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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

Footage taken at Brennan Racing HQ in Pinjarra today shows one of the stable’s brightest new stars undergoing a workout in heavy sand with ex-jockey-cum-harness racing reinsman Michael Grantham in the saddle.  Mista Shark has drawn gate three in the third heat of the Pure Steel series at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I’m happy with the draw...” said trainer Michael Brennan “...with him it doesn’t matter too much, as long as he gets around safe I will be happy” The son of Four Starzzz Shark scored eight wins on the bounce last preparation, including a win in the $50,000 San Simeon Final on Inter Dominion Grand Final night. “He appears to have come back a much better horse, he is a beast...” exclaims Brennan “...he’s big and strong, just like a Shark.” Mista Shark under saddle at Brennan Racing By Scott Hamilton  

Reining Inter Dominion champion Lennytheshark’s trainer David Aiken has confirmed this week he will defend his title when the Inter Dominion Carnival returns later this year. Having won the Victoria and Bendigo Cup’s since his emphatic Perth Inter dominion win, the Four Starzzz Shark entire is aimed at the Len Smith Mile (G1) at Menangle after competing in the Golden Mile (G3) one week earlier. His travel-buddy on the trip to Western Australia will be Hectorjayjay. With the Mildura Cup (G2) and the 4 & 5yo Championship (G2) in his trophy cabinet in his last 4 starts - the Dream Away gelding will contest the Sunshine Sprint (G2) and the Blacks A Fake (G2) in Queensland. Hectorjayjay “I knew he was good when he came to our stables, but I didn’t realise just how good” Trainer David Aiken said after his impressive Melton win on Saturday night. Aiken is hoping the trip to Queensland will give Hectorjayjay much needed travel experience before attempting one of Harness Racing’s tough tasks - the Inter Dominion. Scott Hamilton

Smart pacer Importer Exporter will be looking to give trainer Chris Winston his second metropolitan success and his fifth win in succession on Friday night when he tackles the Budget Stockfeeds Conditioned Handicap. He will jump from the second row on a ten meter handicap for reinsman Callan Suvaljko, with likely favourite Norvic Nightowl a further twenty meters behind him. Importer Exporter began well enough to lead at his last start and rated 2:02.2 for the 2500m SS at Bunbury where he was untroubled for a majority of the race before sprinting home stoutly in 56.3 27.2. Norvic Nightowl was one of 6 winners on last week’s card for Hall Snr and looks set for an Inter Dominion campaign later in the year. He rated 1:53.4 after being 3-wide for 1000m first up last week – but will need to find an extra 743m to win this event.  “Norvic Nightowl is set for a great year” - trainer Gary Hall snr. Our Ideal Act will start from the front row off a 10m handicap for trainers Greg and Skye Bond. The Ryan Warwick driven gelding is searching for three wins in a row after winning from 50m last start at Narrogin, rating 1:59.8 for the 2636m trip.  Scott Hamilton

The ten –event harness racing program at Gloucester Park on Friday night is set to explode into action with an exciting confrontation between rising four-year-old stars Better Scoot and American Boy in the www.gannons.com.au Pace over 2130m.  This promises to be a classic showdown between the State’s most powerful training establishments, with Greg and Skye Bond preparing Better Scoot and Gary Hall snr the trainer of American Boy. Better Scoot has been untroubled to win easily at his first three Australian starts, one at Northam and two at Pinjarra, and from the favourable barrier at No. 2 on the front line he will have a host of admirers. American Boy faces a sterner test from out wide at barrier seven. But he has revealed his class with easy victories at his past four starts - at Gloucester Park, Pinjarra, Bunbury and Narrogin. Ryan Warwick has driven Better Scoot at his first three starts in WA and he will be anxious to get past the polemarker and noted frontrunner Baptism of Fire and set a solid pace to make the task of American Boy difficult. Better Scoot has sped over the final quarter in his three WA starts in 27.9sec., 27.4sec. and 28.6sec. American Boy, to be driven by Gary Hall jnr, won at his only start in New Zealand and his nine WA starts have produced seven wins, a second and a fifth. Hall jnr has driven the gelding five times for five wins. Adding further interest to the race will be the first appearance in WA of five-year-old Jambiani, a recent arrival from Victoria where he had 27 starts for seven wins and 12 placings. Now trained by Ross Olivieri, Jambiani has not contested any trials in this State. He is favourably drawn at barrier two on the back line. Olivieri will also be represented by Deluxe Edition, who has returned to her best form in recent weeks. Two starts ago she set the pace and won from Lady Willoughby and Sovereign Faith over 2130m at Gloucester Park. The Bond V Hall rivalry comes up in several other races on the card - Swimbetweentheflags, Pay Me Cullen and Offtocullect will represent the Bond camp in Race 3, with Lettuceriprita the only runner from team Hall.  Tuapeka Kahu will start from barrier 2 in Race 5, the Hall snr trained Mohegan Sun will be right outside him from the get go in barrier 3. The Hall camp outnumber the Bond runners in the WA Oaks, with Dior Mia More and Madame Croupier coming up against the mighty Dodolicious. Heez About To Rock will start from barrier 2 in the final event on the program, right behind him will be the handy pacer Mach Time for Hall snr and jnr. Who will win! Think you know which team will take away more wins on the program? Head to the Gloucester Park Facebook page and vote for Team Bond or Team Hall! Ken Casellas | Scott Hamilton    Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 06 May 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 06 May 2016

The best 3yos will fight it out for a share in the $200,000 Group 1  the Sky Racing WA Derby on Friday night at Gloucester Park. harness racing. Lets Chase The Dream is a clear favourite on TABtouch currently but has drawn awkwardly in barrier 7. To his inside is local hope Chicago Bull for the mighty Hall stable. Scott Hamilton

Beaudiene Boaz has stamped his authority yet again on harness racing at Gloucester Park after emphatically winning the 2016 RETRAVISION Fremantle Cup. The 4yo Gary Hall Snr trained pacer wasn’t gifted the race either, only finding the lead after almost one full circuit from the fast beginning Bettors Fire. With the $2.30 favourite dictating terms in front, runs came early from the back – My Hard Copy was first to throw his hat in the ring, followed by stablemate Run Oneover who eventually have him cover in the one-out line. After a lead time of 66.8 and a first half carved out in 59.8 – Gary Hall Jnr let his steed slip home stoutly in 56.0 – 26.8. My Hard Copy flew home in the run to the line and looked the only danger to the winner, ahead of Bettors Fire, who battled on well - and Devendra. Post race, Gary Hall Snr spruiked plans to take Beaudiene Boaz east to compete in the Chariots of Fire – setting up a potential clash of the titans with Have Faith In Me on Feb 13 in NSW. It was a sombre mood on-course with a number of scratchings from the program due to devastating bushfires that are currently raging out-of-control in WA’s southwest. The most notable was that of Lovers Delight. Traffic routes from Bunbury to Perth have been compromised leaving trainer Stephen Reed no choice but to stay at home and miss the $300,000 event. Collie pacer Ti Amo Franco and his Capel based driver Aiden De Campo took a 4.5hr detour to get to Perth - paying dividends, with the pair taking out the second heat of the Nights Of Thunder series. The fastest nine horses from the three heats have qualified for a $50,000 final to be run on the stellar undercard to the Grand Circuit – Group 1 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup to be run at Gloucester Park on January 15.   by Scott Hamilton

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