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Members of the Media Guild have labelled Herrick Roosevelt as the best of good things in the harness racing Book into the Beau Rivage Restaurant Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park on tomorrow night. Guild president Wayne Currall summed up the thoughts of the media guys by saying "Herrick Roosevelt leads and wins - it's as simple as that. He won't be much of a price but could act as a banker for all-ups." Robbie Dewar, from the Sunday Times, said; "Herrick Roosevelt looks a standout in the first and should get punters off to a great start." The West Australian's Ernie Manning is in the Herrick Roosevelt camp as well. "Gate one is a bonus for Herrick Roosevelt," Manning said. "After his last-start win over his quality stablemates El Barcelona and Runrunjimmydunn he looks the best of good things." Leading tipster Stuart Lowe said Herrick Roosevelt should be too strong from the pole. "He hasn't raced for three weeks, but was a brilliant last-start winner, tramping wide from barrier seven to win over the 1730m in 1.53.9. Should be too strong for his rivals." TABradio's race caller Matt McDermott is also a Herrick Roosevelt fan. "Hard to go past Herrick Roosevelt as the best bet," McDermott said. "He's got very good gate speed and should be in control from the front. Though not a lot of value he should be winning comfortably." TABform's racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has selected squaregaiter Im Havinaball as his best for the night. "Im Havinaball faces her toughest test since coming to WA," Havercroft said. "Having only missed a cheque once in her five local runs, I expect her race fitness will help the Ross Olivieri trained mare hold out the resuming backmarker Sunnys Little Whiz." Longshot king Pat Harding has opted for Mcclinchie as his stand out. "Mcclinchie ran a good second last week, but I think he can bounce back for a win for Greg and Skye Bond," Harding said. The longshot maestro has waited until the last race to unveil his roughie for the night. "I have a good feeling that Excelnsucceed can get the money for driver Chris Voak and Pinjarra trainer Frank Vanmaris. Should be a good each-way bet." he said. Dewar fancies Soho Wall Street as his best value. "This bloke can make it two on end after his gutsy win last week," Dewar said. Havercroft is a fan of Im Mister Charlie and believes he could get out to a good price. "Im Master Charlie switches back to the mobile on Friday night," Havercroft said. "At his last outing he started off a 50m handicap at Narrogin and accounted for a weaker field than this. But in his favour is the coveted inside barrier which should see him well positioned in a field with much exposed form." Manning likes Rycroft as his best value for the night. "Rycroft had a gear malfunction which caused him to gallop at the start last Friday and punters should ignore his eighth," Manning said. "He's the winner of eight races at GP and is capable of breaking an eight-run losing sequence." Lowe's best value bet is Erskine Range. "Erskine Range is drawn to lead in his race," Lowe said. "Last time he led it took WA’s best pacer Heez On Fire to run him down. Although his subsequent form is only fair, this looks easier." McDermott fancies the chances of Hidden Bad as his value selection. "She has had three runs in this prep and this is a slightly easier field," McDermott said. "It was a good run in the Breeders Stakes last start, making ground in the last lap to be only nine metres off the winner and is a main player here." Currall likes Responder on an each-way basis. "This bloke's put in some good runs of late," Currall said. "If you can forgive him his poor effort last start then he could play a major part in the sprint from an inside alley." Good punting. Wayne Currall

Friday night's Book Your Next Conference at Gloucester Park Pace (2130m) is shaping up as one of the highlights on a terrific night of  harness racing. The M0-M2 race has some promising pacers engaged and finding the winner won't be easy. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri has a strong hand in the event with Military Master and El Hombre, but there are many realistic winning chances. Military Master, with champion reinsman Chris Lewis in the bike, is shooting for four wins on the trot, while El Hombre, to be reined by the equally talented Gary Hall Jnr, will be aiming for three wins from his past six starts. Military Master has drawn gate three and Lewis is expected to make a bold bid for the lead from his favourable barrier, but Michael Grantham on polemarker Im Master Charlie might have something to say about that. Im Master Charlie, three wins from his past four runs, is up in class but his inside draw offsets this and Grantham will be keen to make the most of the rails. The Callan Suvaljko trained and reined Skippy Rascal is also fast out of the machine and will be looking to lead or take up a forward position from gate two. He ran a close third behind Franco Rayner two starts ago at headquarters before finishing second behind the much-improved Soho Wall Street last week at GP. Adding to the intrigue is Justin Prentice's exciting four-year-old gelding Natural Disaster, who made a winning return to the racetrack at Bunbury earlier this month following a four-month spell. He's drawn awkwardly in gate five but certainly has the ability to test this field. Natural Disaster finished fourth, nine metres behind Soho Tribeca in a hot Golden Nugget field last December and has won seven of his 24 starts. He would have derived plenty of benefit from his first-up victory and should not be underestimated. Throw in the likes of Chelsea Royale (Barrier 4) the winner of five of her past six starts before a spell, ultra-consistent mare Foxy Dame (7), prolific winner Aussie Delight (11) and El Hombre (12) and you have a cracker of a race. Good luck trying to find the winner. Wayne Currall

Busselton harness racing trainer Barry Howlett has given punters a good lead by declaring his smart squaregaiter Sunnys Little Whiz ready to win first-up at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The former Kiwi mare hasn't graced the racetrack since December 9 when she won the Group 1 $50,000 Trotters Cup (2503m) at headquarters but Howlett has had his star trotter back in work for almost three months and he expects her to be hard to beat first-up off her 20m handicap in the Trotters Discretionary Handicap (2503m). "I gave Sunnys a couple of months off after the Trotters Cup," Howlett said. "She'd done a great job in her first campaign in Australia with her eight wins and two seconds. She enjoyed her break but it's back to work now and I'm looking forward to seeing her at the races again." Howlett said Sunnys Little Whiz had been working very well in her lead up to her return to the track. "Of course she's not race-hardened after a two-month spell, but she's showing enough on the training track to suggest she'll be very competitive on Friday night," he said. "We wouldn't be starting her unless she was fairly forward in her prep and there's no Cardigan Boko in her race on Friday night." Sunnys Little Whiz was something of a revelation in her first campaign in Australia. She arrived on our shores with very little fanfare, but quickly established a reputation as a foolproof squaregaiter with a big heart. Sunnys Little Whiz strung together six wins in a row before her colours were lowered at Pinjarra as a long odds-on favourite when she uncharacteristically broke in running. Howlett said, in hindsight, he shouldn't have started her that day. "She copped a kick in the float on the way to the races," he said. "She was passed fit to race but it put her off and she really didn't perform up to her best that day. Her only other defeat came at the hands of Cardigan Boko." Howlett, who started training pacers as a hobby, has progressed to a full-time trainer in the past three or four years with 20 to 30 horses in work at any one time. He has his own 800m fast-work track and has concentrated on buying quality stock from New Zealand. It's a formula that's obviously working with Howlett sitting comfortably in fourth spot on the State training list behind Greg and Skye Bond, Gary Hall and Ross Olivieri. Horses from the Howlett team have won 58 races so far this season for more than $424,000 in prize money. Wayne Currall

With just three months left until the end of the 2016/17 season, the husband and wife team of Greg and Skye Bond are well placed to win their first metropolitan harness racing trainer's title. The Bonds already have the State trainer's title in the bag.  They have trained 162 winners throughout WA so far this season - almost double that of next best Gary Hall Snr - for stakes close to $2M but they have never won a city trainer's title, finishing second on a number of occasions, with their 88 winners for the season of 2011/12 - just 10 behind Hall - being the closest they've been. However, the Bonds currently lead the Hall camp in the city training race with 67 winners to Hall's 55. Twelve winners is a lot to catch up in three months, but if anyone can do it then Hall has proven time and time again that he's the man. Hall hasn't won nine of the last ten city training titles simply by luck (he finished second to Ross Olivieri in the 2010/11 season). His ability to find and then fine tune his horses underlines his ability and skill as a horseman with few peers. Greg and Skye Bond have shown they have the touch when it comes to finding the right horses for WA racing conditions and then getting them to their peak. On Friday night at Gloucester Park the Bonds and Hall go head-to-head in many races. The first race goes to Hall with the smart Herrick Roosevelt drawing the pole and looking the best of good things to post an all-the-way victory. The Bonds don't have a runner. The Bonds have Blinding Light representing them in the second and must be given an each-way chance. Hall doesn't have a runner. The classy Mcclinchie and Pay Me Cullen should even the score in the third for the Bonds as Hall doesn't have a runner and this is a very winnable race for Mcclinchie. Both stables bypass the fourth event. The Bonds have Vanquished and Condrieu flying the flag for the stable in the fifth race, with Hall again not represented. Hall has four runners in the Pure Steel Final - Harry Hoo, Zach Maguire, Overboard Again and Campora - while the Bond camp hasn't got a runner. Both stables will go head-to-head in the seventh, the Members Sprint, with the Bonds fielding four runners - Our Jimmy Johnstone, Phoenix Warrior, Simply Susational and Ima Connoisseur. The Hall camp will be represented by Run Oneover and Beaudiene Boaz. This promises to be the race of the night as far as the speed battle goes with Our Jimmy Johnstone (Barrier 2) and Run Oneover(3) both able to fly from the machine. A hectic early pace should bring horses like Bettor Reward, Beaudiene Boaz, Phoenix Warrior and Ima Connoisseur into the equation. Hard to call this for either stable, but the Bond camp's weight of numbers could be the deciding factor. And that's where both stables call it a night. With only 12 wins separating these two mighty stables, the next three months promises to be a battle of the big guns as the Bonds strive to wrest the city title away from a man who has made it his own in recent years. Stay tuned - it promises to be an intriguing contest. Wayne Currall

Friday night's $25,000 Pure Steel Final (2130m) at Gloucester Park brings together a quality field of up-and-coming harness racing pacers. The 12-horse field is comprised of pacers who qualified in heats run over the past three weeks at headquarters and Tuesday's random barrier draw shed no light on who would emerge as the winner. It's one of the most open races seen at GP in a long time, with nine of the twelve runners in with a realistic chance of taking home the spoils. The three heat winners - Americanbootscoota (Barrier 2), Livura (5) and Zach Maguire (9) - were all impressive in their respective victories but apart from Americanbootscoota (Allamerican Ingot), Livura and Zach Maguire will have to contend with tricky draws. Red Hot Major lobbed the coveted pole and driver Aiden De Campo seems certain to use the horse's speed from the machine to attempt an all-the-way victory. This Gary Elson-trained five-year-old entire has been racing in solid form and punters would be wise to disregard his last-start fourth behind Frostyflyer when he just did too much work from a wide gate. Two starts prior Red Hot Major sprinted home the last 800m in a slick 54.7 to defeat Simply Susational in a 2185m race at Pinjarra and then he came to town, sprinted hard from a middle gate to take up the running and boxed on strongly to finish a close third in a heat of the Pure Steel (2130m) behind Livura and Overboard Again. Leading trainer Gary Hall Snr has a strong hand in the final with Zach Maguire, Harry Hoo (3), Overboard Again (11) and Campora (12). Overboard Again with two wins and a close second to his credit since returning from a spell, is poised to get a charmed run on the back of Americanbootscoota. The consistent Campora, two wins and four placings from his six starts since a spell, follows out stablemate Harry Hoo, himself a last-start all-the-way winner at headquarters and the impressive Zach Maguire, three wins from his three starts back since a break, completes the Hall juggernaut. Johnny Disco, from the stables of Ross Ashby, has been in good form with two wins and a second at his past four runs and is set to get a cushy run on the back of likely leader Red Hot Major. Champion reinsman Chris Lewis will be keen to keep the breeze on his wife Debra's horse Americanbootscoota - a tough four-year-old gelding who appears to do his best work when parked. Ravenswood-based trainer Nathan Turvey has qualified two horses for the final - the consistent Livura, who he will drive, and former Kiwi pacer Dana Duke (4), to be reined by Ryan Warwick. It's certainly a quality line-up with many of these horses destined to become fast-class pacers in the future. Finding the winner will be no easy task, but punters can be assured that if they do find the winner then the odds will be tasty. Wayne Currall

Blythewood harness racing trainer Michael Brennan's team has been in good form of late and Naughty Maravu has a second to none chance of keeping the ball rolling for the stable in tonight’s Larkhill Vets Conditioned Handicap SS Pace (2503m) at Gloucester Park. The six-year-old bay Badlands Hanover gelding put the writing on the wall at his last start when he sat parked outside of leader and eventual winner Franco Rayner in a 1730m sprint at headquarters last week. The last 800m was carved out in 56.4 and Naughty Maravu never gave up the chase, finishing a brave 3.9m second behind Franco Rayner. It was a gutsy effort and full of merit and Naughty Maravu's previous runs have all been against top-class horses. Prior to his second, he raced against horses of the calibre of Ohoka Punter, Heez On Fire, Galactic Star and Shandale. Tonight’s race is a drop in class for Naughty Maravu and Brennan has him poised to score his first win in this campaign. He loves the stands with his 22 starts from the tapes producing six wins and ten placings. Punters should disregard the fact that Naughty Maravu hasn't saluted since October last year. Brennan tipped the horse out of work after he finished fifth in the Tabtouch Australasian Young Drivers Championship at GP in early December. Naughty Maravu had a long campaign since May, 2016 and was ready for a break but the horse should be cherry ripe after five runs back from a spell. It's hard to imagine any of Naughty Maravu's 11 rivals being able to sit outside of a horse of Franco Rayner's ability and still be there when the whips are cracking in the home straight. Driver Shannon Suvaljko is good at getting them away from the strands and if Naughty Maravu can step on terms with them from his 10m handicap then he appeals as the horse to beat. Winning chances should also be given to reliable beginner Importer Exporter, who seems to be working back into form, has the services of champion reinsman Chris Lewis and steps from the front, the consistent stand performer Assassinator off 10m from the stables of leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, and backmarker Waltzing With Cullen, a seasoned standing-start specialist who is alone on the 20m mark and is returning from a spell. Wayne Currall Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 19 May 2017 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 19 May 2017

Not sure if the Charles family named their pacer after Belarusian boxer Sergei Rabchenko, but Rabchenko appears to have more than a fighting chance in tonight’s harness racing Milne Feeds MS Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park. The four-year-old gelding was once known as purely a leader. That's to say that once he found the front he was always tough to roll but a breakout performance at headquarters last month quashed any doubts that there was more to this horse than many people first thought. In that race, he sat in the breeze outside of Hot Fraternity, with odds-on favourite El Hombre parked off the speed directly behind the leader. When Hayden Charles, the son of trainer Kevin, asked Rabchenko for the supreme effort the son of Art Major dug deep to outstay both Hot Fraternity and El Hombre. It was a tough win - the last 800m was covered in a tidy 57.1 - and one that made many pundits sit up and take notice of his ability. Rabchenko is drawn awkwardly on the inside of the second row tonight and will follow out the Aldo Cortopassi-trained and reined To Infinitynbeyond. The last time To Infinitynbeyond drew an inside barrier at GP he speared straight to the front and ran them along to record a strong victory over the 2536m journey. To Infinitynbeyond is drawn to lead from the pole, which means Rabchenko should get an ideal passage all the way. He only needs to get some racing room over the final 400m to prove very dangerous. Rabchenko's last run when he finished fifth only 6.4m behind Franco Rayner over the sprint trip of 1730m was a "get on me next start" effort. The horse tramped three deep when the winner carved out his last 800m in a slick 56.4. To finish so close to the flying Franco Rayner after doing all that work puts Rabchenko in a very strong position for tonight’s assignment. He's each-way all day in a race with many winning chances. Wayne Currall Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 19 May 2017 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 19 May 2017

Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr will play a strong hand in Friday night’s harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park. The Serpentine-based horseman has a classy band of pacers engaged to race and has realistic prospects of landing at least a double, maybe a treble and possibly a quartet of winners. The consistent Overboard Again represents the stable in the first race; the Fly Like An Eagle At Allwood Stud Pace (2130m) for the C5-C9 pacers and despite coming from gate eight, this bloke has a terrific each-way chance in an even race. Overboard Again has had two starts this preparation for a first-up win and a gutsy second behind Livura. He could ignite the Hall juggernaut early on in the card Harry Hoo gets his opportunity to break back into the winners' circle in the Follow The Stars To The APG WA Sale Pace (2130m), the second race, after drawing the coveted pole. The little Bettors Delight gelding has a good record when he can find the top and he's capable of giving Clinton Hall an early double after Overboard Again. The Halls have two runners in the fourth event, the Budget Stockfeeds The Pure Steel Qualifying Heat Three (2130m). Mach Time, who has drawn favourably in gate three returns to the track after a five-month spell and Zach Maguire (12) has been impressive with his two wins at Pinjarra after a four-month break. They are up against Nathan Turvey's former Kiwi Dana Duke from gate four, who has impressed with two wins from two starts in WA. The consistent Bettor Twisted (2) with champion reinsman Chris Lewis in the bike must also be given a winning chance in this race. The Ramsay Horse Transport MS Pace (2130m) is the next race on the card and Hall engaged concession driver Lauren Jones to rein Eyre Crusher in the M1-M3 event. The move paid dividends when Eyre Crusher drew the pole. Eyre Crusher has been in great form since returning from an almost two-year absence from the track, with two wins and a last-start second behind the smart Shandale in his five runs. He'll love the pole and will be favoured to post an all-the-way victory. The Hall stable then unleash the "big guns" in the Landmark Midvale MS Pace (2130m). Millionaire pacer Beaudiene Boaz and his classy stablemate Run Oneover ($403,093 in stakes) return to the racetrack after their Inter Dominion and WA Pacing Cup campaigns. They join forces with classy stablemate Ohoka Punter (almost a millionaire with more than $986,000 in prize money) in a formidable three-pronged attack on the race. Their clash with veteran trainer Bill Horn's in-form comeback pacer Heez On Fire, who has recorded "Black Irish-like finishes" to win at his past two starts since his Inters campaign, promises to be one of the highlights on a star-studded program. Punters will no doubt come hard for Ohoka Punter (Gate 7), Run Oneover (8) and Beaudiene Boaz (9), but it would be unwise to discount the winning chances of Heez On Fire (6) and the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Simply Susational (11). Wayne Currall

"I thought she'd been hit by a train - she had a gash over her eye, her knees were skinned, her ribs were cut and so was her elbow. She was a mess." This was harness racing trainer Jesse Moore's reaction when he saw his glamour mare Tricky Styx after she'd fallen over on a jogger at NSW trainer John McCarthy's stables. The $373,000 earner, bought by Moore and his wife Maree on a whim at a New Zealand yearling sale for $5000, was in Sydney competing against Australia's best mares in the Ladyship Mile series. "Tricky was so badly injured that we decided to let her recuperate in NSW before we brought her home. It's taken a long time to get her back to good health but shes fully recovered now and we're looking forward to seeing her race again." Moore said. Tricky Styx makes her return to the track in Friday night's $40,000 Group 3 WASBA Breeders Stakes (2130m) at Gloucester Park and the Moore's are happy to see "their girl" back racing - and delighted that she's finally drawn a gate. The all-the-way 2016 Pinjarra Cup winner comes out of gate two and has the slow beginner Forever Remembered draw inside of her. "We're very happy with her, I've only been able to give her the one trial." Moore said "That was at Byford and we went well and won in a quick time. We'll lead at all costs on Friday night. Each time she's led she's won." Tricky Styx will have to chase victory with a new reinsman with regular drive Aiden De Campo in New Zealand for good mate Matthew White's wedding. Up and coming young driver Dylan Egerton-Green well be taking the reins. "Aiden told me three weeks ago that he had to go to New Zealand.” Moore said. "He didn’t want to miss the drive on Tricky but he committed to going to Matt's wedding. It's unfortunate but I'm confident Dylan will do a good job for us." Moore said with Tricky Styx's M7 rating he would have to be selective in setting her for particular races. "We're fortunate we've found a suitable race for her at her return to the track and she's finally drawn a barrier." he said "But we'll set a program for her that won’t be too taxing; after all she's a rising six-year-old now. She's been good to me and Maree and we want to look after that." Tricky Styx faces some race-fit rivals on Friday night with the brilliant Sheer Rocknroll (Gate 10), the consistent Foxy Dame (3) and the dogged Dodolicious (9), the highest stakes earner in the race with than $444,000 in the bank. Wayne Currall

Jack Mac, a recent arrival from New Zealand, looks set to stake a strong claim for victory in the $100,000 Pearl Classic on June 9 by winning the Bruno Falconer Western Crown Classic for harness racing two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Busselton by Barry Howlett, the Mach Three colt is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line and Chris Lewis is sure to take advantage of his excellent gate speed by attempting to burst to an early lead in the 2130m event. Jack Mac made an impressive Australian debut at Bunbury last Saturday night when he began from barrier five and was trapped three wide for the first 1200m (sixth early and then in third place) before he burst to the front at the 400m and raced away to win by almost 20 metres from Antero and Mister Spot, covering the 1609m journey in 1.55.5. The quarters were covered in 29.2sec., 28.8sec., 28.8sec. and 28.7sec. That was his first outing since he finished fifth behind brilliant Art Major colt Alta Maestro in a 1700m heat of the New Zealand Sires Stakes at Cambridge on March 23. He started out wide at barrier seven and raced at the rear before running home solidly from eighth at the bell. The quarters were run in 27.9sec., 29.1sec., 28.3sec. and 28.3sec., with the winner rating 1.53.3 At his previous start, in the group 1 Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes over 1700m, Jack Mac, a $49 outsider, began speedily from the No. 2 barrier and then trailed the pacemaker Mach Shard before finishing a sound fourth to that pacer who sprinted over the final 800m in 55.4sec. Lewis opted to drive Jack Mac ahead of Fight Song, a West Australian-bred gelding he has driven to victory at his only two starts, both over 1684m at Pinjarra. Bunbury trainer John Graham has engaged Micheal Ferguson to drive Fight Song, who will start from the No. 4 barrier in the field of eight. Fight Song, by Advance Attack, enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail before winning by two lengths from Sheez Impressive on debut on January 9 before he worked hard in the breeze and won narrowly from Diamond Dove on January 23. Graham will also be represented by Mister Spot, who will start from the prized No. 1 barrier and will be handled by Morgan Woodley. Mister Spot caught the eye at Bunbury last Saturday night when he raced in tenth (and last) position before finishing solidly along the sprint lane to be third behind Jack Mac. Two starts before that Mister Spot made a good debut when he raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing a close second to Totally Tintin over 1730m at Gloucester Park on February 28. The Dylan Quadrio-trained Warriors Code will be driven by Nathan Turvey from barrier six. The Elsu gelding fought on from sixth at the bell to be sixth behind Jack Mac last Saturday night after scoring a smart all-the-way victory from Pocket More For Less over 1609m at Bunbury at his previous outing. Ken Casellas

New South Wales-bred filly Miss Sangrial is continuing to improve and she has excellent prospects of levelling the score when she clashes with the brilliant Cott Beach in the Westside Auto Wholesale Western Crown Classic for harness racing two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. These two fillies have met three times, with Cott Beach holding sway, finishing ahead of Miss Sangrial in their first two clashes before she started at 5/1 on and finished fourth behind 5/1 chance Miss Sangrial in the de Campo Memorial for fillies at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park last Saturday night. A more favourable barrier (No. 4 on the front line) could give Miss Sangrial a telling advantage over Cott Beach, who will start out wide at No. 7 and is expected to be a firm favourite. Miss Sangrial, trained at Blythewood by Michael Brennan and driven by his nephew Michael Grantham, began speedily from the No. 5 barrier last Saturday night and got to the front after only 40m before setting the pace and winning by a length from Captured Delight, with final quarters of 27.5sec. and 28.3sec. Cott Beach, trained at Blythewood by Gary Elson and driven by Nathan Turvey, settled down in seventh position in the one-wide line before Turvey sent her forward, four wide, at the bell. Cott Beach moved into the breeze at the 600m mark before wilting to finish fourth. Turvey explained to the stewards that Cott Beach had become agitated due to a false start and that he had difficulty in getting her to relax in the early stages. She pulled hard and was inclined to hang in. Cott Beach was an impressive winner of the $50,000 Champagne Classic over 2130m at Gloucester Park at her previous outing, last Friday week. She started from the outside barrier (No. 9) and was ninth at the bell before finishing powerfully to hit the front 100m from the post and winning at a 1.59.6 rate from Miss Sangrial, a 33/1 chance who ran home solidly from sixth on the pegs at the bell. At her two previous starts, Cott Beach revealed sparkling gate speed from wide barriers (seven and six) to lead and win at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park when she was widely touted as the likely winner of the $100,000 Diamond Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on June 2. Adding considerable interest to Friday night’s race will be the first appearance in Australia of Millwood Poly, a half-sister to star pacer Ohoka Punter, who has amassed $986,936 from 25 wins and 22 placings from 55 starts. Millwood Poly, trained at Busselton by Barry Howlett, will be driven by master reinsman Chris Lewis. She is the only runner on the second line in the field of ten. She has raced only once, in a heat of the Young Guns classic for two-year-old fillies at Alexandra Park on February 10 when she started from barrier six and settled at the rear in the field of nine. She moved forward to be third, out three wide, at the bell and continued to race three wide without cover for the final circuit before fading in the closing stages to finish last. Ken Casellas

Outstanding young reinsman Michael Grantham has given harness racing punters an important lead by opting to drive Foxy Dame in preference to Sea Cider in the Retravision Pace for mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Grantham has yet to drive Foxy Dame in a race and he has jumped at the opportunity to handle the mare this week. His engagement by trainer Mike Reed enabled Foxy Dame, an M2-class performer, to contest the race which is restricted to M1-class mares, with Grantham claiming a concession as a junior driver. Grantham has handled the Sarah Suvaljko-trained Sea Cider at four of her past five starts for a most impressive victory over Madame Croupier and Mon Lillies over 2130m at Gloucester Park two starts ago, seconds to Sheer Rocknroll and Mon Lillies and a last-start fourth behind El Hombre last Friday night. Sea Cider will be driven this week by Aiden de Campo and she looks set to fight out the finish after starting from the No. 4 barrier on the front line. Foxy Dame has the ability to overcome the disadvantage of starting out wide at barrier eight. She galloped at the standing start and simply trailed her rivals and finished a distant last behind Sheer Rocknroll last Friday night. But her form in mobiles in several previous starts was excellent. Two starts ago, last Friday week, Foxy Dame started from the outside of the back line and was ninth with a lap to travel before finishing powerfully with a three-wide burst from the 700m mark to be a half-length second to Sheer Rocknroll, with a final 800m in 56.8sec. Ravenswood trainer Nathan Turvey will also make use of a junior concession by engaging Jocelyn Young to handle M2-class mare Chevrons Champion, who will have many admirers at her third outing after a spell. She is handily drawn at No. 3 on the front line. Chevrons Champion sustained a solid three-wide burst from sixth at the bell to finish fourth behind Sheer Rocknroll last Friday night. She ran home solidly from seventh on the pegs at the bell to finish a first-up third to Sheer Rocknroll the previous week. In an even field of mares, the Justin Prentice-trained Maia Maguire has claims from barrier six after her stout-hearted effort in the 2503m Race For Roses last Friday night when she set the pace and fought on grandly to finish third behind Sheer Rocknroll and Dodolicious. Ken Casellas

Four-year-old Ima Rocknroll Legend managed just two wins from 17 starts in New Zealand, but he has bright prospects of making a successful Australian debut when he contests the Gannon’s Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Now trained by Gary Hall sen., Ima Rocknroll Legend will start from barrier five on the front line and his form in New Zealand suggests that he will prove mighty hard to beat. He was successful at his most recent appearance when he rated 1.59.4 over 2200m at Cambridge on January 6. He raced wide early and then in the breeze before getting to the front after 500m. He immediately gained the sit behind the pacemaker Smiley Sophie, and making use of the sprint lane he charged to the front 100m from the post and won easily from that pacer, with a final quarter in 28.2sec. His previous win was six starts earlier when he rated 1.58 over 2600m at Addington. He is related to former top-flight pacer The Unicorn (94 starts for 29 wins, 32 placings and stakes of $488,524) and is a half-brother to Twist And Shout and Our Jerry Lee. Rocknroll Legend winning in New Zealand Twist And Shot earned $133,265 from his five wins and 16 placings from 39 starts before being retired. She is the dam of Hall’s smart four-year-old Harry Hoo, whose 36 starts have produced ten wins, nine placings and stakes of $86,892. Our Jerry Lee has won five races in New Zealand and ten in Western Australia for earnings of $92,499. Hardest for Ima Rocknroll Legend to beat is likely to be the polemarker Bad Round, who is racing with great heart for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg. Shannon Suvaljko appears certain to set the pace in a strong bid for victory. Bad Round started from barrier four and dashed to the front after 300m when an excellent second to Just Bet On Black over 2130m last Friday week. That followed an easy win at Kellerberrin and a strong-finishing third to Wimbaliri and Bettor Twisted. Just Bet On Black will start from the coveted No. 1 barrier in the second heat of the Princi Butchers Pure Steel Pace and he should notch his sixth win in a row for trainer Colin Brown. Just Bet On Black will again be handled by Brown’s daughter Maddison, and they also have good prospects with the speedy Franco Rayner in the Choices Flooring Pace. Ken Casellas

Engulfed in a grubby sexual harassment scandal far from her doing, Barbara Scott stood at the crossroads of either running or fighting. But Ms Scott, who recently became WA’s first female harness racing stewards chief, needed only to look to her daughter Alana to realise she had little option. “I wanted to be a good role model to my daughter and show her that if you believe in something, you’ve got to fight for it,” Ms Scott told The Weekend West. “That’s what gets you through life.” Ms Scott’s story made national headlines in 2009 when she successfully brought a landmark wrongful dismissal claim against the NSW Greyhound and Harness Racing Regulatory Authority, claiming she had endured an 18-month campaign of being sexually harassed, bullied and even accused of leading on fellow steward Kevin Adams. She said Mr Adams had not only touched her inappropriately on several occasions and harassed her for sex, but also once locked her with him in a car at the Bankstown trotting track and told her he would not let her out unless she said “Ivan Milat”. “It was obviously a very difficult time in my life,” she said. “It changed me forever, in some good ways and some bad ways. But I am a fierce believer in justice and things being done correctly and I’ll always stand up for my rights. “I’ve tried to put it in the background and move on, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t still have some impact on me. It was a huge emotional and financial cost to me, but not once did I regret it. “It’s just given me a sense of satisfaction to go on and prove to them I was capable of doing the job. I’m still here and I’m still doing what I love.” Ms Scott’s new role is another strong statement by Racing and Wagering WA about women in key roles in a traditionally male-dominated industry after Charlotte Mills was also this year appointed as the State Government agency’s first female racing general manager. Mrs Mills is due to give birth to her third child in June. By Steve Butler Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

Astute Henley Brook horseman Mike Reed is poised to become the most successful harness racing trainer in the history of the Gannon’s WA Oaks by winning the prestigious $150,000 group 1 classic with outstanding filly Maczaffair at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Maczaffair is in dazzling form and will be a short-priced favourite after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. Reinsman Shannon Suvaljko will attempt an all-the-way victory with Maczaffair, a stylish frontrunner who started from the No. 1 barrier and was untroubled to set the pace and win a 2130m Oaks prelude by more than four lengths from Gotta Go Gabbana last Friday week. This will be the 50th running of the WA Oaks and Reed has won the classic with Pharosan (2000), Sheer Royalty (2009) and Libertybelle Midfrew (2014). The only other trainers to have won the Oaks three times are Fred Kersley jun. and Trevor Warwick.   Kersley was successful with Wannerie (1979), Capricciosa (1980) and Countess Gina (1985) and Warwick has won the event with Benemerenza (1982), Parthenon (1995) and Lombo Rapida (1999). Albert and Julie Walmsley and Suvaljko are looking for their second success in the Oaks --- after Christian Cullen mare Libertybelle Midfrew, favourite at 10/1 on, set the pace from barrier five and won the 2014 classic by more than seven lengths from The Parade --- after scoring effortless victories in both Oaks preludes. Maczaffair, a Mach Three filly, is the most successful filly in Friday night’s event, having won nine times for stakes of $138,650 from 20 starts. The 2536m journey will be no problem for Maczaffair, who gave a superb performance as a 44/1 outsider when she finished with a dazzling burst of speed which carried her from tenth at the 600m and seventh at the 250m to be a half-head second to classy colt Mitch Maguire in the group 2 Western Gateway Pace three starts ago. Adding considerable interest to Friday night’s race will be the first appearance at Gloucester Park of the New Zealand-bred Bettors Delight filly Better B Chevron, who will start from barrier five on the front line and will be driven by Ryan Warwick for champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond. Better B Chevron made an outstanding Australian debut when she set the pace and dashed over the final quarters in 27.1sec. and 28.2sec. to beat Gonzos Shadow by two and a half lengths at a 1.57.2 rate over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. That followed easy wins over 2200m at Invercargill at her two previous outings. On March 11 she was first out from the No. 1 barrier before being restrained to trail the 6/4 on favourite The Bus after 100m. Making use of the sprint lane, she burst to the front 130m from the post to win by one and a half lengths from Lilac Flash, with a final 400m in 26.8sec. A week later, she started from the No. 4 barrier and raced in the breeze before taking the lead with 120m to travel and winning, unextended, by one and a quarter lengths from Santanna’s Rocket after sprinting the final quarter in 27.8sec. The Bonds are hoping that drawing the No. 5 barrier will be a lucky omen (after their star filly Dodolicious began from that barrier and was favourite at 3/1 on when she raced in the breeze before winning last year’s Oaks narrowly from outsider Bettor Boa. Greg Bond also trained Millwood Meg when Colin Brown drove that filly to an easy victory in the 2010 WA Oaks. The Bonds will also be represented in Friday night’s race with Hit It Rich, an easy all-the-way winner at Pinjarra on Monday of last week --- her fourth win from just six starts. Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice, who prepared Major Reality for her narrow victory over stablemate Quite A Delight in the 2015 WA Oaks, has four runners in this year’s classic --- Allamerican Queen, Im Stylish, Lady Luca and Somewhereonlyiknow. Allamerican Queen led from barrier three and scored a three-length victory over Myanniegoat in the 2569m Country Oaks at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park track last Saturday week. That was her second win from 16 starts and she meets far stronger opposition this week. Prentice will drive Allamerican Queen, Tom Buchanan will be in the sulky behind Im Stylish (a winner at five of her 12 starts) and Hayden Charles has been engaged for last-start all-the-way Pinjarra winner Lady Luca and Nathan Turvey for Somewhereonlyiknow, who faces a tough task from the outside of the front line. Kim Prentice has two smart fillies engaged for prominent owner Robert Watson --- Soho Angel (barrier six) and Angel Bromac (barrier two on the back line). He will drive Angel Bromac (who has impressed with four wins and three seconds from seven starts) and Victorian reinsman Michael Stanley has been engaged for Soho Angel, who has won five races and been placed nine times. Ken Casellas

Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice is hoping that Maia Maguire will be on her best behaviour and can cause an upset by winning the $35,000 Race For Roses at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Four-year-old Maia Maguire is one of four frontmarkers in the 2503m standing-start group 3 event and she showed her ability as a pacemaker five starts ago when she was racing first-up and won in good style in a minor mobile event at Narrogin. She revealed her versatility with strong-finishing efforts to win at Narrogin and Bunbury at her next two starts before failing at her past two outings. She began badly in a stand and was never in contention in an event won by McClinchie at Pinjarra last Monday week. A win by Maia Maguire on Friday night would complete a hat-trick of victories for Prentice in the Race For Roses. Prentice brought 15/1 chance Digital Art home with a powerful burst from three back on the pegs to snatch a head victory from the pacemaker Blacknsweet Adda in last year’s Race For Roses. He trained and drove The Parade to victory in the Race For Roses the previous year. The Parade started off 20m and won from Hoylakes Firstlady and My Samantha Jane. Maia Maguire is owned by Bob Fowler, who has two other runners --- frontmarker Hugmeifuluvme and Sheer Rocknroll, the lone backmarker off 30m. Four-year-old Hugmeifuluvme set the pace and won a stand over 2116m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. That was her second win from nine starts and she faces a much more difficult task on Friday night. However, four-year-old Sheer Rocknroll has the class to overcome the back mark in her first attempt in a standing-start event. The Ross Olivieri-trained mare (a stablemate of Hugmeifuluvme) is in sparkling form and is ready to meet strong challenges from another talented WA-bred four-year-old Dodolicious and the smart New Zealand-bred five-year-old Foxy Dame. Olivieri boasts the best record as a trainer in the Race For Roses which was first run in 1997. He has been successful with Yippy Yi Yo (1998), Arctic Fire (2011) and Selkie (2014). Chris Lewis, who will drive Sheer Rocknroll, has the best record as a driver in the feature event, having been successful with Lady De Beau (2007), Arctic Fire and Selkie. Dodolicious, winner of the WA Oaks 12 months ago, and Foxy Dame also will be contesting a standing-start event for the first time. They will share the 20m mark with Sheer Rocknroll maintained her excellent form and won for the 12th time from her past 20 starts when she started from the outside barrier (No. 9) last Friday night and raced four and three wide for the first 500m before working in the breeze outside the pacemaking Dame Puissant and getting to the front with 250m to travel and then resisting a strong late challenge from Foxy Dame, who impressed in finishing determinedly from ninth at the bell. Foxy Dame is trained by Mike Reed and will be driven by Shannon Suvaljko. She has a record of 56 starts for nine wins and 21 placings and performs at her best when saved up for a last-lap burst. Dodolicious, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will share the 20m mark with the Nathan Turvey-trained pair of Chevrons Champion and Hidden Bad. She is an outstanding pacer who has amassed $441,433 from 15 wins, seven seconds and one third from 26 starts and though this will be her first appearance for five months she cannot be underestimated. Ken Casellas

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