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A sparkling track workout on Tuesday morning has Major Reality in peak form for her attempt at Gloucester Park to become only the fourth harness racing mare to win the $50,000 Empress Stakes two years in a row in the 48-year history of the Group 2 feature event. Driven by Tom Buchanan, Major Reality set the pace and gave a powerful display to defeat her talented stablemate The Parade in the workout and astute Boyanup horseman Justin Prentice is full of confidence the five-year-old will make a successful defence of her crown. Prentice is due to return to Perth on Thursday after a ten-day trip to New Zealand and is looking forward to driving the Art Major mare, whose winning prospects soared when she drew the coveted No. 1 barrier in the 2536m event. Prentice was in New Zealand on a buying mission 12 months ago, when he had three runners in the 2016 Empress Stakes in which Major Reality made the most of starting from the No. 1 barrier when she started at 5/4 on and, with Brayden Green in the sulky, she scored a stylish all-the-way victory over Tricky Styx. Major Reality warmed up for Friday night’s big race with a stylish workout on Tuesday morning. “She worked very well with The Parade and I believe that if she is able to hold the front she will be extremely hard to beat on Friday night,” Buchanan said. “Major Reality led up (in the workout) and The Parade (Bailey McDonough) sat on her back, and they got home really good. Major Reality was doing it very easy on the line and won by about a neck.” Buchanan said that Prentice had been somewhat disappointed with Major Reality’s performance in the WA Pacing Cup three starts ago when she led from barrier one before fading to eighth behind Chicago Bull. “She had been backed up from her unplaced run in the Fremantle Cup a week earlier,” Buchanan said. “She seems to perform better when she is raced fortnightly. She won the Empress prelude a fortnight ago and her work since has been really good.” Major Reality, one of six New Zealand-bred mares in Friday night’s field of eight (after the scratching of Ideal Alice), has won at 19 of her 32 starts and has earned $366,596. The only mares to have won the Empress Stakes two years in a row have been Bellagena (1971-72), Golden Goddess (three in a row in 1997-98-99) and Sensational Gabby (2014-15). Kiwi Cloud won the event in 1977 and 1979. The six-year-old The Parade will be contesting the Empress Stakes for the third time. She finished third in 2015 and seventh last year. The Parade, who has earned $392,999 from 21 wins and 15 placings from 53 starts, was most impressive in winning a 2100m trial at a 1.57.2 rate at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park track on Wednesday of last week, is awkwardly drawn out wide at barrier seven on Friday night. “It was a very pleasing performance,” said Buchanan, who drove the mare in the trial. “She rolled to the front after 300 to 400m, led up and got home in 55.5sec. with the plugs still in. The 2536m on Friday night will suit her down to the ground. But she will definitely need a lot of luck from out there, with Major Reality and Bettor Be Supreme drawn inside of her. If she had drawn barrier one she would have been hard to beat.” The Parade will be driven for the first time by Gary Hall jun., who drove Aussie Made Lombo to victory in the 2013 Empress Stakes. Bettor Be Supreme, a winner at 12 of her 20 starts and trained at Busselton by Barry Howlett, is favourably drawn at barrier three on Friday night and will have many admirers. She is a splendid frontrunner and Chris Lewis, who has won the Empress Stakes a record eight times, could well make a spirited bid for the early lead. Bettor Be Supreme’s winning sequence of five was broken when she failed in the 2100m Manea Classic at Bunbury last Saturday night. She revealed dazzling speed from barrier seven to burst to the front after 50m and after opening quarters of the final mile in 30.2sec. and 29sec. she sped over the third quarter in 27.7sec. before wilting to finish seventh, five lengths behind Bettor Reward, with a final section of 27.8sec. Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond are seeking their first win in an Empress Stakes and will be pinning their hopes with consistent six-year-old Jungle Jewel, who sat behind the pacemaker Major Reality and finished fourth behind her in last year’s Empress Stakes. Jungle Jewel, a winner of 16 races, has also chalked up 29 minor placings. She has a losing sequence of 26, but has been placed at six of her past seven starts. She will start from the No. 4 barrier and reinsman Ryan Warwick said that she was ready to perform strongly after several solid recent efforts. “She is going really well, but has lost that little bit of brilliance she had when she was at her best,” he said. “She just hasn’t got that 200m devastating run anymore and she’s now more one-dimensional. But she can figure in the placings.” Ken Casellas

Boyanup horseman Justin Prentice has trained the runner-up in the Westral Dainty’s Daughter Classic three times and now he is confident he can break the drought and win the $50,000 feature event for harness racing three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 28-year-old Boyanup trainer has four of the ten runners and he has chosen to drive Lady Luca in preference to Im Stylish, Betshes Precious and Somehereonlyiknow in the 2130m group 2 classic. Lady Luca, a winner at two of her 13 starts, has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and Prentice declared: “She’ll be hard to get around. She has good gate speed and should hold up. “I was happy with her latest run (when she raced on the pegs in fourth position before finishing solidly to be a close-up third behind Hit It Rich and Maczaffair over 2130m last Friday night). It took a bit to get her off the fence because she wanted to hang down a little bit. “I’ve made a gear change to cure that and I’m confident she will get straight to the front. Im Stylish is also a very nice filly and her work has been really good.” Im Styish has drawn awkwardly at barrier five and will be handled by Tom Buchanan. Nathan Turvey will drive Somewhereonlyiknow (barrier six) and Betshes Precious will be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green from the No. 3 barrier. “Im Stylish certainly has a good winning chance and, swap the barrier draws with Lady Luca, I would have driven Im Stylish,” Prentice said. “It’s a good field and I have been impressed by Maczaffair and Hit It Rich, who won in good style last week. Maczaffair, to this stage, has proved the best filly in the State, but she has drawn out wide this week.” Shannon Suvaljko was suspended for 21 days last Friday night after finishing an unlucky second to Hit It Rich with Maczaffair. He pleaded guilty for causing interference to Somewhereonlyiknow and Susies Desire on the home turn. He has been granted a stay of proceedings and will drive the Mike Reed-trained Maczaffair from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. Maczaffair has won seven timers from 14 starts and looks set to fight out the finish, despite her outside barrier. Two starts ago she started from barrier six and raced in sixth position before charging home to win easily from the pacemaker Susies Desire.    Im Stylish has not appeared since she raced in the one-out, one-back position and finished fifth behind Herrick Roosevelt on December 16. At her previous start, she worked hard without cover when a fighting second to talented gelding El Barcelona. Hit It Rich has won at each of her three starts for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond since arriving from New Zealand and she cannot be overlooked, even though she has drawn out wide at barrier eight. She raced in the breeze and impressed in finishing strongly to win from Maczaffair last Friday night when the final 400m was covered in 28.1sec. Prentice-trained fillies to have finished second in the Dainty’s Daughter Classic have been Racketeers Girl, The Parade and Quite A Delight. Prentice drove Racketeers Girl when she started at 10/1 and finished second to Artemis Belle in 2011. The Parade (16/1) was handled by Chris Lewis when second to Majorly Foxy Styx in 2014 and Lewis also drove 4/1 chance Quite A Delight when she was second to Nuala in 2015. Prentice was in New Zealand, buying yearlings when the race was run in 2014 and 2015. He will leave Perth on Monday to attend the New Zealand yearling sales. Adding considerable intrigue and interest in Friday night’s classic will be the first appearance in WA of the WA-bred filly Soho Angel, who is prepared in Victoria by Michael Stanley and has raced 14 times in that State for five wins, four placings and $93,500 in stakes. Bred and owned by Robert Watson, Soho Angel will start from the No. 7 barrier and will be driven by Kim Prentice. Soho Angel, by champion stallion Bettors Delight, is the first of the progeny of Soho Champagne, whose only win from 12 starts was by a half-length over Bus To Cardiff in a three-year-old 2180m event at Wagin on December 23, 2011.         Soho Champagne’s second foal is Soho All Shook Up, a two-year-old filly who won at her debut for Stanley at Maryborough on Thursday of last week when she dashed over the final sections in 27.7sec. and 29.4sec. and ran the 1609m journey in 1.56.8. Soho Angel and Soho All Shook Up are related on the dam’s side to The Suleiman (292 starts for 65 wins, 90 placings and $521,270) and Highland Park (51 starts for 11 wins, 15 placings and $173,032). Both those pacers were trained and driven in their West Australian races by Andrew de Campo. Ken Casellas

Quality harness racing five-year-old Major Reality leapt into serious calculations for the $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup when she drew the prized No. 1 barrier for the 2936m group 1 event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But Major Reality will have to end a 45-year drought to win the big race if she is to become the first mare to win WA’s major pacing event since Les Marriott drove seven-year-old Pyramus to victory over Chief Attain and Sir Alex in the 1972 $20,000 WA Pacing Cup, rating 2.6.6 over the two miles. Among the unplaced runners were outstanding pacers Daintys Daughter, Red Vicar, Radiant Oro and Roscott. Pyramus won the inaugural WA Oaks in 1968 and she remains the only pacer to have won the Oaks and WA Pacing Cup. Pyramus is one of only five mares to have won a WA Pacing Cup in the past 70 years, the others being Winsome Bobbie (1946), Portree (1958), Color Glo (1967) and Daintys Daughter (1970). Major Reality, purchased in New Zealand as a yearling for $31,000, won the 2015 WA Oaks from stablemate Quite A Delight and she now boasts a splendid record of 17 wins and eight placings from 29 starts for earnings of $331,736. Trained and driven by Justin Prentice, the daughter of Art Major is a smart beginner and excellent frontrunner who has started from the No. 1 barrier at two of her past four starts for two wins --- when she led and beat The Parade and Hidden Bad in the 2130m Norms Daughter Classic on November 25 (with final quarters in 28sec. and 27.1sec.) and when she led for the first 700m and then sat behind Run Oneover before finishing powerfully to beat that pacer by a length in a 2536m Free-For-All on December 23. Major Reality had no luck at all when she started at 15/1 from the outside of the back line in the Fremantle Cup last Friday night. She raced in seventh position in the one-wide line and was unwinding a strong burst when she locked wheels with John of Arc on the home turn and then was hampered for room in the straight, finishing tenth behind Chicago Bull. John Wulff, who bought Major Reality as a yearling and races the mare in partnership with his father Ron and friends Ryan Hughes and Andrew Ditri, said he expected Prentice to be keen to set the pace. If that is the case there is certain to be fireworks early, with Bettors Fire and Cyamach certain to begin speedily in attempts to take up the running. Ken Casellas

Five-year-old mare Major Reality is ready for her most serious test in a wonderful harness racing career when she clashes with some of the State’s best pacers, including Bettors Fire, Run Oneover, Delightful Offer, David Hercules and Waylade, in the 2536m Functions At Gloucester Park Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Boyanup trainer-driver Justin Prentice declared that Major Reality’s second to stablemate The Parade last Friday week was the best run of her career. “Now I think she can take the next step up, particularly from the No. 1 barrier,” Prentice said. “The plan will be to lead. The others will need to get the right run; we’ve got the draw advantage on them. “The 2536m will be no trouble for Major Reality or for The Parade. I give both mares a realistic winning chance.” Major Reality, by Art Major winner of the WA Oaks over 2536m two seasons ago, was purchased as a yearling in New Zealand for $31,000 and she has already earned $313,556 for owners John and Ron Wulff, Andrew Ditri and Ryan Hughes. She has had 27 starts for 16 wins, five seconds and three thirds. The Parade, who will be driven by Tom Buchanan, is handily drawn at barrier three on Friday night and she should be in a prominent position throughout. The Parade won for the 21st time from 52 starts when she trailed the pacemaker Dodolicious before sprinting home fast to beat Major Reality by just under three lengths. Major Reality had no luck whatsoever after starting from barrier two. She was badly inconvenienced when the pace slackened in the first lap and was shuffled back to tenth in the middle stages before sustaining a strong three-wide burst from seventh at the bell. Chris Lewis gave punters a significant lead when he opted to drive Flaming Flutter in preference to Our Jericho. The Ross Olivieri-trained pacers are handily drawn at barrier two and four, respectively. Flaming Flutter raced three back on the pegs and met with interference on the home turn before finishing strongly, out wide, to be fourth behind Cyamach in the Interdominion Consolation last Friday week. His most recent success was in the South Australian Cup at Globe Derby Park last January, but he will pay to follow. Our Jericho, a winner at nine of his past 26 starts, will be handled by Chris Voak. It is well worth considering that he finished second to star pacer Hectorjayjay in an Inters heat at Bunbury three starts ago. Run Oneover, Bettors Fire and Delightful Offer are top-flight performers who will start from the back line and are all capable of winning. Ken Casellas

Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice sounded an ominous warning to the harness racing connections of Major Reality’s rivals in the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he said that Major Reality ran times on his home track that not many other horses were capable of recording. After Major Reality had given a bold frontrunning performance from the No. 1 barrier to win the 2130m Norms Daughter Classic last Friday week Prentice said that he was delighted with the ease in which Major Reality ran such fast times in training. “She probably needed the run and I think that there is more improvement in her,” he added. The clash between Major Reality, the2015 WA Oaks winner, with Dodolicious, the 2016 WA Oaks champion, the richly-talented and highly impressive A Piccadilly Princess (winner of the Victoria Oaks and the New Zealand north island Oaks early this year), outstanding open-class performers Tricky Styx, Ideal Alice and The Parade as well as up-and-coming mares Sheer Rocknroll and Bettor Be Supreme promises to be a highlight on a magnificent ten-event program. Dodolicious, whose 25 starts have produced 15 wins and seven seconds, has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and Ryan Warwick will be keen to make full use of her gate speed in a bid for an all-the-way victory which would give leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond their second success in the Mares Classic, after Luke McCarthy had driven Baby Bling to a decisive win over Aussie Made Lombo in the group 1 feature event in November 2012. At her most recent outing Dodolicious started from barrier two and had a tough run in the breeze before wilting late to finish fifth behind the pacemaking Major Reality in the Norms Daughter Classic. The final quarters were run in 28sec. and 27.1sec. At her previous start, Dodolicious raced without cover before winning from Mon Lillies over 2130m. It will be interesting to see whether Prentice makes a strong bid to outpace Dodolicious and take up the early running or whether he will be content to control the tempo of the race from the breeze. A Piccadilly Princess was a certainty beaten when second to Ideal Alice in the 2130m Parliamentarians Cup last Friday night. She trailed the pacemaking Ideal Alice and was hopelessly blocked for a clear passage in the final circuit. She went to the line full of running, but with nowhere to go. A week earlier she gave a sample of her class when she finished with a devastating sprint to win easily from Ideal Tyson and Johnny Disco over 2536m. Star New Zealand trainer-reinsman Mark Purdon will be anxious to slot A Piccadilly Princess into a favourable forward position in the one-wide line before setting her alight in the final stages. She has won at ten of her 21 starts and looks destined for a wonderful career. Ideal Alice, to be driven by Gary Hall jun. from barrier No. 5 for trainer Gary Hall sen., also is likely to be held up for a late charge. She notched her 17th win from 46 starts when she was untroubled to lead and win from A Piccadilly Princess last Friday night. $125,000 Westral Mares Classic over 2536m 1 - Dodolicious by Bettor's Delight 2 - Major Reality NZ by Art Major 3 - Sheer Rocknroll by Rocknroll Hanover 4 - A Piccailly Princess NZ by Bettor's Delight 5 - Ideal Alice NZ by American Ideal 6 - Bettors Gem by Bettor's Delight 7 - Bettor Be Supreme NZ by Bettor's Delight 8 - Hidden Bad NZ by Badlands Hanover 9 - Tricky Styx NZ by Jereme's Jet ................................................................ 10 - The Parade NZ by Real Desire 11 - Quite A Delight NZ by Bettor's Delight 12 - My Samantha Jane NZ by Extreme Three 13 - Mon Lillies (EM 1) by Artesian 14 - Paid Twice (EM 2) by Blissful Hall   Ken Casellas

Smart harness racing five-year-old Quite A Delight will reappear after an absence of five months when she contests the $20,000 Slater-Gartrell Sports Pace for mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She boasts a splendid record of nine wins and seven placings from 20 starts and has the potential to develop into a leading candidate for the $125,000 Mares Classic at Gloucester Park on December 9. Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice has the happy knack of producing his pacers in excellent condition for strong first-up performances and Quite A Delight is sure to prove hard to beat on Friday night, despite the disadvantage of starting out wide from barrier eight on the front line in the 2130m event. The Bettor's Delight mare has been wonderfully consistent and has been unlucky in feature events, finishing second to Nuala in the group 2 Dainty’s Daughter Classic in February 2015, a nose second to stablemate Major Reality in the group 1 WA Oaks in May 2015 and third to Major Reality and Tricky Styx in the group 2 Empress Stakes last February. Baileys Gold and Lovers Prayer, favourably drawn on the front line, are sure to be prominent and Baldivis trainer Nathan Turvey holds a strong hand with three runners, Anna Faye, Royal Myth and Hidden Bad. Turvey will handle Royal Myth, a winner at nine of her 20 starts, and he has engaged Clint Hall to drive Anna Faye and Chris Lewis for Hidden Bad. Royal Myth was an easy all-the-way winner two starts ago, but she faces a stiff test from out wide at No. 7 on the front line on Friday night. Anna Faye, who will start from barrier four on the front line, was an all-the-way winner over 2185m at Pinjarra two starts ago and then enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing strongly to be a head second to Baileys Gold over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. Hidden Bad won for the 14th time from 48 starts when she was untroubled to lead and beat Mary Catherine at Gloucester Park last Friday night, rating a smart 1.56.4 over 2130m. Hidden Bad has the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line on Friday night, but cannot be disregarded as an each-way prospect. Ken Casellas

Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice has got the well-performed former New Zealand pacer Our Sky Major back on track after two disappointing efforts by the five-year-old at his first two starts in Western Australia in June and he has high hopes of a harness racing victory in the $25,000 Marathon Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Our Sky Major will need to be at his best to overcome the disadvantage of starting off the 30m mark. But he is undoubtedly the class runner in the field of 12, with earnings of $786,407 from 16 wins and 18 placings from 56 starts, None of his rivals can boast such an outstanding record, which includes three group 1 victories --- the $100,000 Messenger Championship at Alexandra Park, the $150,000 Emerald at Canterbury and the $120,000 Chariots of Fire at Menangle as a four-year-old, as well as a win in the group 2 Paleface Adios Stakes at Menangle. He also has been placed in two other group 1 events. Our Sky Major warmed up for this week’s assignment in fine style with a stylish victory at a 1.57.4 rate in a 2536m mobile event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. The son of Art Major started from the outside (barrier No. 9) on the front line and was restrained to the rear. He was still in 12th position after a lap before Prentice sent him forward, three wide, with 1250m to travel. He was sixth at the bell and got to the front 250m from the post and went on to win by a length from Livura, with final sectionals of 28.4sec. and 28.3sec. Prentice will be looking for his second success in the Marathon after he scored a thrilling last-stride victory by a head over the pacemaker Move Over in 2011. He also has driven placegetters in three other Marathons, finishing third with Global Force in 2008, second with Anvils Big Punt in 2012 and second with This Time Dylan in 2014. This Time Dylan’s trainer Michael Brennan is confident of a strong showing from his emerging five-year-old Naughty Maravu, who will start off the 10m mark and will be driven by Gary Hall jun. Naughty Maravu has returned to top form in recent weeks. He dashed to the front after 650m and set a solid pace when he beat Our Sky Major in a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park two starts ago. Our Sky Major finished determinedly from seventh at the bell to finish a half-length from the winner. Then Naughty Maravu started from 50m in a 2503m stand when he raced three wide for much of the way and finished a head second to Assassinator. Hall has won the Marathon behind Im Themightyquinn in 2010 and Code Red in 2012, as well as finishing head seconds with Vintage Concerto in 2007 and Norvic Nightowl last year. e also droive Why Live Dangerlusly into bthird place behind Glacier Star in 2011.  He also finished third with Why Live Dangerously in 2011. Phoenix Warrior, who will share the 30m back mark with Our Sky Major and Courage Tells, will have many admirers. Phoenix Warrior, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, impressed with a strong win in a 2536m mobile at Gloucester Park last Friday week when he started from the outside of the back line and sustained a powerful burst over the final 1500m to beat Courage Tells at a 1.58.1 rate. Phoenix Warrior started off 20m and 30m, respectively, at his two previous outings over 2503m when he covered a good deal of extra ground and fought on grandly to finish third to Our Jericho and second to Ohoka Cooper. Ken Casellas

Champion harness racing reinsman Gary Hall jun. celebrated his 34th birthday by driving the Michael Brennan-trained Awesum Teddy to victory in a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night and he hopes to continue in good form by landing Maidenimpression a winner of the third race, the Bill Steer Memorial Pace for three-year-old fillies, on Friday night. Hall has driven Maidenimpression for Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice at the filly’s past three starts for a fast-finishing win in the Dainty’s Daughter Classic at Pinjarra, an unlucky fifth behind Jasmin Amal and an easy win in a heat of the Breeders Classic at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon. Maidenimpression is somewhat awkwardly drawn at barrier six in Friday night’s 2130m event, but Hall believes the filly by the $4 million earner Mister Big has the ability to overcome this disadvantage. “She led from barrier one and got it all her own way on Monday,” he said. “But she still ran decent sectionals (30.6sec., 30.1sec., 28.4sec. and 27.7sec.). She’s a big-striding filly and she goes quicker than what you think she’s going. It felt like that she won in second gear. “This will be a test from barrier six, but she’s probably good enough to go forward. Eventually she will be a role player from any draw.” Ross Olivieri, an eight-time premiership trainer in WA, said that he Sheer Rocknroll was a big chance in the race if she was able to get to the front from the No. 2 barrier. Sheer Rocknroll has won at eight of her 26 starts and is a splendid frontrunner. But Olivieri is concerned that she might not be able to cross the polemarker Maia Maguire, a filly trained by Prentice who made most of the running when an easy winner at Bunbury two starts ago. Sheer Rocknroll will be handled by her usual reinsman Stuart McDonald, who was suspended on Tuesday night for four weeks after the stewards found him guilty of an unacceptable drive behind Sheer Rocknroll when she finished fifth and last behind Maidenimpression on Monday afternoon. The stewards ruled that McDonald erred by electing to move Sheer Rocknroll from a one-wide position early in the race to the pegs, where he was unable to gain a clear run for the remainder of the race. McDonald’s penalty will start from midnight on Friday night. Ken Casellas

Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice holds a strong hand in the $18,000 Premier Avan Maxxi Pace for harness racing three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park with four of the 12 runners --- Maia Maguire, Maidenimpression, Millwood Molly and Im Zuleika. The New Zealand-bred Maia Maguire is showing steady improvement and though awkwardly drawn at barrier five on the front line, she appears to have sound winning prospects for reinsman Chris Lewis. Maia Maguire warmed up for this week’s race in good style with a convincing victory over 2569m at Bunbury last Saturday night. She raced three wide early before dashing to the front with two laps to travel. After a slow first half (64.7sec.) of the final mile Maia Maguire increased the tempo and impressed when she sped over the final quarters in 28.6sec. and 27.8sec. to win by more than two lengths from Allthewaytothebank. Gary Hall jun. will drive Maidenimpression, who notched her third win from seven starts when she raced in sixth and last position for most of the way before finishing powerfully to get up in the final stride to win the Dainty’s Daughter Classic by a head from Jasmin Amal at a 1.57.4 rate over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. The final quarters were run in 27.5sec. and 29.3sec. Maidenimpression will need a slice of luck to overcome her wide draw at No. 8 on Friday night. Millwood Molly, a fast-finishing winner at Gloucester Park at her debut two starts ago, had every chance when fourth behind Maidenimpression on Monday. She will start from the outside of the front line on Friday night. Im Zuleika, a winner at two of her 12 starts, will begin from the inside of the back line and should be prominent. The David Thompson-trained Jasmin Amal has drawn favourably at barrier one. She ran on from fifth at the bell to hit the front 50m from the post when a head second to Maidenimpression on Monday. The Ross Olivieri-trained Sheer Rocknroll set the pace in Monday’s race and was far from disgraced in finishing a close-up third to Maidenimpression. Her 24 starts have produced eight wins and eight placings and she has excellent each-way prospects from barrier three on Friday night. Many punters will also pin their faith in Our Gamma Lady (barrier six) and Shes Artful (seven). Our Gamma Lady, trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, chalked up her fifth win from 15 starts when she gave a bold frontrunning display to win by more than three lengths from Usual Chaos over 1684m at a 1.56 rate at Pinjarra on Monday. Shes Artful, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, covered a lot of extra ground before scoring an easy first-up win at Northam three starts ago. She sustained a spirited finishing burst when third to Straight Thru Blue over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday. Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 15 July 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 15 July 2016

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

Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice is delighted that Im Stylish will start from the coveted No. 1 barrier in the Del Basso Smallgoods Diamond Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he is confidently planning an all-the-way victory in the $100,000 group one classic for two-year-old fillies over 1730m. “I’m super happy with the draw and the plans are to lead,” he said. “I think there’s no doubt she’s got the gate speed to hold the front. “She did all the work from barrier five when she raced in the breeze and won a qualifying heat on Tuesday of last week. She did it easily with the ear plugs in. She’s as fit as I can get her and I think she’s better this week than she was last week.” The heat victory at a 1.58.9 rate (with a final quarter in 27.5sec.) improved her record to four starts for two wins and two seconds. Im Stylish rated 1.56.8 when she led from barrier two and won from Beach Goddess over 1730m at Gloucester Park two starts earlier and she appears sure to be a warm favourite on Friday night, with Prentice hoping that his luck will change after finishing fourth in the Diamond Classic with hot favourites The Parade in 2013 and Major Reality in 2014. He also finished second with Bettor Dreams, trained by his father Kim, in the 2012 Diamond Classic. “The Parade raced in the breeze when fourth behind Highest Royalty and Major Reality became fired up after a false start and she went three deep without cover when coming in for the bell when fourth behind Tricky Styx,” he said. The New Zealand-bred Im Stylish is one of four runners trained by Prentice in Friday night’s classic. His other runners are maiden performers Lady Luca, Allamerican Queen and Doalittlerocknroll. Lady Luca, who will be driven by Chris Lewis from the No. 2 barrier on the front line, impressed at her third start, in a heat of the Diamond Classic on Tuesday of last week, when she was sixth at the bell before finishing strongly, out four wide, to be second to Beach Goddess. “Lady Luca hit the line really well and she’s got good ability,” Prentice said. “She is a real good competitor and it looks as though she will be up on the speed which will suit her.” Lewis has won the Diamond Classic with Dilingers Reign in 2005 and Sensational Gabby in 2011. Allamerican Queen and Doalittlerocknroll each finished in third place in qualifying heats and will be at liberal odds from awkward barriers, five and six, respectively. The major dangers to Im Stylish appear to be the Katja Warwick-trained Red Hot Roxy and Angel Bromac, who is trained and driven by Prentice’s father Kim. Red Hot Roxy possesses sparkling gate speed and she has made most of the running when a winner at three of her four starts. Her only defeat came three starts ago when she led early and then trailed the pacemaker but was hopelessly blocked for a clear passage and finished a most unlucky fourth behind Betshes Precious. Gary Hall Jnr will handle Red Hot Roxy and he looks certain to make use of the filly’s early speed in a bid to wrest the lead from Im Stylish. The New Zealand-bred Angel Bromac, owned by prominent West Australian breeder and owner Robert Watson, was the fastest of the four heart winners. Her gross time of 2min. 6.4sec. (a rate of 1.57.6) compares most favourably with the times of the other heat winners, Red Hot Roxy (2.9.4 gross), Im Stylish (2.7.9) and Beach Goddess (2.8.2). But her prospects diminished when she drew the outside (barrier three) on the back line. WATCH: Prentice says Angel Bromac will keep them honest “I’m certainly not jumping over the moon, especially now that they have extended the field from nine to 12 runners,” Prentice said. “I’m planning to race in the breeze. I’ll be charging forward from the back line, following Red Hot Roxy through. “If I sit back I’ll just be giving it to them on a platter over a mile. If they want to run 12 horses, the race should be over 2130m, not 1730m. In the interdominions, contested by the best horses in Australasia, they have only nine runners. So how can they have 12 two-year-old fillies, a lot of them having only their second start, go round in this event? “However, if I don’t go forward and just let them (the frontrunners) get away with it, there’s no way I will be able to catch them. I know the depth of Angel Bromac, so we’ll be trying to charge through and be right up there with them.” Prentice compares Angel Bromac most favourably with the brilliant Eagle Rox, a filly he trained and drove to an all-the –way victory over stablemate Bettor Dreams in the 2012 Diamond Classic. “Eagle Rox and Bettor Dreams are smaller horses, whereas Angel Bromac is enormous,” he explained. “But Angel Bromac has so much to learn, but raw ability, motor wise, I think she could be special. “As a young horse Eagle Rox could really run a (fast) quarter. Angel Bromac struggles a bit that way. But she can run three really good quarters. Now Angel Bromac has to prove that she’s a racehorse. However, on the little bit she has shown me I can’t wait to put her in the paddock and bring her back as a three-year-old. I consider she will be an elite three-year-old.” Watson is hoping for an ounce of luck and for a win with Angel Bromac. He bred and owned Soho Tokyo, an 8/1 chance who started from the No. 4 barrier and raced three wide early and then in the breeze before hitting the front on the home turn and finishing a head second to the fast-finishing Tricky Styx in the 2014 Diamond Classic. “Robert was bitterly disappointed when he rang me today (Tuesday) and discovered that there were 12 runners,” Prentice said. “I’d love to win the race for Robert, who puts so much money and time into the industry.” Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed was full of praise for the easy all-the-way heat victory of Beach Goddess and is confident of a strong showing in the final. Beach Goddess, to be driven by Mark Reed, will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line and should enjoy a good passage. She is one of the most experienced runners in the field, with her seven starts producing four wins and three seconds.

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It is fitting that former Kiwi star Our Sky Major is about to launch the next chapter of his career around Harness Jewels time.  It was this time last year when the then Barry Purdon-trained entire complete an historic Harness Jewels “three-peat” at Ashburton. He won the Jewels finals as a two, three and four-year-old.  Much has changed since and the rising six-year-old is now with young gun trainer Justin Prentice in Western Australia.  Prentice opted to give Our Sky Major a little break when he first arrived in WA, but the son of Art Major is now primed to make his debut in his new home state.  Prentice sharpened-up Our Sky Major for his return with a Bunbury trial last Wednesday night where he sat parked early, worked to the front and won as he liked by 10m. He went a slick 1min56.7sec mile rate for 2100m and closed in splits of 55.9 and 28.3sec.  “He went super, did it really easily and has pulled-up well,” Prentice said. “He’s set to go to the races now.  “I’m keen to build his confidence again, so I’ll look for a race in the country somewhere over the next week or so to start him off and hopefully get an easy kill. It’s important will all horses, especially stallions.”  Our Sky Major was sent to Prentice after finishing sixth to Locharburn in the Easter Cup at Addington on March 26.  “I gave him a week off in the paddock when he got here, just to settle in, get used to the surrounds and relax a bit. He thrived and put on plenty of weight,” Prentice said.  “They told me he was a bit sour and hard to handle when they took him to Sydney, so I was mindful of trying to keep him relaxed.  “Perhaps the most pleasing part of the trial the other day was how relaxed he was. He was beautiful to handle. I’m hoping a happy horse means we’ll see his best form again.  “Ideally I’ll find a couple of easy races for him to start off in, then he can run in a couple of Gloucester Park free-for-alls before I give him another little let-up then set him for the Inter Dominion and Summer Carnival here.”  Prentice is still pinching himself at being given the opportunity to train Our Sky Major.  “It’s such an honour. It is a bit nerve-wracking, but getting a horse like him why we are all in the game,” he said.  “The early signs are good and I can’t wait to get him through those first couple of races.”  In other stable news, Prentice has put his star mare Major Reality out for a spell.  “She was just starting to get a bit sour after her latest run and I’ve got bigger fish to fry with her,” he said.  “She’ll have all of June and the early part of July spelling, then I’ll bring her back for the big mares’ races later in the year and look at taking her to Sydney for the Ladyship Mile.”  Adam Hamilton

9 fillies have emerged from the 4 heats of the 2016 Group 1 Diamond Classic with a host of chances now awaiting the all-important barrier draw. Red Hot Roxy was the first to place her name on the selection sheet with a dominating all-the-way win in a comfortable mile-rate of 2:00.4. After leading easily from barrier 7, Gary Hall Jnr was never challenged and let the Group 1 winner slide down the home straight to score by 11.5m to the Colin Brown trained and reined Mint Edition. Red Hot Roxy’s Byford trainer Katja Warwick was pleased with how her filly came through the heat. “She’s always very confident and that’s how she races… She did it in style today” Third across the line was Allamerican Queen who went back at the start and made up good ground in the run to the line. Heat 2 saw another $1.10 favourite qualify for the $100,000 final - Im Stylish for trainer-driver Justin Prentice was impressive in its 1:58.9 win over Callan Suvaljko’s filly Flying Margarita. Im Stylish winning her Diamond Classic Heat. Image: Jodie Hallows Flying Margarita showed early dash to force the favourite to sit parked for the journey, but with a flick of the reins Im Stylish ran straight past her opposition and won by 2.2m. “I really like her, she won tonight easy with the plugs still in… she only does what she has too” – Justin Prentice. Doalittlerocknroll fought on well from the rear to claim third in a tight finish. Angel Bromac rewarded favourite punters yet again with a win in it’s first start in a race. After impressive trails the Mach Three filly showed nice early burn to get to the front and raced clear in the home stretch - 9.2m clear of Miss Twiggy Whitby who will need to trial to the stewards satisfaction after causing a false start. Kim Prentice who trains Angel Bromac said post race his horse has some improvement under her belt after battling a virus during the week. “Her work was super but I ran a blood (scan) just to check everything and she had a virus so she missed some work last week” She stopped the clock at 1:57.6 with Kellyann Marie in third who enters the final field of 9 runners as the fastest third place-getter of the night. Beach Goddess took out Heat 4 and won like the $1.10 favourite she was sent out at. Finding the front from barrier 1, the winner of four races from seven starts was never headed and won easily for trainer Mike Reed. “I think if she gets a draw she will be very hard to beat… I wouldn’t swap her for any other filly that’s for sure” Lady Luca came from last at the 400m mark to run into second and qualify, giving trainer Justin Prentice two hopes at holding up the Diamond Classic trophy. “She’s a really nice race-horse. She has great manners which helps a lot for 2yo fillies. If she gets a draw she is in with a chance” The barrier draw will be held at RWWA HQ in Osbourne Park on Tuesday 31st of May before the Group 1 event on Friday June 3rd.   Diamond Classic Field (Not in barrier order) HORSE TRAINER Red Hot Roxy Katja Warwick Mint Edition Colin Brown Im Stylish Justin Prentice Flying Margarita Callan Suvaljko Angel Bromac Kim Prentice Miss Twiggy Whitby Edwin Dewar Kellyann Marie* David Thompson Beach Goddess Mike Reed Lady Luca Justin Prentice *Fastest Third Scott Hamilton

Boyanup harness racing trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice was philosophical when his smart mares Quite A Delight and Where Dreams Grow drew out wide at barrier eight in the second heat of the Fridgies Job The Johnson Pace and the Olive Farms Nice Drop Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He admitted that each mare faced a stern task, but he added that both had the ability to overcome the disadvantage of a wide barrier. Quite A Delight, a smart New Zealand-bred four-year-old by Bettor's Delight, simply does not know how to perform poorly, with her 18 starts producing nine wins, five second and two thirds. “She has taken Major Reality’s outside draw from last week,” Prentice said. “She tries her hardest every week.” Major Reality overcome the outside draw last week when she charged home from last at the bell to score an effortless victory over Am Opulent and Delightful Jade over 2130m last Friday night. Quite A Delight started this season in dazzling form with five wins in a row before finishing third to Major Reality, second to James Galleon and  a half-head second to The Parade at her next three outings.     Prentice said that Quite A Delight would have to be at the top of her game to win this week against several talented, in-form mares, including the Ross Olivieri-trained pair Deluxe Edition and Lady Willoughby, Sovereign Faith, Kiralin, Millwood Faith and Pay Me Quick. Justin Prentice Olivieri holds a strong hand with Deluxe Edition starting from the coveted No. 1 barrier and Lady Willoughby at No. 2. “Both mares have a good chance,” Olivieri said. “And fair dinkum I’m not sure who I lean towards. At this stage I can’t work out which one will lead. You can’t argue with Lady Willoughby’s form and you can’t disregard Deluxe Edition.” Lady Willoughby (Chris Voak) raced without cover early and then enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail before finishing strongly to win over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Easter Thursday. She dashed over the final quarters in 28.5sec. and 28.4sec. and beat Deluxe Edition, who finished boldly from seventh at the bell. Chris Lewis will again drive Deluxe Edition. Kiralin bounced back to her best form for Oldbury trainer Kim Prentice when she led and won from Sovereign Faith over 1780m at Northam on March 31. Sovereign Faith, trained at Mt Helena by Ray Williams, raced in the breeze when a fighting second to Major Reality over 1684m at Pinjarra at her previous start. Pay Me Quick, trained and driven by Kristian Hawkins, ended a losing sequence of 21 when she set a fast pace and won easily from Eastwood Crystal and Millwood Faith at a 1.57.5 rate over 1780m at Northam on March 22. “She’s flying,” Hawkins declared. “But from barrier six I’ll be driving her patiently and for luck. She’s got an explosive turn of foot. Three starts before her win at Northam she raced in last place in a field of six at Gloucester Park and probably ran a 26.5sec. last quarter when an unlucky fourth behind Ohoka Kentucky over 2130m at Gloucester Park. If luck goes her way on Friday night she will be right in it.” WA-bred five-year-old Where Dreams Grow is in sound form, but will need luck from her wide draw on Friday night. “She’s come back (after a spell) really good, but it’s going to be tough from barrier eight over a mile,” Prentice said. Where Dreams Grow (Allamerican Ingot) followed a good first-up second to James Galleon at Pinjarra with a strong-finishing fourth behind The Parade over 1684m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. Gary Hall jun. said that Delightful Jade had winning prospects, despite drawing the outside barrier in Friday night’s 1730m sprint. “With All About Pink sure to be attempting to lead from barrier three and Mon Lillies and Giuliana Rancic possessing good gate speed, the race could be run upside down. And if it is, then Delightful Jade will come into contention. She went well enough when third to Major Reality and Am Opulent last week.” Justin Prentice, who also prepares Giuliana Rancic, said that he was hoping for an improved effort from the hard-pulling four-year-old. “I’ve tried a different bit on her this week and she’s been really good. So I have my fingers crossed that she will settle.” The Katja Warwick-trained Straittothehilton also has solid claims from the No. 4 barrier. She finished strongly when third behind Guns With Cows over 2130m last Friday night. That followed easy wins over 2130m on the same track at her two previous starts. by Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 April 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 April 2016

With the arrival today of Chase The Dream from the all-star stables of Purdon/Rasmussen ahead of the Group 1 $200,000 Sky Racing WA Derby, Top WA trainer Gary Hall Snr will be hard at work putting what he hopes to be winning touches on local harness racing hope Chicago Bull. Lets Chase The Dream (as it will be known in WA) will be stabled at Greg and Skye Bond’s property to contest the WA Derby prelude on Friday night and will most likely be driven by Gary Hall Jnr. Chicago Bull will have the week off after securing a spot in the Derby with an emphatic win over Sprinter and Cant Refuse who sat parked for the entire race in last Friday night's Group 2 Western Gateway Pace. “He is such a professional little race horse, he does what you want him too. I was pretty confident in the run… we know how fast he is and I was wrapped with the run we got” – Gary Hall Jnr In a post-race interview with Gary Hall Snr, he sung Chicago Bull's praises. “He is a winner, good horses win... We go into the WA Derby now, not confident with Chase The Dream coming over, but they are an even bunch of 3yo’s… ...I think it’s fantastic they’re coming over. I am worried though, if that horse wins there will be a truck load of super-stars here for the Inters!” Also on his way west is (OUR) Sky Major who will be trained by Justin Prentice. “I couldn’t be happier, I pick him up Monday night and I can’t wait to get him home” said Justin. Our Sky Major's condition will be assessed by Prentice when he arrives but it’s more than likely he will head to a paddock briefly to acclimatise to the Australian conditions. “He will probably have one or two weeks off and have a brief winter campaign and then set him up for the summer carnival” by Scott Hamilton | GPTV

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