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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

Boyanup harness racing trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice couldn’t be happier with the form and fitness of star mare Major Reality and although he concedes the four-year-old faces a test from the outside barrier and against some smart mares, including Am Opulent, Robyns C C and Bonny Under Fire, he is confident she will prove very hard to beat in the first heat of the 2130m Slater Gartrell Sports Jake and Lola Johnson Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The No. 9 barrier will test Major Reality, who is aiming to extend her winning sequence to nine. She ended her three-year-old season with a win and has won at her first seven starts this season, boosting her earnings to $243,767 from 14 wins and four placings from just 21 starts. “She has set the pace every time in this preparation,” Prentice said. “This race is going to be tougher and she is unlikely to be able to get to an early lead from the outside barrier. “However, she is a versatile mare and it doesn’t matter where she ends up. She came from behind to win the Oaks last May. I’ve been super happy with her and I didn’t move on her at her latest start, at Pinjarra, when she ran the final quarter in 26.5sec. “She will continue racing and after contesting a couple of events for mares in May I’ll send her for a spell before bringing her back for the rich mares events in November and December.” Am Opulent, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has won only once from her past 20 starts, but she is knocking on the door. She began brilliantly from barrier five in the Golden Girls Classic over 1684m at Pinjarra on Monday, but although she got a good half-length clear she was unable to cross the polemarker All About Pink. The blistering opening quarter in 25.8sec. took its toll, but she did well to battle on into fifth place behind The Parade. The Nathan Turvey-trained Robyns C C has been a model of consistency this season and she looks a major player from the coveted No. 1 barrier. She relished her frontrunning role when a winner over Bonny Under Fire over 1730m two starts ago. Bonny Under Fire is nicely drawn at barrier two and trainer Ross Olivieri declared her an each-way prospect after her solid wins over 2139m at her past two starts. by Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 01 April 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 01 April 2016

Five-year-old mare The Parade should make the most of a favourable barrier (No. 3) and prove too smart for her six harness racing rivals in the $23,000 Alltools Gift Vouchers Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “Her latest run was very good and she’ll go close again this week,” declared Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice. Prentice will resume as The Parade’s driver after Brayden Green was in the sulky last Friday night when the mare settled in seventh position and sustained a strong three-wide burst from fifth at the bell to win by almost two lengths from Firebomb, rating 1.56.1 over 2130m. The Parade, who has raced 45 times for 18 wins, 14 placings and stakes of $274,429, will clash with another outstanding mare Leda McNally, who looks set to act as pacemaker from her ideal barrier at No. 2. Another rival will be the evergreen 11-year-old Shardons Rocket, who will start from the outside in a field of seven. Shardons Rocket will be having his fifth start in the space of 15 days for veteran Byford trainer Tony Svilicich. Shardons Rockets led and won in fine style at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park before starting at 7/2 over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Driven by Matthew Henwood, Shardons Rocket worked hard in the breeze before fading to finish seventh behind the pacemaker and seven-year-old stablemate Cyclone Mitch, who was driven by Chris Lewis and rated a smart 1.55.5. Colin Brown, who was in the sulky for Shardons Rocket’s wins at his two previous outings, will drive Tuapeka Kahu for Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond. Svilicich has engaged Kristian Hawkins to drive Shardons Rocket on Friday night. The Bonds chalked up a notable milestone at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night when they landed a double with Blinding Light (5/4) and Eastwood Crystal (5/2 on). Both pacers were driven by Ryan Warwick and the double brought up a century of winners for the Bond stable this season. by Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 18 March 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 18 March 2016

Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice has opted to drive the lightly-raced Bettor Reward in preference to his talented harness racing stablemate The Revolution in the $35,000 Alltools Four And Five-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he is quietly confident that the gelding can make amends for his disappointing effort in the Pinjarra Cup on Monday of last week. Bettor Reward, a winner at eight of his 13 starts, was favourite at 6/4 in the Pinjarra Cup in which he enjoyed a perfect passage behind the pacemaker Tricky Styx, but let his supporters down by just plodding in the home straight and wilting to finish tenth, more than five lengths behind the winner Tricky Styx. “That has been his only disappointing run,” Prentice said. “He hasn’t taken any harm from his Cup run. He has pulled up in good shape and his work today (Tuesday) was super. He can bounce back this week.” Bettor Reward will start from the No. 4 barrier in a field of six runners, and The Revolution will start from barrier five with Nathan Turvey in the sulky. “I’ve chosen Bettor Reward because I know him well,” Prentice explained. “He’s not a real easy horse to drive and he’s got a slight draw advantage over The Revolution. He has also proven himself against the best four-year-olds in the State.” Bettor Reward, who won at each of his four starts as a three-year-old, including a victory in the $100,000 group 1 Westbred Classic and last November he gave a sample of his class when he won the group 2 Four-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park, defeating the brilliant Beaudiene Boaz by three lengths, with Kiwi Legend and Tricky Styx finishing a further two lengths away. The Revolution warmed up for this week’s assignment when Prentice drove him to a stylish all-the-way victory over 2130m at Gloucester Park last Friday week, beating Loaded Aussie by four lengths, rating 1.56.9. “The barrier hasn’t done him any favours on Friday night, but he’s going the best he has at any stage of his career,” Prentice said. Turvey is looking forward to driving The Revolution this week. “I liked him when I drove him when he fi8nished sixth behind Bettor Reward in a 2100m Free-For-All in Bunbury two starts ago,” he said. “He’s fast and he can win if other horses in the race have a crack at each other.” Even though there are only six runners in Friday night’s race, betting is sure to be spirited, with all runners having admirers. Five-year-old Kimba Bay (Kaiden Hayter) has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and is the likely opening favourite after his bold frontrunning display last Friday night when he made the most of a pedestrian lead time of 38.7sec. and a dawdling first quarter of the final mile in 31.2sec. before sprinting over the next sections in  28.7sec., 27.5sec. and 28.8sec. That was the Debra Sutton-trained gelding’s sixth win from his past eight starts and improved his career record to 19 wins and 13 placings from 42 starts for earnings of $212,769. His racing has been confined mainly to outer country tracks and he has raced only five times at Gloucester Park for two wins. Trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice has a high opinion of The Odd Lover, who looks set to fight out the finish from the favourable No. 2 barrier. The Odd Lover, who has raced 15 times for nine wins and four seconds, is in sparkling form. He has charged to the front in the middle stages before winning easily at Gloucester Park and Northam at his past two outings. He scored by eight lengths over Foxy Dame at Northam on Thursday of last week. Five-year-old Fernleigh Rebel , trained by octogenarian Ken White and driven by Chris Lewis, cannot be underestimated. He raced in the breeze before finishing strongly to win from Shardons Rocket at a 1.54.6 rate over 1730m last Friday week. He possesses excellent gate speed and Chris Lewis could well be tempted to charge forward from the No. 3 barrier in a bid to wrest the early lead from Kimba Bay. Busselton trainer Matt White will drive the promising Three Bears, who raced wide early before bursting to the front in the first lap on his way to scoring an easy win in the 2597m Bridgetown Cup on Sunday. He will start from the outside of the six runners on Friday night. “This is a step up in grade for him,” White said. “I was hoping that he would’ve drawn better. But in this small field he’ll be handy. If Kimba Bay and Fernleigh Rebel have a duel (for the lead) early it will be good for us.” The Four And Five-Year-Old Championship was robbed of considerable interest when brilliant five-year-old Elegant Christian was withdrawn before acceptances. Trainer Clive Dalton said that Elegant Christian had pulled up sore after an impressive workout on Tuesday morning. A veterinary examination revealed that there was no muscular or ligament damage. The pacer was found to be suffering from a hoof abscess. by Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 18 March 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 18 March 2016

Young harness racing reinsman Brayden Green’s confidence of landing his first group winner was boosted significantly when outstanding four-year-old Major Reality drew the prized No.1 barrier in the $50,000 Del Basso Smallgoods Empress Stakes at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I said before the draw that I wouldn’t swap my drive with any other runner in the race,” the 23-year-old Green said. “And now that Major Reality has drawn one I’m sure she will be mighty hard to run down.” Major Reality has set the pace and won at each of her past five starts and Green intends to make full use of the New Zealand-bred mare’s excellent gate speed and her wonderful frontrunning ability. She has won at 12 of her 19 starts, with nine of those victories coming when she has set the pace. Major Reality is one of three New Zealand-bred mares from the Boyanup stables of Justin Prentice, who is in New Zealand on a buying mission. His other runners are Quite A Delight and The Parade, with champion reinsman Chris Lewis opting to handle Quite A Delight in his bid to win the Empress Stakes for a ninth time. Lewis has won the Empress Stakes with Candy Nacray (1988), Armbro Lucy (1992), Meggie Dear (2001), Classical Mover (2002), Shes Royalty (2007), Ima Spicey Lombo (2011) and Sensational Gabby (2014 and 2015). Lewis opted to drive Quite A Delight after the four-year-old drew favourably at No. 3 on the front line. Five-year-old The Parade will start from the No. 6 barrier on the front line and Tom Buchanan is expected to be her driver. Green said that little separated the three Prentice mares, but he was hopeful that Major Reality would lead and prove too good for the opposition in the group 2 feature event. The closest Green has come to winning a group event was when he drove Itz Darknstormy to a nose second to Major Catastrophe in the group 2 Champagne Classic in May 2011. Major Reality, who won the WA Oaks by a nose from Quite A Delight last May, was driven for the first time by Green at her most recent appearance, when she led and sprinted over the final 400m in 26.9sec. to defeat The Real Nadal by two lengths over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. She meets vastly stronger opposition in the Empress Stakes, but Green is confident she will handle the sharp rise in class. “She’s got the speed to lead, so we’ll hang on to that,” he said. “She has gone really good since her latest run. Her work at home this (Tuesday) morning was as good as she has worked this preparation. She felt really sharp. “Justin’s two others are working as good as her, but they just haven’t got the draws. Quite A Delight should get a nice run and Jungle Jewel should be on our back and she’s always dangerous with a soft trip. The Parade has been there and done that, whereas the other two girls are new on the block as this sort of grade.” The Parade can never be underestimated. She has earned $259,249 from 17 wins and 14 placings from 43 starts and she warmed up for this week’s event in superb fashion at Gloucester Park last Friday week when she set the pace and dashed over the final quarters in 28.5sec. and 27.1sec. to win by just under seven lengths from Leda McNally.         The Chris King-trained Leda McNally (barrier four) and the brilliant Jesse Moore-trained Tricky Styx (barrier five) have excellent prospects. Leda McNally finished second in last Year’s Empress Stakes, just ahead of The Parade and her recent form is sound. Four-year-old Tricky Styx, to be driven by Aiden de Campo, is in wonderful form and has won stylishly at each of her past three starts. She burst to an early lead and was not extended in winning easily from Millwood Faith over 2130m last Friday night. “I just let her run the final 400m and she had a fair bit left when  we crossed the line, “ de Campo said. “She’s getting better every time she goes around.” by Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 26 February 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 26 February 2016

Byford trainer-reinsman Callan Suvaljko is confident that catch-me-if-you-can tactics will prove successful with smart frontrunner Rocknroll Whitby in the $25,000 Central Equity Sales Classic for harness racing three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Suvaljko is planning to make every post a winner after Rocknroll Whitby drew the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2130m event. “I’ll be coming out all guns blazing,” he declared. “He’s a ten times better horse in front. In front, he can run good quarters. I’ve changed some gear this week and he worked extremely well at Byford today (Tuesday) on a very windy morning. “If he leads I will be very disappointed if he doesn’t get the money. I think he’s back to the form that he showed when he won the two-year-old leg of this event last year. He’s had a freshen-up and his close second to The Thinking Man at Bunbury on Tuesday of last week should have topped him off very well. He needed that run. “He started from the back line and worked his way to the one-out, one-back spot before running home well. This was the first time that he had finished off a race from a sit. I don’t think that he has been beaten when he has set the pace.” Rocknroll Whitby was favourite at 10/9 when he started from barrier three, raced three wide early and took the lead after 600m before winning by a length from Destined To Rule in the two-year-old leg of the Sales Classic last April. Rocknroll Whitby is out of former star mare Party Date (trained and driven by Aiden Warwick) who earned $256,003 from 18 wins and 27 placings from 111 starts. All five of Party Date’s foals to have raced have been winners --- Speed Date, Bettor Party (93 starts for 18 wins, 27 placings and $173,972), Prince of Whitby, Rocknroll Whitby (15 starts for four wins, five placings and $80,125) and Partytime Whitby. Two-year-old Partytime Whitby, trained and driven by Suvaljko, made a successful debut when she started at 9/1 and led from the No. 3 barrier before beating Beach Goddess by a length at Gloucester Park last Saturday night. Young trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo is pleased with the progress of Blitz Tanzania and said that the gelding was capable of a strong showing. Blitz Tanzania, who notched his second win from five starts when he led from the No. 1 barrier and defeated Fanci A Dance over 2100m at Bunbury on Tuesday of last week, will start from the inside of the back line on Friday night. “That’s a good draw at Gloucester Park, but Blitz Tanzania is quite a big horse and I would have preferred a front-line draw where he could have led,” de Campo said. “Now it looks like we’ll be sitting behind the leader. Rocknroll Whitby is likely to lead and should give us a good cart into the race. “Blitz Tanzania was probably a bit underdone going into last week’s race and I’ve really cranked him up over the past week. He should be spot-on for Friday and if he gets the right run he should go pretty close in quite an even race.” Brayden Green, who will drive Navy Blues for Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice, said that the gelding was going “really good” and was capable of surprising. Green drove Navy Blues when he led early and then took a sit before finishing strongly and sprinting over the final quarter in 27.3sec. to win from Hillview Jet over 2185m at Pinjarra three Mondays ago. “Navy Blues works as good as anything at Justin’s,” Green said. “He works with horses of the calibre of Better Reward and Major Reality and he keeps up with them, no matter who he works with. But he doesn’t quite put it into his races. If he gets the right trip he’s definitely a winning chance. He worked very well this morning (Tuesday).” Soho Wall Street, trained at Northam by Glenn Elliott, is nicely drawn at barrier two on the front line, and with Chris Lewis in the sulky, he will have many admirers after racing 21 times for five wins and nine placings. He led from the No. 2 barrier two starts ago when he scored by four lengths from Tommy Be Good at Gloucester Park. Capel trainer Andrew de Campo will be producing the smart gelding Sportsnight first-up from barrier three. Sportsnight has not appeared since he notched his fifth win from 20 starts when he lead and beat Heez Down To Earth over 2100m at Bunbury on December 15. He has also finished second seven times.   GPTV speaks to Callan Suvaljko    by Ken Casellas | GPTV Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 19 February 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 19 February 2016

Promising young mare Quite A Delight will return to action after a six-week let-up and she is capable of extending outstanding mare Leda McNally in the $23,000 Mares Pace over 21230m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, the four-year-old Quite a Delight is the youngest runner in the event and the least experienced, with only 13 starts for seven wins and four placings. This will be her first appearance at Gloucester Park since she finished a nose second to stablemate Major Reality in the group 1 WA Oaks last May after she had raced wide and then in the breeze. Quite A Delight is unbeaten at three starts as a four-year-old, with a decisive first-up win in 1.56.2 over 1609m at Bunbury followed by convincing victories over 2185m  and 2692m at Pinjarra. Whether Quite A Delight will be speedy and strong enough to resist a strong challenge from the wonderful seven-year-old Leda McNally, who boosted her record to 24 wins and 18 placings from 81 starts for stakes of $412,263 with a strong all-the-way victory over Cyamach over 2536m last Friday night, is problematical. But Leda McNally, an M14-class performer, will have to overcome starting from the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line to lower the colours of M0 performer Quite A Delight, who is sure to appreciate starting from the No. 2 barrier. The five-year-old New Zealand-bred mares Millwood Faith and Eastwood Crystal, who are racing keenly for Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond, will have admirers as will the Ross Olivieri-trained pair of polemarker Bonny Under Fire and Deluxe Edition. Bonny Under Fire (Stuart McDonald) is a speedy beginner who could hold out Quite A Delight in the battle for the early lead, while Deluxe Edition, an easy Bunbury winner two starts ago, must come under consideration from the No. 5 barrier. Ken Casellas

The Justin Prentice trained and driven 4yo Bettor Reward brought up his seventh win at just his eighth start when he led all the way to win the Group Two 4yo Championship at Gloucester Park last night. Bettor Reward beat the $1.70 favourite Beaudiene Boaz with Kiwi Legend in third place, reeling off a last half in 55.2 seconds and rating 1:56.6 for the 2536 metres. The 2015 Australian 3yo Pacer of the Year Menin Gate was back in fifth place. Bettor Reward was purchased at the 2014 Gloucester Standardbreds WA Yearling Sale for $24,000 and last night’s win took the son of Bettor’s Delight  earnings to $119,520. Bettor Reward commenced racing on 30th May 2015 and won each of his four starts last season culminating in a win in the Group One $100,000 Westbred Classic on 3rd July. The blanket finish of that race earned for photographer Jodie Hallows the 2015 Joseph Coulter Award for Best Photograph. Bettor Reward, the second foal and first colt from his dam Chemical Romance, was bred by well-known Western Australian breeder Steve Johnson who also bred the recently retired David Hercules 1:52.7 $1,259,019. Chemical Romance had just three starts without winning but is a half-sister to WA Derby winner Trunkey Maseratti and her dam Ferrari Trunkey included a WA Oaks among her 22 wins. Johnson has four yearlings entered for the 2016 Gloucester Standardbreds WA Yearling Sale which will be held at the Belmont Park Sales Complex on February 21st. The 128 lot catalogue for the 2016 Sale will go to the printers on Monday and be available on-line next week. Catalogues can be ordered by contacting Gloucester Standardbreds General Manager Dot Parker on 0416 280 392. Alan Parker

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

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

Isaiah Artois boasts a 58 per cent win record and the prospects of the noted frontrunner winning the $100,000 Westbred Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night were boosted when he drew perfectly at the No. 1 barrier. Byford trainer David Thompson has timed the gelding's preparation extremely well and Colin Brown will be aiming to set the pace and keep his 11 rivals at bay in the group 1 feature event. Isaiah Artois, a winner at seven of his 12 starts, resumed after an absence of almost 11 months when he overcame an early check and raced three wide before taking the lead 450m after the start in a 2185m event at Pinjarra three Mondays ago. He dashed over the final 800m in 57.3sec. and held on doggedly to beat the fast-finishing Wilkins Kahluastar by a neck. Then at Pinjarra eight days later he started from the back line and worked to the front in the middle stages before winning convincingly from Astra Boy. His chief rivals appear to be the Justin Prentice-trained pair of Captain Oats and Bettor Reward, Three Bears and Mynameskenny. Captain Oats notched his eighth win from 28 starts when he burst straight to the front from barrier seven and set the pace before winning easily from stablemate Master Jaxon in a 2100m $25,000 feature at Bunbury last Friday night. He sprinted over the final 400m in 27.7sec. Captain Oats will start from barrier five on the front line of nine runners and the highly-promising Bettor Reward will start from barrier two on the back line and prove hard to beat. Unraced as a two-year-old, Bettor Reward has been most impressive in winning, without being extended, at his three appearances as a three-year-old Bettor Reward's average winning margin is 11.4m. In his three wins, two at Bunbury and the other at Pinjarra, the gelding has recorded final quarters of 28.1sec., 27.3sec. and 27.5sec. Three Bears, trained at Busselton by Matt White, cannot be underestimated. He started out wide at barrier six at Bunbury last Friday night and after racing three wide early and then in the breeze he fought on strongly to be a neck second to Delightful Jade after a final quarter of 27.6sec. Ken Casellas

The $150,000 West Australian Oaks for three year old fillies at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night was meant to be a one filly affair with Tricky Styx from barrier two seen as virtually unbeatable. Justin Prentice had two quality fillies in the field in the form of Quite A Delight and Major Reality but both fillies had drawn poorly on the second line. Donegal Kahlum from barrier one grabbed the early lead for Colin Brown with the favourite Tricky Styx and Aiden De Campo settling three back on the outer in the running line. Both of Justin Prentice's fillies settled near the back of the field early and stayed there for the first lap and a half. With just over 1200 metres to go Gary Hall Jnr took off on Major Reality and worked his way to the death seat with 900 metres to go. Major Reality was tracked up by the stablemate Quite A Delight with trainer Justin Prentice in the bike and she made the death seat with 800 metres to go. Passing the 500 metres mark Donegal Kahlum threw out the anchor leaving Quite A Delight in front with Major Reality and Tricky Styx both coming into it wider out. Quite A Delight turned for home first but bit by bit Major Reality inched closer and right on the line grabbed the stablemate for a great win. Quite A Delight was gallant in defeat, just half a head away from her stablemate with a length back to Tricky Styx in third. Major Reality paced the 2536 metres in 3:08.7, a mile rate of 1:59.8 with closing sectionals of 56.2 and 27.5. Major Reality Major Reality is a three year old daughter of Art Major who was purchased out of the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch in 2013 for $31,000 by Kim Prentice which must look a bargain now. Another filly that Kim Prentice purchased on that trip was Quite A Delight who was also brought out of the New Zealand Premier Sale in Christchurch in 2013 and cost $30,000 And for the trifecta, the third placed Tricky Styx was also purchased out of the 2013 New Zealand Premier Sale at Christchurch for the princely sum of $5,000 It is hard enough to get one filly to peak for an Oaks but to have two runners and to run the quinella is a huge achievement and a real feather in the cap of their young trainer Justin Prentice. Justin Prentice interview Harnesslink Media

Tonight's $35,000 Race For Roses at Gloucester Park is a unique race on the WA harness racing calendar in that it is a standing start feature race for mares only, and the winner will also qualify for the rich WA Breeders Stakes held on May 15. Two of the placegetters from last year’s event are engaged again this year, Salliwood and Leda McNally, with the latter mare 10m better off this year having come back to a mark of 40m. Salliwood has been a marvel for connections and is dangerous in any standing start race that she contests from a front line draw. Leda McNally doesn’t appear to be racing in the same form that we have become accustomed to over the past few seasons, but this race does represent a drop in grade from contesting open aged free for alls Last year’s Oaks runner-up The Parade is engaged and she shapes as one of the leading chances despite her tricky mark of 20m. She is part of the ever-strengthening team of Justin Prentice and was last seen to advantage bolting away with the Final of the $25,000 The Johnson at Gloucester Park two weeks ago, in a very quick 1:56.7. Fridays night’s event will be her first attempt at a standing start under race conditions, but Prentice was very happy with how she performed in a standing start trial about 3 weeks ago. “She stepped cleanly and I was very happy with how she went, she is in great form”.  Justin also lines up Bettor Dreams, who coincidently ran second in the 2013 WA Oaks. “I was happy with how she went in her standing start trial and the 2500m will really suit her although she isn’t as versatile as The Parade”. Bettor Dreams has performed admirably in a number of mares feature races over the past 2 seasons having won the $25,000 The Coulson back in December. My Samantha Jane and Harriet Elizabeth round out the main chances although both are maidens from a standing start, with only My Samantha Jane actually having contested a standing start under race conditions. by Jason Lincoln

Champion harness racing trainer Gary Hall’s prospects of winning Friday night’s Western Australia Cup for the ninth time soared when Northview Punter drew the prized pole. A noted frontrunner, Northview Punter will be driven by young reinsman Justin Prentice, who is aiming to join his father Kim on the Grand Circuit event’s honour roll. Kim boasts two victories in the Group One, firstly with Baltic Eagle in 2003 and then Im Themightyquinn in 2011. The only other father and son to have driven a WA Cup winner in the feature’s 101-year history are Fred Kersley and Fred junior. Junior scored with Beau Travis (1961), Local Product (1974) and Justaboyden (1995), with his father successful behind James Eden in 1973. Ace reinsman Gary Hall junionr, who has won the Cup six times, was extremely anxious to drive Northview Punter, but Hall stuck to his promise that Justin would retain the drive regardless of where the gelding drew. Hall was full of praise for Prentice’s handling of Northview Punter when he brought the gelding home with a strong burst to finish second behind David Hercules in last week’s Fremantle Cup. “It was a masterful drive and I told Justin that he could keep the drive no matter where he drew in the Pacing Cup,” Hall said. “It was also a phenomenal drive by Justin the previous week when he came from ninth on the pegs at the bell to finish third behind Toretto at Northview Punter’s first start for two months. “Five week ago I didn’t expect Northview Punter to be contesting the big Cups after he had suffered from a bad virus in November. I thought he would be pushing it to reach this level so quickly.” Hall has five of the 12 Cup runner, with Northview Punter to be joined by Toretto, My Hard Copy, Soho Highroller and Soho Jackman. “Northview Punter has very good gate speed and is an excellent frontrunner,” Hall said. “I haven’t made any plans how we’re going to drive any of them yet. “Northview Punter is versatile and he can lead or sit. He doesn’t go well off the track, but from one, he’s not going to be off the track at any stage.” KEN CASELLAS

Star harness racing reinsman Gary Hall jun. has given punters a valuable lead by deciding to drive Soho Jackman in preference to Crusader Banner in the $22,500 TABtouch Cranley Memorial Sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall drove both pacers to effortless victories last Friday night when Soho Jackman, at his first appearance for six months, came from tenth in the middle stages to race without cover before dashing away to score by more than a length over Walter James, rating 1.59.6 over 2536m, and Crusader Banner was equally impressive when he surged home from sixth and last at the bell to win by just under three lengths from Diamonds A Blaze, rating 1.55.5 over 1730m. The Cranley Memorial will be decided over 1730m and Hall is bubbling with confidence that five-year-old Soho Jackman will prove too speedy for his six rivals, including up-and-coming four-year-old Crusader Banner, who will be driven by his brother Clint. Both pacers are prepared by champion trainer Gary Hall sen. "Soho Jackman is a good horse who begins fast and I expect him to lead from barrier one and win," Hall jun. said. However, Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri is adamant that Soho Jackman is not a past-the post proposition. He gives his runner, the Victorian-bred six-year-old Real Hammer, a strong winning chance. Real Hammer, a winner at 13 of his 56 starts has been an erratic and hard-to-control pacer for much of his career, which included a stint under the care of Hall sen. when Hall jun. drove him eight times for two wins. Real Hammer has a history of racing erratically and pulling hard. Real Hammer has not appeared for six weeks, when he was inclined to hang in and raced at the rear before finishing last behind Zacs Nuggett over 2130m at Gloucester Park. Real Hammer, a noted frontrunner, charged home from the rear to win a race over 2185m at Pinjarra at his previous outing. He was an all-the-way winner, rating 1.55.6 over 1730m at Gloucester Park three starts before that. Olivieri said that Real Hammer was becoming far more tractable following some gear changes. "He went to Byford on Sunday morning and you wouldn't believe how well-mannered he was in his trial," he said. "He came out very well from behind the mobile and sat behind the pacemaker Sensational Gabby before finishing second to her, coming home in 57.8sec. and 27.1sec. "I was very pleased with the trial and the draw (No. 2) for Friday night. I'm using a new lugging bit on him and he raced tractably. Whether he does it in a race, I don't know. I have also made a change to his head gear and he will race with block blinkers. He ran with the blinkers in Sunday's trial and they are settling him down instead of stirring him up." Hall jun. said he considered Real Hammer to have no hope of beginning fast enough to wrest the early lead from Soho Jackman. "If Soho Jackman is to be beaten, it will be by Crusader Banner," he said. Crusader Banner has been untroubled to win at his past three starts in which his average winning margin has been 11 metres. Chris Lewis has chosen to handle Real Hammer in preference to speedy frontrunner Blissfull Boy, who will start from barrier three. Trainer Kevin Charles has engaged Dylan Egerton-Green to drive Blissfull Boy. The Hall camp has a third runner in the event, The Ragpickers Dream, who faces a tough task from the No. 6 barrier. The New Zealand-bred seven-year-old has a losing sequence of 16 and will be driven by Kim Prentice. The Cranley Memorial has been run nine times and Hall sen. and Hall jun. combined to win with El Padrino, who raced without cover before getting to the front 520m from home and then holding on to defeat the fast-finishing Dhoni by a nose in 2012, after finishing second with Im Themightyquinn in 2008 and third with My Jasami in 2011. Lewis was successful with the Alan Bell-trained Mister Veejays Fella in 2009. Williams to drive Zacs Nuggett Pinjarra trainer Kade Howson has engaged Robbie Williams to drive Zacs Nuggett in the McInerney Ford Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and the eight-year-old should maintain his excellent form by proving too tough for his 11 rivals over his pet journey of 2536m. Zacs Nuggett is an M3-class performer and is able to contest Friday night's event restricted to M0 to M2-class runners with Howson taking advantage of Williams's concession as a junior reinsman. Zacs Nuggett has the ability to overcome the distinct disadvantage of starting from the outside of the front line. Williams, who will be having his first drive behind the West Australian-bred pacer, looks set to send Zacs Nuggett forward in the first lap to race in the breeze outside either Grand Cru or Tuapeka Kahu. Grand Cru (barrier two) and Tuapeka Kahu (three) are smart frontrunners, with the Mike Reed-trained Grand Cru bringing up his second win in a row with an all-the-way success over 2620m at Northam on Tuesday of last week and Tuapeka Kahu (trained by Greg and Skye Bond) finishing an encouraging second behind Jaccka Felix last Friday night after all-the-way wins in successive starts in August. Howson drove Zacs Nuggett at his most recent outing, last Friday week, when the hardy gelding raced three wide early and then in the breeze before winning from Bet Your Life and Romulus over 2130m. "He has thrived since that win and should again prove hard to beat," Howson declared. Williams also has bright prospects with Dashing Christian, who has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Gannon's Pacing Colours Pace. Williams will attempt an all-the-way victory with the New Zealand-bred eight-year-old who has been unplaced at his past two starts from back-line draws, following an all-the-way success with Williams in the sulky, over 2130m on August 29. Dashing Christian is one of five runners in Friday night's race who are prepared by ace trainer Gary Hall sen. The other Hall runners are Soho Highroller (Micheal Ferguson), Some Kinda Tactics (Stuart McDonald), Heez Orl Black (Tom Buchanan) and Jaccka Felix (Dylan Egerton-Green). Heez Orl Black is racing keenly and is capable of a bold showing from barrier two on the back line. The richly-talented Bettors Fire also makes strong appeal at his second appearance after a lengthy spell. Bettors Fire, to be driven by his trainer Kyle Harper, is the class runner and should fight out the finish, despite the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the front line. He covered a lot of extra ground when a splendid first-up sixth behind Some Kinda Tactics over 1730m last Friday week. Three Blind Mice poised for first-up win Brilliant, lightly-raced pacer Three Blind Mice should make a triumphant return to racing and send punters home on a happy note by winning the final event, the 2130m Alltools Pathway Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Busselton trainer-reinsman Matt White said that Three Blind Mice was on target to contest the feature events for four-year-olds this season, including the McInerney Classic and Golden Nugget Championship. "That's the plan, to have him peaking for those big races," said White, who has taken over the preparation of Three Blind Mice from the gelding's part-owner Barry Howlett. White recently acquired his A-grade trainer's licence and has already prepared five winners. Three Blind Mice gave a superb performance to set the pace and win the WA Derby from Elegant Christian and Machtu early last April. He then led and won at Bunbury and Harvey at his following two starts before going for a spell. White took Three Blind Mice to Pinjarra to contest a 2185m trial on Sunday morning and was fully satisfied with his performance, finishing a head second to the pacemaker Awesum Teddy, rating 1.58 after dashing over the final two 400m sections in 28.4sec. and 27.9sec. "It was a good hit-out," White said. "Three Blind Mice sat behind the leader before finishing strongly," he said. "They rolled along a bit and he hit the line together with Awesum Teddy. "From barrier four on Friday night I'll probably roll forward and I'd like to think he will get to the front. He's only a C2-class pacer and his next start probably will be in the country." The only possible danger to Three Blind Mice on Friday night appears to be smart four-year-old High Courage, who will be driven by Gary Hall jun. for his father, leading trainer Gary Hall sen. High Courage, who has won at six of his 18 starts, will begin from the outside of the front line. An easy all-the-way winner over 2130m at Gloucester Park three starts ago, he had an extremely tough run in the breeze when a fighting third behind stablemate Crusader Banner over 1730m last Friday night. "He's race fit and will make a race of it with Three Blind Mice," said Hall jun. "However, the draw makes it tough for High Courage." Prentice hoping for winning run to continue Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice, fresh from winning with Tasmanian Bromac at Pinjarra on Monday and Kiralin and Bettor Dreams at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening, has high hopes of ending the week on a high note by driving promising four-year-old Where Dreams Grow to victory in the first heat of the Melbourne Cup Luncheon Preux Chevalier Pace for mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The WA-bred Where Dreams Grow has struck a purple patch with four wins and a second placing from her past six starts. She has fared poorly in the random draw and will start from the outside of the back line. However, Prentice is quietly confident that she will prove to be an excellent each-way chance, with her chief rivals Harriet Elisabeth (barrier three on the back line), Diamonds A Blaze (barrier seven) and Robyns C C (six) drawing poorly. "Where Dreams Grow has the ability to win from the No. 12 barrier," Prentice said. "She has been going very well and felt super at her latest outing, at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. "She felt really good and switched on at Pinjarra and repeating that performance she should finish in the money on Friday night and qualify for the final. She's reasonably strong and pretty quick as well. "She has got a tricky draw, but the three who appear hardest to beat have all drawn awkwardly. I'll see how things pan out early and then I'll probably put her into the race at some stage." Prentice said that he would nominate Kiralin for the second heat of this event in a bid to qualify her for the final. He has been training Kiralin, a five-year-old by Elsu, for four weeks and produced her in fine fettle for her first start since mid-August. Prentice is also looking forward to driving standing-start specialist Multibet for the first time on Friday night when the Jess Moore-trained seven-year-old begins from the inside of the front line in the Sky Racing Handicap over 2503m. Multibet ran home solidly on the inside from eighth at the bell to finish third behind Medley Moose and Bashful Compton in the group 3 Kalgoorlie Cup at huis latest outing. Earl of Charity a real bargain Young horseman Michael Young, Courtney Burch and Brett Archibald made a wise decision to out lay just $6000 six weeks ago to purchase Victorian-bred trotter Earl of Charity. The seven-year-old will start from the inside of the front line in the $17,500 Slater Gartrell Sports Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night and reinsman Gary Hall jun. is full of confidence that he will maintain his winning form. "If he gets away in the stand and leads I don't think they'll see which way he went," Hall said. "If he doesn't lead, he could still win. He's quite a nice horse and as long as he settles, he can come from anywhere." Earl of Charity is trained by Gary Hall sen. and he made an impressive debut for the Hall stable when he started from the 30m mark, and despite breaking in running, he was prominent throughout before winning from Keepyaguardup and Conquer All over 2503m last Tuesday week. "He was in good form when we got him, but had a few issues, with pulling," Hall jun. said. "I think that being in a big stable has helped him and he has settled down a lot. He never used to get away in stands. He got away at his first start for us, off 30m. And he did get away off the front in a trial. "Late in August Michael Young approached the owners, but he didn't really expect them to sell. However, they agreed to sell him for $6000." Young seized the opportunity to buy the gelding, who was due to contest a race at Pinjarra a couple of days later. He agreed to let part-owner Terry Wegner start him at Pinjarra, with the proviso that the two parties share any prizemoney. Earl of Charity, who had won at his previous start, repeated the dose with Wegner guiding the gelding to victory over Idle Maple and All Flair. The new owners had an immediate return and gained half of the $4485 first prize. Then Earl of Charity earned $4550 with his first-up success with the Hall camp. by Ken Casellas

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