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The much-travelled and handy Victorian performer Stroke of Luck ran a sparkling trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning and is poised for a strong performance in the Mondo Doro Smallgoods Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He raced three back on the pegs in an Indian file five-horse trial before being switched three wide approaching the home turn and finishing strongly to get up and win narrowly from stablemates Motu Premier and Space Junk, rating 1.57.1, with final 400m sections in identical 27.5sec. Stroke of Luck, a seven-year-old by American stallion Major In Art, will be driven by Chris Voak from the inside of the back line in Friday night’s event in which he will clash with his talented Ross Olivieri-trained stablemate Gee Jay Kay and in-form pacers Parisian Partygirl, Our Rhythm N Blues and Ideal Investment. Stroke of Luck has had 52 starts for 12 wins (six in New Zealand and six in Victoria) and 16 placings. He has also raced once in Adelaide when fourth behind Kerryn Manning-trained stablemate Pat Stanley in the group 2 South Australian Pacing Cup over 2645m at Globe Derby park on February 8 this year. Keen harness racing enthusiasts will recall when Manning brought the gelding to Perth to contest a heat and the final of the San Simeon Pace late in 2017. He finished second to El Jacko in the heat and worked hard in the breeze before fading to eleventh behind Mista Shark in the final. He has had 11 starts in his current campaign which has produced one win (beating Murranji Track by a head in the 1790m Italian Cup at Mildura on March 6), two seconds and one third placing. At his most recent appearance Stroke of Luck was restrained from barrier six and finished powerfully from last at the 550m mark in the field of seven to finish a half-length third behind Im Sir Blake over 2180m at Stawell. At his previous outing he started from the outside barrier in a field of seven, was last at the bell and sixth 450m from home before running on strongly to finish second to Crime Writer over 2180m at Terang. “He’s found a nice race to start off with, which is nice,” said Olivieri. “We are happy with the trial. The three of them split the line. Going into the trial Stroke of Luck was slightly fitter than Motu Premier and Space Junk. He’s come off a racing campaign in Victoria and has been here for five weeks. “He’s got all that race fitness, whereas Space Junk and Motu Premier, who will be resuming racing on Friday night after a spell, will have to start from scratch.” Olivieri said that he fancied Stroke of Luck ahead of talented four-year-old Gee Jay Kay, who resumed after a spell last Friday night when he raced three wide early and then in the breeze before wilting to finish eighth behind Cyclone Banner. “I was disappointed with the run,” said Olivieri. “This week he will be driven differently; he won’t be used up early and will save his best for the second half of the race.” Kyle Harper, who will drive polemarker Parisian Partygirl, advised punters to disregard the mare’s seventh in a field of eight behind Typhoon Tiff last Friday night when she started from the outside barrier and raced in last place in an Indian file affair in which Typhoon Tiff dawdled through the opening quarters of the final mile in 33.3sec. and 30.3sec. “Parisian Partygirl had no chance of getting into the race,” said Harper. “She should go much better from the inside draw.”   Ken Casellas

Star reinsman Chris Voak has established a reputation in recent years of winning the final race at Gloucester Park meetings and punters should rally to support him when he drives speedy Black Jack Baby in the eleventh event, the Westsired Pace for two-year-old fillies, on Friday night. “Black Jack Baby is a standout filly and she is my best drive on the program,” Voak declared. Black Jack Baby, bred, owned and trained by Shane Quadrio, is favourably drawn at barrier two in the field of nine in the 2130m event. Her six starts have produced five wins and a close second placing. At her first appearance for two and a half months Black Jack Baby raced in third position in an Indian file affair of five runners last Friday week and caused an upset when she sprinted brilliantly over the final 400m in 26.9sec. to win by a head from the hot favourite Talks Up A Storm, with Powerplay in third place. “She sat three wide for the final 400m and that was the impressive thing. The leader is a very good colt and he had every chance. Shane told me that Black Jack Baby has got faster since her break. I always knew she was a good sprint horse. The fact that she led in races was because she had the gate speed. However, I always thought she would be a better sit and sprint horse.” Aiden de Campo, who is driving in dashing style, has seven drives on the program. He said not one of his drives was a certain winner, but reckoned most had fair each-way prospects, given a little bit of luck. He leant towards Bettor Be Oscar (race seven), Blue Chip Adda (race five), Walsh (race three), Baylan Jett (race four) and Keptain Courageous (race six) as his best prospects. Carter Micheal, who has a combined losing margin of 154.8 metres from his past four starts (for a twelfth placing, an eleventh and two tenths), will be one of the fancies for the first event, the TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained by Nathan Turvey, the New Zealand-bred six-year-old, is ideally drawn at barrier two in the 2130m event. He will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, who said: “On his run two starts ago when a fading tenth behind Runaway Three, you couldn’t suggest him at all. He sat one-one and dropped out. “Nathan said he expects the horse to improve. He said that he probably had him a bit far off the mark than what he thought. He drove him last week to see where he was at. He reckons he’ll be a lot better this week. It’s a decent draw, and as long as Nathan is right, he’ll be in the mix.” Hall said that he really fancies Robbie Easton in race four in which he will start out wide from barrier eight. “He won with his head on his chest last week,” he said.   Ken Casellas

Lovable larrikin reinsman Chris Voak likes to look back and have a bit of a laugh about his early days of trying to get a start in the sport of harness racing. Now a star in Western Australia Voak recently posted his 100th winner for season 2019-20 - the ninth consecutive time he's achieved the feat. But there's no doubt that the accomplished and aggressive reinsman did the hard yards to achieve his dream. He's one of 10 highly regarded Australian drivers competing in the Decron Horse Care/Noel Smith Memorial Invitation Drivers Championship at Horsham on Monday. Voak is competing with Victorians Chris Alford, Kate Gath, Kima Frenning, Jason Lee, Greg Sugars and Kerryn Manning; Nathan Dawson (Qld); Mark Yole (Tas); and Ryan Hryhorec (SA) in four ratings-exempt events. And although he's rubbing shoulders with the best now, it's a credit to the champion - known as the "Voak Train" - that he stuck fat to his dream. "I guess I was destined to be involved in harness racing one way or another, because right from when I was born, I grew up with horses around me," Voak said. "My mum and dad, Linley and Danny, always had a couple as a hobby and as they say, once it gets in your blood, it's hard to get out!" But it wasn't a straight progression into the sport, Voak training as an electrician after he left school. "That was okay until they put me onto part-time and my bank balance started getting down a bit," he said. "I needed to do something else and my dad suggested I have a go at driving. I started in 2009 and had a claim but it was hard work trying to get a start. "My first winner was Impulsive Gift at Gloucester Park on February 14 and in the next 16 months I probably only got about 30 drives. "I remember getting offered two drives at a Kalgoorlie meeting one night and I took them-I don't know why - because it was about a seven-hour drive and I had no money. "I had a tank of fuel and $80 cash and went up the night before and slept in my car and froze. "Both the drives were on the rank outsiders but fortunately I got up on one of them at 99/1. The trainer gave me a $100 sling and I rang my fiancée Asha and told her I wasn't driving back cos I could afford to stay in a motel!" Voak said his lucky break came after pestering successful Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri for race drives. (Olivieri made his name as a top-flight tennis player who competed on the world circuit before turning his hand to harness racing.) "I even had a mate sending Ross text messages on my behalf," Voak laughed. "Then Ross grabbed me aside one day at Pinjarra and basically asked me to stop all the calls because he had a junior driver, but he told me he'd give me a go when there was an opportunity." And that chance came later when Olivieri's claim driver called in sick. "Ross rang me out of the blue and said if I could get to a trots meeting within the next two hours, there was two drives for me. I was doing electrical work in Subiaco at the time but I spoke to my boss, who knew how much I loved the sport, and he told me to go for it. "They were both roughies but I can say I did drive them perfectly and finished in the placings and from that day on, I was the Olivieri stable claim driver." Voak has now been with the Olivieri team for the past decade (never missing the two-days a week trackwork driving) and has 1243 wins and 2539 placings to his name for $12M in stakes. "Dad was always big on making the most of your opportunities, so I have to credit him with that. I've learnt the best way in getting the most out of it is just to work hard and make the most of your opportunities. "But I've also been lucky to have a lot of loyal supporters in family, friends, owners and trainers. You don't get to where you are without that. "My fiancée Asha has been awesome and her family are involved in the sport. I actually drove a winner for them at Bunbury on Tuesday. I never thought I'd be doing what I am-I'll be so happy if it keeps going well. I keep telling the younger ones to work hard." Voak says one of his most favorite victories was for his dad on a former Queensland "battler" he had leased. "Dad's done okay over the years winning a York Cup and a few other nice races, but he took on a horse called Shamrock Tango and won a race in the central wheatbelt region," Voak said. "That was enough for Dad to decide the horse was good enough to run in the San Simeon at Gloucester Park, which is a heat and final series for metro maidens," he said. "We were lucky to get a start in the heats because the nominations were light, so we went around at 33/1 and I stayed on the pegs to finish fourth and qualify for the final. "In the final, dad instructed me to give the horse a chance- to put him three deep at the 1000m. I didn't quite have the faith my family did and I was bit concerned that I could be staring down at a six week stretch for an inappropriate drive! But we ended up winning by a length at 70/1. "That was my first listed race. It was a Group Two event I think, but what a thrill. The horse actually went on and won six of his next eight starts." Voak said he'd never consciously made a decision to turn to driving on a full-time basis. "It's sometimes in the back of my mind that the dream could end. There's so many talented juniors coming through and there's always the thought that one day I might be forgotten and put on the back burner," he said. "I'm nearly 32, but I'm keen as ever. I'm grinding it out as hard as I was when I started. There's a lot of travelling because I'm doing at least four meetings a week, but that doesn't worry me. "The closest I've got to winning the State Drivers premiership is a second and a third and I'd love to claim that title this year. "For the moment, though, I'm looking forward to Monday and getting to Horsham because it's a great chance to catch up with the other drivers. "I'll be doing my best to win it though - I've been twice before and haven't managed to yet, so all bets will be off when we get on the track!"   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Last week, much of the commentary around the Free-For-All was around the Gary Hall Snr-trained duo of King Of Swing and Chicago Bull and whether the challenger could topple the champ. As it turned out, the even less celebrated Hall Snr-trained pacer Whozideawasthis toppled them both. All three pacers are back again this week. However, a new contender re-emerges to try and take down Chicago Bull, widely regarded as the nation's best pacer. Vultan Tin returns to the track after two Friday night's off in this week's Life Is On Schneider Electric Free-For-All (2130m). The seven-year-old was unplaced at his three most recent starts, following a win on Easter Thursday. Despite the slightly patchy form and presence of Hall Snr's runners, connections of Vultan Tin have reason to be buoyant this week, given he will start from barrier two.  Vultan Tin's stablemate Anime has the inside draw, while King Of Swing, Chicago Bull and Whozideawasthis have drawn four, five and six respectively. Maczaffair, who made a strong return last week in the Fillies and Mares Free-For-All, rounds out the field from barrier three. Reinsman Chris Voak said he expected Vultan Tin to have little issue finding a prominent position from barrier two, but indicated the small field could bring about his undoing. "I couldn't imagine him (Anime) holding us out," Voak told GPTV. "I don't like these five horse fields...especially for Vultan Tin because they've got too many horses for speed that will zap him late. "It's been like that the last few times he's had to sit in the breeze. "This time he looks to be able to lead, but we've probably got King Of Swing peppering us. "It's a good test." Later in the night, Voak will look to deliver himself and trainer Ross Olivieri their first win in the Group 1 Diamond Classic (2130m) when they team up with Run For Mercy. Run For Mercy went within a short half-head of winning her Diamond Heat, narrowly falling short of Askmeilltellya. The Pet Rock filly has put together two wins and four placings from six career starts and Voak said he'd always had a liking for her over Double Expresso, despite her inferior record. "Ross had her and Double Expresso working up and I said to Ross 'if I can have the choice I'm taking her'," he said. "As it turned out, Double Expresso won her first five straight. "I think Run For Mercy is very underrated against Double Expresso. "She hasn't been hidden in any of her races, I reckon she's had to sit in the breeze for 80 per cent of them." Run For Mercy has drawn barrier 12 for the feature and Voak said it suited his filly perfectly. "I think it's been kind to us and unkind to a few of the other major players," he said. "Run For Mercy's trackwork (on Tuesday morning) was as good as it's been. "I think it's the most exciting race on the program." Voak also has the drive on leading fancies Veiled Secret, Crystal Sparkles and Captured Delight on the program.    Tim Walker

In-form reinsman Chris Voak has given punters a valuable tip by electing to drive Warriors Code in preference to the in-form Ross Olivieri-trained pair of Atmospherical and Ardens Concord in the Bowen Bizlink Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “Warriors Code is a good frontrunner and with him drawing the No. 1 position I picked him as my drive ahead of the other two, who have drawn six and five, respectively,” Voak explained. Warriors Code, bred, owned and trained by Shane Quadrio, is a locally-bred four-year-old who has won at six of his 30 starts, including all-the-way victories when driven by Voak at his two most recent outings, over 2190m at Northam and 2130m at Gloucester Park earlier this month. He beat Soho Mercury by 10m at Northam and then just held on to beat Harry Haich by a short half-head at Gloucester Park. Voak has driven Ardens Concord to his only victory in WA and he has driven Atmospherical at all the gelding’s ten starts for Olivieri for three wins, two seconds and two thirds. Ardens Concord has resumed after a spell in good form, with a first-up third to Campora after working hard in the breeze, followed by a solid fourth behind Soho Chelsea last Friday night when he was affected by broken gear and raced wide early before working in the breeze and eventually gaining the one-out, one-back trail. He will be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green. Stuart McDonald will drive Atmospherical, who set the pace and fought on grandly when second to Caviar Star in a 2503m standing-start event last Friday night. A week earlier Atmospherical was eighth at the bell before finishing powerfully, out six wide, to be third behind Be On Guard. Warriors Code might not have things all his own way in Voak’s bid to set the pace. Brookies Jet, a fast-finishing second to Soho Chelsea last week, is favourably drawn at barrier two and Shannon Suvaljko is likely to press forward at the start with the seven-year-old who has set the pace in seven of his 15 wins. The Steve Burton-trained All Jokes Aside (Bailey McDonough) possesses excellent gate speed and, from barrier four, could make a bold bid for the early lead.   Ken Casellas

Smart pacers El Jacko and Vultan Tin have developed a keen rivalry this season and their clash in the $25,000 Westral Outdoor Patio Blinds Pace over 2130m will be a highlight of the ten-event program at Gloucester Park on Friday night. El Jacko, prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, produced an eye-catching performance when a fast-finishing second to Vultan Tin in the Group 2 City of Perth Cup last Friday night and he has excellent prospects of turning the tables on his arch rival this week. Leading reinsman Ryan Warwick resumes as El Jacko’s driver this week after handling stablemates in El Jacko’s past five starts. Warwick and El Jacko have formed as powerful combination, with Warwick in the sulky at 14 of the New Zealand-bred six-year-old’s 17 wins in Western Australia. El Jacko is the only runner on the back line in Friday night’s race and Warwick will have many tactical options. Vultan Tin, to be driven by Chris Voak for Coolup part-owner and trainer Phil Costello, will start from the No. 4 barrier and Voak looks set to take advantage of the seven-year-old’s good gate speed. Vultan Tin set the pace from barrier two in last week’s Cup. He had an easy time and was not challenged in front. After leisurely opening quarters of the final mile in 31.1sec. and 29.3sec. Vultan Tin sprinted over the final 400m sections in 28.2sec. and 27.8sec. as he strolled to a two-length victory over El Jacko. El Jacko, driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, started from the back line and raced in seventh position in the one-wide line. He was six wide on the home turn, ninth at the 100m mark and eighth with 60m to travel as he flew home into second place. He made up three lengths on Vultan Tin in the straight. Vultan Tin and El Jacko should again fight out the finish this week as their trainers prepare them for an assault on Group 2 $50,000 features in the next few weeks the RWWA Cup, Governor’s Cup and Pinjarra Cup.  Apart from El Jacko, the Bond stable will be represented in this week’s Free-For-All by Mitch Maguire (Nathan Turvey) and Our Jimmy Johnstone (Egerton-Green). Byford trainer Ross Olivieri has three runners, Mr Mojito (Shannon Suvaljko), Im Full of Excuses (Chris Lewis) and Itz Bettor To Win (Stuart McDonald), who have drawn barriers one, two and three, respectively.  Capel trainer Andrew de Campo is hoping for a strong forward showing from Handsandwheels (Aiden de Campo) and Blythewood trainer Michael Brennan will be represented by veteran The Bucket List (Michael Grantham).     Handsandwheels ran home determinedly from sixth at the bell to finish third in the City of Perth Cup, and The Bucket List was tenth at the bell before surging home, out wide, into fifth place. Ken Casellas

Vultan Tin has continued his outstanding run of form, taking out the Group 2 City Of Perth Cup (2536m) at Gloucester Park last night. The seven-year-old always looked the one to beat when he drew barrier two earlier in the week, together with his impressive win at Free-For-All level last week. Reinsman Chris Voak was able to find the front with ease in the early stages and control the race from there. Vultan Tin ran home in 56.0 and scored by 5.7m to the in-form El Jacko, while Handsandwheels was third. Voak said Vultan Tin would likely continue his campaign to the Pinjarra Cup on March 4 and hoped he would be able to win his share of Free-For-All races in the absence of Chicago Bull. Meanwhile, Shockwave has stamped himself as one of the horses to beat for the WA Derby in April, as he made it back-to-back wins for trainer Ryan Bell and reinsman Gary Hall Jnr. As he did last week, Shockwave had too much speed at the start for favourite Gee Jay Kay and was able to record a comfortable victory. Hall Jnr said he was looking forward to Shockwave taking on some of the superior three-year-olds ahead of the Derby. "He's going through the motions at the moment, he's doing it very easily," he told RWWA Harness. "It’s going to be very draw dependent. "This horse, from what he shows me in front, I doubt whether there's one in it that could bully him the whole race and beat him. "If he copped pressure in front, I think he could still hold them off. "The horse is getting fitness and confidence under his belt." Trainer-reinsman combination Andrew and Aiden De Campo also enjoyed a winning double on the program, with Michael Joseph taking out the Dorro's Dash Pace (2130m), before Mary Catherine won the Past President's Cup (2130m). Mary Catherine was able to hold the lead from barrier one and never looked in any danger of being beaten, despite the best efforts of WA Pacing Cup placegetter Maczaffair in second. Gary Hall Snr also enjoyed a winning a double on the night, with Campora making the most of barrier one in the Crystalpack Stakes (1730m), while Chok Chai made a winning return in the Crystal Printing Pacing Pace (1730m). RWWA

In-form reinsman Chris Voak has elected to drive Vultan Tin over tough mare Gotta Go Gabbana in Friday night’s Group 2 City Of Perth Cup (2130m) at Gloucester Park. A better barrier draw, together with Vultan Tin’s impressive record in Free-For-All company, swayed Voak to drive the Phil Costello-trained pacer. “He’s got her measure at this stage,” Voak said. “He’s going really well at the moment and was really good last week. “Gotta Go Gabbana’s work last Friday was exceptional, but it’s a big step up taking on the big boys at Free-For-All level.” Vultan Tin bounced back to winning form in last week’s 2536m Free-For-All at Gloucester Park, where he finished powerfully to beat Always Arjay and Saying Grace. Following the win last week, Voak said the Pinjarra Cup in March would be a suitable target for Vultan Tin. Prior to that, the gelding finished third in the Fremantle Cup and 10th in the WA Pacing Cup. Voak said he expected Vultan Tin to lead and be hard to beat from barrier two in Friday’s $50,000 feature. “He felt really good last week and I expect him to feel even better this week,” he said. “I think over the 2536 they will be happy to sit on Vultan Tin. “A lot of the runners on the front line probably won’t like to be used off the gate over the 2536. “El Jacko probably looks the hardest to beat, so I’d like to see him shuffled back from barrier 11.” Despite not electing to drive Gotta Go Gabbana, Voak said he expected a completive showing from the mare as well. A field of 11 has assembled for the Group 2 event, with Argyle Red drawn in barrier one, while other notable runners include Eden Franco (barrier eight) and Vampiro (nine). Vultan Tin forms a key part of Voak’s six drives on the night and rated Anime as his next best chance on the program. The first event at Gloucester Park on Friday night gets underway at 5.40. Meanwhile, trainer-reinsman Kristian Hawkins is recovering from a torn calf and ligament damage, following an incident in the Busselton Cup last Friday night, which he detailed on TABradio this morning. Hawkins was driving Danieljohn in the $15,000 event before he was involved in a fall soon after the start and was taken to hospital for scans. Hawkins said he feared initially he had done more than ligament damage to his foot. “They always look a lot worse than they are when there are carts going everywhere,” he said. “The horse in front of me was Budd Sidewinder and I was following him. “Ash Markham (Our Bobbydazzler) and I were racing pretty tight…no one was giving anybody any room into that first corner. “We would’ve been okay if that horse hadn’t of come down, but when that horse came down we were racing so tight there was no room for anyone to move. “I went straight over the top of the ones that had fallen…I don’t think it was anybody’s fault. “I thought it was broken (leg) at the time but luckily it wasn’t. “Luckily everyone came out of it unscathed and the horses were alright.”   Tim Walker

Vultan Tin, firmly on track to contest the rich summer carnival cups this month, will be the odd horse out when he starts from the prized No. 1 barrier in the $25,000 Direct Trades Supply Free-For-All over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The West Australian-bred seven-year-old will be clashing with nine New Zealand-bred pacers and has bright prospects of leading all the way. Trained at Coolup by Phil Costello, Vultan Tin will be driven by Chris Voak, who is sure to make full use of the gelding’s good gate speed and ability as a frontrunner. Eight of his 18 victories have been achieved when he has set the pace. It will pay to completely disregard Vultan Tin’s last-start eighth behind My Field Marshal in the 1730m Village Kid Sprint last Friday night when he started out wide at barrier No. 8 and was restrained to the rear before starting a three-wide move about 550m from home. He was then forced extremely wide and had no chance of making ground on the leaders. At his previous outing, a fortnight earlier, Vultan Tin started from the outside barrier in a field of nine and quickly dropped back to the rear before Voak sent him forward to challenge Rocknroll Lincoln for the lead. He was unable to get to the front and then overraced in the breeze before hanging on grimly to finish second to Rocknroll Lincoln, with final quarters in 27.5sec. and 28.4sec. A week before that, Vultan Tin started from barrier four in a field of six and he raced in fifth position on the pegs before finishing strongly to dead-heat for first with Runrunjimmydunn in the 2130m event. The final sections were covered in 27.6sec. and 27.8sec. Runrunjimmydunn looms large as a serious rival for Vultan Tin. The five-year-old who is prepared by Gary Hall Snr, maintained his good form when he enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before fighting on gamely to finish third behind My Field Marshal. Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond hold a strong hand in this week’s event, with four of the ten runners El Jacko, Rock Diamonds, Vampiro and Mitch Maguire --- with the State’s leading reinsman and the stable’s No. 1 driver Ryan Warwick giving punters a lead by opting to handle Mitch Maguire, the solitary runner off the back line. Mitch Maguire raced three back on the pegs and fought on well when fourth in the Village Kid Sprint at his first appearance since finishing strongly to win a 2503m stand from As Happy As Larry a month earlier. El Jacko, a fast-finishing last-start winner, will begin from barrier three with Dylan Egerton-Green in the sulky; Aiden de Campo will drive Rock Diamonds from barrier seven and Colin Brown will handle Vampiro from the outside barrier (No. 9). Bettor Not Bitter gets his chance Locally-bred six-year-old Bettor Not Bitter has bright prospects of ending a losing sequence of 23 and a 15-month drought when he starts from the 10m mark in the 2503m Better Your Bet With TABtouch Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His past two runs have been a firm indication that he is ready to return to the winning list. He started from the outside of the back line in a 2130m mobile event last Friday night and impressed in finishing a close fourth behind Carter Micheal. He raced three wide for the first 300m and then worked hard in the breeze before taking a narrow lead 200m from home and fighting on grimly over the final stages. A week before that he began out wide from barrier seven and raced without cover in the first circuit before enjoying a good sit, one-out and one-back, and then ran home gamely to finish second to the pacemaker Machiatto in a 2130m mobile. Bettor Not Bitter, to be driven by Ryan Warwick for star trainers Greg and Skye Bond, is a capable standing-start performer who has had 12 runs in stands for three wins, three seconds, one third and two fourths. His main rival appears to be the Ross Olivieri-trained Carrera Mach, who is ideally suited from barrier two on the front line, with Chris Lewis in the sulky. Carrera Mach has struck a purple patch with four wins from his past five starts. He enjoyed a perfect sit in the one-out, one-back position before fighting on doggedly to snatch a half-head victory from Lightning Jolt in a 2130m mobile event on Monday night. Carrera Mach set the pace and won easily from Trust My Judgement in a 2560m stand at Northam nine nights earlier. Four-year-old Carrera Mach, the youngest and least experienced runner in the field, with seven wins, seven seconds and one third from 24 starts, boasts a record in stands of four starts for two wins and two seconds. At the other end of the scale and at the other end of the scale are seasoned campaigners Courage Tells and Tanaka Eagle. Courage Tells, an evergreen 11-year-old trained by the Bonds, will be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green from the 10m mark. He won for the 34th time from 203 starts when he set the pace and beat Bettor Be Lively and Mighty Flying Thomas in a 2130m mobile on Monday night. Tanaka Eagle, an eight-year-old trained by Reg Phillips, has won at 23 of his 211 starts. He caught the eye two starts ago when he ran home solidly from sixth at the bell to finish second to Our Max Phactor in a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park and two starts before that he made most of the running to win a 2631m stand at Pinjarra, beating Importer Exporter and Courage Tells.   Ken Casellas  

Punters will be forced to take a very short quote about Stefsbest in the eighth race at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but he should post an all-the-way victory. The Ross Olivieri-trained four-year-old entire has finished ninth, fifth and 11th at his last three starts at headquarters - not very encouraging stats when you’re thinking about investing your hard-earned on him. However, Stefsbest drew wide in all three of those races and on two occasions raced against the very best in his age group in the 4YO Championship and the Golden Nugget. Regular reinsman Chris Voak will be looking to make the most of Stefsbest’s pole draw and, barring accidents, he should be saluting. Stefsbest entered Olivieri’s stable about three months ago after a mediocre career in Victoria. He managed only two wins and seven placings in the east, but has improved out of sight under the care of Olivieri. Stefsbest put a classy field of four-year-olds to the sword in a Nugget Prelude at GP just over a month ago when Voak speared him straight to the top from his inside gate. He recorded a mile rate of 1:55.8 for the 2130m journey - the same distance of Friday night’s race - coming home the last 800m in a slick 57.3 and won as he pleased. Horses such as King Of Swing, Lincs Tiger, Fizzing and Dancing With Mach we’re left floundering when Voak “cut the ribbons”. The victory was the third in a row for Stefsbest and underlined his raw ability. Consistent mare Sea Me Smile has drawn the inside of the back line and should get a great trailing run behind Stefsbest. She looks a terrific chance to finish in the money. Dominate The Dojo (gate two), Absolution (three), Luis Alberto (eight) and Anime (11) are all first-four players. However, they’ll all have their work cut out beating Stefsbest. The Voak Train should be toot-tooting in race eight and punters can make Stefsbest a banker in the last leg of the main quaddie.   Wayne Currall

Tough mare Millview Sienna has caused one of the great Group 1 upsets in last night’s Mares Classic (2536m) at Gloucester Park, storming home to defeat classy mare Eden Franco. The barrier draw for the Group 1 event opened up the possibility for there to be an upset, after fancied runners Eden Franco and Maczaffair were dealt tricky draws. There was plenty of action in the early stages, as Our Angel Of Harlem and Eden Franco both tried to cross to the front, in doing so Chris Voak, driving Gotta Go Gobana, was left with a flat tyre. Eden Franco and Our Angel Of Harlem eventually were able to lead the field, as Millview Sienna settled three pairs back on the inside. Reinsman Aldo Cortopassi was able to get away from the inside on the back straight in the final lap and was able to set out after Eden Franco. Eden Franco appeared to have the race in her keeping 100m from the finish, but Millview Sienna produced a strong finishing burst to record her 11th victory from 45 starts. It was Cortopassi’s first Group 1 success, while it was a second win at the top level for trainer Ray Williams. Millview Sienna’s win kick-started what could be a huge weekend for the Williams family, with Ray’s son Grant, together with Grant’s wife Alana, saddling up the two favourites in the Kingston Town Classic at Ascot. Williams Snr said he had received great support from his son, who carved out a successful Harness Racing career prior to switching to the thoroughbreds. “I don’t think I’ve set the standard, but I hope it helps them,” he said. “I had a phone call from him when she crossed the line.” Williams Snr said he was hoping Millview Sienna would be able to figure in the finish and admitted the mare could be better than he gave her credit for. “The draw she got, I thought with a bit of luck she could hang in there and run in the first five,” he said. “When she won, I couldn’t believe it, I love the way she went to the line. “I suppose we have to start thinking a bit more positively with her now.” She Could Be Good, a $151 chance with TABtouch, finished third in the Group 1 event. Meanwhile, Jack Mac is in doubt for next week’s Group 1 Golden Nugget, after he pulled up sore from his win last night’s Nugget Prelude. Benhope Rulz loomed up to Jack Mac in the home straight and the favourite looked vulnerable for a fleeting moment. However, the Barry Howlett-trained pacer fought on to win by 2.5m. Lewis said it was likely to be just a foot abscess for Jack Mac, who now needs a vet certificate to race in next Friday’s four-year-old feature. “He did dip at the 300 as if he trod on something,” he said. “From then on, he was a little bit sore, so I pulled him up and got him checked out. “It was a good run, but there is just a query now.” In the other feature event of the night, Runrunjimmydunn and Vultan Tin dead-heated in the Free-For-All. Vultan Tin’s reinsman Chris Voak predicted a prosperous summer campaign ahead for the Phil Costello-trained pacer, after he finished fourth in last year’s Inter Dominion Final.   Tim Walker

Eight-year-old Machrie has turned the corner in the past few weeks with two eye-catching placings after a sequence of 15 unplaced efforts and the Chris King-trained gelding has sound prospects of ending a losing sequence of 32 when he starts from the coveted No. 1 barrier in the final event, the Westral Crimsafe Security Doors Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Chris Voak is expected to be anxious to take full advantage of Machrie’s good gate speed in a bid to score an all-the-way win. Machrie is not a noted frontrunner, but he did lead from barrier one and win well from Hilo Rex over 2242m at Narrogin in March 2017. He was a $92 outsider two starts ago when he started from the inside of the back line and raced three back on the pegs in fifth position before running home strongly to be a one-length second to outstanding young mare Our Angel of Harlem. Then, he was a $29.20 chance from the outside barrier (No. 9) last Friday week when he raced in eighth position, four back on the pegs, before finishing powerfully, out wide, to be a close third behind Free To Air and Luis Alberto. One of Machrie’s main rivals is likely to be the somewhat disappointing Luis Alberto, who will be driven by Gary Hall jnr from the No. 2 barrier. Luis Alberto, who has a losing sequence of 13, has had 27 starts in WA for five wins and 13 placings. He has set the pace seven times in WA for three of his wins. However, he is generally regarded as a better prospect when held up for a late finishing burst. His was a sound effort last Friday night when he began out wide at barrier eight, settled in ninth and last position and sustained a strong three-wide last-lap burst to finish an 8m second to the pacemaker Beltane over 2130m. A week earlier Luis Alberto was tenth in the middle stages and sustained a three-wide run from the 1000m to take a narrow lead in the final 50m before wilting to finish second to the fast-finishing Free To Air, a stablemate of Machrie. Two of the better bets on the program should be The Art Form in the opening event, the Westral Roller Blinds Pace, and Jack Mac in the Westral Outdoor Patio Blinds Golden Nugget Prelude. The Art Form should have the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting out wide at barrier nine. He is sure to have derived considerable benefit from his solid second to the pacemaker Fizzing after working hard without cover throughout. Jack Mac, trained in Busselton by Barry Howlett, will have his final warm-up before contesting the Golden Nugget Championship the following Friday when he starts as the lone runner on the back line in the 2130m prelude. He resumed after a 25-day absence in the group 1 Yes Loans Four-Year-Old Classic last Friday night when he was at a disadvantage, starting from the outside barrier (No. 9). He covered extra ground in the first lap and moved into the breeze 1270m from home before wilting to sixth. Ken Casellas

Sparks are likely to fly in the early stages of the $22,000 Fred Doy Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night when polemarker Mister Versace and veteran pacer Sokys Big Bullet are expected to be locked in a battle for the early lead. If that transpires and the early speed is fast, it will play into the hands of classy five-year-old Rocknroll Lincoln, who faces a testing time from the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line in the 2130m event. Rocknroll Lincoln is an M4-class pacer and the best-assessed runner in the race and the Justin Prentice-trained stallion will have the services of champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr who drove the horse four times as a four-year-old for two wins (including the group 3 Narrogin Cup in which he beat Our Jimmy Johnstone). Prentice produced Rocknroll Lincoln in fine fettle for his first-up run at Gloucester Park last Friday week when Jocelyn Young was in the sulky. Rocknroll Lincoln started from barrier six and enjoyed a perfect passage, one-out and one-back, before sprinting home brilliantly to get up and win from the pacemaker Speed Man, with final quarters in 28.3sec. and 27.7sec. Chris Voak will drive Mister Versace for Banjup trainer Annie Belton and he is sure to seriously contemplate attempting an all-the-way victory. Voak took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier four starts ago when he guided Mister Versace to a strong all-the-way win over Madame Meilland. However, Mister Versace is likely to be challenged hard for the lead by nine-year-old Sokys Big Bullet, who will start from the No. 2 barrier. Reinsman Giles Inwood said that he was sure that the gelding’s trainer Tony Svilicich would instruct him to attempt to get to an early lead and then set a solid pace. Sokys Big Bullet’s three runs since resuming from a spell have been encouraging. He followed his third to Speed Man and fourth to Argyle Red with a fighting second to the pacemaker Overboard Again last Friday night when he worked hard three wide early (from barrier six) and then in the breeze. The Errol Ashcroft-trained Forever Remembered ran a splendid trial for this week’s race when she started from barrier seven and was last in a field of 11 at the bell before dashing home from eighth at the 400m and going six wide on the home turn to get up and win from Neighlor. Forever Remembered will again be driven by Kyle Harper, who is hoping that the eight-year-old will become only the second mare to win the Doy Memorial, which was first run in 2006. The only mare to have won the race was the Victorian-bred Smooth Hayley, who was driven by Chris Lewis and defeated Mon Gee and Master Beaudale. Lewis, who has also won this event with Tee Pee Village (2008), Sneakyn Down Under (2013) and Our Jericho (2016), will drive the Svilicich-trained Cyclone Mitch from barrier seven. The ten-year-old’s most recent success was in March 2016. Ken Casellas

King Of Swing will take centre stage at Gloucester Park for the Gary Hall stable tonight and looks poised to continue his hot winning streak. The Rocknroll Hanover colt has been in imperious form since taking out the WA Derby in April, justifying his high purchase price from New Zealand. King Of Swing, drawn in barrier one, is the raging $1.50 TAB favourite to make it six straight wins when he tackles a class rise in the 2018 WA Trotting Media Guild Cup (2536m). Hall’s son Gary Jr, who will drive King of Swing, says the bay horse faces his strongest test since arriving from New Zealand, but remained confident he was up to the challenge. The top reinsman said it was his intention for King Of Swing to take full advantage and go to the lead from his coveted inside draw. “I think if you get it right at the start from one at Gloucester Park it’s pretty hard to get crossed,” Hall Jr told Tabradio. “He gets out pretty good and is a lot more keener in his races this time in so the start shouldn’t be a concern. “I don’t think he deserves to be as short as he is and first time in this type of company which will be pretty hard. “You have to take him on trust a little bit meeting this company for the first time, but you would expect him to win if he leads comfortably. "There is no denying his class and ability." Vampiro ($3.80), Motu Premier ($6.50) and The Bucket List ($7.50) are the other runners in the field of seven that are in single figures. At $21 is Im Full Of Excuses, the Ross Oliveri-trained gelding has been unplaced in three runs this campaign and last-start ran fifth to Chicago Bull in the Navy Cup (2130m). But reinsman Chris Voak believes the bay gelding has shown signs of improvement and won’t rule him out of finishing in the placings. “I think he is on the improve and I think this prep you will see him come back to his best form,” Voak said. “His run last-start was good and he worked very well during the week. “He is probably this run and another off recapturing his best form. “I give him a sneaky place hope and thought his last run was full of merit. “He came wide and down the line and wasn’t covered up on the pegs. “He actually made ground and it will be a good race.” Julio Santarelli

High-flying reinsman Chris Voak guided Mister Versace to a stylish all-the-way victory two starts ago last Friday week, but he says the six-year-old is even better when held up for a late burst. Mister Versace, trained at Banjup by Annie Belton, is favourably drawn at barrier three in the $22,000 Most Winners On A Night Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and Voak hinted strongly that he would adopt different tactics this week. “Even though Mister Versace has good gate speed, I don’t think he can cross Argyle Red (barrier two) and I expect him to perform really well,” he said. “Argyle Red has got Free-For-All form against good horses and is capable of improving on his recent unplaced efforts. “I expect Mister Versace to go well from a sit. He’s a better sit-and-kick horse than a frontrunner. His ability to follow the pace and finish off is his best asset.” Last Friday night Mister Versace was trapped wide early after starting from barrier eight and was then restrained back to seventh in a field of eight. He was sixth at the bell and sprinted strongly approaching the home turn. But he was forced very wide and did well to battle on into fourth place behind Speed Man. “He loomed, out three and four wide, and made ground,” Voak said. “And he has improved since that run.” Argyle Red, trained at Pinjarra by Rob Macdonald, will be handled by Jocelyn Young and the seven-year-old is certain to appreciate a considerable drop in class after competing against Chicago Bull, Vampiro, The Bucket List and Runrunjimmydunn at his past four starts. He has been unplaced at his 11 starts since he led from barrier five and won from Talktomeurmattjesty and Handsandwheels over 1730m late last January. He is very close to recording his 15th victory. Veteran Sokys Big Bullet is also capable of a bold effort at his second appearance after a spell. He trailed the pacemaker Better B Chevron and fought on well when third behind Speed Man and Three Kings over 2130m last Friday night. Leading trainer Gary Hall Snr said he expected a strong showing from Overboard Again from barrier four after the gelding had no luck when seventh behind Soho Chelsea last Friday night when he was forced to cover a lot of extra ground. Ken Casellas

Shannon Suvaljko, the State’s leading reinsman this season with 177 winners, has given punters a strong lead by choosing to drive Three Kings ahead of Algranco Under Fire, Extreme Dreams, Qtown Rip Roaring and Bad Round in the Yes Loans, We Say Yes More Often Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “Three Kings went good last start when third behind Simba Bromac last week and he is my best winning chance on Friday night,” Suvaljko said. “From barrier two he should find the front and take catching. I’d say that Qtown Rip Roaring is the main danger.” Three Kings, trained at Wanneroo by Debbie Padberg, is a noted frontrunner and the eight-year-old has bright prospects of notching his 13th win after managing only one victory from his past 39 starts. He raced in fifth position, three back on the pegs, last week before fighting on solidly to be third behind Simba Bromac, who sped over the final three 400m sections of the final mile in 28.6sec., 27.9sec. and 28.4sec.   Qtown Rip Roaring, a seven-year-old trained by Matt Scott, has managed only four placings from 13 starts this season after winning five times from 30 starts last season. However, his recent efforts, when driven by Suvaljko, have been encouraging. He raced three back on the pegs before finishing solidly into fourth place behind Major Pocket at Northam last Saturday night. Two starts before that he ran home strongly from sixth at the bell to be a close second to Pacific Playboy over 2503m at Bunbury. Qtown Rip Roaring will be handled by Gary Hall Jnr, who has driven the gelding only once in his 111-start career when eighth behind Lightning Jolt at Pinjarra 55 starts ago, on June 6, 2016. Qtown Rip Roaring is one of three Scott runners in Friday night’s race, the others being C C Chevron (Chris Lewis) and Ideal Diamante (Micheal Ferguson). C C Chevron has drawn wide at barrier No. 8, but has sound place prospects after placings at Northam at her past two starts. Chris Voak, who is enjoying his most successful season in the sulky with 153 winners, said he considered that his best winning prospect on Friday night was Gonzos Shadow in race nine, the TABtouch Make Your Bet Matter Pace. Gonzos Shadow, a five-year-old trained at Meckering by Garry Elliott, is awkwardly drawn at barrier seven in the 1730m sprint event. He was a winner for Voak over 2500m at Kellerberrin seven starts ago and Voak was happy with the gelding’s recent placings at Narrogin and Bunbury. “He’s a really good each-way chance,” said Voak. “The 1730m doesn’t really suit him and he’s better over a (longer) journey. But he is still a good chance on Friday night.” One of the fancies against Gonzos Shadow is the Hayden Reeves-trained eight-year-old Aussie Jet, who will be driven by Chris Lewis from barrier six. Aussie Jet, whose most recent success was at Gloucester Park in April 2015, sat behind the pacemaker Tajie Baby when an unlucky third behind Iceenothink when he was blocked for a clear passage in the final stages.   Ken Casellas

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