Day At The Track
Search Results
1 to 16 of 2788
1 2 3 4 5 Next »

On a night when there looks like being at least four pacers in the red, members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have earmarked their specials for Gloucester Park on Friday night. Outstanding fast-class pacer Bettors Fire, exciting two-year-old Franco Edward and the prolific winning Cott Beach have all come up with the pole in their respective races and will all be sent out as short commodities. And Jack Mac, unbeaten in all his nine starts in WA, will be looking for the perfect 10 when he steps out as the long odds-on favourite in the last race on the card. Guild members believe all four hot pots can justify their short odds by winning. Last season’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe, The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and Guild president Wayne Currall are all fans of Bettors Fire. “My best bet is the outstanding pacer Bettors Fire, who has dominated free-for-all company recently with three wins and a second from his last four starts,” Lowe said. “Advantaged here with the pole draw and should lead all the way.” Manning and Currall agree. “Classy evergreen Bettors Fire looks primed to celebrate his 100th start in grand style,” Manning said. “He is poised for his 39th win after the bonus of a pole draw. The veteran, a winner at four of his past six starts, looked in peak form when he scored impressively after racing three-wide last Friday night.” Currall was even more succinct. “Bettors Fire leads and wins,” he said. “No value for punters, but he looks the best of good things.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and longshot king Pat Harding believe Cott Beach can continue on her winning ways. “Cott Beach has an imposing record and seems back to her best after successive wins at Narrogin and Bunbury,” Havercroft said. “She is one of many short-priced favourites that will be fancied on the card.” Harding agrees with his colleague. “Looking forward to a great night at GP this Friday - a night that should prove to be a good one for punters,” Harding said.” My best bet of the night comes up in the sixth with No.1 Cott Beach. A great draw with only a small field and Nathan Turvey should bounce this horse out and lead all the way and win.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas and TABradio’s Matt Young are keen on Better Scoot. “Better Scoot comes up with a well-programmed event by the stable in the stand and has the front line again,” Young said. “He should work his way to the top and continue on his winning way.” And Casellas agrees with Young’s summation. “My best bet on a star-studded program is Better Scoot in the stand,” Casellas said. “He’s a lightly raced outstanding standing-start performer who resumed last month after a 19-month absence when he finished a game third behind Lord Willoughby. He franked that good form with an all-the-way victory from the strands a fortnight ago and only has to begin safely to be the one to beat again.”   VALUE BETS Stuart: My value bet is Dredlock Rockstar, who ran a big race when third off 50m at Pinjarra last start. Going better than numerical form indicates and with the benefit  of coming off the front line of the stand here should have each-way claims. Ernie: Rockin The Boys has drawn barrier nine and a Northam second has been the only placing in her past six starts but she looks suited in mares company after having difficulty getting clear last Friday. Wayne: Tommy Be Good can’t beat Bettors Fire but he’ll get all the favours following the favourite and could run into the quinella again. Ryan: Hillbilly Time has been racing consistently while alternating between stands and mobiles in recent times. Drawn behind Carter Micheal, he should be handily placed to figure again. Pat: A great win last week by Bletchley Park and I see no reason why he can’t win again from barrier three. Obviously Franco Edward is the main danger but Bletchley Park could be at good each-way odds and continue his winning form. Matt: Major Catastrophe has been racing well in stronger company and thrives on the longer trip. The draw is decent and expect him to go very close on Friday. Ken: For value, I suggest Suspicious Life in the second event. This pacer is blessed with wonderful gate speed and he could run a cheeky race if he can find the front from gate six. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall  

Exciting three-year-old Jack Mac faces a moment of truth at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he clashes with the highly-promising Bettor Aim in the Visit Princi Butchers in North Perth Pace. Neither youngster has tasted defeat in Australia and Jack Mac has the brilliance to overcome the outside barrier in the field of eight and beat Bettor Aim, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick for trainers Greg and Skye Bond from the No. 6 barrier in the 2130m event. Jack Mac will be strongly fancied to chalk up his tenth victory at his tenth start in Western Australia after scoring decisive victories at his two outings after resuming after a four-month absence. He followed his first-up win over 2130m at Gloucester Park on May 25 with a commanding victory by 12 lengths over Blackjack Anna over the same distance on Tuesday of last week when he raced three wide early, sped to the front after 550m and was unextended in careering away from his rivals. Busselton trainer Barry Howlett certainly is more than happy that he rejected a tempting offer of $100,000 for the Mach Three colt in April last year. Howlett, who races Jack Mac in partnership with his wife Lyn and their son Jim, was purchased for $31,000 at the Auckland weanling sales and a win this week will take the colt’s earnings to $236,181. Howlett picked out a couple of youngsters who were being offered for sale as weanlings and he asked experienced New Zealand trainer-reinsman Brent Mangos to have a look at them. Mangos took a liking to Jack Mac and he purchased him at the sale on behalf of Howlett. Mangos broke in the colt and gave him five starts for five unplaced efforts against the best two-year-olds in New Zealand. Those five runs netted his owners $7450 and few pacing pundits predicted that the colt, the seventh foal out of unfashionable mare Matavutu, would develop into a juvenile champion. Bettor Aim also looks destined to become a star performer. A winner at his farewell appearance in New Zealand, over 1950m at Addington in early April this year, the Bettors Delight gelding has been ultra-impressive in winning effortlessly at his first two starts in WA, both over 2185m at Pinjarra in the space of eight days this month. Bettor Aim sustained a powerful three-wide burst to beat Itsnotova by almost three lengths at a 1.57.3 rate and a week later, on Monday of this week, he was untroubled to lead from barrier one and coast to victory by two lengths from Seeknyoushallfind at a 1.57.8 rate, with a final quarter in 27.8sec.   Ken Casellas  

Rival reinsmen Kyle Harper (Franco Edward) and Shannon Suvaljko (Bletchley Park) are excited at the sheer brilliance of their colts who look set to make the sparks fly in the $100,000 Princi Smallgoods Pearl Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred Franco Edward earned favouritism after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Group 1 classic for two-year-old colts and geldings but Bletchley Park has drawn favourably at barrier three on the front line and will have a legion of admirers, particularly after he rated a sizzling 1.53.6 when he gave a dazzling frontrunning display to beat Euphoric Moment by four lengths over 1730m at Gloucester Park last Friday night. The Victorian-bred Bletchley Park was not extended in speeding over the quarters of the final mile in 28.5sec., 28.9sec., 28.2sec. and 28.5sec. and his rate smashed the 1730m track record for two-year-olds, the 1:55.0 rate set by El Barcelona in May 2016. Franco Edward and Bletchley Park are by American stallion American Ideal and will be meeting in a race for the first time, with Harper upbeat about his colt’s prospects in the Pearl, declaring after driving him to a superb victory in a qualifying heat on Tuesday of last week that “I think that he’s a bit special.” Franco Edward, who had set the pace and won easily at a 1.54.2 rate (with final quarters of 28sec. and 27.2sec.) over 1684m at Pinjarra at his previous start, was surprisingly beaten out from barrier one in the qualifying heat but there was a particular reason for that: The colt was racing with a splash sheet on for the first time and he became scared when the sheet touched him on the rump in the mobile score-up. “So, I had to nurse him out of the gate and this allowed him to be crossed,” said Harper. “And then when we got to the first corner I had to ease him when the sheet touched him again. He ran out with a little bit of fright and then when we got to the breeze he over raced a bit. To his credit, all these things went wrong and he still won and did a fantastic job.” Franco Edward’s gross time in the 2130m heat was 2min. 35.1sec. which was considerably faster than the time recorded by Bletchley Park (2min. 38sec.) and quicker than the other heat winner, Shockwave (2min. 35.3sec.). However, Suvaljko was full of praise for Bletchley Park’s heat win and then with the colt’s superb performance over 1730m last Friday night when he was unextended and scored with ridiculous ease. “Bletchley Park is probably the best two-year-old I’ve driven, better than Jumbo Operator,” said Suvaljko. “I didn’t pull the plugs and he had plenty left and was still going strong on the line. He’s a versatile horse who is suited by rolling along in front, but he can also come from behind as he showed when he came from second-last to win his heat.” The WA-bred Jumbo Operator was unbeaten at two starts as a two-year-old in August 2008 before having ten starts as a three-year-old for seven wins, two seconds and a most unlucky fifth in the WA Derby. He was retired with earnings of $313,175 from 24 wins, eight seconds and one third from 43 starts. Bletchley Park is trained by Mike Reed, who has won the Pearl twice with Rich And Spoilt in 1999 and Willowleaf Boy in 2003. Shockwave, a Mach Three colt trained and driven by Ryan Bell, notched his third win from seven starts when he began from out wide at barrier eight and raced in seventh position before starting a three-wide burst approaching the bell in his qualifying heat. He dashed over the final 400m in 28sec. and beat the talented Its Rock And Roll by almost a length. Shockwave has the ability to overcome his wide draw (No. 7) in the final. Its Rock And Roll, trained and driven by Colin Brown, has impressed with his three wins and three seconds from six starts. He is speedy and tough, but has fared poorly in the random draw and will need all the breaks to overcome the disadvantage of the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line. Brown drove the David Thompson-trained Isaiah Artois to victory in the 2014 Pearl. Bitcoin, to be driven by Ryan Warwick for trainers Greg and Skye Bond, is racing keenly, with two wins and two seconds from five starts and, from barrier four, will have friends. Three starts ago, Bitcoin finished powerfully to win from the Barry Howlett-trained colt Smart Fortune over 1609m at Bunbury. Smart Fortune, a winner at Alexandra Park in December, faces a stern test from barrier eight, but cannot be underestimated with Chris Lewis in the sulky. Lewis has won the Pearl four times with Lombo Laredo (1994), Mitemptation (1995), Argent Treasure (2007) and Jack Mac (2017). Ken Casellas

Outstanding juvenile Cott Beach looks set to notch her 14th win when she starts from the coveted No. 1 barrier in the $25,000 Princi Smallgoods Gourmet Range Westsired Three-Year-Old Fillies Pace. She has sparkling gate speed and Nathan Turvey is sure to attempt an all-the-way win with the filly who is trained at Coolup by Kristy Elson. Leading will be in stark contrast to her excellent efforts when third in both the WA Derby and WA Oaks in the past two months. Cott Beach started from the outside barrier (No. 9) and charged home from tenth at the bell to finish third behind King of Swing and Bechers Brook in the 2536m WA Derby, with the margins a head and a nose. Then she started from the outside of the back line in the Oaks and settled in 11th position before sustaining a strong run from ninth at the bell to finish third, less than a length behind the winner Our Major Mama. After her grand effort in the Oaks Cott Beach has won at Narrogin and Bunbury and she looks to have the measure of smart in-form fillies Infinite Symbol and Veiled Secret in Friday night’s race. One of the best bets on the ten-event program should be Better Scoot, a standing-start specialist who has resumed racing after an absence of 19 months in fine fettle. The lightly-raced New Zealand-bred six-year-old in the stables of Greg and Skye Bond, will start from barrier five on the front line in the Princi Smallgoods Handicap, a stand over 2503m, and Ryan Warwick is expected to make a spirited bid to send the gelding to an early lead and then dictate terms in front. Better Scoot took an early lead and went on to win in fine style from Lord Willoughby in a 2503m stand last Friday week when he sped over the final quarters of the last mile in 27.8sec. and 28.3sec. His chief rival looms as the Ross Olivieri-trained Lord Willoughby whose 21 starts this season have produced eight wins, nine seconds and four thirds. Ken Casellas

Evergreen pacer Bettors Fire looks a certainty to celebrate his 100th start in style by proving too fast and strong for his seven rivals in the $25,000 Princi Smallgoods Free Range Salami Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He drew the No. 1 barrier and trainer Kyle Harper looks certain to make use of the nine-year-old’s sparkling gate speed and attempt an all-the-way victory. Owner Frank Ranaldi declared after Bettors Fire’s stylish come-from-behind win over 2536m last Friday night that the New Zealand-bred gelding was the best horse he has raced. And that was high praise indeed, considering that Ranaldi raced wonderful pacers Classic Garry and Admiral’s Avenue. Classic Garry and Admiral’s Avenue were successful in Group 1 feature events, whereas Bettors Fire has not been able to record a victory in a Group 1 feature event. Classic Garry’s 16 West Australian wins (14 at Gloucester Park) included the 1983 Group 1 Golden Nugget (beating Wondai’s Mate and Preux Chevalier) and the 1983 Mount Eden Mile when he defeated Sinn Fein and Garry John in 1.56.6, a race record. Classic Garry also became Australia’s first sub-1.55 performer when, as a four-year-old in March 1983, he sped over a mile in 1.54.9. In the late 80s Ranaldi campaigned with Classic Garry in America where the stallion won races and contested a World Cup series at the Meadowlands. Admiral’s Avenue earned $439,482 from 32 wins and 30 placings from 130 starts. He won the group 1 WA Pacing Cup in January 2000, beating The Accelerator and Saab, and a month later won a 2540m heat of the Inter Dominion championship at Moonee Valley. The level of prizemoney has risen substantially since then and Bettors Fire boasts a splendid record of 99 starts for 38 wins and 22 placings for stakes of $772,029. He was sold to Ranaldi after winning at 11 of his 30 New Zealand starts for his breeders Jim and Susan Wakefield. Bettors Fire’s 69 starts for Ranaldi and Harper in Western Australia have produced 27 wins and 15 placings. The gelding has not been successful in a Group 1 event, but has been wonderfully consistent and his wins include five in Group 2 events and three in Group 3 races. In last Friday night’s 2536m event, Harper restrained Bettors Fire from the No. 6 barrier and the gelding raced in seventh position for almost two laps before being sent forward, three wide, at the bell. Bettors Fire burst to the front with 500m to travel and he covered the final quarters in 27.5sec. and 28.5sec. to win by a metre from the strong-finishing Tommy Be Good, with The Bucket List running on from fifth (on the pegs) at the bell to be third. This week Bettors Fire appears certain to set the pace, with none of his rivals able to seriously challenge him for the early lead. Tommy Be Good, placed at five of his past six starts, should enjoy a perfect passage behind the pacemaker and looks a strong place prospect, with Shandale, Galactic Star and The Bucket List fighting it out for a minor placing. Ken Casellas

There isn’t a lot prominent harness racing owner Robert Watson hasn’t achieved in the sport, but this weekend he, and two of his star pacers, have quite a mountain to climb this weekend. On Friday night, Watson’s up-and-coming two-year-old Franco Edward will look to secure his first Group 1 win in the Pearl Classic Final (2130m) at Gloucester Park. On Saturday night, Soho Tribeca begins his campaign aimed towards the Len Smith Mile and Blacks A Fake Championship in the Italian Cup (2240m) at Melton. After the races are run and won, Watson boards a flight to South Africa for a fortnight where he will climb Mount Kilimanjaro. “I like challenging myself,” Watson said of his reasoning behind climbing the 5,895m mountain. “It’s an eight day trek up the mountain, and it’s minus 20 at the top of the mountain. “I’ll then explore Tanzania for another four days.” Watson’s trip to South Africa means he will miss Soho Tribeca’s run in the Len Smith Mile on July 1, while he has the chance to be crowned the Grand Circuit Champion if he wins the Blacks A Fake Championship on July 21. The WA Pacing Cup champion will be seen on the track for the first time since March 24 on Saturday night, where he starts from the outside of the second row in the $20,000 Italian Cup. Watson said he expected Soho Tribeca, now under the care of Mick Stanley, to win on Saturday night, and also expected him to be very competitive in Queensland. “He’s back, he’s really good,” he said. “He won’t be at his top, but we do expect him to win. “We want him to peak in Queensland.” Although the three start campaign in Queensland is at the front of Watson’s mind for Soho Tribeca, plans for a trip to the New Zealand Cup in November are well and truly underway. Soho Tribeca took part in a standing start trial earlier this week, as he looks to qualify for the New Zealand Cup, with Watson looking to win a Group 1 in New Zealand with the pacer to boost his stallion credentials. On the other side of the Nullarbor, Watson’s hopes of winning the Pearl Classic on Friday night at Gloucester Park received a significant boost when Franco Edward drew barrier one for the two-year-old feature. Franco Edward was, arguably, the most impressive of the three heat winners for the Pearl Classic last Tuesday night. Franco Edward has been installed as a $1.50 TABtouch favourite for the $100,000 event, ahead of the two other heat winners from last Tuesday night Bletchley Park ($3.20) and Shockwave ($10). Watson said while he did think Franco Edward would feature prominently in the finish, he was full of praise for this year’s group of two-year-olds. “It’s the best crop of two-year-olds I’ve seen race at Gloucester Park,” he said. “I’ve been in the Pearl before, and generally there’s only one smart horse in there. “This year there’s Its Rock And Roll, Smart Fortune, Shockwave, The Embezzler, Bitcoin, Bletchley Park and Franco Edward. “Those seven on the front line are all extremely good.” Watson said he hoped trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper would be able to hold up with Franco Edward from gate one. “Leading is half of the battle at Gloucester Park,” he said. “Hopefully we will hold up from the one. “He has got a lot of diversity though, he can race tough or on the speed.” Watson also has star two-year-old filly Soho Nolita, a sister to Soho Tribeca engaged in heats of the Vicbred series next week. The Pearl Classic Final gets underway at 7.20pm on Friday night.   Tim Walker

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have earmarked smart two-year-old Bletchley Park, the consistent Walkinshaw and the enigmatic Bravo Tex as star bets on Friday night’s card at Gloucester Park. Longshot guru Pat Harding and Guild president Wayne Currall believe punters can get their night off to a flyer by supporting the Mike Reed-trained Bletchley Park in the opening event. “I think punters can get off to a good start in the first with Bletchley Park,” Harding said. “He comes out of barrier one and should continue on his winning way, particularly with Shannon Suvaljko aboard who has an excellent record of winning from the inside barrier.” Currall agrees with Harding. “Bletchley Park turned in a terrific effort to win at headquarters on Tuesday night,” he said. “On that occasion he came from last, tramped three deep for half a lap and still managed to race away in a slick last 800m in 57.4. Looks a good thing from the pole.” TABradio’s Matt McDermott and GPTV’s Ken Casellas are keen on Walkinshaw maintaining his winning form. “Walkinshaw had good form around stronger company last time in,” McDermott said. “Is unbeaten in his two runs back from a spell and should be able to overcome barrier 12 to bring up the hat-trick.” Casellas is in agreement with McDermott. “Walkinshaw is a highly-promising five-year-old who has a bright future and he looks set to notch his third win from three starts in his current campaign by proving the master of his 11 rivals in the seventh event on Friday night,” Casellas said. “The Ray Williams-trained gelding has the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line and he is my best bet on a competitive program.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and The West Australian’s harness racing scribe Ernie Manning believe Bravo Tex can frank his good last-start win at Bunbury by saluting at GP. “Bravo Tex did plenty of work when saluting at Bunbury last Saturday in easier company,” Havercroft said. “He had been working up to that win and this is not a strong metropolitan maiden.” Manning agrees with his colleague. “Bravo Tex was most impressive when he won after facing the breeze at Bunbury last Saturday night and should now boost his city strike rate,” Manning said. “He has won at only one of 18 Gloucester Park starts, but the gelding produced creditable performances there when recently finishing second and fourth after covering extra ground.” TABradio’s Matt Young believes the promising Chiaroscuro can deliver on Friday night. “Punters have to wait to the lucky last for the good thing of the night,” Young said. “Chiaroscuro is racing really well and with the draw advantage over his main danger looks the leader and winner here.” VALUE BETS Pat: The Justin Prentice-trained Bravo Tex should deliver the goods for punters. Barrier nine should not be a problem given that the race is over 2536 metres. Wayne: Estilo has run some cheeky races from the rails draw and he, once again, gets the opportunity to place from the pole in a moderate affair. Matt M: Iceenothink is better drawn compared to his last two starts when getting back.  He was a winner leading throughout three starts ago from barrier two. Should be in a forward spot to take advantage here. Ken: For value, I suggest nine-year-old Oneonthewood in the sixth event. He will start from the inside of the back line and the veteran of 165 starts should appreciate a soft run before unwinding a strong finishing burst. Ryan: Whenmechief grew a leg when he last drew the pole to win here three weeks ago after five unplaced local runs. Up in class but the draw brings him into calculations. Ernie: Leftrightgoodnight can take advantage of gate one and should be prominent despite unplaced runs at his past six appearances. He had difficulty getting clear before finishing fifth last Friday night. Matt Y: Bebrave comes up with a good draw. Kyle Harper drives and he likes to free roll in front. This is the horse’s best chance to win a race in town in my opinion. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

Cracking reinsman Chris Voak is riding on the crest of a wave and has already landed 128 winners this season. He has no hesitation in declaring that Gotta Go Gabbana is his best winning prospect at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Annie Belton-trained Gotta Go Gabbana has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2536m Australian Marine Complex Pace and Voak is anxious to use the four-year-old’s good gate speed in a bid for an all-the-way victory. “She’s sharp and in the zone,” Voak said. “She’s in a really good head space and she wants to be out there, racing. If she shows the speed she did last week, she will hold up comfortably. And if she leads, she’ll be mighty hard to beat.” Gotta Go Gabbana has been gallant in defeat at four of her past five starts when she was forced to work hard in the breeze. Three starts ago, she led from barrier two and scored a comfortable victory over 2130m. Voak named Detroit Lily (six wins from 14 starts) and Pick My Pocket (seven wins from 20 starts) as two of the hardest for Gotta Go Gabbana to beat. But he said that the Justin Prentice-trained Pick My Pocket (No. 3 barrier) would face a very difficult task if she was forced to race without cover. Detroit Lily, second to Our Maja Mama in last month’s WA Oaks, will start from the inside of the back line. “If Detroit Lily stays on the pegs she is likely to have difficulty in getting a clear run in the late stages,” Voak said. “When Gotta Go Gabbana leads she doesn’t kick away, she just does what she has to do.” Voak also has sound prospects with Iceenothink in the Kari Forest Motel Pace, in which the lightly-raced five-year-old is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line in the 2130m event. “I see Iceenothink as my best winning prospect on the night,” said trainer Ross Olivieri. Voak said that the gelding’s form was hard to gauge. “I drove him first-up in WA and he was awful,” Voak said. “Then I drove him again two starts after that and he led from barrier one and won at Northam when he no horse challenged him or put any pressure on him. I reckon he goes well on the pace, and from barrier three on Friday night he should be prominent.” At his most recent appearance, at Northam on Tuesday of last week he was restrained from barrier seven and raced wide in the final circuit before finishing last in a field of nine.   Ken Casellas

Astute Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed has Bletchley Park at the top of his game and is confident the stylish black colt will set the pace and win the $18,000 Quayside Transport Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He has high expectations that the Victorian-bred Bletchley Park will maintain his excellent form and win the $100,000 Princi Butchers Pearl Classic the following Friday night. Bletchley Park, purchased for $95,000 by West Australian businessman Albert Walmsley at the 2017 APG yearling sale in Melbourne, warmed up for Friday night’s event with a most impressive victory in a 2130m event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening when he finished powerfully from seventh at the bell to hit the front 300m from home and beat the pacemaker Babyface Adda by a length, with final quarters of 29sec. and 28.4sec. Reed considers that Bletchley Park faces no problem in having three starts in the space of 11 days, culminating with his appearance in the Pearl Classic. “He’s a good doer and the 2130m of the Pearl will suit him down to the ground,” said Reed, who admitted that he was pleasantly surprised at the ease of the colt’s win on Tuesday evening. Mark Reed restrained Bletchley Park from the No. 6 barrier and was content to keep him at the rear before sending him forward 700m from home. “They didn’t go that hard early (with a slow lead time of 39.1sec. and an opening quarter in 31.1sec.) and I thought we might have been in a bit of pain,” said Mike Reed. “I think that Bletchley Park is at his best when driven as a sit-and-kick horse, but on Friday night he has drawn barrier one over the short journey of 1730m and Shannon Suvaljko will be out to take advantage of the perfect draw by setting the pace.” Bletchley Park, who has won at three of his four starts, is unlikely to have an easy time because he will clash with Soho Thunderstruck, an Art Major colt blessed with great ability. Soho Thunderstruck, bred and owned by Rob Watson, will be making his first appearance in Western Australia after having had eight starts in Victoria for trainer-reinsman Michael Stanley for one win and six placings. Soho Thunderstruck will be driven by his new trainer Kyle Harper from the No. 3 barrier and will have many admirers after a brilliant performance in scoring an effortless victory in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Handled by former leading reinsman Lindsay Harper, Soho Thunderstruck began from barrier five and surged to the front after 100m and after an opening quarter of 30.8sec., he reeled of his next three sections in 28.7sec., 28.7sec. and 29.6sec. to win untouched and unextended by just under seven lengths from Robbie Easton. Soho Thunderstruck’s most recent appearance was in the group 3 consolation of the APG Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings over 1720m at Melton on May 5 when he was a 10/1 chance from the outside (No. 7) of the front line. He was not bustled early and raced three wide for the first 300m before moving to the breeze. He then burst to the front about 450m from home and opened up a four-length lead on the home turn before being overhauled in the final couple of strides by the fast-finishing Arggghhh, who rated 1.55.1. Kyle Harper said that he was very pleased with Soho Thunderstruck’s trial on Sunday and was looking forward keenly to the colt contesting the Pearl Classic and the Golden Slipper on July 13. “He likes to roll along, so over the mile this week I’ll probably drive him pretty confidently,” he said. Soho Thunderstruck is by Art Major and is out of the New Zealand-bred mare Hear No Secret, who had 113 starts for 11 wins, 33 placings and $96,464 in prizemoney. Hear No Secret won once at Gloucester Park, four times at Northam and twice at Narrogin, Pinjarra and Kellerberrin. Bletchley Park is by American Ideal and is out of the unraced Caprock mare Alldatglittersisgold, the dam of seven winners, including Bling It On (85 starts for 45 wins, 20 placings and $1,656,056) and Baby Bling (55 starts for 21 wins, ten placings and $854,490). Ken Casellas

Franco Edward has stamped himself as the one to beat for next Friday night’s Group 1 Pearl Classic for the two-year-olds, following his outstanding win in the last of the heats at Gloucester Park last night. The son of American Ideal, who started from barrier one, was heavily supported into a $1.16 favourite on TABtouch, but things didn’t go to script early. Trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper had his hands full with Franco Edward, who was away slowly, and then veered out and almost galloped as The Embezzler and Bitcoin crossed to be the leading pair. The trio went out in a lead time of 36.2, and established a sizeable break on the rest of the field. Franco Edward hit the front on the final lap as Bitcoin and The Embezzler tried to stick on, but the colt was too powerful in the home straight, coming away to win by 13m, with Bitcoin finishing a distant second. Meanwhile, in the opening heat of the night, Shockwave turned the tables on Its Rock And Roll from April’s Champagne Classic, sustaining a three wide run on the final lap to wear down his rival. Its Rock And Roll defeated Shockwave in the Sales Classic Final in March as well, but the Ryan Bell-trained and driven colt was too strong from barrier eight last night. In the second of the heats for the night, the Mike Reed-trained Bletchley Park made it back-to-back wins, holding off Babyface Adda and Major Survivor. Driven by Mark Reed for the first time, after Shannon Suvaljko elected to stick with Babyface Adda, Bletchley Park was driven quietly at the rear of the field from barrier six. Reed then made his move around the outside of the field on the back straight on the final lap to join Babyface Adda in the lead on the home turn. The American Ideal colt held off both Babyface Adda and Major Survivor in the home straight to win by 2.8m in a time of 1.59.4, the slowest of the three heats. The top four from each of the three heats advance to the final next Friday night. Meanwhile, star three-year-old Jack Mac maintained his unbeaten record in Australia, with a commanding 35m win, the biggest win of his career to date. Jack Mac started a $1.04 TABtouch favourite, and never looked like being beaten, as driver Chris Lewis was able to cruise around the field from barrier 10 and find the front past the winning post the first time. From there, Jack Mac was able to dictate terms in front and had the race comfortably under control over the final two laps.    Tim Walker

Trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper is excited by a couple of promising two-year-olds in his stable, but refuses to get too far ahead of himself and put the cart before the horse. After impressive performances from Franco Edward and newcomer Soho Thunderstruck, Harper can look ahead to upcoming feature juvenile races with confidence. After much pre-race hype, Franco Edward bounced back from his first-start defeat with a stylish Pinjarra maiden win over 1684m on May 28. Soho Thunderstruck, previously with Michael Stanley in Melbourne, gave a glimpse of what could lay ahead when he trounced his rivals in a Byford trial on Sunday. Harper has plans to unveil the son of Art Major, who has one win and six placings from eight starts, at Gloucester Park next week. Franco Edward gets another opportunity to strut his wares when he contests a heat of the Pearl Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park tonight. The bay colt looks hard to beat after drawing the coveted pole position. Harper, who takes the drive, says Franco Edward might have above average ability. “He worked at home like a nice little horse, but not showing anything of super star quality,” Harper told Tabradio. “But he certainly showed a glimpse of that at Pinjarra and he was just a different horse behind the mobile like most good horses are. “He was sort of underdone going into that race and I said to Rob Watson (owner) he is probably going to need the run. “To come out and do what he did I don’t know if he was closer than I thought or better than what I thought. “His heart rate came in pretty high so I say he did need the run, but he certainly did it well within himself. “It was quite impressive for a horse of his age and there are big raps on him.” Harper believes very little separates Franco Edward and Soho Thunderstruck. “I don’t know which one is the better horse at this point,” Harper said. “He (Soho Thunderstruck) trialled very well and has more experience with the racing on the board.  “He didn’t do much wrong in the Byford trial on Monday and will be another promising one. “He is not eligible for the Pearl but there is the Slipper coming up and other races. “The plan is to head to the Slipper with both horses after the Pearl. “But obviously two-year-olds are here one week and can off the next. “One step at the time, but that’s the plan.” The $125,000 Group 1 Golden Slipper will be run at Gloucester Park on July 13.   Julio Santarelli

It says a lot about the competitive nature of harness racing at Gloucester Park when the experts clash over their best bets for a meeting. Such is the case at headquarters on Friday night when members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have locked horns on their selections in the ninth race on the card. Last season’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe and The West Australian’s Ernie Manning have declared WA Oaks runner-up Detroit Lily as their star bet on an intriguing 10-event program. But this season’s leading tipster Matt Young disagrees with his colleagues. TABradio’s Young has made She Could Be Good his best bet for the night. One of the two horses - both shooting for hat-tricks - should be victorious on the night, but which one? Lowe believes Detroit Lily’s class will get her home. “My best is Detroit Lily, who has been an easy winner in fast time at her last two Pinjarra starts,” he said. “She’s a class filly who should be able to overcome an awkward draw here and win.” Manning also is in the Detroit Lily camp. “Detroit Lily possesses the class to overcome a second-row draw and beat older rivals,” he said. “The WA Oaks runner-up has recorded four wins and two seconds in her past six starts. She blossomed after a Narrogin victory was the only win in her first five starts following arrival from New Zealand last summer.” However, Young disagrees with Lowe and Manning and points to the engagement of leading driver Gary Hall Jr as a major positive for She Could Be Good’s prospects. “She Could Be Good has drawn beautifully and has excelled in the Kristian Hawkins stable,” he said. “She should lead and Junior will drive a canny race to keep main danger Detroit Lily on his back.” Thankfully for punters, the remaining members are in agreement over their star bets or have found their best bets in different races. The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and longshot maestro Pat Harding believe punters can get the night off to a flyer by supporting Luis Alberto in the opening event. Havercroft said punters should give the costly Luis Alberto another chance. “I’m prepared to give Luis Alberto another chance after being a beaten $1.30 favourite two starts ago from the same barrier and conditions,” he said. “Forget his last run when sitting parked outside of the leader over 2536m.” And Harding is of a similar frame of mind. “Luis Alberto from barrier one should get an excellent run,” he said. “Although he’s likely to be favourite, he should give punters an excellent start to the night after his unlucky fifth last week.” GP on-course announcer Ken Casellas is a fan of Skippy Rascal. “Veteran pacer Skippy Rascal should appreciate a considerable drop in class and looks to have excellent prospects in the seventh event on Friday night,” he said. “He will be driven for the first time in his 149-start career by Jocelyn Young and the Callan Suvaljko-trained eight-year-old is my best bet on a challenging program. He has been unplaced at his past seven starts, but from barrier four Young should have him in a prominent position throughout the 2130m event.” Guild president Wayne Currall was impressed with Better Scoot’s return to racing a fortnight ago. “Better Scoot showed enough at his first run back from a seven-month spell when a gallant third behind Lord Willoughby to suggest he can break back into the winners’ list in the stand,” he said. “If Ryan Warwick can step him safely from the tapes and take up the running then he’ll prove mighty hard to gun down.”   VALUE BETS Stuart: The value bet is Skippy Rascal, who drops in class here with a concession driver aboard. Form better than it reads and with a relatively good draw should have each-way claims. Ernie: Bronze Seeker is a veteran who has not won in his past 12 starts, but gate one should bring him right into calculations. He had difficulty getting clear before finishing ninth last Friday night. Matt: Soho Leviathan comes up with a decent draw, can speed across and lead and be cheeky in front at each-way odds. Ryan: The Spinster drops in class on her last outing when she made some late ground chasing home Major Reality. Could run into the money with the right run. Pat: Back To The Beach, for Ross Olivieri and Shannon Suvaljko, should bring home the bacon. From barrier one he won’t be great odds, but he should lead all the way and give punters an excellent finish to the night. Ken: For value, I suggest the Barry Howlett-trained Fanci A Dance from barrier three in the final event. This will be his first appearance for six months, but I am predicting a bold first-up showing from the five-year-old who boasts a winning record of 28 per cent. Wayne: Fernleigh Rebel hasn’t won for some time, but with Junior in the bike and a great trailing draw behind likely leader and stablemate Mattjestic Star, he looks a great each-way chance. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall  

Talented reinsman Ryan Warwick is poised to chalk up his 100th winner of the season at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he drives four top-class pacers from the powerful Skye Bond stable. Warwick, who has driven 99 winners this season, will handle Galactic Star in the Christmas In July at the Beau Rivage Pace, Dodolicious in the Book Your Next Conference at Gloucester Park Pace, Bettor Scoot in the Book A Private Box at Gloucester Park Pace and Detroit Lily in the Entertainment With Horsepower Pace. All have excellent each-way prospects, with Galactic Star perhaps the best of the quartet. Warwick gave punters an important lead when he chose to drive Galactic Star (from the outside barrier) in preference to stablemates Our Jimmy Johnstone (barrier seven) and Vampiro (eight). Five-year-old Galactic Star, a winner at 20 of his 45 starts, impressed at his first appearance for almost four months when he finished strongly from sixth at the bell to be third behind Vultan Tin and Bettors Fire in the 1730m Members Sprint last Friday night. Our Jimmy Johnstone (Dylan Egerton-Green) also impressed in that event when he started out wide at barrier eight and finished powerfully from tenth at the bell to be fourth. Colin Brown has been engaged to drive smart four-year-old Vampiro, a winner at 12 of his 24 starts. Vampiro, who will start from barrier eight on Friday night, has been freshened up since he ran home solidly to finish fourth behind Runrunjimmydunn over 2130m on March 23. The main rivals to the Bond trio are likely to be the Katja Warwick-trained Tommy Be Good and the Bob Mellsop-trained Real Lucky. Tommy Be Good, who is handily drawn at barrier four on the front line, indicated that he would pay to follow when he began off the back mark of 20m and surged home from ninth at the 650m to finish an excellent second to Lord Willoughby last Friday week. He will again be driven by Aiden Warwick. Gary Hall Jnr has been engaged to drive Real Lucky (barrier five) who won for the 16th time from 64 starts when he set the pace and beat Eagle Rox over 2130m last Friday night. Dodolicious is the best-performed runner in her event and she has the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting out wide from the No. 8 barrier at her third outing in her current preparation. A winner at 18 of her 40 starts, she fought on from fifth at the bell to be third behind Major Reality last Friday night. She meets much weaker opposition this week. Better Scoot looks one of the main chances in race eight and three-year-old filly Detroit Lily has the class to defeat her older and more experienced rivals in the ninth event in which she will be the only runner off the back line. Detroit Lily, a gallant second to Our Major Mama in the WA Oaks four starts ago, is in top form. She was not extended when she set the pace, sprinted over the final 400m in 27.7sec. and won from The Freedom Fighter over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. She has the ability to defy challenges from in-form mares Glenferrie Arch, She Could Be Good and Im Stylish.   Ken Casellas

Shannon Suvaljko, who holds a convincing lead on the Statewide drivers’ premiership, has given punters a massive lead by opting to handle star mare Maczaffair in preference to Lord Willoughby in the Book A Private Box at Gloucester Park Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Suvaljko has driven the Ross Olivieri-trained Lord Willoughby at the four-year-old’s past 17 starts for eight wins, six seconds and three thirds. Those wins include Lord Willoughby’s only four appearances in standing-start events. Lord Willoughby will begin from the 10m line in Friday night’s stand over 2503m and is sure to be hard to beat, following strong wins at his past two starts. The Mach Three gelding will be handled by Chris Lewis, who has driven him 14 times for two wins, six seconds and two thirds. Suvaljko has driven the Mike Reed-trained Maczaffair to victory 11 times. Lewis has driven the mare only twice for two wins, at Gloucester Park last July and August. Maczaffair has a winning record of 49 per cent (18 wins, seven seconds and two thirds from 37 starts) and she will need to be at the top of her game to succeed against smart pacers of the calibre of Lord Willoughby, Better Scoot and Im Rockaria. She is the lone backmarker off 30 metres and certainly has the speed and strength to overcome this handicap. Maczaffair has raced only once in a stand and that was two starts ago when she began from 30m in the 2503m Race For Roses in which she started off 30m and enjoyed a good passage in sixth position in the one-wide line. She fought on determinedly to be fourth behind Eden Franco, Sarah Goody and C C Chevron. The Skye Bond-trained Better Scoot, to be handled by Ryan Warwick, should appreciate a front-line draw and looks set to fight out the finish at his second outing after a spell. The lightly-raced six-year-old (23 starts for ten wins, six seconds and four thirds) challenged unsuccessful for the early lead and then enjoyed an ideal trail, one-out and one-back, when a sound first-up third behind Lord Willoughby and Tommy Be Good last Friday week. Better Scott has an impressive record in stands, with his seven starts behind the tapes in WA producing four wins, a second and two thirds. The Michael Brennan-trained Im Rockaria was a disappointing first-up sixth behind Lord Willoughby last Friday week, but he is a talented pacer capable of considerable improvement. Ken Casellas

Giles Inwood has been concentrating on life as a bricklayer in recent years before returning to the world of harness racing in the past six months and he has high hopes of driving his first metropolitan-stakes winner for 2365 days when he handles veteran pacer Bronze Seeker in the $22,000 $7 Pints at JP’s Sportsbar Pace over 2130m Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bronze Seeker, an honest and reliable nine-year-old trained at Byford by Peter Anderson, has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier and should fight out the finish. He has started from the No. 1 barrier ten times in his 107 starts over 2130m at Gloucester Park and has revealed excellent gate speed. He has set the pace in three of those ten races for a win, a second and a third placing. In the other seven events Bronze Seeker has led early and then sat behind the pacemaker for three seconds and two thirds. The Mach Three gelding is also noted as a smart sit-sprinter. Inwood will have the option of leading or taking a sit behind the pacemaker on Friday night. Bronze Seeker can improve sharply on his unplaced efforts at his past four starts when he began out wide at barrier seven three times and from the back line once. He started from the inside of the back line last Friday night and raced three back on the pegs before being blocked for a clear passage in the final lap, finishing ninth behind Dominate The Dojo. Five starts ago, when he began from barrier two on the front line Bronze Seeker trailed the pacemaker Khun Ratha before finishing powerfully to be second to that pacer, with final quarters of 28.4sec. and 27.6sec. The main dangers to Bronze Seeker appear to be Your Excused, Responder and Jailbreak. The Bob Mellsop-trained Your Excused, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, has good gate speed and has maintained his sound form with thirds behind Pick My Pocket and Ocean Ridge at his past two starts.  The 33-year-old Inwood has driven 37 metro-class winners, the most recent being Therecomesatime, an 18/1 chance who finished boldly from sixth (three wide) at the bell to beat Son of Fergie by 7m in a heat of the Christmas Gift at Gloucester Park on December 9, 2011. Since resuming driving this year Inwood has driven nine winners (six at Albany and one each at Williams, Northam and Bunbury) to take his career record to 245 winners and 481 placegetters for stakes of $1.6 million from 2087 drives. His first drive in a race was behind Curtling, who finished eighth behind Go Gigi in a three-year-old event in Kalgoorlie on September 9, 2006. He landed his first winner at his 18th drive behind Homer Lavros, who beat Howzat Duke over 2150m in Kalgoorlie on November 4, 2011. He was also successful at his next drive at the meeting, with Total Motivation beating Panjandrum. Inwood landed a treble with Archeo, Motoring Vicolo and Jimmybgood at Kellerberrin on April 15, 2007, and his first Gloucester Park winner was behind $49.70 outsider, the Anderson-trained Morganator, who finished fast to get up and beat the pacemaker Mai Tai over 1730m on July 20, 2007. Ken Casellas

Classy two-year-old Bletchley Park and veteran speedster Bettors Fire have been labelled as good things at Gloucester Park on Friday night by several members of the WA Trotting Media Guild. TABradio’s Matt Young, who is leading this season’s tipping competition, last season’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe and longshot king Pat Harding are all keen on Bletchley Park. “Bletchley Park comes up with the perfect barrier and looks the one to beat here as he should lead and control from the pole,” Young said. Lowe agrees. “My best bet is Bletchely Park, who has impressed at his only two starts, with a win at Pinjarra and a close third here after facing the breeze,” Lowe said. “Drawn to lead all the way.” Harding is also singing from the same hymn sheet. “I have a feeling that punters can get off to an excellent start on Friday night by following Shannon Suvaljko in the first two races,” Harding said. “Bletchley Park is ideally placed in barrier one and he should get punters off to a great start.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and Guild president Wayne Currall believe grand old campaigner Bettors Fire can make it a hat-trick of wins at headquarters. “Bettors Fire managed to cross Vultan Tin and win last week, despite Chris Voak’s best efforts at the start,” Havercroft said. “Back to his pet distance of 1730m this week, I see a similar scenario unfolding with Bettors Fire leading and being hard to catch in the GPHR Members Sprint.” And Currall is of the same opinion. “Bettors Fire has won three times over the sprint trip,” he said. “He’s a rising 10-year-old but he still maintains his zest for racing and whatever beats him will win.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has made prolific winner Simba Bromac his best for the night. “Victorian import Simba Bromac, with a barrier one bonus, gets his chance to further boost an impressive tally of 13 wins, three seconds and a fourth from 17 WA starts,” Manning said. “He notched his third Gloucester Park win when fighting on tenaciously after facing the breeze two weeks ago. Set for his fifth straight victory.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas has labelled Our Zak Whitby as his star bet on an action-packed card. “Versatility is one of the many attributes of Our Zak Whitby and the four-year-old has the class to overcome the outside barrier on the back line and win on Friday night,” Casellas said. “Our Zak Whitby bounced back to his best form three Fridays ago with an effortless all-the-way victory over 1730m at a 1.53.3 rate. That improved his winning record to 26 per cent and he is my best bet this week.” VALUE BETS Matt: Chal Storm is racing very well and is quite versatile in a competitive race. I’m keen on him on an each-way basis. Stuart: My value bet is Real Lucky, who has run good races from wide draws at his last two starts and finished unplaced. Pole draw here brings him in with each-way claims. Pat: Back To The Beach is ready to score his second win in five starts from barrier one over the sprint journey. He should bring home the bacon and give Suvaljko a back-to-back race double. Ryan: Qtown Rip Roaring has produced a couple of handy runs at his last two outings and should be nearing his peak after five starts since a spell. Each-way from the draw. Wayne: War Club is set to get the run of the race behind likely leader and favourite Jack Mac in the Pearl Classic. He’s been in good form and looks a definite place chance. Ernie: Twoandahalf Tigers has not raced for 14 months, but possesses the ability to figure prominently for the powerful Hall stable when resuming. He has won five races and run 13 places in 25 Gloucester Park starts. Ken: For value, I’m suggesting Real Lucky, who has been unplaced at his past four starts. The Bob Mellsop-trained five-year-old is sure to appreciate the No.1 barrier in race three and he is a good frontrunner. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting Wayne Currall

1 to 16 of 2788
1 2 3 4 5 Next »