On Wednesday 11th February, rising star WA breeder Kody Charles will parade 20 harness racing yearlings that are entered in the upcoming Gloucester Standardbreds WA Yearling Sale which will get under way on Sunday 22nd February at 1:00pm. The parade will get under way at 5:00pm at Kody’s property at 324 River Road, Hopelands and will feature colts and fillies by a range of the nation’s best sires. Somebeachsomewhere, sire of Saturday night’s brilliant Victoria Derby winner Menin Gate, will be represented by two fillies and two colts and other sires whose progeny will be paraded include Rocknroll Hanover, Bettor's Delight, Art Major, Sportswriter, Well Said, Village Jolt, Rock N Roll Heaven, Courage Under Fire, Four Starzzz Shark and Always A Virgin. The yearlings include the likes of the second foal from 2yo Australian Pacing Gold winner Leilani Lombo 2:00.5 $224,595, the first foal from Flylika Bird Lombo 1:59.8 $53,975 (a half-sister to Australian 2yo Pacer of the Year Lombo Skyrider) and a half-sister to this season’s Christmas Gift winnerTuxedo Tour 1:56.6 $149,001 and Truckers Ruffnut 1:56.0 $249,770. The 20 yearlings are catalogued on account of KTC Bloodstock and KTC Bloodstock as agent for K & A Charles. For more information on this Wednesday's parade contact Kody Charles on 0413 669 474.
New Zealand-bred four-year-old Classic American is a brilliant harness racing frontrunner who has not been beaten when he has set the pace and the classy stallion should maintain that record when he contests the $50,000 group 2 Channel Nine Binshaw Classic over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He has made the running in four of his 26 starts and has won those four races by margins of 22.5m, 9.3m, 13.7m and 12.2m --- an average winning margin of just under five lengths. He has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier for only the second time in a burgeoning career of 12 wins and five placings for stakes of $150,000 and Clint Hall should have little difficulty in dashing him straight to the front and dictating the terms of the race. Two of the first three winners of the Binshaw Classic have started from the No. 1 barrier and at odds-on before setting the pace and winning comfortably. Please Release Me (Chris Brew) started at 5/4 on and defeated Greyhawk in the 2012 Binshaw Classic before Red Salute (Chris Voak) was favourite at 2/1 on from barrier one and led and won from Western Cullen a year later. Twelve months ago Shnappy was favourite at 3/1 from the No. 1 barrier when he set the pace before wilting to fourth behind 46/1 outsider Marooned (Voak), who stormed home from ninth at the 400m mark to win by a length from Northern Assassin. Classic American is one of four runners from the all-conquering stables of Gary Hall sen. who will be contesting Friday night's Binshaw Classic, the others being Westernator (barrier six), Authorized (seven) and The Court Jester (outside of the back line). Classic American notched his third win in a row when he started out wide at barrier six in a heat of the Binshaw Classic last Friday night and raced three wide early and then in the breeze outside Authorized before getting the upper hand in the final couple of strides and winning by a head at a 1.57.3 rate, with the final 400m being covered in a sparkling 57.5sec. Authorized will be at liberal odds from the outside of the front line this week, as will the consistent Westernator from barrier six. The Court Jester, a stylish first-up winner last Friday week, was a sound fourth behind Erskine Range last week. But his prospects appear slim from the outside of the back line. Looming as the chief rival to Classic American this week is five-year-old Erskine Range, who gave a bold frontrunning display and sprinted over the final quarter in 27.3sec. to win easily from Rockyourbaby at a 1.57.5 rate last Friday night. That was his 17th win from 51 starts and trainer-reinsman Colin Brown will be aiming to take full advantage of the inside of the back line by following Classic American every inch of the way before hoping to gain a clear passage in the final stages. Walter James, trained at Forrestdale by Brad Lynn, rated 1.57.8 when he led from barrier one in a qualifying heat last week. He is favourably drawn in the final at No. 2 on the front line, but he is most unlikely to be able to cross Classic American in the early contest for the lead. Mark Reed to resume after injury Ace reinsman Mark Reed has high hopes of returning to action after an injury on a successful note when he handles promising young mare My Samantha Jane in the first heat of the gloucesterpark.com.au Lewis Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A fractured scaphoid bone in his right hand prevented Reed from driving at last Friday night's meeting. My Samantha Jane, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old, will start from barrier three on the front line and trainer Mike Reed said that his son would be the making a bold bid to dash the mare to an early lead and to dictate terms in front in the 2130m event. Mark Reed was injured last Saturday week when a horse at his father's stables became caught in a box and lashed out at him, striking him a painful blow on the right hand. A plaster cast was fitted to protect the thumb and then was removed and replaced with a fibreglass guard. "Mark will be able to drive okay," said Mike Reed. "But the whip action is going to be a problem and he said that he would use the whip in his left hand." Mike Reed said that My Samantha Jane, a winner at each of her past three starts after racing without cover at Northam twice and at Bunbury, possessed good gate speed and was a tough performer. "If she leads on Friday night, she will be rolling and will be very hard to beat," he said. The Reed stable has a handy second string in Friday night's event in five-year-old mare Mon Lamour, who will be handled by Clint Kimes from an unfavourable barrier at No. 4 on the back line. Kimes drove Mon Lamour from the No. 1 barrier to a smart all-the-way victory over 2130m last Friday night. The main dangers to My Samantha Jane (a winner at eight of her 28 starts) appear to be Dardy Delight, Murano Mystery, Im A Peregrine and Better Than Money. Dardy Delight, to be driven by his trainer Justin Prentice from barrier two on the back line, is racing consistently, with his past 16 starts producing four wins, four seconds, three thirds and three fourths. He fought on doggedly when a last-start second to Classic American in the $50,000 San Simeon Classic last Friday week. Murano Mystery, a last-start second to The Black Lord at Northam, looks sure to be prominent from the inside of the back line and Im A Peregrine, with four wins and five placings from his past 12 starts, is capable from a strong effort from barrier six on the front line. Better Than Money, a New Zealand-bred seven-year-old, will be making his West Australian debut for Oldbury trainer-reinsman Donald Harper. He will start from barrier four on the back line at his first appearance since he set the pace and won over 1660m at a 1.55.7 rate at Albion Park on November 15. Better Than Money has raced 93 times for 13 wins, 32 placings and stakes of $93,038. He won five times in New Zealand before winning eight races in Queensland. High Courage looks a star bet New Zealand-bred four-year-old High Courage is a noted frontrunner and from the No. 1 barrier on the front line he looks a star bet in the 2130m Nine News Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The stallion, prepared by leading trainer Gary Hall sen., will be driven by 19-year-old Lauren Jones and he should set the pace and win. He has set the pace eight times in his 29-start career for seven wins and a second placing. At his most recent appearance he started from barrier five and worked hard without cover for much of the 2692m journey before winning from Black N Bettor at Pinjarra last Monday week. High Courage is likely to receive the most serious opposition from Chief Thundercloud, Ti Amo Franco, Courage Tells and Mighty Flying Thomas. Chief Thundercloud, to be driven by Stuart McDonald, has been a model of consistency for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, with his nine starts this season producing four wins, four seconds and a fourth placing. Ti Amo Franco also is in grand form and has the ability to figure prominently in the finish. A new experience for Max Meridius Five-year-old Max Meridius is one of the State's most promising sit-sprinters in restricted company and he will be strongly fancied in the 2130m Channel Nine Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he will start from the prized No. 1 barrier on the front line for the first time in his career. Trained at Jandabup by Glenn Stampalia, Max Meridius will be handled by Brad Stampalia, who has been in the sulky for all of the gelding's 18 starts for four wins and nine placings. Brad Stampalia had no hesitation in taking the drive behind Max Meridius ahead of Tyler Diamond, a redoubtable veteran he has driven at 22 of his past 24 starts. Tyler Diamond, who has been driven to victory five times by Stampalia, will start from barrier four on the back line with Colin Brown in the sulky. Max Meridius covered a lot of extra ground when fifth behind My Samantha Jane at Northam on Thursday of last week. He enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing fast to win from Villa Couture over 1609m at Bunbury five nights earlier. Max Meridius showed reasonably good gate speed early in his career when he was placed at Gloucester Park and Northam after working hard in the breeze. It is debatable whether Stampalia will make a serious bid to set the pace on Friday night or prefer to take a sit behind speedy beginner Fully Zapped, who is favourably drawn at No. 2. The Ross Olivieri-trained Out Back Joe is sure to be strongly fancied, even from barrier six. The five-year-old has finished determinedly at his past four starts for a win at Northam, a second at Pinjarra and a third and second placing at Gloucester Park. Shardons Rocket looking for unusual treble Veteran pacer Shardons Rocket has bright prospects of completing a rare treble by overcoming the back mark of 20 metres and winning the 2503m The Block Triple Threat Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Tony Svilicich-trained ten-year-old, a hardy veteran of 193 starts, has been successful on the corresponding program featuring the Binshaw Classic in the past two years. Driven by Chris Lewis, he started from 20m and finished strongly from the rear to beat Dalvey Gold in February 2013 and a year ago he set the pace and beat the fast-finishing Rojen Cruz in an $8000 claimer. In February 2012, on Binshaw Classic night, Shardons Rocket, driven by Aldo Cortopassi, sustained a powerful finishing burst to be second to outsider Rigatoni. This week Shardons Rocket will be driven by Colin Brown, who is certain to make a forward move early in the race to sit outside the pacemaker, or even to take the lead. Shardons Rocket set the pace in the 2130m Lord Mayor's Cup last Friday night and was overhauled in the final stages to finish a head second to Northview Punter. This followed a second to Bettor Reason at Pinjarra and a nose second to Northview Punter over 2536m at Gloucester Park. To win Shardons Rocket, who has raced 193 times for 32 wins and 65 placings, is likely to have to overcome spirited opposition from the Ross Olivieri-trained Dynamite Dude and Finbar Abbey, impressive last-start winner Thumpem, Soho Jackman and Braemoor. Majorly Foxy Styx to run at Melton Talented four-year-old Majorly Foxy Styx, winner of the group 1 $100,000 Mares Classic at Gloucester Park in December for champion trainer Gary Hall sen., will contest the group 3 Ladyship Cup at Melton on Saturday night for Victorian trainer Michael Stanley. Majorly Foxy Styx, owned by West Australian businessman Robert Watson, will start from the inside of the back line, immediately behind stablemate Blucolla Tigerpie. Majorly Foxy Styx, who has earned $177,365 from ten wins and five placings from 22 starts, set the pace and defeated Victorian mare Bellas Delight in the Mares Classic. Bellas Delight is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line in Saturday night's $30,275 event. Blucollar Tigerpie, a seven-year-old on an M7 mark, has a losing sequence of 19. She won the group 1 Tasmania Oaks in Hobart in March 2011 and has earned $212,277 from 19 wins and 15 placings from 66 starts. One of the main fancies on Saturday night will be the Victorian-bred six-year-old Beauty Secret, who will be driven by Gavin Lang for trainer Emma Stewart. Beauty Secret, a winner at five of her past six starts, has earned $388,366 from 24 wins and 12 placings from 52 starts. Bettors Fire fancied in Narrogin Cup New Zealand-bred six-year-old Bettors Fire should appreciate a drop in class and win the $30,000 Narrogin Cup on Thursday night. Bettors Fire, trained and driven by Kyle Harper, will start from barrier three on the back line in the 2662m mobile cup in which his rivals include 2014 WA Pacing Cup winner Hokonui Ben and Pacific Warrior, who finished a sound sixth behind Northview Punter in the Lord Mayor's Cup at Gloucester Park last Friday night after his unlucky close-up fifth behind My Hard Copy in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup at his previous start. Bettors Fire, a winner at 24 of his 54 starts, was a fading ninth in the WA Pacing Cup last month, a week after his excellent fourth behind David Hercules in the Fremantle Cup. by Ken Casellas
Harness racing driver Tom Buchanan speaks to Matt Young about his drives over the weekend leading into next Tuesday's race meeting at Gloucester Park. Gloucester Park TV
Harness racing driver Clinton Hall and the five-year-old American Ideal horse My Hard Copy NZ produced an outstanding run from last to first to win tonight's spectacular $400,000 TABTOUCH WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park in Perth. The time for the 2936 meter race was 3:34.1 with a mile rate of 1:57.4. My Hard Copy NZ won going away from a brave David Hercules who sat parked out for most of the race and then followed Northview Punter third and Our Jimmy Johnson NZ only a nose away fourth. It was start number 52 and win number 18 for the former New Zealander My Hard Copy NZ who now has won $446,497 in stake money won. My Hard Copy NZ was bred by Woodland Stud and is owned by S. K. Champman, C. Champman and D. Champman. He paid $18.20 to win. The win was also one of six winners on the ten race program for the Gary Hall stable for the evening, the others were Soho Lennon, Some Kinda Tactics NZ, Beaudiene Boaz NZ, Ben Cartwright and Classic American NZ. Harnesslink media
Six-year-old Tuxedo Tour went within a whisker of causing a major upset last Friday night when he ran home with great determination to finish a head second to 5/1 on favourite Heez On Fire and he gets a chance to turn the tables on his brilliant rival when he meets him on better terms in the $35,000 Kennards Hire Christmas Gift final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Tuxedo Tour, trained at Herne Hill by Kevin Keys, started from barrier three on the back line and settled down in ninth position before he surged forward to move to the breeze on the outside of the pacemaking Heez On Fire with 1200m to travel in a heat of the Gift last week. Heez On Fire, who was untroubled to lead from the prized No. 1 barrier, fought on grimly to stave off the late challenge from Tuxedo Tour, with the final two quarters being covered in 28.9sec. and 27.6sec. This week Tuxedo Tour will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line, with Heez On Fire out at barrier five. Noted frontrunner Dashing Christian is likely to lead from the No. 1 barrier and there is a strong possibility that Tuxedo Tour will again have to work hard in the breeze. All Bettor (barrier two) and Ti Amo Franco (four) possess good natural gate speed and Chris Lewis will be anxious to slot Heez On Fire into a commanding position in the one-wide line. Heez On Fire is extremely versatile and is capable of unwinding a dazzling finishing burst, like he revealed when he thundered home from the rear to win from Medley Moose two starts ago. Despite his awkward draw, Heez On Fire is likely to start a short-priced favourite in his quest to extend his winning sequence to six and improve his record to 15 wins and four placings from only 27 starts. The WA-bred five-year-old was purchased as a four-month-old weanling by Cardup trainer Rod Oliver for $15,000 and has already amassed $178,005 in prizemoney for Oliver, his mother Doreen, brother Perry and friends Andrew Walker, Geoff Ramm, Darrell Dwyer and Kieren Eiffler. Tuxedo Tour has earned $122,876 from 11 wins and 18 placings from 41 starts after being purchased for $18,000 at the 2010 Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale by Tom Marsden, who races the stallion in partnership with his son Rod and Martin, Colin and Stephen Campbell. The Christmas Gift is one of the very few feature events in WA that has not been won by Lewis, who is in devastating form in the sulky. Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. is hoping that Dashing Christian can go one better than he did in a qualifying heat last Friday night when he set the pace and was overhauled in the final stride and was beaten by a head by the fast-finishing Mosquito Buzzin. Hall won the Christmas Gift for the fifth time when Kim Prentice drove the polemarker and 6/4 on favourite Toretto to a comfortable all-the-way victory over Our Major Mark and Red Salute 12 months ago. This followed wins with Nixons Creed (1993), Allioop (2004), McRaes Mate (2007) and Livingontheinterest (2012). Ti Amo Franco, trained in Collie by Dale Jackson, will have admirers from barrier four on the front line. He began brilliantly from the No. 5 barrier in a heat last week, but was unable to cross Dashing Christian. He then obtained a good sit, one-out and one-back, and moved to second on the home turn before wilting to fourth behind Mosquito Buzzin. He won in good style at two of his three previous starts. Matt White will resume as Mosquito Buzzin's driver this week after Aiden De Campo handled the six-year-old last week. De Campo will replace Chris Voak behind Mosquito Buzzin, with Voak on the sidelines serving a 19-day suspension after causing interference in a race last Friday night. Mosquito Buzzin has drawn ideally on the inside of the back line and should enjoy a perfect sit behind the likely pacemaker Dashing Christian. Woodley to drive This Time Dylan Outstanding young reinsman Morgan Woodley has been engaged to drive strong stayer This Time Dylan in the $22,500 Mount Eden-No Dill Christmas Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night and the nine-year-old looks capable of fighting out the finish of the 2503m stand at his fourth appearance after a spell. Woodley, who will be driving This Time Dylan for the first time, replaces Justin Prentice, who was in the sulky last Friday night when the gelding was prominent throughout and sustained a solid three-wide run to finish third behind Lisharry and Some Kinda Tactics in a 1730m sprint, with the final 800m being covered in a sparkling 55.6sec. Prentice was committed to driving Dardys Delight, a five-year-old he trains at Boyanup. Dardys Delight, who will share the front line with the Ross Olivieri-trained Chief Thundercloud, rises considerably in class, but is in sound form, with his past six starts (all in stands) producing two wins, two seconds and two thirds. Before that he had contested only one stand in 348 starts. He is closely related to Winter Strike, who earned $416,693 from 33 wins and 50 placings from 143 starts. He was a winner of eight stands, six at Gloucester Park and two at Pinjarra. This Time Dylan, trained at Pinjarra by Michael Brennan, will start off the 40m mark, but is capable of a bold showing. He has a losing sequence of 13, dating back to last May when he won a 2503m event off 30m at Gloucester Park. Four months earlier he finished a splendid third behind Hokonui Ben and Toretto in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup. He won four times (all off 10m) over 2503m in September-October 2013 and he impressed when he started off 40m and finished second to Rocket Reign in the 3309m Marathon Handicap in August this year. Some Kinda Tactics will share the 40m handicap with This Time Dylan on Friday night and should also prove hard to beat. He is racing consistently, with his 12 starts this season producing three wins, four seconds and three thirds. Chief Thundercloud, a lightly-raced New Zealand-bred seven-year-old, will be one of the main fancies after having four starts in WA for a win in a 2503m stand and three second placings. He raced without cover for the final two laps when a sound second to the frontrunning Avalon Bromac in a 2536m mobile at Gloucester Park last Saturday night. Olivieri will also be represented by veteran pacers Pembrook Henry and To Transcend and Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg will be looking for a stout-hearted effort from 11-year-old mare Salliwood, who will start off 20m and will be handled by Mark Reed,. Salliwood has finished second in the past two Christmas Handicaps. She was driven by Shannon Suvaljko when she finished strongly into second place behind Uncle Kracker in 2012 and then was awarded the race after the winner was disqualified. In last year's race Salliwood set the pace and was defeated by a half-head by the fast-finishing J Walker. It all points to Sensational Gabby Brilliant mare Sensational Gabby looks set to complete her preparation for the $60,000 Village Kid Sprint on Friday week in fine style by proving too speedy for her 11 male rivals in the 2130m Merry Xmas Del Basso Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Her prospects soared when she was dealt the No. 3 marble in the random barrier draw and Chris Lewis is likely to make a bold bid to dash her straight to the front. Drawn inside her are Soho Highroller and Go West U Terror, geldings with good gate speed, but susceptible to an early challenge from Sensational Gabby, who can begin with dazzling speed. In the event of Soho Highroller holding up and leading, Lewis would be anxious to gain a good sit in the one-wide line before asking Sensational Gabby to unleash her renowned sizzling finishing burst. She was seventh (on the pegs) at the bell before finishing fast to be third behind David Hercules and Soho Highroller over 1730m last Friday night. Soho Highroller certainly looks the pick of the four runners from the all-conquering Gary Hall sen. stable. He notched his third successive second placing last Friday night when he finished strongly from sixth at the bell to beat all but David Hercules. The prospects of seven-year-old Lisharry completing a winning hat-trick diminished when he drew poorly at No. 5 on the front line. He set the pace for easy victories over 2503m and 1730m on the past two Friday nights. Unbeaten youngsters to clash The clash between highly-promising unbeaten three-year-olds Ima Connoisseur and Zennart in the 1730m Kennards Hire Pace should be a highlight of the ten-event program at Gloucester Park on Friday night. In the blue corner will be Ima Connoisseur, a gelding trained by Greg and Skye Bond who has not tasted defeat in four starts, and in the blue and gold corner is Zennart, a colt trained by Gary Hall sen. who has been most impressive in winning at his only two starts in New Zealand. Ima Connoisseur won by ten and a half lengths at his debut, over 2200m at Alexandra Park in June this year, and then was untroubled to win at Pinjarra at his first three Australian starts, scoring twice over 1684m and once over 2185m. He sprinted the final 400m in 27.3sec. in both his sprint wins and was timed at 27.5sec. when he won over 2185m. Zennart led from barrier three and set the pace when he won easily on debut, scoring by four and a half lengths and rating 1.59.9 over 2200m at Alexandra park on July 25 this year. He sprinted the final 800m in 57.2sec., with the final 400m taking 27.8sec. At his next start Zennart started from the outside in a field of six and was restrained to last (eight lengths from the leader) before moving to fourth at the bell and coming from third (three wide) on the home turn to hit the front 30m from the post to win by a half-length at a 1.59.9 rate. He dashed over the final 400m in 27.9sec. Hall has not produced Zennart at public trials, but the Art Major colt is sure to be strongly supported, particularly when he drew inside of Ima Connoisseur. Zennart will start from barrier five on the front line, with Ima Connoisseur at No. 6. Zennart is a half-brother to Zenas Art, who raced 51 times for 14 wins (four in New Zealand, two in Victoria and eight in New South Wales) for stakes of $100,298. Zennart and Ima Connoisseur look set to fight out the finish and each should develop into a worthy contender for the WA Derby next year. Colin Brown, who will drive Ima Connoisseur in the first event on the program, also has excellent prospects in the second event, the third heat of the Free Entry Boxing Day the Coulson Pace for mares, in which he will drive Harriet Elisabeth for Byford trainer David Thompson. Harriet Elisabeth, a winner at nine of her 25 starts, is ideally drawn at barrier two on the front line in the 2130m event in which she will clash with in-form mares Rivers of Babylon and Washington Express. by Ken Casellas
Champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. is not fazed at Waylade’s awkward barrier at No. 6 on the front line and has full confidence that the lightly-raced, inexperienced four-year-old will give him his 39th victory in a group 1 event by proving the master of his 11 rivals in the $175,000 Retravision Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 32-year-old Hall, who has also driven the winners of 26 group 2 events and 40 group 3 races, is refusing to become flustered at the wide draw and he declared that the Nugget was “just another race for us.” However, he conceded that barrier six presented a great challenge for the immature New Zealand-bred gelding who has had only nine starts. But the Hall stable is used to confronting challenges head-on and overcoming them with monotonous regularity. “We’ll probably find out a lot about him,” Hall said. “And we’ll probably have to come from behind.” Waylade, prepared by master trainer Gary Hall sen., is well on truly on target of bringing up the third leg of the prestigious Triple Crown for four-year-olds, after his superb victories in the $50,000 Four-year-Old Championship and $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic in the past three weeks. Waylade has bright prospects of becoming the seventh pacer to complete the McInerney Ford Classic-Golden Nugget double in 19 years since the McInerney Ford Classic was first run. The double has been achieved by Salinger (1997), Saab (1998), Gee Whiz Fizz (2005), Mr Yankee (2006), Lombo Pocket Watch (2007) and Bonavista Bay (2009). Sixty-five-year-old Hall sen. had no hesitation in declaring that Waylade was the best of his six runners in the Golden Nugget. He said that the initial plans were for Waylade to go back from his wide barrier and then hope for a bit of luck. “He will be as good as he was when he won the McInerney Ford Classic,” he said. “He hasn’t been extended in his past three wins and I’m sure he’s the one to beat. If it is a truly-run race, as I’m sure it will be, he will be very hard to beat.” At his most recent start, in the 2536m McInerney Ford Classic last Friday week, Waylade was smartest into stride from the No. 2 barrier before setting a solid pace and strolling to victory by just under four lengths from Bettor Offer, who fought on doggedly after working hard in the breeze for most of the journey. A week earlier Waylade started from barrier four on the front line and raced without cover before winning the 2130m Four-Year-Old Championship from VC Manoeuvre and Bettor Offer. And a week before that Waylade raced in the breeze and won a Nugget Prelude over 2536m from Classic American and Soho Lennon. The Hall camp’s other five runners are Majorly Foxy Styx (No. 2 barrier on the front line), Soho Lennon (No. 3), A Boy Named Rosie (No. 7), VC Manoeuvre (inside of the back line) and Classic American (outside of the back line). Majorly Foxy Styx, a brilliant all-the-way winner of the group 1 Mares Classic at a 1.56.3 rate over 2130m last Friday night, will be driven for the first time by champion reinsman Chris Lewis and looks certain to be a freewheeling pacemaker. “Much depends on how she settles, but she should be there at the finish,” Hall sen. said. “Soho Lennon worked in great style this morning and he should gain the one-out, one-back position. He will be an improver.” Soho Lennon will be driven by Hall’s elder son Clint, with Kim Prentice engaged for A Boy Named Rosie, Nathan Turvey for VC Manoeuvre and Lauren Jones for Classic American. Hall sen. discounted A Boy Named Rosie’s chances from the outside barrier, but said that VC Manoeuvre and Classic American were capable of winning. “VC Manoeuvre should race three back on the pegs and he’s a definite blowout chance,” he said. “Classic American will be driven quietly and will be looking to follow through behind VC Manoeuvre. He’s flying and 2536m will be right up his alley.” Majorly Foxy Styx and the Mike Reed-trained Libertybelle Midfrew are the only mares in the 12-horse field and each will have admirers, even though only one mare, the frontrunning Countess Kala, in 1999, has been successful in the 34-year history of the Nugget. Reed, who trained Tricky Vic for his Nugget win in 2002, predicted that Libertybelle Midfrew would run a big race, saying: “Barrier two on the back line is a really good draw for her, particularly being behind such a quick beginner as Majorly Foxy Styx. Libertybelle Midfrew has won over 2536m and she’ll be doing nothing on Friday night, while the others will be doing all the work. She’s a great each-way chance.” Michael Brennan, who prepared Im Victorious for his Nugget win two years ago, will be represented by Billies A Star, who has just arrived in Western Australia after having ten starts in New Zealand for four wins and three placings. His best and most impressive effort was at his most recent appearance, when he was successful at a 1.57.9 rate in a 2600m mobile at Addington on November 14. He settled in tenth position , started a three-wide move at the 1500m mark before gaining a one-out, one-back sit and bursting to the front 200m from home and winning by just over two lengths. Billies A Star has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier and Luke McCarthy is generally expected to take the trail behind the free-running Majorly Foxy Styx. Trainers Greg and Skye Bond are hoping for a change of fortune with Bettor Offer after the gelding’s third and second placings behind Waylade at his latest starts. Bettor Offer has not drawn well at No. 5 on the front line. “He has trained on in great style after his second in the McInerney Ford after racing in the breeze,” Greg Bond said. “We’ll be rolling forward and this might work for us or it might work against us. This horse has a bright future and he goes well in big races.” Colin Brown will again be in the sulky behind Bettor Offer and he will be drawing confidence on the fact that Bettor Offer set the pace and won by more than two lengths from Waylade over 2130m at Gloucester Park on October 31. Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice is confident that Mista Rush will be prominent after starting from barrier four on the back line. Mista Rush has won at eight of his 17 starts. “If he runs up to his ability he will be right there,” the 26-year-old Prentice said. “I really like the horse and I think he is right up there with the best four-year-olds in the State. His work yesterday was as good as it has ever been.” Kade Howson, who has driven Mr Yankee (2006) and Schinzig Buller (2008) to victory in the Nugget, trains the promising Ohoka Cooper, who will be driven by Chris Voak from barrier four on the front line. “It’s a tricky draw and we will need to find a nice spot,” Howson said. “He’ll run out the 2536m and that’s in his favour.” Three Blind Mice, the WA Derby winner last season, will start from barrier three on the back line and trainer-reinsman Matt White said that he would be relying on a good tempo in the race. “That will help him to ruin on solidly late,” he said. The latest market: 7/4 Waylade, 7/2 Bettor Offer, 5 Libertybelle Midfrew, 6 Majorly Foxy Styx, 7 Billies A Star, 25 Soho Lennon, Classic American, 40 VC Manoeuvre, 66 Ohoka Cooper, 100 Three Blind Mice, Mista Rush. Tricky Styx will be hard to catch Brilliant filly Tricky Styx, who is noted for her devastating finishing bursts, looks set to be seen in the role of pacemaker when she contests the 2130m Retravision Air Conditioning Pace for three-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She has drawn perfectly at barrier one on the front line and reinsman Aiden de Campo said he expected her to set the pace and prove hard to run down. Tricky Styx, a winner of five races as a two-year-old, has resumed this season in grand form for Northam trainer Jesse Moore and looks set to be a leading contender for the WA Oaks early next year. At her first two starts as a three-year-old Tricky Styx has scored runaway wins (by a combined margin of 64.8 metres) over 2190m and 1780m at Northam last month. She has won at seven of her 11 starts and her clash on Friday night with unbeaten fillies Nuala and Im Justforyou will be a highlight of the meeting. The fillies will be opposed by three colts and one gelding. “I’ll speak to Jesse regarding tactics,” de Campo said. “We’ve always wanted to see if she can lead. She did lead from barrier two and easily won a heat of the Diamond Classic last May. She has come back in this preparation a lot more relaxed and in my opinion I’ll be trying to hold the front, not wanting to give the others a head start. “Her final 800m is really dazzling and I think that she can produce a similar sprint after bowling along in front. She’s quite a big, tough filly and I can’t see toughness being a problem for her. The opposition is pretty good and the three fillies are probably the best horses in the race, even though the other runners are pretty smart. Jesse said that Tricky Styx probably would have four or five starts before giving her a spell and then getting her primed for the Oaks.” Nuala, to be driven by Clint Hall for his father, leading trainer Gary Hall sen., will be making her first appearance since she made an auspicious Australian debut, winning easily over 2185m at Pinjarra on August 25 after racing wide early and then setting the pace. She also won easily at her only start in New Zealand, over 2000m at Oamaru in mid-May. “Nuala is a high-class filly and will go well,” said Hall sen. “She will need the run, but is still a winning chance. She has a tricky draw and this is a tough race.” Im Justforyou (who will be driven by Chris Lewis from barrier three) has not been seriously challenged at her three starts, winning in New Zealand in September and at Pinjarra in October and November. “She has won at both her WA starts pretty impressively and I think she is a genuine Oaks filly,” said trainer Clive Dalton. “She’s got a bit of depth about her and I expect her to run a good race on Friday night. “She’s got a bit of class and rated 1.57.5 in each of her wins over 1684m at Pinjarra. In the first of those runs she started from barrier seven and came from well back and ran the final 400m in 27.1sec. At her next start, her first run for five weeks, she breezed and fought it out very well. “Tricky Styx has the draw in her favour and will be hard to beat. Im Justforyou will be running on whatever happens.” Opposing the fillies will are three pacers (Red Hot Major, Mister Ardee and Arturus) trained by Gary Elson and the Callan Suvaljko-trained Blacklist. Mister Ardee is extremely consistent, with his 21 starts producing four wins, nine seconds, six thirds, a fourth and a seventh placing. Olivieri likes Earl Or Nothing Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri is proud of Earl Or Nothing’s consistency and he has high hopes that the Queensland-bred eight-year-old will keep up the good work by winning the 2503m Hisense Trotters Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Earl Or Nothing, to be driven by Chris Lewis, is ideally drawn in the stand at No. 1 on the front line and he meets many of his rivals on better terms than he has in recent months. “He has been consistent and compared with some of the races he’s been in lately he gets a really good pull on the handicaps,” Olivieri said. “He’s given these horses starts or has been on the same mark as them. “He’s off the front and I’m happy about that. He’s versatile and has won after leading. I reckon he’s a shade better coming from behind, but I’ll leave the tactics up to Chris. It won’t be easy on Friday night and of all the barriers No. 1 off the front is not my favourite draw. But I suppose I shouldn’t complain; I don’t get No. 1 very often.” Earl Or Nothing started off 60m over 2631m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week and finished a creditable fourth behind Enjoy A Coldie, who started off the 30m mark. Enjoy A Coldie, trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, will start off 10m on Friday night, meaning that Earl Or Nothing will meet Enjoy A Coldie on 40m better terms. Earl Or Nothing has had eight starts in Western Australia for five wins, two seconds and a fourth. Looming as some of the main dangers to Earl Or Nothing are Retained and Enjoy A Malabu. The nine-year-old Retained (10m) should figure in the finish. He has been driven in all of his 18 WA starts by his trainer Clive Dalton for five wins and three placings. He raced wide early and then had a tough run in the breeze before finishing a head second to Enjoy A Malabu over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. “That was a big run and I have put Luke McCarthy on him this week. I’ll tell Luke to go forward to the breeze.” Enjoy A Malabu (20m) is in splendid for Wundowie trainer Bruce Stanley and has won at three of his past six starts. He unwound a typical strong finishing burst to win from Retained at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. by Ken Casellas
Harness Racing trainer Gary Hall provides half the field for the hardest race for him to win Western Australia’s leading trainer Gary Hall will provide six of the 12 starters in Friday night’s Group One $175,000 Retravision Golden Nugget 4yo Championship at Gloucester Park. In the 34 previous runnings of the race Hall has provided a total of 29 starters for an unspectacular result of one win, five seconds and one third placing. His first starter was High Leverage in 1986 which finished fourth behind the Victorian Vanderport. Hall’s previous biggest representation in a Golden Nugget was three starters in the 2005 Nugget won by Gee Whiz Fizz. It is not as if his starters lacked quality either as his champions Im Themightyquinn and The Falcon Strike were placed in the race while his only win came courtesy of millionaire New Zealand pacer The Gold Ace in 2011. Other trainers records The most successful trainer in the history of the Golden Nugget is Greg Harper whose ten runners produced four winners and a third placing. Three of the State’s younger trainers in Justin Prentice (Mista Rush), Kade Howson (Ohoka Cooper) and Matthew White (Three Blind Mice) will have their first Golden Nugget starters this year in their capacity as trainer. Both Howson (Schinzig Buller and Mr Yankee) and Prentice (Im Victorious) have driven previous winners of the race. The Mike Reed trained mare Libertybelle Midfrew will become his eighth starter in a Golden Nugget. Reed’s previous seven starters have produced a winner in Tricky Vic in 2002 a second and two thirds. In addition the 2009 winner Bonavista Bay was stabled at Reed’s Hazelmere property by Victorian trainer Emma Stewart. Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan will gear up just his second Golden Nugget starter in New Zealand import Billies A Star on Friday night. Brennan’s only previous starter in the race was the 2012 winner Im Victorious which was driven for Brennan by Justin Prentice. The 2013 Golden Nugget winner Nowitzki was stabled with Brennan by trainer Daniel Jack and should Billies A Star win this year’s Nugget it will provide an unusual stabling record. Greg and Skye Bond will gear up their ninth Nugget starter with Bettor Offer on Friday night. Their previous eight runners in the race have produced a solitary third placegetter. Greg Bond had seven Golden Nugget starters in his own name before he and his wife formed their training partnership and those seven runners produced one third placegetter. This year, for just the fifth time in what will be the 35th running of the Golden Nugget, there is no Eastern States or New Zealand trained runner in the race. That is not a bad thing for local trainers in that Eastern States trainers have won 15 of the 30 Golden Nuggets in which they have had a starter. The 2014 Retravision Golden Nugget Field (Not in Barrier Order) Horse Trainer Possible Driver Status A BOY NAMED ROSIE NZ G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr) Starter BETTOR OFFER NZ G S (Greg and Skye) Bond C D (Colin) Brown Starter BILLIES A STAR NZ M G (Michael) Brennan L A (Luke) McCarthy Starter CLASSIC AMERICAN NZ G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr) Starter LIBERTYBELLE MIDFREW NZ M G (Mike) Reed M B (Mark) Reed Starter MAJORLY FOXY STYX NZ G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr) Starter MISTA RUSH J K (Justin) Prentice J K (Justin) Prentice Starter OHOKA COOPER NZ K K (Kade) Howson C D (Chris) Voak Starter SOHO LENNON G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr) Starter THREE BLIND MICE NZ M W (Matthew) White M W (Matthew) White Starter VC MANOEUVRE NZ G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr) Starter WAYLADE NZ G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr) Starter TASMANIAN BROMAC J K (Justin) Prentice J K (Justin) Prentice Emergency1 ULTIMATE MAJOR NZ A L (Andrew) De Campo A C (Chris) Lewis Emergency2 Previous placegetters Golden Nugget Championship Date Place Trainer Driver Winner 6/02/1981 1 A L (Tony) Peacock A L (Tony) Peacock JUSTIN HANOVER 6/02/1981 2 G E (George) Turner G D (Greg) Harper CRYSTAL GLENMAR 6/02/1981 3 W A (Wilf) Powell P C (Phil) Coulson PRIDE OF KENTUCKY 12/02/1982 1 G D (Greg) Harper G D (Greg) Harper SINN FEIN 12/02/1982 2 I J (Ian) Petricevich I J (Ian) Petricevich NALAARA BOY 12/02/1982 3 M J (Michael) Day M J (Michael) Day GUNDARY FLYER 11/02/1983 1 G D (Greg) Harper F R (Fred) Kersley CLASSIC GARRY 11/02/1983 2 M D (Merv) Reinke D M (Darryl) Reinke WONDAIS MATE 11/02/1983 3 B J (Barry) Perkins R (Bob) Pollock PREUX CHEVALIER NZ 20/01/1984 1 T B (Trevor) Warwick T B (Trevor) Warwick YARRACOOLA 20/01/1984 2 A C (Chris) Lewis A C (Chris) Lewis LINCOLN LAND 20/01/1984 3 V D (Val) Pereira V D (Val) Pereira GAY BOYDEN NZ 8/02/1985 1 T B (Trevor) Warwick T B (Trevor) Warwick MORANO MAGIC NZ 8/02/1985 2 J H (Jim) Schrader J H (Jim) Schrader TAC WARRIOR NZ 8/02/1985 3 F R (Fred) Kersley F R (Fred) Kersley BOSUN AWEIGH 7/02/1986 1 D F (Don) Murphy A (Anne) Frawley VANDERPORT 7/02/1986 2 T B (Trevor) Warwick T B (Trevor) Warwick TRUNKEY WESTERNER 7/02/1986 3 G N (Graham) Taylor G N (Graham) Taylor GRAYMOORE DREAM NZ 13/02/1987 1 A C (Chris) Lewis A C (Chris) Lewis VERO PRINCE 13/02/1987 2 R V (Bob) Knight V J (Vin) Knight ALPINE FELLA NZ 13/02/1987 3 T B (Trevor) Warwick C G (Colin) Warwick MY LORD GRACE NZ 12/02/1988 1 R V (Bob) Knight V J (Vin) Knight OUR MAESTRO NZ 12/02/1988 2 I R (Dick) Lee I R (Dick) Lee RUFUS YOUNG BLOOD 12/02/1988 3 T B (Trevor) Warwick T B (Trevor) Warwick TRUNKEY STING 10/02/1989 1 R V (Bob) Knight V J (Vin) Knight SINBAD BAY 10/02/1989 2 G R (Gary) Barton G A (Gavin) Lang ANOTHER BART 10/02/1989 3 M G (Mike) Reed M G (Mike) Reed MANAGEABLE 10/02/1989 10 C G (Colin) Warwick C G (Colin) Warwick ABLE SEAMAN NZ 15/12/1989 1 V W (Vic) Frost V W (Vic) Frost WESTBURN GRANT 15/12/1989 2 R J (Rod) Chambers R J (Rod) Chambers WHITBY TIMER 15/12/1989 3 G D (Greg) Harper F R (Fred) Kersley SUR CARAGH NZ 15/12/1989 10 W D (Bill) Duffy P C (Phil) Coulson JULIAN DOE 25/01/1991 1 B A (Bryan) Rogers B A (Bryan) Rogers ADMIRAL HOLLIDAY NZ 25/01/1991 2 A F (Frank) Bratovich L B (Lindsay) Harper BANK MANAGER 25/01/1991 3 K B (Kevin) Bailey K B (Kevin) Bailey HEADLINER 24/01/1992 1 T E (Ted) Demmler T E (Ted) Demmler IMPRESSIONIST NZ 24/01/1992 2 R J (Rod) Chambers R J (Rod) Chambers WHITBYS MISS PENNY 24/01/1992 3 R (Ray) De Campo A L (Andrew) De Campo SMOOTH BUSINESS 22/01/1993 1 D T (Des) Parr G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) VALLEY CHAMP 22/01/1993 2 L B (Lindsay) Harper P C (Phil) Coulson LAKE STREET 22/01/1993 3 C L (Colin) Cummins A C (Chris) Lewis HILARION STAR 28/01/1994 1 C L (Colin) Cummins A C (Chris) Lewis FLASHING STAR 28/01/1994 2 D K (Dudley) Anderson D K (Dudley) Anderson SOUTHERN KNIGHT 28/01/1994 3 G N (Glen) Tippet B R (Brian) Gath MCRANDLE NZ 27/01/1995 1 R (Reg) Trevean T B (Trevor) Warwick SLICK VANCE NZ 27/01/1995 2 N J (Neil) Lloyd N J (Neil) Lloyd NORMS DAUGHTER 27/01/1995 3 R P (Ronan) Hargadon R P (Ronan) Hargadon SIR LEKTOR 8/12/1995 1 J P (John) Green R J (Rod) Chambers BEEFY T NZ 8/12/1995 2 G C (Geoff) Small M W (Maurice) McKendry TABARET NZ 8/12/1995 3 T B (Trevor) Warwick T B (Trevor) Warwick RIWAKA VANCE NZ 6/12/1996 1 R J (Rod) Chambers R J (Rod) Chambers MON POPPY DAY 6/12/1996 2 G A (Garry) Torto C D (Colin) Brown LORD BROOK NZ 6/12/1996 3 S D (Shane) Moore G J (Greg) Kersley TUR BEAU 5/12/1997 1 F R (Fred) Kersley F R (Fred) Kersley SALINGER 5/12/1997 2 J W (Bill) Phillips M S (Scott) Eyre THE ACCELERATOR 5/12/1997 3 W A (Dick) Moore T B (Trevor) Warwick RECORD HIGH NZ 18/12/1998 1 R A (Ross) Olivieri A C (Chris) Lewis SAAB 18/12/1998 2 K A (Ken) White J D (Jason) Fry TOUCH OF ZAM 18/12/1998 3 L M (Laurel) Schofield K D (Kim) Young GOLDEN GEARS 10/12/1999 1 N J (Noel) Keiley L B (Lindsay) Harper COUNTESS KALA NZ 10/12/1999 2 G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) A C (Chris) Lewis MAKE THE RULES NZ 10/12/1999 3 A L (Andrew) De Campo A L (Andrew) De Campo PAULAS MATE NZ 15/12/2000 1 D W (Dennis) Wilson D W (Dennis) Wilson SEELSTER SAM NZ 15/12/2000 2 M G (Mike) Reed M B (Mark) Reed RICH AND SPOILT 15/12/2000 3 G L (Grant) Williams G L (Grant) Williams BLACK AND BLUE 14/12/2001 1 G K (Grant) Crane G (Gavin) Lang MANIFOLD BAY 14/12/2001 2 G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr) THE FALCON STRIKE NZ 14/12/2001 3 M G (Mike) Reed M B (Mark) Reed ASTRA NOM MCCOOL NZ 13/12/2002 1 M G (Mike) Reed M B (Mark) Reed TRICKY VIC NZ 13/12/2002 2 W G (Bill) Walker G A (Gavin) Lang LOMBO SKYRIDER 13/12/2002 3 C J (Cameron) Edwards L B (Lindsay) Harper ATLANTA GEORGIA 20/02/2004 1 G R (Graeme) Watts G R (Graeme) Watts TE KANARAMA 20/02/2004 2 A R (Aiden) Warwick D G (Darren) Kerr LOMBO LA FE FE 20/02/2004 3 A R (Aiden) Warwick A R (Aiden) Warwick PARTY DATE 8/04/2005 1 K F (Kevin) Keys K F (Kevin) Keys TARTARY GLADIATOR 8/04/2005 2 P B (Paul) Flemming C D (Colin) Brown ADAMS MATE 8/04/2005 3 dh B E (Bryan) Cousins F R (Fred) Kersley GLOBAL FORCE 8/04/2005 3 dh S (Sam) Torre S (Sam) Torre SPICEY HOT 16/12/2005 1 S D (Steven) Burton R (Ryan) Warwick GEE WHIZ FIZZ 16/12/2005 2 G L (Grant) Williams G L (Grant) Williams PRECIOUS DYLAN NZ 16/12/2005 3 S H (Stuart) Hunter J F (Joel) Rees SIR GALVINATOR 15/12/2006 1 G D (Greg) Harper K K (Kade) Howson MR YANKEE NZ 15/12/2006 2 G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr) FAC ET SPIRO 15/12/2006 3 J S (Jarrad) Humphries J S (Jarrad) Humphries NODDY BROMAC NZ 14/12/2007 1 P R J (Paul) Fitzpatrick G J (Gavin) Fitzpatrick LOMBO POCKET WATCH 14/12/2007 2 P G (Phillip) Henwood K N (Kim) Prentice CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW NZ 14/12/2007 3 A L (Andrew) De Campo A L (Andrew) De Campo CAPTAIN BLUFF 28/11/2008 1 G D (Greg) Harper K K (Kade) Howson SCHINZIG BULLER 28/11/2008 2 T (Tony) Svilicich K J (Kyle) Harper MYSTA MAGICAL MACH NZ 28/11/2008 3 G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr) IM THEMIGHTYQUINN NZ 27/11/2009 1 E J (Emma) Stewart M B (Mark) Reed BONAVISTA BAY 27/11/2009 2 S M (Susan) Hunter G (Gavin) Lang CAPTAIN JOY 27/11/2009 3 G F J (Greg) Bond C D (Colin) Brown IMA ROCKET STAR NZ 26/11/2010 1 R A (Ross) Olivieri A C (Chris) Lewis DASHER VC NZ 26/11/2010 2 G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) K N (Kim) Prentice WHY LIVE DANGEROUSLY NZ 26/11/2010 3 B D (Barry) Morrison W R (Wayne) Reid INDOMITABLE SAAB 25/11/2011 1 G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr) GOLD ACE NZ 25/11/2011 2 D F (Dean) Braun M L (Morgan) Woodley MUSTANG MACH NZ 25/11/2011 3 G S (Greg and Skye) Bond C D (Colin) Brown ELIMINATOR NZ 7/12/2012 1 M G (Michael) Brennan J K (Justin) Prentice IM VICTORIOUS NZ 7/12/2012 2 G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr) BETTOR REASON NZ 7/12/2012 3 N J (Noel) Keiley B N (Ben) Keiley REUBEN BROGDEN NZ 6/12/2013 1 D W (Daniel) Jack D W (Daniel) Jack NOWITZKI 6/12/2013 2 M A (Michael) Callegari A C (Ashleigh) Markham SMOKEY THE BANDIT 6/12/2013 3 R F (Rodney) Oliver A C (Chris) Lewis HEEZ ON FIRE
Harness racing trainer Gary Hall won six of the ten races at Gloucester Park Friday night the 27th of December including the big one, the $60,000 Retravision the Village Kid (Sky 1) with Hokonui Ben NZ and Gary Hall Jr. drove five of the six to victory while Shane Butcher drove the other winner. The six winners were Famous Alchemist NZ, My Hard Copy NZ, Hokonui Ben NZ, Classic American NZ, Prince Eddie NZ and This Time Dylan NZ. Videos of all races are attached.
The 2013 New South Wales Rising Star Max Hughes has drawn ideally in barrier one in Friday night’s $25,000 RWWA Rising Stars Invitation Stakes at Gloucester Park on the Greg & Skye Bond trained Bettor Still. Bettor Still will be in the market which is likely to be headed by the Gary Hall trained Benjamin Banneker. Benjamin Banneker will be driven by Chris Playle who works for Gary Hall’s former foreman Michael Brennan. In the random draw for both horses and barriers, the 2013 Western Australian Rising Stars Series winner Dylan Egerton-Green has drawn the Tony Svilicich trained Wrongly Accused which will start from barrier 11. Barrier Horse Driver Trainer 1/1 BETTOR STILL NZ M R (Max) Hughes G S (Greg and Skye) Bond 1/2 MAROONED K M (Kaiden) Hayter R J (Bob) Mellsop 1/3 LOOKS PROMISING K J (Kyle) Harper K J F (Kevin) Charles 1/4 BALLAS AROCKSTAR C L (Cody) Wallrodt S N (Shane) Tognolini 1/5 BENJAMIN BANNEKER NZ C B (Chris) Playle G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) 1/6 SIR ARTSPLACE NZ C A (Chris) Butt M A (Michael) Callegari 1/7 ANVILS BIG PUNT NZ K S (Kristy) Sheehy M G (Michael) Brennan 2/1 OUR GENT D B (Dean) Miller J B (Joshua) Dunn 2/2 FRANCO TEMPLAR NZ A F (Aiden) De Campo C M (Chris) Brew 2/3 J WALKER NZ S E (Shane) Butcher G R (Graham) Bond 2/4 WRONGLY ACCUSED D (Dylan) Egerton-Green T (Tony) Svilicich 2/5 MIDNIGHT DYLAN NZ B E (Brayden) Green G S (Greg and Skye) Bond by Alan Paker
Bunbury trainer Steve Burton has good prospects of landing his first winner at Gloucester Park for more than four years when Mosquito Buzzin contests the Suzuki Way of Life Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Burton has had only a handful of starters in the city since Ryan Warwick drove General Naseem to an all-the-way victory over Black Saint in a C0-class 2503m stand at Gloucester Park on April 4, 2009. He produced six-year-old Mosquito Buzzin in fine fettle at Bunbury last Saturday night when the gelding gave a wonderful performance to win over 1609m in 1.56.7. Mosquito Buzzin raced three wide without cover before getting to the front in the final 30m and winning narrowly from The Oyster Bar. Mosquito Buzzin, who broke a losing sequence of 17, is favourably drawn at barrier three on the front line in Friday night’s 2130m event and he should be prominent throughout. Mosquito Buzzin has had only one start at Gloucester Park over the past 27 months, and that was last January when he raced in the one-out, one-back position and fought on gamely to finish a close fourth behind Governor Johnny. He was trained by Kate Hawkins and was driven by Tommy Sheehy when he set the pace and won a C0 2100m mobile event at Gloucester Park in March 2011. Now A Christian, Asian Courage, Sparkling Seelster, Mojave Desert and What God Knows appeal as the chief dangers to Mosquito Buzzin. Now A Christian, trained by Clint Kimes, gave a spirited performance in a stand at Bunbury last Saturday week when he galloped at the start before finishing strongly from the rear to be fourth behind Braemoor. He was an easy all-the-way winner from Soho Aintree and Johnny Be in a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park at his previous outing, and that followed an excellent second to the classy Heez Orl Black. Asian Courage has been unplaced at five starts since winning at Pinjarra in May, but he is capable of considerable improvement and must be considered from barrier two on the back line. Four-year-old Mojave Desert is the least experienced runner in the field, with two wins from 17 starts, but he will have friends. He will start from the prized No.1 barrier and Kim Prentice will be keen to set the pace. Mojave Desert started from the No. 1 barrier when he led and dashed over the final 800m in 57.3sec. when he won over 2185m at Pinjarra in January. by Ken Casellas
A trip to Melbourne with the prospect of substantial earnings is on the cards for the talented Generally Outspoken after Gary Hall jun. had driven her to a stylish victory in the $35,000 Caduceus Club Gold Bracelet for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Capel harness racing trainer Andrew de Campo has Im Bella Jay in peak condition and the filly looks a certainty to lead and win the $35,000 Caduceus Club Gold Bracelet at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Champion harness racing trainer Gary Hall sen. has mapped out an ambitious program of rich feature events for freak pacer Im Themightyquinn and declared after his magnificent first-up victory in the $35,000 Channel Nine Winter Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night that the eight-year-old was better than ever.
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Record-breaking reinsman Gary Hall jun., who has just become the first West Australian driver to have earned more than $3 million in prizemoney in one season, is poised to win the Channel 9 Winter Cup for the sixth time when he handles superstar Im Themightyquinn in the $35,000 feature at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Champion Pacer Im Themightyquinn will return to harness racing in Friday night's Channel 9 Winter Cup at Gloucester Park. Also four Group One Sires Stakes Finals worth $100,000 each will on the card.