Day At The Track
Search Results
1 to 16 of 146
1 2 3 4 5 Next »

The unfortunate scratching of WA Pacing Cup winner Rocknroll Lincoln has opened up the opportunity for Handsandwheels to score another feature race win in the four and five-year-old Championship (2130m) at Gloucester Park tomorrow night. Handsandwheels recorded his first feature win since the 2017 WA Derby in last month’s Group 2 RWWA Cup and proved himself as a Free-For-All horse on the rise. He continued his solid form with a tough fourth to El Jacko in the Pinjarra Cup on March 4. He gets another chance for a Group 2 win in tomorrow night’s $50,000 event, where he has drawn barrier one. The Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln, who had drawn barrier nine and looked the main danger to Handsandwheels, was withdrawn earlier today due to bruising in his feet. Prentice said he wasn’t 100 per cent happy with Rocknroll Lincoln and said the five-year-old would now be spelled, with a view towards next year’s WA Pacing Cup. Aiden De Campo has the drive on Handsandwheels, trained by his father Andrew, tomorrow night and said the five-year-old deserved to be the one to beat off his recent form. “He’s going great,” he told RWWA Harness. “His Pinjarra Cup run was good and his work since then has been good too. “We were looking for the right race for him and this looks to be that right one.” De Campo said he expected to hold the lead from the favourable draw, but acknowledged the short-priced favourite Handsandwheels would still have his work cut out to win the race. “He’s got good gate speed and I can’t imagine anything else would want to pressure us,” he said. “There’s no such thing as a good thing in racing though. “There are still some well performed horses in the race.” Handsandwheels is now a $1.07 favourite with TABtouch, ahead of Clarenden Hustler ($10) and Hasani ($12). De Campo takes the drive on $51 outsider Walsh in the Sales Classic for the three-year-old Colts and Geldings (2130m), but conceded the gelding would have his work cut out to beat star trio Patrickthepiranha, Shockwave and Its Rock And Roll. Prentice has the short-priced favourite Has No Fear in the Sales Classic for the three-year-old fillies and hopes to launch a WA Oaks campaign off the back of it. De Campo’s only other drive of the evening is in the opening event with Smoldering Ashes, who he felt could fill a minor placing from barrier 11. “We will drop back to the fence and hopefully be three back,” De Campo said. “If he gets the splits he can figure in the finish, if he doesn’t we will bring him back again next week and have another go.”   Tim Walker

Star Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice has high hopes that Rocknroll Lincoln will maintain his superb form and win the $50,000 Direct Trades Supply Four and Five-Year-Old Championship over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I plan that this will be his final run before going out for a spell,” Prentice said. “And it would be nice for him to go out on a winning note, though barrier nine will be no help. Once again, his chief mission will be the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups next season. “He went to the line really well when a close second to El Jacko in the Pinjarra Cup (on Monday of last week). He had to come three deep without cover.” At his previous outing Rocknroll Lincoln gave a powerful performance to win the Governor’s Cup after racing three wide for the first lap and taking the lead 1100m from home before scoring by a length from As Happy As Larry at a 1.54.7 rate over 2130m. That was his first appearance since winning the group 1 2936m WA Pacing Cup five weeks earlier. Rocknroll Lincoln will again be handled by champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, who appears certain to send the five-year-old forward in the first circuit. The stallion will again clash with the Andrew de Campo-trained Handsandwheels, who has performed strongly in both the Governor’s Cup and Pinjarra Cup at his past two starts. WATCH INTERVIEW WITH AIDEN DE CAMPO Handsandwheels finished with plenty of determination when fourth in the Governor’s Cup and he raced in sixth position in the one-wide line and was hampered for room until the final stages when he went to the line strongly to finish a close fourth in the Pinjarra Cup. Reinsman Aiden de Campo, who has driven 59 winners this season and will celebrate his 27th birthday on Saturday, said he was planning to set a solid pace in his bid for victory on Friday night. Six-year-old El Jacko, who burst to the front in the first circuit and then set the pace before winning the Pinjarra Cup, will be favoured to give trainers Greg and Skye Bond and reinsman Ryan Warwick another feature race win by proving too smart for his rivals in the $30,000 Narrogin Cup over 2662m on Saturday night. El Jacko will start from barrier five on the front line and will clash with giantkiller Always Arjay, Simba Bromac, James Butt and Sweet N Fast. The Bond camp will be represented by in-form New Zealand-bred pacers Ana Afreet (Warwick) and The Buckeye Bullet in the DTS Chainmesh Fencing Pace, a WA Derby prelude over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This will be an acid test for the inexperienced Ana Afreet, who will start from the back line. The versatile Bettors Delight black colt has not been extended in a winning at his only three starts --- two at Pinjarra and one at Bunbury. The Buckeye Bullet, a winner at five of his ten starts, also faces a testing time from the No. 6 barrier on the front line. Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr has three runners in the race, last-start winners Eloquent Mach (Stuart McDonald), Robbie Easton (Micheal Ferguson) and Major Trojan (Gary Hall Jnr). The greatest interest will surround the performance of the lightly-raced Major Trojan, who will start from the inside of the back line. An impressive winner at two of his five New Zealand starts, Major Trojan made his Australian debut at Bunbury last Saturday night when he enjoyed a perfect trip in the one-out, one-back position in the $25,000 Battle of Bunbury before starting a three-wide move 300m from home and fighting of doggedly to finish a neck second to stablemate and pacemaker Eloquent Mach. The final quarters on a rain-affected track were covered in 27.7sec. and 27.8sec. and Major Trojan, an upstanding colt, should have derived great benefit from his first outing for four months.  Ken Casellas

The three leading chances for the three-year-old colts and geldings Sales Classic Final (2130m) have drawn the middle of the line, setting up an intriguing renewal of the $50,000 event on Friday night. Shockwave, Its Rock And Roll and Patrickthepiranha filled the top three placings in the heat last Tuesday and have drawn barriers three, four and five respectively for the final at Gloucester Park. The field for the colts and geldings was reduced to six this morning, when the Justin Prentice-trained Know When To Run was withdrawn from the event. Patrickthepiranha produced, arguably, the biggest performance in the heat last Tuesday, after he was restrained from the early speed battle and eventually ran on boldly to finish third. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr regains the drive on Shockwave, after he drove Know When To Run in the heat. Hall Jnr also has a strong chance in the three-year-old filly’s edition of the Sales Classic with the in-form Has No Fear, who will start from barrier five. The Prentice-trained filly was impressive in taking out the heat last week and comes into Friday night’s feature having won her past two starts. Soho Interceptor, runner-up in the heat, has drawn barrier 10 and is the sole runner on the second line, while the third placegetter from the heat Kirsten will start from the outside of the front line. For the three-year-old’s not engaged in the Sales Classic’s, they get the chance to press their WA Derby and WA Oaks claims in the WA Derby Prelude (2130m). A high quality field has been assembled for the Prelude, headlined by last week’s Battle Of Bunbury winner Eloquent Mach. Eloquent Mach is one of three runners in the race for trainer Gary Hall Snr, with Robbie Easton and Major Trojan also set to take their place. Impressive filly Typhoon Tiff will be looking to record her fourth straight win in the Derby Prelude, where she will line up from barrier seven. Another highlight of the program is the four and five-year-old Championship (2130m), which features the WA Pacing Cup winner Rocknroll Lincoln. The star pacer will have his work cut out to add the $50,000 event to his growing list of wins though, having drawn barrier nine. Handsandwheels, who has performed admirably at Free-For-All level over the past month, gets an ideal chance to add another feature win from barrier one and looks the likely leader. In-form pacer Luis Alberto, Lord Willoughby and Clarenden Hustler have drawn barriers three, four and 10 respectively. The Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.50pm on Friday.   Tim Walker

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has formed a devastating combination with Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice and he is optimistic that the purple patch will continue when he drives Sweet N Fast in the opening event, the Westside Auto Wholesale Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. In a remarkable feat over the past week, Hall’s past nine drives for Prentice have resulted in seven wins scoring in the Governor’s Cup with Rocknroll Lincoln last Friday night, with Quick Stride and Fulfil The Dream at Bunbury on Saturday night and with Manning, Major Martini, Know When To Run and Courage To Live at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. Sweet N Fast is a talented four-year-old who was a shade disappointing when fourth behind Soho Chelsea over 1730m last Friday night when he was in the breeze early before being shuffled back to sixth at the bell. He raced three wide for much of the final circuit and battled on gamely from sixth at the 550m. The final quarters were run in 27.9sec. and 28.9sec. “I think it will pay to forget last Friday night’s run when he did a lot of things wrong and hung really badly,” Hall said. “I thought that he would have just cruised up to them down the back, move into the one-one, and save him for the straight but he just had a lend of me, basically. I think he will put up a better performance this week.” Sweet N Fast has the ability to overcome the disadvantage of an awkward draw at No. 5. But he will need to be close to his peak to defy expected challenges from the Greg and Sky Bond-trained Hasani, The Trilogy, Vincenzo Peruggia and Ardens Concord. Vincenzo Peruggia has struck top form for veteran trainer Tony Svilicich with two wins and a close second to Soho Chelsea at his past three starts. The five-year-old possesses dazzling gate speed and Mark Reed is sure to make use of that from out wide at barrier eight. Whether he is able to get to an early lead with plenty of speed on his inside is problematical. Vincenzo Peruggia warmed up for Friday night’s engagement with a dashing all-the-way victory over Theo Aviator, rating 1.56.4, after a final quarter of 27.7sec. Hall is also looking for a strong performance from Herrick Roosevelt who will start from barrier five in the 1730m Retravision Pace. At his second outing after a 13-month absence Herrick Roosevelt revealed dazzling gate speed from  barrier nine last week, but was unable to get to the front in a 2130m event. He then worked hard in the breeze and fought on grandly to finish third in a three-way photo with Chiaroscuro and Mighty Flying Deal. “He’s had two good runs under his belt now,” Hall said. “The Art Form (barrier two) is going to be hard to beat, but with Herrick Roosevelt’s class we might be able, from the breeze, to worry The Art Form.” The Mike Reed-trained The Art Form will be making his first appearance for just over two months and reinsman Mark Reed said: “He’s got blinding gate speed, his work has been really good and the mile should be right up his alley.”   Ken Casellas

WA Pacing Cup winning trainer-driver combination Justin Prentice and Gary Hall Jnr have combined to take out both colts and geldings heats of the two-year-old Sales Classic at Gloucester Park last night. The pair teamed up with Sportswriter colt Manning in the first heat, in what turned out to be an intriguing battle over the closing stages between Manning and Team Mascot. The pair were the clear fancies in the market, with Manning narrowly holding favouritism at $1.75 with TABtouch. Hall Jnr elected to hand up the lead to Team Mascot in the early stages, which allowed him to settle on the back of the second favourite. Manning was then able to wear down Team Mascot in the home straight and score by 1.5m. The colt ran home in 58.1 and rated 1.59.1. Prentice and Hall Jnr then teamed up in the second colts and geldings heat with another short-price favourite Major Martini. Unlike Manning, Hall Jnr was intent on finding the lead with Major Martini from barrier six and he did so with ease. Major Martini was then able to go on and score a comfortable 9.6m victory to Secret Operation. The Art Major colt kick-started a race-to-race treble for Hall Jnr and Prentice, who took out the Retravision three-year-old Pace (2130m) with Know When To Run and the Westral Pace (2130m) with Courage To Live. The first of the filly’s heats of the Sales Classic saw an impressive showing by the Ross Olivieri-trained Double Expresso by boom sire Sweet Lou. Reinsman Chris Lewis slowly worked his way to the front on the first lap and was able to go on and record a comfortable 11.4m win in what was, arguably, the performance of the night. The second fillies heat was taken out by the Ryan Bell-trained and driven Moon Goddess. Bell, who won a colts and geldings heat last year with Shockwave, was able to find the lead from barrier seven and then fought on strongly to score by 4.6m. The finals for both the fillies and colts and geldings Sales Classic take place at Gloucester Park on March 8. The three-year-old heats of the Sales Classic take place next Tuesday, before the finals on March 15. Meanwhile, a field of six has been engaged for this Friday’s WA Derby Prelude (2130m). The in-form Eloquent Mach has drawn barrier one, while multiple Group 1 winner Franco Edward gets his chance to bounce back to his best form from barrier two. As well as having Eloquent Mach, trainer Gary Hall Snr also has Robbie Easton engaged in the Derby Prelude with Hall Jnr to take the drive. Tim Walker

Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice has been busy at the yearling sales in Auckland and Christchurch this week and has engaged champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr to drive four-year-old mare Our Major Mama in the $30,000 final of the Lewis Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Our Major Mama, driven by Prentice to victory over Detroit Lily and Cott Beach in the WA Oaks in May of last year, is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier on the front line and Hall should have her in a commanding position throughout the 2130m event for mares. Prentice will be back in Perth on Friday but has decided not to drive at Gloucester Park in the evening. His other runner in the Lewis final is promising four-year-old Beaudiene Beach Babe, who will be handled by Nathan Turvey from barrier four. Hall has driven Our Major Mama only once three starts ago from barrier seven over 2185m at Pinjarra when she raced wide early, was restrained to the rear and then sustained a spirited three-wide last-lap burst to finish second to Miss Sangrial, who covered the final 800m in 55.8sec. In order to take the drive behind Our Major Mama, Hall had to reject the drive behind the talented Liberty Rose, who has been placed at all six starts at Gloucester Park this season after resuming from a spell. Hall has handled the New Zealand-bred Liberty Rose at 15 of her 16 WA starts. She will be driven from the outside of the front line on Friday night by Stuart McDonald, who has a 100 per cent record behind the mare. McDonald drove Liberty Rose in a C2-class event at Gloucester Park last June when she began from the back line and worked hard before winning from Iam Lambros. Hardest for Our Major Mama to beat on Friday night is likely to be Our Alfie Romeo, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old who is trained by Greg and Skye Bond and has impressed in winning at nine of her 18 starts. Our Alfie Romeo will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line and is capable of unwinding a spirited finishing burst. Ryan Warwick gave a masterly display in the sulky to land Our Alfie Romeo a winner from the pacemaker Liam Neal over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Our Alfie Romeo started from the inside of the back line and raced in fifth position, three back on the pegs. She was hopelessly hemmed in down the back straight the final time before Warwick was able to ease her off the pegs at the 400m mark. Our Alfie Romeo was seventh on the home turn and she stormed home, out five wide, to get up and win in the final stride. The Ross Olivieri-trained mare Veiled Secret, to be driven by Chris Voak from the No. 5 barrier, also has sound claims. She was most impressive two starts ago, last Friday week, when she dashed to the front after 550m and set a fast pace before finishing a gallant half-length second to Miss Sangrial.  The Prentice team has been cared for this week by 27-year-old Brayden Green, who brought stablemates De La Tourbie, Has No Fear and Majorpride to Gloucester Park on Tuesday when De La Tourbie, driven by Madeleine Young, was beaten in the final stride by a head by the fast-finishing Rock N Roll Delight and Has No Fear, driven by Jocelyn Young, thundered home from the rear to win the final event from Delightfulreaction and Majorpride. Meanwhile, Justin Prentice has been busy in New Zealand where he outlaid $55,000 to purchase Always An Angel, a yearling filly by Art Major, and $65,000 to buy El Chema, a Bettors Delight colt. Apart from Our Major Mama, Hall will drive Prentice-trained pacers Rocknroll Lincoln (Governor’s Cup), Sweet N Fast (Happy Chinese New Year Pace) and Dracarys (Thank You For Celebrating at GP Pace). “I’m looking forward to driving Sweet N Fast for the first time,” Hall said. “I’ve been watching him closely since his Bunbury win three starts ago which I thought was a huge effort, and he’s been unbeaten at two runs since. “But, from barrier three, I wouldn’t say he’s past the post. Soho Chelsea has drawn barrier one; he’s really going good and loves the rail. He will be hard to beat. But class might get Sweet N Fast home.” Hall drove the Glenn Elliott-trained Soho Chelsea last Friday night when the gelding raced in seventh position before finishing strongly from fourth (three wide) at the bell to hit the front 420m from home and coast to victory by almost three lengths from Brookies Jet, rating 1.57.4 over 2636m. Kim Prentice will handle Soho Chelsea from the prime No. 1 barrier this week. Hall elected to drive Dracarys in preference to the promising Fake News, a winner at four of her past five starts for trainer Gary Hall Snr. Dracarys, whose 11 starts have produced seven wins and two seconds, will start from barrier six in a field of seven and her clash with the brilliant Colin Brown-trained Typhoon Tiff, Fake News, Mandy Joan, Soho Interceptor, Countess Grace and Bettor Pack It will be a highlight of the ten-event program.   Ken Casellas

It’s Prentice….again! Outstanding young horseman Justin Prentice has joined his father Kim as a winner of the state’s biggest event following the all the way victory of emerging talent Rocknroll Lincoln in the Gr.1 $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park tonight (Friday). The victory provides back to back triumphs for the Prentice family after Kim steered the Bryan Cousins trained Soho Tribeca to victory last year. Kim has also scored with Im Themightyquinn (2011 - driver) and Baltic Eagle (2003 – trainer/driver). But tonight was all about this young formidable combination. The Prentice prepared stayer was expertly handled by master reinsman Gary Hall Jnr who controlled the speed perfectly behind the five-year-old before holding off the fast finishing El Jacko and Maczaffair to claim the 2936m mobile start feature. For Hall Jnr, 35, the victory now provides him with his 8th Cup winner and he now passes legendary horseman Phil Coulson as the most successful driver in the events history. Amazingly, Hall Jnr has won 8 of the past 18 editions (The Falcon Strike x3, Tealsby Karita, Im Themightyquinn x 2 and Chicago Bull). Starting front gate two, Hall Jnr pounced on the early lead from Maczaffair while My Field Marshal and Galactic Star both took up handy positions in the moving line. The lead time was covered in 97.8 seconds. With positions sorted quickly and Hall Jnr controlling the early speed, the lack of pressure was obvious and the race was unfolding perfectly for the connections of Rocknroll Lincoln. The first half of the final mile was covered in identical splits of 29.4 and 29.4 seconds. Rocknroll Lincoln remained the leader from Vampiro who raced without cover with Maczaffair behind the leader while Galactic Star and My Field Marshal sat close in the moving line. Entering the back straight for the final time, Hall Jnr increased the pressure while Vultan Tin got My Field Marshal moving three wide which in turn flushed Galactic Star from the one out, one back position. And that’s when Hall Jnr really quickened the speed. The third quarter was covered in 27.7 seconds. In the home straight, Rocknroll Lincoln kicked clear before holding the late challengers El Jacko and Maczaffair. At the line, Rocknroll Lincoln ($3.50) scored by 1.3 metres from El Jacko ($8.50) who used inside runs with a similar margin back to Maczaffair ($41) in third. Race favourite My Field Marshal ($2.75) finished fourth. The final quarter was covered in 28.7seconds. The mile rate was 1:56.8 and established a new race record but was outside of the track record of Smolda at 1:55.8. “It’s a massive thrill and it’s great to win for this group of owners who have supported me from the start, it’s quite surreal and I was really nervous before the race but it played out well and it was a great drive from Jnr.” Prentice said. Rocknroll Lincoln has now 14 of his 42 starts and takes his earnings in excess of $464,000. He now joins Tiger Tara (Victoria Cup & Inter Dominion), Thefixer (New Zealand Cup) and Turn It Up (Auckland Cup) as winners on the 2018/19 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit. The remaining legs for the current term include the Hunter Cup (February 2 - Melton), Miracle Mile (March 3 - Menangle) and the Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship (Albion Park – July 20).   Chris Barsby

The Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln has made it back-to-back wins to start the new season, taking out the Fred Doy Memorial (2130m) at Gloucester Park last night. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr fired the $2.50 TABtouch favourite Rocknroll Lincoln to the lead early in the race, a move which proved to be a race winner. Rocknroll Lincoln’s closest rival in the market was Mister Versace ($2.80), who was forced to settle directly behind Hall Jnr after the early move. The five-year-old came home in 56.5 to hold off a game Kasey John and Soky’s Bigbullet, while Mister Versace was couldn’t get clear running and had to settle for fourth. Trainer Justin Prentice said he left it up to Hall Jnr to decide how he would drive the son of Rocknroll Hanover and was pleased with how the race panned out. “It was good,” he said. “Junior changed his mind on the track and decided to go forward. “He showed really good speed and he got a got breather in the middle which he probably needed. “It was good for him to hit the line strongly.” It was one of three wins on the night for Hall Jnr, who also teamed up with King Of Swing in the Retravision Online Pace (2130m) and You Gotta Have Faith in the Kelvinator Pace (2130m). King Of Swing kept his Golden Nugget preparation firmly on track with his sixth win from seven starts this campaign. Hall Jnr went to the front from barrier three and never looked in danger of being beaten, despite a game effort from his stablemate Extreme Prince, who got within a metre over the closing stages. Meanwhile, Tanaka Eagle has recorded his first Friday night win at Gloucester Park since January, taking out the Electrolux Pace (2130m). Reinsman Mark Reed had little problem finding the front with Tanaka Eagle and he was able to control the tempo of the race from there. Tanaka Eagle, who competed in the Inter Dominion series last year, recorded his 20th win from 196 starts last night, much to the delight of his trainer Reg Phillips. Elsewhere at Gloucester Park, star mare Eden Franco made a strong return to the track in the Pace, where she defeated Mitch Maguire. Kyle Harper also drove a double on the night, one he trained in Thereugo, before he teamed up with the Errol Ashcroft-trained Kissmecougar in the penultimate event of the night. Tim Walker

Sparks are likely to fly in the early stages of the $22,000 Fred Doy Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night when polemarker Mister Versace and veteran pacer Sokys Big Bullet are expected to be locked in a battle for the early lead. If that transpires and the early speed is fast, it will play into the hands of classy five-year-old Rocknroll Lincoln, who faces a testing time from the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line in the 2130m event. Rocknroll Lincoln is an M4-class pacer and the best-assessed runner in the race and the Justin Prentice-trained stallion will have the services of champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr who drove the horse four times as a four-year-old for two wins (including the group 3 Narrogin Cup in which he beat Our Jimmy Johnstone). Prentice produced Rocknroll Lincoln in fine fettle for his first-up run at Gloucester Park last Friday week when Jocelyn Young was in the sulky. Rocknroll Lincoln started from barrier six and enjoyed a perfect passage, one-out and one-back, before sprinting home brilliantly to get up and win from the pacemaker Speed Man, with final quarters in 28.3sec. and 27.7sec. Chris Voak will drive Mister Versace for Banjup trainer Annie Belton and he is sure to seriously contemplate attempting an all-the-way victory. Voak took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier four starts ago when he guided Mister Versace to a strong all-the-way win over Madame Meilland. However, Mister Versace is likely to be challenged hard for the lead by nine-year-old Sokys Big Bullet, who will start from the No. 2 barrier. Reinsman Giles Inwood said that he was sure that the gelding’s trainer Tony Svilicich would instruct him to attempt to get to an early lead and then set a solid pace. Sokys Big Bullet’s three runs since resuming from a spell have been encouraging. He followed his third to Speed Man and fourth to Argyle Red with a fighting second to the pacemaker Overboard Again last Friday night when he worked hard three wide early (from barrier six) and then in the breeze. The Errol Ashcroft-trained Forever Remembered ran a splendid trial for this week’s race when she started from barrier seven and was last in a field of 11 at the bell before dashing home from eighth at the 400m and going six wide on the home turn to get up and win from Neighlor. Forever Remembered will again be driven by Kyle Harper, who is hoping that the eight-year-old will become only the second mare to win the Doy Memorial, which was first run in 2006. The only mare to have won the race was the Victorian-bred Smooth Hayley, who was driven by Chris Lewis and defeated Mon Gee and Master Beaudale. Lewis, who has also won this event with Tee Pee Village (2008), Sneakyn Down Under (2013) and Our Jericho (2016), will drive the Svilicich-trained Cyclone Mitch from barrier seven. The ten-year-old’s most recent success was in March 2016. Ken Casellas

WA trainers rejoiced when Friday night fields were announced on Tuesday afternoon revealing the New Seasons Pace (2130m) feature minus the nomination of Western Australian superstar Chicago Bull. He is undefeated this preparation and his notable absence from the first listed race of the new season gives his rivals of recent weeks a chance to win a feature race. Johnny Disco who has had 3 runs with the Greg & Skye Bond stable has drawn in barrier 2 and has dazzling gate speed. A winner two starts ago over 1730m, the son of Jeremes Jet is natural front runner and can set the pace to go the distance. Stablemate Vampiro a winner of his last two races and runner up to Johnny Disco three starts ago has drawn in barrier 7 making things hard however is talented and versatile. Natural Disaster steps up to free for all company this time in and has drawn barrier 3 for trainer Justin Prentice. The 6 year old has had many battles with Johnny Disco and this could be another exciting one. The gelding winning three of his last four starts and was driven in a sit sprint capacity and the small field should suit. Runrunjimmydunn will be happy to not be chasing the coat tails of stablemate Chicago Bull and the 5yo has come up with barrier 6. His versatile racing style and class makes him a serious chance of winning. Last but not least, the wonderfully consistent 9 year old gelding The Bucket List will venture to Gloucester Park for his usual Friday night race start. The son of Christian Cullen will be paddling in the river at the start from barrier 9. Although with his racing style being sit sprint, he will settle well back and look to circumnavigate the other 8 runners in the final circuit. Michael Brennan also has stablemate Cut For An Ace who has drawn in barrier 4. The New Seasons Pace is Race 5 on the program and is set to be a keenly contested race at 7.25pm locally.   Matt Young

Ace reinsman Mark Reed drove the speedy Pazam to six victories at the turn of the century and he is confident of continuing the family tradition by winning races with promising two-year-old filly Countess Grace. Trained by Reed’s father Mike, Countess Grace is closely related to Pazam, who won 19 races in Western Australia in a splendid 41-start career of 22 wins and six placings for stakes of $136,113. Mark Reed was in the sulky when the New Zealand-bred Pazam won for the final time, at Gloucester Park in February 2004 when he beat The Die Is Cast and Sand Pebbles in a 2140m Free-For-All. He also drove Pazam when he finished sixth behind Lombo Rapida and Shakamaker in the 2000 Chariots of Fire at Harold Park. Countess Grace emerged as a strong winning prospect in the Glenroy Chaff Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night when she unwound a spirited finishing burst to be an eye-catching third behind Fake News and Major Artist over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. Countess Grace was restrained from barrier eight at the start and settled down in 11th position. She was seventh at the bell, three back on the pegs, before sprouting wings in the home straight, with the final 400m being covered in a slick 28.1sec. Countess Grace has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in Friday night’s $18,000 event and Mark Reed said: “She will give them something to chase. She has good gate speed, the aim will be to lead and I consider her to have excellent winning prospects. “She was unlucky at her previous start when third behind Majorpride and Fake News. She raced behind the pacemaker Cosmic Horizons and was shuffled back when that filly weakened and dropped back in the final stages.” Majorpride, Fake News and Countess Grace should dominate Friday night’s race in which Countess Grace has a significant advantage over the other two fillies, who will start out wide, with Fake News at barrier seven and Majorpride on the outside in the field of eight. Fake News, trained by Gary Hall Snr, was impressive on Tuesday evening when she enjoyed the perfect trail behind the pacemaker Major Artist before running home fast to snatch victory for star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr. However, Hall Jnr has decided to drive the Justin Prentice-trained Majorpride in preference to Fake News. “There’s not much between them, but Majorpride is probably a bit more of a racehorse at the moment,” he said. Majorpride has raced ten times for three wins, three seconds and two thirds. Mark Reed will fly out of Perth early on Saturday morning to drive star filly Our Angel of Harlem in the second semi-final of the Breeders Crown for three-year-old fillies at Bendigo on Saturday night. Our Angel of Harlem, trained by Mike Reed, has drawn poorly and will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line. However, she is in top form and should have little difficulty in qualifying for the final the following week. Western Australia will also be represented in semi-finals of the Breeders Crown on Saturday night by the Michael Brennan-trained The Embezzler and the David Thompson-trained Mandy Joan. Michael Grantham will drive The Embezzler from the outside (No. 7) on the front line in the first semi-final for two-year-old colts and geldings. A winner at four of his eight starts and a strong fourth behind Franco Edward in the Pearl Classic, The Embezzler has won at Pinjarra at his past two starts. He possesses wonderful gate speed and is sure to make his presence felt. Mandy Joan also has drawn barrier seven in the second semi-final for two-year-old fillies in which she will be handled by champion Victorian reinsman Gavin Lang. She has won twice from seven starts and is working strongly enough to qualify for the final. Ken Casellas

Justin Prentice turns 30 today and he has high hopes of celebrating this milestone by driving Dracarys to victory in the $125,000 TABtouch Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred Dracarys is unbeaten at five Western Australian starts and Prentice, who trains the filly at Boyanup, was delighted with her all-the-way win in the Gold Bracelet last Friday night, so much so that he has decided to test her against the State’s best colts and geldings in the Group 1 Golden Slipper. Dracarys will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line and should be prominent throughout the 2130m journey. She has revealed wonderful versatility in her races in WA and impressed when she sped over the final 400m section of the Gold Bracelet in 27.4sec. Prentice is hoping that Dracarys will perform better than his former stable star Major Reality, a brilliant juvenile who won the Gold Bracelet in 2014 and then was favourite at 5/4 for the Golden Slipper a week later when she set the pace from the No. 1 barrier before finishing third behind Beaudiene Boaz and Mister Ardee. Only eight fillies, Sordice (1968), Omista (1971), Via Vista (1980), Mazzini Magic (1988), Whitbys Miss Penny (1990), Whitbys Merit (1993), Spirit of Navajo (2005) and Arma Xpress (2012) have been successful in the 50-year history of the Golden Slipper. Mazzini Magic, Whitbys Miss Penny, Whitbys Merit, Spirit of Navajo and Arma Xpress also won the Gold Bracelet. Apart from Major Reality, several fillies Priscilla Rocks, Centrefold Angel, Miss Baypoint, Eagle Rox, Dodolicious, Sheer Rocknroll and Cott Beach have been placed in the Golden Slipper in recent years.    The only other filly apart from Dracarys in this year’s classic is the Glenn Elliott-trained Soho Interceptor, the all-the-way winner of the Group 1 $100,000 Westbred Classic two starts ago. Soho Interceptor, to be driven by Chris Voak from the No. 2 barrier on the front line, is owned by Rob Watson and Grace Inwood. Watson holds a strong hand in the race in which he will also be represented by Soho Thunderstruck and Franco Edward. Kyle Harper trains Soho Thunderstruck and Franco Edward and has opted to handle Franco Edward, who will start from barrier two on the back line. Soho Thunderstruck will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, who drove the colt for the first time when he finished fourth behind Bletchley Park in a prelude of the Golden Slipper last Friday night. Soho Thunderstruck started from barrier six in last week’s prelude and settled down in last position in the seven-horse field before he dashed forward to move outside the pacemaker Its Rock And Roll after a lap had been covered. Soho Thunderstruck took the lead with 400m to travel before wilting in the closing stages. He will have many admirers from the No. 1 barrier this week. Franco Edward enjoyed an ideal passage in the one-out, one-back position for much of the way last week before he got to the front on the home turn and was beaten by a head by the fast-finishing Bletchley Park. Bletchley Park raced in fifth place in the one-wide line and was most impressive in producing a whirlwind late burst, with the final quarters in 28.8sec. and 27.8sec. He rated 1.55.4 which broke the track record of 1.55.9 for three-year-olds over 2130m, held jointly by Mitch Maguire and Jack Mac. Bletchley Park is trained by Mike Reed and his son Mark will drive the black colt, who has won at five of his seven starts. Mark Reed has completed a two-week term of suspension and will replace Dylan Egerton-Green, who was successful in the sulky behind Bletchley Park last week. Mark Reed trained and drove Aussie Reactor when he finished strongly to win the 2008 Golden Slipper from the 10/1 on favourite James Matthew by a nose. In what appears to be an open affair, Shockwave and Babyface Adda also have excellent each-way prospects. Shockwave, trained and driven by Ryan Bell, is awkwardly drawn at barrier seven on the front line, but is overdue for a change of fortune after finishing second in three $100,000 Group 1 classics. He is capable of unwinding a powerful finishing burst and should fight out the finish. Babyface Adda, trained by Ross Olivieri and to be handled by Shannon Suvaljko, faces a stern test from barrier eight but he is in sound form and he fought on gamely from sixth (on the pegs) at the bell to be third behind To Fast To Serious and Shockwave in the Group 1 Westbred Classic last Friday week. Olivieri has won the Golden Slipper with Harry Gunn (1995), Saab (1997), Talladega (1999) and Western Cullen (2011). Ken Casellas

“She’s improving with every run,” is the ominous warning to rival trainers from Boyanup horseman Justin Prentice when predicting that his outstanding filly Dracarys would be very hard to beat in the $35,000 Choices Flooring Gold Bracelet at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred Dracarys is unbeaten at her four starts for Prentice since arriving in Western Australia from New Zealand just over three months ago. Prentice prepares Dracarys at his Boyanup property and has a powerful hand in Friday night’s Group 3 classic for two-year-old fillies. He also trains last-start winners Iona Diamond and Majorpride. He had little hesitation in choosing to drive Dracarys, whose prospects improved significantly when she drew the No. 2 barrier on the front line. Stuart McDonald will handle Iona Diamond from barrier one and Gary Hall Jnr will continue as the driver of Majorpride, the all-the-way winner of the Group 1 $100,000 Diamond Classic two starts ago. Prentice, who trained and drove Major Reality when she scored an effortless victory in the Gold Bracelet in 2014, said: “This will be her first time for Dracarys to race against the top fillies but I definitely think she’s up with them. “From barrier two, we’ll come out hard and look for the front if it is there. Iona Diamond is also a quick beginner, but Dracarys might be a bit quicker, point to point. Her latest run (when she raced three wide for much of the way and beat Starlight Destiny and Rollsofthetongue at Pinjarra) was super. “At all of her four runs for me Dracarys has given me the impression that there’s still more there. She’s not just a frontrunner; she’s really versatile. She has been educated by the best trainer (Mark Purdon) probably in the world and he has probably taught her all those strings to her bow.” Purdon gave Dracarys three starts in New Zealand for one win, when she finished powerfully and was not extended in beating Kayla Marie in the Group 3 Leonard Memorial Stakes over 200m at Addington on March 4 this year. Dracarys was bred and is owned by Christchurch businessman Trevor Casey, a part-owner of superstar Lazarus, the Inter Dominion Championship winner at Gloucester Park last December. Purdon had a few fillies he considered better than Dracarys and Casey decided to send Dracarys to WA to be prepared by Prentice, who trains smart trotter Sun of Anarchy for Casey. Prentice catches up with Casey at the New Zealand yearling sales every year and they are both good friends of John Lohman, the owner of Majorpride. Prentice expects strong showing from Iona Diamond and Majorpride. “Iona Diamond went really well at her latest start when she led and won easily at a 1.56.8 rate at Gloucester Park,” he said. “She’s going to come out as hard as she can from No. 1. “Majorpride has beaten these fillies before. She’s versatile and Junior (Hall) said that it was probably the best she has sprinted when she won at Bunbury last Saturday. “Soho Interceptor and Starlight Destiny are racing in good form and along with Lady Valasca and Mandy Joan they are probably our major dangers. It’s a good field and it won’t be a walk in the park for Dracarys.” Soho Interceptor, trained by Glenn Elliott, set the pace and held on to win narrowly from Delightful Reaction and Lady Valasca in the Group 1 Westbred Classic last Friday night. She is handily drawn at barrier three this week. Elliott prepared Generally Outspoken when she was driven by Hall to victory in the 2013 Gold Bracelet. Ryan Warwick will drive Starlight Destiny for trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who prepared Dodolicious for her victory (with Warwick in the sulky) in the 2015 Gold Bracelet. Warwick also was successful in this event with Spirit of Navajo (2005) and Apache Sunrise (2007). Chris Lewis will handle Lady Valasca for trainer Annie Belton. Lewis has won the Gold Bracelet with Smooth Sensation (1991), Flames And Flowers (1997), Lady Maryclaire (2002), Vinnies Sister (2003), Fidelius Charm (2008) and Sensational Gabby (2011). Ken Casellas

Mach Three colt Shockwave has contested two Group 1 events and has finished second on each occasion. He has drawn the No. 2 barrier on the back line in the $100,000 Group 1 Owners Only Westbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night and gets an excellent chance to notch his first victory in a rich feature event. The clash between Shockwave and the richly-talented Its Rock And Roll promises to be a highlight on the ten-event program. Its Rock And Roll won the Group 1 Sales Classic seven weeks ago when he defeated Shockwave by a head and last Friday week Shockwave turned the tables on Its Rock And Roll when he finished second to the brilliant New Zealand-bred colt Franco Edward in the Pearl Classic, with Its Rock And Roll finishing third. They were two of the stand-out youngsters at the 2017 APG yearling sale in Perth when Shockwave was sold for $46,000 and Its Rock And Roll for $37,500. Shockwave, raced by Kevin Jeavons and Howard King, has won at three of his eight starts for earnings of $49,799. Its Rock And Roll, raced by Liam O’Connor and Jim Currie, has won three times from seven starts for $115,188 in prizemoney. He will start from the No. 5 barrier on the front line on Friday night. Both two-year-olds performed in grand style in the Pearl Classic when Shockwave (barrier seven) and Its Rock And Roll (nine) settled at the rear. Shockwave, trained and driven by Ryan Bell, started a three-wide move 1350m from home and impressed in sustaining the strong burst to finish a length from the pacemaker Franco Edward, who dashed over the final three 400m sections in 28.3sec., 28.8sec. and 28sec. Its Rock And Roll, trained and driven by Colin Brown, ran home powerfully from tenth at the bell to finish third, two lengths behind Shockwave. Shockwave and Its Rock And Roll have inherited much of their ability from their dams. Shockwave is out of Here For The Money, who earned $81,874 from seven wins and 18 placings from 79 starts and Its Rock And Roll’s dam Miss Worthy Whitby, won at Bathurst, Albion Park and Gloucester Park as a two-year-old before being retired with $40,154 in stakes from three wins and three seconds from 14 starts. Outstanding trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who prepared Baylan Jett when he finished third behind The Real Ideal and Major Pocket in this event two years ago, are pinning their hopes on the promising Bitcoin, a winner at Pinjarra and Bunbury. Bitcoin is the first foal out of Am Opulent, who earned $269,515 from 18 wins and 24 placings from 85 starts. The Bond stable will also be represented by $30,000 yearling Sports Central, who has yet to win a race. He will start from barrier three and will be driven by Chris Lewis, who has won this classic event with Johnny Disco in 2015 and The Real Ideal a year later. To Fast To Serious, a $10,000 yearling, adds considerable interest to the race. He is the only runner in the race who has not appeared at Gloucester Park, but has shown great promise in winning easily at his only three starts two at Bunbury and one at Narrogin for trainer Aiden Warwick and reinsman Aldo Cortopassi. He possesses good gate speed and is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier. His dam Smile With Me raced 40 times for ten wins, 15 placings and $80,819 in stakes. Watch Me React, trained at Collie by Dale Jackson, will be at long odds, despite drawing the coveted No. 1 barrier. He is a last-start winner at Narrogin and won a trial in good style at Pinjarra on Sunday morning. Watch Me React’s reinsman Trent Wheeler is hoping that history repeats itself. The previous time he drove a pacer from barrier one in a Group 1 event was in 2015 when he was successful with 12/1 chance Once Bitten, who trailed the pacemaker and 10/9 favourite Delightful Jade before getting up to beat that filly in the Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri’s Babyface Adda will start from the inside of the back line and will have admirers. Babyface Adda gave a tough staying performance last Friday night when he worked hard in the breeze before finishing determinedly to win from My Prayer and Sheza Spoilt Miss. Kyle Harper, successful with the Robert Wood-trained All Aussie Boy in the inaugural running of this classic in 2014, will drive Errol Ashcroft’s consistent Euphoric Moment from barrier eight. Justin Prentice trained and drove last year’s winner Highroller Joe and he will be in the sulky on Friday night behind Chetak, who has yet to win from ten starts and faces a difficult assignment from the outside of the back line. Ken Casellas

Our Major Mama caused a massive upset when rocketing home to win the $150,000 Group 1 WA Oaks (2536m) at Gloucester Park tonight. The filly, who started at $139.80, had been unplaced in two recent starts and faced a tough task from barrier eight. Trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice weaved her between rivals in the last 50m to grab victory. Our Major Mama, believed to be Gloucester Park’s longest-priced Group 1 winner, scored by 2.5m from Detroit Lily and Cott Beach finished a close third. “The win has come as a complete surprise,” Prentice said. “Our Major Mama is raced by a big syndicate of owners, but only a few of them are on course tonight. “I had told them not to expect a lot with a bad draw against top opposition. “She tackled the race with only two wins from 17 starts. But luck went our way.” Our Major Mama, who rated 1:58.1, gave Prentice his second Oaks win after Major Reality’s success in 2015. Odds-on favourite Liberty Rose went straight to the lead, but Amelias Courage swept forward and maintained pressure on her. Liberty Rose and Amelias Courage were swamped on the home turn. Eight horses spread across the track when charging down the straight in a blanket finish. Detroit Lily, who had been in fourth position from the early stages, edged clear. But she had no answer when Prentice found a gap with Our Major Mama about four horses off the pegs. Prentice had driven patiently after being in sixth position at the 1600m. Cott Beach fought on tenaciously when looming four-wide from the 400m. She had looked the winner when hitting the front on straightening. Melbourne raider Soho Burning Love settled in eighth position before sprinting wide at the 600m. But she could not reach the leaders. Our Major Mama’s connections plan to tackle next season’s four-year-old features, culminating in the $200,000 Group 1 Golden Nugget (2536m). Ernie Manning Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

Boyanup harness racing trainer Justin Prentice is delighted at his smart two-year-old Has No Fear drawing the coveted No. 1 barrier in the $25,000 Western Crown for fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night and declared: “This looks ideal for her. She has got good gate speed, so if she can hold the front over the mile (1730m), she will be hard to beat. “At her most recent start (in the group 1 Sales Classic last Friday week) she fought all the way to the line, showing that she’s got a fair bit of toughness as well. It was the quickest time (1.57.6) she has run; she’s working well and is still improving.” Has No Fear was the only runner off the back line in that event and she raced in fifth position, one-out and one-back, before fighting on to finish a half-length second to the pacemaker Soho Interceptor. Before that, Has No Fear raced three times for a half-head second to Hong Kong Dolly on debut at Pinjarra and easy wins at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park. She has been driven in all her starts by Tom Buchanan, who will make every effort to jump to the front and set the pace on Friday night with the daughter of American stallion Western Terror. Prentice will also be represented by Delightfull (Aiden de Campo, barrier four) and She Said Diamonds (Shannon Suvaljko, barrier seven). “I was really happy with her latest run (third to Soho Interceptor and Has No Fear) and she has improved again from that,” he said. ”I would say that if you reversed the barrier draws with Delightfull and Has No Fear that Delightfull would be the horse to beat. “Barrier seven is not ideal for She Said Diamonds, but she’s a nice filly on the way up. Tommy (Buchanan) thought she was the winner at the 200m at Pinjarra on Monday. But she weakened to finish fifth behind Itz All About Magic. She’s still a bit fat and her run on Monday should prove beneficial.” Byford trainer Katja Warwick also has multiple runners in Friday night’s race in which she will be represented by Cap In Hand (Gary Hall jun., barrier two) and Hong Kong Dolly (Stuart McDonald, barrier five). Cap In Hand scored convincing wins at her first two starts, at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park in February, before she galloped at the start and then overraced when five back on the pegs and was distanced in the Sales Classic. Since then she has performed soundly in winning two trials at Byford and she should be prominent on Friday night from her favourable barrier at No. 2. Hong Kong Dolly was a winner on debut at Pinjarra early last month before she broke and raced roughly when a well-beaten sixth behind Has No Fear in a Sales Classic qualifying heat. She was checked and broke before recovering and winning a three-horse trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Ken Casellas

1 to 16 of 146
1 2 3 4 5 Next »