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Talented filly Double Expresso faces her toughest test to date when she lines up in Friday night's Group 1 Diamond Classic (2130m).  The Sweet Lou filly has put together an imposing record of six wins from seven starts, clearly the pick of this season's two-year-olds, but a wide barrier draw in seven has raised question marks if she's good enough to win the $100,000 feature. Double Expresso burst on to the scene with a 9.4m win at Bunbury in February over the mile. She then bought that form to town with commanding performances in both the heat and the final of the Sales Classic. However, the filly's momentum was bought to a screeching halt when she finished third to Jaspervellabeach in the Champagne Classic (2130m). The Ross Olivieri-trained filly bounced back with a sound performance in the Diamond Classic heat, rating 2.00.2 in the 3.1m win. Double Expresso's time was the slowest of the four heats, but if there were any chinks in the armour reinsman Chris Lewis is struggling to find them. "She's done that comfortablly," Lewis told GPTV of the heat win.  "It was probably a little bit too easy. "All it means is Ross has to adjust his workload in between and she should be fine." Since its inception in 2004, Lewis has won the Diamond Classic on three occasions with Dilingers Reign (2005), Sensational Gabby (2011) and Lady Luca (2016).  Lewis said Double Expresso was deserving of being one of the main fancies in the Group 1 from the wide barrier, but was still mindful of the her long-term prospects. "She's capable still of playing a big part in that race," he said. "She's still got to grow into herself a little bit. "She should be a pretty nice three-year-old, you would reckon." One three-year-old Lewis does get the chance to drive on Friday night is the Vicki Lea-trained Gee Jay Kay. Gee Jay Kay was made to trial after his last start fifth in the Group 2 Pearl Classic on May 18. The gelding broke soon after the start which ended his prospects of winning the race. However, he produced the run of the race to bounce back and finish fifth behind Theo Aviator. Gee Jay Kay now has to start from barrier nine for this Friday's APC By Schneider Electric 3YO Pace (2536m).  The son of Western Terror will have his work cut out to return to the winners stall, given the Justin Prentice-trained duo of Back In Twenty and Know When To Run have drawn to his inside. Lewis said he was disappointed Gee Jay Kay had the bad luck in the Group 2 last start, but indicated he would make a few changes going into Friday night. "He'd been going exceptionally well," he said. "Overall, we were probably a little bit too confident.  "I think we will drive him a little bit differently, a little bit conservatively and within himself.  "He can obviously do some work in a race, there's no two ways about that. "It's a matter of being close enough." The pair of youngsters headline a busy night for Lewis, who will also team up with Madame Meilland, Dominate The Dojo and Im Full Of Excuses among his other drives on the 11-event program.    Tim Walker

Unbeaten filly Double Expresso faces a moment of truth when she clashes with a trio of talented colts in Secret Operation, Poisedtopounce and Jaspervellabeach in the $50,000 Champagne Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. However, trainer Ross Olivieri and champion reinsman Chris Lewis have a high opinion of Double Expresso and are confident she is capable of maintaining her impeccable record. Lewis, who has won the Champagne Classic a record seven times with Pardon Me Boys (1987), Talladega (1999), Wirrpunda (2001), All Four Firing (2000), Slick Operator (2001), David Hercules (2009) and Mister Jadore (2013) said: “If she can beat the colts, it will be an exceptional feat. “It is always hard for a filly to come up against the colts, but she’s pretty relaxed and I’m able to use a few options with her. She hasn’t raced beyond 1730m, but I’m sure the 2130m won’t be a problem.” Double Expresso is a free-rolling filly who has not been fully extended in recording convincing victories in all of her five starts in which her average winning margin is 7.6 metres. She is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier in the field of five in the group 2 event. Coolup trainer Kristy Elson holds a strong hand in the race with three runners, Secret Operation (Michael Grantham), Jaspervellabeach (Nathan Turvey) and Telk Tayte. Jaspervellabeach is unbeaten at his two appearances, both over 1730m. He will start from barrier four. He possesses excellent gate speed and he began fast from the No. 5 barrier when he set the pace and won by two and a half lengths from Secret Operation at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. Secret Operation was slow to begin, and he caught the eye with a powerful finishing burst when he charged home from last in a field of seven to make up several lengths on Jasperbellabeach in the home straight. “He flew home,” said Grantham. “If the pace is on, he’ll be flashing home and they’ll definitely know he’s there. Double Expresso’s form is faultless and Poisedtopounce was impressive when he won at Pinjarra on Monday.” Poisedtopounce, to be driven by Ryan Warwick for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, will start from the prized No. 1 barrier. He has good gate speed, but not exceptional early pace. He warmed up for Friday night’s classic with a convincing victory at Pinjarra on Monday. He began smartly from barrier five but was forced to race four wide for the first 250m before he took up the running 200m later. The four quarters of the race whizzed by in 28.7sec., 28.9sec., 27.7sec. and 28.7sec., with Poisedtopounce rating a fast 1.54.1. Fillies have a reasonable record in the Champagne Stakes, which was first run in 1970. In the past 25 years five fillies have been successful - Nowuseemenowudont (2000), Sheza Clout (2006), Arma Xpress (2012), Tricky Styx (2014) and Cott Beach (2017). Cott Beach, a 6/1 chance driven by Turvey, finished powerfully from ninth at the bell to win from another filly, Miss Sangrial (33/1). Cott Beach was trained by Gary Elson, whose daughter Kristy is keen to emulate him by scoring this week with one of her three runners. Lewis has driven 99 winners this season (98 in WA) and Double Expresso is the best of his eight drives on the night. It would be fitting if he brought up the century in a Group 2 feature event. Ken Casellas

Eight-time WA leading trainer Ross Olivieri and Hall of Fame reinsman Chris Lewis have formed a powerful combination over the past 35 years and they are poised to record another Group 1 success by winning the $100,000 WA Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester park on Friday night. They have teamed together for wins in this feature event with Parthenon (1994), Backin A Jiffy (2000) and Hindu Sitara (2003), and for good measure Lewis has also been successful behind Miss Booth (1991), Amongst Royalty (2006), Fidelius Charm (2008) and Tenniele Erin (2017). This week Olivieri and Lewis (who have combined for 21 Group 1 successes) will join forces with brilliant filly Double Expresso, who looks outstanding from barrier four. “She is a very laid-back filly and the fastest two-year-old I have ever trained,” declared a confident Olivieri. Double Expresso has not been extended in scoring effortless victories at Bunbury and Gloucester Park. She raced wide early and then in the breeze before winning in 1.57.3 by three lengths from Sports Package. The final quarters were run in 28.1sec. and 27.4sec. Then Double Expresso, from barrier seven, raced wide early before taking the lead after 550m and rating 1.55.7 in beating Brave Lady by just under four lengths in a 1730m qualifying heat at Gloucester Park. Double Expresso, bred by Kevin and Annette Charles, was sold for $22,000 at the 2018 APG yearling sale in Perth. She is by American stallion Sweet Lou and is out of the Rich And Spoilt mare Here For The Money. Here For The Money raced 79 times for seven wins (three at Bunbury, three at Narrogin and one at Pinjarra) and 18 placings for earnings of $81,874. She was placed at nine of her 38 starts at Gloucester Park. Here For The Money finished second to Soho Cannes in the 2011 Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies and Double Expresso should go one better in the classic this week. She is owned by Olivieri’s wife Jemma Hayman in partnership with first-time owners Brian Miller, Roslyn Carbon and her brother Peter Carbon, a top-flight golfer from the Fremantle Golf Club who combined with his brother Glenn to win the Australian foursomes title many years ago. Peter Carbon’s only involvement in harness racing was when he toiled as a penciller for good friend and on-course Gloucester Park bookmaker Brett Lenton, also many years ago. Double Expresso’s rise to stardom revives wonderful memories of former star New South Wales pacing mare Wickawack. She traces her breeding back to the Lawrie Moulds-trained and driven Wickawack, who finished second to Redwin and to James Scott in the 1962 Interdominion championship series in Perth before being unplaced behind James Scott in the final. Wickawack had a strong connection with WA pacing. Her dam Brunswick Girl’s first four foals were bred in WA and Brunswick Jack, Lawnwick, Comedian and Countess Brun were winners in WA in the 1950s. The other heat winner in this year’s classic is $6500 yearling Moon Goddess, who revealed excellent gate speed from barrier seven for trainer-driver Ryan Bell before setting the pace and beating Major Think Twice at a 1.58.2 rate. Her gross time of 2min. 7sec. was considerably slower than the 2min. 4.4sec. recorded by Double Expresso. Fifo, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, warmed up for the classic with an easy all-the-way win over 1684m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. She is the first foal out of Major Flirt, who finished fourth behind Artistic Copper in the 2013 Sales Classic. Fifo, to be handled by Ryan Warwick, faces a tough task from barrier six.   Ken Casellas

If breeding counts for anything, promising five-year-old pacer Atmospherical will develop into a consistent winner and reinsman Chris Voak is bullish about the gelding’s prospects in the Direct Trades Supply Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Atmospherical, bred and owned by Bob Fowler and trained at Oakford by Ross Olivieri, will start from the No. 1 barrier on the front line in the 2096m standing-start event and has an excellent chance of turning the tables on the brilliant Caviar Star, who finished determinedly to beat the frontrunning Atmospherical in a 2503m stand last Friday week. “Yes, he’s got a good chance of turning the tables,” said an enthusiastic Voak. “Caviar Star beat Atmospherical the last time they met but he only got the better of Atmospherical about 100 metres out. This week, the race is 300m shorter and we can hang on and win.” Caviar Star, who will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr from the inside of the 10m line, did not race last Friday night when Atmospherical, driven by Stuart McDonald, gave a most impressive performance to charge home, three wide, from ninth at the bell to finish a close third behind Smoldering Ashes and Mistersandman in a 2130m mobile event. “I have watched the replay of that race and Atmospherical got pushed off the track and hit the line strongly,” Voak said. “Atmospherical has drawn barrier one twice in stands and has led and won both times. I’ll be aiming to lead again on Friday night.” Atmospherical has raced 25 times for six wins and nine placings for earnings of $33,844. His six starts in stands have produced three wins, one second and two unplaced efforts. By American stallion Major In Art, Atmospherical has an impressive heritage and traces her ancestry back to world champion pacing mare, the New Zealand-bred Parisienne, who as a four-year-old won all three heats she contested at the Interdominion championship in Christchurch in 1938 before starting off 24 yards in the 13-furlong final and finishing second to Pot Luck (12 yards). Parisienne was declared the interdominion champion as the series was awarded on a point-scoring basis at the time. Earlier, Parisienne, by the Los Angeles-bred Rey de Oro, won the New Zealand and Great Northern Derbies and after her Inters triumph she set a world record of 4min. 15.6sec. for two miles at Forbury. At stud, Parisienne was the dam of La Mignon, a mare who won 12 times before producing Garcon Roux, winner of the 1969 New South Wales Derby and also becoming Australasia’s first three-year-old sub-two-minute performer. Atmospherical’s dam Hemispherical raced only five times for one win (as a two-year-old at Pinjarra in August 2011). Hemispherical’s granddam Summer Honey produced outstanding WA pacers Hilarion Star (70 starts for 26 wins, 17 placings and $398,394), Flashing Star (118 starts for 23 wins, 32 placings and $352,888) and Sassie Brassie (79 starts for 17 wins, 23 placings and $88,985). Hilarion Star’s wins included the 1992 Western Gateway Classic, the FTC Members Sprint and Parliamentarians Cup in 1993 and the WA Pacing Cup in January 1994. Flashing Star, a classic winner at two and three years of age, won the 1994 Golden Nugget Championship and the 1997 Mount Eden Sprint. Hall agreed that Atmospherical loomed as a serious threat to Caviar Star on Friday night, but considered the lightly-raced four-year-old would prove hard to beat. “Caviar Star’s effort at his latest start was unbelievable,” he said. “He’s quite a lazy horse and I’ve probably under-driven him a couple of times.”   Ken Casellas

All-conquering trainers Greg and Skye Bond are full of hope that history will repeat itself when they send Saying Grace, Our Jimmy Johnstone and Our Max Phactor out to do battle in the $25,000 Glenroy Chaff Ray Duffy Memorial over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. They are hoping that they will get a trifecta result to replicate their performance when they last had three runners in the Duffy Memorial in April 2013 when Russley Rascal, the 9/4 favourite from the No. 1 barrier and driven by Morgan Woodley, set the pace and won from stablemates Can Return Fire (Nathan Turvey) and Ima Rocket Star (Ryan Warwick).    This week the Bonds have excellent prospects of a 1-2-3 finish with Warwick in the sulky behind Saying Grace, Dylan Egerton-Green driving veteran Our Jimmy Johnstone from the No. 2 barrier and Colin Brown handling Our Max Phactor from an ideal draw at No. 2 on the back line. The New Zealand-bred Saying Grace is the least experienced runner in the field, with a record of 11 wins and five placings from 27 starts. He drops considerably in class after stout-hearted efforts in the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup on the past two Fridays and he should be capable of setting the pace and notching another victory. Saying Grace raced in seventh position in the one-wide line for much of the way in the 21936m Pacing Cup and battled on gamely to finish seventh, less than three lengths from the winner Rocknroll Lincoln. In the 2536m Fremantle Cup the previous week, he trailed the pacemaker My Field Marshal and was hopelessly blocked for a clear passage when a close and unlucky fourth being My Field Marshal. Our Jimmy Johnstone impressed in the Pacing Cup when he ran home solidly from last at the bell to finish fifth, while Our Max Phactor was always at the rear and was forced to cover a lot of extra ground in the final circuit. Our Max Phactor gave a sample of his class three starts ago when he raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing second to My Field Marshal in the 1730m Village Kid Sprint. His previous 13 starts in Western Australia resulted in 12 wins and one second placing. Trainer Ross Olivieri and reinsman Chris Lewis combined to win the Duffy Memorial with Sensational Gabby in 2014 and Flaming Flutter in 2017 and they will be looking for Mr Mojito to cause an upset from barrier five. Olivieri will also be represented by Itz Bettor To Win, who will start from barrier six with Mitch Miller in the sulky. Handsandwheels, Vultan Tin and Runrunjimmydunn are racing with plenty of spirit, but will need luck from wide barriers. Handsandwheels warmed up for the race by starting from 60 metres over 2503m at Bunbury last Saturday night. He sustained a spirited burst, out wide, from the rear to win by a half-length from Attack On Command. He is a noted frontrunner, but reinsman Aiden de Campo contends that the powerful five-year-old will develop into a strong sit-sprinter. The Matt Scott-trained Always Arjay steps up in class, but has place prospects from the inside of the back line. The seven-year-old won for the fifth time this season when he started from 20m, raced three wide early and then without cover before finishing determinedly to snatch victory from Carrera Mach last Friday night.   Ken Casellas

Promising New Zealand-bred mare Liberty Rose looks set for a successful campaign after her impressive first-up performance last Friday night and she should prove one of the best bets at Gloucester Park on Friday night by winning the $20,000 Retravision Your Air Conditioning Specialists Pace over 2130m. Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr should have the four-year-old at her peak to contest feature events the Lewis Pace, the Golden Girls Mile at Pinjarra and the Empress Stakes at Gloucester Park in the next couple of months. He produced Liberty Rose in wonderful shape for her return to racing last week after a five-month absence. Liberty Rose started from barrier six and she caught the eye when she surged home from sixth at the bell to finish a half-length second to the brilliant five-year-old mare Maczaffair. Liberty Rose is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line on Friday night and Gary Hall Jnr is expected to make full use of her excellent gate speed by attempting an all-the-way win. The daughter of Mach Three has won at five of her 11 WA starts and she could develop into an ideal candidate for the group 2 Nights of Thunder, the heats of which will be run on Friday night of next week. An even bunch of mares will contest Friday night’s race, with Liberty Rose’s chief rivals appearing to be Mary Catherine, Im Stylish and Lady De La Renta. Mary Catherine has been racing consistently for Capel trainer Andrew de Campo and is handily drawn at barrier three. Four-year-old Lady De La Renta has won at ten of her 25 starts and she followed an easy all-the-way win last Friday week with a solid fourth behind Maczaffair last Friday night when she finished strongly from eighth at the bell. The Justin Prentice-trained Im Stylish will be tested from barrier eight, but she can never be underestimated. She has raced 31 times for ten wins, seven seconds and three thirds. Adding interest to the race will be the return to racing after a four-month absence of four-year-old Veiled Secret, whose final 14 starts as a three-year-old for trainer Ross Olivieri produced five wins, five seconds and one third placing. She will start from barrier two on the back line with Chris Voak in the sulky. Olivieri has bright prospects with Lord Willoughby in the Retravision Half Yearly Clearance Pace. The extremely consistent pacer (14 wins, 17 seconds and seven thirds from 56 starts) will begin from the inside of the back line and will take a power of beating. Lord Willoughby was most unlucky when seventh behind Chiaroscuro last Friday night when he was trapped wide early and had to be restrained to the rear before battling on, out wide, in the final circuit. He finished boldly to win from Always Arjay the previous Friday night when having his second start after a spell. Ken Casellas

Outstanding trainer Ross Olivieri is bubbling with confidence that veteran square gaiter Sunoflindenny will give him his first Group 1 success for seven and a half years by overcoming a 20m handicap and proving the master of his 11 rivals in the $50,000 WA Trotters Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Olivieri, an eight-time premiership trainer in Western Australia and the fourth most successful trainer in the history of WA harness racing (behind Gary Hall Snr, Trevor Warwick and Fred Kersley Jnr), said: “Sunoflindenny is a second-to-none chance; he’s good at the stand and is the one to beat.” Sunoflindenny, a New Zealand-bred nine-year-old, will again be handled by champion reinsman Chris Lewis, who has combined with Olivieri in 21 of the trainer’s 27 Group 1 triumphs, including his most recent Group 1 victory with Western Cullen on debut in the Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park in July 2011. Olivieri has yet to taste success in the WA Trotters Cup which was first run 13 years ago. Lewis drove the Clive Dalton-trained 5/4 favourite Earl of Charity to a runaway victory in the Cup just over three years ago. In the most recent Cup, Lewis drove the Olivieri-trained Blue Sky Commander into third place behind the pacemaking Itsgettingcalder, and the combination also finished second to Nacokee with Apache Blue Jean in January 2010 and third behind Enjoy A Coldie in January 2015 with the 11/8 favourite Earl Or Nothing, who was hampered by a flat sulky tyre. Sunoflindenny, who is raced by Merv Butterworth’s racing syndicate, is in sparkling form, scoring stylish victories at each of his three appearances after resuming from a spell. He has reinforced his reputation as a foolproof beginner in stands and has relished the role of pacemaker in those three victories after dashing to the front soon after the start. He was an easy first-up winner from Lightning Calder and Tenno Sho over 2503m at Bunbury on November 17 before smart victories over Rocknroll Baby and Lightning Calder over the same distance at Gloucester Park and by four lengths over Ton Tine and Balmoral Boy over 2631m at Pinjarra. On Friday night Sunoflindenny, who has had 71 starts for 13 wins and 24 placings, will share the 20m back mark with Sun of Anarchy, Lightning Calder, Balmoral Boy and Diamond Geezer. His most serious rival appears certain to be Sun of Anarchy, who is prepared at Boyanup by his driver Justin Prentice, who made the most of an untimely suspension imposed on trainer Shannon Suvaljko to guide Scusi Doctor (backed from 7/1 to 3/1) to a one-length win over the pacemaker, the Merv Jupp-trained 2/1 favourite Nicky Eileen who was driven by Lewis. Sun of Anarchy, like Sunoflindenny a New Zealand-bred nine-year-old by super sire Sundon, is also in excellent form, with his impressive victory in a 2100m mobile event at Bunbury on December 18 improving his record to 105 starts for 20 wins, 39 placings and stakes of $180,496. He managed just three thirds from 20 starts as a three and four-year-old in New Zealand before racing 70 times in Victoria for 15 wins (eight in stands) and 29 placings. He has had 14 starts in Western Australia for five wins (four in stands) and seven placings. Prentice prepares Sun of Anarchy for leviathan New Zealand owner Trevor Casey, who bred the gelding, who is out of Niamey, who has also produced Pocaro (42 starts for 13 wins, 11 placings and $232,773) and Daenerys Targaryen (43 starts for 15 wins, 14 placings and $143,723). Casey also bred and raced champion trotter Stent, a winner of ten Group 1 events in a 70-start career of 30 wins, 25 placings and $1,130,406 in prizemoney. He also was a part-owner of superstar pacer Lazarus, a dual New Zealand Cup winner and winner of the Interdominion championship at Gloucester Park in December 2017. Another of Casey’s pacers was Our Sky Major, who has been retired after earning $796,486 from 15 wins and 16 placings in a 52-start career, which included five group 1 feature wins, highlighted by his victory over Bling It On in the 2015 Chariots of Fire at Menangle. Prentice trained Our Sky Major for a win and two placings in a brief seven-start campaign in Western Australia in 2016. Wundowie trainer Bruce Stanley has two runners, Lightning Calder and The Male Model, in Friday night’s Cup. He will drive the ultra-consistent Lightning Calder off 20m and he has engaged Michael Grantham to handle The Male Model, who will start off the 10m mark. Lightning Calder simply does not know how to perform below par and cannot be underestimated. The eight-year-old’s past 18 starts have produced seven wins, four seconds, two thirds and five fourths. Stanley trained and drove 20/1 chance Dance To Victory for a surprise win over Smooth Criminal in the 2008 Trotters Cup. The Tonia Stampalia-trained Balmoral Boy warmed up for the big race with a decisive victory over Tenno Sho and Lightning Calder in a 2130m mobile trot at Gloucester Park on Monday night.    The oldest runner is 11-year-old Nigel Johns-trained Diamond Geezer, who will begin off the 20m mark with Morgan Woodley in the sulky for the gelding’s 181st start. Woodley drove Diamond Geezer when he finished second to Enjoy A Coldie in the Cup in January 2015. Enjoy A Coldie was trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, who will be hoping for another success this week with the Victorian-bred Tenno Sho, whose five starts in his current campaign have produced two wins, two seconds and a third placing. Ken Casellas

Punters will be forced to take a very short quote about Stefsbest in the eighth race at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but he should post an all-the-way victory. The Ross Olivieri-trained four-year-old entire has finished ninth, fifth and 11th at his last three starts at headquarters - not very encouraging stats when you’re thinking about investing your hard-earned on him. However, Stefsbest drew wide in all three of those races and on two occasions raced against the very best in his age group in the 4YO Championship and the Golden Nugget. Regular reinsman Chris Voak will be looking to make the most of Stefsbest’s pole draw and, barring accidents, he should be saluting. Stefsbest entered Olivieri’s stable about three months ago after a mediocre career in Victoria. He managed only two wins and seven placings in the east, but has improved out of sight under the care of Olivieri. Stefsbest put a classy field of four-year-olds to the sword in a Nugget Prelude at GP just over a month ago when Voak speared him straight to the top from his inside gate. He recorded a mile rate of 1:55.8 for the 2130m journey - the same distance of Friday night’s race - coming home the last 800m in a slick 57.3 and won as he pleased. Horses such as King Of Swing, Lincs Tiger, Fizzing and Dancing With Mach we’re left floundering when Voak “cut the ribbons”. The victory was the third in a row for Stefsbest and underlined his raw ability. Consistent mare Sea Me Smile has drawn the inside of the back line and should get a great trailing run behind Stefsbest. She looks a terrific chance to finish in the money. Dominate The Dojo (gate two), Absolution (three), Luis Alberto (eight) and Anime (11) are all first-four players. However, they’ll all have their work cut out beating Stefsbest. The Voak Train should be toot-tooting in race eight and punters can make Stefsbest a banker in the last leg of the main quaddie.   Wayne Currall

ACCORDING to prominent trainer Ross Olivieri it is fitting Australian Pacing Gold purchase Stefsbest has become a Western Australian. With a tendency to race with his tongue hanging out the side of his mouth, the son of Sportswriter is the harness racing’s version of one of WA’s favourite sporting sons, Brad Hogg. A flamboyant cricketer, who represented Australia, Hogg was renowned for constantly having his tongue protruding over his lips. “He simply has to be the industry’s answer to Brad Hogg,” Olivieri said. “He’s always sticking his tongue out of his mouth as he races. “Hogg competed at the highest level in his field and Stefsbest is heading in the same direction. “He is improving all the time, and on what he has shown so far, I reckon he can develop into something special.” Winner of his last two starts, which followed a first-up second for Olivieri, Stefsbest is well positioned to complete a hat-trick at Gloucester Park tomorrow night. Engaged in a Golden Nugget Prelude, the four-year-old has drawn to lead throughout from the pole. “I’m very happy with that draw and he will take a lot of beating from there,” Olivieri said. “He comes out well enough to hold the front. “He has pulled up a little big still and has got some tightening to do, but there is nothing I can do at home to have him fitter, it comes down to racing. “That said, I wouldn’t swap him for any other in the race.” While Hogg was a spin bowler, Stefsbest’s main danger is King Of Swing – a title some believe belongs to Hogg’s former Australian team mate, Glenn McGrath! A multiple feature winner, King Of Swing will begin from barrier four. “On exposed form King Of Swing is the biggest threat,” Olivieri said. “Fizzing is good too, but really, you can’t disrespect any of them.”   APG Media

Star Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond have made a flying start to the 2018-19 season with 16 winners and seven placegetters from 35 starters from the first 25 days of the season and they have high hopes that up-and-coming star Vampiro will continue this golden run at Gloucester Park on Friday night by winning the $25,000 Media Guild Cup over 2536m. Vampiro, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, is in the best form of his 35-start career which has produced 15 wins, eight seconds and four thirds. He will again be driven by Ryan Warwick, who has won the Media Guild Cup with Fernleigh in 2004 and Simply Susational last year. Simply Susational, an 11/2 chance, gave the Bond stable its second victory in this event, following Ima Rocket Star’s win over stablemate Talk It Up in 2013. The Bond stable also finished second with Can Return Fire in the 2012 Media Guild Cup and had thirds with Mister Odds On in 2009 and Eastwood Fire in 2011.   Vampiro was gallant in defeat at his most recent appearance, in the 2536m Spring Pace last Friday week when he raced three wide for the first 400m and then worked hard in the breeze before getting to the front 250m from home and finishing a close second to the fast-finishing Runrunjimmydunn after a final 800m in 56.7sec. That followed impressive victories at Gloucester Park on each of the three previous Fridays. Vampiro will start from the No. 6 barrier in a field of seven on Friday night and Warwick will have plenty of options, including an early charge to put pressure on the comparatively inexperienced King of Swing. Warwick may well decide to restrain Vampiro in the early stages before making a mid-race move or waiting for a spirited last-lap charge. There is a strong possibility that the Ross Olivieri-trained Motu Premier (barrier five) will dash forward in the early stages to challenge the expected pacemaker King of Swing. Champion reinsman Chris Lewis used similar tactics in a 2536m event last Friday week when Motu Premier started from barrier seven and surged forward into the breeze after 550m to apply pressure on the pacemaker, the smart four-year-old Speed Man. Motu Premier worried Speed Man for two and a half laps before getting up to beat him by a half head. Olivieri, who will also be represented by Im Full of Excuses (Chris Voak), hinted strongly that Motu Premier was likely to apply similar pressure on King of Swing. “Motu Premier’s winning prospects will depend largely on whether King of Swing is stronger than Speed Man,” said Olivieri, who prepared Media Guild Cup placegetters Franco Amon (2008) and Gary Bromac (2010). Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall snr declared that King of Swing, last season’s WA Derby winner, was two or three lengths better than Speed Man, who has won at ten of his 22 starts. However, Hall admitted that he was throwing King of Swing into the deep end in a bid to assess his ability against top-flight pacers. King of Swing notched his fifth win in a row when he enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing powerfully to defeat the pacemaker Dontstopbelievin at a 1.57.5 rate over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when the final 800m was covered in 55.8sec. King of Swing, who is being set for the four-year-old feature events, including the Golden Nugget championship later this season, has an M0 classification and certainly faces an acid test against far more experienced and better-credentialled rivals in The Bucket List (M7), Vampiro and Waylade (M6), Motu Premier and Im Full of Excuses (M5). Hall has won the Media Guild Cup with The Falcon Strike (2003), Kotare Flame (March 2007), Washakie (2008) and Our Arlington (2014). Gary Hall jnr, who will be in the sulky behind King of Swing, has been successful with The Falcon Strike, Kotare Flame, Washakie and the Kevin Keys-trained Tuxedo Tour (2015). Lewis has won the Cup five times --- with Village Kid (1987 and 1991), Paly (2002), Has The Answers (2010) and No Blue Manna (November 2007). The Michael Brennan-trained The Bucket List (Michael Grantham) is a definite knock-out chance in Friday night’s Cup. He maintained his splendid form when he ran home strongly to finish second to Chicago Bull in the Navy Cup last Friday night. He will start from the outside barrier this week and Grantham is likely to hold him up for a late charge at the leaders. Ken Casellas

Ross Olivieri, the leading trainer in Western Australia eight times, and champion reinsman Chris Lewis have combined to win the Channel 7 Marathon Handicap a record four times and they are confident that they can notch a fifth victory in the 3309m stand at Gloucester Park on Friday night. They are pinning their faith in the New Zealand-bred five-year-old Motu Premier, who at his 50th start in a race, will be attempting to become the first horse in the 25-year history of the Marathon Handicap to win the race twice. Motu Premier is a proven stayer owned by Merv Butterworth, who raced Chief Thundercloud and Our Jericho, who won the Marathon for the Olivieri-Lewis team in 2015 and 2016, respectively.  Before that, Olivieri and Lewis were successful with the Neville Dewhurst-owned Nickelmeldon in 2009. Motu Premier was the 5-4 favourite in last year’s race when he started off the 30m mark. Lewis stole a march on his rivals when he set Motu Premier alight soon after the start and the gelding burst to the lead after a lap. Then, after sections of 29.6sec., 31.2sec. and 29.3sec., Motu Premier sprinted over the final 400m in 28.9sec. to win by just over a length from The Bucket List, who started from 40m and sustained a strong three-wide burst from ninth in the middle stages. This year Motu Premier will share the 40m mark with Runrunjimmydunn and Devendra and Lewis is likely to adopt the same aggression as he used so successfully 12 months ago. In a field of nine and with only one horse (Cracka Star) off the front and two (Always Arjay and Swimbetweentheflags) off 10m, drivers off the back marks are expected to make strong attacking moves in the early stages. Cracka Star relishes the role of pacemaker, but he rises a great deal in class and it is difficult to suggest he can succeed against several far-better credentialled rivals. He will be handled by Luke Edwards for trainer Debbie Padberg, who prepared Rocket Reign for his Marathon victory in 2014 when he started off 40m and surged home from eighth at the bell to beat This Time Dylan. Always Arjay is a standing-start specialist with a record of 23 starts in stands for seven wins, four seconds, two thirds and five fourths. Confident part-owner and trainer Matt Scott said that he expected Always Arjay to run a super race. “Stands are his forte and if he can lead he is capable of beating the backmarkers,” he predicted. Always Arjay is in splendid form. Although he has a losing sequence of 16, he has finished second at each of his past four starts. He raced three wide early and then in the one-out, one-back position before finishing strongly to be second to Courage Tells in a 2130m mobile last Friday night. Two starts before that Always Arjay finished with great determination to be second to The Bucket List in the BOTRA Cup, a 2503m stand. Motu Premier, at his second outing after a spell, finished third. Last Friday night Motu Premier warmed up for the Marathon in fine style with a close-up third behind Ideal Tyson and Vampiro in a 2130m mobile after working hard in the middle stages. Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr has sound prospects of winning the Marathon for the third time after successes with Im Themightyquinn off 80m in 2010 and Code Red, the sole frontmarker in 2012. He will be represented by Runrunjimmydunn (40m) and Lets Chase The Dream (20m). “The distance will suit Runrunjimmydunn and he’s a good each-way chance,” Hall said. ”He got home really well when a close third to Chicago Bull and Devendra last week and the distance won’t worry Lets Chase The Dream, who had a hard run before getting to the front and then finishing fourth behind Ideal Tyson last week.” Four-year-old Runrunjimmydunn’s only appearance in a stand from 26 starts in WA was when he began from 30m and finished a close third to Importer Exporter and Bettors Fire in the 2902m Easter Cup in March this year. Nathan Turvey, who set the pace with Baleybofey in 2013 and won the Marathon for trainer Ray Williams, said that Devendra’s frontrunning head second to Chicago Bull last Friday night was a good pointer to his prospects this week. “Devendra flies out from the stand and he must be considered,” said Turvey. The eight-year-old Devendra is an excellent stayer, who won five stands in Tasmania, including the 3020m Devenport Cup in March 2014. In the summer of 2015-16 he won two heats of the Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park before finishing second to My Hard Copy in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup. Star trainers Greg and Skye Bond will be looking for a strong performance from Vampiro, an up-and-coming four-year-old who has had 29 starts for 12 wins and nine placings. Ryan Warwick will handle Vampiro, the sole runner off the 30m mark. Vampiro was hampered for room in the home straight before flashing home on the inside to finish a half-head second to Ideal Tyson last Friday night.       Ken Casellas

It’s a mixed bag from members of the WA Trotting Media Guild as far as best bets go for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. Only two tipsters - last season’s competition winner Stuart Lowe and longshot guru Pat Harding - have settled on the same horse, Our Angel Of Harlem, as their best for the night. Lowe believes the Mike Reed-trained filly can follow on from her easy victory at Pinjarra late last month. “My best bet is Our Angel of Harlem, who crushed her rivals at Pinjarra by 20 metres in fast time,” Lowe said. “Was an easy Pinjarra winner three starts ago and then covered heaps of extra ground when narrowly beaten here at her next start. Hard to beat.” And Harding agrees with Lowe. “My best bet for the night comes up late in the program in race nine in the shape of Our Angel Of Harlem,” Harding said. “She will come out of barrier six and has been racing very consistently. I think that in this small field of seven, driver Mark Reed should be able to guide this filly to victory.” TABradio’s Matt Young is keen on the Ross Olivieri-trained Motu Premier. “Motu Premier has returned with little luck and meets a good field to return to winning form,” Young said. “I think he’s knocking on the door.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believes the inside draw could prove pivotal to Robert The Bruce’s chances. “Robert The Bruce gets his chance to bounce back into the winners’ list after drawing the pole,” Manning said. “The New Zealand import impressed when last year winning at seven of his first 10 WA starts. He has been beaten at his past seven appearances but showed a glimpse of earlier form when coming from a second-row draw to finish fourth at GP last Friday night.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas is a fan of Lightning Jolt, another horse who has drawn the pole in his race. “Lightning Jolt has bright prospects of ending a losing sequence of 12 when he contests the seventh event at headquarters on Friday night,” Casellas said. “I marked him down as my best bet when he drew the prized No. 1 barrier after he was not suited from wide draws at his previous two starts. The John Oldroyd-trained five-year-old has good gate speed and I expect Clint Hall to attempt an all-the-way victory.”  The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has kept the pole-draw specials coming with Courage Tells. “Courage Tells grows a leg from the inside draw and though he possesses a losing sequence of 21 starts, expect him to be well thought of for this assignment and he will take catching,” Havercroft said. Media Guild president Wayne Currall likes the chances of the Colin Reeves-trained mare Catastrophic Event in the eighth race on the card. “Catastrophic Event has found some winning form of late and with champion reinsman Chris Lewis in the bike she should prove the testing material,” Currall said. “She’s drawn perfectly in gate three and Lewis will be looking to send her to an early lead and then dictate in front.” VALUE BETS Stuart: My value bet is the luckless Budd Sidewinder, who was a solid third at Bunbury in a strong field two starts ago. Couldn’t get into the race last start when seventh here. Looks down in class and is well drawn. Should figure in the finish. Pat: Robert The Bruce has come up with the best draw he’s had in recent times. From barrier one I expect trainer/driver Nathan Turvey to send him to an early lead and win. Matt: The Great Dane in the last has showed good signs of ability. Freshened up he could be a good price and a big run wouldn’t surprise. Ernie: Lightning Jolt is on a 12-start losing run. But the gelding, a Champagne Classic runner-up at his debut, looks capable of using barrier one to advantage. Ken: For plenty of value I suggest Soho Wonder in race three, in which he is somewhat awkwardly drawn at barrier six. His recent efforts for trainer-reinsman Kaiden Hayter have been encouraging. Ryan: Whenmechief has only won once in WA, but it was at this track and from this draw when he found plenty. His numerical form does not read well, but the barrier brings him into consideration. Wayne: Good Times Ahead ran a creditable race when he finished three lengths behind Tyler Brett at headquarters last week. From gate three and with Junior in the cart, expect him to be about the place here. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

“He can do it again,” declared trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper when assessing the prospects of Saleahs Comand in the $25,000 Kerry Clarke Westbred final for four and five-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. That was Harper’s verdict when queried whether Saleahs Comand was capable of defeating the better-performed Lord Willoughby in the 2130m event. Saleahs Comand was a 40-1 outsider when he began speedily from barrier four and sped to the front after 120m before setting a solid pace and winning a qualifying heat from Kasey John, Tradie and Lord Willoughby last Saturday week. Lord Willoughby, a 10-9 chance, started from the No. 2 barrier and was unable to match Saleahs Comand’s early speed. He worked hard in the breeze and finished five lengths from Saleahs Comand. Saleahs Comand entered Harper’s East Martin stables just over five months ago and the five-year-old has thrived under Harper’s care, winning at three of his five starts for him. Lord Willoughby, to be driven by Shannon Suvaljko for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line in Friday night’s race, with Saleahs Comand at barrier six. “Saleahs Comand beat Lord Willoughby the last time we met,” said Harper. “We crossed him and won and I guess he can do it again. Saleahs Comand is at his best when leading, but he can also sit and kick and has won races after sitting. He’s my best chance on Friday night, with stablemate Thereugo starting from the outside of the back line.” Thereugo, who is a brilliant frontrunner, faces a tough task from the back line. A winner at 15 of his 36 starts, Thereugo will be driven by Harper’s elder brother Donald. Olivieri is confident that Lord Willoughby can turn the tables on Saleahs Comand and return to the winning list. The four-year-old was having his first start for a month when a last-start fourth behind Saleahs Comand. He has been wonderfully consistent this season, with his 24 starts producing nine wins, nine seconds and four thirds. Lord Willoughby is an M3-class performer with a superior record over his 11 rivals. Kasey John has an M2 assessment and Kerrin Joseph is an M1-class pacer, with the remainder of the field all on an M0 mark. Chris Voak gave punters a valuable lead when he chose to drive Kasey John in preference to Anvil Rollover and Rocknroll Beachboy. Voak was impressed with Kasey John’s strong finishing effort when a head second to Saleahs Comand last Saturday week. Kasey John, an all-the-way winner over New World Order and Always Arjay two starts ago, will start from barrier two on the back line and is capable of fighting out the finish. Anvil Rollover, trained at Pinjarra by Russell Eddy, has been driven by Voak at five of his seven wins. The grey gelding is perfectly drawn at the No. 1 barrier on the front line and will be driven by Colin Brown. Rocknroll Beachboy, trained by Terry Ferguson, was driven by Voak when he worked hard in the breeze and won from Bravo Tex over 2100m at Bunbury two starts ago, will be handled from barrier two by master reinsman Chris Lewis. Kasey John is prepared by Michael Brennan, who will also be represented by The Kings Assassin, who will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr from out wide at barrier eight. The Kings Assassin has won in good style at Bunbury at his past two outings and will have plenty of admirers. Ken Casellas

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has received an unexpected opportunity to win the Garrards Horse And Hound BOTRA Cup for a record fifth time when he drives The Bucket List, the sole backmarker off 50 metres in the 2503m feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trainer Michael Brennan engaged Hall after The Bucket List’s regular reinsman Michael Grantham was suspended for seven days for causing interference in a race last Friday night. Grantham has driven The Bucket List to victory seven times and Hall has handled the eight-year-old only twice for a second placing behind Hectorjayjay in a 2536m mobile heat of the Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park in December 2016 and for a ninth in a field of nine in a 2503m stand on April 20 this year. The Bucket List gave a remarkable performance when ninth, only five lengths behind the winner Rock Diamonds. He started off 40m, broke into a gallop after 75m and settled down 130m behind the pacemaker The Real Nadal. The Bucket List made up an enormous amount of ground in the final circuit. He is a capable standing-start performer, with his 16 starts in stands in Western Australia producing seven wins, five seconds, two thirds, one fourth and one ninth. He had seven starts in stands in New Zealand for three wins (over 2500m, 2700m and 3000m), a second, two thirds and a sixth. History shows that it is extremely difficult to win off back marks in stands at Gloucester Park. The BOTRA Cup has been run 38 times and only one pacer, Highest Honour in 2005, has been successful after starting off the 50m mark. Three horses (Hilton Adonis, Spirit of Shard and Albert Jaccka) have won from 40m and the two winners from 30m were Speedy Cheval (1991) and Shattering Class (2000). Hall has driven the winner of the BOTRA Cup four times, scoring with Strike A Blow (2002), Spirit of Shard (2008), Classic American (2015) and the Brennan-trained Naughty Maravau in 2016. The only other driver to have won the BOTRA Cup four times is Chris Lewis, who scored with Village Kid (1985), Elteei (1986), Mach Ruler (2009) and Tartary Gladiator (20011). Lewis will drive the Ross Olivieri-trained Motu Premier, who will start off 40m in Friday night’s Cup. Olivieri was successful with Speedy Cheval in the 1991 BOTRA Cup. Sharing the 40m mark with Motu Premier is the highly-promising four-year-old Rock Diamonds, who is trained by Greg and Skye Bond and will be driven by Ryan Warwick. Rock Diamonds notched his 15th win from 35 starts when he began off 30m in a field of eight and finished with a powerful burst from sixth at the bell to beat the pacemaker Always Arjay by a half-length, with an impressive final 800m in 56.3sec. last Friday night. Warwick and the Bonds will be hoping to go one better this year than they did 12 months ago when 10/1 chance Bettor Not Bitter dashed to the front after 600m, set a solid pace and was a neck second to the fast-finishing Sky Art. Motu Premier has the class to fight out the finish at his second outing after a spell, following his first-up ninth in a field of nine behind Galactic Star in a 1730m mobile event last Friday week when he was restrained from barrier seven at the start and raced at the rear. It is well worth remembering that at his previous outing Motu Premier ran on from seventh at the bell to finish fifth behind Soho Tribeca, Chicago Bull, The Bucket List and American Boy in the group 1 2936m WA Pacing Cup on January 19. Major Catastrophe is a tough stayer and the David Young-trained and driven gelding will have admirers even though the nine-year-old will start off 30m. His past 16 runs have been in mobiles, but keen students of form will point out that Major Catastrophe was successful at his two most recent appearances in stands, both over 2503m in February this year. His 34 starts in stands have resulted in five wins, seven seconds, four thirds and 18 unplaced efforts.   Ken Casellas

Talented pacer Motu Premier will resume racing after a beneficial spell when he contests the Choices Flooring Joondalup Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old fared poorly in the random draw and faces a stern first-up test from barrier eight against veteran pacer Bettors Fire, who is in superb form, with six wins from his past eight starts. Motu Premier, who has not raced since finishing fifth behind Soho Tribeca and Chicago Bull in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup on January 19 this year, warmed up for his return to action in impressive fashion when he dashed to an early lead from barrier five, set the pace and dashed over the final 800m in 57.5sec. to easily beat stablemate Costa Del Magnifico at a 1.56.8 rate in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. “He’s a lazy horse who does just what he has to do,” said trainer Ross Olivieri. “He went to the line with something in hand. Bettors Fire is at the top of his game right now and I would suggest that Motu Premier is a couple of runs off his best but he’s a pretty clever horse and I wouldn’t disregard him this week, although he’s probably just a place chance and an outside winning hope.” Motu Premier, who has raced 45 times for 16 wins, 13 seconds and four thirds for $322,278 in stakes, was unplaced in three heats of the Interdominion championship series at Gloucester Park last November and December. If he regains his best form in the coming months Olivieri will consider taking him to Melbourne for the Inter Dominion series at Melton in early December. “He wasn’t at his best in the last Inters when he was at the end of a long preparation,” said Olivieri, who added: “It would be nice to have him on the up instead of on the wane.” Shannon Suvaljko, who handled Motu Premier in the Byford trial, will drive the Bettors Delight gelding in a race for the first time on Friday night. Chris Lewis, who has driven Motu Premier at 17 of his 18 West Australian starts, will handle Eagle Rox, who will start from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. Eagle Rox is in brilliant form and has scored in impressive style at each of her past three starts. Bettors Fire will start from barrier five and will be a short-priced favourite. He completed a winning hat-trick last Friday week when he started out wide at barrier eight and settled in last position before charging forward to take up the running 1450m from home on his way to winning the 2536m Winter Cup at a 1.56.6 rate, with a final quarter in 27.3sec. “We will push the Go button as we try to take the front,” said trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper. “The old horse is doing a wonderful job.” Galactic Star, trained by Greg and Skye Bond and driven by Ryan Warwick, will have admirers after his dashing return to form last Friday night when he settled at the rear, burst to the front at the 1200m and won the 2130m Past Presidents Cup by more than four lengths from The Bucket List. He will start from barrier six. Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, who recorded his 2500th winner as a trainer when two-year-old Robbie Easton was successful at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening, said he expected a strong forward showing from Whozideawasthis, who will start from the No. 3 barrier. Whozideawasthis was ninth at the bell and finished powerfully, out six wide, to be a close-up fourth behind Bettors Fire last Friday night. Ken Casellas

Mach Three colt Shockwave has contested two Group 1 events and has finished second on each occasion. He has drawn the No. 2 barrier on the back line in the $100,000 Group 1 Owners Only Westbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night and gets an excellent chance to notch his first victory in a rich feature event. The clash between Shockwave and the richly-talented Its Rock And Roll promises to be a highlight on the ten-event program. Its Rock And Roll won the Group 1 Sales Classic seven weeks ago when he defeated Shockwave by a head and last Friday week Shockwave turned the tables on Its Rock And Roll when he finished second to the brilliant New Zealand-bred colt Franco Edward in the Pearl Classic, with Its Rock And Roll finishing third. They were two of the stand-out youngsters at the 2017 APG yearling sale in Perth when Shockwave was sold for $46,000 and Its Rock And Roll for $37,500. Shockwave, raced by Kevin Jeavons and Howard King, has won at three of his eight starts for earnings of $49,799. Its Rock And Roll, raced by Liam O’Connor and Jim Currie, has won three times from seven starts for $115,188 in prizemoney. He will start from the No. 5 barrier on the front line on Friday night. Both two-year-olds performed in grand style in the Pearl Classic when Shockwave (barrier seven) and Its Rock And Roll (nine) settled at the rear. Shockwave, trained and driven by Ryan Bell, started a three-wide move 1350m from home and impressed in sustaining the strong burst to finish a length from the pacemaker Franco Edward, who dashed over the final three 400m sections in 28.3sec., 28.8sec. and 28sec. Its Rock And Roll, trained and driven by Colin Brown, ran home powerfully from tenth at the bell to finish third, two lengths behind Shockwave. Shockwave and Its Rock And Roll have inherited much of their ability from their dams. Shockwave is out of Here For The Money, who earned $81,874 from seven wins and 18 placings from 79 starts and Its Rock And Roll’s dam Miss Worthy Whitby, won at Bathurst, Albion Park and Gloucester Park as a two-year-old before being retired with $40,154 in stakes from three wins and three seconds from 14 starts. Outstanding trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who prepared Baylan Jett when he finished third behind The Real Ideal and Major Pocket in this event two years ago, are pinning their hopes on the promising Bitcoin, a winner at Pinjarra and Bunbury. Bitcoin is the first foal out of Am Opulent, who earned $269,515 from 18 wins and 24 placings from 85 starts. The Bond stable will also be represented by $30,000 yearling Sports Central, who has yet to win a race. He will start from barrier three and will be driven by Chris Lewis, who has won this classic event with Johnny Disco in 2015 and The Real Ideal a year later. To Fast To Serious, a $10,000 yearling, adds considerable interest to the race. He is the only runner in the race who has not appeared at Gloucester Park, but has shown great promise in winning easily at his only three starts two at Bunbury and one at Narrogin for trainer Aiden Warwick and reinsman Aldo Cortopassi. He possesses good gate speed and is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier. His dam Smile With Me raced 40 times for ten wins, 15 placings and $80,819 in stakes. Watch Me React, trained at Collie by Dale Jackson, will be at long odds, despite drawing the coveted No. 1 barrier. He is a last-start winner at Narrogin and won a trial in good style at Pinjarra on Sunday morning. Watch Me React’s reinsman Trent Wheeler is hoping that history repeats itself. The previous time he drove a pacer from barrier one in a Group 1 event was in 2015 when he was successful with 12/1 chance Once Bitten, who trailed the pacemaker and 10/9 favourite Delightful Jade before getting up to beat that filly in the Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri’s Babyface Adda will start from the inside of the back line and will have admirers. Babyface Adda gave a tough staying performance last Friday night when he worked hard in the breeze before finishing determinedly to win from My Prayer and Sheza Spoilt Miss. Kyle Harper, successful with the Robert Wood-trained All Aussie Boy in the inaugural running of this classic in 2014, will drive Errol Ashcroft’s consistent Euphoric Moment from barrier eight. Justin Prentice trained and drove last year’s winner Highroller Joe and he will be in the sulky on Friday night behind Chetak, who has yet to win from ten starts and faces a difficult assignment from the outside of the back line. Ken Casellas

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