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West Australian-bred three-year-old Michael Joseph ended a sequence of ten unplaced runs with a smart victory in modest harness racing company at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening and trainer Clive Dalton is confident the gelding will maintain his form and prove hard to beat in the Sky WA Derby Consolation over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I think that he can hold up from barrier one, lead and win,” said Dalton, who will return to his training establishment in the Victorian town of Shepparton within the next month after spending the past four years preparing a team of pacers and trotters at Herron, south of Pinjarra. Michael Joseph, driven by Kim Prentice, trailed the pacemaker Anvil Rollover before switching three wide 250m from home and sprinting strongly to hit the front 90m from the post. He sprinted over the final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.1sec. in notching his second win from 14 starts. Dalton, who races the Bettor's Delight gelding on lease, said that Prentice was most impressed with the gelding’s performance on Tuesday. “Kim said that he couldn’t believe how easily he won,” Dalton said. “He said the horse was just jogging down the back.” To win on Friday night Michael Joseph is sure to have to hold off strong challenges from New Zealand-bred geldings Righteous Brother (barrier three), Punters Dream (No. 2), Messi (No. 8) and Im The Best (No. 7) and stiff opposition from WA-bred pacers Courage To Live and Davinci Diamond. Ryan Warwick, who will drive Righteous Brother for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, said that the gelding, who led and won at his WA debut at Northam on Thursday of last week, should be prominent. “He gave me a really good feel at Northam and he’s very strong,” Warwick said. Righteous Brother also won three races in New Zealand earlier in the season.  Punters Dream, a speedy beginner and a winner at Pinjarra in February and March, is ideally drawn at barrier two for Busselton trainer Barry Howlett and ace reinsman Chris Lewis. He improved from eighth at the bell to finish sixth behind El Barcelona last Friday night. Dalton said that he and his wife Annie had thoroughly enjoyed their four years in WA. “It has been wonderful here where we’ve had a lot of wonderful winners and memorable nights,” he said. “We plan to come back for a weekend here and there and for the Interdominion championship series later this year. “I’m hoping to have John of Arc fit to race at the Inters. He is spelling now, recovering from another suspensory ligament injury. And I’m looking at bringing Cardigan Boko back to Perth for the major trotting races in the summer.” Ken Casellas

Colin Belton has two metal plates and eight pins in his right leg and walks with a slight limp. But he has no hard feelings towards harness racing four-year-old Mister Versace, who sent him crashing into a fence at the family property in Banjup last September. “I forgive him now, the way he’s going,” said Belton, husband of Annie Belton, who trains Mister Versace, who has blossomed after the terrible track accident almost seven months ago, with his 14 starts since then producing four wins, three seconds and one third for stakes of $28,995. And now the Beltons have high hopes that Mister Versace will maintain his excellent form and win the $18,500 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The WA-bred Mister Versace, purchased as a yearling for $19,000, will be driven by Kim Prentice from the inside of the back line. “He has drawn behind October Brown, a smart beginner and good frontrunner,” said Colin Belton. “He should have a soft run and, hopefully, Kim will be able to get him into the clear at the right time.” The Bettor's Delight gelding has been racing in considerably stronger company and should enjoy a drop in class this week. Three starts ago he led from barrier four and won from Americanbootscoota and Military Master, rating 1.56.1 over 2130m at Gloucester Park. That followed his strong finishing effort to be fourth behind Bettor Reward and Sprinter in the Four and Five-Year-Old Championship at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park. He has no luck at his past two outings. He raced three back on the pegs and was blocked for a clear run in the final stages when sixth behind Kiwi Legend in the group 3 Four and Five-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park last Friday week. Then, last Friday night he raced in sixth place in the one-wide line before he was hampered and lost about three lengths when shuffled back at the 700m mark behind the tiring Debt Free Charlie in the Westbred final. He then fought on gamely to be fourth behind Hot Fraternity. Belton explained what happened on the fateful day in September, saying: “Mister Versace was the last horse to be worked on our track that day, and we were on the final lap when a bird suddenly flew in front of us. He took fright and jumped left and took me with him. “The cart got stuck in the fence. I was holding on for dear life, but I couldn’t hold him and he took off, with my leg still caught in the fence. He jumped the fence and dashed down Liddelow Road before being caught, unharmed, near the Jandakot track. “I was lying in the sand for 40 minutes and I knew that there was something wrong when I stood up and started hyper-ventilating. I knew I was in shock. Finally, the next door neighbour found me and I was taken to hospital where I asked a nurse if she could see anything. She said ‘it doesn’t look very good.’ “There was a spiral fracture in the right shinbone and now I have two plates and eight pins in the leg, and they’re going to be there forever. It was a bit of a setback and I was unable to work for six months. But Mister Versace has made up for it and is doing really well.” A sympathetic Annie Belton said that Mister Versace was an extremely docile horse and the accident was no fault of his, or of Colin. Meanwhile, Annie Belton has stable star Mister Jadore back in work and she is hopeful that the $17,000 yearling who has earned $267,889 from 12 wins and ten placings from 27 starts will be able to make a successful comeback after suffering a severely damaged tendon more than two years ago. “He’s a pet and I have taken my time with him,” she said. Ken Casellas

Oldbury harness racing horseman Kim Prentice knows what’s needed to win a TABtouch WA Pacing Cup after winning drives behind Baltic Eagle in 2003 and Im Themightyquinn in 2011--- and he gives brilliant four-year-old Soho Tribeca a great chance in the $450,000 Cup over 2936m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And this is despite the distinct disadvantage of drawing the outside (barrier three) on the back line. “Barrier 12 is not ideal, but over this long journey things could fall in our favour,” the 55-year-old Prentice said. “After the draw, it’s very hard to read how the race will be run and with Soho Tribeca sitting back and doing nothing could work in our favour. I was absolutely ecstatic at his run in the Fremantle Cup last Friday night when second to Chicago Bull. “And I’m even more happy this week. The son of American Ideal has trained on unbelievably well and I feel that he has benefitted immensely from last week’s run. I think he will run an incredible race. I hoppled him at Byford on Tuesday morning and he worked better than he has ever worked. His recovery has been brilliant and I’m extremely happy. ‘’Last week when Chicago Bull got the gap and put three lengths on us I thought I had no hope. I was just hoping he might be able to run second or third. But Soho Tribeca was hitting the line so well that 100 metres out I thought had him. Whether little Bully saw me coming and picked up the bit and got going again, I don’t know. “It’s an extra 400m in this week’s race and I know that my horse will run that on his ear.” Prentice declared that Soho Tribeca was, by far, the second-best pacer he has trained --- behind Baltic Eagle, who in 2003 won the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park and the Interdominion championship in Addington. “I honestly believe that Soho Tribeca has the potential to go all the way to the very, very top,” Prentice said. Last week Soho Tribeca was having his first start for four weeks --- since he raced three wide early, took the lead after 600m and went on to win the Golden Nugget Championship by just under two lengths from Nathans Courage and Chicago Bull. Prentice is convinced that the horse is even stronger and better now. Gloucester Park

Mister Versace started a rank outsider as a $93.90 chance at his latest harness racing appearance when a sound fifth behind star New Zealand mare A Piccadilly Princess last Friday week. But he will be at a much shorter quote when he starts from the prized No. 1 barrier in the Westbred Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Banjup by Annie Belton, Mister Versace warmed up for this week’s assignment with a dashing win in a nine-horse trial at Byford on Sunday morning when he sprinted over the final quarter in 28.2sec. and beat Snowball Mackenzie by eight lengths. At his most recent outing the four-year-old, with Kim Prentice in the sulky, raced four back on the pegs in seventh position before finishing solidly into fifth place. A week earlier he trailed the pacemaker Trustytrev and ran home powerfully to finish second, a half-head from Trustytrev, with final quarters of 28.6sec. and 27.7sec. That followed his fast-finishing victory by a head over Chelsea Royale four days earlier. Eight-year-old Trustytrev again looms as one of Mister Versace’s main rivals. Trustytrev, a winner at ten of his 89 starts, is trained at Byford by Chris Feast and will be driven by Nathan Turvey. He will start from the No. 5 barrier. Trustytrev followed his recent Gloucester Park win with a solid performance in the 2277m Williams Cup on Sunday afternoon when he set the pace and finished second to Scoobys Delight. Soho Wall Street, Mako Shadow and Argyle Red are in sound form and will have admirers. Soho Wall Street, trained by Glenn Elliott, has resumed after a spell in good shape, with two thirds and a fourth from, four starts, while the Clint Kimes-trained Mako Shadow and Argyle Red, trained at Pinjarra by Robert MacDonald, will pay to follow. Ken Casellas

A star-studded harness racing field of 12 will contest the group 1 $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice sounded an ominous warning to his rivals when he predicted big things from Soho Tribeca. Soho Tribeca, a brilliant winner over 2130m in weaker company last Friday night, is awkwardly drawn at barrier five. But Prentice is going into battle full of confidence. Soho Tribeca, a former Victorian performer, is unbeaten at his first two runs for Prentice, leading all the way and winning from Franco Rayner and Chicago Bull over 2185m at a 1.56 rate at Pinjarra on November 7 and then giving a powerful display to win from Cut For An Ace and Ohoka Kentucky at a 1.55.3 rate last Friday night. Prentice restrained Soho Tribeca from the No. 4 barrier before sending the American Ideal stallion forward, three wide and following Ohoka Kentucky after a lap had been completed. Soho Tribeca eventually forged to the front at the bell and won by one and a half lengths. ”After a 28.4sec. second quarter and racing three wide in the middle stages, he’s going to run any time in the good races,” Prentice said. “He will improve on the run; I’ve been a bit easy on him since his Pinjarra win. I think he had something up his sleeve at the finish. Rob (owner Rob Watson) said that the horse always switched off in his races, but he didn’t switch off in this race. Hopefully, we’ve got him at a different fitness level. He could have kept going and it took me 400m to pull him up. “I rang Chris Alford and he said that he’s really good with a sit. If they’re running time and he’s sitting back, he can peel off a really quick quarter. I’ve honestly only had two better pacers –— and one (Baltic Eagle) won an interdominion championship and the other (Big Town Walton) finished fourth.” Adding considerable interest to the race will be the first appearance in Western Australia of the highly-rated New Zealand gelding Mr Mojito and the former Victorian performer Motu Gatecrasher. Mr Mojito, to be driven by his trainer Mark Purdon, will start from the inside of the back line and Motu Gatecrasher, a newcomer to Ross Olivieri’s stable, has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line and will be driven by star reinsman Chris Lewis. Mr Mojito has had only nine starts for seven wins and a second placing after a first-up failure. He rated 1.55.2 when he won easily from Captain Dolmio over 2600m at Addington on November 8. “It’s an awkward draw, but he’s a lovely horse who has climbed the ladder pretty quickly and at his latest start he was very good and the time they went was extra good,” Purdon said. Motu Gatecrasher has won at 11 of his 20 starts and is a noted frontrunner. He was a 10/1 on favourite at his latest start when he worked hard in the breeze all the way and finished second to Bad Boy Brad over 2150m at Bendigo on October 25. His past ten starts have produced eight wins and two seconds. Chicago Bull, last season’s WA Derby winner and a winner at 15 of his 25 starts, will lead the challenge of ace trainer Gary Hall sen., whose other runners Harry Hoo and King Lebron are in good form. Chicago Bull will start from the No. 6 barrier and should fight out the finish. He had a tough run without cover at his latest appearance when third behind Soho Tribeca at Pinjarra. Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice holds a strong hand in the $50,000 Clipsal By Schneider Electric Norms Daughter Classic over 2130m with Major Reality, Quite A Delight and The Parade. Prentice will drive Major Reality, winner of the WA Oaks in May 2015, who is favourably drawn at the No. 1 barrier. Prentice has engaged Gavin Lang to handle Quite A Delight (barrier eight) and Chris Alford for The Parade (inside of the back line). The all-conquering Dodolicious for the Bond stable, will be driven by Ryan Warwick and is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line. She will be hard to beat. Ken Casellas

Oldbury horseman Kim Prentice is lavish in his praise of Soho Tribeca and declares that the talented young American Ideal stallion is spot on for harness racing four-year-old feature events at Gloucester Park in the coming weeks. Soho Tribeca will make his debut at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he will start from the No. 4 barrier in the field of eight in the $21,500 Check In With TABtouch Pace over 2130m. He should prove to be a star bet on the ten-event program after his splendid all-the-way victory over Franco Rayner and Chicago Bull in the $25,000 Four-Year-Old Classic at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. Prentice cleverly dictated the terms of that race in front and Soho Tribeca gave a sample of his class by sprinting over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 26.5sec. “I was very rapt with the horse, first-up, in the way he went about it,” Prentice said. “Over there (in Victoria) he used to pull and be a bit frantic. However, he drove absolutely beautifully and he has trained on great. “I knew he would run a really good race and he did just what I expected and now, knowing, hopefully, that he can relax like that, he doesn’t have to lead. He’s a real good stayer as well. I’ve changed quite a bit of gear. I’ve removed the head check, taken the Dollies off and put a different bit on him. “He’s the best horse I’ve ever had to handle, by far. For a stallion, he goes out into a paddock with a little pony and they play all day. Everything I get him to do, he does, and when he goes to the track he knows what he’s there for … and he can run.” Soho Tribeca was bred and is owned by West Australian Robert Watson, who sent him from Victoria to be trained by Prentice about seven weeks ago. The American Ideal horse has had 30 starts for ten wins, ten seconds and three thirds for earnings of $132,960. “After this week’s run we’ll be looking at the major events for four-year-olds,” Prentice said. “His main aim is the Golden Nugget (on December 9), but first he will contest the McInerney Ford Classic on Friday of next week. I haven’t spoken to Robert yet about whether he should run in the $50,000 Four-Year-Old Championship on December 2. “Robert has always said that Soho Tribeca was a very immature horse. But since he’s been here he has muscled up and got a lot more solid.” Soho Tribeca is out of Tasmania mare Pixel Perfect, whose dam Amarillen’s first foal was Villagem, an outstanding pacer who was retired with a record of 109 starts for 25 wins and 27 placings for stakes of $626,585. His major wins included three group 1 events --- the Vicbred Super Series for three-year-old colts and geldings in June 2009, the Chariots of Fire at Menangle and the Australasian Breeders Crown for four-year-old horses at Melton in 2010. Soho Tribeca, named after Tribeca, a neighbourhood in Lower Manhattan, New York, looks superior to his seven rivals in Friday night’s race in which last-start winners Mighty Major and Commander Chapel will be strongly fancied to fill the minor placings. Prentice also has excellent prospects of winning the opening event on Friday night, the Westbred pace over 2130m, with four-year-old Mister Versace, who will start from the inside of the back line. Mister Versace, trained by Annie Belton, has resumed after a spell in excellent form and the Bettors Delight gelding impressed in winning at a 1.56.5 rate over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon. Mister Versace sustained a strong burst from sixth (three wide) at the bell to take a narrow lead 300m from home and go on and win by a head from the gallant pacemaker Chelsea Royale. Mister Versace finished strongly when a head second to Our Magical Miracle over 1684m at Pinjarra the previous Monday. Ken Casellas

A dashing frontrunning harness racing performance by Soho Tribeca at Pinjarra on Monday was a convincing indication that the American Ideal stallion will be a leading contender for the $200,000 Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on December 9. Soho Tribeca, having his first start in Western Australia and his first for trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice, was a 2/1 second favourite for the $25,000 Four-Year-Old Classic at Pinjarra and he gave a sample of his class when he set the pace and sprinted over the final 400m in a dazzling 26.5sec. to win by a metre from Franco Rayner (who had trailed him throughout). The brilliant Chicago Bull, early warm favourite for the Golden Nugget, worked hard in the breeze and battled on grandly to finish 2m away in third place. Soho Tribeca’s 30 starts for WA owner-breeder Rob Watson have produced ten wins, ten seconds and three thirds. Another Golden Nugget hope Mr Mojito notched his seventh win from eight starts when he settled in ninth position, surged forward to the breeze at the bell and cruised to the front 70m from the finish to win, untouched, from Captain Doimio at a 1.55.2 rate over 2600m at Addington on Tuesday. The Real Desire four-year-old was driven by Natalie Rasmussen, who trains the gelding in partnership with Mark Purdon. The Purdon-Rasmussen combination won six of the 12 events on Tuesday, including the $765,000 New Zealand Cup, a stand over 3200m with champion four-year-old Lazarus, the even-money favourite. Lazarus, driven by Purdon, coasted to victory by ten lengths over Tiger Tara, with Titan Banner third and Smolda fourth. Smolda, a leading candidate for the TABtouch interdominion championship in Perth next month, led briefly in the first circuit and then trailed the pacemaker Lazarus. He had every chance and battled on doggedly into fourth place. Highly-ranked stablemate Have Faith In Me (driven by Rasmussen) disappointed in finishing thirteenth and the Robert Dunn-trained Franco Nelson, ranked No. 5 for the Inters, finished sixth. Have Faith In Me raced at the rear before starting a three-wide run approaching the bell. He moved into fourth place 700m from home, but then galloped hopelessly and dropped back in the field of 15.     Ken Casellas

Oldbury harness racing trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice has a high opinion of classy four-year-old The Odd Lover, who should return to the winning list when he contests the Westside Auto Wholesale Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred stallion has finished a close second at each of his three starts since resuming from a spell and punters will be keen to support him this week when he starts out wide at barrier eight in an event which should develop into a match between him and promising three-year-old Gaz Wannabet. The Art Major stallion was gallant in defeat last Friday night when a neck second to the pacemaker American Boy. The Odd Lover started from the outside of the back line and Prentice sent him forward, three wide, in the early stages. He met with a check on the turn into the home straight in the first lap, but was quickly able to move to the outside of American Boy. After slow opening quarters of the final mile in 32.2sec. and 31sec., the final sections whizzed by in 28.4sec. and 27.2sec., with American Boy winning by a neck. That followed The Odd Lover’s first-up half-length second to Sky Art over 2569m at Bunbury and his neck second to the pacemaker Galactic Star in a 2096m stand at Gloucester Park when he had a tough run in the breeze. “He was a little bit underdone when beaten by Galactic Star,” Prentice said. “However, it was a very good run, considering that the leader ran home in 55sec. flat, with a 26.9sec. final quarter. ”The Odd Lover is in the early stages of a long campaign. I’d like him to be an interdominion runner at the end of next year. In the short term I’ll see if we can pick some good races for him during the summer carnival.” The Odd Lover has already earned $98,560 from ten wins and seven seconds from just 19 starts. Gaz Wannabet, to be driven by Ryan Warwick for trainers Greg and Skye Bond, has raced 15 times for four wins and four placings. He had a tough run, three wide early and then in the breeze, when second to Rocknroll Whitby over 2130m last Friday week.     Ken Casellas

Talented New Zealand-bred filly Angel Bromac is on target to emulate her close relative Arma Xpress by proving too speedy for her rivals in the KAI Construction Gold Bracelet over 2130m at Gloucester Park harness racing  on Friday night .Arma Xpress set the pace and beat the Kim Prentice-trained and driven Eagle Rox by a half-length in the group 3 Gold Bracelet in 2012. Prentice also trains and drives Angel Bromac and he has high hopes of making amends for Eagle Rox’s narrow defeat by winning this week’s classic.  A convincing victory certainly would tempt Prentice to set Angel Bromac for the rich Golden Slipper the following Friday night. Arma Xpress completed the Gold Bracelet-Golden Slipper double four years ago, but she suffered a career-ending knee injury 18 months later and had to be retired with a record of 12 wins and one second from 18 starts for stakes of $279,890. The inexperienced Angel Bromac, owned by Robert Watson, is the first foal out of Falcon Seelster mare Amaretto Bromac, a half-sister to Arma Antoinette, the dam of Arma Xpress. Angel Bromac’s winning prospects soared when she drew the prized No. 1 barrier in Friday night’s classic. She possesses sparkling gate speed and Prentice is sure to plan for an all-the-way win. Angel Bromac is the least experienced runner in the field of ten, with only two starts, both at Gloucester Park. She made her debut on May 24 when she dashed to an early lead and went on to win by three lengths from Miss Twiggy Whitby at a 1.57.6 rate over 1730m. Then, on June 3 she was a 9/1 chance from the outside of the back line in the $100,000 Diamond Classicwhen she mustered great early pace to charge into the breeze after 450m. Prentice then applied considerable pressure on the pacemaker Red Hot Roxy which saw the first two quarters of the final mile whizz by in 28.8sec. and 28.1sec. Angel Bromac eventually got to the front 440m from home before she was swamped by the fast-finishing Lady Luca in the final 80m and finished a 2m second to that filly, who rated 1.55.6 over the 1730m journey. The Justin Prentice-trained Lady Luca, who finished boldly from sixth in the one-wide line at the bell, will start from barrier five in this week’s race and cannot be underestimated. However, Maczaffair (barrier three) and Doalittlerocknroll (two) look the toughest for Angel Bromac to beat. Maczaffair, trained by Mike Reed and to be driven by his son Mark, has excellent gate speed and she has won easily at her past three starts. She impressed at her most recent start, at Gloucester Park last Monday week, when she started from the outside (No. 9) and began fast to race three wide for the first 450m before bursting to the front and going on to win by two and a half lengths from Sarah Goody, rating 1.58.2 over 1730m. Doalittlerocknroll overcame the disadvantage of starting out wide at barrier eight to win the group 1 $100,000 Westbred Classic last Friday night. A 14/1 chance for trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice, Doalittlerocknroll settled down in eighth place before moving up to third (three wide) at the bell and sustaining her strong burst to overhaul the 5/4 on favourite Red Hot Roxy in the final stages to score by a head. Beach Goddess, a stablemate of Maczaffair, has raced eight times for four wins and three seconds and will have admirers. She will start from the No. 6 barrier with Colin Brown in the sulky. Ken Casellas

Talented, lightly-raced four-year-old American Boy has recovered from a damaged pastern and is poised to run a big race in the Del Basso Food Services Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred gelding has drawn out wide at barrier seven on the front line, but has the class to overcome that disadvantage. Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr declared that American Boy was fit and ready to perform strongly after sustaining an injury to a pastern when an unlucky fifth behind Jambiani four Fridays ago. American Boy started his current preparation with four easy wins --- at Gloucester Park, Pinjarra, Bunbury and Narrogin --- before he contested a 2130m event at Gloucester Park on May 6. He was restrained from barrier seven and was travelling strongly in sixth place in the one-wide line at the bell. “I pulled him out down the back straight, but he ducked in because we had the Murphy on him,” Hall Jnr said. “A horse pushed out underneath him and we locked wheels briefly. It was a rookie mistake which cost him the race. “The horse lost all his momentum at a psychological moment. If it had not been for this I would have got to the leaders by the end of the back straight. Instead, I had to try to do it around the bend. I thought that locking wheels definitely cost him the race.”      Kim Prentice said that punters should not overlook the claims of polemarker Leftrightgoodnight, an honest six-year-old trained by Sonia Zucchiatti. “The barrier is a big help and he’s a very good frontrunner and a real good rails horse,” Prentice said. “He hit the line very well last week (when third behind Waipawa Junior and Mantoman) and the time was good. We’ll definitely be trying to hold the lead.” Ken Casellas  

Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. described Cyamach’s second to El Machine in last week’s RWWA Cup as “phenomenal” and he advised harness racing punters to “stick with him” when he contests the $25,000 Governor’s Cup over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Cyamach raced four wide early and then outside the pacemaker Leda McNally before getting to the front 260m from home and then being swamped by outsider El Machine, who had enjoyed a perfect sit three back on the pegs. The New Zealand-bred six-year-old son of Mach Three also worked hard and covered extra ground when second on the two previous Friday nights. He has been a model of consistency and his 13 starts this season have produced six wins, four seconds, one third and a fifth and sixth placing. He leads the GPHR Pacer of the Year award with 62 points, well clear of stablemates Beaudiene Boaz (46), Ideal Alice (42) and Mohegan Sun (40). “I have been planning to spell him, but he’s going that well that I have just kept racing him,” Hall said. “After this week’s run I’ll start him in the $50,000 Pinjarra Cup on Monday week and then I’ll probably give him a break.” Cyamach will again be driven by Kim Prentice, who will also drive several other excellent each-way prospects, including The Odd Lover, Avalon Bromac, Armed Force, Thats Rite, Soho Wall Street and Guns With Cows. Cyamach is likely to vie for favouritism with Elegant Christian, who will start out wide at No. 7 in a field of eight, with Chris Lewis in the sulky. Lewis gave punters a good lead when he opted to drive the Clive Dalton-trained Elegant Christian in preference to Chief Thundercloud and Lisharry. Stuart McDonald will handle the Ross Olivieri-trained Chief Thundercloud, who will be fancied from the No. 1 barrier, and Nathan Turvey will drive Lisharry from barrier No. 4. Lisharry had no luck when badly blocked for a clear run in the final circuit when seventh behind El Machine last week. Elegant Christian returned to top form last Friday week when he dashed to the lead after 400m, set a brisk pace and won decisively from Cyamach and Lisharry at a 1.53.9 rate over 2130m. Chief Thundercloud made light of a 20m handicap last Friday week when he settled at the rear and then charged forward to take up the running 1500m from home before winning from Assassinator over 2503m. His past nine starts have been in stands, but Olivieri said that the eight-year-old was ready to produce the goods in a mobile. “He’ be in the firing line and is a definite chance,” Olivieri said. Related Links Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 26 February 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 26 February 2016

Oldbury harness racing horseman Kim Prentice lavished praise on Cyamach and declared him a star bet in the $50,000 Hahn Super Dry 3.5 RWWA Cup over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “His run when second to Elegant Christian last Friday night was unbelievable,” Prentice said. “It was absolutely awesome. Elegant Christian is a great frontrunner and they’ve gone almost a track record (1.53.9). “I think he can beat The Bucket List and Heez On Fire. I think he’ll be too strong for them.” Cyamach, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen., will start from barrier five on the front line and is sure to meet with stiff opposition from the likely pacemaker Leda McNally, The Bucket List and Heez On Fire. However, Prentice will not hear of the possibility of Cyamach being beaten. The gelding has been most impressive since entering Hall’s stables last year. His 18 starts in Western Australia, all at Gloucester Park, have produced seven wins, six seconds and two thirds. The return to racing of the talented Heez On Fire after an absence of ten months is arousing considerable interest. The WA-bred six-year-old who has won at 16 of his 29 starts for part-owner and trainer Rod Oliver is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line and Oliver is confident he will be prominent first-up. Heez On Fire last appeared when he raced three wide for most of the journey before winning convincingly from Mohegan Sun over 2536m last April. And Oliver was looking forward optimistically to the interdominion championship series in November and December. But his plans were dashed when the gelding broke down. “He had a bit of misfortune which required surgery,” Oliver said. ”I knew that there was something wrong with him, but it took ages to find the trouble. “I went to a few vets, but no one was able to find what the problem was. I ended by taking him to the Murdoch Hospital where they did a CT scan and found the problem. He was suffering from a stress fracture in his near hind leg. It was right at the bottom of the cannon bone and a screw was inserted during the operation in July. “He was never going to be ready for the Inters. He needed four months rest and the screw is still there in the leg. It has been a slow prep when I brought him back into work at the end of October. We encountered a few other problems along the way, but he is fine now. “I’ve been taking him to the beach, riding and wading him in the water. I’ve also taken him to the track a couple of times and he’s going really well. So now it’s the time to bite the bullet. I also nominated him for a sprint this week, but Chris (Lewis) reckoned he would be better off over the longer trip first-up because they don’t go as hard. “Chris will have to give him as soft a trip as he can and, hopefully, he’ll have a finishing burst left and can figure in the finish. He generally goes well first-up, and if he performs well we’ll be looking at the Pinjarra Cup.” Leda McNally, favourably drawn at barrier two under the conditions of the race which gives mares the inside draws, looks set to lead for Chris Voak. But it is doubtful whether she will be able to withstand the strong finishing runs of Cyamach, Heez On Fire and The Bucket List. The Bucket List, to be driven by Michael Grantham for Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan, will have many admirers from his handy barrier at No. 4 on the front line. A winner at 16 of his 56 starts, The Bucket List is in grand form, working hard and covering extra ground when second to Our Ideal Act in the $30,000 Northam Cup and second to Tricky Styx in the $30,000 Narrogin Cup at his past two starts. Jungle Jewel, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will start from the coveted No. 1 barrier and Ryan Warwick is expected to enjoy a perfect sit behind the likely pacemaker Leda McNally. by Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 19 February 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 19 February 2016

Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. is aiming to complete a hat-trick of wins in the $35,000 Lord Mayor’s Cup after talented New Zealand-bred six-year-old Cyamach drew the coveted No. 1 barrier in the group 3 feature over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And Kim Prentice is hoping that it will be a case of history repeating itself when he drives Cyamach for the first time in a race. Two years ago Prentice was engaged by Hall to drive Livingontheinterest in the Lord Mayor’s Cup and the then New Zealand-bred six-year-old was a heavily-supported 7/4 on favourite who set the pace from barrier two and held on to defeat stablemate and 9/4 second fancy  Hokonui Ben by a half-head. Hokonui Ben was handled by Prentice’s son Justin, who will drive the Hall-trained Mohegan Sun from barrier two in Friday night’s Cup. Mohegan Sun is in splendid form, with a win and two seconds from his past three starts. Both Cyamach and Mohegan Sun were driven by Clint Hall at their most recent appearances, last Friday night. But Hall has given punters a massive lead by choosing to drive Elegant Christian in preference to Cyamach, Mohegan Sun and Soho Lennon (who will be driven by Nathan Turvey). Elegant Christian, a richly-talented and lightly-raced five-year-old, was recently transferred from the Hall training establishment in Serpentine to the stables of Clive Dalton in Herron for the gelding to experience a change of environment. Clint Hall has a special bond with Elegant Christian, whom he has driven at his past 20 starts for 11 wins, four seconds and two thirds. Eight of those wins came after Elegant Christian had set the pace. He will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line on Friday night and Hall is expected to make a bold bid for the early lead. However, Cyamach is a brilliant frontrunner and Kim Prentice is sure to be most reluctant to surrender this advantage. Star reinsman Gary Hall jun. gave an insight to his thoughts on Cyamach last Friday week after driving the gelding to an all-the-way victory over Elegant Christian over 2536m when he said: “He’s a great leader. But he’s a funny sort of horse who has gone below par a few times when he has gone wide on the track.” Hall jun. is under suspension and Clint Hall was in the sulky last Friday night when Cyamach gave a strong performance to finish second to the frontrunning Leda McNally over 2536m. Cyamach was most impressive. He started from the outside barrier (No. 9) and raced in ninth and last position before moving to sixth at the bell and sustaining a spirited three-wide burst. Hall sen. has trained the winner of the Lord Mayor’s Cup six times. He has been successful with Tricky Bey (1994), Abit Rich (1997), Live To Reign (2007), Talk To Me Courage (2010), Livingontheinterest (2014) and Northview Punter (2015). Chris Lewis has the best record by a reinsman in the event, which he has won eight times, scoring with Village Kid (1985, ‘86,’ 89 and ‘90), Ballantines (1992), Desert Patrol (1993), Royal Motoring (198) and Ohoka Ace (2005). But his prospects of a ninth victory were dealt a savage blow when the Peter Anderson-trained Lisharry fared badly in the random draw and faces an extremely difficult task from barrier nine on the front line. Bettors Fire, trained and driven by Kyle Harper, looks certain to vie for favouritism with Cyamach and Elegant Christian. He is an M11-class pacer and is the best-performed runner in the Cup, with earnings of $455,332 from 27 wins and 14 placings from 67 starts. Bettors Fire will start from barrier five on the front line and Harper is likely to determine his tactics in the early stages. He will have the option of using the handsome gelding’s sparkling gate speed or restraining the gelding and waiting for an ideal opportunity to dash forward. He is a strong and versatile pacer who looks set to fight out the finish. Bettors Fire is sure to appreciate a considerable drop in class after contesting two heats of the interdominion championship, the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup at his past four starts. He led for the first 650m and then sat behind the pacemaker Beaudiene Boaz when an excellent third behind that star pacer in the 2536m Fremantle Cup. A week later he started out wide at barrier seven, was restrained to the rear and raced wide in the final circuit before finishing ninth behind My Hard Copy. He was unable to get into the race at any stage and it is likely to be a vastly different story this week. The Ross Olivieri-trained Our Blackbird continues to race with admirable enthusiasm and is capable of a bold showing. He will start from barrier six and Stuart McDonald is certain to rely on the eight-year-old’s strong finishing burst. Ken Casellas

The patience shown by owners Peter Barbetti and Ross North and trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice is being richly rewarded by the deeds of six-year-old Eagle Rox, who is emerging as a leading candidate for the $45,000 Norms Daughter Classic and the $120,000 Mares Classic next month. Eagle Rox broke down in the WA Oaks in May 2013 in which she finished sixth behind the brilliant Frith and then was off the scene for 28 months before resuming racing with a runaway victory at Pinjarra early in September. She has gone from strength to strength and her six starts in this campaign have produced four wins and two seconds to improve e her record to 20 starts for ten wins, seven placings and earnings of $151,984. She looks very hard to beat, even from a wide barrier, in the 1730m Sully’s Painting Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Before her misadventure in the WA Oaks Eagle Rox was an outstanding two-year-old, winning the $100,000 Diamond Classic and finishing third to Arma Xpress and Northview Punter in a three-way photo finish in the Golden Slipper Stakes.      “She injured a tendon in the Oaks,” Prentice said. “And we knew how good she was, so we gave her ample time to make a full recovery.” Her latest run, over 2130m at Gloucester Park last Friday week, was full of merit. She started from the back line and settled down in eighth position before she moved to third (three wide) at the bell and then fought on grandly to finish a 2m second to the pacemaker Nuala, with the final quarters being covered in 27.9sec. and 28.3sec. Eagle Rox will not have a stroll in the park on Friday night from out wide at barrier No. 8 in the 1730m event. She will be tested by the Nathan Turvey-trained Hidden Bad, who is ideally drawn at barrier No. 1. At her second appearance after a let-up Hidden Bad was favourite at 3/1 on when she led from the inside barrier, but raced roughly under pressure late in the event and finished second, two lengths behind Eagle Rox, who raced three wide for much of the first circuit and then in the breeze. Turvey has a good second string in this week’s event in Stunin Eyes Only, who covered a lot of extra ground when second to the speedy Kiralin over 2100m at Bunbury on Tuesday of last week. Ken Casellas

The first race at Gloucester Park on Friday night has drawn together a handy harness racing field of 3yo’s and the Kim Prentice trained Our Black Diamonds looks well placed to take advantage of his best barrier draw yet. The son of Bettors Delight only made his debut in January of this year when taking out a 3yo MS Pace at Northam in great style despite beginning badly and breaking gait during the race. Prentice then gave punters an insight into what he thought of the gelding when at only his second start he elected to take on the likes of Beaudine Boaz and Kiwi Legend in a Derby prelude. After racing on the pegs for the duration Our Black Diamonds closed well to be beaten only 10m in a 1:54.9 mile rate. The horse was then knocked out of running in another WA Derby prelude, before Prentice took him back to Northam for further re-education. Despite a back row draw over the minimum 1780m journey he overcame a tough run to score impressively in 1:57.4. That earned him another trip to town and on face value he appeared quite disappointing when only 7th of 9 in a similar race here two weeks ago. He was forced to do a small amount of work early on that occasion before finding cover and not finishing the race off as strongly in a quick 1:55.1. He has drawn much better this Friday night and appears the likely leader, which would present him with his best opportunity yet to show his wares in town. The dangers appear likely to come from Mynameiskenny, Ima Connoisseur and Captain Oats. Mynameiskenny is from the astute John Oldroyd yard which has been enjoying a stellar run in recent times. Although resuming from a slight lay off, the son of Village Jolt was in terrific form before the break and he has drawn to advantage despite not having trialed in preparation for this event. Ima Connoisseur hasn’t drawn well once again but he will surely relish the drop back to racing his own age group, whilst Captain Oats has improved significantly since joining Justin Prentice and he remains a winning hope notwithstanding the worst barrier draw in the race. Tyrone Group Pace M3+ Star mare Libertybelle Midfrew will again be the star attraction at Gloucester Park this Friday Night as trainer Mike Reed continues her introduction to ‘fast class’. The rising 5yo daughter of Christian Cullen asserted her authority over a similar field at Gloucester Park on the 8th of May. On that occasion she drew perfectly in barrier one whereas this Friday she has drawn outside the back-line in eleven. She was able to handle a similarly tricky gate last Friday night in winning the WASBA Breeders Stakes where she drew barrier five over the sharp 1730m trip. Whilst on paper barrier five doesn’t look that precarious a starting position, Libertybelle Midfrew was drawn outside of a fast front-line and regular driver Mark Reed was forced to check out of the early speed battle. Reed was able to catch a trail home at the bell when Justin Prentice made his move on The Parade, and he will no doubt be looking to employ similar tactics here. Central to her chances will be the result of the early burn for the lead. Notabadexcuse has drawn perfectly outside of renowned sit and sprinter Danieljohn and he looks the most likely to set the pace. His recent form has been ‘below the required’, but it is worth noting that premier reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has jumped back aboard having not driven the horse in his past seven starts. Former kiwi Our Jimmy Johnstone is the other likely pacesetter in the event. The rising 7yo son of P Forty Seven was a 1:53.7 winner over this course and distance during the heats of the Nights Of Thunder series from the breeze, and Colin Brown appears likely to employ the same tactics here. ‘Jimmy’ is coming off a record breaking win at Pinjarra last start where he made light of the 70m handicap to score by a neck over Chevayo in a smashing 1:57.8 for the 2631SS. He now comes back to the minimum trip and you suspect connections will rely on fitness and stamina to outstay rivals on Friday night. Fremantle Cup placegetter Copagrin has come up with a useful barrier draw in eight. Driver Kyle Harper will be content to follow the pegs from the outset and hope that a strong pace can break the field up, ensuring he can find clear running late on. Pure Steel Qualifying Heat 3 Nights Of Thunder winner Soho Lennon resumes from a spell on Friday night looking to establish himself amongst the stars of the Gary Hall Snr stable. The rising 5yo son of Mach Three looked very progressive last campaign taking out nine wins from eighteen starts including the Group 2 $50,000 Nights Of Thunder Final defeating In The Perfect Storm and Machtu. As such he was nominated for the Fremantle Cup series, eventually making the consolation and finishing down the track. A win against moderate opposition followed that before his campaign was ended after running unplaced in the $25,000 Im Themightyquinn FFA. Soho Lennon has not trialed in preparation for Friday night’s race, however it is not unusual for the stable to produce them in this manner.  Hall Snr has a proven ability to produce them ‘race fit’ first up from a spell and the awkward barrier position arguably presents itself as more of a problem for backers of Soho Lennon. Former Victorian Must Be Nice has drawn gate 1 and it is likely connections will want to hold the front should he be quick enough. He is likely to be tested by Mein Guy, The Court Jester and/or Ohoka Squire in the early stages so Hall Jnr may be presented with an opportunity to work away from the pegline on Soho Lennon should he so desire. In any case, Must Be Nice has shown reasonable form since arriving in WA and would present as one of the main dangers to Soho Lennon, especially if he can hold the lead. He was an M0 winner at Melton before joining the stable of Debbie Padburg and his last start 11th of 12 can be dismissed as he hung in and broke on that occasion. He has since trialed to the stable’s satisfaction and ace reinsman Chris Voak will take the steer. McLoughlin Butchers Conditioned Pace M1+ Arguably the most interesting race of the night is the M1 or better standing start event where rising star Heez On Fire tackles the very classy Lovers Delight. Heez On Fire has been a ‘talking horse’ since his 2yo days but trainer Rod Oliver has plotted a slow and steady course with the son of Courage Under Fire. The rising 6yo has graced the track on just 29 occasions in what has been a very patient build up to fast class racing for the dual Group 2 winner. With his star pacer now assessed as an M4, Oliver has fewer options available and has had to resort to a standing start contest to continue on with the horse’s education and introduction to fast class racing. Blessed with a terrific turn of foot, Heez On Fire is certain to be one of the big players in the feature races over the coming months and continuing on towards November’s Inter Dominion Series. While Heez On Fire continues on his inevitable rise up the ranks, another horse is continuing to re-establish his reputation as one of the more talented horses in the state. A year younger than Heez On Fire, Lovers Delight made an immediate impression on WA race goers when debuting for Ross Oliveri back in 2011. Only 4 starts later he was running 3rd in the WA Derby, and he came back as a 4yo to further enhance his reputation by placing in both the McInerney Ford and the 4yo Championship. But after three more runs the horse was badly injured and not seen on a racetrack for 2 years. When he was seen again it was for a new trainer in Andrew De Campo. De Campo was able to coax a Group 3 success in the Harvey Cup out of the then 5yo but after a handful more wins the horse was back to the paddock. When he was again ready to resume it would be with another trainer – Stephen Reed. Reed has built a solid reputation with bad-legged horses and in Lovers Delight he has found a willing subject. The son of all conquering Bettors Delight has won 4 of 6 since joining his new mentor including wins in the $40,000 Easter Cup at Gloucester Park, and last start in the $30,000 Narrogin Cup defeating Our Jimmy Johnstone. Lovers Delight would seem to hold a small advantage over Heez On Fire this Friday night due to the fact that he is more experienced than his younger rival from this mode of start, and despite this they will start from the same mark of 20m. by Jason Lincoln

Star harness racing reinsman Gary Hall jun. has given punters a valuable lead by deciding to drive Soho Jackman in preference to Crusader Banner in the $22,500 TABtouch Cranley Memorial Sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall drove both pacers to effortless victories last Friday night when Soho Jackman, at his first appearance for six months, came from tenth in the middle stages to race without cover before dashing away to score by more than a length over Walter James, rating 1.59.6 over 2536m, and Crusader Banner was equally impressive when he surged home from sixth and last at the bell to win by just under three lengths from Diamonds A Blaze, rating 1.55.5 over 1730m. The Cranley Memorial will be decided over 1730m and Hall is bubbling with confidence that five-year-old Soho Jackman will prove too speedy for his six rivals, including up-and-coming four-year-old Crusader Banner, who will be driven by his brother Clint. Both pacers are prepared by champion trainer Gary Hall sen. "Soho Jackman is a good horse who begins fast and I expect him to lead from barrier one and win," Hall jun. said. However, Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri is adamant that Soho Jackman is not a past-the post proposition. He gives his runner, the Victorian-bred six-year-old Real Hammer, a strong winning chance. Real Hammer, a winner at 13 of his 56 starts has been an erratic and hard-to-control pacer for much of his career, which included a stint under the care of Hall sen. when Hall jun. drove him eight times for two wins. Real Hammer has a history of racing erratically and pulling hard. Real Hammer has not appeared for six weeks, when he was inclined to hang in and raced at the rear before finishing last behind Zacs Nuggett over 2130m at Gloucester Park. Real Hammer, a noted frontrunner, charged home from the rear to win a race over 2185m at Pinjarra at his previous outing. He was an all-the-way winner, rating 1.55.6 over 1730m at Gloucester Park three starts before that. Olivieri said that Real Hammer was becoming far more tractable following some gear changes. "He went to Byford on Sunday morning and you wouldn't believe how well-mannered he was in his trial," he said. "He came out very well from behind the mobile and sat behind the pacemaker Sensational Gabby before finishing second to her, coming home in 57.8sec. and 27.1sec. "I was very pleased with the trial and the draw (No. 2) for Friday night. I'm using a new lugging bit on him and he raced tractably. Whether he does it in a race, I don't know. I have also made a change to his head gear and he will race with block blinkers. He ran with the blinkers in Sunday's trial and they are settling him down instead of stirring him up." Hall jun. said he considered Real Hammer to have no hope of beginning fast enough to wrest the early lead from Soho Jackman. "If Soho Jackman is to be beaten, it will be by Crusader Banner," he said. Crusader Banner has been untroubled to win at his past three starts in which his average winning margin has been 11 metres. Chris Lewis has chosen to handle Real Hammer in preference to speedy frontrunner Blissfull Boy, who will start from barrier three. Trainer Kevin Charles has engaged Dylan Egerton-Green to drive Blissfull Boy. The Hall camp has a third runner in the event, The Ragpickers Dream, who faces a tough task from the No. 6 barrier. The New Zealand-bred seven-year-old has a losing sequence of 16 and will be driven by Kim Prentice. The Cranley Memorial has been run nine times and Hall sen. and Hall jun. combined to win with El Padrino, who raced without cover before getting to the front 520m from home and then holding on to defeat the fast-finishing Dhoni by a nose in 2012, after finishing second with Im Themightyquinn in 2008 and third with My Jasami in 2011. Lewis was successful with the Alan Bell-trained Mister Veejays Fella in 2009. Williams to drive Zacs Nuggett Pinjarra trainer Kade Howson has engaged Robbie Williams to drive Zacs Nuggett in the McInerney Ford Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and the eight-year-old should maintain his excellent form by proving too tough for his 11 rivals over his pet journey of 2536m. Zacs Nuggett is an M3-class performer and is able to contest Friday night's event restricted to M0 to M2-class runners with Howson taking advantage of Williams's concession as a junior reinsman. Zacs Nuggett has the ability to overcome the distinct disadvantage of starting from the outside of the front line. Williams, who will be having his first drive behind the West Australian-bred pacer, looks set to send Zacs Nuggett forward in the first lap to race in the breeze outside either Grand Cru or Tuapeka Kahu. Grand Cru (barrier two) and Tuapeka Kahu (three) are smart frontrunners, with the Mike Reed-trained Grand Cru bringing up his second win in a row with an all-the-way success over 2620m at Northam on Tuesday of last week and Tuapeka Kahu (trained by Greg and Skye Bond) finishing an encouraging second behind Jaccka Felix last Friday night after all-the-way wins in successive starts in August. Howson drove Zacs Nuggett at his most recent outing, last Friday week, when the hardy gelding raced three wide early and then in the breeze before winning from Bet Your Life and Romulus over 2130m. "He has thrived since that win and should again prove hard to beat," Howson declared. Williams also has bright prospects with Dashing Christian, who has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Gannon's Pacing Colours Pace. Williams will attempt an all-the-way victory with the New Zealand-bred eight-year-old who has been unplaced at his past two starts from back-line draws, following an all-the-way success with Williams in the sulky, over 2130m on August 29. Dashing Christian is one of five runners in Friday night's race who are prepared by ace trainer Gary Hall sen. The other Hall runners are Soho Highroller (Micheal Ferguson), Some Kinda Tactics (Stuart McDonald), Heez Orl Black (Tom Buchanan) and Jaccka Felix (Dylan Egerton-Green). Heez Orl Black is racing keenly and is capable of a bold showing from barrier two on the back line. The richly-talented Bettors Fire also makes strong appeal at his second appearance after a lengthy spell. Bettors Fire, to be driven by his trainer Kyle Harper, is the class runner and should fight out the finish, despite the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the front line. He covered a lot of extra ground when a splendid first-up sixth behind Some Kinda Tactics over 1730m last Friday week. Three Blind Mice poised for first-up win Brilliant, lightly-raced pacer Three Blind Mice should make a triumphant return to racing and send punters home on a happy note by winning the final event, the 2130m Alltools Pathway Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Busselton trainer-reinsman Matt White said that Three Blind Mice was on target to contest the feature events for four-year-olds this season, including the McInerney Classic and Golden Nugget Championship. "That's the plan, to have him peaking for those big races," said White, who has taken over the preparation of Three Blind Mice from the gelding's part-owner Barry Howlett. White recently acquired his A-grade trainer's licence and has already prepared five winners. Three Blind Mice gave a superb performance to set the pace and win the WA Derby from Elegant Christian and Machtu early last April. He then led and won at Bunbury and Harvey at his following two starts before going for a spell. White took Three Blind Mice to Pinjarra to contest a 2185m trial on Sunday morning and was fully satisfied with his performance, finishing a head second to the pacemaker Awesum Teddy, rating 1.58 after dashing over the final two 400m sections in 28.4sec. and 27.9sec. "It was a good hit-out," White said. "Three Blind Mice sat behind the leader before finishing strongly," he said. "They rolled along a bit and he hit the line together with Awesum Teddy. "From barrier four on Friday night I'll probably roll forward and I'd like to think he will get to the front. He's only a C2-class pacer and his next start probably will be in the country." The only possible danger to Three Blind Mice on Friday night appears to be smart four-year-old High Courage, who will be driven by Gary Hall jun. for his father, leading trainer Gary Hall sen. High Courage, who has won at six of his 18 starts, will begin from the outside of the front line. An easy all-the-way winner over 2130m at Gloucester Park three starts ago, he had an extremely tough run in the breeze when a fighting third behind stablemate Crusader Banner over 1730m last Friday night. "He's race fit and will make a race of it with Three Blind Mice," said Hall jun. "However, the draw makes it tough for High Courage." Prentice hoping for winning run to continue Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice, fresh from winning with Tasmanian Bromac at Pinjarra on Monday and Kiralin and Bettor Dreams at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening, has high hopes of ending the week on a high note by driving promising four-year-old Where Dreams Grow to victory in the first heat of the Melbourne Cup Luncheon Preux Chevalier Pace for mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The WA-bred Where Dreams Grow has struck a purple patch with four wins and a second placing from her past six starts. She has fared poorly in the random draw and will start from the outside of the back line. However, Prentice is quietly confident that she will prove to be an excellent each-way chance, with her chief rivals Harriet Elisabeth (barrier three on the back line), Diamonds A Blaze (barrier seven) and Robyns C C (six) drawing poorly. "Where Dreams Grow has the ability to win from the No. 12 barrier," Prentice said. "She has been going very well and felt super at her latest outing, at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. "She felt really good and switched on at Pinjarra and repeating that performance she should finish in the money on Friday night and qualify for the final. She's reasonably strong and pretty quick as well. "She has got a tricky draw, but the three who appear hardest to beat have all drawn awkwardly. I'll see how things pan out early and then I'll probably put her into the race at some stage." Prentice said that he would nominate Kiralin for the second heat of this event in a bid to qualify her for the final. He has been training Kiralin, a five-year-old by Elsu, for four weeks and produced her in fine fettle for her first start since mid-August. Prentice is also looking forward to driving standing-start specialist Multibet for the first time on Friday night when the Jess Moore-trained seven-year-old begins from the inside of the front line in the Sky Racing Handicap over 2503m. Multibet ran home solidly on the inside from eighth at the bell to finish third behind Medley Moose and Bashful Compton in the group 3 Kalgoorlie Cup at huis latest outing. Earl of Charity a real bargain Young horseman Michael Young, Courtney Burch and Brett Archibald made a wise decision to out lay just $6000 six weeks ago to purchase Victorian-bred trotter Earl of Charity. The seven-year-old will start from the inside of the front line in the $17,500 Slater Gartrell Sports Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night and reinsman Gary Hall jun. is full of confidence that he will maintain his winning form. "If he gets away in the stand and leads I don't think they'll see which way he went," Hall said. "If he doesn't lead, he could still win. He's quite a nice horse and as long as he settles, he can come from anywhere." Earl of Charity is trained by Gary Hall sen. and he made an impressive debut for the Hall stable when he started from the 30m mark, and despite breaking in running, he was prominent throughout before winning from Keepyaguardup and Conquer All over 2503m last Tuesday week. "He was in good form when we got him, but had a few issues, with pulling," Hall jun. said. "I think that being in a big stable has helped him and he has settled down a lot. He never used to get away in stands. He got away at his first start for us, off 30m. And he did get away off the front in a trial. "Late in August Michael Young approached the owners, but he didn't really expect them to sell. However, they agreed to sell him for $6000." Young seized the opportunity to buy the gelding, who was due to contest a race at Pinjarra a couple of days later. He agreed to let part-owner Terry Wegner start him at Pinjarra, with the proviso that the two parties share any prizemoney. Earl of Charity, who had won at his previous start, repeated the dose with Wegner guiding the gelding to victory over Idle Maple and All Flair. The new owners had an immediate return and gained half of the $4485 first prize. Then Earl of Charity earned $4550 with his first-up success with the Hall camp. by Ken Casellas

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