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Talented colt Shockwave, relegated to second in three Group 1 events for two-year-olds last year, is on target to break through for his first feature victory, according to his trainer Ryan Bell. Bell is happy with Shockwave’s draw at barrier No. 3 in the $50,000 DTS Pine Logs Sales Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night and is confident the Mach Three colt is capable of leading and emerging triumphant in the Group 2 event over 2130m. Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, fresh from landing two winners and winning the Noel Smith Memorial Invitation Drivers Championship at Victorian track Horsham on Monday, will be planning to take full advantage of Shockwave’s sparkling gate speed in a bid for an all-the-way victory. Bell, who drove Shockwave when the colt finished solidly from the one-out, one-back position to win easily from Its Rock And Roll and Patrickthepiranha in a prelude of this event on Tuesday of last week, said: “He’s done very well since that win and I’m really pleased with him and the way he has come along. “I thought his win was comfortable, without being exciting. But, surprisingly with the amount of racing he’d had, he came through his run like as though he needed it. However, he’s now jumping out of his skin. “Barrier three is the best barrier we’ve had for quite a while, so we’re going to make the most of it in a bid to keep the two main dangers (Patrickthepiranha and Its Rock And Roll) on our outside. Shockwave is definitely capable of winning.” Bell and Hall have already tasted success in the Sales Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings. Hall drove the Katja Warwick-trained Rock Me Over to a neck victory over Our Trump Card 12 months ago and the previous year Bell trained and drove Bob Wheel when he worked hard in the breeze before hitting the front with 100m to travel and winning by a head from the fast-finishing Kasey John. Hall has formed a good association with Shockwave, a $46,000 yearling, having driven him seven times for four wins, two thirds and a ninth placing. Shockwave, Patrickthepiranha and Its Rock And Roll are certain to dominate betting on Friday night’s race. Colin Brown trains Patrickthepiranha (a $30,000 yearling) and Its Rock And Roll (a $37,500 yearling). Brown will handle Its Rock And Roll from barrier four and Dylan Egerton-Green will be in the sulky behind Patrickthepiranha at barrier five. Patrickthepiranha is sure to prove extremely hard to beat. He won in fine style at his first six starts as a three-year-old before being desperately unlucky when third behind Shockwave last week. He began speedily from the No. 5 barrier, but was trapped three wide for the first 500m before being restrained to assume the one-out, two-back position. Patrickthepiranha was further seriously inconvenienced when a tyre of his sulky was deflated 500m from the finish. Despite that, Patrickthepiranha fought on determinedly to finish just over two lengths behind the winner. Shockwave also started from the No. 3 barrier in the Sales Classic final for two-year-olds last season when he was the $1.70 favourite. He crossed to the front after 200m and set a solid pace before going down by a head to 12/1 chance Its Rock And Roll, who finished fast from fourth at the bell. Patrickthepiranha, who started from the outside barrier (No. 9), was forced to cover extra ground and did very well to finish third. Ken Casellas

The three leading chances for the three-year-old colts and geldings Sales Classic Final (2130m) have drawn the middle of the line, setting up an intriguing renewal of the $50,000 event on Friday night. Shockwave, Its Rock And Roll and Patrickthepiranha filled the top three placings in the heat last Tuesday and have drawn barriers three, four and five respectively for the final at Gloucester Park. The field for the colts and geldings was reduced to six this morning, when the Justin Prentice-trained Know When To Run was withdrawn from the event. Patrickthepiranha produced, arguably, the biggest performance in the heat last Tuesday, after he was restrained from the early speed battle and eventually ran on boldly to finish third. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr regains the drive on Shockwave, after he drove Know When To Run in the heat. Hall Jnr also has a strong chance in the three-year-old filly’s edition of the Sales Classic with the in-form Has No Fear, who will start from barrier five. The Prentice-trained filly was impressive in taking out the heat last week and comes into Friday night’s feature having won her past two starts. Soho Interceptor, runner-up in the heat, has drawn barrier 10 and is the sole runner on the second line, while the third placegetter from the heat Kirsten will start from the outside of the front line. For the three-year-old’s not engaged in the Sales Classic’s, they get the chance to press their WA Derby and WA Oaks claims in the WA Derby Prelude (2130m). A high quality field has been assembled for the Prelude, headlined by last week’s Battle Of Bunbury winner Eloquent Mach. Eloquent Mach is one of three runners in the race for trainer Gary Hall Snr, with Robbie Easton and Major Trojan also set to take their place. Impressive filly Typhoon Tiff will be looking to record her fourth straight win in the Derby Prelude, where she will line up from barrier seven. Another highlight of the program is the four and five-year-old Championship (2130m), which features the WA Pacing Cup winner Rocknroll Lincoln. The star pacer will have his work cut out to add the $50,000 event to his growing list of wins though, having drawn barrier nine. Handsandwheels, who has performed admirably at Free-For-All level over the past month, gets an ideal chance to add another feature win from barrier one and looks the likely leader. In-form pacer Luis Alberto, Lord Willoughby and Clarenden Hustler have drawn barriers three, four and 10 respectively. The Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.50pm on Friday.   Tim Walker

Legendary WA reinsman Gary Hall Jnr took out the 2019 edition of the Decron Horse Care - Noel Smith Memorial - Horsham Invitation Drivers Championship on Monday afternoon. It was Hall's second time as competitor but the third occasion he had accepted the Horsham club's invitation to make the long, west to east haul.  "Back in 2009 I was having a few issues with being on aeroplanes and was a late-late scratching," he said. "But it turned out a good result for my replacement Lance Justice, who went on to win the title." Hall made it to Horsham for the 2010 series and finished in the middle of the tally board behind Jim Douglass (NSW) with a first, fifth and eighth from his three drives. "I really enjoyed the visit over here and hoped to be back again sooner, but this is the first time I've been able to slot it in since."  The first heat of the day saw Hall gain valuable points when partnering 50/1 chance Cripparno into fourth spot behind Ardens Winstar for the Chris Alford/David Drury combo. Heat two saw Hall lead all the way with the Michael Stanley debutant Off The Bench to gain maximum points after looking likely to be run down by the 70/1 outsider Crowded Reactor (Rob Morris/Bec East), who galloped in the shadows of the post. It was a popular win on social media, with Off The Bench part-owned by Craig Hutchison and AFL footballer and trots ambassador Josh Jenkins. The horse had been much discussed in the lead-up on the Off The Bench radio program, which airs throughout Victoria on Saturday mornings. Hall then drove a trademark heady race aboard Emma Stewart's very smart four-year-old entire Concealment in the third round of the contest to score by five metres over the $1.50 favourite Crime Writer (Chris Alford/Matt Craven). Heading into the fourth and final heat, Hall needed to beat a few others home with the 70/1 roughie Rocking Tess to secure the championship while Alford, Jason Lee and Michael Bellman had some chance of stealing the title if the cards fell their way.  Courtesy of a soft trip on the pegs, Rocking Tess managed to cross the line in sixth place, some 40 metres behind Major Times (Kerryn Manning/Emma Stewart) and Jean Luc (Chris Alford/Lance Justice) who fought out a very close finish. When accepting the Noel Smith Memorial shield from club president Justin Lane, Hall admitted that the luck had certainly fallen his way, but that it was still a great thrill to come out on top. Hall went on to thank series sponsor Merv Butterworth together with the many other sponsors who made the day so enjoyable, not just for the 10 invitees but all the trainers, drivers and owners  who have supported the meeting. He also thanked the Horsham club for staging what is "such a fun event for us."  While Hall took home the Noel Smith Memorial Shield, a host of trainers, drivers and owners also went home as winners with product and voucher giveaways courtesy of Decron Horse Care, Carbine Chemicals, Finn Tack, Mustad Australia, Oringi Protection Wear, Tabcorp Park Melton, Victorian Trainers and Drivers Association, Claire Weston Photography, Roma Pocock, Grafx Inc, Norton Estate Wines, Virbac Animal Health, Harness Breeders Victoria and Riverspa Apartments Moama.   Tony Logan

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has given punters a massive lead by rejecting the drives behind consistent, in-form pacers Mistersandman, Dominate The Dojo and Mister Bushido and opting to handle Courage To Live in the $18,000 ww.gloucesterpark.com.au Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Courage To Live, trained by Justin Prentice, will start from the inside of the back line in the 2536m event and at his second outing after an absence of seven and a half months, he should notch his tenth victory from only 29 starts. Courage To Live, a five-year-old bred by Prentice, was most impressive at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week when he started from the back line and settled down in ninth position before Hall urged him forward, three wide, to move into third place at the bell. He burst to the front 570m from home and romped away from his 11 rivals to win by six and a half lengths from Lightning Jolt, dashing over the final 800m in 55.6sec. Hall has driven the Kevin Keys-trained Dominate The Dojo at his past three starts for a second, third and fourth placings. The six-year-old, who is ideally drawn at the No. 1 barrier on the front line, will be handled by leading driver Ryan Warwick. Hall has driven Mistersandman for trainer Katja Warwick at two of his past three outings for an easy two-length win over Shadow Maker at Northam and a nose second top Smoldering Ashes at Gloucester Park. Mistersandman (barrier five) will be driven this week by Aiden de Campo. Mister Bushido, trained by Gary Hall Snr, will be handled by Stuart McDonald, who guided the New Zealand-bred gelding to victory over Absolution and Halle Rage over 2130m last Friday night. Mister Bushido faces a sterner test this week from out wide at barrier eight. Prentice was full of praise for Courage To Live, saying: “He surprised me with the ease of his win last week and this looks a suitable race for him.” Hall has several excellent drives on Friday night and is confident of success in race one, the Cowdens The Insurance Brokers Pace, with the polemaker Bronze Seeker, an evergreen ten-year-old for Byford trainer Peter Anderson. This will be the Mach Three gelding’s 226th start. Punters will be well advised to disregard Bronze Seeker’s last placing behind Robert The Bruce in a field of ten last Friday night. Bronze Seeker was travelling strongly in eighth position in the one-wide line at the bell before he made contact with Kerrin Joseph about 550m from home and broke into a gallop. He impressed a week earlier when he has tenth at the bell before charging home, out six wide, to finish third behind Clarenden Hustler and Walkinshaw.   Ken Casellas

Outstanding Boyanup horseman Justin Prentice has excellent prospects of landing the quinella in the $100,000 Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night with brilliant geldings Manning and Major Martini. He has chosen to drive Major Martini from the No. 6 barrier, and Gary Hall Jnr will be in the sulky behind Manning at barrier four. Those two pacers are the only winners in the field of ten with Manning and Major Martini being unextended at their debuts in scoring impressive victories in qualifying heats on Tuesday of last week when they were driven by Hall. “It’s pretty hard to separate them,” said Hall. “They both went to the line with something in reserve.” Manning covered the 1730m in his heat in 2min. 8sec. and Major Martini’s gross time was 2min. 9.2sec. Each is capable of lowering those times by a considerable margin. Hall has a good record in the Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings, having been successful with Blissfull Boy in 2010, Black Aquila (2011) and Allmightyjoelouis (2016). Prentice selected both the Steve Johnson-bred pacers at the 2018 APG yearling sale. Manning, who is raced by a Trotsynd syndicate, was purchased for $19,000 and Major Martini, owned by Prentice, cost $44,000. Manning is by American stallion Sportswriter and is the seventh foal out of unraced Northern Lights mare Stephanie Rose, with the best of her progeny to date being Brotha ofa Gangsta, whose 74 starts have produced 12 wins, 17 placings for earnings of $89,179. Major Martini, by American-bred sire Art Major, is out of the unraced Sutter Hanover mare Gaetana Nicole, who is out of the unraced mare Hold Tight, the dam of five winners, including Fake Embrace, who was driven to a nose victory over Polak by Kim Prentice in the 2004 Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings. The major danger, if indeed there is one, to Manning and Major Martini looms as Team Mascot, a Follow The Stars colt, who set the pace when a half-length second to Manning in the first of the two qualifying heats. Team Mascot, bred by the Allwood Stud, is trained by Vicki Lea and will be driven by Shannon Suvaljko, who celebrated his 50th birthday by driving Waltzingwithsierra to an all-the-way victory in a 2130m event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. Baskerville trainer-reinsman Ryan Bell declared that his gelding Matai Reactor (bred by KTC Bloodstock) was a definite first-four prospect, particularly if he gained a soft run from his favourable No. 3 barrier. Matai Reactor finished gamely from fifth at the bell to be third behind Major Martini in his heat. Bell drove 3/1 chance Schinzig Buller to victory over Quite Loaded in the 2007 running of this classic. Chris Lewis, who has won the Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings seven times, scoring with The Vigilante (1995), Saab (1997), Talladega (1999), On Line Brut (2000), Wirrpunda (2001), Lombo Wave Link (2005) and Mister Jadore (2013), faces a seemingly impossible task of winning the classic this year. He will drive the Mark Lee-trained Mista Mangels from the outside No. 9 barrier. Mista Mangels was checked and broke early before finishing a distant fifth behind Manning in last week’s heat.   Ken Casellas

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has formed a devastating combination with Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice and he is optimistic that the purple patch will continue when he drives Sweet N Fast in the opening event, the Westside Auto Wholesale Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. In a remarkable feat over the past week, Hall’s past nine drives for Prentice have resulted in seven wins scoring in the Governor’s Cup with Rocknroll Lincoln last Friday night, with Quick Stride and Fulfil The Dream at Bunbury on Saturday night and with Manning, Major Martini, Know When To Run and Courage To Live at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. Sweet N Fast is a talented four-year-old who was a shade disappointing when fourth behind Soho Chelsea over 1730m last Friday night when he was in the breeze early before being shuffled back to sixth at the bell. He raced three wide for much of the final circuit and battled on gamely from sixth at the 550m. The final quarters were run in 27.9sec. and 28.9sec. “I think it will pay to forget last Friday night’s run when he did a lot of things wrong and hung really badly,” Hall said. “I thought that he would have just cruised up to them down the back, move into the one-one, and save him for the straight but he just had a lend of me, basically. I think he will put up a better performance this week.” Sweet N Fast has the ability to overcome the disadvantage of an awkward draw at No. 5. But he will need to be close to his peak to defy expected challenges from the Greg and Sky Bond-trained Hasani, The Trilogy, Vincenzo Peruggia and Ardens Concord. Vincenzo Peruggia has struck top form for veteran trainer Tony Svilicich with two wins and a close second to Soho Chelsea at his past three starts. The five-year-old possesses dazzling gate speed and Mark Reed is sure to make use of that from out wide at barrier eight. Whether he is able to get to an early lead with plenty of speed on his inside is problematical. Vincenzo Peruggia warmed up for Friday night’s engagement with a dashing all-the-way victory over Theo Aviator, rating 1.56.4, after a final quarter of 27.7sec. Hall is also looking for a strong performance from Herrick Roosevelt who will start from barrier five in the 1730m Retravision Pace. At his second outing after a 13-month absence Herrick Roosevelt revealed dazzling gate speed from  barrier nine last week, but was unable to get to the front in a 2130m event. He then worked hard in the breeze and fought on grandly to finish third in a three-way photo with Chiaroscuro and Mighty Flying Deal. “He’s had two good runs under his belt now,” Hall said. “The Art Form (barrier two) is going to be hard to beat, but with Herrick Roosevelt’s class we might be able, from the breeze, to worry The Art Form.” The Mike Reed-trained The Art Form will be making his first appearance for just over two months and reinsman Mark Reed said: “He’s got blinding gate speed, his work has been really good and the mile should be right up his alley.”   Ken Casellas

WA Pacing Cup winning trainer-driver combination Justin Prentice and Gary Hall Jnr have combined to take out both colts and geldings heats of the two-year-old Sales Classic at Gloucester Park last night. The pair teamed up with Sportswriter colt Manning in the first heat, in what turned out to be an intriguing battle over the closing stages between Manning and Team Mascot. The pair were the clear fancies in the market, with Manning narrowly holding favouritism at $1.75 with TABtouch. Hall Jnr elected to hand up the lead to Team Mascot in the early stages, which allowed him to settle on the back of the second favourite. Manning was then able to wear down Team Mascot in the home straight and score by 1.5m. The colt ran home in 58.1 and rated 1.59.1. Prentice and Hall Jnr then teamed up in the second colts and geldings heat with another short-price favourite Major Martini. Unlike Manning, Hall Jnr was intent on finding the lead with Major Martini from barrier six and he did so with ease. Major Martini was then able to go on and score a comfortable 9.6m victory to Secret Operation. The Art Major colt kick-started a race-to-race treble for Hall Jnr and Prentice, who took out the Retravision three-year-old Pace (2130m) with Know When To Run and the Westral Pace (2130m) with Courage To Live. The first of the filly’s heats of the Sales Classic saw an impressive showing by the Ross Olivieri-trained Double Expresso by boom sire Sweet Lou. Reinsman Chris Lewis slowly worked his way to the front on the first lap and was able to go on and record a comfortable 11.4m win in what was, arguably, the performance of the night. The second fillies heat was taken out by the Ryan Bell-trained and driven Moon Goddess. Bell, who won a colts and geldings heat last year with Shockwave, was able to find the lead from barrier seven and then fought on strongly to score by 4.6m. The finals for both the fillies and colts and geldings Sales Classic take place at Gloucester Park on March 8. The three-year-old heats of the Sales Classic take place next Tuesday, before the finals on March 15. Meanwhile, a field of six has been engaged for this Friday’s WA Derby Prelude (2130m). The in-form Eloquent Mach has drawn barrier one, while multiple Group 1 winner Franco Edward gets his chance to bounce back to his best form from barrier two. As well as having Eloquent Mach, trainer Gary Hall Snr also has Robbie Easton engaged in the Derby Prelude with Hall Jnr to take the drive. Tim Walker

WA Pacing Cup champion Rocknroll Lincoln has made an impressive return to racing, taking out the Group 2 Governors Cup (2130m) at Gloucester Park last night. Having his first start since the Pacing Cup triumph, it wasn’t easy for the five-year-old, who was forced to do plenty of work three-deep early in the race. Eventually, reinsman Gary Hall Jnr was able to find the front just before the field got the bell. Rocknroll Lincoln was too strong on the final lap and went on to score a comfortable 3.3m victory. The son of Rocknroll Hanover rated 1.54.7 and ran home in 57.0. As Happy As Larry continued his excellent preparation by finishing second, while Vultan Tin bounced back to form with a game third placing. Always Arjay and Mr Mojito both wanted the lead early on, which ensured a slick lead time of 35.7. The pair faded out late to finish well back in the field. Following the win, Hall Jnr said the Pinjarra Cup on March 4 loomed as an ideal target for Rocknroll Lincoln. Vultan Tin and Handsandwheels are also expected to head to the Pinjarra Cup. The other feature on the night was the $30,000 Lewis Final (2130m), which was taken out by the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Our Alfie Romeo. It was Our Alfie Romeo’s eighth win from 11 starts in Australia. Reinsman Ryan Warwick said the mare had plenty of upside and forecast a bright future for her. Meanwhile, Typhoon Tiff continued trainer-reinsman Colin Brown’s outstanding run of form with the three-year-old’s, taking out the Thank You For Celebrating Pace (1730m). It was the third straight week Brown won a three-year-old race at Gloucester Park, after Patrickthepiranha won last week and again with Typhoon Tiff a week earlier. There were a couple of anxious moments for Brown in the home straight as Typhoon Tiff put in a couple of rough strides and Dracarys made late ground. However, the filly was able to withstand the surge of Dracarys to win by a head. Tim Walker

Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice has been busy at the yearling sales in Auckland and Christchurch this week and has engaged champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr to drive four-year-old mare Our Major Mama in the $30,000 final of the Lewis Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Our Major Mama, driven by Prentice to victory over Detroit Lily and Cott Beach in the WA Oaks in May of last year, is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier on the front line and Hall should have her in a commanding position throughout the 2130m event for mares. Prentice will be back in Perth on Friday but has decided not to drive at Gloucester Park in the evening. His other runner in the Lewis final is promising four-year-old Beaudiene Beach Babe, who will be handled by Nathan Turvey from barrier four. Hall has driven Our Major Mama only once three starts ago from barrier seven over 2185m at Pinjarra when she raced wide early, was restrained to the rear and then sustained a spirited three-wide last-lap burst to finish second to Miss Sangrial, who covered the final 800m in 55.8sec. In order to take the drive behind Our Major Mama, Hall had to reject the drive behind the talented Liberty Rose, who has been placed at all six starts at Gloucester Park this season after resuming from a spell. Hall has handled the New Zealand-bred Liberty Rose at 15 of her 16 WA starts. She will be driven from the outside of the front line on Friday night by Stuart McDonald, who has a 100 per cent record behind the mare. McDonald drove Liberty Rose in a C2-class event at Gloucester Park last June when she began from the back line and worked hard before winning from Iam Lambros. Hardest for Our Major Mama to beat on Friday night is likely to be Our Alfie Romeo, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old who is trained by Greg and Skye Bond and has impressed in winning at nine of her 18 starts. Our Alfie Romeo will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line and is capable of unwinding a spirited finishing burst. Ryan Warwick gave a masterly display in the sulky to land Our Alfie Romeo a winner from the pacemaker Liam Neal over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Our Alfie Romeo started from the inside of the back line and raced in fifth position, three back on the pegs. She was hopelessly hemmed in down the back straight the final time before Warwick was able to ease her off the pegs at the 400m mark. Our Alfie Romeo was seventh on the home turn and she stormed home, out five wide, to get up and win in the final stride. The Ross Olivieri-trained mare Veiled Secret, to be driven by Chris Voak from the No. 5 barrier, also has sound claims. She was most impressive two starts ago, last Friday week, when she dashed to the front after 550m and set a fast pace before finishing a gallant half-length second to Miss Sangrial.  The Prentice team has been cared for this week by 27-year-old Brayden Green, who brought stablemates De La Tourbie, Has No Fear and Majorpride to Gloucester Park on Tuesday when De La Tourbie, driven by Madeleine Young, was beaten in the final stride by a head by the fast-finishing Rock N Roll Delight and Has No Fear, driven by Jocelyn Young, thundered home from the rear to win the final event from Delightfulreaction and Majorpride. Meanwhile, Justin Prentice has been busy in New Zealand where he outlaid $55,000 to purchase Always An Angel, a yearling filly by Art Major, and $65,000 to buy El Chema, a Bettors Delight colt. Apart from Our Major Mama, Hall will drive Prentice-trained pacers Rocknroll Lincoln (Governor’s Cup), Sweet N Fast (Happy Chinese New Year Pace) and Dracarys (Thank You For Celebrating at GP Pace). “I’m looking forward to driving Sweet N Fast for the first time,” Hall said. “I’ve been watching him closely since his Bunbury win three starts ago which I thought was a huge effort, and he’s been unbeaten at two runs since. “But, from barrier three, I wouldn’t say he’s past the post. Soho Chelsea has drawn barrier one; he’s really going good and loves the rail. He will be hard to beat. But class might get Sweet N Fast home.” Hall drove the Glenn Elliott-trained Soho Chelsea last Friday night when the gelding raced in seventh position before finishing strongly from fourth (three wide) at the bell to hit the front 420m from home and coast to victory by almost three lengths from Brookies Jet, rating 1.57.4 over 2636m. Kim Prentice will handle Soho Chelsea from the prime No. 1 barrier this week. Hall elected to drive Dracarys in preference to the promising Fake News, a winner at four of her past five starts for trainer Gary Hall Snr. Dracarys, whose 11 starts have produced seven wins and two seconds, will start from barrier six in a field of seven and her clash with the brilliant Colin Brown-trained Typhoon Tiff, Fake News, Mandy Joan, Soho Interceptor, Countess Grace and Bettor Pack It will be a highlight of the ten-event program.   Ken Casellas

Trainer Ryan Bell concedes Shockwave has a difficult task in front of him if he’s to win the Group 2 Caduceus Club Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park tomorrow night, but is confident he has the right horse to upstage warm favourite Patrickthepiranha. Shockwave, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr once again, has impressed at his two most recent outings at Gloucester Park, where he overcame barrier five on both occasions, however he has drawn barrier eight tomorrow night. Despite the draw, Bell said he has Shockwave primed for a big performance in the $40,000 event. “As good as our bloke is going, the barrier is a bad one for him,” he said. “I’m confident he will put in a forward performance, but he will have to do the hard yards. “Our bloke is more forward than a lot of others in the field, but with Patrickthepiranha drawn barrier one over 2130 he can still afford to be fresh and be too good.” Shockwave produced, arguably, a career best performance over 1730m on January 25, where he rated 1.54.0, before he returned on February 1 over 2130m and rated 1.57.7. The Group 1 WA Derby on April 5 looms as the likely target for a majority of the three-year-olds engaged in tomorrow night’s feature. Bell described both performances as “pretty impressive” and said the fortnight between runs suited Shockwave perfectly. “He’s been lucky for most of his career so far that he’s been able to have two weeks between runs,” he said. “It has meant we’ve been able to keep him fresh a lot of the time. “He’s probably the type of horse I could keep fresh and I’d only work him at home to have him ready for the Derby.” Bell added he was hopeful he would be able to retain the services of Hall Jnr for the duration of Shockwave’s preparation. Patrickthepiranha, who is looking for seven straight wins, was installed a $1.55 chance with TABtouch, ahead of Gee Jay Kay ($5), Franco Edward ($5) and Shockwave ($5.50). Gee Jay Kay, who was the favourite in both of the recent races Shockwave won, has drawn barrier three tomorrow night, while Franco Edward has drawn barrier nine. Dylan Egerton-Green retains the drive on the Colin Brown-trained Patrickthepiranha and said he was confident the gelding would be able to lead all the way from the inside draw. “He’s got the right draw, but I still have to make sure that he runs off the gate and make sure nothing else can cross,” he said. “It’s a pretty handy field with Shockwave and Franco Edward, then you have a horse like Valbonne who has also been going well. “I have to keep my wits about me early but he should be able to capitalise on the good draw.” The Caduceus Club Classic gets underway at 7.25. Tim Walker

Lightly-raced five-year-old Herrick Roosevelt has made a full recovery from leg surgery and champion trainer Gary Hall Snr is confident the New Zealand-bred gelding can make a successful return to racing after an absence of 421 days by winning the $50,000 RWWA Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This will be Herrick Roosevelt’s first start since he led and held on grimly to win the $50,000 Christmas Gift by a short half-head from Walkinshaw in December 2017 and his first-up prospects have been enhanced by drawing the prized No. 1 barrier in this week’s Group 2 feature event over 2130m. The Christian Cullen pacer has not appeared in recent trials, but Hall said he was fit and ready to run a big race. “His work in this preparation has been the best of his career and he’s a quick beginner and smart frontrunner,” he said. Herrick Roosevelt, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, underwent surgery after winning the Christmas Gift when he developed a cyst in a stifle joint in a back leg. He has raced only 18 times (all in Western Australia) for ten wins and six placings for stakes of $138,206. The Halls are seeking to win the RWWA Cup for the second year in succession. They were successful last year when Chicago Bull, favourite at 10/1 on, raced four wide early, took the lead after 650m and defeated stablemate Ohoka Punter by four lengths. Herrick Roosevelt is likely to be tested seriously by dependable iron horse Vultan Tin, who is in grand form for Coolup trainer Phil Costello and reinsman Chris Voak. Vultan Tin will start from barrier four and Voak is expected to make full use of the hardy seven-year-old’s good gate speed. “The worst case scenario will be working in the breeze,” Voak said. Vultan Tin maintained his excellent form when he was first out from the No. 4 barrier, but was unable to cross the polemarker Mr Mojito and then raced without cover before taking a narrow lead in the final stages and being beaten by a head by the fast-finishing Mitch Maguire over 2130m last Friday night. The final quarters were run in 28.2sec. and 27.7sec. A week earlier, Vultan Tin led from barrier two and gave a bold frontrunning display to win the Group 2 2536m City of Perth Cup by just under two lengths from the flying El Jacko. The final sections were run in 28.2sec. and 27.8sec. Talented reinsman Aiden de Campo warned punters not to underestimate Handsandwheels, who is awkwardly drawn at barrier No. 6. “He raced four back on the pegs and didn’t get a clear run in the last lap when sixth behind Mitch Maguire last week,” de Campo said. “He was unlucky and if he’d got a run he would’ve gone close to winning. He’s got another tricky draw this week and I haven’t yet decided on my tactics.” Mitch Maguire, prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, is a brilliant sit-sprinter who is capable of overcoming his wide barrier at No. 7. He won for the ninth time from his past 15 starts and for the 23rd time from just 38 starts when he was sixth at the bell and finished powerfully to beat Vultan Tin last week. Shannon Suvaljko said that he was expecting the lone back-line runner Always Arjay to gain a perfect run behind the likely pacemaker Herrick Roosevelt and then figure in the finish. The Nathan Turvey-trained and driven Simba Bromac will reappear after a month’s absence, but the gelding faces a stern test from the outside barrier (No. 9). Simba Bromac warmed up for the race with a stylish all-the-way victory in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning when he was unextended in dashing over the final 400m in 26.9sec. in beating Chelsea Royale by 19 metres.   Ken Casellas

The induction of Robert Peters, Gary Hall Jnr, David Hamer and Old Comrade are several of the highlights of the 2019 WA Racing Industry Hall Of Fame inductees that were announced today by Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA). They are among twelve new members across the thoroughbred, harness and greyhound codes who will receive their accolades when the star-studded WA Racing Industry Hall Of Fame ceremony is conducted at Crown Perth on February 28. The 2019 class of intakes in WA racing’s highest honour includes five horses, three associates, two trainers and one jockey, driver and greyhound. Peters’ elevation is recognition for his unprecedented achievements and feats on the race track as a breeder, owner and administrator. He has amassed more than 1350 victories across Australia including over 200 at stakes level. At the end of the last racing season Peters had won seven Perth Cups, nine Derbies, thirteen Oaks, four Kingston Town Classics, two Railway Stakes, an Australian Cup, Emirates Stakes and two Goodwood Handicaps. Gary Hall Jr shares the privilege of becoming the second member of his family to join the elite of WA harness racing after his father Gary Hall Snr’s induction as a trainer in the 2014 intake. Hall Jr has been Perth’s champion driver for nine seasons, a tally exceeded by fellow inductees Fred R Kersley (17), Frank Kersley (11) and Chris Lewis (10). A winner of 54 Group races, including three Inter Dominions Championships, Hall Jnr is one of only five drivers to have passed the 2000 career wins mark in Western Australia. Hamer’s elevation as a greyhound trainer is remarkable when you consider the Victorian-born arrived in Perth with no background or experience in the sport. Hamer was a five-time leading trainer and prepared three Greyhound of the Year Champions: Pearl King (1980), Icy Monaro (1982) and Blue Echo (1984). Hamer’s biggest win was the Group 1 Perth Cup with Legatee (1984). Hamer’s star chaser, Blue Echo, who won 22 of 26 starts in WA, including seven feature races, will also be an inductee later this month. Thoroughbred Inductees Easingwold (Horse) F (Ted) McAuliffe  Old Comrade (Horse) R G (Bobby) Morley (Jockey) Robert Peters (Associate) Harness Inductees Gary Hall Jnr (Trainer/Driver) Jack Morris (Horse) John Hunt (Associate) Mick Lombardo (Associate) Norms Daughter (Horse) Greyhound Inductees Blue Echo (Greyhound) David Hamer (Trainer)   RWWA

Talented young trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper will gauge Franco Edward’s prospects in the $200,000 WA Derby when the colt competes over the Derby distance of 2536m in the Westral Crimsafe Doors Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Franco Edward, a dual Group 1 winner as a two-year-old last winter, has yet to race beyond 2185m in a brilliant career of eight wins and two seconds from 11 starts. “It was part of the reason why I put him in this race to see how he handles the 2500m,” Harper said. “I don’t think it will worry him at all. “From barrier four this week, I reckon he will find the front early. He hasn’t reached his peak in this current campaign (five starts for four wins) and after this week’s race I plan to run him in the Caduceus Club Classic the following Friday night as part of his preparation for the WA Derby (April 5).” Harper, who has a healthy respect for several smart three-year-olds, including Shockwave and Patrickthepiranha, singled out the Justin Prentice-trained four-year-old Sweet N Fast as Franco Edward’s most serious rival on Friday night. Sweet N Fast, who has won by big margins at Bunbury and Pinjarra at his past two starts, has an impressive record of nine wins and five placings from 22 starts. He will start from barrier five, alongside Franco Edward on Friday night. Anime (barrier one) and Mister Bushido (two) also will have admirers. Anime, trained at Coolup by Phil Costello, has a losing sequence of 15, but has been knocking on the door, with five seconds from his past six starts. He worked hard in the breeze and fought on grandly when second to Thisbeachrighthere over 2130m last Friday night. Mister Bushido, a former New Zealand performer and a newcomer to the stables of Gary Hall Snr, will pay to follow. He enjoyed a good passage in the one-out, one-back position before running home solidly into third place behind Thisbeachrighthere and Anime last Friday night. Vrai Amour, a lightly-raced seven-year-old with three wins from seven starts, will have many admirers when Jocelyn Young drives him for trainer Debra Lewis from the prized No. 1 barrier in the final event, the Westral Plantation Shutters Pace over 2130m. Vrai Amour reappeared after an absence of 19 months in a 1730m sprint last Friday night. From barrier six, he raced at the rear and was eighth, out five wide, on the home turn before charging home with a powerful burst to finish an eye-catching sixth behind Chok Chai. He will clash with the promising Our Rhythm N Blues, who faces a first-up test from the No. 8 barrier. Our Rhythm N Blues, a five-year-old trained by Gary Hall Snr, raced three times in WA last April and May after arriving from New Zealand for a first-up second to Pick My Pocket at Pinjarra and two wins over 2130m at Gloucester Park after setting the pace.   Ken Casellas

Astute Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed is aiming to win the $50,000 Westral Daintys Daughter Classic for a record-equalling third time when high-priced New Zealand-bred filly Arma Indie contests the Group 2 feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Arma Indie arrived in Perth less than two weeks ago and she has the raw ability to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier in the field of nine at her first appearance in Australia. She and the Colin Brown-trained and driven Typhoon Tiff are likely to dominate betting on the 2130m event in which the connections of all runners are anxious to press claims for a start in the $150,000 WA Oaks on May 3. Arma Indie was purchased three weeks ago by Jim and Wilma Giumelli from owner-breeders Davinia Harrison and Johnny Mathers for what they (the owners) described as a “sizeable” figure. Co-trainer David Butt said that Arma Indie had come back as a three-year-old stronger and more sensible than she was as a two-year-old when she raced eight times for no wins, one second and two thirds. Arma Indie ended her two-year-old campaign on a high note at Cambridge last June when she was a 72/1 outsider and finished second to the classy Princess Tiffany in the Group 1 Diamond Classic when the quarters were covered in 27.7sec., 30.7sec., 27.6sec. and 28.2sec. She revealed excellent gate speed and took the lead after 450m before sitting behind the pacemaker Princess Tiffany 400m later. She fought on with admirable spirit. The filly resumed after a spell and an absence of exactly seven months when she started from the No. 1 barrier and led for the first 450m before taking a sit in a 2000m event at Otago on January 2. Taking full advantage of the sprint lane Arma Indie burst to the front 120m from the post and won by more than two lengths from Vergeofgreatness, rating 2.1.6, with a final quarter of 28.6sec. She started from barrier No. 6 over 2200m at Invercargill on January 10. She began speedily and dashed to the front after 250m before taking a sit 400m later. She then regained the lead with 1100m to travel and went on to win in fine style from the fast-finishing colt Mighty Flying Art. Arma Indie rated 1.59.4 and covered the final 40m section in 27.7sec. Arma Indie is by American stallion Well Said and is the second foal (and only one to have raced) out of Arma Courage, who won three minor races and $17,410 from 21 starts. Arma Indie is closely related to Armalight, an outstanding mare who had 36 starts for 18 wins, 11 placings and $277,520 in prizemoney. Armalight, the New Zealand Horse of the Year in 1982, won seven Group 1 events, including the New Zealand Oaks at New Brighton in April 1980, the New Zealand Cup at Addington in November 1981 and the Auckland Cup at Alexandra Park in February 1983. Mark Reed will drive Arma Indie for his father, who has trained the winner of the Daintys Daughter Classic with Sheer Royalty (driven by Chris Lewis) in 2009 and Maczaffair (driven by Shannon Suvaljkjo) in 2017. Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr holds the record with three winners of the classic Majorly Foxy Styx (2014), Nuala (2015) and Slick Artist (2018). Brown has won the Daintys Daughter Classic twice. He was successful with the Deb Sweet-trained Centrefold Angel in 2010 and he prepared 8/1 chance Gota Good Lookadda, who led and beat 6/4 on favourite Bettor Dreams by a half-length. Centrefold Angel, a 3/1 chance, showed great courage to race in the breeze before getting to the front on the home turn and beating the 5/4 favourite Ella Sue by a head. Centrefold Angel was owned by Colleen Lindsay, who bred and owns Typhoon Tiff, who will start from barrier five on Friday night. Mrs Lindsay also bred and owns Typhoon Tiff’s full sister Tiffany Twirl, who was a 75/1 chance when she finished eighth behind Slick Artist in last year’s Daintys Daughter Classic. Typhoon Tiff was produced in outstanding shape by Brown for her first-up run at Pinjarra last Monday week. She led from barrier three and gave an outstanding frontrunning exhibition to win by 8m from Dracarys, rating 1.55.2 over 1684m, with final quarters of 26.7sec. and 27.8sec. That was Typhoon Tiff’s first outing since she raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing a neck second to Majorpride in the Diamond Classic for two-year-old fillies last June. Gary Hall Jnr has been engaged by Busselton trainer Barry Howlett to drive Millwood Gucci for the first time. The filly, a winner this year at Bunbury and Albany, steps up a lot in class, but has place prospects from the coveted No. 1 barrier. Mandy Joan, a winner at two of her nine starts for Byford trainer David Thompson, will be having her first start since August, but also has place prospects from barrier No. 3. She dashed over the final quarters of a 23150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning in 28.5sec. and 27.9sec. She will be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green. Champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond and leading reinsman Ryan Warwick, who combined for the fighting head victory by Dodolicious in the 2016 Daintys Daughter Classic, will be pinning their faith in Starlight Destiny, an all-the-way Northam winner over 1780m last Saturday night. Starlight Destiny will need a shade of luck from barrier seven, but she is an ultra-consistent filly who has had 15 starts for five wins, six seconds and three thirds. Ken Casellas

The big question is: Can Campora break through for an overdue win in the Crystalpack Stakes? And the simple answer is: Yes, he certainly can end a losing sequence of 16. Six-year-old Campora, trained by Gary Hall Snr, has been unplaced at his past ten starts and has managed just one win from his past 31 outings. However, he should relish the luxury of starting from the No. 1 barrier against moderate opposition in the 1730m sprint event. He has been dogged by unfavourable draws in recent months and he showed his liking for the No. 1 barrier and his ability as a frontrunner when he set the pace for Lauren Jones and sprinted over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 27.9sec. to win from Soho Chelsea and Chevrons Champion over 2130m late last July. Looming as the toughest for Campora to beat is Touch of Success, who will be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green from barrier two. Touch of Success, trained by Nathan Turvey, has a losing sequence of 12, but he showed signs of better things to come when he began from the back line and trailed the pacemaker Ohoka Darcy and ran home solidly to finish second to Caviar Star over 2130m last Friday week. He has set the pace in six of his 11 victories. Two pacers with substantial losing sequences will be two of the best backed runners in the Kyra’s Canter Pace. They are Luis Alberto (with a losing run of 21) and Sea Me Smile, who boasts a losing sequence of 46. Luis Alberto will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr from the No. 2 barrier and Sea Me Smile will be driven by Jocelyn Young from barrier three. Luis Alberto showed little sparkle from barrier No. 1 in a 2536m event last Friday night and he raced in fifth place, three back on the pegs, before finishing a well-beaten eighth behind James Butt. A week earlier, he raced three back on the pegs and ran on solidly, out wide, to finish fifth behind Hasani. Sea Me Smile enjoyed a perfect trip in the one-out, one-back position in a 2130m event last Friday night when she battled on gamely to finish fourth behind Caviar Star. Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg has two runners in this week’s event, Regal Ambition and Absolution, and both have realistic winning prospects. Ken Casellas

Talented but lightly-raced pacer Chok Chai will resume after an absence of almost seven months when he contests the Crystal Printing Pacing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he should have too much class for his eight rivals. Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr has not produced Chok Choi in trials, but the big gelding is sure to be fit enough to give a spirited first-up performance. The New Zealand-bred son of Washington VC has raced only 15 times for ten wins and two seconds. He had seven starts as a three-year-old for five wins and two seconds and then suffered a hairline fracture of a sesamoid in 2016 and was out of action for 11 months. Patient care and rest cured the problem. Chok Chai had two starts as a four-year-old for a first-up win and an 11th placing before being off the scene for nine months. He resumed in February 2018 and won four in a row before finishing eighth and 11th last July and then being spelled. He will start from barrier five in Friday night’s field of nine and Gary Hall Jnr could be tempted to use the gelding’s noted gate speed in a bid for the early lead in a race in which the Ross Olivieri-trained four-year-old Carrera Mach will be fancied from the prime No. 1 barrier. Adding interest to the race will be the reappearance after an absence of 19 months of Vrai Amour, a seven-year-old gelding who has had only six starts for three wins, two at Pinjarra and one at Bunbury. Bred, owned and trained by Debra Lewis, Vrai Amour has yet to race at Gloucester Park. He will start from the No. 6 barrier with Jocelyn Young in the sulky. Vrai Amour’s half-sisters Artemis Belle and Eagle Rox were outstanding juvenile performers, with Artemis Belle winning the Group 1 Sales Classic and the Group 3 Gold Bracelet for two-year-old fillies, the Group 3 Dainty’s Daughter Classic and the Group 1 WA Oaks in 2011. She was retired with a record of 31 starts for 19 wins, nine placings and stakes of $359,559. Eagle Rox won the Group 1 Diamond Classic as a two-year-old in a 29-start career of 16 wins and eight placings for earnings of $225,656. Chok Chai is one of several excellent drives for champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr who will supported strongly to win the opening two events, with Shockwave in the first and Bronze Seeker in the second. The Ryan Bell-trained Shockwave will start from barrier five and is sure to meet with plenty of opposition from the polemarker Gee Jay Kay, who will be handled by Shannon Suvaljko for trainer Vicki Lea. Gee Jay Kay also started from the No. 1 barrier when he resumed after a spell in a 1730m sprint last Friday night. He was a $1.45 favourite and led for the first 150m before Hall urged Shockwave ($2.70) past him and into the lead. Shockwave relished his pacemaking role and reeled off quarters of 28.3sec., 29sec., 28.7sec. and 28.4sec. to win by just over three lengths from Eloquent Mach, with Gee Jay Kay a neck away in third place. Gee Jay Kay had a tough run in the breeze and was at a disadvantage when one shortener failed to release. Like Shockwave and Eloquent Mach, Gee Jay Kay is developing into a serious candidate for the $200,000 WA Derby on April 5. Bronze Seeker is racing in grand style for Byford trainer Peter Anderson and will be favoured by the No. 1 barrier in the 1730m Worldwide East Perth Pace. He also started from barrier one three starts ago when he gave a splendid frontrunning display to win over 2130m from Benhope Rulz. Baylan Jett and Luis Alberto will be driven by Hall late in the program and the five-year-olds have sound prospects against moderate opposition.   Ken Casellas

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