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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

Justin Prentice turns 30 today and he has high hopes of celebrating this milestone by driving Dracarys to victory in the $125,000 TABtouch Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred Dracarys is unbeaten at five Western Australian starts and Prentice, who trains the filly at Boyanup, was delighted with her all-the-way win in the Gold Bracelet last Friday night, so much so that he has decided to test her against the State’s best colts and geldings in the Group 1 Golden Slipper. Dracarys will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line and should be prominent throughout the 2130m journey. She has revealed wonderful versatility in her races in WA and impressed when she sped over the final 400m section of the Gold Bracelet in 27.4sec. Prentice is hoping that Dracarys will perform better than his former stable star Major Reality, a brilliant juvenile who won the Gold Bracelet in 2014 and then was favourite at 5/4 for the Golden Slipper a week later when she set the pace from the No. 1 barrier before finishing third behind Beaudiene Boaz and Mister Ardee. Only eight fillies, Sordice (1968), Omista (1971), Via Vista (1980), Mazzini Magic (1988), Whitbys Miss Penny (1990), Whitbys Merit (1993), Spirit of Navajo (2005) and Arma Xpress (2012) have been successful in the 50-year history of the Golden Slipper. Mazzini Magic, Whitbys Miss Penny, Whitbys Merit, Spirit of Navajo and Arma Xpress also won the Gold Bracelet. Apart from Major Reality, several fillies Priscilla Rocks, Centrefold Angel, Miss Baypoint, Eagle Rox, Dodolicious, Sheer Rocknroll and Cott Beach have been placed in the Golden Slipper in recent years.    The only other filly apart from Dracarys in this year’s classic is the Glenn Elliott-trained Soho Interceptor, the all-the-way winner of the Group 1 $100,000 Westbred Classic two starts ago. Soho Interceptor, to be driven by Chris Voak from the No. 2 barrier on the front line, is owned by Rob Watson and Grace Inwood. Watson holds a strong hand in the race in which he will also be represented by Soho Thunderstruck and Franco Edward. Kyle Harper trains Soho Thunderstruck and Franco Edward and has opted to handle Franco Edward, who will start from barrier two on the back line. Soho Thunderstruck will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, who drove the colt for the first time when he finished fourth behind Bletchley Park in a prelude of the Golden Slipper last Friday night. Soho Thunderstruck started from barrier six in last week’s prelude and settled down in last position in the seven-horse field before he dashed forward to move outside the pacemaker Its Rock And Roll after a lap had been covered. Soho Thunderstruck took the lead with 400m to travel before wilting in the closing stages. He will have many admirers from the No. 1 barrier this week. Franco Edward enjoyed an ideal passage in the one-out, one-back position for much of the way last week before he got to the front on the home turn and was beaten by a head by the fast-finishing Bletchley Park. Bletchley Park raced in fifth place in the one-wide line and was most impressive in producing a whirlwind late burst, with the final quarters in 28.8sec. and 27.8sec. He rated 1.55.4 which broke the track record of 1.55.9 for three-year-olds over 2130m, held jointly by Mitch Maguire and Jack Mac. Bletchley Park is trained by Mike Reed and his son Mark will drive the black colt, who has won at five of his seven starts. Mark Reed has completed a two-week term of suspension and will replace Dylan Egerton-Green, who was successful in the sulky behind Bletchley Park last week. Mark Reed trained and drove Aussie Reactor when he finished strongly to win the 2008 Golden Slipper from the 10/1 on favourite James Matthew by a nose. In what appears to be an open affair, Shockwave and Babyface Adda also have excellent each-way prospects. Shockwave, trained and driven by Ryan Bell, is awkwardly drawn at barrier seven on the front line, but is overdue for a change of fortune after finishing second in three $100,000 Group 1 classics. He is capable of unwinding a powerful finishing burst and should fight out the finish. Babyface Adda, trained by Ross Olivieri and to be handled by Shannon Suvaljko, faces a stern test from barrier eight but he is in sound form and he fought on gamely from sixth (on the pegs) at the bell to be third behind To Fast To Serious and Shockwave in the Group 1 Westbred Classic last Friday week. Olivieri has won the Golden Slipper with Harry Gunn (1995), Saab (1997), Talladega (1999) and Western Cullen (2011). Ken Casellas

Star reinsman Chris Voak wrestled for hours and changed his mind several times before finally opting to drive Lady De La Renta in the $100,000 Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “It’s been a predicament trying to decide between Lady De La Renta and Veiled Secret,” he said. Voak is a great admirer of the Annie Belton-trained Lady De la Renta and the Ross Olivieri-trained Veiled Secret and said: “Touch wood, I hope I have picked the right one. Hopefully, history repeats itself for me.  “The previous time I faced such a dilemma was two years ago when I chose Im Rockaria ahead of Our Zak Whitby in the Pearl Classic.” On that occasion, Voak’s judgment was spot on. Im Rockaria won the Group 1 classic and Our Zak Whitby finished fourth. Voak has driven Lady De La Renta at her past 12 starts for five wins, two thirds and five unplaced efforts and he has driven Veiled Secret nine times for five wins, a second, a third and two unplaced runs. His past four drives behind Veiled Secret resulted in wins at Narrogin, Bunbury, Pinjarra and Gloucester Park. Leading reinsman Shannon Suvaljko has been engaged to drive Veiled Secret, who will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line. Lady De La Renta will start from barrier four and the talented Infinite Symbol, a winner of seven races, including three wins from her past four starts, will begin from the No. 5 barrier. “Lady De La Renta won the Group 2 Diamond Classic three starts ago and she is a very classy filly,” Voak said. In that event Lady De La Renta started from barrier four, got to the front after 250m and set the pace before winning by three lengths from WA Oaks winner Our Major Mama, with Veiled Secret a nose away in third place after racing without cover for much of the way. “Veiled Secret has stepped up in the past six weeks,” Voak said. “I always knew she had the ability, but she had tractability issues. However, she seems to be putting it all together now. I normally keep Veiled Secret pretty comfy out of the gate because I don’t want her to break by putting her out of her comfort zone. “Lady De La Renta is a bit the same; you’ve got to let her find her feet early. If either of the two finds the lead I think that filly would be almost unbeatable. Infinite Symbol, Cimorene and Cott Beach are good fillies and must be respected. “Regarding my choice, I would say that if you were to go on just pure times, it would be a no-brainer. Veiled Secret is the fastest three-year-old filly in WA ever (rating 1.53.6 in winning from Our Major Mama over 1684m at Pinjarra two starts ago). “Millwood Meg and Arctic Fire each rated 1.54.8 in winning over 1670m at Pinjarra in 2010 and that was a world record time for a filly on a 1000m track.” Ryan Warwick is likely to attempt to steal a march on Veiled Secret and Lady De La Renta by taking advantage of Infinite Symbol’s sparkling gate speed in a concerted bid to burst to an early lead. Infinite Symbol has set the pace and won at Pinjarra at two of her past three starts. At her latest outing, at Gloucester Park last Friday night, Infinite Symbol gave a splendid performance to race in the breeze, take a narrow lead 80m from the post and finish a close second to Veiled Secret in the Westsired Pace. Veiled Secret enjoyed an ideal; passage, one-out and one-back, before getting to the front in the final couple of strides. Cott Beach, the best-performed filly in Friday night’s Group 1 feature with 13 wins, 11 placings and $249,872 in prizemoney, disappointed as a 10/9 on favourite in last week’s event when she set the pace and wilted over the final stages to finish fourth, will start from the No. 6 barrier on Friday night. She is capable of unwinding a brilliant finishing burst and is capable of bouncing back to top form. Ken Casellas

Cracking reinsman Chris Voak is riding on the crest of a wave and has already landed 128 winners this season. He has no hesitation in declaring that Gotta Go Gabbana is his best winning prospect at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Annie Belton-trained Gotta Go Gabbana has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2536m Australian Marine Complex Pace and Voak is anxious to use the four-year-old’s good gate speed in a bid for an all-the-way victory. “She’s sharp and in the zone,” Voak said. “She’s in a really good head space and she wants to be out there, racing. If she shows the speed she did last week, she will hold up comfortably. And if she leads, she’ll be mighty hard to beat.” Gotta Go Gabbana has been gallant in defeat at four of her past five starts when she was forced to work hard in the breeze. Three starts ago, she led from barrier two and scored a comfortable victory over 2130m. Voak named Detroit Lily (six wins from 14 starts) and Pick My Pocket (seven wins from 20 starts) as two of the hardest for Gotta Go Gabbana to beat. But he said that the Justin Prentice-trained Pick My Pocket (No. 3 barrier) would face a very difficult task if she was forced to race without cover. Detroit Lily, second to Our Maja Mama in last month’s WA Oaks, will start from the inside of the back line. “If Detroit Lily stays on the pegs she is likely to have difficulty in getting a clear run in the late stages,” Voak said. “When Gotta Go Gabbana leads she doesn’t kick away, she just does what she has to do.” Voak also has sound prospects with Iceenothink in the Kari Forest Motel Pace, in which the lightly-raced five-year-old is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line in the 2130m event. “I see Iceenothink as my best winning prospect on the night,” said trainer Ross Olivieri. Voak said that the gelding’s form was hard to gauge. “I drove him first-up in WA and he was awful,” Voak said. “Then I drove him again two starts after that and he led from barrier one and won at Northam when he no horse challenged him or put any pressure on him. I reckon he goes well on the pace, and from barrier three on Friday night he should be prominent.” At his most recent appearance, at Northam on Tuesday of last week he was restrained from barrier seven and raced wide in the final circuit before finishing last in a field of nine.   Ken Casellas

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