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Dracarys has reinforced her standing as the filly to beat in next month's WA Oaks, following an effortless win in the Oaks Prelude (2130m) at Gloucester Park. It was another impressive display from the Justin Prentice-trained filly, who scored by 5.8m to Soho Interceptor. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr slowly made his way to the front on the Bettors Delight filly from barrier 12 and was then too strong over the closing stages, where she ran home in 56.6. Fake News, who won the Oaks Prelude last week, finished third. Balcatherine, the second favourite in tonight's event, was unplaced after having to go back from the wide draw. Hall Jnr said it was a professional performance by Dracarys. "She's got good speed," he told RWWA Harness. "I always planned to put her into it tonight when the pace allowed us to. "She's got a motor to go with it too." Hall Jnr said he expected the filly to improve further for the Oaks and was full of praise for Prentice's training performance. "Justin has always been good at getting them to peak at the right time," he said. "This has always been the plan for her and her main aim this prep. "He's pretty good at what he does, so I just leave that up to him." Prentice then teamed up with reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green in the later in the night with fellow three-year-old Back In Twenty to take out the Glenroy Chaff Pace (2130m). A smart field of three-year-old colts and geldings assembled for the event, but a smart Egerton-Green drive was enough for the colt to score a comfortable win to Sangue Reale. Elsewhere on the Gloucester Park meeting, Mighty Conqueror took out a thrilling edition of the Group 2 Easter Cup (2902m). Mighty Conqueror eventually worked to the front after starting off a 20m Handicap, but had to hold off a fast-finishing As Happy As Larry. Reinsman Ryan Warwick declared post-race the four-year-old had the potential to be a key in feature races over the summer carnival. In the Free-For-All event of the evening, Vultan Tin showed his trademark toughness to score a narrow win over Always Arjay. Vultan Tin settled in the breeze for reinsman Chris Voak, as Always Arjay led from the inside barrier. The tough gelding loomed on the home turn and looked poised to score an easy win, but Always Arjay fought back on the inside to make it a tight finish. It was the second leg of a driving double for Voak, who scored on Back To The Beach earlier in the evening.   Tim Walker

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are unanimous in their thoughts on the last race at Gloucester Park's Thursday night meeting. Star mare Cott Beach is all the rage and is expected to lead all the way. Three members of the Guild have made her the star bet on the 10-event card. Multiple winner of the Guild's tipping competition Stuart Lowe, longshot guru Pat Harding and The West Australian's Ernie Manning all believe that punters can end the evening on a winning note by supporting Cott Beach. "Super successful mare Cott Beach has had three runs back from a long break for two placings and a strong win last week here," Lowe said. "Drawn one and should lead throughout." Harding and Manning agree. "My best bet of the night comes up in race 10 and punters should go out on a winning note with No. 1 Cott Beach," Harding said. "This mare has been very consistent since coming back after a spell and Nathan Turvey should notch up a back-to-back win with her." Manning believes Cott Beach is poised to add to her imposing CV. "Cott Beach has shown class since early in her career and looks back to top form as a four-year-old," Manning said. "She overcame a second-line draw to win stylishly when racing third-up at Gloucester Park last week. The mare appears set to further boost her impressive career tally of 14 wins and 13 places from 34 starts." Budding racecaller Hayden King has made Mighty Conqueror his best bet in the Easter Cup. "Mighty Conqueror has the potential to be a grand circuit performer in the near future and looks an excellent chance to win the Easter Cup," King said. GPTV's Ken Casellas is keen on the chances of Luis Alberto. "Rejuvenated five-year-old Luis Alberto will relish the No. 1 barrier in the second race on Friday night and is my best bet," Casellas said. "Jocelyn Young should be able to use the gelding's splendid gate speed in a bid to keep speedy beginner Vincenzo Peruggia at bay. His recent efforts in a variety of scenarios have been first class." But Guild President Wayne Currall is locking horns with Casellas and has made Vincenzo Perrugia his best bet for the night. "I was a little disappointed in Vincenzo Perrugia's close second behind The Midas Touch on Tuesday evening," Currall said. "However, I'm prepared to give him another chance and believe he could be too strong for this field." The West Australian's racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes the improved Warfare will continue on his winning way in the opening event. "Warfare barely worked up a sweat in leading all-the-way last Friday from barrier one," Havercroft said. "He comes back in distance to the sprint trip this week, but he looked to have an aura of confidence in what he did last week and is drawn to be forward again." VALUE BETS STUART: Vultan Tin was never likely last week from a wide draw over the short trip. Previous form was excellent and he should bounce back here. PAT: My value bet comes in the sixth with No. 6 Livura. He hasn't had much luck in recent races but I think he can do well for punters in this race. ERNIE: Black Jack Zac seems sure to be driven aggressively from gate one in a sprint and could break through for another win after being beaten at his past six starts. He ran on well last Friday to finish second. HAYDEN: Carte Blanche has a great finishing burst and some of these are one-paced. Could launch late. KEN: For value, I suggest Liam Neil from the inside of the back line in race three. He is in sparkling form and if he gets a clear passage he is sure to be charging home at the business end of proceedings. WAYNE: Herrick Roosevelt is drawn to get a cosy run from his back-line draw and could be the one finishing all over the top of them in the run to the line. RYAN: The Trilogy ran a nice trial for this week's Easter Cup when runner-up to Attack On Command last Friday. Hit the line well and the step up to 2902m won't be a concern. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting and a Happy, safe Easter from the members of the WATMG. Wayne Currall

Shannon Suvaljko, last season's leading West Australian driver, will handle the promising Art Major mare Salacious Gossip for the first time when the five-year-old starts from barrier five in the 2130m Happy Easter From Gloucester Park Pace at pacing headquarters on Thursday night. Suvaljko, who has driven 83 winners this season, will replace outstanding young reinsman Bailey McDonough, who has handled Salacious Gossip at her past 16 starts for his grandfather, Bunbury trainer Frank Bonnett. Salacious Gossip has been in fine form this season, with four wins and four seconds from 13 starts. She was rated perfectly by McDonough when she set the pace and won convincingly from Jilliby Tango and The War Nurse at a 1.58.4 rate over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. McDonough has opted to take drives in seven events at the meeting at Wagin on Thursday night. Salacious Gossip, who has won twice at Gloucester Park, Bunbury and Pinjarra, will be seriously tested by the brilliant four-year-old Cott Beach, who has returned to racing after a nine-month absence in excellent form, with an impressive last-start victory over Mister Bushido at Gloucester Park after a second to Liam Neil and a third behind Warfare and Vincenzo Peruggia. Vincenzo Peruggia will have a big following when he starts from barrier two in the Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace over 2130m on Thursday night. The Tony Svilicich-trained five-year-old will be driven by Lindsay Harper and will clash with in-form pacers Luis Alberto, Our Alfie Romeo, The Art Form and Kimani. Vincenzo Peruggia maintained his consistent form at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night when he finished determinedly from fourth at the bell to be a close second to The Midas Touch over 1730m. He has had 22 starts for Svilicich for six wins, seven seconds and two thirds. Luis Alberto, another five-year-old who is racing with wonderful heart, is sure to prove hard to beat from the No. 1 barrier. Luis Alberto has been finishing powerfully in recent starts from unfavourable barriers for Hopeland trainer Debra Lewis, who has given the Bettors Delight gelding nine starts for five wins, one second, one third and two fourth placings. Luis Alberto possesses good gate speed and Jocelyn Young is sure to seriously contemplate taking full advantage of this from the inside draw.   Ken Casellas

Eight-year-old Soho Wonder has impressed on the past two Friday nights with fast-finishing placings over 2536m. However, the Jet Laag gelding could well be seen in a vastly different role when he starts from the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Westral Pace for trainer-reinsman Brett Smith at Gloucester Park on Thursday night. He has set the pace and won nine times --- at Ballarat, Ararat (before being relegated to second after a protest), Cranbourne, Young, Echuca, Gloucester Park (twice), Pinjarra and Wagin. Soho Wonder was a 100/1 chance two starts ago when he was restrained from barrier six and was 11th at the bell before flashing home, out five wide, from ninth on the home turn to finish second to the pacemaker Debt Free Charlie. Then, last Friday night, he was restrained from barrier eight and sustained a spirited three-wide burst from last at the bell to finish third behind Mighty Flying Deal and Good Times Ahead. Smith is sure to seriously contemplate making full use of Soho Wonder's excellent gate speed in a bid to record an all-the-way victory. Veteran Three Kings (barrier two) and the promising Just Bet On Black (barrier three) possess excellent gate speed, but it is difficult to visualise either of them outgunning Soho Wonder at the start. Just Bet On Black, trained and driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, appeals as Soho Wonder's toughest rival. The six-year-old who has had 41 starts for 11 wins, nine seconds and three thirds, is in good form. He finished boldly from seventh at the bell when a last-start fourth behind Bob Wheel last Friday week and he was a strong winner from Dominate The Dojo and Mistersandman two starts before that. Champion reinsman Chris Lewis has given punters an excellent lead by opting to handle Marquisard in preference to Carte Blanche and Destined To Rule in the 2130m Cowden The Insurance Brokers Pace. Marquisard, trained by Craig Abercromby, has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier and Lewis will be determined to use the four-year-old's natural gate speed in a bid for an all-the-way victory. Marquisard set the pace from barrier one over 2130m last Friday night and was overhauled right on the line by the fast-finishing Ideal One to go down by a half-head. Marquisard now has started from the No. 1 barrier four times from 53 starts for three all-the-way wins and last week's second placing. Lewis has been the regular driver for Destined To Rule and Carte Blanche. Deni Roberts will drive Destined To Rule from the No. 3 barrier and Jocelyn Young has been engaged for Carte Blanche, who is poorly drawn out wide at barrier eight.   Ken Casellas

A meticulous plan by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond to acclimatise Mighty Conqueror to standing-start racing has excellent prospects of bearing fruit when the lightly-raced and highly talented four-year-old contests the $50,000 Easter Cup at Gloucester Park on Thursday night. With the Group 2 Easter Cup the target, the New Zealand-bred Mighty Conqueror has had a thorough education in stands, having contested stands at his past six starts, leading into this week's big race over the marathon trip of 2902m. He has not been faultless, but has shown a growing aptitude to this style of racing after his first ten starts were in mobiles --- which included a victory in the $50,000 Four-Year-Old Championship, third in the $125,000 Four-Year-Old Classic and a nose second to stablemate Ana Malak in the $200,000 Golden Nugget Championship late last year --- before beginning his well thought-out campaign in stands. These stands produced a desperately unlucky fourth in the Northam Cup (after hanging in and breaking 500m from home and going six wide on the home turn), four wins at Pinjarra (three over 2631m and one over 2116m) and a half-head second to Rocknroll Beachboy over 2631m at Pinjarra after breaking and working hard in the breeze. At his most recent appearance Mighty Conqueror started off the 20m mark and enjoyed an ideal trail in the one-out and one-back position before racing away to win by 14m from Bettor Be Lively, dashing over the final three quarters in 29.4sec., 28.7sec. and 27.9sec. and setting a track record for the distance of 1.56 last Monday week. Mighty Conqueror, the least experienced runner in Friday night's Cup, with 11 wins, two seconds and a third from just 16 starts, will start from the outside of the 20m line, which is virtually only a 10m handicap because there are no runners off the front line. He will again be driven by the State's leading reinsman Ryan Warwick, who guided the Steve Burton-trained Phar From A Fake to victory in the 2004 Easter Cup. The Bonds are following their successful plan of two years ago when they gave Assassinator three starts in stands leading into the Easter Cup. Assassinator, a 15/1 chance driven by Ryan Bell, led for the first lap before taking the sit behind the stablemate Galactic Star and then finishing fast to snatch a head victory from the 5/4 fancy. In an even field this year, several runners have winning prospects, with Mighty Conqueror's chief rivals likely to be Caviar Star, As Happy As Larry, Sarah Goody and Miss Sangrial. Caviar Star, trained by Gary Hall Snr and to be driven by Stuart McDonald, and As Happy As Larry, trained by Robbie Williams and to be driven by Chris Lewis, are in peak form and are the lone runners off the back mark of 30m. Caviar Star, an up-and-coming four-year-old, has won at 11 of his past 20 starts and was gallant in defeat last Friday night when he raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing a close second to the pacemaker Kiwi Legend, who rated 1.54 over 1730m, with final quarters in 27.4sec. and 28.1sec. Two weeks earlier, Caviar Star was most impressive when he started off 30m and sustained a spirited three-wide burst from the 1050m to get to the front 550m from home and then race away to win by three lengths from Tuas Delight, rating 1.58.2 over 2503m. As Happy As Larry warmed up for the Cup in fine style last Friday week when he finished powerfully to win from Lady De La Renta over 2130m. Lewis is the most successful reinsman in the Easter Cup which was first run in 1912 when Golddust won at a 2.44 rate. Lewis has won the Cup with Pallaton (1980), Gold Rowan (1984), Village Kid (1987), Abmidas (1997), OK Windermere (who dead-heated with Patches in 2006) and Lovers Delight (2015). Gary Hall Jnr has won the Cup five times --- with The Falcon Strike (off the back mark of 20m) in 2003, Patches (off the back mark of 30m) in 2006, Uppy Son (10m) in 2012, Rebel Scooter (10m) in 2013, and Znana (off the front) in 2016. This year he will handle the Kevin Keys-trained mare Sarah Goody, who will start off 20m. Sarah Goody has won at 15 of her 40 starts and is in fine form, with two wins from three starts since resuming from a spell. She handled the stand well six starts ago when she finished boldly to be second to Eden Franco in the 2503m Race For Roses early in May last year. Twelve months before that Sarah Goody surged home from last at the bell to finish second to Maczaffair in the WA Oaks. Five-year-old Sarah Goody and four-year-old Miss Sangrial are the only mares in the field of 12. Party Date, trained and driven by Aiden Warwick, was the most recent Cup winner by a mare, when she beat Heez Ruthless and Faking It in 2005. Among the classy martes to have won the Easter Cup are Kola Girl (1920), Derby Fayette (1938), Portree (1959), Color Glo (1967), Miss Dundee (1971), Wee Cent (1974) and Via Valencia (1991). Miss Sangrial, to be driven by Michael Grantham for his uncle, trainer Michael Brennan, should be prominent throughout and is capable of causing a minor upset. The Colin Joss-trained Bettor Be Lively is racing keenly, particularly in stands, and reinsman Shannon Suvaljko is optimistic that the gelding will perform strongly.   Ken Casellas

Trainer Ian Foley is glad to be back. Glad to be back in harness racing and glad to be involved in winning again. That experience came courtesy of Misstiano in the opening race at Pinjarra on Monday, the first time Foley has sent out a horse to race in just over five years. And judging by the manner in which Misstiano went about her work on debut, Foley and his two-year-old filly had better get used to winning more races. Foley said relief was his overriding emotion after Misstiano crossed the line first in the Tabtouch-Better Your Bet 2YO Fillies Westbred Pace (1684m). “It’s just fantastic,” Foley said on Tabradio. “My two kids were there and they work away. “My daughter is just back from London. “Unfortunately my wife couldn’t get there. “I told her last night if felt like playing my first game of footy all those years ago. “I was nervous and toey and just wanted to get out there. “Once the horse was on the track I was right. “After five years I thought have I still got it and you start to doubt yourself.” Misstiano settled back in the field before being sent forward by reinsman Ryan Warwick to face the breeze inside the final lap. The daughter of Alta Christiano sprinted to the front half way down the straight and defeated Star Of Diamonds and Sunshine Swift. Foley said the win was full of merit. “I said to Ryan (Warwick) we don’t want to knock her around and we might have to go back,” Foley said. “He had to move around to sit in the breeze and I thought this would be a good test to see if she can do a bit of work and still run home. “I was really pleased with the way she did and I know that Ryan (Warwick) has been pretty impressed with her. “His input from a racing perspective has been fantastic and has helped me along the way a bit. “I was glad he took off and once he did he rated her perfectly and it worked out good. “I think she can go on with it, but what I like about her is that she has got high speed. “Her point to point is real good, but to see her do a bit of work and run on and away from them I was really, really pleased with. “There could be a bit of depth to her.”   Julio Santarelli

Harness racing drivers Morgan Woodley and Aiden De Campo were the ones to watch at Donaldson Park on Friday night.  After coming fourth in the 2569-metre TABTouch MS Pace, Woodley led race favourite War Club ($2) in the Sky Racing MS Pace (1609 metres).  A strong performance on the final lap saw the bay gelding finish 6.20m ahead of second-placed Gingers Jet.  Woodley celebrated again, after he and clear race favourite Mega Moolah ($1.18) took out the 2100m Artic Air MS Pace. Without hesitation, the bay gelding crossed 5m in front of Ignite the Passion and Chucking Stone.  De Campo and race favourite Diamond Dove ($2.90) cruised to victory in the TABTouch MS Pace.  Later in the evening, he and Great Googlymoogly ($1.90) held off Leady Lani and Devils Courage to win the Coates Hire Westbred MS Pace (2100m). Bunbury Trotting Club will deliver more harness racing action on April 20. By Thomas Munday Reprinted with permission of The Bunbury Mail  

Lightly-raced four-year-old Quick Stride has been shining on country tracks and he has bright prospects of extending his winning sequence to six when he contests the $18,000 Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night at his first appearance in the city. Trained at Boyanup by Justin Prentice and driven by Gary Hall Jnr, Quick Stride has won twice at Narrogin and four times at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park track. He is versatile, possessing good gate speed and powerful finishing burst. At his latest outing he charged home, out wide, from eighth at the bell to win by four lengths from It Aint Royal over 2569m at Donaldson Park last Saturday week. By American sire Live Or Die, Quick Stride is out of the unraced Northern Luck mare Lucky Stride, whose dam Jessica Clare had 118 starts for 11 wins, 39 placings and stakes of $81,285. Hall drove Jessica Clare to two Gloucester Park victories when the mare was trained by Ross Olivieri. Jessica Clare is the dam of the Olivieri-trained Back To The Beach, who looks a strong winning chance in the Bridge Bar Pace on Friday night. Toughest for Quick Stride to beat on Friday night is likely to be five-year-old Heez Manly, who will be having his third start after an absence 11 months. Heez Manly, to be driven by Stuart McDonald for champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, impressed last Friday night when he settled down in eighth position before dashing forward to race in the breeze with two laps to travel. Heez Manly challenged the pacemaker Liam Neil strongly before taking a narrow lead 270m from home and fighting on grimly when a close second to Liberty Rose. The Prentice-Hall Jnr combination will be strongly fancied to win the Christmas in July at the Beau Rivage Pace with Warfare, a New South Wales-bred six-year-old by Courage Under Fire who impressed at his West Australian debut at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week when he  raced in the breeze before surging away to win convincingly from Vincenzo Peruggia at a 1.53.6 rate over 1730m.  Warfare has good gate speed and is perfectly drawn at barrier one in the 2536m event. A winner of one race (at Penrith) in New South Wales, Warfare has won 11 times in Victoria. He is the first foal out of the Ultimate Falcon mare Flamin Yomax, who earned $123,609 from 15 wins and 18 placings from 61 starts. One of Warfare’s most serious rivals could well be Warriors Code, who caught the eye at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening when he charged home from last at the bell to be second to Mistersandman over 2130m. Friday night’s program should open with a spirited tussle between polemaker The Art Form and Im Soxy, who will start from the No. 5 barrier. Im Soxy, to be handled by Ryan Warwick for Bunbury trainer Brian Clemens, revealed excellent fighting qualities last Friday night when he worked hard in the breeze before taking the lead 100m from the post and winning by a head from the pacemaker Mighty Flying Deal. Warwick was full of praise, saying: “He did it really easily. He’s getting better and better and is not finished with yet.”   Ken Casellas

Promising four-year-old Marquisard has been unplaced from unfavourable barriers at his past 11 starts, but he gets a great chance to break his recent run of outs by winning the Direct Trades Supply Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Part on Friday night. Marquisard, trained at West Swan by Craig Abercromby, has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and Chris Lewis looks set to attempt an all-the-way victory. The Mach Three gelding has started from the inside barrier only three times from his 52 starts and has led and won over 2190m at Northam on each occasion. He has also won when leading at Narrogin and twice at Pinjarra, as well as scoring three times after working hard without cover. He had no luck at all last Friday night when he started from the back line and raced in eighth position before starting a three-wide move approaching the bell. He moved to sixth with a lap to travel, but continued to be forced to race wide before wilting to finish tenth behind outsider Bob Wheel. Marquisard’s chief rivals appear to be the David Thompson-trained pair of Liam Neil and Jasmin Amal and Ideal One, who is trained by Gary Hall Snr. Ideal One, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, is the only runner off the back line and is capable of gaining a perfect trail behind Marquisard, the likely pacemaker. Two starts ago, Ideal One raced three back on the pegs before finishing solidly to win from Presidentmach at a 1.56.5 rate over 2130m. Then he was restrained from the No. 9 barrier and raced in 12th position before finishing gamely to be an encouraging sixth behind stablemate Liberty Rose. Dylan Egerton-Green has given punters a good lead by electing to drive Liam Neil in preference to Jasmin Amal. Liam Neil is a promising four-year-old who will start from barrier four, with Jasmin Amal, a six-year-old mare to be driven by Michael Grantham, starting from the No. 5 barrier. Egerton-Green has driven Jasmin Amal at nine of her past ten starts for three wins and five placings. He has been in the sulky for nine of Liam Neil’s 11 victories. Jasmin Amal trailed the pacemaker Our Major Mama before finishing strongly to be third behind Rosies Ideal and Miss Sangrial over 2130m last Friday night at her first appearance after an absence of just over three months. Liam Neil gave a strong performance last week when he raced wide early, burst to the front after 450m and fought on grandly to finish a close third behind Liberty Rose and Heez Manly. At his previous start, over 2185m at Pinjarra, he trailed the pacemaker Our Perkins before finishing fast along the sprint lane to win easily from the fast-finishing Cott Beach.   Ken Casellas

Outstanding young mare Our Angel of Harlem is fit and ready for a strong first-up effort in the $22,000 Retravision Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Ace trainer Mike Reed was pleased with her impressive performance in a 2550m standing-start trial at Byford on Sunday morning when she began brilliantly, strode out boldly as she set the pace and sprinted over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 28.5sec. “She has now qualified to contest standing-start events and her main mission now is the Race For Roses, a stand over 2503m on May 3,” Reed said. “She flew the stand in her trial and ran home in 56.6sec. It’s a big ask for her to win, first-up, but she is sure to go well this week, judged by the way she trialled. She pulled up a bit big and will improve on whatever she does.” Mark Reed will have a few options when he drives Our Angel of Harlem from the No. 6 barrier in Friday night’s mobile event. The New Zealand-bred four-year-old is a dashing frontrunner and she led and won from favourable barriers at her two most recent runs, both over 2130m at Gloucester Park last December. At her latest start she was untroubled to win by just over two lengths from Our Major Mama and Innocent Affair in the group 3 Coulson final on December 28. That improved her record to 30 starts for ten wins and nine placings for earnings of $192,154. Several runners, including Our Angel of Harlem, will be solidly supported in Friday night’s event. New Zealand-bred mares Our Alfie Romeo and Eden Franco look set to fight out the finish, despite starting out wide at barriers eight and nine, respectively. And Rosies Ideal (barrier No. 4) and Lady De La Renta (No. 6) are in excellent form and have strong claims. Four-year-old Our Alfie Romeo has won at 12 of her past 19 starts and is in splendid form. She started out wide at barrier eight in the 2536m Empress Stakes last Friday week when she raced wide early and then in the breeze before taking a narrow lead 400m from home and finishing a grand second, a head behind the fast-finishing Miss Sangrial, with a final quarter of 27.6sec. Four days before that, Our Alfie Romeo dashed to an early lead, set the pace and finished second to Sarah Goody in the 1684m Golden Girls Mile at Pinjarra. Our Alfie Romeo won at two her eight starts in New Zealand and has a marvellous record of 15 starts for ten wins and two seconds in Western Australia for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and leading reinsman Ryan Warwick. Eden Franco, trained and driven by Colin Brown, cannot be underestimated, even from the outside barrier. She has had 35 starts for 14 wins, 11 seconds and four thirds. She is poised to bounce back to her best form at her third outing after a spell. She was a hot favourite from barrier two in the Empress Stakes when she raced in the breeze for the first 550m before assuming the role of pacemaker. She battled on gamely when a close-up fourth behind Miss Sangrial. Rosies Ideal and Lady De La Renta are in peak form, with the Shane Young trained and driven four-year-old Rosies Ideal notching her tenth victory from 23 starts when she settled in fifth position before dashing forward into the breeze after a lap and taking the lead on the home turn and winning from Miss Sangrial and Jasmin Amal over 2130m last Friday night. The Annie Belton-trained Lady De La Renta, a winner at 12 of her 33 starts, impressed last Friday night when she settled down in ninth position and sustained a powerful three-wide burst to finish a neck second to As Happy As Larry. Ken Casellas

Smart filly Double Expresso has kept her unbeaten record intact, following a comfortable win in the APG Race Series two-year-old fillies Heat (1730m) at Gloucester Park last night. The Sweet Lou filly was stretched by second placegetter Askmeilltellya, finishing just 4.9m adrift in second place. Reinsman Chris Lewis had to urge Double Expresso to the line as Askmeilltellya made up late headway. The filly lifted in the last 100m though and saw off any danger there may have been. The Golden Slipper in July looms as a long term target for Double Expresso. In the colts and geldings division, Valentines Brook upstaged race favourite and the previously unbeaten Marcotti. Valentines Brook, a half-brother to smart four-year-old Bechers Brook, had the perfect run in the small field on the back of Marcotti. When reinsman Mark Reed got off the pegs, the Rock N Roll Heaven gelding got past Marcotti with ease and went on to score a comfortable 4.6m victory. It starts what looms as an exciting week for Reed, who will team up with his father Mike in three key races at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The pair will team up with Countess Grace in the Intersport Slater Gartrell Oaks Prelude (2130m), where star fillies Typhoon Tiff and Dracarys are notable absentees. Star mare Our Angel Of Harlem also makes her return in the Retravision Pace (2130m). Elsewhere on the program, a field of nine has been assembled for the Vale John Stampalia Free-For-All Pace (1730m).   Tim Walker

Four members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have made consistent pacer Handsandwheels their best bet at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Multiple winner of the Guild’s tipping competition Stuart Lowe, longshot king Pat Harding, RWWA’s racing communications co-ordinator Tim Walker and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have all marked Handsandwheels as an all-the-way victor. “Handsandwheels has struck a purple patch of form,” Lowe said. “He followed a win in the 4 & 5 Year Old Championships with close up placings at his next two starts.” Harding believes the pole draw and sprint trip are all positives for Handsandwheels. “My best bet of the night comes up in race eight with Handsandwheels drawing the pole position,” Harding said. “Over the sprint journey and the small field, I think he should be a good winner for the Andrew De Campo stable.” Walker says Handsandwheels is the in-form pacer in the race. “Handsandwheels has drawn the one once again,” Walker said. “He has the speed to be able to lead over the sprint trip here and record another FFA win.” Havercroft believes it’s the perfect opportunity for Handsandwheels to exact revenge on Vultan Tin. “Handandwheels started from this draw when winning as a $1.07 favourite in the 4 & 5YO Championship three starts ago,” Havercroft said. “Looks well placed to turn the tables on Vultan Tin after last week.” Budding racecaller Hayden King says punters can build their bank early doors by supporting Mighty Flying Deal in the opening event. “Mighty Flying Deal has been racing tremendously for some time and should lead all the way from the favourable gate,” King said. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on classy filly Dracarys. “Dracarys is nominal favourite for next month’s WA Oaks and looks set to complete a winning hat-trick,” Manning said. “The Justin Prentice-trained filly, a winner at eight of her past 11 starts, bounced back to peak form with a Bunbury victory on March 9. She scored stylishly after leading at Gloucester Park last Friday night week.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas has earmarked Aliman as his star bet. “A career-best performance by Aliman last week when he sustained a powerful three and four-wide burst from 10th at the bell to finish a half-length second to Mister Spot has influenced me to mark him down as my best bet,” Casellas said. “Aliman, trained and driven by Dean Miller, looks perfectly suited from the No. 2 barrier in the final event.” Guild president Wayne Currall has settled on Kimani as his best for the night. “Kimani has had to play second fiddle to stablemate Herrick Roosevelt for the past two weeks,” Currall said. “There’s no Herrick on Friday night and from gate three I can see him wresting the lead away from stablemate Campora, a horse who goes best in a sit-and-sprint capacity, and posting an overdue victory.” VALUE BETS STUART: Shockwave went too hard to lead in the Sales Classic and weakened to run unplaced at his last start. He won three of four previous starts and is drawn to get a good trip here. PAT: In the last race on the program, I think Shannon Suvaljko should guide Cut Above to victory. He has an impressive record and is ideally placed from barrier one to achieve another win. TIM: Kimani was beaten by Herrick Roosevelt last week, which there was no shame in. Has another stablemate in barrier one here, but I think he’s going well enough to be too strong late. RYAN: You Gotta Have Faith will come out humming in the first from barrier two and represents great value if he finds the lead. HAYDEN: Lagoon Stride will get a soft run on the pegs. He’s likely to get out and finish hard late at big odds and can win. ERNIE: Tuas Delight has not won in his past 24 starts, but he  impressed when fourth and second at Gloucester Park in two appearances since a spell. All his wins have been from a mobile and he is switching back to that form of starting. KEN: Veteran pacer Debt Free Charlie, with Kyle Harper in the cart, seems certain to attempt an all-the-way victory. Debt Free Charlie set the pace and won two in a row over 2536m early last year. WAYNE: Rosies Ideal couldn’t get into the race last week after drawing the river. She could get out to a good price in the fourth and will get a much more economical run from gate 11. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting! Wayne Currall

“It’s a big class rise from Collie to Gloucester Park, but barrier one at Gloucester Park is worth three lengths,” said Serpentine trainer Matt Scott when assessing Cut Above’s prospects in the final event, the Skyracing.com.au Pace on Friday night. Cut Above, a four-year-old New Zealand-bred mare, took her record this season to five wins and three seconds from nine starts when she gave a bold frontrunning display to score a runaway victory in the Collie Cup, a stand over 2700m last Sunday week. “She ran them ragged and since then she has worked well,” said Scott. “Twelve days between runs will suit her because she’s not a very big-framed horse. She’s ready to run a good race. I’d say Shannon (Suvaljko) will want to lead. “She won’t have to go 27.4sec. for the opening quarter (of the final mile) like she did at her run over 1730m at Gloucester Park at her previous start. If we had our time again, we probably wouldn’t have pressed on as long as we did (working hard three wide and then in the breeze before getting to the front after 400m). “She was beaten by only two lengths (finishing seventh behind the winner Halle Rage, who rated 1.55.6) and I thought she performed well.” Cut Above is proving a good buy for Tim Blee, who purchased the Gotta Go Cullen mare from New Zealand for $25,000. Cut Above, who raced twice in New Zealand for a win and a second in stands, has earned $32,756 from her six wins and five placings from 18 starts in Western Australia. Scott will also be represented in Friday night’s race by 148-start veteran Charlie El, who will be driven by Kyle Harper from barrier No. 5. “Charlie El is one-dimensional and will be driven back in the field,” Scott said. “He had no luck last week (when seventh behind Kerrin Joseph). He was pushed wide at the bell and didn’t get much room at the end.” Charlie El impressed four starts before that when he charged home from the rear to snatch victory from Liberty Rose over 2130m. Harper said that he had high hopes of victory with another veteran, eight-year-old Debt Free Charlie in the 2536m Follow @Skyracing.au On Twitter Pace. Debt Free Charlie has drawn favourably at barrier two on the front line and Harper is planning to set the pace with the speedy pacer and noted frontrunner who has a losing sequence of 12. His latest success was over 2130m on December 8 when he led and beat Ohoka Darcy and Micheal Joseph. Harper declared that the 2536m journey would suit Debt Free Charlie perfectly, with the gelding leading and winning over that distance in successive starts at Gloucester Park early last year.   Ken Casellas

Outstanding young Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice is forming a wonderful association with champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr and this combination looks set to continue its great recent record at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall has excellent prospects with four Prentice-trained pacers in Sweet N Fast (race two), Our Major Mama (race four), Dracarys (race seven) and Our Corelli (race ten). Dracarys is the standout of that quartet and only bad luck will prevent her from winning the $18,000 #Inthegig Oaks prelude over 2130m in which she is somewhat awkwardly drawn at barrier five. In the past month Hall has driven Prentice-prepared pacers in 20 events for 11 wins, three seconds, three thirds, one fourth and two sixth placings. Hall is lavish in his praise of Dracarys, a New Zealand-bred filly who has had 14 starts for nine wins and three seconds for earnings of $89,841.   “Dracarys has to be right up there as one of the best fillies I’ve driven,” he said. “She’s more like a colt; she’s got it all and she’s strong and fast. She can come out of the gate and put the race away in the first 100m if she needs to. And her closing speed is so good that you’re not too scared to be back in the field.” Dracarys was awesome at her latest appearance, over 2130m last Friday week, when she started from barrier five, burst to the front after 450m and was not extended in sprinting over the final quarters in 28sec. and 27.9sec. to win by five lengths from stablemate Majorpride, rating 1.57.3.  Another decisive victory this week will further strengthen her claims of winning the $150,000 WA Oaks over 2536m on May 3. Majorpride, to be driven by Nathan Turvey from barrier two, should notch her fourth placing from four starts as a three-year-old after winning three races and being placed six times from 11 starts as a two-year-old. The Annie Belton-trained La Roue De Lamour, a $57,000 yearling, should be prominent throughout from the No. 1 barrier. She broke through for her first win at her tenth start when she worked hard in the breeze before beating She Said Diamonds over 1609m in 1.56.5 at Bunbury last Saturday night. Hall gives Our Corelli a good chance in the final event, the Skyracing.com.au Pace over 2130m in which he is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line. And he said that Sweet N Fast and Our Major Mama had sound prospects. Ken Casellas

Exciting colt Franco Edward is proving to be one of the best bargains in recent times and he will boost his earnings to $325,541 if he justifies the confidence of his young trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper and wins the $200,000 Sky Racing WA Derby at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Kim Prentice bought Franco Edward for just $17,500 at the 2017 Auckland yearling sales on behalf of prominent WA owner Rob Watson and the brilliant pacer has already amassed $197,541 from nine wins and four seconds from 15 starts. Franco Edward has certainly exceeded early expectations and to illustrate claims that he is a marvellous bargain is that two of the most expensive purchases at the 2017 Auckland sales Kokomo Beach and Franco Stallone have not set the world on fire. Kokomo Beach was sold for $187,500 and Franco Stallone was sold for $190,000. Kokomo Beach, renamed Typhoon Stride, has been unplaced at two country starts in Victoria for stakes of $490 and Franco Stallone, renamed Puntarno Stride, has earned $1750 from a second at Horsham and a third at Maryborough. Franco Edward, by American stallion American Ideal, is the first foal out of the unraced Changeover mare Edinburgh Franco, whose dam Elisit Franco raced 16 times for three wins and three placings for stakes of $10,750 before being retired to stud where she has produced five winners, including star WA mare Eden Franco (35 starts for 14 wins, 15 placings and $189,465) and Franco Emirate (33 starts for 14 wins, 11 placings and $332,830). Elisit Franco’s dam Emily Franco managed one win and one placing for $3800 from ten starts, but she produced Franco Enforce, who had 70 starts for 28 wins, 19 placings and $593,738. Franco Edward warmed up for Friday night’s Derby in fine style with an effortless victory in 2150m Byford trial on Sunday morning when driven by Lindsay Harper. He revealed his superb gate speed to set a dawdling early pace before scorching over the third 400m section of the final mile in 26.3sec. and then was not extended in coasting over the final quarter in 28.7sec. Whether Kyle Harper, who will contesting a WA Derby for the first time, rolls the dice and makes a spirited bid from the No. 4 barrier for the early lead is problematical. There is abundant speed on his inside in the polemarker Bletchley Park and Its Rock And Roll (barrier three). Harper predicted that Colin Brown would make full use of Its Rock And Roll’s dazzling early pace and would quickly assume the role of pacemaker. Expanding on his theory, Harper said that if Its Rock And Roll got to the front and Major Trojan (from barrier five) surged forward to race in the breeze that he could be fortunate to take the sit in the one-out, one-back position behind Major Trojan. He added that this was purely theoretical and that if Bletchley Park or Major Trojan got to the early lead and set the pace it would completely change the complexity of the 2536m race. “It’s exciting times,” Harper said. “Franco Edward’s point-to-point speed is exceptional. His final half in the Byford trial was very impressive as was his last-start second to Eloquent Mach last Friday week when he unwound a great finishing burst.” That close second to Eloquent Mach in the Group 2 Western Gateway Classic came after Franco Edward was restrained at the start from the outside barrier (No. 9) and was last in the field of 12 at the bell before charging home when the final two 400m sections (off the front) were covered in 28.3sec. and 28.5sec. The New Zealand-bred Major Trojan, who was sold to clients of champion trainer Gary Hall Snr for what was reported to be a substantial amount, is sure to prove extremely hard to beat on Friday night. The big colt has improved steadily since arriving in WA. He followed three successive placings behind smart stablemate Eloquent Mach with a commanding display to set the pace and win, unextended by three and a half lengths from Gee Jay Kay in a Derby prelude over 2130m last Friday night. Major Trojan will start from barrier five and star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr said that he expected a powerful showing from the colt. “He’s got a motor and I’ll have a few options,” he said. “We’ve got the right horse able to make a few runs in the race. I’m more happy with him going into the race than I was with King of Swing last year (when he raced in the breeze and beat the fast-finishing Bechers Brook by a head).” The powerful combination of Hall Snr and Hall Jnr have dominated the WA Derby in recent years, winning the classic four times over the past six years, scoring with Alta Christiano, Beaudiene Boaz, Chicago Bull and King of Swing. Hall Jnr said that he had served a tough apprenticeship in the Derby, with three second placings before his recent run of successes. He drove Ivory Trader for trainer Ross Olivieri in the 2002 WA Derby when the gelding finished a neck second to Tricky Vic and then finished a nose second with Ulrich behind Global Force in 2004 and was second with Macraider to Argent Treasure in 2008. Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed said he expected a strong showing from Bletchley Park from the coveted No. 1 barrier and that his son Mark had the opportunity to set the pace with the black colt who has led and won three times in a career of 12 starts for seven wins and two placings. Mike Reed, who has prepared WA Derby winners with Tricky Vic in 2002 and Ace of Spades in 2003 (both driven by his son), said that Bletchley Park was working strongly and he hoped he would go one better than stablemate Bechers Brook, who was 11th on the home turn and charged home, six wide, to finish a head second to King of Swing in the 2018 Derby. “At Bletchley Park’s final run as a two-year-old he finished a nose second to Franco Edward in the Pearl Classic and I believe that there’s not much between Franco Edward and my bloke. And we’ve got the good draw.” Apart from Major Trojan, the Hall stable will be represented in Friday night’s big race with Robbie Easton and Eloquent Mach. Robbie Easton (Micheal Ferguson) will be an outsider after drawing the outside barrier (No. 9), but Eloquent Mach (Stuart McDonald) will have admirers from barrier two on the back line. Eloquent Mach has won in fine style at each of his past three starts and cannot be underestimated. Veteran Banjup trainer Colin Brown, who drove the Greg Bond-trained Richard Henry in the 2005 WA Derby, is hoping for an all-the-way win with the speedy Its Rock And Roll, who is racing keenly and this season after excelling as a two-year-old with victories in the Group 1 Sales Classic and Group 2 Champagne Classic. Brown’s other Derby runner is Patrickthepiranha, who will be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green from the outside of the back line. Patrickthepiranha has won at nine of his 13 starts and is capable of surprising.   Ken Casellas

The majority of WA Trotting Media Guild members believe that former Kiwi pacer Major Trojan will open his winning account on Friday night at Gloucester Park. Now in the stables of leading trainer Gary Hall, Major Trojan has finished second twice and  third last week (all behind stablemate Eloquent Mach) in his three starts in WA. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, TABradio’s Matt Young and Guild president Wayne Currall have all made Major Trojan their best bet at the meeting. Manning believes Major Trojan gets the chance to confirm his favouritism for next week’s $200,000 WA Derby. “Major Trojan was most impressive when he fought on and held third after facing the breeze last Friday,” Manning said. “Trainer Gary Hall has declared the colt is his best Derby prospect.” Young and Currall agree. “Major Trojan showed last week he has good staying power and gate speed,” Young said. “He should be leading and winning the Prelude on Friday night quite comfortably.” Currall likes what he’s seen of Major Trojan. “Gary Hall has an uncanny knack of identifying young Kiwi pacers and turning them into superstars,” he said. “Major Trojan is in that ilk and I expect him to easily account for this field.” Multiple winner of the Guild’s tipping competition Stuart Lowe has made Eden Franco his star bet. “My best bet is Eden Franco, who is the class runner in the Empress Stakes,” Lowe said. “She has the most win dollars in the race and is drawn to lead from barrier two.” Longshot guru Pat Harding believes Herrick Roosevelt will make it successive wins. “My best bet comes up in race three,” Harding said. “At long last the Hall-trained Herrick Roosevelt finally broke through for a win last week. This week, coming from barrier two, I think he can make it two in a row and keep punters happy.” Budding racecaller Hayden King is keen on the consistent Lord Willoughby. “Lord Willoughby will sit just off the pace and use his brilliance to overhaul the leaders and stave off closers late,” King said. The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft thinks punters can start the meeting off on a winning note by supporting Ace Bromac. “Ace Bromac has finished runner-up twice from wide draws since resuming from a let-up,” Havercroft said. “From barrier two he will settle close to the speed and looks a chance to go one better this Friday.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas has selected Caviar Star as his best bet. “It’s always a difficult task to win from a 30 metre handicap, but I expect Caviar Star to be up to the challenge by overcoming this disadvantage and winning on Friday night,” Casellas said. “His form this season has been exceptional and he’s my best bet this week.” VALUE BETS ERNIE: Eden Franco, freshened by trainer Colin Brown, has the exceptional record of nine wins and six places from 18 Gloucester Park starts. She impressed when a front-running winner at headquarters last November. MATT: Forever Remembered is a sniper and in a competitive standing start might be the late swooper at big odds.  WAYNE: Madame Meilland is drawn to get the run of the race behind likely leader Eden Franco, who loves to bowl along in front. Could run a race at odds. STUART: The value bet looks to be Back To The Beach. He covered a heap of ground, from a wide draw, before finishing a close-up fourth last start. Has the pole draw here in a similar field. PAT: My value bet comes up in race eight with No. 3 Lord Willoughby. This horse had a win four starts ago and I think he is well placed with Chris Lewis aboard to record another win. HAYDEN: Baylan Jett wasn't disgraced at his latest start and could be at a hefty price. Has claims. RYAN: Vincenzo Perrugia is racing in fine style and from barrier one on Friday he will give you a sight. Ran second to Handsandwheels after breezing four starts ago and could upset more fancied rivals. KEN: For value, I suggest Handsandwheels at an attractive quote in race four, in which he is the sole back-line runner. His recent form has been hard to fault. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting!   Wayne Currall

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