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Western Australia’s sole representative in the 2018 Inter Dominion Series Galactic Star is well placed to make Saturday week’s final, following his third placing in the second round of heats at Ballarat last night. The Greg and Skye Bond-trained pacer sits third behind Cruz Bromac and Im Pats Delight in the rankings with one round of heats remaining at Cranbourne on Saturday night. Galactic Star won the opening heat at Melton last Saturday and continued his good form in last night’s 1710m second round of heats. The Bettors Delight gelding was posted wide in the early stages of last night’s heat, before he was able to settle in the running line in fourth spot. Reinsman Todd McCarthy then got the gelding into clear room at the top of the straight and he was able to run on strongly into third spot. Greg Bond said he was pleased to get another significant lot of points, which almost guaranteed him a spot in the final on December 15. “We were very happy with the performance, given the bad gate,” he said. “Nothing was coming from behind on the night, so we made the plan to follow Mach Doro out of the gate which we knew we may get posted three wide. “Eventually he was able to get a trail and he found the line really well.” Bond said he expected Galactic Star would only need to finish in the top eight of his heat on Saturday night to secure his spot in the final. Galactic Star has again drawn on the outside of the second line on Saturday night in barrier 10 and Bond said the stable wouldn’t take the race lightly, despite the fact a spot in the final looks assured. “The three main chances in Wrappers Delight, Spankem and Galactic Star are in eight, nine and 10 respectively,” he said. “We go in trying to win every race and Saturday night will be no exception. “He should finish in the top three or four depending on the run we get.” Galactic Star is a $9.75 chance with TABtouch to take out the Inter Dominion. Meanwhile, Bond said all of his four-year-olds were in good order following last Friday night’s Yes Loans 4YO Classic at Gloucester Park. He indicated Bettor Aim, who was scratched from the Group 1 event, was on track to make a full recovery in time for Friday week’s Golden Nugget.   Tim Walker

Impressive four-year-old Ana Malak has withstood a number of challenges from a star-studded field to hold on and win the Group 1 Yes Loans 4YO Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park. Ana Malak, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, was having just his second start in Western Australia last night and was able to hold the front from barrier one for reinsman Ryan Warwick. Jack Mac eventually made his move to sit outside the leader with 1200m to go, while the unbeaten Ideal Liner was three pairs back along the inside. Ideal Liner was eventually able to get away from the inside coming to the home turn to give chase to Ana Malak, but the Gary Hall Snr-trained pacer fell short by a head. Mighty Conqueror, another runner from the Bond stable finished third, while Ideal Liner’s stablemate Benhope Rulz was fourth. Warwick said Ana Malak was still learning his craft and would continue to improve with racing. “He was very credible,” he said. “He was off the bit and on the bit. “He was probably doing a bit wrong and he nearly cost himself on the line. “I’m sure there’s more motor then what you saw tonight but he probably doesn’t know how to use it properly.” Winning owner Rob Gartrell paid tribute to the Bond team, who recorded their first success in the $125,000 feature last night. “I haven’t been so nervous for a long time,” he said. “Ryan was really confident we could lead, I was hopeful. “Skye has done a magnificent job, she does a lot of the work with him. “That’s one of the great four-year-old fields.” Of the beaten brigade, reinsman Mark Reed said he was impressed with Golden State’s sharp form turnaround to finish fifth, while Chris Lewis said Jack Mac would take plenty of benefit from his sixth placing heading towards the Golden Nugget on December 14. Ana Malak was one of five winners on the night for the Bond stable and Ryan Warwick. Earlier in the night they teamed up to win the We Say Yes To Commercial Loans Pace (2130m) with Our Max Phactor. Following Ana Malak’s win, Mitch Maguire, Fizzing and Bright Diamond all recorded impressive wins. Fizzing and Bright Diamond were emergencies for the Group 1 feature on the night, but both put forward compelling cases to be included in the field for the Golden Nugget. Mitch Maguire was driven patiently in the standing start event of the evening, before he stormed over the top late to record a win that led to Gartrell describing him as the “fastest horse he had.” The Bond, Warwick and Gartrell combination will be hoping their successful Friday night can transition to Bunbury tonight with Vampiro in the Bunbury Cup, while they also have Galactic Star in Melbourne ahead of the opening night of Inter Dominion heats. Meanwhile, Maczaffair has stamped herself as one of two key contenders for next week’s Group 1 Mares Classic, taking out the $30,000 Howard Porter Memorial for the Mike Reed stable. Mark Reed said there was nothing between Maczaffair and last week’s Norms Daughter winner Eden Franco.   Tim Walker

Trainer Mike Reed admits he has been puzzled by smart pacer Golden State’s drop in form over the past month, as he looks to rediscover it ahead of tomorrow night’s Group 1 Yes Loans 4YO Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park. Golden State finished at the tail of the field in the 4YO Championship a fortnight ago, beaten 40m by Mighty Conqueror. Reed has again made changes to Golden State’s gear and said he had made adjustments to his work during the week. “I haven’t hobbled him this week, I did that on Saturday,” he said. “We gave him a gallop on Tuesday and he worked well. “I don’t know what’s gone wrong with him, he’s eating well. “His work has been good on the track, he’s been blowing Bechers Brook and Maczaffair away.” Golden State has drawn barrier four for the feature event tomorrow night, with Reed’s son Mark to again take the drive. Reed said he hoped Golden State would be driven positively at the start and felt race favourite Ana Malak could be crossed in barrier one. Reed also has Bechers Brook engaged in the $125,000 event, with Shannon Suvaljko to take the drive from barrier 12. VIEW TABTOUCH'S 4YO CLASSIC MARKET HERE Bechers Brook is rated a $34 chance with TABtouch and Reed said the son of Somebeachsomewhere would need the race to be run truly for him to be in the finish. “We probably have to play for luck with him,” he said. “We have to hope the speed is on and if that’s the case he will be coming home strong. “I have told Shannon to be patient with him tomorrow night. “Whatever he does tomorrow night, he will improve on for the Nugget.” Arguably Reed’s best chance of the night comes up in the $30,000 Howard Porter Memorial (2130m), with star mare Maczaffair rated a $1.14 chance with TABtouch. Maczaffair was an unlucky fourth to Eden Franco at Group 2 level last week, but has drawn barrier one tomorrow night and Reed said he expected the mare the bounce back. “She’s flying,” he said. “She worked home in 55.3 on Wednesday and she was bolting. “We won’t be handing up to anyone tomorrow night.” Reed said Maczaffair would progress to the Group 1 Mares Classic next week, as would Our Angel Of Harlem, following her second placing last week.   Tim Walker

WA’s sole 2018 Inter Dominion representative Galactic Star has arrived in Melbourne ahead of the Saturday night’s opening round of heats at Melton. The Greg and Skye Bond-trained pacer won a heat of last year’s Inter Dominion series at Bunbury, before he went on to finish fifth in the final. Galactic Star travelled to Melbourne overnight and arrived this morning, with Greg Bond reporting the six-year-old travelled well and was in good order ahead of light work today. Galactic Star has had two starts for two wins this campaign, the Don Randall Memorial at Pinjarra and the Pat Cranley Memorial 11 days later at Gloucester Park. He has drawn barrier four for Saturday night’s heat, which will be the second of three Inter Dominion heats on the night. Todd McCarthy has the drive on Galactic Star in the early part of the series, with regular driver Ryan Warwick remaining in Perth to drive in local feature races. Mach Doro and Franco Nelson have drawn barriers one and two respectively in Galactic Star’s heat, while the in-form pair San Carlo and Shadow Sax are on the back row in barrier 10 and 12 respectively. WATCH: Galactic Star's Last Start Win Here Greg Bond said Galactic Star deserved to have another chance in this year’s Inter Dominion series, following his game performance in last year’s series. “We are taking a more seasoned horse,” he said. “We thought he’d done enough last year in the Inters and he ran fifth in a Victoria Cup last year. “He’s probably still learning his trade. “He won a heat of the Inters last year and horses can sometimes take a while to get used to that level of racing.” Bond said he expected the Melton track would suit Galactic Star’s style of racing. “At that grade, he’s probably a little bit of an opportunist,” he said. “He’s a good gaited horse, he gets around Gloucester Park and obviously they are 1000m tracks over there. “If anything, it suits him a bit more because he can wind up and the runs will come with the sprint lanes at Melton.” Cruz Bromac occupies the top line of TABtouch’s Inter Dominion market at $4.20, with the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen-trained pacer to start from barrier four in the third of Saturday night’s heats. Tiger Tara is the star attraction in the opening heat of the night, where he starts from barrier four. The Kevin Pizzuto-trained pacer was brave in running second in the New Zealand Cup on November 13, before an unplaced run in the New Zealand Free-For-All and he’s now a $6 chance for the Inter Dominion. The second round of Inter Dominion heats take place on December 4 at Ballarat, ahead of the final round of heats on December 8 at Cranbourne and the final to take place back at Melton on December 15.   Tim Walker

Impressive harness racing four-year-old Stefsbest has emerged as a live chance for next week’s Group 1 Four-Year-Old Classic and next month’s Group 1 Golden Nugget, following his win in last night’s Nugget Prelude at Gloucester Park. The son of Sportswriter had won two of his three starts in WA, following his move across the Nullarbor to Ross Olivieri’s stable. Stefsbest was well supported into $1.40 with TABtouch to take out the Prelude, while WA Derby winner King Of Swing was also expected to figure prominently. Reinsman Chris Voak had little issue holding the front with Stefsbest and was able to control the race in front. King Of Swing galloped on the bell lap, which left Fizzing as the only danger to Stefsbest in the home straight. Stefsbest was able to hold off Fizzing to the line though to record a 3m victory and rated a time of 1.55.8. Voak said barrier draws would prove crucial in the Nugget next month, but felt Stefsbest was among the leading chances. Post-race, reinsman Gary Hall Jnr said there was nothing wrong with King Of Swing after he broke into the gallop. WATCH STEFSBEST'S WIN HERE The feature event of the night, the Group 2 Norms Daughter Classic (2130m), was taken out by the Colin Brown-trained and driven Eden Franco, pictured above. Arguably WA’s best mare, Eden Franco was never troubled in the $50,000 event, after she found the front with ease from barrier four. Eden Franco will now head to the Group 1 Mares Classic on December 7, a race she finished fourth in behind Ideal Alice last year. Brown said he was pleased with the comfortable run he got in front and felt he had the mare primed for the Group 1 in a fortnight. “Everybody thinks she’s just a one trick pony,” he said. “We knew at home she can run very quick over a short space and she has a very high cruising speed. “Once we got those easy quarters, it was pretty well all over. “I’ve got her pretty well spot on.” WATCH EDEN FRANCO'S WIN HERE Meanwhile, Brown said he would give Maxentius his chance to get to the WA and Fremantle Pacing Cups in January, following his win in the Colin Cowden Pace (2130m). After finishing second at his three most recent starts, Maxentius was given the perfect run throughout in the one out one back position, before he was able to wear down Im Soxy in the home straight. Our Max Phactor rounded out a double for the Greg and Skye Bond stable, when he took out the Group 3 Kersley Final (2130m). Earlier in the night, El Jacko relished the drop back in class to take out the Chris Carr Pace (2130m), the first leg of the Bond’s winning double. In the three-year-old event of the night, Shockwave proved too strong for the small field, scoring by 20m, while Devendra took out the Free-For-All event for reinsman Aiden De Campo and trainer Kristy Elson. Tim Walker

Mighty Conqueror has emerged as the horse to beat for the Group 1 Golden Nugget on December 14, following his dominant win in the Group 2 Four-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park last night. Despite WA Derby winner King Of Swing and last week’s Pinjarra Four-Year-Old Classic winner Jack Mac both missing last night’s event, Mighty Conqueror produced a performance that put his Nugget rivals on notice. The Gary Hall Snr-trained Think About Me was sent out a $2.35 TABtouch favourite from barrier one, but Ryan Warwick drove aggressively on Mighty Conqueror to find the front in the early stages. Think About Me was forced to settle on the back of Mighty Conqueror, while Golden State settled in the breeze. Bechers Brook enjoyed a perfect run throughout and was left as the final challenger to Mighty Conqueror on the home turn, but the Greg and Skye Bond-trained gelding fought off Bechers Brook to win by 7m. A winner at six of his seven starts now, Mighty Conqueror ran home in 57.1 and maintained his unbeaten record in Australia. Bechers Brook and Think About Me filled the minor placings, while the other Bond runner Bright Diamond was fourth. As impressive as the performance was from Mighty Conqueror, Greg Bond suggested post-race his most exciting four-year-old, and potentially his best, was yet to run in Australia. Ana Malak lines up at Pinjarra on Monday over 2185m, where he will be looking to enhance his Golden Nugget credentials, as will Bettor Aim, the only pacer to beat Jack Mac in Perth. Mighty Conqueror was the second leg of a feature double on the night for the Bond team, after Galactic Star took out the Pat Cranley Memorial (1730m). The Bond stable have expressed their interest in getting the six-year-old to Melbourne for next month’s Inter Dominion Series and he showed last night he would be more than competitive against some of Australasia’s best pacers. The race panned out perfectly for Galactic Star, who was second-up from a spell, with Warwick able to find the one out one back position from barrier six, while Tricky Styx held the front from barrier one. Galactic Star was well poised coming into the home straight and went on to win by 3m to Devendra and Our Jimmy Johnstone. Arguably the most impressive winner of the night was Our Angel Of Harlem in the Glenroy Chaff Pace (2130m). The mare was first-up without a trial last night and subsequently drifted to $2.05 second favourite with TABtouch, while Infinite Symbol was $1.70. Infinite Symbol led throughout, while Our Angel Of Harlem sat in the breeze, but when reinsman Mark Reed called upon the mare to make her run she responded brilliantly to win by 3m. Reed said there was still plenty of improvement left in the four-year-old. “She’s still very big in condition,” he said. “I knew she’d benefit from whatever she does tonight but she just got a little bit keen in the run.” Trainer Mike Reed said he would consider running Our Angel Of Harlem in the Golden Nugget as well as the Mares Classic a week earlier. It was also a landmark night trainer-reinsman Kaiden Hayter, who recorded his first Gloucester Park Friday night winning double in the sulky.   Tim Walker

The Mike Reed-trained Maczaffair has stamped herself as one of the mares to beat for upcoming feature races, with a strong win in the Listed York Cup (2130m) at Gloucester Park last night. The five-year-old finished powerfully over her rivals, to record her first win since the Group 2 Breeders Stakes in May. Reinsman Mark Reed gave the mare a lovely trip throughout the feature event, settling one off the fence on the back of race favourite El Jacko. Another talented mare Eden Franco hit the front at the top of the home straight, but she couldn’t hold off Maczaffair, who went on to win by 2.7m. Eden Franco held on for second, while outsider Cracka Star was third. Reed said he thought Maczaffair would find it tough to beat El Jacko, but knew he was a chance on the final lap. “The way the race was run, I was a bit surprised early and Overboard Again found the front,” he said. “They turned it on early and we got a bit of luck when El Jacko locked wheels down the back. “To her credit, to round up Eden Franco, she has done a big job.” Maczaffair will now be aimed towards the Group 1 Mares Classic on December 7 and Reed forecasted further improvement from the mare. “She’s still a bit big in condition,” he said. “She should only strip fitter and fitter from here on in.” It was a win which may have surprised Reed in more ways than one, after he suffered a significant health scare a fortnight ago and saw him taken off drives on Gloucester Park’s Italian night. Reed said he was now back to full health. Another mare that could also be on her way to the Mares Classic is the Justin Prentice-trained and driven Pick My Pocket, who was too good for her rivals in the Cellarbrations York Fillies And Mares Pace (2130m). Prentice had to do a bit of work early on the five-year-old and eventually found the breeze in the home straight the first time. Pick My Pocket found the lead on the turn for home as leader Suzies Gem faded, and went on to win by 2.7m to Gunna Get Lucky and Parisian Partygirl. Prentice said he felt the mare deserved a chance to record a Group 1 win next month. “That’s the aim,” he said. “I definitely think she’s good enough to be in them, whether she’s good enough to win one will depend barrier draws and how good she is on the night. “There’s plenty of ability there and I think she’s still learning the caper.” Kyle Harper also enjoyed a successful night at Gloucester Park, training and driving a winning double. Harper’s first winner on the evening was the speedy Thereugo, who was able to cross to the lead from barrier seven and hold off a game Carter Michael by a short half-head. He then teamed up with enigmatic pacer Ace Bromac later in the evening, who came with a swooping run around the outside and score a 7m win.   Tim Walker

Talented pacer Jack Mac has enhanced his credentials for the Golden Nugget next month, taking out the Garrards Horse And Hound 4YO Classic (2185m) at Pinjarra yesterday. The son of Mach Three had only been beaten at one of his 15 previous starts in Australia, but was facing his toughest test to date in the $25,000 event, with well credentialed runners Bechers Brook and Golden State in the race. Jack Mac was forced to settle in the breeze throughout, with Sweet N Fast setting the pace, while Bechers Brook settled on the back of the leader. The Barry Howlett-trained pacer took the lead coming into the home straight and quickly opened up a substantial lead. Bechers Brook fought on gamely to run second, while Bright Diamond was third. The $30,000 Don Randall Memorial Cup (2631m) saw Galactic Star enhance his credentials for the Inter Dominion in Melbourne next month, where he scored a narrow win over stablemate Rock Diamonds. Reinsman Ryan Warwick sent the six-year-old to the front going out of the home straight the first time, while Rock Diamonds eventually found the breeze. Rock Diamonds made a late surge at his stablemate, but fell short by a half-neck, with Cut For An Ace back in third. Tim Walker

Up and coming driver Corey Peterson has recorded his first Friday night double at Gloucester Park, producing two impressive drives on Always Arjay and Kuhn Ratha. Peterson had to be patient with the Matt Scott-trained Always Arjay in the Book Your Next Conference At Gloucester Park Pace (2536m), where there was a strong early pace on. Always Arjay settled four back on the pegs for much of the race, as Livura set the pace in front of race favourite Bravo Tex, while another of the race favourites Tisadream was left in the breeze. Peterson was able to get to the outside on Always Arjay and finish over the top of Forever Remembered and Livura. Peterson said he was never concerned during the run, despite being a long way off the leaders approaching the turn. “He’s been racing well and the 2500m suits him to a tee,” he said. “When the speed was on early, I was quite confident.” Peterson then teamed up with Khun Ratha in the New Year’s Eve At Gloucester Park Pace (2130m), where he was happy to relinquish the lead to Handsandwheels in the early stages. Khun Ratha was able to settle on the back of the leader, while race favourite Maxentius made his way to the breeze. The eight-year-old loomed up to the leading pair on the turn and eventually wore down Maxentius in the closing stages and seal the double for Peterson. “I was happy to sit on Handsandwheels and Maxentius because they were the best in the race,” Peterson said. “Then they went hard from the bell, so I was happy camped over them.” Elsewhere, Vampiro booked himself a trip to Melbourne for the Inter Dominion after taking out the Group 2 James Brennan Memorial (2130m). Reinsman Ryan Warwick had few issues finding the front on Vampiro from barrier three and went on to win by 2.3m. Vampiro’s stablemate Our Jimmy Johnstone produced an encouraging return to finish second, while Tricky Styx was third. Trainers Greg and Skye Bond will take Galactic Star to Melbourne as well as Vampiro. Galactic Star is ranked 12th in the Inter Dominion, while Vampiro is 17th. Another horse the Bond team contemplated taking to Melbourne for the Inter Dominion was Mitch Maguire, who showed he wouldn’t be out of place in the series with a comfortable win in the Book A Private Box At Gloucester Park Conditioned Handicap (2503m). Owner Rob Gartrell said a lot of thought was given to taking Mitch Maguire to Melbourne, but felt it may have come a year to soon. Gartrell didn’t rule out giving Mitch Maguire a shot at the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups in January. “We tossed up whether to take him across for it,” he said. “He’s a nice horse, he had some time off as a juvenile with injury but he has come back really strong. “This year, he will tell us, but if he can hold together he’s probably a chance to go in our better quality races.”   Tim Walker

Chicago Bull has stamped himself as the one to beat for the New Zealand Cup on November 13, following an impressive win in the Garrard's New Zealand Pace (2200m) at Alexandra Park this afternoon. The gelding was competing in his first standing start event and was slow away after the start. The six-year-old was able to slowly work his way back in touch with the rest of the field on the first lap, before making his way to the breeze past the winning post the penultimate time. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr then poured the pressure on Jack's Legend, who was his nearest rival in the market, before he went on to win by two-and-a-half lengths.   Tim Walker

Trainer-reinsman Kristian Hawkins is primed to record a feature race double at Gloucester Park tomorrow night with a strong hand in the Parliamentarians Cup and the Preux Chevalier Final. Hawkins has Danieljohn and The Trilogy engaged in the $30,000 Parliamentarians Cup (2130m) from barriers one and two respectively, with the latter coming off a win at Kelleberrin last Sunday, while Danieljohn was fourth at Pinjarra on Monday. The Trilogy is the shorter price of the pair at $5, while Danieljohn is at $7.50 with TABtouch and Hawkins said he expected bold showing both tomorrow night. “I expect my two will come out alongside each other,” he said. “I don’t want Danieljohn doing too much early. “The ideal scenario would probably see King Of Swing in front, The Trilogy on his back, then Danieljohn behind him.” Hawkins said he hoped The Trilogy would measure up in tomorrow night’s feature, before he looked to aim the six-year-old towards the WA Pacing Cup in the New Year. “He needs to win some races to get there,” he said. “He’s held his own behind Chicago Bull previously. “He’s certainly good enough to be in this race.” Corey Peterson has the ride on Danieljohn, while Hawkins drives The Trilogy. Hawkins holds an even stronger hand in the $30,000 Preux Chevalier Final (2130m), where he has three of the first four in the TABtouch Market. Dontstopbelievin won the Qualifying Heat for the Preux Chevalier on October 12 from barrier four and she is rated a $1.75 chance to win the final. Firstjoy ($9.50) and She Could Be Good ($2.75) finished second and fourth respectively behind their stablemate in the Qualifying Heat. Firstjoy was also a winner at Kelleberrin last Sunday. Dontstopbelievin has barrier five tomorrow night, while She Could Be Good and Firstjoy have barrier two and three respectively. Hawkins said he was having a difficult time trying to work out the tactics for his three runners, particularly those. “I really don’t know what to do with She Could Be Good and Dontstopbelievin so I think I will leave it to the owners,” he said. “I think both of them have the speed to cross the one. “Dontstopbelievin will improve off the two week break. “She had three runs in 12 days leading up to her last run and she was a little bit jaded. “Firstjoy isn’t out of this race either, she does need a soft run though. “She’s probably a chance of taking a sit in the moving line.” Dylan Egerton-Green retains the drive on Dontstopbelievin, while Hawkins teams up with She Could Be Good and Ryan Warwick is engaged to drive Firstjoy. The Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.10pm tomorrow.   Tim Walker

Consistent pacer Vampiro has overcome a tough run to take out the Group 2 Mount Eden Sprint (1730m) at Gloucester Park last night. Vampiro was able to find the breeze from barrier six, with race favourite Maczaffair holding the lead from barrier one. Rocknroll Lincoln and King Of Swing were two of the other main fancies in the race and they settled behind Vampiro. Driven by Ryan Warwick, Vampiro eventually wore down Maczaffair in the closing stages to win by a head and rated 1.55.2. Rocknroll Lincoln held off Tricky Styx to finish third, while King Of Swing was unlucky in finishing sixth. Vampiro has not missed a top five finish in 30 starts in Western Australia and is shaping up as one of the leading summer carnival contenders for trainers Greg and Skye Bond. Mitch Maguire and Better B Chevron brought up the second and third leg of a winning treble on the night for Warwick and the Bond team. Despite having to settle for second in the feature event of the night, trainer and driver combination Mike and Mark Reed teamed up with Bechers Brook to take out the Worldwide Printing Pace (2130m). It was the four-year-old’s second victory of the week after he won at Pinjarra on Monday. Maxentius and Kerrin Joseph opened up a significant lead on the rest of the field in the back straight on the final lap, before Bechers Brook eventually got clear to set out after them. Bechers Brook hit the lead in the last 25m, as he displayed a powerful finish. Mark Reed said he was relieved Bechers Brook was able to pick up the leaders after a difficult run throughout. “We pulled the wrong rein and got in a bit of trouble at about the 600,” he said. “When he got clear, he probably wasn’t entitled to win so it was a super effort.” Reed said he wasn’t sure who the stable’s best chance in the Golden Nugget, following Golden State’s winning return on Tuesday. “I’ve always thought all along Golden State was the better horse,” he said. “This time in Bechers Brook has definitely come back in a lot better. “He’s a lot tougher.” Meanwhile, 2017 WA Derby winner Handsandwheels made a winning start his spring campaign, taking out the TABtouch Better Your Bet Pace (2130m). The five-year-old was too quick for his rivals at the start and had no issue finding the front from barrier four. Handsandwheels went on to win by three metres to Neighlor and Twentynine Twelve. Driver Aiden De Campo said Handsandwheels would take plenty of improvement from the run. “I was happy with him first-up,” he said. “There’s a lot of improvement left in him.” Tim Walker

The Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln has made it back-to-back wins to start the new season, taking out the Fred Doy Memorial (2130m) at Gloucester Park last night. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr fired the $2.50 TABtouch favourite Rocknroll Lincoln to the lead early in the race, a move which proved to be a race winner. Rocknroll Lincoln’s closest rival in the market was Mister Versace ($2.80), who was forced to settle directly behind Hall Jnr after the early move. The five-year-old came home in 56.5 to hold off a game Kasey John and Soky’s Bigbullet, while Mister Versace was couldn’t get clear running and had to settle for fourth. Trainer Justin Prentice said he left it up to Hall Jnr to decide how he would drive the son of Rocknroll Hanover and was pleased with how the race panned out. “It was good,” he said. “Junior changed his mind on the track and decided to go forward. “He showed really good speed and he got a got breather in the middle which he probably needed. “It was good for him to hit the line strongly.” It was one of three wins on the night for Hall Jnr, who also teamed up with King Of Swing in the Retravision Online Pace (2130m) and You Gotta Have Faith in the Kelvinator Pace (2130m). King Of Swing kept his Golden Nugget preparation firmly on track with his sixth win from seven starts this campaign. Hall Jnr went to the front from barrier three and never looked in danger of being beaten, despite a game effort from his stablemate Extreme Prince, who got within a metre over the closing stages. Meanwhile, Tanaka Eagle has recorded his first Friday night win at Gloucester Park since January, taking out the Electrolux Pace (2130m). Reinsman Mark Reed had little problem finding the front with Tanaka Eagle and he was able to control the tempo of the race from there. Tanaka Eagle, who competed in the Inter Dominion series last year, recorded his 20th win from 196 starts last night, much to the delight of his trainer Reg Phillips. Elsewhere at Gloucester Park, star mare Eden Franco made a strong return to the track in the Pace, where she defeated Mitch Maguire. Kyle Harper also drove a double on the night, one he trained in Thereugo, before he teamed up with the Errol Ashcroft-trained Kissmecougar in the penultimate event of the night. Tim Walker

Comeback pacer The Art Form will look to make it six wins in a row, when he lines up in the Retravision Lowest Price Guarantee Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park tomorrow night.  The six-year-old returned from a 26 month absence from the track in July when he finished fourth and has gone on to win his subsequent five starts.  Trainer Mike Reed will give the son of Art Major his first start at Gloucester Park in Friday night company this campaign tomorrow night, where he has drawn barrier eight. Reed said he was pleased with how The Art Form had handled his return to racing this campaign. “He’s has gone really well since he injured himself in the paddock 18 months ago,” he said. “I think it’s the fittest he’s been. “His work the other morning was unbelievable.” Reed said the barrier draw was some concern heading into tomorrow night’s event, but was confident The Art Form was versatile enough to overcome it. “Mark (Reed) might come out and use his gate speed,” he said. “He may be able to slot in somewhere if he can’t lead. “If he can’t get in, he can always go back as well. “He’s just as good from behind as he is in front.” Reed said The Art Form could develop into a Fremantle and WA Pacing Cup contender later this season if he was able to continue his progression through the classes. Atchoo and After Lunch represent the Reed stable in the second qualifying heat of the Preux Chevalier Pace (2130m) for the fillies and mares. Reed said he leant slightly to After Lunch in the $18,000 event. “After Lunch has got a lot of ability, but has had a lot of problems,” he said. “Her work was good this week. “Atchoo will need a lot of luck.” Meanwhile, a number of Reed’s up-and-coming pacers are nearing a return to the track ahead of their summer campaigns. Three-year-old Bletchley Park will be put in hobbles for the first time on Saturday morning, following a prosperous two-year-old campaign which featured a Golden Slipper Prelude win. Four-year-olds Golden State and Bechers Brook will be first-up at Pinjarra on Monday, or Gloucester Park on Tuesday.  Tomorrow night’s Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.22pm.  Tim Walker

Chicago Bull’s driver Gary Hall Jnr forecasted improvement in the six-year-old ahead of last night’s Group 2 J.P. Stratton Cup (2130m) and, sure enough, he delivered one of his best performances yet this campaign. The returning Talktomeurmattjesty made Chicago Bull work for the lead in the early stages of the $50,000 event. Hall Jnr initially took a sit behind Talktomeurmattjesty, before he made his move to the front on the turn out of the home straight the first time. Despite having to run a slick 37.0 lead time to eventually find the front, Chicago Bull never looked in any danger of being beaten throughout the run and went on to win by 8m. Talktomeurmattjesty and Argyle Red finished second and third respectively. Chicago Bull flies out for Victoria on Wednesday, before his first run on the east coast in the Victoria Cup next Saturday. Owner Glen Moore said he wasn’t concerned by the early speed Chicago Bull had to use to find the front. “It worked out very well for us early,” he said. “We had the plan that Junior was going to be aggressive early because we had the gut feeling the one horse (Talktomeurmattjesty) may hand over. “Junior had to work around the bird cage bend a bit, but then he relaxed nicely.” Moore said he was confident Chicago Bull was ready for his first trip to the east coast and indicated there could be even more improvement left in the gelding. “We’re really happy with him,” he said. “We’ve left a bit of improvement in him because we haven’t been doing too much at home. “His coast is still a little dull, so we think he is on the way up. “They have to prove themselves when they travel. “We’re comfortable with the fact that we think he will travel alright.” Chicago Bull completed a winning treble on the night for the Gary Hall Snr and Jnr combination, after Overboard Again and King Of Swing saluted earlier in the night. The news wasn’t as good for the Hall’s other short price favourite on the night Speed Man, who had little luck in the Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace (2536m). Last season’s leading driver Shannon Suvaljko also enjoyed a double at the meeting with Shes Turbo Charged and Always Arjay. Tim Walker

Chicago Bull will take centre stage yet again at Gloucester Park tomorrow night, but it’s some of the lesser likes that has driver Gary Hall Jnr excited heading to the 10 race program. Hall Jnr teams up with trainer Gary Hall Snr on four short price favourites, including Chicago Bull and WA Derby winner King Of Swing. Tomorrow night’s Group 2 J.P Stratton Cup (2130m) will round out Chicago Bull’s preparations for the Victoria and New Zealand Cups over the next month. Hall Jnr said getting the six-year-old through the run in one piece was his priority. “First and foremost, we would like him to win,” he said. “We wouldn’t like him to be beaten before Melbourne. “We do hope him to get through the run.” Hall Jnr said he would look to adopt similar tactics with Chicago Bull to what he has done in previous starts, hoping to slowly work his way to the front from barrier six. Chicago Bull’s stablemate Runrunjimmydunn is expected to provide the most formidable opposition tomorrow night, but Hall Jnr said a lot would have to go right for him to beat Chicago Bull. The first of Hall Jnr’s favourites on the night is five-year-old  consistent gelding Overboard Again in the Glenroy Chaff Pace (2130m). Overboard Again has barrier one for tomorrow night’s event and Hall Jnr said he was hopeful he would be able to lead all the way. “He worked really well yesterday,” he said. “There are a couple of fast beginners outside of him, but I’m confident. “I think from the pole he will be able to hold the lead and be hard to beat.” King Of Swing went down narrowly to Motu Premier in last Friday night’s Media Guild Cup and has the chance to bounce back in tomorrow night’s Yes Loans Pace (2130m) from barrier three. Despite being beaten as a $1.50 chance last week, Hall Jnr said he was pleased with King Of Swing’s performance and expected him to get back on the winners list tomorrow night. “After a lap last week I thought he was no hope,” he said. “He pulled really hard and he hadn’t had the preparation we would’ve liked leading into that race. “If that race was this week, I think he would win.” Fellow four-year-old Speed Man was also as a short price favourite last week, but, similarly to King Of Swing, Hall Jnr said he expected a bold showing tomorrow night. “Speed Man is in really good form,” he said. “This looks like a drop in class for him and hopefully he will end up outside the leader at some stage.” Tomorrow night’s Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.20pm. Tim Walker

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