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Mick Lombardo has been involved as an owner, breeder and administrator since 1975 when he bought the Garry Rowan colt Yam Seng from the horse’s Victorian breeder Kevin Newbound. Yam Seng became Mick’s first winner when successful at Northam on 5th November 1977 for trainer Kevin Keys and driver Barry Street. Born on 17th April 1937, Mick Lombardo was first exposed to harness racing at the Richmond Raceway track in Fremantle in the 1950s as a teenager. His father Vince had jumped ship off the coast of Bunbury in 1929 after a journey from Siciliy and began to work as a fisherman. Mick joined his father in fishing for crayfish and then moved to trawlers fishing the Indian Ocean before he took a punt and built his first fishing boat in 1962. The steel boat was regarded as the best in Western Australia at the time and Mick contracted to carry out some seismic work off the North West Shelf. “We set off bombs in the ocean every three minutes while the seismic signals were recorded back at the American base at Exmouth”, he recalled some years later. In 1969 he began a ship-building business and for the next 25 years Lombardo ships were used by the Americans for off-shore exploration and by the oil industry for their work in Bass Strait. At their peak the Lombardo companies employed more than 1500 people throughout Australia and South East Asia and one of Mick’s boats was the first to fish for prawns in the Gulf of Carpentaria. In the early 1970s Mick and a partner purchased some 325 acres in the Margaret River region for the purpose of commercial marron farming and with the development of Mick’s passion for harness racing Notable Breeding Farms became the first home for his horse breeding operation. A decade later Mick purchased a property at Congupna near Shepparton in Victoria and established Concorde Park where his first stud stallion was Northern Lights. By 1998 he employed seven full-time staff to handle his harness racing business which at that time had 96 broodmares. He sold most of the colts he bred and kept a select band of fillies for broodmare purposes after their racing careers had finished. Mick has reduced his numbers of broodmares in recent years but the statistics relating to his contribution to the breeding of Standardbreds in Australia are worth noting. Under various banners Mick Lombardo has bred some 1440 foals of which 962 (67%) have raced and 626 (44%) have won. Those 1440 foals have had a total of 33,379 starts and won 4261 races and been placed a further 7502 times and earned total stakes of some $32,620,894. His famous White, red Maltese Cross colours derived from Mick’s football team South Fremantle with the red Maltese cross being the symbol given by the American Bureau of Shipping to the best and safest of ships. Mick Lombardo – Administrator Mick Lombardo became a member of the WA Trotting Association (Gloucester Park Harness Racing) in 1976 and served Gloucester Park as a member of committee for a total of 12 years (1984 – 1991) and (1998 – 2003) and was President between 1989 and 1991. He was made a Life Member of Gloucester Park in 1991. He represented Western Australia on the Australian Harness Racing Council (now Harness Racing Australia) for a total of six years and was chairman of the National Body between 2002 and 2004. He also represented Australia at the World Trotting Conference and was made a Life Member of the World Trotting Conference in 2009 in Norway. His contribution to Australian Harness Racing has been recognized twice with a Distinguished National Service Award in 2001 and in 2015 Mick Lombardo became just the eighth individual to be presented with the nation’s top award the J P Stratton Award for Significant Achievement, Leadership, Distinction, Eminence, Repute, Renown, Foresight, Initiative, Innovation, Creativity on an International or National Basis over a significant period of time. In 2011 Mick Lombardo was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to the Australian harness racing industry and his contribution as a breeder, owner and administrator. In announcing the award comment was made that “Mick is passionate about harness racing, the development of the Standardbred breed, animal welfare and the people who are involved in the industry”. Horses bred by Mick Lombardo have won a number of National Awards as set out below 2006 Lombo Pocket Watch – Australian Harness Horse of the Year 2004 Lombo La Fe Fe – Australian Aged Pacing Mare of the Year 2001 Lombo Rapida – Australian Aged Pacing Mare of the Year 2000 Tailamade Lombo – Australian Aged Pacing Mare of the Year 1999 Tailamade Lombo – Australian Aged Pacing Mare of the Year 1998 Concorde Lombo – Australian Aged Pacing Mare of the Year 2007 Lombo Pocket Watch – Australian 3yo Pacer of the Year    2007 Lombo Pocket Watch – Australian 3yo Colt Pacer of the Year         1998 Tailamade Lombo – Australian 3yo Pacer of the Year 1998 Tailamade Lombo – Australian 3yo Filly Pacer of the Year 1997 Concorde Lombo – Australian 3yo Filly Pacer of the Year 1992 Misty Maiden  – Australian 3yo Pacer of the Year 2010 Aussie Made Lombo – Australian 2yo Filly Pacer of the Year 2006 Lombo Pocket Watch – Australian 2yo Pacer of the Year 2006 Lombo Pocket Watch – Australian 2yo Colt Pacer of the Year 2002 Lombo La Fe Fe – Australian 2yo Pacer of the Year 2002 Lombo La Fe Fe – Australian 2yo Filly Pacer of the Year 2001 Lombo Skyrider – Australian 2yo Pacer of the Year 2001 Lombo Skyrider – Australian 2yo Colt Pacer of the Year 2001 Espeshlimade Lombo – Australian 2yo Filly Pacer of the Year 1998 Lombo Rapida – Australian 2yo Filly Pacer of the Year 1997 Tailamade Lombo – Australian 2yo Filly Pacer of the Year 1986 Mazzini Magic – Australian 2yo Pacer of the Year 2010 Tailamade Lombo – Australian Broodmare of the Year 2006 Misty Maiden – Australian Broodmare of the Year Alan Parker

Pinjarra Harness Racing Club and Community TAB are teaming up to fundraise for the Team Teal campaign at the Pinjarra Pacing Cup on Monday, March 4. The campaign raises funds and awareness for the Women’s Cancer Foundation. Pinjarra Harness Racing Club acting general manager Jessica Geach said the Community TAB program was a great avenue for clubs to gain additional exposure through new local charity partnerships. “Pinjarra Harness Racing Club has been involved with Community TAB for the past four years, fundraising for various charities on our premier day of the year, the Pinjarra Pacing Cup Day,” she said. “The club is excited to participate in fundraising for Team Teal; it allows us the chance to contribute financially to lifesaving research and treatment of women’s cancers, particularly ovarian cancer. “The Pinjarra Pacing Cup is our major race day of the year, where we have 10 exciting races, including the $50,000 Coolup Landscapes Supplies Pinjarra Pacing Cup, a free bouncy castle and Lions Train for kids, live music between races, a Punters Club, raffles and the Paceway Pavilion Restaurant, Garden Bar and Canteen facilities are all on offer.” Funds will be raised through donation tins at the paceway entrance gates and throughout the racecourse, fundraising competitions, sale of Team Teal awareness ribbons and wristbands, and the club will be donating $200 for every race won by a female driver on cup day. All funds raised and then matched by Community TAB will go to the Women’s Cancer Foundation. Racing and Wagering WA chairman Jeff Ovens said the positive effects of the Community TAB program had been extensive for regional WA. by Vanessa Schmitt Reprinted with permission of Community News

Bob Pollock has one record that can never be eclipsed - as the first Western Australian to drive an Inter Dominion winner. With some 846 winners as a driver and 603 as a trainer Bob Pollock put together an outstanding career as both a trainer and driver between 1939 and 1998 when he retired. His tally of 483 Perth winners saw him fall agonizingly short of becoming a member of Perth’s elite 500 Club for drivers with 500 metropolitan successes and it was a number of quirks of fate that conspired to rob Pollock of a major milestone. In 1939 Pollock enlisted in the army and returned in 1945 with the rank of sergeant. In 1954 a horse Pollock trained returned a positive swab and he received the then mandatory five year disqualification. A similar occurrence now for a first offence would receive far less a penalty and probably a fine. In 1985 Pollock was forced from the sulky as he reached the then mandatory retirement age of 65 and he didn’t drive for 12 years. When the anti-discrimination laws changed in the late nineties Bob Pollock returned to race driving as a 77yo and won a couple of races driving the appropriately named Worth The Wait. Had Pollock remained active in harness racing for each of those missed 22 years there is no doubt he would have passed both the 1000 career wins and 500 Perth wins milestones. When forced from the spider in 1985 Bob Pollock ranked as the ninth most successful reinsman in the State’s history. What cannot be taken away from Pollock is that he was the first Western Australian reinsman to drive an Inter Dominion Grand Final winner when he was successful with Captain Sandy for trainer Dinny Nolan at the 1953 Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park. Champion New Zealand reinsman Freeman Holmes was the regular race-driver for both Captain Sandy and the outstanding New Zealand mare Blue Mist which had also qualified for the final. She had been far more impressive through the heats and she had won on the first two nights of the Championship. Pollock was quickest to realise that Holmes would drive the more fancied Blue Mist in the final and, urged on by a well-meaning mate, he approached trainer Dinny Nolan. A somewhat hesitant Nolan gave Pollock the drive on the 10yo gelding in a trial before engaging him for the Grand Final drive. The 1953 Inter Dominion was run in front of a huge crowd who crammed every vantage point to watch one of the all-time great finals. In addition to Captain Sandy which had won the 1950 Melbourne Inter Dominion, the field included the NSW champion Ribands (unbeaten in the heats), the dual WA Pacing Cup winner Beau Don and the first 2:00 performer on Australian soil in Avian Derby. Ribands led and Bob Pollock drove the race of his life to push Captain Sandy through the narrowest of gaps (beating Freeman Holmes and Blue Mist to the position) to have the gelding poised just three lengths behind Ribands and Kellett turning for home. Renowned for his vigour in a tight finish, Pollock asked Captain Sandy for an extra effort in the straight and the old warhorse responded as only a champion can to grab Ribands about 50 yards from the line and then draw away to win and become the first dual Inter Dominion champion in track record time. Blue Mist remained in Perth after the Inter Dominion carnival had finished and as Freeman Holmes had returned to New Zealand Pollock was engaged by trainer Claude Fairman to drive the mare. The pair combined to win two Free-For-Alls and the 1953 Easter Cup at Gloucester Park. Pollock’s father Robert H Pollock drove the first of his 50 Perth winners behind Otahuhu at the Claremont Showgrounds on 15th February 1913. Bob Pollock’s first win as a driver came behind Tommy Dillon which his father had purchased for £35 in the twilight of the horse’s career. Tommy Dillon, a 15yo when the 19yo Pollock saluted the judge behind the 50/1 chance, had won the WA Pacing Cup nine years earlier when in the stables of Arthur Gaukroger. While Pollock never won a Perth Drivers or Trainer’s Premiership he was placed on a number of occasions behind the likes of Hall Of Famers Jim Schrader, Frank Kersley, Fred Kersley and Phil Coulson. During the sixties Bob Pollock was a force to be reckoned with and during this period he won a WA Derby with the filly Hill Oro, two Sires Produce Stakes with Pagan Lord and Bank Street, a Brennan Cup with Tony Hall and a Christmas Handicap with the brilliant Chief Attain. In 1980 Pollock trained and drove the sensational 2yo Tommy Steel which set a new Australian Record for a 2yo over a mile with a time of 2:00.8. Tommy Steel was the most prolific of Pollock’s Gloucester Park winners notching 14 wins at Gloucester Park. Pollock has a somewhat unique record in the in addition to his win behind Captain Sandy in the 1953 Inter Dominion he also won races behind two other Inter Dominion winners in Binshaw and Preux Chevalier.   Alan Parker

Impressive pacer Patrickthepiranha has landed the first blow in the run to April’s WA Derby, taking out last night’s Group 3 Caduceus Club Classic at Gloucester Park. In what looks set to be a strong year for the three-year-old’s, Patrickthepiranha was able to make the most of barrier one to record his seventh straight victory. The Colin Brown-trained gelding looked to have the race well in his keeping on the turn for home, but reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green had to urge him over the closing stages as Eloquent Mach made up late ground. Gee Jay Kay finished third, while other star three-year-old’s Shockwave and Franco Edward were unplaced from the tough draws. Patrickthepiranha rated 1.56.1 and ran home in a time of 57.5. Egerton-Green said he was happy enough with the performance, but indicated there was plenty of improvement left in the Four Starzz Shark gelding. “We got it our own way,” he told RWWA Harness. “He wasn’t fully wound up and we’ve probably got a little bit more work to do. “I probably got a bit busy on him late, but that was probably more my fault because he switched off. “He hasn’t started for a month and the other horses are race fit. “When anything comes near him, I think he’ll put his mind to it.” The other feature event of the night, the Group 2 RWWA Cup, was taken out by Handsandwheels. Handsandwheels was able to get the perfect run on the back of Vultan Tin, who sat outside the leader Herrick Roosevelt. The 2017 WA Derby winner then swept to the front on the turn for home and held on by a head over Always Arjay. Always Arjay’s driver Shannon Suvaljko launched a protest against the winner, who he claimed shifted out in the final 100m. Stewards eventually dismissed the protest, but Handsandwheels reinsman Aiden De Campo was fined $300. Gary Hall Jnr, fresh from being unveiled as one of the 2019 West Australian Racing Hall Of Fame inductees during the week, recorded a winning treble on the night. Hall Jnr started the night with a winning race-to-race double with Soho Chelsea and Chok Chai. He then teamed up with progressive pacer Caviar Star later in the night to take out the Join The Caduceus Club Standing Start Pace. Caviar Star took his record in Australia to five wins from nine starts and trainer Gary Hall Snr was impressed by the gelding’s performance.   Tim Walker  

Trainer Ryan Bell concedes Shockwave has a difficult task in front of him if he’s to win the Group 2 Caduceus Club Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park tomorrow night, but is confident he has the right horse to upstage warm favourite Patrickthepiranha. Shockwave, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr once again, has impressed at his two most recent outings at Gloucester Park, where he overcame barrier five on both occasions, however he has drawn barrier eight tomorrow night. Despite the draw, Bell said he has Shockwave primed for a big performance in the $40,000 event. “As good as our bloke is going, the barrier is a bad one for him,” he said. “I’m confident he will put in a forward performance, but he will have to do the hard yards. “Our bloke is more forward than a lot of others in the field, but with Patrickthepiranha drawn barrier one over 2130 he can still afford to be fresh and be too good.” Shockwave produced, arguably, a career best performance over 1730m on January 25, where he rated 1.54.0, before he returned on February 1 over 2130m and rated 1.57.7. The Group 1 WA Derby on April 5 looms as the likely target for a majority of the three-year-olds engaged in tomorrow night’s feature. Bell described both performances as “pretty impressive” and said the fortnight between runs suited Shockwave perfectly. “He’s been lucky for most of his career so far that he’s been able to have two weeks between runs,” he said. “It has meant we’ve been able to keep him fresh a lot of the time. “He’s probably the type of horse I could keep fresh and I’d only work him at home to have him ready for the Derby.” Bell added he was hopeful he would be able to retain the services of Hall Jnr for the duration of Shockwave’s preparation. Patrickthepiranha, who is looking for seven straight wins, was installed a $1.55 chance with TABtouch, ahead of Gee Jay Kay ($5), Franco Edward ($5) and Shockwave ($5.50). Gee Jay Kay, who was the favourite in both of the recent races Shockwave won, has drawn barrier three tomorrow night, while Franco Edward has drawn barrier nine. Dylan Egerton-Green retains the drive on the Colin Brown-trained Patrickthepiranha and said he was confident the gelding would be able to lead all the way from the inside draw. “He’s got the right draw, but I still have to make sure that he runs off the gate and make sure nothing else can cross,” he said. “It’s a pretty handy field with Shockwave and Franco Edward, then you have a horse like Valbonne who has also been going well. “I have to keep my wits about me early but he should be able to capitalise on the good draw.” The Caduceus Club Classic gets underway at 7.25. Tim Walker

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are united in thinking Chok Chai, Patrickthepiranha, Gotta Go Gabbana, Caviar Star and James Butt will all salute at Gloucester Park on Friday night. All five horse will be short, but will prove the testing material in their respective races. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, longshot guru Pat Harding, veteran tipster Stuart Lowe and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have made Patrickthepiranha their best bet in the $40,000 Caduceus Club Classic (2130m). Manning summed up the thoughts of his colleagues when he said Patrickthepiranha could consolidate nominal favouritism for the $200,000 WA Derby on April 5 with victory on Friday night. “Patrickthepiranha, unbeaten in six starts since a spell, has led at his past four appearances and should show the gate speed needed to hold-up from barrier one for reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green,” Manning said. “The three-year-old could further boost a run of success for trainer Colin Brown, who won the Daintys Daughter Classic with Typhoon Tiff last Friday night.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas has advised punters to keep following consistent mare Liberty  Rose. “Liberty Rose is the youngest and least experienced runner in the Caduceus Club Pace, but I’m confident she will prove very hard to beat and she’s my best bet,” Casellas said. “The four-year-old mare has been placed at all her five runs since resuming after a spell and is overdue for a win.”  TABradio’s Matt Young is keen on Caviar Star. “Caviar Star had excuses last Friday night and back to a standing start, looks very well placed for victory here,” Young said. Budding racecaller Hayden King agrees. “Caviar Star was an enormous effort after working like a train last week,” King said. “This looks his for the taking.” Guild president Wayne Currall believes punters should forgive Chok Chai for his last-start defeat as a short-priced favourite. “Chok Chai was only having his second start in almost seven months and was gunned down late over the 2536m journey last week” Currall said. “He’s set to bounce back from gate two over the 2130m trip. Can lead all the way here.”   VALUE BETS ERNIE: Absolution has not won in his past 17 starts, but showed a glimpse of form when third a fortnight ago. He was eased back from gate six last Friday night and his ninth can be overlooked. PAT: James Butt ran a creditable fourth last week, but I think Chris Voak can bring him home for a determined win from his favourable draw in gate two. STUART: Importer Exporter’s form is better than it reads. Looks to meet a weaker field and should go close. RYAN: Tarsao didn’t see daylight until well up the straight a fortnight ago when finishing fifth to Michael Joseph. Barrier here makes it tough but he is racing in good form. KEN: Mr Mojito will have to overcome the outside barrier in a 1730m sprint event. However, he drops enormously in class and with an expected titanic duel for the early lead, he should enjoy a soft trip in the early stages before unleashing a powerful late burst. MATT: Absolution in the last has been racing without much luck, but he has the draw and the options. He’s a 1x4 bet this Friday night. HAYDEN: Mighty Flying Thomas should secure the softest of runs three back the fence on a strong speed over the long trip and he can blast over the top late.  WAYNE: Our Rhythm N Blues ran a creditable fourth last week at his first appearance in nine months. Will have derived plenty of benefit from the hit-out and can be dangerous at each-way odds. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting!   Wayne Currall

In-form reinsman Shannon Suvaljko has given punters an important lead by choosing to drive Clarenden Hustler in preference to Four Starzzz Forsa in the 2130m Caduceus Club Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Suvaljko handled both pacers when each turned in an eye-catching performance to finish in second place at their most recent outing. Clarenden Hustler, trained by Debbie Padberg, revealed explosive gate speed to lead from barrier seven in a 1730m event last Friday week. After quarters of 28.6sec., 29.4sec. and 27.9sec. the chestnut gelding, a recent arrival from South Australia, wilted slightly in a final quarter of 29.3sec. to finish a half-length second to Chok Chai. Four Starzzz Forsa started from barrier six in a 2130m event last Friday night and impressed when he was ninth on the pegs at the bell before finishing strongly to be second to Be On Guard. “I have chosen Clarenden Hustler ahead of Four Starzzz Forsa because he is the better horse,” was Suvaljko’s simple explanation. “Clarenden Hustler will win two or three in town. He’s a good horse, as good as Always Arjay. Once he becomes properly acclimatised and learns the pattern of WA racing, he’ll win races. He works as good as Neighlor. “From the back line this week I’ll driver him quietly and let him sprint home,” Suvaljko said. He should run in the top three.” Asked for his best prospect this week, Suvaljko said: “Take the place treble Neighlor, Clarenden Hustler and Absolution.” Suvaljko had the choice of driving Tactile Sensation and Another Ajay in race eight, the Join The Caduceus Club Today Handicap, and he opted for the Peter Tilbrook-trained Tactile Sensation, a five-year-old with a losing sequence of 31. Ten-year-old Another Ajay, a winner at Northam four starts ago for Serpentine trainer Matt Scott and a last-start third behind Back To The Beach and Debt Free Charlie at Gloucester Park last Friday night, will be driven by Michael Grantham. Grantham has high hopes of notching another win with Miss Sangrial, who is favourably drawn at barrier two in the Sports Daily On TABradio Pace. Miss Sangrial, trained by Michael Brennan, impressed when she led for the first 550m and then trailed the pacemaker Veiled Secret before running home strongly to win from that mare over 2130m at a 1.55.7 rate last Friday night. Miss Sangrial is capable of winning again, either by leading or by racing with a sit. She is likely to be tested by smart mares Gotta Go Gabbana, Mary Catherine and Lady De La Renta. Ken Casellas

Outstanding young reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green is delighted at Patrickthepiranha drawing the coveted No. 1 barrier in the $40,000 Caduceus Club Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night and is confident the WA-bred gelding will continue on his winning ways. “He gets away good from the arm and he’s got better with every run,” he declared. “And I’m confident that Patrickthepiranha is quick enough to hold the lead. He’s shown that at his previous runs. “Having his first run for a month is not a concern; he’s down the beach a fair bit and has also been working well. He hoppled today (Tuesday) and went really good, working by himself. Last Friday he worked with a few others and I was very happy with him.” Patrickthepiranha is aiming to extend his winning sequence to seven. He is unbeaten at six starts as a three-year-old and Egerton-Green (who has driven the gelding at all of his nine starts for seven wins, a first-up fifth and a third placing) said he was “probably” the best three-year-old he has driven. “I was fortunate to have driven Bechers Brook as a three-year-old last season (when he won the Battle of Bunbury and the Group 2 Western Gateway Pace before finishing a fast-finishing head second to King of Swing in the WA Derby),” he said. “They are two different horses. Bechers Brook was more of a sit and kick horse and Patrickthepiranha is more versatile; he can lead, sit-kick and is tougher.” Patrickthepiranha is prepared by ace Banjup trainer Colin Brown, who trained and drove The Hard Ball Get when he won the 2002 Caduceus Club Classic from Roadless Travelled and Sacre Bleu. Brown also won the Classic as a driver with David Hercules in 2010 and Ohokas Bondy in 2011. Patrickthepiranha’s chief rivals Shockwave and Franco Edward will need luck after drawing out wide. Shockwave, the winner of seven races from 17 starts, will begin from barrier No. 7, with Franco Edward, a winner at eight of his 12 starts, on his outside. Shockwave is in sparkling form and his seven starts this season have produced four wins and three placings. He is trained at Baskerville by Ryan Bell and will be driven by champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, who has won the classic behind Latte (2003), Ulrich (2004), Alberts Fantasy (2006), Gracias Para Nada (2012), Northview Punter (2013) and Beaudiene Boaz (2015). Shockwave has revealed sparkling gate speed from barrier five at his past two starts for easy all-the-way wins over 1730m and 2130m. Whether he can cross to the front from barrier seven this week is debatable. Franco Edward, trained and driven by Kyle Harper, made most of the running when beaten into second place by the fast-finishing Sweet N Fast over 2536m last Friday night. That followed two convincing wins over 2185m at Pinjarra at his two previous starts. Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, who has won the classic seven times, will be represented by the consistent and improving Eloquent Mach, who will be driven by Stuart McDonald from the outside of the back line. Eloquent Mach notched his fourth win from ten starts when he raced wide early and then in the breeze before fighting on determinedly to win from Know When To Run over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. He faces a far tougher assignment against much stronger opposition on Friday night. Shannon Suvaljko, last season’s leading driver, is hoping for a change of fortune with the highly-promising Gee Jay Kay, who will start from, the No. 3 barrier for trainer Vicki Lea. Gee Jay Kay is still somewhat green, but has performed meritoriously at his three outings as a three-year-old with a second, a third and a fourth behind Shockwave. “His trial at Byford on Sunday was really good,” Suvaljko said. “He needs to sit and come over the top. He’s got some good horses to beat, but he’s up to them. It’s a good draw, but not a great draw.” Gee Jay Kay dashed over the final quarters of the 2150m trial in 28.9sec. and 27.1sec. and finished second to Another Snag. Ken Casellas

Star reinsman Ryan Warwick chalked up his 100th winner for the season when he drove Hasani to a hard-fought victory in a 2536m event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night and he is quietly confident of keeping up the good work by steering Bettor Aim to victory in the Better Your Industry With TABtouch Pace on Friday night. Hasani, a promising Courage Under Fire five-year-old prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, was Warwick’s only drive on Tuesday night and came after he and the Bonds landed a treble with Ana Afreet, Our Alfie Romeo and Mighty Conqueror at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. The Bond camp and Warwick will have a comparatively quiet night on Friday night with three runners Courage Tells, Bettor Aim and Mitch Maguire and Warwick declared that Bettor Aim would prove hard to beat, saying with typical conservatism: “He’ll be thereabouts.” Bettor Aim, a New Zealand-bred four-year, has raced exclusively in Western Australia and, with Warwick in the sulky in all of his 18 starts for eight wins, three seconds and two thirds, has a bright future. Bettor Aim, who is handily drawn at No. 3 on the front line, finished last in a field of nine at his latest appearance, last Friday fortnight when he began from barrier nine, raced four wide early and then raced roughly when he contacted his own sulky. He then was hampered by a flat tyre, which was punctured 600m from home. Therefore there were many valid excuses for the failure. A week earlier he led and won very easily from Better Be Lively over 1730m and at his previous outing he finished stoutly to be second to Handsandwheels over 2130m. 40-year-old Warwick holds a commanding lead in the WA drivers’ premiership table, with 100 wins from 259 drives a winning percentage of 38.5 which is, by far, the best in Australia this season. He has now topped the century five seasons in a row 124 wins in 2014-15 (a winning percentage of 52), 124 (53.9%) in 2015-16, 176 (55.7%) in 2016-17 and 135 (59.3%) in 2017-18. Warwick’s 100 wins gives him a big lead on the WA premiership table over Chris Lewis (71 wins) and Gary Hall Jnr (63). Asked if he dreamt of heading the WA list for the first time this year, Warwick replied: “I’m not too worried about it. I never thought I was good enough to win a premiership, to be honest. But Greg (Bond) is pushing hard for it. It’s an ambition of Greg’s for me to be leading driver. “I work more on strike rates. If my strike rate is good, I’m happy. If I drove 50 winners and was running at 30 per cent I’d be stoked. As long as I’m fit and healthy I’ll keep driving, but I don’t see myself still driving at 65.” Warwick drove his first winner at 16 or 17 years of age when he was successful behind Neurology (trained by his father Colin) at Northam. He named Lookslikelightning as the best horse he has driven and the Glenn Pellew-trained Three Half Whites as the fastest he has sat behind. “When you start comparing them with all the outstanding Bond-trained horses, it gets too hard,” Warwick said. “Mitch Maguire is quick and so is El Jacko. Ana Malak is good and so is Dodolicious, Galactic Star and many, many others.” Warwick drove Ana Malak to victory in the Group 1 Four-Year-Old Classic and the Group 1 Golden Nugget late last year and he was excited at driving that horse’s full-brother Ana Afreet, a three-year-old colt, at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon.           Ana Afreet made a splendid debut in the 2185m event, winning a helter-skelter affair in which a couple of horses galloped in the first lap and another ran off the pegs. Ana Afreet settled in sixth position and after avoiding interference he took the sit behind the pacemaker and then moved off the pegs 500m from home, dashed to the front at the 420m mark and raced away to win by five lengths from Tuakana, with a final quarter in 28.8sec. “There was a lot of traffic and a lot of scenarios that were thrown at him,” Warwick said. “It was his first start in a race and he didn’t seem fazed by any of them. The ability is there and I was pleased with his effort. He and Ana Malak look identical and their attitudes are laid back. You don’t even know that they are stallions; they’re very similar, very chilled out. They save their energy and don’t do anything stupid.” Warwick also said that he was delighted at the progress being shown by Mighty Conqueror, who showed commendable adaptability and composure to overcome difficulties before winning at Pinjarra on Monday. He started off 20m in a 2631m stand and settled in sixth position in the breeze, six lengths from the leader Rocknroll Beachboy before he broke gear, became unbalanced and galloped after a lap. He lost a couple of lengths before returning to a pace and then continued in the breeze before getting to the front 470m from home and holding on to win from Tactile Sensation. That was Mighty Conqueror’s eighth win from 12 starts. While Warwick has posted his century, Greg and Skye Bond are poised to reach this milestone. They have had 278 starters this season for 99 wins in WA and lead the trainers’ premiership table from Gary Hall Snr and Ross Olivieri, who have each prepared 45 winners this season.   Ken Casellas

Lightly-raced five-year-old Herrick Roosevelt has made a full recovery from leg surgery and champion trainer Gary Hall Snr is confident the New Zealand-bred gelding can make a successful return to racing after an absence of 421 days by winning the $50,000 RWWA Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This will be Herrick Roosevelt’s first start since he led and held on grimly to win the $50,000 Christmas Gift by a short half-head from Walkinshaw in December 2017 and his first-up prospects have been enhanced by drawing the prized No. 1 barrier in this week’s Group 2 feature event over 2130m. The Christian Cullen pacer has not appeared in recent trials, but Hall said he was fit and ready to run a big race. “His work in this preparation has been the best of his career and he’s a quick beginner and smart frontrunner,” he said. Herrick Roosevelt, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, underwent surgery after winning the Christmas Gift when he developed a cyst in a stifle joint in a back leg. He has raced only 18 times (all in Western Australia) for ten wins and six placings for stakes of $138,206. The Halls are seeking to win the RWWA Cup for the second year in succession. They were successful last year when Chicago Bull, favourite at 10/1 on, raced four wide early, took the lead after 650m and defeated stablemate Ohoka Punter by four lengths. Herrick Roosevelt is likely to be tested seriously by dependable iron horse Vultan Tin, who is in grand form for Coolup trainer Phil Costello and reinsman Chris Voak. Vultan Tin will start from barrier four and Voak is expected to make full use of the hardy seven-year-old’s good gate speed. “The worst case scenario will be working in the breeze,” Voak said. Vultan Tin maintained his excellent form when he was first out from the No. 4 barrier, but was unable to cross the polemarker Mr Mojito and then raced without cover before taking a narrow lead in the final stages and being beaten by a head by the fast-finishing Mitch Maguire over 2130m last Friday night. The final quarters were run in 28.2sec. and 27.7sec. A week earlier, Vultan Tin led from barrier two and gave a bold frontrunning display to win the Group 2 2536m City of Perth Cup by just under two lengths from the flying El Jacko. The final sections were run in 28.2sec. and 27.8sec. Talented reinsman Aiden de Campo warned punters not to underestimate Handsandwheels, who is awkwardly drawn at barrier No. 6. “He raced four back on the pegs and didn’t get a clear run in the last lap when sixth behind Mitch Maguire last week,” de Campo said. “He was unlucky and if he’d got a run he would’ve gone close to winning. He’s got another tricky draw this week and I haven’t yet decided on my tactics.” Mitch Maguire, prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, is a brilliant sit-sprinter who is capable of overcoming his wide barrier at No. 7. He won for the ninth time from his past 15 starts and for the 23rd time from just 38 starts when he was sixth at the bell and finished powerfully to beat Vultan Tin last week. Shannon Suvaljko said that he was expecting the lone back-line runner Always Arjay to gain a perfect run behind the likely pacemaker Herrick Roosevelt and then figure in the finish. The Nathan Turvey-trained and driven Simba Bromac will reappear after a month’s absence, but the gelding faces a stern test from the outside barrier (No. 9). Simba Bromac warmed up for the race with a stylish all-the-way victory in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning when he was unextended in dashing over the final 400m in 26.9sec. in beating Chelsea Royale by 19 metres.   Ken Casellas

The induction of Robert Peters, Gary Hall Jnr, David Hamer and Old Comrade are several of the highlights of the 2019 WA Racing Industry Hall Of Fame inductees that were announced today by Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA). They are among twelve new members across the thoroughbred, harness and greyhound codes who will receive their accolades when the star-studded WA Racing Industry Hall Of Fame ceremony is conducted at Crown Perth on February 28. The 2019 class of intakes in WA racing’s highest honour includes five horses, three associates, two trainers and one jockey, driver and greyhound. Peters’ elevation is recognition for his unprecedented achievements and feats on the race track as a breeder, owner and administrator. He has amassed more than 1350 victories across Australia including over 200 at stakes level. At the end of the last racing season Peters had won seven Perth Cups, nine Derbies, thirteen Oaks, four Kingston Town Classics, two Railway Stakes, an Australian Cup, Emirates Stakes and two Goodwood Handicaps. Gary Hall Jr shares the privilege of becoming the second member of his family to join the elite of WA harness racing after his father Gary Hall Snr’s induction as a trainer in the 2014 intake. Hall Jr has been Perth’s champion driver for nine seasons, a tally exceeded by fellow inductees Fred R Kersley (17), Frank Kersley (11) and Chris Lewis (10). A winner of 54 Group races, including three Inter Dominions Championships, Hall Jnr is one of only five drivers to have passed the 2000 career wins mark in Western Australia. Hamer’s elevation as a greyhound trainer is remarkable when you consider the Victorian-born arrived in Perth with no background or experience in the sport. Hamer was a five-time leading trainer and prepared three Greyhound of the Year Champions: Pearl King (1980), Icy Monaro (1982) and Blue Echo (1984). Hamer’s biggest win was the Group 1 Perth Cup with Legatee (1984). Hamer’s star chaser, Blue Echo, who won 22 of 26 starts in WA, including seven feature races, will also be an inductee later this month. Thoroughbred Inductees Easingwold (Horse) F (Ted) McAuliffe  Old Comrade (Horse) R G (Bobby) Morley (Jockey) Robert Peters (Associate) Harness Inductees Gary Hall Jnr (Trainer/Driver) Jack Morris (Horse) John Hunt (Associate) Mick Lombardo (Associate) Norms Daughter (Horse) Greyhound Inductees Blue Echo (Greyhound) David Hamer (Trainer)   RWWA

Owner/breeder Colleen Lindsay was almost speechless after the all-the-way win by her filly Typhoon Tiff in the $50,000 Group Two Daintys Daughter Classic at Gloucester Park last night for harness racing trainer/driver Colin Brown. It was Colleen Lindsay’s second Daintys Daughter Classic after she won the race in 2010 with Centrefold Angel which was trained by Deb Sweet and driven by Colin Brown. The win by Typhoon Tiff was Brown’s third in the race as a driver and his second as a trainer having won in 2013 with Gota Good Lookadda. To watch the video replay of this race click on this link. Some 20 years ago Colleen took the advice of trainer Bob Sweet and bought the mare Blithe Spirit which had won six races for Sweet. By Classic Garry, Blithe Spirit was a grand-daughter of the outstanding broodmare Papagena which had been bred by Dr Tom Early from his imported New Zealand mare Star Song. Star Song produced the winners of 46 races in Western Australia including the standout gelding Magic Flute whose 16 wins, all in the city, included a heat of the 1957 Inter Dominion, a State Sprint Championship and a pair of Easter Cups for trainer Fred Kersley Snr. Although unraced Papagena was prolific at the stud for Dr Early with her 16 foals producing 10 winners of 57 races including the good mare Bellagena which won two Empress Stakes and an August Cup for trainer Fred R Kersley. Another daughter of Papagena in Gena Wrack also won an Empress Stakes. When mated to Art Major’s full-brother Perfect Art in 1998, Blithe Spirit produced a filly later named Twisted Art which didn’t race and then to compound matters her first two foals, both colts, died. Proving the adage that patience and persistence are a virtue, Twisted Art produced a filly in 2006 later to be named Centrefold Angel. Centrefold Angel’s 14 wins included the Group One Diamond Classic for 2yos, the aforementioned Daintys Daughter Classic and later a WA Breeders Stakes. In 2007 Twisted Art produced another filly later named Tiffany Twisted which won three races as a 2yo before being injured and sent to stud in 2010. Her first foal was the Bettors Delight gelding Bettor Twisted which has won 10 races and some $90,000. After an attempted race-track comeback in 2013 failed Twisted Art was again served by Bettors Delight that year and produced the filly Tiffany Twirl which won as a 3yo last season. Twisted Art’s third foal, again by Bettors Delight, is Typhoon Tiff which now boasts a record of five wins, one second and one third in her seven starts for stakes of $65,526. Typhoon Tiff finished second to the New Zealand bred Majorpride in the $100,000 Group One Diamond Classic at Gloucester Park in June last year after racing outside the leader. She was sent for a spell shortly thereafter and didn’t resume racing until 29th January when she easily accounted for star New Zealand bred filly Dracarys at Pinjarra when Typhoon Tiff led throughout rating 1:55.2 for the 1684 metres and sprinted home the last half in 55.0 with quarters of 26.7 and 27.8. It was a masterful training performance by Brown that Typhoon Tiff should perform so well after a seven month break with the benefit of trials. A consummate horseman, Colin Brown has a unique record in the 109 year history of harness racing in Perth as the only individual to have trained more than 500 winners and to have driven more than 2000 winners for other trainers. After last night’s win Brown has trained 827 winners and driven 2930 (2245 for other trainers). Only Hall Of Fame inductee Chris Lewis has driven more winners in Perth.   09 February 2019 | Alan Parker

Prolific winner Franco Edward and the promising Caviar Star are just two of the best bets from members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, multiple winner of the Guild’s tipping competition Stuart Lowe and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have all made Franco Edward their star bet for the night. Manning aptly summed up the thoughts of his colleagues. “Franco Edward can further boost his WA Derby prospects by beating older rivals on his return to Gloucester Park,” he said. “The colt, a Pinjarra winner in his past two appearances, was most impressive when he led and scored by 13.5m last week. The colt has won eight of his past 10 races and five of the victories have been at headquarters.” Last season’s leading tipster Matt Young and RWWA’s racing communications co-ordinator Tim Walker are keen on Caviar Star. “Caviar Star has been dazzling since resuming and this race looks to suit him down to the ground to land the victory here,” Young said. And Walker agrees. “Caviar Star looks to be a really progressive horse and the win here two weeks ago was impressive,” he said. “Draw is probably a slight concern here, but banking on his class to get him through.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas and budding racecaller Hayden King believe Miss Sangrial can atone for an unlucky fourth last week. “Miss Sangrial was unlucky last Friday night when she trailed the pacemaker and eventual winner Mary Catherine and was inconvenienced approaching the home turn and then was hampered for room in the home straight,” Casellas said. “The speedy four-year-old is my best bet.” King is singing from the same hymn sheet. “Miss Sangrial appears well placed to score this Friday from the ace draw,” he said. “She was unfortunately hampered late last start and should lead all the way here.” Longshot guru Pat Harding fancies last-start winner James Butt. “James Butt’s win two weeks ago was impressive and over the longer distance of 2536 metres I expect Chris Voak to have him well placed to record three wins in a row,” Harding said. Guild president Wayne Currall thinks punters can get their money early doors with Back To The Beach. “Last time this bloke drew a barrier he ran down Bright Diamond late to record a gutsy victory,” Currall said. “He’s drawn the ace on Friday night and champion reinsman Chris Lewis will be looking for an all-the-way win. Topical tip too with our run of hot weather.” VALUE BETS ERNIE: Talktomeurmattjesty has not won in his past 11 starts, but gate one gives him a chance to break the drought. He has proven his ability by winning five Gloucester Park races and should be fresh when having his first start for almost a month. STUART: My value bet is The Trilogy, who had no luck when he ran last in the Albany Cup last start. Prior form was better than it reads and he is perfectly drawn here. RYAN: Arma Indie was an eight-start maiden before winning twice in New Zealand last month. Was driven like the best horse and duly saluted last time out. Not seen locally but looks to have ability. MATT: Anime has got the nice draw and is racing well. Could be some mid-race pressure and he looks a 1x4 bet in this. TIM: Arma Indie, now in the Mike Reed stable, is first-up in Australia. Hoping to see a strong showing tonight in what is a pretty nice field of 3YO fillies. KEN: For value I suggest Bettor Not Bitter in the first event in which he should appreciate barrier two. He led until the final couple of strides when a close second to Soho Wonder over 2536m last Friday week. The 2130m trip should be more to his liking this week. HAYDEN: Come Dance With Me will be flashing late if there is a generous speed. I think she is the best horse in the race and and with a fair share of luck is the winner. PAT: My value  bet of the night comes up in race 10 with Atmospherical. Chris Voak is making a habit of winning the last race and I think he can do so again. WAYNE: Liberty Rose has an awkward backline draw to content with, but she will be rattling home if Gary Hall Jr gets her into the clear in time. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting!   Wayne Currall

Talented young trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper will gauge Franco Edward’s prospects in the $200,000 WA Derby when the colt competes over the Derby distance of 2536m in the Westral Crimsafe Doors Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Franco Edward, a dual Group 1 winner as a two-year-old last winter, has yet to race beyond 2185m in a brilliant career of eight wins and two seconds from 11 starts. “It was part of the reason why I put him in this race to see how he handles the 2500m,” Harper said. “I don’t think it will worry him at all. “From barrier four this week, I reckon he will find the front early. He hasn’t reached his peak in this current campaign (five starts for four wins) and after this week’s race I plan to run him in the Caduceus Club Classic the following Friday night as part of his preparation for the WA Derby (April 5).” Harper, who has a healthy respect for several smart three-year-olds, including Shockwave and Patrickthepiranha, singled out the Justin Prentice-trained four-year-old Sweet N Fast as Franco Edward’s most serious rival on Friday night. Sweet N Fast, who has won by big margins at Bunbury and Pinjarra at his past two starts, has an impressive record of nine wins and five placings from 22 starts. He will start from barrier five, alongside Franco Edward on Friday night. Anime (barrier one) and Mister Bushido (two) also will have admirers. Anime, trained at Coolup by Phil Costello, has a losing sequence of 15, but has been knocking on the door, with five seconds from his past six starts. He worked hard in the breeze and fought on grandly when second to Thisbeachrighthere over 2130m last Friday night. Mister Bushido, a former New Zealand performer and a newcomer to the stables of Gary Hall Snr, will pay to follow. He enjoyed a good passage in the one-out, one-back position before running home solidly into third place behind Thisbeachrighthere and Anime last Friday night. Vrai Amour, a lightly-raced seven-year-old with three wins from seven starts, will have many admirers when Jocelyn Young drives him for trainer Debra Lewis from the prized No. 1 barrier in the final event, the Westral Plantation Shutters Pace over 2130m. Vrai Amour reappeared after an absence of 19 months in a 1730m sprint last Friday night. From barrier six, he raced at the rear and was eighth, out five wide, on the home turn before charging home with a powerful burst to finish an eye-catching sixth behind Chok Chai. He will clash with the promising Our Rhythm N Blues, who faces a first-up test from the No. 8 barrier. Our Rhythm N Blues, a five-year-old trained by Gary Hall Snr, raced three times in WA last April and May after arriving from New Zealand for a first-up second to Pick My Pocket at Pinjarra and two wins over 2130m at Gloucester Park after setting the pace.   Ken Casellas

Smart pacers El Jacko and Vultan Tin have developed a keen rivalry this season and their clash in the $25,000 Westral Outdoor Patio Blinds Pace over 2130m will be a highlight of the ten-event program at Gloucester Park on Friday night. El Jacko, prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, produced an eye-catching performance when a fast-finishing second to Vultan Tin in the Group 2 City of Perth Cup last Friday night and he has excellent prospects of turning the tables on his arch rival this week. Leading reinsman Ryan Warwick resumes as El Jacko’s driver this week after handling stablemates in El Jacko’s past five starts. Warwick and El Jacko have formed as powerful combination, with Warwick in the sulky at 14 of the New Zealand-bred six-year-old’s 17 wins in Western Australia. El Jacko is the only runner on the back line in Friday night’s race and Warwick will have many tactical options. Vultan Tin, to be driven by Chris Voak for Coolup part-owner and trainer Phil Costello, will start from the No. 4 barrier and Voak looks set to take advantage of the seven-year-old’s good gate speed. Vultan Tin set the pace from barrier two in last week’s Cup. He had an easy time and was not challenged in front. After leisurely opening quarters of the final mile in 31.1sec. and 29.3sec. Vultan Tin sprinted over the final 400m sections in 28.2sec. and 27.8sec. as he strolled to a two-length victory over El Jacko. El Jacko, driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, started from the back line and raced in seventh position in the one-wide line. He was six wide on the home turn, ninth at the 100m mark and eighth with 60m to travel as he flew home into second place. He made up three lengths on Vultan Tin in the straight. Vultan Tin and El Jacko should again fight out the finish this week as their trainers prepare them for an assault on Group 2 $50,000 features in the next few weeks the RWWA Cup, Governor’s Cup and Pinjarra Cup.  Apart from El Jacko, the Bond stable will be represented in this week’s Free-For-All by Mitch Maguire (Nathan Turvey) and Our Jimmy Johnstone (Egerton-Green). Byford trainer Ross Olivieri has three runners, Mr Mojito (Shannon Suvaljko), Im Full of Excuses (Chris Lewis) and Itz Bettor To Win (Stuart McDonald), who have drawn barriers one, two and three, respectively.  Capel trainer Andrew de Campo is hoping for a strong forward showing from Handsandwheels (Aiden de Campo) and Blythewood trainer Michael Brennan will be represented by veteran The Bucket List (Michael Grantham).     Handsandwheels ran home determinedly from sixth at the bell to finish third in the City of Perth Cup, and The Bucket List was tenth at the bell before surging home, out wide, into fifth place. Ken Casellas

Astute Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed is aiming to win the $50,000 Westral Daintys Daughter Classic for a record-equalling third time when high-priced New Zealand-bred filly Arma Indie contests the Group 2 feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Arma Indie arrived in Perth less than two weeks ago and she has the raw ability to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier in the field of nine at her first appearance in Australia. She and the Colin Brown-trained and driven Typhoon Tiff are likely to dominate betting on the 2130m event in which the connections of all runners are anxious to press claims for a start in the $150,000 WA Oaks on May 3. Arma Indie was purchased three weeks ago by Jim and Wilma Giumelli from owner-breeders Davinia Harrison and Johnny Mathers for what they (the owners) described as a “sizeable” figure. Co-trainer David Butt said that Arma Indie had come back as a three-year-old stronger and more sensible than she was as a two-year-old when she raced eight times for no wins, one second and two thirds. Arma Indie ended her two-year-old campaign on a high note at Cambridge last June when she was a 72/1 outsider and finished second to the classy Princess Tiffany in the Group 1 Diamond Classic when the quarters were covered in 27.7sec., 30.7sec., 27.6sec. and 28.2sec. She revealed excellent gate speed and took the lead after 450m before sitting behind the pacemaker Princess Tiffany 400m later. She fought on with admirable spirit. The filly resumed after a spell and an absence of exactly seven months when she started from the No. 1 barrier and led for the first 450m before taking a sit in a 2000m event at Otago on January 2. Taking full advantage of the sprint lane Arma Indie burst to the front 120m from the post and won by more than two lengths from Vergeofgreatness, rating 2.1.6, with a final quarter of 28.6sec. She started from barrier No. 6 over 2200m at Invercargill on January 10. She began speedily and dashed to the front after 250m before taking a sit 400m later. She then regained the lead with 1100m to travel and went on to win in fine style from the fast-finishing colt Mighty Flying Art. Arma Indie rated 1.59.4 and covered the final 40m section in 27.7sec. Arma Indie is by American stallion Well Said and is the second foal (and only one to have raced) out of Arma Courage, who won three minor races and $17,410 from 21 starts. Arma Indie is closely related to Armalight, an outstanding mare who had 36 starts for 18 wins, 11 placings and $277,520 in prizemoney. Armalight, the New Zealand Horse of the Year in 1982, won seven Group 1 events, including the New Zealand Oaks at New Brighton in April 1980, the New Zealand Cup at Addington in November 1981 and the Auckland Cup at Alexandra Park in February 1983. Mark Reed will drive Arma Indie for his father, who has trained the winner of the Daintys Daughter Classic with Sheer Royalty (driven by Chris Lewis) in 2009 and Maczaffair (driven by Shannon Suvaljkjo) in 2017. Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr holds the record with three winners of the classic Majorly Foxy Styx (2014), Nuala (2015) and Slick Artist (2018). Brown has won the Daintys Daughter Classic twice. He was successful with the Deb Sweet-trained Centrefold Angel in 2010 and he prepared 8/1 chance Gota Good Lookadda, who led and beat 6/4 on favourite Bettor Dreams by a half-length. Centrefold Angel, a 3/1 chance, showed great courage to race in the breeze before getting to the front on the home turn and beating the 5/4 favourite Ella Sue by a head. Centrefold Angel was owned by Colleen Lindsay, who bred and owns Typhoon Tiff, who will start from barrier five on Friday night. Mrs Lindsay also bred and owns Typhoon Tiff’s full sister Tiffany Twirl, who was a 75/1 chance when she finished eighth behind Slick Artist in last year’s Daintys Daughter Classic. Typhoon Tiff was produced in outstanding shape by Brown for her first-up run at Pinjarra last Monday week. She led from barrier three and gave an outstanding frontrunning exhibition to win by 8m from Dracarys, rating 1.55.2 over 1684m, with final quarters of 26.7sec. and 27.8sec. That was Typhoon Tiff’s first outing since she raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing a neck second to Majorpride in the Diamond Classic for two-year-old fillies last June. Gary Hall Jnr has been engaged by Busselton trainer Barry Howlett to drive Millwood Gucci for the first time. The filly, a winner this year at Bunbury and Albany, steps up a lot in class, but has place prospects from the coveted No. 1 barrier. Mandy Joan, a winner at two of her nine starts for Byford trainer David Thompson, will be having her first start since August, but also has place prospects from barrier No. 3. She dashed over the final quarters of a 23150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning in 28.5sec. and 27.9sec. She will be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green. Champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond and leading reinsman Ryan Warwick, who combined for the fighting head victory by Dodolicious in the 2016 Daintys Daughter Classic, will be pinning their faith in Starlight Destiny, an all-the-way Northam winner over 1780m last Saturday night. Starlight Destiny will need a shade of luck from barrier seven, but she is an ultra-consistent filly who has had 15 starts for five wins, six seconds and three thirds. Ken Casellas

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