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MIGHTY mare Frith has given trainer-driver Bruce Harpley plenty of headaches in the past six months. "If you went and watched her work you’d wonder if she could ever win anything," grinned Harpley after the four-year-old led most of the way to win Sunday’s Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge for four-year-old mares. Plagued with the widest draw at the top of the track, Harpley made his intentions clear from the start, racing wide until he found the front after his biggest danger, Priceless Gem, went straight to the early lead. The daughter of Four Starzzz Shark then gave nothing else a chance, rating 1:57.7 for her last mile, with a scintillating last half of 54.6 seconds (splits of 27.2 and 27.4 seconds) to easily account for the fast-finishing Bold Life (Jim Douglass) and the plucky Priceless Gem (Daniel Jack). Frith’s 1:57.7 was a track record, breaking Grin For Miss’s track record of 1:58.5 set on June 14, 2014. Owner Dianne Kelly said it was a huge relief to win as Frith had given them a few concerns in recent weeks. "Breaking a track record is a bonus and there would be no-one on this track today happier than my husband Bernie and Bruce [Harpley]," said Kelly. Harpley said he was just happy to get such a great horse back from the Kellys so he could continue was has been a wonderful association. Frith has now won more than $700,000 with 25 wins from just 34 starts in an amazing career which looks far from over. Frith   By Michael Court (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

Victorian gelding Major Crocker made the road trip from Bolinda to Port Pirie in South Australia worthwhile on Friday night, the son of Art Major winning the first heat of the 2014 Roll With Joe Breeders Crown 3YO Colts and Geldings series. With David Harding aboard, Major Crocker found the lead early and dictated terms to win by 3.2m over Glenferrie Affair (Ryan Hryhorec). Third placegetter Vaevenca was a further 14.4m away for Scott Ewen. Major Crocker’s winning mile rate was 2:02.0 after a lead time of 33 seconds for the 2050m journey. In the first heat of the 2014 Alabar Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies series, Globe Derby-trained Helens Bonus from the Ray Holberton stable posted a victory for driver Mark Webster in a blanket finish, defeating Daniel Jack trained-and-driven Call Her Julie by a half-neck, with a further half-neck back to Theeyeshaveit in third place for Jake Webster. Helens Bonus’s mile rate was 2:02.1 for the 1609m trip. The Breeders Crown heats will continue at Globe Derby in South Australia and Addington, New Zealand, this Friday night. HRV Media  

A meticulous long-range plan, carefully-mapped out by Victorian trainer-reinsman Daniel Jack returned handsome dividends when the lightly-raced Nowitzki scored an impressive victory in the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A sizzling start paved the way for the Art Major four-year-old who burst straight to the front from barrier two and set a solid pace before winning by 2m from 43/1 outsider Smokey The Bandit, with 29/1 chance Heez On Fire charging home from the rear to be third, just ahead of the even-money favourite Chilli Palmer. The win was the culmination of Jack's plan to bring the gelding from Victoria to Western Australia early in September. This was to give Nowitzki every opportunity to become acclimatised to the local conditions. Nowitzki spent two months at Pinjarra before making his WA debut, when he was surprisingly beaten into second place by Our Boy Su in a city M0-class event on November 8. He then led from the No. 1 barrier and won the $50,000 Retravision Four-Year-Old Championship from Mexicano before starting from the outside of the front line and finishing ninth behind Chilli Palmer in the McInerney Ford Classic. A $100,000 yearling, Nowitzki has earned $207,925 from his nine wins and five placings from 18 starts and he looks certain to develop into a quality grand circuit performer. Nowitzki was a $6.80 chance on the tote, with polemarker Chilli Palmer, the brilliant last-to-first winner of the McInerney Ford Classic a fortnight earlier, all the rage at evens from the prized No. 1 barrier. Jack stole a march on his rivals when Nowitzki revealed sparkling early speed to charge straight past Chilli Palmer and into the lead when the mobile barrier released the 12 runners in the 2536m journey. Condrieu began speedily from barrier six and quickly moved into the breeze, while Chilli Palmer settled down in sixth position before Chris Alford eased him off the pegs and into the one-wide line. It was while Chilli Palmer was struggling to muster early speed that Ashleigh Markham urged Smokey The Bandit forward from barrier two on the second line to get into the prime position behind the pacemaker. Nowitzki relaxed after his early burst of speed and was able to coast through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.3sec. before sprinting the next three quarters in 28.5sec., 28.4sec. and 29sec. He rated 1.57.5. Bit Of A Legend (13/4) was sixth after a lap in the one-wide line, and was being followed by Chilli Palmer. Bit Of A Legend started a three-wide move with about 1100m to travel and again he was followed by Chilli Palmer. However, Nowitzki showed no signs of weakening and it was left to the unheralded Smokey The Bandit to issue the only serious challenge in the home straight. Jack threw the kitchen sink at Nowitzki and he was suspended from driving for 14 days for an improper whip action in the home straight. The stewards also fine him $200 for loose reining --- for throwing the reins extravagantly as the gelding charged towards the finishing post. Markham was fined $400 for an incorrect whip action. "I have a very high opinion of Nowitzki and wasn't really concerned during the race," Jack said. "You go out there and try to beat one horse (Chilli Palmer) and you often come unstuck and something else beats you. That's racing and, thankfully, that wasn't the case tonight. He now has earned a spell." Nowitzki is the sixth foal out of the Armbro Operative mare Full Pleasure, who had 26 starts in 2001 and 2002 for three wins in NSW and seven in Victoria for earnings of $106,496. Full Pleasure's first six foals are all winners (of a total of 75 races), with her second foal Kept For Pleasure having 37 starts for 19 wins, ten placings and $542,343 and Lebron earning $155,084 from 22 wins and Its My Pleasure winning 14 races and $141,908. CORTOPASSI MAKES THE MOST OF CHANCE DRIVE BEHIND HEZ THE BART MAN New Zealand-bred eight-year-old Hez The Bart Man bounced back to form with a vengeance when he sustained a powerful three-wide burst to win the 2130m Jayden Barber Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to end an eight-month drought and snap a losing sequence of 16. A 27/1 tote outsider, he was driven for the first time by Aldo Cortopassi, who brought the gelding home with a spirited three-wide burst from fourth at the bell to a decisive one-length win over stablemate Red Salute (24/1). This gave Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri a quinella result. The stable's No. 1 reinsman Chris Lewis had the choice of driving either horse and when he chose last-start winner Red Salute it gave Cortopassi the chance of handling Hez the Bart Man. Western Cullen was a hot favourite at 2/1 on from the No. 1 barrier. As expected, he set the pace, and even after a slow first quarter of the final mile in 31.2sec. he wilted over the final 400m to finish sixth. Hez The Bart Man hit the front 320m from home and he won from Red Salute, who finished with admirable determination. Courage Tells, who trailed the pacemaker, finished third. The final 800m was covered in 56.3sec. and the winner rated a slick 1.56.2 to take his record to 56 starts for 11 wins, 21 placings and $125,333 in stakes. "I knew there was going to be a lot of early speed and we got a really good trip into the race," Cortopassi said. "He toughed it out really good. As soon as I got the plugs out and gave him a cut with the whip he levelled out and knew where the line was." J WALKER EXCELS AT FIRST OUTING FOR THREE MONTHS Young Henley Brook trainer Robbie Williams predicted more wins for New Zealand-bred gelding J Walker after driving the seven-year-old to a splendid first-up victory in the 2503m Russky the Bandit Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. "I've got a bit of an opinion of this bloke," he said after J Walker, a 7/1 chance off the back mark of 20m, had thundered home from last in the middle stages and from eighth at the bell to win easily from the pacemaker Bobby Teal (12/1) and 13/1 chance Turnpike Cruiser, who rattled home from last with a lap to travel. J Walker, who hit the front 120m from home, was making his first appearance for three months and his win broke a losing sequence of nine. "He's had a few little niggles, so we put him out in the paddock," Williams said. "And now he seems to be over them. My only concern tonight was that I thought he was a little bit big in condition." J Walker now moves to an M3 classification and looks capable of advancing to a tighter mark. He has raced 80 times for 16 wins, 19 placings for $149,926 in prizemoney. His win on Friday night completed a double for Williams, who had been successful earlier in the night with Franco Torres. COOL JOHNNY SPARKLES ON HIS RETURN TO RACING Cool Johnny, a lightly-raced five-year-old prepared at Forrestdale by Greg and Skye Bond, reappeared at Gloucester Park at Gloucester Park on Friday night after an absence of 11 weeks and he surprised reinsman Colin Brown with the ease of his victory. "I can't say that his trackwork has been exceptional. But he certainly lifted tonight," Brown said. "The barrier draw (No. 1) certainly helped." Cool Johnny was solidly supported and started at 7/4. He was smartest into stride and after quarters of 30.1sec. and 30.8sec., he sprinted over the final sections in 29.7sec. and 28.3sec. He rated 1.58.4 and defeated What God Knows (13/2) by just under four lengths. Soho Redford, who raced in the breeze, fought on grandly to be third. Soho Highroller (7/4) was popular with punters, but he was trapped three wide all the way before wilting from third at the bell to sixth. It was a fine effort. "Ï had a good look at the 400m and a few of them were struggling," Brown said. "We appeared to be travelling okay, so I dashed him away. The last thing you want to do is to get run over by something sprinting over the top. He finished it off well." Cool Johnny won once from three starts in New Zealand now has a record of 22 starts for nine wins and three placings for stakes of $48,904. MENELAUS OF SPARTA SHINING UNDER SMITH'S GUIDANCE Kenwick trainer Brett Smith made a wise decision three months ago when he claimed six-year-old Menelaus of Sparta for $10,000 on behalf of his mother Jenny and a few friends. Menelaus of Sparta has flourished under Smith's care and he maintained his excellent form when he stormed home from the rear in the middle stages to score an easy victory in the 2130m David Cairo and Jamie Congerton Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This took his record for Smith to 12 starts for five wins and two placings for $33,715 in stakes and his overall record to 17 wins, 19 placings and $111,346 from 74 starts. Smith is serving a term of suspension for causing interference and this created an opportunity for Morgan Woodley to drive Menelaus of Sparta for the first time. "All credit to Brett," Woodley said. "He has got this horse absolutely flying at the moment. He's been a revelation under his training. Tonight he's got the perfect run into the race. From the 1200m to the 400m they've run that half in 58.2sec. before the final quarter was run in 29sec. That was right up this horse's alley. He can let down realty well and he showed that tonight." Menelaus of Sparta started at the handsome odds of 14/1, mainly because most punters pinned their faith in veteran Pembrook Henry from the No. 1 barrier. Dylan Egerton-Green jumped Pembrook Henry in front, but the gelding was placed under heavy pressure when Absolute Cool paced strongly in the breeze. Rojen Cruz rattled home from last in the middle stages to be second, one length behind Menelaus of Sparta and Pembrook Henry did well to finish third, with Absolute Cool in fourth place. WILLIAMS BRINGS FRANCO TORRES (33/1) HOME WITH A POWERFUL BURST Robbie Williams made the most of the opportunity to drive Franco Torres in the Happy Birthday Ryan Berti Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Shannon Suvaljko, the No. 1 driver for the Debbie Padberg stable, opted to drive the Mike Reed-trained Taiaha. Taiaha was a solidly-supported 2/1 favourite from the No. 1 barrier, while Franco Torres was a 33/1 outsider, going into the 2130m event with a losing sequence of 11. Taiaha set the pace, while Williams, driving Franco Torres for the first time, was content to keep his horse in sixth position in the one-wide line. Wrongly Accused worked hard in the breeze before getting to the front with 400m to travel. However, Franco Torres sprinted home strongly over the final quarter in a28.6sec. to burst to the front in the closing stages to beat Wrongly Accused by just over a length. Bet Your Life came from three back on the pegs to be third, a nose ahead of Corza Commotion, who finished powerfully from ninth (on the pegs) at the bell. Taiaha faded to finish last in the field of 12. The New Zealand-bred Franco Torres has earned $77,624 from ten wins and 17 placings from 63 starts. EGERTON-GREEN LANDS BLACKNSWEET ADDA AT HANDSOM ODDS Young reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green maintained his splendid form in the sulky when he brought 13/1 chance Blacknsweet Adda home with a strong burst to win the V. and K. Congerton Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Herne Hill Trainer Kevin Keys engaged Egerton-Green to drive the four-year-old for the first time and it proved to be a wise decision with Egerton-Green trailing the pacemaker Miss Tee Dawn until he urged Blacknsweet Adda forward approaching the home turn. Miss Tee Dawn, driven by ace New Zealand reinsman Dexter Dunn, was showing signs of weakening and Blacknsweet Adda hit the front 90m from the post before winning by just over a length from Pure Empathy, who sizzled home out five wide after being last in the middle stages and tenth at the bell. Blacknsweet Adda ended a losing run of seven and took her record to five wins and seven placings from 28 starts for stakes of $43,090. SOHO MONZA BRERAKS THROUGH AFTER A SUCCESSION OF MINOR PLACINGS Five-year-old Soho Monza was rewarded for his consistency when he broke through for an overdue win at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Pacific Fella gelding, bred and owned by Rob Watson, had been placed at eight of his past 13 starts since winning at Northam early in July. He drew the prized No. 1 barrier and was favourite at 10/9 on. Hopeland trainer Kim Prentice set Soho Monza the task of leading all the way and the gelding responded in fine style, sprinting over the final two 400m sections in 28.8sec. and 28.7sec. to win by 2m from veteran pacer Cometao, who fought on grandly after racing without cover. Mister Roberto ran on from seven and last at the bell to be third. Soho Monza is the first foal out of the Perfect Art mare Spic And Spangled, who raced only five times for two wins at Kalgoorlie in October-November 2006. The Victorian-bred Spangled Black, the great granddam of Soho Monza, had 64 starts in the 1980s for 12 wins, 18 placings and $64,114. HERBIES DREAM GIVES PADBERG THE FIRST LEG OF A DOUBLE Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg's recent run of successes continued at full tilt at Gloucester Park on Friday night when she landed a double --- with Herbies Dream and Franco Torres. This followed her good night at Northam on Thursday evening when she had four starters for a win with Hez Got The Nod, seconds with Sir Ricky and Alta Onassis and a third with Big Bad Wolf. The New Zealand-bred Herbies Dream was an 8/1 chance and Shannon Suvaljko made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier by setting the pace and winning by just under a length from Grand Cru (who trailed the leader throughout), with the 5/4 favourite Notabadexcuse a half-head away in third place. Notabadexcuse raced in fifth position before starting a three-wide move approaching the bell. He fought on doggedly at his first start for leading trainer Gary Hall sen. and should pay to follow. Herbies Dream raced 22 times in New Zealand for three wins and seven times in New South Wales for one win before arriving in Western Australia where his four starts have produced one win. HOT HOLIDAY NEVER GETS TIRED, SAYS SKALECKI Hot Holiday, who broke three times in running when a distant eighth behind Earl Harbour in a race at Gloucester Park last Friday week, was on his best behaviour when he trotted faultlessly and scored an effortless victory in the 2130m Kyle and Dozer Trot on Friday night. After the race Skalecki said that the Natalie Duffy-trained seven-year-old had been at a disadvantage the previous week because he had raced without front shoes. "He has gone super tonight," Skalecki said. "He went round without front shoes last week and that made it a bit difficult. Tonight we were pretty confident. That's where he likes it, outside the leader. "He doesn't like chasing too hard, but once he's up there (in the breeze) he'll just grind all day. He never gets tired and he'll just fight." Prince Eddie (5/2) set the pace and Skalecki was quite happy to have Hot Holiday, the 2/1 favourite, in the breeze. Hot Holiday forged to the front 420m from home and raced Away to score by four lengths from Backas Cobber, who ran on from the rear. Hot Holiday has raced 60 times for 15 wins, 16 placings and stakes of $130,849. by Ken Casellas  

Nowitzki led from go to whoa in the Group 1 Lancaster Park 4yo $175,000 Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park Friday night the 6th of December. The son of Art Major trained and driven by Daniel Jack is out of the top race mare and super broodmare Full Pleasure dam of six in 1:57.6 and faster including the great race mare Kept For Pleasure ($543,243). Nowitzki has now won 9 races from just the 18 starts for stakes of $207,925. Second across the line was the outsider Smokey The Bandit with Heez On Fire third. The dissapointment of the race was once again the Cran Dalgety trained Bit Of A Legend driven by Dexter Dunn who finished 10th of the twelve runners.

Leading Victorian trainer Dean Braun was ecstatic when his star four-year-old Chilli Palmer drew the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line in the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night and predicted that the gelding would lead and prove very hard to beat. Braun's optimism will certainly take the wind out of the sails of several rival trainers and reinsmen who were planning for their horses to charge forward in determined bids to take an early lead against Chilli Palmer, a pacer they believed did not possess the speed to take advantage of the inside barrier. The brilliant Chilli Palmer, to be handled by ace Victorian reinsman Chis Alford, has won at each of his past six starts and has a record of nine starts for seven wins, a second and a seventh. He has won most of his races by producing a sizzling finishing burst. He has never jumped straight to the lead in his brief but spectacular career. "Everyone is entitled to his opinion," Braun said from Melbourne after the barrier draw. "But we will be aiming to make full use of the inside barrier. Chilli Palmer has got great natural high speed and I haven't had a horse with more natural gate speed. So far we have never really used his gate speed. "I couldn't be happier with the way is working. He had a good blowout at Byford on Saturday when Shaun Kittel worked him over a mile and a half and he sprinted over the final 400m in 27.3sec. "Hopefully Chilli Palmer will be able to make amends for the defeats of my horses Mustang Mach and Chancellor Cullen in the past two Gold Nuggets. It should be a great race on Friday night and every horse in the field can win, with the right run, but I wouldn't swap my horse for any other runner." Mustang Mach (11/1) started from barrier four and raced without cover for most of the way when a fighting second to The Gold Ace in 2011 and Chancellor Cullen (5/4) raced in the breeze for the final 1550m when fourth behind Im Victorious a year ago. The No. 1 barrier has been a huge advantage in the recent Golden Nugget Championships, with the No. 1 horse leading and winning three of the past five Nuggets and the other two winners in this period coming from the No. 2 barrier. Schinzig Buller won from barrier two in 2008 and then Bonavista Bay (13/8), Dasher VC (6/4 on) and The Gold Ace (10/1 on) won in the following three years before Im Victorious (11/4) started from barrier two and thundered home from ninth at the bell to win from Bettor Reason (20/1) and 6/1 chance Reuben Brogden, who started from barrier one and set the pace until the final stages. Chilli Palmer could not have been more impressive than he was at his West Australian debut in the 2536m McInerney Ford Classic last Friday week when he charged home from last at the 600m to score a decisive victory over the pacemaker Condrieu, with My Hard Copy third and Rocky Marciano fourth. Condrieu began with devastating speed from barrier five to burst to the front after 120m and Greg Bond, who trains the gelding with his wife Skye, plans to instruct reinsman Colin Brown to charge forward from out wide at barrier six. "We'll go forward; there's no point in going backward," he said. "We decided to have a crack for the lead from barrier five in the McInerney Ford, and it worked for us. The element of surprise won't work for us again, but we'll still be going forward. "We don't know whether Chilli Palmer has the necessary gate speed. He may well be better sat up; that's how he has been driven in most of his races. I don't think they will want to be caught in the early hustle bustle. Condrieu has done well since his second in the McInerney Ford and we're really happy with him." Condrieu is at his best when he leads. He has set the pace at four of his seven wins in WA, two of them being over 2536m, the distance of the Golden Nugget. Victorian trainer-reinsman Daniel Jack was delighted to draw barrier two with the speedy Nowitzki, who led from the No. 1 barrier and won the $50,000 Four-Year-Old Championship three Fridays ago. "The draw goes a long way (to winning) and I'll be trying to get across to the lead," he said. "His three runs in WA have been below par, but I expect him to go better this week. If he races as well as he can, he's certainly the horse to beat." Leading WA trainer Gary Hall sen. was disappointed with the barriers drawn by his two runners, Northview Punter (No. 3 on the back line) and My Hard Copy (outside of the front line) and said that he would need plenty of luck to win. "It's going to be a great race and I reckon Nowitzki will come out hard and lead --- and Condrieu will also come out hard," he said. "So hopefully it will be on from start to finish. My best chance from the draw is Northview Punter. We might drive him a bit quiet and let him come home." DALGETY RETAINS FAITH IN BIT OF A LEGEND Champion New Zealand trainer Cran Dalgety returned to Perth last week for the first time for 17 years and he has not given up hope of winning the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night with outstanding four-year-old Bit Of A Legend, even though the horse was unplaced in the Four-Year-Old Championship and McInerney Ford Classic at his past two starts. The 45-year-old Dalgety has fond memories of his first trip to Western Australia when he prepared Desperate Comment for the 1996 interdominion championship. Desperate Comment, who was driven by Peter Jones, qualified for the final as leading points scorer after a third, a second and a win in the heats. But he finished sixth in the final, won by Young Mister Charles. Bit Of A Legend, who has amassed $640,178 in prizemoney from 17 wins and 11 seconds from 36 starts, was trained and driven for his four starts at Gloucester Park in this campaign by New Zealander Brent Mangos. His best effort was an easy victory in a prelude of the Golden Nugget three starts ago when he defeated Galactic Galleon and Northview Punter. "Brent has done a fine job with him, but the horse faces a hard task in Friday night's race," Dalgety said. "Bit Of A Legend is only small and he's not stylish or elegant, but his assets are his great will to win and determination. "He has drawn barrier four and I'm pretty excited that just to be inside barrier five on the front row. Nowitzki and Condrieu are very fast beginners and I think that when we settle Bit Of A Legend will definitely be in the better half of the midfield --- and that will be a good start. In most of his wins he's come from behind. He just wants to be the winner." Bit Of A Legend, who will be driven by New Zealand's champion reinsman Dexter Dunn, and has the stable name of Carter, after Dalgety's ten-year-old son Carter, who insisted that his father buy the pacer at the New Zealand yearling sale. "Bit Of A Legend was very little, but Carter picked him out and said 'we've got to have this one,' Dalgety said. "So I bought him for $NZ50,000, probably from the heart than the head. I had had his half-brother London Legend, who was a good horse. "I bought Bit Of A Legend for myself, a good stable client in Darryl Brown, from Perth, Ross Stanbury, from Christchurch, and Pat Cabarlla, from Invercargill, and we have no regrets." London Legend, by In The Pocket and the first foal out of Soky's Legend, raced 101 times for Dalgety between 2008 and 2011 for 25 wins, 27 placings and stakes of $456,124. DEXTER DUNN OUT TO EQUAL HIS FATHER AT GLOUCESTER PARK Dexter Dunn, New Zealand harness racing's golden boy and a superstar at the age of 24, will make his first appearance in Western Australia when he drives Bit Of A Legend in the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And he would dearly love to emulate the performance of his father Robert, who landed a winner at his only trip to WA, in 1996 when he was successful with Master Musician in a second-round heat of the interdominion championship. Robert Dunn then was in the sulky when Master Musician, the 5/2 favourite, finished third behind Young Mister Charles and Sunshine Band in the final. Dunn, who will arrive in Perth on Thursday, will get the opportunity to experience driving on the 805m circuit when he handles three pacers trained by Matt Scott in early events on the program. Scott has nominated Dunn to drive Miss Tee Dawn in the 1730m V. and K. Congerton Memorial Mares Pace, Marooned in the 2130m Happy Birthday Ryan Berti Pace and Zurbaran in the first heat of the Livio (The Champ) Tolomeo The Coulson Pace. Miss Tee Dawn has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and has sound prospects of giving Dunn a winner at his first drive at Gloucester Park. This would equal his feat of landing a winner at his first drive in America --- when he was successful behind McClelland (1.50.1) over 1609m at the Meadowlands in New Jersey on June 25, 2011. Miss Tee Dawn started from the outside of the back ,line and did a good job to finish strongly from the rear to be fourth behind Arts Gangsta over 2190m at Northam on Tuesday of last week. She also unwound a powerful burst from the rear to win from Mount Richon over 2150m at Harvey the previous week. Marooned, who was claimed for $10,000 last week, has a losing sequence of 20 and faces a stern test from barrier four on the back line. He trailed the pacemaker Sanjaya when a sound third to that pacer last week, with the winner rating 1.55 over 1730m. Punters are likely to be keen to support the polemarker and smart frontrunner Taiaha against Marooned and the other ten runners in this week's event. Taiaha, who is prepared by Hazelmere trainer Mike Reed, caught the eye when racing first-up at Northam on Tuesday of last week when he raced three back on the pegs and was hampered for room before finishing solidly to be second to Celtic Crusader. Zurbaran, a winner six starts ago and placed second at two of his past four starts, will be at handsome odds from the outside of the front line in a race in which polemarker Cool Johnny (resuming after a let-up), What God Knows and Soho Highroller will be fancied. THE BEAU BRUMMELL RETURNS AFTER A SPELL IN FINE STYLE New Zealand-bred five-year-old The Beau Brummell looks one of the best bets on the program at Gloucester Park on Friday night after scoring an effortless first-up victory at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Waroona trainer Bob Mellsop produced The Beau Brummell in fine fettle for his first appearance for three months when he trotted faultlessly three back on the pegs in a race run in Indian file before he surged to the front 100m from home and scored by more than three lengths from All Over Red Rover at a 2.1.9 rate over 2185m. The Beau Brummell will start from barrier three on the front line in the 2130m mobile Kyle And Dozer Trot on Friday night in which he will clash with then highly-regarded Prince Eddie, smart frontrunner Heez Speedy Gonzalez, last-start winner Earl Harbour and Hot Holiday, who has won in good style at two of his past four starts. by Ken Casellas  

Young reinsman Chris Voak stands by his claim that Leda McNally has the quickest turn of foot of any mare in Australia and is bubbling with confidence that the five-year-old will prove too speedy for her rivals in the $100,000 Make Smoking History Mares Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A win in the group 1 feature event over 2130m would help Voak and Pinjarra trainer Chris King to overcome the trauma they experienced 12 months ago when Leda McNally met with interference in the home straight and finished fourth in the inaugural Mares Classic. Voak had Leda McNally poised to strike in the one-out, one-back position for most of the way and she was unwinding a spirited burst when Kamwood Laughter ran out under pressure and her off-side sulky wheel became locked with the near-side wheel of Leda McNally’s sulky. This caused Leda McNally to lose her momentum and she finished fourth behind the pacemaker and 6/4 on favourite Baby Bling. Voak lodged a protest and the stewards upheld the objection and elevated Leda McNally to third place. Leda McNally was a 50/1 outsider with bookmakers and a 65/1 chance on the tote. But this week she will be one of the favourites with Bettor Cover Lover, Famous Alchemist, Loving You, Sensational Gabby and Askmenow. Leda McNally is in superb form and has scored impressive victories at her past two starts, both over 1730m and rating a sizzling 1.54.3 in each event. Voak said that the extra journey of 2130m this Friday night would not trouble the brilliant Victorian-bred mare. Two starts ago Leda McNally revealed her normal sparkling gate speed when she set the pace and won convincingly from deluxe Edition and famous Alchemist. She started from the No. 4 barrier in the Norms Daughter Classic last Friday night when she raced in sixth position in the one-wide line before sprinting home brilliantly to get up and defeat Famous Alchemist by a head, with Bettor Cover Lover a gallant third after working hard outside the pacemaker Askmenow. Leda McNally will start from the No. 5 barrier on the front line this week and Voak is expected to get her away speedily in a bid to take up an advantageous position in the one-wide line. He could even be tempted to make a bid for the early lead. But this could prove to be an unwise strategy, considering that speedy beginner and noted frontrunner Loving You has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier. This is a major advantage for Loving You, a smart four-year-old to be driven by Shannon Suvaljko for trainer Peter Tilbrook. Loving You was a 72/1 tote outsider in the Norms Daughter Classic last Friday night when she started from the outside of the back line. She fought on from seventh at the bell to finish sixth. Loving You will be at much shorter odds this week and is a realistic chance, even though she is only on an M1 mark, while Leda McNally has a M8 classification and Bettor Cover Lover is on an M6 mark. Famous Alchemist, Sensational Gabby, Lucie Boshier and Miss Azooma have all reached an M3 mark. Loving You has set the pace before winning five times. Her other two wins in a 31-start career have come after she had sat behind the pacemaker and after racing without cover. Bettor Cover Lover boasts the best record of the 12 runners, with 19 wins and 12 placings from 35 starts for earnings of $999,756. She will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line and should settle in a favourable position for her New Zealand trainer-reinsman Brent Mangos. She looks set to fight out the finish. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. has three runners, Famous Alchemist (Clint Hall), Askmenow (Gary Hall jun.) and Chloe Vargarita (Daniel Jack) and he would dearly love to go one better than he did when Aussie Made Lombo (Hall jun.) thundered home from tenth at the 400m and eighth on the home turn to finish a 5m second to Baby Bling 12 months ago. Famous Alchemist looks his best prospect, even though she has drawn poorly on the outside of the back line. In last week’s race Famous Alchemist trailed the pacemaker Askmenow before bursting to the front about 120m from home and being overtaken in the final stride by Leda McNally. Askmenow’s prospects on Friday night faded when she drew barrier four on the back line. Chloe Vargarita will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line. Former star juvenile Sensational Gabby will start out wide at barrier six on the front line, but she has the natural speed to quickly get into a favourable position. She should be improved considerably by her first-up effort when eighth behind Leda McNally last Friday night. Sensational Gabby probably would have finished closer to the winner had she not become unbalanced and broke into a gallop just after leaving the back straight in the final circuit. HOWSON IS BACK AS EL MACHINE ATTEMPTS HIS FIFTH WIN IN A ROW Pinjarra trainer Kade Howson will complete a 12-day suspension at midnight on Thursday night and will be eligible to resume driving at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he has high hopes of landing the winner of the $25,000 Kersley final with up-and-coming star El Machine. When suspending Howson for causing interference in a race at Bunbury last Saturday week the stewards took into account his excellent driving record and his plea to be able to resume this Friday night in order to be in the sulky behind El Machine, a WA-bred five-year-old he trains and owns in partnership with Michael George. El Machine is one of the most improved pacers in the State and has won easily at each of his past four starts, all at Gloucester Park and all over 2130m, the distance of this week’s final. In three of those wins El Machine has produced a strong, sustained finishing burst before racing away from his rivals. He will start from barrier two on the back line on Friday night and Howson appears certain to bide his time before asking the gelding for a supreme effort in the final circuit. El Machine meets stiff opposition, including last-start winners Old McDonald, Our Major Mark and Menelaus of Sparta, who will start from the front line along with the talented Toretto, who has won in fine style at four of his past six starts. Old McDonald, trained and driven by Colin Brown, was the fastest of the three qualifying heat winners, will start out wide at the No. 6 barrier. But he has the ability to overcome this disadvantage. He started from barrier five in his heat last Friday week when he raced in fifth position in the one-wide line before storming home to beat Code Red by a neck at a 1.55.7 rate. El Machine came from eighth in the middle stages to win his heat from Pembrook Henry and Menelaus of Sparta at a 1.57.4 rate three Friday nights ago. He rated 1.58, 1.57.1 and 2.0.1 at his three previous outings and he warmed up for this week’s event by making most of the running and winning a four-horse Pinjarra trial at a 2.0.8 rate over 2185m after sprinting the final 800m in 57.3sec. Our Major Mark, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, was most impressive in his heat last Friday night when he raced without cover, took the lead 480m from home and sped over the final 400m in 27.8sec. to beat Toretto by a length at a 1.57.3 rate. He will start from the No. 5 barrier. Menelaus of Sparta, trained and driven by Brett Smith, improved his prospects when he drew the No. 2 barrier. He followed wins at Pinjarra and Northam with another victory at Northam on Tuesday night when he settled in ninth place and charged home from fifth at the bell to win from Im Elmer Fudd at a 1.59.5 rate over 2190m. The prospects of the Ross Olivieri-trained five-year-old Red Salute improved when he drew the prized No. 1 barrier. Red Salute, who has finished sound thirds at his past two outings, is a smart frontrunner who will have many admirers. MY HARD COPY HAS SOUND CLAIMS IN GOLDEN NUGGET PRELUDE Smart New Zealand-bred stallion My Hard Copy has bright prospects of clinching a place in the field to contest the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget championship by winning the $21,000 Nugget prelude over 2130m at Gloucester park on Friday night. My Hard Copy, trained by Gary Hall sen., will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line and Shane Butcher should have him in a prominent position throughout. The winner of the race will automatically qualify for a start in the final of the Nugget the following Friday night. My Hard Copy led briefly from the No. 1 barrier in the 2536m McInerney Ford Classic last Friday night and then trailed the pacemaker Condrieu before fighting on strongly to finish third behind the brilliant Chilli Palmer and Condrieu. Looming as the hardest for My Hard Copy to beat is his stablemate Northview Punter, who has won at 14 of his 27 appearances and has the ability to overcome the wide draw at No. 6 on the front line. He will again be driven by Gary Hall jun., who was in the sulky when he raced without cover in the second lap and then was shuffled back to eighth at the bell before finishing eighth behind Chilli Palmer last week. Northern Assassin, trained by Peter Bell, has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier on the front line, but is likely to be challenged hard for the early lead by Erskine Range (barrier two) and Adda Notherzero (No. 3). Northern Assassin won for the fifth time from 15 starts when he raced wide early and then worked hard in the breeze before winning easily from Im Riddick over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday night. Adda Notherzero is a noted frontrunner who has set the pace in each of his four wins from 13 starts. Erskine Range also possesses good gate speed and he led from the No. 1 barrier and won from Jay Bees Grin and Loving You over 2185m at Pinjarra two starts ago before started at long odds from the outside of the back line and fought on from tenth at the bell to be seventh behind Nowitzki over 2130m last Friday week. HEEZ ORL BLACK SHOULD GET PUNTERS AWAY TO A FLYING START Harness racing buffs who watched Heez Orl Black storm home from tenth on the home turn to get up and win from Johnny Be over 2692m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon have marked him down as a star bet in the opening event, the 1730m Make Smoking History Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And they will not be concerned that the New Zealand-bred five-year-old will be dropping back to a sprint trip because they will point out that the gelding has raced four times over 1730m at Gloucester Park for two wins (rating 1.55 and 1.57.5) and two second placings. He also won over 1684m in 1.53.4 at Pinjarra in August, and in New Zealand he was a winner over 1609m and three times over 1950m. Heez Orl Black, trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen., was making his first appearance for six and a half weeks when he won so brilliantly on Monday afternoon. He started from barrier three on the back line and was eighth at the bell before being shuffled back to tenth on the home turn. He then stormed home, five wide, to score most impressively. This took Heez Orl Black’s record to 12 wins and 11 placings from 47 starts for earnings of $149,510, certainly wonderful credentials for a pacer contesting a Metropolitan maiden event. Drawn inside him on Friday night are good frontrunners Imtheguy (barrier one) and At Princeton (two), but they will be hard pressed to withstand his powerful finishing burst. Soho Redford and Soho Highroller will have many admirers after each having won in good style at his past two starts. But Soho Redford faces a stern test from the outside of the front line and Soho Highroller, a stablemate of Heez Orl Black, will have to overcome the disadvantage of starting from barrier four on the back line. by Ken Casellas  

CHILLI PALMER HAS GOLDEN NUGGET AT HIS MERCY AFTER DAZZLING VICTORY Inexperienced New Zealand-bred gelding Chilli Palmer appears to have the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget at his mercy after producing an electrifying burst of dazzling speed to come from last at the 600m to score a superb record-breaking victory in the $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “This was only his third run back from a spell and so, in two weeks’ time, hopefully he’ll be even better,” said master reinsman Chris Alford after Chilli Palmer swamped his 11 rivals and careered away to win by just under a length from the pacemaker Condrieu. The Golden Nugget will be decided over 2536m at Gloucester Park next Friday week and regardless of what barrier Chilli Palmer draws he is sure to be a firm favourite. Chilli Palmer’s victory gave leading Victorian trainer Dean Braun his third win in three years in the group 1 McInerney Ford Classic for four-year-olds. He was successful with Mustang Mach in 2011 and Chancellor Cullen 12 months ago. Chill Palmer, making his first appearance in Western Australia, drew unfavourably on the outside of the back line, but many astute punters were confident that he would stretch his winning sequence to six and the Elsu gelding was sent out equal favourite at 5/2 with Northview Punter, with New Zealand star Bit Of A Legend at 4/1. The first surprise in an up-tempo race of many moves came when Colin Brown got 16/1 chance Condrieu away brilliantly from barrier five on the front line. Condrieu burst past the polemarker My Hard Copy (9/1) and into the lead after 120m. Northview Punter also began speedily from the No. 4 barrier and he raced wide early before Gary Hall jun. got him across to race three back on the pegs soon after the start. Hall then eased Northview Punter off the pegs and into the breeze after 700m. Bit Of A Legend, from barrier six, and Nowitzki (barrier seven) were restrained to the rear in the field of 12 and Daniel Jack was the first to make a decisive move when he urged Nowitzki (14/1) forward and into the breeze with 1400m to travel. His run was followed by Bit Of A Legend, who got to the breeze 1250m from home. Robyns C C surged forward to be third at the bell and her three-wide burst was followed by Mexicano and Heez On Fire. But the ice-cool Alford was quite content to keep Chilli Palmer at the rear. Chilli Palmer was 12th and last in the one-wide line 600m from home before Alford made his move. Chilli Palmer sprinted fast down the back straight and he was forced five wide 300m from home as he sustained his blistering burst of speed. Chilli Palmer charged home down the outside and got the measure of Condrieu about 75m from the post. He drew away and won convincingly, with the conservative Alford showing a rare moment of exultation with a subdued wave of the whip. The final 800m was covered (off the front) in 57.9sec. and the last 400m in 28.8sec., with Chilli Palmer rating 1.57.2 over the 2536m journey. This smashed the track record for a four-year-old of 1.58.1 set by Northview Punter when he led and defeated Bettors Fire on October 1. My Hard Copy fought on determinedly to be third, a length in front of 20/1 chance Rocky Marciano, who had enjoyed an ideal trail three back on the pegs. Chilli Palmer, owned by Victorians Karlos Farah, Aziz Kheir, Mara Scarpino, Joe Pezzimenti, Sharyn Parkinson, Adam Mathews, Clint and Alex Badcock and Braun. The son of former star pacer Elsu has raced only nine times for seven wins, a second and a seventh placings for earnings of $121,450. Alford, who achieved the tremendous milestone of 5000 winners when successful with the Braun-trained Macho Comacho at Kilmore on October 27 this year, said that Braun had always had a “super opinion” of Chilli Palmer. “When they all went in front of me at the bell I was a little bit worried because the one in front of me couldn’t quite keep up that well,” he said. “But my horse was travelling so well down the back and when I went to pull the ear plugs he nearly ran up the tail of the horse I was tracking up. So I had to ease him out four wide and he just went around the corner like a greyhound and he sprinted like a jet. “He gets a little bit lost when he gets to the front. He probably hit the front about 100m out and he has a tendency to knock off. So I thought I had better give him a couple of cracks. I didn’t get the time to pull the plugs. I always thought I had Condrieu covered.” VOAK TARGETS LEDA McNALLY FOR RICH LADYSHIP MILE Young reinsman Chris Voak sang the praises of Leda McNally after driving the Victorian-bred five-year-old to an impressive narrow victory in the $40,000 Norm’s Daughter Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night, declaring her one of the fastest mares in Australia and New Zealand. And Voak is extremely keen for Leda McNally to challenge the best mares in the country by contesting the $200,000 Ladyship Mile at Menangle on March 2. “She deserves to be invited to run in the Ladyship Mile,” he said. “She has the quickest turn of foot of any filly or mare in Australia. And I think she is one of the quickest mares in Australasia. She is a real good miler and a mile is her pet distance. “But it will not be a problem for her in the 2130m group 1 $100,000 Mares Classic next Friday night. Horses with her speed are always dangerous.” Leda McNally, trained at Pinjarra by Chris King for Victorian owner Greg Stubbs, was a 6/1 chance from the No. 4 barrier on the front line in the Norm’s Daughter Classic and Voak quickly had her in sixth position, one-out, two-back, with polemarker Askmenow (5/1) setting a brisk pace, with the heavily-supported 10/9 on favourite Bettor Cover Lover in the breeze, Famous Alchemist (8/1) trailing the pacemaker and Sensational Gabby (11/2) in the one-out, one-back position. Askmenow raced roughly when the mobile barrier sent the field on its way and Brent Mangos had Bettor Cover Lover (from the No. 2 barrier) a full length in front. But Askmenow (Gary Hall jun.) kicked up on the inside to hold out Bettor Cover Lover. After a quick first 400m section of the final mile in 28.6sec., Askmenow relaxed and went through the next section in 29.7sec. before she sprinted over the third quarter in 28sec. Bettor Cover Lover took a narrow lead 300m from home and then Famous Alchemist was being hailed the winner when Clint Hall dashed her to the front with about 130m to travel. However, Leda McNally flew home, out wide, to snatch victory by a head from Famous Alchemist, with Bettor Cover Lover almost two lengths farther back in third place. Askmenow finished fourth and, after a final quarter in 28.4sec., the winner rated 1.54.3 for the 1730m to improve her record to 43 starts for 17 wins, eight placings and $191,308 in prizemoney. HOKONUI BEN WARMS UP FOR SUMMER FEATURE EVENTS IN STYLE New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Hokonui Ben enhanced his prospects in the rich summer carnival feature events when he gave a dashing frontrunning display to win the 2130m McInerney Ford Falcon Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Making his second appearance after a spell for leading trainer Gary Hall sen., Hokonui Ben further illustrated the great advantage of the No. 1 barrier by winning the start from the speedy David Hercules (barrier two), setting the pace and scoring by 2m from the gallant David Hercules. A week earlier David Hercules, resuming after a spell, started from the No. 1 barrier, made all the running and won by six lengths over 1730m. Hoknui Ben, also racing first-up, started from barrier three and finished fifth. This week, most punters declared for Hokonui Ben from the prized No. 1 barrier and he started favourite at 7/4 on, with David Hercules at 5/2. After a moderate lead time of 37.8sec., Hokonui Ben dawdled through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.4sec. before sprinting over the next quarters in 28.9sec., 27sec. and 27.8sec. to make the task of David Hercules (in the breeze) virtually impossible. David Hercules fought on grandly to be a 2m second, with 9/1 chance Ima Rocket Star three lengths farther back in third place after trailing the leader all the way. Hokonui Ben rated a slick 1.55.5 and took his record to 15 wins and 11 placings from 44 starts for stakes of $230,399. He has had 20 starts in WA for the Hall camp for nine wins and six placings. “In this sort of company barrier draws are very important,” said reinsman Gary Hall jun. “Until the big guns come out for the bigger money these races turn into a bit of a walk in the middle stages and then a sprint home. We were very happy with the draw tonight and we are happy with the way Hokonui Ben is going, too.” THE PARADE STRENGTHENS HER CLAIMS FOR THE WA OAKS New Zealand-bred filly The Parade maintained her unbeaten record as a three-year-old and gave further proof that she is developing into a leading candidate for the WA Oaks next year when she overcame the disadvantage of an unfavourable barrier to win the 2130m McInerney Ford Belmont Service Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice has brought The Parade back after a spell in tremendous shape and the filly is going from strength to strength. After one minor placing from three starts as a two-year-old The Parade has scored decisive victories at her first four starts as a three-year-old. Her win on Friday night completed a training and driving double for the 25-year-old Prentice, who was successful earlier in the night with Braemoor. The Parade, second favourite at 5/2, started from the outside of the back line and Prentice settled her in seventh place in the one-wide line as Shane Butcher sent 13/2 chance Lipizzaner to an early lead from polemarker Artistic Copper, with the 11/8 favourite The Prodigy in the breeze. A slow lead time followed by a dawdling first 400m section of the final mile in 31.8sec. sparked Prentice into action and he dashed The Parade forward to move into the breeze 1200m from home. Prentice was content to keep The Parade outside of the pacemaker until he sent her to the front with 250m to travel. The Parade dashed over the final 400m in 28.3sec. and won by 4m from Then Prodigy, with 11m back to the third placegetter, the 55/1 outsider Flicka Whitby, a stablemate of the winner who was driven by Prentice’s father Kim. Flicka Whitby finished solidly from tenth at the bell. The winner rated 1.59.8. The Parade, whose maternal granddam Atomic Lass produced former star pacer Auckland Reactor (53 starts for 32 wins, four placings and $1,759,374 in prizemoney), has won at four of her seven starts for earnings of $37,080. SOHO REDFORD MAKES THE MOST OF THE No. 1 BARRIER The two youngest runners in the 2536m McInerney Ford Focus Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night dominated betting, with Soho Redford favourite at 10/9 and Extreme Dreams at 6/4. The four-year-olds dominated proceedings, with Soho Redford taking full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier to set the pace and win easily from Extreme Dreams, who started from the inside of the back line and raced without cover for most of the way. Back in third place, three lengths behind Extreme Dreams, was 20/1 chance Atomic Chip, who ran home nicely from eighth at the bell. “When he’s in front he’s a different horse,” said Vance Stampalia, who drove the son of Mach Three for his sister, Wanneroo trainer Tonia Stampalia. “He is going pretty good and in the past when he has led he has either won or been beaten by some pretty smart horses.” Soho Redford, bred and owned by Rob Watson, has earned $37,152 from six wins and seven placings from 30 starts and he looks set for further successes in the city. He is out of the unraced Dream Away mare Dream Bet and is a full-brother to five-year-old Soho Indianapolis, who has had 58 starts for ten wins, 15 placings and $58,270 in stakes. JAR ZINYO CAUSES AN UPSET AND ENDS 23-MONTH DROUGHT South Australian-bred seven-year-old Jar Zinyo ended a 23-month drought and broke a losing sequence of 20 when he started at 15/1 and caused a major upset when he flashed home to snatch victory from the 10/1 on favourite Dredlock Rockstar in the 1730m McInerney Ford Falcon Ute Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Dredlock Rockstar, stylish all-the-way winner of the 2130m Parliamentarians Cup at his previous outing, was considered a certainty by most punters. But he played the pivotal role in his defeat by a half-head when, after starting from the No. 1 barrier and being smartest into stride, he broke into a gallop for about two strides on the first bend, shortly after the start. This prompted Shannon Suvaljko to dash 62/1 outsider Xupan Three forward in a determined bid for the lead. However, the move was unsuccessful as Kaiden Hayter quickly got Dredlock Rockstar back into a smooth pacing action. But this early action placed considerable pressure on Dredlock Rockstar, who sped through the first 400m section of the final mile in 28.8sec. Then after resisting the early challenge from Xupan Three, Dredlock Rockstar was kept under pressure from Kiss Chasey and Wrongly Accused (three wide). After the second and third quarters in 29.6sec. and 29.2sec. Dredlock Rockstar sprinted fast in the final quarter which took just 28.7sec. However, he was beaten in the final stride by Jar Zinyo, who started from the inside of the back line and trailed the pacemaker throughout. “It looked as though Jar Zinyo would be guaranteed second money, starting from the inside of the back line and behind the favourite,” said reinsman Gary Hall jun. “You probably would have thought that if he did get a crack at the leader late he would definitely struggle to pick him up. I didn’t think that Jar Zinyo had that point-to-poi8nt speed in him, but he really crunched the line when he found it.” “On that run he should win a few more city races. He’s had his fair share of leg problems since he has been here (in WA) and this is probably the first time we have got him up and running without any problem.” Jar Zinyo, who gave Hall and his father, trainer Gary Hall sen., the first leg of a double, had been unsuccessful at his first ten WA starts. His previous win was in a 2240m stand at Melton in December 2011. A smart juvenile performer, Jar Zinyo, owned by Douglas Webster, has earned $126,874 from 18 wins and 25 placings from 81 starts. He is the last foal out of the WA-bred mare Whitby Heritage, who amassed $201,758 from 22 wins and 18 placings from 66 starts. OUR MAJOR MARK DEFIES THE ODDS AND BOOSTS HIS EARNINGS TO $634,370 Our Major Mark provides a perfect example that breeding is not everything in horse racing. He is the sixth and last foal out of the unraced Live Or Die mare Gucci Franco and he boosted his earnings to $634,370 from 22 wins and 17 placings from 65 starts when he scored an easy victory in the third heat of the 2130m McInerney Ford FPV The Kersley Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The only other winner out of Gucci Franco is Supersonic Cullen, who raced 23 times for three wins in minor events and six placings for stakes of $15,913. He won once at Yarra Valley in 2006 and twice at Cranbourne in 2008. Our Major Mark’s win by a length over Toretto on Friday night was his tenth from 20 starts in Western Australia and gave trainers Greg and Skye Bond the second leg of a double after Lunar Tide’s easy win in the previous event. Veteran pacer Rojen Cruz set the pace and Ryan Warwick was happy to rate Our Major Mark in the breeze until sending the New Zealand-bred six-year-old to the front 480m from home. Our Major Mark, who started at $3.10 on the tote, dashed over the final 800m in 56.3sec. and the last 400m in 27.8sec. and won comfortably from Toretto, who started tote favourite at $3.The winner rated 1.57.3. Toretto, aiming at his third win in a row, started out wide at barrier six and he raced in sixth place in the one-wide line in the field of seven. Gary Hall jun. switched him three wide with 750m to travel and he ran home determinedly. Hez The Bart Man ran home solidly from last at the bell to be third. “He probably should run to his ability more often,” said Warwick. “He has a mind of his own. Tonight he felt good in the preliminary and came off the arm very well. I really wasn’t bothered being in the breeze in the small field. It didn’t matter where we were, as long as we didn’t do anything silly and became a sitting shot. “He felt really good in the run and still had a bit up his sleeve. When he wants to he can do really good things.” BLACK PONTIAC CONTINUES TO EXCEL AS A FRONTRUNNER “Barrier one around here really helps,” said trainer Donald Harper after driving 9/1 chance Black Pontiac to an all-the-way win over Mighty Flying Thomas and Sanjaya in the 1730m McInerney Ford Fiesta Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Harper also had made full use of the No. 1 barrier by guiding Black Pontiac to his two previous victories, both over 1730m at Gloucester Park, in August and October this year. “Obviously it gets a lot harder from now (with Black Pontiac graduating to an M3 classification), but with good barriers and in short races I think he will still earn money.” A noted frontrunner, Black Pontiac easily resisted an early challenge from the 2/1 on favourite Ohoka Samson and after a 28.9sec. quarter of the final mile, he had a breather with a 30.2sec. section before sprinting over the final quarters in 28.6sec. and 28.1sec. to score by 4m at a 1.55.2 rate from 22/1 chance Mighty Flying Thomas, who raced four back on the pegs before surging home along the inside. Ohoka Samson, racing first-up after a brief let-up, wilted after working hard in the breeze and finished last in the field of nine. Black Pontiac, bred in Victoria, has earned $105,097 from 17 wins and 11 placings from 83 starts. BRAEMOOR OVERCOMES A SLOW START TO UPSET THE FAVOURITE A tardy beginning from the 10m mark saw Braemoor well back in 11th position in the middle stages of the 2503m McInerney Ford Ranger Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But considerable mid-race pressure applied to the pacemaker and 2/1 favourite Lord Coburn played into the hands of Braemoor, who dashed forward, three wide, from 11th at the 880m mark to move into the breeze 400m from home and then get to the front in the final 25m to win by a metre from Lord Coburn, with Erris Lad finishing with a late burst, a close third. Lord Coburn had an easy time in front until Adda Paternal Suit dashed forward to move into the breeze after a lap. Adda Paternal Suit then began to overrace badly, leaving the 30m backmarker Shardons Rocket out on a limb, three wide. This pressure on Coburn Bay led to that gelding sprinting over the first 400m section of the final mile in 28.1sec., leaving him susceptible to late challenges. Braemoor accelerated quickly and Justin Prentice had him outside the pacemaker just before the turn out of the back straight. Prentice said that the fast pace had helped Braemoor. “I was a bit worried about Courageous Ned getting off the fence (from behind the leader) when I got to the breeze,” he said. “So when Braemoor got there I took a hold of him --- and he switched off and didn’t want to get going.” However, Braemoor responded to Prentice’s urgings and he overhauled Lord Coburn in the final stages. This was the New Zealand-bred Braemoor’s seventh win from 23 WA starts and it took his overall record to ten wins and 12 placings from 54 starts for stakes of $93,606. LUNAR TIDE MAKES AMENDS FOR HIS SURPRISE DEFEAT New Zealand-bred five-year-old Lunar Tide made amends for his defeat at 5/1 on at Gloucester Park last Friday week when he started at 3/1 on and proved far too good for his nine rivals in the 2536m McInerney Ford Morley Service Pathway Pace on Friday night. Driven by Colin Brown for trainers Greg and Skye Bond, Lunar Tide mustered plenty of early pace from barrier four and surged to the front 150m after the start. He set a solid pace and sprinted over the final 800m in 57.8sec. to win by 10m from 12/1 chance Zurbaran, who trailed him all the way. Lunar Tide rated 1.58.9. The previous week Lunar Tide led in a 2130m event before finishing second to Soho Highroller, who rated a slick 1.56.7. “He copped a fair bit of attention last week and they went 1.56, which is a bit beyond him at this stage,” Brown explained. “Getting the comfortable lead time tonight and an easy first quarter really set it up for him. “He just keeps improving. I didn’t think much of him when I first sat behind him. He has gone out and had a spell and has come back far better. He’s the type of horse who could continue to improve.” by Ken Casellas  

Victorian trainer-reinsman Daniel Jack sounded an ominous warning when he declared that Nowitzki was not at his top and there was plenty of room for improvement after driving the gelding to a comfortable victory in the $50,000 Retravision Four-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Jack confidently predicted that Nowitzki would take beating in the $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic next Friday night and the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget two weeks later when he said: “I don’t think that he went to his peak tonight and I would like to think that he will be better next week and then in the Nugget. “The one thing I’ve got is unwavering faith in the horse. As soon as I saw that he had drawn one for tonight’s race I thought he would win. And an easy first lap made things easier.” Nowitzki’s smart victory came a week after his shock defeat at his West Australian debut, when at his first appearance for three months, he worked hard in the breeze and finished second to Our Boy Su. “There’s no substitute for match practice,” Jack explained. “He had a little bit of that last week. We got the right alley tonight, but the horse still has to be good enough to capitalise on this this. And he was.” Nowitzki, a heavily-supported second favourite at 2/1, revealed sparkling early speed and burst straight to the front from the No. 1 barrier, with the even-money favourite Bit Of A Legend quickly moving outside the pacemaker, who after a modest lead time of 37.8sec., was able to dawdle through the first 400m section of the final mile in a leisurely 32.3sec. There was an early sensation when Extremely Good, who had settled behind the leader, broke into a bad gallop after 250m, causing severe interference to Smokey The Bandit and a slight check to Rocky Marciano. Northview Punter (9/1), who had begun speedily, was able to be taken to the pegs by Gary Hall jun. to gain an ideal run behind the pacemaker. The incident also enabled 84/1 outsider Mexicano to slot into the position three back on the pegs. Nowitzki went through the second quarter in only 29.7sec. before Jack gave the gelding’s rivals something to chase by speeding through the third section in 27.9sec. and then dashing over the final quarter in 28.2sec. Jack drove Nowitzki hard in the home straight and the New South Wales-bred pacer won by just over a length from Mexicano, with Northview Punter a sound third, ahead of 75/1 chance Rocky Marciano, who made up good ground along the pegs. The winner rated 1.57.8 over the 2130m journey. The shock of the race was the failure of Bit Of A legend, who faded badly over the final 450m to finish in last position, eight lengths from the winner. Jack earned the displeasure of the stewards, who fined him $400 for an incorrect whip action in that he used more than a wrist and elbow action in the home straight. He was also reprimanded for having allowed Nowitzki to drift up the track in the concluding stages. Extremely Good (Chris Butt) had to be taken from the track in a float. He was suffering from serious damage to his off foreleg and was taken to a veterinary clinic for X-rays. It was feared that he had suffered a fracture. Nowitzki, a $100,000 yearling owned by Robbie Brockhurst and Matt Jack, now has earned $92,425 from eight wins and five placings from just 16 starts. By Art Major, he is the sixth foal out of the Armbro Operative mare Full Pleasure, who had 26 starts for ten wins, six placings and stakes of $106,496. Full Pleasure won the $100,000 group 1 Vicbred Super Series for two-year-old fillies at Cranbourne in July 2001. She was retired at the end of her three-year-old season. Nowitzki is named after the German professional basketballer Dirk Nowitzki, a star with the Dallas Mavericks in the US NBA. The 7ft (213cm) Nowitzki is a power forward who earns $8 million a year. Nowitzki is a half-brother to former star juvenile performer Kept For Pleasure, who won four group 1 events in a glittering career of 37 starts for 19 wins, ten placings and $542,343. Kept For Pleasure’s major victories were the Australian Pacing Gold for two-year-old fillies at Albion Park in May 2007, the Victoria Oaks (at Bendigo) and Australian Oaks (Moonee Valley) in 2008 and the Australasian Breeders Crown at Melton in August 2009. DAVID HERCULES FLIES IN FRONT AND BLITZES THE OPPOSITION David Hercules made a dazzling return to racing at Gloucester Park on Friday night when his runaway victory in the Fisher and Paykel Pace showed that he is on target to be a major player in the rich feature events over the summer months. The seven-year-old was produced in superb condition by Byford trainer David Thompson for his first-up assignment after an absence of 15 weeks and from the prized No. 1 barrier over the 1730m sprint trip he was favourite at 5/2 on. Morgan Woodley shot David Hercules straight to the front and the gelding relished his frontrunning role and he dashed over the final four 400m sections of the last mile in 29.8sec., 28.9sec., 28.2sec. and 27.7sec. He rated 1.54.2 and defeated 18/1 chance Son of Fergie by six lengths. Son of Fergie started from the inside of the back line and enjoyed the run of the race behind the pacemaker. Western Cullen (50/1) raced three back on the pegs before finishing solidly along the inside to be third, ahead of Shardons Rocket (breeze) and the resuming Hokonui Ben, who raced wide early and then in the one-out, one-back position. Hokonui Ben was hampered for room in the final stages. “He’s a really exciting horse,” enthused Woodley. “Thommo has done a fantastic job to have him so right first-up. He trialled well at Byford on Sunday and pulled up realty well from the trial. He’s come here and really blitzed his rivals, and he has done it with such ease. He has a great will to win and every time he gets out there he just wants to put his best foot forward.” David Hercules ended a losing sequence of six and improved his record to 27 wins and 25 placings from 77 starts for $713,974 in prizemoney. LEDA McNALLY WARMS UP IN STYLE FOR RICH FEATURE EVENTS Victorian-bred five-year-old Leda McNally enhanced her reputation as West Australia’s best mare with an effortless all-the-way victory in the 1730m Panasonic Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Her brilliant win was convincing proof that she has excellent prospects in the $40,000 Norm’s Daughter Classic next Friday night and the $100,000 group 1 Mares Classic the following Friday night. Her clashes with champion New Zealand mare Bettor Cover Lover in those events are sure to produce plenty of fireworks. Leda McNally appeared classes above her rivals on Friday night and astute punters were delighted at her 5/2 on starting price. Leda McNally clearly won the start from the No. 1 barrier and Chris Voak was able to get her to relax and stroll through the first 400m section of the final mile in 30.1sec. and the second quarter in a comfortable 29sec. Voak then slipped Leda McNally into overdrive and she responded with final quarters of 27.6sec. and 28.5sec. without being extended. She rated a slick 1.54.3 over the 1730m. Deluxe Edition (7/1) trailed Leda McNally throughout and fought on gamely to be second, with Famous Alchemist (5/1) finishing third after racing wide early and then without cover. Corza Commotion (40/1) maintained her steady improvement since resuming from a spell with a sound fourth placing after racing three back on the pegs. “We were able to get a 59sec. half, so that was going to make it hard for deluxe Edition to get over us,” Voak said. “It certainly was a good hit-out for the mare. She’s had a great preparation for the rich races for mares and she should be spot on for them. “I never expected her to graduate to an M7 mark. She’s done a great job for trainer Chris King.” Leda McNally was sent to King’s Pinjarra stables by owner Greg Stubbs after she had raced 15 times in Victoria and New South Wales for just one win and three placings. She now has had 27 starts in WA for 15 wins and five placings and her earnings now stand at $164,908. “I think she started at $12 (11/1) at her first start in WA,” Voak said. “And we certainly never though that she would reach the heights that she has. She has gone from strength to strength. “Leda McNally’s performances weren’t that good over east and she was sent to Chris to see if he could do a job with her and try to flog her off for $5000 to $10,000.” OFFTOCULLECT MAKES AN IMPRESSIVE AUSTRALIAN DEBUT Stylish New Zealand-bred colt Offtocullect showed that he would be one of the early fancies for the WA Derby next year when he gave an impressive performance at his Australian debut to score an effortless victory in the 2130m LG Three-Year-Old Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Forrestdale by Greg and Skye Bond, Offtocullect was driven with supreme confidence by Colin Brown, who got the colt into the clear soon after the start after beginning from the inside of the back line. Brown then sent Offtocullect forward, three wide, to move into the breeze in the first circuit. Offtocullect was an easing 6/4 second favourite, with his stablemate Black Mr Mach (also making his Australian debut for the Bond camp) heavily supported into 5/4 favouritism. Art of Illusion (18/1) was fastest into stride from barrier three, beating out Black Mr Mach (barrier two), and leading for the first 450m before Modigliani (30/1) surged to the front. Brown was content to leave Offtocullect on the outside of Modigliani until he sent the colt to the front 250m from home. Offtocullect dashed over the final 800m in 57sec. and won at a 1.59 rate by three lengths from the fast-finishing Black Mr Mach, with Tasmanian Bromac (26/1) running on into third place. “He’s a very nice horse,” was Brown’s understated comment after the race. “He might not have looked like it, but he actually knocked off a little bit and I had to ask him to run through the line. And there was a little bit more there.” Offtocullect has had six starts for five wins and a second placing for earnings of $28,630. BROWN CASHES IN AS SUVALJKO PULLS THE WRONG REIN Shannon Suvaljko was generous in his praise of Ballas Arockstar after driving him to victory at 37/1 last Friday week, but he opted to handle What God Knows in preference to Ballas Arockstar in the 2536m Mitsubishi Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was the wrong decision and Colin Brown made the most of the unexpected opportunity to drive Ballas Arockstar for only the second time in the seven-year-old’s 112-start career by bringing him home at odds of 23/1. Suvaljko set the pace with the polemarker What God Knows (second fancy at 5/2) and he looked set to win when he was still more than a length clear of his nearest rival half-way down the home straight. But Ballas Arockstar sprouted wings to flash home, hit the front 40m out and beat What God Knows by almost a length at a 1.59.5 rate. Nediak trailed the pacemaker and battled on to be third, with the even-money favourite My Hard Copy an unlucky fourth. The complexion of the race changed dramatically when Devastating Power broke when racing outside the pacemaker 750m from home. My Hard Copy, who was moving forward strongly, met with interference and lost momentum. Ballas Arockstar, eighth at the bell, was able to get into the clear and he unwound a powerful finishing burst. My hard Copy came home strongly into fourth place. “Until the horse in the breeze broke I thought I had no hope,” said Brown. “That’s one thing about racing. It’s not over until they hit the line. So we’re going to take this one.” Ballas Arockstar, trained by Shane Tognolini, has been an honest and consistent performer throughout his career of 17 wins and 30 placings for stakes of $152,806. He now moves to an M1 classification and should continue to be a good moneyspinner. SOHO HIGHROLLER HAS THE PEDIGREE TO BECOME A PROLIFIC WINNER West Australian-bred five-year-old Soho Highroller should develop into a prolific winner if he follows then footsteps of some of his famous relations. Soho Highroller, trained by Gary Hall sen., was driven by Gary Hall jun. when he started at 8/1 and caused an upset by beating 5/1 on favourite Lunar Tide in the 2130m Electsales Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He started from the inside of the back line and raced three back on the pegs while Colin Brown held sway in front with Lunar Tide, who was able to stroll through the first 800m of the final mile in 61sec. before sprinting the final two quarters in 28.8sec. and 27.5sec. But Lunar Tide was unable to hold out Soho Highroller, who was eased off the pegs by Hall jun. shortly after the bell and then moved to the breeze 350m from home before sprinting strongly in the home straight to beat the favourite by a length at a 1.56.7 rate. It was an impressive effort from Soho Highroller, who has earned $48,879 from seven wins and 16 placings from 36 starts. By the American stallion bettors delight, Soho Highroller is out of former star mare Pelicanrama, an outstanding juvenile performer who went on to amass $730,271 from 55 wins and 37 placings from 149 starts. Pelicanrama won at 18 of her 24 starts as a two-year-old and at 13 of her 23 starts as a three-year-old. Her victories as a two-year-old in 1999 included the $250,000 Australian Pacing Gold at Harold Park, the $75,000 New South Wales Sires Stakes and the $30,000 Edgar Tatlow Stakes at Moonee Valley. Pelicanrama is a full-sister to Mustang Fighter, who won three races in WA a couple of years ago and ended his career with 29 wins, 26 placings and $292,566 in prizemoney. Soho Highroller also is closely related ion his dam’s side to former brilliant pacer Bag Limit, who earned $794,995 from 35 wins and 21 placings from 71 starts. Bag Limit won the 1985 Victoria Derby, the 1987 Bendigo Cup, the 1988 Ballarat Cup, the $250,000 Winfield Gold Cup at Moonee Valley in 1987 and 1988 and two heats of the 1988 interdominion championship at Harold Park in 1988. TALK IT UP WINS ON PROTEST TO END LOSING SEQUENCE OF 15 Veteran pacer Talk It Up broke a losing sequence of 15 when he finished a close second to This Time Dylan in the 2130m As Local As You Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night before being awarded the race on protest. This Time Dylan, the even-money favourite and bidding for four wins in a row, settled in last position from the outside of the front line, moved to the breeze outside the pacemaker Im Grant Lea just after a lap had been completed and then took the lead 430m from home. This Time Dylan fought on doggedly to hold out the strong-finishing Talk It Up to gain the verdict in the photo finish by a head. But Ryan Warwick, driver of Talk It Up, lodged a protest, alleging interference in the home straight. After a lengthy hearing the stewards upheld the objection and reversed the placings. The stewards also fined Warwick $200 for an incorrect whip action in that he used more than just a wrist and elbow action. Talk It Up, a nine-year-old Victorian-bred gelding, had not been successful since scoring by a half-head from Onedin Crusader in a claimer at Gloucester Park in May this year. He is trained by Greg and Skye Bond and has now had 103 starts for 11 wins, 29 placings and $106,215 in strakes. Smooth Caesar, an eight-year-old gelding was claimed for $10,000 by Marie Bingham of South Yunderup. He is expected to continue his career under the care of Pinjarra horseman Kim Young. ERRIS LAD MAKES THE MOST OF A BENEFICIAL RE-CLASSIFICATION WA-bred seven-year-old Erris Lad appreciated a drop down from an M2 classification to an M1 mark when he gave a strong frontrunning display to score an effortless victory in the 2503m Retravision On Line Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Mike Reed-trained gelding started from the front line and was a well-supported second favourite at 7/2. He was untroubled to score by more than four lengths from ten-year-old mare Salliwood, with Polak, a stablemate of the winner, a sound third. Erris Lad went into the race with a losing sequence of ten to earn the right of a re-classification. He had been unplaced at all of those ten starts, all after starting h from the 10m or 20m mark. “He was just waiting for a barrier draw,” said reinsman Shannon Suvaljko. “He’s a really good horse in front, and starting off the front line made all the difference. He can run solid sectionals and once he got to the front he was going to be hard to beat.” This was the second time that Erris Lad had won after receiving the benefit of a re-classification to an inferior mark. The gelding, whom is related to former speedy mare Meggie Dear (56 starts for 24 wins, 11 placings and $186,171) now has earned $135,112 from 12 wins and 18 placings from 71 starts. Gday Mate, the 5/2 favourite off 20m, finished a good fifth after coming from last in the middle stages and tenth at the bell. A CHANGE OF FORMAT REVITALISES OLD McDONALD At the start of Old McDonald’s current campaign, Banjup trainer Colin Brown gave the seven-year-old gelding three starts on three successive Friday nights, and after a great first-up second (beaten a nose in the final stride by Ohoka Samson) he lost some of his sparkle and disappointed with a fifth and tenth placing. So Brown decided to space the gelding’s runs, and he was rewarded when Old McDonald, a 8/1 chance charged home brilliantly to win the second heat of the 2130m Electrolux Kersley Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. At his first start for 11 days, Old McDonald slotted nicely into the one-out, one-back position before unwinding a sparkling late burst of speed to snatch a neck victory from Code Red, who had taken a narrow lead 620m from home after working hard outside the pacemaker Smirking. “I have learnt my lesson that I shouldn’t race him three weeks in a row and that I need to space his runs,” Brown said. “And I’m sure it is making a difference. He has the ability to graduate to Free-For-All company. “I haven’t been happy with the way the horse has looked over the past 12 months, and it has been only in the past three to four weeks that he has started to look good again.” Old McDonald was eligible to start in Friday night’s event restricted to MC-class pacers after receiving a concession with a drop down from an M3 mark to an M2 mark. He went into the race with a losing sequence of 11 and had received a concession before his previous appearance. Old McDonald has earned $103,933 from 13 wins and 15 placings from 42 starts. His win on Friday night completed a treble for Brown, who had been successful earlier on the program with Ballas Arockstar and Offtocullect. TORETTO MAINTAINS HIS SPLENDID FORM Problem pacer Toretto notched his fourth win from his past five starts and gave promise of better things to come when he proved far too good for the opposition in the 2130m Retravision.com.au Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Toretto, hot favourite at 5/1 on, led from barrier two and after modest quarters of 31.8sec. and 30.7sec. he sped over the final two 400m sections in 28.7sec. and 28.6sec. to beat Our Boy Su by 4m after that pacer had worked hard in the breeze. “He has been a problem horse and a nightmare for his owners,” said reinsman Gary Hall jun. “We have had problems with his tractability and he has gone sore a couple of times. “He has definitely got the ability and we’ve tried for a long time to straighten him out. But we haven’t been all that successful. He’s, obviously an on-pace runner and from good draws he’s capable of running good times. I’m sure he will measure up in the better classes when he draws to find the frail or to get outside the leader.” The New Zealand-bred Toretto, a five-year-old by Julius Caesar, has raced only ten times for seven wins and a third placings for $46,520 in prizemoney. by Ken Casellas  

FATHER AND SON LOOKING FOR A HAT-TRICK IN FOUR-YEAR-OLD CLASSIC The powerful father and son combination of leading trainer Gary Hall sen. and leading reinsman Gary Hall jun. is on target to complete a winning hat-trick in the Retravision Four-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night after Northview Punter drew barrier three on the front line in the random draw for the $50,000 classic. A versatile pacer who has won when leading and also after racing in the breeze and when saved up for a late charge, Northview Punter has been in splendid form since resuming from a spell, with five wins, two seconds and a third from eight starts. The Halls triumphed in the championship 12 months ago when 12/1 chance Bettor Reason started from the No. 3 barrier, set the pace and held on to defeat Your Good Fortune and Bronze Seeker. They were successful the previous year when 5/1 on favourite The Gold Ace started from barrier four and worked hard in the breeze before getting to the front 250m from home and winning from Lovers Delight and the pacemaker Ohokas Bondy. Northview Punter had a tough run without cover before wilting to finish third behind Bit Of A Legend and Galactic Galleon in a prelude of the Golden Nugget last Friday night. He covered the 2130m in 2min. 35.8sec. Bit Of A Legend’s time was 2min. 35sec. Victorian invader Nowitzki, whose prospects soared after drawing the coveted No. 1 barrier on Friday night, ran the 2130m in 2min. 37.4sec. in an M0-class event last Friday night when a head second to the pacemaker Our Boy Su after racing in the breeze. When quizzed by the gelding’s performance by the stewards, trainer-reinsman Daniel Jack said that he was disappointed at the effort, particularly because Nowitzki had been working extremely well in the lead-up to the race. However, he told the stewards that he expected a far more forward showing from the gelding in future. Nowitzki is blessed with excellent gate speed and is a noted frontrunner. Jack is certain to get Nowitzki away fast and attempt to hold the lead from the three runners on his immediate outside, Glenferrie Hood (No. 2), Northview Punter (three) and Heez On Fire (four). Whether any of those three pacers exerts any great pressure on Nowitzki in the early stages is problematical. Indeed, Brent Mangos, the driver of the star New Zealander and nominal favourite Bit Of A Legend, will be hoping that there will be early challenges for the lead which should enable him to position his horse into an advantageous position, just off the speed. Bit Of A Legend boosted his earnings to $638,928 and his record to 17 wins and 11 seconds from 34 starts with his effortless victory last Friday night when he started from barrier three and burst to the front 300m after the start. Mangos will not find things that easy this week. However, the stallion is a high-quality pacer whose past 14 starts have produced 11 wins and three seconds. Heez On Fire, trained by Rod Oliver, will be attempting his sixth win in a row for champion reinsman Chris Lewis. Heez On Fire’s first two runs after a spell produced stylish wins at Harvey. But he meets far stiffer opposition on Friday night. Lewis won the Four-Year-Old Championship in 2010 when Dasher VC raced in the breeze and defeated the pacemaker David Hercules. The New Zealand-bred Extremely Good has resumed after a spell in good form for young trainer-driver Chris Butt and his prospects of fighting out the finish soared when he drew the inside of the back line. However, Condrieu drew poorly at barrier seven, the outside of the front line and Ryan Warwick appears certain to restrain the gelding and rely on his powerful finishing burst. Condrieu, unbeaten at two starts this season, is trained by Greg and Skye Bond. Greg Bond trained Ima Rocket Star when that pacer was driven to victory by Colin Brown in the 2009 Four-Year-Old Championship. Brown will drive his own nomination Erskine Range (a winner at Pinjarra at his two runs this season) from the outside of the back line. Bickley trainer Peter Anderson has two back-line runners in Rocky Marciano (Morgan Woodley) and Mexicano (Chris Voak). Each pacer recorded a first-up win last week, but they will need plenty of luck from barriers three and four on the back line to figure in the finish. SUMMER CARNIVAL HOPES BACK IN ACTION Leading summer carnival feature race contenders David Hercules, Hokonui Ben and Livingontheinterest will resume after winter spells when they clash in the $21,000 Fisher And Paykel Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This should provide a major highlight on a night of top-class pacing action. The David Thompson-trained David Hercules fared the best in the random barrier draw and will start from the prized No. 1 position from which Morgan Woodley appears certain to attempt an all-the-way victory. But the brilliant seven-year-old is sure to be seriously tested by the Hall runners who have proved themselves in the best company in the State. Woodley drove David Hercules when the gelding contested a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning this week and rated 1.56.3 when he finished solidly to be a half-length second to Wrongly Accused. David Hercules, the winner of 26 races and $700,114 from 76 starts, last appeared when a fair fifth behind Im Themightyquinn over 2130m at Gloucester Park on August 2. Neither Hokonui Ben nor Livingontheinterest has appeared in recent trials, but Hall has a happy knack of producing horses, first-up, in top condition. He has a remarkable success rate with pacers racing first-up after a spell. Hokonui Ben last appeared when he started from the outside of the back line and came from the rear to race without cover for almost two laps when a fighting third to stablemates Livingontheinterest and Im Themightyquinn over 2536m at Gloucester Park on July 26. Livingontheinterest, who possesses dazzling gate speed, set the pace and went to the line strongly. The previous week David Hercules was a 4/1 on favourite when he led from barrier two and finished a nose second to Hokonui Ben over 2130m --- after Hokonui Ben had worked hard in the breeze for most of the way. The final two quarters were run in 27.8sec. and 27.3sec. Evergreen nine-year-old Shardons Rocket will start from the No. 2 barrier and will be handled by Shannon Suvaljko after Woodley, his usual reinsman, opted to drive David Hercules. Shardons Rocket gave a typical tough performance last Friday night when he raced without cover and fought on grandly to finish third behind Dredlock Rockstar in the 2130m Parliamentarians Cup. LINE UP AND GET READY TO COLLECT ON OFFTOCULLECT Stylish New Zealand-bred colt Offtocullect looks set to make a perfect Australian debut when he contests the $17,000 Panasonic Pace for three-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He arrived in Perth less than three weeks ago and will start from the inside of the back line. But he should prove far too good for his nine rivals after proving his fitness with a solid victory in a Byford trial on Sunday morning when he sprinted the final 400m in 28.7sec. and beat his stablemate Black Mr Mach by a neck at a 1.59.4 rate over 2150m. Offtocullect and Black Mr Mach, also just arrived in WA from New Zealand, are trained by Greg and Skye Bond. Offtocullect has raced only five times for four wins and a second. He was most impressive at his latest outing when he began brilliantly and quickly opened up a four-length lead in a 2000m event at Rangiora on September 20. He surrendered the lead to Hannah Jaye after 800m and trailed her until the home turn before careering away to win by two and a half lengths. At his previous outing, over 2200m at Forbury on August 29, Offtocullect was ninth after 1000m before dashing forward, three wide, to race in the breeze before bursting to the front 400m from home and winning by four and a half lengths. Colin Brown will drive Offtocullect, whose main rival is likely to be Black Mr Mach, who has raced only twice for a second and a fourth. He was eighth (and last) at the bell before he started a three-wide burst 550m from home and finished strongly to be fourth over 1700m at Forbury at his latest appearance, on October. He will be driven by Ryan Warwick and is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier on the front line. There is plenty of exposed local form in Friday night’s race and the Justin Prentice trained and driven gelding Tasmanian Bromac will have admirers from barrier four on the front line. He finished solidly when a first-up third to Major Presley at Narrogin on Thursday of last week and should be improved by the outing. He finished powerfully to win from Hugh Victor at Gloucester Park in early June. Art Lover, Maxipat, Major Presley, Modigliani and Crimson Floyd are all recent winners, but at this stage of their careers none of them appears capable of defeating Offtocullect. IT LOOKS JUST A DODDLE FOR SPEEDY LEDA McNALLY Brilliant five-year-old Leda McNally should prove to be one of the best bets of the year when she contests the $17,000 LG Pace for mares over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She is the best-performed runner in the race and has earned $153,688 from her 15 wins and eight placings from 41 starts. She has an M6 classification and has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier over the sprint journey against eight rivals whose classifications range from M0 to M4. Leda McNally, trained at Pinjarra by Chris King, should give Chris Voak an armchair drive in the lead. She has sparkling early pace and is a talented frontrunner. Leda McNally warmed up for this week’s assignment with a splendid fourth behind Dredlock Rockstar in the 2130m Parliamentarians Cup last Friday night when she started from the back line, raced in the one-out, one-back position and beat home several open-class Cup pacers including Ima Rocket Star, Dasher VC, Please Release Me, Franco Renegade and Sneakyn Down Under. Deluxe Edition will start from the inside of the back line and she should obtain a perfect trail behind the freewheeling Leda McNally and figure in the finish. Famous Alchemist is awkwardly drawn at No. 5 on the front line, but she has the class to overcome that disadvantage and finish in a minor placing. IM VICTORIOUS CRUSHES RIVALS IN VILLAGE KID SPRINT Star five-year-old Im Victorious warmed up for the $750,000 Miracle Mile at Menangle with an effortless victory in the $30,000 Village Kid Sprint at Northam on Tuesday night. He began fast from the outside (No. 7) on the front line and after racing wide in the early stages Justin Prentice sent him to the front. From there it was a procession and Im Victorious won by more than four lengths from Mein Guy at a 1.55 rate over the 1780m trip. This was the New Zealand-bred pacer’s 20th victory from just 28 starts and boosted his earnings past the $500,000 mark. by Ken Casellas  

Five-year-old Dredlock Rockstar, the only West Australian-bred pacer in the field, made a mockery of his lowly assessment when he outclassed his ten rivals in the $30,000 Del Basso Smallgoods Parliamentarians Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His impressive all-the-way victory vindicated the decision of his owner Jamie Howlett and trainer Michael Callegari to throw the M1-class pacer in the deep end and challenge his vastly more distinguished opponents, including Sneakyn Down Under (M16), Dasher VC (M12), Ima Rocket Star (M11), Ohokas Dallas (M8), Shardons Rocket and Davy Maguire (M7). And Busselton reinsman Aaron Beckett made the most of the unexpected opportunity to drive Dredlock Rockstar for the first time, a chance he received after the gelding’s regular reinsman Ashleigh Markham was suspended for 13 days the previous Friday night for causing interference when driving Dredlock Rockstar in the Mount Eden Sprint. Dredlock Rockstar was a 40/1 chance in the Mount Eden Sprint when he gave an eye-catching performance in thundering home from 12th at the bell to be third behind star pacers Bettors Fire and Im Victorious. His prospects in the Parliamentarians Cup were boosted when he drew favourably at No. 2 on the front line. He was solidly supported and started second fancy at 11/4 behind Dasher VC (5/2), with Ima Rocket Star at 9/2 from the outside of the back line. Dredlock Rockstar bounded straight to the front and Beckett was able to get the gelding to relax and amble through the first 400m section of the final mile in a dawdling 32.1sec. before zooming over the next three quarters in 28.6sec., 27.9sec. and 28.3sec. to win at a 1.56.2 rate over the 2130m. He finished just over a length clear of polemarker and 60/1 outsider Ohoka Dallas, who trailed him throughout. Shardons Rocket (12/1) raced in the breeze and fought on to be third, in front of Leda McNally and Ima Rocket Star, who ran, three wide, from tenth at the bell. “It was a great pick-up drive,” said the 31-year-old Beckett. “I didn’t really want to get going too early, but the way the horse was travelling I couldn’t really hold him back any more. Once I pulled the plugs in the straight and got into him he just took off. ” Dredlock Rockstar, who has overcome a fractured pedal bone, received in a race at Collie in March 2012, is proving to be a tremendous bargain for the 53-year-old Howlett, who paid just $3000 for him at the 2010 Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale. The gelding has now earned $100,056 from 12n wins and 17 placings from 41 starts. Dredlock Rockstar was out of action for ten months after fracturing his pedal bone and he has returned to racing in wonderful form for the 37-year-old Callegari, who, like Howlett, has an eye for a bargain. Callergari paid $2000 for Smokey The Bandit at the 2011 yearling sale and the pacer has already earned $64,465 from nine wins and 14 placings from 35 starts. Last December he outlaid $3000 for Make Me Grin, whose first 12 starts for him have yielded two wins and three placings for stakes of $11,813. Dredlock Rockstar, by Canadian-bred stallion Northern Luck, was named after the popular reggae song Buffalo Soldier, written in 1980 by Bob Marley. The opening line of the song is: Buffalo Soldier, dredlock rasta. Howlett purchased Dredlock Rockstar because he admired the toughness and longevity of the Albany-trained Bank the Money, who had 246 starts for 31 wins, 61 placings and stakes of $152,969. Bank The Money was out of Soky’s Maid, who also produced the Safely Kept mare Maid For Life, the dam of Dredlock Rockstar. De CAMPO MAKES THE RIGHT CHOICE WITH DANIELJOHN Young Capel reinsman Aiden De Campo made a split-second decision soon after the start of the $21,000 Del Basso Wholesale Meats Italian Sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he opted to keep Danieljohn in the one-wide line instead of taking him to the pegs to follow the hot favourite and noted frontrunner Midnight Dylan. Danieljohn raced in the breeze early before de Campo restrained to take the perfect sit, one-out and one-back. But with a slow early pace de Campo began to have misgivings about his decision. After driving Danieljohn to a splendid victory at 10/1, the 21-year-old de Campo admitted that he was fully prepared to receive a blast from his father Andrew, the trainer of Danieljohn. ”Half way through the race, when they were walking, I thought I’d made the wrong decision and thought perhaps I should have been on the fence,” he said. “I was expecting to get a spray from Dad. But things worked out all right. I knew around the corner if I got the split he would be right in it because he was travelling so nicely.” Danieljohn eventually got clear and he sprinted fast to burst to the front 20m from the post. He won by one metre from Midnight Dylan, with a neck to 12/1 chance Your Good Fortune, who fought on gamely after racing outside the pacemaker. The expected challenge from 5/2 second favourite The Ragpickers Dream failed to eventuate. The Ragpickers Dream ducked his head at barrier two and broke into am gallop at the start, losing about five lengths. He started a three-wide move at the bell, but his run was short-lived and he wilted to finish ninth. Danieljohn, who was having his first start since late June, was bred and is owned by John Bell, of Collie. He is a promising five-year-old stallion by Blissfull Hall who has raced 42 times for 17 wins, 14 placings and stakes of $153,312. The winner of the San Simeon Classic and Harvey Cup earlier this year, Danieljohn moves to an M4 classification and gives every indication of developing into a contender in feature events at the coming summer carnival. He is the fifth foal and only winner out of Victorian-bred mare Aussie Evita, who had 81 starts for eight wins, 18 placings and $17,975. BIT OF A LEGEND SOUNDS AN OMINOUS WARNING TO HIS RIVALS New Zealand-bred stallion Bit Of A Legend sounded an ominous warning to his rivals in the coming series of rich events for four-year-olds when he sprinted home over the final 800m in 56.1sec. to score an effortless victory in the 2130m Sealanes Golden Nugget Prelude at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The son of Bettors Delight was unextended by Brent Mangos in scoring by more than three lengths from Galactic Galleon (14/1), with Northview Punter (4/1) a head away in third place. The winner, who started at 3/1 on, rated 1.57.1. This gave the 49-year-old Mangos his first driving success in Western Australia. The Auckland horseman has been preparing Bit Of A Legend at Pinjarra while the horse’s trainer Cran Dalgety has been looking after his big team of pacers in Christchurch. Bit Of A Legend, surprisingly beaten at 5/1 on at his WA debut the previous Friday night, gave the crowd in excess of 8000 a sample of his class with the ease of his victory. And Mangos predicted better things were in store. “His work this week has been super and he has gone to another level from last week,” he said. “He has gone to the line strongly and should keep on improving. I wasn’t disappointed at all last week when he was narrowly beaten. It was a good effort at his first run for five months.” Bit Of A Legend will now contest the $50,000 Retravision Four-Year-Old Championship next Friday night before tackling the $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic the following Friday and the $175,000 Lancaster Cup Golden Nugget two weeks later. He now has an impressive record of 34 starts for 17 wins, 11 placings and earnings of $638,928. He has won 13 times in New Zealand and has raced six times in Victoria for three wins, including the group 1 Breeders Crown for two-year-old colts and geldings at Melton in August 2012 when he defeated star New Zealander Border Control. He raced twice at Menangle last March for a placing in a heat and a fourth in the final of the New South Wales Derby, won by Lennytheshark. Bit Of A Legend started from barrier three on Friday night and burst to the front after 300m before cruising through the first two sections of the final mile in 31sec. and 30sec. Then he sped over the final quarters in 28.3sec. and 27.8sec. Galactic Galleon battled on gamely after trailing the pacemaker, while Northview Punter, who raced without cover over the final mile, was a fighting third. VETERAN MISS AZOOMA STILL HAS GOT WHAT IT TAKES The $40,000 Norm’s Daughter Championship next Friday week is the immediate target for veteran mare Miss Azooma, who caused an upset when she defeated 3/1 on favourite Askmenow in the 1730m Normandie Foods Pace for mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Miss Azooma, who started at 27/1, was having her third start after a let-up and her third run for young Byford trainer Josh Dunn. She had started at 125/1 and 30/1 when unplaced at her two previous starts, but she made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier on Friday night. Chris Lewis was content to take the sit with Miss Azooma behind Askmenow, who began speedily from the No. 2 barrier. Askmenow, driven by Gary Hall jun., reeled off quick sectionals of 29.2sec., 29.2sec., 28.1sec. and 29.3sec., but was unable to hold off the fast-finishing Miss Azooma, who sprinted strongly to hit the front 40m from the post. Korobeit Angel (10/1) ran on from fifth (pegs) at the bell to be third, with Famous Alchemist (25/1) running home strongly from last at the bell to be fourth. Miss Azooma, bred and owned by Travis Bull, went into Friday night’s event with unplaced efforts at her five runs since leading and winning the Race For Roses, a 2503m stand, at Gloucester Park last May. The veteran of 144 starts has earned $132,467 from her 15 wins and 36 placings. “When I drove her previously (two starts ago) she did run well (eighth behind Bettor Dreams),”Lewis said. “I thought she was some sort of chance tonight, coming off a soft run and a good pace. And she got a perfect run and was able to run over the top of them. “Josh has done a great job with her. He’s got her in top-class order and I think he’s a trainer of the future.” SUVALJKO PLAYS THE WAITING GAME WITH BALLAS AROCKSTAR Shannon Suvaljko played the waiting game and managed to get outsider Ballas Arockstar through a needle-eye gap in the closing stages to get up and snatch victory from Deluxe Edition and Say It Now in the 2130m Phil Coulson Memorial Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Starting at 37/1 on the tote, mainly because of his unfavourable draw ion the outside of the back line, Ballas Arockstar was taken straight to the inside by Suvaljko, who made a snap decision to drive for luck. “Before the race I was planning to track up three deep, but no one went to the fence,” he said. “This horse goes better on the fence, so that’s where I went. From there it was a case of wait, wait, wait.” Ballas Arockstar settled down in fifth place, three back on the pegs while polemarker Fully Zapped led from the 2/1 second favourite Big And Smooth on his outside and Say It Now (11/1) behind the leader. Deluxe Edition, the 5/4 favourite, slotted neatly into the one-out, two-back position. Chris Voak sent Deluxe Edition forward, three wide, approaching the bell and the mare, who raced ungenerously in the back straight, eventually got to the front 380m from home. Fully Zapped fought back doggedly and looked set to fight out the finish with Deluxe Edition before Suvaljko squeezed between those two pacers to forge to the front in the final couple of strides. Ballas Arockstar scored by a head from Deluxe Edition, with Fully Zapped a neck away in third place. Ballas Arockstar, a seven-year-old trained by Shane Tognolini, ended a losing sequence of ten and took his record to 111 starts for 16 wins and 45 placings for $141,256 in prizemoney. He is still a Metropolitan maiden performer. He has been an honest and consistent performer since making a wonderful start to his career when his first five starts as a two-year-old in January-February 2009 produced four wins and a second. Those runs included his victory in the $70,000 group 2 WA Sales Classic by a head over Robbery. His dam Gail Force Lombo managed just one win (at Kalgoorlie in August 2003) from 19 starts. His great granddam Pliability produced nine winners of 79 races, including Mon Amigo (149 starts for 20 wins, 47 placings and $163,516). Pliability’s mother Our Miss Andre produced smart performer Wipe The World, who had 55 starts in New South Wales in the 1980s for 18 wins, 18 placings and $210,464. FAST-FINISHING THIS TIME DYLAN GIVES HALL A NOTABLE MILESTONE Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. notched the wonderful milestone of training 1500 city winners when his younger son Gary drove This Time Dylan to an impressive last-to-first victory in the Action Industrial Catering Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. For most of the 2130m event Hall sen. held high hopes of achieving this notable record through Sanjaya, who was being driven confidently in the lead by his elder son Clint. This Time Dylan started from the outside of the front line and was restrained back to last position before Gary Hall jun. started a three-wide move approaching the bell. The 2/1 favourite, a winner at his three previous starts in stands, went four wide at the 300m and finished in dashing style to burst to the front 100m from the post. He went on to win by 4m at a 1.57.6 rate from Sanjaya (9/4), with last-start winner Artorius (13/1) running home strongly to be third. “He was an absolute lunatic when he arrived at our stables,” said Hall jun. “But recently he has settled down and is racing in wonderful form.” This Time Dylan, a New Zealand-bred eight-year-old, has had 24 starts in WA for eight wins and three placings to take his career record to 32 starts for 11 wins, six placings and stakes of $91,625. OUR BOY SU HOLDS VISITING NOWITZKI AT BAY New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Our Boy Su bounced back to form and caused an upset when he set the pace and beat highly-regarded Victorian four-year-old Nowitzki in the 2130m BLVD Tavern Joondalup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Nowitzki, favourite at 10/9 on at his WA debut, began speedily from the outside of the front line, but the efforts of his trainer-driver Daniel Jack to get him to an early lead were thwarted when Waroona trainer Bob Mellsop drove the polemarker Our Boy Su hard to retain the front. Jack then was forced to race without cover and Mellsop stole a tactical march on his rivals by getting Our Boy Su to relax and dawdle through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.9sec. before going through the next quarter in a comparatively easy 29.6sec. Then Mellsop upped the tempo and Our Boy Su dashed over the final sections in 28.5sec. and 29.2sec. as he fought on grandly to keep the favourite at bay. Our Boy Su held on to win by a head, with What God Knows (16/1) finishing gamely to be a neck away in third spot. The winner rated 1.58.9. Our Boy Su, who had finished at the rear at his two previous outings, was an 11/1 chance, mainly because he had drawn the prized No. 1 barrier. “He grows a leg in front,” Mellsop said. “It was a risk to hold out Nowitzki. I probably would have run second if I had sat up (and taken the trail). But we’ve won and winners are grinners. He got a virus and hasn’t been right at his past couple of starts. I was pretty sure I had him right, but you don’t know until you front up.” This was Our Boy Su’s fifth win from 18 starts for Mellsop in WA and the Elsu gelding now has had 55 starts for 11 wins, 15 placings and $93,493 in prizemoney. CARTERS ROCKET IS BRED TO BE A GOOD WINNER Carters Rocket, the all-the-way winner of the 1730m Italian Association Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, is closely related to former star mare Tupelo Rose, who made a flying visit to Perth in December 2000 before becoming a prolific winner in America and Canada. In her two WA starts Tupelo Rose, driven by Ted Demmler, finished fourth behind Highest Honour in the McInerney Ford Classic and sixth behind Seelster Sam in the Golden Nugget Championship. The previous season she was successful in the Victorian, Queensland and Australian Oaks. She ended her brilliant career in the United States with a record of 101 starts for 35 wins, 25 placings and stakes of $879,867. Carters Rocket, a five-year-old by Elsu, is the second foal out of the unraced Pocket Rose, whose mother Hollywood Rose was the dam of Tupelo Rose. Carters Rocket has yet to reveal any of the brilliance of Tupelo Rose, but he is proving a handy performer for trainers Greg and Skye Bond and owners Greg Bond, Kevin, Rob and John Gartrell, Andrew Foster and Craig Hampson. After two wins from seven starts in New Zealand, Carters Rocket has had 26 starts in WA for seven wins and seven placings. Carters Rocket, an all-the-way winner of the Merredin Cup at Kellerberrin, then was beaten into seventh place behind Famous Alchemist over 2185m at Pinjarra last Monday afternoon. But he was a warm favourite at 5/4 on on Friday night, mainly because he was starting from the prized No. 1 barrier. Colin Brown sent carters Rocket straight to the front and after modest quarters of 30.3sec. and 30.7sec. Carters Rocket sped over the final two sections in 28.6sec. and 27.5sec. to win at a 1.56.6 rate by 4m from 6/1 chance Ardens Southee, who trailed the leader throughout Soho Highroller was third after racing without cover. “After drawing barrier one I was confident,” Brown said. “Forget his run at Pinjarra on Monday. I put my hand up straight away. It was my blue that the horse didn’t run in the first three at Pinjarra. And I thought his run was quite good, considering the times they ran. “I always thought that Carters Rocket had a bit of ability, but he hasn’t been convincing. Hopefully, this time he will keep stepping up. I just flicked him up in the straight, nothing too serious. The plugs are still in.” TURNPIKE CRUISER OVERCOMES A BAD START Former Tasmanian performer Turnpike Cruiser was solidly supported to start at 9/2 in the 2503m IAWCC Italian Community handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But his supporters groaned when he galloped at the standing start and dropped back to the rear. However, Chris Lewis bided his time and brought the New Zealand-bred six-year-old home with a well-timed three-wide burst from eighth at the bell to hit the front in the final 80m and win by a length from 11/2 chance Jar Zinyo, with a metre to Multibet (14/1) in third place. “I was relying on a good start, which we didn’t get,” said Lewis. “But we did get a good cart into the race, so everything worked out well. I was fairly confident at the 300m that we were going to get over Jar Zinyo.” For Turnpike Cruiser, trained at Oakford by Ross Olivieri, this was his first success from eight starts in WA after having won 12 races in Tasmania and three in Victoria. He now has earned $119,148 from 16 wins and 30 placings from 74 starts. Melton Express, the 10/9 on favourite, ruined his chances with a tardy getaway and he finished tenth. Brown took Melton Express three wide after 600m, but the five-year-old was unable to muster sufficient speed in a concerted bid to get past the pacemaker, his stablemate False Promise, a 32/1 chance. Melton Express then raced without cover before receiving a bad check approaching the home bend. EL MACHINE MAKES IT FOUR WINS IN A ROW Up-and-coming star El Machine gave promise of better things to come when he produced a sparkling finishing burst to score an easy victory in the 2130m first heat of the Little Caesars Pizzerias The Kersley Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His stylish win over Pembrook Henry and Menelaus of Sparta was his fourth success in a row and the WA-bred five-year-old is developing into a realistic prospect for the rich summer carnival events. Part-owner and trainer Kade Howson did not bustle El Machine, the 2/1 on favourite, early from the No. 5 barrier and was content to let him settle in eighth position as 17/1 chance and polemarker Menelaus of Sparta set the pace from Johnny be, who had dashed forward early from the back line to race in the breeze. Howson took El Machine, a $5000 yearling, three wide at the 100m mark and the gelding sprinted fast to take the lead 220m from home. The final quarters whizzed by in 28.1sec. and 28.3sec. and El Machine rated 1.57.4. This improved his record to 490 starts for 16 wins, 12 placings and $129,054. “He’s really grown into himself now,” Howson said. “Regarding carnival events, those sort of races are all about timing, and he’s got a long way to go, but is still on the way up and is hitting form at the right time.” by Ken Casellas  

Champion reinsman Chris Lewis has won the $30,000 Sealanes Parliamentarians Cup six times since the race was inaugurated in 1993 and he has bright prospects of maintaining his great strike rate by driving Dasher VC to victory in the 2130m mobile event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He should improve a lot on his first-up run (when a fighting fourth behind Bettors Fire in the 1730m Mount Eden Sprint last Friday night) and Chris is happy with him,” said Aiden De Campo, son of the seven-year-old’s trainer Andrew De Campo. “He will probably be doing the work in the breeze, but hopefully he’ll be good enough to win. He was always going to need the run last week, at his first start for almost nine months. We don’t hopple him in between runs and Dad works him in the cart in the bush. “We have been keeping him off the track and confining him to bush work in an attempt to keep him sound. He’s got bad joints, but it’s nothing serious. He’s an old horse and it’s just a bit of wear and tear.” The New Zealand-bred Dasher VC, who has amassed $629,342 in prizemoney from 21 wins and eight placings from only 46 starts, is awkwardly drawn out wide at barrier six on the front line on Friday night and Lewis is likely to go forward in the early stages in a bid to get to the breeze or even take the lead. There is no a great deal of natural speed on the inside of Dasher VC, apart from Please Release Me, who has been placed only twice from his past 11 starts. Please Release Me will start from the No. 5 barrier and it will be most interesting to watch what tactics Chris Brew adopts behind the speedy and versatile eight-year-old. There is also little doubt that the Tony Svilicich-trained Shardons Rocket (Morgan Woodley) will go forward from barrier four. Shardons Rocket is racing with great heart and his effort when sixth behind Bettors Fire last week, when he raced three wide in fourth place for almost the entire journey, was full of merit. But there is little argument that Dasher VC is certainly the class runner in the Cup. He gave a sample of his wonderful ability when he led and held on grimly to win the 2936m Fremantle Cup by a head from Im Themightyquinn last January. A win this week by Dasher VC would help overcome the disappointment of Andrew De Campo when his pacer Lombo Navigator (driven by Matt White) set the pace until the final 150m when second to Im Themightyquinn in the Parliamentarians Cup over 2536m 12 months ago. Lewis has won the race with Hilarion Star (1993), Heros Knight (1998), Our London Pride (1999), Jimmy Nail (2003), Competitive Edge (2006) and Ima Spicey Lombo (2010). Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond have a strong representation in Friday night’s race, with both Ima Rocket Star (Colin Brown) and Our Major Mark (Ryan Warwick) is splendid form and capable of winning, despite their back-line draws. Greg Bond and Brown combined to win the 2004 Parliamentarians Cup with Money Magnet and Bond is extremely happy with the form of his runners. Ima Rocket Star, a winner at 25 of his 57 starts, raced four and three wide early and then without cover when a fighting second to Bettors Fire in the 2536m Navy Cup last Friday week. That followed wins over 2536m and 2130m and a splendid second to Im Victorious at his three previous outings. Our Major Mark notched his 21st victory when stormed home from last 360m from home to win by two lengths from Hez The Bart Man over 2536m last Friday night. Seasoned performer Davy Maguire has drawn nicely on the inside of the back line for his first start for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg. He was claimed for just $5000 by John and Debbie Padberg when he scored a stylish win at a 1.55 rate over 1730m at Gloucester Park last Monday week. “I quite like him,” said Mrs Padberg. “He’s fit and his track work has been very good.” Leda McNally, the only mare in the race, is nicely drawn at No. 2 on the back line and she is capable of unwinding a sparkling late sprint. Dredlock Rockstar, an M1-class performer trained at Busselton by Michael Callegari, was a 40/1 chance when he impressed greatly last Friday night when he thundered home from 12th and last at the bell to be third behind Bettors Fire and Im Victorious. He will start from barrier two on the front line. BONDS AND BROWN LOOKING FOR MIDNIGHTY DYLAN TO REPEAT THE DOSE “He’s a noted frontrunner and loves this trip,” declared trainer Greg Bond when assessing Midnight Dylan’s prospects in the $21,000 Normandie Foods Italian Sprint over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bond and his wife Skye, part-trainer of the New Zealand-bred five-year-old, are confident of success this week after preparing the winner of the Italian Sprint in the past three years. They have combined with ace reinsman Colin Brown to win the sprint with Motu Treasure in 2010 and 2011 and Kamwood Laughter last year. Motu Treasure (10/9 on) led from barrier four and won easily from Mon Gee and Tsunami Lombo in 2010 before he started from the No. 2 barrier and at 9/2 when he set the pace and held on to defeat the 6/4 on favourite Grinjaro by a nose in 2011. Last year Kamwood Laughter was favourite at 5/4 on from barrier four. She raced wide early and then in the one-out, one-back position before being shuffled back to sixth at the bell. She was badly blocked for a clear passage in the back straight before she flew home, out wide, from sixth at the 250m mark to beat the pacemaker Elite Angel by a half-length. Midnight Dylan, a winner at 12 of his 55 starts, gave a sparkling frontrunning display to win effortlessly from Empire Flame at a 1.56.3 rate over 1730m two starts ago, at Gloucester Park five Friday nights ago. A week later he started from the No. 2 barrier when he challenged unsuccessfully for the early lead from polemarker Western Cullen. After racing in the breeze for a while Midnight Dylan raced in the one-out, one-back position and failed to flatter, finishing sixth behind Western Cullen. Bond said it would be wise to overlook that unplaced effort, saying: “Before his win the previous week he had had a couple of runs in Kalgoorlie and at his latest outing he was probably one and a half to two lengths off his best. So we took him home and freshened him up, which he has enjoyed. “He’s now all good to go and we expect him to come out, fit and fresh and firing. He will be holding up from the inside barrier and leading. I’m looking forward to the race, now that he has drawn barrier one. That makes his job a tad easier, if nothing else. He’s not a certainty, because there are some good horses in the race, including The Ragpickers Dream and Danieljohn.” The Bonds also have an excellent second string runner in the race in Your Good Fortune, a smart five-year-old with 14 wins from only 30 starts. Your Good Fortune, a winner at four of his past five starts, is drawn at No. 4 on the front line and will be handled by Ryan Warwick. “Your Good Fortune is a horsed with more than a good share of ability,” Bond said. “If the race is run upside down and if he’s camped over them, he could be dangerous.” Bond said that if Midnight Dylan won another couple of city races he was most likely to be sold to race in America. “We sold Kamwood Laughter to America and she has already won a few races at Yonkers,” he said. “Motu Treasure was sold to race in Adelaide, but after one start at Globe Derby Park he injured a leg. However, he’s on the mend.” Aiden De Campo said he expected a good showing from Danieljohn, who will start from barrier three on the front line at his first appearance since late June. The winner of 16 races from 41 starts, Danieljohn gave a sample of his class when he won the group 2 San Simeon Classic at Gloucester Park last January and the group 3 Harvey Cup from Russley Rascal and Franco Renegade in March. “He has had a fair amount of work and is pretty forward in himself,” said de Campo, who will drive the five-year-old who is trained at Capel by his father Andrew. “He worked well on our home track this morning (Tuesday) when I sat behind Quick Reflection and got up to beat that horse, without either horse being extended.” HALL ON THE DOORSTEP OF THE MILESTONE OF 1500 CITY WINNERS Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. is on the doorstep of a notable milestone. The 64-year-old Serpentine horseman has 15 runners engaged in the ten-event program at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he needs just one winner to record his 1500th city training success. Most of his runners have sound each-way prospects and when asked for his best prospects he said that Askmenow and This Time Dylan were the two he fancied most. But he also said that Soho Highroller, Rowchester, The Ragpickers Dream and Jar Zinyo had sound claims and most of his other starters were capable of winning if they enjoyed a slice of luck. Much water has passed under the bridge since Hall, a week after celebrating his 23rd birthday, trained and drove his first city winner when he dashed 5/2 chance Tobaree to an early lead, set a dawdling pace and then charged away to win at a 2.12 rate over 12 furlongs from Elaborate and Royal Spinner. He has been a trendsetter who has produced many outstanding performers, including superstars The Falcon Strike and Im Themightyquinn. Hall notched his 1499th Metropolitan winner when his son Gary drove hot favourite My Hard Copy to a splendid all-the-way victory over Jay Bees Grin in the 1730m event for C3-class pacers at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Hall said that the New Zealand-bred four-year-old Askmenow should prove hard to beat in the 1730m Del Basso Smallgoods Parliamentarians Cup for Mares Pace. Askmenow, to be driven by Gary Hall jun., will start from the No. 2 barrier on the front line. She has won at nine of her past 13 starts and Hall jun. is likely to attempt an all-the-way win over the sprint trip. Hall sen. has four runners (Askmenow, Chloe Vargarita, Famous Alchemist and Korobeit Angel) engaged in the race and he had little hesitation in declaring that Famous Alchemist was the best of that quartet. “But she has drawn on the outside (No. 7) on the front line and will find it tough from there,” he said. “She has got a bit more class and a bit more speed than Askmenow, but Askmenow is more forward in condition and she’s tough. “Dropping back from 2536m to 1730m will also certainly help Askmenow.” Askmenow started from barrier four in a 2536m event last Friday night and she worked hard before getting to the front after 450m and she faded to finish third behind Our Major Mark and Hez The Bart Man. She should appreciate racing against her own sex this week. Hall also has high hopes for This Time Dylan, who will start from the outside of the front line in the 2130m Action Industrial Catering Claiming Pace. The New Zealand-bred eight-year-old was most impressive last Friday night when he came from the rear to race three wide (without a trail) for almost 800m before surging on the front and scoring an 8m victory over Lord Coburn in a 2503m stand. It was his fourth win in a stand from his past six starts, but he should be capable of readjusting to a different tempo when he returns to mobile racing this week. In the latest news from the Hall stable star performers Im Themightyquinn and Alta Christiano are back in work and on the comeback trail. “Im Themightyquinn has been back in work for four days and his sore feet seem to be all right,” Hall said. “He has no other problems and if everything goes well he should be able to resume racing in five to six weeks. Hopefully he will be back to his best for the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup. I’m still keen to take him to Sydney for the interdominion championship next March. He’s got to defend his title.” Hall said that Alta Christiano, a winner of seven of his 11 starts and unbeaten at three appearances in WA, was on the mend after damaging the suspensory ligament in his nearside foreleg. “After receiving stem cell treatment he got an infection, and that was nearly the end of him,” Hall said. “But he has overcome all those problems and started work on Monday. He probably won’t be ready to race again until about March. If I can get him up and going, I could take him to Sydney for the Chariots of Fire.” NOWITZKI, A FIRST-UP SPECIALIST, TO MAKE HIS WA DEBUT Star Victorian-bred four-year-old Nowitzki should continue his perfect record of recording a first-up victory by proving too smart for his 11 rivals at his WA debut in the 2130m BLVD Tavern Joondalup Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Art Major gelding has settled well at Michael Brennan’s Pinjarra training establishment for his Victorian trainer-reinsman Daniel Jack and he has the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the front line. He is unbeaten at his three first-up starts in a brief career of 14 runs for seven wins and four placings. He won by 6.7m at his debut, at Melton in March 2012, and he also was successful at his next two first-up runs, by 8.2m at Cobram in November 2012 and by 14.1 at Kilmore last July. He has not raced since he started from the back line, dashed to an early lead, set the pace and faded to third behind Chilli Palmer and Hilltop Hustler over 2240m at Melton on August 23. At his previous start he raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing third behind Bit Of A Legend over the same journey at Melton. Nowitzki’s only serious rival on Friday night appears to be Rowchester, who will start out wide at barrier six on the front line. Rowchester, trained by Gary Hall sen., has turned the corner with strong wins at his past two starts --- when racing in the breeze and beating Tommy Smith over 2185m at Pinjarra and when leading and beating Ardens Southee over2536m at Gloucester Park. by Ken Casellas  

IM VICTORIOUS SIMPLY AWESOME, DECLARES Justin Prentice Justin Prentice declared that Im Victorious felt “simply awesome” and that his effortless triumph in the $35,000 J. P. Stratton Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night was the best performance of his sensational 26-start career. And Prentice predicted that the five-year-old would “give them a big shake over there” if he gained a start in the $750,000 Miracle Mile at Menangle on November 30. Unbeaten at his six starts since resuming from a spell, Im Victorious moved another giant step forward to receiving an invitation to contest the Miracle Mile with his record-breaking victory, by three lengths over Ima Rocket Star in the 2130m Stratton Cup. “He could have won by a bigger margin,” said Prentice who sat quietly in the sulky and did not drive out the gelding over the final 250m. “This was probably his best win. He showed that he can do the work and still win easily and proved to those doubters who considered him just a one-trick pony. Tonight he just wanted to go and normally he switches off at the end of his races. But not tonight. “Down the back I was trying to go easy on him, but he was hard on the bit and just wanting to go. He hasn’t done that for a while and it was good for him to show that spirit in this class.” Trainer Michael Brennan and the band of ten owners will now wait anxiously to see whether the New South Wales harness racing officials offer an invitation for Im Victorious to contest the Miracle Mile. Im Victorious, favourite at 2/1 on, started from the back line and settled in eighth position in the one-wide line as Passion Stride set the early pace from Sneakyn Down Under (breeze), Crombie (pegs) and Ima Rocket Star in the one-out, one-back position. Im Victorious has been driven as a sit-sprinter in most of his races, but Prentice showed his confidence in the gelding when he switched him three-wide and urged him forward at the 1000m mark. He cruised to the front with 400m to travel and coasted to victory from Ima Rocket Star, second fancy at 5/1 who finished solidly. Outsider Shardons Rocket followed the three-wide run of the winner and fought on strongly to be third. Im Victorious, winner of the WA Derby and Golden Nugget last year, rated 1.55.9 (after final quarters in 28.8sec. and 29.2sec.) which is the fastest rate recorded in the 65 runnings of the Stratton Cup which has been decided over various distances and from a stand many times. Im Victorious has now amassed $474,660 in prizemoney from 19 wins and two placings from 26 starts. HALL FATHER-AND-SON COMBINATION DOMINATES WITH SIX WINNERS The all-conquering combination of leading trainer Gary Hall sen. and his son, leading reinsman Gary Hall jun., dominated the ten-event program at Gloucester Park on Friday night and they brought up their sixth victory when the disappointing Northview Cardle snapped a losing sequence of 11 by setting a brisk pace and scoring an easy win in the 2130m Yes Loans Pathway Pace. With the 2013-14 season only in its second month, the Halls have already established substantial leads on the premiership tables, with Hall sen. the leading Metropolitan trainer with 25 wins and 25 placings from 97 starters and Hall jun. the top reinsman with 20 wins and 19 placings from 69 drives. Hall sen. leads from Greg and Skye Bond, who have had 50 city starters for eight wins and eight placings. In second spot on the reinsmen’s premiership is Colin Brown with ten wins and ten placings from 52 drives. The New Zealand-bred Northview Cardle, purchased for a high figure by New South Wales breeder John Starr, raced 21 times in NSW for six wins and seven placings in country-class events before being sent to Hall sen. Northview Cardle disappointed at his first 11 WA starts, managing only four minor placings. But the five-year-old was ideally drawn at barrier two on the front line against modest opposition in Friday night’s event in which he was well supported and started third favourite at 7/2 behind Lord Coburn (5/2) and At Princeton (3/1). Hall jun. decided that aggressive tactics would be the best way for Northview Cardle to break the drought. He dashed the gelding straight to the front and set a solid pace before getting the opposing runners out of their comfort zone with a 28.9sec. third quarter of the final mile. At Princeton, who had raced without cover, began to fade and so, too, did polemarker Alta Onassis, who had enjoyed the run of the race behind the pacemaker. Zurbaran also began to feel the pinch from the favourable one-out, one-back position. Northview Cardle then dashed away to score by two lengths from 10/1 chance Mister Roberto, who finished solidly from eighth at the bell. Lord Coburn, who started a three-wide move at the bell, plugged on to finish third. Northview Cardle rated 1.r58.7 and took his record to 33 starts for seven wins and 11 placings for earnings of $33,370. His dam Bonnie Beaudiene (by Nero’s B B) managed just one placing from 12 starts in New Zealand. But she has produced eight winners, including Beaudiene Vicolo (nine wins and $48,404), Beaudiene Lightning (five wins and $16,492) and Beaudiene Terminator (four wins and $41,914). THE PARADE EVOKES MEMORIES OF Auckland Reactor Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred three-year-old The Parade showed that she has a bright future when she outclassed her rivals in the 2130m Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And it is little wonder that she has a good share of ability. She is closely related to champion New Zealand pacer Auckland Reactor, who impressed local fans when he won three heats of the interdominion championship at Gloucester Park in February 2012 before he started from the outside barrier and worked hard in the breeze from the 1200m and faded to seventh behind Im Themightyquinn in the final. There is certainly little likelihood that The Parade will reach the heights of Auckland Reactor, who has earned $1,759,374 from 32 wins and four placings from 53 starts. He has won seven group 1, eight group 2 and three group 3 events and was a nose second to Choise Achiever in the 2012 Hunter Cup. His group 1 victories include the 2008 New Zealand Derby, the 2009 Auckland Cup and the 2009 Emerald for four-year-old horses and geldings. The Parade, by American stallion Real Desire, is the first foal out of Hearty Lass, an unraced Badlands Hanover mare whose dam Atomic Lass (by Soky’s Atom) managed two wins in minor country events in New Zealand in October 1990 before producing seven winners, including Auckland Reactor and former West Australian performers Taihape Tickler (113 starts for 19 wins, 19 placings and $183,919) and Riffle Dragon (125 starts for eight wins, 18 placings and $58,112). It was a good effort by The Parade to defeat six geldings and one other filly (Art Force) on Friday night after she had scored a three-length first-up victory over several colts and geldings at Pinjarra 11 days earlier. The Parade, driven by her trainer Justin Prentice, was favourite at 10/9 on from barrier two on the back line on Friday night and she settled in sixth position in the field of eight before Prentice sent her forward, there wide, at the 1250m. She moved to the breeze with 1050m to travel and cruised past the pacemaker Organized Chaos 500m from home before winning by 8m from Our Mandingo (9/1), with Soho Cash 4/1) a battling third after trailing the pacemaker. The Parade impressed in sprinting over the final 400m in 28.7sec. and Prentice is hopeful she will continue her improvement and develop into a candidate for the WA Oaks next year. “She has come back better than her two-year-old campaign (when placed once from three starts) and at the moment I’m aiming her for some races for fillies at Gloucester Park in the next couple of months,” he said. Two 2130m $17,000 events for three-year-old fillies have been programmed in the coming weeks, on November 22 and December 20. “She’s definitely got the speed,” Prentice said. “And if she keeps improving she will be an Oaks candidate. I was hoping to sit her in tonight’s race, but I was flushed out a lot earlier than I had hoped. And then she showed that she can do it both ways.” EXTREMELY GOOD STAKES HIS CLAIM FOR A START IN THE GOLDEN NUGGET Talented New Zealand-bred pacer Extremely Good lived up to his name when he made a wonderful return to racing at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Driven confidently by his part-owner and trainer Chris Butt, Extremely Good crushed his rivals in the 2130m Del Basso Smallgoods Pathway Pace when he gave a sample of his undoubted ability. Though the opposition of older and more experienced rivals was not outstanding, Extremely Good was most impressive and showed that he has the potential to develop into a candidate for the upcoming rich features for four-year-olds, including the $175,000 Golden Nugget on December 6. Extremely Good, making his first appearance for three months, was sent out at the lucrative odds of 13/2 in a race in which ultra-consistent five-year-old In The Perfect Storm dominated betting and was favourite at 7/4 on. In The Perfect Storm was beaten out from barrier three and Gary Hall jun. had to race without cover as 12/1 chance Franco Nasser (barrier two) set a dawdling early pace. Butt restrained Extremely Good back to last. Hall applied mid-race pressure on Franco Nasser and the second 400m section of the final mile whizzed by in 28.6sec. In The Perfect Storm then got his nose in front at the bell, but was unable to cross Franco Nasser. Extremely Good was seventh at the bell and Butt finally urged the gelding forward turning into the back straight. Extremely Good sprinted fast, out four wide, from the 520m to burst to the front 360m from home. He then raced away to win by four lengths from In The Perfect Storm, with Ya Dreamin running on from sixth at the bell to be third. The final two quarters each took just 28.8sec. and the winner rated 1.58.6 to improve his record to five wins and 14 placings from 26 starts for stakes of $43,235. It was his second win from 12 WA starts after winning twice from ten starts in New South Wales and once from four Victorian starts. Extremely Good is the fourth foal out of Beach Towel mare Dollys Daughter and is a half-brother to Bruce Almighty, who has had 70 starts for 11 wins (ten in WA), 20 placings and $82,290. THIS TIME DYLAN IS RELISHING A SWITCH TO STANDING STARTS A switch from mobile racing to standing-start events has helped New Zealand-bred eight-year-old This Time Dylan turn the corner and produce the best form of his brief career. This Time Dylan, favourite at 7/4 from the 10m mark, relished his sit-sprint capacity to sustain a spirited three-wide burst from the rear to get up in the final stride to snatch a nose victory from Gday Mate (5/1) in the 2503m TABtouch Western Bonanza Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Gary Hall jun. was content to have This Time Dylan in tenth position before he followed the three-wide burst of Gday Mate from the 1200m mark. Justin Prentice sent Gday Mate to the front 400m from home and the gelding rounded the final bend with what appeared to be a winning advantage. But he just failed to hold out This Time Dylan, who fought on determinedly under the urgings from Hall, wielding the whip in his left hand. “He loses his way a bit on the last bend when he wants to get in a bit,” Hall explained. “I thought we had a good shot, but when Justin kicked away I thought we would run second at best. But he’s a little horse with a big heart. He digs deep and definitely knows where the line is. It’s a great advantage having as horse like him who gets away (from a stand) so well.” Trainer Gary Hall sen. started This Time Dylan in mobiles at his first 16 starts in Western Australia for three wins and two placings. Then he switched the gelding to stands and he has started in a stand at each of his past six starts for three wins and a third placing. He has now earned $68,855 from nine wins and six placings from 30 starts. Evergreen nine-year-old Courageous Ned (16/1) maintained his wonderful consistency in stands by running on to finish third after trailing the pacemaker To Transcend, who finished fourth. No. 1 BARRIER MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE FOR BLACK PONTIAC Victorian-bred seven-year-old Black Pontiac further illustrated the considerable advantage of the No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park when Orange Grove trainer Donald Harper drove him to an all-the-way victory in the 1730m West Australian pace on Friday night. Black Pontiac had started at double figure odds at his five previous starts, including odds of 53/1, 71/1 and 56/1 at his three previous outings when he finished seventh, ninth and eleventh from less favourable draws. But from the No. 1 barrier on Friday night he was all the rage and started at 5/2 on. He set the pace and was kept honest by False Promise in the breeze, with the final four quarters going by in 29.2sec, 30.4sec., 28.9sec. and 29.2sec. He fought on grimly to defeat the fast-finishing Asian Courage (97/1) by a nose, with a length to 160/1 chance Franco Torres in third place. Asian Courage flew home from tenth in the middle stages and Franco Torres ran on from third-last at the bell. Black Pontiac’s previous win was when he led from the No. 1 barrier and beat Imtheguy over 1730m on August 16. The noted frontrunner now has earned $91,237 from 16 wins and 11 placings from 80 starts. He has had 69 starts in Western Australia for 11 wins and eight placings after winning at five of his 11 Victorian starts. By Grinfromeartoear, he is the second (and last) foal out of the Safely Kept mare Short And Black, who had 47 starts in Victoria for ten wins, 11 placings and $53,619 in prizemoney. Short And Black’s first foal Falcons Legend has had 118 starts in Queensland for 14 wins, 24 placings and $63,860. ASKMENOW REMAINS ON TARGET FOR RICH EVENTS FOR MARES Up-and-coming four-year-old Askmenow remained unbeaten this season when she proved far too good for her rivals in the 2130m McInerney Ford Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Her decisive victory by one and a half lengths over stablemate Chloe Vargarita enhanced her prospects in the rich feature events for mares next month, the Norm’s Daughter Classic and the group 1 Nepean Conveyors Mares Classic. Askmenow, trained by Gary Hall sen., was favourite at 5/1 on and she gave her supporters little cause for concern. She started from out wide on the back line and Gary Hall jun. took her three wide in the first circuit to move into the breeze after a lap. Polemarker Luck Has It set the pace and Hall was content to leave Askmenow in the breeze until he sent her to the front 220m from home. She then raced away to score easily from Chloe Vargarita, a 25/1 chance driven by visiting Victorian horseman Daniel Jack who rattled home from last in the middle stages and seventh at the bell. Arousing (23/1) did well to run home strongly tenth at the bell to be third. Askmenow, by Washington V C, has been outstanding since arriving in WA where her ten starts for the Hall camp have produced eight wins. She now has a record of 29 starts for ten wins, nine placings and stakes of $99,125. THE RAGPICKERS DREAM IS A GENTLEMAN, SAYS HALL Leading reinsman Gary Hall jun. praised The Ragpickers Dream’s gentlemanly manners after driving the New Zealand-bred six-year-old to victory in the 2130m TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He got a little bit tired late, but the quarters he had run suggested that he would,” Hall said after The Ragpickers Dream had set the pace from the prized No. 1 barrier and had fought on tenaciously to beat Hez The Bart Man by just under a length, with Mighty Flying Thomas an unlucky third. “He’s probably won the race by being such a gentleman to drive,” Hall said. “He was happy to let Wrongly Accused to race a half-length in front of him and drop the bit and allow me to rate him. “Hez The Bart Man is a very good horse who never stops and that probably helped me because he was able to keep Mighty Flying Thomas In The Pocket. The Ragpickers Dream was definitely getting very tired late and I was just glad that he was able to hold on.” The Ragpickers Dream, favourite at 5/1 on, led from barrier one and was joined soon after the start by 25/1 chance Wrongly Accused, who got to a narrow lead in the middle stages. Mighty Flying Thomas (10/1) trailed the leader throughout and was unable to obtain a clear passage in the home straight before finishing a head behind Hez The Bart Man. The Ragpickers Dream covered the final 800m in 57.2sec. and rated 1.56.9. A winner of 13 races in Victoria, including six in a row in late 2011, he has raced five times in WA for two wins and two seconds. He has earned $110,598 from 15 wins and 11 placings from 45 starts. PROBLEM PACER TORETTO TAKES A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION “He’s got a lot of problems, but he’s got a lot of bottom to him,” said Gary Hall jun. after driving 5/4 favourite Toretto to an easy victory in the third heat of the Preux Chevalier Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Toretto started from the back line and Hall wasted little time in sending him forward, three wide, to race outside the pacemaker Imtheguy. Finally, Toretto got to a clear lead 100m from the post and then drew away to beat 97/1 outsider Trents Courage by one and a half lengths, with 1m to Imtheguy. Toretto sprinted over the final 400m in 28.7sec. and rated 1.58 over the 2130m. It was his third start after an absence of 11 months and it took his record to seven starts for five wins, one third and $30,745 in prizemoney. “Dad has been persistent with him,” said Hall jun. “Toretto is not the easiest horse to get around the circuit, and that’s why I put the pressure on because I didn’t really want a fast last half because he’s a nightmare on the last bend. He was pretty good tonight and it was a step in the right direction. “He has had a leg problem as well along the way which has set him back for almost a year. The ability has always been there, but getting it out of him has always been the hard thing. We have tried probably every bit that has ever been made, and none of them seemed to work. But he’s worth persisting with.” GOOD DRAW ENABLES HEAVENS DELIGHT TO RETURN TO THE WINNING LIST Heavens Delight, unplaced at his previous six starts, made the most of an ideal draw when Gary Hall jun. jumped him straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier and landed him a smart all-the-way winner in the 1730m Nepean Conveyors Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Favourite at 6/4, the New Zealand-bred six-year-old trained by Gary Hall sen., dashed over the first 400m section of the final mile in 29.7sec. before coasting through the next quarter in 31.3sec. He then had plenty in reserve as he sprinted over the final two sections in 29.8sec. and 28.5sec. He rated 1.58.1 and beat 4/1 second fancy Bet Your Life by just under a length. Polemarker Lombo Air Express ran on to be third after trailing the leader all the way. Heavens Delight has had 33 starts in WA for ten wins and nine placings to take his overall record to 41 starts for 12 wins, nine placings and $80,281. “He put the writing on the wall at his previous start (when he started out wide on the back line and covered a lot of extra ground before finishing sixth behind Arnoux),” said Hall jun. “That’s not the way he likes to race and I thought he boxed on very well. “He has been racing well, but hasn’t been able to get a win on the board because of bad draws. He’s a few lengths better on the rail, but he’s probably limited to one or two more wins in town. He does have good sit-sprint capacity, but with the way races are run at Gloucester Park he’d end up nearer last than first if he was driven like that (as a sit-sprinter).” by Ken Casellas  

Great Western trainer Peter Manning’s promising Armbro Invasion/Free Rider gelding Weregonnarock after three consecutive seconds, finally cracked it for a victory when successful in the Oktoberfest At Lord’s Raceway 19 October 3-Y-0 Trotters Handicap over 2150 metres at Bendigo on Wednesday October 2. Driven by daughter Kerryn, Weregonnarock led throughout from barrier two to score by a nose over her nemesis Dell Boy which trailed after coming from a 20 metre backmark (Dell Boy had beaten him on the last two occasions), with Girls Go First a gap away in third place. The mile rate 2-07.6. Wahring’s Daniel Jack was successful with Mach Three/Shards A Flyin filly Shards Secret who greeted the judge in the Johnny Tee Bendigo Horse Of The Year 3-Y-0 Pace over 2150 metres. Making her second race appearance, Shards Secret was driven with plenty of vigour from the pole to hold out all challengers at the start and was never headed, defeating Stunning Grin (one/one) which switched to the sprint lane on turning and the hot favourite Eliseos Falcon which had a torrid passage outside the winner. The mile rate 1-59.2. Nagambie’s Chris Lang (Jnr) is making a name for himself, especially with the trotters and landed the Flying It At Springvale Stud Castlemaine Trotters Mobile for T2 to T4 class over 2150 metres with former Kiwi Lysenko. Sent forward from gate four to park outside the speedy pacemaker Mister Gunsen, Lysenko a 6-Y-0 gelded son of Sundon and Dispride outstayed his rivals to score a strong victory over Just Call Me Earl along the sprint lane from three back the markers and Im Demimondaine which trailed the leader, moving away from the markers to be one/one on straightening. The mile rate 2-02.2. Avenel trainer Wayne Potter combined with Shepparton’s Nathan Jack to land the Chris Alford Premier Driver Pace for C2 class over 2150 metres with 5-Y-0 Armbro Operative/Eve Of Eden mare Tombstone Eden in a rate of 1-59.2. Taken back off the gate from barrier six to settle with most of the field ahead of her, Tombstone Eden gained a beaut ride home three wide on the back of Fergus Mactavish in the final circuit and when taken four wide at the straight entrance, rushed home at a great rate to score from a death-seating Drivingwithtess and Dusty Smiles which led. Another Avenel winner of the night was consistent 4-Y-0 P Forty Seven/Our Lifes A Ball gelding Luke Hobbs for David Aiken in the Haydon Gray Premier Concession Driver Pace for C1 class over 1650 metres. Driven by Greg Sugars, Luke Hobbs led for most of the journey in accounting for Who Broke Our Halo which moved to face the breeze, with Gohardorgohome third after leading out from gate three, before taking a trail on the winner. The mile rate 1-59.4. By Len Baker  

NEW SOUTH WALES DERBY ON THE AGENDA FOR ELEGANT CHRISTIAN Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. is excited at the wonderful potential of New Zealand-bred three-year-old Elegant Christian and is mapping out an ambitious program for the big, powerfully-built gelding, including the $200,000 New South Wales Derby in March and the $200,000 WA Derby the following month. “If he keeps going well I’ll take him to Sydney next year when I travel over with Im Themightyquinn for the interdominion championship,” Hall said after Elegant Christian had scored an effortless victory in the Go Freo Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Elegant Christian, at unbackable odds of 25/1 on, gave Clint Hall an armchair drive as he set a brisk pace and romped to victory by three lengths over stablemate Eyre Crusher in a field of four. He sped over the final two 400m sections in 28.8sec. and 27.9sec. and rated an excellent 1.57 over the 2130m. This took Elegant Christian’s record to four starts for four wins and earnings of $31,865 and he is proving a very good buy for his owners Karen Hall, Neven Botica, Garry Ralston, Glenn Moore, Mark Congerton, John Burt, Andrew Curran and Ross North. Congerton purchased eight yearlings in New Zealand last year and paid $27,000 for Elegant Christian, who is by Christian Cullen and out of English Elegance, a mare by the American stallion Camtastic. He then offered shares in the yearlings to several of his friends. Botica decided to buy a share in only Elegant Christian because he had unsuccessfully attempted to buy English Elegance about six or seven years ago as a breeding proposition. Elegant Christian is the sixth foal out of English Elegance and Congerton bought Elegant Christian because he had been so impressed by Home Secretary, a full-brother to the youngster. “I bought Home Secretary and he looked like being anything as a two-year-old,” Hall said. “He’s a real nice horse, but he kept breaking down. He was too big and got pushed too early (in New Zealand). He ran a 56sec. half in a trial as a two-year-old.” Home Secretary has broken down twice with suspensory ligament problems and his future is extremely uncertain. He has had only three starts, finishing second to Kiss Chasey as a three-year-old at Pinjarra on debut in May 2011. He broke down and was out of action for 19 months before resuming with a second placing to Major Catastrophe at Gloucester Park in December 2012. Then, a week later, Home Secretary won a 2185m race at Pinjarra by seven lengths after sprinting over the final two 400m sections in 28.2sec. and 26.7sec. He has not raced since. “But there’s a cloud in every silver lining,” Hall said. “If I hadn’t had Home Secretary we wouldn’t have had Elegant Christian now.” Elegant Christian’s brilliant victory completed a splendid night for Hall, who, earlier in the program had been successful with Chloe Vargarita, This Time Dylan and The Ragpickers Dream. Hall is so impressed by Elegant Christian that he has just paid $40,000 for his yearling brother Chevrons Delight. LEDA McNALLY SET FOR BIG SUMMER CARNIVAL EVENTS Five-year-old Victorian-bred Leda McNally gave further convincing proof that she will be a leading contender in the rich feature events for mares in the summer months when she finished with a sizzling burst to win the $21,000 Ross North Group Spring Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Pinjarra trainer Chris King is setting Leda McNally for the Nepean Conveyors Classic for mares at Gloucester Park in December and is hoping she will maintain her brilliant form and will be able to contest the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup. Leda McNally, the only mare in Friday night’s event and third favourite at 13/2, started from the inside of the back line and Chris Voak had her travelling smoothly three back on the pegs before she flashed home to get up and defeat the pacemaker and 5/4 on favourite Sneakyn Down Under by a half-length, rating 1.54 over 1730m after the final 800m was covered in 56.5sec. Owned by Victorian Greg Stubbs, Leda McNally managed one win from 15 Victorian starts before being sent to WA to be prepared by King. She now has raced 24 times in this State for 14 wins and five placings and her earnings stand at $151,088. Sneakyn Down Under, driven for the first time by Brad Stampalia (in the absence of the 11-year-old’s part-owner and trainer Darren Duffy, who is serving a term of suspension from driving), burst straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier and he sped through the first quarter of the final mile in 28.9sec. before coasting through the next section in 29.3sec. However, Sneakyn Down Under began to show signs of weakening in the home straight before Leda McNally charged to the front about 20m from the post. This was Leda McNally’s fourth win from seven starts in her current campaign. Leda McNally is showing no signs of the injuries she suffered when she took fright during an electrical storm at King’s property last March when she bolted and burst through a couple of fences, suffering severe lacerations to her legs and damage to hooves. Fortunately, King was able to catch the mare and this prevented further injuries. EL MACHINE GIVES HOWSON AND GEORGE GOOD REASON TO SMILE Young trainer-reinsmen Kade Howson and Michael George were enjoying a couple of refreshing beers at the Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale in 2010 when they decided, on a whim, to outlay $5000 for lot 32, a small colt by former star pacer Elsu. The colt is now a five-year-old gelding by the name of El Machine, who is proving a wonderful bargain. The 25-year-old Howson trains El Machine at Pinjarra and he drove him to an impressive victory in the 2130m TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to take his record to 37 starts for 13 wins, 12 placings and $96,205 in prizemoney. “El Machine is a brother of In A Fashion, a horse I liked, so we bought the colt even though he was not much to look at,” Howson said. In A Fashion raced 78 times for 12 wins, 14 placings and stakes of $77,858 and a half-brother Parsons Clothes managed four wins from 75 starts for earnings of $30,014. El Machine and his brothers are out of Fashion Statement, a mare by Life Sign, who earned just $6290 from a win at Kalgoorlie and two at Geraldton in a 22-start career. El Machine is also related to Little Town Blues, who earned $104,066 from 13 wins and 18 placings from 62 starts. As a three-year-old El Machine finished second to the brilliant Gracias Para Nada in the Sales Classic and he won a prelude of the WA Derby. He gives every indication of being able to continue on his winning ways. El Machine was a solidly-supported 7/4 favourite on Friday night when Howson restrained him from barrier six to the rear before sending him forward, three wide, after a lap. He then was able to follow the three-wide run of Lord Diego and was sixth at the bell before surging to the front 250m from home. He raced away to score by three lengths from 15/4 second fancy Rojen Cruz, with a head to the pacemaker Boy O Boy, rating 1.58 after covering the final 800m in 57.2sec. CHLOE VARGARITA REVIVES THE DEEDS OF THE MIGHTY DIVISIVE Memories of former champion pacer and equine millionaire Divisive were rekindled when New South Wales-bred mare Chloe Vargarita stormed home to win the 2130m Ross North Complete Homes Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Chloe Vargarita is the first foal out of Badlands Hanover mare Susie O’Neill, an elder half-sister to Divisive, who won the Victoria Derby at Moonee Valley, the NSW Derby at Harold Park and Australian Derby in Launceston in 2006 and the Miracle Mile at Harold Park in November 2008. Divisive then came to Perth when he made two appearances at Gloucester Park in January 2009, finishing second to Power of Tara in the Fremantle Cup and a nose second to Mysta Magical Mach in the WA Pacing Cup. Susie O’Neill was a handy performer who retired with a record of 11 wins and 14 placings from 52 starts for stakes of $61,179. Chloe Vargarita is owned by a Victorian syndicate headed by Andrew Grover. She was prepared by outstanding Victorian reinsman Daniel Jack who recently decided to send her to WA to be trained by Gary Hall sen. in a bid to win a city race or two before being retired to the stud later this year. Chloe Vargarita had eight starts in Victoria for three wins, nine starts in NSW for two wins and eight starts in Tasmania for three wins. Her first three starts for Hall have produced a win, a second and a third. She has earned $48,454 from nine wins and five placings from 29 starts. Chloe Vargarita started from the inside of the back line on Friday night and was a solidly-supported 11/8 favourite. Gary Hall jun. settled her down behind the polemarker and pacemaker Grin On The Beach before he cleverly angled her off the pegs about 870m from home. Chloe Vargarita was forced four wide just before the turn out of the back straight and she produced a powerful finishing burst to hit the front 90m from the post. After a moderate early pace, the final 800m whizzed by in 57sec. And Chloe Vargarita rated a modest 2.0.6. BANANA DANA APPRECIATES A DROP IN GRADE Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred eight-year-old Banana Dana is the latest pacer to make the most of the drop-down regulation. He was recently reclassified from an M3-class performer to an M2 classification. This downgrade (granted to horses graded M2 or better after completing a losing sequence of ten) enabled him to start in the Ross North Signature Range Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he received an additional bonus when he drew the prized No. 1 barrier. Part-owner and trainer Darren Duffy is serving a term of suspension and he handed the reins to Brad Stampalia, who had driven Banana Dana at his first two starts as a two-year-old at Gloucester Park in June and July 2008 when he won on debut before finishing a close second to Aussie Reactor. The drop-down regulation certainly proved a tremendous bonus for Banana Dana, particularly considering that before he completed a losing sequence of ten he had won five races in a row for $45,870 in prizemoney. The Courage Under Fire gelding now has earned $126,089 from 13 wins and 13 placings from 52 starts. An indication of Banana Dana’s ability can been gleaned from the fact his previous win before Friday night was in the 2012 Media Guild Cup when he defeated class performers Can Return Fire, Sneakyn Down Under and Mysta Magical Mach. Stampalia had no difficulty in jumping Banana Dana, hot favourite at 10/9, straight to the front and he rated the gelding perfectly, with Old McDonald (7/1) working hard in the breeze, Sir Swanky (11/2) trailing the pacemaker and Wrongly Accused (22/1) in the one-out, one-back position. After a third quarter of the final mile in 29.4sec., Banana Dana sped over the final section in 28.7sec. and won comfortably by 2m from Wrongly Accused, with Sir Swanky a close-up third. DEMON POSSESSED GIVES PEARCE HIS FIRST METRO-CLASS WIN Part-time Middle Swan trainer Clinton Pearce landed his first Metropolitan-class winner when 52/1 tote outsider Demon Possessed gave a bold frontrunning performance to dead-heat with the fast-finishing This Time Dylan in the 2503m Download Complete Homes App Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Demon Possessed, a five-year-old Life Sign gelding, stole a march on his rivals when Jamie Rigoli got him away brilliantly from the outside (barrier four) on the front line in the stand. Demon Possessed bowled along in front and he fought on grandly to cross the line locked together with This Time Dylan, an 9/2 chance off the 10m line, who was 11th in the middle stages and then followed the three-wide burst of 7/2 favourite False Promise before putting in a desperate lunge right on the line. The photo finish equipment malfunctioned and there was considerable conjecture over which horse had won. Finally, after the judges, relying on their vision and watching the video tape of the finish, declared a head-heat. Polemarker Ya Dreamin (11/1) was third after trailing the leader all the way. Braemoor, who started off 20m, finished strongly to be fourth, with False Promise in fifth place. Demon Possessed, a winner at Northam in June and at Kellerberrin in August, is raced on lease from Frank Bratovich by the 29-year-old Pearce, a finance broker, his wife Danielle, father Ross, brother Travis and P. W. Cheater. Clinton Pearce trained his first winner at Gloucester Park 11 days earlier when Rigoli was successful with 10/1 chance Spoilt Rich in a country-class event. Demon Possessed has now earned $20,419 from five wins and two placings from 36 starts. He is a half-brother to Adayspay (83 starts for 19 wins, 18m placings and $134,594) and Country Change (41 starts for 11 wins, ten placings and $95,383). This Time Dylan, trained by Gary Hall sen. and driven by his son Gary, has had 26b starts for seven wins, five placings and $43,515. He has had 18 starts in WA for four wins and two placings. SPARKLING SEELSTER GETS HOME AT LAST AND ENDS LOSING RUN OF 22 Consistent six-year-old Sparkling Seelster broke through for a long overdue win when Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice brought him home with a spirited burst to score an easy victory in the third heat of the 2130m Ross North Complete Home And Land Packages Westbred Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Sparkling Seelster, a 9/1 chance, started from the outside of the back line and he settled at the rear before Prentice started a three-wide move approaching the bell. Polemarker and 2/1 favourite Luck Has It was setting the pace, with Levi Judd and then Cheeryrose in the breeze. Sparkling Seelster was eighth at the bell and he sustained a strong three-wide burst to hit the front 100m from the post. He drew away to score by 5m from Ballas Arockstar, with Moonlight Rockhole running home fast to be third. The win ended a losing sequence of 22 for Sparkling Seelster, with those 22 starts yielding five seconds and four thirds. He now has earned $50,182 from eight wins and 13 placings from 50 starts. He won at each of his first four starts, three at Bunbury and one at Harvey, and also was successful at his Gloucester Park debut. His dam Sally Anna had 17 starts in WA for seven wins in 2001-02 before being retired with a record of ten wins, 15 placings and stakes of $59,428 from just 37 starts. ASIAN COURAGE RETURNS TO FORM AND COMPLETES A DOUBLE FOR HOWSON Asian Courage, unplaced at his eight starts since winning at Pinjarra in May, bounced back to form with a splendid victory in the 2130m TABtouch.com.au Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His fast-finishing win by a half-length over Franco Nasser gave 25-year-old Pinjarra horseman Kade Howson the second leg of a training and driving double. Howson had started the program with El Machine’s win in the opening event. Asian Courage started from barrier four on the back line and was an 11/1 chance in an event in which the polemarker Glow Bright was a surprisingly short-priced favourite at 10/9. Glow Bright set the pace for Brian Kersley while Howson bided his time in tenth position before starting a three-wide move, with cover, approaching the bell. Give Us A Hand moved on terms with Glow Bright 550m from home after working hard in the breeze. But he wilted badly top finish last Asian Courage sustained his strong effort to get to the front in the final stages and win from 10/1 chance Franco Nasser, who finished determinedly. Glow Bright held on to be a nose away in third place. Asian Courage, a New Zealand-bred seven-year-old by Courage Under Fire, took his earnings to $36,943 from five wins and 11 placings from 38 starts. THE RAGPICKERS DREAM MAKES A PERFECT WA DEBUT Former Victorian performer The Ragpickers Dream made an impressive West Australian debut when he stormed home to snatch victory in the third heat of the Developwest The Warwick Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Having his first start since mid-April, the New Zealand-bred six-year-old started from the back line and was third favourite at 6/1, with the polemarker The Pacing Priest hot favourite at 10/9 and Copagrin second fancy at 13/4. Gary Hall jun. quickly had The Ragpickers Dream in an ideal position, one-out and two-back, following Copagrin. And when Darren Kerr sent Copagrin forward approaching the bell, Hall followed that horse’s three-wide run. The Ragpickers Dream finished too strongly for his rivals, bursting to the front in the final 90m and winning by a neck from The Pacing Priest, with North Toa Luckstar a head away in third place after trailing the leader throughout. Copagrin was a close fourth. The final 800m was covered in 57.2sec. and The Ragpickers Dream rated 1.59.5 over the 2130mn journey. The Ragpickers Dream, trained by Gary Hall sen., was unplaced at two starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand in March 2010. Then he made a terrific start to his career in Victoria where his first 15 starts produced ten wins and four placings. He was claimed when he won a claiming event at Melton last January and his new owners, led by Matt Leppard, sent him to be trained at Mildura. But he was not comfortable racing on the Mildura track and Leppard then offered him to Hall, the trainer of his promising four-year-old mare Korobeit Angel. The Ragpickers Dream is a full-brother to Dream Guest, who raced in WA in 2010-11 when his 12 starts in the State produced three wins and two placings. Dream Guest has earned $87,986 from 12 wins and 15 placings from 88 starts. The Ragpickers Dream has earned $90,018 from 13 wins and nine placings from 41 starts. SHEZ EL DE ROSA LEADS AND ENDS A LOSING SEQUENCE OF 12 New Zealand-bred eight-year-old Shez El De Rosa made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier when Shannon Suvaljko drove her to an easy all-the-way victory in the 2130m Download Ross North Homes App Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This broke a losing sequence of 12. Trained at Wanneroo by Debbie Padberg, Shez El De Rosa was a firm 5/4 on favourite and her supporters were on good terms with themselves when Suvaljko guided her through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 32.5sec. and 30.2sec. Suvaljko increased the tempo with a 28.7sec. third quarter before the mare strolled over the final section in 29.3sec. to win by a length and a half from Zamaye at a modest 2.1.1 rate. Here For The Money battled on to be third after trailing the leader all the way. Shez El De Rosa had 14 starts in New Zealand for three wins and five placings before winning three races at Penrith in New South Wales before arriving in Western Australia where she has had 20 starts for Padberg for two wins and four placings. Shez El De Rosa has now earned $57,088 from eight wins and 13 placings from 66 starts. by Ken Casellas  

Cran Dalgety and Dexter Dunn capped a magical day of Group 1 racing with the undisputed three-year-old star Bit Of A Legend in a devastating display of speed. The juvenile Breeders Crown winner was back at it this year but this time he was a long odds-on favourite and although he had to do some work early, he found the top and broke his rivals with a 26.7 third quarter. The official margin clocked in at a tick under 10 metres with Pachacuti, who ended up with the one by one trail behind Nowitzki who sat parked, holding on for second in front of the later and Magic Franco who landed fourth. The win came in a mile rate of 1:56.5 with the last half in 56.1secs. That win continued a picket fence formline for the favourite with six wins on the trot and nine of his last ten. Driver Dexter Dunn spoke to Rob Auber following the event and explained just how special the young colt is. “He’s had a magic season and really deserved a Group 1 this season. It’s great to come over, us kiwi’s all love to come over and it’s great when we can take away some of your money,” Dunn said. “The ones inside me punched out to find the rails so I took my time and sort of got stuck behind one that was lugging back but I got out and running pretty soon after. “Down the back Daniel Jack put it to me and without asking him he just took off, he was flying.He was really on top of his game last year as a two-year-old but this season he has just got better and better and stronger and stronger.” Bit Of A Legend has now banked well over $600,000 in prizemoney in his 32 starts. The Cran Dalgety-trained pacer looks set for superstardom but will have to take on the likes of Border Control, Guaranteed and Adore More in what could be a vintage season for the four-year-old division next year. A video is attached. by Blake Redden Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria

The highlight of the afternoon’s racing at Kilmore on Thursday was the driving treble by Tasmanian concessional reinsman Alex Ashwood now attached to the Long Forest stable of Andy Gath. The first to come along was 4-Y-0 Live Or Die/Solberge gelding We Never Say Die who overcame the wet conditions of the Hogans Hotel Motel Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2150 metres. Formerly in the Kilmore stable of Tony Peacock, We Never Say Die raced by Dr Martin Hartnett and wife Kaye is now in the care of Jodi Quinlan at Parwan and after taking a concession, started from a daunting 20 metre backmark. Settling at the tail of the field, We Never Say Die was set alight racing for the bell to park outside the pacemaker Satisfied Grin for the final circuit, before surging to the front approaching the home turn. Holding a margin all the way up the running, We Never Say Die scored by 3.5 metres in advance of The Dip (three wide last lap from mid-field), with Juan Amigo using the sprint lane from three back the markers after a tardy beginning third. The mile rate 2-03.7. Leg two came about when 6-Y-0 Cr Commando/Our Cullenize gelding Military Precision (trained at Parwan by Jaime Madruga) snared the Morning Melodies 15 Aug Trotters Handicap for T2 or better class over 2150 metres in a rate of 2-07.8. Again taking a concession, Military Precision stepped cleanly from the 10 metre mark to spend the majority of the race parked outside the leader Backina Lifetime. Given full rein to lead on the final bend, Military Precision safely held his rivals at bay to defeat Shiraz Cabernet which trailed the leader, with Wildenstein (three back the markers) third. Four year old McArdle/Sokys Number mare Blue Seelster trained by Long Forest co-trainer Peter Thompson gave Ashwood the treble after greeting the judge in the McIvor Estate Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres after using a concessional allowance. Trapped three wide from gate six, but following Hoppy Joe, Blue Seelster was sent forward to park in the open outside the heavily supported pole marker Real Performer which was hard driven to retain the front running. Proving to be the better stayer on the day, Blue Seelster prevailed in a rate of 2-00.9 over Lavra Florence along the sprint lane after trailing the pacemaker which finished third. Ashwood the son of leading Tasmanian reinsman Rodney, showed outstanding potential in the apple isle, before taking up an offer to join Andy & Kate Gath in Victoria. Goulburn Valley based brothers Daniel and Nathan Jack joined forces to land a double at Kilmore with smart Art Major/My Ami Lee filly Priceless Gem taking the Grange Cleveland Winery Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres and extremely talented Art Major/Full Pleasure colt Nowitski the Bendigo Bank Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres. Priceless Gem led from the pole, before being restrained to take a trail on Lotsa Life at the bell, obviously due to the strong head wind in the back straight. Using the sprint lane, Priceless Gem raced clear in the shadows of the post to score untouched by 1.4 metres in a rate of 2-03.2 over Lotsa Life, with Armbro Higgins off a three wide trail from near last in the final circuit third. Nowitzki had little difficulty in leading throughout from gate two, blitzing his rivals to record a 14.1 metre victory in advance of Rosa Mach (one/one) and Minti Choice in a slick 1-59.5 considering the conditions. Both horses are trained at Wahring by Daniel Jack. All videos from this meeting are attached next to the photos above. Len Baker  

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