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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

Boyanup harness racing trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice was philosophical when his smart mares Quite A Delight and Where Dreams Grow drew out wide at barrier eight in the second heat of the Fridgies Job The Johnson Pace and the Olive Farms Nice Drop Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He admitted that each mare faced a stern task, but he added that both had the ability to overcome the disadvantage of a wide barrier. Quite A Delight, a smart New Zealand-bred four-year-old by Bettor's Delight, simply does not know how to perform poorly, with her 18 starts producing nine wins, five second and two thirds. “She has taken Major Reality’s outside draw from last week,” Prentice said. “She tries her hardest every week.” Major Reality overcome the outside draw last week when she charged home from last at the bell to score an effortless victory over Am Opulent and Delightful Jade over 2130m last Friday night. Quite A Delight started this season in dazzling form with five wins in a row before finishing third to Major Reality, second to James Galleon and  a half-head second to The Parade at her next three outings.     Prentice said that Quite A Delight would have to be at the top of her game to win this week against several talented, in-form mares, including the Ross Olivieri-trained pair Deluxe Edition and Lady Willoughby, Sovereign Faith, Kiralin, Millwood Faith and Pay Me Quick. Justin Prentice Olivieri holds a strong hand with Deluxe Edition starting from the coveted No. 1 barrier and Lady Willoughby at No. 2. “Both mares have a good chance,” Olivieri said. “And fair dinkum I’m not sure who I lean towards. At this stage I can’t work out which one will lead. You can’t argue with Lady Willoughby’s form and you can’t disregard Deluxe Edition.” Lady Willoughby (Chris Voak) raced without cover early and then enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail before finishing strongly to win over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Easter Thursday. She dashed over the final quarters in 28.5sec. and 28.4sec. and beat Deluxe Edition, who finished boldly from seventh at the bell. Chris Lewis will again drive Deluxe Edition. Kiralin bounced back to her best form for Oldbury trainer Kim Prentice when she led and won from Sovereign Faith over 1780m at Northam on March 31. Sovereign Faith, trained at Mt Helena by Ray Williams, raced in the breeze when a fighting second to Major Reality over 1684m at Pinjarra at her previous start. Pay Me Quick, trained and driven by Kristian Hawkins, ended a losing sequence of 21 when she set a fast pace and won easily from Eastwood Crystal and Millwood Faith at a 1.57.5 rate over 1780m at Northam on March 22. “She’s flying,” Hawkins declared. “But from barrier six I’ll be driving her patiently and for luck. She’s got an explosive turn of foot. Three starts before her win at Northam she raced in last place in a field of six at Gloucester Park and probably ran a 26.5sec. last quarter when an unlucky fourth behind Ohoka Kentucky over 2130m at Gloucester Park. If luck goes her way on Friday night she will be right in it.” WA-bred five-year-old Where Dreams Grow is in sound form, but will need luck from her wide draw on Friday night. “She’s come back (after a spell) really good, but it’s going to be tough from barrier eight over a mile,” Prentice said. Where Dreams Grow (Allamerican Ingot) followed a good first-up second to James Galleon at Pinjarra with a strong-finishing fourth behind The Parade over 1684m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. Gary Hall jun. said that Delightful Jade had winning prospects, despite drawing the outside barrier in Friday night’s 1730m sprint. “With All About Pink sure to be attempting to lead from barrier three and Mon Lillies and Giuliana Rancic possessing good gate speed, the race could be run upside down. And if it is, then Delightful Jade will come into contention. She went well enough when third to Major Reality and Am Opulent last week.” Justin Prentice, who also prepares Giuliana Rancic, said that he was hoping for an improved effort from the hard-pulling four-year-old. “I’ve tried a different bit on her this week and she’s been really good. So I have my fingers crossed that she will settle.” The Katja Warwick-trained Straittothehilton also has solid claims from the No. 4 barrier. She finished strongly when third behind Guns With Cows over 2130m last Friday night. That followed easy wins over 2130m on the same track at her two previous starts. by Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 April 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 April 2016

Champion harness racing reinsman Chris Lewis received a surprise telephone call from Christchurch yesterday (Tuesday) when leading New Zealand trainer Mark Purdon asked him to drive superstar colt Lets Chase The Dream in the Smorgasbord WA Derby Prelude at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The son of Bettor's Delight arrived in Perth by air on Monday and is the nominal favourite for the $200,000 WA Derby over 2536m the following Friday night. “I’m looking forward to driving such a good horse,” Lewis said. “Most of Purdon’s horses are pretty relaxed and laid-back and this colt should’ve travelled over okay from New Zealand.” Lets Chase The Dream has drawn the inside barrier on the back line in Friday’s 2130m event, perhaps leaving Lewis in a quandary whether to take the sit behind the polemarker and speedy frontrunner Overboard Again and hoping for the opportunity to get into the clear during the race or to restrain the colt in the early stages and get him off the pegs. “Purdon is certainly a great trainer and I haven’t yet had a chance to discuss tactics with him,” Lewis said. “I would have liked to have drawn anywhere else than the inside of the back line.” Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen have prepared Lets Chase The Dream for his 17 starts in New Zealand for eight wins, three seconds and three thirds for $338,246 in prizemoney. Rasmussen has driven the colt 15 times for seven wins and six placings. As a two-year-old Lets Chase The Dream won two group 1 classics, the $100,000 Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes over 1700m at Alexandra Park  and the $156,400 NZ Sires Stakes over 1950m at Addington. He beat champion colt Lazarus by a neck at Alexandra Park and defeated stablemates Motu Premier and Lazarus at Addington. He has finished second to Lazarus in three group 1 classics as a three-year-old this season, the 1950m Sires Stakes at Addington, the 2200m NZ Yearling Sales Series final at Alexandra Park and the 2700m Northern Derby at Alexandra Park at his most recent outing, on March 11. Lets Chase The Dream began fast from barrier six at his latest appearance and raced three wide early and then in the breeze before taking the lead after 600m. Rasmussen then opted to take the sit behind Lazarus, who sprinted over the final 800m in 55.3sec. and the last 400m in 27.6sec. He rated 1.57.4. Leading WA reinsman Gary Hall jun., who will handle the brilliant Chicago Bull in the Derby final, said that Lets Chase The Dream looked the pacer to beat in the Derby final, but considered he was slightly vulnerable in Friday night’s prelude from the awkward drawn on the inside of the back line at his first Australian run, only four days after the flight from New Zealand. “You would imagine that whatever Lets Chase The Dream does this week, he will improve on,” he said. “If he goes back and then around the whole field and goes 1.56 or better and wins easily, you would say that the Derby is over. I’d like to think that he is beatable first-up here.” Hall will drive New Zealand-bred gelding Mach Time in the prelude. Mach Time, trained by Gary Hall sen., will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line. The gelding won at five of his 16 starts in New Zealand and made an excellent Australian debut when he began speedily from the No. 5 barrier and set a solid pace before sprinting the final quarter in 27.1sec. to beat Nitro Lad by two lengths over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday night. He won at his final two outings in New Zealand, over 2200m and 2700m at Cambridge on December 24 and January 1, respectively. He revealed tremendous early speed from the back line on December 24 to take the lead after 250m before setting the pace and defeating Mastercraftsman.  Then at his most recent outing he started from the back line and mustered great early pace to settle in third position before taking the lead after 600m. “Mach Time will improve a lot off his first-up win in Bunbury,” Hall said. “He’s got good gate speed, but I won’t be able to cross Overboard Again, who ran a great trial at Byford on Sunday morning. He worked his way to the front and just ran. He won by more than eight lengths from Stroganoff, rating 1.56.3 over 2130m on a track which wasn’t overly quick. “Mach Time can win on Friday night, particularly if her raced one-out and one-back, with Lets Chase The Dream in the breeze and putting a heap of pressure on the leader.” Clint Hall will be in the sulky behind Overboard Again, who has had only two starts, for a fifth behind Vanquished over 2000m at Otago on January 2 when he finished strongly from tenth, and a three-length victory over Crackamoa in a 2000m event at the Northern Southland Club in Gore on January 14 when he was untroubled to set the pace from barrier two. Ideal Tyson, a winner at nine of his 16 starts for Pinjarra trainer Gary Elson, will start from barrier five with Nathan Turvey in the sulky. The colt warmed up for this week’s assignment with an effortless trial win, rating 1.55.9 over 2185m at Pinjarra on Sunday morning. Banjup trainer Colin Brown fared poorly in the draw, with Just Get On Black drawing the outside (barrier No. 9) on the front line and Franco Rayner drawing barrier six. Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice was disappointed when Natural Disaster drew out wide at barrier seven. But he has not given up in his quest to qualify the gelding for the Derby final. “It’s going to be tough from the draw, but I think he went sensational at his latest run (when he started from barrier six and finished powerfully to be second to Johnny Disco in the Country Derby at Pinjarra on March 21),” Prentice said. “He’s got the motor to run the 2536m of the Derby final. I’m disappointed he didn’t get a run in the Western Gateway Pace last week and hopefully he proves that he deserves a Derby start.” by Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 April 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 April 2016

A classy pacer who has won a $100,000 group 1 event and has been placed in four other harness racing group events make his West Australian debut when he starts off the front as an M1-classified performer in the Slater Gartrell Sports Allira and Jett Bond Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He is seven-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding Besotted, a recent addition to Gary Hall senior’s Serpentine training establishment, who should relish the standing-start conditions and make a successful start to his new career in WA, with Clint Hall in the sulky. His appearance --- and his clash with the exciting Simply Susational and the Easter Cup winner Znana and runner-up Sonic Classic --- should be a highlight of the ten-event program. Illustrating the massive drop in class for Besotted is the fact that he contested the $250,000 group 1 Auckland Cup at Alexandra Park at his most recent start, last December 31. He finished well back in a quality field, but two starts earlier he finished second to Hughie Green in the group 3 Summer Cup over 2200m at Alexandra Park. His group 1 victory was achieved in the Taylor Mile at a 1.53.5 rate over 1700m at Alexandra Park in May 2013 when he defeated Elios and the champion mare Adore Me. Besotted has earned $271,545 from 15 wins and 19 placings from 59 starts. He has raced twice in Australia --- at Melton in August 2013 when he finished third in a heat and a head second to Ideal Scott in the Breeders Crown final for four-year-old horses and geldings. He is comparatively lightly raced because he has broken down twice with suspensory ligament damage to a fore and hind leg. He arrived in WA in mid-January, but his WA debut debut has been delayed because of a highly unusual injury. “We’ve had a few problems with him,” said Gary Hall jun. “He had a big abscess in a back foot and it didn’t seem to be getting any better for ages. We couldn’t work out why and finally we got the farriers to have a look. “They dug it right out and discovered a 5cm chunk of wood embedded in his foot. It could have been there for who knows how long. He wasn’t happy about it, which is understandable. “He is all good now and is working in good style. He raced in some pretty high-class races in New Zealand and he’ll be winning if he steps. Even if he doesn’t lead I think he should win. He sat outside Pacific Warrior in a Byford trial on Sunday morning and beat him. Simply Susational is a nice horse and looks the hardest to beat.” Besotted dashed over the final quarter of the 2150m mobile trial in 28.6sec. on a heavy rain-affected track. Simply Susational, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, is an up-and-coming star who cannot be underestimated. He will start off the back mark of 20m and Ryan Warwick is sure to put the five-year-old into the race in the middle stages. Simply Susational has raced 37 times for 13 wins and eight placings and he was most impressive last Friday week when he raced in eighth position before charging forward, three wide, from sixth at the bell to burst to the front 250m from home on his way to winning easily from False Promise in a 2503m stand, with final quarters in 28.8sec. and 28.1sec. Znana and stablemate Sonic Classic will also have admirers after fighting out the finish of the 2902m Easter Cup on Thursday of last week. Znana set the pace and held on to win from the fast-finishing Sonic Classic. Trainer Nathan Turvey has engaged Micheal Ferguson to drive Znana and Jocelyn Young to handle Sonic Classic. He will drive Flyalong Falcon. Ken Casellas

Victorian gelding Cant Refuse has managed just one win from 15 starts, but he looks certain to start harness racing favourite after drawing favourably in the $50,000 Slater Gartrell Sports Western Gateway Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will start from barrier three on the front line in the group 3 feature for three-year-olds and has bright prospects of turning the tables on the brilliant Chicago Bull, a stylish winner at each of his past four starts (all at Gloucester Park). Chicago Bull, prepared by champion West Australian trainer Gary Hall sen., will start from the No. 5 barrier with star reinsman Gary Hall jun. in the sulky. Chicago Bull and Cant Refuse, geldings by super sire Bettor’s Delight, clashed for the first time when they met in a 2130m WA Derby Prelude on Thursday of last week when Chicago Bull started from barrier three, took the lead after 500m and went on to win by one metre from Cant Refuse, who revealed abundant gate speed from barrier four and was smartest into stride. However, Cant Refuse was unable to muster sufficient speed to cross the polemarker El Hombre and was left in the breeze when Hall dashed Chicago Bull to the front. Chicago Bull sped over the final quarters in 27.8sec. and 27.6sec. and held on to score narrowly at a 1.54.8 rate. Cant Refuse looked well and truly beaten at the 400m mark, but he impressed when he fought on with great determination. This was Cant Refuse’s first start since he raced without cover and fought on with wonderful tenacity to finish a 2m second to the unbeaten champion Our Waikiki Beach in the 2400m New South Wales Derby at Menangle mon February 28. Hall jun. has not conceded defeat and still considers Chicago Bull, a winner at seven of his 14 starts, a strong winning chance. “Over the 2536m I’ll go back with Chicago Bull and sit him up,” he said. “He goes best driven that way. Last week he kicked clear comfortably on the home bend, but he took his foot off the gas a little bit and I had to wake him up late.” Chicago Bull showed his class as a sit-sprinter the previous week when he raced in last position in a field of six before bursting to the front 600m from home and racing away to win by four lengths from Just Bet On Black. There is certainly no guarantee that Cant Refuse will be able to take full advantage of his gate speed and charge to an early lead. Smart beginners and proven frontrunners Sprinter and The Art Form are drawn on his inside and this could result in a hectic battle for early ascendancy. The Mike Reed-trained The Art Form will start from the No. 2 barrier and the high-priced New Zealand colt began speedily and gave a bold frontrunning display to score an easy three-length win over the talented El Jacko in a 2185m Byford trial last Sunday week. But The Art Form, at his Australian debut, at Gloucester Park on Thursday of last week, drew out wide at barrier six and was restrained to the rear. He was sixth, one-out and two-back at the bell and did not threaten danger in finishing a well-beaten fifth behind Chicago Bull. The polemarker is Sprinter, a richly-talented and versatile Mach Three gelding who has won ten times from only 16 starts for Pinjarra trainer Gary Elson. Sprinter, to be handled by his regular reinsman Nathan Turvey, has led in three of his victories and also has impressed with his powerful finishing bursts. Sprinter has taken no harm from a solid campaign in the Eastern States when he won a heat of the Victoria Derby at Ballarat and finished fourth in a heat of the NSW Derby. He started from barrier six in the Victoria Derby final at Melton and had no luck, covering plenty of extra ground and finishing eighth behind the brilliant Lazarus.           He drew wide at No. 8 in the final of the NSW Derby at Menangle and was a $94 outsider who settled six back on the pegs and was eighth in the one-wide line at the bell before finishing with a late flourish to be a splendid fifth behind Our Waikiki Beach. Wide draws will provide very tough challenges for in-form geldings Vanquished, Johnny Disco, Questionable Gesture and King Lebron. King Lebron, a newcomer to the powerful Hall stable, faces a stern test from the No. 9 barrier at his first outing in Australia. He began out wide at barrier seven at his most recent appearance, in a $40,000 listed event over 1950m at Addington on February 12 and impressed with his close third behind Nek Time. He settled in seventh spot and was sixth on the home turn before finishing with a powerful burst. The final 800m was covered on 54.5sec. and the last 400m whizzed by in 27.6sec. At his previous start he led from barrier one and sprinted over the final quarter in 27.5sec. to win, unextended. Touch of Success is another New Zealand-bred colt who will be having his first start in Australia when he behind form the No. 4 barrier with Stuart McDonald in the sulky for Busselton trainer Matt White. He has won three times and has finished three seconds from his ten starts in New Zealand. Ken Casellas

Lightly-raced five-year-old Elegant Christian has recovered from a hoof abscess and the harness racing gelding gets an excellent chance of returning to the winning list at Gloucester Park on Friday night, despite starting from the outside barrier (No. 9) in the 1730m Slater Gartrell Sports Alex’s 21 and Amy’s 18 Pace. Clint Hall will resume as the driver of the gelding and Herron trainer Clive Dalton will be anxious for Elegant Christian to go forward in a bid for the lead or to put himself in the race in the breeze. Elegant Christian is an M5-class performer who has earned $220,389 from 14 wins and six placings from 26 starts. His chief rivals appear to be polemarker Courage Tells, Change Stride (barrier two), Ideal Alice (three) and Fernleigh Rebel (eight). Elegant Christian will be having his first start since finishing fifth in the 2692m Pinjarra Cup on March 7 when he began from the back line and fought on from sixth at the bell to be fifth behind Tricky Styx. Two starts earlier he began speedily from the No. 7 barrier and burst to the front after 400m before setting a brisk pace and winning easily from Cyamach and Lisharry at a 1.53.9 rate over 2130m. The consistent Courage Tells is racing keenly for Hopeland trainer Colin Joss and he should be prominent from the inside barrier. He enjoyed an ideal passage behind the pacemaker Ima Connoisseur before sprinting home fast to snatch victory at a 1.54.1 rate from Lettuceriprita over 2130m on Thursday night of last week. Change Stride rattled home from seventh at the bell to finish an eye-catching third and the four-year-old has sound prospects from barrier two. Ideal Alice, a winner at 11 of her 29 starts, will resume after a spell and is handily drawn at barrier three. However, it is problematic whether she will be able to muster sufficient speed to get to an early lead. She has not raced since finishing strongly into third place behind Nike Franco and Jungle Jewel in the $125,000 Mares Classic at Gloucester Park on December 13. She ran home solidly when second to stablemate Besotted in a 2185m Byford trial on Sunday morning. Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 01 April 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 01 April 2016

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

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

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