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Former successful jockey Kristian Hawkins is making a splendid start to his career as a harness racing trainer and he has seven-year-old Danieljohn racing in wonderful form. Danieljohn, an M3-class performer, looks ideally suited off the 10m mark in the 2503m Brear And Doonan Commercial and Industrial Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Danieljohn maintained his impressive form when he scored a strong victory over Macintosh in the 2518m Kalgoorlie Cup last Saturday night when the final 800m was covered in 56.8sec. He started off the 20m mark and settled in 11th position before Hawkins dashed him forward to move outside the pacemaker Bashful Compton with two laps to travel. Danieljohn took a narrow lead 400m from home and he did well to stave off a late challenge from Macintosh to boost his earnings to $229,092 from 22 wins and 27 placings from 80 starts.    Hez Got The Nod, Bettor Party and Znana are racing keenly and represent the main dangers to Danieljohn, along with nine-year-old Dundee Three, who will start off the back mark of 30m at his first appearance for Serpentine trainer Stephanie Smith since his great second to stablemate The Phantom in the 2970m Northam Cup last January. Interestingly, star reinsman Morgan Woodley opted to drive the Debbie Padberg-trained Hez Got The Nod in preference to Dundee Three, who will be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green. Padberg is thrilled at Hez Got The Nod’s purple patch of form and is hopeful that the seven-year-old will repeat his performance of last Friday night when Woodley made the most of a tardy beginning of frontmarker Jungleface Jake by charging through from the inside of the 10m line to take up the running on the way to an all-the-way victory. Hez Got The Nod will again start from the inside of the 10m line. He will start behind Znana, who scored all-the-way Gloucester Park wins before finishing fifth behind Bettor Party last Friday week after galloping and losing ground at the start. Trainer-driver Nathan Turvey predicts a strong effort from Znana from the No. 1 barrier. “He goes good and grows a leg on the fence,” he said. “If he leads I anticipate he will give the race a good shake.” Bettor Party had no luck last Friday night when he was trapped three wide for much of the journey before finishing tenth behind Hez Got The Nod. That followed a strong victory in a 2503m stand at his previous start. Ken Casellas

Baldivis trainer-reinsman Nathan Turvey is the State's leading driver with 13 wins after the first month of the 2015-16 season and he has bright prospects of giving punters a flying start to the Gloucester Park meeting on Friday night by winning the opening event, the TABtouch Pathway Pace, with lightly-raced mare Royal Myth. "This will be her first run at Gloucester Park and she should go well," he said. "From her draw (barrier two on the front line), I hope she can lead and her times for the last halves on country tracks have been good. "She is not just a frontrunner and she doesn't have to lead to win." Royal Myth has been successful at her first two starts in her current campaign, leading and winning from Thirsty Work over 1730m at Kellerberrin and then settling in last position before dashing forward to race in the breeze 1300m from home, taking the lead with 400m to travel and holding on to win narrowly from Mon Lamour at a 1.58.1 rate over 1780m at Northam on Tuesday of last week after final quarters in 27.6sec. and 28.5sec. Six-year-old Royal Myth is already proving a bargain for Turvey and Gary Mawdesley, with her eight starts in WA producing six wins, a second and a fourth for stakes of $27,063. Her wins have been at Bunbury (four), Kellerberrin and Northam. This represents a good early return after she was purchased for $8000 in New Zealand about a year ago. She had managed just one well-beaten third placing from four starts in New Zealand, but Turvey was fully prepared to gamble because the mare is a half-sister to former smart pacer Machnifico. Machnifico was prepared by Grant Williams in 2011-12-13 when he raced 18 times for eight wins and four placings. Turvey was working for Williams and he drove Machnifico eight times for two wins (at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park) in November 2012. "You wouldn't look at her going on her form in New Zealand," Turvey said. "Grant and I had a pretty big opinion of Machnifico and I thought it would be worth the risk, buying Royal Myth." Machnifico had many setbacks and injuries and was retired after earning $53,352 from eight wins and four placings from only 19 starts. Turvey has a healthy regard for four-year-old El Comacho, will start from the outside of the back line in Friday night's event for Oakford trainer Bryan Cousins and reinsman Kim Prentice. El Comacho recently resumed racing after a four-month absence and has impressed with easy victories at Gloucester Park and Narrogin. Others with good claims include stablemates Eastwood Crystal and Kinda Black, who are racing keenly for Greg and Skye Bond. Eastwood Crystal won four in a row on country tracks before her last-start third behind Nuala and Sovereign Faith over 2130m at Gloucester Park when she set the pace. Kinda Black has won at five of his past nine starts, including a last-start victory over 2150m in Kalgoorlie last Saturday night after working hard in the breeze. Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg will be represented by former New South Wales pacer Bettorbeastar, a winner at seven of his 37 starts. He will start from barrier five on the front line with Morgan Woodley in the sulky. Ken Casellas  

Harness racing champion reinsman Chris Lewis has given punters an important lead by electing to drive Lovers Delight in preference to Dynamite Dude in the $35,000 Brear And Doonan Navy Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His task was made significantly easier when Lovers Delight drew the prized No. 1 barrier and Dynamite Dude fared badly in the random draw and will start out wide at No. 7 on the front line in the 2130m mobile event. Lovers Delight's favourable draw will greatly enhance Bunbury trainer Stephen Reed's prospects of maintaining an outstanding family tradition in the Navy Cup. Mike Reed, father of Mark and Stephen, has trained the winner of the Navy Cup six times and Mark has driven the winner of the race five times. Mark also trained the 2000 Navy Cup winner Skippers Trick, a pacer he drove to victory over Keyonymous and Lock And Load. Mike was successful as a trainer with Sylvie's Secret (1968), Manageable (1989), Time Symbol (1992), Golden Resonator (2001), Tricky Vic (2002) and La Valiente (2004). He drove Sylvie's Secret, Manageable and Time Symbol and Mark's wins as a driver have been with Another Party (1999), Skippers Trick, Golden Resonator, Tricky Vic and La Valiente. The closest Stephen has gone to winning the Navy Cup was in 2013 when Uppy Son, driven by Gary Hall jun., finished solidly into third pIace behind Bettors Fire and Ima Rocket Star. Mike went extremely close to winning the Cup for the seventh time when Polak (driven by Mark) was sixth at the bell before flying home to be a head second to Shardons Rocket last October. Lewis also has a good record in the Navy Cup, having won the feature event four times --- with Skiptar (1980), Western Gentleman (1994), Mark Craig (1995) and Super Strike (1996). Lewis faced a tough decision in choosing between Lovers Delight and Dynamite Dude as his drive in Friday night's Cup. He has driven Dynamite Dude at 22 of his 23 starts in Western Australia for 12 wins and he has handled Lovers Delight at 28 of his 37 WA starts for 11 wins. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri has engaged Aldo Cortopassi to drive Dynamite Dude, Mark Reed for Red Salute and Stuart McDonald for stylish last-start winner Our Blackbird. Our Blackbird fared poorly in the random draw and will start on the outside (No. 9) of the front line and Red Salute will start from the outside (No. 3) on the back line. Olivieri has trained the winner of the Navy Cup three times --- scoring with Chipmont (1991), Mark Craig (1995) and Super Strike (1996). "Barrier draws are all important at Gloucester Park and Dynamite Dude and Our Blackbird haven't drawn a (reasonable) barrier for as long as I can remember," he said. "So how you try to line up their form from unfavourable barriers is beyond me. However, Our Blackbird's form from unfavourable barriers is very good. "He is going terrific and is going a lot better than his interdominion ranking (No. 44) would suggest." Our Blackbird was restrained at the start from barrier No. 7 in a 2536m event last Friday night before storming home from seventh at the bell to win from Little Boy Blue and Go West U Terror, when the final 800m off the front was covered in 56.6sec. Lovers Delight an eight-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding, has won at 19 of his 47 starts and he makes strong appeal as the likely pacemaker on Friday night. Most of the runners are sit-sprinters and it is difficult to envisage any serious pressure being applied to Lovers Delight, particularly in the first half of the race. Lovers Delight has not raced for two months, but has warmed up for his return to racing in good style in 2100m trials at Bunbury's Donaldson Park. On September 9 he dashed over the final quarters of a trial in 28.1sec. and 28.4sec. when he defeated Our Jerry Lee. And on Wednesday of last week he finished a neck second to Smokey The Bandit in a trial. Smokey The Bandit, trained at Busselton by Michael Callegari, is a brilliant sit-sprinter who can unleash a devastating late burst. He will have admirers at his first appearance since late May this year. An interesting runner in Friday night's Cup is WA-bred seven-year-old El Machine, who will be resuming racing after an absence of almost eight months. El Machine, a winner at 20 of his 53 starts, is handily drawn at No. 2on the front line and will be driven by Morgan Woodley. El Machine has been purchased by John and Debbie Padberg and five stable clients. "I have had him for about eight weeks," said Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg. "He is a little bit big in condition and will need the run. It will be a good test to see where he's at. "He has been working on the track with Glenferrie Rustler and they've been working on a par. We have bought him to have some fun; he's not up to the Inters, but we're looking forward to having a horse to race over the summer carnival." Padberg will also be represented by veteran Rocket Reign in this week's Cup. The 12-year-old is a veteran of 179 starts who caught the eye three starts ago with his fast-finishing third behind Bettors Fire and Tuxedo Tour. "He ran well last Friday night when fifth behind Our Blackbird," Padberg said. "He was beaten only by a half-length." Another oldstager with claims in the Cup is ten-year-old This Time Dylan, who returned to the winning list last Friday week when he enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing strongly to defeat Northview Punter and Uppy Son at a 1.5t6.3 rate over 2130m. Ken Casellas  

Seven-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding Borntobeanartist is a noted frontrunner and star reinsman Mark Reed will be planning for an all-the-way victory in the $25,000 final of the TABtouch Warwick Pace over 2130m at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Borntobeanartist’s prospects soared when he drew the prized No. 1 barrier and Reed and Henley Brook trainer Chelsey Harding are hoping that history will repeat itself. Clint Hall made the most of the No. 1 barrier when he drove Elegant Christian, favourite at 6/4 on, to an all-the-way win over stablemate Machtu in the Warwick final 12 months ago. Borntobeanartist has been unplaced from wide draws at his past three starts, but he will be a vastly different proposition from the inside barrier this week. The Bob Mellsop-trained Bettor Rules also possesses excellent gate speed and Lauren Jones is likely to press forward from barrier five in a bid to get to the front. However, Bettor Rules is unlikely to wrest the lead from Borntobeanartist. Bettor Rules started from barrier seven, was restrained to the rear and did not show up when last behind Phoenix Warrior in a fast-run 2100m event at Bunbury on Monday of last week. He mustered good early pace from the No. 5 barrier and took the lead after 225m before winning comfortably from Mohegan Sun over 2130m at his previous outing. One of the best runs in the three heats of the Warwick Pace was that of outsider Jaxon Fella, who raced three wide early and then in the breeze before finishing a fighting second to Ideal Alice last Friday night. The Matt Scott-trained gelding will again be handled by Kiara Davies and he should obtain a perfect trail behind the likely pacemaker Borntobeanartist. The powerful Greg and Skye Bond stable holds a strong hand in the final with Raesawinner and Ima Tragedy. Colin Brown will drive Raesawinner from barrier three on the front line and the five-year-old, a winner at ten of his 44 starts,  is sure to be prominent throughout. Ima Tragedy has a losing sequence of 17, but two seconds and a third from his past three starts are a strong indication that another win is not far away. Ideal Alice, the only mare in the race, was a brilliant all-the-way winner at a 1.57 rate over 2130m last Friday night. That was her third win in a row and her ninth success from 21 starts. Trained by Gary Hall sen., Ideal Alice faces a tougher task this week from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. The stewards placed her on the outside after she galloped in the score-up and caused a false start in a qualifying heat last week. However, she possesses wonderful natural speed and cannot be left out of calculations. Awesum Tedddy, a heat winner when he led throughout from the No. 1 barrier last Friday week, will be driven by Justin Prentice. He replaces Chris Voak, who was due to have left Perth on Tuesday night for a holiday in America. Awesum Teddy, trained by Michael Brennan, will find things tougher from out wide at barrier eight this week. Ken Casellas

Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice has given punters an important lead by opting to drive The Revolution ahead of stablemates Choccy Mac and Atlastalone in the Kim Prentice Medal Metropolitan Junior Driver Lauren Jones Westbred final at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Prentice has been the regular driver of the three stablemates and punters were highly impressed with the qualifying heat wins of Choccy Mac and The Revolution, with bother pacers recording a mile rate of 1.57.9. The other heat winner, Gives Me Chills, rated 1.58.5. Prentice is understandably disappointed with the barriers allocated to his runners. Atlastalone will start from barrier six on the front line, The Revolution from barrier eight and Choccy Mac from the outside of the back line. “I was tossing up between The Revolution and Choccy Mac ahead of Atlastalone,” Prentice said. “Choccy Mac is probably the better horse, to be honest. But The Revolution is getting stronger and stronger and there is not a heap between them.” In a qualifying heat last Friday night The Revolution started from barrier four on the front line and raced wide early before getting to the front after 500m. He went on to win easily from Soho Aintree and Max Meridius. A week earlier Choccy Mac started from the outside of the back line when he surged home, three wide,  from sixth at the bell to take the lead on the home turn and win by a half-length from Shirlz Sensation. “From barrier eight this week I’m not a hundred per cent sure what I’ll do with The Revolution,” Prentice said. “I’ll determine my tactics after coming out of the gate and I’ll have a look at what the others do on our inside." "The Revolution doesn’t need to lead; he’s a really good sit and kick horse." “Brayden Green will drive Choccy Mac and Tom Buchanan will be on Atlastalone.” Looming as dangers to The Revolution and Choccy Mac are Gives Me Chills, Vultan Tin, Max Meridius and Shirlz Sensation. The Michael Brennan-trained Gives Me Chills is in sparkling form with four wins from six starts since resuming from a spell and he is nicely drawn on the inside of the back line. The six-year-old’s regular reinsman Chris Voak is on his way to America for a holiday and Brennan has engaged champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. to drive the gelding. Gives Me Chills started from the inside of the back line in a qualifying heat last Friday fortnight when he was able to burst to an early lead after an early scrimmage.  He went on to win narrowly from Hells Kitchen. Four-year-old Vultan Tin fared well in the random draw and, from barrier one on the front line the Phil Costello-trained gelding will have many admirers. He warmed up for the race in impressive fashion at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when he finished powerfully from 12th at the bell to be third behind Bhagwan and Deluxe Edition. Ken Casellas  

Rich feature harness racing events for mares in December are on the agenda for outstanding five-year-old The Parade,  who will resume after a spell when she contests the Gate Bar and Bistro Leading Metropolitan Trainer Gary Hall sen. at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice had little hesitation in opting to drive The Parade from the outside barrier No. 8 in a field of eight over 2130m in preference to smart stablemate Where Dreams Grow, who gave a superb performance last Friday night when she set a brisk pace and scored an effortless victory over Mistress Bliss and Millwood Faith. Where Dreams Grow rated 1.54.7 after dashing over the final three quarters in 29.3sec., 27.5sec. and 28.1sec. “The Parade is working very well and I’m really happy with her,” Prentice said. “It’s not going to be easy, but she is ready to run a good race, first-up. If My Samantha Janes (barrier two) finds the front, she’s a hard horse to get over. And you’ve also got to worry about Am Opulent and Indomitable. “Where Dreams Grow went super last week, but she just needs to learn to be a racehorse. Probably her manners have let her down more than anything.  Brayden Green will drive her. He drives her every single day at home and he knows her better than I do.”  My Samantha Jane, trained at Hazelmere by Mike Reed, looks to be a great chance from her ideal draw at No. 2. A winner at 12 of her 44 starts, including eight wins as a four-year-old last season, she has a great chance to end a losing sequence of seven. Millwood Faith (barrier three) also has claims. She rattled home from the rear when an eye-catching third behind Where Dreams Grow last week. Stablemate Am Opulent is drawn wide at No. 6, but she possesses sparling early speed and it would come as no surprise if she is driven hard out of the gate in a bold bid for the early lead. Prentice said that the main aim for The Parade would be the $45,000 Norms Daughter Classic at Gloucester Park on December 4 and the $120,000 Mares Classic nine days later. Ken Casellas

Five of Jungleface Jake’s six wins have come when he has set the pace and he is poised to enhance his reputation as a pacemaker when he makes his first appearance in a stand, in the 2503m David Strom Leading Metropolitan Driver Gary Hall jun. Handicap at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Mike Reed-trained Victorian-bred six-year-old has a losing sequence of 18. But astute punters will be keen to support him from the inside barrier off the front line. He began smoothly in a standing-start trial over 2550m at Byford on August 30 and sprinted home over the final 400m in 28sec. when a short half-head second to Bettor Rock On. Jungleface Jake led and won at Cranbourne, Maryborough, Melton and Geelong before arriving in Western Australia where the only time he set the pace in 24 starts in this State was over 2185m at Pinjarra in March 2014 when he won from Bullets And Bluff and Awesome Desire. Jungleface Jake is a lowly-assessed M0 and C2 pacer who is sure to meet stiff opposition from several better-performed horses off the 10m mark, including Hez Got The Nod (M2, C8), Barrow Street (M2, C9), Bettor Party (M2, C8) and Sonic Classic (M2, C9). Hez Got The Nod, trained at Wanneroo by Debbie Padberg, is in splendid form and was a shock winner over Norvic Nightowl two starts ago. All his eight wins in Western Australia have been in stands. Hez Got The Nod has been handled in recent starts by Chris Voak, who was due to leave on Tuesday night for a holiday in America. Padberg has offered Morgan Woodley the choice of drives between Hez Got The Nod and stablemate Our Amazing Art. Woodley is expected to pick New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Hez Got The Nod ahead of eight-year-old Our Amazing Art, who has a losing sequence of 20. However, Our Amazing Art impressed in a stand at Gloucester Park last Friday night when he finished strongly from seventh at the bell to be second to Bettor Party. Bettor Party, trained at Darling Downs by Eric Chabros, dashed to the front after 900m and relished the frontrunning role to score in good style.    Ken Casellas

Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred five-year-old The Arsonist is ready to break through for his first success in Western Australia, following his eye-catching performance at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. He was a 10/1 chance from the outside (No. 9) on the front line and was restrained to last in the field of ten before storming home with a powerful late burst to finish third behind Rycroft and Pelusiac over 2130m when the final 800m (off the front) whizzed by in 56.8sec. The chestnut, trained by Gary Hall sen., has had seven starts in WA for three seconds and two thirds and will pay to follow. He will start out wide at barrier eight in the 1730m Gate Bar and Bistro Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and has the ability to overcome this disadvantage. His chief rival appears to be the polemarker Maddy White, who will be driven by Aiden de Campo for Hopeland trainer Mike Howie. Maddy White has a splendid record of 46 starts for 11 wins and 18 placings. She is a proven frontrunner who could take plenty of catching.   Ken Casellas

Enigmatic pacer Northview Punter, cursed by unfavourable draws at his past nine starts, finally has a reasonable barrier at No. 3 in the $23,000 Ross North Homes Spring Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, boosting champion trainer Gary Hall senior's confidence that the New Zealand-bred six-year-old will end an eight-month drought and a losing sequence of 12. "I think he's back to his best and all he needs is a barrier draw," said Hall. "If he had drawn to lead in the Media Guild Cup last week he would have been unbeatable. But that's the sort of horse he is; if he leads, he wins or goes very close; if he doesn't lead, he's not that big a chance. "He's quick out and Gary (Hall jun.) will try to lead." In last week's 1730m Cup event Northview Punter was a 12/1 chance from the outside (No. 9) in a field of nine and was restrained back to last before finishing solidly from seventh at the bell to be fourth behind the pacemaking Tuxedo Tour, who rated a smart 1.53.9. Northview Punter, a winner at 22 of his 65 starts and nominated for the TABtouch interdominion championship series later this year, certainly has the credentials to win this week's feature event, having finished second to David Hercules in the Fremantle Cup and third behind My Hard Copy and David Hercules in the WA Pacing Cup last January. The Hall father-and-son combination is seeking to win the Spring Pace for the second year in a row. They were successful in last year's Spring Pace over 1730m when Machtu raced outside the pacemaker Blissfull Boy before defeating that pacer by almost two lengths. Pacific Warrior looms as a major danger to Northview Punter in the field of eight in which all runners have each-way prospects. Eight-year-old Pacific Warrior, a winner at 27 of his 80 starts, is unfavourably drawn on the outside. But he has the class to overcome this disadvantage at his second appearance after a winter spell. Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams is looking forward to a much improved performance after Pacific Warrior wilted to finish a first-up fifth behind Bettors Fire over 2130m last Friday week. Pacific Warrior went to the front after 200m (after 10/1 on favourite Bettors Fire had galloped and lost a couple of lengths at the start). "We were planning to have an easy run, but when Bettors Fire broke Kade (Howson) had to go forward and then Bettors Fire put the pressure on in the middle stages (when both middle quarters were run in 28sec.)," Williams said. "That probably was what we didn't want and you are always disappointed when you don't win. But when you look at it, I don't think that Pacific Warrior could have gone much better. However, I'll be disappointed if he doesn't go well this week, even though I expect he needs another run (to get to his top). He's drawn the outside and will have to come from behind to get into the race. "But he's working all right and he can win. He's older now and takes a couple of runs to come up. However, this is a race that will suit him. I'm expecting a good effort and whatever he does this week he will definitely improve on." Williams said that he planned to keep racing Pacific Warrior up until the first set of heats of the TABtouch interdominion championship at Gloucester Park on November 27. "I'll start him every couple of weeks," he said. "He's a big horse and needs to go around. He's a lot bigger than he was in his previous preparation. After his spell he was ridden for a month, giving him something different to do. And that thickened him out a fair bit." Nine-year-olds Uppy Son and Lord Lombo have drawn barriers one and two, respectively, and will have admirers. Uppy Son failed to flatter when he drew out wide, raced at the rear and finished eighth behind Tuxedo Tour last Friday night. However, the Mike Reed-trained gelding is capable of considerable improvement from the inside barrier. Lord Lombo, to be driven by Nathan Turvey, has a losing sequence of 17, but he gave signs of better things to come when he enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail before finishing strongly to be second to Tuxedo Tour last Friday night. by Ken Casellas

Ace harness racing trainer-reinsman Colin Brown concedes that Calais is a better pacer than his runner Driven, but he is quietly confident that Driven will beat Calais in the 2130m Happy 30th Richie Polak Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Seven-year-old Driven will start from the No. 1 barrier and Brown plans to set the pace, with five-year-old Calais most likely to be given the task of working hard in the breeze after starting from the No. 2 barrier. Driven, who has managed just one win (when he led from barrier one at Northam six starts ago) from his past 18 starts, had no luck at all when he started out wide at barrier seven in a 2130m event at Gloucester Park last Friday night. He was ninth (and last) at the bell and was blocked for a clear passage in the final circuit when a close-up sixth behind Suspicious Behavia. “I think that Calais may be a better horse than Driven and in 12 months’ time we’ll see Calais possibly a lot better advanced than Driven,” Brown said. “However, Driven is a very good frontrunner and in front he can run time. This really looks his chance on a Friday night to win a Pathway. “He’s now in the form to win an M0. All he has to do is draw (favourably). He is no superstar, but he’s well and truly on top of his game.” Driven, who was a consistent performer at Menangle for Blake Fitzpatrick, was purchased last year by clients of Brown’s stable and made a successful start to his Western Australian career with three wins in Kalgoorlie last November. Calais, trained and driven in his races by Robbie Williams, shows excellent promise and looks certain to improve dramatically on his record of three wins and seven placings from 16 starts. He had a tough run in the breeze when a fighting second to Ohoka Cooper over 2536m on Tuesday of last week. That followed excellent seconds to Bungalow Bill at his two previous starts. Adding interest to Friday night’s event will be the appearance of the Ray Williams-trained Three Kings, who will start from barrier four with Nathan Turvey in the sulky. Three Kings resumed after a spell at Kellerberrin on Sunday when he sustained a strong finishing burst to win from Just Jamie over 2530m. by Ken Casellas Related Links Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 18 September 2015 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 18 September 2015

New Zealand-bred five-year-old Billies A Star is a comparative novice who will be having only his 19th start when he contests the Ross North “A Reputation Built On Excellence” Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. However, he has the ability to prove the master of his seven older and vastly more experienced rivals, who between them have had exactly 500 starts.        He is an M2-class pacer who needs to show good form to be chosen in the final 30 pacers to compete in the $1.8 million TABtouch interdominion championship series at Gloucester Park and Bunbury in November and December. Trained at Pinjarra by Michael Brennan, Billies A Star is awkwardly drawn at barrier six and his clash with up-and-coming six-year-old Erskine Range (barrier eight) should prove to be a major highlight on the ten-event program. Erskine Range’s trainer-driver Colin Brown has a healthy respect for Billies A Star, who has the advantage of starting from a more favourable barrier. Chris Voak, who will drive Billies A Star, declared: “I’ll be searching for the lead. Much will depend on what the drivers of the five horses drawn inside of him want to do, but Billies A Star has got very good gate speed and he likes to go forward off the arm. “He led and beat Phoenix Warrior first-up over 2636m at Narrogin two months ago and he’s got a good enough form line to be a leader in this race, and if he gets to the front I would be disappointed if he didn’t win. He is nominated for the Inters, so you would expect him to run a good race. “At his latest outing, in a stand at Pinjarra, he galloped and lost ground at the start and I was criticised for my drive (after he finished fifth at 5/1 on). I probably over-drove him a tad (dashing forward to race in the breeze), but I thought he was good enough to do that. Looking back at the times (final four quarters in 30sec., 28.7sec., 28.8sec. and 29.4sec.) maybe I did over-drive him a bit. “However, I’m sure he will be better for that run and returning to mobile racing he won’t be losing 60 to 70 metres at the start. At his previous run he drew barrier six and I sat back until the final 600m before letting him run home. He did well to finish third to Waylade after a final 400m in 27.8sec. Had he drawn to lead I think he would have given Waylade something to chase.” Brown said he expected Erskine Range to prove hard to beat, even from the outside barrier. The chestnut is a brilliant frontrunner and has impressed with stylish all-the-way victories over 2130m at his past two outings, his first runs after an absence of 11 weeks. “He’s not just a frontrunner,” Brown said. “He’s versatile and is tougher than he is brilliant. He rated 1.54.6 when he won over 1684m at Pinjarra last October after racing three deep on a wet track. He rated 1.54 11 months earlier when he raced wide early and then without cover. So he’s not a one-trick pony. “I also thought his effort in the Pinjarra Cup (on June 1) at the end of his previous campaign was full of merit when he finished fourth against some top horses. “The 2536m of Friday night’s race won’t worry him. He’s pretty hard in condition. The outside barrier is a worry, especially with Billies A Star drawn inside of him. Billies A Star has ability and Voaky knows how to rate you out of a race. So we’ll be up outside him earlier than later, I would think. This will be a great test for us. “We’re hoping Erskine Range will get into the top 30 for the Inters. He will have a week off in the paddock after this week’s race.” by Ken Casellas Related Links Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 18 September 2015 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 18 September 2015

New Zealand teenager Nathan Purdon, son of champion trainer-reinsman Mark Purdon, will make his first appearance in Western Australia when he drives at the harness racing meeting in Kalgoorlie on Friday night. He arrived in Perth on Sunday afternoon and will travel to the Goldfields on Thursday evening before he drives Grandpa Jim for Wayne Justins and Kinda Black, Ima Tragedy and Bounty Eyre for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond. His best prospect appears to be Kinda Black, who will start from the back line in the 2150m Lion Appreciation Pace. Kinda Black has struck top form recently and has won at four of his past six starts. The 19-year-old Purdon will work as a stablehand for the Bond stable in a bid to gain experience at both training and driving pacers. He has spent the past six months working for prominent Queensland horseman Ian Gurney, trainer of outstanding pacer Avonnova, and a couple of years ago he spent a year working for Christchurch trainer Cran Dalgety. Purdon has driven eight winners from 60 drives in New Zealand and he had 145 drives in Queensland for 31 wins and 22 placings. Ryan Warwick will be in charge of the Bond stable’s nine runners in Kalgoorlie on Friday night and this team and 16 runners from Courtney Burch’s stable look set to dominate the eight-event program. Burch made an outstanding start to the Kalgoorlie carnival last Friday night when she prepared six winners, four seconds and one third. Purdon, whose first winner was behind Arden Rooney in a junior drivers’ event in Rangiora in October 2013, has had the thrill of driving former champion pacers Auckland Reactor and Adore Me in trackwork and in trials in New Zealand. “It was a real honour to drive Auckland Reactor and Adore Me,” he said. “I have driven on most tracks, including a few grass tracks, in New Zealand and I’m looking forward to the experience of driving in Kalgoorlie.” by Ken Casellas

Noted frontrunner Tuxedo Tour has bright prospects of enhancing his claims for selection in the list of 30 pacers to contest the $1.8 million TABtouch Interdominion championship later this year by winning the $23,000 Media Guild Cup at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Then handsome black horse is favourably drawn at barrier three and appeals as the likely pacemaker over the sprint trip of 1730m. He put the writing on the wall last Friday week when he started from the No. 6 barrier, burst to the front after 150m, set a brisk pace and fought on grimly to be second to the brilliant Bettors Fire in the 2536m August Cup. The West Australian-bred seven-year-old should relish the drop in distance this week. He has contested races over 1609m, 1684m and 1700m only four times for two wins and two seconds. Purchased by Tom Marsden for $18,000 at the 2009 Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale and raced by Marsden and his son Rod in partnership with Martin, Colin and Stephen Campbell, Tuxedo Tour has proved a bargain buy, having earned $160,786 from 13 wins and 20 placings from 49 starts. He showed plenty of early promise and he scored a stylish all-the-way victory in the $100,000 group 1 State Sires Series for three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park in July 2012. Herne Hill trainer Kevin Keys has given Tuxedo Tour a thorough preparation, with a start in the Inters the ultimate objective. Northview Punter, an M8-class performer, is, by far, the tightest-assessed runner in the field and looks likely to be one of the hardest for Tuxedo Tour (a M2-class pacer) to beat. Northview Punter, trained by Gary Hall sen., will start from the outside barrier (No. 9) in the field of nine. He was one of the main fancies in last year's 2130m Media Guild Cup when he started from the outside of the back line in a field of ten. He settled at the rear, moved to fifth (three wide) at the bell before wilting to seventh behind stablemate Our Arlington. He started from the outside in a field of eight in the 2130m New Seasons Pace last Friday night when he raced in fifth position, three back on the pegs, before finishing doggedly into third place behind Bettors Fire and This Time Dylan. Three six-year-old mares, Am Opulent, Jungle Genie and Indomitable, will run in this year's Media Guild Cup, with Am Opulent having solid each-way claims from barrier four after her excellent third behind Why Live Dangerously and Fernleigh Rebel over 2130m last Friday week after she had worked hard in the breeze. However, mares face a tough task in this event. Only one mare has been successful in the 35 runnings of the Media Guild Cup ---Via Vista, who was driven by Bill Duffy to victory over Rhett's Law and Melfield Tyros in 1984. Ken Casellas

Former Victorian pacer Dynamite Dude is a standing-start specialist and Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri is hoping that the seven-year-old will continue his remarkable sequence of wins in stands when he starts off 20m in the Stuart Lowe Handicap at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. "He has never been beaten out of a stand in Western Australia," Olivieri said. "He has had nine starts in stands here for nine wins." Dynamite Dude and his stablemate Our Blackbird are M6-class pacers and are favourably handicapped off the 20m mark, which they will share with 12-year-old Rocket Reign and 11-year-old Shardons Rocket. The other six runners are M2-class pacers and will start off the front line. If automatic handicapping conditions applied to this event, Dynamite Dude and Our Blackbird would be off the 40m mark. Dynamite Dude will be returning to a standing-start event after contesting mobiles at his latest four outings. He has put up splendid efforts at his two latest starts, twice finishing solidly to be fourth behind the talented Bettors Fire over 2130m. Olivieri said that Dynamite Dude and Our Blackbird, as well as stablemate Red Salute, were being set for the TABtouch interdominion championships series at Gloucester Park and Bunbury in November and December. "Dynamite Dude is just working up; he's had a nice long, slow preparation," Olivieri said. "I didn't want to gut him on the way up because the Inters are still a few months off. I just want to put some racing into him between now and then without gutting him. "I put him in the stand this week because I want to start him in a 2536m mobile in two weeks and then two weeks after that there is a feature race. So I want to get him on a two-week cycle; I didn't want him to go three weeks without a run. "Our Blackbird is a sit and kick horse, coming back from a little break. He will be driven conservatively, so he's probably just a place chance. But he does race well and he did finish fifth in a Hunter Cup. "I've also nominated Chief Thundercloud for the Interdominion, but I've decided to give him a well-earned spell. I have always had doubts about his ability to compete at the highest level. He has come from a C3 to an M4 and he's had no break. His most recent run was rather disappointing and his work hasn't been as sharp. He has won a hundred grand this preparation and he's earned a spell." Olivieri named Copagrin as a serious rival to Dynamite Dude and Our Blackbird. Copagrin, trained at West Swan by John Guagliardo, will start from the inside of the scratch mark in the 2503m event. This will be his first appearance since he started from 30m and raced in the one-out, one-back position for most of the way before finishing a sound third behind My Good Deed over 2631m at Pinjarra on June 9. Copagrin's recent Byford trial form has been most encouraging. He rated 1.56.4 when he won a 2150m mobile trial from Lies A Lot on Sunday morning. He was a c lose second to Pacific Warrior over 2150m the previous Sunday. Copagrin, a winner of 16 races and $186,552, showed his class when third to David Hercules and Northview Punter in the Fremantle Cup last January. Rocket Reign impressed when he finished boldly from last to be third behind Bettors Fire and Tuxedo Tour over 2536m last Friday week. Bettor Rock On and Hez Got The Nod raced keenly last Friday night. Bettor Rock On, at his first appearance in WA after arriving from Victoria, finished strongly from eighth at the bell to be fourth behind Hez Got The Nod in a 2503m stand. He was also at a disadvantage when his deafeners failed to release. Hez Got The Nod set the pace before being overhauled by hot favourite Norvic Nightowl 380m from home. But he fought back determinedly to regain the lead and beat Norvic Nightowl by a half-head. Ken Casellas  

Switching from a mobile last week to a stand at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park this Friday night would prove no problem for the oddly-named Znana, said Baldivis trainer Nathan Turvey when assessing the five-year-old's prospects in the 2503m Phil Putland Memorial Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The South Australian-bred Znana has taken his time to show his worth for Turvey, who happily declared that the Art Major gelding had turned the corner when he drove him to a good all-the-way win in a 2130m mobile event at Gloucester Park last Friday night. "It has taken a while to work him out and his form hasn't been that flash," Turvey said. "But he's turned the corner; he's getting better. "The stand won't worry him. He begins quickly and I've always thought that stands would suit him. He raced in a stand at Pinjarra four starts ago when he raced four back on the pegs and did not get clear until late when he finished strongly to be a well-beaten second to Norvic Nightowl. "If he manages to jump to the front on Friday night he will stay in front. However, his racing pattern over east suggests that he performs better with a sit." Znana has earned $70,723 from 11 wins and 17 placings from 70 starts. All his 56 starts in Victoria and South Australia were in mobiles. He has had 14 starts in WA for one win and four seconds for stakes of $10,195. Znana is the only foal out of former star mare Ananz and his unusual name is derived from spelling his dam's name backwards. Ananz raced 127 times for 30 wins, 26 placings and $527,844 in prizemoney. She won at each of her first 12 starts as a two-year-old in 2008 when her wins included the group 1 Gold Tiara at Bathurst, the group 1 New South Wales Sires at Menangle, the group 2 Tatlow Stakes at Moonee Valley and the group 2 Southern Cross Classic at Globe Derby Park. In 2010 she won the group 1 Queen of the Pacific at Melton. Znana was recommended to Turvey by Victorian racecaller Dan Mielicki and he was sold to Turvey and Peter Ensel for about $16,000. Ken Casellas

Punters searching for the winner of the second heat of the Ken Casellas Warwick Pace at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night would be best advised to disregard the last placing of Three Pints in a race last Friday, according to Serpentine trainer Matt Scott. "He can win this week," Scott said. "He had a freshen-up and had five weeks away from the track before he reappeared last week when he raced in eighth place and was shuffled back in the field on a wet track. He never got clear." "This week he has drawn a lot better (No. 2 on the front line over 2130m) and he'll have a red hot go for the lead. The last time he led in town was nine starts ago when he won, running home in 56.9sec." "He's a different horse in front. He always tries, but when he is back in the field he doesn't go as well as he does when he's near the lead. He pulled up well after last week's run and looks well." Three Pints, a Mach Three six-year-old, is out of former star mare Cornsilk, who raced 152 times for 43 wins, 39 placings and $555,046 in prizemoney. Cornsilk raced once in WA, finishing second to Pharosan in the WA Oaks at Gloucester Park in May 2000. Three Pints, to be driven by Callan Suvaljko, is a real family affair, according to Scott. "I own him in partnership with Tony Maguire, my parents, two of my aunties, two uncles, my sister and my future brother-in-law," he said. "We claimed Jaccka Murphy and Jaxon Fella from the same stable in Victoria and I got a phone call from the stable, telling me that they wanted to sell Three Pints and lease Suspicious Behavia. So we bought Three Pints for $12,000 and I took the lease of Suspicious Behavia with my girlfriend and a couple of friends." The Michael Brennan-trained Awesum Teddy drops considerably in class and will have many admirers from the coveted No. 1 barrier. Other runners likely to be strongly supported include Jumbo Jet (a winner at 11 of his 28 starts and resuming after an absence of just over three months) and 11-year-old Schinzig Buller, who raced wide early and then in the breeze when a fighting second to Run Oneover at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. Ken Casellas

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