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West Australian-bred four-year-old Soho Redford is a noted frontrunner and his prospects of winning the $25,000 The West Australian Coulson final at Gloucester Park on Friday night soared when he drew the coveted No. 1 barrier in the 2130m feature event. Vance Stampalia is certain to make his intentions perfectly clear that he will be all-out to set the pace with the freewheeling Mach Three horse, even though he is likely to be challenged for the early lead by smart frontrunners Bettors Ace (barrier two) and Im Terrific (three). Bettors Ace, to be driven by his trainer Ryan Bell, resumed after a short let-up in fine style when he led from barrier one and cruised to victory over Clifford and Condrieu in a 2130m event last Friday week. Then Im Terrific, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, made the most of the No. 1 barrier when he led and defeated Rocky Marciano and Heez On Fire over 2130m last Friday night. Soho Redford, whose is prepared by Tonia Stampalia (sister of the reinsman), notched his third win from his past six starts when he led from barrier three and beat Miss Atomic by four lengths over 2190m at Northam on Thursday of last week. Four starts before that, he started from the No. 1 barrier and was not extended in setting the pace and winning by more than two lengths from Extreme Dreams over 2536m at Gloucester Park. Soho Redford’s main rivals could well be the other four-year-olds in the race, Heez On Fire, Rocky Marciano and Condrieu. Heez On Fire, trained by Rod Oliver, is nicely drawn at No. 2 on the back line and Chris Lewis is sure to get the Courage Under Fire gelding into a prominent position soon after the start. Heez On Fire was most unlucky when third behind Im Terrific and Rocky Marciano last Friday night when he was trapped four wide early and had to be restrained to the rear before unleashing a spirited finishing burst. He was most impressive two weeks earlier when he charged home from last to finish third behind Nowitzki and Smokey the Bandit in the 2536m Golden Nugget Championship. The Peter Anderson-trained Rocky Marciano is awkwardly drawn at No. 5 on the front line, but he is capable of producing a spirited finish if he is able to slot into an advantageous position soon after the start. He finished strongly when second to Im Terrific last week after enjoying an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. Condrieu, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has excellent potential and has won at nine and been placed at 11 of his 28 starts. He raced wide for the first 600m and then set the pace before finishing third to Ohoka Courage and Lisharry over 2692m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. He showed his class when he began brilliantly, set a fast pace and finished second to Chilli palmer in the 2536m McInerney Ford Classic at Gloucester Park three starts before that. He will start from barrier four on the back line on Friday night. Condrieu’s stablemate Cool Johnny, a stylish first-up winner two starts ago, has each-way prospects after drawing perfectly on the inside of the back line. He should gain a wonderful trail behind the likely pacemaker Soho Redford. Ken Casellas

Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. cracked the jackpot when his three brilliant speedsters drew the inside three barriers in the $60,000 Retravision Village Kid Sprint over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hokonui Ben will start from the prized No. 1 barrier, rising star Toretto will start from barrier two and Livingontheinterest, the track record-holder over 1730m, will start from No. 3. Champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. will resume driving after serving a term of suspension and will have the choice of driving the classy New Zealand-bred stablemates. Hokonui Ben makes strong appeal. He is a talented frontrunner who has won on each of the two occasions he has drawn the No. 1 barrier in a mobile event in Western Australia, the latest being four starts ago when he scorched over the final 800m in 54.8sec. and rated 1.55.5 in defeating David Hercules over 2130m on November 22. He has finished second at each of his three subsequent outings --- when he led from barrier two and was beaten by Livingontheinterest over 2536m, when he raced in the breeze and was unable to overhaul the pacemaker Sneakyn Down Under over 2130m and when he trailed the pacemaker Livingontheinterest before finishing strongly to be a half-length second to that gelding over 1730m last Friday night. Livingontheinterest and Toretto cannot be underestimated. Kim Prentice drove Livingontheinterest when the six-year-old set the pace and rated a smart 1.54.9 when he beat Hokonui Ben last Friday night. He started from barrier three and made most of the running when he won by almost four lengths from Hokonui Ben when he set a record rate of 1.53.1 over 1730m on June 14 this year. The injury-plagued Toretto is the least experienced of the stablemates, but has created an excellent reputation in winning at nine of his 14 starts. He maintained his superb form when he led from barrier one and coasted to victory over Our Major Mark, Red Salute and Hez The Bart Man in the 2130m Christmas Gift final last Friday night. He gave a sample of his versatility the previous week when charged home from the rear to win easily from Hez The Bart Man. The David Thompson-trained David Hercules is a magnificent sprinter, but his prospects faded when he drew out wide at barrier seven in a one-line field of nine. He led from barrier one and rated 1.54.2 when he beat Son of Fergie by six lengths three starts ago and he set a State record for 1700m when he rated 1.52.8 in beating Grinjaro by three lengths in July 2012. Since his most recent victory David Hercules has finished second to Hokonui Ben and third to Sneakyn Down Under and Hokonui Ben and he warmed up for this week's assignment in great style when he raced without cover early and then set the pace before winning a 2150m Byford trial on Sunday morning by four lengths from Ima Rocket Star. He sped over the final two 400m sections in 28.1sec. and 27.5sec. Morgan Woodley is likely to restrain David Hercules back towards the rear before asking the seven-year-old to unwind a sizzling late sprint. Bettors Fire, a highly-promising New Zealand-bred five-year-old, also warrants considerable respect after winning at eight of his first ten starts in Western Australia for young trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper. Bettors Fire will start from barrier four and Harper will be hoping to obtain a favourable passage in the one-wide line before issuing a last-lap challenge. Bettors Fire has won at his two appearances over 1730m, including his easy all-the-way victory over star pacer Im Victorious in the Mount Eden Sprint in the first week of November when he rated 1.53.8. Dasher VC showed a welcome return to form last Friday night when he started from the back line, dashed forward three wide in the middle stages and then raced in the breeze before fighting on to finish third behind Livingontheinterest. Stating from the No. 6 barrier on Friday night will not help his cause. FRONTRUNNING SOHO REDFORD GETS HIS CHANCE IN COULSON FINAL West Australian-bred four-year-old Soho Redford is a noted frontrunner and his prospects of winning the $25,000 The West Australian Coulson final at Gloucester Park on Friday night soared when he drew the coveted No. 1 barrier in the 2130m feature event. Vance Stampalia is certain to make his intentions perfectly clear that he will be all-out to set the pace with the freewheeling Mach Three horse, even though he is likely to be challenged for the early lead by smart frontrunners Bettors Ace (barrier two) and Im Terrific (three). Bettors Ace, to be driven by his trainer Ryan Bell, resumed after a short let-up in fine style when he led from barrier one and cruised to victory over Clifford and Condrieu in a 2130m event last Friday week. Then Im Terrific, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, made the most of the No. 1 barrier when he led and defeated Rocky Marciano and Heez On Fire over 2130m last Friday night. Soho Redford, whose is prepared by Tonia Stampalia (sister of the reinsman), notched his third win from his past six starts when he led from barrier three and beat Miss Atomic by four lengths over 2190m at Northam on Thursday of last week. Four starts before that, he started from the No. 1 barrier and was not extended in setting the pace and winning by more than two lengths from Extreme Dreams over 2536m at Gloucester Park. Soho Redford's main rivals could well be the other four-year-olds in the race, Heez On Fire, Rocky Marciano and Condrieu. Heez On Fire, trained by Rod Oliver, is nicely drawn at No. 2 on the back line and Chris Lewis is sure to get the Courage Under Fire gelding into a prominent position soon after the start. Heez On Fire was most unlucky when third behind Im Terrific and Rocky Marciano last Friday night when he was trapped four wide early and had to be restrained to the rear before unleashing a spirited finishing burst. He was most impressive two weeks earlier when he charged home from last to finish third behind Nowitzki and Smokey the Bandit in the 2536m Golden Nugget Championship. The Peter Anderson-trained Rocky Marciano is awkwardly drawn at No. 5 on the front line, but he is capable of producing a spirited finish if he is able to slot into an advantageous position soon after the start. He finished strongly when second to Im Terrific last week after enjoying an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. Condrieu, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has excellent potential and has won at nine and been placed at 11 of his 28 starts. He raced wide for the first 600m and then set the pace before finishing third to Ohoka Courage and Lisharry over 2692m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. He showed his class when he began brilliantly, set a fast pace and finished second to Chilli palmer in the 2536m McInerney Ford Classic at Gloucester Park three starts before that. He will start from barrier four on the back line on Friday night. Condrieu's stablemate Cool Johnny, a stylish first-up winner two starts ago, has each-way prospects after drawing perfectly on the inside of the back line. He should gain a wonderful trail behind the likely pacemaker Soho Redford. LEDA McNALLY POISED TO MAKE IT FOUR WINS IN A ROW Star mare Leda McNally fared poorly in the random barrier draw and will start from the outside of the back line in The West Australian Mares Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But this should prove no disadvantage for the brilliant five-year-old who looks classes above her ten rivals. Leda McNally has won in fine style at her past three appearances to take her record to 18 wins and eight placings from 44 starts for stakes of $257,308. Trainer Chris King tuned Leda McNally up for this week's assignment by sending her around in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning. She was handled by her race driver Chris Voak and after racing in the breeze early, Leda McNally set the pace and won easily from stablemate Lord Lombo after sprinting the final 800m in 55.6sec. It was an excellent effort by Leda McNally, who completed a hat-trick of wins four Fridays ago when she charged to an early lead and romped to an effortless victory over Famous Alchemist in the 2130m $100,000 Mares Classic. Famous Alchemist, who also finished second to Leda McNally in the $40,000 Norm's Daughter Classic last month, should again fill the runner-up position. The mare, trained by Gary Hall sen., is perfectly drawn at the No. 1 barrier on the front line and should set the pace. But she appears to have little hope of holding out Leda McNally, who can unwind a devastating finishing burst. Maggies Mystery and Sensational Gabby appear the most likely runners to fight out the third placing. Maggies Mystery, a fast-finishing winner two starts ago, will start from the inside of the back line and should get a perfect trail behind the likely pacemaker Famous Alchemist. Sensational Gabby was also an impressive winner two starts ago when she pulled hard behind the pacemaker Ragpickers Dream before finishing strongly to snatch victory from that pacer over 2130m. Sensational Gabby will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line and should gain an ideal passage in the one-wide line. NORTHVIEW PUNTER LOOKS A STAR BET IN NIGHTS OF THUNDER HEAT New Zealand-bred four-year-old Northview Punter has the class to overcome the disadvantage of a wide barrier in the first qualifying heat of The West Australian Nights of Thunder at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Three heats will be decided over 1730m, with the nine runners in each heat starting from just one line across the track. The fastest nine horses will qualify for the $50,000 final the following Friday night. Northview Punter will start from the No. 8 barrier and Gary Hall jun., resuming after a term of suspension, is sure to set sail after the leaders in the first circuit. Northview Punter returned to peak form last Friday night when he started from the outside of the back line, dashed forward in the first lap and raced without cover before surging to the front 350m from home and winning very easily from the fast-finishing Bronze Seeker, rating 1.58.4 over 2536m. His main opposition is likely to come from stablemate My Hard Copy, who has drawn ideally at No. 1. The four-year-old My Hard Copy has won at nine of his 33 starts and he has the necessary gate speed to be able to set6 the pace. Northview Punter and My hard Copy are prepared by leading trainer Gary Hall sen., who has sound prospects in the other heats of the Nights of Thunder with The Ragpicketrs Dream (heat two) and Rowchester (heat three). by Ken Casellas  

Victorian invader Chilli Palmer is the least experienced runner in the $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but he is in devastating form and has excellent prospects of giving outstanding trainer Dean Braun a perfect record in this group 1 event for four-year-olds. The 37-year-old Braun has had two runners in this event --- and each was successful, with Mustang Mach starting favourite at 6/4 and winning from Lovers Delight in 2011 and Chancellor Cullen starting at 5/2 on, setting the pace from the No. 2 barrier and holding on grimly to beat Bronze Seeker by a half-head 12 months ago. Chilli Power has strung together five wins in succession and goes into Friday night’s event with an enviable record of six wins and a second from only eight starts. He fared poorly in the random draw and will start from the outside of the back line. But Braun sees this as a lucky omen. Mustang Mach wore the No. 12 saddlecloth and started from the outside of the back line for his victory in the McInerney Ford Classic when he raced three wide early to move outside the pacemaker Seel N Print after 750m before getting to the front with 450m to travel and fighting on grandly to defeat the fast-finishing Lovers Delight. Chilli Palmer, a New Zealand-bred gelding by Elsu, warmed up for this week’s assignment in fine style when he raced in sixth position in the one-wide line before sprinting home brilliantly over the final 400m in 27.7sec. to win easily from The Major League over 1720m at Melton last Saturday night. That followed an easy first-up victory over 2100m at Geelong 12 nights earlier. Braun enjoyed his best season in 2012-13 when he trained 106 winners and 93 placegetters in Victoria from only 287 starters. He also won races in Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart and Perth, with his filly Itz Nosurprisesthere successful in the group 1 Queensland Oaks. He has started the 2013-14 season in fine style and is in third place in the Victorian Statewide trainers’ premiership table with 26 winners and ten placegetters from just 54 starters. Champion New Zealand horse Bit Of A Legend has drawn out wide at No. 6 on the front line and reinsman Brent Mangos will be hoping for a far better performance from the stallion after his failure as an even-money favourite when a wilting 11th behind Nowitzki in the Four-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester park last Friday night when he started from barrier five and worked hard in the breeze. This disappointing effort followed his smart win at his WA debut the previous week when he dashed to an early lead, set the pace and sprinted over the final 800m in 56.1sec. He has raced 35 times for 17 wins and 11 seconds for stakes of $638,928 and cannot be underestimated. Adding tremendous interest will be the appearance of the only mare in the event, Robyns C C, who is trained at Serpentine by Chris Brew and is ideally drawn at barrier two on the front line. The mare, who was driven by Mangos at two of her three wins in New Zealand, is in superb form and has not been extended in winning at each of her past six starts. Robyns C C is extremely versatile and has won when leading, after racing without cover and when held up for a late burst. Brew’s other runner, Glenferrie Hood (seven wins and four placings from 13 starts) will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line, immediately behind Robyns C C. The Victorian-trained Nowitzki, who gave an excellent frontrunning display (from the No. 1 barrier) to score an easy victory over Mexicano and Northview Punter in the 2130m Four-Year-Old Championship last Friday night, faces a tougher task over 2536m this week after drawing the outside barrier (No. 7) on the front line. Leading WA trainer Gary Hall sen. has won the McInerney Ford Classic with The Falcon Strike (2001) and Im Themightyquinn (2008) and this year he will be represented by Northview Punter (14 wins from 26 starts) and My Hard Copy (nine wins from 30 starts). The consistent Northview Punter is a tough, no-nonsense type of pacer with sound prospects from the No. 4 barrier. He trailed the pacemaker Nowitzki for much of the way last week when a fighting third to that gelding. My Hard Copy, an easy all-the-way winner over 1730m at a 1.54.6 rate two starts ago, has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and will be driven by Shane Butcher. Gary Hall jun. will again be in the sulky behind Northview Punter. Bickley trainer Peter Anderson also has two runners in Friday night’s race, Mexicano (barrier No. 3) and Rocky Marciano (inside of the back line). Mexicano impressed last Friday night when he raced three back on the pegs and finished strongly to be second to Nowitzki and Rocky Marciano ran on gamely from five back on the pegs to finish fourth. BETTOR COVER LOVER SET TO PASS THE MAGIC $1 MILLION MARK A perfect barrier at No. 2 on the front line should be the ingredient for success for champion New Zealand mare Bettor Cover Lover in the $40,000 Norm’s Daughter Classic over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Owned by prominent West Australian veterinary surgeon Trevor Lindsay, Bettor Cover Lover has a superior record to that of her 11 rivals and she looks set to notch her 20th win from 35 starts and boost her earning past the $1 million mark. The big, rangy mare who stands 16.2 hands has improved a lot since her seventh behind Bettors Fire in the Mount Eden Sprint three Fridays ago. That was her first appearance for five months and she had the distinct disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line. The six-year-old has worked in fine style for trainer-reinsman Brent Mangos since that defeat and paced stylishly when second to the frontrunning Sensational Gabby in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra last Sunday week when the final two 400m sections were covered in 27.1sec. and 28.4sec. Leading WA trainer Gary Hall sen. has four runners, Askmenow (barrier one), Korobeit Angel (seven), Famous Alchemist (inside of the back line) and Chloe Vargarita (No. 2 on the back line). Askmenow has won at nine of her past 14 starts and is a good frontrunner. But Bettor Cover Lover should reveal superior early speed and is likely to burst to an early lead. The fastest beginners on the front line are Sensational Gabby (No. 3) and Leda McNally (No. 4) and they should make life interesting and challenging for Mangos. Sensational Gabby, a five-year-old who has won at 24 of her 36 starts, will be having her first start for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri and it is problematical whether Chris Lewis will ask the mare to go flat out at the outset at her first appearance for seven months. However, Chris Voak is sure to be tempted to make an early bid for the lead with the speedy Leda McNally, who is blessed with sparkling gate speed. She began like a flash from the inside barrier before strolling to an effortless all-the-way victory at a 1.54.3 rate over 1730m last Friday night. Leda McNally started from the inside barrier in the 2012 Norm’s Daughter Classic when she trailed the pacemaker Lucie Boshier (barrier three) and was blocked for a clear run when an unlucky third to that mare. Lucie Boshier has won once (four starts ago) and has been unplaced eight times from her past nine starts and she is hard to recommend from the No. 5 barrier. The best of the Hall runners could be Famous Alchemist, who should enjoy a good passage from the inside of the back line. Famous Alchemist had a tough run, three wide early and then in the breeze, when a sound third behind Leda McNally and Deluxe Edition last Friday night. HAYTER GETS A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY WITH DREDLOCK ROCKSTAR Young Bunbury reinsman Kaiden Hayter has been handed a golden opportunity to land another Metropolitan winner after being engaged to handle the speedy Dredlock Rockstar in the 1730m McInerney Ford Falcon Ute Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 22-year-old Hayter was offered the drive behind the Michael Callegari-trained five-year-old to enable the gelding to contest the $17,500 event which is restricted to M1-class pacers. Hayter’s junior concession qualified Dredlock Rockstar, an M2-class performer, to contest the race. And Dredlock Rockstar’s prospects soared when he drew the prized No. 1 barrier. Dredlock Rockstar is in superb form, with his past 17 starts producing seven wins and nine placings. He was most impressive at Gloucester Park last Friday week when Aaron Beckett (replacing the suspended Ashleigh Markham) drove him to a brilliant all-the-way victory over Ohoka Dallas and Shardons Rocket in the 2130m Parliamentarians Cup. That took the gelding’s record to 41 starts for 12 wins and 17 placings for stakes of $100,056. This win came a week after Dredlock Rockstar had finished powerfully from last at the bell to be third behind Bettors Fire and Im Victorious in the Mount Eden Sprint. Seven-year-old Jar Zinyo, who has a losing sequence of 20 stretching back to a win at Melton 23 months ago, looks a place certainty. The gelding, trained by Gary Hall sen., will start from the inside of the back line and should trail the pacemaking Dredlock Rockstar throughout. Tough seven-year-old Wrongly Accused also has bright place prospects after he ended a losing sequence of 11 with an easy victory over Raymon John at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon. That took the Tony Svilicich-trained gelding’s record to 21 wins and 47 placings from 182 starts. SMART TRIAL A POINTER TO THE PRODIGY’S FIRST-UP PROSPECTS A smart trial victory at Pinjarra on Sunday morning by The Prodigy was a strong pointer to her prospects in the 2130m McInerney Ford Belmont Service Pace for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Prodigy, trained by Ross Olivieri and driven by Chris Lewis, sped over the final 400m of the trial in 27.6sec. and scored by two and a half lengths from Our Jerry Lee. She will start from the No. 3 barrier on Friday night and should be prominent throughout. The Prodigy has not appeared since she raced erratically and covered a lot of extra ground before finishing a distant eighth behind Artistic Copper in the $100,000 Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies last April. Artistic Copper, trained by her breeder-owner Mike Howie, looks likely to be one of The Prodigy’s main rivals. She will start from the No. 1 barrier and Nathan Turvey is likely to attempt an all-the-way win. Artistic Copper resumed after a spell at Northam on Sunday when she raced in the one-out, one-back position and finished third behind Shes So Cool. Shes So Cool faces a tougher task on Friday night from out wide at barrier No. 6. She will again be driven by Brent Mangos, who replaced Pinjarra trainer Kade Howson on Sunday after Howson was suspended for 12 days for having obliged another runner to cover extra ground in a race at Bunbury on Saturday night. New Zealand-bred filly The Parade will be hard to beat despite starting from the outside of the back line. Trained at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, The Parade has scored convincingly at each of her past three starts, two at Pinjarra and one at Gloucester Park. The return to racing of Shez Sensational adds further interest to the race. Shez Sensational is trained at Byford by Callan Suvaljko and she showed abundant promise as a two-year-old and is capable of a bold first-up showing. DAVID HERCULES LOOKS A GOOD BET AFTER BRILLIANT FIRST-UP WIN The ease in which David Hercules defeated his rivals, first-up, over 1730m last Friday night should influence punters to support the seven-year-old when he contests the $21,000 McInerney Ford Falcon Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. David Hercules, trained by David Thompson, led easily from barrier one and sped over the final quarters in 28.2sec. and 27.7sec. to win by six lengths from Son of Fergie at a 1.54.2 rate. David Hercules will start from the No. 2 barrier on the front line and Morgan Woodley is sure to attempt another all-the-way win. However, Woodley might not have an easy task to send David Hercules straight to the front, with Hokonui Ben drawn the prized No. 1 barrier. Hokonui Ben also was racing first-up in last Friday night’s event in which he started from barrier three and raced in the one-out and one-back position before being hampered for room in the closing stages and finishing fifth behind David Hercules. by Ken Casellas  

FATHER AND SON LOOKING FOR A HAT-TRICK IN FOUR-YEAR-OLD CLASSIC The powerful father and son combination of leading trainer Gary Hall sen. and leading reinsman Gary Hall jun. is on target to complete a winning hat-trick in the Retravision Four-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night after Northview Punter drew barrier three on the front line in the random draw for the $50,000 classic. A versatile pacer who has won when leading and also after racing in the breeze and when saved up for a late charge, Northview Punter has been in splendid form since resuming from a spell, with five wins, two seconds and a third from eight starts. The Halls triumphed in the championship 12 months ago when 12/1 chance Bettor Reason started from the No. 3 barrier, set the pace and held on to defeat Your Good Fortune and Bronze Seeker. They were successful the previous year when 5/1 on favourite The Gold Ace started from barrier four and worked hard in the breeze before getting to the front 250m from home and winning from Lovers Delight and the pacemaker Ohokas Bondy. Northview Punter had a tough run without cover before wilting to finish third behind Bit Of A Legend and Galactic Galleon in a prelude of the Golden Nugget last Friday night. He covered the 2130m in 2min. 35.8sec. Bit Of A Legend’s time was 2min. 35sec. Victorian invader Nowitzki, whose prospects soared after drawing the coveted No. 1 barrier on Friday night, ran the 2130m in 2min. 37.4sec. in an M0-class event last Friday night when a head second to the pacemaker Our Boy Su after racing in the breeze. When quizzed by the gelding’s performance by the stewards, trainer-reinsman Daniel Jack said that he was disappointed at the effort, particularly because Nowitzki had been working extremely well in the lead-up to the race. However, he told the stewards that he expected a far more forward showing from the gelding in future. Nowitzki is blessed with excellent gate speed and is a noted frontrunner. Jack is certain to get Nowitzki away fast and attempt to hold the lead from the three runners on his immediate outside, Glenferrie Hood (No. 2), Northview Punter (three) and Heez On Fire (four). Whether any of those three pacers exerts any great pressure on Nowitzki in the early stages is problematical. Indeed, Brent Mangos, the driver of the star New Zealander and nominal favourite Bit Of A Legend, will be hoping that there will be early challenges for the lead which should enable him to position his horse into an advantageous position, just off the speed. Bit Of A Legend boosted his earnings to $638,928 and his record to 17 wins and 11 seconds from 34 starts with his effortless victory last Friday night when he started from barrier three and burst to the front 300m after the start. Mangos will not find things that easy this week. However, the stallion is a high-quality pacer whose past 14 starts have produced 11 wins and three seconds. Heez On Fire, trained by Rod Oliver, will be attempting his sixth win in a row for champion reinsman Chris Lewis. Heez On Fire’s first two runs after a spell produced stylish wins at Harvey. But he meets far stiffer opposition on Friday night. Lewis won the Four-Year-Old Championship in 2010 when Dasher VC raced in the breeze and defeated the pacemaker David Hercules. The New Zealand-bred Extremely Good has resumed after a spell in good form for young trainer-driver Chris Butt and his prospects of fighting out the finish soared when he drew the inside of the back line. However, Condrieu drew poorly at barrier seven, the outside of the front line and Ryan Warwick appears certain to restrain the gelding and rely on his powerful finishing burst. Condrieu, unbeaten at two starts this season, is trained by Greg and Skye Bond. Greg Bond trained Ima Rocket Star when that pacer was driven to victory by Colin Brown in the 2009 Four-Year-Old Championship. Brown will drive his own nomination Erskine Range (a winner at Pinjarra at his two runs this season) from the outside of the back line. Bickley trainer Peter Anderson has two back-line runners in Rocky Marciano (Morgan Woodley) and Mexicano (Chris Voak). Each pacer recorded a first-up win last week, but they will need plenty of luck from barriers three and four on the back line to figure in the finish. SUMMER CARNIVAL HOPES BACK IN ACTION Leading summer carnival feature race contenders David Hercules, Hokonui Ben and Livingontheinterest will resume after winter spells when they clash in the $21,000 Fisher And Paykel Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This should provide a major highlight on a night of top-class pacing action. The David Thompson-trained David Hercules fared the best in the random barrier draw and will start from the prized No. 1 position from which Morgan Woodley appears certain to attempt an all-the-way victory. But the brilliant seven-year-old is sure to be seriously tested by the Hall runners who have proved themselves in the best company in the State. Woodley drove David Hercules when the gelding contested a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning this week and rated 1.56.3 when he finished solidly to be a half-length second to Wrongly Accused. David Hercules, the winner of 26 races and $700,114 from 76 starts, last appeared when a fair fifth behind Im Themightyquinn over 2130m at Gloucester Park on August 2. Neither Hokonui Ben nor Livingontheinterest has appeared in recent trials, but Hall has a happy knack of producing horses, first-up, in top condition. He has a remarkable success rate with pacers racing first-up after a spell. Hokonui Ben last appeared when he started from the outside of the back line and came from the rear to race without cover for almost two laps when a fighting third to stablemates Livingontheinterest and Im Themightyquinn over 2536m at Gloucester Park on July 26. Livingontheinterest, who possesses dazzling gate speed, set the pace and went to the line strongly. The previous week David Hercules was a 4/1 on favourite when he led from barrier two and finished a nose second to Hokonui Ben over 2130m --- after Hokonui Ben had worked hard in the breeze for most of the way. The final two quarters were run in 27.8sec. and 27.3sec. Evergreen nine-year-old Shardons Rocket will start from the No. 2 barrier and will be handled by Shannon Suvaljko after Woodley, his usual reinsman, opted to drive David Hercules. Shardons Rocket gave a typical tough performance last Friday night when he raced without cover and fought on grandly to finish third behind Dredlock Rockstar in the 2130m Parliamentarians Cup. LINE UP AND GET READY TO COLLECT ON OFFTOCULLECT Stylish New Zealand-bred colt Offtocullect looks set to make a perfect Australian debut when he contests the $17,000 Panasonic Pace for three-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He arrived in Perth less than three weeks ago and will start from the inside of the back line. But he should prove far too good for his nine rivals after proving his fitness with a solid victory in a Byford trial on Sunday morning when he sprinted the final 400m in 28.7sec. and beat his stablemate Black Mr Mach by a neck at a 1.59.4 rate over 2150m. Offtocullect and Black Mr Mach, also just arrived in WA from New Zealand, are trained by Greg and Skye Bond. Offtocullect has raced only five times for four wins and a second. He was most impressive at his latest outing when he began brilliantly and quickly opened up a four-length lead in a 2000m event at Rangiora on September 20. He surrendered the lead to Hannah Jaye after 800m and trailed her until the home turn before careering away to win by two and a half lengths. At his previous outing, over 2200m at Forbury on August 29, Offtocullect was ninth after 1000m before dashing forward, three wide, to race in the breeze before bursting to the front 400m from home and winning by four and a half lengths. Colin Brown will drive Offtocullect, whose main rival is likely to be Black Mr Mach, who has raced only twice for a second and a fourth. He was eighth (and last) at the bell before he started a three-wide burst 550m from home and finished strongly to be fourth over 1700m at Forbury at his latest appearance, on October. He will be driven by Ryan Warwick and is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier on the front line. There is plenty of exposed local form in Friday night’s race and the Justin Prentice trained and driven gelding Tasmanian Bromac will have admirers from barrier four on the front line. He finished solidly when a first-up third to Major Presley at Narrogin on Thursday of last week and should be improved by the outing. He finished powerfully to win from Hugh Victor at Gloucester Park in early June. Art Lover, Maxipat, Major Presley, Modigliani and Crimson Floyd are all recent winners, but at this stage of their careers none of them appears capable of defeating Offtocullect. IT LOOKS JUST A DODDLE FOR SPEEDY LEDA McNALLY Brilliant five-year-old Leda McNally should prove to be one of the best bets of the year when she contests the $17,000 LG Pace for mares over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She is the best-performed runner in the race and has earned $153,688 from her 15 wins and eight placings from 41 starts. She has an M6 classification and has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier over the sprint journey against eight rivals whose classifications range from M0 to M4. Leda McNally, trained at Pinjarra by Chris King, should give Chris Voak an armchair drive in the lead. She has sparkling early pace and is a talented frontrunner. Leda McNally warmed up for this week’s assignment with a splendid fourth behind Dredlock Rockstar in the 2130m Parliamentarians Cup last Friday night when she started from the back line, raced in the one-out, one-back position and beat home several open-class Cup pacers including Ima Rocket Star, Dasher VC, Please Release Me, Franco Renegade and Sneakyn Down Under. Deluxe Edition will start from the inside of the back line and she should obtain a perfect trail behind the freewheeling Leda McNally and figure in the finish. Famous Alchemist is awkwardly drawn at No. 5 on the front line, but she has the class to overcome that disadvantage and finish in a minor placing. IM VICTORIOUS CRUSHES RIVALS IN VILLAGE KID SPRINT Star five-year-old Im Victorious warmed up for the $750,000 Miracle Mile at Menangle with an effortless victory in the $30,000 Village Kid Sprint at Northam on Tuesday night. He began fast from the outside (No. 7) on the front line and after racing wide in the early stages Justin Prentice sent him to the front. From there it was a procession and Im Victorious won by more than four lengths from Mein Guy at a 1.55 rate over the 1780m trip. This was the New Zealand-bred pacer’s 20th victory from just 28 starts and boosted his earnings past the $500,000 mark. by Ken Casellas  

Talented young horseman Kyle Harper said he would be taking things one step at a time with up-and-coming star Bettors Fire after he had driven the five-year-old to a superb all-the-way victory in the $35,000 TABtouch Navy Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But in the same breath he predicted the New Zealand-bred gelding was capable of developing into a grand circuit performer. The lightly-raced son of Bettors Delight certainly looks on target to contest the $250,000 Yes Loans Fremantle Cup and the $400,000 Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup in mid-January. “I’ll keep going with him until he tells me he needs a spell,” said the 23-year-old Harper. “If I can take him through to the summer carnival for those big races I’ll be delighted. He could develop into a grand circuit horse.” And Harper declared that Bettors Fire was going to get better. “We’re going to see improvement in him,” he said. “This is his first preparation since arriving from New Zealand, and horses from New Zealand always seem to come back better in their second prep.” Harper said that Bettors Fire went into the Navy Cup “a tiny bit underdone” at his first outing for 24 days because races in which he had entered him for had failed to eventuate because of insufficient nominations. “Since his previous start I have had to take him down to the beach every day to make sure he was right for this race,” he said. “And with the quick lead time and the early soften-up I was a little bit concerned.” Bettors Fire, owned by Frank Ranaldi, went into the Cup as a Metropolitan maiden performer matched against several seasoned open-class pacers of the calibre of Ima Rocket Star (on an M11 classification), Shardons Rocket (M7) and M6-class pacers Crombie, Franco Renegade, Passion Stride and Tsunami Lombo. Under the preferential barrier draw conditions of the race Bettors Fire started from the No. 2 barrier on the front line, with Ima Rocket Star on the outside of the back line. Punters rallied to support Bettors Fire, who was sent out a warm favourite at 5/4, with Ima Rocket Star at 3/1 and M5-class pacer Uppy Son at 13/2. Bettors Fire burst straight to the front, while Colin Brown immediately sent Ima Rocket Star forward, four and then three wide, to surge alongside Bettors Fire after only 450m. Shardons Rocket also charged forward early in a bid to get to the breeze. But he was beaten to that spot by Ima Rocket Star and was trapped out three wide before Morgan Woodley had no other option but to restrain the gelding back to last. The first lap was run at breakneck speed before Harper was able to ease the pace and give Bettors Fire a much-needed breather with am ambling first 400m section of the final mile in 32.5sec. Then Harper gave Bettors Fire more rein and the next quarters went by in 29.2sec., 28.2sec. and 29.1sec. Ima Rocket Star challenged Bettors Fire relentlessly in the final circuit, but was unable to gain the upper hand. He fought on grandly to be second, 2m from the winner, with Uppy Son fighting on doggedly to be almost two lengths farther back in third place after enjoying a soft run, three back on the pegs. Bettors Fire rated 1.58.4 over the 2536m mobile journey. It was the fastest time recorded by a winner of a Navy Cup, which had been run from a stand in the previous 22 years. The five-year-old has had six starts in WA for five wins and a head second to Northview Punter. His record stands at 37 starts for 17 wins, eight placings and stakes of $125,907. Bettors Fire’s dam Sparks A Flyin amassed $510,133 from 21 wins and 20 placings from 78 starts. She raced seven times in Australia in 2001 for four wins, including the New South Wales Oaks at Harold Park and the Breeders Crown for fillies at Moonee Valley. SLEEPY BUT TOUGH MEIN GUY RISES TO THE CHALLENGE Mein Guy, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old making only his fourth appearance at Gloucester Park, caused a major upset when he sustained a spirited finishing burst to beat 5/1 on favourite Northview Punter in the $25,000 TABtouch Western Bonanza Preux Chevalier final on Friday night. The solid pace suited Mein Guy, who was having his first start for trainer Colin Brown, after spending most of his time in Western Australia in Kalgoorlie. Mein Guy, a 14/1 chance from the No. 2 barrier on the back line, settled down in eighth position, with Ballas Arockstar, Myouri and Kiss Chasey all taking turns of leading in the first 1000m. Northview Punter, a winner at five of his previous six starts, settled in sixth spot in the one-wide line before Gary Hall jun. sent him forward, three wide, after 550m. He was kept out wide by Kiss Chasey for 450m and did not get to the breeze until Chris Lewis got Kiss Chasey to the front at the 1100m. Northview Punter finally got to a narrow lead 450m from home, but was unable to hold out Mein Guy, who started a three-wide move at the 950m mark and got the upper hand over Northview Punter 120m from the post. The final 800m was covered in 57.7sec. and Mein Guy rated 1.56.4 over the 2130m. “That’s the way he likes to run, with consistent quarters,” Brown said. “There’s absolutely no brilliance there, but he is as tough as nails. He has done a lot of travelling and is booked on a float to return to Kalgoorlie on Sunday for as race up there. “He was asleep in the stall before tonight’s race and coming out of the gate he was asleep as well. Fortunately, he’s there when you want him.” Mein Guy is raced by Kalgoorlie folk Peter and Kirsten Gianni, John Sangalli and Leonard Burns and he has earned $85,337 from 14 wins and 17 placings from 47 starts. He finished second to Waltzing With Cullen at his debut, as a two-year-old at Invercargill, before finishing eighth at Wyndham and then being exported to New South Wales where he had 18 starts for six wins and seven placings. His 27 WA starts have produced eight wins (six at Kalgoorlie and one each at Northam and Gloucester Park) and nine placings. MIGHTY FLYING THOMAS A 2536m SPECIALIST A pre-race plan hatched by Bickley trainer Peter Anderson and reinsman Morgan Woodley paid handsome dividends when 21/1 chance Mighty Flying Thomas sustained a spirited three-wide burst over the final 1200m to get up in the final couple of strides to defeat 10/9 on favourite The Ragpickers Dream in the $21,000 Dr Ern Manea Memorial over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “We thought that this maybe was the right time that we could put him into the race,” Woodley said. “He is a good stayer and had won at his only three starts over 2536m at Gloucester Park. Everything worked out really well, particularly when we got the trail behind The Ragpickers Dream.” The well-supported polemarker Some Kinda Tactics (7/4) set the pace and when Matt White moved outside the pacemaker with Western Cullen 450m after the start The Ragpickers Dream gained the perfect trail in the one-out, one-back position. Mighty Flying Thomas settled in ninth place. Woodley eased Mighty Flying Thomas three wide passing the 1200m mark and the New Zealand-bred six-year-old surged forward. This flushed out The Ragpickers Dream, who was switched three wide by Gary Hall jun. 950m from home and gave Mighty Flying Thomas a good trail. The Ragpickers Dream forged to the front in the final 40m, but was unable to hold out the strong-finishing Mighty Flying Thomas. “I would have been quite happy to have led up the three-wide line because Mighty Flying Thomas is quite a dour horse,” Woodley said. “But it could not have been scripted any better when we got the trail and the horse has gone extremely well. “I had my doubts on the home turn when it seemed as though The Ragpickers Dream was finding plenty. But Mighty Flying Thomas has a lot of tenacity and he clawed his way to the front. “After he had won his first two races earlier in the year, with good barrier draws in relatively good circumstances, I thought that because of his poor racing manners that we could be waiting a while before another win popped up. However, to his credit and to Peter’s credit the horse has been going from strength to strength. “The manners are getting a lot better. He does have a tendency to hang, which he still did tonight. But we’re learning how to manage this better. The horse is a lot happier with a lot of gear changes. Peter has removed a lot of gear that was aiding in getting him to go straight, but was making us encounter other problems with the horse. We have removed a lot of that gear and it has just been a learning process.” Mighty Flying Thomas has now raced 21 times in Western Australia for seven wins, five placings and $65,384 in prizemoney. His career record stands at 48 starts for 13 wins, 12 placings and $105,423. Mighty Flying Thomas is owned by Ian and Hazel Brandon, Ian Sermon, Lee Bunney and Ken Casellas and somehow the gelding’s victory was prophetic, considering that Sermon, Bunney and Casellas race Bronze Seeker, who won the $25,000 Manea Classic at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park last March. BETTOR DREAMS STAKES HER CLAIM FOR A START IN RICH EVENT New Zealand-bred four-year-old Bettor Dreams improved her record to nine wins and six placings from just 17 starts for earnings of $115,060 when trainer Kim Prentice drove her to an all-the-way victory in the Clipsal And Schneider Electric Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “She’s got a great record and that gets her, hopefully, into the $100,000 Mares Classic next month,” Prentice said. “There is a preference for M1s and now she’s an M1. If she keeps improving and gets a start and draws one or eight, or gets a nice run on the fence, she could be in the finish. This is the only $100,000 race she’ll run in for the rest of her life, so we might as well have a crack at it. “There’s not much of her and Gaz’s horse (Korobeit Angel, Gary Hall jun.) overraced a bit on our outside, but she toughed it out well. She was going to win quite easily, and she’s only just got there by the skin of our teeth. For a while now she just won’t find the line. So that’s something for me to work on.” Bettor Dreams, from the prized No. 1 barrier, was a 7/4 on favourite and she set a fast pace. She rated 1.55.9 in holding on to win by a half-head from Korobeit Angel (3/1), with Millies Girl in third place after trailing the leader throughout. Bettor Dreams, who ran on when second to Frith in the WA Oaks last May, is related to several prolific winners. Her maternal granddam produced O’Hara (138 starts for 22 wins, 26 placings and $134,131), Sovereign Hill (84 starts for 25 wins, 24 placings and $432,555) and Black Reef (180 starts for 37 wins, 54 placings and $326,846). Sovereign Hill won the Australian Pacing Championship in Newcastle in November 1997 and was second to Try A Fluke in the 1998 A. G. Hunter Cup after finishing third to Surprise Package and Anvils Star in that event the previous year. ROWCHESTER IS A WORK IN PROGRESS New Zealand-bred gelding Rowchester warmed up for the rich feature events for four-year-olds in the next two months with an effortless all-the-way win in the 2536m Chaff City Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen., Rowchester was favourite at 7/4 on and Gary Hall jun. jumped him straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier. Black Cracker (20/1) raced in the breeze for much of the journey before wilting to fifth. Polemarker Ardens Southee (13/2) trailed the leader and finished solidly to be second, with Grand Cru (20/1) third after enjoying the one-out, one-back trail. Rowchester gave his rivals little hope when he sprinted over the final 800m in 56.4sec. and he won by four metres at a 2.0.9 rate. This was his third win from 11 WA starts after he had won at three of his five starts in New Zealand. “He is his own worst enemy at times,” said Hall jun. “He does lack a yard of pace early, and we’re working on that. He now has won comfortably at his past two runs and has done everything we have asked of him. The ability is there and he’s a work in progress at this stage. But it was good to hit the rail with him tonight and get what, for him, was a soft run.” Rowchester is a half-brother to The Musics Over, who has earned $123,446 from 16 wins and 30 placings from 140 starts in New Zealand and Tasmania. He is also closely related to Banana Dana and Smart Son. Banana Dana is a handy WA performer who has had 55 starts for 14 wins, 13 placings and $139,949. Smart Son, who campaigned in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland in the 1990s, amassed $347,805 from 41 wins and 59 placings from 226 starts. DOLLY VARDONS DO THE TRICK FOR MOHEGAN SUN A decision by Darling Downs trainer Aldo Cortopassi to race Mohegan Sun in Dolly Vardon blinkers did the trick when the Victorian-bred five-year-old began speedily from the No. 1 barrier and gave a bold frontrunning display to score an easy win in the 2130m Schweppes Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 5/4 favourite, who had been somewhat disappointing when a well-beaten seventh behind Johnny Be over 2185m at Pinjarra four days earlier after racing in the one-out, two-back position, relished his pacemaking role and he sped over the final 800m in 58.6sec. to defeat 15/1 chance Zurbaran by two lengths after that pacer had trailed him all the way. Northview Cardle (16/1) was a fighting third after working hard without cover. “I was really happy once we drew the No. 1 barrier,” Cortopassi said. “I thought he didn’t put in that hard on Monday, so I put the Dollys on him tonight, especially after drawing one. This was to switch him on. He has sort of gone through the motions a fair bit. But he’s a nice horse and now he’s switched on he should just keep going on. “I was a little bit worried that Senor Jet might have run him down, but I didn’t pull the plugs in the end. He was travelling pretty well, so I just let him stride and if they were going to beat him, then they were going to beat him. But he held them off pretty easily in the end.” Mohegan Sun, owned by Kevin Jeavons and Gino Monaco, has done all his racing in WA where he has had 30 starts for nine wins, five placings and $56,059 in prizemoney. SMIRKING AND LORD COBURN HAVE OLIVIERI GRINNING Oakford trainer Ross Olivier, taciturn and undemonstrative, wore a contented smile at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Smirking and Lord Coburn, six-year-old geldings by American stallion Grinfromeartoear, gave him a double by setting the pace and winning easily. Smirking, a 3/1 chance driven by Chris Voak, romped home by just under two lengths from 25/1 chance Talk It Up in the 2130m Channel 9 Pace and Lord Coburn, a 3/1 chance driven by Chris Lewis, was untroubled to win by more than a length from False Promise (9/1) in the 2503m MMJ Real Estate Handicap. “Once we got the lead time (37.1sec.) that we did, it was a matter of sitting there and getting going when the main dangers were rolling into the race,” Voak said. “Talk It Up (trailing the pacemaker) was a big danger, but to this horse’s credit he did travel a lot stronger than he did when he won the last time. “After his previous win, when he was real dour the whole way and really made a dog fight of it, Ross changed a few things around and to his credit he picked the right routine and the horse was a lot better tonight.” Smirking, bred in South Australia, has had 11 starts in WA for four wins and three placings to take his record to 32 starts for 13 wins, 11 placings and $53,207. The Victorian-bred Lord Coburn has had 41 starts for 11 wins, 11 placings and $60,930. Friday night’s victory was his first success from three WA starts. Lord Coburn began speedily from the pole position in the stand and was not extended in cruising over the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31.1sec. and 31sec. before Lewis increased the tempo and the gelding dashed over the final quarters in 29sec. and 28.5sec. “He won with a bit in hand,” Lewis said. “He was never truly challenged.” OLDSTAGER CONQUER ALL SMASHES TRACK RECORD Veteran square gaiter Conquer All still possesses sparkling speed and he smashed the track record for 1730m when he rated 1.59.8 in beating Backas Cobber and Ushaka Bromac in the Make Smoking History Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This eclipsed the record rate of 2.1.6 set by Gondola Guy when he won from Dave Star and Drop of Gin on September 22, 2007. Conquer All began with great speed from out wide at No. 6 on the front line and Shane Young had him in the lead after 450m after the 11-year-old had raced four and five wide in the early stages. The opening quarter of the final mile whizzed by in 29sec. before Conquer All covered the final three sections in 30.8sec., 30.1sec. and 30.7sec. He started second favourite at 5/2 and won by just under a length from Backas Cobber, who ran home solidly from seventh at the bell. Conquer All, prepared at Pinjarra by David Young, has won at his past four starts to take his record to 19 wins, 20 placings and $170,581 from 101 starts. “He’s been a bit of a temperamental old fellow,” said Shane Young. “The plan tonight was to go back at the start, but he had other ideas. Once he got out of the gate quickly we just went for it. He didn’t want to go back at the start, so I just let him do what he wanted to do. His class got him through. He has been a good trotter all his life and at the moment he’s really enjoying himself.” Conquer All won a group 3 event at Moonee Valley in July 2006 and the group 3 Central Victorian Trotting Championship at Charlton the following January. Last-start winner Hot Holiday, favourite at 2/1, met with severe interference soon after the start and did well to fight on from eighth at the bell to be sixth. Stablemate Idle Maple, driven by Ryan Bell, was smartest into stride from barrier five and he caused the interference. The stewards suspended Bell from driving for 28 days. He was granted a four-day stay of proceedings and at Narrogin on Saturday night he drove 2/1 on favourite Itsa Seelster to an easy all-the-way win over Twisk in the 2242m Aquinas College Pace. COOPER TROOPER MAKES FULL USE OF THE No. 1 BARRIER Eight-year-old Cooper Trooper, with one win from his previous 24 starts, made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he started at 13/4 and was driven to an all-the-way win by Chris Voak in the 1730m Community Newspaper Group Westbred Pathway Pace. Soho Monza, favourite at 6/4, was forced to work hard in the breeze before wilting to finish third. Soho Cannes (10/1), who trailed the pacemaker, ran on to be second. Cooper Trooper, bred by John Chapman and raced by him and Chris Norris, is trained at Barragup by Darren Schofield. The Parsons Den gelding has earned $50,504 from seven wins and 28 placings from 93 starts. He showed good early promise and finished second to Banana Dana at his debut as a two-year-old at Gloucester Park in June 2008. Cooper Trooper is the last foal out of Diamonds And Lace, who was placed once from five starts. Diamond And Lace’s second foal was Flames And Flowers, who earned $254,558 from 39 wins and 42 placings from 180 starts. Flames And Flowers won the State Sires Series final for two-year-old fillies in August 1997 and won the four-year-old leg of the Sires in March 1999. by Ken Casellas  

The all-conquering father-and-son combination of Gary Hall sen. and Gary Hall jun. ended the 2012-13 season on a high note at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Northview Punter scored an impressive victory in the Mornings With Matt McDermott Pace and emerged as a leading candidate for the rich Golden Nugget Championship in November. Never in the history of Western Australian harness racing has a trainer and driver been so dominant. The 63-year-old Hall and his 31-year-old son scored runaway wins in the awards for the State’s leading trainer and reinsman. Hall sen. trained 192 winners and 155 placegetters from 673 starters for earnings of $2,715,678 and Hall jun. drove 237 winners and 229 placegetters from 871 starters for total stakes of $2,982,094. Greg and Skye Bond finished second in the Statewide trainers’ premiership with 153 winners and 197 placegetters from 736 starters, with Andrew De Campo next with 92 winners and 127 placegetters from 457 starters. Colin Brown took second place in the Statewide drivers’ premiership with 139 winners from 787 starters, with Chris Voak and Morgan Woodley next with 130 winners each. In the Metropolitan premierships, Hall sen. trained 150 winners to finish well ahead of the Bond team, with 74 winners. Hall jun. (163 winners from 520 starters) was the leading city reinsman, finishing ahead of Chris Lewis (69 winners from 604 drives), Brown (63) and Woodley (60). Northview Punter, a solidly-supported 6/4 favourite from the outside of the back line on Friday night, settled down in ninth position and moved to seventh, three wide, at the bell before forging past the pacemaker Big ben Lombo 320m from home and going on to win by a length from Deluxe Edition, the only filly in the race, who finished strongly from sixth on the pegs at the bell. Slick Chapel, a stablemate of the winner, ran home strongly from the rear to be third. Northview Punter covered the final 800m in 59.1sec. and rated 1.58 over the 2130m journey on a slowish track. This took his record to 19 starts for 11 wins and five placings for stakes of $145,425. He won once from two starts in New Zealand before entering Hall’s stables. He is by American stallion Bettors Delight out of an American mare Watch Your Step, who had 48 starts in the United States for five wins, 16 placings and $59,806. He is a close relation to 1990 Little Brown Jug winner Beach Towel, the American harness Horse of the Year that season. HAS THE ANSWERS WINS EASILY, BUT SUFFERS FROM A DAMAGED HOOF Evergreen champion Has The Answers bled profusely from a nasty puncture wound in his off fore hoof after scoring an effortless all-the-way win in the 2130m Racing Radio Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It is not known what caused the injury or whether it affected him during the race. Trainer Tony Svilicich must produce a veterinary certificate of soundness before the stewards will permit the gelding to race again. It is hoped that the problem is not serious. Has The Answers, favourite at 3/1 on from the No. 1 barrier and he was surprising beaten for early speed by 20/1 chance Lord Lombo, who began very fast from barrier six. However, Lord Lombo was unable to cross to the front and Chris Voak then cleverly manoeuvred him to the pegs to enjoy the perfect passage behind the noted frontrunner. After a moderate lead time of 38sec. Has The Answers had the luxury of being able to amble through the first 400m section of the final mile in 30.5sec. before Morgan Woodley increased the tempo and the ten-year-old dashed over the next three quarters in 29.1sec., 27.2sec. and 28.9sec. to win by two lengths from Lord Lombo, rating 1.56.5. Sneakyn N Down Under, second favourite at 4/1, was more than two lengths farther back in third place after he had enjoyed a perfect sit, one-out and one-back. Shardons Rocket (23/1), a stablemate of Has The Answers, was a wilting fifth after racing without cover. Has The Answers is seemingly indestructible and he now has raced 240 times for 76 wins, 40 seconds and 25 thirds for $1,326,582 in prizemoney. Woodley has enjoyed a wonderful association with the Legacy Of Power gelding, having driven him 47 times for 22 wins, six seconds and four thirds. ELEGANT CHRISTIAN FOLLOWS A FAMILY TRADITION Elegant Christian, a sturdily-built New Zealand-bred gelding, followed a family tradition when he scored a fighting victory in the 2130m TABtouch.Mobi Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was his second win from first two starts (after a runaway victory at Pinjarra earlier in the month) to emulate the performance of his dam English Elegance, whom was successful at her first two starts, as a two-year-old at Addington in April-May 2007 before she finished a close third at her next start, in a group 1 $75,000 event for fillies at Alexandra Park. English Elegance, by American stallion Camtasticus, was retired as a three-year-old with a record of five wins, six placings and $82,936 from 13 starts and Elegant Christian is her sixth foal. Elegant Christian is trained by Gary Hall sen., who also had Pelusiac, an easy winner at his first two starts, engaged in the race. Gary Hall jun. chose to drive the Washinghton VC gelding in preference to Elegant Christian, who gave Kim Prentice a welcome 52nd birthday present. Pelusiac, who had won his first two starts by margins of eight lengths and four lengths, was a warm 7/4 on favourite from the outside (barrier two) on the back line. Elegant Christian was drawn out wide, at No. 6 on the front line, but was a well-supported 9/4 second fancy. Polemarker All Williams (12/1) led for the first 350m before Pelusiac took up the running, with Prentice quickly getting Elegant Christian into the breeze. After a third quarter in 29.4sec., Elegant Christian applied considerable pressure on Pelusiac and got on terms with 220m to travel. Elegant Christian gained the upper hand 100m from home and went on to beat Pelusiac by 1m at a 1.59 rate after the final 400m was covered in 28sec. Soho Star, the third runner in the race trained by Hall sen., raced in the one-out, one-back position before fighting on to third to give Hall a trifecta result which returned a dividend of $13.40 for a $1 investment. LOVING YOU MAKES QUITE AN IMPRESSION Loving You, a filly by Art Major, revived memories of Victorian pacer Impressionist’s victory in the group 1 Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park in January 1992 when she gave a bold frontrunning display to outclass her rivals in the 2130m Big Breakfast Show Pace on Friday night. Loving You, owned by Neven Botica, trained by Peter Tilbrook and driven by Shannon Suvaljko, was a heavily-supported 5/2 on favourite who set the pace and defeated outsider Firth of Tay by four and a half lengths. Loving You is related on her dam’s side to Impressionist, who was driven by star Victorian horseman Ted Demmler to victory over Whitbys Miss Penny in the 1992 Golden Nugget. Loving You is the third foal out of Roustabout, whose great granddam Tilla was the mother of Impressionist, who ended his career with a splendid record of 56 starts for 23 wins and 12 placings for earnings of $427,005. Roustabout is a half-sister to two-year-old Pelusiac, who finished a close second in the opening event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Roustabout’s first foal is Arousing, a winner at Northam last Tuesday night after winning at Pinjarra the previous week. Arousing, also owned by Botica, has earned $46,873 from six wins and 16 placings from 55 starts. Roustabout, by Christian Cullen, was retired after having 12 starts for four wins, two placings and $33,171 in stakes. She won twice in WA, at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park in March 2006. Herr Gloucester Park success was by a nose over Precious Maiden in the group 3 Empress Stakes. Loving You, who finished third behind Frith in the group 1 WA Oaks in May this year, went into Friday night’s race with a losing sequence of 11. But she looked outstanding from the No. 2 barrier on the front line. Indomitable, a 10/1 chance, began speedily from barrier six, but was unable to cross to the lead, with Loving You kicking up strongly on her inside. Nathan Turvey then was able to get Indomitable across to the pegs after 350m to take the trail behind Loving You. Eselar (10/1) raced three wide before getting to the breeze after 700m and she faded to finish ninth. Indomitable did not threaten danger and finished tenth. Zonya, a last-start Northam winner for trainer Mike Beech, caught the eye in coming from 12th at the bell to be a fast-finishing third. BUTCHER HURT AND EGERTON-GREEN SEIZES HIS OPPORTUNITY A fall when driving trackwork on Thursday left young reinsman Shane Butcher stiff and sore and unable to take the drive behind Ohoka Samson in the 2130m Drivetime With Stewart Maister Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Part-owner and trainer Kade Howson then engaged Dylan Egerton-Green, who made the most of the unexpected opportunity to land the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old an easy winner. Ohoka Samson, heavily supported to start favourite at 5/4 on, made the most of the favourable No. 2 barrier and he set a solid pace before sprinting over the final 800m in 56.8sec. to win at a 1.58.2 rate by three and a half lengths from Imtheguy (11/1), who finished gamely after racing three back on the pegs. Polemarker Arch On Fire (7/1) ran on solidly to be a head away in third place after trailing the leader all the way. Ohoka Samson, owned by Howson in partnership with the gelding’s New Zealand breeders Lorraine and Pero Smith, has been plagued by injury throughout his career. After winning at three of his eight starts in New Zealand and once from two starts in Victoria, Ohoka Samson has had only 20 starts in Western Australia for nine wins and five placings to take his career record to 30 starts for 13 wins, eight placings and $102,714. Ohoka Samson fractured his pelvis in a fall in April 2009 and was unable to race for 19 months. He resumed in November 2010 when he ran two seconds before winning six in a row. He damaged a tendon in the winter of 23011 and was forced on to the sidelines for 24 months. He resumed racing at Bunbury on July 13 this year and his first five starts in his comeback campaign have produced two wins, two seconds and a tenth placing. MEXICANO INHERITS THE ABILITY OF PRECIOUS MAIDEN Mexicano, who revealed outstanding potential as an early two-year-old in New Zealand, gave promise of better things to come when he recorded his first Australian victory with an impressive win in the 2130m TABform Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. After two fourths and a second at his first three appearances in Western Australia, Mexicano gave a sample of his class when he raced three wide for the first 250m and then outside the pacemaker and even-money favourite Grand Cru before surging to the front on the home turn and beating Grand Cru by two lengths. Trained at Bickley by Peter Anderson and driven with supreme confidence by Morgan Woodley, Mexicano, third favourite at 13/2, will now have a short spell before being prepared for feature events for four-year-olds in the coming summer months. After Grand Cru had coasted through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31.5sec. and 30.7sec., the final quarters went by in 28.4sec. and 29sec. and Mexicano rated 1.59.5. He won at his debut, at Alexandra Park in December 2011 when he sprinted over the final 800m in 28.2sec. and beat Slick Chapel before he finished a head second at his next start to Ohoka Punter, who has developed into a star performer, earning $478,402 from his ten wins and seven placings from his first 17 starts. Ohoka Punter’s successes include the $200,000m Victoria Derby at Melton last February and the $246,000 New Zealand Northern Derby a month later. Mexicano, who is owned by Ian Sermon, Lee Bunney, Greg Newbold, Peter and Michael Pike, Tracey Sermon, Dave Morley and Gary Charlton, is by Christian Cullen and is the first foal out of Precious Maiden, who was retired after earning $158,498 from 12 wins and 28 placings from 70 starts. Precious Maiden, a winner of two races in New Zealand, was trained in Western Australia by Grant Williams and won at each of her first three starts in the State in February-March 2006. At her final appearance she finished second to Jilsander in the group 3 Mares Mile at Gloucester Park in December 2007. BRILLIANT START PAVES THE WAY FOR THE BLACK LORD A flying start by The Black Lord paved the way for the New Zealand-bred five-year-old’s smart win in the 2130m Afternoons With Peter O’Neill Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Despite his easy victory when he raced three wide for much of the way at Bunbury at his previous outing, a fortnight earlier, The Black Lord was sent out at the liberal odds of 17/1 in a race in which Victorian newcomer Barkers Hall (5/4) and polemarker Saint Petersburg (11/4) dominated betting. Aiden De Campo got The Black Lord away brilliantly from the No. 3 barrier and the Elsu gelding sped to the front after 150m and bowled along in front before sprinting the final 400m in 28.8sec. to beat 16/1 chance Myouri by a half-length at a 1.59.1 rate. Im Clean Cut, who raced three back on the pegs, ran on well to be third. The Black Lord, trained at Henley Brook by Chelsey Harding, shows good promise and has a record of seven wins and eight placings from 39 starts for stakes of $39,097. His dam Visa Girl is a full-sister to Lord Miles, who raced with Great Success in Perth in 2000 and 2001 when he had 19 starts for seven wins and four placings. His wins included the $20,000 Country Cup at Gloucester Park in November 2000 and the Christmas Gift in December 2001 when he defeated The Die Is Cast, Chivalrous Fella and Baltic Eagle. He retired with earnings of $143,072 from 21 wins and 27 placings from 103 starts. GDAY MATE ENDS A LOSING SEQUENCE OF 27 New Zealand-bred six-year-old Gday Mate ended a losing sequence of 27 and broke a 14-month drought when young Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice brought him home with a sparkling burst of speed to score an easy win in the 2503m Late Nights With Ashleigh Paikos Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His previous success was also in a 2503m stand in June of last year. Gday Mate, a 13/2 chance, started from barrier four on the front line and Prentice had the gelding travelling smoothly in the one-wide line before he finished boldly from fifth at the bell to burst to the front 250m from home. He sprinted the final 400m in 28.3sec. and beat 2/1 favourite J Walker by three lengths, with the pacemaker To Transcend (3/1) seven lengths farther back in third place. J Walker will pay to follow. He was eighth at the bell and after being switched four wide by Robbie Williams with 450m to travel, he finished powerfully. Gday Mate, bred in New Zealand by Lorraine and Pero Smith, has had 77 starts for 11 wins, 29 placings and $130,033.He is a younger full-brother of smart open-class performer Please Release Me, who has earned $232,820 from 20 wins and 33 placings from 84 starts. SMOOTH CAESAR MAKES THE MOST OF PRIZED No. 1 BARRIER Giant pacer Smooth Caesar outmuscled his 11 rivals when he made full use of the prized No. 1 barrier when Shannon Suvaljko drove him to an all-the-way victory in the 1730m Friday Morning Pacing Preview Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Punters rallied to support Smooth Caesar, trained at Mardella by Matthew Henwood, and the seven-year-old gelding was a warm 5/4 on favourite. Loaded Aussie was smartest to begin from barrier three, but was unable to cross to the pegs, with Suvaljko driving Smooth Caesar hard to maintain the lead. Kissed Flush, who started from the outside of the back line, was sent forward by Colin Brown in the early stages to take up the position in the breeze. Criminal Minds finished fast from ninth at the bell to be a close second, with Kissed Flush holding on to be third, in front of Soho Monza, who fought on from eighth with a lap to travel. Smooth Caesar, whose dam Hilarion Lass had 48 starts for five wins, ten placings and $9209, has raced 60 times for nine wins, 14 placings and stakes of $66,549. BACKAS COBBER MAKING A GOOD START TO HIS WA CAREER Six-year-old Backas Cobber, who arrived in Western Australia from Victoria about five weeks ago with a losing sequence of 29, notched his second win at his third start in the State when he held on to score a narrow victory in the 2130m 1206AM Trotters Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Owned by Bruce and Pauline Stanley, Backas Cobber is trained at Wundowie by Bruce Stanley, who drove the gelding assertively. Backas Cobber started from the inside of the back, line and Stanley wasted no time in easing the gelding off the pegs and dashing him forward. Ryan Bell got last-start winner Idle Maple away with a fast start from barrier five and the seven-year-old led for the first 600m before Stanley got Backas Cobber to the front. This left Hot Holiday in the breeze and that trotter finished with great determination to finish a nose behind Backas Cobber, who rated 2.3.4. Backas Cobber has raced 101 times for 18 wins and 23 placings for stakes of $154,716. He is a half-brother to Backa Beyond, who had 35 starts in WA a couple of years ago form one win from 35 starts in that State. by Ken Casellas  

GRAND CRU IS BRED TO BE A STAR Grand Cru, a son of Under Cover Lover, one of the best mares to have raced in Australasia in the past 15 years, should end his campaign as a three-year-old on a winning note by proving too strong for his 11 rivals in the 2130m TABform Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Hazelmere by Mike Reed, Grand Cru is a noted frontrunner who is certain to appreciate the prized No. 1 barrier and he should end a losing sequence of five. He will be handled by his regular reinsman Shannon Suvaljko, who is in sparkling form, having scored with All Williams (5/2) and Modern Love (11/2) at Pinjarra on Monday and with 7/1 chance Sign In at Northam on Tuesday night. The New Zealand-bred Grand Cru did not race as a two-year-old and he has had 17 starts for Reed in Western Australia for three wins and six placings. He set the pace at his two most recent wins, at Gloucester Park in February and at Northam in April. Under Cover Lover, by the American stallion In The Pocket, was an outstanding performer who was retired to the stud after winning by six lengths over 2200m at Alexandra Park in December 2000 at her final start. She amassed $864,923 from 21 wins (15 in New Zealand and six in Australia) and 22 placings from 70 starts. Grand Cru, by Bettors Delight, is her seventh foal. Grand Cru’s most serious rivals appear to be Dardy Delight (barrier two) and the only other New Zealand-bred pacer in the race, Mexicano (barrier three). Dardy Delight, a winner at Bridgetown and Narrogin earlier this year, raced wide early and then gained a good sit, one-out and one-back, before getting to the front 120m from home and then wilting to third behind La Bella Flame and Coolest Easton over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. He led early and then sat behind the pacemaker when a sound third to Another Vinnie and Truckers Buckeroo over 2100m at Bunbury at his previous outing. Mexicano, a winner of two races in New Zealand (as a two-year-old on debut, beating Slick Chapel at Alexandra Park) and at Addington as an early three-year-old last November, has started favourite at his first three starts in WA, for a second to Bettor Giddyup at Gloucester Park and fourths behind Desgerrado at Northam and La Bella Flame at Pinjarra. He is capable of improvement. Batavia Comet, who will start from the No. 4 barrier, warmed up for the race with an encouraging effort at Northam on Tuesday night when he sustained a spirited burst from ninth at the bell to get up and beat the pacemaker Gamblers Power. HALL POISED TO LAND THE TRIFECTA IN THE OPENING EVENT Punters keen to build up a bank at Gloucester Park on Friday night should invest on the trifecta in the opening event, the TABtouch.Mobi Pace, and select leading trainer Gary Hall senior’s three runners, Pelusiac, Elegant Christian and Soho Starr. All three geldings are racing with tremendous zest and should fight out the finish of the 2130m event for two-year-olds. My suggestion for the trifecta would be to select Pelusiac as the winner and couple the other Hall runners for second and third. The New Zealand-bred Pelusiac has been most impressive in scoring effortless victories at his first two starts, beating All Williams by eight lengths at a 1.58.7 rate over 2185m at Pinjarra three Mondays ago and then winning by four lengths from Soho Starr, rating 1.59.2 over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Monday of last week when he sped over the final 800m in 56.4sec. Pelusiac will start from the outside (barrier two) on the back line, with Soho Starr starting from the No. 2 barrier on the front line and Elegant Christian out wide at No. 6. Soho Starr started from barrier seven, settled in last position and finished strongly from sixth at the bell when a last-start second to Pelusiac. He worked hard in the breeze before winning at Northam and Gloucester Park in July. Elegant Christian, bred in New Zealand, made an outstanding debut when he set a brisk pace and won by four lengths from Batavia Ace over 1684m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. He was not extended in sprinting over the final 800m, 56sec. and he rated 1.56.8. All Williams, trained by Peter Anderson, broke through for his first win when he raced behind the pacemaker Samuel Colt and made full use of the controversial sprint lane to get up and snatch victory by a nose from that gelding over 2185m at a 2.4.1 rate at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. He will again be driven by Shannon Suvaljko from the prized No. 1 barrier. HAS THE ANSWERS LOOKS THE GOODS FROM THE No. 1 BARRIER Evergreen champion Has The Answers has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and the noted frontrunning speedster should lead his rivals on a merry dance in the 2130m Racing Radio Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Morgan Woodley should get the hardy ten-year-old straight to the front and there does not appear to be another runner on the front line capable of applying great pressure in the first lap. Sneakyn Down Under, the other ten-year-old in the field, is the solitary runner on the back line and this will prevent Darren Duffy from getting to the breeze in the early stages. Sneakyn Down Under started from the outside of the front line in the 2536m August Cup last Friday night and Duffy restrained him back to last before he followed the three-wide runs of Ima Rocket Star and Shardons Rocket to move to the breeze in the middle stages and put pressure on the pacemaking Has The Answers. Has The Answers defied the challenge from Sneakyn Down Under and fought on grandly to finish a 2m second to the fast-finishing Uppy Son. Sneakyn Down Under was a nose away in third place. Has The Answers proved the master of Sneakyn Down Under three starts ago when he raced in sixth place in the one-wide line and flashed home from fifth at the 100m mark to narrowly defeat the pacemaking Sneaky Down Under at a 1.53.8 rate over 1730m. Has The Answers, an equine millionaire, should again prove too good for Sneakyn Down Under and chalk up his 76th victory at his 240th start. HALL AND NORTHVIEW PUNTER ARE A DEVASTATING COMBINATION Champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. has driven Northview Punter 12 times for eight wins, three seconds and one third and this devastating combination should strike again when they join forces in the 2130m Mornings With Matt McDermott Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Northview Punter resumed in style after a four-month absence when Shane Butcher drove him to an easy victory over 2130m at a 1.57.4 rate at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. The classy colt settled down in the one-out, one-back position before moving outside the pacemaker Bettors Ace after a lap. He swept to the front 320m from home and won by 5m from Zamaye. That took the New Zealand-bred three-year-old’s record to ten wins and five placings from just 18 starts. Northview Punter is unfavourably drawn on the outside of the back line on Friday night, but he has the ability to overcome this disadvantage. His chief rival is likely to be his stablemate Slick Chapel, who will start from the outside (No. 7) on the front line. Slick Chapel, who has won at four of his 19 starts, resumed after a spell at Gloucester Park last Friday week when he covered a good deal of extra ground and finished fourth behind Ohoka Assassin. He is sure to be improved by that outing, his first run for four months. One runner who is sure to have many admirers is Desgerrado, who is in line to complete a hat-trick after strong wins at Northam and Gloucester Park. Desgerrado outclassed his nine rivals when he set the pace and scored by more than eight lengths from Banned For Life over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Monday of last week. He has been driven in all of his 28 starts by part-owner and trainer Ray Retzlaff, who will hand the reins over to Nathan Turvey. Retzlaff is serving a 19-day suspension for causing interference in a race at Northam. Desgerrado will start from barrier three on the back line and cannot be underestimated. BUTCHER CHOSEN TO DRIVE OHOKA SAMSON Part-owner and trainer Kade Howson has engaged talented young reinsman Shane Butcher to drive smart but injury-plagued seven-year-old Ohoka Samson in the 2130m Drivetime With Stewart Maister Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to enable the New Zealand-bred gelding to qualify for a start in an event restricted to M1-class pacers. Ohoka Samson, is on a M2 mark, but can contest Friday night’s event with Howson making use of Butcher’s concession as a junior driver. Ohoka Samson, a winner at 12 of his 29 starts, is handily drawn at No. 2 on the front line and looks set to fight out the finish with last-start winners Heavens Delight, Kotare Ash, Arch On Fire and Real Hammer. Howson drove Ohoka Samson at his previous outing when the gelding was a most unlucky second to Bulldozer in a fast-run 2130m event at Gloucester Park last Friday week. Ohoka Samson worked hard in the breeze for the second part of the race and crossed the line locked together with the pacemaking Bulldozer. There was a malfunction with the photo-finish equipment and Bulldozer was declared the winner by a nose. Two starts before that Ohoka Samson burst to the front in the middle stages and went on to win over 2100m from Bledisloe and Chaldea at Bunbury. Another M2-class pacer, Kotare Ash, will contest Friday night’s event, with trainer and senior reinsman Chris Brew in the sulky. In races in which there are concessions for junior drivers, mares are eligible to drop down a class.’ Kotare Ash will have many admirers after finishing strongly to win at her past two starts, over 1730m at Gloucester Park last Friday week and over 2130m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. by Ken Casellas

Advancing years have not dimmed the brilliance of rising 11-year-old Sneakyn Down Under, who gave a typical powerful frontrunning performance to crush his rivals in the $35,000 Howard Porter Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Driven with supreme confidence by part-owner and trainer Darren Duffy, Sneakyn Down Under earned a reprieve from a proposed retirement when he stormed to victory by just over a length from Franco Renegade, rating 1.56.8 over the 2130m journey. This ended a losing sequence of ten and boosted Sneakyn Down Under’s earnings to $421,364 from 25 wins and 16 placings from 82 starts. It was the gelding’s first success for eight months and his impressive return to form prompted Duffy to reconsider his retirement plans for the big, rangy New Zealand-bred gelding. It was an historic victory, with Sneakyn Down Under maintaining his dominance in the Porter Memorial, a race he won in 2009 and 2012. No other pacer has won the group 3 event more than once since Pure Steel won the inaugural Porter Memorial in 1978. Sneakyn Down Under, favourite at 2/1, began with his usual brilliance from barrier four and dashed past Shardons Rocket to take up the running after 120m. After covering the first 400m section of the final mile in 30.6sec., Sneakyn Down Under gave the opposition little chance of overhauling him as he sped over the final three quarters in 28.8sec., 28.3sec. and 28sec. Franco Renegade (13/4) raced three back on the pegs before finishing strongly to deprive Shardons Rocket of second place. Has The Answers raced four back on the pegs and ran home gamely to be fourth. Sneakyn Down Under raced 11 times in New Zealand for two wins over 2700m as a three-year-old at Forbury before arriving in Western Australia. By American stallion Badlands Hanover, he is out of Sneaky Peak, the dam of Countess Kala, winner of the Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park in December 1999. OHOKA ASSASSIN BOOSTS STABLE’S HOPES IN THE GOLDEN NUGGET Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred three-year-old Ohoka Assassin emerged as an excellent second string runner for the powerful Greg and Skye Bond stable in the rich Golden Nugget Classic late this year when he gave a bold frontrunning display to win the 2536m Premier Suzuki Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Bonds have high hopes with Condrieu in the Golden Nugget, and Ohoka Assassin, fit now after being laid low by a leg problem earlier this year. “Ohoka Assassin has had a few little hiccups along the way and he damaged a hock soon after arriving in WA,” said Greg Bond. “We haven’t probably seen the best of him yet and I’m hoping that he will measure up for the Nugget. He’s got more than his share of ability.” Ohoka Assassin, favourite at 5/2 from the No. 1 barrier on the front line, was sent straight to the front by Ryan Warwick and he relished his pacemaking role. He sprinted over the final 800m in 56.9sec. and won by 1m from 4/1 third fancy Another Vinnie, who finished strongly from tenth in the middle stages and sixth at the bell. Conniving Major Dave impressed at his Gloucester park debut in finishing boldly from eighth at the bell to be third, with Slick Chapel, second favourite at 11/4, a fighting fourth after working hard, three wide and then in the breeze. Rocky Marciano also lost few admirers when he sustained a strong finishing burst from the rear to finish fifth. Ohoka Assassin won once from seven New Zealand starts and his two wins from seven WA appearances have taken his record to 14 starts for three wins, five placings and $30,575. His win came three nights after his four-year-old full-brother Ohoka Colorado was successful at Menangle to improve his record to nine wins, 13 placings and $74,725 from 42 starts. Ohoka Assassin’s dam, the Falcon Seelster mare Millwood Krystal has also produced Ohoka Arizona (20 starts for eight wins, four placings and $273,498), Ohoka Samson (29 starts for 12 wins, eight placings and $91,164), Ohoka Detroit (28 starts for four wins, six placings and $14,845) and Millwood Manhattan (19 starts for three wins, three placings and $40,364). Ohoka Arizona was an outstanding juvenile in New Zealand in 2007 when he finished well ahead of Im Themightyquinn in several races. His wins included a group 1 classic at Addington, two group 3 events and a win in the $200,000 Emerald for colts and geldings. He also finished a close second in the group 1 Sires Stakes at Addington. UNSOCIABLE MIGHTY FLYING THOMAS BECOMES A GENTLEMAN Mighty Flying Thomas is an unsociable gelding, generally unfriendly and ill-tempered and with a mind of his own. But he is a favourite at the Bickley stables of Peter Anderson because of his fierce determination, his tenacity and tremendous will-to-win. He was at his cantankerous worst when Anderson took him to Narrogin for his Western Australian debut in July of last year. He simply refused to score up at two attempts and was withdrawn by the stewards. Not amused at this punishment, Mighty Flying Thomas then dug his toes in and required a great deal of persuasion from reinsman Morgan Woodley to eventually leave the track and return to his stall in the birdcage. It was a long, wet and cold night for all concerned. However, Mighty Flying Thomas has responded to Anderson’s patient care and Woodley’s skill in the sulky to develop into an almost perfect gentleman on the track, invariably getting away swiftly and racing with tremendous zest. His speed, strength and wonderful fighting qualities have enabled him to become a shining light in his current campaign and he kept up his fine work with a notable triumph over 2/1 on favourite Pacific Warrior in the 2536m Nepean Conveyors Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Mighty Flying Thomas, second fancy at 11/2, began speedily from the No. 4 barrier and after racing four wide in the early stages Woodley deftly manoeuvred the gelding into the one-out, one-back position as Showdownatmidnight worked his way past the polemarker I Am legend to take up the running after 300m. Woodley then seized the initiative, vacating the prime one-out, one-back spot after 500m and dashing Mighty Flying Thomas forward, three wide, before bursting to the front 150m later. Woodley gave Mighty Flying Thomas a breather with a leisurely first 400m section of the final mile in 32.1sec. and then he increased the tempo, reeling off quarters in 28.9sec., 28.7sec. and 28.6sec. as he kept Pacific Warrior (in the breeze) at bay on the way to recording a splendid victory by just under a length, rating 1.58.7. To maintain such a high speed and cover the final 1200m in 1min. 26.sec. was an outstanding effort by the five-year-old Mighty Flying Thomas. That time certainly compares favourably with the final 1200m in 1min. 25.1sec. recorded by open-class star Sneakyn Down Under when he won the Howard Porter Memorial, over the shorter 2130m journey later in the program. Mighty Flying Thomas is undefeated at three attempts over 2536m at Gloucester Park. Not only is he a redoubtable stayer, but he is a very smart sprinter who is being set for the $10,000 Mount Eden Golden Mile over 1750m at Kalgoorlie on September 17. Mighty Flying Thomas has had 13 starts in WA for six wins and three placings and his career record stands at 12 wins and ten placings for stakes of $87,213 from just 40 starts. While he is performing strongly, so, too, is his six-year-old half-sister Flying Pocketlands, who took her record to 21 wins, 29 placings and $442,423 from 90 starts when she won the listed classic, the Alabar Breeders Crown Graduate Mares Free-For-All at Ballarat on Saturday of last week. IM ELSA ENDS LOSING RUN OF 20 AND GIVES ANDREWS A DOUBLE New Zealand-bred mare Im Elsa bounced back to her best form and ended a losing sequence of 20 when she scored an impressive all-the-way victory in the 1730m Gannon’s Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She started favourite at 7/4 and her win over Sovereign Grange (11/1) and Bettor Whitby (15/1) completed a training double for Wes Andrews, who was successful earlier in the night with It And A Bit. Aiden de Campo got Im Elsa away speedily from barrier three and the six-year-old got past polemarker Siena Franco and into the lead after 200m. She set a solid pace and was never seriously threatened. She covered the final 800m in 58.3sec. and rated 1.57.1. This took Im Elsa’s record to nine wins and 19 placings for stakes of $112,632 from 63 starts. A winner of four races in New Zealand, she has raced 32 times in WA for five wins and seven placings. At her third start in WA she won the group 3 $35,000 WA Mares Mile from Artemis Belle at Gloucester Park in December 2011. By former star pacer Elsu, Im Elsa is out of Champagne Party, who won at 14 of her 40 starts and earned $152,445. Her wins included the group 2 Queen of the Pacific at Moonee Valley in June 2002. Champagne Party’s dam Bee Gee’s Dream produced star performers in Party Party (45 starts for 13 wins, 23 placings and $251,236) and Another Party (149 starts for 31 wins, 42 placings and $888,678). AIDEN de CAMPO BRINGS UP HIS CENTURY Outstanding young Capel reinsman Aiden de Campo notched a century of winners in a season for the first time when he drove The Black Lord to victory in the 2100m Happy 50th Johnny Ryan Pace at Bunbury on Saturday night. The Black Lord, trained by Chelsey Harding, was favourite at 6/4 and he surged home from sixth at the bell to win in fine style from Off The Chain. BLACK PONTIAC RELISHES HIS FRONTRUNNING ROLE Victorian-bred pacer Black Pontiac has struck a purple patch for Orange Grove trainer-reinsman Donald Harper and he notched his fifth win from his past 12 starts when he set the pace and held on grimly to defeat the fast-finishing Imtheguy by a head in the 1730m West Australian Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Harper made the most of the perfect No. 1 barrier and Black Pontiac set a fast pace, recording a slick rate of 1.55.3 after sprinting over the final 800m in 56.9sec. Black Pontiac was second favourite at 9/4 and he defied the pressure applied by 11/8 favourite Real Hammer, who got his head in front at the bell, but was unable to forge to a clear lead. Imtheguy(6/1) enjoyed a perfect run behind the pacemaker before issuing a spirited late challenge. Lewis Hamilton (33/1) raced three back on the pegs and finished strongly to be third. Real Hammer wilted to finish fourth after working without cover throughout. Black Pontiac, owned by Tara Sweet, had 11 starts in Victoria for five wins and three placings before arriving in WA where his 63 starts have produced ten wins and seven placings. By Grinfromeartoear, Black Pontiac is the second foal out of Short And Black, who had 47 starts for ten wins, 11 placings and stakes of $53,619. Short And Black’s first foal Falcons legend is still racing in Queensland where he has earned $63,860 from 14 wins and 24 placings from 118 starts. Short And Black is one of the nine winners out of Gaviston, a daughter of Gavigold, whose nine winners included No Damage (294 starts for 46 wins, 94 placings and $240,428) and Natures Fury (317 starts for 48 wins, 104 placings and $422,193). BULLDOZER CONTINUES ON HIS MERRY WAY Victorian-bred pacer Bulldozer, claimed for $9000 by Banjup trainer Annie Belton 13 months ago, is proving a wonderful bargain. The six-year-old maintained his sound form when he surged to the front after 300m, set a brisk pace and held on to score a narrow win in the 2130m Yes Loans Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A warm favourite at 5/4, Bulldozer had to be driven right out by Chris Lewis to hold on and beat Ohoka Samson (11/1) by a nose after a photo-finish malfunction left the judges to make a decision in a desperately close finish. The judges were unanimous in their declaration that Bulldozer had hung on by the barest possible margin. Ohoka Samson started from the outside of the front line and Kade Howson restrained him back to last in the field of 11 before he dashed the gelding forward after 700m. Ohoka Samson moved outside the pacemaker at the 1100m mark and he sustained a spirited finishing effort to cross the line locked together with Bulldozer. Wrongly Accused (9/2) ran home solidly along the pegs to be a close third after trailing the pacemaker. Bulldozer, a Courage Under Fire gelding, was acquired by Belton after contesting a claimer at Warragul in August of last year and he now has raced 21 times for his new owner for five wins and five placings for stakes of $57,521. His career record now stands at 99 starts for 15 wins, 28 placings and $118,677. A half-brother to The Sentry, who earned $452,452 from 23 wins and 13 placings from 61 starts, Bulldozer looks set to continue to be a good moneyspinner. KOTARE ASH CHARGES HOME FROM A “HOPELESS” POSITION Kotare Ash, seemingly in a hopeless position when locked in on the pegs in sixth position 250m from home, was eased into the clear by Kaiden Hayter on the turn and sprinted brilliantly to get up and snatch a thrilling last-stride victory over Riverboat Ning in the 1730m Brear And Doonan Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hayter, who was having his first drive behind the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old mare for Serpentine trainer Chris Brew, had her travelling well three back on the pegs all the way while polemarker and 5/4 on favourite Libra Belle was bowling along in front for Dean Miller. Riverboat Ning (8/1) trailed the pacemaker and when Peter Tilbrook eased her off the pegs 225m from home, Hayter was able to get off the pegs and follow Niverboat Ning, who looked certain to win when she swept to the front 70m from the post. But Kotare Ash sprouted wings to overhaul Riverboat Ning right on the line. Arch On Fire ran home gamely to be third, while Libra Belle wilted to fifth. Kotare Ash, a 17/1 tote chance, rated 1.57.3 and ended a losing sequence of 18 and improved her record to 42 starts for nine wins, nine placings and $85,047. Kotare Ash’s victory was the beginning of a great weekend for Hayter, who landed a double at Bunbury on Saturday night. He was successful with the Brian Clemens-trained Asbo (5/2) in the Sky Channel Pace and 30 minutes later he drove his own nomination Pacific Playboy (20/1) to a fast-finishing victory over Tate Gully Gold in the GWN7 Handicap over 2500m. KISS CHASEY ENDS A GOOD NIGHT FOR LEWIS Champion reinsman Chris Lewis completed a double at Gloucester Park on Friday night when 11/1 chance Kiss Chasey proved too strong for his 11 rivals in the final event, 2130m SEW-Eurodrive Westbred Pathway Pace. Kiss Chasey, a five-year-old by Yankee Sensation trained at Oakford by Ross Olivieri and owned by Lewis’s wife Debra, raced three wide early before charging to the front in the first circuit and then setting a solid pace, with Smooth Caesar working hard in the breeze. Moonlight Rockhole finished strongly from eighth at the bell to be second, a length behind the winner, with the 7/4 on favourite Sparkling Seelster a fast-finishing and unlucky third. Sparkling Seelster lacked dash from the No. 1 barrier, with Loaded Aussie beginning speedily from barrier five to take up the early running. Sparkling Seelster was hemmed in on the pegs in seventh position at the bell and did not obtain a clear passage until late in the race. Kiss Chasey has been a good performer for Olivieri, with the gelding’s 25 starts producing seven wins, seven placings and $52,969 in prizemoney. Lewis was successful earlier in the night with Bulldozer in the Yes Loans Pace. Kiss Chasey is out of former smart performer Hello Boys, who raced 55 times for 12 wins, 17 placings and $89,541. Hello Boys, a half-sister to former top-flight mare Party Date, is out of Boom Or Bust, a winner at eight of her 36 starts. Party Date earned $256,003 from 25 wins and 27 placings from 111 starts. Her victories included the 2004 Ladyship Cup at Moonee Valley and the 2005 Easter Cup at Gloucester Park. IT AND A BIT GETS THE JOB DONE IN FINE STYLE Victorian-bred pacer It And A Bit, related to 1990 WA Derby winner Pappy McCoy, showed that he should win more races for Brookdale trainer Wes Andrews when Ben Keiley drove him to a convincing all-the-way victory in the 2130m Del Basso Smallgoods Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A heavily-supported 9/4 favourite, It And A Bit was smartest to begin from the No. 1 barrier and he won by one and a half lengths from Cup of Life (who trailed him throughout), with 40/1 chance Veitchy running into third place after racing three back on the pegs. Franco Hendrix, who raced four back on the pegs, rattled home along the inside from ninth at the 300m to be fourth. It And A Bit dashed over the final 400m in 28.6sec. and rated 1.57.7. It And A Bit, a winner of nine races in Victoria, has had 28 starts in WA for four wins and seven placings. He is still eligible for metropolitan maiden events with a handy record of 13 wins and 39m placings for stakes of $88,202 from 107 starts. It And A Bit’s maternal granddam Meagan Brooke produced talented South Australian pacer Pappy McCoy, who included the 1990 WA Derby among his 31 wins in a splendid 111-start career which netted $327,932 in prizemoney. WHOS MISTAKE, CLAIMED FOR $8000, CONTINUES HIS WINNING WAYS When Victorian horseman Geoff Webster outlaid $8000 to claim Whos Mistake at Melton in June 2012 he certainly did not predict that the Victorian-bred pacer would be such an outstanding moneyspinner. Webster sent Whos Mistake to Western Australia to be prepared by ace trainer Gary Hall sen. But Whos Mistake managed just one third placing from his first seven starts for Hall before being sent for a spell. Hall revitalised the gelding who resumed racing after a four-month absence with a runaway 11-length victory in moderate company in Albany last January. At Gloucester Park on Friday night Whos Mistake maintained his splendid form with a narrow victory over Gday Mate in the 2503m Alltools Handicap. That took his record for Webster and Hall to 28 starts for six wins and ten placings for stakes of $82,735. His career record now stands at 114 starts for 16 wins, 23 placings and $122,600. Whos Mistake started from the 10m mark and second fancy at 7/2 on Friday night and Gary Hall jun. got him away brilliantly, while the 5/4 on favourite Balleybofey galloped badly on the front line. Whos Mistake surged to the front after 280m and Hall rated him well in front before the seven-year-old sprinted over the final 400m in 28.3sec. He held on doggedly to beat 20/1 chance Gday Mate by a nose, with Johnny Diamond a solid third after trailing the pacemaker. Balleybofey made up a great deal of ground and ran on along the inside from ninth on the home turn to finish fifth. by Ken Casellas

The Howard Porter Memorial has been run 32 times and Sneakyn Down Under is the only horse to have won the group 3 event twice. Now part-owner, trainer-reinsman Darren Duffy is setting his sights on guiding the speedy ten-year-old to victory in the $35,000 race over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Sneakyn Down Under is handily drawn at barrier four on the front line and he appears to have excellent prospects of bursting to the front in the early stages. He started from the outside of the back line and charged home from ninth at the bell to win the Porter Memorial from Indian Giver and Mysta Magical Mach in 2009. He did not contest the race in 2010 and 2011 before he began brilliantly from the No. 3 barrier, set a fast pace and romped home to win the 2012 Porter Memorial by three and a half lengths from Lombo Navigator. Sneakyn Down Under showed a welcome return to form at Gloucester Park last Friday night when he set a fast pace from barrier two and was overhauled in the final couple of strides to finish a 1m second to the fast-finishing Has The Answers over 1730m. He had been unplaced at his previous nine starts. Has The Answers, who started from the back line and charged to the front after 600m before winning the Porter Memorial from Tartary Gladiator in 2011, is nicely drawn on the inside of the back line in this week’s event. He will be driven by Morgan Woodley, who was in the sulky when successful in the Porter Memorial in 2011 and again last week. Creating great interest will be the return to racing of top-flight pacer Lombo Navigator, who will start out wide at No. 5 on the front line at his first appearance since last February. Lombo Navigator finished strongly from sixth at the bell to be second to Sneakyn Down Under in last year’s Porter Memorial. He was unlucky when eighth behind Has The Answers the previous year when he raced three back on the pegs and was hopelessly blocked for a clear passage in the final circuit. Capel trainer Andrew De Campo has had the happy knack of producing Lombo Navigator in fine fettle for his first-up runs. Now a six-year-old, Lombo Navigator has raced first-up eight times in his 77-start career for three wins, three seconds, one third and one fifth placing. Lombo Navigator, who will be driven by Matt White, contested a 2185m trial at Pinjarra last Sunday week and finished solidly to be second, five length behind brilliant four-year-old Im Victorious, with the final 800m being covered in a sizzling 55.6sec. The Million To One gelding, with a splendid record of 24 wins and 26 placings and stakes of $547,449, is sure to have derived great benefit from that trial and should prove hard to beat. Uppy Son, who maintained his excellent form with a strong third behind Has The Answers and Sneakyn Down Under last week, will start from barrier three on the back line, cannot be overlooked, and Franco Renegade, Shardons Rocket and Can Return Fire will have admirers from barriers one, two and three, respectively, on the front line. Can Return Fire, to be driven by Colin Brown for trainers Greg and Skye Bond, extended his losing sequence to 30 last Friday night when fifth behind Has The Answers. He raced in seventh position before sprinting home fast, six wide, to finish only 2.2m from the winner. The Tony Svilicich-trained Shardons Rocket, a stablemate of Has The Answers, has a losing sequence of 17. But he is capable of causing an upset. He started off the back mark of 40m in the 3309m Marathon Handicap last Friday night and fought on grandly to finish a 4m second behind Balleybofey after working hard in the breeze over the final 1400m. SLICK CHAPEL SPARKLES AND IS READY TO RESUME IN STYLE A sparkling trial in fast time at Byford last Sunday morning was convincing proof that Slick Chapel is ready to resume after a spell with a flourish by winning the 2536m Premier Suzuki Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. has a high opinion of Slick Chapel, who has had a spell since he set a fast pace before wilting to finish sixth behind stablemate Alta Christiano in the WA Derby on April 19. Slick Chapel, a New Zealand-bred three-year-old, has won three races at Gloucester Park and one at Bunbury this season. He will start from barrier four on the back line on Friday night, but has the class to overcome that draw. His main rival, Another Vinnie, will start from the outside of the back line and Rocky Marciano, a winner of six races this season, is unfavourably drawn on the outside (No. 7) of the front line. Clint Hall drove Slick Chapel in Sunday morning’s 2150m trial in which the gelding rated 1.56.7 in winning by five lengths from Celtic Crusader. He sped over the final two 400m sections in 28.7sec. and 27.8sec. Hall will resume race driving next month and his brother Gary will be in the sulky on Friday night. Another Vinnie, trained at Bunbury by Frank Bonnett, is the best-performed runner in the race and looks set to fight out the finish. Busselton reinsman Aaron Beckett understands the gelding perfectly and he has brought him home with powerful, well-time bursts from the rear to win most of his races. He thundered home from tenth at the bell and sprinted over the final 400m in 27.8sec. to score an impressive victory over Truckers Buckeroo over 2100m at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park track last Saturday night. That took his record to 35 starts for 13 wins, 11 placings and earnings of $169,337.He surged home from last at the bell to win easily from Desgerrado and Big Ben Lombo at a 1.57.2 rate over 2130m at Gloucester Park eight nights earlier. Another Vinnie is one of six last-start winners in the race, the others being Soho Redford, Conniving Major Dave, Erskine Range, Big Ben Lombo and Bettor Giddyup. Conniving Major Dave, a winner of three races in New Zealand, has impressed at his first two starts in Australia for Capel trainer Andrew De Campo. Driven by the trainer’s son Aiden, Conniving Major Dave enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back before dashing to the front 250m from home and winning easily from Arden Torres at a 1.59.6 rate at Bunbury last Saturday night. He raced without cover when a fighting first-up second to Boy O Boy on the same track the previous Saturday night. WILLIAMS-TURVEY COMBINATION IS POISED TO STRIKE The powerful combination of Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams and Baldivis reinsman Nathan Turvey have bright prospects of landing a double at Gloucester Park on Friday night with Pacific Warrior and Balleybofey. The New Zealand-bred pacers are in top form and each looks certain to start a firm favourite. Pacific Warrior will start from the back line in the 2536m Nepean Conveyors Pace in which he will clash with the in-form Peter Anderson-trained Mighty Flying Thomas. Pacific Warrior, who has had 46 starts for 16 wins and 12 placings, raced out of his class last Friday night when he worked hard in the breeze outside the speedy Lucie Boshier before getting to the front on the home turn and then being beaten by the fast-finishing M3-class mare Leda McNally, who rated 1.56.7 over 2130m. He is sure to appreciate a return to an M1-class event this week. Two starts ago Pacific Warrior finished powerfully out very wide on the track to snatch a thrilling victory in a three-way photo finish from Condrieu and Mighty Flying Thomas in the John Higgins Memorial. He looks set to develop into a contender for feature events in the summer months. Seven-year-old Balleybofey looks one of the best bets on the ten-event program. He will start from barrier three on the front line in a 2503m stand, the Alltools Handicap. He looks the likely leader and should prove too strong for his ten rivals. Balleybofey started off the front and dashed to the lead after 400m before setting a very solid pace on his way to scoring an easy 4m victory over Shardons Rocket in the 3309m Marathon Handicap. He is in the best form of his career, with wins at six of his past ten starts. False Promise, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old in the stables of Greg and Skye Bond, has won at seven of his past 14 starts and appeals as one of Balleybofey’s main dangers. Whos Mistake, Turismo and Strongbow Lombo, who will start off the 10m mark, have been racing keenly over the winter months and will have admirers. Polemarker Johnny Diamond has won in good style in stands at Bunbury at his past two outings and should also be prominent. SPEEDY BULLDOZER MAKES STRONG APPEAL FROM GOOD DRAW Noted frontrunner Bulldozer should appreciate a favourable draw and looks set to fight out the finish of the 2130m Yes Loans Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The six-year-old, trained at Banjup by Annie Belton, will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line and Chris Lewis is likely to make use of his sparkling gate speed and make a bold bid for the early lead. Polemarker Wrongly Accused (Dylan Egerton-Green) possesses good early pace, but it is problematic whether he will be able to muster enough speed to hold out Bulldozer in the early stages. Bulldozer started from the inside of the back line in a 2130m event last Friday night and did not get clear until the late stages, when he finished full of running to be third behind Leda McNally and Pacific Warrior. Bulldozer, a former Victorian pacer, was a winner six starts ago when he led and defeated Taiaha over 2536m in mid-April. The Andrew De Campo-trained Harrison Maguire, a winner of five races in New Zealand and two in New South Wales, adds considerable interest to the race. He will start from the No. 2 barrier on the front line and Aiden De Campo could attempt to take an early lead with the Christian Cullen gelding who possesses good gate speed. Harrison Maguire started from the outside of the back line and was a 77/1 outsider on the tote at Gloucester Park last Friday night when he raced in seventh position on the pegs before finishing solidly to be fourth behind Leda McNally at his third start in Western Australia. He will be at considerably shorter odds this week. by Ken Casellas  

CLASS OF TARA GIVES ELSON HIS BIGGEST WIN AS A TRAINER Former Tasmanian Gary Elson achieved his biggest success as a trainer when Class of Tara crushed his rivals in the $125,000 Premier Suzuki Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he has high hopes that the record-breaking New Zealand-bred colt will emulate the deeds of his star pacer Crombie by winning the rich WA Derby next season. The Victorian-bred Crombie, owned by Elson, won the WA Derby by a head from David Hercules in April 2010 and went on to win another group 1 event, the McInerney Ford Classic in December 2010, before winning a heat of the interdominion championship in February 2012 and finishing second to Im Themightyquinn in the WA Pacing Cup last January. Elson is hoping that Class of Tara can follow in the footsteps of Crombie, who has earned $534,233 from 18 wins and 17 placings from 54 starts. He will now send Class of Tara for a spell before preparing him for the feature events for three-year-olds next season. The 58-year-old Victorian-born Elson purchased Class of Tara for $50,000 last November on the recommendation of New Zealand trainer-reinsman Robert Cameron, who then gave the Bettors Delight colt five starts for one win and two placings. At his final New Zealand start Class of Tara was most impressive in finishing a head second to Zacharia in a group 2 $40,000 event, rating 1.55.69 over 1950m at Addington in April this year. Class of Tara then was sent to Western Australia and he is unbeaten at three starts in Australia. He has well and truly recouped his purchase price and has earned $110,106. Class of Tara started from barrier two on the back line in the group 1 Golden Slipper and was second favourite at 13/4. Kim Young settled the colt down in sixth position in the one-wide line after the 6/4 on favourite Crusader Banner and Kimba Bay (7/1) had engaged in a speed battle for the early lead. Kimba Bay began brilliantly from the No. 4 barrier and got a length in front of Crusader Banner, but was unable to cross that colt, with the lead time being covered in a blistering 35.2sec. Gary Hall jun. drove Crusader Banner hard to retain the lead and he was then able to slacken the tempo a little with a first 400m section of the final mile in 30.2sec. But there was already the feeling that the dazzling early speed would take its toll on both Crusader Banner and Kimba Bay. Young, who will celebrate his 50th birthday early next month, made his move with 1050m to travel. He eased Class of Tara three wide and the colt surged forward to be fourth at the bell before he got the better of Crusader Banner 550m from home. Class of Tara then dashed away from the opposition and won by just under three lengths from 33/1 chance Macon Georgia, who followed the winner’s three-wide run and came from seventh at the bell. Mister Jadore (20/1) sustained a strong burst to come from 11th at the 600m to be third, with 112/1 outsider All Williams running home stoutly into fourth position. Young gave a jubilant wave of the whip 15m from the post and Class of Tara’s rate of 1.56.7 over the 2130m smashed the race record of 1.57.7 set by Ohokas Bondy in 2010. Crusader Banner faded to ninth and Kimba Bay finished last in the field of 12. Chris Lewis (Mister Jadore) lodged a protest against runner-up Macon Georgia (Matt White), alleging interference 1250m from home. The protest was dismissed. Class of Tara is the second foal out of the Dream Away mare Tara Magic, who managed only one victory (by a half-head in a 2500m maiden event at Manawatu in November 2007) from 33 starts. Tara Magic was the 14th and last foal out of Kelly Dillon, who had 47 starts for five wins, 11 placings and just $16,540 in prizemoney. Kelly Dillon produced several moderate winners. By far, the best of her progeny was the Holmes Hanover gelding Hijack Harry, who earned $116,392 from 15 wins and 40 placings from 120 starts. He won five races in Victoria and then had 87 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and 29 placings in the 1990s. HOKONUI BEN UPSETS 5/1 ON FAVOURITE DAVID HERCULES Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred six-year-old Hokonui Ben caused an upset at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he fought on superbly after a tough run to snatch a last-stride victory over the pacemaker and 5/1 on favourite David Hercules in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Says Happy 50TH Birthday to Paul Poli Pace. Hokonui Ben, trained by Gary Hall sen., was a 10/1 second favourite, but few gave the gelding much chance of toppling David Hercules, the track record-holder over the 2130m journey. However, Gary Hall jun. refused to concede that the race was a forgone conclusion and he drove with admirable aggression, sending Hokonui Ben forward from barrier three after Morgan Woodley had got David Hercules straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier. Hokonui Ben got to the breeze after 500m and after David Hercules coasted through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.6sec. and 30.1sec., Woodley increased the tempo and David Hercules sped over the final quarters in 27.8sec. and 27.3sec. But Hokonui Ben stuck with his rival and got to the front in the final stride to win by a nose at a 1.55.6 rate which was well outside the track record of 1.53.6 set by David Hercules in May this year. Rakarebel, who had enjoyed the ideal one-out, one-back sit, fought on gamely to by four lengths away in third place. The victory took Hokonui Ben’s record to 41 starts for 14 wins, ten placings and stakes of $214,229. He is owned by Queenslander Jeroen Nieuwenburg. After racing 24 times in New Zealand for six wins and five placings, Hokonui Ben has had 17 starts in WA for eight wins and five seconds. His victories include the Navy Cup and Bunbury Cup in 2012 and the Nights of Thunder at Gloucester Park last January. Hall jun. has driven him seven times for six wins and a second. Hokonui Ben is by Washington VC and is the first foal (and only one to have raced) out of the poorly-performed Jane Halsey, who was retired after her 15 starts produced just one third placing and $413. Jane Halsey’s dam Taurus Jane raced eight times for one third placing and $670. ROCKY MARCIANO HAS THE GOLDEN NUGGET IN HIS SIGHTS New Zealand-bred three-year-old Rocky Marciano emerged as a realistic Golden Nugget contender late this year when he gave a spirited frontrunning exhibition to win the 1730m Premier Suzuki Storm Up A Deal Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bickley trainer Peter Anderson has extended Rocky Marciano’s three-year-old campaign to give the Christian Cullen gelding more experience before giving him a spell and bringing him back in a bid to qualify for the $175,000 Golden Nugget. Rocky Marciano, a heavily-supported 6/4 on favourite from the prized No. 1 barrier, began smoothly, but Morgan Woodley had to drive him hard to hold out a determined bid for the early lead from 4/1 second fancy Ohoka Assassin. Rocky Marciano sped through the first 400m section of the final mile in 28.3sec. before Woodley eased him slightly to cover the next two quarters in 29.7sec. and 29.3sec. Rocky Marciano then dashed over the final 400m in 28.9sec. and won by 4m from 75/1 outsider Itsa Seelster, with a head to the highly-promising Extremely Good, who surged home from tenth at the bell. Ohoka Assassin was working hard in the breeze before he met with severe interference and broke into a gallop 300m from home. Also badly checked was Ohoka Assassin’s stablemate Machs A Pearler. Ryan Bell, the driver of Itsa Seelster, was suspended for 16 days for allowing his horse to shift inwards and cause interference to Ohoka Assassin. Bell was also reprimanded for having made Shirlz Sensation cover extra ground at the bell. The stewards granted Bell a three-day stay of proceedings and he made the most of that by driving 10/1 chance Perfect Mach to an easy victory in an event for two-year-olds at Gloucester Park the following night. Rocky Marciano arrived in Western Australia last February after having had ten starts in New Zealand for three seconds. He has flourished under the care of Anderson and his WA record stands at six wins and six placings from 18 starts. He is out of Riverboat Royce, who had 55 starts in New Zealand for nine wins, ten placings and $65,234. KING AND VOAK STRIKE WITH THE BRILLIANT LEDA McNALLY The powerful combination of Pinjarra trainer Chris King and reinsman Chris Voak continued on its merry way at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Leda McNally made a wonderful return to racing by winning the Premier Suzuki Kizashi Sport Pace. The 40-year-old King and 25-year-old Voak had combined to win races with Lord Lombo (30/1) and Artesian Queen (5/2) in the previous eight days and punters rallied to support Leda McNally on Friday night when she was making her first appearance for four and a half months. The Victorian-bred four-year-old Leda McNally started from the outside of the back line and was sent out favourite at 11/4. Voak was content to settle Leda McNally in tenth position while Terra Into The West set the pace. Slick Bird (10/1) settled down in last position after starting from the outside of the front line and Kim Prentice sent her forward, three wide, with 1350m to travel and then Gary Hall jun. switched 3/1 second favourite Is She Talking three wide at the 1100m mark. Is She Talking got to a narrow lead 90m from the post, but she was swamped by Leda McNally, who was ninth at the bell and had sustained a powerful three-wide burst (with cover) to loom as a major danger, five wide, on the home turn. Leda McNally finished full of running to score by just over a length from Slick Bird, with Millwoods Delight, 11th at the 260m and blocked for a clear run until very late, a fast-finishing third. The final 800m was covered in 58.2sec. and Leda McNally rated 1.58.9 over the 2130m. Leda McNally, by Modern Art, is owned by Victorian Greg Stubbs. She now has had 18 starts in WA for King for 11 wins and three placings to take her overall record to 33 starts for 12 wins, six placings and $108,488. She had 15 starts in Victoria and New South Wales for just one win before being sent to WA. BETTOR REASON GIVES HIS OWNER PLENTY TO SMILE ABOUT Auckland breeder-owner Phil Cook celebrated a trip to Perth and had many reasons to smile at Gloucester Park on Friday night when his smart four-year-old Bettor Reason cruised to a convincing victory in the 2503m Premier Suzuki Grand Vitara Handicap. Bettor Reason, trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen., was a firm 5/4 favourite and he gave his supporters a scare when he galloped away off the 20m mark and settled down well back in tenth position. But Gary Hall jun. seized the initiative by dashing Bettor Reason forward, three wide, after 500m. Bettor Reason sustained a strong burst to dash to the front with 1550m to travel. Bettor Reason sprinted over the final two 400m sections in 28.4sec. and 29.2sec. and won comfortably by a length from 16/1 chance Salliwood, who led early and then had the perfect trail behind the pacemaker. Veteran pacer Courageous Ned raced three back on the pegs and ran on gamely to be third, with Dhoni impressing with a strong-finishing effort from the rear after galloping at the start. Bettor Reason raced 14 times in New Zealand for two wins and five placings and he now has had 21 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and seven placings. He has earned $199,575. Bettor Reason is the fifth foal out of the New York Motoring mare No Reason, who managed just one win from 17 starts. Bettor Reason is related to Admiral’s Ecstasy, who earned $225,331 from 24 wins and 24 placings from 68 starts. Former star WA trainer-reinsman Trevor Warwick won 21 races with Admiral’s Ecstasy, whose victories included the 1995 Parliamentarians Cup and 1996 Easter Cup, as well as two preludes of the WA Pacing Cup. He finished fourth behind Desperate Comment, Master Musician and Genghis Karalta in the Australian Pacing Championship at Harold Park in June 1996. CARIM COURAGE GIVES Justin Prentice A QUINELLA RESULT Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice landed the quinella in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Award Winning Suzuki Swift Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Kaiden Hayter brought 13/2 chance Carim Courage home with a well-timed run to snatch victory over 5/2 favourite Im Hey Jude. Prentice elected to handle Im Hey Jude, who started from the outside (barrier three) on the back line. Carim Courage was awkwardly drawn at No. 6 on the front line. Polemarker Millies Girl set the pace after defying a strong early challenge from the well-supported The Silk Road. Carim Courage settled in ninth position and Im Hey Jude was sixth in the one-wide line. Hayter started a three-wide move with Carim Courage 1050m from home and she received a trail 100m later when Prentice switched Im Hey Jude three wide. Im Hey Jude took a narrow lead 220m from home and she was in front until the final 50m before Carim Courage asserted her authority. And to make it an all-Prentice finish, Prentice’s father Kim brought 33/1 chance Mene Jaccka home from ninth at the bell with a strong burst to take third place. The Prentice trifecta returned a nice dividend of $517.30. Carim Courage, a New Zealand-bred seven-year-old and the oldest mare in the race, has been a good, honest performer who now has earned $79,857 from nine wins and 12 placings from 61 starts. WHAT GOD KNOWS KEEPS UP THE GOOD WORK Veteran pacer What God Knows has been a wonderful moneyspinner for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg and he kept up the good work at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Michael Tenardi drove him to a smart all-the-way win in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Suzuki Way of Life Pathway Pace. The New Zealand-bred eight-year-old is still a Metropolitan maiden with earnings of $90,606, accumulated after ten wins and 25 placings from 121 starts. A winner of six races in New Zealand and one in New South Wales, What God Knows has now won three times from 69 starts in Western Australia. What God Knows was heavily supported and started favourite at 9/4, just ahead of Mosquito Buzzin (5/2). Tenardi dashed What God Knows straight to the front from barrier two, leaving Mosquito Buzzin (barrier three) to do all the hard work in the breeze. What God Knows made the task of the opposition extremely difficult when he sprinted over the final two 400m sections of the final mile in 28.7sec. and 27.8sec. He won at a 1.58.2 rate by 2m from Mosquito Buzzin, who fought on doggedly without appearing likely to seriously challenge the leader. Sparkling Seelster (8/1) ran on from three back on the pegs to be third. The Black Lord and Now A Christian each finished boldly to be fifth and sixth, respectively, and they should pay to follow. NIPPERINGHALL ENDS A LOSING STREAK OF 26 Nipperinghall, unplaced at his previous 13 starts, bounced back to form and ended a losing sequence of 26 when he outclassed his rivals in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Yankee Sensation Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Blissfull Hall six-year-old whose previous success was at Busselton in January 2012, was driven with great confidence and aggression by Serpentine trainer Chris Brew. Nipperinghall, a 4/1 second fancy behind the even-money favourite Jezalenkoubeauty, started from barrier No. 2 on the back line and Brew settled him down perfectly placed in the one-out, one-back position, before Brew seized the initiative by dashing Nipperinghall forward, three wide, after 450m. Nipperinghall then raced outside the pacemaker before forging to the front 450m from home and racing away to score by 19m from Match To The Fuse. He dashed over the final 400m in 28.9sec. and rated 1.58.9. Match To The Fuse had challenged hard for the early lead and got a length in front of Jezalenkoubeauty, but was unable to cross to the front. He then obtained an ideal trail when Brew sent Nipperinghall into the breeze. Jezalenkoubeauty faded to finish seventh. Nipperinghall has had 64 starts for ten wins, seven placings and stakes of $53,616. His dam Shimmering Shore graduated to an M2 mark in WA and was retired to the breeding barn after having 37 starts for ten wins and ten placings for $37,465 in prizemoney. TYLER DIAMOND MAKES THE MOST OF THE INSIODE BARRIER Tyler Diamond made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier by setting the pace and holding on solidly to win from Soho Monza and Ballas Arockstar in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Indie and Makai Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Herne Hill by Kevin Keys and driven by Brad Stampalia, the seven-year-old Tyler Diamond was a solidly-supported 6/4 favourite who gave a strong frontrunning display to win from 7/2 second favourite Soho Monza, who trailed the pacemaker throughout. Ballas Arockstar (33/1) raced three back on the pegs and finished strongly. The win ended a losing sequence of ten for Tyler Diamond, who now has earned $53,010 from eight wins and 19 placings from 56 starts. Tyler Diamond is by American stallion Day In A Life and is out of the New York Motoring mare Cecelia, who had 75 starts for nine wins and 22 placings for stakes of $66,474. Tyler Diamond is a half-brother to Jennas Shadow (72 starts for 12 wins, 28 placings and $116,404) and Imali (69 starts for six wins, 23 placings and $52,487). SEVEN WISHES COMPLETES A DOUBLE FOR VOAK Noted frontrunner Seven Wishes notched his fourth win from his past five starts when he relished the No. 1 barrier and scored an easy all-the-way victory in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Capped Price Servicing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The win completed a double for reinsman Chris Voak, who had been successful earlier in the program, with Leda McNally. Seven Wishes, trained at Pinjarra by Dudley Parker, was all the rage and started at 5/2 on. He gave his backers little cause for concern as he bowled along in front, dashed over the final two 400m sections of the last mile in 28.2sec. and 29.1sec. to win by a length and a half from 10/1 chance I Am legend, who trailed him all the way. Rank outsider parasite ran on from eighth in the one-wide line at the bell to be third. Menelaus of Sparta was an unlucky fourth. He raced three back on the pegs and was badly blocked for a clear passage until the final stages. Seven Wishes, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old, has had 63 starts for ten wins, 12 placings and stakes of $70,079. He has raced 25 times in WA for seven wins and six placings. Voak has driven him five times for four wins. Swing Out Sister, the dam of Seven Wishes, won the New South Wales Oaks at Harold Park and the Queensland Oaks at Albion Park in 1990 before being retired with a record of 30 starts for 11 wins, eight placings and stakes of $138,681. by Ken Casellas Videos of all races are attached to the photos at the top of the page  

If you're looking for a big upset in the 2012 - V75 Inter Dominion Grand Final at Gloucester Park in Perth on Friday (March 2) then consider gifted harness racing driver Morgan Woodley and Mysta Magical Mach.

Promising New Zealand-bred five-year-old Move Over ended a frustrating run of second placings from wide draws when he appreciated the No. 1 barrier by giving a bold frontrunning harness racing performance to score an effortless victory in the $35,000 John Higgins Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Shipwreck strolled to his second harness racing feature win in the space of 15 days when he set a slow early pace and sprinted home fast to beat Blissfull Boy by two lengths in the $20,500 Brear And Doonan Autumn Gift at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Young harness racing reinsman Morgan Woodley predicted a bright future for Amazing Su after she had set the pace and won easily from Prix de Whitby in the Altools.com.au Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Grand old harness racing campaigner Global Force has, sadly, run his final race. The nine-year-old bled after finishing ninth behind Mister Veejays Fella in the Tooheys Extra Dry Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and has received a life ban.

Fourmoore, a big, powerful five-year-old, will be set for the $25,000 Marathon Handicap over 3309m at Gloucester Park on August 7 after scoring an impressive victory in the 2902m Gannons Pacing Colours Handicap on Friday night.

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