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Astute Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams is enjoying a remarkable run of success and he is hoping that Cyclone Banner, his only runner at Gloucester Park on Friday night, will continue his purple patch by winning the final event, the Worldwide Printing Pace over 1730m. Over the past six weeks Williams has had 19 starters for 14 wins --- six with Magnificent Storm, four with To Fast To Serious, three with Cyclone Banner and one with Shadow Roll. The New Zealand-bred Cyclone Banner, to be driven by Aldo Cortopassi from barrier four, faces an acid test against the talented New Zealand-bred four-year-old Infatuation, who set the pace when an easy last-start winner over Boom Time for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and star reinsman Ryan Warwick. That was Infatuation’s ninth win from 16 starts. Cyclone Banner, a winner of two races in New Zealand, has had 19 starts in WA for nine wins and five placings. “Cyclone Banner is a very lightly-framed horse, but he’s a nice horse with good sit-sprint ability,” said Williams. “With a bit of luck, he’s as good as the other horses in Friday’s race.        Williams started Magnificent Storm and To Fast To Serious at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night, with each pacer, driven by Cortopassi, recording effortless victories.  Three-year-old Magnificent Storm has not been extended in winning by considerable margins at each of his six starts in Western Australia, after being unplaced at his only appearance in New Zealand. “Magnificent Storm will now go out for a spell for about six weeks,” said Williams. “Then we’ll bring him back into work and give him a month’s racing to get him ready for the major feature events for four-year-olds early in the New Year.”   Ken Casellas

Smart New Zealand-bred mare Divinia Bellezza ran an impressive trial for the Etch Coatings Handicap, a stand over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, when she outclassed her rivals in a 2536m mobile event on Tuesday evening. The Greg and Skye Bond-trained five-year-old, driven by Ryan Warwick, began speedily from barrier two and was not extended in leading throughout to win by more than three lengths from Macz Brother. She coasted to the line and was not extended after dashing over the final 400m sections in 28.8sec. and 27.2sec. One of Divinia Bellezza’s chief rivals is likely to be her stablemate Rebel With A Grin, who will start from the No. 2 barrier on the front line, with Divinia Bellezza at barrier four. Rebel With A Grin began speedily from the 10m mark and was unsuccessful in an early bid for the lead. He then raced without cover before fading to last behind the classy Forgotten Highway. Rebel With A Grin had won at three of his five previous starts. Disco Under Fire, who set the pace and fought on grimly when second to Forgotten Highway, has bright prospects in the opening event, the 2130m Cowden The Insurance Brokers Pace, on Friday night. The Giles Inwood-trained pacer will again be handled by Gary Hall Jnr and will start from barrier four in a field with little recent form displayed by most of the runners. Our Perkins, to start from the No. 3 barrier and to be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, has been unplaced at his past five starts, but has bright prospects of leading and proving hard to beat.   Ken Casellas

Serpentine trainer Matt Scott has Cut Above racing with wonderful enthusiasm and the five-year-old New Zealand-bred mare will take a power of beating from the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, according to reinsman Shannon Suvaljko. Cut Above was most impressive last Tuesday week when she began brilliantly from barrier six to set the early pace in a 2536m event before Suvaljko surrendered the lead to the hard-pulling Remit Me Whitby with 1100m to travel. Suvaljko then eased Cut Above off the pegs at the bell and the mare regained the lead 550m from home and won by a length and a half from Missplay. The win followed Cut Above’s three seconds and five thirds at her previous eight starts. “That race was a big drop in grade, and I drove Cut Above like the best horse, and she won like the best horse,” Suvaljko said. “This week the 2130m will suit her. She’s a good frontrunner and she’ll run 1.55 or 1.56 in front. She will lead and prove hard to beat.” Suvaljko chose to handle Cut Above ahead of Qtown Rip Roaring and A Boy Named Rosie, each of whom is racing keenly. A Boy Named Rosie (barrier three) will be driven by Deni Roberts, and Nathan Turvey will drive Qtown Rip Roaring. A Boy Named Rosie, driven by Suvaljko, impressed last Friday night when he charged home, out wide, from eighth at the bell to finish a neck second to Lightning Jolt. Other serious rivals for Cut Above include Our Rhythm N Blues, Jimmy Mach and Parisian Partygirl. This will be one of Cut Above’s final race starts before owner Tim Blee sends her to stud. The mare, who has had 65 starts for 14 wins, 23 placings and $104,842, is booked to American stallion Hes Watching.   Ken Casellas

Star reinsman Chris Voak was nominated for four mares in the $17,600 Simmonds Steel Free-For-All at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he has given punters a good lead by opting to handle My Prayer in preference to Queen Shenandoah, Batavia Silverline and Millwood Gucci. It was a tough decision. He has driven Queen Shenandoah at her past five starts for wins at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park, he drove Batavia Silverline when she led and finished second to Manning at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon and was in the sulky behind Millwood Gucci at her past three outings, for a second to Miss Lamarr and a third to Bad Round. Voak was impressed with the performance of the Barry Howlett-trained My Prayer when she was a $34 chance from the outside barrier in a field of nine in a 2130m event last Friday night. Four-year-old My Prayer raced in last position before flashing home with a powerful four-wide late burst to finish fourth behind Tiffany Rose. “My Prayer really flooded home when the last 800m was covered in 55.9sec. and it was a really good run,” said Voak. “This week I feel that it will be a hot affair. I think that there will be a lot of pace in the race and My Prayer should get a soft trip, either on the leader’s back or three back on the pegs. So, she should get a conservative run and, hopefully, she finishes like she did last week.” Batavia Silverline, ideally drawn at barrier one, will be driven by Michael Grantham, Chris Lewis will handle Queen Shenandoah and Maddison Brown has been engaged for Millwood Gucci. Hardest for My Prayer to beat is the Aiden de Campo-trained Mandy Joan, who will start from barrier five. She was favourite at $1.20 in a $24,000 event for mares last Friday night when she started from the No. 2 barrier and was beaten out by Tiffany Rose. Mandy Joan worked hard in the breeze outside Tiffany Rose and fought on grandly when second to that mare. “She went super,” said de Campo. “It was unfortunate that we were crossed early. Her work this morning (Tuesday) was good and I can’t see why she won’t run another good race this week from a tricky barrier.” De Campo will also be represented in this race with Delightfulreaction, who will start from barrier six and will be driven by Mark Johnson. “She was found a little bit wanting when up against the boys last start, but she always acquits herself well in mares’ company,” said de Campo.  Voak has seven drives at Friday night’s meeting and, apart from My Prayer, he considers he has solid each-way prospects with Boom Time (race three), Ultimate Offer (race seven) and Star of Diamonds (race eight). He also reckons Captain Mannering (race two), Gangbuster (race four) and Vultan Tin (race nine) have sound place prospects. “Boom Time has an awkward draw (barrier six) and he will need luck,” Voak said. “However, he does have the ability to overcome the draw. “Ultimate Offer will start from 10 metres in the 2503m stand and he should fight out the finish, while Star of Diamonds has a good chance from the inside of the back line in the race for three-year-old fillies. She just needs to get lucky, late. She has beaten Double Expresso twice and is capable of winning.” Double Expresso, trained by Ross Olivieri and the State’s best-performed filly, faces a stern test from the outside (barrier No. 9) in the 2130m event. However, she has loads of ability and is capable of overcoming the disadvantage of the outside barrier.   Ken Casellas

Prominent breeder Mike Howie has high hopes of winning the $30,000 Gold Bracelet for the second year in a row when Aiden de Campo drives Secret Reaction in the Group 3 feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Howie bred Some Copper Beach, who started from the No. 1 barrier and was driven by de Campo for a smart all-the-way victory in the Gold Bracelet 12 months ago. Howie bred and trains Secret Reaction, who is awkwardly drawn at barrier six in Friday night’s 2130m event for two-year-old fillies but is racing keenly. She was a $41 outsider from the outside of the back line in last Friday night’s group 1 Westbred Classic in which she was eleventh at the bell and finished strongly, out wide, to be sixth behind the brilliant Black Jack Baby. “It was a really good run,” said de Campo. “They got home really quickly (with final quarters of 29.5sec. and 26.7sec.) and she ran on five and six deep. It’s a tricky draw at six this week, but I was super happy with her run last week.” At her previous outing, Secret Reaction started out wide at barrier seven and raced three wide early and then in the breeze before winning by more than four lengths from Lady Bella Anne. The improving Barry Howlett-trained filly Just For Love looks certain to be a strong favourite after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. She also started from barrier one in last week’s Westbred Classic when Jocelyn Young trailed the $1.10 favourite Black Jack Baby throughout before finishing a good second to Black Jack Baby. Just For Love also started from the No. 1 barrier in the Diamond Classic two starts earlier when she set the pace before wilting to finish seventh behind Always An Angel. Then she started from barrier five and enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail before finishing strongly to win a $6000 event at Gloucester Park, beating Bettor Beach Belle by almost three lengths. Owner-trainer Shane Quadrio has decided to bypass the Gold Bracelet and set Black Jack Baby for the rich Golden Slipper the following Friday. “She has pulled up very well after her win last week and I want to save her for the Slipper and give her the best chance against the colts and geldings. I’ll work her on Saturday and sprint her up the following Wednesday to have her ready for the big race.” Jett Star, the unbeaten New Zealand-bred colt prepared by Greg and Skye Bond, was involved in a dramatic race at Gloucester Park on Tuesday afternoon when he raced keenly in the score-up and his nose struck the mobile barrier, caused him to gallop fiercely and lose six lengths. He then worked his way forward to the breeze and was on the outside of the pacemaker The Swiss Maestro when that colt inexplicably broke into a gallop 850m from home and dislodged reinsman Kyle Harper after locking wheels with Aussie Scooter, a stablemate of Jett Star, who was driven by Dylan Egerton-Green. Jett Star then found himself in front, a length clear of his nearest rival, but was unable to maintain that advantage when Aiden de Campo drove Dominus Factum through on his inside to take up the running. Jett Star then continued to work in the breeze before getting to the front 110m from home. He then had to fend off a spirited late challenge from Seeryanfly and won by a head at a 1.55.4 rate over 2130m. It was an impressive performance, with a fast lead time of 36.3 and final three quarters in 28.8sec., 27.4sec. and 28.5sec. Jett Star was unaffected and uninjured, and his victory was a great trial for the Golden Slipper on Friday week.   Ken Casellas

Black Jack Baby a bargain overlooked Shrewd judges and keen disciples of breeding missed a wonderful opportunity to snare a bargain when they overlooked the very first lot offered at the 2019 APG yearling sale in Perth. The filly, by the highly promising Art Major stallion Follow The Stars and out of the New Zealand-bred mare What A Card, failed to reach the reserve price of $12,000 and was passed in after the bidding fizzled out at $9000. The filly, bred by Shane Quadrio, is Black Jack Baby, who strolled to an all-the-way victory in the $80,000 group 1 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. That was Black Jack Baby’s seventh win from eight starts and boosted her prizemoney to $100,511, as well as earning several thousand more dollars in Westbred bonuses. “I’m ecstatic that the bidding didn’t reach $12,000,” said a relieved Quadrio, who trains Black Jack Baby at his Henley Brook property. “We look back at it now and say ‘Oh, thank our lucky stars that nobody showed much interest in her.’” Quadrio now is looking seriously at pitting Black Jack Baby against the State’s best colts and geldings in the rich Golden Slipper on Friday week. He also has the option of starting his brilliant filly in the $30,000 Gold Bracelet for fillies next Friday night and then determining whether to run her in the Slipper the following Friday. Quadrio purchased the McArdle mare What A Card after she had won six races in New Zealand on the recommendation of his son Dylan. What impressed Dylan Quadrio was the fact that What A Card was a half-sister to speedy and talented pacers Scruncher, Big Three and Dundee Three, who between them had won 72 races. “What A Card had a lot of high speed,” said Shane Quadrio. “But, unfortunately, after a couple of runs we noticed that she had bad joints and we had to keep treating her. Then we decided to breed from her, and that was the main reason why we got her.” For the record, What A Card had 57 starts in Western Australia for one win (in a C2-C6 2190m event at Northam in April 2015) and six placings for a career record of 89 starts for seven wins, 11 placings and $42,074 in stakes. Pinjarra horseman David Young broke in and educated Black Jack Baby and prepared her for her first five starts for four wins and a second (a half-length behind Rumour Has It in the $25,000 Western Crown at Gloucester Park in March this year. Quadrio has trained the filly for her past three starts. Black Jack Baby was a hot $1.10 favourite on Friday night and the result was never in doubt after Chris Voak sent her straight to the lead from the No. 2 barrier after the mobile barrier sent the field of 12 on its way. The race began in a heavy downpour and the lead time was a very slow 39.2sec. which was followed by extremely leisurely opening 400m sections of two 32.3sec. quarters before a third quarter of 29.5sec. and a sizzling last section of 26.7sec., with Black Jack baby rating a modest 2.0.8 over the 2130m. Voak described the commanding performance as having had an armchair drive, with Black Jack Baby winning by one and a half lengths from the polemarker and $9 chance Just For Love, who fought on doggedly after racing behind the pacemaker throughout. Minor Catastrophe ($34), who raced three back on the pegs in fifth position, was a distant third, just ahead of Star For Me, who fought on from eighth at the bell.   Give Us A Wave is Slipper bound Champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond strengthened their grip on the rich Golden Slipper classic next Friday week when Give Us A Wave scored a decisive victory in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Leading reinsman Ryan Warwick emulated the performance of his father Colin, who won this feature event with Whistling Eagle in 1994, by driving Give Us A Wave, the $2.20 favourite, to an impressive all-the-way victory at a 1.57.1 rate over 2130m on a rain-affected track. The Bond stable holds a powerful hand in the Golden Slipper in which their main hope looks likely to be the brilliant New Zealand-bred colt Jett Star, who scored his fourth easy win from four starts when he finished powerfully to win the $100,000 Pearl Classic on June 12 from the pacemaker and hot favourite Lavra Joe. Warwick said that the was anticipating a strong challenge in Friday night’s event to be issued by Lavra Joe, who began from the No. 2 barrier, with Give Us A Wave drawn perfectly at barrier one. Lavra Joe, as expected, raced in the breeze, and Warwick said he was relieved when a tyre of Lavra Joe’s sulky was punctured. “About 1200m from home it sounded as though Lavra Joe got a flat tyre. So, that was a good thing for us. “The barrier draws mean a lot because there’s such a good crop of two-year-olds. They can all run good times which makes it harder for horses back in the pack. Obviously, we were lucky to draw one. Give Us A Wave did what about half the field would have done from the same barrier. “Give Us A Wave got a little bit keen off the arm, but he came back to me after about 200 to 300 metres. It would have been nice to have gone a little bit slower, but I didn’t want Lavra Joe boring it in, and I wasn’t inviting him to come. So, it was a case of finding the (happy) medium. “Give Us A Wave is a very good doer and runs don’t seem to bother him. There’s not a lot between him and Jett Star, who was really good in winning the Pearl, and he probably does have a little edge on Give Us A Wave. But it’s not big enough to suggest that if one drew barrier one and the other drew nine, I could drive the one with the better draw.” Lavra Joe, equal second fancy at $5 with Carabao, was affected by the flat tyre and wilted to finish ninth. Carabao trailed Give Us A Wave throughout and moved to second with 100m to travel before fading to fifth. Mighty Ronaldo ($7) enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing fast to be second, with Machnificent ($20) coming from sixth at the bell to be third. Give Us A Wave, by Mach Three, is the eleventh foal out of the unraced Safely Kept mare Royal Tour (hence the colt’s name) and he was purchased for $60,000 at the 2019 APG yearling sale in Perth by Team Bond, Rob Gartrell’s Running Camel syndicate and Andrew Foster. He now has raced seven times for two wins and three placings for stakes of $64,883. Give Us A Wave is a half-brother to seven winners, including Truckers Ruffnut (53 starts for 20 wins, 14 placings and $249,770) and Tuxedo Tour (70 starts for 15 wins, 21 placings and $194,596.   Victoria Cup plan for Chicago Bull Champion pacer Chicago Bull notched his 48TH victory in a glittering career when he surged home from last in the field of six at the bell to beat the fast-finishing Ocean Ridge and Motu Premier in the $20,000 Direct Trades Supply Past Presidents Cup over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and trainer Gary Hall snr said he was toying with the idea of setting the seven-year-old for the $300,000 Victoria Cup at Melton in October. “I’ll just potter around with him in the winter and I might go for the Victoria Cup if he keeps getting better,” said Hall. “I haven’t made up my mind yet; it’s just a flight there and back. He’s worth a chance and I haven’t ruled out a trip to Melbourne with him. If he keeps getting better, which I think he will, it’s an option before he contests the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup in November and December.” Chicago Bull competed in the Victoria Cup in October 2018 when he raced three wide in the middle stages and then in the breeze before finishing second to Tiger Tara. He now has had 75 starts for 48 wins, 21 placings and stakes of $1,816,598. Gary Hall jnr drove the  nuggety little gelding with great confidence, not bustling him from barrier five and allowing him to settle down at the rear in the one-wide line as the polemarker Motu Premier resisted an early challenge from Ocean Ridge and set a solid pace. Our Jimmy Johnstone raced in the breeze, with Golden State following the pacemaker and Ocean Ridge enjoying the one-out, one-back trail. Hall sent Chicago Bull (favourite at $1.60) forward with a three-wide burst with about 700m to travel. He sustained his three-wide effort before taking the lead 100m from the post and he beat Ocean Ridge ($5) by 2m, with Motu Premier an excellent third at his first appearance for six months. This completed a double for Hall jnr, who had been successful earlier in the night with While They Pray.   Birthday presents for Voak Chris Voak, an adventurous, aggressive and skilful reinsman, enjoyed an early 32ND birthday present when he gave a typical bold exhibition in the sulky to land former Victorian performer Stroke of Luck an impressive winner of the Mondo Smallgoods Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. An hour later he completed a double when Black Jack Baby was successful in the group 1 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies, and he kept up the good work on his birthday on Saturday by driving Burghley Shard to an easy victory in a two-year-old event at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park. Stroke of Luck, a recent addition to trainer Ross Olivieri’s Oakford stable, was favourite at $1.70 from the inside of the back line and Voak eased the Major In Art seven-year-old off the pegs after 100m as the gelding settled down in ninth position. Voak then sent him forward, three wide after 400m and the gelding burst to the front 250m later. Stroke of Luck set a strong pace and dashed over the final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.2sec. to beat Parisian Partygirl by just over a length at a 1.55.7 rate over 2130m. Our Rhythm N Blues, who came from the rear to raced without cover over the final 1100m, fought on solidly to finish third. “It was a very good run by Stroke of Luck,” said Voak. “He did what I thought he would do, and I drove him like the best horse, and he went like the best horse. I don’t know how much improvement is there because he was in pretty good order when he came across from Victoria. He has excellent sit and sprint capabilities and will get to Free-For-All ranks.”   While They Pray needs loving Four-year-old Alta Christiano gelding While They Pray, stylish winner of the 2130m Villi’s Family Bakery Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, is a work in progress. “But he is winning while that progress is happening,” said Pinjarra trainer Michael George after Gary Hall jnr had guided While They Pray ($4.80) to an all-the-way victory over Mister Bushido and Just Rockon Bye  at a 1.55.8 rate. George was given the task of training While They Pray when the gelding was an unraced three-year-old early last year, with George explaining that champion trainer Gary Hall snr considered that the pacer with so much natural ability wasn’t suited to his training system. “His system was probably too much hustle and bustle for a horse who needed plenty of love and care and one-on-one attention,” George said. “I was fortunate to get the horse. He’s the best horse I’ve had and probably the best I’ll ever have. I am forever thankful to Senior and the owners of this horse for the opportunity I have with him. He’s like my third child. “I do all sorts of things with him, trying to keep him comfortable and happy. I bring a companion horse with him to the track when he races and tonight it was Tubbs Farquhar. I also take a horse with him in the barn before he goes out for a hoppled run. “He’s got a good competitive nature and loves racing. But he has had a lot of issues with his manners. He’s been a headache; he’s just got no brakes; he gets keen scoring up and is pretty difficult to control. But he’s got a good motor and can run time. “Last week when he overraced in the breeze and finished fifth behind Bletchley Park he raced with a Murphy blind --- and it fired him up too much. This week I put a HIDZ hood on him and he raced more kindly.” While They Pray is the second foal out of the Bettors Delight mare Slick Bird, who was prepared by Hall snr for her 34 starts which produced ten wins, nine placings and $89,999 in stakes. She finished third behind Artemis Belle in the WA Oaks in May 2011. Her first foal Slick Artist was also trained by Hall for her 18 starts in WA for six wins (including the Daintys Daughter Classic in February 2018) and six placings. Slick Artist then continued her career in America and now has a record of 58 starts for 11 wins, 22 placings and $175,670.   Inwood’s bargain buy Hopeland trainer Giles Inwood made a wise decision just over five weeks ago to outlay $4000 to purchase veteran pacer Bettor Party, who ended a losing sequence of 21 when he set the pace and beat Robbie Easton and Destined To Rule in the 2536m Worldwide Printing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This was Bettor Party’s fifth start for Inwood and followed a third, two fourths and a fifth placing to return his new owner $13,227 in prizemoney. Ten-year-old Bettor Party, favourite at $2 (and $1.80 on the fixed market), was driven for the first time by Aiden de Campo, the 26TH person to have handled the old gelding, who now has raced 202 times for 39 wins, 53 placings and $328,600 in stakes. “I approached Eric Chabros recently and asked if I could lease Bettor Party,” said Inwood. “About two weeks later he rang me and asked if I wanted to buy the horse, and I did. “Eric gave me Bettor Party in super condition and his legs are perfect for an old horse. I thought that a change might suit him. I looked at his record and saw that everyone who has had him had done well. He has been a consistent performer and he won a couple of Cups and won the Horse of the Year award in South Australia in two years straight.” Inwood, who celebrated his birthday two days after Friday’s win, is the fifth trainer to have prepared Bettor Party, who was purchased for $20,000 as a yearling by leviathan owner Rob Gartrell. Inwood, who has a team of eight at his stable, works Bettor Party on the heavy sand, jogging on the side of a quadbike, as well as having a hoppled run on Tuesday mornings. He also has enjoyed good success with Gangbuster, a seven-year-old gelding who was given to him as a gift by Kristian Hawkins in May 2019. Since then Gangbuster has had 41 starts for Inwood for four wins, seven placings and $44,915 in stakes.   Lightning Jolt strikes again Seven-year-old Lightning Jolt, who broke down badly with a tendon injury four years ago and was out of action for 16 months, is racing in fine form for Byford trainer John Oldroyd. “He was one of the best young pacers in the State before he damaged a tendon in his off foreleg,” Oldroyd said. “Debra Lewis treated his leg and did an enormous job with his rehabilitation, and I haven’t had a problem with him since.” Lightning Jolt, a big, powerfully-built gelding, continues to be a fine performer for his owners Kirk Kawana and his wife Charlene, Nick Rutledge, Nick Hathaway and the trainer’s son Brad and his victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night improved his record to 80 starts for 13 wins, 26 placings and stakes of $150,810. A $4.60 chance ($5.50 on the fixed market), Lightning Jolt began from the No. 4 barrier and Ryan Warwick quickly positioned him in the perfect one-out, one-back trail, with Heza Head Honcho setting the pace, with Naval Aviator in the breeze and Euphoric Moment behind the leader. Lightning Jolt dashed to the front on the home turn and fought on determinedly to defeat A Boy Named Rosie, who finished strongly, out wide, from eighth at the bell. The final quarters were run in 28.7sec. and 28.6sec. and the winner rated 1.58.2. Lightning Jolt is the second of two foals out of unraced mare Sandys Success, whose first foal Mynameskenny (a full-brother to Lightning Jolt) was trained by Oldroyd and was a brilliant performer, earning $199,195 from 21 wins and six placings from 43 starts before breaking down with tendon damage as a five-year-old.   The Black Cardinal’s on-off career Ten-year-old The Black Cardinal had two unplaced runs as a two-year-old in June 2012 and then had a three-year break from racing. He reappeared in June 2015 and had 23 starts in the following 12 months for two wins at Pinjarra. But then he was not seen in action for another three and a half years before Jandakot trainer Tommy Sheehy gained the lease of the gelding who now has had 27 starts for Sheehy for five wins and five placings. The Black Cardinal got punters away to a flying start at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he was the $2.60 favourite for the opening event, the TABtouch Pace, and was driven to a convincing all-the-way win by Ryan Warwick, who went on to notch a treble after scoring with Lightning Jolt and Give Us A Wave and then travelled to Bunbury on Saturday where he guided Poisedtopounce to an effortless victory in the Errol Ashcroft Pace . After a modest early tempo, The Black Cardinal dashed over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 28.1sec. to win by just under a length from Alta Rhett ($4.60), who trailed him throughout. Walsh ($16) charged home from eleventh at the bell to be an eye-catching third. The unlucky runner was Pierre Whitby ($4.20), who enjoyed a perfect sit, one-out and one-back, but was hopelessly blocked for a run in the final circuit and finished seventh.    Bad Round ends losing run of 56 Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg and her husband John have never lost faith in Bad Round, and the seven-year-old repaid them for their patience when he unleashed a powerful late burst to snatch a head victory over Madame Meilland in the 2130m Catalano Truck And Equipment Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bad Round, a $4.70 chance from the inside of the back line, was driven expertly by Jocelyn Young, who had the gelding pacing smoothly three back on the pegs in sixth position before she angled him off the inside with 850m to travel, with the $3.10 favourite Millwood Gucci bowling along in front. Bad Round sustained a spirited burst, out wide, to get up and beat Madame Meilland and Millwood Gucci to end a losing sequence of 56, stretching back to December 2018.           The Padberg’s paid $20,000 for Bad Round as a three-year-old after he had been unplaced at two runs in New Zealand and had won at four of his nine starts in New South Wales. He has had 157 starts for the Padbergs for 11 wins, 30 placings and stakes of $158,618. “I was offered him by NSW trainer Blake Fitzpatrick, and he is the first one of about seven pacers I have bought off him,” said Mrs Padberg. “He is a little character and is part of the family now. “He’s got to have good draws because he is purely a fence horse. If he has a bad draw, we just tuck him away and look after him.” Bad Round is certainly not a high-profile pacer, but he has one important claim to fame. His maternal granddam Love To Live produced champion performer Terror To Love, who earned $2,429,978 from 31 wins and 23 placings from 76 starts. His major victory was in the 3200m New Zealand Cup at Addington in November 2011 when he defeated Smoken Up and Highview Tommy. Jocelyn Young continued in winning form when she scored a narrow victory with $1.90 fancy Pamy June over the pacemaker Madame of Mischief at Bunbury on Saturday night.   Flying start is the key A brilliant burst of speed which enabled Tiffany Rose to burst straight to the front from the No. 5 barrier paved the way for the three-year-old filly’s win at $6 over older and more experienced mares in the $24,000 Lombardo Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred Tiffany Rose, trained at Henley Brook by Mike Reed for owners Jim and Wilma Giumelli, scorched into the lead and then was able to relax with a comfortable lead time of 38.1sec. and a slow first quarter of 31.9sec. Shannon Suvaljko then increased the tempo with final quarters of 29.4sec., 27.8sec. and 28.1sec. and Tiffany Rose won by just under a length from the $1.20 favourite Mandy Joan, who fought on grandly after working in the breeze throughout.  The winner’s mile rate was 1.57.4. Radiant Amber ($23) enjoyed the one-out, one-back passage before finishing third, with My Prayer ($34) charging home, four wide, from ninth and last at the bell to be an encouraging fourth. Tiffany Rose had eight starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand for four seconds, three thirds and one fourth placing and her 15 starts as a three-year-old this season have resulted in eight wins and three thirds.   Ken Casellas

Talented driver Jocelyn Young and four-year-old gelding Pierre Whitby have formed a wonderful combination over the past 15 months and Young is looking forward with a good degree of confidence to winning the opening event, the 2536m TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Young drove a splendid patient race to land Pierre Whitby a smart winner over 2130m on Tuesday evening and she is hoping to repeat the dose three nights later. From barrier five, Pierre Whitby raced in seventh position in the one-wide line before Young sent him forward, three wide 400m from home. He went four wide on the turn and burst to the front in the final 50m to win decisively from Soho Wonder. That took Pierre Whitby’s record to 60 starts for nine wins and 20 placings. Young has driven the gelding 52 times for eight wins, eight seconds and seven thirds. He is very consistent, and I love driving him,” said Young. “I drove him (four times) for Ed Dewar as a three-year-old early last year and I was able to stick with him after he was sold.” Pierre Whitby was sold to Mark Lewis and has been trained for his past 54 starts by his mother Debra. Though he has won over 2100m and twice over 2130m, Pierre Whitby excels over longer journeys, having won over 2242m, 2536m, 2569m, 2620m, 2690m and 2692m. “Generally, he is a better horse over 2500m,” said Young. “He’s always driven cold and always has that good sprint. If the tempo is on, he’s even better. Hopefully, we’ll be able to settle close to the lead on Friday night.” Young is also looking forward to driving Just For Love in the Group 1 Westbred Classic for fillies, Powerplay in the Westbred Classic for colts and geldings and veteran Bad Round in the Catalano Truck And Equipment Pace. Powerplay, a winner at his past two starts, will begin from the No. 4 barrier. “The draw is a bit awkward,” Young said. “But he’s going really well and with the right run he should finish in the top five. Bad Round came from last when third last week and this week from the inside of the back line we should race closer to the lead.” Baskerville trainer Ryan Bell is looking for further improvement from Blue Blazer, who will start from barrier four in the TABtouch Pace and looks a danger to Pierre Whitby. Bell brought Blue Blazer from last with a strong finishing burst to win easily from Maximum Demand over 2569m at Bunbury last Friday night. “It’s taken a while, but he showed his trackwork form in the win,” Bell said. “He has had a few feet issues and mental issues and it will be interesting to see how he backs up. “I’m a bit of an old school trainer with him. I work him on the lead and give him pacework instead of full hard hopple work. He just does two-mile pacework and that seems to be working for him. It wasn’t the strongest form race at Bunbury. The 2500m will suit; he’ll be doing nothing or as little as we can and hopefully, he will sprint home.” Bell will also be looking for a solid effort from Radiant Amber in the Lombardo Pace for fillies and mares. The four-year-old, who will start from barrier three, was a fast-finishing winner two starts ago before she set the pace and faded to finish a half-length third behind Tiffany Rose and Major Shard last Saturday night.  “I was a bit disappointed when she was beaten last week, but she lost to a pretty handy mare,” Bell said. “This week it’s a jump up in class, but the better field might suit her.” Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr is hoping that star pacer Chicago Bull can overcome the awkward draw at No. 5 in the field of seven to contest the Direct Trades Supply Past Presidents Cup over 2130m. Chicago Bull also started from barrier five in the 2536m Winter Cup last Friday night when he raced in last position in the field of six before starting a three-wide run at the bell and eventually getting to the front 100m from the post before being beaten in the final stride by a nose by the fast-finishing Ocean Ridge. Ocean Ridge, to be driven by Ryan Warwick for ace trainers Greg and Skye Bond, has an advantage over Chicago Bull this week, starting from the No. 2 barrier. “Chicago Bull has been getting no favours with the random barrier draws,” Hall said. “But he’ll go well this week. He had a little break before last week’s run and was quite fat. It was a good run last week.”   Ken Casellas

Breeder-owner-trainer Shane Quadrio and star reinsman Chris Voak agreed after Black Jack Baby’s effortless all-the-way victory in the Westsired Pace for two-year-old fillies last Friday night that the daughter of Follow The Stars was not simply a frontrunner but was ideally suited as a sit-sprinter. But they will abandon that tactic after Black Jack Baby drew perfectly at barrier No. 2 in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “She’s got fantastic gate speed and I’d say she will go straight to the front,” Quadrio said. “Hopefully, she will stay there. She has pulled up well after last week’s win and is feeling a million dollars. We’re lucky enough to get a good draw.” Quadrio and his son Dylan, who selected Black Jack Baby’s dam What A Card from New Zealand, paid special tribute to Pinjarra horseman David Young for his exemplary work in breaking in and educating Black Jack Baby. Black Jack Baby, with six wins and a close second placing from seven starts, looks outstanding on Friday night and it is difficult to envisage any of her 11 rivals extending her. One of her main opponents is likely to be the Barry Howlett-trained Just For Love, who has been driven by Voak at her past six starts for an easy last-start win over Bettor Beach Belle at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week as well as close seconds to Minor Catastrophe and  Always An Angel. Howlett has engaged Jocelyn Young to drive Just For Love for the first time. “I’m pretty happy to get the drive, particularly from barrier one,” said Young. “I should imagine that Barry will be more than happy for me to take the sit behind Black Jack Baby.” Minor Catastrophe, bred, owned and trained by David Young, is handily drawn on the inside of the back line and the filly who has won at two of her three starts, should enjoy an ideal passage and is capable of figuring in the finish. Minor Catastrophe was an impressive trial winner at Pinjarra on Sunday morning when she settled down in last place in a field of five. After very slow quarters of 33.7sec. and 33.9sec. the final 400m sections were covered in 28.1sec. and 29.3sec. with Minor Catastrophe coming from last at the 800m to burst to the front 100m later and stroll to an easy win over the pacemaker Nomorepintsforyou.   Ken Casellas

A horror run of wide barriers for Give Us A Wave has ended with the Mach Three colt drawing the prized No. 1 barrier in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This change in fortune will give star reinsman Ryan Warwick an excellent chance of victory and emulating the performance of his father Colin, who drove Whistling Eagle to victory in this event in May 1994 when the race was known as the State Sires Series Classic. Already, in the 27-year history of the race there has been two father-son victors, with Lindsay Harper winning with Disco Force (2000), Hydroflyte (2001) and Your Call Lombo (2002) and his son Kyle winning with All Aussie Boy in 2014, and Kim Prentice succeeding with Soho Monza in 2011 and his son Justin winning with Highroller Joe in 2017. Give Us A Wave, prepared by champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond, drew barrier No. 1 on debut at Pinjarra on February 3 when he led and finished a short half-head second to Machnificent over 1684m. Since then Give Us A Wave, a $60,000 purchase at the 2019 APG yearling sale in Perth, has enjoyed little luck, starting out wide at barrier eight twice and from barriers nine, six and five. He has revealed excellent gate speed in all those races, which include a win over The Swiss Maestro from barrier nine and working in the breeze, and seconds to Overjoyed and Carabao. At his most recent appearance Give Us A Wave was restrained at the start from barrier eight in the $100,000 Pearl Classic last Friday week when he battled on three wide from the rear to finish seventh behind brilliant stablemate Jett Star. Lavra Joe, who like Give Us A Wave was bred by Kevin and Annette Charles, looms as a strong winning chance, particularly after drawing favourably at barrier two for Greenbushes owner-trainer Ray Jones and champion reinsman Chris Lewis. Lavra Joe possesses good gate speed, but it is debatable whether he will be capable of wresting the early lead from Give Us A Wave. Lavra Joe has impressed greatly with his six wins and four placings from 13 starts. In the Pearl he started from barrier three and took the lead after 350m. The final quarters were covered in 28.1sec. and 27.5sec. and he finished a gallant second to the New Zealand-bred Jett Star. Lavra Joe warmed up for this week’s assignment with an easy win in a 2100m trial at a 2.1 rate last Friday night. He led from barrier three and dashed over the final 400m sections in 28.5sec. and 27.3sec. in winning by three lengths from Tempt Me Once More. Lewis has won the Classic three times, scoring with Hail The Judge (1996), Mista Tigga (2004) and Johnny Disco (2015). Kim Prentice has formed a good association with the Bryan Cousins-owned and trained Carabao, who is ideally drawn on the inside of the back line. Carabao sustained a strong three-wide burst from ninth at the bell to finish third behind Jett Star and Lavra Joe in the Pearl after leading and winning by more than two lengths from Give Us A Wave and Mighty Ronaldo at his previous outing. Mighty Ronaldo, prepared at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, will be handled by champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr from barrier No. 2 on the back line. Mighty Ronaldo raced three back on the pegs when a most unlucky eleventh in the Pearl when he has hopelessly blocked for a clear passage in the final circuit when cast back along the pegs by a tiring runner. “Hopefully, we’ll get a crack at them this time,” Hall said. “The map is good for him and if Give Us A Wave holds up, we should be able to follow the likely breeze horse Lavra Joe. “It was pretty disappointing in the Pearl. The race was run to suit, but we never got clear. I don’t know whether he would have won, but he was travelling well enough to give it a shake.” The Good Life, who ran on from eighth at the bell to finish fourth in the Pearl, looks set to be prominent from the No. 3 barrier for Capel trainer Aiden de Campo, who is driving in devastating form.   Ken Casellas

Brown’s first group 1 success Talented driver Maddison Brown celebrated his first group 1 success with an exuberant wave of the whip after guiding Longreach Bay to an impressive all-the-way victory in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 24-year-old Brown took advantage of Longreach Bay’s favourable No. 2 barrier and used his sparkling gate speed to advantage. But she had to survive an early scare when Al Guerrero began brilliantly from barrier seven and issued a powerful challenge for the lead over the first 200 metres. However, Al Guerrero broke under pressure and Longreach Bay, third favourite at $7.50, relaxed and was able to cover the lead time in a comfortable 37.8sec. and an opening 400m section in a leisurely 31.9sec. “I was a little concerned when we were challenged early,” Brown said. “Al Guerrero was never going to get there (to the front), but I was worried that Longreach Bay was going to burn a little bit more than I wanted. He can fire up, but he relaxed super tonight and wasn’t hanging as badly as he was at his previous start (when he led and won the Westsired Pace). Longreach Bay dashed over the final quarters in 27.9sec. and 28.4sec. and fought on grimly to defeat Poisedtopounce ($3.90) by a head, with a half-neck to the $1.90 favourite Gardys Legacy. The winner rated 1.57.4 over the 2130m. Longreach Bay is trained in Coolup by Peter King, who bred the Renaissance Man gelding and races him in partnership with his wife Barbara Pellick and his son Michael, has earned $74,710 from five wins and two thirds from ten starts. Friday night’s victory gave King his first group 1 success as a trainer. Brown is enjoying a successful season in which she has driven 33 winners and 64 placegetters. She drove more than a hundred winners at her first stint in harness racing before riding 29 winners and 66 placegetters from 266 rides as an apprentice jockey in 2017 and 2018. She still combines her harness racing activities with her work in administration at the St John of God Murdoch Hospital.   A chip off the old block Blue Chip Adda, sold for $16,000 at the 2018 APG yearling sale in Perth, has inherited much of the ability of her dam Adda Rising Star and she completed a winning hat-trick when Capel trainer Aiden de Campo drove her to a dashing victory in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Blue Chip Adda, sixth favourite at $18.90, stormed home from eighth at the bell to win decisively from $51 chance Suing You, who finished strongly from tenth at the bell. Star Fromthepalace ($5), fifth three back on the pegs at the bell, was an unlucky third after being hampered for room in the final circuit. Blue Chip Adda now has earned $89,554 from six wins and seven placings from 22 starts and has bright prospects of emulating the deeds of Adda Rising Star, who raced 84 times for 16 wins, 27 placings and $184,608 in stakes. Star of Diamonds ($34) burst to an early lead from barrier three before relinquishing the front after 500m to the $2.25 favourite Alta Cinderella, who settled down in the one-out, one-back position, but raced greenly as Gary Hall jnr sent her forward, three wide, after 350m. The inexperienced Alta Cinderella began to weaken in the closing stages and Blue Chip Adda, fifth on the home turn, surged home to burst to the front 40m from the post. She rated 1.56.3, with final quarters of 28.4sec. and 28.5sec. Blockjorg maintained her sound form and fought on doggedly from sixth at the bell to finish fourth. Alta Cinderella wilted to finish fifth, but she gives the impression of developing into a quality performer. Double Expresso went into the race with a splendid record of 12 wins, seven placings and $312,252, but she had no luck and finished tenth. From the inside of the back line Double Expresso raced in seventh position, four back on the pegs and was still hampered for room after moving into the one-wide line in the last lap. Fifty minutes after Blue Chip Adda’s victory which gave de Campo his first group 1 success as a trainer, he scored again as a trainer when Mark Johnson drove $12 chance Sunny Mach to a half-head victory over Sweet Sassymolassy in the 2100m Sky Racing Pace at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park.   Warwick’s formula successful Star reinsman Ryan Warwick stuck to a winning formula when he drove $5.90 chance Ocean Ridge to a thrilling last-stride nose victory over $2.15 favourite Chicago Bull in the 2536m Winter Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This gave Warwick his second success in the feature event. It came 16 years after he drove $6 chance Fernlea to victory over Highest Honour and Party Date in the 2004 Winter Cup after Fernlea enjoyed the run of the race in the one-out, one-back position. Ocean Ridge, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, gave champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond their first success in a Winter Cup. The Mach Three gelding had finished second at each of his three previous starts and his victory improved his record to 39 starts for 13 wins, 11 placings and $193,409 in prizemoney. After three wins from ten New Zealand starts Ocean Ridge has had 29 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and seven placings. The Bond camp dominated Friday night’s Cup, with $2.30 second fancy Our Jimmy Johnstone setting a solid pace, with Mighty Santana ($23) in the breeze and Ocean Ridge trailing him in the one-out, one-back position. Chicago Bull started from the No. 5 barrier and was restrained to last in the field of six runners. Gary Hall jnr sent him forward with a three-wide burst with a lap to travel and Chicago Bull eventually worked his way to the front 100m from the post. He failed by a nose and trainer Gary Hall snr declared his was the run of the race.   Chicago Bull and the Bond runners are now set for yet another keen battle when they clash in next Friday night’s Past Presidents Cup.   Black Jack Baby dominant All-conquering filly Black Jack Baby continued in devastating form with a runaway victory in the $20,000 Westsired Pace for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night and she looks set to maintain this dominance when she contests the $80,000 Westbred Classic next Friday night. And if she wins and takes no ill-effects from her recent racing, breeder-owner-trainer Shane Quadrio will set her the goal of challenging the State’s best two-year-old colts and geldings in the $125,000 Golden Slipper on July 10. “We will see how she pulls up after the Westbred, and we’ll let her tell us,” Quadrio said. “If she performs in next week’s race like she did tonight I think she has earned the right to have a crack at the Slipper. “There’s some really nice colts out there, but if she gets the opportunity, she can sprint. She has done a wonderful job so far.” Chris Voak took advantage of Black Jack Baby’s brilliant gate speed and the filly, the hot favourite at $1.04, led easily from the No. 2 barrier. After a slow lead time of 40sec. and comfortable quarters of 32sec., 30.6sec. and 29.3sec. Black Jack Baby careered away from the opposition with a dazzling final 400m in 27.7sec. to win b six lengths from Star For Me. The win was Black Jack Baby’s sixth from seven starts for stakes of $49,311.   Bracken Sky now more tractable New South Wales-bred pacer Bracken Sky gave 30-year-old reinsman Luke Edwards a successful return to race driving when he set the pace and won comfortably from Ideal Investment in the 2130m TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “Drawing barrier one was just what he wanted,” said Edwards, who was having his first drive after taking a six-week break to freshen himself up. “I was a bit worried about whether he would relax in front. But I was quietly confident because he’s more tractable this time in. The previous time I led with him he put his head on his chest and though he wasn’t running a quick time, he was just pulling hard and wasting his energy. Tonight, he was conserving his energy and was able to kick away when we wanted to.” A main reason why Bracken Sky raced fiercely in his early starts in WA was because he was used to the helter-skelter of contesting 11609m sprints in Sydney. The five-year-old Bracken Sky, the $2.60 favourite on Friday night, is proving a good buy for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg, her husband John and long-time stable clients and friends Don and Adele Simmonds, of Northam. He was a $14,000 purchase nine months ago after racing 45 times in NSW for ten wins and 14 placings. His 23 WA starts have produced two wins and seven placings for stakes of $38,238 for an overall record of 68 starts for 12 wins, 21 placings and $107,025. Bracken Sky, by Rock N Roll Heaven, is out of the Live Or Die mare Redemption, who had 27 starts for ten wins, six placings and stakes of $60,768. Bracken Sky is a half-brother to Absolution, who won five races for the Padberg stable before continuing his career in South Australia where he has had five starts at Globe Derby Park for three wins and two seconds to boost his career record to 125 starts for 13 wins, 14 placings and $112,975 in prizemoney. A bonus for the Padbergs was that their evergreen seven-year-old Bad Round, an $81 outsider driven by Jocelyn Young, rattled home out five wide from last in the field of 12 at the 250m mark to finish third and pay $22.50 for a place. Bad Round, purchased for $20,000 as a three-year-old by John and Debbie Padberg after being unplaced at two starts in New Zealand and winning at four of his eight starts in New South Wales, has a losing sequence of 56. But he has been a marvellous moneyspinner for the Padbergs, with his 157 WA starts producing ten wins, 30 placings for earnings of $149,912. His overall record stands at 167 starts for 14 wins, 32 placings and $164,283. “He has been a good buy,” said Edwards. “He’s been to Gloucester Park almost every Friday night for the three or four seasons.” Bracken Sky’s win on Friday night gave Edwards his 102ND driving success. “I like driving, but am now focusing on training,” he said. “I have trained between 20 and 30 winners, including five with Leap Of Faith, three with Mapua Legend and two with Springsteen.” Edwards, who is stable foreman for Debbie Padberg, has just purchased Henrik Larsson, an unraced Art Major three-year-old colt, who is due to arrive in Perth from New Zealand next month.   Baylan Jett is a good buy Powerful six-year-old Baylan Jett, is built like a tank and is proving an excellent buy for Robert (Tex) Dower, who outlaid $12,000 to purchase him in November 2018. The Courage Under Fire gelding, a $16 chance driven by Aiden de Campo, chalked up his fifth win for Dower and his Pinjarra trainer David Young when he was tenth at the bell and charged home, out five wide, over the final 300m to snatch a head victory over Ultimate Offer in the 2130m Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Under Young’s care Baylan Jett has had 48 starts for Dower for five wins, 13 placings and stakes of $68,730. When Madeleine Young drove Baylan Jett to victory in an $18,000 event over 2536m at Gloucester Park on May 3, 2019 it gave Dower his first metropolitan-class win in 37 years as an owner. Young has always had a good opinion of Baylan Jett, who was prepared as a youngster by his parents Ron and Karen, and when the gelding was put up for sale for $12,000, he recommended the pacer to Dower. The new owner had immediate success, with Baylan Jett winning at his first start for him, when trained by Aiden Warwick and driven by Aldo Cortopassi at Bunbury on November 17, 2018. Baylan Jett was then transferred to Young and he was a $12.30 chance when Gary Hall jnr drove him to win at his next start ten days later in a country class event at Gloucester Park. Greg and Skye Bond prepared Baylan Jett for his first four wins before Ryan Bell won three races with him and Warwick two more before the gelding went to Young’s stable in Pinjarra. Baylan Jett is the thirteenth and last foal (and most successful) out of Hilarion mare Liberty Lombo, who won seven minor races in Victoria. Baylan Jett now has raced 92 times for 14 wins, 29 placings and $136,025. “I’ve had a lot of issues with him, with his feet,” said Young. “But we’ve worked out a regime which suits him. The best thing is to keep him off the track and give him no hopple work. He’s better off being driven in a jog cart on the sand. “One of the first time I worked him at Pinjarra he went 1.53.9, but he couldn’t walk the next day because his feet were so sore. We rectified that with a change of shoeing and we’re on to a good thing with that, even when he loses a shoe, like he did tonight when he cast his off fore shoe at the 400m.”   Infatuation is too good Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred four-year-old Infatuation looks set for a bright future after impressing with a convincing victory in the 2130m Pacing WA Supports WA Bred Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. After having four starts in New Zealand for a win and three seconds, Infatuation has excelled for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond in Western Australia where his 12 starts have produced eight wins and one second placing. Favourite at $1.50, Infatuation was sent to the front after 300m by star reinsman Ryan Warwick and the American Ideal gelding gave his rivals little chance by dashing over the final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.8sec. to win by a length and a half from $23 chance Boom Time, who fought on gamely after enjoying an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. Walsh ($26) ran ion strongly, out wide, from eighth at the bell to be third. Infatuation is the eighth foal out of In The Pocket mare Saturation and is a full-brother to Besotted and Rain Man. Besotted raced 11 times in WA for two wins and three placings and was retired after his 70 starts produced 176 wins, 22 placings and $302,677 in prizemoney. Rain Man had 44 starts for eight wins, 11 placings and $72,967.   Slow start, fast finish for Typhoon Tiff Smart mare Typhoon Tiff enjoyed a stroll in the park when she recorded an effortless victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring Free-For-All for mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Bettors Delight four-year-old, trained and driven by Colin Brown, was favourite at $1.30 from the No. 1 barrier and was able to amble through the lead time in a very slow 41.4sec. and the opening 400m section in a dawdling 33.3sec. Then, after quarters in 30.3sec. and 28.8sec. Typhoon Tiff sprinted over the final quarter in 27.7sec. to win by just under a length from Suzies Gem, who sat behind the pacemaker all the way. Typhoon Tiff, bred and owned by Colleen Lindsay, has amassed $167,407 in prizemoney after nine wins and three placings from just 16 starts. She gave a sample of her class as a three-year-old last season when she won the group 2 Daintys Daughter Classic and the group 1 Westbred Classic.   Powerplay on the way up Rich And Spoilt gelding Powerplay maintained his steady improvement when he caused a minor upset as an $8 chance when he defeated the $1.70 favourite Arma Einstein in the $20,000 Westsired Pace for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Owned and trained by Debra Lewis, Powerplay was driven by Chris Lewis, who won two races behind Powerplay’s dam Mene Jaccka, who was retired after seven wins, 17 placings and $48,105 in prizemoney from 95 starts. Powerplay started from the inside of the back line and settled down in fifth position, three back on the pegs before Lewis got him off the inside to fill the favourable position, one-out and one-back. Arma Einstein trailed the early leader Robbie Rocket before moving to the breeze after Dylan Egerton-Green sent the hard-pulling Regal Aura to the front after 600m. Arma Einstein got to the front 300m from home before being overhauled by Powerplay 120m from the finish.   Bletchley Park is Mr Consistency Victorian-bred four-year-old Bletchley Park is one of the State’s most consistent pacers and he boosted his earnings to $221,309 when Dylan Egerton-Green drove him to an emphatic victory by 8m over the fast-finishing Bettor Be Oscar in the 2130m Westral Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Egerton-Green is forming a wonderful association with the American Ideal horse, having driven him five times for three wins, one second and one third. Bletchley Park has rarely performed below par in his 33-start career of 14 wins and 12 placings. Bletchley Park, owned by Albert Walmsley, was favourite at $1.90 from out wide at barrier eight. He settled down in eighth position in the field of nine and was sent forward, three wide, approaching the bell before surging to the front 300m from home. He rated 1.55.6. Another wonderfully consistent four-year-old Cyclone Banner is racing in top form for Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams and reinsman Aldo Cortopassi. He was the $1.20 favourite from the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Community TAB Pace and he gave his backers no cause for any concern when he set the pace and sprinted the final 800m in 56.2sec. to win by a length and a half from the fast-finishing $81 outsider McArdles Gem. Cyclone Banner, a winner at two of his six starts in New Zealand, has had 19 starts in WA for nine wins and five placings.   Ken Casellas

Star reinsman Chris Voak has established a reputation in recent years of winning the final race at Gloucester Park meetings and punters should rally to support him when he drives speedy Black Jack Baby in the eleventh event, the Westsired Pace for two-year-old fillies, on Friday night. “Black Jack Baby is a standout filly and she is my best drive on the program,” Voak declared. Black Jack Baby, bred, owned and trained by Shane Quadrio, is favourably drawn at barrier two in the field of nine in the 2130m event. Her six starts have produced five wins and a close second placing. At her first appearance for two and a half months Black Jack Baby raced in third position in an Indian file affair of five runners last Friday week and caused an upset when she sprinted brilliantly over the final 400m in 26.9sec. to win by a head from the hot favourite Talks Up A Storm, with Powerplay in third place. “She sat three wide for the final 400m and that was the impressive thing. The leader is a very good colt and he had every chance. Shane told me that Black Jack Baby has got faster since her break. I always knew she was a good sprint horse. The fact that she led in races was because she had the gate speed. However, I always thought she would be a better sit and sprint horse.” Aiden de Campo, who is driving in dashing style, has seven drives on the program. He said not one of his drives was a certain winner, but reckoned most had fair each-way prospects, given a little bit of luck. He leant towards Bettor Be Oscar (race seven), Blue Chip Adda (race five), Walsh (race three), Baylan Jett (race four) and Keptain Courageous (race six) as his best prospects. Carter Micheal, who has a combined losing margin of 154.8 metres from his past four starts (for a twelfth placing, an eleventh and two tenths), will be one of the fancies for the first event, the TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained by Nathan Turvey, the New Zealand-bred six-year-old, is ideally drawn at barrier two in the 2130m event. He will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, who said: “On his run two starts ago when a fading tenth behind Runaway Three, you couldn’t suggest him at all. He sat one-one and dropped out. “Nathan said he expects the horse to improve. He said that he probably had him a bit far off the mark than what he thought. He drove him last week to see where he was at. He reckons he’ll be a lot better this week. It’s a decent draw, and as long as Nathan is right, he’ll be in the mix.” Hall said that he really fancies Robbie Easton in race four in which he will start out wide from barrier eight. “He won with his head on his chest last week,” he said.   Ken Casellas

Bindoon is a small town 84km north-east of Perth where Bernie James is the only harness racing trainer whose bonnie mare Parisian Partygirl is the toast of the town. Six years ago James and his partner Susan Bonser planned to travel to Paris for a well-deserved holiday, but they abandoned the trip when they fell in love with a Courage Under Fire filly who was passed in after failing to reach her reserve price of $12,000 at the 2014 Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale. After the annual sale they outlaid $12,000, plus GST, to purchase the filly they named Parisian Partygirl after their aborted holiday. Parisian Partygirl showed early promise and at her first appearance in a trial at Byford in February 2015 she finished an encouraging second to Lightning Jolt. But soon after that the filly broke down, affected by an immature knee. While Parisian Partygirl was unable to race as a two-year-old Bernie and Susan seized the opportunity to travel to France for their belated holiday. It is history now that Parisian Partygirl, under the guidance of James, has developed into one of the State’s best mares who has earned $194,670 from 12 wins, 29 seconds and 19 thirds from 126 starts. She has rarely performed poorly after her sound debut when third behind Lightning Jolt at Northam in November 2015.   At Gloucester Park on Friday night Parisian Partygirl fared poorly in the random draw and will start from the outside in a field of eight in the 2130m Choices Flooring Free-For-All for mares. She has a losing sequence of 11, but outstanding efforts to finish second at her past two runs are firm indications that she has sound prospects of notching another victory. She will be driven by Kyle Harper, who will not bustle her in the early stages before relying on her typical strong finishing burst. “She has good gate speed, but up in class she is best suited as a sit-sprinter,” said James. “Her past two runs have been super.” Last Friday night Parisian Partygirl raced in sixth position, one-out and two-back, before finishing fast from fifth at the 250m to be second to the pacemaker Bettor Be Oscar. A week earlier she ran home fast from sixth at the bell to be a half-head second to Runaway Three, with a final 800m in 56.8sec. Her chief rivals this week appear to be four-year-old polemarker Typhoon Tiff, Queen Shenandoah and Delightfulreaction. Typhoon Tiff, trained and driven by Colin Brown, was an all-the-way winner over Millwood Molly and Pick My Pocket four starts ago, and at her most recent outing she led when a short half-head second to the fast-finishing Queen Shenandoah. Chris Voak, who will handle Queen Shenandoah from barrier six, said: “She will sit and sprint and I give her a good each-way chance. She’s got good closing speed.” Parisian Partygirl is one of two pacers trained by James, who enjoys running his 30-acre hobby farm in Bindoon. The other is Tiger Toast, a three-year-old Betterthancheddar filly who was a winner at Gloucester Park last August. Parisian Partygirl is the ninth and last foal out of Summer Carnival, a New Zealand-bred mare who raced 47 times for seven wins, 12 placings and $35,442 in stakes. Parisian Partygirl is a full-sister to Kissed Flush (262 starts for 30 wins, 54 placings and stakes of $159,369 from 262 starts and a half-sister to Winter Retreat, who earned $416,693 from 33 wins (17 in WA and 16 in America) and 50 placings from 143 starts. Before his successes with Parisian Partygirl, James enjoyed his previous city-class victory when 20/1 chance Bright As beat the $1.60 favourite Vintage Concerto by a head at Gloucester Park on January 5, 2007. Bright As had 89 starts for 13 wins, 15 placings and $74,645. James and Bonser also enjoyed good success with Red Ochre, who won three metropolitan-class events in a career of 98 starts for 17 wins, 38 placings and $85,497.   Ken Casellas

Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr boasts a remarkable record in the Winter Cup at Gloucester Park and he hopes to chalk up his 11TH success in the feature event over 2536m on Friday night. He will be represented by the favourite and $1.8 million champion performer Chicago Bull, who will be handled by star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr from the awkward barrier No. 6 in the field of seven runners. Hall Jnr admitted that Chicago Bull was facing a testing battle, saying: “Barrier six does him no favours in a small field. I’ll be up outside of them (in the breeze) at some stage and Our Jimmy Johnstone will be hard to beat again.” Our Jimmy Johnstone, an evergreen 11-year-old to be driven by Bailey McDonough for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier. Three starts ago, on May 15, Our Jimmy Johnstone finished powerfully from last at the bell in a field of six to snatch a last-stride half-head victory over Chicago Bull over 2130m after final quarters of 26.8sec. and 28.4sec. Chicago Bull had raced in the breeze outside Golden State before getting to the front 240m from home. Our Jimmy Johnstone set the pace from barrier one and won convincingly from stablemate Ocean Ridge over 2536m last Friday week. Ocean Ridge (Ryan Warwick) will start from the No. 3 barrier on Friday night, with another stablemate Mighty Santana (Dylan Egerton-Green) starting from barrier four. Since his narrow defeat at the hands of Our Jimmy Johnstone Chicago Bull has raced twice for wins over 1730m and 2130m to improve his record to 73 starts for 47 wins and 20 placings. “The distance of Friday night’s race will suit Chicago Bull,” said Hall jnr. However, he admitted that the champion would not be having a walk in the park and that a win was certainly far from a foregone conclusion. Hall senior’s imposing Winter Cup record is victories with Kaydee (1994), The Falcon Strike (2003), Iontheball (2006), Washakie (2008), Im Themightyquinn (2009 and 2013), Davy Maguire (2012), Machtu (2015), Run Oneover (2016) and Tact Major (2019).   Ken Casellas

“Gardys Legacy is the best horse and he’s shown he has the most class,” said champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr when declaring the Justin Prentice-trained pacer had the ability to overcome a backline draw and win the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I’m happy with the draw at barrier eleven (No. 2 on the back line),” said Hall. “He should be able to follow the leader Longreach Bay, who flies out, and then I’ll try to keep in front of as many of the other runners as we can. “His latest run when Justin drove him, and he finished second to Magnificent Storm on Tuesday of last week was super. Justin was happy with that run and said that Gardys Legacy felt like he was back to his best. He’ll be hard to beat.” Longreach Bay, trained by Peter King and driven by Maddison Brown, revealed sparkling gate speed to lead easily from the No. 1 barrier last week on his way to winning a Westsired event from Keptain Courageous and Aristocratic Star. Drawn the prized barrier one is ace trainer-reinsman Colin Brown’s Rich And Spoilt gelding Adda Pocket Rinse, who reappeared after an absence of six and a half months when he started from the inside of the back line, trailed the pacemaker Longreach Bay and finished a well-beaten fifth behind that pacer last Friday night. He possesses good gate speed and has led and won at Bunbury and Pinjarra. The Prentice stable also has a good second string runner in Aristocratic Star, who will start from the outside of the back line with Stuart McDonald in the sulky, and trainer Matt Scott and Shannon Suvaljko will be hoping for Miracle Max, a winner at five of his nine starts, to cause an upset. Miracle Max will start from the No. 4 barrier. He started from the outside of the back line last Friday night when he overraced in sixth position, four back on the pegs, before finishing a well-beaten fourth behind Longreach Bay. Star trainers Greg and Skye Bond go into the event with a two-pronged attack with Manifestly Excesiv (Dylan Egerton-Green from the outside of the front line) and Poisedtopounce (inside of the back line, with Ryan Warwick in the sulky). Manifestly Excesiv, a winner at seven of his 19 starts, faces a tough assignment from the outside barrier, but Poisedtopounce, who has won at each of his past five outings, all in stands, boasts a splendid record of 19 starts for 11 wins and two second placings. He is certainly capable of figuring strongly in the finish.   Ken Casellas

Star Fromthepalace is the most experienced runner in the field for the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night and reinsman Aldo Cortopassi is confident she will turn the tables on Fifty Five Reborn, who beat her into second place in the Westbred Pace last Friday night. A major turnabout in barriers is the reason behind Cortopassi’s prediction. Last week Fifty Five Reborn led from barrier four and beat Star Fromthepalace, who began from barrier seven, raced three wide for the first 450m and then worked hard in the breeze. This week Star Fromthepalace, prepared at Byford by Peter Anderson, will start from the coveted No. 1 barrier, with the Colin Brown-trained and driven Fifty Five Reborn awkwardly drawn out wide at barrier eight. “Last week Star Fromthepalace lowered her colours to Fifty Five Reborn and I took nothing away from Star Fromthepalace’s performance,” said Cortopassi. “We tested her and Fifty Five Reborn was too good. But Star Fromthepalace was good enough to beat the rest of the field. “This week’s race goes up another grade, but we’ve got the barrier and the gate speed to hold up. We know what she can do. She can run a good 1.56 on the rail and she can skip a good solid quarter. “However, we’ll have to be a bit tactical, with Double Expresso (barrier No. 10) on our helmet. So, we just can’t cut the ribbons and give Double Expresso daylight, unless Chris (Lewis) opts to push off (the pegs) at some stage. I expect we’ll be in front for most of the race, and, hopefully, still in front at the finish.” Star Fromthepalace has won at four of her past seven starts and has a winning record of 24 per cent seven wins from 29 starts as well as six seconds and four thirds. Twelve months ago, Double Expresso won the Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies, beating Some Copper Beach, Intheskyrocket and Fifty Five Reborn. Star Fromthepalace was the first emergency who started at $4.80 and won the Westbred Classic consolation from Brown’s Altas Angel and Red Hot Lady. Double Expresso, trained by Ross Olivieri, is an outstanding performer who has had 20 starts for 12 wins and seven placings for earnings of $312,252, and she is overdue for a change of fortune after starting at a short quote and being beaten into a placing at each of her past four starts. Lewis will have the option of remaining on the pegs and trailing the pacemaking Star Fromthepalace or easing off the pegs and making a mid-race move to get to the breeze or even getting to the front. Lewis has a good record in the Westbred Classic for fillies, having been successful with Candy Nacray (1987), Jamcaro (1988), All Colours Flying (2003), Sheer Royalty (2009) and Sensational Gabby (2012). Adding considerable interest to Friday night’s event will be the Gloucester Park debut of the promising Alta Cinderella, who has won by big margins at her first three appearances, in considerably weaker company on South-West tracks. She is favourably drawn at barrier two. Alta Cinderella, prepared at Serpentine by Gary Hall Snr, will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, whose only winner of the classic was behind the Carol Warwick-trained Yessah in 2006. Hall Jnr is looking forward to the challenge of Alta Cinderella competing against talented and seasoned rivals. “She is pretty exciting, and I might be wrong, but I think she can sit outside of Star Fromthepalace and give her a real good run for her money,” he said. “Alta Cinderella is inexperienced, and she races like she is. She is not real tractable, but the good thing is that when you ask her to go and really put her mind on the job, she’ll level out and go good. “She’s got the ability as she showed at her latest start when she ran home in 27 seconds and won at Bunbury when I only let her go over the last 200m. She got to the front at the top of the straight and won by 20 metres.” The Hall stable has a sound second string runner in Advance Your Dream, a winner of three races who will be handled by Maddison Brown from barrier four. Chris Voak will drive the Barry Howlett-trained Star of Diamonds, who is handily drawn at barrier No. 3. From barrier three she led for the first 900m and then trailed the pacemaker Double Expresso before finishing solidly to be a short half-head second to Blue Chip Adda last Friday week. “She ran a mighty race and was only just beaten,” said Voak. “She’s got gate speed and if she gets a forward spot, I give her a good chance.” Blue Chip Adda, trained and driven by Aiden de Campo, has won at her past two starts and has a sound record of 21 starts for five wins and seven placings. She will start from the No. 5 barrier. “It’s a good field of fillies,” said de Campo. “Blue Chip Adda is racing super; she’s a sit-kicker and should be finishing strongly.” Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and leading reinsman Ryan Warwick will be pinning their faith on Intheskyrocket, a winner of six races who is somewhat awkwardly drawn at barrier six. She led from barrier one and dashed over the final 800m in 56.6sec. when a last-start winner over 2536m.   Ken Casellas

Jett Star shows he’s ready After Jett Star arrived in WA from New Zealand early in March champion trainers and leading owners Greg and Skye Bond seriously considered abandoning plans for the powerful colt to contest the rich feature events for two-year-olds this season. But now they are delighted that they changed their minds and are celebrating Jett Star’s superb victory in the $100,000 group 1 Pearl Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Star reinsman and Bond stable foreman Ryan Warwick admitted after driving Jett Star to a most impressive victory that the colt originally gave the perception that he wasn’t ready to start his racing career. “He gave the impression that he made it look hard and wasn’t ready mentally,” Warwick said. “We weren’t going to race him as a two-year-old at all simply because he was such a big horse who hung his neck low and stuck his head out. He could run the time and do it nicely, but he made it all look hard work. “However, we gave him three trials at Byford in April, and he got through them really easily. So, we gave him a start at Pinjarra (on May 4) and that was going to be the measuring stick to determine what we were going to do with him. “He went well (being restrained from a wide barrier to the rear and then going forward to work in the breeze before winning easily by three lengths from stablemate Unconditional) and so we kept him ticking along at home. “Now, I guess we’ll sit down the next week or two to see if we go to the Golden Slipper (the $125,000 classic on July 10) or put him away. He’ll tell us. It was a pretty hard run tonight. He rated 1.56 and came home pretty quickly (with final quarters of 28.1sec. and 27.5sec.). “He had Lavra Joe (the pacemaker) beaten a fair way out; so, I was pretty chuffed. Now we’ll see what it has taken out of him. He’s pretty good and bounces back (after his races) and eats a lot of food. “Tonight, he showed how he makes it look hard, getting to the front (about 250m from home) and not drawing away until late. It’s just because he doesn’t know what to do. However, it’s hard to say that he’s not ready mentally after what he’s just done. I know he’s going to be a lot better three-year-old and we’ve just got to manage him properly so that we can maximize him as a three-year-old.” Warwick said that he was not concerned when Jett Star drew barrier No. 12 (the outside of the back line of three runners) in the 2130m classic. “I thought it was perfect because I like him better from behind, and I didn’t want to be tempted to get into any sort of speed battle,” Warwick said. “When I saw the lead time (a quick 36.5sec.) I was pretty chuffed. And when Kim Prentice came out (with Carabao about 1200m from home) I pulled out (three wide from eighth position) and just the way Jett Star felt I knew it would take a good horse to beat him.” Jett Star, second favourite at $5.30, charged away from Lavra Joe, the $1.95 favourite, in the final stages to win by a length to take his record to four starts for four wins and $74,568 in prizemoney. The Bryan Cousins-trained Carabao finished four lengths behind Lavra Joe in third place, with The Good Life (Aiden de Campo) running on from eighth at the bell to be an encouraging fourth. Jett Star, by champion sire Bettors Fire, is the second foal out of Steel The Light, who earned $40,806 from seven wins and nine placings from 32 starts in New Zealand and one placing from five Australian starts. This gave the Bonds their first success in the Pearl and Warwick his second win in the classic --- after scoring with Barjohbil in 2006. For Chris Lewis, who had won the Pearl five times, the defeat of Lavra Joe gave him his eighth second placing in the feature event for two-year-olds. The Bonds named Jett Star after their son Jett, who is enjoying competing in pony trot events along with his sister Allira, after whom the Bonds’ three-year-old Bettors Delight filly Weewah was named. When she was little Allira couldn’t quite pronounce Allira and called herself Weewah, who is proving a handy performer with eight wins, six placings and $36,818 from her 20 starts.   King’s 29 years between drinks It’s been a long time between drinks for 55-year-old Englishman Peter King, whose victory with Longreach Bay in the $20,000 Westsired Pace for three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night was his second metropolitan success as a trainer --- after preparing his only previous city winner --- Our Master Jamie at Gloucester Park on February 15, 1991. Longreach Bay, prepared by King at Coolup, was the $6 second favourite who was driven by Maddison Brown for a smart all-the-way victory at a 1.56.1 rate over 2130m. The Renaissance Man colt fought on gamely to win by a half-length from the fast-finishing Keptain Courageous ($14), with the $1.80 favourite Aristocratic Star four lengths back in third place after working hard in the breeze throughout. Longreach Bay was bred and is owned by King, his wife Barbara Pellick and King’s 28-year-old son Michael, and the gelding now has earned $23,510 from four wins and two thirds from nine starts. He is out of the Armbro Operative mare Back In The Black, who had 43 starts for seven wins, 18 placings and $58,780 in stakes. The Kings and Pellick paid $4500 to buy Back In The Black when she was in foal to Advance Attack in 2014. The mare then produced a tiny filly named Cott Beach, a champion juvenile who was retired after earning $275,902 from 15 wins and 14 placings from 41 starts. Her victories included the group 2 Champagne Classic, the group 3 Westsired Pace and the group 1 Westbred Classic as a two-year-old, followed by a second placing to Jac Mac in the Golden Slipper in 2017 and a third behind King of Swing in the WA Derby in April 2018. Longreach Bay is the next of Back In The Black’s progeny, and if he pulls up well after his win on Friday night, he will contest the rich Westbred Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings next Friday night. Peter King, who trained and drove winners with trotters and pacers on grass tracks in England, has just returned to the ranks of trainers after spending about ten years travelling around Australia and the world with his wife Barbara, a champion international marathon swimmer, and then working hard at his current job as a planner at Alcoa. He has taken over the preparation of Longreach Bay for the gelding’s past three starts --- for a seventh placing and a win at Bunbury last month before Friday night’s victory. “Gary Elson trained Cott Beach for us and he has also trained Longreach Bay and has played a big part in getting him to where he is at now,” King said. King, who comes from Essex, became involved in harness racing when he was 16 and owned and drove winners in England at Reningham Raceway and in Birmingham. He migrated to Australia in 1987 with the specific objective of improving his knowledge of harness racing. “I worked for Trevor Warwick for four and a half years and gained a licence to train and drive.” King bred Kings Tricks (by American sire Just Ever Thankful out of the Racy Prince mare Sahara So Long) and at his first drive in a race in WA he finished second with Kings Tricks (behind Crash City Revhead) in a three-year-old event at Busselton on December 27, 1994. His first Australian winner was Kings Trick, whom he drove to victory over Hard Copy (Grant Williams) at Collie on April 29, 1995. King drove Kings Tricks at 70 of his 130 starts for five wins, three at Collie and one each at Bridgetown and Busselton. His WA driving career ended with eight wins and 30 placings from 213 drives. He also trained nine winners from 232 starters, with his only city success being with Our Master Jamie in a 1700m $10,000 event at Gloucester Park on February 15, 1991. “John Yovich and Trevor Warwick owned Kings Tricks and after he had won at Richmond Raceway on February 8, 1991, they gave him to me,” King said. “A week later Our Master Jamie, driven by Malcolm Collins, won at Gloucester Park, which was my only success as a trainer at Gloucester Park until Longreach Bay’s win on Friday night.” Before Longreach Bay’s two recent victories King’s previous training success was with Chalet Dancer, who was driven by namesake Chris King for his victory over Rhetts Magic in a C4 2567m event at Bridgetown on February 27, 1999.   Gear change lifts Fifty Five Reborn Ace trainer-reinsman Colin Brown admitted that he had erred in racing Fifty Five Reborn with hood type blinkers when she had disappointed in being unplaced at her two starts before contesting the $20,000 Westsired Pace for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He discarded the hood type blinkers and replaced them with pull-down blinkers for her appearance on Friday night when she was a hot $1.36 favourite who began strongly from the No. 4 barrier, dashed to an early lead, set the pace and won by more than a length from the $4.40 second fancy Star Fromthepalace at a 1.57.1 rate over 2130m. “Fifty Five Reborn was off the bit and not travelling in her races, so I put hood type blinkers on her, trying to make her a racehorse,” Brown explained. “But this fired her up and at her previous start when the winner Blockjorg rated 1.55.5, she was pulling her head off in the breeze before fading to finish last. “Sometimes you make a mistake, trying to make them a racehorse when they already are. Tonight, I got the plugs out, but didn’t need to pull the pull-downs. She’s a tough little filly and is not one-paced.” Brown said that he did not start Fifty Five Reborn for four weeks before Friday night’s race, explaining: “It’s winter and we have our hardest tracks in winter, not that she has leg issues, but I like to look after my babies who have a bit of ability. So, I space their runs. “And another reason why she didn’t have a run for four weeks was because I was (and still am) planning to run her in the Westbred event next Friday night, meaning that she would be racing two weeks in a row.” Fifty Five Reborn is the first foal out of the Bettors Delight mare Arma Fifty Five, who is certainly far from being a favourite of Brown. “To put it mildly, I have a low opinion of Arma Fifty Five,” Brown said. “I trained her, and she never started in a race. She used to chase her tail all day in the yard, squealing, bucking, kicking and carrying on. And when you took her to the track, she wouldn’t run.” However, she has proved her worth as a brood mare, with Fifty Five Reborn earning $72,392 from six wins and two seconds from 15 starts.   Cyclone Banner on the way up Aldo Cortopassi described Cyclone Banner as a perfect gentleman who is improving with racing after driving him to an impressive victory over Master Publisher in the 2536m Welcome Back Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Cyclone Banner, third fancy at $5.50, raced three wide early and then in the breeze for almost a lap before obtaining an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before sprinting home strongly to defeat Master Publisher ($3.30) by just over a half-length at a 1.59.1 rate. Boom Time, the $2.60 favourite, set the pace before wilting to finish fourth. “I was not worried when we were left in the breeze,” Cortopassi said. “I was quite happy to come out and park outside the leader, and if we got cover it would be good. But if not, I wouldn’t have been too stressed. “I was confident he would run a big race. His first-up run (when he led and won from Kilowatt Kid at a 1.55.9 rate over 2130m) was super, and I probably under-drove him a bit at his next start (when third behind Sightseeing Anvil), probably  because he had drawn wide (barrier six) after he had had a gut buster first-up.” Cyclone Banner, who is prepared at Mt Helena by Ray Williams, won at two of his six New Zealand starts and now has raced 18 times in Western Australia for eight wins and five placings. “Ray has a good team in work and Cyclone Banner is a lovely little pony, just a gentleman who wants to go out there and do everything for you,” Cortopassi said. “He makes my job easy. After pulling the plugs he always digs deep, and I always thought he had the measure of Master Publisher tonight.  “He has come back better this preparation. He has always been fast, and now he’s got a bit stronger. He won most of his early races because of his sheer speed. Now I haven’t been driving for that speed early.”   Too easy for Robbie Easton New Zealand-bred four-year-old Robbie Easton won the 2536m Retravision Pace by just over a length from the pacemaker Jilliby Jake at Gloucester Park on Friday night --- but the margin could have been far greater, according to champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr. Robbie Easton, prepared by Gary Hall snr and favourite at $1.90, was not bustled from the outside barrier (No. 9) and settled in twelfth and last position before surging forward, three wide, to move to the breeze after just over a lap. He coasted on the outside of the frontrunning Jilliby Jake and strolled to the front 100m from the post, with a final 400m section in a slick 27.7sec. “This was probably the easiest I’ve won a race for a long time,” said Hall jnr. “Hopefully, he’ll go on with it from here. He’s always been a bit stupid, and this could hold him back from getting to the top level. “He’s a bit of a mental case; he acts like a baby and has never really matured. Once he’s on the track you can’t turn him around. It stirs him up and then you have got to get the clerk to hold him until the score-up. However, he’s got the ability to develop into a major Cups hope.” Robbie Easton, a gelding by Washington VC, is the fourth foal and the only one of six foals out of the unraced Sokys Atom mare Robsue to have raced. He did not race in New Zealand and his 32 starts in WA have produced ten wins, 11 placings and $90,004 in prizemoney.   Tuas Delight gets the right run Honest performer Tuas Delight failed to win from 15 starts in New Zealand before winning four races at Penrith from seven starts in New South Wales and then heading west where he has proved to be a handy pacer for star Serpentine trainer Gary Hall snr. The seven-year-old lined up for his 66TH start in WA when he was favourite at $2.60 for the 2536m TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Patiently driven by Gary Hall jnr, Tuas Delight flew home to snatch a neck victory from McArdles Gem to notch his sixth victory in the State and take his career record to 88 starts for ten wins, 17 placings and $103,876 in stakes. From barrier two, Tuas Delight raced in fifth position, three back on the pegs, with Pradas Ideal Dahling setting the pace from the early leader McArdles Gem and with Mattjestic Star pulling hard in the breeze. McArdles Gem got to the lead in the final stages, but was unable to hold out the fast-finishing Tuas Delight, who was hemmed in on the pegs 450m from home before getting clear and flashing home to get up in the final couple of strides. “Tuas Delight needs luck to win a race, and he got the run tonight,” said Hall jnr. “We were probably lucky that we didn’t lead because if we had we probably wouldn’t have won, with the horse overracing in the breeze. “Everything worked out well. We got clear just inside the 400m. I was hoping the run would’ve come earlier because he needs a long time to wind up. If he had any point-to-point speed, he would’ve won by a length instead of getting home by a narrow margin.” The win revived memories of Hall driving Tuas Delight’s half-brother Hokuri Handrail, who won eight in a row in 2013 and after winning five times from 22 New Zealand starts and 13 wins in WA he went to America where he won another 17 times to end his career with 211 starts for 35 wins, 44 placings and $342,457 in stakes.   Change of scenery suits Mandy Joan Promising four-year-old mare Mandy Joan is enjoying a change of environment and she ended a losing sequence of nine when she started favourite at $1.85 and did all the work in the breeze before winning by a half-head from the fast-finishing Divinia Bellezza in the 2130m Allwood Stud Farm Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This was Mandy Joan’s third appearance for Capel trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo, after the mare’s trainer David Thompson considered she was getting a bit stale at the Byford complex and thought that a change of scenery would be ideal. Thompson had done a splendid job for breeder-owner Steve Johnson, winning seven races with her. My Prayer ($5) set the pace after a slow lead time of 38.4sec. and she disappointed her followers by wilting to fourth after Mandy Joan had taken the lead with 350m to travel. Mandy Joan held on doggedly to just stave off Divinia Bellezza, who finished strongly after enjoying a perfect rip in the one-out, one-back position. Mandy Joan, by Art Major, is out of the Die Laughing mare Endless Journey, who managed just two placings from nine starts. Mandy Joan is a half-sister to Isaiah Artois, who won the 2014 Pearl Classic and earned $117,351 from nine wins and six placings from 26 starts. Dibaba (124 starts for five wins, 16 placings and $40,015) is also out of Endless Journey.   Tokyo Joe too good, first-up Henley Brook trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams produced lightly-raced New Zealand-bred trotter Tokyo Joe in excellent condition for his first run for just under five months when the five-year-old won the Choices Flooring Trot over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The victory at $3 was despite Tokyo Joe galloping fiercely at the mobile start and losing six lengths before settling down in fourth position in the Indian file affair of just six runners. Lord Liam ($2.65) reappearing after a three-month absence, was sent straight to the front by Bob Mellsop after Tokyo Joe and polemarker Gap Year galloped at the start. Williams eased Tokyo Joe off the pegs with 950m to travel and the gelding got to the front 220m from home before staving off the fast-finishing $34 outsider One Bid Buys to score by a half-neck at a 2.3.4 rate. Rock Tonight ($2.50) was threatening danger when in the one-out, one-back position 225m from home when he broke into a bad gallop and dropped back to finish last. Tokyo Joe won at four of his 13 New Zealand starts and now has had ten starts in WA for four wins and four placings. This was his first appearance since finishing second to Mr Sundon in the $50,000 Trotters Cup at Gloucester Park last January.   Bettor Be Oscar’s eighth city win Consistent West Australian-bred four-year-old Bettor Be Oscar notched his 14TH victory and his eighth at Gloucester Park when he gave a bold frontrunning display to easily beat the fast-finishing Parisian Partygirl in the 2130m Vale Barry Hayes Pace on Friday night. Favourite at $1.20, Bettor Be Oscar, trained and driven by Aiden de Campo, gave his rivals little chance by dashing over the final 400m sections in 27.8sec. and 28.4sec. He won on debut, beating Gee Jay Kay by a head as a two-year-old over 1730m at Gloucester Park on March 13, 2018 and now boats a splendid record of 50 starts for 14 wins, 22 placings and stakes of $123,706. He has inherited much of the ability of his dam Copper Beach Girl, who raced 84 times for 14 wins, 24 placings and $156,851.   Double for Bonds and Warwick Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and star reinsman Ryan Warwick completed a double at Gloucester Park on Friday night when the richly-talented The Bird Dance outclassed his five rivals in the 2536m Worldwide Printing Pace. This followed their notable success with Jett Star in the group 1 Pearl Classic for two-year-olds. The Bird Dance, favourite at $1.50, bounced straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier and was not extended in winning by just under a length from Bletchley Park ($4) at a 1.58.8 rate after sparkling final quarters of 26.9sec. and 28.1sec. The four-year-old The Bird Dance won at two of his five starts in New Zealand and has won at 13 of his 17 starts in Western Australia. He now has earned $102,266 in prizemoney.   Ken Casellas

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