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Brad Stampalia has been engaged to drive Sneakyn Down Under for the first time when the New Zealand-bred 11-year-old contests the $21,000 Ross North Group Spring Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 39-year-old Stampalia will replace the speedy veteran’s part-owner and trainer Darren Duffy, who is serving a term of suspension. He will be the tenth reinsman to have handled Sneakyn Down Under in his Western Australian career of 23 wins from 74 starts. Sneaky Down Under’s prospects soared when he drew the No. 2 barrier on the front line and Stampalia is likely to attempt to get the grand old campaigner to an early lead. Sneakyn Down Under possesses sparkling early speed, but Stampalia’s bid for an early ascendancy could be thwarted by the polemarker Lord Lombo, who also begins with tremendous alacrity. Lord Lombo led from barrier one for the first 400m of a 2536m event last Friday week before Chris Voak surrendered the lead to hot favourite Ima Rocket Star. Lord Lombo faded and finished seventh behind Ima Rocket Star. Three starts before that Lord Lombo was driven by Nathan Turvey when he began speedily, set a solid pace and held on to win over 2130m by a neck from Leda McNally. Duffy drove Sneakyn Down Under at his latest appearance, last Friday week, when the gelding started from the back line, charged forward three wide in the early stages and then worked hard in the breeze outside the pacemaker Ima Rocket Star before wilting to last. Sneakyn Down Under was a winner four starts ago when he began fast from barrier four and beat Franco Renegade and Shardons Rocket over 2130m at a 1.56.8 rate. A week before that he led from barrier two and finished a close second to Has The Answer at 1.53.8 rate over 1730m. Sneakyn Down Under is a noted speedster who has won nine times over distances of 1700m, 1730m and 1780m. He has earned $426,404 and is still racing with youthful enthusiasm. Stampalia drives only occasionally, but is a capable reinsman who notched his first group 1 success 15 months ago when he bred, owned, trained and drove Bettors Icon to victory in the $100,000 Pearl Classic at Gloucester Park. Duffy is hoping to win the Spring Pace for the second time with Sneakyn Down Under, who was driven by Chris Lewis when he was successful in the event in 2009 when he began with great dash from the No. 5 barrier, burst to the front after 280m and crushed the opposition, winning by 19m from Talk To Me Courage. Lord Lombo’s stablemate Leda McNally, the only mare in Friday night’s race and a winner at 14 of her 38 starts, is in splendid form and is ideally drawn on the inside of the back line. She can unwind a powerful finish. She also revealed plenty of strength last Friday night when she raced without cover in the middle stages, burst to the front 550m from home and won by almost two lengths from Terra Into The West at a 1.56.7 rate over 1730m. Star performer Lombo Navigator is unfavourably drawn out wide at barrier six, but is capable of a bold showing. At his first appearance for seven months last Friday night he was fifth on the pegs at the bell before finishing strongly along the inside to be third behind Ima Rocket Star in the 2130m Media Guild Cup. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. has two sound prospects on Friday night Spring Pace in Benjamin Banneker and Algeepee. Benjamin Banneker finished strongly to win narrowly from Ohoka Samson over 2130m last Friday night and Algeepee impressed with a spirited first-up effort when he sustained a strong burst from sixth at the bell to be second to Wrongly Accused over 2130m. Daniel Jack TO DRIVE GALLILEO FOR BRENNAN Victorian trainer-reinsman Daniel Jack is visiting Western Australia and is hoping to enjoy his stay by driving Gallileo to victory in the Download Complete Homes APP Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Gallileo, trained at Pinjarra by Michael Brennan, has been unplaced at his two starts since he finished strongly to win a 2116m stand at Pinjarra last month, appeals as a good chance off the front line in a 250m stand this week. The New Zealand-bred six-year-old galloped out and lost ground at his latest appearance, at Gloucester Park last Friday week when he wilted from fifth in the one-wide line at the bell to ninth behind Shardons Rocket over 2503m. He is capable of bouncing back to winning form. He won three times from 25 New Zealand starts and his seven WA starts have produced two wins and three seconds. In an open affair Gallileo’s chief rivals could be the improving Meet Me In Seattle, Braemoor, False Promise, That is Correct and To Transcend. Meet Me In Seattle, to be driven by Kyle Harper off the front for Oakford trainer Kath Chambers, followed encouraging seconds at Bunbury and Gloucester Park with a convincing victory over Black Cracker in a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week when he started off 290m and dashed to the front in the middle stages. Braemoor is capable of overcoming his 20m handicap for Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice. He has won at four of his eight starts since resuming from a spell. He met with severe interference early before finishing strongly from 11th in the middle stages to be a close fifth behind Shardons Rocket. False Promise looks set to run a big race after splendid seconds in mobiles to top-flight stablemates Our Major Mark and Your Good Fortune at his past two starts. That is Correct returned to form with a vengeance last Friday night when he trailed the pacemaker Senator Whitby before finishing powerfully to win a 2503m stand from Gday Mate and Salliwood and To Transcend is racing consistently in stands for Coolup trainer Frank Nafranec. THE PACING PRIEST IS OUT TO REPEAT THE DOSE FOR KIRKE Veteran West Swan trainer Ken Kirke ended a 16-year drought when Callan Suvaljko drove comeback pacer The Pacing Priest to an all-the-way victory at Gloucester Park last Friday night and now he has high hopes of another win with the eight-year-old when he starts from the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2130m third heat of the Developwest The Warwick Pace on Friday night. That gave the 66-year-old Kirke his first Metropolitan-class win as a trainer since he prepared Twinkle Paige for her victory over Golden Goddess in the WASBA Breeders Stakes at Gloucester Park in February 1997. The Pacing Priest has been restricted to just 29 starts for eight wins, seven seconds and one third in an injury-plagued career. He was having his first start for ten weeks last Friday night when he set the pace and dashed over the final two 400m sections in 28.6sec. and 28.3sec. to win in good style from Chaldea and Turnpike Cruiser over 1730m. This week The Pacing Priest steps up a good deal in class and up to 2130m. But he is sure to be improved by his first-up effort and has the class to beat stronger opposition, which includes talented five-year-old Copagrin and newcomer The Ragpickers Dream. Part-owner John Guagliardo resumes as Copagrin’s trainer and the gelding warmed up for Friday night’s assignment in fine style when Darren Kerr drove him to an effortless all-the-way win over Mohegan Sun in a 2550m stand trial at Byford on Sunday morning, rating 2.1 after sprinting over the final 400m in 27.9sec. The previous week Copagrin finished second, one length behind The Pacing Priest in a 2550m trial at Byford. Copagrin, who has had 38 starts for 12 wins and seven placings, will be having his first start since he covered extra ground and fought on well when fifth behind Black N Bettor in a 2130m mobile event at Gloucester Park on August 23. The Ragpickers Dream, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old, will be making his WA debut for trainer Gary Hall sen. and will start from barrier two on the back line. He has won 13 races from just 38 starts in Victoria and looks set for a profitable career in WA. RED SALUTE WORKING IN FINE STYLE FOR HIS RETURN TO RACING A series of smart trial wins at Byford point to five-year-old Red Salute as a pacer to follow and he should prove hard to beat at his return to racing at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he will start from barrier four on the back line of the 2130m Ross North Signature Range Pace. The Ross Olivieri-trained gelding will be handled by his regular reinsman Chris Voak and should fight out the finish of an event in which several horses will be fancied, including the polemarker Banana Dana and My Jasami and Old McDonald, who will start from the No. 2 and No. 3 barriers, respectively. Red Salute, who has won 11 times from 33 starts, will be making his first appearance for six months. He raced wide early and then without cover before finishing determinedly to beat Sanjaya and Lively Highlander narrowly in a 2150m trial on Sunday morning after dashing over the final 400m in 27.9sec. That followed a win by more than three lengths over Lively Highlander in a trial the previous Sunday, with a final 400m also in 27.9sec. A week before that he ran home in in 28.7sec. to win a 2500m trial. Banana Dana is sure to appreciate a drop-down to an M2 class after recently extending his losing sequence to ten. He caught the eye at Gloucester Park last Friday week when he raced in the one-out, one-back position before finishing boldly to be third behind Ohoka Samson and Old McDonald over 1730m. Banana Dana will be driven by Brad Stampalia, who replaces trainer Darren Duffy, who is under suspension. Trainer Colin Brown will make use of Dylan Egerton-Green’s claim to enable Old McDonald, an M3-class pacer, to contest Friday night’s event which is restricted to M2-class performers. Old McDonald was restrained from the No. 6 barrier at the start of a 2130m event last Friday night and he finished solidly from seventh at the bell to be fifth behind Benjamin Banneker. He set the pace and was beaten a nose by Ohoka Samson over 1730m the previous week. by Ken Casellas  

Ace reinsman Colin Brown stole the show on a cold, wet and miserable evening at Gloucester Park on Friday night with four winners from five drives, highlighted by the victory of Ima Rocket Star in the $21,000 Media Guild Cup. And Ima Rocket Star’s powerful win completed a training treble for Greg and Skye Bond, who had combined earlier in the program with Brown for smart victories by Kissed Flush and Your Good Fortune. Brown also drove outsider Sandakan Lombo to an easy win in the 2096m event for square gaiters. The 54-year-old Brown has started the 2013-14 season with a great flourish and heads the Statewide reinsmen’s premiership table with 11 wins and two placings from just 19 drives. The Bond team heads the trainers’ premiership with 11 wins and seven placings from 31 starters. Ima Rocket Star, favourite at 5/1 on, made a one-act affair of the 2130m Media Guild Cup. The New Zealand-bred eight-year-old simply ambled straight to the front from the prized No. 1 barrier while Matt White restrained Lombo Navigator from the No. 2 barrier and quickly angled the gelding across to the pegs to be third behind Ima Rocket Star’s stablemate Talk It Up, who was the solitary runner off the back line and was able to follow out the favourite. Ima Rocket Star had the luxury of dawdling through the lead time in a slow 38.7sec. and the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.5sec. before he increased the tempo with a 29.7sec. quarter and then sped over the final 800m in 56.8sec. on the rain-soaked track. He rated 1.58.4 and won by just over a length from Talk It Up, with Lombo Navigator another length farther back in third place. Ima Rocket Star, an eight-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding by Badlands Hanover, has thrown off the effects of a series of leg problems and is in the best form of his career, with his past 15 starts producing nine wins and four placings to improve his career record to 55 starts for 25 wins, 14 placings and earnings of $367,954. He is well and truly on target to contest the rich summer carnival feature events, including the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup. THE PACING PRIEST RESUMES IN DASHING STYLE The Pacing Priest arrived in Australia from New Zealand in February 2009 with great fanfare and with even higher expectations. He won at his Australian debut, at the Victorian country track of Wedderburn in March and was successful by four lengths at his next appearance, in a stand at Gloucester Park a month later. His first eight starts in Western Australia produced three wins and five seconds and after finishing eighth behind Bonavista Bay in the group 1 Golden Nugget in November 2009 he broke down badly and was off the scene for three and a half years. Eventually, he resumed racing in mid-April this year and West Swan trainer Ken Kirke prepared him for a comeback victory in a minor event at a midweek meeting at Gloucester Park in May. Then followed another four starts for one placing before he was sent for a spell. The 66-year-old Kirke produced the eight-year-old in fine fettle for his return to racing at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he started a heavily-back 10/9 on favourite from barrier No. 1 in the 1730m Jay Rooney Most Winners In A Night Pace on Friday night. The gelding warmed up with a stylish win in a Byford trial the previous Sunday morning when he dashed over the final 800m in 56.6sec. Callan Suvaljko, driving The Pacing Priest for the first time in a race, got him straight to the front, leaving 11/4 second fancy Lord Diego in the breeze. After modest first quarters in 30.6sec. and 30.8sec. The Pacing Priest gave his rivals little chance by speeding over the final sections in 28.6sec. and 28.3sec. He won comfortably by just under a length from 10/1 chance Chaldea, who trailed him all the way. The Turnpike Cruiser ran home boldly from seventh on the pegs at the bell to be a nose away in third place. The Pacing Priest, owned by Danny Roberts, Sue Beven and Brian Anderson, rated 1.57.9. He is by American stallion Pacific Rocket and is out of unraced mare High Road. AS winner at two of his seven starts in New Zealand, he has raced only 29 times for eight wins, eight placings and $78,436. ELEGANT CHRISTIAN REVEALS GREAT WA DERBY POTENTIAL Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. broke through for his first success in the WA Derby when Alta Christiano scored a runaway victory in the $200,000 classic last April and now he is looking forward with confidence to next season’s group 1 feature event for three-year-olds. Hall was all smiles after Elegant Christian, favourite at 2/1 on, scored an effortless victory in the 1730m The Form Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when the New Zealand-bred three-year-old set the pace and sprinted over the final 400m in a sizzling 27.7sec. on a waterlogged track to beat stablemate Pelusiac by eight lengths at a 1.58.6 rate. Elegant Christian is unbeaten at three starts and he gives every indication of developing into an outstanding Derby prospect. Hall also will have a team of smart three-year-olds capable of performing strongly in three-year-old classics. They include Pelusiac, High Courage, Crusader Banner, Soho Starr, Waylade and Majorly Foxy Styx. Elegant Christian, driven by Hall’s elder son Clint, had no trouble in holding up from the No. 1 barrier and he paced fluently throughout to score a most convincing victory from Pelusiac (6/4), with 40/1 chance Organized Chaos almost four lengths farther back in third place. Pelusiac started from the outside in the field of six and raced three wide early before racing without cover. He battled on manfully, but was no match for the flying Elegant Christian. YOUR GOOD FORTUNE IS BRED TO BE A GOOD WINNER It’s little wonder that five-year-old New Zealand-bred pacer Your Good Fortune continues to shine for Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond. The Bettors Delight gelding is closely related to former star performers Sharp And Telford and Hunka Hickling. Your Good Fortune, second favourite at 2/1, maintained his splendid form when he was driven aggressively by Colin Brown to score an easy win over stablemate False Promise (9/1) and the fast-finishing Xupan Three (25/1) in the second qualifying heat of the 2130m TABtouch The Warwick Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Your Good Fortune, owned by Greg Bond and stable stalwarts Kevin, Rob and John Gartrell, Andrew Foster, Craig Hampson and Brad Collett, won at three of his seven New Zealand starts and has raced 22 times in WA for ten wins and seven placings to take his career earnings to $159,304. Polemarker Marooned was heavily supported to start favourite at 11/8 and Gary hall jun. took him straight to the lead, with Menelaus of Sparta in the breeze. Your Good Fortune, who started out wide from the No. 6 barrier, settled down in seventh position. Brown drove assertively and dashed the gelding forward, three wide, to move into the breeze after 750m. Marooned sped over the third 400m section of the final mile in 28.7sec., but was unable to shake off Your Good Fortune who surged to the front 250m from home and went on to win by 4m from False Promise (Ryan Warwick), who had trailed the leader all the way. Your Good Fortune covered the final 400m in 28.4sec. and rated 1.57.9. Marooned held on to finish fourth. Sharp And Telford amassed $499,053 from his 16 wins and seven placings from 33 starts. He won the 1996 Victoria Derby by a nose from Mon Poppy Day before dead-heating for first with Surfing Safari in the Australian Derby at Moonee Valley. Hunka Hickling raced successfully in New Zealand, Australia and America, earning $231,576 from his 20 wins and 35 placings from 126 starts. He finished second to Stars And Stripes in both the 2000 New Zealand Derby at Addington and New South Wales Derby at Harold Park. THAT IS CORRECT SURPRISES AND ENDS LOSING SEQUENCE OF 19 Veteran performer That Is Correct caused a minor upset and ended a losing sequence of 19 when he failed in a bid to get to an early lead, but relished the run of the race behind the pacemaker Senator Whitby before finishing full of running to score an easy victory in the 2503m Stuart Lowe Leading Tipster Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Chris Voak was keen to set the pace from barrier three on the front line, but Senator Whitby (barrier two) resisted his early challenge after the polemarker Jambo Emali had galloped hopelessly at the start. Voak then was content to angle That Is Correct, a $23.70 chance on the tote, behind 9/1 chance Senator Whitby, who was put under pressure in the middle stages when This Time Dylan sustained a three-wide burst and got to a half-length lead 1300m from home. Senator Whitby withstood the challenge, but began to wilt passing the 400m mark. That Is Correct swept to the front with 270m to travel and raced away to win by three and a half lengths from 5/1 chance Gday Mate, who charged home from ninth at the bell. Salliwood (20/1) ran on from three back on the pegs to be a sound third, with Senator Whitby a fading seventh. The Victorian-bred That Is Correct had been unplaced at his previous 11 starts, but he was produced in great shape by Serpentine trainer Matt Scott. The eight-year-old had put the writing on the wall a week earlier when he set the pace, was tackled hard by Balleybofey and did well to fight on to finish a close fourth behind Shardons Rocket. That Is Correct, an eight-year-old by American stallion Dare You To, won six times in Victoria and has had 29 starts in WA for three wins and eight placings. He has earned $72,432 from ten wins and 22 placings from 93 starts. Shardons Rocket (6/1) off the back mark of 40m, and 2/1 favourite J Walker (off 20m) settled down a long way from the early leaders. Shardons Rocket came from seventh (three wide) at the bell to finish sixth and J Walker surged home, out wide, from tenth at the bell to be fifth. SANDAKAN LOMBO BORN TO PACE, TRIUMPHS AS A TROTTER Sandakan Lombo was bred to be a pacer. But he proved to be a natural square gaiter and he notched his seventh win when he trotted faultlessly to score an easy win in the 2096m Great Southern Radio Pacing Preview Trotters Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Sandakan Lombo, trained at Wundowie by Bruce Stanley, who races the six-year-old with his wife Pauline, was a 32/1 tote outsider who proved just too speedy for his rivals when he set the pace and won by two and a half lengths from the fast-finishing Conquer All (30/1), with a nose to Xenon (29/1). Polemarker Heez Speedy Gonzalez galloped and lost a length at the start, pacing the way for Colin Brown, driving Sandakan Lombo for the first time, to dash the gelding straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier in the stand. Kim Young eased Heez Speedy Gonzalez off the pegs and into the breeze after 750m, but he wilted in the concluding stages to finish fifth. Hot Holiday, second fancy at 2/1, enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, but lacked sparkle and finished fourth. Sandakan Lombo is by the American pacing stallion Life Sign (who earned $1,912,454 in stakes from 18 wins and 15 placings from 35 starts) and is the second foal out of Frances Lombo, who was retired after having two unplaced runs as a two-year-old pacer at Gloucester Park in November 2003. Frances Lombo was out of pacing mare Forrest Friend and her first foal was a pacer named Assissi Lombo, who had just 17 starts for one wins and two placings for stakes of $2375. Sandakan Lombo was Frances Lombo’s second foal and her third foal is Lombo Kotakinabalu, who has raced 11 times as a pacer for two wins, four placings and $10,850. BENJAMIN BANNEKER GETS HOME NARROWLY AND SURVIVES A PROTEST Ohoka Samson’s bold bid to complete a winning hat-trick failed narrowly at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he was beaten by a head by Benjamin Banneker in the 2130m GPHR Media Guild Tipping Competition Pace. After viewing the patrol film of the run to the finish Dylan Egerton-Green, driver of Ohoka Samson, the 3/1 on favourite, lodged a protest against Benjamin Banneker, the 13/2 second favourite driven by Gary Hall jun., alleging interference. After a lengthy hearing the stewards dismissed the protest. The stewards reprimanded Hall for driving in a careless manner in that he allowed Benjamin Banneker to shift inwards in the run to the finish. Ohoka Samson started from barrier one, but was easily beaten for early speed by 30/1 chance Real Hammer, who burst straight to the front from barrier five. Egerton-Green eased Ohoka Samson off the pegs after 300m and the gelding raced in the breeze before getting to the front 520m from home. Benjamin Banneker enjoyed the perfect trail in the one-out, one-back position before issuing a strong challenge and getting past Ohoka Samson by three-quarters of a length 300m from the finish. But Benjamin Banneker was unable to cross to the pegs and Ohoka Samson fought back with great determination. The pace was solid throughout and Benjamin Banneker rated 1.56.8 on the rain-soaked track. Mighty Flying Thomas raced three back on the pegs and finished determinedly to be third. The New Zealand-bred Benjamin Banneker has done all his racing in Western Australia and he looks set for a bright future. He has earned $97,280 from ten wins and four placings from only 21 starts. LEDA McNALLY ENHANCES HER REPUTATION Victorian-bred five-year-old Leda McNally strengthened her claims as one of the best pacing mares in Western Australia when she outclassed her rival in the 1730m David Lamond Most Winners In A Night Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She started an even-money favourite from the outside of the back line and Chris Voak gave her time to settle down before sending her forward from eighth position 400m after the start. She moved outside the pacemaker Shez El De Rosa 300m later and Shannon Suvaljko was keen to make life tough for her by urging Shez El De Rosa to sprint over the second 400m section of the final mile in 28.7sec. The final quarters went by in 29.6sec. and 29.7sec. and Leda McNally, who is trained at Pinjarra by Chris King, rated 1.56.7 in beating 15/1 chance Terra Into the West, who trailed the pacemaker throughout. Arousing (13/4) maintained her consistent form by running on from fifth at the bell to be third. Leda McNally now moves to an M5 classification with a record of 14 wins and eight placings from 38 starts for stakes of $137,228. She looks certain to exceed the fine record of her dam Twinkletoes, who earned $159,135 from 16 wins and 15 placings from 49 starts. Twinkletoes gained her biggest win when successful in the $100,000Queen of the Pacific at Moonee Valley in May 2001 when she defeated outstanding New Zealand mare Dancingonmoonlight. KISSED FLUSH RUNS HOME STRONGLY Noted frontrunner Kissed Flushed was seen in a new role when he produced a strong finishing burst to win the second heat of the TABform Westbred Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Starting equal favourite at 7/2 with polemarker Hoylakes First Lady, Kissed Flush began speedily from the No. 3 barrier and challenged Criminal Minds (barrier two) for the early lead. His bid was unsuccessful and Colin Brown then angled the gelding to the pegs to trail Criminal Minds. Outsider Jennas Shadow moved to the breeze, enabling Hoylakes First Lady to enjoy an ideal trail, one-out and one-back. Robbie Williams got Hoylakes First Lady to the front on the home turn, but she was unable to hold out the fast-finishing Kissed Flush, who rated 1.58.9. Kissed Flush, owned and trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has earned $83,859 from 12 wins and 22 placings from 89 starts. He is the fifth foal out of Summer Carnival, whose five winners included Winter Retreat, who raced 135 times for 33 wins and 49 placings for stakes of $411,793. SVILICICH-WOODLEY COMBINATION STRIKES AGAIN The powerful combination of veteran trainer Tony Svilicich and youthful reinsman Morgan Woodley which has amassed a small fortune in recent years through the deeds of Mysta Magical Mach and Has The Answers struck again at Gloucester Park on Friday night when 11/2 chance Wrongly Accused bounced back to form with a strong all-the-way victory in the 2130m Pat Harding Longest Priced Winner Claiming Pace. Woodley took full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier and after a solid lead time of 36.9sec. the Victorian-bred seven-year-old appreciated an easy first 400m section of the final mile in 32.1sec. before travelling through the next quarters in 29.5sec., 28.5sec. and 29.5sec. to beat Algeepee (2/1) by just over two lengths. Adda Paternal Suit, favourite at 6/4, began swiftly from barrier three and got to a lead of three-quarters of a length in the early stages. But he was unable to cross Wrongly Accused. Aiden de Campo then angled Adda Paternal Suit to the pegs to follow Wrongly Accused before moving into the breeze about 550m after the start. Adda paternal Suit fought on doggedly, but was deprived of second place by Algeepee, who finished strongly from sixth at the bell. Adda Paternal Suit, a WA-bred seven-year-old and a winner at 20 of his 91 starts, was claimed for $19,000 by trainer-reinsman Shane Loone and Maria Petricevich. Wrongly Accused, who ended a losing sequence of nine, has won six races in Victoria and 14 in WA. He has earned $194,390 from his 20 wins and 43 placings from 170 starts. By Armbro Operative, Wrongly Accused is the second of Don’t Blame Me’s four foals. Don’t Blame Me had 18 starts for six minor placings and the only other of her foals to have raced was Im Innocent, who was unplaced at seven starts in New South wales in 2008. by Ken Casellas

Ace reinsman Colin Brown has driven the brilliant Ima Rocket Star at 39 of his 42 Australian starts for 18 wins and ten placings and he declared that the New Zealand-bred eight-year-old is at the peak of his powers and is poised for victory in the $21,000 Media Guild Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He should be holding up from the No. 1 barrier and should set the pace,” he said. Ima Rocket Star, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, was most impressive at his second appearance after a two-month break when he began speedily from out wide at No. 6, charged to the front after 400m and won the 2536m New Season Pace over 2536m at a 1.56.4 rate last Friday night. “It was the best he’s ever felt,” Brown said. “He was trying to kick me in the parade ring, and that’s a sign that he’s spot on when he’s trying to give you both barrels. “It was a sensational run; to get hammered and to run the times that he did was outstanding, particularly taking into account that he overraced a bit in front which is unusual for him. Taking everything into consideration I thought it was a terrific run. I’d have to say there is obvious improvement in him and the 2130m this week will be more advantageous.” Brown and the Bonds are hoping that Ima Rocket Star will give them their first victory in the Media Guild Cup, which was first run in 1979. Greg Bond trained Mister Odds On (Michael George) when he raced in the breeze and finished third behind Hombre Higgins in the 2009 Cup; he trained Eastwood Fire when Brown drove him into third place behind Has The Answers in 2011 and last year the Bonds trained 16/1 chance Can Return Fire when Brown brought him from the one-out, one-back position to finish second to the pacemaker Banana Dana. Outstanding seven-year-old Lombo Navigator looms as the main rival to Ima Rocket Star. The Andrew De Campo-trained gelding will start from the No. 2 barrier at his first start for seven months and looks likely to race in the breeze. His most recent success was four starts ago when he began from the back line, started a three-wide run after 650m and worked in the breeze over the final 950m before getting to the front in the home straight and beating the fast-finishing Mysta Magical Mach over 2130m last January. Ten-year-old Rocket Reign will start from barrier six and should be running on strongly. He resumed after a spell last Friday night when he surged home from ninth at the bell to be second to Ima Rocket Star. Please Release Me will start from the No. 3 barrier and he should also be running on strongly in the closing stages. The Bonds also have excellent prospects in the second heat of the 2130m TABtouch The Warwick Pace in which the talented New Zealand-bred five-year-old Your Good Fortune looks capable of overcoming a wide draw (No. 6). Your Good Fortune was favourite at 2/1 on when he finished third behind stablemates Our Major Mark and False Promise over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. That followed wins at his two previous starts. He started from out wide at barrier seven, was restrained to last and raced three and four wide in the final circuit before hitting the front 220m from home. Brown, who drove Our Major Mark in Monday’s race, said that Your Good Fortune was capable of making amends for that defeat. “It was a good run on Monday and it should have topped him off for Friday night’s race,” he said. “He’ll be going forward.” VOAK SAYS THAT LEDA McNALLY CAN OVERCOME A DIFFICULT DRAW Starting from the outside of the back line is far from the ideal draw in a 1730m event at Gloucester Park, but reinsman Chris Voak believes that Leda McNally has the class to overcome this disadvantage and win the David Lamond, Most Winners In A Night Pace on Friday night. Leda McNally drops considerably in class after producing a highly creditable performance to run on from seventh at the bell and finish fifth behind Ima Rocket Star over 2536m last Friday night. “It was an even more impressive effort, considering that she had to pull a flat tyre of her sulky for more than the final circuit,” said Voak, who drove stablemate Lord Lombo in the race. “She hit the line well. “I think there will be some speed early in Friday’s race and Leda McNally should get into a favourable position. She is no certainty, but I’m sure she has a very good chance of winning. Lucie Boshier will be tough to beat. She went well last Friday night.” Lucie Boshier will start out wide at barrier seven on the front line and Chris Brew is likely to press forward in the early stages. Lucie Boshier set the pace and had little peace before wilting over the final stages to finish fourth behind Empire Flame, who rated 1.55.1 over 1730m last Friday night. The Ross Olivieri-trained Arousing has sound prospects from barrier three. She trailed the pacemaker Beautiful Night before finishing strongly to win from that mare over 1730m at a 1.56.6 rate last Friday night. Her past six starts have produced four wins and a second placing. Robbie Williams has been engaged to drive Arousing for the first time. “It’s a step up in class for her, but with then right sort of run she should go well,” he said. WILLIAMS LOOKING FOR A STRONG SHOWING FROM J WALKER “He’s worked on in good style this week and he’s as a happy as a king,” declared young Henley Brook trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams when assessing then prospects of J Walker in the 2503m Stuart Lowe, Leading Tipster Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I expect him to be hard to beat and have a good chance of making amends for his narrow defeat last week when he met with interference and got out of his gear for 20 or 30 metres when Our Classie Mach galloped at the start. “He lost a heap of ground, about 30 to 40 metres and to catch the rest of the field and come wide and go down by a nose was a massive run. And he’s pulled up super.” J Walker, who started from 10m in the M0 event, was 11th at the bell and he flew home, out wide, to just fail to overhaul Shardons Rocket, the backmarker off 30m. This week over the same distance (2503m) J Walker will start from 20m and Shardons Rocket from 40m. Williams said that he was not concerned at the 20m handicap. “As long as I can make a safe beginning and keep out of trouble I’ll be happy,” he said. “I’d rather sit back in the field so that I can get a cart into the race. He can do a little bit of work, but he’s essentially a sit-sprinter. I believe he’s better put into the race with a cart, and he’s got a quick quarter in him. “I’ve had a few feet problems with him, but everything seems to be pretty right at the moment and he’s spot on.” Williams has only recently taken over the preparation of J Walker and the seven-year-old’s first three starts for his new trainer and driver have produced a third to Braemoor and seconds to Gday Mate and Shardons Rocket. Shardons Rocket is well handicapped and has sound prospects of repeating his victory of last week when he sustained a spirited three-wide burst from the rear in the middle stages. Leading reinsman Gary Hall jun. gave punters a good pointer when he chose to drive frontmarker Senator Whitby for Northam trainer Glenn Elliott in preference to This Time Dylan (trained by his father Gary Hall sen.) and the Michael Brennan-trained Jambo Emali, who will be driven by Morgan Woodley. Senator Whitby ended a losing sequence of nine in fine style in Kalgoorlie last Friday night when he was driven by Lang Inwood and finished powerfully from sixth at the bell to win by almost four lengths from Soho Daytona over 2118m. Chris Voak said that eight-year-old frontmarker That is Correct had each-way prospects, particularly if he was able to set the pace. “That Is Correct set the pace last Friday night and copped plenty of pressure from Balleybofey before finishing a close fourth. “I’d like to be able to lead, but I’m not sure he’ll be able to cross Senator Whitby, who looks set to run a big race.” INSIDE BARRIER POINTS TO ELEGANT CHRISTIAN Champion trainer Gary Hall insists that New Zealand-bred two-year-olds Elegant Christian and Pelusiac have equal ability and should fight out the finish of the 1730m The Form Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “There’s nothing between the two horses,” he said. “But the No. 1 barrier should swing things in favour of Elegant Christian. However, don’t be surprised if Pelusiac makes a race of it.” The stablemates clashed over 2130m last Friday week when Elegant Christian started at 9/4 and proved too strong for Pelusiac, the 7/4 on favourite. Pelusiac started from the back line and revealed good early speed to dash to the front after 350m. Elegant Christian worked hard without cover before getting to the front in the final 100m and beating Pelusiac by 1m. “Pelusiac was used out of the gate and was rushed forward,” Hall said. “He is by Washington VC and a lot of horses by that sire don’t like to be used early. Im Themightyquinn is a perfect example. Pelusiac will take it easy at the start this week.” Hall, who celebrated his 64th birthday on Monday and landed a double at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night with Northview Punter and Slick Chapel, is confident that the unbeaten Elegant Christian and Pelusiac will give him the quinella on Friday night. SPOILT RICH GIVES PEARCE HIS FIRST WIN AT GLOUCESTER PARK Clinton Pearce, a part-time Middle Swan trainer, landed his first city winner when Jamie Rigoli brought 10/1 chance Spoilt Rich home with a strong burst from fifth at the bell to beat the even-money favourite Extreme Times in the 1730m SEW-Eurodrive Pace at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. The 29-year-old Pearce, an East Victoria Park finance broker, races Spoilt Rich, a five-year-old Rich And Spoilt gelding, in partnership with his wife Danielle, father Ross and brother Travis on lease from Frank Bratovich. Pearce, who has spent five years assisting Bratovich with his team of pacers, now has trained three winners. Demon Possessed, a Life Sign five-year-old raced on lease by the Pearce family, was successful at Northam in June and at Kellerberrin last month. Ross Pearce has been training pacers for about 30 years and has won races in recent years with Lagoon Express and McPicket. The closest he came to landing a Metropolitan-class winner was when 15/1 chance Shipps Colours finished second to Le Maillot Jaune in an M0 event at Gloucester Park on May 14, 2004. by Ken Casellas  

IMA ROCKET STAR ON TARGET FOR RICH CARNIVAL EVENTS Eight-year-old Ima Rocket Star has fully recovered from debilitating leg injuries and is firmly on track to contest rich feature events at the coming summer carnival, including the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup. Driven assertively by Colin Brown, Ima Rocket Star, a heavily-supported 5/4 on favourite, gave a typical powerhouse performance to win the 2536m Clipsal And Schneider Electric New Season Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to record his eighth win from his past 14 starts. Ima Rocket Star is now repaying the faith and patience of trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who have persevered with the New Zealand-bred gelding, who was able to race only once in the space of 24 months, between January 2011 and January 2013. A winner at six of his 12 starts in New Zealand, Ima Rocket Star has been a star for the Bond camp, with his 40 WA starts producing 18 wins and ten placings. He also raced twice at Menangle in July 2010, finishing a half-length second to Make Mine Cullen in the Hondo Grattan Sprint and a length second to Villagem in the Chariots of Fire. Ima Rocket Star started out wide from the No. 6 barrier on the front line on Friday night and Brown sent him forward, three wide, as soon as the mobile sent the field on its way, with the polemarker Lord Lombo setting the early pace. Ima Rocket Star dashed to the front after 400m and he was joined soon afterwards by 13/2 chance Sneakyn Down Under. Ima Rocket Star sped over the first 400m section of the final mile in 28.9sec. before covering the final three quarters in 29.3sec., 28.9sec. and 29.6sec. He won by 1m from ten-year-old Rocket Reign (16/1), who finished powerfully from ninth at the bell at his first appearance for two months. Adda Paternal Suit ran home solidly from fifth at the bell to be third, with Sneakyn Down Under fading to last in the field of eleven. Franco Renegade came from last at the bell to be fourth. Ima Rocket Star now boasts the impressive record of 54 starts for 24 wins and 14 placings for earnings of $354,094. Ima Rocket Star, by Badlands Hanover, is the sixth foal out of Star Rhapsody, who won four times from 31 starts in New Zealand and whose younger half-sister Anvil’s Star amassed $470,115 from 17 wins and 33 placings from 116 starts. Anvil’s Star was successful at her first Australian start, beating Desperate Comment in the group 2 Bendigo Cup in February 1997 before finishing second to desperate Comment in the group 1 Victoria Cup and a nose second to Surprise Package in the A. G. Hunter Cup at his next two starts. Sneakyn Down Under’s trainer-driver Darren Duffy had his licence suspended for 18 days when the stewards completed an adjourned inquiry into an incident at the turn into the home straight in the first lap of a 2130m event the previous Friday night. Duffy was found guilty of causing interference to Adda Paternal Suit (Aiden De Campo). OHOKA SAMSON USETS PLUNGE ON OLD McDONALD A substantial plunge on Old McDonald failed narrowly when the seven-year-old set a fast pace and was overhauled in the final stride by Ohoka Samson in the 1730m Clipsal 56 Series Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Old McDonald, trained at Banjup by Colin Brown, was making his first appearance for six months and was a heavily supported favourite at evens, with last-start winner Ohoka Samson at the surprisingly good odds of 9/2. Brown used the junior concession of Robbie Williams to enable Old McDonald, an M3-class pacer, to contest the event which was restricted to M2-class performers. And trainer Kade Howson also used the claim of Dylan Egerton-Green to enable Ohoka Samson to run. Old McDonald drew the prized No. 1 barrier, with Ohoka Samson at No.2, prompting most pundits to declare the even a match between the two. Williams got Old McDonald straight to the lead, with Egerton-Green content to race Ohoka Samson in the breeze. Old McDonald sped over the third 400m section of the final mile in 28.3sec. and appeared set to win. But Ohoka Samson, having his sixth start after a spell, finished with great determination to snatch victory on the line, with a final quarter in 28.6sec. Banana Dana, who enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail, ran on gamely to be third. The eight-year-old Ohoka Samson rated 1.55.5 and improved his record in an injury-plagued career to 14 wins and eight placings from just 31 starts for prizemoney of $114,594. Ohoka Samson was trained and driven by Tony Herlihy in New Zealand for three wins and three placings from eight starts before arriving in Western Australia. His nine-year-old full-brother Ohoka Arizona raced 20 times for eight wins and four placings for earnings of $273,498. Ohoka Assassin, a younger full-brother of Ohoka Samson, looks set for a bright career. His first 14 starts have produced three wins and five placings. LEWIS LANDS A TREBLE AND SHARDONS ROCKET ENDS LOSING RUN OF 20 Durable nine-year-old Shardons Rocket, an M7-class pacer three months ago, made the most of the drop-down rule when he started from the back mark of 30m in the M0-class Clipsal Modena Handicap over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He went into the event with a losing sequence of 20 and was downgraded to an M5 classification. He had a vastly superior record to all of his 11 rivals and astute punters cashed in handsomely when he was sent out at the tempting odds of 11/2. His narrow victory completed a treble for star reinsman Chris Lewis, who had been successful earlier on the program with Arousing and Kiss Chasey. Frontmarkers Our Classie Mach and Gallileo began badly and 10m runners Braemoor, J Walker and Erris Lad met with interference while polemarker That is Correct set the pace. Shardons Rocket was ninth after a lap and Lewis dashed him forward to be fourth, three wide, at the bell before he got to the front 300m from home after a third quarter of 28.8sec. J Walker was 11th at the bell and he sustained a spirited three-wide burst to join Shardons Rocket on the line. Shardons Rocket gained the verdict by a nose and rated 1.59.5. Shardons Rocket, trained at Byford by Tony Svilicich, boasts a wonderful record of 114 starts for 22 wins and 38 placings for stakes of $250,237. He won once from seven starts as a three-year-old in New Zealand and has won ten times in Victoria, twice in Tasmania and nine times in Western Australia. He was successful at his WA debut, at Narrogin in May 2011 and then had a losing sequence of 26 before scoring at Bunbury in December 2012. And then he won at six of his next 12 starts at Gloucester Park. His granddam Shardon Lass produced Shardons Aflyin, who earned $500,651 from 21 wins and 16 placings from 61 starts. Shardons Aflyin won at 11 of his first 12 starts in WA for trainer-reinsman Grant Williams. In March 2007 he won the Fremantle Cup and Australian pacing Championship and was second to Vanlo Yorker in the WA Pacing Cup in January 2008. EMPIRE FLAME GIVES HOWLETT A QUICK RETURN East Fremantle key defender Tom Howlett has a good eye for a horse. He certainly made a wise decision to outlay $10,000 to claim New Zealand-bred gelding Empire Flame on August 9. The eight-year-old, a 16/1 chance driven perfectly by Bunbury reinsman Ashleigh Markham, scored an impressive victory in the 1730m Clipsal Datacomms Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night at his second start for his new owner. This followed Empire Flame’s strong-finishing third to Bettors Fire at Gloucester Park three days earlier. These two efforts by Empire Flame have netted $12,110 in prizemoney. The gelding is now trained at Busselton by Howlett’s father Jamie. Empire Flame started from barrier two on the back line and Markham quickly had him in the one-out, one-back position, with Lucie Boshier (3/1) setting the pace from Black Pontiac (10/1), Wrongly Accused out on a limb, three wide, and Jambo Emaili on the pegs behind the leader. Benjamin Banneker, the 7/4 favourite, was eighth at the bell before unwinding a spirited burst to finish second, just over a length behind Empire Flame, who took the lead 80m from the post. Black Pontiac fought ion grimly to be third, a head behind Benjamin Banneker, with Lucie Boshier a wilting fourth. Empire Flame, who ended a losing sequence of 14, has raced 70 times for 16 wins, 15 placings and $119,030 in stakes. AROUSING TURNS THE CORNER WITH FOURTH WIN IN 32 DAYS One month ago Arousing had a losing sequence of 20 and had managed just three wins, at Narrogin, Kalgoorlie and Pinjarra, from 51 starts. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri has rejuvenated the six-year-old mare who notched her fourth win in the space of 32 days when she finished boldly to beat the pacemaker and 6/4 favourite Beautiful Night by a half-length in the 1730m Clipsal Led Lighting Pace. Arousing, third favourite at 4/1, had warmed up for Friday night’s event by contesting a 2130m race on the same track three days earlier when she worked hard in the breeze, got to the front in the home straight and was overhauled in the final stride and beaten by a nose by Kinsfolk. On Friday night Arousing started from the inside of the back line and Chris Lewis was happy to have her trailing the pacemaking Beautiful Night before she got into the clear when the breeze horse Big And Smooth began to drop back leaving the back straight. Arousing sprinted fast to get to the lead in the final 20m. Chloe Vargarita, second fancy at 7/2, enjoyed the perfect trail, one-out and one-back, and Gary Hall jun. switched her three wide 520m from home. She got on terms with Beautiful Night 200m later and the pair settled down to a head-and-head struggle in the home straight before she broke into a gallop in the final 20m and dropped back to finish a close third. Arousing now has raced 57 times for seven wins, 17 placings and $59,943 in prizemoney. By American stallion Western Terror, Arousing is out of the Christian Cullen mare Roustabout, who had 12 starts for four wins. Roustabout won at Pinjarra at her West Australian debut in March 2006 before winning the group 3 Empress Stakes at her next appearance, beating Precious Maiden and Sovereign Beejay. Roustabout is a half-sister to highly-promising three-year-old Pelusiac and her granddam Impressionable is a daughter of Impressionable, whose dam Tilla produced former star Victorian pacer Impressionist, who won the group 1 Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park from Whitbys Miss Penny at Gloucester Park in January 1992. Impressionist retired with a record of 56 starts for 23 wins, 12 placings and stakes of $427,005. CUP OF LIFE SETS THE PATTERN FROM THE No. 1 BARRIER The considerable advantage of the No. 1 barrier on the front line in mobile events at Gloucester Park was further illustrated at Gloucester Park when Chris Brew drove 9/2 chance Cup of Life to a smart all-the-way victory in the opening event, the 2130m Clipsal Powerhouse Pace. And this set the pattern for the night, with three more No. 1 horses (Kiss Chasey, Franco Torres and Millies Girl) winning and three others (Beautiful Night, Domino Bromac and Old McDonald) finishing second. Myouri (6/1) was smartest into stride from barrier two, but was unable to cross Cup of Life, who coasted through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.6sec. before increasing the tempo with quarters of 28.7sec., 29.4sec. and 30.1sec. to win by 4m from 10/1 chance Turnpike Cruiser, who followed the leader all the way. High Five Mozza (50/1) caught the eye when he charged home , five wide, from last at the bell to be third, ahead of the 5/2 favourite Imtheguy. Lord Diego, second fancy at 4/1, faded to sixth after racing in the breeze over the final 1000m. Cup of Life won twice in New Zealand and he arrived in Western Australia with a losing sequence of 19. He now has had 16 starts for Brew for three wins and six placings to take his career record to 43 starts for five wins, ten placings and $39,878. IT’S NO TROUBLE FOR NOTED FRONTRUNNER REAL HAMMER Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. freely admits that former Victorian performer Real Hammer is a one-dimensional pacer who excels when leading and struggles when he races back in the field. The speedy five-year-old again relished the pacemaking role when he started favourite at 5/1 on, began speedily from the No. 3 barrier and bowled along in front before scoring an effortless victory from Donovan Bromac in the first heat of the 2130m Clipsal Saturn The Warwick Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Real Hammer now has won ten races from 36 starts, when he has set the pace in eight of those victories. There was no pressure applied to Real Hammer in the early stages of Friday night’s event and he strolled through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.5sec. before dashing over the next three quarters in 30.2sec., 29.1sec. and 27.4sec. He rated 1.57.8 and beat 38/1 outsider Donovan Bromac by just over two lengths. Donovan Bromac started from the pole and trailed the leader throughout, while the third placegetter My Jasami ran on well after racing three back on the pegs. Real Hammer, a winner of eight races in Victoria, has won at two of his seven WA starts for a career record of ten wins and 11 placings from 36 starts for stakes of $75,563. KISS CHASEY MAINTAINS HIS CONSISTENT FORM Six-year-old Kiss Chasey, whose ancestry traces back to South Australian-bred pacers Main Morris and Forward Step, stars of the 1970s, maintained his consistent form when he gave a good frontrunning exhibition to win the 2130m Clipsal Energy Efficiency Westbred Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Oakford by Ross Olivieri for owner Debra Lewis and driven confidently by her husband Chris, Kiss Chasey, favourite at 5/4, made the most of the No. 1 barrier and he fought on gamely to defeat Soho Aintree by a half-length, with El Machine finishing strongly from the rear to be a close third. Kiss Chasey sprinted over the final 400m in 28.4sec. and rated 1.57.6. Kiss Chasey now has earned $58,249 from eight wins and seven placings from 26 starts. His past ten starts have produced four wins, four seconds, one third and a fifth placing. Kiss Chasey, by Yankee Sensation, is out of Hello Boys, who raced 55 times for 12 wins, 17 placings and $89,541. Hello Boys is out of Boom Or Bust, a winner at eight of her 36 starts and the dam of former star mare Party Date, who had 111 starts for 25 wins, 27 placings and $256,003. FRANCO TORRES HAS THE PEDFIGREE TO BE A GOOD WINNER New Zealand-bred six-year-old Franco Torres, whose dam There’s A Franco won two group 1 events in New Zealand, went into Friday night’s CMS Cup Pace at Gloucester Park boasting unplaced efforts at his previous eight starts and a losing sequence of 11. But punters rallied to support him solidly to start a hot favourite at 10/9 from the prized No. 1 barrier. The Debbie Padberg-trained gelding did not let his supporters down, with Shannon Suvaljko making the most of the ideal barrier by driving him to an effortless all-the-way victory. Franco Torres sprinted over the final 400m in 28.4sec. and beat Will of Iron (who trailed him throughout) by three lengths. Chaldea, who raced in the one-out, one-back position, battled on into third place. The winner rated 1.57.8 and improved his record to 51 starts for nine wins and 14 placings for earnings of $59,639. There’s A Franco was a quality performer in New Zealand where she won at her first three starts, including a group 2 event for three-year-old fillies at Alexandra Park in December 1995. Later that season she won a group 1 classic for fillies at Addington and won another group 1 event at Canterbury two years after that as well as finishing fourth behind Christian Cullen, Iraklis and Franco Enforce in the $350,000 group 1 New Zealand Cup at Addington. She was retired after her 45 starts produced 13 wins, 13 placings and prizemoney of $217,588. There’s A Franco’s full-sister This Time Franco was successful in group 1 and group 2 events before being retired with earnings of $249,151 from ten wins and 11 placings from 36 starts. MILLIES GIRL RETURNS TO FORM WITH AN ALL-THE-WAY VICTORY Even though Millies Girl had failed to be placed at her seven previous starts, she was a well-supported favourite at 13/4 for the 1730m Clipsal C-Bus Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night --- and she did not let her supporters down, scoring an easy all-the-way win. Trained at Pinjarra by David Young for owner Peter King, the seven-year-old was handled confidently by the trainer’s elder brother Shane, who jumped the mare straight to the lead from the No. 1 barrier. Millies Girl set a solid pace and sprinted over the final 400m in 28.6sec. to beat 9/2 second favourite Terra Into The West by 5m at a 1.57 rate. My Lady of the Night (13/2) trailed the pacemaker and finished a sound third. Millies Girl improved her record to 46 starts for six wins, six placings and $32,965. David Young kept up the work when he was successful with Trustytrev in the Perkins Builders Pace at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park on Saturday night. Trustytrev, favourite at 5/4 on, was driven by Shane Butcher. He set the pace from the No. 1 barrier and won from the fast-finishing Captain Proud. by Ken Casellas  

Talented harness racing reinsman Clint Hall hopes to celebrate his return to driving after an absence of more than six years by succeeding with vastly-improved Whos Mistake in the 1730m Clipsal Datacomms Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 35-year-old Hall, elder son of champion trainer Gary Hall sen., had his first drive in his comeback to harness racing when he finished a fighting second with 4/1 chance Heez Orl Black behind the 5/1on favourite Bettors Fire in a 1730m event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. “It was a good feeling to be back out there,” he said. “And I’m looking forward to a strong showing from Whos Mistake on Friday night.” Heez Orl Black started from the back line on Tuesday night and Hall quickly had him in the breeze, with Bettors Fire setting a dawdling pace. Hall sen. said that Whos Mistake was poised to be prominent after his excellent second to star performer Im Victorious at Gloucester Park last Friday week. “He has raced in fine form after a brief let-up, with three wins, a second and two fourths from six starts and I expect him to go well again this week.” Whos Mistake, a former Victorian performer, has been most consistent, having had 22 starts this year for six wins, six seconds, four thirds, four fourths and two failures, one of which was when he was retired with broken gear. Hall sen. will also be represented by Benjamin Banneker and Heavens Mistake in Friday night’s race. Benjamin Banneker, a smart New Zealand-bred five-year-old who has won nine times from only 19 starts, will start from the No. 6 barrier on the front line and will be driven by Gary Hall jun. He has won at two of his past four starts and looks set to fight out the finish. Whos Mistake will start from barrier four on the back line and is capable of unwinding a powerful finishing burst. Clint Hall has driven 169 winners from 1097 drives. His previous drive before Tuesday night was behind On The Agenda, who finished third behind Machine Gun in a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park on June 8, 2007. His most recent success was with McRaes Mate when he scored by a head from Roseworthy Lad, driven by his younger brother Gary, at Gloucester Park on May 28, 2007. Clint Hall also will drive My Jasami from the inside of the back line in the first qualifying heat of the 2130m Clipsal Saturn The Warwick Pace. Gary Hall jun. will drive stablemate Real Hammer, who will be a warm favourite from the No. 3 barrier on the front line. “Real Hammer is a dead-set frontrunner and if he leads he should win,” said Hall sen. Real Hammer started from the back line and raced without cover for much of the way when a wilting fifth behind Ohoka Samson over 2130m last Friday night. He set the pace and won easily from Rojen Cruz and El Machine over 2130m the previous week. VOAK OPTS FOR LORD LOMBO FROM THE INSIDE BARRIER Chris Voak has driven speedy mare Leda McNally at all her 21 starts in Western Australia for 12 wins and five placings. But he has opted to drive the five-year-old’s stablemate Lord Lombo in the $21,000 Clipsal And Schneider Electric New Season Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “It was a comparatively easy decision, really,” he said. Leda McNally faces a hard task from the outside of the back line, whereas Lord Lombo looks set to fight out the finish from the No. 1 barrier on the front line.” Leda McNally will be handled by Nathan Turvey, who drove Lord Lombo when he set the pace and held on to win from the fast-finishing Leda McNally over 2130m at Gloucester Park three starts ago. Leda McNally and Lord Lombo are trained at Pinjarra by Chris King and are in sparkling form. Lord Lombo began brilliantly from the No. 6 barrier for Voak last Friday night before taking the trail behind star performer Has The Answers and finishing solidly to be second to the evergreen pacer. Voak, fresh from landing a double at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night with Kinsfolk and What The Blazes, said he expected Lord Lombo to set the early pace. He would then determine his tactics in the 2536m event depending on the way the race unfolded. Not only is Lord Lombo a smart frontrunner, he can also produce a flying finish. Lord Lombo started from the back line in a 2130m event four starts ago when he was in 11th position with 250m to travel before Voak brought him from ninth on the home turn with a devastating burst, seven wide, to get up and win by a nose from Midnight Dylan at a 1.56.7 rate. Looming as the chief rivals for Lord Lombo this week are 11-year-old Sneakyn Down Under and eight-year-old-old Ima Rocket Star. Sneakyn Down Under has returned to top form over the past month with a splendid victory in the Howard Porter Memorial, a close second to Has The Answers and thirds behind Uppy Son and Has The Answers at his past two starts. He will start from barrier three on the back line. Ima Rocket Star resumed after a two-month break in the 2536m August Cup last Friday week when he raced in the one-out, two-back position and fought on to finish sixth behind Uppy Son. He finished powerfully to win the Pinjarra Cup from Hokonui Ben and Pacific Warrior in the first week of June. He will be driven by Colin Brown for Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who started the 2013-14 season with a flourish, winning the final four events on the program at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon with Jay Bees Grin, Everton VC, Your Good Fortune and Barrow Street. OLIVIERI IS THE TRAINER TO FOLLOW EARLY ON FRIDAY NIGHT Oakford horseman Ross Olivieri should be the trainer to follow early in the ten-event program at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he has sound prospects of winning the first three events. He has four runners engaged in the opening event, the 2130m Clipsal Powerhouse Pace, in which he predicts that five-year-old Imtheguy will prove very hard to beat. Chris Lewis will drive Imtheguy, and Olivieri’s other runners are Im Clean Cut (Chris Voak), Turnpike Cruiser (Morgan Woodley) and Rojen Cruz (Chris Voak). Imtheguy, a winner of four races In South Australia and three in Victoria, has won once and been placed second three times from his seven starts in WA. Imtheguy, who is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line, started from the inside of the back line and trailed the pacemaker Ohoka Samson before finishing solidly along the pegs to be second to that pacer over 2130m last Friday night. He also trailed the pacemaker Black Pontiac at his previous start before running on determinedly to be a head second to that pacer over 1730m at his previous outing. “He’s racing super and he’s my best chance in the race,” Olivieri declared. “His past two runs have been nice and to be placed in 1.55.3 two starts ago was very good.” Turnpike Cruiser, a Christian Cullen six-year-old, will be making his Western Australian debut after winning three times in Victoria in 2010 and 12 times in Tasmania. He pleased Olivieri with a close second to At Princeton in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning when the final 800m was covered in 57.6sec. “He’s a nice horse, his trial was good and he’s a place chance,” Olivieri said. Turnpike Cruiser will start from the inside of the back line. Im Clean Cut is an eight-year-old who is in sound form, with Gloucester Park thirds behind This Time Dylan and The Black Lord at two of his past three starts. He will start from barrier four on the front line. Rojen Cruz, an honest ten-year-old who will start from barrier two on the back .line, was a Bunbury winner in July and ran on well when second to Real Hammer over 2130m at Gloucester Park two starts ago. In the second event on Friday night, the Clipsal Led Lighting Pace for mares, Olivieri is enthusiastic about the prospects of Arousing, a winner at three of her past five starts. She will be driven by Lewis and will start from the inside of the back line. She should enjoy an ideal passage behind the polemarker and likely leader Beautiful Night. Arousing warmed up for Friday night’s event with a strong effort when a close second to Kinsfolk over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. She had a tough run outside the pacemaker Ace of Cards before hitting the front 120m from the post and then being overtaken by the fast-finishing Kinsfolk in the final couple of strides. Olivieri also predicted that six-year-old Kiss Chasey would be hard to beat from the prized No. 1 barrier in the third event, the 2130m Clipsal Energy Efficiency Westbred Pace. “He’s found a new Lease on Life and is probably the horse to beat,” he said. “El Machine is going terrific, but from the draws, Kiss Chasey is probably the horse to beat. He’s going super and is a good leader. But he’s also versatile.” Kiss Chasey impressed at Gloucester Park at his most recent appearance, last Friday fortnight, when he started from the back line, raced wide early and then charged to the front before going on to win easily from Moonlight Rockhole and Sparkling Seelster. He was an all-the winner over Cool Johnny at Pinjarra three starts before that. El Machine is in splendid form for trainer-reinsman Kade Howson and has won at two of his past four starts. He will start from the outside of the back line, but has the ability to overcome that disadvantage. LEWIS TO DRIVE PACIFIC WARRIOR FOR THE FIRST TIME Champion reinsman Chris Lewis has been engaged to drive up-and-coming pacer Pacific Warrior for the first time when the New Zealand-bred six-year-old contests the 1730m Clipsal 56 Series Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Lewis will replace Nathan Turvey, who has driven the Ray Williams-trained gelding in all of his 21 starts in WA for 12 wins, five seconds and two thirds. Pacific Warrior, a winner of four races in New Zealand, now has the longest losing run in his Australian career, a sequence of three (when he has worked hard in the breeze and finished second to Leda McNally, second to Mighty Flying Thomas and third to Black N Bettor). Pacific Warrior will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line and is likely to receive stiff opposition from last-start winners Ohoka Samson and Black N Bettor as well as polemarker Old McDonald, who is working attractively in preparation for his first appearance for six months. Old McDonald, an M3-class pacer, became eligible to contest Friday night’s event when trainer Colin Brown engaged concession reinsman Robbie Williams. Trainer Kade Howson engaged concession reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green to enable Ohoka Samson to run in the race which is restricted to M2-class performers. The prospects of both pacers were greatly enhanced when they drew favourably in the random barrier draw. Old McDonald will start from the pole and Ohoka Samson from the No. 2 barrier. Egerton-Green drove Ohoka Samson to an effortless all-the-way victory at a 1.58.2 rate over 2130m last Friday night. by Ken Casellas  

The all-conquering father-and-son combination of Gary Hall sen. and Gary Hall jun. ended the 2012-13 season on a high note at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Northview Punter scored an impressive victory in the Mornings With Matt McDermott Pace and emerged as a leading candidate for the rich Golden Nugget Championship in November. Never in the history of Western Australian harness racing has a trainer and driver been so dominant. The 63-year-old Hall and his 31-year-old son scored runaway wins in the awards for the State’s leading trainer and reinsman. Hall sen. trained 192 winners and 155 placegetters from 673 starters for earnings of $2,715,678 and Hall jun. drove 237 winners and 229 placegetters from 871 starters for total stakes of $2,982,094. Greg and Skye Bond finished second in the Statewide trainers’ premiership with 153 winners and 197 placegetters from 736 starters, with Andrew De Campo next with 92 winners and 127 placegetters from 457 starters. Colin Brown took second place in the Statewide drivers’ premiership with 139 winners from 787 starters, with Chris Voak and Morgan Woodley next with 130 winners each. In the Metropolitan premierships, Hall sen. trained 150 winners to finish well ahead of the Bond team, with 74 winners. Hall jun. (163 winners from 520 starters) was the leading city reinsman, finishing ahead of Chris Lewis (69 winners from 604 drives), Brown (63) and Woodley (60). Northview Punter, a solidly-supported 6/4 favourite from the outside of the back line on Friday night, settled down in ninth position and moved to seventh, three wide, at the bell before forging past the pacemaker Big ben Lombo 320m from home and going on to win by a length from Deluxe Edition, the only filly in the race, who finished strongly from sixth on the pegs at the bell. Slick Chapel, a stablemate of the winner, ran home strongly from the rear to be third. Northview Punter covered the final 800m in 59.1sec. and rated 1.58 over the 2130m journey on a slowish track. This took his record to 19 starts for 11 wins and five placings for stakes of $145,425. He won once from two starts in New Zealand before entering Hall’s stables. He is by American stallion Bettors Delight out of an American mare Watch Your Step, who had 48 starts in the United States for five wins, 16 placings and $59,806. He is a close relation to 1990 Little Brown Jug winner Beach Towel, the American harness Horse of the Year that season. HAS THE ANSWERS WINS EASILY, BUT SUFFERS FROM A DAMAGED HOOF Evergreen champion Has The Answers bled profusely from a nasty puncture wound in his off fore hoof after scoring an effortless all-the-way win in the 2130m Racing Radio Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It is not known what caused the injury or whether it affected him during the race. Trainer Tony Svilicich must produce a veterinary certificate of soundness before the stewards will permit the gelding to race again. It is hoped that the problem is not serious. Has The Answers, favourite at 3/1 on from the No. 1 barrier and he was surprising beaten for early speed by 20/1 chance Lord Lombo, who began very fast from barrier six. However, Lord Lombo was unable to cross to the front and Chris Voak then cleverly manoeuvred him to the pegs to enjoy the perfect passage behind the noted frontrunner. After a moderate lead time of 38sec. Has The Answers had the luxury of being able to amble through the first 400m section of the final mile in 30.5sec. before Morgan Woodley increased the tempo and the ten-year-old dashed over the next three quarters in 29.1sec., 27.2sec. and 28.9sec. to win by two lengths from Lord Lombo, rating 1.56.5. Sneakyn N Down Under, second favourite at 4/1, was more than two lengths farther back in third place after he had enjoyed a perfect sit, one-out and one-back. Shardons Rocket (23/1), a stablemate of Has The Answers, was a wilting fifth after racing without cover. Has The Answers is seemingly indestructible and he now has raced 240 times for 76 wins, 40 seconds and 25 thirds for $1,326,582 in prizemoney. Woodley has enjoyed a wonderful association with the Legacy Of Power gelding, having driven him 47 times for 22 wins, six seconds and four thirds. ELEGANT CHRISTIAN FOLLOWS A FAMILY TRADITION Elegant Christian, a sturdily-built New Zealand-bred gelding, followed a family tradition when he scored a fighting victory in the 2130m TABtouch.Mobi Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was his second win from first two starts (after a runaway victory at Pinjarra earlier in the month) to emulate the performance of his dam English Elegance, whom was successful at her first two starts, as a two-year-old at Addington in April-May 2007 before she finished a close third at her next start, in a group 1 $75,000 event for fillies at Alexandra Park. English Elegance, by American stallion Camtasticus, was retired as a three-year-old with a record of five wins, six placings and $82,936 from 13 starts and Elegant Christian is her sixth foal. Elegant Christian is trained by Gary Hall sen., who also had Pelusiac, an easy winner at his first two starts, engaged in the race. Gary Hall jun. chose to drive the Washinghton VC gelding in preference to Elegant Christian, who gave Kim Prentice a welcome 52nd birthday present. Pelusiac, who had won his first two starts by margins of eight lengths and four lengths, was a warm 7/4 on favourite from the outside (barrier two) on the back line. Elegant Christian was drawn out wide, at No. 6 on the front line, but was a well-supported 9/4 second fancy. Polemarker All Williams (12/1) led for the first 350m before Pelusiac took up the running, with Prentice quickly getting Elegant Christian into the breeze. After a third quarter in 29.4sec., Elegant Christian applied considerable pressure on Pelusiac and got on terms with 220m to travel. Elegant Christian gained the upper hand 100m from home and went on to beat Pelusiac by 1m at a 1.59 rate after the final 400m was covered in 28sec. Soho Star, the third runner in the race trained by Hall sen., raced in the one-out, one-back position before fighting on to third to give Hall a trifecta result which returned a dividend of $13.40 for a $1 investment. LOVING YOU MAKES QUITE AN IMPRESSION Loving You, a filly by Art Major, revived memories of Victorian pacer Impressionist’s victory in the group 1 Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park in January 1992 when she gave a bold frontrunning display to outclass her rivals in the 2130m Big Breakfast Show Pace on Friday night. Loving You, owned by Neven Botica, trained by Peter Tilbrook and driven by Shannon Suvaljko, was a heavily-supported 5/2 on favourite who set the pace and defeated outsider Firth of Tay by four and a half lengths. Loving You is related on her dam’s side to Impressionist, who was driven by star Victorian horseman Ted Demmler to victory over Whitbys Miss Penny in the 1992 Golden Nugget. Loving You is the third foal out of Roustabout, whose great granddam Tilla was the mother of Impressionist, who ended his career with a splendid record of 56 starts for 23 wins and 12 placings for earnings of $427,005. Roustabout is a half-sister to two-year-old Pelusiac, who finished a close second in the opening event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Roustabout’s first foal is Arousing, a winner at Northam last Tuesday night after winning at Pinjarra the previous week. Arousing, also owned by Botica, has earned $46,873 from six wins and 16 placings from 55 starts. Roustabout, by Christian Cullen, was retired after having 12 starts for four wins, two placings and $33,171 in stakes. She won twice in WA, at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park in March 2006. Herr Gloucester Park success was by a nose over Precious Maiden in the group 3 Empress Stakes. Loving You, who finished third behind Frith in the group 1 WA Oaks in May this year, went into Friday night’s race with a losing sequence of 11. But she looked outstanding from the No. 2 barrier on the front line. Indomitable, a 10/1 chance, began speedily from barrier six, but was unable to cross to the lead, with Loving You kicking up strongly on her inside. Nathan Turvey then was able to get Indomitable across to the pegs after 350m to take the trail behind Loving You. Eselar (10/1) raced three wide before getting to the breeze after 700m and she faded to finish ninth. Indomitable did not threaten danger and finished tenth. Zonya, a last-start Northam winner for trainer Mike Beech, caught the eye in coming from 12th at the bell to be a fast-finishing third. BUTCHER HURT AND EGERTON-GREEN SEIZES HIS OPPORTUNITY A fall when driving trackwork on Thursday left young reinsman Shane Butcher stiff and sore and unable to take the drive behind Ohoka Samson in the 2130m Drivetime With Stewart Maister Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Part-owner and trainer Kade Howson then engaged Dylan Egerton-Green, who made the most of the unexpected opportunity to land the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old an easy winner. Ohoka Samson, heavily supported to start favourite at 5/4 on, made the most of the favourable No. 2 barrier and he set a solid pace before sprinting over the final 800m in 56.8sec. to win at a 1.58.2 rate by three and a half lengths from Imtheguy (11/1), who finished gamely after racing three back on the pegs. Polemarker Arch On Fire (7/1) ran on solidly to be a head away in third place after trailing the leader all the way. Ohoka Samson, owned by Howson in partnership with the gelding’s New Zealand breeders Lorraine and Pero Smith, has been plagued by injury throughout his career. After winning at three of his eight starts in New Zealand and once from two starts in Victoria, Ohoka Samson has had only 20 starts in Western Australia for nine wins and five placings to take his career record to 30 starts for 13 wins, eight placings and $102,714. Ohoka Samson fractured his pelvis in a fall in April 2009 and was unable to race for 19 months. He resumed in November 2010 when he ran two seconds before winning six in a row. He damaged a tendon in the winter of 23011 and was forced on to the sidelines for 24 months. He resumed racing at Bunbury on July 13 this year and his first five starts in his comeback campaign have produced two wins, two seconds and a tenth placing. MEXICANO INHERITS THE ABILITY OF PRECIOUS MAIDEN Mexicano, who revealed outstanding potential as an early two-year-old in New Zealand, gave promise of better things to come when he recorded his first Australian victory with an impressive win in the 2130m TABform Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. After two fourths and a second at his first three appearances in Western Australia, Mexicano gave a sample of his class when he raced three wide for the first 250m and then outside the pacemaker and even-money favourite Grand Cru before surging to the front on the home turn and beating Grand Cru by two lengths. Trained at Bickley by Peter Anderson and driven with supreme confidence by Morgan Woodley, Mexicano, third favourite at 13/2, will now have a short spell before being prepared for feature events for four-year-olds in the coming summer months. After Grand Cru had coasted through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31.5sec. and 30.7sec., the final quarters went by in 28.4sec. and 29sec. and Mexicano rated 1.59.5. He won at his debut, at Alexandra Park in December 2011 when he sprinted over the final 800m in 28.2sec. and beat Slick Chapel before he finished a head second at his next start to Ohoka Punter, who has developed into a star performer, earning $478,402 from his ten wins and seven placings from his first 17 starts. Ohoka Punter’s successes include the $200,000m Victoria Derby at Melton last February and the $246,000 New Zealand Northern Derby a month later. Mexicano, who is owned by Ian Sermon, Lee Bunney, Greg Newbold, Peter and Michael Pike, Tracey Sermon, Dave Morley and Gary Charlton, is by Christian Cullen and is the first foal out of Precious Maiden, who was retired after earning $158,498 from 12 wins and 28 placings from 70 starts. Precious Maiden, a winner of two races in New Zealand, was trained in Western Australia by Grant Williams and won at each of her first three starts in the State in February-March 2006. At her final appearance she finished second to Jilsander in the group 3 Mares Mile at Gloucester Park in December 2007. BRILLIANT START PAVES THE WAY FOR THE BLACK LORD A flying start by The Black Lord paved the way for the New Zealand-bred five-year-old’s smart win in the 2130m Afternoons With Peter O’Neill Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Despite his easy victory when he raced three wide for much of the way at Bunbury at his previous outing, a fortnight earlier, The Black Lord was sent out at the liberal odds of 17/1 in a race in which Victorian newcomer Barkers Hall (5/4) and polemarker Saint Petersburg (11/4) dominated betting. Aiden De Campo got The Black Lord away brilliantly from the No. 3 barrier and the Elsu gelding sped to the front after 150m and bowled along in front before sprinting the final 400m in 28.8sec. to beat 16/1 chance Myouri by a half-length at a 1.59.1 rate. Im Clean Cut, who raced three back on the pegs, ran on well to be third. The Black Lord, trained at Henley Brook by Chelsey Harding, shows good promise and has a record of seven wins and eight placings from 39 starts for stakes of $39,097. His dam Visa Girl is a full-sister to Lord Miles, who raced with Great Success in Perth in 2000 and 2001 when he had 19 starts for seven wins and four placings. His wins included the $20,000 Country Cup at Gloucester Park in November 2000 and the Christmas Gift in December 2001 when he defeated The Die Is Cast, Chivalrous Fella and Baltic Eagle. He retired with earnings of $143,072 from 21 wins and 27 placings from 103 starts. GDAY MATE ENDS A LOSING SEQUENCE OF 27 New Zealand-bred six-year-old Gday Mate ended a losing sequence of 27 and broke a 14-month drought when young Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice brought him home with a sparkling burst of speed to score an easy win in the 2503m Late Nights With Ashleigh Paikos Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His previous success was also in a 2503m stand in June of last year. Gday Mate, a 13/2 chance, started from barrier four on the front line and Prentice had the gelding travelling smoothly in the one-wide line before he finished boldly from fifth at the bell to burst to the front 250m from home. He sprinted the final 400m in 28.3sec. and beat 2/1 favourite J Walker by three lengths, with the pacemaker To Transcend (3/1) seven lengths farther back in third place. J Walker will pay to follow. He was eighth at the bell and after being switched four wide by Robbie Williams with 450m to travel, he finished powerfully. Gday Mate, bred in New Zealand by Lorraine and Pero Smith, has had 77 starts for 11 wins, 29 placings and $130,033.He is a younger full-brother of smart open-class performer Please Release Me, who has earned $232,820 from 20 wins and 33 placings from 84 starts. SMOOTH CAESAR MAKES THE MOST OF PRIZED No. 1 BARRIER Giant pacer Smooth Caesar outmuscled his 11 rivals when he made full use of the prized No. 1 barrier when Shannon Suvaljko drove him to an all-the-way victory in the 1730m Friday Morning Pacing Preview Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Punters rallied to support Smooth Caesar, trained at Mardella by Matthew Henwood, and the seven-year-old gelding was a warm 5/4 on favourite. Loaded Aussie was smartest to begin from barrier three, but was unable to cross to the pegs, with Suvaljko driving Smooth Caesar hard to maintain the lead. Kissed Flush, who started from the outside of the back line, was sent forward by Colin Brown in the early stages to take up the position in the breeze. Criminal Minds finished fast from ninth at the bell to be a close second, with Kissed Flush holding on to be third, in front of Soho Monza, who fought on from eighth with a lap to travel. Smooth Caesar, whose dam Hilarion Lass had 48 starts for five wins, ten placings and $9209, has raced 60 times for nine wins, 14 placings and stakes of $66,549. BACKAS COBBER MAKING A GOOD START TO HIS WA CAREER Six-year-old Backas Cobber, who arrived in Western Australia from Victoria about five weeks ago with a losing sequence of 29, notched his second win at his third start in the State when he held on to score a narrow victory in the 2130m 1206AM Trotters Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Owned by Bruce and Pauline Stanley, Backas Cobber is trained at Wundowie by Bruce Stanley, who drove the gelding assertively. Backas Cobber started from the inside of the back, line and Stanley wasted no time in easing the gelding off the pegs and dashing him forward. Ryan Bell got last-start winner Idle Maple away with a fast start from barrier five and the seven-year-old led for the first 600m before Stanley got Backas Cobber to the front. This left Hot Holiday in the breeze and that trotter finished with great determination to finish a nose behind Backas Cobber, who rated 2.3.4. Backas Cobber has raced 101 times for 18 wins and 23 placings for stakes of $154,716. He is a half-brother to Backa Beyond, who had 35 starts in WA a couple of years ago form one win from 35 starts in that State. by Ken Casellas  

Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond are in the midst of a hot streak and their winning run looks likely to continue at Gloucester Park tonight, particularly in the opening two events in which they will be represented by At Princeton (Breakfast With Steve Mills Pace) and Jungle Genie (Karl Langdon Pace). Both pacers recorded runaway victories at Kellerberrin on Sunday when the Bonds prepared four winners on the eight-event program. Then at Pinjarra on Monday the Bonds trained another three winners. Colin Brown, who drove At Princeton and Jungle Genie to effortless victories at Kellerberrin, will be replaced by Ryan Warwick on Friday night. Brown drove at Kellerberrin and Pinjarra on a stay of proceedings and is now serving a ten-day suspension for forcing another runner to cover more ground than necessary in a race at Pinjarra the previous Monday. At Princeton, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, worked hard in the breeze before racing away from the opposition and winning by four lengths from Local Rogue over 2130m at Kellerberrin on Sunday. He showed his liking for pacemaking when he started from barrier two, set the pace and won from Time Passenger and Four Grinners over 2130m at Gloucester Park four starts before that. A winner at seven of his 38 starts, At Princeton is sure to appreciate the No. 1 barrier on Friday night and Warwick will certainly attempt an all-the-way win. His chief rival is likely to be Heavens Delight, a smart five-year-old trained by Gary Hall sen. who will start out wide at barrier six. Heavens Delight bounced back to good form at his third appearance after a 14-month absence when he set the pace and won convincingly from Bledisloe over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday night. Jungle Genie, an inexperienced three-year-old filly from New Zealand, looks ideally placed at barrier No. 2 on Friday night. She recorded her third win from six starts in her current campaign when she set the pace and sprinted the final 400m in 28.3 to win by more than four lengths from Lethal Krita over 1730m at Kellerberrin on Sunday. Jungle Genie is likely to be hotly challenged by Robyns C C, Eselar, Deluxe Edition and Indomitable. Robyns C C gave a powerful display at Pinjarra on Monday when she raced without cover and then three wide before winning in fine style from Eselar over 2185m, covering the final 800m in 57.4sec. and rating 1.58.4.Indomitable has won in good style at her past two starts and Deluxe Edition has won at six of her 21 starts and looks set for a bright career. by Ken Casellas

“Has The Answers doesn’t feel like an old horse at all; he doesn’t feel any different to what he did when he was at his best,” enthused star reinsman Morgan Woodley when assessing the ten-year-old gelding’s prospects in the $35,000 6PR August Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He’s a remarkable horse and Tony Svilicich is a remarkable trainer. Both Tony and Has The Answers defy logic some times and I fully expect the horse to put his best foot forward on Friday night. The 2536m journey isn’t his best distance, but I certainly think he is going well enough to win the race if things go in his favour.” Has The Answers, a veteran of 238 starts for 75 wins and 64 placings for earnings of $1,306,422, is ideally drawn at barrier No. 2 on the front line in Friday night’s group 3 Cup and Woodley is planning an all-the-way victory. “He hasn’t got a great record over 2500m, but he should be able to get to the lead reasonably enough and maybe he can give a similar performance as he did when he won the interdominion consolation over 2506m at Gloucester Park in March of last year,” Woodley said. “In that race he was able to lead with relative ease and get away with a little bit in the first 600 to 700m.” Has The Answers impressed when he was untroubled to win the interdominion consolation in which he beat Rocket Reign, Sneakyn Down Under, Dasher VC and David Hercules. He is a noted speedster over sprint trips, but has quite a sound record over 2500m. He has started in 46 mobile events at Gloucester Park over 2548m, 2536m and 2506m for 11 wins, nine seconds and three thirds. Has The Answers charged home from sixth at the bell to win over 1730m at a 1.53.8 rate from Sneakyn Down Under and Uppy Son last Friday week and he started from the inside of the back line and raced four back on the pegs in sixth position before finishing gamely along the inside to be fourth behind Sneakyn Down Under in the 2130m Howard Porter Memorial last Friday night. “He went quite well last week,” Woodley said. “And that was not his normal racing characteristics to be hemmed away and held up for one sprint. He was a little bit keen due to the false start and he had a tendency to overrace which took a bit of polish off his final 200m. “It’s a quality field on Friday night and I think that horses like Uppy Son and Please Released Me are drawn to get lovely soft runs and if that does happen and if there is a bit of early speed and mid-race pressure they’re the kind of horses who should be running on late. Sneakyn Down Under is always a horse capable of throwing the cat amongst the pigeons. He’s drawn wide on the front line and has the early speed to make his presence felt. “And Ima Rocket Star is a quality performer. So it won’t be a stroll in the park for Has the Answers. It never is in a Free-For-All race at Gloucester Park.” Svilicich won the 2003 August Cup with Digger of Fortune and has trained five minor placegetters in the past five August Cups. In 2008 he was represented by Roydon Holmes and Demoralizer. Roydon Holmes (9/1) led until the final 20m and finished a close second to Glencadam, and Demoralizer was third. He did not have a runner in 2009 before Has The Answers led until the final 50m and finished second to Im Themightyquinn in 2010. His other runner Mysta Magical Mach finished third. Has The Answers was a 6/4 on favourite in 2011 when he set the pace and was narrowly beaten by Lombo Navigator and Rocket Reign in a thrilling three-way photo finish. In last year’s August Cup Mysta Magical Mach, driven by Woodley, set the pace and was two lengths in front with 120m to travel before being swamped and was relegated to fifth behind Dasher VC. The lightly-raced seven-year-old Ima Rocket Star, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, adds considerable interest ton this year’s Cup. He has been freshened up since he worked hard in the breeze and finished a good third behind Livingontheinterest and Hokonui Ben. He charged home to win the 2692m Pinjarra Cup from Hokonui Ben and Pacific Warrior at his previous start. That followed smart victories at Harvey and Gloucester Park at his two previous outings. His past 12 starts have produced seven wins and four placings and he has excellent winning prospects. Greg Bond trained Mister Odds On when Colin Brown drove him to victory over Spirit of Shard and Fourmoore in the 2009 August Cup. Capel trainer Andrew De Campo, who was successful in August Cups with Glencadam (2008) and Lombo Navigator (2011), is pinning his faith on Adda Paternal Suit, who will be driven by his son Aiden from barrier three on the back line. HALL LIKES THE LOOK OF BARKERS HALL, A SPEEDY FRONT RUNNER Former Victorian pacer Barkers Hall is poised to make a successful Western Australian debut when he contests the 2536m Brad Hardie Pathway Pace on Friday night, according to champion trainer Gary Hall sen. Hall confidently predicted that the four-year-old would burst straight to the front from the No. 4 barrier on the front line. “Just get on, he’ll lead and win,” Hall declared. “He’s a blistering beginner. I have had him for only three weeks and he’s a nice horse who goes all right. The 2500m might be a bit far for him. He’s better known as a short-course horse. But he should lead and win.” Hall trained a treble at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night with Pelusiac, Northview Punter and Heez Orl Black to take his season’s tally to 187 winners. His son Gary, who has driven 236 winners in Australia this season, will be in the sulky behind Barkers Hall. Barkers Hall has raced 36 times in Victoria for nine wins and 12 placings. He has set the pace in seven of those victories over distances between 1650m and 2200m. He has never raced beyond 2240m. Barkers Hall, whose most recent appearance was at Ararat on July 16 when he set the pace and wilted to finish a two-length second to Keayang Falcon at a 1.59.2 rate over 2195m, will clash with several in-form pacers, including Springsteen, Beautiful Night, Sparkling Seelster, Franco Hendrix, Cool Johnny, Cup of Life and Makah Warrior. Springsteen, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old trained by Kyle Harper, has resumed after a spell in splendid form and looks set to fight out the finish after starting from the outside of the back line. He overcame a bad start in a stand to win over 2560m at Northam on Tuesday of last week. He is a redoubtable stayer ideally suited over 2536m. The powerful Hall father-and-son combination will also have many admirers when Hall jun. handles Real hammer and Black N Bettor in the Sports Today Pace and 96FM Pace, respectively. The stablemates fared well in the random barrier draws and each will be strongly fancied from the extremely favourable No. 1 barrier. “Real Hammer loves leading and should win,” said Hall sen. “And I think that Black N Bettor can lead and win, first-up. He ran home in 56sec. and won a trial at Byford on Sunday morning by six lengths.” BONDS LOOK SET TO CONTINUE THEIR HOT WINNING STREAK Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond are in the midst of a hot streak and their winning run looks likely to continue at Gloucester Park on Friday night, particularly in the opening two events in which they will be represented by At Princeton (Breakfast With Steve Mills Pace) and Jungle Genie (Karl Langdon Pace). Both pacers recorded runaway victories at Kellerberrin on Sunday when the Bonds prepared four winners on the eight-event program. Then at Pinjarra on Monday the Bonds trained another three winners. Colin Brown, who drove At Princeton and Jungle Genie to effortless victories at Kellerberrin, will be replaced by Ryan Warwick on Friday night. Brown drove at Kellerberrin and Pinjarra on a stay of proceedings and is now serving a ten-day suspension for forcing another runner to cover more ground than necessary in a race at Pinjarra the previous Monday. At Princeton, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, worked hard in the breeze before racing away from the opposition and winning by four lengths from Local Rogue over 2130m at Kellerberrin on Sunday. He showed his liking for pacemaking when he started from barrier two, set the pace and won from Time Passenger and Four Grinners over 2130m at Gloucester Park four starts before that. A winner at seven of his 38 starts, At Princeton is sure to appreciate the No. 1 barrier on Friday night and Warwick will certainly attempt an all-the-way win. His chief rival is likely to be Heavens Delight, a smart five-year-old trained by Gary Hall sen. who will start out wide at barrier six. Heavens Delight bounced back to good form at his third appearance after a 14-month absence when he set the pace and won convincingly from Bledisloe over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday night. Jungle Genie, an inexperienced three-year-old filly from New Zealand, looks ideally placed at barrier No. 2 on Friday night. She recorded her third win from six starts in her current campaign when she set the pace and sprinted the final 400m in 28.3 to win by more than four lengths from Lethal Krita over 1730m at Kellerberrin on Sunday. Jungle Genie is likely to be hotly challenged by Robyns C C, Eselar, Deluxe Edition and Indomitable. Robyns C C gave a powerful display at Pinjarra on Monday when she raced without cover and then three wide before winning in fine style from Eselar over 2185m, covering the final 800m in 57.4sec. and rating 1.58.4.Indomitable has won in good style at her past two starts and Deluxe Edition has won at six of her 21 starts and looks set for a bright career. by Ken Casellas  

The Howard Porter Memorial has been run 32 times and Sneakyn Down Under is the only horse to have won the group 3 event twice. Now part-owner, trainer-reinsman Darren Duffy is setting his sights on guiding the speedy ten-year-old to victory in the $35,000 race over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Sneakyn Down Under is handily drawn at barrier four on the front line and he appears to have excellent prospects of bursting to the front in the early stages. He started from the outside of the back line and charged home from ninth at the bell to win the Porter Memorial from Indian Giver and Mysta Magical Mach in 2009. He did not contest the race in 2010 and 2011 before he began brilliantly from the No. 3 barrier, set a fast pace and romped home to win the 2012 Porter Memorial by three and a half lengths from Lombo Navigator. Sneakyn Down Under showed a welcome return to form at Gloucester Park last Friday night when he set a fast pace from barrier two and was overhauled in the final couple of strides to finish a 1m second to the fast-finishing Has The Answers over 1730m. He had been unplaced at his previous nine starts. Has The Answers, who started from the back line and charged to the front after 600m before winning the Porter Memorial from Tartary Gladiator in 2011, is nicely drawn on the inside of the back line in this week’s event. He will be driven by Morgan Woodley, who was in the sulky when successful in the Porter Memorial in 2011 and again last week. Creating great interest will be the return to racing of top-flight pacer Lombo Navigator, who will start out wide at No. 5 on the front line at his first appearance since last February. Lombo Navigator finished strongly from sixth at the bell to be second to Sneakyn Down Under in last year’s Porter Memorial. He was unlucky when eighth behind Has The Answers the previous year when he raced three back on the pegs and was hopelessly blocked for a clear passage in the final circuit. Capel trainer Andrew De Campo has had the happy knack of producing Lombo Navigator in fine fettle for his first-up runs. Now a six-year-old, Lombo Navigator has raced first-up eight times in his 77-start career for three wins, three seconds, one third and one fifth placing. Lombo Navigator, who will be driven by Matt White, contested a 2185m trial at Pinjarra last Sunday week and finished solidly to be second, five length behind brilliant four-year-old Im Victorious, with the final 800m being covered in a sizzling 55.6sec. The Million To One gelding, with a splendid record of 24 wins and 26 placings and stakes of $547,449, is sure to have derived great benefit from that trial and should prove hard to beat. Uppy Son, who maintained his excellent form with a strong third behind Has The Answers and Sneakyn Down Under last week, will start from barrier three on the back line, cannot be overlooked, and Franco Renegade, Shardons Rocket and Can Return Fire will have admirers from barriers one, two and three, respectively, on the front line. Can Return Fire, to be driven by Colin Brown for trainers Greg and Skye Bond, extended his losing sequence to 30 last Friday night when fifth behind Has The Answers. He raced in seventh position before sprinting home fast, six wide, to finish only 2.2m from the winner. The Tony Svilicich-trained Shardons Rocket, a stablemate of Has The Answers, has a losing sequence of 17. But he is capable of causing an upset. He started off the back mark of 40m in the 3309m Marathon Handicap last Friday night and fought on grandly to finish a 4m second behind Balleybofey after working hard in the breeze over the final 1400m. SLICK CHAPEL SPARKLES AND IS READY TO RESUME IN STYLE A sparkling trial in fast time at Byford last Sunday morning was convincing proof that Slick Chapel is ready to resume after a spell with a flourish by winning the 2536m Premier Suzuki Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. has a high opinion of Slick Chapel, who has had a spell since he set a fast pace before wilting to finish sixth behind stablemate Alta Christiano in the WA Derby on April 19. Slick Chapel, a New Zealand-bred three-year-old, has won three races at Gloucester Park and one at Bunbury this season. He will start from barrier four on the back line on Friday night, but has the class to overcome that draw. His main rival, Another Vinnie, will start from the outside of the back line and Rocky Marciano, a winner of six races this season, is unfavourably drawn on the outside (No. 7) of the front line. Clint Hall drove Slick Chapel in Sunday morning’s 2150m trial in which the gelding rated 1.56.7 in winning by five lengths from Celtic Crusader. He sped over the final two 400m sections in 28.7sec. and 27.8sec. Hall will resume race driving next month and his brother Gary will be in the sulky on Friday night. Another Vinnie, trained at Bunbury by Frank Bonnett, is the best-performed runner in the race and looks set to fight out the finish. Busselton reinsman Aaron Beckett understands the gelding perfectly and he has brought him home with powerful, well-time bursts from the rear to win most of his races. He thundered home from tenth at the bell and sprinted over the final 400m in 27.8sec. to score an impressive victory over Truckers Buckeroo over 2100m at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park track last Saturday night. That took his record to 35 starts for 13 wins, 11 placings and earnings of $169,337.He surged home from last at the bell to win easily from Desgerrado and Big Ben Lombo at a 1.57.2 rate over 2130m at Gloucester Park eight nights earlier. Another Vinnie is one of six last-start winners in the race, the others being Soho Redford, Conniving Major Dave, Erskine Range, Big Ben Lombo and Bettor Giddyup. Conniving Major Dave, a winner of three races in New Zealand, has impressed at his first two starts in Australia for Capel trainer Andrew De Campo. Driven by the trainer’s son Aiden, Conniving Major Dave enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back before dashing to the front 250m from home and winning easily from Arden Torres at a 1.59.6 rate at Bunbury last Saturday night. He raced without cover when a fighting first-up second to Boy O Boy on the same track the previous Saturday night. WILLIAMS-TURVEY COMBINATION IS POISED TO STRIKE The powerful combination of Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams and Baldivis reinsman Nathan Turvey have bright prospects of landing a double at Gloucester Park on Friday night with Pacific Warrior and Balleybofey. The New Zealand-bred pacers are in top form and each looks certain to start a firm favourite. Pacific Warrior will start from the back line in the 2536m Nepean Conveyors Pace in which he will clash with the in-form Peter Anderson-trained Mighty Flying Thomas. Pacific Warrior, who has had 46 starts for 16 wins and 12 placings, raced out of his class last Friday night when he worked hard in the breeze outside the speedy Lucie Boshier before getting to the front on the home turn and then being beaten by the fast-finishing M3-class mare Leda McNally, who rated 1.56.7 over 2130m. He is sure to appreciate a return to an M1-class event this week. Two starts ago Pacific Warrior finished powerfully out very wide on the track to snatch a thrilling victory in a three-way photo finish from Condrieu and Mighty Flying Thomas in the John Higgins Memorial. He looks set to develop into a contender for feature events in the summer months. Seven-year-old Balleybofey looks one of the best bets on the ten-event program. He will start from barrier three on the front line in a 2503m stand, the Alltools Handicap. He looks the likely leader and should prove too strong for his ten rivals. Balleybofey started off the front and dashed to the lead after 400m before setting a very solid pace on his way to scoring an easy 4m victory over Shardons Rocket in the 3309m Marathon Handicap. He is in the best form of his career, with wins at six of his past ten starts. False Promise, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old in the stables of Greg and Skye Bond, has won at seven of his past 14 starts and appeals as one of Balleybofey’s main dangers. Whos Mistake, Turismo and Strongbow Lombo, who will start off the 10m mark, have been racing keenly over the winter months and will have admirers. Polemarker Johnny Diamond has won in good style in stands at Bunbury at his past two outings and should also be prominent. SPEEDY BULLDOZER MAKES STRONG APPEAL FROM GOOD DRAW Noted frontrunner Bulldozer should appreciate a favourable draw and looks set to fight out the finish of the 2130m Yes Loans Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The six-year-old, trained at Banjup by Annie Belton, will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line and Chris Lewis is likely to make use of his sparkling gate speed and make a bold bid for the early lead. Polemarker Wrongly Accused (Dylan Egerton-Green) possesses good early pace, but it is problematic whether he will be able to muster enough speed to hold out Bulldozer in the early stages. Bulldozer started from the inside of the back line in a 2130m event last Friday night and did not get clear until the late stages, when he finished full of running to be third behind Leda McNally and Pacific Warrior. Bulldozer, a former Victorian pacer, was a winner six starts ago when he led and defeated Taiaha over 2536m in mid-April. The Andrew De Campo-trained Harrison Maguire, a winner of five races in New Zealand and two in New South Wales, adds considerable interest to the race. He will start from the No. 2 barrier on the front line and Aiden De Campo could attempt to take an early lead with the Christian Cullen gelding who possesses good gate speed. Harrison Maguire started from the outside of the back line and was a 77/1 outsider on the tote at Gloucester Park last Friday night when he raced in seventh position on the pegs before finishing solidly to be fourth behind Leda McNally at his third start in Western Australia. He will be at considerably shorter odds this week. by Ken Casellas  

Mt Helena harness racing trainer Ray Williams and Baldivis reinsman Nathan Turvey are proving a formidable combination and they continued their run of recent successes when Balleybofey set a fast pace and scored an easy victory in the $25,000 Lancaster Park Marathon Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was their second successive triumph in a Gloucester Park feature event, following their win with Pacific Warrior in the John Higgins Memorial a fortnight earlier. Balleybofey, a 7/1 chance, got away smoothly from the inside of the front line, but Salliwood, revealing her normal brilliance from a stand, burst straight to the front after Lord Diego, second favourite at 15/4, reared as the tapes were released and galloped badly. Turvey gave Balleybofey plenty of time to get balanced before he sent the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old to the front after 400m. Nipperinghall quickly moved outside the pacemaker, giving Rodrigo the ideal trail, one-out and one-back. Gary Hall jun. kept 7/4 favourite Bettor Reason, favourite at 7/4, at the rear after starting off the 40m mark before he sent him forward, three wide, 1750m from home in the 3309m event. This was the signal for Turvey to increase the tempo and Balleybofey made life tough for Bettor Reason and co-backmarker Shardons Rocket by covering the final four 400m sections of the last mile in 29.7sec., 30sec., 29sec. and 29.2sec. Bettor Reason moved into the breeze before Shardons Rocket took over that position for much of the final two circuits. Balleybofey carried too many guns for his rivals and scored by 4m from Shardons Rocket (12/1), with Salliwood running on into third place after trailing the pacemaker. Bettor Reason wilted to finish tenth. Rodrigo, who was shuffled back to eighth in the middle stages, ran on from seventh (three wide) at the bell to be fourth. The winner rated 2.2.1 and took his record to 62 starts for 13 wins, 23 placings and stakes of $98,826. He won six times in New Zealand and has had 26 starts in Western Australia for seven wins and six placings. Friday night’s victory gave Williams (who celebrated his 68th birthday the following daty) his first success in the Marathon Handicap and enabled him to emulate the performance of his son Grant, who trained and drove Shardons Aflyin, who started off 50m and charged home to win the 2006 Marathon. Balleybofey, who started at 3/1 on and finished fifth behind Splendiferous in much weaker company in a 2130m mobile event at outer country track Kellerberrin the previous Sunday (when he faded after working hard in the breeze), is by Badlands Hanover out of the Holmes Hanover mare Kate Eileen, whose dam Heather’s Bo produced several winners, including Patches. Patches, who earned $258,741 from 25 wins and 37 placings from 154 starts, won eight times in WA, including dead-heating for first with OK Windermere in the 2006 Easter Cup at Gloucester Park. WOODLEY CELEBRATES A TRIUMPHANT REUNION WITH HAS THE ANSWERS There is little wonder that outstanding young reinsman Morgan Woodley rates evergreen champion Has The Answers as one of the best pacers he has driven. Woodley was reunited with the wonderful ten-year-old gelding at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he produced a superb exhibition in the sulky to land the veteran a dashing winner at 18/1 in the 1730m Happy Birthday Henry McManus Pace. Byford trainer Tony Svilicich nominated Chris Lewis for Has The Answers, but Lewis opted to drive the Ross Olivieri-trained Hez The Bart Man. Svilicich then engaged the 24-year-old Woodley to handle Has The Answers in a race for the first time since the oldstager was unplaced behind Lombo Navigator in the Pinjarra Cup in June 2012. It was a great reunion, with Has The Answers showing that he still has what it takes to win in top company, even though he had been successful only once from his previous 21 starts. Woodley has a tremendous record with Has The Answers, having driven the WA-bred gelding 42 times for 20 wins and nine placings. Has The Answers now has amassed $1,305,022 in stakes from 75 wins, 39 seconds and 25 thirds from 237 starts. Has The Answers started from the outside (barrier three) on the back line and Woodley got him away speedily to settle him in sixth position in the one-wide line. Sneakyn Down Under, unplaced at his previous nine starts, was a heavily-supported favourite at evens and Darren Duffy sent the ten-year-old straight to the front from No. 2 on the front line, leaving Hez The Bart Man (9/1) to work hard in the breeze, with Uppy Son (6/1) enjoyed the perfect trail, one-out and one-back. Woodley bided his time and he waited until Gary Hall sent Uppy Son forward, three wide, with 420m to travel. Has The Answers followed Uppy Son until Woodley switched him five wide approaching the home turn. Has The Answers was fifth at the 100m mark and he finished powerfully to get up in the final couple of strides to win by 1m from Sneakyn Down Under, with a neck to Uppy Son in third place. Please Release Me (5/1) battled on along the pegs to be fourth, with Can Return Fire charging home, six wide, to be a close-up fifth. The stewards fined Duffy $200 for allowing Sneakyn Down Under to shift out in the run to the post, allowing Please Release me the room to run home on the inside. The final four quarters were covered in 29.6sec., 28.8sec., 27.4sec. and 28.4sec. and Has The Answers rated a smart 1.53.8 on the rain-affected track which compares favourably with Livingontheinterest’s track record of 1.53.1. Hez The Bart Man faded to finish last in the field of ten. IM VICTORIOUS RETURNS TO ACTION IN GRAND STYLE Star four-year-old Im Victorious is well and truly on target for group 1 successes in the spring and summer of the 2013-14 season. That was the obvious conclusion after his effortless victory in the Go Quinny Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Justin Prentice dashed Im Victorious, favourite at 5/1 on, to the front after 300m and the New Zealand-bred gelding was completely unextended in strolling along in front and scoring by just over three lengths from Western Cullen and Village Steel, rating 1.57.7. Produced in great shape by Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan for his first start for five months, Im Victorious maintained his unblemished first-up record --- four wins from four first-up appearances. Im Victorious qualified to run in a $25,000 event for M3-class pacers next Friday week, and after that Brennan will keep him racing in Perth before taking him to Melbourne to contest the $400,000 Victoria Cup at Melton in mid-December. Then he will be set for the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup. Im Victorious could have improved considerably on his time on Friday night. Prentice let him able through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31.4sec. and 30.6sec. before giving him more rein when he sped over the final quarters in 28.8sec. and 27.6sec. Western Cullen worked hard in the breeze all the way and fought on doggedly to be second, a nose ahead of ten-year-old Village Steel, who led early and then trailed the pacemaker. Banana Dana showed a glimpse of his best form in finishing strongly from sixth at the bell to be a close-up fourth. FOUR LEGGED FRENZY UPSETS THE FRONTRUNNING JUNGLE GENIE Consistent filly Four Legged Frenzy caused an upset when she trailed the pacemaker Jungle Genie and finished strongly to snatch a last-stride victory by a nose from the even-money favourite in the 2130m Nepean Conveyors Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Northam by Lang Inwood, Four Legged Frenzy was an 11/1 chance and she impressed in sprinting over the final 400m in 28.5sec. to get up and beat Jungle Genie, who looked a certain winner when she led by almost two lengths with 100m to travel. The winner rated 1.58.1. The win gave reinsman Nathan Turvey the first leg of a double. Later, he won the Lancaster Park Marathon Handicap with 7/1 chance Baleybofey. Loving You (35/1) raced three back on the pegs before finishing gamely to be third, with a neck to Deluxe Edition (11/2) sustaining a solid run from 11th in the middle stages. Four Legged Frenzy, by Northern Luck, is out of Mystical Prince mare Heyumob, who raced 72 times for five wins, 14 placings and $37,187. Heyumob is a half-sister to former WA performer Go Worley, a winner at Globe Derby last month who won a 1609m event at Menangle in 1.55.9 last Tuesday. Go Worley has earned $51,234 from eight wins and 27 placings from 68 starts. Four Legged Frenzy has had 31 starts for six wins, 11 placings and $48,894 in prizemoney. Her next appearance is likely to be in 2536m event for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park next Friday week. IMTHEGUY MAKES THE MOST OF A LATE MISTAKE BY FAVOURITE Victorian-bred four-year-old Imtheguy made the most of a mistake made in the closing stages by 10/9 on favourite The Left Arm Quick to win the 1730m Ross North Homes Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Left Arm Quick looked set for victory when he was a length in front of Imtheguy (in the breeze) 100m from the post. But punters were dismayed when The Left Arm Quick stumbled and almost fell with 50m to go. Chris Lewis then urged Imtheguy to the front as other runners were inconvenienced behind the galloping The Left Arm Quick. Te Rauparaha, who was trailed the pacemaker, was unlucky. He broke when The Left Arm Quick galloped and Callan Suvaljko had to restrain him to enable him to regain his pacing gait. Imtheguy won by 1m from Te Rauparaha, with Extreme Bromac third and Ardens Southee fourth. Bob Mellsop, driver of Ardens Southee, lodged a protest against Extreme Bromac (Chris Playle), alleging interference with a lap to travel. The stewards upheld the protest and relegated Extreme Bromac to fourth while promoting Ardens Southee to third. The stewards ruled that Playle had switched Extreme Bromac three wide, forcing Ardens Southee wider on the track before the field had reached the candy pole, 600m from the finish. Playle had his licence suspended for 14 days. The Left Arm Quick lacked early sparkle and paced roughly from the inside barrier when the mobile barrier released the field. The Left Arm Quick was beaten out by almost two lengths by The Black Lord, Imtheguy and Soho Indianapolis, but he was able to kick up and take up the running. Imtheguy, trained by Ross Olivieri, has had five WA starts for one win after winning four races in South Australia and three in Victoria. He has had only 19 starts for eight wins, five placings and $24,809. He is related on his dam’s side to former star juvenile Jasmarilla, who won at her first nine starts in Victoria as a two and three-year-old in 1983 and 1984. She had 20 starts in Australia as a youngster for 14 wins and four placings before racing successfully in America where she was retired after having had 216 starts for 50 wins, 68 placings and stakes of $503,000. LEDA McNALLY AGAIN REVEALS HER CLASS Versatile four-year-old Leda McNally gave further proof that she will be a leading contender for feature events for mares in the new season when she unwound a spirited finishing burst to win the 2130m Happy Birthday Jaime Congerton Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Starting second favourite at 11/2, Leda McNally caused an upset when she proved too strong in the concluding stages to beat the 7/4 on favourite Pacific Warrior by one and a half lengths, with Bulldozer finishing fast into third place after trailing the pacemaker Lucie Boshier. Leda McNally, trained at Pinjarra by Chris King and driven by Chris Voak, enjoyed a perfect passage, one-out and one-back, while the polemarker Lucie Boshier set a brisk pace, with Pacific Warrior working in the breeze. Pacific Warrior got to the front approaching the home turn, but was unable to hold out the fast-finishing Leda McNally, who burst to the front 100m from the finish. She rated 1.56.7 with the final 800m being covered in 57.3sec. She has performed superbly in WA where her 12 wins and four placings have taken her career record to 35 starts for 13 wins and seven placings for earnings of $123,338. Lucie Boshier, a first-up winner at Gloucester Park at her previous outing, faded over the final stages to finish seventh. VANESIA COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL WEEK FOR SCHOFIELD AND WILLIAMS Promising two-year-old filly Vanesia completed a successful week for Bennett Springs trainer Greg Schofield and reinsman Robbie Williams when she ran home strongly to win the 2130m Del Basso Smallgoods Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Schofield started the week by training and driving First Time Rich for his all-the-way win at Gloucester Park on Tuesday. Williams was successful behind Showtime Prince at Kellerberrin on Sunday before he landed a double with Ohoka Kentucky and Justlikelindt at Gloucester Park two days later. Vanesia, who had been placed at five of her nine starts, was a 13/1 chance from the inside of the back line, with Generally Outspoken favourite at 5/4 from the outside (No. 7) of the front line. Polemarker Mill Pond set the pace, with Generally Outspoken moving outside the leader after 250m. Eventually, Generally Outspoken (Gary Hall jun.) got to the front 240m from home. Williams drove Vanesia to the front at the 100m mark and the filly won by a half-length from 40/1 chance Red Hot Go, who finished fast after having raced three back on the pegs. Generally Outspoken was in third spot when she paced roughly and broke in the final couple of strides. Vanesia covered the final 800m in 59.8sec. and rated 1.59.6. She is by American stallion Life Sign and is out of the Troublemaker mare Ilona Belle, who had 18 starts for four wins, six placings and $15,823. She won at her final two starts, at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park in 2002 before being retired. LORD JOWERS RELISHES HIS FRONTRUNNING ROLE New Zealand-bred four-year-old Lord Jowers notched his eighth win in Western Australia when he gave a bold frontrunning display to score a three-length victory over Veitchy in the 2130m Happy Birthday Dorothy Cook pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained by Greg and Skye Bond, Lord Jowers started from barrier four on the front line and Colin Brown sent the gelding to the lead 80m after the start. After covering the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31sec. and 30.7sec., Lord Jowers made life tough for the opposition by sprinting over the final two quarters in 28.8sec. and 28sec. He coasted to victory at a 1.57.3 rate to take his record to 48 starts for ten wins, 13 placings and stakes of $74,375. Lord Jowers started at 7/2, while 2/1 favourite Franco Torres and 11/4 second fancy Heavens Delight failed to flatter. Franco Torres raced one-out and one-back before starting a three-wide move approaching the bell. He wilted to finish tenth. Heavens Delight raced in tenth position before Gary Hall jun. sent him forward, three wide, 950m from home. The five-year-old battled on to finish a well-beaten fifth. HALLS MAINTAIN THEIR DOMINANCE Serpentine trainer Gary Hall sen. and star reinsman Gary Hall jun. maintained their dominance of the WA pacing scene when Hall jun. drove This Time Dylan to an easy all-the-way victory in the 2130m Baltic Eagle Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This Time Dylan, favourite at 6/4, simply proved too speedy for his rivals, winning by 2m from Smooth Caesar at a 1.56.6 rate. This gave Hall jun his 223rd driving success for the season and his father his 178th winner from 634 starters. Hall jun. heads the Metropolitan reinsmen’s list with 155 winners and he leads from Chris Lewis (65). Hall sen. has trained 140 city winners and leads from Greg and Skye Bond (72). The win of This Time Dylan was his third from 13 WA starts and he now has raced 21 times for six wins, five placings and $36,200. SUVALJKO BRINGS UP HIS CENTURY IN STYLE Shannon Suvaljko brought up his century in fine style at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he drove evergreen pacer Tee Pee Village to an effortless win in the 1730m Congratulations Matt and Hayley Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This gave Suvaljko his 100th winner from 749 starters this season. He also has driven 190 placegetters. Tee Pee Village, a runaway last-start winner, started favourite at 2/1 for trainer Peter Tilbrook and Suvaljko was content to rate the New Zealand-bred 11-year-old in the breeze on the outside of 15/1 chance Octavian. Tee Pee Village got his head in front 250m from home and then he raced away to win by more than two lengths from Talk It Up (12/1), with Death Adda (5/2) a close third. This took Tee Pee Village’s record to 93 starts for 22 wins, 24 placings and stakes of $229,607. Unplaced runners Therecomesatime and Empire Flame were claimed, each for $10,000. Seven-year-old Therecomesatime, who led early and then trailed the pacemaker Octavian before finishing fifth, was claimed by Narelle McCarthy, wife of top-flight Sydney trainer John McCarthy. Seven-year-old Empire Flame, who raced at the rear and finished sixth in a field of seven, was claimed by East Fremantle footballer Tom Howlett. by Ken Casellas  

TURVEY CELEBRATES HIS CENTURY WITH LAST-STRIDE HIGGINS TRIUMPH Nathan Turvey celebrated his achievement of driving 100 winners in a season for the first time by producing a perfect exhibition in the sulky to land Pacific Warrior a dramatic final-stride winner over odds-on favourite Condrieu in the $35,000 John Higgins Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 35-year-old Turvey, a former Hawthorn footballer, brought up his century when Banned For Life completed a winning double for him at Northam the previous Tuesday night. Pacific Warrior, third favourite at 4/1, started from the inside of the back line in the group 3 Higgins Memorial and Turvey drove patiently with the New Zealand-bred five-year-old three back on the pegs in eighth place for most of the 2130m journey. Pacific Warrior was still eighth when Turvey eased him back to get off the pegs and into the clear 320m from home. Turvey then switched Pacific Warrior five wide and the gelding was ninth, out six wide on the home turn before charging home to get up and snatch victory by a nose from Condrieu (5/4 on), with the gallant Mighty Flying Thomas (25/1) a head away in third place. Pacific Warrior was produced in tip-top shape by Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams, who prepares the gelding for Rob Tomlinson’s Oz-West Pacing Syndicate, Phil Eaton’s Northam Alliance Pacing Syndicate and co-owners Bruce Greenwood, Greg Richens, Joseph Lawrence, Reegan Buswell and Ian Gillespie. The final 800m was covered in 57.7sec. and Pacific Warrior rated 1.58.6 in taking his record to 45 starts for 16 wins and 11 placings for earnings of $109,774. He won at four of his 27 New Zealand starts and he was excelled under the care of Williams, with his 18 WA starts producing 12 wins and four placings. He is a Pinjarra specialist, having 11 starts there for nine wins, one third and one 11th placing. He was making only his fourth appearance at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Condrieu, trained by Greg and Skye Bond and the only three-year-old in the race, began speedily from the No. 3 barrier and Brown had him in front after 120m. Soho Aintree pressed forward to move into the breeze before Our Major Mark surged forward to assume the position outside the pacemaker after 550m had been covered. Colin Brown then was able to give Condrieu a welcome breather and the gelding was able to coast through the first two sections of the final mile in 31.2sec. and 31.1sec. No moves came from the rear and the moderate pace saw Morgan Woodley seize the initiative by sending Mighty Flying Thomas forward, three wide, from well back with 1200m to travel. This run was followed by Heez Orl Black (Kim Prentice). The tempo of the race lifted dramatically and Condrieu sped over the third quarter in 28.7sec. as Mighty Flying Thomas continued his three-wide surge forward. Condrieu and Mighty Flying Thomas were locked together in a titanic duel all the way in the home straight before they were overhauled by the flying Pacific Warrior. GIANTKILLER LIVINGONTHEINTEREST BEATS IM THEMIGHTYQUINN AGAIN Lightly-raced five-year-old Livingontheintrest caused a major upset at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he set the pace and carried far too many guns for champion Im Themightyquinn in the 2536m George Maloney Memorial Pace. Livingontheinterest was second favourite at 15/2, with Im Themightyquinn at 5/1 on. Livingontheinterest began with his usual speed from barrier two on the front line and Kim Prentice rated the gelding perfectly in front while Im Themightyquinn, who started from barrier two on the back line, raced in eighth position in the one-wide line. Livingontheinterest went through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 29.7sec. and 30.3sec. and Gary Hall jun. started a three-wide move with Im Themightyquinn with 950m to travel. Im Themightyquinn was sixth, three wide, at the bell and he sustained a strong burst. But at no stage did he appear likely to overhaul Livingontheinterest on the rain-affected track and he finished second, 4m behind his stablemate, with another stablemate Hokonui Ben (Shane Butcher, 33/1) finishing an excellent third after racing without cover in the final two circuits. This gave leading trainer Gary Hall sen. a rare trifecta result. Hall just missed landing the quartet, with his fourth runner Bettor Reason (100/1, Justin Prentice) running on from ninth at the bell into fifth place. Uppy Son was a sound fourth after racing wide early and then one-out and one-back in the final two circuits. Livingontheinterest made Im Themightyquinn’s task extremely difficult by sprinting over the final two quarters in 28.3sec. and 28.2sec. He rated 1.59 and took his record to 32 starts for 17 wins and seven placings for earnings of $184,185. He won at seven of his 15 starts in New Zealand and has been a star for the Hall stable, with his 18 WA starts producing ten wins and two minor placings. This was the second time this year that Livingontheinterest had proved the master of Im Themightyquinn. Prentice drive him to an all-the-way victory at 7/1 over 2130m at a 1.55.6 rate at Gloucester Park on January 4 when Im Themightyquinn started from barrier four and at 5/1 on. Im Themightyquinn ran on from tenth at the bell to finish fourth, 17.7m behind Livingontheinterest. PLAYLE WINS RISING STARS WITH BENJAMIN BANNEKER Chris Playle was rewarded with his confidence and aggression by landing Benjamin Banneker an easy winner of the $25,000 RWWA Rising Stars Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Benjamin Banneker, trained by Gary Hall sen., was hot favourite at 5/2 on and the 23-year-old Playle drove the New Zealand-bred four-year-old like the best horse in the race. Playle sent Benjamin Banneker forward from the No. 5 barrier and the gelding raced three wide until moving outside the pacemaker Looks Promising after 650m. Benjamin Banneker surged to the front 550m from home and went on to win by one and a half lengths from 14/1 chance Wrongly Accused, rating 1.58.8 over the 2130m. Wrongly Accused, driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, impressed in finishing strongly from eighth at the bell. Max Hughes, winner of the New South Wales Rising Stars series this year, brought 16/1 chance Bettor Still home with a solid burst to be third after trailing the pacemaker throughout. Marooned (Kaiden Hayter) was fourth after racing without cover early and then enjoying the ideal one-out, one-back trail. Benjamin Banneker, unraced in New Zealand, has had 18 starts in WA for Hall for nine wins, three placings and stakes of $80,270. By Washington VC, he is the fifth foal out of the Soky’s Atom mare Lavish, who failed to win a race from 21 starts, but was placed nine times. Benjamin Banneker has graduated to an M3 mark and is destined to make his mark in open-class events. He is certainly on track to emulate the deeds of his half-sister Pacific Playgirl, who has amassed $206,696 in prizemoney from 18 wins and 24 placings from 91 starts. MISS ATOMIC GIVES OWNER, TRAINER AND DRIVER FIRST LEG OF A DOUBLE Improving three-year-old filly Miss Atomic gave promise of better things to come when she completed a winning hat-trick with an effortless victory in the 1730m TAB Touch Pace at Gloucester park on Friday night. Her win was the first leg of a double for owner Neven Botica, trainer Peter Tilbrook and reinsman Shannon Suvaljko, who combined to win the Tom Thompson Memorial Claiming Pace with Tee Pee Village. Miss Atomic, an easy winner at Pinjarra at her two previous starts, was favourite at 5/4 for Friday night’s event and Suvaljko gave her supporters little cause for concern after dashing her to the front (from barrier four) after 150m. Miss Atomic sprinted over the final 800m in 57.3sec. and won by 8m from 45/1 chance Eselar, who ran home solidly after enjoying the one-out, one-back trail. Four Legged Frenzy (8/1) was third after trailing the pacemaker. Suvaljko now has driven Miss Atomic five times for four wins. The filly has earned $24,130 from four wins and two thirds from eight starts. Miss Atomic is by Grinfromeartoear out of the Badlands Hanover mare Atomic Dusk, who earned $18,889 from four wins and three placings from 18 starts, including two wins from 15 starts in WA in 2005-06. Atomic Dusk’s dam Tender Is The Knight has produced several winners, including Clear Atomic Day, who had 55 starts for 18 wins (three in New Zealand, one in Queensland and 14 in New South Wales) from 55 starts. After the TAB Touch Pace the stewards fined reinsman Bob Mellsop $200 for careless driving. Mellsop drove Mississippi Bell, who was retired in the first lap after contacting the sulky of Too Exceed and receiving a flat tyre. The stewards ruled that Mellsop had shifted into a position when he was not sufficiently clear. The 11-year-old Tee Pee Village appreciated a favourable barrier and he set the pace in Friday night’s 2130m claimer before dashing away to win by four lengths from Shardons Rocket, rating 1.57.6 over 2130m. Tee Pee Village shared favouritism at 7/4 with Rakarebel and he relished his frontrunning role, with Shardons Rocket in the breeze. Tee Pee Village was purchased by Botica as a yearling in New Zealand for just $20,000 and now the Tinted Cloud gelding has earned $224,407 from 21 wins and 24 placings from 92 starts. Tee Pee Village’s dam Village Green is out of Totara Road, whose dam Totara Valley produced former champion pacer Village Kid, who amassed $2,117,870 from 93 wins and 37 placings from 160 starts. There was one claim lodged in Friday night’s race, with Jason Restagno, of Sydney, outlaying $20,000 to claim Rakarebel, who fought on from seventh, three wide, at the bell to be fourth. GENERALLY OUTSPOKEN FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF OUR STRETTO Smart two-year-old Generally Outspoken completed a hat-trick of wins when successful in the 1730m Colin Hamersley Memorial Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to replicate the deeds of her maternal great granddam Our Stretto. The New Zealand-bred Our Stretto had six starts as a two-year-old at Brisbane’s Albion Park in June and July 1985 for four wins and two seconds before developing into a quality mare who ended her 103-start career with a record of 35 wins and 32 placings for earnings of $167,950. Generally Outspoken, trained at Northam by Glenn Elliott, looks set to become a leading candidate for the rich WA Oaks next season. Her easy victory on Friday night improved her record to 11 starts for four wins and two seconds for stakes of $44,120 for owners Robert Watson and Grace Inwood. Generally Outspoken is the first foal out of Return To Gold, a granddaughter of Our Stretto who raced 31 times for four wins, seven placings and $40,057. Generally Outspoken, favourite at 6/4, started from the outside barrier (No. 7) on the front line in Friday night’s race and Gary Hall jun. wisely let her settle down at the rear before sending her forward, three wide, after 500m to work in the breeze outside the pacemaker Reckless Abandon (9/2). Hall got Generally Outspoken to a narrow lead 570m from home and he nursed her to score by a neck from 2/1 second favourite Maddy White, who fought on doggedly after racing in the one-out, one-back position. Major Flirt was third and Reckless Abandon wilted to finish fifth. WHOS MISTAKE PROVING A SPLENDID BUY FOR Geoff Webster There are plenty of bargains in claiming events around Australia and Victorian horseman Geoff Webster made no mistake when he spent just $8000 13 months ago to claim Whos Mistake. Whos Mistake won that 1720m claiming event at Melton and Webster sent the Victorian-bred pacer straight to Western Australia to be prepared by champion trainer Gary Hall sen. Whos Mistake was disappointing and managed just one third placing and earnings of $850 from his first seven starts for Hall. Hall then sent Whos Mistake for a spell and the seven-year-old has raced consistently since resuming racing. Now Whos Mistake has had 26 starts for Webster and Hall for five wins and ten placings for earnings of $71,665. Whos Mistake started at 15/2 when he won the $25,000 Ron Gallop Memorial final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Whos Mistake started out wide at No. 5 on the front line and Gary Hall jun. restrained him back to the rear. Whos Mistake was in tenth position when Hall sent him forward, three wide, 1150m from home. Whos Mistake moved to fifth at the bell and sustained his strong effort to get to the front 120m from the post before winning by just under a length from 26/1 chance Sir Swanky, who flashed home late for Morgan Woodley. Seven Wishes, the second favourite at 6/1 who trailed the pacemaker and 5/2 on favourite Me Old Mate, was third, with Me Old Mate fading to fourth. The final 800m was covered in 57.3sec. and Whos Mistake rated 1.58.5. He now moves to an M3 classification. BRAEMOOR IS MAKING HIS MARK FOR PRENTICE Two years ago Lovers Delight was a strong performer in Western Australia when he was placed in five group events. And now his older half-brother Braemoor is making his mark for Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice. Braemoor, a six-year-old Christian Cullen gelding, started at 11/2 and gave a strong frontrunning display to win the 25034m Bill Steer Memorial Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This was his fifth win from 16 WA starts and improved his record to eight wins and 12 placings and stakes of $68,286 from 47 starts. He is a son of New Zealand mare Love Isin The Air, who produced Lovers Delight, who in 2011 finished second in the Caduceus Club Classic, second in the Western Gateway and third in the WA Derby as a three-year-old and second in the Four-Year-Old Championship and second in the McInerney Ford Classic later in the year. After the polemarker Nipperinghall had begun tardily in Friday night’s stand, Prentice dashed Braemoor straight to the front and after going through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31sec. and 30.5sec. he increased the tempo. Each of the final two quarters was covered in 28.9sec. and Braemoor fought on determinedly to win by 1m from 5/1 chance Nipperinghall, who finished strongly after trailing the leader. Courageous Ned came from three back on the pegs to be third. Western Cullen, favourite at 2/1 from the back mark of 20m, settled down a distant last before starting a three-wide run with 1200m to travel. He moved to seventh (three wide) at the bell and just plugged on into seventh place. NO TROUBLE FOR OUR CLASSIE MACH FROM THE INSIDE BARRIER The great value of starting from the prized No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park was further illustrated on Friday night when Matt White drove Our Classie Mach to an easy all-the-way victory in the 2536m Cyril Lilleyman Memorial Pathway Pace. Our Classie Mach, trained at Capel by Andrew De Campo for Merv and Meg Butterworth, was a firm 7/4 on favourite and was not fully extended in beating Sparkling Seelster and The Black Lord, who dead-heated for second. The Black Lord (11/1) trailed the pacemaker all the way and ran home along the inside, while Sparkling Seelster, a 23/1 chance, was most impressive after being trapped three wide in the early stages. Justin Prentice eased Sparkling Seelster back to last in the field of 12 before he began a three-wide move approaching the bell. The Falcon Seelster five-year-old finished powerfully and will pay to follow. Mosquito Buzzin, the second favourite at 13/2, raced in ninth position before dashing forward in the middle stages to move into the breeze at the bell. Mosquito Buzzin got on terms with Our Classie Mach 500m from home before wilting slightly to finish a close-up seventh. Our Classie Mach’s dam, the unraced Heathvale has also produced a good performer in five-year-old Classievale, who has had 16 starts in Victoria for nine wins, three placings and $65,138. LEWIS MAKES THE MOST OF AN UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITY Champion reinsman Chris Lewis made the most of a late call-up to guide The Dragons Den to victory in the 2503m TAB Touch.Mobi Trotters handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Lewis replaced Wanneroo trainer Bob Fyfe’s regular reinsman Terry Wegner, who became ill on Friday. The Dragons Den, a New Zealand-bred seven-year-old making his second Australian appearance, was a solidly-supported 10/9 on favourite and Lewis rated him perfectly in the breeze while polemarker Sandakan Lombo set the pace. The Dragons Den got his head in front with 600m to travel and he went on to win by a half-length from Conquer All, who finished gamely from fifth at the bell. Ushaka Bromac, the backmarker off 30m, improved from sixth at the bell to be a close third. The Dragons Den has earned $77,171 from seven wins and 13 placings from 54 starts and should win more races in Western Australia. His dam Sunny Ilsa had 21 starts for two wins, four placings and $21,494. by Ken Casellas  

Brilliant New Zealand-bred gelding Condrieu, the only three-year-old and the least experienced runner in the $35,000 John Higgins Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night, has drawn favourably at No. 3 on the front line and has excellent prospects of giving trainer Greg Bond his third success and reinsman Colin Brown his fourth victory in the group 3 feature. Bond, who prepares Condrieu in partnership with his wife Skye, won the Higgins Memorial with four-year-old Money Magnet in 2004 and three-year-old Richard Henry the following year. Both New Zealand-bred pacers were driven by Brown, who also was successful with the Noel Keiley-trained Valiant Soldier in 2003. The only other three-year-old apart from Richard Henry to win in the 18-year history of this event was the Ross Olivieri-trained Hail The Judge in 1997. The comparatively inexperienced Condrieu has created a big impression since arriving in Western Australia where his 11 starts have produced five wins and four placings after having won twice from nine starts in New Zealand. Condrieu possesses sparkling early speed and Brown is sure to press forward after the mobile barrier releases the field of 12 on its way over the 2130m journey. Drawn inside Condrieu are the Glenn Elliott-trained Preordained and the Debbie Padberg-trained Franco Torres. Both those pacers possess good gate speed. Preordained has set the pace in eight of his 43 starts and Franco Torres has led and won at Penrith, Menangle and Gloucester Park. However, it is problematical whether either Preordained or Franco Torres will have the necessary early brilliance to prevent Brown from taking Condrieu straight to the front. Condrieu, a noted speedy frontrunner, does not have to lead to win. He is tough and he gave a superb performance two starts ago when he worked hard in the breeze before finishing powerfully to win easily from Heez Orl Black, rating a dazzling 1.53.9 over 1730m at Gloucester Park. Then at his next start, at Pinjarra last Monday week, he ran a great trial for Friday night’s event when he start from barrier three on the back line, settled down in tenth position and then sustained a splendid three-wide burst from the rear to move to fifth at the bell and finish second to Pacific Warrior over 2185m. He dashed over the final two 400m sections of the final mile in 28.5sec. and 27.8sec. and rated 1.58.5. The Bonds also have an excellent second strong in Friday night’s race in the New Zealand-bred five-year-old Our Major Mark, who has amassed $586,630 from 17 wins and 16 placings from 54 starts. He is easily the best-performed runner in the race and cannot be underestimated, despite drawing out wide at No. 6 on the front line. He has won at five of his nine WA starts. Looming as the chief danger to Condrieu is former Victorian performer Real Hammer, who will start from No. 4 on the front line. A winner of eight races in Victoria, Real Hammer made an auspicious WA debut in a heat of the Higgins at Northam on Tuesday of last week when he started from barrier five on the back line and was ninth in the middle stages before producing a sizzling burst of speed to charge to the lead 380m from home. He got a full length clear of the pacemaker Mighty Flying Thomas, but was unable to cross to the pegs. Mighty Flying Thomas fought back determinedly to regain the lead in the home straight and he won by 5m from Real Hammer at a 1.59.8 rate over 2190m. That was Real Hammer’s first appearance for three months and he warmed up for Friday night’s race with a stylish performance in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning, winning by more than three lengths from Bettors Fire, with Preordained 2m farther back in third place. Real Hammer sped over the final 400m in 28.6sec. and rated 1.57.7 Real Hammer is prepared by leading trainer Gary Hall sen., who has won the Higgins with Our Graedy (1998), Our Toto (2009) and Partywiththedevil (2010). Hall will also be represented on Friday night by Heez Orl Black, a winner of six races in New Zealand whose first five starts in WA have produced two wins and two placings. Mighty Flying Thomas, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, is racing with commendable zest and is capable of a bold showing from barrier two on the back line. Trained at Bickley by Peter Anderson, Mighty Flying Thomas will be driven by Morgan Woodley, who guided the Anderson-trained Move Over to an all-the-way victory in the 2011 Higgins Memorial. Anderson also prepared Roseville Mac when he finished second to The Die Is Cast in the 2001 Higgins Memorial. Others with realistic prospects include Pacific Warrior and Soho Aintree. Pacific Warrior, trained at Mt Helena by Ray Williams, has won at 11 of his past 17 starts and goes into the race with a fine record of 44 starts for 15 wins and 11 placings. He will be driven by the in-form Nathan Turvey and will start from the inside of the back line. Meckering trainer Garry Elliott has four-year-old Soho Aintree, to be driven by Chris Voak, in excellent form. He was eighth at the bell and flew home, out wide, to win a heat of the Higgins at Narrogin (beating Preordained) two starts ago. Then he surged to the front after a lap and won a 2560m stand at Northam by six lengths on Tuesday of last week. Chris Lewis, who has driven the winner of the Higgins four times (with Hail The Judge, Our Graedy, Ianalbert and Sneakyn Down Under) will handle the Olivieri-trained Saint Petersburg, who was a Northam winner two starts ago, but faces a tough test on Friday night from the outside of the back line. PLAYLE GETS HIS CHANCE WITH THE IN-FORM BENJAMIN BANNEKER Twenty-three-year-old Chris Playle fared well in the ballot for drives in the $25,000 RWWA Rising Stars Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he drew the smart New Zealand-bred four-year-old Benjamin Banneker in the 2130m event. Benjamin Banneker, trained by Gary Hall sen., drew awkwardly at barrier No. 5 on the front line, but the Washington VC gelding has the ability to overcome that disadvantage. Benjamin Banneker, in his first season of racing, has impressed with his speed, strength and versatility and has won eight times from 17 starts. He had a tough run at his latest appearance, at Gloucester Park last Friday week, when he raced three wide early and then worked hard outside the pacemaker Midnight Dylan before fighting on grandly to be a close third behind Lord Lombo and Midnight Dylan when the winner rated a slick 1.56.7 over 2130m. At his previous start, two weeks before that effort, Benjamin Banneker settled in last position before sustaining a powerful three-wide burst over the final 1100m to score an easy victory over Western Cullen and Midnight Dylan, rating 1.56.6 over 2130m. Veteran Sir Artsplace also will have many admirers from No. 6 on the front line. The eight-year-old has returned to the Busselton stables of Michael Callegari after being claimed at Gloucester Park on July 8 when Shannon Suvaljko drove the gelding to a brilliant all-the-way victory over 2560m, rating 1.57.1 and beating Touch Me Toes by more than eight lengths. That was Sir Artsplace’s fourth win from his past six starts and he will give Chris Butt an excellent chance of fighting out the finish. Visiting New South Wales representative Max Hughes will drive Bettor Still from the prized No. 1 barrier for trainers Greg and Skye Bond. Bettor Still, a New Zealand-bred seven-year-old who has had 58 starts for 15 wins and eight placings, has been unplaced at his past 11 starts since winning from I Courage and Dhoni over 2130m at Gloucester Park in January. He started from the No. 1 barrier, but was badly beaten for early speed and raced three wide early and then without cover before getting to the front on the home turn. Wrongly Accused (Dylan Egerton-Green) and Midnight Dylan (Brayden Green) will start from barriers four and five, respectively, on the back line, but cannot be overlooked. Wrongly Accused, a six-year-old who has had 161 starts for 19 wins and 41 placings, led when a fighting third behind Touch Me Toes and Pride of Colorado over 2692m at Pinjarra on Monday. He covered a lot of extra ground before finishing strongly to win from Tee Pee Village and Davy Maguire over 2130m at a 1.56.7 rate at Gloucester Park two nights earlier. Midnight Dylan, a winner of ten races from 51 starts, is racing keenly for Greg and Skye Bond and has been placed at four of his past five starts. IM THEMIGHTYQUINN SET TO BRING UP HIS CENTURY IN STYLE Superstar Im Themightyquinn is poised to celebrate his 100th start in a magnificent career by notching his 51st victory when he contests the $21,000 George Maloney Memorial Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred eight-year-old has thrilled harness racing fans with whirlwind finishing bursts to win in devastating style at his first two starts since resuming from a spell and drawing No. 2 barrier on the back line should prove no obstacle for the champion. Im Themightyquinn will start immediately behind stablemate Livingontheinterest, who possesses sparkling early pace and should burst straight to the front. Gary Hall jun. then should be able to position Im Themightyquinn in a favourable spot in the one-wide line. Hall is sure to bide his time before sending the champion forward in the 2536m event in which he should win with ease. Apart from Livingontheinterest, the Hall camp will also be represented by impressive last-start winners Hokonui Ben and Bettor Reason. Hokonui Ben gave a superb performance last Friday night when he raced wide early and then in the breeze before getting up in the final stride to beat the pacemaker and 5/1 on favourite David Hercules by a nose at a 1.55.6 rate over 2130m. David Hercules will start from the inside of the back line and faces a stern test, particularly because he is likely to be hemmed in on the pegs for much of the race. Im Themightyquinn warmed up for this week’s race by contesting a 2550m stand at the Byford trials on Sunday morning. He started from 60m and was not extended in winning easily at a 2.3.5 rate after covering the final 400m in 28.6sec. MISS ATOMIC ON TARGET TO BRING UP A HAT-TRICK Breeder-owner Neven Botica and trainer Peter Tilbrook have high hopes Grinfromeartoear filly Miss Atomic, who makes strong appeal in the 1730m TAB Touch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Miss Atomic, who will be driven by Shannon Suvaljko from barrier four on the front line, should carry too many guns for her ten rivals who include Deluxe Edition, last-start winners Mississippi Bell and Four Legged Frenzy and talented New Zealand-bred stablemates Jungle Genie and Am Opulent. Miss Atomic gave a sample of her class at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when she settled down in eighth position before Suvaljko set her alight 500m after the start. The three-year-old revealed sparkling speed as she surged forward, three wide, to charge to the front 100m later, She then bowled along in front and sprinted over the final 800m in 57sec. to win by four lengths from Ace of Cards. She was equally impressive at Pinjarra the previous Monday when she was ninth at the bell before charging to the front 520m from home and then racing away to win by six lengths from First Time Rich. Deluxe Edition, a winner of six races, maintained her sound form when she rattled home from last at the bell to finish third behind Diamonds A Blaze and Jungle Genie over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday. Jungle Genie set the pace and dashed over the final 800m in 55.9sec. and she was far from disgraced in finishing a neck behind Diamonds A Blaze, who sat behind the leader before sprinting home fast. by Ken Casellas  

When Colin Brown brought up the first leg of a winning double at Gloucester Park last Friday night with False Promise in the first race on the programme he reached the 2500 career wins milestone.

Backers of 7/4 on favourite Your Good Fortune, as well as harness racing reinsman Colin Brown, survived an early scare before the New Zealand-bred gelding gave a stylish frontrunning display to win the $35,000 Alltools Four and Five-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Ace reinsman Colin Brown has no hesitation in declaring that Your Good Fortune is a vastly better horse than what he was when he finished close seconds in the WA Derby at his Australian debut 11 months ago and in the Four-Year-Old Championship last November and he is going into the $35,000 Alltools Four and Five-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night full of confidence.

Star harness racing driver Morgan Woodley freely admits that Mysta Magical Mach is one of his favourite horses, having driven the veteran pacer 75 times for 21 wins, 22 seconds and eight thirds. But he has decided to switch his allegiance to David Hercules in the $21,000 Mulberry Estate Autumn Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

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