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Master horseman Gary Hall sen. took a calculated risk when he abandoned his regular training program for Hokonui Ben leading into Friday night's $400,000 Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup --- and his bold gamble paid handsome dividends when his elder son Clint drove the seven-year-old to a dashing all-the-way victory in the group 1 feature event. This continued the 64-year-old Hall's remarkable dominance of the State's major pacing event, a race he now has won eight times in the past 12 years to extend his lead over the late Phil Coulson, who prepared the winner of five WA Pacing Cups. "It probably was more of a jag, rather than good training," a humble Hall said. "The previous week Hokonui Ben worked in terrific style on the Wednesday morning, but I wasn't happy and was disappointed with his run in the Fremantle Cup on the Friday night." Hokonui Ben enjoyed a perfect trail, one-out and one-back, in the Fremantle Cup, but lacked sparkle in finishing a well-beaten fourth behind Im Victorious, Bettors Fire and David Hercules. "I thought that Hokonui Ben had every chance, so I decided to freshen him up and didn't hopple him during the week," Hall said. "I normally hopple him every week, but I took the chance and confined his work to just cantering every day." Hokonui Ben, favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier on the front line in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup, was third favourite at 11/2 behind Im Victorious (5/4 on) and David Hercules (5/1), with Bettors Fire the next fancied runner at 10/1. Clint Hall dashed Hokonui Ben past the polemarker, inexperienced stablemate Toretto (a 45/1 outsider), 100m after the start and he relished his pacemaking role before holding on to win by a nose from the fast-finishing Toretto, with 17/1 chance This Time Dylan third and David Hercules fourth. This gave the 36-year-old Hall his biggest success in harness racing and his first win in a group event, 20 years after his first drive in a race, when he finished fourth with favourite Prince of Azhar at the now defunct Cunderdin track. Hall has an enviable record as a reinsman, having won at his first appearance at Gloucester Park and at each of his first two drives in America. He was successful at his 11th drive in a race, when Sweet Boronia won by eight lengths at Bunbury on October 8, 1994. He won with his first drive at Gloucester Park when Little Town Blues beat Just As Sweet in a junior drivers' event on February 17, 1995. He won with his first two drives in America, scoring with former WA pacers Lombo Dominator and Super Strike. Hall sen said that he was extremely proud of Clint, saying: "He has always been a great driver and unfortunately he went to America and has probably lived in Gary's shadow. But he has proved tonight that he is right up there with some of the very best drivers around." The 31-year-old Gary Hall jun. opted to drive Im Victorious for trainer Michael Brennan and he certainly had mixed fortunes in the big race. Im Victorious started from the inside of the back line and Hall drove him hard early in an attempt to get off the pegs and into the one-wide line. However, when Im Victorious was in fourth position 150m after the start he was checked, raced roughly and lost two lengths. The stewards found that Ima Rocket Star (Colin Brown) had shifted down when not clear of Im Victorious. They suspended Brown from driving for 23 days. After this early setback Hall jun. urged Im Victorious forward with a three-wide burst 400m after the start. This caused Kyle Harper, in the breeze with Bettors Fire, to speed up and resist the move. This sudden acceleration opened up the field and Hall was able to immediately slot into the prime one-out, one-back position. Harper then rated back in the breeze, with Bettors Fire almost two lengths behind the pacemaker. Clint hall then was able to get Hokonui Ben to relax, without being under any pressure. No further moves came until Hall jun. eased Im Victorious out from the one-wide line 1300m from home. Hall was half-carting, and Ima Rocket Star, who had been trailing Im Victorious in the one-wide line, contacted the nearside sulky wheel of the favourite. This flattened the tyre, putting Im Victorious at a significant disadvantage. Im Victorious then began a three-wide burst to be fourth at the bell, but he was unable to get past Bettors Fire and had to race out wide for the remainder of the race. He looked a spent force passing the 400m mark and finished sixth. Clint Hall dashed Hokonui ben away from his rivals approaching the home turn, and this allowed Kim Prentice to get into the clear with Toretto, who was two lengths behind the leader at the 100m before finishing with great determination to fail by just a nose. This Time Dylan, who was eased off the pegs approaching the bell, was held up for clear running in the final circuit and Justin Prentice angled the gelding back on to the pegs turning for home. This Time Dylan then finished solidly into third place, a nose ahead of David Hercules, who raced at the rear before unwinding a powerful burst, out wide. After Hokonui Ben coasted through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.1sec., he gave his rivals something to chase when he sped over the next two quarters in 28.4sec. and 28.1sec. before a final quarter in 29.2sec. He rated 1.59.6 over the 2936m. Clint Hall, who earned a winning driver's percentage of $12,500, was fined $1000 and was suspended for 28 days for improper use of the whip in the closing stages when he wielded the whip with more than an elbow to wrist action. Kim Prentice, who failed by a whisker to land his third winner of the WA Pacing Cup, was fined $500 for the incorrect use of the whip, and a similar fine was imposed on Harper for a similar offence. Gary Hall jun. was fined $200 for half-carting with Im Victorious 1300m from home. Clint Hall said that everything worked in favour of Hokonui Ben, saying: "Tonight I gave myself a good chance if I had things my own way, and it turned out perfectly. My worst nightmare was Kyle holding out Junior three wide early and causing (plenty of) pace. It was a gift when Junior got into the one-one and then Kyle let me do what I wanted to do. That's all I needed. "With a lap to go my fingers were hurting, with Hokonui Ben travelling that well. I knew at the 400m, or even earlier, that we had the fancied runners beaten and I was feeling a lot better than them. About 75m out I was cursing myself that I had kicked away and given Toretto the run that far from home. "I dashed away because I had the other ones off the track. And to be honest I didn't think that Toretto could beat Hokonui Ben. I see a lot of them at home and Hokonui Ben has got a fair bit on Toretto." Hokonui Ben is owned by Queenslander Jeroen Nieuwenburg. A seven-year-old gelding by Washington VC, he was having only his 50th start ibn a race on Friday night. A winner at six of his 24 starts in New Zealand, he has raced 26 times in WA for 11 wins, eight seconds and one third placing. His career record stands at 50 starts for 17 wins, 14 placings and stakes of $540,339. He is the first foal and only one of four foals out of Jane Halsey to have raced. Jane Halsey, by American stallion Admiral Halsey, had 15 starts in New Zealand for one third placing and prizemoney of $413. Her dam Taurus Jane earned just $670 from one third placing from eight starts. Hall sen. said that he would now set Hokonui Ben for the West Australian heat of the interdominion championship at Gloucester Park on Saturday, February 15. "I'm hoping to take Alta Christiano to Sydney for the $200,000 Chariots of Fire (on March 2)," he said. "And if Hokonui Ben qualifies for the interdominion championship final, I'll take him, too." Video attached. GDAY MATE WINS THE CUP CONSOLATION WITH A TYPICAL SPARKLING SPRINT New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Gday Mate, generally regarded as just a good, solid standing-start performer, maintained his rise to the top when he produced a typical sparkling late sprint to score an easy win in the Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup Consolation at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He raced three back on the pegs before trainer Justin Prentice got him into the clear with 300m to travel. And then he charged to the front 100m from the post to win by 4m from the pacemaker Shardons Rocket. Gday Mate rated 1.59 in the 2936m mobile event, which compares favourably with the track record of 1.58.3, set by Dasher VC when he led and won the 2013 Fremantle Cup. Gday Mate covered the journey in 3min. 37.1sec., which was significantly faster than the 3min. 38.2sec. recorded by Hokonui Ben in winning the WA Pacing Cup 25 minutes later. "I'm stoked with him and he showed that he's up there with the best of them," said the 25-year-old Prentice. Gday Mate's win came a week after his fast-finishing victory in a 2536m mobile the previous Friday night. "I was a bit worried about how he would back up tonight," Prentice admitted. "Since I've had him, I've raced him every two to three weeks, and this is the first time I've tried backing him up. Maybe I should've been doing it for a long time." Chris Lewis sent Shardons Rocket (13/2) to the front after 200m and the Tony Svilicich-trained nine-year-old was joined 950m after the start by stablemate and 11/4 favourite Mysta Magical Mach, giving Uppy Son (7/1) the one-out, one-back sit, while Sanjaya (10/1) trailed the pacemaker. Gday Mate travelled well all the way and it was only a matter of getting a clear run. Once Prentice eased him off the pegs 300m from home the result was a foregone conclusion. Sanjaya fought on to finish third, while Mysta Magical Mach wilted to finish seventh and Uppy Son faded to tenth. Gday Mate's past 12 starts have produced five wins and three seconds and he now has earned $184,598 from 15 wins and 31 placings from 87 starts. HALL PERFORMS A MIRACLE TO GET CODE RED BACK INTO ACTION New Zealand-bred pacer Code Red broke down with a serious injury to his off-side foreleg during a track workout on Wednesday December 4. But leading trainer Gary Hall sen. has worked an equine miracle to get him back into action and the gelding returned to racing with a flourish, scoring a most impressive victory in the 2130m Nepean Conveyors Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall has used a new, revolutionary treatment to get the gelding back into training and racing. "Code Red damaged his suspensory ligament early last month and I had to scratch him from a race at Gloucester Park the following Friday night," Hall explained. "It is a really bad injury and he hasn't recovered. It is a nine out of ten tear, from top to bottom. But I have treated the injury with this new treatment I've got, and the injury doesn't worry him. It is a treatment I have learnt from a guy in America. It's no drugs or anything like that involved. "It is called PRP and you take the blood and get the serum out of it and inject it into the damaged ligament." Investigations revealed that PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, which is a new therapy for the treatment of equine tendon and ligament injuries. The collection and preparation of platelet rich plasma is simple and non-invasive and takes only about 30 minutes. Blood is collected from the horse's jugular vein and then a process separates the serum from the red blood cells. Eventually, after a series of processes, the platelet rich plasma is injected back into the injured tendon or ligament under ultrasound guidance. Code Red, a seven-year-old by American stallion Red River Hanover, started from the No. 2 barrier on the front line on Friday night and was heavily supported to start favourite at 5/4. Clint Hall got Code Red past polemarker Maggies Mystery and into the lead after 60m and the gelding gave a bold frontrunning display to win by a length from stablemate and 11/4 second fancy Northview Punter. Code Red was not extended in coasting through the lead time in 38.8sec. and the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.8sec. and 30.5sec. before he dashed over the final quarters in 28.9sec. and 27.7sec. He rated 1.58.4. Code Red, a winner of six races in New Zealand, left that country with a losing sequence of 21. He has raced 19 times in WA for six wins and six placings to take his career record to 68 starts for 12 wins, 16 placings and stakes of $129,579. He is the first foal out of the In The Pocket mare Asabella, who also produced the brilliant Ohokas Bondy and Dancing Diamonds. The ill-fated Ohokas Bondy raced 44 times for 22 wins, nine placings and $388,148. He was undefeated at his first 13 starts in WA, including the 2010 Golden Slipper. Dancing Diamonds was a brilliant two-year-old and she has earned $343,276 from nine wins and five placings from 21 starts. MAJORLY FOXY STYX SET FOR DAINTYS DAUGHTER CLASSIC Promising filly Majorly Foxy Styx is being set for the $50,000 Dainty's Daughter Classic on February 14 after she extended her winning sequence to five with a convincing victory in the 2130m Nepean Conveyors Three-Year-Old Fillies Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And after contesting the Dainty's Daughter Classic, Majorly Foxy Styx will be prepared by leading trainer Gary Hall sen. for the rich WA Oaks in April. Majorly Foxy Styx, driven by Gary Hall jun. and hot favourite at 3/1 on, started out wide at barrier six on Friday night and after racing wide early, she got to the front after 500m and went through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.6sec. and 30.5sec. She sprinted over the next two quarters in 28.6sec. and 29.4sec. and won easily by 7m from 7/1 second fancy My Samantha Jane, with two lengths to The Parade (15/2) in third place. The winner rated 1.57.7. Polemarker My Samantha Jane lacked early sparkle and settled down in sixth position and was seventh at the bell before producing a powerful finishing burst. The Parade also ran on gamely from sixth at the bell. Hall sen. said that he was a little concerned at Majorly Foxy Styx's habit of pulling hard. "I didn't like the way she was pulling tonight," he said. "Gary tried to get her to back off, but she wouldn't. However, she still won pretty easily and she's pretty good." WHAT GOD KNOWS GIVES DAVIES HER FIRST CITY SUCCESS Twenty-three-year-old Kiara Davies was all smiles after landing her first Metropolitan-class winner when she drove veteran pacer What God Knows to an all-the-way victory in the third heat of the San Simeon Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And she celebrated this success the following night at Northam when she gave another polished performance in the sulky to score an upset victory with 28/1 outsider Sir Excellent Art, who charged to the front after 100m, set the pace and defeated the 7/4 on favourite Falconice in a 2190m C0-C2-class event. What God Knows, who started at 10/1, and Sir Excellent Art are trained at Wanneroo by Debbie Padberg. Davies, who won the inaugural Junior Drivers Challenge series last year, had to drive What God Knows vigorously under the whip in the early stages to withstand a strong challenge for the lead from Soldier Boy (Clint Hall). After a lead time of 37.4sec., What God Knows went through the first 400m section of the final mile in 29.5sec. before Davies gave him a breather with a 30.2sec. quarter, followed by final sections of 28.9sec. and 29.4sec. Outsider Atomic Chip, who was buried away on the pegs in tenth position at the bell, flew home on the inside and got to within a neck of the winner on the line. Sonic Classic came from seventh on the pegs to be third. Raymon John, favourite at 3/1, was ninth in the middle stages before starting a three-wide move 1050m from home. He sustained the strong burst and appeared the likely winner when he moved into second place passing the 400m mark. But he broke into a gallop with 300m to travel and dropped back to finish in 11th place. What God Knows ended a losing sequence of 13 and took his record to 135 starts for 11 wins and 29 placings for earnings of $106,344. He won at six of his 47 starts in New Zealand and once from five starts in New South Wales. His 83 starts in WA have produced four wins and 20 placings. ATLASTALONE KEEPS THE WEST AUSTRALIAN FLAG FLYING Lightly-raced six-year-old Atlastalone kept the West Australian flag flying at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he was untroubled to set the pace and score an easy win in the second heat of the San Simeon Championship. Atlastalone, bred and owned by Ross Waddell, was the only WA-bred pacer to be successful on the ten-event program. He was a strongly-supported 13/4 favourite and a fast start paved the way for an impressive victory. Byford trainer Garry Butler got Astlastalone away at full tilt from barrier two and he surged past the polemarker The Black Lord and into the lead after only 50m before going through the lead time in a very comfortable 38.2sec. and the opening quarter in a leisurely 31.3sec. After a moderate second quarter in 30.1sec., Atlastalone sped over the final sections in 28.1sec. and 28.3sec. to win by 5m from 13/2 chance Erskine Range, who fought on doggedly after working hard in the breeze throughout the 2130m journey. Lord Lexus enjoyed the one-out, one-back position before fighting on to be third. Atlastalone was off the scene for nine months before resuming racing in mid-December. After a first-up sixth he led and won at Pinjarra and raced in the breeze and finished second to Lovers Delight at Bunbury before contesting Friday night's race. "We had a few issues with him and he's had a good spell," Butler said. "He has come back really good and we're happy with him. He is definitely a nice horse when he leads." Atlastalone has raced 24 times for six wins, five placings and $33,199 in prizemoney. By American stallion Dawn Of A New Day, he is the first foal out of Classy And Smart, who earned $104,828 from 14 wins and 21 placings from 73 starts. TOUGH ROWCHESTER LOVES A FIGHT New Zealand-bred four-year-old Rowchester gave leading trainer Gary Hall sen. the first leg of a quartet of winners at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he revealed typical toughness to win the first heat of the San Simeon Championship. And followers of the all-conquering Hall stable cashed in handsomely, with the Bettors Delight horse starting at the gift price of 7/1. Gary Hall jun. drove Rowchester like the best horse in the race. Rowchester started from barrier four and raced three wide before he got to the breeze outside the pacemaker Jay Bees Grin (9/1), with the polemarker and 10/9 on favourite Ohoka Kentucky behind the leader. Heez On Fire, second fancy at 11/4, dashed forward from the midfield to be fourth at the bell. But he was kept wide in the back straight before Hall jun. sent Rowchester to a narrow lead 300m from home. Heez On Fire fought on grimly, but Rowchester withstood the challenge and beat him by one metre, with a half-head to Ohoka Kentucky, who was hampered for room in the final circuit before finishing fast along the pegs. The final sections were run in 28.2sec. and 29.2sec. and Rowchester rated 1.57.9. "No one really knew what Robbie's horse (Ohoka Kentucky) was going to do from one," said Hall jun. "When he got crossed the race opened up for us. But I thought that jay Bees Grin would be hard to beat. "Rowchester has got a bit of bottom to him and he loves a fight. So it was probably a good thing that we had Heez On Fire there keeping us honest." Hall sen. refused to agree with the general perception that toughness was Rowchester's main asset, saying: "He can be sat up and I reckon if he gets a good sit he could really zip." Rowchester won at three of his five New Zealand starts and has raced 15 times in WA for five wins and seven placings. He has earned $49,530 from his seven wins and eight placings from 20 starts. He is a half-brother to nine-year-old The Musics Over, who won five races in New Zealand and 11 in Tasmania. Rowchester's maternal granddam Samantha Franco produced good WA performer Banana Dana (61 starts for 14 wins, 13 placings and $142,629). His great granddam Smarty Pants produced Smart Son (who was a winner in New Zealand, Australia and America before retiring with earnings of $347,805 from 41 wins and 59 placings from 226 starts) and Vanderel (87 starts for 14 wins, 23 placings and $164,163). ROCKY MARCIANO GOES PAST THE $100,000 MARK Classy New Zealand-bred four-year-old Rocky Marciano underlined his potential and took his earnings past the $100,000 mark when he outpaced his rivals in the 2130m Nepean Conveyors Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. "He looks to have plenty more wins in store," enthused Morgan Woodley after he had driven the Christian Cullen gelding to a decisive victory by just less than two lengths over Our Amazing Art, with three lengths to Mohegan Sun in third place. Our Amazing Art (7/1) jumped in front from the No. 2 barrier and led for the first 500m before Rocky Marciano, the 10/9 on favourite, stormed into the lead after a sizzling lead time of 36sec. Woodley then was able to get Rocky Marciano to relax and go through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.6sec. and 30.8sec. Mohegan Sun, who settled in seventh spot, started a three-wide move with 1200m to travel and he got to third at the bell when Woodley increased the tempo and Rocky Marciano surged through the third quarter in 29.1sec. before sprinting over the final quarter in 28.2sec. to win at a smart 1.56.9 rate. Rocky Marciano, placed at three of his ten New Zealand starts, has been extremely consistent for Bickley trainer Peter Anderson, with his 31 WA starts producing nine wins and ten placings. His stake-earnings now stand at $101,389. TALK ABOUT MACH REVIVES MEMORIES OF VILLAGE KID It was extremely fitting that the colours of blue, gold sash and striped sleeves made famous by the outstanding deeds of Village Kid were to the fore on WA Pacing Cup night at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The colours of octogenarian Hope Valley trainer Bill Horn were worn by 23-year-old Kyle Harper, who drove Talk About Mach to a stylish victory in the 2130m second heat of the Nepean Conveyors Im Themightyquinn Mares Pace. The same colours were carried by Village Kid throughout his magnificent career, which included four victories in the WA Pacing Cup in the 1980s. Talk About Mach, a last-start winner, was a 16/1 chance from barrier three on the back line, with deluxe Edition favourite at 5/2 and polemarker Kotare Ash at 11/4. Kotare Ash, as expected, set the pace, with Harper settling Talk About Mach in eighth position in the one-wide line. Deluxe Edition was restrained from the No. 5 barrier by Chris Voak and went back to last in the field of 12. Aristocratic Glow started a three-wide move approaching the bell, and her run was followed by Talk About Mach, who sustained a strong effort to come from eighth with a lap to travel to hit the front in the final 100m before winning by a half-length from Deluxe Edition, who finished strongly out wide. Kotare Ash held on to be third. Talk About Mach rated 1.58.8 and took her record to ten wins, 14 placings and $105,302 from 47 starts. "When Bill has her absolutely spot on you can tell the difference, and tonight when I hit the track (for the preliminary) I said 'yes this is the one we want and I was pretty confident in the warm-up.'" BRAEMOOR RECOVERS AFTER A TARDY START Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice completed a double when Braemoor recovered after a bad start to come from the rear and score a narrow victory in the 2503m Nepean Conveyors Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Prentice had won earlier in the program with Gday Mate in the WA Pacing Cup Consolation. Braemoor, a 15/4 chance off 10m, galloped for a few strides at the start and settled down in ninth position. Lisharry (13/2) galloped badly at the start and broke again 300m later. Im Elmer Fudd (15/1) set the pace for Chris Lewis and he held off an early challenge from Erris Lad. Then Anvils Big Punt (16/1) went forward to race in the breeze in the final two laps. After the first two sections of the final mile min 31.2sec. and 31.3sec., Im Elmer Fudd sped up with a 28.7sec. third quarter as the challengers were coming from the rear. Rockyourbaby went forward 1050m from home and Prentice followed his three-wide burst to move to seventh at the bell. Braemoor went four wide on the home turn and hit the front 50m from the post before holding the fast-finishing Coringa Cory (11/1) at bay to score by a head at a 2.2 rate. Im Elmer Fudd held on to be third, a neck in front of Anvils Big Punt. "At the 400m I thought he was just winning, but at the top of the straight I thought I'd be lucky to run a place," Prentice said. "And when I had Robbie come off my back with Coringa Cory I thought he would have gone straight past me. Braemoor has done a good job to hold him off." Braemoor, a New Zealand-bred seven-year-old by Christian Cullen, has had 27 starts in WA for nine wins and five placings to take his career record to 58 starts for 12 wins, 13 placings and stakes of $111,221. BALLEYBOFEY WINS NORTHAM CUP AT 5/1 New Zealand-bred eight-year-old Balleybofey gave a bold frontrunning performance to win the $30,000 Northam Cup at Burwood Park on Saturday night to give reinsman Chris Lewis his second success in the event. Lewis won the 2001 Cup with the Les Coulson-trained All The Answers. Balleybofey, a 5/1 chance off the 10m mark, began speedily and dashed to the front after 450m to give the 2/1 favourite Flyalong Falcon the trail behind the pacemaker. Kyle Harper dashed Springsteen (off 20m) forward in the first lap to work hard in the breeze. Balleybofey fought on grandly to win by a length from Springsteen, with Flyalong Falcon finishing determinedly, out wide, to be third. The winner rated 2.1.2 over the marathon 2970m and took his record to 14 wins and 24 placings from 68 starts for stakes of $122,086. Balleybofey is trained at Mt Helena by Ray Williams, whose son Grant drove Silvers Coin and Navigator Dee to victory in the Northam Cup in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Navigator Dee was trained by Ray Williams' brother Mike, who also drove High Narai to victory in the 1977 Northam Cup. by Ken Casellas  

Four-year-old Smokey The Bandit is proving to be an outstanding bargain. Purchased by Busselton's Michael Callegari and Rohan Baillie for a mere $2000 at the 2011 Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale, the exciting grey gelding boosted his earnings to $132,935 when he finished with a devastating burst to win The West Australian $50,000 Nights of Thunder at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained in Busselton by Callegari and driven with supreme confidence by Bunbury reinsman Ash Markham, Smokey The Bandit, second favourite at 5/2, stormed past the pacemaker and 5/4 favourite Silent Prowl 70m from home to win by a half-length from that pacer. Trainer Bob Mellsop jumped Silent Prowl straight to the front from the prized No. 1 barrier and Markham immediately eased Smokey The Bandit from barrier two in behind the leader, who had a comparatively easy time in front, coasting through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.5sec. and 30.9sec. Mellsop then increased the tempo and the third quarter whizzed by in 28.sec., with 11/1 chance Rowchester working strongly in the breeze and My Hard Copy (11/1) enjoying an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. Markham eased Smokey The Bandit off the pegs approaching the home turn and the West Australian-bred son of Jet Laag accelerated brilliantly as he charged to the front. The final quarter took 27.9sec. and the winner rated 1.56.7 to improve his record to ten wins and 16 placings from 40 starts. Rowchester held on to finish third, with My Hard Copy in fourth place. Smokey The Bandit has rarely performed below par since he made a successful debut, winning as a two-year-old at Gloucester Park in January 2012. He started at 98/1 on the tote when he finished powerfully to win the WA Derby Consolation last April and he impressed when second to Nowitzki in the Golden Nugget Championship last month. Smokey The Bandit is the only foal out of the unraced Barnett Hanover mare Cheers To All. His maternal great granddam Discreet Adios produced Ridge, who won seven races in WA between 2000 and 2002 before being retired in America with a record of 219 starts for 45 wins, 60 placings and stakes of $232,355. There was a highly unusual sequel to Friday night's group 2 event when it was discovered that two horses had started from incorrect barriers in the one line field of nine. Michael Tenardi started from barrier seven with The Feather Foot when the gelding was drawn to start from the No. 8 barrier. And Matt White started from barrier eight with Copagrin instead of starting from the No. 7 barrier. The stewards fined both Tenardi and White $500 for starting from the wrong barrier. Copagrin (28/1) settled in last position and was sixth at the bell before finishing in sixth place. The Feather Foot (37/1) raced at the rear before breaking into a gallop 650m from home and finishing last. MELLSOP FINALLY ACHIEVES HIS AMBITION OF WINNING THE TROTTERS CUP Waroona horseman Bob Mellsop finally achieved his ambition of winning The West Australian Trotters Cup when he drove The Beau Brummell to a smart all-the-way victory in the group 3 feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Mellsop had started nine runners in the first eight runnings of the event, but managed only one placing, when Dash of Light finished second to Macladdie in the inaugural Trotters Cup in 2006. He produced The Beau Brummell, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, in fine fettle on Friday night and he dictated terms in front after The Beau Brummell had jumped straight to the lead from the inside barrier on the front line in the 2503m stand. After modest opening quarters of the final mile in 31.8sec. and 31.1sec. The Beau Brummell, favourite at 5/2, made life tough for his 12 rivals by sprinting the final 400m sections in 29.6sec. and 29.2sec. Mellsop's pent-up emotions overflowed when he gave an extravagant salute with the whip as The Beau Brummell reached the post a half-length in front of the gallant Hot Holiday. Heez Speedy Gonzalez raced without cover early before Matt White got Ushaka Bromac to the breeze in the first lap. Hot Holiday, second fancy at 3/1 off the 30m mark, settled in 11th position before Aaron Skalecki sent the seven-year-old forward, three wide, to move outside the pacemaker 1400m from home. Hot Holiday got his head in front at the bell, but The Beau Brummell kept him at bay throughout the final circuit. Prince Eddie, who had won from Hot Holiday and The Beau Brummell a week earlier, ran home gamely from seventh at the bell to be third. The winner rated 2.7.2. The stewards fined Skalecki $200 for an incorrect whip action in the home straight. The Beau Brummell, winner of two races from 20 starts in New Zealand, then had 21 starts in New South Wales for five wins and eight placings. He has had eight starts for Mellsop in WA for three wins and two placings to take his career record to ten wins, 12 placings and $70,661 in prizemoney from 49 starts. RED SALUTE RUNS A GOOD TRIAL FOR RICH CUP EVENTS Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri had three runners in the 2130m TABform Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when most punters pinned their faith in even-money favourite Sensational Gabby. But Sensational Gabby was upstaged by her stablemate and 15/4 second fancy Red Salute, who enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, while Sensational Gabby bowled along in the lead after starting from the No. 1 barrier. Veteran Sneakyn Down Under (11/2) raced in the breeze, but did not seriously challenge the pacemaker at any stage. Red Salute, driven confidently by Chris Voak, finished strongly and took the lead 150m from the post before winning by a neck from 21/1 chance Our Major Mark, who finished boldly from tenth at the bell. Danieljohn (10/1) fought on seventh on the pegs at the bell to be a half-head away in third place. Sensational Gabby wilted to finish sixth, with Sneakyn Down Under a fair fifth. Olivier's third runner, Argent Treasure (45/1) raced three back on the pegs in fifth place before finishing eighth. Red Salute, a WA-bred five-year-old by American stallion Life Sign, advanced to an M5 classification and is sure to be nominated for the $250,000 Yes Loans Fremantle Cup over 2536m at Gloucester Park next Friday night and the $400,000 Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup over 2936m the following week. Red Salute is improving steadily and now has earned $153,869 from 14 wins and 11 placings from 44 starts. ROCKY MARCIANO OUTPACES HIS OLDER RIVALS New Zealand-bred four-year-old Rocky Marciano made the most of a favourable barrier and proved too fast and strong for his 11 older rivals in the 2536m West Wheels Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Rocky Marciano, a solidly-supported 5/4 on favourite, began speedily from the No. 2 barrier and Morgan Woodley sent him past the polemarker Our Amazing Art and into the lead after 60m. After a 31sec. first 400m section of the final mile, Rocky Marciano reeled off quarters of 29.2sec., 28.1sec. and 28.5sec. to win comfortably at a 1.59.2 rate by just over a length from 13/2 second fancy Our Amazing Art, who fought on doggedly after sitting behind the leader throughout. Last-start winner Moonlight Rockhole finished fast from seventh at the bell to be third. Rocky Marciano was placed at three of his ten starts in New Zealand and is proving a good purchase for Ian Sermon, Lee Bunney, Dave Morley, Tracey Sermon, Andy Baayens, Ken Casellas, Peter Anderson and Ross Waddell. His 29 starts in Western Australia have produced eight wins and nine placings. Rocky Marciano, trained at Bickley by Anderson, is by Christian Cullen and is the only foal out of Riverboat Royce, who had 55 starts in New Zealand for nine wins, ten placings and $65,234 in stakes. Rocky Marciano has earned $86,689 from eight wins and 12 placings from 39 starts. WILLIAMS PRODUCES PACIFIC WARRIOR IN GREAT SHAPE FOR FIRST-UP WIN Astute Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams produced highly-promising six-year-old Pacific Warrior in superb shape when the New Zealand-bred gelding scored a most impressive first-up victory in the Weekend West Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Starting favourite at 5/2 at his first appearance for four months, Pacific Warrior began from the inside of the back line and Chris Lewis had the gelding poised to strike as he trailed the polemarker and pacemaker Xupan Three. Lucie Boshier, who made an unsuccessful bid for the early lead, then worked in the breeze before Gary Hall jun. injected considerable life into the event when he urged 12/1 chance Why Live Dangerously forward, three wide, in a lightning move from tenth position at the 1150m. Why Live Dangerously charged forward and got his nose in front of Xupan Three at the bell. Hall then took hold of Why Live Dangerously, causing slight interference to Lucie Boshier and Marooned and severe interference to Cool Johnny, Menelaus of Sparta and Bronze Seeker. Lewis eased Pacific Warrior off the pegs 570m from home before taking the gelding three wide at the 300m mark. Pacific Warrior burst to the front on the home turn and raced away to win by three lengths from 52/1 outside Elsu Sheila, with Maggies Mystery rattling home to be third, two and a half lengths in front of the unlucky Bronze Seeker. The near side tyre of Bronze Seeker's sulky was punctured in the mix-up at the bell and the five-year-old impressed with his sparkling late burst after being ten lengths from the lead at the 400m mark and in tenth position on the home turn. The stewards fined Hall $200 for having reduced the speed abruptly when he got Why Live Dangerously to the breeze at the bell. Pacific Warrior has earned $129,604 from 17 wins and 14 placings from 50 starts. He raced 27 times for four wins in New Zealand and his 23 WA starts have produced 13 wins and seven placings. THIS TIME DYLAN GIVES NEW OWNER A QUICK RETURN Brian Ridley received a quick dividend when lightly-raced eight-year-old This Time Dylan surged home from the rear to score a narrow victory in the 2536m The Form Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Ridley outlaid $20,000 to claim This Time Dylan the previous Friday night and the gelding was transferred from the stables of leading trainer Gary Hall sen. to Michael Brennan's Pinjarra training establishment. This Time Dylan's victory on Friday night at 11/2 saw the gelding boost his earnings by $13,650 to a career record of 38 starts for 14 wins and nine placings for stakes of $125,775. This Time Dylan, driven by Gary Hall jun., started from barrier four on the front line and after being trapped three wide early, Hall restrained the gelding to the rear in the field of eight while polemarker Adda Paternal Suit was setting the pace from Shardons Rocket (breeze), Your Good Fortune (pegs) and Ima Rocket Star (one-out and one-back). The 9/4 favourite Dasher VC started from the outside of the front line and was restrained back to last before Chris Lewis started a three-wide move approaching the bell. Hall then switched This Time Dylan out wide to follow the run of Dasher VC, who got to a narrow lead 300m from home. But This Time Dylan was carrying far too many guns and he surged to the front 50m later and held on in the closing stages to defeat the fast-finishing Leda McNally by a head at a 1.57.3 rate. Dasher VC finished a further 10m back in third place. Ima Rocket Star finished sixth. This Time Dylan is in a rich vein of form, with his past 13 starts producing eight wins, three seconds and one third placing and Ridley is hoping he will prove an even better investment than Rakarebel, a pacer he claimed for $10,000 from the Hall stable last May. Rakarebel then was trained by Brennan and in ten starts for his new connections he won once and was placed four times for earnings of $18,550 before Ridley received $20,000 when an eastern states syndicate claimed the gelding in July. OLDTIMER TUXEDO ENHANCES SVILICICH'S REPUTATION Tuxedo, an 11-year-old veteran of 134 starts with one placing from his previous 11 starts and a losing sequence of 20, further enhanced veteran Byford trainer Tony Svilicich's reputation as a genius when he gave a powerful display to win the 1730m The West.com.au Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Tuxedo, owned by Peter Ensel, was having just his fifth start for Svilicich and judged by his sterling performance he should be capable of winning an M0 event in the coming few weeks. Remarkably, Tuxedo was a rank outsider at 155/1 the previous Friday night when he finished 12th and last, 119m behind the winner Erskine Range in a 2130m event. But there was a significant excuse for that effort. Tuxedo raced wide early and then in the breeze before he met with severe interference on the home bend. He was a 9/1 chance from barrier four on the front line on Friday night and Kyle Harper took him three wide early to issue a strong challenge to the pacemaker and 10/9 on favourite Major Nick after 550m. Major Nick resisted the challenge, but backers of the favourite were dismayed soon afterwards when Major Nick broke into a fierce gallop approaching the winning post with a lap to travel. Major Nick continued to gallop and dropped back to a distant last. Harper then was able to send Tuxedo to the front and the New Zealand-bred gelding fought on determinedly to win by a half-length from outsider Knight Crusader, who finished solidly from eighth at the bell. Veitchy, who raced one-out and one-back, battled on to be third, a neck in front of former South Australian pacer Ben Cartwright, who finished strongly from the rear. Kim Prentice, driver of Major Nick, was at a loss when the horse broke into a gallop when in front. But it was discovered (on video evidence) that Major Nick had shied at an object lying on the track. This was a boot which had been displaced from a foreleg of Who Thru teddy soon after the start. Major Nick, owned by trainer Chris Phatouros and Raff Barbaro, damaged a tendon in his near foreleg in the incident. Tuxedo, whose previous success was at Wagin 14 months ago, is still a Metropolitan maiden performer, despite earning $82,319 from ten wins and nine placings from 135 starts. ARISTOCRATIC GLOW HAS THE BREEDING TO SUCCEED Aristocratic Glow, a five-year-old mare related to several prolific winners, including 1996 WA Derby winner Mon Poppy Day and former star juvenile Amongst Royalty, bounced back to form and ended a losing sequence of ten when she unwound a spirited late burst to win the 2130m The West Australian Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bred and owned by Bob Fowler and trained at Pinjarra by Barry Warwick, Aristocratic Glow was a 15/2 chance driven confidently by Chris Lewis. Polemaker Indomitable (8/1) set the pace, with 3/1 on favourite Arma Xpress in the breeze and 10/1 chance Miss Atomic behind the pacemaker. Lewis was content to keep Aristocratic Glow in sixth position in the one-wide line until he brought her home with a strong late burst. She hit the front 60m from the post and won by just over a length from the strong-finishing 61/1 outsider Tatum Franco, with a nose to Indomitable in third place. Arma Xpress faded badly to finish a distant last in the field of 11. Aristocratic Glow rated 1.58.3 and took her record to 30 starts for seven wins, eight placings and $45,645 in prizemoney. She is by Canadian sire Northern Luck out of the unraced Northern Lights mare Arctic Glow. Aristocratic Glow is a half-sister to Chazsalico (135 starts for 20 wins, 31 placings and $141,515), Amongst Royalty (86 starts for 23 wins, 27 placings and $570,820), Made of Dreams (49 starts for ten wins, 14 placings and $39,664() and Idolize me (53 starts for ten wins, seven placings and $60,099). Amongst Royalty's wins included the $100,000 Gold Tiara at Bathurst and the $150,000 Australian Pacing Gold at Ballarat as a two-year-old in 2006 and the Gold Chalice at Moonee Valley the following season. Arctic Glow is out of Broncroft Castle (34 starts for six wins, 12 placings and $17,556). Broncroft Castle produced eight winners, including Travcor (110 starts for 18 wins, 30 placings and $102,664), Parthenon (25 starts for six wins, two placings and $79,920) and Mon Poppy Day (50 starts for 20 wins, 16 placings and $318,558). Trainer-driver Donald Harper was at a loss to explain the poor performance of Arma Xpress, who went into the race with 11 wins from 12 starts. He informed the stewards that the mare had been heavily in season on Wednesday. SPARKLING SEELSTER UNWINDS TYPICAL POWERFUL FINISH Six-year-old Sparkling Seelster maintained his excellent form and showed that he is ready to win in M0 company when he produced a typical powerful finish to score an easy victory in the 2130m The West Australian Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Second favourite at 7/2, Sparkling Seelster started from the inside of the backline and was under lock and key in fifth position, three back on the pegs, until Chris Voak eased 3/1 favourite Art In Your Face of the pegs behind the leader Intrepidation 650m from home. Justin Prentice then was able to move Sparkling Seelster behind Intrepidation before getting the gelding into the clear approaching the home turn. Captain Proud (9/2) had taken the lead 380m from home before Sparkling Seelster stormed to the front at the 110m mark and went on to win by just over a length from 46/1 outsider Arts Gangsta, who ran on from eighth (on the pegs) at the bell. Captain Proud finished third and Art In Your Face was fourth. Sparkling Seelster, who is prepared by Prentice at Boyanup, has had 55 starts for nine wins, 15 placings and $57,562. He is by Falcon Seelster out of Soky's Atom mare Sally Anna, who had 17 starts in WA for seven wins and seven placings and was retired to stud with a record of 37 starts for ten wins, 15 placings and $59,428. Sally Anna is a daughter of Our Sally, a mare by American stallion Nat Lobell. Sally Anna had 79 starts for 12 wins, 25 placings and stakes of $27,331. HEEZ ORL BLACK GETS UP TO WIN IN THE FINAL STRIDE Heez Orl Black, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old related to outstanding stallion and former champion and $1 million earner Christian Cullen, broke his Metropolitan maiden status and took his earnings to $168,710 when he was a fast-finishing winner of the 2503m West Real Estate Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Heez Orl Black, the 7/4 favourite trained by Gary Hall sen. and driven by his son Gary, was prominent throughout in fourth position, with ten-year-old mare Salliwood setting the pace and Springsteen in the breeze. Kyle Harper sent Springsteen to the front 40m from the post, but the five-year-old was unable to hold out Heez Orl Black, who got up by a head in the final stride. Salliwood held on to be third, with J Walker finishing fast into fourth place. Heez Orl Black, owned by Max Grynberg, William Paterson, Tony and Ruth Thompson, Dave Kahl, Karen Hall, Frank Borrello and Trudi Spiniello, has had 20 starts in Western Australia for seven wins and five placings to take his record to 52 starts for 13 wins and 13 placings. The winner is by In The Pocket and his great granddam Pleasant Franco produced Christian Cullen, who won at 22 of his 31 starts and amassed $1,249,150 in prizemoney. by Ken Casellas  

Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. is poised to win the Kennards Hire Christmas Gift final for a fifth time and wipe the names of legendary horsemen Lyle Lindau and Fred Kersley jun. off the record books when he starts leading candidates Toretto, Famous Alchemist and The Ragpickers Dream in the $35,000 feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall's prospects soared when Toretto drew the prized No. 1 barrier and Famous Alchemist the No. 2 spot in the 2130m race, in which The Ragpickers Dream will start from the No. 5 barrier on the front line. Toretto, a five-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding and the least experienced runner in the Gift, was the fastest of the 12 qualifiers for the final when he charged home from ninth at the bell to win by more than two lengths from Hez The Bart Man last Friday night, rating 1.56. The other heat winners were Sensational Gabby (1.57.1) and Red Salute (1.59.1). The Ragpickers Dream was beaten by a nose in the final stride by Sensational Gabby and Famous Alchemist impressed when she finished strongly to be second to the pacemaking Red Salute in the other qualifying heat. Being the fastest qualifier (by a considerable margin) is no guarantee of success in the final. But from the inside barrier Toretto looks sure to start favourite and prove mighty hard to beat. However, 12 months ago Sensational Gabby was the fastest of the qualifiers for the Christmas Gift and also drew the No. 1 barrier in the final in which she started equal favourite at 6/4 with Livingontheinterest and set the pace before wilting in the home straight to finish a disappointing ninth behind Livingontheinterest. Livingontheinterest gave Hall his fourth victory in the Christmas Gift after he had been successful with Nixons Creed (1993), Allioop (2004) and McRaes Mate (2007). The Gift was first run in 1963 when Alan Woodworth drove Johnny Scott to victory over Jack Junior. Since then Lindau and Kersley have each trained the winner of the Gift four times. Lindau has won the event with Beau Shannon (1964), Prince Shane (1968), Typhson (1974) and Oxford (1977) and Kersley has been successful with James Eden (1971), Pure Steel (1975), Nixon Adios (1976) and Neeron Boy (1980). Hall, who landed the quinella in the 2007 Gift with McRaes Mate and Cosmic Legacy, has a good chance of providing the trifecta this year with Toretto, Famous Alchemist and The Ragpickers Dream, a rare feat which was achieved in the 2011 Gift when Greg and Skye Bond prepared the first three placegetters, Russley Rascal, Dundee Three and Talk It Up. The Bonds will be represented this year by Our Major Mark, who maintained his sound form when he worked hard without cover and finished third behind Red Salute last Friday night. Our Major Mark, to be handled by Ryan Warwick, is unfavourably drawn at barrier six. Colin Brown, who will drive his own nomination Old McDonald from the outside of the back line, has driven the winner of the Gift a record five times. He has won with Simeon Bay (1988), Julian Doe (1991), All The Answers (2002), Motu Treasure (2010) and Russley Rascal (2011). Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri has three runners in Friday night's feature --- heat winners Sensational Gabby and Red Salute and Hez The Bart Man, all of whom are racing with abundant enthusiasm. Olivieri's only success in the event was with 5/4 favourite Savette, who finished in second place in 1992 before being awarded the race after the winner Nero's Son returned a positive swab. No mare has been successful since Savette. Sensational Gabby, Famous Alchemist and Lucie Boshier are the mares in this year's field. After his fast-finishing victory in a heat, Toretto had an impressive record of eight wins and two placings from only 13 starts. Toretto is extremely versatile and will be suited in a pacemaking role. He started from barrier two when he led and won easily from Our Boy Su over 2130m at Gloucester Park four starts ago. IMPRESSIVE GATE BENDER MAKES STRONG APPEAL Few horses have been as impressive in recent months as Gate Bender was at Gloucester Park last Friday night and the New Zealand-bred eight-year-old has the ability to continue on his winning way when he starts from 20m in the $20,500 Kennards Hire Mount Eden-No Dill Christmas Handicap on Friday night. Serpentine trainer Stephanie Smith produced the gelding in great shape for his first run for six months and he simply coasted to victory in a 2503m stand after galloping at the start and being a conspicuous last in the field of 12 with two laps to travel. However, he unwound a splendid three-wide burst (with cover) from the 1300m to charge to the front 130m from the post and win by almost two lengths from Shardons Rocket. This week, with Morgan Woodley in the sulky, Gate Bender will start from the 20m mark and he looks highly capable of repeating the dose, particularly with a safe beginning. Evergreen ten-year-old Salliwood, the only mare in the race, is a foolproof performer in stands and she appeals as the likely early leader. Shannon Suvaljko then will weigh up his options whether he continues to set the pace or to take a sit. Salliwood started from 10m and raced three back on the pegs before finishing fast to be second to Uncle Kracker in last year's Christmas Handicap. She has raced in weaker company at her two most recent starts, both over 2503m, the distance of this week's race, when she set the pace and won from Shifting Sand and then finished second to Braemoor when the final 800m whizzed by in 56sec. Braemoor should give Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice a good chance of victory after winning six times from his past 13 starts. Prentice also has high hopes with Gday Mate, another experienced standing-start performer who is in good form. Both New Zealand-bred seven-year-olds will start off the 20m mark. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, who has prepared the second placegetter in three of the past five Christmas Handicaps (Our Dream Scene, 2008, Nickelmeldon, 2009, and Hustlers Crown, 2011) is hoping to go one better this year when he will be represented by 10m runners Pembrook Henry and Lord Coburn, each of whom is in sound form. Shardons Rocket, the sole backmarker off 40m, maintained his consistent form for trainer Tony Svilicich when he started from 30m and finished second to Gate Bender last Friday night. Backmarkers have a good record in the Christmas Handicap. Uncle Kracker won off 30m last year, Rocket Reign was the sole backmarker off 40m when he won in 2011, Alzona was the co-backmarker off 50m when he was successful in 2010 and Power of Tara was the sole backmarker off 40m when he won in 2008. New Zealand-bred seven-year-old J Walker (20m) will have many admirers after his brilliant first-up performance last Friday week when he started from 20m and charged home from last to win in dashing style for young trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams. THE No. 1 BARRIER POINTS TO LIVINGONTHEINTEREST IN SPRINT EVENT Barrier draws have a significant influence in determining the outcome of races at Gloucester Park and when Livingontheinterest drew the prized No. 1 barrier in the 1730m Medic One Pace on Friday night he emerged as the likely winner. The New Zealand-bred six-year-old, the youngest of the 12 runners, is a talented frontrunner who looks certain to set the pace and prove extremely difficult to overcome. He is prepared by leading trainer Gary Hall sen., whose other runner Hokonui Ben looks Livingontheinterest's most serious rival after drawing the inside of the back line. Friday night's event will be an excellent pipe-opener for the 1730m Village Kid Sprint the following week. Veteran Sneakyn Down Under started from the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Fred Doy Memorial last Friday night when he led and won from Hokonui Ben and David Hercules. Hokonui Ben raced in the breeze and fought on grimly, with the final 800m being covered in 56.7sec. Livingontheinterest started from barrier two on the back line and did not threaten danger. He raced in sixth position in the one-wide line before starting a three-wide move approaching the bell. However, Livingontheinterest failed to sustain his effort and faded to eighth. But the inside draw on the front line this week will make a tremendous difference. Sneakyn Down Under went into last week's event with a losing sequence of 11 and unplaced at his previous six outings. But he was a firm third favourite at 7/2 because of the No. 1 barrier. He will be at much longer odds from barrier two on the second line this week. Veteran Mysta Magical Mach, who will be making his fourth appearance after resuming from a six-month absence, faces a stern test from the outside of the front line and Dasher VC, being prepared for an assault on rich summer carnival events including the WA pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup, will need plenty of luck from barrier three on the back line. SMART TRIAL GIVES SHNAPPY A HOPE AT HIS FIRST WA OUTING Former Victorian pacer Shnappy has managed just one minor placing from nine starts since winning at Melton last May, but he should be prominent at his West Australian debut when he contests the 2536m Make Your Job Easy Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The seven-year-old has not raced since mid-July, but he caught the eye with a smart win in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning when he broke soon after the start and recovered to defeat Springsteen by a length at a 1.58.1 rate. He sprinted over the final two 400m sections of the trial in 28.8sec. and 27.9sec. He is now being prepared by Ross Olivieri and Chris Lewis will drive him from the No. 4 barrier in an event in which he will clash with some smart pacers including Vapour, Flyalong Falcon Grand Cru and Hez Got The Nod. Shnappy has arrived in WA with a good record of ten wins and ten placings from 50 starts and will pay to follow. Vapour, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old trained by Gary Hall sen., has the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the front line, but will have many admirers after winning at each of his first two starts in the State earlier this month. He raced 16 times in New Zealand for three wins and five placings. Flyalong Falcon, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old trained by Nathan Turvey, has been most impressive since arriving in WA where his first five starts have produced four wins and a close last-start second to Art In Your face at Narrogin. Flyalong Falcon is the only runner off the back line. by Ken Casellas  

A massive 132 nominations have been received for the 2014 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Championship Sydney. The Host State, New South Wales, has the most entries with 38. Victoria has 27, Western Australia 25, New Zealand 20, Queensland 19, Tasmania 2 and South Australia 1. Qualifying Heats will be conducted at Addington, Tabcorp Park Melton, Albion Park and Gloucester Park with a further two heats at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The Qualifying Heats are scheduled for Saturday evening 15 February and will be broadcast within a dedicated two hour window on Sky 2. The Grand Final will be at 3:40pm at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday afternoon 2 March 2014 with live nationwide coverage on Channel 9. Due to a miscommunication between the NSWHRC and trainer Tony Svilicich horses Mysta Magical Mach and Shardons Rocket were omitted from the Inter Dominion nominations These have now been included. Additionally the two Keayang's Cullen and Steamer trained by Margaret Lee in Victoria were omitted as was Fernleigh Renegade NZ trained by KerryAnn Turner in NSW. The list of 132 nominations are as follows; Horse Trainer   State Ardghal NZ Shane Tritton NSW Baby Bling NZ Belinda McCarthy NSW Bettor Bet Black Darren McCall NSW Brave Wiggy NZ Shane Tritton NSW Chariot King John Tapp NSW Feels Like Magic NZ Kevin Pizzuto NSW Fernleigh Renegade NZ KerryAnn Turner NSW Fly Like An Eagle NZ Paul Fitzpatrick NSW For A Reason Luke McCarthy NSW Freyberg NZ Kevin Pizzuto NSW Gaius Caesar NZ Darren Binskin NSW Garnet River Luke McCarthy NSW Glengowan NZ Darren Binskin NSW Hawthorden NZ Shane Tritton NSW Hez Delcan NZ Neal Wardle NSW Heza Presidente NZ Shane Tritton NSW Ideal Scott NZ Luke McCarthy NSW Jackaroo Bromac NZ Shane Tritton NSW Kotare Mach NZ Peter Walsh NSW Lee Van Cleef NZ Kevin Pizzuto NSW Mach Beauty Shane Tritton NSW Mach Wiper Luke McCarthy NSW Master Joy Shane Tritton NSW Mister Presley NZ Peter Walsh NSW Monifieth NZ John McCarthy NSW My Dusky Sound NZ Steve Turnbull NSW Pure Power NZ Nicole Molander NSW Repelem Peter Walsh NSW Rockets Reject Ian Wilson NSW Rohan Home Paul Fitzpatrick NSW Satellite Ace David Reynolds NSW Scandalman NZ Ian Wilson NSW Seel N Print NZ Todd McCarthy NSW Suave Stuey Lombo Shane Tritton NSW Terrorway NZ John McCarthy NSW The Gold Ace NZ Luke McCarthy NSW Two Eye See Belinda McCarthy NSW Washakie NZ John McCarthy NSW         Besotted NZ Ray Green NZ Choise Achiever NZ Tim Butt NZ Christen Me NZ Cran Dalgety NZ Easy On The Eye NZ Steven Reid NZ Elusive Chick NZ Timothy Butt NZ Four Starzzz Flash NZ Kevin Chapman NZ Franco Ledger NZ Hamish Hunter NZ Franco Nelson NZ Robert Dunn NZ Give The Wink NZ Geoff Small NZ Jarcullembra NZ Geoff Small NZ Jason Rulz NZ G Hope NZ Jivin Cullen NZ Robert Dunn NZ Kiwi Ideal NZ Steven Reid NZ Mah Sish NZ Timothy Butt NZ Pass Them By NZ Timothy Butt NZ Pembrook Benny NZ Barry Purdon NZ Rider On The Storm NZ Robert Dunn NZ Smolda NZ Mark Purdon NZ Terror To Love NZ Graham Court NZ The Sleepy Tripp NZ Robert Dunn NZ         Alberto Contador NZ Grant Dixon QLD Avonnova Ian Gurney QLD Beau Dandy James Wanless QLD Bettor Draw Paul McGregor QLD Destreos NZ Ken Rattray QLD Devil Dodger NZ Grant Dixon QLD Field Officer NZ Grant Dixon QLD Forever Gold Darren Weeks QLD Franco Jamar NZ Bart Cockburn QLD Funny Boy NZ Ken Rattray QLD Goulburn Guy Vicki Rasmussen QLD Holy Camp Boy Vicki Rasmussen QLD Ima Sea Storm NZ Graham White QLD Jazzabout Cristina Monte QLD My Jellignite NZ Shane Sanderson QLD Only The Brave NZ Grant Dixon QLD Pub Blitz James Wanless QLD Sign To Inverell Darrel Graham QLD Vegas Bound Grant Dixon QLD         Mark Dennis NZ Lance Holberton SA         Beautide James Rattray TAS Biggernbettermax James Rattray TAS         Abettorpunt David Lewis VIC Alchemy NZ Lance Justice VIC Amajorjo David Lewis VIC Amercian Muscle Ross Sugars VIC Bitobliss Scott Stewart VIC Blucolla Tigerpie Michael Stanley VIC Broadways Best Shannon McLean VIC Captain Joy Sue Hunter VIC Caribbean Blaster Andy Gath VIC Chancellor Cullen NZ Dean Braun VIC Devilish Smile Peter Tonkin VIC Guaranteed Emma Stewart VIC Hugo Play Lance Justice VIC Im Barney Rubble NZ Lance Justice VIC Im Corzin Terror NZ Dean Braun VIC Jaccka Clive NZ David Aiken VIC Jadahson Emma Stewart VIC Keayang Cullen Margaret Lee VIC Keayang Steamer Margaret Lee VIC Restrepo Emma Stewart VIC Savesomtimetodream Paul Rowse VIC Smoken Up NZ Lance Justice VIC Smudge Bromac NZ David Aiken VIC Toulouse Lautrec NZ Lance Justice VIC Villagem Glenn Douglass VIC Wartime Sweetheart David Aiken VIC Youranut Ross Sugars VIC         Argent Treasure Ross Olivieri WA Can Return Fire NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Condrieu NZ Greg Bond WA Crombie Gary Elson WA Daniel John Andrew DeCampo WA Dasher VC NZ Andrew DeCampo WA David Hercules David Thompson WA Dredlock Rockstar Michael Callegari WA Empire Flame NZ James Howlett WA Hez The Bart Man NZ Ross Olivieri WA Hokonui Ben NZ Gary Hall (snr) WA Im Terrific NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Im Victorious NZ Michael Brennan WA Ima Rocket Star NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Johnny Be Greg & Skye Bond WA Livingontheinterest NZ Gary Hall (snr) WA Lombo Navigator Andrew DeCampo WA Mach Banner NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Midnight Dylan NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Mysta Magical Mach NZ Tony Svilicich WA Our Major Mark NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Red Salute Ross Olivieri WA Sensational Gabby Ross Olivieri WA Shardons Rocket NZ Tony Svilicich WA Your Good Fortune NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Dale Walker  

Victorian invader Chilli Palmer is the least experienced runner in the $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but he is in devastating form and has excellent prospects of giving outstanding trainer Dean Braun a perfect record in this group 1 event for four-year-olds. The 37-year-old Braun has had two runners in this event --- and each was successful, with Mustang Mach starting favourite at 6/4 and winning from Lovers Delight in 2011 and Chancellor Cullen starting at 5/2 on, setting the pace from the No. 2 barrier and holding on grimly to beat Bronze Seeker by a half-head 12 months ago. Chilli Power has strung together five wins in succession and goes into Friday night’s event with an enviable record of six wins and a second from only eight starts. He fared poorly in the random draw and will start from the outside of the back line. But Braun sees this as a lucky omen. Mustang Mach wore the No. 12 saddlecloth and started from the outside of the back line for his victory in the McInerney Ford Classic when he raced three wide early to move outside the pacemaker Seel N Print after 750m before getting to the front with 450m to travel and fighting on grandly to defeat the fast-finishing Lovers Delight. Chilli Palmer, a New Zealand-bred gelding by Elsu, warmed up for this week’s assignment in fine style when he raced in sixth position in the one-wide line before sprinting home brilliantly over the final 400m in 27.7sec. to win easily from The Major League over 1720m at Melton last Saturday night. That followed an easy first-up victory over 2100m at Geelong 12 nights earlier. Braun enjoyed his best season in 2012-13 when he trained 106 winners and 93 placegetters in Victoria from only 287 starters. He also won races in Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart and Perth, with his filly Itz Nosurprisesthere successful in the group 1 Queensland Oaks. He has started the 2013-14 season in fine style and is in third place in the Victorian Statewide trainers’ premiership table with 26 winners and ten placegetters from just 54 starters. Champion New Zealand horse Bit Of A Legend has drawn out wide at No. 6 on the front line and reinsman Brent Mangos will be hoping for a far better performance from the stallion after his failure as an even-money favourite when a wilting 11th behind Nowitzki in the Four-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester park last Friday night when he started from barrier five and worked hard in the breeze. This disappointing effort followed his smart win at his WA debut the previous week when he dashed to an early lead, set the pace and sprinted over the final 800m in 56.1sec. He has raced 35 times for 17 wins and 11 seconds for stakes of $638,928 and cannot be underestimated. Adding tremendous interest will be the appearance of the only mare in the event, Robyns C C, who is trained at Serpentine by Chris Brew and is ideally drawn at barrier two on the front line. The mare, who was driven by Mangos at two of her three wins in New Zealand, is in superb form and has not been extended in winning at each of her past six starts. Robyns C C is extremely versatile and has won when leading, after racing without cover and when held up for a late burst. Brew’s other runner, Glenferrie Hood (seven wins and four placings from 13 starts) will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line, immediately behind Robyns C C. The Victorian-trained Nowitzki, who gave an excellent frontrunning display (from the No. 1 barrier) to score an easy victory over Mexicano and Northview Punter in the 2130m Four-Year-Old Championship last Friday night, faces a tougher task over 2536m this week after drawing the outside barrier (No. 7) on the front line. Leading WA trainer Gary Hall sen. has won the McInerney Ford Classic with The Falcon Strike (2001) and Im Themightyquinn (2008) and this year he will be represented by Northview Punter (14 wins from 26 starts) and My Hard Copy (nine wins from 30 starts). The consistent Northview Punter is a tough, no-nonsense type of pacer with sound prospects from the No. 4 barrier. He trailed the pacemaker Nowitzki for much of the way last week when a fighting third to that gelding. My Hard Copy, an easy all-the-way winner over 1730m at a 1.54.6 rate two starts ago, has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and will be driven by Shane Butcher. Gary Hall jun. will again be in the sulky behind Northview Punter. Bickley trainer Peter Anderson also has two runners in Friday night’s race, Mexicano (barrier No. 3) and Rocky Marciano (inside of the back line). Mexicano impressed last Friday night when he raced three back on the pegs and finished strongly to be second to Nowitzki and Rocky Marciano ran on gamely from five back on the pegs to finish fourth. BETTOR COVER LOVER SET TO PASS THE MAGIC $1 MILLION MARK A perfect barrier at No. 2 on the front line should be the ingredient for success for champion New Zealand mare Bettor Cover Lover in the $40,000 Norm’s Daughter Classic over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Owned by prominent West Australian veterinary surgeon Trevor Lindsay, Bettor Cover Lover has a superior record to that of her 11 rivals and she looks set to notch her 20th win from 35 starts and boost her earning past the $1 million mark. The big, rangy mare who stands 16.2 hands has improved a lot since her seventh behind Bettors Fire in the Mount Eden Sprint three Fridays ago. That was her first appearance for five months and she had the distinct disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line. The six-year-old has worked in fine style for trainer-reinsman Brent Mangos since that defeat and paced stylishly when second to the frontrunning Sensational Gabby in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra last Sunday week when the final two 400m sections were covered in 27.1sec. and 28.4sec. Leading WA trainer Gary Hall sen. has four runners, Askmenow (barrier one), Korobeit Angel (seven), Famous Alchemist (inside of the back line) and Chloe Vargarita (No. 2 on the back line). Askmenow has won at nine of her past 14 starts and is a good frontrunner. But Bettor Cover Lover should reveal superior early speed and is likely to burst to an early lead. The fastest beginners on the front line are Sensational Gabby (No. 3) and Leda McNally (No. 4) and they should make life interesting and challenging for Mangos. Sensational Gabby, a five-year-old who has won at 24 of her 36 starts, will be having her first start for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri and it is problematical whether Chris Lewis will ask the mare to go flat out at the outset at her first appearance for seven months. However, Chris Voak is sure to be tempted to make an early bid for the lead with the speedy Leda McNally, who is blessed with sparkling gate speed. She began like a flash from the inside barrier before strolling to an effortless all-the-way victory at a 1.54.3 rate over 1730m last Friday night. Leda McNally started from the inside barrier in the 2012 Norm’s Daughter Classic when she trailed the pacemaker Lucie Boshier (barrier three) and was blocked for a clear run when an unlucky third to that mare. Lucie Boshier has won once (four starts ago) and has been unplaced eight times from her past nine starts and she is hard to recommend from the No. 5 barrier. The best of the Hall runners could be Famous Alchemist, who should enjoy a good passage from the inside of the back line. Famous Alchemist had a tough run, three wide early and then in the breeze, when a sound third behind Leda McNally and Deluxe Edition last Friday night. HAYTER GETS A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY WITH DREDLOCK ROCKSTAR Young Bunbury reinsman Kaiden Hayter has been handed a golden opportunity to land another Metropolitan winner after being engaged to handle the speedy Dredlock Rockstar in the 1730m McInerney Ford Falcon Ute Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 22-year-old Hayter was offered the drive behind the Michael Callegari-trained five-year-old to enable the gelding to contest the $17,500 event which is restricted to M1-class pacers. Hayter’s junior concession qualified Dredlock Rockstar, an M2-class performer, to contest the race. And Dredlock Rockstar’s prospects soared when he drew the prized No. 1 barrier. Dredlock Rockstar is in superb form, with his past 17 starts producing seven wins and nine placings. He was most impressive at Gloucester Park last Friday week when Aaron Beckett (replacing the suspended Ashleigh Markham) drove him to a brilliant all-the-way victory over Ohoka Dallas and Shardons Rocket in the 2130m Parliamentarians Cup. That took the gelding’s record to 41 starts for 12 wins and 17 placings for stakes of $100,056. This win came a week after Dredlock Rockstar had finished powerfully from last at the bell to be third behind Bettors Fire and Im Victorious in the Mount Eden Sprint. Seven-year-old Jar Zinyo, who has a losing sequence of 20 stretching back to a win at Melton 23 months ago, looks a place certainty. The gelding, trained by Gary Hall sen., will start from the inside of the back line and should trail the pacemaking Dredlock Rockstar throughout. Tough seven-year-old Wrongly Accused also has bright place prospects after he ended a losing sequence of 11 with an easy victory over Raymon John at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon. That took the Tony Svilicich-trained gelding’s record to 21 wins and 47 placings from 182 starts. SMART TRIAL A POINTER TO THE PRODIGY’S FIRST-UP PROSPECTS A smart trial victory at Pinjarra on Sunday morning by The Prodigy was a strong pointer to her prospects in the 2130m McInerney Ford Belmont Service Pace for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Prodigy, trained by Ross Olivieri and driven by Chris Lewis, sped over the final 400m of the trial in 27.6sec. and scored by two and a half lengths from Our Jerry Lee. She will start from the No. 3 barrier on Friday night and should be prominent throughout. The Prodigy has not appeared since she raced erratically and covered a lot of extra ground before finishing a distant eighth behind Artistic Copper in the $100,000 Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies last April. Artistic Copper, trained by her breeder-owner Mike Howie, looks likely to be one of The Prodigy’s main rivals. She will start from the No. 1 barrier and Nathan Turvey is likely to attempt an all-the-way win. Artistic Copper resumed after a spell at Northam on Sunday when she raced in the one-out, one-back position and finished third behind Shes So Cool. Shes So Cool faces a tougher task on Friday night from out wide at barrier No. 6. She will again be driven by Brent Mangos, who replaced Pinjarra trainer Kade Howson on Sunday after Howson was suspended for 12 days for having obliged another runner to cover extra ground in a race at Bunbury on Saturday night. New Zealand-bred filly The Parade will be hard to beat despite starting from the outside of the back line. Trained at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, The Parade has scored convincingly at each of her past three starts, two at Pinjarra and one at Gloucester Park. The return to racing of Shez Sensational adds further interest to the race. Shez Sensational is trained at Byford by Callan Suvaljko and she showed abundant promise as a two-year-old and is capable of a bold first-up showing. DAVID HERCULES LOOKS A GOOD BET AFTER BRILLIANT FIRST-UP WIN The ease in which David Hercules defeated his rivals, first-up, over 1730m last Friday night should influence punters to support the seven-year-old when he contests the $21,000 McInerney Ford Falcon Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. David Hercules, trained by David Thompson, led easily from barrier one and sped over the final quarters in 28.2sec. and 27.7sec. to win by six lengths from Son of Fergie at a 1.54.2 rate. David Hercules will start from the No. 2 barrier on the front line and Morgan Woodley is sure to attempt another all-the-way win. However, Woodley might not have an easy task to send David Hercules straight to the front, with Hokonui Ben drawn the prized No. 1 barrier. Hokonui Ben also was racing first-up in last Friday night’s event in which he started from barrier three and raced in the one-out and one-back position before being hampered for room in the closing stages and finishing fifth behind David Hercules. by Ken Casellas  

Champion reinsman Chris Lewis has won the $30,000 Sealanes Parliamentarians Cup six times since the race was inaugurated in 1993 and he has bright prospects of maintaining his great strike rate by driving Dasher VC to victory in the 2130m mobile event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He should improve a lot on his first-up run (when a fighting fourth behind Bettors Fire in the 1730m Mount Eden Sprint last Friday night) and Chris is happy with him,” said Aiden De Campo, son of the seven-year-old’s trainer Andrew De Campo. “He will probably be doing the work in the breeze, but hopefully he’ll be good enough to win. He was always going to need the run last week, at his first start for almost nine months. We don’t hopple him in between runs and Dad works him in the cart in the bush. “We have been keeping him off the track and confining him to bush work in an attempt to keep him sound. He’s got bad joints, but it’s nothing serious. He’s an old horse and it’s just a bit of wear and tear.” The New Zealand-bred Dasher VC, who has amassed $629,342 in prizemoney from 21 wins and eight placings from only 46 starts, is awkwardly drawn out wide at barrier six on the front line on Friday night and Lewis is likely to go forward in the early stages in a bid to get to the breeze or even take the lead. There is no a great deal of natural speed on the inside of Dasher VC, apart from Please Release Me, who has been placed only twice from his past 11 starts. Please Release Me will start from the No. 5 barrier and it will be most interesting to watch what tactics Chris Brew adopts behind the speedy and versatile eight-year-old. There is also little doubt that the Tony Svilicich-trained Shardons Rocket (Morgan Woodley) will go forward from barrier four. Shardons Rocket is racing with great heart and his effort when sixth behind Bettors Fire last week, when he raced three wide in fourth place for almost the entire journey, was full of merit. But there is little argument that Dasher VC is certainly the class runner in the Cup. He gave a sample of his wonderful ability when he led and held on grimly to win the 2936m Fremantle Cup by a head from Im Themightyquinn last January. A win this week by Dasher VC would help overcome the disappointment of Andrew De Campo when his pacer Lombo Navigator (driven by Matt White) set the pace until the final 150m when second to Im Themightyquinn in the Parliamentarians Cup over 2536m 12 months ago. Lewis has won the race with Hilarion Star (1993), Heros Knight (1998), Our London Pride (1999), Jimmy Nail (2003), Competitive Edge (2006) and Ima Spicey Lombo (2010). Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond have a strong representation in Friday night’s race, with both Ima Rocket Star (Colin Brown) and Our Major Mark (Ryan Warwick) is splendid form and capable of winning, despite their back-line draws. Greg Bond and Brown combined to win the 2004 Parliamentarians Cup with Money Magnet and Bond is extremely happy with the form of his runners. Ima Rocket Star, a winner at 25 of his 57 starts, raced four and three wide early and then without cover when a fighting second to Bettors Fire in the 2536m Navy Cup last Friday week. That followed wins over 2536m and 2130m and a splendid second to Im Victorious at his three previous outings. Our Major Mark notched his 21st victory when stormed home from last 360m from home to win by two lengths from Hez The Bart Man over 2536m last Friday night. Seasoned performer Davy Maguire has drawn nicely on the inside of the back line for his first start for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg. He was claimed for just $5000 by John and Debbie Padberg when he scored a stylish win at a 1.55 rate over 1730m at Gloucester Park last Monday week. “I quite like him,” said Mrs Padberg. “He’s fit and his track work has been very good.” Leda McNally, the only mare in the race, is nicely drawn at No. 2 on the back line and she is capable of unwinding a sparkling late sprint. Dredlock Rockstar, an M1-class performer trained at Busselton by Michael Callegari, was a 40/1 chance when he impressed greatly last Friday night when he thundered home from 12th and last at the bell to be third behind Bettors Fire and Im Victorious. He will start from barrier two on the front line. BONDS AND BROWN LOOKING FOR MIDNIGHTY DYLAN TO REPEAT THE DOSE “He’s a noted frontrunner and loves this trip,” declared trainer Greg Bond when assessing Midnight Dylan’s prospects in the $21,000 Normandie Foods Italian Sprint over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bond and his wife Skye, part-trainer of the New Zealand-bred five-year-old, are confident of success this week after preparing the winner of the Italian Sprint in the past three years. They have combined with ace reinsman Colin Brown to win the sprint with Motu Treasure in 2010 and 2011 and Kamwood Laughter last year. Motu Treasure (10/9 on) led from barrier four and won easily from Mon Gee and Tsunami Lombo in 2010 before he started from the No. 2 barrier and at 9/2 when he set the pace and held on to defeat the 6/4 on favourite Grinjaro by a nose in 2011. Last year Kamwood Laughter was favourite at 5/4 on from barrier four. She raced wide early and then in the one-out, one-back position before being shuffled back to sixth at the bell. She was badly blocked for a clear passage in the back straight before she flew home, out wide, from sixth at the 250m mark to beat the pacemaker Elite Angel by a half-length. Midnight Dylan, a winner at 12 of his 55 starts, gave a sparkling frontrunning display to win effortlessly from Empire Flame at a 1.56.3 rate over 1730m two starts ago, at Gloucester Park five Friday nights ago. A week later he started from the No. 2 barrier when he challenged unsuccessfully for the early lead from polemarker Western Cullen. After racing in the breeze for a while Midnight Dylan raced in the one-out, one-back position and failed to flatter, finishing sixth behind Western Cullen. Bond said it would be wise to overlook that unplaced effort, saying: “Before his win the previous week he had had a couple of runs in Kalgoorlie and at his latest outing he was probably one and a half to two lengths off his best. So we took him home and freshened him up, which he has enjoyed. “He’s now all good to go and we expect him to come out, fit and fresh and firing. He will be holding up from the inside barrier and leading. I’m looking forward to the race, now that he has drawn barrier one. That makes his job a tad easier, if nothing else. He’s not a certainty, because there are some good horses in the race, including The Ragpickers Dream and Danieljohn.” The Bonds also have an excellent second string runner in the race in Your Good Fortune, a smart five-year-old with 14 wins from only 30 starts. Your Good Fortune, a winner at four of his past five starts, is drawn at No. 4 on the front line and will be handled by Ryan Warwick. “Your Good Fortune is a horsed with more than a good share of ability,” Bond said. “If the race is run upside down and if he’s camped over them, he could be dangerous.” Bond said that if Midnight Dylan won another couple of city races he was most likely to be sold to race in America. “We sold Kamwood Laughter to America and she has already won a few races at Yonkers,” he said. “Motu Treasure was sold to race in Adelaide, but after one start at Globe Derby Park he injured a leg. However, he’s on the mend.” Aiden De Campo said he expected a good showing from Danieljohn, who will start from barrier three on the front line at his first appearance since late June. The winner of 16 races from 41 starts, Danieljohn gave a sample of his class when he won the group 2 San Simeon Classic at Gloucester Park last January and the group 3 Harvey Cup from Russley Rascal and Franco Renegade in March. “He has had a fair amount of work and is pretty forward in himself,” said de Campo, who will drive the five-year-old who is trained at Capel by his father Andrew. “He worked well on our home track this morning (Tuesday) when I sat behind Quick Reflection and got up to beat that horse, without either horse being extended.” HALL ON THE DOORSTEP OF THE MILESTONE OF 1500 CITY WINNERS Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. is on the doorstep of a notable milestone. The 64-year-old Serpentine horseman has 15 runners engaged in the ten-event program at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he needs just one winner to record his 1500th city training success. Most of his runners have sound each-way prospects and when asked for his best prospects he said that Askmenow and This Time Dylan were the two he fancied most. But he also said that Soho Highroller, Rowchester, The Ragpickers Dream and Jar Zinyo had sound claims and most of his other starters were capable of winning if they enjoyed a slice of luck. Much water has passed under the bridge since Hall, a week after celebrating his 23rd birthday, trained and drove his first city winner when he dashed 5/2 chance Tobaree to an early lead, set a dawdling pace and then charged away to win at a 2.12 rate over 12 furlongs from Elaborate and Royal Spinner. He has been a trendsetter who has produced many outstanding performers, including superstars The Falcon Strike and Im Themightyquinn. Hall notched his 1499th Metropolitan winner when his son Gary drove hot favourite My Hard Copy to a splendid all-the-way victory over Jay Bees Grin in the 1730m event for C3-class pacers at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Hall said that the New Zealand-bred four-year-old Askmenow should prove hard to beat in the 1730m Del Basso Smallgoods Parliamentarians Cup for Mares Pace. Askmenow, to be driven by Gary Hall jun., will start from the No. 2 barrier on the front line. She has won at nine of her past 13 starts and Hall jun. is likely to attempt an all-the-way win over the sprint trip. Hall sen. has four runners (Askmenow, Chloe Vargarita, Famous Alchemist and Korobeit Angel) engaged in the race and he had little hesitation in declaring that Famous Alchemist was the best of that quartet. “But she has drawn on the outside (No. 7) on the front line and will find it tough from there,” he said. “She has got a bit more class and a bit more speed than Askmenow, but Askmenow is more forward in condition and she’s tough. “Dropping back from 2536m to 1730m will also certainly help Askmenow.” Askmenow started from barrier four in a 2536m event last Friday night and she worked hard before getting to the front after 450m and she faded to finish third behind Our Major Mark and Hez The Bart Man. She should appreciate racing against her own sex this week. Hall also has high hopes for This Time Dylan, who will start from the outside of the front line in the 2130m Action Industrial Catering Claiming Pace. The New Zealand-bred eight-year-old was most impressive last Friday night when he came from the rear to race three wide (without a trail) for almost 800m before surging on the front and scoring an 8m victory over Lord Coburn in a 2503m stand. It was his fourth win in a stand from his past six starts, but he should be capable of readjusting to a different tempo when he returns to mobile racing this week. In the latest news from the Hall stable star performers Im Themightyquinn and Alta Christiano are back in work and on the comeback trail. “Im Themightyquinn has been back in work for four days and his sore feet seem to be all right,” Hall said. “He has no other problems and if everything goes well he should be able to resume racing in five to six weeks. Hopefully he will be back to his best for the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup. I’m still keen to take him to Sydney for the interdominion championship next March. He’s got to defend his title.” Hall said that Alta Christiano, a winner of seven of his 11 starts and unbeaten at three appearances in WA, was on the mend after damaging the suspensory ligament in his nearside foreleg. “After receiving stem cell treatment he got an infection, and that was nearly the end of him,” Hall said. “But he has overcome all those problems and started work on Monday. He probably won’t be ready to race again until about March. If I can get him up and going, I could take him to Sydney for the Chariots of Fire.” NOWITZKI, A FIRST-UP SPECIALIST, TO MAKE HIS WA DEBUT Star Victorian-bred four-year-old Nowitzki should continue his perfect record of recording a first-up victory by proving too smart for his 11 rivals at his WA debut in the 2130m BLVD Tavern Joondalup Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Art Major gelding has settled well at Michael Brennan’s Pinjarra training establishment for his Victorian trainer-reinsman Daniel Jack and he has the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the front line. He is unbeaten at his three first-up starts in a brief career of 14 runs for seven wins and four placings. He won by 6.7m at his debut, at Melton in March 2012, and he also was successful at his next two first-up runs, by 8.2m at Cobram in November 2012 and by 14.1 at Kilmore last July. He has not raced since he started from the back line, dashed to an early lead, set the pace and faded to third behind Chilli Palmer and Hilltop Hustler over 2240m at Melton on August 23. At his previous start he raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing third behind Bit Of A Legend over the same journey at Melton. Nowitzki’s only serious rival on Friday night appears to be Rowchester, who will start out wide at barrier six on the front line. Rowchester, trained by Gary Hall sen., has turned the corner with strong wins at his past two starts --- when racing in the breeze and beating Tommy Smith over 2185m at Pinjarra and when leading and beating Ardens Southee over2536m at Gloucester Park. by Ken Casellas  

Quick thinking by Kyle Harper enabled him to narrowly avoid a dramatic situation as the mobile barrier released the field for the $50,000 Nepean Conveyors Mount Eden Sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Harper was driving 13/8 second favourite Bettors Fire when the five-year-old, starting from the prized No. 1 barrier, ducked his head and attempted to dive underneath the mobile barrier arm. The big gelding then veered sharply towards the inside of the track and Harper had to reef him back to get him behind the arm. Harper had Bettors Fire keen on the bit to ensure that he would take full advantage of the inside draw by jumping straight to the front. But Bettors Fire was so anxious to outpace his rivals at the start that he made an attempt to get under the mobile arm. The 23-year-old Harper remained cool in the crisis and was able to avert what could have been a catastrophic situation. For a fleeting moment there appeared the possibility that the horse could have become wedged under the arm of the mobile barrier, and this could have resulted in him crashing to the track and causing chaos to the runners on the back line in the field of 12. Bettors Fire burst straight into the lead and gave a superb frontrunning display to win the feature event by two and a half lengths from the 10/9 on favourite Im Victorious, with a length to 40/1 chance Dredlock Rockstar, who was most impressive in charging home from last at the bell. Bettors Fire sped over the final 800m in 56.8sec. and his rate of 1.53.8 was the second fastest recorded in the 58-year history of the Mount Eden Sprint, formerly known as the State Sprint Championship. The race record of 1.53.6 was set by Im Themightyquinn over 1700m in 2011. All honours were with the brilliant Bettors Fire, who is owned by Frank Ranaldi and appears set for stardom. But Im Victorious was extremely unlucky, after starting from the No. 2 barrier on the back line and being hopelessly hemmed in between runners for most of the event. Im Victorious was tenth with 350m to travel before, finally, Justin Prentice was able to get the five-year-old into the clear about 300m from home. Im Victorious sprouted wings and flew down the home straight. Harper was simply following a family tradition. His father Lindsay drove Havago to victory in the Mount Eden Sprint in 2002 and was successful with Lively Medley in 2004. Kyle Harper’s elder brother Donald won the race with Hayton Brain in 2007. Kyle Harper now has ambitious plans for Bettors Fire, including contesting the $250,000 Yes Loans Fremantle Cup and $400,000 Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup in January. “He is a very good horse,” he declared. “I’ve tried to play him down and keep him a bit quiet. But he is a very serious horse and everything has fallen into place for him. The barrier draws have been perfect.” Bettors Fire set the pace from Dasher VC, with Banana Dana on the pegs and Adda Paternal Suit in the one-out, one-back position. Shardons Rocket went forward from the No. 5 barrier and was trapped out on a limb, three wide, in fourth place for the entire race. Wrongly Accused, trained by Tony Svilicich and a stablemate of Shardons Rocket, followed his three-wide run and kept Im Victorious in a watertight pocket in the one-wide line until the race was virtually all over. “I thought that when Tony’s horses were three wide it was going to make it difficult for Im Victorious to get out,” Harper said. “Had you switched the draws it probably would be a different story. But with the No. 1 draw I was pretty confident going into a race like this with an M1 horse against Im Victorious, Dasher VC and Better Cover Lover. “When I saw that Im Victorious was hemmed in I backed off and tried to get a bit of a breather (with a 29.1sec. for the second 400m section of the final mile). I thought that I wouldn’t have to get going until the bell and unleash him at the 600m. Unfortunately for Im Victorious the race wasn’t run to suit him.. “Bettors Fire had only one month off after arriving from New Zealand, but providing if he keeps going forward we’ll be aiming for the big carnival races.” Bettors Fire has won at seven of his eight starts in Western Australia and now has earned $158,407 from 18 wins and eight placings from only 38 starts. Dasher VC, who was making his first appearance since last February, fought on well to be fourth, while champion New Zealand mare Bettor Cover Lover was a 17/1 chance from the outside of back line and finished in seventh place after5 settling down in 11th position and sustaining a three-wide burst from tenth at the bell. ARTORIUS COMPLETES A BONANZA FOR THE BONDS AND BROWN Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond have never lost faith in their Victorian-bred pacer Artorius, who charged home from the rear to snatch a last-stride victory in the 2536m TABtouch Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to give them and ace reinsman Colin Brown five winners on the ten-event program. Artorius was a $6.60 chance on the tote and their other winners were At Princeton ($10.60), Bettor Still ($13.80), Johnny be ($1.70) and Our Major Mark ($5.50). The stable also had two quinella results, with Lord Jowers ($17.20) finishing a head second to Bettor Still and Talk It Up ($10.30) finishing a half-head second to Artorius. Artorius ended a losing sequence of 25, but the Bonds have no regrets that the heeded the advice of a Victorian contact and outlaid just $15,000 to purchase Artorius early in 2010. Now an eight-year-old, Artorius, a son of former champion pacer Our Sir Vancelot, has had 69 starts for them for 11 wins, 20 placings and stakes of $128,361. Artorius, who has been noted throughout his career for his sparkling late finishing bursts, has an overall record of 113 starts for 22 wins, 33 placings and $169,261 in prizemoney. He started from the outside of the front line on Friday night and Brown was happy to drop him back to the rear in the small field of seven. He was sixth at the bell and Brown waited until passing the 400m mark before sending him forward with a four-wide burst. Arnoux, the 6/4 favourite, set the pace from 33/1 outsider Tsunami Lombo, with Shifting Sand on the pegs and Talk It Up in the one-out, one-back position. Ryan Warwick started a three-wide move with Talk It Up with 320m to travel and the nine-year-old got to the front 90m from the post before being grabbed by Artorius in the final stride. Arnoux was a wilting third. The quintet of winners for Greg and Skye Bond completed a tremendous week for them. The had four runners at Kellerberrin , and all four of them --- Lunar Tide, Carters Rocket, Jungle Genie and Galactic Galleon --- were driven to victory by Ryan Warwick. Then the Bonds were successful with Condrieu (Brown) at Gloucester Park on Monday. There was one claim lodged in Friday night’s event, with Vance and Wayne Stampalia outlaying $10,000 for Shifting Sand, who finished fifth at his first outing since mid-July. Shifting Sand, a seven-year-old by Jennas Beach Boy, has had 51 starts for ten wins, 14 placings and $55,190. AWKWARD OUR MAJOR MARK KEEPS BROWN GUESSING New Zealand-bred six-year-old Our Major Mark thundered home with a sizzling late charge to score an easy victory in the 2536m Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to take his earnings to $622,965 from 21 wins and 17 placings from 62 starts. But he continues to cause his driver Colin Brown plenty of headaches. “He is an awkward horse to drive and basically he goes just when he wants to go,” Brown said. “When his head is right he is a very good horse, but he certainly gives you some anxious moments. When I hooked him out he started to make ground and about half-way round the bend I actually thought he could win. “But he puts that little bit of doubt every time you sit behind him, and he keeps you guessing. But maybe he just knows where the finishing line is and is telling me not to worry.” Our Major Mark, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, settled down behind the early pacemaker Heavens Delight before being shuffled back to last in the field of six. The polemarker Hez The Bart Man, favourite at 7/4 on, galloped badly in the score-up and lost about eight lengths. Gary Hall jun. sent 5/2 second fancy Askmenow to the front after 450m and was joined 500m later by Hez The Bart Man, giving Smirking the one-out, one-back trail. Hez The Bart Man put in a tremendous effort to get to the front 250m from home, but he was swamped by Our Major Mark, who was still last with 360m to travel. Our Major Mark surged to the front 90m from the post and won by two lengths from Hez The Bart Man, with a fading Askmenow a further 8m back in third place. Our Major Mark sprinted both the final two quarters in 28.4sec. and recorded a mile rate of 1.58.1. TOUGHER GDAY MATE IS NO LONGER JUST A SIT-SPRINTER New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Gday Mate has turned the corner and the renowned sit-sprinter is surprising Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice with his newly-found strength. Gday Mate, a 5/1 chance off the 10m mark in the Chaff City Handicap, settled in ninth place before Prentice sent him forward, three wide, after 700m. The gelding then raced in the breeze outside then pacemaker Ya Dreamin for 550m before 20m backmarker and 6/4 favourite The Ragpickers Dream dashed forward from the rear to race without cover. The Ragpickers Dream eventually worked his way to the front 150m from home, but was no match for Gday Mate, who produced a sizzling late burst to race away and win by two and a half lengths at a 2.1 rate in the 2503m stand. Ya Dreamin held on to be third. “Now Gday Mate makes it much easier, being able to be used earlier to get into a forward position,” Prentice said. He said that circumstances had forced him to take off, three wide, with Gday Mate much earlier than usual at his previous start when the gelding was beaten by a nose in the final stride by This Time Dylan. “I didn’t want to do that, but it was a good test for him and he showed that he could do it,” Prentice said. “Things worked out perfectly tonight. He did a bit of work early (to get to the breeze) and then The Ragpickers Dream gave me cover, and then we were always going to be hard to hold out.” SWITCH TO STANDS SUITS THIS TIME DYLAN “He’s got a few more wins in store for him,” declared leading reinsman Gary Hall jun. after driving This Time Dylan to a convincing victory in the 2503m European Prestige Auto Service Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I think the switch to stands has been the key for him. He always got too fired up in mobiles and never settled or paced that well.” This Time Dylan, a New Zealand-bred eight-year-old trained by Gary Hall sen., was favourite at 11/4 and he impressed in running on from eighth in the middle stages to hit the front 140m from the post and race away to win by almost three lengths from Lord Coburn (10/1), with a head to Red Salute (10/1) in third place. Hall jun. gave the gelding time to settle from the 10m mark while Ideas Man set the pace. Chris Voak made a fast move 1050m from home with Red Salute to move to the breeze, leaving This Time Dylan three wide without a trail in the final circuit. This Time Dylan fought on grandly to hit the front soon after rounding the home turn. The final two quarters whizzed by in 28.4sec. and 28.6sec. and This Time Dylan rated 2.0.9 in improving his record to ten wins and six placings from 31 starts for stakes of $80,405. He has had 23 starts in WA for seven wins and three placings. He raced eight times in New Zealand, all in mobiles, for three wins and his first 16 starts in WA were in mobiles and produced three wins in modest company. Hall sen. switched him to stands less than two months ago and his first seven starts in stands have produced four wins. “He is racing super and he did something tonight that I didn’t think he was capable of,” said Hall jun. “We followed Red Salute into it and when he got the breeze we lost our cover. So I thought we would struggle from then on. He took charge of me a little bit when we lost the cover and he travelled very well down the back. “He’s a funny sort of horse. You can’t fight him too much, so I just let him slide and was very surprised on the home bend when I pulled the plugs and he had that much to offer. He’s really turned the corner.” KISS CHASEY UPSETS BIT OF A LEGEND AT HIS WA DEBUT West Australian-bred six-year-old Kiss Chasey made the most of the massive advantage of starting from the No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park when he set a solid pace and caused a major upset in holding on to defeat star New Zealand pacer Bit Of A Legend in the 1730m Lancaster Park Pace on Friday night. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri produced Kiss Chasey in fine fettle and Chris Lewis rated the gelding expertly with quarters of 29.6sec., 30.1sec. and 29sec. before a blistering final 400m in 27.9sec. Bit Of A Legend, a winner at 16 of his 32 starts for stakes of $621,918, was making his first appearance in Western Australia and was having his first start since mid-August. He was considered a certainty in the M0-class event and was favourite at 5/1 on. Brent Mangos gave Bit Of A legend time to settle down from the wide barrier at No. 6 on the front line before he started a three-wide move after 450m to move to the breeze at the 1000m mark. He finished determinedly, but failed by a neck to beat Kiss Chasey, who rated 1.55.8. Bit Of A Legend is in Perth to contest the three rich events for four-year-olds over the next five weeks. He is sure to be vastly improved by his first-up performance. “Starting from barrier one over the short distance suited Kiss Chasey,” Lewis said. “The other horse (Bit Of A Legend) had to do a bit of work to get around, and it’s early in his preparation. He obviously needed the run and that I was hoping would be the case.” Kiss Chasey has started from the No. 1 barrier seven times for four wins, a second, a third and a fifth. He is owned by the reinsman’s wife Debra and has earned $74,179 from nine wins and nine placings from 31 starts. He is by Yankee Sensation and his dam Hello Boys (by Crouch) raced 55 times for 12 wins, 17 placings and $89,541. Hello Boys is a half-sister to former talented mares Party Date (111 starts for 25 wins, 27 placings and $256,003) and Red Hot Date (44 starts for 12 wins, nine placings and $99,730). BROWN TIPS MANY MORE WINS FOR SPEEDY JOHNNY BE Colin Brown was effusive in his praise of Johnny Be and declared the New Zealand-bred six-year-old had the ability to become a top-class performer after driving him to a stylish all-the-way victory in the 2536m Make Smoking History Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Johnny Be, a heavily-supported 7/4 on favourite, burst straight to the front from the No. 3 barrier and set a solid pace before giving his rivals little chance by sprinting the final 400m in 28.4sec. He won by a length from 35/1 outsider Franco Torres, who came from the rear with a fast move at the 1500m mark to work hard in the breeze. Chloe Vargarita (4/1) trailed the pacemaker and finished third. “The horse’s head is in a good space at the moment,” Brown said. “He went through a period of about 12 months once where he would knock off in the run and wasn’t quite genuine. But his head has been in the right place for his past half dozen runs. “The horse has always had the ability and we think he is an open-class horse, providing his head is right. He’s certainly got the motor and the speed. And he can stick on as well. So as long as Skye (Bond) can keep his head right, we’re looking okay. Johnny Be was able to contest the M1-class event on Friday night because he had received a downgrading from M2 to M1 last May when he posted a losing sequence of ten. He has earned $118,605 from 14 wins and 31 placings from 82 starts. He is raced by Greg Bond, Kevin, Rob and John Gartrell, Andrew Foster and Craig Hampson, who also were successful on Friday night with At Princeton and Our Major Mark. Brad Collett also is a part-owner of Our Major Mark. KOROBEIT ANGEL BOOSTS HER CLAIMS FOR A RUN IN RICH EVENT Korobeit Angel, a Victorian-bred four-year-old, enhanced her prospects of gaining a start in the $100,000 group 1 Mares Classic at Gloucester Park on November 29 with a smart victory in the 2130m West Australian Mares Pace on Friday night. Favourite at 3/1 on, she started from the No. 5 barrier on the front line and raced three wide for the first 500m before getting to the breeze outside Hoylakes Firstlady. She began to overrace and Robbie Williams relinquished the lead to her with 1100m to travel. She went on to win by 4m at a 1.58.7 rate from Hoylakes Firstlady, with Terra Into The West running on from ninth (and last) at the bell to be third. “She’s probably going to be outclassed in the $100,000 race, but you’ve got to be in it to win it,” said reinsman Gary Hall jun. She’s just a crazy, crazy redhead, but she is a nice mare if we can get her to settle. “Obviously Robbie (Williams) wanted to hold the lead with Hoylakes Firstlady and I was happy to leave him in front. But Korobeit Angel just takes charge and you can’t do much about it. It was good that Robbie elected to sit and he’s earned second place by doing so.” Korobeit Angel, trained by Gary Hall sen., has won at six of her 12 WA starts and has an overall record of 25 starts for 11 wins, six placings and $71,420 in stakes. BETTOR STILL BREAKS A LOSING SEQENCE OF 21 Bettor Still made the most of the benefit of two concessions under the drop-down regulations when he scored a narrow victory over stablemate Lord Jowers in the 2536m McInerney Ford Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred eight-year-old, trained at Forrestdale by Greg and Skye Bond, had his classification reduced from M3 class to M1 class after two successive losing sequences of ten during this year and his victory broke a losing sequence of 21. He started at 13/1 on the tote and from out wide at barrier five on the front line and Colin Brown was content to drop him back to the rear in the small field of eight while 5/2 favourite The Feather Foot set the pace from barrier two. Brown started a three-wide move with 950m to travel and Bettor Still got to the front 140m from the post before he held on to win by a head from 16/1 chance Lord Jowers, who finished powerfully from the rear. “When he got out there three deep he was travelling very strongly and when the horse is right and you turn for home he drops into another gear, which he did tonight,” said Brown. “Fortunately, we had enough left on the line (to hold out Lord Jowers). “Skye was confident that he would run a race tonight. The company was less than impressive and it was a small field. His run when fifth at Kellerberrin last Sunday was quite good. He had to go four deep and didn’t get into the race.” Bettor Still is the second foal out of Holmes Hanover mare Dancinonmoonlight, who amassed $402,832 from 19 wins and 34 placings from 100 starts. She won four times in New Zealand, ten times in Australia and twice in America and three times in Canada. Bettor Still now has earned $110,670 from 16 wins and 13 placings from 69 starts. AT PRINCETON SURPRISES HIS DRIVER New Zealand-bred six-year-old At Princeton surprised Colin Brown when he began speedily from the No. 3 barrier and burst to the front after 100m before setting the pace and scoring a runaway victory in the 2130m Gannon’s Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Unplaced at five previous starts, At Princeton was a 10/1 chance, with most punters pinning their faith with Soho Highroller and Rakatup from the stables of leading trainer Gary Hall sen. However, At Princeton relished his frontrunning role and after speeding over the final 400m in 28.7sec. he beat the fast-finishing Ardens Southee by just over three lengths at a 1.57.7 rate. Soho Highroller (5/4) and Rakatup (13/4) did not enjoy the best of luck in running and finished seventh and tenth, respectively. “Before the race I didn’t think I could lead,” Brown explained. “Last week I went wide (three wide early, the breeze after 300m and then in the one-out, one-back position before finishing fifth behind Mohegan Sun) which I thought was the right move. “But we got dragged back and I thought it was a good run and a pointer that he was ready to win. But we thought that he had to draw to lead to win, and it just goes to show you that you’re not always right.” At Princeton raced 24 times in New Zealand for four wins and seven placings and his 20 WA starts for trainers Greg and Skye Bond have produced four wins and two placings. He has earned $47,546. He is a half-brother to San Fran lady, who has won seven times in New South Wales and seven times in Queensland in the past three years and has earned $127,012. by Ken Casellas

Im Victorious, the youngest and least experienced runner in the $35,000 J. P. Stratton Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night, looks set to extend his winning sequence to six by proving too classy for his rivals in the group 3 feature event over 2130m. Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan, ecstatic at the five-year-old’s brilliant victory over superstar Im Themightyquinn in the Members’ Sprint last Friday night, has high hopes that another emphatic victory this week will strengthen his prospects of being invited to contest the $750,000 Miracle Mile at Menangle on November 30. Im Victorious has pulled up in splendid condition after Justin Prentice brought the gelding home with a powerful burst from fourth at the bell to defeat Im Themightyquinn by 4m at a 1.53.4 rate over 1730m last week. And to boost his confidence Brennan celebrated his 38th birthday on Tuesday night by driving 7/4 on favourite Anvils Big Punt to victory over Ohoka Courage in a 2500m stand at Harvey. Anvils Big Punt settled down in last position in the field of five and Brennan kept him at the rear for the first 1000m before he dashed the New Zealand-bred gelding forward to race outside the pacemaker Ohoka Courage. Brennan, making a rare appearance in the sulky, urged Anvils Big Punt to the front 90m from the post and he won narrowly from Ohoka Courage, who was driven by Colin Brown, on his 55th birthday. Brennan and Brown will lock horns again on Friday night when Brown will handle star pacer Ima Rocket Star, who looms large as the most serious opponent for Im Victorious, who will start from barrier three on the back line and is certain to settle down well behind Ima Rocket Star, ideally drawn at No. 2 on the front line. Im Victorious has had only 25 starts for 18 wins and two placings and he is undefeated at five starts at Gloucester Park since resuming from a spell. He has raced twice at Menangle for an easy win over OK Courage last February when he covered the 1609m in 1.52.7 and then two weeks later he had no luck at all in finishing seventh behind New Zealand star Christen Me, who sped over 16099m in 1.50.5. Eight-year-old Ima Rocket Star, a winner at 25 of his 55 starts, will be having his first start for five weeks --- when he set the pace and sped over the final 800m in 56.8sec. to win the 2130m Media Guild Cup from Talk It Up and Lombo Navigator. A week earlier he revealed sparkling speed to from barrier six to lead and win from Rocket Reign and Adda Paternal Suit over 2536m at a 1.56.4 rate. Ima Rocket Star is trained by Greg and Skye Bond, who prepared Russley Rascal when was driven by Brown and led from the No. 1 barrier before winning the 2012 Stratton Cup from Mysta Magical Mach and Lombo Navigator. The Bonds also trained Pablito, who started at 55/1 and finished second to Alzona in the 2011 Cup. Brown is hoping to win the time-honoured Stratton Cup for the third time. He was successful with the Tony Svilicich-trained Demoralizer in 2007. The Bonds have a second string in this year’s Cup in Our Major Mark, who fared badly in the random draw and will start from the outside of the front line with Ryan Warwick in the sulky. Our major Mark finished strongly when third behind El Machine and Bronze Seeker over 2130m last Friday night. That followed a fighting win over the same distance the previous week. Adding considerable interest to Friday night’s Cup will be the appearance of talented pacer Crombie, whose prospects rose sharply when he drew the No. 1 barrier. The winner of 18 races from 54 starts, Crombie has not raced since finishing third behind Mysta Magical Mach and Im Themightyquinn in the 2536m Lord Mayor’s Cup at Gloucester Park last February. He was a fast-finishing second to Im Themightyquinn in the 2536m WA Pacing Cup at his previous start. Crombie is working in dashing style and trainer Gary Elson predicts a strong showing from the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old who raced without cover before finishing strongly to win a 2185m Pinjarra trial by a length from Dalvey Gold last Sunday week. Kim Young again will be Crombie’s reinsman. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. and leading reinsman Gary Hall jun. will be attempting to win the Stratton Cup for the third time. They were successful with Bengeeman in 2002 and Alzona in 2011. Hall sen. will be represented by Passion Stride, who will be driven by Clint Hall from barrier four on the front line and Hall jun. will drive the Stephen Reed-trained Uppy Son from the inside of the back line. Passion Stride made an auspicious West Australian debut last Friday night when he was eighth early and finished solidly from sixth at the bell to be third behind Im Victorious. Uppy Son has been freshened up since he unwound a powerful burst to win the 2536m August Cup from Has The Answers and Sneakyn Down Under on August 23. Sneakyn Down Under, a close second to Im Victorious in the 2130m Brennan Memorial two starts ago, will start from barrier five on the front line. He won the 2009 Stratton Cup when he started from the outside of the front line and was restrained to the rear before dashing forward after 350m, racing without cover on the outside of the pacemaker Smooth Crusa and taking the lead 450m from home. ASKMENOW HAS THE CLASS TO OVERCOME HER AWKWARD DRAW Five last-start winners will clash in the 2130m McInerney Ford Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when four-year-old Askmenow should emerge triumphant, despite an awkward draw at barrier four on the back line. She has returned after a spell in excellent form for leading trainer Gary Hall sen. and has not been extended in winning by margins of 10.7m, 7.7m and 12.3m at her three appearances this season. Hall has bright prospects of landing the quinella with his other candidate Chloe Vargarita, who is capable of overcoming her wide draw at No. 6 on the front line. Askmenow notched her seventh win from her past nine starts when she started from barrier three on the front line, dashed to the front after 250m and sprinted over the final 400m in a sizzling 27.7sec. to beat Hoylakes First Lady by more than four lengths at a 1.58.3 rate last Friday night. Chloe Vargarita is capable of bouncing back after her last-start defeat at 3/1 on when she set a brisk pace from the No. 1 barrier and wilted over the final 100m to finish third behind Lucie Boshier and Kotare Ash over 2130m three Fridays ago when the winner rated 1.57.7. She was prominent throughout and finished solidly when a winner from Big And Smooth over 2130m the previous week. Nine wins from 30 starts underline her potential. Shannon Suvaljko gave punters a lead when he opted to drive Diamonds A Blaze in preference to Terra Into The West. Diamonds A Blaze, trained by Peter Tilbrook, finished strongly from sixth at the bell to win over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. She should be prominent on Friday night from the No. 2 barrier. The Mike Reed-trained Terra Into The West will start from barrier two on the back line. She will be driven by Chris Lewis, who has handled the mare at her past for a good second to Loving You and a fast-finishing third behind Askmenow last Friday night. The connections of the 12 mares in Friday night’s event will be anxious for a good result in the hope of qualifying for a start in the upcoming rich events for mares, the $40,000 Norm’s Daughter Classic on November 22 and the $100,000 Nepean Conveyors Mares Classic the following week. One trainer with his sights set on those races is Chris Brew, who has bright prospects in the 1730m West Australian Pace on Friday night. He will drive Kotare Ash from barrier three on the back line. Kotare Ash started from the back line in a 2130m race three Friday nights ago when she made a fast move from the rear in the first circuit and challenged Chloe Vargarita unsuccessfully for the lead. She finished strongly and took the lead 90m from the post before finishing a nose second to Lucie Boshier. One of her toughest opponents is expected to be Menelaus of Sparta, who impressed at Northam on Sunday afternoon when he unwound a powerful finishing burst to win from Absolute Cool over 2190m. RAGPICKERS DREAM IS THE PICK OF FIVE HALL RUNNERS IN SECOND LEG OF QUADRELLA Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. holds a stranglehold over the TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He prepares five of the 12 runners and The Ragpickers Dream, drawn the prized No. 1 barrier on the front line, should prove one of the best bets on the ten-event program. Hall’s other runners are Some Kinda Tactics (No. 3), Arnoux No. 4), Sanjaya (No. 2 on the back line) and Black N Bettor (No. 4 on the back line). All have sound place prospects. Punters are certain to rally in their support for former Victorian performer The Ragpickers Dream, who will be a popular fancy in the second leg of the quadrella. The New Zealand-bred six-year-old put up a tremendous performance last Friday night when he started from the back line, raced wide early and then in the breeze for almost two laps before fighting on determinedly to be second to the frontrunning Western Cullen, who sped over the final 800m in 56.8sec. The Ragpickers Dream gave a sample of his ability at his first two starts in WA last month when he surged home powerfully to be a first-up winner (beating The Pacing Priest) and then working hard without cover to finish a nose second to Your Good Fortune. Hall, who has accepted with 13 runners on Friday night, has bright prospects with Toretto in the third heat of the Preux Chevalier Pace. Toretto, who will start from barrier three on the back line, impressed with his stylish victory last Friday night at his second appearance after an 11-month absence. He settled at the rear and sustained a spirited three and four-wide burst to charge to the front 380m from home and then race away to score by more than two lengths from Turnpike Cruiser. He worked hard in the breeze when a fighting first-up third to Senor jet the previous week. COPAGRIN GETS HIS CHANCE TO BREAK THROUGH Promising WA-bred five-year-old Copagrin is knocking on the door and he gets an ideal opportunity to break through for an overdue win when he starts from barrier three on the front line in the TABtouch Western Bonanza Handicap, a stand over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The gelding, trained at West Swan by John Guagliardo, has a losing sequence of nine, but his recent efforts indicate that another win is not far away. Driven by Darren Kerr, Copagrin gave a splendid performance in a 2503m stand last Friday night when he was seventh at the bell and ran home determinedly to be second, a half-head behind seasoned campaigner Shardons Rocket. He fought on doggedly when third behind Our Major Mark and Kiss Chasey the previous Friday night. Copagrin is regaining the form which enabled him to win six races in a row earlier this year. He has earned $88,013 from 12 wins and nine placings from 42 starts and is a half-brother to former smart mare Copper Beach Girl, who was retired after racing 84 times for 14 wins and 24 placings for stakes of $156,851. Her biggest win was in the group 3 WASBA Breeders Stakes in May 2011. A good even field will contest Friday night’s race in which This Time Dylan, Gday Mate, Smirking, Bronze Seeker, Thumpem and Ideas Man will have admirers. This Time Dylan looks set to fight out the finish. He had little luck last Friday night when he enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back for much of the way, but was hampered for room until late, when he ran home solidly to be fourth behind Shardons Rocket. He was also held up for a clear passage when an unlucky third behind Springsteen in the 2902m BOTRA Cup the previous week. by Ken Casellas  

Rising star Im Victorious remained firmly on track for an assault on rich feature events on the Australian circuit this season when he was driven in masterly fashion by Justin Prentice to score a magnificent upset victory over champion Im Themightyquinn in the $35,000 Brear And Doonan Members’ Sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Produced in superb condition by Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan, Im Victorious was second favourite at 3/1, with Im Themightyquinn, reappearing after an absence of ten weeks, red hot favourite at 3/1 on from the prized No. 1 barrier over the 1730m journey. Im Victorious was the only runner off the back line in the field of eight and Prentice was content to keep the five-year-old on the pegs, following the pacemaking Im Themightyquinn. Im Victorious then dropped back to be three back on the pegs when Brad Stampalia manoeuvred Sneakyn Down Under to the pegs to follow the leader 700m after the start. Prentice made a brilliant split-second decision to ease Im Victorious off the pegs with a lap to travel, as Adda Paternal Suit moved forward to the outside of the leader and an instant before Passion Stride was about to move into the one-out, one-back position to keep Im Victorious locked up. Im Victorious then was one-out and one-back and Prentice waited until switching the gelding three wide 550m from home. Then, at the 400m mark, Prentice switched Im Victorious to the pegs, behind the flying Im Themightyquinn. Then, with 230m to travel, Prentice eased Im Victorious off the pegs to issue a powerful challenge to Im Themightyquinn on the home turn. Im Victorious sprinted brilliantly and surged past the champion 110m from the post to record a notable triumph by 4m, with Passion Stride, a 90/1 outsider at his first appearance in Western Australia, 15m away in third place. Im Victorious rated a smart 1.53.5 which was a race record, lowering the 1.54.5 recorded by Albert Jaccka when he charged home to score narrowly from Has The Answers in 2010. This fast time was set up when Sneakyn Down Under, an 11/1 chance from the No. 2 barrier, challenged Im Themightyquinn strongly for about the first 600m. The first 400m section of the final mile was covered in a sizzling 27.4sec. before the pace slackened with a 30.6sec. second quarter. And then the final two quarters whizzed by in 28.3sec. and 27.7sec. Gary Hall jun. got Im Themightyquinn away to a flying start from the No. 1 barrier and easily held out Sneakyn Down Under to the first turn. Stampalia continued to apply the pressure with Sneakyn Down Under, but the 11-year-old was unable to get past Im Themightyquinn. Chairman of stewards Bill Delaney reported that he had opened an inquiry into Stampalia’s driving tactics. Sneakyn Down Under faded to finish seventh, more than ten lengths from the winner. Brennan and Prentice were thrilled at the performance of Im Victorious, with the win boosting his record to 18 wins and two placings from 25 starts for stakes of $451,164. Brennan said that Im Victorious would contest the $35,000 Navy Cup over 2536m next Friday week and would probably have a couple more starts in Perth before travelling to Melbourne to run in the Victoria Cup. “After that he will return to Perth to be prepared for the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup and then we’ll look at the Hunter Cup in Melbourne in February,” Brennan said. Prentice said that Im Victorious appeared to be getting better with age and he was looking forward to further improvement. “He hit the line really strongly and then in the warm-down lap he was hard on the bit and I think he wanted to keep going,” he said. “I thought that the way Sneakyn Down Under made Quinny burn out of the gate that if Quinny, first-up, was ever going to not finish off a race like he normally does, it was going to be tonight. So I decided to get on to his back (leaving the back straight the final time) to give Im Victorious a bit of a breather, because we had sprinted pretty hard down the back. “And turning for home I was pretty confident that I had him. It feels pretty good just to drive a horse who can race in the same race as Quinny.” IM THEMIGHTYQUINN IS LAME AND NEW ZEALAND TRIP IS SCRAPPED Champion pacer Im Themightyquinn is lame and plans for him to contest the $650,000 New Zealand Cup at Addington next month have been scrapped. It was feared that his magnificent career had come to a dramatic end on Friday night when he was a sad and sorrowful sight in his stall at Gloucester Park after his fighting second to Im Victorious in the Brear And Doonan Members’ Sprint. The nine-year-old superstar, winner of the past three interdominion championships and $4,377,016 in prizemoney, was standing on three legs as he was in pain and lifting his off hind leg off the ground. Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. was distraught and feared that Im Themightyquinn was suffering from a fracture in his hind leg or had torn a muscle. However, a veterinary examination early on Saturday morning revealed that Im Themightyquinn was not suffering any serious structural or muscular damage. “He has got very, very badly damaged feet,” Hall said. “He’s got soft soles from the wet paddocks and the vet has nerve-blocked all his feet. But the good news is that he is sound. “However, the trip to New Zealand is definitely off. He can probably resume working in a week’s time, but it might be three or four weeks before he can fast work again.” Hall had planned to start Im Themightyquinn in the $35,000 Stratton Cup at Gloucester Park next Friday night before travelling with him by air to Melbourne on the following Wednesday and continuing with a flight to Auckland the next day. The plans were to fly to Christchurch where Im Themightyquinn was going to contest the $50,000 Kaikoura Cup on Monday, November 4 before running in the rich New Zealand Cup eight days later. Then Im Themightyquinn was to have travelled to Sydney to run in the Miracle Mile before returning to Perth for the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup. “I had a sleepless night on Friday, but I’m very relieved now and am pretty happy,” Hall said. “Quinny hasn’t got anything permanent, and that’s the good news. Maybe he will be able to go to Sydney for the Miracle Mile and hopefully he will be able to run in the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup. The interdominions in Sydney in March could still be a chance. “All his four feet are affected, but the worst is his off hind. If a horse’s hooves get soft they bruise easily, and that’s what has happened. He really pounds his feet down when he’s racing. “He is quite happy today and I don’t think it will be a long-term problem. My gut feeling is that he will get over it and be able to return to racing pretty soon. It could have been something like a hairline fracture or ligament, suspensory or sesamoid damage. But it is nothing serious like that.” Hall said that he was jogging Im Themightyquinn at his Serpentine property on Thursday morning when the gelding stumbled and knuckled down. “I got the vet to look at him and he was okay.” ASKMENOW WARMS UP FOR RICH FEATURE EVENTS FOR MARES “She’s moving in the right direction, that’s for sure,” said Gary Hall jun. after driving Askmenow to an effortless victory over older and more experienced rivals in the Harriet Horsfall Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Askmenow, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old trained by Gary Hall sen., won with such authority that she looks certain to develop into a leading candidate for the $40,000 Norm’s Daughter Classic over 1730m next Friday week and the $100,000 Nepean Conveyors Mares Classic over 21230m the following week. Askmenow, favourite at 10/1 on after easy wins at her first two starts after resuming from a spell, surged to the front (from barrier three) after 250m and coasted through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.7sec. and 30.5sec. before sprinting over the final quarters in 29.2sec. and 27.7sec. She won by four lengths from 12/1 chance Hoylakes First Lady, who trailed her throughout. Terra Into The West (16/1) ran on from three back on the pegs to be third. Askmenow rated 1.58.3 and took her record to 28 starts for nine wins and nine placings for earnings of $87,905. It was her seventh win from only nine starts in WA for the Hall camp after she was placed twice from seven starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand and had four starts in New South Wales for one win and eight starts in Victoria for one win and seven placings. “She looked the winner on paper and it worked out that way,” Hall jun. said. “It was a soft win and there’s plenty in store. She’s a pretty nice mare and is not far behind in ability the best mares I have driven. She probably lacks a bit in manners at this stage and is a bit of a work in progress. “She’s got a bit of a funny mouth and can get overracing at certain stages. But this time in she’s been a lot better.” Askmenow, by Washington VC, is the seventh foal out of Holmes Hanover mare Coming Up Roses (who failed to win a race from 14 starts). Regal Dash, the first foal out of Coming Up Roses, won at his first eight starts as a two and three-year-old in Victoria and South Australia and he had 45 starts for 21 wins, 14 placings and $152,824. His biggest win was in the group 3 Bendigo Cup in 2006. Askmenow is closely related to former champion mare Foreal, a Washington VC mare whose dam Krystie is a half-sister to Coming Up Roses. Foreal amassed $664,800 from 18 wins and 19 placings from 57 starts. Foreal’s wins included two group 2 events for fillies and the group 1 Great Northern Oaks in Auckland before travelling to Australia where she won the group 1 New South Wales Oaks at Harold Park in February 2005, the group 1 Ladyship Mile at Harold Park in November 2005 and a heat of the 2006 interdominion championship in Hobart. WESTERN CULLEN RETURNS TO THE WINNING LIST Matt White freely admitted that he was overjoyed when Western Cullen drew the prized No. 1 barrier for the 2130m Leading Trotter Tuhimata Glass Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and his joy was not ill-founded when he drove the New Zealand-bred five-year-old to a stylish win. “He had put the writing on the wall over the past couple of weeks and I had a smile on my face on Tuesday night (when he drew barrier one) and it worked out good for us,” he said. “I just let him roll through the first half (of the final mile) in a tick under a minute, and he was doing it well within himself.” Western Cullen, favourite at 10/9 on, then dashed over the final two quarters in 28.2sec. and 28.6sec. and won by just over a length from The Ragpickers Dream (7/2), with a head to the fast-finishing Some Kinda Tactics (54/1). Western Cullen rated 1.57.2 and ended a losing sequence of nine. A winner at two of his five starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand for owners Paul and Tony Poli, the Christian Cullen gelding won the $125,000 group 1 Golden Slipper from Major Catastrophe and Gracias Para Nada at his WA debut in July 2011. He now has a wonderful record of 47 starts for 17 wins, 16 placings and $434,057. The Ragpickers Dream fought on grandly after racing three wide early and then without cover. He will pay to follow. So, too, will Mighty Flying Thomas, who trailed the pacemaker and was hopelessly blocked for a clear run throughout the final circuit and finished full of running, close-up in fourth place. Western Cullen is following in the footsteps of his dam Western Dream, who earned $336,361 from 14 wins and two placings from 27 starts. She won at her first five starts as a two-year-old and later won two group 2 events and three group 1 races, including the New Zealand Oaks at Addington. NORTHVIEW PUNTER ON TARGET FOR RICH FOUR-YEAR-OLD FEATURES Northview Punter maintained his splendid form and strengthened his prospects in the rich feature events for four-year-olds in the coming months when he gave an impressive performance to win the second heat of the 2130m Nicole Pettigrew Preux Chevalier Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Second fancy at 7/4 from the outside of the back line, the New Zealand-bred gelding trained by Gary Hall sen. sustained a strong three-wide burst in the first lap to race in the breeze before overhauling the pacemaker and 6/4 favourite Kiss Chasey 250m from home. Northview Punter drew away to score by just over a length from the fast-finishing Mein Guy (11/2), with a head to Kiss Chasey. Northview Punter, a winner at one of his two New Zealand starts, now has earned $166,605 from 14 wins and six placings from 23 starts and he should perform strongly in the $50,000 Retravision Four-Year-Old Championship on November 15, the $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic the following week and the $175,000 Golden Nugget Championship on December 6. Kiss Chasey set a solid pace throughout and Northview Punter revealed excellent strength to outmuscle him in the final stages. He rated 1.57.7. “Northview Punter has been somewhat suspect from back in the field and from bad draws,” said reinsman Gary Hall jun. “He has turned the corner a bit this time in and has matured a bit. He was always a smart three-year-old and he looks like he’s going to improve and develop into a class four-year-old. He put the writing on the wall at his previous start when he held of Bettors Fire.” THE BACK MARK DOESN’T WORYY SHARDONS ROCKET For the past decade veteran Byford trainer Tony Svilicich has had the uncanny knack of racing his pacers week in and week out for month after month after month. Veteran Shardons Rocket is no exception and the hardy nine-year-old continued to prove to be a wonderful moneyspinner for owners Ashley and Gavin McPhail when he made light of the back mark of 30 metres to win the 2503m Electrical Distributors Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Good value at 9/2, Shardons Rocket did all the work in the race, racing outside the pacemaker To Transcend for more than two laps before getting to the front and fighting on grimly to defeat 13/2 chance Copagrin by a half-head. This boosted the earnings of the New Zealand-bred gelding to $266,937 from 23 wins and 40 placings from 119 starts. Shardons Rocket settled at the rear before Morgan Woodley started a three-wide move after only 450m. Gary Hall jun. then vacated the one-wide line with 3/1 favourite This Time Dylan and sent him forward, giving Shardons Rocket a trail until Shardons Rocket moved to the breeze after 700m had been covered. This Time Dylan then gained the ideal one-out, one-back trail. But he was hampered for room in the final circuit before running on late to be fourth. Shardons Rocket had got to the front 220m from home and had to fight grimly to stave off Copagrin, who finished solidly from seventh at the bell. “He thoroughly deserved that win,” said Woodley. “He does all the work in his races. And I can see no reason why he cannot continue on his winning ways.” SECOND WIN IN FIVE DAYS FOR FRONTRUNNING RAYMON JOHN Raymon John, a newcomer to the Darling Downs stables of Aldo Cortopassi, scored his second effortless all-the-way win in the space of five days when he proved far too good for his rivals in the 2130m TABtouch Western Bonanza Westbred Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. After he defeated Conniving Major Dave by three lengths at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, Raymon John appeared a certainty from the prized No. 1 barrier on Friday night. The five-year-old resisted an early challenge from Equivocate and then was able to stroll through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.8sec. and 31.4sec. before Cortopassi gave him more rein and he sped over the final 800m in 58.8sec. to win by 4m from Big And Smooth, who fought on gamely after working hard without cover. Nitro Norrie followed the pacemaker and was blocked for a clear run in finishing third. Raymon John has been lightly raced and has earned $58,003 from ten wins and five placings from 33 starts. By Northern Luck, he is the first foal out of Chilli Waters, who won once (at Bunbury in June 2004) from seven starts. Chilli Waters is out of Cool Waters, the dam of three winners, including Village Hero, who earned $182,133 from 16 wins and 20 placings from 136 starts. Village Hero finished fourth behind Mr Yankee in the 2006 Golden Nugget Championship before winning the Pinjarra Cup and August Cup at Gloucester Park the following year. INJURY-PLAGUED TORETTO SHOWS HIS CLASS The career of promising New Zealand-bred gelding Toretto has always been clouded with considerable doubt. A tendon injury has kept him out of action for long periods and at Gloucester Park on Friday night the five-year-old was having just his sixth start in a race and his second after an 11-month absence. From barrier two on the back line in the 1730m Leading Junior Driver Shane Butcher Pathway Pace he was a 6/1 chance in a race in which his stablemate Rowchester dominated betting and started at 10/9 on. But Rowchester had a horror run and was trapped out three wide until wilting and finishing ninth. Toretto, trained by Gary Hall sen. and driven by his elder son Clint, settled in ninth position in the field of ten before he moved forward approaching the bell to get the three-wide trail behind Rowchester. Polemarker Franco Nasser (7/1) set the pace, with 54/1 chance Caesars Cloud in the breeze. Gary Hall jun. sent Rowchester (who started from the outside of the front line) forward from the outset, but the four-year-old was trapped three wide and was unable to get to the breeze, with the first two 400m sections of the final mile being covered in 28.4sec. and 28.9sec. Chairman of stewards Bill Delaney reported that the stewards had opened an inquiry into the tactics adopted by Chris Brew with Caesars Cloud. Toretto moved to sixth at the bell and he went four wide at the 500m mark before sweeping to the front 380m from home. He won in good style by just over two lengths from 4/1 chance Turnpike Cruiser, who finished determinedly from ninth at the bell. The winner rated a slick 1.55.9 and looks set for many more wins. He has raced only six times for four wins and one placing and stakes of $19,855. “He’s not the nicest horse to drive, so I went for home a little earlier than I normally would,” said Clint Hall. “He probably would go to fast class if we could straighten him out. He’s a little bit stubborn, but we’ll keep trying.” EL MACHINE IS PROVING TO BE A SPLENDID MONEY MACHINE Up-and-coming WA-bred five-year-old El Machine maintained his sparkling form and completed a hat-trick when he proved too strong for the opposition in the 2130m Paul Andrews Memorial Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This was El Machine’s fifth win from his past eight starts and part-owner and trainer-reinsman Kade Howson said that the gelding would keep on racing while he was showing such enthusiasm. El Machine, purchased as a yearling for $5000 by Howson and Michael George, has now earned $118,164 from 15 wins and 12 placings from 39 starts. El Machine started from barrier two on the back line and he enjoyed a good trip in sixth place in the one-wide line before Howson sent him forward, three wide, 1100m from home after an extremely slow lead time of 39.3sec. and slow first sectionals of 32.6sec. and 30.4sec. Polemarker Sir Swanky set the dawdling pace, with Wrongly Accused in the breeze, Talk It Up behind the leader and Bronze Seeker in the one-out, one-back position. El Machine swept to the front with 370m to travel and he won by 4m from the fast-finishing Bronze Seeker. El Machine rated rated a slow 2.0.1, even after the final two quarters went by in 28.78sec. and 28sec. “He’s going great guns,” said Howson. “He’s a lovely little horse who tries his heart out every time he comes out to race.” ARNOUX RELISHES THE No. 1 BARRIER New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Arnoux gave further proof that the No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park is a massive advantage when he bowled along in front and held on to win the 2130m Leading Pacer Mysta Magical Mach Pace on Friday night. Arnoux, unplaced at his five previous starts from less favourable barriers, was a heavily-supported 7/4 on favourite. After a brisk lead time of 36.9sec., Shane Butcher was able to get Arnoux to relax and cover the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31sec. and 30.9sec. before he lifted the tempo with final quarters of 29.8sec. and 29.8sec. Heisbackinblack (12/1) finished strongly from the one-out, one-back position to be second, a half-length from the winner, with 70/1 outsider Belhelvie fighting on to be a good third after doing all the work in the breeze. “We had to burn early to hold the front and then we were lucky enough to get away with a soft half,” said Butcher. The win gave leading trainer Gary Hall sen. four winners and a second placing in the first five events on the ten-race program. Arnoux, who had 42 starts in New Zealand for seven wins and seven placings, has raced 28 times in WA for six wins and two placings. He has earned $115,336. HOT HOLIDAY BREAKS A LOSING SEQUENCE OF 12 Honest square gaiter Hot Holiday was rewarded for his consistency with an overdue victory in the 2130m Corey Mills Memorial Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Favourite at 5/4, the Natalie Duffy-trained New Zealand-bred seven-year-old ended a losing sequence of 12 when Aaron Skalecki drove him to an all-the-way win over Xenon (12/1) and Don Guerrero (10/1). The race was marred as a spectacle when Idle Maple, a stablemate of the winner, galloped in the score-up and was left 50m and Sandakan Lombo also broke in the score-up. Don Guerrero was slow to begin and the well-fancied Backas Cobber broke into a bad gallop soon after the start. “He doesn’t have the speed of the top ones, but he’s a real tough horse who keeps grinding away,” Skalecki said. Hot Holiday has earned $115,234 from 13 wins and 16 placings from 56 starts. He has had 29 starts in WA for ten wins and seven placings. by Ken Casellas  

SPRINGSTEEN TRIUMPHS FOR HARPER AFTER A BAD START Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred five-year-old Springsteen stamped himself as an up-and-coming summer carnival prospect when he overcame a terrible start to outgun his rivals in the $21,000 Garrard’s Horse And Hound BOTRA Cup over 2902m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Springsteen, the heavily-supported even-money favourite, dismayed his backers when he galloped badly off the front line and quickly dropped back to eighth. But his 23-year-old trainer Kyle Harper finally got Springsteen into a pacing gait and then dashed him forward with a powerful three-wide burst which took him to the front after 900m. The gelding had lost 35m at the start and many punters thought that the early effort to get to the lead would leave him vulnerable in the closing stages. But Springsteen showed a touch of class after Harper had given him a much-needed breather with moderate quarters of 32sec. and 31sec. in the first half of the final mile. Springsteen then warded off a stern challenge from dour stayer and 30m backmarker Shardons Rocket as he accelerated sharply and sprinted over the third quarter of the final mile in a sizzling 27.6sec., followed by a final quarter in 28.9sec. Springsteen went to the post powerfully and defeated the gallant Shardons Rocket by 2m, rating 2.2.1 over the marathon journey. Shardons Rocket fought on grandly after racing in the breeze over the final 1500m. This Time Dylan, who raced without cover early, finished solidly, but was badly hampered for room in the home straight to be third, just in front of False Promise. “When he galloped I wasn’t overly worried because he usually gets down pretty quickly,” Harper said. “But tonight he didn’t get down as quickly as he normally does and after 30 to 40 metres when he was still cantering I was a little bit concerned. “But once he hit his straps I thought I would just balance him up three deep around that bend and work him forward. Once I got to the front and was able to get the quarters I got I was pretty confident again. We got that breather after a solid first half. “When Shardons Rocket moved alongside Springsteen I was still quite happy, mainly because we had got that soft half. I reckon Shardons Rocket got a nose in front down the back (at the 450m mark), but I wasn’t worried. Once I levelled up with him at the 400m I was confident I had his measure. “I haven’t got any plans for him at the moment. I’ll just see how he pulls up. He’s not just a stand horse and is just as good in mobiles.” Springsteen, who is owned by John Kirkpatrick, Nigel Bruce and Warren Went, had 19 starts in New Zealand for five wins and seven placings. He raced five times in stands over 2600m for four wins and a third. He has won at six of his 15 WA starts and his record stands at 34 starts for 11 wins, nine placings and stakes of $92,217. His victory gave Harper his second success in the BOTRA Cup, after his success with 25/1 outsider Outstandin last year. Harper’s father Lindsay also won the BOTRA Cup twice, scoring with Ariege in 1998 and Shattering Class in 2000. This was the second successive year that Harper had defeated a horse trained by Tony Svilicich and driven by Morgan Woodley into second place in the BOTRA Cup. Twelve months ago Outstandin beat 7/4 favourite Mysta Magical Mach. Springsteen’s dam Holms Spirit earned $50,323 from four wins and eight placings from 65 starts. Her first foal Im Jasper the Ghost has won five times in WA and has earned $55,730 from his seven wins and 23 placings from 77 starts. MIDNIGHT DYLAN GIVES BROWN HIS THIRD WIN IN CRANLEY MEMORIAL Noted frontrunner Midnight Dylan left his rivals floundering in his wake when he produced a sparkling display to score an effortless victory in the $21,000 Pat Cranley Memorial over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old’s win by two and a half lengths from Empire Flame at a 1.56.3 rate gave reinsman Colin Brown his third success in this event, following wins with Can Return Fire in 2008 and Motu Treasure in 2010. Midnight Dylan, second fancy at 2/1 behind 6/4 favourite The Ragpickers Dream, surged straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier and after a moderate first 400m section of the final mile in 29.4sec. Brown virtually gave the opposition no chance when he was able to let Midnight Dylan amble through the second quarter in 30.9sec. Midnight Dylan was not seriously challenged. He covered the third quarter in 29sec. before sprinting over the final section in 27.7sec. Empire Dream (12/1) raced without cover and fought on well to be second. Western Cullen, a 35/1 chance sustained a good three-wide burst from seventh at the bell to be third. The Ragpickers Dream, who started from the back line and settled down in 11th position, fought on gamely from ninth (three wide) at the bell to be fifth. Midnight Dylan, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, won once from nine starts in New Zealand and now has earned $145,325 from 12 wins and 18 placings from 54 starts. Interestingly, he raced against Western Cullen four times as a two-year-old in New Zealand and finished behind him every time. He also competed against Springsteen, Heez Orl Black and Mein Guy in New Zealand. Springsteen won the BOTRA Cup on Friday night, Heez Orl Black was unplaced behind Chaldea earlier in the night and Mein Guy was successful in a race at Kalgoorlie on the same night. Midnight Dylan, by Mach Three, is out of Midnight Skipper, who is a younger sister to Sandy Bay, who raced 28 times in WA between 2003 and 2005 for 12 wins and seven placings. Sandy Bay’s most notable victory in a career of 40 starts for 13 wins, 13 placings and $198,896 was in the 2907m Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park in 2005 when he was driven by Chris Lewis and defeated Ohoka Ace and Baltic Eagle. Midnight Slipper, by Presidential Ball, was out of the Victorian-bred mare Kirlian, who raced as a two and three-year-old, earning $94,300 from five wins and four placings from only 20 starts. She finished second to Donna Who in the Australian Gold final for two-year-old fillies at Harold Park in April 1993 before winning the Pink Bonnet Mile on the same track in July that year. Midnight Slipper raced 49 times for two wins, ten placings and $29,835. TILBROOK, SUVALJKO AND BOTICA COMBINE FOR A WINNING DOUBLE Herron trainer Peter Tilbrook brought two four-year-olds to Gloucester Park on Friday night and he was all smiles when he left for home, contemplating the stylish victories of Loving You and Senor Jet. Both pacers started a firm favourite and were driven in fine style by Shannon Suvaljko. The wins also gave owner Neven Botica a double. Loving You, favourite at 11/8, started from the inside of the back line in the 1730m Regency Food Mares Pace and she trailed the pacemaker and 5/2 second fancy Bettor Whitby before Suvaljko eased her off the pegs 220m from home. Loving You was switched three wide on the home turn and she finished strongly to burst to the front 50m from the post before scoring by just under a length from Terra Into The West, who had taken the lead with 130m to travel. Bettor Whitby, who had overraced, held on to be third. This brought up four wins in a row for Loving You, an Art Major filly bred by Botica. Loving You has already earned $67,372 from seven wins and ten placings from 28 starts. She is the third foal out of New Zealand-bred mare Roustabout, who raced 12 times for four wins, two placings and $33,171. Roustabout’s first foal is Arousing, who has raced 60 times for seven wins, 19 placings and $64,973. Tilbrook produced Senor Jet in fine fettle for his first start for four months when the New Zealand-bred gelding started favourite 5/4 on and gave a bold frontrunning display to beat the fast-finishing Ardens Southee by 5m in the Slater Gartrell Sports Pathway Pace over 2130m. Toretto, making his first appearance since winning at Gloucester Park 11 months ago, began speedily from barrier three, but was unable to cross Senor Jet, who started from the prized pole position. Senor Jet sprinted over the final 400m in 28.6sec. and Toretto fought on gamely to finish third. Senor Jet rated 1.58.7 and took his record to five wins and two seconds from only ten starts for stakes of $22,977. After one win from three New Zealand starts he has chalked up four wins and two seconds from seven WA outings. A DOUBLE KEEPS VOAK AT THE TOP OF THE PREMIERSHIP TABLE Chris Voak continued his outstanding start to the 2013-14 season when he completed a double at Gloucester Park on Friday night by driving 25/1 outsider Chaldea to a surprise victory in the 2130m first heat of the David Strom Leading Driver Gary Hall jun. Preux Chevalier Pace. The 25-year-old Voak, who had been successful earlier in the night with hot favourite Smirking, maintained his lead on the Statewide reinsmen’s premiership table. At the end of the night Voak’s record for the first five weeks of the season stood at 19 winners and 21 placegetters from 94 drives, giving him the lead over Shannon Suvaljko (17 wins and 20 placings from 73 drives), Colin Brown (17 wins and ten placings from 52 drives) and Gary Hall jun. (15 wins and 16 placings from 56 drives). Chaldea, one of three runners in the event trained at Waroona by Bob Mellsop, had been placed at his four previous starts, but was disregarded by punters, mainly because he was at a distinct disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line. Mellsop elected to drive Little Boy Blue (4/1) and he engaged Nathan Turvey to handle 40/1 chance Notabadexcuse. Polemarker Myouri (5/1) set the pace, with stablemate What God Knows in the breeze, 3/1 favourite Heez Orl Black in the one-out, one-back position and Chaldea in eighth spot. When Brown sent Ballas Arockstar (14/1) forward approaching the bell, Voak was quick to follow that gelding’s three-wide burst with Chaldea. Chaldea sustained a strong finishing run and burst to the front in the closing stages to score by a head from Myouri, with outsider Courage Tells impressing in finishing fast from 11th at the bell to be a half-length away in third place. Chaldea dashed over the final 800m in 58.2sec. and rated 2.0.3 to end a losing sequence of 12. A winner at three of his ten New Zealand starts, he has had 32 starts in WA for six wins and 12 placings to take his overall earnings to $63,661. Chaldea is by Western Terror and is out of the unraced New York Motoring mare Summer Solstice, whose dam, the unraced Sands A Flyin mare Love And Light produced good winners Mr Chin and Im Light Hearted. Mr Chin, by Village Jasper, won four races in New Zealand and one in Australia (as a three-year-old at Menangle in June 2006) before winning 30 times in America. He had 225 starts for 35 wins and 57 placings for prizemoney of $407,317. Im Light Hearted has raced 107 times for 12 wins, 31 placings and $118,097. MAKE ME GRIN HAS CALLEGARI SMILING Astute Busselton trainer Michael Callegari has a good eye for a horse and he made a wise decision last November when he made an offer to buy a lightly-raced four-year-old by the name of Make Me Grin. Callegari produced Make Me Grin in superb condition at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Ashleigh Markham drove him to a convincing victory in the 2130m Remote Foods Pathway Pace at the five-year-old’s first appearance at that track. It was also the gelding’s first start since March. “Make Me Grin was owned by Ryan Bell and his Dad Peter was working him on the track where I was training my horses,” Callegari said. “I liked the look of him, so I made an offer and got him for $3000.” Callegari races Make Me Grin with his mother Margaret and the gelding has had 11 starts for them for two wins and three placings for stakes of $11,488. Before that, Make Me Grin had won once (at Bunbury) from six starts. He had been purchased by Ryan Bell for $26,500 as a yearling. At his first start for Callegari, Make Me Grin finished a nose second to Dougie Bromac at Bunbury last December before he set the pace and was a most impressive winner over Livelong And Prosper at Albany on New Year ’s Eve. However, the gelding’s next starts, five at Albany and three at Bunbury, produced just two minor placings. “I kept taking him down to Albany every week and I don’t think he handled all the travelling,” Callegari said. “So I sent him for a long spell before giving him a nice long preparation.” Make Me Grin was a 13/2 chance from barrier three on the front line. He mustered plenty of early pace and Markham sent him past the 7/4 favourite Mene Jaccka and into the lead after 300m. After dawdling through the first 400m section of the final mile in a very slow 33.4sec. and the next quarter in an ambling 31.1sec., Make Me Grin sped over the final 800m in 57sec. to win by a length from 11/4 chance Northview Cardle, who raced in the breeze over the final 1300m. Make Me Grin is out of the Safely Kept mare Spirit Away, who earned $71,250 from nine wins and 19 placings from 64 starts. Make Me Grin traces back on his dam’s side to several outstanding WA pacers of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including Magic Flute, Eroica, Flute Song and Enrico. Star Song, the dam of Magic Flute and several other winners, was an elder half-sister to the South Australian-bred Modulation, who contested the 1957 interdominion championship series at Gloucester Park. Both Modulation and Magic Flute were unplaced in the final won by the South Australian frontrunner Radiant Venture. SANJAYA CHARGES HOME FROM LAST Well-travelled New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Sanjaya, whose ancestry on his dam’s side traces back to champion New South Wales pacer Don’t Retreat, gave promise of better things to come when he surged home from ninth in a field of nine at the 350m mark to score an easy victory in the 2536m Force Equipment Service And Hire Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Sanjaya, trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen. and driven by his elder son Clint, was a 6/1 chance from the outside of the front line and at his third start after a spell. Hall restrained Sanjaya back to last as Romulus (7/1) sped to an early lead from barrier three. Heavens Delight (7/1) overraced in the breeze and Bet Your Life, a newcomer from Victoria and favourite at 4/1, enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. Chris Voak sent Bet Your Life to the front 250m from home, with Jar Zinyo (10/1) unwinding a solid three-wide burst. Sanjaya was last passing the 350m mark as Hall followed the three-wide run of Jar Zinyo. Jar Zinyo got to a narrow lead in the closing stages before being swamped by the fast-finishing Sanjaya, who scored by a length at a 1.59.7 rate. The final 400m was covered bin 28.9sec. Sanjaya ended a losing sequence of eight and took his record to 60 starts for 12 wins, 16 placings and $84,064. He had 24 starts in New Zealand for two wins and six placings, 15 starts in New South Wales for four wins and five placings, 11 starts in Queensland for four wins and four placings and ten starts in WA for two wins and one placing. Sanjaya’s great, great, great granddam Tui Scott produced Don’t Retreat, a star of the 1970s when he had 112 starts for 55 wins, 32 placings and stakes of $340,317. Don’t Retreat qualified for the final of the interdominion championship in Brisbane in 1977 and Melbourne a year later, but was unplaced in both events. Sanjaya also is related to recent Perth winner Me Old Mate, who has raced 39 times for nine wins, eight placings and $64,126. OUR MAJOR MARK GIVES HIS BACKERS A SCARE New Zealand-bred six-year-old Our Major Mark, favourite at 5/1 on, gave his backers plenty of palpitations when he looked beaten on the home turn in the 2130m Central Fruit Sales Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The pacemaker Kiss Chasey (10/1) had shaken off Our Major Mark on the home turn and looked set for victory. But Our Major Mark, who had dropped back more than a length behind the leader (after racing in the breeze for most of the way) fought back grimly to get his nose in front 10m from the post. He won by a neck from Kiss Chasey, with Copagrin battling on into third place after enjoying the run of the race in the one-out, one-back position. Our Major Mark drew the prized No. 1 barrier and was looked upon as a certainty to set the pace. But, surprisingly, Our Major Mark lacked early sparkle and settled in fourth place before Colin Brown quickly eased him off the pegs and took him three wide to move outside Kiss Chasey after 500m. This was Our Major Mark’s eighth win from 15 starts in WA for trainers Greg and Skye Bond and it took his earnings past $600,00. He won at ten of his 39 New Zealand starts and twice from six starts in Victoria before arriving in WA. The son of Art Major now has amassed $609,275 from 20 wins and 16 placings from 60 starts. He has graduated from an M0 mark to an M1 classification. Our Major Mark was an outstanding performer for Mark Purdon as a two-year-old in New Zealand when he won three group 1 events and one group 2 event. He won the group 2 Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes at Alexandra Park in March 2010, an $80,000 group 1 event at Addington in April, the group 1 Sires Stakes at Addington in May and the group 1 Emerald at Cambridge in June. SMIRKING FIGHTS ON DOGGEDLY TO SCORE NARROWLY South Australian-bred six-year-old Smirking, the seventh foal out of WA-bred mare Princess Talaria, responded doggedly to heavy punishment to scramble to a half-head victory over 27/1 outsider Ya Dreamin in the 2536m Red Pepper Catering Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained by Ross Olivieri and driven by Chris Voak, Smirking was hot favourite at 3/1 on and he burst straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier. Colin Brown sent Ya Dreamin forward, three wide, soon after the start and the gelding moved alongside Smirking after 500m. Ya Dreamin poured on the pressure in the final circuit and the final two 400m sections were covered in 28.9sec. and 28.7sec. Voak had to wield the whip vigorously over the final 450m to stave off the determined Ya Dreamin. This was Smirking’s third win from nine WA starts after he had raced 21 times in South Australia for nine wins and eight placings. Princess Talaria (by Northern Lights) was bred in WA and she was successful as a three-year-old at Gloucester Park and Harvey in 1999 before winning three races in Victoria as a four-year-old. Princess Talaria produced Oztreos, who won at his first seven starts (all at Globe Derby Park) and he earned $123,278 from 21 wins and 12 placings from 50 starts. Smirking’s maternal granddam Minerva Reef produced ten winners, including The Maitre Dee, who won seven races in a row at Gloucester Park as an eight-year-old early in 2000 before retiring with a record of 140 starts for 19 wins, 32 placings and $107,161. ADDA PATERNAL SUIT DELIGHTS LOONE Oldbury trainer-reinsman Shane Loone celebrated his surprise victory with Adda Paternal Suit in the 2536m The Gate Leading Trainer Gary Hall Senior Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night with an extroverted display of uninhibited exuberance. Adda Paternal Suit, the 26/1 outsider in the field of eight, worked hard in the breeze for 1150m before getting to the front 350m from home and racing away to score by 5m from Arousing and Benjamin Banneker. Loone thrust his left arm skywards and wielded the whip jubilantly as Adda Paternal Suit coasted to the post. Loone and Maria Petricevich outlaid $19,000 to claim Adda Paternal Suit on September 13 and now the West Australian-bred seven-year-old has had two starts for his new owners for a good fourth to Springsteen in the Kalgoorlie Cup and Friday night’s impressive victory for stakes of $13,710 which have boosted his career record to 93 starts for 21 wins, 28 placings and $228,705. The win ended a losing sequence of 12 and Adda Paternal Suit was eligible to contest Friday night’s event for horses classified M1 to M4 after he received a drop-down concession from an M5 to an M4 mark when his losing sequence reached ten. Polemarker Arousing (9/1) was first into stride and Bronze Seeker (9/2) and Rojen Cruz (8/1) raced wide early before Morgan Woodley sent Bronze Seeker to the front after 600m, leaving Rojen Cruz in the breeze. Loone had Adda Paternal Suit out three wide before getting the gelding into the breeze with 1500m to travel. Benjamin Banneker, favourite at evens, raced in last position before Gary Hall jun. sent him forward with a three-wide burst 1350m from home. Benjamin Banneker was kept three wide until Adda Paternal Suit got to the front with 350m to travel. He fought on solidly to be third, just a nose behind Arousing, who finished strongly after trailing the pacemaking Bronze Seeker, who was a close-up fifth. by Ken Casellas  

Young trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper is bubbling with confidence at the prospects of up-and-coming stayer Springsteen in the $21,000 Garrard’s Horse And Hound BOTRA Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 23-year-old Harper has no hesitation in declaring that Springsteen is now fitter and stronger than he was when he set the pace and scored an effortless victory over Senator Whitby and Bronze Seeker in the 2518m Kalgoorlie Cup on two Thursdays ago. “The step up in distance to 2902m won’t worry him,” he said. “He went across the line in the Kalgoorlie Cup bolting and with the plugs in. He felt like he could’ve run another lap. “After that race I was planning to give him a bit of time off because I thought that the run and the travelling to and back from Kalgoorlie would have knocked him about a bit. But he pulled up fantastically well. I had him cherry ripe for the Kalgoorlie Cup, but I’m even happier now with him. “It was a super run in the Kalgoorlie Cup and if he repeats that performance he will take a lot of beating this week, providing he steps away well from the stand. But even if he’s not in front, he will be hard to beat. He can breeze and is even better when sat up.” Springsteen, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, is the youngest runner in the BOTRA Cup in which he will start off the front and will be opposed to several far more experienced rivals with superior records. Springsteen is lightly raced and has won ten races and been placed nine times from only 33 starts. He has been successful at five of his past nine starts. Harper is seeking to win the BOTRA Cup for the second time. He caused an upset 12 months ago when he drove 25/1 outsider Outstandin to victory over 7/4 favourite Mysta Magical Mach. Outstandin trailed the pacemaker Puhinui Rainbow before he got off the pegs 100m from home, gained a needle-eye split and charged to the front with 50m to travel. Harper’s father Lindsay has won the BOTRA Cup twice. He drove Ariege to victory in 1998 and scored with Shattering Class two years later. Veteran trainer Tony Svilicich is hoping for a change of luck kin the Cup after finishing third with Real Life in 2010, second with Real Life in 2011 and second with Mysta Magical Mach last year. He will be represented by tough stayer Shardons Rocket, the lone backmarker off 30m. Shardons Rocket has been racing with great spirit and cannot be underestimated. He will be handled by Morgan Woodley, who has finished second in the past two BOTRA Cups and won the race with Hilton Adonis in 2006. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. is seeking his third win in the BOTRA Cup, after scoring with Spirit of Shard in 2008 and Albert Jaccka in 2010. He will be represented by This Time Dylan, who has struck top form in recent weeks with fast-finishing efforts to dead-heat for first with Demon Possessed and a narrow victory over Turnpike Cruiser on the past two Friday nights. “He is definitely an each-way chance in the race is run truly,” Hall declared. Trainers Greg and Skye Bond, Michel Brennan and Justin Prentice each have two Cup runners, with the Bonds being represented with frontmarkers False Promise and Next Dawn, Brennan with Jambo Emali and grand stayer Anvils Big Punt and Prentice with Gday Mate and Braemoor. Prentice looks to have solid each-way prospects with both his runners. Gday Mate, to be driven by Kaiden Hayter, warmed up for the Cup in impressive style at Northam on Tuesday of last week when he galloped at the start and dropped back to last before sustaining a powerful burst to win a 2560m stand easily from Hez Got The Nod. That followed a win and two seconds at Gloucester Park at his three previous outings. Prentice will drive Braemoor, who has won at four of his past nine starts. Braemoor and Gday Mate will start off the 10m line and they will have many admirers. MIDNIGHT DYLAN GIVES BROWN A CHANCE OF THIRD CRANLEY MEMORIAL Ace reinsman Colin Brown describes Midnight Dylan as a little horse with exceptional gate speed and after the New Zealand-bred five-year-old drew favourably at No. 2 on the front line, he declared that he would be extremely hard to beat in the 1730m $21,000 Pat Cranley Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Brown, who has won the event with Can Return Fire in 2008 (when the Alan Bell-trained gelding started at 11/2, set the pace and defeated Major Money Maker and Im Themightyquinn) and the Greg Bond-trained Motu Treasure in 2010, said he was confident Midnight Dylan would lead and prove very difficult to overhaul over the sprint journey. “In front is where Midnight Dylan goes best and he can run time in front,” Brown said. While Brown has won the event twice, he is also anxious to win with Midnight Dylan to make amends for defeats behind hot favourites Borat (5/2 on) and Next Dawn (5/4) in the past two years. Borat led from barrier one before wilting over the final 280m to finish sixth behind 120/1 outsider Sir Artsplace two years ago and last year Next Dawn fought on, three wide, from sixth at the bell to be third behind El Padrino and Dhoni. Midnight Dylan, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, is a noted frontrunner who has had 53 starts for 11 wins and 18 placings. He resumed after an absence of two months when he set the pace and finished second to top-flight stablemate Our Major Mark in the Mount Eden Sprint over 1750m in Kalgoorlie on September 17. Three nights later on the same track Midnight Dylan set the pace and strolled to an easy two-length victory over Unsinkable Boxer over 2550m. “Midnight Dylan has run some very good races when he has led and has been hammered in front, and has still recorded some very fast times,” Brown said. “The Ragpickers Dream looks the main danger to Midnight Dylan. He was very tough last Friday night when a very close second to Your Good Fortune. But drawing No. 2 over the mile is definitely in Midnight Dylan’s favour.” Gary Hall sen., trainer of The Ragpickers Dream, said that drawing poorly at No. 3 on the back line over the sprint trip was a worry. “But he should go close,” he said. “His run last week was very good and he’s very versatile.” The Ragpickers Dream will be handled by Gary Hall jun. in an event in which the stable will also be represented by Arnoux, Black N Bettor and Real Hammer. IN-FORM VOAK IS THE MAN TO FOLLOW Chris Voak is harness racing’s man of the moment and he is sailing in unchartered waters, being in front in the Statewide reinsmen’s premiership for the first time in his career. The 25-year-old is in dashing form and has landed six winners on the first three days of the week, scoring with Bekindtous Adda (6/4 on), What The Blazes (7/4 on), Karloo (evens) and Bettor Whitby (5/2) at Kellerberrin on Sunday before bringing 45/1 outsider Looks Promising home with a well-timed burst to beat Hearts Desire at Pinjarra on Monday and then succeeding with To Transcend (2/1) at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. After the first month of the 2013-14 season Voak leads the reinsmen’s premiership with 16 winners and 18 placings from 84 drives and shows the way from Shannon Suvaljko (15 wins and 17 placings from 64 drives) and Colin Brown (15 wins and six placings from 39 drives). He has several drives at the meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night and is sure to be popular with punters, particularly in the opening two events in which he will handle Bettor Whitby in the Regency Foods Pace and Smirking in the Red Pepper Catering Pace. “They look to be my best chances,” he said. Bettor Whitby, trained at Northam by Lang Inwood, is ideally drawn at the No. 1 barrier over the 1730m journey, while Smirking, trained at Oakford by Ross Olivieri, looks well placed from barrier two in his 2536m event. The consistent Bettor Whitby is showing improvement and she warmed up for Friday night’s engagement with a smart win over Nediak over 1730m at Kellerberrin on Sunday. That improved her record to four wins and 24 placings from 53 starts. “She came out of the gate well (from barrier four) and I thought she would land in the breeze,” Voak said. “They went a bit hard early, so I restrained her back to second last before she got the three-wide cart into the race. Then she made her run from the 250m and won by about three-quarters of a length. “I think she will have the speed to hold up on Friday night and I expect her to run a strong race in front. She can lead or sit; it doesn’t matter. But I’ll be trying to lead, especially over the mile.” One of her best runs was at Northam a couple of months ago when she led and got a lot of pressure early and did a very good job to finish a close third to Beautiful Night and Big and Smooth.” Looming as the main danger to Bettor Whitby is the Peter Tilbrook-trained four-year-old Loving You, who has won easily at her past three starts and is nicely drawn on the inside of the back line. Loving You has set the pace for her three recent victories, two at Gloucester Park and one at Pinjarra. Shannon Suvaljko is likely to attempt to gain the run of the race behind Bettor Whitby before setting the mare the task of outsprinting Bettor Whitby in the final stages. Suvaljko gave punters a good lead when he opted to drive Loving You in preference to the Mike Reed-trained Terra Into The West and Ace of Cards. Suvaljko has been successful with both mares in recent months. Chris Lewis will drive Terra Into The West on Friday night and Colin Brown has been engaged for Ace of Cards. An interesting driving change is that of Gary Hall jun. for Cruzee Princess, a smart mare who possesses excellent gate speed and is likely to make a bid for the early lead from the No. 4 barrier. Hall has yet to drive the Chelsey Harding-trained Cruzee Princess, who worked hard in the breeze and fought on gamely when third to Miss Atomic over 2190m at Northam on Tuesday of last week. Voak said he expected Smirking to prove hard to beat from barrier two on Friday night. “He should have enough gate speed to hold out the horses on his outside and should cross the polemarker Racy Lacy, who is a sit-and-kick horse. “Smirking’s fourth behind This Time Dylan over 2503m last Friday night was really good. If he had got a run inside the final 400m I think he would have gone close to winning.” HALL FANCIES “SLOW LEARNER” BENJAMIN BANNEKER Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. would dearly love to win the race named in his honour, the Gate Leading Trainer, Gary Hall Senior Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He has three of the nine runners and believes that the talented, lightly-raced Benjamin Banneker can bring home the bacon. “Benjamin Banneker is a big chance,” Hall declared. “He’s the best of my runners and he’s my choice. He is a slow learner who is getting better with every run. He doesn’t like to be used out of the gate and he’s better off doing nothing and then coming home.” Benjamin Banneker, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, has revealed considerable promise in his 23 starts which have produced ten wins and five placings. He maintained his good form when he finished solidly from fifth at the bell to be second to the pacemaker Banana Dana in fast time over 1730m last Friday night. Two starts before that he overcame the disadvantage of having a punctured tyre of his sulky when he finshed strongly to win from Ohoka Samson and Mighty Flying Thomas. Benjamin Banneker, an M4-class pacer, will start from barrier six on the front line and Gary Hall jun. looks certain to bide his time before issuing a strong late challenge. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri has two M1-class runners in Arousing (barrier one) and Rojen Cruz (four). Both are capable frontrunners with winning prospects. Hall’s other runners are Algeepee and Some Kinda Tactics. Another fancied runner will be Lucie Boshier, who bounced back to top form with a fast-finishing victory over Kotare Ash at a 1.57.7 rate over 2130m last Friday night. Lucie Boshier was produced in fine fettle by Boyanup trainer Dennis Roche. But the mare has been prepared by Chris Brew since that success and will be handled for the first time by claiming junior Kaiden Hayter. Lucie Boshier will start from the inside of the back line. Brew explained that Lucie Boshier had returned to his stables in Serpentine only to facilitate efforts to get her in foal. “She has pulled up very well after her win and is happy and well,” he said. “She should run a good race.” OUR MAJOR MARK HAS TURNED THE CORNER Highly-rated pacer Our Major Mark arrived in Western Australia seven months ago with a big reputation and though he won at his first four starts in the State (in moderate company), he did not impress reinsman Colin Brown. But that has all changed and Brown now ranks him highly. He is confident that he will drive him to victory in the 2130m Central Fruit Sales Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He’s drawn No. 1 and that’s his barrier,” Brown said. “He’s handling Gloucester Park very well and he went around the Kalgoorlie track well last month. “He’s pacing a lot better and driving a lot better. And his attitude is a lot better. At his early starts here he tried only when he wanted to. He had won half a million dollars and didn’t have a good horse’s attitude. “And then his work on the track over the two to three weeks before he went to Kalgoorlie said that he had turned around. He’s now a genuine horse. He wasn’t before. “He has very good gate speed and has won most of his races in front. In his win over Midnight Dylan in Kalgoorlie he came from three back on the rail. But he’s a lot better horse in front.” Our Major Mark looks one of the star bets on Friday night’s ten-event program. He should lead and defeat Kiss Chasey, who has won in good style at two of his past three starts. by Ken Casellas  

Ace reinsman Colin Brown stole the show on a cold, wet and miserable evening at Gloucester Park on Friday night with four winners from five drives, highlighted by the victory of Ima Rocket Star in the $21,000 Media Guild Cup. And Ima Rocket Star’s powerful win completed a training treble for Greg and Skye Bond, who had combined earlier in the program with Brown for smart victories by Kissed Flush and Your Good Fortune. Brown also drove outsider Sandakan Lombo to an easy win in the 2096m event for square gaiters. The 54-year-old Brown has started the 2013-14 season with a great flourish and heads the Statewide reinsmen’s premiership table with 11 wins and two placings from just 19 drives. The Bond team heads the trainers’ premiership with 11 wins and seven placings from 31 starters. Ima Rocket Star, favourite at 5/1 on, made a one-act affair of the 2130m Media Guild Cup. The New Zealand-bred eight-year-old simply ambled straight to the front from the prized No. 1 barrier while Matt White restrained Lombo Navigator from the No. 2 barrier and quickly angled the gelding across to the pegs to be third behind Ima Rocket Star’s stablemate Talk It Up, who was the solitary runner off the back line and was able to follow out the favourite. Ima Rocket Star had the luxury of dawdling through the lead time in a slow 38.7sec. and the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.5sec. before he increased the tempo with a 29.7sec. quarter and then sped over the final 800m in 56.8sec. on the rain-soaked track. He rated 1.58.4 and won by just over a length from Talk It Up, with Lombo Navigator another length farther back in third place. Ima Rocket Star, an eight-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding by Badlands Hanover, has thrown off the effects of a series of leg problems and is in the best form of his career, with his past 15 starts producing nine wins and four placings to improve his career record to 55 starts for 25 wins, 14 placings and earnings of $367,954. He is well and truly on target to contest the rich summer carnival feature events, including the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup. THE PACING PRIEST RESUMES IN DASHING STYLE The Pacing Priest arrived in Australia from New Zealand in February 2009 with great fanfare and with even higher expectations. He won at his Australian debut, at the Victorian country track of Wedderburn in March and was successful by four lengths at his next appearance, in a stand at Gloucester Park a month later. His first eight starts in Western Australia produced three wins and five seconds and after finishing eighth behind Bonavista Bay in the group 1 Golden Nugget in November 2009 he broke down badly and was off the scene for three and a half years. Eventually, he resumed racing in mid-April this year and West Swan trainer Ken Kirke prepared him for a comeback victory in a minor event at a midweek meeting at Gloucester Park in May. Then followed another four starts for one placing before he was sent for a spell. The 66-year-old Kirke produced the eight-year-old in fine fettle for his return to racing at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he started a heavily-back 10/9 on favourite from barrier No. 1 in the 1730m Jay Rooney Most Winners In A Night Pace on Friday night. The gelding warmed up with a stylish win in a Byford trial the previous Sunday morning when he dashed over the final 800m in 56.6sec. Callan Suvaljko, driving The Pacing Priest for the first time in a race, got him straight to the front, leaving 11/4 second fancy Lord Diego in the breeze. After modest first quarters in 30.6sec. and 30.8sec. The Pacing Priest gave his rivals little chance by speeding over the final sections in 28.6sec. and 28.3sec. He won comfortably by just under a length from 10/1 chance Chaldea, who trailed him all the way. The Turnpike Cruiser ran home boldly from seventh on the pegs at the bell to be a nose away in third place. The Pacing Priest, owned by Danny Roberts, Sue Beven and Brian Anderson, rated 1.57.9. He is by American stallion Pacific Rocket and is out of unraced mare High Road. AS winner at two of his seven starts in New Zealand, he has raced only 29 times for eight wins, eight placings and $78,436. ELEGANT CHRISTIAN REVEALS GREAT WA DERBY POTENTIAL Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. broke through for his first success in the WA Derby when Alta Christiano scored a runaway victory in the $200,000 classic last April and now he is looking forward with confidence to next season’s group 1 feature event for three-year-olds. Hall was all smiles after Elegant Christian, favourite at 2/1 on, scored an effortless victory in the 1730m The Form Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when the New Zealand-bred three-year-old set the pace and sprinted over the final 400m in a sizzling 27.7sec. on a waterlogged track to beat stablemate Pelusiac by eight lengths at a 1.58.6 rate. Elegant Christian is unbeaten at three starts and he gives every indication of developing into an outstanding Derby prospect. Hall also will have a team of smart three-year-olds capable of performing strongly in three-year-old classics. They include Pelusiac, High Courage, Crusader Banner, Soho Starr, Waylade and Majorly Foxy Styx. Elegant Christian, driven by Hall’s elder son Clint, had no trouble in holding up from the No. 1 barrier and he paced fluently throughout to score a most convincing victory from Pelusiac (6/4), with 40/1 chance Organized Chaos almost four lengths farther back in third place. Pelusiac started from the outside in the field of six and raced three wide early before racing without cover. He battled on manfully, but was no match for the flying Elegant Christian. YOUR GOOD FORTUNE IS BRED TO BE A GOOD WINNER It’s little wonder that five-year-old New Zealand-bred pacer Your Good Fortune continues to shine for Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond. The Bettors Delight gelding is closely related to former star performers Sharp And Telford and Hunka Hickling. Your Good Fortune, second favourite at 2/1, maintained his splendid form when he was driven aggressively by Colin Brown to score an easy win over stablemate False Promise (9/1) and the fast-finishing Xupan Three (25/1) in the second qualifying heat of the 2130m TABtouch The Warwick Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Your Good Fortune, owned by Greg Bond and stable stalwarts Kevin, Rob and John Gartrell, Andrew Foster, Craig Hampson and Brad Collett, won at three of his seven New Zealand starts and has raced 22 times in WA for ten wins and seven placings to take his career earnings to $159,304. Polemarker Marooned was heavily supported to start favourite at 11/8 and Gary hall jun. took him straight to the lead, with Menelaus of Sparta in the breeze. Your Good Fortune, who started out wide from the No. 6 barrier, settled down in seventh position. Brown drove assertively and dashed the gelding forward, three wide, to move into the breeze after 750m. Marooned sped over the third 400m section of the final mile in 28.7sec., but was unable to shake off Your Good Fortune who surged to the front 250m from home and went on to win by 4m from False Promise (Ryan Warwick), who had trailed the leader all the way. Your Good Fortune covered the final 400m in 28.4sec. and rated 1.57.9. Marooned held on to finish fourth. Sharp And Telford amassed $499,053 from his 16 wins and seven placings from 33 starts. He won the 1996 Victoria Derby by a nose from Mon Poppy Day before dead-heating for first with Surfing Safari in the Australian Derby at Moonee Valley. Hunka Hickling raced successfully in New Zealand, Australia and America, earning $231,576 from his 20 wins and 35 placings from 126 starts. He finished second to Stars And Stripes in both the 2000 New Zealand Derby at Addington and New South Wales Derby at Harold Park. THAT IS CORRECT SURPRISES AND ENDS LOSING SEQUENCE OF 19 Veteran performer That Is Correct caused a minor upset and ended a losing sequence of 19 when he failed in a bid to get to an early lead, but relished the run of the race behind the pacemaker Senator Whitby before finishing full of running to score an easy victory in the 2503m Stuart Lowe Leading Tipster Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Chris Voak was keen to set the pace from barrier three on the front line, but Senator Whitby (barrier two) resisted his early challenge after the polemarker Jambo Emali had galloped hopelessly at the start. Voak then was content to angle That Is Correct, a $23.70 chance on the tote, behind 9/1 chance Senator Whitby, who was put under pressure in the middle stages when This Time Dylan sustained a three-wide burst and got to a half-length lead 1300m from home. Senator Whitby withstood the challenge, but began to wilt passing the 400m mark. That Is Correct swept to the front with 270m to travel and raced away to win by three and a half lengths from 5/1 chance Gday Mate, who charged home from ninth at the bell. Salliwood (20/1) ran on from three back on the pegs to be a sound third, with Senator Whitby a fading seventh. The Victorian-bred That Is Correct had been unplaced at his previous 11 starts, but he was produced in great shape by Serpentine trainer Matt Scott. The eight-year-old had put the writing on the wall a week earlier when he set the pace, was tackled hard by Balleybofey and did well to fight on to finish a close fourth behind Shardons Rocket. That Is Correct, an eight-year-old by American stallion Dare You To, won six times in Victoria and has had 29 starts in WA for three wins and eight placings. He has earned $72,432 from ten wins and 22 placings from 93 starts. Shardons Rocket (6/1) off the back mark of 40m, and 2/1 favourite J Walker (off 20m) settled down a long way from the early leaders. Shardons Rocket came from seventh (three wide) at the bell to finish sixth and J Walker surged home, out wide, from tenth at the bell to be fifth. SANDAKAN LOMBO BORN TO PACE, TRIUMPHS AS A TROTTER Sandakan Lombo was bred to be a pacer. But he proved to be a natural square gaiter and he notched his seventh win when he trotted faultlessly to score an easy win in the 2096m Great Southern Radio Pacing Preview Trotters Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Sandakan Lombo, trained at Wundowie by Bruce Stanley, who races the six-year-old with his wife Pauline, was a 32/1 tote outsider who proved just too speedy for his rivals when he set the pace and won by two and a half lengths from the fast-finishing Conquer All (30/1), with a nose to Xenon (29/1). Polemarker Heez Speedy Gonzalez galloped and lost a length at the start, pacing the way for Colin Brown, driving Sandakan Lombo for the first time, to dash the gelding straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier in the stand. Kim Young eased Heez Speedy Gonzalez off the pegs and into the breeze after 750m, but he wilted in the concluding stages to finish fifth. Hot Holiday, second fancy at 2/1, enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, but lacked sparkle and finished fourth. Sandakan Lombo is by the American pacing stallion Life Sign (who earned $1,912,454 in stakes from 18 wins and 15 placings from 35 starts) and is the second foal out of Frances Lombo, who was retired after having two unplaced runs as a two-year-old pacer at Gloucester Park in November 2003. Frances Lombo was out of pacing mare Forrest Friend and her first foal was a pacer named Assissi Lombo, who had just 17 starts for one wins and two placings for stakes of $2375. Sandakan Lombo was Frances Lombo’s second foal and her third foal is Lombo Kotakinabalu, who has raced 11 times as a pacer for two wins, four placings and $10,850. BENJAMIN BANNEKER GETS HOME NARROWLY AND SURVIVES A PROTEST Ohoka Samson’s bold bid to complete a winning hat-trick failed narrowly at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he was beaten by a head by Benjamin Banneker in the 2130m GPHR Media Guild Tipping Competition Pace. After viewing the patrol film of the run to the finish Dylan Egerton-Green, driver of Ohoka Samson, the 3/1 on favourite, lodged a protest against Benjamin Banneker, the 13/2 second favourite driven by Gary Hall jun., alleging interference. After a lengthy hearing the stewards dismissed the protest. The stewards reprimanded Hall for driving in a careless manner in that he allowed Benjamin Banneker to shift inwards in the run to the finish. Ohoka Samson started from barrier one, but was easily beaten for early speed by 30/1 chance Real Hammer, who burst straight to the front from barrier five. Egerton-Green eased Ohoka Samson off the pegs after 300m and the gelding raced in the breeze before getting to the front 520m from home. Benjamin Banneker enjoyed the perfect trail in the one-out, one-back position before issuing a strong challenge and getting past Ohoka Samson by three-quarters of a length 300m from the finish. But Benjamin Banneker was unable to cross to the pegs and Ohoka Samson fought back with great determination. The pace was solid throughout and Benjamin Banneker rated 1.56.8 on the rain-soaked track. Mighty Flying Thomas raced three back on the pegs and finished determinedly to be third. The New Zealand-bred Benjamin Banneker has done all his racing in Western Australia and he looks set for a bright future. He has earned $97,280 from ten wins and four placings from only 21 starts. LEDA McNALLY ENHANCES HER REPUTATION Victorian-bred five-year-old Leda McNally strengthened her claims as one of the best pacing mares in Western Australia when she outclassed her rival in the 1730m David Lamond Most Winners In A Night Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She started an even-money favourite from the outside of the back line and Chris Voak gave her time to settle down before sending her forward from eighth position 400m after the start. She moved outside the pacemaker Shez El De Rosa 300m later and Shannon Suvaljko was keen to make life tough for her by urging Shez El De Rosa to sprint over the second 400m section of the final mile in 28.7sec. The final quarters went by in 29.6sec. and 29.7sec. and Leda McNally, who is trained at Pinjarra by Chris King, rated 1.56.7 in beating 15/1 chance Terra Into the West, who trailed the pacemaker throughout. Arousing (13/4) maintained her consistent form by running on from fifth at the bell to be third. Leda McNally now moves to an M5 classification with a record of 14 wins and eight placings from 38 starts for stakes of $137,228. She looks certain to exceed the fine record of her dam Twinkletoes, who earned $159,135 from 16 wins and 15 placings from 49 starts. Twinkletoes gained her biggest win when successful in the $100,000Queen of the Pacific at Moonee Valley in May 2001 when she defeated outstanding New Zealand mare Dancingonmoonlight. KISSED FLUSH RUNS HOME STRONGLY Noted frontrunner Kissed Flushed was seen in a new role when he produced a strong finishing burst to win the second heat of the TABform Westbred Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Starting equal favourite at 7/2 with polemarker Hoylakes First Lady, Kissed Flush began speedily from the No. 3 barrier and challenged Criminal Minds (barrier two) for the early lead. His bid was unsuccessful and Colin Brown then angled the gelding to the pegs to trail Criminal Minds. Outsider Jennas Shadow moved to the breeze, enabling Hoylakes First Lady to enjoy an ideal trail, one-out and one-back. Robbie Williams got Hoylakes First Lady to the front on the home turn, but she was unable to hold out the fast-finishing Kissed Flush, who rated 1.58.9. Kissed Flush, owned and trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has earned $83,859 from 12 wins and 22 placings from 89 starts. He is the fifth foal out of Summer Carnival, whose five winners included Winter Retreat, who raced 135 times for 33 wins and 49 placings for stakes of $411,793. SVILICICH-WOODLEY COMBINATION STRIKES AGAIN The powerful combination of veteran trainer Tony Svilicich and youthful reinsman Morgan Woodley which has amassed a small fortune in recent years through the deeds of Mysta Magical Mach and Has The Answers struck again at Gloucester Park on Friday night when 11/2 chance Wrongly Accused bounced back to form with a strong all-the-way victory in the 2130m Pat Harding Longest Priced Winner Claiming Pace. Woodley took full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier and after a solid lead time of 36.9sec. the Victorian-bred seven-year-old appreciated an easy first 400m section of the final mile in 32.1sec. before travelling through the next quarters in 29.5sec., 28.5sec. and 29.5sec. to beat Algeepee (2/1) by just over two lengths. Adda Paternal Suit, favourite at 6/4, began swiftly from barrier three and got to a lead of three-quarters of a length in the early stages. But he was unable to cross Wrongly Accused. Aiden de Campo then angled Adda Paternal Suit to the pegs to follow Wrongly Accused before moving into the breeze about 550m after the start. Adda paternal Suit fought on doggedly, but was deprived of second place by Algeepee, who finished strongly from sixth at the bell. Adda Paternal Suit, a WA-bred seven-year-old and a winner at 20 of his 91 starts, was claimed for $19,000 by trainer-reinsman Shane Loone and Maria Petricevich. Wrongly Accused, who ended a losing sequence of nine, has won six races in Victoria and 14 in WA. He has earned $194,390 from his 20 wins and 43 placings from 170 starts. By Armbro Operative, Wrongly Accused is the second of Don’t Blame Me’s four foals. Don’t Blame Me had 18 starts for six minor placings and the only other of her foals to have raced was Im Innocent, who was unplaced at seven starts in New South wales in 2008. by Ken Casellas

IMA ROCKET STAR ON TARGET FOR RICH CARNIVAL EVENTS Eight-year-old Ima Rocket Star has fully recovered from debilitating leg injuries and is firmly on track to contest rich feature events at the coming summer carnival, including the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup. Driven assertively by Colin Brown, Ima Rocket Star, a heavily-supported 5/4 on favourite, gave a typical powerhouse performance to win the 2536m Clipsal And Schneider Electric New Season Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to record his eighth win from his past 14 starts. Ima Rocket Star is now repaying the faith and patience of trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who have persevered with the New Zealand-bred gelding, who was able to race only once in the space of 24 months, between January 2011 and January 2013. A winner at six of his 12 starts in New Zealand, Ima Rocket Star has been a star for the Bond camp, with his 40 WA starts producing 18 wins and ten placings. He also raced twice at Menangle in July 2010, finishing a half-length second to Make Mine Cullen in the Hondo Grattan Sprint and a length second to Villagem in the Chariots of Fire. Ima Rocket Star started out wide from the No. 6 barrier on the front line on Friday night and Brown sent him forward, three wide, as soon as the mobile sent the field on its way, with the polemarker Lord Lombo setting the early pace. Ima Rocket Star dashed to the front after 400m and he was joined soon afterwards by 13/2 chance Sneakyn Down Under. Ima Rocket Star sped over the first 400m section of the final mile in 28.9sec. before covering the final three quarters in 29.3sec., 28.9sec. and 29.6sec. He won by 1m from ten-year-old Rocket Reign (16/1), who finished powerfully from ninth at the bell at his first appearance for two months. Adda Paternal Suit ran home solidly from fifth at the bell to be third, with Sneakyn Down Under fading to last in the field of eleven. Franco Renegade came from last at the bell to be fourth. Ima Rocket Star now boasts the impressive record of 54 starts for 24 wins and 14 placings for earnings of $354,094. Ima Rocket Star, by Badlands Hanover, is the sixth foal out of Star Rhapsody, who won four times from 31 starts in New Zealand and whose younger half-sister Anvil’s Star amassed $470,115 from 17 wins and 33 placings from 116 starts. Anvil’s Star was successful at her first Australian start, beating Desperate Comment in the group 2 Bendigo Cup in February 1997 before finishing second to desperate Comment in the group 1 Victoria Cup and a nose second to Surprise Package in the A. G. Hunter Cup at his next two starts. Sneakyn Down Under’s trainer-driver Darren Duffy had his licence suspended for 18 days when the stewards completed an adjourned inquiry into an incident at the turn into the home straight in the first lap of a 2130m event the previous Friday night. Duffy was found guilty of causing interference to Adda Paternal Suit (Aiden De Campo). OHOKA SAMSON USETS PLUNGE ON OLD McDONALD A substantial plunge on Old McDonald failed narrowly when the seven-year-old set a fast pace and was overhauled in the final stride by Ohoka Samson in the 1730m Clipsal 56 Series Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Old McDonald, trained at Banjup by Colin Brown, was making his first appearance for six months and was a heavily supported favourite at evens, with last-start winner Ohoka Samson at the surprisingly good odds of 9/2. Brown used the junior concession of Robbie Williams to enable Old McDonald, an M3-class pacer, to contest the event which was restricted to M2-class performers. And trainer Kade Howson also used the claim of Dylan Egerton-Green to enable Ohoka Samson to run. Old McDonald drew the prized No. 1 barrier, with Ohoka Samson at No.2, prompting most pundits to declare the even a match between the two. Williams got Old McDonald straight to the lead, with Egerton-Green content to race Ohoka Samson in the breeze. Old McDonald sped over the third 400m section of the final mile in 28.3sec. and appeared set to win. But Ohoka Samson, having his sixth start after a spell, finished with great determination to snatch victory on the line, with a final quarter in 28.6sec. Banana Dana, who enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail, ran on gamely to be third. The eight-year-old Ohoka Samson rated 1.55.5 and improved his record in an injury-plagued career to 14 wins and eight placings from just 31 starts for prizemoney of $114,594. Ohoka Samson was trained and driven by Tony Herlihy in New Zealand for three wins and three placings from eight starts before arriving in Western Australia. His nine-year-old full-brother Ohoka Arizona raced 20 times for eight wins and four placings for earnings of $273,498. Ohoka Assassin, a younger full-brother of Ohoka Samson, looks set for a bright career. His first 14 starts have produced three wins and five placings. LEWIS LANDS A TREBLE AND SHARDONS ROCKET ENDS LOSING RUN OF 20 Durable nine-year-old Shardons Rocket, an M7-class pacer three months ago, made the most of the drop-down rule when he started from the back mark of 30m in the M0-class Clipsal Modena Handicap over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He went into the event with a losing sequence of 20 and was downgraded to an M5 classification. He had a vastly superior record to all of his 11 rivals and astute punters cashed in handsomely when he was sent out at the tempting odds of 11/2. His narrow victory completed a treble for star reinsman Chris Lewis, who had been successful earlier on the program with Arousing and Kiss Chasey. Frontmarkers Our Classie Mach and Gallileo began badly and 10m runners Braemoor, J Walker and Erris Lad met with interference while polemarker That is Correct set the pace. Shardons Rocket was ninth after a lap and Lewis dashed him forward to be fourth, three wide, at the bell before he got to the front 300m from home after a third quarter of 28.8sec. J Walker was 11th at the bell and he sustained a spirited three-wide burst to join Shardons Rocket on the line. Shardons Rocket gained the verdict by a nose and rated 1.59.5. Shardons Rocket, trained at Byford by Tony Svilicich, boasts a wonderful record of 114 starts for 22 wins and 38 placings for stakes of $250,237. He won once from seven starts as a three-year-old in New Zealand and has won ten times in Victoria, twice in Tasmania and nine times in Western Australia. He was successful at his WA debut, at Narrogin in May 2011 and then had a losing sequence of 26 before scoring at Bunbury in December 2012. And then he won at six of his next 12 starts at Gloucester Park. His granddam Shardon Lass produced Shardons Aflyin, who earned $500,651 from 21 wins and 16 placings from 61 starts. Shardons Aflyin won at 11 of his first 12 starts in WA for trainer-reinsman Grant Williams. In March 2007 he won the Fremantle Cup and Australian pacing Championship and was second to Vanlo Yorker in the WA Pacing Cup in January 2008. EMPIRE FLAME GIVES HOWLETT A QUICK RETURN East Fremantle key defender Tom Howlett has a good eye for a horse. He certainly made a wise decision to outlay $10,000 to claim New Zealand-bred gelding Empire Flame on August 9. The eight-year-old, a 16/1 chance driven perfectly by Bunbury reinsman Ashleigh Markham, scored an impressive victory in the 1730m Clipsal Datacomms Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night at his second start for his new owner. This followed Empire Flame’s strong-finishing third to Bettors Fire at Gloucester Park three days earlier. These two efforts by Empire Flame have netted $12,110 in prizemoney. The gelding is now trained at Busselton by Howlett’s father Jamie. Empire Flame started from barrier two on the back line and Markham quickly had him in the one-out, one-back position, with Lucie Boshier (3/1) setting the pace from Black Pontiac (10/1), Wrongly Accused out on a limb, three wide, and Jambo Emaili on the pegs behind the leader. Benjamin Banneker, the 7/4 favourite, was eighth at the bell before unwinding a spirited burst to finish second, just over a length behind Empire Flame, who took the lead 80m from the post. Black Pontiac fought ion grimly to be third, a head behind Benjamin Banneker, with Lucie Boshier a wilting fourth. Empire Flame, who ended a losing sequence of 14, has raced 70 times for 16 wins, 15 placings and $119,030 in stakes. AROUSING TURNS THE CORNER WITH FOURTH WIN IN 32 DAYS One month ago Arousing had a losing sequence of 20 and had managed just three wins, at Narrogin, Kalgoorlie and Pinjarra, from 51 starts. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri has rejuvenated the six-year-old mare who notched her fourth win in the space of 32 days when she finished boldly to beat the pacemaker and 6/4 favourite Beautiful Night by a half-length in the 1730m Clipsal Led Lighting Pace. Arousing, third favourite at 4/1, had warmed up for Friday night’s event by contesting a 2130m race on the same track three days earlier when she worked hard in the breeze, got to the front in the home straight and was overhauled in the final stride and beaten by a nose by Kinsfolk. On Friday night Arousing started from the inside of the back line and Chris Lewis was happy to have her trailing the pacemaking Beautiful Night before she got into the clear when the breeze horse Big And Smooth began to drop back leaving the back straight. Arousing sprinted fast to get to the lead in the final 20m. Chloe Vargarita, second fancy at 7/2, enjoyed the perfect trail, one-out and one-back, and Gary Hall jun. switched her three wide 520m from home. She got on terms with Beautiful Night 200m later and the pair settled down to a head-and-head struggle in the home straight before she broke into a gallop in the final 20m and dropped back to finish a close third. Arousing now has raced 57 times for seven wins, 17 placings and $59,943 in prizemoney. By American stallion Western Terror, Arousing is out of the Christian Cullen mare Roustabout, who had 12 starts for four wins. Roustabout won at Pinjarra at her West Australian debut in March 2006 before winning the group 3 Empress Stakes at her next appearance, beating Precious Maiden and Sovereign Beejay. Roustabout is a half-sister to highly-promising three-year-old Pelusiac and her granddam Impressionable is a daughter of Impressionable, whose dam Tilla produced former star Victorian pacer Impressionist, who won the group 1 Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park from Whitbys Miss Penny at Gloucester Park in January 1992. Impressionist retired with a record of 56 starts for 23 wins, 12 placings and stakes of $427,005. CUP OF LIFE SETS THE PATTERN FROM THE No. 1 BARRIER The considerable advantage of the No. 1 barrier on the front line in mobile events at Gloucester Park was further illustrated at Gloucester Park when Chris Brew drove 9/2 chance Cup of Life to a smart all-the-way victory in the opening event, the 2130m Clipsal Powerhouse Pace. And this set the pattern for the night, with three more No. 1 horses (Kiss Chasey, Franco Torres and Millies Girl) winning and three others (Beautiful Night, Domino Bromac and Old McDonald) finishing second. Myouri (6/1) was smartest into stride from barrier two, but was unable to cross Cup of Life, who coasted through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.6sec. before increasing the tempo with quarters of 28.7sec., 29.4sec. and 30.1sec. to win by 4m from 10/1 chance Turnpike Cruiser, who followed the leader all the way. High Five Mozza (50/1) caught the eye when he charged home , five wide, from last at the bell to be third, ahead of the 5/2 favourite Imtheguy. Lord Diego, second fancy at 4/1, faded to sixth after racing in the breeze over the final 1000m. Cup of Life won twice in New Zealand and he arrived in Western Australia with a losing sequence of 19. He now has had 16 starts for Brew for three wins and six placings to take his career record to 43 starts for five wins, ten placings and $39,878. IT’S NO TROUBLE FOR NOTED FRONTRUNNER REAL HAMMER Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. freely admits that former Victorian performer Real Hammer is a one-dimensional pacer who excels when leading and struggles when he races back in the field. The speedy five-year-old again relished the pacemaking role when he started favourite at 5/1 on, began speedily from the No. 3 barrier and bowled along in front before scoring an effortless victory from Donovan Bromac in the first heat of the 2130m Clipsal Saturn The Warwick Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Real Hammer now has won ten races from 36 starts, when he has set the pace in eight of those victories. There was no pressure applied to Real Hammer in the early stages of Friday night’s event and he strolled through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.5sec. before dashing over the next three quarters in 30.2sec., 29.1sec. and 27.4sec. He rated 1.57.8 and beat 38/1 outsider Donovan Bromac by just over two lengths. Donovan Bromac started from the pole and trailed the leader throughout, while the third placegetter My Jasami ran on well after racing three back on the pegs. Real Hammer, a winner of eight races in Victoria, has won at two of his seven WA starts for a career record of ten wins and 11 placings from 36 starts for stakes of $75,563. KISS CHASEY MAINTAINS HIS CONSISTENT FORM Six-year-old Kiss Chasey, whose ancestry traces back to South Australian-bred pacers Main Morris and Forward Step, stars of the 1970s, maintained his consistent form when he gave a good frontrunning exhibition to win the 2130m Clipsal Energy Efficiency Westbred Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Oakford by Ross Olivieri for owner Debra Lewis and driven confidently by her husband Chris, Kiss Chasey, favourite at 5/4, made the most of the No. 1 barrier and he fought on gamely to defeat Soho Aintree by a half-length, with El Machine finishing strongly from the rear to be a close third. Kiss Chasey sprinted over the final 400m in 28.4sec. and rated 1.57.6. Kiss Chasey now has earned $58,249 from eight wins and seven placings from 26 starts. His past ten starts have produced four wins, four seconds, one third and a fifth placing. Kiss Chasey, by Yankee Sensation, is out of Hello Boys, who raced 55 times for 12 wins, 17 placings and $89,541. Hello Boys is out of Boom Or Bust, a winner at eight of her 36 starts and the dam of former star mare Party Date, who had 111 starts for 25 wins, 27 placings and $256,003. FRANCO TORRES HAS THE PEDFIGREE TO BE A GOOD WINNER New Zealand-bred six-year-old Franco Torres, whose dam There’s A Franco won two group 1 events in New Zealand, went into Friday night’s CMS Cup Pace at Gloucester Park boasting unplaced efforts at his previous eight starts and a losing sequence of 11. But punters rallied to support him solidly to start a hot favourite at 10/9 from the prized No. 1 barrier. The Debbie Padberg-trained gelding did not let his supporters down, with Shannon Suvaljko making the most of the ideal barrier by driving him to an effortless all-the-way victory. Franco Torres sprinted over the final 400m in 28.4sec. and beat Will of Iron (who trailed him throughout) by three lengths. Chaldea, who raced in the one-out, one-back position, battled on into third place. The winner rated 1.57.8 and improved his record to 51 starts for nine wins and 14 placings for earnings of $59,639. There’s A Franco was a quality performer in New Zealand where she won at her first three starts, including a group 2 event for three-year-old fillies at Alexandra Park in December 1995. Later that season she won a group 1 classic for fillies at Addington and won another group 1 event at Canterbury two years after that as well as finishing fourth behind Christian Cullen, Iraklis and Franco Enforce in the $350,000 group 1 New Zealand Cup at Addington. She was retired after her 45 starts produced 13 wins, 13 placings and prizemoney of $217,588. There’s A Franco’s full-sister This Time Franco was successful in group 1 and group 2 events before being retired with earnings of $249,151 from ten wins and 11 placings from 36 starts. MILLIES GIRL RETURNS TO FORM WITH AN ALL-THE-WAY VICTORY Even though Millies Girl had failed to be placed at her seven previous starts, she was a well-supported favourite at 13/4 for the 1730m Clipsal C-Bus Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night --- and she did not let her supporters down, scoring an easy all-the-way win. Trained at Pinjarra by David Young for owner Peter King, the seven-year-old was handled confidently by the trainer’s elder brother Shane, who jumped the mare straight to the lead from the No. 1 barrier. Millies Girl set a solid pace and sprinted over the final 400m in 28.6sec. to beat 9/2 second favourite Terra Into The West by 5m at a 1.57 rate. My Lady of the Night (13/2) trailed the pacemaker and finished a sound third. Millies Girl improved her record to 46 starts for six wins, six placings and $32,965. David Young kept up the work when he was successful with Trustytrev in the Perkins Builders Pace at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park on Saturday night. Trustytrev, favourite at 5/4 on, was driven by Shane Butcher. He set the pace from the No. 1 barrier and won from the fast-finishing Captain Proud. by Ken Casellas  

The all-conquering father-and-son combination of Gary Hall sen. and Gary Hall jun. ended the 2012-13 season on a high note at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Northview Punter scored an impressive victory in the Mornings With Matt McDermott Pace and emerged as a leading candidate for the rich Golden Nugget Championship in November. Never in the history of Western Australian harness racing has a trainer and driver been so dominant. The 63-year-old Hall and his 31-year-old son scored runaway wins in the awards for the State’s leading trainer and reinsman. Hall sen. trained 192 winners and 155 placegetters from 673 starters for earnings of $2,715,678 and Hall jun. drove 237 winners and 229 placegetters from 871 starters for total stakes of $2,982,094. Greg and Skye Bond finished second in the Statewide trainers’ premiership with 153 winners and 197 placegetters from 736 starters, with Andrew De Campo next with 92 winners and 127 placegetters from 457 starters. Colin Brown took second place in the Statewide drivers’ premiership with 139 winners from 787 starters, with Chris Voak and Morgan Woodley next with 130 winners each. In the Metropolitan premierships, Hall sen. trained 150 winners to finish well ahead of the Bond team, with 74 winners. Hall jun. (163 winners from 520 starters) was the leading city reinsman, finishing ahead of Chris Lewis (69 winners from 604 drives), Brown (63) and Woodley (60). Northview Punter, a solidly-supported 6/4 favourite from the outside of the back line on Friday night, settled down in ninth position and moved to seventh, three wide, at the bell before forging past the pacemaker Big ben Lombo 320m from home and going on to win by a length from Deluxe Edition, the only filly in the race, who finished strongly from sixth on the pegs at the bell. Slick Chapel, a stablemate of the winner, ran home strongly from the rear to be third. Northview Punter covered the final 800m in 59.1sec. and rated 1.58 over the 2130m journey on a slowish track. This took his record to 19 starts for 11 wins and five placings for stakes of $145,425. He won once from two starts in New Zealand before entering Hall’s stables. He is by American stallion Bettors Delight out of an American mare Watch Your Step, who had 48 starts in the United States for five wins, 16 placings and $59,806. He is a close relation to 1990 Little Brown Jug winner Beach Towel, the American harness Horse of the Year that season. HAS THE ANSWERS WINS EASILY, BUT SUFFERS FROM A DAMAGED HOOF Evergreen champion Has The Answers bled profusely from a nasty puncture wound in his off fore hoof after scoring an effortless all-the-way win in the 2130m Racing Radio Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It is not known what caused the injury or whether it affected him during the race. Trainer Tony Svilicich must produce a veterinary certificate of soundness before the stewards will permit the gelding to race again. It is hoped that the problem is not serious. Has The Answers, favourite at 3/1 on from the No. 1 barrier and he was surprising beaten for early speed by 20/1 chance Lord Lombo, who began very fast from barrier six. However, Lord Lombo was unable to cross to the front and Chris Voak then cleverly manoeuvred him to the pegs to enjoy the perfect passage behind the noted frontrunner. After a moderate lead time of 38sec. Has The Answers had the luxury of being able to amble through the first 400m section of the final mile in 30.5sec. before Morgan Woodley increased the tempo and the ten-year-old dashed over the next three quarters in 29.1sec., 27.2sec. and 28.9sec. to win by two lengths from Lord Lombo, rating 1.56.5. Sneakyn N Down Under, second favourite at 4/1, was more than two lengths farther back in third place after he had enjoyed a perfect sit, one-out and one-back. Shardons Rocket (23/1), a stablemate of Has The Answers, was a wilting fifth after racing without cover. Has The Answers is seemingly indestructible and he now has raced 240 times for 76 wins, 40 seconds and 25 thirds for $1,326,582 in prizemoney. Woodley has enjoyed a wonderful association with the Legacy Of Power gelding, having driven him 47 times for 22 wins, six seconds and four thirds. ELEGANT CHRISTIAN FOLLOWS A FAMILY TRADITION Elegant Christian, a sturdily-built New Zealand-bred gelding, followed a family tradition when he scored a fighting victory in the 2130m TABtouch.Mobi Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was his second win from first two starts (after a runaway victory at Pinjarra earlier in the month) to emulate the performance of his dam English Elegance, whom was successful at her first two starts, as a two-year-old at Addington in April-May 2007 before she finished a close third at her next start, in a group 1 $75,000 event for fillies at Alexandra Park. English Elegance, by American stallion Camtasticus, was retired as a three-year-old with a record of five wins, six placings and $82,936 from 13 starts and Elegant Christian is her sixth foal. Elegant Christian is trained by Gary Hall sen., who also had Pelusiac, an easy winner at his first two starts, engaged in the race. Gary Hall jun. chose to drive the Washinghton VC gelding in preference to Elegant Christian, who gave Kim Prentice a welcome 52nd birthday present. Pelusiac, who had won his first two starts by margins of eight lengths and four lengths, was a warm 7/4 on favourite from the outside (barrier two) on the back line. Elegant Christian was drawn out wide, at No. 6 on the front line, but was a well-supported 9/4 second fancy. Polemarker All Williams (12/1) led for the first 350m before Pelusiac took up the running, with Prentice quickly getting Elegant Christian into the breeze. After a third quarter in 29.4sec., Elegant Christian applied considerable pressure on Pelusiac and got on terms with 220m to travel. Elegant Christian gained the upper hand 100m from home and went on to beat Pelusiac by 1m at a 1.59 rate after the final 400m was covered in 28sec. Soho Star, the third runner in the race trained by Hall sen., raced in the one-out, one-back position before fighting on to third to give Hall a trifecta result which returned a dividend of $13.40 for a $1 investment. LOVING YOU MAKES QUITE AN IMPRESSION Loving You, a filly by Art Major, revived memories of Victorian pacer Impressionist’s victory in the group 1 Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park in January 1992 when she gave a bold frontrunning display to outclass her rivals in the 2130m Big Breakfast Show Pace on Friday night. Loving You, owned by Neven Botica, trained by Peter Tilbrook and driven by Shannon Suvaljko, was a heavily-supported 5/2 on favourite who set the pace and defeated outsider Firth of Tay by four and a half lengths. Loving You is related on her dam’s side to Impressionist, who was driven by star Victorian horseman Ted Demmler to victory over Whitbys Miss Penny in the 1992 Golden Nugget. Loving You is the third foal out of Roustabout, whose great granddam Tilla was the mother of Impressionist, who ended his career with a splendid record of 56 starts for 23 wins and 12 placings for earnings of $427,005. Roustabout is a half-sister to two-year-old Pelusiac, who finished a close second in the opening event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Roustabout’s first foal is Arousing, a winner at Northam last Tuesday night after winning at Pinjarra the previous week. Arousing, also owned by Botica, has earned $46,873 from six wins and 16 placings from 55 starts. Roustabout, by Christian Cullen, was retired after having 12 starts for four wins, two placings and $33,171 in stakes. She won twice in WA, at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park in March 2006. Herr Gloucester Park success was by a nose over Precious Maiden in the group 3 Empress Stakes. Loving You, who finished third behind Frith in the group 1 WA Oaks in May this year, went into Friday night’s race with a losing sequence of 11. But she looked outstanding from the No. 2 barrier on the front line. Indomitable, a 10/1 chance, began speedily from barrier six, but was unable to cross to the lead, with Loving You kicking up strongly on her inside. Nathan Turvey then was able to get Indomitable across to the pegs after 350m to take the trail behind Loving You. Eselar (10/1) raced three wide before getting to the breeze after 700m and she faded to finish ninth. Indomitable did not threaten danger and finished tenth. Zonya, a last-start Northam winner for trainer Mike Beech, caught the eye in coming from 12th at the bell to be a fast-finishing third. BUTCHER HURT AND EGERTON-GREEN SEIZES HIS OPPORTUNITY A fall when driving trackwork on Thursday left young reinsman Shane Butcher stiff and sore and unable to take the drive behind Ohoka Samson in the 2130m Drivetime With Stewart Maister Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Part-owner and trainer Kade Howson then engaged Dylan Egerton-Green, who made the most of the unexpected opportunity to land the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old an easy winner. Ohoka Samson, heavily supported to start favourite at 5/4 on, made the most of the favourable No. 2 barrier and he set a solid pace before sprinting over the final 800m in 56.8sec. to win at a 1.58.2 rate by three and a half lengths from Imtheguy (11/1), who finished gamely after racing three back on the pegs. Polemarker Arch On Fire (7/1) ran on solidly to be a head away in third place after trailing the leader all the way. Ohoka Samson, owned by Howson in partnership with the gelding’s New Zealand breeders Lorraine and Pero Smith, has been plagued by injury throughout his career. After winning at three of his eight starts in New Zealand and once from two starts in Victoria, Ohoka Samson has had only 20 starts in Western Australia for nine wins and five placings to take his career record to 30 starts for 13 wins, eight placings and $102,714. Ohoka Samson fractured his pelvis in a fall in April 2009 and was unable to race for 19 months. He resumed in November 2010 when he ran two seconds before winning six in a row. He damaged a tendon in the winter of 23011 and was forced on to the sidelines for 24 months. He resumed racing at Bunbury on July 13 this year and his first five starts in his comeback campaign have produced two wins, two seconds and a tenth placing. MEXICANO INHERITS THE ABILITY OF PRECIOUS MAIDEN Mexicano, who revealed outstanding potential as an early two-year-old in New Zealand, gave promise of better things to come when he recorded his first Australian victory with an impressive win in the 2130m TABform Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. After two fourths and a second at his first three appearances in Western Australia, Mexicano gave a sample of his class when he raced three wide for the first 250m and then outside the pacemaker and even-money favourite Grand Cru before surging to the front on the home turn and beating Grand Cru by two lengths. Trained at Bickley by Peter Anderson and driven with supreme confidence by Morgan Woodley, Mexicano, third favourite at 13/2, will now have a short spell before being prepared for feature events for four-year-olds in the coming summer months. After Grand Cru had coasted through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31.5sec. and 30.7sec., the final quarters went by in 28.4sec. and 29sec. and Mexicano rated 1.59.5. He won at his debut, at Alexandra Park in December 2011 when he sprinted over the final 800m in 28.2sec. and beat Slick Chapel before he finished a head second at his next start to Ohoka Punter, who has developed into a star performer, earning $478,402 from his ten wins and seven placings from his first 17 starts. Ohoka Punter’s successes include the $200,000m Victoria Derby at Melton last February and the $246,000 New Zealand Northern Derby a month later. Mexicano, who is owned by Ian Sermon, Lee Bunney, Greg Newbold, Peter and Michael Pike, Tracey Sermon, Dave Morley and Gary Charlton, is by Christian Cullen and is the first foal out of Precious Maiden, who was retired after earning $158,498 from 12 wins and 28 placings from 70 starts. Precious Maiden, a winner of two races in New Zealand, was trained in Western Australia by Grant Williams and won at each of her first three starts in the State in February-March 2006. At her final appearance she finished second to Jilsander in the group 3 Mares Mile at Gloucester Park in December 2007. BRILLIANT START PAVES THE WAY FOR THE BLACK LORD A flying start by The Black Lord paved the way for the New Zealand-bred five-year-old’s smart win in the 2130m Afternoons With Peter O’Neill Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Despite his easy victory when he raced three wide for much of the way at Bunbury at his previous outing, a fortnight earlier, The Black Lord was sent out at the liberal odds of 17/1 in a race in which Victorian newcomer Barkers Hall (5/4) and polemarker Saint Petersburg (11/4) dominated betting. Aiden De Campo got The Black Lord away brilliantly from the No. 3 barrier and the Elsu gelding sped to the front after 150m and bowled along in front before sprinting the final 400m in 28.8sec. to beat 16/1 chance Myouri by a half-length at a 1.59.1 rate. Im Clean Cut, who raced three back on the pegs, ran on well to be third. The Black Lord, trained at Henley Brook by Chelsey Harding, shows good promise and has a record of seven wins and eight placings from 39 starts for stakes of $39,097. His dam Visa Girl is a full-sister to Lord Miles, who raced with Great Success in Perth in 2000 and 2001 when he had 19 starts for seven wins and four placings. His wins included the $20,000 Country Cup at Gloucester Park in November 2000 and the Christmas Gift in December 2001 when he defeated The Die Is Cast, Chivalrous Fella and Baltic Eagle. He retired with earnings of $143,072 from 21 wins and 27 placings from 103 starts. GDAY MATE ENDS A LOSING SEQUENCE OF 27 New Zealand-bred six-year-old Gday Mate ended a losing sequence of 27 and broke a 14-month drought when young Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice brought him home with a sparkling burst of speed to score an easy win in the 2503m Late Nights With Ashleigh Paikos Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His previous success was also in a 2503m stand in June of last year. Gday Mate, a 13/2 chance, started from barrier four on the front line and Prentice had the gelding travelling smoothly in the one-wide line before he finished boldly from fifth at the bell to burst to the front 250m from home. He sprinted the final 400m in 28.3sec. and beat 2/1 favourite J Walker by three lengths, with the pacemaker To Transcend (3/1) seven lengths farther back in third place. J Walker will pay to follow. He was eighth at the bell and after being switched four wide by Robbie Williams with 450m to travel, he finished powerfully. Gday Mate, bred in New Zealand by Lorraine and Pero Smith, has had 77 starts for 11 wins, 29 placings and $130,033.He is a younger full-brother of smart open-class performer Please Release Me, who has earned $232,820 from 20 wins and 33 placings from 84 starts. SMOOTH CAESAR MAKES THE MOST OF PRIZED No. 1 BARRIER Giant pacer Smooth Caesar outmuscled his 11 rivals when he made full use of the prized No. 1 barrier when Shannon Suvaljko drove him to an all-the-way victory in the 1730m Friday Morning Pacing Preview Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Punters rallied to support Smooth Caesar, trained at Mardella by Matthew Henwood, and the seven-year-old gelding was a warm 5/4 on favourite. Loaded Aussie was smartest to begin from barrier three, but was unable to cross to the pegs, with Suvaljko driving Smooth Caesar hard to maintain the lead. Kissed Flush, who started from the outside of the back line, was sent forward by Colin Brown in the early stages to take up the position in the breeze. Criminal Minds finished fast from ninth at the bell to be a close second, with Kissed Flush holding on to be third, in front of Soho Monza, who fought on from eighth with a lap to travel. Smooth Caesar, whose dam Hilarion Lass had 48 starts for five wins, ten placings and $9209, has raced 60 times for nine wins, 14 placings and stakes of $66,549. BACKAS COBBER MAKING A GOOD START TO HIS WA CAREER Six-year-old Backas Cobber, who arrived in Western Australia from Victoria about five weeks ago with a losing sequence of 29, notched his second win at his third start in the State when he held on to score a narrow victory in the 2130m 1206AM Trotters Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Owned by Bruce and Pauline Stanley, Backas Cobber is trained at Wundowie by Bruce Stanley, who drove the gelding assertively. Backas Cobber started from the inside of the back, line and Stanley wasted no time in easing the gelding off the pegs and dashing him forward. Ryan Bell got last-start winner Idle Maple away with a fast start from barrier five and the seven-year-old led for the first 600m before Stanley got Backas Cobber to the front. This left Hot Holiday in the breeze and that trotter finished with great determination to finish a nose behind Backas Cobber, who rated 2.3.4. Backas Cobber has raced 101 times for 18 wins and 23 placings for stakes of $154,716. He is a half-brother to Backa Beyond, who had 35 starts in WA a couple of years ago form one win from 35 starts in that State. by Ken Casellas  

“Has The Answers doesn’t feel like an old horse at all; he doesn’t feel any different to what he did when he was at his best,” enthused star reinsman Morgan Woodley when assessing the ten-year-old gelding’s prospects in the $35,000 6PR August Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He’s a remarkable horse and Tony Svilicich is a remarkable trainer. Both Tony and Has The Answers defy logic some times and I fully expect the horse to put his best foot forward on Friday night. The 2536m journey isn’t his best distance, but I certainly think he is going well enough to win the race if things go in his favour.” Has The Answers, a veteran of 238 starts for 75 wins and 64 placings for earnings of $1,306,422, is ideally drawn at barrier No. 2 on the front line in Friday night’s group 3 Cup and Woodley is planning an all-the-way victory. “He hasn’t got a great record over 2500m, but he should be able to get to the lead reasonably enough and maybe he can give a similar performance as he did when he won the interdominion consolation over 2506m at Gloucester Park in March of last year,” Woodley said. “In that race he was able to lead with relative ease and get away with a little bit in the first 600 to 700m.” Has The Answers impressed when he was untroubled to win the interdominion consolation in which he beat Rocket Reign, Sneakyn Down Under, Dasher VC and David Hercules. He is a noted speedster over sprint trips, but has quite a sound record over 2500m. He has started in 46 mobile events at Gloucester Park over 2548m, 2536m and 2506m for 11 wins, nine seconds and three thirds. Has The Answers charged home from sixth at the bell to win over 1730m at a 1.53.8 rate from Sneakyn Down Under and Uppy Son last Friday week and he started from the inside of the back line and raced four back on the pegs in sixth position before finishing gamely along the inside to be fourth behind Sneakyn Down Under in the 2130m Howard Porter Memorial last Friday night. “He went quite well last week,” Woodley said. “And that was not his normal racing characteristics to be hemmed away and held up for one sprint. He was a little bit keen due to the false start and he had a tendency to overrace which took a bit of polish off his final 200m. “It’s a quality field on Friday night and I think that horses like Uppy Son and Please Released Me are drawn to get lovely soft runs and if that does happen and if there is a bit of early speed and mid-race pressure they’re the kind of horses who should be running on late. Sneakyn Down Under is always a horse capable of throwing the cat amongst the pigeons. He’s drawn wide on the front line and has the early speed to make his presence felt. “And Ima Rocket Star is a quality performer. So it won’t be a stroll in the park for Has the Answers. It never is in a Free-For-All race at Gloucester Park.” Svilicich won the 2003 August Cup with Digger of Fortune and has trained five minor placegetters in the past five August Cups. In 2008 he was represented by Roydon Holmes and Demoralizer. Roydon Holmes (9/1) led until the final 20m and finished a close second to Glencadam, and Demoralizer was third. He did not have a runner in 2009 before Has The Answers led until the final 50m and finished second to Im Themightyquinn in 2010. His other runner Mysta Magical Mach finished third. Has The Answers was a 6/4 on favourite in 2011 when he set the pace and was narrowly beaten by Lombo Navigator and Rocket Reign in a thrilling three-way photo finish. In last year’s August Cup Mysta Magical Mach, driven by Woodley, set the pace and was two lengths in front with 120m to travel before being swamped and was relegated to fifth behind Dasher VC. The lightly-raced seven-year-old Ima Rocket Star, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, adds considerable interest ton this year’s Cup. He has been freshened up since he worked hard in the breeze and finished a good third behind Livingontheinterest and Hokonui Ben. He charged home to win the 2692m Pinjarra Cup from Hokonui Ben and Pacific Warrior at his previous start. That followed smart victories at Harvey and Gloucester Park at his two previous outings. His past 12 starts have produced seven wins and four placings and he has excellent winning prospects. Greg Bond trained Mister Odds On when Colin Brown drove him to victory over Spirit of Shard and Fourmoore in the 2009 August Cup. Capel trainer Andrew De Campo, who was successful in August Cups with Glencadam (2008) and Lombo Navigator (2011), is pinning his faith on Adda Paternal Suit, who will be driven by his son Aiden from barrier three on the back line. HALL LIKES THE LOOK OF BARKERS HALL, A SPEEDY FRONT RUNNER Former Victorian pacer Barkers Hall is poised to make a successful Western Australian debut when he contests the 2536m Brad Hardie Pathway Pace on Friday night, according to champion trainer Gary Hall sen. Hall confidently predicted that the four-year-old would burst straight to the front from the No. 4 barrier on the front line. “Just get on, he’ll lead and win,” Hall declared. “He’s a blistering beginner. I have had him for only three weeks and he’s a nice horse who goes all right. The 2500m might be a bit far for him. He’s better known as a short-course horse. But he should lead and win.” Hall trained a treble at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night with Pelusiac, Northview Punter and Heez Orl Black to take his season’s tally to 187 winners. His son Gary, who has driven 236 winners in Australia this season, will be in the sulky behind Barkers Hall. Barkers Hall has raced 36 times in Victoria for nine wins and 12 placings. He has set the pace in seven of those victories over distances between 1650m and 2200m. He has never raced beyond 2240m. Barkers Hall, whose most recent appearance was at Ararat on July 16 when he set the pace and wilted to finish a two-length second to Keayang Falcon at a 1.59.2 rate over 2195m, will clash with several in-form pacers, including Springsteen, Beautiful Night, Sparkling Seelster, Franco Hendrix, Cool Johnny, Cup of Life and Makah Warrior. Springsteen, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old trained by Kyle Harper, has resumed after a spell in splendid form and looks set to fight out the finish after starting from the outside of the back line. He overcame a bad start in a stand to win over 2560m at Northam on Tuesday of last week. He is a redoubtable stayer ideally suited over 2536m. The powerful Hall father-and-son combination will also have many admirers when Hall jun. handles Real hammer and Black N Bettor in the Sports Today Pace and 96FM Pace, respectively. The stablemates fared well in the random barrier draws and each will be strongly fancied from the extremely favourable No. 1 barrier. “Real Hammer loves leading and should win,” said Hall sen. “And I think that Black N Bettor can lead and win, first-up. He ran home in 56sec. and won a trial at Byford on Sunday morning by six lengths.” BONDS LOOK SET TO CONTINUE THEIR HOT WINNING STREAK Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond are in the midst of a hot streak and their winning run looks likely to continue at Gloucester Park on Friday night, particularly in the opening two events in which they will be represented by At Princeton (Breakfast With Steve Mills Pace) and Jungle Genie (Karl Langdon Pace). Both pacers recorded runaway victories at Kellerberrin on Sunday when the Bonds prepared four winners on the eight-event program. Then at Pinjarra on Monday the Bonds trained another three winners. Colin Brown, who drove At Princeton and Jungle Genie to effortless victories at Kellerberrin, will be replaced by Ryan Warwick on Friday night. Brown drove at Kellerberrin and Pinjarra on a stay of proceedings and is now serving a ten-day suspension for forcing another runner to cover more ground than necessary in a race at Pinjarra the previous Monday. At Princeton, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, worked hard in the breeze before racing away from the opposition and winning by four lengths from Local Rogue over 2130m at Kellerberrin on Sunday. He showed his liking for pacemaking when he started from barrier two, set the pace and won from Time Passenger and Four Grinners over 2130m at Gloucester Park four starts before that. A winner at seven of his 38 starts, At Princeton is sure to appreciate the No. 1 barrier on Friday night and Warwick will certainly attempt an all-the-way win. His chief rival is likely to be Heavens Delight, a smart five-year-old trained by Gary Hall sen. who will start out wide at barrier six. Heavens Delight bounced back to good form at his third appearance after a 14-month absence when he set the pace and won convincingly from Bledisloe over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday night. Jungle Genie, an inexperienced three-year-old filly from New Zealand, looks ideally placed at barrier No. 2 on Friday night. She recorded her third win from six starts in her current campaign when she set the pace and sprinted the final 400m in 28.3 to win by more than four lengths from Lethal Krita over 1730m at Kellerberrin on Sunday. Jungle Genie is likely to be hotly challenged by Robyns C C, Eselar, Deluxe Edition and Indomitable. Robyns C C gave a powerful display at Pinjarra on Monday when she raced without cover and then three wide before winning in fine style from Eselar over 2185m, covering the final 800m in 57.4sec. and rating 1.58.4.Indomitable has won in good style at her past two starts and Deluxe Edition has won at six of her 21 starts and looks set for a bright career. by Ken Casellas  

The Howard Porter Memorial has been run 32 times and Sneakyn Down Under is the only horse to have won the group 3 event twice. Now part-owner, trainer-reinsman Darren Duffy is setting his sights on guiding the speedy ten-year-old to victory in the $35,000 race over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Sneakyn Down Under is handily drawn at barrier four on the front line and he appears to have excellent prospects of bursting to the front in the early stages. He started from the outside of the back line and charged home from ninth at the bell to win the Porter Memorial from Indian Giver and Mysta Magical Mach in 2009. He did not contest the race in 2010 and 2011 before he began brilliantly from the No. 3 barrier, set a fast pace and romped home to win the 2012 Porter Memorial by three and a half lengths from Lombo Navigator. Sneakyn Down Under showed a welcome return to form at Gloucester Park last Friday night when he set a fast pace from barrier two and was overhauled in the final couple of strides to finish a 1m second to the fast-finishing Has The Answers over 1730m. He had been unplaced at his previous nine starts. Has The Answers, who started from the back line and charged to the front after 600m before winning the Porter Memorial from Tartary Gladiator in 2011, is nicely drawn on the inside of the back line in this week’s event. He will be driven by Morgan Woodley, who was in the sulky when successful in the Porter Memorial in 2011 and again last week. Creating great interest will be the return to racing of top-flight pacer Lombo Navigator, who will start out wide at No. 5 on the front line at his first appearance since last February. Lombo Navigator finished strongly from sixth at the bell to be second to Sneakyn Down Under in last year’s Porter Memorial. He was unlucky when eighth behind Has The Answers the previous year when he raced three back on the pegs and was hopelessly blocked for a clear passage in the final circuit. Capel trainer Andrew De Campo has had the happy knack of producing Lombo Navigator in fine fettle for his first-up runs. Now a six-year-old, Lombo Navigator has raced first-up eight times in his 77-start career for three wins, three seconds, one third and one fifth placing. Lombo Navigator, who will be driven by Matt White, contested a 2185m trial at Pinjarra last Sunday week and finished solidly to be second, five length behind brilliant four-year-old Im Victorious, with the final 800m being covered in a sizzling 55.6sec. The Million To One gelding, with a splendid record of 24 wins and 26 placings and stakes of $547,449, is sure to have derived great benefit from that trial and should prove hard to beat. Uppy Son, who maintained his excellent form with a strong third behind Has The Answers and Sneakyn Down Under last week, will start from barrier three on the back line, cannot be overlooked, and Franco Renegade, Shardons Rocket and Can Return Fire will have admirers from barriers one, two and three, respectively, on the front line. Can Return Fire, to be driven by Colin Brown for trainers Greg and Skye Bond, extended his losing sequence to 30 last Friday night when fifth behind Has The Answers. He raced in seventh position before sprinting home fast, six wide, to finish only 2.2m from the winner. The Tony Svilicich-trained Shardons Rocket, a stablemate of Has The Answers, has a losing sequence of 17. But he is capable of causing an upset. He started off the back mark of 40m in the 3309m Marathon Handicap last Friday night and fought on grandly to finish a 4m second behind Balleybofey after working hard in the breeze over the final 1400m. SLICK CHAPEL SPARKLES AND IS READY TO RESUME IN STYLE A sparkling trial in fast time at Byford last Sunday morning was convincing proof that Slick Chapel is ready to resume after a spell with a flourish by winning the 2536m Premier Suzuki Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. has a high opinion of Slick Chapel, who has had a spell since he set a fast pace before wilting to finish sixth behind stablemate Alta Christiano in the WA Derby on April 19. Slick Chapel, a New Zealand-bred three-year-old, has won three races at Gloucester Park and one at Bunbury this season. He will start from barrier four on the back line on Friday night, but has the class to overcome that draw. His main rival, Another Vinnie, will start from the outside of the back line and Rocky Marciano, a winner of six races this season, is unfavourably drawn on the outside (No. 7) of the front line. Clint Hall drove Slick Chapel in Sunday morning’s 2150m trial in which the gelding rated 1.56.7 in winning by five lengths from Celtic Crusader. He sped over the final two 400m sections in 28.7sec. and 27.8sec. Hall will resume race driving next month and his brother Gary will be in the sulky on Friday night. Another Vinnie, trained at Bunbury by Frank Bonnett, is the best-performed runner in the race and looks set to fight out the finish. Busselton reinsman Aaron Beckett understands the gelding perfectly and he has brought him home with powerful, well-time bursts from the rear to win most of his races. He thundered home from tenth at the bell and sprinted over the final 400m in 27.8sec. to score an impressive victory over Truckers Buckeroo over 2100m at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park track last Saturday night. That took his record to 35 starts for 13 wins, 11 placings and earnings of $169,337.He surged home from last at the bell to win easily from Desgerrado and Big Ben Lombo at a 1.57.2 rate over 2130m at Gloucester Park eight nights earlier. Another Vinnie is one of six last-start winners in the race, the others being Soho Redford, Conniving Major Dave, Erskine Range, Big Ben Lombo and Bettor Giddyup. Conniving Major Dave, a winner of three races in New Zealand, has impressed at his first two starts in Australia for Capel trainer Andrew De Campo. Driven by the trainer’s son Aiden, Conniving Major Dave enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back before dashing to the front 250m from home and winning easily from Arden Torres at a 1.59.6 rate at Bunbury last Saturday night. He raced without cover when a fighting first-up second to Boy O Boy on the same track the previous Saturday night. WILLIAMS-TURVEY COMBINATION IS POISED TO STRIKE The powerful combination of Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams and Baldivis reinsman Nathan Turvey have bright prospects of landing a double at Gloucester Park on Friday night with Pacific Warrior and Balleybofey. The New Zealand-bred pacers are in top form and each looks certain to start a firm favourite. Pacific Warrior will start from the back line in the 2536m Nepean Conveyors Pace in which he will clash with the in-form Peter Anderson-trained Mighty Flying Thomas. Pacific Warrior, who has had 46 starts for 16 wins and 12 placings, raced out of his class last Friday night when he worked hard in the breeze outside the speedy Lucie Boshier before getting to the front on the home turn and then being beaten by the fast-finishing M3-class mare Leda McNally, who rated 1.56.7 over 2130m. He is sure to appreciate a return to an M1-class event this week. Two starts ago Pacific Warrior finished powerfully out very wide on the track to snatch a thrilling victory in a three-way photo finish from Condrieu and Mighty Flying Thomas in the John Higgins Memorial. He looks set to develop into a contender for feature events in the summer months. Seven-year-old Balleybofey looks one of the best bets on the ten-event program. He will start from barrier three on the front line in a 2503m stand, the Alltools Handicap. He looks the likely leader and should prove too strong for his ten rivals. Balleybofey started off the front and dashed to the lead after 400m before setting a very solid pace on his way to scoring an easy 4m victory over Shardons Rocket in the 3309m Marathon Handicap. He is in the best form of his career, with wins at six of his past ten starts. False Promise, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old in the stables of Greg and Skye Bond, has won at seven of his past 14 starts and appeals as one of Balleybofey’s main dangers. Whos Mistake, Turismo and Strongbow Lombo, who will start off the 10m mark, have been racing keenly over the winter months and will have admirers. Polemarker Johnny Diamond has won in good style in stands at Bunbury at his past two outings and should also be prominent. SPEEDY BULLDOZER MAKES STRONG APPEAL FROM GOOD DRAW Noted frontrunner Bulldozer should appreciate a favourable draw and looks set to fight out the finish of the 2130m Yes Loans Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The six-year-old, trained at Banjup by Annie Belton, will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line and Chris Lewis is likely to make use of his sparkling gate speed and make a bold bid for the early lead. Polemarker Wrongly Accused (Dylan Egerton-Green) possesses good early pace, but it is problematic whether he will be able to muster enough speed to hold out Bulldozer in the early stages. Bulldozer started from the inside of the back line in a 2130m event last Friday night and did not get clear until the late stages, when he finished full of running to be third behind Leda McNally and Pacific Warrior. Bulldozer, a former Victorian pacer, was a winner six starts ago when he led and defeated Taiaha over 2536m in mid-April. The Andrew De Campo-trained Harrison Maguire, a winner of five races in New Zealand and two in New South Wales, adds considerable interest to the race. He will start from the No. 2 barrier on the front line and Aiden De Campo could attempt to take an early lead with the Christian Cullen gelding who possesses good gate speed. Harrison Maguire started from the outside of the back line and was a 77/1 outsider on the tote at Gloucester Park last Friday night when he raced in seventh position on the pegs before finishing solidly to be fourth behind Leda McNally at his third start in Western Australia. He will be at considerably shorter odds this week. by Ken Casellas  

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