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Star reinsman Mark Reed is far from unhappy that stylish four-year-old Kiwi Legend has drawn the inside of the back line in the $35,000 John Higgins Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he gives the gelding a strong winning chance in the Group 3 feature harness racing event. “He has come back really good in this preparation and seems to be improving with every run,” he said. “We’ve got a draw on Friday night that I think could be a good draw; we’ll be behind the leader or three back on the pegs at the worst. “It’s a pretty classy field and there should be plenty of pace on. All we’ll need is a bit of a look at them. I’ll be driving him patiently and he’ll need a bit of luck. I’m sure he will be hard to beat.” Kiwi Legend, trained by Reed’s father Mike, has struck top form. Two starts ago, last Friday week, he began speedily from out wide at barrier eight before working hard outside the pacemaker Gaz Wannabet and then revealing great determination to get up and beat that pacer by a nose after final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.5sec. Then last Friday night the Art Major gelding was restrained to the rear after starting from the No. 9 barrier. He impressed in finishing powerfully from tenth at the bell to be second to the pacemaker Glenferrie Affair over 2130m. Kiwi Legend arrived in Western Australia with a big reputation after winning at his only two starts in New Zealand. He made a great Australian debut, starting at 11/2, leading and winning a prelude of the WA Derby in March 2015, in which 3/1 on favourite Beaudiene Boaz worked hard in the breeze before wilting to finish eighth.  Kiwi Legend rated a smart 1.54.7 over the 2130m journey. “He had a hard run which knocked him around a bit,” Reed said. “He then had a few issues during his second preparation, but this time, touch wood, he’s come back really good. He’s still a bit immature, but he is a class horse and I expect him to go through the classes.” Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond hold an extremely strong hand in Friday night’s race in which they have five of the 12 runners --- Char Do Neigh, Bungalow Bill, Mighty Major, Better Scoot and Our Regal Ideal. Char Do Neigh, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick from barrier four on the front line, is unbeaten at his first three starts in Western Australia after arriving from New Zealand where he had 30 starts for five wins and nine placings. Char Do Neigh warmed up for the Higgins Memorial in fine style at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon when he settled down in tenth position before dashing forward, three wide in the first lap to work hard in the breeze. He fought on grimly to win the 2130m event from Mister Ardee and Livura, rating 1.56.3. Bungalow Bill (barrier six) and Better Scoot (seven) also are racing in fine form, with Bungalow Bill, a winner at nine of his 18 starts, working hard in the breeze when a head second to Three Bears in a qualifying heat at Pinjarra last Monday week after winning easily at Gloucester Park and Bunbury at his two previous outings. Better Scoot’s past eight starts have produced five wins and three seconds and he has the ability to overcome his wide draw. Gary Hall jun. will drive the Michael Brennan-trained four-year-old Rub Of The Green, who has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier. “The aim will be to lead,” said Hall. “I have driven him only once and that was at his latest start in a heat of this race when we had no luck at all and were lucky to scrape into the final by finishing fourth behind Three Bears.” Brennan has a good second-string runner in Im Master Charlie, who will be driven by Chris Voak from the outside of the back line. Im Master Charlie sat behind the pacemaker and stablemate Naughty Maravu and fought on gamely when third to that pacer in the 2503m BOTRA Cup last Friday night.  Ken Casellas

Ace harness racing reinsman Clinton Hall has driven talented four-year-old Mynameskenny at his past seven starts for seven wins, but he has opted to drive eight-year-old Glenlochar in the $25,000 Colin Hammersley Memorial Chandon final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. What swayed him was the fact that Glenlochar drew the prized No. 1 barrier and that Mynameskenny drew the outside barrier (three) on the back line in the 2130m event. Banjup trainer Annie Belton was delighted that Hall chose Glenlochar ahead of Mynameskenny and declared that Glenlochar would take plenty of beating. “The plan is to lead, definitely,” she said. “Glenlochar has good gate speed and he worked well in a Byford trial on Sunday morning when he worked his way to the front in the first lap for Nathan Turvey and went on to win, unextended without the ear plugs being released.” Glenlochar competed against extremely moderate opposition in the trial in which he rated 1.58 over the 2150m trip, with final quarters in 28.8sec. and 28.2sec. He defeated Skewsy Newsy by seven and a half lengths. It was only by chance that Belton is training the New Zealand-bred Glenlochar for Horsham owner Shannon Hoffmann, the owner of interdominion championship runner Easy On The Eye in WA late last year. “We met him at the Inters in Perth last November and became good friends,” Belton explained. “He considered that Perth racing would suit Glenlochar and he also sent me Change Gear and Jivin Cullen.” Hall brought up his seventh successive victory with Mynameskenny last Friday night when the horse trailed the pacemaker Ima Connoisseur before getting off the pegs 250m from home and finishing fast to beat that pacer at a 1.56.2 rate over 2130m, with a final quarter of 27.8sec. That took Hall’s record behind Mynameskenny to 15 wins from 24 drives. Glenlochar has raced 15 times in WA for three wins and seven placings. Hall has driven the gelding six times for two wins, two seconds, one third and one fourth. Hall’s younger brother Gary will drive American Boy in preference to Ricimer in Friday night’s race. Ricimer has set the pace and won at each of his past four starts, all at Gloucester Park. Hall jun. was in the sulky for three of those wins, including an all-the-way success over American Boy last Friday night. “I’ll drive American Boy because Ricimer cannot lead from barrier five this week,” Hall said. “In saying that I must admit that American Boy faces a tough task and is likely to struggle from barrier eight.” Ken Casellas

Champion four-year-old Beaudiene Boaz is one of the favourites for the interdominion championship later this year, but his harness racing driver Gary Hall jun. is apprehensive about his prospects in the $23,000 Ron Gallop Memorial Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, citing stablemate Cyamach as a major danger. Beaudiene Boaz made a superb return to racing after a six-month absence when he crushed his rivals in a 1730m sprint last Friday week to improve his record to 22 wins from 30 starts for earnings of $997,784. Hall was full of praise for Beaudiene Boaz’s first-up performance, but he admitted that the horse faced a stern task this week from the outside barrier (No. 9) against stablemate Cyamach (Mach Three), who will be driven by Lauren Jones from the No. 5 barrier. “I don’t think that Beaudiene Boaz is a good thing, second-up and over 2536m,” he said. “Mind you, I was pretty impressed with the way he went first-up. However, the way Cyamach is going, he’s a big danger. His run last week was probably his career best.” At his return to racing last Friday week Beaudiene Boaz raced three wide early before surging to the front with 1000m to travel. He sprinted over the final 400m in 27.7sec. and won by just under a length from stablemate Run Oneover at a 1.53 rate over 1730m. Cyamach started out wide at barrier eight and was eighth at the bell before finishing powerfully to be third. Then last Friday night Cyamach started from the No. 6 barrier and raced in the breeze outside stablemate Run Oneover. He refused to give in and fought on grandly to be second, less than a length behind Run Oneover. “Cyamach is the best horse I’ve driven and he has a heart of gold,” said Jones. Beaudiene Boaz and Cyamach are prepared by Gary Hall sen., who also has My Hard Copy and Waylade engaged in Friday night’s race. He has sound prospects of landing the quartet. Ken Casellas

Champion harness racing reinsman Gary Hall jun. celebrated his 34th birthday by driving the Michael Brennan-trained Awesum Teddy to victory in a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night and he hopes to continue in good form by landing Maidenimpression a winner of the third race, the Bill Steer Memorial Pace for three-year-old fillies, on Friday night. Hall has driven Maidenimpression for Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice at the filly’s past three starts for a fast-finishing win in the Dainty’s Daughter Classic at Pinjarra, an unlucky fifth behind Jasmin Amal and an easy win in a heat of the Breeders Classic at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon. Maidenimpression is somewhat awkwardly drawn at barrier six in Friday night’s 2130m event, but Hall believes the filly by the $4 million earner Mister Big has the ability to overcome this disadvantage. “She led from barrier one and got it all her own way on Monday,” he said. “But she still ran decent sectionals (30.6sec., 30.1sec., 28.4sec. and 27.7sec.). She’s a big-striding filly and she goes quicker than what you think she’s going. It felt like that she won in second gear. “This will be a test from barrier six, but she’s probably good enough to go forward. Eventually she will be a role player from any draw.” Ross Olivieri, an eight-time premiership trainer in WA, said that he Sheer Rocknroll was a big chance in the race if she was able to get to the front from the No. 2 barrier. Sheer Rocknroll has won at eight of her 26 starts and is a splendid frontrunner. But Olivieri is concerned that she might not be able to cross the polemarker Maia Maguire, a filly trained by Prentice who made most of the running when an easy winner at Bunbury two starts ago. Sheer Rocknroll will be handled by her usual reinsman Stuart McDonald, who was suspended on Tuesday night for four weeks after the stewards found him guilty of an unacceptable drive behind Sheer Rocknroll when she finished fifth and last behind Maidenimpression on Monday afternoon. The stewards ruled that McDonald erred by electing to move Sheer Rocknroll from a one-wide position early in the race to the pegs, where he was unable to gain a clear run for the remainder of the race. McDonald’s penalty will start from midnight on Friday night. Ken Casellas

The return to harness racing by My Hard Copy ($1,046,422) after a beneficial spell will be a highlight of the ten-event program at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But the millionaire pacer and dual WA Pacing Cup winner could well lower his colours to his race-hardened stablemate Run Oneover, according to champion trainer Gary Hall sen. Clint Hall had the choice of drives and he opted for My Hard Copy, who will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line of the 2130m Remote Foods Australia Pace. Run Oneover will be driven by Gary Hall jun. from the prized No. 1 barrier. “The Changeover gelding is a good frontrunner and it will take a pretty good horse to beat him,” declared Hall jun. Hall sen. agreed, saying: “I think, given the draws, you would have to favour Run Oneover. I lean towards him; his recent form has been outstanding. Beaudiene Boaz also was outstanding, winning first-up last week. And Run Oneover was nearly as good, sitting outside of him and finishing second.” Run Oneover, an up-and-coming four-year-old, has struck a purple patch with his seven runs in this campaign producing four wins and three seconds. Hall sen. said that Beaudiene Boaz would be his No. 1 contender in the interdominion championship series at Gloucester Park in November and December. “In my opinion Beaudiene Boaz should be favourite for the Inters ahead of Lenntheshark and his stablemate Hectorjayjay,” he said. “I think that both of them will have a lot of trouble in beating Beaudiene Boaz around Gloucester Park, particularly if the barrier draw goes our way. I’m not frightened of Hectorjayjay, but I’m a little bit frightened of Lennytheshark.” My Hard Copy will be making his first appearance since finishing fourth behind Have Faith In Me in the Miracle Mile at Menangle on February 28. At his two previous starts he finished third behind Smolda and Ohoka Punter in the Hunter Cup at Melton and third to Monifieth and Bling It On in the Cordina Sprint at Menangle. Five starts ago, on January 15, My Hard Copy unwound a typical whirlwind finish to beat Devenda and Beaudiene Boaz in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park.    “I’d say, first-up, that Clint will rely on My Hard Copy’s sit-sprint ability,” said Hall sen. The Hall camp holds a very strong hand in Friday night’s race and the stable has bright prospects of filling the first four placings --- with Run Oneover, My Hard Copy, Cyamach and Waylade. Waylade, a last-start winner, will be driven by Kim Prentice from the favourable No. 2 barrier and Lauren Jones will drive Cyamach from barrier six on the front line. Cyamach was most impressive last Friday night when he finished powerfully from eighth at the bell to be third behind Beaudiene Boaz and Run Oneover last Friday night. Stablemate Classic American, who finished ninth in that race, will leave Perth on Monday to do his future racing in the United States. He has been purchased by the American owner who bought the Hall-trained Machtu, who recorded his second American victory at Yonkers last Friday. Another former Hall pacer Northview Punter finished second in another race on the Yonkers program. My Hard Copy warmed up for Friday night’s assignment with a runaway win in a 2550m standing-start trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Driven by Clint Hall, My Hard Copy won the trial by 16 lengths. He dashed over the final two quarters in 28.7sec. and 27.7sec. “Clint said he went great,” said Hall sen. Ken Casellas

Five-year-old Our Ideal Act, the least experienced runner in the $23,000 Garrard’s Horse And Hound BOTRA Cup, has an outstanding harness racing record in standing-start races and he has the ability to overcome the 20m handicap and win the 2503m stand at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred gelding, owned and trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has won 11 times from just 23 starts, with nine of those wins in stands --- two from nine starts in New Zealand and seven from 14 starts in Western Australia. Our Ideal Act bounced back to his best form three Fridays ago when he started from 10m and was 11th with two laps to travel. Ryan Warwick then sent him forward and he sustained his three-wide burst to be fifth at the bell before he sprinted over the final two 400m sections in 28.6sec. and 28.3sec. to get up in the final stride to defeat the pacemaker Importer Exporter. That was his tenth win from his past 15 starts. He is by American Ideal and is closely related to former star mare Tupelo Rose, who retired with a fine record of 101 starts for 35 wins and 25 placings for stakes of $1,146,603 Our Ideal Act is out of In Hollywood, a full-sister to the brilliant Tupelo Rose. Tupelo Rose won 12 races in New Zealand, 12 in Australia, one in Canada and ten in the United States. She won five group 1 and two group 2 events in New Zealand and her Australian victories included the Victoria and Australian Oaks at Moonee Valley in 2000. The Bonds also have another strong chance in this week’s Cup in nine-year-old Pay Me Cullen, who has won standing-start events at Gloucester Park and Northam at his past two outings. He will start from the 10m mark. Chris Lewis has high hopes of winning the BOTRA Cup for the fifth time when he drives tough stayer Our Jericho for eight-time leading West Australian trainer Ross Olivieri. Lewis has won the BOTRA Cup with Village Kid (1985), Elteei (1986), Mach Ruler (2009) and Tartary Gladiator (2011), but Olivieri has yet to train the winner of this feature event. The closest he has come was in 2010 when Lewis drove 7/2 chance Jordangarry, who set the pace and finished a close second to 9/4 favourite Albert Jaccka. Our Jericho produced a powerful performance to win a 2503m stand last Friday week when he raced three wide for much of the journey. He then started from the outside of the back line in a mobile 2130m event last Friday night and was far from disgraced when he sustained a strong three-wide burst from the rear to finish sixth behind American Boy when the final 800m (off the front) was covered in a fast 55.4sec. He will start from 10m on Friday night. The Michael Brennan-trained Naughty Maravu will have many admirers after several strong efforts in recent weeks. Naughty Maravu will start from 10m and will be driven by Gary Hall jun., who has won the BOTRA Cup with Strike A Blow (2002), Spirit of Shard (2008) and Classic American (2015). Naughty Maravu was most unlucky when seventh behind Ohoka Cooper in a 2503m stand last Friday night when he was forced to race three wide without cover in third place for more than two laps. “We had no luck at all and were history after 700m,” said Hall. “He gets his chance to make amends this week.” Ohoka Cooper ran an excellent trial for this week’s Cup when he was eighth with two laps to travel and tenth at the bell before surging home from fifth on the home turn to win by a length from the fast-finishing Phoenix Warrior. Ohoka Cooper (10m) is trained at Mt Helena by Ray Williams and will again be driven by Nathan Turvey. Seven-year-old Copagrin has been set for the BOTRA Cup and part-owner and trainer John Guagliardo has high hopes of a first-up victory after the gelding’s impressive workouts in trials at Byford on the past two Sunday mornings. Ken Casellas

Star reinsman Gary Hall jun. has driven brilliant harness racing four-year-old American Boy 11 times for ten wins. But he has decided to drive four-year-old stablemate Ricimer in preference to American Boy in the 2130m Central Fruit Sales Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. What swayed Hall was the fact that the gelding by Ponder, a splendid frontrunner, has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier, with American Boy drawn out wide at barrier eight. Hall has driven American Boy at each of his past five starts for five impressive victories, but he believes that the more favourable barrier will enable Ricimer to beat American Boy on Friday night. “If I thought that American Boy could go straight to the outside of the leader I’d probably change my mind,” Hall said. “But I’m not sure he can do that. “Ricimer has relished leading in his recent races and he’s been running good times which suggest he should win again. And he doesn’t mind copping a bit of pressure. I can’t see the need for Ricimer to go much better than he has been for him to win.” Trainer Gary Hall sen. said that there was no doubt that American Boy was a better horse than Ricimer. “But from barrier one Ricimer will run about 1.55 which means he will be hard to beat,” he predicted. “I don’t think that Our Jimmy Johnstone is out of it. His win last Friday week was very good.” Our Jimmy Johnstone, prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, will be driven by Ryan Warwick from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. The seven-year-old overcame the disadvantage of barrier eight when he charged home from eighth at the bell to win easily by two lengths from stablemate Ima Connoisseur over 2130m last Friday week. The Bond stable also has good prospects in the opening event, the 2536m Taylor Sulky Repairs Pace for three-year-olds, in which Vanquished makes strong appeal from the No. 1 barrier. Vanquished has resumed after a spell in good style and has won at his past two outings, over 2185m at Pinjarra and over 2130m at Gloucester Park. However, Vanquished is sure to receive stiff opposition from the Hall-trained Harry Hoo, who will start from the No. 6 barrier. Harry Hoo started from barrier nine before finishing strongly from seventh at the bell to be a close third behind Kiwi Legend and the pacemaker Gaz Wannabet in fast time over 2130m last Friday night. Gaz Wannabet will start out wide at barrier eight in Friday night’s race, with stylish last-start all-the-way winner Franco Rayner, the only metropolitan-class three-year-old winner in the field, on the outside at No. 9. The Hall and Bond camps also look set to fight out the finish of the York and Districts Community Financial Services Pace in which the Hall stable will be represented by Big Spook and Avalon Bromac and the Bonds by the ultra-consistent Holy Grail and the in-form Ima Tragedy.     Lauren Jones will drive Big Spook, who should lead from the No. 2 barrier prove very hard to beat. Big Spook set the pace from barrier two and fought on grandly when second to stablemate American Boy over 2130m last Friday night. Ken Casellas

Smart West Australian-bred four-year-old Mynameskenny warmed up for his return to harness racing in fine style when he rated 1.57.7 in winning a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning, a performance which indicated he would prove hard to beat in the third heat of the Regency Food Services WA Chandon Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The John Oldroyd-trained horse’s prospects improved sharply when he drew the prized No.1 barrier and Clint Hall is sure to make full use of the pacer’s good gate speed. Mynameskenny has won at each of his past six starts and his past 13 starts have produced eleven wins. He has had a spell since he led from barrier four and sprinted over the final two quarters in 28.7sec. and 26.9sec. in beating Twoandahalf Tigers and Phoenix Warrior at a 1.57 rate over 2100m at Bunbury on April 23. Ima Connoisseur, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, looms large as the chief danger to Mynameskenny. Ima Connoisseur began fast from barrier two and worked hard in the breeze before fighting on in grand style to finish second, a neck behind the pacemaker Ricimer over 2130m last Friday night. A week earlier he led from barrier five and finished a splendid second to talented stablemate Our Jimmy Johnstone in fast time over 2130m. Adding interest to Friday night’s race is the reappearance of the speedy Thats Rite, who showed good promise late last year when he won five races in a row for Serpentine trainer Gary Hall sen. Thats Rite, a winner of 17 races from 51 starts, will start from barrier six and is not expected to seriously challenge Mynameskenny or Ima Connoisseur. Znana, a standing-start specialist, will begin from the No. 7 barrier in this mobile event for trainer-reinsman Nathan Turvey. The five-year-old caught the eye at Gloucester Park last Saturday night when he started from 50m and charged home from the rear to finish second to Ohoka Assassin over 2503m. Ken Casellas

Up-and-coming harness racing four-year-old American Boy has recovered from a high temperature which forced his withdrawal from a race last Friday week, has made a good recovery and has bright prospects of extending his winning sequence to five when he contests the second heat of the Premier Avan Ovation M7 Chandon Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. American Boy, trained by Gary Hall sen. and driven by Gary Hall jun., will start out wide at barrier seven on the front line in the 2130m event. But he has the versatility and class to overcome this disadvantage. “It won’t be easy from out wide,” said a cautious Hall sen. “But he’s a good horse and when he led from barrier one and rated 1.54.9 at his latest start he showed how good he is.” Hall sen. also said that he had sound winning prospects with Ricimer in the Premier Caravan Hire Pace and Harry Hoo in the Premier Avan Infinity 685 Pace. “Ricimer has drawn barrier one and he’s a very good frontrunner,” Hall said. “He has led and has been pretty impressive in winning at his past two starts. And he’s had to overcome a lot of pressure in both those wins. I don’t see any change in that pattern on Friday night.” Harry Hoo and Gaz Wannabet (trained by Greg and Skye Bond) are the two three-year-olds in the 2130m event for C1 to C4-class pacers and their clash with the talented four-year-old Kiwi Legend (trained by Mike Reed) should be a highlight of the ten-event program. “Harry Hoo’s form has been great, but he will be tested by Kiwi Legend and Gaz Wannabet,” said Hall sen. Harry Hoo managed only two placings from seven starts as a two-year-old before showing tremendous improvement this season, with his 19 starts as a three-year-old producing seven wins and six seconds. Ken Casellas

Memories of the brilliant filly Via Vista winning the 1980 Golden Slipper will come flooding back when the great father-and-son harness racing combination of trainer Gary Hall sen. and reinsman Gary Hall jun. attempt to win the 2016 Premier Avan Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Friday night with the talented New Zealand-bred gelding El Barcelona. Via Vista, trained and driven by Bill Duffy, had an outstanding career in Western Australia before she was retired with a record of 77 starts for 29 wins, 17 placings and stakes of $166,245 and returned to the breeding barn in New Zealand. She was a half-sister to Via Veneece, the maternal great granddam of El Barcelona, who is by American stallion Dali.  El Barcelona will start from the outside barrier (No. 3) on the back line in the 2130m classic and Hall sen. is bubbling with confidence, with a simple but precise prediction of “I think he will win.” El Barcelona, inclined to be a bit skittish in the early stages of his career, has wonderful potential and has won at three of his six starts. The gelding reappeared after a three-week absence when he started from the outside (No. 9) on the front line in a 2130m event last Friday night. Hall jun. sent him forward three wide in the early stages before he raced in the breeze outside the pacemaker Sergeant Oats for almost two laps. He wilted in the final stages to finish third behind Sergeant Oats and Vincenzo Peruggia. “I was really happy with his run,” said Hall sen. “He will improve. He went into last week’s race after missing a bit of work when he had only one hoppled run in the previous three weeks. He should be cherry ripe this week and I think he will win.” Hall said he had plenty of respect for several of the runners in this week’s classic, including the polemarker and hot favourite Mitch Maguire and The Real Ideal, a smart all-the-way winner of the group 1 Westbred Classic last Friday week. “If El Barcelona had drawn barrier one I would have declared him,” he said. “But I’m not giving up yet. I think The Real Ideal will be the hardest to beat.” The Halls have tasted success in the Golden Slipper, with Hall sen. the trainer and driver of Love of Glory, who beat stablemates Possibly and Almagest in 1989. Hall sen. and Hall jun. combined to win the event with Beaudiene Boaz in 2014. Peter Anderson trained 10/1 on favourite James Matthew when he was fired up after a false start and raced wide early and then pulled hard in the lead before being beaten a nose in the final stride by Aussie Reactor in the 2008 Golden Slipper. He is hoping for better fortune with The Real Ideal, who will be driven by Chris Lewis from the No. 3 barrier. Lewis has won the Golden Slipper a record seven times, scoring with Pardon Me Boys (1987), Harry Gunn (1995), Saab (1997), Talladega (1999), The Jobs On (2004), Aikido Whitby (2006) and Western Cullen (2011).  Ken Casellas

High-priced New Zealand-bred colt Mitch Maguire possesses dazzling gate speed and his prospects of winning the $125,000 Premier Avan Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Friday night soared when he drew the coveted No. 1 barrier in the Group 1 feature harness racing event over 2130m. Mitch Maguire, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will be handled by Ryan Warwick, who drove 9/1 chance Spirit of Navajo to victory over Devastating in the 2005 Golden Slipper. Greg Bond trained Ohokas Bondy for his Slipper triumph in 2010. Mitch Maguire left New Zealand by plane on June 27 and eight nights later he created a massive impression when he smashed the Narrogin track record for 1823m at his Australian debut. He began speedily from the back line and quickly moved alongside the pacemaker Writing On Thewall before Warwick sent him to the front after 650m. Warwick then gave Mitch Maguire his head with 400m to travel and the colt careered away from his rivals before coasting to victory by seven and a half lengths from Lord Willoughby. He rated 1.55.4, which obliterated the track record set by four-year-old mare Chelsea Diamond in January 2011 and equalled six months later by three-year-old filly Siena Franco. That was his first start since he began brilliantly from barrier one and sprinted over the first 400m in a sizzling 27.3sec. in the 1609m $150,000 Emerald for two-year-old colts and geldings at Cambridge on June 4. After a second quarter in 28.9sec. Mitch Maguire relinquished the lead after 950m and finished a good fourth behind More The Better, who covered the metric mile in 1.53.3, with a final quarter in 27.7sec. At his previous outing, in a $195,000 classic over 1950m at Addington on May 14 Mitch Maguire began with dazzling pace from the No. 4 barrier and burst straight to the front before Brent Mangos restrained the colt after 150m to trail the pacemaker. Mitch Maguire finished a splendid fourth behind More The Better, who rated 1.54.4. Before that, Mitch Maguire was first out from the No. 1 barrier and led for the first 450m before Mangos surrendered the lead to Van Mara. Mitch Maguire took advantage of the sprint lane and got to the front 150m from the post to win by two lengths from Concorde, rating 1.57.7 over 2200m, with a final quarter in 28.8sec. He was also a winner at Alexandra Park at the end of February when he began speedily from the No. 6 barrier and set the pace before scoring easily over 1700m. Mitch Maguire is by American stallion Sportswriter and is the first foal out of the unraced Christian Cullen mare Miley Maguire, a full-sister to Davy Maguire, who won 17 times at Gloucester Park and earned $285,948 from 23 wins and 30 placings from 159 starts. While Mitch Maguire is expected to be an odds-on favourite, there will be support for several promising and well-performed runners in the race. El Barcelona, an inexperienced but richly talented New Zealand-bred gelding trained by Gary Hall sen., has won at three of his six starts and is capable of a bold showing. Im Rockaria, a Victorian-bred colt trained by Michael Brennan, gave a sample of his class when he stormed home to win the group 1 Pearl Classic early last month; West Australian-bred The Real Ideal, trained by Peter Anderson, will be fancied from the No. 3 barrier. He revealed excellent gate speed to set the pace and win the group 1 Westbred Classic at a 1.58.1 rate over 2130m last Friday week. David Thompson’s  Allmightyjoelouis won the group 1 Sales Classic in April when he led and defeated The Real Ideal (breeze). Wesley and Sergeant Oats have also won feature events and the promising Major Pocket and Baylan Jett have the ability to cause an upset. Ken Casellas

Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice holds a strong hand in the $18,000 Premier Avan Maxxi Pace for harness racing three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park with four of the 12 runners --- Maia Maguire, Maidenimpression, Millwood Molly and Im Zuleika. The New Zealand-bred Maia Maguire is showing steady improvement and though awkwardly drawn at barrier five on the front line, she appears to have sound winning prospects for reinsman Chris Lewis. Maia Maguire warmed up for this week’s race in good style with a convincing victory over 2569m at Bunbury last Saturday night. She raced three wide early before dashing to the front with two laps to travel. After a slow first half (64.7sec.) of the final mile Maia Maguire increased the tempo and impressed when she sped over the final quarters in 28.6sec. and 27.8sec. to win by more than two lengths from Allthewaytothebank. Gary Hall jun. will drive Maidenimpression, who notched her third win from seven starts when she raced in sixth and last position for most of the way before finishing powerfully to get up in the final stride to win the Dainty’s Daughter Classic by a head from Jasmin Amal at a 1.57.4 rate over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. The final quarters were run in 27.5sec. and 29.3sec. Maidenimpression will need a slice of luck to overcome her wide draw at No. 8 on Friday night. Millwood Molly, a fast-finishing winner at Gloucester Park at her debut two starts ago, had every chance when fourth behind Maidenimpression on Monday. She will start from the outside of the front line on Friday night. Im Zuleika, a winner at two of her 12 starts, will begin from the inside of the back line and should be prominent. The David Thompson-trained Jasmin Amal has drawn favourably at barrier one. She ran on from fifth at the bell to hit the front 50m from the post when a head second to Maidenimpression on Monday. The Ross Olivieri-trained Sheer Rocknroll set the pace in Monday’s race and was far from disgraced in finishing a close-up third to Maidenimpression. Her 24 starts have produced eight wins and eight placings and she has excellent each-way prospects from barrier three on Friday night. Many punters will also pin their faith in Our Gamma Lady (barrier six) and Shes Artful (seven). Our Gamma Lady, trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, chalked up her fifth win from 15 starts when she gave a bold frontrunning display to win by more than three lengths from Usual Chaos over 1684m at a 1.56 rate at Pinjarra on Monday. Shes Artful, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, covered a lot of extra ground before scoring an easy first-up win at Northam three starts ago. She sustained a spirited finishing burst when third to Straight Thru Blue over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday. Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 15 July 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 15 July 2016

Rising superstar Beaudiene Boaz, laid low in hospital for two weeks in May as he underwent constant treatment for a serious eye injury, has recovered fully and is poised to make a triumphant return to harness racing at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The champion four-year-old will start his interdominion championship campaign when he contests the $23,000 Premier Avan Aliner Pace over 1730m in which he will renew his rivalry with his brilliant four-year-old stablemate Run Oneover. He will start out wide at barrier seven, with stablemates Cyamach at barrier eight, Run Oneover on the outside at nine and Classic American at No. 5. “It’s all good and it won’t be a problem,” said trainer Gary Hall sen. “He has recovered from the injury to his nearside eye and his recent work has been good, just as you would expect from him. He’s a bit porky, but he should be too good for them, I think.” Gary Hall jun. will handle Beaudiene Boaz and his elder brother Clint will drive Run Oneover. Beaudiene Boaz, a winner of five group 1 events in a glittering career of 29 starts which have produced 21 wins and four placings for earnings of $982,604, received severe damage to his nearside eye after a track workout in early May. “We think he must have been hit by a rock when coming off the track,” said Hall sen. “He spent two weeks in a veterinary hospital in Baldivis and received treatment four times a day. It was quite a substantial injury and he could hardly open his eye. It has left a little white spot in the eye. “We’ve got no time now for him to have a spell before the Inters. We’ll just space his runs.” Beaudiene Boaz has not raced since he trailed the pacemaker Devendra and ran home determinedly to finish third to My Hard Copy and Devendra in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup on January 15. Hall sen. said that he also expected a bold showing from Run Oneover in this week’s race, reporting that Run Oneover had thrived since he dashed to the front after 700m and went on to win the 2536m Winter Cup easily from stablemates Ideal Alice and Waylade last Friday week. Ken Casellas

The Forrestdale stable of leading harness racing trainers Greg and Skye Bond is on fire and Burning is the topical tip to give punters an early fillip at the ten-event card at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Punters cashed in at Narrogin on Tuesday night when the Bond stable and reinsman Ryan Warwick landed three winners, Mitch Maguire ($1.70), Superimposed ($1.30) and Char Do Neigh ($23.20), with Mitch Maguire and Char Do Neigh each breaking a track record and Superimposed giving Warwick a century of winners for the season. The Bonds won with Our Ideal Act, Dodolicious and Holy Grail at Gloucester Park last Friday night and with Gaz Wannabet and Pay Me Cullen at Gloucester Park the following night. Greg and Skye Bond go into Friday night’s meeting with 176 winners from 839 starters this season and lead Gary Hall sen. (171 winners from 594 starters) on the Statewide trainers’ premiership table. The Bond stable has 16 runners on Friday night, with Baylan Jett a strong each-way prospect in race one and Burning looking the goods from the ideal barrier No. 2 in the second event, the 2130m Waharoa Walton United RFC Pace, with the main opposition likely to come from the stable’s other four runners, Our Jimmy Johnstone, Change Stride, Ima Connoisseur and Bounty Eyre Burning, a consistent Mach Three five-year-old, is in splendid form, with two wins and three placings from his past five starts. At his latest outing, over 2130m last Friday week, Burning was a 20/1 chance who began fast from the No. 5 barrier and worked hard on the outside of the pacemaker  American Boy before finishing a fighting third behind that smart four-year-old and Commander Chapel. Phoenix Warrior (race four), Holy Grail (eight) and Mighty Major (nine) all look strong winning chances for the Bond stable. Holy Grail was most impressive when he charged home from last to win in grand style over 2536m last Friday night, and he has the ability to fight out the finish of the 1730m Paige Smith Pace, despite starting out wide at barrier seven. Five-year-old Mighty Major is a versatile performer who has won at two of his past three starts and he should fight out the finish with Straittothehilton in the Jazmyn Stol Special Pace. Ken Casellas

Inexperienced two-year-old El Barcelona is a big, gangling pacer with a few issues, but he should complete his preparation for harness racings $125,000 Golden Slipper next Friday week by overpowering his rivals in the $18,000 Hanna Hutchison Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.He fared poorly in the random draw and must overcome the considerable disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier (No. 9) off the front line in the field of ten in the 2130m event. He has won at three of his five starts, but has shown disturbing signs of untractable habits. Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. admitted that El Barcelona was still a bit green and was not the ideal two-year-old. “The barrier draw is against him this week,” he said. “He gets on one rein when he’s out wide and at his latest start he hung down badly in the back straight when he should have won easily (instead of beating the pacemaker Its Major Bubbles by a narrow margin).” At his most recent appearance, over 1609m at Bunbury three Saturdays ago, El Barcelona raced in the one-out, one-back position before starting a three-wide move 500m from home. The third quarter was covered in a fast 27.3sec. and the final 400m took 27.9sec., with El Barcelona getting to the front about 80m from the post. “I have backed off a bit with El Barcelona and he will need the run this week, leading into the Golden Slipper,” Hall said. “Whatever he does this week, he will improve on.” There is abundant exposed form in Friday night’s race and the speedy Courtney Burch-trained Sergeant Oats will have many admirers from the prized No. 1 barrier, with Morgan Woodley certain to make full use of the Rich And Spoilt gelding’s excellent gate speed. Sergeant Oats started out wide at barrier seven in the Westbred Classic last Friday night and he was far from disgraced in finishing sixth behind The Real Ideal after racing three wide for much of the first lap and then in the breeze. That followed wins at Narrogin, Bunbury and Gloucester Park at his three previous starts, in which he began speedily and led in the races at Narrogin and Gloucester Park. Major Pocket, Baylan Jett, Our Zak Whitby and Bravo Tex are all racing in good form and cannot be discounted. Major Pocket trailed the pacemaker The Real Ideal and finished solidly when second in the Westbred Classic in which Baylan Jett sustained a strong burst from tenth in the middle stages to finish third. Our Zak Whitby, trained by Ed Dewar, is a consistent performer and winner of three races who can unwind a powerful finishing burst. Ken Casellas

Champion harness racing trainer Gary Hall Sen. freely admits that he did not rate Harry Hoo among the best four or five three-year-olds in his stable at the start of the season, but he is now quite happy to declare that he underestimated the Bettor's Delight’s gelding’s potential.   Harry Hoo, to be driven by Gary Hall jnr., will start from the No. 6 barrier in the Desmond Arahanga Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and Hall sen. said that if he got to an early lead he would win. “I didn’t really rate him early on, but he has done very well and has been a bit of a surprise,” Hall said. At his latest outing he started from the outside barrier and showed plenty of strength to win after racing three wide and in the breeze. “He won’t have things all his own way on Friday night and there are plenty of chances in the field.” Harry Hoo arrived in Western Australia 12 months ago after managing two placings from seven starts in New Zealand. He has shown steady improvement and his first 18 WA starts have produced seven wins and five seconds. There is abundant gate speed on the inside of Harry Hoo this week, with Adda Courage (barrier one), Franco Rayner (two) and Bettor Not Bitter (three) all possessing good early speed. However, Harry Hoo’s improving strength could be a deciding factor in the final stages. Hall said that Ricimer, an easy all-the-way winner from barrier one over 1730m last Friday night, was capable of repeating the dose in the 2130m first heat of the Sapphire Wikaira Chandon Pace on Friday night. “Ricimer is a dead-set frontrunner and we will be going forward from barrier four at the start and attempting to lead,” he said. However, the Ross Olivieri-trained Jambiani is perfectly drawn at No. 1. She is a noted frontrunner and Chris Voak is expected to make a bold bid to retain the lead. If there is an early war between Jambiani and Ricimer, it could play into the hands of Another Vinnie, Glenlochar and Shirlz Sensation. Ken Casellas    

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