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Chicago Bull’s absence has opened the door for the next wave of open class pacers to score a Free-For-All victory in this Friday night’s Rotary Club Of Fremantle Pace (1730m). The Gary Hall Snr-trained Chicago Bull was back to his brilliant best in last week’s Free-For-All, but connections decided against running him for a third straight week. Despite not having Chicago Bull engaged, the Hall Snr team will still be well represented in the $25,000 event with six of the 12 runners. Perhaps the most intriguing of the six is the evergreen nine-year-old My Hard Copy, who will line up for the first time since August last year. The two-time WA Pacing Cup champion made a brief cameo last winter, before being sent for a spell. He has barrier eight for his return on Friday night with Clint Hall booked for the drive. Campora finished third behind Whozideawasthis and Chicago Bull two weeks ago and gets a golden opportunity to score at Free-For-All level this week from barrier one. King Of Swing has put in two solid performances at Free-For-All level over the past fortnight and Gary Hall Jnr has elected to drive him, signalling he could be the best of the stable’s half-dozen. The 2018 WA Derby winner will have his work cut out from barrier six though, given speedy runners Vultan Tin and Im Soxy are on his inside. Whozideawasthis will start from barrier 12 in this week’s event and brings the most consistent recent form at the level to the race. The in-form Tact Major and Zennart are the other Hall Snr-trained runners in the race. Vultan Tin had to settle for second after he led against Chicago Bull last week and looks a chance of being able to find the front from barrier four this week. Im Full Of Excuses and Back To The Beach represent the Ross Olivieri stable in the event, but haven’t enjoyed their best run of form of late. Maczaffair was another of the runners to be well beaten by Chicago Bull last week, finishing 16m adrift in fifth place. The Mach Three mare is third-up this week and looks set to get the ideal run from barrier 10. Reinsman Mark Reed said he wasn’t overly concerned by last week’s performance, but was hopeful the five-year-old would improve this week. “Her run first-up was really good,” he told GPTV. “She was a bit flat last week, but she normally takes a few runs to get to her top.” Reed said he was hopeful noted front-runner Campora could hold the front. “It’s not a bad draw for her inside the back line, providing Campora can hold up,” he said. “She should get a good trip, it just depends if she sees daylight at the end or not.” Luis Alberto, who has been more than competitive at Free-For-All level of late, rounds out the strong 12 horse field.   Tim Walker

Not much has ever separated Bechers Brook and Golden State. The pair started racing within three months of each other. They competed in the Four-Year-Old Classic at Gloucester Park last year, as well as key lead up races to that Group 1. They have also had three runs back this campaign. Bechers Brook has a slightly superior record of 12 wins from 24 starts, while Golden State has scored 10 times from 26 starts. Reinsman Mark Reed isn’t sure who the superior of the two is. “I’ve changed my mind about four, five or six times,” Reed told GPTV when asked who was the better of the two runners. Thankfully for Reed, he doesn’t need to separate them this Friday night, given they line up in different races and look set to give him a chance of scoring his 30th win at headquarters for the season. Golden State finally looks set to have his best chance this campaign to score a win, when he lines up in the Quayside Transport Pace (2130m). The son of Big Jim has drawn nine, eight and nine in his three starts this campaign, but has a chance to make his presence felt this week from barrier six. However, it will be far from easy for Golden State in the event, as he takes on in-form pair Lady De La Renta and Ruling Gold, as well as the highly talented Saying Grace. Reed said he was likely to use Golden State’s gate speed and indicated he had a “better than even money chance” of crossing to the lead. “He’s got blistering gate speed and we just haven’t used it,” he said. “His first two runs back from a spell he’s drawn nine and we’ve just gone back and the races haven’t been run to suit. “He’s going really well, he’s just got a long way out of his ground. “He’s actually made up a bit of ground off the track. “He will be a lot better horse in front on the pegs. “I think there’s a good chance he could cross and if he does he should be hard to beat.” While Golden State may have a bit of a battle on his hands to lead, the task looks significantly easier for Bechers Brook to lead in the Elan Energy Pace (2536m). The son of Somebeachsomewhere has already scored two wins in his three starts back this campaign and has drawn ideally to make it three from four this Friday night. Bechers Brook has just Im Lisart inside him and his biggest dangers have drawn to his outside. Mighty Santana and Vincenzo Perrugia loom as two runners that may look to cross Bechers Brook in the early stages and Reed is on high alert.  “He’s got a good draw in barrier two, it’s just whether he can take advantage of it or not,” Reed said. “I think I can cross Im Lisart if I hold the others to my outside. “I’m not confident I can hold the others, because he’s not blistering out of the gate. “We will try and give him a sprint up in the prelim and do our best to hold them. “If he can hold them, he should be hard to beat.” Reed’s only other drive on the program is Maczaffair in the Rotary Club Of Fremantle Pace (1730m). All three runners are trained by Reed’s father Mike   Tim Walker

Talented filly Double Expresso faces her toughest test to date when she lines up in Friday night's Group 1 Diamond Classic (2130m).  The Sweet Lou filly has put together an imposing record of six wins from seven starts, clearly the pick of this season's two-year-olds, but a wide barrier draw in seven has raised question marks if she's good enough to win the $100,000 feature. Double Expresso burst on to the scene with a 9.4m win at Bunbury in February over the mile. She then bought that form to town with commanding performances in both the heat and the final of the Sales Classic. However, the filly's momentum was bought to a screeching halt when she finished third to Jaspervellabeach in the Champagne Classic (2130m). The Ross Olivieri-trained filly bounced back with a sound performance in the Diamond Classic heat, rating 2.00.2 in the 3.1m win. Double Expresso's time was the slowest of the four heats, but if there were any chinks in the armour reinsman Chris Lewis is struggling to find them. "She's done that comfortablly," Lewis told GPTV of the heat win.  "It was probably a little bit too easy. "All it means is Ross has to adjust his workload in between and she should be fine." Since its inception in 2004, Lewis has won the Diamond Classic on three occasions with Dilingers Reign (2005), Sensational Gabby (2011) and Lady Luca (2016).  Lewis said Double Expresso was deserving of being one of the main fancies in the Group 1 from the wide barrier, but was still mindful of the her long-term prospects. "She's capable still of playing a big part in that race," he said. "She's still got to grow into herself a little bit. "She should be a pretty nice three-year-old, you would reckon." One three-year-old Lewis does get the chance to drive on Friday night is the Vicki Lea-trained Gee Jay Kay. Gee Jay Kay was made to trial after his last start fifth in the Group 2 Pearl Classic on May 18. The gelding broke soon after the start which ended his prospects of winning the race. However, he produced the run of the race to bounce back and finish fifth behind Theo Aviator. Gee Jay Kay now has to start from barrier nine for this Friday's APC By Schneider Electric 3YO Pace (2536m).  The son of Western Terror will have his work cut out to return to the winners stall, given the Justin Prentice-trained duo of Back In Twenty and Know When To Run have drawn to his inside. Lewis said he was disappointed Gee Jay Kay had the bad luck in the Group 2 last start, but indicated he would make a few changes going into Friday night. "He'd been going exceptionally well," he said. "Overall, we were probably a little bit too confident.  "I think we will drive him a little bit differently, a little bit conservatively and within himself.  "He can obviously do some work in a race, there's no two ways about that. "It's a matter of being close enough." The pair of youngsters headline a busy night for Lewis, who will also team up with Madame Meilland, Dominate The Dojo and Im Full Of Excuses among his other drives on the 11-event program.    Tim Walker

Last week, much of the commentary around the Free-For-All was around the Gary Hall Snr-trained duo of King Of Swing and Chicago Bull and whether the challenger could topple the champ. As it turned out, the even less celebrated Hall Snr-trained pacer Whozideawasthis toppled them both. All three pacers are back again this week. However, a new contender re-emerges to try and take down Chicago Bull, widely regarded as the nation's best pacer. Vultan Tin returns to the track after two Friday night's off in this week's Life Is On Schneider Electric Free-For-All (2130m). The seven-year-old was unplaced at his three most recent starts, following a win on Easter Thursday. Despite the slightly patchy form and presence of Hall Snr's runners, connections of Vultan Tin have reason to be buoyant this week, given he will start from barrier two.  Vultan Tin's stablemate Anime has the inside draw, while King Of Swing, Chicago Bull and Whozideawasthis have drawn four, five and six respectively. Maczaffair, who made a strong return last week in the Fillies and Mares Free-For-All, rounds out the field from barrier three. Reinsman Chris Voak said he expected Vultan Tin to have little issue finding a prominent position from barrier two, but indicated the small field could bring about his undoing. "I couldn't imagine him (Anime) holding us out," Voak told GPTV. "I don't like these five horse fields...especially for Vultan Tin because they've got too many horses for speed that will zap him late. "It's been like that the last few times he's had to sit in the breeze. "This time he looks to be able to lead, but we've probably got King Of Swing peppering us. "It's a good test." Later in the night, Voak will look to deliver himself and trainer Ross Olivieri their first win in the Group 1 Diamond Classic (2130m) when they team up with Run For Mercy. Run For Mercy went within a short half-head of winning her Diamond Heat, narrowly falling short of Askmeilltellya. The Pet Rock filly has put together two wins and four placings from six career starts and Voak said he'd always had a liking for her over Double Expresso, despite her inferior record. "Ross had her and Double Expresso working up and I said to Ross 'if I can have the choice I'm taking her'," he said. "As it turned out, Double Expresso won her first five straight. "I think Run For Mercy is very underrated against Double Expresso. "She hasn't been hidden in any of her races, I reckon she's had to sit in the breeze for 80 per cent of them." Run For Mercy has drawn barrier 12 for the feature and Voak said it suited his filly perfectly. "I think it's been kind to us and unkind to a few of the other major players," he said. "Run For Mercy's trackwork (on Tuesday morning) was as good as it's been. "I think it's the most exciting race on the program." Voak also has the drive on leading fancies Veiled Secret, Crystal Sparkles and Captured Delight on the program.    Tim Walker

Some Copper Beach may not have had the strongest form heading into last week's heats of the Diamond Classic (2130m). The Somebeachsomewhere filly finished second on debut, before stringing together three wins on the trot at Pinjarra and Bunbury. When she left Gloucester Park after the heat, she did so with her fourth straight win, an enhanced reputation and a live chance of tasting Group 1 success in this Friday night's final. Some Copper Beach sat outside race leader Rockin The Trend in her heat, crossing over comfortably from barrier eight. The pair then cleared right out from the rest of the field and it was ultimately the Andrew De Campo-trained filly that got the better of her rival. Some Copper Beach rated 1.58.9 in the heat, which was the second quickest of the four. They also ran home in the second quickest final half of 57.4, which was only bettered by Double Expresso's 56.9 in the final heat. Double Expresso's win rated the slowest of the night, suggesting Some Copper Beach's win was full of merit.  Some Copper Beach has drawn barrier 11 for the final and is in-between fancied runners Soho Whisper and Run For Mercy on the second row.  Reinsman Aiden De Campo said he has learnt plenty about the filly in her recent starts and was full of praise for her heat win. "First-up was her only defeat," De Campo told GPTV. "We worked on a few things from that run to her second run and since then she hasn't been beaten. "Sitting in the breeze is obviously hard for a two-year-old, first trip over 2100. "She was just a bit on the relaxed side that night and I just put it down to the fact she hadn't raced for three-and-a-half weeks. "She needed that race run to really sharpen her up a bit and since then she's worked well." Despite drawing alongside some of the other fancied runners, De Campo said he wasn't overly pleased with barrier 11. "It's not a great draw, but it's not a bad draw either," he said. "Having Double Expresso drawn wide, it makes it a bit more open for horses like us. "It's a wide open race and the barrier draw has made it really interesting." Andrew and Aiden De Campo will also team up with The Kraken in the APC By Schneider Electric 3YO Pace (2536m). The Art Major gelding has recorded two wins and two placings in four starts this campaign, with both wins coming at Pinjarra. The only start in his career at Gloucester Park resulted in a second to the progressive Justin Prentice-trained Mathew James on May 3. Yet again, it appears as though it will be a pair of Prentice-trained runners The Kraken will have most difficulty beating this week, in the form of Back In Twenty and Know When To Run. The Kraken has drawn barrier eight for the longer trip, with the two Prentice runners to his inside. De Campo said the gelding can be competitive, but would improve upon whatever he does this week.  "He doesn't do a heap at home to jump out off the page at you," he said. "His last two have been really, really good. "It's an even quality field that's going to make it hard for us to win it. "We'll need a bit of genuine speed on, but he's racing well and he's not far off." De Campo's only other drive on the program is the Jason Woodworth-trained Attack On Command and indicated barrier 10 was a great draw.    Tim Walker

Friday night's Studco Building Systems Fillies and Mares Free-For-All Pace (2130m) looks set to be a fascinating battle between the old and the new, with some of the state's best mares to clash. Five of the eight runners engaged are four-year-olds hoping to enhance their credentials for feature races later this year. Two of the three other runners in the race are seasoned veterans and know what FFA racing is all about. Perhaps the most intriguing runner in the race is the Mike Reed-trained Maczaffair. The Mach Three five-year-old is first-up since running second in the Past President's Cup and was third in the WA Pacing Cup the start prior. Her return to the track was delayed a week, after last week's FFA race didn't attract enough acceptances.  Maczaffair, under the guidance of trainer Mike Reed and reinsman son Mark, will have to be at her best to win from barrier seven on Friday.  Eden Franco has struggled to recapture her best form this campaign and that was no more evident than her unplaced finish in the Breeders Stakes a fortnight ago. The Colin Brown-trained and driven mare has now had six starts without a win, but has to be respected in this class from barrier three. Trainer Debra Lewis has enjoyed a strong run of form over the past month and The War Nurse is responsible for a large part of that. The War Nurse finished third in the Breeders Stakes two starts back, her biggest test to date, before she returned to the winners circle last Saturday. The four-year-old has barrier two on Friday night and gets a tremendous chance to beat a high quality field. Cott Beach always has to be respected from barrier one for trainer Kristy Elson. The Advance Attack mare held the front from barrier one the last time she had that draw, but will have a lot more pressure to hold the front this time around. Our Alfie Romeo was another mare who returned to the winners circle at her most recent start in the Breeders Stakes, thanks to a tremendous drive by Ryan Warwick. Trained by Greg and Skye Bond, Our Alfie Romeo strung five wins together earlier this campaign, before five unplaced runs in a row.  Dylan Egerton-Green has the drive on Friday night and looks set to get the perfect run from barrier four.  Progressive pacer Come Dance With Me and the Ross Olivieri-trained pair Madame Meilland and Veiled Secret make up the eight horse field. Although his pair may be the outsiders in the race, Olivieri was hopeful one of them could surprise.  "She (Madame Meilland) is very well," Olivieri told GPTV. "Unfortunately, she has got four very good horses drawn inside of her. "In the Breeders Stakes, she went to the line bolting and couldn't get a run. "I've changed the training around with her a little bit this week, but we will see Friday whether that will make a difference. "Veiled Secret, Gary Hall Jnr drove her and came in and said it's the best sixth I've run for a long time. "Barrier eight though, where's she going to go?" Although Olivieri didn't get the luck with barriers with his mares, four-year-old Carrera Mach looks set to play a big part in the Standing Start event of the evening. Carrera Mach and One Off Delight are the only two runners in the 10 horse field to start off the front line.   Tim Walker

Friday night's Group 2 Perth Plasterboard Centre Diamond Classic (2130m) for the three-year-old fillies shapes up as an intriguing edition of the feature. Trainer Justin Prentice's WA Oaks winner Has No Fear headlines the 12 horse field, along with stablemate Majorpride. Has No Fear has a significantly easier barrier in four for this week's event, but her stablemate may prove to be the hardest to beat from barrier one. Jocelyn Young retains the drive on Has No Fear, while Gary Hall Jnr will team up with Majorpride. Majorpride drew barrier one in a WA Oaks Prelude last month and was able to hold the front, before finishing third to Fake News. Hall Jnr said Majorpride's last start second to Countess Grace suggested she could hold the front again on Friday. "She went terrific last start in the breeze," Hall Jnr told GPTV. "I think she's in the form that suggests from this draw she can win the race. "We will be trying to make every post a winner from the draw and the way she's going I give her a big shot." The Mike Reed-trained Countess Grace and the David Thompson-trained Mandy Joan took out the two heats of the Diamond on May 14 but had contrasting fortunes at the barrier draw. Countess Grace will start from the outside of the front row in barrier nine, while Mandy Joan has drawn well in 12.  It was also quite the achievement from trainer Barry Howlett to qualify four fillies for the final, with All The Bells, Hello Hotshot, My Prayer and Millwood Gucci all doing enough in their heat runs. La Roue De Lamour, Bettor Pack It, Better Than Mint and Soho Interceptor round out the field.  The ever consistent La Roue De Lamour may have been a touch disappointing on face value in her heat, but barrier two is sure to see her play a prominent part in the final. Prior to her heat performance, the Annie Belton-trained filly had to be retired out of the WA Oaks in unfortunate circumstances.  The Bettors Delight filly was well respected in heading into the Oaks though, following meritorious displays in Oaks Preludes.  Belton said she was hopeful La Roue De Lamour had overcome issues stemming from her last start fifth to Mandy Joan. "After the last run I was disappointed," Belton told GPTV. "I got bloods done and she did have a virus and she'd carried it for a couple of weeks. "I'm not saying Mandy Joan wasn't a good horse, but I would've expected her to go straight past her. "When she (Mandy Joan) sprinted, we didn't so I knew there was something not quite right with her. "Hopefully I've got on top of it and she goes into the race on Friday nearly 100 per cent." Belton said she would leave it up to reinsman Kim Prentice as to whether La Roue De Lamour would try and cross Majorpride to lead the race. There was a welcome boost for Belton earlier this week when she found out Lady De La Renta would remain in her care for at least another month. The mare was set to head to America after her run in Friday night's Cubic Group Pace (2130m), but a change in plans to the transport arrangements has delayed her departure. Lady De La Renta was at her brilliant best in winning last weekend and will need to call on all that class to win from barrier eight on Friday night.  Belton said it was a hard decision to sell the mare to America, but the offers became too great to pass up. "Every day I look at her and wish I hadn't said yes," she said. "I just love her. "If she could win again for the Americans, I would be so delighted. "It's not going to be easy...if she's driven the same as last week, who knows." The Gary Hall Snr-trained Mister Bushido and Tact Major look set to be the major threats to Lady De La Renta, as do El Hombre and Chiaroscuro.   Tim Walker

Dracarys has reinforced her standing as the filly to beat in next month's WA Oaks, following an effortless win in the Oaks Prelude (2130m) at Gloucester Park. It was another impressive display from the Justin Prentice-trained filly, who scored by 5.8m to Soho Interceptor. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr slowly made his way to the front on the Bettors Delight filly from barrier 12 and was then too strong over the closing stages, where she ran home in 56.6. Fake News, who won the Oaks Prelude last week, finished third. Balcatherine, the second favourite in tonight's event, was unplaced after having to go back from the wide draw. Hall Jnr said it was a professional performance by Dracarys. "She's got good speed," he told RWWA Harness. "I always planned to put her into it tonight when the pace allowed us to. "She's got a motor to go with it too." Hall Jnr said he expected the filly to improve further for the Oaks and was full of praise for Prentice's training performance. "Justin has always been good at getting them to peak at the right time," he said. "This has always been the plan for her and her main aim this prep. "He's pretty good at what he does, so I just leave that up to him." Prentice then teamed up with reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green in the later in the night with fellow three-year-old Back In Twenty to take out the Glenroy Chaff Pace (2130m). A smart field of three-year-old colts and geldings assembled for the event, but a smart Egerton-Green drive was enough for the colt to score a comfortable win to Sangue Reale. Elsewhere on the Gloucester Park meeting, Mighty Conqueror took out a thrilling edition of the Group 2 Easter Cup (2902m). Mighty Conqueror eventually worked to the front after starting off a 20m Handicap, but had to hold off a fast-finishing As Happy As Larry. Reinsman Ryan Warwick declared post-race the four-year-old had the potential to be a key in feature races over the summer carnival. In the Free-For-All event of the evening, Vultan Tin showed his trademark toughness to score a narrow win over Always Arjay. Vultan Tin settled in the breeze for reinsman Chris Voak, as Always Arjay led from the inside barrier. The tough gelding loomed on the home turn and looked poised to score an easy win, but Always Arjay fought back on the inside to make it a tight finish. It was the second leg of a driving double for Voak, who scored on Back To The Beach earlier in the evening.   Tim Walker

Smart filly Double Expresso has kept her unbeaten record intact, following a comfortable win in the APG Race Series two-year-old fillies Heat (1730m) at Gloucester Park last night. The Sweet Lou filly was stretched by second placegetter Askmeilltellya, finishing just 4.9m adrift in second place. Reinsman Chris Lewis had to urge Double Expresso to the line as Askmeilltellya made up late headway. The filly lifted in the last 100m though and saw off any danger there may have been. The Golden Slipper in July looms as a long term target for Double Expresso. In the colts and geldings division, Valentines Brook upstaged race favourite and the previously unbeaten Marcotti. Valentines Brook, a half-brother to smart four-year-old Bechers Brook, had the perfect run in the small field on the back of Marcotti. When reinsman Mark Reed got off the pegs, the Rock N Roll Heaven gelding got past Marcotti with ease and went on to score a comfortable 4.6m victory. It starts what looms as an exciting week for Reed, who will team up with his father Mike in three key races at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The pair will team up with Countess Grace in the Intersport Slater Gartrell Oaks Prelude (2130m), where star fillies Typhoon Tiff and Dracarys are notable absentees. Star mare Our Angel Of Harlem also makes her return in the Retravision Pace (2130m). Elsewhere on the program, a field of nine has been assembled for the Vale John Stampalia Free-For-All Pace (1730m).   Tim Walker

The 2019 WA Derby was built up as one of the strongest ever. It ended as a precession, as Major Trojan delivered reinsman Gary Hall Jnr and trainer Gary Hall Snr a fifth win in the $200,000 feature at Gloucester Park. The Group 1 event started in eventful circumstances as likely pacemaker and the well backed Its Rock And Roll had to be retired from the race when reinsman Colin Brown’s sulky got a flat tyre. It allowed Franco Edward to run to the lead and Major Trojan settled behind him when Hall Jnr elected against pressing on to the front. Hall Jnr had to be patient on the final lap as he sought clear running room, but on the turn for home he was able to get off the pegs and was poised for his run. The Art Major colt then stormed away over the closing stages to record a seemingly effortless 4.7m win to Bletchley Park, who narrowly beat Franco Edward for second place. Eloquent Mach, who won the main Derby lead up the Western Gateway a fortnight ago, was well beaten. Hall Jnr, who won the WA Derby previously with Alta Christiano (2013), Beaudiene Boaz (2015), Chicago Bull (2016) and King Of Swing (2018), said his fifth win in the time honoured event was the pick of them. “It’s a special one because you put your neck on the line with those sort of horses when you pay that money for them,” Hall Jnr told RWWA Harness. “I know Snr feels the pressure a lot more than me. “Sometimes you scratch your head when you pay the big money for them, but he was super tonight. “He’s still got room for improvement.” Major Trojan will now be aimed towards the Golden Nugget in December. The Derby win started a run of four straight winners on the night for Hall Jnr, who teamed up with Liberty Rose, Dracarys and Whozideawasthis in the following three races. Liberty Rose’s win in the In Appreciation Of Dr Tom Rieusset Pace (2536m) ended a frustrating run of outs for the mare. Hall Jnr said Liberty Rose deserved the breakthrough win and felt she may be a better horse when she didn’t lead. “We’ve not found any issues with her,” he said. “I was disappointed in a few of those races. “Some horses don’t like leading and I thought it would’ve suited her from what we saw as a three-year-old. “Maybe she likes being tucked away.” Dracarys showed why she would be the one to beat in next month’s WA Oaks, with a dominant win in the Oaks Prelude. Whozideawasthis then completed the stunning run of success for Hall Jnr, when he took out the Free-For-All event of the evening. The eight-year-old gelding won at Free-For-All level two starts back and continued the excellent form last night by upstaging the short-price favourite Handsandwheels. Hall Snr also had Tact Major win last night at just his second start back since November 2017. In a further boost for the stable, Hall Snr said Chicago Bull was a month away from making his return to the races. Tim Walker

The Colin Brown-trained Patrickthepiranha has shown yet again why he’s the horse to beat for next month’s WA Derby, following an eventful running of the Sales Classic (2130m) for the three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park last night. In a race marred by an incident where two spectators threw shoes on to the track, all six horses managed to get around safely and it was Patrickthepiranha that outlasted the rest. Brown also had Its Rock And Roll in the $50,000 event, which he drove, while Dylan Egerton-Green took the drive on Patrickthepiranha. The veteran reinsman tried to find the front on Its Rock And Roll, but Shockwave was able to hold the front from barrier three. The early speed allowed Patrickthepiranha to settle behind the leaders and gain the perfect run throughout. Patrickthepiranha hit the front with 100m left, before $91 outsider Walsh flashed down the outside late to almost cause a major upset. The Four Starzzz Shark gelding held on to win by a head and ran home in 58.9. Egerton-Green said he was impressed by Patrickthepiranha’s performance and was fortunate to avoid a serious accident after the incident. “We actually didn’t see it, so he was fine,” he told RWWA Harness. “The horse went good and he’s probably got a bit of room for improvement off that run. “I don’t think he saw Walsh coming. “He always finds the front then switches off a bit, so I’ve probably got a bit of training to do there.” Egerton-Green said he was confident Patrickthepiranha could go to the WA Derby on April 6 without another run, but said the Group 2 Western Gateway next week could be a suitable option. Brown said he would consider running Its Rock And Roll in the Western Gateway next week as well. In the filly’s edition of the Sales Classic, Has No Fear proved too classy for her rivals in scoring a 7.4m victory. Elsewhere on the night, Eloquent Mach and Major Trojan continued to enhance their WA Derby claims, running first and second respectively in the WA Derby Prelude (2130m). The pair finished produced a repeat of the result from the Battle Of Bunbury last Saturday night. Meanwhile, Handsandwheels justified his short-priced quote to take out the Group 2 4&5YO Championship (2130m) for the Andrew De Campo stable. Handsandwheels was able to control the race from barrier one and never looked like being beaten. Vincenzo Peruggia and Lord Willoughby filled the minor placings. In the Free-For-All event of the evening, consistent pacer The Bucket List made a well-deserved return to the winners circle, storming home to beat Whozideawasthis and Vultan Tin.   Tim Walker

The unfortunate scratching of WA Pacing Cup winner Rocknroll Lincoln has opened up the opportunity for Handsandwheels to score another feature race win in the four and five-year-old Championship (2130m) at Gloucester Park tomorrow night. Handsandwheels recorded his first feature win since the 2017 WA Derby in last month’s Group 2 RWWA Cup and proved himself as a Free-For-All horse on the rise. He continued his solid form with a tough fourth to El Jacko in the Pinjarra Cup on March 4. He gets another chance for a Group 2 win in tomorrow night’s $50,000 event, where he has drawn barrier one. The Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln, who had drawn barrier nine and looked the main danger to Handsandwheels, was withdrawn earlier today due to bruising in his feet. Prentice said he wasn’t 100 per cent happy with Rocknroll Lincoln and said the five-year-old would now be spelled, with a view towards next year’s WA Pacing Cup. Aiden De Campo has the drive on Handsandwheels, trained by his father Andrew, tomorrow night and said the five-year-old deserved to be the one to beat off his recent form. “He’s going great,” he told RWWA Harness. “His Pinjarra Cup run was good and his work since then has been good too. “We were looking for the right race for him and this looks to be that right one.” De Campo said he expected to hold the lead from the favourable draw, but acknowledged the short-priced favourite Handsandwheels would still have his work cut out to win the race. “He’s got good gate speed and I can’t imagine anything else would want to pressure us,” he said. “There’s no such thing as a good thing in racing though. “There are still some well performed horses in the race.” Handsandwheels is now a $1.07 favourite with TABtouch, ahead of Clarenden Hustler ($10) and Hasani ($12). De Campo takes the drive on $51 outsider Walsh in the Sales Classic for the three-year-old Colts and Geldings (2130m), but conceded the gelding would have his work cut out to beat star trio Patrickthepiranha, Shockwave and Its Rock And Roll. Prentice has the short-priced favourite Has No Fear in the Sales Classic for the three-year-old fillies and hopes to launch a WA Oaks campaign off the back of it. De Campo’s only other drive of the evening is in the opening event with Smoldering Ashes, who he felt could fill a minor placing from barrier 11. “We will drop back to the fence and hopefully be three back,” De Campo said. “If he gets the splits he can figure in the finish, if he doesn’t we will bring him back again next week and have another go.”   Tim Walker

The three leading chances for the three-year-old colts and geldings Sales Classic Final (2130m) have drawn the middle of the line, setting up an intriguing renewal of the $50,000 event on Friday night. Shockwave, Its Rock And Roll and Patrickthepiranha filled the top three placings in the heat last Tuesday and have drawn barriers three, four and five respectively for the final at Gloucester Park. The field for the colts and geldings was reduced to six this morning, when the Justin Prentice-trained Know When To Run was withdrawn from the event. Patrickthepiranha produced, arguably, the biggest performance in the heat last Tuesday, after he was restrained from the early speed battle and eventually ran on boldly to finish third. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr regains the drive on Shockwave, after he drove Know When To Run in the heat. Hall Jnr also has a strong chance in the three-year-old filly’s edition of the Sales Classic with the in-form Has No Fear, who will start from barrier five. The Prentice-trained filly was impressive in taking out the heat last week and comes into Friday night’s feature having won her past two starts. Soho Interceptor, runner-up in the heat, has drawn barrier 10 and is the sole runner on the second line, while the third placegetter from the heat Kirsten will start from the outside of the front line. For the three-year-old’s not engaged in the Sales Classic’s, they get the chance to press their WA Derby and WA Oaks claims in the WA Derby Prelude (2130m). A high quality field has been assembled for the Prelude, headlined by last week’s Battle Of Bunbury winner Eloquent Mach. Eloquent Mach is one of three runners in the race for trainer Gary Hall Snr, with Robbie Easton and Major Trojan also set to take their place. Impressive filly Typhoon Tiff will be looking to record her fourth straight win in the Derby Prelude, where she will line up from barrier seven. Another highlight of the program is the four and five-year-old Championship (2130m), which features the WA Pacing Cup winner Rocknroll Lincoln. The star pacer will have his work cut out to add the $50,000 event to his growing list of wins though, having drawn barrier nine. Handsandwheels, who has performed admirably at Free-For-All level over the past month, gets an ideal chance to add another feature win from barrier one and looks the likely leader. In-form pacer Luis Alberto, Lord Willoughby and Clarenden Hustler have drawn barriers three, four and 10 respectively. The Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.50pm on Friday.   Tim Walker

Impressive pacer Shockwave has taken out a star-studded WA Sales Classic Prelude (2130m) for the three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park last night. With a number of runners in the field having legitimate WA Derby claims, Shockwave was able to capitalise on a hot early speed and enhance his feature race credentials. Its Rock And Roll was able to hold the lead from barrier one, but was never afforded any peace in front as Know When To Run applied pressure in the breeze. Shockwave’s trainer-reinsman Ryan Bell was eventually able to land the perfect spot on the back of Know When To Run and was poised for his run at the bell. The Mach Three colt then finished powerfully in 58.5 and rated 1.54.5 to record a comfortable 4.9m win to the Colin Brown-trained Its Rock And Roll and race favourite Patrickthpiranha. Bell said he was wrapped with the run he got throughout and was supremely confident coming into the home straight. “He won quite comfortably,” he told TABradio. “We couldn’t have asked for a better run and he got the job done. “He pulled up like he needed the run.” Bell said it was one of the softest runs Shockwave has had for a long time and indicated the colt was well on track for next month’s WA Derby. In the fillies edition of the Sales Prelude, Has No Fear recorded a strong 6m win over short-price favourite Soho Interceptor. Bell will be hoping to record a feature race double in the two-year-old Sales Classic finals this Friday night, where he teams up with Moon Goddess and Matai Reactor in the fillies and colts and geldings respectively. Moon Goddess was a surprise winner in last week’s Prelude and Bell said he expected her to challenge nominal favourite Double Expresso from the favourable draw in barrier three. “Based on her work this morning, I think she can,” he said. “I don’t think she’s any given to find the front. “My filly didn’t look like she was as good as Double Expresso last week, but she only does what she has to.” Matai Reactor has also drawn barrier three for his Sales Classic Final. The fillies Sales Classic gets underway at 8pm on Friday, with the colts and geldings edition to start at 8.29.   Tim Walker

WA Pacing Cup winning trainer-driver combination Justin Prentice and Gary Hall Jnr have combined to take out both colts and geldings heats of the two-year-old Sales Classic at Gloucester Park last night. The pair teamed up with Sportswriter colt Manning in the first heat, in what turned out to be an intriguing battle over the closing stages between Manning and Team Mascot. The pair were the clear fancies in the market, with Manning narrowly holding favouritism at $1.75 with TABtouch. Hall Jnr elected to hand up the lead to Team Mascot in the early stages, which allowed him to settle on the back of the second favourite. Manning was then able to wear down Team Mascot in the home straight and score by 1.5m. The colt ran home in 58.1 and rated 1.59.1. Prentice and Hall Jnr then teamed up in the second colts and geldings heat with another short-price favourite Major Martini. Unlike Manning, Hall Jnr was intent on finding the lead with Major Martini from barrier six and he did so with ease. Major Martini was then able to go on and score a comfortable 9.6m victory to Secret Operation. The Art Major colt kick-started a race-to-race treble for Hall Jnr and Prentice, who took out the Retravision three-year-old Pace (2130m) with Know When To Run and the Westral Pace (2130m) with Courage To Live. The first of the filly’s heats of the Sales Classic saw an impressive showing by the Ross Olivieri-trained Double Expresso by boom sire Sweet Lou. Reinsman Chris Lewis slowly worked his way to the front on the first lap and was able to go on and record a comfortable 11.4m win in what was, arguably, the performance of the night. The second fillies heat was taken out by the Ryan Bell-trained and driven Moon Goddess. Bell, who won a colts and geldings heat last year with Shockwave, was able to find the lead from barrier seven and then fought on strongly to score by 4.6m. The finals for both the fillies and colts and geldings Sales Classic take place at Gloucester Park on March 8. The three-year-old heats of the Sales Classic take place next Tuesday, before the finals on March 15. Meanwhile, a field of six has been engaged for this Friday’s WA Derby Prelude (2130m). The in-form Eloquent Mach has drawn barrier one, while multiple Group 1 winner Franco Edward gets his chance to bounce back to his best form from barrier two. As well as having Eloquent Mach, trainer Gary Hall Snr also has Robbie Easton engaged in the Derby Prelude with Hall Jnr to take the drive. Tim Walker

WA Pacing Cup champion Rocknroll Lincoln has made an impressive return to racing, taking out the Group 2 Governors Cup (2130m) at Gloucester Park last night. Having his first start since the Pacing Cup triumph, it wasn’t easy for the five-year-old, who was forced to do plenty of work three-deep early in the race. Eventually, reinsman Gary Hall Jnr was able to find the front just before the field got the bell. Rocknroll Lincoln was too strong on the final lap and went on to score a comfortable 3.3m victory. The son of Rocknroll Hanover rated 1.54.7 and ran home in 57.0. As Happy As Larry continued his excellent preparation by finishing second, while Vultan Tin bounced back to form with a game third placing. Always Arjay and Mr Mojito both wanted the lead early on, which ensured a slick lead time of 35.7. The pair faded out late to finish well back in the field. Following the win, Hall Jnr said the Pinjarra Cup on March 4 loomed as an ideal target for Rocknroll Lincoln. Vultan Tin and Handsandwheels are also expected to head to the Pinjarra Cup. The other feature on the night was the $30,000 Lewis Final (2130m), which was taken out by the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Our Alfie Romeo. It was Our Alfie Romeo’s eighth win from 11 starts in Australia. Reinsman Ryan Warwick said the mare had plenty of upside and forecast a bright future for her. Meanwhile, Typhoon Tiff continued trainer-reinsman Colin Brown’s outstanding run of form with the three-year-old’s, taking out the Thank You For Celebrating Pace (1730m). It was the third straight week Brown won a three-year-old race at Gloucester Park, after Patrickthepiranha won last week and again with Typhoon Tiff a week earlier. There were a couple of anxious moments for Brown in the home straight as Typhoon Tiff put in a couple of rough strides and Dracarys made late ground. However, the filly was able to withstand the surge of Dracarys to win by a head. Tim Walker

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