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The Narrogin harness racing meeting on Friday 14th June set a new Western Australian record for the most number of races won by women drivers at a single meeting. Between them Emily Suvaljko (3), Deni Roberts (2) and Madeleine Young (1) won six of the eight races on Friday night. The previous State Record was the five winners recorded by Lyn Lucas (3) and Susan Roberts (2) at the seven race meeting at Albany on 13th January 1992. Making Friday night an even bigger night for the girls Delightfulreaction, which won the fourth event at Narrogin is owned by Melissa Howie. Lauren Jones and Jocelyn Young added further icing to the girls celebration cake when they each drove winners at Gloucester Park on Friday night behind Zennart and Mister Ardee. Alan Parker

Longshot guru Pat Harding and RWWA’s racing communications co-ordinator Tim Walker are two members of the WA Trotting Media Guild who have made prolific winner Ideal Liner their best bet at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “My best bet Ideal liner duly saluted last week and I expect him to repeat the dose in race three on Friday night,” Harding said. “He’s racing in great form and should win well in this field.” Walker agrees. “It’s the third week in a row this pacer goes around and he should be winning again,” Walker said. “Progressive pacer and looks like he's benefiting with every outing he has at the races.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is keen on Theo Aviator. “Theo Aviator jumps off the page as my best at the meeting with a higher HWOE tally than his seven rivals combined,” Havercroft said. “He started from a wider barrier and favourite in a much stronger field two starts ago when winning the $50,000 3YO Pearl Classic.” TABradio’s Matt Young believes punters can make a great start to the night by supporting Liam Neil in the opening event. “Liam Neil freshened up with a strong third last start and should have the speed to lead and excels as a frontrunner,” Young said. “You can start the night off right by backing him.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning likes Heza Head Honcho. “Heza Head Honcho gets his chance to break a 12-run losing sequence when he starts from barrier one,” Manning said. “The gelding has sufficient speed to hold up, judging by the way he led  when also drawing the pole a fortnight ago. He finished a close second to Ruling Gold on that occasion, but now looks poised for his third Gloucester Park victory.” Novice racecaller Hayden King believes Bad Round can score an all-the-way victory. “Bad Round has built into some really strong form his last couple of runs and will certainly be trying for an all-the-way win,” King said. “That’s the role where he races best.” Guild president Wayne Currall believes it could be a night to remember for The West’s racing writer Ernie Manning. “Without wanting to jinx Ernie at all, I think his namesake can win the $100,000 Pearl Classic,” Currall said. “Manning was impressive in his heat win in slick time and has the services of champion reinsman Chris Lewis.” VALUE BETS PAT: I believe Madame Meilland can give punters a good return. I am sure Chris Lewis can have her well placed to pounce at the finish. TIM: If Baylan Jett can get clear running, he looks a great bet in this race. Been running in some nice races and this looks a good draw for him. The one may be suspect late. Intriguing little race.  RYAN: Baylan Jett is drawn to be behind the leader like he was two starts ago when he trailed Vinecnzo Perrugia to the line. Looks a good place bet again. MATT: Smoldering Ashes is racing well and looks well placed to finish in the money from a nice draw. ERNIE: Infinite Symbol has drawn inside the back line after winning only once in her past eight starts. But she showed a glimpse of her best when bouncing back from two unplaced runs to finish third behind The War Nurse last Friday night. HAYDEN: Batavia On Fire has improved exponentially in the last couple of months and is in red-hot form. If the speed is on he will be rattling home. WAYNE: Dominate The Dojo has been racing in career-best form with three seconds at his past three starts. Drawn gate nine over the longer trip, but with his blinding speed out of the machine he could cross them at the start. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

On paper, this year's Group 1 TABtouch-2YO Pearl Classic (2130m) may lack depth, but the four runners at the top of the market are sure to make it an intriguing race. Aristocratic Star (barrier two), Jaxon Jones (four), Valentines Brook (seven) and Manning (10) loom as the main fancies for the $100,000 event. The field for the Pearl Classic was reduced by one earlier this week, when trainer Justin Prentice elected against accepting with Major Martini. Prentice still has two of the four fancied runners in Aristocratic Star and Manning and has proven himself as the trainer to watch in the two-year-old ranks, having trained the winning quinella in the colts and geldings Sales Classic in March. Jaxon Jones defeated Valentines Brook and Aristocratic Star in the second of the two Pearl heats last Tuesday, while Manning defeated Disco Bolt and Major Martini in the opening heat. Gary Hall Jnr, looking for his fourth Pearl Classic, teams up with Aristocratic Star in this week's edition and said he was looking forward to being able to settle the pacer on speed. "We haven't drawn where we can use him off the gate yet," he said. "This looks like a draw where we are going to have to." Hall Jnr said he was concerned by some of Aristocratic Star's racing manners in the heat, which made finding the front all the more critical. "In the heat we had all sorts of problems," he said. "He got keen, he got a bit of interference getting into the back of the cart of the horse in front and he got himself all wound up. "I think if we could get to the front and let him run his own race it will give us a good chance of winning." Jaxon Jones emerged as a contender for the Pearl with two wins at Bunbury during the autumn, before two sound performances at Gloucester Park, headlined by the heat win. Dylan Egerton-Green teams up in the sulky with Jaxon Jones, a winner at three of five starts, and said he expected another bold performance this week. "He went really good in his heat. "He's probably better off up there, because the two fourths that he's run he's been off the pace. "The one of Justin's that has drawn inside us is probably the one to beat. "I still give our bloke a real top three chance. "If he gets it his right way, I can see him winning." Manning will carry the hopes of a large group of owners in the Pacing WA syndicate when he lines up in the Pearl. The Sportswriter gelding bounced back to his best form in the heat with a commanding 22.5m win. Prior to that, Manning went three starts without a win, albeit one of those winless starts was a credible second placing in the Sales Classic. Chris Lewis takes the steer on Manning and will also be looking for his fifth success in the race. Lewis' most recent success in the race was with boom pacer Jack Mac in 2017.  Manning will be the sole runner from the second row in the feature event and Lewis felt the draw would be to the gelding's liking. Tenacious George and Disco Bolt loom as the pick of the rest of the runners in the race from barrier five and nine respectively. Tim Walker

Fresh from a week off, Chicago Bull is poised to make it three wins from four starts this campaign, when he lines up in the Community TAB Free-For-All Pace (2130m) on Friday night. The six-year-old was a notable absentee from last week's FFA event, taken out by Luis Alberto. This week's FFA event has attracted a field of nine, with Chicago Bull's trainer Gary Hall Snr having five of the nine runners.  After a surprise defeat at his second start this campaign at the hands of Whozideawasthis, Chicago Bull was back to his best a fortnight ago when he settled outside and eventually wore down race leader Vultan Tin.  Despite drawing barrier seven for this week's $25,000 event, reinsman Gary Hall Jnr is bullish about Chicago Bull's chances. "It does look interesting," Hall Jnr said. "I'm not really sure what happens early, but it probably doesn't concern us too much. "He's well and he's raring to go. "He's going to be awfully short, but he should be winning." Whozideawasthis gets another chance to topple Chicago Bull this week, after he drew barrier two and has just Tommy Be Good to his inside.  Stuart McDonald has stuck with Whozideawasthis, following his fifth placing in last week's FFA. Lauren Jones is the new driver for the talented Herrick Roosevelt, who lines up for his first start since May 3, when he was unplaced behind Chicago Bull. A winner at 13 of his 29 starts, Herrick Roosevelt made an encouraging return from a long injury layoff earlier this year and progressed to FFA company. He starts from barrier three this week and looks set to have his chance to be in the finish from the draw. Hall Snr also has Tact Major and My Hard Copy in the race. My Hard Copy made a promising return in last week's FFA, where he ran on gamely from the rear of the field to finish fourth. Maczaffair looms as the main roadblock to Hall Snr taking out the FFA event, drawing barrier four. The mare produced a strong performance last week when third to Luis Alberto, her third start back from a spell.  Vincenzo Perrugia and Im Soxy round out the nine horse field, the latter of the two finished second to Luis Alberto last week. Hall Snr will be hopeful progressive four-year-old Ideal Liner can continue his winning form when he lines up in the Off The Track-More Than Just A Racehorse Pace (2130m). Ideal Liner has scored five wins from six starts this campaign, including his past four. His past two wins have both been on Friday night's at Gloucester Park, but will face a tricky test from barrier 11 this week.  Mighty Santanna, Mister Bushido, Warfare and Thereugo have all drawn on the front line ahead of Ideal Liner and will make life tricky for Hall Jnr in the sulky. Hall Snr and Hall Jnr will also team up with last start winner Mad Robber in the TABtouch-Better Your Industry Pace.   Tim Walker

The race for the lucrative Westbred 3YO finals heat up this week, with the running of the Listed Westsired races. Eight runners will do battle in the colts and geldings division, while five runners have accepted in the fillies race. Despite the small field, both races look set to provide a fascinating end to the 10 event card. Theo Aviator is the standout runner in the colts and geldings event, with the Aldo Cortopassi-trained and driven pacer drawing barrier three. The 3YO Pearl Classic winner finished a meritorious third to Know When To Run last week and shapes up as the clear runner to beat this week. Cortopassi will use this week's $25,000 event as the springboard to the Group 1 Westbred Classic next week. Tellmetoattack looms as the main danger to Theo Aviator this week, with the Andrew De Campo-trained pacer drawing barrier one for his first-up assignment. The Advance Attack gelding has put together a respectable record of four wins and three placings from 14 starts.  The gelding was unplaced in the 2YO Westsired Pace last year behind Babyface Adda.  Aiden De Campo has the drive this week and said he was hopeful Tellmetoattack could cause Theo Aviator plenty of concern.  "He's a horse with plenty of ability," he said. "He's caused dad a lot of headaches over the duration of the last two years. "As he gets older, he keeps getting better. "He does tend to go fresh and he's fit enough first-up.  "We will be in front and hopefully he can hold on." Babyface Adda is also engaged in this Friday night's event, but will have to overcome the obstacle of barrier nine.  Chris Lewis has the drive behind the Ross Olivieri-trained pacer. Lewis also looks set to play a big role in the fillies division, where he teams up with the Barry Howlett-trained My Prayer. The champion reinsman had the choice between My Prayer and Dont Look, but went with the Barry Howlett-trained filly from barrier two.  My Prayer finished third to Majorpride in the Diamond Classic at her most recent outing and has just Yo Te Amo Haitch drawn inside her. Lewis has also driven Dont Look at each of her seven careers starts, highlighted by her last start win at Pinjarra on June 3.  Morgan Woodley has the drive behind the John Graham-trained filly this week.  Catch Me Cougar and Joey Girl are the other runners in the field.  Elsewhere, De Campo also teams up with Millwood Molly from barrier one in the TABtouch Giddy Up Premium Form Fillies & Mares Pace (2130m). De Campo said he was confident the mare could make it three wins in a row. "She's racing really well," he said. "I reckon she will go really well from barrier one. "She showed really good gate speed last start and hopefully she can do that again."   Tim Walker

It will be a big three weeks for Trotsynd syndications, with all three current syndications racing in Group Ones, starting tomorrow night with the running of the Group One $100,000 Pearl Classic at Gloucester Park. Manning, owned by Trotsynd Syndication No 16, is a $4 chance on TABtouch to take out the feature two-year-old event after drawing barrier 10. Trained by Justin Prentice and to be driven by master reinsman Chris Lewis, Manning will be looking for his maiden group one victory after running second to stablemate Major Martini in the $100,000 Sales Classic in March. The son of Sportswriter, who is named after The West Australian trotting journalist Ernie Manning, was a brilliant heat winner scoring by 22 ½ metres accompanied by the fastest mile rate of 1.58.0. After Friday night, Manning will then be aimed at the Group One two-year-old Westbred Finals on Friday 28 June at Gloucester Park. Next Friday night, 21 June, Trotsynd’s other two syndicate horses Know When To Run and Has No Fear will be leading chances in the three-year-old Westbred Finals for the boys and girls respectively. Has No Fear, the Group One WA Oaks winner has already amassed over $190,000 in stakes from just 21 starts. While Know When To Run has overcome injuries as a two-year-old to win five of his 10 starts, including a brilliant victory last week at Gloucester Park over a class field. Know When To Run has only been unplaced once and earned stakes of almost $36,000. Trotsynd, along with Pacing WA, are currently syndicating their newest acquisition. He is a son of world champion sire Bettors Delight and the first foal of top Christian Cullen mare, Robyns C C, making him the same sought-after breeding cross as Lazarus, Chicago Bull and The Fixer. Details of the latest Trotsynd syndication can be found on the Gloucester Park website but get in quick because there is only limited shares available with three quarters already sold!   Gloucester Park

The classy Ideal Liner will be at short odds to make it four wins in a row on Friday night at Gloucester Park, but that hasn’t stopped two members of the WA Trotting Media Guild making him their best bet. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and longshot guru Pat Harding believe the Gary Hall-trained Ideal Liner will salute. “Ideal Liner, a Bunbury, Pinjarra and Gloucester Park winner at his past three starts, is back to the form he showed when running a close second to Ana Malak in the $125,000 4YO Classic last November,” Manning said. “Mighty Conqueror, Jack Mac and King Of Swing were among horses he beat home in the classic. He has the impressive tally of four wins from seven Gloucester Park starts.” And Harding agrees. “The standout for me and my best bet of the night comes up in race seven,” Harding said. “Coming out of barrier four, Ideal liner should make it four wins in a row. His form is very impressive and this is not a strong field.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is a Dominate The Dojo fan. “Dominate The Dojo is ultra-consistent with a win and two seconds from his last three outings,” Havercroft said. “Chris Lewis will utilise barrier three and have the Kevin Keys-trained gelding up on the speed and fighting out the finish.” TABradio’s Matt Young is keen on Mighty Flying Deal. “Mighty Flying Deal looks the leader and winner over the longer trip,” Young said. “He has the gate speed to hold up and control the race.” Novice racecaller Hayden King believes punters should wait until the last race before unloading. “Know When To Run was simply outstanding last week,” King said. “He was back and wide in quick time. Now, he draws to lead.” Media Guild president Wayne Currall is tipping Robb Stark to return to winning form. “Robb Stark finished a creditable sixth being stablemate Ideal Liner last week at GP,” Currall said. “He meets a weaker field tonight and he can really make his presence felt in this nine-horse field.” VALUE BETS: ERNIE: One Off Delight has been unplaced at his past seven starts, but barrier one gives him a chance to re-enter the winners’ list. He has won six races, including two at Gloucester Park. PAT: Patrickthepiranha is a very good horse but has been unplaced at his last four races following a win. He has not had a great deal of luck either, but with only six runners I think he can give punters an excellent return with a good win. RYAN: Carrera Mach hasn't returned to the form he showed last campaign but has now had five runs since resuming from a spell. Looks ready to improve after consecutive placings prior to a last-start seventh behind the in-form Ideal Liner. MATT: I think Golden State will be lit up off the arm, can cross and could be hard to beat. If he doesn’t go forward he is still a winning chance too. HAYDEN: Conditions suit Mister Ardee and he will certainly be running on at the finish. Just needs the breaks to go his way. WAYNE: Last-start winner Charlie El should receive the run of the race behind likely leader Mighty Flying Deal. Can sprint fast off a trailing draw and should be each-way value. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

It’s quite possible the best race on Friday night’s meeting is the last one. For those willing to stay up until 9.42, they are set to be treated to an outstanding three-year-old event, with six of the state’s best in that age group set to do battle. With rich Westsired and Westbred races just around the corner, this shapes up as one of the final chances for these three-year-olds to stake their claim for a slice of the lucrative prize pool. On paper, it appears as if the Justin Prentice or Colin Brown stable will take out the Team Trolio Harcourts Realty Pace (2130m). Prentice will be represented by Know When To Run and Back In Twenty, who have barrier one and four respectively. Know When To Run produced, arguably, the run of the night last Friday night when second to Gee Jay Kay, while Back In Twenty was third. Meanwhile, Brown has Its Rock And Roll and Patrickthepiranha engaged from barrier two and six respectively. Its Rock And Roll and Patrickthepiranha haven’t started since finishing second and fourth respectively to Theo Aviator in the Pearl Classic last month. It is that pacer, Theo Aviator, who will be out to bring about their undoing again this Friday night. The Aldo Cortopassi-trained and driven pacer has put together a sound record of 11 wins from 27 starts, with the Pearl success the main highlight. Theo Aviator has a tricky draw of barrier five to navigate from on Friday though, but Cortopassi said he would still look to roll forward into a prominent position. “We needed a run this week and it’s held together, which is good,” he told GPTV. “We knew we were going to draw badly on the preference win dollars. “We will put him up in the firing line early. “There is probably a chance we are going to have to do some work off the arm. “In a small field, if that happens, we might be a chance to drop in somewhere as well.” Galante, to start from barrier three, rounds out the six horse field for trainer Bryan Cousins and reinsman Kim Prentice. The Art Major gelding produced a strong performance last start on May 28 at Gloucester Park, where he sat in the breeze and wore down Our Virtuoso. Prior to that, Galante was unplaced behind Theo Aviator in the Pearl. Cousins said Galante deserved his standing as one of the outsiders in the race, but was hopeful he could produce another tough performance. “Everyone who has a three-year-old hopes they can progress through to the top grade,” he told GPTV. “He got through and competed in the Derby and some of the other feature three-year-old races, but he was just short of the really top class ones. “He’s been up for a while, but his last couple of starts have been pretty good. “It’s an intriguing race and how it’s going to be run. “I’m just hoping my horse can be really competitive and if he finishes first three I’ll be happy.” Know When To Run could be running to give Gary Hall Jnr his 150th winner for the season. The leading reinsman currently has 148 winners to his name this season and looks well poised to be among the winners this week.   Tim Walker

Chicago Bull’s absence has opened the door for the next wave of open class pacers to score a Free-For-All victory in this Friday night’s Rotary Club Of Fremantle Pace (1730m). The Gary Hall Snr-trained Chicago Bull was back to his brilliant best in last week’s Free-For-All, but connections decided against running him for a third straight week. Despite not having Chicago Bull engaged, the Hall Snr team will still be well represented in the $25,000 event with six of the 12 runners. Perhaps the most intriguing of the six is the evergreen nine-year-old My Hard Copy, who will line up for the first time since August last year. The two-time WA Pacing Cup champion made a brief cameo last winter, before being sent for a spell. He has barrier eight for his return on Friday night with Clint Hall booked for the drive. Campora finished third behind Whozideawasthis and Chicago Bull two weeks ago and gets a golden opportunity to score at Free-For-All level this week from barrier one. King Of Swing has put in two solid performances at Free-For-All level over the past fortnight and Gary Hall Jnr has elected to drive him, signalling he could be the best of the stable’s half-dozen. The 2018 WA Derby winner will have his work cut out from barrier six though, given speedy runners Vultan Tin and Im Soxy are on his inside. Whozideawasthis will start from barrier 12 in this week’s event and brings the most consistent recent form at the level to the race. The in-form Tact Major and Zennart are the other Hall Snr-trained runners in the race. Vultan Tin had to settle for second after he led against Chicago Bull last week and looks a chance of being able to find the front from barrier four this week. Im Full Of Excuses and Back To The Beach represent the Ross Olivieri stable in the event, but haven’t enjoyed their best run of form of late. Maczaffair was another of the runners to be well beaten by Chicago Bull last week, finishing 16m adrift in fifth place. The Mach Three mare is third-up this week and looks set to get the ideal run from barrier 10. Reinsman Mark Reed said he wasn’t overly concerned by last week’s performance, but was hopeful the five-year-old would improve this week. “Her run first-up was really good,” he told GPTV. “She was a bit flat last week, but she normally takes a few runs to get to her top.” Reed said he was hopeful noted front-runner Campora could hold the front. “It’s not a bad draw for her inside the back line, providing Campora can hold up,” he said. “She should get a good trip, it just depends if she sees daylight at the end or not.” Luis Alberto, who has been more than competitive at Free-For-All level of late, rounds out the strong 12 horse field.   Tim Walker

Not much has ever separated Bechers Brook and Golden State. The pair started racing within three months of each other. They competed in the Four-Year-Old Classic at Gloucester Park last year, as well as key lead up races to that Group 1. They have also had three runs back this campaign. Bechers Brook has a slightly superior record of 12 wins from 24 starts, while Golden State has scored 10 times from 26 starts. Reinsman Mark Reed isn’t sure who the superior of the two is. “I’ve changed my mind about four, five or six times,” Reed told GPTV when asked who was the better of the two runners. Thankfully for Reed, he doesn’t need to separate them this Friday night, given they line up in different races and look set to give him a chance of scoring his 30th win at headquarters for the season. Golden State finally looks set to have his best chance this campaign to score a win, when he lines up in the Quayside Transport Pace (2130m). The son of Big Jim has drawn nine, eight and nine in his three starts this campaign, but has a chance to make his presence felt this week from barrier six. However, it will be far from easy for Golden State in the event, as he takes on in-form pair Lady De La Renta and Ruling Gold, as well as the highly talented Saying Grace. Reed said he was likely to use Golden State’s gate speed and indicated he had a “better than even money chance” of crossing to the lead. “He’s got blistering gate speed and we just haven’t used it,” he said. “His first two runs back from a spell he’s drawn nine and we’ve just gone back and the races haven’t been run to suit. “He’s going really well, he’s just got a long way out of his ground. “He’s actually made up a bit of ground off the track. “He will be a lot better horse in front on the pegs. “I think there’s a good chance he could cross and if he does he should be hard to beat.” While Golden State may have a bit of a battle on his hands to lead, the task looks significantly easier for Bechers Brook to lead in the Elan Energy Pace (2536m). The son of Somebeachsomewhere has already scored two wins in his three starts back this campaign and has drawn ideally to make it three from four this Friday night. Bechers Brook has just Im Lisart inside him and his biggest dangers have drawn to his outside. Mighty Santana and Vincenzo Perrugia loom as two runners that may look to cross Bechers Brook in the early stages and Reed is on high alert.  “He’s got a good draw in barrier two, it’s just whether he can take advantage of it or not,” Reed said. “I think I can cross Im Lisart if I hold the others to my outside. “I’m not confident I can hold the others, because he’s not blistering out of the gate. “We will try and give him a sprint up in the prelim and do our best to hold them. “If he can hold them, he should be hard to beat.” Reed’s only other drive on the program is Maczaffair in the Rotary Club Of Fremantle Pace (1730m). All three runners are trained by Reed’s father Mike   Tim Walker

When Wanneroo harness racing trainer Debbie Padberg left home on Saturday afternoon headed to Northam's Burwood Park she was hopeful of a reasonable night having six starters across five races. When she left Northam, Debbie had five winners and a second place getter in the truck and not only was five winners at a meeting a personal best, bettering her four winners at Central Wheatbelt on May 1, 2016, it also equalled the State Record for a female trainer. Debbie now shares with Carol Warwick the record for training the most winners at a meeting.  Carol Warwick trained five winners at Gloucester Park on June 6, 2003 before repeating the feet a fortnight later when she again trained five winners at Gloucester Park.  Carol Warwick was the State's leading female trainer with 487 winners until Debbie Padberg took that honour on July 4, 2016 when Bad Round became her 488th winner. After Saturday night's heroics Debbie Padberg has now trained 557 winners and with 298 of that tally coming in the City she is now poised to eclipse the total of 306 Perth winners trained by Carol Warwick.  For the record Debbie's six winners on Saturday night were Miss Serena, Village Benny, Amadeo, Allwood Peacemaker and Regal Ambition.  Her sixth runner Antagonistic finished a close second to Village Benny.  She won the first four races on the programme and four of the five winners were driven by Luke Edwards with Emily Suvaljko's concession claim being used for the drive on Allwood Peacemaker. It was also a career best night for Edwards easily surpassing his previous best of a winning double at a meeting and he has now driven 92 winners.  The win of the 2yo filly Miss Serena was particularly satisfying for Edwards as he broke the filly in after John and Debbie Padberg bought her last year at a yearling sale in Melbourne.  Edwards is stable foreman for the Padberg stable which has around 24 horses in work including a number of youngsters being educated for racing careers. Debbie Padberg has been a longtime supporter of harness racing in Northam and 155 or 28% of her winners have come at Burwood Park.  The next Northam Harness Racing Club meet will be on Saturday, June 22. Alan Parker Reprinted with permission of The Avon Advocate

Talented filly Double Expresso faces her toughest test to date when she lines up in Friday night's Group 1 Diamond Classic (2130m).  The Sweet Lou filly has put together an imposing record of six wins from seven starts, clearly the pick of this season's two-year-olds, but a wide barrier draw in seven has raised question marks if she's good enough to win the $100,000 feature. Double Expresso burst on to the scene with a 9.4m win at Bunbury in February over the mile. She then bought that form to town with commanding performances in both the heat and the final of the Sales Classic. However, the filly's momentum was bought to a screeching halt when she finished third to Jaspervellabeach in the Champagne Classic (2130m). The Ross Olivieri-trained filly bounced back with a sound performance in the Diamond Classic heat, rating 2.00.2 in the 3.1m win. Double Expresso's time was the slowest of the four heats, but if there were any chinks in the armour reinsman Chris Lewis is struggling to find them. "She's done that comfortablly," Lewis told GPTV of the heat win.  "It was probably a little bit too easy. "All it means is Ross has to adjust his workload in between and she should be fine." Since its inception in 2004, Lewis has won the Diamond Classic on three occasions with Dilingers Reign (2005), Sensational Gabby (2011) and Lady Luca (2016).  Lewis said Double Expresso was deserving of being one of the main fancies in the Group 1 from the wide barrier, but was still mindful of the her long-term prospects. "She's capable still of playing a big part in that race," he said. "She's still got to grow into herself a little bit. "She should be a pretty nice three-year-old, you would reckon." One three-year-old Lewis does get the chance to drive on Friday night is the Vicki Lea-trained Gee Jay Kay. Gee Jay Kay was made to trial after his last start fifth in the Group 2 Pearl Classic on May 18. The gelding broke soon after the start which ended his prospects of winning the race. However, he produced the run of the race to bounce back and finish fifth behind Theo Aviator. Gee Jay Kay now has to start from barrier nine for this Friday's APC By Schneider Electric 3YO Pace (2536m).  The son of Western Terror will have his work cut out to return to the winners stall, given the Justin Prentice-trained duo of Back In Twenty and Know When To Run have drawn to his inside. Lewis said he was disappointed Gee Jay Kay had the bad luck in the Group 2 last start, but indicated he would make a few changes going into Friday night. "He'd been going exceptionally well," he said. "Overall, we were probably a little bit too confident.  "I think we will drive him a little bit differently, a little bit conservatively and within himself.  "He can obviously do some work in a race, there's no two ways about that. "It's a matter of being close enough." The pair of youngsters headline a busy night for Lewis, who will also team up with Madame Meilland, Dominate The Dojo and Im Full Of Excuses among his other drives on the 11-event program.    Tim Walker

Last week, much of the commentary around the Free-For-All was around the Gary Hall Snr-trained duo of King Of Swing and Chicago Bull and whether the challenger could topple the champ. As it turned out, the even less celebrated Hall Snr-trained pacer Whozideawasthis toppled them both. All three pacers are back again this week. However, a new contender re-emerges to try and take down Chicago Bull, widely regarded as the nation's best pacer. Vultan Tin returns to the track after two Friday night's off in this week's Life Is On Schneider Electric Free-For-All (2130m). The seven-year-old was unplaced at his three most recent starts, following a win on Easter Thursday. Despite the slightly patchy form and presence of Hall Snr's runners, connections of Vultan Tin have reason to be buoyant this week, given he will start from barrier two.  Vultan Tin's stablemate Anime has the inside draw, while King Of Swing, Chicago Bull and Whozideawasthis have drawn four, five and six respectively. Maczaffair, who made a strong return last week in the Fillies and Mares Free-For-All, rounds out the field from barrier three. Reinsman Chris Voak said he expected Vultan Tin to have little issue finding a prominent position from barrier two, but indicated the small field could bring about his undoing. "I couldn't imagine him (Anime) holding us out," Voak told GPTV. "I don't like these five horse fields...especially for Vultan Tin because they've got too many horses for speed that will zap him late. "It's been like that the last few times he's had to sit in the breeze. "This time he looks to be able to lead, but we've probably got King Of Swing peppering us. "It's a good test." Later in the night, Voak will look to deliver himself and trainer Ross Olivieri their first win in the Group 1 Diamond Classic (2130m) when they team up with Run For Mercy. Run For Mercy went within a short half-head of winning her Diamond Heat, narrowly falling short of Askmeilltellya. The Pet Rock filly has put together two wins and four placings from six career starts and Voak said he'd always had a liking for her over Double Expresso, despite her inferior record. "Ross had her and Double Expresso working up and I said to Ross 'if I can have the choice I'm taking her'," he said. "As it turned out, Double Expresso won her first five straight. "I think Run For Mercy is very underrated against Double Expresso. "She hasn't been hidden in any of her races, I reckon she's had to sit in the breeze for 80 per cent of them." Run For Mercy has drawn barrier 12 for the feature and Voak said it suited his filly perfectly. "I think it's been kind to us and unkind to a few of the other major players," he said. "Run For Mercy's trackwork (on Tuesday morning) was as good as it's been. "I think it's the most exciting race on the program." Voak also has the drive on leading fancies Veiled Secret, Crystal Sparkles and Captured Delight on the program.    Tim Walker

Some Copper Beach may not have had the strongest form heading into last week's heats of the Diamond Classic (2130m). The Somebeachsomewhere filly finished second on debut, before stringing together three wins on the trot at Pinjarra and Bunbury. When she left Gloucester Park after the heat, she did so with her fourth straight win, an enhanced reputation and a live chance of tasting Group 1 success in this Friday night's final. Some Copper Beach sat outside race leader Rockin The Trend in her heat, crossing over comfortably from barrier eight. The pair then cleared right out from the rest of the field and it was ultimately the Andrew De Campo-trained filly that got the better of her rival. Some Copper Beach rated 1.58.9 in the heat, which was the second quickest of the four. They also ran home in the second quickest final half of 57.4, which was only bettered by Double Expresso's 56.9 in the final heat. Double Expresso's win rated the slowest of the night, suggesting Some Copper Beach's win was full of merit.  Some Copper Beach has drawn barrier 11 for the final and is in-between fancied runners Soho Whisper and Run For Mercy on the second row.  Reinsman Aiden De Campo said he has learnt plenty about the filly in her recent starts and was full of praise for her heat win. "First-up was her only defeat," De Campo told GPTV. "We worked on a few things from that run to her second run and since then she hasn't been beaten. "Sitting in the breeze is obviously hard for a two-year-old, first trip over 2100. "She was just a bit on the relaxed side that night and I just put it down to the fact she hadn't raced for three-and-a-half weeks. "She needed that race run to really sharpen her up a bit and since then she's worked well." Despite drawing alongside some of the other fancied runners, De Campo said he wasn't overly pleased with barrier 11. "It's not a great draw, but it's not a bad draw either," he said. "Having Double Expresso drawn wide, it makes it a bit more open for horses like us. "It's a wide open race and the barrier draw has made it really interesting." Andrew and Aiden De Campo will also team up with The Kraken in the APC By Schneider Electric 3YO Pace (2536m). The Art Major gelding has recorded two wins and two placings in four starts this campaign, with both wins coming at Pinjarra. The only start in his career at Gloucester Park resulted in a second to the progressive Justin Prentice-trained Mathew James on May 3. Yet again, it appears as though it will be a pair of Prentice-trained runners The Kraken will have most difficulty beating this week, in the form of Back In Twenty and Know When To Run. The Kraken has drawn barrier eight for the longer trip, with the two Prentice runners to his inside. De Campo said the gelding can be competitive, but would improve upon whatever he does this week.  "He doesn't do a heap at home to jump out off the page at you," he said. "His last two have been really, really good. "It's an even quality field that's going to make it hard for us to win it. "We'll need a bit of genuine speed on, but he's racing well and he's not far off." De Campo's only other drive on the program is the Jason Woodworth-trained Attack On Command and indicated barrier 10 was a great draw.    Tim Walker

When 18yo Emily Suvaljko drove her 50th winner at the Central Wheatbelt meeting on 19th May she joined an elite group of just five Western Australian drivers to have achieved the 50 wins milestone in less than 500 days. The list is headed by another of the current concession drivers in Corey Peterson 409 days and he is followed by Morgan Woodley 419 days, Justin Warwick 449 days, Emily Suvaljko 456 days and Maddison Brown 461 days. Corey Peterson drove his 100th career winner just last Tuesday when successful with Ideal Charm at Gloucester Park and the win was even more significant in that he also trained Ideal Charm. This season’s Concession Drivers Premiership in Western Australia is dominated by the females and Corey is the only male in the top five on the list which is headed by Jocelyn Young (41 wins), Emily Suvaljko (39), Corey Peterson (36), Deni Roberts (27) and Madeleine Young (25). Jocelyn achieved a special place in the history of harness racing in Western Australia with a superbly judged drive to win the 2019 Group One WA Oaks on May 3rd with Has No Fear. Jocelyn became just the fifth female to drive a Group One winner in Western Australia joining Victorian Anne Frawley (Australian Derby and Golden Nugget with Vanderport), Tonia Stampalia (Pearl Classic and 2yo Colts Sires Stakes with Jim Beam and Renascentur), Susan Roberts (2yo Fillies Sires Stakes with Adda Cool Mil) and Kiara Davies (WA Trotters Cup with Sunnys Little Whiz). Mention ought also to be made of Kellie Kersley, the leading female driver of all time in Western Australia, who drove Norms Daughter to victory in the 1996 Group One Miracle Mile at Sydney’s Harold Park track.   Alan Parker

THERE was certainly no panic in the Chicago Bull camp after he suffered a shock defeat at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Having just his second run back from six months out with his back injuries, the pint-sized superstar found the front from gate three and all looked rosey. But veteran stablemate Whozideawasthis, who handed-up early from the pole, peeled-off Chicago Bull’s back and easily ran past him to win by 1.6m in a brisk 1min53.6sec mile rate for 1730m. “Sure it’s a shock when think you’ve beaten Chicago Bull like that, but knowing how this horse works with him at home and goes past him, it didn’t blow me away,” driver Stuey McDonald said. “You’ve got to remember this horse is rock hard fit, has a fantastic kick of speed off a cold run and Chicago Bull is nowhere near wound-up, he’s still carrying plenty fat around his tummy after so long out.” Trainer Gary Hall Sr was philosophical after the defeat and landing the first four home in the Members Sprint itself. “It was a great result for the stable, just not the way we expected it,” he said. “Bully needs the racing. Sure we thought he’d still win, but it shows how important the next couple of runs will be to trim him down. “You can only get them so fit at home and he’s never been a great trackworker at the best of times.” Driver Gary Hall Jr only had to wait 20 minutes to bounce-back from Chicago Bull’s defeat when he partnered with trainer Justin Prentice and Kiwi-bred filly Majorpride to win the feature, the $50,000 3YO Diamond Classic (2130m). Majorpride led, looked in trouble and switched-off a few times, but rallied when needed to beat another Kiwi bred, Hello Hotshot, in a cosy 1min58sec mile rate. ________________________________________________________________________ JOT down June 15 for the comeback race of Aussie pacing star Soho Tribeca. Trainer-driver Mick Stanley has been pleased with the six-year-old since he won a Melton trial last week at his first public appearance since fracturing a leg in the Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park last July. “He’ll have another couple of trials then, all going well, I’ll run him first-up in that Italian Cup at Melton (June 15),” he said. “It’s been a long, slow haul back and you do worry if they’ll make it back at all, but so far, so good.” Stanley has ruled-out the Len Smith Mile in Sydney late next month and will also skip a Queensland Winter Campaign to stay home in Victoria. That said, rumblings continue in Western Australia about a possibly match-race later in the year between Soho Tribeca and arch-rival Chicago Bull. While it would be a fantastic PR opportunity, it will need a lot to go right to happen. ________________________________________________________________________ IT’S a real shame star Aussie three-year-old Lochinvar Art isn’t heading to the Harness Jewels, but he’s being kept busy at home. The Laura Crossland and David Moran trained colt toyed with a moderate field of older rivals at Shepparton on Monday. He then skipped across the NSW border to Wagga to make it 12 wins from just 21 starts in a qualifying heat of his next major target, the NSW Breeders Challenge. Lochinvar Art’s 1min53.8sec mile rate for 1730m is by far the quickest time run at the sprint trip around the recently redeveloped Wagga track. Beyond the Breeders Challenge, Lochinvar Art is early favourite for the Queensland Derby in July. In a season of mixed results, he looks set to get his chance to snatch Australian 3YO of the Year honours despite a string of horror draws and minor placings in the big races so far. ________________________________________________________________________ IT was the race Emma Stewart simply couldn’t lose with all six runners and star colt Centenario proved the best of them. Chris Alford took Centenario straight to the front from gate two in the Holloway Classic at Ballarat last Friday night and his chances soared when main danger, Hurricane Harley, broke for no reason outside the leader in the early stages. Alford then let Centenario roll along in slick splits and cruised to a 5.1m win in a brisk 1min53.4sec mile rate for 1700m over the outsider of the six runners, Always Fast, who trailed the leader with filly Two Time Bettor making late ground along the inside for third. Hurricane Harley lost at least 30m in his break, settled last and made some ground late for a 12.2m fifth, which was impressive given Centenario’s closing splits of 54.6 and 26.4sec. In other stable news, Stewart’s huge wrap on youngster Mirragon is certainly shining through. Gutted when a gallop in a heat cost him a berth in the Australian Gold final, Stewart quickly switched focus on a compensatory, albeit less lucrative target, the Group 2 Home Grown final. After a powerhouse heat win, Mirragon stepped-up again to thrash his rivals despite the doing all the work in last night’s $50,000 final. Insiders say Stewart rates Mirragon right alongside Australian Gold third placegetter Be Happy Mach as the stable’s top baby this crop. ________________________________________________________________________ THE margin wasn’t big, but the win was impressive by Queensland’s best pacer, Colt Thirty One, at Albion Park last night. Grant Dixon’s four-year-old made a midrace move to sit parked, given main danger Lilac Flash the one-one trail, and just held-off that pacer to win by a nose in a brisk 1min54sec mile rate for 2138m. Best driven with a sit, Colt Thirty One certainly has the talent to be a major players in the feature races at Queensland Winter Carnival for leviathan owner-breeders Kevin and Kay Seymour. ________________________________________________________________________ IT’S hard to believe not that long back trotter Savannah Jay Jay went more than two years – October 14, 2016 to November 11, 2018 - and a staggering 39 races without a win. Now he’s going better than any trotter in Australia. Hobby trainer Stan Cameron has rejuvenated his eight-year-old, who made it four wins on end beating another in-form star McLovin in the Group 3 Jack Slack Memorial Trotters’ Cup at Ballarat last Friday night. It was a ripper contest with McLovin surprisingly having to sit parked outside roughie Illawong Armstrong in blazing times and Savannah Jay Jay making the most of a one-trail for drivers James Herbertson to snatch a 1.3m win. McLovin’s performance was monstrous given the 1min57.8sec mile rate for 2200m. It was just 0.3sec outside My Tribeca’s track record. ________________________________________________________________________ TRAINER Bernie Hewitt made the big Dubbo meeting his own last Friday night, jagging four of the seven winners. Those wins included the feature, the Group 3 Red Ochre Classic where he teamed with his son, former rugby league player Doug Hewitt, and emerging mare Scarlet Babe. It was the biggest win of Doug’s fledgling driving career. ________________________________________________________________________ PICKING up some media presenting work with Sky Racing in Sydney has provided a fringe benefit for Queenslander Brittany Graham. Graham, daughter of successful trainer Darrell, is making a real splash at Sky and her family sent her down one of their better horses, Franco Totem, to train in her spare time and race at Menangle. He’s won two of his past three starts, including an easy victory with Robbie Morris aboard last night (Saturday). “We always liked him at home and felt he was one of our best horses, but to have him come down here and do so well is such a thrill. I’m pinching myself,” Graham said. Also at Menangle, emerging open-class player Joes Star Of Mia staked his claim for next month’s Len Smith Mile and a Queensland winter raid with a first-up win. Driven off the pace by Amanda Turnbull, he just held-off Outrageous El by a whisker to win in a slick 1min54.6sec mile rate for 2300m. The shock of the night came when Great Southern Star winner Dance Craze beat just one of her five rivals home as a $1.08 favourite in the Group 2 NSW 4&YO Trot. The Group 2 3YO final went to owner Emilio Rosati and trainer-driver David Miles with filly Emerald Stride over favourite and NSW Trotters’ Derby winner Xebec.   Adam Hamilton

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