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Outstanding concession driver Maddison Brown has formed a strong and successful association with four-year-old pacer Highly Flammable and ten-year-old trotter Lord Liam and she has high hopes of landing a double with them in the first and final events at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I’ve got the horses to do that,” she said after guiding Highly Flammable to a decisive three-length victory over Mondooley Mach over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday afternoon. “Hopefully, Highly Flammable can repeat what he’s done tonight, and that’s to get to the front and set the pace. He hasn’t been showing great gate speed, but tonight I just revved him up a bit more in the preliminary and he came out really good. He can switch off, with the hood, but when I got up him, he ran away from them.” Highly Flammable was not extended and impressed with the ease in which he dashed over the final three quarters in 29.8sec., 28.9sec. and 28.5sec. to win at a 1.58.4 rate. That followed a win and a close second at his two previous starts getting to the lead early from barrier six and winning by four lengths from Northview Orator over 2536m and then racing wide early and in the breeze before finishing a half-neck second to My Master of Disguise at a 1.56.6 rate over 1730m. Brown has driven Highly Flammable at his past nine starts for three wins, three seconds, one third and two fourths and trainer Gary Hall Snr said: “He’s getting better with every run. He had a leg injury and we had to turn him out when he got big in condition. It has taken a long time to get him fully fit.” Hardest for Highly Flammable to beat is likely to be the John Oldroyd-trained Lightning Jolt, who will be driven by Chris Voak from barrier four. The seven-year-old has a losing sequence of ten, but his recent efforts, including a last-start fourth behind Bletchley Park, have been quite encouraging. Waroona trainer Bob Mellsop has Lord Liam, a veteran of 89 starts for 29 wins and  29 placings, in superb form, with Brown guiding him to impressive wins at each of his past six starts for a combined winning margin of 49.7m, an average winning margin of 8.2m. Lord Liam set the pace from barrier five when an easy winner from Diamond Geezer over 2100m at Bunbury at his most recent outing, five weeks ago. “Bob has given him a freshen-up and the horse has the gate speed if you need to use it. I’ll see what Bob wants to do from the draw (barrier eight) in the 2536m race. Spud has drawn inside us, and he looks the main danger.” Spud, a seasoned veteran of 133 starts for 17 wins and 36 placings, has flourished under the care of trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice and has won in fine style at his first two starts in Western Australia. He raced without cover before beating Diamond Geezer in a 2631m stand at Pinjarra at his latest appearance and before that he finished strongly to beat Lifes Delight in a 2096m stand at Gloucester Park. Hall Snr is hoping for strong efforts from Robb Stark and Overboard Again, who will be resuming after spells on Friday night. Five-year-old Robb Stark, resuming after a two-and-a half-month absence, is awkwardly drawn at barrier seven in the Retravision Pace in which stablemate The Arsonist has drawn perfectly at barrier one and impressive last-start winner Our Perkins will be strongly fancied from the No. 2 draw. “The barrier draw is against Robb Stark, but he’s still a chance,” said Hall. “He’s had a few little problems, including an infection in his lungs. But we’ve cleared all that up. He’s working well and he should be in the mix, even from barrier seven.” Seven-year-old Overboard Again will be having his first start since April when he begins out wide at barrier eight in the Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace over 2536m.A winner at 12 of his 41 starts, Overboard Again has not appeared since he finished a good second to stablemate Herrick Roosevelt over 2130m at Gloucester Park on April 26. “If he had drawn a favourable barrier, he probably would’ve won,” said Hall. “But from out there, he will need some luck.”   Ken Casellas

Speedy four-year-old Franco Rayner is relishing a program of beach work and astute Banjup trainer Colin Brown predicts the harness racing gelding to bounce back to his best when he contests the second qualifying heat of the Lewis Pace sponsored by Westral Plantation Timber Shutters at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Franco Rayner, a noted frontrunner, is the youngest runner in the 2130m event and Maddison Brown is planning an all-the-way win from the coveted No. 1 barrier in the field of eight. Franco Rayner gave dashing frontrunning displays to score easy wins over 2130m and 1730m on December 30 and January 6 before he started out wide at barrier eight in the group 2 Nights of Thunder final over 1730m on January 13. He began speedily, but was forced to race outside the pacemaker Nathans Courage before fading to finish last, eleven lengths behind the winner Nathans Courage. “They went too quick for him at his latest start,” said Colin Brown. “He was racing solid every week and running time. So, I backed off him for a little bit. “He needed a bit of a freshen up and he seems to have rallied. His recent beach work of galloping, wading and swimming has been terrific. He will lead on Friday night and should go close. His main danger is Bungalow Bill, who has drawn the outside barrier.” Franco Rayner has raced 38 times for 13 wins and nine placings and five-year-old Bungalow Bill, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has a similar record, having had 31 starts for 12 wins and nine placings. Bungalow Bill, to be driven by leading reinsman Ryan Warwick, will appreciate a considerable drop in class, with his two most recent city starts being against open-class pacers, including Bronze Seeker, Kiwi Legend, Flaming Flutter, Lisharry, David Hercules and This Time Dylan. At his latest appearance, Bungalow Bill was not extended against much inferior competition, leading from barrier six and scoring an effortless victory from Responder and Dredlock Rockstar over 1828m at a 1.56.8 rate at Albany on January 28. The Bond stable has a good second string runner in Mighty Major, who is ready to return to his best form. He will start from barrier five and will be handled by Chris Lewis. He sustained a strong three-wide burst from the rear to be third at the bell before wilting to seventh behind Ohoka Kentucky over 2130m last Friday night. Ohoka Kentucky, trained and driven by Robbie Williams, impressed in scoring a one-length victory over Im Lisart after working in the breeze. He will have admirers again this week from barrier six. And Twoandahalf Tigers cannot be discounted from barrier seven. He fought on gamely from the one-out, one-back position to finish third behind Bronze Seeker and Major Rush over 2130m last Friday night. Ken Casellas

Talented young harness racing driver Maddison Brown will have a big following when she drives the promising five-year-old Machrihanish in the 2130m Retravision Westbred Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This will be the first time the 21-year-old Brown has handled Machrihanish in a race. She replaces Aiden de Campo who drove the gelding to an impressive victory over Shirlz Sensation and Sir Slick last Friday week. De Campo will drive Khun Ratha, who is resuming after a spell for Capel trainer Andrew de Campo. Machrihanish, prepared in Bunbury by Stephen de Campo, is a versatile pacer who will start from barrier four on the front line. The Shadow Play gelding raced three back on the pegs before finishing strongly to win at his most recent appearance. Khun Ratha, the solitary runner off the back line, will be making his first appearance since finishing seventh behind Shardons Rocket over 2185m at Pinjarra on October 17. He has a losing sequence of 12 and his most recent success was over 2150m at Bunbury early in November 2015. Major Rush, a standing-start specialist for Myalup trainer Graham Gilbert, will make a rare appearance in a mobile event in Friday night’s event. He is a good frontrunner and is ideally drawn at the No. 2 barrier on the front line. Major Rush’s past five starts have been in stands and he has run in only one mobile event in his past ten outings. Aiden de Campo has each-way prospects with his other drives at the meeting --- Scoobys Delight, Bettor Pack A Pistol, Ultimate Major and Onunga. His main prosects will be Scoobys Delight in the Choices Flooring Pace and Ultimate Major in the Slater Gartrell Pace. Scoobys Delight, trained at Pinjarra by Gary Elson, was last driven by de Campo when he started from the back line and dashed to the front in the first lap on his way to winning by three lengths from Stroganoff. Scoobys Delight has raced 38 times for five wins and 18 placings. Ultimate Major has won at three of his past eight starts and looks one of the main chances in Friday night’s 2536m event in which he will start from barrier four on the front line, with the promising Gaz Wannabet at barrier No. 6. Ultimate Major started out wide at barrier eight in a 2130m event last Friday night and did well to finish solidly from tenth at the bell to be sixth behind The Trilogy. He was an easy all-the-way winner in modest company over 2258m in Albany at his previous outing. Punters should disregard Gaz Wannabet’s eleventh placing in the Northam Cup last Saturday night. He locked wheels and broke into a gallop 200m after the start before trailing his rivals. At his previous outing he started off 40m and raced wide early before taking up the running and scoring an easy victory over Hear It Now in a 2631m event at Pinjarra. Ken Casellas

Young harness racing reinswoman Maddison Brown drove summer carnival hope Franco Rayner in dashing style to win The Preux Chevalier Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park tonight, Friday the 28th of October. Brown took Franco Rayner ($4.80) to an early lead and he rated 1:56.2 in scoring by a half-head from heavily backed favourite Chicago Bull ($1.80). Mach Time ($10.30) finished 3m back in third place in the $25,000 race. Four-year-old Franco Rayner is trained by Brown's father Colin, who has him on target to tackle the $200,000 Golden Nugget (2536m) in December. The Nugget is restricted to four-year-olds and Franco Rayner is established among the best of his age group. Maddison Brown, who plans to switch codes and ride in thoroughbred races next year, said she was confident Franco Rayner would be hard to beat. "He's very fit and I knew rivals would find him difficult to catch," she said. "This horse has a heart of gold and always gives his best." Brown, a featherweight, recently began a jockey’s apprenticeship with leading city thoroughbred co-trainers, the husband and wife team Grant and Alana Williams. "I'm riding trackwork for Grant and Alana," Brown said. "Officials have told me I can continue driving in harness racing for the time being. "But when I'm ready to start riding in barrier trials, I will have to make a decision between pacing and the gallops. "Under local racing rules, I can't continue driving in harness races if I am riding gallopers in trials or races." Tabtouch Inter Dominion Championship entrant Tricky Styx, driven by Aiden De Campo, also produced a bold frontrunning display tonight. Five-year-old Tricky Styx ($7.50) rated 1:54.2 and won the Book Now For The 2016 Tabtouch Inter Dominion Pace (2130m) by a head from $1.70 favourite Beaudiene Boaz. Third placegetter Waylade ($8.50) finished 4m away. De Campo said he was looking forward to driving the Jesse Moore-trained Tricky Styx in Inters heats which begin on November 25. She looks a genuine chance to qualify for the $1.1 million Inters final (2936m) on December 9. "Tricky Styx keeps improving," De Campo said. "Jesse ironed out waywardness she showed as a youngster. She has matured into an outstanding pacer with big potential." Dodolicious, who will also be entered for the Golden Nugget, won first-up in tonight's Tabtouch Inter Dominion Barrier Draw December 4 Pace (2130m). The mare, co-trained by Greg and Skye Bond, started at $1.20 and rated 1:56.4. Reinsman Ryan Warwick said Dodolicious would also be nominated for the $125,000 Mares' Classic (2536m) in December. Znana ($12.40) and Hidden Bad ($4.40) gave reinswoman Jocelyn Young her first city winning double. By Ernie Manning Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

Maddison Brown will be out to replicate Gota Good Lookadda’s all-the-way victory last Friday night when she drives the Rich And Spoilt seven-year-old in the $25,000 final of the TABtouch Interdominion at Gloucester Park Warwick final over 2130m at harness racing headquarters on Friday night. Gota Good Lookadda’s prospects soared after she drew the prized No. 1 barrier. She started from barrier two last Friday night when she led and won from Mon Lamour and Suzies Gem at a 1.58.9 rate in a qualifying heat. Suzies Gem, trained at Capel by Andrew de Campo, again looms as a tough opponent, even though she will have to overcome the distinct disadvantage of starting out wide at barrier eight. Suzies Gem started from the No. 9 barrier last Friday night when she raced four and three wide before getting to the breeze 400m after the start. She worked hard in the breeze and fought on doggedly. Her previous form was hard to fault. Hidden Bad, trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, scored an impressive victory in a qualifying heat last Friday week and will have many admirers in the final. A 16/1 chance at her first outing for six weeks, she started from barrier seven and settled down in ninth position. Turvey sent her forward, three wide after 720m and she then raced in the breeze outside the pacemaker Sea Cider before forging to the front 250m from home. She dashed over the final 400m in 28.7sec. and won by 5m from Forever Remembered. This ended a losing sequence of ten (which included only one placing) and improved her record to 45 starts for 13 wins and 14 placings. “She should have benefited from that run and has worked well since,” Turvey said. “But she has a tricky draw at No. 3. There’s no particular reason why she returned to form. I just gave her a break and hoped that would do the trick. “I wouldn’t say that she has bounced back to her best, but at least her win was an indication of perhaps better things to come. Going back a year she was quite a nice mare and I thought she would go through a few grades. But obviously things went a bit pear-shaped. Forever Remembered, trained at Collie by Errol Ashcroft, has sound each-way prospects after drawing favourably at barrier two on the back line. She will be driven by Kyle Harper, who was impressed with her powerful three-wide finishing burst from last approaching the bell to be second to Hidden Bad last Friday week. “That run was super,” Harper said. “She’s just a lovely high-speed horse who is always dangerous if she gets the right trip. Barrier two on the back line should suit her and she should get a nice trip through.” Ken Casellas

Twenty-year-old harness racing driver Kristy Sheehy took out her second successive Garrard’s Concession Drivers Challenge when she finished third with Art Of Illusion in the final heat of Series Three at Bunbury last Saturday night. The seven points she received for third took her tally for the 2014/15 Challenge to 73 points and she finished well clear of Maddison Brown (66) and Cody Wallrodt (63). It is Kristy’s second successive win in the Garrard’s Concession Drivers Challenge and she earned a $2,000 cash prize and associated trip to Sydney to represent Western Australia in next month’s NSW Rising Stars Series. Kristy drove in the 2014 NSW Rising Stars Series and, after kicking off her Garrard’s title defence in September, she then spent four months driving in New South Wales before returning to Western Australian in January 2015 in time for the second series of the 2015 Garrard’s Challenge. Michael Ferguson won Saturday night’s race with the $3.20 favourite Royal Myth for trainer Nathan Turvey to grab a last stride win over Kristy Sheehy for the $500 Garrard’s voucher plus trophy prize for winning Series Three. Final points for Series Three and the overall Challenge are detailed below: Series Three   BUNBURY PINJARRA NORTHAM BUNBURY Total Ferguson, M B (Micheal) 7 2 8 10 27 Sheehy, K S (Kristy) 4 10 5 7 26 McDonough, B L (Bailey) 6 8 4 4 22 McDonald, S A (Stuart) 3 7 6 6 22 Wallrodt, C L (Cody) 10 3 4 4 21 Miller, M C (Mitchell) 8 1 3 8 20 Jones, L C (Lauren) 1 6 10 2 19 Chabros, B A (Bronson) 5 4 4 1 14 Brown, M K (Maddison) 1 5 2 5 13 Hamilton-Smith, C M (Caris) 2 1 1 3 7 Young, J A (Jocelyn) 0 0 0 7 7 Green, B E (Brayden) 1 1 1 1 4 Justins, J R (Jack) 1 0 0 0 1               SERIES 1 SERIES 2 SERIES 3 Total Sheehy, K S (Kristy) 23 24 26 73 Brown, M K (Maddison) 29 24 13 66 Wallrodt, C L (Cody) 18 24 21 63 Ferguson, M B (Micheal) 10 17 27 54 Jones, L C (Lauren) 22 4 19 45 McDonald, S A (Stuart) 20 0 22 42 Grantham, M P (Michael) 26 12 0 38 Barron, L (Letitia) 17 18 0 35 McDonough, B L (Bailey) 0 12 22 34 Hamilton-Smith, C M (Caris) 8 18 7 33 Justins, J R (Jack) 14 12 1 27 Chabros, B A (Bronson) 13 0 14 27 Miller, M C (Mitchell) 0 3 20 23 Green, B E (Brayden) 6 8 4 18 King-Davies, C P (Cheyenne) 0 17 0 17 Foster, C L (Chienoa) 0 9 0 9 Matthew, H J (Harley) 7 0 0 7 Young, J A (Jocelyn) 0 0 7 7   Racing and Wagering Western Australia

Harness racing driver twenty year old Kristy Sheehy is poised to win a second Garrard’s Concession Drivers Challenge as she currently holds a five point lead over Maddison Brown and a seven point lead over Cody Wallrodt heading into tomorrow night’s final race of the Challenge at Bunbury. With a maximum ten points available tomorrow night Brown and Wallrodt would need to win and Sheehy finish worse than fifth to lose the title and the $2,000 cash prize and associated trip to Sydney to represent Western Australia in the NSW Rising Stars Series. In the event of a tie on points Sheehy is better placed than her rivals as three of her five wins this season have come in heats of the Garrard’s Challenge. Brown has won one heat and Wallrodt two heading into tomorrow’s race. The battle for the Series Three prize of a $500 Garrard’s voucher plus trophy prize is far closer and any one of the leading six drivers could take out the prize depending on finishing positions as just three points separate the leading six drivers. POINTS SERIES THREE 2014/15 GARRARD’S CONCESSION DRIVERS CHALLENGE   BUNBURY PINJARRA NORTHAM Total Sheehy, K S (Kristy) 4 10 5 19 McDonough, B L (Bailey) 6 8 4 18 Wallrodt, C L (Cody) 10 3 4 17 Ferguson, M B (Micheal) 7 2 8 17 Jones, L C (Lauren) 1 6 10 17 McDonald, S A (Stuart) 3 7 6 16 Chabros, B A (Bronson) 5 4 4 13 Miller, M C (Mitchell) 8 1 3 12 Brown, M K (Maddison) 1 5 2 8 Young, J A (Jocelyn) 0 0 7 7 Hamilton-Smith, C M (Caris) 2 1 1 4 Green, B E (Brayden) 1 1 1 3 Justins, J R (Jack) 1 0 0 1           OVERALL POINTS 2014/15 GARRARDS CONCESSION DRIVERS CHALLENGE   SERIES 1 SERIES 2 SERIES 3 Total Sheehy, K S (Kristy) 23 24 19 66 Brown, M K (Maddison) 29 24 8 61 Wallrodt, C L (Cody) 18 24 17 59 Ferguson, M B (Micheal) 10 17 17 44 Jones, L C (Lauren) 22 4 17 43 Grantham, M P (Michael) 26 12 0 38 McDonald, S A (Stuart) 20 0 16 36 Barron, L (Letitia) 17 18 0 35 Hamilton-Smith, C M (Caris) 8 18 4 30 McDonough, B L (Bailey) 0 12 18 30 Justins, J R (Jack) 14 12 1 27 Chabros, B A (Bronson) 13 0 13 26 King-Davies, C P (Cheyenne) 0 17 0 17 Green, B E (Brayden) 6 8 3 17 Miller, M C (Mitchell) 0 3 12 15 Foster, C L (Chienoa) 0 9 0 9 Matthew, H J (Harley) 7 0 0 7 Young, J A (Jocelyn) 0 0 7 7 by Alan Parker

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