Champion pacer Themightyquinn has been cruelly denied his chance at a fourth straight Interdomion Final. The Western Australian speedster recently suffered a broken cannon bone. Reports are that Themightyquinn will now need six weeks in a box before his leg is re-scanned. If the scan is good the megastar will resume light work. Gary Hall Snr currently has no plans to retire the 5.3 million-dollar earner and hopes to have him back racing in the winter. Meanwhile, fellow Western Australian superstar Im Victorious was victorious in the Miracle Mile trial at Menangle today. After settling in the trail, Im Victorious, also a son of Washington VC, moved away from the inside on the corner and strolled past his rivals to win easily by just over a length. Christen Me was given a quiet trial by Dexter Dunn but found the line strongly to finish into third. By Mitchell Robertson
At a function at Sandaford Winery in the heart of the Swan Valley yesterday, Im Themightyquinn was announced as Western Australia's Harness Horse of the Year for 2012/13. It was the gelding's fourth successive win in the award and capped yet another remarkable season where the son of Washington VC put together 12 wins and three seconds from 17 starts for season's stakes of $982,490. His wins included a third successive Inter Dominion final, the WA Pacing Cup and Auckland Cup and topped off his national awards as Australian Harness Horse of the Year and Australian Grand Circuit Champion. Also presented yesterday were the Age Category Awards for two and three-year-olds. Two-Year-Old Filly of the Year was won by the Westbred daughter of Kenneth J - Im Bella Jay which won the Group One Westbred Classic before finishing third in the Group Three Gold Bracelet Stakes and finished with a season's record of seven starts for three wins and two seconds and stakes of $82,544. The category for Two-Year-Old Colt or Gelding of the Year was taken out by another Westbred in the Grinfromeartoear gelding Mister Jadore which won the Group One Sales Classic and Group Two Champagne Classic, finished second in the Group One Pearl Classic and third in the Group One Golden Slipper Stakes with a season's record of 14 starts for six wins, four seconds and two thirds for stakes of $158,054. The New Zealand bred Bettors Delight filly Bettor Dreams won the Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year Award on the back of a 1:54.6 win at Pinjarra and outstanding seconds to Australian 3yo Filly of the Year Frith in the Group One WA Oaks and to Gota Good Lookadda in the Group Two Daintys Daughter Classic. Her 11 starts for the season yielded four wins, three seconds, one third and stakes of $67,035. Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding of the Year honours went to the outstanding New Zealand import Alta Christiano which was unbeaten at his only three Western Australian starts which included wins in the Group One WA Derby and Group Two Western Gateway Stakes and WA stakes of $169,030. Aiden De Campo was presented with the Youth Achievment Award after a breakout season where he drove 100 winners for the first time while Dylan Egert-Green was presented with his trophy for winning the RWWA Rising Stars Series. Gary Hall Junior drove 242 winners for the season to take out the Leading State Driver Title while his father Gary Hall Senior took out the Leading State Trainer Title with 192 winners. Alan Parker
Junior reinsman Tom Bagrie scored his biggest career win to date when guiding Vice Chairman to an emphatic victory in the $21,000 Super Series maiden (as of September 1st) at Addington Raceway tonight. Driven confidently by Bagrie despite the $36 dividend, Vice Chairman jumped on to the three-wide line down the back straight before catching the leaders napping and pouncing to the front at the 600 metre mark. He then kicked too strongly for the Purdon/Rasmussen trio of Machs A Flyin, Raesawinner, and Someardensomewhere, who finished second, third, and, fourth, respectively. Bagrie showed his delight with a brilliant victory salute from the 30 metre mark, but there was more to it than what met the eye. “One of my really good mates died on this day three years ago, so the salute was for him and a few of our mutual mates who were there for a drink on him tonight,” said Bagrie. Bagrie said that Vice Chairman’s work had been super during the week and that he was not at all surprised by the win. He was also very grateful to his dad, Peter Bagrie, and Vice Chairman’s co- owners, Keith & Tracy Norman, for giving him the opportunity. “I thought they probably would have put Dexter or Johnny (Dunn) on for tonight, but when they asked me to drive him I jumped at the chance. I am just really glad that I didn’t let them down,” conceded Bagrie. Vice Chairman was also bred by Keith and Tracy Norman, who stand his sire Washington VC at stud. He paced the 2600m journey in a very good 3-11.8. “Keith and Tracy have just sold his three-year-old full-brother, who was an impressive trial winner back on the 2nd of October,” said Bagrie. Vice Chairman is not the first good Washington VC the Bagrie family have been involved with - They also prepared three time Interdominion champion Themightyquinn to win five races before selling him across the Tasman for good money. The $36,000 Show Day Futurity is now the immediate aim for the capable five-year-old. Meanwhile, Stent resumed in fine fettle when taking out the feature trot, while Isaiah and Bio Marinus booked themselves Cup Day tickets when finishing first and second in heat five of the Sires Stakes. By Mitchell Robertson
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
Following up from his stellar year in 2012, Im Themightyquinn NZ (Washington VC USA - Love Sign (NZ)), was today announced the 2013 Australian Harness Horse of the Year. This is the third time he has won this coveted award. The gelding raced just 17 times during the 2012/13 season, saluting 12 times. Group level successes included the Mount Eden Sprint, Parliamentarians Cup, Western Australian Cup, Inter Dominion Heat and Inter Dominion Grand Final - amassing $1,077,610 in stakemoney along the way. He also made a trip across the Tasman to win the Auckland Cup in March. Trained by Gary Hall Snr., driven by Gary Hall Jnr., and owned by Beth Richardson, Glen Moore, Gary Ralston, Mark Congerton, Joe Barber, Henry McManus and Karen Hall, Im Themightyquinn's lifetime statistics now reflect his greatness with 101 starts for 51 wins, 31 placings and stakes of $4,370,716. The HRA Australian Horse of the Year Awards are voted upon by over 60 judges including media and administrators spread across the country. The full list of Australian Horse of the Year winners and their performances across all categories is attached: Lawn Derby Awards - Pacers Vancleve Awards - Trotters
Wednesday September 11 will forever remain in the memory bank of young Avenel concessional reinsman Joshua Aiken, as he guided his first winner when fully American bred 4-Y-0 Yankee Boy/Racy Remarque entire Chevals Racer scored in the Wangaratta Stock Foods & Farm Supplies Trotters Mobile for T0 class over 2190 metres at the Wangaratta HRC fixture held at Shepparton, with proud parents David & Colleen cheering him home. Trained by David, Chevals Racer began with a wing on every foot from gate five to lead and rated to perfection, ran out an easy 14.2 metre victory in a mile rate of 2-03.1 from the Chris Lang trained pair of Did I Imagine That (three wide last lap from last) and Kyvalley Rancher (three back the markers). It was Josh’s third registered race drive as he had finished third aboard Wolfpack behind Itcan Happen in the Warby Street Butchery Pace for C0 class over 1690 metres after leading and fourth to stablemate Quick Jet with Lets Go Rabbitoh in the Wangaratta Members Pace for C0 class over 2190 metres – the first two races on the program. It was a great night for the stable, as apart from Quick Jet leading throughout with Chris Alford in the sulky, David was successful with 4-Y-0 Lis Mara/Triple Franco entire Our Warwick Lad in the Naish Security Shredding Pace for C2 class over 2190 metres. Starting solo on the second line, Our Warwick Lad settled three back in the moving line, before making an early move to assume control mid-race. Travelling boldly throughout, Our Warwick Lad coasted to the wire 10.7 metres in advance of Cream Of The Team which led out from gate five before taking a trail on the winner, with the red-hot favourite Sword And Pistol third after racing in the open after following the winner forward. The mile rate 2-00.3. Kialla trainer Peter Hornsby scored a well deserved victory with ultra consistent mare The Pearl Of Paris in the Avian Park Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2190 metres. Driven by Shepparton local Stephen (Boyo) Boyington, The Pearl Of Paris stepped safely from the 10 metre mark and was immediately sent forward to stride past Red Hot Chilli which had crossed Silver Memory shortly after the start. Always looking the winner, The Pearl Of Paris defeated Just Call Me Earl out wide off a three wide trail last lap by 1.9 metres, with the outsider Miss Kai Ching using the sprint lane from near last to finish third. The mile rate 2-06.3. On what was a good night for the Goulburn Valley, revitalised 8-Y-0 Washington Vc/New York Glow gelding Fergus Mactavish trained at Nathalia by Noel Tyndall and driven by Donna Castles taking a concession, snared the J & T Joinery Wangaratta Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres and Ardmona trainer Doc Wilson’s very much in-form 6-Y-0 D M Dilinger/Nora Barnacle also driven by partner Donna Castles, brought up a hat-trick of wins by taking the Wangaratta Stock Foods & Farm Supplies Pace for C3 & C4 class over the same journey. Len Baker
Ace reinsman Colin Brown has driven the brilliant Ima Rocket Star at 39 of his 42 Australian starts for 18 wins and ten placings and he declared that the New Zealand-bred eight-year-old is at the peak of his powers and is poised for victory in the $21,000 Media Guild Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He should be holding up from the No. 1 barrier and should set the pace,” he said. Ima Rocket Star, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, was most impressive at his second appearance after a two-month break when he began speedily from out wide at No. 6, charged to the front after 400m and won the 2536m New Season Pace over 2536m at a 1.56.4 rate last Friday night. “It was the best he’s ever felt,” Brown said. “He was trying to kick me in the parade ring, and that’s a sign that he’s spot on when he’s trying to give you both barrels. “It was a sensational run; to get hammered and to run the times that he did was outstanding, particularly taking into account that he overraced a bit in front which is unusual for him. Taking everything into consideration I thought it was a terrific run. I’d have to say there is obvious improvement in him and the 2130m this week will be more advantageous.” Brown and the Bonds are hoping that Ima Rocket Star will give them their first victory in the Media Guild Cup, which was first run in 1979. Greg Bond trained Mister Odds On (Michael George) when he raced in the breeze and finished third behind Hombre Higgins in the 2009 Cup; he trained Eastwood Fire when Brown drove him into third place behind Has The Answers in 2011 and last year the Bonds trained 16/1 chance Can Return Fire when Brown brought him from the one-out, one-back position to finish second to the pacemaker Banana Dana. Outstanding seven-year-old Lombo Navigator looms as the main rival to Ima Rocket Star. The Andrew De Campo-trained gelding will start from the No. 2 barrier at his first start for seven months and looks likely to race in the breeze. His most recent success was four starts ago when he began from the back line, started a three-wide run after 650m and worked in the breeze over the final 950m before getting to the front in the home straight and beating the fast-finishing Mysta Magical Mach over 2130m last January. Ten-year-old Rocket Reign will start from barrier six and should be running on strongly. He resumed after a spell last Friday night when he surged home from ninth at the bell to be second to Ima Rocket Star. Please Release Me will start from the No. 3 barrier and he should also be running on strongly in the closing stages. The Bonds also have excellent prospects in the second heat of the 2130m TABtouch The Warwick Pace in which the talented New Zealand-bred five-year-old Your Good Fortune looks capable of overcoming a wide draw (No. 6). Your Good Fortune was favourite at 2/1 on when he finished third behind stablemates Our Major Mark and False Promise over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. That followed wins at his two previous starts. He started from out wide at barrier seven, was restrained to last and raced three and four wide in the final circuit before hitting the front 220m from home. Brown, who drove Our Major Mark in Monday’s race, said that Your Good Fortune was capable of making amends for that defeat. “It was a good run on Monday and it should have topped him off for Friday night’s race,” he said. “He’ll be going forward.” VOAK SAYS THAT LEDA McNALLY CAN OVERCOME A DIFFICULT DRAW Starting from the outside of the back line is far from the ideal draw in a 1730m event at Gloucester Park, but reinsman Chris Voak believes that Leda McNally has the class to overcome this disadvantage and win the David Lamond, Most Winners In A Night Pace on Friday night. Leda McNally drops considerably in class after producing a highly creditable performance to run on from seventh at the bell and finish fifth behind Ima Rocket Star over 2536m last Friday night. “It was an even more impressive effort, considering that she had to pull a flat tyre of her sulky for more than the final circuit,” said Voak, who drove stablemate Lord Lombo in the race. “She hit the line well. “I think there will be some speed early in Friday’s race and Leda McNally should get into a favourable position. She is no certainty, but I’m sure she has a very good chance of winning. Lucie Boshier will be tough to beat. She went well last Friday night.” Lucie Boshier will start out wide at barrier seven on the front line and Chris Brew is likely to press forward in the early stages. Lucie Boshier set the pace and had little peace before wilting over the final stages to finish fourth behind Empire Flame, who rated 1.55.1 over 1730m last Friday night. The Ross Olivieri-trained Arousing has sound prospects from barrier three. She trailed the pacemaker Beautiful Night before finishing strongly to win from that mare over 1730m at a 1.56.6 rate last Friday night. Her past six starts have produced four wins and a second placing. Robbie Williams has been engaged to drive Arousing for the first time. “It’s a step up in class for her, but with then right sort of run she should go well,” he said. WILLIAMS LOOKING FOR A STRONG SHOWING FROM J WALKER “He’s worked on in good style this week and he’s as a happy as a king,” declared young Henley Brook trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams when assessing then prospects of J Walker in the 2503m Stuart Lowe, Leading Tipster Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I expect him to be hard to beat and have a good chance of making amends for his narrow defeat last week when he met with interference and got out of his gear for 20 or 30 metres when Our Classie Mach galloped at the start. “He lost a heap of ground, about 30 to 40 metres and to catch the rest of the field and come wide and go down by a nose was a massive run. And he’s pulled up super.” J Walker, who started from 10m in the M0 event, was 11th at the bell and he flew home, out wide, to just fail to overhaul Shardons Rocket, the backmarker off 30m. This week over the same distance (2503m) J Walker will start from 20m and Shardons Rocket from 40m. Williams said that he was not concerned at the 20m handicap. “As long as I can make a safe beginning and keep out of trouble I’ll be happy,” he said. “I’d rather sit back in the field so that I can get a cart into the race. He can do a little bit of work, but he’s essentially a sit-sprinter. I believe he’s better put into the race with a cart, and he’s got a quick quarter in him. “I’ve had a few feet problems with him, but everything seems to be pretty right at the moment and he’s spot on.” Williams has only recently taken over the preparation of J Walker and the seven-year-old’s first three starts for his new trainer and driver have produced a third to Braemoor and seconds to Gday Mate and Shardons Rocket. Shardons Rocket is well handicapped and has sound prospects of repeating his victory of last week when he sustained a spirited three-wide burst from the rear in the middle stages. Leading reinsman Gary Hall jun. gave punters a good pointer when he chose to drive frontmarker Senator Whitby for Northam trainer Glenn Elliott in preference to This Time Dylan (trained by his father Gary Hall sen.) and the Michael Brennan-trained Jambo Emali, who will be driven by Morgan Woodley. Senator Whitby ended a losing sequence of nine in fine style in Kalgoorlie last Friday night when he was driven by Lang Inwood and finished powerfully from sixth at the bell to win by almost four lengths from Soho Daytona over 2118m. Chris Voak said that eight-year-old frontmarker That is Correct had each-way prospects, particularly if he was able to set the pace. “That Is Correct set the pace last Friday night and copped plenty of pressure from Balleybofey before finishing a close fourth. “I’d like to be able to lead, but I’m not sure he’ll be able to cross Senator Whitby, who looks set to run a big race.” INSIDE BARRIER POINTS TO ELEGANT CHRISTIAN Champion trainer Gary Hall insists that New Zealand-bred two-year-olds Elegant Christian and Pelusiac have equal ability and should fight out the finish of the 1730m The Form Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “There’s nothing between the two horses,” he said. “But the No. 1 barrier should swing things in favour of Elegant Christian. However, don’t be surprised if Pelusiac makes a race of it.” The stablemates clashed over 2130m last Friday week when Elegant Christian started at 9/4 and proved too strong for Pelusiac, the 7/4 on favourite. Pelusiac started from the back line and revealed good early speed to dash to the front after 350m. Elegant Christian worked hard without cover before getting to the front in the final 100m and beating Pelusiac by 1m. “Pelusiac was used out of the gate and was rushed forward,” Hall said. “He is by Washington VC and a lot of horses by that sire don’t like to be used early. Im Themightyquinn is a perfect example. Pelusiac will take it easy at the start this week.” Hall, who celebrated his 64th birthday on Monday and landed a double at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night with Northview Punter and Slick Chapel, is confident that the unbeaten Elegant Christian and Pelusiac will give him the quinella on Friday night. SPOILT RICH GIVES PEARCE HIS FIRST WIN AT GLOUCESTER PARK Clinton Pearce, a part-time Middle Swan trainer, landed his first city winner when Jamie Rigoli brought 10/1 chance Spoilt Rich home with a strong burst from fifth at the bell to beat the even-money favourite Extreme Times in the 1730m SEW-Eurodrive Pace at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. The 29-year-old Pearce, an East Victoria Park finance broker, races Spoilt Rich, a five-year-old Rich And Spoilt gelding, in partnership with his wife Danielle, father Ross and brother Travis on lease from Frank Bratovich. Pearce, who has spent five years assisting Bratovich with his team of pacers, now has trained three winners. Demon Possessed, a Life Sign five-year-old raced on lease by the Pearce family, was successful at Northam in June and at Kellerberrin last month. Ross Pearce has been training pacers for about 30 years and has won races in recent years with Lagoon Express and McPicket. The closest he came to landing a Metropolitan-class winner was when 15/1 chance Shipps Colours finished second to Le Maillot Jaune in an M0 event at Gloucester Park on May 14, 2004. by Ken Casellas
UPPY SON PROVES THAT DREAMS DO COME TRUE Most harness racing enthusiasts dream about purchasing a pacer at a bargain price and then going on to reap handsome financial rewards. But this sort of dream is a reality for Bill and Vicki Ward, Stephen Schmedje, Des Russell, Dominic and John Perrella and Harold Meaden. They outlaid just $5000 in February 2011 to buy a New Zealand four-year-old by the by the name of Uppy Son, who gave a powerful performance to win the $35,000 group 3 6PR August Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This took his record for his new owners to 69 starts for 19 wins and 20 placings for $209,880 in prizemoney. Uppy Son had raced only four times in New Zealand for one win, by a half-head in very modest company over 1950m at Addington in January 2011. However, under the astute care of Bunbury trainer Stephen Reed, Uppy Son has developed into a quality performer, whose previous successes include the Narrogin Cup and Easter Cup at Gloucester Park last year. He finished seventh in the WA Pacing Cup and eighth in the Fremantle Cup last January and Reed will again target those rich feature events, providing the Courage Under Fire gelding maintains his strong form. Uppy Son went into Friday night’s Cup with a losing sequence of 11 and was a 10/1 chance. He started from the inside of the back line and Gary Hall jun. was content to keep him in fifth place, three back on the pegs. Polemarker Son of Fergie led for the first 400m before Morgan Woodley sent the heavily-backed 6/4 favourite Has the Answers to the lead. Has The Answers then had little peace, with 60/1 outsider Pride of Colorado issuing a strong challenge and getting to a neck lead 150m later. Then Ima Rocket Star (9/2) moved into the breeze after a lap before Sneakyn Down Under surged forward from the rear to apply pressure to the leader. Hall eased Uppy Son off the pegs at the bell and the gelding sustained a strong burst to finally get to the front 90m from the post. He went on to win by 2m from the gallant Has The Answers, with Sneakyn Down Under a nose away in third place, just ahead of Please Release Me. The final two 400m sections were covered in 27.9sec. and 28.9sec., with Uppy Son rating 1.57.1 over the 2536m. Uppy Son is the first foal out of the Live Or Die mare Annie Jay, whose next two foals are proving goof performers on the track. Her second foal Radar has had 48 starts for six wins, 11 placings and $48,723 and her next foal Elusive Chick has amassed $316,026 from nine wins and 15 placings from 32 starts. Elusive Chick was a winner at her most recent appearance, scoring in the $150,000 group 1 Diamond for four-year-old mares at Ashburton on June 1 when she covered the 1609m trip in 1.54.7. HALLS ENJOY A NIGHT OUT WITH FOUR WINNERS Star Serpentine trainer Gary Hall sen. and champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. continued their dominance of WA pacing when each was successful in four events at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The father-son combination was successful with Heavens Delight, Real Hammer and Black N Bettor, while Hall sen. also won with Majorly Foxy Styyx and his son drove the Stephen Reed-trained Uppy Son to victory in the August Cup. The night appeared to be getting off on the wrong leg when 4/1 second favourite Heavens Delight hit the mobile barrier in the final stages of the score-up in the opening event, the Breakfast With Steve Mills Pace. This caused Heavens Delight to pace roughly and the New Zealand-bred five-year-old drifted back to last in the field of 12 while the 7/4 on favourite At Princeton was bowling along in front. However, Heavens Delight overcame this disadvantage to score an effortless victory. Hall sent Heavens Delight forward, three wide, at the 1100m mark and the gelding cruised to the front 650m from home after At Princeton stopped to a walk and was eased out of the race suffering from an atrial fibrillation. Heavens Delight raced away and won by more than four lengths from 20/1 chance Myouri, who rattled home from 11th at the bell. Chaldea (16/1) finished strongly from sixth at the bell to be third. Heavens Delight dashed over the final 400m in 28.2sec. and rated 1.59.1 over the 2130m trip. It was an impressive performance from Heavens Delight at his fourth appearance after an absence of 14 months. A winner at two of his eight starts in New Zealand, Heavens Delight has now earned $69,226 from 11 wins and nine placings from 34 starts. He is the sixth foal out of Close Top Heaven, who had 43 starts for seven wins, 14 placings and $55,428. Hall sen. said that Heavens Delight was out of action for such a long time because of hoof problems. “There was no special cure for his feet problems,” he explained. “We just gave him a long time off, spelling in a green paddock, and there are no problems now.” ROBYNS C C SETS RECORD AND GIVES PROMISE OF BETTER THINGS TO COME New Zealand-bred filly Robyns C C gave a firm indication that she should develop into one of the State’s best mares next season when she finished full of running and set a track record in scoring an easy victory in the 2536m Karl Langdon Pace for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Owned by Lark Hill veterinary surgeon Trevor Lindsay, Robyns C C was driven perfectly by her Serpentine trainer Chris Brew. Second fancy at 3/1, Robyns C C enjoyed an ideal passage in the one-wide line and was fifth at the bell before Brew sent her forward, three wide, 650m from home. Polemarker and 5/2 favourite Loving You set the pace, but was forced to increase the tempo when Deluxe Edition began to overrace badly in the breeze after being sent forward from, the rear 650m after the start. This resulted in the first two 400m sections of the final mile being sprinted in 29.1sec. and 28.7sec. Meanwhile, Brew was content to bide his time before issuing his challenge over the final stages. After the third quarter of the final mile went by in 29.1sec., Robyns C C was able to cruise over the final 400m in 30sec. to win by just under two lengths from 16/1 chance Adda Rising Star, with Loving You hanging on to be a nose away in third place. Robyns C C, who hit the front 120m from the post, rated 1.57.2, which broke the track record of 1.57.6 for a three-year-old filly over 2536m, held by Askmenow. Robyns C C, the third foal out of the unraced Holmes Hanover mare Robyns Finale, earned $26,380 from her three wins and six placings from 14 starts in New Zealand. She has raced five times in Western Australia for two wins. IT’S NO TROUBLE FOR IM VICTORIOUS AFTER AN EARLY SCARE Star pacer Im Victorious remained firmly on target for feature events in the Eastern States later this year and boosted his earnings past the $400,000 mark when he strolled to victory in the $25,000 Afternoons With Peter Bell Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Im Victorious was favourite at 7/4 on from the inside of the back line and punters had an early scare when the polemarker and 4/1 second fancy Leda McNally broke into a gallop immediately in front of Im Victorious. But there was no harm as Chris Voak got Leda McNally back into her pacing action soon after the start and Justin Prentice restrained Im Victorious in an obvious planned move to get the brilliant four-year-old into the one-wide line as soon as possible to avert the possibility of being badly hemmed in on the pegs. Lord Lombo jumped straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier and Leda McNally lost about four lengths as she settled in fourth position, three back on the pegs, after Matt White sent Western Cullen to the front after 250m. Im Victorious settled in seventh place in the one-wide line. Western Cullen sprinted the second 400m section of the final mile in 29sec. and dashed over the next quarter in 28.3sec. But he was unable to stave off Im Victorious, who started a three-wide move 700m from home and forged to the front at the 450m mark. Im Victorious then careered away and sped over the final quarter in 27.3sec. to coast to victory by just under two lengths from 8/1 chance Whose Mistake, with Leda McNally running on to be a well-beaten third. Im Victorious, trained at Serpentine by Michael Brennan, rated 1.55.4 over 2130m. he now has had 22 starts for 15 wins and two placings for stakes of $400,810. BRAEMOOR DEVELOPS INTO A STANDING-START SPECIALIST Braemoor, who raced exclusively in mobile events at his 31 starts in New Zealand, is developing into a standing-start specialist for young Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice, who completed a driving double at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he guided the six-year-old to a convincing victory in the 2503m GMTC Ready To Race Pacer Raffle Handicap. Braemoor, a winner of three races in New Zealand, has relished his move to Western Australia where he has raced 18 times for six wins and four placings to boost his career record to nine wins and 12 placings from 49 starts for earnings of $80,336. His past five wins have been in stands in which his excellent manners have proved a vital ingredient for his successes. Braemoor, second fancy at 4/1, got away safely from the front line, while punters groaned as the 11/8 favourite Balleybofey reared and galloped at the start. Salliwood, as usual, began brilliantly and burst straight to the front from barrier five on the front line. Prentice then sent Braemoor forward and he dashed into the lead after 600m when Shannon Suvaljko was quite content to relinquish the lead and enjoy a perfect trail. Nathan Turvey quickly got Balleybofey going and the seven-year-old moved into the breeze position in the first circuit. Prentice gave his rivals little hope as he revved up Braemoor, who sprinted over the final three 400m sections of the final mile in 29.7sec., 28.6sec. and 29.3sec. Braemoor won by just under a length from Salliwood, who finished solidly. J Walker, having his first start for Henley Brook trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams, gave promise of better things to come when he surged home from 11th at the bell to be third. Balleybofey wilted to fifth. COOL JOHNNY GETS UP IN A SIX-WAY PHOTO FINISH THRILLER Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred gelding Cool Johnny burst his way into the clear in the final couple of strides to get up and snatch a dramatic last-stride victory in a thrilling finish to the 2536m Brad Hardie Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when only a half-length separated the first six placegetters. Mantoman set the pace until the final stages before 5/4 favourite Barkers Hall got his nose in front 10 metres from the post. Franco Hendrix, tenth at the 450m mark, was flying home along the pegs and looked the winner before being blocked for clear running. He finished sixth, just a half-length from the winner. Cup of Life, seventh on the pegs at the bell, charged home, six wide, to finish third, with Mantoman fourth and Veitchy fifth. The official margins were: a half-head, a head and a nose. Cool Johnny’s win provided some relief for trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who had the misfortune of watching the defeats of At Princeton (7/4 on) and Jungle Genie (9/2) in the previous two events. At Princeton led before suffering from an atrial fibrillation and Jungle Genie was a fading ninth. Cool Johnny, a winner at Kellerberrin five days earlier, was a 9/1 chance from the inside of the back line. Ryan Warwick had the son of Washington VC travelling well behind the pacemaker throughout and the gelding charged home between horses to snatch an exciting win. The final 400m was covered in 28.7sec. and Cool Johnny rated 1.59.3 in winning for the second time at only his third appearance at Gloucester Park. A winner at one of his three New Zealand starts, Cool Johnny has had 16 starts in Western Australia for seven wins and two placings and he looks set for further successes. His dam Glowable managed just one win from 39 starts in New Zealand. BLACK N BETTOR RESUMES AND ENDS A LOSING SEQUENCE OF 12 Black N Bettor, who fractured his pelvis almost two years ago, produced a splendid first-up performance at Gloucester Park on Friday night and ended a losing sequence of 12 when he gave a bold frontrunning display to win the 2130m 96FM Pace. “He has never been the same horse since he damaged his pelvis and I don’t think he’s ever going to realise his full potential,” said trainer Gary Hall sen. “However, it was a good win at his first run after a spell. I think the break from racing has been beneficial. He was injured he was running in and out of his yard and hit a wall.” Black N Bettor, a five-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding, who was the beneficiary of the drop-down rule two starts earlier after extending his losing sequence to ten, returns to an M2 classification after his win on Friday night when he started at 4/1 and a clear second favourite behind Pacific Warrior (evens). By Bettors Delight and the 12th and last foal out of the Smooth Fella mare Smooth Doll, Black N Bettor has raced exclusively in Western Australia and has earned $113,767 from 11 wins and 16 placings from 56 starts. He started from the prized No. 1 barrier on Friday night and Gary Hall jun. rated him well in front, with Pacific Warrior in the breeze and My Jasami trailing the pacemaker. Black N Bettor sped over the second and third 400m sections of the final mile in 28.7sec. and 27.8sec. and needed to run the final quarter in 29.7sec. to defeat his fast-finishing stablemate My Jasami by 1m, with Pacific Warrior and 60/1 outsider Belhelvie dead-heating for third. STILL CHOKIN BREAKS LOSING RUN OF 14 New Zealand-bred five-year-old Still Chokin ended a losing sequence of 14 when he started at 13/4 and sustained a spirited finishing burst to beat High Five Mozza and Close To Cullen in the 2536m TABtouch Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Oakford by Ross Olivieri for Paul and Tony Poli, Still Chokin started from barrier four on the back line and was eighth after a lap with 7/4 favourite Finbar Abbey travelling well in the lead. Chris Lewis eased Still Choking three wide approaching the bell and the gelding finished determinedly to get to the front 250m from home on his way to defeating High Five Mozza by 4m at a 1.59.4 rate. Finbar Abbey faded to fifth. Strike A Life, who led early and then trailed the pacemaker, fought on to be fourth. The stewards suspended the licence of Jamie Rigoli for 16 days for having shifted Strike A Life from behind the leader in the back straight in the final lap, tightening Majestical Babe. This, in turn, caused severe interference to Black Cracker and Machlennan. Still Chokin, a winner at one of his nine New Zealand starts, has earned $38,279 from five wins and 12 placings from 38 starts. MAJORLY FOXY STYX BREAKS THROUGH FOR HER FIRST WIN Majorly Foxy Styx, a New Zealand-bred filly owned by Robert Watson, broke through for her first win when she produced a strong finishing burst to beat Major Flirt (5/2) and Generally Outspoken (6/4) in the 1730m Melbourne Cup Luncheon at GP Pace for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Watson, who races Generally Outspoken in partnership with Grace Inwood, looked set to win the race when Gary Hall jun. sent her forward, three wide, 600m after the start to take the lead 100m later. This left Major Flirt trailing the pacemaker, with Majorly Foxy Styx three back on the pegs. Kim Prentice eased Majorly Foxy Styx off the pegs 250m from home and the filly finished with admirable spirit to hit the front in the final 50m. The win gave top trainer Gary Hall sen. his fourth winner on the ten-event program, after earlier successes with Heavens Delight, Real Hammer and Black N Bettor. Majorly Foxy Styx, by Art Major, is the second foal out of the unraced Christian Cullen mare Foxy Styx. Majorly Foxy Styx had seven starts in Victoria for three second placings and this was her second appearance in Western Australia. REAL HAMMER RELISHES HIS PACEMAKING ROLE Real Hammer, a Victorian-bred four-year-old, showed his liking as a pacemaker when he made the most of the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m 6PR Sports Today Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was his first win in Western Australia at his fifth start in the State and took his record to nine wins and 11 placings from 34 starts for stakes of $64,323. Real Hammer, trained by Gary Hall sen. and driven confidently by Gary Hall jun., was hot favourite at 3/1 on and gave his supporters no worries after beginning brilliantly. The gelding sped over the final four 4900m sections in 29.5sec., 29.3sec., 28.7sec. and 28.7sec. to win by a shade under two lengths from 25/1 chance Rojen Cruz, who finished fast from seventh on the pegs at the bell. El Machine, who raced without cover over the final 1200m, battled on gamely to be third. The winner rated a slick 1.55.3. by Ken Casellas
Don’t be surprised if you see Robbie Close achieve high honours amongst our best Junior Drivers this season. The 21-year-old reinsman, as he puts it, ‘wants to give the Juniors a real crack’ in 2013-2014. And one man who believes in his driving abilities is one of our greatest all-time reinsman, Methven maestro, Ricky May. It was May who convinced Kaiapoi trainer Brendon Hill to give the former South Aucklander the drive last Friday night (August 23) behind the talented Bettor Rock On. The 4-year-old Bettor’s Delight gelding is now unbeaten in two starts this season after May drove him to one-two-win victory at Oamaru on August 4. Close had Bettor Rock On in front soon after the start of the $5,500 Muscara Standardbred Pace for Junior Drivers. From that point they proved too strong in the run home pacing the 2600m stand in 3:19.3 (mile rate: 2:03.3), with final 800m and 400m sprints of 57.2 and 28 seconds flat. He was the $2.90 favourite. Outsiders Tyron’s Falcon Ella (Jessica Young) and Massimo (Matt Purvis) were second and third some 1-3/4 lengths and 1-1/2 lengths away. “He’s a really nice horse – probably one of the best I’ve driven. He was doing it easy, but he did knock off with about 100 to go. “It was really good of Ricky and Brendon to give me the drive. He felt like a good horse. “It was really pleasing to hear that Ricky had been impressed by some of my drives lately. Drivers like him and Blair Orange are reinsmen I really look up to,” Close said. Close transferred from South Auckland to Canterbury four years ago from his home town of Waiuku. He’s just started his fourth season. He’s driven 43 winners – 22 of them last year. Asked if he felt the pressure, especially when sitting behind a warm favourite, Close replied: “Pressure has never been a concern. I am pretty relaxed actually. I talk to the other drivers and really don’t think about anything until the starter says ‘Go’. “I really enjoyed driving Bettor Rock On. Even though he’s a bit green you can tell he’s going to be a very nice horse.” Bettor Rock On is the fourth of six foals out of the 17-year-old one-win Caprock mare, Jingle Belle Rock. Her first two foals – Great Balls A Flyin (by Sands A Flyin) and J D Fortune (Washington VC) won three and six races respectively. Bettor Rock on has now raced 18 times for four wins and eight placings. He’s won $32,716 in purses. He is owned by Hill, D.P. McHugh, P.M. Ellis, and Peter Yesberg. He was bred by Yesberg, and A, and R. Hemingway. Close regarded Bettor Rock On As his number one drive so far. “Donaldson and Lachlan Jack are some other nice ones I’ve driven also. They are right up there,” he added. For the record Close has driven two winners and two place-getters from eight drives this season. He worked for Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett in Waiuku and had a short stint with Barry Purdon before transferring south and taking up a position with Robbie Holmes at Amberley for three years. Close has been with Greg and Nina Hope since just prior to last Christmas. By Duane Ranger Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand
The Horsham HRC held two of their season feature races on Thursday August 22 - the $8,000 Rosehill Princess Of The Wimmera for Three Year Old Fillies 3C0 to 3C2 class over 2200 metres and the $8,000 Alabar Guineas for Colts & Geldings over the same distance. Woorndoo trainer Bob Mahncke combined with Ararat reinsman Michael Bellman to land the "Princess" with Lombo Krista Bella, a daughter of Lombo Pocket watch and Arabella Lombo raced by wife Jenny. Despite racing in the open throughout from gate three, Lombo Krista bella dashed away at the straight entrance to record a big 13.7 metre victory in advance of Confusion Reigns which followed her home, with Cullen Time third after trailing the weakening front runner Fineandsunny. The mile rate 1-59.8. Great Western's Kerryn Manning snared the "Guineas" with much travelled Kiwi bred Washington VC/Robyns Measure gelding Willow Robyn in a rate of 2-02.3. Raced by Queensland developer Norm Jenkin, a part-owner of dual NZ Cup winner Flashing Red, Willow Robyn toyed with his rivals, leading throughout from the pole to score by 10.6 metres in advance of Galleons Warrior (one/one) and Faraway Man which trailed the winner. It was Willow Robyn's first victory in six race appearances. Kerryn had earlier in the day landed the Rosehill Veterinary Services Pace for C2 class over over 2200 metres with former Kiwi 4-Y-0 gelding Lucky Dav A gelded son of Armbro Operative and Jodie Dick, Lucky Dave from gate five was taken back to the tail of the field as the start was effected, with Ultimate Tycoon leading from gate two. Giving chase three wide in the last lap, Lucky Dave joined the hot favourite Cheesy Grin which had crossed Ultimate Tycoon in the final circuit on straightening and just lasted from Pas Mate which rattled home from last on the marker line in a rate of 1-59.5. Cheesy Grin held on for third. Consistent 4-Y-0 Real Desire/Calories gelding Indulgent chalked up his 7th victory (six this season) by taking the Metropolitan @ Morley Park Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2200 metres. Trained by Peter Manning at Great Western, Indulgent taking a concession for Mount Gambier junior Jayson Finnis was sent forward from gate five, crossing the pacemaker Superstar Express in the back straight on the first occasion. Travelling under a tight rein, Indulgent had too much in reserve at the finish for Bronze Destiny which issued a serious challenge on turning after racing in the open from the bell, with Wheatsheaf Avaball a remarkable third after spending the entire race three wide uncovered. A prohibitive $1.40 favourite, Indulgent returned a mile rate of 2-00.3. Local McKenzies Creek trainer Barry Dunn was successful with 4-Y-0 Grinfromeartoear/Regards gelding Wipethesmile in the Smiling Shard @ Alabar Pace (1st Division) for C1 class over 1700 metres in a rate of 2-00.6. Driven by Wayne Lane, Wipethesmile (gate six) ran home from three back the markers to score by a nose from The Avoca Flyer from last and the hot favourite Franciselizabeth which faced the breeze. The second division was taken out by astute Lara trainer Shaun Kittel's 5-Y-0 Life Sign/Jazz Opera gelding Jazz King. Formerly trained in the northern part of the state by owner Greg Fleming, Jazz King with Daryl Douglas in the sulky settled last from the extreme draw, with the well backed Cobargo Jack leading from gate two. Latching to the back of Arr En Special three wide in the final circuit, Jazz King despite making the home turn four wide, put pay to his rivals in a couple of strides to score by 5.1 metres in a rate of 1-58.4 over Arr En Special and Cobargo Jack. On what was a great day for the Manning's, Michelle combined with Terang's Matt Craven to land the Shadow Play @ Alabar Pace for C0 class over 2200 metres with 4-Y-0 Elsu/Whatsonyamind gelding Pacquiao in a 2-01.5 rate after racing in the open from gate two, scoring by a half head from the red-hot ($1.20) favourite One Wise Man which led. Chesney (one/one) finished third. Videos of all races attached. Len Baker
TURVEY CELEBRATES HIS CENTURY WITH LAST-STRIDE HIGGINS TRIUMPH Nathan Turvey celebrated his achievement of driving 100 winners in a season for the first time by producing a perfect exhibition in the sulky to land Pacific Warrior a dramatic final-stride winner over odds-on favourite Condrieu in the $35,000 John Higgins Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 35-year-old Turvey, a former Hawthorn footballer, brought up his century when Banned For Life completed a winning double for him at Northam the previous Tuesday night. Pacific Warrior, third favourite at 4/1, started from the inside of the back line in the group 3 Higgins Memorial and Turvey drove patiently with the New Zealand-bred five-year-old three back on the pegs in eighth place for most of the 2130m journey. Pacific Warrior was still eighth when Turvey eased him back to get off the pegs and into the clear 320m from home. Turvey then switched Pacific Warrior five wide and the gelding was ninth, out six wide on the home turn before charging home to get up and snatch victory by a nose from Condrieu (5/4 on), with the gallant Mighty Flying Thomas (25/1) a head away in third place. Pacific Warrior was produced in tip-top shape by Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams, who prepares the gelding for Rob Tomlinson’s Oz-West Pacing Syndicate, Phil Eaton’s Northam Alliance Pacing Syndicate and co-owners Bruce Greenwood, Greg Richens, Joseph Lawrence, Reegan Buswell and Ian Gillespie. The final 800m was covered in 57.7sec. and Pacific Warrior rated 1.58.6 in taking his record to 45 starts for 16 wins and 11 placings for earnings of $109,774. He won at four of his 27 New Zealand starts and he was excelled under the care of Williams, with his 18 WA starts producing 12 wins and four placings. He is a Pinjarra specialist, having 11 starts there for nine wins, one third and one 11th placing. He was making only his fourth appearance at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Condrieu, trained by Greg and Skye Bond and the only three-year-old in the race, began speedily from the No. 3 barrier and Brown had him in front after 120m. Soho Aintree pressed forward to move into the breeze before Our Major Mark surged forward to assume the position outside the pacemaker after 550m had been covered. Colin Brown then was able to give Condrieu a welcome breather and the gelding was able to coast through the first two sections of the final mile in 31.2sec. and 31.1sec. No moves came from the rear and the moderate pace saw Morgan Woodley seize the initiative by sending Mighty Flying Thomas forward, three wide, from well back with 1200m to travel. This run was followed by Heez Orl Black (Kim Prentice). The tempo of the race lifted dramatically and Condrieu sped over the third quarter in 28.7sec. as Mighty Flying Thomas continued his three-wide surge forward. Condrieu and Mighty Flying Thomas were locked together in a titanic duel all the way in the home straight before they were overhauled by the flying Pacific Warrior. GIANTKILLER LIVINGONTHEINTEREST BEATS IM THEMIGHTYQUINN AGAIN Lightly-raced five-year-old Livingontheintrest caused a major upset at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he set the pace and carried far too many guns for champion Im Themightyquinn in the 2536m George Maloney Memorial Pace. Livingontheinterest was second favourite at 15/2, with Im Themightyquinn at 5/1 on. Livingontheinterest began with his usual speed from barrier two on the front line and Kim Prentice rated the gelding perfectly in front while Im Themightyquinn, who started from barrier two on the back line, raced in eighth position in the one-wide line. Livingontheinterest went through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 29.7sec. and 30.3sec. and Gary Hall jun. started a three-wide move with Im Themightyquinn with 950m to travel. Im Themightyquinn was sixth, three wide, at the bell and he sustained a strong burst. But at no stage did he appear likely to overhaul Livingontheinterest on the rain-affected track and he finished second, 4m behind his stablemate, with another stablemate Hokonui Ben (Shane Butcher, 33/1) finishing an excellent third after racing without cover in the final two circuits. This gave leading trainer Gary Hall sen. a rare trifecta result. Hall just missed landing the quartet, with his fourth runner Bettor Reason (100/1, Justin Prentice) running on from ninth at the bell into fifth place. Uppy Son was a sound fourth after racing wide early and then one-out and one-back in the final two circuits. Livingontheinterest made Im Themightyquinn’s task extremely difficult by sprinting over the final two quarters in 28.3sec. and 28.2sec. He rated 1.59 and took his record to 32 starts for 17 wins and seven placings for earnings of $184,185. He won at seven of his 15 starts in New Zealand and has been a star for the Hall stable, with his 18 WA starts producing ten wins and two minor placings. This was the second time this year that Livingontheinterest had proved the master of Im Themightyquinn. Prentice drive him to an all-the-way victory at 7/1 over 2130m at a 1.55.6 rate at Gloucester Park on January 4 when Im Themightyquinn started from barrier four and at 5/1 on. Im Themightyquinn ran on from tenth at the bell to finish fourth, 17.7m behind Livingontheinterest. PLAYLE WINS RISING STARS WITH BENJAMIN BANNEKER Chris Playle was rewarded with his confidence and aggression by landing Benjamin Banneker an easy winner of the $25,000 RWWA Rising Stars Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Benjamin Banneker, trained by Gary Hall sen., was hot favourite at 5/2 on and the 23-year-old Playle drove the New Zealand-bred four-year-old like the best horse in the race. Playle sent Benjamin Banneker forward from the No. 5 barrier and the gelding raced three wide until moving outside the pacemaker Looks Promising after 650m. Benjamin Banneker surged to the front 550m from home and went on to win by one and a half lengths from 14/1 chance Wrongly Accused, rating 1.58.8 over the 2130m. Wrongly Accused, driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, impressed in finishing strongly from eighth at the bell. Max Hughes, winner of the New South Wales Rising Stars series this year, brought 16/1 chance Bettor Still home with a solid burst to be third after trailing the pacemaker throughout. Marooned (Kaiden Hayter) was fourth after racing without cover early and then enjoying the ideal one-out, one-back trail. Benjamin Banneker, unraced in New Zealand, has had 18 starts in WA for Hall for nine wins, three placings and stakes of $80,270. By Washington VC, he is the fifth foal out of the Soky’s Atom mare Lavish, who failed to win a race from 21 starts, but was placed nine times. Benjamin Banneker has graduated to an M3 mark and is destined to make his mark in open-class events. He is certainly on track to emulate the deeds of his half-sister Pacific Playgirl, who has amassed $206,696 in prizemoney from 18 wins and 24 placings from 91 starts. MISS ATOMIC GIVES OWNER, TRAINER AND DRIVER FIRST LEG OF A DOUBLE Improving three-year-old filly Miss Atomic gave promise of better things to come when she completed a winning hat-trick with an effortless victory in the 1730m TAB Touch Pace at Gloucester park on Friday night. Her win was the first leg of a double for owner Neven Botica, trainer Peter Tilbrook and reinsman Shannon Suvaljko, who combined to win the Tom Thompson Memorial Claiming Pace with Tee Pee Village. Miss Atomic, an easy winner at Pinjarra at her two previous starts, was favourite at 5/4 for Friday night’s event and Suvaljko gave her supporters little cause for concern after dashing her to the front (from barrier four) after 150m. Miss Atomic sprinted over the final 800m in 57.3sec. and won by 8m from 45/1 chance Eselar, who ran home solidly after enjoying the one-out, one-back trail. Four Legged Frenzy (8/1) was third after trailing the pacemaker. Suvaljko now has driven Miss Atomic five times for four wins. The filly has earned $24,130 from four wins and two thirds from eight starts. Miss Atomic is by Grinfromeartoear out of the Badlands Hanover mare Atomic Dusk, who earned $18,889 from four wins and three placings from 18 starts, including two wins from 15 starts in WA in 2005-06. Atomic Dusk’s dam Tender Is The Knight has produced several winners, including Clear Atomic Day, who had 55 starts for 18 wins (three in New Zealand, one in Queensland and 14 in New South Wales) from 55 starts. After the TAB Touch Pace the stewards fined reinsman Bob Mellsop $200 for careless driving. Mellsop drove Mississippi Bell, who was retired in the first lap after contacting the sulky of Too Exceed and receiving a flat tyre. The stewards ruled that Mellsop had shifted into a position when he was not sufficiently clear. The 11-year-old Tee Pee Village appreciated a favourable barrier and he set the pace in Friday night’s 2130m claimer before dashing away to win by four lengths from Shardons Rocket, rating 1.57.6 over 2130m. Tee Pee Village shared favouritism at 7/4 with Rakarebel and he relished his frontrunning role, with Shardons Rocket in the breeze. Tee Pee Village was purchased by Botica as a yearling in New Zealand for just $20,000 and now the Tinted Cloud gelding has earned $224,407 from 21 wins and 24 placings from 92 starts. Tee Pee Village’s dam Village Green is out of Totara Road, whose dam Totara Valley produced former champion pacer Village Kid, who amassed $2,117,870 from 93 wins and 37 placings from 160 starts. There was one claim lodged in Friday night’s race, with Jason Restagno, of Sydney, outlaying $20,000 to claim Rakarebel, who fought on from seventh, three wide, at the bell to be fourth. GENERALLY OUTSPOKEN FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF OUR STRETTO Smart two-year-old Generally Outspoken completed a hat-trick of wins when successful in the 1730m Colin Hamersley Memorial Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to replicate the deeds of her maternal great granddam Our Stretto. The New Zealand-bred Our Stretto had six starts as a two-year-old at Brisbane’s Albion Park in June and July 1985 for four wins and two seconds before developing into a quality mare who ended her 103-start career with a record of 35 wins and 32 placings for earnings of $167,950. Generally Outspoken, trained at Northam by Glenn Elliott, looks set to become a leading candidate for the rich WA Oaks next season. Her easy victory on Friday night improved her record to 11 starts for four wins and two seconds for stakes of $44,120 for owners Robert Watson and Grace Inwood. Generally Outspoken is the first foal out of Return To Gold, a granddaughter of Our Stretto who raced 31 times for four wins, seven placings and $40,057. Generally Outspoken, favourite at 6/4, started from the outside barrier (No. 7) on the front line in Friday night’s race and Gary Hall jun. wisely let her settle down at the rear before sending her forward, three wide, after 500m to work in the breeze outside the pacemaker Reckless Abandon (9/2). Hall got Generally Outspoken to a narrow lead 570m from home and he nursed her to score by a neck from 2/1 second favourite Maddy White, who fought on doggedly after racing in the one-out, one-back position. Major Flirt was third and Reckless Abandon wilted to finish fifth. WHOS MISTAKE PROVING A SPLENDID BUY FOR Geoff Webster There are plenty of bargains in claiming events around Australia and Victorian horseman Geoff Webster made no mistake when he spent just $8000 13 months ago to claim Whos Mistake. Whos Mistake won that 1720m claiming event at Melton and Webster sent the Victorian-bred pacer straight to Western Australia to be prepared by champion trainer Gary Hall sen. Whos Mistake was disappointing and managed just one third placing and earnings of $850 from his first seven starts for Hall. Hall then sent Whos Mistake for a spell and the seven-year-old has raced consistently since resuming racing. Now Whos Mistake has had 26 starts for Webster and Hall for five wins and ten placings for earnings of $71,665. Whos Mistake started at 15/2 when he won the $25,000 Ron Gallop Memorial final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Whos Mistake started out wide at No. 5 on the front line and Gary Hall jun. restrained him back to the rear. Whos Mistake was in tenth position when Hall sent him forward, three wide, 1150m from home. Whos Mistake moved to fifth at the bell and sustained his strong effort to get to the front 120m from the post before winning by just under a length from 26/1 chance Sir Swanky, who flashed home late for Morgan Woodley. Seven Wishes, the second favourite at 6/1 who trailed the pacemaker and 5/2 on favourite Me Old Mate, was third, with Me Old Mate fading to fourth. The final 800m was covered in 57.3sec. and Whos Mistake rated 1.58.5. He now moves to an M3 classification. BRAEMOOR IS MAKING HIS MARK FOR PRENTICE Two years ago Lovers Delight was a strong performer in Western Australia when he was placed in five group events. And now his older half-brother Braemoor is making his mark for Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice. Braemoor, a six-year-old Christian Cullen gelding, started at 11/2 and gave a strong frontrunning display to win the 25034m Bill Steer Memorial Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This was his fifth win from 16 WA starts and improved his record to eight wins and 12 placings and stakes of $68,286 from 47 starts. He is a son of New Zealand mare Love Isin The Air, who produced Lovers Delight, who in 2011 finished second in the Caduceus Club Classic, second in the Western Gateway and third in the WA Derby as a three-year-old and second in the Four-Year-Old Championship and second in the McInerney Ford Classic later in the year. After the polemarker Nipperinghall had begun tardily in Friday night’s stand, Prentice dashed Braemoor straight to the front and after going through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31sec. and 30.5sec. he increased the tempo. Each of the final two quarters was covered in 28.9sec. and Braemoor fought on determinedly to win by 1m from 5/1 chance Nipperinghall, who finished strongly after trailing the leader. Courageous Ned came from three back on the pegs to be third. Western Cullen, favourite at 2/1 from the back mark of 20m, settled down a distant last before starting a three-wide run with 1200m to travel. He moved to seventh (three wide) at the bell and just plugged on into seventh place. NO TROUBLE FOR OUR CLASSIE MACH FROM THE INSIDE BARRIER The great value of starting from the prized No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park was further illustrated on Friday night when Matt White drove Our Classie Mach to an easy all-the-way victory in the 2536m Cyril Lilleyman Memorial Pathway Pace. Our Classie Mach, trained at Capel by Andrew De Campo for Merv and Meg Butterworth, was a firm 7/4 on favourite and was not fully extended in beating Sparkling Seelster and The Black Lord, who dead-heated for second. The Black Lord (11/1) trailed the pacemaker all the way and ran home along the inside, while Sparkling Seelster, a 23/1 chance, was most impressive after being trapped three wide in the early stages. Justin Prentice eased Sparkling Seelster back to last in the field of 12 before he began a three-wide move approaching the bell. The Falcon Seelster five-year-old finished powerfully and will pay to follow. Mosquito Buzzin, the second favourite at 13/2, raced in ninth position before dashing forward in the middle stages to move into the breeze at the bell. Mosquito Buzzin got on terms with Our Classie Mach 500m from home before wilting slightly to finish a close-up seventh. Our Classie Mach’s dam, the unraced Heathvale has also produced a good performer in five-year-old Classievale, who has had 16 starts in Victoria for nine wins, three placings and $65,138. LEWIS MAKES THE MOST OF AN UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITY Champion reinsman Chris Lewis made the most of a late call-up to guide The Dragons Den to victory in the 2503m TAB Touch.Mobi Trotters handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Lewis replaced Wanneroo trainer Bob Fyfe’s regular reinsman Terry Wegner, who became ill on Friday. The Dragons Den, a New Zealand-bred seven-year-old making his second Australian appearance, was a solidly-supported 10/9 on favourite and Lewis rated him perfectly in the breeze while polemarker Sandakan Lombo set the pace. The Dragons Den got his head in front with 600m to travel and he went on to win by a half-length from Conquer All, who finished gamely from fifth at the bell. Ushaka Bromac, the backmarker off 30m, improved from sixth at the bell to be a close third. The Dragons Den has earned $77,171 from seven wins and 13 placings from 54 starts and should win more races in Western Australia. His dam Sunny Ilsa had 21 starts for two wins, four placings and $21,494. by Ken Casellas
Brilliant New Zealand-bred gelding Condrieu, the only three-year-old and the least experienced runner in the $35,000 John Higgins Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night, has drawn favourably at No. 3 on the front line and has excellent prospects of giving trainer Greg Bond his third success and reinsman Colin Brown his fourth victory in the group 3 feature. Bond, who prepares Condrieu in partnership with his wife Skye, won the Higgins Memorial with four-year-old Money Magnet in 2004 and three-year-old Richard Henry the following year. Both New Zealand-bred pacers were driven by Brown, who also was successful with the Noel Keiley-trained Valiant Soldier in 2003. The only other three-year-old apart from Richard Henry to win in the 18-year history of this event was the Ross Olivieri-trained Hail The Judge in 1997. The comparatively inexperienced Condrieu has created a big impression since arriving in Western Australia where his 11 starts have produced five wins and four placings after having won twice from nine starts in New Zealand. Condrieu possesses sparkling early speed and Brown is sure to press forward after the mobile barrier releases the field of 12 on its way over the 2130m journey. Drawn inside Condrieu are the Glenn Elliott-trained Preordained and the Debbie Padberg-trained Franco Torres. Both those pacers possess good gate speed. Preordained has set the pace in eight of his 43 starts and Franco Torres has led and won at Penrith, Menangle and Gloucester Park. However, it is problematical whether either Preordained or Franco Torres will have the necessary early brilliance to prevent Brown from taking Condrieu straight to the front. Condrieu, a noted speedy frontrunner, does not have to lead to win. He is tough and he gave a superb performance two starts ago when he worked hard in the breeze before finishing powerfully to win easily from Heez Orl Black, rating a dazzling 1.53.9 over 1730m at Gloucester Park. Then at his next start, at Pinjarra last Monday week, he ran a great trial for Friday night’s event when he start from barrier three on the back line, settled down in tenth position and then sustained a splendid three-wide burst from the rear to move to fifth at the bell and finish second to Pacific Warrior over 2185m. He dashed over the final two 400m sections of the final mile in 28.5sec. and 27.8sec. and rated 1.58.5. The Bonds also have an excellent second strong in Friday night’s race in the New Zealand-bred five-year-old Our Major Mark, who has amassed $586,630 from 17 wins and 16 placings from 54 starts. He is easily the best-performed runner in the race and cannot be underestimated, despite drawing out wide at No. 6 on the front line. He has won at five of his nine WA starts. Looming as the chief danger to Condrieu is former Victorian performer Real Hammer, who will start from No. 4 on the front line. A winner of eight races in Victoria, Real Hammer made an auspicious WA debut in a heat of the Higgins at Northam on Tuesday of last week when he started from barrier five on the back line and was ninth in the middle stages before producing a sizzling burst of speed to charge to the lead 380m from home. He got a full length clear of the pacemaker Mighty Flying Thomas, but was unable to cross to the pegs. Mighty Flying Thomas fought back determinedly to regain the lead in the home straight and he won by 5m from Real Hammer at a 1.59.8 rate over 2190m. That was Real Hammer’s first appearance for three months and he warmed up for Friday night’s race with a stylish performance in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning, winning by more than three lengths from Bettors Fire, with Preordained 2m farther back in third place. Real Hammer sped over the final 400m in 28.6sec. and rated 1.57.7 Real Hammer is prepared by leading trainer Gary Hall sen., who has won the Higgins with Our Graedy (1998), Our Toto (2009) and Partywiththedevil (2010). Hall will also be represented on Friday night by Heez Orl Black, a winner of six races in New Zealand whose first five starts in WA have produced two wins and two placings. Mighty Flying Thomas, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, is racing with commendable zest and is capable of a bold showing from barrier two on the back line. Trained at Bickley by Peter Anderson, Mighty Flying Thomas will be driven by Morgan Woodley, who guided the Anderson-trained Move Over to an all-the-way victory in the 2011 Higgins Memorial. Anderson also prepared Roseville Mac when he finished second to The Die Is Cast in the 2001 Higgins Memorial. Others with realistic prospects include Pacific Warrior and Soho Aintree. Pacific Warrior, trained at Mt Helena by Ray Williams, has won at 11 of his past 17 starts and goes into the race with a fine record of 44 starts for 15 wins and 11 placings. He will be driven by the in-form Nathan Turvey and will start from the inside of the back line. Meckering trainer Garry Elliott has four-year-old Soho Aintree, to be driven by Chris Voak, in excellent form. He was eighth at the bell and flew home, out wide, to win a heat of the Higgins at Narrogin (beating Preordained) two starts ago. Then he surged to the front after a lap and won a 2560m stand at Northam by six lengths on Tuesday of last week. Chris Lewis, who has driven the winner of the Higgins four times (with Hail The Judge, Our Graedy, Ianalbert and Sneakyn Down Under) will handle the Olivieri-trained Saint Petersburg, who was a Northam winner two starts ago, but faces a tough test on Friday night from the outside of the back line. PLAYLE GETS HIS CHANCE WITH THE IN-FORM BENJAMIN BANNEKER Twenty-three-year-old Chris Playle fared well in the ballot for drives in the $25,000 RWWA Rising Stars Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he drew the smart New Zealand-bred four-year-old Benjamin Banneker in the 2130m event. Benjamin Banneker, trained by Gary Hall sen., drew awkwardly at barrier No. 5 on the front line, but the Washington VC gelding has the ability to overcome that disadvantage. Benjamin Banneker, in his first season of racing, has impressed with his speed, strength and versatility and has won eight times from 17 starts. He had a tough run at his latest appearance, at Gloucester Park last Friday week, when he raced three wide early and then worked hard outside the pacemaker Midnight Dylan before fighting on grandly to be a close third behind Lord Lombo and Midnight Dylan when the winner rated a slick 1.56.7 over 2130m. At his previous start, two weeks before that effort, Benjamin Banneker settled in last position before sustaining a powerful three-wide burst over the final 1100m to score an easy victory over Western Cullen and Midnight Dylan, rating 1.56.6 over 2130m. Veteran Sir Artsplace also will have many admirers from No. 6 on the front line. The eight-year-old has returned to the Busselton stables of Michael Callegari after being claimed at Gloucester Park on July 8 when Shannon Suvaljko drove the gelding to a brilliant all-the-way victory over 2560m, rating 1.57.1 and beating Touch Me Toes by more than eight lengths. That was Sir Artsplace’s fourth win from his past six starts and he will give Chris Butt an excellent chance of fighting out the finish. Visiting New South Wales representative Max Hughes will drive Bettor Still from the prized No. 1 barrier for trainers Greg and Skye Bond. Bettor Still, a New Zealand-bred seven-year-old who has had 58 starts for 15 wins and eight placings, has been unplaced at his past 11 starts since winning from I Courage and Dhoni over 2130m at Gloucester Park in January. He started from the No. 1 barrier, but was badly beaten for early speed and raced three wide early and then without cover before getting to the front on the home turn. Wrongly Accused (Dylan Egerton-Green) and Midnight Dylan (Brayden Green) will start from barriers four and five, respectively, on the back line, but cannot be overlooked. Wrongly Accused, a six-year-old who has had 161 starts for 19 wins and 41 placings, led when a fighting third behind Touch Me Toes and Pride of Colorado over 2692m at Pinjarra on Monday. He covered a lot of extra ground before finishing strongly to win from Tee Pee Village and Davy Maguire over 2130m at a 1.56.7 rate at Gloucester Park two nights earlier. Midnight Dylan, a winner of ten races from 51 starts, is racing keenly for Greg and Skye Bond and has been placed at four of his past five starts. IM THEMIGHTYQUINN SET TO BRING UP HIS CENTURY IN STYLE Superstar Im Themightyquinn is poised to celebrate his 100th start in a magnificent career by notching his 51st victory when he contests the $21,000 George Maloney Memorial Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred eight-year-old has thrilled harness racing fans with whirlwind finishing bursts to win in devastating style at his first two starts since resuming from a spell and drawing No. 2 barrier on the back line should prove no obstacle for the champion. Im Themightyquinn will start immediately behind stablemate Livingontheinterest, who possesses sparkling early pace and should burst straight to the front. Gary Hall jun. then should be able to position Im Themightyquinn in a favourable spot in the one-wide line. Hall is sure to bide his time before sending the champion forward in the 2536m event in which he should win with ease. Apart from Livingontheinterest, the Hall camp will also be represented by impressive last-start winners Hokonui Ben and Bettor Reason. Hokonui Ben gave a superb performance last Friday night when he raced wide early and then in the breeze before getting up in the final stride to beat the pacemaker and 5/1 on favourite David Hercules by a nose at a 1.55.6 rate over 2130m. David Hercules will start from the inside of the back line and faces a stern test, particularly because he is likely to be hemmed in on the pegs for much of the race. Im Themightyquinn warmed up for this week’s race by contesting a 2550m stand at the Byford trials on Sunday morning. He started from 60m and was not extended in winning easily at a 2.3.5 rate after covering the final 400m in 28.6sec. MISS ATOMIC ON TARGET TO BRING UP A HAT-TRICK Breeder-owner Neven Botica and trainer Peter Tilbrook have high hopes Grinfromeartoear filly Miss Atomic, who makes strong appeal in the 1730m TAB Touch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Miss Atomic, who will be driven by Shannon Suvaljko from barrier four on the front line, should carry too many guns for her ten rivals who include Deluxe Edition, last-start winners Mississippi Bell and Four Legged Frenzy and talented New Zealand-bred stablemates Jungle Genie and Am Opulent. Miss Atomic gave a sample of her class at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when she settled down in eighth position before Suvaljko set her alight 500m after the start. The three-year-old revealed sparkling speed as she surged forward, three wide, to charge to the front 100m later, She then bowled along in front and sprinted over the final 800m in 57sec. to win by four lengths from Ace of Cards. She was equally impressive at Pinjarra the previous Monday when she was ninth at the bell before charging to the front 520m from home and then racing away to win by six lengths from First Time Rich. Deluxe Edition, a winner of six races, maintained her sound form when she rattled home from last at the bell to finish third behind Diamonds A Blaze and Jungle Genie over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday. Jungle Genie set the pace and dashed over the final 800m in 55.9sec. and she was far from disgraced in finishing a neck behind Diamonds A Blaze, who sat behind the leader before sprinting home fast. by Ken Casellas
CLASS OF TARA GIVES ELSON HIS BIGGEST WIN AS A TRAINER Former Tasmanian Gary Elson achieved his biggest success as a trainer when Class of Tara crushed his rivals in the $125,000 Premier Suzuki Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he has high hopes that the record-breaking New Zealand-bred colt will emulate the deeds of his star pacer Crombie by winning the rich WA Derby next season. The Victorian-bred Crombie, owned by Elson, won the WA Derby by a head from David Hercules in April 2010 and went on to win another group 1 event, the McInerney Ford Classic in December 2010, before winning a heat of the interdominion championship in February 2012 and finishing second to Im Themightyquinn in the WA Pacing Cup last January. Elson is hoping that Class of Tara can follow in the footsteps of Crombie, who has earned $534,233 from 18 wins and 17 placings from 54 starts. He will now send Class of Tara for a spell before preparing him for the feature events for three-year-olds next season. The 58-year-old Victorian-born Elson purchased Class of Tara for $50,000 last November on the recommendation of New Zealand trainer-reinsman Robert Cameron, who then gave the Bettors Delight colt five starts for one win and two placings. At his final New Zealand start Class of Tara was most impressive in finishing a head second to Zacharia in a group 2 $40,000 event, rating 1.55.69 over 1950m at Addington in April this year. Class of Tara then was sent to Western Australia and he is unbeaten at three starts in Australia. He has well and truly recouped his purchase price and has earned $110,106. Class of Tara started from barrier two on the back line in the group 1 Golden Slipper and was second favourite at 13/4. Kim Young settled the colt down in sixth position in the one-wide line after the 6/4 on favourite Crusader Banner and Kimba Bay (7/1) had engaged in a speed battle for the early lead. Kimba Bay began brilliantly from the No. 4 barrier and got a length in front of Crusader Banner, but was unable to cross that colt, with the lead time being covered in a blistering 35.2sec. Gary Hall jun. drove Crusader Banner hard to retain the lead and he was then able to slacken the tempo a little with a first 400m section of the final mile in 30.2sec. But there was already the feeling that the dazzling early speed would take its toll on both Crusader Banner and Kimba Bay. Young, who will celebrate his 50th birthday early next month, made his move with 1050m to travel. He eased Class of Tara three wide and the colt surged forward to be fourth at the bell before he got the better of Crusader Banner 550m from home. Class of Tara then dashed away from the opposition and won by just under three lengths from 33/1 chance Macon Georgia, who followed the winner’s three-wide run and came from seventh at the bell. Mister Jadore (20/1) sustained a strong burst to come from 11th at the 600m to be third, with 112/1 outsider All Williams running home stoutly into fourth position. Young gave a jubilant wave of the whip 15m from the post and Class of Tara’s rate of 1.56.7 over the 2130m smashed the race record of 1.57.7 set by Ohokas Bondy in 2010. Crusader Banner faded to ninth and Kimba Bay finished last in the field of 12. Chris Lewis (Mister Jadore) lodged a protest against runner-up Macon Georgia (Matt White), alleging interference 1250m from home. The protest was dismissed. Class of Tara is the second foal out of the Dream Away mare Tara Magic, who managed only one victory (by a half-head in a 2500m maiden event at Manawatu in November 2007) from 33 starts. Tara Magic was the 14th and last foal out of Kelly Dillon, who had 47 starts for five wins, 11 placings and just $16,540 in prizemoney. Kelly Dillon produced several moderate winners. By far, the best of her progeny was the Holmes Hanover gelding Hijack Harry, who earned $116,392 from 15 wins and 40 placings from 120 starts. He won five races in Victoria and then had 87 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and 29 placings in the 1990s. HOKONUI BEN UPSETS 5/1 ON FAVOURITE DAVID HERCULES Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred six-year-old Hokonui Ben caused an upset at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he fought on superbly after a tough run to snatch a last-stride victory over the pacemaker and 5/1 on favourite David Hercules in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Says Happy 50TH Birthday to Paul Poli Pace. Hokonui Ben, trained by Gary Hall sen., was a 10/1 second favourite, but few gave the gelding much chance of toppling David Hercules, the track record-holder over the 2130m journey. However, Gary Hall jun. refused to concede that the race was a forgone conclusion and he drove with admirable aggression, sending Hokonui Ben forward from barrier three after Morgan Woodley had got David Hercules straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier. Hokonui Ben got to the breeze after 500m and after David Hercules coasted through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.6sec. and 30.1sec., Woodley increased the tempo and David Hercules sped over the final quarters in 27.8sec. and 27.3sec. But Hokonui Ben stuck with his rival and got to the front in the final stride to win by a nose at a 1.55.6 rate which was well outside the track record of 1.53.6 set by David Hercules in May this year. Rakarebel, who had enjoyed the ideal one-out, one-back sit, fought on gamely to by four lengths away in third place. The victory took Hokonui Ben’s record to 41 starts for 14 wins, ten placings and stakes of $214,229. He is owned by Queenslander Jeroen Nieuwenburg. After racing 24 times in New Zealand for six wins and five placings, Hokonui Ben has had 17 starts in WA for eight wins and five seconds. His victories include the Navy Cup and Bunbury Cup in 2012 and the Nights of Thunder at Gloucester Park last January. Hall jun. has driven him seven times for six wins and a second. Hokonui Ben is by Washington VC and is the first foal (and only one to have raced) out of the poorly-performed Jane Halsey, who was retired after her 15 starts produced just one third placing and $413. Jane Halsey’s dam Taurus Jane raced eight times for one third placing and $670. ROCKY MARCIANO HAS THE GOLDEN NUGGET IN HIS SIGHTS New Zealand-bred three-year-old Rocky Marciano emerged as a realistic Golden Nugget contender late this year when he gave a spirited frontrunning exhibition to win the 1730m Premier Suzuki Storm Up A Deal Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bickley trainer Peter Anderson has extended Rocky Marciano’s three-year-old campaign to give the Christian Cullen gelding more experience before giving him a spell and bringing him back in a bid to qualify for the $175,000 Golden Nugget. Rocky Marciano, a heavily-supported 6/4 on favourite from the prized No. 1 barrier, began smoothly, but Morgan Woodley had to drive him hard to hold out a determined bid for the early lead from 4/1 second fancy Ohoka Assassin. Rocky Marciano sped through the first 400m section of the final mile in 28.3sec. before Woodley eased him slightly to cover the next two quarters in 29.7sec. and 29.3sec. Rocky Marciano then dashed over the final 400m in 28.9sec. and won by 4m from 75/1 outsider Itsa Seelster, with a head to the highly-promising Extremely Good, who surged home from tenth at the bell. Ohoka Assassin was working hard in the breeze before he met with severe interference and broke into a gallop 300m from home. Also badly checked was Ohoka Assassin’s stablemate Machs A Pearler. Ryan Bell, the driver of Itsa Seelster, was suspended for 16 days for allowing his horse to shift inwards and cause interference to Ohoka Assassin. Bell was also reprimanded for having made Shirlz Sensation cover extra ground at the bell. The stewards granted Bell a three-day stay of proceedings and he made the most of that by driving 10/1 chance Perfect Mach to an easy victory in an event for two-year-olds at Gloucester Park the following night. Rocky Marciano arrived in Western Australia last February after having had ten starts in New Zealand for three seconds. He has flourished under the care of Anderson and his WA record stands at six wins and six placings from 18 starts. He is out of Riverboat Royce, who had 55 starts in New Zealand for nine wins, ten placings and $65,234. KING AND VOAK STRIKE WITH THE BRILLIANT LEDA McNALLY The powerful combination of Pinjarra trainer Chris King and reinsman Chris Voak continued on its merry way at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Leda McNally made a wonderful return to racing by winning the Premier Suzuki Kizashi Sport Pace. The 40-year-old King and 25-year-old Voak had combined to win races with Lord Lombo (30/1) and Artesian Queen (5/2) in the previous eight days and punters rallied to support Leda McNally on Friday night when she was making her first appearance for four and a half months. The Victorian-bred four-year-old Leda McNally started from the outside of the back line and was sent out favourite at 11/4. Voak was content to settle Leda McNally in tenth position while Terra Into The West set the pace. Slick Bird (10/1) settled down in last position after starting from the outside of the front line and Kim Prentice sent her forward, three wide, with 1350m to travel and then Gary Hall jun. switched 3/1 second favourite Is She Talking three wide at the 1100m mark. Is She Talking got to a narrow lead 90m from the post, but she was swamped by Leda McNally, who was ninth at the bell and had sustained a powerful three-wide burst (with cover) to loom as a major danger, five wide, on the home turn. Leda McNally finished full of running to score by just over a length from Slick Bird, with Millwoods Delight, 11th at the 260m and blocked for a clear run until very late, a fast-finishing third. The final 800m was covered in 58.2sec. and Leda McNally rated 1.58.9 over the 2130m. Leda McNally, by Modern Art, is owned by Victorian Greg Stubbs. She now has had 18 starts in WA for King for 11 wins and three placings to take her overall record to 33 starts for 12 wins, six placings and $108,488. She had 15 starts in Victoria and New South Wales for just one win before being sent to WA. BETTOR REASON GIVES HIS OWNER PLENTY TO SMILE ABOUT Auckland breeder-owner Phil Cook celebrated a trip to Perth and had many reasons to smile at Gloucester Park on Friday night when his smart four-year-old Bettor Reason cruised to a convincing victory in the 2503m Premier Suzuki Grand Vitara Handicap. Bettor Reason, trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen., was a firm 5/4 favourite and he gave his supporters a scare when he galloped away off the 20m mark and settled down well back in tenth position. But Gary Hall jun. seized the initiative by dashing Bettor Reason forward, three wide, after 500m. Bettor Reason sustained a strong burst to dash to the front with 1550m to travel. Bettor Reason sprinted over the final two 400m sections in 28.4sec. and 29.2sec. and won comfortably by a length from 16/1 chance Salliwood, who led early and then had the perfect trail behind the pacemaker. Veteran pacer Courageous Ned raced three back on the pegs and ran on gamely to be third, with Dhoni impressing with a strong-finishing effort from the rear after galloping at the start. Bettor Reason raced 14 times in New Zealand for two wins and five placings and he now has had 21 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and seven placings. He has earned $199,575. Bettor Reason is the fifth foal out of the New York Motoring mare No Reason, who managed just one win from 17 starts. Bettor Reason is related to Admiral’s Ecstasy, who earned $225,331 from 24 wins and 24 placings from 68 starts. Former star WA trainer-reinsman Trevor Warwick won 21 races with Admiral’s Ecstasy, whose victories included the 1995 Parliamentarians Cup and 1996 Easter Cup, as well as two preludes of the WA Pacing Cup. He finished fourth behind Desperate Comment, Master Musician and Genghis Karalta in the Australian Pacing Championship at Harold Park in June 1996. CARIM COURAGE GIVES Justin Prentice A QUINELLA RESULT Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice landed the quinella in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Award Winning Suzuki Swift Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Kaiden Hayter brought 13/2 chance Carim Courage home with a well-timed run to snatch victory over 5/2 favourite Im Hey Jude. Prentice elected to handle Im Hey Jude, who started from the outside (barrier three) on the back line. Carim Courage was awkwardly drawn at No. 6 on the front line. Polemarker Millies Girl set the pace after defying a strong early challenge from the well-supported The Silk Road. Carim Courage settled in ninth position and Im Hey Jude was sixth in the one-wide line. Hayter started a three-wide move with Carim Courage 1050m from home and she received a trail 100m later when Prentice switched Im Hey Jude three wide. Im Hey Jude took a narrow lead 220m from home and she was in front until the final 50m before Carim Courage asserted her authority. And to make it an all-Prentice finish, Prentice’s father Kim brought 33/1 chance Mene Jaccka home from ninth at the bell with a strong burst to take third place. The Prentice trifecta returned a nice dividend of $517.30. Carim Courage, a New Zealand-bred seven-year-old and the oldest mare in the race, has been a good, honest performer who now has earned $79,857 from nine wins and 12 placings from 61 starts. WHAT GOD KNOWS KEEPS UP THE GOOD WORK Veteran pacer What God Knows has been a wonderful moneyspinner for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg and he kept up the good work at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Michael Tenardi drove him to a smart all-the-way win in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Suzuki Way of Life Pathway Pace. The New Zealand-bred eight-year-old is still a Metropolitan maiden with earnings of $90,606, accumulated after ten wins and 25 placings from 121 starts. A winner of six races in New Zealand and one in New South Wales, What God Knows has now won three times from 69 starts in Western Australia. What God Knows was heavily supported and started favourite at 9/4, just ahead of Mosquito Buzzin (5/2). Tenardi dashed What God Knows straight to the front from barrier two, leaving Mosquito Buzzin (barrier three) to do all the hard work in the breeze. What God Knows made the task of the opposition extremely difficult when he sprinted over the final two 400m sections of the final mile in 28.7sec. and 27.8sec. He won at a 1.58.2 rate by 2m from Mosquito Buzzin, who fought on doggedly without appearing likely to seriously challenge the leader. Sparkling Seelster (8/1) ran on from three back on the pegs to be third. The Black Lord and Now A Christian each finished boldly to be fifth and sixth, respectively, and they should pay to follow. NIPPERINGHALL ENDS A LOSING STREAK OF 26 Nipperinghall, unplaced at his previous 13 starts, bounced back to form and ended a losing sequence of 26 when he outclassed his rivals in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Yankee Sensation Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Blissfull Hall six-year-old whose previous success was at Busselton in January 2012, was driven with great confidence and aggression by Serpentine trainer Chris Brew. Nipperinghall, a 4/1 second fancy behind the even-money favourite Jezalenkoubeauty, started from barrier No. 2 on the back line and Brew settled him down perfectly placed in the one-out, one-back position, before Brew seized the initiative by dashing Nipperinghall forward, three wide, after 450m. Nipperinghall then raced outside the pacemaker before forging to the front 450m from home and racing away to score by 19m from Match To The Fuse. He dashed over the final 400m in 28.9sec. and rated 1.58.9. Match To The Fuse had challenged hard for the early lead and got a length in front of Jezalenkoubeauty, but was unable to cross to the front. He then obtained an ideal trail when Brew sent Nipperinghall into the breeze. Jezalenkoubeauty faded to finish seventh. Nipperinghall has had 64 starts for ten wins, seven placings and stakes of $53,616. His dam Shimmering Shore graduated to an M2 mark in WA and was retired to the breeding barn after having 37 starts for ten wins and ten placings for $37,465 in prizemoney. TYLER DIAMOND MAKES THE MOST OF THE INSIODE BARRIER Tyler Diamond made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier by setting the pace and holding on solidly to win from Soho Monza and Ballas Arockstar in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Indie and Makai Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Herne Hill by Kevin Keys and driven by Brad Stampalia, the seven-year-old Tyler Diamond was a solidly-supported 6/4 favourite who gave a strong frontrunning display to win from 7/2 second favourite Soho Monza, who trailed the pacemaker throughout. Ballas Arockstar (33/1) raced three back on the pegs and finished strongly. The win ended a losing sequence of ten for Tyler Diamond, who now has earned $53,010 from eight wins and 19 placings from 56 starts. Tyler Diamond is by American stallion Day In A Life and is out of the New York Motoring mare Cecelia, who had 75 starts for nine wins and 22 placings for stakes of $66,474. Tyler Diamond is a half-brother to Jennas Shadow (72 starts for 12 wins, 28 placings and $116,404) and Imali (69 starts for six wins, 23 placings and $52,487). SEVEN WISHES COMPLETES A DOUBLE FOR VOAK Noted frontrunner Seven Wishes notched his fourth win from his past five starts when he relished the No. 1 barrier and scored an easy all-the-way victory in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Capped Price Servicing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The win completed a double for reinsman Chris Voak, who had been successful earlier in the program, with Leda McNally. Seven Wishes, trained at Pinjarra by Dudley Parker, was all the rage and started at 5/2 on. He gave his backers little cause for concern as he bowled along in front, dashed over the final two 400m sections of the last mile in 28.2sec. and 29.1sec. to win by a length and a half from 10/1 chance I Am legend, who trailed him all the way. Rank outsider parasite ran on from eighth in the one-wide line at the bell to be third. Menelaus of Sparta was an unlucky fourth. He raced three back on the pegs and was badly blocked for a clear passage until the final stages. Seven Wishes, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old, has had 63 starts for ten wins, 12 placings and stakes of $70,079. He has raced 25 times in WA for seven wins and six placings. Voak has driven him five times for four wins. Swing Out Sister, the dam of Seven Wishes, won the New South Wales Oaks at Harold Park and the Queensland Oaks at Albion Park in 1990 before being retired with a record of 30 starts for 11 wins, eight placings and stakes of $138,681. by Ken Casellas Videos of all races are attached to the photos at the top of the page
Champion Pacer Im Themightyquinn will return to harness racing in Friday night's Channel 9 Winter Cup at Gloucester Park. Also four Group One Sires Stakes Finals worth $100,000 each will on the card.
After an emphatic victory on day one of the Nelson meeting, many expected Givethejobtobarnsy to repeat the dose in today’s (June 9) $12,500 Nelson Winter Cup, and the giant Washington VC pacer who reportedly stands at 17.2 hands didn’t let his supporters down.
Banjup harness racing trainer Annie Belton and her husband Colin went to the 2012 Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale with their hearts set on buying lot No, 62, a colt by Art Major out of Priscilla Rocks. They bid for him, but dropped out after the price exceeded their price range.