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Shannon Suvaljko, last season's leading West Australian driver, will handle the promising Art Major mare Salacious Gossip for the first time when the five-year-old starts from barrier five in the 2130m Happy Easter From Gloucester Park Pace at pacing headquarters on Thursday night. Suvaljko, who has driven 83 winners this season, will replace outstanding young reinsman Bailey McDonough, who has handled Salacious Gossip at her past 16 starts for his grandfather, Bunbury trainer Frank Bonnett. Salacious Gossip has been in fine form this season, with four wins and four seconds from 13 starts. She was rated perfectly by McDonough when she set the pace and won convincingly from Jilliby Tango and The War Nurse at a 1.58.4 rate over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. McDonough has opted to take drives in seven events at the meeting at Wagin on Thursday night. Salacious Gossip, who has won twice at Gloucester Park, Bunbury and Pinjarra, will be seriously tested by the brilliant four-year-old Cott Beach, who has returned to racing after a nine-month absence in excellent form, with an impressive last-start victory over Mister Bushido at Gloucester Park after a second to Liam Neil and a third behind Warfare and Vincenzo Peruggia. Vincenzo Peruggia will have a big following when he starts from barrier two in the Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace over 2130m on Thursday night. The Tony Svilicich-trained five-year-old will be driven by Lindsay Harper and will clash with in-form pacers Luis Alberto, Our Alfie Romeo, The Art Form and Kimani. Vincenzo Peruggia maintained his consistent form at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night when he finished determinedly from fourth at the bell to be a close second to The Midas Touch over 1730m. He has had 22 starts for Svilicich for six wins, seven seconds and two thirds. Luis Alberto, another five-year-old who is racing with wonderful heart, is sure to prove hard to beat from the No. 1 barrier. Luis Alberto has been finishing powerfully in recent starts from unfavourable barriers for Hopeland trainer Debra Lewis, who has given the Bettors Delight gelding nine starts for five wins, one second, one third and two fourth placings. Luis Alberto possesses good gate speed and Jocelyn Young is sure to seriously contemplate taking full advantage of this from the inside draw.   Ken Casellas

Highly-regarded New Zealand-bred three-year-old Major Trojan looks set to record his first win in Australia when he begins from barrier two on the front line in the 2130m Glenroy Chaff Oakford Stockfeeds Derby prelude at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “His was a great effort when third in the 2536m Western Gateway Classic last Friday night,” declared champion trainer Gary Hall Snr. “He’s quick out and I think he will lead and prove very hard to beat this week.” Major Trojan started out wide from barrier eight last week and raced three wide early before working hard in the breeze outside the pacemaker Patrickthepiranha. He got to the front 550m from home and fought on doggedly when beaten home by stablemate Eloquent Mach and Franco Edward. That followed Major Trojan’s seconds to Eloquent Mach at Bunbury and Gloucester Park at his first two appearances in Australia. His chief rivals this week appear to be the polemarker Gee Jay Kay and Its Rock And Roll, who will start from the outside barrier (No. 9).  Gee Jay Kay, a comparatively inexperienced gelding with three wins and four placings from ten starts for trainer Vicki Lea and reinsman Shannon Suvaljko, will have plenty of admirers after drawing the coveted No. 1 barrier. He impressed greatly with a commanding performance to set the pace and win a 2185m trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning after dashing over the final three quarters in 29.4sec., 28.6sec. and 28.4sec. “He showed really good speed off the gate,” said Suvaljko. “We can lead or sit behind Major Trojan and should run a good race.” Trainer-driver Colin Brown expects a strong showing from the talented Its Rock And Roll this week and in the Group 1 WA Derby the following Friday night.  Its Rock And Roll, winner of the Group 1 Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings and the Group 2 Champagne Classic last season, has resumed after a spell in solid form, with his first four starts as a three-year-old producing three seconds and a third placing. At his most recent outing, in the Group 2 Sales Classic for three-year-old colts and gelding a fortnight ago, Its Rock And Roll began speedily from barrier four, but was unable to cross Shockwave in a spirited battle for the early lead. He then had a tough run in the breeze before taking a narrow lead on the home turn and finishing a good third behind Patrickthepiranha and Walsh. “I’m rapt with him at the moment; he really did benefit from the hard run two weeks ago and he’s jumping out of his skin. This week I won’t be able to go forward from barrier nine and sit outside Major Trojan, who rolls along just too quickly. I’ll drive Its Rock And Roll in a way which should guarantee him finishing in the best possible position.” Ken Casellas

Talented young reinsman Bailey McDonough will be anxious to take full advantage of Clarenden Hustler’s sparkling gate speed when he drives the six-year-old from the prized No. 1 barrier in the $20,000 Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. In-form trainer Matt Scott engaged McDonough to drive Clarenden Hustler for the first time to gain a junior driver’s concession and a start in an event which has enabled the chestnut to drop significantly in class. Shannon Suvaljko has driven Clarenden Hustler, a former South Australian performer, in all his nine starts in Western Australia for two wins and two seconds. Clarenden Hustler started from the inside of the back line and trailed the pacemaker Handsandwheels in the group 2 Four and Five-Year-Old Championship over 2130m last Friday night before wilting to finish eighth behind Handsandwheels. But he will certainly appreciate racing in inferior company this week when his main dangers include Just Bet On Black, Smoldering Ashes, Luis Alberto and Aliman. Just Bet On Black, trained and driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, is in top form, but is not perfectly drawn at No. 4 on the front line. However, he has the ability to overcome this draw and prove hard to beat. He started from the No. 6 barrier when an impressive last-start winner, over 2536m last Friday week. He raced three wide early and then worked hard in the breeze before getting to the front and fighting on gamely to defeat the pacemaker Dominate The Dojo by a half-neck at a 1.58.5 rate, with final quarters in 27.7sec. and 29.3sec. Two weeks before that Just Bet On Black raced in fifth position, three back on the pegs before finishing powerfully to be a neck second to James Butt at a 1.54.4 rate over 1730m, with final quarters of 28.1sec. and 28.6sec. “He’s in somewhere near career-best form,” Egerton-Green said. “It’s been a long process and, touch wood, we’ve got him right and hopefully able to string a few nice runs together.”   Ken Casellas

For many years Always Arjay was considered an honest standing-start performer, with 11 of his 15 wins from 71 starts in Western Australia coming in stands but now star reinsman Shannon Suvaljko declares that the seven-year-old deserves his place in open-class mobile feature events. “He’s now racing out of his skin and is a great chance in the Governor’s Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night,” Suvaljko said. Always Arjay, has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in Friday night’s Group 2 $50,000 event and Suvaljko said that the gelding was capable of leading all the way and beating better performed rivals. “He’s got enough speed to hold up,” he said. “I have got him out quickly in mobiles. He drew ten in the RWWA Cup last week and was hard on the back of the one horse (Herrick Roosevelt) when the mobile released the field. He then almost ran down Handsandwheels.” Always Arjay, trained at Serpentine by Matt Scott and owned by Catherine Cousins, is unfashionably bred, but has done a tremendous job on the track, earning $204,737 from 21 wins and 25 placings from 86 starts. Bred in New South Wales, Always Arjay is by American stallion Always A Virgin, a talented pacer who raced only 39 times for 18 wins, nine placings and stakes of $1,135,559. Always Arjay is the fourth (and last) foal out of Albert Albert mare Shove Off, who raced four times as a two-year-old on NSW for two last placings and two second-last efforts before being retired. Before Always Arjay, Shove Off produced Jobs Right (nine wins in modesty company and $32,108 in stakes from 64 starts) and Not The Full Deck (four wins and $14,661 from 26 starts). Shove Off’s dam Tonitangles won once and earned $5840 from 15 starts and then of her nine of her progeny who raced only three managed to win in modest company.  “If this week’s Cup was over 2500m, I’d probably take a sit with Always Arjay,” Suvaljko said. “But it’s over 2130m and in Free-For-All company it is all about a bit of luck, barrier draws and the distance. “If Matt wants me to take a sit, I’ll sit. However, he doesn’t usually give me instructions and my preference is to lead. “Always Arjay is a tough horse who has won heaps of races rolling along in front. He’s a big chance. I think that Rocknroll Lincoln will probably have to race outside of us.” Handsandwheels, a 20/1 chance, enjoyed a perfect sit in the one-out, one-back position before bursting to the front on the home turn and holding on to defeat the fast-finishing Always Arjay by a head in the 2130m RWWA Cup. He will start from barrier two on the back line and should again be able to slot into a favourable position in the one-wide line. Reinsman Aiden de Campo said that the WA-bred five-year-old had thrived since his victory last week. Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr predicted a tough battle for Rocknroll Lincoln, the star Justin Prentice-trained five-year-old who will be making his first appearance since he set the pace and won the 2936m WA Pacing Cup from El Jacko five weeks ago. Rocknroll Lincoln will have to overcome the distinct disadvantage of starting out wide at barrier No. 7 on the front line. “Obviously, he will be favourite at even money, or shorter, because of his last start,” Hall said. “If he hadn’t won the Pacing Cup he’d probably be a $3 to $4 chance. It looks tough, but he should look the winner at some stage.” El Jacko, a fast-finishing second to Rocknroll Lincoln in the WA Pacing Cup two starts ago, looms as a major hope in this week’s Cup in which Ryan Warwick will; be looking for a smooth passage after starting from barrier five. The Phil Costello-trained Vultan Tin (Chris Voak) fared poorly in the random draw and is likely to be forced to cover quite a deal of extra ground after starting from barrier nine. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri will be represented by Mr Mojito (No. 2 barrier) and Lord Willoughby (outside of the back line). Mr Mojito (Chris Lewis) should be prominent throughout and will have admirers after his eye-catching performance last Friday night when he started from the outside barrier and swamped his rivals in the final circuit, charging to the front 520m from home and winning by three lengths from Mattjestic Star, rating 1.54 over 1730m. Lord Willoughby, an ultra-consistent performer coming through the classes with 15 wins and 26 placings from 59 starts, faces an acid test at his first appearance in open-class ranks. Ken Casellas

In-form reinsman Shannon Suvaljko has given punters an important lead by choosing to drive Clarenden Hustler in preference to Four Starzzz Forsa in the 2130m Caduceus Club Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Suvaljko handled both pacers when each turned in an eye-catching performance to finish in second place at their most recent outing. Clarenden Hustler, trained by Debbie Padberg, revealed explosive gate speed to lead from barrier seven in a 1730m event last Friday week. After quarters of 28.6sec., 29.4sec. and 27.9sec. the chestnut gelding, a recent arrival from South Australia, wilted slightly in a final quarter of 29.3sec. to finish a half-length second to Chok Chai. Four Starzzz Forsa started from barrier six in a 2130m event last Friday night and impressed when he was ninth on the pegs at the bell before finishing strongly to be second to Be On Guard. “I have chosen Clarenden Hustler ahead of Four Starzzz Forsa because he is the better horse,” was Suvaljko’s simple explanation. “Clarenden Hustler will win two or three in town. He’s a good horse, as good as Always Arjay. Once he becomes properly acclimatised and learns the pattern of WA racing, he’ll win races. He works as good as Neighlor. “From the back line this week I’ll driver him quietly and let him sprint home,” Suvaljko said. He should run in the top three.” Asked for his best prospect this week, Suvaljko said: “Take the place treble Neighlor, Clarenden Hustler and Absolution.” Suvaljko had the choice of driving Tactile Sensation and Another Ajay in race eight, the Join The Caduceus Club Today Handicap, and he opted for the Peter Tilbrook-trained Tactile Sensation, a five-year-old with a losing sequence of 31. Ten-year-old Another Ajay, a winner at Northam four starts ago for Serpentine trainer Matt Scott and a last-start third behind Back To The Beach and Debt Free Charlie at Gloucester Park last Friday night, will be driven by Michael Grantham. Grantham has high hopes of notching another win with Miss Sangrial, who is favourably drawn at barrier two in the Sports Daily On TABradio Pace. Miss Sangrial, trained by Michael Brennan, impressed when she led for the first 550m and then trailed the pacemaker Veiled Secret before running home strongly to win from that mare over 2130m at a 1.55.7 rate last Friday night. Miss Sangrial is capable of winning again, either by leading or by racing with a sit. She is likely to be tested by smart mares Gotta Go Gabbana, Mary Catherine and Lady De La Renta. Ken Casellas

Shannon Suvaljko, last season’s leading reinsman, has given punters a handy tip by electing to drive Regal Ambition in preference to Brookies Jet in the 1730m Garrards Horse And Hound Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Regal Ambition, trained at Wanneroo by Debbie Padberg, has managed just one placing from his past 11 starts. But Suvaljko chose him as his drive after the seven-year-old drew the coveted No. 1 barrier over the sprint journey. He drove Brookies Jet for Serpentine trainer Matt Scott last Friday night when the gelding set the pace before wilting over the final stages of the 2536m event to finish fifth behind Ace Bromac. Brookies Jet, a smart frontrunner who has been placed at four of his nine starts this season, will be handled by Chris Voak. Regal Ambition is an honest performer and a good frontrunner, and Suvaljko will be anxious to get the horse to jump in front and then dictate terms. He is proving a handy acquisition for Debbie and John Padberg, who outlaid $12,000 to purchase him 12 months ago after he had won nine minor events in Victoria. He has raced 30 times for the Padbergs for two wins, four placings and earnings of $20,814. Regal Ambition could be challenged for the early lead by the Graham Cummins-trained nine-year-old Blissntheblack, who has a losing sequence of 26, but has shown encouraging form in recent weeks with three placings from his past four starts. Blissntheblack was first out from barrier three in a 2130m event on Tuesday afternoon and then, after 200m, trailed the pacemaker Thisbeachrighthere before finishing a sound third to that pacer. Suvaljko will also drive Cracka Star (race one), Three Kings (two) and Bad Round (seven) for the Padbergs.  Cracka Star will appreciate a drop in class in a qualifying heat of the Retravision Kersley Pace, in which he will start from barrier No. 6. He raced three back on the pegs in sixth position before finishing solidly to be third behind Maczaffair and Eden Franco in the $30,000 York Cup last Friday night. He will clash with in-form pacers Our Max Phactor, Tyler Brett and Ace Bromac, but is capable of a bold showing. Our Max Phactor, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old is blossoming under the care of leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and should prove hard to beat. He will start from the inside of the back line, with Ryan Warwick in the sulky. Our Max Phactor has raced 78 times for 17 wins and 21 placings. He is unbeaten in eight starts for the Bonds in WA (six in stands and two in mobiles) and his average winning margin is 5m. He is unbeaten at six appearances at Gloucester Park. Tyler Brett, trained and driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, has resumed after a spell in fine form with a first-up victory over Kerrin Joseph and Thereugo at Pinjarra and a second placing behind Saying Grace at Northam after covering a lot of extra ground. The Kyle Harper trained and driven Ace Bromac bounced back to his best form last Friday night when he was last in the middle stages before thundering home from eighth at the bell to win by two and a half lengths from Estocada over 2536m last Friday night. Ken Casellas

Tiger Tara’s NZ Cup raid is bang on target despite a narrow defeat in last night’s $50,000 Group 2 Cranbourne Cup. The recent Victoria Cup winner did all the work outside the leader – the emerging San Carlo – and went down by a just half a neck in a blazing 54.8sec last half around a notoriously slow track. It was a mighty effort given it was Tiger Tara’s fourth start in as many weeks, including his second round trip from Sydney to Melbourne. And it came the same night he was crowned NSW Horse of the Year. Now it’s full-stream ahead to the NZ Cup. While most eyes were on Tiger Tara, the top prize went to emerging Victoria pacer San Carlo, who has been specifically set for the Inter Dominion by co-trainers Steve O’Donoghue and Bec Bartley. San Carlo won a heat of the Perth Inter Dominion last year and despite being an eight-year-old, has been sparingly raced, essentially because he’s been such a slow maturer. He’s won both runs back from a long spell and 23 of his 35 career runs. Bartley took the reins on San Carlo and showed intent from the start when she pushed forward to take the lead from speedster Audi Hare then steady the tempo, forcing Todd McCarthy to circle the field to sit parked on Tiger Tara. They scorched down the back straight in 27sec flat, but as hard as Tiger Tara tried, San Carlo kept answering and staved him off. Another emerging star, Shadow Sax, charged home from near the rear to finish a close third. It was a fantastic content and showed all three will be major Melbourne Inter Dominion players. ____________________________________________________________________________________ GOOD to hear powerful WA stable “Team Bond” is planning a two-horse raid on the Melbourne Inter Dominion. Greg and Skye Bond have been major players in the past three home state Gloucester Park Inter Dominions and have never been afraid to travel. Stable rep Ryan Warwick said proven open-class player Galactic Star and the emerging Vampiro had been set for Melbourne. Galactic Star, who won a heat of last year’s Inter Dominon and ran fifth to Lazarus in the final, is about to return from a short break. “He’ll be back in a week or so and, given he’s more experienced, he’s probably our main hope for Melbourne,” Warwick said. “Vampiro went through the grades really quickly and now, after a few runs at open-class, he’s settling into it. His last win was terrific.” The only issue for the Team Bond – and any other WA trainers – is the availability of suitable flights back to Perth after the Melbourne series given the December 15. Cargo space is at a premium with so much Christmas “luggage.” ____________________________________________________________________________________ A BRILLIANT Shannon Suvaljko drive helped Tommy Be Good to a big upset win in the feature race at Gloucester Park last Friday night. Suvaljko, renowned for his marker peg genius around the tight track, extricated Tommy Be Good from three pegs in a solidly-run Parliamentarians Cup to finish over the top of them and win as a $29.90 outsider. Heavily-backed favourite King Of Swing was in trouble soon after the start when unable to lead, then dragged back to last behind another horse trapped three-wide. Driver Stuey McDonald made a three-wide charge with a lap to go, but King Of Swing was spent before the home bend and dropped out sharply to run last. The other buzz runner, Mitch Maguire, was stuck in traffic, had no luck at all and charged home when the race was over for sixth spot. ____________________________________________________________________________________ TEAM Tritton’s fantastic strike rate with Kiwi imports continued at Menangle last week. Recent import Bridget Blue Chip looked fantastic winning at third run for the stable in slick time after sitting parked. She ran a 1min51.7sec mile. “She’s got better with each run and went super the other day. Not many can go that time sitting parked,” co-trainer Shane Tritton said. “She’s another one the owners just rang us and asked if they could send her across.” Team Tritton was also prominent at the NSW Horse of the Year awards in Sydney last night. They were the leading metro stable and picked up two of the horse categories: Muscle Factory 2YO colt/gelding of the year and My Rona Gold the Aged pacing mare.   Adam Hamilton

For the second consecutive year, pint-sized pacer CHICAGO BULL NZ has taken out the Western Australian Harness Horse of the Year, announced at the 2018 Harness Horse of the Year Awards function held at Optus Stadium on Sunday, 21 October. Trained by Gary Hall Snr, the impressive Bettors Delight USA gelding earned WA harness racing’s top honour after completing the 2017/18 racing season with 15 wins and 7 places from 23 starts and accruing over $660,000 in stakes money. SOHO INTERCEPTOR was awarded 2YO Filly of the Year with Group One wins in the Fillies WestBred Classic and the Fillies Sales Classic Final. Impressive dual Group One wins for FRANCO EDWARD NZ helped him to beat out other contenders to claim honours as the 2YO Colt or Gelding of the Year having won the Golden Slipper and the Pearl Classic Final. OUR MAJOR MAMA NZ was crowned 3YO Filly of the Year after winning the Group One WA Oaks, while KING OF SWING NZ was awarded 3YO Colt or Gelding of the Year after five wins from 10 starts including the Group One SKY Racing WA Derby. Gary Hall Snr was awarded Trainer of the Year (566 races for 153 wins and $2.7m stakes), Shannon Suvaljko took home Driver of the Year (1,249 races for 179 wins and $1.8m in stakes), while Aged Mare of the Year went to IDEAL ALICE NZ and the Trotters Cup winner ITSGETTINGCALDER was crowned Trotter of the Year. Kyle Harper won the Young Achiever of the Year award after recently notching up his 500th win. Kyle has trained and driven three Group One winners, amassing over $5m in stakes on horses he has driven and a further $1.3m on horses he has trained. The RWWA Service to Industry Award was presented to Craig Murphy for his outstanding contribution to the harness racing industry demonstrated by his incredible efforts at the Byford Training Club  as a respected and valued club man, volunteer, Committee member and President.  Media Personality of the Year went to Gareth Hall, a talented sports journalist with some of the nation’s leading media outlets, Gareth has increased the coverage of WA Harness Racing in the media since moving to Perth a few years ago. Scott Hamilton Media won Best Feature Story with ‘Junior Achiever’, an engaging story on the winner of the RWWA Junior Achiever Award for the 2017 season. Scott Hamilton ventured down to the Boyanup stables of Justin Prentice to film this documentary style video. Full list of award winners: • Young Achiever of the Year – Kyle Harper • RWWA Service to Industry Award – Craig Murphy • Trainer of the Year – Gary Hall Snr • Driver of the Year – Shannon Suvaljko • Best Harness Racing Feature Story – Scott Hamilton Media  for ‘Junior Achiever’ • Best Harness Racing Media Personality – Gareth Hall • 2YO Filly of the Year – Soho Interceptor • 2YO Colt or Gelding of the Year – Franco Edward NZ • 3YO Filly of the Year – Our Major Mama NZ • 3YO Colt or Gelding of the Year – King of Swing NZ • Aged Mare of the Year – Ideal Alice NZ • Trotter of the Year – Itsgettingcalder • WA Harness Horse of the Year – Chicago Bull NZ RWWA

Shannon Suvaljko, who will represent Western Australia along with Gary Hall Jnr at the Australian Drivers’ Championship at Globe Derby Park on November 3, has a drive in all ten events at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But after bringing home 6/1 chance Absolution with a spirited late burst to win from the 5/2 on favourite and pacemaker Amelias Courage at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night, he said that he was unable to declare any of his ten runners as a strong winning chance. “Most of them have reasonable place prospects and I consider that my best winning prospect is Bad Round in race six,” he said. “He is a versatile pacer and should be prominent after starting from barrier three.” Bad Round, a six-year-old trained by Debbie Padberg, has a losing sequence of 18 and has managed just one placing from those starts since Suvaljko set the pace with him from the No. 2 barrier and won from Trustytrev in April this year. Suvaljko also said that Bad Round’s ten-year-old stablemate Glow Bright was in sound form and that he gave the gelding a blow-out chance in the first event. Suvaljko had the choice of driving A Boy Named Rosie, Always Arjay and Shes Turbo Charged in the Fred Doy Memorial. He opted for Shes Turbo Charged, who will start from the outside of the back line. Suvaljko drove her to an all-the-way victory over Tajies Girl last Friday night. Always Arjay, who set the pace for Suvaljko and won a 2503m stand last Friday night, is poorly drawn at No. 9 this week. He will be handled by Nathan Turvey and Mark Reed has been engaged for A Boy Named Rosie, who will start from the no. 5 barrier. Ken Casellas

New Zealand-bred five-year-old Neighlor is the youngest and least experienced runner in the TABtouch Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but he should prove to be very hard to beat, even from the awkward barrier No. 6 over the sprint trip. He has been freshened up by Serpentine trainer Matt Scott and should perform strongly at his first appearance for seven weeks, with Shannon Suvaljko, last season’s leading driver, in the sulky. Neighlor will be racing for the first time as a five-year-old after impressing last season when his 28 starts produced ten wins and six placings. He possesses excellent gate speed, but he could find it difficult to burst to an early led, with fast beginners Ideal Diamante (No. 1), Cyclone Mitch (two) and Tanaka Eagle (three) drawn inside of him. Ideal Diamante, an eight-year-old trained by Scott, will be driven by Micheal Ferguson. He is a smart frontrunner, but has been unplaced at his past six starts since he set the pace and won from Trust My Judgment and Pacific Playboy over 2636m at Narrogin in July. He raced four back on the pegs and ran on well to finish an encouraging fourth behind Kerrin Joseph over 1730m last Friday week. Ten-year-old Cyclone Mitch, to be driven by Giles Inwood for trainer Tony Svilicich, will be having his third start after a 14-month absence and is capable of improvement after his fading fifth behind Rock Me Over over 2130m last Friday night. He revealed excellent gate speed from barrier five last Friday night, but was trapped four wide for the first 250m before he gained an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. He wilted over the final 500m. Inwood is the 26th driver to have handled Cyclone Mitch in his 119-start career which has produced 17 wins and 27 placings. He has scored all-the-way victories in seven of his wins. He showed plenty of early promise and won on debut, as a two-year-old at Gloucester Park in December 2010. Later that season he started at 10/1 and led early and then sat behind the pacemaker before finishing strongly to win the $100,000 State Sires Series for colts and geldings, beating Soho Monza and Glow Bright. Tanaka Eagle, a veteran of 190 starts, has been unplaced at his past 11 starts but he drops in class here and is capable of a return to his best form for owner-trainer Reg Phillips.     Ken Casellas

Star trotter Glenferrie Typhoon has overcome a short period away from the race track to win the Glenroy Chaff Trotters Mobile (2130m) at Gloucester Park last night. Trainer Matthew Scott now has his eyes firmly focused on the Trotters Inter Dominion in Melbourne later this year following last night’s win, his first start in more than five weeks. Scott said it hadn’t been ideal for the trotter to have that length of time away from the track prior to last night, but he was confident preparations for Melbourne were firmly on track. “It was pretty easy last night, he didn’t have to do a lot,” he said. “We want to try and race him fortnightly now up until the Inters. “There’s been standing starts for the trotters, but no mobiles, so we were happy last night’s one held up even though there was only six starters. “He had a good blow after last night, but Shannon (Suvaljko) didn’t pull the ear plugs and said that he had a little bit in the tank still.” Glenferrie Typhoon had no issues crossing the field from barrier five to find the front and Suvaljko was able to dictate terms to the small field. Diamond Geezer made a late dash at Glenferrie Typhoon, but there were no concerns for the $1.05 TABtouch favourite who went on to score by 2.5m. Scott also heads to Gloucester Park on Friday night confident he has two major chances in the second half of the program. He said veteran pacer Qtown Rip Roaring had his best chance of recording his first win since June 2017, when he lined up in the JP’s Sportsbar Open For Footy Finals Pace (1730m). “We have finally got a draw with Qtown Rip Roaring,” Scott said. “We will be trying to lead throughout with him.” Scott said Brookies Jet, first-up since winning at Northam on May 29, had done enough in his work to run in town rather than in the country. “He’s been working very well,” he said. “We’ve decided to go straight to town with him. “They split the two M0 races over 1730m and it feels like he is in the right race. “I do expect him to improve on the run, but he is ready to go for the 130m.” Scott will also be represented by C C Chevron and Ideal Diamante on Friday night, but said the pair would have a difficult task to win their races given they drew barrier eight and six respectively. The Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.20pm on Friday. Tim Walker

Shannon Suvaljko, the State’s leading reinsman this season with 177 winners, has given punters a strong lead by choosing to drive Three Kings ahead of Algranco Under Fire, Extreme Dreams, Qtown Rip Roaring and Bad Round in the Yes Loans, We Say Yes More Often Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “Three Kings went good last start when third behind Simba Bromac last week and he is my best winning chance on Friday night,” Suvaljko said. “From barrier two he should find the front and take catching. I’d say that Qtown Rip Roaring is the main danger.” Three Kings, trained at Wanneroo by Debbie Padberg, is a noted frontrunner and the eight-year-old has bright prospects of notching his 13th win after managing only one victory from his past 39 starts. He raced in fifth position, three back on the pegs, last week before fighting on solidly to be third behind Simba Bromac, who sped over the final three 400m sections of the final mile in 28.6sec., 27.9sec. and 28.4sec.   Qtown Rip Roaring, a seven-year-old trained by Matt Scott, has managed only four placings from 13 starts this season after winning five times from 30 starts last season. However, his recent efforts, when driven by Suvaljko, have been encouraging. He raced three back on the pegs before finishing solidly into fourth place behind Major Pocket at Northam last Saturday night. Two starts before that he ran home strongly from sixth at the bell to be a close second to Pacific Playboy over 2503m at Bunbury. Qtown Rip Roaring will be handled by Gary Hall Jnr, who has driven the gelding only once in his 111-start career when eighth behind Lightning Jolt at Pinjarra 55 starts ago, on June 6, 2016. Qtown Rip Roaring is one of three Scott runners in Friday night’s race, the others being C C Chevron (Chris Lewis) and Ideal Diamante (Micheal Ferguson). C C Chevron has drawn wide at barrier No. 8, but has sound place prospects after placings at Northam at her past two starts. Chris Voak, who is enjoying his most successful season in the sulky with 153 winners, said he considered that his best winning prospect on Friday night was Gonzos Shadow in race nine, the TABtouch Make Your Bet Matter Pace. Gonzos Shadow, a five-year-old trained at Meckering by Garry Elliott, is awkwardly drawn at barrier seven in the 1730m sprint event. He was a winner for Voak over 2500m at Kellerberrin seven starts ago and Voak was happy with the gelding’s recent placings at Narrogin and Bunbury. “He’s a really good each-way chance,” said Voak. “The 1730m doesn’t really suit him and he’s better over a (longer) journey. But he is still a good chance on Friday night.” One of the fancies against Gonzos Shadow is the Hayden Reeves-trained eight-year-old Aussie Jet, who will be driven by Chris Lewis from barrier six. Aussie Jet, whose most recent success was at Gloucester Park in April 2015, sat behind the pacemaker Tajie Baby when an unlucky third behind Iceenothink when he was blocked for a clear passage in the final stages.   Ken Casellas

Leading reinsman Shannon Suvaljko has opted to drive Always Arjay in preference to stablemate Neighlor in the $7 Pints At JP’s Sportsbar Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and said that there was very little between the two pacers trained at Serpentine by Matt Scott. “Always Arjay is flying and is being set for the Marathon Handicap the following Friday night,” he said. “He has drawn barrier six but is capable of doing some work and I wasn’t surprised at how well he went last week (when he raced in eighth position before sustaining a powerful three-wide burst to finish a half-length second to The Freedom Fighter). “At his previous start he finished second to The Bucket List in the BOTRA Cup in which he beat home Motu Premier. If I had got to the front in that race Always Arjay would have won by two or three lengths. “There’s not much between Always Arjay and Neighlor, who is a good winning chance from barrier two. Neighlor has good gate speed and if he lobs in front he will be hard to beat. It will pay to forget Neighlor’s last-start seventh behind Kinda Black at Northam. “He had had a break between runs and it was a very muddy track. I grabbed hold of him and they walked before they sprinted home when Neighlor was off the track. I’d disregard that performance. Neighlor can do anything; he can lead and can win from the breeze or when sat up.” Suvaljko has driven Neighlor at 27 of his 29 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and six placings. Champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr has been engaged to drive Neighlor for the first time. Friday night’s race looks quite an open affair, with last-start winners Forever Remembered and Soho Leviathan having strong claims along with Major Catastrophe, Ardens Concord, Dodolicious and Courage Tells. Ryan Warwick has opted to drive Dodolicious from barrier two on the back line, in preference to veteran stablemate Courage Tells, who will be handled from the prime No. 1 barrier on the front line by Colin Brown. Forever Remembered, trained at Collie by Errol Ashcroft, will have admirers after her dazzling victory last Friday week when Kyle Harper brought her home with a sizzling burst from ninth at the 350m to win easily from Auctioneers Elsu.    Ken Casellas

“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

With a family background steeped in harness racing, Mathew Scott has an intimate understanding of the history and tradition of the Inter Dominion. Scott has been a regular spectator at the Interdominion’s, but the 41-year-old has long held an ambition to be an active participant in the series. And just five months out from the Inter Dominion at Melton in early December, Scott is on track to be granted his wish with a square gaiter. After stringing together four consecutive wins in a row, Glenferrie Typhoon has surged into the reckoning for the Trotters Inter Dominion. “I have been to the Inter Dominions before,” Scott told Tabradio. “I’ve been to Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. “As a kid growing up all you want to do is to get a horse that you can actually take. “There is still a lot of water to go under the bridge, but that’s our aim with him.” Glenferrie Typhoon, who has earned half a million dollars in stake earnings, came to Western Australia from Melbourne earlier this year. He boasts three Group 1 wins including the Great Southern Star final at Melton in 2017 when he rated 1.58.8 to defeat Speeding Spur. Scott, who recently passed 300 wins as a trainer, said Glenferrie Typhoon had made a perfect transition to his new environment. “He had some soundness issues probably in the past 12-months in Melbourne,” Scott said. “After the Southern Star I think they could only get one run in him and he spent about eight months away from the track. “But touch wood it’s been a great effort from my vet, farrier and chiropractor to get him how he is. He is sound as.” Glenferrie Typhoon, driven by Shannon Suvaljko, showed gate speed to lead out of the mobile and win untouched by five metres at Gloucester Park on Friday, Despite his impressive strike rate since crossing the Nullarbor, Scott believes there is a stack of improvement left in the brown gelding. “We know the times he is running isn’t anywhere near Inter Dominion times,” Scott said. “But at the moment we are doing what we have to do with him. “He is still only about 80 per cent fit and still blows hard after his runs. “He still has more improvement in him.”   Julio Santarelli

New Zealand-bred filly Our Angel of Harlem shows promise of developing into an outstanding performer and she has bright prospects of overcoming the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line and winning the Garrards Horse And Hound Pace for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Mike Reed-trained Our Angel of Harlem made amends for her first-up failure at 25/1 on two starts ago when she set the pace and wilted to fourth behind De La Tourbie at Pinjarra on Monday of last week by scoring a runaway victory in the group 3 Dainty’s Daughter Classic at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Starting at the lucrative odds on 11/2, Our Angel of Harlem began speedily from the No. 2 barrier but was forced to face the breeze outside the polemarker Infinite Symbol before Mark Reed obtained a favourable passage in the one-wide line. Our Angel of Harlem then was shuffled back to seventh at the bell before she unwound a spirited burst to charge to the front 250m from home and then raced away to win by four lengths from Amelias Courage, rating 1.56 for the 2185m journey. Reinforcing the excellence of the performance is the fact that the quarters of the final mile whizzed by in 29.8sec., 28.6sec., 28.3sec. and 28.1sec. The win was not unexpected, following the explanation of her shock defeat a week earlier. A post-raced veterinary examination then revealed that Our Angel of Harlem was showing symptoms consistent with choking down. Our Angel of Harlem’s driver Shannon Suvaljko explained to the stewards that in the straight racing for the bell De La Tourbie, who was in the breeze, started to contact her own sulky and overrace, and this caused Our Angel of Harlem to overrace. The following day an endoscopic examination revealed no abnormalities. Our Angel of Harlem certainly has the potential to emulate the deeds of Mike Reed’s star mare Libertybelle Midfrew, who as a four-year-old four years ago finished second to Sensational Gabby in the Group 3 Norms Daughter Classic and won the Group 1 Gold Nugget, beating Waylade. If Our Angel of Harlem continues to improve Reed is sure to contemplated setting her for the Golden Nugget and the major feature events for mares at the annual summer carnival at Gloucester Park. Our Angel of Harlem will again clash with Amelias Courage and De La Tourbie, each of whom will have admirers. Amelias Courage, trained by Colin Brown and to be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, will start from the No. 7 barrier and De La Tourbie, to be driven by Chris Lewis for trainer Justin Prentice, is more favourably drawn at barrier four. Amelias Courage, with a record of nine wins, 12 seconds and two thirds from 37 starts, impressed at Pinjarra on Monday when she surged home from eighth at the bell to finish second to Our Angel of Harlem. That was Amelias Courage’s first outing for 11 weeks and she should be improved by the run. Liberty Rose, a winner at six of her 12 starts, trained by Gary Hall Snr and to be handled by Gary Hall Jnr, will start out wide at barrier eight at her first outing since she led from barrier two and won a C2-class event at Gloucester Park on June 19. The New Zealand-bred Semiramide, trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, will also have admirers after her stylish victory at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when she raced in the breeze, took the lead with 350m to travel and defeated Arose For Me, rating 1.57.6 after sprinting over the final 400m of the 1684m event in 27.8sec. She will start from barrier five. The Ross Olivieri-trained Veiled Secret has won at four of her past eight starts and is capable of a bold showing from the outside of the back line Ken Casellas

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