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“She’s fit; she’s hard and she’s ready to go,” declared Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan when assessing star New South Wales mare Frith’s prospects in the $35,000 James Brennan Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The brilliant six-year-old and the only mare in the 2536m group 3 event is poised to take full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier (an automatic draw under the conditions of the race), with Brennan predicting that Frith would set the pace and prove hard to catch. “We’ll be leading,” said Brennan. “There’s nothing there that will cross her, I would’ve thought. She’s very quick out of the gate and runs her best races in front.” Frith, trained by Junee postman Bruce Harpley throughout her 46-start career of 33 wins, six seconds and two thirds for $884,245 in prizemoney, will be having her first start for six months. But Harpley, who has remained in Junee to prepare a team of 11 pacers and to deliver the mail, is confident that Frith is ready to run a big race, first-up. “Bruce said she is forward enough,” Brennan said. “I don’t expect too much early pressure and 2536m first-up is not a problem. She was ready to go to the races a fortnight ago, but when her owners decided to send her over here, they decided not to race her." “She’s a quality mare; you don’t win 33 out of 46 and $880,000 unless you are a very good mare. Bruce gave her a hoppled run, a decent hit-out, last Saturday before she got on the plane in Sydney for the trip to Perth. He was very happy with her work." “After the float trip down from Junee to Sydney (435km south-west of Sydney) and the flight to Perth, that was more than enough for her. She jogged this morning (Tuesday) and we’ll jog her through to Friday and have her ready to go." “Since she arrived she has done very well and is eating well. She is very free in her action and has settled right in. She’s been here before, so that’s a bonus.” Chris Voak has been engaged to drive Frith for the first time on Friday night, and he plans to have a good chat with Harpley before the race. “Frith is a bit tricky to drive, but Voaky will definitely suit her,” Brennan said. “She’s a mare who needs to be driven along a bit and she doesn’t like other horses getting past her.” Voak, who is in top form in the sulky, with a treble at Gloucester Park last Friday night and a double with Memphis Bomber (6/1) and Disturbia (29/1) at Northam on Tuesday night, is hoping that history will repeat itself. In last year’s Brennan Memorial Voak drove the only mare in the race, Leda McNally, the 5/4 on favourite who set the pace from the No. 1 barrier and held on to win by a half-head from Shardons Rocket. Leda McNally became only the third successful mare in the 47-year history of the race. Brennan also has been successful in a Brennan Memorial, with Im Victorious (driven by Justin Prentice) winning narrowly from Sneakyn Down Under in 2013. Frith is likely to receive stiff opposition on Friday night from Elegant Christian, Crusader Banner and Northview Punter, trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen. Interestingly, each of those three pacers was successful in minor events on the Brennan Memorial program in 2014. Others who will have admirers include the brilliant, but somewhat unreliable Condrieu and the speedy Little Boy Blue. Elegant Christian, to be driven by Clint Hall from out wide at barrier eight, looks set to fight out the finish. He was most impressive last Friday night when he started from 20m and was 11th with 600m to travel before surging home with a powerful burst to finish second to stablemate Cyamach over 2503m when the final 800m off the front was covered in 56.7sec. At Pinjarra the previous Monday Elegant Christian gave a bold frontrunning display to win a 2636m stand from El Machine and The Bucket List, dashing over the final 800m in 54.8sec. Condrieu, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will be driven by Colin Brown, who won the 2004 Brennan Memorial with Another Party. The versatile Condrieu will start from the outside barrier (No. 9), but he can never be underestimated. Frith, who has won seven group 1 and two group 3 events, has made one appearance in Western Australia when Harpley drove her to an all-the-way victory in the WA Oaks over 2536m in May 2013. Ken Casellas

Star mare Libertybelle Midfrew fared poorly in the random draw and will start out wide at No. 8 in the $23,000 International Health Mares Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But the Mike Reed-trained five-year-old has the speed and fighting qualities to overcome this distinct disadvantage and warm up for her campaign in the TABtouch Interdominion championship, starting the following Friday night, with a victory over quality opposition, including Ideal Alice, Leda McNally and Jungle Jewel. Libertybelle Midfrew should appreciate a return to racing against her own sex after contesting the 1730m Mount Eden Sprint against eight horses and geldings last Friday week when she started from barrier six and finished boldly from seventh at the bell to be third behind Waylade and My Hard Copy. A week earlier Libertybelle Midfrew started from the outside barrier (No. 9) and unwound a spirited burst from tenth at the 700m to get up and win from The Parade at a 1.54.9 rate over 2130m. The prospects of Ideal Alice, trained by Gary Hall sen. improved sharply when she drew the coveted No. 1 barrier, and Gary Hall jun. will be keen to set the pace before attempting to withstand last-lap challenges. Ideal Alice is a smart frontrunner and punters would be best advised to disregard her last-start sixth behind the pacemaking The Court Jester over 1730m last Friday week. She started from the No. 8 barrier and was never in contention. It will be a vastly different kettle of fish from No. 1 this week. Leda McNally, who made an excellent return to racing after a six-month absence when she led and won from Rocket Reign and Crusader Banner over 2130m last Friday night, will start from barrier six. She is at her best when she leads, but she is also quite versatile and is capable of unwinding a powerful finishing burst. Jungle Jewel, to be driven by Colin Brown for Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond, is a talented sit-sprinter who is likely to be restrained from the No. 5 barrier before Brown asks her a strong late burst. A winner at 16 of her 55 starts, her past 14 starts have produced five wins, five seconds, three thirds and one fourth placing. Serpentine trainer Michael Brennan has engaged Sydney horseman James Rattray to handle Pay Me Quick, who will start from barrier three. Pay Me Quick, who has finished third at each of her past two starts, will be at liberal odds. But Brennan is hoping that Rattray will repeat the dose when he brought Pay Me Quick home with a spirited late burst to win at odds of 19/1 at Gloucester Park in the first week of September when Rattray was driving at Gloucester Park for the first time. Ken Casellas

Memories of former New Zealand superstar pacer Christian Cullen will be revived when Chevrons Champion clashes with other talented fillies, including the brilliant Dodolicious, in the 2130m Clipsal Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Chevrons Champion, part-owned, trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, will start from barrier four in a highly-competitive field of just five runners. After winning twice from nine starts in New Zealand for Cran Dalgety, Chevrons Champion has impressed greatly in Western Australia where her four starts have produced three wins and a second placing. She is by outstanding stallion Bettors Delight out of the unraced In The Pocket mare Dreamsaregold, a full sister to Christian Cullen, who amassed $1,249,150 in stakes from 22 wins and four placings from 31 starts in the 1990s. In 1998 his victories included the New Zealand Cup, Auckland Cup and Miracle Mile at Harold Park.         Dreamsaregold also is a half-sister to Kates First, who earned $624,023 from 19 wins and 19 placings from 65 starts. Dodolicious, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, is on the doorstep of a wonderful career after her first nine starts produced five wins and four seconds. She resumed after a spell  and made her first appearance as a three-year-old at Pinjarra on Monday of last week when she raced three wide early and then in the breeze before getting to the front 120m from the post and finishing second to Scoobys Delight (1.53.5) over 1684m. That was her first outing since she set the pace and finished second to the fast-finishing gelding Sprinter in the Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park in mid-July. She is sure to appreciate competing against her own sex this week. Baby She Rocks, trained and driven by Kaiden Hayter, and the Sonia Zucchiatti-trained The Spinster also have plenty of ability. They are excellent frontrunners.  Baby She Rocks has led and won at Gloucester Park and Pinjarra in her five-start career and The Spinster was a smart all-the-way Pinjarra winner two starts ago before setting the pace and finishing third behind Scoobys Delight and Dodolicious on the same track a week later. Ken Casellas

Adding interest to the 2130m Abbott and Co. Printers Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night will be the appearance of former Victorian pacer Gotta Go Yanky. The New Zealand-bred six-year-old will be making his Western Australian debut for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri and he should be prominent. He will start from barrier six with Chris Lewis in the sulky. Gotta Go Yankee showed early promise with four wins from seven starts as a three-year-old in New Zealand in 2013 before racing 22 times in Victoria for seven wins and five placings. He ended a losing sequence of eight when he finished strongly to win over 1720m at a 1.53.4 rate at Melton three starts ago, on August 14. The Matt Scott-trained Jaxon Fella has drawn perfectly at barrier one and Kiara Davies will be anxious to set the pace. The gelding also started from the No. 1 barrier two starts ago when Davies drove him to an all-the-way win over The Phantom and Onedin Crusader, rating 1.56.5 over 1730m. Drawn behind Jaxon Fella on the inside of the back line is the promising Back On Board, who has had 33 starts for nine wins and eight placings. “This is definitely a suitable draw,” said trainer Michael Brennan, who has engaged James Rattrray to drive the Christian Cullen gelding. “He won the Four-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park last March after racing behind the leader.” There is a lot of good exposed form in the capacity field of 12 and punters should gain good odds about their fancies.   Ken Casellas       

Talented square gaiter Prince Eddie has made a full recovery from a serious leg injury and he is ready to return to the winning list when he contests the Retravision Trotters Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will be having his third start in this campaign for Serpentine trainer Gary Hall sen. after having been out of action for 18 months. “He has recovered from a damaged suspensory ligament in a hind leg,” said Hall. “And without Cardigan Boko to contend with, he should win. “Reverse the barrier draws in last week’s race (in which Cardigan Boko led and beat Prince Eddie) and Prince Eddie would have given the opposition something to chase.” Prince Eddie began fast from out wide at barrier No. 7 last Friday night and Gary Hall jun. made a spirited bid for the lead in the early stages. However, Cardigan Boko, who was first out from barrier three, withstood the early challenge and then bowled along in front, followed by Prince Eddie. Prince Eddie fought on determinedly, but was no match for Cardigan Boko, who sped over the final quarters in 29.1sec. and 28.1sec. and beat Prince Eddie by three lengths. The consistent Enjoy A Coldie and Retained, who has been placed at his past three starts, appear the main dangers to Prince Eddie. Ken Casellas

Greg and Skye Bond, last season’s leading trainers in Western Australia, have struck a purple patch, with nine winners at four meetings in the space of five days and they will be looking for further successes with their seven runners at Gloucester Park on Friday night. One of their best prospects will be Swimbetweentheflags in the Premier Suzuki Handicap, a stand over 2503m. Swimbetweentheflags warmed up for this assignment with a smart all-the-way win in a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night when she defeated Art Connoisseur after dashing over the final quarters in  28.7sec. and 28.9sec. Her 26 starts, all in stands, have produced eight wins and eight placings. This victory followed stable successes with Bracken Ridge and El Jacko at Gloucester Park last Friday night, Veejay Viper, Assassinator, Kinda Black and Change Stride in Kalgoorlie on Saturday night and Commander Chapel at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Ryan Warwick (Swimbetweentheflags) and Aldo Cortopassi (Art Connoisseur) are likely to be involved in an early battle for the lead.   Swimbetweentheflags led from the No. 1 barrier on Tuesday night and was tracked throughout by Art Connoisseur, who began well from barrier four off the front and finished strongly with an inside run. The barriers will be reversed on Friday night and Cortopassi hopes that this will give him a decided advantage. Art Connoisseur is a good frontrunner who has won at three of his past five starts. Swimbetweentheflags and Art Connoisseur will have to contend with Im Riddick, who is in splendid form for trainer Mike Reed. Im Riddick will start from 10m and Mark Reed should quickly have the seven-year-old in a position to strike. Im Riddick started from 20m and he had virtually no hope when the leader Mapua Legend reeled off final quarters in 27.9sec. and 28.8sec. He performed strongly with excellent seconds to the pacemaking Bashful Compton on each of the two previous Friday nights. Ken Casellas

Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. is not fazed at Waylade’s surprise defeat as a 5/2 on favourite last week and is urging punters to retain faith in the richly-talented and lightly-raced five-year-old when he contests the $50,000 group 2 Mount Eden Sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Waylade had a tough run last Friday night when he raced three wide early and then in the breeze and was a fighting third in a three-way photo to the pacemaker and stablemate Northview Punter and the fast-finishing Smokey The Bandit in a 2130m event run in heavy rain. This week Waylade will start from barrier four and looks certain to have to do plenty of work. But Hall is confident that Waylade will be a big improver this week. The stylish stallion will again be handled by Gary Hall jun. and he is full of hope that Waylade will give him and his father their fifth success in the Mount Eden Sprint, after successes with Bengeeman in 2002, The Falcon Strike (2006) and Im Themightyquinn (2011 and 2012). The Hall stable holds a powerful hand in this week’s rich 1730m sprint, with Waylade (barrier four), Classic American (No. 3), Crusader Banner (No. 5), Northview Punter (No. 7) and My Hard Copy (No. 8). “Waylade is my main hope,” said Hall sen. “His run last week was good; Northview Punter is nearly unbeatable when he leads and Waylade had to work hard out of the gate (from barrier three) to hold Lovers Delight. Waylade likes to be balanced, not bustled. But he had to be bustled and then they went too slow. It was very slow for that class, and he was still getting to the line late. “Drawn four this week, I think Waylade is the one to beat. Northview Punter (Lauren Jones) can’t win from  a wide barrier, Crusader Banner (Kim Prentice) has good gate speed and is a chance, so, too, is Classic American (Justin Prentice), who is the fastest horse over 1730m in the State, with a rate of 1.52.6, while My Hard Copy (Clint Hall) can be dangerous if it is a truly-run race. His fourth to Northview Punter last week was a good effort.” Waylade, who has raced only 19 times for 13 wins and five placings, will meet plenty of stiff opposition, apart from his four stablemates. Smokey The Bandit is perfectly drawn at barrier one for Busselton trainer Michael Callegari and reinsman Ashleigh Markham, Tuxedo Tour (barrier two) is a stylish frontrunning sprinter who has led and won twice over 1730m from his past three starts, Libertybelle Midfrew (six) unwound a powerful late burst to win first-up from The Parade last Friday night and the versatile Bettors Fire (nine) can never be underestimated. Callegari and Markham are hoping to go a bit better than they did when Dredlock Rockstar, a 40/1 outsider, charged home from five back on the pegs to finish third to Bettors Fire in the Mount Eden Sprint two years ago. Smokey The Bandit was seventh on the pegs at the bell before he thundered home to finish a head second to Northview Punter over 2130m last Friday night. Smokey The Bandit is widely regarded as purely a smart sit-sprinter. But he possesses good gate speed and he led and won three times over 2100m in much weaker company at Bunbury in 2013. Callegari and Markham will weigh up the possibility of leading on Friday night. Trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper reports that Bettors Fire is in excellent shape for his return to racing after an absence of nine weeks. The New Zealand-bred seven-year-old warmed up for the Mount Eden Sprint with a convincing and impressive trial win over 2150m at Byford on Sunday morning. “It was a very good trial and I was really pleased with him,” Harper said. “I’ve had some issues with him over the past two to three weeks … just soundness issues and he wasn’t pacing right. He had a few niggles here and there and we’ve been working tirelessly to remedy them. “He wasn’t pacing quite right and was just a little bit off his game. But on Sunday he was back to his old self. It was a four-horse trial and he sat back in last place, with Tuxedo Tour leading up, followed by Kiwi Legend and My Samantha Jane. “I think Bettors Fire rated 1.58.5. I pulled out going into the back and they ran home in 56sec. and I reckon he went close to 55sec., with a final quarter in 27sec. He went to the line jogging and it was probably the best he has ever felt for me. “Hopefully everything is back on track. Barrier nine is a tricky draw and we’ll be dropping out and sitting up for just one run. I hope he hits the line good and he’s not impossible. Do I think he can win? Yes. Do I think he will win? No. This will be more of a fitness run than anything. “A poor trial last Sunday week had as all panicking. I’ve had his legs checked out by the vets and there is nothing to worry about at this point. I think he had given himself a bit of a kick in the paddock and a lot of icing and little bit of TLC has done the trick.” Bettors Fire drew the No. 1 barrier when he led all the way and won the 2013 Mount Eden Sprint from Im Victorious at a 1.53.8 rate in 2013. Last year he was  a 21/1 tote chance when he started from the outside of the back line in the field of 12 when he finished powerfully from the rear to be third behind the pacemaker Sensational Gabby in the Mount Eden Sprint. Ken Casellas

Octogenarian Wanneroo owner-trainer Ken White has Fernleigh Rebel at his peak and the five-year-old looks the bet of the night at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred Fernleigh Rebel possesses blistering gate speed and Chris Lewis will be aiming for an all-the-way win from the prized No. 1 barrier in the first qualifying heat of the Alltools Kersley Pace over 2130m. Fernleigh Rebel revealed sizzling early pace from the outside barrier (No. 9) in the 1730m Pat Cranley Memorial last Friday night. But Pelusiac and Romulus kept him wide in the early stages and Lewis had no option but to restrain the gelding back to last, with the polemarker Scuba Steve setting the pace. Fernleigh Rebel then sustained a spirited last-lap burst to come from the rear to finish an eye-catching second to Another Vinnie. The previous week Fernleigh Rebel began with tremendous alacrity from the No. 6 barrier to set the pace and go on and win from Lord Lombo and Lunar Tide over 1730m, rating 1.55.3. Another Vinnie, who ran home strongly from sixth at the bell to win by 4m last week, will start from barrier three this week and will again have many admirers. However, the main danger to Fernleigh Rebel is sure to be Cyamach, who was a smart first-up winner last Friday week when Gary Hall jun. took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier by setting the pace and sprinting over the final 800m in 56.9sec. to beat Must Be Nice. Cyamach is ideally drawn this week on the inside of the back line and Hall is certain to give the six-year-old the best possible chance by trailing the frontrunning Fernleigh Rebel. Fernleigh Rebel won twice from five starts in New Zealand and then raced 19 times in New South Wales for six wins and seven placings before arriving in Western Australia where his first 18 starts have produced three wins and five placings. Ken Casellas

Interdominion championship hopeful Billies A Star should notch a hat-trick of wins by proving too speedy for his 11 harness racing rivals in the $22,000 TABtouch Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Michael Brennan-trained five-year-old has struck a purple patch and has recorded winning margins of 17.3m and 14.3m at his past two starts at Gloucester Park, both over 2536m. Chris Voak, back after an American holiday, will resume in the sulky behind Billies A Star after Michael Grantham proved an admirable substitute when he drove the gelding in fine style for his most recent victory. Billies A Star, a winner at ten of his 20 starts, will begin out wide from the No. 8 barrier on the front line in Friday night’s race. But this should not prove a problem for Billies A Star, who possess a wonderful turn of foot. Outstanding mare The Parade looks the only rival capable of extending Billies A Star. The five-year-old who has won 16 times from only 36 starts for Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice, will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line and claiming reinsman Brayden Green will rely on the mare’s powerful finishing burst. The Parade started from the outside at her latest appearance, at Gloucester Park last Friday week, when she raced three wide early and then in the breeze before getting up to snatch a narrow victory from the pacemaker Am Opulent over 2130m, rating 1.55.7. That was her first appearance for almost four months and she is certain to be improved by the outing. The Ross Olivieri-trained Im A Peregrine will have admirers. He will start from barrier six on the front line for Stuart Macdonald. The gelding also started from the No. 6 barrier last Friday night when McDonald dashed him to the lead in the first lap and t hen set a brisk pace to go on and score a decisive victory at a 1.56.3 rate over 2536m. by Ken Casellas Related links Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 16 October 2015 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 16 October 2015

Seven-year-old Victorian-bred pacer Dynamite Dude has been placed at only two of his six starts in his current harness racing campaign --- after having ten starts in his previous preparation for seven wins and three thirds. But his last-start second was convincing proof that he is ready to return to the winning list for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, and he gets an ideal opportunity in the $23,000 The West Australian Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will start from barrier five on the front line and Chris Lewis is likely to quickly move him into a prominent position, and ready to strike, close to the expected pacemaker Shardons Rocket. Dynamite Dude impressed last Friday week when he started out wide at barrier seven and raced three wide early before moving to the breeze, outside the leader Lovers Delight in the 2130m Navy Cup. After a slow early pace (a meandering lead time of 38sec., followed by pedestrian quarters of 31.6sec. and 30.4sec.), Lovers Delight sprinted strongly in the final circuit, with final sections of 28.6sec. and 27.7sec. Dynamite Dude stuck resolutely to his task to finish a 4m second to Lovers Delight. Two starts before that Dynamite Dude worked hard without cover when a fighting second to Macintosh in a 2503m stand. A strong effort on Friday night would enhance Dynamite Dude’s prospects of being ranked in the final 30 pacers to contest the $1.8 million TABtouch interdominion championship series, starting at Gloucester Park on November 27. Several runners in this week’s race are in line for a start in the Inters, and they include the Olivieri-trained Red Salute and Our Blackbird, the Ray Williams-trained Pacific Ruler and the Michael Callegari-trained Smokey The Bandit. Pacific Warrior will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line and he is ready to run a big race at his fourth outing after a spell. He sat behind the pacemaker Lovers Delight when third to that pacer and Dynamite Dude in the Navy Cup. Smokey The Bandit also will have many admirers at his third appearance after a spell. He will start out wide at No. 8 on the front line and Ash Markham is likely to restrain the grey back to the rear before bringing the gelding home with a typical brilliant late burst. Smokey The Bandit enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing strongly to be third behind Tuxedo Tour and Lovers Delight over 1730m last Friday night when the final 800m was covered in 56sec. A week earlier he was ninth at the bell and impressed greatly when he sizzled home, out five wide, to finish fourth behind Lovers Delight in the Navy Cup. Our Blackbird can never be left out of calculations. He is a brilliant sit-sprinter who thundered home from seventh at the bell to win from Little Boy Blue and Go West U Terror over 2536m two starts ago. He will start from the outside of the front line and Stuart McDonald will allow the gelding to drop back to the rear before asking him for a powerful last-lap effort. Shardons Rocket, an 11-year-old veteran of 232 starts, looks set to lead from the prized No. 1 barrier and Callan Suvaljko will be aiming for an all-the-way win. The oldtimer warmed up for the race with a convincing trial win over 2150m at Byford on Sunday morning, with the final three quarters being covered in 28.8sec., 28.3sec. and 29sec. by Ken Casellas Related links Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 16 October 2015 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 16 October 2015

Up-and-coming star Delightful Offer will start an ambitious harness racing campaign, culminating in the $200,000 Golden Nugget Championship in December, when he contests the $19,000 Ross North Homes Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The lightly-raced four-year-old, the youngest and least experienced runner in the race, has the raw ability to overcome the significant disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line and has bright prospects of notching a first-up victory for owner-trainers Greg and Skye Bond. The gelding will be making his first appearance since his unlucky half-length second to Another Vinnie in the group 3 John Higgins Memorial at Gloucester Park on July 24 when he raced in the breeze before being checked and breaking for a couple of strides 250m from home. That effort followed easy wins at his four previous starts. His 23 starts have produced ten wins and seven placings and he is sure to be a leading contender for the rich Gloucester Park treble of the $50,000 Four-Year-Old Championship (November 27), the $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic (December 4) and the $200,000 Golden Nugget Championship (December 13). The Golden Nugget is one of the few feature events in WA that have eluded the Bonds. The have had nine Nugget starters for just one third placing. Before forming a training partnership with his wife, Greg Bond had seven Nugget runners for only one third placing. Last season the Bonds were represented in the Nugget by Bettor Offer, a full-brother to Delightful Offer, who started from barrier five in the Nugget and was trapped wide early before being restrained back to eighth. He was forced wide in the final circuit and finished eighth behind Libertybelle Midfrew. This week Delightful Offer meets only moderate opposition and should have little difficulty in winning. Ten of his 11 rivals have losing sequences of ten or more. The only recent winner is eight-year-old Ergo, who scored a head victory against modest opposition in Kalgoorlie three starts ago. Among Delightful Offer’s rivals are stablemates Mr Nickel and Black Mr Mach, who have losing sequences of 18 and 11, respectively. Each is capable of being placed, and so too are Lennys In Heaven (a fighting second to Glenferrie Rustler at Northam  on Sunday), Dashing Christian (a sound fourth behind Bettor Offer at Gloucester Park last Friday week) and Romulus (third to Jumbo Jet at Gloucester Park last Friday night). The Bonds are also hopeful that Change Stride will develop into a candidate for this season’s feature events for four-year-olds. He resumed after a spell at Narrogin on Tuesday night when he started from 20m, sped to the front after 550m and won by three lengths from Daddys Dollar at a 2.3.1 rate over 2636m.  That was his first appearance since July 14 and it improved his record to 19 starts for seven wins and six placings.   by Ken Casellas Related Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 16 October 2015 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 16 October 2015

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  

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