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Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr is seriously contemplating a chance of tactics behind consistent pacer Carter Micheal when he drives the six-year-old from barrier five in the 2130m Christmas Sundowner Packages Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and his advice to punters is to overlook the horse’s fourth placing last week. “He might have looked a bit disappointing,” Hall said. “But they went ridiculous time (with final quarters of 28.4sec., 29.1sec., 28.1sec. and 27.4sec.) after we had burnt out hard from the outside (barrier eight) to get a good spot.” With Major Pocket scorching along in front Carter Micheal enjoyed an ideal trail in the one-out, one-back position, but just battled on in the home straight to finish three lengths from the winner who rated a brilliant 1.52.6 over the 1730m journey.  “It was a catch 22 situation,” Hall explained. “We got a good spot but paid the price for the early burn. He’s probably better when you don’t use him out of the gate like that. We’ll probably try to slot him in on Friday night and see where we end up.” Carter Micheal, trained by Nathan Turvey, is a consistent performer who has had 63 starts for 16 wins, 14 seconds and eight thirds. His past 11 starts have produced two wins, three seconds, three thirds and three fourths. The John Ellis-trained Black Jack Zac has a losing sequence of seven but looks very hard to beat from the prized No. 1 barrier, with Kyle Harper in the sulky. He possesses good gate speed, but is certainly not a noted frontrunner, with all his eight wins from 59 starts coming in races in which he has produced a spirited finishing burst. Marquisard, a five-year-old prepared by Craig Abercromby, is capable of a bold showing at his second outing after a spell and following his first-up 12th behind Mighty Flying Deal at odds of 125/1. He is a speedy beginner and Chris Lewis could well try to steal a march on his rivals by bursting to the front in the early stages. Hall had no hesitation in declaring the best of his winning chances on the ten-event program was the inexperienced Raging Bull four-year-old Wildwest in the Melbourne Cup Luncheon Pace in which the New Zealand-bred gelding will start from the inside of the back line. Wildwest, trained by Gary Hall Snr and a leading candidate for the rich classic for four-year-olds in the coming months, has not been extended in win at his only five starts one in New Zealand and four in WA. “His work has been really good, and this is not a particularly strong field,” said Hall Jnr. “If it was a stronger field I might have elected to stay on the pegs. But here I’ll be looking to come off the inside as soon as I can.” Hall is also bullish about the prospects of Overboard Again in the eighth event in which the seven-year-old is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line. Overboard Again impressed with his first-up second to Mighty Flying Deal last Friday night when he raced three wide in thee first lap and then without cover. “It’s a winnable race for him because of where he has drawn,” he said. “I’ve got options and he should improve a lot on last week’s performance.”   Ken Casellas

Fresh from a week off, Chicago Bull is poised to make it three wins from four starts this campaign, when he lines up in the Community TAB Free-For-All Pace (2130m) on Friday night. The six-year-old was a notable absentee from last week's FFA event, taken out by Luis Alberto. This week's FFA event has attracted a field of nine, with Chicago Bull's trainer Gary Hall Snr having five of the nine runners.  After a surprise defeat at his second start this campaign at the hands of Whozideawasthis, Chicago Bull was back to his best a fortnight ago when he settled outside and eventually wore down race leader Vultan Tin.  Despite drawing barrier seven for this week's $25,000 event, reinsman Gary Hall Jnr is bullish about Chicago Bull's chances. "It does look interesting," Hall Jnr said. "I'm not really sure what happens early, but it probably doesn't concern us too much. "He's well and he's raring to go. "He's going to be awfully short, but he should be winning." Whozideawasthis gets another chance to topple Chicago Bull this week, after he drew barrier two and has just Tommy Be Good to his inside.  Stuart McDonald has stuck with Whozideawasthis, following his fifth placing in last week's FFA. Lauren Jones is the new driver for the talented Herrick Roosevelt, who lines up for his first start since May 3, when he was unplaced behind Chicago Bull. A winner at 13 of his 29 starts, Herrick Roosevelt made an encouraging return from a long injury layoff earlier this year and progressed to FFA company. He starts from barrier three this week and looks set to have his chance to be in the finish from the draw. Hall Snr also has Tact Major and My Hard Copy in the race. My Hard Copy made a promising return in last week's FFA, where he ran on gamely from the rear of the field to finish fourth. Maczaffair looms as the main roadblock to Hall Snr taking out the FFA event, drawing barrier four. The mare produced a strong performance last week when third to Luis Alberto, her third start back from a spell.  Vincenzo Perrugia and Im Soxy round out the nine horse field, the latter of the two finished second to Luis Alberto last week. Hall Snr will be hopeful progressive four-year-old Ideal Liner can continue his winning form when he lines up in the Off The Track-More Than Just A Racehorse Pace (2130m). Ideal Liner has scored five wins from six starts this campaign, including his past four. His past two wins have both been on Friday night's at Gloucester Park, but will face a tricky test from barrier 11 this week.  Mighty Santanna, Mister Bushido, Warfare and Thereugo have all drawn on the front line ahead of Ideal Liner and will make life tricky for Hall Jnr in the sulky. Hall Snr and Hall Jnr will also team up with last start winner Mad Robber in the TABtouch-Better Your Industry Pace.   Tim Walker

Friday night's Group 2 Perth Plasterboard Centre Diamond Classic (2130m) for the three-year-old fillies shapes up as an intriguing edition of the feature. Trainer Justin Prentice's WA Oaks winner Has No Fear headlines the 12 horse field, along with stablemate Majorpride. Has No Fear has a significantly easier barrier in four for this week's event, but her stablemate may prove to be the hardest to beat from barrier one. Jocelyn Young retains the drive on Has No Fear, while Gary Hall Jnr will team up with Majorpride. Majorpride drew barrier one in a WA Oaks Prelude last month and was able to hold the front, before finishing third to Fake News. Hall Jnr said Majorpride's last start second to Countess Grace suggested she could hold the front again on Friday. "She went terrific last start in the breeze," Hall Jnr told GPTV. "I think she's in the form that suggests from this draw she can win the race. "We will be trying to make every post a winner from the draw and the way she's going I give her a big shot." The Mike Reed-trained Countess Grace and the David Thompson-trained Mandy Joan took out the two heats of the Diamond on May 14 but had contrasting fortunes at the barrier draw. Countess Grace will start from the outside of the front row in barrier nine, while Mandy Joan has drawn well in 12.  It was also quite the achievement from trainer Barry Howlett to qualify four fillies for the final, with All The Bells, Hello Hotshot, My Prayer and Millwood Gucci all doing enough in their heat runs. La Roue De Lamour, Bettor Pack It, Better Than Mint and Soho Interceptor round out the field.  The ever consistent La Roue De Lamour may have been a touch disappointing on face value in her heat, but barrier two is sure to see her play a prominent part in the final. Prior to her heat performance, the Annie Belton-trained filly had to be retired out of the WA Oaks in unfortunate circumstances.  The Bettors Delight filly was well respected in heading into the Oaks though, following meritorious displays in Oaks Preludes.  Belton said she was hopeful La Roue De Lamour had overcome issues stemming from her last start fifth to Mandy Joan. "After the last run I was disappointed," Belton told GPTV. "I got bloods done and she did have a virus and she'd carried it for a couple of weeks. "I'm not saying Mandy Joan wasn't a good horse, but I would've expected her to go straight past her. "When she (Mandy Joan) sprinted, we didn't so I knew there was something not quite right with her. "Hopefully I've got on top of it and she goes into the race on Friday nearly 100 per cent." Belton said she would leave it up to reinsman Kim Prentice as to whether La Roue De Lamour would try and cross Majorpride to lead the race. There was a welcome boost for Belton earlier this week when she found out Lady De La Renta would remain in her care for at least another month. The mare was set to head to America after her run in Friday night's Cubic Group Pace (2130m), but a change in plans to the transport arrangements has delayed her departure. Lady De La Renta was at her brilliant best in winning last weekend and will need to call on all that class to win from barrier eight on Friday night.  Belton said it was a hard decision to sell the mare to America, but the offers became too great to pass up. "Every day I look at her and wish I hadn't said yes," she said. "I just love her. "If she could win again for the Americans, I would be so delighted. "It's not going to be easy...if she's driven the same as last week, who knows." The Gary Hall Snr-trained Mister Bushido and Tact Major look set to be the major threats to Lady De La Renta, as do El Hombre and Chiaroscuro.   Tim Walker

Hopeland trainer Debra Lewis is enjoying a golden run of successes which should continue when speedy four-year-old The War Nurse contests the www.gloucesterpark.com.au over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Saturday night. In the past 12 weeks Lewis has prepared 24 winners with The War Nurse winning at four of her six starts, and Luis Alberto (six wins), The Watch Maker (four), Carte Blanche (four), Vrai Amour (two), Lot Twenty One (two) and Pierre Whitby (two) all racing in with great enthusiasm. The War Nurse, to be handled by the trainer’s husband Chris, will start from the No. 5 barrier on Saturday night and the mare possesses such sparkling gate speed that she should be able to cross to the front and then dictate the terms of the 2130m event. Last Friday night, The War Nurse began very fast from barrier three and set the pace in the $50,000 WASBA Breeders Pace in which she fought on grandly to finish third behind Our Alfie Romeo and Rosies Ideal. She led from barrier five and won at a 1.55.8 rate from Ona Happy Note and The Trilogy a week earlier and scoring effortless victories at Pinjarra at her three previous outings. The War Nurse, who managed five thirds from 15 starts as a three-year-old, has really blossomed this season, with six wins, four thirds and three fourths from 13 starts. She is likely to be tested by smart mares in Beaudiene Beach Babe, Kitura and Purest Silk, but should emerge triumphant. Beaudiene Beach Babe, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr for trainer Justin Prentice, is favourably drawn at barrier three and should fight out the finish. She dashed to the lead after 400m in the standing-start Race For Roses last Friday week before relinquishing the front and being shuffled back to fifth, three back on the pegs, and then running home with great determination to finish a head second to Miss Sangrial. Kitura, trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, was unlucky at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week when she trailed the pacemaker Breach The Beach and was badly blocked for a clear run in the closing stages when third to that pacer over 1730m. She will have many admirers this week from the prized No. 1 barrier. Purest Silk, trained by Barry Howlett, will start from the inside of the back line and should be prominent. She notched her eighth win from 25 starts when she finished powerfully to win from Crystal Sparkles and the pacemaker Cut Above at a 1.57./6 rate on Tuesday night. The Lewis stable will also have a strong following in other events on Saturday night, with Pierre Whitby (race two), Lot Twenty One (race six), Soho Leviathan (race seven) and Luis Alberto (race ten). Luis Alberto, a New Zealand-bred gelding, has been a revelation in the past few months, with his 13 starts for Lewis producing six wins and three placings. He is handily drawn at barrier three in the final event on Saturday night, the 1730m The Bridge Bar Pace, and should fight out the finish for Jocelyn Young, who has formed a strong association with the five-year-old. Considerable interest in this event surrounds the first appearance in Western Australia of Victorian performer Mad Robber, an eight-year-old stallion who has hade 43 starts for 11 wins, ten seconds and four thirds. Mad Robber, prepared by Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr, will start from the coveted No. 1 barrier and reinsman Gary Hall jnr is sure to make full use of the horse’s good gate speed over the sprint trip. Mad Robber, driven by Maddison Brown, impressed in winning a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning when the horse began fast from barrier one, set the pace and sprinted the final 400m in 27.5sec. in beating Galante by one and a half lengths at a 1.57.3 rate. He will be having his first start on Saturday night since he raced in the breeze and wilted to fifth behind Rackemup Tigerpie over 1710m at Ballarat on December 26 last year.   Ken Casellas

Dracarys has reinforced her standing as the filly to beat in next month's WA Oaks, following an effortless win in the Oaks Prelude (2130m) at Gloucester Park. It was another impressive display from the Justin Prentice-trained filly, who scored by 5.8m to Soho Interceptor. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr slowly made his way to the front on the Bettors Delight filly from barrier 12 and was then too strong over the closing stages, where she ran home in 56.6. Fake News, who won the Oaks Prelude last week, finished third. Balcatherine, the second favourite in tonight's event, was unplaced after having to go back from the wide draw. Hall Jnr said it was a professional performance by Dracarys. "She's got good speed," he told RWWA Harness. "I always planned to put her into it tonight when the pace allowed us to. "She's got a motor to go with it too." Hall Jnr said he expected the filly to improve further for the Oaks and was full of praise for Prentice's training performance. "Justin has always been good at getting them to peak at the right time," he said. "This has always been the plan for her and her main aim this prep. "He's pretty good at what he does, so I just leave that up to him." Prentice then teamed up with reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green in the later in the night with fellow three-year-old Back In Twenty to take out the Glenroy Chaff Pace (2130m). A smart field of three-year-old colts and geldings assembled for the event, but a smart Egerton-Green drive was enough for the colt to score a comfortable win to Sangue Reale. Elsewhere on the Gloucester Park meeting, Mighty Conqueror took out a thrilling edition of the Group 2 Easter Cup (2902m). Mighty Conqueror eventually worked to the front after starting off a 20m Handicap, but had to hold off a fast-finishing As Happy As Larry. Reinsman Ryan Warwick declared post-race the four-year-old had the potential to be a key in feature races over the summer carnival. In the Free-For-All event of the evening, Vultan Tin showed his trademark toughness to score a narrow win over Always Arjay. Vultan Tin settled in the breeze for reinsman Chris Voak, as Always Arjay led from the inside barrier. The tough gelding loomed on the home turn and looked poised to score an easy win, but Always Arjay fought back on the inside to make it a tight finish. It was the second leg of a driving double for Voak, who scored on Back To The Beach earlier in the evening.   Tim Walker

Lightly-raced four-year-old Quick Stride has been shining on country tracks and he has bright prospects of extending his winning sequence to six when he contests the $18,000 Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night at his first appearance in the city. Trained at Boyanup by Justin Prentice and driven by Gary Hall Jnr, Quick Stride has won twice at Narrogin and four times at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park track. He is versatile, possessing good gate speed and powerful finishing burst. At his latest outing he charged home, out wide, from eighth at the bell to win by four lengths from It Aint Royal over 2569m at Donaldson Park last Saturday week. By American sire Live Or Die, Quick Stride is out of the unraced Northern Luck mare Lucky Stride, whose dam Jessica Clare had 118 starts for 11 wins, 39 placings and stakes of $81,285. Hall drove Jessica Clare to two Gloucester Park victories when the mare was trained by Ross Olivieri. Jessica Clare is the dam of the Olivieri-trained Back To The Beach, who looks a strong winning chance in the Bridge Bar Pace on Friday night. Toughest for Quick Stride to beat on Friday night is likely to be five-year-old Heez Manly, who will be having his third start after an absence 11 months. Heez Manly, to be driven by Stuart McDonald for champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, impressed last Friday night when he settled down in eighth position before dashing forward to race in the breeze with two laps to travel. Heez Manly challenged the pacemaker Liam Neil strongly before taking a narrow lead 270m from home and fighting on grimly when a close second to Liberty Rose. The Prentice-Hall Jnr combination will be strongly fancied to win the Christmas in July at the Beau Rivage Pace with Warfare, a New South Wales-bred six-year-old by Courage Under Fire who impressed at his West Australian debut at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week when he  raced in the breeze before surging away to win convincingly from Vincenzo Peruggia at a 1.53.6 rate over 1730m.  Warfare has good gate speed and is perfectly drawn at barrier one in the 2536m event. A winner of one race (at Penrith) in New South Wales, Warfare has won 11 times in Victoria. He is the first foal out of the Ultimate Falcon mare Flamin Yomax, who earned $123,609 from 15 wins and 18 placings from 61 starts. One of Warfare’s most serious rivals could well be Warriors Code, who caught the eye at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening when he charged home from last at the bell to be second to Mistersandman over 2130m. Friday night’s program should open with a spirited tussle between polemaker The Art Form and Im Soxy, who will start from the No. 5 barrier. Im Soxy, to be handled by Ryan Warwick for Bunbury trainer Brian Clemens, revealed excellent fighting qualities last Friday night when he worked hard in the breeze before taking the lead 100m from the post and winning by a head from the pacemaker Mighty Flying Deal. Warwick was full of praise, saying: “He did it really easily. He’s getting better and better and is not finished with yet.”   Ken Casellas

New Zealand-bred filly Balcatherine will begin her WA Oaks campaign when she starts in a prelude of the classic, the Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and she has the raw ability to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the inside of the back line in the 2130m event. She is unbeaten at her only two starts in New Zealand when she was not fully extended in moderate company in winning at a 2.1.1 rate over 2200m at Gore on December 27 and at a modest 2.6.6 rate over 2200m at Invercargill on January 21. Now prepared by Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr, Balcatherine will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr. “She’s got high speed and is going great at home,” said Hall Snr. “She’s probably a little bit underdone with a rushed preparation. This is a bit of a test for her, but she’s up to the task.” Balcatherine was not bustled at the start at her two runs in New Zealand and she revealed excellent sprinting ability to finish powerfully. At her debut at Gore she ran on from seventh (one-out and one-back) at the bell to move to the breeze 500m from home and then take the lead with 150m to travel. She beat the pacemaker Star Ruler by just over a length, with final quarters of 29.3sec. and 27.9sec. Then at Invercargill she started from barrier five in a field of seven and raced in fifth position, four back on the pegs, before going four wide on the home turn and bursting to the front 80m from the post to win, unextended, by two and a half lengths from Myrcella. Balcatherine’s rivals include several fillies aimed at the $150,000 Gannon’s WA Oaks on May 3. The Hall stable will also be represented by Fake News, a winner at six of her 15 starts. She will be driven by Stuart McDonald from barrier five and can improve on her seventh behind the brilliant Dracarys last Friday night when she had a tough run in the breeze. Justin Prentice, trainer of Dracarys, has two runners in Friday night’s event Majorpride (Michael Grantham) from barrier one and Fulfil The Dream (Nathan Turvey) from barrier three. Fulfil The Dream has blossomed this season, winning at three of her five starts. She gave a solid frontrunning display to win from The Royal Lady over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. That followed a sound third behind Dracarys and Majorpride at her previous outing. Busselton trainer Barry Howlett’s promising filly My Prayer will have admirers from the No. 4 barrier after her strong finishing wins at Pinjarra at her past two starts. And Annie Belton’s La Roue De Lamour is showing steady improvement with a good win from the breeze at Bunbury, followed by her good frontrunning display when a fight last-start second to Dracarys.   Ken Casellas

The 2019 WA Derby was built up as one of the strongest ever. It ended as a precession, as Major Trojan delivered reinsman Gary Hall Jnr and trainer Gary Hall Snr a fifth win in the $200,000 feature at Gloucester Park. The Group 1 event started in eventful circumstances as likely pacemaker and the well backed Its Rock And Roll had to be retired from the race when reinsman Colin Brown’s sulky got a flat tyre. It allowed Franco Edward to run to the lead and Major Trojan settled behind him when Hall Jnr elected against pressing on to the front. Hall Jnr had to be patient on the final lap as he sought clear running room, but on the turn for home he was able to get off the pegs and was poised for his run. The Art Major colt then stormed away over the closing stages to record a seemingly effortless 4.7m win to Bletchley Park, who narrowly beat Franco Edward for second place. Eloquent Mach, who won the main Derby lead up the Western Gateway a fortnight ago, was well beaten. Hall Jnr, who won the WA Derby previously with Alta Christiano (2013), Beaudiene Boaz (2015), Chicago Bull (2016) and King Of Swing (2018), said his fifth win in the time honoured event was the pick of them. “It’s a special one because you put your neck on the line with those sort of horses when you pay that money for them,” Hall Jnr told RWWA Harness. “I know Snr feels the pressure a lot more than me. “Sometimes you scratch your head when you pay the big money for them, but he was super tonight. “He’s still got room for improvement.” Major Trojan will now be aimed towards the Golden Nugget in December. The Derby win started a run of four straight winners on the night for Hall Jnr, who teamed up with Liberty Rose, Dracarys and Whozideawasthis in the following three races. Liberty Rose’s win in the In Appreciation Of Dr Tom Rieusset Pace (2536m) ended a frustrating run of outs for the mare. Hall Jnr said Liberty Rose deserved the breakthrough win and felt she may be a better horse when she didn’t lead. “We’ve not found any issues with her,” he said. “I was disappointed in a few of those races. “Some horses don’t like leading and I thought it would’ve suited her from what we saw as a three-year-old. “Maybe she likes being tucked away.” Dracarys showed why she would be the one to beat in next month’s WA Oaks, with a dominant win in the Oaks Prelude. Whozideawasthis then completed the stunning run of success for Hall Jnr, when he took out the Free-For-All event of the evening. The eight-year-old gelding won at Free-For-All level two starts back and continued the excellent form last night by upstaging the short-price favourite Handsandwheels. Hall Snr also had Tact Major win last night at just his second start back since November 2017. In a further boost for the stable, Hall Snr said Chicago Bull was a month away from making his return to the races. Tim Walker

Exciting colt Franco Edward is proving to be one of the best bargains in recent times and he will boost his earnings to $325,541 if he justifies the confidence of his young trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper and wins the $200,000 Sky Racing WA Derby at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Kim Prentice bought Franco Edward for just $17,500 at the 2017 Auckland yearling sales on behalf of prominent WA owner Rob Watson and the brilliant pacer has already amassed $197,541 from nine wins and four seconds from 15 starts. Franco Edward has certainly exceeded early expectations and to illustrate claims that he is a marvellous bargain is that two of the most expensive purchases at the 2017 Auckland sales Kokomo Beach and Franco Stallone have not set the world on fire. Kokomo Beach was sold for $187,500 and Franco Stallone was sold for $190,000. Kokomo Beach, renamed Typhoon Stride, has been unplaced at two country starts in Victoria for stakes of $490 and Franco Stallone, renamed Puntarno Stride, has earned $1750 from a second at Horsham and a third at Maryborough. Franco Edward, by American stallion American Ideal, is the first foal out of the unraced Changeover mare Edinburgh Franco, whose dam Elisit Franco raced 16 times for three wins and three placings for stakes of $10,750 before being retired to stud where she has produced five winners, including star WA mare Eden Franco (35 starts for 14 wins, 15 placings and $189,465) and Franco Emirate (33 starts for 14 wins, 11 placings and $332,830). Elisit Franco’s dam Emily Franco managed one win and one placing for $3800 from ten starts, but she produced Franco Enforce, who had 70 starts for 28 wins, 19 placings and $593,738. Franco Edward warmed up for Friday night’s Derby in fine style with an effortless victory in 2150m Byford trial on Sunday morning when driven by Lindsay Harper. He revealed his superb gate speed to set a dawdling early pace before scorching over the third 400m section of the final mile in 26.3sec. and then was not extended in coasting over the final quarter in 28.7sec. Whether Kyle Harper, who will contesting a WA Derby for the first time, rolls the dice and makes a spirited bid from the No. 4 barrier for the early lead is problematical. There is abundant speed on his inside in the polemarker Bletchley Park and Its Rock And Roll (barrier three). Harper predicted that Colin Brown would make full use of Its Rock And Roll’s dazzling early pace and would quickly assume the role of pacemaker. Expanding on his theory, Harper said that if Its Rock And Roll got to the front and Major Trojan (from barrier five) surged forward to race in the breeze that he could be fortunate to take the sit in the one-out, one-back position behind Major Trojan. He added that this was purely theoretical and that if Bletchley Park or Major Trojan got to the early lead and set the pace it would completely change the complexity of the 2536m race. “It’s exciting times,” Harper said. “Franco Edward’s point-to-point speed is exceptional. His final half in the Byford trial was very impressive as was his last-start second to Eloquent Mach last Friday week when he unwound a great finishing burst.” That close second to Eloquent Mach in the Group 2 Western Gateway Classic came after Franco Edward was restrained at the start from the outside barrier (No. 9) and was last in the field of 12 at the bell before charging home when the final two 400m sections (off the front) were covered in 28.3sec. and 28.5sec. The New Zealand-bred Major Trojan, who was sold to clients of champion trainer Gary Hall Snr for what was reported to be a substantial amount, is sure to prove extremely hard to beat on Friday night. The big colt has improved steadily since arriving in WA. He followed three successive placings behind smart stablemate Eloquent Mach with a commanding display to set the pace and win, unextended by three and a half lengths from Gee Jay Kay in a Derby prelude over 2130m last Friday night. Major Trojan will start from barrier five and star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr said that he expected a powerful showing from the colt. “He’s got a motor and I’ll have a few options,” he said. “We’ve got the right horse able to make a few runs in the race. I’m more happy with him going into the race than I was with King of Swing last year (when he raced in the breeze and beat the fast-finishing Bechers Brook by a head).” The powerful combination of Hall Snr and Hall Jnr have dominated the WA Derby in recent years, winning the classic four times over the past six years, scoring with Alta Christiano, Beaudiene Boaz, Chicago Bull and King of Swing. Hall Jnr said that he had served a tough apprenticeship in the Derby, with three second placings before his recent run of successes. He drove Ivory Trader for trainer Ross Olivieri in the 2002 WA Derby when the gelding finished a neck second to Tricky Vic and then finished a nose second with Ulrich behind Global Force in 2004 and was second with Macraider to Argent Treasure in 2008. Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed said he expected a strong showing from Bletchley Park from the coveted No. 1 barrier and that his son Mark had the opportunity to set the pace with the black colt who has led and won three times in a career of 12 starts for seven wins and two placings. Mike Reed, who has prepared WA Derby winners with Tricky Vic in 2002 and Ace of Spades in 2003 (both driven by his son), said that Bletchley Park was working strongly and he hoped he would go one better than stablemate Bechers Brook, who was 11th on the home turn and charged home, six wide, to finish a head second to King of Swing in the 2018 Derby. “At Bletchley Park’s final run as a two-year-old he finished a nose second to Franco Edward in the Pearl Classic and I believe that there’s not much between Franco Edward and my bloke. And we’ve got the good draw.” Apart from Major Trojan, the Hall stable will be represented in Friday night’s big race with Robbie Easton and Eloquent Mach. Robbie Easton (Micheal Ferguson) will be an outsider after drawing the outside barrier (No. 9), but Eloquent Mach (Stuart McDonald) will have admirers from barrier two on the back line. Eloquent Mach has won in fine style at each of his past three starts and cannot be underestimated. Veteran Banjup trainer Colin Brown, who drove the Greg Bond-trained Richard Henry in the 2005 WA Derby, is hoping for an all-the-way win with the speedy Its Rock And Roll, who is racing keenly and this season after excelling as a two-year-old with victories in the Group 1 Sales Classic and Group 2 Champagne Classic. Brown’s other Derby runner is Patrickthepiranha, who will be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green from the outside of the back line. Patrickthepiranha has won at nine of his 13 starts and is capable of surprising.   Ken Casellas

The majority of WA Trotting Media Guild members believe that former Kiwi pacer Major Trojan will open his winning account on Friday night at Gloucester Park. Now in the stables of leading trainer Gary Hall, Major Trojan has finished second twice and  third last week (all behind stablemate Eloquent Mach) in his three starts in WA. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, TABradio’s Matt Young and Guild president Wayne Currall have all made Major Trojan their best bet at the meeting. Manning believes Major Trojan gets the chance to confirm his favouritism for next week’s $200,000 WA Derby. “Major Trojan was most impressive when he fought on and held third after facing the breeze last Friday,” Manning said. “Trainer Gary Hall has declared the colt is his best Derby prospect.” Young and Currall agree. “Major Trojan showed last week he has good staying power and gate speed,” Young said. “He should be leading and winning the Prelude on Friday night quite comfortably.” Currall likes what he’s seen of Major Trojan. “Gary Hall has an uncanny knack of identifying young Kiwi pacers and turning them into superstars,” he said. “Major Trojan is in that ilk and I expect him to easily account for this field.” Multiple winner of the Guild’s tipping competition Stuart Lowe has made Eden Franco his star bet. “My best bet is Eden Franco, who is the class runner in the Empress Stakes,” Lowe said. “She has the most win dollars in the race and is drawn to lead from barrier two.” Longshot guru Pat Harding believes Herrick Roosevelt will make it successive wins. “My best bet comes up in race three,” Harding said. “At long last the Hall-trained Herrick Roosevelt finally broke through for a win last week. This week, coming from barrier two, I think he can make it two in a row and keep punters happy.” Budding racecaller Hayden King is keen on the consistent Lord Willoughby. “Lord Willoughby will sit just off the pace and use his brilliance to overhaul the leaders and stave off closers late,” King said. The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft thinks punters can start the meeting off on a winning note by supporting Ace Bromac. “Ace Bromac has finished runner-up twice from wide draws since resuming from a let-up,” Havercroft said. “From barrier two he will settle close to the speed and looks a chance to go one better this Friday.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas has selected Caviar Star as his best bet. “It’s always a difficult task to win from a 30 metre handicap, but I expect Caviar Star to be up to the challenge by overcoming this disadvantage and winning on Friday night,” Casellas said. “His form this season has been exceptional and he’s my best bet this week.” VALUE BETS ERNIE: Eden Franco, freshened by trainer Colin Brown, has the exceptional record of nine wins and six places from 18 Gloucester Park starts. She impressed when a front-running winner at headquarters last November. MATT: Forever Remembered is a sniper and in a competitive standing start might be the late swooper at big odds.  WAYNE: Madame Meilland is drawn to get the run of the race behind likely leader Eden Franco, who loves to bowl along in front. Could run a race at odds. STUART: The value bet looks to be Back To The Beach. He covered a heap of ground, from a wide draw, before finishing a close-up fourth last start. Has the pole draw here in a similar field. PAT: My value bet comes up in race eight with No. 3 Lord Willoughby. This horse had a win four starts ago and I think he is well placed with Chris Lewis aboard to record another win. HAYDEN: Baylan Jett wasn't disgraced at his latest start and could be at a hefty price. Has claims. RYAN: Vincenzo Perrugia is racing in fine style and from barrier one on Friday he will give you a sight. Ran second to Handsandwheels after breezing four starts ago and could upset more fancied rivals. KEN: For value, I suggest Handsandwheels at an attractive quote in race four, in which he is the sole back-line runner. His recent form has been hard to fault. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting!   Wayne Currall

Sixteen months ago, Tact Major was on the doorstep of a wonderful career but he broke down with a bowed tendon and his racing future was in serious doubt. However, patient care has enabled him to recover and he will resume after an absence of 490 days when he contests the Glenroy Chaff Bio John Petstock Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He bowed his tendon twice, but now he seems pretty sound,” said trainer Gary Hall Snr. “He might need the run, but he’s got enough ability to win first-up. He has been working as good as Whozideawasthis (a smart winner last Friday night). But, at home it’s a lot different to being in a race.” Tact Major, a New Zealand-bred seven-year-old, has raced only 22 times for ten wins, four seconds and a third placing. He is favourably drawn at barrier No. 2 in a field of eight and Lauren Jones should have him in a forward position all the way. Argyle Red will start from the No. 1 barrier and Morgan Woodley appears certain to take full advantage of the gelding’s excellent gate speed in an attempt to lead throughout. The Hall stable will also be represented by Campora, a fast-finishing winner four starts ago. Campora will start out wide at barrier seven, but has sound claims after unwinding strong late bursts to finish fourth behind Major Catastrophe and fifth behind Herrick Roosevelt at his past two outings. In what should prove to be a keen betting race, Lord Willoughby and Luis Alberto will have many admirers. The Ross Olivieri-trained Lord Willoughby, with Chris Lewis in the sulky at barrier three, should prove hard to beat following his strong effort last Friday week when he sustained a spirited three-wide burst from eighth at the bell to finish third behind Handsandwheels and Vincenzo Peruggia in the Four And Five-Year-Old Championship. Luis Alberto, to be driven by Jocelyn Young for trainer Debra Lewis, also looks set to fight out the finish. He caught the eye when fourth behind Handsandwheels last Friday week when he was last at the bell and ninth, five wide, on the home turn before charging down the straight. Luis Alberto maintained his outstanding form last Friday night when he thundered home from fourth (three wide) at the bell to win easily at a 1.54.8 rate over 1730m, with final quarters of 27.8sec. and 28.9sec. Another pacer from the Hall camp who will be making a comeback on Friday night is Heez Manly, who will be driven by Kim Prentice from the No. 3 barrier in the Glenroy Chaff Pinjarra Traders Pace. He has recovered from suspensory ligament damage and is capable of winning at his first appearance for 12 months. “He’s sound, but a bit underdone,” said Hall Snr. “However, he is good enough to win, first-up.” Gary Hall Jnr gave punters an important lead by choosing to drive Liberty Rose ahead of Heez Manly, Fake News and Dominate The Dojo in Friday night’s race. Liberty Rose has a losing sequence of 13 but is knocking on the door and should notch her seventh victory this week or in the very near future. She will start from the inside of the back line and should have a reasonably soft passage before Hall sets her alight in the final circuit. She was tenth at the bell before sprinting home powerful, out wide, to finish a head second to Dominate The Dojo over 1730m last Friday night. Fake News, a winner at six of her past eight starts, including an all-the-way triumph in the $30,000 Country Derby at Pinjarra at her most recent outing, will start from the No. 4 barrier and will be handled by Micheal Ferguson. Kevin Keys has engaged Aiden de Campo for Dominate The Dojo, who will begin out wide at barrier eight. Ken Casellas

Highly-regarded New Zealand-bred three-year-old Major Trojan looks set to record his first win in Australia when he begins from barrier two on the front line in the 2130m Glenroy Chaff Oakford Stockfeeds Derby prelude at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “His was a great effort when third in the 2536m Western Gateway Classic last Friday night,” declared champion trainer Gary Hall Snr. “He’s quick out and I think he will lead and prove very hard to beat this week.” Major Trojan started out wide from barrier eight last week and raced three wide early before working hard in the breeze outside the pacemaker Patrickthepiranha. He got to the front 550m from home and fought on doggedly when beaten home by stablemate Eloquent Mach and Franco Edward. That followed Major Trojan’s seconds to Eloquent Mach at Bunbury and Gloucester Park at his first two appearances in Australia. His chief rivals this week appear to be the polemarker Gee Jay Kay and Its Rock And Roll, who will start from the outside barrier (No. 9).  Gee Jay Kay, a comparatively inexperienced gelding with three wins and four placings from ten starts for trainer Vicki Lea and reinsman Shannon Suvaljko, will have plenty of admirers after drawing the coveted No. 1 barrier. He impressed greatly with a commanding performance to set the pace and win a 2185m trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning after dashing over the final three quarters in 29.4sec., 28.6sec. and 28.4sec. “He showed really good speed off the gate,” said Suvaljko. “We can lead or sit behind Major Trojan and should run a good race.” Trainer-driver Colin Brown expects a strong showing from the talented Its Rock And Roll this week and in the Group 1 WA Derby the following Friday night.  Its Rock And Roll, winner of the Group 1 Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings and the Group 2 Champagne Classic last season, has resumed after a spell in solid form, with his first four starts as a three-year-old producing three seconds and a third placing. At his most recent outing, in the Group 2 Sales Classic for three-year-old colts and gelding a fortnight ago, Its Rock And Roll began speedily from barrier four, but was unable to cross Shockwave in a spirited battle for the early lead. He then had a tough run in the breeze before taking a narrow lead on the home turn and finishing a good third behind Patrickthepiranha and Walsh. “I’m rapt with him at the moment; he really did benefit from the hard run two weeks ago and he’s jumping out of his skin. This week I won’t be able to go forward from barrier nine and sit outside Major Trojan, who rolls along just too quickly. I’ll drive Its Rock And Roll in a way which should guarantee him finishing in the best possible position.” Ken Casellas

Ace trainer-reinsman Colin Brown confidently predicts that top-flight mare Eden Franco is fit and ready to bounce back from a last-start last placing eight weeks ago by proving hard to beat in the $50,000 Glenroy Chaff Empress Stakes over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “There were excuses for her last-start failure,” Brown admitted. “She pulled up sore in the off-side knee and fetlock and we backed off with her for a while. But she’s been down to the beach every day and has been galloping in good style in recent weeks. “There’s no problem with her now and she is probably the fittest I’ve ever had her. I’m rapt with the draw (No. 2 on the front line) and you would think that she would lead. But if she breezes, she breezes, and we’ll run even quarters. Obviously, she would be better off in front. But if that’s not to be, so be it.” Eden Franco a New Zealand-bred six-year-old by Christian Cullen, has been lightly raced and boasts a marvellous record of 34 starts for 14 wins, 11 seconds and four thirds for $187,465 in stakes. Eight weeks ago, Eden Franco resumed after a two-month absence when she started out wide at barrier eight in the City of Perth Cup. She was restrained to the rear and did not threaten danger at any stage. At her previous appearance, in the Group 1 Mares Classic on December 7, she began brilliantly from barrier nine, was forced five wide for the first 200m before surging to the front 100m later and then setting the pace before finishing second, beaten a head in the final stride by 90/1 outsider Millview Sienna. “We’ll kick around in mares’ races for a little while and then aim for the big races for mares in the summer,” said Brown who trained and drove Sand Pebbles to victory over Party Date in the 2004 Empress Stakes. “We would certainly like to pick up a Group 1 with her before she retires. She probably will go into foal before those big races.” One of Eden Franco’s main rivals on Friday night is expected to be five-year-old Madame Meilland, who will be driven from the prized No. 1 barrier by champion reinsman Chris Lewis for eight-time WA premier trainer Ross Olivieri. Lewis and Olivieri hold the records for the greatest number of wins in the Empress Stakes, which was first run in 1969. Lewis has driven the winner eight times, scoring with Candy Nacray (1988), Armbro Lucy (1992), Meggie Dear (2001), Classical Mover (2002), Shes Royalty (2007), Ima Spicey Lombo (2011) and Sensational Gabby (2014 and 2015). Olivieri has won the race five times with Elysees Crest (2010), Ima Spicey Lombo (2011), Sensational Gabby (2014 and 2015) and Madame Meilland (2018). Twelve months ago, Madame Meilland, driven by Shannon Suvaljko, started at 7/1 from the No. 2 barrier. She enjoyed a perfect trail, one-out and one-back, before finishing strongly to get up and beat the pacemaker and 7/4 on favourite Better B Chevron by a head. Lewis brought the Olivieri-trained Sheer Rocknroll with a spirited burst from last at the bell to finish third. Star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr had the choice of four drives in Friday night’s Group 2 feature event and he has given punters a good lead by opting to handle the Kevin Keys-trained Sarah Goody ahead of Just Rockon Bye (Stuart McDonald), Our Major Mama (Aiden de Campo) and Beaudiene Beach Babe (Nathan Turvey). Sarah Goody has resumed after an absence of seven months in fine style with impressive victories, when she led first-up over 2536m and beat Luis Alberto at Gloucester Park and second-up in the Golden Girls Mile at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when she started from the back line and surged home from three back on the pegs to win decisively from the odds-on favourite and pacemaker Our Alfie Romeo, with final quarters of 27.2sec. and 27.7sec. Keys was delighted with Sarah Goody’s performance at Pinjarra and said that the mare had the ability to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line on Friday night. “The leader ran 54.9sec. (for the final 800m) and Sarah Goody gave her a good four lengths on straightening up and got over her comfortably on the line,” Keys said. Our Major Mama finished boldly from tenth at the bell to be a sound third. Our Alfie Romeo, prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, cannot be overlooked despite her wide draw at No. 8. She had won at each of her five previous starts before her second in the Golden Girls Mile. Her past 18 starts have produced 12 wins. The Bond camp has finished second in the past two Empress Stakes --- with Jungle Jewel behind The Parade in 2017 and Better B Chevron behind Madame Meilland last year. The Annie Belton-trained Lady De La Renta will start from the inside of the back line and is capable of unwinding a powerful late burst for Kim Prentice, who drove her to a stylish victory over the pacemaker Miss Sangrial, rating 1.54.6 over 1730m after working in the breeze all the way at Gloucester Park last Friday night.   Ken Casellas

Star Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice has high hopes that Rocknroll Lincoln will maintain his superb form and win the $50,000 Direct Trades Supply Four and Five-Year-Old Championship over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I plan that this will be his final run before going out for a spell,” Prentice said. “And it would be nice for him to go out on a winning note, though barrier nine will be no help. Once again, his chief mission will be the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups next season. “He went to the line really well when a close second to El Jacko in the Pinjarra Cup (on Monday of last week). He had to come three deep without cover.” At his previous outing Rocknroll Lincoln gave a powerful performance to win the Governor’s Cup after racing three wide for the first lap and taking the lead 1100m from home before scoring by a length from As Happy As Larry at a 1.54.7 rate over 2130m. That was his first appearance since winning the group 1 2936m WA Pacing Cup five weeks earlier. Rocknroll Lincoln will again be handled by champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, who appears certain to send the five-year-old forward in the first circuit. The stallion will again clash with the Andrew de Campo-trained Handsandwheels, who has performed strongly in both the Governor’s Cup and Pinjarra Cup at his past two starts. WATCH INTERVIEW WITH AIDEN DE CAMPO Handsandwheels finished with plenty of determination when fourth in the Governor’s Cup and he raced in sixth position in the one-wide line and was hampered for room until the final stages when he went to the line strongly to finish a close fourth in the Pinjarra Cup. Reinsman Aiden de Campo, who has driven 59 winners this season and will celebrate his 27th birthday on Saturday, said he was planning to set a solid pace in his bid for victory on Friday night. Six-year-old El Jacko, who burst to the front in the first circuit and then set the pace before winning the Pinjarra Cup, will be favoured to give trainers Greg and Skye Bond and reinsman Ryan Warwick another feature race win by proving too smart for his rivals in the $30,000 Narrogin Cup over 2662m on Saturday night. El Jacko will start from barrier five on the front line and will clash with giantkiller Always Arjay, Simba Bromac, James Butt and Sweet N Fast. The Bond camp will be represented by in-form New Zealand-bred pacers Ana Afreet (Warwick) and The Buckeye Bullet in the DTS Chainmesh Fencing Pace, a WA Derby prelude over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This will be an acid test for the inexperienced Ana Afreet, who will start from the back line. The versatile Bettors Delight black colt has not been extended in a winning at his only three starts --- two at Pinjarra and one at Bunbury. The Buckeye Bullet, a winner at five of his ten starts, also faces a testing time from the No. 6 barrier on the front line. Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr has three runners in the race, last-start winners Eloquent Mach (Stuart McDonald), Robbie Easton (Micheal Ferguson) and Major Trojan (Gary Hall Jnr). The greatest interest will surround the performance of the lightly-raced Major Trojan, who will start from the inside of the back line. An impressive winner at two of his five New Zealand starts, Major Trojan made his Australian debut at Bunbury last Saturday night when he enjoyed a perfect trip in the one-out, one-back position in the $25,000 Battle of Bunbury before starting a three-wide move 300m from home and fighting of doggedly to finish a neck second to stablemate and pacemaker Eloquent Mach. The final quarters on a rain-affected track were covered in 27.7sec. and 27.8sec. and Major Trojan, an upstanding colt, should have derived great benefit from his first outing for four months.  Ken Casellas

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

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