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The two $100,000 Westbred finals for two year olds at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night both fell to favoured runners. 2 year old fillies With the late scratching of Sheer Rocknroll, this race always looked like it was Dodolicious's to lose and that is exactly as it turned out. Allowed to settle three back in the running line early by driver Ryan Warwick, Dodolicious was set alight by Ryan passing the 1400 metres mark and swept to the lead with 1100 metres to run. From there it was always a matter of what she would win by and when Ryan gave her her head passing the 500 metres Dodolicious shot away for an emphatic victory. Jasmin Amal from the David Thompson camp and in the hands of Morgan Woodley made ground from well back and wide to run second ,16 metres from the winner in front of another big finisher in Malua Volio in the hands of trainer driver Justin Prentice. Dodolicious paced the 2130 metres in a smart 2:36.1, a mile rate of 1:58 with closing sectionals of 57.5 and 28.4.. Bred, raced and trained by high profile Perth trainer Greg Bond, Dodolicious is a daughter of champion sire Bettors Delight. Friday nights win was her fourth from just six starts and took her stake earnings to $83,843 View race replay here 2 year old colts/geldings This looked a hard race to call as the first three favourites all had similar records and as it turned out the draw was the determining factor in the end. The well supported Ross Ashby trained Johnny Disco with Chris Lewis in the bike lead easily from barrier one and kept up a very solid tempo throughout. The other two public elects in Rich Yankee and Lightning Jolt worked around to get handy with 1000 metres to go with Rich Yankee finding the breeze and Lightning Jolt the one by one. However when Chris Lewis pushed the go button at the 400 metres mark, Johnny Disco shot away and didn't have to driven out to record a comfortable victory. 120-1 chance Americanbootscoota in the the hands of Tom Buchanan had trailed Johnny Disco the whole way and poked up on the inner for second in front of Lightning Jolt and Rich Yankee. Johnny Disco paced the 2130 metres in 2:35.7, a mile rate of 1:57.6 with closing sectionals of 57.9 and 28.1. The son of Jeremes Jets has been a model of consistency in his debut season with three wins and four placings from his nine starts and stake earnings of $86,048 View race replay here Harnesslink Media  

Western Australian Harness Racing Stewards caused a major surprise last night when they ordered the late scratching of the warm favourite Sheer Rocknroll from the $100,000 Westbred 2 year old Fillies Classic at Gloucester Park, after she was found with treatment puncture marks on her neck. Trained by Ross Olivieri, Sheer Rocknroll, had been inspected by stewards at her Oakford stable yesterday afternoon and what they found caused them considerable alarm. As a result, the third favourite was withdrawn five minutes before starting time. Chief steward Carl Cody made the following brief statement regarding the late scratching “Our course investigator Phil O’Reilly was accompanied by steward Brad Bennetts when they visited the Oakland stables of Ross Olivieri on Friday afternoon." "During that visit they saw a bleeding puncture wound on the neck of  Sheer Rocknroll". "As a result we had no option but to scratch her from her race tonight." “Ross Olivieri has denied a race-day treatment of the filly and an inquiry is ongoing.” Carl Coady said. Harnesslink Media  

Outstanding four-year-old Libertybelle Midfrew will have to end a 49-year hoodoo if she is to defy the odds and win the $35,000 Princi Butchers Winter Cup at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. No mare has been successful in the time-honoured group 3 Winter Cup since Phil Coulson drove Color Glo to victory in 1966. This week's Winter Cup, with a disappointing field of just six runners, is looming large as an enthralling clash between Libertybelle Midfrew and the State's best pacer, the evergreen eight-year-old David Hercules, who will start from the outside barrier. David Hercules, winner of 39 races and $1,252,269 in prizemoney, is certain to start an odds-on favourite, but with Libertybelle Midfrew drawn perfectly at the No. 1 barrier under the preferential draw conditions of the race some pundits will favour Libertybelle Midfrew's prospects of causing a boilover. Some students of form will point to the fact that Libertybelle Midfrew, a smart frontrunner, has not tasted defeat over 2536m, the distance of the Winter Cup. Her wins over 2536m have been in a prelude of the WA Oaks, the Oaks final and the Golden Nugget Championship last year and a Free-For-All early in May this year. And Libertybelle Midfrew has already proved that she is a pacer out of the ordinary when she bucked the trend by racing three wide for much of the journey before winning the Golden Nugget at 6/1 last December, beating the 11/8 favourite Waylade. She was only the second mare to win the Golden Nugget in the 35-year history of the classic. Trainer Mike Reed has freshened up Libertybelle Midfrew, who has not raced since finishing ninth behind David Hercules in the 2692m Pinjarra Cup on June 1. The New Zealand-bred mare started out wide from barrier seven and Mark Reed restrained her back to last in the field of 12. She was forced to race three and four wide in the final circuit and virtually had no chance with the pacemaking David Hercules reeling off final quarters in 27sec. and 28.5sec. on the way to winning from Our Jimmy Johnstone, rating 1.54.7 to set a track record for the journey. David Hercules also has not raced since the Pinjarra Cup, but his work has pleased Byford trainer David Thompson since that event. David Hercules, with Morgan Woodley in the sulky, started from the outside barrier in a field of five in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning and he ran home solidly from the one-out, one-back position to finish second, a half-length behind Libertybelle Midfrew, who had enjoyed a perfect trail behind the pacemaker Hokonui Ben. Libertybelle Midfrew rated 1.55.9 in the solidly-run trial, with the quarters in the final mile going by in 29.9, 28.3, 29 and 29. Friday night's Cup could well develop into a cat-and-mouse affair between Mark Reed and Woodley, with Woodley likely to assess the situation depending on the pace being set by Libertybelle Midfrew. It is more than likely that Woodley will send David Hercules forward in the first lap to sit outside the mare, or even in a bold bid to assume the role of pacemaker. Thompson and Woodley will be attempting to win the Winter Cup for the second year in a row. Twelve months ago David Hercules was favourite at 11/8 when 12 runners contested the Winter Cup. He started from barrier six and after racing four and three wide early, the gelding worked hard in the breeze outside the pacemaker Our Arlington before finishing strongly to win from Please Release Me and Ima Rocket Star. Last year's victory gave Woodley his second success in the Winter Cup, after succeeding with the Tony Svilicich-trained Has The Answers in 2011. Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. and champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. hope to continue their remarkable dominance of the Winter Cup by scoring with talented New Zealand-bred four-year-old Machtu, who has won at 13 of his 24 starts. The Hall stable nominated nine horses for the Cup, but decided to rely solely on Machtu after scratching My Hard Copy, Waylade, Hokonui Ben, Crusader Banner, Soho Jackman, Soho Highroller, Norvic Nightowl and Notabadexcuse. The 65-year-old Hall has trained the winner of the Winter Cup seven times and his 32-year-old son has driven the winner of the event six times. Hall sen. has won the Cup with Kaydee (1994), The Falcon Strike (2003), Inontheball (2004), Washakie (2008), Im Themightyquinn (2009 and 2013) and Davy Maguire (2012). Hall jun. has been the winning driver behind The Falcon Strike, Washakie, Im Themightyquinn (twice), Davy Maguire and Lookslikelightning in 2005. Machtu has raced three times since resuming after a five-month absence. He was first-up when he raced in the one-out, one-back position in the Pinjarra Cup before challenging for the lead 150m from the post and then wilting to third. He then set the pace and sprinted over the final 800m in 54.6sec. to score an effortless eight-length win over 2692m at Pinjarra and then started off 50m and worked hard when a fighting third to Danieljohn over 2631m at Pinjarra after getting to the front in the final stages. Ken Casellas

Isaiah Artois boasts a 58 per cent win record and the prospects of the noted frontrunner winning the $100,000 Westbred Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night were boosted when he drew perfectly at the No. 1 barrier. Byford trainer David Thompson has timed the gelding's preparation extremely well and Colin Brown will be aiming to set the pace and keep his 11 rivals at bay in the group 1 feature event. Isaiah Artois, a winner at seven of his 12 starts, resumed after an absence of almost 11 months when he overcame an early check and raced three wide before taking the lead 450m after the start in a 2185m event at Pinjarra three Mondays ago. He dashed over the final 800m in 57.3sec. and held on doggedly to beat the fast-finishing Wilkins Kahluastar by a neck. Then at Pinjarra eight days later he started from the back line and worked to the front in the middle stages before winning convincingly from Astra Boy. His chief rivals appear to be the Justin Prentice-trained pair of Captain Oats and Bettor Reward, Three Bears and Mynameskenny. Captain Oats notched his eighth win from 28 starts when he burst straight to the front from barrier seven and set the pace before winning easily from stablemate Master Jaxon in a 2100m $25,000 feature at Bunbury last Friday night. He sprinted over the final 400m in 27.7sec. Captain Oats will start from barrier five on the front line of nine runners and the highly-promising Bettor Reward will start from barrier two on the back line and prove hard to beat. Unraced as a two-year-old, Bettor Reward has been most impressive in winning, without being extended, at his three appearances as a three-year-old Bettor Reward's average winning margin is 11.4m. In his three wins, two at Bunbury and the other at Pinjarra, the gelding has recorded final quarters of 28.1sec., 27.3sec. and 27.5sec. Three Bears, trained at Busselton by Matt White, cannot be underestimated. He started out wide at barrier six at Bunbury last Friday night and after racing three wide early and then in the breeze he fought on strongly to be a neck second to Delightful Jade after a final quarter of 27.6sec. Ken Casellas

Delightful Jade has been a model of consistency throughout her 27-start career which has produced 16 wins and five minor placings and she gets her chance to break through for her first victory in a group 1 feature when she start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line in the $100,000 Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Blessed with sparkling gate speed, Delightful Jade has sound prospects of getting to an early lead and then dictating the terms of the 2130m event. She began brilliantly from barrier seven and set the pace before holding on grimly to defeat smart gelding Three Bears by a neck, rating 1.55.3 over 1609m at Bunbury last Friday night. That was her first outing since she led from barrier three and won by three lengths over 2242m at Narrogin on May 12 and she should be improved by her effort on Friday night last week. She is prepared at Capel by Andrew de Campo and is driven in her races by his son Aiden. Delightful Jade is out of Whitbys Solitaire, who was retired after only nine starts as a juvenile which produced a win at Narrogin as a two-year-old and another at Bunbury as a three-year-old. Whitbys Solitaire is a full-sister to former champion Whitbys Miss Penny, who was a dominant performer as a two and three-year-old. She amassed $568,289 from 32 wins and six placings from 50 starts. The Ross Olivieri-trained filly Lady Willoughby looms as the hardest for Delightful Jade to beat. Lady Willoughby, who will start from barrier four on the front line with Chris Voak in the sulky, notched her ninth win from 24 starts when she led from the No. 3 barrier and sprinted over the final 400m in 27.5sec. to beat Massive Attack by more than two lengths over 2100m at Bunbury last Friday night. Ken Casellas  

A back line draw for star juvenile Rich Yankee has thrown the $100,000 Westbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings wide open at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But it should not prevent the brilliant Jesse Moore-trained gelding from continuing his winning ways. Rich Yankee has revealed dazzling gate speed from front-line draws to burst straight to the front and then romp to victory at his past two outings, over 2185m at Pinjarra and over 2100m in the group 1 Pearl Classic at Bunbury three Fridays ago. Before those two easy victories Rich Yankee revealed his wonderful versatility when he started out wide at barrier seven in a 2185m event at Pinjarra. He was restrained to the rear before surging home from last at the bell to win by just over two lengths. His average winning margin in his past three starts is 10.7m. Rich Yankee will start from the No. 12 barrier this week which is the No. 3 barrier on the back line under the new Gloucester Park formation of nine off the front and three off the back. Rich Yankee will follow out speedy beginner Rocknroll Whitby and Aiden de Campo should be able to settle the gelding in a prominent position before he makes his charge. Rich Yankee's back-line draw has raised the hopes of the connections of polemarker Johnny Disco and the impressive up-and-coming Lightning Jolt. Chris Lewis is likely to attempt to set the pace with Johnny Disco, who will start from the No. 1 barrier. The Ross Ashby-trained gelding warmed up for this week's classic in fine style when he scored by four lengths in 1.56.9 over 1609m at Bunbury last Saturday night. He started from the back line and finished boldly from eighth at the bell. Lightning Jolt, trained by John Oldroyd, gave a sample of his class when he came from sixth at the bell to win easily against moderate opposition, rating 1.57.5 over 1609m at Bunbury last Saturday week. He was an all-the-way winner over 1730m at Gloucester Park three starts earlier. Ken Casellas  

Six wins from ten starts is a clear indication of Sheer Rocknroll's ability and she has the class to overcome her back-line draw in the $100,000 Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Sheer Rocknroll will start from the inside of the back line and looks set to get a perfect run behind the polemarker Topless Beach Girl, a noted frontrunner. The task then will be for Stuart McDonald to manoeuvre Sheer Rocknroll off the pegs in plenty of time to issue a strong challenge and make a determined bid for victory. Sheer Rocknroll has won at three of her past four starts for Byford trainer Ross Olivieri and McDonald. At her latest outing, at Bunbury last Saturday week, Sheer Rocknroll started from the No. 1 barrier and was beaten for early speed before McDonald sent her to the front after 550m. She dashed over the third quarter of the final mile in 28.1sec. and had to fight doggedly to hold on and defeat Dodolicious by a metre. Dodolicious, who raced in the breeze, should again fight out the finish this week. She will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line and Colin Brown will be keen to settle her ahead of Sheer Rocknroll. Ken Casellas

It was Ireland and Meadowbranch Stables who dominated the first leg of the Anglo-Irish Inter Dominion series. The curtain raiser to the inaugural competition was held at York Harness Raceway on Saturday over 2400m where Meadowbranch Dj (5-1) stamped his authority on the high-class field with a ten-length victory in a new British record of 3’00”08. Drawn three, the winner took up the running early for driver John Richardson and held his position throughout, making his race-winning move with half a lap to go when surging clear in record-breaking fashion. Brywinsmagicpotion (drawn 6) – who finished a well-beaten second – could be considered unlucky as, while the winner broke clear, he was trapped last with seven lengths to make up. Meadowbranch Romeo, stable companion of the winner, fended off Saunders Mach 3 for third who failed to justify his short price. The disappointment of the race was Sepia Sands who, despite being popular in the betting, struggled throughout from the worst draw of all and was already two lengths down after the first turn. After the race, winning driver John Richardson said, “He’s always been a stayer, he hasn’t been on form but he’s come back good today”. When asked about his confidence going forward co-trainer Mark Flanagan confirmed “There are some good horses in the series and you don’t just win it over one race. Four races to keep a horse on the boil, it’s going to be tough.” He also said both of his horses hadn’t quite been on form coming into York which suggests there could be even more improvement over the coming heats.  This isn’t the first opportunity for the Flanagan team to send a pacer over to the Australasian Inter-Dominion, who had Sable Matters entered in the 1997 renewal. Three weeks before, Mark Flanagan tells the story, the future three-time winner of the series Sir Vancelot was actually beaten in a workout by Sable Matters, however Flanagan’s charge unfortunately failed to make the race due to breaking a side bone. Meadowbranch Stables are now in a very strong position going into the second heat where they will also have home advantage at Portmarnock on July 26th. Meadowbranch Dj receives the maximum eight points for his clear-cut success with Brywinsmagicpotion snatching six points and MEADOWBRANCH ROMEO four. Saunders Mach 3 picked up two while all four other runners collect one each. Unfortunately both Meadowbranch Josh and Meadowbranch Demon were withdrawals early on in the card and will face an uphill struggle in the next three legs. The overall heats winner, decided in the finale at Portmarnock on 9th August, will represent Great Britain and Ireland at the $1.8 million TABtouch Inter Dominion series ran at Gloucester Park, Perth Australia in December. Result – Anglo/Irish Inter-Dominion 2015 – Round One 1st        MEADOWBRANCH DJ             7yr old; Real Artist x Search for Cam             Owner: Meadowbranch Stables & Noel Cowden             Trainer: William Flanagan             Driver: John Richardson   2nd       BRYWINSMAGICPOTION             8yr old: Camotion x Life’s Magic Girl             Owner: James Gammie             Trainer: Theresa Haythornthwaite             Driver: Alan Haythornthewaite   3rd       MEADOWBRANCH ROMEO             7yr old: Fantastic Western x Churchill Queen Owner:  Meadowbranch Stables & Watson             Trainer: William Flanagan Driver: Noel Ryan By Michael Andrews British Harness Racing Club      

Gloucester Park Harness Racing today announced that the TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final will be broadcast live nationally on Free-to-air television for the next three years.  At a function signifying 200 days until the Grand Final on Sunday 13 December attended by the Minister for Racing and Gaming, the Hon Colin Holt MLC, the major announcement was that Channel Seven will broadcast the Inter Dominion Grand Final at Gloucester Park.  GPHR President Mr John Burt said the partnership will be a great boost for the championship as well as an excellent opportunity to promote Perth as a great sporting destination.  “The Inter Dominion is Australasia’s greatest harness race and an event of its stature deserves to be broadcast live to as many people as possible” said GPHR President Mr John Burt   “Through Channel Seven we will be able to promote our great sport as well as our beautiful city all over Australia.”  Seven West Media chief executive, Chris Wharton, was delighted with the association.  “Gloucester Park is a Perth, indeed West Australian, landmark” stated Wharton  “The Inter Dominion is a part of racing history, especially to Western Australians, and Seven West is proud to be part of the championship.  “The $1.3 Million Grand Final will be one of the highlights of the sporting year and it is fantastic that a race of this calibre be shown live on Free-to-air television by Channel Seven,” he said.  It was also announced that Bunbury will host the second heat of the series, the first for a provincial club in Western Australia. In another first for an Inter Dominion in WA, the Grand Final will be run on a Sunday.   Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said the new timeslot would allow the final to be beamed live into the eastern states and New Zealand during prime time, creating further television exposure for the event and Perth.   “As well as a substantial television audience, we are expecting more than 30,000 people to attend the series over the four race meetings,” Mr Holt said.  “More than 3,000 interstate and international trainers, horse owners and trotting fans are expected to visit Perth and Bunbury during the two-week series, tipping hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy.”  Mr Burt also announced that iconic Western Australian sporting commentator Dennis Cometti will once again lead the promotion of the Perth Inter Dominion.  “Dennis is another great tie-in with Channel Seven. He will once again be an ambassador for the TABtouch Inter Dominion, reuniting with Gloucester Park after performing the role in 2012.   “Dennis is synonymous with first-class Australian sport and is a great Western Australian, much like the Inter Dominion itself” joked Mr Burt  Racing and Wagering WA (RWWA) Chairman Jeff Ovens announced increases to the supporting races during the TABtouch Inter Dominion Championship inclusive of the Golden Nugget, Norm’s Daughter and Mares Classic.  “With strong performance of the WATAB underpinning industry funding for 2015/16, RWWA is pleased to invest a total of $1.85M towards the Inter Dominion Championship and its supporting feature races.” Ovens said.  Grand Final Day will stage a massive four Group One Events, including the $50,000 Trotters Cup, the first-ever Group One race for square gaiters in Western Australia. In addition, the Group Ones will be supported by three Group Two races.  The TABtouch Inter Dominion Championship starts on November 27 at Gloucester Park, culminating in the $1.3 Million Grand Final on Sunday 13 December. #HarnessTheMoment The Media Statement from Hon. Colin Holt MLC, Minister for Racing and Gaming; World’s richest harness series returns home $1.8 million up for grabs in prestigious harness pacing race series Perth and regional WA to host the series for the next three years In just 200 days Perth will play host to the world’s richest harness pacing race series - an event expected to bring thousands of interstate and international visitors to Western Australia. The Inter Dominion Championship will feature three qualifying heats spanning a fortnight, including - for the first time - a heat in Bunbury. It will culminate in the $1.3 million Grand Final  at Gloucester Park on the afternoon of Sunday, December 13. Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said the new timeslot would allow the final to be beamed live into the eastern states and New Zealand during prime time, creating further television exposure for the event and Perth. “As well as a substantial television audience, we are expecting more than 32,000 people to attend the series over the four race meets,” Mr Holt said. “More than 3,000 interstate and international trainers, horse owners and trotting fans are expected to visit Perth and Bunbury during the two-week series, tipping hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy.” The first Inter Dominion was held in Perth in 1936 and was last hosted by Gloucester Park in 2012. The Minister said the timing coincided with Perth’s busy late spring and summer thoroughbred carnival period - including the Group 1 Winterbottom and Railway Stakes - making WA the epicentre of Australian racing and pacing for more than a month.  “This will give both interstate and international racing fans a further reason to visit WA during this time to enjoy the racing and entertainment offered by both codes,” he said. Gloucester Park Harness Racing and Racing and Wagering WA officials recently visited the United States and New Zealand to promote the Inter Dominion series and were encouraged by the increased desire for international involvement. “We’re anticipating up to 15 interstate and international horses to participate in the 2015 Inter Dominion series,” Mr Holt said. Fact File Heats at Gloucester Park will be held on Friday, November 27 and December 4 The Bunbury heat will be held on Tuesday, December 1 The Inter Dominion Championship is the most prestigious harness pacing race series in Australasia and is one of the seven major events internationally Hon. Colin Holt MLC, Minister for Racing and Gaming

Ace Banjup trainer-reinsman Colin Brown has high hopes that five-year-old Erskine Range will develop into an interdominion championship contender in November and he is setting his sights high by giving the brilliant chestnut the task of winning two feature harness racing events in the space of three days. Erskine Range, a winner of 21 of his 57 starts, will contest the $25,000 Brear And Doonan Pure Steel final over 2100m at Bunbury's Donaldson Park on Friday night before running in the $50,000 Pinjarra Cup over 2692m on Monday afternoon. Gloucester Park Harness Racing Club's meetings have been transferred to Bunbury for the next four Friday nights to enable the Gloucester Park track to be resurfaced and to have the camber raised on the turns into and out of the home straight. Erskine Range, whose past 20 starts have produced ten wins, six seconds, one third, one fifth and one seventh, faces a moment of truth this week after faring poorly in the random barrier draw. He will start from the No. 3 on the back line, but Brown believes that the gelding has the ability of overcome this disadvantage. "His work last Saturday morning was exceptional," he said. "I galloped him on the sand track at Jandakot and his times were exceptional and his heart rate was unbelievable. So he's ready; he's cherry ripe and is in the race right up to his eyeballs. "It won't be easy, but we're ready to give it our best shot. You've always got to worry about the Hall runners (Crusader Banner and Soho Lennon) because they can run time. However, in saying that, there looks likely to be plenty of speed on early and that should suit Erskine Range, who is a lovely horse. "In a heat of this event (last Friday week) he just led and that was it. He wasn't extended and ran home in 56.4sec. He was very casual about it. Barrier ten is not ideal for any horse at Bunbury, but he can do it. "He's the fittest I've had him. He had nine days off after putting up a huge run to finish second to Smokey The Bandit in the Clarke final two starts ago and because he hadn't raced for seven week when he ran in a heat of the Pure Steel I wanted him to be very solid, bearing in mind that I was setting him for the final of that race followed by the Pinjarra Cup three days later. "He's going to butter up okay. He loves backing up and the 2692m won't worry him. History shows that having two runs in the space of three days is not a problem. I didn't see why we shouldn't take the opportunity to race for $75,000 in three days. "I know that we will be meeting horses of the calibre of David Hercules, Machtu and Pacific Warrior. But we need to find out whether he can compete against those sort of horses. We're hoping that he steps up to be an inters contender, so we've got to throw our hat into the ring at some stage." Crusader Banner (barrier four on the front line) and Soho Lennon (No. 7) each finished second at their latest start and star reinsman Gary Hall jun.¸ son of champion trainer Gary Hall sen., said that he expected the four-year-olds to be prominent. Crusader Banner finished strongly from sixth at the bell to be second to Erskine Range last Friday week. That followed smart wins at his two previous outings, his first runs after a spell. Soho Lennon resumed after a spell in fine style last Friday night when he raced three wide for much of the way and finished second to the fast-finishing Ohoka Kentucky last Friday night. Henley Brook trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams is confident that Ohoka Kentucky will run a strong race and he rates the New Zealand-bred six-year-old an excellent each-way prospect from barrier three on the front line. Ohoka Kentucky set the pace and rated 1.56.6 when he won over 2130m two starts ago before he rated 1.56 when he finished powerfully, three wide, from 11th at the 950m to snatch victory from Soho Lennon last Friday night. "We will come out and have a look for the early lead," Williams said. "If we can't get the lead off the likely pacemaker Local Rogue, I'll try to get the one-out, one-back trail. He doesn't have to lead to win. He can lead, breeze or sit and his trackwork has been super." Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri is disappointed at Chief Thundercloud's wide barrier at No. 6 on the front line and said that the gelding, placed at three of his past four starts, faced a very tough task. Smokey The Bandit is on fire West Australian-bred five-year-old Smokey The Bandit has struck a purple patch with five wins from his past six starts and the Bunbury specialist has excellent prospects of maintaining his grand form by overcoming the outside barrier on the back line and winning the $25,000 Retravision Pace over 2100m at Donaldson Park on Friday night. Trained at Busselton by part-owner Michael Callegari and driven by Ash Markham, Smokey The Bandit is at his best when held up for a late burst and the grey gelding's sizzling finishes have captured the imagination of harness racing fans. Markham again is certain to adopt similar patient tactics on Friday night on a 1000m track where the gelding has raced 21 times for six wins, seven seconds and three thirds. He flooded home from eighth at the bell to win at his latest appearance, over 2130m at Gloucester Park last Friday week. His two previous wins were at Bunbury when he unleashed his trademark whirlwind finishing burst. Lovers Delight, trained at Bunbury by Stephen Reed, appears the chief danger to Smokey The Bandit. He will start from barrier four on the back line and is sure to settle in front of Smokey The Bandit. He has won at four of his past six starts and is capable of working hard in his races and still producing a strong finishing effort. The Andrew de Campo-trained Callaway Bromac is capable of a bold showing, despite being unplaced at his first four starts after a spell and boasting a losing sequence of eight. A speedy beginner, he looks ideally placed at No. 2 on the front line. Reinsman Aiden de Campo said that Callaway Bromac is a natural frontrunner and that he would be anxious to get to an early lead with the six-year-old. "We will come out as hard as we can and have a decent crack at the polemarker Courage Tells," he said. "I'll be holding the top if we get there." Evergreen ten-year-old Shardons Rocket, a fighting second to David Hercules two starts ago, after a strong fourth behind Libertybelle Midfrew the previous week, will start from barrier two on the back line and Colin Brown will be looking to get into the action soon after the start. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri has each-way prospects with the in-form Our Blackbird and Red Salute, who is resuming after a six-month absence. Lisharry, a winner of six races for Bickley trainer Peter Anderson this season, should obtain a handy pegs run from the inside of the back line and is capable of unwinding a fast late sprint. The Arsonist looks the goods Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred four-year-old The Arsonist is poised to make a successful Australian debut when he starts from the awkward barrier of No. 5 on the front line in the 2100m Princi Butchers Pathway Pace at Bunbury on Friday night. The chestnut with a distinctive white blaze put the writing on the wall when he contested a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Driven by leading reinsman Gary Hall jun., The Arsonist was restrained to the rear from barrier five in the trial and he raced in eighth position before Hall sent him forward with a smart three-wide burst approaching the bell. The gelding burst to the front 650m from home and after final quarters in 28.7sec. and 28.9sec. he coasted across the line, hard held, to win by four lengths from Millwood Faith at a modest 2.1.3 rate. He did not race as a two or three-year-old before having four starts in New Zealand this season for two wins, a second and a third. At his most recent outing, over 2200m at Waikato on January 2, he started out wide at barrier eight, raced three wide early and then dropped back to tenth in a field of 12. He was still tenth approaching the bell before Phil Butcher sent him forward and he quickly moved into the breeze. He got to the front 280m from home and dashed away to win by three lengths from the fast-finishing Elisaveta at a 2.0.5 rate, with the final 40o0m taking 28.7sec. At his previous start, over 2200m at Waikato on December 18, The Arsonist started from a wide barrier, raced four wide for the first 300m before being restrained to last in the field of ten. He ran on determinedly from ninth at the bell to finish a half-length second to Fleetwood Mach after a final quarter in 28sec. The Arsonist is prepared at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen. and he is probably the first of the progeny of former outstanding Victorian-bred pacer Safari to race in Western Australia. Safari, by Fake Left, amassed $535,445 from his 28 wins and 18 placings from 67 starts in Australia. The Arsonist is out of the dual-gaited Payson's Brother mare Sporty Spice, who had 30 starts in New Zealand for one win from 19 starts as a pacer and one win from 11 starts as a trotter. Sporty Spice's first foal Mingara is a trotter who won at her Australian debut in a 2300m stand at Menangle in June 2014. She has had 34 starts for ten wins and ten placings (six wins in New Zealand and four in New South Wales) from 34 starts. Maddy White looking for five in a row Four-year-old Maddy White has resumed after a spell in fine style for Capel trainer Andrew de Campo and his son Aiden is quietly confident that she will be able to extend her winning sequence to five when she contests the 2100m Premier Motors Suzuki Mares Pace at Bunbury on Friday night. Aiden de Campo is happy with Maddy White's draw at No. 3 on the front line and said he would be making every effort to burst to an early lead and then dictating the terms of the race. "We'll be coming out hard and I'll have a good crack at getting to the front," de Campo said. "Robyns C C is a good mare who has drawn the No. 1 barrier. But she is first-up and, with the sprint lane in use at Bunbury, they might want to hand up to us. Hopefully, we will get to the front. But Maddy White is not just a frontrunner. She does her best work in front, but she can also come from behind. "She has done well since her most recent start. She's quite a big filly and doesn't need a lot of work to keep fit. She's still pretty fresh and that's good." Maddy White has had six starts in her current campaign for two minor placings followed by four wins in a row, in which she made most of the running. Maddy White is bred to be a good winner. Her maternal granddam Magic Maddy Lombo is the dam of outstanding New South Wales pacer Suave Stuey Lombo, who has earned $566,512 from 33 wins and 21 placings from 98 starts. Maddy White is also related to former star pacer Lombo Pocket Watch (83 starts for 45 wins, 17 placings and $1,522,638). by Ken Casellas  

RWWA Stewards have today issued the following penalties in relation to the Stewards inquiry conducted on 14 May 2015 at which harness racing trainer Mr Ryan Bell pleaded guilty to the following charges after a report from the ChemCentre in Perth, that the pre-race blood sample taken from THE SILVER FOX prior to it competing and finishing unplaced in Race 5 at Gloucester Park on Friday, 24 April 2015, had a level of total carbon dioxide (TCO2) in excess of 36.0 millimoles per litre in plasma. Charge under Harness Rule of Racing (HRR) “193(1) Stomach tubing, atomisers and other devices” with the particulars of the charge being that he did on Thursday 23 April 2015, stomach tube THE SILVER FOX which was nominated to compete in a race on Friday 24 April 2015 which was within 48-hours and contrary to the provisions of the rules. Charge under HRR190(1),(2) Presentation free of prohibited substances, with the particulars of the charge being that “as the trainer, he presented THE SILVER FOX to Race in race 5 at Gloucester Park on 24 April 2015, with the prohibited substance alkalinising agents, evidenced by a concentration of TCO2 in excess of 36.0mm/L in plasma. In relation to the above charges the Stewards have imposed a six (6) month disqualification for each offence. After taking into account the principles of totality, the Stewards have directed that three months of the penalty issued for the breach of Rule 193 is to be served concurrently, with the remaining three months to be converted to a suspension to be served cumulatively. Accordingly the total period of penalty to be served shall be 6-months disqualification followed by 3-months suspension backdated to commence as of 14 May 2015, that being the date upon which Mr Bell was stood down pending outcome of the Stewards deliberations. Under the provisions of Rule 195 THE SILVER FOX has also been disqualified from Race 5 at Gloucester Park on the 24 April 2015 with all prizemonies to be returned to RWWA as prescribed by the RWWA Rules of Harness Racing. In regards to penalty the Stewards considered and took into account as appropriate: Mr Bell’s plea of guilt, co-operation and good record over many years of licensed involvement His relative youth, level of involvement and that he had been involved in the industry since he was 14-years of age The reported level of 37.4mm/L of TCO2 The need for deterrence both general and specific That the stomach tubing had not occurred on the day of the actual race and had been admitted to by Mr Bell when first interviewed by the RWWA Investigator and Stewards That the stomach tubing of the horse included alkalinising agents, albeit that such timing and nature of administration did not satisfactorily account for the reported level Trainers are again reminded that it is a serious offence under Rule 193 to attempt to stomach tube, or stomach tube a horse within 48 hours of the commencement of a race in which a horse is nominated. Media Contact: Denis Borovica – General Manager Racing Integrity  

The first race at Gloucester Park on Friday night has drawn together a handy harness racing field of 3yo’s and the Kim Prentice trained Our Black Diamonds looks well placed to take advantage of his best barrier draw yet. The son of Bettors Delight only made his debut in January of this year when taking out a 3yo MS Pace at Northam in great style despite beginning badly and breaking gait during the race. Prentice then gave punters an insight into what he thought of the gelding when at only his second start he elected to take on the likes of Beaudine Boaz and Kiwi Legend in a Derby prelude. After racing on the pegs for the duration Our Black Diamonds closed well to be beaten only 10m in a 1:54.9 mile rate. The horse was then knocked out of running in another WA Derby prelude, before Prentice took him back to Northam for further re-education. Despite a back row draw over the minimum 1780m journey he overcame a tough run to score impressively in 1:57.4. That earned him another trip to town and on face value he appeared quite disappointing when only 7th of 9 in a similar race here two weeks ago. He was forced to do a small amount of work early on that occasion before finding cover and not finishing the race off as strongly in a quick 1:55.1. He has drawn much better this Friday night and appears the likely leader, which would present him with his best opportunity yet to show his wares in town. The dangers appear likely to come from Mynameiskenny, Ima Connoisseur and Captain Oats. Mynameiskenny is from the astute John Oldroyd yard which has been enjoying a stellar run in recent times. Although resuming from a slight lay off, the son of Village Jolt was in terrific form before the break and he has drawn to advantage despite not having trialed in preparation for this event. Ima Connoisseur hasn’t drawn well once again but he will surely relish the drop back to racing his own age group, whilst Captain Oats has improved significantly since joining Justin Prentice and he remains a winning hope notwithstanding the worst barrier draw in the race. Tyrone Group Pace M3+ Star mare Libertybelle Midfrew will again be the star attraction at Gloucester Park this Friday Night as trainer Mike Reed continues her introduction to ‘fast class’. The rising 5yo daughter of Christian Cullen asserted her authority over a similar field at Gloucester Park on the 8th of May. On that occasion she drew perfectly in barrier one whereas this Friday she has drawn outside the back-line in eleven. She was able to handle a similarly tricky gate last Friday night in winning the WASBA Breeders Stakes where she drew barrier five over the sharp 1730m trip. Whilst on paper barrier five doesn’t look that precarious a starting position, Libertybelle Midfrew was drawn outside of a fast front-line and regular driver Mark Reed was forced to check out of the early speed battle. Reed was able to catch a trail home at the bell when Justin Prentice made his move on The Parade, and he will no doubt be looking to employ similar tactics here. Central to her chances will be the result of the early burn for the lead. Notabadexcuse has drawn perfectly outside of renowned sit and sprinter Danieljohn and he looks the most likely to set the pace. His recent form has been ‘below the required’, but it is worth noting that premier reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has jumped back aboard having not driven the horse in his past seven starts. Former kiwi Our Jimmy Johnstone is the other likely pacesetter in the event. The rising 7yo son of P Forty Seven was a 1:53.7 winner over this course and distance during the heats of the Nights Of Thunder series from the breeze, and Colin Brown appears likely to employ the same tactics here. ‘Jimmy’ is coming off a record breaking win at Pinjarra last start where he made light of the 70m handicap to score by a neck over Chevayo in a smashing 1:57.8 for the 2631SS. He now comes back to the minimum trip and you suspect connections will rely on fitness and stamina to outstay rivals on Friday night. Fremantle Cup placegetter Copagrin has come up with a useful barrier draw in eight. Driver Kyle Harper will be content to follow the pegs from the outset and hope that a strong pace can break the field up, ensuring he can find clear running late on. Pure Steel Qualifying Heat 3 Nights Of Thunder winner Soho Lennon resumes from a spell on Friday night looking to establish himself amongst the stars of the Gary Hall Snr stable. The rising 5yo son of Mach Three looked very progressive last campaign taking out nine wins from eighteen starts including the Group 2 $50,000 Nights Of Thunder Final defeating In The Perfect Storm and Machtu. As such he was nominated for the Fremantle Cup series, eventually making the consolation and finishing down the track. A win against moderate opposition followed that before his campaign was ended after running unplaced in the $25,000 Im Themightyquinn FFA. Soho Lennon has not trialed in preparation for Friday night’s race, however it is not unusual for the stable to produce them in this manner.  Hall Snr has a proven ability to produce them ‘race fit’ first up from a spell and the awkward barrier position arguably presents itself as more of a problem for backers of Soho Lennon. Former Victorian Must Be Nice has drawn gate 1 and it is likely connections will want to hold the front should he be quick enough. He is likely to be tested by Mein Guy, The Court Jester and/or Ohoka Squire in the early stages so Hall Jnr may be presented with an opportunity to work away from the pegline on Soho Lennon should he so desire. In any case, Must Be Nice has shown reasonable form since arriving in WA and would present as one of the main dangers to Soho Lennon, especially if he can hold the lead. He was an M0 winner at Melton before joining the stable of Debbie Padburg and his last start 11th of 12 can be dismissed as he hung in and broke on that occasion. He has since trialed to the stable’s satisfaction and ace reinsman Chris Voak will take the steer. McLoughlin Butchers Conditioned Pace M1+ Arguably the most interesting race of the night is the M1 or better standing start event where rising star Heez On Fire tackles the very classy Lovers Delight. Heez On Fire has been a ‘talking horse’ since his 2yo days but trainer Rod Oliver has plotted a slow and steady course with the son of Courage Under Fire. The rising 6yo has graced the track on just 29 occasions in what has been a very patient build up to fast class racing for the dual Group 2 winner. With his star pacer now assessed as an M4, Oliver has fewer options available and has had to resort to a standing start contest to continue on with the horse’s education and introduction to fast class racing. Blessed with a terrific turn of foot, Heez On Fire is certain to be one of the big players in the feature races over the coming months and continuing on towards November’s Inter Dominion Series. While Heez On Fire continues on his inevitable rise up the ranks, another horse is continuing to re-establish his reputation as one of the more talented horses in the state. A year younger than Heez On Fire, Lovers Delight made an immediate impression on WA race goers when debuting for Ross Oliveri back in 2011. Only 4 starts later he was running 3rd in the WA Derby, and he came back as a 4yo to further enhance his reputation by placing in both the McInerney Ford and the 4yo Championship. But after three more runs the horse was badly injured and not seen on a racetrack for 2 years. When he was seen again it was for a new trainer in Andrew De Campo. De Campo was able to coax a Group 3 success in the Harvey Cup out of the then 5yo but after a handful more wins the horse was back to the paddock. When he was again ready to resume it would be with another trainer – Stephen Reed. Reed has built a solid reputation with bad-legged horses and in Lovers Delight he has found a willing subject. The son of all conquering Bettors Delight has won 4 of 6 since joining his new mentor including wins in the $40,000 Easter Cup at Gloucester Park, and last start in the $30,000 Narrogin Cup defeating Our Jimmy Johnstone. Lovers Delight would seem to hold a small advantage over Heez On Fire this Friday night due to the fact that he is more experienced than his younger rival from this mode of start, and despite this they will start from the same mark of 20m. by Jason Lincoln

Harness racing reinsman Chris Voak believes Im A Peregrine has scope for further improvement after a top runaway win at Gloucester Park on Friday. Giving Voak the first leg of a driving treble, the Elsu gelding made it look easy when he put 17 metres on his nearest rival, favourite, Jumbo Jet. ”I thought he was my best winning chance on the night,” said Voak on Tabradio. “His runs prior were really good and I thought he would win. “He had to cover ground early and it was impressive. “I didn’t have to pull the plugs or anything and after the race he could have gone another lap. “That was the most impressive thing.” The Bucket List was sent out a short-priced favourite and gave punters little cause for concern when he swept past leader Northview Cardle in the straight. The Christian Cullen gelding posted his second win for trainer Michael Brennan and bounced back after a distant third in the Narrogin Cup. Despite winning comfortably by seven metres Voak said The Bucket List was made to earn his first victory at Gloucester Park. “When you get a standout like him he can become a target for the other horses,” said Voak. “I didn’t think he would have to run the time he did to win the race. “If you look at the sectionals The Bucket List had to work that much harder. “The leader in the race was a tremendous run. “It was good to see him dig in and have his class prevail. “It was a very tough and strong effort.” Voak said there was a sense of atonement when he piloted home Delusional from an outside draw to bring up a winning treble. Voak was behind the Rich and Spoilt gelding when he ran sixth to Fully Zapped at Gloucester Park seven days earlier “A week ago he drew favourably in barrier nine and three back the fence became available, but he got held up,” said Voak. “I kicked myself all week for driving him that way and I wasn’t going to make a mistake on Friday so it was good to get a bit of retribution back for Peter Tilbrook. “He went as well as I thought he would go and showed good tough qualities to hang on in the last 50 metres.” RWWA

A very interesting barrier draw has set up an intriguing race for Friday night's $40,000 WASBA Breeders Stakes at the harness  Gloucester Park. The logical pre-post favourite Libertybelle Midfrew has come up with a tricky alley in gate six and it appears on paper as though driver Mark Reed will have to 'take his medicine' early and look for a trailing position. The outstanding daughter of Christian Cullen was an effortless winner on resumption last Friday night when only required to sprint up the last 'furlong' to record an easy win in a mile rate of 1:58.5 (last 800m 55.7) for the 2536m. "She worked beautifully this morning (Wednesday) at Gloucester Park just dashing up the last little bit. She hasn't left an oat since her first up win and besides the draw, I couldn't be happier," said conditioner Mike Reed. The winner of last year's Group 1 Golden Nugget and the previous season's Group 1 WA Oaks has been imperious since arriving in WA, notching up a record of 10 wins from 15 starts. But there will be no pushover about Friday night's race given the way the draw has fallen. Indomitable has proven herself a sit sprint mare of considerable ability this campaign and driver Clinton Hall must certainly take credit for the consistency with which the Barry Morrison trained mare is now racing. Previously a very headstrong mare with blistering gate speed, Hall's 'softly softly' approach to driving Indomitable has seen her become a potent force in any race where there is early speed. He has piloted the daughter of former WA champion Saab to a remarkable 7 wins from only 16 drives. The early speed duel between Leda McNally, Dontdoubtme and Sensational Gabby will be central to the end result. Certainly Indomitable has the speed to hold up, but it is unlikely that they will shy away from the 'sit/sprint' style of racing that has served her so well this past 12 months. However, it is likely that they will have a strong say in who crosses them in the run through the first turn. Although Leda McNally is a top flight mare at her best, it is fair to say that she has been down on that form in recent times and it may be the case that Hall doesn't consider her a viable trailing option. Dontdoubtme is a very speedy mare that is well suited to short course racing. She resumed with a tidy second to Libertybelle Midfrew last week having come from the pocket, and she looms as a handy alternative given Clinton Hall will be privy to the progress she has made since that run. Along with Libertybelle, Sensational Gabby represents the class in this race, but as ever she remains questionable when unable to find the lead. She was unable to cross from a similar gate last week and her hopes rest on master driver Chris Lewis being able to fire her out with more alacrity. Trainer of the moment Justin Prentice is represented by classy duo Bettor Dreams and The Parade. Both mares are former WA Oaks place-getters and The Parade in particular has been in stunning form of late taking out the $35,000 Race for Roses last week, on the back of her win in the $25,000 The Johnson Final two weeks earlier. Better Dreams should not be dismissed however as she boasts an 8 from 14 record over this trip, and she has drawn to pinch cheap runs from a position on the marker pegs. Jason Lincoln.

In Greek mythology Hercules is famous for his strength and for his numerous far-ranging adventures, and harness racing’s version has certainly proven himself worthy of the name during his seven years on the racetrack. The fact that David Hercules has always been ‘a good horse’ is not up for debate, for he was a dual Group winner in his debut season as a two-year-old. But recognition of him being a bit more than ‘a good horse’ had been slow to take hold in his home state. Arguably it was because, much like his namesake, his greatest achievements had occurred whilst away on one of those ‘numerous far-ranging adventures’. Despite being a multiple Group One winner in Victoria, he remained a ‘Group one maiden’ in Western Australia having lived in the shadow of Im Themightyquinn since graduating to fast class. He had long been thought of as the heir apparent to the King of Gloucester Park’s throne, but it wasn’t until January of this year that he was finally able to add a well-deserved hometown Group One to his list of accomplishments, when brilliantly taking out the $250,000 Fremantle Cup. Arguably, David Hercules turned in an even greater performance just seven days later when he went down bravely in the $400,000 WA Pacing Cup to My Hard Copy. Previously regarded by some as ‘more of a speed horse ‘, his trainer David Thompson is quick to dismiss those suggestions ahead of David Hercules return from a spell tomorrow night. “While he has definitely gotten stronger with age, I have never thought of him as a one trick pony,” Thompson saod. “I couldn’t be happier with him, he has just had the one trial and I was very happy with that. “ With an eye to November’s Inter Dominion series at Gloucester Park, Thompson is looking to keep the son of Artesian ‘on the go’ during the winter months. “We’ll look at the Pinjarra Cup despite his assessment, as well as races like the August Cup,” Thompson said. “He’s a bit older now so I’d like to keep him ticking over and we’ll just pick races off as need be” Pacific Warrior has been dominating the open class ranks in David Hercules’ absence, and with a fitness edge, he remains the one to beat. RWWA Media

The $150,000 West Australian Oaks for three year old fillies at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night was meant to be a one filly affair with Tricky Styx from barrier two seen as virtually unbeatable. Justin Prentice had two quality fillies in the field in the form of Quite A Delight and Major Reality but both fillies had drawn poorly on the second line. Donegal Kahlum from barrier one grabbed the early lead for Colin Brown with the favourite Tricky Styx and Aiden De Campo settling three back on the outer in the running line. Both of Justin Prentice's fillies settled near the back of the field early and stayed there for the first lap and a half. With just over 1200 metres to go Gary Hall Jnr took off on Major Reality and worked his way to the death seat with 900 metres to go. Major Reality was tracked up by the stablemate Quite A Delight with trainer Justin Prentice in the bike and she made the death seat with 800 metres to go. Passing the 500 metres mark Donegal Kahlum threw out the anchor leaving Quite A Delight in front with Major Reality and Tricky Styx both coming into it wider out. Quite A Delight turned for home first but bit by bit Major Reality inched closer and right on the line grabbed the stablemate for a great win. Quite A Delight was gallant in defeat, just half a head away from her stablemate with a length back to Tricky Styx in third. Major Reality paced the 2536 metres in 3:08.7, a mile rate of 1:59.8 with closing sectionals of 56.2 and 27.5. Major Reality Major Reality is a three year old daughter of Art Major who was purchased out of the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch in 2013 for $31,000 by Kim Prentice which must look a bargain now. Another filly that Kim Prentice purchased on that trip was Quite A Delight who was also brought out of the New Zealand Premier Sale in Christchurch in 2013 and cost $30,000 And for the trifecta, the third placed Tricky Styx was also purchased out of the 2013 New Zealand Premier Sale at Christchurch for the princely sum of $5,000 It is hard enough to get one filly to peak for an Oaks but to have two runners and to run the quinella is a huge achievement and a real feather in the cap of their young trainer Justin Prentice. Justin Prentice interview Harnesslink Media

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