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Former New Zealand pacer Naughty Maravu has been a revelation since arriving in Western Australia and entering the Pinjarra harness racing stables of Michael Brennan. He has had five starts in this State for four wins and he looks one of the main chances in an evenly-matched field in the $50,000 Del Basso Smallgoods Binshaw final at Gloucester Park on Sunday afternoon. The Badlands Hanover five-year-old, who will start from barrier five on the front line in the 2130m event, is extremely versatile and reinsman Chris Voak will have the option of revving the gelding up early and making a bid for the lead or restraining for a position and relying on the pacer’s strong finishing burst. Naughty Maravu impressed at Bunbury on Tuesday of last week when he started from the back line and settled in tenth position before Voak set him alight with a three-wide burst approaching the bell. He sustained the effort and forged to the front 100m from the post and held on to beat the fast-finishing stablemates Our Major Mark and Ima Tragedy. Our Major Mark (barrier seven) and Ima Tragedy (No. 2 on the back line) will be joined in the final by another pacer from the Forrestdale stables of Greg and Skye Bond in Assassinator, who disappointed at odds-on when he set the pace before fading to third behind Major Catastrophe at Gloucester Park on Friday night of last week. Major Catastrophe will have many admirers after his last-start stout-hearted effort when he raced wide early and then worked hard in the breeze before winning from Znana on Friday of last week. Chris Alford again will handle the powerful seven-year-old for owner-trainer David Young. Znana is one of three runners from the Baldivis stables of Nathan Turvey. The gelding will start from the No. 1 barrier with Gavin Lang in the sulky.  Turvey has engaged Gary Hall jun. to drive Machin Out from the No. 2 barrier and he will drive Sonic Classic from the outside of the back line. Ken Casellas

“She’s fit; she’s hard and she’s ready to go,” declared Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan when assessing star New South Wales mare Frith’s prospects in the $35,000 James Brennan Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The brilliant six-year-old and the only mare in the 2536m group 3 event is poised to take full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier (an automatic draw under the conditions of the race), with Brennan predicting that Frith would set the pace and prove hard to catch. “We’ll be leading,” said Brennan. “There’s nothing there that will cross her, I would’ve thought. She’s very quick out of the gate and runs her best races in front.” Frith, trained by Junee postman Bruce Harpley throughout her 46-start career of 33 wins, six seconds and two thirds for $884,245 in prizemoney, will be having her first start for six months. But Harpley, who has remained in Junee to prepare a team of 11 pacers and to deliver the mail, is confident that Frith is ready to run a big race, first-up. “Bruce said she is forward enough,” Brennan said. “I don’t expect too much early pressure and 2536m first-up is not a problem. She was ready to go to the races a fortnight ago, but when her owners decided to send her over here, they decided not to race her." “She’s a quality mare; you don’t win 33 out of 46 and $880,000 unless you are a very good mare. Bruce gave her a hoppled run, a decent hit-out, last Saturday before she got on the plane in Sydney for the trip to Perth. He was very happy with her work." “After the float trip down from Junee to Sydney (435km south-west of Sydney) and the flight to Perth, that was more than enough for her. She jogged this morning (Tuesday) and we’ll jog her through to Friday and have her ready to go." “Since she arrived she has done very well and is eating well. She is very free in her action and has settled right in. She’s been here before, so that’s a bonus.” Chris Voak has been engaged to drive Frith for the first time on Friday night, and he plans to have a good chat with Harpley before the race. “Frith is a bit tricky to drive, but Voaky will definitely suit her,” Brennan said. “She’s a mare who needs to be driven along a bit and she doesn’t like other horses getting past her.” Voak, who is in top form in the sulky, with a treble at Gloucester Park last Friday night and a double with Memphis Bomber (6/1) and Disturbia (29/1) at Northam on Tuesday night, is hoping that history will repeat itself. In last year’s Brennan Memorial Voak drove the only mare in the race, Leda McNally, the 5/4 on favourite who set the pace from the No. 1 barrier and held on to win by a half-head from Shardons Rocket. Leda McNally became only the third successful mare in the 47-year history of the race. Brennan also has been successful in a Brennan Memorial, with Im Victorious (driven by Justin Prentice) winning narrowly from Sneakyn Down Under in 2013. Frith is likely to receive stiff opposition on Friday night from Elegant Christian, Crusader Banner and Northview Punter, trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen. Interestingly, each of those three pacers was successful in minor events on the Brennan Memorial program in 2014. Others who will have admirers include the brilliant, but somewhat unreliable Condrieu and the speedy Little Boy Blue. Elegant Christian, to be driven by Clint Hall from out wide at barrier eight, looks set to fight out the finish. He was most impressive last Friday night when he started from 20m and was 11th with 600m to travel before surging home with a powerful burst to finish second to stablemate Cyamach over 2503m when the final 800m off the front was covered in 56.7sec. At Pinjarra the previous Monday Elegant Christian gave a bold frontrunning display to win a 2636m stand from El Machine and The Bucket List, dashing over the final 800m in 54.8sec. Condrieu, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will be driven by Colin Brown, who won the 2004 Brennan Memorial with Another Party. The versatile Condrieu will start from the outside barrier (No. 9), but he can never be underestimated. Frith, who has won seven group 1 and two group 3 events, has made one appearance in Western Australia when Harpley drove her to an all-the-way victory in the WA Oaks over 2536m in May 2013. Ken Casellas

Interdominion championship hopeful Billies A Star should notch a hat-trick of wins by proving too speedy for his 11 harness racing rivals in the $22,000 TABtouch Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Michael Brennan-trained five-year-old has struck a purple patch and has recorded winning margins of 17.3m and 14.3m at his past two starts at Gloucester Park, both over 2536m. Chris Voak, back after an American holiday, will resume in the sulky behind Billies A Star after Michael Grantham proved an admirable substitute when he drove the gelding in fine style for his most recent victory. Billies A Star, a winner at ten of his 20 starts, will begin out wide from the No. 8 barrier on the front line in Friday night’s race. But this should not prove a problem for Billies A Star, who possess a wonderful turn of foot. Outstanding mare The Parade looks the only rival capable of extending Billies A Star. The five-year-old who has won 16 times from only 36 starts for Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice, will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line and claiming reinsman Brayden Green will rely on the mare’s powerful finishing burst. The Parade started from the outside at her latest appearance, at Gloucester Park last Friday week, when she raced three wide early and then in the breeze before getting up to snatch a narrow victory from the pacemaker Am Opulent over 2130m, rating 1.55.7. That was her first appearance for almost four months and she is certain to be improved by the outing. The Ross Olivieri-trained Im A Peregrine will have admirers. He will start from barrier six on the front line for Stuart Macdonald. The gelding also started from the No. 6 barrier last Friday night when McDonald dashed him to the lead in the first lap and t hen set a brisk pace to go on and score a decisive victory at a 1.56.3 rate over 2536m. by Ken Casellas Related links Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 16 October 2015 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 16 October 2015

New Zealand-bred five-year-old Billies A Star is a comparative novice who will be having only his 19th start when he contests the Ross North “A Reputation Built On Excellence” Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. However, he has the ability to prove the master of his seven older and vastly more experienced rivals, who between them have had exactly 500 starts.        He is an M2-class pacer who needs to show good form to be chosen in the final 30 pacers to compete in the $1.8 million TABtouch interdominion championship series at Gloucester Park and Bunbury in November and December. Trained at Pinjarra by Michael Brennan, Billies A Star is awkwardly drawn at barrier six and his clash with up-and-coming six-year-old Erskine Range (barrier eight) should prove to be a major highlight on the ten-event program. Erskine Range’s trainer-driver Colin Brown has a healthy respect for Billies A Star, who has the advantage of starting from a more favourable barrier. Chris Voak, who will drive Billies A Star, declared: “I’ll be searching for the lead. Much will depend on what the drivers of the five horses drawn inside of him want to do, but Billies A Star has got very good gate speed and he likes to go forward off the arm. “He led and beat Phoenix Warrior first-up over 2636m at Narrogin two months ago and he’s got a good enough form line to be a leader in this race, and if he gets to the front I would be disappointed if he didn’t win. He is nominated for the Inters, so you would expect him to run a good race. “At his latest outing, in a stand at Pinjarra, he galloped and lost ground at the start and I was criticised for my drive (after he finished fifth at 5/1 on). I probably over-drove him a tad (dashing forward to race in the breeze), but I thought he was good enough to do that. Looking back at the times (final four quarters in 30sec., 28.7sec., 28.8sec. and 29.4sec.) maybe I did over-drive him a bit. “However, I’m sure he will be better for that run and returning to mobile racing he won’t be losing 60 to 70 metres at the start. At his previous run he drew barrier six and I sat back until the final 600m before letting him run home. He did well to finish third to Waylade after a final 400m in 27.8sec. Had he drawn to lead I think he would have given Waylade something to chase.” Brown said he expected Erskine Range to prove hard to beat, even from the outside barrier. The chestnut is a brilliant frontrunner and has impressed with stylish all-the-way victories over 2130m at his past two outings, his first runs after an absence of 11 weeks. “He’s not just a frontrunner,” Brown said. “He’s versatile and is tougher than he is brilliant. He rated 1.54.6 when he won over 1684m at Pinjarra last October after racing three deep on a wet track. He rated 1.54 11 months earlier when he raced wide early and then without cover. So he’s not a one-trick pony. “I also thought his effort in the Pinjarra Cup (on June 1) at the end of his previous campaign was full of merit when he finished fourth against some top horses. “The 2536m of Friday night’s race won’t worry him. He’s pretty hard in condition. The outside barrier is a worry, especially with Billies A Star drawn inside of him. Billies A Star has ability and Voaky knows how to rate you out of a race. So we’ll be up outside him earlier than later, I would think. This will be a great test for us. “We’re hoping Erskine Range will get into the top 30 for the Inters. He will have a week off in the paddock after this week’s race.” by Ken Casellas Related Links Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 18 September 2015 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 18 September 2015

Pinjarra harness racing trainer Michael Brennan has completed arrangement for exciting gelding Nathans Courage to travel to Victoria to contest the rich Breeders Crown for two-year-old colts and geldings. Brennan will accompany Nathans Courage on a flight from Perth next Tuesday week and Chris Voak will drive the son of Courage Under Fire in a semi-final of the Breeders Crown at Ballarat the following Saturday night. Brennan is hopeful that Nathans Courage, a stylish all-the-way winner at Gloucester Park at his only two starts, will qualify to run in the $288,000 final at Melton on Sunday August 30. "He should go well," Brennan said. "He's a lovely little horse, a professional racehorse and he's so relaxed." Two of Nathans Courage's most serious rivals appear to be Our Waikiki Beach and Zee Dana. Our Waikiki Beach, trained by New Zealander Mark Purdon, is unbeaten at his ten starts and has amassed $324,081. He sped over the final quarters in 27.1sec. and 27.8sec. and rated 1.56.3 when he scored a four-length victory in a heat of the Breeders Crown over 2300m at Menangle on July 21. He won the group 1 Australian Pacing Gold, covering the 1609m journey in 1.54.3 at Menangle in April and he won the 1609m NSW Breeders Challenge final in 1.53.7 at Menangle in June. Zee Dana notched his second win from three starts when he sat behind the pacemaker and finished strongly along the sprint lane to win a heat of the Breeders Crown at a 1.58 rate over 2190m at Shepparton on Tuesday night. Ken Casellas

Nathans Courage, a typically small son of former champion pacer Courage Under Fire, looks set to give punters a flying start to the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night by winning the opening event, the 2130m Taylor Sulky Repairs Pace. The two-year-old, prepared at Pinjarra by Michael Brennan, made an auspicious debut when he set the pace and won by almost two lengths from El Hombre, his only rival in a qualifying heat of the Breeders Crown at Gloucester Park on Monday. He sprinted over the final quarter in a sparkling 27.3sec. Reinsman Chris Voak was impressed with the gelding, saying: "He's got potential and there's plenty of upside. I think he will have benefitted from his run on Monday." "He's drawn barrier four on Friday and that's the best of the main chances." "He showed good gate speed on Monday and I'll be looking to replicate that performance." "I'll be heading forward to take the lead; that's my game plan and I think that Mouse (Brennan) will agree." "This is a jump up in grade and will test him." "But he's up to the challenge." "He did it quite comfortably on Monday and I didn't pull the ear plugs or really get stuck into him." "He's got a quick quarter and can run a good half." "I don't expect too much pressure, but maybe Browny (Colin Brown) might have a crack with Franco Rayner." Franco Rayner, an effortless all-the-way winner at his Australian debut, over 2185m at Pinjarra on July 13, finished seventh behind Sprinter in the Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park four nights later when he started from the back line and was always well back. Franco Rayner will start out wide at barrier eight on Friday night. He dashed over the final 400m in 28.6sec. when an easy winner in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. "He handled Pinjarra a lot better than he handled Gloucester Park," Brown said. "He's not a big horse, but he wasn't comfortable in the run at Gloucester Park." "I changed some gear on him for Sunday's trial, but it didn't work." "However, he still ran home very quickly." "Now he will have a lugging bit added and hopefully I will have a better steering horse." Ken Casellas  

Recently retired star Im Victorious was announced the Western Australia’s Harness Horse of the Year for 2014 yesterday. Just a week after returning to his Pinjarra home, following his at times traumatic recovery from life-threatening injuries sustained in the Inter Dominion at Menangle, Im Victorious capped a remarkable career with an honour so richly deserved. During the 2013/14 season Im Victorious won seven of his 12 starts for earnings of $351,225 thanks to wins in the Group One Fremantle Pacing Cup, the Group Two Inter Dominion heat and Group Three wins in the GPHR Members Sprint, JP Stratton Cup and Village Kid Sprint. Trained by Michael Brennan, Im Victorious took the mantle ahead of fellow finalists Im Themightyquinn, David Hercules and Hokonui Ben. Brennan, a Gold Medallist with the Kookaburras at the 2004 Athens Olympics, completed a four-day float trip from New South Wales with Im Victorious earlier in the week. “He means everything to me”, Brennan said, “We went through a tough three or four days when it happened and it’s been a long six months to get him home.” The other awards presented were: 2YO Filly of the Year Award - Tricky Styx won five of her nine starts for Northam trainer Jesse Moore, including the Group One Diamond Classic and Group Two Champagne Classic for a bankroll of $110,435. 2YO Colt or Gelding of the Year Award - Isaiah Artois won five of his 10 starts for Byford trainer David Thompson for stakes of $90,818. The son of Modern Art’s biggest win came in the Group One Pearl Classic 3YO Filly of the Year - Libertybelle Midfrew won six of her seven WA starts for $143,340 in stakes for Hazelmere trainer Mike Reed. Her biggest win came in the Group One WA Oaks. 3YO Colt or Gelding of the Year - Elegant Christian won four of his six starts including victories in the Group Two Western Gateway Pace and Group Three Caduceus Club Classic for trainer Gary Hall. Aged Mare of the Year Award – Leda McNally won seven of her 24 starts, including the Group One Mares’ Classic and Group Two Norms Daughter Classic and a five metro class races for earnings of $182,220 for Pinjarra trainer Chris King. Youth Achievement Award - Matt Young was recognised for his achievements as the state’s youngest race-caller. Young ‘cut his teeth’ race-calling as a five-year-old using Matchbox cars on a racetrack mat before graduating to calling trials at Pinjarra as a nine-year-old and Non-TAB meetings on country tracks at 15. Young, now 23, began work at Racing Radio on the same day that he graduated from Pinjarra High School, and in addition to his studio work, has now called all three racing codes across the state including Sky Channel meetings. Garrard’s Junior Concession Driver Challenge Award - Kristy Sheehy amassed 60 points across the nine heats and three Finals of the Garrard’s Junior Concession Drivers’ Challenge to nose out Stuart McDonald who finished second with 59 points and Tom Buchanan and Cody Wallrodt tied for third on 57 points. Sheehy is a daughter of Tommy Sheehy, who represented WA in the 1990 Australian Young Drivers’ Championship, and a grand-daughter of Carol Sheehy, who trained Concord Crossing to win the Group Two Champagne Stakes in 1978. ALAN PARKER

After eight months of rehabilitation, injured harness racing star Im Victorious has finally been cleared to go home. One of the nation’s most promising pacers, Im Victorious had his career cut short when injured as a result of being severally checked by the Lauren Panella-driven Mach Beauty during the concluding stages of the TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Final at Menangle last March. Returning to scale with a severe cut, the son of Washington Vc was rushed to the veterinary department of the local University where it was discovered he had severely slashed his superficial and deep flexor tendon in his offside front leg. Not only did the injury ended Im Victorious’ career, it was initially thought the gelding would have to be put down. With vets able to save the multiple Group One winner, he then underwent six months of rehabilitation to strengthen his leg and ensure no long term complications settled in. Making the long drive from Western Australia to Sydney pick up his former stable star, trainer Michael Brennan is “rapt to have him coming home.” “It’s been a long, slow process, but we’re rapt to have him coming home,” Brennan declared. “I’m driving across to get him now and should have him on the float first thing Wednesday morning. “Then it’s turn around and make the long trip back to our place.” Although vets have stated Im Victorious will never race again, Brennan hasn’t ruled out the prospect. “At this stage a comeback is not on the radar at all,” Brennan said. “He will just relax in a paddock and enjoy the rest of his life. “That said, and no matter how highly unlikely it is, you never say never.” Brennan’s trek across the country also has a secondary objective – raise money for charity. Having already attracted several sponsors, Brennan is asking people to donate funds to two causes – Standardbreds Australia Unharnessed and 4 Tracks 4 Kids. SAU promotes the varied opportunities available for retired and unviable standardbreds outside of racing. 4 Tracks 4 Kids is dedicated to helping Australian kids by raising funds to help develop medicines and cures for kid’s diseases, training medical personal and purchasing important medical equipment. “They are both top causes and it would be great if people can dig deep,” Brennan said. “Give me a call on 0438 442 229 or wave us down to stop if you see us driving by.” PAUL COURTS

The nominees for the 2013-14 Harness Horse of the Year have been released with the  winners to be announced at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club on Sunday, October 19.   Im Themightyquinn, Im Victorious, David Hercules and Hokonui Ben are the four finalists who will battle it out for Horse of the Year honours.   Im Themightyquinn made a triumphant return to racing after injury threatened to end his  career when he won seven races including the Group 1 Blacks A Fake in Queensland.   “I’m excited about him being nominated especially after he was injured earlier in the  season,” said trainer, Gary Hall Snr.   “It is a great effort to come back and compete in the form and manner that he is.”   The Michael Brennan-trained Im Victorious claimed seven wins from his 12 starts with the  highlight the Group 1 Fremantle Pacing Cup.   Tragedy struck the gelding when he suffered a career-ending tendon injury after being  severely checked in the Group 1 Inter Dominion Final.   “It is a huge honour to be nominated considering the horses that have won this prestigious  award in the past,” said Brennan.   “It would be a privilege and an honour to win an award like this given the happenings of the  past 12 months.”   David Hercules raced on 16 occasions for seven wins and six placings and $181,150 in stake  earnings. He claimed the Group 3 Winter Cup and Group 3 Howard Porter Memorial.   Hokonui Ben earned Group 1 honours in the WA Pacing Cup and also enjoyed victories in the  Group 2 Village Kid and Group 2 RWWA Cup.   NOMINEES:   2YO FILLY                                       2YO COLT & GELDING   La Mia Juliette                                     All Aussie Boy Tricky Styx                                             Isaiah Artois Straittothehilton                                   Persistent Threat Major Reality   3YO FILLY                                      3YO COLT & GELDING   Im Bella Jay                                          Mister Jadore Libertybelle Midfrew                            Elegant Christian Majorly Foxy Styx                                  Three Blind Mice   HORSE OF THE YEAR                          AGED MARE    Hokonui Ben                                          Leda McNally Im Victorious                                          Famous Alchemist Im Themightyquinn                               Sensational Gabby David Hercules     Barry Hamilton Manager Harness Racing 94455311

Talented four-year-old Condrieu has resumed after a spell in sparkling form and Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond have high hopes that he will make amends for his narrow defeat in the 2013 John Higgins Memorial by winning the $35,000 group three event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Ryan Warwick has driven the New Zealand-bred gelding assertively for decisive victories at his first two starts after a spell and he is racing with such zest that he is capable of overcoming the distinct disadvantage of starting from the outside (barrier seven) on the front line in the 2130m feature event. Condrieu possesses dazzling gate speed and it would come as no surprise if Warwick takes advantage of that wonderful asset by dashing the gelding forward in an attempt to burst to an early lead. Condrieu reappeared after a four-month absence at Pinjarra last Monday week when he began from the back line and settled in seventh position before Warwick dashed him forward, three wide, after 300m to take the lead 250m later. Condrieu relished his pacemaking role and revelled in the heavy conditions as he sped over the final two quarters in 2u8.1sec. and 27.6sec. to win by two lengths from In The Perfect Storm. Then in a 2536m event at Gloucester Park last Friday night Condrieu started from barrier six on the front line and raced four wide for the first 350m before bursting to the front. He relaxed and meandered through the first 400m section of the final mile in 33.3sec. before he coasted through the next quarter in 31.3sec. He gave his rivals little hope by sprinting over the final sections in 28.7sec. and 28.4sec. and winning easily from stablemate Jays Bee Grin. Twelve months ago Condrieu was the only three-year-old in the Higgins Memorial and he was favourite at 5/4 on when he began speedily from barrier three and was in front after 120m. After easy opening sections of the final mile in 31.2sec. and 31.1sec. Condrieu sped over the final 800m in 57.7sec. and was overhauled in the final stride by the fast-finishing Pacific Warrior, who gained the verdict by a nose. Greg Bond has an excellent record in the Higgins Memorial, winning with Money Magnet in 2004 and Richard Henry the following year. Richard Henry, a 7/2 chance, started out wide at barrier six and raced in the breeze before getting up in the final stride to defeat the pacemaker Bank The Money by a nose. Colin Brown, who was successful with Money Magnet and Richard Henry, will drive Lunar Tide for the Bonds in Friday night's feature. Lunar Tide, favourably drawn at No. 2 on the front line, is sure to be prominent. He raced wide early and then without cover when fourth behind Condrieu at Gloucester Park last Saturday night. Before that Lunar Tide had worked hard before winning first-up at Narrogin and then he covered a lot of extra ground before finishing second to Jasper Freeway at the same track. The Bonds will also be represented in this week's race by Galactic Galleon, who will start from No. 4 on the back line and will be handled by Morgan Woodley. Galactic Galleon finished strongly when a head second to Erskine Range at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Condrieu is overdue for a change of luck in a feature event. He has contested seven group races in his 23 starts in Western Australia for three minor placings last year --- second to Chilli Power in the group 1 McInerney Ford Classic, second in the Higgins Memorial and third in the group 3 Caduceus Club Classic. His dam Oaxaca Lass won three group 1 events (the Queensland derby at Albion Park and the Australian Oaks at Moonee Valley in 2002 and the Chariots of Fire at Harold Park in 2003. She also won three group 2 features and was placed in four other group events. Looming as the main dangers to Condrieu are polemarker In The Perfect Storm, Jasper Freeway, Wynberg Terror and Shnappy. In The Perfect Storm, trained at Pinjarra by Michael Brennan, resumed after a five-month absence when he started from barrier three and led early before taking the trail behind Condrieu and then finishing doggedly along the sprint lane to be second to that pacer at Pinjarra last Monday week. "His first-up run was good," said reinsman Gary Hall jun. "We've got the speed to hold up, but I'll wait to see what Mouse (Brennan) says. Hall won the Higgins Memorial in 2010 when he guided Partywiththedevil (barrier two) to an all-the-way victory over Son of Fergie and Lombo Navigator. Northview Punter ready to fire Up-and-coming star Northview Punter is working in grand style and champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. is confident the four-year-old will make a successful return to racing by proving the master of outstanding pacer David Hercules in the 2130m Yes Loans Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. "He has come back (from a spell) pretty well and he should work to the front and prove hard to beat," said Hall, who will celebrate his 32nd birthday on Saturday. "I think he can beat David Hercules. He loves leading and he's a hard horse to get to." However, Hall has great respect for David Hercules, saying: "I wouldn't be surprised if he sat outside Northview Punter and beat him." Northview Punter, the youngest and least experienced runner in the race, has not appeared since he raced in the one-out, one-back position before finishing strongly to win the $35,000 Four and Five-Year-Old Championship from stablemate Soho Valencia at Gloucester Park on March 21. That was his 18th win from only 38 starts. Hall was flying back from Brisbane on Sunday morning after driving Im Themightyquinn to a thrilling victory in the group 1 Blacks A Fake Championship at Albion Park on Saturday night when his brother Clint drove Northview Punter in a trial at Byford. Northview Punter impressed when he set the pace and beat David Hercules by just over a length in the 2150m trial, rating a sizzling 1.55.6. "From all reports he went super at the trials," said Hall jun. "He is showing that he is improving all the time." Northview Punter has drawn to lead from the No. 3 barrier, and this should prove an important advantage over David Hercules, who will start from barrier five. Clint Hall said that Northview Punter had been lazy in the trial and that he required constant urging. However, he said that drawing inside of David Hercules should give him an edge over his classy rival. Morgan Woodley, who has driven the David Thompson-trained David Hercules to dashing and decisive wins at his first two starts after a spell, conceded that the barrier draw would make life tough for his horse. "The one horse I wanted to draw inside was Northview Punter," he said. "Northview Punter went fast in Sunday's trial and he rated a fast 1.55.6, which is low flying. However, David Hercules did a tremendous job. He sat last in the four-horse trial and he made good ground and finished at the winner's wheel. "You definitely can't take anything away from his performance. However, I would love it if the barrier draws were reversed on Friday night. Probably, realistically, we'll end up in the breeze because we can't afford to spot Northview Punter a big start. "If we go back at the start Northview Punter would be able to waltz to an easy lead. So if we were to give him three of four lengths at the 1000m mark it would make our job near on impossible. So I'd say we'll look to get up outside him and try to turn it into a staying competition. "I expect it to be a fast-run race and the Halls will assess David Hercules as the hardest opposition, and they are likely to drive in a manner which will make it difficult for David Hercules to win. We expect a real hard tussle." Hall sticks with Soho Lennon Star reinsman Gary Hall jun. drove Crusader Banner to an effortless first-up victory at Northam on Tuesday night, but he has elected to handle stablemate Soho Lennon in the 2130m Slater Gartrell Sports Pace for three-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Crusader Banner and Soho Lennon are two of champion trainer Gary Hall senior's five runners in Friday's event, the others being Eliseos Falcon, Themightynadal and High Courage, and Hall junior's decision to drive Soho Lennon comes as an important guide to punters. Soho Lennon, driven by Hall jun., overcame the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line when he raced wide in the middle stages before finishing powerfully to win by a length from the pacemaker Local Rogue at a 1.58.4 rate in a 2536m Pathway Pace last Friday night. Again, Soho Lennon is not ideally drawn at No. 3 on the back line in Friday night's race in which Crusader Banner is much better drawn at No. 3 on the front line. "I'll drive Soho Lennon and will be putting him in the race at some stage," said Hall jun. "I think he can win. Black Mr Mach is obviously improving and he's probably the danger from the draw." Black Mr Mach, to be driven by Colin Brown for trainers Greg and Skye Bond, has excellent prospects from the coveted No. 1 barrier. He has won at his past two starts, running on to beat Tarsao at Gloucester Park and then setting the pace and winning narrowly from Ima Tragedy over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Crusader Banner was having his first start for 12 months when he gave a sparkling frontrunning display to score an easy victory from Your Excused, rating 1.59.1 over 2190m at Northam on Tuesday night. "He's still very green and very much a baby in the head," said Hall jun. "He pulled a little bit and did a few things you'd expect from a two-year-old. But he hasn't had much racing. He's had a lot of time off with a damaged ligament in his shoulder. "His best asset is his speed and he's probably best sat up. But while he's going through the grades he will race in front if the lead is there for him." Eliseos Falcon, a former Victorian pacer, made an impressive WA debut when he produced a strong finishing burst to win from Machs A Pearler over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. It was his seventh win from 19 starts. Slick Chapel to lead all the way Noted frontrunner Slick Chapel will be a short-priced favourite for the $25,000 City Livestock The Chandon final over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. He is one of four runners in the race prepared by Gary Hall sen. and when he drew the inside barrier Gary Hall jun. had no hesitation in opting to drive him in preference to last-start winners Rowchester and Heez Orl Black and Notabadexcuse, a winner two starts ago. "Slick Chapel is probably the best of our runners and he's drawn the best," said Hall jun. "It's a good draw for more than one reason. He's got the lead and has Dynamite Dude drawn behind him. So I should be able to control the result and I won't be letting Dynamite Dude out." Dynamite Dude, trained by Ross Olivieri and to be driven by Chris Lewis, will start from the inside of the back line and will need plenty of luck to get a chance to beat Slick Chapel. Dynamite Dude won at his first five starts in Western Australia before he started from barrier four ion the back line and raced three wide for much of the way when a fighting fourth behind Condrieu at Pinjarra last Monday week. Slick Chapel has had 32 starts for ten wins and ten placings. He was an all-the-way winner two starts ago and then started from the back line and raced without cover for most of the way before winning from Soho Monza last Friday week. The No. 1 barrier also will greatly enhance the prospects of Miss Atomic in the $40,000 McInerney Ford Pace for mares. A winner at ten of her 23 starts, she should be able to hold up and set the pace for Chris Lewis. Speedy My Lady of the Night was a smart all-the-way winner over 1730m last Friday night, but though she is blessed with sparkling gate speed it is problematic whether she will be able to cross Miss Atomic. Lucky Joy, a brilliant winner at Gloucester Park last Saturday night, will start from barrier three on the back line and is capable of a bold showing. by Ken Casellas

Veteran Northam horseman Jesse Moore describes his star filly Tricky Syyx as "simply awesome" and is confident she will be capable of overcoming a back-line barrier and proving too good for her ten rivals in the $35,000 Central Fruit Sales Gold Bracelet at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Widely regarded as one of the finest mentors of juvenile pacers in Western Australia over the past 40 years, Moore has no hesitation in declaring that Tricky Styx is "a long way in front of any fillies I've ever had."' "It's awesome what she can do," he said. "Against older horses on the track, she can just squat on them and then blow them away." Tricky Styx, brilliant winner of the $50,000 Champagne Classic in May and the $100,000 Diamond Classic last month, has drawn the No. 2 barrier on the back line and will clash with several smart, in-form fillies, including Straittothehilton (winner of the $100,000 Westbred Classic at her most recent appearance), Sea Me Smile, Delightful Jade, Massive Attack, Racketeer Reactor and Major Reality. "The back-line draw probably suits her style of racing," Moore said. "She just likes to sit up a bit and get home. The barrier is actually better than it looks. I'm happy with her and she couldn't have worked any better than she did this (Tuesday) morning. So there's no excuses." Moore, who prepared 12/1 chance Fidelius Charm when she started from a wide barrier and charged home from sixth at the bell to get up and gain a last-stride victory by a nose over Sheer Royalty in the 2008 Gold Bracelet, said that the filly had suffered from foot soreness after her victory in the Diamond Classic on June 6. "She had a couple of corns coming on her heels," he said. "So we put some different shoes on her and she has responded well. I took her to the trials at Byford last Sunday week because she hadn't raced for about three weeks. I thought I had better just check how she was going." Race reinsman Aiden De Campo travelled from Capel to handle the filly in the 2150m trial in which she started out wide at barrier six and was restrained to the rear before unwinding a dazzling finishing burst to score an effortless victory by three and a half lengths from smart three-year-old gelding Hugh Victor. After slow early quarters Tricky Styx dashed over the final 400m in 28.2sec. and rated 2.2.8. "She was put in a trial for two-year-olds, but there were a couple in the trial who were there just to qualify," Moore said. "So I took her out and put her in a trial for older horses. She sat back at the rear and when Aiden let her go she just went whoosh. She took off leaving the back straight and she was in front before they straightened up. Aiden was more than happy with the trial." The 22-year-old de Campo is hoping for a change of fortune after driving the 3/1 on favourite Im Bella Jay into second place behind Generally Outspoken in the Gold Bracelet 12 months ago. Im Bella Jay raced three back on the pegs and was blocked for a clear passage until late, when she rattled home to fail by a length to overhaul the pacemaker. Capel trainer Andrew De Campo, father of Aiden, is hopeful that his stylish WA-bred filly Delightful Jade will give him his third success in the classic, after having trained and driven Kiwaussie Girl (1995) and Express Fire (1999) for wins in the race. Delightful Jade is a speedy frontrunner who has won six times from nine starts and will be fancied from the No. 4 barrier on the front line. Chris Lewis is delighted at the progress of Sea Me Smile, who is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line. Sea Me Smile, trained by Debra Lewis, won for the third time from seven starts when she finished fast to beat highly-regarded colt Mister Ardee at Gloucester Park last Friday night. Lewis has driven a record six winners of the Gold Bracelet. He has been successful with Smooth Sensation (1991), Flames And Flowers (1997), Lady Maryclare (2002), Vinnies Sister (2003), Fidelius Charm (2008) and Sensational Gabby (2011). Leading reinsman Gary Hall jun. will handle Massive Attack from barrier three on the back line and he hopes to cause an upset like he did when he drove 18/1 chance Generally Outspoken to victory in last year's event. "She wouldn't know what a good barrier is," he said. "With a bit more luck with draws she could have won about $150,000 at her past three starts, instead of about $18,000." VC Manoeuvre can turn the tables Leading trainer Gary Hall sen., who is in Brisbane with Im Themightyquinn, dominates the EPT Fruit And Vegetable Merchants Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night with five of the 12 runners and ace reinsman Gary Hall jun. predicts that stablemates VC Manoeuvre and Soho Lennon will fight out the finish of the 1730m sprint. Hall jun. will drive VC Manoeuvre and his elder brother Clint will handle Soho Lennon. Hall jun. said that both geldings are richly talented and that he considered that VC Manoeuvre was capable of turning the tables on his stablemate. In a thrilling spectacle in a 2130m event at Gloucester Park on Monday of last week Soho Lennon caused a minor upset when he charged home to defeat VC Manoeuvre at a 1.56.1 rate over 2130m, with final sections in 28.9sec. and 27.2sec. VC Manoeuvre raced in the one-out, one-back position before bursting to the front with 470m to travel. Soho Lennon, who trailed his stablemate throughout, issued a strong challenge 250m from the post before getting to the front 150m later. VC Manoeuvre is badly drawn at barrier four on the back line and Soho Lennon is even worse off from the outside of the back line. "However, I still think that they should run 1-2," Hall jun. said. "But in saying that, the percentage of winners from those barriers (11 and 12) over 1730m is really low. It's really tough, but they should provide the quinella, barring bad luck. "They've both got a bit of everything, a bit of toughness and they are quick, as everyone saw last start when I didn't think that Lennon would get over VC Manoeuvre. I didn't think that he actually did after the runs we had. I was a bit surprised, but it was hard to be disappointed with Manoeuvre. "These two horses are probably not far off Elegant Christian and Machtu, if at all. They're both really good and I think at this stage that VC Manoeuvre has probably got more improvement in him, taking into account greenness and the way he races." Stablemates Themightynadal (Kim Prentice), Avalon Bromac (Lauren Jones) and Tanaka Eagle (Robbie Williams) are in sound form, but do not appear capable of seriously testing the better-performed VC Manoeuvre and Soho Lennon. Prentice hoping for a birthday gift Boyanup horseman Justin Prentice has sound prospects of celebrating his birthday by driving consistent eight-year-old This Time Dylan to victory in the $21,000 Quality Produce Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Prentice, who turns 26 on Saturday, drove the Michael Brennan-trained gelding into third place behind Hokonui Ben and Toretto in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup in January and then guided him to victory over Uppy Son in the 2662m Narrogin Cup the following month. The New Zealand-bred This Time Dylan will start from barrier four on the back line on Friday night, but he is sure to appreciate quite a drop in class after racing four back on the pegs and fighting on to finish fourth behind the brilliant David Hercules in the 2536m Winter Cup last Friday night. This Time Dylan, who is capable of unwinding a power-packed finishing burst, is an M9-class performer and has a decided class edge over all his rivals with the exception of Ima Rocket Star (with an M7 classification) and Rocket Reign (M7), a ten-year-old in the twilight of his career and boasting a losing sequence of 17. Ima Rocket Star, making his third appearance after a spell, will start from the outside of the front line, but cannot be disregarded after running home solidly from three back on the pegs to finish third behind David Hercules and Please Release Me last Friday night. The youngest runners in the race are five-year-olds Benjamin Banneker and Reuben Brogden, who both have winning prospects. Reuben Brogden impressed when he stormed home to win from Slick Chapel three starts ago. Benjamin Banneker has been unplaced at his past ten starts and has a losing sequence of 19 this season after winning nine times from 19 starts the previous season. However, he will have admirers this week after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. "I'd like to think he will be prominent," said reinsman Gary Hall jun. "And from this draw he gets his chance. The numbers next to his name are terrible, but he's obviously better suited on the pace, so I'll be definitely be trying to hold up and take advantage of the draw." Mighty Flying Thomas, placed only once from his past eight starts, has not enjoyed much luck in recent starts and even though somewhat awkwardly drawn at barrier four, he is capable of a bold showing. And, so too, is Lord Lombo. Isaiah Artois to warm up for Golden Slipper Speedy two-year-old Isaiah Artois will have his final warm-up for the $125,000 Golden Slipper on Friday week when he contests the Mercer Mooney Fruit And Vegetables Merchants Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His clash with other Slipper hopefuls, notably Mister Ardee, Assassinator, The Odd Lover and Artillery Major, should provide plenty of fireworks. The David Thompson-trained Isaiah Artois is a noted frontrunner and Colin Brown is likely to attempt to get the Modern Art gelding to muster plenty of pace in a bid to get to an early lead from the No. 4 barrier. The three horses drawn on his inside possess good gate speed, but Isaiah Artois looks capable of sizzling to the front and dictating terms. Mister Ardee (barrier seven) and The Odd Lover (No. 2 on the back line) have wonderful potential and loom as dangerous rivals. Mister Ardee has finished a close second to handy filly Sea Me Smile at his past two outings and he gives the impression that he will continue to improve. He had a tough run, three wide early and then without cover before bursting past the pacemaker Assassin in the home straight and then being overhauled in the final few strides by Sea Me Smile last Friday night. Three wins and eight placings from 12 starts underline his consistency and punters cannot afford to underestimate him. The Kim Prentice-trained The Odd Lover also looks set to fight out the finish. He was desperately unlucky in the $100,000 Pearl Classic on June 13 when he competed with a flat sulky tyre and was then seriously hampered when the tube became entangled in the axel. His previous form, three wins and a second, was outstanding. by Ken Casellas  

Talented gelding Persistent Threat has recovered from a hoof abscess and is poised to run a big race in the $100,000 Clipsal Schneider Westbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night, according to his Bunbury trainer John Graham. "It's not ideal to go into a big race without a run or two under your belt," Graham said when assessing Persistent Threat's prospects at his first appearance for eight weeks. "But his recent work has been as good, or even slightly better, than it was before he won the $100,000 Sales Classic at the end of April. "It took him a while to get over the foot abscess, about six or seven days, and he missed fast work in that time. However, he was able to retain his fitness by being able to swim in that period." Persistent Threat, driven by Tom Buchanan, won at each of his first five starts before suffering his first defeat when he set the pace and wilted to a well-beaten third behind Tricky Styx and The Odd Lover in the $50,000 Champagne Classic at Gloucester Park on May 2. He possesses excellent gate speed, is a noted frontrunner and has drawn favourably in Friday night's group 1 event over 2130m at barrier two on the front line. "It's certainly not an easy race and there are a good few winning chances," Graham said. "It is not essential for Persistent Threat to lead. If he leads, all well and good. But his work at home shows us that he goes well from behind." Graham identified polemarker All Aussie Boy, Isaiah Artois, Ezygatboy and Artillery Major as the major dangers to Persistent Threat. Isaiah Artois, trained at Byford by David Thompson for breeder-owner Steve Johnson, has won in dashing style at each of his past four starts and looks set for an outstanding career. But his prospects diminished slightly when he drew the outside barrier on the back line. He has led at three of his past four outings and he sat behind the pacemaker before finishing strongly on the inside for his other success. Reinsman Colin Brown will have to use vastly different tactics from the gelding's unfavourable draw. However, there is no doubting the ability of the son of Modern Art and he certainly can overcome his wide barrier. All Aussie Boy, trained at Bunbury by Robert Wood, soared into contention after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. Kyle Harper is certain to attempt an all-the-way victory. All Aussie Boy led when he won from Mago Man and A Force In Action over 2185m at Pinjarra two starts ago. He then started from barrier three on the back line and performed admirably when he raced wide in the middle stages and then without cover before finishing a close third to Sea Me Smile and Mister Ardee over the same distance at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. Artillery Major has resumed after a spell in splendid form for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri and the colt will have many admirers, particularly after drawing the No. 3 barrier on the front line. He raced three back on the pegs and ran home strongly from fifth at the bell to be second to Isaiah Artois in the 2130m Pearl Classic last Friday week. He led from barrier three when an easy winner over Mister Atomic in a heat of the Pearl. Delightful Jade aiming for five in a row Delightful Jade is carrying all before her and has bright prospects of stretching her winning sequence to five by proving the master of her rivals in the $100,000 NHP Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She is bred to be a good winner and is following the footsteps of her illustrious relative Whitbys Miss Penny, a champion two-year-old 14 years ago. Delightful Jade's maternal granddam Fiscal Miss produced Whitbys Miss Penny, who earned $568,289 from 32 wins and six placings from 50 starts. Delightful Jade, trained at Capel by Andrew De Campo, will be driven by his son Aiden. The filly has been most impressive, winning six times from only seven starts. She is handily drawn at No. 3 on the front line, she possesses sparkling early speed and is a superb frontrunner, having set the pace in each of her past four starts. However, she is not certain to lead on Friday night. The Katja Warwick-trained Straittothehilton is also a wonderful frontrunner and Morgan Woodley is sure to attempt to steal a march on her rivals by jumping to the front from the coveted No. 1 barrier. The most recent occasion Straittothehilton clashed with Delightful Jade was in the 1609m $20,000 Ray de Campo Memorial at Bunbury on May 10 when Delightful Jade led from barrier three and held on to beat Straittothehilton by a nose in 1.55.9. Straittothehilton raced three back on the pegs before rattling home with a powerful burst. That performance and the fact that Straittothehilton will start from barrier one will influence many punters to fancy the polemarker, easily the most experienced runner in the event, with her 13 starts producing two wins, six seconds and two thirds. Soho New York, trained at Northam by Glenn Elliott, Massive Attack, trained by Gary Hall sen., and Sea Me Smile, trained by Debra Lewis, also have sound prospects. Soho New York (to be handled by Justin Prentice) won at her first four starts before blotting her copybook with her fourth in a field of six at Narrogin and her last placing in a field of six at Bunbury last Saturday night. She ruined her chances at Narrogin by galloping at the start and then raced without cover. She started from barrier six at Bunbury, was restrained to the rear and then had a tough run in the breeze. Soho New York faces a stern test from the outside of the back line, while a back-line draw is likely to make life tough for Sea Me Smile, who impressed at Pinjarra last Monday week when she started out wide at barrier six, raced wide early and then obtained an ideal passage before finishing solidly with a 56.1sec. final 800m to defeat Mister Ardee and All Aussie Boy. Her previous form of a first-up success over Straittothehilton and placings behind Delightful Jade and Tricky Styx was excellent. Massive Attack (Gary Hall jun.) shows plenty of promise and has won twice from only three starts. From barrier four she should be prominent. Please Release Me gets his chance Veteran pacer Please Release Me has a losing sequence of 19 and has managed just one placing from his past 14 starts, but he has strong claims in the $25,000 Led Perth Past Presidents Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Major factors in his favour are that he will appreciate the absence of recent constant rivals Im Themightyquinn and David Hercules and that he is a brilliant frontrunner who should really appreciate starting from the prized No. 1 barrier. Please Release Me, trained at Collie by his owner Dave Hunter, has been out of the winning list for almost 14 months. However, he should give his supporters a great run for their money, with Matt White sure to attempt an all-the-way win. At his most recent outing Please Release Me was the solitary runner off the back line and he raced in fifth position, three back on the pegs, before he finished solidly to move into third place in the home straight before being relegated to fourth position in the final couple of strides by the fast-finishing Dundee Three. The race was won by David Hercules, who defeated Im Themightyquinn by just over two lengths. After a slow early pace, the final 800m was covered in 54.9sec. Dundee Three will be one of the fancied runners on Friday night when Morgan Woodley will attempt to gain a favourable passage in the one-wide line from a somewhat awkward barrier at No. 5 on the front line. Dundee Three impressed with two strong-finishing wins at his three previous outings. Punters should obtain good value in this event, with most of the ten runners have solid winning prospects. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. will be represented by My Hard Copy, Toretto and Our Arlington. Pinjarra trainer Chris King's runners Lord Lombo and Leda McNally are versatile and consistent performers who can never be underestimated. Added to that are the Michael Brennan-trained This Time Dylan and the talented Ima Rocket Star, resuming after a five and a half-month absence for Greg and Skye Bond. The up-and-coming four-year-old My Hard Copy, the youngest runner in the race and fresh from his wonderful effort when a half-head second to champion Im Themightyquinn over 2536m last Friday night when he sprinted the final 800m in 55.9sec., would have been a hot favourite had he drawn to lead. However, the result became significantly more difficult to forecast when My Hard Copy drew barrier two on the back line. He certainly has undeniable winning prospects, but is by no means a good thing. This Time Dylan, to be driven by Justin Prentice, will have many followers after his smart trial win over 2185m in a trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning. Driven by Brennan, This Time Dylan dashed to an early lead and sprinted over the final two 400m sections in 28.3sec. and 27.1sec. to defeat El Machine by a head. He should be powering home in Friday night's race. Aldo Cortopassi has been successful twice in the nine-year history of the Past Presidents Cup, with wins behind Just Jasper (7/2) in 2008 and Franco Renegade (51/1 last year). He faces an extremely difficult task with nine-year-old Elite Under Fire, who has been out of the winning list for 22 months. The Parade capable of overcoming tough draw New Zealand-bred filly The Parade continues to improve and she has sound prospects of being able to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line in the 2130m Sylvania Trader Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She was most impressive last Friday week when she started out wide (barrier six) on the front line, dropped back to last and sustained a marvellous three-wide burst from the 950m to hit the front 250m from home and win from My Samantha Jane at a 1.56.3 rate over 1730m. That followed placings behind Libertybelle Midfrew, Jungle Jewel and Typhoon Tan at her three previous outings. My Samantha Jane, trained at Hazelmere by Mike Reed, will have many admirers from her favourable draw at No. 2 on the front line. Mark Reed should be able to get her to an early lead and then dictate terms. She had a perfect run behind the leader harper Grace when she finished strongly for her last-start second to The Parade. Capel trainer Andrew De Campo has two smart fillies engaged and both Maddy White and Typhoon Tan should be prominent from back-line draws. Aiden De Campo will drive Maddy White and Dylan Egerton-Green has been engaged for Typhoon Tan. Earlier in the program Chris Voak would dearly love to celebrate his 26th birthday by guiding Arousing to victory in the $25,000 Nexans Olex The Lombardo Pace for mares. But Chris Lewis could spoil the party by winning with Arousing's stablemate Selkie. Ross Olivieri trains last-start winners Arousing and Selkie, Selkie has the class to overcome barrier six on the front line, while Arousing should enjoy an ideal passage after starting from barrier two on the back line. by Ken Casellas  

Boyanup harness racing trainer Justin Prentice is finding it difficult to separate Major Reality and Quite A Delight in the $100,000 Del Basso Smallgoods Diamond Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but he is leaning slightly towards Major Reality because of her better barrier. "At this stage I'll be driving Major Reality," he said on Tuesday night. "I haven't spoken to the owners, but purely on the barrier draw I'll probably go for Major Reality." Major Reactor will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line, with Quite A Delight out at No. 6. Prentice drove Major Reality and Quite A Delight when they scored easy victories at their debuts in heats of the classic on Tuesday of last week. Major Reality was untroubled to lead from the No. 1 barrier and rated 1.59.1 over 1730m when she beat Is There A Dream by nine lengths. Quite A Delight rated 1.58.9 when she won her heat by two lengths from Straittothehilton. She started from the outside of the front line and was restrained back to last before she started a three-wide move approaching the bell. She moved to the breeze at the 450m before taking the lead 200m later. "Major Reality worked super this morning and has improved since her heat run," Prentice said. "She worked with an older horse and left him for dead. Quite A Delight just went steady this morning. "Major Reality is a big, gross filly, a bit immature looking, but she is powerful and is in a 59 and a half inch hopple. Quite A Delight is a little pitter-patter thing in a 55-inch hopple. But she's got a massive heart and lungs and her recovery is unreal. She can do so much work and she just keeps running. "Both are very good chances, but obviously it helps Major Reactor drawn at No. 3. Hopefully we can get her to the front. We will be doing what we can to get to the front." Prentice is hoping to go one better in the Diamond Classic than he did two years ago when he finished second with Bettor Dreams behind stablemate Eagle Rox. Both fillies were prepared by his father Kim. Last year, Justin drove his own nomination The Parade into fourth place behind Highest Royalty. There are many chances in this year's classic, with Victorian reinsman Michael Stanley expecting an improved performance from Soho Tokyo, whose eight starts have yielded two wins, four placings and stakes of $82,308. The 33-year-old Stanley had his first drive in Western Australia on Tuesday of last week when Soho Tokyo was a 3/1 on favourite in her heat in which she set the pace from barrier one, hung out and was overhauled in the final 25m when a close second to Massive Attack. Soho Tokyo, who arrived in WA about a month ago and entered Glenn Elliott's Northam stables, gave a sample of her class at her previous start when she finished powerfully to be a neck second to Queen of Pop in the group 1 Australian Pacing Gold final for two-year-old fillies at Menangle. "She has been in the top Echelon back home (in Victoria) and in Sydney," Stanley said. "She was fairly new when she raced at Gloucester Park. She had a good look around and didn't race tractably, which normally is her best asset. She is such a professional, but she didn't show that in that race. Hopefully that experience will sharpen her up for the final. "It was a shame that she hung. Normally she lugs in a bit, if anything, so it was a real surprise that she wanted to run out. That was her first race on an 800m track. She is trained round a half-mile track at home in Ballarat, but that is a lot different to race pressure." Gary Hall sen., trainer of Massive Attack, said he gave his filly little chance after drawing the outside of the back line in the field of twelve. Chris Lewis, who has won the Diamond Classic with Dilingers Reign in 2005 and Sensational Gabby in 2011, will have many admirers in this year's classic in which he will handle the promising Sea Me Smile from the coveted No. 1 barrier. Sea Me Smile, trained by his wife Debra, has started from wide barriers at her three starts, for a win at Pinjarra and second placings at Bunbury and Gloucester Park. In her heat last week Sea Me Smile was restrained tom last from the outside barrier before Lewis sent her forward, three wide, after 400m. She raced in the breeze over the final 1200m and finished second, three lengths behind the pacemaker Tricky Styx, who rated 1.59.1. Tricky Styx, trained at Northam by Jesse Moore, has excellent ability and has impressed in winning at four of her seven starts. She unwound a powerful finish to win the $50,000 Champagne Classic early last month. HALL SINGS SOHO LENNON'S PRAISES Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. has declared Soho Lennon "unbeatable" in the Del Basso Smallgoods Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night after the gelding's dazzling victory at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Gary Hall jun. drove Soho Lennon at Pinjarra when he set a sizzling pace and reeled off quarters in 28.2sec., 29.8sec., 27.5sec. and 27.3sec. to beat Simply Susational by five lengths, rating 1.53.3 which set a track record for a three-year-old over 1684m. Robert Watson, breeder and managing owner of Soho Lennon, requested that Victorian reinsman Michael Stanley drive the talented youngster in Friday night's 2536m event in which he will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line in the field of eight. Stanley drove Soho Lennon in all his 14 runs in Victoria as a two and three-year-old for wins at Ararat, Bendigo and Geelong. "Soho Lennon is a very good horse and he is right up there with Elegant Christian and Machtu," Hall said. That is praise indeed. Elegant Christian, trained by Hall, has won at six of his eight starts, including the group 3 Caduceus Club Classic and group 2 Western Gateway Pace. Elegant Christian also finished fourth behind Three Blind Mice in the group 1 WA Derby, in which stablemate Machtu finished third. Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice does not agree with Hall's assessment that Friday night's event will be a one-act affair and he gives Mista Rush a very good winning chance, saying: "On pure ability I think he is right up there with the best three-year-olds in the State. "Barrier five is neither here nor there and I'm not one hundred per cent sure what we'll do. Mista Rush has got lightning gate speed, but Ultimate Major and Back On Board, on his inside, are also quick. "The main thing is to get Mista Rush around this track a bit better. At his latest start he just battled around the last bend. So I have made a little adjustment to his shoeing. I want to get him spot on for the Westbred races in just under a month." Ultimate Major, trained at Capel by Andrew De Campo, has won at four of his eight starts and is a good frontrunner who will be suited from the No. 1 barrier, with Chris Lewis in the sulky. Ultimate Major led and won over 2500m at Bunbury two starts ago and then was a fast-finishing close second to Three Kings over 2100m on the same track last Saturday night. The Michael Brennan-trained Back On Board will be driven by Gary Hall jun. from barrier three. The Christian Cullen gelding has made most of the running to win twice from his past three starts on country tracks. Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond also hold a strong hand in the race with three smart three-year-olds in Zacharia, Bettor Offer and Black Mr Mach. SELKIE MAKES GOOD APPEAL New Zealand-bred five-year-old Selkie has improved in leaps and bounds since entering the Oakford stables of Ross Olivieri recently and she makes strong appeal in the first qualifying heat of the Little Caesars Pizzas Lombardo Pace for Mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Punters will be keen to support her after watching her come from eighth on the pegs at the bell with a scorching late burst, out wide, to finish third behind Famous Alchemist and Korobeit Angel in the 1730m WASBA Breeders Stakes last Friday week. Two weeks before that, at her first start for Olivieri, Selkie gave an impressive frontrunning display to score an easy victory over Salliwood and Leda McNally in the 2503m Race For Roses. On Friday night Selkie will start from the No. 2 barrier in the field of seven in the 2130m event and she is likely to be involved in an early battle for ascendancy with the polemarker Maggies Mystery, who has a losing sequence of 18, but is a capable frontrunner with good prospects of causing an upset. Maggies Mystery's most recent win was early in January when she set a brisk pace and beat Rocky Marciano and Heez Orl Black at a 1.56 rate over 1730m. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. has two in-form runners in Askmenow and Korobeit Angel. Gary Hall jun. will handle Askmenow from barrier three and Lauren Jones will drive Korobeit Angel from barrier six. Am Opulent, from barrier four, also has sound claims for trainers Greg and Skye Bond. She began speedily from the No. 7 barrier and set them pace before winning from Capricorn Monique and Ticket To Nowhere over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. HALL LEANS TOWARDS MY HARD COPY Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. favours My Hard Copy to beat stablemates Slick Chapel and Heez Orl Black in the 2130m Top Cut Meats Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But while he is confident of achieving a trifecta result, he believes little separates the three stablemates. "I lean towards My Hard Copy only because of the barrier draw," he said. My Hard Copy, who finished a fighting close second to Slick Chapel in the final of the 2130m Pure Steel Pace last Friday night, will be driven by Gary Hall jun., who replaces his brother Clint, who received a nine-day suspension for causing interference in a race at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. My Hard Copy is favourably drawn at No. 2 on the front line, with Heez Orl Black drawn the pole and Slick Chapel barrier two on the back line. Slick Chapel dashed to an early lead and sprinted home in a sizzling 55.5sec. when he defeated My Hard Copy by one metre last Friday night. My Hard Copy, who trailed Slick Chapel, fought on with great determination. BARRON LANDS HER FIRST CITY WINNER Letitia Barron drove a patient copybook race to land her first winner at Gloucester Park when rank outsider Mistress Bliss finished solidly to beat Coltrain Blues in the 1730m Retravision Pace for mares on Tuesday night. Mistress Bliss, trained at Pinjarra by Heather Herbert, started from the outside of the front line and was a $61.70 chance. Barron got Mistress Bliss away smartly and quickly angled the five-year-old into the prime one-out, one-back position, following Disturbia, who was left in the breeze after being fastest into stride from the No. 4 barrier, but then being unable to cross to the pegs in front of polemarker Hilmore Disco. Barron bided her time before easing Mistress Bliss three wide 220m from home. Mistress Bliss burst to the front 120m from the finish and went on to beat Coltrain Blues by two metres, rating 1.58.4. ALTA CHRISTIANO FIT FOR QUEENSLAND Star four-year-old Alta Christiano is still on track to travel to Queensland to contest feature events next month after extensive X-ray examinations cleared him of any damage to his hind legs. Alta Christiano was a shock last-minute scratching from the Pure Steel final at Gloucester Park last Friday night after reinsman Gary Hall jun. was concerned over his pacing action during the preliminary. "He's good," a relieved trainer Gary Hall sen. said on Tuesday. "The X-rays revealed nothing and it looks like he's got a bruised hoof. The farrier reckons it is a bruised hoof and I tend to agree with him. He hasn't missed any work and he's still going to Queensland." Hall said that champion Im Themightyquinn, narrow winner of the $50,000 Pinjarra Cup, on Monday afternoon, was also on track for a trip to Brisbane. "It was a sensational run by Quinny in the Cup," Hall said. "He ran the half (800m) before the final quarter in 54 seconds, which is pretty quick, three wide. He will probably have one more run before heading to Queensland." by Ken Casellas  

Speedy four-year-old Slick Chapel emerged as a genuine summer carnival prospect when he gave a stylish frontrunning performance to win the $25,000 Australian Marine Complex Pure Steel final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Slick Chapel, driven by Clint Hall, held on to defeat stablemate My Hard Copy by one metre, with Vapour third and Heez Orl Black fourth to give champion trainer Gary Hall sen. a quartet result in the feature event. But Hall was not his usual effervescent self after such a result. He was downcast --- with good reason: His up-and-coming superstar Alta Christiano, the 5/2 on favourite for the race, was scratched one minute before the scheduled start of the 2130m event and his racing future hangs in the balance. Alta Christiano, an outstanding four-year-old and winner of the 2013 WA Derby, was scratchy in the preliminary and was withdrawn on veterinary advice when found to be sore in the near hind leg. It is not sure what the exact problem is and X-rays will be taken to determine the extent of the damage. Alta Christiano, who has earned $309,163 from 13 wins and two placings from just 18 starts, has had an injury-plagued career. He fractured a cannon bone in New Zealand in October 2012 and then last year he damaged a suspensory ligament in his near front leg, an injury which was cured with stem cell treatment. Plans for Hall to take the Christian Cullen stallion to Brisbane to contest feature events at Albion Park in July have been abandoned. Hopes are held that his current injury is not too serious and that he will be able to continue his outstanding career. A syndicate of Hall's clients paid $NZ500,000 for an 80 per cent share of Alta Christiano. Moments before Alta Christiano was scratched on Friday night My Hard Copy and Slick Chapel shared second favouritism at $10.30 on the tote. When the race started without Alta Christiano, My Hard Copy was the new favourite at $2.40, with Slick Chapel at $2.50. Kim Prentice jumped My Hard Copy straight to the front from the No. 1 barrier before Slick Chapel surged to the lead after 200m. The lead time was run in a dawdling 40.5sec. and the first 400m section of the final mile was covered in an ambling 32.3sec., with the second quarter in just 30.6sec. Heez Orl Black was in the breeze before Mark Reed sent 68/1 outsider Xupan Three forward, three wide, from the rear after 600m to work without cover. Slick Chapel dashed over the third quarter in 28.3sec. and sprinted the final section in 27.2sec. My Hard Copy finished determinedly and failed narrowly to overhaul the pacemaker. Vapour came from three back on the pegs to be third, with Heez Orl Black in fourth place after enjoying the one-out, one-back trail for most of the journey. Slick Chapel, owned by Max Grynberg, Bill Paterson, Frank Borrello, Tony and Ruth Thompson, Dave Kahl and Karen Hall, has earned $100,496 from eight wins and seven placings from 26 starts. He was placed at three of his seven New Zealand starts and has won eight times from 19 starts in Western Australia. He is showing steady improvement and Hall sen. has high hopes that he will develop into a candidate for the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup next summer. HAPPY REUNION FOR WOODLEY Ace reinsman Morgan Woodley celebrated a reunion with four-year-old La Stella del Mare by stealing a march on his rivals with an unexpected flying start from barrier five before guiding her to a narrow victory in the $30,000 RSM Bird Cameron Westbred Mares final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. La Stella del Mare, fourth favourite at 15/2, burst straight to the front and then after a moderate lead time of 38.1sec. Woodley was able to get the Live Or Die mare to relax and amble through the first 400m section of the final mile in 32sec. before final quarters in 29.8sec., 28.8sec. and 29.5sec. She fought on doggedly to score by a neck from 2/1 favourite Hoylakes Firstlady, rating 1.59.5. The consistent Lucky Jay sustained a spirited burst from 11th in the middle stages to be third, with Adda Rising Star a fighting fourth after racing in the breeze. Woodley drove La Stella del Mare at her first seven starts, as a two-year-old, in 2012 for one placing. He had not handled her since she finished sixth behind Adda Rising Star at Bunbury in July 2013. La Stella del Mare, part-owned and trained by Terry Ferguson, has had 52 starts for seven wins, 13 placings and $64,982 in stakes. She is out of Capture A Million, who had 19 starts for two wins, 11 placings and $15,368, and is a half-sister to Schinzig Buller (55 starts for 11 wins, 13 placings and $290,837) and Polak (65 starts for 16 wins, 20 placings and $194,765). TURVEY'S DELIGHTFUL DOUBLE A bargain went begging when Baldivis horseman Nathan Turvey drove 26/1 outsider My Bachelors Delight to a surprise victory over 7/4 second fancy Soho Highroller in the 1730m Sadliers Nexus Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. "He has been advertised for sale for $12,000 on the internet, but I haven't had any takers," Turvey said after My Bachelors Delight had completed a training and driving double, following his success earlier in the night with 11/1 chance Sonic Classic. The double was the highlight of a wonderful night for the 37-year-old Turvey, who had six other drives for four second placings --- with Major Flirt (68/1), Wynberg Terror (5/4), Hoylakes Firstlady (2/1) and Flyalong Falcon (9/1). Turvey owns My Bachelors Delight, a six-year-old he purchased for $25,000 (landed in Western Australia) and has now earned $66,321 from ten wins and 19 placings from 50 WA starts to take his career record to 78 starts for 13 wins, 30 placings and $101,597. "He's been a really good horse for us, but hasn't been 100 per cent genuine all the time," Turvey said. "Lately, I have been keeping him fresh and he seems to be enjoying it." My Bachelors delight is a half-brother to Albert Albert mare Bachelorette, who had 61 starts in New Zealand for ten wins, 16 placings and $187,406 in prizemoney. Mr Nickel, having his third start after a spell, was a solidly-supported 10/9 on favourite who was beaten out from the pole by Soho Highroller, from the No. 3 barrier. However, Soho Highroller was unable to cross to the pegs and Mr Nickel set the pace. He was inclined to overrace and the quarters went by in 29.2sec., 29.5sec., 28.4sec. and 29.1sec. Soho Highroller got to the lead 500m from home, but was unable to hold out My Bachelors Delight, who enjoyed a perfect trail in the one-wide line in fifth and sixth positions before finishing fast to hit the front 120m from the finish. Barkers Hall improved from seventh at the bell to be third, with Mr Nickel fading to eighth. EGERTON-GREEN GRABS HIS CHANCE Young reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green made the most of his opportunity to drive promising filly Typhoon Tan in the absence of the three-year-old's regular reinsman Aiden De Campo at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Typhoon Tan, a 13/2 chance, was smartest to begin from barrier two and Egerton-Green rated the filly perfectly to get her home by a metre from 68/1 outsider Major Flirt, with The Parade running home strongly from the rear in the middle stages to be third in the 2130m Bell-Vista Fruit And Veg Company Pace. De Campo was away in Melbourne, representing Western Australia in a Young Drivers Championship series, and Egerton-Green jumped at the chance to drive Typhoon Tan. Typhoon Tan is trained at Capel by de Campo's father Andrew, who completed a double when Chris Lewis replaced Aiden De Campo and steered Conniving Major Dave to victory in the R H Trotter and Company Pace. Andrew De Campo continued in fine style by training three winners (Delightful Jade, Maddy White and Captain Proud) at Bunbury's Donaldson Park on Saturday night. Matt White replaced Aiden De Campo behind Delightful Jade and Maddy White and Kaiden Hayter drove Captain Proud. Meanwhile, Aiden De Campo didn't have much luck in the five-heat Young Drivers series which was won by Victoria's Rebecca Bartley, who drove four of the five winners --- Riviera Kiss (25/1), Boom Boom Hall (18/1), Smiling Spirit (53/1) and Kankkunen (10/1). De campo's drives at Shepparton on Thursday night were outsiders Turnoffate (55/1) and Philotes (53/1), each of whom tired badly to finish in last place. At Melton on Friday night de Campo drove 11/4 chance Field Major, who finished solidly from eighth at the bell and finished second, a half-length behind the fast-finishing Smiling Spirit. At Ballarat on Saturday night de Campo drove 8/1 chance Oils Jay Bee, who led and wilted to eighth behind Kankkunen, and 16/1 chance Sign of Oro, who led early and then trailed the pacemaker and 7/4 on favourite Hellovaway (Todd McCarthy) before finishing second to that pacer. Typhoon Tan, who is owned by Carlo Baggetta, Leanne Dean, Danny Roberts, Susan Beven, Arthur Hall, John Wychowanko, Gary Old, Harry Capararo, Mark Armstrong and the B and S Group, finished second at two of her three starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand (in January 2013) and now has earned $50,114 from seven wins and seven placings from 24 starts. Her maternal granddam Scottish Bella produced Mister Skye Rocket, who is still racing as a nine-year-old and was successful at Albion Park five starts ago, in April. He is an iron horse, having had 280 starts for 41 wins and 81 placings for stakes of $236,667. He won 16 races in New South Wales before moving to Queensland where he has won another 24 times. He won once from two starts in New Zealand. HUMPHRIES TIPS BRIGHT FUTURE FOR OHOKA COURAGE Forrestdale trainer Jarrad Humphries predicted a bright future for Ohoka Courage after the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old charged home from twelfth and last at the bell to score an easy victory in the 2536m Bell-Vista Fruit And Veg Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. "Hopefully, he will now go through the classes," Humphries said. "He's probably not a genuine Free-For-Aller, but he'll get there into open class. And because he likes to race with the tempo on, up in class won't worry him; it probably will suit him. "Ohoka Courage is a little odd in that he is a very high-speed horse, but is not a short-trip horse. He's a stayer with high speed. He's been beaten a couple of times by being used for speed early, and then hasn't got that big sprint at the finish. Tonight I told Kyle (Harper) to drive him exactly like that (by keeping him at the rear). He is a bit one dimensional, but when a race is run to suit him, he's very dangerous. "I picked him out and watched his races in New Zealand for about six months before I made an inquiry. He comes from the same stable as Bobby Teal and I rang the fellow up and asked him that when he was ready to move Ohoka Courage on that I would like the chance to buy him. Some time later he phoned me and I got him for $20,000, landed in Australia, which is not expensive. He has been a great moneyspinner and is way in front for good stable supporters Harry Capararo, Darryl McLeod and Wayne Innes." Ohoka Courage started from barrier three on the back line and was second favourite at 4/1 behind Galactic Galleon (7/2). Raza Sharp Lombo dashed to an early lead, with Jay Bees Grin (5/1) moving to the breeze in the first lap. Jay Bees Grin got to the front 400m from home, but faded in the home straight. Ohoka Courage was still near the rear turning out of the back straight before Harper took him wide and the gelding was six wide on the home turn before bursting to the front in the final 100m to score effortlessly by more than two lengths from Flyalong Falcon, who finished boldly from tenth on the pegs at the bell. Ohoka Squire came from 11th at the bell to be third. TUAPEKA KAHU MAKES THE MOST OF SECOND CHANCE The prospects of Tupeka Kahu winning the 2130m Mortgage Choice In South Perth Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night looked forlorn when he broke in the score up and was left a long way behind his eleven rivals. But he earned a reprieve when the starter declared a false start because Tuakepa Kahu was unable to fill his position at No. 2 on the front line when the mobile barrier was about to release the field. Tuapeka Kahu, a 12/1 chance, was on his best behaviour in the re-start and Ryan Warwick got the New Zealand-bred six-year-old straight to the front before he was untroubled to set the pace and hold on to win by a neck from stablemate Black Mr Mach (13/2), with a half-length to 5/4 favourite Wynberg Terror in third place. After moderate quarters of 30.9sec. and 30.5sec., Tuapeka Kahu dashed over the final sections in 28.6sec. and 28.8sec. Black Mr Mach settled down in tenth position before he finished strongly, out wide, from sixth at the bell. Tuapeka Kahu, who is trained by Greg and Skye Bond, was placed at four of his seven starts in New Zealand. He has raced 14 times in WA for four wins and four placings and looks set for many more wins. RODRIGO TAKES NO PRISONERS Rodrigo, owned by Victorian Federal policeman Mark Salathiel, arrested a losing sequence of eight when he overcame the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line and sustained a powerful burst to win narrowly from Bet Your Life in the 2130m Quayside Transport Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Produced in fine fettle by Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan, Rodrigo, second favourite at 4/1, was driven in grand style by Gary Hall jun. Polemarker Bet the Max led for the first 500m before the even-money favourite The Phantom got to the front after working hard, out three wide. Hall quickly manoeuvred Rodrigo into eighth place in the one-wide line and he waited until the field approached the bell before sending the New Zealand-bred six-year-old forward, three wide. Bet Your Life was in the breeze and The Burnside Flyer was beginning to wilt in the prime one-out, one-back position. This unexpected situation enabled Hall the luxury of moving Rodrigo into the one-out, one-back position shortly after the bell. Stuart McDonald sent Bet Your Life (7/1) to the front 430m from home and Hall waited until the 250m mark before sending Rodrigo forward, three wide. Rodrigo dug deep and fought on doggedly to get the upper hand in the final 50m. He beat Bert Your Life by a metre, with 62/1 outsider Life Boat improving from seventh on the pegs at the bell to finish third. Rodrigo rated 1.56. 4 after dashing over the final 800m in 58.7sec. Rodrigo, who was having his third run after a spell, won once from nine New Zealand starts and then had 48 starts in Victoria for ten wins and 18 placings. He has had 16 starts in WA for two wins and two placings and his career record stands at 73 starts for 13 wins, 23 placings and stakes of $108,558. His maternal granddam Fern Glen won ten races and produced Maheer Lord, who had 197 starts for 34 wins, 46 placings and earnings of $515,470. Maheer Lord won three times at Gloucester Park --- the Parliamentarians Cup and Media Guild Cup in 2005 and the group 1 WA Pacing Cup in January 2006. SONIC CLASSIC TAKES THE NEXT STEP New Zealand-bred five-year-old Sonic Classic, placed in stands in modest company at his previous three starts, made a successful switch to mobile racing and showed a touch of class when he took on several better-performed runners in the 2130m Cash Convertors Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. An 11/1 chance from barrier two on the back line, Sonic Classic was one of two M0-class runners in the field of 12 which included three M3-class performers and seven M1-class runners. He defied the odds when trainer Nathan Turvey had him perfectly positioned, three back on the pegs in a fast-run race, and brought him home with a powerful burst to win by just over two lengths from the 10/9 on favourite and pacemaker Ben Cartwright, with almost four lengths to the third horse, Trojan Bromac, who surged home from tenth at the bell. Ben Cartwright, a last-start winner, overraced in the lead and was three lengths clear of his nearest rivals passing the 300m mark. But he wilted and Sonic Classic cruised to the front 120m from home. The sections of the final mile whizzed by in 29.4sec., 28.6sec., 28.9sec. and 29.1sec., with Sonic Classic rating a smart 1.55.8. "His previous run at Narrogin last Sunday (when he started off the 40m mark and finished on from ninth at the bell to be second to Art Connoisseur) was really good," Turvey said. "He got a flat tyre at the 1000m and the tyre came off the rim. And he still came home. "Even though it was a step up tonight I considered he was an each-way chance. We picked him out in New Zealand and his form over there was pretty good. So we were a bit disappointed up to this stage. Now, hopefully, he has turned the corner. He cost $30,000 landed and for a couple of his part-owners, Ron Sciani and Mike Wood, this is their first Friday night winner. Sonic Classic, by Mach Three, won at four of his 16 starts in New Zealand and he now has had 32 starts in WA for seven wins, 15 placings and $48,091. His career record stands at 48 starts for 11 wins, 20 placings and $68,957. His dam Classical (by Soky's Atom) was an outstanding performer who had 23 starts for five wins and ten placings for stakes of $291,590. She finished second to Pullover Brown in the New Zealand, Victorian and Australian Oaks in 2003. Tom Buchanan, who drove the fourth placegetter Mighty Flying Thomas, was suspended for nine days for causing interference to Well Hello Dolly in the back straight in the final lap. This was the first suspension imposed on Buchanan, who was having his 706th drive in a race. In reaching the penalty the stewards took into account Buchanan's guilty plea and his excellent record. They also took into account that Mighty Flying Thomas had just been tightened by another runner and that he was running about a bit. They considered that these factors could have contributed to the interference. Buchanan was granted a three-day deferment and he won the final event at Bunbury on Saturday night when 11/4 chance Reckless Abandon charged home from last in the field of six on the home turn to get up and score a last-stride victory over the hot favourite Major Rush. CONNIVING MAJOR DAVE LOVES LEADING Champion reinsman Chris Lewis welcomed the opportunity to take over from Aiden De Campo as the driver of Conniving Major Dave in the 2130m R H Trotter and Company Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. De Campo was in Melbourne, contesting a Junior Drivers' Championship series and Lewis got Conniving Major Dave, the 15/4 second favourite, away fast from barrier four and sent the four-year-old to the front after 500m. Conniving Major Dave excels as a frontrunner and he bowled along in the lead and rated 1.56.5 in beating the 5/2 favourite Notabadexcuse by a half-length, with a length to Dominus Vobiscum. Conniving major Dave won at three of his 12 New Zealand starts and now has raced 39 times for nine wins, nine placings and $66,408. He is the seventh foal out of Kind Martar, whose dam Kind Hearted produced eight winners, including Gracious Knight, who amassed $383,155 from 12 wins and 12 placings from 49 starts. PRIDE OF COLORADO JUST TOO STRONG Strong WA-bred seven-year-old Pride of Colorado generally thrives on working hard in his races, but trainer-reinsman Aldo Cortopassi successfully adopted different tactics with the gelding in the 2130m Homestyle Salad Makers Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Pride of Colorado, the 15/4 second favourite from the outside of the back line, was kept back in last place in the field of ten until the runners approached the bell --- when Cortopassi sent Pride of Colorado forward, with a strong three-wide burst. Pride of Colorado sustained his effort and the final quarters were covered in 28.8sec. and 28.5sec. as he swept to the front in the final 90m and defeated the 6/4 favourite Shardons Rocket by just over a lengths, with Lively Highlander (14/1) in third place after trailing the pacemaker Elite Under Fire all the way. Shardons Rocket, who raced three wide early and then in the breeze, got to the front 270m from home, but was unable to hold out Pride of Colorado. Pride of Colorado, who ended a losing sequence of eight, is out of Lady Legacy, whose six winners include Scram Jet, who had 172 races for 24 wins, 42 placings and stakes of $235,076. by Ken Casellas  

It is more than a month since Im Victorious suffered a serious tendon injury in the Inter Dominion Grand Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The healing process has been a slow one but trainer Michael Brennan is extremely happy with the progress his stable star has made since the incident and is looking forward to being reunited with him in the future. "Snoop (Im Victorious) is getting daily physio on the injury, he is being looked after over there in Sydney by a great team of people and they are trying to ensure they keep some mobility in his leg despite the excessive scar tissue," Brennan said. "He will continue the treatment in Sydney for another six weeks or so and after that he should be ready to make his way back home to Perth and live out his days in a paddock on my property, I think he deserves it." While there had been some speculation that Im Victorious could make a miraculous comeback and return to the racetrack, Brennan believes that it would be highly improbable. "More than likely he will never be able to race again but to be honest I'm just hoping that he will be 'paddock sound' so I can get him home and spend time with him again." "His injuries have healed to the point where the vets are no longer concerned with regards to infection in the tendon and now they are just making sure through the physio that too many adhesions don't form and create issues for us." It has been a tough time for everyone concerned with Im Victorious but Brennan admits he has come to the realisation that he has to move past the devastating loss of the Western Australian Derby winner. "I had arrived at the point where I just had to move on, there was no point in dwelling on it, the whole situation was very devastating for all of us and now I have to try and find my next star." Im Victorious won more than $750,000 in his 34 start career and won 22 races. By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing Harness Racing New South Wales                 Warning to recipients:   This email and any attachments are confidential and subject to copyright. If you are not the intended recipient any use, disclosure or copying is unauthorised. If you have received this email in error please advise us immediately by reply email and delete all copies. It is your responsibility to examine this email and any attachments for viruses. Any personal information in this email must be handled in accordance with privacy legislation.          

Friday night was a red letter night at Gloucester Park for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg, who completed her first city treble when Shannon Suvaljko drove 9/2 chance Hez Got the Nod to a decisive all-the-way victory in the 2503m Carilley Estate Handicap. She had been successful earlier with The Feather Foot (11/2) and Franco Torres, a 57/1 tote outsider. Her three winners were in the first, second and fourth legs of the quadrella, which paid a massive dividend of $84,593. Her husband John, the managing part-owner of the trio, loves to dabble and he left the course rubbing his hands with typical unihibited glee. Debbie, far less extroverted than her ebullient husband, took the feat in her stride, but admitted it was a thrill to land her first Metropolitan treble after having held a trainer's licence for 30 years. "They're all nice horses, nothing too special, and they will just keep on racing and doing their job," she said. "I think I have had four or five trebles on country tracks." She attributed Hez Got The Nod's success to a return to standing-start racing, saying: "He was in mobiles and was going no good, so we returned to stands with him." This was Hez Got The Nod's second run in a stand after only one placing at his four previous starts in mobiles. He also led when he won a Gloucester Park stand before Friday night's race. He also won two stands at Gloucester Park in September and a stand at Northam in December. "We bought him for $25,000 after he had won once from 22 starts in New Zealand and four times from 11 starts in New South Wales," said John Padberg. The Grinfromeartoear five-year-old now has had 15 starts in WA for Padberg and Jodie Foster for five wins, four placings and stakes of $35,510. The gelding has graduated to an M1 classification with a record of 48 starts for ten wins, 20 placings and $66,216. "He's so reliable that he'll earn a bucket load of money out of the stands," said Padberg. Last-start winner Major Fury was a heavily-backed even-money favourite in Friday night's race, but he scrambled into his gear from the inside barrier and was beaten out by Hez Got the Nod, from the No. 2 barrier. Callan Suvaljko then trailed Hez Got The Nod, who covered the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.8sec. and 30.6sec. before sprinting over the final two quarters in 29.5sec. and 28.9sec. to win by just under two lengths from Major Fury, with just over a length to Pacific Black, who sustained a spirited three-wide burst from the rear. Hez Got the Nod's maternal granddam Janet Quill produced good winners Dartmoor and Mevagissey. Dartmoor, who won the Australian Pacing Championship at Gloucester Park in March 2008, beating No Blue Manna and Hayton Brain, is still racing in Victoria and has a record of 33 wins and 48 placings from 214 starts for earnings of $400,551. Mevagissey had 141 starts for 17 wins, 27 placings and $171,709. POLAK AND KIMES, A WINNING COMBINATION Five-year-old Polak and reinsman Clint Kimes are a winning combination and Kimes was more than happy to resume as Polak's driver in the $21,000 Mulberry On Swan Autumn Championship, taking over from champion reinsman Chris Lewis, who is enjoying a break, cruising the high seas. Kimes drove with considerable confidence and aggression to score an upset victory over the 10/1 on favourite David Hercules, who just failed to overcome the disadvantage of starting out wide at No. 6 and being forced to race wide. Kimes now has driven the Mike Reed-trained Polak six times for three wins, a second, a third and a seventh. Polak, second favourite at 10/1, started from barrier three and Kimes drove him hard, three wide, before getting past the polemarker Son of Fergie and into the lead after 300m. Morgan Woodley restrained David Hercules to last in the field of nine and when Gary Hall started a three-wide move with Passion Stride after 500m, Woodley followed with David Hercules, who went four wide at the bell in a bid to breach the gap from the pacemaker. David Hercules fought on with typical grit and determination and was beaten by 2m, with the winner rating a smart 1.54.6 after covering the final sectionals in 28.5sec., 29.3sec., 28sec. and 29.4sec. Passion Stride, who was switched to the pegs in the final few hundred metres, finished gamely into third place, just ahead of This Time Dylan, who sustained a strong finishing burst. Max Wimbridge, a part-owner of the winner, was excited at the win and said: "We've been looking for a good draw and we got it tonight. And I think we proved that good draws win races. "One of the owners (Roy Patterson) will be disappointed because he's on a cruise ship and the other one (Stephen Schmedje) is still down in Esperance county his money after selling his farm." Polak has been an excellent investment for Wimbridge, Patterson and Schmedje, having earned $177,695 from 16 wins and 16 placings from 58 starts. He was purchased for just $15,000 at the 2010 Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale and is a full-brother to Schinzig Buller, who has earned $290,837 from 11 wins and 13 placings from 55 starts. His wins included the group 2 Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings in February 2007 and the group 1 Golden Nugget in November 2008 when he defeated Mysta Magical Mach and Im Themightyquinn. Polak is also a full-brother to three-year-old filly Lipizzaner, who led and won a race at Gloucester Park last Tuesday. BIRTHDAY BOY EDWARDS NOTCHES FIRST CITY WINNER Luke Edwards celebrated his 24th birthday on Sunday in style by driving his first Metropolitan-class winner at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he gave a polished display to score an emphatic victory with The Feather Foot in the 2130m Tony O'Driscoll Pace. Edwards, who was granted a licence to drive in the city in January, had The Feather Foot in the breeze for the first 150m before gaining the one-out, one-back trail behind The Black Lord, who was forced to work in the breeze with the 5/4 favourite Chocolatto having an easy time in front with a dawdling lead time of 38.4sec. and a leisurely first 400m section of the final mile in 31.9sec. Edwards was forced to take off earlier than planned when Kristian Hawkins started a three-wide move with Pembrook Henry 700m metres from home, threatening to put The Feather Foot in restricted room. Edwards switched The Feather Foot three wide at the 650m mark and the WA-bred seven-year-old sprinted fast (with the third quarter whizzing by in 28.1sec.) as he charged past Chocolatto with 400m to travel. The Feather Foot covered the final quarter in 28.9sec. and won by more than two lengths from Pembrook Henry (15/1), with Veitchy (28/1) finishing strongly from the rear to be a close third. The winner rated 1.58.9. The Feather Foot, by former champion pacer The Falcon Strike, started at 11/2 and ended a losing sequence of 29. However, he has proved a wonderful acquisition for owners John Padberg, Edwards, his younger brother Isaac, Kiara Davies and Michael Tenardi. They claimed the gelding last July for a mere $4000 and his 20 starts for trainer Debbie Padberg he has won once and been placed eight times for stakes of $22,603. The Feather Foot now has amassed $157,471 from 13 wins and 21 placings from 89 starts. He won the $100,000 group 1 State Sires Series final for three-year-old colts and geldings in July 2010, beating Erris Lad and Thomas With Steam. His maternal granddam Maybe Rich (a winner of ten races) produced six winners, including Fac Et Spiro, who had 85 starts for 23 wins, 30 placings and stakes of $386,695. Edwards, who drove Myouri to victory in an $8000 Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park in mid-February, said he was confident that The Feather Foot would prove hard to beat on Friday night despite finishing ninth in a field of ten behind Rowchester the previous Friday night. "He had a soft run along the pegs and was climbing all over them, but didn't get a clear run," he said. "And at his previous start he was beaten a nose by Shifting Sand. We put him in the race tonight and he was good enough to do the job. I had to go a bit earlier than I would have liked, but if I hadn't he would have been in a pocket. "He will strip fitter at his next start and I reckon he's got another two or three wins in him." Edwards also is hoping for further successes with Gamblers Power, a filly he trains and has driven to two wins at Northam this season. Edwards has no family background in horses. "About four years ago my boss had horses with Kevin Keys and I had my first involvement with horses, working with youngsters with him," he said. "I started to go through the reinsmen's school and then John and Debbie offered me a job as a stablehand. "Debbie gave me a few horses to drive in trials and when I graduated from the reinsmen's school I started working full-time with the Padbergs." SOUTHERN LEGACY LIVING UP TO EXPECTATIONS Breeding suggests that Southern Legacy will continue her wonderful consistent form and win many more races for owner-trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice. Southern Legacy, a 10/1 chance, raced three back on the pegs before finishing powerfully to score an easy victory over 82/1 outsider La Stella Del Mare and Mene Jaccka (22/1) in the 2130m Sully's Painting Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was a dream price for the five-year-old, who was having her seventh start after a spell. Her previous six runs had produced two wins, one second and three thirds. Punters rallied to support the polemarker Bonsu, who was sent out at 6/4 on. Bonsu set the pace for Shannon Suvaljko before wilting to finish fourth, with Southern Legacy charging to the front in the final 50m to win at a 1.57.8 rate and take her record to 23 starts for five wins, ten placings and $69,911. Southern Legacy, by Canadian sire Northern Luck, is out of Lady Legacy. She did not race as a two-year-old and showed early promise when, at her third start, finished second to the brilliant Sensational Gabby in the WA Oaks in May 2012. Southern Legacy's dam Lady Legacy raced 23 times for five wins and one placings for stakes of $23,280 before producing six winners, including Scram jet (172 starts for 24 wins, 42 placings and $235,076) and Pride of Colorado (67 starts for 14 wins, 14 placings and $125,013). Lady Legacy's dam Fiscal Miss (15 wins and $53,854) produced star performers Whitbys Miss Penny (50 starts for 32 wins, six placings and $568,289) and Ace of Whitby (79 starts for 29 wins, 21 placings and $317,247). Fiscal Miss was out of smart mare Remit, whose eight winners included Whitby Heritage (66 starts for 22 wins, 18 placings and $201,758), Whitby Timer (44 starts for 23 wins, eight placings and $314,899) and Whitbys Merit (14 starts for ten wins, two placings and $168,598). FRANCO TORRES BUCKS ALL THE ODDS Six-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding Franco Torres went into the 2130m first heat of the Burswood On Swan Clarke Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night as the rank tote outsider at 57/1 for three reasons: he had drawn out wide at barrier five, he had finished tenth at his most recent start and was an M2-class performer competing against three M3-class pacers and four M4 horses. However, he bucked the odds and caused a major upset when he stormed home from seventh at the bell to race away and score an easy victory, beating Danieljohn by more than two lengths, with Uppy Son (13/4) a half-length away in third place. Lord Coburn, an easy all-the-way winner at his two previous starts and drawn the prized No. 1 barrier, was all the rage and started favourite at 10/9 on. Lord Coburn led easily, with Black Pontiac in the breeze, Uppy Son on the pegs behind the pacemaker and Mighty Flying Thomas one-out and one-back. The pace slackened after about 500m and Morgan Woodley wisely took off with Mighty Flying Thomas after 650m in a bid to move alongside the pacemaker. But the move was foiled when 25/1 chance Black Pontiac's hind legs contacted the sulky and made him pull hard. This left Mighty Flying Thomas out on a limb, three wide. Franco Torres was seventh at the bell and 50m later Shannon Suvaljko switched him three wide to follow Mighty Flying Thomas, who eventually got to second in the back straight. But he was a spent force and Franco Torres burst to the front 250m from home before racing away from his rivals. Uppy Son pulled up lame in the near foreleg. Suvaljko was fined $200 by the stewards for having crossed his hands to use the whip before the final 200m mark. Franco Torres, trained by Debbie Padberg and owned by John Padberg and David and Alison Wiggers, won twice in New Zealand and three times in New South Wales before being purchased for $25,000. He now has raced 67 times for 11 wins, 18 placings and $89,338. He is a half-brother to Franco The Man, who has earned $185,496 from 19 wins and 28 placings from 105 starts. He is also related to This Time Franco (36 starts for ten wins, 11 placings and $249,151), Franco Thunder (178 starts for 44 wins, 43 placings and $199,928) and Franco Tiger (116 starts for 43 wins, 36 placings and $991,387). VOAK'S TACTICS PAY OFF WITH BET THE MAX There was action aplenty in the 2536m Community Newspaper Group Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night before the innovative Chris Voak triumphed with 11/2 chance Bet The Max. The first surprise came when good frontrunner Waipawa Junior, the 13/4 second fancy from the No. 1 barrier, was crossed by 10/1 chance Elusive Courage, who began speedily from barrier three. Christian Banner, favourite at 2/1, was restrained from the outside barrier back to last in the field of ten. Bet The Max started from barrier two on the back line and settled down in sixth position before Voak vacated the one-wide position and urged the gelding forward in a dashing bid for the lead. Bet The Max sprinted fast and got a length and a quarter in front of Elusive Courage, but was unable to cross to the lead. Voak then restrained Bet The Max and tried to slot in behind the pacemaker. But Bet the Max broke into a gallop and Voak had to abandon that manoeuvre as Colin Brown kicked up with Waipawa Junior to retain the position behind the leader. Voak quickly got Bet The Max back into a pacing action and the gelding was left in the breeze. Elusive Courage then dawdled through the opening quarter of the final mile in 32.4sec. before Luke Edwards brought outsider Myouri with a fast burst from the rear to join the leader and stablemate Elusive Courage 1350m from home, thus providing Bet The Max with the one-out, one-back sit. Myouri got to the front 430m from home, but was unable to hold off the strong-finishing Bet The Max and Christian Banner. The final quarter was run in 28.5sec. and the winner, who is owned by Harry Capararo and trained at Northam by Lang Inwood, rated 2.1.8. Bet The Max surged to the front at the 100m mark and went on to win by 2m from Christian Banner, who finished determinedly, three wide, from seventh at the bell to be second, almost a length in front of Myouri. The New Zealand-bred Bet The Max ended a losing sequence of 15, stretching back to an all-the-way Albany win 14 months ago, and he now has had 61 starts for ten wins, 14 placings and $49,064. Voak, who was driving Bet the Max for the first time, was fined $100 for careless driving in that he reduced the speed dramatically when he tried to restrain Bet The Max to obtain the run behind the leader. This caused the gelding to break into a gallop. WOTAVUGOT SHOWS THAT HE HAS GOT WHAT IT TAKES New Zealand-bred six-year-old Wotavugot certainly is not in the same league as his half-brother Chancellor Cullen, but he certainly gave a most impressive display when he outclassed his eight rivals in very modest company in the 2130m Make Smoking History Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Driven with extreme confidence by Chris Brew for Barragup trainer Laurie Groves, Wotavugot, a son of In The Pocket and a heavily-supported 5/2 on favourite, charged to the front 80m after the start and gave a bold frontrunning display to win by just under 11 lengths from Fully Zapped, rating 1.58.6 after final quarters in 28.4sec. and 29.1sec. This ended a losing sequence of 17, stretching back to a win in a stand at Narrogin in June 2012. Chancellor Cullen, who has had 43 starts for 16 wins, 11 placings and $363,752, is remembered by WA harness racing fans for his half-head victory over Bronze Seeker in the group 1 McInerney Ford Classic at Gloucester Park in November 2012. Wotavugot had 24 starts in New Zealand for seven wins and seven placings. His four wins and four placings from 22 starts have boosted his earnings to $61,257. MANTOMAN TOO TOUGH FOR BOOFSHALFBROTHER New South Wales-bred seven-year-old Mantoman gave a strong staying performance to record a fighting victory over Boofshalfbrother and Franco Jackson in the 2130m Spices Group Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Michael Brennan-trained gelding was driven for the first time by Gary Hall jun. and was a well-supported 13/4 chance from barrier four on the front line. Boofshalfbrother (9/1) took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier and he set the pace, with opening quarters of the final mile in 31.6sec. and 30.7sec. Hall moved Mantoman into the breeze after 400m when Colin Brown switched Franco Jackson to take the trail behind the leader after being first out from barrier two, but being unable to cross Boofshalfbrother. After a third quarter in 28.4sec. Mantoman moved alongside Boofshalfbrother and got to the front 150m from the post. Boofshalfbrother fought back grimly and went down by only a neck after a final quarter in 29.1sec. Franco Jackson battled on into third place, with the 2/1 favourite Shnappy faded to eighth after racing three wide in the middle stages. Mantoman, by Art Major, is out of Pretty Inpink, a mare who earned $103,492 from 15 wins and ten placings from 47 starts. Mantoman won 12 times in New South Wales and he has had 16 starts in WA for two wins and one placing. His earnings stand at $89,427. SMOOTH CAESAR UPSETS SOHO JACKMAN Big eight-year-old gelding Smooth Caesar outmuscled the opposition when he finished with great spirit to beat 2/1 on favourite Soho Jackman in the first heat of the 2130m Red Pepper Catering Westbred Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Owned by Marie Bingham, and trained and driven by Pinjarra horseman Kim Young, Smooth Caesar started from the coveted No. 1 barrier, but was a 10/1 chance despite a last-start second at Pinjarra and a win on the same track three starts before that. Last-start winner and a 4/1 tote outsider Oneheart Twofists began brilliantly from barrier six and Matt White had the gelding in front after 220m, giving Smooth Caesar a favourable sit on the pegs. Soho Jackman, from the outside of the back line, settled down in 11th position before Gary Hall jun. took him three wide approaching the bell. Soho Jackman sustained his effort and took the lead 100m from the post. But he was unable to hold out Smooth Caesar, who got the upper hand in the final 50m and scored by 2m at a 1.56.7 rate. Smooth Caesar has had 82 starts for 11 wins, 21 placings and $87,487 in prizemoney. WHOS MISTAKE THE FIRST OF SIX WINNERS FOR HALL Veteran pacer Whos Mistake got leading reinsman Gary Hall junior's weekend away to a flying start when he led all the way in the 2130m Munja Gardens Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall completed a double later in the program when he was successful Mantoman and he travelled to Bunbury on Saturday night where he drove four winners --- Truckers Buckeroo, Rocky Pop, Pelusiac and Ben Cartwright. Whos Mistake, trained by Gary Hall sen., was favourite at 6/4 on and he gave punters little cause for concern as he set a solid pace and scored by 4m from 10/1 chance Pride of Colorado, who put up a great performance to fight on doggedly after racing three wide for most of the race. Whos Mistake, owned by Doug Webster, has been a most reliable performer who has earned $148,710 from 18 wins and 25 placings from 124 starts. by Ken Casellas  

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