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Inexperienced colt Speed Man is working along steadily in his bid to gain a start in the rich WA Derby on April 6 and he looks set to notch his fourth win from eight starts by setting the pace and winning the final event, the Push By Schneider Electric Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr said “He’s strong and is set for the Derby. At this stage I’ve got four good Derby prospects in King of Swing, Benhope Rulz and Beachbabebeauty.” The New Zealand-bred Speed Man, who is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier in a field of seven in a race over 2130m, has enjoyed little luck when placed at Gloucester Park at each of his past three starts. He started from the outside of the back line in the Caduceus Club Classic last Friday week when he settled down in eighth position before dashing forward in the middle stages to race in the breeze. He fought on grandly to be second, a half-length behind the pacemaker Golden State. Ace reinsman Gary Hall Jnr said that Speed Man had the ability to turn the tables on Golden State, particularly because of a more favourable draw (two) to Golden State’s No. 4 barrier. “Speed Man should be able to lead and hold the opposition at bay,” he said. “His latest run was phenomenal, I thought. He did plenty of work and still had the courage to fight on and nearly win the race. He’s definitely warming up to be a nice Derby horse.” Shannon Suvaljko, who will drive Golden State for Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed, admitted that Speed Man had a distinct barrier draw advantage but he stressed that Golden State could not be discounted, saying: “He is a nice horse and has trained on well since his latest win.” Hall Snr said that, at this stage, King of Swing was his brightest Derby prospect. “He is due to arrive by air from New Zealand on Saturday and has an impressive record.” King of Swing, a colt by Rocknroll Hanover, has raced 13 times for seven wins and four second to earnings of $236,244. Three starts ago, at Addington on November 14 last year, King of Swing finished second to champion three-year-old gelding Chase Auckland (unbeaten at his seven starts) in the Group 1 Sires Stakes, with the winner rating 1.55.2 over 1950m.  King of Swing has raced twice in Australia for wins in a semi-final at Bendigo and the Group 1 final of the Breeders Crown at Melton last August. Benhope Rulz is a gelding by Courage Under Fire who has raced five times in New Zealand for three wins and one placing. Beachbabebeauty has also raced five times in New Zealand for three wins. The powerful Bond stable is believed to have purchased the highly-promising Ocean Ridge from New Zealand. The Mach Three gelding has had ten starts for three wins and three placings for stakes of $35,695. He has been successful at his latest two runs, at Addington in February. He is a half-brother to McClinchie, who has raced 43 times for 11 wins, 16 placings and $89,377 in prizemoney.   Ken Casellas

Shannon Suvaljko is setting a cracking pace in the Western Australian Statewide drivers’ premiership and he is bursting with confidence that he will cause an upset by winning the $100,000 Clipsal By Schneider Electric Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will drive Soho Interceptor from the awkward draw at No. 6 on the front line in the Group 1 feature event over 1730m. The Art Major filly, bred and owned by Rob Watson and prepared at Hopeland by Glenn Elliott, caught the eye in a qualifying heat at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week when she enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing fast to be second to Cap In Hand, with the final quarter being run in 27.8sec. Cap In Hand, trained by Katja Warwick and driven by Gary Hall Jnr, has not been extended in winning at her only two starts, at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park, and she is likely to vie for favouritism with the Justin Prentice-trained Has No Fear, who has scored brilliant victories at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park at her past two outings. Suvaljko, who leads the drivers’ premiership at the half-way mark of the 2017-18 season with 92 winners from Chris Lewis (83) and Hall (82), declared that Soho Interceptor was capable of a bold showing on Friday night. “She has huge gate speed and so we will come out and have a look (for the early lead),” he said. “I think that she is definitely the one to beat. Cap In Hand and Has No Fear haven’t drawn all that well.” Soho Interceptor finished fifth behind Bettor Captured at her debut, at Pinjarra on January 29 when she shied at an object on the track and broke into a gallop. A month later she finished an impressive second-up second to Cap In Hand on Tuesday of last week. “I sat back with her in the heat and she flew home,” Suvaljko said. “I think she is my best drive on the night.” Soho Interceptor is bred on royal lines. Her dam Aussie Made Lombo amassed $578,456 in prizemoney from 22 wins and 26 placings from 62 starts. She won two Group 1 Classics as a two-year-old in 2010, the Bathurst Gold Tiara and Seymour Nursery at Albion Park. Her final race before going to the breeding barn was at Gloucester Park in March 2013 when she won the Group 2 Empress Stakes. Aussie Made Lombo’s dam Tailamade Lombo earned $1,354,978 from 49 wins and 25 placings from 110 starts. She won seven races as a two-year-old, was successful in the Group 1 Australian Oaks at Moonee Valley in 1998 and won the Group 1 Queensland Pacing Championship in October 2000, beating Courage Under Fire. Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice has high hopes with both Delightfull and Has No Fear. He will handle Delightful from barrier three on the front line and Tom Buchanan will drive Has No Fear, the solitary runner on the back line. “Delightfull hit the line really good in her heat (when she raced three back on the pegs and ran home strongly, three wide, to be third behind Cap In Hand and Soho Interceptor),” Prentice said. “She is improving with every run and I think she will be a better horse up on the speed, so we’ll come out and have a look for the lead. “Has No Fear showed her versatility in her heat when she came home, out three deep, to win by four lengths.” Has No Fear, purchased at the APG yearling sale in Perth 12 months ago for $20,000, revealed excellent gate speed when she led and won easily at Pinjarra at her previous outing. “Barrier ten is not a bad draw and Tom will have to see what happens early and then weigh things up from there,” Prentice said. Cap In Hand has been untroubled to set the pace and win at her two starts and Hall Jnr is not particularly concerned at her unfavourable draw at No. 7. “If we had drawn to lead she would have been awfully hard to beat,” Hall said. “But she is still going to be hard to beat, even from No. 7. I don’t think it is a major concern (not leading). The first trial in which I drove her, she was back in the field and they ran super quick time and she finished pretty well.” La Roue de Lamour, a $57,000 yearling and trained by Annie Belton, is capable of figuring in the finish after drawing the No. 2 barrier. She made a good debut in a qualifying heat when she raced in fifth place, three back on the pegs, before finishing solidly on the inside to be third behind Has No Fear and Soho Westeros. She will be driven by Chris Voak. Ken Casellas

Classy New Zealand-bred stallion Lets Chase The Dream with a costly first-up failure last Friday night, can atone for that disappointment by bouncing back and winning the Pacer of the Year Chicago Bull Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, according to star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr. Hall drove Lets Chase The Dream, prepared by his father Gary Hall Snr, when the horse, at his first appearance since April, set a brisk pace and was beaten in the final stride by a head by the fast-finishing Thereugo. “Was I disappointed with that performance,” mused Hall Jnr “Yes and no. Yes, because I thought he was going to win, and, no, because he pulled a bit in the middle stages and hit the wheel a little bit. The middle half in 57sec. cost him a bit and he pulled up fat, which I knew he would.” The Hall stable appears to have a stranglehold on Friday night’s race, with four of the eight runners - Lets Chase The Dream, Harry Hoo, Mach Time and Mcclinchie. Hall Jnr will drive Mach Time from barrier three and Stuart McDonald will be in the sulky behind Mcclinchie. The race is restricted to M2-class pacers and Hall Snr has engaged young drivers Corey Peterson and Deni Roberts to make use of their concession and enable M3-class performers Harry Hoo and Lets Chase The Dream to contest Friday night’s $20,000 event. Sixteen-year-old Peterson gave an accomplished performance to land his first metropolitan-class winner last Friday night when Harry Hoo defeated the fast-finishing Lagoon Stride. He will stick with Harry Hoo this week and said he was keen to take full advantage of the No. 1 barrier by setting the pace. Roberts (21) will drive Lets Chase The Dream, who will start from the No. 5 barrier. Lets Chase The Dream is the stable’s best chance, I’d say,” declared Hall Jnr “He’ll improve and I think that his class will get him over Harry Hoo.” Ken Casellas

The three big zero’s alongside Ohoka Darcy’s name in the opening event, the $18,000 Book Your TABtouch Inter Dominion Hospitality Now Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, should not deter punters from supporting the New Zealand-bred five-year-old. Yes, it is true: Ohoka Darcy, prepared at Ravenswood by Nathan Turvey, has finished last at his past three starts and he has been beaten by 150m, 85.4m and 124.1m - a combined total of 359.5m. At the end of May Ohoka Darcy resumed after a short spell when he gave an impressive display to win by five lengths from A Bit Ruthless after being checked and breaking into a gallop and then racing three wide for most of the 1776m journey. He then raced in the first week of June, July and August when he galloped at the start of a stand and finished a distant last at Gloucester Park and then broke in running in mobile events and finished last at Narrogin and Gloucester Park. “He raced three wide the trip for his first-up win at Wagin,” Turvey said. “He went really good, but I don’t know whether that hurt him a bit. After that, he got a bit agitated and started going rough and galloping. So, I turned him out to freshen him up. “I took him to the trials at Pinjarra on Sunday and I didn’t push him. I just wanted him to go to the line feeling good. He did and felt real good (in finishing fourth behind Lady Dupree in a field of five). “He will start from barrier one on Friday night and is a capable leader. I’ll play things by ear. It doesn’t look good, looking at his numerical form. But at his latest start he was going to run third behind Vultan Tin and Sprinter before he galloped.” Ohoka Darcy won at three of his eight starts in New Zealand and his 23 starts in Western Australia have produced eight wins and four placings. He is sure to meet extremely stiff opposition on Friday night from the speedy five-year-old Just Bet On Black, who is trained and driven by Colin Brown and will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line. Brown’s team has been firing lately and smart punters are sure to rally to support Just Bet On Black, who possesses excellent gate speed and has a fine record of ten wins and eight placings from only 27 starts.   Ken Casellas

Ravenswood trainer-reinsman Nathan Turvey, Peter Ensel and Michael Rowe have no regrets of their decision to buy Livura from New Zealand for $45,000 in March of last year and the six-year-old looks a star bet in the second heat of the TABtouch Inter Dominion Starts November 24 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The son of Live Or Die has been placed diligently and cleverly by Turvey and is still classified as an M0 performer, despite earnings of $168,420 from 16 wins and 26 placings from 62 starts. Livura has raced 36 times in Western Australia for 12 wins, 17 placings and stakes of $125,985. He was successful at his first four starts in this State, two at Northam and two at Narrogin in April-May 2016 and last summer he finished second to Master Jaxon in the Group 2 San Simeon Classic and third behind Rub of the Green and Ideal Tyson in the Group 3 Christmas Gift before finishing a head second to Harry Hoo in the Pure Steel Final, a listed classic, in May this year. Turvey is confident that Livura will prove hard to beat this week when having his first start for five weeks. At his latest appearance, on August 11, Livura started from the back line and Turvey quickly had him racing in the one-out, one-back position before dashing him forward in the middle stages to work in the breeze outside the pacemaker Argyle Red. Livura finished strongly to hit the lead 90m from the post and win by a short half-head from the fast-finishing Military Master. “I have given him a little freshen-up, but he’s pretty forward (in condition) and we’ll be coming out hard (from barrier three) in a bid to lead,” Turvey said. “If we can’t cross to the front, I’ll be quite happy to sit in the breeze.” Turvey said that he had placed Livura well in selecting his races. “I haven’t set any targets for him,” he said. “But this preparation we’ll see how far he can go. He can sit on good speed and still have a good kick at the end.” Livura’s chief rival on Friday night is sure to be the Skye Bond-trained Bettor Not Bitter, the only runner off the back line. Bettor Not Bitter, who has earned $56,739 from nine wins and nine placings from 31 starts, has a bright future and will pay to follow in the coming months. He galloped at the standing start and again 150m later and gave an eye-catching performance to surge home, out wide, from tenth at the bell to finish an extremely close fourth behind Ohoka Kentucky last Friday night. His past six starts have been in stands and he is sure to appreciate a return to mobile racing. Bettor Not Bitter will be driven by Ryan Warwick, who also has bright prospects with other Bond-trained pacers Donegal Rundlescreek and Mighty Mr Sharkey. Donegal Rundlescreek is in splendid form, but has to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier (No. 9) in the Season Award Winners Pace for mares. She has the ability to do just that. Donegal Rundlescreek caught the eye last Friday night when she was tenth at the bell before sustaining a spirited burst to finish a close third to Thereugo and Lets Chase The Dream over 2130m.  She finished powerfully from the rear to win in fine style over 2185m at Pinjarra the previous Monday. Mighty Mr Sharkey should complete a hat-trick and record his ninth victory from 21 starts by proving too good for his 11 rivals in the Gloucester Park Leading Trainer Greg and Skye Bond Pace over 2130m. He will start from barrier five on the front line and he is capable of mustering sufficient early pace to get to the front and then dictate the terms of the race. He started from the No. 4 barrier, dashed to the front after 400m and sprinted over the final 800m in 56.3sec. to win easily from Im Master Charlie and Webb Ellis over 2130m last Friday night. Ken Casellas

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr faces a busy time in the sulky at Gloucester Park on Friday night with eight drives and he has labelled speedy mare Ideal Alice as his best winning prospect. Ideal Alice, trained by Hall’s father Gary, is perfectly placed at barrier No. 1 on the front line in the Spring Pace, a $25,000 listed classic event over 2536m. She is a brilliant frontrunner whose 46 starts in Western Australia, all at Gloucester Park, have produced 16 wins and 15 placings after winning at three of her 11 starts in New Zealand. The daughter of American Ideal boasts a splendid record from the No. 1 barrier. She has started from the pole position ten times in WA for six wins, three seconds and one third. “She’s my best drive at the meeting and I reckon she’ll win,” said Hall Jnr “She should lead and she’s a hard horse to put pressure on because she runs so fast. The track is very fast and I reckon it is a three-length advantage for a leader at the moment.” Hall Snr holds a strong hand in Friday night’s feature event in which he will also be represented by American Boy (Corey Peterson), Norvic Nightowl (Stuart McDonald) and Beaudiene Boaz (Kim Prentice). Hall Jnr said that he expected Norvic Nightowl to perform strongly, even from out wide at No. 7 on the front line. Norvic Nightowl started from barrier eight in a 1730m sprint last Friday night when making his first appearance for 15 months. He was seventh at the bell before finishing strongly to be fifth behind Shandale. Ideal Alice started from the No. 9 barrier and ran on from ninth at the bell into sixth position. Vultan Tin, trained at Coolup by Phil Costello, and Sprinter, trained at Blythewood by Gary Elson, will have many admirers, despite starting from unfavourable barriers, at No. 6 and No. 8, respectively. Vultan Tin has been freshened up since he raced wide in the early stages, then worked hard without cover and fought on gamely to finish fourth behind El Hombre over 2130m on August 18. His form before that was outstanding, with his previous six starts producing an easy win over Sprinter, four seconds and one fourth. Sprinter maintained his wonderful form when he started from barrier eight, settled in eighth place, dashed forward to work in the breeze after a lap and took a narrow lead 100m from the post to win by a neck from the pacemaker Gaz Wannabet last Friday night. He has been driven in his past eight starts by Hall Jnr, who opted to drive Ideal Alice in this week’s race. Sprinter will be driven by Nathan Turvey, who has enjoyed tremendous success with the New Zealand-bred five-year-old. Turvey said that he was delighted to renew his association with Sprinter after having driven the gelding 30 times for 12 wins, six seconds and four thirds. Interest will also surround the return to racing of the enigmatic Condrieu, who will start from the inside of the back line, immediately behind Ideal Alice. Condrieu, trained by Skye Bond and a winner of 19 races, has been off the scene for three months. He should enjoy a perfect trip. Ken Casellas

It’s a classic case of tearing out your hair and then curling the mo. That’s the rollercoaster ride of Oldbury horseman Donald Harper with pint-sized gelding Thereugo, the first pacer he has bred. Four-year-old Thereugo, a handful as a two-year-old, has blossomed recently, revealing dazzling gate speed and winning at five of his past six starts and at Gloucester Park on Friday night he faces a moment of truth when he clashes with the brilliant Nathans Courage in the third qualifying heat of the Schrader Pace. Thereugo is raced by Harper’s octogenarian grandfather Don Harper, who played 11 league matches for Claremont in 1952 and 1953 as a hard-nut half-forward flanker and rover. He went on to become a successful trainer-reinsman, whose successes included winning the 1959 Country Derby and WA Derby at Gloucester Park with Pauls Gift. Thereugo, by American-bred sire McArdle, is out of the New Zealand-bred mare Janice Franco, who had 110 starts for eight wins, 19 placings and stakes of $76,782. “I was driving for Tracey Reed about seven or eight years ago and she was training Janice Franco,” Donald Harper said. “Janice Franco then came up for sale and I bought her for $10,000 and won a couple of races with her. Her first foal was Thereugo, who gave me quite a few problems as a youngster. I was pulling my hair out a bit with him; he was just pulling so hard. He was running good times on the track, but I couldn’t get him to sit up and kick home.” It was then that Harper decided to give Thereugo to his younger brother Kyle to train in a hope that he could cure the pacer’s problems. “I had a few in work and giving him to Kyle seemed an easy option at the time. “He’s inherited his speed from McArdle and he’s definitely toughened up as he’s got older. He still doesn’t look like a four-year-old; he looks more like a three-year-old. The whole way through he’s been six months behind; as a two-year-old he was smaller than all the others. “He has drawn barrier five on Friday night and I think he’ll probably find the front. If he does, I think he can win. I know he can rate around 1.56 over 2130m.” Thereugo improved his record to ten wins and two thirds from 24 starts for earnings of $55,790 when he started from the outside barrier (No. 9) and raced three and four wide early before bursting to the front after 500m and setting a brisk pace and winning easily from Debt Free Charlie and Abraxas Blues over 2130m last Friday night. That followed all-the-way wins from barriers five and seven at his two previous outings. The appearance of Nathans Courage, who will be driven by Michael Grantham from barrier seven, will be one of the highlights of the ten-event program. The four-year-old, who has won at 11 of his 25 starts, has not raced since he led from the No. 4 barrier and won the 1730m Nights of Thunder from American Boy and Bettor Offer at a 1.53.4 rate at Gloucester Park on January 13 this year. He had given a sample of his class and wonderful potential in December when second to Mr Mojito in the Four-Year-Old Championship and second to Soho Tribeca in the Golden Nugget. Trainer Michael Brennan is looking forward to another exciting and successful campaign from Nathans Courage and he said that he is confident of a strong first-pup performance after the gelding had led and finished a half-head second to Smokey The Bandit in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra last Sunday week, rating 1.57 after final quarters of 27.3sec. and 28sec. Gary Hall jun. has given punters a good lead in this event by choosing to drive Overboard Again in preference to stablemates Ideal Justice and Campora, who will be handled by Clint Hall and Lauren Jones, respectively. Overboard Again, a winner at nine of his 23 starts, will start out wide at barrier eight, but is capable of a bold showing. Ken Casellas

Eight-time premiership harness racing trainer Ross Olivieri declares that everything is spot on for rising star Im Full of Excuses and is confident the New Zealand-bred gelding will win the $35,000 Alltools Four and Five-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Im Full of Excuses has thrived since his outstanding performance to win the $50,000 Pinjarra Cup on Monday of last week when he was ninth at the bell and then sustained a powerful three and four-wide burst to hit the front on the home turn and race away to beat Our Jimmy Johnstone by five lengths at a 1.55.9 rate over the 2692m journey. The final quarters were covered in 28.5sec. and 27.5sec. and Olivieri agreed that this was a career-best performance by Im Full of Excuses, who has won at nine of his past 12 starts. A victory this week would give Olivieri his third success in the Four and Five-Year-Old Championship, after successes with Heros Knight in 1998 and Crombie in 2011. Chris Lewis, who has driven Im Full of Excuses in all of his 13 West Australian starts for nine wins and one placing, has won the Four and Five-Year-Old Championship a record four times. He has been successful with Village Kid (1985), Hilarion Star (1992), Heros Knight (1998) and Make The Rules (1999). Last year he drove 8/1 chance Fernleigh Rebel, who was a fast-finishing second, beaten a half-head by The Odd Lover. “He’s on track and his work this week has been terrific,” said Olivieri. “He’s drawn barrier seven in a field of seven and whatever happens, happens. Chris will work it out. “Im Full of Excuses beat some very good horses in the Pinjarra Cup, but before that a lot of his races were really two-horse affairs, without detracting from the other runners. He meets strong opposition on Friday night. There are many very promising horses in the race. “He’ll continue racing at the moment. We’ll just keep picking our way through selected races in this preparation. Somewhere along the line we’ll give him a break, but he’s not wanting it at the moment.” American Boy, who finished third in the Pinjarra Cup before an effortless all-the-way victory over Risk, rating 1.55.7 over 2130m last Friday night, will start from the No. 5 barrier on Friday night and appeals as one of the main rivals for Im Full of Excuses. American Boy is prepared by champion trainer Gary Hall sen., who has won the Four and Five-0Year-Old Championship with Love of Glory (1990), Zakara (1991), Make The Rules (1999) and Northview Punter (2014). Gary Hall jun., who was in the sulky for Northview Punter’s victory, will handle American Boy, who has an outstanding record of 29 starts for 18 wins, seven seconds and one third. Risk, who was an excellent first-up second to American Boy last week (when he finished solidly from the one-out, one-back position) will be driven by Ryan Bell from barrier four. He has won at 14 of his 40 starts and is prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who have won the race with Ohokas Bondy in 2012 and Your Good Fortune in 2013. The Mike Reed-trained Kiwi Legend will be driven by Shannon Suvaljko from the No. 3 barrier and should prove hard to catch if he is able to burst to an early lead. However, there is a strong possibility that Aiden de Campo will make a spirited bid to take full advantage of the No. 1 draw and attempt to set the pace with Blythewood trainer Gary Elson’s smart four-year-old Ideal Tyson, who has had 39 starts for 16 wins and 12 placings. The other four-year-olds in the race, New World Order and Mister Versace, are racing in wonderful style, but will need to be right at their top to beat the more mature five-year-olds. Ken Casellas

Smart harness racing youngster Bettor Not Bitter should prove to be the bet of the night at Gloucester Park on Friday evening by proving the master of his 11 older and more experienced opponents in the 2130m Led Goldfields Westbred Pace. “He’s a nice horse who is being set for the $100,000 Westbred Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings the following Friday night,” said Forrestdale horseman Greg Bond, who prepares the gelding in partnership with his wife Skye. Bettor Not Bitter will be driven by Colin Brown and will start from the No. 5 barrier. He has had 15 starts for four wins and five placings and should be too smart for his rivals, who have managed just 55 wins from a combined total of 633 starts. At his most recent outing Bettor Not Bitter set the pace and finished second to It Aint Royal over 2130m at Gloucester Park on May 27. That followed wins at Narrogin and Bunbury and a fighting second to Mach Time at Gloucester Park after working hard out three wide and then in the breeze. “He’s had a couple of easy weeks and this will be his tune-up for the Westbred final,” Bond said. “To have a chance of winning that race or if you’re going to be in the cut-up you would like to think that he’s got to be hard to beat this week. “All’s good at home with him. He had a few runs as a two-year-old and you could see he was going to improve with time. And he has done that. He’s a developing horse who is going to do a nice job.” Ken Casellas

Pinjarra harness racing trainer Michael Brennan advises punters to overlook talented five-year-old Billies A Star’s seventh behind Elegant Christian last week and predicts that the New Zealand-bred gelding will be prominent in the $23,000 Schneider Electric Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Billies A Star led from the No. 1 barrier last Friday night, but was challenged relentlessly by Elegant Christian in the first circuit before Elegant Christian forged clear after a lap and then set the pace and won by a nose from Waylade at a 1.54.9rate over the 2130m journey. “He just couldn’t handle that pressure in that grade,” Brennan said. “This is a bit of a drop in grade and there’s no Elegant Christian there. Last week he was crunched by Elegant Christian, who is just phenomenal. He is one of those horses who just crushes you. And last week, unfortunately, Billies A Star was the one being crushed.”            At his previous outing, over 2692m at Pinjarra on June 6, Billies A Star raced three back on the pegs in fifth place before fighting on to finish third behind Phoenix Warrior and Our Jimmy Johnstone. Billies A Star will be driven by Nathan Turvey on Friday night and he should have the gelding in a forward position all the way after starting from barrier four. Brennan will also be represented by Jason Rulz, who is unfavourably drawn out wide at barrier eight. “His run first-up for five months was good when eighth behind Glenlochar last week,” Brennan said. “From his wide barrier it was impossible to get into the race. I’m very happy with him, but he’s drawn out at No. 8 again this week. He’s going to have to go back and it looks tough.” Serpentine trainer Gary Hall sen. said he expected the consistent Waylade (barrier seven) to be hard to beat. “It was a good effort to come from the rear to finish a very close second to Elegant Christian last week,” he said. “The first two beat the rest by the length of a cricket pitch.” Forrestdale trainer Greg Bond said that he expected Our Jimmy Johnstone to run a strong race from the No. 6 barrier.   “He’s going good are we’re hoping he can work forward from barrier six and find a forward position,” Bond said. “I like to think he can fight out the finish. I think he’s right up there with the other horses in the field.” Ken Casellas

Brilliant New Zealand-bred five-year-old Our Sky Major, a winner of five group 1 feature events and $777,717 in stakes, will make his Gloucester Park debut when he starts from the No. 2 barrier in the Nexans Olex Pace, a C10 to C15 event in which his clash with up-and-coming star American Boy will be a feature of the ten-event harness racing program. Our Sky Major, a winner at 15 of his 53 starts, is prepared at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, who took over the preparation of the horse just over two months ago. Prentice drove Our Sky Major at his West Australian debut when he was a 10/1 on favourite in a 1609m at Bunbury on June 4 and was surprisingly beaten. After starting from barrier five, Our Sky Major raced three wide early before taking the lead at the bell. He sprinted over the third quarter of the final mile in a sizzling 26.9sec. before wilting in the final stages to finish third behind Lord Lombo and Northern Assassin. The winner rated 1.53.6 after a final quarter of 28.2sec. That was Our Sky Major’s first run since he finished sixth in a 3200m stand at Addington on March 26. Our Sky Major has had 13 starts this season for just one second and two thirds. He shone as a four-year-old, winning at four of his eight starts, including the $200,000 Chariots Of Fire at Menangle in March 2015 (recording a time of 1.51.5 over 1609m) and the Four-Year-Old Emerald at Ashburton two months later. Our Sky Major, who finished a head second to Our Maxim in the 2240m Victoria Derby at Melton in February 2014, is sure to prove a worthy opponent for American Boy, who has shown tremendous promise in winning at 11 of his 14 starts. American Boy has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and Gary Hall jun. will be determined to set the pace. Trainer Gary Hall sen. said he was looking forward to American Boy clashing with Our Sky Major. “It’s a strong field, but American Boy is in good form,” he said. “American Boy has good gate speed and will lead and prove hard to beat. His past two runs have been outstanding.” Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 24 June 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 24 June 2016         Ken Casellas

Well-performed New South Wales-bred six-year-old Bebrave, a winner of six races in Queensland this season, will make his first appearance in Western Australia when  he contests the $18,000 Australian Marine Complex Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Presidential Ball gelding has a formidable record of 17 wins and 16 placings from 68 starts for stakes of $172,156. However, he faces a stern task at his WA debut. Under the preferential barrier draw conditions he will start from the outside (No. 9) over the sprint journey and will clash with several in-form pacers, including American Boy, Sky Art and Holy Grail. Bebrave will be driven by Stuart McDonald for Busselton trainer Jamie Howlett, who claimed the gelding for $9000 in a 2138m event at Brisbane’s Albion Park on April 19 on behalf of Kelly Simmonds and Peter Bamess. In that race Bebrave was driven by Shane Graham and was first out from barrier five before sitting behind the pacemaker and running home strongly along the sprint lane to win by just over a length from Tallyho Bromac at a 1.55.7 rate. Bebrave, described by Howlett as a “nice horse,” has been in WA for six weeks. His early preparation in Busselton was hampered by wet weather which led to Howlett’s private 800m track being quite muddy. “I had the track resurfaced two weeks ago and it has changed everything,” Howlett said. “The track is beautiful and the horses have been able to work properly in the past fortnight. “Behave will be tested from the outside barrier over the short trip and we will be able to assess his ability when he races against several good pacers in this week’s race.” American Boy, a smart New Zealand-bred four-year-old in the stables of leading trainer Gary Hall sen., will start out wide at barrier seven and will be fancied to maintain his superb form. He has raced only 13 times for ten wins, one second and two fifths. American Boy enjoyed an ideal trip in the one-out, one-back position before sprinting home strongly in a final quarter of 27.8sec. to get up in the final stride to dead-heat for first with the pacemaker Burning, rating 1.55.3 over 2130m last Friday night. He charged home from ninth in the middle stages to win easily from Unsinkable Boxer over 2130m a week earlier. Sky Art, trained at Capel by Andrew de Campo, comes to town after stylish wins at Bunbury at his past two outings. Aiden de Campo will drive him from barrier eight. Holy Grail, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will start from the No. 6 barrier and is sure to be storming home. He has been placed at his past eight starts after covering extra ground and winning at Northam on March 31. Ken Casellas

WA-bred five-year-old Importer Exporter is one of the State’s most improved harness racing pacers and he has bright prospects of maintaining his grand form by proving the master of his opposition in the $19,000 Homestyle Salad Makers Handicap over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Artesian gelding is a standing-start expert and a noted frontrunner and Chris Lewis will be anxious that he begins smoothly from barrier two on the front line in a bid to set the pace. Importer Exporter, bred, part-owned and trained by Chris Winston, has relished the role of pacemaker and standing-start racing, with his past seven starts producing five wins and two seconds. He was untroubled to lead from barrier two on Tuesday of last week and he gave his rivals virtually no hope when he sprinted over the final 400m in 28sec. He covered the final quarter in 27.2sec. when he won from Our Jericho over 2500m at Bunbury two starts before that.    However, Importer Exporter will have to be at his best to defy strong opposition from in-form performers Bashful Compton, Pelusiac, Change Gear and Naughty Maravu. Eight-year-old Bashful Compton, trained at Collie by David Hunter, is a noted frontrunner who is favourably drawn at No. 3 on the front line. He revealed his versatility at his latest appearance, when he started off the 50m mark in a 2503m event at Bunbury last Saturday week. He was 11th at the bell and finished powerfully, out wide, to get up and win from Waltzing With Cullen and Perfect Mach. The Ross Olivieri-trained Pelusiac also will have many admirers from barrier five on the front line. The Washington VC five-year-old is in excellent form, with his past four starts producing three wins and a second. At his most recent outing, he started off 20m and burst to the front after 950m before going on to win, untouched, from Firth of Forth after final quarters in 27.8sec. and 29.1sec. Ken Casellas

Champion harness racing reinsman Chris Lewis will drive brilliant last-start winner The Spinster in the $18,000 Team Trolio Spearwood Pace for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will replace Kim Prentice, who will be in South Australia taking part in an Invitation Drivers’ series at Port Pirie on Friday night. Millendon trainer and part-owner Sonia Zucchiatti is delighted with The Spinster’s form (wins at Northam and Gloucester Park at her past two outings), but said that the American Ideal filly probably would struggle to beat star filly Dodolicious. “The Spinster has met Dodolicious four times and Dodolicious has finished in front of her every time,” Zucchiatti said. The Spinster revealed blistering gate speed from barrier six when she gave a dashing frontrunning display to win easily from Im Zuleika and Maia Maguire at a 1.55.4 rate over 1730m at Gloucester Park last Friday week. She sped over the final quarters in 27.9sec. and 28.9sec. The Spinster will start from the No. 7 barrier in the field of eight on Friday night, with Dodolicious (Colin Brown) in the outside barrier. Four of The Spinster’s five wins (from 11 starts) have been when she has set the pace, but Zucchiatti said she had not yet determined tactics for Friday night’s event. Dodolicious is trained by Greg and Skye Bond, who will also be represented by newcomer Shes Artful, a winner at one of her nine starts in New Zealand. Shes Artful will start from barrier two with Ryan Bell in the sulky. Zucchiatti said she planned to study Shes Artful’s style of racing before determining the tactics for The Spinster. Sheer Rocknroll, a talented filly in the stables of Ross Olivieri, has won at eight of her 21 starts and is an excellent frontrunner who will be suited by the No. 1 barrier. She warmed up for this week’s race with an impressive win in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning when she dashed over the final quarter in 27.8sec. and beat El Barcelona by 2m at a 1.58.7 rate. However, Dodolicious has been almost invincible in races restricted to fillies in this State and she is certain to be at short odds to win and improve her record to 13 wins from 20 starts. Ken Casellas

Young Hopeland Harness Racing trainer Courtney Burch, fresh from a double at Northam on Tuesday night, has bright prospects of maintaining her winning form with promising two-year-old Sergeant Oats in the $25,000 Gloucester Motel and Restaurant Pace for Westsired colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Sergeant Oats, to be driven by Morgan Woodley, has the ability to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier in a field of nine in the 2130m event. The Rich And Spoilt gelding has won in good style at Narrogin (1823m) and Bunbury (in 1.56.8 over 1609m) at his past two starts. Purchased for $9000 at the 2015 Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale, Sergeant Oats has earned $23,495 from his two wins and four seconds from eight starts. He is a full-brother to four-year-old Captain Oats, a $6500 yearling who has raced 28 times for eight wins and ten placings for earnings of $84,241. Sergeant Oats began speedily from the No. 4 barrier when he set the pace and won from Back To The Beach at Narrogin on April 30 and then he started from the back line and finished strongly to win by a neck from Heza Head Honcho at Bunbury on May 7. Since then he contested a two-horse trial over 2100m at Bunbury on Wednesday of last week when he set the pace and rated 1.579 in winning by 40 lengths from Iam The Real Thing, with final quarters in  29sec. and 29.3sec. The only other winner in Friday night’s race is the Robbie Williams-trained Itz Dynamo, who was an all-the-way winner at his debut at Northam in early March. He was placed once from his only other three starts, finishing a close and encouraging second to The Beachcomber over 1730m at Gloucester Park. Then he finished gamely when a sound fourth behind Allmightyjoelouis in the group 1 Sales Classic on April 22. He will start out wide at barrier seven on Friday night. Woodley gave punters a good lead when he opted to drive Sergeant Oats in preference to the John Graham-trained pair of Combat Crusade and Enemy Lines. He has driven Combat Crusade in each of his two starts for a first-up third behind Im Rockaria at Narrogin and ninth behind Adda Courage at Bunbury. He has been in the sulky for Enemy Lines’ three unplaced efforts at Pinjarra. Combat Crusade, who finished a 4m second to Luvthecuz in a 2100m trial at Bunbury on June 1, will be driven by Nathan Turvey and Chris Lewis has been engaged for Enemy Lines. The 27-year-old Burch is enjoying another successful season and is in third place on the Statewide trainers’ premiership table with 69 winners and 104 placings from 375 starters. She had four runners at Northam on Tuesday night this week when she won with Blacknsweet Adda and Where Dreams Grow and finished second with Vincenzo Peruggia and Im Despicable. Gary Hall sen. leads the trainers’ list with 161 winners and 134 placings from 551 starters, with Greg and Skye Bond in second place with 159 winners and 216 placings from 772 starters. Ken Casellas

Crack reinsman Chris Voak has high hopes of bringing up his century of winners for the season by guiding Miss Twiggy Whitby to victory in the $25,000 R. H. Trotter and Co. Pace for Westsired two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Miss Twiggy Whitby is trained at Meelon by her breeder and part-owner Ed Dewar and Voak would dearly love to land the Rich And Spoilt filly a winner this week. He made a difficult choice a week ago when he opted to drive Im Rockaraia for trainer Michael Brennan in the group 1 $100,000 Pearl Classic in preference to Dewar’s smart colt Our Zak Whitby. Im Rockaria won the classic, with Our Zack Whitby an unlucky, fast-finishing fourth after he was badly inconvenienced by a tiring runner in the back straight in the final circuit. Voak has had 817 drives this season for 99 wins, 116 seconds and 83 thirds and is in fourth place on the reinsmen’s premiership table, behind Chris Lewis (131 wins), Gary Hall jun. (120) and Nathan Turvey (113). Miss Twiggy Whitby will start from the No. 4 barrier in the field of six runners and has excellent prospects. She is one of only two winners in the field, the other being the Kevin Keys-trained Sarah Goody, who will be driven by Matt White from the No. 2 barrier. Miss Twiggy Whitby’s only win from nine starts was when she led from barrier four and defeated Tell Me More over 1730m at Gloucester Park in January. At her most recent appearance she was first out from the No. 1 barrier before Voak decided to take the sit behind brilliant filly Angel Bromac. Angel Bromac sped over the final 800m in 57.3sec. and won by three lengths from Miss Twiggy Whitby. Friday night’s event appears quite an open affair, with the Justin Prentice-trained Allamerican Queen sure to be prominent after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. Allamerican Queen was a 112/1 outsider in the WA Oaks last Friday week when she finished solidly from tenth at the bell to be sixth, five and a half lengths behind the winner, her stablemate Lady Luca. Sarah Goody was a winner at Bunbury four starts ago when she led from barrier one and beat Rich Maiden by a neck, rating 1.58.8 over 1609m. She was a fighting second to Maczaffair at Bunbury two starts ago. The Royal Lady, trained at Harvey by Kevin Egerton-Green, will start from barrier five and will be driven by Kim Young. She will have admirers. She trailed the pacemaker Red Hot Roxy and finished third behind her in the group 1 Sales Classic three starts ago. Before that she finished a sound second to Betshes Precious, with Miss Twiggy Whitby in third place. Sweet Gina, a filly by Legacy of Power and trained at Oldbury by Kim Prentice will start from the outside in her race debut. She will be driven by Gary Hall jun. She warmed up for her first assignment in fine style, winning a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning by three lengths from Flying Phoebe. That followed an easy trial win over 1750m the previous Sunday. Ken Casellas

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