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.
Be at Gloucester Park this Friday for your opportunity to win a chance of a lifetime and own a share in Im Themightyquinn for the night.
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.
For the 2013 breeding season WASBA is again running our Stallion Service Raffle, with support this year from Alabar Farms and Pepper Tree Farms.
Harness racing owners Aldo Cortopassi and Francesca Minniti are more than happy that a recent deal to sell Franco Renegade to American interests for $35,000 fell through and now they are looking forward to the New Zealand-bred gelding winning further feature events after he had unwound a powerful finishing burst to score an upset victory in the $25,000 Retravision Past Presidents Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Brilliant five-year-old Livingontheinterest looks set to notch a winning hat-trick by proving too fast for his ten older and more experienced rivals in the $25,000 Retravision Past Presidents Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Exciting colt Swagga crashed into the back of harness racing driver Kyle Harper with just under a lap to travel in the $100,000 International Animal Health Pearl Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but retained his equilibrium and then produced an electrifying burst of speed to charge to the front and race away to score a runaway victory in the group 1 feature.
Shannon Suvaljuko will drive Bunbury-trained Macon Georgia in Friday night's Group 1 $100,000 International Animal Health Pearl Classic Final (2130m) at Gloucester Park after Chris Lewis, who drove the speedy colt in a qualifying heat, reiis booked for favourite Mister Jadore.
Harness racing trainer Gary Hall Snr had a horrific week with his star three-year-old Alta Christiano sustaining a tendon injury, which will see the WA Derby winner out of the rich summer carnival races, such as the Lancaster Park Golden Nugget.
Top line pacer David Hercules broke another record at Gloucester Park last Friday, illustrating the career best form that the David Thompson Trained Pacer is in.
When David Hercules led all the way at Gloucester Park last Friday night over 2130 metres he covered the journey in 2:30.359 which gave a harness racing mile-rate of 1:53.6.