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The harness racing pundits in Western Australia reckoned the $200,000 WA  Derby tonight at Gloucester Park was a match race between the two best three year old pacers in the west. Beaudine Boaz from barrier one and Kiwi Legend from barrier two were everybodys pick for the quinella with most opting for the Gary Hall trained Beaudiene Boaz as the likely winner. Gary Hall jnr held the front easily with Beaudiene Boaz with All Aussie Boy and Kyle Harper sitting parked which gave Kiwi Legend and Mark Reid a lovely sit in the one by one. Gary Hall jnr was able to back the pace off over the next two laps with no mid race pressure and it wasn't until he went past the 800 metres to go mark that he turned up the wick with a quarter down the back in 27 before brushing home in 27 to distance the opposition. At the finish Beaudiene Boaz was 24 metres in front of the game filly Tricky Styx who made ground well from a long way back and Danny Crane who had received the run of the race on the back of Beaudiene Boaz in the trail. Kiwi Legend made a three wide run from the 600 metres but only battled in to seventh while the well supported Delightful Offer galloped when looking a big place chance with 350 metres to go. Beaudiene Boaz paced the 2536 metres in 3:06.4, a mile rate of 1:58.3 with closing sectionals of 27 and 27 - a 54 half. It was the eighth win in Australia for the son of Badlands Hanover from just nine starts and the Kiwi import took his lifetime earnings over the $400,000 mark. Harnesslink Media

Champion harness racing reinsman Gary Hall jun. is promising a blistering start with Beaudiene Boaz and is confident the star New Zealand-bred colt will set the pace and win the $200,000 Sky Racing WA Derby at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall is determined to make every post a winner after Beaudiene Boaz drew the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line in the group 1 classic over 2536m and the Badlands Hanover three-year-old is certain to start a red hot odds-on favourite. “We will be coming out of the gate all guns blazing, regardless of what the tactics of the other runners are,” he said. “Kiwi Legend, from barrier two, obviously will have a look (for the lead) out of the gate, and we’ll come out as fast as we can. I’m as confident as you can be in a Derby. But you can’t be too confident in those sort of races. It can be your undoing sometimes. “I’m confident Beaudiene Boaz will lead; I’m confident he’s good enough and I’m confident that he’s well in himself. So taking all those things into consideration I am as confident as I can be. I don’t like to be over-confident.” Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. echoed the sentiments of his son, saying: “Beaudiene Boaz should lead and win. I think he has improved slightly on his win in the Western Gateway last Friday week. He’s got the right barrier and he’s going to make use of it.” Beaudiene Boaz set a track record for a three-year-old over the Derby distance of 2536m (rating 1.56.3) when he started out wide at No. 6, raced three wide for the first 500m, took the lead 150m later and reeled of quarters in 30sec., 28.2sec., 27.5sec. and 29.2sec. in beating Military Master by just over four lengths. That victory made amends for his shock failure at 3/1 on when he raced in the breeze and met interference in the final lap, broke and finished eighth behind the pacemaking Kiwi Legend over 2130m the week before the Western Gateway Classic . Kiwi Legend rated 1.54.7 over the 2130m in that brilliant victory before he raced in the breeze outside Beaudiene Boaz and wilted to finish eighth. “When you’re going 1.54 and a bit over 2130m and on the rail no one is going to sit in the breeze and beat you,” said Hall jun. “In New Zealand Beaudiene Boaz was driven as a  speed horse and when he came over here Dad thought he was just a speed horse. But I reckon he’s more the other way, more tough than fast. He proved at his latest win that the 2536m is right up his alley. “Beaudiene Boaz is a bit of a pain and he doesn’t do much on the sand track, so we’ve got to get into him when it is hopple day. So I let him run along last Wednesday and gave him a good hit-out. I sort of made him go a little bit too quick early, wanting to see how he finished off. He had Elegant Christian sitting on him, and he’s about ready to resume racing. But he didn’t even get to my wheel. I was really happy with the workout.” Asked to compare Beaudiene Boaz with Alta Christiano, who he drove to a runaway victory in the 2013 WA Derby for his father after racing without cover, Hall said: “It’s hard to line them up. Alta Christiano didn’t have the same sort of competition as Beaudiene Boaz has got from Kiwi Legend. We never saw the best of Alta Christiano because his legs were stuffed.” Hall sen. said that Beaudiene Boaz, winner of ten of his 15 starts, would go for a spell after Friday night’s classic. He said that New Zealand authorities had telephoned him to see whether he would like Beaudiene Boaz to be Australia’s invited representative in the rich Jewels Classic in the winter. “I declined the offer and my plans are to concentrate on racing him exclusively in Western Australia,” he said. “After a spell, I’ll bring him back and prepare him for the Golden Nugget and then there’s the interdominion championship here for him in the following two years. He’s got everything here for him and there’s no incentive for me to leave here with him.” The Halls are looking for their second WA Derby success, while the father-son combination of trainer Mike Reed and reinsman Mark Reed is aiming for victory with Kiwi Legend. The Reeds combined to win the Derby with Tricky Vic (2002) and Ace of Spades (2003). Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond hold a strong hand in this week’s classic with five runners, Ima Connoisseur, Assassinator, Bungalow Bill, Denny Crane and Delightful Offer. Delightful Offer was most impressive when Ryan Warwick drove him to an effortless five-length victory over El Comacho and Bungalow Bill in a 2130m Derby prelude last Friday night. Delightful Offer’s prospects diminished significantly when he drew barrier three on the back line. “The draw, with Beaudiene Boaz at No. 1, makes all the other runners only a place chance,” Warwick said. “Delightful Offer felt good and looked good last week. But he faces a stern test and so do all the other runners. Beaudiene Boaz would have to do something wrong to be beaten.” Pacific Warrior clashes with John of Arc Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams described Pacific Warrior as fit, fresh and bright --- and ready to maintain his splendid form by winning the $22,500 Sky Racing Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.      And if Pacific Warrior performs strongly Williams will set him for the $30,000 Narrogin Cup, a mobile over 2662m, on May 2. Pacific Warrior, who has earned $99,950 from four wins and three placings from 13 starts in his current campaign, fared perfectly in the random draw and will start from the prized No. 1 barrier on the front line. His clash with up-and-coming star John of Arc will be a highlight on the ten-event program. John of Arc, who has won in dashing style at his past two starts for leading trainer Gary Hall sen. and ace reinsman Gary Hall jun., steps up considerably in class. But the five-year-old, a comparative novice of just 18 starts for 12 wins and four seconds, faces a moment of truth from the unfavourable barrier six on the front line. The wide draw is not fazing Hall sen., who said: “I reckon if he had drawn inside of Pacific Warrior he could beat him. If Pacific Warrior leads, I don’t think John of Arc can beat him. But I think John of Arc is a better horse than Pacific Warrior and he will give him a fright on Friday night. “We won’t give the race to Pacific Warrior. We’ll go round and have a look at him at some stage.”  Hall jun. is looking forward to John of Arc being tested in stronger company.” I thought he could win with a good draw,” he said. “But it will be hard from out wide. “He’s a funny horse who has shown us at home that he is right up there with the best horses we’ve had. But his manners aren’t the best. He won’t do anything wrong, but he doesn’t get around the track all that well. He’s had bad legs, so it’s probably not all his fault.” Williams said that if Pacific Warrior, to be driven by Kade Howson, would contest the Narrogin Cup if he maintained his excellent form in Friday night’s race. “If he leads and any horse apart from John of Arc beats him he will go straight to the paddock,” he said. “The Narrogin Cup could well be his final run in this preparation. He will have a spell for about six weeks before coming back to be prepared for the interdominion championship series in Perth in November and December.” Hall also is looking at the interdominion championship for John of Arc, providing he stays sound. Nuala set to remain unbeaten Outstanding reinsman Clint Hall is bubbling with confidence that brilliant three-year-old Nuala will maintain her unbeaten record by proving too strong for her six rivals in the Push By Schneider WA Oaks Prelude at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “This will be her first test over 2536m (the distance of the $150,000 WA Oaks on May 8) and I expect her to enjoy the increase in distance,” he said. “It should be to her liking and I expect her to jump to the front from barrier two and then run a controlled lead time. We’re very happy with where she’s at.” The New Zealand-bred Nuala has not been extended in winning at all her six starts --- by an aggregate margin of 70.1 metres, an average of 11.68m (just under four lengths). Trainer Gary Hall sen. should provide the quinella, with Giuliana Rancic, to be driven by Gary Hall jun., expected to provide the strongest opposition to Nuala. Remarkably, Giuliana Rancic consistently beats Nuala in trackwork at the Hall’s Serpentine training establishment. “I’ve chased Nuala home with Giuliana Rancic in her past two to three runs and haven’t been able to get near her,” Hall jun. said. “And I can’t see this changing on Friday. She’s a bit of a pain because she beats Nuala on the track all the time, leading or sitting. If I lead with Giuliana Rancic, Nuala doesn’t get near her and if I sit I get over her almost every time.   “It’s a bit like Zennart and Beaudiene Boaz. Zennart always beats him on the track, but it’s a different matter in a race.” Leading WA Oaks candidates Tricky Styx and Quite A Delight are not in Friday night’s prelude, with Northam trainer Jesse Moore preferring to contest the WA Derby with Tricky Styx and Justin Prentice keeping Quite A Delight at home. However, adding interest to Friday night’s event will be the first appearance in WA of the Courtney Burch-trained Uaintseennothinyet, the Mike Reed-trained Foxy Dame and Baileys Gold, trained by Greg and Skye Bond. Uaintseennothinyet has won once from ten starts in New Zealand and should obtain an ideal passage from the No. 1 barrier. Foxy Dame has won at one of her six starts in New Zealand and Baileys Gold is capable of a sound effort at her debut after scoring easy wins in three Byford trials in recent weeks.  Jungle Jewel will pay to follow Well-performed four-year-old Jungle Jewel will resume racing after a 31-day absence when she starts from barrier two on the front line of the third heat of the Clipsal Powerhouse Johnson Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and reinsman Ryan Warwick says that she will pay to follow in this campaign. Warwick, in top form after landing trebles at Gloucester Park last Friday night and at Kellerberrin on Sunday, said: “She’s pretty close and will improve with the run. She’s going pretty good and she had a good hit-out in a trial at Byford on Sunday morning when she sat one-out and one-back and got pushed around a little bit.” Jungle Jewel finished fifth in the six-horse trial, five lengths from the winner Heez On Fire, who rated 1.58.5 over the 2185m journey.  Jungle Jewel, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, rarely performs below par and has already earned $89,082 from ten wins and seven placings from 35 starts. Byford trainer David Thompson will be represented by smart four-year-olds Harper Grace (barrier one) and Harriet Elisabeth (No. 2 on the back line) and both mares will have admirers. Hall fancies insignificant horse Champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. is excited at the prospect of driving inexperienced New Zealand-bred four-year-old Ideal Justice for the first time when the stallion starts from the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Sky Racing Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Ideal Justice raced three times in New Zealand for a first-up win and two seconds and he is unbeaten at two WA starts when driven by Alysha Johnston and Clint Hall. He raced without cover before careering away for easy wins in his two WA starts. “I haven’t driven him in a race and I’m pretty excited at seeing what he feels like,” Hall jun. said. “He’s been very impressive. “He’s a funny horse who doesn’t show much at home. He’s an insignificant sort of horse at home, who does nothing to grab anyone’s attention. But he has just come out and gone bang, bang. “We had him for quite a long time and he had soreness issues and we couldn’t find anything. We stopped everything and turned him out for a while before starting again.” Hall sen. said that Ideal Justice kept going lame. “So I just put him in a box for six weeks,” he explained. “He had no treatment and now he doesn’t show any sign of any problem.” by Ken Casellas

Former Victorian harness racing pacer Magnificent Art, who revealed dazzling gate speed to burst straight to the front from barrier six before setting a brisk pace and winning easily from stablemate Scuba Steve at his West Australian debut last Friday night, will contest a standing-start event for the first time when he starts from barrier three off the front in the Lakes Electrical Distributors Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The five-year-old rated a slick 1.56.2 over 1730m last week and will step up to a 2503m event this week. But the change from a sprint to middle-distance event and from a mobile to a stand is not a concern for leading trainer Gary Hall sen., who is confident the gelding will maintain his winning form.      Magnificent Art has raced 55 times --- all in mobiles --- for 12 wins, 11 seconds and two thirds. “He qualified for a stand at the Byford trials two Sundays ago,” Hall said. “He jumped to the front, led and won by more than a length from Our Jimmy Johnstone, coming home in 28.2sec. and 27.6sec.” Magnificent Art’s most serious rival appears to be rejuvenated eight-year-old False Promise, who will start from the 10m mark. False Promise followed three successive fast-finishing wins over 2503m with a close-up fourth behind Lovers Delight in the Easter Cup, a 2907m stand last Friday night. The Hall stable has 11 starters on Friday night and the champion trainer said that his best winning prospects were Magnificent Art and John of Arc in the 2130m Gannon’s Pacing Colours Pace. John of Arc will start from barrier four on the front line in a race in which he will clash with four stablemates, Mohegan Sun, The Court Jester, Say It Now and Vapour. John of Arc started from barrier three, dashed to the front after 250m and was not extended in winning from Mohegan Sun, Notabadexcuse and Vapour in a 2130m event last Friday night to give Hall the first four in the race. The stable again has bright prospects of landing the quartet. Racing and Wagering Western Australia  

  The highly-successful Greg and Skye Bond training partnership hold all the aces in The West Australian WA Derby prelude at the harness racing meeting Gloucester Park on Friday night with the richly-talented Delightful Offer expected to start favourite ahead of stablemates Bungalow Bill and Ima Connoisseur.   Greg Bond is upbeat about the prospects of this New Zealand-bred trio who should dominate the $17,500 event over 2130m after drawing the three inside barriers on the front line.   Bungalow Bill will start from the No. 1 barrier, with Ima Connoisseur at two and Delightful Offer at three.   Bond is having considerable difficulty in separating the three geldings who are by the outstanding American-bred stallion Bettors Delight.   The stable also has a fourth runner in Friday night’s event, Assassinator, who faces a stern test from the outside of the back line.   Asked to rank the stable’s three front-line runners, Bond said: “It’s very hard. I guess they will all be in the mix somewhere. Probably, looking at the barriers, I’d say Ima Connoisseur, who has a very good turn of foot out of the gate.   “So, possibly, he could find the front, with Bungalow Bill getting the trail and Delightful Offer maybe looking for a trail or even racing in the breeze. On what I’ve seen of him that wouldn’t necessarily bother him too much.   “I haven’t finalised the driving engagements, but Colin Brown is likely to handle Ima Connoisseur, with Chris Lewis driving Bungalow Bill and Ryan Warwick driving Delightful Offer."   "I will have a chat with Skye and the drivers and come up with some tactics from there.”   Dylan Egerton-Green will be in the sulky behind Assassinator, who has had 17 starts for five wins and eight placings.   Ima Connoisseur, who has won at four of his nine starts, was restrained to last from the outside of the front line in the 2536m Western Gateway Classic last Friday night and impressed with his powerful finishing burst.   A 125/1 rank outsider, he was 11th at the bell, went wide in the final circuit and finished fourth, nine lengths from the runaway winner Beaudiene Boaz.   It was a splendid effort, with the final quarters (off the front) being covered in 27.5sec. and 29.2sec.   “He hit the line really good,” Bond said. “He’s still a bit of a work in progress and is still learning the caper. I expect him to run a very good race."   “Bungalow Bill and Delightful Offer each had his first start in Australia at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, won in excellent fashion."   "Both raced well and finished off nicely and they have pulled up great."   “It’s maybe a bit of an ask if they race this Friday and then in the Derby final the following Friday."   "But the horses will tell us by the way they perform."   "If they earn the right for a Derby start, then we will consider giving them a run."   "But if they don’t run up to expectations this week, then obviously we won’t worry about the Derby.”     Brown drove both Bungalow Bill and Delightful Offer at Pinjarra, with Bungalow Bill, favourite at 10/1 on, untroubled to set the pace and win by just over four lengths from Nellie Babe, rating 1.59 after a slow early pace followed by smart final sections in 28sec. and 27.4sec.   That was his first start since finishing second to Backup over 1950m at Addington on November 11.   He had won at his only two previous starts.   Delightful Offer (2/1 on) gave a sample of his class with his effortless Pinjarra win at a 1.58.6 rate over 2692m.   He settled down in twelfth position, dashed forward to be sixth, three wide, at the bell before going four wide at the 550m mark and surging to the front on the home turn.   He won by just under three lengths from Flyin The Ointment.   That was Delightful Offer’s first appearance since he won in brilliant fashion over 2200m at Alexandra Park on March 6, beating Little Rascal by two lengths at a 1.58.4 rate.   He revealed sparkling gate speed from barrier four and took the sit behind the pacemaking Hasten Bromac.   He was shuffled back to fourth 300m from home before surging to the front 80m from the post.   Delightful Offer is a full-brother to the Bond-trained Bettor Offer, who has earned $137,255 from 11 wins and eight placings from 26 starts.   “Delightful Offer is a nice horse,” Bond said.   “He’s very versatile and possesses a lot of the high speed that Bettor Offer has."   I haven’t had him long enough to get a good assessment of him."   "However, everything he’s doing for us is great and he hasn’t missed a beat."   “We have had Bungalow Bill a bit longer, but when he arrived here he had a few issues and got a virus, putting us behind the eight-ball with him."   "But he’s had a fair bit of work and his trackwork has been great."   "He didn’t run a lot of time at Pinjarra, but he finished with a 55.4sec. half."   "I’m happy with him and he has pulled up great so I expect him to run a pretty good race as well.”   Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. has opted not to start star colt Beaudiene Boaz in Friday night’s prelude and Hazelemere trainer Mike Reed will also keep his brilliant gelding Kiwi Legend fresh for the $200,000 WA Derby on Friday week.   Hall will produce the New Zealand-bred Starlight Brigade (one of six three-year-olds by Bettors Delight in the field of 11) in the prelude.   Starlight Brigade, who will start from barrier five on the front line, has not appeared since winning easily in Waikato on November 16.   That was his second win from four starts.   He finished strongly to win a 2150m Byford trial last Sunday week, covering the final quarters in 29.4sec. and 28sec. and beating Mossdale Flyer by four lengths.   Hall conceded that Starlight Brigade faced a tough task on Friday night.   He said that he had abandoned plans to try to qualify Tact Major and American Boy for the Derby.   Both have been sent for a spell.   He said that Beaudiene Boaz, a runaway winner of the Western Gateway Pace last Thursday night, was spot on for the Derby final.   “I’m very happy with him, and relieved,” he said.   “When he broke in the last lap and was unplaced behind Kiwi Legend the previous week I didn’t know how much he had left and where he was going to finish."   "I thought he was a bit disappointing on face value."   "But he came in blowing really bad and I thought I’d been a bit easy on him."   "So I remedied that and he came out and did the job last Thursday.”   El Comancho, a Bettors Delight gelding, will make his first appearance at Gloucester Park, starting from barrier three on the back line for Oakford trainer Bryan Cousins.   El Comancho won easily in a 2300m stand in New Zealand on January 25 before making a successful Australian debut, running home strongly from three back on the pegs to beat Maddy White over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday night.   Ken Casellas

An intriguing barrier draw has thrown the Slater Gartrell Sports Western Gateway Classic into the melting pot at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but crack New Zealand-bred three-year-olds Beaudiene Boaz and Kiwi Legend should enhance their reputations and their prospects in the WA Derby by fighting out the finish of the $50,000 group 2 feature event. The random draw did neither any favours, with Beaudiene Boaz drawing out wide at No. 6 on the front line in the 2536m race and Kiwi Legend No. 3 on the back line. Denny Crane, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, drew the prized No. 1 barrier and Tact Major, prepared by Gary Hall sen., is favourably drawn at No. 2. Both geldings possess good gate speed and are capable of setting the pace and proving hard to beat. However, the Mike Reed-trained Kiwi Legend was so impressive at his Australian debut when Mark Reed drove the 11/2 chance to a superb all-the-way victory over Military Master and All Aussie Boy at a 1.54.7 rate in a Derby Prelude last Friday night that astute punters are sure to support him with confidence, despite his back-line draw. That was Kiwi Legend’s third start in a race, and he has yet to be extended in winning all three. The back-line draw should prove no great handicap to Kiwi Legend, who showed his class at his debut when he came from 13th at the bell to score an easy win over 2400m at Wyndham on February 1 when he sped over the final 400m in 27.1sec. Kiwi Legend ended Beaudiene Boaz’s winning sequence of seven when that pacer started at 3/1 on and worked hard in the breeze before he began to hang in approaching the back straight in the final circuit of last week’s race. Soon after that he met with severe interference when Kiwi Legend shifted up the track. Beaudiene Boaz then gave ground over the concluding stages and finished in eighth position, 13 lengths behind Kiwi Legend. Reinsman Gary Hall jun. informed the stewards that he eased Beaudiene Boaz down in the final stages after the colt had dropped the bit and was reluctant to race competitively. Beaudiene Boaz won with such authority at his previous seven starts that it is difficult to visualise him not bouncing back with a vengeance and fighting out the finish this week. Hall sen. is full of hope that Beaudiene Boaz will give him his fourth win in the Western Gateway after scoring with The Falcon Strike (2001), Alta Christiano (2013) and Elegant Christian (2014). Clint Hall drove Elegant Christian to an all-the-way victory from the No. 1 barrier and he is hoping to repeat the dose this week with Tact Major, who has won at three of his six starts. Tact Major can improve on his fifth behind Kiwi Legend last when he met with interference in the back straight in the final lap after enjoying an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. Denny Crane should be prominent from his inside barrier. He raced wide early from barrier four last week, was restrained to the rear and did not show up when ninth last week. He has won at seven of his 18 starts and can do much better. The Ross Olivieri-trained Military Master should be prominent from the inside of the back line. He started from the same barrier in last week’s Derby prelude before racing three back on the pegs and finishing determinedly to be second to Kiwi Legend. Blythwood trainer Gary Elson has a high opinion of Red Hot Major and the colt should be prominent from barrier four on the front line. The only filly in the event is the Jesse Moore-trained Tricky Styx, a winner at eight of her 15 starts. She will start from No. 5 on the front line and possesses a powerful finishing burst. But she faces a stern test against the colts and geldings. John of Arc poised to atone Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. has six of the nine runners in the Slater Gartrell Sports Midland Super Store Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he looks certain to win with John of Arc, the lowest assessed horse in the field. John of Arc is the least experienced runner in the field, with 16 starts for ten wins and four seconds. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old has an M 0 classification, but he should prove far too good for his rivals, three of which are on an M1 mark, four on an M2 mark and one (Notabadexcuse) on an M3 mark. There were excuses for John of Arc’s shock defeat at 5/2 on when a close and most unlucky second to the frontrunning Meet George Jetson last Friday night. John of Arc was having his first start for nine months and he enjoyed a perfect passage in the one-out, one-back position. But he was hemmed in for most of the final circuit before Gary Hall jun. got him into the clear approaching the home turn. John of Arc then contacted a wheel of another runner just before the home turn, raced roughly and lost momentum before charging home, four wide, to fail by one metre to overhaul Meet George Jetson. This week John of Arc will start from barrier three on the front line and should prove too classy for the opposition, which includes stablemate Mohegan Sun, who was a smart all-the-way first-up winner over The Court Jester last Friday fortnight before racing in seventh position and finishing ninth behind Smokey The Bandit last Friday night. Ken Casellas

Highly-talented gelding Kiwi Legend is primed and ready to make a big impression at his Australian harness racing debut when he clashes with champion three-year-old Beaudiene Boaz in the WA Derby Prelude at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Prepared at Hazelmere by Mike Reed, Kiwi Legend is ready to issue a strong challenge to Beaudiene Boaz, which has not been extended in winning his six West Australian starts for champion trainer Gary Hall. In a random barrier draw, Kiwi Legend fared well and will start from gate two, with Beaudiene Boaz alongside him in three. Beaudiene Boaz, a winner of two races as a two-year-old in New Zealand, now has a winning sequence of seven and is nominal favourite for the $200,000 WA Derby at Gloucester Park on April 17. He now faces his first serious test in the form of Kiwi Legend, which has romped to effortless victories at his only two starts. He made his debut over 2400 metres at Wyndham on February 1 when overcame a back row draw to win easily by two lengths from River Patrol. Four days later he contested another 2400-metre event at Winton when leading throughout for another soft triumph. Kiwi Legend arrived in WA early this month and has won 2150-metres trials at Byford on the past two Sunday mornings. H An intriguing battle for the early lead is likely in Friday night’s event, with Kiwi Legend, to be driven by Mark Reed, and Beaudiene Boaz blessed with abundant gate speed. Adding spice to the prospect of this early duel is All Aussie Boy, a speedy beginner which has drawn the coveted pole for Bunbury trainer Robert Wood and reinsman Kyle Harper. KEN CASELLAS

Star harness racing reinsman Morgan Woodley is delighted with the progress being made by Hugh Victor and is confident the West Australian-bred gelding will prove hard to beat in the $35,000 Alltools Four-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. "He keeps improving all the time and in this preparation I've noticed, even in his work, that he is better and stronger," he said. "He's not a champion, but he can sprint very quickly" Hugh Victor, part-owned and trained at Serpentine by Woodley's partner Stephanie Smith, has drawn favourably at barrier two on the front line of the group 3 event over 2130m. "This barrier really suits him," Woodley said. "He's a sit-sprint type of horse who can also lead in the right circumstances. Hopefully, we'll be sitting somewhere close up in the moving line, and given a little bit of luck over the concluding stages, he should sprint home strongly." Hugh Victor notched his sixth win from 15 starts this season (and his tenth from 44 career starts) when he started from the back line in a 2130m event last Friday night. He settled in sixth place before dashing forward, three wide, after 600m to move to the breeze and then obtained a one-out, one-back trail. He started a three-wide move 500m from home, took the lead on the home turn and won easily from Walter James and Dardy Delight, rating 1.57.4. "We were a touch disappointed with him last week, even though he seemingly went very well," Woodley explained. "We identified a couple of small areas that needed improvement and Steph has worked hard on them and we hope he's going to put his best foot forward. "He didn't seem to have quite as much sharpness as normal and seemed a bit more on the dour side. We've worked on freshening his legs and getting him in a good mind space. Hopefully, he will produce the goods. He has been racing in terrific fashion and with even luck I expect him to fight out the finish." Hugh Victor is a full-brother to champion pacer David Hercules, whose regular reinsman is Woodley. David Hercules has amassed $1,204,419 in prizemoney from 37 wins and 32 placings from 100 starts. Asked to compare Hugh Victor to the eight-year-old David Hercules, Woodley said: "He is different in the respect that he can't run the same gross time and is not as big and as strong as David Hercules. "However, Hugh Victor is improving with every campaign. I have noticed a real difference this time in from the previous time we campaigned him. He has matured and his cruising speed has got better. He does possess very good high-end speed and in one of his wins at Pinjarra this season we clocked him running home the final sectional in 26.8sec. "In that respect he does possess the speed that David Hercules has, but he doesn't have the same overall strength." Polemarker Back On Board, who will be driven by Chris Voak for Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan, is a smart frontrunner who made full use of the No. 1 barrier four starts ago when he set the pace and won easily over 2258m at Albany. Voak looks certain to set the pace with Back On Board, with Kimba Bay expected to go forward from barrier four to take up the breeze position. If that transpires, Hugh Victor would almost certainly enjoy the one-out, one-back position. Matt White, who trains and drives 2014 WA Derby winner Three Blind Mice, said that the gelding was working in fine style in Busselton and was capable of bouncing back to the winner's list after unplaced runs at Bunbury and Pinjarra at his past two outings. He raced wide early and then in the breeze at his past two starts and White said he probably would change his tactics and race with a sit. Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice has sound prospects with The Parade, who impressed with a strong victory over 2130m last Friday night when she settled in tenth position, started a three-wide burst 1050m from home and sustained the effort to hit the front on the home turn and win from Adda Rising Star and Mon Lamour. "This is a good test for her, but she is up to it," said Prentice. "She has improved since her win last week and her work this week has been super. If we follow Hugh Victor we should be thereabouts. She's a winning chance. "Three Blind Mice is probably the class runner in the race, but The Parade has beaten him at Bunbury." The Parade is due for a change of fortune in a feature event. She has contested four group races for a fourth behind Highest Royalty in the group 1 Diamond Classic, a second to Majorly Foxy Styx in the group 2 Dainty's Daughter Classic, a second to Libertybelle Midfrew in the WA Oaks and a third to Sensational Gabby in the Empress Stakes. Kimba Bay, trained at Manjimup by Debra Sutton, has been driven in all his 27 starts by Kaiden Hayter for 13 wins and nine placings. He warmed up for Friday night's assignment in fine style by winning the 2597m Bridgetown Cup on Sunday when he dashed to the front after 400m and scored by more than a length from Smokey The Bandit. Woodley has opted to drive Hugh Victor in preference to Hawkeye Bromac, a smart Gloucester Park winner two starts ago who has drawn poorly, out wide at No. 6 on the front line. Leading reinsman Gary Hall jun. will drive Hawkeye Bromac for Bickley trainer Peter Anderson. Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond hold a strong hand in the race with Simply Susational (Colin Brown) and Jungle Jewel (Ryan Warwick). Simply Susational was most impressive, winning first-up at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week when he raced three wide without cover for most of the journey before defeating Hes Ritehererightnow and Quick Reflection. Jungle Jewel finished boldly from eighth (and last) at the bell to be third to Cielito and Kristen Louise over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. Elson favours Ideal Tyson Blythewood trainer Gary Elson is thrilled at the superb form of stablemates Ideal Tyson and Sprinter, who give him an ideal opportunity to notch the quinella in the Milwaukee Nothing But Heavy Duty Western Crown Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He favours giant Victorian-bred colt Ideal Tyson over the big New Zealand-bred gelding Sprinter. Nathan Turvey has driven Ideal Tyson in his three starts for narrow victories at Pinjarra before a powerful performance to win from Kathleen Betty at Bunbury. Turvey has also handled Sprinter at his four starts for three wins (two at Pinjarra) and one at Gloucester Park and a most unlucky third behind Rich Yankee and Johnny Disco at Bunbury. Turvey will drive Ideal Tyson from barrier two on the front line on Friday night and Tom Buchanan will be in the sulky behind Sprinter. Sprinter's four starts have been in February and March, whereas Ideal Tyson's three starts came in the space of 16 days in January. He won a 2185m trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning by ten lengths from Bettors Gem, rating 2.0.5 after dashing over the final two 400m sections in 27.9sec. and 29sec Elson is a fan of stallion American Ideal and he bought Ideal Tyson for $24,000 as a yearling in Victoria. The colt's dam is Shezacullen, who won ten times from 58 starts in Victoria. "Ideal Tyson and Sprinter are both big and strong and quick," Elson said. "I fancy Ideal Tyson this week. He surprised me when I took him to trials. He just won all his trials so easily. "Nathan thinks that Sprinter is the better of the two. Sprinter is a ready-made racehorse who knows what to do, whereas Ideal Tyson just does what he has to do. He has yet to be seriously tested." Leading reinsman Gary Hall jun. gave punters a lead when he opted to drive Soho Wolverine in preference to Duschka, who will be handled by Clint Hall. Hall jun. drove the Kevin Keys-trained Duschka at his debut at Gloucester Park on March 3 when the Art Major gelding set a brisk pace and was hampered by a flat sulky tyre in the last lap and was beaten a nose by the fast-finishing Sprinter over 1730m after a final 800m in 57.3sec. Clint Hall then drove Duschka to an all-the-way win over Rich Yankee at Northam on Thursday of last week. Soho Wolverine, trained at Northam by Glenn Elliott, made his debut at Pinjarra on Monday of last week when he led and finished second to Sprinter. Then he led and won from Our Black Betty at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Soho Wolverine's dam Fidelius Charm was a smart pacer who won five times as a two-year-old in 2007-08, including the group 2 Sales Classic and Gold Bracelet. Duschka's dam Cassie Rox earned $152,492 from 17 wins and 21 placings from 85 starts. Her dam Snookanite produced Itsallabout Nicole, who scored an easy victory in the Western Crown Classic in April 2009 before winning the group 1 Pearl Classic. Track The Navajo has the credentials Ten years ago Spirit of Navajo won the group 1 Golden Slipper and now her half-sister Track The Navajo has bright prospects of winning another feature two-year-old event, the $19,999 Milwaukee New Fuel Western Crown Classic for fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Track The Navajo, trained at Highbury by Amy Stone, has made a wonderful start to her career, with her first five starts producing wins at Bunbury and Gloucester Park and two placings at Pinjarra and one at Albany. Track The Navajo will start from the inside of the back line in the 1730m event and reinsman Tim Stone will be relying on her trademark strong finishing burst. Track The Navajo made an auspicious debut at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week when she was restrained from barrier six on the front line and raced in sixth position before she finished solidly to win from Nina Jane at a 1.59.8 rate over 1730m. The only other winner in Friday night's race is the Garry Butler-trained Mary Catherine, who fared badly in the random draw and will start from the outside (barrier seven) on the front line. Chris Voak, who drove Mary Catherine to a strong win at her debut, at Pinjarra on January 5, gave punters a lead when he decided to drive back-line runner Our Black Betty for Byford trainer Katja Warwick in preference to Mary Catherine and the Ross Olivieri-trained Sheer Rocknroll. Voak drove Our Black Betty at her only start when she finished a six-length second to talented gelding Soho Wolverine at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. She should be improved by the outing. Stuart McDonald will drive Sheer Rocknroll, the first foal out of Sheer Royalty, who won the 2009 WA Oaks and was retired with earnings of $248,904 from nine wins and seven placings from 33 starts. "I like Sheer Rocknroll," Olivieri said. "She's just learning the caper and ran a nice first-up fourth." .Nina Jane, a half-sister to Shinydes (24 wins) and Gazzella Nera (five) has each-way prospects for Capel trainer Andrew de Campo. At her second start she began from barrier seven, was restrained to the rear, met with a couple of checks and raced three wide before finishing a close second to Track the Navajo at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. Pacific Warrior's class a decisive factor Reinsman Kade Howson advised punters to disregard Pacific Warrior's last-start failure, when last behind Dynamite Dude in the Autumn Championship last Friday week, when assessing the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old's prospects in the $22,500 Alltools Ray Duffy Memorial Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Howson, who drives Pacific Warrior for Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams, said that he was hopeful that the gelding's class would be a deciding factor in this week's event in which he is unfavourably drawn on the outside of the front line. "If Shardons Rocket pushes forward and finds the breeze or the front we will join in at some stage and hopefully his class will get him to the top," Howson said. "I think Ray will be aiming Pacific Warrior for the Easter Cup and will kick along with the horse until he has had enough. Then he will have a spell before being set for the interdominion championship series in Perth in November and December." Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri predicted a strong showing from Our Blackbird, who has a losing sequence of 19. Our Blackbird, who will start from barrier three on the front line, caught the eye at his latest appearance, at Gloucester Park last Friday night when he was a 55/1 outsider and was eighth (and last) at the bell before flying home with a spirited late burst out wide on the track to dead-heat for fourth behind stablemate Sensational Gabby over 2536m. He finished less than a length from the winner. "He charged home, rather like the way Sensational Gabby finished when fifth behind Dynamite Dude the previous week," Olivieri said. "I don't underestimate Shardons Rocket or Pacific Warrior, but Our Blackbird could be a leader or a sitter and play a part in the finish. "His run last week got me. We've been waiting for him to do something a bit better than what he's been doing. Let's hope his latest run is a sign of better things to come. He has had a lot of problems and we have sorted most of them out." Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice warned punters not to disregard Braemoor, who is handily drawn at No. 2 on the front line. "His past two runs have been super," Prentice said. "Obviously, I would have liked to have drawn one. But he could cross and find the front, and if he does he will give the others something to chase." Prentice also said that he gave stable runners The Parade, Dardy Delight, Sparkling Seelster and Miss Madoff sound each-way prospects. by Ken Casellas    

Master harness racing trainer Gary Hall is having difficulty in controlling his enthusiasm over Beaudiene Boaz. Having already mapped out an ambitious program for the lightly-raced colt, Hall believes Beaudiene Boaz has the potential to follow the hoof prints of recently-retired superstar Im Themightyquinn. Such is his confidence in the son of Badlands Hanover, Hall believes he is unbeatable in Friday night’s 40,000 Caduceus Club Classic at Gloucester Park. Given Beaudiene Boaz is unbeaten from five Western Australian starts, rivals trainers are all but conceding defeat ahead of the feature. Following this week’s engagement, Hall will set the three-year-old for the WA Derby, but will resist heading interstate this season. With the Golden Nugget high on the agenda next term, Beaudiene Boaz is unlikely to travel anytime soon, especially with the riches on offer locally. “There’s the Inter Dominion in WA for the next three years and the WA Pacing Cup, Fremantle Cup and other big feature events every year,” Hall said. As for his upcoming assignment, Hall believes Beaudiene Boaz is capable of leading throughout from barrier three. “The plan will be to go forward,” Hall said. “We will see what the other runners want to do. If they want to get in a war, so be it. “Beaudiene Boaz won last Friday night when he sprinted over the final quarter in 27.1 seconds with the ear plugs still in place. “We haven’t got to the bottom of him and don’t really know what will happen when we find a horse who can actually go with him. “It’s exciting to wonder what he’s capable of. I’m sure he is capable of running a quarter in about 26.5 seconds without any trouble. “He is as good as any three-year-old I’ve ever had. He is a better three-year-old than Quinny was. “At that age Quinny wasn’t as professional as this horse. He had a lot of problems; he wasn’t tractable and pulled too hard. “Beaudiene Boaz is on a par with Alta Christiano, who scored a runaway victory in the 2013 WA Derby.” The Hall family has enjoyed considerable success in the Caduceus Club Classic, with the patriarch preparing the quinella last season when his son Clint scored with Elegant Christian and Gary junior was second with Machtu. Hall previously won the event with The Falcon Strike (2001), Ulrich (2004), Gracias Para Nada (2012) and Northview Punter (2013). Junior’s victories have come with Latte (2003), Ulrich, Alberts Fantasy (2006), Gracias Para Nada and Northview Punter. KEN CASELLAS

Ace harness racing trainer Ross Olivieri predicts ‘the sky is the limit’ for Dynamite Dude and is bubbling with confidence ahead of Friday night’s Autumn Championship at Gloucester Park. Olivieri has formulated ambitious plans for Dynamite Dude, declaring the gelding has the ideal make-up and the ability to be a major player in the $1.8million TABtouch Inter Dominion in Perth next November and December. Those plans involve sending the six-year-old for a well-earned spell after his feature race appearance. Dynamite Dude has drawn the prized pole and Chris Lewis looks set to attempt an all-the-way victory over the 2130-metre journey. Lewis led throughout with the Olivieri-trained Sensational Gabby in last week’s $50,000 Empress Stakes, but he looks certain to opt to drive Dynamite Dude in preference to the mare, which will start from gate six. Chris Voak appeals as the likely replacement behind Sensational Gabby. Olivieri revealed he had planned to send Dynamite Dude for a spell after his strong, hard-working victory off 20 metres in a 2503-metre stand a fortnight ago. “He dug very deep to win that race and that’s why I didn’t run him the following week,” Olivieri said. “I was going to tip him out, but he was bouncing around the paddock so well after his latest race that I thought I would roll the dice one more time. “However, I’m going to tip him out after this run, win, lose or draw.” Most believe Dynamite Dude is simply a standing-start specialist, and with good reason, considering he is unbeaten from nine starts in stands for Olivieri, while he has won only twice from his eight runs in mobiles. Olivieri scoffed at the perception, explaining Dynamite Dude had drawn the front line only once from behind the gate. “Dynamite Dude gets away smartly in mobiles,” Olivieri said. “He’s not lightning, but is quick enough to hold his ground. “He has been in a mobile trial at Pinjarra in which he drew one and was able to lead comfortably and win. He’s got enough gate speed and I am expecting him to hold up. “Pacific Warrior is going very well, but from barrier five he’ll have to do some work, and I think any horse will have to worry if he races outside Dude. “You know that Dynamite Dude is not going to toss the towel in. “Looking at the Inter Dominion, I think he’s the sort of horse who will be suited by the three heats and Final in the space of a fortnight. “I think he’s got more improvement in him, and once you get him fit, you don’t have to work him too much between races…just line up - he’s got the constitution and toughness to stand up to this type of series racing.” KEN CASELLAS

Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri predicts harness racing mare Sensational Gabby will improve on last week’s effort and has excellent prospects of winning the Empress Stakes at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Sensational Gabby registered fighting half-length second to Indomitable when first-up for a month. “That was her first run for five weeks and she will be fitter this week,” said Olivieri, who boasts three wins in the Empress Stakes. “She sat in the breeze, and probably in hindsight, you would have liked her to have put a bit more pressure on Indomitable early. But then again that might have been to our detriment.” Although he feels barrier four makes Sensational Gabby’s task harder, Olivieri’s confidence grew after Indomitable drew the outside of the front row. Indomitable led throughout from the pole last week, while Sensational Gabby worked over time in the ‘death seat’. Sensational Gabby will be driven by champion reinsman Chris Lewis, who is aiming for an incredible eighth success in the Group Two. Lewis’ previous wins were with Candy Nacray in 1988, Armbro Lucy (1992), Meggie Dear (2001), Classical Mover (2002), Shes Royalty (2007), Ima Spicey Lombo (2011) and Sensational Gabby (2014). Victory will also see Sensational Gabby join an elite sorority, with only three mares completing multiple wins in the feature’s 46-year history. Bellagena was the ground breaker in 1971 and ‘72), followed by Kiwi Cloud in ‘77 and ‘79 and Golden Goddess, which is the only triple winner thanks to her triumphs in 1997, ’98 and ‘99. KEN CASELLAS

Northview Punter is tough and durable and star harness racing driver Gary Hall junior is hoping that his decided edge in class over his rivals will carry him to victory on Friday night. Northview Punter is engaged in the Gloucester Standardbreds RWWA Cup at Gloucester Park and faces a tough task from his outside of the second row draw. Champion trainer Gary Hall also is holding out hopes the five-year-old, the youngest runner in the race, will make amends for his narrow defeat in the Cup 12 months ago when the New Zealand-bred stallion set the pace from barrier three before finishing a neck second to the fast-finishing Hokonui Ben. Northview Punter gave a sample of his class when he finished second to David Hercules in the Fremantle Cup and third to My Hard Copy and David Hercules in the WA Pacing Cup last month before he revealed great fighting qualities to work hard in the breeze and win the Lord Mayor’s Cup. Northview Punter warmed up for this assignment with a smart trial win at a 1:58 over 2150 metres at Byford last Sunday when driven by Alysha Johnston. “It was a good trial,” said Hall junior, who has driven the horse to 15 of his 22 wins. “Northview Punter sat behind the leader Zacs Nugget before pulling out down the back and winning comfortably from Ben Cartwright.” “It’s a good race on Friday night and it won’t be easy. I imagine that Northview Punter will start somewhere close to favourite, but he won’t have everything his own way from his wide draw over 2130 metres. “His best form is near the lead, and he’s not going to get near the lead early from that barrier.” KEN CASELLAS

Although he is a master at producing pacers for first-up wins, champion harness racing trainer Gary Hall has set himself a formidable challenge heading in Friday night’s Gloucester Park meeting. Hall will produce inexperienced filly Nuala fresh for the $50,000 Schweppes Dainty’s Daughter Classic. The New Zealand-bred Nuala will enter the Group Two for three-year-old fillies at her third start and at her first appearance for 172 days. In a highly unorthodox preparation, and a bold approach to a feature, Hall has not given Nuala any lead-up starts, preferring to get her ready by running her in a 2150-metre trial at Byford on each of the past three Sundays. Driven by Clint Hall, Nuala has not been extended in winning the three trials by margins of six, 45 and 30 metres. In her latest trial, in a field of five, Nuala beat Bettor Twisted by 10 lengths after dashing over the final two quarters in 28.6 and 28.4 seconds. Nuala has drawn favourably at barrier two, but the daughter of Changeover faces a stern test in the battle for early ascendancy. Drawn on her inside is Delightful Jade, a filly blessed with sparkling early speed and a noted frontrunner. Along with being first-up from a spell, Nuala is the only filly who has not raced at Gloucester Park. She has earned just $8735 as a result of two wins, while her 10 rivals have won 54 races and earned a combined total of $614,231 - a healthy average of $61,423. Hall is no stranger to success in the event, having captured last year’s edition with Majorly Foxy Styx, which led throughout with Hall’s son, Gary junior, in the cart. KEN CASELLAS

New Zealand-bred four-year-old Classic American is a brilliant harness racing frontrunner who has not been beaten when he has set the pace and the classy stallion should maintain that record when he contests the $50,000 group 2 Channel Nine Binshaw Classic over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He has made the running in four of his 26 starts and has won those four races by margins of 22.5m, 9.3m, 13.7m and 12.2m --- an average winning margin of just under five lengths. He has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier for only the second time in a burgeoning career of 12 wins and five placings for stakes of $150,000 and Clint Hall should have little difficulty in dashing him straight to the front and dictating the terms of the race. Two of the first three winners of the Binshaw Classic have started from the No. 1 barrier and at odds-on before setting the pace and winning comfortably. Please Release Me (Chris Brew) started at 5/4 on and defeated Greyhawk in the 2012 Binshaw Classic before Red Salute (Chris Voak) was favourite at 2/1 on from barrier one and led and won from Western Cullen a year later. Twelve months ago Shnappy was favourite at 3/1 from the No. 1 barrier when he set the pace before wilting to fourth behind 46/1 outsider Marooned (Voak), who stormed home from ninth at the 400m mark to win by a length from Northern Assassin. Classic American is one of four runners from the all-conquering stables of Gary Hall sen. who will be contesting Friday night's Binshaw Classic, the others being Westernator (barrier six), Authorized (seven) and The Court Jester (outside of the back line). Classic American notched his third win in a row when he started out wide at barrier six in a heat of the Binshaw Classic last Friday night and raced three wide early and then in the breeze outside Authorized before getting the upper hand in the final couple of strides and winning by a head at a 1.57.3 rate, with the final 400m being covered in a sparkling 57.5sec. Authorized will be at liberal odds from the outside of the front line this week, as will the consistent Westernator from barrier six. The Court Jester, a stylish first-up winner last Friday week, was a sound fourth behind Erskine Range last week. But his prospects appear slim from the outside of the back line. Looming as the chief rival to Classic American this week is five-year-old Erskine Range, who gave a bold frontrunning display and sprinted over the final quarter in 27.3sec. to win easily from Rockyourbaby at a 1.57.5 rate last Friday night. That was his 17th win from 51 starts and trainer-reinsman Colin Brown will be aiming to take full advantage of the inside of the back line by following Classic American every inch of the way before hoping to gain a clear passage in the final stages. Walter James, trained at Forrestdale by Brad Lynn, rated 1.57.8 when he led from barrier one in a qualifying heat last week. He is favourably drawn in the final at No. 2 on the front line, but he is most unlikely to be able to cross Classic American in the early contest for the lead. Mark Reed to resume after injury Ace reinsman Mark Reed has high hopes of returning to action after an injury on a successful note when he handles promising young mare My Samantha Jane in the first heat of the gloucesterpark.com.au Lewis Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A fractured scaphoid bone in his right hand prevented Reed from driving at last Friday night's meeting. My Samantha Jane, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old, will start from barrier three on the front line and trainer Mike Reed said that his son would be the making a bold bid to dash the mare to an early lead and to dictate terms in front in the 2130m event. Mark Reed was injured last Saturday week when a horse at his father's stables became caught in a box and lashed out at him, striking him a painful blow on the right hand. A plaster cast was fitted to protect the thumb and then was removed and replaced with a fibreglass guard. "Mark will be able to drive okay," said Mike Reed. "But the whip action is going to be a problem and he said that he would use the whip in his left hand." Mike Reed said that My Samantha Jane, a winner at each of her past three starts after racing without cover at Northam twice and at Bunbury, possessed good gate speed and was a tough performer. "If she leads on Friday night, she will be rolling and will be very hard to beat," he said. The Reed stable has a handy second string in Friday night's event in five-year-old mare Mon Lamour, who will be handled by Clint Kimes from an unfavourable barrier at No. 4 on the back line. Kimes drove Mon Lamour from the No. 1 barrier to a smart all-the-way victory over 2130m last Friday night. The main dangers to My Samantha Jane (a winner at eight of her 28 starts) appear to be Dardy Delight, Murano Mystery, Im A Peregrine and Better Than Money. Dardy Delight, to be driven by his trainer Justin Prentice from barrier two on the back line, is racing consistently, with his past 16 starts producing four wins, four seconds, three thirds and three fourths. He fought on doggedly when a last-start second to Classic American in the $50,000 San Simeon Classic last Friday week. Murano Mystery, a last-start second to The Black Lord at Northam, looks sure to be prominent from the inside of the back line and Im A Peregrine, with four wins and five placings from his past 12 starts, is capable from a strong effort from barrier six on the front line. Better Than Money, a New Zealand-bred seven-year-old, will be making his West Australian debut for Oldbury trainer-reinsman Donald Harper. He will start from barrier four on the back line at his first appearance since he set the pace and won over 1660m at a 1.55.7 rate at Albion Park on November 15. Better Than Money has raced 93 times for 13 wins, 32 placings and stakes of $93,038. He won five times in New Zealand before winning eight races in Queensland. High Courage looks a star bet New Zealand-bred four-year-old High Courage is a noted frontrunner and from the No. 1 barrier on the front line he looks a star bet in the 2130m Nine News Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The stallion, prepared by leading trainer Gary Hall sen., will be driven by 19-year-old Lauren Jones and he should set the pace and win. He has set the pace eight times in his 29-start career for seven wins and a second placing. At his most recent appearance he started from barrier five and worked hard without cover for much of the 2692m journey before winning from Black N Bettor at Pinjarra last Monday week. High Courage is likely to receive the most serious opposition from Chief Thundercloud, Ti Amo Franco, Courage Tells and Mighty Flying Thomas. Chief Thundercloud, to be driven by Stuart McDonald, has been a model of consistency for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, with his nine starts this season producing four wins, four seconds and a fourth placing. Ti Amo Franco also is in grand form and has the ability to figure prominently in the finish. A new experience for Max Meridius Five-year-old Max Meridius is one of the State's most promising sit-sprinters in restricted company and he will be strongly fancied in the 2130m Channel Nine Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he will start from the prized No. 1 barrier on the front line for the first time in his career. Trained at Jandabup by Glenn Stampalia, Max Meridius will be handled by Brad Stampalia, who has been in the sulky for all of the gelding's 18 starts for four wins and nine placings. Brad Stampalia had no hesitation in taking the drive behind Max Meridius ahead of Tyler Diamond, a redoubtable veteran he has driven at 22 of his past 24 starts. Tyler Diamond, who has been driven to victory five times by Stampalia, will start from barrier four on the back line with Colin Brown in the sulky. Max Meridius covered a lot of extra ground when fifth behind My Samantha Jane at Northam on Thursday of last week. He enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing fast to win from Villa Couture over 1609m at Bunbury five nights earlier. Max Meridius showed reasonably good gate speed early in his career when he was placed at Gloucester Park and Northam after working hard in the breeze. It is debatable whether Stampalia will make a serious bid to set the pace on Friday night or prefer to take a sit behind speedy beginner Fully Zapped, who is favourably drawn at No. 2. The Ross Olivieri-trained Out Back Joe is sure to be strongly fancied, even from barrier six. The five-year-old has finished determinedly at his past four starts for a win at Northam, a second at Pinjarra and a third and second placing at Gloucester Park. Shardons Rocket looking for unusual treble Veteran pacer Shardons Rocket has bright prospects of completing a rare treble by overcoming the back mark of 20 metres and winning the 2503m The Block Triple Threat Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Tony Svilicich-trained ten-year-old, a hardy veteran of 193 starts, has been successful on the corresponding program featuring the Binshaw Classic in the past two years. Driven by Chris Lewis, he started from 20m and finished strongly from the rear to beat Dalvey Gold in February 2013 and a year ago he set the pace and beat the fast-finishing Rojen Cruz in an $8000 claimer. In February 2012, on Binshaw Classic night, Shardons Rocket, driven by Aldo Cortopassi, sustained a powerful finishing burst to be second to outsider Rigatoni. This week Shardons Rocket will be driven by Colin Brown, who is certain to make a forward move early in the race to sit outside the pacemaker, or even to take the lead. Shardons Rocket set the pace in the 2130m Lord Mayor's Cup last Friday night and was overhauled in the final stages to finish a head second to Northview Punter. This followed a second to Bettor Reason at Pinjarra and a nose second to Northview Punter over 2536m at Gloucester Park. To win Shardons Rocket, who has raced 193 times for 32 wins and 65 placings, is likely to have to overcome spirited opposition from the Ross Olivieri-trained Dynamite Dude and Finbar Abbey, impressive last-start winner Thumpem, Soho Jackman and Braemoor. Majorly Foxy Styx to run at Melton Talented four-year-old Majorly Foxy Styx, winner of the group 1 $100,000 Mares Classic at Gloucester Park in December for champion trainer Gary Hall sen., will contest the group 3 Ladyship Cup at Melton on Saturday night for Victorian trainer Michael Stanley. Majorly Foxy Styx, owned by West Australian businessman Robert Watson, will start from the inside of the back line, immediately behind stablemate Blucolla Tigerpie. Majorly Foxy Styx, who has earned $177,365 from ten wins and five placings from 22 starts, set the pace and defeated Victorian mare Bellas Delight in the Mares Classic. Bellas Delight is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line in Saturday night's $30,275 event. Blucollar Tigerpie, a seven-year-old on an M7 mark, has a losing sequence of 19. She won the group 1 Tasmania Oaks in Hobart in March 2011 and has earned $212,277 from 19 wins and 15 placings from 66 starts. One of the main fancies on Saturday night will be the Victorian-bred six-year-old Beauty Secret, who will be driven by Gavin Lang for trainer Emma Stewart. Beauty Secret, a winner at five of her past six starts, has earned $388,366 from 24 wins and 12 placings from 52 starts. Bettors Fire fancied in Narrogin Cup New Zealand-bred six-year-old Bettors Fire should appreciate a drop in class and win the $30,000 Narrogin Cup on Thursday night. Bettors Fire, trained and driven by Kyle Harper, will start from barrier three on the back line in the 2662m mobile cup in which his rivals include 2014 WA Pacing Cup winner Hokonui Ben and Pacific Warrior, who finished a sound sixth behind Northview Punter in the Lord Mayor's Cup at Gloucester Park last Friday night after his unlucky close-up fifth behind My Hard Copy in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup at his previous start. Bettors Fire, a winner at 24 of his 54 starts, was a fading ninth in the WA Pacing Cup last month, a week after his excellent fourth behind David Hercules in the Fremantle Cup. by Ken Casellas  

Harness racing driver Tom Buchanan speaks to Matt Young about his drives over the weekend leading into next Tuesday's race meeting at Gloucester Park. Gloucester Park TV  

Harness racing’s man of the moment Clint Hall has opted to drive My Hard Copy in preference to four stablemates in Friday night’s Lord Mayor’s Cup at Gloucester Park. Hall has developed an affiliation with the five-year-old, which has drawn the outside of the front line in the 2130-metre feature. Fresh from his dazzling last-to-first with My Hard Copy in the WA Cup a fortnight ago and a career best four winners last Friday night, Hall warned punters the New Zealand-bred stallion was far from a certainty in the Cup. “Yes, of course he can win,” Hall said. “But the outside barrier will make it tough. I’m going to stick with him for obvious reasons. From barrier seven I wish Friday night’s race was over 2936 metres like the Pacing Cup and not 2130 metres. “This is a much harder task than the Pacing Cup, even though the calibre of horses is not as good. “I will assess my options early. I’m not trying to talk him down, but I have a feeling that he will be at odds-on which is well and truly under the odds. “He won from a much more favourable draw (barrier two on the back line) and paid $11 two starts ago, in the Fremantle Cup Consolation.” My Hard Copy was a 17/1 chance when he started from barrier seven in the Pacing Cup. Hall has chosen to drive My Hard Copy in preference to Northview Punter (barrier six), Bettor Reason (four), Some Kinda Tactics (five) and Soho Jackman (10). Hall’s father, champion trainer Gary, has a splendid record in the 48-year history of the Lord Mayor’s Cup, having won the race five times --- Tricky Bey (1994), Abit Rich (1997), Live To Reign (2007), Talk To Me Courage (2010) and Livingontheinterest (2014). KEN CASELLAS

Harness racing driver Clint Hall, on a high after partnering outsider My Hard Copy to victory in last week’s WA Pacing Cup, looks set to continue his rich vein of form. Hall will replace his brother, Gary junior, behind talented pacer Classic American in Friday night’s San Simeon Classic at Gloucester Park. Junior drove Classic American to an impressive heat victory, but will miss the decider through suspension. Gary received a two-week ban for causing interference in the Pacing Cup. Generally regarded as a sit-sprinter, Classic American showed his versatility in his qualifier when leading throughout from barrier four, rating 1:57 over 2130 metres. The other heat winners - Ultimate Major (1.58.3), Jasper Freeway (1.56.3) and Erskine Range (1.59.3) - all set the pace and won convincingly. After drawing the pole, however, Classic American has been installed an odds-on favourite to continue his winning ways. Trainer Gary Hall is confident the son of American Ideal will prove too slick in the Group Two. “He’s going to lead and prove hard to beat,” Hall said. “Judging by the way he went last week you would think he’ll be hard to beat. “He is not just a sit-sprinter; he can roll, and I think he can roll a quick time.” KEN CASELLAS

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