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Long shot king Pat Harding found Ima Rocknroll Legend last week and he duly saluted at the juicy odds of $13.40 and $3.30 for the place. "Great to steer harness racing punters into Ima Rocknroll Legend," Harding said. "Couldn't believe it paid so well - don't often get that about a Gary Hall-trained horse." Harding, a long-time member of the WA Trotting Media Guild, believes punters can get off to a great start in the second at Gloucester Park on Friday night with the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Cerato. "He's been badly drawn at his past two starts, but coming out of gate two this week gives him a great each-way chance," Harding said. "Later in the program, Allamerican Queen, trained and driven by Justice Prentice, is another good each-way bet. She has a bit of form and should give punters a good sight." Leading tipster Stuart Lowe has labelled Sarah Goody as his best for the night. "She had a hard run at her last start when she finished fifth," Lowe said. "Was impressive when an all-the-way winner in 1.54.3 at her previous run. Likely to lead here and should be very hard to beat." Lowe believes Our Jericho could get out to a good price. "He ran his best race for some time when third to Chicago Bull in fast time two weeks ago," he said. "Draw brings him in with each-way claims." Sunday Times scribe Robbie Dewar is a fan of Stroganoff. "He gets his chance to break an eight-run losing streak on Friday night," Dewar said. "He's drawn nicely in gate one and could lead like he did last week - but he's not opposed to an Abraxas Blues this week." Dewar thinks Four Legged Frenzy offers value in the last. "She hasn't won in 14 starts but last week's close second to Mako Shadow gives her a great chance to break through," he said. Veteran tipster Bill Brindley has advised punters to follow champion reinsmen Chris Lewis and Gary Hall Jr on Friday night. "My best bets are Sarah Goody, Fanci A Dance and El Hombre -all good drives for Chris," Brindley said. "Chicago Bull is a great drive for Gary and Beaudiene Boaz and Soho Wall Street can give him a winning treble." Brindley likes infinite Symbol for some value. "She's drawn well and is a good each-way chance," he said. "Together with Three Blind Mice and Bettors Reward they appeal as a good all-up place bet." The West Australian's Ernie Manning and Media Guild president Wayne Currall are Chicago Bull fans. "I think Chicago Bull is shaping to be WA's best hope in the Inter Dominion Championship later this year," Manning said. "He brilliantly won the Fremantle Pacing Cup and WA Pacing Cup last January, then returned with a highly impressive victory on June 9. "Trainer Gary Hall is keeping him ticking along with a brief winter campaign before he spells and then begins his Inters preparation. Hall has astutely elected to give him non-ambitious goals at this stage and the horse should come through in fine style, fully primed to be aimed at the Inters." Manning likes Chevrons Champion for a bit of value. "She appears to be regaining zest for in-form trainer Nathan Turvey and I think she is a sound value bet," he said. "The four-year-old, a winner of 12 races, is on a 10-run losing streak. In fact, she was not placed in five starts leading up to her second over 1730m at Gloucester Park last Saturday night. But it seems Turvey could be about to turn the tide with her." Currall has waited until the last event for his value selection. "Atlastalone drops a good deal in class in the last on the card," he said. "Drawn wide but has the services of in-form concession driver Michael Grantham and could surprise at odds." Wayne Currall

Chicago Bull's return to the racetrack earlier this month was nothing short of sensational. The Little Bull returned to the harness racing track after his stellar summer - dominant wins in the Group 1 $300,000 Fremantle Cup (2536m) and the Group 1 $450,000 WA Pacing Cup (2936m) - in an unsuitable scamper over the 1730m sprint trip at Gloucester Park. He was drawn wide and was taking on race-hardened rivals, some of whom were good frontrunners and were being touted as hard to get over but it all mattered for little when Chicago Bull's regular driver Gary Hall Jr asked the pony-sized pacer for an effort after the field settled down following the early speed burn. Chicago Bull accelerated so quickly that he went from first to last and took the lead from Erskine Range at the bell lap. A second quarter of 27.5 had his rivals off the bit and chasing hard but the little bloke had plenty in reserve as he led the field home. New World Order and Our Jericho were taking ground off Chicago Bull near the line, but the bird had well and truly flown. It was an outstanding return to the racetrack - the mile rate for the 1730m was 1:53.2, only 0.8 of a second outside of Run Oneover's track record for the distance - and underlined the raw talent of Chicago Bull. On Friday night at Gloucester Park Chicago Bull takes on a field of M2-M4 pacers in the $23,000 Buy A Share In A Horse Today With Trotsynd Pace (2130m) and he will be odds-on to take his prize money past the $900,000 mark and lift his splendid record to 20 wins and eight placings from his 32 starts. It's an imposing record and one that Chicago Bull will certainly add to in the future. The Chicago Bull drive is just one of many top drives for champion reinsman Hall. He also has excellent prospects of taking home the major end of the purse in the Try Our New Winter Menu at Steelo's Westbred Pace (2130m) with the much-improved Soho Wall Street. This Glenn Elliott-trained horse has "jumped out of the ground" of late and has now progressed to fast-class ranks. He can win again on Friday night, despite the wide draw.  Junior also has sound each-way prospects in earlier events with Three Blind Mice in the Trotsynd - The Cheapest and Easiest Way to Own a Horse Pace  (2130m) and Beaudiene Boaz in the $35,000 Winter Cup (2536m).  Wayne Currall

Brilliant two-year-old filly Cott Beach has been given a freshen up by Blythewood harness racing trainer Gary Elson and will prove the testing material in the $30,000 Westsired 2YO Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Cott Beach burst on to the scene with a slashing last-to-first victory in the $50,000 Champagne Classic (2130m) in April. On that occasion, race driver Nathan Turvey dropped the Advance Attack filly to the rear of the field and then brought her with a barnstorming finish that saw her swamp the leaders in the straight to win running away. It was the run of a horse with the potential to add much more to her stakes of more than $52,000. Since Cott Beach's win in the Champagne Classic, she has finished fourth and second behind the smart Miss Sangrial - and there were legitimate excuses for the filly's efforts on both occasions. Her run to finish fourth behind Miss Sangrial at Bunbury in May was out of character. Turvey told stewards after the race that Cott Beach became unsettled after a false start and when the race did get under way she over-raced and pulled herself into the ground after racing wide and at the back of the field behind winner Miss Sangrial. Then at headquarters at her next start she finished second, beaten only 4.6m behind Miss Sangrial after matching motors down the back straight and all the way to the line. At GP on Friday night, Cott Beach will come out of gate two and most punters will expect Turvey to give her her head at the start and take up the running from her inside draw. Cott Beach has shown a blistering turn of foot from the mobile in the past. Her first three wins were recorded after Turvey sent her to the front after she sped out of the machine. She was always going to draw well in the preferential barrier draw that gives fillies the inside marbles over the colts and geldings and when she came up with gate two it guaranteed that Cott Beach would be sent out as the favourite with punters. Her sire Advance Attack has been a revelation this season. He is the leading 2YO sire in WA with eight wins, four seconds and a third from 29 starts. Hardest for Cott Beach to beat on Friday night could be the filly who is drawn directly inside of her, Infinite Symbol. This Julie O'Neill-trained filly recorded a hat-trick of wins when she downed The War Nurse and Miss Sangrial at headquarters last Friday night over the sprint trip of 1730m. It was a tough win from the Indomitable Saab filly, following her earlier victories at Pinjarra and Bunbury. She has speed out of the machine - evidenced by her all-the-way victory at Pinjarra when she was sent forward from a wide draw to take up the running - but her driver Wayne Reid may elect to take the trail behind the speedy Cott Beach. Either way, the two fillies are set to dominate the event and the early speed battle could very well determine the outcome of the race. Wayne Currall

Millionaire pacer Beaudiene Boaz gets his chance to return to the winners' list in Friday night's $35,000 Winter Cup (2536m) at Gloucester Park. The Gary Hall-trained five-year-old Badlands Hanover harness racing entire has had four runs back since finishing sixth behind stablemate Chicago Bull in the Group 1 WA Pacing Cup (2936m) last January. Beaudiene Boaz hasn't saluted since late December last year, but he did finish a game third behind Smolda and Hectorjayjay in the Inter Dominion grand final (2936m) earlier in December and Hall has always had a high opinion of the horse. "You know I always thought (Beaudiene) Boaz was better than the Bull," Hall said. "But somewhere along the line Chicago Bull has overtaken Boaz. I lost Boaz for a while there, but I think he's starting to show some of his old ability. He was a little disappointing but then he finished third in the Inters final. And hey you can't be too disappointed with a horse who has won more than a million dollars in prize money." Beaudiene Boaz was sent out as a $2.10 favourite at his last start, but was caught in a speed battle with mare Sheer Rocknroll in the early stages of the race. The lead time was run in a blistering 35.4 and driver Gary Hall Jr sent Beaudiene Boaz to the fence behind Sheer Rocknroll after his unsuccessful attempt to wrest the lead away from the mare but the damage had been already done with the early speed burn and the race was set up perfectly for the backmarkers with the mile rate for the 2130m journey being carved out in a slick 1:55.3. The Bucket List and Our Jimmy Johnstone were the beneficiaries of the hot early pace and finished all over the top of their rivals. Beaudiene Boaz boxed on gamely to finish third, some 8.7m behind The Bucket List. He again takes on The Bucket List on Friday night, along with his stablemate Run Oneover. Beaudiene Boaz comes out of gate eight, while The Bucket List (6), Run Oneover (9), Bettors Reward (the pole) and Our Jericho (2) appear the main chances in the nine-horse field. Junior will be looking to give Beaudiene Boaz a "softer" run in transit this week and that could be vital in assessing his chances. He can get home fast off a quick pace and will appreciate not being involved in any speed battles. Run Oneover, a noted frontrunner, is expected to inject some speed into the race and this will suit Beaudiene Boaz. The two Hall runners, the Michael Brennan-trained The Bucket List, the Justin Prentice-trained and driven Bettors Reward and the Ross Olivieri-trained Our Jericho can all figure in the finish with the right run. Wayne Currall Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 23 June 2017 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 23 June 2017

The Glenn Elliott-trained Soho Wall Street would have to be one of the most improved pacers going around in Western Australia. The Four Starzzz Shark gelding's biggest payday came more than 12 months ago when he led all the way for harness racing driver Chris Lewis to win the $25,000 3YO Colts & Geldings Sales Classic Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park. It was a strong win and there was much optimism in the horse's camp that he would progress to bigger and better things. However since his victory in the Sales Classic, Soho Wall Street has promised to deliver plenty, without actually delivering much at all. The horse had won twice in 21 starts since mid November last year - once at headquarters and once at Narrogin - and finished in the placings on a number of occasions. Soho Wall Street was frustrating Elliott, connections and punters, who had all but labelled the four-year-old as a "gay deceiver". That was, however, up until about six weeks ago. The turning point came at GP in early May when Soho Wall Street tramped three deep, then sat in the breeze before cruising home his last 400m in a slick 27.8 to annihilate his 11 rivals and Soho Wall Street has gone on with the job since then. At his very next start, Soho Wall Street was trapped three-wide throughout in a 1730m scamper, but had the audacity to take the lead at the top of the straight before being run down late. Two more sterling victories followed and then a gutsy second behind Naughty Maravu after doing all the work in the breeze. The Hopeland-based Elliott, considered to be non-committal around the media, opened up to GPTV's Gareth Hall last week when he was "ambushed" while watching a race on a TV monitor at Gloucester Park. "I'm pretty happy with him," Elliott said of Soho Wall Street. "He's definitely on the improve - we'll just see where it all ends. He's trained on well since his last run." While serious judges gave Soho Wall Street little chance of beating Chicago Bull last week, he didn't disgrace himself by finishing a workmanlike fourth behind the little champ. Elliott told Hall during the interview that he didn't really know how Soho Wall Street had "turned it all around". So to Friday night when Soho Wall Street goes around in the Gloucester Motel & Restaurant Pace (2130m) at the ribbon of light. Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, who has driven the horse to most of his wins, gets back in the spider after reining Chicago Bull to victory. Soho Wall Street, now an M3-class pacer, has drawn out wide in gate eight in the preferential barrier draw against a quality field and will probably have to work hard to win but it would take a brave man to suggest this much-improved pacer won't take the next step and progress to fast-class ranks. Wayne Currall

Classy Soho Tribeca returns to the track on Friday night and harness racing trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice is looking forward to getting back in the bike behind his star four-year-old entire. Soho Tribeca makes his reappearance in the Karri Forest Motel Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park and, despite starting from the outside of the front line, appeals as the horse to beat. Bred and owned by prominent owner Robert Watson, Soho Tribeca did his early racing in Victoria under the guidance of Jayne Davies where he competed against the best youngsters in Australia. He won nine races on the east coast and ran many placings, but he has blossomed since Prentice took over his training in October last year. The Oldbury horseman raced Soho Tribeca six times at headquarters for three wins and two placings. One of those wins was in the $200,000 Golden Nugget where he defeated Chicago Bull and his two placings were a second in the $300,000 Fremantle Cup and a third in the $450,000 WA Pacing Cup, both times behind Chicago Bull. Prentice said Soho Tribeca had benefited from a "really good spell" and had been back in work for about three months. "He's a very, very nice horse," Prentice said. "He's the best horse in the race, but it's not going to be easy from where he's drawn. You know, you get a horse like Rabchenko who can lead and run 1:56 for the trip and we're doing it tough out wide - it just makes it hard and I don't want to gas him first-up. But in saying all that, I'm confident he can get the job done on Friday night." Prentice said if Soho Tribeca performs as well as he expects at his return and pulls up soundly, then it's all systems go for the rich Vic Bred Series over the next couple of weeks. "He'll be on a plane next Tuesday for Victoria if all goes according to plan," Prentice said. "There's heats coming up for the series next weekend and then there's a $125,000 final for the four-year-olds. After that he'll come back home and we'll give him a break before setting him for the Inters." Prentice knows what it takes to win an Inter Dominion Final. He trained and drove WA champion Baltic Eagle to an all-the-way victory in the 2003 Inters in Christchurch. In the same year Baltic Eagle won the WA Pacing Cup and retired with more than $746,000 in prize money. Prentice is reluctant to compare horses from different eras, but he knows he has a good one in Soho Tribeca. "Soho Tribeca is something special," Prentice said. "I don't know if I'll ever get another one as good as him. He's not a push-button horse. He can over-race at times and seems at his best when he finds the front and can relax. Hopefully he'll be too good for them on Friday night and then we'll be off to Victoria on Tuesday." Wayne Currall

Waterloo trainer Vanessa Brockman has high hopes her lightly framed harness racing mare Alkiras Desire can win Friday night’s R H Trotter & Co. The Lombardo Fillies and Mares Qualifying Heat 2 (2130m) at Gloucester Park. The first four mares across the line in the three heats qualify for the $25,000 Final at headquarters at the end of June. Artistic Lilly led all the way in last week's first heat. She qualified for the final alongside the three other mares who finished behind her - Shes Turbo Charged, Talkerup and Giuliana Rancic. The third and final heat will be run next week. Alkiras Desire's chances of success improved immensely when the consistent four-year-old mare drew gate 10, right behind speedy beginner and likely leader Falling Starzzz and with champion reinsman Chris Lewis in the bike, Alkiras Desire looks hard to beat. "It looks like a good trailing draw for her," Brockman said. "I just hope Chris can weave his magic at some stage and get her off the fence. She's trained on well since her last-start second behind Shes Artful a fortnight ago." Alkiras Desire was game in defeat on that occasion. Lewis took hold of her from the wide draw over the sprint trip of 1730m, while Ryan Bell sent Shes Artful to an early lead from her inside draw. Lewis then set Alkiras Desire alight over the last 800m after Bell "walked the field" through the first half of the race. The little mare tramped three deep and then in the breeze when Shes Artful came home in a slick 56.3. Alkiras Desire almost got on terms with Shes Artful on the turn, but the earlier effort told and she was running on empty up the straight. "She's only a little thing and I try and space her races as much as I can," Brockman said. "We're hoping she qualifies for the final and then she can run in that. She'll probably go for a spell after that - it would be nice to go out on a win. We don't like to tax her too much." Brockman's father Neville bred Alkiras Desire and races the mare in partnership with a couple of friends. The Brockman family also bred and raced Alkira Jet - the dam of Alkiras Desire. Alkira Jet, a black mare by Jet Laag, had a powerful finish and ended her career with 17 wins and 8 placings from 45 starts for more than $134,000 in prize money. Alkiras Desire, with 6 wins and 4 placings from 14 starts and a little over $36,000 in earnings, has a long way to go before she can match Mum, but she's starting to show the promise that the Brockman family always knew she had. "She's only lightly framed and I tried to get her ready for some of the early two-year-old races," Brockman said. "But she just wasn't ready to go to the races, so we gave her time to mature. That's the reason she's only had the 14 starts." Alkiras Desire had her first start just over a year ago when she won by more than 25m in a 1684m C0 at Pinjarra. Her last quarter that day was run in a blistering 26.9 and C. Lewis did the steering that day. Alkiras Desire must have impressed the master reinsman because he's been at the helm in all of her races since. Wayne Currall Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 16 June 2017 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 16 June 2017

New Zealand import Jack Mac broke a race record when brilliantly winning the first leg of a rich harness racing double in tonight’s $100,000 2YO Pearl Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park. Owner-trainer Barry Howlett said the colt, unbeaten in four WA starts, would go on to tackle next month’s $125,000 Golden Slipper Pace (2130m). Jack Mac, starting a $1.10 favourite in the Pearl, scored by 10.5m by from Rock Me Over ($14.50) and Highroller Joe ($49.60) finished a further 15m back in third place. Champion reinsman Chris Lewis did not fully extend Jack Mac, who rated 1:55.9 and eclipsed the Pearl race record which had stood since Your Call Lombo clocked 1:57.5 when winning in 2002. Busselton-based Howlett has improved Jack Mac, who failed to run a place in five Kiwi starts. “The colt appreciates his new environment and has thrived since recently joining our stable,” Howlett said. “We plan to start him in the Golden Slipper, then he’ll go for a spell. “Next season’s three-year-old feature events will be on his program.” Jack Mac broke gait at the start of his Pearl Classic qualifying heat over 2130m on May 30 and he had to race three-wide when advancing from back in the field during early stages. But the colt was on his best behaviour in gate five last night and he began fast. Lewis let him race outside leader Warriors Code until the final lap. Jack Mac sprinted clear after the bell and outclassed rivals. Jack Mac Chicago Bull returned to racing in sensational fashion winning his first start back since early January rating an impressive 1:53.2 mile rate. Chicago Bull By Ernie Manning Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

TABradio race caller Matt McDermott was the man to follow with seven winners from last Friday night's harness racing card at Gloucester Park and the winners weren't all odds-on favourites. Among McDermott's seven winners were El Hombre at $5.70, Red Hot Major ($4.30) and Three Kings ($4.80). The Media Guild members are divided on their best bets for Friday night's meeting at headquarters. McDermott, leading tipster Stuart Lowe and veteran harness racing media man Bill Brindley are keen on Mach Time in the second last race. "I think trainer Gary Hall can finish on a high with Mach Time the best bet of the night for mine," McDermott said. "I am using the theory that a short-priced winner is better than a long-priced loser." Lowe agrees with McDermott. "At Mach Time's only run this year he led and faded to finish ninth to Zach Maguire," Lowe said. "That was three weeks ago. Appears to drop in class here and with the advantage of barrier one should go close." Brindley is on the same page. "My best bet is Mach Time despite his drop off in form late in his last campaign," Brindley said. "His career form has been impressive and the talent of Hall Sr and Hall Jr plus the pole is the main factor." TABform racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft, Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar and The West Australian's Ernie Manning have all labelled Jack Mac as their best bet in the Pearl Classic. "Jack Mac brought up a hat-trick of victories with his heat win and has an unblemished record since arriving in Australia," Havercroft said. "No runner has finished within six metres of the Barry Howlett-trained colt and he will be hard to beat." Dewar agrees with Havercroft's thoughts on the race. "In his heat he galloped out losing valuable ground but was able to get himself together and win by two lengths," Dewar said. "He won a 2150m Pinjarra trial on Sunday going 2.02.3. Will be short but should be sweet." Manning is a fan of Jack Mac as well. "Former Kiwi colt Jack Mac looks set to maintain his unbeaten WA record," Manning said. "He has improved sharply to win at each of his three starts after five unplaced runs in New Zealand." King of the longshots Pat Harding has marked Natural Disaster down as his best bet. "Going to be a tough this Friday night but I fancy the Justin Prentice-trained Natural Disaster," Harding said. "Coming out of gate three, I think Prentice might bounce him to the front and outstay the rest over the sprint distance of 1730 metres." Media Guild president Wayne Currall is at odds with Harding, selecting Chicago Bull in the same race as his star bet. "The little champ is back and despite lacking fitness and facing race-fit rivals over the sprint trip, I think his class will shine through," Currall said. He's opted for Forever Remembered as his best value for the night. "This mare has ran three cracking thirds since a spell and she'll appreciate the longer trip," Currall said. "I think she'll be each-way value." Harding and Currall again lock horns, with the former nominating Foxy Dame as his value selection. "I have a good feeling that the Mike Reed-trained Foxy Dame will give punters a good run on an each-way basis," Harding said. Manning believes Bettor Twisted could provide value for punters. "Bettor Twisted was highly impressive when he won by 18.6m and rated 1:56.9 at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night," Manning said. "Now faces a class rise in the last, but he performed creditably by running fifth to Keeper Of Keys when racing in smart company last Friday." Dewar has picked Zach Maguire as his next best on a star-studded card. "He is shooting for five wins from six starts this campaign and despite drawing awkwardly should be too good for his rivals," Dewar said. Havercroft has gone with Heez On Fire to continue his winning run. "Comeback pacer Heez On Fire has been in sparkling form for Bill Horn and continues to impress with each run," Havercroft said. "Bill is spacing his runs beautifully and the son of Courage Under Fire is undefeated this campaign. Expect him to be storming home again." Lowe likes Vanquished as his best value for the night. "Vanquished has been unplaced at his last four starts, but has had no luck in those races and still put in solid performances," Lowe said. "Comparatively well drawn here and looks an each-way chance." Brindley likes Jambiani as his next best. "Jambiani is my other good bet after his great first-up win at Pinjarra," Brindley said. "Foxy Dame and Jack Mac appear other winners in a great night of pacing." McDermott is sticking with the Hall camp to finish the night off with a win. "Ima Rocknroll Legend's win at Bunbury two starts ago was impressive," McDermott said. "He does meet some in-form pacers in Ace Bromac and Keeper Of Keys, but drawn gate nine I'm hoping there will be a bit of value there." Good punting. Wayne Currall

The story of late Collie horseman George Ashcroft and the horse he bought for $5000 at a yearling sale will go down in harness racing folklore. George, who died four years ago shortly after his 91st birthday, named his striking-looking Golden Greek-Earth Shattering colt Shattering Class and boy did the horse live up to his name. In a career spanning 189 starts commencing in November 1993 until his last start in June 2003, Shattering Class won 62 races - 52 of those at Gloucester Park - and was placed on 39 occasions for more than $811,000 in prize money. Some of his more notable victories included three Celebrity Miles, a Fremantle Sprint, four J P Stratton Cups, four James Brennan Cups, two BOTRA Cups, a Tooheys Mile in Newcastle, two August Cups, a Marathon Handicap, two Winter Cups, a Lord Mayors Cup, a WA Trotting Media Guild Cup, a Battle of Bunbury Final and a close fourth in the 1999 Miracle Mile behind Holmes D G at Harold Park. Shattering Class also strung together a winning sequence of 14, all at Gloucester Park in 1999. Not a bad a effort for a horse bought for $5000. On Friday night at Gloucester Park, a horse named after both George Ashcroft and his beloved horse will stake her claim as the best offspring of the late Shattering Class, who passed away in 2012 at the ripe old age of 20. The well-named Forever Remembered goes around in the Princi Smallgoods Est. 1979 Mares Pace (2536m) and despite being drawn wide in gate eight must be given a great each-way chance. Trained by George's son Errol and owned by his widow Beryl and the Ashcroft family, Forever Remembered lies second behind the retired Class Blaster as the most successful progeny of Shattering Class. Class Blaster finished his career with lifetime earnings of $97,000, while Forever Remembered, a six-year-old mare, has banked $91,558 with the promise of more to come. Victory on Friday night would take her earnings well over the magical $100,000 barrier. "I think she is without doubt the best of Shattering Class's progeny," Errol Ashcroft said. "Forever Remembered was named after Dad and old Shattering. She's a horse you have to drive for luck. The pace has to be on and she needs to get a run, but she has a powerful sprint on her. She can really let fly for about 250 to 300 metres." Ashcroft, who trains a six-horse team at Collie, has relied on Morgan Woodley to drive Forever Remembered at her three starts since her return from a four-month spell but regular reinsman Kyle Harper jumps back in the bike on Friday night. "Kyle has done a lot of work with this mare," Ashcroft said. "He was suspended when she returned to racing and wasn't available last week because he was the best man at a wedding. "He's helped her get to the stage where she's at now. Morgan has driven the mare well with three thirds, but he knows the situation and has offered his services if Kyle is unavailable in the future. She came hard at the end of her race last week when the last 800 metres was run in 55.5 - and Morgan said he had to take hold of her when the others were sprinting hard. She was blocked for a run." Ashcroft is quietly confident about Forever Remembered’s chances. "She can finish off her races hard and the 2536 metres will suit her," he said. "I just hope they don't dawdle in front. She'll drop out from her wide draw and hopefully come with a big run at the finish." Wayne Currall

He is still tiny and has a “bung” eye, but Chicago Bull is ready to pick-up where he left off. That’s the snapshot from trainer Gary Hall Sr ahead of Chicago Bull’s return to racing at Gloucester Park tomorrow (Friday) night. It’s his first run since completing the huge Fremantle/WA Cup double back in January. “He’s been through a bit since then, especially with nearing losing an eye. The eye doesn’t look great, but he can see through and, gee, his work has been good,” Hall Sr said. “I thought a found good race for him restricted to M2-M4 horses, but he’s drawn wide (eight) and it’s 1730m which makes it a real challenge. “Throw in the fact Erskine Range looks the leader from the pole and he can run 1min54sec and little Chicago is going to have to go super to win from the draw. “He’s ready to run a big race and I think he’ll be hard to beat, but it’s not just a matter of turning up and winning that’s for sure.” Hall Sr also has a strong hand in the free-for-all (race six) with Run Oneover (six) and Beaudiene Boaz (nine). “If you ask Clint (Hall) he’d say Run Oneover is our best chance, but I’d go with Beaudiene Boaz after his run last time,” he said. “They are both drawn wide, but it’s 2536m which helps them. “Heez On Fire is the one they have to beat. He’s absolutely flying and is drawn six.” Hall Sr said another of open-class stars Ohoka Punter was still spelling after a quarter crack. “He’ll be given all the time he needs for it to grow out. I’d say he’ll spell until at least the end of this month,” he said. “That means it will be October before he’s back at the races, but it still gives us a good run in to the Inter Dominion. “He’s had some knockers over here, but the quarter crack was troubling him. I love him. I’m sure he’ll be a big chance in anything he contests when he gets over this setback.”   Adam Hamilton

The little harness racing champ is back. Chicago Bull, this season's Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup winner, returns to the racetrack at Gloucester Park on Friday night and leading trainer Gary Hall is thrilled to have his star pacer back at the races. "He's probably one run short, but one of his owners is over from Queensland and wants to see him run," Hall said. "It's not the ideal race to start him in first-up over 1700 metres but his class will take him a long way." Hall revealed he was lucky to have Chicago Bull back from a break in one piece. "He had trouble with one of his eyes and it turned out to be an eye ulcer," he said. "He had an operation on the eye and the vets were able to save his eye. He's been back in work for about 10 weeks now and will benefit from the run but you'd expect his class to help him against some race-fit opponents." Chicago Bull, one of the smallest pacers going around, was a revelation for the Hall camp last preparation. The "Little Bull" strung together 10 wins in a row last year, beginning his winning streak on WA Pacing Cup night when former stablemate My Hard Copy made it back-to-back cup victories. He continually surprised his trainer and connections with his dogged determination and sheer ability with wins in three Group 1s - the McInerney Ford 4YO Classic, the Fremantle Pacing Cup and the WA Pacing Cup but he faces a daunting task first-up over the sprint journey in the Princi Smallgoods Free Range Salami Pace (1730m), drawn in gate eight and taking on some very handy pacers with race fitness on their side. Polemarker Erskine Range will relish the inside draw and the trip, Natural Disaster (Gate 4) has been impressive in his two wins since returning from a spell, Soho Wall Street (6) has gone to another level of late with three wins and two seconds from his last five starts and New World Order (10) should get a lovely run just off the speed. However, it would take a brave man to tip against Chicago Bull. He's got a heart as big as himself and knows where the winning post is. "You know I always thought (Beaudiene) Boaz was better than the Bull," Hall said. "But somewhere along the line the Bull has overtaken Boaz. I lost Boaz for a while there, but I think he's starting to show some of his old ability. He was a little disappointing but then he finished third in the Inters final and hey you can't be too disappointed with a horse who has won more than a million dollars in prize money." Beaudiene Boaz clashes with Heez On Fire, a brilliant winner at his three starts since returning from a spell, in the Princi Smallgoods Capretto Pace (2536m). It promises to be one of the many highlights on a star-studded night of pacing. Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 09 June 2017 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 09 June 2017 Wayne Currall

Brilliant colt Jack Mac is spot on for Friday night's $100,000 Princi Smallgoods 2YO Pearl Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park. The Group 1 feature is restricted to the 12 harness racing youngsters who qualified in the four heats run at headquarters on May 30. On that night favourite backers received an almighty scare when long odds-on favourite Jack Mac broke from his inside gate just as the starter sent the field on its way. Champion reinsman Chris Lewis didn't panic and managed to settle the son of Mach Three back into a pace and he quickly circled the field to take up the running. Jack Mac showed his class by sprinting the last 400m in a slick 27.5 - the quickest last section from the four heats - to easily account for Pocket More For Less and Liam Neil. Busselton trainer Barry Howlett, who bought Jack Mac in New Zealand, has since sent the horse to two trials and he is now back in the draw after his uncharacteristic mistake. "Chris said the horse seemed to shy at something in his heat," Howlett said. "It was just as the starter let them go and I don't know if it was something inside the track but when he looked back up the mobile maybe gave him a fright but he's all good now and I'm very happy where he's at for Friday night's race." Jack Mac has drawn gate five for the Pearl and Lewis has a few options with the horse. He has good gate speed from the machine and can be sent forward at the start or he can sit back and come with a quick turn of foot when asked. "I was in New Zealand for the Jewels series over the weekend so I didn't see Jack Mac trial at Pinjarra last Sunday," Howlett said. "But I caught up with Chris on Monday and he told me the horse went super. He ran his last quarter in 28.4 and Chris said he did it well. He's a pretty good horse and he's improved since he arrived here. I think he'll be hard to beat in the Pearl." Howlett will keep Jack Mac in work after Friday night's Pearl, providing he comes through as expected. "We'll aim for the Slipper with him in early July," he said. "Then we'll tip him out for a spell after that." Howlett, who started training pacers as a hobby, won his first Group 1 race in 1994 when Lights Above won the 2YO Fillies Final. He had to wait a further 20 years before he tasted success at the top level again when Three Blind Mice, a 20/1 outsider, led all the way for driver Matthew White and Howlett to win the $200,000 WA Derby in 2014. Race 7 PRINCI SMALLGOODS 2YO PEARL CLASSIC MS PACE (SKY 1) 8:27 PM  GROUP 1. 2C0 Or Better. 2YO Colts and Geldings. RESTRICTED TO 2YOS THAT QUALIFIED IN HEATS AT GPC 30-5-17. If you qualify for the final you must start in it otherwise normal scratching penalties will apply. ANY SUBSEQUENT WINNING PERFORMANCE WILL NOT DEEM YOU INELIGIBLE FOR THE FINAL. THE WINNER OF THIS RACE WILL BE EXEMPT FROM THE BALLOT FOR THE GOLDEN SLIPPER STAKES AT GPM 14-07-17. RBD. Prizemoney: $100,000 2130 METRES 3RD LEG QUADDIE MOBILE START   Form Horse Trainer Other Eng. Driver   Class  Hcp 1 31441 WARRIORS CODE  D Quadrio   Nathan Turvey   2C3  FR1 2 53053 OOSHTAA  H T Herbert   Gary Herbert   2C0  FR2 3 11232 ROCK ME OVER  K Warwick   Gary Hall Jnr   2C2  FR3 4 33 LIAM NEIL  D A Thompson   Dylan Egerton-Green   2C0  FR4 5 45111 JACK MAC NZ  B J Howlett   Chris Lewis   2C3  FR5 6 11252 POCKET MORE FOR LESS NZ  J K Prentice   Morgan Woodley   2C2  FR6 7 33683 JOIN THE QUE  J K Prentice   Hayden Charles   2C0  FR7 8 1 HIGHROLLER JOE  J K Prentice   Justin Prentice   2C1  FR8 9 402 BILLY BOEING  M G Brennan   Shannon Suvaljko   2C0  FR9  ---------- Second Row ----------  10 49382 NAVAL AVIATOR  M G Brennan   Michael Grantham (C)   2C0  SR1 11 57384 UNIVERSAL MAJOR  R A Olivieri   Chris Voak   2C0  SR2 12 981 ALLWOOD PEACEMAKER  D J Harper   Donald Harper   2C1  SR3 13 6564 BOLTA (Em 1)  J F Oldroyd   Clinton Hall   2C0  SR- 14 44 BAYARDO NZ (Em 2)  B J Howlett   Dylan Egerton-Green   2C0  SR- Wayne Currall

Herne Hill horseman Kevin Keys doesn't have many horses in work these days, opting for quality over quantity but the 69-year-old harness racing trainer knows a good horse when he sees one. After all, Keys trained and drove the injury-prone Tartary Gladiator to victory over Adams Mate and Global Force in the $100,000 Golden Nugget championship at Gloucester Park in 2005. Recurring problems in Tartary Gladiator's nearside foreleg restricted his career, but the unwavering care and attention from Keys kept him coming back to the racetrack and the horse repaid Keys in spades with some outstanding victories. On Friday night at headquarters, Keys will gear up his quality filly Sarah Goody in the last race, the Retravision 3YO Fillies Pace (1730m). Punters haven't seen Sarah Goody at the racetrack since she finished a terrific second behind outstanding filly Maczaffair in the Group 1 Gannon's WA Oaks (2536m) at GP on May 5. On that occasion, Sarah Goody mixed her gait from a wide alley shortly after the start and was back at the tail of field for most of the race before driver Chris Lewis slipped her some rein and she rocketed home. It was a great effort by Sarah Goody, a horse many people believed could only win from the front but Keys believes the filly is just as effective coming from behind. "She's got a few strings to her bow," Keys said. "I actually think she's better from behind. I gave her three weeks off after the Oaks, just to freshen her up. She's been up for a fair while now and she appreciates the little breaks I give her. I'm very happy with her going into Friday night's race. She's drawn well and I think she can lead from gate three over the sprint trip." Champion reinsman Chris Lewis seems certain to use Sarah Goody's brilliant turn of foot out of the machine to take up the running and if she finds the top, the other nine fillies in the race will have a big job trying to overhaul her. Keys said he was aiming Sarah Goody for the $100,000 Westbred 3YO Fillies Pace at headquarters at the end of June. "Being a Westbred series we won't run into the likes of Maczaffair," he said. "That's a bonus because Sarah (Goody) finished second to her in the Oaks and also second behind her in the Daintys Daughter Classic when she did things wrong at the start." Sarah Goody, a regal-looking daughter of Rich And Spoilt, has won seven times and been placed on six occasions in her 20-start career. She has banked more than $86,000 for connections and will take her earnings to just shy of the magical $100,000 mark if successful on Friday night. Wayne Currall

Punters would be well advised to follow leading concession driver Michael Grantham at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The in-form young reinsman has a great book of drives and is poised for his most successful night at harness racing headquarters. Grantham, who has driven 86 winners this season for stakes of more than $933,000, leads the junior drivers' list by a country mile, an indication of how dominant Grantham has been this season can be gauged by those in his rear-view mirror. Jocelyn Young is sitting second on the leading concession drivers' list with 36 winners - 50 in arrears of Grantham and that gap seems certain to widen even further after Friday night's meeting. Grantham kicks off his night on the consistent The Storm Chief in the Tabtouch Pace (2130m). This is a race with many chances and The Storm Chief is certainly in the mix from his good trailing draw in gate 11. His last-start second behind the smart Herrick Roosevelt when he came from well back in the field in a slick 57sec. last 800m was full of merit. Grantham then gets in the bike behind fast-class performer Red Salute, who is dropping in class for his clash with M1-M3 pacers in the Garrards Horse & Hound Pace (2536m). Trainer Ross Olivieri has used Grantham's concession to get the M4-assessed Red Salute into the race and, despite his wide draw in gate 9, he must be given a great each-way chance. Grantham next takes the reins aboard his uncle Michael Brennan's horse Naughty Maravu in the Westral Pace (2536m). Brennan gives Naughty Maravu a great chance from his inside draw and Grantham is expected to put the handlebars down at the start in an effort to cross pole marker Chevrons Champion. Naughty Maravu is a good frontrunner and will give plenty of cheek in that role if he can find the top. The Group 1 2YO Diamond Classic (2130m) worth a cool $100,000 is the next race on the card and Grantham again teams with trainer Brennan on the classy filly Miss Sangrial. She's the form filly in the classic and when she drew the pole it had most people looking for who would run second to her. Grantham is expected to send Miss Sangrial straight to the front and from there she'll prove the testing material for her 11 rivals. The Clipsal by Schneider Electric Handicap SS Pace (2503m) sees Grantham driving Waltzing With Cullen, a horse he owns in partnership with recently retired harness racing driver and soon to be jockey Maddison Brown and senior jockeys Chris Parnham, Joseph Azzopardi and Aaron Mitchell. Grantham has driven Waltzing With Cullen to five wins and numerous placings and the horse appeals as a solid each-way chance despite coming off the 40m back mark. Grantham's last drive for the night comes up in the Westside Auto Wholesale Westbred Pace (2130m) when he steers the Clinton Kimes-trained Mako Shadow. This bloke made a solid return to racing after a five-month spell when he finished hard out wide for fourth behind Star Armbro at GP on May 19. Mako Shadow has drawn wide in this race but he must go in the mix after his gutsy first-up effort. It's looming as a night to remember for Grantham. Wayne Currall

Regally bred two-year-old filly Miss Sangrial has improved since her last-start win and Blythewood trainer Michael Brennan expects her to lead all the way in Friday night's Group 1 harness racing $100,000 2YO Diamond Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park. The Art Major-Christisimo filly, whose name in old French means "royal blood", recorded a hat-trick of wins when she easily accounted for her rivals late last month in a heat of the Diamond Classic. Reinsman Michael Grantham, Brennan's nephew, sent Miss Sangrial straight to the front from gate two and she was never fully extended to defeat De La Tourbie and Captured Delight. Prior to her heat win, Miss Sangrial accounted for classy filly Cott Beach, who won the $50,000 Champagne Classic at headquarters in April and, according to Brennan - a member of the Australian men's hockey team that won gold at the Athens Olympics in 2004 - Miss Sangrial is right on target for her biggest payday. "She's pretty much spot on for the Diamond," Brennan said. "She's improved again since her win in the heat and from the pole I think she can go all the way. I don't think there's a filly in the race that can cross her from her good draw. I couldn't be happier with her." Miss Sangrial has really hit her straps recently with four wins from her past five starts. She was always going to start favourite in the Diamond Classic regardless of where she drew, but once she drew the pole then it was a matter of how deep in the red she'll start. "I bought Miss Sangrial from my best mate, Daniel Jack in Melbourne," Brennan said. "She had three starts in Victoria before she came across to WA. She won once over there, but since she's been here she's only been out of the money once. We syndicated Miss Sangrial and she's owned by the Naughty syndicate - the guys who own Naughty Maravu - and a few others, including my wife Lara. The Naughty Maravu guys are all in Sydney, but I think three or four of them are coming over for Friday night's race." Brennan said he would wait until after the Diamond Classic to see what he'll do with Miss Sangrial going forward. "We'll see how she pulls up after Friday night's race," he said. "The Slipper could be on the cards if she comes through OK. Otherwise we'll tip her out and give her a break before getting her ready for the Oaks next season." FOOTNOTE: Brennan gave punters a great lead when he suggested Naughty Maravu would be hard to beat in Friday night's Westral Pace (2536m). "He's been knocking on the door and he's a brilliant frontrunner," he said. "He's drawn gate two and he'll be hard to get over if he finds the top. The 2536 metres won't worry him at all." Wayne Currall

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