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Former successful jockey Kristian Hawkins is making a splendid start to his career as a harness racing trainer and he has seven-year-old Danieljohn racing in wonderful form. Danieljohn, an M3-class performer, looks ideally suited off the 10m mark in the 2503m Brear And Doonan Commercial and Industrial Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Danieljohn maintained his impressive form when he scored a strong victory over Macintosh in the 2518m Kalgoorlie Cup last Saturday night when the final 800m was covered in 56.8sec. He started off the 20m mark and settled in 11th position before Hawkins dashed him forward to move outside the pacemaker Bashful Compton with two laps to travel. Danieljohn took a narrow lead 400m from home and he did well to stave off a late challenge from Macintosh to boost his earnings to $229,092 from 22 wins and 27 placings from 80 starts.    Hez Got The Nod, Bettor Party and Znana are racing keenly and represent the main dangers to Danieljohn, along with nine-year-old Dundee Three, who will start off the back mark of 30m at his first appearance for Serpentine trainer Stephanie Smith since his great second to stablemate The Phantom in the 2970m Northam Cup last January. Interestingly, star reinsman Morgan Woodley opted to drive the Debbie Padberg-trained Hez Got The Nod in preference to Dundee Three, who will be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green. Padberg is thrilled at Hez Got The Nod’s purple patch of form and is hopeful that the seven-year-old will repeat his performance of last Friday night when Woodley made the most of a tardy beginning of frontmarker Jungleface Jake by charging through from the inside of the 10m line to take up the running on the way to an all-the-way victory. Hez Got The Nod will again start from the inside of the 10m line. He will start behind Znana, who scored all-the-way Gloucester Park wins before finishing fifth behind Bettor Party last Friday week after galloping and losing ground at the start. Trainer-driver Nathan Turvey predicts a strong effort from Znana from the No. 1 barrier. “He goes good and grows a leg on the fence,” he said. “If he leads I anticipate he will give the race a good shake.” Bettor Party had no luck last Friday night when he was trapped three wide for much of the journey before finishing tenth behind Hez Got The Nod. That followed a strong victory in a 2503m stand at his previous start. Ken Casellas

Baldivis trainer-reinsman Nathan Turvey is the State's leading driver with 13 wins after the first month of the 2015-16 season and he has bright prospects of giving punters a flying start to the Gloucester Park meeting on Friday night by winning the opening event, the TABtouch Pathway Pace, with lightly-raced mare Royal Myth. "This will be her first run at Gloucester Park and she should go well," he said. "From her draw (barrier two on the front line), I hope she can lead and her times for the last halves on country tracks have been good. "She is not just a frontrunner and she doesn't have to lead to win." Royal Myth has been successful at her first two starts in her current campaign, leading and winning from Thirsty Work over 1730m at Kellerberrin and then settling in last position before dashing forward to race in the breeze 1300m from home, taking the lead with 400m to travel and holding on to win narrowly from Mon Lamour at a 1.58.1 rate over 1780m at Northam on Tuesday of last week after final quarters in 27.6sec. and 28.5sec. Six-year-old Royal Myth is already proving a bargain for Turvey and Gary Mawdesley, with her eight starts in WA producing six wins, a second and a fourth for stakes of $27,063. Her wins have been at Bunbury (four), Kellerberrin and Northam. This represents a good early return after she was purchased for $8000 in New Zealand about a year ago. She had managed just one well-beaten third placing from four starts in New Zealand, but Turvey was fully prepared to gamble because the mare is a half-sister to former smart pacer Machnifico. Machnifico was prepared by Grant Williams in 2011-12-13 when he raced 18 times for eight wins and four placings. Turvey was working for Williams and he drove Machnifico eight times for two wins (at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park) in November 2012. "You wouldn't look at her going on her form in New Zealand," Turvey said. "Grant and I had a pretty big opinion of Machnifico and I thought it would be worth the risk, buying Royal Myth." Machnifico had many setbacks and injuries and was retired after earning $53,352 from eight wins and four placings from only 19 starts. Turvey has a healthy regard for four-year-old El Comacho, will start from the outside of the back line in Friday night's event for Oakford trainer Bryan Cousins and reinsman Kim Prentice. El Comacho recently resumed racing after a four-month absence and has impressed with easy victories at Gloucester Park and Narrogin. Others with good claims include stablemates Eastwood Crystal and Kinda Black, who are racing keenly for Greg and Skye Bond. Eastwood Crystal won four in a row on country tracks before her last-start third behind Nuala and Sovereign Faith over 2130m at Gloucester Park when she set the pace. Kinda Black has won at five of his past nine starts, including a last-start victory over 2150m in Kalgoorlie last Saturday night after working hard in the breeze. Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg will be represented by former New South Wales pacer Bettorbeastar, a winner at seven of his 37 starts. He will start from barrier five on the front line with Morgan Woodley in the sulky. Ken Casellas  

Harness racing champion reinsman Chris Lewis has given punters an important lead by electing to drive Lovers Delight in preference to Dynamite Dude in the $35,000 Brear And Doonan Navy Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His task was made significantly easier when Lovers Delight drew the prized No. 1 barrier and Dynamite Dude fared badly in the random draw and will start out wide at No. 7 on the front line in the 2130m mobile event. Lovers Delight's favourable draw will greatly enhance Bunbury trainer Stephen Reed's prospects of maintaining an outstanding family tradition in the Navy Cup. Mike Reed, father of Mark and Stephen, has trained the winner of the Navy Cup six times and Mark has driven the winner of the race five times. Mark also trained the 2000 Navy Cup winner Skippers Trick, a pacer he drove to victory over Keyonymous and Lock And Load. Mike was successful as a trainer with Sylvie's Secret (1968), Manageable (1989), Time Symbol (1992), Golden Resonator (2001), Tricky Vic (2002) and La Valiente (2004). He drove Sylvie's Secret, Manageable and Time Symbol and Mark's wins as a driver have been with Another Party (1999), Skippers Trick, Golden Resonator, Tricky Vic and La Valiente. The closest Stephen has gone to winning the Navy Cup was in 2013 when Uppy Son, driven by Gary Hall jun., finished solidly into third pIace behind Bettors Fire and Ima Rocket Star. Mike went extremely close to winning the Cup for the seventh time when Polak (driven by Mark) was sixth at the bell before flying home to be a head second to Shardons Rocket last October. Lewis also has a good record in the Navy Cup, having won the feature event four times --- with Skiptar (1980), Western Gentleman (1994), Mark Craig (1995) and Super Strike (1996). Lewis faced a tough decision in choosing between Lovers Delight and Dynamite Dude as his drive in Friday night's Cup. He has driven Dynamite Dude at 22 of his 23 starts in Western Australia for 12 wins and he has handled Lovers Delight at 28 of his 37 WA starts for 11 wins. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri has engaged Aldo Cortopassi to drive Dynamite Dude, Mark Reed for Red Salute and Stuart McDonald for stylish last-start winner Our Blackbird. Our Blackbird fared poorly in the random draw and will start on the outside (No. 9) of the front line and Red Salute will start from the outside (No. 3) on the back line. Olivieri has trained the winner of the Navy Cup three times --- scoring with Chipmont (1991), Mark Craig (1995) and Super Strike (1996). "Barrier draws are all important at Gloucester Park and Dynamite Dude and Our Blackbird haven't drawn a (reasonable) barrier for as long as I can remember," he said. "So how you try to line up their form from unfavourable barriers is beyond me. However, Our Blackbird's form from unfavourable barriers is very good. "He is going terrific and is going a lot better than his interdominion ranking (No. 44) would suggest." Our Blackbird was restrained at the start from barrier No. 7 in a 2536m event last Friday night before storming home from seventh at the bell to win from Little Boy Blue and Go West U Terror, when the final 800m off the front was covered in 56.6sec. Lovers Delight an eight-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding, has won at 19 of his 47 starts and he makes strong appeal as the likely pacemaker on Friday night. Most of the runners are sit-sprinters and it is difficult to envisage any serious pressure being applied to Lovers Delight, particularly in the first half of the race. Lovers Delight has not raced for two months, but has warmed up for his return to racing in good style in 2100m trials at Bunbury's Donaldson Park. On September 9 he dashed over the final quarters of a trial in 28.1sec. and 28.4sec. when he defeated Our Jerry Lee. And on Wednesday of last week he finished a neck second to Smokey The Bandit in a trial. Smokey The Bandit, trained at Busselton by Michael Callegari, is a brilliant sit-sprinter who can unleash a devastating late burst. He will have admirers at his first appearance since late May this year. An interesting runner in Friday night's Cup is WA-bred seven-year-old El Machine, who will be resuming racing after an absence of almost eight months. El Machine, a winner at 20 of his 53 starts, is handily drawn at No. 2on the front line and will be driven by Morgan Woodley. El Machine has been purchased by John and Debbie Padberg and five stable clients. "I have had him for about eight weeks," said Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg. "He is a little bit big in condition and will need the run. It will be a good test to see where he's at. "He has been working on the track with Glenferrie Rustler and they've been working on a par. We have bought him to have some fun; he's not up to the Inters, but we're looking forward to having a horse to race over the summer carnival." Padberg will also be represented by veteran Rocket Reign in this week's Cup. The 12-year-old is a veteran of 179 starts who caught the eye three starts ago with his fast-finishing third behind Bettors Fire and Tuxedo Tour. "He ran well last Friday night when fifth behind Our Blackbird," Padberg said. "He was beaten only by a half-length." Another oldstager with claims in the Cup is ten-year-old This Time Dylan, who returned to the winning list last Friday week when he enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing strongly to defeat Northview Punter and Uppy Son at a 1.5t6.3 rate over 2130m. Ken Casellas  

Seven-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding Borntobeanartist is a noted frontrunner and star reinsman Mark Reed will be planning for an all-the-way victory in the $25,000 final of the TABtouch Warwick Pace over 2130m at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Borntobeanartist’s prospects soared when he drew the prized No. 1 barrier and Reed and Henley Brook trainer Chelsey Harding are hoping that history will repeat itself. Clint Hall made the most of the No. 1 barrier when he drove Elegant Christian, favourite at 6/4 on, to an all-the-way win over stablemate Machtu in the Warwick final 12 months ago. Borntobeanartist has been unplaced from wide draws at his past three starts, but he will be a vastly different proposition from the inside barrier this week. The Bob Mellsop-trained Bettor Rules also possesses excellent gate speed and Lauren Jones is likely to press forward from barrier five in a bid to get to the front. However, Bettor Rules is unlikely to wrest the lead from Borntobeanartist. Bettor Rules started from barrier seven, was restrained to the rear and did not show up when last behind Phoenix Warrior in a fast-run 2100m event at Bunbury on Monday of last week. He mustered good early pace from the No. 5 barrier and took the lead after 225m before winning comfortably from Mohegan Sun over 2130m at his previous outing. One of the best runs in the three heats of the Warwick Pace was that of outsider Jaxon Fella, who raced three wide early and then in the breeze before finishing a fighting second to Ideal Alice last Friday night. The Matt Scott-trained gelding will again be handled by Kiara Davies and he should obtain a perfect trail behind the likely pacemaker Borntobeanartist. The powerful Greg and Skye Bond stable holds a strong hand in the final with Raesawinner and Ima Tragedy. Colin Brown will drive Raesawinner from barrier three on the front line and the five-year-old, a winner at ten of his 44 starts,  is sure to be prominent throughout. Ima Tragedy has a losing sequence of 17, but two seconds and a third from his past three starts are a strong indication that another win is not far away. Ideal Alice, the only mare in the race, was a brilliant all-the-way winner at a 1.57 rate over 2130m last Friday night. That was her third win in a row and her ninth success from 21 starts. Trained by Gary Hall sen., Ideal Alice faces a tougher task this week from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. The stewards placed her on the outside after she galloped in the score-up and caused a false start in a qualifying heat last week. However, she possesses wonderful natural speed and cannot be left out of calculations. Awesum Tedddy, a heat winner when he led throughout from the No. 1 barrier last Friday week, will be driven by Justin Prentice. He replaces Chris Voak, who was due to have left Perth on Tuesday night for a holiday in America. Awesum Teddy, trained by Michael Brennan, will find things tougher from out wide at barrier eight this week. Ken Casellas

Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice has given punters an important lead by opting to drive The Revolution ahead of stablemates Choccy Mac and Atlastalone in the Kim Prentice Medal Metropolitan Junior Driver Lauren Jones Westbred final at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Prentice has been the regular driver of the three stablemates and punters were highly impressed with the qualifying heat wins of Choccy Mac and The Revolution, with bother pacers recording a mile rate of 1.57.9. The other heat winner, Gives Me Chills, rated 1.58.5. Prentice is understandably disappointed with the barriers allocated to his runners. Atlastalone will start from barrier six on the front line, The Revolution from barrier eight and Choccy Mac from the outside of the back line. “I was tossing up between The Revolution and Choccy Mac ahead of Atlastalone,” Prentice said. “Choccy Mac is probably the better horse, to be honest. But The Revolution is getting stronger and stronger and there is not a heap between them.” In a qualifying heat last Friday night The Revolution started from barrier four on the front line and raced wide early before getting to the front after 500m. He went on to win easily from Soho Aintree and Max Meridius. A week earlier Choccy Mac started from the outside of the back line when he surged home, three wide,  from sixth at the bell to take the lead on the home turn and win by a half-length from Shirlz Sensation. “From barrier eight this week I’m not a hundred per cent sure what I’ll do with The Revolution,” Prentice said. “I’ll determine my tactics after coming out of the gate and I’ll have a look at what the others do on our inside." "The Revolution doesn’t need to lead; he’s a really good sit and kick horse." “Brayden Green will drive Choccy Mac and Tom Buchanan will be on Atlastalone.” Looming as dangers to The Revolution and Choccy Mac are Gives Me Chills, Vultan Tin, Max Meridius and Shirlz Sensation. The Michael Brennan-trained Gives Me Chills is in sparkling form with four wins from six starts since resuming from a spell and he is nicely drawn on the inside of the back line. The six-year-old’s regular reinsman Chris Voak is on his way to America for a holiday and Brennan has engaged champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. to drive the gelding. Gives Me Chills started from the inside of the back line in a qualifying heat last Friday fortnight when he was able to burst to an early lead after an early scrimmage.  He went on to win narrowly from Hells Kitchen. Four-year-old Vultan Tin fared well in the random draw and, from barrier one on the front line the Phil Costello-trained gelding will have many admirers. He warmed up for the race in impressive fashion at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when he finished powerfully from 12th at the bell to be third behind Bhagwan and Deluxe Edition. Ken Casellas  

Rich feature harness racing events for mares in December are on the agenda for outstanding five-year-old The Parade,  who will resume after a spell when she contests the Gate Bar and Bistro Leading Metropolitan Trainer Gary Hall sen. at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice had little hesitation in opting to drive The Parade from the outside barrier No. 8 in a field of eight over 2130m in preference to smart stablemate Where Dreams Grow, who gave a superb performance last Friday night when she set a brisk pace and scored an effortless victory over Mistress Bliss and Millwood Faith. Where Dreams Grow rated 1.54.7 after dashing over the final three quarters in 29.3sec., 27.5sec. and 28.1sec. “The Parade is working very well and I’m really happy with her,” Prentice said. “It’s not going to be easy, but she is ready to run a good race, first-up. If My Samantha Janes (barrier two) finds the front, she’s a hard horse to get over. And you’ve also got to worry about Am Opulent and Indomitable. “Where Dreams Grow went super last week, but she just needs to learn to be a racehorse. Probably her manners have let her down more than anything.  Brayden Green will drive her. He drives her every single day at home and he knows her better than I do.”  My Samantha Jane, trained at Hazelmere by Mike Reed, looks to be a great chance from her ideal draw at No. 2. A winner at 12 of her 44 starts, including eight wins as a four-year-old last season, she has a great chance to end a losing sequence of seven. Millwood Faith (barrier three) also has claims. She rattled home from the rear when an eye-catching third behind Where Dreams Grow last week. Stablemate Am Opulent is drawn wide at No. 6, but she possesses sparling early speed and it would come as no surprise if she is driven hard out of the gate in a bold bid for the early lead. Prentice said that the main aim for The Parade would be the $45,000 Norms Daughter Classic at Gloucester Park on December 4 and the $120,000 Mares Classic nine days later. Ken Casellas

Five of Jungleface Jake’s six wins have come when he has set the pace and he is poised to enhance his reputation as a pacemaker when he makes his first appearance in a stand, in the 2503m David Strom Leading Metropolitan Driver Gary Hall jun. Handicap at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Mike Reed-trained Victorian-bred six-year-old has a losing sequence of 18. But astute punters will be keen to support him from the inside barrier off the front line. He began smoothly in a standing-start trial over 2550m at Byford on August 30 and sprinted home over the final 400m in 28sec. when a short half-head second to Bettor Rock On. Jungleface Jake led and won at Cranbourne, Maryborough, Melton and Geelong before arriving in Western Australia where the only time he set the pace in 24 starts in this State was over 2185m at Pinjarra in March 2014 when he won from Bullets And Bluff and Awesome Desire. Jungleface Jake is a lowly-assessed M0 and C2 pacer who is sure to meet stiff opposition from several better-performed horses off the 10m mark, including Hez Got The Nod (M2, C8), Barrow Street (M2, C9), Bettor Party (M2, C8) and Sonic Classic (M2, C9). Hez Got The Nod, trained at Wanneroo by Debbie Padberg, is in splendid form and was a shock winner over Norvic Nightowl two starts ago. All his eight wins in Western Australia have been in stands. Hez Got The Nod has been handled in recent starts by Chris Voak, who was due to leave on Tuesday night for a holiday in America. Padberg has offered Morgan Woodley the choice of drives between Hez Got The Nod and stablemate Our Amazing Art. Woodley is expected to pick New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Hez Got The Nod ahead of eight-year-old Our Amazing Art, who has a losing sequence of 20. However, Our Amazing Art impressed in a stand at Gloucester Park last Friday night when he finished strongly from seventh at the bell to be second to Bettor Party. Bettor Party, trained at Darling Downs by Eric Chabros, dashed to the front after 900m and relished the frontrunning role to score in good style.    Ken Casellas

Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred five-year-old The Arsonist is ready to break through for his first success in Western Australia, following his eye-catching performance at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. He was a 10/1 chance from the outside (No. 9) on the front line and was restrained to last in the field of ten before storming home with a powerful late burst to finish third behind Rycroft and Pelusiac over 2130m when the final 800m (off the front) whizzed by in 56.8sec. The chestnut, trained by Gary Hall sen., has had seven starts in WA for three seconds and two thirds and will pay to follow. He will start out wide at barrier eight in the 1730m Gate Bar and Bistro Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and has the ability to overcome this disadvantage. His chief rival appears to be the polemarker Maddy White, who will be driven by Aiden de Campo for Hopeland trainer Mike Howie. Maddy White has a splendid record of 46 starts for 11 wins and 18 placings. She is a proven frontrunner who could take plenty of catching.   Ken Casellas

Tasmanian harness racing trainer James Rattray, who now resides in NSW, has nominated six of his team for the Inter Dominion series headed by his stable star Beautide who has won the past two Inter Dominions.   Rattray has nominated Beautide, Blue Pointer, Devendra, Modern Ruler, Pachacuti and former New Zealander Roger Ramjet.   However, the trainer has already indicated he is unlikely to take all six to Western Australia to contest the series that comprises three rounds of heats with three heats of 10 in each round.   The top 30-ranked horses will qualify to contest the series at Perth's Gloucester Park from November 27 to December 4 with the top 10 point-scorers from the three rounds to contest the $1.5 million final on December 13.   Beautide is certain to head to Perth as the automatic number one-ranked horse as the reigning champion.   The first rankings were released last Friday with Beautide at the top of the list while Modern Ruler that has been burning up the track at Menangle with three successive Group 3 wins ranked 26 while Devendra, that raced in NSW with success last season, is ranked 34.   However Blue Pointer (67) Pachacuti (83) and Roger Ramjet (96) would have to rely on a high attrition rate to sneak into the top 30.   Pachacuti delivered a brilliant performance at Menangle last Friday night to win a Group 3 event over 1609 metres by leading all the way and he recorded a slick mile rate of 1.51.8.   It was the second time in as many starts that the former star Tasmanian two and three-year-old has broken 1.52. Peter Staples

After a record number of nominations the first round of rankings for the 2015 TABtouch Inter Dominion has now been released. The strength of this year’s Inter Dominion nominations is impressive with the James Rattray trained pacer and recently announced 2015 Australian Harness Horse of the Year, Beautide being ranked number one after taking out the 2015 Inter Dominion Championship held in NSW earlier this year. Second position in the rankings is filled with the 2014/15 Grand Circuit Champion Christen Me NZ for trainer Cran Dalgety. Western Australia’s top ranked hope is the Group 1 WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy NZ for trainer Gary Hall Snr; after the untimely retirement of the David Thompson trained David Hercules. Queensland will have a strong presence in the Championship with the free-legged pacer Avonnova leading the Ian Gurney charge. Avonnova took out the Group 1 2015 Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint in fine style rating 1:51.3 for the mile. Victoria’s main hope, Lennytheshark from the stable of David Aiken, is hoping to improve his finishing position in the Inter Dominion Championship after finishing 6th behind Beautide in NSW earlier this year. Anglo-Irish Inter Dominion Series winner, Meadowbranch DJ has been ranked 21st after being an automatic qualifier for the heats of the Perth Inter Dominion. The full list of rankings is listed below: HORSE Winner Details 1st Ranking 18 September 2nd Ranking 2 October 3rd Ranking 19 October 4th Ranking 26 October Beautide 2015 Inter Dominion Champion 1       Christen Me NZ Grand Circuit Champion 2       Lennytheshark   3       Philadelphia Man   4       Flaming Flutter NZ   5       Avonnova   6       For A Reason   7       My Hard Copy NZ   8       Franco Ledger NZ   9       Waylade NZ   10       Cold Major   11       Our Sky Major NZ   12       Easy On The Eye NZ   13       Mossdale Conner NZ   14       Blazin N Cullen NZ   15       Jason Rulz NZ   16       John Of Arc NZ   17       Bettors Fire NZ   18       Five Star Anvil NZ   19       Suave Stuey Lombo   20       Meadowbranch DJ IRE Anglo-Irish Series Winner 21       Mighty Flying Mac NZ   22       Mach Beauty   23       Machtu NZ   24       Pacific Warrior NZ   25       Modern Ruler   26       Libertybelle Midfrew NZ   27       Monifieth NZ   28       Our Jimmy Johnstone NZ   29       Beaudiene Boaz NZ   30       Classic American NZ   31       Dynamite Dude   32       Majestic Major NZ   33       Devendra   34       Northview Punter NZ   35       Tuxedo Tour   36       Billies A Star NZ   37       Crusader Banner NZ   38       Livingontheinterest NZ   39       Lovers Delight NZ   40       Mach Alert NZ   41       Freyberg NZ   42       Copagrin   43       Our Blackbird NZ   44       Hokonui Ben NZ   45       Alleluia NZ   46       Erskine Range   47       Toretto NZ   48       Elegant Christian NZ   49       Red Salute   50       The Bucket List NZ   51       Our Arlington NZ   52       Norvic Nightowl NZ   53       Lewy Risk NZ   54       Jivin Cullen NZ   55       Yayas Hot Spot NZ   56       Tuapeka Kahu NZ   57       Little Boy Blue NZ   58       Vapour NZ   59       Uppy Son NZ   60       Major Crocker   61       Lets Elope NZ   62       Go West U Terror NZ   63       Ti Amo Franco   64       Rocket Reign NZ   65       Our Major Mark NZ   66       Blue Pointer   67       Pub Blitz   68       El Machine   69       Leda McNally   70       Delightful Offer NZ   71       Jungle Jewel NZ   72       Condrieu NZ   73       Majestic Mach   74       Our Hi Jinx NZ   75       Phoenix Warrior NZ   76       Cyamach NZ   77       Smokey The Bandit   78       Northern Assassin   79       Shardons Rocket NZ   80       Jungle Genie NZ   81       Am Opulent NZ   82       Pachacuti   83       Shannonsablast   84       Soho Lennon   85       Lunar Tide NZ   86       Ohoka Squire NZ   87       Ideal Justice NZ   88       Rycroft NZ   89       Kiwi Legend NZ   90       Gaius Caesar NZ   91       Burning NZ   92       Mighty Major NZ   93       Wrongly Accused   94       Spectactular NZ   95       Roger Ramjet NZ   96       Say It Now   97       Back On Board NZ   98       Major Catastrophe   99       Our Jerry Lee NZ   100       Tarsao   101       Must Be Nice   102       Glenferrie Rustler NZ   103       Lombo Kotakinabalu   104       Bright Smiling Star NZ   105       Cyclone Mitch   106                   WITHDRAWALS           David Hercules           Chief Thunder Cloud NZ          

Enigmatic pacer Northview Punter, cursed by unfavourable draws at his past nine starts, finally has a reasonable barrier at No. 3 in the $23,000 Ross North Homes Spring Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, boosting champion trainer Gary Hall senior's confidence that the New Zealand-bred six-year-old will end an eight-month drought and a losing sequence of 12. "I think he's back to his best and all he needs is a barrier draw," said Hall. "If he had drawn to lead in the Media Guild Cup last week he would have been unbeatable. But that's the sort of horse he is; if he leads, he wins or goes very close; if he doesn't lead, he's not that big a chance. "He's quick out and Gary (Hall jun.) will try to lead." In last week's 1730m Cup event Northview Punter was a 12/1 chance from the outside (No. 9) in a field of nine and was restrained back to last before finishing solidly from seventh at the bell to be fourth behind the pacemaking Tuxedo Tour, who rated a smart 1.53.9. Northview Punter, a winner at 22 of his 65 starts and nominated for the TABtouch interdominion championship series later this year, certainly has the credentials to win this week's feature event, having finished second to David Hercules in the Fremantle Cup and third behind My Hard Copy and David Hercules in the WA Pacing Cup last January. The Hall father-and-son combination is seeking to win the Spring Pace for the second year in a row. They were successful in last year's Spring Pace over 1730m when Machtu raced outside the pacemaker Blissfull Boy before defeating that pacer by almost two lengths. Pacific Warrior looms as a major danger to Northview Punter in the field of eight in which all runners have each-way prospects. Eight-year-old Pacific Warrior, a winner at 27 of his 80 starts, is unfavourably drawn on the outside. But he has the class to overcome this disadvantage at his second appearance after a winter spell. Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams is looking forward to a much improved performance after Pacific Warrior wilted to finish a first-up fifth behind Bettors Fire over 2130m last Friday week. Pacific Warrior went to the front after 200m (after 10/1 on favourite Bettors Fire had galloped and lost a couple of lengths at the start). "We were planning to have an easy run, but when Bettors Fire broke Kade (Howson) had to go forward and then Bettors Fire put the pressure on in the middle stages (when both middle quarters were run in 28sec.)," Williams said. "That probably was what we didn't want and you are always disappointed when you don't win. But when you look at it, I don't think that Pacific Warrior could have gone much better. However, I'll be disappointed if he doesn't go well this week, even though I expect he needs another run (to get to his top). He's drawn the outside and will have to come from behind to get into the race. "But he's working all right and he can win. He's older now and takes a couple of runs to come up. However, this is a race that will suit him. I'm expecting a good effort and whatever he does this week he will definitely improve on." Williams said that he planned to keep racing Pacific Warrior up until the first set of heats of the TABtouch interdominion championship at Gloucester Park on November 27. "I'll start him every couple of weeks," he said. "He's a big horse and needs to go around. He's a lot bigger than he was in his previous preparation. After his spell he was ridden for a month, giving him something different to do. And that thickened him out a fair bit." Nine-year-olds Uppy Son and Lord Lombo have drawn barriers one and two, respectively, and will have admirers. Uppy Son failed to flatter when he drew out wide, raced at the rear and finished eighth behind Tuxedo Tour last Friday night. However, the Mike Reed-trained gelding is capable of considerable improvement from the inside barrier. Lord Lombo, to be driven by Nathan Turvey, has a losing sequence of 17, but he gave signs of better things to come when he enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail before finishing strongly to be second to Tuxedo Tour last Friday night. by Ken Casellas

Ace harness racing trainer-reinsman Colin Brown concedes that Calais is a better pacer than his runner Driven, but he is quietly confident that Driven will beat Calais in the 2130m Happy 30th Richie Polak Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Seven-year-old Driven will start from the No. 1 barrier and Brown plans to set the pace, with five-year-old Calais most likely to be given the task of working hard in the breeze after starting from the No. 2 barrier. Driven, who has managed just one win (when he led from barrier one at Northam six starts ago) from his past 18 starts, had no luck at all when he started out wide at barrier seven in a 2130m event at Gloucester Park last Friday night. He was ninth (and last) at the bell and was blocked for a clear passage in the final circuit when a close-up sixth behind Suspicious Behavia. “I think that Calais may be a better horse than Driven and in 12 months’ time we’ll see Calais possibly a lot better advanced than Driven,” Brown said. “However, Driven is a very good frontrunner and in front he can run time. This really looks his chance on a Friday night to win a Pathway. “He’s now in the form to win an M0. All he has to do is draw (favourably). He is no superstar, but he’s well and truly on top of his game.” Driven, who was a consistent performer at Menangle for Blake Fitzpatrick, was purchased last year by clients of Brown’s stable and made a successful start to his Western Australian career with three wins in Kalgoorlie last November. Calais, trained and driven in his races by Robbie Williams, shows excellent promise and looks certain to improve dramatically on his record of three wins and seven placings from 16 starts. He had a tough run in the breeze when a fighting second to Ohoka Cooper over 2536m on Tuesday of last week. That followed excellent seconds to Bungalow Bill at his two previous starts. Adding interest to Friday night’s event will be the appearance of the Ray Williams-trained Three Kings, who will start from barrier four with Nathan Turvey in the sulky. Three Kings resumed after a spell at Kellerberrin on Sunday when he sustained a strong finishing burst to win from Just Jamie over 2530m. by Ken Casellas Related Links Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 18 September 2015 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 18 September 2015

New Zealand-bred five-year-old Billies A Star is a comparative novice who will be having only his 19th start when he contests the Ross North “A Reputation Built On Excellence” Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. However, he has the ability to prove the master of his seven older and vastly more experienced rivals, who between them have had exactly 500 starts.        He is an M2-class pacer who needs to show good form to be chosen in the final 30 pacers to compete in the $1.8 million TABtouch interdominion championship series at Gloucester Park and Bunbury in November and December. Trained at Pinjarra by Michael Brennan, Billies A Star is awkwardly drawn at barrier six and his clash with up-and-coming six-year-old Erskine Range (barrier eight) should prove to be a major highlight on the ten-event program. Erskine Range’s trainer-driver Colin Brown has a healthy respect for Billies A Star, who has the advantage of starting from a more favourable barrier. Chris Voak, who will drive Billies A Star, declared: “I’ll be searching for the lead. Much will depend on what the drivers of the five horses drawn inside of him want to do, but Billies A Star has got very good gate speed and he likes to go forward off the arm. “He led and beat Phoenix Warrior first-up over 2636m at Narrogin two months ago and he’s got a good enough form line to be a leader in this race, and if he gets to the front I would be disappointed if he didn’t win. He is nominated for the Inters, so you would expect him to run a good race. “At his latest outing, in a stand at Pinjarra, he galloped and lost ground at the start and I was criticised for my drive (after he finished fifth at 5/1 on). I probably over-drove him a tad (dashing forward to race in the breeze), but I thought he was good enough to do that. Looking back at the times (final four quarters in 30sec., 28.7sec., 28.8sec. and 29.4sec.) maybe I did over-drive him a bit. “However, I’m sure he will be better for that run and returning to mobile racing he won’t be losing 60 to 70 metres at the start. At his previous run he drew barrier six and I sat back until the final 600m before letting him run home. He did well to finish third to Waylade after a final 400m in 27.8sec. Had he drawn to lead I think he would have given Waylade something to chase.” Brown said he expected Erskine Range to prove hard to beat, even from the outside barrier. The chestnut is a brilliant frontrunner and has impressed with stylish all-the-way victories over 2130m at his past two outings, his first runs after an absence of 11 weeks. “He’s not just a frontrunner,” Brown said. “He’s versatile and is tougher than he is brilliant. He rated 1.54.6 when he won over 1684m at Pinjarra last October after racing three deep on a wet track. He rated 1.54 11 months earlier when he raced wide early and then without cover. So he’s not a one-trick pony. “I also thought his effort in the Pinjarra Cup (on June 1) at the end of his previous campaign was full of merit when he finished fourth against some top horses. “The 2536m of Friday night’s race won’t worry him. He’s pretty hard in condition. The outside barrier is a worry, especially with Billies A Star drawn inside of him. Billies A Star has ability and Voaky knows how to rate you out of a race. So we’ll be up outside him earlier than later, I would think. This will be a great test for us. “We’re hoping Erskine Range will get into the top 30 for the Inters. He will have a week off in the paddock after this week’s race.” by Ken Casellas Related Links Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 18 September 2015 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 18 September 2015

Western Australia’s best pacer and leading chance in the 2015 TabTouch Inter Dominion Perth was handed a career ending blow last night. A tendon injury will see David Hercules retire from harness racing just 10 weeks out from Australasia’s greatest harness racing event. This was to be David Hercules third attempt at an Inters crown, having competed in 2012 and earlier this year in NSW. Trainer David Thompson said in an interview recently the horse meant everything to him. “He’s Part of the family, the chances of finding another one like him are slim” The 9yo son of Artesian last saw victory in June this year with a win in the $50,000 Pinjarra Cup, taking his career earnings to over $1.2m. The Byford based gelding was well travelled, having made the trip to the eastern states six times. From those interstate raids he walked away with 2 VicBred Super Series finals and a 4yo Breeders Crown Final. At home he was a hero. His first win was at Gloucester Park in just his third start, with big race success coming soon after - taking out the Sales and Champagne Classics as a 2yo. In his 3yo season he took out the Group 3 Caduceus Club Classic and the Group 3 Western Gateway before heading over east. As a 4yo the pacer saw success in the 4yo Classic and the Manea Classic before going to Melton for two Group 1 wins. A long list of consistent free-for-all performances followed, culminating in a dominant win in the $250,000 Fremantle cup in 2015. Trainer David Thompson said the horse had seen his fair share of issues, having gone under the knife a few years ago to fix a breathing issue, and having treatment for sore joints since he was 2 years old. “He’s never let us down, anytime he may not have lived up to expectations there has normally been something wrong” Herc will head to a breeding farm where he will accompany young foals after being weaned off their mother.  by Scott Hamilton

The nominations for the 2015 TABtouch Perth Inter Dominion have now closed, with a total of 108 harness racing nominations received, an increase of 31 on the previous Perth-hosted Inter Dominion Series held in 2012. The nominations are headed by reigning Inter Dominion Champion, Beautide and Grand Circuit Champion, Christen Me; with the West Australian contingent lead by former Inter Dominion representative and Fremantle Cup winner, David Hercules and WA Pacing Cup winner, My Hard Copy. In addition, this year’s Perth Inter Dominion has a truly international flavour with the inclusion of the Anglo-Irish Inter Dominion Series winner Meadowbranch DJ. Gloucester Park President, John Burt was delighted with the response from harness racing owners and trainers, “It’s very pleasing that we have the best horses from every state and across the Tasman, this reinforces once again that the Inter Dominion is Australasia’s greatest Harness Racing Event.” RWWA Chief Handicapper for Harness Racing, Warren Wishart commented “One can only be impressed with the quality and quantity of nominations received for the 2015 Perth TABtouch Inter Dominion, the stage is now set for one of the most memorable series in Harness Racing.” With the overall number of exceptional horses nominated, the 2015 TABtouch Inter Dominion Championship is shaping up to be an exciting showcase of horsepower! Visit to keep up to date with the latest news and to get involved in this world class event. The full list of nominations are listed below. Michael Radley, CEO Gloucester Park 2015 TABTOUCH PERTH INTER DOMINION NOMINATIONS (Alphabetical Order)   Horse Trainer State Alleluia NZ Grant Dixon QLD Am Opulent NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Avonnova Ian Gurney QLD Back On Board NZ Michael Brennan WA Beaudiene Boaz NZ G Hall SNR WA Beautide James Rattray NSW Bettors Fire NZ Kyle Harper WA Billies A Star NZ Michael Brennan WA Blazin N Cullen NZ John McCarthy NSW Blue Pointer James Rattray NSW Bright Smiling Star NZ David Gravolin WA Burning NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Chief Thundercloud NZ Ross Olivieri WA Christen Me NZ Cran Dalgety NEW ZEALAND Classic American NZ G Hall SNR WA Cold Major David Aiken VIC Condrieu NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Copagrin John Guagliardo WA Crusader Banner NZ G Hall SNR WA Cyamach NZ G Hall SNR WA Cyclone Mitch Tony Svilicich WA David Hercules David Thompson WA Delightful Offer NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Devendra James Rattray NSW Dynamite Dude Ross Olivieri WA Easy On The Eye NZ Shane Tritton NSW El Machine Debbie Padberg WA Elegant Christian NZ G Hall SNR WA Erskine Range Colin Brown WA Five Star Anvil NZ Adam Kelly NSW Flaming Flutter NZ Geoff Webster VIC For A Reason Belinda McCarthy NSW Franco Ledger NZ Geoff Webster VIC Freyberg NZ Kevin Pizzuto NSW Gaius Caesar NZ Shane Tritton NSW Glenferrie Rustler NZ Debbie Padberg WA Go West U Terror NZ Trevor Wright WA Hokonui Ben NZ G Hall SNR WA Ideal Justice NZ G Hall SNR WA Jason Rulz NZ Greg Hope NEW ZEALAND Jivin Cullen NZ Shane Tritton NSW John Of Arc NZ G Hall SNR WA Jungle Genie NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Jungle Jewel NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Kiwi Legend NZ Mike Reed WA Leda McNally Chris King WA Lennytheshark David Aiken VIC Lets Elope NZ Brent Lilley VIC Lewy Risk NZ Lewis Driver NEW ZEALAND Libertybelle Midfrew NZ Mike Reed WA Little Boy Blue NZ Bob Mellsop WA Livingontheinterest NZ G Hall SNR WA Lombo Kotakinabalu Shane Tritton NSW Lovers Delight NZ Stephen Reed WA Lunar Tide NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Mach Alert NZ Ian Gurney QLD Mach Beauty Shane Tritton NSW Machtu NZ G Hall SNR WA Majestic Mach Grant Dixon QLD Majestic Major NZ Grant Dixon QLD Major Catastrophe David Young WA Major Crocker Vince Vallelonga VIC Meadowbranch DJ (IRELAND) William Flanagan IRELAND Mighty Flying Mac NZ Cran Dalgety NEW ZEALAND Mighty Major NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Modern Ruler James Rattray NSW Monifieth NZ John McCarthy NSW Mossdale Conner NZ Greg Hope NEW ZEALAND Must Be Nice Debbie Padberg WA My Hard Copy NZ G Hall SNR WA Northern Assassin Peter Bell WA Northview Punter NZ G Hall SNR WA Norvic Nightowl NZ G Hall SNR WA Ohoka Squire NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Our Arlington NZ G Hall SNR WA Our Blackbird NZ Ross Olivieri WA Our Hi Jinx NZ Ian Gurney QLD Our Jerry Lee NZ Clive Dalton WA Our Jimmy Johnstone NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Our Major Mark NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Our Sky Major NZ Barry Purdon NEW ZEALAND Pachacuti James Rattray NSW Pacific Warrior NZ Ray Williams WA Philadelphia Man Emma Stewart VIC Phoenix Warrior NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Pub Blitz James Wanless OLD Red Salute Ross Olivieri WA Rocket Reign NZ Debbie Padberg WA Roger Ramjet NZ James Rattray NSW Rycroft NZ Mike Reed WA Say It Now Kevin Charles WA Shannonsablast Darren Elder NSW Shardons Rocket NZ Tony Svilicich WA Smokey The Bandit Michael Callegari WA Soho Lennon G Hall SNR WA Spectactular NZ G Hall SNR WA Suave Stuey Lombo Shane Tritton NSW Tarsao Bryan Cousins WA The Bucket List NZ Michael Brennan WA Ti Amo Franco Dale Jackson WA Toretto NZ G Hall SNR WA Tuapeka Kahu NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Tuxedo Tour Kevin Keys WA Uppy Son NZ Mike Reed WA Vapour NZ G Hall SNR WA Waylade NZ G Hall SNR WA Wrongly Accused James Howlett WA Yayas Hot Spot NZ Shane Tritton NSW

Noted frontrunner Tuxedo Tour has bright prospects of enhancing his claims for selection in the list of 30 pacers to contest the $1.8 million TABtouch Interdominion championship later this year by winning the $23,000 Media Guild Cup at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Then handsome black horse is favourably drawn at barrier three and appeals as the likely pacemaker over the sprint trip of 1730m. He put the writing on the wall last Friday week when he started from the No. 6 barrier, burst to the front after 150m, set a brisk pace and fought on grimly to be second to the brilliant Bettors Fire in the 2536m August Cup. The West Australian-bred seven-year-old should relish the drop in distance this week. He has contested races over 1609m, 1684m and 1700m only four times for two wins and two seconds. Purchased by Tom Marsden for $18,000 at the 2009 Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale and raced by Marsden and his son Rod in partnership with Martin, Colin and Stephen Campbell, Tuxedo Tour has proved a bargain buy, having earned $160,786 from 13 wins and 20 placings from 49 starts. He showed plenty of early promise and he scored a stylish all-the-way victory in the $100,000 group 1 State Sires Series for three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park in July 2012. Herne Hill trainer Kevin Keys has given Tuxedo Tour a thorough preparation, with a start in the Inters the ultimate objective. Northview Punter, an M8-class performer, is, by far, the tightest-assessed runner in the field and looks likely to be one of the hardest for Tuxedo Tour (a M2-class pacer) to beat. Northview Punter, trained by Gary Hall sen., will start from the outside barrier (No. 9) in the field of nine. He was one of the main fancies in last year's 2130m Media Guild Cup when he started from the outside of the back line in a field of ten. He settled at the rear, moved to fifth (three wide) at the bell before wilting to seventh behind stablemate Our Arlington. He started from the outside in a field of eight in the 2130m New Seasons Pace last Friday night when he raced in fifth position, three back on the pegs, before finishing doggedly into third place behind Bettors Fire and This Time Dylan. Three six-year-old mares, Am Opulent, Jungle Genie and Indomitable, will run in this year's Media Guild Cup, with Am Opulent having solid each-way claims from barrier four after her excellent third behind Why Live Dangerously and Fernleigh Rebel over 2130m last Friday week after she had worked hard in the breeze. However, mares face a tough task in this event. Only one mare has been successful in the 35 runnings of the Media Guild Cup ---Via Vista, who was driven by Bill Duffy to victory over Rhett's Law and Melfield Tyros in 1984. Ken Casellas

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