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Talented young horseman Kyle Harper said he would be taking things one step at a time with up-and-coming star Bettors Fire after he had driven the five-year-old to a superb all-the-way victory in the $35,000 TABtouch Navy Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But in the same breath he predicted the New Zealand-bred gelding was capable of developing into a grand circuit performer. The lightly-raced son of Bettors Delight certainly looks on target to contest the $250,000 Yes Loans Fremantle Cup and the $400,000 Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup in mid-January. “I’ll keep going with him until he tells me he needs a spell,” said the 23-year-old Harper. “If I can take him through to the summer carnival for those big races I’ll be delighted. He could develop into a grand circuit horse.” And Harper declared that Bettors Fire was going to get better. “We’re going to see improvement in him,” he said. “This is his first preparation since arriving from New Zealand, and horses from New Zealand always seem to come back better in their second prep.” Harper said that Bettors Fire went into the Navy Cup “a tiny bit underdone” at his first outing for 24 days because races in which he had entered him for had failed to eventuate because of insufficient nominations. “Since his previous start I have had to take him down to the beach every day to make sure he was right for this race,” he said. “And with the quick lead time and the early soften-up I was a little bit concerned.” Bettors Fire, owned by Frank Ranaldi, went into the Cup as a Metropolitan maiden performer matched against several seasoned open-class pacers of the calibre of Ima Rocket Star (on an M11 classification), Shardons Rocket (M7) and M6-class pacers Crombie, Franco Renegade, Passion Stride and Tsunami Lombo. Under the preferential barrier draw conditions of the race Bettors Fire started from the No. 2 barrier on the front line, with Ima Rocket Star on the outside of the back line. Punters rallied to support Bettors Fire, who was sent out a warm favourite at 5/4, with Ima Rocket Star at 3/1 and M5-class pacer Uppy Son at 13/2. Bettors Fire burst straight to the front, while Colin Brown immediately sent Ima Rocket Star forward, four and then three wide, to surge alongside Bettors Fire after only 450m. Shardons Rocket also charged forward early in a bid to get to the breeze. But he was beaten to that spot by Ima Rocket Star and was trapped out three wide before Morgan Woodley had no other option but to restrain the gelding back to last. The first lap was run at breakneck speed before Harper was able to ease the pace and give Bettors Fire a much-needed breather with am ambling first 400m section of the final mile in 32.5sec. Then Harper gave Bettors Fire more rein and the next quarters went by in 29.2sec., 28.2sec. and 29.1sec. Ima Rocket Star challenged Bettors Fire relentlessly in the final circuit, but was unable to gain the upper hand. He fought on grandly to be second, 2m from the winner, with Uppy Son fighting on doggedly to be almost two lengths farther back in third place after enjoying a soft run, three back on the pegs. Bettors Fire rated 1.58.4 over the 2536m mobile journey. It was the fastest time recorded by a winner of a Navy Cup, which had been run from a stand in the previous 22 years. The five-year-old has had six starts in WA for five wins and a head second to Northview Punter. His record stands at 37 starts for 17 wins, eight placings and stakes of $125,907. Bettors Fire’s dam Sparks A Flyin amassed $510,133 from 21 wins and 20 placings from 78 starts. She raced seven times in Australia in 2001 for four wins, including the New South Wales Oaks at Harold Park and the Breeders Crown for fillies at Moonee Valley. SLEEPY BUT TOUGH MEIN GUY RISES TO THE CHALLENGE Mein Guy, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old making only his fourth appearance at Gloucester Park, caused a major upset when he sustained a spirited finishing burst to beat 5/1 on favourite Northview Punter in the $25,000 TABtouch Western Bonanza Preux Chevalier final on Friday night. The solid pace suited Mein Guy, who was having his first start for trainer Colin Brown, after spending most of his time in Western Australia in Kalgoorlie. Mein Guy, a 14/1 chance from the No. 2 barrier on the back line, settled down in eighth position, with Ballas Arockstar, Myouri and Kiss Chasey all taking turns of leading in the first 1000m. Northview Punter, a winner at five of his previous six starts, settled in sixth spot in the one-wide line before Gary Hall jun. sent him forward, three wide, after 550m. He was kept out wide by Kiss Chasey for 450m and did not get to the breeze until Chris Lewis got Kiss Chasey to the front at the 1100m. Northview Punter finally got to a narrow lead 450m from home, but was unable to hold out Mein Guy, who started a three-wide move at the 950m mark and got the upper hand over Northview Punter 120m from the post. The final 800m was covered in 57.7sec. and Mein Guy rated 1.56.4 over the 2130m. “That’s the way he likes to run, with consistent quarters,” Brown said. “There’s absolutely no brilliance there, but he is as tough as nails. He has done a lot of travelling and is booked on a float to return to Kalgoorlie on Sunday for as race up there. “He was asleep in the stall before tonight’s race and coming out of the gate he was asleep as well. Fortunately, he’s there when you want him.” Mein Guy is raced by Kalgoorlie folk Peter and Kirsten Gianni, John Sangalli and Leonard Burns and he has earned $85,337 from 14 wins and 17 placings from 47 starts. He finished second to Waltzing With Cullen at his debut, as a two-year-old at Invercargill, before finishing eighth at Wyndham and then being exported to New South Wales where he had 18 starts for six wins and seven placings. His 27 WA starts have produced eight wins (six at Kalgoorlie and one each at Northam and Gloucester Park) and nine placings. MIGHTY FLYING THOMAS A 2536m SPECIALIST A pre-race plan hatched by Bickley trainer Peter Anderson and reinsman Morgan Woodley paid handsome dividends when 21/1 chance Mighty Flying Thomas sustained a spirited three-wide burst over the final 1200m to get up in the final couple of strides to defeat 10/9 on favourite The Ragpickers Dream in the $21,000 Dr Ern Manea Memorial over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “We thought that this maybe was the right time that we could put him into the race,” Woodley said. “He is a good stayer and had won at his only three starts over 2536m at Gloucester Park. Everything worked out really well, particularly when we got the trail behind The Ragpickers Dream.” The well-supported polemarker Some Kinda Tactics (7/4) set the pace and when Matt White moved outside the pacemaker with Western Cullen 450m after the start The Ragpickers Dream gained the perfect trail in the one-out, one-back position. Mighty Flying Thomas settled in ninth place. Woodley eased Mighty Flying Thomas three wide passing the 1200m mark and the New Zealand-bred six-year-old surged forward. This flushed out The Ragpickers Dream, who was switched three wide by Gary Hall jun. 950m from home and gave Mighty Flying Thomas a good trail. The Ragpickers Dream forged to the front in the final 40m, but was unable to hold out the strong-finishing Mighty Flying Thomas. “I would have been quite happy to have led up the three-wide line because Mighty Flying Thomas is quite a dour horse,” Woodley said. “But it could not have been scripted any better when we got the trail and the horse has gone extremely well. “I had my doubts on the home turn when it seemed as though The Ragpickers Dream was finding plenty. But Mighty Flying Thomas has a lot of tenacity and he clawed his way to the front. “After he had won his first two races earlier in the year, with good barrier draws in relatively good circumstances, I thought that because of his poor racing manners that we could be waiting a while before another win popped up. However, to his credit and to Peter’s credit the horse has been going from strength to strength. “The manners are getting a lot better. He does have a tendency to hang, which he still did tonight. But we’re learning how to manage this better. The horse is a lot happier with a lot of gear changes. Peter has removed a lot of gear that was aiding in getting him to go straight, but was making us encounter other problems with the horse. We have removed a lot of that gear and it has just been a learning process.” Mighty Flying Thomas has now raced 21 times in Western Australia for seven wins, five placings and $65,384 in prizemoney. His career record stands at 48 starts for 13 wins, 12 placings and $105,423. Mighty Flying Thomas is owned by Ian and Hazel Brandon, Ian Sermon, Lee Bunney and Ken Casellas and somehow the gelding’s victory was prophetic, considering that Sermon, Bunney and Casellas race Bronze Seeker, who won the $25,000 Manea Classic at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park last March. BETTOR DREAMS STAKES HER CLAIM FOR A START IN RICH EVENT New Zealand-bred four-year-old Bettor Dreams improved her record to nine wins and six placings from just 17 starts for earnings of $115,060 when trainer Kim Prentice drove her to an all-the-way victory in the Clipsal And Schneider Electric Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “She’s got a great record and that gets her, hopefully, into the $100,000 Mares Classic next month,” Prentice said. “There is a preference for M1s and now she’s an M1. If she keeps improving and gets a start and draws one or eight, or gets a nice run on the fence, she could be in the finish. This is the only $100,000 race she’ll run in for the rest of her life, so we might as well have a crack at it. “There’s not much of her and Gaz’s horse (Korobeit Angel, Gary Hall jun.) overraced a bit on our outside, but she toughed it out well. She was going to win quite easily, and she’s only just got there by the skin of our teeth. For a while now she just won’t find the line. So that’s something for me to work on.” Bettor Dreams, from the prized No. 1 barrier, was a 7/4 on favourite and she set a fast pace. She rated 1.55.9 in holding on to win by a half-head from Korobeit Angel (3/1), with Millies Girl in third place after trailing the leader throughout. Bettor Dreams, who ran on when second to Frith in the WA Oaks last May, is related to several prolific winners. Her maternal granddam produced O’Hara (138 starts for 22 wins, 26 placings and $134,131), Sovereign Hill (84 starts for 25 wins, 24 placings and $432,555) and Black Reef (180 starts for 37 wins, 54 placings and $326,846). Sovereign Hill won the Australian Pacing Championship in Newcastle in November 1997 and was second to Try A Fluke in the 1998 A. G. Hunter Cup after finishing third to Surprise Package and Anvils Star in that event the previous year. ROWCHESTER IS A WORK IN PROGRESS New Zealand-bred gelding Rowchester warmed up for the rich feature events for four-year-olds in the next two months with an effortless all-the-way win in the 2536m Chaff City Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen., Rowchester was favourite at 7/4 on and Gary Hall jun. jumped him straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier. Black Cracker (20/1) raced in the breeze for much of the journey before wilting to fifth. Polemarker Ardens Southee (13/2) trailed the leader and finished solidly to be second, with Grand Cru (20/1) third after enjoying the one-out, one-back trail. Rowchester gave his rivals little hope when he sprinted over the final 800m in 56.4sec. and he won by four metres at a 2.0.9 rate. This was his third win from 11 WA starts after he had won at three of his five starts in New Zealand. “He is his own worst enemy at times,” said Hall jun. “He does lack a yard of pace early, and we’re working on that. He now has won comfortably at his past two runs and has done everything we have asked of him. The ability is there and he’s a work in progress at this stage. But it was good to hit the rail with him tonight and get what, for him, was a soft run.” Rowchester is a half-brother to The Musics Over, who has earned $123,446 from 16 wins and 30 placings from 140 starts in New Zealand and Tasmania. He is also closely related to Banana Dana and Smart Son. Banana Dana is a handy WA performer who has had 55 starts for 14 wins, 13 placings and $139,949. Smart Son, who campaigned in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland in the 1990s, amassed $347,805 from 41 wins and 59 placings from 226 starts. DOLLY VARDONS DO THE TRICK FOR MOHEGAN SUN A decision by Darling Downs trainer Aldo Cortopassi to race Mohegan Sun in Dolly Vardon blinkers did the trick when the Victorian-bred five-year-old began speedily from the No. 1 barrier and gave a bold frontrunning display to score an easy win in the 2130m Schweppes Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 5/4 favourite, who had been somewhat disappointing when a well-beaten seventh behind Johnny Be over 2185m at Pinjarra four days earlier after racing in the one-out, two-back position, relished his pacemaking role and he sped over the final 800m in 58.6sec. to defeat 15/1 chance Zurbaran by two lengths after that pacer had trailed him all the way. Northview Cardle (16/1) was a fighting third after working hard without cover. “I was really happy once we drew the No. 1 barrier,” Cortopassi said. “I thought he didn’t put in that hard on Monday, so I put the Dollys on him tonight, especially after drawing one. This was to switch him on. He has sort of gone through the motions a fair bit. But he’s a nice horse and now he’s switched on he should just keep going on. “I was a little bit worried that Senor Jet might have run him down, but I didn’t pull the plugs in the end. He was travelling pretty well, so I just let him stride and if they were going to beat him, then they were going to beat him. But he held them off pretty easily in the end.” Mohegan Sun, owned by Kevin Jeavons and Gino Monaco, has done all his racing in WA where he has had 30 starts for nine wins, five placings and $56,059 in prizemoney. SMIRKING AND LORD COBURN HAVE OLIVIERI GRINNING Oakford trainer Ross Olivier, taciturn and undemonstrative, wore a contented smile at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Smirking and Lord Coburn, six-year-old geldings by American stallion Grinfromeartoear, gave him a double by setting the pace and winning easily. Smirking, a 3/1 chance driven by Chris Voak, romped home by just under two lengths from 25/1 chance Talk It Up in the 2130m Channel 9 Pace and Lord Coburn, a 3/1 chance driven by Chris Lewis, was untroubled to win by more than a length from False Promise (9/1) in the 2503m MMJ Real Estate Handicap. “Once we got the lead time (37.1sec.) that we did, it was a matter of sitting there and getting going when the main dangers were rolling into the race,” Voak said. “Talk It Up (trailing the pacemaker) was a big danger, but to this horse’s credit he did travel a lot stronger than he did when he won the last time. “After his previous win, when he was real dour the whole way and really made a dog fight of it, Ross changed a few things around and to his credit he picked the right routine and the horse was a lot better tonight.” Smirking, bred in South Australia, has had 11 starts in WA for four wins and three placings to take his record to 32 starts for 13 wins, 11 placings and $53,207. The Victorian-bred Lord Coburn has had 41 starts for 11 wins, 11 placings and $60,930. Friday night’s victory was his first success from three WA starts. Lord Coburn began speedily from the pole position in the stand and was not extended in cruising over the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31.1sec. and 31sec. before Lewis increased the tempo and the gelding dashed over the final quarters in 29sec. and 28.5sec. “He won with a bit in hand,” Lewis said. “He was never truly challenged.” OLDSTAGER CONQUER ALL SMASHES TRACK RECORD Veteran square gaiter Conquer All still possesses sparkling speed and he smashed the track record for 1730m when he rated 1.59.8 in beating Backas Cobber and Ushaka Bromac in the Make Smoking History Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This eclipsed the record rate of 2.1.6 set by Gondola Guy when he won from Dave Star and Drop of Gin on September 22, 2007. Conquer All began with great speed from out wide at No. 6 on the front line and Shane Young had him in the lead after 450m after the 11-year-old had raced four and five wide in the early stages. The opening quarter of the final mile whizzed by in 29sec. before Conquer All covered the final three sections in 30.8sec., 30.1sec. and 30.7sec. He started second favourite at 5/2 and won by just under a length from Backas Cobber, who ran home solidly from seventh at the bell. Conquer All, prepared at Pinjarra by David Young, has won at his past four starts to take his record to 19 wins, 20 placings and $170,581 from 101 starts. “He’s been a bit of a temperamental old fellow,” said Shane Young. “The plan tonight was to go back at the start, but he had other ideas. Once he got out of the gate quickly we just went for it. He didn’t want to go back at the start, so I just let him do what he wanted to do. His class got him through. He has been a good trotter all his life and at the moment he’s really enjoying himself.” Conquer All won a group 3 event at Moonee Valley in July 2006 and the group 3 Central Victorian Trotting Championship at Charlton the following January. Last-start winner Hot Holiday, favourite at 2/1, met with severe interference soon after the start and did well to fight on from eighth at the bell to be sixth. Stablemate Idle Maple, driven by Ryan Bell, was smartest into stride from barrier five and he caused the interference. The stewards suspended Bell from driving for 28 days. He was granted a four-day stay of proceedings and at Narrogin on Saturday night he drove 2/1 on favourite Itsa Seelster to an easy all-the-way win over Twisk in the 2242m Aquinas College Pace. COOPER TROOPER MAKES FULL USE OF THE No. 1 BARRIER Eight-year-old Cooper Trooper, with one win from his previous 24 starts, made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he started at 13/4 and was driven to an all-the-way win by Chris Voak in the 1730m Community Newspaper Group Westbred Pathway Pace. Soho Monza, favourite at 6/4, was forced to work hard in the breeze before wilting to finish third. Soho Cannes (10/1), who trailed the pacemaker, ran on to be second. Cooper Trooper, bred by John Chapman and raced by him and Chris Norris, is trained at Barragup by Darren Schofield. The Parsons Den gelding has earned $50,504 from seven wins and 28 placings from 93 starts. He showed good early promise and finished second to Banana Dana at his debut as a two-year-old at Gloucester Park in June 2008. Cooper Trooper is the last foal out of Diamonds And Lace, who was placed once from five starts. Diamond And Lace’s second foal was Flames And Flowers, who earned $254,558 from 39 wins and 42 placings from 180 starts. Flames And Flowers won the State Sires Series final for two-year-old fillies in August 1997 and won the four-year-old leg of the Sires in March 1999. by Ken Casellas  

The all-conquering father-and-son combination of Gary Hall sen. and Gary Hall jun. ended the 2012-13 season on a high note at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Northview Punter scored an impressive victory in the Mornings With Matt McDermott Pace and emerged as a leading candidate for the rich Golden Nugget Championship in November. Never in the history of Western Australian harness racing has a trainer and driver been so dominant. The 63-year-old Hall and his 31-year-old son scored runaway wins in the awards for the State’s leading trainer and reinsman. Hall sen. trained 192 winners and 155 placegetters from 673 starters for earnings of $2,715,678 and Hall jun. drove 237 winners and 229 placegetters from 871 starters for total stakes of $2,982,094. Greg and Skye Bond finished second in the Statewide trainers’ premiership with 153 winners and 197 placegetters from 736 starters, with Andrew De Campo next with 92 winners and 127 placegetters from 457 starters. Colin Brown took second place in the Statewide drivers’ premiership with 139 winners from 787 starters, with Chris Voak and Morgan Woodley next with 130 winners each. In the Metropolitan premierships, Hall sen. trained 150 winners to finish well ahead of the Bond team, with 74 winners. Hall jun. (163 winners from 520 starters) was the leading city reinsman, finishing ahead of Chris Lewis (69 winners from 604 drives), Brown (63) and Woodley (60). Northview Punter, a solidly-supported 6/4 favourite from the outside of the back line on Friday night, settled down in ninth position and moved to seventh, three wide, at the bell before forging past the pacemaker Big ben Lombo 320m from home and going on to win by a length from Deluxe Edition, the only filly in the race, who finished strongly from sixth on the pegs at the bell. Slick Chapel, a stablemate of the winner, ran home strongly from the rear to be third. Northview Punter covered the final 800m in 59.1sec. and rated 1.58 over the 2130m journey on a slowish track. This took his record to 19 starts for 11 wins and five placings for stakes of $145,425. He won once from two starts in New Zealand before entering Hall’s stables. He is by American stallion Bettors Delight out of an American mare Watch Your Step, who had 48 starts in the United States for five wins, 16 placings and $59,806. He is a close relation to 1990 Little Brown Jug winner Beach Towel, the American harness Horse of the Year that season. HAS THE ANSWERS WINS EASILY, BUT SUFFERS FROM A DAMAGED HOOF Evergreen champion Has The Answers bled profusely from a nasty puncture wound in his off fore hoof after scoring an effortless all-the-way win in the 2130m Racing Radio Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It is not known what caused the injury or whether it affected him during the race. Trainer Tony Svilicich must produce a veterinary certificate of soundness before the stewards will permit the gelding to race again. It is hoped that the problem is not serious. Has The Answers, favourite at 3/1 on from the No. 1 barrier and he was surprising beaten for early speed by 20/1 chance Lord Lombo, who began very fast from barrier six. However, Lord Lombo was unable to cross to the front and Chris Voak then cleverly manoeuvred him to the pegs to enjoy the perfect passage behind the noted frontrunner. After a moderate lead time of 38sec. Has The Answers had the luxury of being able to amble through the first 400m section of the final mile in 30.5sec. before Morgan Woodley increased the tempo and the ten-year-old dashed over the next three quarters in 29.1sec., 27.2sec. and 28.9sec. to win by two lengths from Lord Lombo, rating 1.56.5. Sneakyn N Down Under, second favourite at 4/1, was more than two lengths farther back in third place after he had enjoyed a perfect sit, one-out and one-back. Shardons Rocket (23/1), a stablemate of Has The Answers, was a wilting fifth after racing without cover. Has The Answers is seemingly indestructible and he now has raced 240 times for 76 wins, 40 seconds and 25 thirds for $1,326,582 in prizemoney. Woodley has enjoyed a wonderful association with the Legacy Of Power gelding, having driven him 47 times for 22 wins, six seconds and four thirds. ELEGANT CHRISTIAN FOLLOWS A FAMILY TRADITION Elegant Christian, a sturdily-built New Zealand-bred gelding, followed a family tradition when he scored a fighting victory in the 2130m TABtouch.Mobi Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was his second win from first two starts (after a runaway victory at Pinjarra earlier in the month) to emulate the performance of his dam English Elegance, whom was successful at her first two starts, as a two-year-old at Addington in April-May 2007 before she finished a close third at her next start, in a group 1 $75,000 event for fillies at Alexandra Park. English Elegance, by American stallion Camtasticus, was retired as a three-year-old with a record of five wins, six placings and $82,936 from 13 starts and Elegant Christian is her sixth foal. Elegant Christian is trained by Gary Hall sen., who also had Pelusiac, an easy winner at his first two starts, engaged in the race. Gary Hall jun. chose to drive the Washinghton VC gelding in preference to Elegant Christian, who gave Kim Prentice a welcome 52nd birthday present. Pelusiac, who had won his first two starts by margins of eight lengths and four lengths, was a warm 7/4 on favourite from the outside (barrier two) on the back line. Elegant Christian was drawn out wide, at No. 6 on the front line, but was a well-supported 9/4 second fancy. Polemarker All Williams (12/1) led for the first 350m before Pelusiac took up the running, with Prentice quickly getting Elegant Christian into the breeze. After a third quarter in 29.4sec., Elegant Christian applied considerable pressure on Pelusiac and got on terms with 220m to travel. Elegant Christian gained the upper hand 100m from home and went on to beat Pelusiac by 1m at a 1.59 rate after the final 400m was covered in 28sec. Soho Star, the third runner in the race trained by Hall sen., raced in the one-out, one-back position before fighting on to third to give Hall a trifecta result which returned a dividend of $13.40 for a $1 investment. LOVING YOU MAKES QUITE AN IMPRESSION Loving You, a filly by Art Major, revived memories of Victorian pacer Impressionist’s victory in the group 1 Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park in January 1992 when she gave a bold frontrunning display to outclass her rivals in the 2130m Big Breakfast Show Pace on Friday night. Loving You, owned by Neven Botica, trained by Peter Tilbrook and driven by Shannon Suvaljko, was a heavily-supported 5/2 on favourite who set the pace and defeated outsider Firth of Tay by four and a half lengths. Loving You is related on her dam’s side to Impressionist, who was driven by star Victorian horseman Ted Demmler to victory over Whitbys Miss Penny in the 1992 Golden Nugget. Loving You is the third foal out of Roustabout, whose great granddam Tilla was the mother of Impressionist, who ended his career with a splendid record of 56 starts for 23 wins and 12 placings for earnings of $427,005. Roustabout is a half-sister to two-year-old Pelusiac, who finished a close second in the opening event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Roustabout’s first foal is Arousing, a winner at Northam last Tuesday night after winning at Pinjarra the previous week. Arousing, also owned by Botica, has earned $46,873 from six wins and 16 placings from 55 starts. Roustabout, by Christian Cullen, was retired after having 12 starts for four wins, two placings and $33,171 in stakes. She won twice in WA, at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park in March 2006. Herr Gloucester Park success was by a nose over Precious Maiden in the group 3 Empress Stakes. Loving You, who finished third behind Frith in the group 1 WA Oaks in May this year, went into Friday night’s race with a losing sequence of 11. But she looked outstanding from the No. 2 barrier on the front line. Indomitable, a 10/1 chance, began speedily from barrier six, but was unable to cross to the lead, with Loving You kicking up strongly on her inside. Nathan Turvey then was able to get Indomitable across to the pegs after 350m to take the trail behind Loving You. Eselar (10/1) raced three wide before getting to the breeze after 700m and she faded to finish ninth. Indomitable did not threaten danger and finished tenth. Zonya, a last-start Northam winner for trainer Mike Beech, caught the eye in coming from 12th at the bell to be a fast-finishing third. BUTCHER HURT AND EGERTON-GREEN SEIZES HIS OPPORTUNITY A fall when driving trackwork on Thursday left young reinsman Shane Butcher stiff and sore and unable to take the drive behind Ohoka Samson in the 2130m Drivetime With Stewart Maister Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Part-owner and trainer Kade Howson then engaged Dylan Egerton-Green, who made the most of the unexpected opportunity to land the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old an easy winner. Ohoka Samson, heavily supported to start favourite at 5/4 on, made the most of the favourable No. 2 barrier and he set a solid pace before sprinting over the final 800m in 56.8sec. to win at a 1.58.2 rate by three and a half lengths from Imtheguy (11/1), who finished gamely after racing three back on the pegs. Polemarker Arch On Fire (7/1) ran on solidly to be a head away in third place after trailing the leader all the way. Ohoka Samson, owned by Howson in partnership with the gelding’s New Zealand breeders Lorraine and Pero Smith, has been plagued by injury throughout his career. After winning at three of his eight starts in New Zealand and once from two starts in Victoria, Ohoka Samson has had only 20 starts in Western Australia for nine wins and five placings to take his career record to 30 starts for 13 wins, eight placings and $102,714. Ohoka Samson fractured his pelvis in a fall in April 2009 and was unable to race for 19 months. He resumed in November 2010 when he ran two seconds before winning six in a row. He damaged a tendon in the winter of 23011 and was forced on to the sidelines for 24 months. He resumed racing at Bunbury on July 13 this year and his first five starts in his comeback campaign have produced two wins, two seconds and a tenth placing. MEXICANO INHERITS THE ABILITY OF PRECIOUS MAIDEN Mexicano, who revealed outstanding potential as an early two-year-old in New Zealand, gave promise of better things to come when he recorded his first Australian victory with an impressive win in the 2130m TABform Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. After two fourths and a second at his first three appearances in Western Australia, Mexicano gave a sample of his class when he raced three wide for the first 250m and then outside the pacemaker and even-money favourite Grand Cru before surging to the front on the home turn and beating Grand Cru by two lengths. Trained at Bickley by Peter Anderson and driven with supreme confidence by Morgan Woodley, Mexicano, third favourite at 13/2, will now have a short spell before being prepared for feature events for four-year-olds in the coming summer months. After Grand Cru had coasted through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31.5sec. and 30.7sec., the final quarters went by in 28.4sec. and 29sec. and Mexicano rated 1.59.5. He won at his debut, at Alexandra Park in December 2011 when he sprinted over the final 800m in 28.2sec. and beat Slick Chapel before he finished a head second at his next start to Ohoka Punter, who has developed into a star performer, earning $478,402 from his ten wins and seven placings from his first 17 starts. Ohoka Punter’s successes include the $200,000m Victoria Derby at Melton last February and the $246,000 New Zealand Northern Derby a month later. Mexicano, who is owned by Ian Sermon, Lee Bunney, Greg Newbold, Peter and Michael Pike, Tracey Sermon, Dave Morley and Gary Charlton, is by Christian Cullen and is the first foal out of Precious Maiden, who was retired after earning $158,498 from 12 wins and 28 placings from 70 starts. Precious Maiden, a winner of two races in New Zealand, was trained in Western Australia by Grant Williams and won at each of her first three starts in the State in February-March 2006. At her final appearance she finished second to Jilsander in the group 3 Mares Mile at Gloucester Park in December 2007. BRILLIANT START PAVES THE WAY FOR THE BLACK LORD A flying start by The Black Lord paved the way for the New Zealand-bred five-year-old’s smart win in the 2130m Afternoons With Peter O’Neill Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Despite his easy victory when he raced three wide for much of the way at Bunbury at his previous outing, a fortnight earlier, The Black Lord was sent out at the liberal odds of 17/1 in a race in which Victorian newcomer Barkers Hall (5/4) and polemarker Saint Petersburg (11/4) dominated betting. Aiden De Campo got The Black Lord away brilliantly from the No. 3 barrier and the Elsu gelding sped to the front after 150m and bowled along in front before sprinting the final 400m in 28.8sec. to beat 16/1 chance Myouri by a half-length at a 1.59.1 rate. Im Clean Cut, who raced three back on the pegs, ran on well to be third. The Black Lord, trained at Henley Brook by Chelsey Harding, shows good promise and has a record of seven wins and eight placings from 39 starts for stakes of $39,097. His dam Visa Girl is a full-sister to Lord Miles, who raced with Great Success in Perth in 2000 and 2001 when he had 19 starts for seven wins and four placings. His wins included the $20,000 Country Cup at Gloucester Park in November 2000 and the Christmas Gift in December 2001 when he defeated The Die Is Cast, Chivalrous Fella and Baltic Eagle. He retired with earnings of $143,072 from 21 wins and 27 placings from 103 starts. GDAY MATE ENDS A LOSING SEQUENCE OF 27 New Zealand-bred six-year-old Gday Mate ended a losing sequence of 27 and broke a 14-month drought when young Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice brought him home with a sparkling burst of speed to score an easy win in the 2503m Late Nights With Ashleigh Paikos Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His previous success was also in a 2503m stand in June of last year. Gday Mate, a 13/2 chance, started from barrier four on the front line and Prentice had the gelding travelling smoothly in the one-wide line before he finished boldly from fifth at the bell to burst to the front 250m from home. He sprinted the final 400m in 28.3sec. and beat 2/1 favourite J Walker by three lengths, with the pacemaker To Transcend (3/1) seven lengths farther back in third place. J Walker will pay to follow. He was eighth at the bell and after being switched four wide by Robbie Williams with 450m to travel, he finished powerfully. Gday Mate, bred in New Zealand by Lorraine and Pero Smith, has had 77 starts for 11 wins, 29 placings and $130,033.He is a younger full-brother of smart open-class performer Please Release Me, who has earned $232,820 from 20 wins and 33 placings from 84 starts. SMOOTH CAESAR MAKES THE MOST OF PRIZED No. 1 BARRIER Giant pacer Smooth Caesar outmuscled his 11 rivals when he made full use of the prized No. 1 barrier when Shannon Suvaljko drove him to an all-the-way victory in the 1730m Friday Morning Pacing Preview Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Punters rallied to support Smooth Caesar, trained at Mardella by Matthew Henwood, and the seven-year-old gelding was a warm 5/4 on favourite. Loaded Aussie was smartest to begin from barrier three, but was unable to cross to the pegs, with Suvaljko driving Smooth Caesar hard to maintain the lead. Kissed Flush, who started from the outside of the back line, was sent forward by Colin Brown in the early stages to take up the position in the breeze. Criminal Minds finished fast from ninth at the bell to be a close second, with Kissed Flush holding on to be third, in front of Soho Monza, who fought on from eighth with a lap to travel. Smooth Caesar, whose dam Hilarion Lass had 48 starts for five wins, ten placings and $9209, has raced 60 times for nine wins, 14 placings and stakes of $66,549. BACKAS COBBER MAKING A GOOD START TO HIS WA CAREER Six-year-old Backas Cobber, who arrived in Western Australia from Victoria about five weeks ago with a losing sequence of 29, notched his second win at his third start in the State when he held on to score a narrow victory in the 2130m 1206AM Trotters Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Owned by Bruce and Pauline Stanley, Backas Cobber is trained at Wundowie by Bruce Stanley, who drove the gelding assertively. Backas Cobber started from the inside of the back, line and Stanley wasted no time in easing the gelding off the pegs and dashing him forward. Ryan Bell got last-start winner Idle Maple away with a fast start from barrier five and the seven-year-old led for the first 600m before Stanley got Backas Cobber to the front. This left Hot Holiday in the breeze and that trotter finished with great determination to finish a nose behind Backas Cobber, who rated 2.3.4. Backas Cobber has raced 101 times for 18 wins and 23 placings for stakes of $154,716. He is a half-brother to Backa Beyond, who had 35 starts in WA a couple of years ago form one win from 35 starts in that State. by Ken Casellas  

UPPY SON PROVES THAT DREAMS DO COME TRUE Most harness racing enthusiasts dream about purchasing a pacer at a bargain price and then going on to reap handsome financial rewards. But this sort of dream is a reality for Bill and Vicki Ward, Stephen Schmedje, Des Russell, Dominic and John Perrella and Harold Meaden. They outlaid just $5000 in February 2011 to buy a New Zealand four-year-old by the by the name of Uppy Son, who gave a powerful performance to win the $35,000 group 3 6PR August Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This took his record for his new owners to 69 starts for 19 wins and 20 placings for $209,880 in prizemoney. Uppy Son had raced only four times in New Zealand for one win, by a half-head in very modest company over 1950m at Addington in January 2011. However, under the astute care of Bunbury trainer Stephen Reed, Uppy Son has developed into a quality performer, whose previous successes include the Narrogin Cup and Easter Cup at Gloucester Park last year. He finished seventh in the WA Pacing Cup and eighth in the Fremantle Cup last January and Reed will again target those rich feature events, providing the Courage Under Fire gelding maintains his strong form. Uppy Son went into Friday night’s Cup with a losing sequence of 11 and was a 10/1 chance. He started from the inside of the back line and Gary Hall jun. was content to keep him in fifth place, three back on the pegs. Polemarker Son of Fergie led for the first 400m before Morgan Woodley sent the heavily-backed 6/4 favourite Has the Answers to the lead. Has The Answers then had little peace, with 60/1 outsider Pride of Colorado issuing a strong challenge and getting to a neck lead 150m later. Then Ima Rocket Star (9/2) moved into the breeze after a lap before Sneakyn Down Under surged forward from the rear to apply pressure to the leader. Hall eased Uppy Son off the pegs at the bell and the gelding sustained a strong burst to finally get to the front 90m from the post. He went on to win by 2m from the gallant Has The Answers, with Sneakyn Down Under a nose away in third place, just ahead of Please Release Me. The final two 400m sections were covered in 27.9sec. and 28.9sec., with Uppy Son rating 1.57.1 over the 2536m. Uppy Son is the first foal out of the Live Or Die mare Annie Jay, whose next two foals are proving goof performers on the track. Her second foal Radar has had 48 starts for six wins, 11 placings and $48,723 and her next foal Elusive Chick has amassed $316,026 from nine wins and 15 placings from 32 starts. Elusive Chick was a winner at her most recent appearance, scoring in the $150,000 group 1 Diamond for four-year-old mares at Ashburton on June 1 when she covered the 1609m trip in 1.54.7. HALLS ENJOY A NIGHT OUT WITH FOUR WINNERS Star Serpentine trainer Gary Hall sen. and champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. continued their dominance of WA pacing when each was successful in four events at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The father-son combination was successful with Heavens Delight, Real Hammer and Black N Bettor, while Hall sen. also won with Majorly Foxy Styyx and his son drove the Stephen Reed-trained Uppy Son to victory in the August Cup. The night appeared to be getting off on the wrong leg when 4/1 second favourite Heavens Delight hit the mobile barrier in the final stages of the score-up in the opening event, the Breakfast With Steve Mills Pace. This caused Heavens Delight to pace roughly and the New Zealand-bred five-year-old drifted back to last in the field of 12 while the 7/4 on favourite At Princeton was bowling along in front. However, Heavens Delight overcame this disadvantage to score an effortless victory. Hall sent Heavens Delight forward, three wide, at the 1100m mark and the gelding cruised to the front 650m from home after At Princeton stopped to a walk and was eased out of the race suffering from an atrial fibrillation. Heavens Delight raced away and won by more than four lengths from 20/1 chance Myouri, who rattled home from 11th at the bell. Chaldea (16/1) finished strongly from sixth at the bell to be third. Heavens Delight dashed over the final 400m in 28.2sec. and rated 1.59.1 over the 2130m trip. It was an impressive performance from Heavens Delight at his fourth appearance after an absence of 14 months. A winner at two of his eight starts in New Zealand, Heavens Delight has now earned $69,226 from 11 wins and nine placings from 34 starts. He is the sixth foal out of Close Top Heaven, who had 43 starts for seven wins, 14 placings and $55,428. Hall sen. said that Heavens Delight was out of action for such a long time because of hoof problems. “There was no special cure for his feet problems,” he explained. “We just gave him a long time off, spelling in a green paddock, and there are no problems now.” ROBYNS C C SETS RECORD AND GIVES PROMISE OF BETTER THINGS TO COME New Zealand-bred filly Robyns C C gave a firm indication that she should develop into one of the State’s best mares next season when she finished full of running and set a track record in scoring an easy victory in the 2536m Karl Langdon Pace for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Owned by Lark Hill veterinary surgeon Trevor Lindsay, Robyns C C was driven perfectly by her Serpentine trainer Chris Brew. Second fancy at 3/1, Robyns C C enjoyed an ideal passage in the one-wide line and was fifth at the bell before Brew sent her forward, three wide, 650m from home. Polemarker and 5/2 favourite Loving You set the pace, but was forced to increase the tempo when Deluxe Edition began to overrace badly in the breeze after being sent forward from, the rear 650m after the start. This resulted in the first two 400m sections of the final mile being sprinted in 29.1sec. and 28.7sec. Meanwhile, Brew was content to bide his time before issuing his challenge over the final stages. After the third quarter of the final mile went by in 29.1sec., Robyns C C was able to cruise over the final 400m in 30sec. to win by just under two lengths from 16/1 chance Adda Rising Star, with Loving You hanging on to be a nose away in third place. Robyns C C, who hit the front 120m from the post, rated 1.57.2, which broke the track record of 1.57.6 for a three-year-old filly over 2536m, held by Askmenow. Robyns C C, the third foal out of the unraced Holmes Hanover mare Robyns Finale, earned $26,380 from her three wins and six placings from 14 starts in New Zealand. She has raced five times in Western Australia for two wins. IT’S NO TROUBLE FOR IM VICTORIOUS AFTER AN EARLY SCARE Star pacer Im Victorious remained firmly on target for feature events in the Eastern States later this year and boosted his earnings past the $400,000 mark when he strolled to victory in the $25,000 Afternoons With Peter Bell Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Im Victorious was favourite at 7/4 on from the inside of the back line and punters had an early scare when the polemarker and 4/1 second fancy Leda McNally broke into a gallop immediately in front of Im Victorious. But there was no harm as Chris Voak got Leda McNally back into her pacing action soon after the start and Justin Prentice restrained Im Victorious in an obvious planned move to get the brilliant four-year-old into the one-wide line as soon as possible to avert the possibility of being badly hemmed in on the pegs. Lord Lombo jumped straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier and Leda McNally lost about four lengths as she settled in fourth position, three back on the pegs, after Matt White sent Western Cullen to the front after 250m. Im Victorious settled in seventh place in the one-wide line. Western Cullen sprinted the second 400m section of the final mile in 29sec. and dashed over the next quarter in 28.3sec. But he was unable to stave off Im Victorious, who started a three-wide move 700m from home and forged to the front at the 450m mark. Im Victorious then careered away and sped over the final quarter in 27.3sec. to coast to victory by just under two lengths from 8/1 chance Whose Mistake, with Leda McNally running on to be a well-beaten third. Im Victorious, trained at Serpentine by Michael Brennan, rated 1.55.4 over 2130m. he now has had 22 starts for 15 wins and two placings for stakes of $400,810. BRAEMOOR DEVELOPS INTO A STANDING-START SPECIALIST Braemoor, who raced exclusively in mobile events at his 31 starts in New Zealand, is developing into a standing-start specialist for young Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice, who completed a driving double at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he guided the six-year-old to a convincing victory in the 2503m GMTC Ready To Race Pacer Raffle Handicap. Braemoor, a winner of three races in New Zealand, has relished his move to Western Australia where he has raced 18 times for six wins and four placings to boost his career record to nine wins and 12 placings from 49 starts for earnings of $80,336. His past five wins have been in stands in which his excellent manners have proved a vital ingredient for his successes. Braemoor, second fancy at 4/1, got away safely from the front line, while punters groaned as the 11/8 favourite Balleybofey reared and galloped at the start. Salliwood, as usual, began brilliantly and burst straight to the front from barrier five on the front line. Prentice then sent Braemoor forward and he dashed into the lead after 600m when Shannon Suvaljko was quite content to relinquish the lead and enjoy a perfect trail. Nathan Turvey quickly got Balleybofey going and the seven-year-old moved into the breeze position in the first circuit. Prentice gave his rivals little hope as he revved up Braemoor, who sprinted over the final three 400m sections of the final mile in 29.7sec., 28.6sec. and 29.3sec. Braemoor won by just under a length from Salliwood, who finished solidly. J Walker, having his first start for Henley Brook trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams, gave promise of better things to come when he surged home from 11th at the bell to be third. Balleybofey wilted to fifth. COOL JOHNNY GETS UP IN A SIX-WAY PHOTO FINISH THRILLER Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred gelding Cool Johnny burst his way into the clear in the final couple of strides to get up and snatch a dramatic last-stride victory in a thrilling finish to the 2536m Brad Hardie Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when only a half-length separated the first six placegetters. Mantoman set the pace until the final stages before 5/4 favourite Barkers Hall got his nose in front 10 metres from the post. Franco Hendrix, tenth at the 450m mark, was flying home along the pegs and looked the winner before being blocked for clear running. He finished sixth, just a half-length from the winner. Cup of Life, seventh on the pegs at the bell, charged home, six wide, to finish third, with Mantoman fourth and Veitchy fifth. The official margins were: a half-head, a head and a nose. Cool Johnny’s win provided some relief for trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who had the misfortune of watching the defeats of At Princeton (7/4 on) and Jungle Genie (9/2) in the previous two events. At Princeton led before suffering from an atrial fibrillation and Jungle Genie was a fading ninth. Cool Johnny, a winner at Kellerberrin five days earlier, was a 9/1 chance from the inside of the back line. Ryan Warwick had the son of Washington VC travelling well behind the pacemaker throughout and the gelding charged home between horses to snatch an exciting win. The final 400m was covered in 28.7sec. and Cool Johnny rated 1.59.3 in winning for the second time at only his third appearance at Gloucester Park. A winner at one of his three New Zealand starts, Cool Johnny has had 16 starts in Western Australia for seven wins and two placings and he looks set for further successes. His dam Glowable managed just one win from 39 starts in New Zealand. BLACK N BETTOR RESUMES AND ENDS A LOSING SEQUENCE OF 12 Black N Bettor, who fractured his pelvis almost two years ago, produced a splendid first-up performance at Gloucester Park on Friday night and ended a losing sequence of 12 when he gave a bold frontrunning display to win the 2130m 96FM Pace. “He has never been the same horse since he damaged his pelvis and I don’t think he’s ever going to realise his full potential,” said trainer Gary Hall sen. “However, it was a good win at his first run after a spell. I think the break from racing has been beneficial. He was injured he was running in and out of his yard and hit a wall.” Black N Bettor, a five-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding, who was the beneficiary of the drop-down rule two starts earlier after extending his losing sequence to ten, returns to an M2 classification after his win on Friday night when he started at 4/1 and a clear second favourite behind Pacific Warrior (evens). By Bettors Delight and the 12th and last foal out of the Smooth Fella mare Smooth Doll, Black N Bettor has raced exclusively in Western Australia and has earned $113,767 from 11 wins and 16 placings from 56 starts. He started from the prized No. 1 barrier on Friday night and Gary Hall jun. rated him well in front, with Pacific Warrior in the breeze and My Jasami trailing the pacemaker. Black N Bettor sped over the second and third 400m sections of the final mile in 28.7sec. and 27.8sec. and needed to run the final quarter in 29.7sec. to defeat his fast-finishing stablemate My Jasami by 1m, with Pacific Warrior and 60/1 outsider Belhelvie dead-heating for third. STILL CHOKIN BREAKS LOSING RUN OF 14 New Zealand-bred five-year-old Still Chokin ended a losing sequence of 14 when he started at 13/4 and sustained a spirited finishing burst to beat High Five Mozza and Close To Cullen in the 2536m TABtouch Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Oakford by Ross Olivieri for Paul and Tony Poli, Still Chokin started from barrier four on the back line and was eighth after a lap with 7/4 favourite Finbar Abbey travelling well in the lead. Chris Lewis eased Still Choking three wide approaching the bell and the gelding finished determinedly to get to the front 250m from home on his way to defeating High Five Mozza by 4m at a 1.59.4 rate. Finbar Abbey faded to fifth. Strike A Life, who led early and then trailed the pacemaker, fought on to be fourth. The stewards suspended the licence of Jamie Rigoli for 16 days for having shifted Strike A Life from behind the leader in the back straight in the final lap, tightening Majestical Babe. This, in turn, caused severe interference to Black Cracker and Machlennan. Still Chokin, a winner at one of his nine New Zealand starts, has earned $38,279 from five wins and 12 placings from 38 starts. MAJORLY FOXY STYX BREAKS THROUGH FOR HER FIRST WIN Majorly Foxy Styx, a New Zealand-bred filly owned by Robert Watson, broke through for her first win when she produced a strong finishing burst to beat Major Flirt (5/2) and Generally Outspoken (6/4) in the 1730m Melbourne Cup Luncheon at GP Pace for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Watson, who races Generally Outspoken in partnership with Grace Inwood, looked set to win the race when Gary Hall jun. sent her forward, three wide, 600m after the start to take the lead 100m later. This left Major Flirt trailing the pacemaker, with Majorly Foxy Styx three back on the pegs. Kim Prentice eased Majorly Foxy Styx off the pegs 250m from home and the filly finished with admirable spirit to hit the front in the final 50m. The win gave top trainer Gary Hall sen. his fourth winner on the ten-event program, after earlier successes with Heavens Delight, Real Hammer and Black N Bettor. Majorly Foxy Styx, by Art Major, is the second foal out of the unraced Christian Cullen mare Foxy Styx. Majorly Foxy Styx had seven starts in Victoria for three second placings and this was her second appearance in Western Australia. REAL HAMMER RELISHES HIS PACEMAKING ROLE Real Hammer, a Victorian-bred four-year-old, showed his liking as a pacemaker when he made the most of the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m 6PR Sports Today Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was his first win in Western Australia at his fifth start in the State and took his record to nine wins and 11 placings from 34 starts for stakes of $64,323. Real Hammer, trained by Gary Hall sen. and driven confidently by Gary Hall jun., was hot favourite at 3/1 on and gave his supporters no worries after beginning brilliantly. The gelding sped over the final four 4900m sections in 29.5sec., 29.3sec., 28.7sec. and 28.7sec. to win by a shade under two lengths from 25/1 chance Rojen Cruz, who finished fast from seventh on the pegs at the bell. El Machine, who raced without cover over the final 1200m, battled on gamely to be third. The winner rated a slick 1.55.3. by Ken Casellas  

TURVEY CELEBRATES HIS CENTURY WITH LAST-STRIDE HIGGINS TRIUMPH Nathan Turvey celebrated his achievement of driving 100 winners in a season for the first time by producing a perfect exhibition in the sulky to land Pacific Warrior a dramatic final-stride winner over odds-on favourite Condrieu in the $35,000 John Higgins Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 35-year-old Turvey, a former Hawthorn footballer, brought up his century when Banned For Life completed a winning double for him at Northam the previous Tuesday night. Pacific Warrior, third favourite at 4/1, started from the inside of the back line in the group 3 Higgins Memorial and Turvey drove patiently with the New Zealand-bred five-year-old three back on the pegs in eighth place for most of the 2130m journey. Pacific Warrior was still eighth when Turvey eased him back to get off the pegs and into the clear 320m from home. Turvey then switched Pacific Warrior five wide and the gelding was ninth, out six wide on the home turn before charging home to get up and snatch victory by a nose from Condrieu (5/4 on), with the gallant Mighty Flying Thomas (25/1) a head away in third place. Pacific Warrior was produced in tip-top shape by Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams, who prepares the gelding for Rob Tomlinson’s Oz-West Pacing Syndicate, Phil Eaton’s Northam Alliance Pacing Syndicate and co-owners Bruce Greenwood, Greg Richens, Joseph Lawrence, Reegan Buswell and Ian Gillespie. The final 800m was covered in 57.7sec. and Pacific Warrior rated 1.58.6 in taking his record to 45 starts for 16 wins and 11 placings for earnings of $109,774. He won at four of his 27 New Zealand starts and he was excelled under the care of Williams, with his 18 WA starts producing 12 wins and four placings. He is a Pinjarra specialist, having 11 starts there for nine wins, one third and one 11th placing. He was making only his fourth appearance at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Condrieu, trained by Greg and Skye Bond and the only three-year-old in the race, began speedily from the No. 3 barrier and Brown had him in front after 120m. Soho Aintree pressed forward to move into the breeze before Our Major Mark surged forward to assume the position outside the pacemaker after 550m had been covered. Colin Brown then was able to give Condrieu a welcome breather and the gelding was able to coast through the first two sections of the final mile in 31.2sec. and 31.1sec. No moves came from the rear and the moderate pace saw Morgan Woodley seize the initiative by sending Mighty Flying Thomas forward, three wide, from well back with 1200m to travel. This run was followed by Heez Orl Black (Kim Prentice). The tempo of the race lifted dramatically and Condrieu sped over the third quarter in 28.7sec. as Mighty Flying Thomas continued his three-wide surge forward. Condrieu and Mighty Flying Thomas were locked together in a titanic duel all the way in the home straight before they were overhauled by the flying Pacific Warrior. GIANTKILLER LIVINGONTHEINTEREST BEATS IM THEMIGHTYQUINN AGAIN Lightly-raced five-year-old Livingontheintrest caused a major upset at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he set the pace and carried far too many guns for champion Im Themightyquinn in the 2536m George Maloney Memorial Pace. Livingontheinterest was second favourite at 15/2, with Im Themightyquinn at 5/1 on. Livingontheinterest began with his usual speed from barrier two on the front line and Kim Prentice rated the gelding perfectly in front while Im Themightyquinn, who started from barrier two on the back line, raced in eighth position in the one-wide line. Livingontheinterest went through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 29.7sec. and 30.3sec. and Gary Hall jun. started a three-wide move with Im Themightyquinn with 950m to travel. Im Themightyquinn was sixth, three wide, at the bell and he sustained a strong burst. But at no stage did he appear likely to overhaul Livingontheinterest on the rain-affected track and he finished second, 4m behind his stablemate, with another stablemate Hokonui Ben (Shane Butcher, 33/1) finishing an excellent third after racing without cover in the final two circuits. This gave leading trainer Gary Hall sen. a rare trifecta result. Hall just missed landing the quartet, with his fourth runner Bettor Reason (100/1, Justin Prentice) running on from ninth at the bell into fifth place. Uppy Son was a sound fourth after racing wide early and then one-out and one-back in the final two circuits. Livingontheinterest made Im Themightyquinn’s task extremely difficult by sprinting over the final two quarters in 28.3sec. and 28.2sec. He rated 1.59 and took his record to 32 starts for 17 wins and seven placings for earnings of $184,185. He won at seven of his 15 starts in New Zealand and has been a star for the Hall stable, with his 18 WA starts producing ten wins and two minor placings. This was the second time this year that Livingontheinterest had proved the master of Im Themightyquinn. Prentice drive him to an all-the-way victory at 7/1 over 2130m at a 1.55.6 rate at Gloucester Park on January 4 when Im Themightyquinn started from barrier four and at 5/1 on. Im Themightyquinn ran on from tenth at the bell to finish fourth, 17.7m behind Livingontheinterest. PLAYLE WINS RISING STARS WITH BENJAMIN BANNEKER Chris Playle was rewarded with his confidence and aggression by landing Benjamin Banneker an easy winner of the $25,000 RWWA Rising Stars Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Benjamin Banneker, trained by Gary Hall sen., was hot favourite at 5/2 on and the 23-year-old Playle drove the New Zealand-bred four-year-old like the best horse in the race. Playle sent Benjamin Banneker forward from the No. 5 barrier and the gelding raced three wide until moving outside the pacemaker Looks Promising after 650m. Benjamin Banneker surged to the front 550m from home and went on to win by one and a half lengths from 14/1 chance Wrongly Accused, rating 1.58.8 over the 2130m. Wrongly Accused, driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, impressed in finishing strongly from eighth at the bell. Max Hughes, winner of the New South Wales Rising Stars series this year, brought 16/1 chance Bettor Still home with a solid burst to be third after trailing the pacemaker throughout. Marooned (Kaiden Hayter) was fourth after racing without cover early and then enjoying the ideal one-out, one-back trail. Benjamin Banneker, unraced in New Zealand, has had 18 starts in WA for Hall for nine wins, three placings and stakes of $80,270. By Washington VC, he is the fifth foal out of the Soky’s Atom mare Lavish, who failed to win a race from 21 starts, but was placed nine times. Benjamin Banneker has graduated to an M3 mark and is destined to make his mark in open-class events. He is certainly on track to emulate the deeds of his half-sister Pacific Playgirl, who has amassed $206,696 in prizemoney from 18 wins and 24 placings from 91 starts. MISS ATOMIC GIVES OWNER, TRAINER AND DRIVER FIRST LEG OF A DOUBLE Improving three-year-old filly Miss Atomic gave promise of better things to come when she completed a winning hat-trick with an effortless victory in the 1730m TAB Touch Pace at Gloucester park on Friday night. Her win was the first leg of a double for owner Neven Botica, trainer Peter Tilbrook and reinsman Shannon Suvaljko, who combined to win the Tom Thompson Memorial Claiming Pace with Tee Pee Village. Miss Atomic, an easy winner at Pinjarra at her two previous starts, was favourite at 5/4 for Friday night’s event and Suvaljko gave her supporters little cause for concern after dashing her to the front (from barrier four) after 150m. Miss Atomic sprinted over the final 800m in 57.3sec. and won by 8m from 45/1 chance Eselar, who ran home solidly after enjoying the one-out, one-back trail. Four Legged Frenzy (8/1) was third after trailing the pacemaker. Suvaljko now has driven Miss Atomic five times for four wins. The filly has earned $24,130 from four wins and two thirds from eight starts. Miss Atomic is by Grinfromeartoear out of the Badlands Hanover mare Atomic Dusk, who earned $18,889 from four wins and three placings from 18 starts, including two wins from 15 starts in WA in 2005-06. Atomic Dusk’s dam Tender Is The Knight has produced several winners, including Clear Atomic Day, who had 55 starts for 18 wins (three in New Zealand, one in Queensland and 14 in New South Wales) from 55 starts. After the TAB Touch Pace the stewards fined reinsman Bob Mellsop $200 for careless driving. Mellsop drove Mississippi Bell, who was retired in the first lap after contacting the sulky of Too Exceed and receiving a flat tyre. The stewards ruled that Mellsop had shifted into a position when he was not sufficiently clear. The 11-year-old Tee Pee Village appreciated a favourable barrier and he set the pace in Friday night’s 2130m claimer before dashing away to win by four lengths from Shardons Rocket, rating 1.57.6 over 2130m. Tee Pee Village shared favouritism at 7/4 with Rakarebel and he relished his frontrunning role, with Shardons Rocket in the breeze. Tee Pee Village was purchased by Botica as a yearling in New Zealand for just $20,000 and now the Tinted Cloud gelding has earned $224,407 from 21 wins and 24 placings from 92 starts. Tee Pee Village’s dam Village Green is out of Totara Road, whose dam Totara Valley produced former champion pacer Village Kid, who amassed $2,117,870 from 93 wins and 37 placings from 160 starts. There was one claim lodged in Friday night’s race, with Jason Restagno, of Sydney, outlaying $20,000 to claim Rakarebel, who fought on from seventh, three wide, at the bell to be fourth. GENERALLY OUTSPOKEN FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF OUR STRETTO Smart two-year-old Generally Outspoken completed a hat-trick of wins when successful in the 1730m Colin Hamersley Memorial Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to replicate the deeds of her maternal great granddam Our Stretto. The New Zealand-bred Our Stretto had six starts as a two-year-old at Brisbane’s Albion Park in June and July 1985 for four wins and two seconds before developing into a quality mare who ended her 103-start career with a record of 35 wins and 32 placings for earnings of $167,950. Generally Outspoken, trained at Northam by Glenn Elliott, looks set to become a leading candidate for the rich WA Oaks next season. Her easy victory on Friday night improved her record to 11 starts for four wins and two seconds for stakes of $44,120 for owners Robert Watson and Grace Inwood. Generally Outspoken is the first foal out of Return To Gold, a granddaughter of Our Stretto who raced 31 times for four wins, seven placings and $40,057. Generally Outspoken, favourite at 6/4, started from the outside barrier (No. 7) on the front line in Friday night’s race and Gary Hall jun. wisely let her settle down at the rear before sending her forward, three wide, after 500m to work in the breeze outside the pacemaker Reckless Abandon (9/2). Hall got Generally Outspoken to a narrow lead 570m from home and he nursed her to score by a neck from 2/1 second favourite Maddy White, who fought on doggedly after racing in the one-out, one-back position. Major Flirt was third and Reckless Abandon wilted to finish fifth. WHOS MISTAKE PROVING A SPLENDID BUY FOR Geoff Webster There are plenty of bargains in claiming events around Australia and Victorian horseman Geoff Webster made no mistake when he spent just $8000 13 months ago to claim Whos Mistake. Whos Mistake won that 1720m claiming event at Melton and Webster sent the Victorian-bred pacer straight to Western Australia to be prepared by champion trainer Gary Hall sen. Whos Mistake was disappointing and managed just one third placing and earnings of $850 from his first seven starts for Hall. Hall then sent Whos Mistake for a spell and the seven-year-old has raced consistently since resuming racing. Now Whos Mistake has had 26 starts for Webster and Hall for five wins and ten placings for earnings of $71,665. Whos Mistake started at 15/2 when he won the $25,000 Ron Gallop Memorial final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Whos Mistake started out wide at No. 5 on the front line and Gary Hall jun. restrained him back to the rear. Whos Mistake was in tenth position when Hall sent him forward, three wide, 1150m from home. Whos Mistake moved to fifth at the bell and sustained his strong effort to get to the front 120m from the post before winning by just under a length from 26/1 chance Sir Swanky, who flashed home late for Morgan Woodley. Seven Wishes, the second favourite at 6/1 who trailed the pacemaker and 5/2 on favourite Me Old Mate, was third, with Me Old Mate fading to fourth. The final 800m was covered in 57.3sec. and Whos Mistake rated 1.58.5. He now moves to an M3 classification. BRAEMOOR IS MAKING HIS MARK FOR PRENTICE Two years ago Lovers Delight was a strong performer in Western Australia when he was placed in five group events. And now his older half-brother Braemoor is making his mark for Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice. Braemoor, a six-year-old Christian Cullen gelding, started at 11/2 and gave a strong frontrunning display to win the 25034m Bill Steer Memorial Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This was his fifth win from 16 WA starts and improved his record to eight wins and 12 placings and stakes of $68,286 from 47 starts. He is a son of New Zealand mare Love Isin The Air, who produced Lovers Delight, who in 2011 finished second in the Caduceus Club Classic, second in the Western Gateway and third in the WA Derby as a three-year-old and second in the Four-Year-Old Championship and second in the McInerney Ford Classic later in the year. After the polemarker Nipperinghall had begun tardily in Friday night’s stand, Prentice dashed Braemoor straight to the front and after going through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31sec. and 30.5sec. he increased the tempo. Each of the final two quarters was covered in 28.9sec. and Braemoor fought on determinedly to win by 1m from 5/1 chance Nipperinghall, who finished strongly after trailing the leader. Courageous Ned came from three back on the pegs to be third. Western Cullen, favourite at 2/1 from the back mark of 20m, settled down a distant last before starting a three-wide run with 1200m to travel. He moved to seventh (three wide) at the bell and just plugged on into seventh place. NO TROUBLE FOR OUR CLASSIE MACH FROM THE INSIDE BARRIER The great value of starting from the prized No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park was further illustrated on Friday night when Matt White drove Our Classie Mach to an easy all-the-way victory in the 2536m Cyril Lilleyman Memorial Pathway Pace. Our Classie Mach, trained at Capel by Andrew De Campo for Merv and Meg Butterworth, was a firm 7/4 on favourite and was not fully extended in beating Sparkling Seelster and The Black Lord, who dead-heated for second. The Black Lord (11/1) trailed the pacemaker all the way and ran home along the inside, while Sparkling Seelster, a 23/1 chance, was most impressive after being trapped three wide in the early stages. Justin Prentice eased Sparkling Seelster back to last in the field of 12 before he began a three-wide move approaching the bell. The Falcon Seelster five-year-old finished powerfully and will pay to follow. Mosquito Buzzin, the second favourite at 13/2, raced in ninth position before dashing forward in the middle stages to move into the breeze at the bell. Mosquito Buzzin got on terms with Our Classie Mach 500m from home before wilting slightly to finish a close-up seventh. Our Classie Mach’s dam, the unraced Heathvale has also produced a good performer in five-year-old Classievale, who has had 16 starts in Victoria for nine wins, three placings and $65,138. LEWIS MAKES THE MOST OF AN UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITY Champion reinsman Chris Lewis made the most of a late call-up to guide The Dragons Den to victory in the 2503m TAB Touch.Mobi Trotters handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Lewis replaced Wanneroo trainer Bob Fyfe’s regular reinsman Terry Wegner, who became ill on Friday. The Dragons Den, a New Zealand-bred seven-year-old making his second Australian appearance, was a solidly-supported 10/9 on favourite and Lewis rated him perfectly in the breeze while polemarker Sandakan Lombo set the pace. The Dragons Den got his head in front with 600m to travel and he went on to win by a half-length from Conquer All, who finished gamely from fifth at the bell. Ushaka Bromac, the backmarker off 30m, improved from sixth at the bell to be a close third. The Dragons Den has earned $77,171 from seven wins and 13 placings from 54 starts and should win more races in Western Australia. His dam Sunny Ilsa had 21 starts for two wins, four placings and $21,494. by Ken Casellas  

CLASS OF TARA GIVES ELSON HIS BIGGEST WIN AS A TRAINER Former Tasmanian Gary Elson achieved his biggest success as a trainer when Class of Tara crushed his rivals in the $125,000 Premier Suzuki Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he has high hopes that the record-breaking New Zealand-bred colt will emulate the deeds of his star pacer Crombie by winning the rich WA Derby next season. The Victorian-bred Crombie, owned by Elson, won the WA Derby by a head from David Hercules in April 2010 and went on to win another group 1 event, the McInerney Ford Classic in December 2010, before winning a heat of the interdominion championship in February 2012 and finishing second to Im Themightyquinn in the WA Pacing Cup last January. Elson is hoping that Class of Tara can follow in the footsteps of Crombie, who has earned $534,233 from 18 wins and 17 placings from 54 starts. He will now send Class of Tara for a spell before preparing him for the feature events for three-year-olds next season. The 58-year-old Victorian-born Elson purchased Class of Tara for $50,000 last November on the recommendation of New Zealand trainer-reinsman Robert Cameron, who then gave the Bettors Delight colt five starts for one win and two placings. At his final New Zealand start Class of Tara was most impressive in finishing a head second to Zacharia in a group 2 $40,000 event, rating 1.55.69 over 1950m at Addington in April this year. Class of Tara then was sent to Western Australia and he is unbeaten at three starts in Australia. He has well and truly recouped his purchase price and has earned $110,106. Class of Tara started from barrier two on the back line in the group 1 Golden Slipper and was second favourite at 13/4. Kim Young settled the colt down in sixth position in the one-wide line after the 6/4 on favourite Crusader Banner and Kimba Bay (7/1) had engaged in a speed battle for the early lead. Kimba Bay began brilliantly from the No. 4 barrier and got a length in front of Crusader Banner, but was unable to cross that colt, with the lead time being covered in a blistering 35.2sec. Gary Hall jun. drove Crusader Banner hard to retain the lead and he was then able to slacken the tempo a little with a first 400m section of the final mile in 30.2sec. But there was already the feeling that the dazzling early speed would take its toll on both Crusader Banner and Kimba Bay. Young, who will celebrate his 50th birthday early next month, made his move with 1050m to travel. He eased Class of Tara three wide and the colt surged forward to be fourth at the bell before he got the better of Crusader Banner 550m from home. Class of Tara then dashed away from the opposition and won by just under three lengths from 33/1 chance Macon Georgia, who followed the winner’s three-wide run and came from seventh at the bell. Mister Jadore (20/1) sustained a strong burst to come from 11th at the 600m to be third, with 112/1 outsider All Williams running home stoutly into fourth position. Young gave a jubilant wave of the whip 15m from the post and Class of Tara’s rate of 1.56.7 over the 2130m smashed the race record of 1.57.7 set by Ohokas Bondy in 2010. Crusader Banner faded to ninth and Kimba Bay finished last in the field of 12. Chris Lewis (Mister Jadore) lodged a protest against runner-up Macon Georgia (Matt White), alleging interference 1250m from home. The protest was dismissed. Class of Tara is the second foal out of the Dream Away mare Tara Magic, who managed only one victory (by a half-head in a 2500m maiden event at Manawatu in November 2007) from 33 starts. Tara Magic was the 14th and last foal out of Kelly Dillon, who had 47 starts for five wins, 11 placings and just $16,540 in prizemoney. Kelly Dillon produced several moderate winners. By far, the best of her progeny was the Holmes Hanover gelding Hijack Harry, who earned $116,392 from 15 wins and 40 placings from 120 starts. He won five races in Victoria and then had 87 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and 29 placings in the 1990s. HOKONUI BEN UPSETS 5/1 ON FAVOURITE DAVID HERCULES Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred six-year-old Hokonui Ben caused an upset at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he fought on superbly after a tough run to snatch a last-stride victory over the pacemaker and 5/1 on favourite David Hercules in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Says Happy 50TH Birthday to Paul Poli Pace. Hokonui Ben, trained by Gary Hall sen., was a 10/1 second favourite, but few gave the gelding much chance of toppling David Hercules, the track record-holder over the 2130m journey. However, Gary Hall jun. refused to concede that the race was a forgone conclusion and he drove with admirable aggression, sending Hokonui Ben forward from barrier three after Morgan Woodley had got David Hercules straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier. Hokonui Ben got to the breeze after 500m and after David Hercules coasted through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.6sec. and 30.1sec., Woodley increased the tempo and David Hercules sped over the final quarters in 27.8sec. and 27.3sec. But Hokonui Ben stuck with his rival and got to the front in the final stride to win by a nose at a 1.55.6 rate which was well outside the track record of 1.53.6 set by David Hercules in May this year. Rakarebel, who had enjoyed the ideal one-out, one-back sit, fought on gamely to by four lengths away in third place. The victory took Hokonui Ben’s record to 41 starts for 14 wins, ten placings and stakes of $214,229. He is owned by Queenslander Jeroen Nieuwenburg. After racing 24 times in New Zealand for six wins and five placings, Hokonui Ben has had 17 starts in WA for eight wins and five seconds. His victories include the Navy Cup and Bunbury Cup in 2012 and the Nights of Thunder at Gloucester Park last January. Hall jun. has driven him seven times for six wins and a second. Hokonui Ben is by Washington VC and is the first foal (and only one to have raced) out of the poorly-performed Jane Halsey, who was retired after her 15 starts produced just one third placing and $413. Jane Halsey’s dam Taurus Jane raced eight times for one third placing and $670. ROCKY MARCIANO HAS THE GOLDEN NUGGET IN HIS SIGHTS New Zealand-bred three-year-old Rocky Marciano emerged as a realistic Golden Nugget contender late this year when he gave a spirited frontrunning exhibition to win the 1730m Premier Suzuki Storm Up A Deal Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bickley trainer Peter Anderson has extended Rocky Marciano’s three-year-old campaign to give the Christian Cullen gelding more experience before giving him a spell and bringing him back in a bid to qualify for the $175,000 Golden Nugget. Rocky Marciano, a heavily-supported 6/4 on favourite from the prized No. 1 barrier, began smoothly, but Morgan Woodley had to drive him hard to hold out a determined bid for the early lead from 4/1 second fancy Ohoka Assassin. Rocky Marciano sped through the first 400m section of the final mile in 28.3sec. before Woodley eased him slightly to cover the next two quarters in 29.7sec. and 29.3sec. Rocky Marciano then dashed over the final 400m in 28.9sec. and won by 4m from 75/1 outsider Itsa Seelster, with a head to the highly-promising Extremely Good, who surged home from tenth at the bell. Ohoka Assassin was working hard in the breeze before he met with severe interference and broke into a gallop 300m from home. Also badly checked was Ohoka Assassin’s stablemate Machs A Pearler. Ryan Bell, the driver of Itsa Seelster, was suspended for 16 days for allowing his horse to shift inwards and cause interference to Ohoka Assassin. Bell was also reprimanded for having made Shirlz Sensation cover extra ground at the bell. The stewards granted Bell a three-day stay of proceedings and he made the most of that by driving 10/1 chance Perfect Mach to an easy victory in an event for two-year-olds at Gloucester Park the following night. Rocky Marciano arrived in Western Australia last February after having had ten starts in New Zealand for three seconds. He has flourished under the care of Anderson and his WA record stands at six wins and six placings from 18 starts. He is out of Riverboat Royce, who had 55 starts in New Zealand for nine wins, ten placings and $65,234. KING AND VOAK STRIKE WITH THE BRILLIANT LEDA McNALLY The powerful combination of Pinjarra trainer Chris King and reinsman Chris Voak continued on its merry way at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Leda McNally made a wonderful return to racing by winning the Premier Suzuki Kizashi Sport Pace. The 40-year-old King and 25-year-old Voak had combined to win races with Lord Lombo (30/1) and Artesian Queen (5/2) in the previous eight days and punters rallied to support Leda McNally on Friday night when she was making her first appearance for four and a half months. The Victorian-bred four-year-old Leda McNally started from the outside of the back line and was sent out favourite at 11/4. Voak was content to settle Leda McNally in tenth position while Terra Into The West set the pace. Slick Bird (10/1) settled down in last position after starting from the outside of the front line and Kim Prentice sent her forward, three wide, with 1350m to travel and then Gary Hall jun. switched 3/1 second favourite Is She Talking three wide at the 1100m mark. Is She Talking got to a narrow lead 90m from the post, but she was swamped by Leda McNally, who was ninth at the bell and had sustained a powerful three-wide burst (with cover) to loom as a major danger, five wide, on the home turn. Leda McNally finished full of running to score by just over a length from Slick Bird, with Millwoods Delight, 11th at the 260m and blocked for a clear run until very late, a fast-finishing third. The final 800m was covered in 58.2sec. and Leda McNally rated 1.58.9 over the 2130m. Leda McNally, by Modern Art, is owned by Victorian Greg Stubbs. She now has had 18 starts in WA for King for 11 wins and three placings to take her overall record to 33 starts for 12 wins, six placings and $108,488. She had 15 starts in Victoria and New South Wales for just one win before being sent to WA. BETTOR REASON GIVES HIS OWNER PLENTY TO SMILE ABOUT Auckland breeder-owner Phil Cook celebrated a trip to Perth and had many reasons to smile at Gloucester Park on Friday night when his smart four-year-old Bettor Reason cruised to a convincing victory in the 2503m Premier Suzuki Grand Vitara Handicap. Bettor Reason, trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen., was a firm 5/4 favourite and he gave his supporters a scare when he galloped away off the 20m mark and settled down well back in tenth position. But Gary Hall jun. seized the initiative by dashing Bettor Reason forward, three wide, after 500m. Bettor Reason sustained a strong burst to dash to the front with 1550m to travel. Bettor Reason sprinted over the final two 400m sections in 28.4sec. and 29.2sec. and won comfortably by a length from 16/1 chance Salliwood, who led early and then had the perfect trail behind the pacemaker. Veteran pacer Courageous Ned raced three back on the pegs and ran on gamely to be third, with Dhoni impressing with a strong-finishing effort from the rear after galloping at the start. Bettor Reason raced 14 times in New Zealand for two wins and five placings and he now has had 21 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and seven placings. He has earned $199,575. Bettor Reason is the fifth foal out of the New York Motoring mare No Reason, who managed just one win from 17 starts. Bettor Reason is related to Admiral’s Ecstasy, who earned $225,331 from 24 wins and 24 placings from 68 starts. Former star WA trainer-reinsman Trevor Warwick won 21 races with Admiral’s Ecstasy, whose victories included the 1995 Parliamentarians Cup and 1996 Easter Cup, as well as two preludes of the WA Pacing Cup. He finished fourth behind Desperate Comment, Master Musician and Genghis Karalta in the Australian Pacing Championship at Harold Park in June 1996. CARIM COURAGE GIVES Justin Prentice A QUINELLA RESULT Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice landed the quinella in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Award Winning Suzuki Swift Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Kaiden Hayter brought 13/2 chance Carim Courage home with a well-timed run to snatch victory over 5/2 favourite Im Hey Jude. Prentice elected to handle Im Hey Jude, who started from the outside (barrier three) on the back line. Carim Courage was awkwardly drawn at No. 6 on the front line. Polemarker Millies Girl set the pace after defying a strong early challenge from the well-supported The Silk Road. Carim Courage settled in ninth position and Im Hey Jude was sixth in the one-wide line. Hayter started a three-wide move with Carim Courage 1050m from home and she received a trail 100m later when Prentice switched Im Hey Jude three wide. Im Hey Jude took a narrow lead 220m from home and she was in front until the final 50m before Carim Courage asserted her authority. And to make it an all-Prentice finish, Prentice’s father Kim brought 33/1 chance Mene Jaccka home from ninth at the bell with a strong burst to take third place. The Prentice trifecta returned a nice dividend of $517.30. Carim Courage, a New Zealand-bred seven-year-old and the oldest mare in the race, has been a good, honest performer who now has earned $79,857 from nine wins and 12 placings from 61 starts. WHAT GOD KNOWS KEEPS UP THE GOOD WORK Veteran pacer What God Knows has been a wonderful moneyspinner for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg and he kept up the good work at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Michael Tenardi drove him to a smart all-the-way win in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Suzuki Way of Life Pathway Pace. The New Zealand-bred eight-year-old is still a Metropolitan maiden with earnings of $90,606, accumulated after ten wins and 25 placings from 121 starts. A winner of six races in New Zealand and one in New South Wales, What God Knows has now won three times from 69 starts in Western Australia. What God Knows was heavily supported and started favourite at 9/4, just ahead of Mosquito Buzzin (5/2). Tenardi dashed What God Knows straight to the front from barrier two, leaving Mosquito Buzzin (barrier three) to do all the hard work in the breeze. What God Knows made the task of the opposition extremely difficult when he sprinted over the final two 400m sections of the final mile in 28.7sec. and 27.8sec. He won at a 1.58.2 rate by 2m from Mosquito Buzzin, who fought on doggedly without appearing likely to seriously challenge the leader. Sparkling Seelster (8/1) ran on from three back on the pegs to be third. The Black Lord and Now A Christian each finished boldly to be fifth and sixth, respectively, and they should pay to follow. NIPPERINGHALL ENDS A LOSING STREAK OF 26 Nipperinghall, unplaced at his previous 13 starts, bounced back to form and ended a losing sequence of 26 when he outclassed his rivals in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Yankee Sensation Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Blissfull Hall six-year-old whose previous success was at Busselton in January 2012, was driven with great confidence and aggression by Serpentine trainer Chris Brew. Nipperinghall, a 4/1 second fancy behind the even-money favourite Jezalenkoubeauty, started from barrier No. 2 on the back line and Brew settled him down perfectly placed in the one-out, one-back position, before Brew seized the initiative by dashing Nipperinghall forward, three wide, after 450m. Nipperinghall then raced outside the pacemaker before forging to the front 450m from home and racing away to score by 19m from Match To The Fuse. He dashed over the final 400m in 28.9sec. and rated 1.58.9. Match To The Fuse had challenged hard for the early lead and got a length in front of Jezalenkoubeauty, but was unable to cross to the front. He then obtained an ideal trail when Brew sent Nipperinghall into the breeze. Jezalenkoubeauty faded to finish seventh. Nipperinghall has had 64 starts for ten wins, seven placings and stakes of $53,616. His dam Shimmering Shore graduated to an M2 mark in WA and was retired to the breeding barn after having 37 starts for ten wins and ten placings for $37,465 in prizemoney. TYLER DIAMOND MAKES THE MOST OF THE INSIODE BARRIER Tyler Diamond made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier by setting the pace and holding on solidly to win from Soho Monza and Ballas Arockstar in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Indie and Makai Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Herne Hill by Kevin Keys and driven by Brad Stampalia, the seven-year-old Tyler Diamond was a solidly-supported 6/4 favourite who gave a strong frontrunning display to win from 7/2 second favourite Soho Monza, who trailed the pacemaker throughout. Ballas Arockstar (33/1) raced three back on the pegs and finished strongly. The win ended a losing sequence of ten for Tyler Diamond, who now has earned $53,010 from eight wins and 19 placings from 56 starts. Tyler Diamond is by American stallion Day In A Life and is out of the New York Motoring mare Cecelia, who had 75 starts for nine wins and 22 placings for stakes of $66,474. Tyler Diamond is a half-brother to Jennas Shadow (72 starts for 12 wins, 28 placings and $116,404) and Imali (69 starts for six wins, 23 placings and $52,487). SEVEN WISHES COMPLETES A DOUBLE FOR VOAK Noted frontrunner Seven Wishes notched his fourth win from his past five starts when he relished the No. 1 barrier and scored an easy all-the-way victory in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Capped Price Servicing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The win completed a double for reinsman Chris Voak, who had been successful earlier in the program, with Leda McNally. Seven Wishes, trained at Pinjarra by Dudley Parker, was all the rage and started at 5/2 on. He gave his backers little cause for concern as he bowled along in front, dashed over the final two 400m sections of the last mile in 28.2sec. and 29.1sec. to win by a length and a half from 10/1 chance I Am legend, who trailed him all the way. Rank outsider parasite ran on from eighth in the one-wide line at the bell to be third. Menelaus of Sparta was an unlucky fourth. He raced three back on the pegs and was badly blocked for a clear passage until the final stages. Seven Wishes, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old, has had 63 starts for ten wins, 12 placings and stakes of $70,079. He has raced 25 times in WA for seven wins and six placings. Voak has driven him five times for four wins. Swing Out Sister, the dam of Seven Wishes, won the New South Wales Oaks at Harold Park and the Queensland Oaks at Albion Park in 1990 before being retired with a record of 30 starts for 11 wins, eight placings and stakes of $138,681. by Ken Casellas Videos of all races are attached to the photos at the top of the page  

Unruly colt Swagga has failed as an odds-on favourite at his past two appearances after galloping badly at the start and his supporters will have their hearts in their mouths when the mobile barrier releases the field in the $100,000 Clipsal Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night April 26)

Champion harness racing trainer Gary Hall sen, capped another outstanding night at Gloucester Park on Thursday night when lightly-raced gelding Rebel Scooter outclassed his rivals in the $40,000 group 3 Caduceus Club Easter Cup to give him the fifth of six winners on the ten-event program.

Most harness racing crazed Australians will know this, but many Kiwis will not be aware of the vast similarities between Auckland Cup competitors (Im) Themightyquinn and (Im) Victorious

New Zealand-bred filly Bettor Dreams has drawn awkwardly at barrier three on the back line, but she has the ability to overcome this disadvantage and win the $50,000 MMJ Real Estate Dainty's Daughter Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A victory would give Boyanup harness racing trainer/driver Kim Prentice his third victory in the group 3 event for three-year-old fillies.

Leading West Australian reinsman Gary Hall jun. will contest an invitation drivers' championship series at Victorian country track Mildura on Friday night, providing Boyanup horseman Kim Prentice a wonderful opportunity to drive champion pacer Im Themightyquinn in the $35,000 Lord Mayor's Cup at Gloucester Park.

The all-conquering training combination of Greg and Skye Bond will set a Western Australian record when they will start 23 runners on Friday - nine at the day meeting at Pinjarra and 14 on the ten-event harness racing program at Gloucester Park in the evening.

Boyanup harness racing trainer Kim Prentice is mapping out an ambitious program for Eagle Rox after driving her to a splendid all-the-way victory in the $100,000 D'Orsogna Diamond Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Eagle Rox, a half-sister to champion young mare Artemis Belle, showed no signs of greenness when she won a trial at Bunbury's Donaldson Park on Wednesday of last week and she looks set to fight out the finish of the $100,000 D'Orsogna Diamond Classic at harness racing's Gloucester Park on Friday night (June 8).

Lombo Pocket Watch showed that he would be a leading player in the Winter Cup harness racing events at Gloucester Park with a powerful frontrunning display to win the 2506m Vale Village Kid Pace on Friday night (April 27).

Unbeaten filly Eagle Rox is poised to follow the footsteps of her illustrious half-sister Artemis Belle by winning the $100,000 Clipsal Sales Classic for two-year-old harness racing fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night (April 28).

Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards today (Wednesday February 22) opened an inquiry into a report from the Australian Forensic Racing Laboratory that a post race urine sample taken from Shortnspeedy, following its win in Race 2 at the Leeton harness meeting on 1 January 2012, upon analyses revealed the presence of the prohibited substance morphine.

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