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Talented but injury-plagued Heez On Fire will break fresh ground when he contests a standing-start event for the first time in a distinguished 45-start harness racing career which has produced 19 wins and eight placings. The West Australian-bred eight-year-old is an M6-class performer who is well handicapped off the back mark of 30m in the 2503m Italian Fireworks Night on December 1 Handicap, the fourth event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Aldo Cortopassi, who drives the Courage Under Fire gelding for 85-year-old trainer Bill Horn, is confident he will prove very hard to beat. “I have driven him in a stand at trials, just after Bill got him,” Cortopassi said. “He stepped away nice and cleanly. He’s such a good pacer and such a gentleman of a horse that I don’t see any problem for him in a stand. “He’s got only 30 metres and he’s there on his own. And he should step away pretty well. He’ll be sitting last and as everyone knows he can really roll off a fast-final quarter. If he can get a nice cart into the race at some stage, they’ll know that he’s right there. He runs home in 55sec. every week and I give him a good chance. “His first-up run (when he faded to 11th behind Jambiani three Fridays ago after racing wide) was a bit average, but he was probably a bit underdone. His run a fortnight ago (when he ran on from sixth in the middle stages to be third behind Shandale and Ideal Tyson) was just spot on. “I hoppled him at Byford this morning (Tuesday) for Bill and he was spot on. He worked by himself and he felt good. I’ve driven him in most of his trackwork for Bill and this is as good as he’s felt. When he got up and beat Erskine Range and Ohoka Punter in races at Gloucester Park last April and May, he felt just as good then as he felt today. If he takes that into the race on Friday night he’s going to be hard to beat.” Heez On Fire struck a purple patch in the autumn this year with three fast-finishing victories on the trot beating Erskine Range, Ohoka Punter and Run Oneover. He contested last year’s Interdominion championship series late last year and was unplaced in three heats and the consolation.    Cortopassi hinted strongly that Heez On Fire would not run in this year’s Inters, saying: “Three runs in a week is a bit hard for an old horse with suspect legs.  Bill now runs him only every second week and occasionally only every three weeks. I think Bill will be looking at running him in the WA Pacing Cup after the Inters.” Ken Casellas

Trainer Skye Bond and reinsman Ryan Warwick have made a flying start to the 2017-18 harness racing season and their golden run looks set to continue at full tilt at Gloucester Park on Friday night. They appear likely to dominate proceedings with a powerful line-up of high-quality pacers. Bond’s past 11 starters have produced nine wins, a second and a third and Warwick’s past 12 drives have resulted in ten wins, a second and a third. Bond is the leading trainer this season with 15 wins and nine placings from 28 starts and Warwick is a clear leader in the drivers’ premiership with an identical record of 28 drives for 15 wins and nine placings. Warwick had two drives for two wins at Pinjarra on Monday and three drives for three wins at Gloucester Park on Tuesday and he has outstanding prospects of increasing his remarkable winning sequence by scoring with his first two drives on Friday night when he will be in the sulky behind hot Bond-trained favourites Dodolicious (race two) and Mighty Mr Sharkey (race three). Dodolicious has won in grand style at her first two appearances after a spell and she should carry too many guns for her ten rivals in the 2130m TABtouch Interdominion Starts November 24 Pace for mares. In a good field, she will clash with smart last-start winners Forever Remembered and Foxy Dame and the in-form duo of Donegal Rundlescreek and Shes Artful. Four-year-old Mighty Mr Sharkey is in dazzling form and will take a power of beating in the 2130m TABtouch Interdominion Heat Night Two Pace. He has set the pace and won convincingly at each of his past three starts and Warwick is expected to get him away speedily from the No. 3 barrier in a bid to take up the running. Corey Peterson, who turned 17 on Wednesday, hopes to celebrate his birthday with a forward showing from the Peter Anderson-trained polemarker Bronze Seeker, who will be improved after his first-up eighth behind Dredlock Rockstar last week after starting out wide at barrier eight and racing at the rear. Bond and Warwick also have strong winning chances later in the program with Fifth Edition (race four), Gaz Wannabet (race five), Simply Susational (race seven), Vampiro (race nine) and Bettor Not Bitter (race ten). Warwick will also handle last-start winner Yackandandah in race six, the Maureen Clement Memorial Pace. Yackandandah overcame the difficult No. 7 barrier when he worked hard in the breeze before winning narrowly from the pacemaker Brookies Jet over 1730m last Friday night. Yackandandah is prepared by Clint Hall, who has opted to drive stablemate Fernleigh Rebel in preference to Yackandandah this week. Vampiro and Bettor Not Bitter are outstanding prospects for the Bond-Warwick combination in the final two events on the program. Vampiro, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old by Bettors Delight, chalked up his fifth successive victory when he raced wide early and then without cover before hitting the front 350m from home and scoring by just under a length from Responder, rating 1.57.6 over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Five-year-old Bettor Not Bitter, a winner at nine of his 32 starts, is a strong stayer capable of overcoming the disadvantage of starting out wide at barrier nine in the 2536m TABtouch Pace. He had a tough run in the breeze and fought on gamely when second to the talented Livura over 2130m last Friday night. Ken Casellas

Hall of Fame harness racing trainer Gary Hall Snr holds the whip hand in the $50,000 Navy Cup at Gloucester Park tomorrow night with five of the 12 runners. But he predicts stable star Chicago Bull faces a stern test from the outside barrier (No. 9) in the 2130m feature event. “He will obviously improve on his first-up fourth two weeks ago,” he said. “But he will have the job ahead of him from the wide draw and it’s not going to be easy. “I was disappointed with his fourth behind Jambiani in the Porter Memorial last Friday week; I wasn’t over enamoured with it. It wasn’t that strong a field. “Before his first-up run, he did tie up a bit on the Monday. But the vet said he was right to go, and I don’t know whether that had anything to do with his performance. For him, it wasn’t a top performance, not for a horse who is second favourite for the Inter Dominion. “However, he is still my best hope of winning on Friday night. He’s never been a terrific track worker; he’s a bit lazy.” In summing up his five Navy Cup runners, Hall nominated Chicago Bull (to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr) on top, ahead of Beaudiene Boaz and Run Oneover. His other runners are American Boy and Norvic Nightowl. Beaudiene Boaz was a 7/1 chance when he surged home from last at the 1050m to hit the front 680m from home and win the 2016 Navy Cup by two and a half lengths from the 9/4 on favourite Bettors Fire. He warmed up for this week’s assignment with a splendid second, a half-head behind Condrieu in the Spring Pace last Friday night when he ran on from fifth, three back on the pegs at the bell. Kim Prentice is under suspension and this week Michael Grantham will drive Beaudiene Boaz, who will start from the inside of the back line and should enjoy a perfect trip behind the likely pacemaker My Hard Copy. “Beaudiene Boaz improved out of sight with his run last week, a week after his first-up tenth behind Jambiani in the Porter Memorial when he was a bit big in condition and ran out of legs,” Hall Snr said. Run Oneover, to be driven by Stuart McDonald from barrier six, maintained his excellent form when he set the pace and finished a half-head second to Jambiani last Friday week. That followed his all-the-way victory over Our Jimmy Johnstone and Ideal Alice a week earlier. “If Run Oneover had drawn to lead he would’ve been a good thing,” said Hall. “American Boy (Lauren Jones) needs to be close handy to be any chance; he’s strong enough, but just lacks a bit of point-to-point speed. Norvic Nightowl (Aiden de Campo) is a very good horse. But he’s been out for a long time and will take a little while to hit his top.” Hall Snr is seeking his fifth winner as a trainer in the Navy Cup, after successes with Abit Rich (1997), Real Life (2009), Hokonui Ben (2012) and Beaudiene Boaz (2016). He also prepared Navy Cup placegetters Facet Spiro (2007) and Talk To Me Courage (2010). Hall’s elder son Clint is training and will drive dual WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy, who looms as a major chance in Friday night’s Cup after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. The eight-year-old stallion is a capable frontrunner who is sure to take plenty of catching. My Hard Copy impressed last Friday night at his third outing after an absence of 13 months when he ran home boldly from eighth at the bell to be a close fourth behind Condrieu, Beaudiene Boaz and Ideal Alice Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed has high hopes of continuing his dominance of the Navy Cup by winning with the up-and-coming star Shandale, who will be driven by Shannon Suvaljko from out wide at barrier eight. Reed has won the Navy Cup a record six times --- with Sylvies Secret (1986), Manageable (1989), Time Symbol (1992), Golden Resonator (2001), Tricky Vic (2002) and La Valiente (2004). Shandale is in peak form, winning in fine style at his past two starts.          Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, who has won the Navy Cup with Chipmont (1991), Mark Craig (1995) and Super Strike (1996), will be represented with giant-killer Jambiani, who has unwound devastating late sprints to win at odds of 95/1 and 45/1 at his past two appearances. Jambiani will be driven by Morgan Woodley, who is sure to bide his time from the outside of the back line and rely on the seven-year-old’s flying finishing burst. Ken Casellas

Inter Dominion Championship harness racing entrant Condrieu caused an upset when securing a freak inside run to win the $25,000 Spring Pace (2536m) at Gloucester Park tonight. The gelding, starting at $24.10, scored by a half-head from favourite Ideal Alice ($1.60) and Beaudiene Boaz ($10.50), who dead-heated for second. Condrieu, driven by Ryan Warwick, accelerated through on the pegs from third position after pacemaker Ideal Alice hung out under pressure in the home straight. Judges delayed a decision while finding margins on a photo finish print of the near triple dead-heat. Connections of the Skye Bond-trained Condrieu hope he can lift his ranking and secure a start in Inters heats during November and December. Racing and Wagering WA chief handicapper Warren Wishart said Condrieu was 57th in the first round of Inters rankings, which were released today. Wishart assessed the 97 Inters entrants when formulating rankings. “Only the top 30 pacers in rankings can contest Inters qualifying heats,” Wishart said. “There will be three updates of the rankings. This will give horses a chance to lift their rankings before the first set of heats on November 24.” Tonight’s performance indicated Condrieu is capable of qualifying for the $1.1 million Inters final over 2936m at Gloucester Park on December 8. The gelding, starting for the first time in more than three months tonight, has won 20 races. “He joins an illustrious list of Spring Pace winners,” Gloucester Park Harness Racing co-vice president Gino Monaco said at the trophy presentation. “Winners in recent years include Has The Answers, Dasher VC, Machtu and Bettors Fire.” Ernie Manning Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

Classy New Zealand-bred stallion Lets Chase The Dream with a costly first-up failure last Friday night, can atone for that disappointment by bouncing back and winning the Pacer of the Year Chicago Bull Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, according to star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr. Hall drove Lets Chase The Dream, prepared by his father Gary Hall Snr, when the horse, at his first appearance since April, set a brisk pace and was beaten in the final stride by a head by the fast-finishing Thereugo. “Was I disappointed with that performance,” mused Hall Jnr “Yes and no. Yes, because I thought he was going to win, and, no, because he pulled a bit in the middle stages and hit the wheel a little bit. The middle half in 57sec. cost him a bit and he pulled up fat, which I knew he would.” The Hall stable appears to have a stranglehold on Friday night’s race, with four of the eight runners - Lets Chase The Dream, Harry Hoo, Mach Time and Mcclinchie. Hall Jnr will drive Mach Time from barrier three and Stuart McDonald will be in the sulky behind Mcclinchie. The race is restricted to M2-class pacers and Hall Snr has engaged young drivers Corey Peterson and Deni Roberts to make use of their concession and enable M3-class performers Harry Hoo and Lets Chase The Dream to contest Friday night’s $20,000 event. Sixteen-year-old Peterson gave an accomplished performance to land his first metropolitan-class winner last Friday night when Harry Hoo defeated the fast-finishing Lagoon Stride. He will stick with Harry Hoo this week and said he was keen to take full advantage of the No. 1 barrier by setting the pace. Roberts (21) will drive Lets Chase The Dream, who will start from the No. 5 barrier. Lets Chase The Dream is the stable’s best chance, I’d say,” declared Hall Jnr “He’ll improve and I think that his class will get him over Harry Hoo.” Ken Casellas

The three big zero’s alongside Ohoka Darcy’s name in the opening event, the $18,000 Book Your TABtouch Inter Dominion Hospitality Now Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, should not deter punters from supporting the New Zealand-bred five-year-old. Yes, it is true: Ohoka Darcy, prepared at Ravenswood by Nathan Turvey, has finished last at his past three starts and he has been beaten by 150m, 85.4m and 124.1m - a combined total of 359.5m. At the end of May Ohoka Darcy resumed after a short spell when he gave an impressive display to win by five lengths from A Bit Ruthless after being checked and breaking into a gallop and then racing three wide for most of the 1776m journey. He then raced in the first week of June, July and August when he galloped at the start of a stand and finished a distant last at Gloucester Park and then broke in running in mobile events and finished last at Narrogin and Gloucester Park. “He raced three wide the trip for his first-up win at Wagin,” Turvey said. “He went really good, but I don’t know whether that hurt him a bit. After that, he got a bit agitated and started going rough and galloping. So, I turned him out to freshen him up. “I took him to the trials at Pinjarra on Sunday and I didn’t push him. I just wanted him to go to the line feeling good. He did and felt real good (in finishing fourth behind Lady Dupree in a field of five). “He will start from barrier one on Friday night and is a capable leader. I’ll play things by ear. It doesn’t look good, looking at his numerical form. But at his latest start he was going to run third behind Vultan Tin and Sprinter before he galloped.” Ohoka Darcy won at three of his eight starts in New Zealand and his 23 starts in Western Australia have produced eight wins and four placings. He is sure to meet extremely stiff opposition on Friday night from the speedy five-year-old Just Bet On Black, who is trained and driven by Colin Brown and will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line. Brown’s team has been firing lately and smart punters are sure to rally to support Just Bet On Black, who possesses excellent gate speed and has a fine record of ten wins and eight placings from only 27 starts.   Ken Casellas

Ravenswood trainer-reinsman Nathan Turvey, Peter Ensel and Michael Rowe have no regrets of their decision to buy Livura from New Zealand for $45,000 in March of last year and the six-year-old looks a star bet in the second heat of the TABtouch Inter Dominion Starts November 24 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The son of Live Or Die has been placed diligently and cleverly by Turvey and is still classified as an M0 performer, despite earnings of $168,420 from 16 wins and 26 placings from 62 starts. Livura has raced 36 times in Western Australia for 12 wins, 17 placings and stakes of $125,985. He was successful at his first four starts in this State, two at Northam and two at Narrogin in April-May 2016 and last summer he finished second to Master Jaxon in the Group 2 San Simeon Classic and third behind Rub of the Green and Ideal Tyson in the Group 3 Christmas Gift before finishing a head second to Harry Hoo in the Pure Steel Final, a listed classic, in May this year. Turvey is confident that Livura will prove hard to beat this week when having his first start for five weeks. At his latest appearance, on August 11, Livura started from the back line and Turvey quickly had him racing in the one-out, one-back position before dashing him forward in the middle stages to work in the breeze outside the pacemaker Argyle Red. Livura finished strongly to hit the lead 90m from the post and win by a short half-head from the fast-finishing Military Master. “I have given him a little freshen-up, but he’s pretty forward (in condition) and we’ll be coming out hard (from barrier three) in a bid to lead,” Turvey said. “If we can’t cross to the front, I’ll be quite happy to sit in the breeze.” Turvey said that he had placed Livura well in selecting his races. “I haven’t set any targets for him,” he said. “But this preparation we’ll see how far he can go. He can sit on good speed and still have a good kick at the end.” Livura’s chief rival on Friday night is sure to be the Skye Bond-trained Bettor Not Bitter, the only runner off the back line. Bettor Not Bitter, who has earned $56,739 from nine wins and nine placings from 31 starts, has a bright future and will pay to follow in the coming months. He galloped at the standing start and again 150m later and gave an eye-catching performance to surge home, out wide, from tenth at the bell to finish an extremely close fourth behind Ohoka Kentucky last Friday night. His past six starts have been in stands and he is sure to appreciate a return to mobile racing. Bettor Not Bitter will be driven by Ryan Warwick, who also has bright prospects with other Bond-trained pacers Donegal Rundlescreek and Mighty Mr Sharkey. Donegal Rundlescreek is in splendid form, but has to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier (No. 9) in the Season Award Winners Pace for mares. She has the ability to do just that. Donegal Rundlescreek caught the eye last Friday night when she was tenth at the bell before sustaining a spirited burst to finish a close third to Thereugo and Lets Chase The Dream over 2130m.  She finished powerfully from the rear to win in fine style over 2185m at Pinjarra the previous Monday. Mighty Mr Sharkey should complete a hat-trick and record his ninth victory from 21 starts by proving too good for his 11 rivals in the Gloucester Park Leading Trainer Greg and Skye Bond Pace over 2130m. He will start from barrier five on the front line and he is capable of mustering sufficient early pace to get to the front and then dictate the terms of the race. He started from the No. 4 barrier, dashed to the front after 400m and sprinted over the final 800m in 56.3sec. to win easily from Im Master Charlie and Webb Ellis over 2130m last Friday night. Ken Casellas

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr faces a busy time in the sulky at Gloucester Park on Friday night with eight drives and he has labelled speedy mare Ideal Alice as his best winning prospect. Ideal Alice, trained by Hall’s father Gary, is perfectly placed at barrier No. 1 on the front line in the Spring Pace, a $25,000 listed classic event over 2536m. She is a brilliant frontrunner whose 46 starts in Western Australia, all at Gloucester Park, have produced 16 wins and 15 placings after winning at three of her 11 starts in New Zealand. The daughter of American Ideal boasts a splendid record from the No. 1 barrier. She has started from the pole position ten times in WA for six wins, three seconds and one third. “She’s my best drive at the meeting and I reckon she’ll win,” said Hall Jnr “She should lead and she’s a hard horse to put pressure on because she runs so fast. The track is very fast and I reckon it is a three-length advantage for a leader at the moment.” Hall Snr holds a strong hand in Friday night’s feature event in which he will also be represented by American Boy (Corey Peterson), Norvic Nightowl (Stuart McDonald) and Beaudiene Boaz (Kim Prentice). Hall Jnr said that he expected Norvic Nightowl to perform strongly, even from out wide at No. 7 on the front line. Norvic Nightowl started from barrier eight in a 1730m sprint last Friday night when making his first appearance for 15 months. He was seventh at the bell before finishing strongly to be fifth behind Shandale. Ideal Alice started from the No. 9 barrier and ran on from ninth at the bell into sixth position. Vultan Tin, trained at Coolup by Phil Costello, and Sprinter, trained at Blythewood by Gary Elson, will have many admirers, despite starting from unfavourable barriers, at No. 6 and No. 8, respectively. Vultan Tin has been freshened up since he raced wide in the early stages, then worked hard without cover and fought on gamely to finish fourth behind El Hombre over 2130m on August 18. His form before that was outstanding, with his previous six starts producing an easy win over Sprinter, four seconds and one fourth. Sprinter maintained his wonderful form when he started from barrier eight, settled in eighth place, dashed forward to work in the breeze after a lap and took a narrow lead 100m from the post to win by a neck from the pacemaker Gaz Wannabet last Friday night. He has been driven in his past eight starts by Hall Jnr, who opted to drive Ideal Alice in this week’s race. Sprinter will be driven by Nathan Turvey, who has enjoyed tremendous success with the New Zealand-bred five-year-old. Turvey said that he was delighted to renew his association with Sprinter after having driven the gelding 30 times for 12 wins, six seconds and four thirds. Interest will also surround the return to racing of the enigmatic Condrieu, who will start from the inside of the back line, immediately behind Ideal Alice. Condrieu, trained by Skye Bond and a winner of 19 races, has been off the scene for three months. He should enjoy a perfect trip. Ken Casellas

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild believe the State's best harness racing pacer, Chicago Bull, can return from a freshen up and keep his winning record in tact when he steps out in the $25,000 Howard Porter Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Leading tipster Stuart Lowe, longshot king Pat Harding and Guild president Wayne Currall have all made the "Little Bull" their best bet on the 10-event card. Lowe summed up the thoughts of his colleagues. "My best bet is WA’s best pacer, Chicago Bull, who resumes from a seven-week break," he said. "He has gate seven - the same number he has had at four of his last five wins. Won't be any fancy price, but looks too good for his rivals again." Lowe has opted for Batavia Scooter as his value bet. "Batavia Scooter is awkwardly drawn in gate 12, but he has run good races at two of his last three starts at Gloucester Park and has each-way claims again," he said. Harding believes it's another tough night ahead for punters with a battle looming between the leading stables of Skye Bond and Gary Hall in many races. He is keen on Gaz Wannabet in the fourth event. "At his first run after a spell he put the writing on the wall with a very creditable second place and I think punters can be rewarded this week with a good win," Harding said. Currall likes Kissmecougar as his value selection. "This Collie-trained mare has a devastating sprint when held up for one run," he said. "Her last-start second behind Donegal Rundlescreek was full of merit and she should be at each-way odds again." On-course announcer Ken Casellas is keen on Mighty Mr Sharkey. "He’s the youngest and least experienced runner in the Book Your Melbourne Cup Luncheon at GP Pace, but Mighty Mr Sharkey stands out as a star bet," he said. "The New Zealand-bred four-year-old maintained his splendid form when he began speedily from barrier four and set the pace before winning easily from Tanaka Eagle at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon." Casellas also has a lot of time for Harry Hoo. "Five-year-old Harry Hoo gets my nod as the best value bet of the night when he contests the 2536m TABtouch Interdominion Starts November 24 Pace," he said. "He is racing with admirable spirit in stronger company and has the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting out wide in gate seven." The West Australian's Ernie Manning has opted for Our Zac Whitby as his best bet. "Our Zac Whitby has drawn gate two and looks hard to beat after bouncing back to his best at Pinjarra last Monday," he said. "He set a solid pace and scored by 18.4m in the Pinjarra event, which was his second race after a six-week break." Manning is a fan of Norvic Nightowl on an each-way basis. "Norvic Nightowl will be racing for the first time in 15 months and he has drawn gate eight, but his Perth tally suggests he should be respected," he said. "The New Zealand import’s 11 Gloucester Park races have resulted in five wins and five places. He scored 12 Kiwi victories and has notched seven WA wins since arriving here in 2015." TABradio's race caller Matt McDermott is a fan of Bettor Not Bitter in the stand. "He has been in winning form, is a good frontrunner and he has 10m up his sleeve on most of his main rivals - I like Better Not Bitter as my best for the night," he said.  McDermott, like Casellas, is also keen on Harry Hoo. "He should appreciate meeting this company compared to his recent outings and was an eye-catching sixth last week, making ground up from last entering the straight," he said. Veteran tipster Bill Brindley has opted for Lets Chase The Dream in the opening event as his best. "What an exciting program with the opening event providing plenty of interest," he said. "Lets Chase The Dream oozes class and has to be my best bet from the pole for new trainer Gary Hall. "Mighty Mr Sharkey is another good bet in the second after an impressive Pinjarra win Monday and shapes up as a coming fast-class pacer. Another impressive Pinjarra winner was Our Zak Whitby who can win race nine. A return to fine weather should ensure a good night for punters." TABradio's announcer Matt Young, who is the youngest member of the tipping panel, rejoins the fray this season. "My best bet is Lord Lexus who has been performing in stronger company and looks to have found his race and is worth waiting for in the last on Friday night.” he said. Young is keen on Lovers Prayer as his best value. "Value bet at odds is Lovers Prayer, who has been racing well," he said. "The key will be to try and hold the front and I think she can be very dangerous." To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

Cracking New Zealand bred harness racing five-year-old Lets Chase The Dream will resume after an absence of almost five months and will have his first start for Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr when he contests the $7 Pints At JPs Every Friday Night Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A winner at 13 of his 33 starts and $469,123 in prizemoney, Lets Chase The Dream was purchased by prominent West Australian owners Beth Richardson, Danny Roberts and Sue Beven after the horse finished a nose second to Classie Brigade at Rangiora on April 23 this year.    Hall said that Lets Chase The Dream, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, from the prized No. 1 barrier on Friday night, had been nominated for the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship series at Gloucester Park in November and December. “We’ll take it easy for a while to see how he goes,” Hall Snr said. “He’s a little bit underdone, but is pretty fit. We will try to lead and he should go well. We don’t want to hand up to Thereugo. He’s working on a par with my good horses, Ohoka Punter and all of them.” Lets Chase The Dream (Bettor's Delight) is an M3-class pacer and should prove far too good for his lower-assessed rivals. He came to Perth in April 2016 when Chris Lewis drove him at his two appearances at Gloucester Park, for a win over Mach Time and Ideal Tyson in a prelude of the WA Derby and a 2m second to Chicago Bull in the Derby final. He was an outstanding two-year-old who twice beat superstar Lazarus in rich Group 1 events. He beat Lazarus by a neck in the $100,000 Cardigan Bay Stakes at Alexandra Park in March 2015 and scored by a length over Motu Premier and the fast-finishing Lazarus in the $156,400 New Zealand Sires Stakes at Addington in May. Shandale was fourth and Chicago Bull finished ninth in the latter event. As a three-year-old, Lets Chase The Dream twice finished second to Lazarus in Group 1 feature events in New Zealand. At his latest start, in a Group 3 classic at Rangiora on April 23 this year, Lets Chase The Dream raced in the breeze in the middle stages of the 2600m event before gaining the one-out, one-back trail at the 1400m. He was switched three wide on the home turn and burst to the front 90m from the post before finishing a nose second to the fast-finishing Classie Brigade, rating 1.55.3, with the final 800m taking 54.1sec. Ken Casellas  

Sixteen-year-old Corey Peterson has bright prospects of landing his first city-class winner at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he drives smart five-year-old Harry Hoo for ace harness racing trainer Gary Hall Snr in the $20,000 TABtouch Inter Dominion Starts November 24 Pace. He also has excellent prospects in an earlier race, the Pace, in which he will drive stylish last-start winner Mcclinchie. Harry Hoo, a winner at 12 of his 48 starts, drops in class and has the ability to overcome the disadvantage of starting out wide at barrier seven in the 2536m event. He was tenth on the pegs at the bell before finishing strongly into sixth place behind Shandale over 2130m last Friday night. He led when running a splendid second to El Hombre two starts before that. Harry Hoo (Bettor's Delight), who has a losing sequence of nine, will clash with The Errol Ashcroft-trained mare Forever Remembered, who will start from the outside of the front line, but looks a realistic chance in this moderate company. She is capable of unwinding a spirited late burst, similar to her sparkling sprint which carried her to a thrilling victory over Maia Maguire and Foxy Dame three starts ago. Mcclinchie impressed at his first start for Hall when he finished strongly from fifth at the bell to beat El Hombre and Messi over 2536m last Friday night. Mcclinchie will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line, with El Hombre on the outside at barrier nine. El Hombre, to be driven by Chris Lewis, was gallant in defeat behind Mcclinchie last week after racing in the breeze for most of the journey but gets a good chance to turn the tables this week. Ken Casellas

Serpentine harness racing trainer Matt Scott made a wise decision to lease New South Wales-bred pacer Always Arjay two years ago and he is delighted at the excellent form shown by the six-year-old since recovering from a tendon injury which kept him out of action for 14 months. Always Arjay damaged his nearside tendon in April 2016 and since he resumed racing in June this year he has had ten starts for five wins. He will start from barrier three on the front line in a 2503m stand, the $18,000 Win Boost Now On TABtouch Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night, and should take a power of beating. “Always Arjay’s work last Saturday was first-class and I expect him to go well on Friday,” Scott said. “His last-start fourth (behind stablemate Bartowski) was very good. He came off 30 metres and made his run down the back straight when he was pushed four and five wide around the final two bends. He had won at five of his previous six starts.” Always Arjay (Always A Virgin) will again be driven by Shannon Suvaljko, who said: “If he finds the front, he’ll be hard to beat.” Looming as the major danger to Always Arjay is the Skye Bond trained Bettor Not Bitter, whose past six starts have produced four wins and two seconds. Bettor Not Bitter was an odds-on fancy when he worked hard in the breeze all the way when a fighting second to the pacemaker Arising Easton in a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. He won in good style at Gloucester Park and Pinjarra at his two previous outings. Bettor Not Bitter will start from the inside barrier on the front line with Ryan Warwick in the sulky. If he leads he will prove very hard to beat. Scott said that he was hopeful that Bartowski, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr from barrier four on the front line, would reveal his normal brilliance from a stand and burst past Bettor Not Bitter and into the lead.  “I expect Bartowski to cross to the early lead and then take a sit on Always Arjay,” Scott said. “Bartowski led early and then took the sit in a race last week --- and he ran home strongly to win.” Scott races Always Arjay on lease from John Gullace and Cathy Cousins and the gelding’s 24 starts for him have produced eight wins and seven placings. “When I leased Brookies Jet from John and Cathy a couple of years ago they told me that they had a few horses in Melbourne with Andy Gath, including Always Arjay, who was being set for the Victoria Derby, but got sick. “So I leased Always Arjay along with Qtown Rip Roaring and C C Chevron.” Qtown Rip Roaring has had 62 starts for Scott for seven wins and 11 placings and C C Chevron’s 67 starts for Scott have produced six wins and 18 placings. Co-backmarkers off 20m are Billies A Star and Ohoka Kentucky and they appear the chief rivals for Always Arjay and Bettor Not Bitter. Ken Casellas

Up and coming five-year-old Shandale is unbeaten at his two outings over 1730m and harness racing reinsman Shannon Suvaljko is confident the New Zealand-bred gelding can maintain his grand form in sprints by winning the $22,000 Book Your Harness Racing Travel World Interdominion Package Now Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Shandale, trained at Henley Brook by Mike Reed, chalked up his 12th win from 39 starts when he worked hard, three wide early and then in the breeze, before beating the pacemaker Mach Time over 2130m last Friday night. He steps up in class when he begins from barrier four on the front line on Friday night, but Suvaljko declared that the Art Major gelding, who is being set for the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship series in November and December, will maintain a steady rate of improvement. “He’ll be hard and fit for 1730m; he’s a gross horse and he will continue to improve,” he said. “He’s on the way up and is definitely an Inters contender. “At his first-up run two starts ago, he drew wide in a good field over 2536m. So, we drove him back (in the field) and nothing hit the line better than him (in coming from 12th at the bell and finishing seventh behind Jambiani). “Then, last week, in an easier field, we put him in the race and he showed his class (racing three wide early and then without cover) before winning from Mach Time. I think he’s definitely the one to beat this week. “Before he went out for a spell early in May he rated 1.53.8 when he raced in the breeze and won from Eyre Crusher over 1730m. I reckon he wasn’t going as good then as he is now. On Friday night, I’ll be happy to sit outside Ideal Tyson if he holds the lead from the inside barrier. We won’t be handing up to anything. “I’m not sure whether Ideal Tyson will be able to hold the lead. I think that Courage Tells (barrier two) or Dredlock Rockstar (No. 3) are capable of crossing to the front.” Aiden De Campo will again drive Ideal Tyson for trainer Gary Elson and he said that he would be keen to win the start and then set the pace with the powerful five-year-old. “The barrier certainly helps him in this class and, hopefully, he’s got enough speed to hold up,” De Campo said. “And if he leads, he’ll give a good show. His latest run, when three back on the fence before running on to be third to Shandale last week, was probably his best run in this prep. “Ideal Tyson is a big, tough rolling horse and nothing will out-tough him if he’s in front. I consider that the only way he can be beaten is if something crosses him early.” Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr has a strong hand in Friday night’s race in which he will be represented by American Boy, Norvic Nightowl and Ideal Alice. Star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr will drive Ideal Alice from the outside barrier (No. 9), Lauren Jones will handle American Boy and Stuart McDonald will drive Norvic Nightowl. Hall Snr is keen on the prospects of Ideal Alice, the only mare in the race, and declares her an good each-way prospect. American Boy and Norvic Nightowl are each resuming after a spell, but are capable of a bold first-up showing. “American Boy is going well and will be a chance,” said Hall Snr. “Norvic Nightowl has not raced for 15 months. He has recovered from a bowed tendon and probably will need the run.” Ideal Alice certainly looms as a major player. Her recent form is outstanding. She ran on strongly from last at the bell in a field of six to finish an excellent third behind Run Oneover and Our Jimmy Johnstone over 2130m last Friday night. That followed a win and two placings from her three previous outings. Ken Casellas

Superstar pacer Chicago Bull will start the most ambitious campaign of his illustrious harness racing career when he contests the $25,000 Howard Porter Memorial over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he is forward enough in condition to notch his 23rd victory at his 35th start, despite drawing out wide at barrier seven. Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr was somewhat guarded in his prediction, saying: “he will go close.” Chicago Bull (Bettor's Delight) will be making his first appearance for eight weeks and will be strongly fancied to extend his winning sequence to seven. He took his earnings to $932,049 when he began speedily from the No. 4 barrier, set the pace and won convincingly from The Bucket List and Our Jericho at a 1.55.9 rate over 2130m on July 14. The five-year-old is being set for the rich summer carnival treble of the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship, the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup. His clash in the Inters with sensational New Zealand five-year-old Lazarus should provide spectacular action. Hall hinted that his son Gary Hall Jnr would drive Chicago Bull conservatively and would rely on the gelding’s renowned dazzling finishing burst. Hall Snr holds a strong hand in Friday night’s race in which he will also be represented by Run Oneover and Beaudiene Boaz. Stuart McDonald will drive Run Oneover from the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line and Nathan Turvey has been engaged to handle Beaudiene Boaz, who will start from the inside of the back line. Hall Snr who has won the Porter Memorial with Make The Rules (1999), Its Written In The Stars (2000) and Crusader Banner (2015), said he expected Run Oneover to prove hard to beat, predicting that the six-year-old would set the pace and would not be placed under undue pressure. Run Oneover led from barrier two and after a scorching third quarter of the final mile in 26.8sec. held on doggedly to win from Our Jimmy Johnstone last Friday night. Hall Snr said that $1 million pacer Beaudiene Boaz was “going super” and was poised for a strong effort at his first start for eight weeks. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri will be represented by Sheer Rocknroll (resuming after a spell) and Jambiani (a fast-finishing last-start winner). Sheer Rocknroll, to be driven for the first time by Morgan Woodley, is a winner of 22 races and should be prominent from the No. 2 barrier on the front line. Sheer Rocknroll, the only mare in the race, warmed up for her first-up assignment after an absence of 12 weeks with a most impressive trial win at Pinjarra on Sunday morning when she led and won by four lengths from talented stablemate Im Full of Excuses, rating 1.56.2 over 2185m. Shannon Suvaljko will drive Jambiani, who will start from barrier four on the front line. Jambiani was a 95/1 outsider driven by McDonald when he was fifth, three back on the pegs at the bell, before flashing home to beat Ideal Alice and Run 0neover at a 1.55 rate in the 2536m August Cup last Friday week. The Michael Brennan trained The Bucket List will have admirers from barrier five. Now an eight-year-old, The Bucket List finished solidly when second to the pacemaker Bettors Fire in the Porter Memorial 12 months ago. Adding further interest to Friday night’s event will be the return to racing of seven-year-old Simply Susational, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick for trainer Skye Bond. He will start from barrier two on the back line and is capable of unwinding with a powerful finishing burst. Dual WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy (Clint Hall) and Americanbootscoota (Chris Lewis), a winner at eight of his past 13 starts, fared badly in the random draw and face difficult tasks from barriers eight and nine, respectively. Ken Casellas

It’s extremely difficult to recommend a mare who has managed one win from her past 48 starts and boasts a losing sequence of 16 but Machulbeatchu, a six-year-old prepared at Northam by Lang Inwood, has a chance of sending harness racing punters home on a winning note by overcoming the No. 6 barrier in the final event, the Sky Racing Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Machulbeatchu, who has a poor winning record of seven per cent, caught the eye at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when she was restrained to the rear from barrier five, was eighth in the one-wide line at the bell and then was hopelessly blocked for a clear passage in the final stages before Chris Voak got her clear in the final 100m. Machulbeatchu then sprouted wings, out seven wide, to snatch third placing behind Our Artemisia and The Prodigy. It was not a strong field, but neither is the line-up of nine runners in Friday night’s M0 event over the sprint journey of 1730m. The only runner in the field to have won a race in their past ten starts is Free To Air, who will be driven from the outside barrier by Dean Miller for Pinjarra trainer Chris King. Free To Air made most of the running and held on to win by a half-head from Donovan Bromac over 2100m at Bunbury three starts ago. Female trainers prepare six of the nine runners, with Debbie Padberg represented by polemarker Nothing In Between, Ready For Takeoff and Bettors Avenue, Wendy Boyd by R J Bopper and Our Clarisa and Maryann White by Lipizzaner. Sarah Suvaljko hopes to get a flying start to the 2017-18 season by winning the Retravision Pace with Bettor Twisted, the solitary runner off the back line in the 1730m sprint event. Chris Lewis will handle the experienced five-year-old whose past couple of runs have been full of merit. Bettor Twisted was eighth at the bell and sustained a strong burst, out wide, to finish a close sixth behind Rowan Skipper over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. He travelled five wide over the final 500m and was doing his best work on the line. At his previous outing, last Friday week, Bettor Twisted started from barrier nine, was 11th early and ninth on the pegs at the bell before finishing solidly into fourth place behind Cest Lheure. Brilliant mare Dodolicious will resume racing after an absence of three and a half months when she starts out wide at barrier seven in the TABtouch Westbred Pace. Owned and trained by Skye Bond and with Ryan Warwick in the sulky, Dodolicious, the winner of 15 of her 28 starts, should prove too good for her seven rivals. Ken Casellas  

Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr has Mcclinchie, a newcomer to his Serpentine stable, working in dashing style and the New Zealand-bred harness racing five-year-old is poised for a strong effort when he contests the $20,000 Princi Butchers Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Ace reinsman Gary Hall jun. declared the Bettor's Delight gelding a “big chance” and added that he was “each-way, all day.” ”We’ve had him for almost a month and he’s going good,” he said. Mcclinchie, owned by Skye Bond, is the only runner off the back line and will start behind good frontrunner Im Master Charlie, who is expected to be engaged in a battle for the early lead with the Skye Bond-owned and trained four-year-old Messi. Messi, a speedy beginner to be driven by Ryan Warwick from the No. 2 barrier, has won at nine of his 20 starts. He was an all-the-way winner over 2242m at Narrogin three starts ago before being unplaced at his next two starts at Gloucester Park. Mcclinchie should settle into a favourable position and is sure to be running home powerfully. A winner at one of his 17 starts in New Zealand, he has raced 23 times in Western Australia for nine wins, six seconds and two thirds. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri holds a good hand in Friday night’s race, with Chris Lewis driving the handy performer Frostyflyer from barrier four and Deni Roberts in the sulky behind smart five-year-old El Hombre. El Hombre is the class runner of the field, but has to overcome the disadvantage of the outside barrier (No. 9). Olivieri engaged Roberts to make use of her junior concession to enable El Hombre, an M3-class performer, to contest an event restricted to M0, M1 and M2-class pacers. El Hombre drops appreciably in class after contesting the Group 3 August Cup last Friday night when he ran home solidly from eighth at the bell to finish sixth behind winning stablemate Jambiani. A week earlier El Hombre flew home from the rear to win from Change of Address and Harry Hoo at a 1.57.3 rate over 2130m. The Hall stable has sound winning prospects with Whozideawasthis (Westral Pace) and Mach Time (Slater Gartrell Pace). Whozideawasthis will have to overcome the disadvantage of starting from out wide at barrier nine, while Mach Time has drawn ideally at barrier No. 1. The New Zealand-bred Whozideawasthis, a former New South Wales performer, has impressed at his first five starts in Western Australia with four seconds and an easy all-the-way win three starts ago. “He tends to lose concentration in his races,” said reinsman Gary Hall Jnr “But his runs have been good and I reckon he’ll win this week, even from the wide draw.” Mach Time had no luck in the Schrader final last Friday night when he was trapped three wide early, met with a check and was restrained to the rear before finishing a well-beaten seventh behind Rabchenko. He led and won from Vultan Tin and El Hombre over 2130m two starts before that. “The draw brings Mach Time into it and over 2130m he will take some beating,” Hall Jnr said. “He’s always hard to beat when he leads.” The main dangers to Mach Time are sure to be Shandale and Ideal Tyson, who will share the back line with Say It Now. The Mike Reed-trained Shandale is sure to be improved after his first-up seventh in the August Cup last Friday night and the wonderfully consistent Ideal Tyson, trained by Gary Elson, is racing with great enthusiasm. Ken Casellas

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