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Interesting night of pacing at Gloucester Park on Friday night with many of the WA Trotting Media Guild members selecting the same horses as their star bet on the 10-event card. Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believe Gardys Legacy will score an all-the-way victory in the $50,000 Pearl Classic (2130m). “Gardys Legacy is a talented three-year-old who won the only heat of this series to qualify for this race,” Wishart said. “Meets them all again, but draws the pole this time. I love the best horse drawing the best barrier - invariably they win. Should lead all the way.” Havercroft agrees. “Gardys Legacy looks set to collect the biggest pay cheque of his career in the Group 2 Pearl Classic on the back of some consistent form including a fourth in the WA Derby,” Havercroft said. “Connections are loving the random barrier draws in which the Bettors Delight gelding has now drawn peg one or two in his last five starts.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and longshot king Pat Harding have made squaregaiter Princess Mila their best. “Smart trotter Princess Mila won a Byford trial on Sunday and looks set to bounce back from a last-start unplaced run, when she galloped in the early stages,” Manning said. “The Victorian import, who quickly hit form when beginning to race recently for trainer Gary Hall, won impressively at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park last month.” Harding is singing from the same songbook as Manning. “There have certainly been lean pickings for punters and tipsters at GP over the past few weeks, however this week Gary Hall Jr could be the driver to follow with the possibility of four winning drives,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night comes up in the stand start trot. The Gary Hall-trained Princess Mila with Junior aboard already has some impressive stats since a spell and is worth following.” TABradio’s Hayden King, who has established a healthy lead in this season’s tipping competition, has made Valbonne his star bet. “Valbonne is drawn to run to the front and his form is excellent,” King said. “I think he will lead and win, with the $4 price touted looking exceptional value. It could be a terrific night for the Albert Walmsley colours.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas has opted for Madame Meilland in race two as his best for the night. “Ross Olivieri’s bonny mare Madame Meilland gets a good chance to end a losing sequence of 21 when she starts from the No.2 barrier in the Westral Pace over 2536m on Friday night,” Casellas said. “Things haven’t gone her way at several recent starts and I’m making her my best bet to bounce back into the limelight this week.” TABradio’s Matt Young believes punters can get off to a great start by supporting Hes Royal Blue in the opening event. “Hes Royal Blue finally comes up with a good barrier to lead over the mile and this is his pet distance,” Young said. “He should lead and win and get the punters off on the right foot.” But that ain’t the way it’s going to play out, according to Guild president Wayne Currall, who has made Balcatherine his best bet in the same race. “Balcatherine was crying out for clean air when she finished a most unlucky third behind Arma Indie last week,” Currall said. “She will follow out likely leader Hes Royal Blue from her backline trailing draw and should have the last crack at them.” VALUE BETS WARREN: Oneonthewood won well two starts ago at Pinjarra and the draw here gives him an each-way chance. RYAN: Tanaka Eagle has relished the change of environment since entering the stables of Peter Tilbrook. Will be at generous odds and has been finding his way into the placings recently. ERNIE: Neighlor has not been placed in his past seven starts, but will appreciate gate one after drawing seven and eight at his past two appearances. He has won 16 races, including six at Gloucester Park. PAT: My value bet comes up in race seven with No.5 Queen Shenandoah with Chris Voak aboard. I think she can give this a real shake and give punters a good boost. HAYDEN: In keeping with the Walmsley theme, Lord Rosco looks a huge price at $7 in the first. He has options from the wide gate considering his superb gate speed. He looks a threatening chance of making it four in a line. KEN: For value I suggest Our Rhythm N Blues, who will start from the outside of the backline in the Retravision Pace. He’s been knocking on the door recently - and perhaps it will open this week. MATT: Sightseeing Anvil has the speed to lead or settle very close to them and is racing well enough for this. He looks a great each-way chance. WAYNE: Mileys Desire races best when she finds the pegs. She is drawn behind likely leader Countess Grace in race seven and can run a race at big odds. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting from home.   Wayne Currall

Much travelled five-year-old mare Queen Shenandoah will reappear after an absence of almost five months when she contests the 2130m Etch Coatings Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and a solid run in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning was a firm indication that she should be prominent first-up. Star reinsman Chris Voak was in the sulky for the trial and he has given punters a lead by opting to drive her on Friday night in preference to My Prayer and Bettor Pack It. Queen Shenandoah, trained by Ross Olivieri, began smoothly in the trial and went to the front after 120m before setting the pace and sprinting over the final 400m section in 28.4sec. She was overhauled by Eloquent Mach in the final 15m and was not extended in crossing the line just under a length behind Eloquent Mach. Queen Shenandoah won once in New Zealand, four times in Victoria and three times from four appearances in South Australia before arriving in Western Australia late last year. She raced six times at Gloucester Park before being sent for a spell. Those runs included seconds behind Ocean Ridge and Live Like A Royal. Likely to be among the toughest rivals for Queen Shenandoah are Delightfulreaction (barrier three) and Countess Grace (barrier one). Delightfulreaction, trained and driven by Aiden de Campo, is in sparkling form and will have many admirers. She sat behind the pacemaker Arma Indie and fought on gamely when second to that mare in the WASBA Breeders Stakes last Friday night when the final quarters of the 2130m event were covered in 28.5sec. and 27.7sec. A week earlier, Delightfulreaction came from fifth at the bell to hit the front in the home straight before finishing a short half-head second to Semiramide in the 2503m Race For Roses. And that followed a strong-finishing head victory over Semiramide at her previous outing. She is favourably drawn at barrier three on Friday night. Countess Grace, to be driven by Michael Grantham for trainer Mike Reed, has a losing sequence of 13 but has the distinct advantage of starting from the prized No. 1 barrier. All her six wins from 48 starts have been when she has set the pace. Other runners capable of strong showings include the Terry Ferguson-trained Bettor Copagoodone, who has won at five of her past nine starts and should appreciate starting from barrier No. 2, and Leap Of Faith, a promising four-year-old who has won at five of her ten starts. She will start from the No. 3 barrier, with trainer Luke Edwards in the sulky. The Matt Scott-trained gelding Neighlor, who has been unplaced at his past seven starts, gets a good opportunity to bounce back to good form when he starts from the No. 1 barrier in the 2536m Westral Pace. He possesses good gate speed and is a proven frontrunner. Next to him at barrier two will be six-year-old mare Madame Meilland, who has a losing sequence of 21. Two of her 11 wins have been over 2536m, including the Empress Stakes in March 2018. She has been placed only twice from her past 16 starts but is capable of causing an upset.   Ken Casellas

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has driven Our Rhythm N Blues to fighting second placings behind Pradas Ideal Dahling and Runaway Three on the past two Friday nights, but he has opted to handle stablemate Mister Bushido in the 2536m Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This decision comes as a strong pointer to Mister Bushido’s winning prospects. The New Zealand-bred seven-year-old, trained by Gary Hall Snr, is in splendid form and has drawn favourably at barrier two on the front line. Stuart McDonald will drive Our Rhythm N Blues, who will start from the outside of the back line. The six-year-old is a solid stayer, who has a losing sequence of 17. But those 17 runs have included eight second placings, four of them over 2536m. Mister Bushido ended a losing run of 14 when he raced in the one-out, three-back position before finishing strongly to beat Runaway Three and The Black Cardinal over 2536m five Tuesdays ago. Five-year-old One For Dave Andme, trained and driven by Corey Peterson, has managed just four wins from 83 starts. But his recent form, including a fast-finishing win over 2569m at Bunbury three starts ago, is encouraging, and he is certainly capable of fighting out the finish. One of the most keenly contested events promises to be race eight, the $16,000 Simmonds Steel Pace over 2130m, in which Bletchley Park (barrier No. 7), Bettor Be Oscar (eight) and Kingslayer (nine) will dominate betting. Bletchley Park, trained in Bunbury by Stephen Reed, will be driven Dylan Egerton-Green, who has handled the talented four-year-old only once in his 29-start career of 12 wins, eight seconds and two thirds. That was 23 starts ago on July 6, 2018 when he started from barrier seven and raced in the one-out, two-back position before finishing boldly to win from Franco Edward in a Golden Slipper prelude. Bletchley Park, driven by Mark Johnson, impressed last Friday night when he surged home from eighth at the bell to win convincingly from Valbonne at a 1.56.9 rate over 2130m. He will need to be on top of his game to defy expected spirited challenges from Bettor Be Oscar and Kingslayer. Bettor Be Oscar, trained and driven by Aiden de Campo, won three in a row before finishing an excellent fourth behind Saleahs Comand over 1730m last Friday night after starting out wide at barrier eight and running home powerfully from ninth at the bell. Kingslayer, prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, has been freshened up since he led from barrier one and won from Valbonne over 2130m four weeks ago. The New Zealand-bred six-year-old has an impressive record of 27 starts for 12 wins and six placings.   Ken Casellas

Outstanding young reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green is looking forward to being reunited with highly-promising New Zealand-bred Lord Rosco in the opening event, the 1730m TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Egerton-Green has been in the sulky behind Lord Rosco only once at his debut, as a two-year-old at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park on April 15, 2017 when he raced four back on the pegs, broke on the home turn and finished last in a field of nine, 12 lengths behind the winner, his stablemate Golden State. Lord Rosco is in sparkling form and has scored effortless victories at Donaldson Park at each of his past three outings. The Bettor’s Delight gelding is trained in Bunbury by Stephen Reed, who has given the speedy pacer 13 starts for five wins, five seconds, two thirds and one fourth placing. He will start out wide at barrier eight which is far from ideal, particularly in a sprint event. However, Lord Rosco is blessed with sparkling gate speed and there is a strong possibility that Egerton-Green will attempt to use his great acceleration in a bid to burst to the front in the early stages. Lord Rosco revealed dazzling gate speed from the No. 7 barrier to charge straight into the lead before setting a brisk pace and winning easily by two lengths from Euphoric Moment at a 1.58.3 rate over 2100m at Bunbury last Friday night. This will be a rare city appearance for Lord Rosco, who has raced at Gloucester Park only four times for two seconds, a fourth and an eighth. There is plenty of natural early speed in Friday night’s race, with polemarker Regal Ambition and Hes Royal Blue (barrier two) smart beginners and excellent frontrunners. Eight-year-old Regal Ambition, trained by Debbie Padberg and to b e driven by Luke Edwards, has been unplaced at his past ten starts. But he is capable of marked improvement from the pole position. Hes Royal Blue, to be driven by Chris Voak for Busselton trainer Barry Howlett, is racing keenly and looks set to fight out the finish. Hes Royal Blue raced three back on the pegs and ran home solidly along the sprint lane when a close fourth behind Sammys Ideal over 1140m at Bunbury last Saturday night. At his previous outing, he finished strongly from three back on the pegs to win from Trinity Bromac and Rakasinc over 1684m at a 1.54.6 rate at Pinjarra. Four-year-old Balcatherine, the only mare and the least experienced runner in the race, looks hard to beat after a series of excellent performances in recent weeks. Trained by Gary Hall Snr and to be handled by Gary Hall Jnr, Balcatherine will start from barrier two on the back line and should be in the firing line throughout. She followed her second-up victory over Cut Above with seconds to Millwood Molly and The Buckeye Bullet and an unlucky third behind Arma Indie and Delightfulreaction in the WASBA Breeders Stakes last Friday night.   Ken Casellas

Big plans for Arma Indie Astute Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed notched his third victory in the group 2 WASBA Breeders Stakes when brilliant four-year-old Arma Indie gave a bold frontrunning display to beat Delightfulreaction and Balcatherine in the 2130m feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And Reed and owners Jim and Wilma Giumelli are now setting their sights on the Mares Classic next summer, a $125,000 event in which Arma Indie finished a sound third behind Gotta Go Gabbana and Our Alfie Romeo early last December. Reed’s previous successes in the Breeders Stakes were with Libertybelle Midfrew in 2015 and Maczaffair in 2018. Arma Indie, favourite at $2.70 and driven by Shannon Suvaljko, jumped straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier and after fending off an early spirited challenge from outsider Just Rockon Bye, was untroubled to bowl along in front before sprinting strongly over the final quarters in 28.5sec. and 27.7sec. to win by one and a half lengths from Delightfulreaction, who trailed the pacemaker throughout. Balcatherine, second fancy at $3.70, raced three back on the pegs in fifth position and was hopelessly blocked for a run until the final stages when she ran home solidly. Arma Indie, who was having her second run after a spell, has had 24 starts for nine wins, seven placings and $143,841. She was bred and owned in New Zealand by Davinia Harrison and Johnny Mathers, who accepted a “sizeable offer” from Mr and Mrs Giumelli after stylish victories over 200m at Otago and 2200m at Invercargill in January 2019. They were the filly’s first two appearances as a three-year-old after she had had eight starts as a two-year-old without a win and for a second and two thirds. Her final run as a two-year-old was a strong indication of her undoubted ability when she finished second to Princess Tiffany in the $150,000 group 1 Diamond Classic at Cambridge.   No trouble for Chicago Bull Champion pacer Chicago Bull returned to his best form with a vengeance at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he overcame a wide draw at barrier eight and surged home from the rear to win the 2536m Vale Gavin Lang Free-For-All. Favourite at $1.50, Chicago Bull was driven patiently by Gary Hall jnr, who was content to settled the seven-year-old in last position in the field of ten as noted frontrunner Talktomeumattjesty set the pace with Im Soxy next on the pegs and followed along the inside by Im Full of Excuses and Dreamy Night, leaving El Jacko racing without cover in fifth place. Chicago Bull moved to eighth with a lap to travel before surging forward, four wide at the 400m and hitting the front 150m later. With final quarters of 28.3sec. and 28.4sec., Chicago Bull won by just under a length from Im Full of Excuses, with Vultan Tin rattling home from last at the bell to finish third. Watch the race click here. Chicago Bull, who rated 1.56.5, now has won 45 races and been placed 19 times from 70 starts for earnings of $1,773,632.   Mighty Ronaldo has Pearl in his sights Stylish colt Mighty Ronaldo enhanced his prospects of winning the rich Pearl Classic on June 12 when he set the pace and romped home an easy winner over the talented Lavra Joe in the 2130m Vision Produce Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The win completed a treble for star reinsman Gary Hall jnr who had been successful earlier on the program with Chicago Bull and Semiramide. Mighty Ronaldo, prepared at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, started from the prized No. 1 barrier and justified his favouritism at $1.60 with his effortless triumph. Purchased for $22,000 at the APG yearling sale in WA, the Alta Christiano colt has now earned $25,399 from two wins and a second placing from four starts. He is the third foal and the first winner out of Bettor’s Delight mare Millwoods Delight, who raced 47 times for six wins, nine placings and $49,648 in stakes. Four of her wins were in WA. Mighty Ronaldo set a dawdling early pace with a slow lead time of 40.1sec. and an opening quarter in 31.4sec. He showed his class by sprinting over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 28sec. Lavra Joe, who started from the outside barrier in the field of seven, lost few admirers. Chris Lewis sent him forward, three wide, in the early stages and he raced in the breeze before fighting on doggedly to just hold out the fast-finishing Robbie Rocket, who flashed home along the inside after racing three back on the pegs and being blocked for a clear passage until the final stages.   Barriers make a big difference Art Tutor started a rank outsider at $126 and at $51 when unplaced at his two runs leading into Friday night’s Budget Stockfeeds Pace at Gloucester Park when he was all the rage from the prized No. 1 barrier. And the five-year-old Victorian-bred stallion did not let his supporters down when, as the $2.70 favourite (and at $3.10 on the fixed odds market), he set the pace and held on to win by a half-length from Roll With Me, who trailed the pacemaker before battling on doggedly. Art Tutor also appreciated a drop in class after he had started from barrier nine a fortnight earlier and finished tenth behind Papinik and then, from the No. 5 barrier the previous Friday night, he finished fourth behind The Buckeye Bullet. His frontrunning display on Friday night was virtually a carbon copy of his effort as a $2.10 favourite four starts earlier, at his first appearance for trainer-reinsman Aldo Cortopassi, when he began from the No. 1 barrier and was untroubled to set the pace and win easily from Smart Fortune.   On Friday night Art Tutor was beaten out by Cavalry Call (from barrier three), but that pacer was unable to cross to the front as Cortopassi kicked through on the inside to assume control. Art Tutor, who dashed over the final 800m in 57sec., has raced 80 times for nine wins, 24 placings and $81,415, won once from 15 starts in Victoria (at Shepparton as a three-year-old in September 2017) before arriving in Western Australia. He is the seventh and last foal out of Atomic Fusion, who also produced handy performers in Giggling Girl (15 wins and $136,219), Ay Tee Em (13 wins and $117,865) and The Fat Man (13 wins and $80,845).   Johnson scores with Bletchley Park Young reinsman Mark Johnson celebrated his first drive behind smart Victorian-bred four-year-old Bletchley Park by landing the stallion a decisive winner of the 2130m Larkhill Vets Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bletchley Park, third favourite at $4, impressed in finishing powerfully from eighth at the bell to burst to the front 100m from the post and score by just over a length from Valbonne, rating 1.56.9. Valbonne ($12) ran home powerfully from tenth at the bell to give prominent owner Albert Walmsley a quinella result. It also gave Bunbury trainer Stephen Reed the first of two winners from two starters on Friday night. He was also successful with the promising Walmsley-owned Lord Roscoe, who was driven by Aimee-Lee Wood to a dashing all-the-way victory at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park. Bletchley Park has had 29 starts for 12 wins, ten placings and $197,345. By American Ideal, Bletchley Park is out of the Caprock mare Alldatglittersisgold, a dam of eight winners of 119 races, including star performers Baby Bling and Bling It On. Baby Bling raced 55 times for 21 wins, ten placings and $854,490 in stakes. Her major group 1 successes were in a Mares Classic at Gloucester Park, the 2011 Australian Oaks at Melton and the 2013 Miracle Mile at Menangle. Bling It On amassed $1,833,597 in prizemoney from 48 wins and 20 placings from 95 starts. Marquisard, an easy all-the-way winner of 2130m the previous week, was favourite at $1.95 from the No. 1 barrier. After a modest lead time of 38sec., Marquisard set a solid pace before wilting in the home straight to finish third. Another last-start winner in Pradas Ideal Dahling was second favourite at $3.90, but he disappointed in fading to last after racing without cover throughout.   Saleahs Comand makes a flying start Maddison Brown stole a march on her ten rivals in the 1730m Insure With PSC Bloodstock Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when she got $29.90 outsider Saleahs Comand away to a flying start. Most punters considered that the polemarker Ideal Investment ($2.80) would set the pace and prove hard to beat, with Soho Thunderstruck ($1.85) expected to fight out the finish. However, Brown urged Saleahs Comand forward from the outside barrier (No. 9) and the experienced seven-year-old gelding revealed dazzling early speed to burst past Ideal Investment and into the lead after about 75m. Saleahs Comand relished his pacemaking role, with ideal Investment enjoying a perfect trail behind the frontrunner and Soho Thunderstruck forced to work in the breeze. Saleahs Comand, trained and part-owned by Sue Wiscombe, dashed over the final 400m sections in 28.5sec. and 28.7sec. and won by 2m from Dominate The Dojo ($21), who ran on after enjoying the one-out, one-back trail. Ideal Investment was a head Away in third place, with Bettor Be Oscar (a winner at his three previous outings) catching the eye with a fast-finishing burst, out four wide, to be fourth after racing in ninth position. Saleahs Comand, who had led from barrier one and scrambled to a half-head victory over 2130m two starts earlier, now has raced 82 times for 13 wins and 23 placings for earnings of $118,144.   A successful combination Up-and-coming star reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green has formed a wonderful and successful association with six-year-old Our Perkins and he chalked up his eighth win behind the WA-bred gelding when he guided him to an all-the-way victory in the 2130m Ramsays Horse Transport Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This ended a losing sequence of nine.     Our Perkins, favourite at $1.70 and trained at Byford by part-owner Karen Thompson, jumped straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier and he was rated perfectly by Egerton-Green on his way to scoring by just over a length from Attack On Command, who enjoyed an ideal passage behind the leader. A Boy Named Rosie, unplaced at his previous eight starts, finished solidly from tenth at the bell to be third, just ahead of Destined To Rule. Our Perkins has been a handy performer and now has earned $79,224 from ten wins and 14 placings from 58 starts. By American stallion Rocknroll Hanover, Our Perkins is the second foal out of the unraced Grinfromeartoear mare Foxy Cleo. Foxy Cleo’s dam Shes Our Angel won four times from 28 starts in Victoria in the early 1990s before being sent to the stud where she has produced ten winners, including Sky Tower, who had 234 starts for 36 wins (34 in Tasmania and two in South Australia) and 74 placings, and Nightn Georgie, who won 11 times from 27 starts in Victoria before her final four runs were unplaced efforts in WA in 2002.   Runaway Three’s claim to fame New Zealand-bred gelding Runaway Three has been a handy performer whose main aim to fame is that he is closely related to former start American pacer Beach Towel. Runaway Three is by the Canadian-bred super sire Mach Three and is out of American broodmare No Paba, whose dam Sunburn also produced Beach Towel, who shone in America in the early 1990s when  he amassed $2,570,357 from 29 wins and five placings from just 36 starts. Runaway Three, trained and driven by Corey Peterson, is also a half-brother to Nearea Franco, a smart mare who had 34 starts for 11 wins, 11 placings and $440,875 in stakes. At Gloucester Park on Friday night Runaway Three was favourite at $3.10 from the No. 4 barrier in the 2130m Milne Feeds Made For WA Pace, in which the polemarker McArdles Gem was second fancy at $3.20. McArdles Gem led for the first 220m and then Brett Smith was content to take the sit behind Runaway Three. After a slow lead time of 38.6sec. and a dawdling first quarter of the final mile in 32.6sec. Gary Hall jnr sent Our Rhythm N Blues forward to assume the position in the breeze. Our Rhythm N Blues got on terms with Runaway Three approaching the home turn, but Runaway Three carried too many guns and forged clear in the home straight to beat Our Rhythm N Blues by just under a length, rating a modest 1.58.5. Walsh, who started from the inside of the back line, raced three back on the pegs before moving into the one-wide line at the bell. He finished solidly into third place. Runaway Three has raced 75 times for 16 wins, 16 placings and stakes of $137,481.   Brown’s Dream Double Maddison Brown left Gloucester Park on Friday night with a perfect record --- two drives for two wins. After winning race seven with outsider Saleahs Comand, she was successful with $2.30 favourite Advance Your Dream in race nine, the Double Your Dollars With A Star Allwood Stud Stallion Pace. Advance Your Dream, a promising three-year-old filly, completed a double for champion trainer Gary Hall snr, who was successful earlier in the night with Chicago Bull. Brown got Advance Your Dream away speedily from the No. 4 barrier and the filly was always in complete control, dictating terms in front and coasting to a 7m victory over $41 outsider Our Star Carly, with Blue Chip Adda ($3.30) a well-beaten third. Advance Your Dream dawdled through the lead time in 40.2sec. and followed with very comfortable opening quarters of 33.3sec. and 31.1sec. before sprinting over the final 400m sections in 27.9sec. and 27.8sec. The winner is by Advance Attack and is a half-sister to the hardy nine-year-old Tanaka Eagle, a veteran of 281 starts for 24 wins, 47 placings and $259,713 in prizemoney. Tanaka Eagle ended a losing sequence of 71 when he was successful at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. Advance Your Dream has had 20 starts for three wins, seven placings and $39,962.   It’s Semiramide again Five-year-old mare Semiramide, who ended a 12-month drought and broke a losing sequence of 23 with an all-the-way victory in the Race For Roses last Friday week, repeated the dose with another frontrunning victory in the 2096m Fresh Express Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This gave the New Zealand-bred pacer a perfect record in stands --- two appearances in the space of eight days for two wins. Semiramide, trained by Giles Inwood and driven by Gary Hall jnr, was second favourite at $3.80 from the inside of the front line. She jumped straight into the lead but had to withstand a spirited challenge for the lead over the first 300m from $61 outsider Allwood Peacemaker. Punters groaned when $2.50 favourite The Bird Dance galloped from the back mark of 20m and settled down several lengths behind Semiramide. Newcomer Divinia Bellezza, a stablemate of The Bird Dance, galloped badly and lost about six lengths. Dylan Egerton-Green sent Divinia Bellezza forward and into the breeze after a lap. The mare was fighting on doggedly in fourth position on the home turn when she was checked and broke. The Bird Dance started a three-wide move from the rear approaching the bell and put in an outstanding performance to finish a close-up fourth.   Semiramide now has had 57 starts for eight wins, 16 placings and $72,870 in prizemoney.   Ken Casellas

Ahead of tonight’s WASBA-Breeders Stakes meeting at Gloucester Park, get the last word from all the key players. Race 6 is the running of the feature event, taken out by Our Alfie Romeo last year, pictured above. RACE 1 – BUDGET STOCKFEEDS PACE 1.Aldo Cortopassi (Art Tutor): “We’ll be doing our best to hold up. He doesn’t fly off the gate but he does muster speed. If he holds up he will be hard to run down.” 2.Gary Hall Jnr (Antero): “Place chance. His form is better than it suggests.” 3.Peter Tilbrook (Cavalry Call): “Going well. Needs luck from the barrier three to get into a nice spot.” 5.Corey Peterson (One For Dave Andme): “Expect him to go well. Probably look to slot in and drive him with one run.” 9.Peter Tilbrook (Seven Demerits): “Wait for him to get a better draw.” 12.Aiden De Campo (Just Barney): “Been unlucky with the draws in town. I’m happy with the horse at home. He’s probably more of a place chance.”   RACE 2 – RAMSAYS HORSE TRANSPORT PACE 1.Deni Roberts (Destined To Rule): “He has no gate speed. So hopefully we can get the sit on Our Perkins as he should go well in front. He’s a much better horse sat up. Hoping for improvement as he isn’t 100 per cent fit. Monday’s run helped.” 2.Dylan Egerton-Green (Our Perkins): “Racing well with no luck. Showed more form last start. He will probably find the front. I’ll be driving for the front.” 3.Aiden De Campo (Attack On Command): “I thought his last start was the best since I’ve driven him. He meets a field where he’s probably going to get a nice trip. He’s a good top four chance.” 5.Gary Hall Jnr (Tuas Delight): “He’s a rough chance.” 12. Aldo Cortopassi (Sarge): “Place chance at best. Go to try and get a soft trip.”   RACE 3 – MILNE FEEDS MADE FOR WA PACE 1.Brett Smith (Mcardles Gem): “We will lead early and not be handing up to Tanaka Eagle.” 2.Peter Tilbrook (Tanaka Eagle): “I’ll be trying to lead. Mcardles Gem normally likes to sit.” 3.Michael Grantham (Oneonthewood): “I can’t use him off the gate. I’ll be looking to go back and slot in. If he puts in a half like at he did at Pinjarra he will be hard to hold out.” 4.Corey Peterson (Runaway Three): “He should go well. I’ll push forward looking for the top. If not I’ll sit in the breeze.” 10.Aiden De Campo (Walsh): “He’s going really well. It’s a really good draw for him. Whether we’re leaders back or three back on the rails it’s a really good spot. Hopefully he can get clear at the right time and I’m confident the way he’s going he’ll run a really nice race.”   RACE 4 – LARKHILL VETS PACE 1.Aldo Cortopassi (Marquisard): “I had the choice of driving the one, two and three. He got off the gate sharply last week. I thought he might be even sharper than last week. He ran 1.56 and it felt like he might have a bit left.” 3.Dylan Egerton-Green (Pradas Ideal Dahling): “Looks like he will have to do it tough outside the leader again.” 4.Gary Hall Jnr (Extreme Prince): “He’s millions.” 6.Michael Grantham (Valbonne): “He’s going well. His last start was strong. He will slot back and get a spot.” 7. Mike Reed (All The Whispers): “We will take the shortcuts and hope for the best.”   RACE 5 – VALE GAVIN LANG PACE 3.Aldo Cortopassi (Dreamy Nights): “Going to grab hold of him at the start. It’s a good chance to drive him with a sit.” 4.Greg Bond (El Jacko): “Had to get going three deep last week. He felt the pinch late.” 6. Mike Reed (Golden State): “His runs have been great except last start. We’ll go back and try and get to the fence and take shortcuts. He’s a great place chance.” 7.Dylan Egerton-Green (Vultan Tin): “Hope to sit him up. Hoping then the race is run to suit.” 8.Gary Hall Jnr (Chicago Bull): “Should win. It was a bad drive last week.” 9.Greg Bond (Our Jimmy Johnstone): “He will be driven quietly early. He might be able to get the trail on Bully.”   RACE 6 – WASBA BREEDERS STAKES 1.Aiden De Campo (Delightfulreaction): “She’s unproven against the class. She was really good last week. She’s a mare that’s always gone well in bigger race where they’ve run it genuinely. She’ll be taking a trail. On what horse? We aren’t sure yet.” 2.Mike Reed (Arma Indie): “She had one soft trial. The last place we wanted to be (first-up) was in the breeze. Her go is either leading or sitting up. Her work was good (on Wednesday). She’s still big in condition but each run she will get better and better. She has got good gate speed. If we did cross we’d definitely keep it.” 9. Justin Prentice (Dracarys): “I think she’ll struggle from the draw. I thought she was due for a decent draw and a bit of luck. She will be driven her normal way. Hopefully it’s run upside down.” 10.Gary Hall Jnr (Balcatherine): “She’s a good each-way chance.” 11. Justin Prentice (Has No Fear): “Was a good run last start. She sat three fence which is ideal for her. She’s not going to get that tonight.”   RACE 7 – INSURE WITH PSC BLOODSTOCK SERVICES PACE 1.Deni Roberts (Ideal Investment): “He has to lead. If he gets crossed he can’t win. He should go close if he leads. It’s a step up in grade but I can’t rule him out in front over a short trip.” 2.Dylan Egerton-Green (Major Shard): “Hopefully hold a spot. He should use his speed over the final stages.” 3.Kim Prentice (Soho Thunderstruck): “Saleahs Command may cross. I’ve held out Bettor Be Oscar before. I don’t think I can cross the one. We have to come out and hold the outside horses.” 8.Aiden De Campo (Bettor Be Oscar): “Horse is racing well. I’m struggling to figure out how he’s going to get into the race. It seems the one will lead and the three will sit in the breeze. I think he will struggle to get in the race. We will need things to go his way.”   RACE 8 – FRESH EXPRESS STANDING START 1.Gary Hall Jnr (Semiramide): “She’s a chance again but she’s a quarter of the odds.” 2.Michael Grantham (Countess Grace): “Hoping she can step over the short course. When she’s been sat up she’s been flying through the field. If she leads we will definitely hold up. If I lead I can definitely beat The Bird Dance.” 3.Greg Bond (Divinia Bellezza): “Working well at home. In the short course stand hoping she can step away well. We will be a lot wiser after the race.” 9.Peter Tilbrook (Vivere Damore): “She’s worked on a treat. She should go close. Last week she was better than what on paper suggests. Normally at a stand she steps well but we just stepped a bit too quick last week. If she gets away well and lobs handy she’s a good chance.” 10.Greg Bond (The Bird Dance): “He’s the one to beat. Pulled up well from Monday. He should be in the firing line.”   RACE 9 – DOUBLE YOUR DOLLARS WITH A STAR ALLWOOD STUD STALLION 3YO FILLIES PACE 3.Kim Prentice (Soho Major Player): “Going okay. She will go back and take short cuts.” 5.Gary Hall Jnr (Suing You): “Gets her chance to return to form.” 6.Kim Prentice (Soho Whisper): “She’s the better chance but drawn the worst. We need some mid race pressure.” 7.Aiden De Campo (Blue Chip Adda): “She’s a filly that’s got one trick. She’s best sat up for the first 600m. I can’t really use her early. We’ll be relying on speed from other horses. We have to go back from the draw. If the race is run to suit I’m sure she’ll be there abouts.”   RACE 10 – VISION PRODUCE 2YO PACE 1.Gary Hall Jnr (Mighty Ronaldo): “He will take plenty of beating from the draw. It’s a very good field of babies.” 2. Justin Prentice (Adda Something): “He disappointed me a little bit last start. He’s really green.  He needs more education. He looks like he’ll drop on the back of Mighty Ronaldo.” 5.Michael Grantham (Seeryanfly): “I drove him last start and was happy with him. He’s very quick. I think I’ll slot back here and they might go in Indian file.”   Tim Walker

Five-year-old mare Divinia Bellezza has won at only five of her 48 starts in New Zealand, but she has excellent prospects of making a successful Australian harness racing debut when she starts from barrier No. 3 on the front line in the Fresh Express Handicap, a stand over 2096m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Divinia Bellezza arrived in Western Australia a month ago and is prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond. She is an experienced standing-start performer, having had six starts in a stand for third placings over 2000m and 2700m. Her latest appearance in a stand was 22 starts ago when she began smartly off the 15m mark in a 2000m event at Addington on December 21, 2018, raced in seventh position in an Indian file affair and finished a well-beaten sixth behind Kendra, who dashed over the final 800m in 56.1sec. At her final appearance in New Zealand Divinia Bellezza scored an impressive victory in a 2500m mobile event at Manawatu on February 13 this year. From the No. 2 barrier she burst to the front after 50m and 450m later took the sit behind Play Ball. She was fifth on the home turn before using the sprint lane to take the lead 120m from the post on her way to winning easily by more than a length from Benjamin Button, rating a modest 2.3.3 But a true indication of her ability was demonstrated ten starts ago when she finished second to the $1.10 favourite Ella Mac in the $150,000 group 1 Diamond Classic for four-year-old mares over 1980m at Addington on June 1 last year. She started from barrier two on the back line and was 11TH at the bell before sustaining a strong finishing burst. Among her five wins in mobiles, Divinia Bellezza was successful in 1.54.2 over 1609m at Winton in February 2019. By American Ideal, Divinia Bellezza is the first foal out of Courage Under Fire mare Siena Franco, who won once from seven starts in New Zealand before racing 64 times in WA for ten wins and 15 placings. Siena Franco failed at her WA debut, setting the pace before fading to last behind Rebecca Amy at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park track in November 2010 before winning at her next appearance, at Gloucester Park the following February when she was backed from 12/1 to 6/1, made all the running and defeated the outstanding three-year-old filly and 3/1 on favourite Artemis Belle by just over a length. Divinia Bellezza will be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green and her toughest opponent on Friday night looms large as stablemate The Bird Dance, the lone backmarker off 20m who will be handled by the Bond camp’s No. 1 driver Ryan Warwick. The Bird Dance, a talented New Zealand-bred four-year-old, is in superb form and he gave a tremendous performance to win a 2631m stand at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. He was last in a field of ten in the middle stages before Warwick set him alight with a sparkling three-wide burst approaching the bell. This carried him to the front 850m from home and he went on to win effortlessly at a 1.57.9 rate from Rum Delight and Destined To Rule. The Bird Dance has won at ten of his 13 WA starts after two wins from five starts in New Zealand. He is destined for big things in the next few years. His victory at Pinjarra on Monday completed a magnificent afternoon for the 41-year-old Warwick, who had five drives for five victories on the program, also scoring with Jett Star, Rocko Fitz, Missplay and Parmesan. This followed Warwick’s three drives for three wins behind Weewah, Poisedtopounce and Nikasa at Bunbury on Saturday night. Then, at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening, Warwick’s first drive resulted in a runaway, all-the-way victory with Flying Mister Ideal to give him a record-breaking nine wins from nine consecutive drives. His unbroken sequence of wins ended when $126 rank outsider Impressive Signs finished last in a field of 12 in the following event. Warwick’s next and final drive at the meeting saw him drive aggressively to land Weewah a smart winner over the hot favourite Caveman in the last race of the day. Warwick’s purple patch of nine straight victories is a West Australian and Australian record. The previous WA record of six wins from six consecutive drives was held by Phil Coulson, Darren Kerr, Gary Hall Jnr and Warwick. Coulson notched his six wins in a row over two meetings at Gloucester Park in 1978, Kerr performed the feat over four meetings just over a decade ago, Hall’s six wins from consecutive drives was achieved at Gloucester Park when he scored with Libra Belle, Remember El, Soho Valencia, Go West U Terror, Im Themightyquinn and Tosti Boy on October 27, 2012, and, quite remarkably it was on October 27 last year when Warwick won all six races at Kellerberrin (with Our Bon Cheval, Weewah, American Colt, Batavia Blackhole, Taroona Bromac and The Bird Dance.      Ken Casellas

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are in agreement on their best bets on a couple of pacers going around at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Karen Thompson-trained Our Perkins is popular as a star bet on the 10-event card with TABradio’s Hayden King and Matt Young, as well as Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart. “Our Perkins should shoot straight to the front and will take all the beating,” King said. ”He has a slow beginner drawn to his inside and is busting to win one.” Young agrees. “Our Perkins has come up with the perfect draw,” Young said. “He is an excellent frontrunner and looks set to lead throughout.“ Wishart also is keen on Our Perkins. “My best bet comes up in race two in No. 2 Our Perkins,” Wishart said. ”Looks well placed here from the low draw after a good effort last start. Should lead and be too good.” Guild president Wayne Currall and longshot guru Pat Harding believe Soho Thunderstruck is poised to return to winning form in race seven over the sprint trip. “Soho Thunderstruck has been consistent without winning lately,” Currall said. “The last time he started over the 1730m at the ribbon of light he finished a gallant second behind My Carbon Copy in a slick 1:54.6. They sprinted their last 800m in 55.7 with Soho Thunderstruck doing it tough in the breeze. He’ll most likely have to breeze again in this race outside of likely leader Ideal Investment, but I think he could prove too tough over the concluding stages.” Harding is in agreement. “Another fascinating night of racing coming up at GP this Friday,” Harding said. “Certainly form has gone out the window in recent meetings, but hopefully some of the favoured horses should come home. My best bet of the night comes up in race seven with No. 3 Soho Thunderstruck. I think this Kim Prentice-trained horse is due for another win and is ideally placed over the 1730m journey.“ The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on The Bird Dance in the night’s standing start event. “The Bird Dance, a winner at 12 of 18 starts, has shown quality and can be expected to begin safely from a stand,” Manning said. “The New Zealand import clearly won a standing start event from the 30m line at Pinjarra last Monday and looks back to the form he showed in wins at each of his first eight WA starts. He looks another strong prospect for co-trainers Greg and Skye Bond.“ Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas believes Pradas Ideal Dahling can make it back-to-back wins. “Pradas Ideal Dahling has resumed after a spell in wonderful form and Dylan Egerton-Green should celebrate his first drive behind the seven-year-old by guiding him to victory in the Larkhill Vets Pace on Friday night,” Casellas said. “The Wayne Justins-trained gelding is my best bet. He was not extended in winning easily last Friday night after racing wide early and then without cover.” However, The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft disagrees with Casellas and has made polemarker and last-start winner Marquisard his best bet in the same race. “Marquisard loves it in front and is drawn to repeat his success from last Friday,” Havercroft said. “You wont get any of the juicy $8.50 from last week here, but he is drawn to lead and they couldn't get past him last week.” VALUE BETS HAYDEN: Balcatherine has been touted as an $8 elect in the predicted prices, which seems ludicrous. She is drawn behind the likely leader and has been in outstanding touch. She shan't miss a place and will be hard to beat. MATT: Captain Proud hasn’t been racing badly, lovely draw to follow the speed and could be dangerous late with luck. WARREN: I’m expecting big improvement from Typhoon Tiff in race six. I’m expecting her to utilise her gate speed and shoot to the top. As we saw first-up, she is hard to beat when she leads and the $5.50 on the fixed odds is good value. WAYNE: Walsh relishes the role of sniper and he gets the chance to play that part behind likely leader McCardles Gem in race three. Looks each-way all day from inside of the backline. PAT: My value bet comes up in race three with No. 5 Jack William. He’s been placed in three out of five races and I believe is poised to win over the 2130m journey. ERNIE: Dominate The Dojo has not won in his past 21 starts, but he looks close to more city victories. He has been placed in four his past seven races and last Friday night ran fourth at Gloucester Park. KEN: For value, I suggest Art Tudor from barrier one in  race one. He drew No. 1 when a very easy all-the-way winner four starts ago. All he needs to do this week is hold out Antero in the early stages, with that pacer also possessing excellent gate speed. RYAN: Lavra Joe, at an indicative price of $5.00, represents value for the State’s in-form two-year-old. Drawn tough but he loves his work, usually from the breeze position and he can win from there again. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting from home.   Wayne Currall

Four-year-old Balcatherine, the least experienced runner in the $40,000 WASBA Breeders Stakes at Gloucester Park on Friday night, has sound prospects of notching her fifth harness racing win at her tenth start after drawing the inside of the back line. This draw is certainly not ideal, but it should ensure that she does not have to work as hard as she has at her past two outings that have produced excellent seconds to Millwood Molly and The Buckeye Bullet. Two starts ago Balcatherine began from the No. 2 barrier on the back line and raced three wide before getting to the breeze after 550m and then obtaining a favourable passage in the one-out, one-back position and then running home with great determination to finish second to Millwood Molly. Then, last Friday night she started out wide at barrier seven and Gary Hall jnr dashed her forward in the early stages to work hard in the breeze outside The Buckeye Bullet for more than two laps before finishing second to that smart pacer over 2536m when the final quarters whizzed by in 27.7sec. and 27.6sec. With a softer run this week Balcatherine should be able to unleash a powerful finishing burst and give champion trainer Gary Hall snr his third victory in the WASBA Breeders Stakes, after wins with The Alchemist in 2014 and Ideal Alice in 2016. Friday night’s field is extremely even, with several mares having solid winning prospects. Astute Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed has strong winning prospects with four-year-old Arma Indie, who has drawn ideally at barrier two on the front line in the 2130m event. He has also won the race twice, scoring with Libertybelle Midfrew in 2015 and Maczaffair in 2018. Arma Indie, to be handled by Shannon Suvaljko, started from 10m in the Race For Roses last week and raced in the breeze for much of the way before wilting to sixth behind Semiramide. She is a good frontrunner and has sound prospects of leading this week, particularly as Delightfulreaction has drawn the No. 1 barrier. Delightfulreaction has started from barrier one four times --- over 2130m at Gloucester Park in June 2018 when she sat behind the pacemaker and finished a nose second to Soho Interceptor, over 1684m at Pinjarra in January 2019 when she sat behind the leader and finished sixth behind Typhoon Tiff, over 2569m at Bunbury in April 2019 when she led and finished fourth behind My Prayer, over 2185m at Pinjarra in August 2019 when she raced three back on the pegs and finished fourth behind Ana Afreet. Delightfulreaction is one of two runners for Capel trainer Aiden de Campo, with Millwood Molly from barrier six also a winning prospect after two wins and a second placing at her past three starts, including a smart all-the-way victory over Balcatherine last Friday week. Delightfulreaction raced four back on the pegs in an Indian file formation in last week’s Race For Roses in which she was eased off the pegs with 750m to travel and got to the front 130m from home before being overhauled in the final stride by Semiramide. Another four-year-old, Typhoon Tiff, will start from barrier five and is well worth considering at her third appearance after a spell. She was a first-up winner on April 9 when she set the pace and beat Millwood Molly and Pick My Pocket. Her trainer-driver Colin Brown has won the WASBA Stakes with Sand Pebbles (2004), Montel (2008) and Little Big Sister (2010). Champion reinsman Chris Lewis has won this event five times with Tareena Bright (1985), Armbro Lucy (1993), Twinkle Paige (1997), Meggie Dear (2001) and Sheer Rocknroll (2017). He will drive the Annie Belton-trained Gotta Go Gabbana, who faces a stern test from out wide at barrier eight.   Ken Casellas

Promising young reinsman Mark Johnson will be looking forward keenly to his opportunity to drive talented, in-form pacers Bletchley Park and Bettor Be Oscar at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bunbury harness racing trainer Stephen Reed will use Johnson’s concession to enable four-year-old Bletchley Park to contest the Larkhill Vets Pace over 2130m in which he is awkwardly drawn at barrier No. 5 on the front line. Bletchley Park continues to race in grand form and boasts a splendid record of 28 starts for 11 wins, eight seconds and two thirds. He started from barrier six in a 2130m event last Friday night when he raced in seventh position, started a three-wide move 550m from home and ran home strongly, out five wide, to finish third behind Always An Honour and Talkerup. That was Bletchley Park’s first outing since he sat behind the pacemaker Shockwave and finished an excellent second to that star pacer in the group 2 Four And Five-Year-Old Championship on March 13. Bletchley Park will need to be at his top to beat smart pacers Marquisard, Lightning Jolt and Pradas Ideal Dahling, who have drawn inside of him. The Craig Abercromby-trained Marquisard will have many admirers after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. The five-year-old is a good frontrunner who ended a losing sequence of 15 when he led from barrier three and won from Brookies Jet and Tanaka Eagle at a 1.56.7 rate last Friday night. Pradas Ideal Dahling, trained in Collie by Wayne Justins, is in splendid form and should take a power of beating. He revealed grand fighting qualities last Friday night when he worked hard in the breeze before winning from Our Rhythm N Blues. He will be driven for the first time by Dylan Egerton-Green. Bettor Be Oscar, trained and driven by Aiden de Campo, has won in excellent style at his past three starts (twice over 2130m and over 2536m last Friday night). De Campo will use the 23-year-old Johnson’s concession to enable him to contest the 1730m Insure With PSC Bloodstock Services Pace this week. De Campo has driven Bettor Be Oscar at 42 of his 45 starts for 13 wins and 20 placings. Johnson’s only drive behind the four-year-old was when he was a $34 chance from barrier eight and finished eighth behind Eloquent Mach at Gloucester Park on February 12 last year. Johnson, whose first metro-class winner at Gloucester Park was with the brilliant Handsnwheels in July 2018, was born in New South Wales and brought up in Wollongong before the family relocated to Hamilton in New Zealand in 2007. It was in New Zealand that he developed a love of harness racing and he drove 17 winners there from 2014 drives before arriving in Western Australia two years ago. A highlight of his career was a winning treble at Manawatu in May 2017.   Ken Casellas

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has driven two-year-olds Adda Something and Machnificent to victory last month, but he has given harness racing punters a valuable lead by choosing to drive Mighty Ronaldo in the Vision Produce Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Mighty Ronaldo has been freshened up by Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice since he drove the Alta Christiano colt to an easy all-the-way victory over 1730m at Gloucester Park on March 20. That victory over Soho Gigolo was Mighty Ronaldo’s first win at his third race start. The Prentice-trained Adda Something will be handled for the first time by Dylan Egerton-Green and should be prominent from barrier two in the field of seven. Machnificent, prepared at Byford by Katja Warwick, has been driven by Hall in all his seven starts and three Byford trials. He led when he won from Star of Willoughby and Robbie Rocket over 1730m three starts ago. Colin Brown has been engaged to drive him from barrier six on Friday night. Mighty Ronaldo is a smart frontrunner and he has excellent prospects of leading and ending the highly-promising Lavra Joe’s winning sequence of three. Lavra Joe, trained at Greenbushes by Ray Jones and to be handled by Chris Lewis, has drawn the outside at barrier seven, but cannot be overlooked. He revealed great determination at Bunbury last Saturday night when he took the lead after 100m, set the pace and sprinted over the final quarters in 27.7sec. and 26.9sec. to beat Robbie Rocket by a half-head over 1609m in 1.56.5. Robbie Rocket trailed the pacemaker and he fought on powerfully along the sprint lane to just fail to beat Lavra Joe. Robbie Rocket, trained by Vicki Lea and to be driven by Shannon Suvaljko, is sure to stiff opposition to Mighty Ronaldo and Lavra Joe. A winner at two of his six starts, Robbie Rocket has the ability to overcome the slight disadvantage of the No. 4 barrier. Henley Brook trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams will be looking for another stout-hearted effort from Overjoyed, who will start from the No. 3 barrier. After a convincing all-the-way victory over Sugar Street at Pinjarra on debut on April 13, Overjoyed trailed the pacemaking Lavra Joe when second to Lavra Joe in the Champagne Classic last Friday week.   Ken Casellas

Driver Ryan Warwick has made a habit of leaving race meetings with a 100 per cent winning strike rate. He famously drove all six winners at a Kellerberrin meeting last October. He drove five winners from as many drives on the nine event card at Pinjarra today. Warwick drove Jett Star, Rocko Fitz, Missplay, Parmesan and The Bird Dance to success today in another fine display of driving. Perhaps the best of the wins was that of two-year-old Jett Star in the Ausmic Pest Control Pace (2185m). Jett Star spent much of the final mile in the breeze outside American Bulitt, who was considered the main danger to the colt. When Warwick called upon the Bettors Delight youngster he careered away to a dominant 8.8m win on debut. Warwick scored his first win behind the Frank Fitzpatrick-trained Rocko Fitz in the Pinjarra Traders Westbred Entires and Geldings Pace (2185m), while Missplay made it two consecutive Monday victories in the Tint A Car Mandurah Pace (2185m). Parmesan took his impressive record to six wins from nine starts in the Woodlands Stud Pace (2185m). There were a few anxious moments for the $1.14 favourite as The Watch Maker loomed up ominously in the home straight but the gelding fought back to score by 1.6m. The Bird Dance rounded out the perfect day for Warwick in the Australian Premium Feeds Pace (2631m) with a comfortable 5.3m win. The gelding started off 30m in the standing start event and worked his way to the front as the field got the bell. Rum Delight tried to run down the four-year-old but he never looked any threat to spoiling Warwick’s unbeaten afternoon.   Tim Walker

Egerton-Green in elite company Sports Package, making only her third appearance at Gloucester Park, maintained breeder-owner-trainer Terry Ferguson’s happy knack of scoring upset wins in close finishes with outsiders when Dylan Egerton-Green drove Sports Package to victory in the $120,000 WA Oaks on Friday night. Ferguson’s previous group 1 success was with $27.70 roughie Cimorene (a full-sister to Sports Package) who beat the $1.10 favourite Miss Sangrial by a shorty half-head in the $100,000 Diamond Classic in June 2017. Sports Package, an $18.40 chance from the prized No. 1 barrier, finished fast to snatch victory by a half-neck from the $1.50 favourite Double Expresso to elevate Egerton-Green into elite company. A month earlier Egerton-Green brought $7.50 chance Patronus Star home with a well-timed burst to win the WA Derby, and now he becomes just the fourth reinsman in the 53-year history of the Oaks to win the Derby-Oaks double in the same year. The feat has also been achieved by Rod Chambers with Whitbys Miss Penny winning both feature events for three-year-olds in 1991, Chris Lewis scoring with In The Force (Derby) and Sheer Royalty (Oaks) in 2009 and Gary Hall jnr winning with Beaudiene Boaz (Derby) and Major Reality (Oaks) in 2015. Sports Package went into Friday night’s classic with excellent credentials. At her previous outing she had run on to snatch a short half-head victory over Blue Chip Adda in the WA Country Oaks at Bunbury, and four starts before that she had scored at $81, beating My Sweet Deal by a short half-head at Gloucester Park.  My Sweet Deal was smartest into stride from the No. 2 barrier on Friday night and got a half-length in front of Sports Package but was unable to cross to the front. Double Expresso began speedily from barrier three before Chris Lewis was able to move her into the one-out, one-back position. About 300m after the start, Lewis took Double Expresso three wide, but Stuart McDonald kicked up in the breeze with My Sweet Deal, forcing Lewis to restrain and, fortunately, was able to regain the one-out, one-back position. Turning into the home straight after a lap Lewis dashed Double Expresso forward again, three wide, to wrest the lead from Sports Package at the winning post. Tiffany Rose then surged forward from eighth to assume the breeze position. Egerton-Green remained cool and calm when he was under lock and key down the back straight in the final circuit. Then he was able to ease off the pegs about 230m from home when Tiffany Rose began to wilt. Sports Package sprinted strongly and took the lead in the final couple of strides to win at a 1.56.9 rate to equal the race record recorded by Maczaffair in 2017. The final quarters were run in 28.4sec. and 28.9sec. Watch the race here. Intheskyrocket, who raced in seventh position on the pegs, finished fast along the inside to just deprive Star Fromthepalace third place. My Sweet Deal faded badly to finish a distant last. Sports Package, by American sire Sportswriter, now has earned $125,407 from seven wins and four placings from 15 starts. She was bred by the 70-year-old Ferguson from his Northern Luck mare Ultimate Package, who raced 45 times for five wins (three at Albany and one each at Kalgoorlie and Gloucester Park) for stakes of $29,216. Ultimate Package’s first foal Cimorene earned $117,191 from four wins and 11 placings from 38 starts, and her second foal Bettor Pack It (who set the pace and finished third behind Semiramide in the Race For Roses on Friday night, has had 53 starts for eight wins, 13 placings and $64,337 in prizemoney. Ultimate Package is out of Saabrina, a winner of six races, whose dam Soky’s Number produced 11 winners, including Saab (63 starts for 21 wins, 18 placings and $577,197), Talladega (18 wins and $411,680) and Saabella (17 wins and $205,745).   Semiramide ends losing run of 23 New Zealand-bred mare Semiramide celebrated her first appearance in a stand by scoring a narrow victory in the $24,000 Laurie Kennedy Race For Roses over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Her last-stride triumph by a short half-head over Delightfulreaction ended a 12-month drought and a losing sequence of 23. Driven patiently by Gary Hall jnr three back on the pegs in third place, Semiramide, an outsider at $23.20, finished fast to deprive the Aiden de Campo trained and driven Delightfulreaction ($6.50) of victory by a short half-head. Delightfulreaction, also having her first start in a stand, raced in fifth place on the pegs in an Indian file first half of the field before de Campo got the four-year-old off the pegs 750m from home. This gave Miss Sangrial, the 40m backmarker, an ideal trail. But Miss Sangrial failed to respond to the challenge and finished a disappointing tenth. Bettor Pack It ($14) set the pace and held on to finish third, with Delightfull an excellent fourth after galloping at the start and coming from ninth at the bell. Semiramide, named after an opera by Gioachino Rossini, was prepared by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen in New Zealand for nine starts for one win and three placings before being purchased by Peter Ensel. The mare is the second foal out of the Victorian-bred mare La Fenice, who was unplaced at four Victorian country starts as a two and three-year-old in 2008 and 2009 before being retired. Semiramide’s great granddam Tuapeka Star produced champion millionaire pacer Iraklis, who won at 22 of his 51 starts. Semiramide has had four trainers in WA for her six wins and 13 places from 47 starts in the State. On Friday night she was having her fifth start for Hopeland trainer Giles Inwood, who welcomed her into his stables just five weeks ago.   Iceenothink’s WA links South Australian-bred gelding Iceenothink, who caused a major upset at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he beat champion Chicago Bull in the Better Your Club With TABtouch Pace, has strong links with Western Australia. By champion sire Mach Three, Iceenothink’s dam Decethree Lombo was bred in WA and had her first two starts for unplaced efforts as a two-year-old at Gloucester Park early in 1996 before moving to Victoria where she had five starts before being retired. She won at her final two appearances in minor $3000 events in Albury. Iceenothink is the 14TH foal out of Decethree Lombo and has earned $206,323 from 17 wins and 17 placings from 56 starts. He won at nine of 18 starts in Victoria, was unplaced at one start in Queensland and now has raced 37 times for trainer Ross Olivieri in WA for eight wins and 11 placings.  Decethree Lombo has excelled as a broodmare and has produced 11 winners of 136 races, including her first foal, Lombo Skyrider, who had a remarkable 321 starts for 63 wins, 84 placings and $841,611 in stakes. Decethree Lombo is out of Misty Maiden, who had 37 starts for 12 wins, 11 placings and $245,449 as a two and three-year-old in 1990 and 1991-92. She was retired after winning the Australian Derby at Albion Park in July 1992 when she beat New Zealand colt Bonamax by a nose. Two starts before that Misty Maiden won the $250,000 El Dorado at Moonee Valley. She inherited much of her ability from her dam Smooth Gale, who won at 14 of her 45 starts. Iceenothink was a $10 chance from the No. 1 barrier on Friday night and, driven by Mitch Miller, she enjoyed a perfect passage behind the pacemaker Im Soxy. Chicago Bull, the $1.32 favourite from the outside barrier in the field of nine, was restrained to last before Gary Hall jnr sent him forward, three wide after about 550m to move outside the pacemaker Im Soxy 1200m from home. He took a narrow lead on the home turn but failed to withstand Iceenothink’s powerful finishing burst which took him to the front in the final couple of strides. The winning margin was a half-length and Iceenothink rated 1.55.7 after the final three quarters were run in 28.6sec., 28.4sec. and 27.8sec.   Double to Cortopassi In-form reinsman Aldo Cortopassi drove with supreme confidence to land Pradas Ideal Dahling an effortless winner in the 2130m TABtouch Giddy Up Premium Form Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This completed a double for Cortopassi, who had won the previous event, the Download The TABtouch App Today Pace, with the speedy Marquisard for West Swan trainer Craig Abercromby. Pradas Ideal Dahling, a seven-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding, trained in Collie by Wayne Justins, was a $4.60 chance from barrier six. Cortopassi sent the gelding forward from the start and was quite content to allow him to travel comfortably in the breeze while the $3.60 chance Folsom Prison set the pace with the $2.45 favourite Our Rhythm N Blues in the box seat, one-out and one-back. Pradas Ideal Dahling coasted to the front 260m from home and held on stoutly to beat Our Rhythm N Blues by just under a length at a 1.57 rate, with final quarters of 28.9sec. and 27.9sec. This was Pradas Ideal Dahling’s third run after a spell and he looks set for a profitable campaign. Marquisard was an $8.50 chance from barrier three in the previous event in which Cortopassi was able to get to the early lead, despite a spirited four-wide early effort from Sightseeing Anvil from the No. 4 barrier. Marquisard, a five-year-old gelding by Mach Three, carried too many guns for his rivals when he sprinted the final 800m in 56.8sec. and defeated the $3.30 favourite Brookies Jet by just over two lengths at a 1.56.7 rate. This ended a losing sequence of 14 by Marquisard, who now has raced 90 times for 15 wins and 13 placings.   Raksjameson makes it two from two Recent arrival Raksjameson, who arrived in WA from New Zealand just over a month ago, showed a touch of class when he notched his second win from two appearances in the State with a convincing all-the-way victory in the 2130m Off The Track WA Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. From barrier two, Raksjameson, the $2.40 favourite, was beaten for early pace by $9 chance Bee Jays Boy. But Gary Hall jnr was able to withstand the strong early challenge from Bee Jays Boy, who got three-quarters of a length in front but was unable to cross to the lead. Hall then was able to get Raksjameson to relax with a leisurely lead time of 38.1sec. and casual opening quarters of 32.6sec. and 31.6sec. before sprinting over the final 400m sections in 28.5sec. and 27sec. to win by 2m from stablemate Copy N Pace, who dashed forward in the first lap to work in the breeze. Raksjameson, who won easily at Pinjarra four days earlier, appears to have the ability to develop into a handy candidate for the rich four-year-old classics next season under the care of champion trainer Gary Hall snr. By American stallion Hes Watching, Raksjameson raced six times in New Zealand as a three-year-old for two seconds and one third placing.   Bee Seventeen shines for fifth trainer Baldivis trainer Cliff Woodworth is enjoying his experience of preparing five-year-old gelding Bee Seventeen, who produced a typical strong finishing burst to win the 2536m Better Your Industry With TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Woodworth is the fifth trainer to prepare the Mr Aviator pacer, who entered his stables mid last November and now has raced 19 times for him for three wins and four placings. From the No. 1 barrier on Friday night Bee Seventeen was second favourite at $3.60 who led early before Chris Voak opted to take the sit behind Valbonne after 120m. Valbonne bowled along in front, with the $3.20 favourite Eloquent Mach in the breeze. Bee Seventeen burst to the front with 55m to travel and won by a length from Valbonne, rating a smart 1.56.3, with Jack William fighting on to be a well-beaten third. Eloquent Mach, a star three-year-old last season, faded badly to finish ninth, more than ten lengths behind the winner. Bee Seventeen, whose dam Perform Some Magic was bred in WA, did all her racing in Victoria for eight wins and 22 placings for earnings of $36,708. Be Seventeen is related to smart WA mare Boobiana, who won many races in the 1970s. Bee Seventeen now has had 94 starts for 13 wins (eight at Gloucester Park) and 19 placings for earnings of $113,758.   The Buckeye Bullet overcomes problem Smart four-year-old The Buckeye Bullet overcame a gear malfunction before winning The Better Your Bet With TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The deafeners failed to release, but this did not prove to be a setback as the New Zealand-bred gelding coasted to a comfortable 5m victory over Balcatherine after sprinting the final 800m of the 2536mn event in 55.3sec. The Buckeye Bullet, driven by leading reinsman Ryan Warwick for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, was hot favourite at $1.30 who gave his backers no worries as he straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier and dictated the terms of the race. By American stallion Well Said, The Buckeye Bullet is the 14TH foal out of New Zealand-bred mare Titan Bloss, who won at five of her 21 starts. The Buckeye Bullet is a half-brother to Toulouse Lautrec, who won 20 races in Victoria and eight in South Australia in a career of 218 starts for 29 wins, 62 placings and $257,126 in stakes. The Buckeye Bullet won once (at Addington) from two starts in New Zealand and he now boats an imposing record in WA of 17 starts for nine wins and five placings.   Hall’s splendid record Champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr is forging quite an impressive association with the Justin Prentice-trained four-year-old Always An Honour. Hall set the pace with Always An Honour, the $2.70 favourite for the Community TAB Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when the gelding held on to win from the fast-finishing Talkerup and Bletchley Park at a 1.57.8 rate over 2130m. This took Hall’s record behind Always An Honour to 14 drives for nine wins and one third placing. It also took the mare’s record for the Solid Gold Standardbreds, managed by John Lohman, to 25 starts for 12 wins and four placings for earnings of $95,485. Always An Honour is the seventh foal out of the unraced Village Jasper mare She Annie, who also has produced Alleluia, who has had 187 starts for 35 wins, 61 placings and $582,082 in stakes. Alleluia, who finished seventh behind Gatecrasher at Menangle last Saturday, finished second to Bling It On in the Queensland Derby at Albion Park in July 2014 and was third behind Let It Ride in the group 1 Blacks A Fake Championship in July 2018.    Soldier Of Fortune, a full-brother to Alleluia and Always An Honour, notched his 17TH victory when he beat Blue Moon Rising in a Free-For-All at Albion Park on April 17 this year. A half-brother Kingsman had ten WA starts in 2018 for two Gloucester Park wins in $7000 events.   Bettor Be Oscar hat-trick Capel trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo has four-year-old Bettor Be Oscar firing in fine style and the WA-bred gelding completed a winning hat-trick when he scored a convincing victory over the fast-finishing pair of Machlani and Parisian Partygirl in the 2536m TABtouch Replays Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bettor Be Oscar ($3.40) began speedily from barrier six and burst to the front after 300m before bowling along in front and giving his rivals little chance when he sped over the third quarter of the final mile in 27.8sec. Sir Galahad ($3.60) raced wide early and then in the breeze before fighting on to finish fourth. Taroona Bromac (also a well-fancied $3.60 chance) finished fifth. From out wide at barrier eight Taroona Bromac raced in eighth place before starting a three-wide move at the bell which took him to third at the 500m mark. But he faded to finish fifth.   Ken Casellas

Ahead of tonight’s Gloucester Park meeting, get the thoughts of the key players in each of the 10 races. RACE 1 – Better Your Bet With TABtouch Pace 2.Greg Bond (The Buckeye Bullet): “He’s got a strong chance. He’s got the advantage over the better ones. Hope he can hold up and be hard to beat.” 3.Chris Voak (Roman Art): “Hoping something can pressure the favourite. He’s an each way chance.” 4.Shannon Suvaljko (Roll With Me): “He’s going well but with nice horses drawn on the inside he needs a lot of luck. He will love the distance.” 5.Aldo Cortopassi (Art Tutor): “He’s actually working well. There’s speed drawn inside. We will come off the gate and drive for luck. 7.Gary Hall Snr (Balcatherine): “She needs luck. The race needs to be run upside down.”   RACE 2 – Better Your Industry With TABtouch Pace 1.Chris Voak (Bee Seventeen): “I think they do like sitting with him. I get the feeling we will sit on Valbonne.” 2.Michael Grantham (Valbonne): “He’s very quick off the gate so I’ll be intent to hold the lead over 2500.” 4.Gary Hall Snr (Eloquent Mach): “I think he will win. I think he can find the lead too.” 5.Kim Prentice (Soho Thunderstruck): “He’s trained on well but I can see him parked again and going to be a sitting duck over the 2500. In saying that I can still see him finishing in the money. 7.Shannon Suvaljko (All The Whispers): “He’s ready to run a race but it’s a hard draw. Follow in the next few starts.”   RACE 3 – Community TAB Pace 2.Justin Prentice (Always An Honour): “Good last start and worked well this week. Hopefully he can settle on the speed and be an each way chance.” 4.Aldo Cortopassi (Dreamy Nights): “Best when he’s up front. There’s speed inside. We will let him run the gate. He’s not a nice horse to drive when he’s back in the field.” 5.Shannon Suvaljko (A Boy Named Rosie): “Ran home well last start. Follow him when he draws a marble.” 6.Michael Grantham (Bletchley Park): “I’d probably have Always An Honour in front. Dreamy Nights is also quick and only goes well in front. I thought Aldo would push the button early and put me in a good spot.” 8.Greg Bond (Mighty Santana): “Racing well. He’s consistent. Bailey knows the horse. From the eight things need to go our way.”   RACE 4 – Better Your Club With TABtouch Pace 1.Ross Olivieri (Iceenothink): “He’s a sit sprint horse. He’s got to stay in the comfort zone.” 2.Aldo Cortopassi (Im Soxy): “We will have a crack. He’s got good speed. Realistically we will sit on Bully if he gets there early.” 4.Shannon Suvaljko (Tommy Be Good): “Racing well. Can run a place with luck.” 7.Greg Bond (El Jacko): “Looks like Chicago Bull’s race on paper. We will sit him up and hope to run a place.” 8.Ross Olivieri (Im Full Of Excuses): “Needs to improve off the last run. On his best form he’s a place chance.” 9.Gary Hall Snr (Chicago Bull): “Only bad luck will beat him.”   RACE 5 – TABtouch WA Oaks 1.Terry Ferguson (Sports Package): “She has got choices. She’s got the speed to lead.” 2.Stuart McDonald (My Sweet Deal): “The draw looks okay for her but it’s a tough race. I’m hoping to cross the one and lead.” 3.Ross Olivieri (Double Expresso): “Very happy with her. She pulled up that well from the previous run. She’s got plenty of options.” 4.Shannon Suvaljko (Tiffany Rose): “On the way up but it’s a difficult draw with the favourite drawn inside us. Will run a good race.” 6.Colin Brown (Fifty Five Reborn): “She has peaked for the Oaks and is versatile. However barrier ‘draws’ make it a gimme for Double Expresso.” 7.Chris Voak (Run For Mercy): “It will be a better race if something other than Double Expresso leads.” 10.Aldo Cortopassi (Star Fromthepalace): “Three the fence is the best place to be in a race like this. If you go back to her third against the boys in the Western Gateway, she can sprint well and run top three.” 11.Greg Bond (Intheskyrocket): “Hopefully she can find the line and run third to fifth.” 12.Michael Grantham (Sweet Maddison): “Never had the chance to sit with her. Tonight definitely going to be the opportunity to do it. For us I think it’s going to be perfect.”   RACE 6 – Laurie Kennedy Race For Roses 1.Chris Voak (Bettor Pack It): “She’s coming to the end of her campaign. At her best she can lead and run a mighty race.” 2.Aldo Cortopassi (Delightfull): “Never driven her before. Hope to get her away well and then work from there.” 6.Terry Ferguson (Bettor Copagoodone): “She’s been a revelation. She’s well bred. She’s been a bit disappointing but I think she got confidence in Albany. She’s digging in and putting it all together.” 8.Shannon Suvaljko (Arma Indie): “First-up but she’s a good hope. On a good beginning she will go close.” 9.Justin Prentice (Pick My Pocket): “She went well last week. If she can step well, I thought she was an each way chance.” 10.Ross Olivieri (Madame Meilland): “Not the safest beginner from the stand. Following them out should be okay. Take her on trust.” 11.Michael Grantham (Miss Sangrial): “Run last week was really good. I’m happy with her. She probably is the prominent mare in this race. I think she will be hard to beat.”   RACE 7 – Download The TABtouch App Today Pace 1.Matt Scott (Brookies Jet): “He will lead and be hard to beat.” 3.Aldo Cortopassi (Marquisard): “We will go forward off the gate and hopefully find the breeze. One or two out wide might press forward and we might get a nice run. We will need some luck.” 6.Matt Scott (Qtown Rip Roaring): “Racing well but he needs a little bit of luck.”   RACE 8 – TABtouch Giddy Up Premium Form 2.Chris Voak (Real Zeal): “Needs the run.” 3.Gary Hall Snr (Our Rhytmn N Blues): “Each way chance. Never had the chance to lead. He has in this race.” 4.Shannon Suvaljko (Sarge) “Hard draw. Wait for an easier draw.” 6.Aldo Cortopassi (Pradas Ideal Dahling): “He looks one of my best drives. Last week he was super. Jumped some tape down the straight. If he brings his A-game he’s in the race.”   RACE 9 – TABtouch Race Replays Pace 2.Michael Grantham (Machlani): “Form on paper isn’t too flash. He’s got some reasonable horses to his outside. We’re going to be bullish early to get in front of Bhagwan. I’m keen on him.” 7.Gary Hall Snr (Sir Galahad): “He’s a chance. He will probably be outside the leader. We need to stay in front of Taroona Bromac. He’s done plenty of work for this race.” 8.Greg Bond (Taroona Bromac): “Sir Galahad will probably try and stay ahead of us. We haven’t race him for more than a fortnight. He’s a strong chance in that race.”   RACE 10 – Off The Track WA Pace 2.Gary Hall Snr (Raksjameson): “I don’t know about his gate speed. He’s impressive though and in trackwork he’s alright.” 4.Chris Voak (Real Rocket): “Each way. I qualified him at trials. He won the trial not in a great time. I think long term he has the makings of a Golden Nugget horse. 6.Gary Hall Snr (Copy N Pace): “Each way. He went well the other night to beat Beaudiene Western.”   Tim Walker

The $120,000 Group 1 WA Oaks (2536m) takes pride of place at Gloucester Park on Friday night and two members of the WA Trotting Media Guild believe the race is as good as run and won. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and longshot guru Pat Harding have made outstanding filly Double Expresso their best bet on an exciting 10-event card. “Star filly Double Expresso could probably have won the WA Oaks from any barrier, and it is a bonus that she drew gate three,” Manning said. “Looking exceptional since early in her two-year-old season, she has a career tally of 12 wins from 16 starts, with five victories in her past six appearances. She beat a strong field when leading two weeks ago.” And Harding agrees with his colleague. “Could be a pretty tough night at GP this Friday with not too many stand outs, but my best bet of the night comes up in race five - the feature event for the three-year-old fillies,” Harding said. “The one that looks head and shoulders above the rest is Double Expresso. With her impressive record and the Ross Olivieri/Chris Lewis combination, I think she can really step up in this race.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart and Guild president Wayne Currall claim punters can start the night off on a winning note by supporting the favourite. “The Buckeye Bullet is a progressive four-year-old, who switches back to the mobile after a devastating win last week from the stand,” Wishart said. “Love the fact he’s drawn low, so he should lead and win.” Currall concurs with Wishart. “This preparation The Buckeye Bullet has recorded four wins and two seconds from his seven starts,” Currall said. “He’s really hit his straps and Ryan Warwick should be able to send him to the top from gate two and dictate terms out in front. He’ll be short but should be winning.” TABradio racecaller Matt Young is very keen on Bee Seventeen in race two. “Bee Seventeen has come up with a good barrier, finally,” Young said. “He has been racing really well against the trend of the races he has been in and I am expecting him to lead throughout on Friday night. I’m very confident.” But hold your horses! Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas has declared Eloquent Mach in the same race. “Unplaced at his six starts this season, including a first-up ninth at odds-on behind Saleahs Comand two weeks ago, doesn’t appear to be much recommendation for four-year-old Eloquent Mach on Friday night,” Casellas said. ”But, as the old saying goes; ’there’s no substitute for class’, and therefore I’m prepared to forgive Eloquent Mach for these below-par efforts and make him my best bet this week. I’m sure he has benefited a great deal from his first-up performance. It would be unwise to overlook his 10 wins from 16 starts last season.“ TABradio’s form expert Hayden King is keen on Pradas Ideal Dahling in race eight. “Pradas Ideal Dahling has superb gate speed and there are question marks over the early pace of those drawn inside him,” King said. ”He was responsible for a doughty effort from the breeze last start and I think he will lead all the way this Friday.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes Taroona Bromac can overcome a wide draw in race nine. “Taroona Bromac ruined his chances when breaking after the start in the Easter Cup,” Havercroft said. “The start before he accounted for his rivals when resuming from a spell and he should be fitter for his third-up assignment.” VALUE BETS ERNIE: Veteran mare Talkerup has won only once in her past 35 starts, but she should run a big race from gate one. She had barrier six and a second-line draw when unplaced in her past two races. PAT: Marquisard has been about the place of late with not a lot of luck. With not a great deal of exposed form in the race, I think Aldo Cortopassi can steer him to victory. WARREN: Pradas Ideal Dahling was brave in defeat last week after breezing and this looks a thinner race. Will have to do the work again but fitter for two runs back and at the indicative odds of $5 is great each-way value. WAYNE: Mon Lillies has had three runs back from a little freshen up. She’s finished down the track in all three starts from wide gates, but she’ll appreciate the back-line draw on the pegs behind likely leader Talkerup. Can surprise at cricket-score odds. MATT: Athabascan was a great run in the breeze a few starts ago and looks like he’ll have to do it tough again here, but this is a winnable race at odds. KEN: Countess Grace has a touch of class and I was impressed with her wholehearted finishing burst from last to fourth behind Millwood Molly last week. She’s an each-way chance in the Race for Roses. HAYDEN: Delightfull put in a couple of encouraging runs before breaking through on Monday at Pinjarra. She showed great acceleration after the start in a stand trial at Byford on Sunday. If she leads, I don't think they will beat her. If she sits near the speed she will go very close.  RYAN: Miss Sangrial was first over the line in last year's running of the Race for Roses before being disqualified due to a handicapping bungle. Not averse to starting off back marks and can repeat the feat. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting from home.   Wayne Currall

Raksjameson, unsuccessful at six starts in New Zealand, impressed with a stylish victory at his Australian debut at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon and should celebrate his first appearance at Gloucester Park by winning the final event, the Off The Track WA Pace over 2130m on Friday night. Produced in fine fettle by ace trainer Gary Hall Snr, Raksjameson, a three-year-old by American sire Hes Watching, dashed to an early lead at Pinjarra, set the pace and sprinted over the final 800m in 56.8sec. to win easily from Terror In Texas and Sidstrepo. From the No. 2 barrier on the front line on Friday night, Gary Hall Jnr is expected to take full advantage of the gelding’s excellent gate speed. However, getting straight to the front is unlikely to be a mere formality because Sidstrepo (barrier one), Bee Jays Boy (three) and Real Rocket (four) all possess sparkling gate speed. Apart from those four runners, the other five horses in the field are in good form and this should prove a good measuring stick for Raksjameson, who did not race as a two-year-old and whose six starts in New Zealand this season produced two seconds and a third placing. The Hall stable will have an excellent second-string runner in Copy N Pace, who will be driven by Stuart McDonald from the No. 6 barrier. Copy N Pace won for the third time from nine starts when he started from the outside barrier (No. 9), raced three wide early and in the breeze before taking the lead 220m from home and winning at a 1.58.5 rate from Lucky Sensation over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. An interesting runner in Friday night’s event will be the Kristy Elson-trained Real Rocket, who has impressed at his first four starts with two wins and a second at Pinjarra and a last-start easy win over Galante and Caveman at Gloucester Park. He will be driven for the first time by Chris Voak, who replaced Aiden de Campo, who is committed to handle his own nomination Keptain Courageous, the sole runner on the back line. The Hall stable will be looking for champion Chicago Bull to return to the winning list after his fighting third behind Ocean Ridge and Shockwave in the Memorial Day Stakes over 2536m last Friday night. Chicago Bull, a narrow first-up winner over El Jacko two starts ago, will start from the outside barrier in a field of nine in the 2130m Better Your Club With TABtouch Pace. El Jacko (barrier seven) is likely to be one of Chicago Bull’s most serious rivals, along with As Happy As Larry and Iceenothink. El Jacko, trained by Greg and Skye Bond and to be driven by Ryan Warwick, led when he won from Im Soxy and Galactic Star two starts ago. The Bonds and Warwick have bright prospects of opening the program on a winning note with The Buckeye Bullet, who will be strongly fancied from the favourable No. 2 barrier on the front line in the Better Your bet With TABtouch Pace over 2536m.   Ken Casellas

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