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At first glance, it doesn’t look good. But upon closer inspection, it’s not a total disaster. This is the conundrum facing Queensland trainer Ian Gurney as he tackles the opening night of the TABTOUCH Inter Dominion series at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Gurney prepares talented trio in Avonnova, Our Hi Jinx and Mach Alert. All three pacers are Group One winners and all three are ready to chase the richest prizemoney on offer on Australian soil but their campaigns may have been blunted when the fields were released yesterday (Tuesday). “It wasn’t ideal when the numbers were drawn but at the end of the day, it’s only a starting point and now we’ve just got to gather as many points as possible to guarantee our spots in the final. I was a little disappointed for Nova when he landed ten because he hasn’t drawn a decent gate for some time but given the configuration, it’s not a bad draw.” Gurney said. Recent Grand Circuit winner, Our Hi Jinx starts in the first heat and will score-up in gate 8 while local star Waylade has drawn ideally in gate 2. In the second heat, Mach Alert faces a second-line draw and follows out local pacer Our Blackbird while series favourite Lennytheshark starts from gate 7. Avonnova starts in the third heat and draws the same gate as Mach Alert, the inside of the second-line and follows out another local product in Lovers Delight while Bettors Fire (2), Mach Beauty (4) and Philadelphia Man (6) drew to advantage. “When you start breaking down the draws for the opening round, not many interstate horses drew well so we’re all in the same boat and we all need that little bit of luck going our way." "It will be fascinating to see how the drivers take on the heats because it’s a great mixture of local drivers against the visiting drivers and the styles are vastly different." “I haven’t spoken with Shane (Graham – driver) just yet but I’m sure he won’t mind the second-line draws, the fact that only horse has the second-line gives you a bit of extra room." "I suppose we need a solid speed in all of the heats to allow my horses a chance to run into it." “I’m happy with how my guys have settled in over here; Nova went great in Melbourne and has trained on well since while the other two guys have bounced back following their disappointing efforts on the same night. I know what went wrong and hopefully I’ve turned them around for this series, this has been the main aim for some time.” The first round of heats will be staged over 2130m and the track record belongs to recently retired star David Hercules at 1:53.6. The 1609m second round heats will be held next Tuesday at Bunbury before returning to Gloucester Park next Friday for the final round of heats over the Grand Final distance of 2536m. The $1.3 million Grand Final is scheduled for Sunday, December 13. Chris Barsby

One of the greatest ever line-ups of reinsmen will compete in the International Drivers Series during the 2015 TABtouch Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park. Apart from one of the World’s best reinsmen in Tim Tetrick, a winner of over 8500 races and almost $200 Million in stakes, plus visiting drivers John Richardson and Alan Haythornthwaite from Ireland and the UK, the Australasian drivers have won a combined ten pacers and six trotters Inter Dominion Grand Finals, as well as countless heats and Grand Circuit races. Gavin Lang, Chris Alford, Anthony Butt, Luke McCarthy, Shane Graham and James Rattray will  compete against local Inter Dominion winners Chris Lewis, Kim Prentice and Gary Hall Jr. “With the Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park and somany great reinsmen all assembled in one place, it was a logical step to conduct a drivers series” said Gloucester Park President John Burt. “Tim (Tetrick) is a wonderful ambassador for harness racing." "He was a highlight of the World Driving Championship earlier this year in Sydney and it will be a pleasure for Gloucester Park to host one of the world’s great drivers and see how he performs against our best." “Tim will certainly drive against the finest. We have the only two Australian drivers to win more than 5000 races in Gavin Lang and Chris Alford, last year’s leading driver in Australia Shane Graham, as well as the NSW metropolitan premiership winner who recently drove his 2000th winner in Luke McCarthy. There are seven individual Inter Dominion winners competing, including Anthony Butt, who has driven the most winners of heats and finals in Inter Dominion history”. Racing and Wagering WA Harness Manager Noel Reilly was equally buoyant about the series and the competing reinsmen “One of the aims of the Inter Dominion was to internationalise the event and the Invitational Drivers Series is part of that initiative” informed Mr Reilly. “If Anthony Butt is claimed as a Kiwi, then we have five countries represented. We have also tried to have as many states represented as possible. “It’s a talented line-up” added Mr Reilly. The Iine-up for the TABtouch Invitational Drivers Series: Driver                                         State/Country                       Career Highlights Tim Tetrick                                     USA                                 Over 8500 winners & $200 Million in stakes John Richardson                          Ireland                             Ireland’s leading driver Alan Haythornthwaite                  UK                                    Represented UK in World Drivers Series Anthony Butt                                  NZ                                     1 x Pacers & 3 x Trotters Inter Dominions Gary Hall Jr                                    WA                                    3 x Inter Dominion winner Chris Lewis                                    WA                                    2 x Inter Dominion winner Kim Prentice                                  WA                                     Inter Dominion Winner Chris Alford                                    VIC                                    Inter Dominion winner & over 5000 career wins Gavin Lang                                    VIC                                    3 x Trotters Inter Dominion Luke McCarthy                              NSW                                  Sydney’s leading driver 2014/15  James Rattray                                NSW                                 2 x Inter Dominion winner Shane Graham                               QLD                                  Australia’s leading driver 2014/15 The series will consist of two heats on the third night of the TABtouch Inter Dominion series (Friday, 4 December) and a heat on TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final Day (Sunday 13 December), both at Gloucester Park. For more information about the 2015 TABtouch Inter Dominion, or the International Drivers Challenge, head to Gloucester Park  

“She’s fit; she’s hard and she’s ready to go,” declared Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan when assessing star New South Wales mare Frith’s prospects in the $35,000 James Brennan Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The brilliant six-year-old and the only mare in the 2536m group 3 event is poised to take full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier (an automatic draw under the conditions of the race), with Brennan predicting that Frith would set the pace and prove hard to catch. “We’ll be leading,” said Brennan. “There’s nothing there that will cross her, I would’ve thought. She’s very quick out of the gate and runs her best races in front.” Frith, trained by Junee postman Bruce Harpley throughout her 46-start career of 33 wins, six seconds and two thirds for $884,245 in prizemoney, will be having her first start for six months. But Harpley, who has remained in Junee to prepare a team of 11 pacers and to deliver the mail, is confident that Frith is ready to run a big race, first-up. “Bruce said she is forward enough,” Brennan said. “I don’t expect too much early pressure and 2536m first-up is not a problem. She was ready to go to the races a fortnight ago, but when her owners decided to send her over here, they decided not to race her." “She’s a quality mare; you don’t win 33 out of 46 and $880,000 unless you are a very good mare. Bruce gave her a hoppled run, a decent hit-out, last Saturday before she got on the plane in Sydney for the trip to Perth. He was very happy with her work." “After the float trip down from Junee to Sydney (435km south-west of Sydney) and the flight to Perth, that was more than enough for her. She jogged this morning (Tuesday) and we’ll jog her through to Friday and have her ready to go." “Since she arrived she has done very well and is eating well. She is very free in her action and has settled right in. She’s been here before, so that’s a bonus.” Chris Voak has been engaged to drive Frith for the first time on Friday night, and he plans to have a good chat with Harpley before the race. “Frith is a bit tricky to drive, but Voaky will definitely suit her,” Brennan said. “She’s a mare who needs to be driven along a bit and she doesn’t like other horses getting past her.” Voak, who is in top form in the sulky, with a treble at Gloucester Park last Friday night and a double with Memphis Bomber (6/1) and Disturbia (29/1) at Northam on Tuesday night, is hoping that history will repeat itself. In last year’s Brennan Memorial Voak drove the only mare in the race, Leda McNally, the 5/4 on favourite who set the pace from the No. 1 barrier and held on to win by a half-head from Shardons Rocket. Leda McNally became only the third successful mare in the 47-year history of the race. Brennan also has been successful in a Brennan Memorial, with Im Victorious (driven by Justin Prentice) winning narrowly from Sneakyn Down Under in 2013. Frith is likely to receive stiff opposition on Friday night from Elegant Christian, Crusader Banner and Northview Punter, trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen. Interestingly, each of those three pacers was successful in minor events on the Brennan Memorial program in 2014. Others who will have admirers include the brilliant, but somewhat unreliable Condrieu and the speedy Little Boy Blue. Elegant Christian, to be driven by Clint Hall from out wide at barrier eight, looks set to fight out the finish. He was most impressive last Friday night when he started from 20m and was 11th with 600m to travel before surging home with a powerful burst to finish second to stablemate Cyamach over 2503m when the final 800m off the front was covered in 56.7sec. At Pinjarra the previous Monday Elegant Christian gave a bold frontrunning display to win a 2636m stand from El Machine and The Bucket List, dashing over the final 800m in 54.8sec. Condrieu, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will be driven by Colin Brown, who won the 2004 Brennan Memorial with Another Party. The versatile Condrieu will start from the outside barrier (No. 9), but he can never be underestimated. Frith, who has won seven group 1 and two group 3 events, has made one appearance in Western Australia when Harpley drove her to an all-the-way victory in the WA Oaks over 2536m in May 2013. Ken Casellas

Star mare Libertybelle Midfrew fared poorly in the random draw and will start out wide at No. 8 in the $23,000 International Health Mares Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But the Mike Reed-trained five-year-old has the speed and fighting qualities to overcome this distinct disadvantage and warm up for her campaign in the TABtouch Interdominion championship, starting the following Friday night, with a victory over quality opposition, including Ideal Alice, Leda McNally and Jungle Jewel. Libertybelle Midfrew should appreciate a return to racing against her own sex after contesting the 1730m Mount Eden Sprint against eight horses and geldings last Friday week when she started from barrier six and finished boldly from seventh at the bell to be third behind Waylade and My Hard Copy. A week earlier Libertybelle Midfrew started from the outside barrier (No. 9) and unwound a spirited burst from tenth at the 700m to get up and win from The Parade at a 1.54.9 rate over 2130m. The prospects of Ideal Alice, trained by Gary Hall sen. improved sharply when she drew the coveted No. 1 barrier, and Gary Hall jun. will be keen to set the pace before attempting to withstand last-lap challenges. Ideal Alice is a smart frontrunner and punters would be best advised to disregard her last-start sixth behind the pacemaking The Court Jester over 1730m last Friday week. She started from the No. 8 barrier and was never in contention. It will be a vastly different kettle of fish from No. 1 this week. Leda McNally, who made an excellent return to racing after a six-month absence when she led and won from Rocket Reign and Crusader Banner over 2130m last Friday night, will start from barrier six. She is at her best when she leads, but she is also quite versatile and is capable of unwinding a powerful finishing burst. Jungle Jewel, to be driven by Colin Brown for Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond, is a talented sit-sprinter who is likely to be restrained from the No. 5 barrier before Brown asks her a strong late burst. A winner at 16 of her 55 starts, her past 14 starts have produced five wins, five seconds, three thirds and one fourth placing. Serpentine trainer Michael Brennan has engaged Sydney horseman James Rattray to handle Pay Me Quick, who will start from barrier three. Pay Me Quick, who has finished third at each of her past two starts, will be at liberal odds. But Brennan is hoping that Rattray will repeat the dose when he brought Pay Me Quick home with a spirited late burst to win at odds of 19/1 at Gloucester Park in the first week of September when Rattray was driving at Gloucester Park for the first time. Ken Casellas

Memories of former New Zealand superstar pacer Christian Cullen will be revived when Chevrons Champion clashes with other talented fillies, including the brilliant Dodolicious, in the 2130m Clipsal Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Chevrons Champion, part-owned, trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, will start from barrier four in a highly-competitive field of just five runners. After winning twice from nine starts in New Zealand for Cran Dalgety, Chevrons Champion has impressed greatly in Western Australia where her four starts have produced three wins and a second placing. She is by outstanding stallion Bettors Delight out of the unraced In The Pocket mare Dreamsaregold, a full sister to Christian Cullen, who amassed $1,249,150 in stakes from 22 wins and four placings from 31 starts in the 1990s. In 1998 his victories included the New Zealand Cup, Auckland Cup and Miracle Mile at Harold Park.         Dreamsaregold also is a half-sister to Kates First, who earned $624,023 from 19 wins and 19 placings from 65 starts. Dodolicious, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, is on the doorstep of a wonderful career after her first nine starts produced five wins and four seconds. She resumed after a spell  and made her first appearance as a three-year-old at Pinjarra on Monday of last week when she raced three wide early and then in the breeze before getting to the front 120m from the post and finishing second to Scoobys Delight (1.53.5) over 1684m. That was her first outing since she set the pace and finished second to the fast-finishing gelding Sprinter in the Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park in mid-July. She is sure to appreciate competing against her own sex this week. Baby She Rocks, trained and driven by Kaiden Hayter, and the Sonia Zucchiatti-trained The Spinster also have plenty of ability. They are excellent frontrunners.  Baby She Rocks has led and won at Gloucester Park and Pinjarra in her five-start career and The Spinster was a smart all-the-way Pinjarra winner two starts ago before setting the pace and finishing third behind Scoobys Delight and Dodolicious on the same track a week later. Ken Casellas

Promising four-year-old Run Oneover is improving in leaps and bounds and has bright prospects of qualifying for a start in the $200,000 Golden Nugget Championship on December 13 by winning the Slater Gartrell Sports Nugget Prelude over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Run Oneover managed just three wins from 16 starts in New Zealand, but has impressed with his six wins and two thirds from nine starts for trainer Gary Hall sen. in Western Australia. Gary Hall jun. will be in the sulky behind Run Oneover when he starts from the No. 2 barrier on Friday night. The gelding possesses good gate speed and is a smart frontrunner. However, polemarker Our Black Diamonds (Kim Prentice) is also a good frontrunner and Run Oneover could face the prospect of racing without cover. However, Run Oneover has plenty of strength and is capable of working in the breeze and still winning. Run Oneover caused a major upset at Pinjarra on Monday of last week when he enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back for most of the way before finishing strongly to defeat his outstanding stablemate Beaudiene Boaz in a $25,000 feature event, rating 1.55.7 over the 2185m journey. The quarters of the final mile were 29.8sec., 28.5sec., 26.8sec. and 27.5sec. Run Oneover faces serious challenges from the Mike Reed-trained pair of Kiwi Legend (Mark Reed) and Rycroft (Chris Lewis) and the Michael Brennan-trained gelding Rub of the Green (Chris Voak). Kiwi Legend has won at six of his 11 starts, Rycroft at eight of his 12 starts and Rub of the Green at six of his 12 starts. Kiwi Legend chalked up a hat-trick of wins in September and October before disappointing at Pinjarra on Monday of last week when he set the pace before wilting to sixth behind Run Oneover. That was his first outing for three weeks and he is capable of considerable improvement. Rycroft also was found wanting in that race, in which he was always at the rear after being restrained from the No. 6 barrier. Rub of the Green is an interesting runner at his Gloucester Park debut. A winner at one of his five New Zealand starts, he has raced seven times in Western Australia for five wins (two each at Northam and Bunbury and one at Pinjarra) and two seconds. He has won easily at his first two starts as a four-year-old. “He’s going to get a nice run on Friday night and we should get some idea of where he’s going,” said trainer Michael Brennan. “He’s going really well and we haven’t tested him yet. He’s been doing all those races on the bit with the ear plugs in. Obviously he’s taking on Run Oneover, Kiwi Legend and those sort of horses. They’re high quality horses, but I’d like to think he can run a place.” Rub of the Green is a half-brother to Your Good Fortune, who earned $182,479 from 14 wins and 11 placings from 43 starts. Your Good Fortune finished 11th behind Im Victorious in the Golden Nugget Championship in December 2012 and then won at his next four starts, including the group 3 Four and Five-Year-Old Championship in which he beat Famous Alchemist and Dredlock Rockstar. Ken Casellas

Adding interest to the 2130m Abbott and Co. Printers Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night will be the appearance of former Victorian pacer Gotta Go Yanky. The New Zealand-bred six-year-old will be making his Western Australian debut for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri and he should be prominent. He will start from barrier six with Chris Lewis in the sulky. Gotta Go Yankee showed early promise with four wins from seven starts as a three-year-old in New Zealand in 2013 before racing 22 times in Victoria for seven wins and five placings. He ended a losing sequence of eight when he finished strongly to win over 1720m at a 1.53.4 rate at Melton three starts ago, on August 14. The Matt Scott-trained Jaxon Fella has drawn perfectly at barrier one and Kiara Davies will be anxious to set the pace. The gelding also started from the No. 1 barrier two starts ago when Davies drove him to an all-the-way win over The Phantom and Onedin Crusader, rating 1.56.5 over 1730m. Drawn behind Jaxon Fella on the inside of the back line is the promising Back On Board, who has had 33 starts for nine wins and eight placings. “This is definitely a suitable draw,” said trainer Michael Brennan, who has engaged James Rattrray to drive the Christian Cullen gelding. “He won the Four-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park last March after racing behind the leader.” There is a lot of good exposed form in the capacity field of 12 and punters should gain good odds about their fancies.   Ken Casellas       

A total of 30 horses will contest the 2015 TABtouch Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park in November, following final harness racing cceptances announced today. Headlining the field is current TABtouch favourite, Lennytheshark, the Victorian dynamo enjoys an amazing 50 per cent winning strike rate over 40 race starts. Second pick is local Western Australian hope, Waylade, who has taken himself to a new level this preparation and must be considered a leading contender. Another major hope from Victoria is Philadelphia Man, currently on the third line of TABtouch betting. He is an impressive type who will launch a bold bid in the series. The first round of the Inter Dominion heats will be staged at Gloucester Park on November 27, the second round at Bunbury on December 1 and the final heat at Gloucester Park three days later. Night one will host 10 races, including the running of the $50,000 4-Year-Old Championship, the first leg of the prestigious 4Year-Old Triple Crown. The Inter Dominion Grand Final, the world’s richest pacing race, will be run at Gloucester Park, on Sunday, December 13. The barrier draw for the first round of heats will be conducted at Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA), November 24. For more 2015 TABtouch Inter Dominion Perth news, head to FINAL ACCEPTORS (Alphabetically) Avonnova Bettors Fire NZ Billies A Star NZ Blazin N Cullen NZ Classic American NZ Cold Major Crusader Banner NZ Dynamite Dude Easy On The Eye NZ Five Star Anvil NZ Flaming Flutter NZ For A Reason Franco Ledger NZ Jason Rulz NZ Lennytheshark Libertybelle Midfrew NZ Lovers Delight NZ Mach Alert NZ Mach Beauty Machtu NZ Major Crocker Meadowbranch DJ IRE My Hard Copy NZ Northview Punter NZ Our Blackbird NZ Our Hi Jinx NZ Pacific Warrior NZ Philadelphia Man Shannonsablast Waylade NZ   EMERGENCIES Devendra (EM 1) Smokey The Bandit (EM 2) Lets Elope NZ (EM 3) Freyberg NZ (EM 4) Norvic Nightowl NZ (EM 5) The Bucket List NZ (EM 6) Red Salute (EM 7) Little Boy Blue NZ (Em 8)

Talented square gaiter Prince Eddie has made a full recovery from a serious leg injury and he is ready to return to the winning list when he contests the Retravision Trotters Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will be having his third start in this campaign for Serpentine trainer Gary Hall sen. after having been out of action for 18 months. “He has recovered from a damaged suspensory ligament in a hind leg,” said Hall. “And without Cardigan Boko to contend with, he should win. “Reverse the barrier draws in last week’s race (in which Cardigan Boko led and beat Prince Eddie) and Prince Eddie would have given the opposition something to chase.” Prince Eddie began fast from out wide at barrier No. 7 last Friday night and Gary Hall jun. made a spirited bid for the lead in the early stages. However, Cardigan Boko, who was first out from barrier three, withstood the early challenge and then bowled along in front, followed by Prince Eddie. Prince Eddie fought on determinedly, but was no match for Cardigan Boko, who sped over the final quarters in 29.1sec. and 28.1sec. and beat Prince Eddie by three lengths. The consistent Enjoy A Coldie and Retained, who has been placed at his past three starts, appear the main dangers to Prince Eddie. Ken Casellas

Greg and Skye Bond, last season’s leading trainers in Western Australia, have struck a purple patch, with nine winners at four meetings in the space of five days and they will be looking for further successes with their seven runners at Gloucester Park on Friday night. One of their best prospects will be Swimbetweentheflags in the Premier Suzuki Handicap, a stand over 2503m. Swimbetweentheflags warmed up for this assignment with a smart all-the-way win in a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night when she defeated Art Connoisseur after dashing over the final quarters in  28.7sec. and 28.9sec. Her 26 starts, all in stands, have produced eight wins and eight placings. This victory followed stable successes with Bracken Ridge and El Jacko at Gloucester Park last Friday night, Veejay Viper, Assassinator, Kinda Black and Change Stride in Kalgoorlie on Saturday night and Commander Chapel at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Ryan Warwick (Swimbetweentheflags) and Aldo Cortopassi (Art Connoisseur) are likely to be involved in an early battle for the lead.   Swimbetweentheflags led from the No. 1 barrier on Tuesday night and was tracked throughout by Art Connoisseur, who began well from barrier four off the front and finished strongly with an inside run. The barriers will be reversed on Friday night and Cortopassi hopes that this will give him a decided advantage. Art Connoisseur is a good frontrunner who has won at three of his past five starts. Swimbetweentheflags and Art Connoisseur will have to contend with Im Riddick, who is in splendid form for trainer Mike Reed. Im Riddick will start from 10m and Mark Reed should quickly have the seven-year-old in a position to strike. Im Riddick started from 20m and he had virtually no hope when the leader Mapua Legend reeled off final quarters in 27.9sec. and 28.8sec. He performed strongly with excellent seconds to the pacemaking Bashful Compton on each of the two previous Friday nights. Ken Casellas

The patience shown by owners Peter Barbetti and Ross North and trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice is being richly rewarded by the deeds of six-year-old Eagle Rox, who is emerging as a leading candidate for the $45,000 Norms Daughter Classic and the $120,000 Mares Classic next month. Eagle Rox broke down in the WA Oaks in May 2013 in which she finished sixth behind the brilliant Frith and then was off the scene for 28 months before resuming racing with a runaway victory at Pinjarra early in September. She has gone from strength to strength and her six starts in this campaign have produced four wins and two seconds to improve e her record to 20 starts for ten wins, seven placings and earnings of $151,984. She looks very hard to beat, even from a wide barrier, in the 1730m Sully’s Painting Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Before her misadventure in the WA Oaks Eagle Rox was an outstanding two-year-old, winning the $100,000 Diamond Classic and finishing third to Arma Xpress and Northview Punter in a three-way photo finish in the Golden Slipper Stakes.      “She injured a tendon in the Oaks,” Prentice said. “And we knew how good she was, so we gave her ample time to make a full recovery.” Her latest run, over 2130m at Gloucester Park last Friday week, was full of merit. She started from the back line and settled down in eighth position before she moved to third (three wide) at the bell and then fought on grandly to finish a 2m second to the pacemaker Nuala, with the final quarters being covered in 27.9sec. and 28.3sec. Eagle Rox will not have a stroll in the park on Friday night from out wide at barrier No. 8 in the 1730m event. She will be tested by the Nathan Turvey-trained Hidden Bad, who is ideally drawn at barrier No. 1. At her second appearance after a let-up Hidden Bad was favourite at 3/1 on when she led from the inside barrier, but raced roughly under pressure late in the event and finished second, two lengths behind Eagle Rox, who raced three wide for much of the first circuit and then in the breeze. Turvey has a good second string in this week’s event in Stunin Eyes Only, who covered a lot of extra ground when second to the speedy Kiralin over 2100m at Bunbury on Tuesday of last week. Ken Casellas

Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. is not fazed at Waylade’s surprise defeat as a 5/2 on favourite last week and is urging punters to retain faith in the richly-talented and lightly-raced five-year-old when he contests the $50,000 group 2 Mount Eden Sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Waylade had a tough run last Friday night when he raced three wide early and then in the breeze and was a fighting third in a three-way photo to the pacemaker and stablemate Northview Punter and the fast-finishing Smokey The Bandit in a 2130m event run in heavy rain. This week Waylade will start from barrier four and looks certain to have to do plenty of work. But Hall is confident that Waylade will be a big improver this week. The stylish stallion will again be handled by Gary Hall jun. and he is full of hope that Waylade will give him and his father their fifth success in the Mount Eden Sprint, after successes with Bengeeman in 2002, The Falcon Strike (2006) and Im Themightyquinn (2011 and 2012). The Hall stable holds a powerful hand in this week’s rich 1730m sprint, with Waylade (barrier four), Classic American (No. 3), Crusader Banner (No. 5), Northview Punter (No. 7) and My Hard Copy (No. 8). “Waylade is my main hope,” said Hall sen. “His run last week was good; Northview Punter is nearly unbeatable when he leads and Waylade had to work hard out of the gate (from barrier three) to hold Lovers Delight. Waylade likes to be balanced, not bustled. But he had to be bustled and then they went too slow. It was very slow for that class, and he was still getting to the line late. “Drawn four this week, I think Waylade is the one to beat. Northview Punter (Lauren Jones) can’t win from  a wide barrier, Crusader Banner (Kim Prentice) has good gate speed and is a chance, so, too, is Classic American (Justin Prentice), who is the fastest horse over 1730m in the State, with a rate of 1.52.6, while My Hard Copy (Clint Hall) can be dangerous if it is a truly-run race. His fourth to Northview Punter last week was a good effort.” Waylade, who has raced only 19 times for 13 wins and five placings, will meet plenty of stiff opposition, apart from his four stablemates. Smokey The Bandit is perfectly drawn at barrier one for Busselton trainer Michael Callegari and reinsman Ashleigh Markham, Tuxedo Tour (barrier two) is a stylish frontrunning sprinter who has led and won twice over 1730m from his past three starts, Libertybelle Midfrew (six) unwound a powerful late burst to win first-up from The Parade last Friday night and the versatile Bettors Fire (nine) can never be underestimated. Callegari and Markham are hoping to go a bit better than they did when Dredlock Rockstar, a 40/1 outsider, charged home from five back on the pegs to finish third to Bettors Fire in the Mount Eden Sprint two years ago. Smokey The Bandit was seventh on the pegs at the bell before he thundered home to finish a head second to Northview Punter over 2130m last Friday night. Smokey The Bandit is widely regarded as purely a smart sit-sprinter. But he possesses good gate speed and he led and won three times over 2100m in much weaker company at Bunbury in 2013. Callegari and Markham will weigh up the possibility of leading on Friday night. Trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper reports that Bettors Fire is in excellent shape for his return to racing after an absence of nine weeks. The New Zealand-bred seven-year-old warmed up for the Mount Eden Sprint with a convincing and impressive trial win over 2150m at Byford on Sunday morning. “It was a very good trial and I was really pleased with him,” Harper said. “I’ve had some issues with him over the past two to three weeks … just soundness issues and he wasn’t pacing right. He had a few niggles here and there and we’ve been working tirelessly to remedy them. “He wasn’t pacing quite right and was just a little bit off his game. But on Sunday he was back to his old self. It was a four-horse trial and he sat back in last place, with Tuxedo Tour leading up, followed by Kiwi Legend and My Samantha Jane. “I think Bettors Fire rated 1.58.5. I pulled out going into the back and they ran home in 56sec. and I reckon he went close to 55sec., with a final quarter in 27sec. He went to the line jogging and it was probably the best he has ever felt for me. “Hopefully everything is back on track. Barrier nine is a tricky draw and we’ll be dropping out and sitting up for just one run. I hope he hits the line good and he’s not impossible. Do I think he can win? Yes. Do I think he will win? No. This will be more of a fitness run than anything. “A poor trial last Sunday week had as all panicking. I’ve had his legs checked out by the vets and there is nothing to worry about at this point. I think he had given himself a bit of a kick in the paddock and a lot of icing and little bit of TLC has done the trick.” Bettors Fire drew the No. 1 barrier when he led all the way and won the 2013 Mount Eden Sprint from Im Victorious at a 1.53.8 rate in 2013. Last year he was  a 21/1 tote chance when he started from the outside of the back line in the field of 12 when he finished powerfully from the rear to be third behind the pacemaker Sensational Gabby in the Mount Eden Sprint. Ken Casellas

Octogenarian Wanneroo owner-trainer Ken White has Fernleigh Rebel at his peak and the five-year-old looks the bet of the night at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred Fernleigh Rebel possesses blistering gate speed and Chris Lewis will be aiming for an all-the-way win from the prized No. 1 barrier in the first qualifying heat of the Alltools Kersley Pace over 2130m. Fernleigh Rebel revealed sizzling early pace from the outside barrier (No. 9) in the 1730m Pat Cranley Memorial last Friday night. But Pelusiac and Romulus kept him wide in the early stages and Lewis had no option but to restrain the gelding back to last, with the polemarker Scuba Steve setting the pace. Fernleigh Rebel then sustained a spirited last-lap burst to come from the rear to finish an eye-catching second to Another Vinnie. The previous week Fernleigh Rebel began with tremendous alacrity from the No. 6 barrier to set the pace and go on and win from Lord Lombo and Lunar Tide over 1730m, rating 1.55.3. Another Vinnie, who ran home strongly from sixth at the bell to win by 4m last week, will start from barrier three this week and will again have many admirers. However, the main danger to Fernleigh Rebel is sure to be Cyamach, who was a smart first-up winner last Friday week when Gary Hall jun. took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier by setting the pace and sprinting over the final 800m in 56.9sec. to beat Must Be Nice. Cyamach is ideally drawn this week on the inside of the back line and Hall is certain to give the six-year-old the best possible chance by trailing the frontrunning Fernleigh Rebel. Fernleigh Rebel won twice from five starts in New Zealand and then raced 19 times in New South Wales for six wins and seven placings before arriving in Western Australia where his first 18 starts have produced three wins and five placings. Ken Casellas

WA Oaks winner Frith will return to the scene of her biggest career victory when she races at Perth's Gloucester Park later this month. The future for the six year old harness racing mare has been in limbo for several months since it was confirmed Frith would not be heading to the stables of leading New Zealand trainer Mark Purdon. After spending weeks at the property of owners Bernie and Di Kelly, the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark returned to long time trainer Bruce Harpley last month, however the Junee horseman thought the best option was to send Frith to Michael Brennan. "I spoke with Bernie about Western Australia but I just can't be away from home for such a long period of time at the moment, I've got eleven other horses in work at the moment and I've got a full time job to think about as well so I thought it was best to go Mouse (Michael Brennan)," Harpley said. "Mouse and his wife Lara are fantastic people, they treated us like family when I took Frith over for the WA Oaks and I know she is going to the right person." With three races for mares during the Inter Dominion including a group one event worth $125,000, Harpley is hoping Frith does enough to warrant staying around in Perth a little bit longer. "How long Frith stays in Perth will all depend on how she is racing, if she does a good job over there then I would expect her to stay over in WA until the Ladyship Mile next year and Mouse can bring her back for that. "If she finds the opposition a bit too slick over in Perth then she can come back here and I'll play around with her until the Ladyship, it all depends on her but if she hits her straps for Mouse there is no need to bring her home." Harpley confirmed Frith went around at the recent Junee Show and performed well. "Bernie had put plenty of work into her before she arrived back with me, I gave her a hit-out at the local Show, she gave them a bit of a start and worked up to them slowly but she ran her last quarter in 27.5 off the track and her heart rate afterwards was very good. "She definitely hasn't forgotten who I am but in terms of condition she is a lot lighter than she was before the Ladyship Mile." While Harpley has driven her in all of her feature victories he passed on the chance to continue his association with her while she is in Perth. "When Mouse and I spoke on the phone he offered me the chance to go over and drive her but even flying over to drive her once a week I'm going to be missing time from work and my horses are going to miss work also so I told Mouse for him to use his drivers. "I'd love to see her win another $120,000 and become a million dollar earner, she has been such a great mare for so long." Harpley was considering giving Frith a run before her flight to Perth on November 15. "I toyed with the idea but she will either draw poorly against weaker opposition or she would have to race the free-for-allers and it is probably too early to be doing that right now. "She can go over to Mouse and he can work out which way he wants to go with her first up." Greg Hayes

Interdominion championship hopeful Billies A Star should notch a hat-trick of wins by proving too speedy for his 11 harness racing rivals in the $22,000 TABtouch Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Michael Brennan-trained five-year-old has struck a purple patch and has recorded winning margins of 17.3m and 14.3m at his past two starts at Gloucester Park, both over 2536m. Chris Voak, back after an American holiday, will resume in the sulky behind Billies A Star after Michael Grantham proved an admirable substitute when he drove the gelding in fine style for his most recent victory. Billies A Star, a winner at ten of his 20 starts, will begin out wide from the No. 8 barrier on the front line in Friday night’s race. But this should not prove a problem for Billies A Star, who possess a wonderful turn of foot. Outstanding mare The Parade looks the only rival capable of extending Billies A Star. The five-year-old who has won 16 times from only 36 starts for Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice, will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line and claiming reinsman Brayden Green will rely on the mare’s powerful finishing burst. The Parade started from the outside at her latest appearance, at Gloucester Park last Friday week, when she raced three wide early and then in the breeze before getting up to snatch a narrow victory from the pacemaker Am Opulent over 2130m, rating 1.55.7. That was her first appearance for almost four months and she is certain to be improved by the outing. The Ross Olivieri-trained Im A Peregrine will have admirers. He will start from barrier six on the front line for Stuart Macdonald. The gelding also started from the No. 6 barrier last Friday night when McDonald dashed him to the lead in the first lap and t hen set a brisk pace to go on and score a decisive victory at a 1.56.3 rate over 2536m. by Ken Casellas Related links Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 16 October 2015 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 16 October 2015

Seven-year-old Victorian-bred pacer Dynamite Dude has been placed at only two of his six starts in his current harness racing campaign --- after having ten starts in his previous preparation for seven wins and three thirds. But his last-start second was convincing proof that he is ready to return to the winning list for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, and he gets an ideal opportunity in the $23,000 The West Australian Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will start from barrier five on the front line and Chris Lewis is likely to quickly move him into a prominent position, and ready to strike, close to the expected pacemaker Shardons Rocket. Dynamite Dude impressed last Friday week when he started out wide at barrier seven and raced three wide early before moving to the breeze, outside the leader Lovers Delight in the 2130m Navy Cup. After a slow early pace (a meandering lead time of 38sec., followed by pedestrian quarters of 31.6sec. and 30.4sec.), Lovers Delight sprinted strongly in the final circuit, with final sections of 28.6sec. and 27.7sec. Dynamite Dude stuck resolutely to his task to finish a 4m second to Lovers Delight. Two starts before that Dynamite Dude worked hard without cover when a fighting second to Macintosh in a 2503m stand. A strong effort on Friday night would enhance Dynamite Dude’s prospects of being ranked in the final 30 pacers to contest the $1.8 million TABtouch interdominion championship series, starting at Gloucester Park on November 27. Several runners in this week’s race are in line for a start in the Inters, and they include the Olivieri-trained Red Salute and Our Blackbird, the Ray Williams-trained Pacific Ruler and the Michael Callegari-trained Smokey The Bandit. Pacific Warrior will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line and he is ready to run a big race at his fourth outing after a spell. He sat behind the pacemaker Lovers Delight when third to that pacer and Dynamite Dude in the Navy Cup. Smokey The Bandit also will have many admirers at his third appearance after a spell. He will start out wide at No. 8 on the front line and Ash Markham is likely to restrain the grey back to the rear before bringing the gelding home with a typical brilliant late burst. Smokey The Bandit enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing strongly to be third behind Tuxedo Tour and Lovers Delight over 1730m last Friday night when the final 800m was covered in 56sec. A week earlier he was ninth at the bell and impressed greatly when he sizzled home, out five wide, to finish fourth behind Lovers Delight in the Navy Cup. Our Blackbird can never be left out of calculations. He is a brilliant sit-sprinter who thundered home from seventh at the bell to win from Little Boy Blue and Go West U Terror over 2536m two starts ago. He will start from the outside of the front line and Stuart McDonald will allow the gelding to drop back to the rear before asking him for a powerful last-lap effort. Shardons Rocket, an 11-year-old veteran of 232 starts, looks set to lead from the prized No. 1 barrier and Callan Suvaljko will be aiming for an all-the-way win. The oldtimer warmed up for the race with a convincing trial win over 2150m at Byford on Sunday morning, with the final three quarters being covered in 28.8sec., 28.3sec. and 29sec. by Ken Casellas Related links Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 16 October 2015 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 16 October 2015

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