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Not much has ever separated Bechers Brook and Golden State. The pair started racing within three months of each other. They competed in the Four-Year-Old Classic at Gloucester Park last year, as well as key lead up races to that Group 1. They have also had three runs back this campaign. Bechers Brook has a slightly superior record of 12 wins from 24 starts, while Golden State has scored 10 times from 26 starts. Reinsman Mark Reed isn’t sure who the superior of the two is. “I’ve changed my mind about four, five or six times,” Reed told GPTV when asked who was the better of the two runners. Thankfully for Reed, he doesn’t need to separate them this Friday night, given they line up in different races and look set to give him a chance of scoring his 30th win at headquarters for the season. Golden State finally looks set to have his best chance this campaign to score a win, when he lines up in the Quayside Transport Pace (2130m). The son of Big Jim has drawn nine, eight and nine in his three starts this campaign, but has a chance to make his presence felt this week from barrier six. However, it will be far from easy for Golden State in the event, as he takes on in-form pair Lady De La Renta and Ruling Gold, as well as the highly talented Saying Grace. Reed said he was likely to use Golden State’s gate speed and indicated he had a “better than even money chance” of crossing to the lead. “He’s got blistering gate speed and we just haven’t used it,” he said. “His first two runs back from a spell he’s drawn nine and we’ve just gone back and the races haven’t been run to suit. “He’s going really well, he’s just got a long way out of his ground. “He’s actually made up a bit of ground off the track. “He will be a lot better horse in front on the pegs. “I think there’s a good chance he could cross and if he does he should be hard to beat.” While Golden State may have a bit of a battle on his hands to lead, the task looks significantly easier for Bechers Brook to lead in the Elan Energy Pace (2536m). The son of Somebeachsomewhere has already scored two wins in his three starts back this campaign and has drawn ideally to make it three from four this Friday night. Bechers Brook has just Im Lisart inside him and his biggest dangers have drawn to his outside. Mighty Santana and Vincenzo Perrugia loom as two runners that may look to cross Bechers Brook in the early stages and Reed is on high alert.  “He’s got a good draw in barrier two, it’s just whether he can take advantage of it or not,” Reed said. “I think I can cross Im Lisart if I hold the others to my outside. “I’m not confident I can hold the others, because he’s not blistering out of the gate. “We will try and give him a sprint up in the prelim and do our best to hold them. “If he can hold them, he should be hard to beat.” Reed’s only other drive on the program is Maczaffair in the Rotary Club Of Fremantle Pace (1730m). All three runners are trained by Reed’s father Mike   Tim Walker

Keen interest surrounds the debut of the extremely well bred two-year-old Valentines Brook in the $25,000 Intersport Slater Gartrell Western Crown Classic for colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Valentines Brook, trained by Mike Reed and driven by his son Mark, will begin from barrier three and is capable of a solid first-up effort. He is a half-brother to Bechers Brook, who flew home to win the Western Gateway Classic 12 months ago and then finished a head second to King of Swing in the WA Derby. Bechers Brook, also from the Reed stable, has had 21 starts for ten wins and eight placings for stakes of $152,763. Valentines Brook is also a half-brother to star pacer Our Waikiki Beach, who has earned $957,479 from 28 wins and 12 placings from 56 starts. Those pacers also are closely related to former star performers Chandon, Bollinger and Salinger. Valentines Brook, bred in Victoria, is by American stallion Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Bettors Delight mare Cyclone Betty, raced 63 times for nine wins, 18 placings and $68,186 in prizemoney. He was bought for $52,500 at the APG yearling sale in Melbourne last year by Bechers Brook’s owner Albert Walmsley. Bechers Brook is named after hugely challenging and famous fence in the English Grand National Steeplechase, held annually at Aintree. Valentines Brook is also a testing fence at Aintree, but somewhat less severe than Bechers Brook. Valentines Brook warmed up for his debut with a sound trial at Byford on Sunday morning when he was not bustled at the mobile dispatch and settled in fourth place in a field of five. After modest quarters of 32.4sec., 32.2sec. and 31.2.2sec., Valentines Brook ran home solidly and was not extended in finishing second, a half-head behind unraced two-year-old gelding The Stars Above, with a final quarter in 29sec. Reed Snr said that Valentines Brook possessed high speed but had still a lot to learn about racing. “He’s not without a chance on Friday night and he’ll improve on whatever he does,” he said. Marcotti, a son of Sportwriter, is sure to be a hot favourite, particularly after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier for Blythewood trainer Michael Brennan and talented reinsman Michael Grantham. Marcotti made a perfect debut when he set the pace from the No. 1 barrier and won from Keptain Courageous over 1609m in 1min. 57.9sec. at Bunbury three Sundays ago. He impressed in dashing over the final 400m in 27.6sec. Marcotti is well bred and is related to former top-flight pacer Another Party, who earned $888,678 from 31 wins and 42 placings from 149 starts. Another Party’s wins included the Bathurst Gold Crown for two-year-olds in March 1997, the Celebrity Mile at Gloucester Park on New Year’s Eve in 2000, the Fremantle Cup the following month and the Hunter Cup at Moonee Valley a few weeks later.   Ken Casellas

Astute Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed is aiming to win the $50,000 Westral Daintys Daughter Classic for a record-equalling third time when high-priced New Zealand-bred filly Arma Indie contests the Group 2 feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Arma Indie arrived in Perth less than two weeks ago and she has the raw ability to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier in the field of nine at her first appearance in Australia. She and the Colin Brown-trained and driven Typhoon Tiff are likely to dominate betting on the 2130m event in which the connections of all runners are anxious to press claims for a start in the $150,000 WA Oaks on May 3. Arma Indie was purchased three weeks ago by Jim and Wilma Giumelli from owner-breeders Davinia Harrison and Johnny Mathers for what they (the owners) described as a “sizeable” figure. Co-trainer David Butt said that Arma Indie had come back as a three-year-old stronger and more sensible than she was as a two-year-old when she raced eight times for no wins, one second and two thirds. Arma Indie ended her two-year-old campaign on a high note at Cambridge last June when she was a 72/1 outsider and finished second to the classy Princess Tiffany in the Group 1 Diamond Classic when the quarters were covered in 27.7sec., 30.7sec., 27.6sec. and 28.2sec. She revealed excellent gate speed and took the lead after 450m before sitting behind the pacemaker Princess Tiffany 400m later. She fought on with admirable spirit. The filly resumed after a spell and an absence of exactly seven months when she started from the No. 1 barrier and led for the first 450m before taking a sit in a 2000m event at Otago on January 2. Taking full advantage of the sprint lane Arma Indie burst to the front 120m from the post and won by more than two lengths from Vergeofgreatness, rating 2.1.6, with a final quarter of 28.6sec. She started from barrier No. 6 over 2200m at Invercargill on January 10. She began speedily and dashed to the front after 250m before taking a sit 400m later. She then regained the lead with 1100m to travel and went on to win in fine style from the fast-finishing colt Mighty Flying Art. Arma Indie rated 1.59.4 and covered the final 40m section in 27.7sec. Arma Indie is by American stallion Well Said and is the second foal (and only one to have raced) out of Arma Courage, who won three minor races and $17,410 from 21 starts. Arma Indie is closely related to Armalight, an outstanding mare who had 36 starts for 18 wins, 11 placings and $277,520 in prizemoney. Armalight, the New Zealand Horse of the Year in 1982, won seven Group 1 events, including the New Zealand Oaks at New Brighton in April 1980, the New Zealand Cup at Addington in November 1981 and the Auckland Cup at Alexandra Park in February 1983. Mark Reed will drive Arma Indie for his father, who has trained the winner of the Daintys Daughter Classic with Sheer Royalty (driven by Chris Lewis) in 2009 and Maczaffair (driven by Shannon Suvaljkjo) in 2017. Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr holds the record with three winners of the classic Majorly Foxy Styx (2014), Nuala (2015) and Slick Artist (2018). Brown has won the Daintys Daughter Classic twice. He was successful with the Deb Sweet-trained Centrefold Angel in 2010 and he prepared 8/1 chance Gota Good Lookadda, who led and beat 6/4 on favourite Bettor Dreams by a half-length. Centrefold Angel, a 3/1 chance, showed great courage to race in the breeze before getting to the front on the home turn and beating the 5/4 favourite Ella Sue by a head. Centrefold Angel was owned by Colleen Lindsay, who bred and owns Typhoon Tiff, who will start from barrier five on Friday night. Mrs Lindsay also bred and owns Typhoon Tiff’s full sister Tiffany Twirl, who was a 75/1 chance when she finished eighth behind Slick Artist in last year’s Daintys Daughter Classic. Typhoon Tiff was produced in outstanding shape by Brown for her first-up run at Pinjarra last Monday week. She led from barrier three and gave an outstanding frontrunning exhibition to win by 8m from Dracarys, rating 1.55.2 over 1684m, with final quarters of 26.7sec. and 27.8sec. That was Typhoon Tiff’s first outing since she raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing a neck second to Majorpride in the Diamond Classic for two-year-old fillies last June. Gary Hall Jnr has been engaged by Busselton trainer Barry Howlett to drive Millwood Gucci for the first time. The filly, a winner this year at Bunbury and Albany, steps up a lot in class, but has place prospects from the coveted No. 1 barrier. Mandy Joan, a winner at two of her nine starts for Byford trainer David Thompson, will be having her first start since August, but also has place prospects from barrier No. 3. She dashed over the final quarters of a 23150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning in 28.5sec. and 27.9sec. She will be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green. Champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond and leading reinsman Ryan Warwick, who combined for the fighting head victory by Dodolicious in the 2016 Daintys Daughter Classic, will be pinning their faith in Starlight Destiny, an all-the-way Northam winner over 1780m last Saturday night. Starlight Destiny will need a shade of luck from barrier seven, but she is an ultra-consistent filly who has had 15 starts for five wins, six seconds and three thirds. Ken Casellas

Former outstanding young pacer Kiwi Legend has recovered from a serious tendon injury and will resume racing after an absence of 638 days when he contests the Retravision Your Air Conditioning Specialist Free-For-All over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Now a seven-year-old, Kiwi Legend has responded to the diligent and patient care of Bunbury trainer Stephen Reed. Constant wading in the Leschenaultia estuary has contributed to the gelding’s successful rehabilitation. Kiwi Legend has not raced since he set the pace and won easily from Ideal Tyson and Risk in the Four and Five-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park in March 2017. That took his record to 31 starts for 12 wins, nine seconds and two thirds for $191,230 in stakes. He finished second to Beaudiene Boaz in the Golden Nugget in December 2015 and led and won the Lord Mayor’s Cup in January 2017. Kiwi Legend warmed up for his return to racing with a smart win in a three-horse 2116m standing-start trial at Pinjarra five Sundays ago. After a leisurely opening quarter of the final mile in 32.3sec., Kiwi Legend took the lead after 900m and dashed over the final three quarters in 28.6sec., 28.8sec. and 28.6sec. He was not extended in defeating ten-year-old Batali by five lengths at a 2.1.9 rate. Mark Reed will drive Kiwi Legend, who will start from the No. 4 barrier in the field of nine. The gelding is sure to derive considerable benefit from his first-up run. Reed is the regular driver of talented mare Maczaffair, who is trained by his father Mike and will start from barrier six. Mark Reed has enjoyed a great association with Maczaffair, having driven her 14 times for seven wins, one second, two thirds, two fourths and two unplaced runs. Maczaffair, an all-the-way winner over Gotta Go Gabbana and Tricky Styx two starts ago, will be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green. Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has given punters a strong lead by choosing to drive the Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln in preference to the well-performed Runrunjimmydunn, who is trained by Gary Hall Snr. Hall Jnr drove Runrunjimmydunn when the five-year-old bounced back to strong form last Friday night when he worked hard without cover before hitting the front 100m from the post and dead-heating for first with Vultan Tin. Clint Hall will drive Runrunjimmydunn this week. Rocknroll Lincoln will be hard to beat from the No. 2 barrier after his strong finishing effort to win the 2569m Bunbury Cup from Vampiro and Im Soxy last Saturday week. One of his chief rivals appears to be the polemarker Talktomeurmattjesty, who looks the likely pacemaker from the coveted No. 1 barrier. Talktomeurmattjesty, trained in Busselton by Barry Howlett, showed a welcome return to form last Friday night when he took the lead after 320m, set a solid pace and covered the final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.7sec. and finished a close second to Im Soxy. Vultan Tin, trained at Coolup by Phil Costello, should also be prominent after he finished strongly from the rear to dead-heat with Runrunjimmydunn last week. Ken Casellas

Star reinsman Mark Reed rubbed his hands together in delight when he saw that outstanding mare Maczaffair had drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier in the $30,000 Howard Porter Memorial over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and agreed wholeheartedly that the five-year-old looked a virtual certainty. “We’ll be coming out on roller skates and it should be a case of see you later,” Reed enthused. “Leading is her greatest attribute and she should win. However, she’s versatile and can do it at both ends. She came from a fair way back to beat Eden Franco two starts ago.” This will be Maczaffair’s final warm-up before she clashes with the brilliant Eden Franco in the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic on Friday week. The Colin Brown-trained Eden Franco rated 1.56.2 when she dashed to an early lead, set a solid pace and won by just over four lengths from Alfa Queen in the Norms Daughter Classic last Friday night. Maczaffair, who started from the inside of the back line and raced in fifth place three back on the pegs, charged home along the inside and was badly hampered for room when fourth. “Maczaffair never got a crack at them at all,” Reed said. “Eden Franco won well, but I got caught up in a bit of traffic. She was bolting. “There’s not much between Eden Franco and Maczaffair; it just gets down to barrier draws. Maczaffair has proven herself in Free-For-All class.” Reed, fresh from a double at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening with Mighty Major ($39.80) and American Dynasty ($1.30), also is confident that The Art Form will be hard to beat in the Yes Loans Insurance Pace over 2130m. The Art Form, a lightly-raced New Zealand-bred six-year-old, resumed after an eight-week absence at Northam on Saturday night when he set the pace and romped to an easy victory over Makinchanges. It was his sixth win in a row and the tenth in a 23-start career. “He curbed a hock and that was the first time he’d had the hopples on since his previous start (when he led and won from Benhope Rulz at Pinjarra on October 1),” Reed said. “So, he was very underdone and he’s probably still a bit underdone but he will benefit a lot from the run. He’s a class horse and Fizzing appears as the only serious threat.”   Ken Casellas

Ace reinsman Mark Reed is planning to adopt similar frontrunning tactics as he did with Aliveandwell in 2009 in a bid to win the $50,000 Mount Eden Sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He is bubbling with confidence about the prospects of Maczaffair, a five-year-old mare who is trained by his father Mike. Maczaffair, who will be reappearing after an absence of three and a half months, has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and Reed said he was aiming to set the pace. “She’s flying and I expect her to run the race of her life,” he said. Aliveandwell, a 3/1 chance prepared by Andrew de Campo, started from the No. 1 barrier in the 2009 Group 2 Mount Eden Sprint and Reed set a bold pace before the gelding romped home by just under two lengths from Amongst Royalty and Has The Answers, rating 1.54.8 over the 1730m trip. Reed gave another dashing display in the sulky to land 12/1 chance Nebulizer a convincing winner over Admiral’s Avenue and Lord Marques in the 2000 Mount Eden Sprint. Mares have a poor record in the Mount Eden Sprint (formerly the State Sprint Championship) which has been run 63 times, with only eight mares winning the race in Dainty’s Daughter (1970), Pyramus (1971), Virgil Queen (1977), Kiwi Cloud (1978), Line On (1986), Whitby Miss Penny (1992), Sensational Gabby (2014) and Libertybelle Midfrew (2016). Libertybelle Midfrew, the 5/4 on favourite from barrier one, was trained by Mike Reed when she was driven by Shannon Suvaljko to an all-the-way victory over Run Oneover and Heez On Fire, rating 1.54.3 when the feature event was run over 2130m for the only time. The New Zealand-bred Maczaffair has already amassed $384,442 in prizemoney from her 18 wins, eight seconds and two thirds from 41 starts and she looms large as one of the main contenders for the $125,000 Mares Classic at Gloucester Park on December 14. Mark Reed reiterated that Maczaffair would be the pacemaker, declaring: “she’ll lead; she comes out on roller skates.”” If, as expected, Maczaffair sets the pace, Tricky Styx, the only runner off the back line and the only other mare in the race, should enjoy a perfect run behind Maczaffair. The Jesse Moore-trained Tricky Styx, to be driven by Aiden de Campo, sprinted home brilliantly to win over 1730m two starts ago. Then, last Friday week, she fought on solidly from sixth on the pegs at the bell to be fourth behind Chicago Bull in the 2130m Stratton Cup. Maczaffair, like Tricky Styx, has a good record in sprint races. She has won at two of her four attempts over 1730m and has also won over 1609m and 1684m. Rocknroll Lincoln (barrier two) and King of Swing (three) will have many admirers and each has strong each-way prospects. Rocknroll Lincoln, to be driven by his trainer Justin Prentice, has resumed after a spell in grand form with two impressive victories over 2130m. Rocknroll Lincoln has yet to compete over a sprint trip in his 13 WA starts which have produced seven wins and three seconds. As a three-year-old in New Zealand he won at a 1.56 rate over 1700m at Cambridge in January 2017 when he started from the No. 2 barrier and sat behind the pacemaker Mark of Integrity before finishing solidly along the sprint lane to defeat that pacer. Four-year-old King of Swing is the youngest and least experienced runner in the event and the stallion will be driven for the first time in a race by Stuart McDonald, who replaces Gary Hall Jnr who is in New Zealand preparing champion pacer Chicago Bull for a race at Alexandra Park on Friday week and the New Zealand Cup at Addington on November 13. King of Swing, who boasts the fine record of 22 starts for 14 wins and six seconds, has a trick y draw at No. 3, but McDonald is confident he will prove hard to beat. Gary Hall Snr, who prepares King of Swing, is seeking his seventh win in the Mount Eden Sprint, after successes with Bengeeman (2002), The Falcon Strike (2006), Im Themightyquinn (2011, 2012), Waylade (2015) and Chicago Bull (2017). Chris Lewis, who will be in the sulky behind the Barry Howlett-trained Talktomeurmattjesty, has won the race five times with Village Kid (1987), Whitby Timer (1990), Flashing Star (1997), Sneakyn Down Under (2008) and Sensational Gabby (2014). Talktomeurmattjesty is a brilliant sprinter, capable of overcoming the awkward draw at barrier seven. He resumed after a spell with an excellent second to Chicago Bull in the 2130m Stratton Cup last Friday week. He is sure to be improved by that effort. Ryan Warwick, who won the Mount Eden Sprint behind Lookslikelightning in 2005, will have many admirers. He will handle the Greg and Sky Bond-trained Vampiro, who is not particularly well drawn at barrier six. However, Vampiro, a winner at 15 of his 36 starts, is capable of unwinding a spirited finishing burst. Argyle Red, an all-the-way winner over Overboard Again and Mister Versace over 2130m two starts ago, will be having his first start for Pinjarra trainer Aiden Warwick. He will be driven by Aldo Cortopassi and his prospects slumped when he drew the No. 8 barrier. Ken Casellas

Ace reinsman Mark Reed will be reunited with veteran pacer Tanaka Eagle at Gloucester Park on Friday night and owner-trainer Reg Phillips is bubbling with confidence, declaring that the sprightly eight-year-old will win the Electrolux Pace and end a losing sequence of 17, which includes just one placing. Reed, one of 29 drivers to have handled Tanaka Eagle during his 196-start career of 20 wins, 20 seconds, 18 thirds and stakes of $206,546, will join forces with the striking black gelding after a break of 903 days. The previous time Reed was in the sulky behind Tanaka Eagle was when the son of Elsu finished third behind Three Bears at Gloucester Park on April 22, 2016. Since then the iron horse has raced 101 times, frequently running twice a week. Phillips, who will celebrate his 76th birthday on Thursday of next week, was delighted when Tanaka Eagle drew the prized No. 1 barrier in Friday night’s 2130m event and he said his instruction to Reed would be: “Handlebars down and lead at all costs. He’s capable of running a sub-27sec. quarter and I’m sure he can run 1.56 off the front on Friday night when I don’t think he’ll be beaten.” Reed, who has handled Tanaka Eagle just seven times for a win, a second and a third placing, followed the instructions of Phillips when he drive Tanaka Eagle (from barrier two) to an all-the-way victory at 7/1 over the 2/1 favourite Avalon Bromac at Gloucester Park in March 2016. “Tanaka Eagle hasn’t had much luck lately and has ruined his chances a few times by galloping in stands,” Phillips said. Tanaka Eagle galloped badly from the 10m mark in a 2503m standing-start event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night and settled down 12 lengths behind the leader Smackwater Jack before making up a lot of ground and finishing fifth, four lengths from the winner Righteous Brother, in the six-horse field, with solid final quarters of 29.1sec. and 28.2sec. “He loves racing twice a week,” Phillips said. “This means that I don’t need to give him track work. I’ve never had any serious problems with him; he’s never had a sore leg, blisters or ulcers. He’s had sore feet at times. He does not respond to working in heavy sand and he never goes in a heavy jog cart. “I noticed he was for sale when he was racing in Kalgoorlie in 2014 and I bought a half-share in him, pretty cheap, $2500. I bought him on a Tuesday and he won up there the following Friday. He then won at his next three starts, two in Kalgoorlie and one in Albany (earning $21,459). “About a year later I bought Tanaka Eagle outright for $5000 and $3000 out of his first city win. I’m a pensioner and he has become the family breadwinner.” Last season, Tanaka Eagle raced 49 times for five wins, four placings and $62,845 in stakes. In the first five weeks of the current season the gelding has earned $6829 from his ten starts which have produced one placing, a second to Neighlor six starts ago. Tanaka Eagle, by Elsu, is the only foal to have raced out of the unraced Badlands Hanover mare Miss Tanaka, whose half-brother Lochinver earned $284,300 from 23 wins and 31 placings from 139 starts. Lochinver won the group 3 Treuer Memorial at Bankstown in December 2014 and finished second to Franco Ledger in the $100,000 Group 1 Bohemia Crystal Free-For-All at Menangle in March 2015.   Ken Casellas

Ace reinsman Mark Reed drove the speedy Pazam to six victories at the turn of the century and he is confident of continuing the family tradition by winning races with promising two-year-old filly Countess Grace. Trained by Reed’s father Mike, Countess Grace is closely related to Pazam, who won 19 races in Western Australia in a splendid 41-start career of 22 wins and six placings for stakes of $136,113. Mark Reed was in the sulky when the New Zealand-bred Pazam won for the final time, at Gloucester Park in February 2004 when he beat The Die Is Cast and Sand Pebbles in a 2140m Free-For-All. He also drove Pazam when he finished sixth behind Lombo Rapida and Shakamaker in the 2000 Chariots of Fire at Harold Park. Countess Grace emerged as a strong winning prospect in the Glenroy Chaff Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night when she unwound a spirited finishing burst to be an eye-catching third behind Fake News and Major Artist over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. Countess Grace was restrained from barrier eight at the start and settled down in 11th position. She was seventh at the bell, three back on the pegs, before sprouting wings in the home straight, with the final 400m being covered in a slick 28.1sec. Countess Grace has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in Friday night’s $18,000 event and Mark Reed said: “She will give them something to chase. She has good gate speed, the aim will be to lead and I consider her to have excellent winning prospects. “She was unlucky at her previous start when third behind Majorpride and Fake News. She raced behind the pacemaker Cosmic Horizons and was shuffled back when that filly weakened and dropped back in the final stages.” Majorpride, Fake News and Countess Grace should dominate Friday night’s race in which Countess Grace has a significant advantage over the other two fillies, who will start out wide, with Fake News at barrier seven and Majorpride on the outside in the field of eight. Fake News, trained by Gary Hall Snr, was impressive on Tuesday evening when she enjoyed the perfect trail behind the pacemaker Major Artist before running home fast to snatch victory for star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr. However, Hall Jnr has decided to drive the Justin Prentice-trained Majorpride in preference to Fake News. “There’s not much between them, but Majorpride is probably a bit more of a racehorse at the moment,” he said. Majorpride has raced ten times for three wins, three seconds and two thirds. Mark Reed will fly out of Perth early on Saturday morning to drive star filly Our Angel of Harlem in the second semi-final of the Breeders Crown for three-year-old fillies at Bendigo on Saturday night. Our Angel of Harlem, trained by Mike Reed, has drawn poorly and will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line. However, she is in top form and should have little difficulty in qualifying for the final the following week. Western Australia will also be represented in semi-finals of the Breeders Crown on Saturday night by the Michael Brennan-trained The Embezzler and the David Thompson-trained Mandy Joan. Michael Grantham will drive The Embezzler from the outside (No. 7) on the front line in the first semi-final for two-year-old colts and geldings. A winner at four of his eight starts and a strong fourth behind Franco Edward in the Pearl Classic, The Embezzler has won at Pinjarra at his past two starts. He possesses wonderful gate speed and is sure to make his presence felt. Mandy Joan also has drawn barrier seven in the second semi-final for two-year-old fillies in which she will be handled by champion Victorian reinsman Gavin Lang. She has won twice from seven starts and is working strongly enough to qualify for the final. Ken Casellas

Franco Edward has stamped himself as the one to beat for next Friday night’s Group 1 Pearl Classic for the two-year-olds, following his outstanding win in the last of the heats at Gloucester Park last night. The son of American Ideal, who started from barrier one, was heavily supported into a $1.16 favourite on TABtouch, but things didn’t go to script early. Trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper had his hands full with Franco Edward, who was away slowly, and then veered out and almost galloped as The Embezzler and Bitcoin crossed to be the leading pair. The trio went out in a lead time of 36.2, and established a sizeable break on the rest of the field. Franco Edward hit the front on the final lap as Bitcoin and The Embezzler tried to stick on, but the colt was too powerful in the home straight, coming away to win by 13m, with Bitcoin finishing a distant second. Meanwhile, in the opening heat of the night, Shockwave turned the tables on Its Rock And Roll from April’s Champagne Classic, sustaining a three wide run on the final lap to wear down his rival. Its Rock And Roll defeated Shockwave in the Sales Classic Final in March as well, but the Ryan Bell-trained and driven colt was too strong from barrier eight last night. In the second of the heats for the night, the Mike Reed-trained Bletchley Park made it back-to-back wins, holding off Babyface Adda and Major Survivor. Driven by Mark Reed for the first time, after Shannon Suvaljko elected to stick with Babyface Adda, Bletchley Park was driven quietly at the rear of the field from barrier six. Reed then made his move around the outside of the field on the back straight on the final lap to join Babyface Adda in the lead on the home turn. The American Ideal colt held off both Babyface Adda and Major Survivor in the home straight to win by 2.8m in a time of 1.59.4, the slowest of the three heats. The top four from each of the three heats advance to the final next Friday night. Meanwhile, star three-year-old Jack Mac maintained his unbeaten record in Australia, with a commanding 35m win, the biggest win of his career to date. Jack Mac started a $1.04 TABtouch favourite, and never looked like being beaten, as driver Chris Lewis was able to cruise around the field from barrier 10 and find the front past the winning post the first time. From there, Jack Mac was able to dictate terms in front and had the race comfortably under control over the final two laps.    Tim Walker

On 26 August 2016 Mr Mark Reed was requested to provide a urine sample to enable testing for banned substances. The initial sample provided at that time did not meet the required criteria’s and accordingly Mr Reed was directed to provide a second sample. Mr Reed refused to provide such second sample. Following this refusal Mr Reed was stood down under Rule 183(d). Stewards yesterday conducted an inquiry into Mark Reed refusing a reasonable direction from Senior Investigator Paul Criddle to provide a second urine sample at Gloucester Park on 26 August 2016. Evidence was taken from Paul Criddle and Mark Reed. Mr Reed was charged under Rule 238 which states: 238. A person shall not fail to comply with any order, direction or requirement of the Controlling Body or the Stewards relating to harness racing or to the harness racing industry. In determining penalty stewards took into account: His guilty plea His personal circumstances His time away from the industry The serious nature of the offence. Stewards were of the opinion that any refusal of a direction impacts on the ability of the stewards to regulate the industry and enforce the rules. Mr Reed was disqualified for 6 months effective immediately. Barbara Scott - Chief Steward Harness Ph: 9445 5176 barbara.scott@rwwa.com.au  

A smart track workout at Gloucester Park last Saturday morning --- combined with a favourable barrier --- are strong pointers that The Beachcomber will prove hard to beat in the $25,000 Clipsal and Schneider Electric Sales Classic final for harness racing three-year-old colts and geldings at pacing’s headquarters on Friday night. Trainer Mike Reed declared that he was optimistic about the gelding’s prospects after he dashed over the final 800m in the workout in 57.2sec. Driven by Mark Reed, The Beachcomber sat behind five-year-old Challenging before sprinting strongly to defeat the in-form gelding who followed two successive wins with a strong-finishing effort to be second to Your Excused at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. The Beachcomber by Somebeachsomewhere, a $33,000 yearling who has won once from ten starts, will begin from the No. 2 barrier on the front line on Friday night with Colin Brown in the sulky.          “I’ve been really happy with him and his work has been good since his latest start (when fifth behind Bob Wheel at Gloucester Park on January 31),” Mike Reed said. “I haven’t started him for a while. He’s had a niggling injury and I’ve been working on curing it.” Bob Wheel, trained and driven by Ryan Bell, is likely to be favourite and looks very hard to beat. The Allamerican Ingot gelding will start from the No. 4 barrier and is sure to be prominent throughout. He notched his third win from 19 starts when he raced without cover before dashing over the final 400m in 27.8sec. to win from Doc Ryan over 2190m at Northam on Thursday of last week. Bob Wheel also raced without cover before winning from All The Whispers at Gloucester Park two starts before that. The Michael Brennan-trained Kasey John (Michael Grantham) cannot be left out of calculations after winning a 2180m trial at Pinjarra in dashing style on Monday afternoon. He led early and then sat behind the pacemaker Bouchee before sprinting the final 400m in 27.7sec. and winning by six lengths from Bouchee at a 2.0.9 rate. However, he faces a stern test from the outside barrier (No. 9). He was automatically drawn on the outside after breaking badly soon after the start and then racing at the rear of the field at his latest outing, at Gloucester Park last Friday week. Kasey John has won at three of his six starts this season. Ken Casellas  

High-priced New Zealand import Kiwi Legend will have a new driver when he runs in the $18,500 Choices Flooring Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night --- and he should prove hard to beat after a strong performance in a 2150m harness racing trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Shannon Suvaljko, who will take over the reins from Mark Reed on Friday night, handled the five-year-old in the trial in which he finished strongly to win by more than two lengths from Bonny Under Fire after covering the final quarters in 29.2sec. and 28.7sec. Reed has handled Kiwi Legend in all of his 20 WA starts for five wins and ten placings. The Art Major gelding had only two starts in New Zealand for two wins in February 2015. Nothing went right for Kiwi Legend at his latest appearance, at Gloucester Park three Friday nights ago. He was restrained to last in a field of nine from barrier seven and certainly was not suited with a moderate lead time of 37.7sec. and modest opening quarters in 29.8sec. and 29.9sec. before the tempo was lifted with final sections of 27.6sec. and 28.7sec., with Kiwi Legend out three wide. His form before that was good. He raced one-out and one-back when second to the speedy Risk two starts ago, after his previous five starts produced a win, three seconds and a third. Kiwi Legend’s major (and serious) rival on Friday night looms large in the form of Tact Major, an up-and-coming New Zealand-bred five-year-old trained by Gary Hall sen. Tact Major’s 13 starts have all been in WA and have produced seven wins and two placings. Tact Major has resumed after an absence of eight months in fine style with effortless wins at Kellerberrin and Gloucester Park. He is well drawn at barrier two on Friday night. He raced three wide for most of the journey in both those events before finishing strongly. Ohoka Assassin, who has won at two of his four starts since resuming after an absence of almost two years, cannot be underestimated. The seven-year-old trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will start from the inside of the back line and will have a perfect run if Kiwi Legend sets the pace. Kinda Black, a stablemate of Ohoka Assassin, is also worth consideration. He raced wide early and then worked hard in the breeze when a fighting second to Royal Mach over 2536m last Friday night. Ken Casellas

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

Mark Reed handed harness racing punters a valuable tip when he opted to drive Bettor Party in preference to Im Riddick in the Gannon’s Fred Doy Memorial Pace, a stand over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He has driven both pacers in recent weeks and decided to handle the Eric Chabros-trained Bettor Party ahead of Im Riddick, who is prepared at Henley Brook by his father Mike Reed. Im Riddick, who will share the back mark of 20m with Copagrin and Mapua Legend, will be driven by Chris Lewis. Bettor Party will begin off the 10m line. Reed drove Im Riddick when the seven-year-old showed a welcome return to form at Gloucester Park last Friday night. Im Riddick settled down in ninth position before Reed sent the gelding forward with a three-wide burst after 950m to move to the breeze 1350m from home. Im Riddick fought on with great determination to finish a half-head second to the pacemaker Gallileo in the 2503m stand. Reed has driven Im Riddick at six of his past seven starts for three seconds. Lewis has handled Im Riddick in seven of his 57 starts for three wins, two seconds, a fourth and a seventh. Im Riddick is a proven standing-start performer with seven wins in stands. Lewis has a splendid record in the Doy Memorial, a race which has been run over a variety of distances and generally from a mobile start. He has been successful with Tee Pee Village (2008), Smooth Hayley (2009) and Sneakyn Down Under (2013). All three pacers set the pace. Reed has enjoyed plenty of success with Bettor Party, a West Australian-bred gelding who has raced 86 times for 15 wins and 24 placings. He has handled the six-year-old 14 times for four wins, four seconds and two thirds. Greg and Skye Bond, last season’s leading WA trainers, hold a strong hand in Friday night’s race with New Zealand-bred five-year-olds Swimbetweentheflags (front) and My Good Deed (10m). Swimbetweentheflags, to be driven by Ryan Warwick, is in good form, with his past five starts producing an all-the-way win in a 2503m stand and three minor placings. Swimbetweentheflags galloped for a few strides in a stand last Friday night before trailing the pacemaker Gallileo. He was hampered for room in the closing stages and was an unlucky third to Gallileo and Im Riddick. He finished strongly when second to Our Ideal Act in a 2631m stand at Pinjarra four days earlier and led when a fighting third to Machtu in a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park ten days before that. My Good Deed has failed to flatter at his first two outings after a spell, but he is a proven standing-start performer capable of significant improvement. Copagrin, a smart performer with a record of 77 starts for 16 wins, 17 placings and $186,552 in prizemoney, will resume after a three-month absence for West Swan trainer John Guagliardo and from 20m he is capable of a bold first-up showing. He warmed up for this race in fine style with a strong second to the classy Condrieu in a 2150m mobile trial at Byford on Sunday morning when the final 400m was covered in 27.9sec. Adding further interest to the race will be the appearance of Glow Bright for Pinjarra trainer Dudley Parker. The gelding, who will start off 10m, ended a losing sequence of 25 when he raced three wide without cover for much of the 2277m journey and finished stoutly to win the Williams Cup from Suzies Gem and Go Sailing On on Sunday afternoon. Glow Bright will give Woodley a chance to win the Doy Memorial for the second time. Woodley drove 16/1 chance Alby Albert when he dead-heated for first with Puhinui Rainbow in 2012. by Ken Casellas

The second of tonights Inter Dominion heats looked a Philadelphia Man benefit even though he had drawn the outside of the gate via the preferential draw. After a false start, Mark Reed on Libertybelle Midfrew burned off the gate and worked his way to the lead after 250 metres with the plunge horse Major Crocker posted outside her. Philadelphia Man and Gavin Lang dropped out last early and seemed intent right from the start on following Waylade and Gary Hall jnr the whole way. With plenty of speed on up front there were no mid race moves until Easy On The Eye looped the field and found the death. With 1000 metres to go Waylade was sent three wide by Hall jnr with Philadelphia Man hooking straight onto his back for the drag home. Waylade got up alongside Libertybelle Midfrew at the 400 metres but that was as close as he got as the outstanding mare kicked clear for a narrow but decisive win. Philadelphia Man worked home well late to claim second in the shadows of the post with Waylade a game third after such a hard run. Libertybelle Midfrew had no luck on either of the first two nights and even though she won tonight looks unlikely to make the final. It was the 16th career victory for the daughter of Christian Cullen and took her earnings over the $540,000 mark. She paced the 2536 metres in a smart 3:02.3,a mile rate of 1:55.7 with even closing sectionals of 56.8 and 28.4. Mark Reed was unsure if that victory would get him into the final. " Hopefully that victory will get us into the final but if it doesn't she can line up in the mares race instead." " I drove her so aggressively tonight because I was sick and tired of getting held up and not getting a run." " I think the final is pretty open and the barrier draws and luck in the running will play a big part," Mark said.  Harnesslink Media

Seven-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding Borntobeanartist is a noted frontrunner and star reinsman Mark Reed will be planning for an all-the-way victory in the $25,000 final of the TABtouch Warwick Pace over 2130m at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Borntobeanartist’s prospects soared when he drew the prized No. 1 barrier and Reed and Henley Brook trainer Chelsey Harding are hoping that history will repeat itself. Clint Hall made the most of the No. 1 barrier when he drove Elegant Christian, favourite at 6/4 on, to an all-the-way win over stablemate Machtu in the Warwick final 12 months ago. Borntobeanartist has been unplaced from wide draws at his past three starts, but he will be a vastly different proposition from the inside barrier this week. The Bob Mellsop-trained Bettor Rules also possesses excellent gate speed and Lauren Jones is likely to press forward from barrier five in a bid to get to the front. However, Bettor Rules is unlikely to wrest the lead from Borntobeanartist. Bettor Rules started from barrier seven, was restrained to the rear and did not show up when last behind Phoenix Warrior in a fast-run 2100m event at Bunbury on Monday of last week. He mustered good early pace from the No. 5 barrier and took the lead after 225m before winning comfortably from Mohegan Sun over 2130m at his previous outing. One of the best runs in the three heats of the Warwick Pace was that of outsider Jaxon Fella, who raced three wide early and then in the breeze before finishing a fighting second to Ideal Alice last Friday night. The Matt Scott-trained gelding will again be handled by Kiara Davies and he should obtain a perfect trail behind the likely pacemaker Borntobeanartist. The powerful Greg and Skye Bond stable holds a strong hand in the final with Raesawinner and Ima Tragedy. Colin Brown will drive Raesawinner from barrier three on the front line and the five-year-old, a winner at ten of his 44 starts,  is sure to be prominent throughout. Ima Tragedy has a losing sequence of 17, but two seconds and a third from his past three starts are a strong indication that another win is not far away. Ideal Alice, the only mare in the race, was a brilliant all-the-way winner at a 1.57 rate over 2130m last Friday night. That was her third win in a row and her ninth success from 21 starts. Trained by Gary Hall sen., Ideal Alice faces a tougher task this week from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. The stewards placed her on the outside after she galloped in the score-up and caused a false start in a qualifying heat last week. However, she possesses wonderful natural speed and cannot be left out of calculations. Awesum Tedddy, a heat winner when he led throughout from the No. 1 barrier last Friday week, will be driven by Justin Prentice. He replaces Chris Voak, who was due to have left Perth on Tuesday night for a holiday in America. Awesum Teddy, trained by Michael Brennan, will find things tougher from out wide at barrier eight this week. Ken Casellas

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