. She’s super before the races and she just does everything right. She’s definitely just accommodated to our training program.” Lady Dela Renta qualified at Pocono Downs Aug. 14 and made her first start from an outside post Aug. 20. When she drew inside Aug. 27, Lady Dela Renta took a spot in fourth early and came first-over on favored leader Rockin The Boys. The pair tore away from the field around the final turn and Rockin The Boys appeared to give Lady Dela Renta the slip in the stretch, but Lady Dela Renta reengaged nearing the wire and tracked down her rival in 1:50.3. One week later, Lady Dela Renta repeated at Pocono in a lifetime best 1:49.2. “She was coming around the final turn and Rockin The Boys had a pretty good lead on her. I was like, ‘OK, she’s going to be second,’ and then she just went into another gear,” Litvinsky said. “It looked like she was going to settle for second, but she just grinded it out. I said, ‘alright, maybe we’ve got something that you don’t see often,’ and then September 3, she won first-over in 1:49.2 and I said, ‘alright, we’ve got ourselves something really good here.’ ” Lady Dela Renta finished fifth in her Yonkers debut Sept. 20 after starting from post seven in the distaff feature. She drew post two in the $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Oct. 4 and tracked down Feelin Red Hot to win by a neck in 1:52.1. “When she drew inside on October 4 and went first-over on that Burke monster Feelin Red Hot, I thought this was going to be an interesting year next year,” Litvinsky said. “I think we’re going to stake her. We think she is something really special and we’ll see how far she can go.” After drawing outside again in consecutive starts at Yonkers Oct. 12 and 18, Lady Dela Renta went to Saratoga, where she posted back-to-back wins in the Spa’s $18,000 distaff feature. “She was just drawing outside at Yonkers, so we wanted to give her a little break,” Litvinsky said. “Shorter fields and we knew we would be able to get (Billy) Dobson that first week. We took a shot and she was super. And then the last one, she was supposed to race from off the pace, but Frank Coppola had different ideas. He went to the top and she won again.” Lady Dela Renta is now 20-for-51 with $226,164 earned. She will return to the Hilltop Friday night and will start from post one with Matt Kakaley in the sulky for the first time. The pair are 7-2 on the morning line. Lady Dela Renta will face five rivals, including Write Me A Song, who was assigned the outside post off a 1:52.4 victory in the distaff feature Nov. 1. George Brennan, who leads Jason Bartlett in the driver standings by five victories, will drive for Ron Burke. Wisdom Tree will start from an assigned post five in her return to Yonkers. The 4-year-old mare is 4-for-14 this season and enters off a 1:52.0 qualifying victory at Hoosier Park Oct. 30, which followed a fourth-place finish in the Filly and Mare Allerage Open Pace at the Red Mile Oct. 6. Jordan Stratton will take the lines for Jeff Cullipher. Kaitlyn also returns to Yonkers in this race off a fifth-place finish in the Breeders Crown Mares Open Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park Oct. 26. Sudden Change and Robyn Camden complete the six-pack. “She drew between one and three. It’s a short field. I think if she gets some kind of trip and has room, she should close pretty strong,” Litvinsky said. “Obviously, there are a couple other horses that are pretty good and you always need some racing luck when you’re racing these caliber horses. We got Matt Kakaley. I really like the way he drives, and I think he’ll get along with her. “I’m happy she’s doing well because Colin and Annie follow her. I’m happy they made the right decision by sending her here because she can expand her racing, make a name for herself,” Litvinsky continued. “I feel like she’s graduated the Australian ranks and she can go on to do bigger and better things here in the U.S. and see how far she can go. Maybe in the end, she could go back to Australia and breed her.” Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. First post time is 6:50 p.m. By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Trainer Anne Belton has had a few days to digest Lady De La Renta’s farewell and final Perth run, but the emotions are still raw. The final chapter of Lady De La Renta’s WA career was played out at Gloucester Park on Friday and in a fitting finale, the four-year-old mare bowed out on a winning note. In a thrilling conclusion before she leaves for the United States, Lady De La Renta claimed her 14th win from 41 starts when she nailed Veiled Secret on the post. “It was a fantastic night and she did us proud,” Benton told Tabradio. “I had a shocking day yesterday (Monday) when she left. “It was like watching one of your daughters go off travelling. “It breaks your heart a little bit and I didn’t sleep too good at night. “But we’ve had a great, great journey with her. “It’s been a marvelous ride with her, marvelous. “She has gone to America and I think she is going to do bigger and better things over there and I hope that she does.” Lady De La Renta earned stake earnings of $208,319 in her career, which commenced with a fifth placing behind Cott Beach at Pinjarra in 2017. But for Benton, her husband, Colin and the remainder of her family, Lady De La Renta was more than just about the prizemoney that she won. “We called her Chelsea after one of our daughters because she had long legs like Chelsea,” Benton said. “She hasn’t been the easiest filly to train, she gave us a little bit of grief early on, but we always knew she had ability. “She had a few little issues when she was young, but that’s history and we have to look forward to the next chapter in our lives without her. “Colin and I both had a good cry when we both walked down the lane way.”   Julio Santarelli

Two strong performances in recent trials are a firm indication that Gotta Go Gabbana is poised for a forward showing at her return to racing in the second event, the TABtouch Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Gotta Go Gabbana, trained at Banjup by Annie Belton and bred and owned by her and her husband Colin, will start from the No. 5 barrier, with regular reinsman Chris Voak in the sulky. The five-year-old with an imposing record of 33 starts for ten wins, eight seconds and five thirds, has completed a solid preparation for her first-up assignment with three trials, two at Pinjarra and one at Byford. At Pinjarra on October 14, Gotta Go Gabbana broke 30m after the start and made up several lengths to be a nose second to the pacemaker Walkabout Creek. A fortnight later at Byford, Gotta Go Gabbana raced without cover in the middle stages and took the lead with 500m to travel before winning from the fast-finishing Brotha Ofa Gangsta, rating 1.59.2 over 2150m. At Pinjarra on Sunday morning, Gotta Go Gabbana rated 1.57.2 over 2185m when a nose second to Bettor Reward. She raced in the breeze over the final 1400m and sprinted over the third 400m section of the final mile in 27.6sec. before a final quarter in 29.3sec. She got to the front 50m from the post and was joined on the line by the experienced campaigner Bettor Reward. Gotta Go Gabbana, a last-start winner at Gloucester Park on June 29, will start from the No. 5 barrier on Friday night and will meet with stiff opposition from Im Soxy, Soho Chelsea, Maxentius, Arthur Lowe, Always Arjay and Forever Remembered. Maxentius is sure to fight out the finish and deserves a change of fortune after very unlucky seconds at his past two starts. However, he will need all the breaks from an awkward draw at barrier six. Maxentius, trained and driven by Colin Brown, settled in seventh position, started a three-wide burst with 1100m to travel and then raced in the breeze before getting to the front at the 450m and then being outgunned in the final stages by Khun Ratha, who had enjoyed a perfect passage behind the pacemaker Handsandwheels. Maxentius had torrid run and covered a lot of extra ground when an unlucky second to Bechers Brook at his previous appearance, a fortnight earlier. Im Soxy will also have many admirers after drawing the No. 1 barrier. He led early from barrier one and then took the sit behind Thereugo before finishing fast to win from Carter Micheal and Thereugo last Friday night.   Ken Casellas

Consistent 6-year-old Mister Versace is shaping up as a major chance in the ‘Steelo ‘s Bistro At Gloucester Park Pace’ from barrier 1 on Friday night for trainer Annie Belton. The likely short priced favourite, a winner 7 starts ago from the same distance and barrier draw will be driven by Chris Voak and he has a great rapport with the son of Bettor Delight winning 3 previous races on him. Mister Versace who was placed two starts ago has an abundance of early gate speed and although the last win was from a sit sprint capacity Voak may use his versatility to go for an all the way victory. A career best mile rate of 1.56.1 should see this Byford trained pacer go the distance on Friday night for the popular Belton family. One of the main dangers Arthur Lowe lines up behind Mister Versace and the last start winner is a good drive for in form Jocelyn Young in a race where there is a lot of exposed form.   Matt Young

Banjup trainer Annie Belton should continue her remarkable run of success by scoring with the speedy Dior Mia More in the $25,000 Owners Only Lombardo final over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She boasts an outstanding strike rate this season, with her 79 starters producing 23 wins, 14 seconds and 12 thirds for stakes of $235,325. Seven of those wins have been in metropolitan-stakes races and the other 16 have been in country-stakes events. Dior Mia More, a lightly-raced five-year-old by Tintin In America, has won at seven of her past 11 starts and she has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in Friday night’s event which is restricted to mares. Her 18 starts have produced ten wins and five placings. Gary Hall Jnr made full use of a favourable barrier (No. 3) and the mare’s gate speed when Dior Mia More burst to an early in a qualifying heat last Friday night. After a fast lead time of 36.1sec. Dior Mia More ambled through the first quarter of the final mile in 32.8sec. before reeling off the next three sections in 31sec., 28.6sec. and 28.1sec. She beat Susie Rocks by just under a length. Belton and her husband Colin have a splendid second string in Friday night’s final in Gotta Go Gabbana, a four-year-old who has had 32 starts for nine wins, eight seconds and five thirds. Gotta Go Gabbana, to be driven by Chris Voak, is in good form and is a tough mare capable of fighting on strongly after working hard. She will start from barrier four and is well worth serious consideration. Four-year-old Im Stylish, trained and driven by Justin Prentice, has won at eight of her 22 starts and is capable of a strong showing, despite a back-line draw. She raced wide early and then in the one-out, one-back position when s close-up fourth behind the pacemaker Shes Turbo Charged in a qualifying heat last Friday week. Millview Sienna, a five-year-old to be driven by Aldo Cortopassi for Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams, has won at ten of her 36 starts and will have admirers, particularly after drawing barrier three on the front line. Millview Sienna warmed up for this week’s event in fine style with a convincing two-length win over Cup-class mare Tricky Styx in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. She dashed over the final quarters in 28.7sec. and 28.6sec. and rated 1.57.7.   Ken Casellas

Banjup trainer harness racing Annie Belton is a good judge of horseflesh and she has no regrets about outlaying $26,000 to purchase Lady De La Renta at the 2016 Perth yearling sale. The filly has won at five of her 15 starts for earnings of $74,769 and she has bright prospects of adding $30,225 to her prizemoney by winning the Group 2 $50,000 Alltools Diamond Classic for three-year-old fillies over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Lady De La Renta has a losing sequence of five, but reinsman Chris Voak declared that he was quietly confident of success, saying that he expected the filly to improve sharply on her ninth placing behind Our Major Mama in the WA Oaks last Friday week when she started out wide at barrier seven and was trapped wide early before being restrained to the rear. “I expect her to be close to her best this week,” Voak said. “I liked the feel she gave me when I worked her on the track on Tuesday morning.” Lady De La Renta will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line on Friday night and Voak is planning to send the filly forward from the start in a bid to take up the running. An even field of fillies will contest the Diamond Classic and luck in running will play an important part, with Oaks winner Our Major Mama starting from barrier six and her promising stablemate De La Tourbie facing a stern test from the outside barrier (No. 9). The Michael Brennan-trained Miss Sangrial fared poorly in the draw and will need luck from barrier eight, with star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr in the sulky. She is a talented filly who has raced 31 times for ten wins and 11 placings. Brennan is hoping that Miss Sangrial will make amends for her narrow defeat when favourite at 10/1 on in the Two-Year-Old Diamond Classic early last June. Miss Sangrial started from barrier one and set the pace before being overhauled in the final stages to be defeated by a short half-head by fast-finishing outsider Cimorene. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri will be represented by Retort (barrier two) and Veiled Secret (seven). Mitch Miller will drive Retort, a winner at Narrogin two starts ago, and Shannon Suvaljko will handle Veiled Secret, who is showing steady improvement and has won at her past two starts, at Narrogin and Bunbury, after working hard without cover. Orphan Reactor, prepared at Capel by Andrew de Campo, will have admirers after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. The filly is a good frontrunner who began fast from barrier seven two starts ago before setting the pace and winning over 2185m at Pinjarra. Lady De La Renta is bred to be a good winner. She is by American stallion Well Said and is the second foal out of Jet Laag mare Flylika Bird Lombo, a winner of seven races and $53,975. Flylika Bird Lombo is out of Decethree Lombo, who produced 11 winners, including Lombo Skyrider, an outstanding juvenile who won 14 races in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia as a two and three-year-old. Lombo Skyrider was a prolific winner in America and was retired after having 321 starts for 63 wins, 84 placings and $841,611 in prizemoney. Ken Casellas

Banjup trainer Annie Belton has made several gear changes to Lady De La Renta in a bid to cure her wayward habit of over racing, and the promising filly should prove hard to beat in the $18,000 Book Your Next Conference at Gloucester Park Pace at harness racing headquarters on Friday night. Lady De La Renta is on trial for the $150,000 Gannon’s WA Oaks on May 4 and reinsman Chris Voak has high hopes that the talented three-year-old will be more tractable and notch her sixth win from 13 starts. “We’ve taken all the head gear off her - no Dollies, no blocks and changed the bit to a soft (rubber) apple bit and put on a fly veil,” Voak said. “I drove her on the track at Byford this (Tuesday) morning with all these changes and she was beautiful. She didn’t pull and track-worked the best she has ever track-worked. Her manners were good and the times were good. “Annie thought she may have had the filly a touch underdone for her past two races and she thinks that may have contributed to the over-racing with the head gear she had on. So, we are now hoping that she doesn’t over race on Friday and if that’s the case, she will be right in it. “Annie can’t do much more than what she has done with the gear changes. If Lady De La Renta jumps to the front from the inside barrier and settles and I am able to rate her how I’d like to rate her, she will be hard to beat. “You saw what she did two starts ago when she almost beat the colts in the Western Gateway Classic. The winner Bechers Brook rated 1.56.4 over the 2536m and Lady De La Renta finished third less than a length behind Bechers Brook and Cott Beach. “Lady De La Renta rated 1.56.5 which was faster than the time recorded by King of Swing in winning the WA Derby last Friday night, rating 1.57.0 Lady De La Renta wasn’t entitled to finish third after running the first half in 58sec. and over racing in the lead. “Lady De La Renta has beaten every horse in Friday night’s race except Our Angel of Harlem, and that’s because she has never raced against her. She also is the fastest filly over 2536m bar Cott Beach, who finished in front of her at her latest outing. I have no doubt about Lady De La Renta’s ability. The question mark is over her manners.” Lady De La Renta contested the 2536m WA Derby last Friday night when she started from the back line and over raced. After being in eighth position after a lap Lady De La Renta moved to sixth, three wide, at the bell and was tiring 200m from home when she met with interference and wilted to finish 11th behind King of Swing. Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed conceded that starting from the outside (barrier three) on the back line was far from ideal for Our Angel of Harlem, but he expects that the New Zealand-bred filly will fight out the finish of Friday night’s Oaks prelude. Our Angel of Harlem had a tough run from the No. 7 barrier in an Oaks prelude last Friday night when she finished a close third behind Liberty Rose and Miss Sangrial. She raced three wide early and then in the breeze with the odds-on favourite Amelias Courage setting a fast pace. She took a narrow lead with 400m to travel before wilting slightly in the closing stages. “The barrier draw will make it hard, but I think she will improve on last week’s run,” Reed said. “The 2500m will suit her right down to the ground and she’ll be running on. I couldn’t be happier with her.” Liberty Rose, another New Zealand-bred filly who is prepared by Gary Hall Snr, will be attempting to extend her unbeaten record in Australia when she starts from an awkward draw at No. 7 on the front line. She started from the inside of the back line and enjoyed a soft passage, three back on the pegs, before obtaining a clear run in the home straight to charge home and get up and defeat Miss Sangrial, who finished fast after racing behind the pacemaker Amelias Courage. Miss Sangrial, to be driven by Chris Lewis for Blythewood trainer Michael Brennan, will start from the inside of the back line and will be strongly fancied as an each-way prospect. The Colin Brown-trained Amelias Courage cannot be overlooked despite her fading fourth after setting the pace in last week’s prelude. That followed her brilliant victory at her previous outing and she should be prominent from barrier four on the front line. by Ken Casellas

Banjup harness racing owner-trainer Annie Belton has bright prospects of landing a double at Gloucester Park on Friday night with promising, lightly-raced young mares Dior Mia More and Gotta Go Gabbana. Kim Prentice will be all out to score an all-the-way win with five-year-old Dior Mia More, whom is perfectly drawn at barrier one in the Win Boost On TABtouch Westbred Pace over 2130m and Chris Voak will drive four-year-old Gotta Go Gabbana in the third heat of the 2130m Get The Touch With TABtouch Coulson Pace for mares. Prentice was full of praise after driving Dior Mia More to a surprise victory over top-flight mare Maczaffair last Friday night, saying: “She is getting better all the time and is capable of graduating to top mares’ company. She definitely has the raw ability to get there.” Dior Mia More gave a sample of her ability last week when she sprinted over the final quarters in 27.4sec. and 28.4sec. That was her sixth win from just 11 starts. She is unlikely to have things all her own way this week when she clashes with in-form pacers Khun Ratha, New World Order and Bettor Not Bitter. The Andrew de Campo-trained Khun Ratha has a losing sequence of 17, but is knocking on the door and is poised to return to winning form. He has had unwound spirited finishing bursts at each of his past four starts for three fourths and an extremely close second to Aussie Delight. New World Order has excellent potential and looks set for a successful campaign for Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams and reinsman Nathan Turvey. He has been placed at each of his four starts since resuming from a winter spell. Gotta Go Gabbana is handily drawn at the No. 2 barrier on Friday night. Her four runs since resuming after an absence of six months have produced two wins at Pinjarra and a most encouraging head second to Full Package over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Ima Rocknroll Legend, trained by Gary Hall Snr, looks one of the night’s best bets. He has the ability to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside (No. 9) in the Merry Christmas From Gloucester Park Pace. He warmed up for this week’s assignment by running home powerfully from 11th at the bell to dead-heat for second behind Ruling Gold last Friday night. Ken Casellas

Boyanup harness racing trainer Justin Prentice described Tenniele Erin’s performance when beaten into second place by Lady de la Renta on Tuesday of last week as massive and he is confident that his youngster can turn the tables on Lady de la Renta when they clash in the $95,000 Clipsal By Schneider Electric WA Sales Classic for harness racing two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A thrilling showdown between the classy fillies looms after they drew favourably in the 1730m classic. Lady de la Renta, trained at Banjup by Annie Belton and to be handled by Kim Prentice, will start from the No. 2 barrier on the front line, with Tenniele Erin on her outside at No. 3 and with Chris Lewis in the sulky. Tenniele Erin was favourite at 5/2 on when she started from barrier four in a 1730m event on Tuesday of last week. Lady de la Renta was a 6/1 chance from barrier five. Tenniele Erin began speedily and was trapped three wide for the first 300m before she surged into the lead after 420m. Lady de la Renta was not bustled out at the start and settled down in seventh position. She was sixth with 500m to travel and impressed with her acceleration when she burst to the front on the home turn and won by just over two lengths from Tenniele Erin. “Tenniele Erin went massive in that race,” Justin Prentice said. “The first quarter was run in 27.5sec. and there’s not too many two-year-olds capable of finishing off the race the way she did after that very fast first section. She has done well since.” The Belton camp also has every reason to feel confident about winning with Lady de la Renta on Friday night. She sprinted strongly with a final quarter of 28.6sec. and won in most convincing fashion. There were excuses for her fifth placing behind Cott Beach at Pinjarra at her only other start. She raced roughly soon after the start and broke into a gallop before racing five back on the pegs and finishing solidly. Lady de la Renta is well bred, being by American stallion Well Said and out of Flylika Bird Lombo, a winner of seven races in Victoria and a half-sister to ten winners, including Lombo Skyrider, who amassed $841,611 from 63 wins and 84 placings from 321 starts.  Lady de la Renta is also closely related to former star mare Misty Maiden (37 starts for 12 wins, 11 placings and stakes of $245,449) who produced nine winners, including Lombo Pocket Watch, who earned $1,522,638 from 45 wins and 17 placings from 83 starts. Tenniele Erin, by American stallion Sportswriter, is the fourth foal, and the first one to race, out of Lilianna Beauty, who had 134 starts in America for ten wins, 41 placings and $135,274. Princess Major, to be driven by Gary Hall jun. for Byford trainer Katja Warwick, has sound each-way prospects from the inside of the back line. She has been placed at each of her three starts, including her last-start third behind Lady de la Renta when she worked hard in the breeze for most of the way. Cool Sassi, an easy all-the-way debut winner at a 2.1.9 rate over 1730m on Tuesday of last week for trainer-reinsman Aldo Cortopassi, faces a stern task after drawing out wide at barrier eight. Ken Casellas

Colin Belton has two metal plates and eight pins in his right leg and walks with a slight limp. But he has no hard feelings towards harness racing four-year-old Mister Versace, who sent him crashing into a fence at the family property in Banjup last September. “I forgive him now, the way he’s going,” said Belton, husband of Annie Belton, who trains Mister Versace, who has blossomed after the terrible track accident almost seven months ago, with his 14 starts since then producing four wins, three seconds and one third for stakes of $28,995. And now the Beltons have high hopes that Mister Versace will maintain his excellent form and win the $18,500 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The WA-bred Mister Versace, purchased as a yearling for $19,000, will be driven by Kim Prentice from the inside of the back line. “He has drawn behind October Brown, a smart beginner and good frontrunner,” said Colin Belton. “He should have a soft run and, hopefully, Kim will be able to get him into the clear at the right time.” The Bettor's Delight gelding has been racing in considerably stronger company and should enjoy a drop in class this week. Three starts ago he led from barrier four and won from Americanbootscoota and Military Master, rating 1.56.1 over 2130m at Gloucester Park. That followed his strong finishing effort to be fourth behind Bettor Reward and Sprinter in the Four and Five-Year-Old Championship at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park. He has no luck at his past two outings. He raced three back on the pegs and was blocked for a clear run in the final stages when sixth behind Kiwi Legend in the group 3 Four and Five-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park last Friday week. Then, last Friday night he raced in sixth place in the one-wide line before he was hampered and lost about three lengths when shuffled back at the 700m mark behind the tiring Debt Free Charlie in the Westbred final. He then fought on gamely to be fourth behind Hot Fraternity. Belton explained what happened on the fateful day in September, saying: “Mister Versace was the last horse to be worked on our track that day, and we were on the final lap when a bird suddenly flew in front of us. He took fright and jumped left and took me with him. “The cart got stuck in the fence. I was holding on for dear life, but I couldn’t hold him and he took off, with my leg still caught in the fence. He jumped the fence and dashed down Liddelow Road before being caught, unharmed, near the Jandakot track. “I was lying in the sand for 40 minutes and I knew that there was something wrong when I stood up and started hyper-ventilating. I knew I was in shock. Finally, the next door neighbour found me and I was taken to hospital where I asked a nurse if she could see anything. She said ‘it doesn’t look very good.’ “There was a spiral fracture in the right shinbone and now I have two plates and eight pins in the leg, and they’re going to be there forever. It was a bit of a setback and I was unable to work for six months. But Mister Versace has made up for it and is doing really well.” A sympathetic Annie Belton said that Mister Versace was an extremely docile horse and the accident was no fault of his, or of Colin. Meanwhile, Annie Belton has stable star Mister Jadore back in work and she is hopeful that the $17,000 yearling who has earned $267,889 from 12 wins and ten placings from 27 starts will be able to make a successful comeback after suffering a severely damaged tendon more than two years ago. “He’s a pet and I have taken my time with him,” she said. Ken Casellas

Mister Versace started a rank outsider as a $93.90 chance at his latest harness racing appearance when a sound fifth behind star New Zealand mare A Piccadilly Princess last Friday week. But he will be at a much shorter quote when he starts from the prized No. 1 barrier in the Westbred Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Banjup by Annie Belton, Mister Versace warmed up for this week’s assignment with a dashing win in a nine-horse trial at Byford on Sunday morning when he sprinted over the final quarter in 28.2sec. and beat Snowball Mackenzie by eight lengths. At his most recent outing the four-year-old, with Kim Prentice in the sulky, raced four back on the pegs in seventh position before finishing solidly into fifth place. A week earlier he trailed the pacemaker Trustytrev and ran home powerfully to finish second, a half-head from Trustytrev, with final quarters of 28.6sec. and 27.7sec. That followed his fast-finishing victory by a head over Chelsea Royale four days earlier. Eight-year-old Trustytrev again looms as one of Mister Versace’s main rivals. Trustytrev, a winner at ten of his 89 starts, is trained at Byford by Chris Feast and will be driven by Nathan Turvey. He will start from the No. 5 barrier. Trustytrev followed his recent Gloucester Park win with a solid performance in the 2277m Williams Cup on Sunday afternoon when he set the pace and finished second to Scoobys Delight. Soho Wall Street, Mako Shadow and Argyle Red are in sound form and will have admirers. Soho Wall Street, trained by Glenn Elliott, has resumed after a spell in good shape, with two thirds and a fourth from, four starts, while the Clint Kimes-trained Mako Shadow and Argyle Red, trained at Pinjarra by Robert MacDonald, will pay to follow. Ken Casellas

Ace harness racing reinsman Clinton Hall has driven talented four-year-old Mynameskenny at his past seven starts for seven wins, but he has opted to drive eight-year-old Glenlochar in the $25,000 Colin Hammersley Memorial Chandon final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. What swayed him was the fact that Glenlochar drew the prized No. 1 barrier and that Mynameskenny drew the outside barrier (three) on the back line in the 2130m event. Banjup trainer Annie Belton was delighted that Hall chose Glenlochar ahead of Mynameskenny and declared that Glenlochar would take plenty of beating. “The plan is to lead, definitely,” she said. “Glenlochar has good gate speed and he worked well in a Byford trial on Sunday morning when he worked his way to the front in the first lap for Nathan Turvey and went on to win, unextended without the ear plugs being released.” Glenlochar competed against extremely moderate opposition in the trial in which he rated 1.58 over the 2150m trip, with final quarters in 28.8sec. and 28.2sec. He defeated Skewsy Newsy by seven and a half lengths. It was only by chance that Belton is training the New Zealand-bred Glenlochar for Horsham owner Shannon Hoffmann, the owner of interdominion championship runner Easy On The Eye in WA late last year. “We met him at the Inters in Perth last November and became good friends,” Belton explained. “He considered that Perth racing would suit Glenlochar and he also sent me Change Gear and Jivin Cullen.” Hall brought up his seventh successive victory with Mynameskenny last Friday night when the horse trailed the pacemaker Ima Connoisseur before getting off the pegs 250m from home and finishing fast to beat that pacer at a 1.56.2 rate over 2130m, with a final quarter of 27.8sec. That took Hall’s record behind Mynameskenny to 15 wins from 24 drives. Glenlochar has raced 15 times in WA for three wins and seven placings. Hall has driven the gelding six times for two wins, two seconds, one third and one fourth. Hall’s younger brother Gary will drive American Boy in preference to Ricimer in Friday night’s race. Ricimer has set the pace and won at each of his past four starts, all at Gloucester Park. Hall jun. was in the sulky for three of those wins, including an all-the-way success over American Boy last Friday night. “I’ll drive American Boy because Ricimer cannot lead from barrier five this week,” Hall said. “In saying that I must admit that American Boy faces a tough task and is likely to struggle from barrier eight.” Ken Casellas

The super tough Grinfromeartoear 3 year old Mister Jadore once again showed all his staying qualities when he led up and fought off all the challengers in the $100,000 Westbred Final for harness racing 3 year olds at Gloucester Park last night. Attacked in front by the favourite Mista Rush for the last lap, Mister Jadore responded magnificently for driver Chris Lewis to record a narrow but well deserved victory. He covered the the 2130 meters in 2:35, a mile rate of 1:57 with closing sectionals of 57.8 and 29.3. It was the Annie Belton trained pacers 12th lifetime win from just 27 starts and took his stake earnings to $267,889. The interesting thing about the win is although Mister Jadore is a Western Australian bred horse, he has a really international pedigree. By the very successful son of Artsplace in Grinfromeartoear, Mister Jadore is from the very smart New Zealand bred mare in Crystal Journey 2:00.2 ($113,185). Crystal Journey is a full sister to the smart New Zealand pacer, Revamy (9 wins)  and is closely related to several smart horses including the very talented Galactic Council 1:52.1 ($224,440) who is a full brother to the dam of Crystal Journey, Silky Atom and Hippitty Hop 1:53.2 9 ($131,137) who is a half-brother to Silky Atom. This family originated in North America and the branch that Mister Jadore belongs to was established in Australasia when David Phillips of National Bloodstock imported the Airliner mare Satin Lining to New Zealand in the 1980s. Satin Lining's best performer was the very smart New York Motoring mare Silk And Satin 1:59.1 ($82,684) who is the grand-dam of Mister Jadore. So why last night’s race was only for West Australian breds, the pedigree of Mister Jadore has a real international feel to it. Mister Jadore Harnesslink media

A favourable draw for My Hard Copy has greatly enhanced the prospects of champion trainer Gary Hall sen. and star reinsman Gary Hall jun. of continuing their remarkable dominance of the Channel 9 Winter Cup when the New Zealand-bred four-year-old starts from the No. 2 barrier in the $35,000 feature at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 64-year-old Hall has trained the winner of the group 3 Winter Cup a record seven times and his 31-year-old son has driven the winner of this event six times. Hall sen. has won the event with Kaydee (1994), The Falcon Strike (2003), Iontheball (2004), Washakie (2008), Im Themightyquinn (2009 and 2013) and Davy Maguire (2012). Hall jun. has been the winning driver behind The Falcon Strike, Washakie, Im Themightyquinn (twice), Davy Maguire and Lookslikelightning in 2005. For good measure, Hall sen. has trained the second placegetter in the Winter Cup five times. My Hard Copy is the youngest runner in this week's Cup and Hall jun. looks set to make a bold bid to burst straight to the front and set the pace over the 2536m journey. My Hard Copy started from the No. 2 barrier in a 2536m event two starts ago, last Friday week, when he was smartest into stride, set the pace and sprinted over the final two 400m sections in 27.6sec. and 28.3sec. before being overhauled in the final stride and being beaten by a half-head by superstar Im Themightyquinn. Then, last Friday night My Hard Copy started from the inside of the back line in the 2130m Past Presidents Cup. He trailed the pacemaker Please Release Me before fighting on determinedly to finish fourth, just a half-length behind the winner Our Arlington. My Hard Copy is at his best when he leads, and if he repeats his effort when narrowly beaten by Im Themightyquinn two starts ago he should emerge triumphant. Hall sen. bypassed the chance for Im Themightyquinn to win the Winter Cup for a record third time (in the Cup's 63-year history). He is in Brisbane with high hopes of a victory by Im Themightyquinn in the $60,000 group 2 Garrard's Sunshine Sprint over 1660m at Albion Park on Saturday night. Hall jun. will fly out of Perth after the Gloucester Park meeting to handle the champion. My Hard Copy is one of three Hall-trained runners in the Winter Cup. The others are Our Arlington, who will be driven by Clint Hall and should be prominent from the coveted No. 1 barrier, and Bettor Reason. Both the New Zealand-bred five-year-olds are last-start winners. Our Arlington began speedily from the No. 4 barrier last week and then obtained a perfect trip, one-out and one-back, before finishing powerfully to win the Past Presidents Cup from Dundee Three, Please Release Me and My Hard Copy. Bettor Reason, who will start from barrier three on the back line, impressed at his second appearance after a ten-month absence when he raced without cover before finishing strongly to win a 1730m event in considerably weaker company at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. Brilliant pacer David Hercules fared badly in the random draw and will be tested from the No. 6 barrier on the front line. He led easily from barrier two when he went on to defeat Im Themightyquinn over 2130m at a 1.55.3 rate three Fridays ago. He possesses sparkling early speed, but it is problematical whether he will be able to muster sufficient pace to get to an early lead. David Hercules, a winner of 30 races and $820,304 in prizemoney, warmed up for the Cup with an effortless win in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Morgan Woodley dashed the David Thompson-trained seven-year-old straight to the front from barrier five. But there will be far greater pressure on him to get to an early lead in Friday night's race. After setting a slow early pace in the trial, with first quarters in 32.1sec. and 31.1sec., David Hercules was not extended in sprinting the final sections in 28.9sec. and 27.2sec. to win by four lengths from Condrieu. Woodley drove David Hercules in last year's Winter Cup when the gelding started from barrier four, raced three wide early, sustained a punctured tyre of the sulky and had a tough run in the breeze before wilting to fifth. Woodley drove Mysta Magical Mach when the gelding flew home from last at the bell to be a half-length second to Im Themightyquinn in the 2009 Winter Cup and he was successful in the race two years later when Has The Answers led from barrier five and easily beat Flamin Tact and Nowuseeme. Chris Lewis, who drove Has The Answers to victory in the 2010 Winter Cup, has also been successful behind Village Kid in 1991 and Pocket Power in 2001. This year he will drive Dundee Three, who is racing keenly and cannot be disregarded, even from his awkward draw at No. 5 on the front line. Dundee Three worked hard without cover and fought on grandly when a close second to Our Arlington last Friday night. Clint Hall was impressed with Our Arlington's performance last week and he is hoping that the six-year-old will give him another win in the Winter Cup after his success with Iontheball, who beat Hilton Adios and The Falcon Strike in 2006. Mista Rush can overcome wide draw Up-and-coming gelding Mista Rush has the ability to overcome a wide barrier and win the $100,000 Tim McMillan On Nine News Westbred Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, Mista Rush has had a well-planned preparation for the group 1 feature event, with his eight runs this season producing five wins, a second and a third placing. He wound up his preparation with a striking performance at Gloucester Park on Monday of last week when he started from the No. 2 barrier on the back line and enjoyed the one-out, one-back sit for the first lap before starting a three-wide move at the bell. Prentice then got the gelding back into then one-out, one-back position 250m later before again switching him three wide with 350m to travel. Mista Rush burst to the front on the home turn and won, untouched, by almost two lengths from Algranco Under Fire, rating 1.57.1 over the 1730m journey. He sizzled home over the final 800m in 55.4sec. Mista Rush showed his toughness and versatility when he raced without cover before winning over 1684m at Pinjarra in April and over 2100m at Bunbury in May. He will start from barrier No. 6 on the front line in Friday night's classic and Prentice will be anxious to obtain a favourable passage in the one-wide line. Mister Jadore, the State's star two-year-old last season, is likely to be a short-priced favourite from his handy draw at No. 3 on the front line. Banjup trainer Annie Belton produced Mister Jadore in splendid shape for his first-up run at Bunbury last Saturday week when he began speedily from barrier six, set the pace and won easily from The Real Nadal and Choccy Mac over 2100m That was Mister Jadore's first appearance since his unplaced effort behind Three Blind Mice in the WA Derby on April 11. His 27 starts have produced 11 wins, ten placings and $201,889 in prizemoney. There is little doubt that Chris Lewis will be keen to get Mister Jadore straight to the front. But there is no certainty that he will be able to cross polemarker Khun Ratha and Keeper of Keys (barrier two). Both pacers possess excellent gate speed and have been successful when leading. Mister Jadore worked in good style when he led from barrier four and won a 2185m trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning when he dashed over the final 400m sections in 29.3sec. and 28.4sec. Khun Ratha, trained at Capel by Andrew De Campo, has enjoyed a brief spell since finishing third to Mista Rush over 2185m at Pinjarra on March 17. He has not been produced in public trials, but he is a speedy beginner and smart frontrunner, capable of a bold first-up effort. The David Thompson-trained Keeper of Keys led from barrier four and won from Soho Cash and Hugh Victor over 2190m at Northam on June 17. That was his third win from seven starts and he warmed up for Friday night's assignment when he rated 2min. and won a seven-horse trial over 2150m by more than eight lengths at Byford on Sunday morning. Colin Brown will drive Keeper of Keys and Morgan Woodley will handle smart stablemate Hugh Victor, who will start from barrier five on the front line. Im Bella Jay in peak form Im Bella Jay gave a commanding exhibition of her ability when she obliterated her rivals in a 2130m event at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon and she has excellent prospects of maintaining her winning form and completing a hat-trick when she contests the $100,000 Sally Ayhan On Nine News Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies on Friday night. She will start from barrier two on the back line in the 2130m group 1 feature event. But this should not prove a serious impediment to the chances of a tough and versatile filly. She started from barrier four on the back line in Monday's race and settled in eighth position before Aiden De Campo set her alight mid-race and she stormed into third place, three wide, at the bell before she burst to the front at the 400m mark and raced away to score by seven lengths from Formyeyesonly, rating 1.58.3. At her previous appearance, over 2180m at Wagin ten nights earlier, she raced three wide in the first lap and then in the breeze before winning easily from Navajo Windtalker in considerably easier company than she will meet on Friday night. A winner at seven of her 24 starts for Capel trainer Andrew De Campo, Im Bella Jay is likely to meet the stiffest opposition from fellow back-line runners, her stablemate Maddy White, Harriet Elisabeth and Pure Royalty. Maddy White has won seven times from 29 starts and has the ability to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line. Harriet Elisabeth has an impressive 50 per cent record, six wins from 12 starts. And with Colin Brown in the sulky from barrier three on the back line, the David Thompson-trained filly has the speed and strength to fight out the finish. Mark Reed gave punters a lead when he decided to drive the Ryan Bell-trained All About Pink from the No. 6 barrier on the front line in preference to Pure Royalty, a smart filly and winner of five races who is prepared by his father Mike Reed. The in-form Chris Voak has been engaged to drive Pure Royalty. Bond team in sparkling form The powerful combination of trainers Greg and Skye Bond and ace reinsman Colin Brown are in dazzling form and they should give punters a flying start by winning the opening event at Gloucester Park on Friday night with the small but speedy Assassinator. Assassinator has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2130m The Block On Nine Pace for two-year-olds. He gave a sample of his ability when he started from barrier four and burst straight to the front before romping to a two-length victory over Front Cover Girl, rating 1.57.8 over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon. That followed his close second to Mynameskenny over 2130m six days earlier. Assassinator has won just once from six starts, but is improving with every run. His win on Monday was the first of five winners for the Bonds and Brown in the space of two days. The combination also was successful on Monday with Machs A Pearler before a treble at Northam on Tuesday night with smart three-year-olds Jumbo Jet and Ima Tragedy and five-year-old Barrow Street. Assassinator is sure to meet strong opposition from Mynameskenny and Mister Ardee, who will start from barriers, three and four, respectively. Mynameskenny, trained by John Oldroyd, impressed first-up at Gloucester Park last Tuesday week when he raced wide for much of the way before beating Assassinator by a neck. Mister Ardee, a winner at two races in New Zealand, is trained by Gary Elson and has showed excellent potential at his first two Australian starts, covering a lot of extra ground before winning first-up by five lengths at Gloucester Park and then running home strongly to be a close second to Sea Me Smile at Pinjarra. Hall set to keep up the good work Star reinsman Gary Hall jun. notched his century of city winners this season when he drove Globalization to an easy all-the-way victory at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon, should keep up the good work by scoring an all-the-way win with Slick Chapel in the 2130m PWC People Business Pace on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred four-year-old is the youngest runner in the race and he should carry too many guns for his rivals by setting the pace from the prized No. 1 barrier. He started out wide from barrier six in a 2130m event last Friday night and was restrained back to last in the field of 12. He started a three-wide move approaching the bell and went four wide 420m from home before finishing powerfully to be second to El Machine. by Ken Casellas  

Star five-year-old Im Victorious is racing so brilliantly after resuming from a five-month absence that he looks certain to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line and prove too strong for his nine rivals in the $35,000 Cowden Limited Brennan Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred gelding has scored effortless victories at his first three runs since resuming racing early last month and even though speedy frontrunners Sneakyn Down Under, Please Release Me and Lord Lombo have fared much better in the random barrier draw he should simply carry too many guns for the opposition on a track where he has raced 15 times for ten wins and two seconds. A winner at 16 of his 23 starts, Im Victorious gave an impressive display of his wonderful ability at Gloucester Park on Monday of last week when he started from the back mark of 50m and simply destroyed his rivals in a 2503m stand, winning by three lengths from the pacemaker Hez Got The Nod after sustaining a powerful three-wide burst from eighth at the bell. He was untroubled to win over 2130m at his two previous outings for trainer Michael Brennan and reinsman Justin Prentice when he sped over the final 800 metres in those two events in 56.4sec. and 55.6sec. The Brennan Memorial will be decided over 2130m and Lord Lombo (barrier one), Please Release Me (two) and Sneakyn Down Under (three) have all won several times after setting the pace. These three runners should ensure a fast early pace, with the 11-year-old Sneakyn Down Under likely to forge to the front in the early stages. Sneakyn Down Under (Brad Stampalia) led from the No. 2 barrier in the 1730m Spring Pace last Friday night and set a fast pace before wilting in the closing stages to be a half-length second to the fast-finishing Leda McNally, who had raced three back on the pegs. The four quarters of the final mile were run in 28.9sec., 29.3sec., 28.3sec. and 28.2sec. If Sneakyn Down Under gets to an early lead Stampalia might be able to give the evergreen gelding a breather in the middle stages before increasing the tempo in the final circuit. However, Chris Brew might attempt to send Please Release Me past Lord Lombo and into the lead soon after the start and attempt an all-the-way victory. Leda McNally, a stablemate of Lord Lombo, is in sparkling form. But her prospects faded considerably when she drew the outside of the front line. Algeepee will start from the inside of the back line and Gary Hall jun. should have the New Zealand-bred former Victorian performer in a prominent position throughout. Algeepee finished boldly from eighth at the bell to be fourth behind Leda McNally last Friday night, a week after his sound first-up second to Wrongly Accused. But whatever the scenario, Im Victorious appeals as the winner of the Brennan Memorial. VERSATILITY IS A KEY FOR YOUR GOOD FORTUNE IN WARWICK FINAL Versatility is a major asset of lightly-raced five-year-old Your Good Fortune, who is ideally drawn at the No. 3 barrier on the front line in the $25,000 The Warwick Final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Your Good Fortune, to be driven by Colin Brown, is the least experienced runner in the 2130m event, with 13 wins and eight placings from only 29 starts. But he gives every indication of developing into a top-line performer and is sure to prove hard to beat. Your Good Fortune is trained by Greg and Skye Bond, who will also be represented by Sir Swanky (barrier two) and False Promise (six). Your Good Fortune started out wide at No. 6 in a qualifying heat of this event last Friday week when he mustered plenty of early pace and raced three wide before getting to the breeze after 750m. He then surged to the front 250m from home and won easily from False Promise, rating 1.57.9 after sprinting over the final 800m in 57.1sec. Your Good Fortune has also won races after setting the pace and when producing a powerful burst from back in the field. Sir Swanky (Morgan Woodley) and False Promise (Chris Lewis) are racing keenly and cannot be underestimated. Sir Swanky possesses good early speed and has won several races in weaker company in South Australia when setting the pace. But he has been driven more as a sit-sprinter in recent starts. He started from the inside of the back line and trailed the pacemaker Banana Dana before finishing strongly to be third to that pacer over 2130m last Friday night. The Ragpickers Dream, trained by Gary Hall sen., looms as the main rival for Your Good Fortune. The former Victorian pacer made an impressive WA debut last Friday night when he started from the back line and sustained a strong three-wide burst from sixth at the bell to win by a neck from the pacemaker The Pacing Priest over 2130m. The Ragpickers Dream’s prospects slumped when he drew the outside of the back line. However, the winner of 14 races from 40 starts cannot be overlooked. Veteran pacer Artesian Boy will have admirers after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. The New Zealand-bred ten-year-old, trained by Debbie Padberg, has a losing sequence of 31 since he set the pace and beat El Padrino and Argent Treasure over 2130m at Gloucester Park just over 12 months ago. He caught the eye last Friday night when he started out wide and rattled home from 11th at the bell to be a close fifth behind The Ragpickers Dream. DAVIES HOPES FOR HER PURPLE PATCH TO CONTINUE Young Wanneroo trainer Kiara Davies has high hopes of completing a wonderful seven days by winning the 2130m Go Freo Pace with Where And When, a nine-year-old with a losing sequence of 25. The 23-year-old Davies had one drive at Bunbury last Saturday night when she handled 8/1 chance Ima Seelster, who dead-heated for first with Fully Zapped (Dylan Egerton-Green) in the first heat of the Garrards Concession Drivers Challenge. She had won drive at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when she set the pace with 5/4 favourite Robyns C C and won from Talk To Me Art in the second heat of the Challenge. Davies then made it three wins from successive drives when she scored with 42/1 tote outsider Governor Johnny in a C3-class 2190m mobile event at Northam on Tuesday night. Governor Johnny, with a losing sequence of 18, charged home from eighth at the bell to win effortlessly by four and a half lengths from Light Of My Life. Then, at her only other drive at Northam, Davies brought 13/4 chance Borntobeanartist from tenth in the middle stages and sixth at the bell to finish second to the pacemaker Soho Dionysus, a 6/1 chance driven by Tom Buchanan. Davies trains Where And When, who will be driven by champion reinsman Chris Lewis from the prized No. 1 barrier on Friday night in a field in which none of the 12 runners has won at his past four starts. Only three have managed a placing from their past four outings --- Where And When, Sickle Mond and Racy Lacy. Two starts ago Where And When was a 130/1 outsider when Davies drove him at Gloucester Park last Monday week. He raced in sixth position in the one-wide line before finishing gamely to be third behind smart performers Four Grinners and Northview Punter over 1730m. Then Lewis drove Where And When in a 2130m event last Friday night when the old gelding started from the back line, raced three back on the pegs and did not show up, finishing ninth behind Asian Courage. But he meets weaker opposition this week. He possesses good gate speed and Lewis is likely to attempt to set the pace with a pacer who will be one of the main fancies, despite his poor WA record of one win and three placings from 33 starts, after winning 11 races at Globe Derby Park. One of Where And When’s chief rivals could be eight-year-old Caesars Cloud, who has been unplaced at ten starts since his latest success, at Kellerberrin 23 months ago. Caesars Cloud is ideally drawn on the inside of the back line. IMA GRUMPY JASPER HAS SOUND CLAIMS AT WEST AUSTRALIAN DEBUT Noted frontrunner Ima Grumpy Jasper has bright prospects of making a successful debut in Western Australia when he contests the 2130m TABtouch Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The five-year-old, to be driven by Chris Lewis for Banjup trainer Annie Belton, has led at six of his eight wins (seven in Victoria and one in South Australia) from 36 starts and he is ideally drawn at No. 3 on the front line. Ima Grumpy Jasper has not appeared since he started from a wide barrier and raced three wide for much of the way before finishing ninth behind Teo Enteo over 1720m at Melton last May. He led when second to Aitch Cue over 2240m at the same track at his previous start and was an all-the-way winner over 2240m three starts ago, sprinting over the final 400m in 28.3sec. and rating 1.56.7 three starts ago. There is sure to be an interesting battle for the early lead because Ima Grumpy Jasper and other front line runners Cheeryrose (barrier one), Our Boy Su (No. 2), Makah Warrior (no. 4) and Four Grinners (No. 5) all possess sparkling early speed. Cheeryrose led when a Northam winner three starts ago, Our Boy Su led and won at Bunbury last Saturday night, Makhah Warrior led and won easily over 2536m at Gloucester Park two starts ago and Four Grinners set the pace and won by more than three lengths from the talented Northview Punter over 1730m at Gloucester Park two starts ago. BUTCHER GETS HIS CHANCE WITH CHLOE VARGARITA Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. has engaged Shane Butcher to drive promising mare Chloe Vargarita inn the 2130m Onetogo Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and the five-year-old’s prospects rose sharply when she drew the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line. Butcher’s claim as a junior driver enabled Chloe Vargarita, an M1-class pacer, to draw a favourable barrier in the race restricted to mares assessed M0 to M2. Gary Hall jun. drove Chloe Vargarita when she was an impressive winner over 2130m last Friday night. She started from the inside of the back line and trailed the pacemaker Grin On The Beach for the first 1260m before Hall eased her out into the one-wide line as the field approached the bell. Chloe Vargarita was forced four wide 450m from home and she produced a strong finishing effort to get to the front 90m from the post and win from Big And Smooth, with the final 800m being covered in 57sec. on a rain-affected track. The consistent Ross Olivieri-trained Arousing will start from barrier two on the back line and she looks set to fight out the finish. Lucie Boshier and Kotare Ash, M2-class pacers, are capable of sharp improvement after recent unplaced efforts. by Ken Casellas  

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