Lauren Jones will join an exclusive harness racing club on Friday night when she drives Soho Highroller for champion trainer Gary Hall in the Group One $400,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park. Jones will become only the third female reinswoman to compete in Western Australia’s premier harness racing event, with Hall calling on the promising driver for one of his five runners in the Group One race. The only other two reinswomen to drive in the Cup are sisters Kellie and Kate Kersley, daughters of iconic racing identity Fred Kersley Junior. Kellie’s drives were aboard Icarian (1991), Borasca (1993) and star mare Norms Daughter in 1996 and 1997, while Kate drove Chivalrous Fella for Kim Prentice in the 2004 edition. Originally from Queensland, the 19 year-old Jones has made a dramatic impact since starting work for Gary Hall just under a year ago, driving 31 winners, including 11 metropolitan victories. A win for Jones will see her become the first female to take out the Cup, with Kellie’s second placing in 1997 behind Our Sir Vancelot the closest to a victory. Coincidentally, Justin Prentice will be hoping to emulate another piece of Cup history held elusively by the Kersley family when he takes the reins of another Hall runner and one of the favourites for Friday night’s event, Northview Punter. A win by Justin will see him join his father Kim on the honour roll of winning drivers, after Kim’s victories aboard Baltic Eagle in the 2003 Cup and Im Themightyquinn in 2011. The only father and son to have driven a WA Pacing Cup winner in the 101-year history of the event is Fred Kersley Senior and Junior. Fred Kersley Junior won with Beau Travis (1961), Local Product (1974) and Justaboyden (1995). Kersley Senior was successful with James Eden in 1973 at his final ever race drive. It’s set to be a big night all around at Gloucester Park headlined with the farewell of champion pacer Im Themightyquinn. “Quinny,” who is no stranger to the WA Pacing Cup, having won it three times, farewells the track he dominated throughout his career with a parade after Race 5. The night will also see a special Celebrity Pony Trot take place with West Coast Eagles legend Dean Cox and Hockeyroos superstar Anna Flanagan headlining a field boasting some of Perth’s biggest names. Media personalities Steve “Millsy” Mills and Mark Readings will also be in action as well as leading trainer Gary Hall Snr and Pony Trot Inter Dominion champion Cassandra Abbott. Gates Open 4pm First Race 5.22pm AWST WA Pacing Cup 8.45pm AWST For more details visit www.gloucesterpark.com.au Michael Radley
It will be a major shock if Western Australia doesn’t “win” the next three-year hosting rights for the harness racing Inter Dominion Series. Although bids have not yet closed and other jurisdictions are sure to have a crack, it is understood that there are a number of exciting ingredients to the WA bid – made jointly by Racing and Wagering WA (RWWA) and Gloucester Park. Bidding for the 2016-18 hosting rights closes with the Inter Dominion Event Committee on July 21. Although tight-lipped over many of the details, RWWA manager of harness racing Barry Hamilton declared: “GPHR (Gloucester Park) and RWWA will be making a bold and audacious bid to host the 2016-18 Inter Dominions. “While not prepared to detail the full amount proposed, we can say that if we are successful in this bid, the Inter Dominions will become the most prestigious pacing race in the world.” It is believed the bid includes making the Inter Dominion final the richest pacing race in the world, which would mean a final with well over a $1 million purse. And, in a move sure to be popular in many quarters, WA would return immediately to a traditional Inter Dominion format of three rounds of qualifying heats into a Grand Final. It will be interesting to see whether that involves running at least one round of the heats at a regional track, with Pinjarra being the most obvious option. “We are in a unique and exciting position to relaunch, re-energise and revitalise harness racing in this state through a successful Inter Dominion bid and look forward to the Inter Dominions returning to the traditional and preferred format and back to its ‘glory days’,” Hamilton said. Clearly WA’s bid is about both promoting the Inter Dominion and “spicing-up” harness racing in the state. “The RWWA board have already approved funding for each of the three years of the tender outside the normal distribution, there will also be significant capital infrastructure improvements across three venues, potentially in excess of $5 million should WA become the successful bidder,” Hamilton said. “Gloucester Park’s credentials are second to none and the new partnership with RWWA to conduct this event will make it even more successful than 2012 (in Perth), which is already heralded as the best Inter ever run.” Gloucester Park CEO Michael Radley underlined the long term investment the bid involved. He even hinted at a wish for Perth to become the permanent home of the Inter Dominion. “This is not just about holding an Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park, this is about stimulating harness racing in WA and making sure there is a trickle down effect for the industry, especially grass roots,” he said. “We have been overwhelmed by the encouragement we have received from all facets of the industry as well as initial support from the government and our corporate partners. “RWWA has been incredibly enthusiastic about the Inter Dominion’s returning to WA and their ability to garner government and industry support has made it possible to structure a bid which we believes will be almost unbeatable. “2012 was highly successful and that will provide the basis for this Inter Dominion tender, however we have identified areas where we can make 2016-18 even better.” Harness Racing Australia CEO Andrew Kelly said he expected a “very competitive” bidding process. “It’s only the second time we’ve had this strategy (of bidding for three-year hosting rights) and it’s worked,” he said. “There’s no question this will be a lot more competitive than the first time when NSW was basically on its own. “When you think about it, it makes sense. It breeds competition and also gives bidders the chance to build infrastructure with the certainty of three years hosting the Inter Dominion compared to just being allocated it once every eight years.” By Adam Hamilton Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand
Gloucester Park Harness Racing (GPHR) today officially launched its revamped website www.gloucesterpark.com.au with the new feature of internet videos called GPTV. GPTV will feature interviews leading into Gloucester Park meetings which are aimed at giving punters as much information as possible as well as promoting the local industry events. “The face of media is changing everyday” said GPHR CEO Michael Radley “Online presence has become more and more critical to reaching our audience, but you also need to have the right content with up to date and useful information”. Radley is most excited about the internet TV section of the website, a first for WA harness racing. “TrotsTV was a great initiative by Harness Racing NSW and others states have followed suit with similar formats. To start with GPTV will be kept fairly simple with interviews and previews of selected events. The interviews will also be played on our new big screen on race nights for on-course punters. “The plan is to develop GPTV over time to have feature reports and even panel shows.” WA’s top racing media personality, Wes Cameron, will be the inaugural presenter of GPTV, conducting interviews in his own unique style. The debut interviews for GPTV are with champion trainer Gary Hall Sr, firstly regarding the next goals of his champion pacer Im Themightyquinn, including Monday’s Pinjarra Cup and a Queensland campaign. Hall also discusses his strong hand in the $25,000 Pure Steel Final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. In-form trainer Michael Brennan speaks about his chances at Friday night’s Gloucester Park meeting and we chat with Kristy Sheehy, the Garrards Horse & Hound Junior Concession Driver series winner, about her trip to Sydney to represent WA in the 2014 NSW Rising Stars Series. For more details and to watch GPTV visit www.gloucesterpark.com.au “Western Australia is lucky to have someone as knowledgeable and passionate about the sport as Wes, he is one of a number of talented media identities that we plan to utilise. My hope is to also develop on-air talent, as there are currently a number of up and coming race callers, journalists and form experts here in the West. “Gloucester Park is also looking at developing other new technologies to promote not only the club, but also harness racing in general”. Further information contact Michael Radley (08) 9323 3555 or 0431 945 329
Hall of Fame reinsman Frederick Ross (FR) Kersley will return to Gloucester Park on Friday night as a driver, when he partners another superstar of the sport, Im Themightyquinn. Kersley, who dominated Perth harness racing winning 14 trainers premiership and 17 drivers premierships, will return to the sulky and drive champion pacer Im Themightyquinn in special ‘workout’ between races five and six on Friday night. Kersley has not driven competitively for almost a decade, but will come out of retirement for this special occasion to partner one of the greatest pacers of all time, Im Themightyquinn as the three-time Inter Dominion winner prepares for his race track return in the coming weeks. Two Champions of two different era’s will combine for a special harness racing moment. The special promotion was proposed by ‘Quinny’s’ trainer Gary Hall Sr. “I grew up idolising Fred (Kerlsey)” said Hall “He dominated and gave all the trainers and drivers of my era something to aspire to, and to have the great FRK drive a champion I train is simply amazing” Kersley travelled to Hall’s Serpentine stable during the week to get a feel of the champ and have a practice run before his return to Gloucester Park. “He feels like a Rolls Royce” enthused Kersley “He’s an amazing animal, it’s a big thrill for me” he added Im Themightyquinn Total money won - $4,377,016 102 starts 52 wns 19 seconds 13 3rds Best time 1:53.5 Fred Kersley 2377 career wins as driver (1735 in Perth) 2282 career wins as trainer (1570 in Perth) (last winner & last drive - Precious Dylan for trainer Grant Williams at Pinjarra on 7th August 2006) 17 Perth Drivers Premierships 14 Perth Trainers Premierships First Australian to drive 100+ Metro Winners in a season - 113 in 1984/85 Five times 100 winners in a season as a driver 1993 Australian Harness Racing Council Distinguished National Service Award 2007 Inaugural Inductee into The West Australian Racing Industry Hall Of Fame Group One wins 1st 1961 WA Pacing Cup with Beau Travis (driver) beating Peppercorn & Moonspeed 1st 1967 Fremantle Cup with Coneeda (driver) beating Paula Nelson & Reggie John 1st 1972 WA Pacing Cup with James Eden (trainer) beating Yankee Rhythm & Dark Adair 1st 1973 WA Pacing Cup with Local Product (driver & trainer) beating Mitchell Victory & Wee Cent 1st 1974 South Australian Pacing Cup with James Eden (driver) 1st 1975 WA Derby with Pure Steel (driver & trainer) beating Yerilla Court & Hodgens Son 1st 1976 WA Derby with Nixon Adios (driver & trainer) beating Lord Thurber & Mister Karamea 1st 1979 WA Oaks with Wannerie (driver & trainer) beating Lady Delmer & Pleasant Waratah 1st 1980 WA Oaks with Capricciosa (driver & trainer) beating Paris Trick & Phrynie 1st 1985 WA Oaks with Countess Gina (driver & trainer) beating Penny Opera & Bremer Bay 1st 1986 Golden Slipper Stakes with Paavo (driver & trainer) beating Big Bucks & Judge Thomas 1st 1987 ACFOS Cup with Raceaway Too (driver & trainer) beating Trunkey Westerner & Morgan James 1st 1992 Golden Slipper Stakes with Chandon (driver) beating Flashing Star & Shaw To Win 1st 1993 WA Derby with Chandon (driver) beating Parky Kid & Classic Earl 1st 1993 Fremantle Cup with Justaboyden (driver) beating Tricky Bey & Keyera 1st 1995 WA Pacing Cup with Justaboyden (driver) beating Southern Knight & Hot Mix 1st 1996 Golden Slipper Stakes with Salinger (driver & trainer) beating Hail The Judge & Kinda Red 1st 1997 WA Derby with Salinger (driver & trainer) beating Heros Knight & Upstanding Poplar 1st 1997 Golden Nugget with Salinger (driver & trainer) beating The Accelerator & Record High 1st 2002 Golden Slipper Stakes with Cams Legend (driver) beating Magic Albert & Fletcher Christian 1st 2004 WA Derby with Global Force (driver) beating Ulrich & Am I Tough Michael Radley Chief Executive Gloucester Park Harness Racing
THE BARRIER DRAW FOR NEPEAN CONVEYORS $400,000 WA PACING CUP CONDUCTED TODAY The all-important barrier draw for the Group One $400,000 Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup will be conducted this afternoon at Gloucester Park, with the draw set to take place at around 1.15pm WST. Michael Brennan’s star pacer Im Victorious confirmed his status as the heir to Im Themightyquinn’s WA throne, with a brilliant win over rising star Bettors Fire in last week’s $250,000 Yes Loans Fremantle Cup. Breeders Crown winner David Hercules will be hoping for more luck after working overtime in his third placing in last week’s Cup, while veteran pacer Washakie will be looking to bounce back after an uncharacteristic performance when he finished down the track in the same race. The Ross Olivieri trained Hez The Bart Man forced his way into the field with a brilliant win in the Fremantle Cup Consolation and Gary Hall Sr. will be looking for his eighth Pacing Cup win as a trainer with Hokonui Ben, Liviningontheinterest and Toretto. The field for the Group One $400,000 Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup is; Bettors Fire Dasher VC David Hercules Hez The Bart Man Hokonui Ben Im Victorious Ima Rocket Star Livingontheinterest Lombo Navigator This Time Dylan Toretto Washakie 1st Emergency – Famous Alchemist 2nd Emergency – Mysta Magical Mach The draw will be posted live via the Gloucester Park twitter account–twitter.com/GloucesterPark By Michael Radley
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
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Champion Pacer Im Themightyquinn will return to harness racing in Friday night's Channel 9 Winter Cup at Gloucester Park. Also four Group One Sires Stakes Finals worth $100,000 each will on the card.
Shannon Suvaljuko will drive Bunbury-trained Macon Georgia in Friday night's Group 1 $100,000 International Animal Health Pearl Classic Final (2130m) at Gloucester Park after Chris Lewis, who drove the speedy colt in a qualifying heat, reiis booked for favourite Mister Jadore.
Harness racing trainer Gary Hall Snr had a horrific week with his star three-year-old Alta Christiano sustaining a tendon injury, which will see the WA Derby winner out of the rich summer carnival races, such as the Lancaster Park Golden Nugget.
Top line pacer David Hercules broke another record at Gloucester Park last Friday, illustrating the career best form that the David Thompson Trained Pacer is in.
Harness racing trainer Tony Svilicich will have seven of the ten runners in Friday night's feature event, the $21,000 Lancaster Park Stakes at Gloucester Park over 1730 metres.
Star NSW filly Frith produced a brilliant all the way performance to take out an action-packed $150,000 G1 Gannons WA Oaks on Friday night at Gloucester Park.
An epic battle looms this Friday night with the two 'big guns' set to lock horns early after they both drew the frontline in Friday night's $150,000 Gannons WA Oaks at Gloucester Park.
The barrier draw for Friday night's Group One $200,000 Sky Racing WA Derby has added more intrigue to Western Australia's premier harness racing three-year-old event at Gloucester Park.
One of the best crop of harness racing three-year-olds in recent years will line up in Friday night's $50,000 Community Newspaper Group 3YO Western Gateway at Gloucester Park.