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The partnership of trainer Ray Williams and driver Aldo Cortopassi’s strong month continued at Pinjarra this afternoon, notching up another winner with exciting pacer Magnificent Storm. In conditions that matched his name, Magnificent Storm turned in another dominant display in the Contact @ AllwoodStud.com.au 3YO Pace at the Paceway. Magnificent Storm, who won on Australian debut last Tuesday night at Gloucester Park, showed there was plenty to like long term with a 9.2m win in the gloomy conditions. The American Ideal gelding worked to the front from barrier three and never looked in any danger of being beaten. Magnificent Storm rated 1.59.6 for the mile and ran home in a slick 57.7, given the rain-soaked track. Since the start of the month, Williams and Cortopassi have teamed up for six winners and two placings from 12 starters. They very nearly scored a seventh win for the month in the Allwood Stud – Breeding Your Future Champions Pace (2185m) with Shadow Roll, who went down a neck to Kilowatt Kid in a gripping battle down the home straight. Kilowatt Kid had to sit in the breeze for much of the last mile but was strong enough at the finish to score his third win in four starts in Australia. It was the third leg of a winning treble on the day for Greg and Skye Bond and Ryan Warwick, who also teamed up to score with Parmesan in the Rock N Roll World – Pedigree of the Future Pace (1684m). The Betterthancheddar gelding has now scored eight wins from 12 starts in his short career to date. Rebel With A Grin’s win in the Allwood Stud Stallions Pace (2631m) was the first winner on the day for Warwick and the Bond stable. Chris Voak also enjoyed a winning treble on the day, steering Chumani, Star Of Willoughby and Classic Choice to victory in the first half of the day. Meanwhile, three-time WA Pacing Cup winning driver Clint Hall has been disqualified for eight years after stewards found him guilty on three separate charges. Click here for more details. Tim Walker

Two emerging pacers made up for the disappointment of missing a start in Friday’s Sky Racing-WA Derby by taking out their respective assignments at Pinjarra today. First emergency from the Derby Valentines Brook had litle issue in finding the front for reinsman Michael Grantham from barrier three in the Fiber Fresh Supporting WA Pacing Pace (2185m). The Mike Reed-trained gelding didn’t have it all his own way in front as Im Loki put the pressure on in the breeze. Valentines Brook showed the class edge between him and his rivals over the last half though to run home in 57.2 and score by 2.4m to Hotfoot It. Withoutthetuh was the second emergency for the three-year-old feature on Friday night but picked up a nice consolation prize against lesser opposition in the Hygain Reuperate Pace (2185m). The gelding got away slowly from the arm from the second line but quickly worked his way to the front within the first 600m. The Michael Brennan-trained pacer looked to be doing it easily into the home straight after carving out a third quarter of 27.9. However, Grantham had to urge Withoutthetuh along over the closing stages as Suarez started to eat into the margin. Withouthetuh found enough though to hold on by 1.5m and take his record to four wins from 15 starts. Grantham’s other winner on the nine race card was the highly talented Forgotten Highway in the Hygain Micrspeed Pace (2116m). The six-year-old made his move three-wide on the turn for home and overpowered his rivals to score by 1.9m. Forgotten Highway will look to score his second win in a week when he lines up in Thursday’s $40,000 Easter Cup (2902m) off the front line. Stablemate Miss Sangrial is also engaged to start in the Easter Cup off the 30m mark.   Tim Walker

The Bernard James-trained Parisian Partygirl took out a super edition of yesterday’s Global Breeding Farms Golden Girls Mile (1684m) at Pinjarra. Just 7m covered first to last in a busy finish to the $30,000 feature and Parisian Partygirl was one of nine horses across the track that all had winning claims over the closing stages. Race favourite Rosies Ideal held the lead from barrier one, while Our Alfie Romeo worked to the breeze from barrier six. The solidly run first half of 58.1 set the race up for those just off the speed and Parisian Partygirl was one of those who was able to swoop late. Reinsman Kyle Harper, having his first drive on the seven-year-old, was able to get off the pegs and get into clear running on the turn for home. Parisian Partygirl and American Delight stormed home in the last 100m to fight out the finish but it was the Courage Under Fire mare who scored by a head. Gotta Go Gabbana, having her first start since January 31, made an encouraging return to finish third. Our Alfie Romeo fought on bravely in her first start back in Western Australia since a Ladyship Mile campaign, while Rosies Ideal finished 11th. Harper told TABradio he admired the mare’s tenacity to power past a quality field. “She just tries her heart out,” he said. “She’s got that great 300m sprint on her and we got her out at the right time. “The first 100m up the straight I didn’t think we were going to get there. “That last 100m she just really rattled home.” Meanwhile, Chicago Bull will line up in this Friday’s Free-For-All event at Gloucester Park.   Tim Walker

When the 4yo Alta Christiano mare Dixie Belle won at Pinjarra this afternoon she gave her owners Greg and Janice Starkie their first win for more than 22 years. Dixie Belle was trained and driven by Aldo Cortopassi and started a prohibitive favourite at $1.10. Greg Starkie last raced a horse in his name when Midnight Son, a horse he also bred, won at Narrogin on 14th April 1993. In 1993 Midnight Son was trained to four wins by Noel Keiley and in 1995 the horse was transferred into the names of Wendy Williams and Janice Starkie and trained by Rick Williams to a further seven wins including three at Gloucester Park. Greg Starkie has never lost his interest in harness racing even though he lives in the Southwest town of Manjimup some 300 kilometres from Perth and today’s win was a fitting reward for perseverance. Greg’s uncle Gil Starkie was a well-known trainer/driver in the fifties from his stables in White Gum Valley, while his grand-father Ted Starkie was one of the State’s leading horsemen in 1912. This was a time when the WA Trotting Association used to run their race-meetings at the Claremont Showgrounds while negotiating to lease facilities at the WACA Ground across the road from the current Gloucester Park track. Ted Starkie reined some 59 winners between 1911 and 1947 with his best being the Van Osterley gelding Flying Arrow which won a dozen races at the Claremont, WACA and Goodwood tracks.   Alan Parker

Trainer Ian Foley is glad to be back. Glad to be back in harness racing and glad to be involved in winning again. That experience came courtesy of Misstiano in the opening race at Pinjarra on Monday, the first time Foley has sent out a horse to race in just over five years. And judging by the manner in which Misstiano went about her work on debut, Foley and his two-year-old filly had better get used to winning more races. Foley said relief was his overriding emotion after Misstiano crossed the line first in the Tabtouch-Better Your Bet 2YO Fillies Westbred Pace (1684m). “It’s just fantastic,” Foley said on Tabradio. “My two kids were there and they work away. “My daughter is just back from London. “Unfortunately my wife couldn’t get there. “I told her last night if felt like playing my first game of footy all those years ago. “I was nervous and toey and just wanted to get out there. “Once the horse was on the track I was right. “After five years I thought have I still got it and you start to doubt yourself.” Misstiano settled back in the field before being sent forward by reinsman Ryan Warwick to face the breeze inside the final lap. The daughter of Alta Christiano sprinted to the front half way down the straight and defeated Star Of Diamonds and Sunshine Swift. Foley said the win was full of merit. “I said to Ryan (Warwick) we don’t want to knock her around and we might have to go back,” Foley said. “He had to move around to sit in the breeze and I thought this would be a good test to see if she can do a bit of work and still run home. “I was really pleased with the way she did and I know that Ryan (Warwick) has been pretty impressed with her. “His input from a racing perspective has been fantastic and has helped me along the way a bit. “I was glad he took off and once he did he rated her perfectly and it worked out good. “I think she can go on with it, but what I like about her is that she has got high speed. “Her point to point is real good, but to see her do a bit of work and run on and away from them I was really, really pleased with. “There could be a bit of depth to her.”   Julio Santarelli

If ever a horse has had its hoof on the till for an overdue win, it just had to be West Australian harness racing  filly Delightfulreaction. Prepared at Capel, halfway between Bunbury and Busselton, by astute horseman Andrew De Campo, the Auckland Reactor-sired three-year-old broke her maiden status in style at Pinjarra on Monday. “I must say we went to the meeting with a fair bit of confidence because she certainly deserved a win after five consecutive second placings,” De Campo said. “She is lovely to have around the stable.  She never runs a bad race, she has gate speed, tries her heart out and hopefully should keep improving with racing,” he said. In addition, Delightfulreaction last season finished runner-up, beaten a half head, in a $100,000 Sires Stakes final at Gloucester Park. At Pinjarra, driver Aiden De Campo, son of the trainer, showed gate speed from barrier to take the lead and rated to perfect cruised home in 55.6 last half for a comfortable win. To watch the video click on this link. Aiden De Campo Delightfulreaction, with earnings of over $30,000, is raced by her breeder Mike Howie, who is one of the main owners with the De Campo team. “Mike was a very good trainer, but these days prefers to jog them up and when they are close to going to the races, he hands them over to us,” Andrew said. “It’s certainly a good deal because we know they are fit and ready to go when we get them,” he said. “We have another Auckland Reactor three-year-old in our team of 30 at the moment and it goes okay but is having a freshen up after a first-up placing.” Delightfulreaction was the 36th winner for Auckland Reactor in Australia and his 66th winner including some exciting types New Zealand. And there’s more to come if the exciting vibes from the sire’s first crop to the races (now four year olds) are on the money.   Chase Auckland from the “land of the long white cloud” (8 wins from 9 starts; 1.52-2. $392,330) is obviously a superstar and being set for all the big races in Australia. Australia’s own Soho Burning Love (1.52-6 $182,400) has won easily at her first three starts back this preparation.  De Campo, who is ranked in the top 10 trainers in the west, finished with 50 winners last season and is well on target to better that tally this season. “I reckon we have a nice team going around at present, so fingers crossed the victories keep ticking along,” he said. “And of course, you need great stable support and we have that in junior reinsman Mark Johnson and handyman and jack of all trades Ron McLachlan.” De Campo who was a polished reinsman in his day with 11 Group One wins as a trainer-driver, has no qualms in watching Aiden do all the race day driving. “He’s pretty good at it, but I wouldn’t be truthful if I said I’d never given him a spray for an ordinary effort on the racetrack. It’s okay cos we both then move on and look to the future,” he said. “I did enjoy driving, but if you don’t do it all the time, your reflexes just aren’t as sharp as they should be. To be honest, I’m enjoying the training part a lot more.” Undoubtedly one of Andrew’s finest driving exhibitions was piloting Son of Otara to victory in 1991 in the $250,000 Australian Pacing Gold Final in Brisbane – the richest race in the country at the time. “Yes, I still remember that night pretty well, despite being a few years back now. It was a big trip from West Australia with a lot of planning, etc, but it was well worth it in the end.” Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

The Pinjarra Trotting Club was formed in 1950 and held its first race-meeting in Pinjarra on 10th March 1954 after conducting a couple of early meetings at Harvey. After last Monday’s meeting there have been some 10952 races decided at the Pinjarra club with 6548 individual winners trained by 1298 individual trainers and driven by 890 individual drivers. Ray Grantham with 101 Pinjarra winners as a trainer is the leading Pinjarra based trainer with the Young twins Kim (132) and Shane (104) are the only Pinjarra based drivers to top the ton at the track.  Morgan Woodley, who was raised in nearby Waroona, has driven 245 winners at Pinjarra while Nathan Turvey, who has moved to Pinjarra in the past year, has driver 145 winners at the track. Initially the track was located at what is now Sir Ross McLarty Park in Lovegrove Street but an increase in rental to race there made it unviable. In 1957 the club purchased 34 acres of Blythewood Estate at the corner of Greenlands Road and South Western Highway and works began on the new course in 1959. At the suggestion of then WA Trotting Association President J P Stratton it was decided to build a half-mile 800 metre triangular shaped track based on the design of the Redcliffe track in Queensland. The foundations of the track were laid in 1963 and by 1965 the surface was ready for trackwork although there was still a considerable amount of work required before fencing, lighting and other amenities could be completed. There was no Racecourse Development Trust in 1965 and the best that the WA TAB could offer was a $30,000 loan over a period of 20 years which was used along with debentures of between $20,000 and $50,000 to finance the completion of the course. Even with the financing there was still an enormous amount of donations and volunteer work involved to construct an administration building, parade ring, stables, toilets, switch-room and parking areas. There were donations of galvanized iron for fences while Hawker Siddeley donated a large supply of bricks and eventually the track and facilities were completed in time for the first race-meeting on 16th October 1968. Fittingly the first race on the track was won by a local in John Blackburn with King Brazen. John Blackburn will be a guest of the club next Monday. For the record the last meeting on the original track in Lovegrove Street was on 2nd May 1968 and Hall Of Fame inductee Jim Schrader drove four of the six winners. Jim Schrader is one of 22 drivers to have driven 100 or more winners at the Pinjarra track. A further two meetings were held on the new track before the official opening of the venue on 11th December 1968 where, for the record, the winners were; Pinjarra – 11th December 1968 Trainer Driver Winner Owner R W (Ron) Beresford N T (Noel) Eddy Wee Darlin R W Beresford D A (Denis) Richards D A (Denis) Richards Hi Toby L J Richards, B J Richards W (Bill) Warwick T B (Trevor) Warwick Heather Bay D Friedman L H (Les) Poyser L H (Les) Poyser Cygnet Sea L Baldwin W H (Bill) & R H (Bob) Godecke W H (Bill) Godecke Renaud W H Godecke, R H Godecke R J (Raymond) Green G R (Gary) Lilleyman Lady Alfreda R C Meotti T G (Trevor) Scoby-Smith T G (Trevor) Scoby-Smith Colonel James T G Scoby-Smith In 1982 committeeman Fred Grantham first mooted the idea of converting the triangular track to a 1000 metre circuit but nothing eventuated. In 1988 Pinjarra club stalwart Roy Adam suggested that the club ought to have a feasibility study done to ascertain the design and costings to construct a 1000 metre track to replace the 1968 triangular design. Application was made and in March 1990 the Racecourse Development Trust approved a grant of $375,000 to construct the present-day 1000 metre circuit. At around the same time the Pinjarra Club requested that it be allocated 28 Monday afternoon fixtures and after approval the light poles around the 800 metre circuit. Construction of the new 1000 metre track was undertaken while meetings were still being held on the original circuit and, acting on a suggestion by Roy Adam, the new track featured European style flexi-poles in lieu of an inside running rail. Eventually the club was able to convince the stewards to approve the concept and Pinjarra was the first club in Australia to feature the flexi-poles that are now seen on every harness track in the country. The 1000 metre circuit was officially opened on 26th November 1990 by local MLA Keith Read and the first race on the new track was won by the filly Enlightened for trainer Kevin Keys and driver Jason Keys. As with the first meeting on the “old” triangular track in 1968 the first race on the day was sponsored by the McLarty family of Blythewood. Over the 65 years that the Pinjarra Trotting Club (now Pinjarra Harness Racing Club) has been operating they have been innovators and among the notable firsts at Pinjarra have been First club to run races specifically for 2yos (1956 Sapling Stakes raced in divisions and won by Prince Malcolm and Nelsons Boy) First country club to use a mobile barrier to start races (1958) First club in Western Australia to use head numbers (1960) First 1000 metre track in Western Australia (1990) First track in Australia to use flexi-poles in lieu of a running rail First modern track construction to come in under budget with $63,000 returned to the Racecourse Development Trust for use by other clubs.   Alan Parker

It was a month behind schedule but yesterday Ana Malak made his Western Australian debut, and was an impressive winner at Pinjarra Harness Racing Club. “He did what I was hoping he would,” said co-trainer Greg Bond following the win. “His work at home had been good so we expected a good run today, we had a slight setback with him otherwise he would have been racing a month ago so today was a bit of a fact-finding mission.” The 4yo Bettors Delight import was nursed out of the gate by driver Ryan Warwick who was able to find cover and race in the one-out-one-back position for a majority of the event. The $1.04 favourite made his move at the 750 metre mark and showed brilliant speed to level up with, and pass the leaders before the final quarter. Racing home in 56.8 seconds, covering the final 400 metres in 28.2, Ana Malak rated 1:56.0 for the 2185 metre mobile, winning by 37.1 metres. WATCH RACE REPLAY HERE  “He seems to be the sort of horse that you really have to ask him to perform, but as you saw today, when you ask him to do it, he does," said Bond. “He ticked all the boxes today, now onto the classics.” Ana Malak is nominated for the Golden Nugget Prelude this Friday night, with Bond aiming at gaining a start in the Gr.1 4yo Classic on November 30 at Gloucester Park. It was another successful meeting for the Bond camp; with Starlight Brigade ($1.30), and Bettor Aim ($1.04) both scoring effortless victories on the card.   Scott Hamilton

Less than a month after he trained his last winner 78yo Ken Giudice died suddenly at home on 27th September. At Northam on 1st September Ken Giudice trained his first winner for more than 16 years when Leeseme Lifestyle won at Northam with Ken’s brother Barry at the reins. His previous winner had been Divine Justice at Narrogin on 10th February 2002. Leeseme Lifestyle followed his win with a close second to Bettorgrinanbarit at his next start at Pinjarra on September 10th. It was to be Ken Giudice’s final starter as a trainer. Ken Giudice trained his first winner with Scotch Valley at York in September 1971 and like every one of his 17 wins as a trainer Scotch Valley was driven by his brother Barry. Ken Giudice’s funeral will be held at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park on Wednesday 10th October commencing at 10:30am.   Alan Parker

On Thursday 5 July 2018, RWWA Stewards conducted an inquiry into a report received from the ChemCentre in Perth that the pre-race blood sample taken from BORONIA GULLY prior to it competing in and finishing tenth in Race 3 the Golden Glass Fillies and Mares MS Pace (1684m) at Pinjarra on Monday 18 June 2018 was found to have a level of total carbon dioxide content (TCO2) in excess of 36.0 millimoles per litre in plasma. This finding had been verified by Racing Analytical Services Limited Laboratory (RASL) in Victoria. Evidence was heard from RWWA Investigator Mrs Freya Bennett, RWWA Industry Veterinarian Dr Judith Medd, ChemCentre Analyst Ms Kelly Wilson and the Trainer Ms Stephanie Smith. Ms Smith pleaded guilty to the following charges; Under  HRR190 (1) and (2) – that Ms Smith as the trainer, presented BORONIA GULLY to race in Race 3 at Pinjarra on 18 June 2018 not free of the prohibited substance alkalinising agents, as evidenced by a concentration of TCO2 in excess of 36.0 millimoles per litre in plasma. Under HRR196C - that Ms Smith did administer the alkalinising agent EquiShure to BORONIA GULLY on Sunday 17 June 2018 which was engaged to race in Race 3 at Pinjarra on 18 June 2018, such administration being within one clear day of the commencement of the race, contrary to the provisions of Rule 196C. Under HRR190B(1)(b) – that Ms Smith failed to maintain a record of treatment of alkalinising agents and ulcer treatments to the mare BORONIA GULLY. Stewards having reserved their decision with respect to penalty, advised Ms Smith yesterday that a disqualification of 6 (six) months was being imposed with respect to the offence under HRR 190, that a fine of $2,000 was being imposed for the offence under HRR196C, and that a fine of $200 was being imposed for the failure to maintain a record of treatments to BORONIA GULLY. BORONIA GULLY which finished 10th was also disqualified from the race in question. In determining the penalties, stewards took into account amongst other things: Ms Smith’s very good record over a number of years in both Thoroughbred and Harness Racing. The professional and respectful manner in which Ms Smith conducted herself during the investigation and inquiry into this matter. The acknowledgement of all three offences. The question of the totality of penalties. The nature of the prohibited substance, being classed as potentially performance enhancing. The high levels of TCO2 reported by both the ChemCentre and RASL. Previous cases and penalties issued for the respective rules in question. The serious nature of these offences and the need for deterrence both general and specific.   Media Contact: Russell Quinn Manager Corporate Communications Ph: 9445 5418 M:  russell.quinn@rwwa.com.au

Hazelmere trainer Mike Reed is hopeful Angel Of Harlem’s win at Pinjarra is a much-needed confidence boost and a sign of better things to come. The former high-priced Kiwi filly, driven by Reed’s son Mark, raced away over the final 100m to easily win the $30,000 Dainty’s Daughter Classic (2185m). Rating 1.56.0, Angel Of Harlem defeated Amelias Courage with hot favourite Infinite Symbol weakening to third after leading for Ryan Warwick. Previously trained by Barry Ward in New Zealand, Angel Of Harlem landed in Perth with a big reputation after placings in the Harness Jewels and Australasian Breeders Crown as a two-year-old last season. But from the time of her purchase nothing has gone Angel Of Harlem’s way with a series of frustrating issues holding her back, a WA Oaks prelude victory the only bright spot in her maiden Perth campaign. Reed said he breathed a sigh of relief after Angel Of Harlem won on Monday. “He is one of the unluckiest horses I have ever had,” Reed told Tabradio. “When we bought her we flew her to Melbourne and she was there for nearly a month waiting for a plane. “After we finally got her back she got a cold, then she raced and choked down behind the leader. “Even in the Oaks final if she had a bit of luck she would have won it. “She has just been one of those unluckiest of horses. “Hopefully she keeps improving and we see the real Angel Of Harlem.” Angel Of Harlem’s victory took her record to five wins and seven placings for prize money of $117,210. Reed said he had no firm long-term plans for Angel Of Harlem, other than to take a patient and cautious approach. “We will just race her through the classes,” Reed said. “She has pulled up good and will race at Gloucester Park on Friday night.” Meanwhile Reed said Bletchley Park, a close runner-up to Franco Edward in Friday’s Golden Slipper, had been spelled. “He will have six to eight weeks off,” Reed said. “He will bulk up which I think he needs to do. “He will come back looking magnificent.”   Julio Santarelli

Five-year-old Sheer Rocknroll has run her final race and has been retired to the stud, with eight-time premier trainer Ross Olivieri declaring that the Rocknroll Hanover mare was in the top ten mares he has prepared over the past 40 years. And to mark Sheer Rocknroll’s retirement, her half-sister Veiled Secret scored a brilliant victory at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, beating last month’s WA Oaks winner Our Maja Mama at a 1.53.6 rate over 1684m, with a final 800m in 55.4sec. Sheer Rocknroll, bred and owned by Bob Fowler, is out of Sheer Royalty, who earned $248,904 from nine wins and seven placings from just 33 starts. Her victories included the Group 1 State Sires Series for three-year-old fillies and the Group 1 WA Oaks in 2009. Sheer Rocknroll, the first of Sheer Royalty’s progeny, raced 74 times for 22 wins, 14 placings and stakes of $303,715. She won six times as a two-year-old, including successes in the Western Crown Classic at Gloucester Park and the de Campo Memorial at Bunbury. She also finished third behind Sprinter and Dodolicious in the Golden Slipper. In May 2017 she won the Group 3 WASBA Breeders Stakes at Gloucester Park. Olivieri, who has prepared 95 winners this season, said that Veiled Secret was developing into a good late three-year-old and showed all the signs of developing into a really nice four-year-old. Among the best mares he has trained are Tebaldi, Gliding Princess, Ima Spicey Lombo, Lady Willoughby, Arctic Fire, Sensational Gabby and Miss Bo Scott. Tebaldi won the New South Wales Oaks in 1982 (one of her nine wins from 12 starts at Harold Park), Gliding Princess won the NSW Oaks and Derby in 1983 and Ima Spicey Lombo was retired with a record of 57 starts for 24 wins, 13 placings and stakes of $483,686. Lady Willoughby earned $167,293 from 16 wins and 14 placings from 53 starts and her four-year-old half-brother Lord Willoughby has been a model of consistency, with his 48 starts producing 12 wins, 15 seconds and seven thirds. This season Lord Willoughby has raced 20 times for eight wins, eight seconds and four thirds and he has sound each-way prospects in the RH Trotter and Company Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will start from barrier three on the front line with Shannon Suvaljko in the sulky. Lord Willoughby finished ninth in the WA Derby in April of last year. “He took a little time to come to hand as a three-year-old,” Olivieri said. “He had a break and has come back really good. He’s matured. He’s always had speed, and now he can carry the speed a lot better. He is a good racehorse and is very versatile. He’s an each-way chance in a very strong field on Friday night.” Ken Casellas

Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia has announced the start of a new $2.8 million building project at Pinjarra Harness Racing Club. The new 126-stall complex is funded in partnership with Royalties for Regions, Racing and Wagering WA (RWWA) and Pinjarra Harness Club. The new state-of-the-art building will include specially designed walk-through harness stalls, a racing administration section, with a trainers lounge and stewards offices along with male and female driver change rooms. Pinjarra Harness Club is the premier provincial race club and hosts 48 meetings a year and provides significant benefits for the community. The economic contribution from the racing industry to WA from the Peel region is $120 million including Pinjarra Race Club, Pinjarra Harness Racing Club and Greyhounds WA Mandurah. The club will continue to race as usual on Mondays with only minimal works undertaken on the day to reduce any impact on the events. The project is due to be completed by the end of the year. Mr Papalia said one in every 32 people living in the Peel region were involved in some aspect of the industry compared with the WA average of one in every 72 people. According to RWWA chief executive Richard Burt, the majority of the WA harness racing population lived in the Peel and with 24 trainers and more than 170 horses in work in the Pinjarra area alone, enhancing the club’s grounds and facilities was a key part of RWWA’s strategic plan. by Jill Burgess Reprinted with permission of The Pinjarra Murray Times

Western Australia’s finest harness racing horses and trainers will hit the track at Pinjarra Paceway as they race with $50,000 on the line in the Pinjarra Pacing Cup. More than 1000 spectators are expected to walk through the venue’s gates for the prestigious cup meet, the biggest on the Paceway’s calendar. Gary Hall-trained powerhouse Chicago Bull has nominated for the race, with the five-year-old looking for its 31st win from 50 starts. The New Zealand-bred pacer will go into the main event as one of the favourites, alongside the David Young-trained Major Catastrophe, which is searching for its 27th win from 104 starts. Ohoka Punter also looms as a chance. Outside of the main race, celebrity pony trots featuring names like Olympic silver medalist Sonja Johnson, and jockeys Danny Miller and Lucy Warwick, will keep the crowd entertained. There will also be plenty of off-the-track entertainment, including live music, train rides for the kids and the new pop-up garden bar. Pinjarra Paceway marketing manager Kathleen Howse said it was an exciting time for the club. “It’s our biggest meet of the year so it’s always super exciting for us when the cup day rolls around,” she said. “To have the best trainers and pacers from the state all coming to our track for the main race is always a bit prestigious. “The event also attracts a lot of people to Pinjarra, so it’s a great way for us to showcase the town to outsiders.” Gates open at 11am Monday, March 5 with the first race being run from 12.34pm. The main race will run later in the afternoon. For more information on the day call the Pinjarra Paceway on 9531 1941. Pinjarra Pacing Cup field 1. The Trilogy Trainer – Kistrian Hawkins Driver – Dylan Egerton-Green Handicap – FR 1 2. Master Jaxon Trainer – Kristian Hawkins Driver – Colin Brown Handicap – FR 2 3. Major Catastrophe Trainer – David Young Driver – Dean Miller (C)  Handicap – FR 3 4. Argyle Red Trainer – Robert MacDonald  Driver – Morgan Woodley Handicap – FR 4 5. Vultan Tin Trainer – Phil Costello  Driver – Chris Voak Handicap – FR 5 6. Ohoka Punter Trainer – Gary Hall Snr  Driver – Stuart McDonald Handicap – FR 6 7. Our Jimmy Johnstone Trainer – Skye Bond  Driver – Ryan Warwick Handicap – FR 7 8. Cut For An Ace Trainer – Michael Brennan  Driver – Kyle Harper Handicap – SR 1 9. The Bucket List Trainer – Michael Brennan  Driver – Michael Grantham (C) Handicap – SR 2 10. Heez On Fire Trainer – Bill Horn  Driver – Aldo Cortopassi Handicap – SR 3 11. My Hard Copy Trainer – Gary Hall snr  Driver – Clinton Hall Handicap – SR 4 12. Chicago Bull Trainer – Gary Hall snr  Driver – Gary Hall jnr Handicap – SR 5 By Justin Rake Reprinted with permission of The Mandurah Mail

Following their successful harness racing debuts at Pinjarra yesterday, Cap In Hand and Hong Kong Dolly have been aimed at the Australian Pacing Gold Sales Classic. Prepared by Kat Warwick, the fillies captured the two opening events on the card in what was close to a perfect result for the astute horsewoman. Warwick had three debutants engaged, with Independence Rose finishing second behind Cap In Hand. “With the exception of a dead-heat in the first race, it was the perfect day,” Warwick said. “Three fillies making their debut for two winners and a quinella is terrific.” Driven by Gary Hall junior, Cap In Hand led throughout from barrier six to score by six metres, with Faire La Fete two metres away third. The daughter of Auckland Reactor rated 1:59.7 over 1684 metres, with her time 1.3 seconds slower than Hong Kong Dolly. Also partnered by Junior, the daughter of Betterthancheddar worked overtime in the ‘death seat’ before accounting for Has No Fear and Bettor Captured. “I’m very pleased with each of them,” Warwick said. “They did very well for their first run. “All three were bought at the Perth APG Sale and will head to the Sales Classic heats now.” Qualifiers for the rich series are scheduled to be conducted at Gloucester Park in a fortnight, with the Group One Final to be decided on March 2. APG Media

When Runaway Three won the last race at Pinjarra yesterday for driver Ryan Warwick and trainer Skye Bond he brought up a major milestone for women trainers in Western Australia. It was the 6,700th winner in Western Australia for women trainers. The first win for a woman trainer was a lady called Alice Olsen at Narrogin in April 1922 with a mare that went by the name of Julia. A total of 2431 winners in Perth have been trained by women with the first of them going to the credit of Hilda Coulson with a horse called Wee Globe at Gloucester Park in January 1941. Hilda Coulson was the mother of a seven year old boy at the time – that boy was Phil Coulson who trained and drove the 1967 Perth Inter Dominion winner Binshaw. Significantly for yesterday’s successful trainer Skye Bond she will become just the fifth woman to have a starter in her own right in a Perth Inter Dominion final when Galactic Star faces the barrier on Friday night. Skye was in a training partnership with her husband Greg when they started Can Return Fire in the 2012 Perth Inter Dominion final. Alan Parker

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