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Ryan Warwick and Morgan Woodley, who share the distinction of having driven six winners on a program in Western Australia, will clash in the $30,000 Parliamentarians Cup over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Woodley, who has won the Parliamentarians Cup twice with Has The Answers (2009) and Real Life (2011) will handle noted frontrunner Argyle Red from the prized No. 1 barrier, with Warwick in the sulky behind up-and-coming star Mighty Conqueror, who has won at 14 of his 20 starts. Mighty Conqueror is more brilliant than Argyle Red and is capable of overcoming an awkward barrier at No. 5. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye was the credentials and the form to emerge triumphant and give Warwick his first win in this feature event. A win to Mighty Conqueror would cap a memorable week for Warwick, who drove all six winners on the program at Kellerberrin on Sunday before following with a double at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Fifteen years ago Greg Bond prepared Money Magnet for his win, with Colin Brown in the sulky, in the Parliamentarians Cup which was first run in 1993 and was a standing-start event for 15 years before being a mobile race for the past 11 years, with the event restricted to mares in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Mighty Conqueror gave a devasting performance to win at a 1.55.2 rate over 2130m last Friday week. He was nursed out from barrier seven and settled in sixth position before starting a three-wide run and moving into the breeze after a lap. He surged to the front 300m from home and won by four and a half lengths from the pacemaker Patrickthepiranha, with final quarters in 28.7sec. and 27.8sec. Argyle Red, trained by Rob MacDonald at Pinjarra, led from barrier one and won the 1730m Mount Eden Sprint at a 1.53.8 rate last Friday week. He also started from the No. 1 barrier two starts before that when he led and won at a 1.56.7 rate over 2130m. Our Corelli (barrier four) and Motu Premier (six) are racing keenly and will have admirers. Our Corelli, a winner at eight of his past 15 starts, sat behind the pacemaker Vampiro before running on solidly to be third behind that pacer ands Ana Malak over 2130m last Friday night. Our Corelli will again be handled by champion reinsman Chris Lewis, who has won the Parliamentarians Cup a record seven times with Hilarion Star (1993), Heros Knight (1998), Our London Pride (1999), Jimmy Nail (2003), Competitive Edge (2006), Ima Spicey Lombo (2010) and Leda McNally (2015). Ross Olivieri, who prepared Heros Knight and Ima Spicey Lombo, will be pinning his faith this week on the consistent Motu Premier, who impressed in the Mount Eden Sprint when he seventh in the middle stages before sustaining a powerful three-wide finishing burst to be fourth, a mere couple of centimetres from the winner Argyle Red. “That’s the closest you’ll get to winning without running a place,” was the appraisal from a philosophical Olivieri. Michael Brennan’s wonderful veteran The Bucket List is favourably drawn at barrier two and reinsman Michael Grantham plans to slot the ten-year-old in behind Argyle Red and enjoy a comfortable passage one or two back on the pegs, giving him the opportunity to unleash his typical flashing finishing burst.   Ken Casellas

Talented colt Secret Operation has maintained his unbeaten start to his three-year-old career, taking out last night’s TABtouch Pace (1730m). Secret Operation commenced roughly from barrier 10 and was shuffled back to a midfield position, while Livy Jay held the lead from barrier one in the early stages. Reinsman Nathan Turvey was quickly able to get Secret Operation off the rails and into the moving line on the first lap. The Kristy Elson-trained colt was too powerful over the last quarter to score a 5.2m win to Livy Jay and Cyber Storm. Secret Operation spent much of his two-year-old season in the shadow of stablemate Jaspervellabeach, who took out the Golden Slipper and Champagne Classic. Meanwhile, Argyle Red will start from barrier one again in this Friday’s Parliamentarians Cup (2130m) for the Free-For-All horses at Gloucester Park. The Robert MacDonald-trained gelding produced a career best performance last start in the Group 2 Mount Eden Sprint (1730m), where he also started from barrier one. Highly talented pacer Mighty Conqueror gets his first chance in FFA company from a mobile start and will need to bring his best form from barrier five. In-form stablemate Our Jimmy Johnstone also looks a key player in the $30,000 event from barrier three. Our Corelli gets his chance to return to the winner’s circle from barrier four, while Motu Premier will also be looking to end a frustrating run of outs from barrier six. The Mondo Doro Cup (2130m) has also attracted a high quality field, headlined by reigning Gloucester Park Horse of the Year Im Soxy from barrier one. Last start winners Major Pocket and Overboard Again have drawn barrier two and five respectively, while Simba Bromac and King Of Swing look key players from barrier nine and 10 respectively. Elsewhere, unbeaten Gary Hall Snr-trained Wildwest headlines nominations for Monday’s Pinjarra 4YO Classic (2185m). Hall Snr also has Eloquent Mach nominated for the $25,000 race. Ana Afreet is among four nominations from the Greg and Skye Bond stable, while Bletchley Park, Gee Jay Kay, Patrickthepiranha and Its Rock And Roll could also line up.   Tim Walker

The husband and wife team of Greg and Skye Bond produced a winning treble at Gloucester Park last night. Gary Hall Snr also trained a winning treble at the meeting. Pretty much a standard Friday night’s fare at Australia’s historic city venue with the leading trainers dominating. Hopeland trainer Giles Inwood hadn’t trained a city class winner for seven years, September 2012, when he took three starters to Gloucester Park last night – he left the course with a winning double. Giles has been training since 2005 and after last night he has a total of 93 winners including 11 city class winners at Gloucester Park. In the eighth race Giles geared up two runners in Batavia On Fire and Gangbuster which had drawn alongside each other in the 2096 metre standing start event. Michael Grantham got Batavia On Fire home at the odds of $6.50 while Morgan Woodley finished second on the $11.00 chance Gangbuster. Thirty minutes later Giles put the gear on the former New Zealand pacer Captain Mannering and driver Chris Voak didn’t panic as he landed the $8.00 chance ahead of the $2.80 favourite Sergeant Oats – a shame for all Dad’s Army fans that it wasn’t Sergeant Wilson in second place. Three runners for two wins and a second was the perfect result for Giles Inwood.   Alan Parker

The win of Vampiro in this year’s edition of the Listed Classic the Howard Porter Memorial was especially significant for reinsman Colin Brown. He had been trying to win the Porter Memorial for more than 30 years since the time he was private trainer for Howard Porter’s sons Ron and Lyall and manager of their Milson Lodge Stud at Armadale. Brown had been trying to establish himself as a trainer when the Porter family gave him that opportunity in 1984 and in the ensuing five years he trained 37 winners for the Porters. Vampiro also gave trainers Greg and Skye Bond their first success in the Porter Memorial and the Bond/Brown combination has had enormous success over the years and last night’s success was the 673rd for the pair. Vampiro was the second leg of a winning treble in successive races for the Bond stable after wins in the Group Three Preux Chevalier with Ana Afreet and with El Jacko. Both Ana Afreet and El Jacko were driven by Dylan Egerton-Green substituing for the suspended Ryan Warwick. It was an emotional catch-up post-race between Brown and Fran Porter the 92yo widow of Lyall Porter who attended last night’s meeting. Lyall Porter was in the national spotlight in the late seventies and early eighties as the owner/breeder of Inter Dominion winner San Simeon. Among the 37 winners that Brown trained for the Porters was a heat and final of the 1989 Christmas Gift with Simeon Bay. Brown has now trained 848 winners and sits in 11th place on the all-time list of Western Australia’s leading trainers while the 2947 winners he has driven places him second only to Chris Lewis in terms of drivers. Milson John Howard Porter succeeded J P Stratton as President of the WA Trotting Association in 1966 and remained as President until 1969. Howard Porter was a foundation member of the Fremantle Trotting Club and served that club for more than 30 years as a committeeman including eight years as President. He was a highly successful trainer whose 119 winners included a WA Pacing Cup, WA Derby and three Fremantle Cups. He served in the 9th Light Horse, 26th Reinforcement in the first World War and upon his return he worked in his father’s coach building business. Howard Porter still operates today building a range of truck bodies although the Porter family sold their interest in the company in the early nineties. In the thirties Howard Porter built the first six horse and nine horse trucks in Western Australia. Their drivers did the rounds picking up horses and returning them after the races when it was virtually a monopoly business at the time. The Porter company built a wide variety of vehicles including a mobile film unit for the dairy branch of the Department of Agriculture and ambulances for the Northern Territory medical services. Howard Porter shares with James Brennan, J P Stratton and Sir Frank Ledger the honour of having a front straight grandstand at Gloucester Park named in his honour. Alan Parker

The path to the Golden Nugget reaches a pivotal point at Gloucester Park on Friday night, with three key chances for the four-year-old feature set to do battle in the Westral Pace (2536m). Bletchley Park, Gee Jay Kay and Wildwest will face off in what shapes as the most significant race on the 10 race card. Wildwest kept his unbeaten record in tact with a strong 5m win last Friday night, but it wasn’t without a minor scare as stablemate Robbie Easton made a bold bid for victory around the home turn. “He won pretty well,” Hall Snr told GPTV Powered By RWWA. “He will definitely improve from the run. “It is a jump up in grade for him because he hasn’t met a real good horse yet and he’s going to meet Gee Jay Kay. “I think with the barrier draw advantage we can take advantage of that. “He’s got speed and got stamina, but winning Golden Nuggets is a different story.” The son of Raging Bull looms as the Gary Hall Snr stable’s best chance for December’s Group 1 event, with WA Derby winner Major Trojan expected to be sidelined for at least the next six months. Wildwest was the big winner when the barrier draw was released yesterday, drawing barrier two inside Bletchley Park (three) and Gee Jay Kay (five). Mike Reed’s Bletchley Park returns to Gloucester Park for the first time since September 27 this week where he will look to take his record to 11 wins from 19 starts. With both Major Trojan and Franco Edward out of Nugget calculations, Bletchley Park is the sole placegetter from the WA Derby still in the hunt for the feature race. Bletchley Park made a brief appearance in the latter part of August and September, where he won three of his four starts. Gee Jay Kay looms as the outsider of three runners this Friday night in what will be his first run for the Ross Olivieri stable. The gelding was unplaced in the Derby earlier this year, but showed he was up to the best in his age group with a second in the Westbred Classic and won six of his last nine starts as a three-year-old. Gee Jay Kay had two trials for Olivieri earlier this month at Byford and pleased Olivieri’s stable representative Jemma Hayman said the whole stable couldn’t wait to unveil the latest stable acquisition. “We’re all looking forward to seeing Gee Jay Kay go around next Friday,” she told TABradio. “He’s an exciting horse. “He trialled super on Sunday at Byford. “He’s got an exciting campaign ahead of him.” Last year’s Golden Nugget winner Ana Malak makes his return to racing in Friday night’s Howard Porter Memorial (2130m), where he will start from barrier seven. Ana Malak’s stablemate Vampiro looms as the one to beat in the Free-For-All event, having drawn barrier one. Tim Walker

Polemarker Vampiro looks like returning to winning form at Gloucester Park on Friday night, according to the majority of WA Trotting Media Guild members. Two in-form members - The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and Radio Great Southern’s form expert Warren Wishart - have made the Greg and Skye Bond-trained pacer their best bet on the program. “Vampiro led and won at $1.38 when last drawing the coveted inside barrier here back in July,” Havercroft said. “Looks hardest to beat and well positioned to return to winning form.” And Wishart agrees. “ Vampiro gets his chance to show his class ... will dictate terms from the front and be too strong,” Wishart said. “Couple him up with Wildwest earlier in the night and just wait to collect.” Both Havercroft and Guild newcomer Wishart are in red-hot form. Havercroft tipped seven winners last week and is a clear leader in the tipping competition with a very healthy percentage of more than 50 per cent. Wishart, with six winners to his name last Friday, is not far off the pace and is running equal third. Longshot guru Pat Harding, who is yet to land one at cricket-score odds, believes it could be a good night for favourites. “My best bet has to be Wildwest in race four,” Harding said. “This horse is all class and just keeps winning. Coming out of barrier two in an eight-horse field, I expect him to literally romp home.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, a veteran of Melbourne Cup carnivals and Inter Dominions, is keen on another Bond runner, El Jacko, in the seventh race. “El Jacko, who showed class when a close second behind Rocknroll Lincoln in the last WA Pacing Cup, gets his chance to end an eight-run losing sequence,” Manning said. “The gelding impressed last month when narrowly beaten into second place in races that Our Jimmy Johnstone and Our Corelli won. He now drops slightly in class and will be fancied to notch his 22nd victory.” Form expert Ken Casellas believes Pradas Ideal Dahling can score in the ninth race. “Pradas Ideal Dahling has returned to top form with a vengeance and he is my best bet on Friday night,” Casellas said. “He was a gallant second to Beltane over 2130m last Friday night when, from barrier seven, he settled down in eighth place before surging forward to work hard in the breeze over the final 1400m. That followed a strong win over 2536m at his previous outing.” However, Guild president Wayne Currall disagrees with Casellas. “I’m making the much-improved Cyclone Jim my best bet in the same race as Ken has gone for Pradas Ideal Dahling,” Currall said. “The lightly raced four-year-old entire has been racing in career-best form since entering Hayden Reeves’ stable and is shooting for three on the bounce. I think he can do it from his favourable draw in gate three.” TABradio’s form analyst Hayden King, who also landed seven winners last week, believes punters can start the night on the right foot by supporting Livura in the opening event. “Livura is drawn to get the run of the race over the long trip,” King said. ”There looks to be sufficient pressure throughout and he can get out and fly past them.” TABradio’s racecaller Matt Young, the winner of the tipping competition for the past two years, has opted for Just Rockon Bye in the third race. “Just Rockon Bye  ran a superb third in last Friday’s Group 2 sprint,” Young said. “She drops back to mares company and looks the leader and the winner. She is the standout on the program.” VALUE BETS RYAN: Tubbs Farquhar will sit on the well-fancied Wildwest and look to get sucked into the placings. He will get the right run to fall into the minor money here. WARREN: The Trilogy’s recent efforts have been good and this draw suits him. The indicative price of $6 looks very appealing and if correct is definitely the best value bet of the night. PAT: Atmospherical is coming off 10m in the stand and I think is ideally placed to win this race from his stablemate Carrera Mach. ERNIE: Gordon has been unplaced at his past 10 starts, but could surprise when racing first-up after a transfer to trainer Tony Svilicich. The gelding, a Wagin and Narrogin winner, should appreciate gate one. Svilicich has developed prolific winners including Mysta Magical Mach and Has The Answers. KEN: Major Pocket should appreciate a drop in class after his wilting 10th behind Argyle Red in the Mount Eden Sprint last week. WAYNE: Gangbuster has been running some good races from the strands. Morgan Woodley jumps in the bike and he’s capable of getting the horse into a prominent position from his frontline draw. HAYDEN: Carrera Mach is in hot form and should be at an each-way price. He was strong to the line when victorious last week. MATT: Maximum Demand will be each-way odds again and back to his more preferred start type of the standing start. Short-course stand and will kick home strongly. He’s overdue for a win. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

Byford trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper is confident promising pacer Soho Thunderstruck is capable of winning twice in the space of four days as part of his preparation for the rich events for four-year-olds in the coming months. At his second start after a six-month absence, Soho Thunderstruck gave a solid frontrunning performance to win in good style over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. However, Harper plans to use different tactics when the horse starts out wide at barrier eight in the 2536m Etch Coatings Pace on Friday night. “I think Soho Thunderstruck can produce a strong run from the outside barrier over the longer distance,” Harper said. “It all depends on how he pulls up, and provided he takes no harm from Tuesday’s run I expect him to run a nice race. “He is probably a better sit and kick horse than he is when being driven tough. I was very pleased with Tuesday night’s run after his first-up third at Northam when he might have looked disappointing. I hadn’t done much with him before that run and on Tuesday night he stepped up as I thought he would. We had to burn pretty hard for the first 100 to 150m to get to the front. “I was holding him back to them on the home corner and he was jogging on the line when he had a good bit of fuel left in the tank.” After a modest lead time of 37.8sec. and opening quarters of 32.8sec. and 29.8sec., Soho Thunderstruck sprinted smartly over the final quarters of 28.7sec. and 29sec. It was his fifth win from 23 starts, which also produced ten placings. “It doesn’t worry me too much, drawing the outside on Friday night,” Harper said. “The plan will be to take hold and sit him before looking for a run. If he shows the high speed I know he possesses he should run a pretty good race. The outside barrier is always hard, but the 2500m will suit him. “We’re setting him for the Nugget and other four-year-old classics. They’re the races I’m aiming him at. He’s got enough ability to say, that if he keeps improving, he can measure up. I certainly don’t consider he’s the best horse of the four-year-olds, but barrier draws at Gloucester Park sort things out. I think he will be very competitive in the big races.”     Soho Thunderstruck’s chief rival on Friday night looms as the likely favourite, the eight-year-old Extreme Prince, a noted frontrunner who appears certain to set the pace from barrier two. Unfavourable draws have been the reason why he has been unplaced at his past four starts.   Ken Casellas

Veteran reinsman Colin Brown has been engaged to drive Vampiro in the $25,000 Howard Porter Memorial over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond are hoping that the six-year-old will give them their first victory in the long-standing feature event after third placings with Phoenix Warrior in 2016 and Simply Susational the following year. Brown replaces the stable’s No. 1 driver Ryan Warwick, who is serving a 14-day suspension. Vampiro has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and Brown is likely to use the New Zealand-bred gelding’s good gate speed in a bid to set the pace. He appears certain to have to withstand a likely spirited challenge for the speedy beginner Our Corelli, who will start from the No. 2 barrier. The Bonds also will be pinning their faith in a powerful showing from star five-year-old Ana Malak, who will start out wide from barrier seven with Dylan Egerton-Green in the sulky. Ana Malak, a winner of four races in New Zealand, is unbeaten at his only four starts in Western Australia, which includes his most recent WA start when he led from barrier one and beat stablemate Mighty Conqueror by a short half-head in the Golden Nugget last December. A fortnight before that Ana Malak also led from the No. 1 barrier and won the Four-Year-Old Classic by a head from Ideal Liner. Ana Malak’s past seven starts have been in Victoria where he won four times and was placed on two other occasions. His most recent outing was when he led and won the 1609m Popular Alm Sprint in 1.54.9 at Kilmore on June 27. Followers of the powerful Bond stable will be hoping for a successful night, with the stable having eight runners, all with excellent prospects. At the corresponding meeting last year, the Bond stable was on fire, with five winners  Our Max Phactor, Ana Malak, Fizzing, Bright Diamond and Mitch Maguire. Perhaps the best winning prospect from the Bond camp will be Mighty Santana, who will be having his first start after a three-month absence when he begins from the No. 1 barrier in race two, the 2130m Westside Auto Wholesale Pace. A winner at five of his 14 starts in New Zealand, Mighty Santana has raced 12 times in WA for three wins and five thirds. The Bond-trained Ana Afreet will be one of the fancies when he contests the $30,000 Preux Chevalier Pace over 2130m. The four-year-old, to be handled by Egerton-Green, has won at each of his past four starts, against modest opposition on country tracks. He boats a fine record of 11 wins from 15 starts and has the ability to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside (No. 9) in an event in which Robb Stark (barrier two) and Maras Ace Man (four) are sure to be prominent. Ken Casellas

Ross Olivieri, an eight-time premier trainer in Western Australia, is on a high and hopes that his purple patch will continue when he has seven runners at the Gloucester Park meeting on Friday night. Olivieri’s past six starters have all performed meritoriously. He won the final race at Gloucester Park last Friday night with Carrera Mach, was successful with his two runners (The Last Parisian and Kiwi Bloke) at Bunbury the following night and Iceenothink, his only runner at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, was a first-up winner. Then, followers of the stable were looking for a fifth win in five races when his only runners at Gloucester Park on Tuesday afternoon, Rollsoffthetongue (30/1) and All Over Tan (14/1), clashed in the opening event. Rollsoffthetongue finished strongly from sixth at the bell to be a neck second to Vivere Damore and All Over Tan surged home from tenth at the bell to finish a neck back in third place. Olivieri said that his seven runners on Friday night had sound each-way claims and he singled out Atmospherical as his brightest prospect. The versatile Atmospherical will start from the 10m mark in the 2096m Direct Trades Supply Handicap, with Chris Voak in the sulky. He is an experienced stand performer, with ten appearances in standing-start events for three wins and two placings. But it was an eye-catching performance in a mobile event, the 1730m Mount Eden Sprint last Friday night, that boosted Olivieri’s confidence. Atmospherical, a 125/1 outsider from barrier eight, raced in ninth position and was hopelessly blocked for a run in the home straight when he finished full of running to be sixth, just over one length from the winner Argyle Red. “Atmospherical is back to a stand because the races in his class this week are all over 2536m,” Olivieri said. “He clashes with Carrera Mach (also off 10m) and I’d probably favour Atmospherical. But Carrera Mach also has a good chance. He’s had his foot on the till for ages and winning last week was no surprise.” Olivieri said that he expected a forward showing from The Dali Express in the opening event on Friday night in which he will start from barrier five, with Chris Lewis in the sulky. The Dali Express led from barrier one and won from Ocean Ridge over 2130m four starts ago. He was most unlucky last week when he raced in the one-out, one-back position before meeting with severe interference and finishing ninth Beltane. “He looked like he was going to play a part (in the finish) before he got skittled,” said Olivieri, who is looking for a strong first-up performance from Gee Jay Kay in race five and good efforts from Crystal Sparkles (race three) and El Hombre (race seven).   Ken Casellas

Veteran pacer The Trilogy is racing with refreshing enthusiasm and trainer-driver Kristian Hawkins is upbeat about the gelding’s winning prospects in the opening event, the 2536m Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.                                  The versatile seven-year-old is a smart frontrunner and Hawkins is planning to take full advantage of the No. 1 barrier by setting the pace against strong opposition, including Warfare, The Dali Express, Livura, Vincenzo Peruggia, Clarenden Hustler and Courage Tells. Quizzed about leading in a 2536m event, Hawkins said: “He’s coming back in grade and has drawn the marble to lead. So, you would think, given his recent form, that he’ll be pretty hard to beat. I actually prefer him over 2500m, rather than 2130m. He can run a solid tempo 30-second quarters and always finds a good 400m off that. He just seems to let down better over 2500m than he does over 2100m, so 2536m will not provide any dramas at all.” The Trilogy has started from the No. 1 barrier in mobile events at Gloucester Park three times for two wins and a second placing. A veteran of 98 starts for 15 wins and 38 placings, The Trilogy began from the No. 1 barrier six starts ago when he led and dashed over the final quarters in 28.2sec. and 28.5sec. to win comfortably at a 1.56.6 rate from Bad Round and Rock Me Over. Since then, his five runs against stronger opposition has been sound, including a second to Ideal One and a splendid third behind Overboard Again and Ace Bromac over 2536m last Friday night when he finished solidly from seventh at the bell. “He drops in grade after racing in higher grades at his past five starts,” Hawkins said. “Those five runs have all been good, including a couple when he didn’t get out. “After his win six starts ago the boss (Rob Gartrell) was toying with the idea of putting him on the plane to America. I dug my toes in pretty hard and I didn’t want him to go because he is a lovely animal and is so honest. I nipped that in the bud pretty quick.” Hawkins has two runners in the Westral Pace but agreed that Tubbs Farquhar (barrier one) and Call Me Ernie (four) looked inferior to Wildwest, Bletchley Park and Gee Jay Kay. “However, I’ve got a lot of time for Tubbs Farquhar,” he said. “He’s quite immature but won’t disgrace himself. He’s got plenty of gate speed and we will be able to hold up early and then see which one of the better-performed horses is going to press forward. I think that Wildwest will probably find the front, and we’d be happy to sit on him.” Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr said that the inexperienced Wildwest was his major hope for the rich classic for four-year-olds in the coming months. “He’s my No. 1 hope at this stage and it will take a good horse to beat him this week when the main danger looks to be Gee Jay Kay,” he said. Wildwest, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, is ideally drawn at barrier two. He should dictate the terms in front and be able to hold his rivals at bay over the 2536m journey. Wildwest is improving all the time and should maintain his unbeaten record. He has won each of his six races by a combined margin of 101.6m, an average margin of 16.93m. Gee Jay Kay, a winner at nine of his 21 starts, will be having his first start for 14 weeks and his first for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, who said: “The big four-year-old races are in his sights and I’ve been happy with his trial wins at Byford on the past two Sundays.” Gee Jay Kay, to be handled by champion reinsman Chris Lewis, sprinted over the final 400m in 27.9sec. when he won a 2150m trial by 8m at a 1.58.4 rate on Sunday morning. Michael Grantham has been engaged to drive the Mike Reed-trained Bletchley Park, who will have many admirers from the No. 3 barrier and with a proud record of ten wins and four placings from 18 starts. Bletchley Park has not been extended in setting the pace and winning very easily at his past two starts, over 2536m and 2130m. Ken Casellas

In the current climate of exorbitantly high prices for New Zealand-bred pacers, a real bargain has emerged in the form of seven-year-old mare Just Rockon Bye who makes strong appeal as one of the best bets on the ten-event program at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Just Rockon Bye, a recent addition to the Serpentine stables of champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, who will be handled by ace reinsman Gary Hall Jnr from barrier No. 2 in the $22,000 TABtouch Pace, was purchased by prominent South Australian breeders and owners Terry Cormack and his sons Adam and Ben for a mere $15,000 three years ago. Just Rockon Bye had won twice for Peter Blanchard from eight starts in New Zealand for earnings of $13,822 when the erudite Cormack trio bought the Christian Cullen mare. The Cormacks raced Just Rockon Bye in South Australia (16 starts for 14 wins and one placings), New South Wales (two unplaced efforts) and Victoria (18 starts for three wins and eight placings) for stakes of $91,194 before they decided to send her to the Hall training establishment earlier this year and she has proved to be one of the State’s best mares, earning $53,139 from three wins and four placings from 12 starts in Western Australia. All that amounts to stakes of $144,333 for the Cormacks who have had plenty of success over the past dozen years with Hall-trained performers, including Alzona, whose 11 WA wins included the Brennan Memorial and Stratton Cup in 2011 as well as a splendid second to Im Themightyquinn in the 2009 Fremantle Cup. Just Rockon Bye has inherited much of the ability of her dam OK Rock, who amassed $168,528 from nine wins, eight seconds and three thirds from just 28 starts, with her most notable success being in a $60,000 group two classic for three-year-old fillies at Auckland’s Alexandra Park in January 1999. “She’s flying and should lead and prove very hard to beat,” declared Hall Jnr, whose father agreed, saying: “She will lead and is an excellent frontrunner. The ear plugs weren’t released when she finished third in the Mount Eden Sprint last Friday night.” Maddison Brown drove Just Rockon Bye, a 100/1 outsider in last week’s 1730m feature event in which she began speedily from barrier five and then enjoyed an ideal passage, three back on the pegs, before she was blocked for a clear run in the final lap and finally seeing daylight on the inside to flash home brilliantly to finish an extremely close third behind Argyle Red and Speed Man. The clash between Just Rockon Bye and other star mares Eden Franco and Our Alfie Romeo will be of the highlights of the night. Eden Franco, trained and driven by Colin Brown, will start from the No. 4 barrier, with the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Our Alfie Romeo facing a testing time from the outside (No. 9) in an excellent field of ten mares. “Eden Franco is probably a better horse than Just Rockon Bye, but from barrier four, racing first-up and the probability of sitting outside Just Rockon Bye, should tilt things in our favour,” said Hall Snr. Eden Franco, a seven-year-old who possess sparkling gate speed, is unlikely to have enough pace to wrest the early lead from Just Rockon Bye. She is having her first start for five months and has been unplaced at her past six starts. But she boasts a wonderful record of 39 starts for 14 wins, 11 seconds and four thirds and can never be underestimated. “She is in foal to Bettors Delight and is being aimed at the Norms Daughter Classic next month and the Mares Classic in December,” Brown said. “She has been working in good style with Patrickthepiranha and Its Rock And Roll.” With regular reinsman Ryan Warwick under suspension, Dylan Egerton-Green will handle the talented five-year-old Our Alfie Romeo, who has won 15 times from only 29 starts. She resumed after a spell in fine style with an effortless all-the-way victory over 2130m last Friday week. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri will be represented by smart mares Crystal Sparkles (Chris Voak) and Just Makeminediamonds (Chris Lewis). “They have each-way prospects, but Just Makeminediamonds will find it a bit tough from barrier seven,” he predicted.   Ken Casellas

In 1913 Vincenzo Perrugia pulled off one of the greatest art thefts of the 20th century. The diminutive Italian coolly walked into The Louvre dressed as a worker, lifted the Mona Lisa off the wall, wrapped the painting in his smock and boldly made his exit out the same door. At Gloucester Park this Friday night, the equine Vincenzo Perrugia will attempt to land his own coup when he tackles 11 rivals for the major share of the $10,500 on offer in the opening event. And three WA Trotting Media Guild members - two of whom are in red-hot form - believe the aptly named six-year-old gelding (Art Official - Cee Ya Later) can give owner-trainer Tony Svilicich a grin as wide as the little Italian thief surely sported as he ambled down the steps of The Louvre with the Mona Lisa tucked under his arm. TABradio form analyst Hayden King, who tipped eight winners on last week’s card, Radio Great Southern’s form expert Warren Wishart, who finished with six from 10, and Guild president Wayne Currall have made Vincenzo Perrugia their best for the night. “Vincenzo Peruggia looks set to lead and be nigh on impossible to roll on Friday,” King said. “He smoked home late last week and this looks a gift for him.” Wishart is preaching from the same pulpit. “Expect another big night for leaders and Vincenzo Perrugia excels in that role,” Wishart said. “And from this draw he should lead all the way.” Currall makes it three. “Vincenzo Perrugia can steal this race if, as expected, Lindsay Harper can take control early doors from gate two,” Currall said. “Like his namesake, this enigmatic pacer has a few tricks up his sleeve but on his best behaviour he’ll prove the testing material.” Longshot king Pat Harding, yet to strike this season with his one at big odds, has labelled Patrickthepiranha as the standout for the evening. “Should be a good night at GP for favourites this week,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night comes up in race four with the return to racing of the top flight Patrickthepiranha. He had a good win at his last start before a spell and I think he can return with a good win coming out of barrier three.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believes potential topliner Wildwest can make it six from six. “Unbeaten four-year-old Wildwest, returning after his short break, appears a leading contender for the $200,000 Golden Nugget (2536m), $300,000 Fremantle Pacing Cup (2536m) and $450,000 WA Pacing Cup (2936m),” Manning said. “The gelding scored the first of his five wins when successful  by 37m in New Zealand last May. He then joined Gary Hall’s stable and opened his WA account with a 35m victory at Pinjarra. Three clear-cut wins were notched by the bay at Gloucester Park in August.” Renowned form guru Ken Casellas is keen on Overboard Again. “A splendid first-up performance last week by Overboard Again has influenced me to make the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old my best bet on Friday night where he is ideally drawn at barrier two in the eighth event,” Casellas said. “Overboard Again raced three wide for the first circuit and then in the breeze before fighting on determinedly to finish second to Mighty Flying Deal last Friday night, with final quarters of 28sec. and 27.7.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes Arma Indie can bounce back to winning form. “Arma Indie was upset three weeks ago when run over by Just Rockon Bye as a short-priced favourite,” Havercroft said. “She was unbeaten at four starts this campaign prior to that assignment and should be fresh and ready to return to the winner’s list.” VALUE BETS HAYDEN: There was nothing wrong with Carter Michael's last run - they just made it mathematically impossible for him to win. His previous form was excellent and he will be hard to beat. WARREN: Pradas Ideal Dahling was back in winning form last start and with that confidence boost can run a race at double-figure odds. WAYNE: Parisian Partygirl loves the pegs and from her pole draw she should get every opportunity to run a bold race. Should be at each-way odds and is capable of causing a boilover. PAT: Carrera Mach ran a creditable fourth last week but I think he will give punters a great sight. ERNIE: Clarenden Hustler, who broke an eight-run losing sequence by winning at Gloucester Park last month, has been forced to face the breeze when unplaced in two subsequent events. A winner of 18 races, he needs only a little luck to again figure prominently. KEN: Carrera Mach has a losing sequence of 11, but will pay to follow. He was eighth at the bell and fought, five wide, to finish fourth behind Our Perkins last Friday night. RYAN: Wesley has good recent form and is likely to be at a liberal each-way quote from an awkward draw. Has place claims. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

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

Up-and-coming star Patrickthepiranha is fit and ready for a strong showing at his first appearance for 119 days when he contests the Book Your Christmas Party Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Ace trainer Colin Brown is looking forward keenly to driving the WA-bred gelding, who is favourably drawn at barrier three on the front line in the 2130m event. And he predicts he will prove very hard to beat in his clash with outstanding five-year-old Mighty Conqueror. “The plan will be to go forward,” Brown said. “He’s got really good gate speed and is fresh. He’ll be very keen on the gate, I would suggest. So, we’ll go forward and play it by ear. He will be hard to beat. His heart rate after his track workouts has been lower than Its Rock And Roll’s heart rate.” Brown produced Its Rock And Roll in splendid condition for the four-year-old’s return to racing after a spell when the gelding gave a stylish frontrunning display to score an easy win at a 1.58.8 rate over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday afternoon. It was an enjoyable 61st birthday present for the outstanding horseman. Patrickthepirhana and Its Rock And Roll are firmly on target for the $50,000 Four-Year-Old Championship on November 15, the $125,000 Four-Year-Old Classic on November 29 and the $200,000 Golden Nugget on December 13. “Patrickthepirhana had a bit longer off than Its Rock And Roll, about two weeks,” Brown said. “But he’s done at least as much (this preparation) as Its Rock And Roll. They have been working with Eden Franco and Patrick has done plenty of miles. The big four-year-old races are only a month away, so both horses need to have a reasonable level of fitness.” Patrickthepirhana has won at ten of his 18 starts for stakes of $172,573. His victories include three three-year-old feature events earlier this year --- the Caduceus Club Classic, the Sales Classic and the Westbred Classic. He has been driven in all 18 races by Dylan Egerton-Green, who will drive his own nomination, six-year-old Tyler Brett, from barrier six in Friday night’s event. Brown said he was looking forward to driving Patrickthepirhana for the first time in a race --- “mainly to see for myself where he’s at,” he explained. “Dylan gives me good feedback, but there’s nothing like sitting behind yourself to make sure everything is ticketty-boo. “There’s not a lot between Patrickthepirhana and Its Rock And Roll, but Patrick is more versatile. He had a lot more runs on the board as a three-year-old (nine wins from 15 starts) compared with Its Rock And Roll (12 starts for no wins and eight placings as a three-year-old).” As two-year-olds Patrickthepirhana raced three times for one win and one placing, while Its Roc k And Roll had 11 starts for four wins and five placings. The clash between Patrickthepirhana and Mighty Conqueror should provide plenty of fireworks. Mighty Conqueror, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has outstanding potential and has won at 13 of his 19 starts. Regular reinsman Ryan Warwick is serving a 14-day suspension and Chris Lewis will drive Mighty Conqueror from out wide at barrier seven.   Mighty Conqueror gave an excellent performance in a 2503m standing-start event last Friday night when, in a desperate attempt to gain an early ascendancy over his chief rival Space Junk, he broke into a gallop 150m after the start. He lost several lengths and was a long way behind the leaders in tenth position after a lap before surging forward to work hard in the breeze. He battled on with grim determination. That was Mighty Conqueror’s second appearance after a spell and followed an impressive win from 40m in a 2631m stand at Pinjarra 11 days earlier. Brown is hoping for better luck with Patrickthepirhana and Its Rock And Roll in the coming months after losing richly-talented six-year-old Maxentius about five weeks ago when he died during a trial at Byford. The New South Wales-bred Maxentius, who had raced 19 times for Brown for six wins and six placings for a career record of 45 starts for 13 wins, 12 placings and $113,771 in stakes, was being set for the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups in the summer. “We had spelled him for six months and had been in work for four months,” Brown said. “He was going sensationally, and we were getting him ready for the Cups.”   Ken Casellas

Morgan Woodley was excited as an 18-year-old in October 2007 when he was booked for his first drive in the Mount Eden Sprint and Taihape Tickler drew the prized No. 1 barrier. The ten-year-old chestnut, favourite at 13/4, set the pace until the final 50 metres and finished a close third behind Hayton Brain and No Blue Manna. Two years later Woodley drove 25/1 chance Has The Answers in the group 2 event and the gelding surged home from the rear to finish third behind the pacemaker Aliveandwell. Taihape Tickler and Has The Answers remain Woodley’s only placegetters in the big race. And now Woodley is enthusiastic about his prospects in the $50,000 Mount Eden Sprint over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, with his drive, Argyle Red, drawing the coveted No. 1 barrier. No. 1 has been the most successful barrier in the rich sprint in recent years, with four pacers carrying the No. 1 saddlecloth setting the pace and winning the event in the past ten years, those winners being Aliveandwell (2009), Bettors Fire (2013), Sensational Gabby (2014) and Libertybelle Midfrew (2016). The inside barrier provides a big percentage of Gloucester Park winners and this was in evidence in the nine mobile events last Friday night when five pacers from the No. 1 barrier led and were successful, one led and finished third and three pacers from the No. 2 barrier set the pace and won. “The barriers and frontrunners play a big part in races at Gloucester Park,” Woodley said. “It is even more so in recent times with the quality of horses improving and the divide between the best and worst horses is getting less and less. “So, position is definitely everything at Gloucester Park and, from one, Argyle Red should be right there. Two starts ago he led and ran a nice race to win well over 2130m, rating 1.56.7.” Last Friday night Argyle Red, bred, owned and trained by Rob MacDonald, started from the inside of the back line in the Fred Doy Memorial over 2130m when he trailed the pacemaker Speed Man before finishing a well-beaten fourth behind that pacer. “Argyle Red had a fortnight between runs and last week I think he felt the pinch. He stepped up in class and he probably wasn’t as hard (in condition) than he needed to be. This week, drawn barrier one over the mile, should be in his favour. “There’s no set plan. I tend not to make anything rock solid. But the horse can lead and should be Able to run a nice time. So, we certainly have that option and also have the option of taking a trail on one of the fancies and be there right at the end, too. If he feels well at the gate and wants to lead, we may well take that option.” Taihape Tickler was owned by Rob Gartrell, who had to wait until last year to win the Mount Eden Sprint when Vampiro, a pacer he races in partnership with trainer Skye Bond, started from barrier six, raced three wide for the first 350m and then without cover before getting up to beat the No. 1 runner and pacemaker Maczaffair by a head. This year Gartrell is pinning his faith in Our Jimmy Johnstone, an 11-year-old who is racing with youthful enthusiasm but has to overcome an awkward draw at barrier seven. Our Jimmy Johnstone, to be handled by Bailey McDonough, led from barrier one and won the group 2 2536m Brennan Memorial three starts ago and then ran home strongly for thirds behind Our Corelli and Speed Man over 2130m at his next two outings. Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr and his son, Hall of Fame reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, are seeking their seventh success in the Mount Eden Sprint after victories behind Bengeeman (2002), The Falcon Strike (2006), Im Themightyquinn (2011, 2012), Waylade (2015) and Chicago Bull (2017). He will drive Speed Man from the No. 3 barrier. Hall Snr trains Speed Man as well as Just Rockon Bye (Maddison Brown, barrier five) and Eloquent Mach (Stuart McDonald, barrier six). Speed Man returned to form when he started from barrier one, set the pace and won convincingly from Motu Premier at a 1.55.6 rate over 2130m last Friday night. “He’s a sound each-way chance,” said Hall Jnr. “I wanted to drive Simba Bromac (trained by Nathan Turvey) who has drawn barrier two. But Dad wanted me to drive Speed Man. He’s still not without a winning chance; he’s one draw away from being a good chance.” Just Rockon Bye, the only mare in the race, is in sparkling form with two smart wins from her past four starts, including an excellent second to Our Alfie Romeo last Friday night. Four-year-old Eloquent Mach is the youngest runner in the race and will be making his first appearance since he led and won the group 2 Binshaw Pace at a 1.55.2 rate over 2130m two months ago. That was his fourth win in a row and is capable of a bold first-up performance. Turvey will drive Simba Bromac, a smart beginner and good frontrunner who will have many admirers from the No. 2 barrier. He has won at 21 of his 45 starts (including an all-the-way success from barrier two over 2130m four starts ago). The Michael Brennan-trained veteran The Bucket List is racing keenly and is capable of causing an upset. He will start from the inside of the back line and should be prominent throughout for reinsman Michael Grantham. The Bucket List is a brilliant sit-sprinter who has finished strongly to win twice over 1730m.  The Ray Williams-trained Major Pocket steps up in class, but he showed last week that he is capable of running a fast time over a sprint journey when he led from barrier two and sped over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 27.4sec. to score an easy victory over 1730m at a smart rate of 1.52.6. The Ross Olivieri-trained Motu Premier (Chris Voak) will start from barrier two on the back line and his solid second to Speed Man last week at his third outing after a year’s absence, was an indication that he should be prominent in this week’s event in which the Debra Lewis-trained Our Corelli, a two-time winner over 1730m, faces a difficult assignment from the outside barrier (No. 9).    Ken Casellas

Outstanding young reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green will have a big and faithful following when he drives in six of the ten events at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he declares that Our Perkins is his best winning prospect. Our Perkins, a six-year-old prepared at Byford by Karen Thompson, has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier in the third event, the 2130m Book Your Melbourne Cup Lunch at GP Pace, and Egerton-Green is planning an all-the-way victory. Our Perkins has been driven at his past four starts by Deni Roberts, but she is on the sidelines, recovering from a fractured big toe. She took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier when she guided Our Perkins to an all-the-way success in 1.56.7 over 2130m three Fridays ago. Egerton-Green also has a wonderful association with Our Perkins, having driven him to victory on six occasions. “He definitely gets his chance from gate one this week,” said Egerton-Green. “Franco Joaquin, from gate seven, has a fair bit of gate speed and there looks to be a bit of speed from Midnight Man and Sergeant Oats on the inside of Franco Joaquin. So, hopefully, they come out and hold out Franco Joaquin which should enable me to hold up. “I believe I have enough speed to hold the lead with Our Perkins, whose latest run was full of merit when he led and ran a good time.” The Ross Olivieri-trained Carrera Mach (Chris Lewis) and Sergeant Oats (Shannon Suvaljko) appeal as the toughest for Our Perkins to beat. Carrera Mach impressed when he charged home from the rear to finish third Bletchley Park and Dennis over 2130m last Friday week. “He has finally drawn a gate inside seven and this gives him a chance,” said Olivieri. Sergeant Oats, trained at Byford by Courtney Burch, is in good form and he finished strongly from the rear when a well-beaten second behind the flying Maras Ace Man over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. That followed a strong-finishing win over Budd Sidewinder over 2130m at Gloucester Park. Egerton-Green also expects a strong performance from six-year-old Wesley, who is prepared in Bunbury by Sarah Wall. Wesley, a noted frontrunner with blistering gate speed, is favourably drawn at barrier four. Egerton-Green has driven the horse ten times for four wins, two seconds and a third placing. He was in the sulky for Wesley’s most recent outing, over 2130m at Gloucester Park three Fridays ago when the horse began speedily from barrier five and then enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before sprinting home strongly with final quarters of 28.4sec. and 28.8sec. to win from Smoldering Ashes and Ardens Concord. “Wesley is not purely a frontrunner,” said Egerton-Green. “He’s probably lost a bit of his early toe and it is to his credit and that of his trainer that he now races well with a sit. “In this week’s race I’ll probably roll forward and I give him a good each-way chance. If he shows his good gate speed, I give him a good chance of crossing, but if we don’t get to the front the ambition will be to slot into a nice position.” Egerton-Green has been booked by the powerful Greg and Skye Bond stable to drive Infinite Symbol (barrier one in the $22,000 Christmas Sundowner Packages Pace) and Twilight Saga (barrier three off the front in the eighth event, a 2503m stand). He will also drive Lord Lexus in the sixth event and Whitbys Gamble in race nine. Five-year-old Infinite Symbol is a consistent performer and a smart frontrunner who was an all-the-way 2130m winner over Parisian Partygirl and Delightfulreaction at her most recent outing. However, she meets stronger opposition this week, including brilliant stablemate Our Alfie Romeo, who has enjoyed a beneficial winter spell since she finished strongly to win from Maczaffair on May 24. Our Alfie Romeo has led and won five times in Western Australia where she boasts an enviable record of 20 starts for 12 wins, four seconds, three seconds and one third placing. Our Alfie Romeo is unlikely to have a comfortable time, first-up, when she meets several in-form mares, including Crystal Sparkles, Just Rockon Bye, Cott Beach and Parisian Partygirl. Twilight Saga is a capable standing-start performer, but she will be at handsome odds against horses of the calibre of her stablemate Mighty Conqueror, the lone backmarker off 30m, and the up-and-coming Ross Olivieri-trained Space Junk (20m). Five-year-old Mighty Conqueror’s past eight starts have all been in stands for six wins, one second and one fourth. He reappeared after a five-month absence when he gave a superb display to win, unextended, from Forgotten Highway when he began off 40m and settled in eighth position before moving forward to race without cover and then take the lead 520m from home and coast to victory with final sectionals of 28.9sec., 27.3sec. and 29sec. That was Mighty Conqueror’s first outing since he won the 2902m Easter Cup in April. Late last year he won the Four-Year-Old Championship and was a half-head second to Ana Malak in the Golden Nugget and third to Ana Malak in the group 1 Four-Year-Old Classic. Space Junk will have a 10m advantage over Mighty Conqueror and certainly is capable of testing his younger rival. Space Junk has returned to form with a vengeance, scoring decisive wins in stands at his past three starts. “At least Space Junk has a 10-metre head start n Mighty Conqueror,” said Olivieri. “But we’ve also got a lot of traffic in front of us. However, I expect Space Junk to fight out the finish. Mighty Conqueror is a very good horse and if you said I could have any horse in the Bond stable, I would take Mighty Conqueror. A year or two ago, it was El Jacko.”   Ken Casellas

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