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Isaiah Artois boasts a 58 per cent win record and the prospects of the noted frontrunner winning the $100,000 Westbred Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night were boosted when he drew perfectly at the No. 1 barrier. Byford trainer David Thompson has timed the gelding's preparation extremely well and Colin Brown will be aiming to set the pace and keep his 11 rivals at bay in the group 1 feature event. Isaiah Artois, a winner at seven of his 12 starts, resumed after an absence of almost 11 months when he overcame an early check and raced three wide before taking the lead 450m after the start in a 2185m event at Pinjarra three Mondays ago. He dashed over the final 800m in 57.3sec. and held on doggedly to beat the fast-finishing Wilkins Kahluastar by a neck. Then at Pinjarra eight days later he started from the back line and worked to the front in the middle stages before winning convincingly from Astra Boy. His chief rivals appear to be the Justin Prentice-trained pair of Captain Oats and Bettor Reward, Three Bears and Mynameskenny. Captain Oats notched his eighth win from 28 starts when he burst straight to the front from barrier seven and set the pace before winning easily from stablemate Master Jaxon in a 2100m $25,000 feature at Bunbury last Friday night. He sprinted over the final 400m in 27.7sec. Captain Oats will start from barrier five on the front line of nine runners and the highly-promising Bettor Reward will start from barrier two on the back line and prove hard to beat. Unraced as a two-year-old, Bettor Reward has been most impressive in winning, without being extended, at his three appearances as a three-year-old Bettor Reward's average winning margin is 11.4m. In his three wins, two at Bunbury and the other at Pinjarra, the gelding has recorded final quarters of 28.1sec., 27.3sec. and 27.5sec. Three Bears, trained at Busselton by Matt White, cannot be underestimated. He started out wide at barrier six at Bunbury last Friday night and after racing three wide early and then in the breeze he fought on strongly to be a neck second to Delightful Jade after a final quarter of 27.6sec. Ken Casellas

Delightful Jade has been a model of consistency throughout her 27-start career which has produced 16 wins and five minor placings and she gets her chance to break through for her first victory in a group 1 feature when she start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line in the $100,000 Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Blessed with sparkling gate speed, Delightful Jade has sound prospects of getting to an early lead and then dictating the terms of the 2130m event. She began brilliantly from barrier seven and set the pace before holding on grimly to defeat smart gelding Three Bears by a neck, rating 1.55.3 over 1609m at Bunbury last Friday night. That was her first outing since she led from barrier three and won by three lengths over 2242m at Narrogin on May 12 and she should be improved by her effort on Friday night last week. She is prepared at Capel by Andrew de Campo and is driven in her races by his son Aiden. Delightful Jade is out of Whitbys Solitaire, who was retired after only nine starts as a juvenile which produced a win at Narrogin as a two-year-old and another at Bunbury as a three-year-old. Whitbys Solitaire is a full-sister to former champion Whitbys Miss Penny, who was a dominant performer as a two and three-year-old. She amassed $568,289 from 32 wins and six placings from 50 starts. The Ross Olivieri-trained filly Lady Willoughby looms as the hardest for Delightful Jade to beat. Lady Willoughby, who will start from barrier four on the front line with Chris Voak in the sulky, notched her ninth win from 24 starts when she led from the No. 3 barrier and sprinted over the final 400m in 27.5sec. to beat Massive Attack by more than two lengths over 2100m at Bunbury last Friday night. Ken Casellas  

A back line draw for star juvenile Rich Yankee has thrown the $100,000 Westbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings wide open at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But it should not prevent the brilliant Jesse Moore-trained gelding from continuing his winning ways. Rich Yankee has revealed dazzling gate speed from front-line draws to burst straight to the front and then romp to victory at his past two outings, over 2185m at Pinjarra and over 2100m in the group 1 Pearl Classic at Bunbury three Fridays ago. Before those two easy victories Rich Yankee revealed his wonderful versatility when he started out wide at barrier seven in a 2185m event at Pinjarra. He was restrained to the rear before surging home from last at the bell to win by just over two lengths. His average winning margin in his past three starts is 10.7m. Rich Yankee will start from the No. 12 barrier this week which is the No. 3 barrier on the back line under the new Gloucester Park formation of nine off the front and three off the back. Rich Yankee will follow out speedy beginner Rocknroll Whitby and Aiden de Campo should be able to settle the gelding in a prominent position before he makes his charge. Rich Yankee's back-line draw has raised the hopes of the connections of polemarker Johnny Disco and the impressive up-and-coming Lightning Jolt. Chris Lewis is likely to attempt to set the pace with Johnny Disco, who will start from the No. 1 barrier. The Ross Ashby-trained gelding warmed up for this week's classic in fine style when he scored by four lengths in 1.56.9 over 1609m at Bunbury last Saturday night. He started from the back line and finished boldly from eighth at the bell. Lightning Jolt, trained by John Oldroyd, gave a sample of his class when he came from sixth at the bell to win easily against moderate opposition, rating 1.57.5 over 1609m at Bunbury last Saturday week. He was an all-the-way winner over 1730m at Gloucester Park three starts earlier. Ken Casellas  

Six wins from ten starts is a clear indication of Sheer Rocknroll's ability and she has the class to overcome her back-line draw in the $100,000 Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Sheer Rocknroll will start from the inside of the back line and looks set to get a perfect run behind the polemarker Topless Beach Girl, a noted frontrunner. The task then will be for Stuart McDonald to manoeuvre Sheer Rocknroll off the pegs in plenty of time to issue a strong challenge and make a determined bid for victory. Sheer Rocknroll has won at three of her past four starts for Byford trainer Ross Olivieri and McDonald. At her latest outing, at Bunbury last Saturday week, Sheer Rocknroll started from the No. 1 barrier and was beaten for early speed before McDonald sent her to the front after 550m. She dashed over the third quarter of the final mile in 28.1sec. and had to fight doggedly to hold on and defeat Dodolicious by a metre. Dodolicious, who raced in the breeze, should again fight out the finish this week. She will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line and Colin Brown will be keen to settle her ahead of Sheer Rocknroll. Ken Casellas

Owner-breeder Mark Congerton, trainer Gary Hall sen. and reinsman Gary Hall jun. are full of hope that Massive Attack will make partial amends for her defeat as the 9/4 favourite in the $100,000 Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park 12 months ago by winning the $25,000 Lumex Electrical Westsired Pace for three-year-olds at the harness racing meeting at Bunbury on Friday night. Massive Attack started from barrier five in last year's classic when she worked hard in the breeze and got to the front 270m from home before finishing second to Straittothehilton. Again Massive Attack has had little luck in the random draw and will start out wide at barrier six in the field of seven, with Straittothehilton at No. 7. Massive Attack has struck top form with decisive victories over 1684m at Pinjarra at her past two outings. On June 8 she started from barrier four, raced wide early and then in the breeze before winning from Formyeyesonly at a 1.55.5 rate. Then on Tuesday of last week she started from the No. 6 barrier and was restrained back to sixth in the early stages before she burst to the front at the bell and led by six lengths on the home turn before wilting slightly after her tremendous sprinting effort (a third quarter in 26.8sec.) and winning by 4m from the fast-finishing four-year-old Jungle Jewel. That win took Massive Attack's record to 20 starts for seven wins and eight placings for earnings of $59,971. Hardest for her to beat this week look to be the Debra Lewis-trained Sea Me Smile and the Ross Olivieri-trained Lady Willoughby. Sea Me Smile, a stylish frontrunner who is perfectly drawn at barrier one, has won four times from 17 starts. She reappeared after a four-month absence when she started from the back line and finished solidly from the rear to be third behind Honey And Lime and Lovers Prayer. Lady Willoughby is a versatile filly who has won eight times from 23 starts and she looks well placed from barrier three. Ken Casellas

If breeding is any criterion, four-year-old harness racing gelding Soho Wonder should send punters home in good spirits by winning the final event, the 2100m Retravision Pathway Pace, at Bunbury on Friday night. A newcomer to the Waroona stables of Bob Mellsop, the WA-bred Soho Wonder will be making his debut in this State after having 45 starts in Victoria and two in Tasmania for six wins and ten placings. He is an accomplished frontrunner and is perfectly drawn at No. 1. He was a winner three starts ago when he began from the back line before dashing forward in the first circuit to set the pace and score by more than two lengths from Terra Beau over 2080m at Cranbourne. None of Soho Wonder's nine rivals can boast such a significant pedigree. By the American stallion Jet Laag, his dam is the Troublemaker mare Lombo Silhouette, who raced 58 times for nine wins, 21 placings and $92,528 in prizemoney. Soho Wonder is closely related to former star pacers Misty Maiden (37 starts for 12 wins, 11 placings and $245,449), Lombo Skyrider (321 starts for 63 wins, 84 placings and $841,611) and Lombo Pocket Watch (83 starts for 45 wins, 17 placings and $1,522,638). Soho Wonder's most serious rival appears to be six-year-old Itz Darknstormy, who has been unplaced at his four starts after resuming from a brief spell. He is a smart frontrunner and should be prominent from barrier two on the front line. Itz Darknstormy is one of three runners in the race who are prepared by John Graham, the others being Estilo and Gunner Bromac. Tom Buchanan had the choice of those three runners and he opted for Itz Darknstormy. Graham has engaged Micheal Ferguson for Estilo and Justin Prentice for Gunner Bromac, a six-year-old who will be making his first appearance since he broke down in a race at Collie early in March 2014. Ken Casellas  

Former Victorian performer Our Blackbird has turned the corner and struck a rich vein of form and he is poised to give Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri his second success in the Led Perth Past Presidents Cup by outsprinting his ten rivals in the 2100m feature event at the harness racing meeting at Bunbury on Friday night. Since he broke a worrying losing sequence of 20 when he set a brisk pace and scored an easy three-length win at Gloucester Park on April 2, the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old has raced in superb form, with two placings behind Pacific Warrior, a fourth behind David Hercules, a stylish victory over Lovers Delight at Bunbury and an eye-catching second to Lovers Delight at Bunbury last Friday week. At his most recent outing Our Blackbird was tenth at the bell and facing a seemingly impossible task. However, he unwound a brilliant burst to finish a head behind Lovers Delight. With Stuart McDonald in the sulky, Our Blackbird looks capable of overcoming the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line this week. Olivieri won the Past Presidents Cup with 5/2 on favourite Tsunami Lombo (Chris Lewis) at Gloucester Park in July 2010 when the gelding raced wide early, took the lead after a lap and beat Nowuseeme and Village Steel. In the 2011 Past Presidents Cup the Olivieri-trained Few Good Men was a 47/1 tote outsider when he ran home strongly from fifth on the pegs at the bell to be a 5m second to Rocket Reign. Olivieri said that Our Blackbird was affected by foot soreness when he arrived in Western Australia last July, but since the troubled was cured he had "jumped out of the ground." Champion trainer Gary Hall sen., the only man to have prepared two winners of the Past Presidents Cup (The Falcon Strike in 2006 and Our Arlington last year), has sound prospects of notching his third win. He will be represented by Soho Jackman and Soho Highroller. Soho Jackman is awkwardly drawn out at barrier six on the front line and Soho Highroller will start from the No. 3 on the back line. Soho Jackman appeals as the better of the stable runners. He raced three back on the pegs and fought on when fifth behind brilliant stablemate My Hard Copy over 1609m last Friday night. A week earlier Soho Jackman impressed when he was seventh at the bell before sustaining a spirited three-wide burst to finish third behind Lovers Delight and Our Blackbird. Our Major Mark, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, and the Bob Mellsop-trained Little Boy Blue have sound credentials and are capable of causing an upset. Our Major Mark, who has won once and been placed ten times from his past 27 starts, cannot be underestimated from the favourable draw on the inside of the back line. He raced behind the pacemaker Crusader Banner when a sound fourth to My Hard Copy last Friday night. He was a half-head second to Soho Jackman at Pinjarra two starts earlier. Little Boy Blue, a winner of seven races from 19 starts last season, will be having his fifth start after a spell, but faces a stern test from the outside of the front line. He ran home from ninth (and last) at the bell to finish an encouraging fourth behind Crusader Banner the previous week. Ken Casellas

The clash between the two harness racing four-year-olds Simply Susational and Soho Lennon, the two youngest and least experienced runners in the Australian Marine Complex Pace at Bunbury on Friday night, promises to provide one of the highlights on the ten-event program. They have remarkably similar records, with Simply Susational, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, having had 34 starts for 11 wins and eight placings, and Soho Lennon, prepared by Gary Hall sen., having raced 35 times for 12 wins and nine placings. Simply Susational, to be driven by Ryan Warwick, will start from the outside barrier (No. 5) on the back line, with Soho Lennon on his immediate inside at No. 4 on the second row. Little separates these two runners, but Simply Susational has excellent potential and could emerge triumphant. Simply Susational resumed after an absence of two months when he started from the back line in a 2242m event at Narrogin on Thursday of last week. He raced wide early and burst to the front after 500m before going on to win at a 1.57.8 rate from stablemate Waipawa Junior. The opposition was not strong and he certainly rises a great deal in class this week. However, Simply Susational is capable of matching the rise in class. Soho Lennon has been racing in much stronger company and will take plenty of beating. Soho Lennon was favourite at 5/2 on when surprising beaten in a 2190m event at Northam last Saturday night. He started from the outside of the front line, was restrained to last before moving to eighth (three wide) at the bell. He sustained a strong burst to take a narrow lead 400m from homer, but was swamped in the closing stages to finish a close fourth behind the fast-finishing 62/1 outsider The Feather Foot. His two previous runs were full of merit. He raced three wide for most of the way when a fighting second to Ohoka Kentucky over 2130m at Gloucester Park on May 22 and then, at Bunbury a week later, he flew home, out six wide, from tenth at the 550m to be a half-length second to Erskine Range over 2100m. Hardest for Simply Susational and Soho Lennon to beat is likely to be Mohegan Sun, who will start from the outside of the front line. He started from the outside of the front line over 1609m at Bunbury last Friday night when he was restrained to last before finishing powerfully, out wide, from ninth at the 850m to be a half-head second to Bronze Seeker. Ken Casellas

Forrestdale harness racing trainers trainers Greg and Skye Bond, frustrated earlier in the season when Ima Connoisseur chalked up a losing sequence of 12, now have high hopes that the New Zealand-bred three-year-old will extend his winning sequence to five by overcoming the difficult barrier of No. 4 on the back line in the 2100m Quayside Transport Pace at Bunbury on Friday night. Ima Connoisseur is improving in leaps and bounds and he gave a wonderful performance at Pinjarra on Monday this week when he started from barrier three on the back line and raced in tenth and last position until Colin Brown sent him forward with a spirited burst with about a lap to travel. Ima Connoisseur sprinted strongly and burst to the front 500m from home before winning decisively from his fast-finishing stablemate Assassinator. Ima Connoisseur rated a sparkling 1.54.3 over the 1684m, with the quarters in 27.4sec., 29.5sec., 28.3sec. and 28.7sec. At his previous start, over 2692m at Bunbury ten nights earlier, Ima Connoisseur settled in sixth and last position before charging to the front after 800m and then sprinting the final 800m in 56sec. on his way to winning by a length from Assassinator, rating 1.59.9. The Bonds hold a powerful hand in Friday night's event in which Ima Connoisseur will race against smart stablemates Delightful Offer, Assassinator, Denny Crane and Holy Grail. Ima Connoisseur has raced 20 times for eight wins and six placings and his toughest rival appears to be Delightful Offer, who has revealed great promise in winning at six of his 18 starts. Brown will drive Ima Connoisseur, Ryan Warwick will handle Delightful Offer (outside of the back line), Chris Lewis will drive Denny Crane, Dylan Egerton-Green will be in the sulky behind Holy Grail and Lauren Jones has been engaged for Assassinator (awkwardly drawn at No. 6 on the front line). Between them, those five drivers have won 392 races this season. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. has only one runner in Friday night's event, a newcomer from New Zealand in Run Oneover, who will be making his Australian debut. Run Oneover, who has raced 16 times in New Zealand for three wins and seven placings, worked in good style when he scored a runaway victory in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Against moderate opposition, Run Oneover won by 45 metres from True Story (unplaced at his six starts as a two and three-year-old), rating 1.59.6, with final quarters in 29.6sec. and 29.2sec. Run Oneover has not appeared since finishing a close third behind Brilliant Strike in a $40,000 listed event for three-year-olds at Addington on January 30. He started out wide at barrier eight on the front line and was restrained to last in the field of 13. He was 12th at the 800m before running home strongly, out wide, when the final 800m was covered in 57.8sec. He will start from barrier four on the front line on Friday night and Gary Hall jun. might be tempted to make a bold bid for the early lead. The gelding revealed blistering gate speed when he burst straight to the front from the No. 5 barrier in a 1609m event at Wairio last October. He then was restrained after 600m and raced behind the pacemaker before finishing strongly along the sprint lane to hit the front 100m from the post and win by a neck in 1.56.6, with the final 800m in 56.7sec. and the last 400m in 27.4sec. In a remarkable contrast in a 2600m mobile event on the grass track, and racing in a clockwise fashion at Westport last December, Run Oneover raced behind the pacemaker in an event run at a farcical pace. He made use of the sprint lane and won easily, rating an extremely slow 2.20.4. The final four quarters were covered in 37.4sec., 38.6sec., 31.8sec. and 29.7sec. His performance at his first Australian run will be watched with considerable interest. He is one of 15 runners from the Hall stable engaged at the meeting. The Bond stable has 14 runners. Hall sen. is leading the Statewide trainers' premiership with 170 winners, with the Bonds in second place with 152 winners. Back in third place is Ross Olivieri, with 71 winners. Hoping to halt the Bond and Hall juggernaut in the Friday night's race for three-year-old is Blythewood trainer Gary Elson and reinsman Nathan Turvey. Turvey will drive the promising Red Hot Major for Elson and the colt, who has had 16 starts for six wins and seven placings, is on target for a hat-trick after smart wins over 1684m (1.55.6) and 2692m (1.59.2) at Pinjarra. Red Hot Major is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line. Ken Casellas

Ace Banjup trainer-reinsman Colin Brown has high hopes that five-year-old Erskine Range will develop into an interdominion championship contender in November and he is setting his sights high by giving the brilliant chestnut the task of winning two feature harness racing events in the space of three days. Erskine Range, a winner of 21 of his 57 starts, will contest the $25,000 Brear And Doonan Pure Steel final over 2100m at Bunbury's Donaldson Park on Friday night before running in the $50,000 Pinjarra Cup over 2692m on Monday afternoon. Gloucester Park Harness Racing Club's meetings have been transferred to Bunbury for the next four Friday nights to enable the Gloucester Park track to be resurfaced and to have the camber raised on the turns into and out of the home straight. Erskine Range, whose past 20 starts have produced ten wins, six seconds, one third, one fifth and one seventh, faces a moment of truth this week after faring poorly in the random barrier draw. He will start from the No. 3 on the back line, but Brown believes that the gelding has the ability of overcome this disadvantage. "His work last Saturday morning was exceptional," he said. "I galloped him on the sand track at Jandakot and his times were exceptional and his heart rate was unbelievable. So he's ready; he's cherry ripe and is in the race right up to his eyeballs. "It won't be easy, but we're ready to give it our best shot. You've always got to worry about the Hall runners (Crusader Banner and Soho Lennon) because they can run time. However, in saying that, there looks likely to be plenty of speed on early and that should suit Erskine Range, who is a lovely horse. "In a heat of this event (last Friday week) he just led and that was it. He wasn't extended and ran home in 56.4sec. He was very casual about it. Barrier ten is not ideal for any horse at Bunbury, but he can do it. "He's the fittest I've had him. He had nine days off after putting up a huge run to finish second to Smokey The Bandit in the Clarke final two starts ago and because he hadn't raced for seven week when he ran in a heat of the Pure Steel I wanted him to be very solid, bearing in mind that I was setting him for the final of that race followed by the Pinjarra Cup three days later. "He's going to butter up okay. He loves backing up and the 2692m won't worry him. History shows that having two runs in the space of three days is not a problem. I didn't see why we shouldn't take the opportunity to race for $75,000 in three days. "I know that we will be meeting horses of the calibre of David Hercules, Machtu and Pacific Warrior. But we need to find out whether he can compete against those sort of horses. We're hoping that he steps up to be an inters contender, so we've got to throw our hat into the ring at some stage." Crusader Banner (barrier four on the front line) and Soho Lennon (No. 7) each finished second at their latest start and star reinsman Gary Hall jun.¸ son of champion trainer Gary Hall sen., said that he expected the four-year-olds to be prominent. Crusader Banner finished strongly from sixth at the bell to be second to Erskine Range last Friday week. That followed smart wins at his two previous outings, his first runs after a spell. Soho Lennon resumed after a spell in fine style last Friday night when he raced three wide for much of the way and finished second to the fast-finishing Ohoka Kentucky last Friday night. Henley Brook trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams is confident that Ohoka Kentucky will run a strong race and he rates the New Zealand-bred six-year-old an excellent each-way prospect from barrier three on the front line. Ohoka Kentucky set the pace and rated 1.56.6 when he won over 2130m two starts ago before he rated 1.56 when he finished powerfully, three wide, from 11th at the 950m to snatch victory from Soho Lennon last Friday night. "We will come out and have a look for the early lead," Williams said. "If we can't get the lead off the likely pacemaker Local Rogue, I'll try to get the one-out, one-back trail. He doesn't have to lead to win. He can lead, breeze or sit and his trackwork has been super." Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri is disappointed at Chief Thundercloud's wide barrier at No. 6 on the front line and said that the gelding, placed at three of his past four starts, faced a very tough task. Smokey The Bandit is on fire West Australian-bred five-year-old Smokey The Bandit has struck a purple patch with five wins from his past six starts and the Bunbury specialist has excellent prospects of maintaining his grand form by overcoming the outside barrier on the back line and winning the $25,000 Retravision Pace over 2100m at Donaldson Park on Friday night. Trained at Busselton by part-owner Michael Callegari and driven by Ash Markham, Smokey The Bandit is at his best when held up for a late burst and the grey gelding's sizzling finishes have captured the imagination of harness racing fans. Markham again is certain to adopt similar patient tactics on Friday night on a 1000m track where the gelding has raced 21 times for six wins, seven seconds and three thirds. He flooded home from eighth at the bell to win at his latest appearance, over 2130m at Gloucester Park last Friday week. His two previous wins were at Bunbury when he unleashed his trademark whirlwind finishing burst. Lovers Delight, trained at Bunbury by Stephen Reed, appears the chief danger to Smokey The Bandit. He will start from barrier four on the back line and is sure to settle in front of Smokey The Bandit. He has won at four of his past six starts and is capable of working hard in his races and still producing a strong finishing effort. The Andrew de Campo-trained Callaway Bromac is capable of a bold showing, despite being unplaced at his first four starts after a spell and boasting a losing sequence of eight. A speedy beginner, he looks ideally placed at No. 2 on the front line. Reinsman Aiden de Campo said that Callaway Bromac is a natural frontrunner and that he would be anxious to get to an early lead with the six-year-old. "We will come out as hard as we can and have a decent crack at the polemarker Courage Tells," he said. "I'll be holding the top if we get there." Evergreen ten-year-old Shardons Rocket, a fighting second to David Hercules two starts ago, after a strong fourth behind Libertybelle Midfrew the previous week, will start from barrier two on the back line and Colin Brown will be looking to get into the action soon after the start. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri has each-way prospects with the in-form Our Blackbird and Red Salute, who is resuming after a six-month absence. Lisharry, a winner of six races for Bickley trainer Peter Anderson this season, should obtain a handy pegs run from the inside of the back line and is capable of unwinding a fast late sprint. The Arsonist looks the goods Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred four-year-old The Arsonist is poised to make a successful Australian debut when he starts from the awkward barrier of No. 5 on the front line in the 2100m Princi Butchers Pathway Pace at Bunbury on Friday night. The chestnut with a distinctive white blaze put the writing on the wall when he contested a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Driven by leading reinsman Gary Hall jun., The Arsonist was restrained to the rear from barrier five in the trial and he raced in eighth position before Hall sent him forward with a smart three-wide burst approaching the bell. The gelding burst to the front 650m from home and after final quarters in 28.7sec. and 28.9sec. he coasted across the line, hard held, to win by four lengths from Millwood Faith at a modest 2.1.3 rate. He did not race as a two or three-year-old before having four starts in New Zealand this season for two wins, a second and a third. At his most recent outing, over 2200m at Waikato on January 2, he started out wide at barrier eight, raced three wide early and then dropped back to tenth in a field of 12. He was still tenth approaching the bell before Phil Butcher sent him forward and he quickly moved into the breeze. He got to the front 280m from home and dashed away to win by three lengths from the fast-finishing Elisaveta at a 2.0.5 rate, with the final 40o0m taking 28.7sec. At his previous start, over 2200m at Waikato on December 18, The Arsonist started from a wide barrier, raced four wide for the first 300m before being restrained to last in the field of ten. He ran on determinedly from ninth at the bell to finish a half-length second to Fleetwood Mach after a final quarter in 28sec. The Arsonist is prepared at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen. and he is probably the first of the progeny of former outstanding Victorian-bred pacer Safari to race in Western Australia. Safari, by Fake Left, amassed $535,445 from his 28 wins and 18 placings from 67 starts in Australia. The Arsonist is out of the dual-gaited Payson's Brother mare Sporty Spice, who had 30 starts in New Zealand for one win from 19 starts as a pacer and one win from 11 starts as a trotter. Sporty Spice's first foal Mingara is a trotter who won at her Australian debut in a 2300m stand at Menangle in June 2014. She has had 34 starts for ten wins and ten placings (six wins in New Zealand and four in New South Wales) from 34 starts. Maddy White looking for five in a row Four-year-old Maddy White has resumed after a spell in fine style for Capel trainer Andrew de Campo and his son Aiden is quietly confident that she will be able to extend her winning sequence to five when she contests the 2100m Premier Motors Suzuki Mares Pace at Bunbury on Friday night. Aiden de Campo is happy with Maddy White's draw at No. 3 on the front line and said he would be making every effort to burst to an early lead and then dictating the terms of the race. "We'll be coming out hard and I'll have a good crack at getting to the front," de Campo said. "Robyns C C is a good mare who has drawn the No. 1 barrier. But she is first-up and, with the sprint lane in use at Bunbury, they might want to hand up to us. Hopefully, we will get to the front. But Maddy White is not just a frontrunner. She does her best work in front, but she can also come from behind. "She has done well since her most recent start. She's quite a big filly and doesn't need a lot of work to keep fit. She's still pretty fresh and that's good." Maddy White has had six starts in her current campaign for two minor placings followed by four wins in a row, in which she made most of the running. Maddy White is bred to be a good winner. Her maternal granddam Magic Maddy Lombo is the dam of outstanding New South Wales pacer Suave Stuey Lombo, who has earned $566,512 from 33 wins and 21 placings from 98 starts. Maddy White is also related to former star pacer Lombo Pocket Watch (83 starts for 45 wins, 17 placings and $1,522,638). by Ken Casellas  

Champion harness racing trainer Gary Hall is out to right a wrong. He is hell bent on breaking through for his first victory in the Memorial Day Stakes, which will be run over the sprint journey for the first time at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall prepares four of the 12 runners in the $22,500 feature, with lightly-raced five-year-old John Of Arc his best chance. The son of Courage Under Fire drawn awkwardly in barrier six. Halls other runners are Zacs Nuggett from barrier three, Notabadexcuse, which will begin from 10 and Benjamin Banneker, which has the outside of the second line to contend with. Successful at 12 of his 19 starts, John Of Arc finished fifth, two lengths behind the winner Pacific Warrior last week. John of Arc was restrained from barrier six and settled towards the tail of the field before Gary Hall junior made his move at the bell. After racing three and four-wide, John of Arc battled up the home straight. In what is a rarity for Hall, who has won nearly every major race in Western Australia, the Memorial Day Stakes keeps proving elusive. Hall’s best efforts in the event are five seconds - Zakara (1991), Bengeeman (2003), Patches (2006), Dartmoor (2009) and Whos Mistake (2013) and two thirds --- Talk To Me Courage (2010) and Sanjaya (2013). The Memorial Day Stakes was inaugurated in 1959 when Ken Ford drove Halt to victory over Noon Quest and Steel Master. KEN CASELLAS

An intriguing barrier draw has thrown the Slater Gartrell Sports Western Gateway Classic into the melting pot at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but crack New Zealand-bred three-year-olds Beaudiene Boaz and Kiwi Legend should enhance their reputations and their prospects in the WA Derby by fighting out the finish of the $50,000 group 2 feature event. The random draw did neither any favours, with Beaudiene Boaz drawing out wide at No. 6 on the front line in the 2536m race and Kiwi Legend No. 3 on the back line. Denny Crane, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, drew the prized No. 1 barrier and Tact Major, prepared by Gary Hall sen., is favourably drawn at No. 2. Both geldings possess good gate speed and are capable of setting the pace and proving hard to beat. However, the Mike Reed-trained Kiwi Legend was so impressive at his Australian debut when Mark Reed drove the 11/2 chance to a superb all-the-way victory over Military Master and All Aussie Boy at a 1.54.7 rate in a Derby Prelude last Friday night that astute punters are sure to support him with confidence, despite his back-line draw. That was Kiwi Legend’s third start in a race, and he has yet to be extended in winning all three. The back-line draw should prove no great handicap to Kiwi Legend, who showed his class at his debut when he came from 13th at the bell to score an easy win over 2400m at Wyndham on February 1 when he sped over the final 400m in 27.1sec. Kiwi Legend ended Beaudiene Boaz’s winning sequence of seven when that pacer started at 3/1 on and worked hard in the breeze before he began to hang in approaching the back straight in the final circuit of last week’s race. Soon after that he met with severe interference when Kiwi Legend shifted up the track. Beaudiene Boaz then gave ground over the concluding stages and finished in eighth position, 13 lengths behind Kiwi Legend. Reinsman Gary Hall jun. informed the stewards that he eased Beaudiene Boaz down in the final stages after the colt had dropped the bit and was reluctant to race competitively. Beaudiene Boaz won with such authority at his previous seven starts that it is difficult to visualise him not bouncing back with a vengeance and fighting out the finish this week. Hall sen. is full of hope that Beaudiene Boaz will give him his fourth win in the Western Gateway after scoring with The Falcon Strike (2001), Alta Christiano (2013) and Elegant Christian (2014). Clint Hall drove Elegant Christian to an all-the-way victory from the No. 1 barrier and he is hoping to repeat the dose this week with Tact Major, who has won at three of his six starts. Tact Major can improve on his fifth behind Kiwi Legend last when he met with interference in the back straight in the final lap after enjoying an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. Denny Crane should be prominent from his inside barrier. He raced wide early from barrier four last week, was restrained to the rear and did not show up when ninth last week. He has won at seven of his 18 starts and can do much better. The Ross Olivieri-trained Military Master should be prominent from the inside of the back line. He started from the same barrier in last week’s Derby prelude before racing three back on the pegs and finishing determinedly to be second to Kiwi Legend. Blythwood trainer Gary Elson has a high opinion of Red Hot Major and the colt should be prominent from barrier four on the front line. The only filly in the event is the Jesse Moore-trained Tricky Styx, a winner at eight of her 15 starts. She will start from No. 5 on the front line and possesses a powerful finishing burst. But she faces a stern test against the colts and geldings. John of Arc poised to atone Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. has six of the nine runners in the Slater Gartrell Sports Midland Super Store Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he looks certain to win with John of Arc, the lowest assessed horse in the field. John of Arc is the least experienced runner in the field, with 16 starts for ten wins and four seconds. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old has an M 0 classification, but he should prove far too good for his rivals, three of which are on an M1 mark, four on an M2 mark and one (Notabadexcuse) on an M3 mark. There were excuses for John of Arc’s shock defeat at 5/2 on when a close and most unlucky second to the frontrunning Meet George Jetson last Friday night. John of Arc was having his first start for nine months and he enjoyed a perfect passage in the one-out, one-back position. But he was hemmed in for most of the final circuit before Gary Hall jun. got him into the clear approaching the home turn. John of Arc then contacted a wheel of another runner just before the home turn, raced roughly and lost momentum before charging home, four wide, to fail by one metre to overhaul Meet George Jetson. This week John of Arc will start from barrier three on the front line and should prove too classy for the opposition, which includes stablemate Mohegan Sun, who was a smart all-the-way first-up winner over The Court Jester last Friday fortnight before racing in seventh position and finishing ninth behind Smokey The Bandit last Friday night. Ken Casellas

Highly-talented gelding Kiwi Legend is primed and ready to make a big impression at his Australian harness racing debut when he clashes with champion three-year-old Beaudiene Boaz in the WA Derby Prelude at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Prepared at Hazelmere by Mike Reed, Kiwi Legend is ready to issue a strong challenge to Beaudiene Boaz, which has not been extended in winning his six West Australian starts for champion trainer Gary Hall. In a random barrier draw, Kiwi Legend fared well and will start from gate two, with Beaudiene Boaz alongside him in three. Beaudiene Boaz, a winner of two races as a two-year-old in New Zealand, now has a winning sequence of seven and is nominal favourite for the $200,000 WA Derby at Gloucester Park on April 17. He now faces his first serious test in the form of Kiwi Legend, which has romped to effortless victories at his only two starts. He made his debut over 2400 metres at Wyndham on February 1 when overcame a back row draw to win easily by two lengths from River Patrol. Four days later he contested another 2400-metre event at Winton when leading throughout for another soft triumph. Kiwi Legend arrived in WA early this month and has won 2150-metres trials at Byford on the past two Sunday mornings. H An intriguing battle for the early lead is likely in Friday night’s event, with Kiwi Legend, to be driven by Mark Reed, and Beaudiene Boaz blessed with abundant gate speed. Adding spice to the prospect of this early duel is All Aussie Boy, a speedy beginner which has drawn the coveted pole for Bunbury trainer Robert Wood and reinsman Kyle Harper. KEN CASELLAS

Master harness racing trainer Gary Hall is having difficulty in controlling his enthusiasm over Beaudiene Boaz. Having already mapped out an ambitious program for the lightly-raced colt, Hall believes Beaudiene Boaz has the potential to follow the hoof prints of recently-retired superstar Im Themightyquinn. Such is his confidence in the son of Badlands Hanover, Hall believes he is unbeatable in Friday night’s 40,000 Caduceus Club Classic at Gloucester Park. Given Beaudiene Boaz is unbeaten from five Western Australian starts, rivals trainers are all but conceding defeat ahead of the feature. Following this week’s engagement, Hall will set the three-year-old for the WA Derby, but will resist heading interstate this season. With the Golden Nugget high on the agenda next term, Beaudiene Boaz is unlikely to travel anytime soon, especially with the riches on offer locally. “There’s the Inter Dominion in WA for the next three years and the WA Pacing Cup, Fremantle Cup and other big feature events every year,” Hall said. As for his upcoming assignment, Hall believes Beaudiene Boaz is capable of leading throughout from barrier three. “The plan will be to go forward,” Hall said. “We will see what the other runners want to do. If they want to get in a war, so be it. “Beaudiene Boaz won last Friday night when he sprinted over the final quarter in 27.1 seconds with the ear plugs still in place. “We haven’t got to the bottom of him and don’t really know what will happen when we find a horse who can actually go with him. “It’s exciting to wonder what he’s capable of. I’m sure he is capable of running a quarter in about 26.5 seconds without any trouble. “He is as good as any three-year-old I’ve ever had. He is a better three-year-old than Quinny was. “At that age Quinny wasn’t as professional as this horse. He had a lot of problems; he wasn’t tractable and pulled too hard. “Beaudiene Boaz is on a par with Alta Christiano, who scored a runaway victory in the 2013 WA Derby.” The Hall family has enjoyed considerable success in the Caduceus Club Classic, with the patriarch preparing the quinella last season when his son Clint scored with Elegant Christian and Gary junior was second with Machtu. Hall previously won the event with The Falcon Strike (2001), Ulrich (2004), Gracias Para Nada (2012) and Northview Punter (2013). Junior’s victories have come with Latte (2003), Ulrich, Alberts Fantasy (2006), Gracias Para Nada and Northview Punter. KEN CASELLAS

Ace harness racing trainer Ross Olivieri predicts ‘the sky is the limit’ for Dynamite Dude and is bubbling with confidence ahead of Friday night’s Autumn Championship at Gloucester Park. Olivieri has formulated ambitious plans for Dynamite Dude, declaring the gelding has the ideal make-up and the ability to be a major player in the $1.8million TABtouch Inter Dominion in Perth next November and December. Those plans involve sending the six-year-old for a well-earned spell after his feature race appearance. Dynamite Dude has drawn the prized pole and Chris Lewis looks set to attempt an all-the-way victory over the 2130-metre journey. Lewis led throughout with the Olivieri-trained Sensational Gabby in last week’s $50,000 Empress Stakes, but he looks certain to opt to drive Dynamite Dude in preference to the mare, which will start from gate six. Chris Voak appeals as the likely replacement behind Sensational Gabby. Olivieri revealed he had planned to send Dynamite Dude for a spell after his strong, hard-working victory off 20 metres in a 2503-metre stand a fortnight ago. “He dug very deep to win that race and that’s why I didn’t run him the following week,” Olivieri said. “I was going to tip him out, but he was bouncing around the paddock so well after his latest race that I thought I would roll the dice one more time. “However, I’m going to tip him out after this run, win, lose or draw.” Most believe Dynamite Dude is simply a standing-start specialist, and with good reason, considering he is unbeaten from nine starts in stands for Olivieri, while he has won only twice from his eight runs in mobiles. Olivieri scoffed at the perception, explaining Dynamite Dude had drawn the front line only once from behind the gate. “Dynamite Dude gets away smartly in mobiles,” Olivieri said. “He’s not lightning, but is quick enough to hold his ground. “He has been in a mobile trial at Pinjarra in which he drew one and was able to lead comfortably and win. He’s got enough gate speed and I am expecting him to hold up. “Pacific Warrior is going very well, but from barrier five he’ll have to do some work, and I think any horse will have to worry if he races outside Dude. “You know that Dynamite Dude is not going to toss the towel in. “Looking at the Inter Dominion, I think he’s the sort of horse who will be suited by the three heats and Final in the space of a fortnight. “I think he’s got more improvement in him, and once you get him fit, you don’t have to work him too much between races…just line up - he’s got the constitution and toughness to stand up to this type of series racing.” KEN CASELLAS

Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri predicts harness racing mare Sensational Gabby will improve on last week’s effort and has excellent prospects of winning the Empress Stakes at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Sensational Gabby registered fighting half-length second to Indomitable when first-up for a month. “That was her first run for five weeks and she will be fitter this week,” said Olivieri, who boasts three wins in the Empress Stakes. “She sat in the breeze, and probably in hindsight, you would have liked her to have put a bit more pressure on Indomitable early. But then again that might have been to our detriment.” Although he feels barrier four makes Sensational Gabby’s task harder, Olivieri’s confidence grew after Indomitable drew the outside of the front row. Indomitable led throughout from the pole last week, while Sensational Gabby worked over time in the ‘death seat’. Sensational Gabby will be driven by champion reinsman Chris Lewis, who is aiming for an incredible eighth success in the Group Two. Lewis’ previous wins were with Candy Nacray in 1988, Armbro Lucy (1992), Meggie Dear (2001), Classical Mover (2002), Shes Royalty (2007), Ima Spicey Lombo (2011) and Sensational Gabby (2014). Victory will also see Sensational Gabby join an elite sorority, with only three mares completing multiple wins in the feature’s 46-year history. Bellagena was the ground breaker in 1971 and ‘72), followed by Kiwi Cloud in ‘77 and ‘79 and Golden Goddess, which is the only triple winner thanks to her triumphs in 1997, ’98 and ‘99. KEN CASELLAS

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