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Tomorrow night sees the running of the Lord Mayors Cup, previously known as the City Of Perth Cup. Handsandwheels, pictured above, took out the most recent edition of the event. RACE 1 – CITY OF PERTH F&M PACE Dylan Egerton-Green (BETTORGRINANBARIT): “Racing at her best. Will capitalise on the draw.” Kyle Harper (MILEYS DESIRE): “Solid run first-up. Not drawn terribly. Place with luck.” Michael Grantham (RADIANT AMBER): “Will have a dip early. Belly is happy with her.” Matt Scott (C C CHEVRON): “Racing well. Go back and place.” Gary Hall Jnr (WALTZINGWITHSIERRA): “Just each-way chance from tricky draw.” Aiden De Campo (MANDY JOAN): “Has been really disappointing this preparation so far. Hopefully improves in this lower grade.” (QUEEN SHENANDOAH): “ Aiden De Campo (DELIGHTFULREACTION): “Racing well but needs luck from the draw.” Shannon Suvaljko (VIVERE DAMORE): “Racing well. Difficult to assess but will be close up.” Callan Suvaljko (SUZIES GEM): “Unlucky last week when she locked wheels. Drawn for a soft run. Place chance.” Chris Lewis (HEADLINE ACT): “Going nicely. Good run last week. Pace on will suit us . She should run a good race.” RACE 2 – CITY OF PERTH CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TRAIL Callan Suvaljko (SIGHTSEEING ANVIL): “Drawn to lead and excels in front. Will come out running and should be hard to beat.” Michael Grantham (CROCODILE KID): “Don’t think I can cross. Save my pennies early but hold ground not to get shuffled too far back.” (AMERICAN DELIGHT): “Awkward draw. Trial was good last week. I expected her to improve on recent form.” David Young (BAYLAN JETT): “Will be much improved from last week. His work on Wednesday morning was brilliant. Each-way but I think the one will be very hard to beat.” (SALEAHS COMMAND): “ Matt Scott (ALWAYS ARJAY): “Tough from the draw.” (JILLIBY JAKE): “ (CARRERA MACH): “ Kyle Harper (CHARLIE EL): “Drawn about nine barriers too wide this week. Wait for a barrier for this one. Never know your luck.” Matt Scott (TWENTYNINE TWELVE): “Won’t be leaving the pegs this week. Gets the draw to place or knockout.” Chris Lewis (IM ROCKNROLL MAGIC): “He can run in the money. He’s going okay. Want even pace for him as well. Should run on at the end.” Shannon Suvaljko (A BOY NAMED ROSIE): “Unlucky horse who runs home in every event he contests. Will be there abouts.” RACE 3 – CITY OF PERTH TWILIGHT HAWKERS MARKET PACE Matt Scott (ROCK ME OVER): “Been crying out for a draw. Running good sectionals. Lead and win.” Shane Young (ROSIES IDEAL): “Good draw. Freshened her up this week.” (SOKYS BIGBULLET): “ Callan Suvaljko (EXTREME PRINCE): “Drive for luck and take short cuts.” Aldo Cortopassi (MARQUISARD): “Have to see what Craig wants to do. Normally he’s an on speed runner.” Callan Suvaljko (TUAS DELIGHT): “Drive for luck and take short cuts too.” Aiden De Campo (BETTOR BE OSCAR): “Back to his best last week but the barrier hurts.” Jocelyn Young (HAS NO FEAR): “Raced well Monday. Will drive for luck from the bad draw. Expect her to be coming home well.” Chris Lewis (THAT’S PERFECT): “Good run last week. Barrier nine is the concern. Maybe 2500 can be the leveller to help us.” Corey Peterson (CANT REFUSE): “Would’ve won last week if I got out earlier. Should go just as well.” Shannon Suvaljko (FREE TO AIR): “Good draw to get sucked along. Always a place chance.” Gary Hall Snr (LIAM NEIL): “Draw isn’t good. He’s a place chance with the right run.” RACE 4 – VISIT THE NORTHBRIDGE PIAZZA PACE (ELOQUENT MACH): Scratched. Chris Lewis (JIMMY MACK): “He goes well in front. We will come out.” Colin Brown (PATRICKTHEPIRANHA): “Work spot on. Feeling well.” Aldo Cortopassi (CYCLONE BANNER): “Should get a good trip from there. Top three with the right run.” (BETTOR PARTY): “ Gary Hall Snr (SIR GALAHAD): “Work has been good. If they run it up tempo he’s some hope. Good run first-up.” Greg Bond (JUSTASEC): “Racing okay. Barrier hurts.” (THEREUGO): “   RACE 5 – LORD MAYORS CUP Rob MacDonald (ARGYLE RED): “Good draw. Had better pump the tyres up for this one. We would like to lead but have had similar situations before. Morgan will have a better idea whether we hand up or not.” Greg Bond (MIGHTY CONQUEROR): “Strong chance.” (IM FULL OF EXCUSES): “ Greg Bond (VAMPIRO): “Each-way.” Gary Hall Snr (BALCATHERINE): “Draw hurts with Mighty Conqueror and Vampiro inside her. Hard to see where she ends up. She’s as good as anything in that race.” Aldo Cortopassi (TO FAST TO SERIOUS): “Good test from the draw. If they run hard he will be getting home strongly. Greg Bond (GALACTIC STAR): “Good each-way chance.” Shannon Suvaljko (VULTAN TIN): “Super last week. Back in distance and rough draw. Will acquit himself well.” Jocelyn Young (BRACKEN SKY): “Draw puts him out of it unless it’s run to suit.” Greg Bond (OUR JIMMY JOHNSTONE): “Nice draw. Place chance.” Gary Hall Snr (WHOZIDEAWASTHIS): “Going pretty well. Wouldn’t surprise me if he was close up.” Chris Lewis (TALKERUP): “Will try to take shortcuts. Difficult for her.” RACE 6 – IAN DAVIE MEMORIAL Madeleine Young (MISTER ARDEE): “Good draw. He should be running on well.” Jocelyn Young (MAXIMUM DEMAND): “Place chance with luck.” Chris Lewis (LIGHTNING JOLT): “Each-way. Got to get a slot close-up. Finished okay last week. With luck early he comes in as an each-way hope. Corey Peterson (ONE FOR DAVE ANDME): “Unlucky last week. Should go well.” (BEACH SKIPPER): “ (TOUCH OF SUCCESS): “ (DESTINED TO RULE): “ (DISCO UNDER FIRE): “ Shannon Suvaljko (CARUBA): “Bad draw. Wait until she draws.” (SANGUE REALE): “Great draw for him. We are just stuck behind one that’s slow out. Might get straight off. He can definitely run top three.” Gary Hall Snr (AMERICAN BRAVE): “Doesn’t win this he’s in troule. Getting better with every run. I’d like to put him into it. Greg Bond (TAROONA BROMAC): “Barrier makes it hard.” RACE 7 – 3 HOURS FREE WEEKEND PARKING IN THE CITY OF PERTH PACE (HENGHENG): “ Jocelyn Young (WARRIORS LEGACY): “Place chance with the right breaks.” Michael Grantham (POWER AND GRACE): “Will go straight to front and lead and won’t hand up.” Aldo Cortopassi (MAGNIFICENT STORM): “Just getting better with each run. Still on the way up. Looks his race.” (HOTFOOT IT): “ Aiden De Campo (JASPERVELLABEACH): “Awkward draw in a good field. He has the ability.” Dylan Egerton-Green (TYPHOON BANNER): “Drawn wide. Racing well. Needs luck.” (ARISTOCRATIC STAR): “ Gary Hall Jnr (GARDYS LEGACY): “Nice horse. Draw hurts. Still a place chance.” Mark Johnson (VALENTINES BROOK): “Drawn to get a soft run. Was held up last Saturday. If we get a split he should be running on.” RACE 8 – DISCOVER THE URBAN ORCHARD IN THE CITY OF PERTH PACE Chris Lewis (DOMINATE THE DOJO): “Probably hasn’t shown his previous gate speed this campaign. He should have enough here. If Kevin wants to hold we will hold.” Shannon Suvaljko (ANIME): “Good draw to be close up in this.” Michael Grantham (BLUE BLAZER): “He’s going real good. Like him Friday night. I think he’s my smokey.” (IAM LAMBROS): “ Kim Prentice (EXTRADITE): “Has turned the corner and I think he will run a great race.” Deni Roberts (HENWOOD BAY): “Racing out of his skin. Will be driven positively in an even enough field over his pet distance.” Jocelyn Young (BAD ROUND): “Needs to draw and won’t be far away. Needs luck here.” Dylan Egerton-Green (MACHS GOLD): “Can be a contender if things work in his favour.” RACE 9 – CELEBRATE THE SILLY SEASON IN THE CITY OF PERTH Aldo Cortopassi (SPRINGFIELD HUGH): “Good run on Monday. Will step nicely and put himself in it early.” Dylan Egerton-Green (SUNNYS LITTLE JESTIC): “One to watch. I’m excited to drive this one.” (KELL ROAD KID): “ (THE MALE MODEL): “ (ONE BID BUYS): “ Chris Lewis (CHAMPAGNE PRINCE): “He’s going okay. Last run he was a bit off. If he can bounce back to prior form he’s an each-way chance.” (TON TINE): “ (DARK SECRET): “ Gary Hall Snr (PRINCESS MILA): “She probably can’t win unless she flew away.” RACE 10 – VISITPERTH.COM 2YO FILLIES PREFERRED PACE David Young (MINOR CATASTROPHE): “Grand finals are later in the season. Whatever she does she will continue to improve on. Don’t think she can win but would be disappointed if she didn’t salute the judge.” (OUR SHOOTING STAR): “ Chris Lewis (RUMOUR HAS IT): “She’s a nice little filly. First-up. She has got plenty of work under her belt. Got gate speed. Use that speed and she should hold up.” Colin Brown (AMERICAN ARMA): “Another test for her. Looking forward to the race.” Michael Blakemore (GOODEALEHMADDIE): “Happy with her run against the boys on Saturday. Was her first race for a while and she hit the line well. Back to a fillies race so don’t underestimate her.” Gary Hall Jnr (BURGHLEY SHARD): “Hard to see him beating the faves from the draw. If he settles he can be top three.” Aiden De Campo (DOMINUS FACTUM): “Has the ability but is first-up. Looks tough from the wide draw.” Kim Prentice (IRISH COFFEE): “Will be in the paddock after Friday. Still very immature.”   by Tim Walker

Shockwave is the big winner from this morning’s Retravision-Fremantle Cup (2536m) barrier draw, coming up with barrier three for the Group 1 feature. The Ryan Bell-trained pacer had drawn less favourably than Chicago Bull at each of the pair’s four most recent clashes. However, it will be Shockwave who has the draw advantage over his archrival, who drew barrier six, for the $300,000 event. Bletchley Park, who hasn’t raced since October 30, drew barrier one for trainer Stephen Reed, while reigning WA Pacing Cup winner Mighty Conqueror will start from barrier two. Vampiro had no luck in last year’s Fremantle and WA Pacing Cup draws, but looks to have a slightly easier task from barrier four with his blinding gate speed. Jack Farthing drew barrier five, while Our Jimmy Johnstone, Vultan Tin and Ocean Ridge look to have the task in front of them from barriers seven, eight and nine respectively. Perfect Major, who stormed into the Fremantle Cup field with a third placing in Sunday’s Pat Cranley Memorial, looks to have an ideal draw in barrier 10. Convert Denario and Galactic Star will also have their work cut out to win from barriers 11 and 12 respectively. Braeview Bondi and Stroke Of Luck were named as the two emergencies, while the highly talented To Fast To Serious was left out of the 14.   Tim Walker

The 2017 Fremantle Cup winner is back and is low flying for this year’s edition of the time-honoured feature. He rounded out his preparation for the event with a scintillating 53.9 last half to take out Sunday’s Global Premium Funding-Pat Cranley Memorial (2130m). The seven-year-old spent 10 months on the sidelines following just his sixth unplaced finish at Gloucester Park in June 2019. He made his return to racing in April with a super win in a six-horse field. At just his second start back he took on a fit and firing Shockwave in what shaped as a match race, only for the pair to be run down by Ocean Ridge in the closing stages. He picked his way through the heart of the winter from there, scoring nine wins and four placings between the second-up run and James Brennan Memorial. Undoubtedly the highlight came when he sat in the breeze outside Handsandwheels in July and scored by a short half-head in 1.55.4. It was at that moment any fears of Chicago Bull not getting back to his best were put to one side. The James Brennan Memorial was one for the ages, as Shockwave opened up a huge lead on his rivals while Bully did the chasing. He only fell short by a short half-head in a race that helped set up the summer to come. Since then, Chicago Bull has strung together five consecutive wins, three of which came in $50,000 races. Record: 88 starts, 59 wins and 23 placings Prizemoney: $2,036,849 Trainer: Gary Hall Snr Driver: Gary Hall Jnr Biggest Success: 2017 WA Pacing Cup   Tim Walker

Reigning Mares Classic winner Gotta Go Gabbana will get a wonderful opportunity to enter this year’s edition of the race in winning form, having drawn barrier one for the Group 2 Norms Daughter Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park this Friday night. The Annie Belton-trained mare made a sound return to racing last Friday night when fourth to Our Alfie Romeo, despite having to do much of the bullocking work in the breeze. The Greg and Skye Bond-trained pair Our Alfie Romeo and Wainui Creek took out the opening two races at Gloucester Park last Friday night and they will look to enhance their chances from barrier two and five respectively this Friday. Balcatherine has made an impressive return to racing this campaign, but she will have her work cut out in this week’s $50,000 event from barrier six. Typhoon Tiff has been a model of consistency this campaign as well, recording three wins and three placings in nine starts. The Colin Brown-trained mare will start from barrier 12 this Friday night. Meanwhile, Chicago Bull has again drawn inside Shockwave for the Pat Cranley Memorial (2130m), also on Friday night. Chicago Bull drew barrier three for the $25,000 event, while Shockwave will start from barrier five. The Gary Hall Snr-trained pacer has drawn barrier one in his past two starts and will look to round out his Fremantle Cup preparations in winning style. Convert Denario, trained by the in-form Ray Williams, could have a big say in the early speed battle, having drawn barrier one. Stuart McDonald will drive Chicago Bull in the Pat Cranley Memorial, with regular driver Gary Hall Jnr out suspended. McDonald told TABradio prior to the barrier draw he wanted to draw inside Shockwave and was looking forward to teaming up with the seven-year-old. “I’m looking forward to it,” he told TABradio. “He’s going very well obviously. “I’ve driven him once before and it’s good to get an opportunity to drive him again.” Im Full Of Excuses also makes his return to racing in the Free-For-All event and has drawn barrier two. Perfect Major gets his first look at FFA racing in WA and will start from barrier four. Norms Daughter Classic 1.Gotta Go Gabbana 2. Our Alfie Romeo 3. Queen Shenandoah 4. Has No Fear 5. Wainui Creek 6. Balcatherine 7. Mandy Joan 8. Arma Indie 9. Rosies Ideal 10. Talkerup 11. Millwood Molly 12. Typhoon Tiff Pat Cranley Memorial 1.Convert Denario 2. I’m Full Of Excuses 3. Chicago Bull 4. Perfect Major 5. Shockwave 6. Stroke Of Luck 7. Argyle Red 8. Braeview Bondi 9. Vultan Tin   Tim Walker

Tomorrow night sees the running of the Mount Eden Sprint, taken out last year by Argyle Red, at Gloucester Park. Get the all important last word from each of the key players on the 11 event card. RACE 1 – COWDEN THE INSURANCE BROKERS 2YO FILLIES PREFERRED PACE Michael Blakemore (GOODEALEHMADDIE): “She has the gate speed to hold up early and put herself in a forward spot. Porgressive filly and I do really like her. One to follow.” Colin Brown (AMERICAN ARMA): “Well bred filly who has the ability and is very forward.”  (Gladys Gugman) Chris Voak (STAR LILY): “Improving with each run. Each-way with a good trip.”  (Yellowroseoftexas) Aiden De Campo (SECRET REACTION): “Tough draw. Should improve on previous runs.” Emily Suvaljko (LETSDANCETONIGHT): “Connections said she’s come through her last run well. Will look to use the advantage on the two drawn to our outside.” Nathan Turvey (BETTOR BEACH BELLE): “I like the filly. Each-way with luck in running from the draw.” Shannon Suvaljko (BENESARI LANE): “Great first-up and drove her during the week a couple of times and has improved immensely. Bad draw but she’ll still go very well.” Colin Brown (JOELENE): “Another well related filly with a very good turn of speed.” Jemma Hayman (KISSED BY A ROSE): “Place chance. She will go okay.” RACE 2 – RETRAVISION PACE Shannon Suvaljko (THE LAST DROP): “Great draw after working hard to lead last start over the same distance. Will lead and go very close.”  (Euphoric Moment) Aiden De Campo (THE KRAKEN): “Was really good last start and has trained on well. Drawn to be on speed. Each-way with racing luck.”  Ryan Bell (Radiant Amber): “Has really hit her best form of late. Tricky draw but 2500 is in her favour. Really good each-way chance.”  (Major Shard) Ross Olivieri (THE LAST PARISIAN): “Tough draw. He was terrific last week. Distance will suit. Place chance Lindsay Harper (BEACH SKIPPER): “The draw doesn’t help. It’s an even field. Improving every run but it’s just a tough draw.  (Be My Rock)  (Tiffany Twirl) Gary Hall Snr (ALTA INTRIGUE): “Intriguing horse. Did a tendon twice. I want to try win a city race in case he goes amiss. Needs the run. Nice trailing draw. Each-way.” Chris Voak (DIAMOND LIFE): “In good form. The journey suits. Has solid claims.” Jocelyn Young (LA SULIEMAN): “If the one leads and the 11 doesn’t go to the pegs we can be handy enough to finish top five.” RACE 3 – WESTRAL PACE Ross Olivieri (JIMMY MACK): “Good draw. Respect the two horse. It does look his race to lose though.” Aiden De Campo (BETTOR BE OSCAR): “Really happy with him first-up. Looks to get a good run from the gate.” Gary Hall Snr (MY CARBON COPY): “He’s a chance. One hard to beat. Needs soft run. Gets the right run he’s each-way.” Greg Bond (TAROONA BROMAC): “Hoping for a return to form.” Dylan Egerton-Green (OUR PERKINS): “Draw makes it tough. Will be driven sit-kick.” Nathan Turvey (BEE SEVENTEEN): “The horse is going well.” Chris Voak (TOUCH OF SUCCESS): “Drawn wide. Not sure where he’s at. Will be guided by the trainer.” Shannon Suvaljko (MATTJESTIC STAR): “Good trial on Sunday. Bad draw. Will go okay but wait until he can find the front again.” RACE 4 – TABTOUCH PACE Kim Prentice (IM SOXY): “He’s much better on the fence and the way he went first-up I think if he leads he’s the one to beat.” Chris Voak (STROKE OF LUCK): “Ran well first-up from a break. Felt excellent at track work during the week. Expecting a strong performance from the favourable draw.” Gary Hall Snr (WHOZIDEAWASTHIS): “He’s a good chance. Needs everything to go his way in the run. Ran out of legs late last week. Should be improved.” Greg Bond (EL JACKO): “Can figure.” Colin Brown (PATRICKTHEPIRANHA): “Has the hood on this week. Looking for improvement.” Gary Hall Snr (ELOQUENT MACH): “He’s always chance with right run.” Shane Young (ROSIES IDEAL): “Happy with her. Expect her to be competitive.” Dylan Egerton-Green (TYLER BRETT): “Hard from the draw.” Shannon Suvaljko (ROCK ME OVER): “Has continued to race well week in week out. He will run another honest race.” Aldo Cortopassi (ROMAN AVIATOR): “It’s a good draw. Imagine the one will run the gate hard. Bit disappointing last start. Seems to have freshened up well. Expect to go well this week.” RACE 5 – MOUNT EDEN SPRINT Gary Hall Snr (CHICAGO BULL): “He will lead and he’s a good miler. He’s not crossable.” Aiden De Campo (SHOCKWAVE): “Looks like an exciting race on paper. Should be fun.” Nathan Turvey (SIMBA BROMAC): “He didn’t have a lot luck last week. It’s a draw where he should be able to earn. Greg Bond (OCEAN RIDGE): “Very good chance for the novelties.” Lindsay Harper (BLETCHLEY PARK): “It looks hard with the fancies drawn one and two. Sectionals have been good. He races best when he’s driven cold and can run on strongly.  (Argyle Red) Greg Bond (VAMPIRO): “Very good chance for the novelties as well.” Aldo Cortopassi (CONVERT DENARIO): “Hard with the two favourites drawn one and two. Wil drive conservatively and see what happens.” Emily Suvaljko (VINCENZO PERUGGIA): “Very good effort first-up and would have improved with that run. Classy field. Whatever he does he will improve on.”   RACE 6 – SIMMONDS STEEL PACE Aiden De Campo (BAYLAN JETT): “Grows a leg in front and has the draw and gate speed to lead.” Justin Prentice (JACK FARTHING): “Will know a lot more after this run. Working well at home but racing at GP over 2500m is different to what he’s used to at Menangle. Will improve on whatever he does. Each-way.” Gary Hall Snr (MISTER BUSHIDO): “He’s an each way chance.” Corey Peterson (CANT REFUSE): “Good little race. It will be interesting to see how Justin’s goes but my bloke is working really well and should be a lot sharper. Don’t know how the race is going to be run.”  Michael Brennan (Braeview Bondi): “Just can’t seem to draw inside his main dangers. Dashed well last week. Hoping for the same this week.” Shannon Suvaljko (A BOY NAMED ROSIE): “Racing well. Good place claims again.”  (Star Armbro) Matt Scott (ALWAYS ARJAY): “Too wide a barrier.”  (Jilliby Jake) RACE 7 – ETCH COATINGS PACE  (Crocodile Kid) Shannon Suvaljko (QTOWN RIP ROARING): “Good draw for him and been unlucky the last few starts so he’s not out of it.” Nathan Turvey (CARTER MICHEAL): “Last start for him, so I hope goes out a winner. We won’t be looking for luck.” Jocelyn Young (BETTYS LASS): “Bad draw and will find a few too good.” Brett Smith (MCARDLES GEM): “Will be driven quietly and look for improvement on last start.” Aldo Cortopassi (IM SPIDERMAN): “He went well last start. Not 100 per cent on a plan of attack.” Greg Bond (CAPTAIN KIRK): “Place at best from the draw.”  (Allwoods Rocknroll)  (Destined To Rule) Chris Voak (FREE TO AIR): “Perfec draw. Good each-way chance with luck.” Callan Suvaljko (SIGHTSEEING ANVIL): “Racing well. Will drive to how the race goes early. Then will be driven to get home.” Brett Smith (BURNING RUBBER): “Looks tough from the draw.” RACE 8 – THE WEST AUSTRALIAN PACE Shannon Suvaljko (CHARLIE EL): “Great draw for him to follow the two. Hopefully he can sit on speed and run a place.” Gary Hall Snr (LIAM NEIL): “He should lead and win. Went good Tuesday. He will keep on improving.” Aldo Cortopassi (DREAMY NIGHTS): “I think the two has enough speed. If my bloke hits the arm right though not much can hold out. If we lead he’s a realistic chance. Hard if he doesn’t.” Ryan Warwick (LIGHTNING JOLT): “Will need luck. Let’s hope it’s all good.”  (Bob Wheel) Chris Voak (MARQUISARD): “Tricky draw. Has been track working well enough. Novelty hope first-up from a break.”  (Tanaka Eagle)  (Ideal Investment)  (Sokys Bigbullet) Lindsay Harper (THEREUGO): “The last two months he’s been going ordinary. We’ve been pulling our hair out. I thought he was on the way back two runs back. I thought he would win last start before he locked wheels. The draw isn’t his cup of tea. I think he’s back but I’d like a front line draw.” Dylan Egerton-Green (HOIHO): “Racing well. Needs luck to go his way.”  (Be On Guard) RACE 9 – CHANNEL 7 PACE Chris Voak (ROMAN ART): “Won well last week. Had plenty left. Perfect draw in a rise in grade. Solid hope.” Ross Olivieri (QUICK STRIDE): “Place chance with some winning hope. Should get the run of the race.”  (Henwood Bay) Stephen Reed (LORD ROSCO): “If he can find the lead he’s a solid chance.” Aldo Cortopassi (ART TUTOR): “We will come off the arm and have a look. The breeze would be perfect. Going well, he just needs the breaks to go his way. Aiden De Campo (MARAS ACE MAN): “Distance suits. Draw hurts but he will run a good race.” Callan Suvaljko (ROCKNROLL WHITBY): “Will go back and take shortcuts. Racing well but the draw hurts him.”  (Black Jack Zac) RACE 10 – WORLDWIDE PRINTING PACE Callan Suvaljko (SUZIES GEM): “Supposed to be working well. Has the draw so I will be taking advantage of that.” Shannon Suvaljko (VIVERE DAMORE): “Great draw for her. She can lead and win. She’s peaking at the moment. Unlucky last start and jumped off last week and told Tilly (Peter Tilbrook) she will win next start. I’ll see if I’m on the mark.” Matt Scott (C C CHEVRON): “Racing well. Knock out hope.”  Bailey McDonough (Thejewelinhereye): “Will save her up and she will be running on.” Aiden De Campo (AMERICAN DELIGHT): “Had a freshen-up and is working well at home. Each-way with racing luck.” Aiden De Campo (DELIGHTFULREACTION): “Never runs a bad race. Needs things to go her way though.” Chris Voak (QUEEN SHENANDOAH): “Racing well. This looks a suitable assignment. Each-way chance with average.” Emily Suvaljko (TALKERUP): “Will go forward out of the gate. Is racing enough to be competitive in this field.” Jocelyn Young (HAS NO FEAR): “Expect her to run well. Bad draw but a small field. If there’s speed on she can run into the money.” RACE 11 – OWNERS ONLY 3YO PACE  (Sax Player) Aldo Cortopassi (GENERAL JOLT): “We will come off the arm and drive the race as it happens. I don’t think I can push him early as he broke two starts ago and got out of gear.” Lindsay Harper (MIDDLEPAGE): “He’s a progressive type. Learning the ropes still. Had three runs back from being gelded. He ran second to Luke Edwards’ nice three-year-old. He should’ve won next start from barrier one but broke at the start. Then he chased soho Hamilton to a head. If he leads give them something to chase here.”  (Stormyskyes) Jocelyn Young (WARRIORS LEGACY): “Tricky draw but is improving. Will drive him quietly and he should be hitting the line strong.” Kyle Harper (MEDIEVAL MAN): “Tough draw. Might be coming to the end of his campaign.” Chris Voak (HOTFOOT IT): “Interesting runner. Savaged the line last run and felt great. Could run a very cheeky race.” Stephen Reed (POCKET THE CASH): “Tough from the draw. Place chance.” Aiden De Campo (BLUE CHIP ADDA): “Really good run last week. Will be improved from the run. Just needs a genuine tempo and she shouldn’t be too far away.” Gary Hall Snr (THE IDEAL TOUCH): “The draw hasn’t helped. He can win it though.   by Tim Walker

James Brennan Memorial winner Shockwave will miss this Friday’s Navy Cup (2130m) as trainer Ryan Bell looks to manage his stable star on his path to the Pacing Cups later this year. Shockwave over raced in his first-up triumph last Friday but still held on to beat veteran pacer Chicago Bull by a half-head. He was nominated for Friday’s $50,000 Navy Cup (2130m) but Bell told TABradio’s One Out One Back he didn’t want to risk giving the four-year-old another arduous run. “We pulled him out of the race this Friday just because he is so well,” he said. “We want to keep him like that. “Just because he’s pulled up well, all it’s going to take is one more hobble run and one more race run under pressure to really flatten him.” The change in plan will likely see Shockwave line up in the $25,000 Media Guild Cup (2536m) on September 25 to compensate for missing the Navy Cup. Bell said Shockwave would then back-up a week later in the $50,000 J P Stratton Cup (2130m). “He does thrive on the hard work,” he said. “He’ll have a hit out on Saturday and next Wednesday. “We’ll probably go in the Free-For-All Friday week which will top him off for that last $50,000 race the week after.” Pinjarra Cup winner Vampiro is expected to run in this Friday’s feature event, his first start since the end of March. The Greg and Skye Bond-trained pacer finished runner-up in both the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup earlier this year. Galactic Star and El Jacko are also expected to line up for the Bond team. Bletchley Park also makes his much anticipated return to the track, following a short break since his last start second on August 28. Chicago Bull will also take his place in Friday night’s feature, alongside progressive pacer and stablemate My Carbon Copy. Speaking on TABradio earlier this week, Gary Hall Jnr said he was satisfied with Chicago Bull’s return to the track in the James Brennan Memorial. Hall Jnr also said exciting pacer Wildwest would be sent for a spell after his unplaced performance as favourite on Friday night. “He’s going to the paddock now,” he said. “He’s had a rotten campaign, lots of things have gone wrong for him. “We know the ability is there but we just have to work him out here at home.”   Tim Walker

Friday night’s Group 2 James Brennan Memorial (2536m) is set to give harness racing fans a taste of what’s to come later on this year, with three of the state’s most exciting pacers to do battle. Chicago Bull, Shockwave and Galactic Star will all line up in the $50,000 feature, as they eye off the riches of the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup on November 20 and December 4 respectively. Shockwave booked his spot in the race with an impressive trial at Byford on Sunday in 1.56.8 and has the draw advantage over his rivals in barrier six. Aiden De Campo teams up with the Ryan Bell-trained four-year-old once more, having steered him to victory in last year’s Golden Nugget. Chicago Bull, who won the Brennan Memorial in 2017, has had almost one month off since his last start win in the August Cup on August 14. He missed last summer’s Cup races due to injury but has won at 11 of 16 starts since he returned to racing, including his past six. The son of Bettors Delight will start from barrier seven as he looks to defeat Shockwave for the first time. The Gary Hall Snr-trained pacer finished behind Shockwave in April’s Memorial Day Pace, which was taken out by the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Ocean Ridge. The powerful Bond stable got their stable veteran Galactic Star back on the winner’s list for the first time in 13 starts on August 21. He then made it two wins in a row in last week’s York Cup at Gloucester Park. The gelding will have to overcome barrier eight if he’s to deliver the Bond stable a third straight win in the Group 2 event. Greg Bond said it would be tough for Galactic Star to overcome the draw but was looking forward to the clash. “It’s great to see the good horses back,” he said. “Shockwave’s trial was great and we know Chicago Bull has plenty of ability so we are looking forward to the challenge. “The barrier draw has made it a great race because if Chicago Bull or Shockwave drew barrier one they would be hard to beat. “They’ve all drawn wide which will make it a competitive and tactical race.” The James Brennan Memorial gets underway at 7.17 on Friday night.   Tim Walker

Smart pacer Lochinvar Art is set to add significant star power to this year’s Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups, with trainer David Moran determined to get his charge to Perth. The reigning Chariots Of Fire winner has scored at two of his three starts this campaign as he builds towards a likely Victoria Cup start on October 10 prior to the WA features. Moran said he had his heart set on getting the star four-year-old to Perth but had to work through how to get the horse and himself over the Nullarbor. “It just depends on the way everything is at the moment, it’s a bit tricky,” he said. “I’d imagine the horse could get there and I don’t know about me but by then things might have lifted a little bit. “We just have to sit down and work out flights and the other thing is the cost of them. “I’m 95 per cent confident that we will go and I’m 100 per cent confident that I want to go.” Moran said there was a strong possibility he would send the son of Modern Art to be looked after by a Perth trainer if he couldn’t get across. “I’m good friends with Mouse (Michael Brennan) and also good friends with Bondy (Greg Bond),” he said. “So it would be either of those two or I do know David Thompson. “I’d preferably want to be there a three weeks before and that way we could possibly give him a run the week before the Fremantle Cup.” The Fremantle Cup is set to be held on November 20 and the WA Pacing Cup a fortnight later on December 4, rather than the traditional January timeslot. Both Cups, along with the Group 1 Mares Classic, will be held on each of the Friday evening’s prior to the three days of the TABtouch Masters series at Ascot. Meanwhile, Wildwest, pictured above, will have his second start this campaign in Friday night’s TABtouch-York Cup (2130m) at Gloucester Park. The Gary Hall Snr-trained four-year-old made an outstanding return to the track on August 14 in a Standing Start event and will get a terrific opportunity to make it back-to-back wins from barrier one in the Free-For-All feature. Ideal Liner and Fake News, drawn in barrier three and five respectively, round out Hall Snr’s three-pronged attack on the race. As Happy As Larry makes his return to the track in the $30,000 event from barrier six, while last start winner Galactic Star will have to overcome barrier 12.   Tim Walker

It’s a bumper night of racing at Gloucester Park tomorrow night with 10 events and a host of stars engaged on the card. The August Cup is the feature event won by Vampiro last year, pictured above. RACE 1 – WESTSIDE AUTO WHOLESALE PACE 1. Aiden De Campo (Whoswhointhezoo): “Racing really well. Career best form. Drawn to lead and this is his chance to pick up a city win.” 2. Greg Bond (Captain Kirk): “Held up last week. Expect him to be very competitive in this race. Got good gate speed. If we find the front we would hold it.” 3. Ross Olivieri (The Last Parisian): “In good form. If he gets the right run he should play a part.” 4. Matt Scott (Carramar Philemon): “Needs the pegs. He will find it tough.” 5. Gary Hall Jnr (The Verandah): “Struggling for draw. Not racing badly. Place chance.” 7. Dylan Egerton-Green (Thejewelinhereye): “Better drawn for one run. She will be driven to her usual racing pattern.” 8. Ross Olivieri (Diamond Life): “Race hard mare had the drop on him last start. On the improve but will be hard to win. Can run a nice race.” 10. Aldo Cortopassi (Art Tutor): “Good draw but it probably won’t suit him. Needs a genuinely run race.” 11. Kyle Harper (El Sunami): “Draw suits. Last run was solid. Place claims with luck.” RACE 2 – WORLDWIDE PRINTING PACE 1. Brett Smith (Burning Rubber): “I couldn’t be happier with the horse and his lead up to Friday night. He races best in the lead so we will be looking to take advantage of that.” 2. Emily Suvaljko (Jack William): “Finds a better draw this week and am looking to drive him positively. He’s a horse that’s more tough than speedy. Will look for a forward position and expect him to run a good race.” 3. Matt Scott (Twentynine Twelve): “Try get to the pegs. Racing well.” 4. Shannon Suvaljko (A Boy Named Rosie): “Racing well. Always a chance with luck in running.” 6. Stuart McDonald (Tuas Delight): “Will find it hard from the draw.” 8. Nathan Turvey (Carter Micheal): “He must have upset the handicapper.” 9. Gary Hall Jnr (Robbie Easton): “Can be thereabouts. Good enough to be put in it in this class. Good each way.” 11. Jocelyn Young (Pierre Whitby): “Great draw for him to be close enough. Each-way.” 12. Kyle Harper (Parisian Partygirl): “Always dangerous late. Place chances from the draw.”   RACE 3 – INTERSPORT SLATER GARTRELL PACE 1. Aiden De Campo (Happy As): “Nice draw. Good last start. Up in class.” 2. Ross Olivieri (Madame Meilland): “Thought we could cross. Will tell Mitch to not take no for an answer. Racing well and gets her chance.” 3. Jocelyn Young (Bad Round): “Racing well. Should be in the mix if the race is run truly.” 4. Emily Suvaljko (Talkerup): “Finds a better draw this week in a weaker race. Will be look to go forward off the arm and find a position.” 5. Matt Scott (Qtown Rip Roaring): “Going well. Right race, wrong draw. Can win if it’s run upside down.” 6. Matt Scott (Clarenden Hustler): “Needs luck. Racing well.” 7. Kyle Harper (Black Jack Zac): “Racing well. Drawn awkward but better held up for one run. Needs some luck but not impossible.” 9. Ross Olivieri (Space Junk): “Last run was good. Draw hurts. If they go crazy up front he will be in it.” 10. Gary Hall Jnr (Extreme Prince): “Winnable race with luck from the draw. Hope he’s only three back.” RACE 4 – ALLWOOD STUD FARM PACE 1. Stuart McDonald (Fake News): “Good place chance depending on early speed.” 2. Michael Grantham (Golden State): “The one gets out quick. Will jump behind her.” 3. Matt Scott (Rock Me Over): “No luck last week. Each-way.” 4. Matt Scott (Always Arjay): “Went good first-up. Needs another run. Be on him in a couple of weeks.” 5. Greg Bond (Our Alfie Romeo):”Really good last week. Good each-way chance.” 6. Aiden De Campo (Baylan Jett): “Probably go back from the draw. Even race.” 7. Emily Suvaljko (Anime): “Quality field this week. Have to find the pegs and take shortcuts.” 9. Gary Hall Jnr (While They Pray): “We will drive him the same way. We will make sure the race is run honestly.” RACE 5 – AUGUST CUP 1. Gary Hall Jnr (Chicago Bull): “Wouldn’t think he could be beaten. Stranger things have happened though.” 2. Dylan Egerton-Green (Bletchley Park): “Went really well last week. Ended up probably making the wrong call to hand up to Convert Denario. We should get the run behind him and run a strong second.” 3. Aiden De Campo (Handsandwheels): “Hard to beat Bull. Hope he runs a good race and go on from there.” 4. Greg Bond (Galactic Star): “All running for second and third I think. Hope he finds the line and he can train on from there.” 5. Aldo Cortopassi (Convert Denario): “Going really well. Tricky draw. Hopefully we can settle him early.” 7. Kyle Harper (Son Of A Tiger): “Steps up to FFA. Looks hard from out there. Be a good test for Son Of A Tiger to see how he handles the rise in grade.” 8. Stuart McDonald (Ideal Liner): “Needs luck to figure in the places.” RACE 6 – WASBA 4&5YO PACE 1. Greg Bond (Starlight Destiny): “Plan is to hold up early and go from there. Stronger race than last week. Going close to career best form. Top three or four.” 2. Ross Olivieri (Queen Shenandoah): “The one will want to be quick out because Queen Shenandoah is pretty quick.” 3. Aiden De Campo (Delightfulreaction): “Had a freshen-up. Working well. Is a tricky draw but she will run a good race.” 4. Gary Hall Jnr (Blissfulabbey): “Can’t get a decent draw. We might have to do a bit off the gate to get a good spot. Luck will go a long way.” 5. Ross Olivieri (Just Makemine Diamonds): “Needed the run. Like Space Junk, if they go crazy up front she can be a place chance.” 6. Jocelyn Young (Pamy June): “Awkward draw. Take short cuts.” 7. Michael Grantham (Countess Grace): “Tricky from the draw.” 8. Maddison Brown (Millwood Gucci): “Going better with a sit. Will see how she feels and get in if we can.” 9. Emily Suvaljko (Bettorgrinanbarit): “Draws the car park in a nice mares race. Would say she’d be driven to the pace of the race.” 12. Dylan Egerton-Green (Nowuseemesmile): “Go to the fence again. Racing well.” RACE 7 – CATALANO TRUCK & EQUIPMENT PACE 1. Aiden De Campo (Ultimate Offer): “Haven’t driven him before. Gets out well enough. Will do our best to hold up.” 2. Ross Olivieri (Stroke Of Luck): “I thought the one was best when he wasn’t used out of the gate. My horse can lead, breeze or sit. He’s well placed.” 3. Stuart McDonald (Our Rhythm N Blues): “Place chance as he should be close enough.” 4. Greg Bond (Courage Tells): “Hopefully he can run top four or five.” 5. Michael Grantham (Crocodile Kid): “Awkward draw. Look to run on.” 7. Jocelyn Young (Mister Ardee): “Needs a genuine tempo. Awkward draw. Look for him in the coming weeks.” 10. Gary Hall Jnr (Mister Bushido): “Decent place chance. Could run third behind the one or two.” RACE 8 – SIMMONDS STEEL PACE 1. Emily Suvaljko (Rockin The Trend): “Gets the ideal draw and will be taking full advantage of it.” 3. Michael Grantham (Miss Lamarr): “This is my winner. Won Monday. Relishes the back up. Will be outside the leader or one-one if she doesn’t lead.” 4. Greg Bond (Intheskyrocket): “Expect her to be competitive. Hasn’t raced for a little bit. She’s forward. If she gets a good trip she’ll be competitive.” 5. Stuart McDonald (Red Hot Lady): “Up in grade. Needs luck.” 7. Aiden De Campo (Some Copper Beach): “Talented filly who isn’t showing it. Wait until she finds form.” 8. Shannon Suvaljko (Askmeilltellya): “Nice filly. Nice win last start. Can be put into the race. Good chance.” 9. Gary Hall Jnr (Miss Serena): “Needs a Bradbury situation.” 10. Dylan Egerton-Green (Star In Art): “Hope luck goes her way. Handy draw.” 11. Jocelyn Young (Blockjorg): “Nice soft draw. Will settle close enough and is more than capable. Each-way.”   RACE 9 – ETCH COATINGS PACE 1. Jocelyn Young (Bracken Sky): “Eye catching last week. Should be in the finish.” 3. Greg Bond (Patronus Star): “Like to think he will find the front. Trained on well. He will run this week then there’s a $50,000 race next week.” 4. Maddison Brown (Lightning Jolt): “We will head for the rail.” 6. Ross Olivieri (Gee Jay Kay): “Had the illness cloud. Will run a nice race. Will leave it up to Corey.” 8. Emily Suvaljko (Arma Indie): “She’s got a really nice turn of foot. Will be driving her cold early and using her speed to our advantage.” RACE 10 – SPECIALISED EQUIPMENT FUNDING SOLUTIONS PACE 1. Ross Olivieri (Kiwi Bloke): “Needed the run. Was a nice run last start because it wasn’t too hard. Up against a good one here in Wildwest. Could be interesting because he gets away well.” 4. Matt Scott (C C Chevron): “Had a foal and then came back. She will need a run.” 5. Shannon Suvaljko (Atmospherical): “Suited to stands. Can run into the money with luck in running.” 6. Michael Grantham (Bob Wheel): “Get to the breeze and stay there.” 7. Gary Hall Jnr (Wildwest): “Had problems with him. Can win because he’s good. First time in a stand for us. Be careful of the short price.” 8. Emily Suvaljko (Bettor Party): “Super run last week. Distance will suit. Will drive him cold early and look to see what kind of track up we can get.”   Tim Walker

Tomorrow night sees the running of the Retravision-Marathon Handicap. Get the all important last word from all the key players on the 10 race card. RACE 1 – RETRAVISION, FOR ALL THE ELECTRICAL STUFF YOU LOVE PACE 1.Greg Bond (Be My Rock): “Came through Monday very well. Expect him to be in the finish.” 2.Michael Grantham (Power And Grace): “Love this horse. Don’t think the one will hand over to Alta Blues. So we can go straight in behind the one or be in the one-one. I think we will get a good run either way.” 3.Kyle Harper (Medieval Man): “Big step up in class but has been racing well and has place claims. Will be good to see how he handles the rise in grade.” 4.Gary Hall Snr (Alta Blues): “Can win. I just didn’t want the one to draw where he did. We will probably have to sit outside and try and beat him.” 5.Shannon Suvaljko (Caveman): “Racing very well in the country this time in. Draw makes it tough but he’s hitting the line so well at the moment.” 6.Matthew Scott (Miracle Max): “Needs the pegs. Draw hurts.” RACE 2 – RETRAVISION LOWEST PRICE GUARANTEE 1. Kyle Harper (Im Johnny Jet): “Racing above his grade but has the barrier to suit. Will be driven with a sit but not impossible to hang in for top four.” 2. Michael Brennan (Sangue Reale): “He will probably find the front pretty easily I would’ve thought. He will run a very good race on Friday night.” 3. Aiden De Campo (Baylan Jett): “Racing well. Definitely a first five player again.” 5. Gary Hall Snr (My Carbon Copy): “Going alright. Hard to see him winning. Draw isn’t good for him. I think the two will get an easy lead and win. With a nice run he can be dangerous. 6.Shannon Suvaljko (A Boy Named Rosie): “Thought it was his race last week. Bad draw but he will run on.” 7. Dylan Egerton-Green (Machs Gold): “Tricky draw but is racing well. Needs luck. He will be driven off speed early and look to get home.” 8. Ross Olivieri (Space Junk): “Needs the run. The barrier hurts. Rough place chance.” 11. Nathan Turvey (Jack William): “Coming to hand nicely. Better on speed but he might find it hard to get up there.”   RACE 3 – RETRAVISION 60 DAY PRICE PROMISE 1. Ross Olivieri (Queen Shenandoah): “Ran very well last week. She will take a power of beating.” 2. Ross Olivieri (Madame Meilland): “Will be hanging around looking for an opportunity to jump in. She won’t cross the one but she will be handy.” 5. Dylan Egerton-Green (Our Perkins): “Going well. Will be getting home well and doing his best work late.” 8. Michael Grantham (Bob Wheel): “Going to be hard. Not sure what to do.” 9. Nathan Turvey (Ultimate Offer): “Horse is going well. The draw is tricky but he’s in good form.” 11. Gary Hall Snr (Our Rhythm N Blues): “Rough each way chance. It was a surprise he won so easily last week.” 12. Gary Hall Snr (Mister Bushido): “Same again. Rough each way chance.” RACE 4 – SHOP ONLINE AT RETRAVISION.COM.AU PACE 1. Aiden De Campo (American Delight): “Racing really well and gets a great draw. Should lead and be hard to beat.” 3. Nathan Turvey (Carter Micheal): “Even draw. Can run a place with even luck.” 5. Gary Hall Snr (Undercover Mac): “Threw him in but he’s out of his depth. I think the one will lead and win.” 6. Matthew Scott (Twentynine Twelve): “Racing well but it’s a bad draw.” 7. Matthew Scott (Qtown Rip Roaring): “Racing without luck. Knock out chance.” 8. Gary Hall Snr (Tuas Delight): “Looks hard for him from the draw.” 9. Gary Hall Snr (Robbie Easton): “Each way chance if they go hard up front.” 10. Greg Bond (Captain Kirk): “Good barrier draw for a top four finish with some luck.” 12. Gary Hall Snr (Extreme Prince): “Don’t know if he can win. He’s definitely a better front runner. Rough place chance.” RACE 5 – SAN SIMEON PACE 1. Greg Bond (Patronus Star): “We are pretty happy with him. We won with the draw. Hopefully he can lead all the way.” 2. Nathan Turvey (Rakasinc): “Interesting one. Gets keen in the run and you have to let him roll. Broke the track record last Saturday night. We will drive him to his strength.” 3. Gary Hall Jnr (The Verandah): “Can place with some luck early.” 4. Aldo Cortopassi (Art Tutor): “Going well. Will just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing with him and he will run his normal honest race.” 5. Aiden De Campo (Major Shard): “Racing well but is in a good field here and has a poor draw.” 6. Ross Olivieri (Just Wing It): “I think he relaxed a bit last week. Gone back to the gear I had on in the start prior. See how it goes tomorrow.” 7. Ross Olivieri (Boom Time): “Trickier draw. He will sit back again. Good effort last week. Don’t see why he won’t improve.” 9. Michael Grantham (Affluent Bell): “We will go back and rail up and hope the gaps come.” 11. Dylan Egerton-Green (Starlight Brigade): “Look to get the most economical run. Racing well.” 12. Michael Brennan (Woodlea Ragnar): “It’s a good draw for him. I would’ve preferred 10. He’s going to end up four back on the rail. He probably should’ve won the Higgins if he’d have been able to get out.” RACE 6 – RETRAVISION MARATHON HANDICAP 2. Greg Bond (Twilight Saga): “Needs to step and get a soft trip. Hope he can be top five.” 4. Matthew Scott (Perlee Gates): “Will run 3300. Need an economical run. Place chance.” 5. Greg Bond (Donegal Art Chokin): “Distance won’t bother her. If she can step well she will definitely be in the finish.” 8. Michael Brennan (Rebel With A Grin): “Extremely disappointing last start. We’ve screwed him right down. He copped a fair bit of work this week. Hoping for marked improvement from him.” 12. Michael Grantham (Forgotten Highway): “A lot will get tired here. Don’t think he will be one of them. I think he’s my best and will be hard to beat. He will get away fine.” RACE 7 – RETRAVISION YOUR FUJITSU SPECIALIST FILLIES & MARES PACE 1. Greg Bond (Starlight Destiny): “Good draw for her. Gets her chance to win a city race.” 4. Michael Grantham (Countess Grace): “We will go forward. She’s quick out and we will assess our options.” 6. Ross Olivieri (Salacious Gossip): “Whatever she does she will improve on.” 7. Ross Olivieri (Just Makemine Diamonds): “Trials have been very good. I don’t believe the lead time in her last trial. She’s in this race up to her ears.” 8. Gary Hall Jnr (Blissfulabbey): “Racing really well and a good each way bet.” 9. Dylan Egerton-Green (Nowuseememsmile): “When she draws to follow one she will run in the money.”   RACE 8 – RAC MEMBERS SAVE 5% AT RETRAVISION PACE 1. Matthew Scott (Rock Me Over): “Brave last week. Try to lead again and hold on. His gate speed has improved.” 2. Matthew Scott (Always Arjay): “Disappointed last prep. Has had a throat operation. Will need the run.” 3. Michael Grantham (Golden State): “Been told he’s flying. He’s very quick and very versatile. His trial last week was good.” 4. Gary Hall Snr (Just Rockon Bye): “I think the one will lead and win so she’s only a place chance.” 5. Greg Bond (Our Alfie Romeo): “Working well at home. Hope she finds the line.” 6. Greg Bond (Courage Tells): “Driven for luck and hope the breaks come his way.” RACE 9 – RETRAVISION YOUR ONE STOP ELECTRICAL SHOP TROT 4. Michael Grantham (One Bid Buys): “Very consistent. What you see is what you get. Place hope.” 6. Nathan Turvey (Tenno Sho): “He will give this a real shake. Push forward and keep running is how he likes it.” 7. Ross Olivieri (Mr Sundon): “Probably the ones to beat. Punters shouldn’t disregard the eight as he trialled well on Sunday. Will leave it up to Chris whether he sits, does work or gets the lead.” RACE 10 – ZIPPAY IT AT RETRAVISION PACE 1. Dylan Egerton-Green (Bletchley Park): “Really nice horse. Trialled well since last start. Definite top two contender.” 2. Aldo Cortopassi (Convert Denario): “Last one will run the gate. Will be better for the run and go well.” 3. Gary Hall Snr (Fake News): “Tough ask for her. Put in and see where she is at. She will go well and go straight to the rail.” 4. Michael Grantham (Chiaroscuro): “We will have to play it smart to run second to Bully again.” 5. Gary Hall Snr (Ideal Liner): “Straight to the rail. He’s improving with every run.” 6. Gary Hall Snr (Chicago Bull): “He will go straight to the breeze. He will have this run and then the August Cup before a month off.”   Tim Walker

Progressive pacer While They Pray will get a chance to prove his feature race credentials when he steps up to Free-For-All company later this campaign. The four-year-old produced the best performance of his career in Friday night’s Kerry Clarke 4&5YO Classic when he wore down proven Free-For-All pacer Rock Me Over. While They Pray wasn’t able to work to the front and had to sit behind Rock Me Over in running. The gelding ran home in 57.1 to score by 2.9m in an exciting finish to the feature. Trainer Michael George told TABradio Gary Hall Jnr’s drive was crucial in securing the win in the $30,000 event. “It was a fantastic race,” he said. “We didn’t expect to get to the front easy enough and we never did and I certainly never expected to be sitting on Rock Me Over for the first lap. “It was a 10 out of 10 drive by Junior. “He knew what horse he had and he executed that pretty well.” While They Pray took his record to 14 wins from 30 starts, including success in three of his past four. George stopped short of declaring the son of Alta Christiano a Cups contender but was hopeful of giving him a shot in FFA company in the coming weeks. “He’s obviously got the ability, he’s got the times and he’s proven himself that he can run speed,” he said. “I’d like to teach him how to race a little bit better every week but how can you when he’s earning and winning so well. “If I could get him to settle and sit up, whether he’s Cups horse I’m not sure. “I still think the horse could get better with maturity and he’s still only four and just turning five.” George added he would likely have to find another driver for While They Pray if he stepped him up to FFA company, due to Hall Jnr’s commitment to driving Chicago Bull. Chicago Bull continued his winning ways on Friday and kicked off a big weekend for some of the sport’s shining lights. Self Assured, Ride High, King Of Swing and Chicago Bull all won over the weekend as they continue to build up towards feature races later this year. Listen to Michael George on TABradio below:   Tim Walker

The Kerry Clarke 4&5YO Classic is the feature event on the 10 race card tomorrow night. Hear from all the key contenders in each race below.    RACE 1 – BETTER YOUR BET WITH TABTOUCH 2YO PACE 1.Gary Hall Jnr (Soho Gigolo): “I don’t know what Glenn wants to do. I thought we might be happy to sit on the two. He might tell me to lead though.” 2.David Thompson (Otis): “His work has been really good. I can’t come up with a reason why he won’t be really hard to beat. I think they’ve been happy to follow on Soho Gigolo.” 4.Aldo Cortopassi (Our Shelley Beach): “Driven him in a few trials. Seems to be doing not a bad job.” 5.David Thompson (Rocknroll Elliot): “I was a bit surprised he went as well as he did (last start). I like him. He’s come a long way this prep. I expect him to go well.” 6.Colin Brown (Arma Einstein): “Tricky draw. He’s tracking well. There’s a fair bit of speed. He was three deep from the 1200 and won last start. That’s not his only asset though. We’ve got options.” 7.Chris Voak (Star Of Willoughby): “Ordinary draw. Will need some luck but can salute the judge.” 8.Shannon Suvaljko (Robbie Rocket): “Nice colt. He’s been flying. He hasn’t had much luck in big races. He will run a race.” 9.Aiden De Campo (The Good Life): “Showed his potential last time out. Expect him to run a good race.” 10.Lindsey Harper (Eldaytona): “Up in grade. He was good first-up. He’s probably a horse of the future. Barrier doesn’t really help him.”   RACE 2 – BETTER YOUR INDUSTRY WITH TABTOUCH 3YO FILLIES PACE 1.John Graham (Miss Eerie): “Went well last week. Fought on well. We will try and hold up. We were keen to hold up last week and wait for Alta Blues to come around. She will be hard to beat on leading.” 3.Emily Suvaljko (Rockin The Trend): “Racing very consistently. I would say we would be coming across them early and looking for cover. Wouldn’t surprise me if she found herself in the top five.” 5.Shannon Suvaljko (Red Hot Lady): “Going well. Can lead and be hard to beat in this.” 6. Michael Grantham (Miss Lamarr): “Going well. Awkward draw but definitely a place and winning chance.” 8.Jocelyn Young (Blockjorg): “Draw hurts but she’s more than capable of a top three finish.” 9.Colin Brown (Fifty Five Reborn): “Might find it tough from the draw. Worked well but wasn’t brilliant with her brother Arma Einstein. Good place chance from the draw.” 10.Colin Brown (Farawayeyes): “Has the draw. Isn’t suited to working early. Great odds for a place.” 11.Deni Roberts (Soho Major Player): “Nice trailing draw for this filly after a luckless run last start.” 12.Chris Voak (Askmeilltellya): “Looked to hit the line well last week. Gets a nice trailing draw. Good each way hope on previous performances.”   RACE 3 – OFF THE TRACK MORE THAN JUST A RACE HORSE PACE 1.Kyle Harper (Allwoods Rocknroll): “Went alright at Kellerberrin. On the way up and good each way claims. I’ll leave the options open.” 3.Aldo Cortopassi (Art Tutor): “Thrives on doing the hard yards. I see the two rolling to the front. We will go to the breeze and rate his own race from there.” 4.Chris Voak (Boom Time): “Tricky draw. Stablemate looks hard to beat. Can win if he settles close to the leaders.” 5.Emily Suvaljko (Caruba): “Believe she is back racing to her best. Tricky draw so will more than likely be driven cold early and then come with one late run.” 6.Deni Roberts (Ignite The Passion): “Draw hurts for this horse. Will be driven with a sit and looking for gaps late.” 7.Jocelyn Young (Regal Ambition): “Bad draw. Hit the line well last start.” 9.Shannon Suvaljko (Whoswhointhezoo): “Racing well. Bad draw so will drive quietly. Will run on. 11.Gary Hall Jnr (Blue Blazer): “The two looks hard to beat. Should get a good run which could put us one-one on Art Tutor.”   RACE 4 – COMMUNITY TAB PACE 1.Maddison Brown (Jilliby Jake): “We’ll try and hold up as it’s a pretty even race. If we can get away without doing too much early he’s a definite each-way chance.” 3.Chris Voak (Madame Meilland): “Hasn’t replicated her best form. I think she’s building to peak fitness. Expecting improvement on her last run. Could be one to follow in the coming weeks.” 4.Shannon Suvaljko (Twentynine Twelve): “Going well. Difficult draw this week. Will run on.” 6.Gary Hall Snr (Tuas Delight): “Each way chance. Will need luck from the draw.” 8.Kyle Harper (Black Jack Zac): “Barrier not in our favour. Racing well and with speed on he’s an each way chance.” 10.Deni Roberts (Ideal Investment): “Perfect draw for this horse behind a likely leader. Will be looking to see where he’s at after a short let-up.” 11.Gary Hall Snr (Our Rhythm N Blues): “Should be in the money somewhere.”   RACE 5 – BETTER YOUR CLUB WITH TABTOUCH PACE 1.Michael Grantham (Happy As): “Good chance to earn from one. Not sure if the two will run to the front. We will hold up early and asses from there.” 3.Shannon Suvaljko (A Boy Named Rosie): “Needs a bit of luck in his race. This race suits. Can win.” 4.Chris Voak (Qtown Rip Roaring): “Suitable race for him. Good each way chance if he can settle close to the lead.” 5.Emily Suvaljko (Talkerup): “I didn’t think her last run was that bad based on the sectionals they ran. Will be looking to go forward and see what kind of position she ends up in. With the right run she can play a part in the finish.” 7.Matt Scott (Clarenden Hustler): “Going to struggle from the draw.” 8.Gary Hall Snr (Extreme Prince): “He’s not going as bad as the form looks.” 9.Kyle Harper (Charlie El): “Not favoured by the draw.” 10.Jocelyn Young (Has No Fear): “Patiently waiting her turn. Each way chance with some luck.” 12. Aldo Cortopassi (Naval Aviator): “Not a bad race for him. Should get a soft run from the draw. Tony’s (Svilicich) horse may go forward and put some pace in the race.”   RACE 6 – THE KERRY CLARKE 4&5 YO PACE 1.Jocelyn Young (Pierre Whitby): “Racing very well. Each way.” 3.Chris Voak (The Verandah): “Never driven the horse but he looks to be going well enough. I think While They Pray will potentially set a solid tempo which will suit him. Good place hope on paper.” 4.Shannon Suvaljko (Rock Me Over): “Good draw for him. Will drive with confidence and be hard to beat.” 5.Gary Hall Jnr (While They Pray): “Last start he got keen in the breeze. Tried to hold him because I thought he was going faster than what he was. We will come out hard and keep pressing.” 7.Deni Roberts (Henwood Bay): “Horse is in career best form but the draw hurts this week. Will be relying on genuine tempo up front to bring him into it.” 9.Emily Suvaljko (Euphoric Moment): “This horse is crying out for a barrier. Will go back from the wide gate and will drive him according to the tempo of the race.”   RACE 7 – DOWNLOAD THE TABTOUCH APP TODAY PACE 1.Jocelyn Young (Bracken Sky): “Should play a part in the finish. Had no luck last start.” 2.Lindsay Harper (Thereugo): “Think I can cross the one. He’s probably better drawn out over the 2100 in five or six. He improved second-up. Feel he probably needs another run. If we lead and get a cheap quarter he could run a race.” 3.Gary Hall Snr (Robbie Easton): “Think the two will lead. Hopefully we will sit outside and be too good.” 4.Gary Hall Snr (Mister Bushido): “He’s a chance. Running good races.” 5.Emily Suvaljko (Bad Round): “This horse is currently racing in his best form. There’s a few handy horses in this race but with a bit of speed this horse can be a top five contender.” 7.Deni Roberts (Destined To Rule): “Racing consistently. Not a great draw in seven but will be powering home late.” 8.Chris Voak (Stroke Of Luck): “He has performed strongly since coming west. Ordinary draw but has the class to overcome it.” 9.Shannon Suvaljko (Lightning Jolt): “Bad draw. Will run on.” 10.David Thompson (Machs Gold): “Dylan will have some decisions to make. Whether he stays on the rails or comes off. It’s a beautiful draw because he gets to make those decisions.”   RACE 8 – TABTOUCH GIDDY UP PREMIUM FORM PACE 1.Chris Voak (Kiwi Bloke): “Not sure where the horse is at. On his best form he would be hard to beat in this race.” 2.Shannon Suvaljko (Perlee Gates): “Good draw. Can run a race in this, especially a place.” 4.Michael Grantham (Major Shard): “Meant to go to Kellerberrin for his last run. His run last start I thought was the run of the race. He could be my winner on the night.” 6.Deni Roberts (Maximum Demand): “Looks a really good race for this horse. The stand and distance will suit. If he can get the nice peg run through the I think he’s a good each way chance.” 8.Gary Hall Jnr (Rebel With A Grin): “Drove him when he ran fourth. Got away well but just ended in a bad spot. Hopefully we can settle in a better spot.”   RACE 9 – TABTOUCH REPLAYS PACE 2.Gary Hall Snr (Ideal Liner): “He will go three back on the fence. He’s taken time. Bit big in condition. 3.Chris Voak (Bettor Party): “Has improved of late under Giles Inwood. Can’t see him beating Chicago Bull if we started now. That being said, I don’t think he will run last.” 5.Shannon Suvaljko (Tommy Be Good): “Drop in grade last week helped. Back to FFA company but will run a race again.” 6.Gary Hall Snr (Chicago Bull): “Going really well. I reckon he will get the top.”   RACE 10 – TABTOUCH FILLIES AND MARES PACE 1.Shannon Suvaljko (Our Amazing Grace): “Good draw. Can run a place with a good trip.” 3.Aiden De Campo (Mandy Joan): “Racing really well. Has the draw advantage on her main rivals. Will take advantage of that. 4.Kyle Harper (Parisian Partygirl): “Racing well. Hard to leave out. Awkward draw but with pace on she can be dangerous.” 5.Gary Hall Snr (Fake News): “Going well and working well. Hard to sit outside Mandy Joan and beat her though.” 6.Gary Hall Snr (Just Rockon Bye): “Going well too and will have the last crack at them.”

Black Jack Baby will tackle next month’s Group 1 Golden Slipper, following her scintillating win in the Allwood Stud Farm-Westbred Classic for the two-year-old fillies on Friday night. The Follow The Stars filly was far too classy for her rivals in Friday’s $80,000 event with Chris Voak in the sulky, scoring by 4.5m to Just For Love. It has paved the way for Black Jack Baby to take on the colts and geldings in the showpiece two-year-old event on July 10. Quadrio said he has already had plenty of requests to put Black Jack Baby in the Golden Slipper against the likes of Lavra Joe, Give Us A Wave and Jett Star after Friday’s win. “In the Slipper there’s going to be strength, speed and sheer class and ability,” he told TABradio. “Personally, I think she’s one of the fastest two-year-old’s going around in Perth, if not Australia, over the 400m. “It’ll come down to speed versus strength. “If she gets the right draw with a bit of luck and Voaky can do his magic and we’re sitting behind one of them, they’ll know she’s in the race.” Black Jack Baby has now built an imposing record of seven wins from eight starts and broke through the $100,000 prizemoney barrier on Friday. She managed to beat colts and geldings in each of her first five wins, including an impressive win over fellow Group 1 winner Talks Up A Storm on June 5. Quadrio said the filly was already showing signs of having a prosperous career post her two-year-old season. “It’s amazing because as soon as you take her to the race track she just gets white line fever,” he said. “With another horse next to her she just wants to do it. “You don’t have to hit her with the whip, you just have to give her a rein and a bit of a kiss and off she goes. “She loves being competitive and I’m glad I own her.” Quadrio has nominated the filly for Friday’s Gold Bracelet at Gloucester Park but is unsure if she will run again before the Golden Slipper. Jett Star will continue his build up to the Golden Slipper in tomorrow night’s TABtouch Pace, where he has drawn the outside barrier in the eight horse field. Ryan Warwick drove Jett Star to victory in the Pearl and Give Us A Wave in the Westbred Classic for the colts and geldings. Following Give Us A Wave’s win on Friday night and Jett Star’s Pearl Classic win, Warwick said the Greg and Skye Bond stable were well placed for the Golden Slipper. “There isn’t a lot between them,” he said. “I have a slight leaning to the other horse but I don’t know why. “It’s good going in with two bullets.”   Tim Walker

Smart pacer To Fast To Serious has scored his third win from four starts this campaign with another strong performance in the Sign Strategy Pace (2692m) at Pinjarra yesterday. Already a Group 1 winner as a two-year-old, To Fast To Serious showed an abundance of ability to loop the field on the final lap and score a comfortable win. Driver Aldo Cortopassi settled at the rear of the field with the four-year-old and made a sustained move three-wide from the 600m mark to wear down leader Manifestly Excesiv. Watch the race click here. The 2018 2YO Westbred Classic winner, now trained by Ray Williams, ran home in a scintillating 54.8 and rated 2.00.8 for the mile in one of his finest performances in his 13 start career to date. Cortopassi and Williams will team up with exciting three-year-old Magnificent Storm in tonight’s Perth Plasterboard Centre 3YO Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park. Magnificent Storm has taken all before him in three starts this campaign winning by a combined margin of 48.2m. Elsewhere, Queen Shenandoah continued her winning ways in the Huckleberry’s Tank & Water Service Pace (2185m). The mare followed up her surprise win at Gloucester Park on May 29 with another good performance rating 1.57.3 in 5.7m win.   Tim Walker

Prominent trainer Greg Bond has thrown his support behind a potential move that would see the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups run as early as November this year. Gloucester Park Chief Executive Officer Michael Radley told The Sunday Times the club was giving strong consideration to bringing both races forward from the traditional January timeslot. The Inter Dominion, which was to be run in New South Wales this year, was pencilled in to start on November 28 and conclude on December 12. The Inter Dominion Event Committee postponed this year’s series last week with no state able to host three rounds of heats and final. The cancellation of the series opened up the possibility for Gloucester Park to explore bringing forward their flagship races. Bond, who together with his wife Skye won this year’s WA Pacing Cup with Mighty Conqueror, said he would welcome bringing both races forward two months and look to run them alongside the TABtouch Masters at Ascot. “I don’t think it’s really an issue,” Bond told TABradio. “As an industry we have to work in with one another and I think we piggy-backed on the gallops when we had the Inters a few years ago. “Listening to what people are saying, it makes pretty good sense.” Standardbreds that competed in Perth’s most recent Inter Dominion in 2017 shared the charter flight with east coast thoroughbreds engaged in the TABtouch Masters. Bond said the move could attract some of Australasia’s best pacers to Perth and create a strong alternative for those runners left without the chance to run in the Inter Dominion. “It makes the logistical side of travel for anyone that wants to come from the eastern states easier because you’re guaranteed a plane,” he said. “We’ve got to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves, the same as any business has to. “With the lack of big racing between now and the end of the year in the eastern states it creates an opportunity to attract two or three potential travellers to run in those races if we structure it right. “I was speaking to Tim Butt the other day and he indicated to me he’d be keen as mustard to bring Field Marshal over again and have a crack.” Bond said east coast participation could hinge on whether prize money for the feature races took a hit in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Astute reinsman Luke McCarthy, who won this year’s Miracle Mile with King Of Swing and was set to drive in this year’s Fremantle Cup before Alta Orlando was scratched, said moving the Cups would be a “brilliant idea”. “With everything going on here, especially with the Inter Dominion not being run in Sydney, it seems like an ideal time to take advantage of that,” he said. “Getting the flights and getting over is the main thing. “We’ve come to Perth a lot of times before and stayed with Greg and Skye and had a lot of success and we’ve never been afraid to travel horses.” Racing and Wagering Western Australia’s General Manager of Racing Charlotte Mills said the move was being assessed and a decision would soon be made on any date change.   Tim Walker

Last week’s three heat winners have all drawn awkwardly for Friday night’s Group 1 Diamond Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park. Unconditional, Minor Catastrophe and Always An Angel were all impressive in taking out their respective heats but will have to overcome barrier six, eight and 12 respectively. The Barry Howlett-trained Just For Love has drawn barrier one for the $100,000 feature, following her second to Always An Angel in her heat last week. Just For Love has not drawn the inside barrier in her eight starts and only has two minor placings to her record. The Mach Three filly, who finished fifth in the Sales Classic in February, looks set to get her best chance to break through for her maiden win. Bettor Beach Belle, who secured her spot in the final by dead-heating for second with Just For Love in last week’s final heat, has drawn barrier 10 as she looks to give trainer Terry Ferguson his second Group 1 triumph this month. Gary Hall Jnr has won the past three Diamond Classics with Cimorene (2017), Majorpride (2018) and Askmeilltellya (2019). He will have the task of navigating the back line draw with Always An Angel in this year’s edition. Ocean Ridge will look to score another Free-For-All win in the TABtouch Pace (2130m), where he’s drawn barrier one in the eight horse field. Chicago Bull will again take his part in the FFA event of the evening, following his win in the Members Sprint last week. Joining Ocean Ridge as additions to the FFA event are Tommy Be Good, Im Soxy and Gotta Go Gabbana, while Our Jimmy Johnstone and El Jacko are the absentees from this week’s race. Another intriguing runner on Friday’s Gloucester Park card is the Mike Reed-trained Gran Chico in the Download The TABtouch App Today Pace (2130m). Gran Chico won at his first start in Perth on November 15, before he was unplaced in both the 4YO Classic and Golden Nugget at his subsequent two starts. The four-year-old looks set to get every chance to win on his return to racing from barrier one. You can view the fields for Friday night here.   Tim Walker

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