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WA thoroughbred, harness racing and greyhounds racing prizemoney will be reduced by 20 per cent from next Monday as coronavirus containment measures severely hit industry income. Racing and Wagering WA CEO Richard Burt said TAB turnover had plummeted by at least 50 per cent and expenditure cuts were need to ensure the racing industry survived. Victorian, NSW and SA racing have also announced stakes cuts in recent days. “Unfortunately our business, like so many, has been hit by the pandemic crisis,” Burt said yesterday. “In view of the impact on RWWA income, the decision has been made to reduce overall expenditure. “This will help sustain WA racing and boost the industry’s long-term future. “RWWA has adopted reductions across all aspects of our own operations, and distributions to the three racing codes. “To ensure business continuity, there have been funding changes to RWWA internal operations, with a significant reduction of expenses as we face declining income. “Race prizemoney and associated bonuses will be reduced by 20 per cent from next Monday.” Ladies of Pacing Awards Luncheon at Victory Lounge, Optus Stadium. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian Burt said social distancing and constraint restrictions had impacted seriously on RWWA’s income through WA TAB turnover. “National and international sports, and overseas racing, have all but shut down,” Burt said. “There’s been closure of 330 WA TAB outlets, which provided 50 per cent of this state’s TAB business.” Burt said some feature events would retain stakes levels which were specified by the Racing Bets Levy Act. He said betting operators paid premium rate levies when thoroughbred race meetings had a $100,000 event, or there were $30,000 races at harness and greyhound fixtures. The higher payments benefited racing. Richard Burt. Credit: Alan Chau/The West Australian, Alan Chau “Funds gained from stake money cuts, and reductions of RWWA administrative costs, will be held and used to support the racing industry over coming months,” Burt said. “RWWA is prepared to back continued racing with 80 percent stakes levels, though TAB income is down by at least 50 percent. “We will support key elements of racing to ensure it survives the crisis.” Burt said RWWA aimed to have funds in hand to later revive racing if there was a shutdown, and ensure the WA racing industry’s long-term future. “RWWA appreciates racing industry participants’ co-operation in these unprecedented circumstances”, Burt said. “We are taking necessary measures to help get us through the challenges to our industry.” By Ernie Manning Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

Banned harness racing trainer-reinsman Clinton Hall says he was justified in refusing to surrender his mobile telephone to stewards on Friday. Hall has been suspended indefinitely for not co-operating in an inquiry into the running of the third race at Gloucester Park on January 24. Racing and Wagering WA integrity chief Denis Borovica said Hall, after not giving his phone to stewards, had been stood down from training and driving until completion of the investigation. Several people were quizzed at the track and had their mobile telephones examined by stewards last Friday week when the inquiry opened. “I handed in my phone to steward Rhys Chappell last Friday week and it was returned,” Hall said yesterday. “Then, RWWA investigator Geoff Johnson turned up at my home yesterday and wanted to take my phone away. “After he wouldn’t tell me when it would be returned, I declined to hand it over, on family grounds. “My phone is the only point of contact I have with my young children, who live at Margaret River after a marital split in December. “I wasn’t going to let him take away the phone for an unknown time and prevent me contacting my children.” Borovica said stewards, when continuing the inquiry, had this week heard allegations that Hall contacted a trainer before the third race last Friday week and breached regulations by suggesting how a horse should be driven. Hall did not have a drive in the race. Meanwhile, judges belatedly agreed to change placings and declare Jaspervellabeach had dead-heated for first with Gardys Legacy in the last race at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Gardys Legacy was originally named the winner by a nose from Jaspervellabeach. However, judges conceded an error had been made after stewards studied the photo finish print and recommended the result be amended. The new result was announced at 10.45pm, about 40 minutes after the finish. “I’ve not known of a result being changed in these circumstances for many years,” chief steward Barbara Scott said. “It’s a golden racing rule that the judges’ decision is final. “But this has become one of the rare times that judges agreed to change a result when stewards gave opinions.” Meantime, reinsman Michael Grantham received a seven-day suspension and a $400 fine after stewards found him guilty of excessive whip use when driving unplaced Straittothebar in race two on Friday night.   By Ernie Manning   Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

On Friday 24 January 2020, Racing and Wagering Western Australia’s (RWWA) Stewards commenced an investigation concerning Race 3, Westral Pace that was scheduled to be run at Gloucester Park that evening. A number of licensed persons were questioned and their mobile phones were examined by the Stewards. Following further investigations, Stewards have now opened an inquiry into an allegation that prior to the race, Trainer/Driver Mr C. Hall made an improper statement(s) to a Trainer with a runner engaged in the race with regard to the tactics and handling of their runner. Mr Hall has been directed to surrender, for the purposes of further inspection and examination, his mobile telephone. Mr Hall has not complied with this direction at this time. Pursuant to Harness Rule of Racing 183, Stewards have also directed that all licenses held by Mr Hall be suspended forthwith pending the outcome of this matter. The inquiry will be conducted on a date to be determined. Any persons who may have information in relation to this matter are encouraged to contact the RWWA Investigators through the following: Investigator:                          Geoff Johnson                     0408 843 560 Investigator:                          Paul Criddle                         0402 020 400 Investigator:                          Freya Norman                      0404 893 063 Betting Investigator:            Trevor Styles                        0437 312 145 Integrity Email:                     racingintegrity@rwwa.com.au Integrity Phone:                    (618) 9445 5565 Acknowledging concerns are paramount and industry sources of information is welcomed. Information and complaints from any person that impacts upon the integrity of thoroughbred, harness or greyhound racing in Western Australia will be accepted in whatever form available including, in person to RWWA Stewards and Investigators, in writing to the address stated above, by telephone to the integrity message service or by email to the racing integrity webmail address provided. This can be reported anonymously if required, with all information treated confidentially and in accordance with best practice. Racing and Wagering Western Australia

Trainers frequently ask what they need to do to be considered a contender for a Group race and this policy, whilst retaining a discretionary component, provided specific conditions for selection. These conditions removed a large part of the discretion applied in selecting race fields for feature races.  Specifically, the policy read: When selecting fields for Group Races, unless otherwise stipulated in the conditions for the race preference in field selection will be given to the: Four horses with the highest win dollars for the current season. Four horses with the highest stakemoney earned in their last five (5) starts, provided a horse selected under clause (a) is excluded from selection under this clause. The balance of the field will be selected at the discretion of the Field Selection Panel Following industry feedback the policy has been changed to allow the Handicapping Panel full discretion in selecting a feature race field unless stipulated otherwise in the conditions for the race. For transparency, the revised policy identifies the criteria that will be considered by the Handicapping Panel in the field selection process. The policy now reads: In selecting fields for Group Races the Handicapping Panel will give consideration to the following: Current season win dollars  Stakemoney earned in last five starts Current form (last 5 race starts) Lifetime performance. When considering form the Panel will be mindful of the class of races competed in, the quality of the opposition and the circumstances of each race (barrier draw, interference received etc.). In selecting a field the Handicapping Panel has absolute discretion to apply whatever weighting they consider appropriate to each of the above. For reference, the WA Racing Policies and General Racing Information can be viewed on the RWWA website.  Refer:    https://www.rwwa.com.au/harness-hub/racing-office/ Kerry Hanks, RWWA Manager Harness Racing    RWWA

Harness racing was the big loser of the distribution in Western Australia, receiving just six per cent of the $10.6 million increase in funding. Nine races will be run at metropolitan Saturday meetings and prize money for midweek city and inner provincial meetings in Western Australia will be boosted from August 1. Racing and Wagering WA announced a number of changes yesterday to thoroughbred racing for the 2019-20 season as part of its $168.4 million distribution to the three codes. The Roma Cup (1200m), Belmont Sprint (1400m), Hyperion Stakes (1600m) and Strickland Stakes (2000m) will be run for $200,000 after stakes for the Group 3 features were lifted by $50,000. Prize money for the Group 2 Ted van Heemst Stakes (2100m) has been cut to $250,000 from $400,000 and the Group 3 AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m) has also been reduced to $200,000. Seven races will be scheduled for metropolitan and inner provincial midweek meetings, which will allow for an additional race to be scheduled on Saturdays. “A $30,000 race for Westspeed Platinum horses will be added to every Saturday meeting,” RWWA manager of commercial racing and planning David Hunter said. “It should be popular with breeders and owners.” Maidens and handicaps run at midweek city meetings will be run for $20,000 and $25,000 respectively. The purses for two-year-old, three-year-old and no metro wins in the last year races have been boosted to $30,000. Jockeys’ race and trial riding fees will also be increased. RWWA has also made a provision in its stakes budget for a dedicated race day for Westspeed and Westspeed Platinum horses. “It is only a concept at the moment. We will consult with the breeders’ association and possibly look at it for the next calendar year,” Hunter said. RWWA has increased club funding and prize money for greyhounds to introduce seven-day-a-week racing for the code. Harness racing was the big loser of the distribution, receiving just six per cent of the $10.6 million increase in funding. Trainer Adam Durrant has a feature race in mind for Come Play With Me if he completes a winning hat-trick at Belmont Park on Saturday. “He’ll run on Saturday and then go to the Strickland Stakes two weeks later,” Durrant said.   By Jay Rooney   Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

Last November, Racing and Wagering Western Australia implemented a new business model for Harness Racing in the state. The business model was introduced with a view towards ensuring there would be long term sustainability in the code. The new model, as a conditioned handicapping system, ensures horses that are successful as juveniles don’t enter the open class system as maidens and they race against horses in a similar class. While these horses that performed well at juvenile level can’t drop back to maiden races, the system still allows them to slowly work their way into open class. As a result, the new model looks to ensure competitive racing and a reduction in short price favourites. The new model looked into race circuits, stakes tiering, meeting schedules, race programming and handicapping and internal business systems and practices. Colin Smith, a former handicapper of the West Australian Trotting Association who also helped in the creation of the new model, said it tried to ensure an even playing field for all participants. “We introduced the new system looking to reduce the number of short price favourites and spread more of the money around to the participants,” he said. “We wanted to increase the number of first time winners as well as the number of three and four-year-olds that win races. “In Harness Racing, we had some horses that would be five or six classes better than other horses, but come September 1 and the new season they would become even.” According to Smith, in season 2003/04 there were 248 different thoroughbreds that recorded their first win, while there were only 101 Standardbreds that matched that feat, despite there being more than 400 additional Harness Races held. Trainer-driver Aldo Cortopassi said juvenile horses dropping back to race in significantly easier races had been a problem for Harness Racing for some time and felt the code could learn from Thoroughbred Racing. “In the gallops, if you win a race, or run well in a good race, you get weight on your back,” he said. “In the trots, you often see good quality horses dropping back and winning maidens. “A lot of trainers would work the system, even I did too.” Cortopassi said it was important for Harness Racing in WA to keep evolving and embrace the new model. “I don’t mind the system because I have a range of different horses,” he said. “You really have to study the nominations and work out what race is suitable for your horse. “Harness Racing has been stuck in a holding pattern for a long time now. “This is a major evolving system and, like any system, it has a few glitches and some areas of it need tweaking. “For the most part, you have a lot of horses of the same calibre racing against each other.” As well as the improved standard of racing, Cortopassi said the new model could have a positive effect on the breeding industry. “The old system had an impact on the breeding industry,” he said. “People would hold on to their horses for a long time and they didn’t have to buy new horses. “They wouldn’t look interstate or to New Zealand to buy horses because they knew the horses they had in their stable would be able to drop back.” From the perspective of up and coming trainer-driver Kyle Harper, who won the Group 1 Golden Slipper with Franco Edward last year, the transition to the new model was never going to please everyone. “Nobody likes change, especially when it comes to business,” Harper said. “I was against it to start with, I didn’t like it at all and the most part of that was because I didn’t understand it. “Until you go through the motions of it, it’s pretty hard to understand. “I’m getting a pretty good grasp of it now and I’m actually not disliking it. “As time goes on, it’s getting better and better.” Harper said Kaptain Kenny was one horse in his stable that had benefitted from the new model. The gelding won just five of his first 56 races, but in a prosperous period between December and February he was able to win three races in four starts. “Under the new model, Kaptain Kenny has essentially been able to win what would under the old system be an M0 race twice,” Harper said. “He’s no world beater, but he’s been able to find the right races.” Despite the success he’s had with Kaptain Kenny, Harper said he had faced some problems finding suitable races for his star three-year-old Franco Edward. While Harper acknowledged it was important not to let juvenile feature race winners drop back too far below their class, he hoped there could be room for some concessions for them in the new system. “The biggest issue I have with a horse like Franco Edward is there’s no real penalty free two and three-year-old races,” he said. “In a sense that is good because it stops the Derby winner dropping back. “There still needs to be more incentive for the younger horses and a bit more opportunity for them in the new system.” Cortopassi said he had also been involved with pacers who had started to reap the rewards of victory as a result of the new model. “A horse I drove for Matt Henwood at Narrogin last month Baron Jujon has been an example of one who has benefitted,” he said. “We have seen a lot of hobby trainers who have been able to get their horses into races they can win without having better quality horses that can drop back. “You have to find the races and go to them.” Veteran Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed said he was also an advocate of the new model, despite his best horses not necessarily the ones best suited by the model. Reed identified turnover as the key long-term measure as to whether or not the model was working. “If the turnover on meetings has improved, then I think the model is working,” he said. “We need to be able to get turnover up. “Before we changed to the new model, we couldn’t get full fields. “The good horses are the ones that are impacted more by the new model, but they well find ways to win.” More information on the new business model can be found on the following link: https://www.rwwa.com.au/home/racing/industry-feedback-on-new-harness-business-model-7118.html   Tim Walker

On 12 June 2018 Racing and Wagering WA (RWWA) Stewards concluded an inquiry into comments that had been posted on a Facebook page concerning a senior RWWA Racing official. In conclusion to this inquiry, harness owner Mr R Hughes pleaded guilty to a charge relating to the publication of offensive comments about a Steward and was issued with a fine of $2,000 with $1,000 of that fine being suspended for a period of 12 months on the condition that no further breaches to this or similar rules occur (Rule 248 RWWA Rules of Harness Racing). In considering the penalty Stewards took into account:  Previous penalties issued in Western Australia and South Australia in regards to comments made within the same Facebook page.  That the inquiry was able to be completed by way of written submissions from Mr Hughes who acknowledged culpability for the breach of the rules and thus expedited the process.  The obvious remorse and that a written apology was made for the comments.  The need to send a clear message to Mr Hughes and the wider racing industry that Stewards performing their duties were entitled to be protected from offensive comments. Media Contact: Russell Quinn – Manager Corporate Communications Ph: 9445 5418    Racing and Wagering WA

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

Racing at Kalgoorlie’s historic Golden Mile Trotting Club could end beyond 2018, with Racing and Wagering WA confirming it will not allocate meetings to the 114-year-old club after the upcoming season. Following an extensive consultation process with the WA harness industry and a review, the State’s governing body revealed the GMTC would not be given meetings after the year’s end. RWWA chief executive Richard Burt admitted the decision was difficult, but said it was necessary for the longevity of WA’s harness industry. “As great as Kalgoorlie-Boulder is, it doesn’t have a local population of trainers to sustain racing,” he said. “They rely heavily on the travellers, not just Perth but also the rural areas around the South West. Trainer-driver Aldo Cortopassi at the Golden Mile Trotting Club on December 15.Picture: Kalgoorlie Miner “I have to say, the people who have run the club have done a really good job getting people up here. “The club needs to be commended for their efforts. But the problem is, there aren’t enough people to put on the races.” The final meeting of the GMTC season on December 15 last year did not feature a race with more than eight starters, while three fields included only six entrants, across the seven-race program. Out-of-town trainers Matt Saw, of Pinjarra, and Aldo Cortopassi, whose stable is based at Darling Downs near Perth, played influential roles in maintaining field numbers cross the 2017 season. Neale Harvey and Zach Relph | Kalgoorlie Miner Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

RWWA appointed Barbara Scott as the Chief Steward Harness Racing in February 2017, after an extensive recruitment process that attracted a pool of strong candidates. Before her appointment, Ms Scott had been Chair of Stewards with Harness Racing South Australia since 2014 and a senior steward with Harness Racing New South Wales. She has had a long involvement with the racing industry in Australia. Ms Scott has provided exemplary performance in her role since her appointment, significantly contributing to the maintenance of the integrity of harness racing in Western Australia. RWWA is delighted with Ms Scott’s performance, dedication and contribution and she enjoys RWWA’s full support and confidence. RWWA looks forward to a long working relationship with Ms Scott for the betterment of harness racing in Western Australia. Ms Scott is not leaving her position as Chief Steward of Harness Racing. Despite some recent inaccurate commentary on social media, RWWA has not received any official complaint at all concerning Ms Scott’s conduct or performance in her role since her appointment, and she is not the subject to any investigation or inquiry. RWWA is committed to ensuring that licensed persons maintain high standards of conduct to maintain the integrity of racing, and will take action where the conduct of licensed persons detrimentally affects the welfare and integrity of racing. Any person with a legitimate grievance on racing matters should contact RWWA so it can utilise the powers it has as the regulator of racing in Western Australia to properly investigate the matter. RWWA  

The new Thoroughbred Racing Committee will have a stronger influence on the future of the industry as part of a fresh consultative process with Racing and Wagering WA. In what is tipped to be the biggest reform since the inception of RWWA in 2003, the TRC has been formed to bring about changes for the WA racing industry. A lack of confidence from industry stakeholders in RWWA’s performance and decision making recently sparked the industry’s desire for change. Industry powerbroker and former Group 1-winning trainer Michael Grant initiated the idea of the TRC in his thoroughbred funding allocation review this year. Grant stood down as chairman of the WA Racing Representative Group to join the TRC. He was nominated by the trainers, jockeys, owners and breeders’ associations. RWWA deputy chairman and thoroughbred code director of the board Bob Pearson is the chairman of the TRC. Prominent owner and businessman Frank Fiore was nominated by the provincial and country clubs and Perth Racing chairman Neil Pinner was nominated by PR. “The committee is there to challenge the status quo and initiate positive change for the thoroughbred industry,” Grant said. “We will be working with RWWA on that process and we have the right people in place to be an agent for change.” In conjunction with RWWA, the TRC will make recommendations to the RWWA board on a host of matters including annual strategic plans, infrastructure, prize money, handicapping and race programming. The harness racing and greyhound codes have also formed committees to serve the same purpose. RWWA chief executive Richard Burt said the committees would have more access to information on industry strategies than ever before. “There were consultative groups in place with the bodies that RWWA consulted with and that has been effective,” Burt said. “But after 13 or 14 years, it has reached the point where the industries need to be more involved. It will bring them into a confidential environment.” Bob Fowler and Gary Gliddon are the chairmen of the harness and greyhound committees. RWWA has approved a request by the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club to hold a meeting on Good Friday next year. By Jay Rooney Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

A total of 28 horses will contest the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion Series, after Racing and Wagering Western Australia announced the final harness racing acceptances today. Seven horses were withdrawn from the series before acceptances were taken, including the fourth ranked Our Dream About Me. The seven withdrawals meant Egodan, Cut For An Ace, Lets Chase The Dream and Tanaka Eagle, who were all outside of the top 30 following the release of the fourth rankings, have now secured a start in the series. Major Reality, Jilliby Jagger, Condrieu, Im Full Of Excuses and Bettor Reward held spots inside the top 30 after the fourth rankings were released, but have now been withdrawn. RWWA Harness Racing Chief Handicapper Warren Wishart said he was pleased with the final field. “While it is disappointing not to have the full complement of 30 runners, the talent in the final acceptances is sure to make for an outstanding series,” said Wishart. Lazarus confirmed his status as the one to beat for the series, with a dominant display in the New Zealand Trotting Cup on Tuesday. Trainer Mark Purdon said on TABradio’s The Sports Daily Lazarus and Have Faith In Me had started the journey to Perth, but indicated stablemate Our Dream About Me would not make the trip.   “The owners of Our Dream About Me want to keep the horse here, and go on to two nice mares races in Auckland,” said Purdon. Lazarus and Have Faith In Me will join 18 other horses set for the Inter Dominion carnival on a flight from Melbourne on Sunday bound for Perth. Tiger Tara will start in a Free For All this Friday night in New Zealand, before starting his journey to Perth on Saturday. The barrier draw for the opening heats of 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion will take place at Gloucester Park on Monday November 20 at 2pm (WA time) and will be live streamed on the Gloucester Park Facebook page, ahead of the series commencement on Friday November 24. The series once again heads to Bunbury for the second round on Tuesday November 28. The third and final set of heats will be held at Gloucester Park on Friday December 1, before the Grand Final on Friday December 8. Warren Wishart                                                                            RWWA, Harness Racing Chief Handicapper                                 P: 08 9445 5283                                                                          warren.wishart@rwwa.com.au                                                      HORSE Trainer 1st Ranking 2nd Ranking 3rd Ranking 4th Ranking LAZARUS NZ by Bettor's Delight      Mark Purdon 1 1 1 1 LENNYTHESHARK by Four Starzzz Shark   David Aiken 2 2 2 2 CHICAGO BULL NZ by Bettor's Delight Gary Hall Snr 3 3 3 3 HAVE FAITH IN ME NZ by Bettor's Delight Mark Purdon 9 5 5 5 TIGER TARA NZ by Bettor's Delight Kevin Pizzuto 5 6 6 6 SOHO TRIBECA by American Ideal Kim Prentice 8 9 7 7 SHANDALE NZ by Art Major Mike Reed 29 30 9 8 OHOKA PUNTER NZ by Bettor's Delight Gary Hall Snr 7 8 8 9 MAJOR CROCKER by Art Major Vince Vallelonga 12 10 11 10 YAYAS HOT SPOT NZ by Jeremes Jet S P Tritton, L R Tritton 20 20 12 11 DEVENDRA by Bettor's Delight Todd Rattray 13 13 13 12 THE BUCKET LIST NZ by Christian Cullen Michael Brennan 17 17 16 13 RUN ONEOVER NZ by Changeover Gary Hall Snr 10 12 14 14 MOTU PREMIER NZ by Bettor's Delight Ross Olivieri 22 21 20 15 SAN CARLO by Mach Three Stephen O'Donoghue 42 41 30 16 OUR JIMMY JOHNSTONE NZ by P Forty Seven  Skye Bond 18 18 17 17 JAMBIANI by Safari Ross Olivieri 23 22 18 18 SIMPLY SUSATIONAL NZ by Elsu Skye Bond 27 23 19 19 GALACTIC STAR NZ by Bettor's Delight Skye Bond 30 29 21 20 AMERICANBOOTSCOOTA by Allamerican Ingot   Debra Lewis 33 31 24 23 MR MOJITO NZ by Real Desire Kerryn Manning 35 33 27 24 CODE BLACK NZ by Bettor's Delight Kevin Pizzuto 48 43 28 27 VULTAN TIN by Dawn Ofa New Day Phil Costello 39 37 31 28 MAJORDAN by Art Major Amanda Turnbull 59 44 32 29 EGODAN by Sportswriter Kevin Pizzuto 71 49 34 31 CUT FOR AN ACE by Aces N Sevens Michael Brennan 63 60 35 32 LETS CHASE THE DREAM NZ by Bettor's Delight  Gary Hall Snr 34 38 36 33 TANAKA EAGLE by Elsu Reg Phillips 83 81 41 34

Racing And Wagering Western Australia’s Harness Racing Chief Handicapper Warren Wishart has released the fourth and final ranking for the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park, with 36 horses remaining in contention for the series starting November 24. Four horses ranked inside the top 30 have been withdrawn from the series since the third rankings were released, including last year’s third place finisher Beaudiene Boaz. The big mover in the latest set of rankings is the Stephen O’Donoghue-trained San Carlo, following his win in the Maryborough Cup on October 29. A winner at 20 of his 24 starts, San Carlo looks set to be a major player in the 2017 series, after guaranteeing his place with a ranking of 17. Ross Olivieri’s Motu Premier is another notable mover in the latest set of rankings, moving up five spots to number 15 following his third placing in the James Brennan Memorial at Gloucester Park on November 3. All three of Olivieri’s top 30 entrants will run at Gloucester Park on Friday night, as they look to strengthen their claims on taking out the series, while fellow WA aspirants The Bucket List and Shandale will also feature on the 10 race card. A number of key prospects for the 2017 series will step out at Addington on Tuesday in the New Zealand Cup, including top-ranked Lazarus, Tiger Tara, Have Faith In Me and Our Dream About Me all set to line up in the feature. The second-ranked Lennytheshark will top off his preparations for Perth in Thursday’s Yarra Valley Cup. Chicago Bull and Soho Tribeca remain the highest ranked of the Perth chances in the series at three and seven respectively. The pair finished first and second in last Friday night’s James Brennan Memorial at Gloucester Park. The TABtouch Inter Dominion series starts with the first set of heats at Gloucester Park on Friday November 24, before the series once again heads to Bunbury for the second round on Tuesday November 28. The third and final set of heats will be held at Gloucester Park on Friday December 1, before the Grand Final on Friday December 8. Warren Wishart RWWA, Harness Racing Chief Handicapper P:  08 9445 5283 warren.wishart@rwwa.com.au   TABtouch Perth Inter Dominion – Fourth Rankings HORSE Trainer 1st Ranking 2nd Ranking 3rd Ranking 4th Ranking         LAZARUS NZ Mark Purdon 1 1 1 1   LENNYTHESHARK David Aiken 2 2 2 2   CHICAGO BULL NZ Gary Hall Snr 3 3 3 3   OUR DREAM ABOUT ME NZ Mark Purdon 4 4 4 4   HAVE FAITH IN ME NZ Mark Purdon 9 5 5 5   TIGER TARA NZ Kevin Pizzuto 5 6 6 6   SOHO TRIBECA Kim Prentice 8 9 7 7   SHANDALE NZ Mike Reed 29 30 9 8   OHOKA PUNTER NZ Gary Hall Snr 7 8 8 9   MAJOR CROCKER Vince Vallelonga 12 10 11 10   YAYAS HOT SPOT NZ S P Tritton, L R Tritton 20 20 12 11   DEVENDRA Todd Rattray 13 13 13 12   THE BUCKET LIST NZ Michael Brennan 17 17 16 13   RUN ONEOVER NZ Gary Hall Snr 10 12 14 14   MOTU PREMIER NZ Ross Olivieri 22 21 20 15   SAN CARLO Stephen O'Donoghue 42 41 30 16   OUR JIMMY JOHNSTONE NZ Skye Bond 18 18 17 17   JAMBIANI Ross Olivieri 23 22 18 18   SIMPLY SUSATIONAL NZ Skye Bond 27 23 19 19   GALACTIC STAR NZ Craig Cross 30 29 21 20   MAJOR REALITY NZ Justin Prentice 25 27 22 21   JILLIBY JAGGER Glen Craven 28 28 23 22   AMERICANBOOTSCOOTA Debra Lewis 33 31 24 23   MR MOJITO NZ Kerryn Manning 35 33 27 24   CONDRIEU NZ Skye Bond 57 35 25 25   IM FULL OF EXCUSES NZ Ross Olivieri 21 25 26 26   CODE BLACK NZ Kevin Pizzuto 48 43 28 27   VULTAN TIN Phil Costello 39 37 31 28   MAJORDAN Amanda Turnbull 59 44 32 29   BETTOR REWARD Justin Prentice 37 36 33 30   EGODAN Kevin Pizzuto 71 49 34 31   CUT FOR AN ACE Michael Brennan 63 60 35 32   LETS CHASE THE DREAM NZ Gary Hall Snr 34 38 36 33   TANAKA EAGLE Reg Phillips 83 81 41 34   ITZ BETTOR TO WIN NZ Ross Olivieri 73 70 42 35   JOHNNY DISCO Ross Ashby 64 64 43 36     TABtouch Perth Inter Dominion – Scratched/Withdrawn AMERICAN BOY NZ Gary Hall Snr 45 SCR SCR   AZTEC BROMAC NZ KerryAnn Turner 38 45 SCR   BEAUDIENE BOAZ NZ Gary Hall Snr 11 11 10 SCR BLAZIN N CULLEN NZ John McCarthy 49 50 SCR   CHARLAVAL KerryAnn Turner 80 80 SCR   CLANCYS FOBWATCH Michael Doltoff 74 72 SCR   CONDAGEN KerryAnn Turner 47 48 SCR   COSTA DEL MAGNIFICO NZ Ross Olivieri 75 73 SCR   COURAGE TELLS NZ Skye Bond 69 71 SCR   DANIELJOHN Kristian Hawkins 76 77 SCR   DASHOFLUCK NZ James Rattray 46 47 SCR   DODOLICIOUS Skye Bond 54 55 SCR   EL HOMBRE Ross Olivieri 56 58 SCR   HECTORJAYJAY David Aiken SCR SCR SCR   HEEZ ON FIRE Bill Horn 26 26 SCR   HEZA BROMAC NZ Kevin Pizzuto 95 92 SCR   HUGH VICTOR Clive Dalton 84 82 SCR   IDEAL ALICE NZ Gary Hall Snr 31 SCR SCR   IDEAL FOR REAL Emma Stewart 40 40 SCR   IDEAL TYSON Gary Elson 41 39 29 SCR IDEALINDIAMONDS NZ Skye Bond 81 74 SCR   JOHN OF ARC NZ Clive Dalton 14 15 SCR   JOHNNY FOX NZ Ross Olivieri 60 61 SCR   LADY DUPREE Tony Svilicich 97 SCR SCR   LIVURA NZ Nathan Turvey 87 84 SCR   LORD ZIN ZAN NZ John McCarthy 52 52 SCR   MASTER JAXON David Hunter 65 65 SCR   MATCH POINT NZ Kevin Pizzuto 72 SCR SCR   MOONROCK NZ Sonya Smith 79 67 SCR   MY FIELD MARSHAL NZ Tim Butt 6 7 8 SCR MY HARD COPY NZ Clinton Hall 15 14 15 SCR MYSTA MAGICAL MACH NZ Tony Svilicich 68 69 SCR   NATHANS COURAGE Michael Brennan 53 56 SCR   NATURAL DISASTER Justin Prentice 51 54 37 SCR NEW WORLD ORDER Ray Williams 67 68 SCR   NORVIC NIGHTOWL NZ Gary Hall Snr 32 32 SCR   OUR WAIKIKI BEACH Mark Purdon 16 16 SCR   PACHACUTI Todd Rattray 43 42 SCR   PAY ME CULLEN NZ Kristian Hawkins 91 89 SCR   RABCHENKO Kevin Charles 77 75 SCR   RED SALUTE Ross Olivieri 78 78 SCR   RESURGENT SPIRIT Kate Hargreaves 82 79 SCR   RIVERBOAT JASPER Maree Caldow 85 76 SCR   RUB OF THE GREEN NZ Michael Brennan 58 59 SCR   SHARDONS ROCKET NZ Tony Svilicich 93 88 SCR   SHEER ROCKNROLL Ross Olivieri 44 46 SCR   SMO NZ Eric Chabros 96 93 SCR   SMOKEY THE BANDIT Michael Callegari 50 53 SCR   SOHO WALL STREET Glenn Elliott 61 63 39 SCR SPARE ME DAYS Brad Hewitt 36 34 SCR   SPRINTER NZ Gary Elson 55 57 38 SCR STORMONT CZAR KerryAnn Turner 70 51 SCR   STRATHLACHLAN ANDY Geoffrey Harding 86 83 SCR   STROGANOFF NZ Kristian Hawkins 92 90 SCR   SUPERFECTA NZ Sonia Zucchiatti 88 85 SCR   THE FAITHFUL NZ Kevin Pizzuto 90 87 SCR   THE ODD LOVER NZ Kim Prentice 66 66 40 SCR THE TRILOGY NZ Kristian Hawkins 89 86 SCR   TOMMY BE GOOD Kat Warwick 62 62 SCR   TRICKY STYX NZ Jesse Moore 24 24 SCR   ULTIMATE ART Shannon Price 19 19 SCR   WALKINSHAW (NZ) Ray Williams 94 91 SCR    

Racing And Wagering Western Australia’s Harness Racing Chief Handicapper Warren Wishart has released the third ranking for the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion series, and there is a new entrant in the top 10 with Shandale rewarded for strong performances against fellow leading contenders for the series. Shandale stamped his credentials for the TABtouch Inter Dominion by defeating Chicago Bull, ranked third, and Soho Tribeca, ranked seventh, in the JP Stratton Cup at Gloucester Park on October 6. The same three horses also filled the placings in the Mount Eden Sprint, with Chicago Bull defeating Soho Tribeca and Shandale finishing a game third. Soho Tribeca moved up two positions from ninth to seventh, but Shandale’s move from 30th position to 10th was the biggest move in the latest set of rankings. Wishart said the performances by the Mike Reed-trained Shandale meant he had to be promoted up the rankings. “Shandale went from 30 to 10 on the back of strong performances against fellow West Australian aspirants Chicago Bull and Soho Tribeca,” Wishart said. Other big movers in the top 30 were Yayas Hot Spot from 20th to 13th, Galactic Star from 29th to 22nd and Code Black, who moved from 43rd to 29th. The Tim Butt-trained My Field Marshall is the highest profile withdrawal since the release of the second ranking, which has opened the door for emerging pacer San Carlo to enter the top 30. After winning 19 of 23 career starts, San Carlo has been one of the biggest talking points with his initial low ranking and whether he could make the top 30, however, after a fast finishing sixth in the Victoria Cup he looks like it will be enough for him to secure a spot in the top 30. Kerryn Manning’s in form pacer Mr Mojito is also firmly entrenched inside the top 30, and looks set to be a part of the series. Lazarus remained on track for the TABtouch Inter Dominion series with a grinding win at Ashburton on Monday, while Lennytheshark enhanced his credentials for the series by taking out the Victoria Cup at Melton on October 14. Chicago Bull, Our Dream About Me and Have Faith In Me remain inside the top five alongside Lazarus and Lennytheshark. The TABtouch Inter Dominion series starts with the first set of heats at Gloucester Park on Friday November 24, before the series once again heads to Bunbury for the second round on Tuesday November 28. The third and final set of heats will be held at Gloucester Park on Friday December 1, before the Grand Final on Friday December 8.       15/09/2017 6/10/2017 23/10/2017 8/11/2017 HORSE Trainer 1st Ranking 2nd Ranking 3rd Ranking 4th Ranking LAZARUS NZ Mark Purdon 1 1 1   LENNYTHESHARK David Aiken 2 2 2   CHICAGO BULL NZ Gary Hall Snr 3 3 3   OUR DREAM ABOUT ME NZ Mark Purdon 4 4 4   HAVE FAITH IN ME NZ Mark Purdon 9 5 5   TIGER TARA NZ Kevin Pizzuto 5 6 6   SOHO TRIBECA Kim Prentice 8 9 7   OHOKA PUNTER NZ Gary Hall Snr 7 8 8   SHANDALE NZ Mike Reed 29 30 9   BEAUDIENE BOAZ NZ Gary Hall Snr 11 11 10   MAJOR CROCKER Vince Vallelonga 12 10 11   YAYAS HOT SPOT NZ S P Tritton, L R Tritton 20 20 12   DEVENDRA Todd Rattray 13 13 13   RUN ONEOVER NZ Gary Hall Snr 10 12 14   MY HARD COPY NZ Clinton Hall 15 14 15   THE BUCKET LIST NZ Michael Brennan 17 17 16   OUR JIMMY JOHNSTONE NZ Skye Bond 18 18 17   JAMBIANI Ross Olivieri 23 22 18   SIMPLY SUSATIONAL NZ Skye Bond 27 23 19   MOTU PREMIER NZ Ross Olivieri 22 21 20   GALACTIC STAR NZ Craig Cross 30 29 21   MAJOR REALITY NZ Justin Prentice 25 27 22   JILLIBY JAGGER Glen Craven 28 28 23   AMERICANBOOTSCOOTA Debra Lewis 33 31 24   CONDRIEU NZ Skye Bond 57 35 25   IM FULL OF EXCUSES NZ Ross Olivieri 21 25 26   MR MOJITO NZ Kerryn Manning 35 33 27   CODE BLACK NZ Kevin Pizzuto 48 43 28   IDEAL TYSON Gary Elson 41 39 29   SAN CARLO Stephen O'Donoghue 42 41 30   VULTAN TIN Phil Costello 39 37 31   MAJORDAN Amanda Turnbull 59 44 32   BETTOR REWARD Justin Prentice 37 36 33   EGODAN Kevin Pizzuto 71 49 34   CUT FOR AN ACE Michael Brennan 63 60 35   LETS CHASE THE DREAM NZ Gary Hall Snr 34 38 36   NATURAL DISASTER Justin Prentice 51 54 37   SPRINTER NZ Gary Elson 55 57 38   SOHO WALL STREET Glenn Elliott 61 63 39   THE ODD LOVER NZ Kim Prentice 66 66 40   TANAKA EAGLE Reg Phillips 83 81 41   ITZ BETTOR TO WIN NZ Ross Olivieri 73 70 42   JOHNNY DISCO Ross Ashby 64 64 43                                                               SCRATCHED & WITHDRAWN         AMERICAN BOY NZ Gary Hall Snr 45 SCR SCR   AZTEC BROMAC NZ KerryAnn Turner 38 45 SCR   BLAZIN N CULLEN NZ John McCarthy 49 50 SCR   CHARLAVAL KerryAnn Turner 80 80 SCR   CLANCYS FOBWATCH Michael Doltoff 74 72 SCR   CONDAGEN KerryAnn Turner 47 48 SCR   COSTA DEL MAGNIFICO NZ Ross Olivieri 75 73 SCR   COURAGE TELLS NZ Skye Bond 69 71 SCR   DANIELJOHN Kristian Hawkins 76 77 SCR   DASHOFLUCK NZ James Rattray 46 47 SCR   DODOLICIOUS Skye Bond 54 55 SCR   EL HOMBRE Ross Olivieri 56 58 SCR   HECTORJAYJAY David Aiken SCR SCR SCR   HEEZ ON FIRE Bill Horn 26 26 SCR   HEZA BROMAC NZ Kevin Pizzuto 95 92 SCR   HUGH VICTOR Clive Dalton 84 82 SCR   IDEAL ALICE NZ Gary Hall Snr 31 SCR SCR   IDEAL FOR REAL Emma Stewart 40 40 SCR   IDEALINDIAMONDS NZ Skye Bond 81 74 SCR   JOHN OF ARC NZ Clive Dalton 14 15 SCR   JOHNNY FOX NZ Ross Olivieri 60 61 SCR   LADY DUPREE Tony Svilicich 97 SCR SCR   LIVURA NZ Nathan Turvey 87 84 SCR   LORD ZIN ZAN NZ John McCarthy 52 52 SCR   MASTER JAXON David Hunter 65 65 SCR   MATCH POINT NZ Kevin Pizzuto 72 SCR SCR   MOONROCK NZ Sonya Smith 79 67 SCR   MY FIELD MARSHAL NZ Tim Butt 6 7 SCR   MYSTA MAGICAL MACH NZ Tony Svilicich 68 69 SCR   NATHANS COURAGE Michael Brennan 53 56 SCR   NEW WORLD ORDER Ray Williams 67 68 SCR   NORVIC NIGHTOWL NZ Gary Hall Snr 32 32 SCR   OUR WAIKIKI BEACH Mark Purdon 16 16 SCR   PACHACUTI Todd Rattray 43 42 SCR   PAY ME CULLEN NZ Kristian Hawkins 91 89 SCR   RABCHENKO Kevin Charles 77 75 SCR   RED SALUTE Ross Olivieri 78 78 SCR   RESURGENT SPIRIT Kate Hargreaves 82 79 SCR   RIVERBOAT JASPER Maree Caldow 85 76 SCR   RUB OF THE GREEN NZ Michael Brennan 58 59 SCR   SHARDONS ROCKET NZ Tony Svilicich 93 88 SCR   SHEER ROCKNROLL Ross Olivieri 44 46 SCR   SMO NZ Eric Chabros 96 93 SCR   SMOKEY THE BANDIT Michael Callegari 50 53 SCR   SPARE ME DAYS Brad Hewitt 36 34 SCR   STORMONT CZAR KerryAnn Turner 70 51 SCR   STRATHLACHLAN ANDY Geoffrey Harding 86 83 SCR   STROGANOFF NZ Kristian Hawkins 92 90 SCR   SUPERFECTA NZ Sonia Zucchiatti 88 85 SCR   THE FAITHFUL NZ Kevin Pizzuto 90 87 SCR   THE TRILOGY NZ Kristian Hawkins 89 86 SCR   TOMMY BE GOOD Kat Warwick 62 62 SCR   TRICKY STYX NZ Jesse Moore 24 24 SCR   ULTIMATE ART Shannon Price 19 19 SCR   WALKINSHAW (NZ) Ray Williams 94 91 SCR     Warren Wishart                                                                           RWWA, Harness Racing Chief Handicapper                                P: 08 9445 5283                                                                          warren.wishart@rwwa.com.au     

Racing and Wagering Western Australia’s Chief Handicapper Warren Wishart has released the second rankings for the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion, and once again it is Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen’s star pacer and Grand Circuit champion Lazarus at the top of the harness racing rankings. There has been no movement among the top ranked pacers with Lazarus, Lennytheshark, Chicago Bull and Our Dream About Me still occupying rankings one to four, while Have Faith In Me’s last start Group 3 win at Addington on September 16 has seen him jump into the top 5. Major Crocker is the only new entrant into the top 10, with his win in the Preux Chevalier Free For All at Melton on September 28 enough for him to replace Run Oneover in the top 10. The biggest mover in the second rankings is the Skye Bond-trained Condrieu, who has moved up 22 places to number 35 in the rankings after an impressive win at Gloucester Park on September 15, while another one of Bond’s hopes Simply Susational has also moved up to number 23 following his win in last week’s Media Cup at Gloucester Park. Wishart said the performances of Condrieu, Have Faith In Me, Major Crocker and Simply Susational deserved to be recognised. “Have Faith In Me made a strong return at Addington, as did Major Crocker at Melton” he said. “The strength of Condrieu’s win over a strong field including Beaudiene Boaz, who sits at number 11 in the rankings, warranted a big move up the rankings.” Once again, a number of promising pacers have been unable to force their way into the top 30, with Americanbootscoota, Norvic Nightowl, and Mr Mojito among those on the cusp of forcing their way in to the all-important top 30. “Those horses just outside the top 30 have just a little bit more to do to work their way inside the top 30,” Wishart said. “There is plenty of high quality harness racing coming up this weekend with the Stratton Cup at Gloucester Park and the Smoken Up Sprint at Melton, which presents a chance for entrants to sure up their spot in the top 30, or force their way into it.” In a further boost for the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion, connections of three of the high profile nominees Lazarus, Tiger Tara and Our Waikiki Beach have paid their first continuation fees. RWWA Harness Racing Manager Barry Hamilton said the final year of the TABtouch Inter Dominion’s three year stint in Perth was now generating serious momentum. “We have been so excited by the depth of nominations for this year’s Inter Dominion,” he said. “To know that Lazaraus, Our Waikiki Beach and Tiger Tara have already paid their first continuation payments clearly shows that the major players are coming to town and ready to make a mark on harness racing in Western Australia.” First continuation payments for the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion are due on Friday October 13. The TABtouch Inter Dominion series starts with the first set of heats at Gloucester Park on Friday November 24, before the series once again heads to Bunbury for the second round on Tuesday November 28. The third and final set of heats will be held at Gloucester Park on Friday December 1, before the Grand Final on Friday December 8. Warren Wishart RWWA, Harness Racing Chief Handicapper P: 08 9445 5283 warren.wishart@rwwa.com.au HORSE Trainer 1st Ranking  15/09/2017 2nd Ranking 06/10/2017 3rd Ranking 23/10/2017 4th Ranking 08/11/2017 LAZARUS NZ Mark Purdon 1 1     LENNYTHESHARK David Aiken 2 2     CHICAGO BULL NZ Gary Hall Snr 3 3     OUR DREAM ABOUT ME NZ Mark Purdon 4 4     HAVE FAITH IN ME NZ Mark Purdon 9 5     TIGER TARA NZ Kevin Pizzuto 5 6     MY FIELD MARSHAL NZ Tim Butt 6 7     OHOKA PUNTER NZ Gary Hall Snr 7 8     SOHO TRIBECA Kim Prentice 8 9     MAJOR CROCKER Vince Vallelonga 12 10     BEAUDIENE BOAZ NZ Gary Hall Snr 11 11     RUN ONEOVER NZ Gary Hall Snr 10 12     DEVENDRA Todd Rattray 13 13     MY HARD COPY NZ Clinton Hall 15 14     JOHN OF ARC NZ Clive Dalton 14 15     OUR WAIKIKI BEACH Mark Purdon 16 16     THE BUCKET LIST NZ Michael Brennan 17 17     OUR JIMMY JOHNSTONE NZ Skye Bond 18 18     ULTIMATE ART Shannon Price 19 19     YAYAS HOT SPOT NZ S P Tritton, L R Tritton 20 20     MOTU PREMIER NZ Ross Olivieri 22 21     JAMBIANI Ross Olivieri 23 22     SIMPLY SUSATIONAL NZ Skye Bond 27 23     TRICKY STYX NZ Jesse Moore 24 24     IM FULL OF EXCUSES NZ Ross Olivieri 21 25     HEEZ ON FIRE Bill Horn 26 26     MAJOR REALITY NZ Justin Prentice 25 27     JILLIBY JAGGER Glen Craven 28 28     GALACTIC STAR NZ Craig Cross 30 29     SHANDALE NZ Mike Reed 29 30     AMERICANBOOTSCOOTA Debra Lewis 33 31     NORVIC NIGHTOWL NZ Gary Hall Snr 32 32     MR MOJITO NZ Kerryn Manning 35 33     SPARE ME DAYS Brad Hewitt 36 34     CONDRIEU NZ Skye Bond 57 35     BETTOR REWARD Justin Prentice 37 36     VULTAN TIN Phil Costello 39 37     LETS CHASE THE DREAM NZ Gary Hall Snr 34 38     IDEAL TYSON Gary Elson 41 39     IDEAL FOR REAL Emma Stewart 40 40     SAN CARLO Stephen O'Donoghue 42 41     PACHACUTI Todd Rattray 43 42     CODE BLACK NZ Kevin Pizzuto 48 43     MAJORDAN Amanda Turnbull 59 44     AZTEC BROMAC NZ KerryAnn Turner 38 45     SHEER ROCKNROLL Ross Olivieri 44 46     DASHOFLUCK NZ James Rattray 46 47     CONDAGEN KerryAnn Turner 47 48     EGODAN Kevin Pizzuto 71 49     BLAZIN N CULLEN NZ John McCarthy 49 50     STORMONT CZAR KerryAnn Turner 70 51     LORD ZIN ZAN NZ John McCarthy 52 52     SMOKEY THE BANDIT Michael Callegari 50 53     NATURAL DISASTER Justin Prentice 51 54     DODOLICIOUS Skye Bond 54 55     NATHANS COURAGE Michael Brennan 53 56     SPRINTER NZ Gary Elson 55 57     EL HOMBRE Ross Olivieri 56 58     RUB OF THE GREEN NZ Michael Brennan 58 59     CUT FOR AN ACE Michael Brennan 63 60     JOHNNY FOX NZ Ross Olivieri 60 61     TOMMY BE GOOD Kat Warwick 62 62     SOHO WALL STREET Glenn Elliott 61 63     JOHNNY DISCO Ross Ashby 64 64     MASTER JAXON David Hunter 65 65     THE ODD LOVER NZ Kim Prentice 66 66     MOONROCK NZ Sonya Smith 79 67     NEW WORLD ORDER Ray Williams 67 68     MYSTA MAGICAL MACH NZ Tony Svilicich 68 69     ITZ BETTOR TO WIN NZ Ross Olivieri 73 70     COURAGE TELLS NZ Skye Bond 69 71     CLANCYS FOBWATCH Michael Doltoff 74 72     COSTA DEL MAGNIFICO NZ Ross Olivieri 75 73     IDEALINDIAMONDS NZ Skye Bond 81 74     RABCHENKO Kevin Charles 77 75     RIVERBOAT JASPER Maree Caldow 85 76     DANIELJOHN Kristian Hawkins 76 77     RED SALUTE Ross Olivieri 78 78     RESURGENT SPIRIT Kate Hargreaves 82 79     CHARLAVAL KerryAnn Turner 80 80     TANAKA EAGLE Reg Phillips 83 81     HUGH VICTOR Clive Dalton 84 82     STRATHLACHLAN ANDY Geoffrey Harding 86 83     LIVURA NZ Nathan Turvey 87 84     SUPERFECTA NZ Sonia Zucchiatti 88 85     THE TRILOGY NZ Kristian Hawkins 89 86     THE FAITHFUL NZ Kevin Pizzuto 90 87     SHARDONS ROCKET NZ Tony Svilicich 93 88     PAY ME CULLEN NZ Kristian Hawkins 91 89     STROGANOFF NZ Kristian Hawkins 92 90     WALKINSHAW (NZ) Ray Williams 94 91     HEZA BROMAC NZ Kevin Pizzuto 95 92     SMO NZ Eric Chabros 96 93                                                                 SCRATCHED & WITHDRAWN           AMERICAN BOY NZ Gary Hall Snr 45 SCR     HECTORJAYJAY David Aiken SCR SCR     IDEAL ALICE NZ Gary Hall Snr 31 SCR     LADY DUPREE Tony Svilicich 97 SCR     MATCH POINT NZ Kevin Pizzuto 72 SCR    

Chicago Bull, the pint-sized pacer with blistering speed and a big heart, was today crowned the 2017 Western Australian Harness Racing Horse of the Year, held at Pan Pacific Perth. Chicago Bull, trained by Gary Hall Snr, earned WA harness racing’s top honour after completing the 2016/17 racing season with 10 wins including a Group One treble. Headlining a stellar 12-months for Chicago Bull was the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Pacing Cup, becoming the first pacer since Im Themightyquinn (2012) to complete the prestigious double in the same season. Chicago Bull, who will be one of the leading local chances at the upcoming TABtouch Inter Dominion Championship series at Gloucester Park and Bunbury, also joined The Falcon Strike as winners of the cup double as four-year-olds. Chicago Bull, a son of Bettors Delight, also stamped his authority against WA‘s best four-year-olds in the McInerney Classic, outstaying his rivals in the $125,000 feature in a 1.54.9 mile rate last November. Jack Mac, who was bought in New Zealand by Busselton trainer, Barry Howlett, claimed honours as the Warwick Agistment 2YO Colt or Gelding of the Year. After failing to run a place in his first five Kiwi starts, the brilliant juvenile by Mach Three maintained an unbeaten record in his maiden Western Australian campaign. Jack Mac’s six race winning haul commenced in Bunbury and culminated with dual Group One wins in the Pearl Classic and Golden Slipper. Maczaffair (Mach Three) was crowned Mediatec 3YO Filly of the Year after winning the WA Oaks, the Daintys Daughter Classic and WA Oaks Prelude. Trained by Mike Reed, Maczaffair underlined her class with a record-breaking victory in the WA Oaks, going to the front and scoring easily. Chris Lewis, who in January became the third Australia reinsman to pass 5000 winners, was named the Scott Hamilton Media Leading State Driver. The WA Racing Hall Of Fame inductee amassed 214 winners and 294 placings from 1175 drives with just a shade over $2.4 million in stake earnings. Full list of award winners: Garrard’s Junior Driver Series winner - Micheal Ferguson Scott Hamilton Media Leading State Driver – Chris Lewis RWWA Best Harness Racing Feature Story - Bob Harnett (Inter Dominion Déjà Vu) RWWA Best Harness Racing Media Personality - Scott Hamilton Gannon’s Young Achiever of the Year - Justin Prentice Inaugural RWWA Service to Industry Award - Robbie Dewar WASBA 2YO Filly of the Year – Cott Beach Warwick Agistment 2YO Colt or Gelding of the Year – Jack Mac NZ Mediatec 3YO Filly of the Year – Maczaffair NZ TABtouch 3YO Colt or Gelding of the Year – Handsandwheels Henty Brook Standardbreds Aged Mare of the Year – The Parade NZ Racing and Wagering WA Harness Horse of the Year – Chicago Bull NZ Racing and Wagering Western Australia

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