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Talented young reinsman Bailey McDonough has given punters a good lead by choosing to drive Salacious Gossip ahead of Talkerup and Ctheballerina in the 2130m #Gottatalentau Now On Channel 7 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “From barrier five I think we’ll try to use her gate speed in a bid to lead,” he said. “I think she’s got some hope.” He said that there were excuses for her fifth behind Tajie Baby over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week when she was restrained in the early stages and raced in ninth position in a field of 12 before starting a three-wide move approaching the bell. “She doesn’t handle it out wide, so that’s why I’m keen to use her early speed,” said McDonough, who has driven the WA-bred five-year-old mare to victory four times for his grandfather, Bunbury trainer Frank Bonnett. Talkerup, who was driven to an all-the-way victory at Gloucester Park a month ago, will be handled by Emily Suvaljko. Talkerup will start from the No. 4 barrier. Ctheballerina, a seven-year-old trained at Lowlands by Cheyenne King-Davies, will be driven by Kyle Harper from the coveted No. 1 barrier. However, she has been out of the winning list since leading and scoring over 2090m in Hobart in October 2017. She showed a glimpse of form over 1780m at Northam last Saturday night when she ran on gamely from four back on the pegs at the bell to finish third behind Amadeo. McDonough is looking forward to driving Hot Fraternity, a stablemate of Salacious Gossip, in the 2130m Sunday Night On Seven Pace. Hot Fraternity, a seven-year-old who has a record of 54 starts for nine wins and 21 placings, will be making her first appearance for 15 months when she starts from barrier three. “He’s coming back after a suspensory injury and after four recent trials I think he’s forward enough to at least run in the first three,” McDonough said. “I was pretty happy with his latest trial (a win by four lengths over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday week). He jumped to the front and just walked early before he ran on strongly over the final 400m in 27.7sec. “From gate three on Friday night we’ll use his gate speed and try to get to the front --- and then go from there.” McDonough will also drive the Tony Svilicich-trained pair of Four Starzzz Forsa and Vincenzo Peruggia, who are drawn out wide in races three and nine, respectively. Four Starzzz Forsa, who will start from barrier eight in the Rookie New On Channel 7 Pace, impressed McDonough when he drove the six-year-old for the first time last Friday night. From the No. 1 barrier the gelding trailed the pacemaker Simba Bromac and was hampered for room in the latter stages of the race before getting clear and finishing strongly to be a close third behind Simba Bromac and Major Pocket. “Barrier eight makes it very hard over a mile,” McDonough said. “Her went super last week. He’s like a big truck and takes a while to wind up. I didn’t pull the plugs; there was not enough room until very late.”   Ken Casellas

Talented young reinsman Bailey McDonough will be anxious to take full advantage of Clarenden Hustler’s sparkling gate speed when he drives the six-year-old from the prized No. 1 barrier in the $20,000 Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. In-form trainer Matt Scott engaged McDonough to drive Clarenden Hustler for the first time to gain a junior driver’s concession and a start in an event which has enabled the chestnut to drop significantly in class. Shannon Suvaljko has driven Clarenden Hustler, a former South Australian performer, in all his nine starts in Western Australia for two wins and two seconds. Clarenden Hustler started from the inside of the back line and trailed the pacemaker Handsandwheels in the group 2 Four and Five-Year-Old Championship over 2130m last Friday night before wilting to finish eighth behind Handsandwheels. But he will certainly appreciate racing in inferior company this week when his main dangers include Just Bet On Black, Smoldering Ashes, Luis Alberto and Aliman. Just Bet On Black, trained and driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, is in top form, but is not perfectly drawn at No. 4 on the front line. However, he has the ability to overcome this draw and prove hard to beat. He started from the No. 6 barrier when an impressive last-start winner, over 2536m last Friday week. He raced three wide early and then worked hard in the breeze before getting to the front and fighting on gamely to defeat the pacemaker Dominate The Dojo by a half-neck at a 1.58.5 rate, with final quarters in 27.7sec. and 29.3sec. Two weeks before that Just Bet On Black raced in fifth position, three back on the pegs before finishing powerfully to be a neck second to James Butt at a 1.54.4 rate over 1730m, with final quarters of 28.1sec. and 28.6sec. “He’s in somewhere near career-best form,” Egerton-Green said. “It’s been a long process and, touch wood, we’ve got him right and hopefully able to string a few nice runs together.”   Ken Casellas

Promising harness racing six-year-old Hot Fraternity has finished second from unfavourable barriers at his past three outings and will have to contend with the outside barrier (No. 9) in the 1730m TABtouch, The Brand That Funds The Industry Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His young reinsman Bailey McDonough is quietly confident that Hot Fraternity, prepared by his grandfather, Bunbury trainer Frank Bonnett, has the ability to overcome the awkward and challenging draw. “He’s going really good when bad draws haven’t helped him,” he said. “He’s got another bad draw on Friday night, but it is a weaker field than the ones he has been racing in and he gets his chance to break through for a win. “I like him over the short 1730m trip. In the sprint races he travels well in running and seems to finish off a lot stronger on the bit. On Friday night he should land close enough to them (after the start) in the field of ten. Hopefully, he can make a move or track another horse up (as the race develops). “He was really good when second to Wesley at Bunbury last Saturday night.” In the Bunbury race over 2100m, Hot Fraternity started from barrier six and was restrained to the rear. He raced in eighth position until McDonough switched him three wide with a lap to travel. He sustained his three-wide effort to move to second at the 250m mark before fighting on grimly to be second to Wesley, with the final 400m being covered in 27.5sec. He started out wide at barrier nine at his previous outing, over 2536m at Gloucester Park and he impressed in sustaining a strong burst, out wide, and finishing second to Greenngold, with final sections of 28.7sec. and 29.1sec. He led from barrier five when beaten in the final stride by the fast-finishing Messi a week before that. McDonough, one of the State’s up-and-coming drivers, will handle outsiders from the Tony Svilicich stable in Looks Promising (race one) and Shardons Rocket (RWWA Cup) before driving the Bonnett-trained Estilo in the final event, the Chinese New Year Fireworks Night Pace over 2536m. Estilo has been unplaced at his past nine starts since McDonough drove him to victory over 2100m at Bunbury early last November. “Dean Miller drove Estilo when sixth behind Wesley at Bunbury on Saturday night and he said that he got home really well,” McDonough said. “I think he can hold up early and then I’ll assess my options from there. He’s definitely a top-four chance.” Ken Casellas

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