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Trainer-reinsman Aldo Cortopassi justified the faith placed in him by Queensland owner Jeroen Nieuwenburg when he brought Hokonui Ben home with a sparkling late burst to snatch victory from Northview Punter in the $50,000 MMJ Real Estate RWWA Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Nieuwenburg shocked West Australian harness racing fans early this month when he switched Hokonui Ben from the stables of leading trainer Gary Hall sen. and gave him to Cortopassi to train. In his final two starts for Hall Hokonui Ben Hall had scored a splendid all-the-way victory in the $400,000 WA Pacing Cup and then finished a half-head second to stablemate Livingontheinterest in the $35,000 Lord Mayor's Cup. Clint Hall was in the sulky for Hokonui Ben's WA Pacing Cup triumph, and in an ironic twist, Hall drove Northview Punter in Friday night's race. Northview Punter, a 7/1 chance, began with tremendous dash from the No. 3 barrier and burst straight to the front. Northview Punter looked the winner when he rounded the home bend full of running and holding David Hercules at bay. But he was unable to hold out 13/2 chance Hokonui Ben, who started from the back line and was tenth when he started a three-wide run 950m from home. Hokonui Ben was in eighth place, out wide, with 450m to travel before he thundered home to gain the upper hand in the final couple of strides. He beat Northview Punter by a neck, with David Hercules, equal favourite at 7/4 with polemarker This Time Dylan, a fighting third after starting from the outside of the front line. Morgan Woodley sent David Hercules forward in the first circuit, but the gelding was kept three wide by 26/1 chance Mysta Magical Mach until David Hercules finally got to the breeze after a lap. This Time Dylan enjoyed an ideal passage behind Northview Punter before finishing fourth. In an up-tempo race the New Zealand-bred Hokonui Ben rated a smart 1.55.8 over the 2536m and took his record to 18 wins and 15 placings from 53 starts for stakes of $581,639. His 29 starts in Western Australia have produced 12 wins and ten placings. "We were on a hiding to nothing when we took him and I had a big set of shoes to fill," taking a horse off Senior (Hall sen.)," Cortopassi said. "He has done a huge job with the horse and won the Pacing Cup. I'm just grateful to have the opportunity to race on with the horse. He's a lovely horse and is the real deal. He's probably the best horse I've had the opportunity to train. "Special thanks to Jeroen to have the faith in me to have a crack with the horse. We didn't have to do a lot with him. All I had to do was to try to keep him at that level after all the work that had been done with the horse previously. "This was probably the weakest race Hokonui Ben has contested for a while. There was no Im Victorious or Livingontheinterest. So he was probably the class runner and has done a great job. He really sprinted brilliantly. The race was put on as well after the early burn which made it for horses like him. Luck was on our side." LEDA McNALLY IS SPOT ON FOR THE LADYSHIP MILE AT MENANGLE Leda McNally completed her preparation for the $200,000 Ladyship Mile at Menangle next Sunday in dashing style with a stylish all-the-way win in the first prelude of the MMJ Land Sales Empress Stakes at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 5/2 on favourite was untroubled to bounce to the front from the No. 1 barrier and set a solid pace before sprinting over the final 400m in 27.9sec. to defeat Sensational Gabby by just under a length at a 1.57.2 rate over 2130m. Famous Alchemist (13/4) trailed the pacemaker and battled on doggedly into third place. It was a performance that pleased reinsman Chris Voak, who said that Pinjarra trainer Chris King had the five-year-old spot on for her battle against her nine rivals, including champion New Zealand four-year-old Adore Me and Baby Bling, winner of last year's Miracle Mile. "She has broken 1.54 on this track (Gloucester Park) and I've driven at Menangle and run at a 1.52 speed and I think that she can easily handle breaking 1.52 speed there," he said. "We'll rely on the barrier draw and hopefully there is genuine tempo in the race. She certainly does her best work when sat up." Voak said he was hopeful that Leda McNally (who will leave Perth for Sydney by air on Tuesday) would handle the travel and change of environment. He pointed out that Leda McNally had won the group 3 Norms Daughter Classic and the group 1 Mares Mile at Gloucester Park in November, with star New Zealand mare Bettor Cover Lover finishing third and fourth in those feature events. "So now we are hoping that Leda McNally is not affected by the travel," he said. The versatile Leda McNally has raced 50 times for 19 wins and nine placings for earnings of $278,308. BROWN PREDICTS BIG THINGS FROM MACH BANNER Recent New Zealand import Mach Banner gave a sample of his class and showed that he is capable of developing into a top-line performer in Perth when he set the pace and held on to beat the fast-finishing Marooned in the third heat of the MMJ Valuations and Consultancy Lewis Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Reinsman Colin Brown said that he had been informed by trainer Greg Bond and stable worker Ryan Warwick that Mach Banner's work during the week, and following his second West Australian appearance when fifth behind Im Victorious in the interdominion championship heat the previous Saturday, had been sensational. "This is the first time that he has put his hoof up, if you like, and declared how good he is," Brown said. "On the track he ran home in 26 (sec.) something and so the horse is on the way up. I think he has got a little bit of class." Mach Banner, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, arrived in Western Australia with a splendid record in top company in New Zealand where he had 55 starts for 12 wins and 17 placings for stakes of $225,565. Even though he performed soundly in the interdominion heat the previous Saturday and was favourably drawn at No. 2 on the front line on Friday night, Mach Banner was sent out second fancy at 9/4, behind the less-credentialled Northern Assassin, who started from barrier three as a heavily-supported 5/4 favourite. Brown stole a march on Northern Assassin when he urged the seven-year-old forward in the early stages to take up the running after 100m. Polemarker The Oyster Bar broke badly after 200m and Ryan Bell was left in the breeze with Northern Assassin. After a lead time of 37sec. Mach Banner reeled off quarters in 30sec., 29.1sec. 29.1sec. and 28.8sec. and he just held on to beat 15/1 chance Marooned, who trailed the leader before flashing home. Franco Torres, a 66/1 outsider, raced in the one-out, one-back position and finished third, with Northern Assassin wilting to sixth. LITTLE BOY BLUE PROVING A GOOD BUY FOR VAL MELLSOP Val Mellsop, wife of Waroona trainer-reinsman Bob Mellsop, made a wise decision when she outlaid $10,000 to purchase Little Boy Blue from Gary Elson last July. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old notched his fourth win for his new connections when Mellsop drove him to an effortless all-the-way victory from the No. 1 barrier in the 1730m MMJ Facilities Management Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. That boosted his earnings for the Mellsops to $29,930 and took his career record to 54 starts for 12 wins, 17 placings and $95,887 in prizemoney. Little Boy Blue, a strong-finishing winner at Harvey ten nights earlier, was favourite at 3/1 on and he gave his supporters no cause for concern. Little Boy Blue rattled home over the final 400m in 27.3sec. and won at a 1.56.1 rate by just over two lengths from 14/1 chance Hoylakes Firstlady, who started immediately behind the favourite and trailed him throughout. "He's going super and just like me, he loves being spoilt," Mellsop said. "I'm not in a hurry to come back to town. I'll run around in the country and milk it a little bit. He's only five, and he's sound." The win gave Mellsop a belated birthday present. He turned 57 the previous Sunday and had further reason to celebrate when he prepared The Big Bite for his all-the-way win in the Hahn Pace at Bunbury on Saturday night. The Big Bite was driven by Colin Brown and paid $12.40 on the tote. Little Boy Blue did not race in New Zealand. By Armbro Operative, he is out of Robyn Blue, a mare who earned $99,634 from eight wins and 17 placings from 48 starts. As a two-year-old in December 2004 Robyn Blue was placed three times behind Foreal in group 1 and 2 events for two-year-old fillies at Alexandra Park. TRUCKERS RUFFNUT PROVIDES A BOOST FOR EGERTON-GREEN Eight-year-old Truckers Ruffnut caused his second upset in the space of three starts in his long-awaited comeback when 21-year-old Dylan Egerton-Green celebrated his first drive behind the horse by bringing him home with a storming run to win the 2130m MMJ Investment Sales Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Not only was the win a triumph for Bunbury trainer Murray Hansen, but it gave Egerton-Green a timely boost before he represents Western Australia in the $50,000 Australasian Young Drivers championship at Menangle next Sunday. The State's other representative at Menangle next Sunday is Aiden De Campo, who drove even-money favourite Danieljohn in Friday night's race in which Truckers Ruffnut was an easing 33/1 outsider. Danieljohn started from barrier one and bowled along in front before he was overhauled by Truckers Ruffnut about 60m from the post. The final 800m was covered in 56.9sec. and Truckers Ruffnut rated a smart 1.56. Mighty Flying Thomas (4/1) trailed the pacemaker and finished full of running to be a close-up third. This was Truckers Ruffnut's fifth start after an absence of 39 months. He was successful two starts before Friday night's race when he started at 21/1 on the tote. He had been driven at his three previous runs before Friday by Shane Butcher, who returned home to New Zealand about a week ago. This gave Egerton-Green the opportunity to take the drive. Truckers Ruffnut started from barrier two on the back line and Egerton-Green had him three back on the pegs in fifth place at the bell when Rocky Marciano was in the breeze and Whos Mistake was enjoying the one-out, one-back trail. Egerton-Green got Truckers Ruffnut off the pegs 250m from home and took him three wide on the home turn. Truckers Ruffnut accelerated strongly and Danieljohn was powerless to defy his late challenge. Egerton-Green was the 13th reinsman to have driven Truckers Ruffnut during his 52-start career which has produced 20 wins, 14 placings and stakes of $249,770. "He did it pretty easily and was just too good," Egerton-Green said. "But I had to get stuck into him a bit. He was just being a bit cunning." Truckers Ruffnut, a top-flight juvenile who as a three-year-old won the group 3 WA Sales Classic, the group 1 $100,000 State Sires Series and the consolation of the Breeders Crown at Melton, damaged a suspensory ligament in 2010 and then injured his other leg. This is his fourth attempt at a comeback after he had gone amiss at his three previous attempts to resume racing. He is related to New Zealand-bred chestnut Motoring Magic, who earned $366,395 from ten wins and ten placings from 34 starts. FOOTNOTE: Aiden De Campo had three drives on Friday night for seconds with Conniving Major Dave and Danieljohn and a third with Trojan Bromac, all trained by his father Andrew. It was a different story at Donaldson Park in Bunbury the following night when they dominated the eight-event program. Aiden De Campo drove four winners --- Gotta Go Chocolate, Typhoon Tan, Vertical Four and Tricky Styx. The first three are trained by his father and Tricky Styx is trained by Jesse Moore. Andrew De Campo also trained Lovers Delight, who was driven by Chris Lewis for his smart victory in the Bunbury Patrons Cup. GALACTIC GALLEON PROVES TOO TOUGH FOR THE PACEMAKER Galactic Galleon maintained his recent splendid form and notched his fourth win from his past five starts when he revealed wonderful fighting qualities to get up a beat 2/1 on favourite Conniving Major Dave in the 2130m MMJ Real Estate Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. After starting from barrier two on the back line Galactic Galleon(second fancy at 6/1) was rushed forward by Colin Brown to race in the breeze, but well back from the pacemaking Conniving Major Dave. After a third quarter in 28.6sec. Conniving Major Dave looked the likely winner turning for home. But Galactic Galleon refused to give in and surged home to get to the front 40m from the post and win by a head from the favourite. The final section was also covered in 28.6sec. and the winner rated 1.58.6. "Galactic Galleon had the advantage of race fitness over the leader and that told in the end," said Brown. Galactic Galleon, by Art Major and the ninth and last foal out of the unraced Soky's Atom mare Moonshaker, was placed at three of his five starts in New Zealand and now has raced 23 times in WA for eight wins and ten placings. STAMPALIA REPEATS THE DOSE AND STEALS A MARCH WITH KRISTEN LOUISE Almost seven years ago Vance Stampalia drove horse No. 5 in the tenth and final event at Gloucester Park. He stole a march on his rivals when he set the pace with Black Line, an 11/2 chance trained by Debbie Padberg. Black Line went on to win from Ideal Lavros. Stampalia repeated the dose at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he was in the sulky behind the No. 5 runner, Kristen Louise, in the tenth and final event, the 2130m second prelude of the MMJ Real Estate Empress Stakes. He again stole a march on his rivals when he got Kristen Louise, the 16/1 rank outsider in a field of six, away to a flying start. Kristen Louise simply had too much pace for her rivals and burst to the front after 100m before setting a solid pace and winning by a half-length from 7/1 chance Selkie, who trailed her all the way. Ace of Cards came from the one-out, one-back position to finish third. Stampalia was able to get Kristen Louise to relax after her fast start and the four-year-old mare, the youngest and least experienced runner in the race, was able to dawdle through the lead time in 39.1sec. and the first 400m section of the final mile in a slow 32.3sec. She had plenty in reserve and was able to keep the opposition at bay with final quarters of 28.9sec. and 28.5sec. The wonderful connection behind the No. 5 runner in race ten is that Kristen Louise is closely related to Black Line. Kristen Louise, bred and owned by Marshall Taylor and Tony Glass, is the 11th foal out of Windshield Wiper mare Demarcation (a winner of nine races in Victoria). Demarcation's dam Picket Line produced ten winners of 109 races, including Black Line, who earned $255,232 from 18 wins and 13 placings from 78 starts. Picket Line is a half-sister to Shadow Line, who won 14 times in WA for Ken White. Stampalia drove Shadow Line twice for an 11th placing and a nose second to Guys Laughing over 1700m at Gloucester Park in September 2001. Kristen Louise has earned $38,590 from five wins and eight placings from 34 starts. LEWIS MAKES THE MOST OF A LUCKY BREAK WITH LORD COBURN Invariably when a horse gallops fiercely at the start of a stand the runner behind him meets with severe interference and frequently is virtually out of contention. The polemarker Czargem galloped badly when the tapes released the field for the MMJ Commercial property Management Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The well-supported 13/4 second favourite and last-start winner Lord Coburn was immediately behind Czargem on the inside of the 10m line. But most fortuitously Czargem veered outwards to provide a dream saloon inside passage for Lord Coburn, who burst straight to the front while the well-fancied Erris Lad was inconvenienced by the galloping Czargem and was foiled in an anticipated bid for the early lead. Chris Lewis then dictated terms in front with the Ross Olivieri-trained Lord Coburn, who was not extended in running the first two sections of the final mile in 31.5sec. and 30.2sec. before sprinting over the next two quarters in 28.6sec. and 28.5sec. to coast an easy 7m victory over Erris Lad, who had trailed the pacemaker all the way. Trojan Bromac, favourite at 3/1, fought on to be third after racing in the one-out, one-back position. "A bit of luck goes a long way," said Lewis. "You take it when you can. Obviously it made this horse's job a lot easier. Lord Coburn is in form and once he was in front he was going to be pretty hard to beat. I think he has stepped up a notch and he's definitely got more wins in him." The Victorian-bred Lord Coburn has had 53 starts for 14 wins, 14 placings and $103,665. He has had 15 starts in WA for four wins and four placings. PREORDAINED BREAKS THROUGH AND ENDS A LOSING SEQUENCE OF 16 Preordained, a New South Wales-bred five-year-old, had been unplaced at all his 16 appearances at Gloucester Park before he was sent out a warm 5/4 favourite from the prized No. 1 barrier in the 1730m MMJ Commercial Strata Pace on Friday night. But he gave his supporters a giant scare before prevailing by a nose as he held on grimly to defeat the fast-finishing 11/4 second fancy Barkers Hall to end a losing sequence of 16. Preordained, driven by Morgan Woodley for Northam trainer Glenn Elliott, was beaten out by 25/1 chance Nuclear Bunny from barrier three. However, Nuclear Bunny was unable to cross to the pegs and Preordained, after a slick first quarter in 29.7sec., coasted through the next 400m in a leisurely 31.5sec. before final quarters of 28.8sec. and 28.9sec. Woodley dashed Preordained away after rounding the home turn, but the Parsons Den gelding had to fight grimly to keep Barkers Hall at bay. "He put the writing on the wall at Northam last week when he whizzed forward from an outside gate, got to the lead and hung in really good (when second to Fully Zapped)," Woodley said. "And on paper this looked like his race from barrier one over a mile on a predominately leader-biased track. Everything looked in his favour. "But it was a lot closer than I would have liked on the line. He got away with easy sectionals and I thought he would have had a fairly good kick left in the straight. But when I went for him there wasn't quite as much there as I thought I might have had. "I was definitely worried when Barkers Hall came at him. Preordained was a short-priced favourite and I probably could have made the decision just to keep sitting against the horse and keep Barkers Hall in a pocket a lot longer than I did. When I made the decision to kick I thought I had plenty in reserve. But then there were certainly nervous moments for me." Preordained has raced 59 times for eight wins, 14 placings and $50,703. IT'S JUST A STROLL IN THE PARK FOR MISTER JADORE It certainly looked a one-sided affair when Mister Jadore lined up against four moderate rivals in the $21,000 MMJ Commercial Leasing Sales Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Mister Jadore was the State's star two-year-old in the 2012-13 season and went into the race as the winner of seven races and $168,129, with the combined earnings of his rivals being a mere $28,514 from a total of four wins. Starting at 10/1 on, Mister Jadore made it a one-act affair as Chris Lewis drove him to an effortless all-the-way victory, rating 1.58.4 after sprinting over the final quarter in 28.7sec. He crossed the line 19m ahead of the 9/1 second fancy Apache Cruiser, who trailed him throughout. Mister Jadore, trained by Annie Belton and raced by her and her husband Colin, boosted his prizemoney to $181,989 from eight wins and nine placings from 20 starts. "He has run a nice time, which he needs to at this time of the year," said Lewis. "It has taken him a little bit of time to get back to his best and he's now bringing his times down." by Ken Casellas  

Ace harness racing reinsman Kim Prentice will resume at Gloucester Park on Friday night after a term of suspension and has landed the plum drive behind This Time Dylan in the $50,000 MMJ Real Estate RWWA Cup. Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan engaged Prentice after the gelding's regular reinsmen, Justin Prentice and Gary Hall jun., were unavailable. Justin Prentice, son of Kim Prentice, is committed to drive his own nomination Gday Mate and Hall is serving a brief term of suspension. This Time Dylan is in dazzling form, with his past 16 starts producing nine wins, three seconds, two thirds, a fourth and a sixth. He is the leader in the Gloucester Park Horse of the Year award with 70 points, 20 ahead of Northview Punter. This Time Dylan was most impressive at his most recent outing when he was eighth in the middle stages before charging home with a powerful three-wide burst to win the 2662m Narrogin Cup on February 6. That followed his fast-finishing third to Hokonui ben and Toretto in the 2936m Fremantle Cup. Enhancing This Time Dylan's prospects in the 2536m RWWA Cup is the fact that he will start from the coveted No. 1 barrier. Kim Prentice drove the eight-year-old for his previous trainer Gary Hall sen. three times, in claiming races in November and December for a win and two seconds and he has a high opinion of the chunky little pacer. Gday Mate will also be one of the main fancies on Friday night. He has won at five of his past 12 starts, including two fast-finishing victories at Gloucester Park before he contested the 2683m Albany Cup on January 31 in which he raced three wide for much of the way and finished strongly to be a close third behind Bronze Seeker and the pacemaker Lovers Delight. Star pacer David Hercules is the likely favourite, but will need a good share of luck after starting from the outside (No. 7) on the front line. The WA-bred seven-year-old trailed them pacemaker Livingontheinterest before getting off the pegs at the bell and fighting on to be fourth behind Im Victorious in the 2536m interdominion championship heat at Gloucester Park last Saturday night. Eight nights earlier the David Thompson-trained David Hercules led from barrier three and rated 1.54.8 when he beat Our Major Mark by seven lengths over 2130m at Gloucester Park. Our Major Mark, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, performed soundly in Saturday night's interdominion heat when he was eighth on the pegs at the bell before finishing solidly into third place behind Im Victorious and Livingontheinterest. He lined up again at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night when he started off the 40m mark and surged home from ninth at the bell to be third behind Shnappy. He is well placed from the No. 2 barrier in Friday night's Cup. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. will be represented by Northview Punter (barrier three), Our Arlington (six) and Passion Stride (barrier two on the back line). Northview Punter dashed to the lead 500m after the start and gave a bold frontrunning display to score an easy two-length win over Pacific Warrior over 2130m last Friday week. He bowled along in front and won a 2150m trial in good style at Byford on Sunday morning when he sprinted over the final two quarters in 28.4sec. and 27.7sec. to beat stablemate Famous Alchemist by a head at a 1.576.2 rate over 2150m. . Adding depth to the RWWA Cup is Fremantle Cup winner Hokonui Ben, who will start from barrier three on the back line for his new trainer-reinsman Aldo Cortopassi. Hokonui ben was tenth at the bell before finishing strongly and going five wide on the home turn to be sixth in Saturday night's interdominion heat. LAUREN JONES TO MAKE HER WA DEBUT BEHIND WHOS MISTAKE Diminutive Queensland teenager Lauren Jones will make her West Australian debut when she drives Whos Mistake in the $21,000 MMJ Investment Sales Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 18-year-old arrived in Perth last Friday week to work for leading trainer Gary Hall sen. at his Serpentine training establishment and she appeared in public for the first time in the State when she drove Northview Punter to victory in a Byford trial on Sunday morning. Hall engaged Jones, who weighs a mere 49kg, to drive Whos Mistake to take advantage of her junior concession to enable Whos Mistake, classified as an M5 performer, to contest Friday night's event which is restricted to horses handicapped on an M4 mark or an easier mark. Whos Mistake, a Victorian-bred eight-year-old, is a smart frontrunner and is favourably drawn at No. 2 on the front line. Gary Hall jun. drove Whos Mistake to an effortless all-the-way victory at a 1.58.3 rate over 2130m last Friday night. He sprinted over the final 800m in 56.4sec. Jones, a daughter of Queensland trainer-reinsman Peter Jones, has had about 250 drives for 19 wins. Her final drive before heading to Perth was at Redcliffe on Thursday, February 6 when she was in the sulky behind five-year-old Wake Up Quinn, an $18.70 tote outsider with a losing sequence of 34. Wake Up Quinn raced without cover for the first 500m before gaining the one-out, one-back position. Jones eased him three wide 450m from home and the chestnut burst to the front 250m from the post. After a highly successful career contesting events for mini trotters, Jones started driving at Albion Park, Redcliffe and the Gold Coast at 17. She represented Queensland in a championship event for mini trotters at Alexandra Park in Auckland in 2011, in which she finished third. She won three of the four races in the Marburg series at Ipswich West late last year. She saw a job advertised on the Trading Ring to work at the Hall training establishment. She applied and got the job and has started a three-month trial period. In the random draw for Friday night's event, the Andrew De Campo-trained Danieljohn fared best and is sure to appreciate the prized No. 1 barrier. Aiden De Campo will be anxious to get Danieljohn away smartly and attempt to lead throughout over the 2130m journey. "He hasn't had a good draw for a while and we'll be trying to lead," said de Campo sen. "Lord Lombo also gets away fast, but we will be aiming to hold the lead." Bickley trainer Peter Anderson will be represented by in-form pacers Rocky Marciano (barrier five) and Mighty Flying Thomas (inside of the back line). Morgan Woodley gave punters a lead by opting to drive Rocky Marciano in preference to Mighty Flying Thomas, who trailed the pacemaker and was hampered for room when a splendid second behind the pacemaker Pacific Warrior in the 21230m Governor's Cup last Friday night. Rocky Marciano also was unlucky when he failed to obtain a clear passage in the final circuit when third to Famous Alchemist over 1730m the previous Friday night. LEDA McNALLY READY FOR A STRONG EFFORT BEFORE THE LADYSHIP MILE Speedy mare Leda McNally ran a sparkling trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning and looks set to lead and should take plenty of beating in the first prelude of the MMJ Land Sales Empress Stakes at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 2130m event should prove a perfect lead-up for the $200,000 Ladyship Mile at Menangle on Sunday week. "She sat back in the trial before finishing strongly to win by more than three lengths from Carim Courage," said reinsman Chris Voak. "She recorded almost her best winning mile rate (1.56.7) over the trip (2185m). "It was a good blow-out for her and Friday night's race will be a good conditioning run for the Ladyship Mile. We are hoping and expecting to win, even though she has been programmed for the Ladyship Mile. "She should be leading on Friday night in a race in which the Hall stable will mount a two-pronged attack with Askmenow and Famous Alchemist. I expect one of them to work forward and apply a lot of pressure. But I think Leda McNally is ready to run a good race." Leda McNally, trained at Pinjarra by Chris King, should appreciate racing against her own sex after performing soundly against some of the State's best pacers in recent feature events, including the Fremantle Cup and Lord Mayor's Cup. She should get spirited opposition from Askmenow and Famous Alchemist. Askmenow, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old, has ruined her chances at her past two starts with bad beginnings in standing-start events. She looks far better suited in Friday night's mobile event over 2130m in which she will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line. Famous Alchemist set the pace and dashed over the final 400m in 27.2sec. when she won from Sensational Gabby and Rocky Marciano over 1730m last Friday week. She will be the only runner on the back line in Friday night's event and looks set to fight out the finish. CONNIVING MAJOR DAVE GETS HIS CHANCE FROM BARRIER THREE Capel trainer Andrew De Campo predicted that four-year-old Conniving Major Dave would be "pretty hard to beat" after the New Zealand-bred gelding drew barrier three on the front line in the MMJ Real Estate Pathway Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. "I was very happy with his run last week and if he finds the top or the breeze this week he should be the one to beat," he said. "Those are the positions from which he races at his best. It was hard for him to make up ground last week, being off the track in the last lap." Conniving Major Dave started from the outside of the back line in a 1730m Pathway last Friday night when he settled down in ninth position and did well to fight on, out wide, from seventh at the bell to be fourth behind the pacemaker Myouri, who sprinted over the final 800m in 57.6sec. Conniving Major Dave won at three of his 12 starts in New Zealand and has raced 12 times in WA for four wins and four placings. He will be having his second start after a spell this week. "He had a good prep last year and ran some good times, including 1.54.6 over 1684m at Pinjarra last October. And he's getting better with age." Conniving Major Dave will be handled by Aiden De Campo, who also has sound prospects with Trojan Bromac and Danielhjohn later in the program. Trojan Bromac will start from barrier five off the front in the MMJ Commercial Property Handicap, a stand over 2503m. "His form is good and he hasn't missed the money at his past five or six starts," said trainer Andrew De Campo. It's not a strong field on Friday night and he should go well." Trojan Bromac's past six starts have produced two wins, two seconds and two thirds. SHEZABLAZE GIVES TERESA SCHOFIELD HER FIRST TRAINING SUCCESS Teresa Schofield, wife of Bennett Springs horseman Greg Schofield, landed her first winner as a trainer when Matt White drove Shezablaze to victory in the 1730m Yes Loans Pace for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Tuesday afternoon. The inexperienced Shezablaze was a 21/1 outsider who exceeded expectations when she raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing strongly to defeat Major Flirt by a neck at a 1.58.7 rate. This was the filly's fourth appearance as a three-year-old after a ten-month absence, following a third and a fourth in March 2013. Shezablaze, by Courage Under Fire, is the third foal out of the Village Jasper mare Fluent Style, who was trained by Greg Schofield for seven wins, eight placings and stakes of $78,033 from 28 starts. Fluent Style finished second to Dilingers Reign in the WA Oaks in May 2006. Fluent Style's half-brother Effortless (by Crouch) was a handy performer for Greg Schofield, earning $64,743 from 12 wins and 21 placings from 89 starts. Shezablaze was bred by Teresa Schofield and Rod Price, who race the filly in partnership with Glen Price, a greyhound trainer. Teresa Schofield has had a battle on her hands with Shezablaze, who has made many trips to the veterinary surgeon in attempts to cure physical problems. "She has had problems that we couldn't solve," she said. "She was sore somewhere, but we were unable to pinpoint the problem. We were told that she was just suffering from growing pains. "She's got ability and it's just a matter of getting it out of her. She has tended to pace roughly. She goes all right for the first thousand and after that she goes roughly. Recently I decided to treat her with Bowen therapy; it's cross fibre manipulation by hand. She has had muscle soreness on all parts of her body. "She now has had three treatments, once a week, and after each treatment she has improved a bit. She paced okay today. It's the best she's ever gone around since I've been treating her." White completed a double when he drove four-year-old mare Cielito to victory in the 2130m Caduceus Club Pace. Cielto, trained at Busselton by her owner Barry Howlett, started at 11/1 and won from the fast-finishing El Sunami. It was her second start after an absence of nine months. by Ken Casellas  

Leading trainer Gary Hall sen., who chalked up his one hundredth winner of the season at Gloucester Park on Friday night, is aiming high with outstanding filly Majorly Foxy Styx and is seriously contemplating starting her in the $200,000 WA Derby before tackling the WA Oaks. Hall is preparing talented three-year-olds Elegant Christian, Machtu, Eyre Crusher, Classic American, High Courage and Pelusiac for the 2536m Derby to be run on April 11 and after Majorly Foxy Styx's effortless victory in the $50,000 Dainty's Daughter Classic on Friday night he said that the filly had the ability to match strides with the colts and geldings in the Derby. "Majorly Foxy Styx is the best filly I've trained, better than La Joconde and Before Night Falls," Hall declared. "She's a super filly, strong and fast and with no weaknesses, apart from a tendency to pull at times in her races. She looks a big chance in the Oaks and I might have a go at the Derby because she seems to be one of those types capable of mixing it with the colts and geldings. I'll now give her a let-up of a couple of weeks." The $175,000 WA Oaks will be run on May 9 and, at the moment, there is not a filly in the State who can seriously challenge her. She is undefeated at six starts as a three-year-old and her win on Friday night stretched her winning sequence to seven and boosted her earnings for owner Rob Watson to $91,030. Majorly Foxy Styx's win was one of four winners on Friday night's program for Hall and his son, star reinsman Gary Hall jun. They were also successful with Rowchester, Whos Mistake and Soho Jackman. The New Zealand-bred Majorly Foxy Styx (by Art Major) was favourite at 3/1 on and Hall jun. jumped her straight to the front from the No. 1 barrier. The filly settled perfectly and Hall was able to get her to relax and amble through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.6sec. before he increased the tempo with quarters of 30.3sec., 27.9sec. and 28sec. Majorly Foxy Styx careered away from her rivals in the closing stages to stroll to a six-length win over 16/1 chance The Parade, who finished determinedly from eighth at the bell. My Samantha Jane (11/1) finished a half-length away in third place after enjoying the one-out, one-back trail. The winner rated 1.57.5 over the 2130m to break the race record of 1.58.1 set by Gota Good Look Adda a year earlier. Majorly Foxy Styx raced seven times in Victoria as a two-year-old for three second placings before arriving in Western Australia where she has won at seven of her eight starts. She is the second foal out of unraced Christian Cullen mare Foxy Styx. The first foal out of that mare is four-year-old Mach Three gelding Triple Styx, who has had four starts in New Zealand, finishing tenth, ninth, 11th and 13th. Artistic Copper, a 10/1 chance, was most unlucky. She settled behind the pacemaker Majorly Foxy Styx, but the tyre of her off-side sulky wheel was punctured soon after the start. She raced with the flat tyre for before Nathan Turvey was forced to ease her out of the race in the final circuit when the tyre unravelled and became completed disengaged from the rim of the wheel. The stewards imposed a fine of $200 on Ryan Bell, driver of Lipizzaner, for having driven in a careless manner in that he allowed Lipizzaner to contact the off-side wheel of Artistic Copper's sulky. My Samantha Jane finished the event with a flat tyre. The puncture occurred in the back straight in the final lap. Dylan Egerton-Green (Typhoon Tan) was fined $200 for having caused this interference. PACIFIC WARRIOR RESISTS EARLY CHALLENGES BEFORE EASY CUP VICTORY New Zealand-bred six-year-old Pacific Warrior took full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park and made a one-act affair of the $25,000 Make Smoking History Governor's Cup on Friday night when Kade Howson drove the gelding to a stylish all-the-way victory. The 3/1 on favourite, trained at Mt Helena by Ray Williams, was beaten for early speed by Copagrin (barrier two), Western Cullen (three) and Lord Lombo (five) and Howson had to drive vigorously to kick up in the inside and take up the running after 250m. Lord Lombo got almost two lengths in front of Pacific Warrior after 100m, but Lord Lombo was kept three wide by Western Cullen and Copagrin, neither of whom was able to cross the polemarker. After the early hectic struggle for ascendancy, with the lead time in a brisk 36.5sec., Pacific Warrior relaxed and coasted through the first quarter of the final mile in 31.9sec., with Western Cullen not applying any serious pressure in the breeze, Mighty Flying Thomas enjoying a perfect run behind the pacemaker and Copagrin in the one-out, one-back position. After a 30.7sec. second section Howson asked Pacific Warrior for a strong effort in the final circuit. The gelding responded grandly with final quarters in 28.5sec. and 27.8sec. He won by one and a half lengths from 15/2 second fancy Mighty Flying Thomas, who was hampered for room throughout the last lap. Uppy Son (25/1) started a three-wide run 1050m from home and fought on splendidly to be a neck away in third place. Western Cullen faded to last and Copagrin did not threaten danger and finished sixth. Pacific Warrior had 27 starts in New Zealand for four wins and seven placings before being purchased by OzWest Pacing, the Northam Alliance Pacing Syndicate, Bruce Greenwood, Greg Richens, Joseph Lawrence, Reegan Buswell and Ian Gillespie. His WA record is an impressive 14 wins and eight placings from 28 starts and his overall record is 55 starts for 18 wins, 15 placings and $149,994. Pacific Warrior's dam Twice As Fine (by New York Motoring) did not race. He is related to Pacific, an American-bred mare, who earned $871,550 when she was a star performer in the United States in the 1980s. ROWCHESTER OVERCOMES HOOF PROBLEMS TO SCORE IN GOOD STYLE Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. is fighting a constant battle to keep New Zealand-bred four-year-old Rowchester fit for racing, but the gelding gave a typical tough performance to win the 2130m Smoke Free Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. "He's had a lot of feet problems and is never going to realise his full potential," Hall said after Rowchester, the well-supported 10/9 on favourite, had raced without cover before outstaying the opposition to win by a half-length from Clifford (3/1), with 5m to 16/1 chance Moonlight Rockhole, who trailed the pacemaker Livelong And Prosper (13/4). Rowchester is suffering from laminitis, a disease which affects a horse's hooves and leads to tenderness and inflammation. "He requires constant treatment and I use plastic pads under the shoes," Hall said. "And I hopple him as little as possible." Rowchester, a winner at three of his five starts in New Zealand, has performed soundly in WA where his 19 starts have produced five wins and seven placings. After an early unsuccessful bid for the lead, from 55/1 outsider Sir Excellent Art from barrier five, the polemarker Livelong And Prosper set the pace, with Rowchester settling down in the breeze for Gary Hall jun. A modest lead time of 38sec. was followed by a leisurely first quarter of the final mile in 31.9sec. Then came sections in 29.5sec. and 28.2sec. before Livelong And Prosper began to wilt and Rowchester got his head in front 370m from home and drew away from his rivals in a 29.6sec. final quarter. He rated 1.58.8. Clifford maintained his excellent form and he did well to finish strongly from fifth at the bell. He will pay to follow. Livelong And Prosper faded to finish seventh in the field of eight. Shannon Suvaljko, who drove Sir Excellent Art, was suspended for 22 days for causing interference to Tuxedo racing out of the back straight soon after the start. The stewards found that Suvaljko had allowed Sir Excellent Art to shift inwards and check Tuxedo. BROWN RESUMES AND CELEBRATES WITH A MEIN GUY VICTORY Ace reinsman Colin Brown resumed from a brief term of suspension with a bang at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he drove with confidence and aggression to guide Mein Guy to a smart win in the 2536m Put Smoking Behind You Pace. Mein Guy, a well-supported 2/1 favourite trained at Banjup by Brown, started from barrier four and Brown set him on fire, charging forward three wide to burst to the front after 650m and then dictate the terms, with Dashing Christian in the breeze. After opening quarters of the final mile in 31.4sec. and 29.9sec. Mein Guy sprinted over the third section in 28.3sec. But this did not put paid to Dashing Christian, who fought on doggedly to finish 1m from the winner after a final quarter in 29.1sec. Mein Guy rated 1.58.6. Veteran Talk It Up ran on from fifth on the pegs at the bell to be a half-head behind Dashing Christian in third place. Mein Guy, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old by Badlands Hanover, raced twice in New Zealand as a two-year-old for a second and an eighth before winning six times from 18 starts in New South Wales. His 38 starts in Western Australia for Kalgoorlie owners Peter and Kirsten Gianni, John Sangalli and Len Burns have produced 12 wins and the gelding now boasts a record of 58 starts for 18 wins, 22 placings and $118,653. LORD COBURN GIVES EGERTON-GREEN ANOTHER WINNER Young reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green maintained his wonderful form when he drove former Victorian pacer Lord Coburn to an easy win in the 2503m Quitline Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This gave the 21-year-old his 36th win this season. He also has driven 65 placegetters and is in eighth place in the Statewide reinsmen's premiership table. Lord Coburn's win completed a double for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, who was successful earlier in the night with Deluxe Edition. A brilliant beginning off the front line in the stand paved the way for Lord Coburn's victory. The 6/4 favourite flew away and landed a couple of lengths in front of his nearest rival, North Toa Luckstar. Danieljohn, backmarker off 30m, moved to the breeze in the middle stages, but he was left floundering when Egerton-Green released the brakes and Lord Coburn dashed over the final 400m in 27.8sec. Lord Coburn beat Danieljohn by just over four lengths, with a half-length to North Toa Luckstar in third place. Lord Coburn rated 2.1.3 and moved to a M3 classification. Lord Coburn raced 38 times in Victoria for ten wins and ten placings and his first 14 starts in Western Australia have produced three wins and four placings. Askmenow, second favourite at 9/4, let down her supporters when she galloped at the start and settled down 50m behind the frontrunning Lord Coburn. Askmenow made up a lot of ground and finished a creditable fifth when she was hampered for room in the home straight. Lord Coburn is bred to be a good winner. His dam, the New Zealand-bred Posh Jaccka (by American stallion OK Bye) amassed $331,155 after racing 132 times for 29 wins and 43 placings. She won 19 times in Victoria and was a close second to Tailamade Lombo in the Australian Oaks at Moonee Valley in August 1998. MENELAUS OF SPARTA PROVING TO BE A SPLENDID INVESTMENT West Australian-bred six-year-old Menelaus of Sparta, claimed for $10,000 five months ago, is proving a splendid investment for Jenny Smith and three friends. The Northern Luck gelding took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Kenwick trainer Brett Smith drove him to an all-the-way victory to boost his earnings for his new owners to $49,625 from six wins and three placings from 23 starts. He now has a career record of 84 starts for 18 wins, 20 placings and $127,421. Menelaus of Sparta was a 9/2 chance, with former Victorian pacer Our Arlington a solidly-supported 7/4 favourite at his first start in Western Australia. Balleybofey, winner of the Northam Cup at his previous outing, was second fancy at 2/1. Chocolatto was smartest into stride from barrier four, but was unable to cross to the front, with Smith urging Menelaus of Sparta to retain the lead. Morgan Woodley quickly was able to manoeuvre Chocolatto to take the trail behind the pacemaker, leaving Balleybofey in the breeze. Our Arlington settled at the rear from the outside barrier before Gary Hall jun. started a three-wide move 1200m from home. Our Arlington sustained his effort and clawed his way to a narrow lead 100m from the post. But Menelaus of Sparta fought back tigerish to gain the verdict by a nose after a final 800m in 57.8sec. Balleybofey battled on into third place. Hall jun. said that he was confident of winning approaching the home turn, when he had not pulled the ear plugs. "But he's got a few little problems, like hanging," he said. Trainer Gary Hall sen. added: "Our Arlington wants to get down on the corners and we've got a few things to straighten out." WHOS MISTAKE BRINGS UP HALL'S TRAINING CENTURY Veteran Victorian-bred pacer Whos Mistake gave a bold frontrunning display to score an easy win in the 2130m Breathe Easier Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to give leading trainer Gary Hall sen. a century of winners in the 2013-14 season. The master horseman is now aiming for another hundred winners in the final six and a half months of the season. Victorian trainer-reinsman Doug Webster made no mistake when he spent a modest sum to claim Whos Mistake when the son of D M Dilinger had a losing sequence of 19 going into a $5000 claimer at Melton in June 2012. Driven by his breeder, part-owner and trainer Willy Pace, Whos Mistake finished solidly to win the race from the pacemaker Break Twenty One. Webster then sent Whos Mistake to Perth to be prepared by Hall sen. But Whos Mistake managed just one placing (a third to Heisbackinblack) from his first seven starts in WA. Hall then gave the gelding a beneficial spell and this has paid handsome dividends. Now the eight-year-old Whose Mistake has raced 36 times in WA for seven wins and 12 placings for earnings of $104,785. He had 86 starts in Victoria for ten wins, 13 placings and $38,725. He is the only winner out of Robil Spur, a mare by American sire Nuke of Earl. Robil Spur managed four country wins from 87 starts. After Soho Jackman won the final event on Friday night Hall's season's figures stood at 405 starters for 101 winners, 64 seconds and 47 thirds for $1,501,796 in prizemoney. EDWARDS STEALS A MARCH AND MYOURI ENDS LOSING SEQUENCE OF 28 New Zealand-bred eight-year-old Myouri broke an 11-month drought and ended a losing sequence of 28 when Luke Edwards drove the Debbie Padberg-trained gelding to a decisive victory in the 1730m Quit Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Edwards stole a march on his rivals when he was able to get Myouri away to a flying start from the No. 2 barrier and burst past the polemarker Sir Kale. Classy Cougar and Barkers Hall surged forward, out wide, in the early stages, but Edwards kept his challengers at bay with a fast opening quarter of the final mile in 28.7sec. before he got the gelding to relax with a second 400m section in 31.3sec. Myouri (well supported to start at 7/2) then produced two rapid final quarters of 28.8sec. to score at a 1.57.1 rate by just under a length from Sir Kale, with a neck to Im Clean Cut, who ran home well after racing three back on the pegs. Conniving Major Dave, the 9/4 favourite from the outside of the back line, finished gamely from the rear in the middle stages to be fourth. Myouri, whose previous success was when he led and held on to beat stablemate What God Knows by a nose early last March, has been an honest performer, with his 93 starts producing nine wins, 28 placings and $85,207. He won twice from 23 New Zealand starts, was unplaced at two stars in New South Wales and won at three of his 12 starts in Victoria. He has had 55 starts in WA for four wins and 18 placings. His maternal granddam Aberfeldy produced Reba Lord, who earned $342,070 from 17 wins and 14 placings from 59 starts. Reba Lord finished third to Sovereign Cloud and Thorate in the 1990 Victoria Cup and won an interdominion championship consolation at Globe Derby Park in February 1990. PACEMAKING SOHO JACKMAN FOLLOWS THE TREND Smart four-year-old Soho Jackman simply was following suit at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he set the pace and won the final event, the 2130m Thank You For Not Smoking Westbred Pathway Pace. This was the pattern of racing in the ten-event program when nine races were won by the horse setting the pace. He started from the prized No. 1 barrier on a night when the No. 1 horse in the nine mobile events recorded five wins, two seconds and one third. The only No. 1 horse to fail to fail after leading was Livelong And Prosper, who faded to finish seventh in the 2130m Smoke Free Pace. Soho Jackman, favourite at 5/1 on for trainer Gary Hall sen. and reinsman Gary Hall jun., was not challenged (apart from a short-lived early burst from Atomic Chip) at any stage of the race. He crawled through the lead time in 39.9sec. and the opening quarters of the final mile in 32.6sec. and 31.1sec. before sprinting over the final sections in 29.2sec. and 28.2sec. His rate was a pedestrian 2.1.6. Soho Jackman strolled to victory over Eminence Grise and Atomic Chip to improve his record to 14 starts for six wins, four placings and $36,458. He was sold for $15,000 at the 2011 Gloucester Standardbred Yearling sale and is owned by Glen Moore. His dam Jane Elouise (by American sire Beach Towel) won the group 3 Sales Classic for three-year-old fillies in February 2006 and was retired after earning $44,926 from four wins and three placings from 14 starts. DELUXE EDITION EARNS A SHOT AT THE EMPRESS STAKES Promising young mare Deluxe Edition earned a shot at the $50,000 Empress Stakes on Friday week when she outclassed her rivals in the 2130m Mick's Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The WA-bred four-year-old started a hot favourite at 5/1 on and gave her supporters no cause for concern after Chris Voak dashed her to the front from the No. 3 barrier after 220m. She sprinted over the final 800m in 57.1sec. and strolled to victory by three lengths over polemarker Mene Jackka, who trailed her throughout. Deluxe Edition, prepared by Ross Olivieri, rated 1.57.7 and boosted her earnings for her breeders and owners Denise Trobe and Adrian Staltari to $99,877 from nine wins and 15 placings from 34 starts. by Ken Casellas  

West Australian-bred star David Hercules warmed up for the $48,000 interdominion championship qualifying heat at Gloucester Park next Saturday night in superb style with an effortless victory in the $21,000 Nine News Pace on Friday night. Ace reinsman Morgan Woodley enthusiastically declared that the seven-year-old possessed all the qualities to run a mighty race in the $750,000 interdominion championship final at Menangle on March 2, provided he qualified for a start. It was little more than am training run for David Hercules when he started at 25/1 on and was untroubled to set the pace from barrier three and coast to victory by nine lengths over Our Major Mark, rating 1.54.8 over the 2130m. Woodley had a tight hold on David Hercules as he was timed at 29.8sec. and 29.3sec. over the first two 400m sections of the final mile before he sped over the final quarters in 27.9sec. and 28sec. “Short of falling out (of the sulky), that was the only thing I could’ve done tonight to stuff things up,” an admiring Woodley said. “He has done that like trackwork and it was pretty impressive to reel off that sort of time in second gear and under a hold. It’s really a positive sign, heading towards where we’re heading in the next couple of weeks. “He is a tremendous horse, so tractable. His manners are fantastic and he allows me to do anything I like. I can go back off the gate, go forward, take him around to the breeze or sit him back in the run. He’s definitely a true professional and in the big races you need that.” David Hercules, trained at Byford by David Thompson for owners David Botha and Jeneen Johnson, has amassed $781,304 from 28 wins and 29 placings from 83 starts. By Ken Casellas

Marooned, a seven-year-old gelding, who boasted a losing sequence of 20 when he was claimed for $10,000 ten weeks ago, delighted his new owners when he stormed home from the rear to win the $50,000 Channel Nine Binshaw Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A tote outsider at 46/1, Marooned was handled expertly by Chris Voak and his victory over the heavily-supported 9/2 third favourite Northern Assassin and Copagin (10/1) came as a major surprise. There were six claims lodged for Marooned when he contested a claimer at Gloucester Park on November 29 and Gloucester Park Harness Racing committeeman Garry Scott was exceedingly happy when he was successful in the ballot. Marooned, who is raced by Scott, his wife Janine, their son Matt and friends Tony Maguire, Alison Tilt and the Manton brothers, is proving a splendid acquisition, with his first eight starts since entering Matt Scott's Serpentine stables producing two wins and a second placing for stakes of $42,845. The New South Wales-bred Marooned was able to contest the heats of the Binshaw Classic, restricted to M1-class pacers, because his classification was reduced from an M2 mark to M1 after he had extended his losing sequence to ten last August. He started out wide from barrier six on the front line in Friday night's 2130m final and Voak eased him back to race on the pegs. Polemarker Shnappy, the 3/1 favourite, set the pace after resisting a strong early challenge from Atlastalone. The pace was solid throughout, and after each of the first two 400m sections of the final mile went by in 29.4sec., Shnappy sprinted the third quarter in 28.6sec. Northern Assassin, ninth in the first lap, started a three-wide move approaching the bell and he got to a narrow lead 300m from home and looked the winner until Marooned flew home out wide on the track. Marooned was tucked away in the pegs in ninth position at the bell. He was still ninth when Voak eased him off the inside with 400m to travel. Marooned then went four wide and was sixth on the home turn before charging home to burst to the lead in the closing stages. The final quarter took 29.5sec. and the winner rated 1.57. Copagin, who raced three back on the pegs, finished boldly, out wide, to be a neck away in third place, with Shnappy wilting to fourth. "Last week his run (fourth to Copagrin) was a hell of a lot better than what it looked," Voak said. "I don't think we would have been any match for Copagrin, but I reckon if he had got clear a little earlier he would have run second. "Often in these type of races, with the hot speed, you need a lot of luck, and we got that. But by the same token the horse still has to be good enough to hit the line. And tonight he certainly ate it up. I drove Marooned for Matt early in December and he finished strongly to beat This Time Dylan (who went on to finish third to Hokonui Ben and Toretto in the WA Pacing Cup). If This Time Dylan was in tonight's field he probably would have been the $2 favourite." When Marooned won from This Time Dylan he sprinted the final 800m in 56.7sec. and the last quarter in 27.6sec. and Voak admitted to Matt Scott that the gelding was quite a bit better than he had anticipated. Friday night's win, paying $46.80 on the tote, was one of several successes by the gelding at handsome odds. His New South Wales successes included wins at $44.70 at Wagga and $17.60 and $48.70 at Menangle. By American stallion Hare Hare, Marooned has earned $145,722 from 17 wins and 15 placings from 72 starts. The victory continued the 25-year-old Voak's great run of successes this season. With 63 wins he is in second place behind Gary hall jun. (72) on the Statewide premiership. He is equal sixth on the Metropolitan premiership table with 22 wins, with Hall showing the way with 53 wins. EMPRESS STAKES IS THE TARGET FOR FAMOUS ALCHEMIST Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. is setting talented New Zealand-bred five-year-old Famous Alchemist for the $50,000 Empress Stakes at Gloucester Park on February 28 after she had strolled to victory in the 1730m Alan Vawser Memorial on Friday night. Famous Alchemist, favourite at 7/4 on, was never seriously challenged and she was able to stroll through the lead time in a modest 8.3sec. before simply ambling through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31.3sec. and 30.8sec. Rarely, in any company, is a leader able to dawdle over the first 800m of the final mile in 62.1sec. Gary Hall jun. gave Famous Alchemist a little more rein and she sped over the final quarters in 28.5sec. and 27.2sec. She was not extended in coasting to victory by a length from 7/1 chance Sensational Gabby, who fought on doggedly after racing without cover. Rocky Marciano, second fancy at 5/2, trailed the pacemaker throughout and was hopelessly blocked for a run in finishing a close third. Hall did not release the ear plugs and Famous Alchemist rated 1.57.3 and could have gone considerably faster. She has led six times at her 20 starts in Western Australia and has won every time. The expected early speed battle between Famous Alchemist (barrier 1) and Sensational Gabby (three) did not eventuate and trainer Ross Olivieri appears to have cured the mare's recent habit of overracing badly in her races. This surprised Hall jun., who said: "I thought that there would have been a lot of speed off the gate and during the week everyone said to me that Famous Alchemist would have trouble in holding up. And we thought that the first half might be run quicker than the last. "But it was one of those races which did not pan out that way and she has led comfortably. Half-way through the race I felt like pulling her one off the fence and putting some pressure on myself. She is a quality mare who has had a few setbacks, and we're happy to have her racing in this sort of form." Famous Alchemist, owned by Karen Hall, has had 37 starts for 12 wins and 12 placings for earnings of $236,219. LIVELONG AND PROSPER REGAINING FORM AFTER SURGERY About a year ago Livelong And Prosper was laid low by injury and his future was uncertain. He was suffering from severe stifle lock in both hind legs and veterinary surgeon Kim Rose had to cut the ligaments in both legs in an attempt to cure the problem. The operation was successful, but when Livelong And Prosper resumed work for Bickley trainer Peter Anderson the somewhat gangling and lightly-framed gelding struggled to reproduce the form he showed when he started his Western Australian career as a three-year-old early in 2012. Anderson then experimented by giving Livelong And Prosper a lighter workload on the training track and concentrated on a lot of swimming in the pool. This decision is paying dividends. The New Zealand-bred gelding has put on weight and is racing with admirable enthusiasm. In his current preparation he has won at Bunbury in November and at Gloucester Park and Harvey in December and he impressed at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he unwound a sparkling late burst to snatch victory from Im Clean Cut and Soho Jackman in the 2130m See It First on Nine Pathway Pace. Despite fast-finishing thirds at his two previous outings, Livelong And Prosper was a 25/1 chance, mainly because of his wide draw at No. 5 on the front line. Soho Jackman, undefeated at three starts since a spell, was favourite at 10/9 on and polemarker Ohoka Kentucky was a firm 6/4 second fancy. Ohoka Kentucky was first into stride, with Gary Hall jun. getting Soho Jackman away brilliantly from barrier six. Soho Jackman poured on the pressure and was held at bay by Ohoka Kentucky before Robbie Williams relinquished the lead after 450m. The early cracking pace had the rest of the field well spread out, mainly in Indian file, with Morgan Woodley able to get Livelong And Prosper across to the pegs in sixth position. Williams took Ohoka Kentucky off the pegs and into the breeze 1050m from home to put some pressure on the leader. Livelong And Prosper was sixth at the bell when Woodley was able to ease him off the pegs before switching him three wide 460m from home. Then the gelding was forced four wide at the 400m when Shannon Suvaljko started a three-wide move with Im Clean Cut. Livelong And Prosper sustained his spirited burst, out wide, to hit the front about 70m from the post and he beat Im Clean Cut (18/1) by a neck, with a neck to Soho Jackman. Ohoka Kentucky wilted to finish fifth. Livelong And Prosper was purchased as a three-year-old by Ken Casellas and Ross Waddell after his four starts had produced one third placing at Alexandra Park. He made an auspicious start in WA, winning at his first two starts, at Harvey and Narrogin in January 2012 before catching the eye with a splendid fast-finishing third to talented three-year-olds Gracias Para Nada and Western Cullen at Gloucester Park the following month. He is now starting to realise his full potential and should improve on his record of seven wins, 16 placings and $45,235 in stakes from 46 starts. By American stallion Falcon Seelster, Livelong And Prosper is the second foal out of Badlands Hanover mare Nicolosa, who had only five starts for one win (at Alexandra Park in August 2006). Nicolosa is the first foal out of Al Cioccolato, who won at her only start, as a three-year-old at Forbury in May 2001. Woodley said that he felt confident after the fast lead time and with the pressure being applied in front. "I was confident until we were pushed four wide at the 400m," he said. "However, he knuckled down well in the straight." UNWANTED ARTISTIC COPPER SHOWS HER CLASS Prominent breeder Mike Howie was disappointed when Artistic Copper failed to attract a single bid at the 2012 Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale. But now is quite happy that nobody was interested in the filly, who had a reserve price of $10,000. Howie decided to keep the filly and gave her to Andrew De Campo to be prepared for racing. Artistic Copper boosted her earnings to $83,125 when she gave a polished frontrunning exhibition to score a three-length victory over the fast-finishing Lipizzaner in the $21,000 Love Child On Nine WA Sales Classic for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Artistic Copper, hot favourite at 3/1 on, started from barrier two and Matt White dashed her to the front after 120m. After moderate quarters of 31.7sec. and 31.3sec., Artistic Copper sped over the final sections in 28.7sec. and 28.3sec. to win easily from 8/1 chance Lipizzaner, who fought on solidly from sixth and last at the bell. Shez Sensational was a half-length away in third place after racing without cover in the middle stages. This gave Artistic Copper her second success in a feature event for fillies. White drove her to victory in the group 1 $100,000 Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies last April. She now has raced 13 times for four wins and one placing. "She is a lot stronger this time in," said White. "She has got better with every run this preparation and she has put it all together now." Artistic Copper is by American stallion Artistic Fella, who earned $2,604,855 from 26 wins, ten seconds and four thirds from 52 starts. He set a world record rate of 1.49.3 over 1700m and in seven of his wins he rated 1.48.4 or better and in another five wins he rated faster than 1.50. ROBINSON GETS VEITCHTY HOME IN A THREE-WAY PHOTO Trainer Michael Robinson made full use of a needle-eye opening in the final stages of the Fat Tony On Nine Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to send 9/1 chance Veitchy through on the inside of the pacemaker Sargent Sonny to score in a thrilling three-way photo. The camera revealed that Veitchy had scored by a nose from 9/4 favourite Sparkling Seelster, with a head to Sargent Sonny, the 3/1 second fancy. "He always finishes strongly and hits the line well," Robinson said. "He's so consistent and I love driving him. It's a pleasure to have this little horse." Robinson was happy to take the trail behind the pacemaker Sargent Sonny, with Sparkling Seelster in the breeze and 6/1 chance Soho Highroller in the one-out, one-back position. Sparkling Seelster got his nose in front 20m from the post, but just failed to hold off the fast-finishing Veitchy. Veitchy, who won at seven of his 26 starts in New Zealand, has earned $73,795 from 11 wins and 21 placings from 71 starts. He is raced by Dion Poolman, Ashlee Cortopassi, Barry Street, Christian McArthur, Kirsty Ferguson, Simon Campbell-Hardwick, Brett King, Haley Morland, Frank Ranaldi and Richard McArthur. The six-year-old by Sands A Flyin is related to several good winners, including The Cavalier, who won 15 races and $248,089. He is the second foal out of I'llmakemyname, who had only one start, for a win as a three-year-old at Bay of Plenty in October 2005. NORTHVIEW PUNTER ANSWERS A FEW QUERIES "There has probably been a little bit of a question mark over him lately, whether he is still up to his best form," Gary Hall jun. said after driving Northview Punter to a convincing victory in the first heat of the Block On Nine Lewis Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Well the New Zealand-bred four-year-old, favourite at 10/9 on, certainly showed that he is in splendid form as he surged past stablemate Real Hammer and into the lead after 450m and then relaxed with a muddling 31.5sec. quarter before he sprinted over the final three 400m sections in 29.7sec., 28.1sec. and 28sec. to score by just over two lengths from Pacific Warrior, rating 1.56.8 over the 2130m journey. Pacific Warrior, second fancy at 9/4, raced three wide early and then in the breeze and he was gallant in defeat. Mein Guy ran on from sixth at the bell to be a fair third, with Mohegan Sun finishing boldly to be an eye-catching fourth. "There were questions about his form and tonight we were definitely going to find out," Hall said. "We got away with a bit once we got to the front. Northview Punter is a class animal and when he finds the rail he's a hard horse to get over." Northview Punter, a Bettors Delight horse who is prepared by leading trainer Gary Hall sen., has already earned $208,215 from 16 wins and 11 placings from 34 starts. BOBBY TEAL LEADS AND MAKES IT FOUR WINS IN A ROW Former Victorian pacer Bobby Teal, who managed just one win from his first 25 starts in Western Australia and had a losing sequence of 20 three months ago, has struck a purple patch of form and his smart all-the-way win in the 2503m Mark Readings Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night was his sixth victory from his past nine starts and his fourth in a row. Forrestdale trainer Jarrad Humphries has produced the Life Sign six-year-old in grand shape in the past three months and Kyle Harper has relished the opportunity to drive the standing-start specialist who has contested 44 stands in his past 45 starts. Bobby Teal, equal favourite at 7/4, was not extended in leading throughout to win by 5m from the equal fancy J Walker, who started from 20m and sustained a strong three-wide burst from ninth at the bell. Lord Coburn (22/1) who raced three back on the pegs, ran on strongly to finish third. Once Bobby Teal jumped to the front Harper was able to get the gelding to relax and he was able to amble through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.1sec. before he lifted his rating and reeled off final quarters of 29.3sec., 28.5sec. and 29.5sec. "A lot of stands recently have been run the same way, with the leader being able to get it easy early and then run a quick time over the final 1200m," Harper said. "Most of these fields are made up of evenly-matched bunches. "There was nothing tonight to put a lot of pressure on and that makes it easy to get what you need, and if the horse is good enough he will prove hard to run down." Bobby Teal, owned by Albany businessman Harry Capararo and Queenslander Wayne Innes, has raced 72 times for 12 wins and 24 placings for stakes of $80,966. TAJIES GIRL FINISHES FAST TO CAUSE AN UPSET West Australian-bred four-year-old Tajies Girl caused an upset when she started at 31/1 and finished strongly to get up and snatch victory from 5/4 on favourite Hoylakes Firstlady in the 1730m The Voice On Nine Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The win, by a head, was a triumph for young owner-trainer-reinsman Chris Butt, who had the Blissfull Hall mare poised to strike in the one-out, one-back position throughout. Hoylakes Firstlady started from the No. 1 barrier and was beaten out by Am Opulent from the No. 3 barrier. However, Am Opulent was unable to cross to the pegs and was forced to race without cover all the way. Butt bided his time and waited until the home turn before switching Tajies Girl three wide. Tajies Girl sprinted strongly and burst to the front in the final 15m, with the final quarter being run in a smart 28.6sec. Am Opulent fought on gamely to be third. The winner rated 1.58.5. Tajies Girl, a sound second to Bonsu at Pinjarra last Monday, drew favourably at barrier two in Friday night's race, but Butt was left to Ponder his tactics. "When the draw came out I wasn't sure how it was going to work out," he said. "And as things turned out we got the perfect trip and she got the job done. "She has been racing well in the country, but she is a bit limited and has to be held up for one run." Tajies Girl is out of Classic Rendezvous, who produced Lord Matao, who has had 42 starts for eight wins, eight placings and $65,040. Tajies Girl now has had 27 starts for four wins, six placings and $32,003 in prizemoney. Classic rendezvous was unplaced at three starts as a two-year-old in early 2000 before being retired. SHARDONS ROCKET APPROACHES $300,000 MILESTONE Seemingly indestructible nine-year-old Shardons Rocket moved a step closer to reaching $300,000 in prizemoney when Chris Lewis drove his assertively to score a solid all-the-way victory in the 2130m A Current Affair Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Owned by Ashley and Gavin McPhail and trained at Byford by Tony Svilicich, Shardons Rocket is an iron horse who has raced 137 times for 25 wins and 47 placings for stakes of $297,102. He was favourite at 5/4 on and Lewis drove him hard from the No. 2 barrier to get past the polemarker Touch Me Toes and into the lead after 80m. Pride of Colorado, resuming after a spell, raced wide early before moving into the breeze and then Lewis increased the tempo, with Shardons Rocket dashing over the final three quarters in 29.3sec., 28.4sec. and 29.2sec. He had to fight grimly to hold on and beat 9/1 chance Rojen Cruz, who raced three back on the pegs before Chris Voak brought him home with a fast run, out five wide on the track. Pride of Colorado battled on gamely to be a close third, a nose ahead of Whos Mistake. On All Fours, who had won at his two previous starts and had enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, lacked sparkle and finished sixth in the field of seven. by Ken Casellas  

Former Victorian pacer Shnappy is poised to end a 21-month drought by setting the pace and winning the $50,000 Channel Nine News Binshaw Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The seven-year-old Shnappy's prospects soared when he drew the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line of the 2130m feature event. The Binshaw Classic has been run only twice and both winners started from the No. 1 barrier and as odds-on favourites. Please Release Me, trained by David Hunter and driven by Chris Brew, led and rated 1.56.8 in defeating Grehawk and Dundee Three in 2012 and last year Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri and champion reinsman Chris Lewis combined to score easily with Red Salute, who set the pace and won at a 1.57 rate from Western Cullen and Gate Bender. Olivieri and Lewis will join forces again in this year's race and Olivieri was delighted when Shnappy drew the inside barrier for his fifth appearance in Western Australia. Shnappy caught the eye in a qualifying heat of the Binshaw Classic last Friday night when he raced in fifth place, three back on the pegs, before finishing fast to be third behind Northern Assassin and Lunar Tide. "He is certainly capable of holding up and leading," Olivieri said. "He's got good gate speed and if we want to lead, he'll lead. Whether we lead or hand up the lead, he's going to get a nice run and I think that he is one of the main chances in a pretty wide-open race." Shnappy led and won at five of his ten wins in Victoria, at Cobram (twice) and at Geelong, Shepparton and Cranbourne. His latest success was when he began speedily from barrier seven on the front line and raced without cover before beating Lovable Larrikin over 2240m at Melton in May 2012. He has managed only three third placings at his subsequent 13 starts. Noted frontrunner Our Amazing Art has drawn favourably at barrier two on Friday night and Shannon Suvaljko is likely to make a bold bid to outpace Shnappy at the start and attempt an all-the-way win with the Debbie Padberg-trained six-year-old. Our Amazing Art began fast from the No. 2 barrier and was untroubled to set the pace and win a qualifying heat last week when he beat the fast-finishing Atlastalone by two lengths. Atlastalone, trained and driven by Garry Butler, is in sparkling form and cannot be underestimated, even from the No. 5 barrier. He is quite versatile and his past five starts have produced two wins and three seconds. Northern Assassin and Copagrin, stylish heat winners last week when they set the pace, will be unable to use their excellent gate speed to advantage after drawing the back line. Northern Assassin will start from No. 3 on the back line, with Copagrin on his immediate outside. Soho Redford, a fighting second to Copagrin last week when he worked hard in the breeze, will start from the inside of the back line and is worthy of consideration. DAVID HERCULES IS AIMING FOR A TILT AT INTERDOMINION GLORY Byford trainer David Thompson is setting his sights on qualifying star pacer David Hercules for the $750,000 interdominion championship final at Menangle on March 2 and the seven-year-old is spot on to win the $21,000 Nine News Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This will be the gelding's final appearance before contesting the $48,000 interdominion championship qualifying heat over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Saturday week. David Hercules has drawn favourably at barrier three in Friday night's seven-horse event and he should prove too good for his rivals. His reinsman Morgan Woodley and Thompson should keep their winning streak going after they had combined to win with Hugh Victor and Guilty Grin at Gloucester Park on Tuesday. Three-year-old Hugh Victor is a full-brother to David Hercules, who has raced 82 times for 27 wins, 29 placings and $767,444. "I would have rather drawn a terrible barrier in Friday's race and get a good draw in the interdominion heat," Thompson said. "We really want to go to Sydney and the barrier draw will play a big part in the interdominion heat. "I am sure David Hercules can hold his own anywhere and over any distance, provided he gets the right run. He is not far off a hundred per cent right now. After his most recent run (when a strong-finishing fourth behind Hokonui Ben in the WA Pacing Cup three Fridays ago) he has had a quiet week or ten days at his owners' place in Serpentine when they rode him in the sand and kept him around the mark. "He then ran a very pleasing trial at Byford on Sunday morning when he led and rolled around before sprinting home nicely over the final half-mile. We're fortunate enough to have such a good horse and we want to give him every chance in the big races." David Hercules should prove too speedy on Friday night for veteran pacers Mysta Magical Mach and Ima Rocket Star. Woodley, who won with Mysta Magical Mach two starts ago and was again in the sulky when the nine-year-old finished solidly to be third behind Livingontheinterest and Hokonui Ben in the Lord Mayor's Cup last Friday night, will be replaced by Chris Lewis. Lewis drove The Oyster Bar (a stablemate of Mysta Magical Mach) to an all-the-way win last Friday night to end a losing sequence of 25 and trainer Tony Svilicich has engaged Aldo Cortopassi to drive the seven-year-old from barrier two in Friday night's event. This is a massive rise in class and The Oyster Bar will be at long odds. INSIDE BARRIER POINTS TO THE FRONTRUINNING FAMOUS ALCHEMIST New Zealand-bred mare Famous Alchemist is unbeatable when she leads, according to her trainer Gary Hall sen., and when she drew the prized No. 1 barrier in the 1730m Alan Vawser Memorial Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night he declared: "She'll lead and win." Famous Alchemist will clash with promising four-year-old Rocky Marciano, who has chalked up three wins in a row in the past three weeks, and former juvenile pacing star Sensational Gabby. "Famous Alchemist is much quicker out of the gate than Sensational Gabby," Hall said. "She is in terrific form and even went well in the WA Pacing Cup. I wouldn't want her to sit on Sensational Gabby and I consider Rocky Marciano is the danger." Rocky Marciano, trained by Peter Anderson, was a Metropolitan maiden five weeks ago and has had a rapid rise to an M4 classification. He has won with great authority at each of his past three starts and was most impressive when he raced outside the pacemaker Your Good Fortune before racing away to win easily from Argent Treasure over 2536m last Friday night. He meets stiffer opposition this week, but is capable of a bold showing from the No. 2 barrier against Famous Alchemist, Sensational Gabby, last-start winner Truckers Ruffnut and Lord Lombo, who caught the eye with his fast-finishing fifth behind Livingontheinterest in the 2130m Lord Mayor's Cup last Friday night. Famous Alchemist has led at five of her 19 outings in Western Australia --- and she has won at all those five starts. The appearance of Sensational Gabby certainly adds spice to Friday night's race. The five-year-old possesses sparkling gate speed and she has set the pace and won 18 times during her 42-start career which has produced 25 wins, three placings and $469,485 in prizemoney. "I think she should lead," said trainer Ross Olivieri. And in reference to the mare's habit of pulling hard and overracing, Olivieri added: "She will be going forward; that will be Gabby's plans." HOYLAKES FIRSTLADY GETS HER CHANCE IN MARES SPRINT Smart five-year-old Hoylakes Firstlady has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier for only the fourth time in her career, boosting the confidence of trainer Greg Schofield that she will prove hard to beat in the 1730m The Voice On Nine Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And Schofield believes it is time for Hoylakes Firstlady to take full advantage of the inside barrier. She has finished second at her three starts from the No. 1 barrier --- at Narrogin in March 2012 and at Gloucester Park last September and October. She has been an honest performer for Schofield, earning $93,917 from nine wins and 19 placings from 64 starts. Schofield said that Hoylakes Firstlady (who will be handled by her regular reinsman Nathan Turvey) would attempt to lead all the way over the sprint journey. "She goes well in front and I think she will hold up from one," he said. "It would wise to overlook her seventh behind Aristocratic Glow last Friday night when she got tangled up and locked wheels with Talk About Mach in the front straight racing for the bell." Hoylakes Firtslady performed strongly the previous week when she raced three wide and then without cover before finishing fourth behind Courage On Fire. Looming as one of the main threats to Hoylakes Firstlady is the New Zealand-bred four-year-old Am Opulent, who has won eight times from 26 starts. At her third appearance after a spell, at Pinjarra last Monday week, Am Opulent surged home from the rear to finish second to Eminence Grise. "It was a really good run at Pinjarra and I expect her to be up there and in the firing line for a long way," said part-owner Greg Bond, who trains the mare in partnership with his wife Skye. "Stablemate Showstopper will start from the inside of the back line and is also capable of a strong showing." PRIDE OF COLORADO TO RESUME IN A CLAIMER Pride of Colorado struggled in Free-For-All company at the end of his most recent campaign, prompting trainer Aldo Cortopassi to start the seven-year-old in claiming company at the start of his current campaign. Pride of Colorado, an M5-class performer, will start from the outside barrier in the field of seven in the 2130m A Current Affair Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, his first appearance since early last September. "He had three months off and has had a couple of trials and went pretty well," Cortopassi said. "I sat last and just let him run home when fourth behind David Hercules at Byford on Sunday morning. He ran home well and I'm really happy with him. "He struggled against the Free-For-All horses, mainly because he lacks gate speed and is more tough than he is fast. He had a few cracks at Free-For-Alls and was found wanting. So now it's the claimers; there are no other options." Pride of Colorado won six races in 2013 and is capable of a strong first-up showing on Friday night in a race in which he will meet in-form runners On All Fours, Shardons Rocket, Rojen Cruz and Whos Mistake. by Ken Casellas  

Noted frontrunner Livingontheinterest was forced to fight tenaciously to hold out a determined late challenge from Hokonui Ben and beat his stablemate by a half-head in an exciting finish to the $35,000 Make Smoking History Lord Mayor's Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was a case of Father Knows Best as Kim Prentice called on Livingontheinterest for a special effort, and the New Zealand-bred six-year-old responded grandly to deny Hokonui Ben victory after working hard in the breeze for the final 1600m of the 2130m event after racing three wide in the early stages. Hokonui Ben was driven by Prentice's 25-year-old son Justin. The 52-year-old Kim Prentice admitted after the race that he was quite concerned that Hokonui Ben, the all-the-way winner of the 2936m WA Pacing Cup at his previous outing and second fancy at 5/2 in Friday night's Cup, would snatch victory from Livingontheinterest, the 7/4 on favourite who had made all the running after starting from the No. 2 barrier. "Just before we turned for home I thought that I was in a little bit of strife," he said. "Livingontheinterest had dropped the bit a little bit and I knew that Hokonui Ben would give him a hell of a race. I always love it when Justin wins, but not in that situation tonight. It was a really good two-horse race." It was the umpteenth time that leading trainer Gary Hall sen. had provided the quinella in a feature race at Gloucester Park. Only two weeks earlier Hall had a quinella result in the $400,000 WA Pacing Cup when Hokonui Ben defeated Toretto by a nose. Hall now has trained the winner of the Lord Mayor's Cup five times to equal Bill Horn's record in this event which was inaugurated in 1966. Hall's previous winners were Tricky Bey (1994), Abit Rich (1997), Live To Reign (2007) and Talk To Me Courage (2010). Horn won the Lord Mayor's Cup four times with Village Kid and once with Ballantines. Livingontheinterest was smartest into stride in Friday night's Cup and was joined by Hokonui Ben after 500m. Polemarker Ohoka Dallas slotted in behind the pacemaker, leaving Mysta Magical Mach racing three back on the pegs. Mysta Magical Mach, winner of the Lord Mayor's Cup three times in the previous five years, fought on gamely to be a well-beaten third. Livingontheinterest's winning prospects were greatly enhanced when he was able to run the lead time in a modest 37.4sec. and the first two 400m sections of the final mile in leisurely 31.3sec. and 30.4sec. The pace certainly went on in the final circuit, with the final quarters whizzing by in 28.3sec. and a sizzling 27.1sec. The winner, owned by Beth Richardson, Glen Moore, Andrew Curran, Garry Ralston and Karen Hall, rated 1.56.6 and took his record to 42 starts for 20 wins, eight placings and $243,915 in prizemoney. His 27 starts in Western Australia have produced 13 wins and three placings. ARISTOCRATIC GLOW BEGINS SLOWLY AND SMASHES RECORD West Australian-bred five-year-old Aristocratic Glow gave breeder-owner Bob Fowler a notable victory when she overcame a tardy beginning to storm to a superb win in the $25,000 Put Smoking Behind You Im Themightyquinn Mares final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Aristocratic Glow, trained at Pinjarra by Barry Warwick and driven in fine style by Chris Lewis, was a 4/1 second favourite who sustained a spirited finishing burst to defeat the 10/9 favourite Deluxe Edition by a half-length after racing four back on the pegs for much of the way. She rated 1.55.9 to smash the course record for mares over 2130m, a rate of 1.56.7 held jointly by Luck Has It, Leda McNally and Famous Alchemist. Aristocratic Glow started from the prized No. 1 barrier, but, as expected, she was unable to muster sufficient early speed to capitalise on this significant advantage. Millies Girl (33/1) charged straight to the front from barrier four before Chris Voak gave the hard-pulling Deluxe Edition her head and sent her into the lead 250m after the start. As usual, Deluxe Edition was inclined to overrace and after a fast lead time of 35.7sec. she reeled off rapid quarters in 29sec., 29.7sec., 29.2sec. and 29.8sec. Deluxe Edition led by almost three lengths 300m from home, but she weakened slightly in the home straight and was overhauled by Aristocratic Glow 100m from the post. However, Deluxe Edition fought on grandly and finished almost three lengths clear of the third placegetter, 50/1 chance Courage On Fire, who ran on from seventh on the pegs at the bell. Aristocratic Glow has now earned $65,280 from eight wins and nine placings from 34 starts. She looks well suited to contesting the $50,000 Empress Stakes over 2536m on February 28. "She was slow from the inside draw tonight, but got away safely," Lewis said. "And things worked in our favour with the fast early pace. When Chris Brew (Kotare Ash in the breeze) started to drop off (approaching the bell) I thought there would be an opportunity for us a bit earlier (to get into the clear) than I thought. And we were able to take advantage of that and be not far off the pace going into the 600m, and she worked home strongly." Aristocratic Glow is by Canadian stallion Northern Luck and is the fifth winner out of the unraced Northern Lights mare Arctic Glow. Arctic Glow has also produced Chazsalico (135 starts for 20 wins, 31 placings and $141,515), Amongst Royalty (86 starts for 23 wins, 27 placings and $570,820), Made of Dreams (49 starts for ten wins, 14 placings and $39,664) and Idolize Me (53 starts for ten wins, seven placings and $60,099). Arctic Glow is out of Boncroft Castle, the dam of eight winners of 62 races, including Mon Poppy Day (50 starts for 20 wins, 16 placings and $318,558). ROCKY MARCIANO GIVES ANDERSON THE FIRST OF THREE WINNERS Up-and-coming four-year-old Rocky Marciano emerged as a candidate for Cup events in the winter when he completed a remarkable month with a magnificent victory in the 2536m Quitline Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His effortless win gave Bickley trainer Peter Anderson the first of three winners in the space of 70 minutes. Anderson then was successful with Chocolatto and Bronze Seeker in Albany. Chocolatto (Shane Butcher) dashed to an early lead, set the pace, was overhauled by the favourite Ben Cartwright 350m from home and the fought back to regain the lead in the home straight to win from the fast-finishing Our Red Baron and Ben Cartwright in the Bevan's Seafoods Pace. Thirty minutes later 34-year-old Lang Inwood brought Bronze Seeker home with a brilliant late burst to snatch victory over the pacemaker Lovers Delight and Gday Mate in the $30,000 GWN7 Albany Cup. While Anderson was in Albany, Caris Hamilton-Smith was in charge of Rocky Marciano, who took his record in January to five starts at Gloucester Park for four wins and a nose second to Maggies Mystery. Rocky Marciano was favourite at 10/9 from barrier three, with talented frontrunner Your Good Fortune at 5/4 from the No. 1 barrier. As expected, Ryan Warwick got Your Good Fortune away smartly and straight into the lead. Morgan Woodley quickly got Rocky Marciano into the breeze and he did not bustle the New Zealand-bred gelding. Your Good Fortune was able to coast through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.2sec. before increasing the tempo with a 30.3sec. second quarter. Woodley then poured on the pressure and the third quarter was covered in a scorching 27.5sec., with Rocky Marciano getting past the pacemaker 550m from home and then increasing his margin to win impressively by three lengths from Argent Treasure (who had enjoyed a perfect trail behind the leader). A wilting Your Good Fortune was just under two lengths away, dead-heating for third with stablemate Our Major Mark. Rocky Marciano dashed over the final quarter in 28.6sec. and rated 1.59.6. Rocky Marciano, placed at three of his ten starts in New Zealand, has thrived under Anderson's care, with his 33 WA starts producing 11 wins and ten placings. He could contest the $25,000 Four-Year-Old Championship over 1684m at Pinjarra on March 3 and should be one of the main hopes in the $35,000 Four and Five-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on March 21. SIX IN A ROW FOR OAKS PROSPECT MAJORLY FOXY STYX Reinsman Kim Prentice had some anxious moments before guiding Majorly Foxy Styx to victory in the 2130m Smoke Free Pace for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But the big, strong New Zealand-bred filly simply proved too good for her rivals and won convincingly by 4m from Maddy White, rating 1.58.1 as she notched her sixth win in a row. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. is setting Majorly Foxy Styx for the $50,000 Dainty's Daughter Classic next Friday week and the $175,000 WA Oaks on May 9. Majorly Foxy Styx, favourite at 6/4 on from the back line, settled at the rear, but was pulling fiercely and virtually obliged Prentice to send her forward, three wide. She got to the outside of the pacemaker and 7/4 second fancy Generally Outspoken after a lap before forging to the front with 1050m to travel. After a solid lead time of 36.8sec., the first three sections of the final mile were covered in 29.7sec., 29.1sec. and 29.7sec. Leaving the back straight the final time Generally Outspoken (trailing the leader) was seriously inconvenienced when a wheel of her sulky became locked with a wheel of The Parade's sulky. This caused her to become unbalanced and she broke into a gallop about 300m from home. Maddy White, a 16/1 chance who had raced three wide early and was fifth in the one-wide line at the bell, looked a threat as she worked forward approaching the home turn. However, she wilted in the closing stages to finish a sound second after a slow final quarter in 31sec. "Majorly Foxy Styx gave me a workover early by pulling hard," Prentice said. "She's not the nicest horse to drive, but she's definitely got a fair share of ability, and that carries her through. She has done a good job, considering she pulled so hard early. "I knew that we were walking turning for home and I honestly thought that the one coming (Maddy White) would have beaten me. But she only got to my wheel and was as tired as I was. "Definitely the 2536m of the Oaks will suit her. Gary has just told me that he's going to take her home and concentrate on getting her manners a little bit better than what they are. And he's a master at that and when the Oaks comes she will be spot on." MISTER SARKOKZY RELISHES STANDING-START RACING New Zealand-bred gelding Mister Sarkozy is an almost faultless standing-start performer and his impeccable manners paved the way for his effortless victory in the 2503m Quit Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He is a tried and true stand performer, contesting stands at 20 of his 25 starts for six wins. He has been successful once from five appearances in mobiles. The six-year-old was a heavily-supported 2/1 favourite off the front line on Friday night and he gave his backers little cause for concern once Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice sent him to the front 150m after the start and then allowed him to bowl along freely. His task became much easier when 13/4 second favourite Askmenow began slowly off the 20m mark and settled down a distant last. After a 29sec. third quarter of the final mile Mister Sarkozy gave his rivals little hope by sprinting over the final 400m in 27.9sec. He careered away to win by just over four lengths from Compact Rocket, who enjoyed a perfect run behind the pacemaker. Sonic Classic ran home solidly to be third, with Askmenow making up a considerable amount of ground to finish fifth. "I thought that if we bowled along we would make it hard for the backmarkers by not really letting them into the race and we would be hard to beat," Prentice said. "In saying that, I didn't think that he would win so convincingly. He was pricking his ears on the line. Hopefully, there's a couple of more wins in him." Mister Sarkozy, raced by Craig Lynn, won at three of his seven New Zealand starts and at five of his 18 starts in WA. He has earned $48,636. ON ALL FOURS GIVES LEA FIRST CITY SUCCESS ON HER BIRTHDAY Byford trainer Vicki Lea celebrated her 36th birthday in style at Gloucester Park on Friday night when she landed her first Metropolitan-class winner, with Kyle Harper driving veteran pacer and 25/1 outsider On All Fours to a narrow victory in the 2130m Breathe Easier Claiming Pace. The nine-year-old On All Fours has returned to racing after a 16-month absence in fine form, winning twice from his first three starts in his comeback. Harper guided him to an all-the-way victory at 25/1 at Pinjarra last Monday, but he was not particularly confident of a repeat success on Friday night. "In the past (when trained by Callan Suvaljko) he has been a horse who had to lead to show his best form," Harper said. "And I thought he would have had to show his best form in this field to win. "But after the first 400m I was laughing where we were sitting (fourth in the one-out, one-back position). But I still wasn't 100 per cent confident that he would come from behind as well as he would need to. But he has done a fantastic job. Vicki has breathed new life into him and he's just a completely different horse to what he used to be. The freshen-up and the training regime she's got suits him down to the ground." Shardons Rocket, the 3/1 on favourite, was surprisingly beaten out from the No. 1 barrier, with Davy Maguire (26/1) bursting straight to the front from barrier three. Morgan Woodley quickly got Shardons Rocket off the pegs to race in the breeze and this helped Ryan Bell to angle Adda Paternal Suit from the No. 6 barrier to enjoy the run behind the pacemaker. Shardons Rocket eventually got to the front 550m from home before Whos Mistake loomed alongside him 150m later. Then On All Fours finished strongly to hit the front 80m from the post before holding on to beat the fast-finishing Rojen Cruz (15/1) by a half-head, with Shardons Rocket a fading third. On All Fours, who is owned by Lea and her mother Pam, has now earned $178,687 from 23 wins and 19 placings from 89 starts. A winner of three races as a two-year-old, he has raced 25 times in claimers for five wins. His maternal granddam Rule The Roost produced Make The Rules (108 starts for 24 wins, 32 placings and $220,075) and the 2010 Victoria Derby winner Courage To Rule (62 starts for 17 wins, 21 placings and $489,231). THE OYSTER BAR ENDS LOSING RUN OF 25 --- AND PRENTICE SUSPENDED The prized No. 1 barrier again proved a decisive factor in the 2130m Thank You For Not Smoking Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Chris Lewis drove the well-backed 9/4 equal favourite The Oyster Bar to a smart all-the-way win. This ended a losing sequence of 25 (including nine minor placings) over the past 12 months and it further emphasised how pacers trained by the 67-year-old Tony Svilicich thrive on rigorous racing schedules. The Oyster Bar was having his sixth start in the space of 25 days and never looked in any real danger of defeat as he paced freely in front and went on to score by just over a length from Im Clean Cut at a 1.59 rate. The main news to emerge from the race was the nine-day suspension imposed on ace reinsman Kim Prentice, who was found guilty of causing interference to other runners racing towards the front straight in the first lap. The stewards found that Prentice, driving Soho Highroller, had tightened Condrieu, the 9/4 equal favourite who, in turn, caused Sparkling Seelster (Justin Prentice) to be checked. Soho Highroller, who raced in the breeze, finished fifth, while Sparkling Seelster finished solidly into third place and Condrieu covered extra ground before fading to last in the field of eleven. The Oyster Bar won at three of his 36 starts in New Zealand and has won at seven of his 65 starts in Western Australia. His maternal granddam, Class Act produced five winners, including Classical, a Soky's Atom mare who raced 23 times for five wins, ten placings and $291,590, Evening Class (191 starts for 17 wins, 32 placings and $103,220) and Open Class (122 starts for 13 wins, 23 placings and $86,026). Classical won two group 1 classics as a two-year-old in New Zealand as well as a listed classic as a two-year-old and as a three-year-old. Then in July 2003 she finished second to Pullover Brown in both the group 1 Victoria Oaks and Australian Oaks at Moonee Valley. No. 1 POSITION HELPS COPAGRIN TO RETURN TO WINNING FORM A losing sequence of 16 means nothing to punters --- when the pacer in question is starting from the coveted No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park. Such was the case on Friday night when five-year-old Copagrin lined up on the pole position for the Mick's Binshaw qualifying heat two. Punters rallied as one and Copagrin's tote odds on course tumbled from 4/1 to favouritism at 5/4 on. Copagrin, trained at West Swan by John Guagliardo and driven by Matt White, was beaten out at the start5 by two of his rivals, but was still able to hold up and take up the running. First, Soho Redford (11/4) was smartest into stride from barrier three and led by a half-length in the early stages, but was unable to cross Copagrin. Then Pete of Pan (barrier two) got a half-length in front of Copagrin, but was unable to get to the pegs. After these early battles Copagrin relaxed and covered the opening 400m section of the final mile in 30.8sec., with Soho Redford in the breeze, Pete of Pan in the one-out, one-back position and Cool Johnny trailing the leader. Copagrin sprinted over the final quarter in 28.4sec. and won by five lengths from Soho Redford, rating 1.57.4 over the 2130m. It improved his record to 50 starts for 13 wins, ten placings and $96,918. "He was a bit slow out, but he was good enough to hold the top," White said. "He has been knocking on the door and tonight looked like his night. He didn't give me much of a feel in the running, but when I pulled the plugs and gave him a couple of cuts with the stick he really switched on. He felt good from that poi9ntr and just put paid to them." BELL PREDFICTS BRIGHT FUTURE FOR NORTHERN ASSASSIN Ryan Bell was full of praise for Northern Assassin after driving him to a stylish win in the Fresh Air Binshaw qualifying heat three at Gloucester Park on Friday night. "He excites me a bit and he's got a bright future," he declared. "He's a very good racehorse and that's why his future looks good." Bell then said that Northern Assassin had been extremely unlucky when unplaced in the Four-Year-Old Championship in November and the Golden Nugget in December. "He was the most unlucky horse throughout that series," Bell said. "He never got to show how good he was. Those races turned him into the horse he is now. Once he found the front tonight it made life easier. But he doesn't have to lead to win. He's very versatile." Northern Assassin, owned by Bell's mother Jean and trained by his father Peter, is certainly developing into a quality performer. He has raced 21 times for eight wins, seven placings and $56,523. On Friday night Northern Assassin, favourite at 5/4 on, mustered plenty of pace from the No. 3 barrier and burst to the front 230m after the start. He dashed over the final two quarters in 28.9sec. and 28.7sec. and was untroubled to win by two lengths from Lunar Tide, with a length to Shnappy, who raced three back on the pegs before finishing fast. The winner rated 1.57 over 2130m. NO TROUBLE FOR THE CONSISTEN FRONTRUNNING OUR AMAZING ART New Zealand-bred six-year-old Our Amazing Art maintained his consistent form when he gave a bold frontrunning display to score an effortless win in the 2130m Make Smoking History Binshaw qualifying heat one at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg has got the gelding into peak form and his past five starts have produced two wins, two seconds and a third placing. He will be a major chance in the $50,000 final next Friday night, particularly if he draws favourably. Our Amazing Art, a heavily-supported 6/4 on favourite from the No. 2 barrier, burst to the front 80m after the start and Shannon Suvaljko rated him perfectly in the lead, with opening quarters of 30.4sec. and 30.1sec. followed by two final sections of 28.8sec. He rated 1.58.2 and won by two lengths from 12/1 chance Atlastalone, with a nose to Why Live Dangerously in third place. Mein Guy, second fancy at 7/2, raced without cover before fading to seventh in the field of eight. Our Amazingt Art, raced by John Padberg and Jodie Foster, has earned $118,877 from 12 wins and 14 placings from 62 starts. by Ken Casellas  

Veteran pacer Mysta Magical Mach bounced back to top form with an all-the-way victory in a 2536m event at Gloucester Park last Friday night and astute Byford trainer Tony Svilicich has high hopes the nine-year-old can equal the feat of former champion Village Kid by winning the $35,000 Make Smoking History Lord Mayor's Cup on Friday night for the fourth time. Trainer Bill Horn combined with champion reinsman Chris Lewis to win the Lord Mayor's Cup with Village Kid in 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1990. Svilicich has won the Cup with Mysta Magical Mach in 2009, 2011 and last year. Morgan Woodley, who handled Mysta Magical Mach in the 2009 and 2013 Cup victories, will again be in the sulky in this year's 2536m Cup. Justin Prentice drove the New Zealand-bred gelding when he won the 2011 Cup. Woodley has also won the Cup with the Svilicich-trained Taihape Tickler in 2006 and was successful behind Another One For Me in the 2012 Cup. Mysta Magical Mach has drawn awkwardly on the inside of the back line in this year's Cup, but the hardy gelding has a fine history of overcoming disadvantages. He started from the outside of the front line (barrier nine) in the 2009 Cup when he was restrained to the rear and then covered a lot of extra ground in the middle stages before winning from Mr Yankee and Smooth Crusa. He also started from the outside at No. 9 in 2011 when he raced wide early and then in the breeze before defeating Can Return Fire and Tsunami Lombo. In last year's Cup Mysta Magical Mach (4/1) started from the No. 2 barrier and Woodley got him to the front after 400m, with Im Themightyquinn, the 11/4 on favourite settling in sixth position in the one-wide line before starting a three-wide move 1100m from home. Mysta Magical Mach held Im Themightyquinn at bay and beat him by a half-length. Im Themightyquinn was driven by Kim Prentice for leading trainer Gary Hall sen., deputising for the champion's regular driver Gary Hall jun., who was in Mildura contesting the annual invitation drivers' championship at that club. Hall sen. and Prentice are now confident of making amends for Im Themightyquinn's defeat in last year's Cup by succeeding with Livingontheinterest, who is ideally drawn at No. 2 on the front line and looks the likely leader. Prentice will take over from Hall jun., who drove Livingontheinterest when he finished a close third behind Mysta Magical Mach and Red Salute last Friday night. Hall jun. will be in Mildura on Friday night as Western Australia's representative in the invitation drivers' championship. Hall sen. has a good record in the Lord Mayor's Cup. He trained and drove Tricky Bey to victory in 1994 and Abit Rich for his win in 1997. He also won the Cup with Live Live To Reign (Hall jun. in 2007) and Talk To Me Courage (Shayne Cramp in 2010). In last week's race Livingontheinterest started from barrier five on the front line and Hall jun. restrained him to the rear. Woodley was able to get Mysta Magical Mach to relax in front and the gelding ambled through the first 400m section of the final mile in 32.8sec. Livingontheinterest made a lightning move 1300m from home to quickly move alongside the pacemaker, who then dashed over the final three quarters in 28.4sec., 28.3sec. and 27.7sec. Mysta Magical Mach held on to score by a head from the fast-finishing Red Salute, with a neck to Livingontheinterest. "I don't think any runner can beat my two runners, Livingontheinterest and Hokonui Ben," said Hall sen. "Livingontheinterest lost by only a long neck last week after working in the breeze. There's not much between him and Hokonui Ben. Livingontheinterest grows a leg in front." Livingontheinterest has won six times at Gloucester Park when leading and there appears little doubt that he will burst past the polemarker Ohoka Dallas in the early stages. Nine-year-old Ohoka Dallas has a losing sequence of 34 (in which his only placing was 27 starts ago) and he will be at6 handsome odds. Hokonui Ben is favourably drawn at barrier three on Friday night for his first appearance since Clint Hall drove him to an all-the-way victory in the $400,000 WA Pacing Cup over 2936m last Friday week. Clint Hall is serving a term of suspension and Hall sen. will confer with the gelding's Queensland owner Jeroen Nieuwenburg on Wednesday before a substitute reinsman is engaged. Lewis, who has won the Lord Mayor's Cup a record eight times, will handle the Ross Olivieri-trained Red Salute, who rattled home from fifth on the pegs at the bell to be second to Mysta Magical Mach last week. Red Salute will start from the outside of the back line and should be finishing with a flourish. Hall jun. will be busy at the Mildura meeting on Friday night with eight drives. In the four heats of the invitation drivers' championship he will handle Rose Harvest, Our Bedrock, Aldebaran Macha and Ya Bowen Delight, and in minor events he will drive Em Jay Fortyseven, Par Three, Queen Mab and Saint Theory. ARISTOCRATIC GLOW WARMS UP IN FINE STYLE Five-year-old Aristocratic Glow has never set the pace during her 33-strart career and she is unlikely to lead from the prized No. 1 barrier in the $25,000 Put Smoking Behind You Im Themightyquinn Mares final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But the Barry Warwick-trained mare should enjoy an ideal passage throughout the 2130m mobile event and should prove hard to beat. She warmed up for this week's feature event in splendid fashion when she charged home from the rear to be second to Courage On Fire over 2130m last Friday night. Aristocratic Glow started from barrier four and lacked early sparkle. She was tenth with 400m to travel before she unwound a spirited finishing burst, flying home from seventh (five wide) on the home turn. She was a Gloucester Park 2130m winner three starts before that when she surged home from sixth at the bell to beat Tatum Franco by a length. With Aristocratic Glow unlikely to muster sufficient early speed to lead, there is likely to be a keen battle for the front between Pure Empathy (barrier two) and Millies Girl (No. 3). Both are smart frontrunners. Pure Empathy, trained by Brad Groves, will be handled by Aldo Cortopassi, who drove the mare when she gave a strong frontrunning display to win from Millies Girl and Corza Commotion in a 2130m heat of this event three starts ago. Millies Girl has set the pace in all of her six wins from 58 starts and Shane Young will be expected to make a spirited effort to get to an early lead. One of the fancies is sure to be the Ross Olivieri-trained four-year-old Deluxe Edition (Chris Voak), an extremely consistent performer whose 32 starts have produced eight wins and 14 placings. Deluxe Edition, who is inclined to pull hard in her races, will start from the No. 4 barrier Deluxe Edition covered extra ground, out three wide and then in the breeze, before getting to the front and then finishing third to Lord Diego in fast time over 1730m last Friday night. She was most impressive the previous week when she flew home from the rear to be a close second to Talk About Mach. Talk About Mach, to be driven by Kyle Harper for veteran trainer Bill Horn, will have many admirers from the inside of the back line. A versatile five-year-old, she has won at three of her past four starts, all over 2130m at Gloucester Park. ASKMENOW READY FOR HER FIRST STAND AFTER A DASHING TRIAL A dazzling trial by Askmenow at Byford on Sunday morning has filled leading trainer Gary Hall sen. with confidence for the four-year-old mare's first appearance in a stand --- the 2503m Quit Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred Askmenow, the youngest runner in the race, will start from 20m in the field of 12 and will be driven by Kim Prentice for the first time. Prentice was engaged because Gary Hall jun. will be driving at the Mildura meeting on Friday night and his elder brother Clint is under suspension. Askmenow, who has raced 34 times for ten wins and 11 placings, qualified to start in a stand for the first time when she began smoothly from the outside of the front line in a 2550m stand at Byford on Sunday morning. Driven by Hall jun., Askmenow set the pace and won by 24 lengths from Lifes A Journey at a 2.1.5 rate. After a third quarter of the final mile in 29.5sec., Askmenow sprinted brilliantly over the final 400m in 27.8sec. "Rating 2.1.5 in a stand at Byford is really flying," said Hall sen. "They usually run 2.3 or 2.4 in similar company. She did it easily and getting caught up in traffic should be her only worry on Friday night." Askmenow resumed after a brief let-up when she began from the outside of the front line and was restrained to the rear before finishing powerfully to be fifth behind Rocky Marciano over 2130m last Friday week. Hall sen. also has excellent prospects with the New Zealand-bred Majorly Foxy Styx in the Smoke Free Pace for three-year-old fillies. Majorly Foxy Styx has won at Gloucester Park at each of her past five starts, including her first four runs as a three-year-old. She will start out wide, at barrier five on the front line and will be driven by Kim Prentice. "She should go very close and her only danger appears to be Generally Outspoken, providing that filly does everything right," Hall said. "Generally Outspoken galloped over the line when she won a Byford trial on Sunday morning." Chris Voak has been engaged to drive Generally Outspoken, who has a distinct advantage, starting from the coveted No. 1 barrier. CONDRIEU SHOULD SEND PUNTERS HOME ON A WINNING NOTE New Zealand-bred four-year-old Condrieu, the youngest and least experienced runner in the final event at Gloucester Park on Friday night, should overcome the disadvantage of the outside barrier on the front line and prove the master of his ten rivals in the 2130m Thank You For Not Smoking Pace. Trained at Forrestdale by Greg and Skye Bond, Condrieu will be driven by Ryan Warwick, who replaces the suspended Colin Brown. Condrieu is a classy animal who should certainly have the edge over his rivals. There is plenty of early speed on the front line and Warwick is likely to restrain Condrieu before unleashing the gelding alight when the pace slackens. However, there is a possibility that Warwick could attempt to set Condrieu alight when the mobile barrier releases the field. Brown used the element of surprise successfully when he got Condrieu away brilliantly from the No. 5 barrier in the McInerney Ford Classic in November when the gelding burst straight to the front and set the pace before finishing a gallant second to Chilli Palmer. Whatever the scenario Condrieu appeals as the winner. He has raced 28 times for nine wins and 11 placings and looks set for a bright career. SCHOOLBOY GETS HIS CHANCE WITH THREE TOP DRIVES AT ALBANY Sixteen-year-old Micheal Ferguson has been rewarded for working over the school holidays for leading trainer Gary Hall sen. by being engaged to drive three smart Hall pacers at the Albany Cup meeting on Friday night. Ferguson will handle in-form pacers Ben Cartwright, Westernator and Vapour, each of whom has an excellent winning chance. Hall, who will have ten starters at the Gloucester Park meeting on Friday night, has five runners engaged at the Albany meeting. He has engaged Michael George for speedy Eyre Crusher, who looks a certainty in the Auto One Albany Three-Year-Old Pace after his dashing victory at Gloucester Park last Friday night, and Rowchester, who has drawn perfectly at barrier one in the $30,000 GWN7 Albany Cup. "Micheal Ferguson helped out over the school holidays and he deserves to get the chance with some good horses," Hall sen. said. Ben Cartwright should prove very hard to beat from the No. 3 barrier in the 2258m Bevan's WA Seafood Pace after his runaway victory over Grand Cru and Livelong And Prosper at Gloucester Park last Friday night. The American-bred Westernator has bright prospects from the No. 1 barrier in the 2683m MCB Construction Pace. Westernator, a winner at one of his six starts in America, has had 12 starts in Western Australia for two Gloucester Park wins and five placings. Vapour has strong claims from barrier five in the 2258m Snacks HSV Fremantle Pace. A winner of two races in New Zealand, Vapour has had four starts in WA for two wins, a second and an unplaced effort. Rowchester, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old with seven wins and eight placings from 21 starts, is in splendid form and should fight out the finish of the 2683m Albany Cup in which he will clash with Cyclone Mitch, Smokey the Bandit, Mighty Flying Thomas, Gday Mate, Son of Fergie and Lovers Delight. By Ken Casellas

A sizzling trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning is a strong pointer that Leda McNally will prove hard to topple in the 2536m Advance Attack Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was a most impressive performance, according to reinsman Chris Voak, who said that Friday night’s event would be an early stepping stone to the $200,000 Ladyship Mile at Menangle on March 2. Due to an oversight Leda McNally was not nominated for the WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park last Friday night and Voak said that he was anxious to give the five-year-old mare a fast workout at Pinjarra on Sunday morning to prepare her for Friday night’s assignment. “I let her run, even though I had a good hold on her,” he said. “I didn’t think that we were running that quick. She rated 1.54.7, which I believe is the fastest time recorded over 2185m at Pinjarra. She missed the Pacing Cup run and needed a good sharp run. The way she went in the trial showed that she would have been more than competitive in the Cup “She’s a classy mare who has the score on the board and she’s got a good chance on Friday. The Tony Svilicich-trained runners Shardons Rocket and Mysta Magical Mach will be favoured from barriers one and two. But Leda McNally is ready to run a strong race.” Leda McNally, a winner of 18 races from 47 starts, will begin from the No. 4 barrier and Voak is hoping the mare will get a good trail in the one-wide line. She reeled off smart quarters of 28.9sec., 29.5sec., 27.6sec. and 28.8sec. in Sunday’s three-horse trial in which she beat stablemate Lord Lombo by five lengths. Shardons Rocket, who will start from the No. 1 barrier, broke a losing sequence of 14 when he raced in the breeze before winning easily from the pacemaker tee Pee Village at a 1.58.1 rate in a 2692m claiming event at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. That followed his excellent second to Gday Mate in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup Consolation at Gloucester Park last Friday night when he set a solid pace. Svilicich has engaged Aldo Cortopassi to drive Shardons Rocket, with Chrism Lewis driving Pacific Warrior. Cortopassi has driven Shardons Rocket at eight of his 81 starts in Western Australia for four seconds and one third placing. Morgan Woodley will return to the sulky behind Mysta Magical Mach, who looks ideally suited from barrier two. The last time Woodley drove Mysta Magical Mach was nine starts ago when the New Zealand-bred gelding won a 1730m Free-For-All at Gloucester Park last May, beating Uppy Son by a head, with has The Answers in third place. Woodley has a wonderful record behind Mysta Magical Mach, with 20 victories, including the 2009 WA Pacing Cup. Mysta Magical Mach, Shardons Rocket and Leda McNally will clash with Livingontheinterest, who put in a strong performance in the WA Pacing Cup last Friday night when he settled down in eighth position and raced wide over the final 1450m to finish seventh behind Hokonui Ben. “His Cup run was good and if he had drawn a barrier in Friday night’s race I would have declared him,” said trainer Gary Hall sen. “He’s right in this race.” by Ken Casellas  

Highly-promising four-year-old Heez On Fire is poised to break a losing streak of five by winning the $50,000 San Simeon Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night, according to Cardup trainer Rod Oliver. Oliver was delighted when Heez On Fire drew the No. 2 barrier on the front line and said: "I'm very happy; that's the marble I had my eye on. I'd rather draw No. 2 than one. If you make a little fumble from one you're going to get buried. But from two you're in the moving line and all you have to do, hopefully, is maintain your spot. "You're then in the firing line and you don't have to worry about getting a run. It's just what I wanted. Hopefully he can roll to the top. It's not imperative that he gets to the front, but, hopefully, he can. "And if he can roll to the top and get a nice quarter before opening up at the bell, he will be very hard to beat. He has only got to reproduce the run that he produced last week and he'll be right in it. He pulled up a treat and has worked super since then. I've only light jogged him on the sand track at home and he felt really good this (Tuesday) morning. His heart rate was good and his recovery was good. I'm really happy with him. "However, it's a big race and I expect plenty of opposition. Rowchester probably will come around early and if we go to the front he'll probably sit outside of us. There obviously will be some pressure, but if he gets a reasonable first quarter he is capable of running a good last half. If he doesn't get run into the ground he'll be running some good time for the final 800m." Heez On Fire again will have the services of ace reinsman Chris Lewis, who should have little difficulty in getting the WA-bred gelding straight to the front. On the inside of Heez On Fire is The Black Lord, who resumed after a spell last Friday when he also started from the prized No. 1 barrier and surrendered the lead after just 50m to Atlastalone, who began speedily from barrier two. Heez On Fire started from barrier two on the back line last Friday night when he settled down in sixth position before Lewis started a three-wide move approaching the bell. Heez On Fire sustained his effort and finished a splendid second (beaten by 1m) to Rowchester, who had worked hard outside the pacemaker Jay Bees Grin before gaining the upper hand 300m from home. This followed wonderful runs when third at his two previous appearances. He charged home, out very wide, from tenth at the bell when third to Im Terrific and Rocky Marciano on December20. And at his previous outing, a fortnight earlier, he started from the outside of the back line and thundered home from 11th at the bell to be third behind Nowitzki and Smokey The Bandit in the 2536m group 1 Golden Nugget Championship. Heez On Fire has earned $99,821 from eight wins and four placings from 19 starts and Oliver has high hopes that the gelding will develop into a quality fast-class performer. The prospects of What God Knows, the fastest of the three heat winners last Friday night when he rated 1.57.4 after leading and holding on to defeat the fast-finishing Atomic Chip, diminished when he drew out wide at No. 6 on the front line. Ohoka Kentucky, a close and unlucky third in a heat behind Rowchester and Heez On Fire, also fared poorly in the random draw and will start from the outside of the front line. Rowchester, to be driven by Gary Hall jun., will start from barrier three on the back line and should make a bold bid for victory. But a vastly superior draw should tilt the scales in favour of Heez On Fire. Atlastalone impressed with his smart all-the-way win in a heat, will start from the inside of the back line, and the noted frontrunner will need plenty of luck to cause an upset. Chris Voak will drive the Ross Olivieri-trained Four Sisters from barrier two on the back line, replacing Lewis. Morgan Woodley has been engaged to drive the Bruce Whiteman-trained outsider Atomic Chip. He will replace Robbie Williams, who will drive his own nomination Ohoka Kentucky. DASHING TRIAL POINTS TO A STRONG SHOWING FROM LEDA McNALLY A sizzling trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning is a strong pointer that Leda McNally will prove hard to topple in the 2536m Advance Attack Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was a most impressive performance, according to reinsman Chris Voak, who said that Friday night's event would be an early stepping stone to the $200,000 Ladyship Mile at Menangle on March 2. Due to an oversight Leda McNally was not nominated for the WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park last Friday night and Voak said that he was anxious to give the five-year-old mare a fast workout at Pinjarra on Sunday morning to prepare her for Friday night's assignment. "I let her run, even though I had a good hold on her," he said. "I didn't think that we were running that quick. She rated 1.54.7, which I believe is the fastest time recorded over 2185m at Pinjarra. She missed the Pacing Cup run and needed a good sharp run. The way she went in the trial showed that she would have been more than competitive in the Cup "She's a classy mare who has the score on the board and she's got a good chance on Friday. The Tony Svilicich-trained runners Shardons Rocket and Mysta Magical Mach will be favoured from barriers one and two. But Leda McNally is ready to run a strong race." Leda McNally, a winner of 18 races from 47 starts, will begin from the No. 4 barrier and Voak is hoping the mare will get a good trail in the one-wide line. She reeled off smart quarters of 28.9sec., 29.5sec., 27.6sec. and 28.8sec. in Sunday's three-horse trial in which she beat stablemate Lord Lombo by five lengths. Shardons Rocket, who will start from the No. 1 barrier, broke a losing sequence of 14 when he raced in the breeze before winning easily from the pacemaker tee Pee Village at a 1.58.1 rate in a 2692m claiming event at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. That followed his excellent second to Gday Mate in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup Consolation at Gloucester Park last Friday night when he set a solid pace. Svilicich has engaged Aldo Cortopassi to drive Shardons Rocket, with Chrism Lewis driving Pacific Warrior. Cortopassi has driven Shardons Rocket at eight of his 81 starts in Western Australia for four seconds and one third placing. Morgan Woodley will return to the sulky behind Mysta Magical Mach, who looks ideally suited from barrier two. The last time Woodley drove Mysta Magical Mach was nine starts ago when the New Zealand-bred gelding won a 1730m Free-For-All at Gloucester Park last May, beating Uppy Son by a head, with has The Answers in third place. Woodley has a wonderful record behind Mysta Magical Mach, with 20 victories, including the 2009 WA Pacing Cup. Mysta Magical Mach, Shardons Rocket and Leda McNally will clash with Livingontheinterest, who put in a strong performance in the WA Pacing Cup last Friday night when he settled down in eighth position and raced wide over the final 1450m to finish seventh behind Hokonui Ben. "His Cup run was good and if he had drawn a barrier in Friday night's race I would have declared him," said trainer Gary Hall sen. "He's right in this race." HALL ADVISES PUNTERS TO "GET ON" LORD DIEGO FROM THE No. 1 BARRIER New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Lord Diego has been unplaced at his past seven starts and has a losing sequence of ten. But champion trainer Gary Hall sen. advice for punters is to "get on" when the gelding lines up at barrier one in the 1730m Lancaster Park Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Lord Diego resumed after an absence of four months when he battled on from eighth at the bell to finish sixth behind Atlastalone over 2130m last Friday night. "I was very happy with his first-up run," Hall said. "He is a strong stayer and he should lead and win." Lord Diego, who has won at 12 of his 70 starts, will clash with the Ross Olivieri-trained Deluxe Edition, the youngest runner in the race who caught the eye with her excellent second to Talk About Mach over 2130m last Friday night. Four-year-old Deluxe Edition (Chris Voak) was restrained back to last from the No. 5 barrier before she sustained a spirited three-wide burst from the 1050m to lose by half-a-length. She will start from barrier four this week and should fight out the finish. Hall sen. also has high hopes for Toretto in the TABtouch-Home of Racing and Sports Betting Pace after the lightly-raced five-year-old's fine effort to finish a nose second to his more experienced stablemate Hokonui Ben in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup last Friday night. Toretto, driven by Kim Prentice, sat behind the pacemaking Hokonui Ben before finishing fast to fail by the barest possible margin. Gary Hall jun. will replace Prentice, who will handle the polemarker, stablemate Whos Mistake in the 2130m event. "Toretto will go forward and should win," said Hall sen. "Whos Mistake will not be handing up to any horse apart from Toretto, whose Cup run was not beyond my expectations. He's racing in great form and I considered that he was a definite place chance." Hall has two of the fancied runners in the TABtouch Three-Year-Old Pace in Eyre Crusher and High Courage. "I can't separate them," he said. "Gary will drive High Courage because the colt has a few problems ... he hangs and gets on one knee and does a few little things like that. Kim Prentice will drive Eyre Crusher." High Courage, a winner of one race from only four starts, will begin from barrier three, with Eyre Crusher starting from the coveted No. 1 barrier. At his second appearance after a spell High Courage had a very tough run in the breeze when a fighting second to the pacemaker Bettor Rules over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. Eyre Crusher, a winner at one of his two starts in New Zealand, has finished second at each of his three starts in Western Australia. He resumed after a spell at Gloucester Park last Friday week when he sprinted home fast to be second to the impressive Machtu over 2130m. Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond have two good prospects in the race in Black Mr Mach and Zacharia and the David Thompson-trained Hugh Victor and Bob Mellsop's last-start winner Bettor Rules will have many admirers in what should be one of the keenest betting races on the program. Chris Voak, who has driven Prince of Whitby, Ginas Ingot and Soho Mercury to victory at each of their most recent outings, has given punters a lead by choosing to handle the Ross Olivieri-trained Prince of Whitby.   By Ken Casellas  

Master horseman Gary Hall sen. took a calculated risk when he abandoned his regular training program for Hokonui Ben leading into Friday night's $400,000 Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup --- and his bold gamble paid handsome dividends when his elder son Clint drove the seven-year-old to a dashing all-the-way victory in the group 1 feature event. This continued the 64-year-old Hall's remarkable dominance of the State's major pacing event, a race he now has won eight times in the past 12 years to extend his lead over the late Phil Coulson, who prepared the winner of five WA Pacing Cups. "It probably was more of a jag, rather than good training," a humble Hall said. "The previous week Hokonui Ben worked in terrific style on the Wednesday morning, but I wasn't happy and was disappointed with his run in the Fremantle Cup on the Friday night." Hokonui Ben enjoyed a perfect trail, one-out and one-back, in the Fremantle Cup, but lacked sparkle in finishing a well-beaten fourth behind Im Victorious, Bettors Fire and David Hercules. "I thought that Hokonui Ben had every chance, so I decided to freshen him up and didn't hopple him during the week," Hall said. "I normally hopple him every week, but I took the chance and confined his work to just cantering every day." Hokonui Ben, favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier on the front line in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup, was third favourite at 11/2 behind Im Victorious (5/4 on) and David Hercules (5/1), with Bettors Fire the next fancied runner at 10/1. Clint Hall dashed Hokonui Ben past the polemarker, inexperienced stablemate Toretto (a 45/1 outsider), 100m after the start and he relished his pacemaking role before holding on to win by a nose from the fast-finishing Toretto, with 17/1 chance This Time Dylan third and David Hercules fourth. This gave the 36-year-old Hall his biggest success in harness racing and his first win in a group event, 20 years after his first drive in a race, when he finished fourth with favourite Prince of Azhar at the now defunct Cunderdin track. Hall has an enviable record as a reinsman, having won at his first appearance at Gloucester Park and at each of his first two drives in America. He was successful at his 11th drive in a race, when Sweet Boronia won by eight lengths at Bunbury on October 8, 1994. He won with his first drive at Gloucester Park when Little Town Blues beat Just As Sweet in a junior drivers' event on February 17, 1995. He won with his first two drives in America, scoring with former WA pacers Lombo Dominator and Super Strike. Hall sen said that he was extremely proud of Clint, saying: "He has always been a great driver and unfortunately he went to America and has probably lived in Gary's shadow. But he has proved tonight that he is right up there with some of the very best drivers around." The 31-year-old Gary Hall jun. opted to drive Im Victorious for trainer Michael Brennan and he certainly had mixed fortunes in the big race. Im Victorious started from the inside of the back line and Hall drove him hard early in an attempt to get off the pegs and into the one-wide line. However, when Im Victorious was in fourth position 150m after the start he was checked, raced roughly and lost two lengths. The stewards found that Ima Rocket Star (Colin Brown) had shifted down when not clear of Im Victorious. They suspended Brown from driving for 23 days. After this early setback Hall jun. urged Im Victorious forward with a three-wide burst 400m after the start. This caused Kyle Harper, in the breeze with Bettors Fire, to speed up and resist the move. This sudden acceleration opened up the field and Hall was able to immediately slot into the prime one-out, one-back position. Harper then rated back in the breeze, with Bettors Fire almost two lengths behind the pacemaker. Clint hall then was able to get Hokonui Ben to relax, without being under any pressure. No further moves came until Hall jun. eased Im Victorious out from the one-wide line 1300m from home. Hall was half-carting, and Ima Rocket Star, who had been trailing Im Victorious in the one-wide line, contacted the nearside sulky wheel of the favourite. This flattened the tyre, putting Im Victorious at a significant disadvantage. Im Victorious then began a three-wide burst to be fourth at the bell, but he was unable to get past Bettors Fire and had to race out wide for the remainder of the race. He looked a spent force passing the 400m mark and finished sixth. Clint Hall dashed Hokonui ben away from his rivals approaching the home turn, and this allowed Kim Prentice to get into the clear with Toretto, who was two lengths behind the leader at the 100m before finishing with great determination to fail by just a nose. This Time Dylan, who was eased off the pegs approaching the bell, was held up for clear running in the final circuit and Justin Prentice angled the gelding back on to the pegs turning for home. This Time Dylan then finished solidly into third place, a nose ahead of David Hercules, who raced at the rear before unwinding a powerful burst, out wide. After Hokonui Ben coasted through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.1sec., he gave his rivals something to chase when he sped over the next two quarters in 28.4sec. and 28.1sec. before a final quarter in 29.2sec. He rated 1.59.6 over the 2936m. Clint Hall, who earned a winning driver's percentage of $12,500, was fined $1000 and was suspended for 28 days for improper use of the whip in the closing stages when he wielded the whip with more than an elbow to wrist action. Kim Prentice, who failed by a whisker to land his third winner of the WA Pacing Cup, was fined $500 for the incorrect use of the whip, and a similar fine was imposed on Harper for a similar offence. Gary Hall jun. was fined $200 for half-carting with Im Victorious 1300m from home. Clint Hall said that everything worked in favour of Hokonui Ben, saying: "Tonight I gave myself a good chance if I had things my own way, and it turned out perfectly. My worst nightmare was Kyle holding out Junior three wide early and causing (plenty of) pace. It was a gift when Junior got into the one-one and then Kyle let me do what I wanted to do. That's all I needed. "With a lap to go my fingers were hurting, with Hokonui Ben travelling that well. I knew at the 400m, or even earlier, that we had the fancied runners beaten and I was feeling a lot better than them. About 75m out I was cursing myself that I had kicked away and given Toretto the run that far from home. "I dashed away because I had the other ones off the track. And to be honest I didn't think that Toretto could beat Hokonui Ben. I see a lot of them at home and Hokonui Ben has got a fair bit on Toretto." Hokonui Ben is owned by Queenslander Jeroen Nieuwenburg. A seven-year-old gelding by Washington VC, he was having only his 50th start ibn a race on Friday night. A winner at six of his 24 starts in New Zealand, he has raced 26 times in WA for 11 wins, eight seconds and one third placing. His career record stands at 50 starts for 17 wins, 14 placings and stakes of $540,339. He is the first foal and only one of four foals out of Jane Halsey to have raced. Jane Halsey, by American stallion Admiral Halsey, had 15 starts in New Zealand for one third placing and prizemoney of $413. Her dam Taurus Jane earned just $670 from one third placing from eight starts. Hall sen. said that he would now set Hokonui Ben for the West Australian heat of the interdominion championship at Gloucester Park on Saturday, February 15. "I'm hoping to take Alta Christiano to Sydney for the $200,000 Chariots of Fire (on March 2)," he said. "And if Hokonui Ben qualifies for the interdominion championship final, I'll take him, too." Video attached. GDAY MATE WINS THE CUP CONSOLATION WITH A TYPICAL SPARKLING SPRINT New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Gday Mate, generally regarded as just a good, solid standing-start performer, maintained his rise to the top when he produced a typical sparkling late sprint to score an easy win in the Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup Consolation at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He raced three back on the pegs before trainer Justin Prentice got him into the clear with 300m to travel. And then he charged to the front 100m from the post to win by 4m from the pacemaker Shardons Rocket. Gday Mate rated 1.59 in the 2936m mobile event, which compares favourably with the track record of 1.58.3, set by Dasher VC when he led and won the 2013 Fremantle Cup. Gday Mate covered the journey in 3min. 37.1sec., which was significantly faster than the 3min. 38.2sec. recorded by Hokonui Ben in winning the WA Pacing Cup 25 minutes later. "I'm stoked with him and he showed that he's up there with the best of them," said the 25-year-old Prentice. Gday Mate's win came a week after his fast-finishing victory in a 2536m mobile the previous Friday night. "I was a bit worried about how he would back up tonight," Prentice admitted. "Since I've had him, I've raced him every two to three weeks, and this is the first time I've tried backing him up. Maybe I should've been doing it for a long time." Chris Lewis sent Shardons Rocket (13/2) to the front after 200m and the Tony Svilicich-trained nine-year-old was joined 950m after the start by stablemate and 11/4 favourite Mysta Magical Mach, giving Uppy Son (7/1) the one-out, one-back sit, while Sanjaya (10/1) trailed the pacemaker. Gday Mate travelled well all the way and it was only a matter of getting a clear run. Once Prentice eased him off the pegs 300m from home the result was a foregone conclusion. Sanjaya fought on to finish third, while Mysta Magical Mach wilted to finish seventh and Uppy Son faded to tenth. Gday Mate's past 12 starts have produced five wins and three seconds and he now has earned $184,598 from 15 wins and 31 placings from 87 starts. HALL PERFORMS A MIRACLE TO GET CODE RED BACK INTO ACTION New Zealand-bred pacer Code Red broke down with a serious injury to his off-side foreleg during a track workout on Wednesday December 4. But leading trainer Gary Hall sen. has worked an equine miracle to get him back into action and the gelding returned to racing with a flourish, scoring a most impressive victory in the 2130m Nepean Conveyors Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall has used a new, revolutionary treatment to get the gelding back into training and racing. "Code Red damaged his suspensory ligament early last month and I had to scratch him from a race at Gloucester Park the following Friday night," Hall explained. "It is a really bad injury and he hasn't recovered. It is a nine out of ten tear, from top to bottom. But I have treated the injury with this new treatment I've got, and the injury doesn't worry him. It is a treatment I have learnt from a guy in America. It's no drugs or anything like that involved. "It is called PRP and you take the blood and get the serum out of it and inject it into the damaged ligament." Investigations revealed that PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, which is a new therapy for the treatment of equine tendon and ligament injuries. The collection and preparation of platelet rich plasma is simple and non-invasive and takes only about 30 minutes. Blood is collected from the horse's jugular vein and then a process separates the serum from the red blood cells. Eventually, after a series of processes, the platelet rich plasma is injected back into the injured tendon or ligament under ultrasound guidance. Code Red, a seven-year-old by American stallion Red River Hanover, started from the No. 2 barrier on the front line on Friday night and was heavily supported to start favourite at 5/4. Clint Hall got Code Red past polemarker Maggies Mystery and into the lead after 60m and the gelding gave a bold frontrunning display to win by a length from stablemate and 11/4 second fancy Northview Punter. Code Red was not extended in coasting through the lead time in 38.8sec. and the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.8sec. and 30.5sec. before he dashed over the final quarters in 28.9sec. and 27.7sec. He rated 1.58.4. Code Red, a winner of six races in New Zealand, left that country with a losing sequence of 21. He has raced 19 times in WA for six wins and six placings to take his career record to 68 starts for 12 wins, 16 placings and stakes of $129,579. He is the first foal out of the In The Pocket mare Asabella, who also produced the brilliant Ohokas Bondy and Dancing Diamonds. The ill-fated Ohokas Bondy raced 44 times for 22 wins, nine placings and $388,148. He was undefeated at his first 13 starts in WA, including the 2010 Golden Slipper. Dancing Diamonds was a brilliant two-year-old and she has earned $343,276 from nine wins and five placings from 21 starts. MAJORLY FOXY STYX SET FOR DAINTYS DAUGHTER CLASSIC Promising filly Majorly Foxy Styx is being set for the $50,000 Dainty's Daughter Classic on February 14 after she extended her winning sequence to five with a convincing victory in the 2130m Nepean Conveyors Three-Year-Old Fillies Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And after contesting the Dainty's Daughter Classic, Majorly Foxy Styx will be prepared by leading trainer Gary Hall sen. for the rich WA Oaks in April. Majorly Foxy Styx, driven by Gary Hall jun. and hot favourite at 3/1 on, started out wide at barrier six on Friday night and after racing wide early, she got to the front after 500m and went through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.6sec. and 30.5sec. She sprinted over the next two quarters in 28.6sec. and 29.4sec. and won easily by 7m from 7/1 second fancy My Samantha Jane, with two lengths to The Parade (15/2) in third place. The winner rated 1.57.7. Polemarker My Samantha Jane lacked early sparkle and settled down in sixth position and was seventh at the bell before producing a powerful finishing burst. The Parade also ran on gamely from sixth at the bell. Hall sen. said that he was a little concerned at Majorly Foxy Styx's habit of pulling hard. "I didn't like the way she was pulling tonight," he said. "Gary tried to get her to back off, but she wouldn't. However, she still won pretty easily and she's pretty good." WHAT GOD KNOWS GIVES DAVIES HER FIRST CITY SUCCESS Twenty-three-year-old Kiara Davies was all smiles after landing her first Metropolitan-class winner when she drove veteran pacer What God Knows to an all-the-way victory in the third heat of the San Simeon Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And she celebrated this success the following night at Northam when she gave another polished performance in the sulky to score an upset victory with 28/1 outsider Sir Excellent Art, who charged to the front after 100m, set the pace and defeated the 7/4 on favourite Falconice in a 2190m C0-C2-class event. What God Knows, who started at 10/1, and Sir Excellent Art are trained at Wanneroo by Debbie Padberg. Davies, who won the inaugural Junior Drivers Challenge series last year, had to drive What God Knows vigorously under the whip in the early stages to withstand a strong challenge for the lead from Soldier Boy (Clint Hall). After a lead time of 37.4sec., What God Knows went through the first 400m section of the final mile in 29.5sec. before Davies gave him a breather with a 30.2sec. quarter, followed by final sections of 28.9sec. and 29.4sec. Outsider Atomic Chip, who was buried away on the pegs in tenth position at the bell, flew home on the inside and got to within a neck of the winner on the line. Sonic Classic came from seventh on the pegs to be third. Raymon John, favourite at 3/1, was ninth in the middle stages before starting a three-wide move 1050m from home. He sustained the strong burst and appeared the likely winner when he moved into second place passing the 400m mark. But he broke into a gallop with 300m to travel and dropped back to finish in 11th place. What God Knows ended a losing sequence of 13 and took his record to 135 starts for 11 wins and 29 placings for earnings of $106,344. He won at six of his 47 starts in New Zealand and once from five starts in New South Wales. His 83 starts in WA have produced four wins and 20 placings. ATLASTALONE KEEPS THE WEST AUSTRALIAN FLAG FLYING Lightly-raced six-year-old Atlastalone kept the West Australian flag flying at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he was untroubled to set the pace and score an easy win in the second heat of the San Simeon Championship. Atlastalone, bred and owned by Ross Waddell, was the only WA-bred pacer to be successful on the ten-event program. He was a strongly-supported 13/4 favourite and a fast start paved the way for an impressive victory. Byford trainer Garry Butler got Astlastalone away at full tilt from barrier two and he surged past the polemarker The Black Lord and into the lead after only 50m before going through the lead time in a very comfortable 38.2sec. and the opening quarter in a leisurely 31.3sec. After a moderate second quarter in 30.1sec., Atlastalone sped over the final sections in 28.1sec. and 28.3sec. to win by 5m from 13/2 chance Erskine Range, who fought on doggedly after working hard in the breeze throughout the 2130m journey. Lord Lexus enjoyed the one-out, one-back position before fighting on to be third. Atlastalone was off the scene for nine months before resuming racing in mid-December. After a first-up sixth he led and won at Pinjarra and raced in the breeze and finished second to Lovers Delight at Bunbury before contesting Friday night's race. "We had a few issues with him and he's had a good spell," Butler said. "He has come back really good and we're happy with him. He is definitely a nice horse when he leads." Atlastalone has raced 24 times for six wins, five placings and $33,199 in prizemoney. By American stallion Dawn Of A New Day, he is the first foal out of Classy And Smart, who earned $104,828 from 14 wins and 21 placings from 73 starts. TOUGH ROWCHESTER LOVES A FIGHT New Zealand-bred four-year-old Rowchester gave leading trainer Gary Hall sen. the first leg of a quartet of winners at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he revealed typical toughness to win the first heat of the San Simeon Championship. And followers of the all-conquering Hall stable cashed in handsomely, with the Bettors Delight horse starting at the gift price of 7/1. Gary Hall jun. drove Rowchester like the best horse in the race. Rowchester started from barrier four and raced three wide before he got to the breeze outside the pacemaker Jay Bees Grin (9/1), with the polemarker and 10/9 on favourite Ohoka Kentucky behind the leader. Heez On Fire, second fancy at 11/4, dashed forward from the midfield to be fourth at the bell. But he was kept wide in the back straight before Hall jun. sent Rowchester to a narrow lead 300m from home. Heez On Fire fought on grimly, but Rowchester withstood the challenge and beat him by one metre, with a half-head to Ohoka Kentucky, who was hampered for room in the final circuit before finishing fast along the pegs. The final sections were run in 28.2sec. and 29.2sec. and Rowchester rated 1.57.9. "No one really knew what Robbie's horse (Ohoka Kentucky) was going to do from one," said Hall jun. "When he got crossed the race opened up for us. But I thought that jay Bees Grin would be hard to beat. "Rowchester has got a bit of bottom to him and he loves a fight. So it was probably a good thing that we had Heez On Fire there keeping us honest." Hall sen. refused to agree with the general perception that toughness was Rowchester's main asset, saying: "He can be sat up and I reckon if he gets a good sit he could really zip." Rowchester won at three of his five New Zealand starts and has raced 15 times in WA for five wins and seven placings. He has earned $49,530 from his seven wins and eight placings from 20 starts. He is a half-brother to nine-year-old The Musics Over, who won five races in New Zealand and 11 in Tasmania. Rowchester's maternal granddam Samantha Franco produced good WA performer Banana Dana (61 starts for 14 wins, 13 placings and $142,629). His great granddam Smarty Pants produced Smart Son (who was a winner in New Zealand, Australia and America before retiring with earnings of $347,805 from 41 wins and 59 placings from 226 starts) and Vanderel (87 starts for 14 wins, 23 placings and $164,163). ROCKY MARCIANO GOES PAST THE $100,000 MARK Classy New Zealand-bred four-year-old Rocky Marciano underlined his potential and took his earnings past the $100,000 mark when he outpaced his rivals in the 2130m Nepean Conveyors Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. "He looks to have plenty more wins in store," enthused Morgan Woodley after he had driven the Christian Cullen gelding to a decisive victory by just less than two lengths over Our Amazing Art, with three lengths to Mohegan Sun in third place. Our Amazing Art (7/1) jumped in front from the No. 2 barrier and led for the first 500m before Rocky Marciano, the 10/9 on favourite, stormed into the lead after a sizzling lead time of 36sec. Woodley then was able to get Rocky Marciano to relax and go through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.6sec. and 30.8sec. Mohegan Sun, who settled in seventh spot, started a three-wide move with 1200m to travel and he got to third at the bell when Woodley increased the tempo and Rocky Marciano surged through the third quarter in 29.1sec. before sprinting over the final quarter in 28.2sec. to win at a smart 1.56.9 rate. Rocky Marciano, placed at three of his ten New Zealand starts, has been extremely consistent for Bickley trainer Peter Anderson, with his 31 WA starts producing nine wins and ten placings. His stake-earnings now stand at $101,389. TALK ABOUT MACH REVIVES MEMORIES OF VILLAGE KID It was extremely fitting that the colours of blue, gold sash and striped sleeves made famous by the outstanding deeds of Village Kid were to the fore on WA Pacing Cup night at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The colours of octogenarian Hope Valley trainer Bill Horn were worn by 23-year-old Kyle Harper, who drove Talk About Mach to a stylish victory in the 2130m second heat of the Nepean Conveyors Im Themightyquinn Mares Pace. The same colours were carried by Village Kid throughout his magnificent career, which included four victories in the WA Pacing Cup in the 1980s. Talk About Mach, a last-start winner, was a 16/1 chance from barrier three on the back line, with deluxe Edition favourite at 5/2 and polemarker Kotare Ash at 11/4. Kotare Ash, as expected, set the pace, with Harper settling Talk About Mach in eighth position in the one-wide line. Deluxe Edition was restrained from the No. 5 barrier by Chris Voak and went back to last in the field of 12. Aristocratic Glow started a three-wide move approaching the bell, and her run was followed by Talk About Mach, who sustained a strong effort to come from eighth with a lap to travel to hit the front in the final 100m before winning by a half-length from Deluxe Edition, who finished strongly out wide. Kotare Ash held on to be third. Talk About Mach rated 1.58.8 and took her record to ten wins, 14 placings and $105,302 from 47 starts. "When Bill has her absolutely spot on you can tell the difference, and tonight when I hit the track (for the preliminary) I said 'yes this is the one we want and I was pretty confident in the warm-up.'" BRAEMOOR RECOVERS AFTER A TARDY START Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice completed a double when Braemoor recovered after a bad start to come from the rear and score a narrow victory in the 2503m Nepean Conveyors Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Prentice had won earlier in the program with Gday Mate in the WA Pacing Cup Consolation. Braemoor, a 15/4 chance off 10m, galloped for a few strides at the start and settled down in ninth position. Lisharry (13/2) galloped badly at the start and broke again 300m later. Im Elmer Fudd (15/1) set the pace for Chris Lewis and he held off an early challenge from Erris Lad. Then Anvils Big Punt (16/1) went forward to race in the breeze in the final two laps. After the first two sections of the final mile min 31.2sec. and 31.3sec., Im Elmer Fudd sped up with a 28.7sec. third quarter as the challengers were coming from the rear. Rockyourbaby went forward 1050m from home and Prentice followed his three-wide burst to move to seventh at the bell. Braemoor went four wide on the home turn and hit the front 50m from the post before holding the fast-finishing Coringa Cory (11/1) at bay to score by a head at a 2.2 rate. Im Elmer Fudd held on to be third, a neck in front of Anvils Big Punt. "At the 400m I thought he was just winning, but at the top of the straight I thought I'd be lucky to run a place," Prentice said. "And when I had Robbie come off my back with Coringa Cory I thought he would have gone straight past me. Braemoor has done a good job to hold him off." Braemoor, a New Zealand-bred seven-year-old by Christian Cullen, has had 27 starts in WA for nine wins and five placings to take his career record to 58 starts for 12 wins, 13 placings and stakes of $111,221. BALLEYBOFEY WINS NORTHAM CUP AT 5/1 New Zealand-bred eight-year-old Balleybofey gave a bold frontrunning performance to win the $30,000 Northam Cup at Burwood Park on Saturday night to give reinsman Chris Lewis his second success in the event. Lewis won the 2001 Cup with the Les Coulson-trained All The Answers. Balleybofey, a 5/1 chance off the 10m mark, began speedily and dashed to the front after 450m to give the 2/1 favourite Flyalong Falcon the trail behind the pacemaker. Kyle Harper dashed Springsteen (off 20m) forward in the first lap to work hard in the breeze. Balleybofey fought on grandly to win by a length from Springsteen, with Flyalong Falcon finishing determinedly, out wide, to be third. The winner rated 2.1.2 over the marathon 2970m and took his record to 14 wins and 24 placings from 68 starts for stakes of $122,086. Balleybofey is trained at Mt Helena by Ray Williams, whose son Grant drove Silvers Coin and Navigator Dee to victory in the Northam Cup in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Navigator Dee was trained by Ray Williams' brother Mike, who also drove High Narai to victory in the 1977 Northam Cup. by Ken Casellas  

Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan declared that star five-year-old Im Victorious would strip fitter and stronger for the $400,000 Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night than he was when he scored a brilliant victory in the Fremantle Cup last Friday night. "He has improved since that run and has tightened right up," he said. "You've got to remember that was his first run for three weeks and he has got through the weekend heatwave in great shape and he felt super in his work yesterday (Monday) and today (Tuesday). "I couldn't be happier with the horse and the way he's going. The 2936m is going to be right up his alley. He'll have plenty of time to find his feet and then it will be up to Junior (Gary Hall jun.)." Brennan and Hall are bubbling with confidence that Im Victorious will be able to overcome the tricky draw on the inside of the back line and become just the eighth pacer to complete the Fremantle Cup-WA Pacing Cup double in the one season and the first horse to win the WA Derby, Golden Nugget, Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup. Horses to have won the Cups double in the one season are Black Bertha (1942), Pure Steel (1980), Village Kid (1988 and 1989), The Falcon Strike (2002 and 2004), Baltic Eagle (2003) and Im Themightyquinn (2011 and 2012). The 31-year-old Hall, the second most successful reinsman in the 101-year history of the WA Pacing Cup with six winners (behind Phil Coulson with seven), is far from fazed about Im Victorious starting from the inside of the back line and the possibility of becoming hemmed in and unable to obtain a clear run. He aims to get Im Victorious off the inside and into the clear as soon as possible. "A lot of these races are won by horses who race on the leader's back, three back on the fence or even further back on the pegs," he said. "But when you've got a horse like Im Victorious and consider the artillery he carries, the fence is the last place you want to be. "So I plan to get off as soon as we can. You have just got to make sure you survive the early hustle and bustle in the race and then I'll just play things by ear. You've just got to weigh up the option and when things change out there your options change. With Im Victorious we're not screwed down to any set tactics. He's very versatile and we'll let the race tell us when to make our move." Hall used bold tactics last week when he charged forward from the rear with Im Victorious 650m after the start and raced the gelding in the breeze outside the pacemaker and favourite Bettors Fire before getting the upper hand on the home turn and beating Bettors Fire by a comfortable 2-metre margin. This week Hall may have to employ different tactics, mainly because young trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper said that he expected to race in the breeze with the five-year-old. Bettors Fire led from the No. 1 barrier in the Fremantle Cup, but he unlikely to have the gate speed to be able to burst to the front from the No. 4 barrier. The general consensus among the Cup trainers and drivers is that Hokonui Ben, trained by Gary Hall sen., will set the pace after starting from barrier two, on the outside of his younger and less experienced stablemate Toretto. Hall sen. reinforced this general opinion by saying: "Toretto is at his best when leading, but I think that his best chance will be if he takes a sit behind Hokonui Ben. I think that Toretto is about a year away from being up to this class. And from second on the fence Toretto is still going to have a great chance. "The problem I've got when I've got multiple runners is that I don't want to look to be involved in team driving. I know that the stewards are always aware of that, but I wouldn't team drive purposely. I send horses out there to try to make sure that they all finish in the best possible position. And I think Toretto's best chance is to be sitting on Hokonui Ben. "I expect Hokonui ben to lead. He is quite talented in front. Obviously, the best two horses in the race are Im Victorious and David Hercules." Hall jun. said that he was not concerned at starting from the inside of the back line as he recalled the first public barrier draw he attended, for the 2002 WA Pacing Cup, a week after he had driven The Falcon Strike to victory in the Fremantle Cup. "Mike van Rens, major owner of The Falcon Strike, told me that I would be picking the barrier," he said. "I walked up to the stage and pulled out barrier nine, the outside of the front line in those days, and I spent the rest of the night and the rest of the week really depressed and thinking that I had ruled myself out of the race. "The Falcon Strike came out and won the race and I decided I would not put too much focus on future barrier draws and let what happens happen and just believe in your horse and your ability as a driver." Brennan, in his second season as a trainer after serving an apprenticeship with Hall sen., said that he had high hopes that his other Cup runner This Time Dylan, who flashed home with a sparkling late burst to finish sixth in the Fremantle Cup, could be placed in this week's big group 1 feature. "His finishing burst was sensational and he's done a massive job in the past eight weeks," he said. "I was just fortunate that Brian Ridley claimed him three Fridays ago and he came to me in such good order from the Hall stable." Harper advised punters that Bettors Fire was capable of a bold effort, saying: "I think he's right up there with the top of the bunch and he'll definitely be there fighting out the finish. He was a touch underdone and not 100 per cent last week and he has improved after that run. However, there are no excuses for his defeat. He was beaten by a better horse on the night and probably a better horse generally at this stage. "I think that Hokonui Ben will find the front and if we find the breeze, as I expect, I'll be aiming to stay there. If anything tries to get past us, they'll be three deep for a pretty long time." Harper said it was a surreal feeling to have his first starter in a WA Pacing Cup and he recalled fondly one of his first memories of the big race --- back in 2001 when his father Lindsay prepared and drove Havago to victory. "I remember going down to the beach and watching Havago work," he said. "It has always been an ambition to work a horse on the beach for a Pacing Cup, and here I am all this week doing just that, and it's amazing." Ace reinsman Morgan Woodley, who drove outsider Mysta Magical Mach to victory in the 2009 WA Pacing Cup, was naturally disappointed when the David Thompson-trained David Hercules drew poorly at barrier four on the back line. But he has certainly not given up hope and he declared that the speedy seven-year-old could not be in any better shape than he is at the moment. Woodley said that the 2936m posed no problems for the gelding. He said that he was going into the race with no set plans and would decide on his tactics as the race unfolded. Eight-year-old Ima Rocket Star has drawn favourably at barrier three on the front line and co-trainer Greg Bond said that the gelding would relish the 2936m journey. "Staying is his forte," he said. "He is fit and well and he'll probably work forward at the start and get into the running line. If Bettors Fire gets to the breeze, we could get the ideal trail behind him." Tern-year-old iron horse Washakie, winner of the 2010 WA Pacing Cup (when he defeated Im Themightyquinn), is a resolute stayer, but his prospects faded when he drew the outside of the front line. Capel trainer Andrew De Campo has two runners --- Dasher VC and Lombo Navigator --- and they are outsiders after drawing poorly. Dasher VC, winner of the 2013 Fremantle Cup, will start from the outside of the back line after breaking into a bad gallop soon after the start of the Fremantle Cup last week. Lombo Navigator, who will be having his first start since finishing last in a sprint vat Gloucester Park on September 20, will start out wide at No. 6 on the front line. Bookmaker Steve Mulhall has Dasher VC at 33/1 and Lombo Navigator at 50/1, with Im Victorious favourite at even money. The market: evens Im Victorious, 5/1 Hokonui Ben, 7/1 Bettors Fire, 9/1 David Hercules, 20/1 Washakie, Ima Rocket Star, This Time Dylan, 25/1 Hez the Bart Man, 33/1 Toretto, Dasher VC, 50/1 Lombo Navigator, Livingontheinterest. HALL FANCIES FAMOUS ALCHEMIST OVER THE LONG JOURNEY New Zealand-bred mare Famous Alchemist has never won a race beyond 2200m, but reinsman Gary Hall jun. is confident she will lead all the way in the Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup Consolation over the marathon journey of 2936m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. "She's pretty tough and I don't think the long trip will worry her," he said. Hall's optimism bubbled to the fore after the five-year-old drew the prized No. 1 barrier. "She will hold up early and is a great leader," Hall said. "There is nothing in the race who could sit outside her and then hold off the late challengers." Hall has good reason to be confident. Famous Alchemist has started 18 times in Western Australia and has not been beaten in the five events in which she has set the pace. She is undefeated in the three starts in which she has begun from the No. 1 barrier in WA. Famous Alchemist, trained by Gary Hall sen., was an all-the-way winner over 2130m two starts ago, when she defeated Maggies Mystery, before she contested the consolation of the Fremantle Cup over 2536m last Friday night. She started from barrier three and raced three back on the pegs before getting clear in the final stages and flying home to be third behind Hez The Bart Man and Danieljohn. The major danger to Famous Alchemist looms as the Justin Prentice-trained Gday Mate, who will start from the inside of the back line and looks set to enjoy a perfect sit behind the likely pacemaker. Gday Mate bounced back to top form last Friday night when he started from barrier five on the front line and raced in ninth position before charging home to win at a 1.57.2 rate over 2536m from J Walker and Hokurin Handrail. The Hall camp hopes to complete a successful night by winning the final event, the Nepean Conveyors Three-Year-Old Fillies Pace with the highly-promising Majorly Foxy Styx, who has won at each of her past four starts, including her first three outings this season. "She has drawn out wide at barrier six, but she should have the measure of her seven rivals," Hall jun. said. "She is a big filly with plenty of ability." WILLIAMS EXPECTS OHOKA Kentucky TO FLOURISH IN FRONT Promising New Zealand-bred five-year-old Ohoka Kentucky produced a sparkling burst of speed to cruise to an effortless victory at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week and trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams predicted that the Christian Cullen gelding would be seen in a different role at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Ohoka Kentucky will start from the No. 1 barrier and Williams will be aiming for an all-the-way win in the 2130m first heat of the San Simeon Pace. The gelding started from barrier four at his latest appearance and Williams was content to keep him in sixth opposition in the one-wide line before setting him alight with a fast three-wide sprint 450m from home. Ohoka Kentucky burst to the front 150m later and raced away to beat The Oyster Bar by five lengths at a 1.56.3 rate over 1730m. It was his fourth win from eight starts in Western Australia. "He has worked on super since his latest outing, he's got good gate speed and is good in front," Williams said. Ohoka Kentucky should be at reasonable odds because there is a lot of exposed form in the race, with Rowchester, Jay Bees Grin, Heez On Fire, Clifford, Mister Sarkozy and Borntobeanartist all worthy of serious consideration. DELUXE EDITION HAS SOUND CLAIMS IN QUALIFYING HEAT Four-year-old Deluxe Edition still has a tendency to pull hard in her races, but she looks a good bet in the second heat of the Im Themightyquinn Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The daughter of Jet Laag, who is trained at Oakford by Ross Olivieri, warmed up for this event in fine style when she bowled along in front for Chris Voak and beat Jezaenkoubeauty and Firebomb over 2130m at a 1.58 rate at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. She has had 30 starts for eight wins and 12 placings and gave a sample of her class five starts ago when she finished second to star mare Leda McNally and ahead of the talented Famous Alchemist over 1730m at Gloucester Park. She will start out wide at barrier five on the front line on Friday night and Voak looks sure to get her away to a fast start in a bid to take the lead in the early stages. Olivieri has a good second string in the race in Arousing, whose prospects diminished when she drew the outside of the front line. Eight-year-old Kotare Ash is out of form and has managed one placing from her past ten starts. But she should appreciate the No. 1 barrier and is capable of causing an upset. The consistent Arch On Fire will have many admirers from the inside of the back line. She has had 94 starts for 13 wins, 31 placings and $130,532 in stakes and should enjoy a perfect run on the pegs. She was ninth in the middle stages and sustained a strong three-wide burst to dead-heat for fourth behind Pure Empathy over 2130m last Friday night. by Ken Casellas  

Champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. predicted that Im Victorious would be a star on the Australian grand circuit over the next few years after driving the brilliant five-year-old to a superb victory in the $250,000 Yes Loans Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A bold move by Hall to set Im Victorious alight from the rear with a three-wide burst after 650m to race outside the pacemaker and 6/4 favourite Bettors Fire paid handsome dividends when the Michael Brennan-trained gelding surged to the front on the home turn and beat his arch rival by 2m. This gave the 31-year-old Hall his sixth victory in the Fremantle Cup to equal the record of Chris Lewis in the group 1 event which was first run in 1928. "Im Victorious is a wonderful animal and, fingers crossed, he can stay fit and healthy for the next few years because he's going to be a very good representative for WA in the major Eastern States races," Hall said. And now Brennan, who had the task of preparing Im Victorious for the Fremantle Cup less than a month after the New Zealand-bred gelding had finished fourth in the Miracle Mile at Menangle and then an unlucky last in the Victoria Cup at Melton after receiving severe interference, is setting his sights on the $400,000 Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup next Friday night. "He was a bit flat when he returned from Victoria before he enjoyed a week off relaxing in his own special paddock at Debbie Prentice's Boyanup property," Brennan said. "Debbie does a fantastic job and she treats him like one of her own. "He then came back into work and was still a little bit flat before he started picking up. His work last Saturday and again on Wednesday was first-class and I was confident of winning the Cup even though he didn't draw a good barrier." Hall jun. praised Brennan, saying: "Full credit to him; to get the horse back to his best after an Eastern States campaign is not easy. I know, through experience with Dad, how hard it can be. Hat's off to Mouse (Brennan), Lara (his wife) and the crew at Brennan Pacing. "I'm sure that everyone hoped Im Victorious could do what he did tonight, but I wasn't really sure whether he could definitely do so. I thought that it was the perfect race to attempt to do that (go forward early and into the breeze) and just see where he was in relation to the rest of them ... to see if he could make his own luck. "A lot of people think that his speed is his biggest asset, but his biggest asset is his manners and his ability to relax when you use him mid-race. He's the complete package. "I have been very lucky to have driven horses like The Falcon Strike and Im Themightyquinn. We were driving down the Freeway the other day and Dad asked me if I realised how lucky I have been in the game. And I do often sit back and think about it, but while you're still competing and coming out every week you've got to keep that behind you and keep moving forward and upwards. "I'm sure that one day when it all sinks in and when you've got time to sit back and think about it all I'll appreciate what has happened and I'll appreciate all the support I've had along the way." Im Victorious was a 5/2 second favourite from barrier four on the back line and he settled down in ninth position before Hall made his pre-emptive strike after 650m. Dasher VC, winner of the Fremantle Cup 12 months earlier, broke into a fierce gallop moments after the start, while Kyle Harper took up the running with the polemarker Bettors Fire. After first quarters of the final mile in 29.5sec. and 29sec., Harper lifted increased the tempo with a 28.2sec. section. But Bettors Fire was unable to shrug off Im Victorious, who gained the ascendancy on the home turn and covered the final 400m in 28.sec. to beat the gallant Bettors Fire at a 1.56.5 rate over the 2536m. David Hercules, fourth favourite at 11/1 from the outside of the back line, raced in tenth position before starting a three-wide run (with a trail) 1400m from home. He sustained his strong effort to finish third, a length behind Betters Fire. Hokonui Ben, who enjoyed a good suit, one-out and one-back, for much of the journey, was a sound fourth. This Time Dylan, a stablemate of Im Victorious, was ninth at the bell before finishing strongly into sixth place. Washakie, third favourite at 5/1, raced in sixth position in the one-wide line in the middle stages before John McCarthy sent him forward, three wide, with 1400m to travel. He moved to fifth at the bell before wilting to 11th. Im Victorious is still comparatively inexperienced, having raced only 31 times for 21 wins and three placings for stakes of $707,035. Hall was driving Im Victorious on Friday night for the first time for 22 months. He drove him three times for his first three wins in February and March 2012 and he boasts a 100 per cent record with the son of Washington VC, who has sired the winner of the past five Fremantle Cups (Im Themightyquinn three times and Dasher VC in 2013 before Im Victorious continued the streak on Friday night). Hall has won the Fremantle Cup six times (twice with The Falcon Strike, three times with Im Themightyquinn and once with Im Victorious). Lewis has won the Fremantle Cup with Black Irish, Village Kid (twice), John Albert, Sandy Bay and Dasher VC. HEZ THE BART MAN COMPLETES A TREBLE FOR CORTOPASSI Darling Downs horseman Aldo Cortopassi struck a purple patch at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he landed a treble in the space of 85 minutes. The 37-year-old Cortopassi completed the treble when he brought veteran pacer Hez The Bart Man home with a spirited burst to score an easy victory in the $25,000 Yes Loans Fremantle Cup Consolation over 2536m. This followed wins with Topnotch Dan and Pure Empathy. Hez The Bart Man, a New Zealand-bred eight-year-old trained at Oakford by Ross Olivieri, was a 9/1 chance from barrier two on the back line in a race in which the polemarker Sneakyn Down Under was a solidly-supported 9/4 favourite, with Pacific Warrior the second fancy at 4/1. Sneakyn Down Under set a brisk pace and Cortopassi had Hez The Bart Man poised to strike in sixth position in the one-wide line. Cortopassi started a three-wide move approaching the bell and the gelding got to the front 250m from home before drawing away to win by two lengths from 9/1 chance Danieljohn, who finished boldly from seventh at the bell. Famous Alchemist (16/1) raced three back on the pegs and did not get clear until very late, when she flashed home to be third, just ahead of outsider Cyclone Mitch, who rattled home from tenth with a lap to travel. "Hez The Bart Man was going to run second at his previous start (when fourth behind Toretto) before making a mistake with 100m to travel," Cortopassi said. "And I was very happy when I got the call to drive him again tonight. He loves to roll into the race and with a nice even tempo he just keeps going at the one speed." Sneakyn Down Under faded to finish tenth, while Pacific Warrior raced at the rear and was twice inconvenienced in the final circuit before finishing a creditable sixth. Hez The Bart Man, owned by David and Carolyn Ward, won once from two starts in New Zealand and seven times in Victoria before arriving in WA where his 24 starts have produced four wins and 12 placings. His career record stands at 59 starts for 12 wins, 22 placings and stakes of $146,203. LORD LEXUS MAKES A GOOD IMPRESSION Five-year-old New South Wales-bred Lord Lexus showed that he has the ability to maintain a successful family tradition when he scored an impressive victory at his second appearance in Western Australia. He overcame the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the front line and he was last in the first lap before finishing powerfully, three and four wide, from eighth at the bell to romp home an easy two-length winner over In The Perfect Storm in the 2130m Yes Loans Pathway Pace. Trained at Hazelmere by Mike Reed and driven confidently by Shannon Suvaljko, Lord Lexus was a 15/2 chance in a race in which polemarker Shnappy (7/4) and Ben Cartwright (5/2 from barrier two) dominated betting. The victory gave Reed a most satisfying birthday present after turning 59 four days earlier. Ben Cartwright was smartest into stride and challenged Shnappy hard, but unsuccessfully, for the lead over the first 350m. This resulted in a particularly fast lead time of 35.5sec. and left Shnappy and Ben Cartwright susceptible to horses who had comfortable passages at the rear. Gary Hall jun. finally got Ben Cartwright to the front 250m from the post, but the four-year-old was a sitting shot. Suvaljko drove Lord Lexus to the front with 100m to travel and the gelding scored by two lengths from 9/2 chance In The Perfect Storm, who started a three-wide burst from the rear approaching the bell and was tracked by the winner, who rated 1.57.7. Ben Cartwright held on to finish third and will pay to follow. Shnappy wilted to finish fifth. Lord Lexus, by Bettors Delight and out of Panoramic Lady, has raced only 17 times for four wins, nine placings and $25,063 in prizemoney. Panoramic Lady had 50 starts for ten wins, ten placings and $29,594. Lord Lexus is a half-brother to outstanding performers Make Me Smile (678 starts for 34 wins, 14 placings and $517,518), Cant Bluff (60 starts for 21 wins, 21 placings and $281,348) and Lady Lexus (54 starts for 25 wins, 17 placings and $316,518). Make Me Smile won the New South wales Derby at Harold Park in April 2005 before finishing third behind Innocent Eyes in the Chariots Of Fire the following January. MACHTU STAKES HIS CLAIM AS A WA DERBY PROSPECT Lightly-raced gelding Machtu is the latest in an ever-increasing army of talented three-year-olds trained in Serpentine by Gary Hall sen. to emerge as a strong prospect for the rich WA Derby in April. Machtu, a winner at three of his five starts in New Zealand, made a stylish Australian debut at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he was favourite at 3/1 on and worked hard without cover before winning the 2130m Yes Loans Three-Year-Old Pace by three lengths from fast-finishing stablemate Eyre Crusher (22/1), with two lengths to the pacemaker Hugh Victor (6/1) in third place. Morgan Woodley jumped polemarker Hugh Victor straight to the front before being tackled hard for the lead by 84/1 outsider Crimson Floyd. The lead time was a fast 35.8sec. and after 500m Matt White gave up his quest for the lead and slotted Crimson Floyd to the pegs to follow Hugh Victor. This left Machtu in the breeze and Woodley gave Hugh Victor a much-needed breather with a 32.8sec. first quarter of the final mile, followed by a 30.9sec. quarter. Hugh Victor then sped over the third 400m section in 28.1sec. and the final quarter went by in 28.8sec. Machtu got on terms with Hugh Victor 550m from home before gaining a narrow ascendancy on the home turn. Eyre Crusher rattled home from last at the bell to deprive Hugh Victor of second placing. The winner rated 1.58.2 over the 2130m to take his record to six starts for four wins and $23,518 in prizemoney. His dam Letatalk (by Holmes Hanover) managed just one win, one placings and $3938 in stakes from 20 starts. "He was purchased for 'a bit of money' and with that sort of record in New Zealand you would expect him to come here and show something," said reinsman Gary Hall jun. "He's worked up very nicely at home and is a really nice horse to drive. He does everything you want him to do and is very versatile. "So that's why we chucked him in at the deep end straight away and he's come up with the goods. I thought that we were in a little bit of trouble early. I don't think he's got a hell of a lot of gate speed, and there was plenty there from a few unexpected ones. "I think that Hugh Victor would have been pretty hard to beat (had it not been for the spirited early challenge). We planned to sit outside of him, quietly, until the 900m and then apply a bit of pressure. But we might have struggled to get over him, based on his run, after what he had to do early." OUR AMAZING ART'S WIN REVIVES HIS FORM AS A TWO-YEAR-OLD As a two-year-old Our Amazing Art won at Addington from The Gold Ace and then finished a head second to Our Major Mark in a group 1 $80,000 feature event. The Gold Ace has now amassed $1,028,621 from his 19 wins and 12 placings from 52 starts and Our Major Mark has earned $645,935 from 22 wins and 20 placings from 70 starts. Our Amazing Art, now a six-year-old, went into the M0-class 2130m Yes Loans Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line and at the gift price of 11/2. Punters who took into account his form as a juvenile in New Zealand and his splendid record as a pacemaker were on good terms with themselves when Shannon Suvaljko got Our Amazing Art past the polemarker and 9/4 favourite Justlikelindt and into the lead 50m after the start. Suvaljko then rated Our Amazing Art expertly in front and the Artsplace gelding strolled to victory by 4m over Justlikelindt, rating 1.57.4 to boost his record to 59 starts for 11 wins, 12 placings and stakes of $108,907. This ended a losing sequence of 12, stretching back to last May when he was successful at Penrith. Our Amazing Art, prepared at Wanneroo by Debbie Padberg, had put the writing on the wall the previous Friday night when he sat behind the pacemaker Rocky Marciano and finished second to that pacer over 2536m. "Last week he raced over 2536m and he's a bit suspect over that distance," Suvaljko said. "He can't get hoppled during the week and I'd like to thank Isaac Edwards, who does all the work with this horse."" Last-start winner Tuxedo raced three wide for the first lap before getting to the breeze before he faded to finish ninth. Justlikelindt was blocked for a clear passage in the final lap. "Tuxedo was coming around them, so I had to make him do some work, and down the back I've made them run (with a third quarter in 28.6sec.) and I had them all off the bit," Suvaljko said. "We had Justlikelindt on our back and so I had to hold him back in a pocket for as long as possible." TOPNOTCH DAN GETS HOME AT 67/1 Aldo Cortopassi made the most of the opportunity to drive veteran pacer Topnotch Dan for the first time when trainer Ross Olivieri's No. 1 driver Chris Lewis opted to handle stablemate Lord Coburn in the 2130m Yes Loans Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Topnotch Dan, a Tasmanian-bred nine-year-old and rank outsider at 67/1, caused a major upset when he finished solidly from sixth at the bell to win narrowly from fast-finishing pair Menelaus of Sparta (46/1) and Lisharry (17/1). Most punters pinned their faith in noted frontrunner Real Hammer, who was resuming after a spell and looked a certainty from the prized No. 1 barrier, particularly after a dashing Byford trial win the previous Sunday. Real Hammer set the pace and after the first two quarters of the final mile in moderate 29.6sec. and 29.5sec. he looked set for an easy victory. The third section whizzed by in 28.9sec., but Real Hammer then began to show signs of wilting. Topnotch Dan, who had enjoyed an ideal sit in the one-out, two-back position (behind Lord Coburn in the one-out, one-back position), started a three-wide burst after the bell. He went four wide at the 400m and hit the front 50m from the post. Lisharry, who started a three-wide run at the 900m, was forced five wide passing the 400m and he finished determinedly. Menelaus of Sparta impressed in charging home from eighth at the bell to snatch second place. Topnotch Dan, owned by Lloyd and Judith Whish-Wilson of Launceston, had been unplaced at each of his seven starts in his current campaign and had a losing sequence of 13. After extending his losing sequence to ten late in November, Topnotch Dan's classification went from M2 to M1 under the drop-down regulation. He now moves to an M2 mark again. He won 13 races in Tasmania and one in Victoria before arriving in WA where he has raced 41 times for four wins. He won a group 3 $30,000 classic for two-year-olds in Hobart in July 2007 and is one of seven winners out of the unraced Torado Hanover mare Shansue Mod. Topnotch Dan now has earned $182,921 from 18 wins and 32 placings from 105 starts. GDAY MATE'S WIN SURPRISES HIS TRAINER-DRIVER New Zealand-bred five-year-old Gday Mate, whose previous five wins had been in stands, caused an upset in the 2536m mobile Yes Loans Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he stormed home from the rear to snatch victory at 20/1. It was a win which surprised the gelding's trainer-driver Justin Prentice, who gave him little chance against several smart rivals, including J Walker (7/2), Hokuri Handrail (5/4) and Franco Renegade (7/1). Hokuri Handrail (Gary Hall jun.) was kept under pressure in front, with Franco Renegade pulling hard in the breeze and having his head in front for much of the way. Gday Mate raced in ninth position before sustaining a spirited finishing burst to get to the front in the final 30m to beat J Walker by a metre, with Hokuri Handrail a metre away in third place. Franco Renegade wilted to finish seventh. "I didn't think Gday Mate was going to get over J Walker," the 25-year-old Prentice said. "J walker has been flying and was in the one-out, two-back position, leaving us with a lot of ground to make up. At the 400m Gday Mate was making up a lot of ground and I thought we were a chance turning for home. But half-way down the straight I didn't think I was going to catch J Walker. So he's done a massive job to fight out the finish and put his head in front." Gday Mate, owned by Shannon Prentice, Mark Conlan, Clive Berryman, Peter Kennedy and Ross North, has done all his racing in WA where he has had 71 starts for 20 wins, 34 placings and $239,550. BRONZE SEEKER BREAKS A LOSING SEQUENCE OF 16 A switch from mobile racing to a stand did the trick for New Zealand-bred five-year-old Bronze Seeker, who recovered from a tardy start to record a smart victory in the 2503m Yes Loans Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The win ended a frustrating run of outs and a losing sequence of 16, stretching back to his narrow win over Red Salute in the Manea Classic at Bunbury last March. Bronze Seeker, whose previous nine starts had been in mobiles, galloped out for a few strides from the inside barrier on the front line and settled down racing without cover five lengths behind the early leader Balleybofey. Bronze Seeker then was able to gain the one-out, one-back trail 600m after the start when Shannon Suvaljko sent Adda Paternal Suit forward and into the breeze. Bronze Seeker, favourite at 2/1, gave a fine example of his sit-sprint ability. After a 28.3sec. third quarter of the final mile, Bronze Seeker sprinted over the final 400m in 27.9sec. and got to the front in the final couple of strides to beat Balleybofey by a head, with two lengths to Adda Paternal Suit in third place. After winning 11 times from 26 starts in New Zealand, Bronze Seeker, a son of Mach Three, was purchased by Ian Sermon, Lee Bunney, Ross Waddell, Ken Casellas and Tracey Sermon and now the gelding has had 34 starts in WA for Bickley trainer Peter Anderson for four wins and eight placings. "Credit is due to Peter," said reinsman Morgan Woodley. "He's had Bronze Seeker spot on for a long time, but the horse hasn't had any luck and this had all of us pulling our hair out. Bronze Seeker found the line strongly tonight and should win a couple more." PURE EMPATHY Smart New Zealand-bred mare Pure Empathy made the most of the coveted No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park when Aldo Cortopassi drove her to an effortless all-the-way victory in the first heat of the 2130m Yes Loans Im Themightyquinn Mares Pace on Friday night. "She's been going great this whole campaign," said Cortopassi. "All she needed was a good draw. She won pretty easily and went to the line with the plugs in. I never really asked her for an effort." Pure Empathy, trained at Pinjarra by Brad Groves, was favourite at 9/4 and she was able to amble through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31.7sec. and 31sec. before sprinting over the final quarters in 28.8sec. and 28.7sec.Millies Girl (25/1) trailed the leader all the way and finished just more than a length behind the winner in second place. Corza Commotion (18/1) raced three back on the pegs and got clear in the late stages to flash home into third place. Pure Empathy, owned by Brad and Kelly Groves, Laurie and Valerie Groves and Kalina Brew, has had 56 starts for ten wins, 18 placings and $76,230. MAGGIES MYSTERY PROVES TOO GOOD FOR HER MALE RIVALS West Australian-bred five-year-old Maggies Mystery, the only mare in the 1730m Yes Loans Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, proved too speedy for her ten gelding rivals when Kim Prentice drove her to an all-the-way victory. Favourite at 5/4 on, Maggies Mystery, trained at Burekup by Colin Reeves, made full use of the prized No. 1 barrier and was able to withstand constant pressure applied by Cool Johnny and go on and win by a nose from 13/1 chance Rocky Marciano, with 2m back to 6/1 chance Heez Orl Black in third place. Maggies Mystery sprinted over the final 400m in 28.3sec. and rated 1.56 in taking her record to breeder-owner Kim Marsh to 59 starts for 12 wins, 16 placings and $133,155. "I didn't really have any concerns mid-race when Cool Johnny was applying pressure in the breeze," Prentice said. "She was always under control. Down the back they were coming four and five wide and she took a little bit to get going. But when I pulled the deafeners she knuckled down and did the job. "Morgan (Woodley) had me 20m out when Rocky Marciano was definitely in front. But to Maggies Mystery's credit she kicked to regain the lead. Maggies Mystery is a beautiful horse to drive and she will keep earning." by Ken Casellas  

Young trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper declared that he couldn't be happier with rising star Bettors Fire drawing the coveted No. 1 barrier in the $250,000 Yes Loans Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night and said he was confident of leading and holding his 11 rivals at bay. He said that the brilliant five-year-old was "bigger, rounder and stronger" than he was when an unlucky fifth behind Hokonui Ben in the Village Kid Sprint last Friday week. "Since that race I have freshened him up a bit," the 23-year-old Harper said. "He got a little bit lighter than I would have liked and now he's put on between ten to 20kg. I find he races better when he's a bit bigger. He has put on the weight in his neck, over his barrel and over his rump. He's rounded right up and is nice and fit. "I upped his intake of grain and have given him slow work. Now I'm producing him as the sharper horse he was before (when he won the Navy Cup, Mount Eden Sprint and Bunbury Cup) and I think he's got good enough gate speed to hold up pretty comfortably." Harper said that Bettors Fire was one of four stand-out horses in the group 1 Cup over 2536m. "I couldn't be happier, drawing No. 1, especially with two of the main three dangers (Im Victorious and David Hercules) drawing the two outside positions on the back line. The other danger is Washakie, who has drawn the inside of the back line. "Really I think that Bettors Fire, Im Victorious, David Hercules and Washakie stand out above the rest of the field. I think that Im Victorious and David Hercules will come very fast, very late. So then I won't have the chance of holding back to the field and keeping Washakie hemmed in, if he is trailing me. I will just have to get going and hope that we're good enough to hold off Washakie and the others." Kevin Jeavons, who races Washakie in partnership with Gino Monaco and Lindsay Severn, said that the ten-year-old trained in New South Wales by John McCarthy, was still racing with youthful enthusiasm and had arrived in Perth on Tuesday morning in "good nick" after a float trip from Sydney to Melbourne and a flight from Melbourne. He is stabled at Noel Keiley's Byford property. Washakie, who has raced in the Fremantle Cup three times for an eighth behind Power of Tara in 2009, a second to Im Themightyquinn in 2011 and fourth behind Im Themightyquinn in 2012, notched his 53rd victory from 140 starts and boosted his earnings to $1,837,473 when he won the group 3 $45,000 Shirley Turnbull Memorial at Bathurst on December 26. Two starts before that he won the group 1 $100,000 Treuer Memorial at Bankstown for the fifth year in succession. Jeavons said that he would leave the driving tactics to McCarthy, who is due to arrive in Perth on Wednesday to fine tune the evergreen gelding for his assignment on Friday night. David Hercules worked in dashing style in a trial at Byford on Sunday morning for trainer David Thompson, but his prospects diminished when he drew the outside of the back line in the Cup. However, reinsman Morgan Woodley warned that it would be unwise to disregard David Hercules as a realistic prospect, saying: "He has proved himself time and time again that he is a top-notch performer and if the early pace is solid and he gets a suitable run he can certainly come home and make his presence felt. "Perhaps if we can get a cart up behind Im Victorious and get taken into the race he could be a good each-way chance. It looks as though Bettors Fire will lead and prove to be tremendously hard to beat. The rest of us will be relying on that little bit of luck. Thommo couldn't have David Hercules any better than he is at the moment and if the horse had drawn one or two we would have been very confident." At his most recent outing, David Hercules started from the outside of the front line and was restrained to the rear before he finished powerfully to be second to Hokonui Ben in the Village Kid Sprint last Friday week. Woodley then handled David Hercules in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning when he sat behind the pacemaker Mysta Magical Mach before surging home to win the trial by 7m from Mysta Magical Mach at a 1.57.4 rate after speeding over the final two 400m sections in 28.7sec. and 27.2sec. "He ran the final sectionals in very slippery times and still had something left in reserve," Woodley said. Dasher VC, who started from the No. 1 barrier and set the pace before holding on to win the 2013 Fremantle Cup over 2936m, will start from barrier two on the back line for Capel trainer Andrew De Campo and reinsman Chris Lewis. "It's not a bad draw," said de Campo. "I expect Bettors Fire to lead and Dasher VC should get a good run through. We might go to the fence and be three back. I reckon there will be a fair bit of pressure in the race and Dasher VC can really sprint. His form is good; it's better than it reads on paper and he goes into the race with a chance." By Ken Casellas  

Four-year-old Smokey The Bandit is proving to be an outstanding bargain. Purchased by Busselton's Michael Callegari and Rohan Baillie for a mere $2000 at the 2011 Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale, the exciting grey gelding boosted his earnings to $132,935 when he finished with a devastating burst to win The West Australian $50,000 Nights of Thunder at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained in Busselton by Callegari and driven with supreme confidence by Bunbury reinsman Ash Markham, Smokey The Bandit, second favourite at 5/2, stormed past the pacemaker and 5/4 favourite Silent Prowl 70m from home to win by a half-length from that pacer. Trainer Bob Mellsop jumped Silent Prowl straight to the front from the prized No. 1 barrier and Markham immediately eased Smokey The Bandit from barrier two in behind the leader, who had a comparatively easy time in front, coasting through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.5sec. and 30.9sec. Mellsop then increased the tempo and the third quarter whizzed by in 28.sec., with 11/1 chance Rowchester working strongly in the breeze and My Hard Copy (11/1) enjoying an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. Markham eased Smokey The Bandit off the pegs approaching the home turn and the West Australian-bred son of Jet Laag accelerated brilliantly as he charged to the front. The final quarter took 27.9sec. and the winner rated 1.56.7 to improve his record to ten wins and 16 placings from 40 starts. Rowchester held on to finish third, with My Hard Copy in fourth place. Smokey The Bandit has rarely performed below par since he made a successful debut, winning as a two-year-old at Gloucester Park in January 2012. He started at 98/1 on the tote when he finished powerfully to win the WA Derby Consolation last April and he impressed when second to Nowitzki in the Golden Nugget Championship last month. Smokey The Bandit is the only foal out of the unraced Barnett Hanover mare Cheers To All. His maternal great granddam Discreet Adios produced Ridge, who won seven races in WA between 2000 and 2002 before being retired in America with a record of 219 starts for 45 wins, 60 placings and stakes of $232,355. There was a highly unusual sequel to Friday night's group 2 event when it was discovered that two horses had started from incorrect barriers in the one line field of nine. Michael Tenardi started from barrier seven with The Feather Foot when the gelding was drawn to start from the No. 8 barrier. And Matt White started from barrier eight with Copagrin instead of starting from the No. 7 barrier. The stewards fined both Tenardi and White $500 for starting from the wrong barrier. Copagrin (28/1) settled in last position and was sixth at the bell before finishing in sixth place. The Feather Foot (37/1) raced at the rear before breaking into a gallop 650m from home and finishing last. MELLSOP FINALLY ACHIEVES HIS AMBITION OF WINNING THE TROTTERS CUP Waroona horseman Bob Mellsop finally achieved his ambition of winning The West Australian Trotters Cup when he drove The Beau Brummell to a smart all-the-way victory in the group 3 feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Mellsop had started nine runners in the first eight runnings of the event, but managed only one placing, when Dash of Light finished second to Macladdie in the inaugural Trotters Cup in 2006. He produced The Beau Brummell, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, in fine fettle on Friday night and he dictated terms in front after The Beau Brummell had jumped straight to the lead from the inside barrier on the front line in the 2503m stand. After modest opening quarters of the final mile in 31.8sec. and 31.1sec. The Beau Brummell, favourite at 5/2, made life tough for his 12 rivals by sprinting the final 400m sections in 29.6sec. and 29.2sec. Mellsop's pent-up emotions overflowed when he gave an extravagant salute with the whip as The Beau Brummell reached the post a half-length in front of the gallant Hot Holiday. Heez Speedy Gonzalez raced without cover early before Matt White got Ushaka Bromac to the breeze in the first lap. Hot Holiday, second fancy at 3/1 off the 30m mark, settled in 11th position before Aaron Skalecki sent the seven-year-old forward, three wide, to move outside the pacemaker 1400m from home. Hot Holiday got his head in front at the bell, but The Beau Brummell kept him at bay throughout the final circuit. Prince Eddie, who had won from Hot Holiday and The Beau Brummell a week earlier, ran home gamely from seventh at the bell to be third. The winner rated 2.7.2. The stewards fined Skalecki $200 for an incorrect whip action in the home straight. The Beau Brummell, winner of two races from 20 starts in New Zealand, then had 21 starts in New South Wales for five wins and eight placings. He has had eight starts for Mellsop in WA for three wins and two placings to take his career record to ten wins, 12 placings and $70,661 in prizemoney from 49 starts. RED SALUTE RUNS A GOOD TRIAL FOR RICH CUP EVENTS Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri had three runners in the 2130m TABform Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when most punters pinned their faith in even-money favourite Sensational Gabby. But Sensational Gabby was upstaged by her stablemate and 15/4 second fancy Red Salute, who enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, while Sensational Gabby bowled along in the lead after starting from the No. 1 barrier. Veteran Sneakyn Down Under (11/2) raced in the breeze, but did not seriously challenge the pacemaker at any stage. Red Salute, driven confidently by Chris Voak, finished strongly and took the lead 150m from the post before winning by a neck from 21/1 chance Our Major Mark, who finished boldly from tenth at the bell. Danieljohn (10/1) fought on seventh on the pegs at the bell to be a half-head away in third place. Sensational Gabby wilted to finish sixth, with Sneakyn Down Under a fair fifth. Olivier's third runner, Argent Treasure (45/1) raced three back on the pegs in fifth place before finishing eighth. Red Salute, a WA-bred five-year-old by American stallion Life Sign, advanced to an M5 classification and is sure to be nominated for the $250,000 Yes Loans Fremantle Cup over 2536m at Gloucester Park next Friday night and the $400,000 Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup over 2936m the following week. Red Salute is improving steadily and now has earned $153,869 from 14 wins and 11 placings from 44 starts. ROCKY MARCIANO OUTPACES HIS OLDER RIVALS New Zealand-bred four-year-old Rocky Marciano made the most of a favourable barrier and proved too fast and strong for his 11 older rivals in the 2536m West Wheels Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Rocky Marciano, a solidly-supported 5/4 on favourite, began speedily from the No. 2 barrier and Morgan Woodley sent him past the polemarker Our Amazing Art and into the lead after 60m. After a 31sec. first 400m section of the final mile, Rocky Marciano reeled off quarters of 29.2sec., 28.1sec. and 28.5sec. to win comfortably at a 1.59.2 rate by just over a length from 13/2 second fancy Our Amazing Art, who fought on doggedly after sitting behind the leader throughout. Last-start winner Moonlight Rockhole finished fast from seventh at the bell to be third. Rocky Marciano was placed at three of his ten starts in New Zealand and is proving a good purchase for Ian Sermon, Lee Bunney, Dave Morley, Tracey Sermon, Andy Baayens, Ken Casellas, Peter Anderson and Ross Waddell. His 29 starts in Western Australia have produced eight wins and nine placings. Rocky Marciano, trained at Bickley by Anderson, is by Christian Cullen and is the only foal out of Riverboat Royce, who had 55 starts in New Zealand for nine wins, ten placings and $65,234 in stakes. Rocky Marciano has earned $86,689 from eight wins and 12 placings from 39 starts. WILLIAMS PRODUCES PACIFIC WARRIOR IN GREAT SHAPE FOR FIRST-UP WIN Astute Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams produced highly-promising six-year-old Pacific Warrior in superb shape when the New Zealand-bred gelding scored a most impressive first-up victory in the Weekend West Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Starting favourite at 5/2 at his first appearance for four months, Pacific Warrior began from the inside of the back line and Chris Lewis had the gelding poised to strike as he trailed the polemarker and pacemaker Xupan Three. Lucie Boshier, who made an unsuccessful bid for the early lead, then worked in the breeze before Gary Hall jun. injected considerable life into the event when he urged 12/1 chance Why Live Dangerously forward, three wide, in a lightning move from tenth position at the 1150m. Why Live Dangerously charged forward and got his nose in front of Xupan Three at the bell. Hall then took hold of Why Live Dangerously, causing slight interference to Lucie Boshier and Marooned and severe interference to Cool Johnny, Menelaus of Sparta and Bronze Seeker. Lewis eased Pacific Warrior off the pegs 570m from home before taking the gelding three wide at the 300m mark. Pacific Warrior burst to the front on the home turn and raced away to win by three lengths from 52/1 outside Elsu Sheila, with Maggies Mystery rattling home to be third, two and a half lengths in front of the unlucky Bronze Seeker. The near side tyre of Bronze Seeker's sulky was punctured in the mix-up at the bell and the five-year-old impressed with his sparkling late burst after being ten lengths from the lead at the 400m mark and in tenth position on the home turn. The stewards fined Hall $200 for having reduced the speed abruptly when he got Why Live Dangerously to the breeze at the bell. Pacific Warrior has earned $129,604 from 17 wins and 14 placings from 50 starts. He raced 27 times for four wins in New Zealand and his 23 WA starts have produced 13 wins and seven placings. THIS TIME DYLAN GIVES NEW OWNER A QUICK RETURN Brian Ridley received a quick dividend when lightly-raced eight-year-old This Time Dylan surged home from the rear to score a narrow victory in the 2536m The Form Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Ridley outlaid $20,000 to claim This Time Dylan the previous Friday night and the gelding was transferred from the stables of leading trainer Gary Hall sen. to Michael Brennan's Pinjarra training establishment. This Time Dylan's victory on Friday night at 11/2 saw the gelding boost his earnings by $13,650 to a career record of 38 starts for 14 wins and nine placings for stakes of $125,775. This Time Dylan, driven by Gary Hall jun., started from barrier four on the front line and after being trapped three wide early, Hall restrained the gelding to the rear in the field of eight while polemarker Adda Paternal Suit was setting the pace from Shardons Rocket (breeze), Your Good Fortune (pegs) and Ima Rocket Star (one-out and one-back). The 9/4 favourite Dasher VC started from the outside of the front line and was restrained back to last before Chris Lewis started a three-wide move approaching the bell. Hall then switched This Time Dylan out wide to follow the run of Dasher VC, who got to a narrow lead 300m from home. But This Time Dylan was carrying far too many guns and he surged to the front 50m later and held on in the closing stages to defeat the fast-finishing Leda McNally by a head at a 1.57.3 rate. Dasher VC finished a further 10m back in third place. Ima Rocket Star finished sixth. This Time Dylan is in a rich vein of form, with his past 13 starts producing eight wins, three seconds and one third placing and Ridley is hoping he will prove an even better investment than Rakarebel, a pacer he claimed for $10,000 from the Hall stable last May. Rakarebel then was trained by Brennan and in ten starts for his new connections he won once and was placed four times for earnings of $18,550 before Ridley received $20,000 when an eastern states syndicate claimed the gelding in July. OLDTIMER TUXEDO ENHANCES SVILICICH'S REPUTATION Tuxedo, an 11-year-old veteran of 134 starts with one placing from his previous 11 starts and a losing sequence of 20, further enhanced veteran Byford trainer Tony Svilicich's reputation as a genius when he gave a powerful display to win the 1730m The West.com.au Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Tuxedo, owned by Peter Ensel, was having just his fifth start for Svilicich and judged by his sterling performance he should be capable of winning an M0 event in the coming few weeks. Remarkably, Tuxedo was a rank outsider at 155/1 the previous Friday night when he finished 12th and last, 119m behind the winner Erskine Range in a 2130m event. But there was a significant excuse for that effort. Tuxedo raced wide early and then in the breeze before he met with severe interference on the home bend. He was a 9/1 chance from barrier four on the front line on Friday night and Kyle Harper took him three wide early to issue a strong challenge to the pacemaker and 10/9 on favourite Major Nick after 550m. Major Nick resisted the challenge, but backers of the favourite were dismayed soon afterwards when Major Nick broke into a fierce gallop approaching the winning post with a lap to travel. Major Nick continued to gallop and dropped back to a distant last. Harper then was able to send Tuxedo to the front and the New Zealand-bred gelding fought on determinedly to win by a half-length from outsider Knight Crusader, who finished solidly from eighth at the bell. Veitchy, who raced one-out and one-back, battled on to be third, a neck in front of former South Australian pacer Ben Cartwright, who finished strongly from the rear. Kim Prentice, driver of Major Nick, was at a loss when the horse broke into a gallop when in front. But it was discovered (on video evidence) that Major Nick had shied at an object lying on the track. This was a boot which had been displaced from a foreleg of Who Thru teddy soon after the start. Major Nick, owned by trainer Chris Phatouros and Raff Barbaro, damaged a tendon in his near foreleg in the incident. Tuxedo, whose previous success was at Wagin 14 months ago, is still a Metropolitan maiden performer, despite earning $82,319 from ten wins and nine placings from 135 starts. ARISTOCRATIC GLOW HAS THE BREEDING TO SUCCEED Aristocratic Glow, a five-year-old mare related to several prolific winners, including 1996 WA Derby winner Mon Poppy Day and former star juvenile Amongst Royalty, bounced back to form and ended a losing sequence of ten when she unwound a spirited late burst to win the 2130m The West Australian Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bred and owned by Bob Fowler and trained at Pinjarra by Barry Warwick, Aristocratic Glow was a 15/2 chance driven confidently by Chris Lewis. Polemaker Indomitable (8/1) set the pace, with 3/1 on favourite Arma Xpress in the breeze and 10/1 chance Miss Atomic behind the pacemaker. Lewis was content to keep Aristocratic Glow in sixth position in the one-wide line until he brought her home with a strong late burst. She hit the front 60m from the post and won by just over a length from the strong-finishing 61/1 outsider Tatum Franco, with a nose to Indomitable in third place. Arma Xpress faded badly to finish a distant last in the field of 11. Aristocratic Glow rated 1.58.3 and took her record to 30 starts for seven wins, eight placings and $45,645 in prizemoney. She is by Canadian sire Northern Luck out of the unraced Northern Lights mare Arctic Glow. Aristocratic Glow is a half-sister to Chazsalico (135 starts for 20 wins, 31 placings and $141,515), Amongst Royalty (86 starts for 23 wins, 27 placings and $570,820), Made of Dreams (49 starts for ten wins, 14 placings and $39,664() and Idolize me (53 starts for ten wins, seven placings and $60,099). Amongst Royalty's wins included the $100,000 Gold Tiara at Bathurst and the $150,000 Australian Pacing Gold at Ballarat as a two-year-old in 2006 and the Gold Chalice at Moonee Valley the following season. Arctic Glow is out of Broncroft Castle (34 starts for six wins, 12 placings and $17,556). Broncroft Castle produced eight winners, including Travcor (110 starts for 18 wins, 30 placings and $102,664), Parthenon (25 starts for six wins, two placings and $79,920) and Mon Poppy Day (50 starts for 20 wins, 16 placings and $318,558). Trainer-driver Donald Harper was at a loss to explain the poor performance of Arma Xpress, who went into the race with 11 wins from 12 starts. He informed the stewards that the mare had been heavily in season on Wednesday. SPARKLING SEELSTER UNWINDS TYPICAL POWERFUL FINISH Six-year-old Sparkling Seelster maintained his excellent form and showed that he is ready to win in M0 company when he produced a typical powerful finish to score an easy victory in the 2130m The West Australian Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Second favourite at 7/2, Sparkling Seelster started from the inside of the backline and was under lock and key in fifth position, three back on the pegs, until Chris Voak eased 3/1 favourite Art In Your Face of the pegs behind the leader Intrepidation 650m from home. Justin Prentice then was able to move Sparkling Seelster behind Intrepidation before getting the gelding into the clear approaching the home turn. Captain Proud (9/2) had taken the lead 380m from home before Sparkling Seelster stormed to the front at the 110m mark and went on to win by just over a length from 46/1 outsider Arts Gangsta, who ran on from eighth (on the pegs) at the bell. Captain Proud finished third and Art In Your Face was fourth. Sparkling Seelster, who is prepared by Prentice at Boyanup, has had 55 starts for nine wins, 15 placings and $57,562. He is by Falcon Seelster out of Soky's Atom mare Sally Anna, who had 17 starts in WA for seven wins and seven placings and was retired to stud with a record of 37 starts for ten wins, 15 placings and $59,428. Sally Anna is a daughter of Our Sally, a mare by American stallion Nat Lobell. Sally Anna had 79 starts for 12 wins, 25 placings and stakes of $27,331. HEEZ ORL BLACK GETS UP TO WIN IN THE FINAL STRIDE Heez Orl Black, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old related to outstanding stallion and former champion and $1 million earner Christian Cullen, broke his Metropolitan maiden status and took his earnings to $168,710 when he was a fast-finishing winner of the 2503m West Real Estate Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Heez Orl Black, the 7/4 favourite trained by Gary Hall sen. and driven by his son Gary, was prominent throughout in fourth position, with ten-year-old mare Salliwood setting the pace and Springsteen in the breeze. Kyle Harper sent Springsteen to the front 40m from the post, but the five-year-old was unable to hold out Heez Orl Black, who got up by a head in the final stride. Salliwood held on to be third, with J Walker finishing fast into fourth place. Heez Orl Black, owned by Max Grynberg, William Paterson, Tony and Ruth Thompson, Dave Kahl, Karen Hall, Frank Borrello and Trudi Spiniello, has had 20 starts in Western Australia for seven wins and five placings to take his record to 52 starts for 13 wins and 13 placings. The winner is by In The Pocket and his great granddam Pleasant Franco produced Christian Cullen, who won at 22 of his 31 starts and amassed $1,249,150 in prizemoney. by Ken Casellas  

INSIDE BARRIER GIVES SILENT PROWL A CHANCE TO MAKE AMENDS Lightly-raced six-year-old Silent Prowl is a noted frontrunner and his prospects of winning The West Australian $50,000 Nights of Thunder at Gloucester Park on Friday night soared when he drew the coveted No. 1 barrier in the 1730m sprint. He also started from the inside barrier when he was surprisingly beaten out by the flying Polak in a qualifying heat last Friday night when Polak set a fast pace and won by just over a length from Silent Prowl, who got into the clear in the home straight and finished strongly. Waroona trainer-reinsman Bob Mellsop will be determined to retain the lead this week, with Polak faring badly in the random draw. Polak will start from the outside in the field of nine and it is difficult to imagine Shannon Suvaljko getting the horse to muster sufficient speed to get to an early lead. Six nights before his surprise defeat as a 2/1 on favourite last Friday night, Silent Prowl relished his frontrunning role when he won by two lengths from Lisharry over 1730m at Gloucester Park. At his previous outing, Silent Prowl led and was easily beaten into second place by Lunar Tide, who rated 1.53.9 over 1684m at Pinjarra. Those three runs by Silent Prowl were at his first three starts in Western Australia --- and his first after an absence of 12 months --- and he should now be close to his peak. Silent Prowl, by Art Major and bred in New Zealand, has done all his racing in Australia. Before arriving in WA he won seven times from 16 starts in Victoria --- twice when leading, three times after racing without cover and twice when he sustained a strong finishing burst. To set the pace and win Silent Prowl will have to buck the trend in the first seven runnings of the Nights of Thunder when only two pacemakers were successful --- Quick Drawn McCaw in 2008 and Lombo Navigator in 2011. Lombo Navigator is the only winner of the race to have started from the No. 1 barrier. Smart four-year-old Smokey The Bandit will have many admirers after drawing favourably at barrier two. A winner at nine of his 39 starts, Smokey The Bandit has impressed with excellent seconds at his past two outings. He sat behind the pacemaker Nowitzki when second to that pacer in the $175,000 Golden Nugget Championship on December 6. He also trailed the leader (Courage Tells) when a half-head second to that pacer in a Nights of Thunder heat last Friday night. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. has high hopes of winning the Nights of Thunder for the third time after his son Gary drove Tealsby Karita to victory in the inaugural running of the event in 2007 and Hokonui Ben to a three-length victory over Heisbackinblack after facing the breeze a year ago. Hall will be represented by talented New Zealand-bred four-year-old My Hard Copy, who has had 34 starts for ten wins and 12 placings. Shane Butcher will again drive the gelding who led from the No. 1 barrier and won a heat in easy fashion from The Feather Foot and Glenferrie Hood last Friday night. My Hard Copy dashed over the final 800m in 56.8sec. and rated 1.54.6, the fastest of the three heat winners. The prospects of the other heat winners, Courage Tells and Polak, slumped when they drew out wide at barriers eight and nine, respectively. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri and champion reinsman Chris Lewis will be attempting to win the feature sprint for the second time when eight-year-old Bet Your Life starts from barrier three. Bet Your Life, an all-the-way winner over 2130m five starts ago, started from barrier seven and did well to fight on from eighth on the pegs at the bell to finish fifth behind My Hard Copy last Friday night. Olivieri and Lewis combined to win the Nights of Thunder in 2009 when 9/1 chance Davisons Destiny flew home, out very wide, from seventh at the bell to snatch victory from the pacemaker and 7/4 favourite Indian Giver. SKALECKI HAS BRIGHT PROSPECTS WITH HOT HOLIDAY Seven years ago Aaron Skalecki brought 14/1 chance Risk And Reward home with a powerful burst to snatch victory from the pacemaker Truscott Storm in the second running of the group 3 West Australian Trotters Cup and now he has high hopes of becoming the first reinsman to drive two winners of the $30,000 feature event. He will handle the in-form New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Hot Holiday, who has the strength and will-to-win to overcome the 30m handicap mark. Hot Holiday is prepared by Skalecki's partner Natalie Duffy, whose mother Laurel Schofield trained Risk And Reward. Duffy trained and drove 5/4 on favourite Makarewa Don when he won the 2012 Trotters Cup by just under six lengths from stablemate and 33/1 chance Idle Maple, driven by Skalecki. Hot Holiday warmed up for Friday night's Cup with a splendid effort in a 2503m trot at Gloucester Park last Friday night when he started from 30m and Skalecki dashed him forward, three wide, in the first circuit to work hard outside the pacemaker The Beau Brummell. Hot Holiday fought on tenaciously and got his nose in front in the final stages before Prince Eddie flashed home to get up and defeat him by a neck. Hot Holiday also had a tough run in the breeze before scoring by three lengths from Backas Cobber in a 2130m mobile two starts before that. He has had 61 starts for 15 wins and 16 placings and has never raced better. Prince Eddie, who will start from 10m, is the likely favourite after his stylish performance last week when he trailed the pacemaker The Beau Brummell and was fourth 60m from the post before unleashing a devastating late burst to get up and beat Hot Holiday. Prince Eddie is trained by Gary Hall sen., who was successful in last year's Trotters Cup with Makati Maximus, who defeated Xenon and the other Hall runner Tuhimata Glass, driven by Gary Hall jun. Prince Eddie, a lightly-raced New Zealand-bred six-year-old with six wins from 20 starts, will again be handled by Hall jun. Waroona trainer-reinsman Bob Mellsop is hoping for a change of fortune for polemarker The Beau Brummell, who has finished second and third, respectively, behind Prince Eddie at his past two starts. Mellsop has not enjoyed much luck in the first eight Trotters Cups. He finished second with Dash Of Light (behind Macladdie) in the inaugural running of the event in 2006. He finished fourth with 10/9 on favourite Dave Star in 2007; he was unplaced with two runners, Drop Of Gin (6/4 favourite) and Dave Star (9/4) in 2008; was unplaced with Baby jack and Drop Of Gin in 2009; he was fourth with 5/4 favourite Gee Invasion in 2010; was ninth with 5/2 chance Our Shoe In in 2011 and finished 11th with 20/1 chance Don Guerrero 12 months ago. Waroona trainer Nigel Johns and star reinsman Morgan Woodley are hoping for a strong performance from veteran mare Xenon, a narrow winner at Pinjarra two starts ago. They combined to win the 2009 Cup with Compressor. Johns will drive Xenon's stablemate Earl Harbour, a stylish winner over Keepyaguardup and Prince Eddie at Gloucester Park four starts ago. Kim Young, who trained and drove Macladdie for his success in 2006, has sound prospects with frontmarker Heez Speedy Gonzalez, who led and won by six lengths from Diamond Geezer over 1684m at Pinjarra at his most recent outing. Wundowie trainer Bruce Stanley, who won the Cup in 2008 with 20/1 chance Dance To Victory, has three runners, Backas Cobber, Ushaka Bromac and Enjoy A Malabu. DASHER VC GETS HIS CHANCE TO END A LOSING STREAK Quality pacer Dasher VC, a leading candidate for the Yes Loans Fremantle Cup and the Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup this month, is poised to return to the winning list and end a losing sequence of nine by proving too good for his eight rivals in the $21,000The Form Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He is unfavourably drawn on the outside of the front line in the 2536m event, but his class should carry him to victory over Ima Rocket star and Leda McNally. Dasher VC wrecked his chances in the Village Kid Sprint at Gloucester Park last Friday night when he started from barrier six and broke into a bad gallop just after the start. He then trailed his rivals and was retired from the event in the final circuit. He impressed the previous week when he started from the back line, raced three wide early and then without cover before fighting on to finish third behind Livingontheinterest and Hokonui Ben over 1730m. Capel trainer Andrew De Campo took Dasher VC to the trials at Bunbury's Donaldson Park on Monday when the seven-year-old gave a sparkling display to set the pace and win the 2100m trial by five lengths from Truckers Ruffnut. The gelding sprinted over the final two 400m sections of the final mile in 27.6sec. and 28.3sec. and rated 1.57. De Campo drove Dasher VC in the trial, but Chris Lewis will again be in the sulky on Friday night. Ima Rocket Star, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, looms as Dasher VC's chief rival. Ima Rocket Star, a strong stayer, is favourably drawn on the inside of the back line. Since winning the 2503m Navy Cup in mid-September Ima Rocket Star has been placed behind Im Victorious, Bettors Fire and Hokonui Ben. Leda McNally, the only mare in the race, has won at 17 of her past 30 starts and can never be underestimated. She is fast and versatile and Chris Voak should have her in a commanding position from the No. 4 barrier. TURVEY LANDS FOUR WINNERS AND A TRIFECTA IN ALBANY Baldivis horseman Nathan Turvey ended 2013 with a flourish when he trained and drove four winners on the eight-event program in Albany on Tuesday night. He was successful with Our Copper Art, Comeuppance, Flyalong Falcon and My Bachelors Delight. And to put icing on the cake he trained the first three placegetters in the $9000 New Year's Eve Cup in which Flyalong Falcon beat Motoringwiththebest (Tim Stone) and Sonic Classic (Trent Wheeler). Flyalong Falcon, the 5/2 on favourite, raced three wide for the first 650m and then in the one-out, one-back position before he burst to the front rounding the home turn. He score easily from Motoringwiththebest, who fought on doggedly after working hard in the breeze, and Sonic Classic, who ran home solidly from sixth on the pegs at the bell. by Ken Casellas  

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