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Impressive pacer Patrickthepiranha has landed the first blow in the run to April’s WA Derby, taking out last night’s Group 3 Caduceus Club Classic at Gloucester Park. In what looks set to be a strong year for the three-year-old’s, Patrickthepiranha was able to make the most of barrier one to record his seventh straight victory. The Colin Brown-trained gelding looked to have the race well in his keeping on the turn for home, but reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green had to urge him over the closing stages as Eloquent Mach made up late ground. Gee Jay Kay finished third, while other star three-year-old’s Shockwave and Franco Edward were unplaced from the tough draws. Patrickthepiranha rated 1.56.1 and ran home in a time of 57.5. Egerton-Green said he was happy enough with the performance, but indicated there was plenty of improvement left in the Four Starzz Shark gelding. “We got it our own way,” he told RWWA Harness. “He wasn’t fully wound up and we’ve probably got a little bit more work to do. “I probably got a bit busy on him late, but that was probably more my fault because he switched off. “He hasn’t started for a month and the other horses are race fit. “When anything comes near him, I think he’ll put his mind to it.” The other feature event of the night, the Group 2 RWWA Cup, was taken out by Handsandwheels. Handsandwheels was able to get the perfect run on the back of Vultan Tin, who sat outside the leader Herrick Roosevelt. The 2017 WA Derby winner then swept to the front on the turn for home and held on by a head over Always Arjay. Always Arjay’s driver Shannon Suvaljko launched a protest against the winner, who he claimed shifted out in the final 100m. Stewards eventually dismissed the protest, but Handsandwheels reinsman Aiden De Campo was fined $300. Gary Hall Jnr, fresh from being unveiled as one of the 2019 West Australian Racing Hall Of Fame inductees during the week, recorded a winning treble on the night. Hall Jnr started the night with a winning race-to-race double with Soho Chelsea and Chok Chai. He then teamed up with progressive pacer Caviar Star later in the night to take out the Join The Caduceus Club Standing Start Pace. Caviar Star took his record in Australia to five wins from nine starts and trainer Gary Hall Snr was impressed by the gelding’s performance.   Tim Walker  

Trainer Ryan Bell concedes Shockwave has a difficult task in front of him if he’s to win the Group 2 Caduceus Club Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park tomorrow night, but is confident he has the right horse to upstage warm favourite Patrickthepiranha. Shockwave, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr once again, has impressed at his two most recent outings at Gloucester Park, where he overcame barrier five on both occasions, however he has drawn barrier eight tomorrow night. Despite the draw, Bell said he has Shockwave primed for a big performance in the $40,000 event. “As good as our bloke is going, the barrier is a bad one for him,” he said. “I’m confident he will put in a forward performance, but he will have to do the hard yards. “Our bloke is more forward than a lot of others in the field, but with Patrickthepiranha drawn barrier one over 2130 he can still afford to be fresh and be too good.” Shockwave produced, arguably, a career best performance over 1730m on January 25, where he rated 1.54.0, before he returned on February 1 over 2130m and rated 1.57.7. The Group 1 WA Derby on April 5 looms as the likely target for a majority of the three-year-olds engaged in tomorrow night’s feature. Bell described both performances as “pretty impressive” and said the fortnight between runs suited Shockwave perfectly. “He’s been lucky for most of his career so far that he’s been able to have two weeks between runs,” he said. “It has meant we’ve been able to keep him fresh a lot of the time. “He’s probably the type of horse I could keep fresh and I’d only work him at home to have him ready for the Derby.” Bell added he was hopeful he would be able to retain the services of Hall Jnr for the duration of Shockwave’s preparation. Patrickthepiranha, who is looking for seven straight wins, was installed a $1.55 chance with TABtouch, ahead of Gee Jay Kay ($5), Franco Edward ($5) and Shockwave ($5.50). Gee Jay Kay, who was the favourite in both of the recent races Shockwave won, has drawn barrier three tomorrow night, while Franco Edward has drawn barrier nine. Dylan Egerton-Green retains the drive on the Colin Brown-trained Patrickthepiranha and said he was confident the gelding would be able to lead all the way from the inside draw. “He’s got the right draw, but I still have to make sure that he runs off the gate and make sure nothing else can cross,” he said. “It’s a pretty handy field with Shockwave and Franco Edward, then you have a horse like Valbonne who has also been going well. “I have to keep my wits about me early but he should be able to capitalise on the good draw.” The Caduceus Club Classic gets underway at 7.25. Tim Walker

In-form reinsman Chris Voak has elected to drive Vultan Tin over tough mare Gotta Go Gabbana in Friday night’s Group 2 City Of Perth Cup (2130m) at Gloucester Park. A better barrier draw, together with Vultan Tin’s impressive record in Free-For-All company, swayed Voak to drive the Phil Costello-trained pacer. “He’s got her measure at this stage,” Voak said. “He’s going really well at the moment and was really good last week. “Gotta Go Gabbana’s work last Friday was exceptional, but it’s a big step up taking on the big boys at Free-For-All level.” Vultan Tin bounced back to winning form in last week’s 2536m Free-For-All at Gloucester Park, where he finished powerfully to beat Always Arjay and Saying Grace. Following the win last week, Voak said the Pinjarra Cup in March would be a suitable target for Vultan Tin. Prior to that, the gelding finished third in the Fremantle Cup and 10th in the WA Pacing Cup. Voak said he expected Vultan Tin to lead and be hard to beat from barrier two in Friday’s $50,000 feature. “He felt really good last week and I expect him to feel even better this week,” he said. “I think over the 2536 they will be happy to sit on Vultan Tin. “A lot of the runners on the front line probably won’t like to be used off the gate over the 2536. “El Jacko probably looks the hardest to beat, so I’d like to see him shuffled back from barrier 11.” Despite not electing to drive Gotta Go Gabbana, Voak said he expected a completive showing from the mare as well. A field of 11 has assembled for the Group 2 event, with Argyle Red drawn in barrier one, while other notable runners include Eden Franco (barrier eight) and Vampiro (nine). Vultan Tin forms a key part of Voak’s six drives on the night and rated Anime as his next best chance on the program. The first event at Gloucester Park on Friday night gets underway at 5.40. Meanwhile, trainer-reinsman Kristian Hawkins is recovering from a torn calf and ligament damage, following an incident in the Busselton Cup last Friday night, which he detailed on TABradio this morning. Hawkins was driving Danieljohn in the $15,000 event before he was involved in a fall soon after the start and was taken to hospital for scans. Hawkins said he feared initially he had done more than ligament damage to his foot. “They always look a lot worse than they are when there are carts going everywhere,” he said. “The horse in front of me was Budd Sidewinder and I was following him. “Ash Markham (Our Bobbydazzler) and I were racing pretty tight…no one was giving anybody any room into that first corner. “We would’ve been okay if that horse hadn’t of come down, but when that horse came down we were racing so tight there was no room for anyone to move. “I went straight over the top of the ones that had fallen…I don’t think it was anybody’s fault. “I thought it was broken (leg) at the time but luckily it wasn’t. “Luckily everyone came out of it unscathed and the horses were alright.”   Tim Walker

Gary Hall Jnr has produced another masterful display of driving at Gloucester Park tonight, chalking up his eighth win in the Group 1 WA Pacing Cup (2936m) with the Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln. Three months ago it looked as if Hall Jnr would struggle to add to his seven Pacing Cup wins when his father’s superstar pacer Chicago Bull injured himself in New Zealand. But on the state’s biggest Harness Racing stage, Hall Jnr showed his class with the horse that filled the breach left by Chicago Bull. There was some doubt as to whether Rocknroll Lincoln would be able to find the lead from barrier two, but that doubt was quickly dispelled within the first 100m of the race, as the five-year-old crossed Maczaffair with ease. Fremantle Cup winner My Field Marshal elected to ease back in the early stages and eventually found himself only slightly better than midfield on the back of Galactic Star. Vampiro was forced to settle outside the leader, which gave Galactic Star, the best chance of Greg and Skye Bond’s six runners, the perfect trail into the race. Despite the high quality of horses behind him, Rocknroll Lincoln fought on strongly to the line and rated 1.56.8 in the 1.3m victory. El Jacko ran on well for second, while Maczaffair held on for third. Hall Jnr said he had some small concerns heading into the race, but was full of praise for Prentice’s training performance. “I was confident and hopeful, but I think I was more hopeful than I was confident,” he said. “The horse was in such good order. “He warmed up really well and he was nice and relaxed. “Hats off to Justin because in his last two starts he hadn’t really got a good crack at them. “For him to turn him out again tonight and lead and run that trip, it was a pretty special effort.” Hall Jnr returned later in the evening to drive a further two winners in You Gotta Have Faith and Caviar Star. You can hear from the beaten drivers from the WA Pacing Cup below. Review all of the action of TABtouch-WA Pacing Cup night here.   Tim Walker

Trainer Mike Reed has declared Maczaffair will be doing everything she can to hold the lead in the early stages of tomorrow night’s Group 1 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup (2936m) at Gloucester Park. The sole mare in the field had her chances of winning increase following the barrier draw on Tuesday morning, when she drew barrier one, with fancied runners Rocknroll Lincoln and My Field Marshal to her outside. Earlier this week, Gary Hall Jnr, who drives Rocknroll Lincoln tomorrow night, indicated on TABradio he would look to lead from barrier two, but Reed told the same station this morning Maczaffair would look to utilise her advantage from gate one with his son Mark Reed engaged to drive. “I couldn’t be happier with her and she’s ready to rock and roll,” he said. “I will leave it up to Mark, but he said when he worked her ‘she’s the best she’s ever felt’. “The only one we’d be handing up to would be My Field Marshal, but Mark said yesterday ‘why hand up’. “If she gets a lot of pressure from My Field Marshal we may let him go.” Maczaffair drew barrier six in last week’s Fremantle Cup and had little luck in the closing stages, before she eventually finished sixth behind My Field Marshal. The five-year-old will be out to become the first mare since 1972 to take out the state’s most prestigious race. She will also be looking to become just the 20th mare to win the race. Reed said he was confident Maczaffair was back to the form from the start of her preparation that saw her run second to Vampiro in the Mount Eden Sprint. “She ran the quickest half she’s ever run at Gloucester Park yesterday,” he said. “She ran second in the Mount Eden Sprint first-up and it might have just taken the edge off her a bit. “The last couple of weeks we have freshened her up and she’s jumping out of her skin. “12 months ago she ran second to Ultimate Machete in the Golden Nugget. “If Ultimate Machete had drawn one, he’d most probably be favourite.” My Field Marshal remains a solid $1.85 favourite for the WA Pacing Cup, while Rocknroll Lincoln ($4.20) and Galactic Star ($4.60) are the only other runners in single figure odds. Reed’s Henley Brook stable also has the in-form Golden State engaged in the second heat of the Nights Of Thunder Series (1730m). Golden State won back-to-back races after his sixth placing in the Golden Nugget last month, before he finished second at his most recent start behind Neighlor last Friday. The smart four-year-old has drawn barrier four tomorrow night and Reed said he expected him to be driven quietly. “I expect Tanaka Eagle will lead and we will be outside him or in the one-one position,” he said. “If you don’t burn him out of the gate, he definitely comes home a lot better.” Each of the three Nights Of Thunder heats have nine runners engaged, with the fastest nine horses across the heats qualifying for next week’s Final. Tomorrow night’s Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.50.   Tim Walker

This Friday night sees the running of the $450,000 TABtouch-WA Pacing Cup (2936m) at Gloucester Park, the first of seven Grand Circuit Harness races for the calendar year. First run in 1913, where it was taken out by Letty Lind, the state’s premier race became a part of the Grand Circuit in 1977 where it sits alongside races like the Hunter Cup and Inter Dominion. Notable winners of the WA Pacing Cup previously include; Pure Steel (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980), San Simeon (1981), Preux Chevalier (1984), Village Kid (1985, 1986, 1988, 1989), The Falcon Strike (2002, 2004, 2005), Im Themightyquinn (2011, 2012, 2013) and My Hard Copy (2015, 2016). Friday night will mark the 90th time the WA Pacing Cup has been run at Gloucester Park, after the first 16 editions of the race were run at the WACA Ground. Soho Tribeca took out last year’s WA Pacing Cup for reinsman Kim Prentice and trainer Bryan Cousins. Soho Tribeca’s win in last year’s Pacing Cup broke a run of seven straight wins in the race for champion trainer Gary Hall Snr. Hall Snr has been the dominant figure in the WA Pacing Cup over the past two decades, winning 11 of the past 17 editions of the race. This year, his sole runner in the race is Runrunjimmydunn, to be driven by Clinton Hall, a winner of three Pacing Cups himself. Gary Hall Jnr has been a big beneficiary of his father’s dominance in the race, winning it on seven occasions. As he did in the Fremantle Cup last week, Hall Jnr has elected to team up with the Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln in this week’s feature. My Field Marshal is once again the favourite to take out the WA Pacing Cup, as he was in the Village Kid Pace and Fremantle Cup. The last horse to win the Village Kid, Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup in the one year was The Falcon Strike in season 2003/2004. Chicago Bull was the most recent horse to claim the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup in the one season, one of eight times since 1988 a pacer has achieved that feat. Maczaffair, the sole mare in this week’s WA Pacing Cup, will be looking to become 20th mare to win the race and the first since 1972. The TABtouch-WA Pacing Cup gets underway at 7.55 on Friday night.   Tim Walker

East coast visitor My Field Marshal has taken out another sensational edition of the Retravision-Fremantle Cup (2536m) at Gloucester Park last night. The reigning Miracle Mile winner had to survive a number of challenges from some of the Greg and Skye Bond-trained runners throughout the Group 1 event, but was able to fight all of them off. Reinsman Anthony Butt was able to cross Saying Grace from barrier two and find the lead with ease and control the race from there. The first of the Bond runners to make an aggressive move was Vampiro, with reinsman Colin Brown finding the breeze at the end of the first lap. Dylan Egerton-Green then made a move to the breeze with Our Max Phactor and continued to put the pressure on the short-price favourite. The leading chance from the Bond stable Galactic Star then made a three-wide move approaching the bell for reinsman Ryan Warwick and looked to be travelling strongly. My Field Marshal was able to hold off Galactic Star in the closing stages though and win by a metre to Galactic Star, while Vultan Tin was third. Saying Grace finished fourth, but appeared to have little luck in the home straight. El Jacko’s reinsman Nathan Turvey was suspended for 23 days for his drive in the $300,000 event. My Field Marshal 1.55.6 for the feature event and ran home in 58.0. The seven-year-old will now look to complete a clean sweep of the WA feature events when he lines up in next week’s $450,000 TABtouch-WA Pacing Cup (2936m). He also took out the Village Kid Pace a fortnight ago. Elsewhere on the night, Im Full Of Excuses took out the Listed Free-For-All event, producing a tough performance when three-wide for much of the last lap. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr recorded a winning double with Bronze Seeker and impressive three-year-old Dracarys.   Tim Walker

When Rocknroll Lincoln lines up in this Friday night’s Retravision-Fremantle Cup (2536m), it will deliver his owner Glen Mortimer his proudest moment in a sport he has held dear to him for more than 40 years. Mortimer will have a dual role to play in Friday night’s feature, as an owner of a runner in the $300,000 event, as well as being the major sponsor of the race with Retravision. Mortimer recalls spending a countless number of hours at Richmond Raceway as a teenager, where his love for Harness Racing grew. “I used to go and watch trials at Richmond Raceway when horses like Mount Eden were racing,” he said. “My parents often played tennis at a tennis court across the road from the Raceway, so I would sneak across and watch Mount Eden trial. “Watching participants like Fred Kersley and Chris Lewis and horses like James Eden, Binshaw then Preux Chevalier and Village Kid, I thought it was a great spectacle. “Seeing the horses go around the track two or three times a race and being really close to the action, it’s exhilarating.” Mortimer first got involved in ownership as an 18-year-old and said he has now had more than 150 winners as an owner, the highlight of those being Kim Prentice’s Breeders’ Stakes winner Absolutely Ruthless. The success with Absolutely Ruthless prompted Mortimer to continue investing in the industry, which has also provided a few speed bumps for him along the way. “I had a horse called Alberta Retreat, who was beaten as a $1.30 favourite in the WA Derby,” he said. “He won eight of his first nine starts and we thought he was a real good one. “Since then, we have tried to get that really good horse. “I had one win an Easter Cup, but he hurt his leg and we lost him. “That kept me motivated to find a really good one.” The persistence and patience Mortimer has shown to try and get ‘the good one’ is now a realistic chance to pay off over the next fortnight. Rocknroll Lincoln has emerged as a genuine Fremantle Cup contender over the past month, taking out the Bunbury Cup and a Free-For-All at Gloucester Park. It was a ride that Mortimer almost wasn’t a part of. Mortimer had a small team of pacers with Rocknroll Lincoln’s trainer Justin Prentice a couple of years ago, a team he was happy to keep small. When Prentice went to New Zealand in 2017, he called Mortimer to try and get him involved in the son of Rocknroll Hanover. “I had four or five horses with Justin and I said to him ‘I’ll sit with what I’ve got’,” Mortimer said. “He called me from New Zealand and said ‘I know you’re not interested in getting anymore horses, but just watch the video on this link and let me know what you think’. “I was taken with his gate speed, so I called Justin straight back and told him that I’d be in. “I called up another mate after that and said ‘I’ve just bought the best horse I’ll ever have’.” In a further boost for Rocknroll Lincoln’s Fremantle Cup prospects, champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has elected to stick with him instead of his father Gary Hall Snr’s horse Runrunjimmydunn. The five-year-old will start from barrier four in the Fremantle Cup, with short price favourite My Field Marshal to start from barrier two. Mortimer said it would be a tough task for Rocknroll Lincoln to beat My Field Marshal, the fastest horse in Australasia, but was elated with Hall Jnr sticking by his charge. “Junior is worth two or three lengths because he’s the best in the sport,” he said. “I would’ve thought he’d bustle him out of the gate and maybe get to the breeze and see what happens from there. “My Field Marshal is an outstanding horse and he’s drawn very well. “Galactic Star was unlucky in the Inter Dominion where he stormed home and ran sixth.” After years of watching the champions win one of the state’s biggest races in the sport he loves, Mortimer said he was daring to dream about having his own horse win it. “It’s one of the great time-honoured events in WA pacing,” he said. “Last year we had one of the greatest races of all time at Gloucester Park with Lazarus and My Hard Copy. “It would be one of the biggest thrills in life…I love Harness Racing. “I’d love to be up there on Friday night handing myself the trophy.” Rocknroll Lincoln is on the fourth line of betting with TABtouch for the Fremantle Cup at $12, with Miracle Mile and Village Kid Sprint winner My Field Marshal rated a $1.50 chance.   Tim Walker

Consistent pacer El Jacko has added to trainer Greg and Skye Bond’s strong artillery for the upcoming Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups, taking out the Direct Trades Supply Free-For-All at Gloucester Park last night. With Inter Dominion champion Tiger Tara being scratched earlier in the week from both Cups, along with the Bond’s star four-year-olds Ana Malak and Mighty Conqueror, together with El Jacko’s two consecutive Free-For-All wins, means the gelding is now well placed for the features. El Jacko was perfectly driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, settling on the back of Runrunjimmydunn, who was in the breeze, while short price favourite Vultan Tin led throughout. In similar circumstances to last week though, El Jacko was well poised on the turn and showed a tremendous finishing burst to win by a head to Vultan Tin. Egerton-Green said El Jacko had a few key traits that would hold him in good stead for next week’s feature. “It was a good win and he probably had that little bit of luck go his way at his last two starts,” he said. “He’s capitalised on it and his quick turn-of-foot probably pays dividends at the end of the day.” Greg Bond said he had seven runners nominated for next week’s Fremantle Cup, headlined by last month’s Inter Dominion Final runner Galactic Star and consistent performer Vampiro. My Field Marshal remains the favourite for both races, following his win in the Village Kid Sprint last week. In the other feature event of the night, trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice was able to steer Sun Of Anarchy to victory in the $50,000 Trotters Cup. Tenno Sho opened up a big lead throughout the running of the 2503m event and looked the winner for much of the home straight, before Sun Of Anarchy eventually got passed him in the final 50m. Elsewhere on the night, trainer-reinsman combination Mike and Mark Reed teamed up with half-siblings Golden State and Maczaffair to score a winning double. Tim Walker

Impressive performer Tenno Sho has wasted little time stamping himself as one of the more exciting trotters in Western Australia since coming from the east coast last year and he gets a chance to further prove himself in tomorrow night’s Trotters Cup (2503m) at Gloucester Park. The six-year-old has had five starts in WA, under the care of trainer-reinsman Nathan Turvey, for two wins and three placings. His first win in at Pinjarra on December 3 was by more than 33m, a performance which Turvey said made him aim for a Trotters Cup berth. “He’s done a good job,” Turvey said. “He was advertised online and I bought him for $11,000. “I bought him to race in lower grade races…you always have hope with them though.” Tenno Sho rounded out his preparation for the $50,000 event with a sound second placing to Balmoral Boy at Gloucester Park on New Year’s Eve. The gelding starts off the 10m line in tomorrow night’s feature, while other fancied runners in the race Sunoflindenny and Sun Of Anarchy are off 20m. Turvey said he had hoped to give Tenno Sho a lighter week, but was content with the preparation he’s had. “I didn’t want to race the week of the Trotters Cup, but he hadn’t raced for three weeks,” he said. “It wasn’t a bad run, but I reckon he’s better from the stand and able to lead. “When he gets out in front, that’s his best asset. “We will weigh it up tomorrow night, but I reckon he will be able to lead.” Turvey said Sunoflindenny was the one to beat in the Group 2 event, with the Ross Olivieri-trained trotter looking for four straight wins. Turvey also has last start winner Carter Micheal engaged in the Direct Trades Supply Free-For-All (2130m), with the five-year-old to start from barrier six. It’s a sharp rise in grade for Carter Micheal, but Turvey said he’s hopeful of a competitive showing. “He won’t be driven aggressively,” he said. “I’m hoping he can surprise a few of them. “They’re all good horses in that race, so if he runs home well that would be good.” In a further boost for Turvey’s stable, up-and-coming pacer Simba Bromac is on track to make his return to the track next week. Simba Bromac was scratched from a Free-For-All race on December 7. Turvey is hopeful of gaining a start in either the Fremantle Cup on January 11 or the WA Pacing Cup on January 18.   Tim Walker

Last year’s Inter Dominion winner Tiger Tara is on track for this month’s Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups at Gloucester Park, according to trainer Kevin Pizzuto. Tiger Tara blew his rivals away in the Inter Dominion at Melton on December 15 and stamped himself as the one to beat for the Perth features. Pizzuto said Tiger Tara, who also finished second in the New Zealand Cup last November, had been on light duties following his Inter Dominion success. “He had a week off, but he track worked well this morning,” he told TABradio. “I’ll be coming to Perth on Tuesday or Wednesday night, I’ll just have to see what the flights are.” Pizzuto brought Tiger Tara to Perth for the 2017 Inter Dominion series. The eight-year-old won a heat of that series at Bunbury, while was placed in the other two heats at Gloucester Park, before finishing second to Lazarus in the final. Pizzuto said Tiger Tara would need to be every bit as good to win the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups as he was in the past two Inter Dominions. “He’s about the same now as he was (in the Inter Dominion),” he said. “He’s just got to be good on the day. “I hope it’s good competition and I think it will be.” Tiger Tara will join fellow east coast visitor My Field Marshal, pictured above, in Perth, who blew his rivals away in last Friday night’s Group 2 Village Kid Pace at Gloucester Park. Pizzuto said he had great respect for My Field Marshal, who beat Tiger Tara in their most recent clash in last year’s Miracle Mile. Following My Field Marshal’s win on Friday night, trainer Tim Butt said he wasn’t deterred by the Inter Dominion winner’s presence in Perth. “Field Marshal has got a good record against Tiger Tara,” he said. “We’re not too worried about him coming. “It all comes down to the draw and who’s right on the night.” Meanwhile, a number of local hopefuls for the upcoming Cups will be out to strengthen their claims for a spot in the feature events in this Friday night’s Free-For-All. Mitch Maguire, Runrunjimmydunn, Natural Disaster, Im Full Of Excuses, Vultan Tin and Mr Mojito are all in the mix to run in the Free-For-All after last week’s Village Kid. The runner-up from last week’s feature Our Max Phactor has been nominated for this week’s Standing Start event. Final acceptances for the meeting will be taken later this afternoon.   Tim Walker

Star Sydney pacer My Field Marshal has stamped his claims as the one to beat for next month’s feature Cups double, following a scintillating win in the Village Kid Pace (1730m) at Gloucester Park last night. This year’s Miracle Mile winner showed his dazzling burst of speed when the arms folded back to find the front with ease and reinsman Anthony Butt was able to control the race from there. Butt was able to back the speed off after running a slick first quarter of 27.7, before running home in 56.3 to score by 5m. Our Max Phactor and Runrunjimmydunn both turned in big performances in second and third respectively to enhance their claims of getting a start in both the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups. Mr Mojito, who was vying for favouritism for much of the week with My Field Marshal, got too far back in the run and finished last. Trainer Tim Butt, who is also the brother of Anthony, said he was pleased to see My Field Marshal perform well at his first shot at the tight Gloucester Park circuit. “He handled the track great, particularly at the start,” he said. “Once you’re in the lead here over the mile, it’s pretty hard to run them down. “It’s a different kettle of fish once you get to the staying races, but we’ve started how we wanted to.” Butt said My Field Marshal would take plenty of improvement from the $50,000 event and said the seven-year-old would be the one to beat in both in the upcoming Group 1 races. “He’s had a bit of a hard week,” he said. “He had to float down to Melbourne and fly over here after running 1.50 on the Monday (December 17). “My Field Marshal has got a great record against Tiger Tara, so we’re not too worried about him coming. “We’re progressing well and we’re happy.” Meanwhile, El Jacko has staked his claims to get a spot in both Pacing Cups, after he upstaged stablemate Saying Grace in the JP’s Sportsbar Pace (2130m). Saying Grace was forced to settle in the breeze after the mishap at the start, which allowed El Jacko to sit on his back and get the perfect trail into the race. Reinsman Nathan Turvey was able to urge El Jacko past leader Maczaffair in the closing stages and win by 5m. It was the first leg of a double for Turvey, who teamed up with Carter Micheal later in the night. The other feature event of the evening was the Group 3 Coulson Final for the fillies and mares, which was taken out by the Mike Reed-trained and Mark Reed-driven Our Angel Of Harlem. The four-year-old was able to hold the front from barrier one and was never troubled from there, as she made it four wins from six starts this campaign. The Reed’s enjoyed further success later in the program when Golden State broke through for a well-deserved win in the Follow Gloucester Park On Facebook Pace. It was Golden State’s first start since the Golden Nugget a fortnight ago and he relished the drop back in class last night. Stefsbest was also coming out of the Golden Nugget on December 14 and he was also able to lead all of the way from barrier one. In the final event of the evening, Patrickthepiranha made it five wins in a row against a star-studded field of three-year-olds, including Golden Slipper winner and hot favourite Franco Edward. Patrickthepiranha was able to get to the front from barrier four and score a comfortable victory to his stablemate Its Rock And Roll.   Tim Walker

Veteran pacer Soho Silverstone has made one of the great comebacks to racing, taking out the Tint City Pace (2100m) at Bunbury last night. Soho Silverstone’s most recent start prior to last night was in December 2015, one day after Lennytheshark took out the Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park. Fast forward more than three years and the enigmatic pacer showed age is no barrier in racing, with his 10-year-old legs carrying him to his ninth career victory at the Donaldson Park circuit. Making the win even more meritorious, Soho Silverstone was forced to sit outside the leader Sammy’s Ideal throughout the event. Sarah Dacey took over the training duties of the gelding in 2015, following stints with Kim Prentice and Gary Hall Snr in Perth. Fittingly, it was Dacey’s son Corey Peterson who drove Soho Silverstone to victory last night and it was Peterson who talked Dacey into putting the gelding back into work. Dacey said she knew the horse had plenty of ability, but getting him to put it all together on race day proved to be a challenge. “His work had been super and he’s always shown ability,” she said. “He often gets to the races and it’s like he was saying ‘no thank you’. “He trialled really well this time in and it was good for his head more than anything. “If he wanted to win his races he could.” A ligament injury, together with his quirky nature, prevented Soho Silverstone from getting to the track in the past three years. However, it wasn’t all a pointless exercise for Dacey, who found another use for the son of Art Major. “I’ve done the Blackwood Marathon with him every year,” she said. “He does eight weeks work for the Marathon and then he spends 10 months of the year out in the paddock.” The Blackwood Marathon, held in Bridgetown each year, consists of five legs; a run, cycle, paddle, swim and equestrian leg. Dacey has joined forces with Soho Silverstone to do the equestrian leg for her team over the past five years and they have won the team event on four of those occasions. Dacey and Soho Silverstone are part of a star-studded team, which includes two-time Olympic swimmer Travis Nederpelt. The equestrian leg is 16km long, which Soho Silverstone completes in 30 minutes and Dacey said she was getting him ready to run in the event again next year. As for this campaign, Dacey said she won’t rush Soho Silverstone back to Gloucester Park, but indicated she would keep an open mind for this campaign. “I don’t know what he’s capable of,” she said. “We will see if he’s eligible for some weaker races in the bush. “If he’s going okay, we may go to town with him. “He’s such a beautiful horse and he’s pulled up well this morning. “We will let him guide us…if he shows he doesn’t want to compete, we will retire him.” Last night’s win also continued a successful period in the sulky for Peterson, who recently enjoyed his first Friday night double at Gloucester Park, as well as a Group 1 placing in the Mares Classic on December 7. Dacey said she was proud with how her son was progressing through the local driving ranks. “Corey knows Soho Silverstone so well and he rated him perfectly last night,” she said. “It’s been good to see him get opportunities in Group 1 races. “Kristian (Hawkins) has also been so good giving him opportunities. “He’s got a really good chance to be a good driver because he’s so cool and calm.”   Tim Walker

Star four-year-old Ana Malak has delivered trainers Greg and Skye Bond their first win in the Group 1 Retravision-Golden Nugget (2536m) and led home a first five for the in-form trainers. Following his tough win in the 4YO Classic a fortnight ago, Ana Malak was again the one to beat for last night’s feature after he drew barrier one earlier in the week. With six runners in the race, the Bond stable were able to dictate how the race was run and had the first four in running for much of the event. Ana Malak had a comfortable time in front, while Mighty Conqueror sat outside of him in the breeze, with Bettor Aim and Bright Diamond the next pair in running. The son of Bettors Delight held off a game Mighty Conqueror in the run to the finish, winning by a short half-head and rated 1.57.5. The outsider of the six Bond runners Fizzing ran home strongly for third, ahead of Bright Diamond and Bettor Aim. Golden State was the first of the non-Bond runners across the line in sixth position. Winning reinsman Ryan Warwick, who brought up his second success in the Group 1 feature last night, paid tribute to Ana Malak’s toughness. “Around the corner I was going really well and I thought I had the other horse off the bit,” he said. “I probably tried to kick away too early. “Because he hasn’t done a lot of racing, he probably gets caught looking around…the other horse (Mighty Conqueror) was really game. “If you flip the draws around, you flip the result around.” WATCH: Ana Malak's Nugget Win Here Ana Malak is now expected to progress towards next month’s Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups, where he may be joined by Galactic Star, who is engaged in tonight’s Inter Dominion Final. Warwick takes the drive on the six-year-old from barrier one and said he’s yet to make his mind up on whether he would try and hold the front or hand up to one of his rivals. Saying Grace was the Bond’s other winner on the evening, taking out the third heat of the Christmas Gift. Meanwhile, Rocknroll Lincoln showed why he would be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming Pacing Cups, taking out the Retravision Free-For-All Pace (2130m). Fresh from his win in the Bunbury Cup a fortnight ago, Rocknroll Lincoln was able to find the front comfortably from barrier two. Vultan Tin ensured the Justin Prentice-trained pacer wouldn’t get it his own way in front, putting pressure on his outside. Rocknroll Lincoln showed his class in the closing stages though, pulling away to win by 5m to Vultan Tin. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr said he was confident the five-year-old would measure up in the feature events next month and gave a strong indication he would stick with him, given Chicago Bull would be absent from those races. “He’s got a great characteristic where can do what I tell him to do and drop the bit,” he said. “When you really ask him, the speed is there and the toughness is there. “They say everything happens for a reason, so I’m hoping that this guy is the reason behind Bull’s demise. “As unfortunate as that was, I’m pretty happy to team up with this guy.” Tim Walker

Sitting on top of Kyle Harper’s Christmas wish list right now is a scratching from tomorrow night’s Group 1 Retravision-Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park. One scratching would open up the opportunity for Harper to get a drive in the Golden Nugget with Paula Petricevich’s Bettor B Abeliever and it would also see the likely scratching of that pacer from the Better Your Bet With TABtouch Pace (2130m) on Saturday night at same venue. Should Bettor B Abeliever come out of Saturday night’s event, it will make Harper’s Golden Slipper winner Franco Edward’s job of winning second-up significantly easier. Franco Edward made a low key winning return last Saturday night at Gloucester Park, where he sat in the breeze and ran home in 57.7 to finish over the top of Ginas Ingot. The three-year-old has barrier seven this Saturday night and Harper said he expected further improvement from the pacer in what he expected to be a tougher assignment. “I’m really pleased with him, but he needed the run badly last week,” he said. “He pulled up a lot bigger than I expected him to. “He did it the tough way, but he found the line like a good horse. “I never like to be too hard on my runners first-up, but it was good last week because he showed me where he’s at. “It looks a lot harder this week…Bettor B Abeliever is a pretty slick horse and probably should’ve been in the Golden Nugget.” Harper said the Victoria Derby, to be run on Australia Day, was Franco Edward’s main aim this campaign and indicated it may only be a very light three-year-old season. “There is a bit of talk that we could go over for the Victoria Derby, but that does depend a little bit on Saturday night,” he said. “Nothing is set in stone for him. “If everything goes to plan this preparation, he might only have 10 or 12 starts.” Meanwhile, Harper said Bettor B Abeliever was capable of playing a significant part in the Golden Nugget if he gains a start in the Group 1. “With a good barrier draw, he’d be a chance,” he said. “He’d probably need a draw like barrier 10. “He’s got really good gate speed.” Greg Bond’s trio Ana Malak, Mighty Conqueror and Bettor Aim head up the TABtouch market for the Golden Nugget, while Bettor B Abeliever is rated a $34 chance. Outside of the feature event tomorrow night, Harper said he rated Debt Free Charlie from barrier two as one of his better chances on the program in the Retravision Online Christmas Gift Heat (2130m). Tim Walker

Tough mare Millview Sienna has caused one of the great Group 1 upsets in last night’s Mares Classic (2536m) at Gloucester Park, storming home to defeat classy mare Eden Franco. The barrier draw for the Group 1 event opened up the possibility for there to be an upset, after fancied runners Eden Franco and Maczaffair were dealt tricky draws. There was plenty of action in the early stages, as Our Angel Of Harlem and Eden Franco both tried to cross to the front, in doing so Chris Voak, driving Gotta Go Gobana, was left with a flat tyre. Eden Franco and Our Angel Of Harlem eventually were able to lead the field, as Millview Sienna settled three pairs back on the inside. Reinsman Aldo Cortopassi was able to get away from the inside on the back straight in the final lap and was able to set out after Eden Franco. Eden Franco appeared to have the race in her keeping 100m from the finish, but Millview Sienna produced a strong finishing burst to record her 11th victory from 45 starts. It was Cortopassi’s first Group 1 success, while it was a second win at the top level for trainer Ray Williams. Millview Sienna’s win kick-started what could be a huge weekend for the Williams family, with Ray’s son Grant, together with Grant’s wife Alana, saddling up the two favourites in the Kingston Town Classic at Ascot. Williams Snr said he had received great support from his son, who carved out a successful Harness Racing career prior to switching to the thoroughbreds. “I don’t think I’ve set the standard, but I hope it helps them,” he said. “I had a phone call from him when she crossed the line.” Williams Snr said he was hoping Millview Sienna would be able to figure in the finish and admitted the mare could be better than he gave her credit for. “The draw she got, I thought with a bit of luck she could hang in there and run in the first five,” he said. “When she won, I couldn’t believe it, I love the way she went to the line. “I suppose we have to start thinking a bit more positively with her now.” She Could Be Good, a $151 chance with TABtouch, finished third in the Group 1 event. Meanwhile, Jack Mac is in doubt for next week’s Group 1 Golden Nugget, after he pulled up sore from his win last night’s Nugget Prelude. Benhope Rulz loomed up to Jack Mac in the home straight and the favourite looked vulnerable for a fleeting moment. However, the Barry Howlett-trained pacer fought on to win by 2.5m. Lewis said it was likely to be just a foot abscess for Jack Mac, who now needs a vet certificate to race in next Friday’s four-year-old feature. “He did dip at the 300 as if he trod on something,” he said. “From then on, he was a little bit sore, so I pulled him up and got him checked out. “It was a good run, but there is just a query now.” In the other feature event of the night, Runrunjimmydunn and Vultan Tin dead-heated in the Free-For-All. Vultan Tin’s reinsman Chris Voak predicted a prosperous summer campaign ahead for the Phil Costello-trained pacer, after he finished fourth in last year’s Inter Dominion Final.   Tim Walker

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