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Three members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have made Henwood Bay their best bet at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas, host of TABradio’s One Out, One Back program Matt Young and Guild president Wayne Currall have all made the Collie-based pacer their star bet on the 10-event card. “Tough four-year-old Henwood Bay took 15 starts to notch his first win, when he led and scored by a half-head at Busselton in December 2018, and he has managed just one win (by a head) from 38 starts at Gloucester Park,” Casellas said. “But it is with considerable confidence that I happily declare the Errol Ashcroft-trained gelding my best bet on Friday night when I’m sure he will overcome the awkward No. 6 barrier in the 2536m eighth event and prove too strong for his seven rivals. Henwood Bay has revealed considerable strength in finishing second at each of his past three runs at Gloucester Park after working hard in the breeze.” And Young agrees. “Henwood Bay has been racing well for a very long period of time,” Young said. “I believe this is his race for the taking on Friday night. He should push his way to the breeze and over the longer distance will pound them into submission. Anything better than even money is good shopping.” Currall makes it a clean sweep. “The consistent Henwood Bay is overdue for a win,” Currall said. “He loves the longer trip and Deni Roberts will be keen to put him in the death outside of likely leader Dominate The Dojo. From there she can dictate the race and Henwood Bay should prove too strong in the charge to the line.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on American Arma. “Classy two-year-old American Arma is in line for her fourth Gloucester Park win for trainer-reinsman Colin Brown,” Manning said. “The filly has abundant speed and led in two of her victories. She has clearly inherited the ability of her dam Arma Xpress, who won the 2012 Golden Slipper and 11 other races in her first 14 starts.” TABradio’s Hayden King likes the chances of One For Dave Andme in race six. “One For Dave Andme was traveling like a contender on the turn last week before it all went awfully wrong and he suffered significant interference,” King said. “He will press forward here and if he can find the front he will take any amount of beating.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart have made Magnificent Storm their star bet. “In eight WA starts, no runner has managed to finish within 5.3m of Magnificent Storm,” Havercroft said. “From barrier four he is drawn to press forward to lead, though he did show versatility when cruising to victory from the breeze at Pinjarra 11 days ago.” And Wishart agrees. “Magnificent Storm looks set to keep his winning sequence in tact here,” Wishart said. “Nice win over subsequent winner The Notorious One at his last run. He should pack too many guns again from the low draw in this line-up.” Longshot guru Pat Harding sees a good night ahead for punters. “Should be a good night for punters and tipsters alike this week at GP,” Harding said. “There are a few standouts. My best bet comes up in race three with No. 1 Rock Me Over. He is ideally placed and as the top earner in the race should add to his winnings here.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest Carrera Mach, who is poised for a strong first-up performance from out wide at barrier No. 8 in race two. He is working in fine style and has the ability to seriously test the likely pacemaker and hot favourite Sightseeing Anvil. MATT: Im Rocknroll Magic has a lovely draw and won’t be far off them in the run. Looks a suitable race WAYNE: Baylan Jett has been about the place of late and with Gary Hall Jr in the bike I expect him to be driven positively. Could outstay them in the sprint to the line. ERNIE: Queen Shenandoah has not won in her past six starts, but she’s proved her ability with 12 wins. She could be excused for an unplaced run when caught three-wide in the Mares Classic a fortnight ago. HAYDEN: Blue Blazer has terrific gate speed when they decide to use it. Those drawn inside generally like to sit and, if driven aggressively, he could spring a summer surprise. RYAN: Gary Hall Sr thought Balcatherine should have been in the WA Pacing Cup. She has won since and her times stack up. Each-way prospect. WARREN: Galactic Star wasn’t disgraced in last week’s WA Pacing Cup finishing fourth after doing some early work. I think the market will drop off him from this draw, but I’m expecting him to bounce back strongly. PAT: My value bet comes up in the opening event with No. 7 Queen Shenandoah. She has been knocking on the door and with Chris Voak aboard it could be just the race she has been looking for. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.   Wayne Currall

Four-year-old mare Radiant Amber was a rank outsider at $101 when sixth behind Diego last Friday night and was an unwanted $91 chance at her previous outing when eleventh behind Euphoric Moment. Those inconspicuous performances were from wide barriers at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively. The Ryan Bell-trained Radiant Amber will begin from a much more favourable barrier at No. 3 on the front line in the opening event, the 2130m City of Perth Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Michael Grantham is expected to take full advantage of the mare’s sparkling gate speed. Grantham, who will be driving Radiant Amber for the first time, is likely to send the mare forward in a bid to outpace the speedy beginners on her inside, Bettorgrinanbarit and Mileys Desire. Bettorgrinanbarit (Dylan Egerton-Green) returns to mobile racing after contesting standing-start events at her past five starts for two wins and two seconds. She led when an impressive winner from Thats Perfect last Friday night. She has also won twice in mobile safter setting the pace. Kyle Harper will drive Mileys Desire for Barragup trainer Peter Lodding. She has only a nine per cent winning record (eight wins from 89 starts), but it is interesting to note that she has set the pace ion seven of her victories. Radiant Amber was an all-the-way 2130m winner seven starts ago, and since then she has impressed with her sparkling early speed when bursting to the front from barriers five and six for a second to Blue Chip Adda and a third behind the brilliant To Fast To Serious. Egerton-Green also will be looking forward to driving former Victorian trotter Sunnys Little Jestic from the front line in the Celebrate The Silly Season In The City of Perth Trot, a 2096m standing-start event. Sunnys Little Jestic won twice from 16 New Zealand starts before racing 16 times in Victoria for six wins and three placings. She has not appeared since she started at $88.20, broke at the mobile start and finished a distant seventh behind Red Hot Tooth at Kilmore on April 3 this year. Sunnys Little Jestic is a half-sister to the brilliant Sunnys Little Whiz, who was retired after an excellent 48-start career that produced 18 wins and 15 placings for stakes of $150,140. Sunnys Little Whiz was trained in Busselton by Barry Howlett, who gave the mare 29 starts in WA for 16 wins and ten placings. Howlett has not produced Sunnys Little Jestic at trials, but the four-year-old’s record suggests that she is capable of a bold first-up showing, with her chief rival appearing to be Princess Mila, a smart last-start mobile winner.   Ken Casellas

Exciting three-year-old Magnificent Storm has not been extended in winning at each of his first eights starts in Western Australia, and he will be strongly fancied to continue his wonderful sequence when he contests the $18,000 Three Hours Free Weekend Parking In The City of Perth Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred American Ideal gelding will again be driven by Aldo Cortopassi for astute Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams, who is setting the pacer for the rich four-year-old classics in the New Year. Magnificent Storm has been most impressive in scoring easy victories at Northam and Pinjarra late last month after resuming from a five-month break from racing. From the No. 5 barrier he raced three wide early and then outside the pacemaker The Notorious One before forging to the front 380m from home and dashing away to beat that pacer by just under three lengths at a 1.53.2 rate over 1684m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. The quarters whizzed by in 27.5sec., 29.4sec., 28.5sec. and 27.7sec. Friday night’s 2130m event will provide a good guide to his prospects in the rich Golden Nugget next year. He will meet several talented three-year-olds, and Cortopassi is not expecting a stroll in the park against quality performers including Power And Grace, Typhoon Banner, Warriors Legacy and Jaspervellabeach. Power And Grace, to be driven by Michael Grantham for Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed, has had 20 starts for eight wins and seven placings and he will have admirers. He has good gate speed but is unlikely to have an easy time in a bid for the early lead, with the speedy Lindsay Harper-trained Hengheng drawn favourably at barrier one. Harper is sure to be keen to take advantage of the barrier and the gelding’s sparkling gate speed. Power And Grace led from barrier three and fought on determinedly to win from Henrik Larsson at a 1.58.9 rate over 2130m at Gloucester Park last Saturday night. Typhoon Banner, trained and driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, won for the fifth time from nine starts when he led from the No. 1 barrier and beat Warriors Legacy at a 1.56.2 rate over 2130m last Friday week. He is awkwardly drawn at barrier seven but is capable of fighting out the finish.   Ken Casellas

Tomorrow night sees the running of the Lord Mayors Cup, previously known as the City Of Perth Cup. Handsandwheels, pictured above, took out the most recent edition of the event. RACE 1 – CITY OF PERTH F&M PACE Dylan Egerton-Green (BETTORGRINANBARIT): “Racing at her best. Will capitalise on the draw.” Kyle Harper (MILEYS DESIRE): “Solid run first-up. Not drawn terribly. Place with luck.” Michael Grantham (RADIANT AMBER): “Will have a dip early. Belly is happy with her.” Matt Scott (C C CHEVRON): “Racing well. Go back and place.” Gary Hall Jnr (WALTZINGWITHSIERRA): “Just each-way chance from tricky draw.” Aiden De Campo (MANDY JOAN): “Has been really disappointing this preparation so far. Hopefully improves in this lower grade.” (QUEEN SHENANDOAH): “ Aiden De Campo (DELIGHTFULREACTION): “Racing well but needs luck from the draw.” Shannon Suvaljko (VIVERE DAMORE): “Racing well. Difficult to assess but will be close up.” Callan Suvaljko (SUZIES GEM): “Unlucky last week when she locked wheels. Drawn for a soft run. Place chance.” Chris Lewis (HEADLINE ACT): “Going nicely. Good run last week. Pace on will suit us . She should run a good race.” RACE 2 – CITY OF PERTH CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TRAIL Callan Suvaljko (SIGHTSEEING ANVIL): “Drawn to lead and excels in front. Will come out running and should be hard to beat.” Michael Grantham (CROCODILE KID): “Don’t think I can cross. Save my pennies early but hold ground not to get shuffled too far back.” (AMERICAN DELIGHT): “Awkward draw. Trial was good last week. I expected her to improve on recent form.” David Young (BAYLAN JETT): “Will be much improved from last week. His work on Wednesday morning was brilliant. Each-way but I think the one will be very hard to beat.” (SALEAHS COMMAND): “ Matt Scott (ALWAYS ARJAY): “Tough from the draw.” (JILLIBY JAKE): “ (CARRERA MACH): “ Kyle Harper (CHARLIE EL): “Drawn about nine barriers too wide this week. Wait for a barrier for this one. Never know your luck.” Matt Scott (TWENTYNINE TWELVE): “Won’t be leaving the pegs this week. Gets the draw to place or knockout.” Chris Lewis (IM ROCKNROLL MAGIC): “He can run in the money. He’s going okay. Want even pace for him as well. Should run on at the end.” Shannon Suvaljko (A BOY NAMED ROSIE): “Unlucky horse who runs home in every event he contests. Will be there abouts.” RACE 3 – CITY OF PERTH TWILIGHT HAWKERS MARKET PACE Matt Scott (ROCK ME OVER): “Been crying out for a draw. Running good sectionals. Lead and win.” Shane Young (ROSIES IDEAL): “Good draw. Freshened her up this week.” (SOKYS BIGBULLET): “ Callan Suvaljko (EXTREME PRINCE): “Drive for luck and take short cuts.” Aldo Cortopassi (MARQUISARD): “Have to see what Craig wants to do. Normally he’s an on speed runner.” Callan Suvaljko (TUAS DELIGHT): “Drive for luck and take short cuts too.” Aiden De Campo (BETTOR BE OSCAR): “Back to his best last week but the barrier hurts.” Jocelyn Young (HAS NO FEAR): “Raced well Monday. Will drive for luck from the bad draw. Expect her to be coming home well.” Chris Lewis (THAT’S PERFECT): “Good run last week. Barrier nine is the concern. Maybe 2500 can be the leveller to help us.” Corey Peterson (CANT REFUSE): “Would’ve won last week if I got out earlier. Should go just as well.” Shannon Suvaljko (FREE TO AIR): “Good draw to get sucked along. Always a place chance.” Gary Hall Snr (LIAM NEIL): “Draw isn’t good. He’s a place chance with the right run.” RACE 4 – VISIT THE NORTHBRIDGE PIAZZA PACE (ELOQUENT MACH): Scratched. Chris Lewis (JIMMY MACK): “He goes well in front. We will come out.” Colin Brown (PATRICKTHEPIRANHA): “Work spot on. Feeling well.” Aldo Cortopassi (CYCLONE BANNER): “Should get a good trip from there. Top three with the right run.” (BETTOR PARTY): “ Gary Hall Snr (SIR GALAHAD): “Work has been good. If they run it up tempo he’s some hope. Good run first-up.” Greg Bond (JUSTASEC): “Racing okay. Barrier hurts.” (THEREUGO): “   RACE 5 – LORD MAYORS CUP Rob MacDonald (ARGYLE RED): “Good draw. Had better pump the tyres up for this one. We would like to lead but have had similar situations before. Morgan will have a better idea whether we hand up or not.” Greg Bond (MIGHTY CONQUEROR): “Strong chance.” (IM FULL OF EXCUSES): “ Greg Bond (VAMPIRO): “Each-way.” Gary Hall Snr (BALCATHERINE): “Draw hurts with Mighty Conqueror and Vampiro inside her. Hard to see where she ends up. She’s as good as anything in that race.” Aldo Cortopassi (TO FAST TO SERIOUS): “Good test from the draw. If they run hard he will be getting home strongly. Greg Bond (GALACTIC STAR): “Good each-way chance.” Shannon Suvaljko (VULTAN TIN): “Super last week. Back in distance and rough draw. Will acquit himself well.” Jocelyn Young (BRACKEN SKY): “Draw puts him out of it unless it’s run to suit.” Greg Bond (OUR JIMMY JOHNSTONE): “Nice draw. Place chance.” Gary Hall Snr (WHOZIDEAWASTHIS): “Going pretty well. Wouldn’t surprise me if he was close up.” Chris Lewis (TALKERUP): “Will try to take shortcuts. Difficult for her.” RACE 6 – IAN DAVIE MEMORIAL Madeleine Young (MISTER ARDEE): “Good draw. He should be running on well.” Jocelyn Young (MAXIMUM DEMAND): “Place chance with luck.” Chris Lewis (LIGHTNING JOLT): “Each-way. Got to get a slot close-up. Finished okay last week. With luck early he comes in as an each-way hope. Corey Peterson (ONE FOR DAVE ANDME): “Unlucky last week. Should go well.” (BEACH SKIPPER): “ (TOUCH OF SUCCESS): “ (DESTINED TO RULE): “ (DISCO UNDER FIRE): “ Shannon Suvaljko (CARUBA): “Bad draw. Wait until she draws.” (SANGUE REALE): “Great draw for him. We are just stuck behind one that’s slow out. Might get straight off. He can definitely run top three.” Gary Hall Snr (AMERICAN BRAVE): “Doesn’t win this he’s in troule. Getting better with every run. I’d like to put him into it. Greg Bond (TAROONA BROMAC): “Barrier makes it hard.” RACE 7 – 3 HOURS FREE WEEKEND PARKING IN THE CITY OF PERTH PACE (HENGHENG): “ Jocelyn Young (WARRIORS LEGACY): “Place chance with the right breaks.” Michael Grantham (POWER AND GRACE): “Will go straight to front and lead and won’t hand up.” Aldo Cortopassi (MAGNIFICENT STORM): “Just getting better with each run. Still on the way up. Looks his race.” (HOTFOOT IT): “ Aiden De Campo (JASPERVELLABEACH): “Awkward draw in a good field. He has the ability.” Dylan Egerton-Green (TYPHOON BANNER): “Drawn wide. Racing well. Needs luck.” (ARISTOCRATIC STAR): “ Gary Hall Jnr (GARDYS LEGACY): “Nice horse. Draw hurts. Still a place chance.” Mark Johnson (VALENTINES BROOK): “Drawn to get a soft run. Was held up last Saturday. If we get a split he should be running on.” RACE 8 – DISCOVER THE URBAN ORCHARD IN THE CITY OF PERTH PACE Chris Lewis (DOMINATE THE DOJO): “Probably hasn’t shown his previous gate speed this campaign. He should have enough here. If Kevin wants to hold we will hold.” Shannon Suvaljko (ANIME): “Good draw to be close up in this.” Michael Grantham (BLUE BLAZER): “He’s going real good. Like him Friday night. I think he’s my smokey.” (IAM LAMBROS): “ Kim Prentice (EXTRADITE): “Has turned the corner and I think he will run a great race.” Deni Roberts (HENWOOD BAY): “Racing out of his skin. Will be driven positively in an even enough field over his pet distance.” Jocelyn Young (BAD ROUND): “Needs to draw and won’t be far away. Needs luck here.” Dylan Egerton-Green (MACHS GOLD): “Can be a contender if things work in his favour.” RACE 9 – CELEBRATE THE SILLY SEASON IN THE CITY OF PERTH Aldo Cortopassi (SPRINGFIELD HUGH): “Good run on Monday. Will step nicely and put himself in it early.” Dylan Egerton-Green (SUNNYS LITTLE JESTIC): “One to watch. I’m excited to drive this one.” (KELL ROAD KID): “ (THE MALE MODEL): “ (ONE BID BUYS): “ Chris Lewis (CHAMPAGNE PRINCE): “He’s going okay. Last run he was a bit off. If he can bounce back to prior form he’s an each-way chance.” (TON TINE): “ (DARK SECRET): “ Gary Hall Snr (PRINCESS MILA): “She probably can’t win unless she flew away.” RACE 10 – VISITPERTH.COM 2YO FILLIES PREFERRED PACE David Young (MINOR CATASTROPHE): “Grand finals are later in the season. Whatever she does she will continue to improve on. Don’t think she can win but would be disappointed if she didn’t salute the judge.” (OUR SHOOTING STAR): “ Chris Lewis (RUMOUR HAS IT): “She’s a nice little filly. First-up. She has got plenty of work under her belt. Got gate speed. Use that speed and she should hold up.” Colin Brown (AMERICAN ARMA): “Another test for her. Looking forward to the race.” Michael Blakemore (GOODEALEHMADDIE): “Happy with her run against the boys on Saturday. Was her first race for a while and she hit the line well. Back to a fillies race so don’t underestimate her.” Gary Hall Jnr (BURGHLEY SHARD): “Hard to see him beating the faves from the draw. If he settles he can be top three.” Aiden De Campo (DOMINUS FACTUM): “Has the ability but is first-up. Looks tough from the wide draw.” Kim Prentice (IRISH COFFEE): “Will be in the paddock after Friday. Still very immature.”   by Tim Walker

Leading reinsman Chris Voak had the choice of five drives in the City of Perth Twilight Hawkers Market Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he gave punters a valuable tip by opting to handle the experienced five-year-old Rock Me Over. Rock Me Over, prepared by Serpentine trainer Matt Scott, has a losing sequence of six and just one win from his past 20 starts. But he should prove hard to beat from the important No. 1 barrier in the 2536m event. The WA-bred pacer, a veteran of 111 starts for 18 wins and 36 placings, has a modest record over 2536m three wins, three seconds and one third from 15 attempts but he has a good record over 2130m and 2536m from the No. 1 barrier 11 starts for five wins, two seconds, two thirds, two fourths, one fifth and one tenth (when he met with severe interference). He is a sound frontrunner and has set the pace at five of his 11 starts from the inside barrier and has sat behind the pacemaker on four other occasions. Rock Me Over started from the No. 4 barrier in a 12130m event last Friday night and enjoyed no luck when eight behind the frontrunning Thereugo. Rock Me Over was trapped wide early before being restrained to the rear. He started a three-wide burst approaching the bell and was not disgraced in finishing four lengths from the winner. His task was made difficult because Thereugo dawdled through the lead time in 37.8sec. and the opening quarters in 31.5sec. and 29.9sec. before giving his rivals little chance by sprinting over the final 400m sections in 27.4sec. and 28.7sec. Voak had a difficult decision in choosing Rock Me Over ahead of the Ross Olivieri-trained Thats Perfect, who was handled by Voak at his West Australian debut last Friday night when he began off 20m in a 2503m stand. He was eleventh in the middle stages before moving to eighth at the bell and finishing with a spirited burst to be second to the frontrunning Bettorgrinanbarit. Thats Perfect will start from the outside (No. 9) on the front line on Friday night, but he has the ability to overcome that disadvantage. He will be driven by Chris Lewis. Other runners in Friday’s event that Voak had the choice of driving are Sokys Big Bullet (who will be driven by Morgan Woodley), Marquisard (Aldo Cortopassi) and Free To Air (Shannon Suvaljko).   Ken Casellas

Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr is out to buck the odds and hopes to win the $50,000 Lord Mayor’s Cup over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night for a record ninth time. The master horseman is pinning his faith on the brilliant but inexperienced mare Balcatherine, who faces a stern test from the awkward No. 5 barrier on the front line. Balcatherine, a New Zealand-bred mare and a winner at nine of her 17 starts, is the least experienced runner in the group 2 event. She possesses excellent gate speed but appears to have very little hope of bursting to an early lead, with fast beginners Argyle Red, Mighty Conqueror and Vampiro drawn inside of her. Seven of the past eight Lord Mayor’s Cups have been won by the pacemaker, and there is sure to be a keen battle for the early lead on Friday night. The Lord Mayor’s Cup has been contested 44 times, with only two mares being successful Windy Jean in 1978 and Another One For Me (2012). Hall has won the Cup with Trickey Bey (1994), Abit Rich (1997), Live To Reign (2007), Talk To Me Courage (2010), Livingontheinterest (2014), Northview Punter (2015), Cyamach (2016) and Chicago Bull (2018). For good measure he has had five second-placed runners --- Our London Pride (2000), Aussie Reactor (2012), Im Themightyquinn (2013), Hokonui Ben (2014) and Ohoka Punter (2018). Balcatherine gave a sample of her class when she produced a superb performance to win the group 1 $125,000 Westral Mares Classic last Friday week. She started from the outside of the back line, was ninth after a lap, made a fast three-wide move 1350m from home to move to the breeze at the 1200m and then surged to the front at the 400m and raced away to win by just under two lengths from Somebeachparty. She dashed over the final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.3sec. and rated 1.56.8 over the 2536m journey. That rate is worth comparing with the 1.56.9 recorded by champion pacer Chicago Bull in winning the 2536m Fremantle Cup a week earlier. Coolup breeder-owner-trainer Phil Costello is seeking another major Cup victory after his hardy eight-year-old Vultan Tin scored an emphatic victory in the $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup over 2936m last Friday night. Vultan Tin fared poorly in the random draw and will need another fine display in the sulky from Shannon Suvaljko, who will consider a few options from barrier No. 8 to overcome the disadvantage of the wide draw. Vultan Tin has the opportunity to become just the third multiple winner of the Lord Mayor’s Cup which was first run in 1966 when Alan Woodworth drove Gendarme to victory over Tiara Court and Cranwell Jack. Chris Voak drove Vultan Tin (barrier two) to an all-the-way victory in the Lord Mayor’s Cup in February 2019. He will drive Im Full Of Excuses (barrier three) for trainer Ross Olivieri in Friday night’s Cup. The multiple Lord Mayor’s Cup winners are Village Kid (1985, 1986, 1989 and 1990) and Mysta Magical Mach (2009, 2011 and 2013). Morgan Woodley, who scored with Mysta Magical Mach in 2009 and 2013 after winning with Taihape Tickler in 2006 and Another One For Me in 2012, will drive Pinjarra breeder-owner-trainer Rob Macdonald’s eight-year-old Argyle Red from the prized No. 1 barrier. The most recent time Argyle Red started from the No. 1 barrier was four starts ago when the gelding set a slow early pace and sprinted over the final 400m sections in 27.7sec. and 27.6sec. to win from Jimmy Mack and Rock Me Over at a 1.57.2 rate over 2130m on November 6. Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond hold a strong hand in this week’s Cup with four runners Mighty Conqueror (Dylan Egerton-Green), Vampiro (Colin Brown), Galactic Star (Ryan Warwick) and Our Jimmy Johnstone (Deni Roberts). The stable’s major contenders should be Mighty Conqueror (ideally drawn at barrier two) and Galactic Star (barrier seven). Mighty Conqueror has bright prospects of returning to the winning list for the first time since he produced a superb staying performance to win the 2936m WA Pacing Cup from stablemates Vampiro and Our Jimmy Johnstone last January. Mighty Conqueror’s recent efforts have been full of merit and Egerton-Green certainly will be toying with the plan to outpace Argyle Red in the early stages and take up the running. Mighty Conqueror revealed good gate speed from barrier two in last week’s WA Pacing Cup when he dashed past the polemarker Jack Farthing 120m after the start before Vampiro charged to the front 400m later. Mighty Conqueror was badly hampered for room approaching the home turn before getting clear 150m out, when he ran home solidly to be an excellent third behind Vultan Tin and Chicago Bull. Up-and-coming four-year-old To Fast To Serious caught the eye in the WA Pacing Cup with his strong burst, out wide, to finish sixth. Aldo Cortopassi is likely to opt out of the battle for the early lead from the No. 6 barrier and look for a prominent position in the one-wide line before asking the WA-bred gelding to produce a strong finishing effort.   Ken Casellas

Vultan Tin’s fairtytale triumph Evergreen performer Vultan Tin, making his 168TH appearance in a race, caused a major boilover when he outsprinted superstar Chicago Bull in the home straight to storm to victory in the $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Rarely has a pacer with such a humble and unpretentious background as the WA-bred Vultan Tin triumphed in a major group 1 feature event. It was a fairytale story of triumph over adversity and a just reward for perseverance for 68-year-old Coolup hobby trainer Phil Costello, who outlaid a small sum to purchase Victorian-bred mare Toy Shop almost 26 years ago after she had finished an inconspicuous sixth behind Fatal Error in a country maiden event in Albany in January 1995. That was her only start and she produced two foals, a colt and a filly, and only the filly, named Carravelle, raced. Carravelle failed to win from 17 starts before being retired to stud. Her first foal, Ellevarrac (the backwards spelling of her dam) managed just one win from 30 starts, a head victory over Our Captains Lady at Pinjarra in December 2008. Vultan Tin, by American stallion Dawn Of A New Day, is the first foal out of Ellevarrac and the only one of her two progeny to have raced. Ellevarrac died in December 2015. Now an eight-year-old, Vultan Tin has exceeded all expectations and his win on Friday night as a $43 outsider over the $1.26 favourite Chicago Bull has boosted his earnings to $862,986 from 27 wins and 42 placings from 168 starts. Vultan Tin was having his fourth start in a WA Pacing Cup after finishing in tenth place at each of his three previous appearances --- behind Soho Tribeca, Rocknroll Lincoln and Mighty Conqueror. He went into the race with unplaced efforts at his five previous outings and his only win from his previous 23 starts was eight starts before the Cup when he led and defeated Chicago Bull in a 2536m Free-For-All in July this year. Adding to the mystique and intrigue of Friday night’s big race was Costello’s engagement of ace 51-year-old reinsman Shannon Suvaljko to replace his 20-year-old daughter Emily, who had driven Vultan Tin at his previous couple of starts, but was unable to drive the gelding because of a suspension incurred for causing interference in a race. Shannon Suvaljko had handled Vultan Tin only twice before --- for an eighth behind Vampiro in the Pinjarra Cup on March 2 this year and a last placing behind Vampiro in a Free-For-All at Gloucester Park 11 nights later. Costello admitted that he gave Vultan Tin very little hope of beating Chicago Bull, and he told Suvaljko that the gelding would have no chance of winning if he was driven out from the No. 3 barrier on the front line in the testing 2936m event. “So, we devised a plan not to use him (early) and for Suvaljko to ease back and get a sit in the one-wide line,” said Costello. “Vultan Tin was able to get an ideal passage in the one-out, one-back position behind Galactic Star before racing one-out and two-back after Chicago Bull moved to the breeze (after dashing forward, three wide with 1500m to travel).” Vampiro ($61) dashed to the front 500m after the start and set a solid pace, with stablemate and last year’s Pacing Cup winner Mighty Conqueror ($26) trailing him, and Galactic Star ($13) in the breeze until Chicago Bull assumed that position. Gary Hall jnr sent Chicago Bull to the front about 220m from home, but the little champion was unable to hold out Vultan Tin, who burst to the front 65m from the post and went on to score by just over a length from Chicago Bull, rating 1.56.3. Mighty Conqueror finished third and Galactic Star was fourth. This gave Suvaljko his second WA Pacing Cup victory. He trained and drove nine-year-old and 9/1 chance Vanlo Yorker to victory over Shardons Aflyin and Franco Amon in January 2008, bringing the veteran home with a powerful burst from eighth in the middle stages and sixth (three wide) at the bell. “Vultan Tin deserved to win a Pacing Cup,” said Suvaljko. “The plan was to put him to sleep and become a swooper. I’ve won two now, and it would have been great if I was able to watch Emily win this race. However, she’s only young and has a bright future.” The win gave Costello his second group 1 success, after winning the State Sires Series event for two-year-old colts and geldings in July 2001 with Hydroflyte, a smart colt he had driven to four wins before Lindsay Harper was successful with him in the Sires.   Costello said that Ellevarrac did not reach her potential, mainly because of her cranky behaviour. “She had ability, but she kept hurting herself,” he explained. “She kicked fences and gates and hurt her back legs. “Vultan Tin does the same, but he is not quite as silly as she was. He likes kicking things, especially me, and he’s got me quite a few times. I don’t mind it and I can put up with it because he usually repays me. And you should hear him in the float. He hates the trains while we’re travelling along the Freeway. But once the train has passed, he settles down.” Costello, who has prepared a small team of pacers over the past 45 years, named his current star after the now defunct Vultan Tin mine in the South-West of the State near Greenbushes. “When Vultan Tin was born we called him Frank after my wife Denise’s father Frank Wilkes,” he said. “I wanted an appropriate name for the foal and chose Vultan Tin because Denise’s father had been the manager of the mine.” Vultan Tin’s Pacing Cup triumph was gained at his fifth start after a spell, and Costello said that the tough gelding would continue racing after finally achieving his first group 1 success, following his wonderful fourth placing behind Lazarus, Chicago Bull and Tiger Tara in the Interdominion Championship final at Gloucester Park in December 2017, his Narrogin Cup victory in April 2017, his third behind My Field Marshal in the Fremantle Cup in January 2019 and his win in the group 2 City of Perth Cup in February 2019. Champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr, aiming for his ninth win in the WA Pacing Cup, was philosophical after Chicago Bull’s defeat, saying: “You can’t win them all; there’s been bigger disappointments throughout my career. If I hadn’t won a few Pacing Cups I’d be a bit more disappointed. Chicago Bull felt a bit flat tonight. But when you look at the sectionals, that’s probably understandable.”   Chiaroscuro ends lean run Speedy six-year-old Chiaroscuro bounced back to top form and ended a losing sequence of 18 and a 16-month drought when Colin Brown drove him to an easy all-the-way victory in the $25,000 Parliamentarians Cup over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A warm favourite at $1.75 from the prized No. 1 barrier, Chiaroscuro was not challenged for the lead and was able to coast through the lead time in a comfortable 37.4sec. and the opening quarter in 30.3sec. before increasing the tempo with final 400m sections of 29.6sec., 28sec. and 28.1sec. He rated 1.55.9 and beat As Happy As Larry, who fought on gamely after racing without cover. Bracken Sky trailed the pacemaker and ran home solidly to be third. “That’s close to his best winning time,” said Brown. “Murray (trainer Murray Lindau) told me to wake him up in the preliminary, otherwise he would just loaf around. The track is pretty quick tonight, and he was running time on his ear, even when I had him under restraint.” Claire McNaughton certainly has no regrets that she purchased Chiaroscuro for $18,500 at the 2015 Perth yearling sale. The Art Major gelding now has amassed $191,972in stakes from 16 wins and 22 placings. He is out of the New Zealand-bred mare Kelty Star (by Caprock) who won once from nine starts in New Zealand before racing seven times in WA in 2003 for three placings at Bunbury.   Jumpingjackmac is a WA Derby hope Inexperienced New Zealand-bred gelding Jumpingjackmac gave convincing proof that he has the ability to develop into a leading candidate for the WA Derby next season when he set the pace and sprinted brilliantly over the final 800m in 54.9sec. to crush his rivals in the 2130m Mondo Doro Smallgoods Special Pace for two-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr was lavish in his praise, saying: “He’s pretty exciting and he’s got the right sort of frame and the right attitude to become a Derby hope. “This is the first time I have driven him in a race. He was shying a bit in the score-up, but the good part was that he flew out from behind the mobile.” Jumpingjackmac, who was produced in fine fettle by champion trainer Gary Hall snr, arrived in WA three months ago and was having only his third start in a race. He finished solidly when a winner on debut, at Pinjarra on November 16, before he raced four back on the pegs, met with interference and finished eighth behind Eldaytona at Gloucester Park four nights later. He is by Mach Three and is the third foal out of Bettors Delight mare Jumpforjoy, who raced 21 times for seven wins, seven placings and stakes of $94,654. Jumpforjoy won the group 2 Southland Oaks at Invercargill in April 2011 and was a close third behind Carabella in the group 1 Diamond Classic at Ashburton two months later.   Jumpingjackmac was a solidly supported $2.90 favourite who beat his more seasoned rivals Robbie Rocket ($5.50) and Lavra Joe ($3.30). Robbie Rocket trailed the leader and finished solidly along the inside, while Lavra Joe raced wide early and then in the breeze.   Suvaljko completes a treble in style Talented reinsman Shannon Suvaljko chalked up a treble at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he drove the Mike Reed-trained three-year-old filly Tiffany Rose to a dashing victory in the 2130m MBL Food Service Pace. He had won earlier in the evening behind Vultan Tin and Waltzingwithsierra. Tiffany Rose, favourite at $2.45, began speedily from the No. 4 barrier and set a slow early pace with an ambling lead time of 38.4sec. and moderate opening quarters of 31.5sec. and 30.8sec. before sprinting over the final 400m sections in 28.7sec. and 28.1sec. “She’s lightning off the arm and she had plenty left at the finish when she was still doing it easily with the ear plugs in,” Suvaljko said. Tiffany Rose won by 2m from the Peter Anderson-trained $11 chance Star Fromthepalace, who raced in the breeze and fought on in grand style. Justin Prentice’s New Zealand-bred filly Alta Louisa, a $20 chance from the outside barrier at No. 9, impressed when she was last in the field of ten at the bell before flying home, out five wide, to be an eye-catching third. Tiffany Rose was placed at seven of her eight starts in New Zealand and has had 19 starts in WA for ten wins and three thirds.   Wide draw no worry for Waltzingwithsierra Victorian-bred mare Waltzingwithsierra drew the favourable No. 2 barrier on Tuesday for the 2130m Mondo Doro Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but she was ordered by the stewards to start out wide at No. 9 after galloping badly soon after the start of a race at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. She was unwanted by punters and was a $66.70 tote outsider and even greater value at $81 on the fixed market. However, in-form reinsman Shannon Suvaljko weaved some magic to land the six-year-old mare a surprise winner, beating $15 chance Henwood Bay by a length and a half, with the $1.45 favourite American Brave in third place. While the polemarker Disco Under Fire ($6.50) jumped straight to the front, Suvaljko restrained Waltzingwithsierra back to last in the field of 12 before slipping through along the inside to settle down in seventh position. Suvalko eased Waltzingsierra  off the inside in the back straight in the final circuit and the mare came from fourth on the home turn to hit the front at the 50m mark and score a decisive victory at a 1.57.8 rate. Trainer Katja Warwick said she didn’t expect Waltzingwithsierra to win. “But Shannon is on fire and is so clever the way he is able to get across to a nice position on the rail,” she said.   Roman Art survives a scare Noted frontrunner Roman Art, favourite at $1.80 from the No. 1 barrier in the Pastrami Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, gave his supporters a few moments of concern when he put in a couple of rough strides approaching the home turn. But Chris Voak was able to get the Vic Bryers-trained four-year-old back into a smooth stride and the stallion went on to win by a half-length from $3 second fancy Gran Chico, with Dredlock Rockstar ($71) a sound third after enjoying the trail behind the pacemaker. “He lost his rhythm and lost vital ground around the 300m mark,” said Voak. “This almost cost us the race. But he then held on strongly to win. Gran Chico started a three-wide move from sixth at the bell and fought on doggedly. He will pay to follow. Roman Art, trained at Coolup and raced on lease by Bryers, has earned $79,551 from 11 wins and six placings from 24 starts.   Bettorgrinanbarit fights on gamely Experienced mare Bettorgrinanbarit maintained her recent burst of good form by leading all the way in the Meat Me At The Post Handicap, a 2503m stand, at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bred, owned and trained by Terry Ferguson, Bettorgrinanbarit was fourth favourite at $5.90 and Dylan Egerton-Green was able to get her quickly into stride to enjoy the frontrunning role. She covered the final 400m sections in 28.2sec. and 29.3sec. and won by a length from the 20m backmarker and $4.80 chance Thats Perfect. The Victorian-bred Thats Perfect, making his WA debut, settled at the rear before sustaining a powerful three-wide burst from eighth at the bell. “I didn’t get Bettorgrinanbarit away that good, but I did enough to hold the front,” said Egerton-Green. “Her run on Monday (when second to Yes Hes A Ladies Man in a 2116m stand at Pinjarra) was full of merit and put the writing on the wall. “She was pretty keen over the first thousand metres before she came back to me. And then she was a bit under the pump from the 40o0m, but credit to her, she kept on fighting. She’s got a never-say-die attitude.” Bettorgrinanbarit now has had 94 starts for nine wins, 24 placings and $90,486. She is the first foal out of Grin On The Beach, who had 67 starts for seven wins, 18 placings and $47,647.   Thereugo back in form Three weeks ago Thereugo had a losing sequence of 24. But he has struck form with a vengeance and he has now won at two of his past three starts. The noted frontrunner was a $3.70 chance from the No. 2 barrier in the 2130m Bringing Home The Bacon Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when trainer Lindsay Harper dictated terms in front and guided the McArdle seven-year-old to a neck victory over $3.60 chance Cant Refuse, who trailed the pacemaker and ran home gamely along the inside. Thereugo was put under plenty of pressure by the $3.30 favourite Rosies Ideal, who wilted over the final stages to finish fifth. “I had to get away from Rosies Ideal at the 600m and that’s why we ran the third quarter of the final mile in 27.4sec.,” Harper explained.  Thereugo has been a splendid moneyspinner who now has raced 81 times for 22 wins, 15 placings and $202,626 in prizemoney. “He is back in form at his past three to four runs and there’s plenty more wins in store for him,” said Harper.   Halls start with a double The powerful combination of trainer Gary Hall snr and reinsman Gary Hall jnr got away to a flying start at Gloucester Park on Friday night by winning the opening two events with New Zealand newcomer Diego and the WA-bred Liam Neil. Hall jnr used similar frontrunning tactics to score a 2m victory with Diego, the $1.40 favourite, in the Mondo Doro Pace and the $1.20 fancy Liam Neil, who won by 2m in the Coppa Kabana Pace. The lead time in each 2130m event was an identical 37.7sec., but the four-year-old Diego rated a slick 1.55.1, while Liam Neil rated a slower 1.57.2. Diego was untroubled to beat Lawrence, another newcomer from New Zealand who is now prepared by Greg and Skye Bond. Diego’s win was his third from his first three WA starts in the space of 13 days. Liam Neil has inherited the pacemaking characteristics of his dam Jane Elouise, who set the pace in three of her four wins in a 14-start career. Liam Neil is the seventh foal out of Jane Elouise and is a half-brother of Soho Jackman, who earned $368,278 from 32 wins and 33 placings from 123 starts. Thirteen of those wins were in WA, with Hall jnr in the sulky for six of those successes. Soho Jackman went on to win another 19 times in America. Harriet Elizabeth is another of Jane Elouise’s progeny who earned $114,348 from 11 wins and nine placings from 36 starts.   Ken Casellas

What an upset! Iron-tough harness racing pacer Vultan Tin caused a gigantic upset when running down race favourite Chicago Bull to claim the Gr.1 $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park tonight (Friday). Prepared by Phil Costello, the eight-year-old thrived on a genuine speed and a perfect Shannon Suvaljko drive to win the state’s biggest event in front of a massive Perth crowd. Lining-up in his fourth Pacing Cup, Vultan Tin finished 10th in his three previous attempts – Soho Tribeca in 2018, Rocknroll Lincoln in 2019 and Mighty Conqueror earlier this year. But with the change in calendar, Vultan Tin took his opportunity and etched his name into the record books alongside some of the all-time greats of the sport. The Greg and Skye Bond prepared Mighty Conqueror found the marker line first before allowing stablemate and noted frontrunner Vampiro to take up the running as they moved past the winning post on the first occasion in the 2936m event. Vultan Tin ($31) landed one out, one back early before being shuffled back one spot when Chicago Bull made his move with less than a mile to run to eventually park outside of race leader Vampiro. The lead time was covered in 1:36.0 seconds. Naturally, the speed increased with Vampiro making Chicago Bull work hard while Mighty Conqueror, Galactic Star and Vultan Tin all sat handy to the lead pair. The first half of the final mile was covered in splits of 29.8 and 28.5 seconds. Entering the back straight, Chicago Bull really forced the pressure and Vampiro was starting to crack while To Fast To Serious let go from back in the field with his sprint before being forced deeper coming off the far turn. At the top of the straight, Chicago Bull held a narrow lead while Vultan Tin emerged as the obvious threat. With Hall Jnr and Suvaljko both urging on their respective pacers it was Vultan Tin who gained the upper hand and started to draw clear from Chicago Bull while Mighty Conqueror got into third placing. At the line, Vultan Tin ($31) scored officially by 3.5 metres from Chicago Bull ($1.26) with Mighty Conqueror ($26) a further 4m away third. Watch the race replay click here. The winning time was 3:32.2 – a winning mile rate of 1:56.3 and a new race record. Since the race was switched to the current distance of 2936m back in 2014, the previous best time was 1:56.5 set by Mighty Conqueror earlier this year. The final 800m was covered in 28.4 and 29.5 seconds. Vultan Tin has now won 27 races with 21 of those coming via Goucester Park while career earnings now move in excess of $860,000. A son of Dawn Ofa New Day from the Pacific Fella mare Ellevarrac, the Westbred pacer has been prepared by Costello throughout his career. Costello prepared Ellevarrac and also prepared the grand-dam Caravelle. The win provided Suvaljko with his second victory in the Pacing Cup following his effort with Vanlo Yorker back in 2008. It was only the third time that Suvaljko had driven Vultan Tin following two unplaced efforts earlier this year. The Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit action heads to Albion Park next weekend for the running of the Gr.1 $175,660 TAB Blacks A Fake. Chris Barsby

The biggest night of pacing in Western Australia has arrived. The Group 1 WA TABtouch Pacing Cup (2936m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night has brought together a class field of 12 pacers with little champ Chicago Bull attempting to become a dual winner of WA’s biggest race. The $450,000 feature highlights an action-packed card of 10 events and members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have earmarked quite a few specials for the meeting. The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and Guild president Wayne Currall believe “Bully” can repeat his feature-cup double of 2017 when he won the Fremantle Cup and the WA Pacing Cup. “Chicago Bull was valiant in defeat last week, having sat outside of Perfect Major who had all of the favours,” Havercroft said. “The poster horse of WA pacing will start a short favourite but his class and form this campaign justifies his odds-on quote.” And Currall agrees with his younger colleague. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going ... and Chicago Bull is not only tough, he’s brilliant as well,” Currall said. “Very rarely have we seen a smaller pacer with as much ability as the Gary Hall-trained champ. This will be no walk in the park for ‘Bully’ from his awkward draw in gate seven, but he’s got a heart as big as himself. I find it extremely hard to tip against Chicago Bull - he’s under the odds for mine, but he’s the one they all have to beat.” TABradio’s Hayden King is keen on Cant Refuse in race three. “Cant Refuse comes up with the pole and looks mightily hard to beat,” King said. “He trialed up strongly on Sunday at Byford to compensate for the lost run last Friday. He should be fit enough to lead and win.” But that’s not how King’s colleague at TABradio Matt Young sees the race. He’s very bullish about the chances of Rosies Ideal in the same event. “Rosies Ideal was three and four-wide in a quick lead time last Friday, before breezing and running a very brave second to Whozideawasthis,” Young said. “On Friday she has the perfect trailing draw and I expect her to let things unfold before going to the breeze and winning the race. I’m very confident.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart believes punters can get off to a flyer with Diego in the opening event. “Diego looks a pretty smart horse after his win here on Tuesday,” Wishart said. “Gets the draw advantage on his main rival and looks set to make it three in a row.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas has made Gran Chico his best bet on the program. “Gran Chico has resumed after a spell in wonderful form and I’m making him my best bet to keep up the good work by winning on Friday night,” Casellas said. “Shannon Suvaljko will drive the Mike Reed-trained four-year-old, the only runner on the back line who should carry too many guns for his rivals, including the brilliant but injury-plagued Sir Galahad and the frontrunning Roman Art.” Longshot guru Pat Harding believes punters are in for a hard night. “Looks like another tough night at GP this Friday,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race two with Liam Neil drawing the No. 1 barrier. With Gary Hall Jr aboard and a good getaway, he should lead from start to finish and give some joy to punters.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believes Chiaroscuro can bounce back to winning form. “Chiaroscuro gets his chance to break an 18-start losing sequence when he tackles the Parliamentarians Cup,” Manning said. “The pacer has been freshened since he led and finished third three weeks ago and Colin Brown replaces the suspended Emily Suvaljko as his driver. Chiaroscuro has won 15 races, including 11 at Gloucester Park.” VALUE BETS RYAN: Disco Under Fire won twice in stands last month and has drawn the inside gate for this assignment. He is going well enough to hold them out and salute. WAYNE: Almost knocked the longshot king off his perch last week when 40/1 outsider Henwood Bay went down by a half-head. Sticking with the Errol Ashcroft team and making Euphoric Moment my best value in the first race. Should get out to a good each-way quote and can surprise, especially if the speed is on. HAYDEN: Stroke Of Luck is drawn fairly and could be flying under the radar, but flying he is. He could have been regarded as somewhat unlucky in recent weeks to not have forced his way into the Pacing Cup field, but victory here will be a worthy consolation. He will be extremely hard to hold out with even luck. MATT: Bracken Sky was superb first-up in free-for-all company last week. Jocelyn Young just needs an ounce of luck in the last 400m and she could make them pay late. WARREN: It was a fill-up last week with the best value saluting at $21 (Shadow Roll) and I think we can give it a shake again this week with Bracken Sky. Ran well in a hot race last start and this draw is perfect for him behind the likely leader. Think the market will miss him and he is a great each-way bet. KEN: For value, I suggest Rosies Ideal, who will start from the back line in the Bringing Home The Bacon Pace. The Shane Young-trained Rosies Ideal produced an outstanding effort when second to Whozideawasthis last week.   PAT: My value bet comes up in race 10, the last of the night, with No. 7 Sugar Street. Chris Voak has a habit of bobbing up with a winner in the final race and I think this is another ideal opportunity for him to put a smile on punters’ faces. ERNIE: Thats Perfect, making his WA debut after a Melbourne victory four starts ago, impressed when winning a Byford trial last Sunday. He is a brother to WA Pacing Cup runner Perfect Major, a winner at seven of his past nine starts. Thats Perfect has won 14 races. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.   Wayne Currall

Master trainer Gary Hall Snr is poised to notch a remarkable twelfth victory in the $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night, despite his champion pacer Chicago Bull drawing awkwardly at barrier seven in the 2936m Group 1 feature event. “It’s a tricky draw and tricky drive, but I’m confident that the horse and the driver are up to it,” he said.    Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, aiming for his ninth Pacing Cup win, said that Chicago Bull’s great versatility would be the key to success. “Barrier seven makes life a bit harder, but it could’ve been worse,” said Hall Jnr. “I’m pretty happy where the others (main dangers) have drawn. Before the draw, most people were considering that Chicago Bull would be a short-priced favourite. “Now, I don’t think that the draw should alter his price. That’s my level of confidence. If we had drawn one or two it would have been just a sit and steer job. “I have no preconceived plans; that’s the beauty of Chicago Bull, he’s versatile. I could blast off the gate if I wanted to. If I did, he would relax and come back to me.” Hall Snr predicted that Chicago Bull would have to work in the breeze, saying: “I can’t see that the breeze won’t be up for grabs at some stage. I can’t fault him and I’m not upset that he was beaten last week (when he raced without cover over the final 1500m and fought on determinedly to finish a half-head second to the pacemaker Perfect Major in the 2130m RWWA Cup).” Hall Jnr named Jack Farthing and Perfect Major as two of Chicago Bull’s most serious rivals. Jack Farthing, prepared by Justin Prentice and to be driven by champion reinsman Chris Lewis, drew perfectly at barrier one, but the Ross Olivieri-trained Perfect Major’s prospects slumped after he drew out wide at barrier eight. “I’ll say Jack Farthing will come out, and he has the speed to hold the lead, for sure,” said Prentice. “Then I’ll leave it up to Chris from there. It will be a massive advantage if we can find the rails this week. Chris was really happy with his latest run (fifth behind Chicago Bull in the Fremantle Cup), and he has worked super since then. “Jack Farthing’s final half (800m) was the second fastest in the Fremantle Cup (when he ran on from eighth at the bell).” Kevin Jeavons, managing part-owner of Jack Farthing, is expecting a strong performance from the New Zealand-bred five-year-old. “He is extremely fast, and no horse could beat him for early speed in all his runs at Menangle,” he said. “He will be coming out hard on Friday night.” Hall Jnr said that he was confident that Perfect Major would not beat Chicago Bull for the second week in a row, saying: “If Perfect Major somehow miraculously ended up in front, he’s going to have to do too much to get there. I still think he’s dangerous in the field, but it is hard to see him getting over Chicago Bull if he’s behind me, or even if he’s ahead of me and I’m tracking him up. “I didn’t want to draw a tricky gate and have Perfect Major drawing one. He could go good enough, leading, but I thought I could beat him. But then I could be left open to something else. That was my only concern. “Outside of Perfect Major, I think Jack Farthing is a danger. You have to respect him. I know he can get a bit keen, but if he can settle, he could be a danger. I know he has got the ability.” Olivieri, who prepared Saab for his WA Pacing Cup victory over Our Sir Vancelot in 1999, admitted that the wide barrier seriously affected Perfect Major’s chances of victory. But he has not given up hope and said that Perfect Major would strip a better and fitter horse than he did last week when he was an all-the-way winner over Chicago Bull in the RWWA Cup. “He worked by himself at Byford this morning (Tuesday) better than he did before last week’s win,” Olivieri said. “Voaky (reinsman Chris Voak) said that he was sharper and wanted to do more. Perfect Major ran two seconds faster than he did in last week’s workout.” Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who won the WA Pacing Cup last January when $5.50 chance Mighty Conqueror, driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, beat stablemate Vampiro by a head, and with other stablemates Our Jimmy Johnstone finishing third, Galactic Star fifth, Our Alfie Romeo sixth, El Jacko seventh and Ana Malak ninth, hold a strong hand this year with four runners Mighty Conqueror (barrier two), Vampiro (four), Our Jimmy Johnstone (five) and Galactic Star (No. 2 on the back line). The Bond-trained Ocean Ridge was chosen in the field and draw the No. 5 barrier. But he was scratched on Wednesday, which enabled the first emergency Our Jimmy Johnstone to gain a start from barrier five. This will be the veteran pacer’s fifth appearance in the WA Pacing Cup. He was fourth behind My Hard Copy in the 2015 Cup, 11th behind Chicago Bull in 2017, fifth behind Rocknroll Lincoln in 2019 and third behind Mighty Conqueror last January. Greg Bond said he was hoping for better luck than the misfortune he experienced in the Fremantle Cup last Friday week when Mighty Conqueror met with severe interference soon after the start when he locked sulky wheels with stablemate Vampiro and then raced at the rear and finished last. “We’ll push forward from barrier two in a bid to get to the front,” said Bond, who is confident of a strong showing from Galactic Star, who impressed in the Fremantle Cup when he was sixth at the bell and finished powerfully to be second to Chicago Bull. He will be driven by Ryan Warwick, who has yet to taste success in a WA Pacing Cup. Veteran trainer Ray Williams has high hopes of winning the Cup with the inexperienced, but richly talented four-year-old To Fast To Serious, who will be handled by Aldo Cortopassi from the inside of the back line. To Fast To Serious has won at 13 of his 20 starts and was an unlucky third in the RWWA Cup last Friday night when he trailed the pacemaker Perfect Major and was badly blocked for a clear run until the final stages. The WA-bred To Fast To Serious will be only the second Pacing Cup runner prepared by Williams, who also will be represented in this week’s event by Convert Denario, a rank outsider from the outside of the back line who will be driven by Aiden de Campo. Williams prepared Pacific Warrior when he was a most unlucky fifth behind My Hard Copy in the 2015 Cup when he has hopelessly blocked for a clear run throughout the final circuit. “The long distance won’t worry To Fast To Serious,” Williams said. “He can go two miles and we would love it if the pace is on. He hit the line really good last week and would have gone even better if Aldo (Cortopassi) didn’t have to go back to come around.” Williams son Grant has driven two winners of the WA Pacing Cup, scoring with Admirals Avenue (2000) and Maheer Lord (2006). He also was the trainer of Maheer Lord. Tough stayer Vultan Tin has drawn barrier three for part-owner and trainer Phil Costello, who has engaged Shannon Suvaljko to drive the hardy eight-year-old. Vultan Tin started from the outside of the back line in the WA Pacing Cup last January when he raced at the rear and finished tenth. “He is fitter than he was last January, and he ran the fastest half-mile when seventh in the Fremantle Cup two weeks ago,” said Costello. Trainer Michael Brennan and reinsman Michael Grantham will be pinning their faith in big five-year-old gelding Braeview Bondi, who set the pace and won from American Brave over 2130m last Friday week, while Lindsay Harper, who trained and drove Havago to victory in the 2001 WA Pacing Cup, will handle the Stephen Reed-trained Bletchley Park, who faces a tough task from barrier No. 9.   Ken Casellas

Mister Bushido was unsuccessful at his first six starts in Western Australia early in 2019, but trainer Gary Hall Snr and reinsman Gary Hall Jnr are full of confidence that his full-brother Diego will complete a hat-trick at his first three starts in the State by winning the opening event, the $18,000 Mondo Doro Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Diego, a four-year-old Bettors Delight gelding, will clash with impressive last-start winners Lawrence and Yes Hes A Ladies Man, and the formidable father-son team expects him to emerge triumphant, even though Diego has scored by only a narrow margin at his first two WA outings. After racing without cover early, Diego raced three back on the pegs before fighting on gamely from fourth at the bell to gain a last-stride victory over talented stablemate Euphoria over 2185m at Pinjarra last Monday week. Then, at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night, he settled down in seventh position before racing three wide and into the breeze after 600m in a 2130m event. Diego got to the front by a narrow margin over the pacemaker Doctor Tom and was not extended to win by a neck from that pacer, rating 1.57.2. The final quarters were covered in 28.2sec. and 28.1sec. Hall Jnr admitted that he was a bit surprised at Diego’s excellent performance, saying: “I hadn’t conceded to Doctor Tom, who I thought would be awfully hard to beat. I thought I would sit on his outside and try to get him over the final stages. And I was surprised how easily he got there. “He is a great trier. He shouldn’t have got Euphoria at Pinjarra at his previous start. But he did it through sheer will. He is still pretty green. I tested his gate speed tonight (Tuesday) and he felt good enough. So, it will be handlebars down on Friday night (from the No. 3 barrier). If I’m in front, they (Lawrence and Yes Hes A Ladies Man) will have their work cut out, getting around me.” Hall Snr was even more confident, saying: “I expect Diego to make it three out of three in WA. He is a better horse than Mister Bushido and if he leads it will be impossible for him to be beaten.” Lawrence, to be driven by Ryan Warwick from barrier four, made an excellent WA debut at Narrogin last Saturday night when he set the pace and won easily from Galante after sprinting over the final 800m in 56.7sec. Yes Hes A Ladies Man, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, has impressed at his first three starts in WA for trainer Michael Young, winning comfortably at Gloucester Park, Bunbury and Pinjarra. Lawrence will start from barrier four, with Yes Hes A Ladies Man at No. 5. Mister Bushido will contest the second event, the Coppa Kabana Pace, on Friday night. He will start from barrier four with Stuart McDonald in the sulky. Hall jnr will drive stablemate Liam Neil from the coveted No. 1 barrier and looks the likely leader who should prove hard to beat. However, Mister Bushido is no slouch, having earned $164,005 from 12 wins and 22 placings from 77 starts. Apart from Diego, Liam Neil and Chicago Bull in the WA Pacing Cup, the Hall stable has strong claims in several other events, including American Brave in the Mondo Doro Cup, Sir Galahad (Pastrami Pace), Whozideawasthis (Parliamentarians Cup) and Jumpingjackmac (The Smallgoods Special Pace). Hall Jnr admitted that the inexperienced Jumpingjackmac faced a stern test against strong opposition, including Lavra Joe, Robbie Rocket, Eldaytona, Sugar Street, El Chema and Our Shelley Beach. “It’s a tough race for Jumpingjackmac,” said Hall. “Lavra Joe at his latest start (when second to Eldaytona last Friday week) was as good as I’ve seen a two-year-old go. It was amazing. I know he’s really a three-year-old now, but it was as big a run as I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen a horse like that flat-footed at the bell when he was trying to make ground and being there at the finish. “I was following him with Machnificent and couldn’t go with him. If he stays fit and well and progresses, he’ll be the best horse here. If we are ever going to beat him, this week could be the week.”    Ken Casellas

Former Victorian pacer Thats Perfect will make his West Australian debut when he has his first start in a stand in the 2503m Meat Me At The Post Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will be driven by leading reinsman Chris Voak for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri when he begins off the back mark of 20 metres. An older full-brother of WA Pacing Cup fancy Perfect Major, Thats Perfect faces a significant test at his first appearance since January 10 this year when he led from barrier three and wilted to third behind Kasbah Kid, who rated 1.54.3 over 2240m at Melton. The gelding was a winner at Melton three starts before that when he was fractious in the mobile score-up, took the lead after 350m and won by two lengths from Maestro Bellini, rating 1.56.9 over 2240m, with a final 800m in 55.7sec. A winner at 14 of his 34 starts, Thats Perfect showed his class with wins in two Group 2 events at Globe Derby Park when he beat Clarenden Valour by two lengths in the Southern Cross final for two-year-old colts and geldings in July 2017 and when he beat the same horse by nine lengths in the Southern Cross final for three-year-olds in July 2018. Olivieri produced Thats Perfect at the Byford trials last Sunday morning when the gelding qualified to contest a standing-start event. He began brilliantly and burst straight to the front after starting from the outside of the six-horse trial. Later in the morning Thats Perfect started from barrier six in a 2150m mobile trial in which he began speedily and dashed to the front after 200m before setting a solid pace and winning convincingly at a 1.58.9 rate from Cant Refuse. The final three quarters were run in 29.8sec., 29.1sec. and 28.6sec. “There are no stands in Victoria, but we thought he would be a good stand horse,” said Olivieri. “The trial was okay, and I think he will improve with the trial. He will improve on whatever he does on Friday night when from 20m we’re hoping that he’ll make up 10m in the first 20m. Triroyale Brigade is racing well and looks one of the hardest to beat.” Other runners worthy of serious consideration include the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Kilowatt Kid and Terry Ferguson’s experienced mare Bettorgrinanbarit. Kilowatt Kid, to be handled by Ryan Warwick, will start off the 10m mark at his first appearance since he was an odds-on fancy off 40m and did not show up when sixth behind The Party Boy over 2116m at Pinjarra on August 31. Bettorgrinanbarit’s recent form in stands has been excellent. She ran on from fifth on the pegs at the bell to finish second to Yes Hes A Ladies Man over 2116m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. That followed a sound second to Disco Under Fire at Pinjarra and a fast-finishing victory over Sarge on the same track at her two previous starts.   Ken Casellas

Chicago Bull is simply the best Just over two years ago Chicago Bull cheated death in a freak stable accident in New Zealand, and at Gloucester Park on Friday night the superstar seven-year-old reinforced his standing as Australia’s best pacer with an incredible victory in the $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Cup. It was a notable triumph for the chunky little gelding as well as for champion trainer Gary Hall snr and reinsman Gary Hall jnr, who can lay claim as the country’s finest driver. Chicago Bull, presented in outstanding condition by Hall snr and driven in masterly fashion by his son, was favourite at $1.80 and he thrilled an excitable crowd with his sheer brilliance as he stormed to an effortless victory, beating $23 chance Galactic Star by just under two lengths, with up-and-coming star Shockwave ($2.65) a gallant third. “Chicago Bull was on the floor and we all thought he was taking his last breath,” said Hall jnr as he recalled the devastating moments after the gelding suffered an anaphylactic reaction to an intravenous injection in Auckland in October 2018 and fractured eight bones in his wither region. “I got a bit emotional in the cool-down lap tonight because memories came flooding back about what happened in New Zealand. To go from there to here, there’s so many people to thank. The horse has a heart bigger than himself and he’s an absolute marvel. “I think he is now as good as he was then, if not better, and it’s all credit to Dad, who has done a super job to get him back to this form. Hopefully, we will be able to take him away again (with the Hunter Cup in Melbourne next year the likely target).” Hall snr was ecstatic after Friday night’s magnificent performance, saying: “He’s unbelievable; he won so easily tonight, and I’m happy for Junior because he was nervous , and it was devastating for him to be over there in New Zealand when he was caretaking him. The accident wasn’t his fault. “This makes up for it now. Chicago Bull is running to the line better and is running away from them (his rivals). Before, he used to wait for them, but tonight it was amazing the way he went to the line. “I’ve won a few Fremantle Cups and I’m surprised at how overwhelmed I am the way Chicago Bull went tonight. He never ceases to surprise me. He’s the smallest horse I’ve trained, and he’s got a heart like a lion.” Friday night’s victory gave Hall a record tenth win in the Fremantle Cup, and his fifth success in the past six years. It was Hall junior’s ninth win in the big race. Vampiro ($31), from barrier four, was the smartest to begin, but the polemarker Bletchley Park set the pace for the first 300m before Colin Brown sent Vampiro to the front soon after Vampiro had locked sulky wheels with stablemate Mighty Conqueror, causing that pacer to break into a fierce gallop and drop back to the rear. Shockwave settled down in sixth position in the one-out, one-back trail, before Aiden de Campo urged him forward, three wide, 600m after the start, with Chicago Bull in ninth place in the one-wide line. Shockwave moved to the breeze, and after a lap of the 2536m journey had been completed, Hall sent Chicago Bull forward, three wide. The champion raced three wide for about 500m before he wrested the breeze position from Shockwave. Chicago Bull forged to the front approaching the home turn before he burst away to leave his rivals floundering in his wake. He rated 1.56.9 after a final quarter of 28.3sec. Galactic Star, who had raced in the breeze briefly in the early stages and was sixth in the one-wide line at the bell, finished powerfully to be second, with Shockwave in third place ahead of Bletchley Park. Vampiro wilted to finish sixth. Chicago Bull, who improved his record to 89 starts for 60 wins, 14 seconds, nine thirds and stakes of $2,228,843, will now tackle the $450,000 WA Pacing Cup next Friday week.   Balcatherine does it tough Four-year-old New Zealand-bred pacer Balcatherine warmed up in fine style for the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic next Friday night with a powerful performance in the 2130m Retravision, Your Fujitsu Air Conditioning Specialist Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The victory was a just reward for the aggression shown by champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr, who set Balcatherine the daunting task of pouring on the pressure on the pacemaker and $1.95 favourite Somebeachparty throughout the race. Somebeachparty was smartest into stride from barrier four, and Hall wasted no time from out wide at barrier eight to ensure that Somebeachparty, driven by Emily Suvaljko for Busselton trainer Barry Howlett, was able to have an easy time in front. With Balcatherine challenging Somebeachparty for ascendancy in the early stages, the lead time was a fast 36.8sec. before the four quarters of the final mile whizzed by in 29sec., 28.9sec., 27.9sec. and 28.7sec., with the mile rate a slick 1.54.3. The two mares were locked together in a titanic struggle over the final 400m before Balcatherine drew clear in the closing stages to win by a head. Angel In White, a $13 chance who trailed the pacemaker all the way, finished a sound third. Hall was well aware of Somebeachparty’s ability, having driven her three times for three wins. “I know she is pretty classy, and I knew that I had to put it to her,” said Hall. “Balcatherine is tough and I was pleasantly surprised the way she performed after doing all that work in the breeze.” This was Balcatherine’s third start after resuming from a spell and she now has had 16 starts for eight wins, four placings and $95,638 in prizemoney. The win completed a treble for Hall and a double for trainer Gary Hall snr.   Eldaytona is a Derby hope Smart Somebeachsomewhere colt Eldaytona emerged as a formidable player in the rich WA Derby next year when he gave a stylish frontrunning display to score an emphatic victory in the 2130m Retravision, 60 Day Price Promise Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained by Sue Wiscombe and driven confidently by Lindsay Harper, Eldaytona, third favourite at $5.50, had his rivals under pressure a long way from home when he sped over the second and third quarters of the final mile in 28.6sec. and 27.2sec. He covered the final 400m section in 29.2sec. and defeated the $3.30 favourite Lavra Joe by two lengths, rating 1.56.7. Robbie Rocket ($12) rattled home from seventh at the bell to be an eye-catching third, with Sugar Street ($8) fighting on to be a sound fourth after working hard in the breeze. Lavra Joe, a winner at his four appearances after resuming from a spell, was not bustled out from the outside barrier (No. 9) and settled down in tenth position. Chris Lewis sent him forward, three wide, approaching the bell and he sustained a spirited run. Eldaytona, named after Daytona Beach in Florida, is raced by Wiscome, Harper and the colt’s breeders Kevin and Annette Charles. “He keeps improving and has gone to a new level at each of his past four or five runs,” Harper said. “He’s not just a frontrunner, and I’m sure he can do it from behind.” Charles entered the colt in the 2019 Perth APG yearling sale and Wiscombe and Harper outlaid $15,000 to obtain a 75 per cent share, with Charles and his wife retaining a 25 per cent ownership. Eldaytona, the seventh foal and sixth winner out of Artsplace mare Hearty Franco, has now raced 13 times for three wins, seven seconds and $28,832 in stakes. He is a half-brother to Lady Luca, who won the group 1 Diamond Classic at Gloucester Park in 2016 and was retired with earnings of $134,568 from nine wins and eight placings from 65 starts. Lady Luca has just produced her first foal, by Captain Treacherous. Lady Luca and Eldaytona’s maternal granddam Heather Franco produced Franco Hat Trick (191 starts for 30 wins, 66 placings and $659,210) and Franco Heir (83 starts for 19 wins, 16 placings and $392,272).   Braeview Bondi enhances Cup prospects Braeview Bondi, a big, strong five-year-old enhanced his claims for a start in the $450,000 WA Pacing Cup next Friday week when he gave a splendid frontrunning performance to win the 2130m Pride Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained by Michael Brennan and driven by Michael Grantham, Braeview Bondi, favourite at $1.55, dashed over the final 8900m in 55.2sec. and won by a half-length from $8 chance American Brave, rating 1.56.1. American Brave, prepared by Gary Hall snr, impressed at his first appearance for eight months when he was sixth at the bell before charging home with a spirited late burst. “I reckon he is definitely in the top 12 to contest the Pacing Cup,” said Grantham. “I was impressed when he went 27.3sec. down the back. He’s versatile; he can come from behind and also can do it tough.” The Victorian-bred Braeview Bondi has had 28 starts in Western Australia for eight wins and nine placings, and his career record stands at 75 starts for 17 wins, 24 placings and $192,201.   To Fast To Serious sparkles West Australian-bred four-year-old To Fast To Serious continues his rise towards the top and reinsman Aldo Cortopassi confidently predicts he will be a star of the future. To Fast To Serious, prepared at Mt Helena by Ray Williams, was not extended in setting the pace and winning the 2536m RAC Members Save 5% Everyday at Retravision Pace by three lengths from Gran Chico and Sangue Reale at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He is untapped,” said Cortopassi. “I’d love to see him sitting on the good horses before reeling off one quarter at them. He’s explosive and if he gets a chance in the big races, they’ll know he’s there. “His forte is his sit-sprint ability. He has that one devastating turn of foot. But when you get a barrier (like No. 1 tonight), you take advantage of it.” To Fast To Serious dashed over the first three quarters of the final mile in 29.4sec., 29.2sec. and 29.2sec. before sprinting over the final 400m in 27.9sec. to win at a 1.57.7 rate. To Fast To Serious is still comparatively inexperienced, with his 19 starts producing 13 wins and three seconds for stakes of $143,223.   First double for Wiscombe Former equestrian rider and trackwork jockey Sue Wiscombe notched her first training double in the sport of harness racing when Lindsay Harper brought outsider Beach Skipper home through a needle-eye inside opening to snatch a nose victory over the $1.60 favourite Headline Act in the 2130m Retravision, For All The Electrical Stuff You Love Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Beach Skipper, a $46.90 chance on the tote, started from the inside of the back line and trailed the pacemaking Headline Act throughout before Harper was able to squeeze the six-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding along the pegs to gain a last-stride verdict. Wiscombe and Harper had combined to win with Eldaytona earlier in the night. Wiscombe, in her first full season as a trainer of pacers, has enjoyed good success, with her 131 starters producing 20 wins (16 at Gloucester Park and four at Pinjarra). “I bought Beach Skipper for $20,000 from Melbourne in August last year and he has had issues with his feet and has been a little bit disappointing,” she said. Beach Skipper had won at two of his nine New Zealand starts and had raced 52 times in Victoria for five wins and 19 placings. His 20 West Australian starts for Wiscombe have produced three wins and two placings for stakes of $26,982.   Suvaljko’s bargain buys Byford trainer-reinsman Callan Suvaljkjo recently was looking to increasing the size of his team, and he has no regrets that he purchased experienced campaigners Extreme Prince and Tuas Delight. He paid just $5000 each for eight-year-old Extreme Prince and seven-year-old Tuas Delight. “I was looking for some town horses and I spoke to one of the owners of Tuas Delight,” he said. “I used to train some horses for him, and I mentioned to him that if Tuas Delight came up for lease or for sale, I would be interested. “The next day Gary Hall snr phoned me and said I could come and pick up Tuas Delight and Extreme Prince. They’re quite handy horses.” Extreme Prince was favourite at $1.90 at his third start for Suvaljko when he led all the way and won by a head from the Hall-trained Mister Bushido in the 2130m Retravision.com.au Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Extreme Prince also ran a third for Suvaljko, and at his three runs for his new trainer-reinsman he has earned $11,870. Tuas Delight has had five starts for Suvaljko for a dead-heat for first with Where Ya Bin and a second behind Caruba for stakes of $8126. Suvaljko has given both Extreme Prince and Tuas Delight to his wife Mandy as Christmas presents. He has always been successful in identifying handy horses, and pacers Franco Novella and Earl of Locksley and trotter Nacokee have been wonderful bargains for him. “I claimed Franco Novella for about $5000 in New Zealand and outlaid almost another $10,000 to get him to Perth,” he said. Franco Novella had 44 starts for Suvaljko, earning $113,985 from 20 wins and eight placings from 44 starts. Earl of Locksley cost Suvaljko $15,000 before he went on to race 158 times for him, amassing $251,797 from 22 wins and 45 placings.     Talkerup surprises his driver Veteran mare Talkerup went into the Retravision, Lowest Price Guarantee Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night an outsider at $32.50 from the back line and she surprised driver Emily Suvaljkjo when she raced in the breeze, took the lead 300m from home and won convincingly from the fast-finishing Whozideawasthis and the $1.55 favourite Liam Neil. “It was a surprise to me, and I think she had plenty left on the line,” said Suvaljko. The seven-year-old mare, owned and trained by Tony Svilicich, has been an iron horse and was having her 64TH start for the season on Friday night. She has raced 137 times for 13 wins, 29 placings and stakes of $176,054. Another oldtimer, nine-year-old Whozideawasthis, was an $11 chance who showed that he should pay to follow by unwinding a spirited three and four-wide burst from last in the field of 12 at the bell to be second.   Fast start paves the way for Tiffany Rose Three-year-old filly Tiffany Rose returned to her best form at her third appearance after a spell when she revealed sparkling gate speed from barrier eight before setting the pace and scoring an easy victory in the 2130m Retravision, 50 Months Interest Free Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained by Mike Reed and driven by his son Mark, Tiffany Rose was third favourite at $4.40 and she enjoyed a comfortable lead time of 38sec. and opening quarters of 30.2sec. and 29.8sec. before dashing over the final quarters in 28.6sec. and 29.1sec. to win  by just under two lengths from $20 chance Miss Eerie. The consistent Star Fromthepalace ($3.20) raced in the breeze and fought on gamely to finish third, with the $3 favourite Misstiano battling on to dead-heat for fourth place with Fifty Five Reborn. The New Zealand-bred Tiffany Rose has been a handy performer, with her 26 starts producing nine wins and ten placings for earnings of $149,148.   Bar shoes help Disco Under Fire The decision of owner-trainer Giles Inwood, in consultation with his farrier, to fit bar shoes on the front feet of Disco Under Fire is paying handsome dividends. The WA-bred seven-year-old is no longer affected by foot soreness and he notched his second all-the-way victory in the space of five days when Gary Hall jnr drove him to a comfortable victory in the 2503m Retravision, We Love Our Customers Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Disco Under Fire, favourite at $1.70 after his easy win at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, relishes standing-start events and he impressed in covering the final 800m in 57.2sec. However, it was not all plain sailing, with Hall revealing that the gelding took a while to get his mind on the job. “He had trouble in switching on and he also was distracted when he had a good look at a horse (Gonzos Shadow) who had been pulled up early in the race and was on the outside of the track,” Hall said. Disco Under Fire has been an honest performer and has a record of 105 starts for ten wins and 42 placings for earnings of $95,466.   Ken Casellas

It was Chicago Bull’s defining moment. Yes he’d already won 59 races, a stack of them features, and more than $2 million in stakemoney, but last night’s dominant $300,000 Group 1 Fremantle Cup win was the pinnacle, so far at least. It was just over two years ago in Auckland he had that freakish accident which left him with a broken back and his career in tatters, just when it seemed he was on the verge of greatness. Trainer Gary Hall Sr nursed him back to the races, but at his comeback campaign he wasn’t quite the same horse. But connections were patient and tried again and now – somehow – Chicago Bull is arguably better than ever as he nears eight years of age. The pint-sized former Kiwi did all the work in a dramatic and action-packed Fremantle Cup and still left his rivals standing in the run home to score by 5.7m in a 1min56.9sec mile rate for 2536m. Watc the race replay click here The Gary Hall Jr drive was as sublime as it was confident, surging his way around to sit parked in the middle stages and giving his younger arch-rival Shockwave the one-one trail. But Chicago Bull was simply better than them. The usually unflappable Hall Jr was choked with emotion after the win, probably because he was caretaker trainer of Chicago Bull in Auckland when he had that accident a couple of years back. “That was devastating for ‘Junior’. It wasn’t his fault or anything, but he took it hard. I think this makes up for it in his mind now,” Hall Sr said. “He’s an unbelievable horse, yes that’s the word for it, unbelievable. He won so easily tonight. “He’s going at least as good as ever. If anything he’s finishing off his races better, he’s getting to the line stronger. Look at tonight, despite the work he did, he still kicked away from them.” Hall Jr marvelled at Chicago Bull’s win. “What can you say about that. He was incredible,” he said. “All the credit goes to ‘Senior’ (Gary Hall Sr). We all doubted if he’d make it back, including Senior, but he kept at it and look at the results.” Evergreen Galactic Star ran a mighty race for second, while emerging star Shockwave was perhaps slightly disappointing in third spot, albeit only beaten seven metres. When Shockwave got the breeze and then took the one-one on Chicago Bull, most would’ve had him favourite to win from there with a lap to go. The most exciting part is the same horses lock horns again with a new set of barrier draws in the $450,000 Group 1 WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park on December 4.   HRNZ

The $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Cup (2536m) highlights an action-packed 10-event card at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Group 1 feature sees Chicago Bull take on Shockwave and five runners from the leading stable of Greg and Skye Bond. It promises to be a race for the ages, but WA Trotting Media Guild president Wayne Currall believes Chicago Bull can reign supreme, despite his sticky draw in gate six. “Chicago Bull has been the best pacer in WA for a number of seasons now,” Currall said. “The ‘Little Bull’ will have to work hard in the breeze to beat this field, but I think he’s up to the task. I’ve made Chicago Bull my best bet on the program. Punters should be able to get black odds about him and he’ll give them a great run for their money.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart believes Balcatherine will return to winning form in race nine. “I’ve made Balcatherine my best bet,” Wishart said. “I’m expecting her to bounce back hard here. It just didn’t pan out for her in the Norms Daughter classic last Sunday. Her first-up win was dominant and despite the draw I think she will win. Would love to get the $4 as advertised.” And veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas agrees with Wishart. “Balcatherine drops appreciably in class this week and I’m selecting her as my best bet to overcome the wide barrier at No. 8 on Friday night,” Casellas said. “On Sunday, she raced in eighth position and was forced four and five wide over the final 400m when a sound sixth behind Wainui Creek in the Norms Daughter Classic. This will be just her 16TH start, and the best is still to come.” However, TABradio’s Hayden King disagrees with the summation of the race made by Wishart and Casellas. “Somebeachparty has plenty of gate speed and there is little drawn inside her,” King said. “She led and recorded a sizzling last half on Monday. She can race to the front again and prove too tough to catch.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft thinks punters can add to their bank early doors by supporting Lavra Joe in the opening race. “Tough horse Lavra Joe has had an outstanding two-year-olds season, banking more than $100,000 from his 10 wins,” Havercroft said. “He is no stranger to wide draws and should be able to overcome barrier nine and add another victory to that number.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on the promising To Fast To Serious in race six. “Quality four-year-old To Fast To Serious has won at six of his past seven starts and was unlucky when handicappers decided not to allocate him a Fremantle Cup run,” Manning said. “He could not have been more impressive in a 10m victory at his last appearance. Connections will hope he can again win convincingly and remain in contention for a WA Pacing Cup start on December 4.” Longshot guru Pat Harding has opted for Liam Neil as his best for the night. “After last week's disrupted meeting because of rain, this week looks like being very tough,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race three with No. 1 Liam Neil. He is ideally placed and with Gary Hall Jr aboard can record another good win.” VALUE BETS WAYNE: Bettor Be Oscar drops in class from his last-start fifth behind Stroke Of Luck, where they covered the final 800m in a slick 56.2. Is drawn to play the sniper’s role from three back the pegs and can surprise at odds. WARREN: The first on the card looks like an interesting race. The race shape may swing things in favour of Machnificent, who hasn’t been able to reel in Lavra Joe in recent runs. But he is a real talent and if the indicative price of $12 is correct then he is a great each-way bet. KEN: For value, I suggest American Brave in the fourth event in which he is handily drawn at barrier three at his first appearance for eight months. He was most impressive when he sprinted over the final quarters in 28.9sec. and 27.7sec. in winning a 2150m Byford trial by 15 lengths on Sunday morning. HAYDEN: The Last Parisian has been racing superbly but has drawn disappointingly. However, this means he will be at big odds and he can overcome the draw and be a strong each-way chance. RYAN: Gran Chico improved sharply second-up to win impressively from the breeze on Sunday. Looks a chance on that effort. ERNIE: New Zealand, Victorian and WA winner Trinity Bromac is due to record another victory. The Merv Butterwoth-owned mare has shown plenty of potential since beginning to race this year for trainer Ross Olivieri. Fourths have been recorded by the six-year-old in each of her three starts since a Gloucester Park success last month. PAT: My value bet come up in race two with No. 9 Taroona Bromac. There's not a great deal of form in this race and I think this Bond-trained horse with Ryan Warwick aboard can repeat his win two starts ago. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting on what promises to be a great night of pacing at headquarters.   Wayne Currall

Veteran gelding Disco Under Fire was underperforming early last month before owner-trainer Giles Inwood sought the help from his farrier in a bid to cure the gelding’s feet problems. “My farrier fitted some bar shoes, known as Jim Blurtons, on his front feet, and that has solved the problem,” said Inwood. “His two runs back after a month off have been good. He ran a really good fourth, first-up, and then won well at Pinjarra on Monday (when he led in a 2631m stand at Pinjarra). “I now think that he can do the same thing (lead and win) in stronger company in a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park on Friday night.” The seven-year-old will start from the inside of the front line in the Retravision, We Love Our Customers Handicap and will be driven by Gary Hall jnr. “Disco Under Fire generally steps well and I’m hoping he can lead,” said Inwood. “If he begins safely and leads and rates 2min. it will make it difficult for good horses J B Mauney and Cyclone Banner off the 30m mark.” New Zealand-bred four-year-old J B Mauney, to be driven by star reinsman Ryan Warwick for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, is a standing-start specialist who has won at ten of his past 19 starts and should fight out the finish.            Cyclone Banner, another New Zealand-bred four-year-old who will be driven by Aldo Cortopassi for Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams is a model of consistency, with his 30 starts producing 13 wins and eight placings. He will be having his second start after a spell and will pay to follow. The two other four-year-olds in the race, Where Ya Bin and Babyface Adda, were winners in mobile events at Gloucester Park on Sunday, and they will start from the 10m mark. Robbie Williams trains and drives Triroyale Brigade, who has shown promise with a win and four seconds in mobiles from his first seven starts in Western Australia. The five-year-old raced eight times in stands in New Zealand for a win and four placings. Three-year-old fillies will contest the final event on Friday night, the 2130m Retravision, 50 Months Interest Free Everyday Pace, in which the smart Peter Anderson-trained Star Fromthepalace looks hard to beat. However, she is unlikely to have matters all her own way from barrier seven and against some solid opposition, including Misstiano, Run For Mercy and Fifty Five Reborn. Chris Voak said that he expected a strong forward showing from the Ross Olivieri-trained Run For Mercy, who will start from the No. 5 barrier at her second appearance after a five-month absence. “She trialled well at Byford on Sunday morning and she will be much improved on her first-up half-head second to Aly Shar,” Voak said. Run For Mercy set the pace in the four-horse trial and rated 1.57.4 in beating Make It Happen by five lengths with final quarters in 28.6sec., 28.7sec. and 28.1sec.   Ken Casellas

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