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New Zealand-bred five-year-old Crusader Banner has managed just one placing from his past eight starts, but he looks to be a star bet at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he resumes harness racing after a spell in the 2130m Seven News Pace. He will start from barrier two and trainer Gary Hall sen. is full of enthusiasm after his son Clint drove the Christian Cullen gelding to an effortless seven-length victory over stablemate Big Spook in a three-horse trial over 2150m at Byford on Sunday morning. “His trial was sensational,” said Hall sen. “It was fantastic and he’s come back better than ever and should win first-up. He went 1.57.3 in the trial and I expect him to lead from barrier two on Friday night. I don’t think the polemarker Mosquito Buzzin can hold him out.” The nine-year-old Mosquito Buzzin has a losing sequence of 25 and has won once from his past 41 starts. Crusader Banner, an M5-class pacer, drops significantly in class after contesting the interdominion championship series last November and December. He has won at 12 of his 34 starts. Little Boy Blue (barrier five) and Firebomb (three) possess good gate speed, but it is difficult to suggest that either pacer will be abler to wrest the early lead from Crusader banner. The Hall stable will also be represented by Our Arlington, an eight-year-old who has an M7 classification after winning at 18 of his 81 starts. He faces a stern test from the outside of the front line at his first appearance for 12 months. “Our Arlington has recovered from a damaged suspensory ligament,” Hall sen. said. “He has been working well and I wouldn’t say that he’s not without some chance. However, I doubt whether he can win first-up. But if he stands up he’ll win more races.” Hall also has high hopes of making a flying start to the ten-event program by winning the first event, the 1730m House Rules On Seven Pace, with the promising but inexperienced Dali gelding El Barcelona. El Barcelona, to be driven by Gary Hall jun., will start from the outside in the field of seven and should carry too many guns for his rivals, providing he is on his best behaviour. He was a hot favourite in the $50,000 Champagne Classic last Friday week when he galloped at the start, was last in the field of nine at the bell and went six wide on the home turn when fifth behind the pacemaking Wesley. El Barcelona overcame difficulties to get up and score a narrow win on debut at Bunbury two starts before that and then worked hard in the breeze before finishing third behind Major Pocket at Bunbury a week later. The main danger appears to be the Ed Dewar-trained Our Zak Whitby, who caught the eye at Bunbury last Saturday night when he came from eighth and last at the bell with a powerful finishing burst to be a close third behind Sergeant Oats and Heza Head Honcho in the 1609m de Campo Memorial. Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 13 May 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 13 May 2016 Ken Casellas

The oddly-named Twoandahalf Tigers will have a legion of harness racing supporters when he makes his Gloucester Park debut in the second heat of the X Factor Pure Steel Pace on Friday night. Trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen., the New Zealand-bred four-year-old has made a big impression on West Australian country tracks on which he has had ten starts at Bunbury and Pinjarra for seven wins, two seconds and a third. The Jeremes Jet gelding, to be driven by Gary Hall jnr, is awkwardly drawn at the No. 6 barrier over 2130m. He is the only M0-class pacer in the field of ten other M1-class performers. Seven of his rivals, including smart performers VC Manoeuvre, Naught Maravu, Soho Monza, Offtocullect and Ohoka Cooper, are recent winners with sound prospects. “The draw is a bit tricky, but he should perform well,” said Hall sen. Twoandahalf Tigers has been driven by Micheal Ferguson in all of his ten WA starts and he has impressed with his natural pace and versatility. He has been a revelation in this State after his 20 starts in New Zealand produced just one win (by a nose) and five placings. However, he is bred to be a top-class pacer. He is closely related to several outstanding performers, including All Tiger (148 starts for 29 wins, 31 placings and $496,107), Tigerish (79 starts for 15 wins, 21 placings and $491,957) and Justa Tiger (37 starts for nine wins, 11 placings and $161,589). Among the Hall stable’s 17 acceptors for the ten-event meeting are Runoneover, Slick Chapel, Norvic Nightowl and Mohegan Sun, who will clash in the $23,000 Channel Seven Pace over 1730m. Runoneover and Norvic Nightowl will be resuming after a spell and will have many admirers. Gary Hall Jnr will drive Norvic Nightowl and Clint Hall will be in the sulky behind Runoneover. Norvic Nightowl, a winner at 17 of his 59 starts, warmed up for his return to racing after a five-month absence with a seven-length win in a 2550m standing-start trial at Byford on Sunday morning when he dashed over the final three quarters in 28.5sec., 28.2sec. and 28.1sec. Hall sen. said he expected Norvic Nightowl and Runoneover (who will be having his first start for four months) to be prominent. Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 13 May 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 13 May 2016 Ken Casellas

Top-class mare Leda McNally has finished last at her past two starts, but Pinjarra harness racing trainer Chris King is confident she can bounce back to her best by winning the $23,000 Home And Away Breeders Stakes Prelude over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. There have been plenty of excuses for those recent failures and King is delighted that the Victorian-bred seven-year-old has drawn ideally at barrier No. 2 in the one line of nine runners. “The plan is for Leda McNally to lead,” said King, who has an excellent second string in Artesian Queen, who will start from barrier three. King said that he had discussed tactics with young reinsman Michael Grantham. “Leda McNally has very good gate speed and I think she can cross the polemarker Jungle Jewel,” he said. “Michael is ready to go to the front and hold the lead. I’m not intimidated by any other runners and it will be a risky move for any horse taking on an M14-class pacer. “Leda McNally has taken no harm from her torrid run last week and she’s eating well and looks well. It’s also a 2130m race, not a 2500m event, which will suit her. So we can run some time up front and can bounce back after she’s had two gutted runs at her past two starts. She can peel off a 55sec. last half and if she leads they’ll have to run 54sec. to beat her. If Ideal Alice had drawn inside her, it would be a different ball game. “Two starts ago Leda McNally got stuck in the breeze and pulled her head off (when a fading ninth and last behind Pacific Warrior over 2536m) and last Friday night she started off the back mark of 50m in the 2503m Race For Roses when she was forced four wide and then was stuck out three deep for almost two laps (before finishing 12th behind Digital Art). “She can beat Delightful Jade, Ideal Alice and Quite A Delight, and the other mares in the race. She’s beaten all those horses and has beaten Ideal Alice several times. It is worth remembering that she has won three Free-For-Alls at Gloucester Park this season, when leading, as well as running two seconds and two thirds. She’s had torrid runs in her other unplaced runs.” King said that if Leda McNally was able to lead on Friday night he would expect Artesian Queen, to be driven by Chris Voak, to race in the breeze or in the one-out, one-back position. Artesian Queen worked hard in the breeze before winning in fine style over 2130m at Gloucester Park last Friday night. That was her ninth start after an absence of 29 months and it was her third win from her past four starts. Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. holds a strong hand in Friday night’s event in which he will be represented by last-start winners Ideal Alice (barrier eight) and Delightful Jade (seven). Gary Hall jun. will drive Ideal Alice and his brother Clint will handle Delightful Jade. Hall jun. drove Delightful Jade (an M2-class mare who has won at 18 of her 36 starts) at her most recent outing when she revealed blistering gate speed from barrier six to charge to the front before taking the sit behind Lady Willoughby and then finishing fast to win by a head from that mare over 1730m at a 1.55.5 rate on April 22.    Clint Hall drove Ideal Alice at her most recent outing, over 1730m last Friday week, when she trailed the pacemaker Firebomb before gaining a late split and sprinting brilliantly to get up and win by s head at a 1.53.4 rate. That was her 12th win from 36 starts. Hall sen. predicted that Delightful Jade’s early brilliance would enable her to burst to the front and prove hard to beat. He said that Ideal Alice’s wide draw was far from ideal, but he expected her to maintain her excellent form and take plenty of beating. Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice will be hoping that four-year-old Quite A Delight will make amends for her last-start failure --- when she raced without cover before wilting to seventh and last behind Deluxe Edition over 2130m on April 8. Her previous form this season was outstanding --- eight starts for five wins, two seconds and one third. Jungle Jewel, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier and gets a good opportunity to end a losing sequence of 15. Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 13 May 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 13 May 2016   Ken Casellas

Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. has set harness racing punters a tricky task with four in-form three-year-olds contesting the $18,000 Sunrise On Seven Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A stable trifecta, or even a quartet, is a distinct possibility. He is finding it difficult to separate Campora (barrier four), King Lebron (six), Harry Hoo (eight) and Chok Chai (nine). King Lebron (1.58.8), Harry Hoo (1.59.1) and Chok Chai (2.0.9) were all very easy winners at Bunbury last Saturday night. Campora has won only once (at Bunbury in January) from nine starts, but Hall has a high opinion of the gelding. “King Lebron is probably my choice; he’s a good horse,” Hall said. “But I certainly wouldn’t write off Campora, who has the best draw, or Chok Chai.” Gary Hall jun. has opted to drive Chok Chai, who was most impressive at Bunbury last Saturday night when he started from the No. 2 barrier, set the pace and sprinted over the final 400m in 27sec. to win by three lengths from Bettor Million.   At his previous start, over 2130m at Gloucester Park, Chok Chai was heavily supported when he led and dashed over the final 800m in 55.3sec. and was narrowly beaten by stablemate Mach Time. That followed his seven-length victory at Pinjarra when making his debut. King Lebron, who will be handled by Clint Hall, was untroubled to set the pace from the No. 1 barrier when he sped over the final 800m in 55.8sec. to win by more than five lengths from See What Happens. Like Chok Chai, he will need a bit of luck from a wide barrier. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri will be hoping to spoil the Hall party by winning with El Hombre, who will start from the prized No. 1 barrier, which is a distinct advantage, particularly over the sprint trip. El Hombre, to be driven by Stuart McDonald, has been unplaced at his past three starts after winning at Gloucester Park and Bunbury at his two previous outings. Ken Casellas

Outstanding young harness racing driver Stuart McDonald makes no secret that five-year-old Bonny Under Fire is capable of reeling off a final quarter in 27 seconds, and it is that turn of brilliance that should enable the Victorian-bred mare to prove hard to beat in the $35,000 Races For Roses at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A victory in the 2503m stand would give Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri his third success in this event, after successes with Yippy Yi Yo in 1998 and Arctic Fire in 2011. Bonny Under Fire will start off 20m and McDonald is sure to be happy to keep the mare in a rearward position before calling on her to unwind her typical flourishing finishing burst. McDonald has formed a splendid association with the daughter of Courage Under Fire and has driven her in all of her 13 starts in Western Australia for four wins and five placings. The only query is her standing-start manners. She is one of six runners in the event who have not contested a standing-start event, the others being Bettors Gem and La Mia Juliette, Lady Willoughby, Sovereign Faith and Jungle Jewel. Bonny Under Fire has won at three of her past five starts, all in 2130m mobiles at Gloucester Park. In those three wins she dashed over the final 40p0m in 27.9sec., 27.8sec. and 27.7sec. Olivieri has an excellent second string in Lady Willoughby, who will start off 10m and will be driven by Chris Voak. She is one of three four-year-olds in the race and has excellent winning prospects. She has won at 14 of her 37 starts and this season she has been in splendid form, with her six starts producing three wins, two seconds and a third. Nathan Turvey is confident that the Ray Williams-trained Sovereign Faith will run a great race. He was full of praise for the mare after she had finished boldly, out wide, from sixth at the bell to win by a nose from Mighty Flying Thomas over 2130m last Friday night. “This was a very good warm up for the Race For Roses,” he said. “She steps the stand really good, she’s got a good turn of foot and she’s pretty tough.” Jungle Jewel, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, also ran a good trial for this week’s feature event when she finished strongly from tenth at the bell to finish a close third behind Sovereign Faith last week. She will start from 30m, with Sovereign Faith starting off the 20m mark. Leda McNally, an M14-class mare, will start off the back mark of 50m and cannot be underestimated. She has a losing sequence of eight in stronger company. She sprinted over the final quarters in 28.8sec. and 27.6sec. in winning a 2185m mobile trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning. An interesting runner is Bettors Gem, who rises steeply in class, but has the advantage of starting off the inside of the front line. She has raced only 23 times for eight wins, eight seconds and a third placing. Her form this season is hard to fault, with ten starts on country tracks producing five, four seconds and a third. She looked most impressive for trainer-reinsman Shane Young when she set the pace and was not extended in winning a 2185m mobile event at Pinjarra on Monday. She sprinted over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 27.4sec. Young is sure to be keen to lead with Bettors Gem and if the mare is not placed under pressure early or in the middle stages she could prove hard to catch. The previous time Young started from the No. 1 barrier in the Race For Roses was in 2008 when he was in the sulky behind 12/1 chance Mabel Rose, who raced three back on the pegs and finished second to the pacemaker Fake Occasion. Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 06 May 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 06 May 2016

When harness racing driver Greg Bond drove Slick Chic to victory in a two-year-old event in Kalgoorlie 16 years ago he didn’t have the slightest idea - or have any indication - that she would become one of his favourite horses. Slick Chic was retired after that one win from just four starts, with earnings of $1580. Now she is poised to add further lustre to her standing as an outstanding brood mare with her eighth and most recent foal Dodolicious looking set to prove the master of her 11 rivals in the $150,000 Gannon’s WA Oaks at Gloucester Park on Friday night. All eight of Slick Chic’s foals have been winners, with Dodolicious the stand-out, earning $242,733 from 11 wins and six seconds from 18 starts. Dodolicious, bred, owned and trained by Greg Bond and his wife Skye, will start from barrier five in the 2536m classic and she is set to give Bond his second success in the WA Oaks. He trained the brilliant Millwood Meg, who dashed to an early lead and strolled to an easy victory over Arctic Fire in the 2010 Oaks. Ryan Warwick will be in the sulky behind Dodolicious on Friday night and he looks certain to adopt similar tactics to those he used when he handled the filly in an Oaks prelude last Friday night. Dodolicious began speedily from the outside barrier (No. 9) before challenging unsuccessfully for the early lead. The Spinster held out Dodolicious and Warwick was quite content to allow Dodolicious to settle in the breeze. She coasted to the front 250m from home and won by just under two lengths from the fast-finishing Dame Puissant, rating a smart 1.55.5 over the 2130m journey. Two starts before that Dodolicious gave a superb performance to fight on powerfully to finish second to champion filly Our Dream About Me in the 2400m New South Wales Oaks at Menangle. Bond started Slick Chic’s third foal Cuvee Riche in the 2008 WA Oaks in which she finished sixth behind Ruby Dazzler. She retired after 125 starts for $112,125 in prizemoney from ten wins and 30 placings. Slickalong, a six-year-old half-brother to Dodolicious, started the week in propitious style with a win at Kellerberrin on Sunday. Dodolicious, a daughter of champion sire Bettor's Delight, appears certain to be at odds-on this week. Odds-on favourites (Millwood Meg, 9/10; Artemis Belle, 1/3; Sensational Gabby, 1/25; Frith, 4/7 and Libertybelle Midfrew, 1/10) won five successive Oaks before Major Reality (9/1) won last year, narrowly beating her stablemate Quite A Delight (6/1) and the 6/4 on favourite Tricky Styx. After her decisive victory last Friday night, Warwick described Dodolicious as a grand trier. “She had to do all the work, sitting in the breeze,” he said. “She does just what she has to do, and she does it well. She shows great courage, and if you went to war, you would take her with you.” Baldivis trainer Nathan Turvey  holds a strong hand in Friday night’s classic in which he has four runners, Our Gamma Lady (barrier one), Chevrons Champion (No. 9), Bethany Aitch (inside of the back line) and Better Boa (outside of the back line). Our Gamma Lady, a filly by Mach Three, won once from seven starts in New Zealand and has impressed at her first three starts in Western Australia, winning at her only two appearances at Gloucester Park before working hard in the breeze and finishing third to Dior Mia More and Sheer Rocknroll at Bunbury. Chevrons Champion, by Bettor's Delight and out of the unraced Dreamsaregold (a full-sister to former champion Christian Cullen), has raced 21 times for seven wins and six placings. But her prospects slumped when she drew the outside of the front line. Bethany Aitch, winner of the $102,000 Diamond Classic at Bunbury last June, is favourably drawn on the inside of the back line, while Bettor Boa has place prospects from the outside (barrier No. 3) on the back line. She has had 11 starts as a three-year-old for six wins and two seconds. Bettor Boa will be driven by Chris Lewis, who has won the WA Oaks four times, scoring with Jamcaro in 1988, Showtime Franco (1996), Sheer Royalty (2009) and Sensational Gabby (2012). Henley Brook trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams is delighted with Dame Puissant’s recent efforts and he should have the Tintin In America filly in a prominent position throughout from her favourable No. 2 barrier. She started from the back line and was a 33/1 chance in last week’s prelude in which she was eighth on the pegs at the bell before finishing strongly to be second to Dodolicious. Dame Puissant set a track record for two-year-old fillies at her previous outing, rating 1.56.2 over the 2536m journey. She sat behind the pacemaker Sheer Rocknroll before sprinting home fast to defeat Madame Croupier and Dior Mia More. Madame Croupier (barrier two on the back line) and Dior Mia More (barrier No. 4 on the front line) are trainer Gary Hall’s representatives. Hall won the Oaks in 2004 with Miss Holmes. Ken Casellas | GPTV

The ten –event harness racing program at Gloucester Park on Friday night is set to explode into action with an exciting confrontation between rising four-year-old stars Better Scoot and American Boy in the www.gannons.com.au Pace over 2130m.  This promises to be a classic showdown between the State’s most powerful training establishments, with Greg and Skye Bond preparing Better Scoot and Gary Hall snr the trainer of American Boy. Better Scoot has been untroubled to win easily at his first three Australian starts, one at Northam and two at Pinjarra, and from the favourable barrier at No. 2 on the front line he will have a host of admirers. American Boy faces a sterner test from out wide at barrier seven. But he has revealed his class with easy victories at his past four starts - at Gloucester Park, Pinjarra, Bunbury and Narrogin. Ryan Warwick has driven Better Scoot at his first three starts in WA and he will be anxious to get past the polemarker and noted frontrunner Baptism of Fire and set a solid pace to make the task of American Boy difficult. Better Scoot has sped over the final quarter in his three WA starts in 27.9sec., 27.4sec. and 28.6sec. American Boy, to be driven by Gary Hall jnr, won at his only start in New Zealand and his nine WA starts have produced seven wins, a second and a fifth. Hall jnr has driven the gelding five times for five wins. Adding further interest to the race will be the first appearance in WA of five-year-old Jambiani, a recent arrival from Victoria where he had 27 starts for seven wins and 12 placings. Now trained by Ross Olivieri, Jambiani has not contested any trials in this State. He is favourably drawn at barrier two on the back line. Olivieri will also be represented by Deluxe Edition, who has returned to her best form in recent weeks. Two starts ago she set the pace and won from Lady Willoughby and Sovereign Faith over 2130m at Gloucester Park. The Bond V Hall rivalry comes up in several other races on the card - Swimbetweentheflags, Pay Me Cullen and Offtocullect will represent the Bond camp in Race 3, with Lettuceriprita the only runner from team Hall.  Tuapeka Kahu will start from barrier 2 in Race 5, the Hall snr trained Mohegan Sun will be right outside him from the get go in barrier 3. The Hall camp outnumber the Bond runners in the WA Oaks, with Dior Mia More and Madame Croupier coming up against the mighty Dodolicious. Heez About To Rock will start from barrier 2 in the final event on the program, right behind him will be the handy pacer Mach Time for Hall snr and jnr. Who will win! Think you know which team will take away more wins on the program? Head to the Gloucester Park Facebook page and vote for Team Bond or Team Hall! Ken Casellas | Scott Hamilton    Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 06 May 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 06 May 2016

Slick Chapel, a $30,000 bargain from New Zealand, will reappear after an absence of five and a half months at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he should prove one of the best bets on the ten-event harness racing program when he starts from the coveted No. 1 barrier in the Australian Visa Specialists Pace over 2130m. The Mach Three six-year-old, trained by Gary Hall sen., is a talented frontrunner and Clint Hall will be aiming for an all-the-way victory. “His fitness is a bit of a worry, but he’s working quite well and should prove hard to beat,” Hall sen. said. “He’ll roll along and whatever sits outside of him will have a bit of pain. He’s had a lot of leg problems, but he has none at the moment.” Injuries have restricted Slick Chapel to 29 starts in Western Australia in just less than four years --- for 12 wins, seven placings and stakes of $133,353, a good return for his $30,000 purchase price. Slick Chapel has not raced since he started from  the No. 8 barrier and was restrained to the rear before sustaining a powerful three-wide burst which carried him to victory over Change Stride at a 1.56.2 rate over 2130m at Gloucester Park last November. Adding further interest to the race will be the return of American Ideal five-year-old Billies A Star, who will be driven for trainer Michael Brennan by Michael Grantham from the inside of the back line. Billies A Star, a winner of 11 races from only 25 starts, has not raced since finishing last behind Lovers Delight and Lennytheshark in an interdominion championship heat at Gloucester Park on December 4. He has not been produced in recent trials, but is capable of a bold showing from his favourable draw. Four-year-old Ima Connoisseur is well drawn at barrier two and he is sure to be prominent. He led from barrier four last week when a close second to stablemate Denny Crane over 2130m. He possesses sparkling gate speed, but it is doubtful whether he will be able to cross Slick Chapel. Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 29 April 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 29 April 2016

Outstanding Bettor's Delight filly Dodolicious fared poorly in drawing the outside barrier (No. 9) in the $18,000 harness racing WA Oaks prelude over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but she has the class to overcome this disadvantage. She warmed up for this week’s assignment with a sound effort in winning a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Handled by her race driver Ryan Warwick she dashed over the final quarters in 28.5sec. and 28sec. and beat The Spinster by a nose at a 1.58.2 rate. The $150,000 WA Oaks will be decided over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday week is sure to be a clear-cut favourite after her first 17 starts have produced ten wins and six seconds. She started from the back line and was always well back before finishing eighth behind Chicago Bull in the WA Derby last Friday week. That was her first outing since she gave a splendid performance to finish second behind the brilliant Our Dream About Me in the New South Wales Oaks at Menangle on February 28. She has raced superbly throughout her brief career for Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond. The Spinster, to be driven by Kim Prentice for Millenden trainer Sonia Zucchiatti, will start from the No. 5 barrier on the front line. She shows good promise, with her seven starts producing three wins and three thirds. Dame Puissant, a filly by Tintin In America, will start from barrier two on the back line for trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams. She has already qualified for a start in the Oaks final by winning a prelude in fine style last Friday week. She trailed the pacemaker Sheer Rocknroll before finishing strongly to win from the fast-finishing Madame Croupier, who impressed in coming from seventh at the bell. Madame Croupier was disappointing when she was favourite at 6/4 on and finished fourth behind Nina Jane over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday night. She was restrained from a wide barrier and raced wide in the final circuit. But she cannot be discounted from the prized No. 1 barrier on Friday night. Trainer Gary Hall sen. said that Madame Croupier would be far better suited by leading in this week’s race. “However, I consider my other runner Dior Mia More has stronger claims,” he said. “She’s a pretty good horse and is quite exciting. I’ve freshened her up a bit since she finished third to Dame Puissant last Friday week and she’s definitely improved since then.” Adding plenty of interest to Friday night’s prelude will be the presence of New Zealand-bred Bettors Delight fillies My Platinum Belle and Maia Maguire, who are prepared at Boyanup by Justin Prentice. My Platinum Belle finished strongly to win at her Australian debut when she beat Scoobys Delight over 1730m at a 1.56.3 rate over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. She was a winner in New Zealand two starts earlier. She will start from barrier three on the front line. Maia Maguire, who will start out wide at barrier seven, is a last-start winner over 1950m at Addington on February 12. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri is hoping for strong performances from his three runners, Sheer Rocknroll (outside of the back line), Machine Elle (barrier six) and Charged To The Max (inside of the back line). Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 29 April 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 29 April 2016

Leading harness racing trainer Gary Hall sen. holds a strong hand in the $18,000 Westforce Pace for three-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he leans slightly in favour of Mach Time, who faces a stern test from the outside barrier in the field of eight over the 2130m journey. Hall’s other runners are Chok Chai (barrier one), Campora (two) and King Lebron (six). Clint Hall looks set to drive Mach Time, with Justin Prentice in the sulky behind Campora and Morgan Woodley driving King Lebron.      Standing firmly in the path of an easy Hall victory is the Gary Elson-trained star Ideal Tyson, who will start out wide at barrier seven. Ideal Tyson notched his tenth win from 19 starts when Nathan Turvey brought him from seventh at the bell with a powerful three-wide burst to hit the front 60m from home and hold on to beat the fast-finishing Alfs Odyssey. Ideal Tyson sprinted over the final 800m in 57.2sec. This was Ideal Tyson’s first appearance since he started from the No. 1 barrier and raced three back on the pegs before finishing powerfully, out wide, to be third behind Chicago Bull and Lets Chase The Dream in the WA Derby last Friday week. Mach Time, who raced wide early and then in the breeze before obtaining the one-out, one-back trail, was a fighting fifth. “Mach Time is the most efficient of the stable’s four runners on Friday night,” Hall sen. said. “I thought the son of Mach Three's run in the Derby was just a bit better than that of Ideal Tyson.”  Chok Chai, a gelding by Washington VC, is a most interesting runner. He made his debut at Pinjarra on Sunday afternoon when he led from barrier five and scored an effortless seven-length victory over The Tornado, rating 1.57.9 over 2185m in an R0 event. He rises considerably in class on Friday night. Campora, a winner in 1.56.2 over 1609m at Bunbury in January, has maintained his sound form and has sound claims from his favourable draw. King Lebron has won four races, including easy victories at his past two outings over 2100m at Bunbury on the past two Saturday nights. Scoobys Delight, a stablemate of Ideal Tyson, has won only once from 14 starts, but has been placed nine times. He worked hard when a good second to My Platinum Belle at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. Lightning Jolt and Destined To Rule complete a strong field. Lightning Jolt notched his sixth when he finished boldly to score over 2185m at Pinjarra on Sunday and Destined To Rule also produced a strong finishing effort to win over 1780m at Northam on Thursday of last week. Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 29 April 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 29 April 2016

Harness racing driver Nathan Turvey brought up his century of winners in Western Australia this season when he brought R J Bopper home with a powerful burst from eighth at the bell to beat Itz Darknstormy in the 2100m Swan Draught Pace at Bunbury on Tuesday night. This followed his victory an hour earlier when Ideal Tyson unwound a spirited burst from seventh at the bell to win the City And Regional Fuels Pace for three-year-olds. Turvey has been in superb form in the sulky this season when his 645 drives in WA have produced 100 winners, 109 seconds and 76 thirds. Turvey will be popular with punters at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he will drive Enjoy A Coldie (a major hope in the Masonmill Restaurant Trotters Handicap), Sovereign Faith, Ideal Tyson, Assassinator, Chevrons Champion, Major Pocket, Kinda Black and Loaded Aussie. Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 29 April 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 29 April 2016

Henley Brook harness racing trainer Mike Reed has revealed that a phone call to New Zealand and heeding the advice of The Art Form’s previous trainer Steven Reid has resulted in a transforming the colt into a “different” horse with a strong winning chance in the $200,000 Sky Racing WA Derby at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And Reed threw down the gauntlet to the opposition in the 2536m Derby when he declared that his son Mark would set the pace from the No. 4 barrier. “The Art Form has got gate speed and he will be leading,” the trainer said. “He will be coming out to lead and he will not surrender the lead. “I wasn’t satisfied with his most recent run (when he led and wilted to fourth behind Chicago Bull in the 2536m Western Gateway Pace last Friday week). He was a little disappointing. “I then spoke to Steven Reid, who advised me not to start the colt in successive weeks. He said that you just can’t race him week to week. When I got the horse from New Zealand I gave him a trial and raced him in the next two weeks. Stephen advised me to race him with a fortnight between runs. “So that’s what we’ve done. I kept the work up to him and now he feels a different horse. In New Zealand he was a leader. He led over there and won, going 1.53 and a bit. I think he can cross the three runners on his inside on Friday night and I think he can beat the favourite. “At his last start in New Zealand he finished third behind Lazarus and Lets Chase The Dream after giving them a start. We’ve got the advantage in the draw over Lets Chase The Dream this week and we’ve got to make the most of that.” Mike and Mark Reed will be attempting to win the WA Derby for the third time. They combined to win the classic with Tricky Vic in 2002 and Ace of Spades the following year. Chicago Bull, prepared by champion trainer Gary Hall sen. and driven by star reinsman Gary Hall jun., will be attempting to stretch his winning sequence to six, a task well within the capabilities of the gelding, according to Hall jun. “Chicago Bull is going really well --- and he needs to be,” Hall said. “It’s difficult to predict what horse will lead. I’ll be going forward from barrier six. I can’t let Lets Chase The Dream to settle in front of me. I’d say that Chris (Lewis) will press forward from barrier seven. “I’d say the winner will probably come from Chicago Bull, Chase The Dream and Sprinter, with Cant Refuse and Dodolicious also having sound claims. They’re the only realistic chances.” Hall also said that Chicago Bull’s stablemate Mach Time, to be driven by Clint Hall, would go forward at the start from the No. 5 barrier.” Mach Time showed that he should be prominent in this week’s classic when he finished second to Lets Chase The Dream in a Derby prelude last Friday night. He settled in fifth position before dashing forward, three wide, after a lap to race outside the pacemaker Franco Rayner. Mach Time burst to the front in the final circuit and led by two lengths 150m from the post before being overhauled by the fast-finishing Lets Chase The Dream. Hall sen. and Gary hall jun. have combined to win the WA Derby with odds-on favourites Alta Christiano in 2013 and Beaudiene Boaz last year. Dodolicious, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, is the only filly in the field and she should enjoy an ideal passage after starting from barrier two on the back line. The most recent Derby win by a filly was in 1991 when Rod Chambers drove Whitbys Miss Penny to victory over the Sleek Byrd and Smooth Business. Since then, only two fillies have been placed --- Dilingers Reign in 2006 and Tricky Styx last year. Ken Casellas

Inexperienced filly Dior Mia More has not been extended in winning at her first three starts --- on South-West harness racing tracks --- and she faces an acid test when she clashes with smart pacer Sheer Rocknroll in the Sky Racing WA Oaks Prelude over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Dior Mia More completed her hat-trick when she set the pace and beat Sheer Rocknroll by one and a half lengths at a 1.56 rate over 1609m at Bunbury last Saturday night. Dior Mia More sprinted over the final 400m in 26.9sec., but Sheer Rocknroll was most impressive in charging home from seventh at the bell. The Ross Olivieri-trained Sheer Rocknroll, to be driven by Stuart McDonald, is a brilliant frontrunner who has won eight times from 18 starts. Dior Mia More is owned by Colin and Annie Belton and is prepared by Gary Hall sen., who took over the filly’s preparation after Mrs Belton experienced many problems with her. “I was driving the filly in trials for Annie and she would run off the track all the time,” Gary Hall jun. said. “Annie had real problems with the filly early and she was slowly getting over these problems when she decided to send her to our stables. Annie just couldn’t get the best out of the filly. There have been no major gear changes; most of Dior Mia More’s problems were in her mind.” Dior Mia More made her debut at Pinjarra on March 28 when she started from the back line and was slow in the score-up before finishing powerfully from eighth at the bell to win easily from Major Spoilt and Abraxas at a 1.53.2 rate over1684m. Then she led and won by three lengths from Kathleen Betty at a 2.0.2 rate over 2569m at Bunbury before her last-start victory over Sheer Rocknroll. Sheer Rocknroll is a noted frontrunner who began her three-year-old campaign in fine style with runaway all-the-way wins over 1684m (1.56.2) at Pinjarra and over 2100m (1.57.7) at Bunbury. Baldivis trainer Nathan Turvey has sound prospects with his two runners, Chevrons Champion (barrier three) and Our Gamma Lady (six). Chevrons Champion notched her seventh win from 19 starts when she led and beat Star Boss over 1609m at Bunbury last Saturday night.        Our Gamma Lady won at her first two starts in WA, over 2130m and 1730m at Gloucester Park last month before she raced in the breeze and finished third behind Dior Mia More at Bunbury last Saturday night. Turvey will drive Chevrons Champion and Justin Prentice will handle Our Gamma Lady. The Spinster, a speedy frontrunning type, has shown excellent promise for Millendon trainer Sonia Zucchiatti, with three wins and three thirds from six starts. But she faces a stern test from the outside barrier (No. 9).    Ken Casellas

Gary Elson has fond memories of winning the 2010 WA Derby as an owner with 9/1 chance Crombie and now he has high hopes of winning the $200,000 Sky Racing classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night as a trainer with either Ideal Tyson or Sprinter. He has a high opinion of both three-year-olds and has a slight leaning towards Ideal Tyson after the colt drew the prized No. 1 barrier, with Sprinter faring badly, drawing out wide at barrier eight. There is no obvious leader in the 2536m classic. But Elson declared that he would instruct Aiden de Campo to attempt to take advantage of the inside draw by setting the pace. I wish Sprinter had drawn a bit closer, but he can still win,” he said. “Obviously we will try to lead with Ideal Tyson and if he leads we won’t be handing up to Lets Chase The Dream, just because he’s the favourite. People are saying that Ideal Tyson is a risk from barrier one because he broke soon after the start of the Golden Slipper last year when he began from the inside barrier. He had a bone chip in his off hind leg, and that was the reason why he broke. He’s now as good as gold.” After breaking into a gallop in the Golden Slipper Ideal Tyson, the 2/1 on favourite, worked hard outside the pacemaker Dodolicious and finished fifth behind Sprinter, who started at 11/1 from barrier six and charged home from 11th at the bell (and fifth on the home turn) to win by just under two lengths from Dodolicious. Elson said that Sprinter, a winner at ten of his 17 starts and to be driven by Nathan Turvey, could not be ruled out of calculations because of his wide barrier. “I know how much ability he’s got and he can mix it with the best of them,” Elson said. “He makes his own luck and the side draw will not be a concern for Nathan. “Sprinter drew off the track in the Victoria Derby at Melton and he finished eighth after running the quickest last half-mile of all the runners. He started from barrier eight in the New South Wales Derby and made up a lot of ground to finish fifth after running the fastest last half-mile of all the runners.” Sprinter ran a splendid trial for the Derby when he trailed the pacemaker The Art Form before running home solidly to be a half-length second to Chicago Bull in the 2536m Western Gateway Pace last Friday week. The final quarters whizzed by in 28.4sec. and 27.8sec. Ideal Tyson also warmed up for the classic in fine style last Friday night when he started from the No. 5 barrier and raced in sixth position in the one-wide line before being switched five wide at the 400m and running home strongly into third place behind Lets Chase The Dream and Mach Time in a 2130m Derby prelude. In a 2185m trial at Byford the previous Sunday Ideal Tyson showed his liking for the No. 1 barrier when he set the pace and rated 1.55.9 in winning the trial by more than three lengths after dashing over the final three quarters in 29.6sec., 29.1sec. and 27.9sec. Ken Casellas

Eight-year-old Pacific Warrior disappointed at his previous preparation when he managed just one third placing from six starts early this harness racing season and a lack of sparkle forced Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams to withdraw him from the Inter Dominion championship series late in the year. But the gelding has returned to work in fine style and two runaway victories in recent trials at Byford are a firm indication that he will prove hard to beat when he contests the 2536m In the gig Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Last Sunday Pacific Warrior, an M11-class performer, was untroubled to win a 2150m trial by more than six lengths from Hugh Victor. The previous Sunday Pacific Warrior rated 1.56.4 in winning a 2185m trial by 70 metres from La Mia Juliette after sprinting the final quarters in 28.6sec. and 28.2sec. He has amassed $326,169 in prizemoney from 27 wins and 20 placings from 85 starts and his clash with other eight-year-olds Mighty Flying Thomas and Chief Thundercloud should be a highlight of the ten-event card. Mighty Flying Thomas, trained at Byford by Peter Anderson, resumed racing after a short let-up when he sustained a powerful three-wide burst from the rear to win from Cyclone Mitch over 2130m last Friday night. The tough gelding, who failed to win a race from 29 starts last season, has turned the corner with a vengeance this season with four wins, six seconds and three thirds from 22 starts this season. He will need to be at his best this week to overcome his wide barrier (eight), with Chief Thundercloud (seven), Pacific Warrior (four), Ideal Alice (three) and the frontrunner Leda McNally (two) more favourably drawn.  and                Chief Thundercloud, trained by Ross Olivieri, is a most consistent performer, with his past 30 starts producing nine wins, 11 seconds and two thirds. He raced wide early and then worked hard in the breeze when a fighting second to the brilliant Elegant Christian over 2130m last Friday night. Ken Casellas

Six-year-old All The Torque has been unplaced at his past six starts, but part-owner, trainer and driver Kristian Hawkins gives the West Australian-bred gelding a good chance of winning the $18,000 Chill Factor Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “His numerical form is terrible, but if you have watched the replays you would’ve seen that he’s had no luck at all,” Hawkins said. All The Torque, a veteran of 90 starts for 11 wins, is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line and Hawkins plans to make an all-out bid to set the pace. Drawn on his inside is Black Mr Mach, who has a losing sequence of 23. “The It Is I gelding has had no luck at all lately and has been desperately unlucky,” Hawkins said. “If he crosses Black Mr Mach he’ll go close. For me there is no alternative but to lead. So I’ll be coming out all guns blazing and if he gets to the front I won’t be handing up. The 2536m will suit him.”    Denny Crane, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, is the likely favourite. He has had 31 starts for 12 wins and ten placings, but he must overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. At his most recent start, on March 11, he was restrained from the outside barrier and settled down in last position before he dashed forward in the middle stages to race in the breeze. But he faded badly to finish a distant ninth behind Sir Tosti Mach. Our Big Slow is racing keenly for trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams, but is awkwardly drawn out wide at barrier eight. He drew out wide and sustained a spirited finishing burst to win narrowly over 2130m two starts ago and then took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier by leading and winning convincingly over 2190m at Northam at his latest appearance. The Katja Warwick-trained Tommy Be Good also will have admirers from the outside of the back line. A smart winner three starts ago, he covered extra ground when an encouraging fourth behind Guns With Cows last Friday night. by Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 April 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 April 2016

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