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“It’s a big class rise from Collie to Gloucester Park, but barrier one at Gloucester Park is worth three lengths,” said Serpentine trainer Matt Scott when assessing Cut Above’s prospects in the final event, the Skyracing.com.au Pace on Friday night. Cut Above, a four-year-old New Zealand-bred mare, took her record this season to five wins and three seconds from nine starts when she gave a bold frontrunning display to score a runaway victory in the Collie Cup, a stand over 2700m last Sunday week. “She ran them ragged and since then she has worked well,” said Scott. “Twelve days between runs will suit her because she’s not a very big-framed horse. She’s ready to run a good race. I’d say Shannon (Suvaljko) will want to lead. “She won’t have to go 27.4sec. for the opening quarter (of the final mile) like she did at her run over 1730m at Gloucester Park at her previous start. If we had our time again, we probably wouldn’t have pressed on as long as we did (working hard three wide and then in the breeze before getting to the front after 400m). “She was beaten by only two lengths (finishing seventh behind the winner Halle Rage, who rated 1.55.6) and I thought she performed well.” Cut Above is proving a good buy for Tim Blee, who purchased the Gotta Go Cullen mare from New Zealand for $25,000. Cut Above, who raced twice in New Zealand for a win and a second in stands, has earned $32,756 from her six wins and five placings from 18 starts in Western Australia. Scott will also be represented in Friday night’s race by 148-start veteran Charlie El, who will be driven by Kyle Harper from barrier No. 5. “Charlie El is one-dimensional and will be driven back in the field,” Scott said. “He had no luck last week (when seventh behind Kerrin Joseph). He was pushed wide at the bell and didn’t get much room at the end.” Charlie El impressed four starts before that when he charged home from the rear to snatch victory from Liberty Rose over 2130m. Harper said that he had high hopes of victory with another veteran, eight-year-old Debt Free Charlie in the 2536m Follow @Skyracing.au On Twitter Pace. Debt Free Charlie has drawn favourably at barrier two on the front line and Harper is planning to set the pace with the speedy pacer and noted frontrunner who has a losing sequence of 12. His latest success was over 2130m on December 8 when he led and beat Ohoka Darcy and Micheal Joseph. Harper declared that the 2536m journey would suit Debt Free Charlie perfectly, with the gelding leading and winning over that distance in successive starts at Gloucester Park early last year.   Ken Casellas

Veteran square gaiter Glenferrie Typhoon is firmly on track to contest the Inter Dominion trotters championship in Melbourne in December and trainer Matt Scott is confident the nine-year-old will notch his sixth win in a row by proving too fast for his nine rivals in the 2130m Robbie Dewar Trotters mobile at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Scott predicted that Glenferrie Typhoon was set to really make the sparks fly this week after comfortable victories at each of his five previous outings, three at Gloucester Park and two at Pinjarra. “I’m extremely happy with him and if he’s going to Melbourne he’s got to start running fast, and I’ve got to get him fitter,” Scott said. Glenferrie Typhoon will start out wide from barrier seven, but he possesses such dazzling gate speed that he appears certain to be able to scorch straight to the front. However, Wundowie trainer-reinsman Bruce Stanley insisted that Glenferrie Typhoon would not be able to simply stroll to an easy victory, saying that his trotter Lightning Calder would be putting plenty of pressure on the star trotter. Lightning Calder has resumed after a spell in splendid form with two close seconds followed by two strong wins from four starts. Lightning Calder started from the 60m mark in a field of seven over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night and gave a powerful display to win from Hot N Fast and Diamond Geezer. Stanley said that he was not worried that the fractious Lightning Calder was placed outside the draw in mobile events and therefore had to start from the No. 9 barrier. “He’s better off out at nine than anywhere else because in a mobile he has got to get rolling and it suits him at gate nine which goes faster than the inside barriers,” he said. “On Friday night I daresay Lightning Calder will roll to the breeze, and if we get there, we won’t be running 33sec. or 32sec. quarters. We’ll be trying to beat Glenferrie Typhoon. We’ll be out to win, not just to run second but I must concede that it will be tough to beat Glenferrie Typhoon. “I bought Lightning Calder from Victoria two years ago and he has been a very good investment, winning more than $110,000 in WA from nine wins and 26 placings from 59 starts here.” The gelding is raced by Stanley and his daughters Talitha and Larissa and Larissa’s partner Ry Sandison and now boasts a career record of 110 starts for 21 wins and 40 placings for earnings of $197,118. Meanwhile, Stanley’s outstanding chestnut trotting mare Itsgettingcalder has been retired to stud in Victoria after having 16 starts in WA for eight wins, six placings and stakes of $75,519 to take her career record to 52 starts for 13 wins, 21 placings and $140,564 in prizemoney.   Ken Casellas

Serpentine horseman Matt Scott achieved a significant milestone notching his 300th winner as a trainer when Shannon Suvaljko drove outstanding square gaiter Glenferrie Typhoon to an effortless all-the-way victory in 2130m mobile event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Glenferrie Typhoon revealed dazzling gate speed from the outside barrier (No. 8) to burst to an early lead and he was untroubled to defeat the well-performed Sun of Anarchy. ”If all goes well, he’ll be set for the Trotters Inter Dominion at Melton in early December,” the 41-year-old Scott said. “He is a very good horse and I have never trained a Group 1 winner, let alone have a Group 1 runner. There will be three mobile heats and a mobile half-a-million dollar final. “Glenferrie Typhoon will have another four to six starts before having a freshen-up and then resume racing to get ready for the Inters. That’s the plan and, hopefully, all goes well. There’s a lot of water to go under the bridge, but I’m sure he will keep improving. I’d say he’s the best trotter WA has had, and that includes Cardigan Boko, Sunnys Little Whiz and some others. “He has had only 12 runs in the past 18 months when it wasn’t known what exactly was wrong with him. He had a full body X-ray in Melbourne where he was racing and this found a few hot spots. This required four months off and then last Christmas he suffered from a quarter crack.” Glenferrie Typhoon came to Western Australia early this year and he has won at three of his five starts in the State. “John Gullace and his partner Cathy Cousins are the majority owners and they were keen for him to race here, instead of watching most of his Victorian races on Sky Channel,” Scott said. Glenferrie Typhoon boasts a wonderful record of 57 starts for 25 wins, 12 placings and $480,043 in stakes. His wins include three wins, a second and a third in Group 1 events and he has also won two Group 3 events. His most recent Group 1 success was when he rated 1.58.8 in beating Speeding Spur by a head in the 2760m $300,000 Great Southern Star final at Melton on February 4, 2017. In March 2016 he finished second in the 1720m Great Southern Star final, with the winner Speeding Spur rating 1.55.5. Scott is enjoying his most successful season and is currently in seventh position on the Statewide trainers’ premiership table with 481 starters for 46 wins, 44 seconds, 59 thirds and 58 fourths. His first training success was when he drove Glenn Agro to victory over Prince of Stone in a 2120m C0-class event at Merredin on March 15, 1997. “My first 200 winners took a long time,” Scott said. “But I’ve had a hundred over the past 16 months.” He has three runners at Gloucester Park on Friday night and said that Neighlor and Qtown Rip Roaring had each-way prospects in race one. “They were unplaced behind Eden Franco last Friday night when she produced a sensational effort,” he said. ”Neighlor has a chance of crossing to the front from barrier six if we light him up at the start, and if he does he’ll go good. Qtown Rip Roaring is an each-way chance if the race is run upside down. Always Arjay faces a tough task from barrier five in race three.” Ken Casellas

Serpentine harness racing trainer Matt Scott made a wise decision to lease New South Wales-bred pacer Always Arjay two years ago and he is delighted at the excellent form shown by the six-year-old since recovering from a tendon injury which kept him out of action for 14 months. Always Arjay damaged his nearside tendon in April 2016 and since he resumed racing in June this year he has had ten starts for five wins. He will start from barrier three on the front line in a 2503m stand, the $18,000 Win Boost Now On TABtouch Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night, and should take a power of beating. “Always Arjay’s work last Saturday was first-class and I expect him to go well on Friday,” Scott said. “His last-start fourth (behind stablemate Bartowski) was very good. He came off 30 metres and made his run down the back straight when he was pushed four and five wide around the final two bends. He had won at five of his previous six starts.” Always Arjay (Always A Virgin) will again be driven by Shannon Suvaljko, who said: “If he finds the front, he’ll be hard to beat.” Looming as the major danger to Always Arjay is the Skye Bond trained Bettor Not Bitter, whose past six starts have produced four wins and two seconds. Bettor Not Bitter was an odds-on fancy when he worked hard in the breeze all the way when a fighting second to the pacemaker Arising Easton in a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. He won in good style at Gloucester Park and Pinjarra at his two previous outings. Bettor Not Bitter will start from the inside barrier on the front line with Ryan Warwick in the sulky. If he leads he will prove very hard to beat. Scott said that he was hopeful that Bartowski, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr from barrier four on the front line, would reveal his normal brilliance from a stand and burst past Bettor Not Bitter and into the lead.  “I expect Bartowski to cross to the early lead and then take a sit on Always Arjay,” Scott said. “Bartowski led early and then took the sit in a race last week --- and he ran home strongly to win.” Scott races Always Arjay on lease from John Gullace and Cathy Cousins and the gelding’s 24 starts for him have produced eight wins and seven placings. “When I leased Brookies Jet from John and Cathy a couple of years ago they told me that they had a few horses in Melbourne with Andy Gath, including Always Arjay, who was being set for the Victoria Derby, but got sick. “So I leased Always Arjay along with Qtown Rip Roaring and C C Chevron.” Qtown Rip Roaring has had 62 starts for Scott for seven wins and 11 placings and C C Chevron’s 67 starts for Scott have produced six wins and 18 placings. Co-backmarkers off 20m are Billies A Star and Ohoka Kentucky and they appear the chief rivals for Always Arjay and Bettor Not Bitter. Ken Casellas

Brookies Jet has managed just one win from his past 28 starts, but he looms large as a strong winning prospect in the opening event, the Allwood Stud Farm Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The five-year-old, owned and trained by Matt Scott, will be driven by Mitch Miller and he put the writing on the wall for a win in the near future when he started from barrier nine, was restrained to the rear and finished boldly from tenth at the bell to finish an extremely close third to Heza Cracker and Anna Faye in a thrilling four-way photo at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. At his previous outing, two weeks earlier, Brookies Jet raced three back on the pegs before finishing solidly to be third behind Dana Duke and Whozideawasthis. Brookies Jet’s most recent victory was when he set the pace and beat Real Zeal over 2050m at Collie in March. Real Zeal, to be driven by Miller’s elder brother Dean, will start from the coveted No. 1 barrier in Friday night’s event and the six-year-old will have many admirers. The major danger to Brookies Jet and Real Zeal looks set to be Bethany Aitch, a four-year-old who has won at seven of her 30 starts, along with 13 placings. Bethany Aitch, trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, was last with 600m to travel before finishing strongly, out wide, to be fifth behind Sea Me Smile at Northam on Tuesday night. Bethany Aitch also was impressive at her previous outing, over 2536m at Gloucester Park last Friday night, when she was restrained to the rear from barrier nine and was last at the bell before sustaining a solid three-wide burst which carried her to fifth place behind Kissmecougar. She sat behind the pacemaker and won from Real Package three starts ago. Scott has a handy second string in Friday night’s event in Charlie El, who will be driven by Jocelyn Young from barrier eight. Charlie El enjoyed an ideal trail behind the pacemaker when second to The Spinster over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon. The Debbie Padberg-trained Forever Faster will have friends after he ended a losing sequence of 17 when Isaac Edwards drove him to an all-the-way victory over 2130m on Monday afternoon. Forever Faster is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line. Ken Casellas

Punters searching for the winner of the second heat of the Ken Casellas Warwick Pace at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night would be best advised to disregard the last placing of Three Pints in a race last Friday, according to Serpentine trainer Matt Scott. "He can win this week," Scott said. "He had a freshen-up and had five weeks away from the track before he reappeared last week when he raced in eighth place and was shuffled back in the field on a wet track. He never got clear." "This week he has drawn a lot better (No. 2 on the front line over 2130m) and he'll have a red hot go for the lead. The last time he led in town was nine starts ago when he won, running home in 56.9sec." "He's a different horse in front. He always tries, but when he is back in the field he doesn't go as well as he does when he's near the lead. He pulled up well after last week's run and looks well." Three Pints, a Mach Three six-year-old, is out of former star mare Cornsilk, who raced 152 times for 43 wins, 39 placings and $555,046 in prizemoney. Cornsilk raced once in WA, finishing second to Pharosan in the WA Oaks at Gloucester Park in May 2000. Three Pints, to be driven by Callan Suvaljko, is a real family affair, according to Scott. "I own him in partnership with Tony Maguire, my parents, two of my aunties, two uncles, my sister and my future brother-in-law," he said. "We claimed Jaccka Murphy and Jaxon Fella from the same stable in Victoria and I got a phone call from the stable, telling me that they wanted to sell Three Pints and lease Suspicious Behavia. So we bought Three Pints for $12,000 and I took the lease of Suspicious Behavia with my girlfriend and a couple of friends." The Michael Brennan-trained Awesum Teddy drops considerably in class and will have many admirers from the coveted No. 1 barrier. Other runners likely to be strongly supported include Jumbo Jet (a winner at 11 of his 28 starts and resuming after an absence of just over three months) and 11-year-old Schinzig Buller, who raced wide early and then in the breeze when a fighting second to Run Oneover at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. Ken Casellas

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