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After notching in excess of one hundred winners a season for the past eight seasons, Chris Voak chalked up his 200th victory for the 2019-20 season when he set the pace with the Ross Olivieri-trained gelding Diamond Life and scored a two-length victory over Change Of Address in a 2536m event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. He has six drives at Gloucester Park on Friday night, and he rates the Olivieri-trained Queen Shenandoah as his best winning prospect. Queen Shenandoah will start from barrier five in the TABtouch Pace in which she will clash with quality mares Our Alfie Romeo and Miss Sangrial. Queen Shenandoah caught the eye in a similar 2130m events for fillies and mares last Friday night when she began from the outside barrier (No. 9) and was tenth and last at the bell before surging home powerfully, five wide, to finish fourth behind Has No Fear. “That was her first run for a fortnight and I expect her to go better this week, backing up from last week’s run,” said Voak. Of his other runners this week, Voak gives Rock Me Over (race three), Askmeilltellya (seven) and Kiwi Bloke (eight) an each-way chance. “Rock Me Over has a middle of the road draw (barrier four) and he will need to be in his best form to win,” he said. “But he normally goes well when I drive him. “Askmeilltellya is going well and has a good chance, even from the bad draw (No. 8), while Kiwi Bloke, from the inside of the front line in the stand, appeals as a top four chance.”   Ken Casellas

Star reinsman Ryan Warwick should send punters home on a winning note at Gloucester Park on Friday night by guiding polemarker Give Us A Wave to an all-the-way victory in the eleventh event, the 2130m Off The Track–More Than Just A Racehorse Pace. He had the choice of the four two-year-olds trained by Greg and Skye Bond, and he chose Give Us A Wave ahead of Jett Star (Dylan Egerton-Green), Be Rock Hard (Deni Roberts) and Squinta (Colin Brown). Four of the five runners in the race Give Us a Wave, Jett Star and Be Rock Hard and Lavra Joe, owned and trained by Ray Jones, will be racing first-up after a spell, with Squinta making his second appearance after a spell. Warwick, who has landed 224 winners this season, picked Give Us A Wave, a winner at two of his eight starts, mainly because the Mach Three colt gave such an excellent performance at his latest outing when he raced wide early from barrier six, took the lead after 550m and was beaten into second place by the fast-finishing Mighty Ronaldo in the group 1 Golden Slipper on July 10. Warwick has driven The New Zealand-bred Bettors Delight colt Jett Star in all of his six starts for five wins and a sixth placing in the Golden Slipper at his most recent outing after he settled in eighth position and moved to fifth, out wide, at the bell before finishing 11 metres behind Mighty Ronaldo. Be Rock Hard, a winner at Pinjarra, Northam and Bunbury in June-July, has been handled by Warwick in all of his five starts. Lavra Joe is a talented colt who has raced 15 times for six wins and four placings. He will be having his first start after finishing eighth in the Golden Slipper. With Chris Lewis in the sulky, Lavra Joe will start from the No. 3 barrier with two Bonds runners on his inside and two on his outside. Jones has him primed for a strong first-up effort after two recent splendid trials at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park. Last Sunday week, driven by Lewis, Lavra Joe ran home strongly to win a 2100m trial by almost three lengths from Elsu You, rating 1.59.2 after sprinting the final 400m in 27.9sec. Then, on the following Wednesday Ash Markham drove Lavra Joe to a 60-metre victory over Reddington Reactor, rating 1.59.8 over 2100m with final quarters of 31.5sec., 29.9sec., 29sec. and 27.4sec.   Ken Casellas

Handy WA-bred five-year-old Liam Neil was sold a few months ago and looks hard to beat at his first start for champion trainer Gary Hall Snr when he starts from the No. 3 barrier in the opening event, the Friendly Eric Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Liam Neil has impressed in two recent Byford trials and is capable of ending a 13-month drought and a losing sequence of nine. Two Sundays ago Liam Neil was a sound third behind Mister Bushido and Mattjestic Star in a 2150m Byford trial when the winner rated 1.57.5 and the final three quarters whizzed by in 28.8sec., 29.3sec. and 28.5sec. Then, last Sunday he was smartest into stride from barrier three before Gary Hall Jnr took the sit behind open-class performer Im Soxy 400m after the start. Hall eased Liam Neil off the pegs with 550m to travel and the Modern Art gelding ran home determinedly to finish just a head behind Im Soxy, with the final quarter in a slick 27.6sec. “I thought he went okay in the first trial and would benefit from it and he went better again last Sunday,” said Hall. Hall is sure to be keen to set the pace with Liam Neil, who has led and won at seven of his 13 career victories. Hall, who has driven 191 winners this season, has ten drives on the 11-event program, including two promising young pacers from Justin Prentice’s Boyanup stable --- Broadbeach in the NYE at Gloucester Park Pace for three-year-old fillies and Always An Honour in the Pace. The New Zealand-bred Broadbeach has won at her first two Australian starts in modest company, at Narrogin and Bunbury earlier this month. Broadbeach will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line. “This will be a test for her,” said Hall. “She went pretty good at Narrogin (winning by seven and a half lengths) and then she set the pace and kept waiting for them (her rivals) before beating Gov Starzzz by less than a length. She is probably better off coming from behind at this stage.” Broadbeach is likely to meet with stiff opposition from Askmeilltellya (barrier eight), Intheskyrocket (nine) and Red Hot Lady (six), a trio of fillies who are in splendid form. Always An Honour is an Art Major four-year-old who will start from the No. 2 barrier in the 2130m tenth event on the program. He has won at 12 of his 28 starts and this will be his first appearance for 16 weeks. “He was a lot better the last time he raced than we thought he was going to be,” said Hall. “He just kept taking the next step.” Always An Honour and the polemarker and likely leader Roman Aviator will have admirers, but the race appears likely to develop into a serious contest between Patrickthepiranha and El Jacko. Four-year-old Patrickthepiranha, trained and driven by Colin Brown, will be having his third start after an absence of eight months and is sure to prove hard to beat after his excellent second to My Carbon Copy last Friday week when he raced in the breeze and fought on solidly. Seven-year-old El Jacko, prepared by Greg and Skye Bond, resumed after a four-month absence last Friday night when he was eleventh at the bell before finishing strongly, out five wide, to be sixth behind Chicago Bull in last week’s Navy Cup. All runners to be driven by Hall will have a good following, with The Verandah (race six), My Carbon Copy (four), Mister Bushido (two) and Extreme Prince (three) all appearing to have sound each-way prospects.   Ken Casellas

Baskerville trainer Ryan Bell is in awe of Shockwave’s remarkable recuperative powers and is bubbling with confidence that the star four-year-old will defy all challenges and win the Media Guild Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Shockwave has taken no harm from his torrid run when he overraced fiercely in front over the final 1400m before clinging on to win the 2536m James Brennan Memorial by a half-head from champion Chicago Bull last Friday week. “Since that run, I can’t believe how well he has pulled up; he’s top-notch,” declared a buoyant Bell. “I’m confident and my gut feeling is that we did the best thing by not starting him in the Navy Cup last Friday night. He is well, and if anything, he’s too well. He hasn’t missed any hoppled work since his latest run when it was the first time that he had hit a wheel in a race. “He has overraced first-up in nearly every preparation, but this time he took it to a whole new extreme.” Bell said that he was looking forward to Shockwave competing against Mighty Conqueror, who will be resuming racing after an absence of eight months. Mighty Conqueror, prepared by champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond, last appeared when he endured a tough run to win the WA Pacing Cup from stablemates Vampiro and Our Jimmy Johnstone last January. Shockwave, clashing with Mighty Conqueror for the first time, was emerging as a serious threat with a four-wide burst approaching the home turn before locking wheels with Caviar Star and then dropping back to finish last. “This will be a good test for Shockwave this week, meeting Mighty Conqueror,” said Bell. “Hopefully, we’ll have the fitness edge on Mighty Conqueror at this stage. But knowing the Bonds, I’m pretty sure he will be forward enough.” Shockwave, to be handled by Aiden de Campo, has drawn perfectly at barrier one, with Mighty Conqueror (Ryan Warwick) starting from barrier six in the field of eight. “Obviously, we have the barrier draw advantage and the plan will be to lead,” said Bell. “Shockwave left the gates very well at his latest start, and that was the first time we actually hunted him out, and that’s probably why he overraced. But it won’t be a problem this week. Our Jimmy Johnstone (barrier No. 3) is the question mark (regarding the possibility of Shockwave being beaten out at the start).” Gloucester Park Harness Racing vice-president Kevin Jeavons, who races Shockwave in partnership with his son Kyle and Howard King, is hoping that history repeats itself. He was a part-owner of Washakie, the 10/9 favourite who started from the No. 1 barrier in the 2008 Media Guild Cup and driven by Gary Hall jnr, led throughout and won from Capitol V and Franco Amon. Horses starting from the No. 1 barrier have won four of the past eight Media Guild Cups, with those winners being Banana Dana (2012), Ima Rocket Star (2013), Libertybelle Midfrew (2016) and Waylade (2019). All four set the pace. Mighty Conqueror looms as a chief rival for Shockwave. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old has created a wonderful impression with his 27 starts producing 16 wins and five placings. The Ross Olivieri-trained Motu Premier will be having his third start in the Media Guild Cup. Chris Lewis drove him to a half-head victory over King Of Swing in 2018 and in last year’s Cup Motu Premier finished fifth behind Waylade. He will be an outsider this year from the outside barrier in the field of eight. Simba Bromac, trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, will start from the No. 7 barrier at his first appearance for six months. He was a smart Pinjarra trial winner three Sundays ago. Simba Bromac was an extremely unlucky fifth in last year’s Media Guild Cup. He trailed the pacemaker Waylade and was hopelessly blocked for a clear run in the final stages.   Ken Casellas

Chicago Bull excites Hall “That was probably his best run since he was injured almost two years ago,” said jubilant reinsman Gary Hall jnr after driving the rising eight-year-old champion Chicago Bull to a runaway victory in the $50,000 Navy Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Chicago Bull began speedily from barrier four but was unable to wrest the lead from Galactic Star and was forced to work in the breeze before getting to the front 550m from home and then racing away to win by three and a half lengths from the fast-finishing Bletchley Park. “I know how good he is and how good he has been in the past,” said Hall. “And this is the first time since his injury that he has excited me. He felt tonight like he did before the injury. “It’s pretty exciting. I thought he could win, sitting in the breeze. To me, Chicago Bull now feels more switched on and better in the breeze than in front. In front, I’ve got to keep at him all the time to let him know that we’ve got to get going. But that’s not saying I wouldn’t be happy to be the leader.” Chicago Bull’s great career was in doubt in Auckland in October 2018 when he flipped over backwards when being treated and fell on his back, suffering six vertebrae in his wither. This freak accident happened the day after Chicago Bull gave a magnificent performance to win a 2200m standing-start event at Alexandra Park when he galloped from the back mark of 20m and settled down 15 lengths from the leader Jack’s Legend before dashing forward to move to the breeze with just over a lap to travel. Chicago Bull went on to win by two and a half lengths from Jack’s Legend, rating 1.57.7, with a final 800m of 54.2sec. Hall said that Chicago Bull’s effort seven starts ago, when he beat Handsandwheels by a short half-head over 2536m had the effect of sharpening him up. “He sat outside Handandwheels and went to the line on empty and just got up,” he said. “That really sharpened him up and really switched him on, and I felt his two runs after that were really good. “Last week, when Chicago Bull was chasing Shockwave and I really had to drive him out to the line obviously worked again and switched him on. He was sharpened up again when he worked on the track on Wednesday.” Chicago Bull was off the scene for seven months after his injury --- and since resuming he has had 23 starts for 15 wins, six seconds, one third and one fourth placing. He now has had 84 starts for 55 wins and 23 placings for earnings of $1,938,531 and Hall is looking forward keenly to the champion contesting the Fremantle Cup and WA pacing Cup early next year against horses of the calibre of Shockwave, Mighty Conqueror and Galactic Star. Chicago Bull’s victory on Friday night was his 50TH at Gloucester Park and his third in a Navy Cup. It also gave Hall his fifth success in the Navy Cup and champion trainer Gary Hall snr a record seventh win in the race. Chicago Bull’s victory gave Hall jnr the first leg of a treble. He also was successful with Sir Galahad and Blissfullabbey. The injury-plagued Sir Galahad ($3.60) enjoyed the perfect passage in the one-out, one-back position before charging home to score an easy victory over Rakasinc ($5.50) and the pacemaker Lord Rosco ($3.60) in the 2130m Simmonds Steel Pace. Six-year-old Sir Galahad has raced only 17 times for ten wins, four placings and $86,261 in stakes. This gave Gary Hall snr the third leg of a treble, following the wins of Chicago Bull and Eloquent Mach. Hall watched his runners from his home where he is recovering from surgery on Thursday night to cure problems caused by a crushed nerve at the rear of his neck. Blissfullabbey, part-owned and trained by Chris Willis, was a $2.40 chance from barrier No. 1 in the Catalano Truck And Equipment Pace and she maintained her excellent form with an all-the-way victory. Blissfullabbey was not challenged in the lead and enjoyed leisurely opening quarters of the final mile in 32sec. and 30.5sec. before sprinting over the final 400m sections in 28.1sec. and 27.8sec. and holding on to defeat $11 chance Euphoric Moment by a nose after she had trailed the pacemaker throughout.   Madeleine, a capable substitute Part-owner and trainer Jocelyn Young didn’t have to look far to engage a driver for her smart mare Has No Fear in the Seven West Media Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when she was committed to act as a bridesmaid at a friend’s wedding in Baldivis. She called on her sister Madeleine to drive the four-year-old --- and Madeleine, who had never handled the mare in a race or in trackwork, gave a polished display to land Has No Fear, a $12.30 chance, a fast-finishing, last-stride winner over the $2.25 favourite Just Makemine Diamonds. Has No Fear was awkwardly drawn at barrier six, but Madeleine quickly positioned her in the one-out and two-back position, with Just Makemine Diamonds setting the pace after a lead time of 37sec., followed by comfortable opening quarters of 31.3sec. and 29sec. “It all worked out well for me,” said Madeleine Young. “When I pulled Has No Fear out (three wide with 450m to travel) she really exploded.” The final 800m was covered in 57.6sec. and Has No Fear rated 1.57 over the 2130m. Delightfulreaction (third) and Queen Shenandoah (fourth) finished strongly out wide. Has No Fear has bounced back to top form and has won at three of her past six starts, following a losing run of 22. She has earned $232,363 from ten wins and 14 placings from 47 starts.   Hynam’s memorable week Byford trainer Craig Hynam completed a memorable week when veteran pacer A Boy Named Rosie scored a convincing victory in the 2130m Direct Trades Supply Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to end a losing sequence of 24. This followed a surprise victory by $28.10 outsider Sarge at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon which broke the five-year-old gelding’s losing run of 27. Shannon Suvaljko took full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier to guide nine-year-old A Boy Named Rosie ($4.10) to an all-the-way win at a 1.57.4 rate. The gelding dashed over the final 400m in 28.6sec. and finished a length in front of Rocknroll Whitby ($8), with Jack William ($7) a neck farther back in third place. Suvaljko’s daughter Emily lodged a protest, alleging interference in the home straight from Rocknroll Whitby, who was driven by her uncle Callan Suvaljko. The stewards upheld the protest and elevated Jack William to second place. They ruled that Rocknroll Whitby shifted out with about 100m to travel, forcing Jack William up the track and then becoming unbalanced and breaking gait.   Callan Suvaljko was suspended for 14 days for causing interference. A Boy Named Rosie’s win gave Hynam his first success in a city-class event since the gelding won by a head from Rocknroll Lincoln on March 29, 2018. This also was A Boy Named Rosie’s first win since he scored from Lightning Jolt at Pinjarra on August 12, 2019. Hynam, who races A Boy Named Rosie in partnership with his partner Courtney Burch, has never lost faith in the gelding. “I love him and he’s my mate,” he said. “He has been racing well; just check his past few runs, and he’s been running second last and breaking 27sec. quarters. It’s all a matter of barriers, and from No. 1 tonight he got his chance. I don’t work him hard and just keep him happy.” A Boy Named Rosie, who won four times in New Zealand when driven by Dexter Dunn, enjoys racing and has earned $191,615 from 18 wins and 30 placings from 140 starts. He has had 77 starts for Hynam for five wins and 16 placings. Hynam, who works as a furniture removalist, said that Sarge, a five-year-old Art Major gelding, had a lot more ability than he has shown. “We got a bit lucky at Pinjarra on Monday when the No. 1 horse (Beaudiene Western) was scratched and then we were able to come home along the sprint lane,” he said.    Eloquent Mach shines Young reinsman Stuart McDonald was effusive in his praise of Eloquent Mach after driving the New Zealand-bred four-year-old to a brilliant victory in the 2536m Westral Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He felt like his old self, like he was as a three-year-old and an early four-year-old, winning the Western Gateway, the Marathon and the Binshaw last year,” he said. “He didn’t feel right and wasn’t himself at his last preparation. But now he’s certainly hitting his straps and he’s going to be better for the run. “I was surprised that he was such a good price ($3.30). Just look at his scalps. He raced against Major Trojan (the 2019 WA Derby winner) four times and beat him three times, and he’s beaten horses of the calibre of Franco Edward, Patrickthepiranha and Convert Denario.” Stablemate Extreme Prince, the $3 favourite from the No. 1 barrier, led early before Nathan Turvey set $34 chance Carter Micheal alight from the outside barrier (No. 9) and burst to the front after 250m. Eloquent Mach started from the No. 2 barrier on the back line and settled down in eighth position before an aggressive McDonald urged the gelding forward to assume control after 950m. After the race McDonald pleaded guilty to having forced Braeview Bondi wide leaving the back straight in the first lap and was suspended for seven days. Braeview Bondi (Michael Grantham) had a tough run in the breeze outside of Eloquent Mach and did well to finish fourth, just behind Carter Micheal and Jimmy Mach. Brett Smith, who drove Burning Rubber, was suspended for ten days for having caused interference to Always Arjay and Quick Stride leaving the back straight then first time. Eloquent Mach, prepared by Gary Hall snr, has amassed $192,026 from 13 wins and six placings from just 29 starts and is developing into a strong candidate for the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup early next year.   Spell for Henrik Larsson Powerful colt Henrik Larsson gave further proof that he should develop into a leading candidate for the rich classics for four-year-olds early next year when part-owner and trainer Luke Edwards drove him to an easy victory in the 2130m Worldwide Printing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Described by Edwards as “a big ball of muscle,” Henrik Larsson, the $1.40 favourite, cruised to the front after 400m and  relished his frontrunning role as he won by just over three lengths from Soho Hamilton ($4.20) and Little Bitof Fun ($26). He rated a smart 1.56.3. “He will go to the paddock next week for a spell, and then come back into work after October to be prepared for the big races in the new year,” Edwards said. Henrik Larsson, unraced as a two-year-old, remains unbeaten in four starts as a three-year-old for Edwards. “He’s a very exciting horse and has done everything we have asked of him,” said Edwards. “Each run he’s getting keener and keener and learning what’s the game all about. “He has shown a lot of improvement. When he arrived from New Zealand, I told the owners that he would have to have a couple of educational trials to teach him what it is all about. He’s learning on the run and has come a long way in a short time. He’s carving out the mile rates under his own steam. “He did a good job tonight to hold on after the quick lead time (36.2sec.).”      Bettor Beach Belle too strong Memories of Terry Ferguson training and driving Art On The Beach to an all-the-way victory in the group 2 WA Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies in February 2007 were revived when her eighth foal Bettor Beach Belle led and won the 2130m Nova 93.7 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Ferguson bred, owns and trains Bettor Beach Belle, the $2.90 second favourite who was driven confidently by Nathan Turvey and won by more than a length from the $2.25 favourite Letsdancetonight, who raced without cover early and then enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail before finishing determinedly. Bettor Beach Belle is a half-sister to six winners, including Swagga, who won the Pearl Classic by eleven lengths from Mister Jadore in June 2013 and was forced into an early retirement after his 16 starts produced three wins, ten placings and $102,655 in stakes. Other prominent progeny of Art On The Beach include Rocknroll Beachboy (91 starts for eight wins, 27 placings and $70,931) and Major Artist (45 starts for seven wins, 15 placings and $54,299).   Mattjestic Star ends long losing run Veteran pacer Mattjestic Star ended a losing sequence of 29 (which included just one minor placing) when he was a solidly supported $2.40 favourite and was driven by Shannon Suvaljko to an all-the-way victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He had been unplaced at his 13 previous starts and was at odds of $34, £71 and $51 at his past three outings for Wanneroo part-owner and trainer Julie O’Neill. But a drop in class, an ideal barrier at No. 2 and a smart trial run at Byford the previous Sunday were major factors in his improved performance. He led and finished a short half-head second to Mister Bushido in the 2150m Byford trial in which he rated 1.57.5 On Friday night, the nine-year-old New South Wales-bred Mattjestic Star bowled along at a strong pace and rated an excellent 1.55.8 to win by four lengths from $4.60 chance Crocodile Kid, who battled on gamely after enjoying an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. A winner of 14 races in NSW Mattjestic Star has had 83 starts in Western Australia for five wins and 11 placings to take his career record to 163 starts for 19 wins, 34 placings and $170,084 in prizemoney.   The Bird Dance resumes in style Talented New Zealand-bred four-year-old The Bird Dance resumed after an absence of 12 weeks in fine style with an impressive victory in the 2130m Allwood Stud farm Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The $3.90 second fancy, prepared by champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond and driven by star reinsman Ryan Warwick, overcame the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier in the field of eight. He settled down in seventh position, with the $2.15 favourite Roman Aviator setting the pace, before Warwick improved quickly to assume the favourable one-out, one-back position. He sprinted home strongly with a final quarter in 27.8sec. to win by a half-length at a 1.56.5 rate from Roman Aviator. The Bird Dance boasts an outstanding record of 24 starts for 16 wins and one second placings for stakes of $114,532 and looks set for many more victories.   Bracken Sky on the way up Former New South Wales pacer Bracken Sky is improving all the time according to his trainer Debbie Padberg, who races the five-year-old in partnership with her husband John and long-time stable clients Don and Adele Simmons.    Bracken Sky, favourite at $2.30 and driven confidently by Dylan Egerton-Green from the coveted No. 1 barrier, led throughout in the 2130m Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace and won by a length from Bettorstartdreaming at a 1.57.4 rate. Space Junk trailed the pacemaker throughout and finished third. A winner of ten races in NSW, Bracken Sky has had 35 starts for the Padberg stable for three wins and 12 placings. His win ended a losing sequence of 11 and came after excellent recent placings behind Patronus Star, Delightfulreaction and Eloquent Mach. “He is improving all the time,” said Mrs Padberg. “He is learning how to race in Perth. All the do in Sydney is want to run the gate.”   Ken Casellas

Superstar pacer Chicago Bull holds a special place in the 50-year history of the Navy Cup. He is the only multiple winner of the Group 2 feature event, having scored effortless victories in 2017 and 2018. And at Gloucester Park on Friday night the chunky little brilliant seven-year-old looks set to improve on that record by winning the 2020 $50,000 Navy Cup over 2130m. He is handily drawn at barrier No. 4 on the front line in the field of 12 and punters will be clamouring to support him after his magnificent performance when he raced in the breeze throughout and finished powerfully to be second, a half-head behind the tearaway pacemaker Shockwave in the James Brennan Memorial last Friday night. A win would give champion trainer Gary Hall Snr a record seventh success in the Navy Cup after wins with Abit Rich (1997), Real Life (2009), Hokonui Ben (2012), Beaudiene Boaz (2016) and Chicago Bull (2017 and 2018). The only other trainer with six Navy Cup wins is Mike Reed, who has been successful with Sylvies Secret (1986), Manageable (1989), Time Symbol (1992), Golden Resonator (2001), Tricky Vic (2002) and La Valiente (2004). Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr was ecstatic after Chicago Bull’s great effort last week when the gelding was 12 lengths behind the flying Shockwave at the bell and surged home to just fail to overhaul that pacer, who held a lead of four lengths on the home turn. Hall Jnr has won the Navy Cup four times, and a win this week would move him one closer to evergreen champion Chris Lewis, who has won the race a record six times with Skiptar (1980), Western Gentleman (1994), Mark Craig (1985), Super Strike (1986), Lovers Delight (2015) and Our Corelli (2019). Lewis will handle the Ross Olivieri-trained Motu Premier in Friday night’s Cup. Motu Premier fought on from fourth at the bell to be third in last week’s Brennan Memorial, just over six lengths behind Shockwave and Chicago Bull. The Hall stable will have an excellent second-string runner in this year’s Cup in four-year-old My Carbon Copy, who will start from barrier three with Stuart McDonald in the sulky. My Carbon Copy won for the tenth time from only 27 starts when he set the pace and sprinted over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 27.6sec. to beat Patrickthepiranha over 2130m last Friday night. The Hall runners are sure to meet with stiff opposition from the trio of the Greg and Skye Bond-trained pacers Galactic Star, Vampiro and El Jacko and Bunbury trainer Stephen Reed’s up-and-coming star Bletchley Park. Mark Johnson will drive Bletchley Park from the No. 6 barrier, replacing usual reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green, who has opted to handle Vampiro from the awkward draw at barrier seven. Deni Roberts will drive El Jacko from barrier eight. El Jacko raced in the one-out, one-back position in last year’s Navy Cup when he hit the front 250m from home and was beaten by a half-head in the final stride by Our Corelli. The best of the Bond runners looks certain to be Galactic Star, who will be driven by star reinsman Ryan Warwick from the No. 2 barrier. Galactic Star possesses excellent gate speed and Warwick is sure to make a bold bid to get to an early lead from Chicago Bull, who also has sparkling gate speed. Galactic Star started from out wide at barrier eight in the Brennan Memorial when he fought on doggedly from eighth at the bell to be fifth, eight lengths behind Shockwave. A week earlier, Galactic Star raced in the breeze before winning the group 3 York Cup in good style from Wildwest, and at his previous outing he led from barrier four when an easy winner in moderate company.   Ken Casellas

New South Wales-bred five-year-old Bracken Sky has a losing sequence of 11, but Wanneroo part-owner and trainer Debbie Padberg is confident he will prove to be hard to beat from the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Boosting her confidence is the fact that he has been placed at three of his past five starts, including a second to this season’s WA Derby winner Patronus Star and an eye-catching second to WA Pacing Cup candidate Eloquent Mach last Friday night.   Bracken Sky will be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green, who was in the sulky last week when the Rock N Roll Heaven gelding finished with a spirited four-wide burst to come from sixth at the bell to be a half-length second to Eloquent Mach when the final 800m was covered in 56.3sec. “He’s been very consistent at his past few runs,” said Mrs Padberg. “We’ve worked him out and he’s happy. We’re hoping he will lead, but if he sits, he sits and should still be very hard to beat. I wasn’t surprised when he finished second to Eloquent Mach because he’s been running really good times. He’s fit and he’s strong.” Bracken Sky won ten times in New South Wales and his 34 WA starts have produced two wins and 12 placings. In quite an open field on Friday night, Bracken Sky’s chief rivals could be Mister Bushido, Maras Ace Man and McArdles Gem. Mister Bushido, trained by Gary Hall Snr, has the form and the ability to overcome a back-line draw. He put in an outstanding performance last Friday week when he galloped and lost ten lengths at the start before finishing powerfully from ninth at the bell to be second to Delightfulreaction over 2536m. Eight-year-old Maras Ace Man continues to race with youthful enthusiasm. He had a tough run in the breeze and fought on grandly when a close fourth behind Eloquent Mach last Friday night. McArdles Gem is a smart sit-sprinter who should settle in a commanding position after starting from the No. 2 barrier. Mrs Padberg said that she was looking for a good performance from Deeorse from barrier four in the Direct Trades Supply Pace. “He was held up (behind the tiring pacemaker Jack William) last Friday night. Otherwise, he would’ve finished closer than sixth behind Eloquent Mach,” she said. “I like Deeorse and he is improving all the time. He’s got good gate speed, but I haven’t decided yet whether to launch him (at the start) or to duck down to the fence. And, with a sit, he can sprint very quickly. He is going to make a nice horse in about six months when he matures.”   Ken Casellas

Speedy five-year-old Golden State has recovered from a virus and looks set to make a bold bid for victory when he starts from barrier No. 6 in the 2130m Allwood Stud Farm Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This will be his first appearance for six weeks since he set the pace and finished third behind Just Rockon Bye and Our Alfie Romeo. “He’s got gate speed,” said trainer Mike Reed. “We can either go forward or go back. He worked well the other morning and I expect him to run a good race; he’s definitely got a good chance. “The whole camp has been affected by the virus. They’ve all had it. I’ve had blood tests done and all is okay.” Golden State has a losing sequence of 13. He showed his liking as a frontrunner when he began fast from barrier seven and set the pace before winning from As Happy As Larry and Jimmy Mack over 2536m late in January this year. Golden State, to be driven by Michael Grantham, has drawn inside his likely main rivals in the Greg and Sky Bond-trained Taroona Bromac (barrier seven) and The Bird Dance (No. 8). Those talented four-year-olds will be resuming after a let-up and are sure to prove hard to beat. Leading reinsman Ryan Warwick will handle The Bird Dance, who has won at 15 of his 23 starts. Dylan Egerton-Green will drive Taroona Bromac, whose 19 starts have produced 12 wins. Reed is looking forward to watching his smart four-year-old mares Arma Indie and Countess Grace in action in the 2130m Seven West Media Pace. Arma Indie, a winner at nine of her 27 starts, will be making her first appearance for eight weeks and faces a stiff test from out wide at barrier eight. She will be driven by Mark Reed and certainly is capable of figuring in the finish. “Arma Indie is a really good mare,” said Mike Reed. “But she has had a few little problems, and whatever she does this week she will improve on. She’s a little bit underdone but she will run a good race and will be kicking home at the finish.” Countess Grace, whose 57 starts have produced six wins and 14 placings, will be driven by Grantham and is handily drawn as the only runner on the back line. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri holds a strong hand in this event, with Chris Lewis driving Just Makemine Diamonds from the No. 2 barrier, and Chris Voak in the sulky behind Queen Shenandoah, who has solid each-way claims despite the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the front line.         Ken Casellas

Powerful gelding Soho Hamilton has enjoyed a solid preparation and is ready to produce a strong effort at his West Australian debut when he contests the Worldwide Printing Pace for three-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice was happy with his runaway victory in a 2150m trial at Byford last Sunday week, but said that the gelding faced a significant test from the outside barrier in the field of nine. “He’s a nice horse; he can run, and he’s got a good ticker,” he said. “His trial was good (when he raced in the breeze for the first 300m before taking the lead), but it will be a different story on Friday from barrier nine. “He is a high-striding horse, so we will get a good guide about how he will be able to get around Gloucester Park. We’ll just go back (at the start) and take the race the way it comes. He has a long campaign ahead of him, so I don’t want to cook him, first-up. So, we’ll be going back off the gate and I’ll put him in the race when it’s the right time. You will see the best of Soho Hamilton when he is in front and rolls along.” Soho Hamilton, who has raced 12 times for five wins and two seconds, was most impressive in his Byford trial. After leisurely opening quarters of 33.1sec. and 30.6sec. he sped over the final 400m sections in 28.2sec. and 27.6sec. and won by 16 lengths from Hengheng. He is a full brother to former star pacer Soho Tribeca, who raced 59 times for 21 wins, 24 placings and $1,103,854 in prizemoney. His wins included two Group 1 events at Gloucester Park, thew Golden Nugget in December 2016 and the WA Pacing Cup in January 2018. Soho Hamilton’s victories include the Group 2 Vicbred Home Grown Classic for three-year-olds at Melton last September and the Group 3 Caduceus Club Cup at Cranbourne three starts later. He has not been in action since March 21 this year when he raced three wide for more than a lap and then without cover before fading badly to finish last in a field of ten, 334 metres behind the winner Pacifico Dream in the Vic Sires Classic at Melton. “He had a couple of weeks off after he arrived from Victoria,” Prentice said. “We’ve had him in work for 14 weeks and about six weeks ago we gelded him.” Soho Hamilton will clash this week with several smart, in-form pacers, including Henrik Larsson, Medieval Man, Pocket the Cash, Caveman and Little Bit Of Fun. Trainer-reinsman Luke Edwards has Henrik Larsson racing in wonderful form and the New Zealand-bred colt is unbeaten after three starts. He began from barrier four and dashed to the front after 200m before setting a moderate pace and sprinting over the final 400m in 26.9sec. when he won from Middlepage and General Jolt over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. He will start from barrier four on Friday night. Little Bit Of Fun, to be driven by Shannon Suvaljko for Wanneroo trainer Julie O’Neill, won for the seventh time from 34 starts when he set the pace and dashed over the final three quarters in 29.1sec., 28sec. and 28.1sec. to win by four and a half lengths from Anvil Rollover at a 1.56.8 rate over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday. Pocket The Cash, prepared in Bunbury by Stephen Reed, has won at six of his past eight starts and has a career record of 28 starts for nine wins, eight seconds and three thirds. He a versatile performer and cannot be underestimated, even from out wide at barrier eight. Medieval Man, trained and driven by Kyle Harper, shows good promise and has won at three of his past seven starts. He will begin from the No. 5 barrier, while the Mike Reed-trained Caveman, a winner at seven of his 18 starts, will begin from barrier six with Mark Reed in the sulky.   Ken Casellas

Shockwave simply sensational Outstanding four-year-old Shockwave ran the fastest second quarter of the final mile in history at Gloucester Park when he took charge of his driver Aiden de Campo and revealed amazing ability to carry on and win the $50,000 James Brennan Memorial over 2536m on Friday night. Shockwave, having his first start for 20 weeks, got away to a flying start to burst to an early lead and began to overrace fiercely with about one and three-quarters of a lap to travel. With de Campo desperately attempting to settle the stallion, his eight rivals dropped behind as Shockwave sped over the second 400m section of the final mile in a sizzling 26.6sec. and opened up a lead of 12 lengths over polemarker As Happy As Larry, with champion pacer and $1.85 favourite Chicago Bull in the breeze.    Shockwave ($3.10) was still ten lengths ahead of his nearest rivals half-way down the back straight in the final circuit and had an advantage of four lengths over the hard-chasing Chicago Bull on the home turn. Chicago Bull finished powerfully to lose a highly dramatic event by a half-head, with the winner rating 1.55.7. The fastest 400m section recorded at Gloucester Park remains the 26.2sec. run in the fourth quarter by Soho Tribeca in a 2100m heat of the Interdominion championship on November 28, 2017. Hectorjayjay dashed over the final 400m of a 2100m Inters heat in 26.6sec. on November 29, 2016. Shockwave’s trainer Ryan Bell said that he knew that his horse was capable of such speed, having clocked him to run his final 400m in 24.9sec. when fifth behind Wildwest in the Four-Year-Old Classic at Pinjarra last November. Shockwave also ran his final section in 26.8sec. when he won a 2130m event at Gloucester Park in March this year. Shockwave started from barrier seven and Chicago Bull from barrier eight in Friday night’s feature event --- and both pacers began brilliantly. “I saw Junior (Gary Hall jnr) turn the stick like he was going to run the gate real hard with Chicago Bull,” explained de Campo. “So, I knew I had to run hard with Shockwave and I gave him a decent flick (with a rein) --- and we flew the gate and got to the top. “And at the first corner I grabbed him up, and he gave me both barrels (and raced roughly for a couple of strides) before I managed to get him back down. He was keen and I was a bit wary of him. With about 1400m to go he started to really get pulling and wanted to charge. I was doing my best to stop him (from pulling), but at the same time I didn’t want to choke him. “At the 600m Shockwave dropped the bit, and it was either keep holding him or letting him go. So, I went for him down the back, and he kept going. On the home turn I was worried because Chicago Bull was eating into our lead. Shockwave was getting tired on the line and he was good enough to win. “We went inside two marker pegs with about 1000m to go. He was pulling so hard that I didn’t have all that much control over him. I was more worried about slowing down, rather than where we were going.” The stewards delayed sounding the all-clear before ruling that the result should stand. They considered that Shockwave had not gained any significant advantage by going inside the pegs. Watch the race replay click here. Bell said that he and de Campo had planned to take full advantage of Shockwave drawing inside of Chicago Bull by beating him out at the start. “We knew that we had Shockwave so well that it would take Bully at his best to get over him,” he said. “But it wasn’t the way we wanted to do it. However, the good part is that he’s quite bright eyed and is still very thick around the ribs. His heart rate was suggesting that the hard race affected him, but his recovery was perfect. “Obviously, in a couple of days we will see whether he has taken an affect from the run. He’ll go home and have a nice walk and we’ll give him a bit of pampering. I don’t think that he will be affected because he just thrives on hard work. Champion trainer Gary Hall snr praised Chicago Bull’s gallant effort, saying: “His run was tremendous, but the winner was equally tremendous. Both horses put up huge performances.” Hall jnr predicted some epic contests between Chicago Bull and Shockwave, saying: “Both horses put in super runs, and I’m looking forward to the next few months.”   Eloquent Mach overcomes problems Talented pacer Eloquent Mach resumed after a four-month absence in fine style with a smart victory in the 2130m RWWA’S Racing Assist Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His performance showed that he had overcome problems which saw him have seven unplaced starts as a four-year-old early this season. “He had feet problems --- and we’ve fixed them and he’s back on track,” said trainer Gary Hall snr after Gary Hall jnr had driven the New Zealand-bred gelding to victory over the fast-finishing Bracken Sky and the pacemaker and $2.45 favourite Jack William. Eloquent Mach, second fancy at $3.30 from barrier No. 2 on the back line, was given a perfect trip in the one-out and one-back position by Hall, who eased the gelding three wide 250m from home. Eloquent Mach took the lead 40m from home and won with something in hand. The final 800m was covered in 56.3sec. Eloquent Mach, who won at ten of his 16 starts as a three-year-old, has now earned $181,750 from 12 wins and six placings from 28 starts. “After his unplaced runs early this season I drove him on the track and realised something was wrong,” said Hall snr. “I got the farrier to check his feet and he found a deep-seated bruising in his off-side front hoof. We grew it out, spelled him and brought him back. We’ve had pads on him, and he’s gone well. “He will be a WA Pacing Cup horse; I believe he’s good enough.”   Braeview Bondi is too speedy Braeview Bondi bounced back to his best form at his third appearance after a spell when he surged forward in a fast-run lead time of 36.5sec. to burst to the front after 500m before setting a brisk pace and proving far too speedy for his rivals in the 2130m You Can Talk Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Driven confidently by Michael Grantham for trainer Michael Brennan, Braeview Bondi, the $1.65 favourite, was untroubled to win by five lengths at a 1.56.5 rate from Euphoric Moment, who sustained a spirited burst from eighth at the bell. The Victorian-bred Braeview Bondi is the first foal out of Badlands Hanover mare Braeview Creation and he has earned $163,177 from 15 wins and 22 placings from 67 starts. He has raced 20 times for Brennan in Western Australia for six wins and seven placings.  The Matt Scott-trained mare C C Chevron, having her sixth start after a 22-month absence, caught the eye when she was seventh at the bell and was hampered by a punctured tyre over the final 400m before finishing solidly to be third.   Intheskyrocket is bred to win Three-year-old American Ideal filly Intheskyrocket is bred to be a good winner. She is closely related to former star mare Innocent Eyes, who amassed $421,875 in prizemoney from 18 wins and 17 placings from 62 starts. Intheskyrocket, prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and driven by star reinsman Ryan Warwick, was an effortless all-the-way winner in the 2130m Break Down The Stigma Of Mental Health Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Favourite at $1.10, Intheskyrocket was able to dawdle through the lead time in 39.8sec. and the opening quarters of the final mile in 32.2sec. and 30.8sec. before sprinting over the final 400m sections in 28.4sec. and 28.1sec. She scored by 5m from $41 outsider Shes All Star, who enjoyed a perfect run behind the pacemaker throughout. Intheskyrocket’s maternal granddam Cerebrano produced 11 winners, including the brilliant Innocent Eyes, whose victories included four at group 1 level --- the Victoria and Australian Oaks at Moonee Valley in July 2005, the Chariots of Fire at Harold Park in January 2006 and the Vicbred Super series for four-year-old mares at Moonee Valley in April 2006. Intheskyrocket, purchased for $25,000 at the 2018 Perth APG yearling sale, has had 25 starts for nine wins, five placings and stakes of $70,603. Her win on Friday night completed a double for the Bonds and Warwick, who were successful earlier in the program with The Buckeye Bullet in the Vale Spiro Mallis Pace over 2130m. The New Zealand-bred The Buckeye Bullet, favourite at $2.90, finished powerfully from sixth at the bell to hit the front at the 300m mark on his way to winning by three and a half lengths from Captain Mannering. The Buckeye Bullet is sure to improve on his impressive record of 21 starts for 12 wins, six placings and $81,060 in prizemoney.   Rakasinc in top form Ravenswood trainer Nathan Turvey has the New Zealand-bred Rakasinc racing in top form and the five-year-old notched his fifth win from his past six starts when Emily Suvaljko drove him to a convincing all-the-way victory in the 2130m R U OK Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Rakasinc, raced by his Invercargill breeder Brendan Fahy, prominent WA owner Kevin Jeavons and Narelle McCarthy, wife of veteran Sydney trainer-reinsman John McCarthy, raced below expectations in New South Wales where he had 27 starts for three wins and eight placings. He now has had 20 starts in Western Australia for eight wins and four placings to improve his overall record to 47 starts for 11 wins, 12 placings and $67,000. Rakasinc has had the habit of pulling hard and overracing but was on his best behaviour on Friday night. “He relaxed, which was really good,” said Suvaljko. The disappointment of the race was the failure of the promising four-year-old Undercover Mac, the $2.35 favourite who raced without cover before fading to finish last in the field of ten after choking down.   Sir Galahad’s successful return New Zealand-bred six-year-old Sir Galahad, who has been plagued by leg problems, made a successful return to racing after an absence of just over four months when he relished his pacemaking role and won the 2130m Mental Health Awareness Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Driven by Maddison Brown, Sir Galahad, the $2 favourite, rated a slick 1.55.3 and defeated $4.40 chance Sergeant Oats, who trailed the pacemaker and ran home solidly. Sir Galahad, who remains a day-by-day proposition, has raced only 16 times (all in WA) for nine wins, four placings and $74,775 in stakes. His win was the second leg of a training treble for Gary Hall snr, who was also successful with Eloquent Mach and My Carbon Copy. Four-year-old My Carbon Copy gave Gary Hall jnr an armchair drive as he set the pace and strolled to a two-length victory over Patrickthepiranha. The winner rated 1.58.6 after dashing over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 27.6sec.  He now has raced 27 times for ten wins, nine placings and stakes of $102,001. Hall jnr, who drove two winners (Eloquent Mach and My Carbon Copy) on Friday night, landed another double at Bunbury on Saturday night when he scored with Broadbeach and Chief Joseph.    Delightfulreaction’s first stand success Hardy mare Delightfulreaction maintained her splendid form for Capel trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo when she started at $16.40 and finished powerfully from eighth at the bell to easily beat the pacemaker and $2.90 second fancy Kiwi Bloke in the Check On Your Mates Handicap over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This gave the Auckland Reactor four-year-old her first victory at her fourth appearance in a standing-start event. She began off the 10m mark and raced four back on the pegs before gaining an inside run 550m from home and then was eased off the pegs 150m later. De Campo switched Delightfulreaction four wide at the 250m mark and the mare sprinted strongly to get to the front 75m from the post.  Wildwest, the sole backmarker off 30m and the $1.80 favourite, galloped badly at the start and settled down a distant last, about 80m from the leader Kiwi Bloke. Wildwest surged forward, three wide, to be third at the bell. But he faded quickly and finished last. Delightfulreaction, who notched her twelfth win from 66 starts, completed a double for de Campo, who had won earlier in the night with Shockwave. De Campo kept up the good work with a treble at Bunbury on Saturday night, scoring with Major Corrido, Iswhat It is and Wattabout Rioli.    Typhoon Tiff passes the $200,000 mark Speedy four-year-old Typhoon Tiff emphasised her prospects in the coming rich feature events for mares with another stylish performance to win the 2130m Reach Out And Speak Out Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Driven aggressively and with great confidence by Banjup trainer Colin Brown, Typhoon Tiff ($4.20) caused a minor upset in setting the pace and beating the $1.32 favourite Our Alfie Romeo by a length. Brown stole a march on Our Alfie Romeo when he got the mare away brilliantly and then was able to amble through the lead time in a dawdling 39.1sec. and the opening quarters of the final mile in a slow 32.8sec. and a modest 29.9sec. before sprinting over the final 400m sections in 28.4sec. and 27sec. This improved Typhoon Tiff’s record to 20 starts for 11 wins, four placings and stakes of $201,466.   Ken Casellas

Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr celebrated his 71st birthday on Wednesday this week and he has high hopes that his champion pacer Chicago Bull will notch a historic 50th victory at the Gloucester Park track by winning the Group 2 $50,000 James Brennan Memorial over 2536m on Friday night. Seven-year-old Chicago Bull will be having his first start for four weeks and he has the speed and strength to overcome a wide barrier at No. 7 and the anticipated strong challenges from Shockwave and Galactic Star. Chicago Bull goes into the race with a winning sequence of six and a remarkable record at Gloucester Park of 67 starts for 49 wins, nine seconds, seven thirds and two fourths. The race promises to develop into an intriguing tactical battle between the three major players, with four-year-old Shockwave the best drawn at barrier six at his first appearance for 20 weeks, and Galactic Star at barrier eight in the field of nine. Galactic Star, prepared by champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond and to be handled by star reinsman Ryan Warwick, has won in convincing fashion at his past two outings, both over 2130m. Warwick was guarded about the prospects of Galactic Star against Chicago Bull when he said after driving the gelding to victory in the $30,000 York Cup last Friday night that he was still not at peak fitness. “He bottomed out a bit in the straight and that was due to his fitness,” he said. “So, to match the best in WA he has got to improve. However, there’s improvement in him, and I’m sure he is going to improve.” Outstanding reinsman Aiden de Campo said that he was looking forward keenly to renewing his association with the Ryan Bell-trained Shockwave, who was driven by Bell when he led by a big margin and gave a superb performance to win a 2150m trial by 50 metres against moderate opposition, rating 1.56.8 at Byford on Sunday morning. It was an outstanding effort to dash over the final three quarters in 28.6sec., 28.5sec. and 28.1sec. on a rain-affected track. “Ryan was happy with the trial,” said de Campo. “Shockwave is quite a lazy horse when he is by himself, so to run that time out in front by himself was pretty good. “We have the barrier draw advantage over our main rivals, so I’ll take that into consideration when I think about driving tactics. It’s not do or die on Friday night. Shockwave has a big preparation going forward, so there is no stress.” Shockwave has not raced since April 24 when he started from the outside of the back line in a 2536m Free-For-All at Gloucester Park. He sustained a strong run from the rear to hit the front 100m from home and was beaten by a head by the fast-finishing Ocean Ridge, with Chicago Bull unwinding a powerful burst from last in the middle stages to be third. “We had the fitness over Chicago Bull, who was having his second start after an absence of ten months,” said de Campo. “So, it will be interesting to see how Shockwave stacks up this time.” Chicago Bull will be seeking to become only the third multiple Brennan Memorial winner in the 53-year history of the race. From the No. 1 barrier, Chicago Bull was favourite at $1.10 when he led and held on to win the Brennan Memorial by a short half-head from Soho Tribeca in November 2017. Village Kid won the event three times and Shattering Class was successful four times. Chicago Bull’s driver Gary Hall Jnr has won the Brennan Memorial with Chicago Bull and Alzona (2011), while Hall Snr has been successful with those two pacers as well as with Waylade in 2016. Trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams will be looking for a strong showing from As Happy As Larry, who appeals as the likely leader from the No. 1 barrier. The eight-0year-old gave a solid first-up performance last Friday night when he was seventh at the bell before running home stoutly, out four wide, to be a close fourth behind Galactic Star. Greg and Skye Bond will be seeking to win the race for the third year in a row after Vampiro led and beat stablemate Our Jimmy Johnstone in 2018 and Our Jimmy Johnstone set the pace and won from stablemate El Jacko last year.   Ken Casellas

Smart filly Intheskyrocket, a beaten $2.40 favourite on Tuesday night, has bright prospects of making amends by setting the pace and winning the final event, the Break Down The Stigma Of Mental Health Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She has a vastly superior record to those of her even rivals, having raced 24 times for eight wins and five placings. And the Greg and Skye Bond-trained three-year-old has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier, with reinsman Ryan Warwick sure to take full advantage of by setting the pace. A good frontrunner, Intheskyrocket started from the outside barrier (No. 8) in Tuesday night’s 2130m event in which she raced in sixth position in the one-wide line. She finished with a determined burst to be second, two lengths from the pacemaker Hong Kong Dolly, who dashed over the final 400m sections in 28.9sec. and 28.6sec. The Bond stable prepared four winners last Friday night and again will have a strong following with 11 runners this week all have sound each-way claims. The stable’s best prospects appear to be Galactic Star, The Buckeye Bullet, Our Alfie Romeo and Intheskyrocket. Capel trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo advised punters not to disregard veteran performer Maras Ace Man in the second event, the RWWA’S Racing Assist Pace, saying: “He is a beautiful old horse and barrier two is a nice draw. He jumps up in class (after his last-start easy victory over Bettys Lass and Pierre Whitby), but I think that after his past couple of runs he is definitely up to them (the opposition) in this week’s race.” De Campo said that he was looking forward to speedy mare Millwood Molly returning to action after a spell. The seven-year-old, whose 37 starts have produced 11 wins and ten placings, will start from the No. 6 barrier in race nine in which she will clash with in-form mares Typhoon Tiff, Our Alfie Romeo and Has No Fear. This will be Millwood Molly’s first appearance since she led and won from Balcatherine and Has No Fear on April 24. “We’ve had a bit of trouble with her feet and she has had a break since that win,” de Campo said. “It looks hard, drawn outside Our Alfie Romeo and Typhoon Tiff. But whatever she does, she will improve on.”   Ken Casellas

Consistent five-year-old Rock Me Over has been racing against Chicago Bull, Handsandwheels, Galactic Star, While They Pray, Fake News and Our Alfie Romeo in recent weeks and at Gloucester Park on Friday night he gets an excellent chance to end a losing sequence of ten when drops in class and starts from barrier three in the Mental Health Awareness Pace. “If he gets a good sit, which I think he should, he should prove to be hard to beat,” said part-owner and trainer Matt Scott. Shannon Suvaljko shares Scott’s optimism and has given punters a lead by electing to drive Rock Me Over in preference to the polemarker Sergeant Oats. “Even though Rock Me Over ran a really good race last Friday week (when a head second to Bettor Party) I was a little disappointed,” said Scott. “So, I gave him four days off and freshened him up. And he pulled me around (on the track) last Saturday morning, and it was the best he’s worked this time in, and he’s really bright in himself.” Rock Me Over’s most serious rival looms large as Sir Galahad, who is favourably drawn at barrier three for his first appearance since he covered a lot of extra ground and finished fourth behind Bettor Be Oscar 19 weeks ago. Six-year-old Sir Galahad, trained by Gary Hall snr and to be driven by Maddison Brown, has been most impressive in a brief career of 15 starts for eight wins and four placings. Chris Lewis has decided to handle the Ross Olivieri-trained Jimmy Mack (barrier four) in preference to Im Rocknroll Magic from barrier eight. He has driven Im Rocknroll Magic (trained by his wife Debra) in all of the New Zealand-bred gelding’s eight West Australian starts for two wins and four seconds. Jimmy Mack is in excellent form, having led and won easily from Baylan Jett and Delightfulreaction two starts ago and then finishing strongly from last at the 600m to be a close third behind Bettor Party and Rock Me Over.   Ken Casellas

New Zealand-bred five-year-old Rakasinc is a noted frontrunner and he should give punters a flying start by winning the opening event, the 2130m R U OK? Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Rakasinc is ideally drawn at barrier two and Ravenswood trainer Nathan Turvey said that Emily Suvalko would be aiming to set the pace with the Changeover gelding who has won at four of his past five starts. “We will just let him run; that’s the plan,” said Turvey. “He gets keen, and, hopefully, he’ll be able to cross the No. 1 horse Starlight Destiny. He’s a horse that you let him do what he wants to do, so we just let him run.” Rakasinc broke the track record when he led and won by nine lengths from Right Royal Cheer, rating 1.56.1 over 2190m at Northam five starts ago. He has won at his past three outings, two at Northam and one at Narrogin. He is a half-brother to the Christian Cullen pacer Rakarebel, who made a spectacular start to his West Australian career in 2011 when he revealed dazzling gate speed and relished setting the pace when he won at his first eight appearances in the State for trainer Gary Hall snr and reinsman Gary Hall jnr. Rakasinc is unlikely to get all things going his way and is sure to be tested by the Hall camp’s inexperienced, but highly promising four-year-old Undercover Mac, who will start from barrier six. He was most impressive last Friday night when he charged home from ninth at the bell to finish second to Howard Hughes. That followed smart Gloucester Park wins at his two previous outings. Others with claims on Friday night include the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Starlight Destiny and Blissfullabbey, who is racing keenly for Port Kennedy trainer Chris Willis. Turvey also has sound prospects in the second event, the RWWA’S Racing Assist Pace, in which he will be represented by Jack William, who will be driven by Suvaljko from the prized No. 1 barrier. Jack William started out wide at barrier eight last week when he was not suited by a slow early pace and finished tenth behind Baylan Jett. “This is my third No. 1 barrier on a Friday night at Gloucester Park for 14 months, so I’m happy,” said Turvey, whose previous starters from the No. 1 barrier were winners, Live Like A Royal and Touch Of Success. “Jack William is a frontrunner and he’s tough. He doesn’t try too hard when he’s back in the field. Three starts ago he kept Robbie Easton out (at the start) and then Robbie Easton sat on his back (in the one-out, one-back position) and couldn’t get near him. So, I think he’s got the form (to be hard to beat).” Suvaljko will also team with Turvey in the third event, the Mental Health Awareness Pace, in which she will drive Carter Micheal from the inside of the back line. “Carter Micheal is racing well and just needs a bit of luck,” said Turvey. “He won’t know himself, getting on the fence. It wasn’t a bad run last week when he raced in the breeze and finished third behind Our Alfie Romeo.”   Ken Casellas

Galactic Star on the way up “He’ll play a part in the two big Cups, for sure,” declared champion reinsman Ryan Warwick after driving seven-year-old Galactic Star to a stylish victory in the $30,000 TABtouch York Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He is definitely not over the hill, in terms of age. He was pretty good tonight, but he’s still not fully fit. He was really strong around the corner, but in the straight he bottomed out a bit. So, there’s improvement in him. Before tonight, he had two easy runs after a four-month break.” Galactic Star, second favourite at $3.80 from the outside of the back line, settled down in seventh position while the $1.55 favourite Wildwest led for the first 200 metres before Son Of A Tiger ($23) persisted with a spirited challenge and took the lead, with a fast lead time of 35.8sec. Gary Hall jnr immediately eased Wildwest off the pegs to race in the breeze and after 400m Wildwest got a length in front of Son Of A Tiger but was unable to cross to the front. Warwick, seeing what was happening at the front of the field, urged Galactic Star forward with a fast move 700m after the start to quickly move alongside the pacemaker Son Of A Tiger, thus giving Wildwest an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. Bettor Party dashed forward, three wide, at the bell to put Wildwest in a pocket. Wildwest was hampered for room throughout the final circuit and he was still blocked for clear running as he fought on grandly to finish second, with Bettor Party a close third behind Galactic Star, who had surged to the front 250m from home. The final 800m was covered in 56.8sec. and Galactic Star rated 1.56 over the 2130m. The win gave Warwick and outstanding leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond the second of four winners on the night. The Bonds had seven runners in the WA Pacing Cup last January, with Galactic Star finishing fifth, and stablemates Mighty Conqueror, Vampiro and Our Jimmy Johnstone filling the first three placings. Once again, the Bond stable will have a strong representation in the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup in the coming summer, with Warwick expecting Galactic Star to be at the forefront. The Bettors Delight gelding is sound and enjoys racing --- and is sure to improve on his splendid record of 28 wins, 26 placings and stakes of $561,262 from 80 starts.   Justasec sparkles, first-up Inexperienced New Zealand-bred four-year-old Justasec appears destined for big things in harness racing after a brilliant first-up victory in the 2130m GPHR Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. After a win and a second from two New Zealand starts, the son of American stallion Big Jim has impressed with nine wins and three placings from 13 starts in Western Australia. Prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and driven by star reinsman Ryan Warwick, Justasec was a warm $1.80 favourite from the No. 1 barrier at his first appearance after an absence of just over five months. He won the start easily and relished his pacemaking role as he sped over the final 400m sections in 27.9sec. and 27.7sec. to win by almost two lengths from the $3.90 second fancy My Carbon Copy, who enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail before finishing determinedly. “We expected a run like that after he had beaten our fast-class horses on the track,” said Warwick. “I don’t really know where he is going to get to, but his improvement is quite good. His ability is not an issue. He’s always had good ability, and his tractability is now getting a lot better. “He might go to the next level; we’ll see.”   Our Alfie Romeo concentrates better A change of gear helped brilliant mare Our Alfie Romeo to regain her best form at Gloucester Park on Friday night when she scored a runaway victory in the 2130m Thank You Members Of York Racing Pace. Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond decided to fit hood type blinkers on the five-year-old --- and they certainly boosted her confidence as she stormed to victory to end a losing sequence of nine. Our Alfie Romeo, the well-supported $1.90 favourite from the outside barrier in a field of eight, was not extended in winning by three and a half lengths from Burning Rubber and rating 1.56.8. Leading reinsman Ryan Warwick did not bustle Our Alfie Romeo early and she settled down in seventh position while Thereugo ($21) was setting the pace after denying the polemarker and $2.50 chance Space Junk the opportunity to lead. Warwick urged Our Alfie Romeo forward, three wide, approaching the bell and the mare dashed to the front 390m from home and coasted to the line. “I didn’t think she was genuine at her previous two or three runs, so we put the hood on her and she was very good tonight,” Warwick explained. “She travelled like she normally would. It was just a concentration thing. “She’s never worn anything; she’s always been so genuine. But now that she’s getting older that was the run she needed, just to smarten her up. Tonight, she was sharp and travelled very well. Lately, she had been a little bit sloppy, but has been able to get the job done.” Our Alfie Romeo, by Washington V C, won at two of her eight starts in New Zealand and now boasts a fine record of 48 starts for 20 wins, 11 placings and stakes of $299,789. She will be set for the $125,000 Mares Classic at the summer carnival and is likely to contest the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup. She finished sixth behind Mighty Conqueror in the WA Pacing Cup last January.   Leap Of Faith causes an upset Young Gnangara trainer-reinsman Luke Edwards predicted a bright future for inexperienced New Zealand-bred mare Leap Of Faith after driving her to a fast-finishing upset victory over Blissfullabbey in the 2130m Better Your Bet With TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A $21.90 chance at her second appearance after a spell, Leap Of Faith raced four back on the pegs in seventh position before charging home, three wide, from sixth on the home turn. It wasn’t all plain sailing as Leap Of Faith was still badly hampered for room 250m from home after Edwards had eased her off the pegs. “I thought I was going to win at the 350m,” said Edwards. “I was just trying to get out from behind Deni Roberts (Tiffany Twirl). I got off the pegs and then had to get back behind Deni’s wheel to get into the clear. I had a lap full, but I thought I had left it too late. But over the last 50m she gobbled up the opposition. “Last preparation really was the prep from hell. It was in the middle of winter and everything went wrong; we had trouble with her feet and then with her knee. We couldn’t quite get her right, so we bit the bullet and gave her a month off. “Her first-up run at Northam (when second to Ohoka Damo) wasn’t quite right, but tonight she was a lot better and I think she’s on the improve. I think that is her go, driving her sit-sprint.” Purchased from New Zealand for $40,000 (landed in WA), Leap Of Faith is the first pacer owned by Melvin King, who races the four-year-old in partnership with Dave Simmonds jnr. Leap Of Faith recorded two seconds from her four starts in New Zealand and now has raced 11 times for Edwards in WA for six wins. There was a happy omen before Friday night’s event. Edwards had to borrow the helmet of his brother Isaac after leaving his gear at the Pinjarra course the previous Monday. The previous time he had to use his brother’s helmet was at Northam on June 13, 2015 when he was successful behind Myouri. Edwards has high hopes of success with his New Zealand-bred three-year-old colt Henrik Larsson, who made an impressive debut when he scored a seven-length victory at Northam last Saturday week when he dashed over the final quarters in 28.7sec. and 27.8sec. Henrik Larsson will have his second start when he begins from the No. 1 barrier in a race at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. “He is still very green, and I keep telling the owners that he’s a Lamborghini with trainer wheels,” Edwards said.   Howard Hughes set for classics Talented New Zealand-bred gelding Howard Hughes remains unbeaten at his four starts after a spell and is developing into a leading candidate for the rich classics for four-year-olds next January. The son of Bettors Delight, Howard Hughes, a winner at one of his two New Zealand starts, notched his ninth victory from 11 starts in Western Australia when he scored a dashing victory in the 1730m Thank You From The York Racing Committee Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Favourite at $1.70 from out wide at barrier No. 7, the Greg and Sky Bond-trained pacer began speedily, and reinsman Ryan Warwick was content to race in the breeze with Diamond Life setting a fast pace. Howard Hughes burst to the front 400m from home and won in fine style at a 1.53 rate over the 1730m, beating Undercover Mac by two metres. Undercover Mac also performed strongly, running home powerfully from ninth at the bell. “That was a pretty good run,” said Warwick. “He’s aiming for the four-year-old races in the New Year. We always knew that he had speed and stamina.”   Brown lauds Arma Einstein Ace trainer-reinsman Colin Brown heaped praise on Arma Einstein after driving the smart two-year-old him to victory in the 2130m Off The Track Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Arma Einstein, the $3.60 second favourite, was not bustled early from the outside barrier in the field of seven before he sustained a strong burst from sixth at the bell to hit the front at the 50m mark and win by 2m from the $1.40 favourite Newsy, who had been unbeaten at her first three starts. Newsy enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail with Captains Beachbabe setting a solid pace. Warwick switched Newsy three wide with 620m to travel, and Brown followed her run with Arma Einstein. Newsy took the lead 350m from home but was unable to hold out the fast-finishing Arma Einstein, who rated 1.58.4. “He is the sort of little horse who will keep improving,” said Brown. “When they’ve got the mentality he’s got and the high speed he has, he’s going to develop. He’s also got a bit of toughness, and his heart rate suggests to me that we’ve got a little way to go in that regard. He’s almost the complete package. “Arma Einstein will now have a spell for a fortnight and then he’ll come back and we will just keep picking off some two-year-old races, hopefully. “Getting the sit behind Newsy worked out super for us and I wasn’t concerned that we were behind her because we had won in 1.57 and she had won in 1.59. So, two seconds is a pretty big margin.”   Ferguson’s delight There is an unusual mixture of pacers and square gaiters in the breeding of Wonnerup horseman Terry Ferguson’s seven-year-old Lifes Delight, who is proving a successful and profitable trotter. Lifes Delight boosted his earnings to $70,617 from seven wins and 19 placings from 53 starts when Chris Voak drove him to an all-the-way victory in the Community TAB Trot, a stand over 2019m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A $14.60 chance, Lifes Delight held on doggedly to beat $34 outsider One Bid Buys, who was seventh at the bell before finishing strongly with an inside run. Lifes Delight is by champion pacing stallion Bettors Delight out of Life On The Line, a mare by American stallion Life Sign, who has produced about 1600 foals, including only about four trotters. One of those trotters is the Ferguson-owned Life On The Line, who raced 19 times for three wins and three placings, and then her first foal was Paint The Wind, who has raced as a pacer 109 times for 12 wins, 23 placings and $70,505. Life On The Line is out of the American-bred mare Walkin The Line, who produced two excellent pacers for Ferguson in Backina Falcon (73 starts for 19 wins, 15 placings and $149,385, with his most notable performance being his second to Baltic Eagle in the 2003 WA Pacing Cup) and Backin A Jiffy (50 starts for ten wins, 17 placings and $107,333). “I had no idea I was going to breed trotters from Life On The Line,” said Ferguson. “Lifes Delight is that mare’s second foal, and her fourth foal is also a good trotter, Line The Starzzz, who has won at five of her first 15 starts. She is eligible for the Vicbred Four-Year-Old classic for mares on December 31, and, all things going well, she will travel to Victoria for the race.”   Double for de Campo Capel horseman Aiden de Campo maintained his outstanding form in the sulky when he landed a double with Delightfulreaction and Baylan Jett at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He trains Delightfulreaction, who was a $17.30 chance from out wide at barrier No. 8 in the 2536m Treasury Wine Estate Pace. After the $1.95 favourite Mister Bushido galloped at the start and lost ten lengths, de Campo was able to angle Delightfulreaction into sixth position, one-out and two-back, with Bracken Sky setting the pace. Delightfulreaction finished strongly to win by almost a length from Mister Bushido, who did a grand job to run home from the rear. Delighfulreaction is a hardy four-year-old mare who has raced 65 times for 11 wins, 23 placings and stakes of $158,283. “She is a horse who loves racing,” said de Campo. “Every time she goes to the paddock, she drops away a little bit. She does well when she’s in work, and every time she goes a little bit off, I give her a two-week freshen-up. She is an opportunist kind of horse. “She will keep racing nearly every week. She is not going to measure up to the better mares in the big races towards the end of the year. But she might get a start in them, and you never know.” Baylan Jett, prepared by David Young, was favourite at $1.70 in The West Australian Pace over 2536m and he gave de Campo an armchair drive as he set the pace and dashed over the final quarters in 28.8sec. and 28.1sec. to win from McArdles Gem and Art Tutor. This was Baylan Jett’s one hundredth start and he took his record to 15 wins and 32 placings for earnings of $155,756. “He’s a class horse and he won easily,” de Campo said. “I didn’t even pull the plugs.”   Extreme Prince makes a flying start Eight-year-old gelding Extreme Prince is a noted frontrunner --- and when champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr got him away with a brilliant burst from out wide at barrier seven in the 2536m Better Your Industry With TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night the die was cast. Extreme Prince ($4.90) charged straight to the front and the Gary Hall senior-trained pacer relished his pacemaking role and won by a half-length from stablemate Tuas Delight ($5). This ended a losing sequence of ten for Extreme Prince, who had led and won four times in New South Wales and five times at Gloucester Park.    Ken Casellas

Five-year-old Blissfullabbey is racing keenly for Port Kennedy trainer Chris Willis, and star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr said he expected the mare to prove hard to beat in the opening event, the Better Your Bet With TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “She’s going super and it was a good run again last week,” he said. Blissfullabbey settled down in eighth position in a 2130m event last Friday night before Hall set her alight after a lap to move outside the pacemaker Art Tutor. She fought of determinedly to finish third behind Art Tutor and Bettor Finish when the final 800m was covered in 56.9sec. At her previous outing Blissfullabbey impressed when she finished strongly from the rear to win by a head from Little Bit Of Fun over 2185m at Pinjarra when the final two quarters were run in 28sec. and 27.6sec. This week Blissfullabbey will start from the inside of the back line and should be capable of unwinding a powerful finishing burst. “She’s going super,” said Hall. “I think there will be speed on, which will suit her. She’s going to be dangerous and if she gets the breaks, she’ll win.” Weewah, the only three-year-old in the event, will start from the back line, alongside Blissfullabbey, and she will have many admirers after chalking up nine wins and six placings from 23 starts this season. Others who will be fancied include Just Makemine Diamonds, the hard-pulling Millwood Gucci, Starlight Destiny and Leap of Faith. Hall, who also is confident about the prospects of Wildwest and Mister Bushido, said he was looking forward to driving My Carbon Copy in the GPHR Pace in which the New Zealand-bred four-year-old will start from the No. 4 barrier. “My Carbon Copy is dropping back in class and I was impressed with him when I drove him two starts ago (when he ran home strongly from eighth at the bell to be third behind Petronus Star in the Binshaw Classic). “This will be an interesting race this week, with Justasec resuming after a spell.” Justasec, prepared by champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond, will be driven by leading reinsman Ryan Warwick from the prized No. 1 barrier. Justasec is a smart frontrunner who will be having his first start since finishing third behind Iceenothink and Mighty Santana on March 27. A winner of one race from two New Zealand starts, Justasec has raced 12 times in WA for eight wins and three placings. My Carbon Copy was placed at three of his nine New Zealand starts before his first 19 starts in WA produced nine wins and five placings.   Ken Casellas

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