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
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
Many of Tasmanian’s leading breeders and studmasters have thrown their support behind the Tasmanian Premier Yearling Sale to be held on Friday, February 14 at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston. Lyndon and Gail Menegon’s Big Park stud, Karoola has the biggest draft with eight lots including two by highly promising sire Major In Art and five by the royally bred Tiz A Masterpiece. The consignment includes half-brothers to the dual Melton winner Cruisin Fella and the Bathurst Tiara heat winner Dakota Hanover and a filly out of the Belmont winner El Jays Belle. Strezlecki Lodge, Windemere, conducted by Brooke Hammond, will offer six yearlings – by five different sires. The pick of the draft appears to be the Rocknroll Hanover colt out of a strong New Zealand family which includes Charleys Dream (Tas. Golden Mile), Village Hero and so on. The Hammond clan will also offer a Stonebridge Regal filly out of the Bandbox Stakes winner Cam River, the dam of Cat Bay (Globe Derby Stakes), and a JR Mint brother to Sales Classic winner Prisoner. The Jetsonville Park Syndicate, who imported JR Mint from America, has entered five yearlings – four fillies and a colt – by the 1:49 $920,000 winning son of Northern Luck. The draft includes a daughter of the Evicus Stakes winner Mon Poppy Mary, whose first foal in Black Centurian took out the Sales Classic. Prominent Devonport breeder and owner Mick Maxfield has nominated two lots, one a colt by champion sire Art Major from a good winning NZ mare and the other an Elsu filly out of a half-sister to the Victoria Sires Classic winner Romeo Castle. Briighton breeder Peter Walker’s four-strong entry includes a pair of fillies by Art Major, one of out Ticket To Angel and the other from her Granny Smith winning daughter Cullens Angel. He will also offer fillies by Shadow Play and Jeremes Jet, both out of winning Resurgent Dragon mares. A Mister Big filly out of the immediate family of Miracle Mile hero Beautide will spearhead the three-strong draft of the Harford-based Paine family. The well made filly is out of Atlarak, a half-sister to Gorse Bush, the dam of Beautide. Brighton studmaster Sue Streit has nominated a colt and a filly by resident stallion Mountain Glory, a former Tasmanian Horse of the Year. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K. Neilson@tasracing.com.au or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co Dubbo on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com by Peter Wharton
A parade of Preferreds closed out Western Fair Raceway's Monday evening card with Peter Core trainees taking two of the final four races. Despite weather related scratches in all 12 races and temperatures dropping 15 degrees below zero, harness racing proceeded at the snowy London, Ont. oval, which was rated three seconds off. With Nick Steward driving, Cards That Count ($16.50) pulled off a 7-1 upset in the first $6,500 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3 Pace for Core. The six-year-old Cams Card Shark mare settled for a pocket trip through the fastest opening quarter of the card, clocked in :27.2, and chased home Mamasaidso to defeat that favourite by one length in 1:59.2. The winner is owned by Donald and Heather McGregor of Camlachie, Ont. Trotting mare Joyful Road ($8.50) converted off a two-hole trip to win another $6,500 Preferred 3 in 2:03.4 for Core and his partners Don Allensen of Wyoming, Ont. and Sarnia, Ont.'s Raymond Core and Daniel Diebold. The five-year-old daughter of Thunder Road wore down the popular pacesetter, Windsun Fireball, for the three-quarter-length tally. Lorne House earned back-to-back driving wins in Preferred action with Joyful Road and Kendal Gustav ($4.80). The latter led the field, which was reduced from nine to four, in the $6,500 Preferred 3 Pace for the two and three-quarter length victory matching Cards That Count's fastest mile of the night in 1:59.2. The five-year-old Life Sign gelding is trained and owned by Scott McNiven of Putnam, Ont. and co-owners Thomas Brodhurst of London, Ont. and Shirley Griffin of St. Thomas, Ont. Making the first start of his 11-year-old campaign, Button Up ($4.30) won the other $6,800 Preferred 3 Pace in 2:00.4. Driven by Mike Horner, the early leader was shuffled back to last in the short four-horse field and rallied around the advancing favourite, Thats The Life, to prevail by half a length over that rival. The son of Northern Luck, who has won 43 races and $764,901 in purses lifetime, is owned and trained by Mark Horner of St Marys, Ont. To view Monday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Monday Results - Western Fair. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
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
Toretto's effortless victory in the $35,000 Kennards Hire Christmas Gift final at Gloucester Park on Friday night was the highlight on a memorable evening for champion trainer Gary Hall sen. and star reinsman Kim Prentice. Hall and Prentice combined to win five of the ten events on the program, with Hall extending his lead on the Metropolitan trainers' premiership table. He shows the way with 51 winners and 71 placegetters from 240 starters and leads from Greg and Skye Bond (26 winners from 143 starters) and Ross Olivieri (19 winners from 152 starters). The quintet enabled Prentice to move into fourth place on the city drivers' premiership table. He has driven 19 winners from 93 drives and is behind Gary Hall jun. and Colin Brown (30 winners each) and Chris Lewis (20). Toretto is, at last, repaying Hall sen. for his great patience with the New Zealand-bred five-year-old who has been plagued by injury and on Friday night was having only his 14th start after spending much of the past couple of years recuperating from bowing a tendon twice on the same leg. Hall has trained a quintet of winners several times, but this was only the second time that Prentice has landed five winners on a program. Hall also trained six winners (all driven by his son Gary) at Gloucester Park two months ago. Prentice has been driving most of the Hall runners in recent weeks while champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. and his elder brother Clint have been on the sidelines, serving terms of suspension. Hall jun. was also suspended when Prentice previously drove five winners --- at Gloucester Park on October 8, 2011. Three of them, Im Tim Kelly, Lukcon Lad and Albert Jaccka, were trained by Hall sen. and he trained the other two, My Sound of Thunder and Sea Gale. Toretto, who has won nine times from his 14 starts (all in WA) for earnings of $83,730, arrived from New Zealand in Perth in November 2011 and won at two of his first three starts in the State between June and November 2012. He then bowed a tendon and was out of action for 11 months. Toretto, perfectly drawn at the No. 1 barrier, was a warm 6/4 on favourite and he gave his supporters little cause for concern as he jumped straight to the front and dictated the terms of the race and won by 5m from 28/1 chance Our Major Mark, who started at three-wide move with 1250m to travel. Red Salute (5/1) trailed the leader throughout and finished third, a head in front of 10/1 chance Hez The Bart Man, who sustained a strong burst from the rear to move into second place in the closing stages before breaking into a gallop in the final couple of strides. The winner rated a moderate 2.0.1 over the 2`30m. Toretto is by Julius Caesar and is the seventh and last foal out the unraced Soky's Atom mare Scottish Seal and he looks destined for bigger and better things. "He surprised me last week with the ease of his win in the heat and when he drew the No. 1 marble I was very excited to keep the drive," Prentice said. "Gary has been saying for a long time that Toretto has got a huge amount of ability and tonight he has won in second gear. "He was absolutely just jogging. Gary said that the previous time he had led he was off the bit and Junior (Hall jun.) had to drive him the whole way. But he was hard on the bit tonight and was never ever going to lose. He'll go all the way; he's definitely fast-class material. " Toretto's win gave Hall sen. a record fifth success in the Christmas Gift after wins with Nixons Creed (1993), Allioop (2004), McRaes Mate (2007) and Livingontheinterest (2012). It was the second win for Prentice, who drove McRaes Mate to victory over Cosmic Legacy. J WALKER STORMS HOME FOR THE IN-FORM WILLIAMS Young Henley Brook trainer Robbie Williams continued his recent run of successes when he produced a near-perfect patient drive to land 11/4 favourite J Walker a thrilling last-stride winner over the pacemaker Salliwood in the $20,500 Kennards Hire Mount Eden-No Dill Christmas Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred J Walker, a seven-year-old son of Christian Cullen, started from 20m and the 25-year-old Williams was quite content to allow the gelding to relax at the rear in the field of 12, while frontmarker and 8/1 chance Salliwood set the pace J Walker was tenth after a lap and ninth at the bell before he unwound a spirited burst to charge home and snatch victory from the ten-year-old Salliwood, who had won the Christmas Handicap 12 months earlier. The half-head defeat also foiled reinsman Shannon Suvaljko's bid to win the event three years in a row. Before Salliwood's 2012 win, Suvaljko had driven Rocket Reign to victory in 2011. Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice prepared the third and fourth placegetters. He brought Braemoor (13/2) home with a powerful burst from the rear at the 1250m mark to be third, with Kaiden Hayter finishing fourth with Gday Mate (7/1). Gate Bender, a brilliant first-up winner in weaker company a week earlier, was second favourite at 15/4 off the 20m mark. He dashed forward in the first circuit to move into the breeze before gaining a good sit, one-out and one-back. But he had no luck in the last lap and finished tenth. J Walker, owned by former New Zealand trainer-reinsman Graham Bond and Stephen Schmedje, of Esperance, won eight times from 50 starts in New Zealand before arriving in WA in August 2012. Friday night's win boosted his record to 81 starts for 17 wins and 18 placings for stakes of $163,456. J Walker is named after John Walker, one of New Zealand's greatest athletes, winner of the 1500m at the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976. He broke Tanzanian Filbert Bayi's world record for a mile with a time of 3min. 49.4sec. at Gothenborg in Sweden in August 1975 and he ended his career with the remarkable record of 135 sub-4min. miles. J Walker is the sixth foal out of Tareena Jay (21 starts for five wins, four placings and $41,606) and he is a half-brother to Presidential Ball gelding Jays Debut, who amassed $239,455 from six wins and five placings from 22 starts, including wins in the $100,000 group 1 New Zealand Two-Year-Old Championship at Alexandra Park in June 2005 and a $97,500 listed classic at Franklin the following month. J Walker is also closely related to Lordship pacer Reba Lord, who earned $384,880 from 17 wins and 16 placings from 69 starts in New Zealand, Australia and America. "We have had a few problems with his soundness," Williams said. "But at the moment he's pretty good and, fingers crossed, he can keep fit and go through the grades. I think he has a bright future. He's a beautiful little horse and is no trouble. He's easy to train and is lovely to drive." LIVINGONTHEINTEREST, NOT AT HIS BEST, IS STILL TOO FAST FOR HIS RIVALS Speedster Livingontheinterest warmed up for the $60,000 Village Kid Sprint next Friday night with a smart all-the-way victory in the $21,000 Medic One Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But the New Zealand-bred six-year-old did not impress reinsman Kim Prentice, who said that the gelding did not travel with his usual zest. "He's gone really good, time-wise. Normally he travels really, really strongly, but to me he didn't feel the same as he normally does. But he has won the race and that's what counts. I'm just glad to get that out of the way. "He had me worried the whole way because he normally travels really, really strongly, and tonight he didn't travel well at all. However, he responded when challenged in the closing stages and Senior said that the horse's last 50m was what pleased him." Livingontheinterest, favourite at 3/1 on, began fast from the No. 1 barrier, but had to be driven hard to resist an early challenge from 110/1 outsider Ohoka Dallas from barrier three and he sped over the first 400m of the final mile in 28.5sec. Dasher VC, third favourite at 11/1, dashed forward in the first lap to move into the breeze and put pressure on the leader, and after a second quarter in 29.5sec. the third section whizzed by in 28.4sec. Hokonui Ben, the 4/1 second fancy and stablemate of the pacemaker, enjoyed the trail behind the leader before finishing determinedly in the home straight. Livingontheinterest held Hokonui Ben at bay and beat him by a half-length, rating 1.54.9 after a final quarter in 28.9sec. Dasher VC held on to be 11m farther back in third place. Livingontheinterest, who is related to prolific winners Party Party, Another Party and Champagne Party, won at seven of his 15 starts in New Zealand and now has a fine record of 37 starts for 19 wins, seven placings and $212,325 in prizemoney. MAJORLY FOXY STYX EMERGES AS A BRIGHT PROSPECT FOR THE WA OAKS New Zealand-bred filly Majorly Foxy Styx has resumed after a spell in superb condition and owner Rob Watson and trainer Gary Hall sen. are looking forward with confidence to the rich WA Oaks next year after her runaway victory in the Kennards Hire Pump and Power Three-Year-Old Fillies Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Her win by five lengths from Generally Outspoken at a 1.58.7 rate over 2130m followed her outstanding first-up performance to win the previous Saturday night when she raced three wide all the way and won convincingly from The Parade. Generally Outspoken, owned by Watson and Grace Inwood and trained at Northam by Glenn Elliott, should also develop into a leading Oaks candidate. Second fancy at 7/2, Generally Outspoken (Chris Voak) raced without cover for most of the way and battled on gamely before breaking into a gallop in the final couple of strides. Majorly Foxy Styx, favourite at 5/4, began speedily from barrier five and Kim Prentice sent her past polemarker Flicka Whitby and into the lead after 500m. Prentice then was able to get the three-year-old to relax and travel through the first two quarters of the final mile in 31.4sec. and 30.4sec. before she sprinted over the final quarters in 29.3sec. and 28.8sec. Majorly Foxy Styx did not race in New Zealand and she raced seven times in Victoria as a two-year-old for three seconds (at Kilmore, Ararat and Bathurst) before coming to Western Australia. She now has earned $30,865 from three wins and three placings from 11 starts. She is the second foal out of unraced Christian Cullen mare Foxy Styx, whose dam Prim And Proper (by Soky's Atom) had seven starts for one win, by a half-head in a minor race over 2200m at Greymouth. NORTHVIEW PUNTER WINS "WITH A LEG IN THE AIR" Four-year-old Northview Punter gave further proof that he is on the road to developing into a top-flight open-class performer when he outclassed his older rivals in the 2536m Kennards Hire Pump and Power Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A strongly-supported second favourite at 5/2, Northview Punter made light of starting from the outside of the back line and the ease of his victory delighted trainer Gary Hall sen. and reinsman Kim Prentice. "He's gone super," said Prentice, substituting in the sulky for the suspended Gary Hall jun. "Junior said that he likes to chase, and down the back the final time I couldn't hold him slow enough to them, waiting for something to come to keep him concentrating. He was travelling that well that I just had to cut him (loose) and he's won with a leg in the air. I just wish it was that easy all the time." Asian Courage, favourite at 9/4, jumped straight to the lead from the No. 2 barrier while Northview Punter settled down in tenth position. Prentice quickly seized the initiative and he sent Northview Punter forward with a fast three-wide burst after 550m. Northview Punter then sat on the outside of Asian Courage before bursting to the front 350m from home and winning by two and a half lengths from 10/1 chance Bronze Seeker, who was tenth at the bell before unwinding a sparkling sprint. The final 400m was covered in 28.4sec. and the winner rated 1.58.4. The Feather Foot (85/1) impressed in coming from last at the bell to finish third and veteran Rojen Cruz (14/1) also caught the eye by finishing powerfully from the rear to be fourth. Asian Courage faded badly to finish last. Northview Punter, a winner of one race from two starts in New Zealand as a two-year-old, ended a losing sequence of six and improved his record to 30 starts for 15 wins and ten placings for earnings of $192,825. He is the ninth foal out of American-bred mare Watch Your Step and is a half-brother to smart New Zealand and American winners Stopwatch and Announcement. FLYALONG FALCON CONTINUES ON HIS MERRY WINNING WAYS Promising New Zealand-bred six-year-old Flyalong Falcon maintained his outstanding form and upset strong betting moves for Vapour and Shnappy when he finished full of running to win the 2536m Make Your Job Easy Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Flyalong Falcon, part-owned, trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, was sent out at the handsome odds of 11/2, with Vapour (11/8) and Shnappy (2/1) both heavily supported. Polemaker Grand Cru (5/1) set the pace, with Shnappy (making his WA debut after winning ten times in Victoria) in the breeze and Vapour (unbeaten at his first two WA starts after three wins in New Zealand) racing in seventh position in the small field of eight. Flyalong Falcon, the solitary runner on the back line, enjoyed a perfect run behind the pacemaker before Turvey eased him off the pegs and into the clear 350m from home. Flyalong Falcon surged to the front 60m from the post to beat Vapour (who had started a three-wide move with 950m to travel) by a half-length, with Grand Cru finishing third and Shnappy wilting to fifth. The final 800m was covered in a brisk 56.9sec. and Flyalong Falcon rated 2.0.2 and took his record in WA to five wins and a second from six starts after having 29 starts in New Zealand for three wins and nine placings. He has earned $46,216. He is the only foal out of unraced Christian Cullen mare Skip Along. "He got the right run, which obviously helps," said Turvey. "He also got out at the right time and that went a long way towards his win. His best attribute is his standing-start manners and he's a pretty adaptable and laid-back character. I'd like to think he will win one or two more in the city." IM TERRIFIC DAWDLES EARLY BEFORE SPRINTING AWAY FOM HIS RIVALS New Zealand-bred five-year-old Im Terrific took full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park when Colin Brown drove him to an easy all-the-way victory in the 2130m second heat of the Kennards Hire Lift And Shift The Coulson Pace on Friday night. Starting favourite at 5/4, Im Terrific took a stranglehold on the race when he dawdled through the lead time in 38.8sec. and ambled through the first 400m section of the final mile in a slow 31.9sec. After a second quarter in 30.2sec. Im Terrific dashed over the final quarters in 28.6sec. and 28.2sec. to win by just under a length from 11/1 chance Rocky Marciano, who enjoyed the perfect trail, one-out and one-back, before finishing strongly. Heez On Fire (2/1) was an excellent third, just a head behind Rocky Marciano. Heez On Fire was trapped four wide early before Chris Lewis restrained him to the rear and then set him alight, three wide, from tenth at the bell. "I don't think that we necessarily had to get it as easy as that early," said Brown. "But once we did, it was all over. Since they put the go-straights on him he has improved no end. He used to get on a knee a little bit, particularly at Gloucester Park. Now he's a different horse and has got a lot more confidence." Im Terrific, who is trained by Greg and Skye Bond, had eight starts in New Zealand for one win (over 2000m at Otago as a three-year-old in January 2012) and his 223 starts in WA have produced nine wins and six placings. MOONLIGHT ROCKHOLE ENDS A LOSING SEQUENCE OF 19 Veteran performer Moonlight Rockhole ended a losing sequence of 19 when he unwound a stirring finishing burst to get up in the final couple of strides to snatch victory from the pacemaker and 4/1 favourite Miss Rivertin in the 1730m Kennards.com.au Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Moonlight Rockhole started at 17/2 and his young trainer-driver Dylan Egerton-Green was content to sit back in the field before asking him for a strong effort in the closing stages. Moonlight Rockhole was eighth in the one-wide line at the bell where Miss Rivertin was being put under pressure by nine-year-old Whitbys Beach, who was making his first appearance for 23 months. A hectic opening quarter of the final mile in 28.6sec. set the scene for a swooper and the final quarters were run in only 29.5sec. and 29.9sec., with the winner rating 1.58.2. Kristen Louise (9/2) ran on solidly from seventh at the bell to be third.' "He has been a grand old horse for us and the Robbie Tomlinson syndicate," said Egerton-Green, who explained the seven-year-old's disappointing sixth behind Soho Monza in a field of seven at his previous outing a fortnight earlier by saying that the gelding was a bit flat when having his second run in the space of five days. Moonlight Rockhole, who is still eligible to contest a Metropolitan-class maiden event, has amassed $98,683 from 15 wins and 31 placings from 127 starts. By Northern Luck, he is out of Windshield Wiper mare Gold Duchess, who had 27 starts for eight wins, six placings and $116,920. Moonlight Rockhole is a half-brother to six winners, including Manu Magic (152 starts for 13 wins, 30 placings and $89,986) and Goldanover (135 starts for 11 wins, 30 placings and $75,220). BEAUTIFUL NIGHT SETS THE PACE AND FIGHTS ON GAMELY Six-year-old Beautiful Night, who is in foal, broke a losing sequence of 11 when she set the pace from the coveted No. 1 barrier and fought on grimly to win the 2130m Kennards Hire Merry Christmas Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Favourite at 2/1, Beautiful Night was rated well by Shannon Suvaljko and she had just enough in reserve to defeat the strong-finishing 12/1 chance Hoylakes First Lady by 1m, with Arch On Fire (25/1) coming from fifth at the bell to be third. The winner, trained by Peter Tilbrook, rated 1.58.2. Beautiful Night, bred and owned by Neven Botica, has been a handy performer and she now has earned $70,369 from nine wins and 16 placings from 51 starts. By American stallion Western Terror, Beautiful Night is out of the New Zealand-bred P JS Dream, who won five times from 25 starts in New Zealand before having two unplaced runs in WA (at Gloucester Park and Pinjarra) in November-December 2006 and then being retired to the breeding barn. "The barrier certainly helped," said Suvaljko. "She has led from an inside barrier before and I was confident of leading again tonight. She received a good bit of pressure early and did a good job to hold on and win." THIS TIME DYLAN TURNS THE TABLES ON MAROONED Rejuvenated pacer This Time Dylan notched his sixth win from his past 11 starts when he came from last in the middle stages to score a runaway victory in the 2130m Kennards Hire Concretecare Claiming pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His five-length win over Marooned made amends for his second at odds-on to Marooned in a claimer the previous Friday night. This Time Dylan, favourite at 6/4 from the outside of the front line, was restrained to the rear by Kim Prentice while 40/1 outsider Heavens Delight set the pace from Davy Maguire (in the breeze), Artorius (behind the leader) and Tee pee Village in the one-out, one-back position. The pace was fast and furious throughout, with a sizzling lead time of 36sec. Prentice started a three-wide move (following Marooned) approaching the bell. Marooned got to the front 380m from home before This Time Dylan swept past him 130m later and raced away to win very easily at a 1.56.3 rate. "They went hard early and we just had to go back, and it all just fell into place" Prentice said. "The only decision I had to make was when to come off the back of Marooned. I knew that this guy would sustain a real strong sprint. If I had left it to the top of the straight I probably still would have beaten Marooned. But I just wanted to make sure of it." by Ken Casellas
The Bendigo trotting fixture held on Thursday November 28 belonged to the Goulburn Valley and Bendigo area who provided five of the eight winners on program, with Bunbartha horseman John Newberry taking the honours after providing a stable double. First to come along was talented Earl/Shine On Alisha six year old gelding Just Call Me Earl in the CV Batteries Strath Village Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2150 metres. Starting from a 20 metre equal backmark, Just Call Me Earl bided his time mid-field with Man Of The World (barrier four) working to the front after travelling a couple of hundred metres. Easing three wide in the final circuit, Newberry in what was “the drive of the night” switched Just Call Me Earl down to the sprint lane, before finishing strongly to defeat Man Of The World and Jusamirel which raced rough on more than one occasion. The mile rate 2-05.1. Raced by the Newberry family, Just Call Me Earl has fronted the starter on 63 occasions for nine wins. Leg two came about when lightly raced four year old Monarchy/Shine On Alisha gelding The Majestic scored in the Freedom Tanks Trotters Mobile for T0 class over 1650 metres in a mile rate 2-02.2. A surprisingly short priced even money favourite, The Majestic (gate two) settled three back in the moving line and driven with the patience of Jobe, was taken four wide on the final bend before putting the race away with ease, defeating Brother Of Sonoko and Ballan Road which led. Echuca/Moama trainer Shane Gilligan four year old Northern Luck/Soap Box mare Mary Mon returned to form when successful in the Bendigo Cup Eve Cocktail Party 10 January Pace for C2 class over 1650 metres. Taking a concession, Mary Mon driven by son Tom was restrained to the rear of the field from gate six prior to gaining a three wide trail in the last lap on the back of both Johnny Tee and Flyin Indi Air. Despite making the home turn very wide, Mary Mon a half sister to the smart juvenile Lady Belladonna finished all over the top of her rivals to score from Flying Indi Air and Johnny Tee in a rate of 1-57. Charlton’s Mark Boyle has Blissful Hall/Lensmare six year old gelding Xbolt racing at the top of his game, landing the Christmas @ Lord’s Raceway 12 December Pace for C0 class over 1650 metres. With Neil McCallumin the sulky, Xbolt began swiftly from gate five to lead throughout in a rate of 1-58.6, defeating The Muse which raced outside him, with the hot favourite Heathbern Star running on late when extricated clear of a pocket three back the markers to finish third. Shelbourne trainer Larry Eastman’s above average Northern Luck/Decethree Lombo five year old mare Lombo Cloud Nine treated her rivals with contempt in the N.Y.E Party @ Lord’s Raceway 31 December Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2150 metres with Chris Alford in the sulky. Sent forward from outside the front row to settle three back in the moving line, Alford was off and running in the back straight on the first occasion to be surprisingly handed the lead on a platter from the last start Ballarat winner Tere T. Travelling under double wraps for the rest of the journey, Lombo Cloud Nine coasted to the wire 6 metres in advance of Tere T and Nimble Jack (three back the markers) in a rate of 2-00.2 to record her 10th victory in 42 starts. Astute Avenel trainer/driver Ian Mongomery provided a smart first starter by the name of Captain Under Fire to blitz his rivals in the Bendigo Bank 3-Y-0 Pace over 2150 metres, leading throughout from the pole in accounting for Notjustanothalombo (three back the markers) by 22.7 metres in a rate of 2-00.9. Braeview Bomber finished third after racing in the open. Bolinda trainer/driver Lisa Miles also provided a winner on debut when four year old Four Starzzz Shark/Sassy Stoneridge mare Denim Npearls greeted the judge in the Victorian Equine Group Pace for C0 class over 1650 metres. Taken back from gate two as the start was effected, Denim Npearls possied three back in the moving line, before unleashing a powerful burst out wide on straightening to impressively gain the day over Majestic Swan which led and Imsosweetaboucha which followed the winner home in the final circuit. The mile rate 1-58.7. By Len Baker
Five-year-old Dredlock Rockstar, the only West Australian-bred pacer in the field, made a mockery of his lowly assessment when he outclassed his ten rivals in the $30,000 Del Basso Smallgoods Parliamentarians Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His impressive all-the-way victory vindicated the decision of his owner Jamie Howlett and trainer Michael Callegari to throw the M1-class pacer in the deep end and challenge his vastly more distinguished opponents, including Sneakyn Down Under (M16), Dasher VC (M12), Ima Rocket Star (M11), Ohokas Dallas (M8), Shardons Rocket and Davy Maguire (M7). And Busselton reinsman Aaron Beckett made the most of the unexpected opportunity to drive Dredlock Rockstar for the first time, a chance he received after the gelding’s regular reinsman Ashleigh Markham was suspended for 13 days the previous Friday night for causing interference when driving Dredlock Rockstar in the Mount Eden Sprint. Dredlock Rockstar was a 40/1 chance in the Mount Eden Sprint when he gave an eye-catching performance in thundering home from 12th at the bell to be third behind star pacers Bettors Fire and Im Victorious. His prospects in the Parliamentarians Cup were boosted when he drew favourably at No. 2 on the front line. He was solidly supported and started second fancy at 11/4 behind Dasher VC (5/2), with Ima Rocket Star at 9/2 from the outside of the back line. Dredlock Rockstar bounded straight to the front and Beckett was able to get the gelding to relax and amble through the first 400m section of the final mile in a dawdling 32.1sec. before zooming over the next three quarters in 28.6sec., 27.9sec. and 28.3sec. to win at a 1.56.2 rate over the 2130m. He finished just over a length clear of polemarker and 60/1 outsider Ohoka Dallas, who trailed him throughout. Shardons Rocket (12/1) raced in the breeze and fought on to be third, in front of Leda McNally and Ima Rocket Star, who ran, three wide, from tenth at the bell. “It was a great pick-up drive,” said the 31-year-old Beckett. “I didn’t really want to get going too early, but the way the horse was travelling I couldn’t really hold him back any more. Once I pulled the plugs in the straight and got into him he just took off. ” Dredlock Rockstar, who has overcome a fractured pedal bone, received in a race at Collie in March 2012, is proving to be a tremendous bargain for the 53-year-old Howlett, who paid just $3000 for him at the 2010 Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale. The gelding has now earned $100,056 from 12n wins and 17 placings from 41 starts. Dredlock Rockstar was out of action for ten months after fracturing his pedal bone and he has returned to racing in wonderful form for the 37-year-old Callegari, who, like Howlett, has an eye for a bargain. Callergari paid $2000 for Smokey The Bandit at the 2011 yearling sale and the pacer has already earned $64,465 from nine wins and 14 placings from 35 starts. Last December he outlaid $3000 for Make Me Grin, whose first 12 starts for him have yielded two wins and three placings for stakes of $11,813. Dredlock Rockstar, by Canadian-bred stallion Northern Luck, was named after the popular reggae song Buffalo Soldier, written in 1980 by Bob Marley. The opening line of the song is: Buffalo Soldier, dredlock rasta. Howlett purchased Dredlock Rockstar because he admired the toughness and longevity of the Albany-trained Bank the Money, who had 246 starts for 31 wins, 61 placings and stakes of $152,969. Bank The Money was out of Soky’s Maid, who also produced the Safely Kept mare Maid For Life, the dam of Dredlock Rockstar. De CAMPO MAKES THE RIGHT CHOICE WITH DANIELJOHN Young Capel reinsman Aiden De Campo made a split-second decision soon after the start of the $21,000 Del Basso Wholesale Meats Italian Sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he opted to keep Danieljohn in the one-wide line instead of taking him to the pegs to follow the hot favourite and noted frontrunner Midnight Dylan. Danieljohn raced in the breeze early before de Campo restrained to take the perfect sit, one-out and one-back. But with a slow early pace de Campo began to have misgivings about his decision. After driving Danieljohn to a splendid victory at 10/1, the 21-year-old de Campo admitted that he was fully prepared to receive a blast from his father Andrew, the trainer of Danieljohn. ”Half way through the race, when they were walking, I thought I’d made the wrong decision and thought perhaps I should have been on the fence,” he said. “I was expecting to get a spray from Dad. But things worked out all right. I knew around the corner if I got the split he would be right in it because he was travelling so nicely.” Danieljohn eventually got clear and he sprinted fast to burst to the front 20m from the post. He won by one metre from Midnight Dylan, with a neck to 12/1 chance Your Good Fortune, who fought on gamely after racing outside the pacemaker. The expected challenge from 5/2 second favourite The Ragpickers Dream failed to eventuate. The Ragpickers Dream ducked his head at barrier two and broke into am gallop at the start, losing about five lengths. He started a three-wide move at the bell, but his run was short-lived and he wilted to finish ninth. Danieljohn, who was having his first start since late June, was bred and is owned by John Bell, of Collie. He is a promising five-year-old stallion by Blissfull Hall who has raced 42 times for 17 wins, 14 placings and stakes of $153,312. The winner of the San Simeon Classic and Harvey Cup earlier this year, Danieljohn moves to an M4 classification and gives every indication of developing into a contender in feature events at the coming summer carnival. He is the fifth foal and only winner out of Victorian-bred mare Aussie Evita, who had 81 starts for eight wins, 18 placings and $17,975. BIT OF A LEGEND SOUNDS AN OMINOUS WARNING TO HIS RIVALS New Zealand-bred stallion Bit Of A Legend sounded an ominous warning to his rivals in the coming series of rich events for four-year-olds when he sprinted home over the final 800m in 56.1sec. to score an effortless victory in the 2130m Sealanes Golden Nugget Prelude at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The son of Bettors Delight was unextended by Brent Mangos in scoring by more than three lengths from Galactic Galleon (14/1), with Northview Punter (4/1) a head away in third place. The winner, who started at 3/1 on, rated 1.57.1. This gave the 49-year-old Mangos his first driving success in Western Australia. The Auckland horseman has been preparing Bit Of A Legend at Pinjarra while the horse’s trainer Cran Dalgety has been looking after his big team of pacers in Christchurch. Bit Of A Legend, surprisingly beaten at 5/1 on at his WA debut the previous Friday night, gave the crowd in excess of 8000 a sample of his class with the ease of his victory. And Mangos predicted better things were in store. “His work this week has been super and he has gone to another level from last week,” he said. “He has gone to the line strongly and should keep on improving. I wasn’t disappointed at all last week when he was narrowly beaten. It was a good effort at his first run for five months.” Bit Of A Legend will now contest the $50,000 Retravision Four-Year-Old Championship next Friday night before tackling the $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic the following Friday and the $175,000 Lancaster Cup Golden Nugget two weeks later. He now has an impressive record of 34 starts for 17 wins, 11 placings and earnings of $638,928. He has won 13 times in New Zealand and has raced six times in Victoria for three wins, including the group 1 Breeders Crown for two-year-old colts and geldings at Melton in August 2012 when he defeated star New Zealander Border Control. He raced twice at Menangle last March for a placing in a heat and a fourth in the final of the New South Wales Derby, won by Lennytheshark. Bit Of A Legend started from barrier three on Friday night and burst to the front after 300m before cruising through the first two sections of the final mile in 31sec. and 30sec. Then he sped over the final quarters in 28.3sec. and 27.8sec. Galactic Galleon battled on gamely after trailing the pacemaker, while Northview Punter, who raced without cover over the final mile, was a fighting third. VETERAN MISS AZOOMA STILL HAS GOT WHAT IT TAKES The $40,000 Norm’s Daughter Championship next Friday week is the immediate target for veteran mare Miss Azooma, who caused an upset when she defeated 3/1 on favourite Askmenow in the 1730m Normandie Foods Pace for mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Miss Azooma, who started at 27/1, was having her third start after a let-up and her third run for young Byford trainer Josh Dunn. She had started at 125/1 and 30/1 when unplaced at her two previous starts, but she made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier on Friday night. Chris Lewis was content to take the sit with Miss Azooma behind Askmenow, who began speedily from the No. 2 barrier. Askmenow, driven by Gary Hall jun., reeled off quick sectionals of 29.2sec., 29.2sec., 28.1sec. and 29.3sec., but was unable to hold off the fast-finishing Miss Azooma, who sprinted strongly to hit the front 40m from the post. Korobeit Angel (10/1) ran on from fifth (pegs) at the bell to be third, with Famous Alchemist (25/1) running home strongly from last at the bell to be fourth. Miss Azooma, bred and owned by Travis Bull, went into Friday night’s event with unplaced efforts at her five runs since leading and winning the Race For Roses, a 2503m stand, at Gloucester Park last May. The veteran of 144 starts has earned $132,467 from her 15 wins and 36 placings. “When I drove her previously (two starts ago) she did run well (eighth behind Bettor Dreams),”Lewis said. “I thought she was some sort of chance tonight, coming off a soft run and a good pace. And she got a perfect run and was able to run over the top of them. “Josh has done a great job with her. He’s got her in top-class order and I think he’s a trainer of the future.” SUVALJKO PLAYS THE WAITING GAME WITH BALLAS AROCKSTAR Shannon Suvaljko played the waiting game and managed to get outsider Ballas Arockstar through a needle-eye gap in the closing stages to get up and snatch victory from Deluxe Edition and Say It Now in the 2130m Phil Coulson Memorial Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Starting at 37/1 on the tote, mainly because of his unfavourable draw ion the outside of the back line, Ballas Arockstar was taken straight to the inside by Suvaljko, who made a snap decision to drive for luck. “Before the race I was planning to track up three deep, but no one went to the fence,” he said. “This horse goes better on the fence, so that’s where I went. From there it was a case of wait, wait, wait.” Ballas Arockstar settled down in fifth place, three back on the pegs while polemarker Fully Zapped led from the 2/1 second favourite Big And Smooth on his outside and Say It Now (11/1) behind the leader. Deluxe Edition, the 5/4 favourite, slotted neatly into the one-out, two-back position. Chris Voak sent Deluxe Edition forward, three wide, approaching the bell and the mare, who raced ungenerously in the back straight, eventually got to the front 380m from home. Fully Zapped fought back doggedly and looked set to fight out the finish with Deluxe Edition before Suvaljko squeezed between those two pacers to forge to the front in the final couple of strides. Ballas Arockstar scored by a head from Deluxe Edition, with Fully Zapped a neck away in third place. Ballas Arockstar, a seven-year-old trained by Shane Tognolini, ended a losing sequence of ten and took his record to 111 starts for 16 wins and 45 placings for $141,256 in prizemoney. He is still a Metropolitan maiden performer. He has been an honest and consistent performer since making a wonderful start to his career when his first five starts as a two-year-old in January-February 2009 produced four wins and a second. Those runs included his victory in the $70,000 group 2 WA Sales Classic by a head over Robbery. His dam Gail Force Lombo managed just one win (at Kalgoorlie in August 2003) from 19 starts. His great granddam Pliability produced nine winners of 79 races, including Mon Amigo (149 starts for 20 wins, 47 placings and $163,516). Pliability’s mother Our Miss Andre produced smart performer Wipe The World, who had 55 starts in New South Wales in the 1980s for 18 wins, 18 placings and $210,464. FAST-FINISHING THIS TIME DYLAN GIVES HALL A NOTABLE MILESTONE Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. notched the wonderful milestone of training 1500 city winners when his younger son Gary drove This Time Dylan to an impressive last-to-first victory in the Action Industrial Catering Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. For most of the 2130m event Hall sen. held high hopes of achieving this notable record through Sanjaya, who was being driven confidently in the lead by his elder son Clint. This Time Dylan started from the outside of the front line and was restrained back to last position before Gary Hall jun. started a three-wide move approaching the bell. The 2/1 favourite, a winner at his three previous starts in stands, went four wide at the 300m and finished in dashing style to burst to the front 100m from the post. He went on to win by 4m at a 1.57.6 rate from Sanjaya (9/4), with last-start winner Artorius (13/1) running home strongly to be third. “He was an absolute lunatic when he arrived at our stables,” said Hall jun. “But recently he has settled down and is racing in wonderful form.” This Time Dylan, a New Zealand-bred eight-year-old, has had 24 starts in WA for eight wins and three placings to take his career record to 32 starts for 11 wins, six placings and stakes of $91,625. OUR BOY SU HOLDS VISITING NOWITZKI AT BAY New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Our Boy Su bounced back to form and caused an upset when he set the pace and beat highly-regarded Victorian four-year-old Nowitzki in the 2130m BLVD Tavern Joondalup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Nowitzki, favourite at 10/9 on at his WA debut, began speedily from the outside of the front line, but the efforts of his trainer-driver Daniel Jack to get him to an early lead were thwarted when Waroona trainer Bob Mellsop drove the polemarker Our Boy Su hard to retain the front. Jack then was forced to race without cover and Mellsop stole a tactical march on his rivals by getting Our Boy Su to relax and dawdle through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.9sec. before going through the next quarter in a comparatively easy 29.6sec. Then Mellsop upped the tempo and Our Boy Su dashed over the final sections in 28.5sec. and 29.2sec. as he fought on grandly to keep the favourite at bay. Our Boy Su held on to win by a head, with What God Knows (16/1) finishing gamely to be a neck away in third spot. The winner rated 1.58.9. Our Boy Su, who had finished at the rear at his two previous outings, was an 11/1 chance, mainly because he had drawn the prized No. 1 barrier. “He grows a leg in front,” Mellsop said. “It was a risk to hold out Nowitzki. I probably would have run second if I had sat up (and taken the trail). But we’ve won and winners are grinners. He got a virus and hasn’t been right at his past couple of starts. I was pretty sure I had him right, but you don’t know until you front up.” This was Our Boy Su’s fifth win from 18 starts for Mellsop in WA and the Elsu gelding now has had 55 starts for 11 wins, 15 placings and $93,493 in prizemoney. CARTERS ROCKET IS BRED TO BE A GOOD WINNER Carters Rocket, the all-the-way winner of the 1730m Italian Association Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, is closely related to former star mare Tupelo Rose, who made a flying visit to Perth in December 2000 before becoming a prolific winner in America and Canada. In her two WA starts Tupelo Rose, driven by Ted Demmler, finished fourth behind Highest Honour in the McInerney Ford Classic and sixth behind Seelster Sam in the Golden Nugget Championship. The previous season she was successful in the Victorian, Queensland and Australian Oaks. She ended her brilliant career in the United States with a record of 101 starts for 35 wins, 25 placings and stakes of $879,867. Carters Rocket, a five-year-old by Elsu, is the second foal out of the unraced Pocket Rose, whose mother Hollywood Rose was the dam of Tupelo Rose. Carters Rocket has yet to reveal any of the brilliance of Tupelo Rose, but he is proving a handy performer for trainers Greg and Skye Bond and owners Greg Bond, Kevin, Rob and John Gartrell, Andrew Foster and Craig Hampson. After two wins from seven starts in New Zealand, Carters Rocket has had 26 starts in WA for seven wins and seven placings. Carters Rocket, an all-the-way winner of the Merredin Cup at Kellerberrin, then was beaten into seventh place behind Famous Alchemist over 2185m at Pinjarra last Monday afternoon. But he was a warm favourite at 5/4 on on Friday night, mainly because he was starting from the prized No. 1 barrier. Colin Brown sent carters Rocket straight to the front and after modest quarters of 30.3sec. and 30.7sec. Carters Rocket sped over the final two sections in 28.6sec. and 27.5sec. to win at a 1.56.6 rate by 4m from 6/1 chance Ardens Southee, who trailed the leader throughout Soho Highroller was third after racing without cover. “After drawing barrier one I was confident,” Brown said. “Forget his run at Pinjarra on Monday. I put my hand up straight away. It was my blue that the horse didn’t run in the first three at Pinjarra. And I thought his run was quite good, considering the times they ran. “I always thought that Carters Rocket had a bit of ability, but he hasn’t been convincing. Hopefully, this time he will keep stepping up. I just flicked him up in the straight, nothing too serious. The plugs are still in.” TURNPIKE CRUISER OVERCOMES A BAD START Former Tasmanian performer Turnpike Cruiser was solidly supported to start at 9/2 in the 2503m IAWCC Italian Community handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But his supporters groaned when he galloped at the standing start and dropped back to the rear. However, Chris Lewis bided his time and brought the New Zealand-bred six-year-old home with a well-timed three-wide burst from eighth at the bell to hit the front in the final 80m and win by a length from 11/2 chance Jar Zinyo, with a metre to Multibet (14/1) in third place. “I was relying on a good start, which we didn’t get,” said Lewis. “But we did get a good cart into the race, so everything worked out well. I was fairly confident at the 300m that we were going to get over Jar Zinyo.” For Turnpike Cruiser, trained at Oakford by Ross Olivieri, this was his first success from eight starts in WA after having won 12 races in Tasmania and three in Victoria. He now has earned $119,148 from 16 wins and 30 placings from 74 starts. Melton Express, the 10/9 on favourite, ruined his chances with a tardy getaway and he finished tenth. Brown took Melton Express three wide after 600m, but the five-year-old was unable to muster sufficient speed in a concerted bid to get past the pacemaker, his stablemate False Promise, a 32/1 chance. Melton Express then raced without cover before receiving a bad check approaching the home bend. EL MACHINE MAKES IT FOUR WINS IN A ROW Up-and-coming star El Machine gave promise of better things to come when he produced a sparkling finishing burst to score an easy victory in the 2130m first heat of the Little Caesars Pizzerias The Kersley Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His stylish win over Pembrook Henry and Menelaus of Sparta was his fourth success in a row and the WA-bred five-year-old is developing into a realistic prospect for the rich summer carnival events. Part-owner and trainer Kade Howson did not bustle El Machine, the 2/1 on favourite, early from the No. 5 barrier and was content to let him settle in eighth position as 17/1 chance and polemarker Menelaus of Sparta set the pace from Johnny be, who had dashed forward early from the back line to race in the breeze. Howson took El Machine, a $5000 yearling, three wide at the 100m mark and the gelding sprinted fast to take the lead 220m from home. The final quarters whizzed by in 28.1sec. and 28.3sec. and El Machine rated 1.57.4. This improved his record to 490 starts for 16 wins, 12 placings and $129,054. “He’s really grown into himself now,” Howson said. “Regarding carnival events, those sort of races are all about timing, and he’s got a long way to go, but is still on the way up and is hitting form at the right time.” by Ken Casellas
Following the recent success of JR Mint gelding Hugo Play at Melton a fortnight ago, bookings to the son of Northern Luck have been flowing at regular intervals, but it has not always been plain sailing for JR Mint since he was purchased by the late John Jetson. JR Mint's journey as a sire has been very disrupted to say the least. He was originally purchased by John Jetson, one of Tasmania’s top breeders for many years before his untimely death, to stand at Leigh Plunketts stud. The first hurdle came when Leigh was diagnosed with cancer, a battle he tragically lost soon after. He and his family decided due to his poor health, he could not continue to stand stallions. Jetson sent out a SOS to John Coffey at Alabar and JR Mint was sent to Echuca to stand his first season in Australia’s at the country’s biggest Standardbred nursery. JR Mint had 30 live foals in his first season which includes Hugo Play, who has won 11 races from just 22 starts including the Globe Derby Final (Tasmanian Sires Stakes) as a 3yo and the ill-fated Royal Sniper who won at his only 2 starts for Ian Dornauf. In his second season JR Mint re-located back to Tasmania to became the foundation sire at Lyndon & Gail Medegon, Big Park Stud. He served 34 mares that year , producing Island Disco & Black Centurian both 5 times winners as well as smart filly Really Fayfay who won the Premiers Blue Bonnet as 2yo and has gone on to win the 3yo Champion Fillies and Clamorus who won 3 times from just 5 states and been placed at her only two starts and Er El Jays Magic who looks a star in the making having won 2 of her 3 starts and finished second in the other. His third crop now current 2yo ‘s has produced Little Jethro a 3 time winner from just 7 starts, and Prisoner who won the Tasmanian Sales Classic . Part three in the journey of JR Mint after the untimely death of his owner John Jetson, is that he moved to NSW last season to stand at Lonsdale Stud near Young the stud, his sire Northern Luck stood at Lonsdale prior to his passing in 2012. JR Mint on the racetrack won 17 of his first 20 starts as a two and three-year-old in the USA and Canada including winning the elimination and final of the $500,000 Hoosier Cup. The bay entire that stands 15.2 hands high, comes from the hottest maternal family lines of the past few decades being out of Kiss & Candy an outstanding producer with four sub 1:55 winners . His grand -dam Beckys Love is a half sister to Blue Horizon, who we know in Australia is the dam of Panorama and grand-dam of Grinfromeartoear. This amazing family has also produced the highly successful sires Safely Kept and Real Desire as well as the champion racehorses Rocknroll Hanover, Red River Hanover and Tell All. Despite his continual movement, JR Mint is fast becoming one of Australia’s best percentage sires with just 88 foals of racing age. JR Mint has had 32 of those grace the starter for 14 individual winners who have notched up nearly $300,000 in prize money. All in all JR Mint must be one of the best value stallions standing at stud this season at only $1200 his semen is available in all states contact Lonsdale Stud near Young on (02) 63833270 By Gary Newton
Rising star Im Victorious remained firmly on track for an assault on rich feature events on the Australian circuit this season when he was driven in masterly fashion by Justin Prentice to score a magnificent upset victory over champion Im Themightyquinn in the $35,000 Brear And Doonan Members’ Sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Produced in superb condition by Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan, Im Victorious was second favourite at 3/1, with Im Themightyquinn, reappearing after an absence of ten weeks, red hot favourite at 3/1 on from the prized No. 1 barrier over the 1730m journey. Im Victorious was the only runner off the back line in the field of eight and Prentice was content to keep the five-year-old on the pegs, following the pacemaking Im Themightyquinn. Im Victorious then dropped back to be three back on the pegs when Brad Stampalia manoeuvred Sneakyn Down Under to the pegs to follow the leader 700m after the start. Prentice made a brilliant split-second decision to ease Im Victorious off the pegs with a lap to travel, as Adda Paternal Suit moved forward to the outside of the leader and an instant before Passion Stride was about to move into the one-out, one-back position to keep Im Victorious locked up. Im Victorious then was one-out and one-back and Prentice waited until switching the gelding three wide 550m from home. Then, at the 400m mark, Prentice switched Im Victorious to the pegs, behind the flying Im Themightyquinn. Then, with 230m to travel, Prentice eased Im Victorious off the pegs to issue a powerful challenge to Im Themightyquinn on the home turn. Im Victorious sprinted brilliantly and surged past the champion 110m from the post to record a notable triumph by 4m, with Passion Stride, a 90/1 outsider at his first appearance in Western Australia, 15m away in third place. Im Victorious rated a smart 1.53.5 which was a race record, lowering the 1.54.5 recorded by Albert Jaccka when he charged home to score narrowly from Has The Answers in 2010. This fast time was set up when Sneakyn Down Under, an 11/1 chance from the No. 2 barrier, challenged Im Themightyquinn strongly for about the first 600m. The first 400m section of the final mile was covered in a sizzling 27.4sec. before the pace slackened with a 30.6sec. second quarter. And then the final two quarters whizzed by in 28.3sec. and 27.7sec. Gary Hall jun. got Im Themightyquinn away to a flying start from the No. 1 barrier and easily held out Sneakyn Down Under to the first turn. Stampalia continued to apply the pressure with Sneakyn Down Under, but the 11-year-old was unable to get past Im Themightyquinn. Chairman of stewards Bill Delaney reported that he had opened an inquiry into Stampalia’s driving tactics. Sneakyn Down Under faded to finish seventh, more than ten lengths from the winner. Brennan and Prentice were thrilled at the performance of Im Victorious, with the win boosting his record to 18 wins and two placings from 25 starts for stakes of $451,164. Brennan said that Im Victorious would contest the $35,000 Navy Cup over 2536m next Friday week and would probably have a couple more starts in Perth before travelling to Melbourne to run in the Victoria Cup. “After that he will return to Perth to be prepared for the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup and then we’ll look at the Hunter Cup in Melbourne in February,” Brennan said. Prentice said that Im Victorious appeared to be getting better with age and he was looking forward to further improvement. “He hit the line really strongly and then in the warm-down lap he was hard on the bit and I think he wanted to keep going,” he said. “I thought that the way Sneakyn Down Under made Quinny burn out of the gate that if Quinny, first-up, was ever going to not finish off a race like he normally does, it was going to be tonight. So I decided to get on to his back (leaving the back straight the final time) to give Im Victorious a bit of a breather, because we had sprinted pretty hard down the back. “And turning for home I was pretty confident that I had him. It feels pretty good just to drive a horse who can race in the same race as Quinny.” IM THEMIGHTYQUINN IS LAME AND NEW ZEALAND TRIP IS SCRAPPED Champion pacer Im Themightyquinn is lame and plans for him to contest the $650,000 New Zealand Cup at Addington next month have been scrapped. It was feared that his magnificent career had come to a dramatic end on Friday night when he was a sad and sorrowful sight in his stall at Gloucester Park after his fighting second to Im Victorious in the Brear And Doonan Members’ Sprint. The nine-year-old superstar, winner of the past three interdominion championships and $4,377,016 in prizemoney, was standing on three legs as he was in pain and lifting his off hind leg off the ground. Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. was distraught and feared that Im Themightyquinn was suffering from a fracture in his hind leg or had torn a muscle. However, a veterinary examination early on Saturday morning revealed that Im Themightyquinn was not suffering any serious structural or muscular damage. “He has got very, very badly damaged feet,” Hall said. “He’s got soft soles from the wet paddocks and the vet has nerve-blocked all his feet. But the good news is that he is sound. “However, the trip to New Zealand is definitely off. He can probably resume working in a week’s time, but it might be three or four weeks before he can fast work again.” Hall had planned to start Im Themightyquinn in the $35,000 Stratton Cup at Gloucester Park next Friday night before travelling with him by air to Melbourne on the following Wednesday and continuing with a flight to Auckland the next day. The plans were to fly to Christchurch where Im Themightyquinn was going to contest the $50,000 Kaikoura Cup on Monday, November 4 before running in the rich New Zealand Cup eight days later. Then Im Themightyquinn was to have travelled to Sydney to run in the Miracle Mile before returning to Perth for the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup. “I had a sleepless night on Friday, but I’m very relieved now and am pretty happy,” Hall said. “Quinny hasn’t got anything permanent, and that’s the good news. Maybe he will be able to go to Sydney for the Miracle Mile and hopefully he will be able to run in the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup. The interdominions in Sydney in March could still be a chance. “All his four feet are affected, but the worst is his off hind. If a horse’s hooves get soft they bruise easily, and that’s what has happened. He really pounds his feet down when he’s racing. “He is quite happy today and I don’t think it will be a long-term problem. My gut feeling is that he will get over it and be able to return to racing pretty soon. It could have been something like a hairline fracture or ligament, suspensory or sesamoid damage. But it is nothing serious like that.” Hall said that he was jogging Im Themightyquinn at his Serpentine property on Thursday morning when the gelding stumbled and knuckled down. “I got the vet to look at him and he was okay.” ASKMENOW WARMS UP FOR RICH FEATURE EVENTS FOR MARES “She’s moving in the right direction, that’s for sure,” said Gary Hall jun. after driving Askmenow to an effortless victory over older and more experienced rivals in the Harriet Horsfall Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Askmenow, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old trained by Gary Hall sen., won with such authority that she looks certain to develop into a leading candidate for the $40,000 Norm’s Daughter Classic over 1730m next Friday week and the $100,000 Nepean Conveyors Mares Classic over 21230m the following week. Askmenow, favourite at 10/1 on after easy wins at her first two starts after resuming from a spell, surged to the front (from barrier three) after 250m and coasted through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.7sec. and 30.5sec. before sprinting over the final quarters in 29.2sec. and 27.7sec. She won by four lengths from 12/1 chance Hoylakes First Lady, who trailed her throughout. Terra Into The West (16/1) ran on from three back on the pegs to be third. Askmenow rated 1.58.3 and took her record to 28 starts for nine wins and nine placings for earnings of $87,905. It was her seventh win from only nine starts in WA for the Hall camp after she was placed twice from seven starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand and had four starts in New South Wales for one win and eight starts in Victoria for one win and seven placings. “She looked the winner on paper and it worked out that way,” Hall jun. said. “It was a soft win and there’s plenty in store. She’s a pretty nice mare and is not far behind in ability the best mares I have driven. She probably lacks a bit in manners at this stage and is a bit of a work in progress. “She’s got a bit of a funny mouth and can get overracing at certain stages. But this time in she’s been a lot better.” Askmenow, by Washington VC, is the seventh foal out of Holmes Hanover mare Coming Up Roses (who failed to win a race from 14 starts). Regal Dash, the first foal out of Coming Up Roses, won at his first eight starts as a two and three-year-old in Victoria and South Australia and he had 45 starts for 21 wins, 14 placings and $152,824. His biggest win was in the group 3 Bendigo Cup in 2006. Askmenow is closely related to former champion mare Foreal, a Washington VC mare whose dam Krystie is a half-sister to Coming Up Roses. Foreal amassed $664,800 from 18 wins and 19 placings from 57 starts. Foreal’s wins included two group 2 events for fillies and the group 1 Great Northern Oaks in Auckland before travelling to Australia where she won the group 1 New South Wales Oaks at Harold Park in February 2005, the group 1 Ladyship Mile at Harold Park in November 2005 and a heat of the 2006 interdominion championship in Hobart. WESTERN CULLEN RETURNS TO THE WINNING LIST Matt White freely admitted that he was overjoyed when Western Cullen drew the prized No. 1 barrier for the 2130m Leading Trotter Tuhimata Glass Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and his joy was not ill-founded when he drove the New Zealand-bred five-year-old to a stylish win. “He had put the writing on the wall over the past couple of weeks and I had a smile on my face on Tuesday night (when he drew barrier one) and it worked out good for us,” he said. “I just let him roll through the first half (of the final mile) in a tick under a minute, and he was doing it well within himself.” Western Cullen, favourite at 10/9 on, then dashed over the final two quarters in 28.2sec. and 28.6sec. and won by just over a length from The Ragpickers Dream (7/2), with a head to the fast-finishing Some Kinda Tactics (54/1). Western Cullen rated 1.57.2 and ended a losing sequence of nine. A winner at two of his five starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand for owners Paul and Tony Poli, the Christian Cullen gelding won the $125,000 group 1 Golden Slipper from Major Catastrophe and Gracias Para Nada at his WA debut in July 2011. He now has a wonderful record of 47 starts for 17 wins, 16 placings and $434,057. The Ragpickers Dream fought on grandly after racing three wide early and then without cover. He will pay to follow. So, too, will Mighty Flying Thomas, who trailed the pacemaker and was hopelessly blocked for a clear run throughout the final circuit and finished full of running, close-up in fourth place. Western Cullen is following in the footsteps of his dam Western Dream, who earned $336,361 from 14 wins and two placings from 27 starts. She won at her first five starts as a two-year-old and later won two group 2 events and three group 1 races, including the New Zealand Oaks at Addington. NORTHVIEW PUNTER ON TARGET FOR RICH FOUR-YEAR-OLD FEATURES Northview Punter maintained his splendid form and strengthened his prospects in the rich feature events for four-year-olds in the coming months when he gave an impressive performance to win the second heat of the 2130m Nicole Pettigrew Preux Chevalier Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Second fancy at 7/4 from the outside of the back line, the New Zealand-bred gelding trained by Gary Hall sen. sustained a strong three-wide burst in the first lap to race in the breeze before overhauling the pacemaker and 6/4 favourite Kiss Chasey 250m from home. Northview Punter drew away to score by just over a length from the fast-finishing Mein Guy (11/2), with a head to Kiss Chasey. Northview Punter, a winner at one of his two New Zealand starts, now has earned $166,605 from 14 wins and six placings from 23 starts and he should perform strongly in the $50,000 Retravision Four-Year-Old Championship on November 15, the $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic the following week and the $175,000 Golden Nugget Championship on December 6. Kiss Chasey set a solid pace throughout and Northview Punter revealed excellent strength to outmuscle him in the final stages. He rated 1.57.7. “Northview Punter has been somewhat suspect from back in the field and from bad draws,” said reinsman Gary Hall jun. “He has turned the corner a bit this time in and has matured a bit. He was always a smart three-year-old and he looks like he’s going to improve and develop into a class four-year-old. He put the writing on the wall at his previous start when he held of Bettors Fire.” THE BACK MARK DOESN’T WORYY SHARDONS ROCKET For the past decade veteran Byford trainer Tony Svilicich has had the uncanny knack of racing his pacers week in and week out for month after month after month. Veteran Shardons Rocket is no exception and the hardy nine-year-old continued to prove to be a wonderful moneyspinner for owners Ashley and Gavin McPhail when he made light of the back mark of 30 metres to win the 2503m Electrical Distributors Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Good value at 9/2, Shardons Rocket did all the work in the race, racing outside the pacemaker To Transcend for more than two laps before getting to the front and fighting on grimly to defeat 13/2 chance Copagrin by a half-head. This boosted the earnings of the New Zealand-bred gelding to $266,937 from 23 wins and 40 placings from 119 starts. Shardons Rocket settled at the rear before Morgan Woodley started a three-wide move after only 450m. Gary Hall jun. then vacated the one-wide line with 3/1 favourite This Time Dylan and sent him forward, giving Shardons Rocket a trail until Shardons Rocket moved to the breeze after 700m had been covered. This Time Dylan then gained the ideal one-out, one-back trail. But he was hampered for room in the final circuit before running on late to be fourth. Shardons Rocket had got to the front 220m from home and had to fight grimly to stave off Copagrin, who finished solidly from seventh at the bell. “He thoroughly deserved that win,” said Woodley. “He does all the work in his races. And I can see no reason why he cannot continue on his winning ways.” SECOND WIN IN FIVE DAYS FOR FRONTRUNNING RAYMON JOHN Raymon John, a newcomer to the Darling Downs stables of Aldo Cortopassi, scored his second effortless all-the-way win in the space of five days when he proved far too good for his rivals in the 2130m TABtouch Western Bonanza Westbred Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. After he defeated Conniving Major Dave by three lengths at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, Raymon John appeared a certainty from the prized No. 1 barrier on Friday night. The five-year-old resisted an early challenge from Equivocate and then was able to stroll through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.8sec. and 31.4sec. before Cortopassi gave him more rein and he sped over the final 800m in 58.8sec. to win by 4m from Big And Smooth, who fought on gamely after working hard without cover. Nitro Norrie followed the pacemaker and was blocked for a clear run in finishing third. Raymon John has been lightly raced and has earned $58,003 from ten wins and five placings from 33 starts. By Northern Luck, he is the first foal out of Chilli Waters, who won once (at Bunbury in June 2004) from seven starts. Chilli Waters is out of Cool Waters, the dam of three winners, including Village Hero, who earned $182,133 from 16 wins and 20 placings from 136 starts. Village Hero finished fourth behind Mr Yankee in the 2006 Golden Nugget Championship before winning the Pinjarra Cup and August Cup at Gloucester Park the following year. INJURY-PLAGUED TORETTO SHOWS HIS CLASS The career of promising New Zealand-bred gelding Toretto has always been clouded with considerable doubt. A tendon injury has kept him out of action for long periods and at Gloucester Park on Friday night the five-year-old was having just his sixth start in a race and his second after an 11-month absence. From barrier two on the back line in the 1730m Leading Junior Driver Shane Butcher Pathway Pace he was a 6/1 chance in a race in which his stablemate Rowchester dominated betting and started at 10/9 on. But Rowchester had a horror run and was trapped out three wide until wilting and finishing ninth. Toretto, trained by Gary Hall sen. and driven by his elder son Clint, settled in ninth position in the field of ten before he moved forward approaching the bell to get the three-wide trail behind Rowchester. Polemarker Franco Nasser (7/1) set the pace, with 54/1 chance Caesars Cloud in the breeze. Gary Hall jun. sent Rowchester (who started from the outside of the front line) forward from the outset, but the four-year-old was trapped three wide and was unable to get to the breeze, with the first two 400m sections of the final mile being covered in 28.4sec. and 28.9sec. Chairman of stewards Bill Delaney reported that the stewards had opened an inquiry into the tactics adopted by Chris Brew with Caesars Cloud. Toretto moved to sixth at the bell and he went four wide at the 500m mark before sweeping to the front 380m from home. He won in good style by just over two lengths from 4/1 chance Turnpike Cruiser, who finished determinedly from ninth at the bell. The winner rated a slick 1.55.9 and looks set for many more wins. He has raced only six times for four wins and one placing and stakes of $19,855. “He’s not the nicest horse to drive, so I went for home a little earlier than I normally would,” said Clint Hall. “He probably would go to fast class if we could straighten him out. He’s a little bit stubborn, but we’ll keep trying.” EL MACHINE IS PROVING TO BE A SPLENDID MONEY MACHINE Up-and-coming WA-bred five-year-old El Machine maintained his sparkling form and completed a hat-trick when he proved too strong for the opposition in the 2130m Paul Andrews Memorial Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This was El Machine’s fifth win from his past eight starts and part-owner and trainer-reinsman Kade Howson said that the gelding would keep on racing while he was showing such enthusiasm. El Machine, purchased as a yearling for $5000 by Howson and Michael George, has now earned $118,164 from 15 wins and 12 placings from 39 starts. El Machine started from barrier two on the back line and he enjoyed a good trip in sixth place in the one-wide line before Howson sent him forward, three wide, 1100m from home after an extremely slow lead time of 39.3sec. and slow first sectionals of 32.6sec. and 30.4sec. Polemarker Sir Swanky set the dawdling pace, with Wrongly Accused in the breeze, Talk It Up behind the leader and Bronze Seeker in the one-out, one-back position. El Machine swept to the front with 370m to travel and he won by 4m from the fast-finishing Bronze Seeker. El Machine rated rated a slow 2.0.1, even after the final two quarters went by in 28.78sec. and 28sec. “He’s going great guns,” said Howson. “He’s a lovely little horse who tries his heart out every time he comes out to race.” ARNOUX RELISHES THE No. 1 BARRIER New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Arnoux gave further proof that the No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park is a massive advantage when he bowled along in front and held on to win the 2130m Leading Pacer Mysta Magical Mach Pace on Friday night. Arnoux, unplaced at his five previous starts from less favourable barriers, was a heavily-supported 7/4 on favourite. After a brisk lead time of 36.9sec., Shane Butcher was able to get Arnoux to relax and cover the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31sec. and 30.9sec. before he lifted the tempo with final quarters of 29.8sec. and 29.8sec. Heisbackinblack (12/1) finished strongly from the one-out, one-back position to be second, a half-length from the winner, with 70/1 outsider Belhelvie fighting on to be a good third after doing all the work in the breeze. “We had to burn early to hold the front and then we were lucky enough to get away with a soft half,” said Butcher. The win gave leading trainer Gary Hall sen. four winners and a second placing in the first five events on the ten-race program. Arnoux, who had 42 starts in New Zealand for seven wins and seven placings, has raced 28 times in WA for six wins and two placings. He has earned $115,336. HOT HOLIDAY BREAKS A LOSING SEQUENCE OF 12 Honest square gaiter Hot Holiday was rewarded for his consistency with an overdue victory in the 2130m Corey Mills Memorial Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Favourite at 5/4, the Natalie Duffy-trained New Zealand-bred seven-year-old ended a losing sequence of 12 when Aaron Skalecki drove him to an all-the-way win over Xenon (12/1) and Don Guerrero (10/1). The race was marred as a spectacle when Idle Maple, a stablemate of the winner, galloped in the score-up and was left 50m and Sandakan Lombo also broke in the score-up. Don Guerrero was slow to begin and the well-fancied Backas Cobber broke into a bad gallop soon after the start. “He doesn’t have the speed of the top ones, but he’s a real tough horse who keeps grinding away,” Skalecki said. Hot Holiday has earned $115,234 from 13 wins and 16 placings from 56 starts. He has had 29 starts in WA for ten wins and seven placings. by Ken Casellas
Saratoga’s defending Aged Pacer of the Year, Silent Swing, reached the two million dollar mark in career earnings behind an Open Pace victory on Saturday night at the Spa. The Mark Ford trained pacer set a track record for eleven-year-olds as he went wire-to-wire in 1:53 on a beautiful early Fall night in Saratoga. Billy Dobson piloted Silent Swing (Northern Luck) to the score in the $18,000 Open. Twin B Hollister (Brandon Simpson) sat the pocket to the winner and finished second, winning a place photo with A Place In History (Joe Bongiorno) who earned the show spot. Silent Swing now has lifetime earnings of $2,005,452 over his sensational career after recording the 71st win of his long career. Live racing continues on Sunday at the Spa with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway
It may have only been a Monday afternoon C5 plus race over 1800 meters worth just $3500 at Betezy Park Globe Derby but South Australia may just have found themselves a new super start in the form of seven year old Elsu gelding Remember El. A new edition to the Les Harding stable from West Australia where his form was around such pacers as David Hercules, Mysta Magical Mach, Lombo Navigator the later two both placed in inter-domion grand final and the champ himself I’m The Mighty Quinn. Remember El started from the outside gate in the small six horse field driver David Harding followed star mare Repelem over to race outside that mare going into the back straight the first time Harding declared it on running their first quarter in 28.5 from there Harding never let Repelem and her driver Ryan Hryhorec get a breather Remember El pulled away going past the 600 meter mark to and in the end won by 7 meters clocking an amazing 1.55.8. Repelem was game in defeat but last season’s Ian Duff Memorial & Jobies Babe winner at Melton was simply no match for SA’s new star. Remember El, is owned by Victorians Tony Prochilo, Angelo and Albert Cammaroto and Patrick de Krester, was formerly trained by Gary Hall he was bred by leading breeder Peter Gleeson by Elsu his dam Mindful earned $147,625 from 13 wins and five placings from 30 starts. Mindful is a full-sister to Ottway (101 starts for eight wins, 25 placings and $59,307) and a half-sister to Bakerandthefatman (160 starts for 24 wins, 34 placings and $185,039). Also impressive on the card was the second up run of Welcome To Vegas for Aaron Brown and Ryan Hryhorec team, the form Victorian, who improved many lengths from his first up run in South Australia when he beat only two runners home, sat outside the leader taking the lead on the home turn to win by 2.3 meters from leader Village Flyer. Smart Northern Luck mare Closure won her third race in a row when she came from last going into the back straight the final time driver Mark Webster let the classy mare go and she went from last to first within 300 meters Gary Newton
CAMPBELLVILLE, August 21 – With the 2013 yearling sales quickly approaching, one man who has had tremendous success at the auctions over the years is Jack Darling. Darling, who has over $16 million in purse earnings as a trainer, has a terrific reputation for transforming yearlings into champions on the racetrack. The Cambridge resident has had stunning success over the years developing young horses including the likes of Gothic Dream, who captured the 1996 Metro Pace, which will have it’s 26th edition on August 31 at Mohawk. The sixty-year-old has also campaigned the likes of Northern Luck, Ticket To Rock, Northern Sky, JR Mint, Twin B Champ, St Lads Popcorn, Apprentice Hanover and Big Mcdeal, just to name a few. “About the only good thing about getting older is that you gain more experience. I’ve been doing this for a lot of years now and I’ve learned a lot each and every year,” Darling said. “I look at a lot of yearlings and a lot of people go for the pedigree more than the individual. I go for the horse more than the pedigree. I will give up a little pedigree for more of the individual’s conformation. I’ve had great luck with that and noticed that I’ve also had success with sounder horses because of that. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had a horse with a broken bone or chip or one that broke down on me.” After purchasing his group of yearlings each year, usually around eight, Darling admits he notices very early, which horses stands out. “When we break them in the fall and get them going, I have a pretty good idea which horse or horses are going to be successful,” he said. “It’s just the way they conduct themselves and their natural talent. I’m sure most trainers are like that as well.” Last year, Darling started off with eight babies and all made it to the races. This season, eight of 10 did the same. Once again, Darling’s trainees are making their mark on the racetrack this season with the likes of top Ontario Sires Stakes performers Nefertiti Blue Chip, Alibi Seelster, Cluster Hanover and Shadowbriand. Darling's Take That Hanover also will begin in the Shes A Great Lady eliminations this Saturday at Mohawk in hopes to captures this year's $430,000 final on Saturday, August 31. “I certainly can’t argue with the group that I have this year,” he said. “They all seem to be racing well and the year is still early for two-year-olds. We’ll find out what they’re really made of in the coming months.” Darling, who ventures to Florida each winter for three months, leaves his stable behind in Ontario at Classy Lane Training Center near Puslinch. “We get them broke and jogging and my wife and I will travel to Florida for a few months every winter. My son, Justin, works for me, which is great and my other help do a great job of putting the jog miles into the horses and slowely bring them down until I get back. Actually, this past year I sent a few yearlings to Jack Warner, George Zirnis and Gary Payne, because we ran out of stalls.” When Darling returns at the first of April, speed of his babies is not an issue. “Where they’re at time wise doesn’t really bother me, it’s if they’re doing it right and being sound,” he said. “They’re usually between 2:20-2:30 and we go from there. We have a routine that we go by and been successful doing it.” It was quite the opposite in Darling’s early career in Windsor where he focused solely on claiming horses. “When I first began training, I wouldn’t even consider buying yearlings,” Darling said. “That’s just how I made my living at the time, because that horse had to immediately make money and make a return on my investment. The thought of buying a yearling and not having any income for six months due to training down was something that had no appeal to me.” Darling’s operation shifted to purchasing yearlings with driver Trevor Ritchie then Darling teamed up with owner Dan Smith in the early-mid 1990’s. The pair found success with horses like North America Cup winner Gothic Dream and Northern Luck. Smith and Darling’s partnership ended years ago and since then Darling has owned alone each yearling he’s purchased. “It’s been about eight years since I’ve been owning horses solely by myself and I like it that way. I can train them accordingly and just do things my way and we’ve had success.” With the state of the industry in flux, many trainers have engaged in purchasing yearlings outside of the province, but Darling seized the opportunity. This past year, he purchased 10 yearlings with seven of them sired in Ontario. “The only thing I was really concerned about with the program was the purse structure for the major stakes races at Woodbine and Mohawk,” Darling said. “I was optimistic about our sires stakes program with the government and I happened to find Ontario-sired yearlings that I liked and was able to get them bought at very fair prices.” Darling also notes that first-crop sires isn’t something that “scares” him away at the auction. “It’s not something that scares me away or anything,” Darling said. “Again, I go more for the horse than the pedigree page and I’ve had good luck in the past with first-crop sires, so it’s not something that bothers me.” Darling, who has 831 career wins as a trainer, believes that a key ingredient to run a successful stable is to run it like any other business. “The one piece of advice that I would suggest to a young trainer or anybody really is to run your stable like a business and not a hobby,” he said. “Don’t fall in love with your horses because there are times where you have to buy them and times where you have to sell them.” Business or hobby, expect Darling to make his mark once again at this years yearling sales in hopes of his second Metro Pace winner in 2014. by Greg Gangle
Mt Helena harness racing trainer Ray Williams and Baldivis reinsman Nathan Turvey are proving a formidable combination and they continued their run of recent successes when Balleybofey set a fast pace and scored an easy victory in the $25,000 Lancaster Park Marathon Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was their second successive triumph in a Gloucester Park feature event, following their win with Pacific Warrior in the John Higgins Memorial a fortnight earlier. Balleybofey, a 7/1 chance, got away smoothly from the inside of the front line, but Salliwood, revealing her normal brilliance from a stand, burst straight to the front after Lord Diego, second favourite at 15/4, reared as the tapes were released and galloped badly. Turvey gave Balleybofey plenty of time to get balanced before he sent the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old to the front after 400m. Nipperinghall quickly moved outside the pacemaker, giving Rodrigo the ideal trail, one-out and one-back. Gary Hall jun. kept 7/4 favourite Bettor Reason, favourite at 7/4, at the rear after starting off the 40m mark before he sent him forward, three wide, 1750m from home in the 3309m event. This was the signal for Turvey to increase the tempo and Balleybofey made life tough for Bettor Reason and co-backmarker Shardons Rocket by covering the final four 400m sections of the last mile in 29.7sec., 30sec., 29sec. and 29.2sec. Bettor Reason moved into the breeze before Shardons Rocket took over that position for much of the final two circuits. Balleybofey carried too many guns for his rivals and scored by 4m from Shardons Rocket (12/1), with Salliwood running on into third place after trailing the pacemaker. Bettor Reason wilted to finish tenth. Rodrigo, who was shuffled back to eighth in the middle stages, ran on from seventh (three wide) at the bell to be fourth. The winner rated 2.2.1 and took his record to 62 starts for 13 wins, 23 placings and stakes of $98,826. He won six times in New Zealand and has had 26 starts in Western Australia for seven wins and six placings. Friday night’s victory gave Williams (who celebrated his 68th birthday the following daty) his first success in the Marathon Handicap and enabled him to emulate the performance of his son Grant, who trained and drove Shardons Aflyin, who started off 50m and charged home to win the 2006 Marathon. Balleybofey, who started at 3/1 on and finished fifth behind Splendiferous in much weaker company in a 2130m mobile event at outer country track Kellerberrin the previous Sunday (when he faded after working hard in the breeze), is by Badlands Hanover out of the Holmes Hanover mare Kate Eileen, whose dam Heather’s Bo produced several winners, including Patches. Patches, who earned $258,741 from 25 wins and 37 placings from 154 starts, won eight times in WA, including dead-heating for first with OK Windermere in the 2006 Easter Cup at Gloucester Park. WOODLEY CELEBRATES A TRIUMPHANT REUNION WITH HAS THE ANSWERS There is little wonder that outstanding young reinsman Morgan Woodley rates evergreen champion Has The Answers as one of the best pacers he has driven. Woodley was reunited with the wonderful ten-year-old gelding at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he produced a superb exhibition in the sulky to land the veteran a dashing winner at 18/1 in the 1730m Happy Birthday Henry McManus Pace. Byford trainer Tony Svilicich nominated Chris Lewis for Has The Answers, but Lewis opted to drive the Ross Olivieri-trained Hez The Bart Man. Svilicich then engaged the 24-year-old Woodley to handle Has The Answers in a race for the first time since the oldstager was unplaced behind Lombo Navigator in the Pinjarra Cup in June 2012. It was a great reunion, with Has The Answers showing that he still has what it takes to win in top company, even though he had been successful only once from his previous 21 starts. Woodley has a tremendous record with Has The Answers, having driven the WA-bred gelding 42 times for 20 wins and nine placings. Has The Answers now has amassed $1,305,022 in stakes from 75 wins, 39 seconds and 25 thirds from 237 starts. Has The Answers started from the outside (barrier three) on the back line and Woodley got him away speedily to settle him in sixth position in the one-wide line. Sneakyn Down Under, unplaced at his previous nine starts, was a heavily-supported favourite at evens and Darren Duffy sent the ten-year-old straight to the front from No. 2 on the front line, leaving Hez The Bart Man (9/1) to work hard in the breeze, with Uppy Son (6/1) enjoyed the perfect trail, one-out and one-back. Woodley bided his time and he waited until Gary Hall sent Uppy Son forward, three wide, with 420m to travel. Has The Answers followed Uppy Son until Woodley switched him five wide approaching the home turn. Has The Answers was fifth at the 100m mark and he finished powerfully to get up in the final couple of strides to win by 1m from Sneakyn Down Under, with a neck to Uppy Son in third place. Please Release Me (5/1) battled on along the pegs to be fourth, with Can Return Fire charging home, six wide, to be a close-up fifth. The stewards fined Duffy $200 for allowing Sneakyn Down Under to shift out in the run to the post, allowing Please Release me the room to run home on the inside. The final four quarters were covered in 29.6sec., 28.8sec., 27.4sec. and 28.4sec. and Has The Answers rated a smart 1.53.8 on the rain-affected track which compares favourably with Livingontheinterest’s track record of 1.53.1. Hez The Bart Man faded to finish last in the field of ten. IM VICTORIOUS RETURNS TO ACTION IN GRAND STYLE Star four-year-old Im Victorious is well and truly on target for group 1 successes in the spring and summer of the 2013-14 season. That was the obvious conclusion after his effortless victory in the Go Quinny Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Justin Prentice dashed Im Victorious, favourite at 5/1 on, to the front after 300m and the New Zealand-bred gelding was completely unextended in strolling along in front and scoring by just over three lengths from Western Cullen and Village Steel, rating 1.57.7. Produced in great shape by Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan for his first start for five months, Im Victorious maintained his unblemished first-up record --- four wins from four first-up appearances. Im Victorious qualified to run in a $25,000 event for M3-class pacers next Friday week, and after that Brennan will keep him racing in Perth before taking him to Melbourne to contest the $400,000 Victoria Cup at Melton in mid-December. Then he will be set for the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup. Im Victorious could have improved considerably on his time on Friday night. Prentice let him able through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31.4sec. and 30.6sec. before giving him more rein when he sped over the final quarters in 28.8sec. and 27.6sec. Western Cullen worked hard in the breeze all the way and fought on doggedly to be second, a nose ahead of ten-year-old Village Steel, who led early and then trailed the pacemaker. Banana Dana showed a glimpse of his best form in finishing strongly from sixth at the bell to be a close-up fourth. FOUR LEGGED FRENZY UPSETS THE FRONTRUNNING JUNGLE GENIE Consistent filly Four Legged Frenzy caused an upset when she trailed the pacemaker Jungle Genie and finished strongly to snatch a last-stride victory by a nose from the even-money favourite in the 2130m Nepean Conveyors Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Northam by Lang Inwood, Four Legged Frenzy was an 11/1 chance and she impressed in sprinting over the final 400m in 28.5sec. to get up and beat Jungle Genie, who looked a certain winner when she led by almost two lengths with 100m to travel. The winner rated 1.58.1. The win gave reinsman Nathan Turvey the first leg of a double. Later, he won the Lancaster Park Marathon Handicap with 7/1 chance Baleybofey. Loving You (35/1) raced three back on the pegs before finishing gamely to be third, with a neck to Deluxe Edition (11/2) sustaining a solid run from 11th in the middle stages. Four Legged Frenzy, by Northern Luck, is out of Mystical Prince mare Heyumob, who raced 72 times for five wins, 14 placings and $37,187. Heyumob is a half-sister to former WA performer Go Worley, a winner at Globe Derby last month who won a 1609m event at Menangle in 1.55.9 last Tuesday. Go Worley has earned $51,234 from eight wins and 27 placings from 68 starts. Four Legged Frenzy has had 31 starts for six wins, 11 placings and $48,894 in prizemoney. Her next appearance is likely to be in 2536m event for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park next Friday week. IMTHEGUY MAKES THE MOST OF A LATE MISTAKE BY FAVOURITE Victorian-bred four-year-old Imtheguy made the most of a mistake made in the closing stages by 10/9 on favourite The Left Arm Quick to win the 1730m Ross North Homes Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Left Arm Quick looked set for victory when he was a length in front of Imtheguy (in the breeze) 100m from the post. But punters were dismayed when The Left Arm Quick stumbled and almost fell with 50m to go. Chris Lewis then urged Imtheguy to the front as other runners were inconvenienced behind the galloping The Left Arm Quick. Te Rauparaha, who was trailed the pacemaker, was unlucky. He broke when The Left Arm Quick galloped and Callan Suvaljko had to restrain him to enable him to regain his pacing gait. Imtheguy won by 1m from Te Rauparaha, with Extreme Bromac third and Ardens Southee fourth. Bob Mellsop, driver of Ardens Southee, lodged a protest against Extreme Bromac (Chris Playle), alleging interference with a lap to travel. The stewards upheld the protest and relegated Extreme Bromac to fourth while promoting Ardens Southee to third. The stewards ruled that Playle had switched Extreme Bromac three wide, forcing Ardens Southee wider on the track before the field had reached the candy pole, 600m from the finish. Playle had his licence suspended for 14 days. The Left Arm Quick lacked early sparkle and paced roughly from the inside barrier when the mobile barrier released the field. The Left Arm Quick was beaten out by almost two lengths by The Black Lord, Imtheguy and Soho Indianapolis, but he was able to kick up and take up the running. Imtheguy, trained by Ross Olivieri, has had five WA starts for one win after winning four races in South Australia and three in Victoria. He has had only 19 starts for eight wins, five placings and $24,809. He is related on his dam’s side to former star juvenile Jasmarilla, who won at her first nine starts in Victoria as a two and three-year-old in 1983 and 1984. She had 20 starts in Australia as a youngster for 14 wins and four placings before racing successfully in America where she was retired after having had 216 starts for 50 wins, 68 placings and stakes of $503,000. LEDA McNALLY AGAIN REVEALS HER CLASS Versatile four-year-old Leda McNally gave further proof that she will be a leading contender for feature events for mares in the new season when she unwound a spirited finishing burst to win the 2130m Happy Birthday Jaime Congerton Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Starting second favourite at 11/2, Leda McNally caused an upset when she proved too strong in the concluding stages to beat the 7/4 on favourite Pacific Warrior by one and a half lengths, with Bulldozer finishing fast into third place after trailing the pacemaker Lucie Boshier. Leda McNally, trained at Pinjarra by Chris King and driven by Chris Voak, enjoyed a perfect passage, one-out and one-back, while the polemarker Lucie Boshier set a brisk pace, with Pacific Warrior working in the breeze. Pacific Warrior got to the front approaching the home turn, but was unable to hold out the fast-finishing Leda McNally, who burst to the front 100m from the finish. She rated 1.56.7 with the final 800m being covered in 57.3sec. She has performed superbly in WA where her 12 wins and four placings have taken her career record to 35 starts for 13 wins and seven placings for earnings of $123,338. Lucie Boshier, a first-up winner at Gloucester Park at her previous outing, faded over the final stages to finish seventh. VANESIA COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL WEEK FOR SCHOFIELD AND WILLIAMS Promising two-year-old filly Vanesia completed a successful week for Bennett Springs trainer Greg Schofield and reinsman Robbie Williams when she ran home strongly to win the 2130m Del Basso Smallgoods Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Schofield started the week by training and driving First Time Rich for his all-the-way win at Gloucester Park on Tuesday. Williams was successful behind Showtime Prince at Kellerberrin on Sunday before he landed a double with Ohoka Kentucky and Justlikelindt at Gloucester Park two days later. Vanesia, who had been placed at five of her nine starts, was a 13/1 chance from the inside of the back line, with Generally Outspoken favourite at 5/4 from the outside (No. 7) of the front line. Polemarker Mill Pond set the pace, with Generally Outspoken moving outside the leader after 250m. Eventually, Generally Outspoken (Gary Hall jun.) got to the front 240m from home. Williams drove Vanesia to the front at the 100m mark and the filly won by a half-length from 40/1 chance Red Hot Go, who finished fast after having raced three back on the pegs. Generally Outspoken was in third spot when she paced roughly and broke in the final couple of strides. Vanesia covered the final 800m in 59.8sec. and rated 1.59.6. She is by American stallion Life Sign and is out of the Troublemaker mare Ilona Belle, who had 18 starts for four wins, six placings and $15,823. She won at her final two starts, at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park in 2002 before being retired. LORD JOWERS RELISHES HIS FRONTRUNNING ROLE New Zealand-bred four-year-old Lord Jowers notched his eighth win in Western Australia when he gave a bold frontrunning display to score a three-length victory over Veitchy in the 2130m Happy Birthday Dorothy Cook pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained by Greg and Skye Bond, Lord Jowers started from barrier four on the front line and Colin Brown sent the gelding to the lead 80m after the start. After covering the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31sec. and 30.7sec., Lord Jowers made life tough for the opposition by sprinting over the final two quarters in 28.8sec. and 28sec. He coasted to victory at a 1.57.3 rate to take his record to 48 starts for ten wins, 13 placings and stakes of $74,375. Lord Jowers started at 7/2, while 2/1 favourite Franco Torres and 11/4 second fancy Heavens Delight failed to flatter. Franco Torres raced one-out and one-back before starting a three-wide move approaching the bell. He wilted to finish tenth. Heavens Delight raced in tenth position before Gary Hall jun. sent him forward, three wide, 950m from home. The five-year-old battled on to finish a well-beaten fifth. HALLS MAINTAIN THEIR DOMINANCE Serpentine trainer Gary Hall sen. and star reinsman Gary Hall jun. maintained their dominance of the WA pacing scene when Hall jun. drove This Time Dylan to an easy all-the-way victory in the 2130m Baltic Eagle Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This Time Dylan, favourite at 6/4, simply proved too speedy for his rivals, winning by 2m from Smooth Caesar at a 1.56.6 rate. This gave Hall jun his 223rd driving success for the season and his father his 178th winner from 634 starters. Hall jun. heads the Metropolitan reinsmen’s list with 155 winners and he leads from Chris Lewis (65). Hall sen. has trained 140 city winners and leads from Greg and Skye Bond (72). The win of This Time Dylan was his third from 13 WA starts and he now has raced 21 times for six wins, five placings and $36,200. SUVALJKO BRINGS UP HIS CENTURY IN STYLE Shannon Suvaljko brought up his century in fine style at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he drove evergreen pacer Tee Pee Village to an effortless win in the 1730m Congratulations Matt and Hayley Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This gave Suvaljko his 100th winner from 749 starters this season. He also has driven 190 placegetters. Tee Pee Village, a runaway last-start winner, started favourite at 2/1 for trainer Peter Tilbrook and Suvaljko was content to rate the New Zealand-bred 11-year-old in the breeze on the outside of 15/1 chance Octavian. Tee Pee Village got his head in front 250m from home and then he raced away to win by more than two lengths from Talk It Up (12/1), with Death Adda (5/2) a close third. This took Tee Pee Village’s record to 93 starts for 22 wins, 24 placings and stakes of $229,607. Unplaced runners Therecomesatime and Empire Flame were claimed, each for $10,000. Seven-year-old Therecomesatime, who led early and then trailed the pacemaker Octavian before finishing fifth, was claimed by Narelle McCarthy, wife of top-flight Sydney trainer John McCarthy. Seven-year-old Empire Flame, who raced at the rear and finished sixth in a field of seven, was claimed by East Fremantle footballer Tom Howlett. by Ken Casellas
The two mandatory harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Thursday July 11, with Shepparton racing during the afternoon and Ballarat at night.
If Redwood Day was a massive harness racing event last year when rising star Blitzthemcalder strolled into town for the feature race of the carnival, then this Sunday has to be one better.