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Noted harness racing frontrunner Ti Amo Franco has struck a purple patch of form and his brilliant gate speed should enable him to overcome a wide draw at No. 6 and win the $23,000 2130m mobile event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Ten-year-old Onedin Crusader (barrier two) and Erskine Range (No. 5) possess excellent gate speed and relish the role of pacemaker. But they will need to be at their top to hold out Ti Amo Franco in the early stages. Bronze Seeker, a fast-finishing winner over Mohegan Sun over 21230m last Friday night, is in splendid form and will start from the No. 1 barrier. He possesses sound gate speed, but is generally best suited when held up for a late burst. He has drawn the No. 1 barrier only four times in his first 87 starts in mobiles in Western Australia. Only once in those four starts did he attempt to lead all the way, and that was in a Golden Nugget prelude over 2100m in November 2012 when he finished third behind Soho Valencia. After winning at 11 of his 26 starts in New Zealand, Bronze Seeker has won at nine of his 94 WA appearances. He has won at four of his past 18 starts after experiencing a losing sequence of 38 in a 17-month period. The winner of the 2014 Albany Cup (beating Lovers Delight) and the 2013 Manea Classic in Bunbury and a nose second to Chancellor Cullen in the 2012 McInerney Ford Classic, the Peter Anderson-trained seven-year-old has also been placed in the Wagin, Kalgoorlie and York Cups. He is racing with youthful enthusiasm and is sure to be dangerous on Friday night. Ti Amo Franco started out wide at barrier eight in the $50,000 Nights of Thunder final last Friday week when he began speedily and took the lead after 550m. He bowled along in front and finished second to the fast-finishing Mohegan Sun. He led from barrier two and sprinted over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 27.6sec. when an easy winner over Ohoka Squire, rating 1.53.3 over 1730m the previous week. Erskine Range has resumed after a spell in fine style for Banjup trainer Colin Brown and should prove hard to beat from the No. 5 barrier, with Maddison Brown in the sulky. He reappeared after a three-month absence at Gloucester Park early this month when he began fast, raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing  second to Copagrin over 2536m. The enigmatic Machtu has yet to regain his best form in this campaign. But he is capable of considerable improvement. He looks well placed from the No. 3 barrier. Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 29 January 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 29 January 2016

New Zealand-bred stallion Zacharia has managed just one second and two thirds from 18 starts at Gloucester Park. But he is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier on the front line in the 2536m mobile event at Gloucester Park on Friday night and is expected to be one of the main harness racing fancies. He has raced only once at Gloucester Park in his past 18 starts which include two wins at Northam and successes at Kellerberrin and Kalgoorlie. He is prepared by Greg and Skye Bond, currently the leading trainers in Western Australia with 75 winners this season, and will be driven by in-form reinsman Colin Brown. Zacharia will meet moderate opposition and Brown is expected to attempt an all-the-way win. Brown’s first task will be to get Zacharia past the polemarker Terraforce, who has been unplaced at his seven starts since showing ability as a pacemaker with an all-the-way victory over 1684m at Pinjarra early last March. Bounty Eyre, a stablemate of Zacharia, also has claims from his ideal draw on the inside of the back line. He won three times from four starts early this season and his recent form has been fair. He will be driven by Ryan Warwick. Walter James, Qtown Rip Roaring, Avalon Bromac, Jungleface Jake, Lord Lexus, Always Arjay and Mister John Jones have shown flashes of form recently and all are capable of winning in what should be a wide-open betting race. Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 29 January 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 29 January 2016

Promising young mare Quite A Delight will return to action after a six-week let-up and she is capable of extending outstanding mare Leda McNally in the $23,000 Mares Pace over 21230m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, the four-year-old Quite a Delight is the youngest runner in the event and the least experienced, with only 13 starts for seven wins and four placings. This will be her first appearance at Gloucester Park since she finished a nose second to stablemate Major Reality in the group 1 WA Oaks last May after she had raced wide and then in the breeze. Quite A Delight is unbeaten at three starts as a four-year-old, with a decisive first-up win in 1.56.2 over 1609m at Bunbury followed by convincing victories over 2185m  and 2692m at Pinjarra. Whether Quite A Delight will be speedy and strong enough to resist a strong challenge from the wonderful seven-year-old Leda McNally, who boosted her record to 24 wins and 18 placings from 81 starts for stakes of $412,263 with a strong all-the-way victory over Cyamach over 2536m last Friday night, is problematical. But Leda McNally, an M14-class performer, will have to overcome starting from the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line to lower the colours of M0 performer Quite A Delight, who is sure to appreciate starting from the No. 2 barrier. The five-year-old New Zealand-bred mares Millwood Faith and Eastwood Crystal, who are racing keenly for Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond, will have admirers as will the Ross Olivieri-trained pair of polemarker Bonny Under Fire and Deluxe Edition. Bonny Under Fire (Stuart McDonald) is a speedy beginner who could hold out Quite A Delight in the battle for the early lead, while Deluxe Edition, an easy Bunbury winner two starts ago, must come under consideration from the No. 5 barrier. Ken Casellas

New Zealand-bred five-year-old Thats Rite should maintain his unbeaten record at Gloucester Park by setting the pace from the prized No. 1 barrier and proving too smart for his rivals in the $25,000 final of the Im Themightyquinn Pace on Friday night. Clint Hall gave punters a strong lead when he chose to handle Thats Rite in preference to the exciting John Oldroyd-trained Mynameskenny in the 2130m event. Hall has been full of praise for Mynameskenny after driving the four-year-old to two splendid wins and a very close second to Bhagwan at his past three starts. However, it came as no surprise whatsoever when he elected to drive Thats Rite, who is an up-and-coming star in the Serpentine stables of leading trainer Gary Hall sen. He is unbeaten at four appearances at Gloucester Park and has won at each of his past four starts (three at headquarters and one in Bunbury) by a combined total of 41.9 metres, an average margin of 10.25m. Friday night’s final brings together a quality field, but Thats Rite simply appears to have an edge over the opposition, which includes several M0-class pacers destined for outstanding careers. Apart from Mynameskenny, who will start from barrier six on the front line and will be driven by Chris Lewis, the field includes talented performers in Atlastalone, Glenferrie Rustler, Burning, Offtocullect, Bhagwan, Calais and Captain Under Fire. Thats Rite warmed up for this week’s assignment with a dominant performance at Bunbury last Saturday night when he settled in fifth position before bursting to the front approaching the bell and racing away to win at a 1.56.9 rate by more than four lengths from Wills Boy and Our Ideal Act over 2100m. The final three quarters whizzed by in 28.8sec., 29.3sec. and 28.4sec. Eight nights earlier Thats Rite was untroubled to lead from barrier one and sprint over the final quarters in 28.3sec. and 27.3sec. to defeat Burning by just under two lengths at a 1.56.8 rate over 2130m at Gloucester Park. Burning, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, raced three and four wide early and then worked hard in the breeze before fighting on gamely to finish second. He will start from the No. 2 barrier on Friday night and should again be prominent. Burning’s stablemate Offtocullect will be driven by Ryan Warwick from barrier five. The five-year-old has resumed after an absence of 23 months in fine style, with a strong-finishing first-up victory at Pinjarra followed by an excellent second to Atlastalone at Gloucester Park last Friday night when he raced three wide for much of the way. Atlastalone, trained at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, was most impressive at his first outing for a month. He settled in ninth place before Prentice dashed him forward, three wide, after a lap to move into the breeze outside the pacemaker Captain Under Fire. Atlastalone surged to the front 220m from home and coasted to victory. “He felt like the winner a long way out and he hit the line really good,” Prentice said. “I think he should win a couple more up here (at Gloucester Park).” Atlastalone’s prospects in the final diminished when he drew out wide at barrier eight. However, Prentice is sure to put the eight-year-old into the thick of the action in the middle stages. Bhagwan began speedily from barrier seven to burst to the front after 250m before setting the pace and winning easily from Ginas Ingot in a qualifying heat. But he faces a tougher task from No. 7 to get to an early lead in the final. Likely to be prominent is the Debbie Padberg-trained Glenferrie Rustler, who is sure to be improved after his first two runs after a spell. He is handily drawn at barrier three. Ken Casellas

Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. is aiming to complete a hat-trick of wins in the $35,000 Lord Mayor’s Cup after talented New Zealand-bred six-year-old Cyamach drew the coveted No. 1 barrier in the group 3 feature over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And Kim Prentice is hoping that it will be a case of history repeating itself when he drives Cyamach for the first time in a race. Two years ago Prentice was engaged by Hall to drive Livingontheinterest in the Lord Mayor’s Cup and the then New Zealand-bred six-year-old was a heavily-supported 7/4 on favourite who set the pace from barrier two and held on to defeat stablemate and 9/4 second fancy  Hokonui Ben by a half-head. Hokonui Ben was handled by Prentice’s son Justin, who will drive the Hall-trained Mohegan Sun from barrier two in Friday night’s Cup. Mohegan Sun is in splendid form, with a win and two seconds from his past three starts. Both Cyamach and Mohegan Sun were driven by Clint Hall at their most recent appearances, last Friday night. But Hall has given punters a massive lead by choosing to drive Elegant Christian in preference to Cyamach, Mohegan Sun and Soho Lennon (who will be driven by Nathan Turvey). Elegant Christian, a richly-talented and lightly-raced five-year-old, was recently transferred from the Hall training establishment in Serpentine to the stables of Clive Dalton in Herron for the gelding to experience a change of environment. Clint Hall has a special bond with Elegant Christian, whom he has driven at his past 20 starts for 11 wins, four seconds and two thirds. Eight of those wins came after Elegant Christian had set the pace. He will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line on Friday night and Hall is expected to make a bold bid for the early lead. However, Cyamach is a brilliant frontrunner and Kim Prentice is sure to be most reluctant to surrender this advantage. Star reinsman Gary Hall jun. gave an insight to his thoughts on Cyamach last Friday week after driving the gelding to an all-the-way victory over Elegant Christian over 2536m when he said: “He’s a great leader. But he’s a funny sort of horse who has gone below par a few times when he has gone wide on the track.” Hall jun. is under suspension and Clint Hall was in the sulky last Friday night when Cyamach gave a strong performance to finish second to the frontrunning Leda McNally over 2536m. Cyamach was most impressive. He started from the outside barrier (No. 9) and raced in ninth and last position before moving to sixth at the bell and sustaining a spirited three-wide burst. Hall sen. has trained the winner of the Lord Mayor’s Cup six times. He has been successful with Tricky Bey (1994), Abit Rich (1997), Live To Reign (2007), Talk To Me Courage (2010), Livingontheinterest (2014) and Northview Punter (2015). Chris Lewis has the best record by a reinsman in the event, which he has won eight times, scoring with Village Kid (1985, ‘86,’ 89 and ‘90), Ballantines (1992), Desert Patrol (1993), Royal Motoring (198) and Ohoka Ace (2005). But his prospects of a ninth victory were dealt a savage blow when the Peter Anderson-trained Lisharry fared badly in the random draw and faces an extremely difficult task from barrier nine on the front line. Bettors Fire, trained and driven by Kyle Harper, looks certain to vie for favouritism with Cyamach and Elegant Christian. He is an M11-class pacer and is the best-performed runner in the Cup, with earnings of $455,332 from 27 wins and 14 placings from 67 starts. Bettors Fire will start from barrier five on the front line and Harper is likely to determine his tactics in the early stages. He will have the option of using the handsome gelding’s sparkling gate speed or restraining the gelding and waiting for an ideal opportunity to dash forward. He is a strong and versatile pacer who looks set to fight out the finish. Bettors Fire is sure to appreciate a considerable drop in class after contesting two heats of the interdominion championship, the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup at his past four starts. He led for the first 650m and then sat behind the pacemaker Beaudiene Boaz when an excellent third behind that star pacer in the 2536m Fremantle Cup. A week later he started out wide at barrier seven, was restrained to the rear and raced wide in the final circuit before finishing ninth behind My Hard Copy. He was unable to get into the race at any stage and it is likely to be a vastly different story this week. The Ross Olivieri-trained Our Blackbird continues to race with admirable enthusiasm and is capable of a bold showing. He will start from barrier six and Stuart McDonald is certain to rely on the eight-year-old’s strong finishing burst. Ken Casellas

Inexperienced New Zealand-bred four-year-old American Boy has not tasted defeat in four career starts and he should maintain his unbeaten record when he clashes with 11 seasoned harness racing pacers in the 2130m Steelo’s Bistro Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His rivals have had a combined total of 649 starts (an average of 59 starts per runner), but this experience is likely to amount to very little when they meet the talented American Boy, who has the class to overcome the awkward draw on the inside of the back line. Clinton Hall will drive American Boy and will be anxious to get the gelding off the pegs as early as possible. American Boy will start immediately behind the polemarker Lagoon Stride, a capable frontrunner for Hopeland trainer Colin Joss and star reinsman Chris Lewis. The heavily supported Lagoon Stride disappointed two starts ago when he set the pace from the No. 1 barrier before wilting in the final stages to finish fourth behind Change Stride over 1730m at Gloucester Park early this month. Lewis employed different tactics when Lagoon Stride contested a 2620m event at Northam the following week. He restrained the five-year-old from the No. 4 barrier and the gelding raced four back on the pegs before sprinting home strongly to win easily from Delete And Deny, thus ending a losing sequence of 17. American Boy, trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen., warmed up for Friday night’s engagement in fine style with an effortless win at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. He raced wide early and then without cover before forging to the front 420m from home. He sprinted over the final 400m in 27.8sec. and won by three lengths from Always Arjay, with Stunin Eyes Only four lengths farther back in third place. He raced three wide early and then in the breeze at each of his two previous starts --- for convincing victories over 2130m and 2536m at Gloucester Park. Those three wins were in this month and came after an 11-month absence, when he was successful at his only start in New Zealand, beating Concorde by two lengths over 2200m at Alexander Park in February of last year. American Boy, by American stallion American Ideal, is out of the unraced Live Or Die mare Alesandra Ambrosio, a half-sister to several winners, including Party Party (45 starts for 13 wins, 23 placings and $251,236), Another Party (149 starts for 31 wins, 42 placings and $888,678) and Champagne Party (41 starts for 14 wins, 12 placings and $152,445). Calais, a lightly-raced New Zealand-bred five-year-old, makes strong appeal as the likely runner-up to American Boy. Calais, part-owned, trained and driven by Robbie Williams, will start from barrier two on the back line and he is capable of producing a powerful finishing burst. He has won at two of his past four starts --- at Narrogin and Bunbury. Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 22 January 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 22 January 2016

Pinjarra harness racing trainer Chris King has high hopes that his evergreen mare Leda McNally will maintain her splendid record from the coveted No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park by setting the pace and proving the master of her eight gelding rivals in the $23,000 TABtouch Pace over 2536m on Friday night. The Victorian-bred seven-year-old has started from barrier one eight times at Gloucester Park for four wins, one second and three thirds. Leda McNally, to be driven by Nathan Turvey, will be on trial for next month’s $50,000 2536m Empress Stakes, an event in which she finished second to Sensational Gabby early last year. She started from barrier three in a 2536m event last Friday night when she raced in fifth position, three back on the pegs, and was hampered for room in the home straight when she finished fifth behind the pacemaker Cyamach, who dashed over the final quarters in 28.2sec. and 27.5sec. after setting a dawdling pace in the first circuit. A week earlier she enjoyed an ideal trail, one-out and one-back, before finishing solidly to be third behind Soho Lennon and Jungle Jewel. She finished a half-length behind the winner, who sprinted over the final sections in 27.7sec. and 28.7sec. Three starts before that (the most recent time she started from the No. 1 barrier) she set the pace and held on to win by a half-head from smart Victorian mare Berisari in the 2130m Parliamentarians Cup. Leda McNally, winner of the group 1 $100,000 Mares Classic in November 2012 and November 2013, has amassed $397,083 from her 23 wins and 18 placings from 80 starts. Her chief rivals Cyamach, Our Blackbird, Soho Lennon and Copagrin are in excellent form and will have many admirers. Cyamach will start from the outside barrier in the field of nine and will be driven for champion trainer Gary Hall sen. by his son Clint, who replaces Gary Hall jun., who is serving a seven-week term of suspension. Hall jun. drove a confident race to land Cyamach an easy winner over Elegant Christian last Friday night. The New Zealand-bred six-year-old has won at five of his past eight starts and boasts a fine record of 16 wins and 23 placings from 59 starts. He looks set to fight out the finish. The Ross Olivieri-trained Our Blackbird (barrier eight) has managed just one placing from his past ten starts, but he deserves plenty of respect after strong finishing efforts to be fifth behind Lennytheshark in the interdominion championship final and a c lose-up sixth behind My Hard Copy in the WA Pacing Cup last Friday night when he has hampered for room in the closing stages. Soho Lennon and Copagrin each has won twice from their past three starts and must be considered.  Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 22 January 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 22 January 2016

Byford harness racing trainer-reinsman Aldo Cortopassi has Showstopper racing in sparkling form and the six-year-old mare has sound prospects of notching her seventh win from her past eight starts when  she starts from the No. 3 barrier on the front line in the Ross North Homes Pathway Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Showstopper was most impressive at Northam last Saturday night when she started out wide at barrier seven and did all the work when she raced in the breeze, some three to four lengths back from the tearaway pacemaker All About Pink. She revealed excellent fighting qualities when she finished determinedly to hit the front in the final 25m to win by a length from Nightwatch Lady and Donegal Kahlum, rating 1.55.5 over the 1780m trip. She also started out wide at barrier seven in a 1780m event at Northam nine nights earlier when she raced four and three wide in the early stages and then in the breeze before winning from Jasper Whitby. Showstopper is sure to receive plenty of opposition from the John Oldroyd-trained Mynameskenny, a smart four-year-old who has won at nine of his 21 starts. Mynameskenny faces a stern test from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. He was gallant in defeat over 2130m at Gloucester Park last Friday week when he pulled hard in the breeze for much of the way and fought on grandly to finish a head second to the speedy Bhagwan at a 1.56.2 rate over 2130m. Others with each-way claims include the polemarker Loaded Aussie, who has been placed at four of her past six starts for Byford trainer Linda Hamilton, and Luminosa, who scored an impressive all-the-way win at a 1.57.1 rate over 1780m at Northam for trainer-driver Kristian Hawkins last Saturday night. by Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 22 January 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 22 January 2016

One of the best come back stories in harness racing in the last few years in the Southern Hemisphere has been the re-emergence of Clinton Hall at the top level of the industry down under. Outed for five years over a drug issue when youth got the better of experience, many thought Clint would find it difficult to fulfill the promise he had always shown on the track. A member of the all conquering Hall family that has dominated West Australaian harness racing for the last fifteen years, Clint has silenced all the doubters in quick time with two consecutative West Australian Pacing Cups to his name after his favourite horse My Hard Copy took out his second WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park last night. At $450,000, the West Australian Pacing Cup is the jewel that all trainers and drivers in the west want to win and in his brief time back,Clint already has two. Devendra and James Rattray used barrier one to easily hold the lead early on with Beaudiene Boaz and Gary Hall Jnr settling on his back and Lovers Delight and Chris Lewis sitting in the death seat. Apart from a brief early challenge from Joan Of Arc, that was the order until a lap to go when Clint eased My Hard Copy out three wide and loomed up outside Devendra and Lover's Delight and the war commenced. Slowly but surely My Hard Copy wore away at Devendra and rallied gamely in the home straight to nail a famous victory. It was a daring drive from Clint as My Hard Copy is a noted sit-sprinter and sitting three wide for a lap is not usually his style of racing. Devendra was extremely game in defeat while Beaudiene Boaz somehow got out three wide from the trail and finished on well late for third. With no passing lane at Gloucester Park, Gary Hall Jnr had no option but to come off from the inside at the 400 metres mark with Beaudiene Boaz only to see the gaps open up like the red sea on the inside of him as soon as he had done so. Last nights win was My Hard Copy's twenty second career victory and took his stake earnings over the $910,000 mark. Clint may still live in the driving shadow of his brother a lot of the time but he is constantly reminding people that given the opportunity, he is as good as anyone in the west. Harnesslink Media

Talented harness racing trainer-reinsman James Rattray is delighted at drawing the coveted No. 1 barrier with Devendra in the $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he declares that the six-year-old will lead at all costs and prove hard to run down. Caretaker trainer Gary Elson said that he spoke with Rattray after the barrier draw and that he had no intention of relinquishing the lead to any other runner. “James told me that he would not surrender the lead regardless of how much pressure was applied to Devendra,” Elson said. “He sees it as vitally important not to hand up, particularly with a proven frontrunner.” Elson has taken over the preparation of Devendra at his Pinjarra property while the Tasmanian-born Rattray tends to his stable of pacers in New South Wales. “We were really happy with Devendra’s fourth behind Beaudiene Boaz in the Fremantle Cup last Friday night,” Elson said. Devendra started from the inside of the back line and raced in fifth place three back on the pegs before being held up for a clear run on the home turn. The gelding eventually got clear and impressed in sprinting home strongly. “Devendra is fit, well and happy and is enjoying swimming in the dam at my place twice a day,” Elson said. “I gave him a light hoppled run today (Tuesday) and he ran home nicely. He’s pretty sharp. With the Pacing Cup in mind I have been working him over two miles.” Devendra, a winner of 25 races and $314,973 in prizemoney, is a versatile performer who raced in fine style at the recent interdominion championship series. He led from barrier four and scored an easy win over Waylade in a 2130m heat and flew home from last to win a 2536m heat. Lovers Delight, trained in Bunbury by Stephen Reed, revealed sparkling early speed from the No. 7 barrier when he led and gave a bold frontrunning performance to win a 2536m Inters heat from Lennytheshark. He set the pace until the final stages when a wonderful second to Lennytheshark in the $1.3 million final. Chris Lewis looks certain to rev up Lovers Delight at the start in a bid to burst past Devendra or to take up the position in the breeze. Run Oneover (barrier two) and stablemate John of Arc (five) also are likely to go forward at the start. Bettors Fire, who led for the first 650m in last Friday night’s Fremantle Cup and then sat behind the pacemaker before finishing solidly into third place behind Beaudiene Boaz, is awkwardly drawn out wide at No. 7 on the front line. Trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper will weigh up his options in the early stages. Bettors Fire possesses sparkling gate speed, but Harper could well decide to restrain the handsome gelding before determining his tactics as the race unfolds. He spoke with GPTV soon after the barrier draw - to see what he had to say; Libertybelle Midfrew, the only mare in the Cup, is a proven group 1 performer, having won the WA Oaks and Golden Nugget. And she gave further proof of her class by setting the pace and winning a 2536m Inters heat from Philadelphia Man. She will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line. Trainer Mike Reed said that his son Mark would “come out and have a look” at the start in a bid to gain a prominent forward position. She started from the back line and raced four back on the pegs before finishing eighth in the Fremantle Cup. “They walked early and ran the final 1100m hard,” Mike Reed said. “This made it impossible for horses to come from behind. She has done well since that race and she’ll love the 2936m.” Libertybelle Midfrew faces a stern test. No mare has won the WA Pacing Cup since Pyramus was successful in 1972. Mike spoke with GPTV after the barrier draw function, the interview is below; by Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 15 January 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 15 January 2016

Leading WA harness racing driver Gary Hall Jnr has copped a one-month suspension for unacceptable driving in a standing-start event on Fremantle Cup night.   Hall Jnr drove superstar four-year-old Beaudiene Boaz to victory in the Group 1 Fremantle Cup (2536m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night.   Earlier in the night however, he would partner the Matthew Scott-trained eight-year-old gelding Bartowski in a Discretionary Handicap (2503m).   Hall Jnr tried to take the lead off Callan Suvaljko who drove Bettors Ace in the event with the pair matching motors for more than 400m at the beginning of the event.    Suvaljko showed his intent to hold the lead while Hall Jnr drove Bartowski “like a man possessed,” according to race caller Richy Bell.    Bettors Ace ran through a lead time of 66.2 seconds, which was 0.6 seconds quicker than the Fremantle Cup which is run from the mobile.   Chief harness racing steward Carl Coady stated that Hall Jnr persisted for too long at the start of the event, but would be right to drive Beaudiene Boaz in Friday night’s Group 1 WA Pacing Cup (2936m). “He persevered after it was clear Bettors Ace was being driven to hold the lead,” Coady told Seven West Media. “Suspended reinspersons can fulfil engagements for up to nine days after suspensions. Gary Hall will begin his suspension at midnight on Friday, after driving in the WA Pacing Cup.” Trainer Gary Hall Snr prepared the quinella in the Fremantle Cup after Beaudiene Boaz defeated My Hard Copy by 1.5m in a mile rate of 1:55.9.    Hall Snr had six of the 12 runners in the event and five of the six are expected to start this week with Classic American in doubt after running 11th. “They head my WA Pacing Cup entries,” Hall Snr told Seven West Media. “I’ll also nominate Run Oneover, John Of Arc and Waylade. “Our other Cup hope Classic American is in doubt. He disappointed when he was near-last in the Fremantle Cup.” Jason Rulz could also be under the microscope when the handicapper assesses the WA Pacing Cup nominations after running last in the Fremantle Cup.   By Trent Orwin   Reprinted with permission of the site    

Shane Graham, the reigning Australian harness racing driver of the year, is heading back to Perth again this Friday. But the Queensland reinsman is set for something different. Originally, Graham was hoping to drive the Ian Gurney trained Avonnova in the Gr.1 $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park but a career worst performance last week in the Village Kid Sprint has drastically changed plans. Avonnova finished at the rear of the field, beaten over 25m behind boom four-year-old Beaudiene Boaz in the 1730m feature after racing without cover and therefore leaving his Perth campaign in jeopardy. It has since been revealed that Avonnova is battling a viral infection and Gurney is hopeful his star prospect will be right to take his spot in next week’s Gr.1 $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup. Mach Alert, a stablemate of Avonnova was nominated for the Fremantle Cup but was made the first emergency but will line-up in the Shop Audio & Visual at Retravision Pace, a consolation of some type for the Fremantle Cup. So Graham was left without a drive in the main event. But a chance phone call from the leading stables of Gary Hall has provided an opportunity for Graham to drive in the feature and will now partner emerging prospect Run Oneover. “It’s very strange how the racing game works at times but you just have to roll with the punches and take your opportunities. The main mission with the Perth campaign was clearly Avonnova but things deviated quickly after last week and then we thought Mach had done enough to secure a start but it wasn’t to be and then a call out of the blue landed the drive in the Cup after all.” Graham explained. While Graham is yet to drive for the Hall stable, he’s fully aware of the power the stable possesses and is excited by the opportunity. Graham has been competing regularly at Gloucester Park in recent weeks owing to the Inter Dominion series and has watched Run Oneover with interest. Regular reinsman Clint Hall has elected to stick with proven performer My Hard Copy in the 2536m classic. “He’s definitely surprised a few people with his efforts in the age classics and he knocked me off last week in the Village Kid Sprint consolation and he did a really good job. He’s strong and he’s very fast so he’ll be thereabouts with normal luck. “It was Clint who originally asked if I was interested in driving for the stable and I’ve since spoken with Gary and its all systems go for Friday night. The draw looks a little tricky on paper but the pressure is obvious so hopefully we can get a piece of the action.” Team Hall has a total of six runners engaged in the Cup including Waylade (2), John Of Arc (3), Beaudiene Boaz (4), Run Oneover (6), Classic American (7) and My Hard Copy (9). Fellow Queensland driver Lauren Jones will take the on Classic American for the stable. Gary Hall has trained the winner of the Fremantle Cup on five occasions, twice with The Falcon Strike and three times with champion pacer Im Themightyquinn. by Chris Barsby

Byford harness racing trainer Aldo Cortopassi brought up his 200th winner as a trainer when odds-on favourite Mago Man just lasted to win the last race at Gloucester Park tonight. Cortopassi began training in 1995 with his first winner being Just Miles Ahead on 7th July 1995 at Gloucester Park. Mago Man is raced by Vince Vinciullo who enjoyed considerable success as an owner/trainer some 30 years ago with Devils Arrow and Raceaway Too which both finished in the stables of Fred Kersley after being given their early racing by Vinciullo. Devils Arrow won 12 races however Vinciullo hit the jackpot with Raceaway Too which won 21 races including the 1987 Americas Cup Festival Of Sport Cup. The $100,000 race had originally been intended to be run to co-incide with each defence of the Americas Cup yacht race. Unfortunately the Cup was lost in 1987 and the ACFOS Cup was never run again. Alan Parker

The official barrier draw for the $300,000 RETRAVISION Fremantle Cup to be held at Gloucester Park, was held at RWWA HQ in Perth today, with speedy pacer Bettors Fire claiming the coveted number 1 saddle cloth. Harness racing trainer/driver Kyle Harper is expected to try and lead all the way in the Group 1 event, after having to withdraw the horse from the Inter Dominion series in December. “It was very disappointing but it could have been worse, we still have a horse… He is pacing better than ever at the moment” said Kyle to GPTV in a recent interview. “He had an abscess in his foot which came out during the series… We could have sent him around but it wouldn’t have been fair on the horse” Village Kid Sprint winner Beaudine Boaz has drawn in the 4 hole and is also expected to be sent forward early. Stablemates Waylade and John of Arc, an impressive last start placegetter, have drawn inside Beaudine Boaz in gates two and three respectively. Hall’s other three runners have drawn unfavourably – with Run Oneover and Classic American drawing six and seven, and My Hard Copy lining up from the outside barrier of 9. NSW pacer Devendra will get a good run through on the marker pegs as it comes out from barrier 10 (bl1) behind Bettors Fire. The other two runners joining Devendra on the backline is top WA mare Libertybelle Midfrew, and the Ross Olivieri trained Our Blackbird. Inter Dominion runner-up Lovers Delight will have a tricky run ahead of him after drawing post position 5. A known fast beginner, the son of Bettors Delight could be a challenger for the lead if master reinsman Chris Lewis decides to fire him out of the mobile. The official barrier draw can be viewed HERE. FINAL FIELD HERE by Scott Hamilton Race programme for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 January 2016

The harness racing Group 1 $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup is on at Gloucester Park on January 15. Be there to witness the best in the business battle out for a share of the Grand Circuit spoils - plus an exciting 9 event under card, LIVE entertainment and a fireworks display after the last race!  The Grand Circuit flag will be raised at Gloucester Park for the second time in as many months when the TABtouch WA Pacing Cup swings into action on January 15. WATCH: GPTV TABtouch WA Pacing Cup Preview  

Harness racing superstar Beaudiene Boaz will progress to the Fremantle Cup following his win in the Group 2 Village Kid Sprint (1730m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night.   Trainer Gary Hall Snr had five of the eight runners engaged in the $60,000 Village Kid Sprint as they finished first, second, third, fourth and seventh.   Beaudiene Boaz led throughout with Gary Hall Jnr in the cart to defeat My Hard Copy by 2.7m in a mile rate of 1:52.9. A further 1.3m away was John Of Arc and Waylade.   Hall Jnr said Beaudiene Boaz was not fully extended as he brought up win number 19 from 26 starts.   "He was keen right from the start", Hall Jnr told Seven West Media.   "I could have got him to go a bit quicker. He had something left at the finish".   Beaudiene Boaz would be the pre-post favourite for the Group 1 Fremantle Cup (2536m) which will be run at Gloucester Park on January 8.    The son of Badlands Hanover is currently the $3.50 favourite with online bookmaker Sportsbet to capture the Group 1 WA Pacing Cup (2936m) which is run at Gloucester Park on January 15. Devendra and Lovers Delight are equal second favourites at $5 ahead of Waylade ($6), John Of Arc ($8), My Hard Copy ($10) and Avonnova ($10).   Avonnova was forced to sit parked in the Village Kid Sprint and failed to beat a runner home as he finished 25.7m away from Beaudiene Boaz.   Another smart four-year-old from Hall Snr’s stable captured the Village Kid Sprint Consolation (1730m) as Run Oneover wore down Mach Alert in the shadows of the post to win by a pixel in 1:53.4.   Mach Alert set the pace with Fernleigh Rebel a surprise breeze horse while Run Oneover made his move three-wide at the bell behind Cyamach who was the first to make his move.   Smokey The Bandit finished a neck away in third place after flashing late and taking considerable ground off the first two runners home.   To watch Beaudiene Boaz win this race click on this link.   By Trent Orwin   Reprinted with permission of site

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