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The first thing that strikes you when you take a close look at the credentials of Bacardi Lindy is how beautifully bred he is. By one of the all-time great sires and now sire of sires in SJ’s Photo, Bacardi Lindy is the first foal from the brilliant Valley Victory mare in Rum Boogie a USTA 2 Year Old filly of her year (T3 1:55 $900,000). Sold at Tattersall’s for $115,000 as a yearling, he was followed through the ring by the next three foals of Rum Boogie who all made over $100,000 with one Lindys Chosen One making $235,000. Troubled throughout his racing career by an injury sustained as a yearling, he still managed to take a best time of US1:52,4 and earn in excess of $200,000 in a short racetrack career. Imported down under straight off the racetrack by Ross Simpson from Karamea Farms, he served good books in his first two seasons at stud which resulted in foal crops of 48 and 28. At this time Ross Simpson decided to relocate to Canterbury in NZ and took Bacardi Lindy with him. Standing at the famous Roydon Lodge alongside the two leading trotting sires in NZ in Sundon and Monarchy made getting mares very difficult for the unproven sire. In his first year in NZ he served 25 and 13 in Australia, while in his second he served just 13 in NZ and 12 in Australia.  At this point, with his stock starting to show up in Australia, Bacardi Lindy was relocated to Morley Park in Victoria and with the success that his first two crops have had, it was a wise move. With his oldest crop just turned four, he has already had 17 starters from that crop including such smart trotters as The Boss Man ($48,000) Bellmac Kody ($35,000) Basil Knight ($20,000) and Lochaber ($17,000). And from his second smaller crop of now 3 year-olds (28) he has had eight starters including the very smart Claudys Princess ($51,000) who won 3 of 5 as a 2 year-old including a defeat of the New Zealand two-year-old of the year Daenerys Targaryen in a Breeders Crown heat at Maryborough, also the promising Barefoot Sally who has had two wins from two starts this season.  Bacardi Lindy’s promising start to his siring career has been recognised by Australian breeders last season by attracting a book of 91 mares, the most of any Trotting stallion in Australia by 46 mares. Taking everything into account, Bacardi Lindy has made a very promising start to his siring career and the future looks bright for this speedy BLUE BLOOD. JC This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire

This outstanding son of the great Artsplace has rightly earned himself a reputation as a champion racehorse who has gone on to be a champion sire. As a sire he has done it in both hemispheres which makes the achievement even more impressive. Racing as just a two and three year old, Grinfromeartoear was a star from the start. Raking in over $735,000 from just nine starts at two, he went on to win over a million at three and ended his career having won $1,760,000 and taking a time of 1:50:1 USA. He went to stud at four and quickly made a name for himself as a sire whose stock processed that great intangible, the will to win. His sons and daughters became renowned for lifting and winning when appearing to be beaten in the home stretch. His American stock have performed right from the start and to date have won over $46,000,000. His 487 winners with 14 in 1:50 include the incomparable Mister Big $4,143,000  who is still the biggest stake earning pacing sire on the planet, Not Enough $1,387,000, Transcending $861,000, Tiz To Dream $702,000 to name just a few of the others that have built his reputation. In Australia he has left 245 winners including the great import Mr Feelgood $3,366,000 who has proven you can win at the highest level in both hemispheres. Others such as Make Me Smile $517,000  Rocknrolla $287,000  Devilish Smile $277,000 and Grinjarra $248,000 have been worthy representatives in Australia. In New Zealand he has left 73 winners with the outstanding juvenile Smiling Shard $1,089,000 his best performer to date. Pure Power $294,000, Pass Them By $133,000, Smiling Star $105,000 and Charge Forward $104,000 have all raced in Free For All class in NZ in the last three years. All up he has left 805 winners worldwide for stakes in excess of $56,000,000 with over $10,000,000 of that earned in Australasia. One of his most lasting achievements is that of having left a millionaire in North America, Australia and New Zealand. He can truly call himself one of the all time greats - The sire who leaves them as tough as they come. JC This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence

Washington VC is one of the best performing stallions available to NZ breeders but seldom gets the accolades or mares his record suggests he should. As a racehorse he was smart without being a standout. Going US1:52:3 and earning $560,000 is not the record of a champion. He is a son of Presidential Ball who earned over $3,000,000 and also stood in NZ.  At stud however Washington VC has a far superior record to Presidential Ball. When you try to ascertain how the inferior racehorse is the far superior sire, you are drawn to the dam side of Washington VC. He is from a full sister to the brilliant Dexter Nukes who was renowned for leaving great gaited and wickedly quick stock, traits which Washington VC is also known for.  Imported to NZ by Keith Norman and syndicated  amongst a group including noted yearling sales vendor  Brian West, Washington VC was based in Southland at Norman's stud. Right from the start he has had issues with his semen traveling which has resulted in mares having to be served on farm which has meant he hasn't had access to a lot of the commercial mares in NZ, especially from the North Island. That has not stopped him from establishing a fantastic record of leaving top quality stock who are both quick and durable. The limestone country in Southland has always had a reputation for producing stock who handle the ravages of hard racing better than most and the stock of Washington VC are no exception. His flag bearer is the superstar I'm The Mightyquinn ($4,377,000) and he would have to rate up there with the best horses produced in the Southern Hemisphere. Horses of the caliber of Dasher VC ($630,000)  Foreal ($623,000)   Georgetown ($610,000)   I'm Victorious ($540,000) are prime examples of the kind of stock he leaves. His American record is outstanding. He only has 11 horses to have been exported there, all have won with 10 earning $100,00 plus for total earnings of $3,067,000. His stock to have excelled include Report For Duty ($847,000)  Steuban ($382,000)  VC Atom ($376,000) and Ruling VC ($266,000). As with a lot of NZ sires a big proportion of his stock are exported but he has still managed to leave over 255 winners in NZ with 148 in 2:00 including such smart types as It's Ella ($291,000) and Vice Chairman, whose wins at the recent NZ cup meeting stamped him as a grand circuit star in the making.  All things considered Washington VC has a stud record the equal of any. If his semen would travel his book would double overnight. Which makes what he has achieved from his Southland base so notable.  Traveling mares to studs doesn't  happen much these days but in the case of Washington VC it is definitely worth the trouble. JC This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal

Real Desire is one of those stallions that has just as many knockers as admirers when you judge his stud career.  As a racehorse he was on a par with the very best horses ever. Starting 40 times , he won 25 and was placed 13 times in a stellar career, earning $3,233,000 and taking a time of US1;48:2. A record few have matched.   So when he went to stud it was expected by breeders that the son of Life Sign would be just as big a star at stud as he had been on the track. And while he has done a great job at stud, he hasn't lived up to those expectations in the eyes of many breeders.   The perception in the marketplace was he had underachieved and we know perception quickly becomes fact with breeders.    Stud stats are a great way of cutting through all the hype and give a very different view of Real Desire than that held by a lot of breeders.   USA - Stakes won - $41,233,000              Winners - 446               $100,000 earners - 120             Sub 1:50 - 26                                 Sub 1:53 - 136                $500,000 earners - 11   Including such standouts as Tell All $ 1,568,000 and Razzle Dazzle $1,005,000.   A notable winner this year was Little Brown Jug elimination winner Resistance Futile (1:49:3 $238,000 at 3) who is from a daughter of high class NZ mare, Tupelo Rose.   Australia - Stakes won $1,553,000 (from two crops)                Winners - 53   From a first crop of 83 now 5yr olds, he has left 44 winners including such smart types as Secret Diary($ 88,000) Desirable Guy ($88,000) -  All I Want ($79,000) - Real hammer ($76,000) amongst a host of good performers. From his second crop now 4yr olds he has already left the talented Hezarealgem ($93,000)   New Zealand---Stakes won ($1,532,000)                   Winners - 62   His oldest are 5yr olds but he has no 4yr olds with his second crop being 3yr olds.    He has left such talented horses such as Let's Elope ($273,000)  and Cowgirls N Indians ($375,323) who were leading 2yr olds from his first crop along with Freespin ($70,000) - Secret Desire ($63,000) Speed and Desire ($61,000) and one of NZs leading young trotters in Realmein ($81,000).   Anyway you look at it, it is a great record and one that is contrary to the view of him held by many breeders.   He is the real deal.   JC   This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong    

This speedy son of the great Andover Hall continues to make a good impression in the trotting siring ranks in Australasia. Racing as just a two and three-year-old, Monkey Bones won six and was placed seven times from just 22 starts. Going 1:57:6 at two and 1:56 :6 at three on his way to earning over $230,000 in his very short career, Monkey Bones was purchased by prominent and well respected Canterbury stallion owner, Noel Kennard. Ensconced at Wai-Eyre stud farm , this beautifully bred son of Andover Hall was was well received by breeders with his initial crops of 35 and 23 giving him an opportunity to show his worth. With his first crop just turned four, Monkey Bones is well on his way to being a successful sire. He has already had 14 qualifiers in NZ and several look way above average. Doctor Bones (4 wins) would be the best of them to date , showing real talent when competing against Blitzemcalder and Habibti in the three-year-old classics last season. Millicent (4 wins) and Bonechip (3 wins and 3rd in Breeders Crown 2yr old trot) are two others to have looked very promising with Bonechip recently moving to the barn of Mark Purdon. With just four live foals old enough to race in Australia, he is the sire of the smart 2yr old of last season in Four Lillies who won four of nine in her debut season on her way to earning $24,000 And it is no wonder his stock can run when you take a closer look at his breeding. By the great sire Andover Hall who has left $50,000,000 worth of winners, with six millionaires including the sensational Donato Hanover (1:50:8 $3,058,000). the dam of Monkey Bones is the speedy Valley Victory mare in Milestone Hanover (1:57:3) who is a half sister to the outstanding racehorse, No Monet Hanover (1:55:2 $750,000). So it is a pedigree full of speed and class. With his first crop showing up so well, Monkey Bones served his largest book to date last year when he covered 50 mares. When you consider that only 600 trotting mares are bred in NZ each year, you can see that Monkey Bones has come of age as a sire. JC This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed    

The fortunes of the injury prone harness racing stallion, Pay Me Christian are once again on the rise. This great looking son of Christian Cullen has more ups and downs than most but his small crop of 3yr olds currently racing in Canterbury give a hint of what might have been if he had been fertile enough to serve the large number of mares booked to go to him.   As a racehorse, Pay Me Christian had all the attributes of a top horse - Great presence and confirmation - Flawless gait - and blinding speed were all there in abundance. Displays of that speed were common, typified by his stunning win in the Newcastle mile in 1:52:8.   But due to a series of injuries, Pay Me Christian  never got close to fulfilling his potential on the racetrack.   Brought  into by Nevele R Stud whilst still racing, Pay Me Christian was retired prematurely due to his injuries and stood his initial seasons at the famous Canterbury stud.   And then his fertility became the issue. Unable to cope with a large book and having semen that didn't travel meant he stood just one and a half seasons at stud before he was withdrawn from commercial service.   Put back into work at Spreydon Lodge , he showed glimpses of his talent back on the track (2nd in 1:57mr over 2600m to Sammy Maguire) but failed to overcome all his issues.   A couple of starts in Australia followed before a second retirement from the track. He is now situated in NSW, and has 2 foals on the ground.   So Pay Me Christian really has had a roller coaster ride in the last few years and it hasn't finished yet.   His stock from his abbreviated stud career at Nevele R stud are now aged 3 and have been showing up at racetracks around Canterbury.   From a crop of just 27 foals he has had 8 qualifiers. Two of those in Ares(2:01.08 ) and Arma Augustus (2:01.03) won at 2 but it is a trio of 3yr old fillies who have really taken the eye. The Shakey Mistress (1:57.9) looks to have inherited all of her sires speed and Katie Kash and C A Penny have both looked way above average in recent trials and wont be long in winning races.   So despite all the adversity he has had to face on both the track and at stud, Pay Me Christian is starting to fashion a record at stud more in keeping with his potential.    JC   This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink will be doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia.   Elsu - Redemption awaits   McArdle - The quiet achiever   Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up!   Major In Art - Big and fast   Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion  

One of the many side affects of our open access to the best stallions in North America through shuttling and frozen semen is how much harder it has become for new stallions to gain a foothold in the market early in the career. Such is the Lot of Santanna Blue Chip. One of the same foal crop as Somebeachsomewhere--- Shadow Play---and Art Offical. Santanna Blue Chip more than held his own, winning $1,623,000 as a two and three year olds against arguably the best crop of 2+3 yr olds in the last 20 years. He stood his first year at stud in Ontario and those horses raced as two year olds in North America last year. He ended his first season in 14th place on the stakes won list which was a repectable effort in his debut season. They have gone with it at three with his stock earning in excess of $1,000,000 this season already  and he presently sits in the top 20 stake earning stallions for 3 yr olds  in North America. Every young sire needs a flag bearer and for Santanna Bluechip that horse is Windsong Jack (1:49:4 and $$447,000) who is highly regarded in North America. First available to NZ breeders in 2009 he has had foal crops of 65 followed by 52 and 46. Then on the back of his North American results and the many positive reports from trainers and breakers in, he served 114 mares in his fourth year. So expectations were high when his first 2 yr olds hit the track in Australasia in 2012.   To say they were disappointing would be an understatement. Only one winner and a handful of starters didn't bode well for his future. But as is the way with a lot of stallions, as 3yr olds the initial promise is slowly but surely being fulfilled.   With a one third of the season over he already has 20 qualifiers of which four have won with several more being placed  recently. Horses such as Carlos Santana - Call Me Yours - Macy Bluechip and Avalon Bromac have all shown above average ability in their public outings to date.   Hardly a meeting goes bye at the moment without another Santanna Blue Chip popping out of the woodword. And his second crop have started the right way with the super impressive Smokin n Santanna winning effortlessly at yesterday"s Addington trials.   With his North American crops continuing to perform (18 in 1:53 and stakes approaching $2,000,000) ,his down under stock are slowly but surely establishing a record they can be proud of. JC   This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink will be doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires available in Australasia.   Elsu - Redemption awaits   McArdle - The quiet achiever  

Throughout Elsu’s siring career, Alabar NZ’s Graeme Henley has been his staunchest supporter.   It is very fitting that he, along with his wife Suzanne, is the breeder of Elsu’s first Group One winner – Chilli Palmer, the ultra impressive winner of the McInerney Ford 4yo Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night.   That Chilli Palmer was bred at all is something of a miracle.   Fake Spirit was an outstanding filly winning the 2003 Great Northern and NSW Oaks double. Her owner, Robert Famularo discussed with Alan Galloway the possibility of doing an embryo transfer on Fake Spirit. They agreed to do it in partnership with Pacific Rocket the chosen stallion.   Make It Hot was the resulting foal and in due course she was entered for the 2006 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale.   She was however diagnosed as a wobbler and withdrawn from the sale. The decision was made that it was best that she should be put down.   Graeme Henley takes up the story …   “I didn’t have the heart to put her down – she was after all doing well and coping fine when not hassled.   “A couple of years later, I confided to Alan and Robert that Make It Hot hadn’t been put down and that she was doing that well that she would be worth trying to breed from.   “They both said I could have her if I wanted to try. She lost her first foal by Grin and Chilli Palmer was the second attempt. She’s had a foal every year since.    “It’s a great thrill to breed a Group One winner – especially one by Elsu – and out of a mare that really should’ve have been alive.”   Chilli Palmer was pin-hooked as a weanling for $4,000 by Ken and Anne-Marie Spicer who sold him at the NZ Premier Yearling Sale to Terry Chmiel for $13,000. Terry qualified him as an early 3yo and sold him to the Dean Braun stable after impressively winning a maiden trial at Addington. A Video of Chilli Palmer winning the $125,000 4yo Classic at Perth is attached. Courtesy of Alabar website

This is the first of a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink will be doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires available in Australasia.   If there is one thing that can really hurt a young stallion early in his career it is that he is not achieving to the level that breeders thought he would. Not a failure as such but not setting the world on fire either.   Such is the fate that has befallen Elsu.   A champion racehorse who at his peak was unbeatable was sent to stud in 2005 with high hopes of doing at stud what he had done on the track.   Breeders flocked to the son of Falcon Seelster and initially his stock looked the goods.   From his first crop came Anvil's Best Ever ( $199,000) and Miss Elsie ($143,000) and everything looked on track. But from the time of his second crop hitting the tracks the wheels started to fall off the Elsu bandwagon.   When the 3yr olds didnt kick on as expected the knockers came out out in force. They were quickly tagged as good raceway type horses but not quite up to the age group classic races.   The number of mares covered dropped along with the service fee and the future didn't look that great.   This season with his oldest stock aged seven, Elsu is doing his best to make breeders have another look at him. With just a third of the season over he is currently sitting 4th on the 3 yr old sires list in NZ with 10 individual winners including such smart types as God Forbid--- Raesawinner-- Crimson Glory and Weedon's Express.   To his great credit Elsu is this season currently sitting fifth on the overall Australian Sires Premiership – behind only the super sires Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Christian Cullen and Mach Three – and well ahead of a raft of other highly commercial sires. He sired the winners of $1.9 million in Australia last season and is surely on target to improve on this and breakthrough the $2 million threshold.   And on que older horses such as Chilli Palmer beating the best 4 yr olds in Perth last week or Crackaheiny putting a winning sequence togrther in Canterbury are reinforceing the point that Elsu is far from a spent force as a sire.   His overall stats are better than you would think as well. Closing in on $4,000,000 in stakemoney with over 200 winners including 14 $100,000 winners Elsu has quite a tidy record developing.   Whilst Elsu may never meet the high expectations held for him when he first went to stud, he is sucessfully carving out a niche for himself in the stallion market and hopefully putting the lie to the critics who have written him off.     Stats on performers courtesy of HRNZ   Foal Age Colour Sex Best Mile Rates Mare Dam Sire Absolutely Adam 6 B G 2.04.5,S* & 2.04.2*AUS Zena Lee Camtastic(USA) Albie Al 6 BR G 2.03.2,S Nifty Nekey Holmes Hanover Ali Foyle 5 B G 2.01.4,D* Ruby Foyle Road Machine All Our Mate 6 B H 1.59.7*AUS All Our Princess Stampede Alongcomesdylan 5 B G 2.03.4Q,S* & 1.55.7*AUS Alongcomesjodi Armbro Operative Alta La Douce 7 B M 2.02.6Q,1M* & 2.02.8*AUS Sand Skipper Road Machine Alta Panache 7 B M 2.04.1,D* Right This Time Fake Left Anvils Best Ever 7 B H 1.56.4,S* Rosesrredviletsrblue In The Pocket Arnoux 7 BR G 1.58.3,D* & 1.56.3*AUS Margaux H In The Pocket Artsu 4 BL M 2.05.7,S* Holly Holmes Holmes Hanover Asbo 7 B H 1.57.4*AUS Star Rose OK Bye Ataahua Tiki 7 BR M 2.03.3,D Rangatira Cameleon Augustus Time 5 B G 2.11.3,D Swell Times In The Pocket Awesum Teddy 4 B G 1.58.4,S* Bonnie Deal Make A Deal Awohali 7 BR H 1.59.7,S* Impressive Poplar Nero's B B Bazza's Choice 6 BR G 2.06.9,S* Highfield's Delight Holmes Hanover Bella Arden 7 B M 1.57.3,1M* Winter Rose In The Pocket Black Mambo 7 BL G 2.03.6,D* & 1.58.9*AUS Charm Bracelet Holmes Hanover Blythcliffe 3 BR F 2.03.6,S* Classiealba Christian Cullen Boyd's Creek 7 BL M 2.03.8,S* Why Not Girl Smooth Fella Breezy River 6 BL M 2.02.3,D* & 1.57.7*AUS Chevyover Holmes Hanover Callie O'Malley 7 BR M 2.01.8,S* Precious Vance Vance Hanover Cape N Cutter 6 BL G 2.05.2Q,S & 1.59.3*AUS Rodeo Drive Pacific Rocket Carter's Rocket 5 B G 2.00.9,S* & 1.57.4*AUS Pocket Rose In The Pocket Chargedownking 5 B G 2.01.8,S* Bolting Lady Stampede Charlie Bubbles 7 BL H 1.59.8*AUS Minnelli Armbro Operative Chilli Palmer 4 B G 2.02.2Q,S* & 1.58*AUS Make It Hot Pacific Rocket Classieayr 6 B M 2.08.4,S Rose Ayr Noodlum Confused Superstar 7 B H 2.00.6T,1M* & 2.07.5T,S*AUS Pumpkin(AUS) My Handsome Fella Cool Customer 6 B G 2.08.1,D Armbro Ice Armbro Operative Cosmic Eclipse 5 BR M 2.03.6,S* & 1.57.7*AUS Cosmic Gem Camtastic(USA) Crackaheiny 4 BR G 1.57.4,S* Seetuit Christian Cullen Crimson Glory 3 BR F 2.00.9,S* Crimson Trail Spirit Of Zeus Dandownunder 5 BR H 2.01.8,S* Miss Operative Armbro Operative Datmymulligan 7 BL M 1.59.8,D* Bealey Corner Tyler's Best Dean Martin 3 BL G 2.02.3,S* Swell Times In The Pocket Devil Woman 7 BR M 2.09.1,S* Johnny's Doll Vance Hanover Diablo Storm 7 B G 1.59.9,S* & 1.54.6*AUS Cold Front Soky's Atom Don't Back Down 6 BR G 2.00.6,S* & 2.02.8*AUS Against The Wind D M Dilinger Double El 6 B G 2.04.4,S* El Som Smooth Fella Dougie Maguire 6 BR G 1.57.3,S* Lethal Mee In The Pocket Earthbound 3 BL G 2.03.9,S* Move Heaven Andearth Christian Cullen Eddie Boy 6 B G 2.06.1,D & 2.10.5T,Q,D Bonnie Deal Make A Deal Elbeau 4 BR G 2.08.4,S* Vamp Cameleon El Cabrera 5 B G 2.07.3Q,D & 1.57.5*AUS Howrightur Sands A Flyin El Capone 7 BL G 2.03,D* Ballymenna Badlands Hanover El Ferrari 4 BL G 2.00.6,D* Femme Ferrari Road Machine El Fox 7 B G 2.01.6,S* Foxy Mama Soky's Atom El Geez Su 7 BR M 2.04.6Q,S* & 2.10.9T,D El Geezs Safely Kept Eljoe 7 BL G 2.03.8,S* Rosie Franco Nero's B B Ella Sue 7 BL M 2.02.4Q,1M* & 1.57.2,S*AUS Donna's Gold Motu Mister Smooth Elle Of A Horse 5 BR M 1.58.1,1M* Perfect Paua Payson's Brother Ell Gringo 7 BR G 2.02.3Q,1M* & 1.59.8*AUS Contessa Vance Vance Hanover Ell Raisor 7 BL G 2.00.4,S* Affectionate Lady Presidential Ball Ell Susie 7 BL M 2.00.8,S* & 1.56.9*AUS Elle Mary Rose Village Jasper El Magic 7 BR M 1.58.6,S* & 1.56.3*AUS Believe In Magic In The Pocket El Pinot 7 BL G 2.03.4Q,1M* & 1.57.2*AUS Hello Sailor In The Pocket Elrama 5 B G 2.04.4Q,D* & 1.53.7*AUS Lourama Panorama(USA) Elsa 7 BR M 1.58,1M* & 1.56.2*AUS Champagne Party Soky's Atom El Salvador 7 BR G 2.03.5Q,S* & 1.58.4*AUS Excella Holmes Holmes Hanover Els Dream 4 B M 2.02,S* Shazza's Dream Pacific Rocket El Skipper 6 BL M 1.59.8,S* Love Connection Tight Connection Elsu Attack 6 BR G 2.01.7,S* Kotare Appeal Pacific Rocket Elsuccess 5 BR M 2.11.6,S* Sudden Success Butler B G Elsudoku 5 B H 1.59.4,S* Eliza Doolittle Soky's Atom El Suela 6 BR M 2.01.4,S* Elena Star Fake Left Elsu Sheila 7 B M 2.02.7Q,S* & 1.55.8*AUS Nora's Lily Mark Lobell Eltsunami 4 BL G 2.01.2Q,S* & 2.10.6T,S Rodeo Drive Pacific Rocket Elusive Flight 5 BR G 2.03.2,S* Seabreeze Hanover Holmes Hanover Elvis 6 B G 2.02.5,S* & 1.56.8*AUS Monivea Camtastic(USA) Elysium 7 BR M 2.00.6,S* Close To Heaven Dare You To El Zhar 7 BR G 2.01.9,D* & 1.59.1*AUS Marnie McGuire Camtastic(USA) Empathy 5 BL M 2.05.2Q,S* & 1.57.7*AUS Cocobana Artiscape Eres 7 B M 2.01.6,S* Toast Of The Ball Presidential Ball Ergo 6 B G 2.00.2,S* Poly Petite Soky's Atom Essene 6 BL H 1.59.7,S* & 1.58.7*AUS Star Of Tonight Road Machine Fiji Time 6 B M 2.03,S* Gigi Boone Gammalite Fire At Will 5 B G 2.02.7,S* & 1.53.9*AUS Pride Of The River Riverboat King Floyd Mayweather 6 B G 2.00.2,D* & 1.56*AUS Classic Counsel In The Pocket Fortunately 7 BR M 1.56.8,1M* Fortuno In The Pocket Franks Dilemma 7 BR G 2.07.6,D* Final Cheque Vance Hanover Galleons Prospect 7 B G 2.01,S* & 1.54.1*AUS Inverloch Armbro Operative G K Galleon 6 B G 2.03.6Q,D* & 1.57*AUS Inverloch Armbro Operative Glamazon 7 B M 2.04.2Q,S* & 1.58.9*AUS Jaguette Jaguar Spur Glenlochar 6 BR G 1.56.3,S* Lauriston Supreme Badlands Hanover God Forbid 3 BR F 1.59,S* Hurricane Dancer Christian Cullen Golden Bloom 6 BR G 2.10.1,S* Rose Gold Butler's Reward Go Like El 7 BL G 2.03.6Q,D* & 1.59.8*AUS Phantom Menace Holmes Hanover Hey Jude 5 B M 2.06.1Q,S* & 1.56.7*AUS In The Road In The Pocket Hezahotdude 4 BR G 2.06.1,S Ashley Belle The Panderosa Highview Chartom 7 BL M 1.57.5,S* Baptism Of Fire Christian Cullen Highview Chasue 6 BL M 1.57.5,1M* Baptism Of Fire Christian Cullen Highview Oban 5 BL H 1.57.5*AUS Zentua Tuapeka Knight Highview Phantom 7 BL G 2.00.7,S* Star Traveller Christian Cullen Hitmewithyabestshot 7 BR H 2.01.7*AUS Simunye Holmes Hanover Hollywood Sue 7 B M 2.01.3,D* Hollywood Rose Butler B G Hot Ripple 7 BL G 2.02.3,D* & 1.57.8*AUS Cool Ripple Miles McCool Hunua Honey 6 BR M 1.59.3,S* Tapestry Albert Albert I'm Dreamin 7 BL G 2.02Q,D* & 1.55.8,1MUSA Nothin But A Dreamer In The Pocket Independent Anvil 4 B G 2.04.4,S* Miss Mighty Butler B G Indian Brave 7 BR H 1.56.5*AUS Butler's Hope Butler B G In The Living Years 6 B M 1.58,S* Lite Pandora Badlands Hanover Itz Mister Ku 7 BR G 2.04.3Q,D* & 2.00.7*AUS Itz Got The Giggles Christian Cullen Jacuzzisuzzi 6 BR M 2.02.7,S* & 2.00.7*AUS Jacuzzi Soky's Atom Jensen 5 BR G 2.06.2Q,1M* & 2.02.2*AUS Sheza Lady Whiteland Trouble Junkyard Su 6 B M 2.08.4,S* Our Tania Son Of Afella Kath And Kim 7 BR M 1.54.2*AUS All Eyes On Me Fake Left Kotabharu 5 B G 2.02.8,S* Star Of Astreos Astreos Kubla Khan 6 B G 2.10.6,S* Perfect Parcel Soky's Atom Ladylight 7 B M 2.06.5Q,D & 1.56.7*AUS Tuapeka Melinque Soky's Atom Lady Of Eyre 4 BL M 2.02.1,S* Lady Of Liberty Nero's B B Lake View 6 BL G 2.02.2,S* Flit By Pass With Care Leave Mealone 7 BR M 2.01.6,S* & 1.56.8*AUS Kitty Malone Jaguar Spur Leroy Brogden 6 B G 1.59.5,D* Leterluce Soky's Atom Lewy Risk 4 B G 1.57.6,S* Kind Of Fun Road Machine Liam Sienna 4 B G 1.57.9,1M* Whata Breeze Sands A Flyin Lindennys Buttercup 4 B M 2.08.7,S Talent Hanover Albatross Little Monkey 6 B M 2.00.9,S* Soky's Colleen Soky's Atom Liza With A Z 6 B M 2.03.8,S* & 1.59.4*AUS Minnelli Armbro Operative Lofty Brogden 4 B G 2.04.3,D* Leterluce Soky's Atom Love In The Dark 5 BR M 1.59.3,S* Myte Be Mee What's Next Lucie Boshier 6 BR M 2.04.1,D & 1.54.6*AUS Well Dressed Poplar OK Bye Lucy's Rocket 7 B M 2.01.4,S* & 1.58.7*AUS Emma's Rocket Britewell Mac's Choice 4 BL G 2.07Q,D & 1.58.5*AUS Sunglass Tinted Cloud Macy Star 7 B M 2.11.8,S* & 2.12.5T,Q,S Macy Gray In The Pocket Macy Supreme 5 B M 2.02.9,S* & 1.54.4*AUS Macy Gray In The Pocket Maky Do Dah 7 BL M 2.08.2,S* Rare Treasure Beach Towel Mareta 6 B M 2.02.3,S* Rush Machine Road Machine Marlon Brando 7 BL G 2.04.4Q,S* & 2.01.1*AUS Kliklite Holmes Hanover Matai Denny 7 BL G 2.07.3Q,D* & 1.59.5*AUS Matai Grace Soky's Atom Matai Mies 7 BL M 2.00,S* Matai Marlene Holmes Hanover Me's Elsu 6 BR H 2.06.2*AUS One For Me Soky's Atom Mhai Elsu 6 B M 1.57.6,S* Mhairi Presidential Ball Migisi 7 BR G 2.11.4,D* Terri Franco Holmes Hanover Miss Elsie 6 BR M 1.55.3,1M* Soky's Rose Soky's Atom Mont Ventoux 7 BR G 1.59.5,S* White Nights Road Machine Mossdale Bill 4 B G 2.06.7Q,D* & 1.58.6*AUS Mossdale Maggie Soky's Atom Nic Mac Willy 4 BR G 2.05,D Nantuckett Nero's B B Night Emberz 6 BR M 2.04.4,D* Night Of Passion Sands A Flyin Ophiuchus 7 BR G 2.02.4,S* & 1.55,1MUSA Kiwi Breeze Armbro Operative Our Boy Su 7 B G 1.59.2,S* & 1.56.8*AUS Star Fleet OK Bye Pontiac 3 B G 2.00.6,S* Tapestry Albert Albert Powerhouse 7 B G 2.13,S* Luck Be A Lady Holmes Hanover Praze An Beeble 6 B G 2.01.1,S* & 1.55.4*AUS Star Rainbow Tuapeka Knight Press On 5 BL G 1.59.8,S* Rippling Speed Admiral Halsey Quick And Snappy 7 B G 2.06.7Q,S* & 2.05.4*AUS Heather Laurique Holmes Hanover Raesawinner 3 B G 2.00.8,S* Van Seraa Christian Cullen Ralph 6 BR G 2.00.9,S* Beris's Vicki Smooth Fella Reservation Road 5 BL G 2.04.9Q,S* & 1.53.9*AUS Believe In Magic In The Pocket Royal Sue 4 B M 2.01.3,D* Cadillac Queen Cadillac Russian Alsu 6 BL M 2.02.9,D* & 2.08.8T,Q,S Tall Blonde Road Machine Sachin Arden 5 BR G 1.58.9,D* Madam Maroussia Artiscape Sacre Bleu 6 B M 2.06.1Q,S & 2.01.2*AUS Irene's Van Dyke Christian Cullen Satu 4 B G 2.01.7,S* Swell Times In The Pocket Saucy El 3 BR G 1.59.8,S* Saucy Operator Armbro Operative Scarrymcleary 6 BL G 1.58.1,S* & 1.52.3*AUS Ballymenna Badlands Hanover Scottish Dancer 5 B M 2.00.6Q,1M* & 2.05.1*AUS Sly Mover Soky's Atom Scottish Glamour 6 B M 1.56.1*AUS Scottish Flyer In The Pocket Sensation Elle 5 BR M 2.09.5,S* Xinran Badlands Hanover Serve It Up 6 BR H 2.00*AUS Pocket The Bet In The Pocket Seth 6 B G 2.04.8,S* Insar Dare You To Shady Su 7 B G 2.00.7,S* & 1.57.2*AUS Homin The Shade Holmes Hanover Shannara 7 BR M 1.58.9,S* Chloe Hanover Holmes Hanover Shardon's Pearl 4 B M 2.03.5,S* Shardon's Way Payson's Brother Shezanelsu 5 BR M 2.01.5,S* & 1.58.3,S*AUS Shezanoperator Armbro Operative Show Time 6 BR G 2.07.3Q,S* & 1.59.1*AUS Brain Power Holmes Hanover Simply Susational 3 B C 1.59.9,S* Simply Scrumlicious Perfect Art Sioux Chief 6 B G 2.08.6Q,D & 1.57.9*AUS Indiana Babe Island Fantasy Sirocco 6 B G 2.06.1,S* She's Got The Power Save Fuel Sky Pilot 7 B G 2.02.6,D* Minnie Me Holmes Hanover Soak It Up 6 BR H 1.58.5,D* Warm Soak Soky's Atom Somnio Denario 4 B M 1.57.9,1M* Highview Dream Safely Kept Southern Diva 7 B M 2.01.8,D* & 2.00.6*AUS Divine Lavra In The Pocket Spendit 7 B G 2.03.3,S* & 2.03.2*AUS Karen Donna In The Pocket Storm Attack 7 B G 2.08.9,D* Tenisha Nero's B B Stormy Sirocco 7 B G 1.58.4,S* & 1.55.2*AUS Soky's Colleen Soky's Atom Stylish Soiree 7 B M 1.54,1MUSA Fake Cash Fake Left Sue Anna 7 BR M 2.08.1,D Kellyanna Michael Jonathan Sue Dinka 6 BR M 2.01.2,S* & 1.53.9*AUS Liminka Noodlum Su El 7 B M 1.59,S* Maid To Order Walton Hanover Summerhill Jack 6 BR G 2.01.1,S* Tina Banner Sir Vancelot Super Party 6 B M 2.06.5Q,D & 2.02.7*AUS Party Party Mister Hanover II Supreme Genes 5 BR G 2.05.4,D Blue Genes In The Pocket Susie Darlin 6 BL M 2.00.1,S* Miss Operative Armbro Operative Suthepocket 7 BL G 2.06.1,S* Tuapeka Pocket In The Pocket Tadita 7 B M 2.04.1,S* Star Rainbow Tuapeka Knight Takeiteasyonme 7 B M 2.00.9,S* & 1.58.3*AUS Come Away With Me Presidential Ball Takeover Brown 7 BR G 2.04.2,S* Pullover Brown Armbro Operative Thats My Money Honey 4 BR M 2.08,D That's My Franco OK Bye The Actress 7 BL M 1.59.1,S* Stage Talent Soky's Atom The Black Lord 6 BL G 2.03.4,S & 1.59.1*AUS Visa Girl Miles McCool Tiger Su 6 B M 2.02.7,S* & 1.56*AUS Tigerish Butler B G Toddy 7 BL G 2.02.4,S* & 2.00.1*AUS Lyndall In The Pocket Tout Noir 3 BL G 2.07.3T,S Strapless Straphanger Troia 7 BR M 2.03.1,S* Millennium's First Soky's Atom Tyler Maguire 6 B M 2.00.3,S* Steady Niatross Niatross Underwood Road 7 BR G 1.58.9,S* Sweet Deceit Barnett Hanover Valiant Sue 7 B M 2.00.5,S* & 1.57.3*AUS Valiant Fields In The Pocket Val Vili 5 B M 2.12.5,S* Valjan Knight And Deigh Viewfield Apache 5 B G 1.59.6,D* Viewfield Atom Soky's Atom   Visigoth 7 BL G 2.07.1Q,S & 2.01.7*AUS Glenfruin Cameleon Vokai 7 B G 2.00.6,S* & 1.54.2*AUS Rush Machine Road Machine Watch This Spot 3 BR G 1.59.8Q,1M* & 2.00.5*AUS Prima Bella Mach Three Wee Brother 7 B G 2.00.1,D* Wee Sister Holmes Hanover Weedon's Express 3 BR G 2.00.2,S* My Barbie Doll In The Pocket Westburn Splendour 7 BR M 2.04.9,D Westburn Babe Soky's Atom Whiteout 3 B F 2.01,1M* Whitewash Christian Cullen Who Else 7 BL G 2.06.5Q,S* & 2.09.6T,D & 2.06.1T*AUS Roxy O'Neill Jenna's Beach Boy Winter Warrior 5 BL G 2.19.1,S* September Morn Holmes Hanover Woodlea Sioux 7 B G 2.05.3,D Tokorangi Franco Nero's B B Zara P 6 BL M 1.59.2,D* & 1.58.6*AUS Legendary Value Butler B G                 

A night of competitive racing was held at Kilmore on Tuesday November 26, with the Avenel area taking the honours. Former Kilmore trainer Wayne Potter now based at Avenel, snared the Jet Roofing Pace for C4 & C5 class over 1690 metres with sit/sprint specialist Tombstone Eden in a mile rate of 1-58.8. Driven by Nathan Jack, Tombstone Eden from gate two on the second line settled four back in the moving line, before gaining a beaut three wide trail home in the last lap on the back of Gangster Boy ahead of him. Despite making the final bend four wide, Tombstone Eden sprinted home brilliantly to defeat Post It Away (one/one – outside the leader Whosgunnagetit from the bell) and Easy Lighting who was never better than three wide the trip. A five year old daughter of Armbro Operative and Eve Of Eden, Tombstone Eden has recorded nine wins from 37 race appearances. Other Avenel winners on the program were five year old Art Major/Vangold entire Cold Major for David and Josh Aiken who was successful in the Goulburn Murray Credit Union Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres following a gigantic performance at Shepparton a week earlier and promising mare Vics Cheval who was first up since June in A Harness Christmas At Kilmore 11 December Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2150 metres. Taking a concession, Cold Major bred by Queensland millionaire Clive Palmer had little luck from gate four being trapped wide,before being sent forward to park outside the pacemaker Fifth And Broadway (gate two) who was the favourite. Gaining cover mid-race after Amazing Kano moved to face the breeze, Cold Major when eased wide on turning, finished his race off well to score from Big Zee (mid-field) using inside runs prior to the home turn before easing wide on straightening and Major Deed in a mile rate of 1-59.7. David was to finish the night on a high note when extremely talented Yankee Boy/Vics Lady four year old mare Vics Cheval recorded her 4th victory in 16 outings. Starting from the pole, Vics Cheval raced very roughly as the starter released the field, being given plenty of time to find her feet, settling four back along the markers with the roughie Ifu Seek The Luck leading from barrier three. When Jumeirah Jane ahead of her was eased away from the inside to face the open for the run along the back straight on the final occasion, Vics Cheval immediately latched to her back for a nice ride home. Issuing a strong challenge to Jumeirah Jane on the home turn, Vics Cheval gained the upper hand shortly after and coasted to the wire 17.6 metres in advance of the 60 metre backmarker Miss Southern Land, with Jumeirah Jane a head away in third place. The mile rate 2-07.7. Both Cold Major and Vics Cheval were bred by Queensland millionaire Clive Palmer and are raced by David Aiken. Melton trainer Sue Hunter combined with Gavin Lang to land the Kilmore H.R.C Trotters Mobile for T2 & T3 class over 2180 metres with smart pacing bred 6-Y-0 Elsu/Amanda Woodward gelding Mister Elwood. Having his first outing since May, Mister Elwood starting inside the second line was soon travelling just of the speed in the running line, with Conchs Critter leading from the pole. His task was made a lot easier as two of the main fancies Chevals Racer (gate two) and Star Style (gate five) galloped away. Send forward three wide gradually in the final circuit, Mister Elwood raced clear over the concluding stages to defeat the honest mare Sultry Lady which moved to face the open at the bell from three back the markers after an unsuccessful bid for the front running from gate four, with Tawonga South third off a three wide trail last lap from last on the back of the winner. The mile rate 2-02.4. Glen Park’s Sebastian Steenhuis has a wonderful strike rate and was successful Safari/Truly Sue gelding Bobby Fabulous in the Kilmore HRC 3-Y-0 Pace over 2180 metres with Michael Stanley in the sulky. Leading out from gate two, Bobby Fabulous ran his rivals ragged, accounting for Ruato Bay off a three wide trail from six back in the running line at the bell and Christian Torado (one/two) returning a mile rate of 1-59.8. Dunnstown based Nathan Cahir was also a winner on the night when five year old Metropolitan/Cornelia Lombo gelding No Bettertime greeted the judge in the Ashley’s Kids Rides Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres. Driven by Nathan, No Bettertime was given a sweet passage from gate four trailing the well supported Pass It To Billy which flew the gate from barrier five and was always travelling beautifully. Using the sprint lane, No Bettertime dashed clear halfway up the running to score by 1.7 metres over the flying Dont Wanadie (four back the markers), with Packedtotherafters coming from near last to finish third. The mile rate 2-00.1. Len Baker

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  

After sitting back in the field and giving punters who took the $1.20 shorts a few nervous moments, John Dunn cut Crackaheiny loose on the home bend and powered on by to win easily by ¾’s of a lenghts over Montenegro and K C Pedro in the third race at Timaru. It was the lightly tried pacer’s fourth win at his 10th lifetime start and his second win from just three starts this time in, the other resulted in a second. “He is aptly named as he really did ‘Crackaheiny’,” laughed Dunn, when referring to the son of Elsu cracking his hind pastern last season. “He does seem a stronger horse this time in, so that time out may have been his best friend,” he added. Crackaheiny, who is a great grandson of influential mare Maureens Dream, is trained by John’s father, Robert. “I think he can win a fair few more races yet, “advised Dunn. “He is a nice type with a lot high speed,” he added. The win caps off what has been a good few days for Crackaheiny’s sire, Elsu, who has also had success over the weekend with Mont Vernoux, Jacuzzisuzzi, Smokin Bopper, Eltsunami, and Chilli Palmer, who was an emphatic winner of yesterday’s $125,000 Mcinerny Ford 4YO Classic at Gloucester Park. By Mitchell Robertson

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  

Bathurst’s Star Trek series has been won by some very good restricted-class horses which have gone on to become familiar names, the likes of Caesar Blue Chip, Frosty Castle, Smooth Dixie and Cheri Cullen. Three heats of the 2013 series, sponsored by Empire Stallions, were keenly contested at last Wednesday’s meeting, and the winners look well up to the high standard seen over the years. Lochinver (Ash Siejka, $4.70) , a brilliant winner of the first of two C1 heats over 2130 metres, started at inflated odds, with Gabrielle Solis expected to dominate from its pole draw. But that mare dropped out mid-race after suffering from heart fibrillation, and Lochinver raced away for a convincing win despite sitting in the death, with a last half of 57.6 and an impressive 1:59.8 mile rate. Sassys A Kriden, in the one-one throughout, and Beetson, which pulled hard behind the leader, finished well astern of the winner but have qualified for the $12,000 final. Rod Smith’s Kriden Investments went one better in the second heat, for C2 class, when Sammys A Kriden (Jack Butler/Amanda Turnbull $1.80 fav.), first-up since the Gold Chalice heats in March, led throughout. The four-year-old sprinted up the back in 28.6 but slowed to a 30.7 final quarter, allowing the trailers Essayist and Scots Legacy to close within a couple of metres. The same trainer-driver combination was successful in the final heat, for C2 class, with the promising Sky Falcon NZ, which started at prohibitive odds of $1.04 on the strength of a good Canola Cup heat win. He finished down the track, after galloping, in that final when equal favourite with the eventual winner Holy Camp Clive.  Sky Falcon’s mile rate of 2:02.7 was slowest of the three heats, but he did it comfortably in the lead and his final half of 58.4 could easily have been bettered. El Mega ran on well from mid-field for second, with Blissed By Datmuch holding on behind the leader for third, and a spot in the final. Owners Bernie McMullen and Dan Richardson, newcomers to harness-racing ownership, are having a great run with the Falcon Seelster four-year-old, who scored his fourth win since arriving in Australia midway through last season. Amanda Turnbull’s decision on which of the heat winners to drive in the final will come down to the all-important barrier draw. Away from the heats, easily the most impressive winner at the meeting was Saloon Passage NZ ($1.40), having its first run on this side of the Tasman for Nathan Hurst in a 3C0 sprint event.  Once he found clear air from his inside second row draw, Hurst had no hesitation in searching for the lead, after which he set the cruise control for an ever-widening 17 metres margin. Mattjestic Star came three-wide over the final lap, and Luda Can Dance trailed the leader. The last half was a soft 58.0 seconds. The Elsu gelding, one of four to race successfully this year for Hurst, who’s become the go-to trainer for that breed, races for a syndicate formed by Ray and Margaret Mawhood following their purchase of the horse after an impressive New Zealand debut six weeks ago. They’re going to have lots of fun with him. A good night got even better for the Mawhood/Hurst team, when they took out the final race, an R 0 class over 2130 metres, with Caesars Hall ($6.40 ). The four-year-old scored his maiden win at start number five, leading throughout to defeat death-seating Phil The Tooth and the unlucky Famous Spirit, which lost a lot of ground after an early mistake. Ashlee Siejka took a training double, her second winner achieved with Platinum Roulette ( Amie Bateup, $2.80 fav.), which led from seven in an R1-R3 2130 metres event to defeat peg-runners Art Appreciation and Always Bad.. It was Amie’s first drive on the Bettors gelding, a close relation to Jack That’s Gold and Henrik Zetterburg, both $100,000 winners for the stable. Feel The Courage (Steve Turnbull, $5.20) lived up to his name somewhat, with a three-wide trip over the final lap in a 2130 metres C 0 class, to stick his head out right on the line for a win over stablemate Fire Eclipse and trailer William Peter. He may not be the easiest horse to drive, but being by Courage and with a grand-dam by Pure Steel, it’s no surprise that he’s tough. Another winner to exemplify her name was Makin Memories (Pat McCarthy/Jason Turnbull $1.80 ), successful on debut in an R 0 over the 2130 metres trip, from outside the lead. Coolamingal and Bundaburra, which raced behind the winner in the running line, filled the places. Pat and Ros McCarthy bred the Trump Casino mare with Pat’s mother Ollie, who died earlier this year. Ollie had been adamant that Pat should persevere with the mare, and this win was a perfect testament to a wise and much-loved lady. It would have meant a great deal to the entire McCarthy family. Bathurst race again next Friday night, the Tier One meeting highlighted by the Star-Trek Final. Marianne Donnelly Bathurst Harness Racing Club  

Wyndham trainer Greg Hunter produced a huge training performance to win with two fresh-up runners at today’s Riverton Trotting Club meeting at Ascot Park. The first of those winners was Press On, who upset at odds of $29.60 in the $15,000 Sir Lincoln Riverton Cup. Press On, a five-year-old son of Elsu, was given a soft run on the inside by driver Dexter Dunn before diving up the inside to claim favourite Comply Or Die in the shadows of the post. Press on, who was now won four races, is also co-owned and bred by Hunter. The second runner to carry Hunter’s Blue, Pink and Grey colours to victory was Twilight Franco, who was hugely impressive, winning for Clark Barron by three lenghts. It was the four-year-old’s third win at just her sixth start. Her only time out of the money to date resulted in a seventh to Safedra in the Southland Oaks. Other impressive winners at the meeting were Raksdeal, who blitzed her rivals by 7 & ¾ lengths, and Experiment, who made it three wins in concession when easily accounting for his rivals. It is likely the latter will make an appearance at next week’s New Zealand Cup meeting. Meanwhile, Awesome Arden, who was claimed for just $2000 after finishing second in a heat of the maiden ‘Claim it and Race it’ series on October 20, showed just how effective claiming races can be by winning today and pulling in $3,685 for his new owners and trainer Brent Shirley. There will be a further two claiming races staged in the South next week, so if you see a horse you like – get some mates together, form a syndicate, put in a claim, and have some fun! By Mitchell Robertson

The feature event of the evening at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday was the $25,000 Harness Breeders (Vic) Tailamade Lombo, with victory going the way of former top line juvenile filly Shake It Mama. Now five years of age, Shake It Mama bred and raced by Heathcote’s David Sheppard, trained by Emma Stewart and driven by Gavin Lang was sent forward from gate three to cross Fairest One Youare inside her running into the first turn, with stablemate Bettor Give It (gate six) also pressing forward to park in the open. Allowed to bowl along without any pressure being applied, Shake It Mama had plenty in reserve at the straight entrance, before coasting to victory 1.3 metres in advance of Fairest One Youare and Bettor Give It in a sizzling mile rate of 1-54.7. Running her last half mile in 55.6 and quarter in 27 dead, Shake It Mama recorded her 15th victory in 38 race appearances.. Eight year old Falcon Seelster/Sabrina Bromac entire Smudge Bromac notched up his 23rd victory at start number 128, when successful in the Yarra Valley Cup Day Claiming Pace over 1720 metres, returning a brilliant mile rate of 1-56.5. Trained by David Aiken at Avenel and driven by Nathan Jack, Smudge Bromac was immediately taken back to the rear from outside the front line, but enjoyed the electric tempo of the race set by a free running Mister Grizzly. Taken three wide in the final circuit, Smudge Bromac’s quality told on straightening as he strode clear to score by 2 metres in advance of the fast finishing Our Archangel out wide from four back the markers, with the ever reliable Washmepockets holding down third after racing in the open throughout. Tough ex-Tasmanian 5-Y-0 Hugo Play showed his true staying prowess by taking out the $15,000 Tabcorp Park Melton Pace Final for M0 & M1 class over 2240 metres which qualified in the heats held a week earlier. Now in the care of Lance Justice in close proximity of the track, Hugo Play a gelded son of Jr Mint andToy Story was allowed to find his feet three wide after starting outside the front row, with stablemate Alchemy beginning at 100 miles an hour from the extreme draw to park outside the favourite Sals Mo which led from gate three. Once balanced, Hugo Play moved forward to join Sals Mo and once there, Lance made it quite clear that the pacemaker was not going to get it easy. Taking a narrow lead on the final bend, Hugo Play was very strong at the finish, defeating Alchemy which was given every chance on his back due to the “drive of the night” by Rod Petroff. Pole marker Mister Orion finished third after trailing the leader and using the sprint lane, while Sals Mo battled on to finish fourth. In quarters of 30.1, 29.3, 28.3 and 28.6, Hugo Play returned a mile rate of 1-56.5 for the journey. The margins a neck by 1.6 metres. Peter Manning’s exciting Elsu/Hanover Chic gelding Eliseos Falcon was once again ultra impressive in landing the Benstud Standardbreds 3-Y-0 Pace over 2240 metres in a mile rate of 1-59. Raced by a group of dedicated harness followers Tony Prochilo, Ange Cammaroto, Rob Merola and Michael Taranto, Eliseos Falcon driven by Kerryn Manning was sent forward from outside the front row to park outside the last start Melton winner Woodlea Beau which was backed for plenty. Despite over racing at times, Eliseos Falcon surged to the front on straightening to score by 12.5 metres over Blackwarrior along the sprint lane after trailing the leader, with Countdown (one/one) third. It was Eliseos Falcon’s 3rd victory in 7 outings. On an entertaining night of racing, Chris Lang’s fully American bred 6-Y-0 Chocolatier/Duo Val Car gelding Kyvalley Blur chalked up victory number 13 when successful in the Prydes Easifeed Trotters Free For All over 1720 metres. Using the sprint lane off the back of the leader Cold Sister, Kyvalley Blur returned a mile rate of 1-58.7 in defeating Cold Sister and I See Icy Earl (one/one) a stablemate of the winner. David Aiken enjoyed a good night “at the office”, with 7-Y-0 Courage Under Fire/Soky’s Sweetheart gelding Wartime Sweetheart winning her 19th race by taking out the Pace for M1 & M2 class over 2240 metres. Taking a concession for Caroline Springs based Rhys Nicholson, Wartime Sweetheart from inside the second row was quickly away from the markers to possie mid-field in the moving line. Easing three wide to follow the favourite Jazz King in the final circuit, Wartime Sweetheart sprinted like a gazelle on straightening to blow his rivals away, scoring by 6.2 metres in a rate of 1-56.5 from Illawong Kath which used the sprint lane after trailing the weakening leader Because I Can, with The Phantom (one/one) third when first up since February.  By Len Baker  

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