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Trainer Ross Olivieri will give improving mare Crystal Sparkles a chance in mares Free-For-All company at Gloucester Park this Friday night, following her win in the WASBA Four and Five-Year-Old Pace (2130m) last Friday. The Rocknroll Hanover mare scored a dominant 4m win in the $30,000 event, overpowering Amelias Courage in the concluding stages. It was Crystal Sparkles best win in WA, having come across from South Australia in May. Since that time, she has gone on to score three wins from 12 starts for Olivieri. Olivieri said the five-year-old, a winner at 20 of 51 career starts, was starting to show her best in WA. “She had a very good record when she came over,” he told TABradio. “She showed a little glimpse of it when she got here.” Olivieri said Crystal Sparkles did have to overcome a few setbacks to recapture her winning form. “In hindsight she might have got a virus and we didn’t recognise it,” he said. “She was unhappy and didn’t want to work or didn’t want to do anything. “Now she’s a happy camper. “Time has helped her and it looks like she’s back to her very best.” Olivieri has nominated her for a fillies and mares Free-For-All this Friday night, which also features Maczaffair and Infinite Symbol. Olivieri said he expected Crystal Sparkles to be competitive in stepping up in grade and would find out if she could make the grade going towards the summer carnival. “Our open mares class have been decimated by sales to America,” he said. “Some of the good mares have been retired, turned out or sold. “It leaves that class a little short on class but that’s of advantage to her. “I’m looking forward to Friday night as a bit of a test for her.” Olivieri also said tough two-year-old Double Expresso was four weeks away from returning to work, having spent the past six weeks in the paddock.   Tim Walker

Impressive three-year-old Eloquent Mach is continuing to surprise reinsman Stuart McDonald, following his win in the Happy 40th Sarah Remta Pace (2503m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Gary Hall Snr-trained Eloquent Mach made it three wins from has many starts this campaign, all of which were standing start events and enhanced his credentials for the feature four-year-old races later this year in doing so. The son of Mach Three worked his way to the breeze outside Atmospherical approaching the bell and wore down his more seasoned opponent over the closing stages. McDonald said Eloquent Mach was still learning the caper and had taken well to standing start events. “He’s getting the standing start caper down pretty well now,” he told TABradio. “It was a good run to come off 20m on a rain soaked track. “The other horse got close, but he never looks impressive and he never kicks away unless he’s made to. “He’s four in a few weeks, but he’s still really only a three-year-old. “He’s very immature and a bit silly.” McDonald was also full of praise for the gelding’s toughness, having won the Marathon (3309m) a week earlier. Eloquent Mach’s stablemates Wildwest and Major Trojan have also established themselves as live chances for the four-year-old features. Major Trojan won the WA Derby earlier this year and is unbeaten in two starts back this campaign, while Wildwest has won each of his three starts for Hall Snr. McDonald said he felt Eloquent Mach wasn’t quite to his more celebrated stablemates right now, but had the qualities of a horse that could elevate himself to that level. “I don’t think he’s up to those two and I think they are both better than him,” he said. “He does nothing wrong and he just keeps winning. “He just does what you ask him to do. “Ability wise, he has got to be there.” Eloquent Mach and Major Trojan have both been nominated this week’s $50,000 Binshaw Pace at Gloucester Park.   Tim Walker

Prominent owner Glen Moore has labelled WA Derby winner Major Trojan’s return to racing in the Chandon Pace (2130m) on Friday night as “exciting”, as the three-year-old gears up for a busy spring and summer campaign. Major Trojan was able to get to the lead comfortably from barrier two in the $30,000 event and was simply too classy for his rivals in the 4.2m win. Moore said he had some concerns how the Art Major colt would return to racing at Gloucester Park, but left feeling bullish at what lay in wait. “His last win was in the Derby, then you spell them and hope they come back,” Moore told TABradio. “It was an ideal opportunity first-up for him drawn there. “Clearly he’s racing older horses, but he handled it very well. “He was pretty well unextended in running home in 56 and his last quarter was 27.5. “It’s onwards and upwards the way he’s going.” RWWA Harness@RWWA_Harness Gr. 1 Derby winner Major Trojan picked up where he left off last preparation, taking out the Gr. 3 Chandon first-up at @GloucesterPark last night... #WAHarness See RWWA Harness's other Tweets Friday night’s win took Major Trojan’s record to five wins from 11 starts and has won three in a row. Moore said the Golden Nugget loomed as a long-term goal for Major Trojan and indicated the next few months were crucial in his development. “He’s growing all the time,” he said. “He’s heading towards the four-year-old classics like the Golden Nugget in December. “We want to try and teach him to race because he’s only had 11 race starts. “The more we get into him the better.” While Major Trojan was impressive in his return to the track, it was another frustrating night for last year’s WA Derby winner King Of Swing. King Of Swing finished at the tail of the field in the Direct Trades Supply Pace (2130m) behind Thereugo. Moore indicated the four-year-old would likely head to the paddock and added there wasn’t anything glaringly wrong with him. Meanwhile, Moore all but ruled out an Inter Dominion campaign in New Zealand later this year for star pacer Chicago Bull. The gelding was unplaced at his most recent start on June 28, which bought to a close his first campaign in WA since he won in New Zealand last October. Moore said the six-year-old was now unlikely to return to New Zealand for the time honoured series. “(Gary Hall) Junior wasn’t happy with how he felt the other day,” he said. “His form prior to that alluded to the fact he was going to be approaching his best again. “There’s a couple of little niggles where we’re inclined to stop with him now and give him a little break. “Not in black and white yet (but) we probably won’t proceed with the Inter Dominion at this point.”   Tim Walker

After welcoming back Major Trojan last Friday night, the powerful Gary Hall Snr stable will unveil another highly talented three-year-old at Gloucester Park this week in the form of Wildwest. WA harness followers got their first chance to see the son of Raging Bull in race conditions at Pinjarra on Monday, where he scored a 35m win. Wildwest raised eyebrows with a strong trial behind Major Trojan at Byford prior to his first race start. He meets a strong field of three-year-olds for his first Gloucester Park assignment in the Better Your Bet With TABtouch Pace (2130m), where another New Zealand import Beaudiene Western is among the acceptances. Wildwest will have to overcome a tricky barrier in six if he’s to keep his unbeaten WA record intact, with Beaudiene Western (two) and Elsu You (four) drawn inside. Hall Snr said he expected Wildwest to bring his form from Pinjarra to Gloucester Park, but was concerned by the draw. “He took no harm from that run at all,” he told GPTV powered by RWWA. “He’s probably drawn the worst of that group. “He’s still a pretty good horse. “I expect him to go well.” Friday night’s three-year-old event also sees the return of the consistent Michael Brennan-trained Sangue Reale and another winner from Monday’s Pinjarra meeting Pierre Whitby. Hall Snr’s tough gelding Whozideawasthis returns from a one month break in Friday’s Bridge Bar At Gloucester Park Open Every Game Day Free-For-All Pace (1730m). Whozideawasthis defeated Chicago Bull last campaign and was one of the strong performers in FFA company throughout the autumn. Stuart McDonald drove Whozideawasthis to beat Chicago Bull on that occasion and has the drive again this week, with Gary Hall Jnr to drive the Clint Hall-trained Bettor Reward. Like Wildwest, the eight-year-old has a tricky barrier draw to overcome on Friday night in five, but Hall Snr said he was more than capable of doing so. “I was hoping he’d draw a bit better, but he will acquit himself well,” he said. Hall Snr said he expected Speed Man and One Off Delight to take plenty of beating in race six and seven respectively on the Gloucester Park program.   Tim Walker

Prominent owner Rob Gartrell has credited training combination Greg and Skye Bond’s patient approach with four-year-old Fizzing for his success in the Botra Cup (2503m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Fizzing produced, arguably, his finest performance in Friday’s $25,000 event, coming off a 30m handicap in the standing start event. The son of Mach Three showed plenty of promised over the summer period, where he finished third in the Group 1 Golden Nugget. Since then, Fizzing has gone on to record five wins at 12 starts, four of which were standing start events at Pinjarra. Gartrell said it had been a strategic approach to keep Fizzing to standing start events, in order to find out more about the horse. “His first campaign with us, we learnt a lot about him and we threw him in the deep end a little bit quickly,” he told TABradio. “This time coming back we decided to take the standing start approach. “He just got better and better with each run at Pinjarra. “He’s obviously been well placed and to top it off with the BOTRA Cup was an excellent result for us. “Hopefully going forward we can see him continue to improve.” Fizzing capped off a terrific night for the Bond stable, who scored wins with Poisedtopounce, Better Scoot and USA-bound Saying Grace. Meanwhile, Ana Malak, who defeated Fizzing in the Golden Nugget, has returned to Western Australia following seven starts in Victoria. Connections are hopeful the winner at 11 of his 16 starts could progress to feature races in the New Year. “We tossed up what to do with him,” Gartrell said. “The handicapping suited him there in that he didn’t have to race against the top end horses. “He will have a short freshen-up now and push on to the races around Christmas.” Elsewhere, WA Derby winner Major Trojan could make his return to racing this Friday night in the Chandon Pace (2130m). Major Trojan won a three-year-old trial at Byford yesterday, defeating newcomer to the Gary Hall Snr stable Wildwest by 3.9m.   Tim Walker

Trainer Kristy Elson admits she’s still trying to get her head around the fact she’s a Group 1 winning trainer, following Jaspervellabeach’s win in the Choices Flooring-Golden Slipper (2130m) at Gloucester Park on Saturday night. Under the guidance of Nathan Turvey, the Somebeachsomewhere colt led all the way in the $125,000 event and delivered Elson the biggest thrill of her career to date. “It was pretty amazing,” Elson told TABradio of the win. “I’ve been wanting it for a long time. “We’ve had him set at that for a long time and I wanted it so bad. “I nearly got a Group 1 with Cott Beach last year and I just missed that.” Elson said she was never comfortable the whole way down the home straight, as the Justin Prentice-trained Major Martini closed in rapidly on Jaspervellabeach. The win took Jaspervellabeach’s record to four wins and a second placing from his six career starts and added Saturday night’s feature to the Champagne Classic he won in April. Elson said both Jaspervellabeach and Secret Operation, who was seventh in the Slipper, would head to the paddock and hoped the pair could come back even stronger as three-year-olds. Meanwhile, Herrick Roosevelt was able to capitalise on a hot early speed in front to take out Saturday night’s Free-For-All event. The five-year-old gelding worked his way to the front for Stuart McDonald, after Gary Hall Jnr elected to hand up the lead with race favourite Ideal Liner following the early speed battle. Vampiro and Saying Grace delivered trainers Greg and Skye Bond a double on the card. Vampiro, first-up since February, was given an almighty scare by veteran stablemate Our Jimmy Johnstone, but hung on to win by a head. It was also a reassuring performance from Saying Grace, who scored his first win of his winter campaign following five winless runs to start it.   Tim Walker

He's already taken out the Sales Classic and the Pearl Classic for the two-year-old colts and geldings this season and trainer Justin Prentice is perfectly poised to add another juvenile feature to that this Friday night. Prentice has four runners engaged in this week's Westbred Classic, headlined by the victors of those two races Major Martini and Manning. As well as the Group 1 winners, Prentice also has last week's Westsired Pace winner Aristocratic Star and consistent type The Stars Above engaged. The biggest lead as to who the best of the four may be reinsman Gary Hall Jnr's decision to drive Aristocratic Star from barrier one. Hall Jnr has driven each of the four runners at some stage of their short careers and his decision to go with Aristocratic Star is sure to give his followers plenty of confidence.  Manning was able to get the better of Aristocratic Star in the Pearl Classic a fortnight ago, but his hopes of taking out the Westbred were dealt a significant blow when he drew barrier nine. Chris Lewis retains the drive on Manning in the $100,000 event. As he did in the Sales Classic, Prentice takes the drive on Major Martini. Major Martini has been unplaced in three subsequent runs since the Pearl and has given Prentice plenty to think about with his style of racing. Stuart McDonald teams up with The Stars Above from barrier five. Perhaps the biggest threat to Prentice in the race comes from the Mike Reed-trained Caveman. The Somebeachsomewhere colt made it two wins from as many starts at Northam last Saturday night and has come up with barrier 10 this Friday. Reinsman Mark Reed will get the chance to follow Aristocrtic Star every step of the way and could pose a big danger late in the race. Kristy Elson trained the first two across the line in the Group 2 Champagne Classic in April with Jaspervellabeach, while Secret Operation was second.  Secret Operation gets his chance to score a feature win from barrier 11 with Michael Grantham to drive. Poisedtopounce was part of a hot tempo in the Champagne Classic and finished at the tail of the field. Trainers Greg and Skye Bond will be hopeful he can bounce back from barrier six on Friday night.  Classy Colby, Jaxon Jones, Disco Bolt, Tenacious George and Keptain Courageous round out the field. The other feature event on the evening sees the fillies and mares tackle the Westside Auto Wholesale Lombardo Pace (2130m). The three fillies engaged in the race could shape up to be the hardest to beat.  Fake News was game in the Westbred Classic last week when fourth to Typhoon Tiff. The Gary Hall Snr-trained pacer has drawn a lot better this week in barrier four. My Prayer took out the Westsired Pace a fortnight ago for trainer Barry Howlett, before an unplaced finish in the Westbred Classic last week. Chris Lewis teams up with the Renaissance Man filly again this week from barrier three. Countess Grace is the other three-year-old in the field and will start from barrier 10. Tim Walker

For much of her two-year-old season of racing, Blockjorg has regularly filled the bridesmaid position. In fact, the Colin Reeves-trained filly has finished second at her past three starts behind smart fillies Weewah, Askmeilltellya and Fifty Five Reborn. To compound the frustration of running second, the filly has drawn wide or on the back line in each of those starts. Connections of the filly could be forgiven for thinking a favourable barrier draw was coming in this Friday's Westbred Classic (2130m). When the draw came out and Blockjorg had been allocated barrier eight their hopes of winning this week's Group 1 took a massive hit. To make matters even more difficult for Blockjorg, fancied rivals Double Expresso and Intheskyrocket drew to her inside, while Suing You looks poised to get a good run from barrier seven. Despite the draw, reinsman Morgan Woodley was still hopeful Blockjorg would be capable of getting her chance to take out the $100,000 event. "She's a filly with a lot of potential," he said. "We would've liked to have seen her come up with a bit better ally, but it's only a starting point. "She's a filly that can be put into the race and stick on really well. "We will be hoping for a bit of speed on Friday and hopefully be put into it at some stage. "There's nothing to indicate she won't go every bit as well as what she has been, if not better." Another of the consistent two-year-old fillies this season has been the Bob Mellsop-trained Breanna, who has recorded one win and three placings from nine starts. The Follow The Stars filly produced one of her career best performances in the Sales Classic in March when third to Double Expresso.  Lauren Jones gets the chance to drive the filly from barrier one this week, having drove her for the first time last start. Jones said she expected a much better showing this week and had plenty of options from barrier one. "I never usually get the good barriers in big races like that," she said. "I don't get to drive in too many Group races, so it's a bit exciting. "She's got the option to hold out and wait for whoever we want to hand up to. "Hopefully with a good suck along trip she can be right there." Fifty Five Reborn capped off her preparations for the Westbred Classic with a strong win in the Westsired Pace last week. However, the Colin Brown-trained and driven filly will have her work cut out from barrier seven. Brown's daughter Maddison will get her chance at Group 1 glory when she drives the Gary Hall Snr-trained Advance Your Dream from barrier nine. Run For Mercy, Vallani Magic, Some Copper Beach, Missbillynotsilly and Moon Goddess round out the field for the feature event.   Tim Walker

Golden State will have his fast class credentials tested in this Friday night's Announcing Rock N Roll World New Sire To Allwood Stud Farm Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park, where he has drawn barrier one. The Mike Reed-trained four-year-old had his first foray into the Free-For-All ranks in last week's Winter Cup, where he never got into the race from the wide gate. However, there will be no place for Golden State to hide this Friday night when he takes on Chicago Bull in the $25,000 event. The barrier draw has opened up endless possibilities for this week's Free-For-All, with King Of Swing, Vultan Tin and Chicago Bull set to have key roles to play early in the piece from barriers two, eight and nine respectively. Golden State's driver Mark Reed will have a crucial decision to make in the early stages as to whether he tries to hold the front, or to take a sit on one of the more seasoned campaigners. King Of Swing, to be driven by Stuart McDonald looms as an obvious candidate to press forward in the early stages, while Vultan Tin may also find himself prominent throughout the race. Gary Hall Jnr has elected to stick with Chicago Bull, who has scored three wins from four starts this campaign. Chicago Bull was absent from last week's Winter Cup, which saw stablemate Tact Major return to the winners list, while Tommy Be Good and Im Soxy filled the minor placings. Tact Major, Tommy Be Good and Im Soxy are all set to line up again in this week's event from barrier 11, six and 10 respectively. Ryan Warwick teams up with Im Soxy again this week and from the exact same barrier draw. The Brian Clemens-trained gelding has finished top five in each of his 12 runs this campaign. It's that model of consistency that has Warwick confident he can match some of the best pacers in the state. "Probably the last 12 months he has been really good," Warwick said. "He's had 10 days off here and 10 days off there and he's actually got better as a racehorse. "He's a bit more calculated and smarter about some of the moves he makes. "His run last week was probably as good as you can go." Warwick said while barrier 10 wasn't ideal, there were some positives to it again this week. "Golden State is quick, he's very quick, so he can hold the front," he said. "The Hall's have got a bit of power, so that always makes a difference. "King Of Swing's a bully, but if he's not in front he's tended to show that he's not as good. "Obviously Chicago Bull is the best horse we've got in WA. "If it's run at a decent tempo, it will give us a chance to see where we are at." Lauren Jones, who drove Tact Major to victory last week, will team up with Zennart this week and said Hall Snr helped her make the call. "It makes it a bit hard for me with my two favourite horses in the same race," she said. "If Zennart brings the right Zennart he will definitely be right there, but it just depends how the race is run." Michael Grantham teams up with Tact Major, while Dylan Egerton-Green gets the opportunity to drive Hall Snr's other runner in the race Whozideawasthis.   Tim Walker

What this week's Kick Off Your State Of Origin At Gloucester Park Pace (1730m) lacks in quantity, it certainly makes up for in quality, with some of the state's best mares engaged. Eight runners will line up in the fillies and mares Free-For-All, headlined by the evergreen Maczaffair.  The Mike Reed-trained mare has finished no further back than fifth in each of her four starts back this campaign. After finishing second in against her own sex first-up, Maczaffair then finished fifth behind Chicago Bull on two occasions and third behind Luis Alberto a fortnight ago. Dylan Egerton-Green teams up with the mare for the first time this campaign and will start from barrier six.  Regular reinsman Mark Reed has elected to drive the mare conservatively so far this campaign and similar tactics could be adopted this week.  In-form mare The War Nurse has drawn awkwardly in barrier seven this week and will have her work cut out to cross to the lead.  Lady De La Renta's departure to the United States to race is nearing, but the Annie Belton-trained mare will line up, possibly for the last time in WA, from barrier two this Friday.  Aldo Cortopassi retains the drive on the mare and he looks set to have options from the good barrier. Trainer Ross Olivieri sends his two durable mares Veiled Secret and Madame Meilland around in the event. The pair couldn't have had more contrasting fortunes at the barrier draws in one and eight respectively. Chris Voak has the drive on Veiled Secret from the pole draw, while Gary Hall Jnr teams up with Madame Meilland.  The last time Veiled Secret drew barrier one, she went on and scored a strong win.  Olivieri said Veiled Secret showed signs in her trackwork a win was nearing. "She worked well and I said as I came off the track 'this looks like it's getting towards another win'," he said. "It's a pretty hard race that she's in but she will give it a good shake." Shannon Suvaljko has 99 winners in the sulky for the season and will look to bring up the three figure milestone on She's Turbo Charged in barrier three. Forever Remembered and Come Dance With Me round out the field from barrier four and five respectively. Olivieri will be hoping Veiled Secret can kick start a successful back half of the program for him, with Space Junk poised to strike in the State Of Origin @ The Bridge Bar Standing Start (2096m). Space Junk made his return to racing last month in a mobile start and finished fifth. The talented pacer then had two trials in the build up to a second placing in a Stand last start. In similar circumstances to Veiled Secret, Olivieri said he also felt there was a sense of timing around Space Junk.  "This should be right up his alley," he said. "He got himself beat in that race a couple of weeks ago. "We started him and thought he was ready, but he was way off.' "We took a couple of weeks and gave him a trial and realised the errors of our ways. "He's strutting around like he owns the place so that's a good sign."   Tim Walker

He may be lining up in the Westbred Colts & Geldings Consolation, but it will be anything but a consolation prize if La Sulieman could take out the $20,000 event on Friday night. La Sulieman returned to racing earlier this month, after more than a year off scene with multiple leg injuries. The son of Alta Christiano was successful first-up at Pinjarra, a win that meant so much to trainer Debbie Padberg and connections. He has since been well beaten in two subsequent starts at Pinjarra, but they will matter very little if he can salute in the Consolation. The gelding gets a golden opportunity to start from barrier one for the first time in his career and has shown he's got solid gate speed. Luke Edwards teams up with La Sulieman once more and said he was ready to win again. "He probably went too well first-up," he said. "He probably got the second-up blues and Monday he made a big run from the back of the field. "He's come up with a good draw. "He will run a really good race." Despite never having started from barrier one, Edwards was confident he could hold the lead and was excited about the prospect of seeing La Sulieman in front.  Regardless of how La Sulieman performed tomorrow night, Edwards said he was relieved to see him back racing after a tumultuous run with injury and was hopeful he had a bright future. "He's a bit of green horse and he's still learning what it's all about," he said. "It's good to see him come back from some serious injuries and it's good for the owners." Gold Horseshoe is expected to provide plenty of resistance to La Sulieman, following his stylish win at Pinjarra on June 10. Chris Lewis takes the drive behind the Colin Reeves-trained pacer, who has scored two wins from his four career starts. Our Virtuoso and Bettor Be Oscar were named as the emergencies for the Group 1 final. The pair both look set to play a big part in the Consolation from barrier five and 12 respectively. In the fillies Consolation, a last start win from the Donald Harper-trained and driven Stormy Nights is expected to see her play a big part in the finish. Stormy Nights finished behind the Colin Brown-trained Caruba on debut last month prior to her Bunbury success. Caruba is one of two fillies with solid claims in the race for Brown, with Arma Veyron also engaged. Brown drives Arma Veyron from barrier five, while Dylan Egerton-Green teams up with Caruba from barrier seven. Meanwhile, Aristocratic Star looks set to get his chance to make up for his shock defeat at the hands of Manning in last week's Pearl Classic when he lines up from barrier one in the Westsired colts & geldings Pace.   Tim Walker

A stellar line up of three-year-old colts and geldings are set to do battle in Friday night's Group 1 Westbred Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park. The cream of the three-year-old colts and geldings crop, minus WA Derby placegetters Major Trojan, Franco Edward and Bletchley Park, will contest the $100,000 event.  Trainer Justin Prentice, who took out last week's Group 1 Pearl Classic with Manning, has two runners engaged in the feature in Know When To Run and Back In Twenty.  Veteran trainer-reinsman Colin Brown also has his two stable stars Patrickthepiranha and Its Rock And Roll engaged, while Andrew De Campo also sends two of his stable up-and-comers Walsh and Tellmetoattack around in the event. Theo Aviator, Gee Jay Kay and Shockwave are also among the stellar field, which could unearth WA's next star pacer.  Pierre Whitby has come up with barrier one for the event, while Major Artist has barrier two. Patrickthepiranha looks the major winner from the barrier draw, where he came up with barrier three.  The gelding looks set to get his chance to lead, while Theo Aviator in barrier four could also find himself in the action early. Trainer-reinsman Aldo Cortopassi said he was pleased Theo Aviator would get his chance to be prominent in the opening exchanges of the event from barrier four. "For him it's better than barrier one," he said. "We'll roll the dice early. "Dylan (Egerton-Green) has drawn inside me with Patrickthepiranha and you'd think he'd probably want to hold the front. "I'd be happy to hold the breeze and he can control the race from there because he's a pretty strong horse." Theo Aviator finished third to Know When To Run a fortnight ago, before he bounced back to the winners list in the Westsired Pace last week.  Fortunately for Theo Aviator, he has drawn inside Know When To Run, who has drawn barrier eight. Gary Hall Jnr retains the drive on Know When To Run and will be out to score his second consecutive win in the event, having won it with One Off Delight last year.  Hall Jnr said the gelding was good enough to overcome the barrier, but admitted he would have his work cut out. "He's racing really well, but the draw probably puts us in a position where we need to be conservative and try and earn some good money," he said. "He can still win, but he needs things to really go his way from out there." The Bryan Cousins-trained Galante was a surprise second behind Know When To Run and beat Theo Aviator and Brown's two pacers a fortnight ago. The gelding looms as an outside chance in this week's event, where he will start from barrier 12 and be driven by Kim Prentice. Cousins said Galante would need luck to win, but deserved his place in the field. "It's an interesting race because I think there's a lot of chances," he said. "It might be a really genuinely run race. "If that's the case the backmarkers at Gloucester Park get a chance.  "Galante has raced well during the whole season and I think he's better now than he's ever been." Its Rock And Roll and Tellmetoattack are the other two runners on the back line.   Tim Walker

Longshot guru Pat Harding and RWWA’s racing communications co-ordinator Tim Walker are two members of the WA Trotting Media Guild who have made prolific winner Ideal Liner their best bet at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “My best bet Ideal liner duly saluted last week and I expect him to repeat the dose in race three on Friday night,” Harding said. “He’s racing in great form and should win well in this field.” Walker agrees. “It’s the third week in a row this pacer goes around and he should be winning again,” Walker said. “Progressive pacer and looks like he's benefiting with every outing he has at the races.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is keen on Theo Aviator. “Theo Aviator jumps off the page as my best at the meeting with a higher HWOE tally than his seven rivals combined,” Havercroft said. “He started from a wider barrier and favourite in a much stronger field two starts ago when winning the $50,000 3YO Pearl Classic.” TABradio’s Matt Young believes punters can make a great start to the night by supporting Liam Neil in the opening event. “Liam Neil freshened up with a strong third last start and should have the speed to lead and excels as a frontrunner,” Young said. “You can start the night off right by backing him.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning likes Heza Head Honcho. “Heza Head Honcho gets his chance to break a 12-run losing sequence when he starts from barrier one,” Manning said. “The gelding has sufficient speed to hold up, judging by the way he led  when also drawing the pole a fortnight ago. He finished a close second to Ruling Gold on that occasion, but now looks poised for his third Gloucester Park victory.” Novice racecaller Hayden King believes Bad Round can score an all-the-way victory. “Bad Round has built into some really strong form his last couple of runs and will certainly be trying for an all-the-way win,” King said. “That’s the role where he races best.” Guild president Wayne Currall believes it could be a night to remember for The West’s racing writer Ernie Manning. “Without wanting to jinx Ernie at all, I think his namesake can win the $100,000 Pearl Classic,” Currall said. “Manning was impressive in his heat win in slick time and has the services of champion reinsman Chris Lewis.” VALUE BETS PAT: I believe Madame Meilland can give punters a good return. I am sure Chris Lewis can have her well placed to pounce at the finish. TIM: If Baylan Jett can get clear running, he looks a great bet in this race. Been running in some nice races and this looks a good draw for him. The one may be suspect late. Intriguing little race.  RYAN: Baylan Jett is drawn to be behind the leader like he was two starts ago when he trailed Vinecnzo Perrugia to the line. Looks a good place bet again. MATT: Smoldering Ashes is racing well and looks well placed to finish in the money from a nice draw. ERNIE: Infinite Symbol has drawn inside the back line after winning only once in her past eight starts. But she showed a glimpse of her best when bouncing back from two unplaced runs to finish third behind The War Nurse last Friday night. HAYDEN: Batavia On Fire has improved exponentially in the last couple of months and is in red-hot form. If the speed is on he will be rattling home. WAYNE: Dominate The Dojo has been racing in career-best form with three seconds at his past three starts. Drawn gate nine over the longer trip, but with his blinding speed out of the machine he could cross them at the start. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

On paper, this year's Group 1 TABtouch-2YO Pearl Classic (2130m) may lack depth, but the four runners at the top of the market are sure to make it an intriguing race. Aristocratic Star (barrier two), Jaxon Jones (four), Valentines Brook (seven) and Manning (10) loom as the main fancies for the $100,000 event. The field for the Pearl Classic was reduced by one earlier this week, when trainer Justin Prentice elected against accepting with Major Martini. Prentice still has two of the four fancied runners in Aristocratic Star and Manning and has proven himself as the trainer to watch in the two-year-old ranks, having trained the winning quinella in the colts and geldings Sales Classic in March. Jaxon Jones defeated Valentines Brook and Aristocratic Star in the second of the two Pearl heats last Tuesday, while Manning defeated Disco Bolt and Major Martini in the opening heat. Gary Hall Jnr, looking for his fourth Pearl Classic, teams up with Aristocratic Star in this week's edition and said he was looking forward to being able to settle the pacer on speed. "We haven't drawn where we can use him off the gate yet," he said. "This looks like a draw where we are going to have to." Hall Jnr said he was concerned by some of Aristocratic Star's racing manners in the heat, which made finding the front all the more critical. "In the heat we had all sorts of problems," he said. "He got keen, he got a bit of interference getting into the back of the cart of the horse in front and he got himself all wound up. "I think if we could get to the front and let him run his own race it will give us a good chance of winning." Jaxon Jones emerged as a contender for the Pearl with two wins at Bunbury during the autumn, before two sound performances at Gloucester Park, headlined by the heat win. Dylan Egerton-Green teams up in the sulky with Jaxon Jones, a winner at three of five starts, and said he expected another bold performance this week. "He went really good in his heat. "He's probably better off up there, because the two fourths that he's run he's been off the pace. "The one of Justin's that has drawn inside us is probably the one to beat. "I still give our bloke a real top three chance. "If he gets it his right way, I can see him winning." Manning will carry the hopes of a large group of owners in the Pacing WA syndicate when he lines up in the Pearl. The Sportswriter gelding bounced back to his best form in the heat with a commanding 22.5m win. Prior to that, Manning went three starts without a win, albeit one of those winless starts was a credible second placing in the Sales Classic. Chris Lewis takes the steer on Manning and will also be looking for his fifth success in the race. Lewis' most recent success in the race was with boom pacer Jack Mac in 2017.  Manning will be the sole runner from the second row in the feature event and Lewis felt the draw would be to the gelding's liking. Tenacious George and Disco Bolt loom as the pick of the rest of the runners in the race from barrier five and nine respectively. Tim Walker

The race for the lucrative Westbred 3YO finals heat up this week, with the running of the Listed Westsired races. Eight runners will do battle in the colts and geldings division, while five runners have accepted in the fillies race. Despite the small field, both races look set to provide a fascinating end to the 10 event card. Theo Aviator is the standout runner in the colts and geldings event, with the Aldo Cortopassi-trained and driven pacer drawing barrier three. The 3YO Pearl Classic winner finished a meritorious third to Know When To Run last week and shapes up as the clear runner to beat this week. Cortopassi will use this week's $25,000 event as the springboard to the Group 1 Westbred Classic next week. Tellmetoattack looms as the main danger to Theo Aviator this week, with the Andrew De Campo-trained pacer drawing barrier one for his first-up assignment. The Advance Attack gelding has put together a respectable record of four wins and three placings from 14 starts.  The gelding was unplaced in the 2YO Westsired Pace last year behind Babyface Adda.  Aiden De Campo has the drive this week and said he was hopeful Tellmetoattack could cause Theo Aviator plenty of concern.  "He's a horse with plenty of ability," he said. "He's caused dad a lot of headaches over the duration of the last two years. "As he gets older, he keeps getting better. "He does tend to go fresh and he's fit enough first-up.  "We will be in front and hopefully he can hold on." Babyface Adda is also engaged in this Friday night's event, but will have to overcome the obstacle of barrier nine.  Chris Lewis has the drive behind the Ross Olivieri-trained pacer. Lewis also looks set to play a big role in the fillies division, where he teams up with the Barry Howlett-trained My Prayer. The champion reinsman had the choice between My Prayer and Dont Look, but went with the Barry Howlett-trained filly from barrier two.  My Prayer finished third to Majorpride in the Diamond Classic at her most recent outing and has just Yo Te Amo Haitch drawn inside her. Lewis has also driven Dont Look at each of her seven careers starts, highlighted by her last start win at Pinjarra on June 3.  Morgan Woodley has the drive behind the John Graham-trained filly this week.  Catch Me Cougar and Joey Girl are the other runners in the field.  Elsewhere, De Campo also teams up with Millwood Molly from barrier one in the TABtouch Giddy Up Premium Form Fillies & Mares Pace (2130m). De Campo said he was confident the mare could make it three wins in a row. "She's racing really well," he said. "I reckon she will go really well from barrier one. "She showed really good gate speed last start and hopefully she can do that again."   Tim Walker

It’s quite possible the best race on Friday night’s meeting is the last one. For those willing to stay up until 9.42, they are set to be treated to an outstanding three-year-old event, with six of the state’s best in that age group set to do battle. With rich Westsired and Westbred races just around the corner, this shapes up as one of the final chances for these three-year-olds to stake their claim for a slice of the lucrative prize pool. On paper, it appears as if the Justin Prentice or Colin Brown stable will take out the Team Trolio Harcourts Realty Pace (2130m). Prentice will be represented by Know When To Run and Back In Twenty, who have barrier one and four respectively. Know When To Run produced, arguably, the run of the night last Friday night when second to Gee Jay Kay, while Back In Twenty was third. Meanwhile, Brown has Its Rock And Roll and Patrickthepiranha engaged from barrier two and six respectively. Its Rock And Roll and Patrickthepiranha haven’t started since finishing second and fourth respectively to Theo Aviator in the Pearl Classic last month. It is that pacer, Theo Aviator, who will be out to bring about their undoing again this Friday night. The Aldo Cortopassi-trained and driven pacer has put together a sound record of 11 wins from 27 starts, with the Pearl success the main highlight. Theo Aviator has a tricky draw of barrier five to navigate from on Friday though, but Cortopassi said he would still look to roll forward into a prominent position. “We needed a run this week and it’s held together, which is good,” he told GPTV. “We knew we were going to draw badly on the preference win dollars. “We will put him up in the firing line early. “There is probably a chance we are going to have to do some work off the arm. “In a small field, if that happens, we might be a chance to drop in somewhere as well.” Galante, to start from barrier three, rounds out the six horse field for trainer Bryan Cousins and reinsman Kim Prentice. The Art Major gelding produced a strong performance last start on May 28 at Gloucester Park, where he sat in the breeze and wore down Our Virtuoso. Prior to that, Galante was unplaced behind Theo Aviator in the Pearl. Cousins said Galante deserved his standing as one of the outsiders in the race, but was hopeful he could produce another tough performance. “Everyone who has a three-year-old hopes they can progress through to the top grade,” he told GPTV. “He got through and competed in the Derby and some of the other feature three-year-old races, but he was just short of the really top class ones. “He’s been up for a while, but his last couple of starts have been pretty good. “It’s an intriguing race and how it’s going to be run. “I’m just hoping my horse can be really competitive and if he finishes first three I’ll be happy.” Know When To Run could be running to give Gary Hall Jnr his 150th winner for the season. The leading reinsman currently has 148 winners to his name this season and looks well poised to be among the winners this week.   Tim Walker

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