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The West Australian flag will be flying high in Tasmania in April when up and coming reinswomen Jocelyn Young and Emily Suvaljko represent the state in the 2020 Australian Female Drivers Championship. Both drivers have had experience in the event previously, with Young representing her state at the inaugural championship in Tasmania in 2018, while Suvaljko wore the state’s colours at last year’s event in Queensland. It has been a whirlwind 12 months for Young, who won her maiden Group 1 last May with Has No Fear in the WA Oaks and she notched up her 200th win in the sulky last spring. Young said she enjoyed wearing her state’s colours two years ago and couldn’t wait to return to Tasmania. “It’s not something that happens very often,” she said. “It’s super busy because you are in every race and you’re flat out the whole time. “It was very intense driving at a track that I didn’t know two years ago. “As well as dealing with the track, you also have to deal with horses and trainers you don’t know.” For her state compatriot Suvaljko, she has endured an incredible rise since her driving debut back in February 2018. She recently bought up her 100th winner and also enjoyed, arguably, her biggest success in the recent Village Kid Sprint at Northam. Suvaljko showed in Queensland last year she was right up to the best female drivers in the nation, where she finished seventh of 12. She said she was looking forward to testing her skills against the best female drivers from around the country once again. “As a junior driver it’s good to be able to get my name out there,” she said. “It’s a bit of a different experience going up against all female drivers as well. “I’m used to going up against male drivers like my dad (Shannon Suvaljko).” Suvaljko sits eighth on the on the WA Leading State Driver Premiership Board, while Young is 13th. The championship will take place on Sunday April 5.   Tim Walker

Just four days after the TABtouch-WA Pacing Cup, attention has now turned towards the WA Derby and WA Oaks in the autumn with some of the key three-year-olds to step out this week. Bettors Delight colt Howard Hughes kept his unbeaten record in Perth intact with a comfortable 4.8m win in the Hygain Recuperate Pace (2185m) at Pinjarra. The Greg and Skye Bond-trained pacer showed a dazzling burst of speed in the home straight to run down race leader Tyron Terranova. Prior to the race, co-trainer Skye Bond told TABradio Howard Hughes was “relatively inexperienced” but hoped to have the colt ready for the WA Derby later this year. Earlier in the day, consistent filly Blockjorg produced a game performance first-up to take out the Fiber Fresh Feeds Equine Stakes 3YO Fillies Pace (2185m), her first career win in nine starts. The Hes Watching filly, who was placed in the Group 1 Diamond Classic last year, led all the way in 1.59.9 and held off Run For Mercy over the concluding stages. Meanwhile, tonight sees a small but select field set to do battle in the Etch Coatings 3YO Pace (2130m). Valentines Brook (barrier one), Awaiting Instructions (two), Gardys Legacy (five) and Alta Engen (six) are all last start winners and will be looking to push their claims for feature races. Matthew Scott trains Awaiting Instructions and said he was confident the gelding could make it four wins in a row against a high quality field. “He’s a pretty exciting type of horse,” he told TABradio. “He obviously went to Busselton to teach him a little bit. “A couple of races we had him in were falling over and the owner Mr Blee, being a country guy down in Manjimup, was pretty keen to run him down there. “This is a really good race for a Tuesday night. “Half of these horses could end up in a Derby without anyone being shocked. “Whether we lead or not, it depends on how much speed Valentines Brook shows.” Elsewhere, Friday night’s three-year-old event is poised to be one of the highlights at Gloucester Park. Double Expresso, Jaspervellabeach, Tiffany Rose, Manning and Howard Hughes are among the 13 nominations for the event.   Tim Walker

Locally trained horses Bill Haley and Shockwave have received a significant boost of winning Friday night’s Retravision-Fremantle Cup (2536m) at Gloucester Park following last night’s barrier draw. Bill Haley, who booked his spot in the race with a win in last week’s Free-For-All, drew barrier one, while last month’s Retravision-Golden Nugget winner Shockwave drew barrier two. Gary Hall Jnr, a winner of the race on eight previous occasions, reunites with Shockwave for the first time since the 3YO Sales Classic last March with regular driver Aiden De Campo teaming up with Handsandwheels. Chris Lewis, who has won the race six times, retains the drive on former Queenslander Bill Haley. Defending champion My Field Marshal, who is yet to land in Perth for the $300,000 event, drew barrier four and retained favouritism with TABtouch at $2.75. The other east coast representative in the race Alta Orlando drew barrier five and is the $4.40 second elect. Bill Haley ($4.60) and Shockwave ($5.50) are the leading local chances in the market. The training partnership of Greg and Skye Bond have four runners in the Group 1 race, after they had seven in it last year. The quartet had contrasting fortunes at the draw, where Galactic Star ($7.50) fared the best with barrier 10. Village Kid Sprint winner Vampiro will start from the outside of the front row in barrier nine, while Ana Malak will have the job in front of him from barrier seven. El Jacko, second in last year’s WA Pacing Cup, drew barrier 11 alongside Galactic Star on the second row. Meanwhile, Maddison Brown is set for one of the biggest moments in her short driving career to date when she teams up with the Gary Hall Snr-trained Herrick Roosevelt. Brown, whose father Colin won the race in 2006, will have her first drive in the Group 1 event on Friday night. Brown said she didn’t expect she would get the opportunity to drive in this year’s feature and was hopeful Herrick Roosevelt could overcome barrier eight. “It was a bit of a surprise,” she told TABradio. “Senior said he’d like to have me on, but obviously he had to speak to the owners. “From the draw we will definitely be going back and if the two horses from the east come over it probably helps our cause. “His form has been outstanding and I think that’s what got him into the race.” Caviar Star is the other Hall Snr-trained runner in the race and has drawn nicely in barrier three for reinsman Stuart McDonald. Friday night’s Fremantle Cup gets underway at 7.10.   Tim Walker

Wildwest has taken out a thrilling Pinjarra 4YO Classic (2185m) to stamp himself as the one to beat in next month’s Golden Nugget. The Gary Hall Snr-trained pacer maintained his unbeaten record with a career-best performance in the $25,000 feature. The Raging Bull gelding initially went back from barrier 12, before reinsman Gary Hall Jnr made the move to sit outside race leader Patrickthepiranha on the opening lap. The pair then had a stirring battle in the home straight and Hall Jnr was able to lift Wildwest to victory by a half-head. Ana Afreet continued his good form to run into third, while Eloquent Mach could only manage a fourth placing after he failed to hold the lead. The well fancied Its Rock And Roll finished towards the rear of the field, after he galloped on the home turn. Gee Jay Kay was another four-year-old to enhance his Golden Nugget claims with an outstanding win in the Don Randall Memorial (2631m). The gelding was having just his second start for new trainer Ross Olivieri and his first start in a standing star event. It didn’t matter though as the son of Western Terror justified Olivieri’s decision to go to the $30,000 event instead of the 4YO Classic. Gee Jay Kay galloped out from the 20m line, as did short-price favourite Ocean Ridge from the 10m line, which saw the pair relegated to the rear of the field in the early stages. Reinsman Chris Lewis allowed Gee Jay Kay to stride up powerfully to race leader Forgotten Highway on the bell lap and then got the better of him on the home turn. Gee Jay Kay went on to score by 5.9m to a gallant Ocean Ridge, while Forgotten Highway was third. Olivieri said he would start Gee Jay Kay in the 4YO Championship on November 15.   Tim Walker

Talented colt Secret Operation has maintained his unbeaten start to his three-year-old career, taking out last night’s TABtouch Pace (1730m). Secret Operation commenced roughly from barrier 10 and was shuffled back to a midfield position, while Livy Jay held the lead from barrier one in the early stages. Reinsman Nathan Turvey was quickly able to get Secret Operation off the rails and into the moving line on the first lap. The Kristy Elson-trained colt was too powerful over the last quarter to score a 5.2m win to Livy Jay and Cyber Storm. Secret Operation spent much of his two-year-old season in the shadow of stablemate Jaspervellabeach, who took out the Golden Slipper and Champagne Classic. Meanwhile, Argyle Red will start from barrier one again in this Friday’s Parliamentarians Cup (2130m) for the Free-For-All horses at Gloucester Park. The Robert MacDonald-trained gelding produced a career best performance last start in the Group 2 Mount Eden Sprint (1730m), where he also started from barrier one. Highly talented pacer Mighty Conqueror gets his first chance in FFA company from a mobile start and will need to bring his best form from barrier five. In-form stablemate Our Jimmy Johnstone also looks a key player in the $30,000 event from barrier three. Our Corelli gets his chance to return to the winner’s circle from barrier four, while Motu Premier will also be looking to end a frustrating run of outs from barrier six. The Mondo Doro Cup (2130m) has also attracted a high quality field, headlined by reigning Gloucester Park Horse of the Year Im Soxy from barrier one. Last start winners Major Pocket and Overboard Again have drawn barrier two and five respectively, while Simba Bromac and King Of Swing look key players from barrier nine and 10 respectively. Elsewhere, unbeaten Gary Hall Snr-trained Wildwest headlines nominations for Monday’s Pinjarra 4YO Classic (2185m). Hall Snr also has Eloquent Mach nominated for the $25,000 race. Ana Afreet is among four nominations from the Greg and Skye Bond stable, while Bletchley Park, Gee Jay Kay, Patrickthepiranha and Its Rock And Roll could also line up.   Tim Walker

Reinsman Ryan Warwick has had one of his finest days in the sulky at Kellerberrin yesterday, driving all six winners on the program. It was the first time such a feat has been achieved in the sport in Western Australia. Five of Warwick’s six winners came courtesy of the Greg and Skye Bond stable, with the Jesse Moore-trained Batavia Blackhole his other winner on the card. Warwick said he had a mix of emotions and wasn’t sure how to deal with the attention the achievement attracted. “I’m probably a little bit embarrassed to tell you the truth,” he told TABradio. “I don’t like getting the limelight. “The next couple of days it’ll sink in and I’ll have a better opinion on it.” Each of the six drives Warwick had were well fancied in the market on the day, which started with three three-year-olds trained by the Bond’s and ended with two four-year-olds from the same stable. Warwick said he was only confident with half of his drives on the program going in to the meeting. “A race fell over that we really needed to hold up for our Westbreds,” he said. “We either had to trial them or split them into a different race with older horses. “That knocked a bit of confidence off. “There was one for Jess Moore that I’d never driven before and didn’t know a lot about. “You never go there thinking you’re going to do what happened yesterday.” The final two races saw Taroona Bromac and The Bird Dance produce strong performances for the Bond’s and enhance their credentials for the upcoming four-year-old feature races. The pair will likely be joined by Ana Afreet on the path to the Golden Nugget, following his win in the Preux Chevalier (2130m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Warwick, the regular driver for the son of Bettors Delight, said it was the most impressed he’s been by the pacer. “He’s been one prep behind,” he said. “He’s not the smartest cat out there, but his record is very good and he’s improved a lot. “That was the toughest field he’s raced against and he put them away the best that he has in a race. “The penny has dropped with him.” Ana Afreet headlined a strong Friday night for the Bond stable, who also had Vampiro and El Jacko successful on the card. Warwick said he expected budding star Mighty Conqueror to line up this Friday night.   Tim Walker

The path to the Golden Nugget reaches a pivotal point at Gloucester Park on Friday night, with three key chances for the four-year-old feature set to do battle in the Westral Pace (2536m). Bletchley Park, Gee Jay Kay and Wildwest will face off in what shapes as the most significant race on the 10 race card. Wildwest kept his unbeaten record in tact with a strong 5m win last Friday night, but it wasn’t without a minor scare as stablemate Robbie Easton made a bold bid for victory around the home turn. “He won pretty well,” Hall Snr told GPTV Powered By RWWA. “He will definitely improve from the run. “It is a jump up in grade for him because he hasn’t met a real good horse yet and he’s going to meet Gee Jay Kay. “I think with the barrier draw advantage we can take advantage of that. “He’s got speed and got stamina, but winning Golden Nuggets is a different story.” The son of Raging Bull looms as the Gary Hall Snr stable’s best chance for December’s Group 1 event, with WA Derby winner Major Trojan expected to be sidelined for at least the next six months. Wildwest was the big winner when the barrier draw was released yesterday, drawing barrier two inside Bletchley Park (three) and Gee Jay Kay (five). Mike Reed’s Bletchley Park returns to Gloucester Park for the first time since September 27 this week where he will look to take his record to 11 wins from 19 starts. With both Major Trojan and Franco Edward out of Nugget calculations, Bletchley Park is the sole placegetter from the WA Derby still in the hunt for the feature race. Bletchley Park made a brief appearance in the latter part of August and September, where he won three of his four starts. Gee Jay Kay looms as the outsider of three runners this Friday night in what will be his first run for the Ross Olivieri stable. The gelding was unplaced in the Derby earlier this year, but showed he was up to the best in his age group with a second in the Westbred Classic and won six of his last nine starts as a three-year-old. Gee Jay Kay had two trials for Olivieri earlier this month at Byford and pleased Olivieri’s stable representative Jemma Hayman said the whole stable couldn’t wait to unveil the latest stable acquisition. “We’re all looking forward to seeing Gee Jay Kay go around next Friday,” she told TABradio. “He’s an exciting horse. “He trialled super on Sunday at Byford. “He’s got an exciting campaign ahead of him.” Last year’s Golden Nugget winner Ana Malak makes his return to racing in Friday night’s Howard Porter Memorial (2130m), where he will start from barrier seven. Ana Malak’s stablemate Vampiro looms as the one to beat in the Free-For-All event, having drawn barrier one. Tim Walker

Trainer Ross Olivieri has declared Motu Premier “one of, if not the, best horse” in his stable, as he prepares for his title defence of the WA Trotting Media Guild Cup (2536m) at Gloucester Park. Motu Premier produced an eye-catching performance in his first run for almost a year in the James Brennan Memorial a fortnight ago, where he finished fifth to Our Jimmy Johnstone. The gelding has come up with barrier four for this Friday’s $25,000 event, having scored in the same race from barrier five from last year. The son of Bettors Delight had to settle in the breeze outside King Of Swing in that race and eventually wore the Gary Hall Snr-trained pacer in the closing stages. Olivieri said he expected the race to set up in a similar way this year and added Motu Premier was going every bit as well. “I decided before his first race I was going to give him two weeks to his next race,” he told RWWA Harness. “I wish I had of had him in last week because he was that well. “He won the race last year and sat outside of King Of Swing. “He may have to do it again.” Last year’s Media Guild Cup had just seven runners in the field, while this year’s event has just one additional runner. Waylade, who ran a credible seventh in last week’s Navy Cup, has drawn barrier one for the Media Guild Cup, while the progressive Simba Bromac has drawn barrier two. The Bucket List, Speed Man, Mister Ardee and Kiwi Legend round out the field for the feature event. Kiwi Legend will have his first run on return to Mike Reed’s stable, having spent the past year with Reed’s son Stephen. Despite drawing barrier eight, Reed said he wouldn’t rule out having a shot for the lead with the gelding, to be driven by his son Mark. “The horse is going well,” he told RWWA Harness. “He has got good gate speed, but I’ll leave it up to Mark. “Even if we go back, he will be running on.” Elsewhere on the program, Olivieri said he expected The Dali Express to continue his good form in the Longest Priced Winner Pace (2536m) and rated him the best of his stable’s runners on the night. The gelding won over 2130m at Gloucester Park on September 13 and Olivieri said he would be suited back up to the 2536m. “The 2500 won’t worry him,” he said. “He should be very hard to beat in that race. “Drawn one, he will lead so that’s probably our best chance.” Friday night’s Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.22.    

Last season’s leading drivers Gary Hall Jnr and Ryan Warwick will represent Western Australia in the Australian Drivers Championship in Tasmania later this year. Hall Jnr and Warwick finished first and second in last season’s drivers premiership and will get the chance to show their skills against the best drivers from around Australia when they converge in Hobart. The pair will compete against the best two drivers from Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia across seven races at the meeting. Warwick represented WA in 2017, while Hall Jnr was selected to participate in the series in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Hall Jnr said he was looking forward to getting the chance to represent Western Australia on the national stage once again. “I loved going to the junior drivers championships when I was younger,” he said. “It’s good to go away and catch up with drivers you don’t often get to catch up with. “Last year I got picked to go, but I was unable to go due to being in New Zealand with Chicago Bull. “I finished third in the series once and second in it once as well, so it’d be nice to go over and win this time.” Warwick said selection in the series was a good reward for a year in which he met a lot of the standards he set himself and indicated he was looking forward to returning to Tasmania. “I don’t drive for premierships, but it’s good to finish in the top two,” he said. “I drive for my UDR (Universal Driver Rating). “I went to Tasmania two years ago and really enjoyed it. “They do make it good fun.” Chris Lewis was the best performed driver for WA in last year’s Championship in South Australia, where he finished third behind New South Welshman Todd McCarthy and Queensland’s Adam Sanderson. The 2019 edition will take place on Saturday November 9.   Tim Walker

Young reinsman Bailey McDonough says veteran pacer Our Jimmy Johnstone is more than capable of measuring up in feature races over the summer, should connections decide to head that way, following his win in the James Brennan Memorial (2536m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 11-year-old proved age was no barrier in the $50,000 event, as he scored a comfortable 2.1m victory over stablemate El Jacko. Owner Rob Gartrell indicated on Friday night the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups may prove to be a bridge to far for Our Jimmy Johnstone, but McDonough told TABradio on Monday morning the winner at 28 of his 118 starts was still capable of matching it with the state’s best pacers. “He felt good during the run,” McDonough said. “This is probably the best of Our Jimmy Johnstone. “This horse is going as well as ever and he proved that on Friday night. “Mr Gartrell said they’d assess after each start and go from there. “He probably could be a force in those races with the right draw, but we will just play it by ear.” Our Jimmy Johnstone finished fifth in the WA Pacing Cup earlier this year, while he was well beaten in the Fremantle Cup a week earlier. Prior to Friday night, the Greg and Skye Bond-trained gelding’s most recent win came on June 1, 2018 and has since run six placings from 23 starts. The son of P Forty Seven had some issues getting settled at the mobile which had forced him to retire from a race five starts back. McDonough said he was worried for a moment in the score-up on Friday night, but was impressed with how he eventually settled. “I was worried going up to the gates (because) he started cantering as he did a few weeks ago for me,” he said. “I felt pretty confident with how he travelled. “He’s been pretty green and up and down with his form. “He’s had a few problems at home that were all sorted obviously.” Following Our Jimmy Johnstone’s win on Friday night, Ross Olivieri trained the last four winners on the program. Chris Voak teamed up with Atmospherical and Space Junk, before Chris Lewis guided Oliveiri’s other two winners Joe With The Flow and The Dali Express home.   Tim Walker

Trainer Mike Reed has delivered a glowing assessment of promising pacer Bletchley Park, labelling him one of the best horses he’s had ahead of his second-up assignment at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The WA Derby runner-up returned in style at Gloucester Park on August 27, where he recorded an 18m win as a short-price favourite. The four-year-old now steps up in company to Friday’s Christmas Sundowner Packages Available At GP Pace (2130m) and is expected to take plenty of beating once again from barrier seven. Reed said Bletchley Park had enormous potential and was excited about his future. “I think he’s the best horse I’ve got in my stable,” he told GPTV Powered By RWWA. “I class him as good as any horse I’ve had. “He’s a very smart horse.” The son of American Ideal has seven rivals to contend with this Friday night, where Joe With The Flow (barrier one), The Arsonist (five) and Bee Seventeen (six) are expected to provide the stiffest competition. A winner at eight of his 15 career starts to date, Bletchley Park’s campaign will centre on the Group 1 Golden Nugget in December, a race Reed finished fifth in last year with Golden State. Despite the tricky draw this Friday night, Reed said he expected Bletchley Park to be too strong for the small field. “He should win,” he said. “It’s never easy, but I think it should be easy for him. “We worked him on Saturday and he’s right on song. “He worked the best he’s worked in a long time.” Bletchley Park was expected to back-up off his first-up win at Gloucester Park a fortnight ago, but Reed said he scratched the pacer after he didn’t eat all his feed following the win. Meanwhile, trainer Ross Olivieri has given a strong push for The Dali Express in the Book Your Christmas Party At Gloucester Park Pace (2130m) . The Dali Express won first-up in WA at Pinjarra on July 1, but has since managed just one placing in five subsequent starts. However, Olivieri said the gelding had his best chance to return to the winners list from barrier one this week. “I think The Dali Express is the one to beat barring the Bond’s horse (Ocean Ridge),” Olivieri told GPTV Powered By RWWA. “The Dali Express will run along and whatever is good enough to beat him will beat him. “He’s flying at the moment.” Olivieri also has Carrera Mach engaged in the race from barrier nine and indicated he was also nearing a win if he replicated his trackwork. Elsewhere, a field of 11 has assembled for the Group 2 James Brennan Memorial (2536m) on Friday night. Simba Bromac (barrier two), King Of Swing (five), Handsandwheels (six) and Vampiro (11) loom as key contenders in the $50,000 event. Tim Walker

Highly talented pacer Mighty Conqueror is nearing a return to racing, as he looks to work his way into feature races over the summer. The Greg and Skye Bond-trained gelding made a big impression in his first season of racing in Western Australia, winning nine of his 13 starts. His most impressive performance, arguably, came in the Golden Nugget where he finished second to stablemate Ana Malak. Greg Bond said Mighty Conqueror had battled a few minor issues in his first season and gave him an extended break following his Easter Cup win in April. “He’s working up with Our Alfie Romeo now, so they’re probably three weeks away this Friday from coming back to the races,” he told TABradio. “We decided to give him a longer break than what we might normally give them. “He’d done a lot of work, so he’d earnt the right to a couple of months off.” Bond said he hoped Mighty Conqueror would be able to get to races like the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup in January, but felt the five-year-old would have to prove himself of being up to that level. “He’s probably got to earn the right to get in to those races,” he said. “He’s still only just over a $70,000 earning horse, so he still has less than $100,000 races to pick his way through. “If he’s good enough he will be there. “I’m pretty sure he will get there and when he does I’m sure he’ll be good enough as well.” Ana Malak won both the Group 1 4YO Classic and Golden Nugget last season and has returned to the Bond team’s stable for the upcoming summer features. The son of Bettors Delight went to Dean Braun’s Victorian stable earlier this year and won four of his seven starts. However, Bond said Ana Malak was still some time from returning to the track. “He’s had his second gallop today, so he’s probably six weeks away,” he said. “He will come back and we will target Christmas time and January with him as well.” Bond also confirmed Our Alfie Romeo would be the stable’s number one hope for the Group 1 Mares Classic over the summer. Meanwhile, Kingslayer continued his unbeaten run in WA with another strong win in the Alcoa Family Fun Day Standing Start (2116m) at Pinjarra yesterday. The gelding sat outside stablemate and race leader Where Ya Bin and went on to score a commanding 4.2m win. Bond said it was rare the stable purchased five and six-year-olds from New Zealand, but felt Kingslayer could be a good acquisition for them. “It looks like he’s going to develop into a nice performer for us,” he said. “He’s not the age we normally buy, but I was over there in October and quite liked him. “When he fronts up to mobile racing, I expect him to be more than competitive.” Tim Walker

Jocelyn Young has joined Kellie Kersley as the most successful female driver in Western Australia, after she teamed up with Remit Me Whitby in the WA Sires Day Westbred Pace (2185m). The Debra Lewis-trained filly bought up Young’s 194th win in the sulky for her career and joined Kersley on the mark. It was fitting the Mach Three filly bought up the milestone for Young, who she has driven at each of her 13 career starts, three of which have been wins.  Remit Me Whitby was able to cross to the front from barrier five and then held off race favourite Bee Jays Boy to win by 2.4m. It caps off an outstanding year for Young, who took out the Group 1 WA Oaks earlier this year with the Justin Prentice-trained Has No Fear. Elsewhere at the Pinjarra, Arma Indie made it three wins in a row to start her campaign. The four-year-old mare found the front comfortably from barrier three and led all the way.    Tim Walker 

Reinsman Mark Reed has sounded an ominous warning to his rivals about promising colt Bletchley Park ahead of his return to racing in the Westral Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park tonight. The three-year-old is first-up since his unplaced effort at Gloucester Park on April 18. Bletchley Park finished second to Major Trojan in the WA Derby earlier in that campaign. A winner at seven of 14 career starts, Reed said he expected a bold showing from Bletchley Park this evening. “He’s come back really well,” he told TABradio. “He had a trial a week ago and it was a soft trial. “He should win by as far as I want him to win by, he’s flying.” Reed said Bletchley Park had done a super job to run second in the WA Derby, given he had a chequered path to the Group 1 feature. The American Ideal colt looms as a potential player in the Golden Nugget later this year. The Reed stable will also welcome back promising filly Arma Indie in tonight’s Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace (2536m). Arma Indie has had just two starts in WA, the most recent a large defeat at the hands of Balcatherine in the WA Oaks Prelude on April 26. The Well Said filly trialled at Byford on August 18 and Reed said he was pleased with her performance. “She had the one trial last week where there was only three in the trial,” he said. “She led and went 1.58.3 but did it well within herself. “She’s got very good gate speed and she should be able to find the front very easily. “Just A Sec looks the one to beat…but we’ve got the barrier draw and she should be able to take advantage of that.” Meanwhile, trainer Gary Elson has indicated impressive last start Bunbury winner Longreach Bay would start at Gloucester Park this Friday night. The gelding had just his second career start at Bunbury on Saturday night and scored an emphatic 4.8m victory after he worked to the front from the second line.   Tim Walker

Trainer Andrew De Campo is confident he has his stable well poised for success during the upcoming summer feature races, following a treble at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Handsandwheels, American Delight and Alta Engen all scored impressive wins for De Campo and his reinsman son Aiden. Handsandwheels, the 2017 WA Derby winner, continued his outstanding form in Friday night’s Free-For-All, where he scored a commanding 4m win. The five-year-old made it three wins on the bounce in the 2130m event, after he had the perfect run behind the leaders throughout. De Campo said he had been pleasantly surprised at how Handsandwheels had elevated himself to being among the best pacers in the state. “He’s just gone to another level this time in,” he told TABradio. “He did win a WA Derby so good horses do win good races. “We’ve looked after him and he’s doing the right thing by us now. “He’s 100 per cent sound and he’s racing well.” The son of Mach Three will now target the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups early in the New Year. De Campo said Handsandwheels had also adapted to racing in different positions during the run. “We’ve been lucky the last couple of runs we’ve had the right run in the race, but we’ve still run the time,” he said. “To his credit, early on he was a sit and kick horse or a leader.  “Now Aiden can drive him confidently by putting him in the breeze or going forward and making his own luck a little bit. “It makes it a little bit easier.” Alta Engen made a terrific debut in the two-year-old event of the evening, where he led all the way from barrier one. The gelding ran home in a tidy 57.1 and De Campo said there was a lot to like about his long term prospects. “He was probably ready to start four months ago,” he said. “He was a nice big horse, so we decided to give him another spell. “I probably rushed to get him to that last Friday. “I was tossing up whether to go to Perth or Bunbury (on Saturday). “In Perth he had to draw barrier one, so we went there and he won very well.” De Campo said he would look to target three-year-old American Delight towards the Group 1 Mares Classic later in the year, after she recorded her sixth win from 12 starts on Friday. Delightful Reaction completed a De Campo stable quinella in the three-year-old event. Bettor Be Oscar completed an outstanding weekend for the De Campo’s when he scored a strong win over 2100m at Bunbury on Saturday night.   Tim Walker

Smart pacer Liam Neil has ended a frustrating run of defeats, taking out last night’s Cowden Insurance Brokers Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park. The four-year-old was winless from his past six starts, but capitalised on a class drop to return to the winners circle. Driver Emily Suvaljko found the front comfortably from barrier two with Liam Neil and dictated the race from there. It got quite tight for the David Thompson-trained Liam Neil over the concluding stages as Free To Air emerged from the chasing pack, but he held on to win by a half-head and ran home in 56.9. Thompson will be hoping for another strong showing from three-year-old Mandy Joan when she lines up in the 3YO Fillies Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Art Major filly will line up from barrier eight on Friday night, as she looks to continue her solid winter campaign. Thompson said he was confident Mandy Joan would bounce back to her best form, after she was unplaced as favourite at her most recent start. “She’s going really well,” Thompson told GPTV Powered By RWWA. “Things didn’t go right (last start) and she only went okay, but hopefully we can get a bit more luck this time. “Normally we have been going back, then going forward. “Having a look here, maybe we might just work forward straight away. “That’s what first came to mind because she will probably only go around this week, maybe next week, then she will be going to the paddock.” Last start winners American Delight and Countess Grace look set to provide strong opposition for Mandy Joan on Friday night. Meanwhile, Eloquent Mach and Major Trojan are set for an enthralling battle once again in Friday night’s $50,000 Binshaw Pace (2130m). Eloquent Mach defeated Major Trojan three times in the autumn, before Major Trojan turned the tables in the WA Derby. Stuart McDonald teams up with Eloquent Mach from barrier two, while Major Trojan will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr from barrier 10.   Tim Walker

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