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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

Donald Harper maintained his reputation as a harness racing driver of long-priced winners when he brought inexperienced three-year-old The Mighty Rock home with a powerful burst from the rear to score a smart victory in a 2185m event for R0-class performer at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Trained at Byford by Peter Anderson, The Mighty Rock was an unwanted $193.20 outsider, making him one of the longest-priced winners in West Australian harness racing history. The Mighty Rock, who had finished tenth at Pinjarra and eighth at Kellerberrin at his only previous starts, began from barrier four on the back line and was 11th in a field of 12 at the bell before he charged home, out five wide, to win from King of Cougars and Son of a Digger. This followed the last-to-first victory of the Anderson-trained and Harper-driven $48.60 outsider Irockmyworld in the Kellerberrin Cup eight days earlier. The Mighty Rock is out of the unraced Die Laughing mare Marilyn Ann, an unraced Hilarion mare who produced seven winners, including Buck The Odds, who was trained by Anderson throughout his career of 121 starts for 31 wins, 29 placings and $307,547 in stakes.   The Mighty Rock is the fifth foal out of Marilyns Might, whose first foal Might Be Luck is still racing in claimers at Menangle. Might Be Luck has been placed at two of his past three starts and has won at Melton, Ararat, Yarra Valley and Terang this season. Anderson trained Might Be Luck for much of his career in WA before Harper took over as trainer and drove him to victory at long odds ($38.50) when he flew home from 11th at the 250m mark to gain a last-stride victory over Hugh Victor at Gloucester Park in September 2015. Might Be Luck now has earned $115,848 from 18 wins and 18 placings from 115 starts. The Mighty Rock was bred and is owned by Bob Fowler, who was holidaying with his wife Marilyn in Morocco when he won at Pinjarra on Monday. Long-priced winners is certainly nothing new for the 29-year-old Harper. Last December Harper drove nine-year-old Gallymont Cohort to and all-the-way win over Calais and Rocky Marciano at Northam. Gallymont Cohort, trained by Harper, went out at odds of $91.50 on the tote. Another of Harper’s wins as a trainer and driver this season was with Jasper Whitby, who scored at $44 at Northam in March. Reinforcing the claims that Harper deserves to be recognised as WA’s long-shot king is that he trained and drove Sir Artsplace for a memorable victory at tote odds of $121.70 in the Pat Cranley Sprint over 1700m at Gloucester Park on September 30, 2011. Harper restrained Sir Artsplace from the No. 7 barrier back to 11th position before sending him forward to be sixth, three wide with a trail, at the bell. The gelding got to the front in the final 20m and won from Wrongly Accused and My Jasami. Another current long-shot driver is Dean Miller, whose winners this season include Be Prepared (a $152.20 shot who came from the rear to win at Gloucester Park on February 24), Hilo Angus (a winner at $94.80 at Narrogin in March) and Smashing American (a Pinjarra winner vat $48.80 in March). Chris Voak’s numerous winners this season include Turquia ($72.70) and Firebomb ($61.20) and drivers of other long-priced winners include Deni Roberts (Borntobeanartist at $68.80 and Tsar Bomb at $63.50), Stuart McDonald (Sir Slick at $82.80), Lauren Jones (Tajie Baby at $61 and Shardons Rocket at $46), Callan Suvaljko (Ingot Dreaming at $58.50, Sweet Dilemma at $56.30 and Aldebaran Eastwood at $46.40), Bailey McDonough (Hot Fraternity at $81.60), Shannon Suvaljko (Foxy Dame at $75.70, The Midas Touch at $31.80, Bad Round at $29.30, Qtown Rip Roaring at $27.70, Spot The Shark at $24.30 and Colour Coded at $23.20), Garry Johnson (Spoilt Dilinger at $63.40) and Michael Grantham (Who Thru Teddy at $51.50, Northern Emperor at $30.20, Racey American at $29.80 and Real Zeal at $23.30). Ken Casellas

Mitch Maguire put up such a remarkable performance to buck the odds and win at Pinjarra last Monday week that he should continue his winning ways by proving the master of his rivals in the $23,000 Milwaukee 18V Fuel Heavy Duty WA Derby Prelude over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Several outstanding three-year-olds will contest Friday night’s event, but Mitch Maguire, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has won with such authority at his past three starts that he should capitalise on his favourable barrier at No. 2 on the front line and notch his 11th win from 17 starts and his ninth win from ten starts in Western Australia. Colin Brown will handle Mitch Maguire, replacing the suspended Ryan Warwick, who has driven the colt at all of his nine WA outings. At Pinjarra on Monday of last week, Mitch Maguire started off 30m in a 2631m stand. He galloped badly and settled down some 20 lengths behind the early leader. He improved to be eighth at the bell and he sprinted brilliantly 550m from home to burst to the front at the 300m mark and then he coasted to victory at a 1.59 rate. “It was a tremendous run,” said stable driver Ryan Bell. “We clocked him off the video to go his final mile and a half in 2min. 52sec.” Bell said that he did not expect Friday night’s race to be a walk in the park for Mitch Maguire. “He’s got very good gate speed, but so have Im The Best (barrier one) and Herrick Roosevelt (three) and there might be fireworks early.” Bell will drive Mitch Maguire’s stablemate Rock Diamonds from barrier five, for the first time in a race. “It’s a tricky draw and we’ll probably stay out of trouble and do our best work late,” he said. Rock Diamonds has shown excellent promise and has won at eight of his ten starts in WA. Ace trainer Gary Hall sen. Will be represented by Herrick Roosevelt, who has made most of the running to win easily at his only two starts --- at Bunbury and Gloucester Park in December. He is favourably drawn at barrier three on the front line and will be driven by Clint Hall. Gary Hall jun. will continue as the driver of the Michael Brennan-trained Im Rockaria, who has won at ten of his 17 starts and is awkwardly drawn at barrier seven. Kim Prentice will drive Mustang Bart, a newcomer from Victoria who has drawn the inside of the back line for his WA debut for Victorian trainer Gary Barton. Mustang Bart has had 14 starts for three wins in Victoria and one in New South Wales.   Ken Casellas

Prominent Byford businessman Ross Waddell had four runners, as owner or part-owner, at the Pinjarra harness racing meeting on Monday afternoon --- and all four, Firebrace, Reminder Call, Sarah Goody and Lisharry, were successful. Now he has high hopes that his golden run will continue at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he will be pinning his faith in Sarah Goody, who will be one of the main fancies in the opening event, the TABtouch Pace for three-year-old fillies. Sarah Goody, trained at Herne Hill by Kevin Keys, maintained her sparkling form when she started from barrier five on the front line, burst to the front after 150m and set the pace before sprinting the final 400m in 27sec. to win a 2185m mobile event at Pinjarra by more than four lengths from Parisian Partygirl. The Rich And Spoilt filly has had six starts as a three-year-old for five wins and a second and is developing into a WA Oaks prospect. She will again be handled by Gary Hall jun. in Friday night’s $18,000 2130m event in which she will start from barrier five in a field of eight. One of her chief assets is her brilliant gate speed. Two starts ago, at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week, she began speedily from the No. 8 barrier and took up the running after 220m before going on to win by two lengths from Davinci Diamond over 2130m. All seven fillies in Friday night’s race have excellent credentials and Sarah Goody will clash with talented fillies Betshes Precious (barrier two), Lady Luca (three) who are trained at Boyanup by Justin Prentice. Betshes Precious, a winner of three races, is part-owned by Waddell. Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed will be represented by Maczaffair (a winner at six of her 12 starts) and Beach Goddess (four wins from eight starts) and Bunbury trainer Frank Bonnett will be giving last-start winner Salacious Gossip her first run after a spell. Adding considerable interest to the event will be the first appearance in Western Australia of Real Desire filly Susies Desire, who had three starts in October in New Zealand for a distant last, a solid second and a last-start victory, all at Forbury. Susies Desire is trained at Millendon by Sonia Zucchiatti and will be driven from the coveted No. 1 barrier by Chris Lewis. She has not raced since October 23 when she was a 5/2 on favourite and did not show any great gate speed from the No. 3 barrier. She settled down in third spot and raced three back on the pegs until Dexter Dunn dashed her forward and into the lead after 1100m. The first quarters of the final mile were run in 29.4sec. and 31sec. before Susies Desire sped over the thirds section in 27.9sec. and then cruised over the final 400m in 31.2sec. to win by more than three lengths from Le Star. She rated 2.1.2 over 2700m. Three nights earlier Rory McIlwrick drove Susies Gem in a 2200m mobile in which she was the solitary runner off the back line. She settled in fifth place and raced without cover for much of the way before running home determinedly to be a one-length second to the 5/1 on favourite Pembrook Ideal, who dashed over the final 800m in 57.7sec. and the last 400m in 28.1sec. and rated 2.0.5. Ken Casellas

Bettors Gem, often underestimated by harness racing aficionados, has regained her best form and looks a major chance in the third heat of the Retravision Nights of Thunder over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The WA-bred five-year-old is wonderfully versatile, possessing blistering gate speed as well as a powerful finishing burst. Pinjarra trainer-reinsman Shane Young declared that Bettors Gem had bright prospects from an ideal barrier at No. 2 over the sprint journey at her sixth start after a spell. “She is very quick and at the moment I’m not sure what I’ll do, whether to take the gamble and see if we can cross Char Do Neigh in barrier one,” he said. “The alternative is to sit on Char Do Neigh’s back. “In her previous campaign, as a four-year-old, she stepped up and showed that she’s a good mare --- not at the top of the rankings, but in the top ten in the State. She went 1.54 when she won from Twoandahalf Tigers over 1730m last season. And she’s close to that form now. “Two weeks ago she got out (from barrier nine and challenged Mon Lillies for the early lead) when I didn’t even ask her to get out of the gate. She raced in the breeze and I thought should would have gone close to winning had she not locked wheels with Shes Artful in the last lap. “Last week she had a good draw on the inside of the back line when she raced three back on the pegs before finishing solidly to be second to Bettor be Supreme in the Coulson final.” Young said that a setback had affected Bettors Gem’s performances in group feature events for mares in November and December when she was unplaced behind Major Reality in the Norms Daughter Classic and The Parade in the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic. “She had an ulcer on an eye just before she was due to come back into work and this set her back two to three weeks and I didn’t have enough time to give her a couple of starts before the big races for mares,” Young said. Char Do Neigh, a winner at ten of his 39 starts, is perfectly drawn at barrier one for trainers Greg and Skye Bond and reinsman Ryan Warwick is sure to be anxious to set the pace in a race which promises to develop into a match between Char Do Neigh, Bettors Gem and American Boy. The return to racing of American Boy after a four-month absence will create considerable interest. The five-year-old American Boy, trained by Gary Hall sen., has made a tremendous start to his career, with his 21 starts producing 14 wins and four second placings. Reinsman Gary Hall jun. said that he would make use of American Boy’s gate speed from the No. 3 barrier. “I’ll be driving him fairly aggressively, mindful that only the fastest runners from the three heats will qualify for the final. Last year I won a heat with Algranco Under Fire, but he failed to qualify for the final.”   Ken Casellas

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