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A young man and his horse, tonight, together take the biggest step of their harness racing careers. Devendra will compete on the opening night of the greatest harness racing Series in the Southern hemisphere, the $1.1 million dollar Inter-Dominion in Western Australia. Devendra has been there before, in 2015 he performed magnificently winning two heats of the Series at Gloucester Park before coming undone in the final. With the experience of his dual Inter-Dominion success as trainer-driver of the brilliant Beautide, James Rattray was in charge of Devendra's previous campaign. Two years on and the great 'Tassie hope' is back, the eight-year-old takes on the best pacers in the land, this time around with his trainer and regular driver Todd Rattray taking the reins. To the majority of the general public Todd has long lived in the shadow of brothers James and  Gareth, but since taking over operations of the Rattray Family stables he has truly arrived as star in his own right. Todd, the winner of the 2016/17 Tasmanian Driving premiership and leader again this season has completed his apprenticeship in the state's most successful stable of the past 20 years and is now battle-hardened for the enormous challenge ahead. The likes of champion Lazarus and Lennytheshark await the Tasmanian duo along with West Australian stars Chicago Bull and Soho Tribeca. Lazarus is the favourite for the Series, the champion has won his last eight starts, blitzing a class field in the New Zealand Cup in runaway style in the lead-up to the Championship and will clash with Devendra in heat one. Lennytheshark, the 2015 Inter champ at Gloucester Park has since added the Miracle Mile and Victoria Cup to its list of feature wins. Chicago Bull is the reigning  Fremantle and West Australian Pacing Cup winner while Soho Tribeca was placed in the Cups and turned the tables on Chicago Bull in the $200,000 Golden Nugget. In Heat One tonight at 22.04 (Tasmanian time) Devendra ($19) has drawn the pole, Soho Tribeca ($1.85) is alongside in two while the Mark Purdon superstar Lazarus ($2.25)  has drawn the car park in nine. By Shane Yates

The Inter Dominion has finally arrived and the “Fab Four” - Lazarus, Lennytheshark, Soho Tribeca and Chicago Bull - look set to dominate the harness racing series. Most members of the WA Trotting Media Guild, along with betting agencies throughout Australia, believe Kiwi superstar Lazarus will have his colours lowered by Soho Tribeca in the opening heat at Gloucester Park on Friday night and they have labelled 2015 Inters victor Lennytheshark and reigning Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup champ Chicago Bull as the best of good things after both pacers drew ideally in their respective heats. While most Guild members have tipped Soho Tribeca to halt Lazarus’ winning run, TABradio’s announcer Matt Young and GPTV’S Ken Casellas have made the Kim Prentice-trained and reined pacer their best bet. Young explains. “Soho Tribeca has finally come up with a marble but against the best horse in the Southern Hemisphere in Lazarus,” he said. “I'm still very keen and believe he will lead and win this and make his mark as a genuine threat in the final. If Lazarus beats Soho Tribeca on Friday, the series is as good as over.” And Casellas agrees. “The five-year-old Soho Tribeca is drawn to lead and he should carry too many guns for the brilliant Lazarus, who faces an acid test from the outside barrier in the field of nine,” he said. “He is my star bet on what should prove a dazzling night of pacing action.” Leading tipster Stuart Lowe, longshot king Pat Harding, Guild president Wayne Currall and veteran tipster Bill Brindley are all keen on Chicago Bull. Lowe spoke for his colleagues when he declared Chicago Bull WA’s best pacer. “Chicago Bull has won 13 of his last 20 starts and looks a live chance in the final,” he said. “Set a new Gloucester Park track record for 1730m of 1.51.6 two starts ago. Looks hard to beat here from barrier two.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, TABradio’s race caller Matt McDermott and Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar have all made Lennytheshark their star bet. Manning spoke for his colleagues when he said Lennytheshark was a genuine superstar. “Lennytheshark has drawn ideally at gate three and has proven he can handle Gloucester Park,” he said. “His three wins there have been highlighted by the 2015 Inters final and he looks a major chance to take the title again this year. He has looked back to peak form in Victoria wins at his past three starts.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is keen on Kiwi pacer Ultimate Machete. “Ultimate Machete was impressive in winning the Woodlands NZ Free-For-All last Friday defeating Tiger Tara, who is a $13 chance for the Inter Dominion series,” he said. “This week he has drawn the pole for his assignment in the Yes Loans 4YO Classic and will be very short but should be winning.” VALUE BETS Matt Young: Sheer Rocknroll gets the perfect draw to have a soft run in a race with plenty of depth. Ken: The Trilogy, to be driven by his trainer Kristian Hawkins, is racing with great enthusiasm. Stuart: Superfecta, who had very good form in New Zealand before a solid second here at only WA run, is well drawn and should be respected. Pat: Livura hasn’t had much luck in his last two races, but with Chris Lewis aboard and a good draw should be hard to beat. Wayne: El Jacko is drawn to get a soft run behind likely leader Bettor Be Lively and can be dangerous late. Bill: Costa Del Magnifico has drawn the pole and will take a power of beating in the lead. Ernie: Mr Mojito, a winner at 11 of 23 starts, covered extra ground from a second-row draw when unplaced in strong company last start. Can bounce back here. Matt McDermott: Lazarus was at $2.25 with TABtouch midweek. While Soho Tribeca himself is going great guns and has the favourable draw, better than evens for the New Zealander is hard to ignore. Robbie: Noted frontrunner Thereugo’s class could see him overcome an unfavourable back-line draw. Ryan: Sokys Bigbullet has impressed since joining the stables of Tony Svilicich and looks to have a bright future as outlined by his success in the Bunbury Cup last Saturday. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

On 17 October 2017 Our Jimmy Johnstone NZ underwent epiglottic entrapment surgery. Trainer G. Bond has reported the gelding recovered well from the surgery and on 22 November 2017 Veterinarian  Dr T. Lindsay performed an upper respiratory tract endoscopy on Our Jimmy Johnstone NZ and has reported  the wound had healed normally and it is therefore considered suitable to resume racing. Our Jimmy Johnstone NZ is engaged in heat two of the Inter-Dominion at Gloucester Park on Friday 24 November 2017.   Barbara Scott – Chief Steward Harness Ph: 9445 5176

Champion New Zealand harness racing trainer-driver Mark Purdon, deeply disappointed when his horse Mr Mojito, hot favourite at 10/9, sustained a flat sulky tyre soon after the start and raced at the rear before finishing 11th behind Chicago Bull in the McInerney Ford Classic at Gloucester Park 12 months ago, has high hopes of make amends for that unfortunate setback by driving Ultimate Machete to victory in the $125,000 Group 1 Yes Loans Four-Year-Old Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Yes Loans Classic replaces the McInerney Ford Classic, which has been a summer carnival feature event since 1996. Ultimate Machete, whose 21 starts have produced nine wins and ten placings for stakes of $574,905, will be a dominant favourite after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2130m classic. The Bettors Delight stallion earned a trip to Perth after scoring a superb victory over the experienced top-flight pacer Tiger Tara in the $234,000 Woodlands New Zealand Free-For-All at Addington last Friday when he had a tough run in the breeze before surging past the pacemaker Tiger Tara 70m from the post and beating that pacer by a neck, rating 1.51.9 over 1950m, with final quarters in 27.9sec. and 26.9sec. The $234,000 Woodlands New Zealand Free-For-All at Addington last Friday Ultimate Machete was driven by Natalie Rasmussen, who described him as a “serious horse” who would love the style of West Australian racing. “He’s got good gate speed and can also sit out wide and run home strongly,” she said. “He just keeps on going and doesn’t lie down; getting into a dog fight is his go in life.” Ultimate Machete gave a sample of his class on his only previous visit to Australia, when he finished third in a heat of the New South Wales Derby at Menangle last February before finishing a 1m second to his brilliant stablemate Vincent in the 2400m final in which the final 400m was covered in a sizzling 25.5sec. Late last year Ultimate Machete’s wins included the Group 1 $156,000 Sires Stakes at Addington, the Group 2 Alabar Classic at Alexandra Park and a listed $195,000 classic at Alexandra Park when he dashed over the final 800m of the 2200m event in 55.5sec. Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr and star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr have combined to win the McInerney Ford Classic five times, including the past three years, with Waylade, Beaudiene Boaz and Chicago Bull. They also won with The Falcon Strike in 2001. Hall Snr won the event, previously known as the Coca Cola Pace and 6PR Classic, as a reinsman with Love of Glory (whom he trained) in 1990, Valley Champ (1993) and Slick Vance in 1995. Hall Snr has two runners in Friday night’s classic --- Herrick Roosevelt (Hall Jnr) and Runrunjimmydunn (Michael Grantham) --- who are capable of fighting out the finish after starting from back-line draws. Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice is hoping for a powerful performance from Rocknroll Lincoln, who warmed up for the Group 1 event with an impressive all-the-way victory over Herrick Roosevelt and Wrappers Delight in a Golden Nugget prelude last Friday night. Rocknroll Lincoln will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line, with the Ross Olivieri-trained Wrappers Delight (Chris Voak) at No. 2. Prentice said that he has been a fan of Ultimate Machete and held the horse in high regard. “I’ve always watched him because he is a half-brother to my good mare Major Reality and I have always liked him,” he said. Major Reality has had all her 36 starts for Prentice in WA for 20 wins, nine placings and stakes of $389,239. Her victories have included the Group 3 Gold Bracelet as a two-year-old, the 2015 Group 1 WA Oaks, the Group 2 Empress Stakes, the Group 2 Norms Daughter Classic and the Group 3 Golden Girls Classic at Pinjarra. Prentice will drive Major Reality from barrier six in the $50,000 Clipsal By Schneider Electric Norms Daughter Classic on Friday night. He has engaged ace Victorian reinsman Chris Alford to handle his other runner, Quite A Delight, who should be prominent from barrier two on the front line. It is an outstanding field which includes the outstanding Victorian six-year-old mare Ameretto, who will be driven by her trainer Kerryn Manning from barrier seven. Ameretto is in dazzling form, with seven wins from her past eight starts, with her only defeat in this period coming two starts ago with a wonderful second to Lennytheshark in the Victoria Cup at Melton. She will take a power of beating at her WA debut. Among WA’s hopes in the race are the Hall-trained Ideal Alice, who is drawn to lead from the No. 1 barrier, the speedy Eden Franco (a winner at each of her past six starts), the impressive Skye Bond-trained Donegal Rundlescreek and the speedy New South Wales grey mare My Rona Gold, a dashing all-the-way winner over millionaire pacer Bling It On in a 1609m trial in 1.54.2 at Menangle on Tuesday of last week. Ken Casellas

Lennytheshark, brilliant harness racing winner of the Inter Dominion championship in Perth two years ago, is still racing with youthful enthusiasm as an eight-year-old and looks a certainty in the second heat of the Choices Flooring Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night.     He has no difficulty in handling the tight 805m circuit at Gloucester Park where he has appeared five times for three wins and two seconds. Trainer David Aiken and reinsman Chris Alford are looking confidently to Lennytheshark winning in the opening set of qualifying heats for the third successive year. The handsome stallion is unbeaten in his current campaign of three starts, making most of the pace in all three wins, scoring decisive victories over My Field Marshal in the Smoken Up Sprint at Melton (rating 1.51.9 over 1720m), beating Ameretto and Tiger Tara in the 2240m Victoria Cup at a 1.53.2 rate at Melton and smashing the track record when he rated 1.55.4 in defeating My Field Marshal in the Yarra Valley Cup over 2650m. Lennytheshark is favourably drawn at barrier three on Friday night and Alford should be able to send him to an early lead, with the drivers of his inside runners Majordan (Luke McCarthy) and Vultan Tin (Chris Voak) expected to be happy to enjoy handy runs on the pegs behind the champion. Voak said that he expected Vultan Tin (a runaway winner in considerably weaker company over 2536m two starts ago) to slot in three back on the pegs and was hopeful that the Phil Costello-trained six-year-old would finish in the top four or five. Tiger Tara (barrier seven) and Motu Premier (No. 9) have excellent place prospects. Tiger Tara, to be driven by Todd McCarthy for trainer Kevin Pizzuto, is in splendid form and his past 19 starts have produced 11 wins and five placings. He has won twice and been placed three times from his five starts in his current campaign. Tiger Tara dashed to the lead 100m after the start and set a brisk pace when a neck second to Ultimate Machete in the $234,000 Group 1 Woodlands New Zealand Free-For-All at Addington last Friday. That followed his outstanding third behind Lazarus and Jacks Legend in the 3200m $800,000 New Zealand Cup three days earlier when he worked hard in the breeze, broke into a gallop 800m from home and lost four lengths in dropping back to eighth before recovering to run on from seventh with 200m to travel. Before his two excellent New Zealand runs, Tiger Tara had worked hard, three wide and then in the breeze, at his two previous outings before scoring in fine style over 1609m at Menangle, with times of 1.51.3 and 1.51.8. Motu Premier, to be handled by dual Inter Dominion winning driver Chris Lewis for trainer Ross Olivieri, fared badly in the draw and faces a very difficult task from the outside in the field of nine.           “It looks tough from out there,” said Lewis. “But I expect Motu Premier to perform well in the series.” Gary Hall Jnr said that Ohoka Punter also faced a difficult assignment from barrier six. “However, if he draws to lead in the remaining heats he will prove hard to catch,” he said. An interesting runner is the Greg Bond-trained nine-year-old Our Jimmy Johnstone, who has not raced for seven weeks, since finishing a well-beaten 11th behind Shandale at Gloucester Park. That followed a close-up second to Run Oneover at his previous outing, five weeks earlier.   Ken Casellas

Chicago Bull, Australia’s latest equine millionaire, is thriving and star harness racing reinsman Gary Hall Jnr is planning for an all-the-way win in the third heat of the Westral Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “The plan is to take full advantage of the good draw (barrier two) and come out as hard as we can and score maximum points,” Hall said. “It will be a matter of all guns blazing.” Chicago Bull is noted for his devastating finishing bursts, but he is also an accomplished frontrunner, as he showed at his latest appearance, when he set the pace and held off a determined late challenge from Soho Tribeca to beat that pacer by a half-head in the 2536m James Brennan Memorial three Fridays ago. Hall said that he had no worries that Chicago Bull would be able to handle four tough Inters runs in the space of just 15 days. “I have no concerns at all; that’s one thing that is in his favour,” he said. In talking up the small, inconspicuous-looking bay gelding’s prospects on Friday night, and in the series, Hall said: “His past few workouts at home have been sensational.” Drawn inside Chicago Bull at No. 1 is Egodan, a New South Wales pacer trained by Kevin Pizzuto. Egodan, to be handled by Todd McCarthy, has good gate speed. But it is hard to see him holding out Chicago Bull in the early stages. The six-year-old Egodan’s two most recent victories have been when he has produced a strong finishing burst over 1609m at Menangle. Mark Purdon’s talented six-year-old Have Faith In Me, Australasia’s fastest pacer, will have many admirers from barrier five but the gelding has been slightly disappointing with unplaced efforts at his past three starts, including his last-start eighth behind Lazarus in the 3200m New Zealand Cup last Tuesday week when he fought on from eleventh at the bell. Have Faith In Me created a tremendous impression on his first Australian campaign, early in 2016, when he was unbeaten in four starts at Menangle, including the Chariots of Fire and the Miracle Mile when he got up in the final stride to beat Lennythshark by a short half-head, with his time of 1.47.5 setting an Australasian record over 1609m. Galactic Star is likely to prove one of Chicago Bull’s chief rivals on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old has returned to the Forrestdale stables of leading West Australian trainer Skye Bond after having three starts at Menangle for two wins and one run in Melbourne for a solid-finishing fifth behind Lennytheshark in the 2240m Victoria Cup for trainer Craig Cross. A winner at 19 of his 36 starts, Galactic Star will start from barrier seven, with Ryan Warwick in the sulky. Others with sound place prospects in Friday night’s heat include Americanbootscoota and San Carlo. Americanbootscoota, trained by Debra Lewis and driven by her husband Chris, is a big, strong Allamerican Ingot five-year-old who will start from the No. 4 barrier. He possesses excellent gate speed and there is a possibility that Lewis could gamble in a bid to burst to an early lead. San Carlo, a winner at 20 of his 24 starts, is awkwardly drawn at barrier six and will need plenty of luck. He led from barrier two and won the 2690m Maryborough Gold Cup from My Field Marshal and Mr Mojito at his latest appearance, on October 29. He was an eye-catching fast-finishing sixth behind Lennytheshark in the Victoria Cup at Melton at his previous outing. Ken Casellas

New Zealand superstar Lazarus, the raging hot harness racing favourite to win the $1.1 million final of the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park and with a remarkable winning record of 86 per cent, is facing the serious possibility of being beaten in the opening heat on Friday night. Lazarus, undefeated at his past eight starts and fresh from his devastating victory in the New Zealand Cup at Addington earlier this month, has drawn the outside in the field of nine in the 2130m heat and prominent West Australian breeder and owner Rob Watson is bubbling with confidence that his outstanding five-year-old Soho Tribeca will prove the master of Lazarus. “Soho Tribeca has drawn barrier two and the draw is certainly in our favour,” he said. “Our aim will be to lead.” Watson revealed that Soho Tribeca had worked brilliantly last Saturday morning, saying that the big, powerful stallion had recorded a sensational time, leaving trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice buoyant and extremely bullish about the horse’s prospects, not only on the first night of the series, but in the rich final over 2936m. “Soho Tribeca recorded some amazing sectionals on Saturday and has pulled up in great shape and is ready to go,” he said. “Kim couldn’t be happier, and I don’t think he can sleep at night; he’s so excited.” Asked to compare Soho Tribeca with Lazarus, Watson said: “I really don’t know, to be honest. They have never raced against each other. I know that our horse is capable of some amazing things, but I’m sure Lazarus is as well. So, I guess it’s hard to line them up, but the barrier draws are in our favour. “There is going to be a bit of speed from Devendra (the polemarker). But I think we should land in front and the only problem then could be Run Oneover, regarding what he does at the start.” Run Oneover, trained by Gary Hall Snr, bounced back to his best form last Friday night when he started from barrier five and dashed to the front after 400m before going on to win comfortably from Mysta Magical Mach, rating 1.54.1 over 1730m. However, reinsman Gary Hall Jnr said that it was his early intention not to bustle Run Oneover at the start from the No. 4 barrier. Ace Christchurch trainer-reinsman Mark Purdon is disappointed that his champion has drawn the outside barrier but punters will be unwise to underestimate the brilliant pacer who has amassed $2,652,139 from 31 wins and five placings from 36 starts. Soho Tribeca is overdue for a change of fortune after having been narrowly beaten into second place at each of his past three starts, losing by a head to Shandale over 2130m, by a head to Chicago Bull over 1730m and by a short half-head to Chicago Bull over 2536m. Soho Tribeca, who made most of the running to win the Group 1 Vicbred Classic for four-year-old stallions and geldings at Melton early in July this year, also showed his class when he won the Golden Nugget from Nathans Courage and Chicago Bull at Gloucester Park last December. Watson declared that Soho Tribeca had improved considerably since his Nugget success. “He’s far better now and has become a stronger horse,” he said. “He’s an amazing animal, big and strong and is improving all the time.” A win by Soho Tribeca would complete a remarkable hat-trick for Watson, whose two previous Inter Dominion runners at Gloucester Park have been Faking It (2004) and Auckland Reactor in 2012 (as a member of a syndicate). Faking It, trained by Gary Hall Snr and driven by Gary Hall Jnr, won the first heat on the opening night, beating Double Identity, driven by Prentice. Then, in 2012, Auckland Reactor, driven by Anthony Butt, won the first heat on the opening night. Neither Faking It nor Auckland Reactor was placed in the final. Now Watson would dearly love to win the first heat of this year’s Inters series and then go on and triumph in the rich final. Ken Casellas

THIS year’s Perth Inter Dominion is one of the best and strongest in modern history. It has it all with NZ’s megastar Lazarus being reunited with evergreen Victorian champion Lennytheshark along with a couple of seriously talented local WA stars in Soho Tribeca and Chicago Bull. And that’s just the biggest names. It all starts at Perth’s Gloucester Park on Friday night and ADAM HAMILTON gives his overview. WHEN/WHERE: Friday, November 24: Round 1 heats (Gloucester Park) Tuesday, November 28: Round 2 heats (Bunbury) Friday, December 1: Round 3 heats (Gloucester Park) Friday, December 8: Grand Final night (Gloucester Park)   HAMILTON’S BIG TWO LAZARUS: Simply has to be the top seed and clear favourite. He’s the best horse in this part of the world and looks to have comeback at least as good, if not better than last year. Smolda won last year’s final and Lazarus is at least a couple of lengths superior. Only queries are how he handles Perth’s heat, the smaller track and frantic style of racing. We will know a lot more after his first heat from the outside draw on Friday. The 2900m of the final plays to his staying prowess. LENNYTHESHARK: A couple of months back I had my queries about the old guy, who won the final here two years ago. But the way he’s comeback this season with three wins from as many starts has been outstanding. You’ve got to respect David Aiken and Chris Alford when they insist he’s as good as ever. Been here, done it before and drawn for soft opening round heat win. Providing he stays injury free he will be mighty hard to beat.   THE LOCALS SOHO TRIBECA: There is a battle within the series for top seed among the locals between this guy and Chicago Bull. Opinions vary, not only on the pecking order but as to whether they can step-up and match Lazarus and Lenny. This fella has been a relevation. His recent runs in defeat have been out of this world. He’s tough, has gate speed and loves the track. Give him a good draw (as he against Lazarus on night one) and he can win the whole thing. CHICAGO BULL: Such a gifted and brilliant pacer. You don’t want him getting into any wars, but give him a sit and save him for that brilliance at the finish and he can beat any horse. Drawn to lead and win his first heat on Friday. Also gets around Gloucester Park like he born for it. Don’t sell him short.   THE SMOKIES SAN CARLO: There’s just some serious X-factor about this lightly-raced Victorian. Sure he’s been well-placed, but you don’t win 20 of 24 starts unless you’re a bit special. Turned heads with luckless and ripper sixth in Victoria Cup. More importantly, showed crucial new string to his bow with blazing gate speed to lead and easily win Maryborough Cup last time. Can make the final and give cheek in it with good draw. MOTU PREMIER: Has really impressed since switching from the All Stars’ barn to local WA trainer Ross Olivieri. 10 starts in WA for six wins, three seconds and a third. The placings have all been outstanding runs. Tough, on the rise and shown enough to say he’ll make the final and be a place hope.   THE SIDE DISHES 4YO RACES: Didn’t Ultimate Machete make his mark with that stunning NZ FFA win against open-class last Friday. Drops back to racing his own age and you’d think it will be a walk in the park. Maybe it will be, but I’ve seen some big names go and struggle with the frantic style of racing around the little Gloucester Park track. Locals like Herrick Roosevelt, Im Rockaria, Rocknroll Lincoln and Victorian visitors Motu Meteor and Wrappers Delight will make Ultimate Machete earn things. MARES’ RACES: Who should be top seed? Ameretto or A Piccadilly Princess? And then there is the support cast with the likes of Carlas Pixel, Major Reality, Eden Franco, Ideal Alice and others. I’m in the Ameretto corner. Her only defeat in past 10 starts was a second to Lennytheshark in the Victoria Cup. A Piccadilly Princess disappointed slightly in the NZ Cup, but didn’t seem to run out the 3200m. Barrier draws will be so important.   Adam Hamilton

The first round of harness racing Inter Dominion heats have been drawn for Friday night at Gloucester Park. Heat One 1) Devendra  -  by Bettor’s Delight from a Walton Hanover mare 2) Soho Tribeca  -  by American Ideal  from an Art Major mare 3) Simply Susational  -  by Elsu from a Perfect Art  mare 4) Run Oneover  -  by Changeover from a Presidential Ball mare 5) Code Black  -  by Bettor’s Delight from a Falcon Seelster mare 6) Shandale  -  by Art Major from a Bettor’s Delight mare 7) Cut For An Ace  -  by Aces N Sevens from a Holmes Hanover mare 8) Mr Mojito  -  by Real Desire from a In The Pocket mare 9) Lazarus  -  by Bettor’s Delight from a Christian Cullen mare Heat two 1) Majordan  -  by Art Major from a Vintner mare 2) Vultan Tin  -  by Dawn Ofa New Day from a Pacific Fella mare 3) Lennytheshark  -  by Four Starzzz Shark from a Albert Albert mare 4) Lets Chase The Dream  -  by Bettor’s Delight from a Christian Cullen mare 5) The Bucket List  -  by Christian Cullen from an Artsplace mare 6) Ohoka Punter  -  by Bettor’s Delight from a Christian Cullen mare 7) Tiger Tara  -  by Bettor’s Delight from a Dream Away mare 8) Our Jimmy Johnstone  -   by P Forty Seven from a Falcon Seelster mare 9) Motu Premier  -  by Bettor’s Delight from an In The Pocket mare Heat three 1) Egodan  -  by Sportswriter from a Armbro Operative mare 2) Chicago Bull  -  by Bettor’s Delight from a Christian Cullen mare 3) Jambiani  -  by Safari from a Vestalba Rainbow mare 4) Americanbootscoota  -  by Allamerican Ingot from a Parsons Den mare 5) Have Faith In Me  -  by Bettor’s Delight from a B G’s Bunny mare 6) San Carlo  -  by Mach Three from a Classic Garry mare 7) Galactic Star  -  by Bettor’s Delight from a Christian Cullen mare 8) Tanaka Eagle  -  by Elsu from a Badlands Hanover mare 9) Yayas Hot Spot  -  by Jeremes Jet from an In The Pocket mare 10) Major Crocker  -  by Art Major from a D M Dillinger mare For all the other details click on this link. Harnesslink Media

Last season’s top harness racing two-year-old filly Cott Beach is poised to continue on her winning ways when she steps out in the last race at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Cott Beach returned to the track earlier this month after a four-month break. She’s now a three-year-old and she put a field of older pacers to the sword at Bunbury with her scintillating turn of foot from the mobile to lead all the way. Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild believe she’s the best of good things. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, leading tipster Stuart Lowe, and the West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have all put a star next to Cott Beach’s name. Manning spoke for his colleagues when he said Cott Beach looked as good as her juvenile days at her return. “Cott Beach emerged as WA’s star two-year-old filly last season when winning at six of 10 starts and she appears to have bounced back as good as ever,” he said. “She was most impressive when winning first-up with a strong front-running display over 2100m at Bunbury on November 5. “The filly had not raced since a second to brilliant juvenile Jack Mac in the Golden Slipper last July and she should be fitter for her city return. Expected to lead all the way from gate six.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas and Guild president Wayne Currall are keen on Ohoka Darcy. Casellas spoke for himself and Currall when he said Ohoka Darcy should be in a commanding position from the start from gate two. “On a program in which punters should get plenty of value, Ohoka Darcy gets my nod as the star bet of the evening,” he said. “Chris Lewis will drive the Nathan Turvey-trained five-year-old for the first time in the third heat of the Kersley Pace. “Ohoka Darcy has been freshened up since he sustained a spirited three-wide burst from ninth (and last) in the middle stages to finish third behind Tanaka Eagle on October 20. Four starts before that he led from the pole and won from Our Zak Whitby over 1730m in a 1.56.1 rate.” TABradio’s announcer Matt Young is a fan of Rub Of The Green. “Best of the night is in the FFA in the shape of Rub Of The Green,” he said. “He returned with an effort that was sure to see him fit enough for this run. He’s drawn to lead and over the short course he looks the winner on paper.” The Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar is keen on Lets Chase The Dream. “This Gary Hall-trained pacer is still in the Inters and has to win here to justify his place in the series,” he said. “He posted an all-the-way victory at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon and he can go on with it here.” Veteran tipster Bill Brindley fancies the Barry Howlett trained Talktomeurmattjesty. “He’s a classy customer resuming from a spell,” he said. “Chris Lewis has been engaged for the drive and I think he should prove too strong for his main rival, Messi.” Longshot king Pat Harding has made Herrick Roosevelt his best bet. “Herrick Roosevelt should be able to win the Golden Nugget Prelude.” he said. “Faces some good opposition but looks like a Golden Nugget finalist.” VALUE BETS Ernie: James Galleon could improve with Gary Hall Jr electing to drive. Stuart: Space Junk is up in class but well drawn. Will go close. Ryan: Space Junk is drawn to get a similar run as he did when he won at Narrogin. Ken: Kid Colossus meets moderate opposition and is capable of fighting on gamely. Wayne: Rocknroll Lincoln can upstage the more fancied players in the Nugget Prelude. Matt: Auctioneers Elsu has been absolutely flying. Can win the first at good odds. Robbie: Mcardles Gem has drawn the back line in the opening event but can still win. Bill: Courage Tells is dropping in class. Has been running good times in stronger fields. Pat: The Bond-trained Messi is capable of leading all the way from his inside draw. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

Young New Zealand reinsman Michael Blakemore has been in the harness racing spotlight in recent weeks, driving Donegal Rundlescreek to three wins in a row, with the mare finishing strongly to defeat much-decorated stablemate Dodolicious on each occasion. Punters should seriously consider following Blakemore in the first two events at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he will handle pacers with long losing sequences --- Courage Tells in the TABtouch Inter Dominion Starts November 24 Pace and Mighty Major in the TABtouch Inter Dominion Heat Night Two November 28 Pace. Courage Tells, a ten-year-old trained by Skye Bond, should appreciate a drop down in classification from M4 last January to M2 and he makes plenty of appeal from barrier No. 4 on Friday night. He has been unplaced at his past seven starts and has a losing sequence of 20. But he has been racing in far stronger company in recent times. He is a versatile pacer with excellent gate speed and gets a chance to break through for a win in a field in which not one of the 12 runners has been successful at his or her past six starts. The only runner with a last-start minor placing is the youngest runner, four-year-old Mcardles Gem, who will start from the inside of the back line and is capable of sprinting home strongly. Mcardles Gem, trained at Byford by Peter Anderson, was a $105.20 outsider at his latest appearance, when he trailed the pacemaker and finished third behind Rock Diamonds and Robert The Bruce at Northam last Saturday week. The most interesting runner is Challenging, who is now trained by Mike Reed and will start out wide at barrier eight with Shannon Suvaljko in the sulky. Challenging resumed after a spell at Northam last Saturday week when he raced four back on the pegs before running on to finish fourth behind Rock Diamonds. Mighty Major, a seven-year-old trained by Ryan Cummins, has a losing sequence of 24, but looks a sound prospect from the favourable No. 2 barrier on the front line. His past two runs have been full of merit. Two starts ago he was an outsider at $115.70 and surprised when he raced in fifth place, three back on the pegs, before finishing gamely to be second to smart four-year-old Runrunjimmydunn over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. He followed that with an excellent fourth behind Ruling Gold over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. He was a $23.90 chance from barrier eight and was tenth in the one-wide line at the bell before finishing with a spirited burst. Ken Casellas

Eight-time WA premier harness racing trainer Ross Olivieri has engaged in-form young reinsman Mitch Miller to handle Costa Del Magnifico in the $20,000 TABtouch Inter Dominion Italian Fireworks Night Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he is confident the New Zealand-bred six-year-old will prove too good for his seven rivals. Olivieri engaged Miller to take advantage of Miller’s concession which has made Costa Del Magnifico, an M3-class performer, eligible to contest an event restricted to pacers assessed no better than M2. Miller has started the 2017-18 season in splendid form and is the State’s leading concession driver with 13 wins. He is also in ninth place on the State-wide premiership table. Costa Del Magnifico has drawn perfectly at barrier one and should prove one of the best bets on the ten-event card. “He has the gate speed to hold up and lead and he should win,” said Olivieri. “We’ve had feet problems with him, and we’ve overcome them. He’s done really well since finishing fourth behind Tommy Be Good and The Bucket List in a 2631m stand at Pinjarra on Monday of last week.” Costa Del Magnifico was driven by Chris Voak at his WA debut three starts ago when he began from the 20m mark, raced wide early and then without cover before winning from Perfect Mach and El Comacho over 2503m at Gloucester Park. Deni Roberts then drove him when he raced outside the pacemaker Tanaka Eagle and finished a close second to that pacer in a 2130m mobile at Gloucester Park. Shannon Suvaljko was in the sulky when the handsome horse led and finished fourth at Pinjarra.          Toughest for Costa Del Magnifico to beat are likely to be Lets Chase The Dream and Zach Maguire, who are prepared by Gary Hall Snr. Lets Chase The Dream, a winner of $483,161 from 15 wins and 11 placings from 39 starts, is favourably drawn at barrier two. He will be driven by teenager Corey Peterson, whose concession has enabled the six-year-old to contest this event. Lets Chase The Dream led from barrier two and scored an impressive victory from Superfecta and Our Zak Whitby at a 1.55.4 rate over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. “He will be hard to beat,” said Hall. “He seems to have turned his form around a bit and he went really good at Pinjarra. He’s got lots of stamina and is starting to please me at home. He is still on target to contest the Inters.” Zach Maguire made an excellent return to racing last Friday night when he raced in sixth position in the one-wide line and ran home strongly to be second to the pacemaker Johnny Disco over 2130m, with final quarters of 28sec. and 27.8sec. Ken Casellas

Promising harness racing four-year-old Herrick Roosevelt, a gelding who simply knows where the finishing line is, according to his trainer Gary Hall Snr, continues to improve and is poised to notch his eighth win from nine starts since he met with severe interference and finished a distant last in the WA Derby last April. The New Zealand-bred pacer, who has done all his racing in Western Australia, has the ability to overcome stiff opposition to prevail in the $20,000 Book Your Hospitality For The 2017 TABtouch Perth Inter Dominion Now Golden Nugget Prelude at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will start from the No. 5 barrier on the front line in the 2130m event, with Gary Hall Jnr in the sulky. His only unplaced run from 13 starts which have produced nine wins and three placings was in the Derby when he started from the outside barrier (No. 9), raced at the rear and was unwinding a spirited three-wide burst before being badly checked in the back straight in the final circuit. His only defeat in his past eight starts was two starts ago when he worked hard in the breeze and fought on grimly to finish third, a head behind dead-heaters Tisadream and Walkinshaw. Herrick Roosevelt is by Christian Cullen and is the first foal out of Falcon Seelster mare Eleanor Roosevelt, a winner at six of her 23 starts in New Zealand. He is being set for the Yes Loans 4YO Classic on Friday week and the rich Retravision Golden Nugget on December 8. He warmed up for this week’s assignment in fine style with an impressive victory in the $25,000 Silver Sands Classic at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. He started from barrier five and settled in seventh position before moving to fourth, one-out and one-back at the bell and then starting a three-wide move 350m from home which took him to the front 90m from the post. He sprinted over the final quarter in 27.1sec. and won convincingly from Rocknroll Lincoln and The Pima Indian. The Hall camp is also hoping for a strong performance in Friday night’s race from Runrunjimmydunn, who faces a stern test from out wide at barrier eight, with Michael Grantham in the sulky. Runrunjimmydunn has won in good style at his past two outings, both over 2130m at Gloucester Park. Owners Steve and Tina Chapman and their son and daughter are hoping that Runrunjimmydunn will follow in the footsteps of the gelding’s close relative Paulas Mate, who won a Golden Nugget prelude in December 1999 before finishing a desperately close third in a thrilling four-way photo verdict which showed that the pacemaker Countess Karla had won from Make The Rules, Paulas Mate and Kamwood Tony. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri is enthusiastic about the prospects of Space Junk, a former Victorian performer who has won at his first two starts in Western Australia. He began off the 20m mark and raced wide early before getting to the front and going on to win easily from El Jacko at a 1.56.9 rate in a 2116m stand at Pinjarra. And then, at Narrogin last Saturday night, he trailed the pacemaker Tisadream before obtaining a clear run in the final stages and scoring by a neck from that pacer. While Olivieri said he expected Space Junk to be prominent, he said he was disappointed that former Victorian pacer Wrappers Delight had not gained a start and had been named as first emergency. Olivieri said he considered that Wrappers Delight, a C4-class pacer, deserved a start, pointing out that the horse has earned $137,628 from nine wins and seven placings from 26 starts. “He was placed in two Group 1 events as a two-year-old at Melton and won the Group 3 Caduceus Club Cup for three-year-olds at Cranbourne last March,” he said. “And he finished a close third to open-class pacers Tricky Styx and Sheer Rocknroll in a trial at Byford on Sunday morning.” The 12 runners in Friday night’s race are all in good form and are recent winners. The Ed Dewar-trained Our Zak Whitby (Chris Lewis) is in sparkling form and should be prominent from barrier three. He boasts a fine record of 12 wins and 17 placings from 37 starts. Betting will be extremely keen and all runners have claims. Ken Casellas

Hall of Fame harness racing trainer Gary Hall Snr has had the favourite in the past four runnings of the Pat Cranley Memorial Pace, but only one Soho Jackman has been successful. Now he has high hopes that Run Oneover will prove too speedy for his seven rivals in the $25,000 1730m sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall has three runners, Run Oneover, Ideal Alice and American Boy engaged in this year’s Cranley Memorial and star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has given punters an important lead by opting to handle Run Oneover, who has been unplaced at his past five starts. Run Oneover has been restrained at the start from the No. 5 barrier at three of his past four outings, and in the other start, last Friday night, he began from the back line and raced at the rear before running home, out three wide, in the final circuit to finish seventh behind stablemate and pacemaker American Boy over 2130m. Hall Snr said that his initial thoughts would be to change tactics in an attempt to get to an early lead from the No. 5 barrier. “I think that is his best go,” he said. “Trying to settle him in recent starts hasn’t worked. So, he’ll come out really hard this week and, hopefully, he can lead. If he does, he’ll go close.” Run Oneover, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old who has had 65 starts for 18 wins and 27 placings for earnings of $441,451, gave a sample of his frontrunning ability when he set the pace from barrier three and won a 2100m heat of the Inter Dominion championship at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park 12 months ago, rating 1.53.8. He has won at three of his eight races over 1730m and has set the pace in winning at nine of his 15 successes in Western Australia. The Hall stable has won the Cranley Sprint twice --- with El Padrino (2012) and Soho Jackman (2014), both driven by Hall Jnr. The Halls finished third with Im Themightyquinn (evens) in 2008, third with My Jasami (20/1) in 2011, fifth with The Ragpickers Dream (6/4) in 2013, second with Crusader Banner (7/2) in 2014, third with Scuba Steve (2/1) in 2015 and fourth with Cyamach (evens) last year. Ideal Alice (Kim Prentice) and American Boy (Nathan Turvey) will need luck from wide barriers, seven and eight, respectively, on Friday night. However, if there is a spirited battle for the lead in the first lap and the pace is fast, both pacers could come into strong contention. Run Oneover looks set to vie for favouritism with Blythewood trainer Michael Brennan’s smart, lightly-raced six-year-old Rub Of The Green, who will be driven by Michael Grantham from the prized No. 1 barrier. Rub Of The Green’s past six outings have been in stands (for two wins). However, he is also a capable mobile performer and good frontrunner who won three group events at Gloucester Park last year, all when he started from the No. 1 barrier and set the pace. Those wins were in the Higgins Memorial, the Binshaw Classic and the Christmas Gift. Brennan will also be represented in Friday night’s feature event by Ona Happy Note, who will be driven by Aiden de Campo from the No. 2 barrier. However, the eight-year-old will be at liberal odds after managing only two third placings from his past 25 starts. Ken Casellas

In-form harness racing mares Bettor Boa and Donegal Rundlescreek appear to be star bets on Friday night’s card at Gloucester Park. At least that’s the way many members of the WA Trotting Media Guild see things unfolding at headquarters on a night when quite a few horses will be vying to impress before the rich Inter Dominion series kicks off in a fortnight. Leading tipster Stuart Lowe and the West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have earmarked Donegal Rundlescreek as a star bet. Lowe spoke for him and Havercroft when he said Donegal Rundlescreek had been super consistent this preparation. “Donegal Rundlescreek has won three times and been placed five times, from eight starts this season,” he said. “Gets her best draw for some time and should lead and win.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, veteran tipster Bill Brindley, Guild president Wayne Currall and TABradio’s race caller Matt McDermott are all keen on Bettor Boa. Manning echoed the thoughts of his colleagues when he said Bettor Boa had bounced back to top form and had impressed in her first two starts this campaign. “She won first-up from Sarah Goody on October 20,” he said. “Sarah Goody turned the tables and won a week later, but there was a lot of merit in Bettor Boa's second after covering extra ground.” Gloucester Park TV’s Ken Casellas and Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar are fans of Just Bet On Black. Casellas spoke for him and Dewar when he said Just Bet On Black had a distinct class edge on his rivals. “Just Bet On Black has drawn out wide, but is my star bet this week,” he said. “The Colin Brown-trained and driven five-year-old is not purely a frontrunner and he could well be saved for one crack at the leaders in the final circuit.” Longshot king Pat Harding is keen on Sarah Goody making it successive wins at GP. “Sarah Goody certainly looks the goods,” he said. “She had an excellent win last start and Chris Lewis should be able to bounce her out of barrier four and take up the running. I believe the strongest opposition will come from the stablemate Tajies Girl, so a quinella could be in order.” VALUE BETS Stuart: Johnny Disco is drawn to repeat his win from last week. Ryan: The Trilogy looks a great each-way prospect in the time-honoured York Cup.  Ernie: Gangbuster would be hard to beat if he reproduces the form he showed in July. Bill: Run Oneover could appreciate being driven quietly off a hot speed. Wayne: James Galleon could give them something to catch if he can cross at the start. Matt: Braeview Bomber ran an eye-catching fourth last start and is drawn well here. Ken: Braeview Bomber should be in a commanding position throughout. Robbie: Mac Tiger has been trialling well and has drawn the pole. Pat: Bettor Boa should give punters something to smile about. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

Tommy Be Good is developing into a standing-start harness racing specialist and reinsman Stuart McDonald has high hopes of success in the $30,000 TABtouch York Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night to give him and the five-year-old West Australian-bred gelding their second success in a Group 3 event in the space of five days. Tommy Be Good, trained at Byford by Katja Warwick, finished fast along the sprint lane to snatch victory over The Bucket List in the Don Randall Memorial Cup at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, rating 1.57.2 to smash the track record for a 2631m stand. This gave Tommy Be Good an impressive record of seven wins from 12 starts in stands, with his 39 starts in mobile events producing six wins. “He loves standing-start racing and he’s improving with every run,” said the 23-year-old McDonald. “He doesn’t quite like the burn off the gate in mobiles and there’s not so much pressure at the start in stands.” Tommy Be Good will start from 20m on Friday night, with his stiffest opposition likely to come from Im Full of Excuses, the sole backmarker off 30m who also excels in stands, with his six starts in stands in WA resulting in five wins. Im Full of Excuses won the York Cup over 2970m at Northam last November when he sprinted over the final 400m in 27.5sec. The New Zealand-bred six-year-old has a great record in Cup events, starting in eight Cups last season for wins in the Kalgoorlie, York, Northam, Pinjarra and Harvey Cups, a second in the Narrogin Cup, a fourth in the RWWA Cup and a third in the Governor’s Cup. He started from 10m in Monday’s Cup at Pinjarra and finished a close-up seventh behind Tommy Be Good. “He started off ten metres at Pinjarra and was beaten by only ten metres, with the winner setting a track record,” trainer Ross Olivieri said. Im Full of Excuses has been unplaced at his four starts since resuming from a spell and Olivieri said that the gelding was approaching his best form after coming back “a bit big” after his spell. He raced in eighth position in Monday’s race and followed The Bucket List with a three-wide run from the 1100m to move to third at the 350m before going four wide on the home turn and finishing doggedly to be just behind the placegetters. Tommy Be Good was slow into stride and lost almost two lengths at the start on Monday before settling three back on the pegs in fifth position. He ran home strongly along the sprint lane to gain a narrow verdict over The Bucket List. “He didn’t get away perfectly, but it was my fault,” said McDonald. “He was off the front line and wasn’t properly awake as he usually is when following horses out. Normally he’s a really fast and reliable beginner and picks up metres quickly. He is capable of finishing strongly, like he did two starts ago when he started off 30m and won from Assassinator and The Odd Lover.” In that race, Tommy Be Good was ninth after a lap and fifth at the bell before dashing to the front 80m from the post. Olivieri has a good second string in Friday night’s Cup in Assassinator, who has finished second at each of his past three starts. He showed improved barrier manners last Friday night when he began brilliantly in a stand and set a solid pace before finishing second to Three Blind Mice. The Mike Reed-trained Rycroft will have admirers on Friday night when he starts off the 20m mark. He caught the eye as a 45/1 outsider last Friday night when he was eighth at the bell before going five wide at the 250m and finishing determinedly into fourth place behind Three Blind Mice. Mundijong trainer Kristian Hawkins will be represented by handy standing-start performers The Trilogy (front) and Danieljohn (10m). They are in good form and are capable of causing an upset. Hawkins will handle The Trilogy and Jocelyn Young will drive Danieljohn. The Skye Bond-trained Bettor Not Bitter is racing keenly and cannot be left out of calculations.  Ken Casellas

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