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Champion mare Bettor Cover Lover faces a daunting task at her first West Australian appearance when she contests the $50,000 Nepean Conveyors Mount Eden Sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but the six-year-old’s trainer and driver Brent Mangos is confident she will give a bold showing at her first start for five months. “She got good speed and good stamina and she hasn’t got too many weaknesses,” the New Zealand trainer declared. “I’m sure she will acquit herself well. She will be going into the race probably about 80 per cent and she’s got a great record in sprint events.” The random barrier draw certainly did not boost Bettor Cover Lover’s prospects. She drew the outside of the back line in the 1730m event. Another hurdle Bettor Cover Lover must overcome is the fact that only six mares have been successful in the 57-year history of the Mount Eden Sprint, formerly known as the State Sprint Championship. The most recent win by a mare was in 1992 when Rod Chambers drove Whitbys Miss Penny to victory over My Current Account and Antique Gold. Before that, Dainty’s Daughter won in 1970, Pyramus in 1971, Virgil Queen in 1977, Kiwi Cloud in 1978 and Line On in 1986. The New Zealand-bred Bettor Cover Lover has raced 33 times for 19 wins, 11 placings and prizemoney of $996,156 for her West Australian owners Trevor and Colleen Lindsay. She has not raced since winning a $150,000 event in 1.53.8 over 1609m at Ashburton on June 2. She gave yet another sample of her tremendous class three starts before that when a strong-finishing third behind Im Themightyquinn and Terror To Love in the 2700m Auckland Cup at Alexandra Park in March. Her wins have been over 1609m (two), 1700m (three), 1950m (three), 2000m (one), 2200m (six), 2240m (two), 2600m (one) and 2700m (one). Bettor Cover Lover warmed up for the Mount Eden Sprint with a smart workout in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra last Saturday morning. She was smartest to begin from the No. 2 barrier and led early before sitting behind the pacemaker Dasher VC. After modest 400m sections of the final mile in 31.5sec., 31.6sec. and 29.8sec. the pace went on and the final quarter whizzed by in a sizzling 26.6sec., with Dasher VC winning by a nose from Bit Of A Legend, with a neck to Bettor Cover Lover in third place and a long head to Leda McNally, the only other runner in the trial in which the winner rated 2.0.1. “It was a nice trial by Bettor Cover Lover,” Mangos said. “I didn’t drive her out. She was only there for a workout.” Mangos said that he would not worry about bringing Bettor Cover Lover to Gloucester Park during the week to get her accustomed to the track and surroundings. He had his first drive at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon when unplaced behind New Zealand-bred four-year-old Three Kings. “For a half-mile track it is a good track,” he said. “The surface is good and the bends are good. She’ll get around without any trouble. This will be her first look at the track, but that won’t bother her. She is pretty adaptable. Our track at home is an 800m track.” Friday night’s clash between Bettor Cover Lover, rising star Im Victorious, Dasher VC and Bettors Fire will attract enormous interest among local sporting enthusiasts. Im Victorious, undefeated at his six starts, all at Gloucester Park over distances ranging from 1730m to 2503m, in his latest campaign, will start from barrier two on the back line and reinsman Justin Prentice will be looking for the five-year-old to produce a trademark withering finishing burst. Im Victorious thundered home from eighth in the middle stages and fifth at the bell to win the 2130m Stratton Cup by three lengths from Ima Rocket Star last Friday week when he rated 1.55.9. The previous week he sprinted home powerfully from fourth at the bell to win the 1730m Members’ Sprint by 4m from Im Themightyquinn at a 1.53.5 rate. His trainer Michael Brennan said that the gelding had thrived since his latest victory and he was looking forward to him meeting yet another challenge on his learning curve as he prepared for a grand circuit campaign. Dasher VC was produced in splendid condition by Capel trainer Andrew De Campo for his trial win at Pinjarra last Saturday, an effort which showed that the seven-year-old was capable of a bold first-up showing. Dasher VC, a winner at 21 of his 45 starts for stakes of $627,342, will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line and Chris Lewis is sure to have him in a prominent position throughout. Dasher VC, who led and won the 2936m Fremantle Cup from Im Themightyquinn and Lombo Navigator on January 18 this year, has not appeared since he raced wide early and then without cover before finishing third to Im Themightyquinn and Mysta Magical Mach over 2536m at Gloucester Park on February 16. Adding great spice to Friday night’s feature event will be the appearance of up-and-coming star Bettors Fire, who has had seven starts in Western Australia for six wins and a very close second placing. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old has drawn perfectly at No. 1 on the front line and trainer Kyle Harper is sure to attempt an all-the-way victory. Bettors Fire boosted his growing reputation when he set the pace and scored a decisive victory over Ima Rocket Star in the 2536m Navy Cup last Friday night. He will again have an army of admirers when he faces the biggest test in his fledgling career. Harper will be particularly keen to emulate the deeds of his father Lindsay and elder brother Donald. His father has won the feature sprint with Havago (2002) and Lively Medley (2004) before his brother was successful with Hayton Brain in 2007. Lewis will be hoping that Dasher VC will give him his fifth win in the race. He has won with Village Kid (1987), Whitby Timer (1990), Flashing Star (1997) and Sneakyn Down Under (2008). Gary Hall jun., who will drive Uppy Son, has won the event with Bengeeman, The Falcon Strike and Im Themightyquinn (twice). BIT OF A LEGEND TO WARM UP FOR RICH FEATURE EVENTS Rarely does a Metropolitan maiden class event attract a great deal of attention. But this is far from the case when New Zealand-bred superstar Bit Of A Legend runs in the $17,500 Lancaster Park Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Already the four-year-old is a genuine champion and is the nominal favourite for the $50,000 Retravision Four-Year-Old Championship, the $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic and the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park next month and early in December. Bit Of A Legend has not raced since he scored an effortless victory in the Breeders Crown for three-year-old colts and geldings at Melton in Victoria on August 18. He also won the two-year-old leg 12 months earlier. Bit Of A Legend is classes ahead of his 11 rivals in Friday night’s event in which he will be an extremely short-priced favourite. He has had 32 starts for Christchurch trainer Cran Dalgety for 16 wins, ten placings and stakes of $621,918. Dalgety and the stallion’s regular reinsman Dexter Dunn are still in New Zealand and Auckland trainer Brent Mangos has been looking after Bit Of A Legend at Rob Tomlinson’s Pinjarra property for the past fortnight. Dalgety is confident of a first-up victory and he said that the horse had come back up really well after a brief spell. “He’s not the sort of horse you need to do a lot of work with to get back to full fitness,” he said. Mangos is looking forward keenly to driving Bit Of A Legend for the first time on Friday night. “I have only ever watched him,” he said. “He is very good out of the gate and he seems pretty adaptable. This should be a nice race for him.” Bit Of A Legend had a splendid pipe opener when Kade Howson drove him in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra last Saturday morning when the horse finished full of running and covered the final 400m in 26.6sec. in finishing a nose second to Dasher VC. Bit Of A Legend is awkwardly drawn, out wide at No. 6 on the front line in Friday night’s sprint. But he is all class and this should prove to be no disadvantage. The son of Bettors Delight has won at ten of his past 12 starts, with his only defeats in that period being by a head and a half-head. He rated 1.56.7 and dashed over the final 400m in 26.7sec. when a head second to Border Control in the New Zealand derby at Addington last April and a half-head second to Border Control in the 1609m Emerald in which he ran the 1609m journey in 1.50.6, with the final 800m in 53.6sec. and the last 400m in 26.6sec. The Ross Olivieri-trained Kiss Chasey will start from the prized No. 1 barrier and should finish second to Bit Of A Legend. A strong frontrunner, he has started from the No. 1 barrier six times for three wins, one second, one third and one fifth placing. KOROBEIT ANGEL LOOKS ONE OF THE BEST BETS Victorian-bred mare Korobeit Angel has won at five of her 11 starts in Western Australia for premier trainer Gary Hall sen. and she should enhance her claims for a start in the two feature events for mares late next month by winning the 2130m West Australian Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Korobeit Angel put the writing on the wall last Friday night when she worked hard without cover all the way and fought on with grim determination to finish a half-head second to the pacemaker and 7/4 on favourite Bettor Dreams at a 1.55.9 rate over 1730m. That performance showed that she should be capable of overcoming the No. 5 barrier on the front line this week and proving too good for her eight rivals. She will again be driven by Gary Hall jun. She will be one of 14 runners from the Hall stable which looks set for yet another highly successful evening. The stable also has high hopes for other mares in Askmenow (2536m Retravision Pace) and Chloe Vargarita (2536m Make Smoking History Pace. Askmenow has won stylishly at her past four starts (since resuming from a spell) and will be strongly fancied in a field of seven which includes other Hall runners in Why Live Dangerously and Heavens Delight, as well as the Ross Olivieri-trained Hez The Bart Man, whom is very close to another win. Chloe Vargarita impressed at her latest outing when she was last in the middle stages and finished fast to be second to Askmenow over 2130m last Friday week. by Ken Casellas  

Young harness racing trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper has decided to throw up-and-coming star Bettors Fire into the deep end by starting him in the $35,000 TABtouch Navy Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he will clash with several seasoned open-class performers in the 2536m mobile event. The confrontation between the comparatively inexperienced Bettors Fire and the outstanding eight-year-old Ima Rocket Star adds tremendous intrigue and interest to the Cup which has been a standing-start event for the past 22 years. Ima Rocket Star, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, is an M11-class pacer who has amassed $374,254 in stakemoney from 25 wins and 15 placings from just 56 starts. His splendid record in top company points to his proving the master of Bettors Fire, an M0-class performer who has raced 36 times for 16 wins, eight placings and $102,807. However, Bettors Fire has such natural talent and shows such tremendous potential that he goes into the race with excellent claims. In the preferential barrier draw Bettors Fire has a significant advantage of starting from the No. 2 barrier on the front line, with Ima Rocket Star drawn on the outside of the back line. Apart from meeting Ima Rocket Star, Bettors Fire will be tested by several other smart pacers, including Crombie, Uppy Son, Shardons Rocket, Passion Stride, Franco Renegade and Adda Paternal Suit. Bettors Fire raced 30 times in New Zealand for 11 wins, with five of them over 2600m and two over 2700m. His first six starts in Western Australia have produced five wins and a last-start second, when he worked hard in the breeze throughout and fought on with great determination to lose by a head to Northview Punter over 2536m at Gloucester Park on October 1. The final two quarters were run in 27.9sec. and 28.4sec. At his previous start he charged home from the rear to win in fine style over 2190m at Northam and he set the pace when an easy winner at his two previous outings. Harper would dearly love to attempt an all-the-way victory in the Navy Cup. But he is likely to meet stern opposition in his bid to take an early lead from the polemarker and another New Zealand-bred five-year-old In The Perfect Storm. In The Perfect Storm, trained by Michael Brennan, won four times in New Zealand and he has led in four of his six wins in WA. In The Perfect Storm started from barrier three and failed in a bid to set the pace when he was forced to race without cover when a fighting second to Extremely Good over 2130m last Friday night. He boasts a fine record of ten wins and 25 placings from 46 starts. After finishing second to star pacer Christen me at Ashburton in July 2012 at his final appearance in New Zealand In the Perfect Storm has been a model of consistency in WA, with his 21 starts in this State producing six wins, ten seconds and three thirds. There were legitimate excuses for his two unplaced runs. Ima Rocket Star is in sparkling form and his past 16 starts have produced nine wins and five placings. He enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back before finishing strongly to be second to Im Victorious in the 2130m Stratton Cup last Friday night. He set the pace and won in good style at his two previous starts, over 2536m and 2130m at Gloucester Park. Evergreen nine-year-old Shardons Rocket cannot be overlooked, particularly after he sustained a powerful three-wide burst from the rear to finish third behind Im Victorious and Ima Rocket Star last Friday night. That followed his spirited victory off the 30m mark over 2503m the previous week and a grand second to Springsteen in the 2902m BOTRA Cup the week before that. NORTHVIEW PUNTER IS THE ONE TO BEAT IN THE PREUX CHEVALIER PACE New Zealand-bred four-year-old Northview Punter is the youngest runner in the $25,000 final of the Preux Chevalier Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he should carry too many guns for his rivals. He is awkwardly drawn at barrier five on the front line, but looks capable of overcoming that disadvantage and winning from his stablemate Toretto, who has scored impressive victories on the past two Friday nights and is handily drawn on the inside of the back line. Northview Punter and Toretto, trained by Gary Hall sen., are the two fastest qualifiers for the final. Northview Punter overcame the disadvantage of the outside of the back line to win the second 2130m heat at a 1.57.7 rate. He raced wide early and then worked hard in the breeze before beating the fast-finishing Mein Guy by just over a length, with the pacemaker Kiss Chasey a close third. Toretto started from the back line in his heat in which he raced wide early and then in the breeze before winning at a 1.58 rate by one and a half lengths from the fast-finishing Trents Courage, with the pacemaker Imtheguy a close third. The other heat was won by Chaldea, who produced a powerful finishing burst to snatch victory from the pacemaker Myouri at a 2.0.3 rate. Northview Punter gave a strong frontrunning display before fighting on grandly to defeat Bettors Fire over 2536m at Gloucester Park two starts ago and he goes into Friday night’s final with a wonderful record of 23 starts for 14 wins, six placings and stakes of $166,605. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri has each-way prospects with his three finalists, Kiss Chasey, Imtheguy and Still Chokin. Kiss Chasey, a good frontrunner, will start from barrier four on the front line, with Imeguy awkwardly drawn at No. 6. Still Chokin, who ran on from ninth at the bell to finish fourth behind Toretto last Friday night, will start from barrier three on the back line. Five-year-old Mein Guy will have many admirers after his eye-catching second to Northview Punter in the second heat when he charged home from sixth on the home turn. Since then he has been transferred from John Sangalli’s Kalgoorlie stables to Colin Brown’s Banjup training establishment. Mein Guy, an easy Kalgoorlie winner two starts ago, will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line and Brown is likely to hold him up for one late charge at the leaders. HALL DOMINATES ERN MANEA MEMORIAL WITH FIVE RUNNERS Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. holds a powerful hand in the $21,000 Ern Manea Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he could easily land the quartet in the 2536m mobile event. Hall has five of the 11 runners and had the good fortune to draw the first four barriers on the front line in the random barrier draw. Some Kinda Tactics (barrier one), Benjamin Banneker (two), The Ragpickers Dream (three) and Sanjaya (four) are in sound form and are capable of finishing in the first four places. Hall’s fifth runner, Black N Bettor, will start from the No. 3 barrier on the back line. The Ragpickers Dream warmed up for this event with an all-the-way victory from the No. 1 barrier last Friday night when he held on to defeat Hez The Bart Man over 2130m. But it is problematical whether he can lead from the No. 2 barrier this week, with Some Kinda Tactics on his inside. Some Kinda Tactics has a losing sequence of seven (including just one placing, a fast-finishing third to Western Cullen and The Ragpickers Dream over 2130m two starts ago). Punters would be wise to consider the important statistic that he has started from the prized No. 1 barrier only three times in his career of 30 starts. On each occasion he has led and has won comfortably by more than a length, rating 1.57.6 and 1.57.5 over 2100m and 1.58.8 over 2130m. Benjamin Banneker and Sanjaya are best known as sit-sprinters and are unlikely to challenge for the early lead. Each can produce a powerful finish. Black N Bettor is a versatile pacer who is capable of causing an upset. The Andrew De Campo-trained Western Cullen bounced back to top form last Friday week when he led from the No. 1 barrier and won convincingly from The Ragpickers Dream and Some Kinda Tactics at a 1.57.2 rate over 2130m. But his prospects this week plummeted when he drew out wide at No. 6 on the front line. Back-line draws also will not help the prospects of Red salute and Mighty Flying Thomas. Red Salute, ready to show his best after unplaced efforts at his first three starts after a spell, will start from barrier two on the back line, while the claims of Mighty Flying Thomas diminished when he drew the outside of the back line. Mighty Flying Thomas has a losing sequence of seven and has been most unlucky at his past two appearances when hopelessly blocked for a run in finishing fourth behind Western Cullen and third behind The Ragpickers Dream. WHY LIVE DANGEROUSLY TO REAPPEAR AFTER 25-MONTH ABSENCE Great interest will surround the return to racing at Gloucester Park on Friday night of Why Live Dangerously, who will start from the back line of the 2130m Channel Nine Pace. The New Zealand-bred seven-year-old, trained by Gary Hall sen., has recovered from a serious leg injury which has kept him out of action for the past 25 months. He gave a strong indication that he is ready for a spirited first-up effort when he finished powerfully to win a 2150m trial at Byford last Sunday morning. He sprinted over the final 400m in 27.4sec. and defeated the talented four-year-old Condrieu by a head, rating 1.58.6. Why Live Dangerously, who has had 42 starts for ten wins, 20 placings and stakes of $185,111, gave a sample of his class in 2010 with several outstanding efforts, including his third to Crombie and David Hercules in the WA Derby, second to Dasher VC in a Golden Nugget prelude, third to Dasher VC and David Hercules in the Four-Year-Old Championship, second to Dasher VC in the final of the Golden Nugget and second to Crombie in the McInerney Ford Classic. Why Live Dangerously will be driven by Gary Hall jun. and his most serious opposition is likely to come from the Ross Olivieri-trained pair of Smirking (Chris Voak) and Bet Your Life (Chris Lewis), who are ideally drawn at barriers one and two on the front line. by Ken Casellas  

IM VICTORIOUS SIMPLY AWESOME, DECLARES Justin Prentice Justin Prentice declared that Im Victorious felt “simply awesome” and that his effortless triumph in the $35,000 J. P. Stratton Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night was the best performance of his sensational 26-start career. And Prentice predicted that the five-year-old would “give them a big shake over there” if he gained a start in the $750,000 Miracle Mile at Menangle on November 30. Unbeaten at his six starts since resuming from a spell, Im Victorious moved another giant step forward to receiving an invitation to contest the Miracle Mile with his record-breaking victory, by three lengths over Ima Rocket Star in the 2130m Stratton Cup. “He could have won by a bigger margin,” said Prentice who sat quietly in the sulky and did not drive out the gelding over the final 250m. “This was probably his best win. He showed that he can do the work and still win easily and proved to those doubters who considered him just a one-trick pony. Tonight he just wanted to go and normally he switches off at the end of his races. But not tonight. “Down the back I was trying to go easy on him, but he was hard on the bit and just wanting to go. He hasn’t done that for a while and it was good for him to show that spirit in this class.” Trainer Michael Brennan and the band of ten owners will now wait anxiously to see whether the New South Wales harness racing officials offer an invitation for Im Victorious to contest the Miracle Mile. Im Victorious, favourite at 2/1 on, started from the back line and settled in eighth position in the one-wide line as Passion Stride set the early pace from Sneakyn Down Under (breeze), Crombie (pegs) and Ima Rocket Star in the one-out, one-back position. Im Victorious has been driven as a sit-sprinter in most of his races, but Prentice showed his confidence in the gelding when he switched him three-wide and urged him forward at the 1000m mark. He cruised to the front with 400m to travel and coasted to victory from Ima Rocket Star, second fancy at 5/1 who finished solidly. Outsider Shardons Rocket followed the three-wide run of the winner and fought on strongly to be third. Im Victorious, winner of the WA Derby and Golden Nugget last year, rated 1.55.9 (after final quarters in 28.8sec. and 29.2sec.) which is the fastest rate recorded in the 65 runnings of the Stratton Cup which has been decided over various distances and from a stand many times. Im Victorious has now amassed $474,660 in prizemoney from 19 wins and two placings from 26 starts. HALL FATHER-AND-SON COMBINATION DOMINATES WITH SIX WINNERS The all-conquering combination of leading trainer Gary Hall sen. and his son, leading reinsman Gary Hall jun., dominated the ten-event program at Gloucester Park on Friday night and they brought up their sixth victory when the disappointing Northview Cardle snapped a losing sequence of 11 by setting a brisk pace and scoring an easy win in the 2130m Yes Loans Pathway Pace. With the 2013-14 season only in its second month, the Halls have already established substantial leads on the premiership tables, with Hall sen. the leading Metropolitan trainer with 25 wins and 25 placings from 97 starters and Hall jun. the top reinsman with 20 wins and 19 placings from 69 drives. Hall sen. leads from Greg and Skye Bond, who have had 50 city starters for eight wins and eight placings. In second spot on the reinsmen’s premiership is Colin Brown with ten wins and ten placings from 52 drives. The New Zealand-bred Northview Cardle, purchased for a high figure by New South Wales breeder John Starr, raced 21 times in NSW for six wins and seven placings in country-class events before being sent to Hall sen. Northview Cardle disappointed at his first 11 WA starts, managing only four minor placings. But the five-year-old was ideally drawn at barrier two on the front line against modest opposition in Friday night’s event in which he was well supported and started third favourite at 7/2 behind Lord Coburn (5/2) and At Princeton (3/1). Hall jun. decided that aggressive tactics would be the best way for Northview Cardle to break the drought. He dashed the gelding straight to the front and set a solid pace before getting the opposing runners out of their comfort zone with a 28.9sec. third quarter of the final mile. At Princeton, who had raced without cover, began to fade and so, too, did polemarker Alta Onassis, who had enjoyed the run of the race behind the pacemaker. Zurbaran also began to feel the pinch from the favourable one-out, one-back position. Northview Cardle then dashed away to score by two lengths from 10/1 chance Mister Roberto, who finished solidly from eighth at the bell. Lord Coburn, who started a three-wide move at the bell, plugged on to finish third. Northview Cardle rated 1.r58.7 and took his record to 33 starts for seven wins and 11 placings for earnings of $33,370. His dam Bonnie Beaudiene (by Nero’s B B) managed just one placing from 12 starts in New Zealand. But she has produced eight winners, including Beaudiene Vicolo (nine wins and $48,404), Beaudiene Lightning (five wins and $16,492) and Beaudiene Terminator (four wins and $41,914). THE PARADE EVOKES MEMORIES OF Auckland Reactor Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred three-year-old The Parade showed that she has a bright future when she outclassed her rivals in the 2130m Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And it is little wonder that she has a good share of ability. She is closely related to champion New Zealand pacer Auckland Reactor, who impressed local fans when he won three heats of the interdominion championship at Gloucester Park in February 2012 before he started from the outside barrier and worked hard in the breeze from the 1200m and faded to seventh behind Im Themightyquinn in the final. There is certainly little likelihood that The Parade will reach the heights of Auckland Reactor, who has earned $1,759,374 from 32 wins and four placings from 53 starts. He has won seven group 1, eight group 2 and three group 3 events and was a nose second to Choise Achiever in the 2012 Hunter Cup. His group 1 victories include the 2008 New Zealand Derby, the 2009 Auckland Cup and the 2009 Emerald for four-year-old horses and geldings. The Parade, by American stallion Real Desire, is the first foal out of Hearty Lass, an unraced Badlands Hanover mare whose dam Atomic Lass (by Soky’s Atom) managed two wins in minor country events in New Zealand in October 1990 before producing seven winners, including Auckland Reactor and former West Australian performers Taihape Tickler (113 starts for 19 wins, 19 placings and $183,919) and Riffle Dragon (125 starts for eight wins, 18 placings and $58,112). It was a good effort by The Parade to defeat six geldings and one other filly (Art Force) on Friday night after she had scored a three-length first-up victory over several colts and geldings at Pinjarra 11 days earlier. The Parade, driven by her trainer Justin Prentice, was favourite at 10/9 on from barrier two on the back line on Friday night and she settled in sixth position in the field of eight before Prentice sent her forward, there wide, at the 1250m. She moved to the breeze with 1050m to travel and cruised past the pacemaker Organized Chaos 500m from home before winning by 8m from Our Mandingo (9/1), with Soho Cash 4/1) a battling third after trailing the pacemaker. The Parade impressed in sprinting over the final 400m in 28.7sec. and Prentice is hopeful she will continue her improvement and develop into a candidate for the WA Oaks next year. “She has come back better than her two-year-old campaign (when placed once from three starts) and at the moment I’m aiming her for some races for fillies at Gloucester Park in the next couple of months,” he said. Two 2130m $17,000 events for three-year-old fillies have been programmed in the coming weeks, on November 22 and December 20. “She’s definitely got the speed,” Prentice said. “And if she keeps improving she will be an Oaks candidate. I was hoping to sit her in tonight’s race, but I was flushed out a lot earlier than I had hoped. And then she showed that she can do it both ways.” EXTREMELY GOOD STAKES HIS CLAIM FOR A START IN THE GOLDEN NUGGET Talented New Zealand-bred pacer Extremely Good lived up to his name when he made a wonderful return to racing at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Driven confidently by his part-owner and trainer Chris Butt, Extremely Good crushed his rivals in the 2130m Del Basso Smallgoods Pathway Pace when he gave a sample of his undoubted ability. Though the opposition of older and more experienced rivals was not outstanding, Extremely Good was most impressive and showed that he has the potential to develop into a candidate for the upcoming rich features for four-year-olds, including the $175,000 Golden Nugget on December 6. Extremely Good, making his first appearance for three months, was sent out at the lucrative odds of 13/2 in a race in which ultra-consistent five-year-old In The Perfect Storm dominated betting and was favourite at 7/4 on. In The Perfect Storm was beaten out from barrier three and Gary Hall jun. had to race without cover as 12/1 chance Franco Nasser (barrier two) set a dawdling early pace. Butt restrained Extremely Good back to last. Hall applied mid-race pressure on Franco Nasser and the second 400m section of the final mile whizzed by in 28.6sec. In The Perfect Storm then got his nose in front at the bell, but was unable to cross Franco Nasser. Extremely Good was seventh at the bell and Butt finally urged the gelding forward turning into the back straight. Extremely Good sprinted fast, out four wide, from the 520m to burst to the front 360m from home. He then raced away to win by four lengths from In The Perfect Storm, with Ya Dreamin running on from sixth at the bell to be third. The final two quarters each took just 28.8sec. and the winner rated 1.58.6 to improve his record to five wins and 14 placings from 26 starts for stakes of $43,235. It was his second win from 12 WA starts after winning twice from ten starts in New South Wales and once from four Victorian starts. Extremely Good is the fourth foal out of Beach Towel mare Dollys Daughter and is a half-brother to Bruce Almighty, who has had 70 starts for 11 wins (ten in WA), 20 placings and $82,290. THIS TIME DYLAN IS RELISHING A SWITCH TO STANDING STARTS A switch from mobile racing to standing-start events has helped New Zealand-bred eight-year-old This Time Dylan turn the corner and produce the best form of his brief career. This Time Dylan, favourite at 7/4 from the 10m mark, relished his sit-sprint capacity to sustain a spirited three-wide burst from the rear to get up in the final stride to snatch a nose victory from Gday Mate (5/1) in the 2503m TABtouch Western Bonanza Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Gary Hall jun. was content to have This Time Dylan in tenth position before he followed the three-wide burst of Gday Mate from the 1200m mark. Justin Prentice sent Gday Mate to the front 400m from home and the gelding rounded the final bend with what appeared to be a winning advantage. But he just failed to hold out This Time Dylan, who fought on determinedly under the urgings from Hall, wielding the whip in his left hand. “He loses his way a bit on the last bend when he wants to get in a bit,” Hall explained. “I thought we had a good shot, but when Justin kicked away I thought we would run second at best. But he’s a little horse with a big heart. He digs deep and definitely knows where the line is. It’s a great advantage having as horse like him who gets away (from a stand) so well.” Trainer Gary Hall sen. started This Time Dylan in mobiles at his first 16 starts in Western Australia for three wins and two placings. Then he switched the gelding to stands and he has started in a stand at each of his past six starts for three wins and a third placing. He has now earned $68,855 from nine wins and six placings from 30 starts. Evergreen nine-year-old Courageous Ned (16/1) maintained his wonderful consistency in stands by running on to finish third after trailing the pacemaker To Transcend, who finished fourth. No. 1 BARRIER MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE FOR BLACK PONTIAC Victorian-bred seven-year-old Black Pontiac further illustrated the considerable advantage of the No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park when Orange Grove trainer Donald Harper drove him to an all-the-way victory in the 1730m West Australian pace on Friday night. Black Pontiac had started at double figure odds at his five previous starts, including odds of 53/1, 71/1 and 56/1 at his three previous outings when he finished seventh, ninth and eleventh from less favourable draws. But from the No. 1 barrier on Friday night he was all the rage and started at 5/2 on. He set the pace and was kept honest by False Promise in the breeze, with the final four quarters going by in 29.2sec, 30.4sec., 28.9sec. and 29.2sec. He fought on grimly to defeat the fast-finishing Asian Courage (97/1) by a nose, with a length to 160/1 chance Franco Torres in third place. Asian Courage flew home from tenth in the middle stages and Franco Torres ran on from third-last at the bell. Black Pontiac’s previous win was when he led from the No. 1 barrier and beat Imtheguy over 1730m on August 16. The noted frontrunner now has earned $91,237 from 16 wins and 11 placings from 80 starts. He has had 69 starts in Western Australia for 11 wins and eight placings after winning at five of his 11 Victorian starts. By Grinfromeartoear, he is the second (and last) foal out of the Safely Kept mare Short And Black, who had 47 starts in Victoria for ten wins, 11 placings and $53,619 in prizemoney. Short And Black’s first foal Falcons Legend has had 118 starts in Queensland for 14 wins, 24 placings and $63,860. ASKMENOW REMAINS ON TARGET FOR RICH EVENTS FOR MARES Up-and-coming four-year-old Askmenow remained unbeaten this season when she proved far too good for her rivals in the 2130m McInerney Ford Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Her decisive victory by one and a half lengths over stablemate Chloe Vargarita enhanced her prospects in the rich feature events for mares next month, the Norm’s Daughter Classic and the group 1 Nepean Conveyors Mares Classic. Askmenow, trained by Gary Hall sen., was favourite at 5/1 on and she gave her supporters little cause for concern. She started from out wide on the back line and Gary Hall jun. took her three wide in the first circuit to move into the breeze after a lap. Polemarker Luck Has It set the pace and Hall was content to leave Askmenow in the breeze until he sent her to the front 220m from home. She then raced away to score easily from Chloe Vargarita, a 25/1 chance driven by visiting Victorian horseman Daniel Jack who rattled home from last in the middle stages and seventh at the bell. Arousing (23/1) did well to run home strongly tenth at the bell to be third. Askmenow, by Washington V C, has been outstanding since arriving in WA where her ten starts for the Hall camp have produced eight wins. She now has a record of 29 starts for ten wins, nine placings and stakes of $99,125. THE RAGPICKERS DREAM IS A GENTLEMAN, SAYS HALL Leading reinsman Gary Hall jun. praised The Ragpickers Dream’s gentlemanly manners after driving the New Zealand-bred six-year-old to victory in the 2130m TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He got a little bit tired late, but the quarters he had run suggested that he would,” Hall said after The Ragpickers Dream had set the pace from the prized No. 1 barrier and had fought on tenaciously to beat Hez The Bart Man by just under a length, with Mighty Flying Thomas an unlucky third. “He’s probably won the race by being such a gentleman to drive,” Hall said. “He was happy to let Wrongly Accused to race a half-length in front of him and drop the bit and allow me to rate him. “Hez The Bart Man is a very good horse who never stops and that probably helped me because he was able to keep Mighty Flying Thomas In The Pocket. The Ragpickers Dream was definitely getting very tired late and I was just glad that he was able to hold on.” The Ragpickers Dream, favourite at 5/1 on, led from barrier one and was joined soon after the start by 25/1 chance Wrongly Accused, who got to a narrow lead in the middle stages. Mighty Flying Thomas (10/1) trailed the leader throughout and was unable to obtain a clear passage in the home straight before finishing a head behind Hez The Bart Man. The Ragpickers Dream covered the final 800m in 57.2sec. and rated 1.56.9. A winner of 13 races in Victoria, including six in a row in late 2011, he has raced five times in WA for two wins and two seconds. He has earned $110,598 from 15 wins and 11 placings from 45 starts. PROBLEM PACER TORETTO TAKES A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION “He’s got a lot of problems, but he’s got a lot of bottom to him,” said Gary Hall jun. after driving 5/4 favourite Toretto to an easy victory in the third heat of the Preux Chevalier Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Toretto started from the back line and Hall wasted little time in sending him forward, three wide, to race outside the pacemaker Imtheguy. Finally, Toretto got to a clear lead 100m from the post and then drew away to beat 97/1 outsider Trents Courage by one and a half lengths, with 1m to Imtheguy. Toretto sprinted over the final 400m in 28.7sec. and rated 1.58 over the 2130m. It was his third start after an absence of 11 months and it took his record to seven starts for five wins, one third and $30,745 in prizemoney. “Dad has been persistent with him,” said Hall jun. “Toretto is not the easiest horse to get around the circuit, and that’s why I put the pressure on because I didn’t really want a fast last half because he’s a nightmare on the last bend. He was pretty good tonight and it was a step in the right direction. “He has had a leg problem as well along the way which has set him back for almost a year. The ability has always been there, but getting it out of him has always been the hard thing. We have tried probably every bit that has ever been made, and none of them seemed to work. But he’s worth persisting with.” GOOD DRAW ENABLES HEAVENS DELIGHT TO RETURN TO THE WINNING LIST Heavens Delight, unplaced at his previous six starts, made the most of an ideal draw when Gary Hall jun. jumped him straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier and landed him a smart all-the-way winner in the 1730m Nepean Conveyors Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Favourite at 6/4, the New Zealand-bred six-year-old trained by Gary Hall sen., dashed over the first 400m section of the final mile in 29.7sec. before coasting through the next quarter in 31.3sec. He then had plenty in reserve as he sprinted over the final two sections in 29.8sec. and 28.5sec. He rated 1.58.1 and beat 4/1 second fancy Bet Your Life by just under a length. Polemarker Lombo Air Express ran on to be third after trailing the leader all the way. Heavens Delight has had 33 starts in WA for ten wins and nine placings to take his overall record to 41 starts for 12 wins, nine placings and $80,281. “He put the writing on the wall at his previous start (when he started out wide on the back line and covered a lot of extra ground before finishing sixth behind Arnoux),” said Hall jun. “That’s not the way he likes to race and I thought he boxed on very well. “He has been racing well, but hasn’t been able to get a win on the board because of bad draws. He’s a few lengths better on the rail, but he’s probably limited to one or two more wins in town. He does have good sit-sprint capacity, but with the way races are run at Gloucester Park he’d end up nearer last than first if he was driven like that (as a sit-sprinter).” by Ken Casellas  

Im Victorious, the youngest and least experienced runner in the $35,000 J. P. Stratton Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night, looks set to extend his winning sequence to six by proving too classy for his rivals in the group 3 feature event over 2130m. Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan, ecstatic at the five-year-old’s brilliant victory over superstar Im Themightyquinn in the Members’ Sprint last Friday night, has high hopes that another emphatic victory this week will strengthen his prospects of being invited to contest the $750,000 Miracle Mile at Menangle on November 30. Im Victorious has pulled up in splendid condition after Justin Prentice brought the gelding home with a powerful burst from fourth at the bell to defeat Im Themightyquinn by 4m at a 1.53.4 rate over 1730m last week. And to boost his confidence Brennan celebrated his 38th birthday on Tuesday night by driving 7/4 on favourite Anvils Big Punt to victory over Ohoka Courage in a 2500m stand at Harvey. Anvils Big Punt settled down in last position in the field of five and Brennan kept him at the rear for the first 1000m before he dashed the New Zealand-bred gelding forward to race outside the pacemaker Ohoka Courage. Brennan, making a rare appearance in the sulky, urged Anvils Big Punt to the front 90m from the post and he won narrowly from Ohoka Courage, who was driven by Colin Brown, on his 55th birthday. Brennan and Brown will lock horns again on Friday night when Brown will handle star pacer Ima Rocket Star, who looms large as the most serious opponent for Im Victorious, who will start from barrier three on the back line and is certain to settle down well behind Ima Rocket Star, ideally drawn at No. 2 on the front line. Im Victorious has had only 25 starts for 18 wins and two placings and he is undefeated at five starts at Gloucester Park since resuming from a spell. He has raced twice at Menangle for an easy win over OK Courage last February when he covered the 1609m in 1.52.7 and then two weeks later he had no luck at all in finishing seventh behind New Zealand star Christen Me, who sped over 16099m in 1.50.5. Eight-year-old Ima Rocket Star, a winner at 25 of his 55 starts, will be having his first start for five weeks --- when he set the pace and sped over the final 800m in 56.8sec. to win the 2130m Media Guild Cup from Talk It Up and Lombo Navigator. A week earlier he revealed sparkling speed to from barrier six to lead and win from Rocket Reign and Adda Paternal Suit over 2536m at a 1.56.4 rate. Ima Rocket Star is trained by Greg and Skye Bond, who prepared Russley Rascal when was driven by Brown and led from the No. 1 barrier before winning the 2012 Stratton Cup from Mysta Magical Mach and Lombo Navigator. The Bonds also trained Pablito, who started at 55/1 and finished second to Alzona in the 2011 Cup. Brown is hoping to win the time-honoured Stratton Cup for the third time. He was successful with the Tony Svilicich-trained Demoralizer in 2007. The Bonds have a second string in this year’s Cup in Our Major Mark, who fared badly in the random draw and will start from the outside of the front line with Ryan Warwick in the sulky. Our major Mark finished strongly when third behind El Machine and Bronze Seeker over 2130m last Friday night. That followed a fighting win over the same distance the previous week. Adding considerable interest to Friday night’s Cup will be the appearance of talented pacer Crombie, whose prospects rose sharply when he drew the No. 1 barrier. The winner of 18 races from 54 starts, Crombie has not raced since finishing third behind Mysta Magical Mach and Im Themightyquinn in the 2536m Lord Mayor’s Cup at Gloucester Park last February. He was a fast-finishing second to Im Themightyquinn in the 2536m WA Pacing Cup at his previous start. Crombie is working in dashing style and trainer Gary Elson predicts a strong showing from the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old who raced without cover before finishing strongly to win a 2185m Pinjarra trial by a length from Dalvey Gold last Sunday week. Kim Young again will be Crombie’s reinsman. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. and leading reinsman Gary Hall jun. will be attempting to win the Stratton Cup for the third time. They were successful with Bengeeman in 2002 and Alzona in 2011. Hall sen. will be represented by Passion Stride, who will be driven by Clint Hall from barrier four on the front line and Hall jun. will drive the Stephen Reed-trained Uppy Son from the inside of the back line. Passion Stride made an auspicious West Australian debut last Friday night when he was eighth early and finished solidly from sixth at the bell to be third behind Im Victorious. Uppy Son has been freshened up since he unwound a powerful burst to win the 2536m August Cup from Has The Answers and Sneakyn Down Under on August 23. Sneakyn Down Under, a close second to Im Victorious in the 2130m Brennan Memorial two starts ago, will start from barrier five on the front line. He won the 2009 Stratton Cup when he started from the outside of the front line and was restrained to the rear before dashing forward after 350m, racing without cover on the outside of the pacemaker Smooth Crusa and taking the lead 450m from home. ASKMENOW HAS THE CLASS TO OVERCOME HER AWKWARD DRAW Five last-start winners will clash in the 2130m McInerney Ford Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when four-year-old Askmenow should emerge triumphant, despite an awkward draw at barrier four on the back line. She has returned after a spell in excellent form for leading trainer Gary Hall sen. and has not been extended in winning by margins of 10.7m, 7.7m and 12.3m at her three appearances this season. Hall has bright prospects of landing the quinella with his other candidate Chloe Vargarita, who is capable of overcoming her wide draw at No. 6 on the front line. Askmenow notched her seventh win from her past nine starts when she started from barrier three on the front line, dashed to the front after 250m and sprinted over the final 400m in a sizzling 27.7sec. to beat Hoylakes First Lady by more than four lengths at a 1.58.3 rate last Friday night. Chloe Vargarita is capable of bouncing back after her last-start defeat at 3/1 on when she set a brisk pace from the No. 1 barrier and wilted over the final 100m to finish third behind Lucie Boshier and Kotare Ash over 2130m three Fridays ago when the winner rated 1.57.7. She was prominent throughout and finished solidly when a winner from Big And Smooth over 2130m the previous week. Nine wins from 30 starts underline her potential. Shannon Suvaljko gave punters a lead when he opted to drive Diamonds A Blaze in preference to Terra Into The West. Diamonds A Blaze, trained by Peter Tilbrook, finished strongly from sixth at the bell to win over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. She should be prominent on Friday night from the No. 2 barrier. The Mike Reed-trained Terra Into The West will start from barrier two on the back line. She will be driven by Chris Lewis, who has handled the mare at her past for a good second to Loving You and a fast-finishing third behind Askmenow last Friday night. The connections of the 12 mares in Friday night’s event will be anxious for a good result in the hope of qualifying for a start in the upcoming rich events for mares, the $40,000 Norm’s Daughter Classic on November 22 and the $100,000 Nepean Conveyors Mares Classic the following week. One trainer with his sights set on those races is Chris Brew, who has bright prospects in the 1730m West Australian Pace on Friday night. He will drive Kotare Ash from barrier three on the back line. Kotare Ash started from the back line in a 2130m race three Friday nights ago when she made a fast move from the rear in the first circuit and challenged Chloe Vargarita unsuccessfully for the lead. She finished strongly and took the lead 90m from the post before finishing a nose second to Lucie Boshier. One of her toughest opponents is expected to be Menelaus of Sparta, who impressed at Northam on Sunday afternoon when he unwound a powerful finishing burst to win from Absolute Cool over 2190m. RAGPICKERS DREAM IS THE PICK OF FIVE HALL RUNNERS IN SECOND LEG OF QUADRELLA Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. holds a stranglehold over the TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He prepares five of the 12 runners and The Ragpickers Dream, drawn the prized No. 1 barrier on the front line, should prove one of the best bets on the ten-event program. Hall’s other runners are Some Kinda Tactics (No. 3), Arnoux No. 4), Sanjaya (No. 2 on the back line) and Black N Bettor (No. 4 on the back line). All have sound place prospects. Punters are certain to rally in their support for former Victorian performer The Ragpickers Dream, who will be a popular fancy in the second leg of the quadrella. The New Zealand-bred six-year-old put up a tremendous performance last Friday night when he started from the back line, raced wide early and then in the breeze for almost two laps before fighting on determinedly to be second to the frontrunning Western Cullen, who sped over the final 800m in 56.8sec. The Ragpickers Dream gave a sample of his ability at his first two starts in WA last month when he surged home powerfully to be a first-up winner (beating The Pacing Priest) and then working hard without cover to finish a nose second to Your Good Fortune. Hall, who has accepted with 13 runners on Friday night, has bright prospects with Toretto in the third heat of the Preux Chevalier Pace. Toretto, who will start from barrier three on the back line, impressed with his stylish victory last Friday night at his second appearance after an 11-month absence. He settled at the rear and sustained a spirited three and four-wide burst to charge to the front 380m from home and then race away to score by more than two lengths from Turnpike Cruiser. He worked hard in the breeze when a fighting first-up third to Senor jet the previous week. COPAGRIN GETS HIS CHANCE TO BREAK THROUGH Promising WA-bred five-year-old Copagrin is knocking on the door and he gets an ideal opportunity to break through for an overdue win when he starts from barrier three on the front line in the TABtouch Western Bonanza Handicap, a stand over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The gelding, trained at West Swan by John Guagliardo, has a losing sequence of nine, but his recent efforts indicate that another win is not far away. Driven by Darren Kerr, Copagrin gave a splendid performance in a 2503m stand last Friday night when he was seventh at the bell and ran home determinedly to be second, a half-head behind seasoned campaigner Shardons Rocket. He fought on doggedly when third behind Our Major Mark and Kiss Chasey the previous Friday night. Copagrin is regaining the form which enabled him to win six races in a row earlier this year. He has earned $88,013 from 12 wins and nine placings from 42 starts and is a half-brother to former smart mare Copper Beach Girl, who was retired after racing 84 times for 14 wins and 24 placings for stakes of $156,851. Her biggest win was in the group 3 WASBA Breeders Stakes in May 2011. A good even field will contest Friday night’s race in which This Time Dylan, Gday Mate, Smirking, Bronze Seeker, Thumpem and Ideas Man will have admirers. This Time Dylan looks set to fight out the finish. He had little luck last Friday night when he enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back for much of the way, but was hampered for room until late, when he ran home solidly to be fourth behind Shardons Rocket. He was also held up for a clear passage when an unlucky third behind Springsteen in the 2902m BOTRA Cup the previous week. by Ken Casellas  

Rising star Im Victorious remained firmly on track for an assault on rich feature events on the Australian circuit this season when he was driven in masterly fashion by Justin Prentice to score a magnificent upset victory over champion Im Themightyquinn in the $35,000 Brear And Doonan Members’ Sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Produced in superb condition by Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan, Im Victorious was second favourite at 3/1, with Im Themightyquinn, reappearing after an absence of ten weeks, red hot favourite at 3/1 on from the prized No. 1 barrier over the 1730m journey. Im Victorious was the only runner off the back line in the field of eight and Prentice was content to keep the five-year-old on the pegs, following the pacemaking Im Themightyquinn. Im Victorious then dropped back to be three back on the pegs when Brad Stampalia manoeuvred Sneakyn Down Under to the pegs to follow the leader 700m after the start. Prentice made a brilliant split-second decision to ease Im Victorious off the pegs with a lap to travel, as Adda Paternal Suit moved forward to the outside of the leader and an instant before Passion Stride was about to move into the one-out, one-back position to keep Im Victorious locked up. Im Victorious then was one-out and one-back and Prentice waited until switching the gelding three wide 550m from home. Then, at the 400m mark, Prentice switched Im Victorious to the pegs, behind the flying Im Themightyquinn. Then, with 230m to travel, Prentice eased Im Victorious off the pegs to issue a powerful challenge to Im Themightyquinn on the home turn. Im Victorious sprinted brilliantly and surged past the champion 110m from the post to record a notable triumph by 4m, with Passion Stride, a 90/1 outsider at his first appearance in Western Australia, 15m away in third place. Im Victorious rated a smart 1.53.5 which was a race record, lowering the 1.54.5 recorded by Albert Jaccka when he charged home to score narrowly from Has The Answers in 2010. This fast time was set up when Sneakyn Down Under, an 11/1 chance from the No. 2 barrier, challenged Im Themightyquinn strongly for about the first 600m. The first 400m section of the final mile was covered in a sizzling 27.4sec. before the pace slackened with a 30.6sec. second quarter. And then the final two quarters whizzed by in 28.3sec. and 27.7sec. Gary Hall jun. got Im Themightyquinn away to a flying start from the No. 1 barrier and easily held out Sneakyn Down Under to the first turn. Stampalia continued to apply the pressure with Sneakyn Down Under, but the 11-year-old was unable to get past Im Themightyquinn. Chairman of stewards Bill Delaney reported that he had opened an inquiry into Stampalia’s driving tactics. Sneakyn Down Under faded to finish seventh, more than ten lengths from the winner. Brennan and Prentice were thrilled at the performance of Im Victorious, with the win boosting his record to 18 wins and two placings from 25 starts for stakes of $451,164. Brennan said that Im Victorious would contest the $35,000 Navy Cup over 2536m next Friday week and would probably have a couple more starts in Perth before travelling to Melbourne to run in the Victoria Cup. “After that he will return to Perth to be prepared for the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup and then we’ll look at the Hunter Cup in Melbourne in February,” Brennan said. Prentice said that Im Victorious appeared to be getting better with age and he was looking forward to further improvement. “He hit the line really strongly and then in the warm-down lap he was hard on the bit and I think he wanted to keep going,” he said. “I thought that the way Sneakyn Down Under made Quinny burn out of the gate that if Quinny, first-up, was ever going to not finish off a race like he normally does, it was going to be tonight. So I decided to get on to his back (leaving the back straight the final time) to give Im Victorious a bit of a breather, because we had sprinted pretty hard down the back. “And turning for home I was pretty confident that I had him. It feels pretty good just to drive a horse who can race in the same race as Quinny.” IM THEMIGHTYQUINN IS LAME AND NEW ZEALAND TRIP IS SCRAPPED Champion pacer Im Themightyquinn is lame and plans for him to contest the $650,000 New Zealand Cup at Addington next month have been scrapped. It was feared that his magnificent career had come to a dramatic end on Friday night when he was a sad and sorrowful sight in his stall at Gloucester Park after his fighting second to Im Victorious in the Brear And Doonan Members’ Sprint. The nine-year-old superstar, winner of the past three interdominion championships and $4,377,016 in prizemoney, was standing on three legs as he was in pain and lifting his off hind leg off the ground. Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. was distraught and feared that Im Themightyquinn was suffering from a fracture in his hind leg or had torn a muscle. However, a veterinary examination early on Saturday morning revealed that Im Themightyquinn was not suffering any serious structural or muscular damage. “He has got very, very badly damaged feet,” Hall said. “He’s got soft soles from the wet paddocks and the vet has nerve-blocked all his feet. But the good news is that he is sound. “However, the trip to New Zealand is definitely off. He can probably resume working in a week’s time, but it might be three or four weeks before he can fast work again.” Hall had planned to start Im Themightyquinn in the $35,000 Stratton Cup at Gloucester Park next Friday night before travelling with him by air to Melbourne on the following Wednesday and continuing with a flight to Auckland the next day. The plans were to fly to Christchurch where Im Themightyquinn was going to contest the $50,000 Kaikoura Cup on Monday, November 4 before running in the rich New Zealand Cup eight days later. Then Im Themightyquinn was to have travelled to Sydney to run in the Miracle Mile before returning to Perth for the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup. “I had a sleepless night on Friday, but I’m very relieved now and am pretty happy,” Hall said. “Quinny hasn’t got anything permanent, and that’s the good news. Maybe he will be able to go to Sydney for the Miracle Mile and hopefully he will be able to run in the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup. The interdominions in Sydney in March could still be a chance. “All his four feet are affected, but the worst is his off hind. If a horse’s hooves get soft they bruise easily, and that’s what has happened. He really pounds his feet down when he’s racing. “He is quite happy today and I don’t think it will be a long-term problem. My gut feeling is that he will get over it and be able to return to racing pretty soon. It could have been something like a hairline fracture or ligament, suspensory or sesamoid damage. But it is nothing serious like that.” Hall said that he was jogging Im Themightyquinn at his Serpentine property on Thursday morning when the gelding stumbled and knuckled down. “I got the vet to look at him and he was okay.” ASKMENOW WARMS UP FOR RICH FEATURE EVENTS FOR MARES “She’s moving in the right direction, that’s for sure,” said Gary Hall jun. after driving Askmenow to an effortless victory over older and more experienced rivals in the Harriet Horsfall Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Askmenow, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old trained by Gary Hall sen., won with such authority that she looks certain to develop into a leading candidate for the $40,000 Norm’s Daughter Classic over 1730m next Friday week and the $100,000 Nepean Conveyors Mares Classic over 21230m the following week. Askmenow, favourite at 10/1 on after easy wins at her first two starts after resuming from a spell, surged to the front (from barrier three) after 250m and coasted through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.7sec. and 30.5sec. before sprinting over the final quarters in 29.2sec. and 27.7sec. She won by four lengths from 12/1 chance Hoylakes First Lady, who trailed her throughout. Terra Into The West (16/1) ran on from three back on the pegs to be third. Askmenow rated 1.58.3 and took her record to 28 starts for nine wins and nine placings for earnings of $87,905. It was her seventh win from only nine starts in WA for the Hall camp after she was placed twice from seven starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand and had four starts in New South Wales for one win and eight starts in Victoria for one win and seven placings. “She looked the winner on paper and it worked out that way,” Hall jun. said. “It was a soft win and there’s plenty in store. She’s a pretty nice mare and is not far behind in ability the best mares I have driven. She probably lacks a bit in manners at this stage and is a bit of a work in progress. “She’s got a bit of a funny mouth and can get overracing at certain stages. But this time in she’s been a lot better.” Askmenow, by Washington VC, is the seventh foal out of Holmes Hanover mare Coming Up Roses (who failed to win a race from 14 starts). Regal Dash, the first foal out of Coming Up Roses, won at his first eight starts as a two and three-year-old in Victoria and South Australia and he had 45 starts for 21 wins, 14 placings and $152,824. His biggest win was in the group 3 Bendigo Cup in 2006. Askmenow is closely related to former champion mare Foreal, a Washington VC mare whose dam Krystie is a half-sister to Coming Up Roses. Foreal amassed $664,800 from 18 wins and 19 placings from 57 starts. Foreal’s wins included two group 2 events for fillies and the group 1 Great Northern Oaks in Auckland before travelling to Australia where she won the group 1 New South Wales Oaks at Harold Park in February 2005, the group 1 Ladyship Mile at Harold Park in November 2005 and a heat of the 2006 interdominion championship in Hobart. WESTERN CULLEN RETURNS TO THE WINNING LIST Matt White freely admitted that he was overjoyed when Western Cullen drew the prized No. 1 barrier for the 2130m Leading Trotter Tuhimata Glass Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and his joy was not ill-founded when he drove the New Zealand-bred five-year-old to a stylish win. “He had put the writing on the wall over the past couple of weeks and I had a smile on my face on Tuesday night (when he drew barrier one) and it worked out good for us,” he said. “I just let him roll through the first half (of the final mile) in a tick under a minute, and he was doing it well within himself.” Western Cullen, favourite at 10/9 on, then dashed over the final two quarters in 28.2sec. and 28.6sec. and won by just over a length from The Ragpickers Dream (7/2), with a head to the fast-finishing Some Kinda Tactics (54/1). Western Cullen rated 1.57.2 and ended a losing sequence of nine. A winner at two of his five starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand for owners Paul and Tony Poli, the Christian Cullen gelding won the $125,000 group 1 Golden Slipper from Major Catastrophe and Gracias Para Nada at his WA debut in July 2011. He now has a wonderful record of 47 starts for 17 wins, 16 placings and $434,057. The Ragpickers Dream fought on grandly after racing three wide early and then without cover. He will pay to follow. So, too, will Mighty Flying Thomas, who trailed the pacemaker and was hopelessly blocked for a clear run throughout the final circuit and finished full of running, close-up in fourth place. Western Cullen is following in the footsteps of his dam Western Dream, who earned $336,361 from 14 wins and two placings from 27 starts. She won at her first five starts as a two-year-old and later won two group 2 events and three group 1 races, including the New Zealand Oaks at Addington. NORTHVIEW PUNTER ON TARGET FOR RICH FOUR-YEAR-OLD FEATURES Northview Punter maintained his splendid form and strengthened his prospects in the rich feature events for four-year-olds in the coming months when he gave an impressive performance to win the second heat of the 2130m Nicole Pettigrew Preux Chevalier Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Second fancy at 7/4 from the outside of the back line, the New Zealand-bred gelding trained by Gary Hall sen. sustained a strong three-wide burst in the first lap to race in the breeze before overhauling the pacemaker and 6/4 favourite Kiss Chasey 250m from home. Northview Punter drew away to score by just over a length from the fast-finishing Mein Guy (11/2), with a head to Kiss Chasey. Northview Punter, a winner at one of his two New Zealand starts, now has earned $166,605 from 14 wins and six placings from 23 starts and he should perform strongly in the $50,000 Retravision Four-Year-Old Championship on November 15, the $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic the following week and the $175,000 Golden Nugget Championship on December 6. Kiss Chasey set a solid pace throughout and Northview Punter revealed excellent strength to outmuscle him in the final stages. He rated 1.57.7. “Northview Punter has been somewhat suspect from back in the field and from bad draws,” said reinsman Gary Hall jun. “He has turned the corner a bit this time in and has matured a bit. He was always a smart three-year-old and he looks like he’s going to improve and develop into a class four-year-old. He put the writing on the wall at his previous start when he held of Bettors Fire.” THE BACK MARK DOESN’T WORYY SHARDONS ROCKET For the past decade veteran Byford trainer Tony Svilicich has had the uncanny knack of racing his pacers week in and week out for month after month after month. Veteran Shardons Rocket is no exception and the hardy nine-year-old continued to prove to be a wonderful moneyspinner for owners Ashley and Gavin McPhail when he made light of the back mark of 30 metres to win the 2503m Electrical Distributors Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Good value at 9/2, Shardons Rocket did all the work in the race, racing outside the pacemaker To Transcend for more than two laps before getting to the front and fighting on grimly to defeat 13/2 chance Copagrin by a half-head. This boosted the earnings of the New Zealand-bred gelding to $266,937 from 23 wins and 40 placings from 119 starts. Shardons Rocket settled at the rear before Morgan Woodley started a three-wide move after only 450m. Gary Hall jun. then vacated the one-wide line with 3/1 favourite This Time Dylan and sent him forward, giving Shardons Rocket a trail until Shardons Rocket moved to the breeze after 700m had been covered. This Time Dylan then gained the ideal one-out, one-back trail. But he was hampered for room in the final circuit before running on late to be fourth. Shardons Rocket had got to the front 220m from home and had to fight grimly to stave off Copagrin, who finished solidly from seventh at the bell. “He thoroughly deserved that win,” said Woodley. “He does all the work in his races. And I can see no reason why he cannot continue on his winning ways.” SECOND WIN IN FIVE DAYS FOR FRONTRUNNING RAYMON JOHN Raymon John, a newcomer to the Darling Downs stables of Aldo Cortopassi, scored his second effortless all-the-way win in the space of five days when he proved far too good for his rivals in the 2130m TABtouch Western Bonanza Westbred Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. After he defeated Conniving Major Dave by three lengths at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, Raymon John appeared a certainty from the prized No. 1 barrier on Friday night. The five-year-old resisted an early challenge from Equivocate and then was able to stroll through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.8sec. and 31.4sec. before Cortopassi gave him more rein and he sped over the final 800m in 58.8sec. to win by 4m from Big And Smooth, who fought on gamely after working hard without cover. Nitro Norrie followed the pacemaker and was blocked for a clear run in finishing third. Raymon John has been lightly raced and has earned $58,003 from ten wins and five placings from 33 starts. By Northern Luck, he is the first foal out of Chilli Waters, who won once (at Bunbury in June 2004) from seven starts. Chilli Waters is out of Cool Waters, the dam of three winners, including Village Hero, who earned $182,133 from 16 wins and 20 placings from 136 starts. Village Hero finished fourth behind Mr Yankee in the 2006 Golden Nugget Championship before winning the Pinjarra Cup and August Cup at Gloucester Park the following year. INJURY-PLAGUED TORETTO SHOWS HIS CLASS The career of promising New Zealand-bred gelding Toretto has always been clouded with considerable doubt. A tendon injury has kept him out of action for long periods and at Gloucester Park on Friday night the five-year-old was having just his sixth start in a race and his second after an 11-month absence. From barrier two on the back line in the 1730m Leading Junior Driver Shane Butcher Pathway Pace he was a 6/1 chance in a race in which his stablemate Rowchester dominated betting and started at 10/9 on. But Rowchester had a horror run and was trapped out three wide until wilting and finishing ninth. Toretto, trained by Gary Hall sen. and driven by his elder son Clint, settled in ninth position in the field of ten before he moved forward approaching the bell to get the three-wide trail behind Rowchester. Polemarker Franco Nasser (7/1) set the pace, with 54/1 chance Caesars Cloud in the breeze. Gary Hall jun. sent Rowchester (who started from the outside of the front line) forward from the outset, but the four-year-old was trapped three wide and was unable to get to the breeze, with the first two 400m sections of the final mile being covered in 28.4sec. and 28.9sec. Chairman of stewards Bill Delaney reported that the stewards had opened an inquiry into the tactics adopted by Chris Brew with Caesars Cloud. Toretto moved to sixth at the bell and he went four wide at the 500m mark before sweeping to the front 380m from home. He won in good style by just over two lengths from 4/1 chance Turnpike Cruiser, who finished determinedly from ninth at the bell. The winner rated a slick 1.55.9 and looks set for many more wins. He has raced only six times for four wins and one placing and stakes of $19,855. “He’s not the nicest horse to drive, so I went for home a little earlier than I normally would,” said Clint Hall. “He probably would go to fast class if we could straighten him out. He’s a little bit stubborn, but we’ll keep trying.” EL MACHINE IS PROVING TO BE A SPLENDID MONEY MACHINE Up-and-coming WA-bred five-year-old El Machine maintained his sparkling form and completed a hat-trick when he proved too strong for the opposition in the 2130m Paul Andrews Memorial Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This was El Machine’s fifth win from his past eight starts and part-owner and trainer-reinsman Kade Howson said that the gelding would keep on racing while he was showing such enthusiasm. El Machine, purchased as a yearling for $5000 by Howson and Michael George, has now earned $118,164 from 15 wins and 12 placings from 39 starts. El Machine started from barrier two on the back line and he enjoyed a good trip in sixth place in the one-wide line before Howson sent him forward, three wide, 1100m from home after an extremely slow lead time of 39.3sec. and slow first sectionals of 32.6sec. and 30.4sec. Polemarker Sir Swanky set the dawdling pace, with Wrongly Accused in the breeze, Talk It Up behind the leader and Bronze Seeker in the one-out, one-back position. El Machine swept to the front with 370m to travel and he won by 4m from the fast-finishing Bronze Seeker. El Machine rated rated a slow 2.0.1, even after the final two quarters went by in 28.78sec. and 28sec. “He’s going great guns,” said Howson. “He’s a lovely little horse who tries his heart out every time he comes out to race.” ARNOUX RELISHES THE No. 1 BARRIER New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Arnoux gave further proof that the No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park is a massive advantage when he bowled along in front and held on to win the 2130m Leading Pacer Mysta Magical Mach Pace on Friday night. Arnoux, unplaced at his five previous starts from less favourable barriers, was a heavily-supported 7/4 on favourite. After a brisk lead time of 36.9sec., Shane Butcher was able to get Arnoux to relax and cover the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31sec. and 30.9sec. before he lifted the tempo with final quarters of 29.8sec. and 29.8sec. Heisbackinblack (12/1) finished strongly from the one-out, one-back position to be second, a half-length from the winner, with 70/1 outsider Belhelvie fighting on to be a good third after doing all the work in the breeze. “We had to burn early to hold the front and then we were lucky enough to get away with a soft half,” said Butcher. The win gave leading trainer Gary Hall sen. four winners and a second placing in the first five events on the ten-race program. Arnoux, who had 42 starts in New Zealand for seven wins and seven placings, has raced 28 times in WA for six wins and two placings. He has earned $115,336. HOT HOLIDAY BREAKS A LOSING SEQUENCE OF 12 Honest square gaiter Hot Holiday was rewarded for his consistency with an overdue victory in the 2130m Corey Mills Memorial Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Favourite at 5/4, the Natalie Duffy-trained New Zealand-bred seven-year-old ended a losing sequence of 12 when Aaron Skalecki drove him to an all-the-way win over Xenon (12/1) and Don Guerrero (10/1). The race was marred as a spectacle when Idle Maple, a stablemate of the winner, galloped in the score-up and was left 50m and Sandakan Lombo also broke in the score-up. Don Guerrero was slow to begin and the well-fancied Backas Cobber broke into a bad gallop soon after the start. “He doesn’t have the speed of the top ones, but he’s a real tough horse who keeps grinding away,” Skalecki said. Hot Holiday has earned $115,234 from 13 wins and 16 placings from 56 starts. He has had 29 starts in WA for ten wins and seven placings. by Ken Casellas  

Experienced harness racing reinsman Brad Stampalia has injected considerable spice into the long-awaited clash between superstars Im Themightyquinn and Im Victorious in the $35,000 Brear And Doonan Members Sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night by declaring that the event is not just a two-horse match race. Stampalia will handle the Darren Duffy-trained veteran Sneakyn Down Under and he said that punters would be unwise to overlook the claims of the evergreen 11-year-old. “He’s definitely not just making up the numbers,” Stampalia said. “We’ll be out there having a crack, and that’s what we do every time. If they’re good enough to beat us, so be it. But I reckon it will take a good horse to beat us on Friday night. “I give Sneaky Down Under a big chance of causing an upset. He’s going very well and his last run was very good. The sprint (1730m) is his distance and we’ll be going forward as I’m very sure Darren’s instructions will be to get to the front. “Any horse who can run the times he did at his latest start is going pretty well, whether he’s a young horse or an old horse. He doesn’t know how old he is. Obviously, leading is his go.” The return to racing of the champion Im Themightyquinn, winner of the past three interdominion championships and $4,370,716 from his 51 victories and 31 placings from 101 starts, will be a highlight of the spring racing at Gloucester Park and the nine-year-old’s first-up clash with the brilliant lightly-raced five-year-old Im Victorious has sporting fans in Perth looking forward to Friday night’s action with great anticipation. Im Themightyquinn fared well in the random barrier draw and will start from the prized No. 1 position, while Im Victorious is the only runner off the back line in the field of eight. Sneakyn Down Under, one of the State’s fastest beginners, is ideally drawn at barrier two and he looks set to apply considerable pressure on Im Themightyquinn by mustering great early speed and making a bold bid to take the lead soon after the mobile barrier sets the field on its way. At his most recent appearance Sneakyn Down Under started from barrier three and Stampalia did not bustle him early as the two runners inside him, Lord Lombo and Please Release Me, had a spirited battle for the early ascendancy. Then Stampalia dashed Sneakyn Down Under to the front after 650m and he set a fast pace before Im Victorious, who had started from the back line and was seventh at the bell, swept to the front 130m from the post. Sneakyn Down Under fought back tenaciously and Im Victorious defeated him by just one metre at a 1.55.8 rate over the 2130m to record his fourth impressive victory at his fourth start after a spell to boost his record to 17 wins and two placings from just 24 starts for earnings of $428,460. “He fought back strongly against Im Victorious and Justin (Prentice) was a bit scared half way up the straight,” Stampalia said. A week earlier Sneakyn Down Under set a fast pace from barrier two and sprinted the final 800m in 56.5sec. when a half-length second to the fast-finishing Leda McNally, who rated 1.54 over the 1730m. Stampalia’s confidence is matched by that of Gary Hall sen., the trainer of Im Themightyquinn, and Michael Brennan, trainer of Im Victorious. “I’d like it if Im Themightyquinn can hold out Sneaky Down Under,” Hall said. “But the last time he met Sneakyn Down Under he couldn’t hold him out at the start.” That occasion was the 2130m Winter Cup on July 5 when Im Themightyquinn started from the No. 1 barrier and lacked early sparkle and settled in sixth position while Sneakyn Down Under began brilliantly from barrier five and burst to the front after 100m. He set the pace before fading to seventh, while Im Themightyquinn charged home from sixth at the bell to win easily from Please Release Me. Hall said that Im Themightyquinn, to be driven by his son Gary, would be looking to holding up from the inside barrier. “But we’re not going to put him under the stick and try to hold out Sneakyn Down Under if he has a strong go for the lead,” he said. “Quinny has been working as good as ever, but he has a big campaign ahead of him and is only about 80 per cent fit. He is quite big (in condition) and is probably about 20kg above his best fighting weight of around 428kg. He has won first-up and big in condition before and he’s been beaten over a mile before. “Really, he should be a certainty, but there are no certainties in racing.” Hall said that Im Themightyquinn had made a full recovery from a setback a few months ago when it was thought that he had been bitten by a spider. “This caused him to get cellulitis,” he explained. “His chest blew up and he couldn’t put one of his feet on the ground. But he has recovered well. “The only problem on Friday will be if Quinny gets locked up and can’t get a clear run. I don’t think that Im Victorious can beat him.” Brennan refused to concede that Im Victorious had little chance of beating Im Themightyquinn and he described the race as a good challenge for the star five-year-old. “Im Victorious has met Im Themightyquinn only once and that was in the Auckland Cup last March when Quinny won and our horse finished seventh,” he said. “But Im Victorious carried a flat tyre over the final 1400m and he put in one of his best runs. “We’re not the only ones who have never beaten Quinny. It’s good four our bloke to race against a horse like him. Horses coming through the grades, like Im Victorious, learn a lot from racing. He learnt a lot at his last start, chasing home an old warrior like Sneakyn Down Under. All this is brilliant for his development at this stage of his career. It’s perfect. “I thought his latest run was fantastic and in answering those who considered his win was disappointing I’d say that they are clueless and have no idea. Let’s face it, the horse ran 55sec. for his last half, racing three wide and running down a horse like Sneakyn Down Under after a 31.2sec. first quarter. “What was he going to do? Run another quarter in 27.2sec., like he did down the back and run 54.4sec. around Gloucester Park? “Im Victorious can run a fast 1730m, but he’s going to be dictated by what’s happening in front of him. We’ve got to play the reactive game this week. I’ll leave the tactics up to Justin. Everything is going to unfold in front of him and he’s got various options. There’s the option of leader’s back, three back on the fence, or coming straight off the inside. “This will be good for us; it’s another step up in class. It’s all about progression and learning for him. I couldn’t be happier and he’s continuing to work along nicely.” ASKMENOW POISED TO COMPLETE A WINNING HAT-TRICK Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. is supremely confident that up-and-coming four-year-old Askmenow will complete a winning hat-trick by proving too speedy for her seven rivals in the 2130m Harriet Horsfall Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall is using this event as a stepping stone to the $40,000 Norm’s Daughter Classic over 1730m on November 22 and the group 1 $100,000 Mares Classic over 2130m the following week. “She’s a good horse and a strong, dour stayer,” he said. “I was hoping that Leda McNally and some other very good mares would be in the race --- just to see how she measured up against them,” he said. But the field is not particularly strong and Askmenow should prove a star bet on the ten-event program. Nicely drawn at barrier three on the front line, she should prove far too strong for Arousing and Kamwood Girl. Askmenow, to be driven by Gary Hall jun., has resumed after a four-month absence in fine style with effortless victories at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park. She made much of the running when she sprinted over the final 800m in 55.1sec. and won by three and a half lengths from Conniving Major Dave at a 1.59.3 rate over 2692m at Pinjarra on September 23. Then at Gloucester Park on Monday of last week she started from a wide barrier and was restrained to the rear before starting a three-wide move from last 1100m from home. Askmenow got to the front on the home turn and raced away to win by two and a half lengths from Asian Courage, rating 1.58.2 over 2130m. The Ross Olivieri-trained Arousing appears to be the only possible danger. She will start from barrier five and will be handled by Chris Voak. She raced in stronger company last Friday night when she led for the first 600m and then trailed the pacemaker Bronze Seeker before finishing strongly to be second to Adda Paternal Suit over 2536m. RAYMON JOHN TO SEND PUNTERS HOME ON A HAPPY NOTE Promising five-year-old Raymon John will make a rare appearance at Gloucester Park and he should send punters home on a winning note by taking full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier and outpacing his rivals in the final event, the TABtouch Western Bonanza Westbred Pathway Pace on Friday night. He has just been transferred from part-owner Ray Grantham’s Pinjarra stables to Aldo Cortopassi’s Darling Downs training establishment and warmed up for Friday night’s engagement in dashing style with an effortless victory at a 1.58.7 rate over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Driven by Cortopassi, Raymon John set a brisk pace and sped over the final two 400m sections of the final mile min 27.2sec. and 28sec. to beat Conniving Major Dave by three lengths. At his only appearance at Gloucester Park in 2013 Raymon John started from a wide barrier and ran home well along the inside to come from 12th at the bell to finish seventh behind Black Pontiac over 1730m on August 16. Raymon John has earned $52,803 from nine wins and five placings from 32 starts and he looks set for many more wins. Those expected to be fighting out for the minor placings behind Raymon John this week are Equivocate, Nitro Norrie and Big And Smooth. ARNOUX GROWS A LEG WHEN HE LEADS, SAYS HIS TRAINER New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Arnoux has been unplaced at his past five starts and failed to flatter at 40/1 when a first-up ninth behind Midnight Dylan over 1730m last Friday night. But leading trainer Gary Hall sen. is extremely bullish about his prospects in the Mysta Magical Mach Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Arnoux will be driven by Shane Butcher, whose junior concession will enable the M2-class gelding to drop down and contest the event which is restricted to M1-class performers. And Arnoux received another bonus when he drew the coveted No. 1 barrier. “He should lead and win,” Hall declared. “He grows a leg when he leads. His form now is as good as when he won the last time.” Arnoux’s latest success was six starts ago, at Gloucester Park on April 26 when he was favourite at 6/4, started from barrier five, dashed to the front after 100m and went on to win by more than two lengths from Domino Bromac at a 1.56.7 rate over 2130m. He had led and won over 2100m at Bunbury at his previous outing. By Ken Casellas  

Australasia’s best pacer, Im Themightyquinn will make a return to racing this Friday night in the Brear & Doonan Members Sprint at Gloucester Park and has drawn barrier one. The speedy Sneakyn Down Under has drawn barrier two, while the rising star of WA harness racing, Im Victorious will be the only horse on the back line. Although possessing blistering gate speed, Im Themightyquinn was crossed by Sneakyn Down under last time he drew the pole, with his driver Gary Hall Jr. opting to take cover, although that was over the 2130 metre trip of the Winter Cup, rather than the short course of 1730 metres of Friday night’s event. Justin Prentice, the driver of Im Victorious, will get to weigh up his options early and follow through whoever looks like taking the front from his second line draw. The main aim of Im Themightyquinn, the three-time Inter Dominion Champion, will be the New Zealand Cup on 8 November at Addington Raceway in Christchurch and will kick off his campaign at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The $4.3 Million earner has had to overcome a setback when he was bitten by what was thought to be a spider and it looked like his immediate racing career was put on hold, however he has made quick recovery to be in line for a start on Friday night. “I wanted to give him a couple of starts before heading to New Zealand” said his trainer Gary Hall Sr. “He has been working sensationally and I have decided to start him a week earlier than first planned and he will back up the following week before heading to New Zealand. “He will start in the Kaikoura Cup and should be peaking for the New Zealand Cup” added the champion mentor. The Sky Racing WA Derby and Lancaster Park Golden Nugget winner, Im Victorious has returned to racing in brilliant fashion and his trainer Michael Brennan is also planning a Group One mission East with a campaign in Victoria, culminating in the Victoria Cup. “He’s in that grade now where we have to take on the best and ‘Quinny’ is the best” said Brennan. “Their clash is great for racing and I’m really looking forward to it” he added. Brennan knows better than most what a champion horse Im Themightyquinn is, working as Hall’s foreman prior to opening his own training complex in 2012. The barrier draw for the Brear & Doonan Members Sprint - 1. Im Themightyquinn 2. Sneakyn Down Under 3. Empire Flame 4. Please Release Me 5. Franco Renegade 6. Adda Paternal Suit 7. Passion Stride 8. Im Victorious The Brear & Doonan Members Sprint is race seven (7) on a ten race card, scheduled to start at 8.15pm (WST), with the first race set to kick off at 5.20pm (WST). There will be plenty of on-course activities, including live music, trackside interviews and an on-course punters club. For more details visit www.gloucesterpark.com.au By Michael Radley

Champion five-year-old Im Victorious remained unbeaten in his current campaign when he sped over the final 800m in 56sec. to defeat bold frontrunner Sneakyn Down Under in the $35,000 Cowden Ltd James Brennan Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan, no relation to James Brennan, the founding president of the West Australian Trotting Association, after whom the Brennan Memorial is named, has high hopes that Im Victorious will continue on his winning ways when he contests the $35,000 Members Sprint over 1730m next Friday week and the $35,000 Navy Cup over 2536m a fortnight later. Im Victorious is unbeaten at four starts at Gloucester Park since resuming from a spell and he looks set to be a star in group 1 feature events later this season. Starting favourite at 5/2 on, Im Victorious began from the outside of the back line in Friday night’s 2130m event and Justin Prentice was quite content to settle the New Zealand-bred gelding at the rear while Please Release Me began speedily from the No. 2 barrier, got to a length lead over the polemarker Lord Lombo, but was unable to cross to the pegs. Brad Stampalia allowed 7/1 second fancy Sneakyn Down Under time to settle before sending the veteran to the front after 650m. Im Victorious was seventh in the one-wide line at the bell and Prentice waited until 650m from home before sending Im Victorious forward, three wide. Sneakyn Down Under dashed over the third 400m section of the final mile in 28.1sec. before Im Victorious got to a narrow lead with 130m to travel. Sneakyn Down Under fought back with great determination and was beaten by only one metre, with Lord Lombo 5m away in third place. Leda McNally maintained her splendid form by running on from ninth at the bell to be fourth. Im Victorious rated 1.55.8 in notching his 11th win from only 16 starts at Gloucester Park. Im Victorious, who is still on target for a trip to Melbourne to contest the Victoria later this year, boosted his earnings to $428,460 from 17 wins and two second placings from 24 starts. A jubilant Brennan was full of praise for Prentice and Im Victorious, saying: “To the owners of Im Victorious, the ride continues, boys, JP, you’re a champion, and the horse was again very, very good tonight, and we’ll just keep moving forward.” YOUR GOOD FORTUNE EMERGING AS A STRONG SUMMER CARNIVAL PROSPECT The recent prediction of part-owner and co-trainer Greg Bond that Your Good Fortune would go right through the classes and develop into a serious contender for the rich summer carnival feature events gained further impetus when the New Zealand-bred five-year-old scored a fighting victory in the $25,000 final of the Warwick Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hot favourite at 3/1 on, Your Good Fortune was driven aggressively by Colin Brown and burst to the front 220m after the start before setting a solid pace and then revealing grand fighting qualities to stave off a spirited late challenge from the 10/1 second fancy the Ragpickers Dream. The Ragpickers Dream started from the outside of the back line and he settled at the rear before Gary Hall jun. set him alight with a three-wide burst 450m after the start which took him to the breeze after a lap had been completed. The Ragpickers Dream challenged the pacemaker approaching the home turn and got his nose in front about 80m from the post. But Your Good Fortune refused to surrender and he fought back tenaciously to win by a nose, with polemarker Artesian Boy 13m farther back in third place after enjoying the run of the race behind the leader. The final 800m was covered in 57.1sec. and Your Good Fortune rated 1.56.8m over the 2130m. The son of Bettors Delight won at three of his seven starts in New Zealand and has raced superbly for trainers Greg and Skye Bond in WA where his 23 starts have produced 11 wins and seven placings. He has earned $175,804. Brown and the Bond team have made a solid start to the 2013-14 season. Brown has had 35 drives for 14 wins and four placings and shares top spot on the Statewide reinsmen’s premiership table with Shannon Suvaljko, who has had 59 drives for 14 wins and 15 placings. The Bond team shows the way on the Statewide trainers’ premiership table, with 17 winners and 15 placings from 65 starters. Gary Hall sen. is in second spot with 12 winners and 13 placings from 54 runners. SWIMMING DOES THE TRICK FOR LUCIE BOSHIER Early this year Lucie Boshier’s racing career was in doubt when she had spurs on a back hock and front knee. It was too late in her career to operate and trainer Chris Brew was having problems in keeping her sound. Then her New Zealand part-owners Andrew Stuart and Rebecca Sutorius suggested that the mare change stables to be prepared by a trainer who had a swimming pool on his property. So it was then decided to send Lucie Boshier to the Boyanup stables of Dennis Roche where Roche was able to give the mare plenty of swimming exercise in his pool. The change had an immediate effect, with Roche gaining a first-up win with Lucie Boshier when Brew drove her to a fast-finishing victory at Gloucester Park in the final week of July. Then followed five unplaced runs before Lucie Boshier returned to top form with a narrow win over her former stablemate, the Chris Brew-trained and driven mare Kotare Ash in the 2130m Freo, Onetogo Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Lucie Boshier, who started from the outside of the front line and at 23/1, was driven for the first time by Matt White, who replaced Brew, who was committed to driving his own nomination, Kotare Ash, the 9/1 equal second favourite in an event in which polemarker Chloe Vargarita was favourite at 3/1 on. Shane Butcher was able to send Chloe Vargarita through the lead time in a modest 38.4sec. when Lucie Boshier was trapped five wide before being restrained by White. But when Chris Lewis dashed Hermattjesty Mulan forward after 250m, White decided to urge Lucie Boshier forward, three wide. Kotare Ash was in last place after 450m and Lucie Boshier moved to the breeze 150m later. Kotare Ash then sprinted fast and Brew issued a strong challenge after a lap had been completed. Kotare Ash got a length in front, but was unable to cross to the pegs as Butcher drove Chloe Vargarita hard to retain the lead. It was then that White had Lucie Boshier in the box seat, one-out and one-back. Kotare Ash got the upper hand and got past Chloe Vargarita about 90m from the post. But Lucie Boshier sprinted fast to get up and snatch victory by a nose, rating 1.57.7 over the 2130m. A winner at three of her 36 starts in New Zealand, Lucie Boshier has had 18 starts in WA for eight wins and a head second from 18 starts. She now has earned $107,969. It was an exciting climax to an interesting race on Friday night which gave Brew’s wife Kalina a quinella result. She is the principal owner of Lucie Boshier, who she races in partnership with Stuart, Sutorius, Jason Payne, Brad Hallows, Mark Pink, Barry Starcevich and K. J. Cameron. Kalina Brew is the sole owner of Kotare Ash. Brew said that maintaining Lucie Boshier’s fitness had been a balancing act for Roche, who had the task of having the mare fit enough and sharp enough to race competitively with a program of swimming and restricted work on the track. “She requires a lot of work and Dennis has got to know the horse and this was her best run for him.” Lucie Boshier, a six-year-old by Elsu, is now going to stud and Brew said that if she got into foal quickly she would be able to resume training and racing. “If she gets in foal we can race her for another hundred days and she could be a player in the feature events for mares over the summer carnival,” he said. Brew said he was setting Kotare Ash for the feature events for mares, including the Nepean Conveyors Mares Classic in December. “First, she will have a short freshen-up before being prepared for the races for mares,” he said. “Kotare Ash is a nice mare, but I think she is a notch below Leda McNally and Bettor Cover Lover. But the track here is a great leveller, so she is a chance for some sort of prizemoney, perhaps, down the track.” ROJEN CRUZ GIVES Chris Voak THE LAST LAUGH Some of Chris Voak’s mates could hardly conceal their mirth when the young reinsman outlaid $3000 to claim Rojen Cruz last March when the veteran pacer had a losing sequence of 29 stretched over a barren period of three years and two months. But the 25-year-old Voak is enjoying the last laugh. The ten-year-old Rojen Cruz took his prizemoney in six months for his new owner to $34,612 when he scored an effortless win in the 2130m Chris Carr Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. These handy and well-deserved proceeds have come from four wins and five placings from 18 starts. The Victorian-bred gelding now has earned $85,405 from 15 wins and 23 placings from 94 starts. Rojen Cruz is trained at Oakford by Ross Olivieri and Voak drove him to wins at Northam and Gloucester Park, while Chris Lewis was successful with him at Bunbury in July and was again in the sulky for Friday night’s victory at 11/1. Voak had driven Rojen Cruz the previous Friday night when he finished gamely to be second to El Machine. But he opted to take the drive behind the Bob Mellsop-trained Chaldea in Friday night’s race in which that gelding also started at 11/1 and enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing on to be third. Noted frontrunner Blissfull Boy set the pace and Lewis had no hesitation in dashing Rojen Cruz forward from barrier four to work hard in the breeze. Rojen Cruz got his head in front 570m from home before he powered away to win by three and a half lengths from 50/1 chance Takeabow, who was eighth at the bell before finishing fast. Heez Orl Black, favourite at 3/1 on, settled in sixth position in the one-wide line before Gary Hall jun. sent him forward, three wide in the middle stages. Heez Orl Black moved to third at the bell, but was kept out wide for the next 500m by Rojen Cruz. Heez Orl Black got to second passing the 400m mark before wilting and dropping back to finish seventh. Rojen Cruz, by the American stallion Sports Town, is the fifth of ten foals out of unraced mare Vera Cruz, whose only other winners have been Exotic Cruz (one win, at Gawler in November 2004, from three starts) and Cruzin A Falcon (one win, at Echuca in September 2011, from 35 starts). This all goes to show that Voak must be a pretty good judge of horseflesh. REJUVENATED WHERE AND WHEN GIVES Kiara Davies HER FIRST CITY-CLASS SUCCESS A nine-year-old pacer with a losing sequence of 25 (since scoring his only win in WA, by a nose at 53/1 at Northam 14 months ago) was sent out a hot favourite at 7/4 on in a full field of 12 in a Metropolitan-class event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The veteran gelding Where And When has been despised by punters throughout his career in WA since arriving from South Australia in the winter of 2011. His average starting price on the tote in his 33 WA starts (for one win and three placings) before Friday night’s event was $58. In his previous 13 starts he went out at long odds, including $141, $86, $51.10, $108.20, $144.20, $118.90, $108.60, $68.50 and $130.80. This remarkable turnabout resulted in Where And When, taking full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier, scoring an effortless victory. He set the pace and sprinted over the final 800m in a sparkling 28.4sec. to win by three lengths from 7/1 chance Three Quarter Drive at a 1.59.4 rate over 2130m. And his wonderful win gave 23-year-old Kiara Davies her first Metropolitan-class training success. She is a talented driver who is in splendid form in the sulky and is leading the Garrard’s Junior Concession Drivers’ Challenge series. Davies has worked as a full-time stablehand for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg since last March where she trains Where And When (who is owned by her father Graeme) and Arts Gangsta, a handy pacer she has driven to wins at Kellerberrin, Narrogin and Pinjarra. “Dad bought Where And When from Adelaide and he gave him to me to train earlier this year, just for a bit of fun,” Davies said. “Where And When is a gentle giant and beautiful horse to work. He had a throat operation about 18 months ago to cure an epiglottis entrapment and is not troubled by that problem now.” Where And When, who won 11 times at Globe Derby Park before arriving in WA, is not fashionably bred. But he does have one claim to fame. He is the first foal and only winner out of Misty Wings, who failed to be placed at her only three starts, in New South Wales in late 2002. Misty Wings is out of Luscious Lady, a full-sister to Scientific, who raced 41 times for 21 wins, eight placings and stakes of $173,273. Scientific won a 1609m heat of the 1986 interdominion championship at Brisbane’s Albion Park, beating Bag Limit by a nose, before finishing second in a 2100m heat to the mighty Village Kid. SPEEDY BEGINNING PAVES THE WAY FOR OUR BOY SU’S WIN New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Our Boy Su relishes racing in September. He notched his fifth win in the month of September when he gave a splendid frontrunning exhibition to beat Cheeryrose and Four Grinners in the 2130m TABtouch Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His first two wins were at Alexandra Park in Auckland in September 2010 and he was successful at Cambridge in September 2011. He resumed racing after a brief spell when he led and won over 2100m at Bunbury on September 21 this year. Our Boy Su, trained at Waroona by Bob Mellsop, was a solidly-supported second favourite at 2/1 on Friday night in a race in which former Victorian performer Ima Grumpy Jasper was favourite at 7/4 for his West Australian debut. Mellsop gained an important advantage over the opposition when he got Our Boy Su away speedily from the No. 2 barrier, easily beating out noted frontrunner Ima Grumpy Jasper from barrier three. Mellsop was able to give Our Boy Su an easy time in front with the gelding coasting through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31.3sec. and 30.4sec. before dashing over the final two quarters in 29.1sec. and 28.6sec. He rated 1.58.8 in beating Cheeryrose, who ran on well after trailing the pacemaker throughout. Four Grinners fought on well to be third after racing without cover for most of the way. Ima Grumpy Jasper raced in sixth place in the one-wide line before starting a three-wide move approaching the bell. He faded badly to finish last and the stewards reported that the gelding had pulled up sore in the off foreleg. Our Boy Su looks certain to prove to be hard to beat when he contests an M0-class event. He has earned $81,943 from ten wins and 15 placings from 52 starts. He raced 37 times in New Zealand for six wins and 11 placings and his 15 WA starts for Mellsop have produced four wins and four placings. He is by Elsu and is the sixth foal out of Star Fleet, who won once from 14 starts and has produced Our First Lad (ten wins and $63,830), Fleeting Imagery (six wins and $28,746) and Star of the Ball (eight wins and $68,331). BANANA DANA REMAINS UNBEATEN FROM THE No. 1 BARRIER Smart eight-year-old Banana Dana has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier only four times in his 53-start career for Woodvale trainer Darren Duffy and he has set the pace and won at each of those four races. He maintained his perfect record from the inside barrier when Brad Stampalia drove him to an easy all-the-way win over Benjamin Banneker and Me Old Mate in the 1730m Trevor Itzstein Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was a carbon copy of a 2130m event the previous Friday night when Stampalia was in the sulky for the gelding’s win over Wrongly Accused and Sir Swanky. Banana Dana, favourite at 7/4 on, had a comfortable time in front in the early stages and coasted through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30sec. and 29.8sec. with Wrongly Accused in the breeze. He sped over the final two quarters in 28.7sec. and 28.2sec. and rated 1.56.1. Bred in New Zealand, but having all his 53 starts in Western Australia, Banana Dana has earned $139,949 from 14 wins and 13 placings. He is the seventh foal out of unraced Holmes Hanover mare Samantha Franco, whose dam Smarty Pants had 51 starts for ten wins, seven placings and $54,715. Smarty Pants produced Smart Son, who raced in New Zealand, Australia and America, earning $347,805 from 41 wins and 59 placings from 226 starts. Another of Smarty Pants’ progeny, Vanderel had 87 starts for 14 wins, 23 placings and $164,163. Vanderel finished third to Il Vicolo in a group 1 classic for two-year-olds at Addington in May 1994 and won a group 2 four-year-old championship at Forbury Park in January 1996. THIS TIME DYLAN ERUPTS TO SNATCH LAST-STRIDE VICTORY Improving eight-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding This Time Dylan charged home to dead-heat for first with Demon Possessed at Gloucester Park last Friday week and he went one better on Friday night when he erupted from sixth at the 100m mark to snatch a last-stride victory by a nose over Turnpike Cruiser in the 2503m Colin Cowden Handicap. Trained by Gary Hall sen. and driven by his son Gary, This Time Dylan started off the 10m mark and was at 9/2 with frontmarker Turnpike Cruiser and 30m backmarker Shardons Rocket at 7/2. Four runners galloped at the start and Chris Lewis sent Turpike Cruiser to the front after 550m. This Time Dylan raced wide early and Hall dashed him into the breeze in the first circuit before having him in the box seat, one-out and one-back, behind Shardons Rocket. Shardons Rocket gained a narrow lead by a head 570m from home, but Turpike Cruiser fought back to regain the lead. He just failed to hold on and beat the fast-finishing This Time Dylan. This Time Dylan has been lightly raced. He had eight starts in New Zealand for three wins and he now has won five times from 19 WA starts. He has earned $54,735 from his eight wins and five placings. EL MACHINE PROVES FAR TOO GOOD Bargain pacer El Machine maintained his sparkling form when he annihilated his 11 rivals in the 2130m final of the Frank Fuller Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trainer Kade Howson gave El Machine, the 3/1 on favourite, time to settle before dashing him past Atomic Chip and Soho Aintree and into the lead 450m after the start. From then on it was a procession and El Machine sped over the final 800m in 56.9sec. to win by six lengths from Atomic Chip (16/1), with 60/1 outsider Mister Roberto running home strongly from eighth at the bell to be third. The winner rated 1.57.1. El Machine, an Elsu five-year-old, was bred in WA and was purchased as a yearling for just $5000 by Howson and fellow-reinsman Michael George. The gelding has now earned $105,954 from 14 wins and 12 placings from 38 starts. OLD AGE IS NO BARRIER FOR CONQUER ALL Eleven-year-old Conquer All proved conclusively that age is no barrier when he outclassed his younger rivals in the 2503m Brian Atkin Trotters Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Conquer All, trained at Pinjarra by David Young and driven by his brother Shane, was a 7/1 chance who began like a flash from the 20m mark, and taking advantage of the early erratic behaviour of three of his eight rivals, charged to the front after 350m. From then on it was easy going for Conquer All, who trotted through the first 400m section of the final mile in a leisurely 32.3sec. Then followed a 30.7sec. quarter before the old gelding trotted faultlessly over the final 800m in 59.6sec. to win by just over three lengths from 7/2 second favourite Hot Holiday, who plugged on doggedly after working hard without cover. Sandakan Lombo, aiming to complete a winning hat-trick, galloped badly at the start and raced at the rear with Idle Maple (who also galloped at the start). Heez Speedy Gonzalez (11/2) led for the first 350m before breaking badly 50m later. Conquer All has been a good moneyspinner and he has earned $150,846 from 16 wins and 20 placings from 98 starts. by Ken Casellas  

Star five-year-old Im Victorious is racing so brilliantly after resuming from a five-month absence that he looks certain to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line and prove too strong for his nine rivals in the $35,000 Cowden Limited Brennan Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred gelding has scored effortless victories at his first three runs since resuming racing early last month and even though speedy frontrunners Sneakyn Down Under, Please Release Me and Lord Lombo have fared much better in the random barrier draw he should simply carry too many guns for the opposition on a track where he has raced 15 times for ten wins and two seconds. A winner at 16 of his 23 starts, Im Victorious gave an impressive display of his wonderful ability at Gloucester Park on Monday of last week when he started from the back mark of 50m and simply destroyed his rivals in a 2503m stand, winning by three lengths from the pacemaker Hez Got The Nod after sustaining a powerful three-wide burst from eighth at the bell. He was untroubled to win over 2130m at his two previous outings for trainer Michael Brennan and reinsman Justin Prentice when he sped over the final 800 metres in those two events in 56.4sec. and 55.6sec. The Brennan Memorial will be decided over 2130m and Lord Lombo (barrier one), Please Release Me (two) and Sneakyn Down Under (three) have all won several times after setting the pace. These three runners should ensure a fast early pace, with the 11-year-old Sneakyn Down Under likely to forge to the front in the early stages. Sneakyn Down Under (Brad Stampalia) led from the No. 2 barrier in the 1730m Spring Pace last Friday night and set a fast pace before wilting in the closing stages to be a half-length second to the fast-finishing Leda McNally, who had raced three back on the pegs. The four quarters of the final mile were run in 28.9sec., 29.3sec., 28.3sec. and 28.2sec. If Sneakyn Down Under gets to an early lead Stampalia might be able to give the evergreen gelding a breather in the middle stages before increasing the tempo in the final circuit. However, Chris Brew might attempt to send Please Release Me past Lord Lombo and into the lead soon after the start and attempt an all-the-way victory. Leda McNally, a stablemate of Lord Lombo, is in sparkling form. But her prospects faded considerably when she drew the outside of the front line. Algeepee will start from the inside of the back line and Gary Hall jun. should have the New Zealand-bred former Victorian performer in a prominent position throughout. Algeepee finished boldly from eighth at the bell to be fourth behind Leda McNally last Friday night, a week after his sound first-up second to Wrongly Accused. But whatever the scenario, Im Victorious appeals as the winner of the Brennan Memorial. VERSATILITY IS A KEY FOR YOUR GOOD FORTUNE IN WARWICK FINAL Versatility is a major asset of lightly-raced five-year-old Your Good Fortune, who is ideally drawn at the No. 3 barrier on the front line in the $25,000 The Warwick Final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Your Good Fortune, to be driven by Colin Brown, is the least experienced runner in the 2130m event, with 13 wins and eight placings from only 29 starts. But he gives every indication of developing into a top-line performer and is sure to prove hard to beat. Your Good Fortune is trained by Greg and Skye Bond, who will also be represented by Sir Swanky (barrier two) and False Promise (six). Your Good Fortune started out wide at No. 6 in a qualifying heat of this event last Friday week when he mustered plenty of early pace and raced three wide before getting to the breeze after 750m. He then surged to the front 250m from home and won easily from False Promise, rating 1.57.9 after sprinting over the final 800m in 57.1sec. Your Good Fortune has also won races after setting the pace and when producing a powerful burst from back in the field. Sir Swanky (Morgan Woodley) and False Promise (Chris Lewis) are racing keenly and cannot be underestimated. Sir Swanky possesses good early speed and has won several races in weaker company in South Australia when setting the pace. But he has been driven more as a sit-sprinter in recent starts. He started from the inside of the back line and trailed the pacemaker Banana Dana before finishing strongly to be third to that pacer over 2130m last Friday night. The Ragpickers Dream, trained by Gary Hall sen., looms as the main rival for Your Good Fortune. The former Victorian pacer made an impressive WA debut last Friday night when he started from the back line and sustained a strong three-wide burst from sixth at the bell to win by a neck from the pacemaker The Pacing Priest over 2130m. The Ragpickers Dream’s prospects slumped when he drew the outside of the back line. However, the winner of 14 races from 40 starts cannot be overlooked. Veteran pacer Artesian Boy will have admirers after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. The New Zealand-bred ten-year-old, trained by Debbie Padberg, has a losing sequence of 31 since he set the pace and beat El Padrino and Argent Treasure over 2130m at Gloucester Park just over 12 months ago. He caught the eye last Friday night when he started out wide and rattled home from 11th at the bell to be a close fifth behind The Ragpickers Dream. DAVIES HOPES FOR HER PURPLE PATCH TO CONTINUE Young Wanneroo trainer Kiara Davies has high hopes of completing a wonderful seven days by winning the 2130m Go Freo Pace with Where And When, a nine-year-old with a losing sequence of 25. The 23-year-old Davies had one drive at Bunbury last Saturday night when she handled 8/1 chance Ima Seelster, who dead-heated for first with Fully Zapped (Dylan Egerton-Green) in the first heat of the Garrards Concession Drivers Challenge. She had won drive at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when she set the pace with 5/4 favourite Robyns C C and won from Talk To Me Art in the second heat of the Challenge. Davies then made it three wins from successive drives when she scored with 42/1 tote outsider Governor Johnny in a C3-class 2190m mobile event at Northam on Tuesday night. Governor Johnny, with a losing sequence of 18, charged home from eighth at the bell to win effortlessly by four and a half lengths from Light Of My Life. Then, at her only other drive at Northam, Davies brought 13/4 chance Borntobeanartist from tenth in the middle stages and sixth at the bell to finish second to the pacemaker Soho Dionysus, a 6/1 chance driven by Tom Buchanan. Davies trains Where And When, who will be driven by champion reinsman Chris Lewis from the prized No. 1 barrier on Friday night in a field in which none of the 12 runners has won at his past four starts. Only three have managed a placing from their past four outings --- Where And When, Sickle Mond and Racy Lacy. Two starts ago Where And When was a 130/1 outsider when Davies drove him at Gloucester Park last Monday week. He raced in sixth position in the one-wide line before finishing gamely to be third behind smart performers Four Grinners and Northview Punter over 1730m. Then Lewis drove Where And When in a 2130m event last Friday night when the old gelding started from the back line, raced three back on the pegs and did not show up, finishing ninth behind Asian Courage. But he meets weaker opposition this week. He possesses good gate speed and Lewis is likely to attempt to set the pace with a pacer who will be one of the main fancies, despite his poor WA record of one win and three placings from 33 starts, after winning 11 races at Globe Derby Park. One of Where And When’s chief rivals could be eight-year-old Caesars Cloud, who has been unplaced at ten starts since his latest success, at Kellerberrin 23 months ago. Caesars Cloud is ideally drawn on the inside of the back line. IMA GRUMPY JASPER HAS SOUND CLAIMS AT WEST AUSTRALIAN DEBUT Noted frontrunner Ima Grumpy Jasper has bright prospects of making a successful debut in Western Australia when he contests the 2130m TABtouch Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The five-year-old, to be driven by Chris Lewis for Banjup trainer Annie Belton, has led at six of his eight wins (seven in Victoria and one in South Australia) from 36 starts and he is ideally drawn at No. 3 on the front line. Ima Grumpy Jasper has not appeared since he started from a wide barrier and raced three wide for much of the way before finishing ninth behind Teo Enteo over 1720m at Melton last May. He led when second to Aitch Cue over 2240m at the same track at his previous start and was an all-the-way winner over 2240m three starts ago, sprinting over the final 400m in 28.3sec. and rating 1.56.7 three starts ago. There is sure to be an interesting battle for the early lead because Ima Grumpy Jasper and other front line runners Cheeryrose (barrier one), Our Boy Su (No. 2), Makah Warrior (no. 4) and Four Grinners (No. 5) all possess sparkling early speed. Cheeryrose led when a Northam winner three starts ago, Our Boy Su led and won at Bunbury last Saturday night, Makhah Warrior led and won easily over 2536m at Gloucester Park two starts ago and Four Grinners set the pace and won by more than three lengths from the talented Northview Punter over 1730m at Gloucester Park two starts ago. BUTCHER GETS HIS CHANCE WITH CHLOE VARGARITA Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. has engaged Shane Butcher to drive promising mare Chloe Vargarita inn the 2130m Onetogo Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and the five-year-old’s prospects rose sharply when she drew the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line. Butcher’s claim as a junior driver enabled Chloe Vargarita, an M1-class pacer, to draw a favourable barrier in the race restricted to mares assessed M0 to M2. Gary Hall jun. drove Chloe Vargarita when she was an impressive winner over 2130m last Friday night. She started from the inside of the back line and trailed the pacemaker Grin On The Beach for the first 1260m before Hall eased her out into the one-wide line as the field approached the bell. Chloe Vargarita was forced four wide 450m from home and she produced a strong finishing effort to get to the front 90m from the post and win from Big And Smooth, with the final 800m being covered in 57sec. on a rain-affected track. The consistent Ross Olivieri-trained Arousing will start from barrier two on the back line and she looks set to fight out the finish. Lucie Boshier and Kotare Ash, M2-class pacers, are capable of sharp improvement after recent unplaced efforts. by Ken Casellas  

Brad Stampalia has been engaged to drive Sneakyn Down Under for the first time when the New Zealand-bred 11-year-old contests the $21,000 Ross North Group Spring Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 39-year-old Stampalia will replace the speedy veteran’s part-owner and trainer Darren Duffy, who is serving a term of suspension. He will be the tenth reinsman to have handled Sneakyn Down Under in his Western Australian career of 23 wins from 74 starts. Sneaky Down Under’s prospects soared when he drew the No. 2 barrier on the front line and Stampalia is likely to attempt to get the grand old campaigner to an early lead. Sneakyn Down Under possesses sparkling early speed, but Stampalia’s bid for an early ascendancy could be thwarted by the polemarker Lord Lombo, who also begins with tremendous alacrity. Lord Lombo led from barrier one for the first 400m of a 2536m event last Friday week before Chris Voak surrendered the lead to hot favourite Ima Rocket Star. Lord Lombo faded and finished seventh behind Ima Rocket Star. Three starts before that Lord Lombo was driven by Nathan Turvey when he began speedily, set a solid pace and held on to win over 2130m by a neck from Leda McNally. Duffy drove Sneakyn Down Under at his latest appearance, last Friday week, when the gelding started from the back line, charged forward three wide in the early stages and then worked hard in the breeze outside the pacemaker Ima Rocket Star before wilting to last. Sneakyn Down Under was a winner four starts ago when he began fast from barrier four and beat Franco Renegade and Shardons Rocket over 2130m at a 1.56.8 rate. A week before that he led from barrier two and finished a close second to Has The Answer at 1.53.8 rate over 1730m. Sneakyn Down Under is a noted speedster who has won nine times over distances of 1700m, 1730m and 1780m. He has earned $426,404 and is still racing with youthful enthusiasm. Stampalia drives only occasionally, but is a capable reinsman who notched his first group 1 success 15 months ago when he bred, owned, trained and drove Bettors Icon to victory in the $100,000 Pearl Classic at Gloucester Park. Duffy is hoping to win the Spring Pace for the second time with Sneakyn Down Under, who was driven by Chris Lewis when he was successful in the event in 2009 when he began with great dash from the No. 5 barrier, burst to the front after 280m and crushed the opposition, winning by 19m from Talk To Me Courage. Lord Lombo’s stablemate Leda McNally, the only mare in Friday night’s race and a winner at 14 of her 38 starts, is in splendid form and is ideally drawn on the inside of the back line. She can unwind a powerful finish. She also revealed plenty of strength last Friday night when she raced without cover in the middle stages, burst to the front 550m from home and won by almost two lengths from Terra Into The West at a 1.56.7 rate over 1730m. Star performer Lombo Navigator is unfavourably drawn out wide at barrier six, but is capable of a bold showing. At his first appearance for seven months last Friday night he was fifth on the pegs at the bell before finishing strongly along the inside to be third behind Ima Rocket Star in the 2130m Media Guild Cup. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. has two sound prospects on Friday night Spring Pace in Benjamin Banneker and Algeepee. Benjamin Banneker finished strongly to win narrowly from Ohoka Samson over 2130m last Friday night and Algeepee impressed with a spirited first-up effort when he sustained a strong burst from sixth at the bell to be second to Wrongly Accused over 2130m. Daniel Jack TO DRIVE GALLILEO FOR BRENNAN Victorian trainer-reinsman Daniel Jack is visiting Western Australia and is hoping to enjoy his stay by driving Gallileo to victory in the Download Complete Homes APP Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Gallileo, trained at Pinjarra by Michael Brennan, has been unplaced at his two starts since he finished strongly to win a 2116m stand at Pinjarra last month, appeals as a good chance off the front line in a 250m stand this week. The New Zealand-bred six-year-old galloped out and lost ground at his latest appearance, at Gloucester Park last Friday week when he wilted from fifth in the one-wide line at the bell to ninth behind Shardons Rocket over 2503m. He is capable of bouncing back to winning form. He won three times from 25 New Zealand starts and his seven WA starts have produced two wins and three seconds. In an open affair Gallileo’s chief rivals could be the improving Meet Me In Seattle, Braemoor, False Promise, That is Correct and To Transcend. Meet Me In Seattle, to be driven by Kyle Harper off the front for Oakford trainer Kath Chambers, followed encouraging seconds at Bunbury and Gloucester Park with a convincing victory over Black Cracker in a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week when he started off 290m and dashed to the front in the middle stages. Braemoor is capable of overcoming his 20m handicap for Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice. He has won at four of his eight starts since resuming from a spell. He met with severe interference early before finishing strongly from 11th in the middle stages to be a close fifth behind Shardons Rocket. False Promise looks set to run a big race after splendid seconds in mobiles to top-flight stablemates Our Major Mark and Your Good Fortune at his past two starts. That is Correct returned to form with a vengeance last Friday night when he trailed the pacemaker Senator Whitby before finishing powerfully to win a 2503m stand from Gday Mate and Salliwood and To Transcend is racing consistently in stands for Coolup trainer Frank Nafranec. THE PACING PRIEST IS OUT TO REPEAT THE DOSE FOR KIRKE Veteran West Swan trainer Ken Kirke ended a 16-year drought when Callan Suvaljko drove comeback pacer The Pacing Priest to an all-the-way victory at Gloucester Park last Friday night and now he has high hopes of another win with the eight-year-old when he starts from the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2130m third heat of the Developwest The Warwick Pace on Friday night. That gave the 66-year-old Kirke his first Metropolitan-class win as a trainer since he prepared Twinkle Paige for her victory over Golden Goddess in the WASBA Breeders Stakes at Gloucester Park in February 1997. The Pacing Priest has been restricted to just 29 starts for eight wins, seven seconds and one third in an injury-plagued career. He was having his first start for ten weeks last Friday night when he set the pace and dashed over the final two 400m sections in 28.6sec. and 28.3sec. to win in good style from Chaldea and Turnpike Cruiser over 1730m. This week The Pacing Priest steps up a good deal in class and up to 2130m. But he is sure to be improved by his first-up effort and has the class to beat stronger opposition, which includes talented five-year-old Copagrin and newcomer The Ragpickers Dream. Part-owner John Guagliardo resumes as Copagrin’s trainer and the gelding warmed up for Friday night’s assignment in fine style when Darren Kerr drove him to an effortless all-the-way win over Mohegan Sun in a 2550m stand trial at Byford on Sunday morning, rating 2.1 after sprinting over the final 400m in 27.9sec. The previous week Copagrin finished second, one length behind The Pacing Priest in a 2550m trial at Byford. Copagrin, who has had 38 starts for 12 wins and seven placings, will be having his first start since he covered extra ground and fought on well when fifth behind Black N Bettor in a 2130m mobile event at Gloucester Park on August 23. The Ragpickers Dream, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old, will be making his WA debut for trainer Gary Hall sen. and will start from barrier two on the back line. He has won 13 races from just 38 starts in Victoria and looks set for a profitable career in WA. RED SALUTE WORKING IN FINE STYLE FOR HIS RETURN TO RACING A series of smart trial wins at Byford point to five-year-old Red Salute as a pacer to follow and he should prove hard to beat at his return to racing at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he will start from barrier four on the back line of the 2130m Ross North Signature Range Pace. The Ross Olivieri-trained gelding will be handled by his regular reinsman Chris Voak and should fight out the finish of an event in which several horses will be fancied, including the polemarker Banana Dana and My Jasami and Old McDonald, who will start from the No. 2 and No. 3 barriers, respectively. Red Salute, who has won 11 times from 33 starts, will be making his first appearance for six months. He raced wide early and then without cover before finishing determinedly to beat Sanjaya and Lively Highlander narrowly in a 2150m trial on Sunday morning after dashing over the final 400m in 27.9sec. That followed a win by more than three lengths over Lively Highlander in a trial the previous Sunday, with a final 400m also in 27.9sec. A week before that he ran home in in 28.7sec. to win a 2500m trial. Banana Dana is sure to appreciate a drop-down to an M2 class after recently extending his losing sequence to ten. He caught the eye at Gloucester Park last Friday week when he raced in the one-out, one-back position before finishing boldly to be third behind Ohoka Samson and Old McDonald over 1730m. Banana Dana will be driven by Brad Stampalia, who replaces trainer Darren Duffy, who is under suspension. Trainer Colin Brown will make use of Dylan Egerton-Green’s claim to enable Old McDonald, an M3-class pacer, to contest Friday night’s event which is restricted to M2-class performers. Old McDonald was restrained from the No. 6 barrier at the start of a 2130m event last Friday night and he finished solidly from seventh at the bell to be fifth behind Benjamin Banneker. He set the pace and was beaten a nose by Ohoka Samson over 1730m the previous week. by Ken Casellas  

Ace reinsman Colin Brown has driven the brilliant Ima Rocket Star at 39 of his 42 Australian starts for 18 wins and ten placings and he declared that the New Zealand-bred eight-year-old is at the peak of his powers and is poised for victory in the $21,000 Media Guild Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He should be holding up from the No. 1 barrier and should set the pace,” he said. Ima Rocket Star, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, was most impressive at his second appearance after a two-month break when he began speedily from out wide at No. 6, charged to the front after 400m and won the 2536m New Season Pace over 2536m at a 1.56.4 rate last Friday night. “It was the best he’s ever felt,” Brown said. “He was trying to kick me in the parade ring, and that’s a sign that he’s spot on when he’s trying to give you both barrels. “It was a sensational run; to get hammered and to run the times that he did was outstanding, particularly taking into account that he overraced a bit in front which is unusual for him. Taking everything into consideration I thought it was a terrific run. I’d have to say there is obvious improvement in him and the 2130m this week will be more advantageous.” Brown and the Bonds are hoping that Ima Rocket Star will give them their first victory in the Media Guild Cup, which was first run in 1979. Greg Bond trained Mister Odds On (Michael George) when he raced in the breeze and finished third behind Hombre Higgins in the 2009 Cup; he trained Eastwood Fire when Brown drove him into third place behind Has The Answers in 2011 and last year the Bonds trained 16/1 chance Can Return Fire when Brown brought him from the one-out, one-back position to finish second to the pacemaker Banana Dana. Outstanding seven-year-old Lombo Navigator looms as the main rival to Ima Rocket Star. The Andrew De Campo-trained gelding will start from the No. 2 barrier at his first start for seven months and looks likely to race in the breeze. His most recent success was four starts ago when he began from the back line, started a three-wide run after 650m and worked in the breeze over the final 950m before getting to the front in the home straight and beating the fast-finishing Mysta Magical Mach over 2130m last January. Ten-year-old Rocket Reign will start from barrier six and should be running on strongly. He resumed after a spell last Friday night when he surged home from ninth at the bell to be second to Ima Rocket Star. Please Release Me will start from the No. 3 barrier and he should also be running on strongly in the closing stages. The Bonds also have excellent prospects in the second heat of the 2130m TABtouch The Warwick Pace in which the talented New Zealand-bred five-year-old Your Good Fortune looks capable of overcoming a wide draw (No. 6). Your Good Fortune was favourite at 2/1 on when he finished third behind stablemates Our Major Mark and False Promise over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. That followed wins at his two previous starts. He started from out wide at barrier seven, was restrained to last and raced three and four wide in the final circuit before hitting the front 220m from home. Brown, who drove Our Major Mark in Monday’s race, said that Your Good Fortune was capable of making amends for that defeat. “It was a good run on Monday and it should have topped him off for Friday night’s race,” he said. “He’ll be going forward.” VOAK SAYS THAT LEDA McNALLY CAN OVERCOME A DIFFICULT DRAW Starting from the outside of the back line is far from the ideal draw in a 1730m event at Gloucester Park, but reinsman Chris Voak believes that Leda McNally has the class to overcome this disadvantage and win the David Lamond, Most Winners In A Night Pace on Friday night. Leda McNally drops considerably in class after producing a highly creditable performance to run on from seventh at the bell and finish fifth behind Ima Rocket Star over 2536m last Friday night. “It was an even more impressive effort, considering that she had to pull a flat tyre of her sulky for more than the final circuit,” said Voak, who drove stablemate Lord Lombo in the race. “She hit the line well. “I think there will be some speed early in Friday’s race and Leda McNally should get into a favourable position. She is no certainty, but I’m sure she has a very good chance of winning. Lucie Boshier will be tough to beat. She went well last Friday night.” Lucie Boshier will start out wide at barrier seven on the front line and Chris Brew is likely to press forward in the early stages. Lucie Boshier set the pace and had little peace before wilting over the final stages to finish fourth behind Empire Flame, who rated 1.55.1 over 1730m last Friday night. The Ross Olivieri-trained Arousing has sound prospects from barrier three. She trailed the pacemaker Beautiful Night before finishing strongly to win from that mare over 1730m at a 1.56.6 rate last Friday night. Her past six starts have produced four wins and a second placing. Robbie Williams has been engaged to drive Arousing for the first time. “It’s a step up in class for her, but with then right sort of run she should go well,” he said. WILLIAMS LOOKING FOR A STRONG SHOWING FROM J WALKER “He’s worked on in good style this week and he’s as a happy as a king,” declared young Henley Brook trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams when assessing then prospects of J Walker in the 2503m Stuart Lowe, Leading Tipster Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I expect him to be hard to beat and have a good chance of making amends for his narrow defeat last week when he met with interference and got out of his gear for 20 or 30 metres when Our Classie Mach galloped at the start. “He lost a heap of ground, about 30 to 40 metres and to catch the rest of the field and come wide and go down by a nose was a massive run. And he’s pulled up super.” J Walker, who started from 10m in the M0 event, was 11th at the bell and he flew home, out wide, to just fail to overhaul Shardons Rocket, the backmarker off 30m. This week over the same distance (2503m) J Walker will start from 20m and Shardons Rocket from 40m. Williams said that he was not concerned at the 20m handicap. “As long as I can make a safe beginning and keep out of trouble I’ll be happy,” he said. “I’d rather sit back in the field so that I can get a cart into the race. He can do a little bit of work, but he’s essentially a sit-sprinter. I believe he’s better put into the race with a cart, and he’s got a quick quarter in him. “I’ve had a few feet problems with him, but everything seems to be pretty right at the moment and he’s spot on.” Williams has only recently taken over the preparation of J Walker and the seven-year-old’s first three starts for his new trainer and driver have produced a third to Braemoor and seconds to Gday Mate and Shardons Rocket. Shardons Rocket is well handicapped and has sound prospects of repeating his victory of last week when he sustained a spirited three-wide burst from the rear in the middle stages. Leading reinsman Gary Hall jun. gave punters a good pointer when he chose to drive frontmarker Senator Whitby for Northam trainer Glenn Elliott in preference to This Time Dylan (trained by his father Gary Hall sen.) and the Michael Brennan-trained Jambo Emali, who will be driven by Morgan Woodley. Senator Whitby ended a losing sequence of nine in fine style in Kalgoorlie last Friday night when he was driven by Lang Inwood and finished powerfully from sixth at the bell to win by almost four lengths from Soho Daytona over 2118m. Chris Voak said that eight-year-old frontmarker That is Correct had each-way prospects, particularly if he was able to set the pace. “That Is Correct set the pace last Friday night and copped plenty of pressure from Balleybofey before finishing a close fourth. “I’d like to be able to lead, but I’m not sure he’ll be able to cross Senator Whitby, who looks set to run a big race.” INSIDE BARRIER POINTS TO ELEGANT CHRISTIAN Champion trainer Gary Hall insists that New Zealand-bred two-year-olds Elegant Christian and Pelusiac have equal ability and should fight out the finish of the 1730m The Form Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “There’s nothing between the two horses,” he said. “But the No. 1 barrier should swing things in favour of Elegant Christian. However, don’t be surprised if Pelusiac makes a race of it.” The stablemates clashed over 2130m last Friday week when Elegant Christian started at 9/4 and proved too strong for Pelusiac, the 7/4 on favourite. Pelusiac started from the back line and revealed good early speed to dash to the front after 350m. Elegant Christian worked hard without cover before getting to the front in the final 100m and beating Pelusiac by 1m. “Pelusiac was used out of the gate and was rushed forward,” Hall said. “He is by Washington VC and a lot of horses by that sire don’t like to be used early. Im Themightyquinn is a perfect example. Pelusiac will take it easy at the start this week.” Hall, who celebrated his 64th birthday on Monday and landed a double at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night with Northview Punter and Slick Chapel, is confident that the unbeaten Elegant Christian and Pelusiac will give him the quinella on Friday night. SPOILT RICH GIVES PEARCE HIS FIRST WIN AT GLOUCESTER PARK Clinton Pearce, a part-time Middle Swan trainer, landed his first city winner when Jamie Rigoli brought 10/1 chance Spoilt Rich home with a strong burst from fifth at the bell to beat the even-money favourite Extreme Times in the 1730m SEW-Eurodrive Pace at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. The 29-year-old Pearce, an East Victoria Park finance broker, races Spoilt Rich, a five-year-old Rich And Spoilt gelding, in partnership with his wife Danielle, father Ross and brother Travis on lease from Frank Bratovich. Pearce, who has spent five years assisting Bratovich with his team of pacers, now has trained three winners. Demon Possessed, a Life Sign five-year-old raced on lease by the Pearce family, was successful at Northam in June and at Kellerberrin last month. Ross Pearce has been training pacers for about 30 years and has won races in recent years with Lagoon Express and McPicket. The closest he came to landing a Metropolitan-class winner was when 15/1 chance Shipps Colours finished second to Le Maillot Jaune in an M0 event at Gloucester Park on May 14, 2004. by Ken Casellas  

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

Champion harness racing trainer Gary Hall sen., aiming to win the $25,000 Lancaster Park Marathon Handicap for the third time at Gloucester Park on Friday night, leans towards frontmarker Lord Diego ahead of classy stablemate Bettor Reason, who will start off the back mark of 40m. However, Hall’s son Gary has a high opinion of four-year-old Bettor Reason and after driving a double at the Gloucester Park meeting on Tuesday night, said he was likely to choose that pacer ahead of Lord Diego. “It’s tough off 40m, but Bettor Reason has the ability to win off that mark,” Hall jun. said. “He should have plenty of time to get into the 3309m race.” Hall sen. said that he felt Bettor Reason faced an extremely difficult assignment off 40m. “He will go all right, but I think he will be struggling,” he said. “He can’t win on handicaps. Lord Diego is capable of running his last half in 56.5sec. or 57sec., so how can Bettor Reason beat him? “Lord Diego’s run last Friday night (when a close third to Mighty Flying Thomas) was very good and I think he can win the Marathon. I see fellow frontmarker Balleybofey as the one to beat.” Lord Diego has contested mobile events at all of his 14 Australian starts and in New Zealand, where he had 49 starts for ten wins and 11 placings, he was classified by the stewards as unruly in stands. His four starts in stands produced a 16th over 2810m, a 13th over 2700m, a third from 30m behind Five Star Anvil at Cambridge and a tenth over 2200m. Kim Prentice will drive Lord Diego if Hall jun. sticks with his initial preference for Bettor Reason. The Hall father and son combination have been successful in the Marathon Handicap with Im Themightyquinn in 20010 and Code Red last year. Im Themightyquinn started off 80m and he won by a half-length from co-backmarker Has The Answers in a small field of seven. Code Red was the solitary frontmarker last year when he started favourite at 6/4, set the pace and defeated Anvils Big Punt, who started off 10m and finished strongly. Anvils Big Punt will again start off the 10m mark this year and Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan said that the six-year-old was poised for a strong effort. “He has been pretty unlucky at his past three runs,” he said. “He’s ready and the trip does suit.” Anvils Big Punt, a capable standing-start performer, is a grand stayer who set the pace and won the 2902m Easter Cup from Ohoka du Nord in April 2011 and was a fast-finishing second in last year’s Marathon. His usual driver Justin Prentice will handle his own nomination Braemoor, a standing-start specialist who has won in good style at his past two starts. Prentice won the Marathon two years ago when Glacier Star trailed the pacemaker Move Over before getting up in the final stride to beat that pacer by a head. Brennan has given the drive behind Anvils Big Punt to Michael George, who drove the gelding when he was unplaced behind Rockyourbaby in the 2918m Kalgoorlie Cup 12 months ago. Brennan has a splendid second string in Friday night’s race in the New Zealand-bred five-year-old Rodrigo, who finished powerfully to win a 2130m mobile event last Friday night for Prentice. “Rodrigo is a real nice staying type and will be suited by the 3309m,” Brennan said. “He’s a bit hit and miss at the stand, but if he gets away well he is sure to be prominent.” Morgan Woodley will replace Prentice and will drive Rodrigo for the first time. Woodley has been successful twice in the Marathon Handicap, causing an upset in 2007 when 52/1 tote outsider Tuanaki beat 2/1 favourite Vintage Concerto by a head, and then setting the pace and winning by just under five lengths with Morganator in 2008. PLEASE RELEASE ME GETS HIS CHANCE WITH SUPERSTAR SPELLING Speedy seven-year-year-old Please Release Me has resumed after a brief let-up in splendid form and was most impressive last Friday night when he trailed the pacemaker Has The Answers before finishing fast to be second to champion Im Themightyquinn. Im Themightyquinn has been sent for a spell and followers of form will be keen to support Please Release Me in the 1730m Happy Birthday Henry McManus Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. However, reinsman Chris Brew is somewhat guarded about Please Release Me’s prospects this week, saying that the gelding was far from a good thing after twice finishing second to Im Themightyquinn at his three starts after a short respite from racing. “He has drawn out wide at barrier five and there are nine other horses who will be happy that Im Themightyquinn is not in the race,” Brew said. “Please Release Me is racing as well as ever and he felt terrific last week. With normal racing luck I’m sure he will be a good each-way chance.” Please Release Me possesses sparkling gate speed and is a wonderful frontrunner. But looming large as the horse capable of matching his early speed and holding him out is ten-year-old Sneakyn Down Under, who is favourably drawn at barrier No. 2. However, Sneakyn Down Under, trained and driven by Darren Duffy, has been unplaced at his past nine starts, including his five starts since resuming from a spell when he started at long odds on the tote --- $33.60, $38.70, $74.60, $25.20 and $51.20. His most recent victory was over 1700m at Gloucester Park last December when he started from barrier two, set a scorching pace and won at a 1.53.6 rate from Can Return Fire and Mysta Magical Mach. “It would appear, on paper, that Sneakyn Down Under would lead,” Brew said. “I haven’t decided on tactics at this stage. Usually I don’t decide on tactics until Friday when I talk to David (Collie owner- trainer David Hunter).” Whatever tactics Brew employs Please Release Me should prove hard to beat. Not only is he a smart frontrunner, but he can also unwind a powerful finishing burst. The Ross Olivieri-trained Hez The Bart Man steps up in class, but must come under serious consideration from barrier three. The seven-year-old has had little luck when placed at six of his past nine starts. He raced without cover and fought on doggedly when a close third to Lord Lombo and Leda McNally over 2130m last Friday night. IM VICTORIOUS CHERRY RIPE FOR HIS RETURN TO RACING It’s all systems go for star four-year-old Im Victorious, who will reappear after a spell when he contests the Go Quinny Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan declared that the New Zealand-bred gelding was cherry ripe for his first-up assignment and he pointed out that he had not been beaten at his three first-up runs in his dazzling 20-start career which has produced 13 wins, two seconds and $373,420 in prizemoney. Im Victorious won at his debut at Bunbury in February 2012 and was a first-up winner at Bunbury in September 2012 and at Pinjarra last February. Im Victorious last appeared when seventh behind Im Themightyquinn in the 2700m Auckland Cup at Alexandra Park early last March and he was driven by his regular reinsman Justin Prentice when he scored an impressive victory in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning when he rated 1.56.6 in defeating Lombo Navigator by five lengths. “He slotted in third behind Adda Paternal Suit and In The Perfect Storm and Justin pulled him out at the 600m,” Brennan said. “I clocked him running 27.2sec. and 27.7sec. for the final two quarters and he did it quite comfortably. Justin was very happy with him and he’s pulled up really well and is bright as a button. So I’m looking forward to seeing him back at the track. “He’s still carrying a little bit of condition, but we need that because he has a long preparation ahead of him. In saying that, his trial was as good as a trial as I have seen from him and his work is much better than it has ever been. He’s ready. “We’re looking at the $400,000 Victoria Cup, a 2200m mobile at Melton in mid-December. He’ll race in Perth until then, and after the Victoria Cup he will be set for the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup. “ Im Victorious will start from barrier five on Friday night and should carry far too many guns for his eight rivals. The first four across the line will qualify to contest a $25,000 event at Gloucester Park on Friday fortnight. IDEAL BARRIERS FAVOUR JUNGLE GENIE AND THE LEFT ARM QUICK Favourable barriers point to Jungle Genie and The Left Arm Quick giving Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond and reinsman Colin Brown a flying start to the meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred Jungle Genie looks set to lead from the No. 2 barrier in the Nepean Conveyors Pace for three-year-old fillies and she should prove hard to catch. Jungle Genie, placed once from five New Zealand starts late last year, won at her first two West Australian appearances, at Gloucester Park and Pinjarra in July before leading and finishing a neck second to Diamonds A Blaze over 2185m at Pinjarra and then sixth behind Miss Atomic over 1730m at Gloucester Park when she raced three wide for much of the way. Miss Atomic and Diamonds A Blaze (trained by Peter Tilbrook), the Ross Olivieri-trained Deluxe Edition and the Michael Brennan-trained Sonatina appeal as the chief dangers to Jungle Genie. Miss Atomic has won very easily at her past three starts, but she faces a stiff test on Friday night from the outside (No. 7) on the front line. She will be handled by Chris Lewis, who will replace her regular reinsman Shannon Suvaljko, who will drive Diamonds A Blaze. Suvaljko has driven Diamonds A Blaze to wins at three of her past five starts. Deluxe Edition (Chris Voak) has won at six of her 20 starts. She will start from the outside of the back line and should produce a strong-finishing effort. Brennan said that he was looking forward to a strong showing from the lightly-raced Sonatina at her Australian debut. Sonatina, to be driven by Justin Prentice, will start from barrier three on the back line. She was driven by Dexter Dunn at her three wins from eight starts in New Zealand. “She is a very nice filly and I’m very happy with her,” Brennan said. The Bonds will also be represented by Am Opulent, a winner at eight of her 22 starts. She is awkwardly drawn out wide at barrier six, but cannot be underestimated. The Left Arm Quick should appreciate the No. 1 barrier in the Ross North Homes Pathway Pace over 1730m. He won at his West Australian debut, at Northam four starts ago when he started from barrier two, set the pace and beat Torbrae. Then followed thirds at Narrogin and Pinjarra before he started out wide, worked hard in the breeze and faded to sixth behind Cool Johnny over 2536m at Gloucester Park last Saturday night. WOODLEY ACHIEVES 1000-WIN MILESTONE Morgan Woodley became the youngest West Australian reinsman to land one thousand winners when he drove with typical skill to score a decisive victory with 6/1 chance To Transcend in the Sony Centre Handicap at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. The 24-year-old Woodley got the seven-year-old To Transcend away smoothly in the 2503m stand before sending him to the front after 300m. To Transcend, having his 113th start, dashed away from the opposition in the home straight and won by 8m from Bluff Knoll. It was Woodley’s eighth success behind To Transcend, who is trained at Coolup by Frank Nafranec. This gave Woodley his 122nd winner for the season. He was 16 when he won with his first drive in a race, behind Ultimate Sin in a 2410m stand at the old York track on July 23, 2005. The previous youngest WA driver to land 1000 winners was Gary Hall jun. who was 26 when he achieved the milestone at Gloucester Park in March 2009. by Ken Casellas  

Bunbury harness racing trainer Frank Bonnett has a strong Golden Nugget prospect in Another Vinnie, who caused an upset when he stormed home from last to score an impressive victory in the Alltools WA Pty Ltd Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Most punters considered that John of Arc was a certainty and he was sent out a hot favourite at 5/2 on after he had won brilliantly at seven of his eight starts in Western Australia. But John of Arc had a tough run, three wide early and then in the breeze, before wilting to fifth behind the ultra-consistent Another Vinnie, a neglected 27/1 tote outsider who started from the No. 3 barrier on the back line and was kept at the rear by Aaron Beckett while the early pace was hectic, with polemarker Desgerrado setting the pace from Jungleface Jake, who overraced and pulled hard in the breeze in the early stages. John of Arc then applied considerable pressure on Desgerrado in the middle stages, and with the first two 400m sections of the final mile whizzing by in 28.6sec. and 28.9sec. it was obvious that those two three-year-olds would be sitting ducks for horses coming from behind after having had soft runs. This proved the case. Another Vinnie was last in the field of ten at the bell as he followed the three-wide run of his stablemate Guns With Cows. Desgerrado (second fancy at 6/1) withstood all challenges before Another Vinnie charged to the front 120m from the post and beat him by a length, with Big Ben Lombo coming from three back on the pegs to be third. The final two quarters were covered in only 30.3sec. and 29.6sec. and Another Vinnie rated 1.57.2. Another Vinnie has already earned $165,112 from 12 wins and 11 placings from 34 starts for breeder-owner Les Coulson and he looks an ideal type to contest the rich Golden Nugget in late November. Another Vinnie, by Legacy Of Power, is out of Coulson’s former good race mare Vinnies Sister, who had 82 starts for 13 wins, 19 placings and $123,335 in prizemoney. IM THEMIGHTYQUINN TO SPELL BEFORE CONTESTING THE NEW ZEALAND CUP Champion pacer Im Themightyquinn completed his current preparation with an effortless win in the 2130m Del Basso Smallgoods Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and will now go for a brief spell before heading to Christchurch to contest the rich New Zealand Cup at Addington on November 12. And after that Im Themightyquinn will travel to Sydney for the Miracle Mile at Menangle before returning to Perth for the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup. Im Themightyquinn was favourite at 3/1 on and Gary Hall jun. did not bustle him out from the No. 3 barrier on the front line and was content to settle him in the one-out, one-back position. Polemarker Please Release Me (second fancy at 13/2) led for the first 120m before Chris Lewis sent veteran Has The Answers (12/1) to the front. The lead time was a slow 38.8sec. and Lewis put on the brakes and let Has The Answers amble through the first 400m section of the final mile in an extremely slow 32.3sec. This dawdling pace prompted Gary Hall jun. to vacate the one-out, one-back position and send Im Themightyquinn forward, three wide, with 1050m to travel. Im Themightyquinn quickly moved alongside Has The Answers and the tempo lifted sharply, with the third quarter going by in 28.3sec. Im Themightyquinn got his nose in front at the 220m mark and he surged away to win by one and a half lengths from the fast-finishing Please Release Me, who had trailed the pacemaker throughout. Has The Answers held on to be 1m away in third place. Im Themightyquinn sprinted over the final quarter in 27.1sec. and he rated 1.57.8 as he took his record to 101 starts forn51 wins and 31 placings for earnings of $4,370,716. OUTSIDER HUGH VICTOR RUNS ON FROM THE REAR AND SMASHES TRACK RECORD Hugh Victor, a half-brother to top-flight pacer David Hercules, bounced back to his best form when he finished powerfully from the rear to win the 1730m Gate Bar And Bistro Pace for two-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. After being unlaced at his two previous starts, Hugh Victor was overlooked by punters and returned $58.90 on the tote for a $1 investment. The race was run at a fast tempo and Hugh Victor, trained at Byford by David Thompson, rated a slick 1.56.9 which set a track record for two-year-olds over 1730m. The previous record of 1.57.4 was held by Harriet Elisabeth (a stablemate of Hugh Victor) and Modigliani. Hugh Victor started from the outside (barrier five) on the front line after the scratching of Lukey and Racey American and this certainly made his task easier. Morgan Woodley got Hugh Victor away swiftly and the gelding raced four wide early before he wisely decided to restrain him back to last in the field of ten. Woodley immediately positioned Hugh Victor on the pegs while Jacksagrinner set a fast pace, with the 5/4 on favourite Soho Starr applying plenty of pressure in the breeze. Mister Jadore, second favourite at 9/4, was sent forward from the rear at the 1000m mark by Chris Lewis and the third 400m section of the final mile was covered in a blistering 27.8sec. Woodley bided his time and eased Hugh Victor off the pegs 270m from home and switched the gelding four wide approaching the home turn. Hugh Victor sprinted strongly and won by a half-length from the gallant Mister Jadore, with a length back to Soho Starr. The final quarter was covered in 29.9sec. Hugh Victor has raced 13 times for two wins, five seconds and $29,934. He is the fifth foal out of the Golden Greek mare Like A Dame (36 starts for three wins, 12 placings and $10,312). David Hercules is the best of Like A Dame’s progeny, earning $700,114 from 26 wins and 25 placings from 76 starts. Like A Dame’s first foal, Smiling Angel, won at her final three starts, at Bunbury, Pinjarra and Gloucester Park in May and June 2009 before being retired to stud with a record of six wins, 13 placings and $47,294 from 31 starts. Like A Dame’s dam, the Victorian-bred unraced mare Hold Tight, produced five winners, including Fake Embrace, who had 178 starts for 37 wins, 40 placings and $240,249. Hold Tight’s dam Stormy Port was the mother of Albuquerque, who amassed $322,630 in prizemoney from 15 wins and ten placings from just 35 starts. Albuquerque won the Australian Gold for two-year-old colts and geldings at Moonee Valley in April 1993 before winning the Tasmanian and South Australian Derbies and finishing third in the Victoria Derby in 1994. MIGHTY FLYING THOMAS HAS KALGOORLIE SPRINT IN HIS SIGHTS Tough New Zealand-bred five-year-old Mighty Flying Thomas maintained his grand form when he scored a fighting all-the-way victory in the 2536m McInerney Ford Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and Bickley trainer Peter Anderson is planning to set the gelding for the 1750m Mount Eden Mile in Kalgoorlie next month. Mighty Flying Thomas possesses dazzling early pace and is ideally suited over sprint trips. He is proving an excellent purchase for Ian and Hazel Brandon, Ian Sermon, Lee Bunney and Ken Casellas, with his first 12 WA starts producing five wins and three placings for stakes of $35,624. The son of Falcon Seelster had 27 starts in New Zealand for six wins, seven placings and $40,039. Mighty Flying Thomas was favourite at 6/4 on after his strong all-the-way win at Northam and an extremely close and unlucky third behind Pacific Warrior in the John Higgins Memorial the previous Friday night. From barrier No. 2 on the front line Morgan Woodley had Mighty Flying Thomas in front from polemarker What God Knows after 250m and after the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.9sec. and 31.1sec. Mighty Flying Thomas sped over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 27.9sec. before fighting grimly to win by a head from 20/1 chance Justlikelindt, who finished determinedly after enjoying the perfect passage in the one-out, one-back position. Lord Diego (11/2) finished strongly from eighth in the middle stages to be a close third. The win completed a double for Woodley and gave him his 998th victory in an outstanding career. Friday night’s event renewed a keen rivalry between Mighty Flying Thomas and Lord Diego. In his final five starts in New Zealand early in 2012 he clashed four times with Lord Diego at Manawatu. Mighty Flying Thomas led and won easily from Lord Diego over 2000m on February 7, 2012 and then the honours were with Lord Diego, who won over 2500m and 2000m at his next two starts, with Mighty Flying Thomas finishing third and second. In their final clash in New Zealand, on February 23, Lord Diego finished second and Mighty Flying Thomas third behind Rangatiki. Mighty Flying Thomas is the fourth foal out of the In The Pocket mare Fleets Pocket, who was retired after four unplaced runs as a two and three-year-old. Fleets Pocket’s third foal is Flying Pocketlands, who has amassed $425,548 from 20 wins and 29 placings from 89 starts. He has won six races in New Zealand, ten in Victoria and four in New South Wales. RODRIGIO COMPLETES A SUCCESSFUL WEEK FOR BRENNAN New Zealand-bred five-year-old Rodrigo completed a successful week for Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan when he finished strongly to win the 2130m Happy 50th Birthday Glen Mortimer Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Rodrigo, a 26/1 outsider, was driven perfectly by Justin Prentice before scoring by a length from the fast-finishing Sir Swanky (9/1), with Bettor Still (12/1) a close third. This win followed successes by Brennan with Pocket Change at Gloucester Park on the previous Monday and 33/1 chance Extreme Bromac at Northam on Thursday night. Gary Hall jun. drove Pocket Change and Chris Playle got up with Extreme Bromac after the gelding had worked hard in the breeze all the way. Prentice got Rodrigo away speedily from the No. 5 barrier and the gelding was trapped three wide for the first 400m. But then I Am Legend (3/1) had to accelerate quickly to hold out outsider Romulus, who charged forward, four wide, to issue a spirited challenge for the lead. Romulus got almost a length in front of I Am Legend after 500m, but was unable to cross to the lead. This powerful challenge left a big gap behind I Am legend and Prentice gleefully was able to angle Rodrigo across to the pegs to follow the pacemaker. My Jasami started a three-wide move 1050m from home and he moved to third at the bell. Romulus continued to fight on in the breeze and he got to a half-length lead with 550m to travel. But I Am Legend fought back to regain the ascendancy. Prentice then was able to ease Rodrigo off the pegs approaching the home turn and the gelding finished boldly to surge to the front and win easily. The final two quarters were covered in 28.4sec. and 29.3sec. and the winner rated 1.58.1. Copagrin, favourite at 6/4 at his first appearance after a brief let-up, settled in ninth position and was ninth, three wide, at the bell. He was forced very wide 300m from home and battled on to finish sixth. Rodrigo, owned by Mark Salathiel, is a winner of ten races in Victoria and now has had eight WA starts for one win and two placings to take his record to 64 starts for 12 wins, 23 placings and $95,193. His maternal granddam Fern Glen produced Maheer Lord, who raced 197 times for 34 wins and 46 placings for stakes of $515,470. Maheer Lord, trained and driven by Grant Williams, won the group 1 WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park in January 2006, beating Ohoka Ace by a nose, with No Blue Manna in third place. BETTORS FIRE GIVES HARPER HIS FIRST TRAINING SUCCESS Kyle Harper landed his first winner as a trainer when he drove New Zealand-bred four-year-old Bettors Fire to a smart win in the 2130m Caduceus Club Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bettors Fire, making his Australian debut after winning 11 times from 30 New Zealand starts, was a solidly-supported 6/4 on favourite from the No. 2 barrier on the front line. However, Bettors Fire was kept out at the start by polemarker Ardens Southee (15/2), but the 23-year-old Harper was quite content to race without cover, with the first two 400m sections of the final mile being covered in a slow 32.3sec. and 30.2sec. The tempo increased in the final circuit and the final quarters were covered in 28.2sec. and 28sec. with Bettors Fire on terms for most of that lap before getting to the front about 80m from the post. Her rated 1.57.4 in beating Ardens Southee by a half-length, with 12/1 chance Franco Hendrix finishing solidly to be a length away in third place after trailing the leader all the way. Bettors Fire, owned by Frank Ranaldi, looks set for a successful career in WA. He is still a Metropolitan maiden, with earnings of $84,392 from 12 wins and seven placings from only 31 starts. He has emulated the performance of his dam Sparks A Flyin by winning at his Australian debut. Sparks A Flyin won the group 1 New South Wales Oaks at Harold Park in March 2001 at her first start in Australia. She was retired with earnings of $510,133 from 21 wins and 20 placings from 78 starts. EL MACHINE GIVES HOWSON ANOTHER WIN IN A PURPLE PATCH Talented reinsman Kade Howson has struck a purple patch and he kept up the good work by driving El Machine to a stylish victory in the 2536m Lancaster Park Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And then he travelled to Bunbury on Saturday night where he landed Boy O Boy, a fast-finishing winner at 5/1 over the 54/4 favourite Conniving Major Dave. These two winners gave the 25-year-old Howson ten winners from his past 23 drives, the others being Apache Cruiser and Multibet (at Pinjarra), El Machine and Balleybofey (Northam), Northern Fox (Gloucester Park) and Eerie Iris, Ohoka Samson and Miss Madoff (Bunbury). Howson, whose first winner was behind Lobo at Bunbury on July 9, 2004, now has driven in 2473 races for 286 wins, 240 seconds and 226 thirds. Howson trains El Machine at Pinjarra and races the Elsu four-year-old in partnership with reinsman Michael George. El Machine, favourite at 5/4, started from the back line and settled at the rear. Telham Lane led for the first 200m before Match To The Fuse took over, and then Kim Prentice sent the well-supported 5/2 chance Soho Monza to the front after 450m. Howson sent El Machine forward after a lap and the gelding moved to the breeze at the 1350m mark. He then travelled well before getting to the front 230m from home and winning by a neck from 6/1 chance Sparkling Seelster, who came home determinedly from fourth at the bell. Soho Monza held on for third. The winner, who rated 1.58.5, is still classified as an M0-class performer who looks set for many more wins. He has already earned $81,690 from 12 wins and ten placings from 33 starts. His dam Fashion Statement raced 22 times for three wins (one in Kalgoorlie and two in Geraldton) and three placings for stakes of $6290. KING CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY WITH A CITY QUINELLA Pinjarra trainer Chris King celebrated his 41st birthday on Saturday, reflecting on a wonderful quinella result at Gloucester Park the previous evening when Lord Lombo set the pace and held on to win the 2130m Cowden Ltd Pace by 1m from stablemate Leda McNally. Lord Lombo, a 13/2 chance, caused a false start by galloping from the No. 1 barrier in the score-up and checking Benjamin Banneker. Then, at the second attempt, Nathan Turvey got Lord Lombo away smartly and the six-year-old gave a bold frontrunning exhibition. He dashed over the final 800m in 57.6sec. and won by 1m from Leda McNally, a 6/1 chance driven by Chris Voak, who trailed the pacemaker before finishing fast. Hez The Bart Man, favourite at 11/8, had a tough run in the breeze and fought on grandly to be 1m away in third place. Benjamin Banneker, second favourite at 9/4, was seventh at the bell and was looming as a danger approaching the home turn when he was badly checked and broke into a gallop before dropping back to finish last in the field of eight. Lord Lombo, a winner of two races in South Australia, eight in Victoria and one in New South Wales, has had 20 starts in WA for six wins and four placings. He has earned $135,472. By Blissfull Hall, Lord Lombo is out of Lady Lara Lombo, who earned $51,120 from five wins in Victoria and one in NSW from 42 starts. Lady Lara Lombo’s dam Decethree Lombo produced nine winners, including her first foal Lombo Skyrider, who earned $841,611 from 63 wins and 84 placings from 321 starts. Decethree Lombo’s dam Misty Maiden had 37 starts for 12 wins, 11 placings and stakes of $245,449. She then produced eight winners, including Lombo Pocket Watch, a winner of $1,522,638 from 45 wins and 17 placings from 83 starts. Misty maiden’s dam Smooth Gale produced seven winners after racing 45 times for 14 wins, ten placings and $56,707. TALK ABOUT MACH TOO STRONG AFTER ENJOYING A PERFECT TRIP Octogenarian trainer Bill Horn produced four-year-old Talk About Mach in fine fettle for the 1730m Retravision WA Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when she enjoyed the perfect trail behind the pacemaker Arch On Fire before finishing fast to snatch victory from that pacer. The win of Talk About Mach, a 9/1 chance, gave Kyle Harper the first leg of a double. He later scored with Bettors Fire. Arch On Fire (11/4) set a solid pace and sprinted over the final 800m in 56.7sec. But she was unable to hold out Talk About Mach, who surged to the front in the final 15m and rated 1.56.8. The Victorian-bred Talk About Mach, is owned by Dennis Connolly and is the only foal out of Talking Safe, who raced 21 times in Victoria for two wins, seven placings and $10,150. Talk About Mach, the winner of the Dainty’s Daughter Classic in February 2012 and third behind Sensational Gabby and Southern Legacy in the WA Oaks three months later, has earned $83,102 from seven wins and 12 placings from 39 starts. MARATHON LOOMS AS THE NEXT CHALLENGE FOR NIPPERINGHALL The $25,000 Marathon Handicap over 3309m next Friday night is the likely target for six-year-old Nipperinghall after Serpentine trainer Chris Brew drove him to a decisive victory in the Nova 93.7 Handicap over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Nipperinghall (7/2) has struck top form, with two wins and a close second from his past three starts and he appeals as a strong stayer. Polemarker Frankie Maguire led for the first 500m on Friday night when Brew gave Nipperinghall plenty of time to settle before sending him to the front. Anvils Big Punt and Rockyourbaby each had turns in the breeze, with neither threatening any real danger. Shardons Rocket, the backmarker off 30m, issued a strong challenge in the final circuit before battling on into fourth place. Frankie Maguire enjoyed sitting behind the leader and ran home gamely to be a 5m second, with Arden Bannister finishing strongly into third place after racing three back on the pegs. Nipperinghall has had 66 starts for 11 wins, eight placings and $68,316. by Ken Casellas  

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

Now that champion pacer Im Themightyquinn has conquered the east coast of Australia, he’s heading back to New Zealand for more feature race glory.Two years ago, Im Themightyquinn swept all before him claiming the Auckland Cup and eventually, after a long drawn out process, he was also crowned the Inter Dominion Grand Final her

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