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Star reinsman Aiden de Campo, fresh from a treble last Friday night, has given punters a good lead by choosing to drive Parisian Partygirl in preference to Delightfulreaction in the $30,000 Schrader Pace for fillies and mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He admitted that it was tough choice, but said he was swayed in favour of Parisian Partygirl because he was delighted with her fast-finishing third behind Eloquent Mach and Convert Denario in the Group 2 Binshaw Pace last Friday night. “I was really excited by the way she came home last week,” he said. “We got held up approaching the corner and if she had got clear and gone wide, I think she would have got close to winning.” Parisian Partygirl, a West Australian-bred six-year-old by Courage Under Fire who is trained at Bindoon by Bernard James, started from barrier six and was eighth at the bell before surging home with a late burst on the inside to finish a close third to Eloquent Mach. Three starts before that, Parisian Partygirl trailed the pacemaker Bettorgrinanbarit in a 2130m Free-For-All for mares and finished fast to win by two lengths from Maczaffair. Parisian Partygirl, a sister to former smart Pacers Winter Retreat (33 wins) and Kissed Flush (30 wins), has been a model of consistency, with ten wins, 24 seconds and 15 thirds from 89 starts. She will start from the inside of the back line, immediately behind speedy beginner and good frontrunner Mon Lillies. Delightfulreaction, the only three-year-old in Friday night’s event, will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line and will be handled by Mark Johnson. She boasts a good record of 38 starts for seven wins, 11 seconds and three thirds from 38 starts and maintained her excellent form when she started from the outside of the back line and raced in ninth position in the one-wide line before running home strongly to be second to stablemate American Delight. Delightfulreaction is prepared at Capel by de Campo’s father Andrew and has the ability to upstage her older rivals. Last week Delightfulreaction was driven by Johnson, with Aiden de Campo opting for American Delight. “It didn’t surprise me at all with the way she finished last week,” said de Campo. “I had a quick look over my shoulder (in the home straight) and I saw her coming and thought for a minute that she might’ve beaten me. She’s taking on older mares this week and I don’t see whey she won’t be able to handle the rise in class.” The Schrader Pace looks an open affair, with considerable interest surrounding the return to racing of former juvenile star Cott Beach after an absence of three months. Cott Beach, trained at Coolup by Kristy Elson, has amassed $273,760 in prizemoney from 15 wins and 13 placings from 39 starts. She will start from the outside of the back line with Nathan Turvey in the sulky. She sprinted home strongly with a final quarter in 27.1sec. to finish second to the leader Three Bears in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra last Sunday week. She should be flying home in this week’s race. Last-start winners Just Rockon Bye and Catastrophic Event will be fancied as will be the consistent four-year-old Infinite Symbol, who is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line for trainers Greg and Skye Bond and reinsman Ryan Warwick. Infinite Symbol, a winner of a group three event for mares seven starts ago, covered a lot of extra ground last Friday night when a strong third behind Just Rockon Bye and Crystal Sparkles. Rockon Bye, trained by Gary Hall Snr and driven by Gary Hall Jnr, began speedily from barrier four and set a solid pace to win in good style at her first appearance for five months. Again, she will have many admirers, even from her wide draw at barrier eight.   Ken Casellas

A change in a training routine has helped to revitalise Crystal Sparkles, who has charged home to win at her past two starts after a lean spell and a losing sequence of eight. Eight-time premiership trainer in WA, Ross Olivieri said that racing the five-year-old mare three times in eight days early this month had been a factor in her return to top form. “But I also consider that a change in training at home has helped,” he said. “I’m not hoppling her now, and she just gallops. She’s a lot sharper now since we’ve started galloping her. And she should be capable of contesting feature races for mares, particularly if local good mares continue to be sold to America.” Crystal Sparkles surged home from sixth (three wide) at the bell to win from Amelias Courage over 2130m in a group 3 event for mares last Friday night a week after she went five wide on the home turn and flashed home from eighth at the 100m to get up and win from Rock Me Over over 2130m. “She is a strong well-bred mare and I’m sure that she’ll be there at the finish of this week’s race,” Olivieri said. Crystal Sparkles will start from barrier eight with Chris Voak in the sulky and her chief rivals could be the Mike Reed-trained Maczaffair and Just Rockon Bye, who will be resuming after a five-month absence for champion trainer Gary Hall Snr.       Maczaffair is the class runner of the field and has the ability to overcome the disadvantage of the outside barrier (No. 9). The five-year-old has a losing sequence of 11 and although she has been placed at her past three outings (second to Purest Silk, third to Come Dance With Me) and second to Parisian Partygirl) those efforts have been disappointing. “She has been disappointing at her past few starts,” Reed admitted. “But this is a massive drop in class for her, and she’ll be running on at the finish. She’s had a few problems, and hopefully, we’ve ironed them out. She must be a big chance, considering she ran third in the last Pacing Cup.”  Serpentine trainer Matt Scott advised punters to overlook Cut Above’s 11th behind Crystal Sparkles last Friday night and they should consider the four-year as a sound place prospect as the only runner on the back line. “On paper, he run last week looks terrible,” Scott said. “Shannon (Suvaljko) didn’t pull the ear plugs or blinds because Cut Above did not handle the mud. Two weeks again Cut Above beat Clarenden Hustler by three lengths on the track. They went 3min. 2sec. at Jandakot which is a pretty good time for there at this time of the year. No. 10 is a good draw and she is an opportunist.”   Ken Casellas

Astute Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed is confident that New Zealand-bred two-year-old Pocket The Cash is poised to end a sequence of five minor placings by winning the final event, the Chevron City To Surf For Activ Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Pocket The Cash, to be driven by Reed’s son Mark, will start from the No. 2 barrier in the 2130m event and the plan would be to make use of the gelding’s good gate speed.  “We will be going forward,” Mike Reed said. “I think that we’ve got to go forward to keep the main dangers outside of us or behind us.” “I was very impressed with Pocket The Cash’s run last Friday night (when a fast-finishing third to smart fillies Remit Me Whitby and Star Fromthepalace). He went to the line really good and if he had been able to get clear earlier I think he would have won. But I’m not taking anything away from the winner, who was very good. “I think that Pocket The Cash can turn the tables on the fillies. He has pulled up well and I expect him to run a good race. He’s just got better and better and better.” In last week’s race Pocket The Cash raced in fifth position, three back on the pegs. He was badly blocked for a clear passage until the final 120m and was still hampered for room in the late stages. The Debra Lewis-trained Remit Me Whitby (Jocelyn Young) impressed with her stylish all-the-way win and should fight out the finish this week after starting from barrier four. The Peter Anderson-trained Star Fromthepalace (Deni Roberts) cannot be underestimated and is poised for a strong showing, even from barrier six. She charged home from last when second to Remit Me Whitby last week. Dissertation, a Well Said gelding trained by Craig Abercromby, will start from barrier five with Chris Lewis in the sulky and will be attempting to stretch his winning sequence to four after easy victories at Northam and Pinjarra (twice). Adding considerable interest to the race will be the debut of the Alta Engen, an Alta Christiano gelding trained at Capel by Andrew de Campo. Alta Engen is out of the Million To One mare Its Karma, who won six times from 46 starts and is a half-brother to Baylan Jett, who has raced 74 times for 11 wins, 24 placings and $103,676 in prizemoney. Reinsman Aiden de Campo is upbeat about the prospects of Alta Engen, who finished a good second to the smart youngster Longreach Bay (a half-brother to the brilliant Cott Beach) in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning. The winner rated 1.57.8, with final quarters in 28.5sec. and 28.9sec. “We sat three back on the pegs in the trial,” de Campo said. “I pulled him out at the 500m and he ran the leader (Longreach Bay) to about a half-length. “Alta Engen is quite a big horse who has taken time to mature. He’s quite docile and every time we take him to the track he keeps improving. He’s got gate speed and from barrier one I’ll be trying to hold the front with him.” The father-son de Campo combination also has good winning prospects with American Delight (race one) and Handsandwheels (race 6). American Delight, a winner at five of her 11 starts, is awkwardly drawn at barrier six in the 2130m event but has the ability to overcome that disadvantage. She has won at her past two outings, scoring by two lengths over 2130m at Gloucester Park and then finishing solidly from sixth at the bell to win narrowly from While They Pray over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday week. “Her form is really good,” said Aiden de Campo. “From barrier six we’ll probably have to press forward with her and if she happens to find the front, she’ll take a fair bit of beating. However, she’s versatile and can do a few different things.” Countess Grace and Mandy Joan are two of American Delight’s main dangers. But they have drawn out wide, at barriers seven and eight, respectively. Countess Grace set the pace and was an easy winner for the Reed stable at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Handsandwheels is in top form and has won narrowly, but impressively at his past two starts at Gloucester Park, over 1730m at a 1.53.9 rate and 2130m (1.55.6). He will start from barrier four over 2130m on Friday night and his clash with Im Soxy, Vampiro, El Jacko, King of Swing and Vultan Tin will be a highlight of the ten-event program. Fast beginners Im Soxy (barrier two) and Thereugo (three) have drawn inside of Handsandwheels and the battle for early supremacy will be most interesting. The Brian Clemens-trained Im Soxy will be handled by Shannon Suvaljko and Mark Reed has been engaged to drive the Sue Wiscombe-trained Thereugo for the first time. The speedy Thereugo last appeared three weeks ago when he led from barrier seven and finished a close third behind Handsandwheels and Im Soxy at a 1.53.9 rate over 1730m.  “It will be interesting to see what Thereugo does,” said de Campo. “They might cross to the front and take a trail. Handsandwheels sat outside Thereugo and beat him last start over a mile (1730m) and you would think that he couldn’t lead over 2130m and beat us. I’ll play it by ear. In an ideal world Thereugo crosses to the front and hands up to us. But it’s never that easy; we’ve got to come out and find a forward position and play it by ear.”   Ken Casellas

Serpentine trainer Matt Scott was thrilled with Clarenden Hustler’s first-up effort last week and is setting the chestnut the task of scoring an all-the-way victory in the 1730m On Track With Enda Brady Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Clarenden Hustler will start from the No. 6 barrier on the front line and Scott declared: “We’ll be looking to go handlebars down this week. He’s got good gate speed and our aim will be to go forward, definitely. He will come out hard, he races well in front and 1730m is his pet distance.” Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr handled the South Australian-bred Clarenden Hustler for the first time when the gelding resumed after a spell in a 1730m event last Friday night. Clarenden Hustler started from the outside of the back line and raced in ninth position before starting a three-wide move 650m from home. He sustained a strong burst to finish fifth behind Carter Micheal. “We were rapt with the run,” said Scott who is enjoying a successful season with 62 winners and 103 placegetters. “He will be improved by the run.” In what should prove to be a keen betting race, One Off Delight, Waimac Attack, Michael Joseph and Roman Aviator are sure to be strongly supported. One Off Delight, trained by Debra Lewis, is a smart frontrunner and Chris Lewis is sure to attempt to make every post a winner from the No. 3 barrier. One Off Delight was an easy all-the-way winner over 2130m two starts ago before he galloped in a stand, raced at the rear and finished tenth behind Eloquent Mach last Friday night. Waimac Attack bounced back to his best form last Friday night when he worked hard in the breeze before getting to the front 250m from home and winning from Rock Me Over over 1730m last week. Michael Joseph is awkwardly drawn at barrier seven but has the ability to overcome this disadvantage. Her fought on from eighth at the bell to finish fifth behind Convert Denario last Friday night. Four-year-old Roman Aviator raced in the one-out, one-back position when a solid fourth in that event.   Ken Casellas

Talented four-year-old King of Swing has a losing sequence of seven and has managed just one placing (a third behind Chicago Bull and Vultan Tin six starts ago, on May 31) but champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has declared him a good thing to win the opening event, the 2130m On Track With Enda Brady Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His past five outings have resulted in a sixth, an eighth, a ninth, a tenth and an 11th placing. But he certainly looks the winner this week from the favourable No. 2 barrier on the front line. “He just wins,” declared a confident Hall. “He will be leading and he and Wildwest are my best prospects at the meeting. Both will be short, and both should be winning.” Last Friday night, King of Swing, the WA Derby winner in April 2018, was a 3/1 chance from the inside of the back line in a 1730m sprint at Gloucester Park. He raced in fifth position, three back on the pegs, and was hopelessly blocked for a run, finishing 11th behind Bettor Reward. “There were a lot of unlucky runners in that race and I never got to let King of Swing go at all,” Hall said. King of Swing, with earnings of $450,470 from 17 wins and seven placings from 37 starts, is one of five runners in Friday night’s race who is prepared by champion trainer Gary Hall Snr.            The other Hall runners are polemarker Mad Robber (Lauren Jones), Tuas Delight (Maddison Brown), Ideal One (Kyle Harper) and Speed Man (Stuart McDonald). Mad Robber should enjoy a perfect trail behind King of Swing and looks a strong place prospect, while Speed Man is capable of overcoming a back-line draw and figuring in the placings. Speed Man impressed last Friday night when he thundered home from last at the bell to win easily by five lengths from Bob Wheel. That was the four-year-old’s 12th win from 36 starts. “Speed Man has had a few niggling problems, but he’s definitely above average in our stable,” said Hall Jnr. “I’ve been impressed with his past few runs. No one thinks he’s much good, but he deserves respect.” Hall spoke in glowing terms about New Zealand-bred three-year-old Wildwest, who is unbeaten after three starts. He will begin from the outside barrier in a field of nine in the Westate Timber Floors Pace over 2130m and should prove too good for the opposition, including promising stablemate Highly Flammable, a stylish last-start Pinjarra winner, Beaudiene Western and Bettor Be Oscar. “I’ll settle Wildwest early and then move into it as we see fit,” Hall said. “Just with his speed, he could sit last and pull out at the 300m and win. But we probably won’t be doing that. I’d imagine he’ll beat Beaudiene Western again. Beaudiene Western’s form in New Zealand was good; he was able to stretch Major Trojan’s neck in one race over there.”      Small filly Remit Me Whitby warmed up for the Vale Jim Snooks Pace over 2130m in fine style with an emphatic victory at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Remit Me Whitby, trained by Debra Lewis, will be driven by Jocelyn Young, who guided the filly to an excellent win by more than two lengths over Star In Art on Tuesday night, when she set the pace and sprinted over the final two 400m sections in 28.8sec. and 27.6sec. Remit Me Whitby possesses good gate speed and her clash with the other filly in the race, the talented Star Fromthepalace, and smart youngsters Aristocratic Star, Marcotti, Bee Jays Boy and Pocket The Cash will be a highlight of the ten-event program.   Ken Casellas

Prominent trainer-reinsman Aldo Cortopassi describes five-year-old stallion Major Pocket as pugnacious bully who does his own thing in races. And Cortopassi is full of confidence that the powerful brown pacer will emerge triumphant when he contests the Bridge Bar pace over the sprint trip of 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “This is a big drop in class for him and the times he’s been running have been phenomenal and he’s been doing a bit of work in running those times,” said Cortopassi who is enjoying a successful season in the sulky with 90 winners.    Major Pocket, trained at Mt Helena by Ray Williams, is in splendid form and has the ability to overcome the awkward draw at barrier six and prove too strong and fast for his 11 rivals. He is overdue for a change of luck after being placed at his past four starts behind quality performers Saying Grace, Our Corelli, Simba Bromac and Major Trojan. He finished strongly from the one-out, one-back position to be an excellent second to this year’s WA Derby winner Major Trojan, who sped over the final quarters of the 2536m event in 28.8sec. and 27.6sec. last Friday night. “We tried early in this campaign to drive him quiet, but we failed,” Cortopassi said. “We switched him to stands (five in a row in April-May this year) to try to teach him to sit a little bit. “But he’s such a big headstrong horse that he just likes being the bully. Ray and I have come to the conclusion that he just likes being the bully. If you fight against him, he’s bigger and stronger than us and he goes to war with you. So, you’ve got to let him do what he wants, and that’s to roll. And he’s quite happy doing it. “Even last Friday night when we found Kristian’s helmet (Kristian Hawkins driving Hy Leexciting) all he wanted to do was to run over the top of him the whole way, even though we were rolling. He’s happy in front or in the breeze and running his type of race. He scooted home really well in 27.6sec. last week. “For a horse who has had the number of starts (45) he has had and has earned the stakemoney ($134,212) he’s won, he has done a fantastic job. “He has been mixing it with some very good horses and a run that caught a lot of attention was his second to Our Corelli. Now he’s back in a winnable race and he will be keen, especially over the mile. “He ran second at a midweek meeting, rating 1.53 after going five, four and then three deep and then sitting in the breeze. I’d love to be able to get to the front on Friday night. We will be going forward from barrier six and we won’t be taking any prisoners.” Major Pocket is the first foal out of Elena S, who earned $97,549 from nine wins and 20 placings from 59 starts. He has won 11 races after setting the pace in seven of them and working in the breeze in two others. This week he should prove too strong for some formidable opponents, including Shes Turbo Charged, Smoldering Ashes, Carter Micheal, Runaway Three, The War Nurse and Cut For An Ace. Shannon Suvaljko gives polemarker Shes Turbo Charged a good chance, with the Courtney Burch-trained mare capable of a bold effort from the inside barrier. “She has been running good races and she’s gone 1.54. She’s a good leader and we’ve been waiting for a barrier draw. This is the right race for her.” In the other 1730m event on the program Suvaljko will handle the Debbie Padberg-trained Bad Round, who will be fancied from the No. 1 barrier. Bad Round is a smart beginner and a good frontrunner. “I’ll be trying to hold up, but there is a chance he might get crossed,” Suvaljko said. Even if he is beaten out, Bad Round should fight out the finish after enjoying a perfect passage on the pegs behind the pacemaker. His main rivals loom as Hot Fraternity, Dominate The Dojo, Rock Me Over, Liam Neil and Waimac Attack.   Ken Casellas

Tough and speedy mare Amelias Courage will make her final Australian appearance when she contests the $30,000 WASBA Pace for four and five-year-old mares over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She has been sold to American interests and will do her future racing in the United States. Ace trainer-reinsman Colin Brown would dearly love Amelias Courage to bow out as a winner and he is confident the Victorian-bred four-year-old will take plenty of beating. “If she pulls up well, this will be her last run here and she’ll be off to America,” Brown said. “She has been purchased and all she needs now is a veterinary clearance. “She will certainly appreciate the No. 1 barrier and returning to racing against her own sex. She has been racing in a lot better races than this. However, there are some handy types in this week’s event. “Her overall record is not impeccable, but it is extremely good. Forget about her latest run when she drew barrier eight in a good race, the John Higgins Memorial three weeks ago. The draw took her out of it. She went back and ran home okay (finishing eighth behind Convert Denario). “She can lead or breeze and has gone 1.55.2 in winning over 2130m in the breeze at Gloucester Park (beating Pavarotti in April 2018). She is tough and the plan on Friday night is to lead. We haven’t stoked this mare up for a long time. I think she can hold up and lead. “I don’t think that they (the connections of Salacious Gossip) will want to play the same tactics as last week (when Salacious Gossip began brilliantly from barrier five and recorded a blistering lead time of 34.9sec. before setting a brisk pace and fading to finish last behind Talkerup over 2130m). But if Salacious Gossip is driven the same way this week (from barrier four) my mare certainly has the toughness to shoulder her. “The main one I’m worried about is She Could be Good. She’s gone back to the Bond camp and if there is a lot of speed on, she could be too quick for us at the end. She has fast twitch and high speed. If anything is going to beat Amelias Courage, it will be something with a bit of high speed.” Amelias Courage has raced in mixed company at her past 11 starts and should appreciate racing against mares. Her most recent victory was six starts ago when she raced without cover before beating It Aint Royal at a 1.56.2 rate over 1684m at Pinjarra on June 10 this year. Brown said that Amelias Courage, who has had 57 starts for 12 wins, 17 seconds, six thirds and $128,260 in prizemoney, would be a strong and successful performer in sprint racing in America. “She has been a good horse for her owners here and now we’re at the stage where we’ve got six promising yearlings coming up. Basically, horses have to be well above average to be kept racing here after they turn four. So, we’ve been sticking to that plan and have been selling a few and have been moving on to the younger stock where the money is.” She Could Be Good will have many admirers, even from out wide at barrier No. 8. She had eight starts for three wins for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond between March and June 2017 before switching stables. She returned to the Bond camp about two months ago and after a first-up seventh after galloping in a stand at Pinjarra She Could Be Good has impressed with fast-finishing efforts at her next two starts. She surged home from eighth at the bell in a field of eight to finish an eye-catching third behind Pradas Ideal Dahling over 2130m last Friday week before finishing powerfully from 11th at the bell to be second to Talkerup over 2130m last week. Star reinsman Chris Lewis said that the Barry Howlett-trained mare Delightful Mandy (barrier seven) had sound prospects. She led and finished fifth behind Im Beta Than Gouda over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. “I’m not disappointed at all at her effort at Pinjarra,” Lewis said. “She got terrorized up the back when they’ve run 27sec. No horse will come back from a 27 quarter when you get crunched like that. She stuck it out quite well to finish where she did. Provided she hasn’t been hurt by that run I think she can run a very good race.” Apart from Amelias Courage, She Could Be Good and Delightful Mandy, fast-finishing last-start winners Crystal Sparkles and Nowuseemesmile and in-form runners Cut Above and Bettorgrinanbarit are sure to be supported in what should be wide open betting event. Ken Casellas

Our Corelli is the youngest and least experienced runner in the $25,000 August Cup over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but champion reinsman Chris Lewis is bubbling with confidence about the four-year-old’s winning prospects. Lewis said he was delighted when Our Corelli, trained by his wife Debra and owned by their son Mark, drew the coveted No. 1 barrier. “We’ll definitely push out and we’ll hold up,” said Lewis, who added that he was impressed with the sparkling gate speed the New Zealand-bred gelding showed in a 2130m event last Friday night. Our Corelli was unable to cross the polemarker Convert Denario and after racing in the breeze in the early stages he raced in sixth position, one-out and two-back, before finishing a sound sixth behind Handsandwheels, who rated a smart 1.55.6. “The extra distance this week won’t hurt Our Corelli,” Lewis said. “Barrier one suits him and he’s definitely a winning chance. He seems to be bouncing off his runs pretty well.”     Our Corelli has raced beyond 2185m only once in his 27-start career. That was at his first start for Debra Lewis when he finished boldly from sixth at the bell to win from the favourite The Lightning Strike at a 1.57.6 rate over 2692m at Pinjarra on July 1 this year. The gelding boasts a splendid record for the Lewis stable --- seven starts in the space of 41 days for five wins and $53,949 in stakes. He is the second foal out of the Christian Cullen mare Reklaw, who was retired after two starts in New Zealand in October 2012 for a head second over 2600m at Timaru and a strong-finishing nose victory over 1950m at Addington. Our Corelli’s full-brother Rishi is still racing n Victoria where he has won nine times for Lance Justice after winning at three of his five starts in New Zealand.  Our Corelli and Rishi are closely related to Franco Encore, who earned $593,738 from 28 wins and 19 placings from 70 starts. Franco Encore won eight times in New Zealand and three times from four starts in Australia (including the $50,000 Queensland Derby and the $100,000 Australian Derby at Albion Park in July 1997).  The August Cup was first run in 1950 when Doug Booth drove Lily Girl to victory over Johnnie Robert and Gamble King. Lewis was successful in the 2012 August Cup when he brought the Andrew de Campo-trained Dasher VC with a surging burst from eighth in the middle stages to beat Cromac Johnny and Sneakyn Down Under. One of Our Corelli’s most serious rivals on Friday night is the Stephen Reed-trained Kiwi Legend, who will be driven by Mark Reed from the No. 2 barrier. Mark Reed has won the August Cup as a reinsman with Another Party (2000), Buck The Odds (2004) and Tricky Vic (2005) and Stephen Reed prepared Uppy Son for his win over Has The Answers in the 2013. A win by Kiwi Legend would come as a welcome present for Mark Reed, who celebrated his 39th birthday on Wednesday this week. Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr has won the August Cup with Zakara (1991-92-93-94), Im Themightyquinn (2010), Northview Punter (2014) and Chicago Bull (2018). He will be represented in this year’s Cup by Herrick Roosevelt and Whozideawasthis. Hall’s son Gary (who will drive Herrick Roosevelt) has won the Easter Cup with Im Themightyquinn, Uppy Son, Northview Punter and Chicago Bull. Greg Bond, who prepares veteran Our Jimmy Johnstone (Bailey McDonough) and the talented duo of El Jacko (Dylan Egerton-Green) and Vampiro (Ryan Warwick) in partnership with his wife Skye, trained Mister Odds On when Colin Brown drove him to victory over Spirit of Shard and Fourmoore in the 2009 August Cup. El Jacko and Vampiro have drawn out wide but each is capable of a bold showing. The Phil Costello-trained Vultan Tin (Chris Voak) can never be left out of calculations, but the seven-year-old faces a stern test from the outside barrier (No. 9). Ken Casellas

Talented young reinsman Bailey McDonough has given punters a good lead by choosing to drive Salacious Gossip ahead of Talkerup and Ctheballerina in the 2130m #Gottatalentau Now On Channel 7 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “From barrier five I think we’ll try to use her gate speed in a bid to lead,” he said. “I think she’s got some hope.” He said that there were excuses for her fifth behind Tajie Baby over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week when she was restrained in the early stages and raced in ninth position in a field of 12 before starting a three-wide move approaching the bell. “She doesn’t handle it out wide, so that’s why I’m keen to use her early speed,” said McDonough, who has driven the WA-bred five-year-old mare to victory four times for his grandfather, Bunbury trainer Frank Bonnett. Talkerup, who was driven to an all-the-way victory at Gloucester Park a month ago, will be handled by Emily Suvaljko. Talkerup will start from the No. 4 barrier. Ctheballerina, a seven-year-old trained at Lowlands by Cheyenne King-Davies, will be driven by Kyle Harper from the coveted No. 1 barrier. However, she has been out of the winning list since leading and scoring over 2090m in Hobart in October 2017. She showed a glimpse of form over 1780m at Northam last Saturday night when she ran on gamely from four back on the pegs at the bell to finish third behind Amadeo. McDonough is looking forward to driving Hot Fraternity, a stablemate of Salacious Gossip, in the 2130m Sunday Night On Seven Pace. Hot Fraternity, a seven-year-old who has a record of 54 starts for nine wins and 21 placings, will be making her first appearance for 15 months when she starts from barrier three. “He’s coming back after a suspensory injury and after four recent trials I think he’s forward enough to at least run in the first three,” McDonough said. “I was pretty happy with his latest trial (a win by four lengths over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday week). He jumped to the front and just walked early before he ran on strongly over the final 400m in 27.7sec. “From gate three on Friday night we’ll use his gate speed and try to get to the front --- and then go from there.” McDonough will also drive the Tony Svilicich-trained pair of Four Starzzz Forsa and Vincenzo Peruggia, who are drawn out wide in races three and nine, respectively. Four Starzzz Forsa, who will start from barrier eight in the Rookie New On Channel 7 Pace, impressed McDonough when he drove the six-year-old for the first time last Friday night. From the No. 1 barrier the gelding trailed the pacemaker Simba Bromac and was hampered for room in the latter stages of the race before getting clear and finishing strongly to be a close third behind Simba Bromac and Major Pocket. “Barrier eight makes it very hard over a mile,” McDonough said. “Her went super last week. He’s like a big truck and takes a while to wind up. I didn’t pull the plugs; there was not enough room until very late.”   Ken Casellas

Veteran Herne Hill trainer Kevin Keys declares that former Victorian pacer Dominate The Dojo is one of the fastest beginners in Western Australia and he says that the six-year-old has bright prospects of returning to the winning list after three seconds and two thirds at his past five starts. Dominate the Dojo is ideally drawn at the No. 2 barrier on the front line in the 1730m $20,000 The Rookie New On Channel 7 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “Seventeen hundred metres seems to be his best distance and he has his foot on the till,” he said. “The plan is to lead, and we’ll be going all out to cross the polemarker Mighty Flying Deal. We’ll be going all out to lead.” Punters will surely be influenced by the decision of champion reinsman Chris Lewis to drive Dominate The Dojo in preference to the consistent The War Nurse, a winner of eight races this season. The War Nurse, trained by Debra Lewis, wife of Chris, will be handled by Jocelyn Young from barrier seven. Dominate The Dojo arrived in Western Australia with a Victorian record of 41 starts for three wins and 19 placings. For Keys, the Art Major gelding has raced 32 times for three wins and 17 placings (11 seconds and six thirds). His three wins have been at Gloucester Park over 1730m, with rates of 1.57.4, 1.55.9 and 1.55.7. In five other starts over 1730m Dominate The Dojo has recorded two seconds, a third, a fourth and a sixth. Dominate The Dojo has a winning record of just eight per cent but placings at his past five starts behind horses of the calibre of Speed Man, Bechers Brook, Mad Robber, Zennart and Major Trojan are a strong indicator that he will be hard to beat this week. He will clash with recent winners Mighty Flying Deal (barrier one), Infinite Symbol, Bettor Reward, Four Starzzz Forsa, Ideal One and Courage Tells, but his biggest danger looms large as last season’s WA Derby winner King of Swing, who is awkwardly drawn on the inside of the back line.    King of Swing has a losing sequence of six, but he boasts a winning record of 47 per cent (17 wins from 36 starts). He was most disappointing last Friday week when he started out wide from barrier eight, raced in seventh position in the one-wide line and did not threaten danger in finishing last in a field of ten, six lengths behind the winner and pacemaker Thereugo. That followed hjs wilting ninth behind Golden State a month earlier. However, he showed good signs of a revival when he contested a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. He charged to the front after 250m and set a brisk pace, dashing over the final three quarters in 28.9sec., 29sec. and 28.2sec. to win by just under four lengths from Space Junk, rating 1.55.9.   Ken Casellas

Cracking reinsman Chris Voak, who has landed 112 winners this season, has been impressed by Beltane’s past two performances and declares the four-year-old is his brightest winning prospect at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Beltane, trained at Ravenswood by Nathan Turvey, is poorly drawn at barrier No. 8 in the Sunday Night at Seven Pace, but Voak believes the Victorian-bred gelding has the ability to overcome the awkward draw and fight out the finish. “He’s a horse on the improve and I suggest you keep following him,” Voak said. “I definitely think that he is my best chance on Friday night. In the past Beltane was a horse who didn’t travel. But Nathan changed his work before I got to drive him (at his past two starts) and now he pulls almost too hard. “We’ll probably have to go back (from the wide draw) before working into the race at the bell. He overraced a little bit in the breeze at his latest start (when third behind Ideal One and Waimac Attack at Gloucester Park last Friday night).” Voak handled Beltane for the first time two starts ago when the gelding set the pace from barrier one and won by more than five lengths from Star Armbro at Pinjarra, rating 1.56.3 over 2185m. A winner of seven races in Victoria, Beltane has under-achieved in Western Australia where his 17 starts have produced three wins and nine placings. His greatest claim to fame is that his unraced dam Lughnasadh is a half-sister to Elsu (47 starts for 27 wins, nine placings and $2,030,796) and Revonez (76 starts for 22 wins, 21 placings and $264,670). Elsu was a prolific group 1 winner and local fans will remember Revonez, a chestnut who raced five times in Western Australia in 1999 for a win in a $15,000 event at Pinjarra and a nose second placing to Paulas Mate in a Golden Nugget prelude, three starts after finishing second to Courage Under Fire in the Australian Derby at Moonee Valley.      Beltane’s toughest rival looms large as the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Waimac Attack, who has bright prospects of ending a losing sequence of 15. Waimac Attack, to be driven by Ryan Warwick, has a distinct advantage over Beltane with a most favourable draw at barrier No. 2. Waimac Attack is a consistent performer who raced without cover early and then enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing determinedly to be a neck second to the pacemaker Ideal One over 2536m last Friday night. Ken Casellas

Ocean Ridge is one of the State’s most promising pacers and he should continue another successful week for the all-conquering Greg and Skye Bond stable and ace reinsman Ryan Warwick by winning the $50,000 Channel 7 San Simeon Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The formidable combination started the week in style by scoring dashing victories at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon with Justasec and Kingslayer before The Bird Dance was a most impressive winner at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. All three New Zealand-bred pacers were racing for the first time in Australia. Ocean Ridge is a New Zealand-bred four-year-old who should carry too many guns for his rivals on Friday night when he will start from the No. 4 barrier and should be in a commanding position throughout. He made a wonderful return to racing after an injury-enforced absence of 14 months when he contested a 2692m event at Pinjarra three Mondays ago. He began from the back line and raced in sixth position in the one-wide line until he began a lightning sprint at the 800m to burst to the front 130m later and careered away to win by eight and a half lengths from Starlight Brigade, rating 1.57.8, with fast final quarters of 27.7sec. and 28.4sec. That was Ocean Ridge’s first appearance since he set the pace and won from McArdles Gem over 2185m at Pinjarra in May 2018 and it took his record to seven wins and three thirds from 15 starts. A winner at three of his ten New Zealand starts, Ocean Ridge has excelled in Western Australia with his five starts producing four wins and a splendid fourth behind King of Swing in the 2018 WA Derby. The Bonds are the leading trainers in WA this season, with 169 winners, while Warwick has been in marvellous form, landing 162 winners. While three-year-olds Justasec and The Bird Dance performed superbly, first-up, this week and five-year-old Kingslayer gave a dominant display in a 2631m stand at Pinjarra, it was not all plain sailing for the Bond camp. Four-year-old Captain Kirk was expected to win easily at his WA debut on Tuesday night, but had to be scratched from a 2536m event after injuring his nearside hind led in a mishap in his stall in the Gloucester Park birdcage. Captain Kirk bucked in his stall and got his hind leg over the dividing railing before slamming his foot into the brick wall. Warwick was quickly able to get the gelding’s leg back over the rail. Captain Kirk suffered superficial abrasions and bruising, and it is hoped that he will be able to start his Australian career within a few weeks. The Ross Olivieri-trained Space Junk should be prominent in his battle against Ocean Ridge on Friday night. He will be having his first start for five weeks and warmed up for the race with a sound trial at Byford on Sunday morning when, driven by Chris Lewis, he led for the first 250m and then led the chase after the freewheeling pacemaker King of Swing. He fought on gamely to finish second to King of Swing. Space Junk’s regular reinsman Chris Voak predicted that the gelding would have derived considerable benefit from Sunday’s trial, saying: “He chased King of Swing the whole way and finished only a couple of lengths off him. And the fact that he beat home Tommy Be Good was very good and he should be much improved off that run. “One Off Delight, with a stable change, might try to lead from the inside barrier and, hopefully, we can sit, one-one, on the back of Ocean Ridge.” One Off Delight is a noted frontrunner who led when second to Pradas Ideal Dahling over 2130m last Friday night. He has changed stables since then and is now prepared by Debra Lewis, who also has Wabi Sabi (barrier two) engaged in the race. The prospects of up-and-coming four-year-old Son of A Tiger diminished when he drew out wide at barrier eight. However, the inexperienced four-year-old has created a most favourable impression in WA where his five starts have produced three easy wins on Great Southern tracks and a creditable third behind Convert Denario and Courage Tells at Gloucester Park.   Ken Casellas

Smart New Zealand-bred mare Maczaffair currently boasts the longest losing sequence of her outstanding career and she will need to lift her rating if she is to end this run of ten consecutive defeats by proving the master of her six rivals in the On Track With Enda Brady Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Reinsman Mark Reed readily admitted that Maczaffair’s recent performances were below par. But he added that he was more than hopeful that she would bounce back to form this week. “She’s been a bit disappointing,” he said. “After her latest run (third behind Come Dance With Me and Crystal Sparkles) Dad (trainer Mike Reed) got a blood count and found she wasn’t quite right. She was also tying up a bit. Dad treated her problems and we expect sharp improvement on Friday night. “At her best she should probably beat these. She hasn’t been at her best at her past few starts when there may have been excuses. Hopefully, she’s back to her best and should be hard to beat. She did run third in the Pacing Cup (behind Rocknroll Lincoln and El Jacko) last January.” Maczaffair, with an imposing record of 61 starts for 21 wins, 12 seconds, six thirds and $501,106, will start from the outside barrier in the field of seven in Friday night’s race over 2130m. Her most serious rivals are likely to be the Kevin Keys-trained Sarah Goody and the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Infinite Symbol. Sarah Goody, a five-year-old and winner of 15 races, will be driven by Gary Hall jnr from barrier six and is capable of a strong effort at her first appearance for just over two months. Four-year-old Infinite Symbol is in sparkling form with two wins, two seconds and a third from eight starts in her current preparation. She set the pace and finished a close second to giant killer Our Corelli over 2130m at her most recent outing, three Saturdays ago. She raced wide early and then in the breeze when a winner over Talkerup two starts before that. Ryan Warwick is sure to be anxious to take advantage of Infinite Symbol’s barrier (No. 4) over Sarah Goody and Maczaffair.   Ken Casellas

Five-year-old Handsandwheels, the 2016 WA Derby winner, is a consistent open-class performer and reinsman Aiden de Campo is confident the Mach Three stallion will prove hard to beat in the Bridge Bar Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Handsandwheels, prepared at Capel by de Campo’s father Andrew, will be having his third start after a spell and is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier on the front line. “Handsandwheels is certainly capable of winning,” said Aiden de Campo, fresh from easy all-the-way wins with Tellmetoattack and American Delight at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. “We’ll be coming out and trying to cross Bettor Reward, and I’m aware of the good gate speed of horses like Thereugo, Whozideawasthis and Im Soxy. I consider that Handsandwheels and El Jacko are the best two horses in the race, on performance.” In an interesting and unexpected decision, champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has opted to handle the polemarker Bettor Reward (who is prepared by his elder brother Clint) ahead of the speedy Whozideawasthis (trained by his father Gary Hall Snr). Clint Hall has prepared Bettor Reward for his past three starts and he achieved immediate success with Chris Lewis driving the seven-year-old to a runaway all-the-way first-up victory in modest company over 2190m at Northam on July 6. That ended a losing sequence of 25. Bettor Reward is a noted frontrunner and Hall jnr is sure to be anxious to set the pace over the sprint trip on Friday night. Handsandwheels, a winner of 20 races and $441,123 in prizemoney, resumed after an absence of just over three months when a close second to Herrick Roosevelt over 2130m at Gloucester Park on July 13. Then, at his next start (last Friday night), he was restrained from barrier seven, raced at the rear and battled on, three wide, from seventh at the bell to finish sixth behind Our Corelli in a field of seven. “I was really happy with his first-up run and I wasn’t disappointed with his run last week when it was a night when horses off the fence didn’t make up much ground. He ran home as good as he can (with final quarters of 27.8sec. and 28.1sec. on the rain-affected track). I was quite happy with the run and his work since has been good.” The Greg and Skye Bond-trained El Jacko was also a victim of the conditions last Friday night when he was seventh and last 220m from home before surging home along the inside to finish a close-up fifth behind Our Corelli, who will be attempting to win his sixth race in a row for his new trainer Debra Lewis. Our Corelli has revealed abundant speed and considerable strength in his five starts for Lewis, but he will need to maintain, or even improve on, his remarkable sequence of victories if he is to overcome the wide barrier at No. 8 and the quality of the opposition. With Ryan Warwick required to drive the classy El Jacko, Bunbury trainer Brian Clemens has engaged Shannon Suvaljko to drive Im Soxy, who has good each-way prospects from barrier three. While Aiden de Campo is confident of a strong performance from Handsandwheels, he said that his best advice to punters was an all-up place investment on three of his drives, Handsandwheels, Michael Joseph and Smoldering Ashes. Michael Joseph is handily drawn at No. 2 on the back line in race five, the Kerry Clarke Four and Five-Year-Old Pace, and Smoldering Ashes will start from barrier two in the following event, the GNT Retro Pace over 2536m. “Michael Joseph is first-up after a break and this is a good draw for him,” de Campo said. “He was disappointing when seventh, first-up, behind Mighty Santana about six weeks ago. He pulled up very crook after the run and it has taken us a good few weeks to get him right again. His work this morning (Tuesday) was good, but he is probably still a bit on the heavy side. However, whatever he does on Friday, he’ll improve on. “Number two is a good draw for Smoldering Ashes. He’s consistent and if he gets the right run he could bob up. He loves the 2500m and if he happens to lob in front it would be really good.” Ken Casellas

Talented reinsman Mark Reed indicated that Sweet Maddison’s ability to beat colts and geldings three starts ago was a strong pointer to her winning prospects in the Join The Club Pace, a 2130m event for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “Following that she was unplaced at her next two starts,” Reed said. “But she had drawn poorly (barrier No. 8 and the outside of the back line) in those events. “She will start from barrier five and has good gate speed. And we will be going forward, and if she finds the top she will be hard to beat. Three starts ago she led and beat the boys, rating 1.57.5 over 2130m.” In that event, Sweet Maddison was driven by Michael Grantham, set a brisk pace and won easily from her stablemate Power And Grace, who had won in fine style at his first two starts in a race. At her most recent appearance, Sweet Maddison started out wide at barrier seven in the Golden Slipper three Saturdays ago. She raced in 11th position and was forced wide in the final circuit before finishing ninth behind Jasperbellabeach. Her task this week promises to be considerably easier. Several of Sweet Maddison’s rivals are racing enthusiastically and it promises to be a keenly-contested event. The Kevin Keys-trained Sunshine Swift warmed up in good fashion with a first-up victory at a 2.1.3 rate over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday afternoon. Driven by Chris Lewis, Sunshine Swift led and fought on tigerishly to win narrowly from Advance Your Dream and Star In Art.     Sunshine Swift will be driven by Ryan Warwick from barrier four on Friday night, with Lewis committed to the Peter Anderson-trained Star Fromthepalace, a winner at two of her nine starts, but facing a stern test from the outside barrier, No. 9. However, Star Fromthepalace is capable of a bold effort, particularly if the race is run at a fast tempo. Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr had the choice between Sunshine Swift and the Justin Prentice-trained Star In Art and his decision to drive Star In Art has given punters a good lead. Star In Art ran on gamely from sixth at the bell to finish third behind Sunshine Swift on Tuesday afternoon. She finished strongly from the rear when a half-head second to Miss Lamarr over 2185m at Pinjarra at her previous outing. Oldbury trainer Kim Prentice will be represented by two promising Art Major fillies in Soho Major Player and Soho Whisper. He will handle Soho Whisper, a winner of three races from seven starts, including a last-start Gloucester Park victory over 2130m. Soho Whisper will start from the outside of the back line, with Corey Peterson engaged for Soho Major Player, who looks a major player from the favourable barrier of No. 2 on the front line. Soho Major Player is a nine-start maiden, but she has impressed with four seconds and two thirds. Banjup trainer-reinsman Colin Brown has Fifty Five Reborn racing keenly and she is capable of winning, despite the disadvantage of the wide draw at No. 8.   Ken Casellas

Major Trojan is an up-and-coming star and he will resume racing after an absence of almost four months when he contests the $30,000 Chandon Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This will be his first appearance in an ambitious campaign which includes the rich Golden Nugget championship in December. Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr has Major Trojan, a lightly-raced New Zealand-bred three-year-old, in excellent shape for his first-up engagement, judged by the ease of his win in a 2150m Byford trial on Sunday morning. Driven by Maddison Brown, Major Trojan dashed to the front after 300m in the trial before relinquishing the lead to stablemate Wildwest after a lap. Major Trojan then took a narrow lead 400m from home and won, unextended, by 4m from Wildwest, rating 1.57.7. The final three quarters were covered in 28.8sec., 29.2sec. and 27.5sec. Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr will be in the sulky behind Major Trojan on Friday night when the Art Major colt will start from the No. 2 barrier on the front line. Major Trojan has not raced since he gave convincing proof of his class when he finished powerfully to win the 2536m WA Derby from Bletchley Park and Franco Edward early in April. That took his record to ten starts for four wins and five placings for earnings of $173,964. Major Trojan is the youngest and least experienced runner in Friday night’s race when he will be opposed by nine pacers in solid racing condition. His most serious rivals appear to be the two four-year-olds in the race, Bechers Brook (barrier three) and Roman Aviator (six). The Mike Reed-trained Bechers Brook has a splendid record of 27 starts for 12 wins, seven seconds and two thirds. He ran on solidly from sixth at the bell to finish a good second to Saying Grace over 2130m last Friday night. Roman Aviator, trained and driven by Aldo Cortopassi, is in grand form and boasts a fine record of 41 starts for 11 wins, ten seconds and one third placing. From barrier four, he took up the running after 400m in a 2536m event last Friday night. He received a flat tyre 600m from home but was still able to win by a half-length from Waimac Attack. A win by Major Trojan would continue a great run of successes for Hall jnr, who has had 651 drives this season for 175 wins and 199 placings. He is in fourth place in the national top 20 drivers’ premiership table --- behind Victorian stars Chris Alford (374 wins from 1514 drives) and Greg Sugars (235 wins from 1280 drives) and Queenslander Grant Dixon (213 wins from 1167 drives). Major Trojan is the best of the Hall stable’s seven runners on Friday night, with the other six runners all sound each-way chances. Robb Stark (Hall jnr) and One Off Delight (Stuart McDonald) are leading prospects in race one, the 2536m Retravision Pace. Robb Stark gets an excellent chance to end a losing run of seven when he starts from barrier No. 2 on the back line. He covered extra ground early and then enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before running home strongly to finish second to Gee Jay Kay over 2130m last Friday night. One Off Delight is a smart frontrunner, who will be fancied from the No. 1 barrier. The Dali Express, a newcomer to the powerful Ross Olivieri stable, also has strong claims in race one. The Dali Express ruined his chances at his West Australian debut last Friday night when he galloped at the standing start and then worked hard without cover before wilting to sixth behind Fizzing in the BOTRA Cup. The Hall camp will be represented by three runners Speed Man (Lauren Jones), Ideal One (Maddison Brown) and King of Swing (Hall jnr) in race six, the 2130m Direct Trades Supply Pace. This is an open affair in which Im Soxy, from barrier six for Bunbury trainer and reinsman Ryan Warwick, should prove hard to beat following his excellent head second to Vultan Tin over 2536m last Friday night.   Ken Casellas 

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