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CLASS OF TARA GIVES ELSON HIS BIGGEST WIN AS A TRAINER Former Tasmanian Gary Elson achieved his biggest success as a trainer when Class of Tara crushed his rivals in the $125,000 Premier Suzuki Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he has high hopes that the record-breaking New Zealand-bred colt will emulate the deeds of his star pacer Crombie by winning the rich WA Derby next season. The Victorian-bred Crombie, owned by Elson, won the WA Derby by a head from David Hercules in April 2010 and went on to win another group 1 event, the McInerney Ford Classic in December 2010, before winning a heat of the interdominion championship in February 2012 and finishing second to Im Themightyquinn in the WA Pacing Cup last January. Elson is hoping that Class of Tara can follow in the footsteps of Crombie, who has earned $534,233 from 18 wins and 17 placings from 54 starts. He will now send Class of Tara for a spell before preparing him for the feature events for three-year-olds next season. The 58-year-old Victorian-born Elson purchased Class of Tara for $50,000 last November on the recommendation of New Zealand trainer-reinsman Robert Cameron, who then gave the Bettors Delight colt five starts for one win and two placings. At his final New Zealand start Class of Tara was most impressive in finishing a head second to Zacharia in a group 2 $40,000 event, rating 1.55.69 over 1950m at Addington in April this year. Class of Tara then was sent to Western Australia and he is unbeaten at three starts in Australia. He has well and truly recouped his purchase price and has earned $110,106. Class of Tara started from barrier two on the back line in the group 1 Golden Slipper and was second favourite at 13/4. Kim Young settled the colt down in sixth position in the one-wide line after the 6/4 on favourite Crusader Banner and Kimba Bay (7/1) had engaged in a speed battle for the early lead. Kimba Bay began brilliantly from the No. 4 barrier and got a length in front of Crusader Banner, but was unable to cross that colt, with the lead time being covered in a blistering 35.2sec. Gary Hall jun. drove Crusader Banner hard to retain the lead and he was then able to slacken the tempo a little with a first 400m section of the final mile in 30.2sec. But there was already the feeling that the dazzling early speed would take its toll on both Crusader Banner and Kimba Bay. Young, who will celebrate his 50th birthday early next month, made his move with 1050m to travel. He eased Class of Tara three wide and the colt surged forward to be fourth at the bell before he got the better of Crusader Banner 550m from home. Class of Tara then dashed away from the opposition and won by just under three lengths from 33/1 chance Macon Georgia, who followed the winner’s three-wide run and came from seventh at the bell. Mister Jadore (20/1) sustained a strong burst to come from 11th at the 600m to be third, with 112/1 outsider All Williams running home stoutly into fourth position. Young gave a jubilant wave of the whip 15m from the post and Class of Tara’s rate of 1.56.7 over the 2130m smashed the race record of 1.57.7 set by Ohokas Bondy in 2010. Crusader Banner faded to ninth and Kimba Bay finished last in the field of 12. Chris Lewis (Mister Jadore) lodged a protest against runner-up Macon Georgia (Matt White), alleging interference 1250m from home. The protest was dismissed. Class of Tara is the second foal out of the Dream Away mare Tara Magic, who managed only one victory (by a half-head in a 2500m maiden event at Manawatu in November 2007) from 33 starts. Tara Magic was the 14th and last foal out of Kelly Dillon, who had 47 starts for five wins, 11 placings and just $16,540 in prizemoney. Kelly Dillon produced several moderate winners. By far, the best of her progeny was the Holmes Hanover gelding Hijack Harry, who earned $116,392 from 15 wins and 40 placings from 120 starts. He won five races in Victoria and then had 87 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and 29 placings in the 1990s. HOKONUI BEN UPSETS 5/1 ON FAVOURITE DAVID HERCULES Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred six-year-old Hokonui Ben caused an upset at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he fought on superbly after a tough run to snatch a last-stride victory over the pacemaker and 5/1 on favourite David Hercules in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Says Happy 50TH Birthday to Paul Poli Pace. Hokonui Ben, trained by Gary Hall sen., was a 10/1 second favourite, but few gave the gelding much chance of toppling David Hercules, the track record-holder over the 2130m journey. However, Gary Hall jun. refused to concede that the race was a forgone conclusion and he drove with admirable aggression, sending Hokonui Ben forward from barrier three after Morgan Woodley had got David Hercules straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier. Hokonui Ben got to the breeze after 500m and after David Hercules coasted through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.6sec. and 30.1sec., Woodley increased the tempo and David Hercules sped over the final quarters in 27.8sec. and 27.3sec. But Hokonui Ben stuck with his rival and got to the front in the final stride to win by a nose at a 1.55.6 rate which was well outside the track record of 1.53.6 set by David Hercules in May this year. Rakarebel, who had enjoyed the ideal one-out, one-back sit, fought on gamely to by four lengths away in third place. The victory took Hokonui Ben’s record to 41 starts for 14 wins, ten placings and stakes of $214,229. He is owned by Queenslander Jeroen Nieuwenburg. After racing 24 times in New Zealand for six wins and five placings, Hokonui Ben has had 17 starts in WA for eight wins and five seconds. His victories include the Navy Cup and Bunbury Cup in 2012 and the Nights of Thunder at Gloucester Park last January. Hall jun. has driven him seven times for six wins and a second. Hokonui Ben is by Washington VC and is the first foal (and only one to have raced) out of the poorly-performed Jane Halsey, who was retired after her 15 starts produced just one third placing and $413. Jane Halsey’s dam Taurus Jane raced eight times for one third placing and $670. ROCKY MARCIANO HAS THE GOLDEN NUGGET IN HIS SIGHTS New Zealand-bred three-year-old Rocky Marciano emerged as a realistic Golden Nugget contender late this year when he gave a spirited frontrunning exhibition to win the 1730m Premier Suzuki Storm Up A Deal Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bickley trainer Peter Anderson has extended Rocky Marciano’s three-year-old campaign to give the Christian Cullen gelding more experience before giving him a spell and bringing him back in a bid to qualify for the $175,000 Golden Nugget. Rocky Marciano, a heavily-supported 6/4 on favourite from the prized No. 1 barrier, began smoothly, but Morgan Woodley had to drive him hard to hold out a determined bid for the early lead from 4/1 second fancy Ohoka Assassin. Rocky Marciano sped through the first 400m section of the final mile in 28.3sec. before Woodley eased him slightly to cover the next two quarters in 29.7sec. and 29.3sec. Rocky Marciano then dashed over the final 400m in 28.9sec. and won by 4m from 75/1 outsider Itsa Seelster, with a head to the highly-promising Extremely Good, who surged home from tenth at the bell. Ohoka Assassin was working hard in the breeze before he met with severe interference and broke into a gallop 300m from home. Also badly checked was Ohoka Assassin’s stablemate Machs A Pearler. Ryan Bell, the driver of Itsa Seelster, was suspended for 16 days for allowing his horse to shift inwards and cause interference to Ohoka Assassin. Bell was also reprimanded for having made Shirlz Sensation cover extra ground at the bell. The stewards granted Bell a three-day stay of proceedings and he made the most of that by driving 10/1 chance Perfect Mach to an easy victory in an event for two-year-olds at Gloucester Park the following night. Rocky Marciano arrived in Western Australia last February after having had ten starts in New Zealand for three seconds. He has flourished under the care of Anderson and his WA record stands at six wins and six placings from 18 starts. He is out of Riverboat Royce, who had 55 starts in New Zealand for nine wins, ten placings and $65,234. KING AND VOAK STRIKE WITH THE BRILLIANT LEDA McNALLY The powerful combination of Pinjarra trainer Chris King and reinsman Chris Voak continued on its merry way at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Leda McNally made a wonderful return to racing by winning the Premier Suzuki Kizashi Sport Pace. The 40-year-old King and 25-year-old Voak had combined to win races with Lord Lombo (30/1) and Artesian Queen (5/2) in the previous eight days and punters rallied to support Leda McNally on Friday night when she was making her first appearance for four and a half months. The Victorian-bred four-year-old Leda McNally started from the outside of the back line and was sent out favourite at 11/4. Voak was content to settle Leda McNally in tenth position while Terra Into The West set the pace. Slick Bird (10/1) settled down in last position after starting from the outside of the front line and Kim Prentice sent her forward, three wide, with 1350m to travel and then Gary Hall jun. switched 3/1 second favourite Is She Talking three wide at the 1100m mark. Is She Talking got to a narrow lead 90m from the post, but she was swamped by Leda McNally, who was ninth at the bell and had sustained a powerful three-wide burst (with cover) to loom as a major danger, five wide, on the home turn. Leda McNally finished full of running to score by just over a length from Slick Bird, with Millwoods Delight, 11th at the 260m and blocked for a clear run until very late, a fast-finishing third. The final 800m was covered in 58.2sec. and Leda McNally rated 1.58.9 over the 2130m. Leda McNally, by Modern Art, is owned by Victorian Greg Stubbs. She now has had 18 starts in WA for King for 11 wins and three placings to take her overall record to 33 starts for 12 wins, six placings and $108,488. She had 15 starts in Victoria and New South Wales for just one win before being sent to WA. BETTOR REASON GIVES HIS OWNER PLENTY TO SMILE ABOUT Auckland breeder-owner Phil Cook celebrated a trip to Perth and had many reasons to smile at Gloucester Park on Friday night when his smart four-year-old Bettor Reason cruised to a convincing victory in the 2503m Premier Suzuki Grand Vitara Handicap. Bettor Reason, trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen., was a firm 5/4 favourite and he gave his supporters a scare when he galloped away off the 20m mark and settled down well back in tenth position. But Gary Hall jun. seized the initiative by dashing Bettor Reason forward, three wide, after 500m. Bettor Reason sustained a strong burst to dash to the front with 1550m to travel. Bettor Reason sprinted over the final two 400m sections in 28.4sec. and 29.2sec. and won comfortably by a length from 16/1 chance Salliwood, who led early and then had the perfect trail behind the pacemaker. Veteran pacer Courageous Ned raced three back on the pegs and ran on gamely to be third, with Dhoni impressing with a strong-finishing effort from the rear after galloping at the start. Bettor Reason raced 14 times in New Zealand for two wins and five placings and he now has had 21 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and seven placings. He has earned $199,575. Bettor Reason is the fifth foal out of the New York Motoring mare No Reason, who managed just one win from 17 starts. Bettor Reason is related to Admiral’s Ecstasy, who earned $225,331 from 24 wins and 24 placings from 68 starts. Former star WA trainer-reinsman Trevor Warwick won 21 races with Admiral’s Ecstasy, whose victories included the 1995 Parliamentarians Cup and 1996 Easter Cup, as well as two preludes of the WA Pacing Cup. He finished fourth behind Desperate Comment, Master Musician and Genghis Karalta in the Australian Pacing Championship at Harold Park in June 1996. CARIM COURAGE GIVES Justin Prentice A QUINELLA RESULT Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice landed the quinella in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Award Winning Suzuki Swift Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Kaiden Hayter brought 13/2 chance Carim Courage home with a well-timed run to snatch victory over 5/2 favourite Im Hey Jude. Prentice elected to handle Im Hey Jude, who started from the outside (barrier three) on the back line. Carim Courage was awkwardly drawn at No. 6 on the front line. Polemarker Millies Girl set the pace after defying a strong early challenge from the well-supported The Silk Road. Carim Courage settled in ninth position and Im Hey Jude was sixth in the one-wide line. Hayter started a three-wide move with Carim Courage 1050m from home and she received a trail 100m later when Prentice switched Im Hey Jude three wide. Im Hey Jude took a narrow lead 220m from home and she was in front until the final 50m before Carim Courage asserted her authority. And to make it an all-Prentice finish, Prentice’s father Kim brought 33/1 chance Mene Jaccka home from ninth at the bell with a strong burst to take third place. The Prentice trifecta returned a nice dividend of $517.30. Carim Courage, a New Zealand-bred seven-year-old and the oldest mare in the race, has been a good, honest performer who now has earned $79,857 from nine wins and 12 placings from 61 starts. WHAT GOD KNOWS KEEPS UP THE GOOD WORK Veteran pacer What God Knows has been a wonderful moneyspinner for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg and he kept up the good work at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Michael Tenardi drove him to a smart all-the-way win in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Suzuki Way of Life Pathway Pace. The New Zealand-bred eight-year-old is still a Metropolitan maiden with earnings of $90,606, accumulated after ten wins and 25 placings from 121 starts. A winner of six races in New Zealand and one in New South Wales, What God Knows has now won three times from 69 starts in Western Australia. What God Knows was heavily supported and started favourite at 9/4, just ahead of Mosquito Buzzin (5/2). Tenardi dashed What God Knows straight to the front from barrier two, leaving Mosquito Buzzin (barrier three) to do all the hard work in the breeze. What God Knows made the task of the opposition extremely difficult when he sprinted over the final two 400m sections of the final mile in 28.7sec. and 27.8sec. He won at a 1.58.2 rate by 2m from Mosquito Buzzin, who fought on doggedly without appearing likely to seriously challenge the leader. Sparkling Seelster (8/1) ran on from three back on the pegs to be third. The Black Lord and Now A Christian each finished boldly to be fifth and sixth, respectively, and they should pay to follow. NIPPERINGHALL ENDS A LOSING STREAK OF 26 Nipperinghall, unplaced at his previous 13 starts, bounced back to form and ended a losing sequence of 26 when he outclassed his rivals in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Yankee Sensation Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Blissfull Hall six-year-old whose previous success was at Busselton in January 2012, was driven with great confidence and aggression by Serpentine trainer Chris Brew. Nipperinghall, a 4/1 second fancy behind the even-money favourite Jezalenkoubeauty, started from barrier No. 2 on the back line and Brew settled him down perfectly placed in the one-out, one-back position, before Brew seized the initiative by dashing Nipperinghall forward, three wide, after 450m. Nipperinghall then raced outside the pacemaker before forging to the front 450m from home and racing away to score by 19m from Match To The Fuse. He dashed over the final 400m in 28.9sec. and rated 1.58.9. Match To The Fuse had challenged hard for the early lead and got a length in front of Jezalenkoubeauty, but was unable to cross to the front. He then obtained an ideal trail when Brew sent Nipperinghall into the breeze. Jezalenkoubeauty faded to finish seventh. Nipperinghall has had 64 starts for ten wins, seven placings and stakes of $53,616. His dam Shimmering Shore graduated to an M2 mark in WA and was retired to the breeding barn after having 37 starts for ten wins and ten placings for $37,465 in prizemoney. TYLER DIAMOND MAKES THE MOST OF THE INSIODE BARRIER Tyler Diamond made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier by setting the pace and holding on solidly to win from Soho Monza and Ballas Arockstar in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Indie and Makai Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Herne Hill by Kevin Keys and driven by Brad Stampalia, the seven-year-old Tyler Diamond was a solidly-supported 6/4 favourite who gave a strong frontrunning display to win from 7/2 second favourite Soho Monza, who trailed the pacemaker throughout. Ballas Arockstar (33/1) raced three back on the pegs and finished strongly. The win ended a losing sequence of ten for Tyler Diamond, who now has earned $53,010 from eight wins and 19 placings from 56 starts. Tyler Diamond is by American stallion Day In A Life and is out of the New York Motoring mare Cecelia, who had 75 starts for nine wins and 22 placings for stakes of $66,474. Tyler Diamond is a half-brother to Jennas Shadow (72 starts for 12 wins, 28 placings and $116,404) and Imali (69 starts for six wins, 23 placings and $52,487). SEVEN WISHES COMPLETES A DOUBLE FOR VOAK Noted frontrunner Seven Wishes notched his fourth win from his past five starts when he relished the No. 1 barrier and scored an easy all-the-way victory in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Capped Price Servicing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The win completed a double for reinsman Chris Voak, who had been successful earlier in the program, with Leda McNally. Seven Wishes, trained at Pinjarra by Dudley Parker, was all the rage and started at 5/2 on. He gave his backers little cause for concern as he bowled along in front, dashed over the final two 400m sections of the last mile in 28.2sec. and 29.1sec. to win by a length and a half from 10/1 chance I Am legend, who trailed him all the way. Rank outsider parasite ran on from eighth in the one-wide line at the bell to be third. Menelaus of Sparta was an unlucky fourth. He raced three back on the pegs and was badly blocked for a clear passage until the final stages. Seven Wishes, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old, has had 63 starts for ten wins, 12 placings and stakes of $70,079. He has raced 25 times in WA for seven wins and six placings. Voak has driven him five times for four wins. Swing Out Sister, the dam of Seven Wishes, won the New South Wales Oaks at Harold Park and the Queensland Oaks at Albion Park in 1990 before being retired with a record of 30 starts for 11 wins, eight placings and stakes of $138,681. by Ken Casellas Videos of all races are attached to the photos at the top of the page  

Wanneroo harness racing trainer Debbie Padberg and her husband John have been enjoying the drive home after Friday night meetings at Gloucester Park in recent weeks. For the fourth time in the past six weeks horses owned by the Padbergs and trained by Debbie have won the final event on the program.

Veteran pacer Spirit of Shard caused a major upset when he sprinted home fast to win the Tooheys Extra Dry 5 Seeds Cider Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to complete a long-priced double for Wanneroo harness racing trainer Debbie Padberg and Byford reinsman Shannon Suvaljko.

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