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Changeover, the former Kiwi superstar who now stands at Burwood Stud near Brisbane, left metropolitan winners in four different States and in North America last week. Leading the vanguard for Changeover was the NZ bred Franco Totem, who won in 1:50.8 at the big Meadowlands Pace meeting on Saturday night (July 18). The Charging Moa, another Kiwi bred, scored in 1:52.8 at Tioga Downs, New York. On the home front, Notorious NZ won in a career-best 1:54 at Albion Park, Controversial NZ notched his 29th success at Menangle, Penny Bobbins scored at Melton and the three-year-old filly Ceebreez posted her first win at Globe Derby Park. Changeover has sired 104 individual winners this season worldwide and progeny earnings of $1,968,284.   By Peter Wharton

The Charging Moa N breezes to an easy harness racing win for driver Mike Merton in the $8,000 featured fillies & mares open handicap at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 17). Tay Tay M (Jim Taggart Jr) was the first to the front but that was short lived when the Charging Moa N ($3.90) took over before hitting the first quarter in :27.4. She controlled the pace using a :29.1 second quarter to hit the half in :57.0. She led them all to three-quarters in 1:24.4. As they made the turn for home second place finisher Tay Tay M gave everything she had but all she could do was watch as Charging Moa N found another gear and easily won in a seasonal best time of 1:52.4. Machs Echo (Jim Meittinis) finished third.   The Charging Moa N is a 9-year-old mare by Changeover. The mare is trained by Rob Harmon for owners Winners Circle Racing, Howudoin Stable, Richard Lerner, and Harmon Racing Stable. It was her second win of the season and her 24th career victory. Mike Merton drove three other winners on the day. He combined with trainer Gaston Lareau for wins with Blurred Lines ($8.30), and Sun Belle Slippery ($8.50). His other win came with A Yankee Feelin ($7.10). Lareau also trained Money Earned ($3.20) to a first place finish. Wally Hennessey leads all drivers so far this season with 38 wins. Mike Merton is second with 30 tallies. Tyler Buter (18), Corey Braden (13), and Renaldo Morales III (13) round out the top five. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 18) with a 12 race card starting at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

The smart Changeover gelding Motu Gatecrasher NZ pushed his stake tally to almost $200,000 when he led from end to end at Menangle on Saturday night (June 27). The gelding rated 1:54.5 over 2300 metres with the last 800 in 54.8 and 400 in a stunning 26.7 on the way to his 17th lifetime success. Kash Us Back, a four-year-old by Changeover, maintained his devastating form when he prevailed at Bathurst at a 1:56.2 rate. It was the gelding's seventh win this season and 11th lifetime. Other recent Changeover winners were Aqua Cruiser (Redcliffe), Adam Patron (Addington, NZ) and Franco Huntington (Invercargill, NZ). Changeover has sired 95 individual winners in Australia and NZ so far this season and progeny earnings of $1.72 million. By Peter Wharton

With The Band, a New Zealand-bred daughter of Changeover, is proving one of the 'finds' of the season at Albion Park. The harness racing five-year-old won twice at the Brisbane headquarters' track recently and has emerged successful on eleven occasions this season. Our Friend and Notorious, a pair of NZ bred geldings by Changeover, were winners at Albion Park last week. The former hoisted a new lifetime mark of 1:53 scoring by 15 metres, while the latter recorded a career-best 1:55.3. Other recent Australian winners by Changeover were Rakasinc NZ (1:57.8, Pinjarra) and Soho Beijing (1:59.8, Wagga). In NZ, Changeover was represented by a 'new' winner in Reflectionsofmylife (Addington) and the Invercargill victors Dachy (1:58.8) and Deus Ex (1:59.5). Changeover, who stands at Burwood Stud in Queensland's Darling Downs, has left 94 individual winners to date this season in Australia and NZ and progeny earnings of almost $1.7 million. By Peter Wharton

Burwood Stud (QLD) harness racing sire Changeover left the winners in three different countries and three States last week. Leading the charge were the highly promising mare Kotiro NZ, who outfinished her rivals in 1:54.5 at Albion Park, and Still Of The Night NZ, who won in a career-best 1:55.3 at Menangle. Other Australian winners have been the three-year-old filly Which Hunt (Redcliffe) and Sandoval NZ (Mildura). In New Zealand, the four-year-old Stinger Lindenny notched his fourth success at Invercargill, while the NZ bred Glenferrie Bronte scored in 1:53.4 at Scioto Downs, Ohio. Changeover has sired 93 winners in Australia and NZ to date this season and they have amassed almost $1.6 million in stakes. By Peter Wharton               Sent from Mail for Windows 10          

Burwood Stud flagship sire Changeover is heading for his best season on record. As at May 3, the champion harness racing son of In The Pocket had left 89 individual winners in Australia and NZ this season for progeny earnings of $1.48 million. Controversial NZ and Change Of Mind, both members of Changeover's first crop, scored at Menangle and Albion Park respectively last week. Controversial notched his 27th success and pushed his stake tally to beyond $190,000, while Change Of Mind posted win No. 25 and increased his earnings to more than $190,000.   By Peter Wharton

Edie Jaccka, a New Zealand bred daughter of harness racing Burwood Stud flagship Changeover, continues to progress through the classes in New South Wales. Having her first start for four months, the five-year-old led from end to end at Newcastle to make it five consecutive wins and four from four on Australian soil. Changeover was represented by metropolitan winners on either side of the continent recently. Controversial NZ posted win No. 26 and pushed his stake earnings to beyond $215,000 with a fine staying performance in 1:55.7 at Menangle, while Talkerup NZ overcame a wide passage to win her 10th race at Gloucester Park. She has won almost $125,000 in stakes. Another Changeover winner was Bar Naar Naar, who sprint-laned to her second success at Cranbourne. Changeover has sired 87 individual winners of 174 races and almost $1.4 million in stakes in Australia and NZ to date this season and is on target for his best season ever. By Peter Wharton

Changeover, whose harness racing progeny has topped the $10 million mark, left eleven individual winners in Australia and New Zealand in the last week of January. Undoubtedly the two star performers were Platinum Revolution NZ, who made it six for six this season with her 1:55.1 effort at Newcastle, With The Band NZ who notched her third win from as many starts in Australia at Albion Park (1:56.8) and Allwoods Treaty, a winner at Gloucester Park in a career-best 1:57.1. Changeover led in a winning treble at Geraldine, NZ last Saturday including two 'new' winners in Lilac Change and Auchtercairn and the repeat winner La Bella Vita (1:57.5) and a double at Bathurst on Sunday with the three-year-old The Mustang (1:56.8) and Kash Us Back (1:57.4). Other recent Changeover winners have been Raani (1:56.9, Charlton), Presidentialchange (Stawell) and Dachy (1:56.1, Wyndham, NZ). Peter Wharton        

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It figures the way things are going lately for harness racing driver Dexter Dunn that if he had a decision to make, it would be the right one. And in Saturday night's feature at the Meadowlands - the $37,500 Preferred for pacers - the red-hot driver naturally chose correctly. The 30-year-old native of New Zealand had choice of three in the race: Effronte A, who became harness racing's fastest performer of 2020 by virtue of a 1:48.3 clocking a week ago; Harambe Deo, an iron-tough winner of two of his last three; and Franco Totem N, who finished a close second in two of the last three weekly pacing features. Dunn opted for Franco Totem N and the 7-year-old gelded son of Changeover-Treaty Franco responded with a huge mile, clearing the lead while parked to the half in :55.2, taking bitter pressure from McThriller to three-quarters in 1:23.4, and then finishing the job by kicking home in :27.3 to hit the finish in 1:51.2. "He raced the way he looked.....great," said Dunn. "He's a very nice horse and doesn't take anything out of himself in the mile." Endeavor, the 2-1 second choice in the betting, left the gate from post six, but with many leavers to his inside, had to take back to last in the field of six before sprinting home in :26.4 after swinging three-wide at three-quarters to claim second, just a half-length back of the winner. Harambe Deo rallied for third. Effronte A was scratched.   Franco Totem N scored as the 6-5 public choice and returned $4.40 to his backers. He is trained by Nifty Norman, owned by Enzed Racing Stable and Jerry Kovach and now has 21 wins from 64 lifetime starts and $163,189 in his bank account. The remarkable Dunn, who took both features over the course of the weekend, kept winning at a torrid clip, recording five victories Saturday. Over the last three race cards, he's visited the winner's circle 16 times and now has a total of 23 victories to lead the Big M standings. Last Saturday, he hit victory lane on seven occasions to fall one win short of tying the Big M record. Yannick Gingras went toe-to-toe with Dunn over the course of this weekend's action, matching Dunn with four Friday winners and five Saturday scores, meaning the Dynamic Duo won 64 percent of the 28 races offered over the two-day race week. Trainer Ron Burke conditioned four of Gingras' Saturday winners. A LITTLE MORE: JL Cruze, the first trotter ever to break the 1:50 barrier at the Big M, won a high-end conditioned trot in 1:53.4 as the 1-9 favorite to win his second straight. ... Montrell Teague, who was the guest on the Big M's in-house "In the Sulky" interview segment, guided Kid PK to victory in the Dr. Martin Luther King Remembrance Race, an event that featured African-American drivers. ... Kid PK and driver Montrell Teague winning the MLK Pace Favorite players wore out a path to the windows as seven post-time choices scored. Twelve of the 14 races were won by horses whose odds were 5-2 or less. ... The second edition of the Cam-Am Pick-4 returned $77.14, in sharp contrast to last week's payoff of over $1,400. ... All-source handle on the program totaled $2,395,435. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. From the Meadowlands Media Department

The Charging Moa N (Changeover) made her local harness racing debut on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Patti Harmon-trained mare who drew post six in the six-horse Fillies and Mares Open came in as a winner of three races in four tries since coming to the U.S to compete out of the Harmon stable. The Charging Moa N wound up being the race's 7-5 betting favorite as she got away last among the featured pacing mares. With honest fractions being set up front by fellow out-of-towner Shellie De Vie (Greg Merton), The Charging Moa N remained at the back of the pack in a half mile that went in 56.3. Third-over approaching three-quarters, driver Jay Randall tipped The Charging Moa N three-wide and charge she did. The eight year old distaffer made an impressive move and swooped the group in a matter of strides, going last to first and accelerating away from her rivals before stopping the timer in 1:53.4 over a track labeled 'good.' The Charging Moa N paid $4.90 to win in her local debut and bested Shellie De Vie who finished second for an exacta that returned $15.20. Bontz N (Billy Dobson) rounded out the triple that came back $46.00. The Charging Moa N became the third lady pacer to win the local Fillies and Mares Open this season for Harmon and Randall as they teamed up for victories in the distaff this spring with mares January A and Coveredndiamonds N. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. There will be a $1,901 carryover in the Pick Five pool with the Pick Five beginning in the first race. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Lara harness racing trainer Dean Braun has had the uncanny knack over the years of consistently producing a more-than-handy pacer. And his latest “find” could easily be up there with his best, judging by an eye-catching performance on debut at Yarra Valley on Wednesday afternoon. Holy Basil (Changeover-Artistic Lass NZ (Artiscape USA) gave a sensational display to take out the first heat of the Thank You Dallas Sutton 3yo Pace and will almost certainly - and deservedly - start a warm favorite in next Friday’s $10,000 final at Melton. The three-year-old gelding really couldn’t have been much more impressive, stopping the clock at 1.54-2, just a whisker outside the track record. To watch the video replay click here. “He’s right up there with the best I’ve had and while he has phenomenal speed, he’s also just so sensible,” an elated Braun said. “I must say that I’d had my eye on him for a while and we didn’t hesitate when the chance to buy him from New Zealand came along a few months ago,” he said. Holy Basil Holy Basil is raced by Braun’s partner Pauline McColgan and longtime friend and stable client, Todd Struthers, of Tasmania and the pacer’s win was the second leg of a winning double for Braun at Yarra Valley.  He won earlier with War Dan (Bettors Delight-Kalypso (Safely Kept USA). Braun said Holy Basil caught his eye when he was watching a workout at Ashburton, NZ, and saw him ping off a last quarter of 25.5 secs. “He was obviously unraced then, but his performance was electric,” Braun said. “At this stage, I wouldn’t say that he is as quick as Chilli Palmer (who Braun trained to 12 wins, 11 placings and a brilliant 1.51-5 in Feb. 2014, Melton) but the indications are that he will be a special horse. “We were rapt with the way he went about his business at Yarra Valley. He’s still only a baby and it was great the way he handled it all, including working through the field from the back row in that blistering 27sec first quarter. “Then later when driver Greg Sugars found the front, there was a fair bit of pressure at one stage, so it was all pretty awesome.” Braun said he planned to give Holy Basil a short let-up after next week’s Melton run. Holy Basil “To be honest he’s probably not going quite as quick as he was a month ago, so a bit of a break will do him the world of good,” he said. “Then we might aim him for the Queensland Derby, but we’ll see how he comes back and what races are around.” Braun has seven in work and was quick to give his helpers a pat on the back for their valuable assistance. “Amanda Grieve is back with us, while Carson Miller helps out whenever he gets time off work, and my partner Pauline completes the team,” he said. In recent times, some well-credentialed speedsters have flown the flag for the Braun stable, in Carlas Pixel, Chilli Palmer, Magical Telf, Chancellor Cullen, Mustang Mach and Duplicated, to name a few. And it won’t be all that long before Holy Basil is spoken in the same breath! Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

WILKES-BARRE PA - 40 days ago, the Changeover pacing mare Areyoureadygirl N had never raced on U.S. soil. In Tuesday's $16,000 distaff feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, she proved that the answer implied in her name was a resounding "Yes!" with her fourth straight victory between here at Harrah's Philly, rallying for driver Andrew McCarthy from second-over for a one length harness racing victory in the mountain oval's headliner. After a third in her first United States start, the mare has been unstoppable for trainer Scott Di Domenico and owners CC Racing LLC, Dana Parham, and Triple D Stables Inc., already amassing $29,280 in under six weeks of "Yankee" racing. The crowd has caught on to her quickly, as she was the 1-2 favorite; finishing second was pocketsitting Gymnast Hanover, with Pocono's leading driver George Napolitano Jr. finding himself in the unusual situation of guiding the 41-1 longest shot on the board, though with his usual good result. Top three-year-old pacing filly Agent Q returns to the races Saturday at Pocono, competing in a division of the third prelim of her division's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes series. Starting from post seven for driver Scott Zeron, Agent Q will come into this race off three straight victories: the elimination and Championship of the Lynch Pace here at Pocono, and the Mistletoe Shalee at The Meadowlands. PHHA / Pocono

Sudden Change N (Jim Taggart Jr) makes a late four wide move to steal the harness racing Fillie's and Mare's Open at Tioga Downs on Saturday Night June 30.   Gweneeee J (Jim Meittinis) took the lead just after the first quarter and lead all the way to the top of the stretch.  The pacers went four wide in stretch.  Yes You Can (Tom Jackson) shot out first to claim the lead but Sudden Change N ($15.60) came widest and fastest of all to win in 1:51.4.  Sudden Change N (Changeover) is owned by Super Mile LLC and trainer Jody Reidel, would win for the third time this season.  Yes You Can captured second. Gweneeee J hung on for third. Taggart Jr. would win two others on the night.  Winning with Classic Can Dream ($4.60) in 1:53.2.  His first win of the night came with Townline Momma ($9.50). Leading driver Mike SImons would win four on this muggy Friday night in Nichols, NY.  Simons would win the second race with Iaquinta ($3.60) winning gate-to-wire by 11 lengths in the end in 1:52.0.  In race five he would command Caviart Griffin ($7.20) to the front before the half and hang on to win in 1:56.1.  Simon's next win would come during race eight with Charming Hill ($11.40) using a late move to win in deep stretch in 1:53.4.  Simon's would complete the grand slam with a win in race 12 driving Simple Saver N ($11.80) to victory in 1:52.2. Tioga Downs will not race on Saturday (July 1) because of the 38 Special concert.  Racing returns on Sunday (July 2) with a 13 race card starting at 1p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

New Zealand Cup winning harness racing hero Changeover is now a Queenslander. The former champion racehorse has quickly emerged as a leading stallion prospect with a number of talented types gracing the tracks throughout the world. Previously based at the famed Nevele R Stud in Christchurch, Changeover will stand the next breeding season at Burwood Stud on the Darling Downs of Queensland for Noel and Christine Denning. The addition of Changeover to the Queensland breeding ranks will be a massive boost for local breeders. He will stand alongside perennial performer Cammibest, exciting young stallion Lanercost and the trotter Brylin Boyz. A deal was recently struck which left generous harness racing benefactor Chris Garrard buying the In The Pocket stallion. Garrard, Brisbane based, has poured millions into the three racing codes via breeding, buying and sponsoring major events throughout Australasia over a long period of time. The keen breeder has been a huge supporter of Changeover following his retirement and landed a Group One winner last season when Changeoverme scored in the $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo Final for colts and geldings at Albion Park during the winter carnival. “This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce a proven producing stallion to local breeders, I jumped at the opportunity to purchase the stallion when offered and I truly believe he will be a great fit here in Queensland,” Garrard said. “After discussing it with Noel and Christine, I was thoroughly pleased that they were proud to stand this stallion at their stud. His numbers and results are very good and he’s still on the up plus he provides a great opportunity for breeders being a son of a super sire.” He added. As a racehorse, Changeover was scintillating winning 29 of his 66 career starts while baking more than $2.4 million. He raced at two with great success before his retirement as a six-year-old. His biggest victory came via the 2008 New Zealand Cup at Addington when scoring easily as the race favourite in a time of 3:56.4 – a mile rate of 1:58.8 for the 3200m standing start feature. At stud, Changeover has produced the likes of Run Oneover, Risk, Glenferrie Bronte, Nuala, Prince Of Pops, Sudden Change, Motu Gatecrasher, Controversial, Whitershadeofpale, Expressive Victor, Change The Rulz and Webb Ellis among many others. In recent times, the progeny of Changeover has enjoyed good success at Albion Park through the likes of The Charging Moa, Change The Nation and Charlyse among others. Last season, Changeover landed a feature race juvenile double in Queensland courtesy of Changeoverme (at Albion Park) and Heart Of Change (at Redcliffe). No service fee has been as yet. Chris Barsby

Prominent West Australian owner Steve Chapman was devastated four months ago when his star pacer My Hard Copy fractured a bone in a leg and plans for him to contest the rich harness racing TABtouch Inter Dominion championship series had to be scrapped. But now he is bubbling with enthusiasm and has high hopes of winning the $1.1 million final at Gloucester Park on Friday night with his second string pacer Run Oneover, whom he races in partnership with his wife Tina and their daughter Danielle. Ace trainer Gary Hall sen. has timed the five-year-old’s preparation perfectly for the big race to be run over the marathon journey of 2936m and top-flight reinsman Clint Hall gives the New Zealand-bred gelding a great chance of victory. “He can do it,” Clint Hall declared after Run Oneover drew favourably at barrier two on the front line. “You don’t get the chance very often to be able to lead and win the interdominion. So that’s my aim, to set the pace. “Run Oneover has emerged as a genuine prospect after his tremendous performances in the heats.” Hall sen. shared his son’s confidence, saying: “Run Oneover has gone from strength to strength in this carnival, and it’s exciting.” Run Oneover has struck peak form in the Inters heats, working hard in the breeze when a splendid one-length second to Hectorjayjay, setting the pace from barrier three and coasting to victory over Freyberg and Smolda at Bunbury and then starting out wide from the No. 8 barrier and dashing to the front after a lap and winning from Lennytheshark at Gloucester Park last Friday night.  Whether Run Oneover can forge to an early lead on Friday night is problematical. He has sound gate speed, but could have a problem wresting the early lead from Bling It On, who has a distinct advantage after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. Star New South Wales reinsman Luke McCarthy indicated after the barrier draw that he would drive Bling It On with aggression. “He’s got good gate speed and I’ll be going all-out to hold the frontrunning in the early stages,” he said. “After that I’ll decide whether it’s best to keep the lead or take the trail.” Most of the drivers in the final are likely to determine their tactics after the mobile releases the field. There is the possibility that reigning champion Lennytheshark (barrier four), Hectoryjayjay (nine) and Bettors Fire (eight) will charge forward in a bid for the early lead. Alternatively, the drivers of those pacers could well decide to restrain at the start and look for a handy position in the one-wide line. My Hard Copy unwound devastating finishing bursts to score brilliant victories in the past two WA Pacing Cups and he finished a sound sixth behind Lennytheshark in last year’s Inters final at Gloucester Park after being restrained at the start from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. It is interesting that Chapman purchased Run Oneover without realising that the gelding was closely related to the pocket sized sit-sprinter My Hard Copy.         Run Oneover is by Changeover (by In The Pocket) out of Presidential Belle, whose dam Nuclear Atom is a half-sister to Readallaboutit, the dam of My Hard Copy. The David Aiken-trained Hectorjayjay, a firm favourite for the final, is not particularly well bred on his dam’s side. Hectorjayjay is out of Sheer Finesse, who won six minor Victorian country events in the late 1990s and, apart from Hectorjayjay, has produced Teejay Fella (12 wins and $64,177), Wolfgang (three wins and $13,084) and De Santa Anna (seven wins and $39,900). Sheer Lace, the dam of Sheer Finesse, won at 17 of her 67 starts and earned $77,027. The best of her six winners was her first foal Country Duke, who earned $270,650 from 198 starts, which included 19 wins in Victoria and 26 in America. Hectorjayjay’s great, great, great granddam Cherry Blossom was the mother of champion New Zealand mare Robin Dundee, who dead-heated for first with Jay Ar in the final of the 1965 interdominion championship in Dunedin in 1965. While Hectorjayjay possesses dazzling early pace and is a brilliant frontrunner, he is also an outstanding sit-sprinter who can unwind a sizzling burst of speed at the end of his races. Twenty-three-year-old Josh Aiken has driven Hectorjayjay with great skill, aplomb and confidence in the heats. The six-year-old was not extended in winning all his heats. Many pundits rate Hectorjayjay as a devastating sprinter, but have some reservations about his staying ability. However, there is no doubt at all that Hectorjayjay will not be vulnerable over the 2936m of Friday night’s final. Hectorjayjay won the Len Smith Mile at Menangle in June this year, beating Lennytheshark in 1.50.5 over the 1609m journey and two weeks later he gave a phenomenal performance to charge home from a seemingly impossible position in second-last place 400m from home to win the 1660m Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park, rating 1.51.8. He has proved his staying strength with victories over 2627m and 2600m (twice). He also finished a splendid second to Ohoka Punter in the group 1 Blacks A Fake Classic over 2680m at Albion Park in July. Trainer David Aiken said that Hectorjayjay was far from being a one-dimensional pacer. “Josh won’t be intimidated by the occasion and he will have plenty of options,” he said. The barrier draw has made the final a most intriguing affair, with several pacers capable of winning the rich prize. Ace reinsman Gary Hall jun. is happy with Beaudiene Boaz’s draw as the only runner off the back line and he considers the five-year-old millionaire a strong each-way prospect. Here is the full field for the $1.1 million Final; 1 - Bling It On - by American Ideal 2 - Run Oneover NZ- by Changeover 3 - Our Jericho NZ - by Tomahawk 4 - Lennytheshark - by Four Starzzz Shark 5 - Joan Of Arc NZ - by Courage Under Fire 6 - Franco Nelson NZ - by Christian Cullen 7 - Smolda - by Courage Under Fire 8 - Bettors Fire NZ - by Bettor's Delight 9 - Hectorjayjay - by Dream Away 10 - Beadiene Boaz NZ - by Badlands Hanover 11 - The Bucket List NZ (EMG) - by Christian Cullen 12 - Our Jimmy Johnstone NZ (EMG) - P Forty Seven Ken Casellas

Leading harness racing trainers Greg and Skye Bond are setting a scorching pace in the early stages of the 2016-17 season and their ten runners, all bred in New Zealand, will have a massive following at Gloucester Park on Friday night. They have bright prospects of making a flying start by winning the second event, the $20,000 Clipsal By Schneider Pace, with Risk, a highly-promising five-year-old by Changeover. Risk, to be driven by Ryan Warwick, faces a stern test from the outside (No. 9) in the 2130m event. But he has the class to overcome that disadvantage. He started from the No. 9 barrier at his most recent appearance, over 2130m on September 23 when he raced in ninth and last position before dashing forward, three wide, to be fourth at the bell. He fought on grandly to finish second, just one metre behind Mynameskenny when the final quarters whizzed by in 27.8sec. and 28.3sec. His first five starts in WA have produced three wins and two seconds. His chief rival on Friday night is likely to be stablemate Burning, who is ideally drawn at barrier one. Burning raced three back on the pegs before running home solidly to be fourth behind Chicago Bull over 2130m last Friday night. He also produced a powerful burst when second to stablemate Ima Connoisseur two starts before that. Last-start winners Commander Chapel (Chris Lewis), Jambiani (Chris Voak) and Firebomb (Shannon Suvaljko) also will have admirers. The Bond stable has established a commanding early lead on the WA Statewide trainers’ premiership table, with 41 winners, followed by Gary Hall sen. (17) and Ross Olivieri (12). The Bonds also head the national table, with Queensland’s Chantal Turpin in second place with 29 winners. Warwick is in devastating form in the sulky and he leads the WA premiership table with 34 winners, well ahead of Gary Hall jun. (21), Chris Lewis (20), Nathan Turvey (18) and Michael Grantham (17). Warwick also leads the national list, 13 winners ahead of Queensland’s Shane Graham. He boasts a tremendous winning strike rate of 40 per cent.    Like the Bonds, Hall sen. has ten runners, all bred in New Zealand, engaged at the ten-event program on Friday night. All have sound prospects, with his best chances likely to be Beaudiene Boaz, Tact Major, King Lebron and Mach Time.  Ken Casellas

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