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It’s quite possible the best race on Friday night’s meeting is the last one. For those willing to stay up until 9.42, they are set to be treated to an outstanding three-year-old event, with six of the state’s best in that age group set to do battle. With rich Westsired and Westbred races just around the corner, this shapes up as one of the final chances for these three-year-olds to stake their claim for a slice of the lucrative prize pool. On paper, it appears as if the Justin Prentice or Colin Brown stable will take out the Team Trolio Harcourts Realty Pace (2130m). Prentice will be represented by Know When To Run and Back In Twenty, who have barrier one and four respectively. Know When To Run produced, arguably, the run of the night last Friday night when second to Gee Jay Kay, while Back In Twenty was third. Meanwhile, Brown has Its Rock And Roll and Patrickthepiranha engaged from barrier two and six respectively. Its Rock And Roll and Patrickthepiranha haven’t started since finishing second and fourth respectively to Theo Aviator in the Pearl Classic last month. It is that pacer, Theo Aviator, who will be out to bring about their undoing again this Friday night. The Aldo Cortopassi-trained and driven pacer has put together a sound record of 11 wins from 27 starts, with the Pearl success the main highlight. Theo Aviator has a tricky draw of barrier five to navigate from on Friday though, but Cortopassi said he would still look to roll forward into a prominent position. “We needed a run this week and it’s held together, which is good,” he told GPTV. “We knew we were going to draw badly on the preference win dollars. “We will put him up in the firing line early. “There is probably a chance we are going to have to do some work off the arm. “In a small field, if that happens, we might be a chance to drop in somewhere as well.” Galante, to start from barrier three, rounds out the six horse field for trainer Bryan Cousins and reinsman Kim Prentice. The Art Major gelding produced a strong performance last start on May 28 at Gloucester Park, where he sat in the breeze and wore down Our Virtuoso. Prior to that, Galante was unplaced behind Theo Aviator in the Pearl. Cousins said Galante deserved his standing as one of the outsiders in the race, but was hopeful he could produce another tough performance. “Everyone who has a three-year-old hopes they can progress through to the top grade,” he told GPTV. “He got through and competed in the Derby and some of the other feature three-year-old races, but he was just short of the really top class ones. “He’s been up for a while, but his last couple of starts have been pretty good. “It’s an intriguing race and how it’s going to be run. “I’m just hoping my horse can be really competitive and if he finishes first three I’ll be happy.” Know When To Run could be running to give Gary Hall Jnr his 150th winner for the season. The leading reinsman currently has 148 winners to his name this season and looks well poised to be among the winners this week.   Tim Walker

Friday night's Group 2 Perth Plasterboard Centre Diamond Classic (2130m) for the three-year-old fillies shapes up as an intriguing edition of the feature. Trainer Justin Prentice's WA Oaks winner Has No Fear headlines the 12 horse field, along with stablemate Majorpride. Has No Fear has a significantly easier barrier in four for this week's event, but her stablemate may prove to be the hardest to beat from barrier one. Jocelyn Young retains the drive on Has No Fear, while Gary Hall Jnr will team up with Majorpride. Majorpride drew barrier one in a WA Oaks Prelude last month and was able to hold the front, before finishing third to Fake News. Hall Jnr said Majorpride's last start second to Countess Grace suggested she could hold the front again on Friday. "She went terrific last start in the breeze," Hall Jnr told GPTV. "I think she's in the form that suggests from this draw she can win the race. "We will be trying to make every post a winner from the draw and the way she's going I give her a big shot." The Mike Reed-trained Countess Grace and the David Thompson-trained Mandy Joan took out the two heats of the Diamond on May 14 but had contrasting fortunes at the barrier draw. Countess Grace will start from the outside of the front row in barrier nine, while Mandy Joan has drawn well in 12.  It was also quite the achievement from trainer Barry Howlett to qualify four fillies for the final, with All The Bells, Hello Hotshot, My Prayer and Millwood Gucci all doing enough in their heat runs. La Roue De Lamour, Bettor Pack It, Better Than Mint and Soho Interceptor round out the field.  The ever consistent La Roue De Lamour may have been a touch disappointing on face value in her heat, but barrier two is sure to see her play a prominent part in the final. Prior to her heat performance, the Annie Belton-trained filly had to be retired out of the WA Oaks in unfortunate circumstances.  The Bettors Delight filly was well respected in heading into the Oaks though, following meritorious displays in Oaks Preludes.  Belton said she was hopeful La Roue De Lamour had overcome issues stemming from her last start fifth to Mandy Joan. "After the last run I was disappointed," Belton told GPTV. "I got bloods done and she did have a virus and she'd carried it for a couple of weeks. "I'm not saying Mandy Joan wasn't a good horse, but I would've expected her to go straight past her. "When she (Mandy Joan) sprinted, we didn't so I knew there was something not quite right with her. "Hopefully I've got on top of it and she goes into the race on Friday nearly 100 per cent." Belton said she would leave it up to reinsman Kim Prentice as to whether La Roue De Lamour would try and cross Majorpride to lead the race. There was a welcome boost for Belton earlier this week when she found out Lady De La Renta would remain in her care for at least another month. The mare was set to head to America after her run in Friday night's Cubic Group Pace (2130m), but a change in plans to the transport arrangements has delayed her departure. Lady De La Renta was at her brilliant best in winning last weekend and will need to call on all that class to win from barrier eight on Friday night.  Belton said it was a hard decision to sell the mare to America, but the offers became too great to pass up. "Every day I look at her and wish I hadn't said yes," she said. "I just love her. "If she could win again for the Americans, I would be so delighted. "It's not going to be easy...if she's driven the same as last week, who knows." The Gary Hall Snr-trained Mister Bushido and Tact Major look set to be the major threats to Lady De La Renta, as do El Hombre and Chiaroscuro.   Tim Walker

IT’S almost a year since Dance Craze was a hard luck story at the Harness Jewels, but she’s had some fun back home since. Anyone who thinks a Jewels trip could be detrimental to their horse only needs to look at her to see it’s been the opposite. In 13 starts since the Jewels raid, Dance Craze has posted seven wins and four seconds. The wins include Australia’s biggest trotting race, the Great Southern Star, and she added the Group 3 La Coocaracha at Menangle last night. She’s won almost $250,000 since that Jewels trip. Dance Craze looked the class act of the La Coocaracha back against her own sex and despite drawing the outside. She sat back and blew them away late to win by an increasing 1.8m over stablemate Pizza Queen in a 1min55.6sec. Tim Butt’s emerging mare Sassy Pants did the work and ran a creditable third despite galloping across the line. _________________________________________________________________________________ INTER Dominion hero Tiger Tara is back in work and being set for the Queensland Winter Carnival. Trainer Kevin Pizzuto gave the update after his emerging pacer Persimmon won the free-for-all in strong style at Menangle last night. “He’s been back a week, so it’s still early, but Queensland is the plan with he and a few others,” Pizzuto said. _________________________________________________________________________________ “DID that just happen?” Those were the magical words from Jocelyn Young after landing her first Group 1 driving win and causing a huge upset aboard Has No Fear in last Friday night’s $150,000 Group 1 WA Oaks at Gloucester Park. The race was supposed to be dominated by boom Kiwi import Dracarys, especially after the late scratching of major rival Balcatherine, but produced one of the “roughest” trifectas in modern feature race history. Nobody got the trifecta on the home TAB. Has No Fear was a $41 shot. The placegetters, Delightfulreaction ($101 the win) and Majorpride ($71 the win), paid $16.10 and $9.20 the place. Justin Prentice trains Dracarys, but also Has No Fear and the third-placed Majorpride. It was Young’s first Group 1 win and there were no shortage of well-wishers given Has No Fear is raced by the Pacing WA Syndicate, with many first-time owners to the sport. “It’s the first horse we syndicated when we resurrected the syndicate,” Gloucester Park CEO Mick Radley said. “This is so awesome.” That’s how Young felt. “They went hard, which suited me and I thought I had them on the home bend. She finds when they come at her,” she said. “This is absolutely a career highlight for me.” Dracarys drew inside the back row, Gary Hall Jr quickly had her into the clear and, although she had to spend some petrol to whiz around the field and take the lead, it was a shock she was spent on the home bend. She tired to finish sixth. _________________________________________________________________________________ EMMA Stewart has long felt Tell Me Tales could become Australia’s best mare. She’s well on her way judging by an utterly dominant $30,000 Group 3 Make Mine Cullen at Melton last night. Despite being three-wide early around the field from a back row draw, then sitting parked, Tell Me Tales won easily in a scorching 1min52.4sec mile rate for 1720m. It was the first leg of Victoria’s mares’ triple crown and she is very clearly the one to beat in the main leg, the Group 1 Queen Of The Pacific on what we saw last night. Steve Telfer’s Kiwi mare Our Step Up continued her fantastic Victorian form with a late-closing second, albeit being no match for the winner. Tell Me Tales record is an impressive 25 starts for 18 wins, four placings and now over $300,000. _________________________________________________________________________________ THE bubble burst on buzz Victorian filly Sleepee in the $40,000 Group 2 NSW Trotters’ Oaks. Sleepee headed into the race with five wins and a second from her six starts, grab the lead easily, dictated the terms and was still easily rundown by $26 outsider Royal Charlotte. All credit to Victorians Paul and Kari Males who made the trip to Menangle with a roughie and snared the prize with the daughter of Majestic Son. The other key runner, local Princess Kenny, galloped at the start and again on the home bend before finishing second-last. The race lost some depth when another key runner, last year’s Redwood winner Emerald Stride, was scratched. _________________________________________________________________________________ ONE-TIME budding superstar Jilliby Kung Fu is still sidelined with injury, but a few others of the “clan” are still firing. Marg Lee’s classy pair Jilliby Chevy and Jilliby Bandit both won at Melton last night. Jilliby Chevy prevailed by a whisker in the $30,000 Group 3 Country Clubs Championship final in a 1min56.1sec mile rate for 2240m with Jason Lee aboard. Two races later, Jason Lee took the reins on Jilliby Bandit for an all-the-way fast-class win in a 1min53.7sec mile rate for 1720m.   Adam Hamilton

Dracarys has reinforced her standing as the filly to beat in next month's WA Oaks, following an effortless win in the Oaks Prelude (2130m) at Gloucester Park. It was another impressive display from the Justin Prentice-trained filly, who scored by 5.8m to Soho Interceptor. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr slowly made his way to the front on the Bettors Delight filly from barrier 12 and was then too strong over the closing stages, where she ran home in 56.6. Fake News, who won the Oaks Prelude last week, finished third. Balcatherine, the second favourite in tonight's event, was unplaced after having to go back from the wide draw. Hall Jnr said it was a professional performance by Dracarys. "She's got good speed," he told RWWA Harness. "I always planned to put her into it tonight when the pace allowed us to. "She's got a motor to go with it too." Hall Jnr said he expected the filly to improve further for the Oaks and was full of praise for Prentice's training performance. "Justin has always been good at getting them to peak at the right time," he said. "This has always been the plan for her and her main aim this prep. "He's pretty good at what he does, so I just leave that up to him." Prentice then teamed up with reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green in the later in the night with fellow three-year-old Back In Twenty to take out the Glenroy Chaff Pace (2130m). A smart field of three-year-old colts and geldings assembled for the event, but a smart Egerton-Green drive was enough for the colt to score a comfortable win to Sangue Reale. Elsewhere on the Gloucester Park meeting, Mighty Conqueror took out a thrilling edition of the Group 2 Easter Cup (2902m). Mighty Conqueror eventually worked to the front after starting off a 20m Handicap, but had to hold off a fast-finishing As Happy As Larry. Reinsman Ryan Warwick declared post-race the four-year-old had the potential to be a key in feature races over the summer carnival. In the Free-For-All event of the evening, Vultan Tin showed his trademark toughness to score a narrow win over Always Arjay. Vultan Tin settled in the breeze for reinsman Chris Voak, as Always Arjay led from the inside barrier. The tough gelding loomed on the home turn and looked poised to score an easy win, but Always Arjay fought back on the inside to make it a tight finish. It was the second leg of a driving double for Voak, who scored on Back To The Beach earlier in the evening.   Tim Walker

Outstanding young Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice is forming a wonderful association with champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr and this combination looks set to continue its great recent record at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall has excellent prospects with four Prentice-trained pacers in Sweet N Fast (race two), Our Major Mama (race four), Dracarys (race seven) and Our Corelli (race ten). Dracarys is the standout of that quartet and only bad luck will prevent her from winning the $18,000 #Inthegig Oaks prelude over 2130m in which she is somewhat awkwardly drawn at barrier five. In the past month Hall has driven Prentice-prepared pacers in 20 events for 11 wins, three seconds, three thirds, one fourth and two sixth placings. Hall is lavish in his praise of Dracarys, a New Zealand-bred filly who has had 14 starts for nine wins and three seconds for earnings of $89,841.   “Dracarys has to be right up there as one of the best fillies I’ve driven,” he said. “She’s more like a colt; she’s got it all and she’s strong and fast. She can come out of the gate and put the race away in the first 100m if she needs to. And her closing speed is so good that you’re not too scared to be back in the field.” Dracarys was awesome at her latest appearance, over 2130m last Friday week, when she started from barrier five, burst to the front after 450m and was not extended in sprinting over the final quarters in 28sec. and 27.9sec. to win by five lengths from stablemate Majorpride, rating 1.57.3.  Another decisive victory this week will further strengthen her claims of winning the $150,000 WA Oaks over 2536m on May 3. Majorpride, to be driven by Nathan Turvey from barrier two, should notch her fourth placing from four starts as a three-year-old after winning three races and being placed six times from 11 starts as a two-year-old. The Annie Belton-trained La Roue De Lamour, a $57,000 yearling, should be prominent throughout from the No. 1 barrier. She broke through for her first win at her tenth start when she worked hard in the breeze before beating She Said Diamonds over 1609m in 1.56.5 at Bunbury last Saturday night. Hall gives Our Corelli a good chance in the final event, the Skyracing.com.au Pace over 2130m in which he is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line. And he said that Sweet N Fast and Our Major Mama had sound prospects. Ken Casellas

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 Retravision.com.au 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

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