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Blythewood harness racing trainer Michael Brennan's team has been in good form of late and Naughty Maravu has a second to none chance of keeping the ball rolling for the stable in tonight’s Larkhill Vets Conditioned Handicap SS Pace (2503m) at Gloucester Park. The six-year-old bay Badlands Hanover gelding put the writing on the wall at his last start when he sat parked outside of leader and eventual winner Franco Rayner in a 1730m sprint at headquarters last week. The last 800m was carved out in 56.4 and Naughty Maravu never gave up the chase, finishing a brave 3.9m second behind Franco Rayner. It was a gutsy effort and full of merit and Naughty Maravu's previous runs have all been against top-class horses. Prior to his second, he raced against horses of the calibre of Ohoka Punter, Heez On Fire, Galactic Star and Shandale. Tonight’s race is a drop in class for Naughty Maravu and Brennan has him poised to score his first win in this campaign. He loves the stands with his 22 starts from the tapes producing six wins and ten placings. Punters should disregard the fact that Naughty Maravu hasn't saluted since October last year. Brennan tipped the horse out of work after he finished fifth in the Tabtouch Australasian Young Drivers Championship at GP in early December. Naughty Maravu had a long campaign since May, 2016 and was ready for a break but the horse should be cherry ripe after five runs back from a spell. It's hard to imagine any of Naughty Maravu's 11 rivals being able to sit outside of a horse of Franco Rayner's ability and still be there when the whips are cracking in the home straight. Driver Shannon Suvaljko is good at getting them away from the strands and if Naughty Maravu can step on terms with them from his 10m handicap then he appeals as the horse to beat. Winning chances should also be given to reliable beginner Importer Exporter, who seems to be working back into form, has the services of champion reinsman Chris Lewis and steps from the front, the consistent stand performer Assassinator off 10m from the stables of leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, and backmarker Waltzing With Cullen, a seasoned standing-start specialist who is alone on the 20m mark and is returning from a spell. Wayne Currall Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 19 May 2017 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 19 May 2017

Not sure if the Charles family named their pacer after Belarusian boxer Sergei Rabchenko, but Rabchenko appears to have more than a fighting chance in tonight’s harness racing Milne Feeds MS Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park. The four-year-old gelding was once known as purely a leader. That's to say that once he found the front he was always tough to roll but a breakout performance at headquarters last month quashed any doubts that there was more to this horse than many people first thought. In that race, he sat in the breeze outside of Hot Fraternity, with odds-on favourite El Hombre parked off the speed directly behind the leader. When Hayden Charles, the son of trainer Kevin, asked Rabchenko for the supreme effort the son of Art Major dug deep to outstay both Hot Fraternity and El Hombre. It was a tough win - the last 800m was covered in a tidy 57.1 - and one that made many pundits sit up and take notice of his ability. Rabchenko is drawn awkwardly on the inside of the second row tonight and will follow out the Aldo Cortopassi-trained and reined To Infinitynbeyond. The last time To Infinitynbeyond drew an inside barrier at GP he speared straight to the front and ran them along to record a strong victory over the 2536m journey. To Infinitynbeyond is drawn to lead from the pole, which means Rabchenko should get an ideal passage all the way. He only needs to get some racing room over the final 400m to prove very dangerous. Rabchenko's last run when he finished fifth only 6.4m behind Franco Rayner over the sprint trip of 1730m was a "get on me next start" effort. The horse tramped three deep when the winner carved out his last 800m in a slick 56.4. To finish so close to the flying Franco Rayner after doing all that work puts Rabchenko in a very strong position for tonight’s assignment. He's each-way all day in a race with many winning chances. Wayne Currall Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 19 May 2017 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 19 May 2017

Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr will play a strong hand in Friday night’s harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park. The Serpentine-based horseman has a classy band of pacers engaged to race and has realistic prospects of landing at least a double, maybe a treble and possibly a quartet of winners. The consistent Overboard Again represents the stable in the first race; the Fly Like An Eagle At Allwood Stud Pace (2130m) for the C5-C9 pacers and despite coming from gate eight, this bloke has a terrific each-way chance in an even race. Overboard Again has had two starts this preparation for a first-up win and a gutsy second behind Livura. He could ignite the Hall juggernaut early on in the card Harry Hoo gets his opportunity to break back into the winners' circle in the Follow The Stars To The APG WA Sale Pace (2130m), the second race, after drawing the coveted pole. The little Bettors Delight gelding has a good record when he can find the top and he's capable of giving Clinton Hall an early double after Overboard Again. The Halls have two runners in the fourth event, the Budget Stockfeeds The Pure Steel Qualifying Heat Three (2130m). Mach Time, who has drawn favourably in gate three returns to the track after a five-month spell and Zach Maguire (12) has been impressive with his two wins at Pinjarra after a four-month break. They are up against Nathan Turvey's former Kiwi Dana Duke from gate four, who has impressed with two wins from two starts in WA. The consistent Bettor Twisted (2) with champion reinsman Chris Lewis in the bike must also be given a winning chance in this race. The Ramsay Horse Transport MS Pace (2130m) is the next race on the card and Hall engaged concession driver Lauren Jones to rein Eyre Crusher in the M1-M3 event. The move paid dividends when Eyre Crusher drew the pole. Eyre Crusher has been in great form since returning from an almost two-year absence from the track, with two wins and a last-start second behind the smart Shandale in his five runs. He'll love the pole and will be favoured to post an all-the-way victory. The Hall stable then unleash the "big guns" in the Landmark Midvale MS Pace (2130m). Millionaire pacer Beaudiene Boaz and his classy stablemate Run Oneover ($403,093 in stakes) return to the racetrack after their Inter Dominion and WA Pacing Cup campaigns. They join forces with classy stablemate Ohoka Punter (almost a millionaire with more than $986,000 in prize money) in a formidable three-pronged attack on the race. Their clash with veteran trainer Bill Horn's in-form comeback pacer Heez On Fire, who has recorded "Black Irish-like finishes" to win at his past two starts since his Inters campaign, promises to be one of the highlights on a star-studded program. Punters will no doubt come hard for Ohoka Punter (Gate 7), Run Oneover (8) and Beaudiene Boaz (9), but it would be unwise to discount the winning chances of Heez On Fire (6) and the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Simply Susational (11). Wayne Currall

"I thought she'd been hit by a train - she had a gash over her eye, her knees were skinned, her ribs were cut and so was her elbow. She was a mess." This was harness racing trainer Jesse Moore's reaction when he saw his glamour mare Tricky Styx after she'd fallen over on a jogger at NSW trainer John McCarthy's stables. The $373,000 earner, bought by Moore and his wife Maree on a whim at a New Zealand yearling sale for $5000, was in Sydney competing against Australia's best mares in the Ladyship Mile series. "Tricky was so badly injured that we decided to let her recuperate in NSW before we brought her home. It's taken a long time to get her back to good health but shes fully recovered now and we're looking forward to seeing her race again." Moore said. Tricky Styx makes her return to the track in Friday night's $40,000 Group 3 WASBA Breeders Stakes (2130m) at Gloucester Park and the Moore's are happy to see "their girl" back racing - and delighted that she's finally drawn a gate. The all-the-way 2016 Pinjarra Cup winner comes out of gate two and has the slow beginner Forever Remembered draw inside of her. "We're very happy with her, I've only been able to give her the one trial." Moore said "That was at Byford and we went well and won in a quick time. We'll lead at all costs on Friday night. Each time she's led she's won." Tricky Styx will have to chase victory with a new reinsman with regular drive Aiden De Campo in New Zealand for good mate Matthew White's wedding. Up and coming young driver Dylan Egerton-Green well be taking the reins. "Aiden told me three weeks ago that he had to go to New Zealand.” Moore said. "He didn’t want to miss the drive on Tricky but he committed to going to Matt's wedding. It's unfortunate but I'm confident Dylan will do a good job for us." Moore said with Tricky Styx's M7 rating he would have to be selective in setting her for particular races. "We're fortunate we've found a suitable race for her at her return to the track and she's finally drawn a barrier." he said "But we'll set a program for her that won’t be too taxing; after all she's a rising six-year-old now. She's been good to me and Maree and we want to look after that." Tricky Styx faces some race-fit rivals on Friday night with the brilliant Sheer Rocknroll (Gate 10), the consistent Foxy Dame (3) and the dogged Dodolicious (9), the highest stakes earner in the race with than $444,000 in the bank. Wayne Currall

Jack Mac, a recent arrival from New Zealand, looks set to stake a strong claim for victory in the $100,000 Pearl Classic on June 9 by winning the Bruno Falconer Western Crown Classic for harness racing two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Busselton by Barry Howlett, the Mach Three colt is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line and Chris Lewis is sure to take advantage of his excellent gate speed by attempting to burst to an early lead in the 2130m event. Jack Mac made an impressive Australian debut at Bunbury last Saturday night when he began from barrier five and was trapped three wide for the first 1200m (sixth early and then in third place) before he burst to the front at the 400m and raced away to win by almost 20 metres from Antero and Mister Spot, covering the 1609m journey in 1.55.5. The quarters were covered in 29.2sec., 28.8sec., 28.8sec. and 28.7sec. That was his first outing since he finished fifth behind brilliant Art Major colt Alta Maestro in a 1700m heat of the New Zealand Sires Stakes at Cambridge on March 23. He started out wide at barrier seven and raced at the rear before running home solidly from eighth at the bell. The quarters were run in 27.9sec., 29.1sec., 28.3sec. and 28.3sec., with the winner rating 1.53.3 At his previous start, in the group 1 Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes over 1700m, Jack Mac, a $49 outsider, began speedily from the No. 2 barrier and then trailed the pacemaker Mach Shard before finishing a sound fourth to that pacer who sprinted over the final 800m in 55.4sec. Lewis opted to drive Jack Mac ahead of Fight Song, a West Australian-bred gelding he has driven to victory at his only two starts, both over 1684m at Pinjarra. Bunbury trainer John Graham has engaged Micheal Ferguson to drive Fight Song, who will start from the No. 4 barrier in the field of eight. Fight Song, by Advance Attack, enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail before winning by two lengths from Sheez Impressive on debut on January 9 before he worked hard in the breeze and won narrowly from Diamond Dove on January 23. Graham will also be represented by Mister Spot, who will start from the prized No. 1 barrier and will be handled by Morgan Woodley. Mister Spot caught the eye at Bunbury last Saturday night when he raced in tenth (and last) position before finishing solidly along the sprint lane to be third behind Jack Mac. Two starts before that Mister Spot made a good debut when he raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing a close second to Totally Tintin over 1730m at Gloucester Park on February 28. The Dylan Quadrio-trained Warriors Code will be driven by Nathan Turvey from barrier six. The Elsu gelding fought on from sixth at the bell to be sixth behind Jack Mac last Saturday night after scoring a smart all-the-way victory from Pocket More For Less over 1609m at Bunbury at his previous outing. Ken Casellas

New South Wales-bred filly Miss Sangrial is continuing to improve and she has excellent prospects of levelling the score when she clashes with the brilliant Cott Beach in the Westside Auto Wholesale Western Crown Classic for harness racing two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. These two fillies have met three times, with Cott Beach holding sway, finishing ahead of Miss Sangrial in their first two clashes before she started at 5/1 on and finished fourth behind 5/1 chance Miss Sangrial in the de Campo Memorial for fillies at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park last Saturday night. A more favourable barrier (No. 4 on the front line) could give Miss Sangrial a telling advantage over Cott Beach, who will start out wide at No. 7 and is expected to be a firm favourite. Miss Sangrial, trained at Blythewood by Michael Brennan and driven by his nephew Michael Grantham, began speedily from the No. 5 barrier last Saturday night and got to the front after only 40m before setting the pace and winning by a length from Captured Delight, with final quarters of 27.5sec. and 28.3sec. Cott Beach, trained at Blythewood by Gary Elson and driven by Nathan Turvey, settled down in seventh position in the one-wide line before Turvey sent her forward, four wide, at the bell. Cott Beach moved into the breeze at the 600m mark before wilting to finish fourth. Turvey explained to the stewards that Cott Beach had become agitated due to a false start and that he had difficulty in getting her to relax in the early stages. She pulled hard and was inclined to hang in. Cott Beach was an impressive winner of the $50,000 Champagne Classic over 2130m at Gloucester Park at her previous outing, last Friday week. She started from the outside barrier (No. 9) and was ninth at the bell before finishing powerfully to hit the front 100m from the post and winning at a 1.59.6 rate from Miss Sangrial, a 33/1 chance who ran home solidly from sixth on the pegs at the bell. At her two previous starts, Cott Beach revealed sparkling gate speed from wide barriers (seven and six) to lead and win at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park when she was widely touted as the likely winner of the $100,000 Diamond Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on June 2. Adding considerable interest to Friday night’s race will be the first appearance in Australia of Millwood Poly, a half-sister to star pacer Ohoka Punter, who has amassed $986,936 from 25 wins and 22 placings from 55 starts. Millwood Poly, trained at Busselton by Barry Howlett, will be driven by master reinsman Chris Lewis. She is the only runner on the second line in the field of ten. She has raced only once, in a heat of the Young Guns classic for two-year-old fillies at Alexandra Park on February 10 when she started from barrier six and settled at the rear in the field of nine. She moved forward to be third, out three wide, at the bell and continued to race three wide without cover for the final circuit before fading in the closing stages to finish last. Ken Casellas

Outstanding young reinsman Michael Grantham has given harness racing punters an important lead by opting to drive Foxy Dame in preference to Sea Cider in the Retravision Pace for mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Grantham has yet to drive Foxy Dame in a race and he has jumped at the opportunity to handle the mare this week. His engagement by trainer Mike Reed enabled Foxy Dame, an M2-class performer, to contest the race which is restricted to M1-class mares, with Grantham claiming a concession as a junior driver. Grantham has handled the Sarah Suvaljko-trained Sea Cider at four of her past five starts for a most impressive victory over Madame Croupier and Mon Lillies over 2130m at Gloucester Park two starts ago, seconds to Sheer Rocknroll and Mon Lillies and a last-start fourth behind El Hombre last Friday night. Sea Cider will be driven this week by Aiden de Campo and she looks set to fight out the finish after starting from the No. 4 barrier on the front line. Foxy Dame has the ability to overcome the disadvantage of starting out wide at barrier eight. She galloped at the standing start and simply trailed her rivals and finished a distant last behind Sheer Rocknroll last Friday night. But her form in mobiles in several previous starts was excellent. Two starts ago, last Friday week, Foxy Dame started from the outside of the back line and was ninth with a lap to travel before finishing powerfully with a three-wide burst from the 700m mark to be a half-length second to Sheer Rocknroll, with a final 800m in 56.8sec. Ravenswood trainer Nathan Turvey will also make use of a junior concession by engaging Jocelyn Young to handle M2-class mare Chevrons Champion, who will have many admirers at her third outing after a spell. She is handily drawn at No. 3 on the front line. Chevrons Champion sustained a solid three-wide burst from sixth at the bell to finish fourth behind Sheer Rocknroll last Friday night. She ran home solidly from seventh on the pegs at the bell to finish a first-up third to Sheer Rocknroll the previous week. In an even field of mares, the Justin Prentice-trained Maia Maguire has claims from barrier six after her stout-hearted effort in the 2503m Race For Roses last Friday night when she set the pace and fought on grandly to finish third behind Sheer Rocknroll and Dodolicious. Ken Casellas

Four-year-old Ima Rocknroll Legend managed just two wins from 17 starts in New Zealand, but he has bright prospects of making a successful Australian debut when he contests the Gannon’s Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Now trained by Gary Hall sen., Ima Rocknroll Legend will start from barrier five on the front line and his form in New Zealand suggests that he will prove mighty hard to beat. He was successful at his most recent appearance when he rated 1.59.4 over 2200m at Cambridge on January 6. He raced wide early and then in the breeze before getting to the front after 500m. He immediately gained the sit behind the pacemaker Smiley Sophie, and making use of the sprint lane he charged to the front 100m from the post and won easily from that pacer, with a final quarter in 28.2sec. His previous win was six starts earlier when he rated 1.58 over 2600m at Addington. He is related to former top-flight pacer The Unicorn (94 starts for 29 wins, 32 placings and stakes of $488,524) and is a half-brother to Twist And Shout and Our Jerry Lee. Rocknroll Legend winning in New Zealand Twist And Shot earned $133,265 from his five wins and 16 placings from 39 starts before being retired. She is the dam of Hall’s smart four-year-old Harry Hoo, whose 36 starts have produced ten wins, nine placings and stakes of $86,892. Our Jerry Lee has won five races in New Zealand and ten in Western Australia for earnings of $92,499. Hardest for Ima Rocknroll Legend to beat is likely to be the polemarker Bad Round, who is racing with great heart for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg. Shannon Suvaljko appears certain to set the pace in a strong bid for victory. Bad Round started from barrier four and dashed to the front after 300m when an excellent second to Just Bet On Black over 2130m last Friday week. That followed an easy win at Kellerberrin and a strong-finishing third to Wimbaliri and Bettor Twisted. Just Bet On Black will start from the coveted No. 1 barrier in the second heat of the Princi Butchers Pure Steel Pace and he should notch his sixth win in a row for trainer Colin Brown. Just Bet On Black will again be handled by Brown’s daughter Maddison, and they also have good prospects with the speedy Franco Rayner in the Choices Flooring Pace. Ken Casellas

Engulfed in a grubby sexual harassment scandal far from her doing, Barbara Scott stood at the crossroads of either running or fighting. But Ms Scott, who recently became WA’s first female harness racing stewards chief, needed only to look to her daughter Alana to realise she had little option. “I wanted to be a good role model to my daughter and show her that if you believe in something, you’ve got to fight for it,” Ms Scott told The Weekend West. “That’s what gets you through life.” Ms Scott’s story made national headlines in 2009 when she successfully brought a landmark wrongful dismissal claim against the NSW Greyhound and Harness Racing Regulatory Authority, claiming she had endured an 18-month campaign of being sexually harassed, bullied and even accused of leading on fellow steward Kevin Adams. She said Mr Adams had not only touched her inappropriately on several occasions and harassed her for sex, but also once locked her with him in a car at the Bankstown trotting track and told her he would not let her out unless she said “Ivan Milat”. “It was obviously a very difficult time in my life,” she said. “It changed me forever, in some good ways and some bad ways. But I am a fierce believer in justice and things being done correctly and I’ll always stand up for my rights. “I’ve tried to put it in the background and move on, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t still have some impact on me. It was a huge emotional and financial cost to me, but not once did I regret it. “It’s just given me a sense of satisfaction to go on and prove to them I was capable of doing the job. I’m still here and I’m still doing what I love.” Ms Scott’s new role is another strong statement by Racing and Wagering WA about women in key roles in a traditionally male-dominated industry after Charlotte Mills was also this year appointed as the State Government agency’s first female racing general manager. Mrs Mills is due to give birth to her third child in June. By Steve Butler Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

Astute Henley Brook horseman Mike Reed is poised to become the most successful harness racing trainer in the history of the Gannon’s WA Oaks by winning the prestigious $150,000 group 1 classic with outstanding filly Maczaffair at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Maczaffair is in dazzling form and will be a short-priced favourite after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. Reinsman Shannon Suvaljko will attempt an all-the-way victory with Maczaffair, a stylish frontrunner who started from the No. 1 barrier and was untroubled to set the pace and win a 2130m Oaks prelude by more than four lengths from Gotta Go Gabbana last Friday week. This will be the 50th running of the WA Oaks and Reed has won the classic with Pharosan (2000), Sheer Royalty (2009) and Libertybelle Midfrew (2014). The only other trainers to have won the Oaks three times are Fred Kersley jun. and Trevor Warwick.   Kersley was successful with Wannerie (1979), Capricciosa (1980) and Countess Gina (1985) and Warwick has won the event with Benemerenza (1982), Parthenon (1995) and Lombo Rapida (1999). Albert and Julie Walmsley and Suvaljko are looking for their second success in the Oaks --- after Christian Cullen mare Libertybelle Midfrew, favourite at 10/1 on, set the pace from barrier five and won the 2014 classic by more than seven lengths from The Parade --- after scoring effortless victories in both Oaks preludes. Maczaffair, a Mach Three filly, is the most successful filly in Friday night’s event, having won nine times for stakes of $138,650 from 20 starts. The 2536m journey will be no problem for Maczaffair, who gave a superb performance as a 44/1 outsider when she finished with a dazzling burst of speed which carried her from tenth at the 600m and seventh at the 250m to be a half-head second to classy colt Mitch Maguire in the group 2 Western Gateway Pace three starts ago. Adding considerable interest to Friday night’s race will be the first appearance at Gloucester Park of the New Zealand-bred Bettors Delight filly Better B Chevron, who will start from barrier five on the front line and will be driven by Ryan Warwick for champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond. Better B Chevron made an outstanding Australian debut when she set the pace and dashed over the final quarters in 27.1sec. and 28.2sec. to beat Gonzos Shadow by two and a half lengths at a 1.57.2 rate over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. That followed easy wins over 2200m at Invercargill at her two previous outings. On March 11 she was first out from the No. 1 barrier before being restrained to trail the 6/4 on favourite The Bus after 100m. Making use of the sprint lane, she burst to the front 130m from the post to win by one and a half lengths from Lilac Flash, with a final 400m in 26.8sec. A week later, she started from the No. 4 barrier and raced in the breeze before taking the lead with 120m to travel and winning, unextended, by one and a quarter lengths from Santanna’s Rocket after sprinting the final quarter in 27.8sec. The Bonds are hoping that drawing the No. 5 barrier will be a lucky omen (after their star filly Dodolicious began from that barrier and was favourite at 3/1 on when she raced in the breeze before winning last year’s Oaks narrowly from outsider Bettor Boa. Greg Bond also trained Millwood Meg when Colin Brown drove that filly to an easy victory in the 2010 WA Oaks. The Bonds will also be represented in Friday night’s race with Hit It Rich, an easy all-the-way winner at Pinjarra on Monday of last week --- her fourth win from just six starts. Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice, who prepared Major Reality for her narrow victory over stablemate Quite A Delight in the 2015 WA Oaks, has four runners in this year’s classic --- Allamerican Queen, Im Stylish, Lady Luca and Somewhereonlyiknow. Allamerican Queen led from barrier three and scored a three-length victory over Myanniegoat in the 2569m Country Oaks at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park track last Saturday week. That was her second win from 16 starts and she meets far stronger opposition this week. Prentice will drive Allamerican Queen, Tom Buchanan will be in the sulky behind Im Stylish (a winner at five of her 12 starts) and Hayden Charles has been engaged for last-start all-the-way Pinjarra winner Lady Luca and Nathan Turvey for Somewhereonlyiknow, who faces a tough task from the outside of the front line. Kim Prentice has two smart fillies engaged for prominent owner Robert Watson --- Soho Angel (barrier six) and Angel Bromac (barrier two on the back line). He will drive Angel Bromac (who has impressed with four wins and three seconds from seven starts) and Victorian reinsman Michael Stanley has been engaged for Soho Angel, who has won five races and been placed nine times. Ken Casellas

Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice is hoping that Maia Maguire will be on her best behaviour and can cause an upset by winning the $35,000 Race For Roses at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Four-year-old Maia Maguire is one of four frontmarkers in the 2503m standing-start group 3 event and she showed her ability as a pacemaker five starts ago when she was racing first-up and won in good style in a minor mobile event at Narrogin. She revealed her versatility with strong-finishing efforts to win at Narrogin and Bunbury at her next two starts before failing at her past two outings. She began badly in a stand and was never in contention in an event won by McClinchie at Pinjarra last Monday week. A win by Maia Maguire on Friday night would complete a hat-trick of victories for Prentice in the Race For Roses. Prentice brought 15/1 chance Digital Art home with a powerful burst from three back on the pegs to snatch a head victory from the pacemaker Blacknsweet Adda in last year’s Race For Roses. He trained and drove The Parade to victory in the Race For Roses the previous year. The Parade started off 20m and won from Hoylakes Firstlady and My Samantha Jane. Maia Maguire is owned by Bob Fowler, who has two other runners --- frontmarker Hugmeifuluvme and Sheer Rocknroll, the lone backmarker off 30m. Four-year-old Hugmeifuluvme set the pace and won a stand over 2116m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. That was her second win from nine starts and she faces a much more difficult task on Friday night. However, four-year-old Sheer Rocknroll has the class to overcome the back mark in her first attempt in a standing-start event. The Ross Olivieri-trained mare (a stablemate of Hugmeifuluvme) is in sparkling form and is ready to meet strong challenges from another talented WA-bred four-year-old Dodolicious and the smart New Zealand-bred five-year-old Foxy Dame. Olivieri boasts the best record as a trainer in the Race For Roses which was first run in 1997. He has been successful with Yippy Yi Yo (1998), Arctic Fire (2011) and Selkie (2014). Chris Lewis, who will drive Sheer Rocknroll, has the best record as a driver in the feature event, having been successful with Lady De Beau (2007), Arctic Fire and Selkie. Dodolicious, winner of the WA Oaks 12 months ago, and Foxy Dame also will be contesting a standing-start event for the first time. They will share the 20m mark with Sheer Rocknroll maintained her excellent form and won for the 12th time from her past 20 starts when she started from the outside barrier (No. 9) last Friday night and raced four and three wide for the first 500m before working in the breeze outside the pacemaking Dame Puissant and getting to the front with 250m to travel and then resisting a strong late challenge from Foxy Dame, who impressed in finishing determinedly from ninth at the bell. Foxy Dame is trained by Mike Reed and will be driven by Shannon Suvaljko. She has a record of 56 starts for nine wins and 21 placings and performs at her best when saved up for a last-lap burst. Dodolicious, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will share the 20m mark with the Nathan Turvey-trained pair of Chevrons Champion and Hidden Bad. She is an outstanding pacer who has amassed $441,433 from 15 wins, seven seconds and one third from 26 starts and though this will be her first appearance for five months she cannot be underestimated. Ken Casellas

Star New Zealand-bred harness racing pacer Ohoka Punter was outstanding in defeat when third in the Easter Cup on April 13 and he should overcome the disadvantage of the outside barrier (No. 9) and win the $23,000 Gannon’s Flags And Banners Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He gave a sample of his class in the 2902m Easter Cup when he started off the 50m mark and started a three-wide move 1800m from home. He was kept out wide for the next 500m before getting to the breeze outside the pacemaker Galactic Star. Finally, he got his head in front with 350m to travel, but wilted in the late stages to finish a gallant third behind Assassinator and Galactic Star. That followed his impressive first-up performance the previous week when he started from barrier nine, raced in the one-out, one-back position and burst to the front at the 450m mark before dashing away to score by two and a half lengths from stablemate American Boy, rating 1.55.5 over 2130m. Trained by Gary Hall sen., Ohoka Punter will again be handled by Gary Hall jun., with Clint Hall taking the drive behind American Boy, who will start out wide at barrier eight. The stablemates will clash with the brilliant, but injury-plagued Heez On Fire (barrier seven). Heez On Fire, nursed back to fitness by octogenarian trainer Bill Horn, made a wonderful return to racing with a dazzling victory at a 1.55.9 rate over 2130m last Friday week. He was 12th with 650m to travel when he started a three-wide move which ended with him surging past the pacemaker Erskine Range in the home straight. Erskine Range began fast from barrier two to dash to an early lead in that race and Maddison Brown is likely to be keen to take advantage of the chestnut’s gate speed from the No. 3 barrier. However, the evergreen eight-year-old Bonze Seeker has sparkling early pace and Chris Lewis will be anxious to hold the lead from the coveted No. 1 barrier. This will be the eighth time in 139 mobile starts in Western Australia that Bronze Seeker will start from the No. 1 barrier. His record from barrier one is two wins, two seconds, two thirds and a 12th placing (when shuffled back behind a tiring runner). Bronze Seeker was an all-the-way winner over 2130m from the No. 1 barrier eleven starts ago. He was unwinding a spirited burst before receiving severe interference 250m from home when he galloped and was distanced behind Shardons Rocket last Friday night. Shardons Rocket is a remarkable 12-year-old trained by Tony Svilicich who will be having his 310th start in a race when he begins from barrier six on Friday night. He has won 44 races and has been placed 87 times. Ken Casellas

Prominent harness racing owners Steve and Christina Chapman and their children are sure to be cheering enthusiastically in the final stages of the $18,000 Gannon’s Pony Trots at Gloucester Park Pace on Friday night --- when their two runners are likely to be involved in a ding-dong tussle for supremacy in the 1730m event for three-year-olds. El Barcelona (Dali) and Runrunjimmydunn (American Ideal) are two of four runners in the field of eight who are trained by Gary Hall sen. and they should fight out the finish. Runrunjimmydunn (Clint Hall) prevailed when he charged home to get up in the final stride to defeat El Barcelona (Gary Hall jun.) in a 2130m event last Friday week. Runrunjimmydunn is generally expected to start a warm favourite, but El Barcelona has the ability to turn the tables. El Barcelona has drawn barrier No. 6, with Runrunjimmydunn drawing the outside No. 8 barrier. This could prove a decisive advantage for El Barcelona, who should settle in front of his stablemate. The barrier draws were reversed when the New Zealand-bred geldings last met and when they settled at the rear. After 450m El Barcelona followed the three-wide move of Bravo Tex before getting to the breeze 1000m from home. Clint Hall then sent Runrunjimmydunn forward, three wide, with 900m to travel. El Barcelona forged to the front at the 600m mark as Runrunjimmydunn moved into the breeze position. In a stirring duel, Runrunjimmydunn got up to beat his stablemate in a close photo-finish. Quite remarkably, the two pacers go into Friday night’s race with a record of 14 starts for five wins. They are both showing steady improvement and Hall sen. Is confident they will prove worthy candidates for the rich Golden Nugget Championship in the coming summer. The Hall stable’s other runners in Friday night’s event are The Publisher, to be driven by Kim Prentice from the No. 2 barrier, and Herrick Roosevelt, to be driven by Chris Lewis from barrier seven. The lightly-raced Herrick Roosevelt possesses excellent gate speed, but is still learning to race, being inclined to overrace. However, he looks destined for a bright future. He led from the No. 2 barrier and won from El Barcelona over 2130m at Gloucester Park at his second start in a race, last December. The Publisher has won once (as a two-year-old in New Zealand) made his Australian debut at Gloucester Park last Friday week when he pulled hard in the breeze in the middle stages and faded to last behind Runrunjimmydunn. Then he raced at Northam on Tuesday night when he ran home strongly, out wide, from eighth at the 400m to finish a neck second to Ace Bromac. Ken Casellas

The TABtouch Inter Dominion will once again return to Gloucester Park Harness Racing (GPHR) in November 2017, for the running of the final series of a three year tenure. Regarded as Australasia’s greatest harness racing event, the Inter Dominion Grand Final is worth $1.1M, making it the richest pacing race in Australasia, and the overall series being worth $1.8M in prize money. The Carnival will remain in the same timeslot as last year with the first heat set for Friday 24 November, followed by heats on Tuesday 28 November and Friday 1 December, with the Grand Final staged on Friday 8 December. The series will be complimented by the impressive 4YO series, including the $200K Retravision Golden Nugget (Grand Final night) and $125K McInerney Ford Classic (opening heat night), as well as the Mares Series, with the $125k Westral Mares Classic (Grand Final night) and the $50k Norms Daughter Classic (opening heat night). The second heat will once again be held at the Bunbury Trotting Club, with this year’s event receiving significant support from Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions, while the ever popular Italian themed race night will be held at the third heat with a spectacular display of fireworks to end the night. “The two years of the Inter Dominion series has been a great success on a number of levels creating first class racing, tremendous crowds and re-establishing the Inter Dominion as Australasia’s greatest harness racing event, and we look forward to building on this success in 2017,” said GPHR President, John Burt. The Inter Dominion forms part of RWWA’s broader strategic vision to relaunch, revitalise and re-energise harness racing in Western Australia. “In making a significant funding commitment the RWWA Board is aware that the investment in the Inter Dominion is far more than simply providing stake money and infrastructure support, it is directly aimed at investing in the harness racing industry in Western Australia and assisting RWWA to achieve agreed goals of new participants, greater industry profile and increased WATAB Customers,” said RWWA Chairman, Jeff Ovens. Along with the TABtouch Inter Dominion dates announcement, RWWA and GPHR have announced the $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Cup and $450,000 TABtouch Pacing Cup and will move back a week from the 2017 dates and be held on 12 and 19 January, 2018 respectively.   For further information regarding the series visit Michael Radley Chief Executive   Gloucester Park Harness Racing Gloucester Park, Nelson Crescent, East Perth WA 6004 PO Box 6025, Hay Street, East Perth 6892 Ph: (08) 9323 3555  Fax: (08) 9323 3514 Email:

Benjor Maddy Lombo hardly set the world on fire during a modest harness racing career on the racetrack, but she has burst into prominence in recent months as the dam of WA Derby winner Handsandwheels and the highly-promising two-year-old colt Rock Me Over. Rock Me Over, purchased for $28,000 at the Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale early last year, has drawn favourably at barrier two on the front line and looks set to fight out the finish of the $50,000 Retravision Champagne Classic over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Rock N Roll Heaven colt, trained at Byford by Katja Warwick, warmed up for this week’s assignment in excellent style with a fast-finishing second to Play The Boys in the group 1 $100,000 Sales Classic final last Friday night. Driven by Gary Hall jun., Rock Me Over raced in sixth position in the one-wide line before starting a three-wide move at the 500m. He charged home to finish a half-head behind the pacemaking Play The Boys. Rock Me Over was successful at his two previous starts, finishing strongly to beat his stablemate Mistersandman over 1684m at Pinjarra and then setting the pace and dashing over the final 400m in 27.7sec. to beat Kohli by more than two lengths over 1730m at Gloucester Park. Benjor Maddy Lombo, by American sire Perfect Art, began her career in Western Australia before being relocated in Victoria where she won three times, as a three-year-old in moderate company at Mildura, Gunbower and Charlton. She was retired with those three wins from 34 starts for stakes of $21,510. She is an elder half-sister to Miss Trickin Lombo (109 starts for 15 wins and 29 placings for earnings of $230,312) and to star performer Suave Stuey Lombo, who amassed $587,032 from 33 wins and 23 placings from 110 starts. Rock Me Over has already earned $24,310 from his two wins and a second placing from four starts, while Handsandwheels has raced 20 times for six wins, six placings and $165,099. Rock Me Over is sure to meet plenty of stiff opposition, particularly from the New Zealand-bred gelding Pocket More For Less and Cott Beach, one of three fillies in the race. Pocket More for Less, trained and driven by Justin Prentice, will have many admirers from the prized No. 1 barrier on the front line. He was seventh in the one-out, one-back position at the bell before starting a three-wide move at the 700m and running home determinedly to be second to the pacemaker Warriors Code over 1609m at Bunbury last Saturday night. Pocket More For Less gave a sample of his ability at his only other starts, for wins over 1730m at Gloucester Park in March. He overcame severe interference before finishing strongly from fourth at the bell to win from Universal Major and then worked hard in the breeze before winning from Kohli. Cott Beach, a filly by Advance Attack, has been most impressive in her short career for trainer Gary Elson and reinsman Nathan Turvey. After a strong-finishing second to Tenniele Erin on debut at Bunbury she was successful at her next three starts, two at Pinjarra and one at Gloucester Park, when she revealed excellent gate speed and then made all the running. She rated 1.57.6 (with final quarters of 28.8sec. and 27.7sec.) over 1730m at Gloucester Park two starts ago when she scored by nine lengths over Cheeseacracker. And then she led from barrier No. 6 and won by just unde3r four lengths from Princess Major at Pinjarra when she rated 1.55.2 over 1684m after dashing over the final two quarters in 27.9sec. and 27.8sec. Cott Beach fared badly and will need to be at her top to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier (No. 9) on Friday night. The Champagne Stakes was first run in 1970 and since then the fillies to have won the classic have been Jidaley (1971), Deep Décor (1974), Chrysou Mou (1976), Whitby Tolez (1991), Whitbys Merit (1993), Nowuseemenowudont (2000), Sheza Clout (2006), Arma Xpress (2012) and Tricky Styx (2014). Elson and Turvey combined to win the Champagne Classic in 2015 when Sprinter defeated Lightning Jolt and Rich Yankee. Ken Casellas

Mon Lillies has led in six of her ten wins, but Boyanup harness racing hobby trainer James Sortras is far from dismayed at her drawing the back line in the $25,000 final of the Johnson Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “She’s not just a frontrunner,” Sortras said. “She’s also got a very good sit and kick on her. She showed that when second at Pinjarra two starts ago.” Mon Lillies, a six-year-old mare by American sire Artesian, has proved a remarkable bargain for Sortras who purchased her as an untried two-year-old for an extremely small figure. Her stylish all-the-way win last Friday night boosted her earnings to $93,355 from ten wins and 18 placings from 73 starts. Another victory this week would take her prizemoney to $109,855. The 56-year-old Sortras grew up in Gelorup in a strong harness racing atmosphere. His late father George was a prominent trainer and driver whose best pacer was Magic Embrace. “I drove a lot of horses bred from Magic Embrace, with the best of them being Come On Magic,” he said. “I suppose you could count the number of winners I drove on country tracks on my two hands. “I got out of the sport more than 15 years ago to concentrate on my job in the building trade, to pay off the mortgage and to provide for a young family. “Then, four or five years ago, I decided to get back into harness racing. When I was looking around for a horse, a good mate of mine, Stephen Simms, recommended an unraced two-year-old filly, whom, he advised, possessed plenty of speed, but had a lot of growing to do and needed to mature.” It was arranged for Sortras to drive the filly on the Byford track. “I gave her a workout and she gave me a pretty good feel,” Sortras said. “So that day I put her on the float and brought her home. I bought her for a very cheap outlay. She now has gone past her dam Mon Poppies, who had 69 starts for ten wins, 21 placings and $88,350 in stakes.” Lindsay Harper was in the sulky when Mon Poppies won at Bunbury and Pinjarra as a three-year-old in February 2005, and Harper’s younger son Kyle has driven Mon Lillies to victory eight times. Mon Lillies impressed in a heat of the Johnson Pace last Friday night when she set the pace and dashed over the final 800m in 56.7sec. to win from Sea Cider and Madame Croupier. At Pinjarra four days earlier Mon Lillies illustrated her versatility when she started from the No. 5 barrier, raced three wide for the first 300m and was eighth in the one-wide line at the bell. She was seventh with 400m to travel and was hampered for room in the home straight before getting clear in the final stages and flashing home to be second to Just bet On Black. Sortras, who races Mon Lillies in partnership with his wife Debbie, her daughter Lucinda and his children Ebony and Colbey, also trains and drives Five Star Fairy, who has yet to break through for her first win. The Johnson final looks an open affair, with four-year-olds The Spinster (Chris Lewis), Madame Croupier (Clint Hall) and Shes Artful (Ryan Warwick) all racing keenly and five-year-olds Sea Cider (Michael Grantham), Giuliana Rancic (Gary Hall jun.) and C C Chevron (Nathan Turvey) in sound form. Seven-year-old Auctioneers Elsu, to be driven by Maddison Brown for Cardup trainer Sarah Suvaljko, will also receive good support after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. Auctioneers Elsu notched her 15th victory from 151 starts when she enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing strongly to win from C C Chevron at her most recent outing, on April 13. Ken Casellas

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