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Five-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding Simba Bromac boasts a winning record of 61 per cent and he has good prospects of making a successful return to racing after a spell when he starts from the No. 2 barrier in the $25,000 Westral Vertical and Panel Blinds Free-For-All at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will be driven by Chris Lewis for Ravenswood trainer Nathan Turvey and should be prominent against stiff opposition from the three smart pacers from the Forrestdale stables of Greg and Skye Bond, Our Jimmy Johnstone, El Jacko and Rock Diamonds. Simba Bromac, whose 31 starts have produced 19 wins, six seconds and three thirds, warmed up for his first-up assignment in fine style with a dashing win over Chiaroscuro in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra last Sunday morning when he was not asked for an effort until the final stages when he sprinted over the final 400m in 27.7sec. This will be Simba Bromac’s first appearance since he began speedily from barrier seven, set the pace and sprinted over the final quarters in 27.9sec. and 27.3sec. to win by three lengths from Mitch Maguire at a 1.57 rate over 2130m on August 31. Ten-year-old Our Jimmy Johnstone, to be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green, still possesses excellent gate speed and a strong competitive attitude. He will begin from barrier four and looks set to fight out the finish. So, too, does the enigmatic, but highly talented El Jacko, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick from the coveted No. 1 barrier. El Jacko notched his 17th victory from 42 starts last Friday week when he started from the outside of the back line and charged to the front after 550m on his way to a stylish victory over Kimani. Turvey also holds a strong hand in the Westral Timber Blinds Pace in which he will be represented by the polemarker Livura and Carter Micheal at barrier two in the 2130m event. He will handle Carter Micheal and Chris Lewis will be in the sulky behind Livura. Lewis drove Livura to an effortless victory over Bad Round and El Machine, rating 1.57.3 over 2130 at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. That ended a losing sequence of 16 and was the seven-year-old’s 20th win from 87 starts. Carter Micheal is racing with refreshing enthusiasm and looks hard to beat. He raced in seventh position on the pegs and was eighth 100m from the post before he sprinted fast to finish an eye-catching third behind Our Max Phactor over 2130m last Friday night. In what appears to be a highly competitive race, the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Saying Grace will have many admirers after winning at six of his past nine starts. He began off 40m and worked forward in the middle stages to race in the breeze when a close second to Carrera Mach over 2503m at Bunbury last Saturday night. He won easily at Kellerberrin and Pinjarra at his two previous outings.     Ken Casellas

Six-year-old Our Max Phactor arrived in Western Australia completely unheralded at the end of August and has been a revelation under the care of leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, with his 11 starts in the State producing ten wins and a close second placing. And this remarkable run of success follows his modest career in New Zealand where he managed just nine wins from 70 starts. He has also shown exceptional qualities here as a standing-start specialist, with six wins from six stands, whereas he had ten runs in stands in New Zealand for one victory by a nose over the marathon trip of 3150m on the grass track at the spacious Hawera circuit. Ryan Warwick, in dazzling form in the sulky, has driven Our Max Phactor in all his races for the Bond camp and he is hoping that the Art Major gelding will maintain his winning ways when he starts off 20m (virtually 10m because there are no runners off the front) in the Mount Eden-No Dill Christmas Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. However, it is unlikely to be simply a walk in the park for Our Max Phactor, who will clash with other smart New Zealand-bred pacers in Mr Mojito and As Happy As Larry. Mr Mojito, to be driven by Chris Lewis for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, will start off 20m at his second appearance after a year’s absence. The six-year-old has raced only 28 times for 11 wins (seven in New Zealand, one in WA and three in Victoria). He resumed racing when he began off the 40m mark in a 2631m event at Pinjarra on Monday of last week when he moved forward in the first lap and then worked hard in the breeze before finishing an excellent first-up second to Saying Grace, with final quarters in 27.8sec. and 27.9sec. Mr Mojito was brought to Perth by ace New Zealand trainer-reinsman Mark Purdon at the end of 2016 when the gelding won the $50,000 Four-Year-Old Championship, beating Nathans Courage at a 1.56.2 rate over 2130m. A week later he was the 2/1 favourite in the Group 1 Golden Nugget, but wrecked his chances by hanging badly and he finished fifth behind Soho Tribeca, Nathans Courage, Chicago Bull and Natural Disaster. Victorian trainer-driver Kerryn Manning brought Mr Mojito to Perth late last year to contest the Inter Dominion Championship series in which he was unplaced in three heats. He has spent the past year in rehabilitation with Olivieri and he has the class to seriously test Our Max Phactor on Friday night. Seven-year-old As Happy As Larry is prepared and driven by Robbie Williams and he has been impressive in four outings since resuming from a spell. He raced wide in the early stages and then had a tough passage in the breeze when a fighting second to Mitch Maguire in a 2503m stand last Friday night. Ken Casellas

Impressive four-year-old Ana Malak has withstood a number of challenges from a star-studded field to hold on and win the Group 1 Yes Loans 4YO Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park. Ana Malak, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, was having just his second start in Western Australia last night and was able to hold the front from barrier one for reinsman Ryan Warwick. Jack Mac eventually made his move to sit outside the leader with 1200m to go, while the unbeaten Ideal Liner was three pairs back along the inside. Ideal Liner was eventually able to get away from the inside coming to the home turn to give chase to Ana Malak, but the Gary Hall Snr-trained pacer fell short by a head. Mighty Conqueror, another runner from the Bond stable finished third, while Ideal Liner’s stablemate Benhope Rulz was fourth. Warwick said Ana Malak was still learning his craft and would continue to improve with racing. “He was very credible,” he said. “He was off the bit and on the bit. “He was probably doing a bit wrong and he nearly cost himself on the line. “I’m sure there’s more motor then what you saw tonight but he probably doesn’t know how to use it properly.” Winning owner Rob Gartrell paid tribute to the Bond team, who recorded their first success in the $125,000 feature last night. “I haven’t been so nervous for a long time,” he said. “Ryan was really confident we could lead, I was hopeful. “Skye has done a magnificent job, she does a lot of the work with him. “That’s one of the great four-year-old fields.” Of the beaten brigade, reinsman Mark Reed said he was impressed with Golden State’s sharp form turnaround to finish fifth, while Chris Lewis said Jack Mac would take plenty of benefit from his sixth placing heading towards the Golden Nugget on December 14. Ana Malak was one of five winners on the night for the Bond stable and Ryan Warwick. Earlier in the night they teamed up to win the We Say Yes To Commercial Loans Pace (2130m) with Our Max Phactor. Following Ana Malak’s win, Mitch Maguire, Fizzing and Bright Diamond all recorded impressive wins. Fizzing and Bright Diamond were emergencies for the Group 1 feature on the night, but both put forward compelling cases to be included in the field for the Golden Nugget. Mitch Maguire was driven patiently in the standing start event of the evening, before he stormed over the top late to record a win that led to Gartrell describing him as the “fastest horse he had.” The Bond, Warwick and Gartrell combination will be hoping their successful Friday night can transition to Bunbury tonight with Vampiro in the Bunbury Cup, while they also have Galactic Star in Melbourne ahead of the opening night of Inter Dominion heats. Meanwhile, Maczaffair has stamped herself as one of two key contenders for next week’s Group 1 Mares Classic, taking out the $30,000 Howard Porter Memorial for the Mike Reed stable. Mark Reed said there was nothing between Maczaffair and last week’s Norms Daughter winner Eden Franco.   Tim Walker

Ana Malak is an inexperienced and laid-back pacer who has not revealed sparkling gate speed and has not led all the way in any of his seven starts that have produced five wins and two placings. The New Zealand-bred stallion has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in the $125,000 Yes Loans Four-Year-Old Classic over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and leading reinsman Ryan Warwick is expected to take full advantage of the draw by attempting to hold up at the start and then set the pace in the Group 1 classic. The exciting son of Bettors Delight has been driven conservatively in his brief career in which he has created a wonderful impression with his tractability and his determination, will to win and brilliant turn of foot. Ana Malak, prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, goes into this week’s race with only one start in Australia in modest company at Pinjarra last Monday week when he was not bustled out from barrier five and settled down in sixth place before enjoying a perfect trail in the one-out, one-back position. Warwick sent him forward with a sizzling burst three wide 650m from home to take the lead 100m later. Ana Malak then careered away from his seven rivals and rated 1.56 over 2185m in winning, unextended, by more than 12 lengths from Eely Point Bomber. The final three quarters were run in 28.7sec., 28.6sec. and 28.2sec. That was his first appearance for three months when he was not driven out hard from barrier five before mustering good early pace to take the lead after 120m. He then surrendered the lead 200m later and sat behind the pacemaker Wrangler before easing off the pegs with 300m to travel and taking the lead 150m later and winning by four and a half lengths at a 1.57.4 rate over 1980m, with a final quarter of 27.8sec. At his previous outing, over 2200m at Invercargill on January 27, Ana Malak gave an outstanding performance to finish second to the brilliant Sheriff. He started from the outside of the back line in a field of 12 and settled down last, almost 15 lengths behind the leader, Sheriff. He was last with 750m to travel and eighth at the 300m before going five wide on the home turn and surging home in grand style. He was not pushed out at the start at any of his four previous starts which produced three easy victories and an excellent dead-heat for third behind Anthem over 1950m at Addington when he was restrained to the rear from barrier five on the back line. The Bonds hold a powerful hand in Friday night’s event and Warwick gave punters a strong lead by electing to drive Ana Malak in preference to Bettor Aim (six wins from nine starts) and Mighty Conqueror (seven wins from eight starts). Warwick’s only success in the Four-Year-Old Classic was behind the Steve Burton-trained Gee Whiz Fizz in 2005. Colin Brown will drive Bettor Aim from the No. 5 barrier and Dylan Egerton-Green will be in the sulky behind Mighty Conqueror from the No. 2 barrier on the back line. Mighty Conqueror has not been extended in winning at each of his four starts in Western Australia. He led and beat Bechers Brook by two and a half lengths in the $50,000 Group 2 Four-Year-Old Championship last Friday week. Gary Hall Snr, who has been successful in the Four-Year-Old Classic eight times with Love of Glory (1990), Valley Champ (1993), Slick Vance (1995), The Falcon Strike (2001), Im Themightyquinn (2008), Waylade (2014), Beaudiene Boaz (2015) and Chicago Bull (2016) has four runners in this year’s classic - Think About Me (barrier two), Benhope Rulz (three), King of Swing (eight) and Ideal Liner (inside of the back line). Gary Hall Jnr has opted to drive the inexperienced Ideal Liner, who should enjoy a perfect passage and is capable of unwinding a spirited finishing burst. Stuart McDonald will drive Think About Me, Clint Hall will handle Behope Rulz and Kim Prentice will handle the 2017 WA Derby winner King of Swing. Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed, who has won the classic with Manageable (1988) and Bonavista Bay (2010), will be represented by Golden State (barrier four) and Bechers Brook (outside of the back line). Mark Reed, son of the trainer, has chosen to drive Golden State, and Shannon Suvaljko has been engaged for Bechers Brook. Initially, Mark Reed has been in two minds about the tactics he will use with Golden State, a winner at seven of his 17 starts and disappointing with last placings at his two latest appearances. “Golden State hasn’t been himself at his past couple of starts and I’m hoping that Dad can turn him around, because if the real Golden State turns up, he would be right in it up to his eyeballs,” he said. “Golden State is very quick out of the gate and I’m not too sure about Ana Malak’s gate speed. “I’m still not sure what I’ll do, but I really wouldn’t mind driving him, sit and kick, so we might drive him for a bit of luck.” Adding to the intrigue of what should be an exciting spectacle is the appearance of Jack Mac, an enigmatic superstar who after five unplaced efforts in New Zealand has raced 16 times in Western Australia for 15 wins and one second placing. Jack Mac has been raced sparingly over the past 12 months and his part-owner and trained Barry Howlett remains reluctant to discuss the horse’s wellbeing and prospects from the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line. Jack Mac has raced four times this season and has not been fully tested and he certainly has the raw ability to overcome the distinct disadvantage of the outside draw. Chris Lewis, who has driven the horse in all of his 16 WA starts, is a big-race specialist and he is sure to pick the right moment to issue a strong challenge. Lewis has won the Four-Year-Old Classic with Village Kid (1984), Tamai Boy (1985), Vero Prince (1986), Flashing Star (1994) and Saab (1998). He combined with trainer Ross Olivieri for Saab’s win, and Olivieri, who also trained the 2010 winner Crombie, will be hoping for a touch of luck with his talented stallion Stefsbest, who will be handled by Chris Voak from the awkward No. 7 barrier. Stefsbest has been most impressive in winning stylishly at his past three appearances.   Ken Casellas

The all-conquering Greg and Skye Bond stable is in dazzling form and punters will follow their eight runners at Gloucester Park on Friday night with keen interest. All have winning prospects, with, perhaps, Vampiro appearing to be the stable’s brightest prospect, despite drawing the outside barrier (No. 9) in the $25,000 Enrique Aldana Free-For-All over 2130m. Vampiro, a talented New Zealand-bred five-year-old, again will have the services in the sulky of leading reinsman Ryan Warwick, who will have options from the outside barrier. Warwick is likely to give Vampiro time to settle down before choosing the right moment to send him forward into the firing line. Vampiro has been freshened up since he was a stylish winner of the group 2 James Brennan Memorial three Fridays ago when he began fast from barrier three, took up the running after 120m and sped over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 27.8sec. in beating his Our Jimmy Johnstone at a 1.57.1 rate. That followed his head victory over Maczaffair, rating 1.55.2 in the group 2 Mount Eden Sprint over 1730m two weeks earlier. From barrier six, he raced three wide for the first 350m and then had a tough run outside the pacemaker Maczaffair. Nine-year-old Devendra has drawn perfectly at barrier one and Aiden de Campo (who will be driving the gelding for the first time) is likely to make use of his good gate speed. Another veteran in Sokys Big Bullet is favourably drawn at barrier three and Lindsay Harper appears certain to issue a strong challenge for the early lead. Vampiro’s main dangers appear to be Rocknroll Lincoln (barrier seven), Runrunjimmydunn (eight) and Rock Diamonds (the solitary runner off the back line). Greg and Skye Bond have struck a purple patch and when Warwick drove Thisbeachrighthere to victory at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening it gave the outstanding trainers nine winners from ten starters, with Warwick driving all those runners. The winning run began at Gloucester Park last Friday night when Galactic Star won race five and Mighty Conqueror race six before Lincs Tiger had no luck when blocked for a clear passage until late when third behind Sunrose Village in race eight. Then the Bonds and Warwick had three starters Bitcoin, The Lightning Strike and Saying Grace for three wins at Kellerberrin on Sunday. Another three runners Starlight Destiny, Ana Malak and Bettor Aim were all successful at Pinjarra on Monday and the winning sequence continued with Thisbeachrighthere on Tuesday. The Bonds hold a commanding lead in the Statewide trainers’ premiership with 59 wins, 17 seconds and 16 thirds from 118 starters to lead from Gary Hall snr (25 wins, 20 seconds and eight thirds from 100 starters). Warwick leads the drivers’ premiership table with 61 winners, 24 ahead of Chris Lewis and 30 more than Dylan Egerton-Green in third place. Apart from Vampiro, the Bond camp will be represented on Friday night by El Jacko, Our Max Phactor, Dodolicious, Rock Diamonds, Fizzing, Lincs Tiger and The Lightning Strike. Ken Casellas

THE Inter Dominion rules have been addressed and top WA trainer Greg Bond has set his sights on Melbourne again. Bond was set to abort his plans with Galactic Star before the Inter Dominion Event Committee (IDEC) agreed to scrap a rule requiring all “visiting” horses to be in Melbourne five days ahead of the opening round of heats. Harness Racing Victoria, Harness Racing NSW and Harness Racing NZ successfully applied to for the rule to be deleted. “Today’s decision further highlights the willingness of our industry’s administrators to listen to participants in order to achieve industry best outcomes,” HRV chairman Dale Monteith said. Importantly, it solves what would have been an ongoing issue for the Auckland series next year and Sydney in 2020. Bond echoed the sentiments of the vast majority of trainers when he applauded the rule change. “Common sense has prevailed and we can all get on with things now,” he said. In Bond’s case, Galactic Star and, possibly Vampiro, were booked on a flight from Perth to Melbourne the Wednesday before the opening round of heats, which would’ve seen them ineligible. That’s because Bond wanted to give at least one of his possible contenders their final lead-up race at Gloucester Park this Friday night and the following Wednesday was the next available flight after that. The rule would also have significantly impacted the growing Kiwi contingent being set for the Inter Dominion trotting and pacing series. “Galactic Star is now a definite and we will decide on Vampiro in the next day or so,” Bond said. “It’s the Inter Dominion and I’m super keen to be part of it, but I wouldn’t have been if we needed to be there on the Monday.” Bond’s focus will be split between the Inter Dominion and WA’s string of major 4YO races in coming weeks. He and wife, Skye, could have as many as five runners in Group 1 races like the McInerney Ford and Golden Nugget over the next few weeks. On form, hype and potential, ex-Kiwi pacer Ana Malak is leading the way, especially after he thrashed a moderate field in slick time at Pinjarra on debut for the Bonds yesterday (Monday). “I’ve got a feeling when push comes to shove, Ryan (Warwick, stable driver) will pick Ana Malak as his drive,” Bond said. “I just wish we’d been able to get another couple of lead-up runs into him, but he missed some racing with a quarter crack. It’s fine now.” Bond’s other major players include Mighty Conqueror, who looked fantastic winning at Gloucester Park last Friday night, and Bettor Aim, who made it six wins from nine starts with an easy Pinjarra victory on Monday. But it’s Ana Malak who has most people talking. “I toyed with backing him up this Friday, but I won’t. He’ll go straight into the McInerney on Friday week,” Bond said. Adam Hamilton

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

The Bond juggernaut looks set to sustain its relentless dominance of harness racing with crack sprinter Galactic Star poised to prove mighty hard to beat in the $25,000 Pat Cranley Memorial over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Some pacing aficionados contend that Galactic Star is a better stayer than a sprinter, pointing to his head second to Assassinator in the 2902m Easter Cup last year and six wins over distances ranging from 2503m to 2631m but the New Zealand-bred six-year-old is a splendid sprinter, having won twice over 1609m at Bunbury in 1.53.1 and 1.53.8 and twice over 1730m at Gloucester Park, rating 1.52 and 1.55.4. He is awkwardly drawn at barrier six in the field of nine across one line and Ryan Warwick will seriously consider giving Galactic Star time to settle before sending him forward. Galactic Star began off the 10m mark in a $30,000 standing-start feature event at Pinjarra on Monday of last week and he settled down in seventh place before he surged forward to take the lead after 800m. He covered the final quarters in 28.3sec. and 27.8sec. and won by a neck from stablemate Rock Diamonds. That was his first appearance since August 24 and he is sure to have derived great benefit from the outing.        Galactic Star and his smart stablemate Vampiro are still on track to contest the Interdominion championship in Victoria next month. Greg and Skye Bond, who prepare Galactic Star, will also be represented in Friday night’s event by evergreen veteran Our Jimmy Johnstone and up-and-coming five-year-old Rock Diamonds. Our Jimmy Johnstone is handily drawn at barrier three and will be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green. The ten-year-old resumed after a spell in fine style last Friday week when he raced wide early and then enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before running home strongly to be an eye-catching second to Vampiro in the 2130m James Brennan Memorial. A winner of 27 races, Our Jimmy Johnstone is a smart sprinter who rated 1.54.3 when he led from the No. 2 barrier and won the 1730m Members Sprint at Gloucester Park in May of last year, rating 1.54.3 and beating Beaudiene Boaz by one length. Another proven sprinter in this week’s race is Tricky Styx, who will be driven by Aiden de Campo from the prized No. 1 barrier. The Jesse Moore-trained seven-year-old mare is in good form and looks the likely leader. She has had eight starts over 1730m for four wins and has also won over 1609m, 1684m and 1780m. The Bond stable which was successful in the Cranley Memorial with Motu Treasure in 2010 and Midnight Dylan in 2013, is setting a cracking pace and leads the trainers’ premiership with 50 winners from 109 starters. This gives them a 26-win lead over Gary Hall Snr. Warwick also has a commanding lead on the drivers’ premiership table. He has driven 52 winners from 113 starters and leads by 18 from Chris Lewis. The Bonds also have strong claims in several events on Friday night. Apart from Galactic Star and Our Jimmy Johnstone, the Bond camp has excellent prospects with Our Max Phactor, Dodolicious, Mighty Conqueror, Lincs Tiger and Infinite Symbol. Ken Casellas

Talented pacer Jack Mac has enhanced his credentials for the Golden Nugget next month, taking out the Garrards Horse And Hound 4YO Classic (2185m) at Pinjarra yesterday. The son of Mach Three had only been beaten at one of his 15 previous starts in Australia, but was facing his toughest test to date in the $25,000 event, with well credentialed runners Bechers Brook and Golden State in the race. Jack Mac was forced to settle in the breeze throughout, with Sweet N Fast setting the pace, while Bechers Brook settled on the back of the leader. The Barry Howlett-trained pacer took the lead coming into the home straight and quickly opened up a substantial lead. Bechers Brook fought on gamely to run second, while Bright Diamond was third. The $30,000 Don Randall Memorial Cup (2631m) saw Galactic Star enhance his credentials for the Inter Dominion in Melbourne next month, where he scored a narrow win over stablemate Rock Diamonds. Reinsman Ryan Warwick sent the six-year-old to the front going out of the home straight the first time, while Rock Diamonds eventually found the breeze. Rock Diamonds made a late surge at his stablemate, but fell short by a half-neck, with Cut For An Ace back in third. Tim Walker

Star pacer Jack Mac has made a stylish return to racing at Gloucester Park last night, taking out the Book A Private Box At Gloucester Park Pace (2130m). Having his first start since June 29, Jack Mac was sent out a $1.04 TABtouch favourite and he won accordingly. Reinsman Chris Lewis worked his way to the front in the home straight the first time with Jack Mac and was able to enjoy a comfortable lead throughout. The four-year-old went on to win by 4.5m to Iam Lambros and Scotlynn Beach. It is expected Jack Mac will head towards the Group 1 Golden Nugget in December, where he could come up against WA Derby winner King Of Swing. Another pacer that could join Jack Mac in the Golden Nugget is the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Fizzing, who made two wins in the space of five days by taking out the Gloucester Park Entertainment With Horsepower Pace (2130m). It was also a third consecutive win for the son of Mach Three, who proved a class above his rivals to win by almost 20m to Bettor Finish and Heez About To Rock. The Bond stable then made it a race-to-race double when Our Max Phactor took out the TABtouch – Better Your Bet Handicap (2503m). Despite having to come off a 20m start, the gelding was able to find his way to the breeze and sit outside the leader As Happy As Larry. In similar circumstances to Fizzing’s win, reinsman Ryan Warwick took the lead on the back straight on the last lap and then held off a game Tommy Be Good by 2m. The win also ensured Our Max Phactor remained unbeaten in Australia at four starts since coming from New Zealand in August. The third of the Bond’s winners came earlier in the night when Our Alfie Romeo took out the Fillies And Mares Pace (2130m). The in-form trainer-reinsman combination of Aiden Warwick and Aldo Cortopassi also teamed up for a winning double on the night. The pair’s first winner was Kingsman in the $7 Pints At JP’s Sportsbar Pace (2130m), before Shadow Maker was successful in the Follow GP On Facebook Pace (2130m). Cortopassi also drove seven-year-old Swingin Elsu to victory in the opening event of the night for trainer Mark Tomlinson. Meanwhile, Chicago Bull will face six rivals in Friday night’s Group 2 J.P Stratton Cup (2130m), his final run in Perth before the Victoria Cup on October 13. Tim Walker

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

The Greg and Skye Bond-trained pair Bright Diamond and Bettor Aim have made successful returns to Gloucester Park, recording comfortable wins last night. Bettor Aim remained unbeaten since coming to Western Australia by taking out the Owners Only Pace (2130m). The gelding is the only pacer to have beaten Group 1 winner Jack Mac in WA, which came earlier this year. Bettor Aim was having his first start since defeating Jack Mac last night and was sent out at rock bottom odds of $1.04 with TABtouch. Driver Ryan Warwick was patient with the four-year-old, slowly making his way to the front from barrier four, before he was able to control the tempo of the race from the front. The Bettors Delight gelding went on to win by eight metres to Lot Twenty One and Iam Lambros. The second of the four-year-old winners from the Bond stable on the night was Bright Diamond, who was also having his first start at Gloucester Park this campaign, after having three runs at Pinjarra earlier this month. In contrast to Bettor Aim, Warwick drove Bright Diamond aggressively from barrier three in the Westral Pace (2130m) and was able to find the front with ease. From there, the gelding was able to control the race from the front and ran a lead time of 40.0, before he came home in a time of 57.2 to win by six metres. Meanwhile, another star four-year-old King Of Swing’s return from a short break continues at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he lines up in the 2018 WA Trotting Media Guild Cup (2536m). King Of Swing recorded a comfortable three metre win at Pinjarra on Monday, after having a month away from the track following his win at Gloucester Park on August 24. The WA Derby winner will start from barrier one in the $25,000 event and comes up against in-form older horses Motu Premier and Vampiro. Tim Walker

It was a night for the big names of Harness Racing in Western Australia, with the trainer-driver combinations of Greg and Skye Bond and Ryan Warwick, along with Gary Hall Snr and Gary Hall Jnr taking out eight of the 10 races at Gloucester Park. Punters had the Warwick-Bond combination as the one to beat in the first three races and that is exactly how it played out. Lincs Tiger kicked the night off in fine fashion for them, taking out the Book Into Beau Rivage 3YO Pace (2130m) and despite causing a false start, he was too strong for his rivals. After finishing fifth first-up a fortnight ago, Detroit Lily returned to the winners circle in the $7 Pints At JP’s Sportsbar Pace (2130m). Detroit Lily had a dream run throughout just behind the leaders, before Warwick pulled out three-wide approaching the turn and the filly went on to defeat Veiled Secret and Dontstopbelievin. Vampiro and Better B Chevron completed the successful night for Warwick and the Bond’s. Chicago Bull was, yet again, the star attraction at Gloucester Park and he produced another professional performance to take out the $25,000 Nexus Health & Wellness Pace (2536m). Now a six-year-old, Chicago Bull came the closest he has to defeat this preparation at his last start over this distance, but there were no problems last night. Hall Jnr allowed Chicago Bull to amble to the lead towards the end of the first lap and never looked like being beaten when he got there. The Bettors Delight gelding ran home in a time of 55.3 to win by seven metres to stablemate Runrunjimmydunn. Tricky Styx finished third, making it the same first three runners across the line as last week’s August Cup. Hall Jnr said Chicago Bull would now likely head for a short break, before a couple more runs in Perth and an east coast campaign. “I think it will be three weeks now that he has away from the race track,” he said. “He will have three weeks at home jogging and the last of those weeks he will probably get back in the hopples to get ready for his next two starts here. “Depending on flights and how we go about getting him there…I dare say we will leave as close as we can to the race (Victoria Cup). “Where he’s at, what he’s aimed for and where we have got him, everything is perfect. “You don’t like saying that, because with horses and racing anything can happen day to day.” The Hall Snr and Jnr combination enjoyed a successful second half of the meeting, with Speed Man, Beaudiene Beaufighta and Fake News all recording comfortable victories. Tim Walker

Punters who scorched their fingers when they backed Lincs Tiger into second favouritism at 2-1 last Friday night should recoup their losses by supporting the New Zealand-bred three-year-old in the opening event, the Book Into The $50 Beau Rivage Buffet Special Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Lincs Tiger is poised to burn brightly this week after he was the victim of bad luck last week and finished a distant last, 50 metres behind Speed Man. He began speedily from barrier four and was about to burst to the front after 300m when he locked wheels with stablemate Fizzing, broke into a gallop and dropped back to ninth before Ryan Warwick urged him forward, three wide, to race without cover. He was still third with 420m to travel before he wilted after his torrid run. Lincs Tiger, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, had shown considerable promise, with his six previous starts producing three wins and three placings. He is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line this week and Warwick is sure to make a bold bid for the early lead and then set the gelding the task of leading all the way over the 2130m journey. Lincs Tiger, the first foal out of Tigerzureal, is certainly bred to be a good winner. His maternal granddam Tigerish was an outstanding performer, having 79 starts for 15 wins, 21 placings and $491,957 in prizemoney. Tigerish won a $70,000 feature event for two-year-olds on debut at Alexandra Park in March 1991 and she also won a group 2 event that season before winning three group 1 events as a three-year-old, a group 2 event as a four-year-old and a group 1 feature event for mares as a five-year-old, beating Lento and Blossom Lady.    Fizzing, like his stablemate Lincs Tiger, is being set for the rich feature events for four-year-olds in the coming summer. He has raced 21 times for five wins and nine placings. He was three back on the pegs in fourth place at the bell in last Friday night’s race and battled on to finish fourth. He looks tested from the No. 8 barrier this week. Champion reinsman Chris Lewis has decided to handle Fizzing in preference to the Steve Parsons-trained Mega Moolah, a gelding he has driven for a win at Bunbury and an encouraging second to Benhope Rulz at Gloucester Park at his past two outings. Aiden de Campo has been engaged to drive Mega Moolah from the testing draw of No. 9, the outside of the front line. Adding interest to the race will be the return to city racing of the Aiden Warwick-trained Roman Aviator, who will be driven by Aldo Cortopassi from the awkward draw of No. 6. Roman Aviator had a tough run when he raced wide in the middle stages and then in the breeze before finishing second to Rock Me Over at Bunbury at his most recent outing. That followed a winning sequence of six. Liam Neil, a winner of six races for Byford trainer David Thompson, is capable of a forward showing. He will start from barrier four on the front line and will be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green. Thompson also prepares Itsnotova, a winner at two of his 19 starts who will be driven by Colin Brown from the favourable No. 1 barrier. Ken Casellas

Astute punters who fancy all-up wagering should seriously consider investing in an all-up treble at Gloucester Park on Friday night with the Greg and Skye Bond-trained trio of El Jacko, Mitch Maguire and Vampiro. These three New Zealand-bred pacers to be driven by Ryan Warwick look outstanding winning prospects. El Jacko will start from out wide at barrier eight in race four, the Book Your Christmas Function at the Beau Rivage Pace, and the five-year-old should carry far too many guns for his ten rivals in this 2536m event. He started from the outside barrier in a field of eight over 1730m last Friday night and came from last in the middle stages to be third, three wide, at the bell before finishing third behind stablemate Johnny Disco, who gave his rivals little chance by speeding over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 27.2sec. El Jacko has a winning record of 41 per cent (16 wins and 12 placings from 39 starts) and is sure to develop into a strong open-class performer. Four-year-old Mitch Maguire has a winning record of 64 per cent (16 wins and three placings from 25 starts) and looks a star bet from barrier two on the front line in race six, the third heat of the Schrader Pace over 2130m. Mitch Maguire, winner of the group 1 Golden Slipper in July 2016 and the group 2 Western Gateway Pace over Maczaffair and Herrick Roosevelt in March 2017, has resumed after a 13-month absence with effortless victories in stands over 2116m and 2631m at Pinjarra. He has unwound powerful finishing bursts to win at both those starts, but should be capable of leading throughout in Friday night’s race. Vampiro is destined for bigger and better things and looks a certainty from 20 metres in race eight, the 2503m $7 Pints at JP’s Sportsbar Pace. His winning record is 39 per cent (12 wins and 11 placings from 31 starts). He gave a superb display last Friday night when he sustained a spirited three-wide burst from sixth at the bell to be a close second to the speedy Johnny Disco. Ken Casellas

Ace trainer-reinsman Colin Brown is upbeat about the prospects of Amelias Courage in the Gloucester Park - Entertainment With Horsepower Pace for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night, declaring that she was ready to repeat her victory over Our Angel Of Harlem two weeks ago. Ryan Warwick may well have been presented with a perfect 40th birthday present with the decision to engage him to drive the Victorian-bred Amelias Courage from the No. 5 barrier in the quality field of seven fillies. Warwick, who celebrates his birthday on Saturday, will handle Amelias Courage for the first time. He replaces Dylan Egerton-Green, who drove the filly to a notable victory over Our Angel Of Harlem last Friday week and is currently enjoying a holiday in the Greek islands. Brown has decided to drive Amelias Courage’s stablemate Arma Rich Girl, who will start from the No. 2 barrier. “Drawing inside of Our Angel Of Harlem and Liberty Rose gives Amelias Courage the advantage,” said Brown. “We’ve got options with Amelias Courage and I’d imagine that this week she will be driven a bit more positively. My filly is ready to go huge. “It’s a small field, but a very nice field and whoever gets the luck in the run probably will emerge as the winner. I will be driving Arma Rich Girl, who is still learning how to race. However, she is improving and I expect her to go well. It wouldn’t surprise me if she finishes closer than she did last time (when sixth behind Amelias Courage two weeks ago).” Mike Reed, trainer of Our Angel Of Harlem, said he was confident that his filly would turn the tables on Amelias Courage. “Dylan Egerton-Green drove a good race with Amelias Courage in the one-out, one-back position while Our Angel Of Harlem did all the work (out three wide for much of the race),” Reed said “Then Our Angel Of Harlem won easily in a four-horse field at Pinjarra last Monday week. “It was a good run and she has improved since then. I think she will go super; I couldn’t be happier with her and she’s getting better and better. I wouldn’t swap my filly with any other filly in the race.” While most punters will be leaning towards Amelias Courage and Our Angel Of Harlem, Liberty Rose and Innocent Affair should not be left out of calculations. Liberty Rose, prepared by Gary Hall Snr, had a tough run, out three wide and then in the breeze when a last-start fourth behind Amelias Courage at her first appearance for just over a month. She has impressed in winning at six of her 13 starts. Champion reinsman Chris Lewis will handle Innocent Affair (trained by his wife Debra) from the prized No. 1 barrier and the Art Major filly is capable of leading and proving hard tom overhaul. She has set the pace and won at three of her past four starts.   Ken Casellas

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