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Tough mare Millview Sienna has caused one of the great Group 1 upsets in last night’s Mares Classic (2536m) at Gloucester Park, storming home to defeat classy mare Eden Franco. The barrier draw for the Group 1 event opened up the possibility for there to be an upset, after fancied runners Eden Franco and Maczaffair were dealt tricky draws. There was plenty of action in the early stages, as Our Angel Of Harlem and Eden Franco both tried to cross to the front, in doing so Chris Voak, driving Gotta Go Gobana, was left with a flat tyre. Eden Franco and Our Angel Of Harlem eventually were able to lead the field, as Millview Sienna settled three pairs back on the inside. Reinsman Aldo Cortopassi was able to get away from the inside on the back straight in the final lap and was able to set out after Eden Franco. Eden Franco appeared to have the race in her keeping 100m from the finish, but Millview Sienna produced a strong finishing burst to record her 11th victory from 45 starts. It was Cortopassi’s first Group 1 success, while it was a second win at the top level for trainer Ray Williams. Millview Sienna’s win kick-started what could be a huge weekend for the Williams family, with Ray’s son Grant, together with Grant’s wife Alana, saddling up the two favourites in the Kingston Town Classic at Ascot. Williams Snr said he had received great support from his son, who carved out a successful Harness Racing career prior to switching to the thoroughbreds. “I don’t think I’ve set the standard, but I hope it helps them,” he said. “I had a phone call from him when she crossed the line.” Williams Snr said he was hoping Millview Sienna would be able to figure in the finish and admitted the mare could be better than he gave her credit for. “The draw she got, I thought with a bit of luck she could hang in there and run in the first five,” he said. “When she won, I couldn’t believe it, I love the way she went to the line. “I suppose we have to start thinking a bit more positively with her now.” She Could Be Good, a $151 chance with TABtouch, finished third in the Group 1 event. Meanwhile, Jack Mac is in doubt for next week’s Group 1 Golden Nugget, after he pulled up sore from his win last night’s Nugget Prelude. Benhope Rulz loomed up to Jack Mac in the home straight and the favourite looked vulnerable for a fleeting moment. However, the Barry Howlett-trained pacer fought on to win by 2.5m. Lewis said it was likely to be just a foot abscess for Jack Mac, who now needs a vet certificate to race in next Friday’s four-year-old feature. “He did dip at the 300 as if he trod on something,” he said. “From then on, he was a little bit sore, so I pulled him up and got him checked out. “It was a good run, but there is just a query now.” In the other feature event of the night, Runrunjimmydunn and Vultan Tin dead-heated in the Free-For-All. Vultan Tin’s reinsman Chris Voak predicted a prosperous summer campaign ahead for the Phil Costello-trained pacer, after he finished fourth in last year’s Inter Dominion Final.   Tim Walker

Most members of the WA Trotting Media Guild expect classy four-year-old Jack Mac to make amends for his last-start sixth in the 4YO Championship when he steps out in the Golden Nugget Prelude (2130m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Veteran tipster Stuart Lowe, TABradio’s Matt Young and RWWA’s racing communications co-ordinator Tim Walker have all made the Barry Howlett-trained horse their best bet on the 10-event card. Lowe summed up the thoughts of his colleagues when he suggested punters should forgive Jack Mac for his first unplaced run on Australian soil. “My best bet is Jack Mac, who followed seven straight wins with an unplaced run here last week,” Lowe said. “He did  a power of work and faded to sixth  from barrier eight in that race. Well drawn here and should return to the winners’ list.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believes prolific winner Our Max Phactor can continue on his winning way. “Our Max Phactor appears set to continue a winning run when he switches back to a stand after three appearances in mobiles,” Manning said. “He has the imposing record of seven wins in nine races from standing starts and his overall WA tally is 10 victories from 11 races.” But GPTV’s Ken Casellas, who tipped nine winners last week, believes As Happy As Larry could cause an upset. “Our Max Phactor and Mr Mojito will be all the rage in the stand, but I aim to buck the odds by selecting the largely unheralded As Happy As Larry as my best bet on the program,” Casellas said. “The Robbie Williams-trained and driven seven-year-old has resumed racing after a spell in fine fashion and he is a reliable standing-start performer. As Happy As Larry excelled last Friday night when he raced three wide early before working hard in the breeze and fighting on grandly to be second to Mitch Maguire, with a final 800m in 56.3sec.” Longshot king Pat Harding believes classy mare Eden Franco will win the $125,000 Mares Classic (2536m), despite drawing wide. “After a great win two weeks ago, Eden Franco looks the goods in the main race,” Harding said. “Although drawing barrier nine, I am sure driver Colin Brown will have her well placed to come home like a train over the longer trip.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has labelled Machrie in the last race as his star bet. “Machrie took lengths off Luis Alberto late when they were both placed behind Free To Air two weeks ago,” Havercroft said. “He is racing well and will have the right run to figure again.” Budding racecaller Hayden King is a fan of Talktomeurmattjesty. “Talktomeurmattjesty is blessed with excellent gate speed and should zoom to the lead after the start,” King said. “From there he is one of - if not the class runner - the best in the line-up and will take no end of running down.” TABradio’s Matt McDermott has thrown out consistent mare Innocent Affair as his best. “She has enjoyed a good season thus far with four wins and four seconds from just 10 starts,” McDermott said. “Barrier two with her good gate speed means she’ll be there again fighting out the finish.” Guild president Wayne Currall, who shared the tipping honours last week with Ken when he jagged nine, believes punters can boost their bank early doors with The Art Form. “I thought he would come out running from his wide draw last week,” Currall said. “However, he may have been a tad underdone, but this week I’m expecting Mark Reed to set him alight from the get go and adopt catch-me-if-you-can tactics.” VALUE BETS Stuart: My value bet is Talktomeurmattjesty, who impressed when he did plenty of work before breezing and finishing fourth in a strong field last week. Looks well suited here. Matt Y: Mary Catherine is my throw at the stumps in the Group 1 Mares Classic. It will be a tactical affair and if she gets the right breaks she can surprise at big odds. Tim: Northern Emperor placed behind Bright Diamond last week, who could be in contention for a Nugget start next week. Looks like he should get a nice run through here and can play a big part in the finish once more. Ernie: Benhope Rulz is capable of bounding back into Golden Nugget calculations after unplaced runs at his past three starts. He struck interference in two of his recent races. Ken: For value, I suggest 10-year-old veteran Our Jimmy Johnstone in race six, in which he has the speed and strength to play a significant role. Pat: In race nine, fresh off a win, Free To Air from barrier one should give punters a good sight and I expect the two Christophers - trainer Chris King and driver Chris Voak - to prevail. Ryan: Costa Del Magnifico has begun well at his last two runs, both in standing-start events. He's an each-way prospect in a small field. Hayden: Mary Catherine has Gary Hall Jr aboard and has been racing deceptively well, although not in terms of numerical form. Can drop to the pegs and race three back in a high-pressure contest and cause a major boilover. Matt M: Maczaffair’s backline draw means we should get a better price and if the the race works out her way she can knock them off. Wayne: Heez About To Rock could secure a cushy run for master reinsman Chris Lewis behind expected leader Talktomeurmattjesty and could add value to the exotics. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

Eight-year-old Machrie has turned the corner in the past few weeks with two eye-catching placings after a sequence of 15 unplaced efforts and the Chris King-trained gelding has sound prospects of ending a losing sequence of 32 when he starts from the coveted No. 1 barrier in the final event, the Westral Crimsafe Security Doors Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Chris Voak is expected to be anxious to take full advantage of Machrie’s good gate speed in a bid to score an all-the-way win. Machrie is not a noted frontrunner, but he did lead from barrier one and win well from Hilo Rex over 2242m at Narrogin in March 2017. He was a $92 outsider two starts ago when he started from the inside of the back line and raced three back on the pegs in fifth position before running home strongly to be a one-length second to outstanding young mare Our Angel of Harlem. Then, he was a $29.20 chance from the outside barrier (No. 9) last Friday week when he raced in eighth position, four back on the pegs, before finishing powerfully, out wide, to be a close third behind Free To Air and Luis Alberto. One of Machrie’s main rivals is likely to be the somewhat disappointing Luis Alberto, who will be driven by Gary Hall jnr from the No. 2 barrier. Luis Alberto, who has a losing sequence of 13, has had 27 starts in WA for five wins and 13 placings. He has set the pace seven times in WA for three of his wins. However, he is generally regarded as a better prospect when held up for a late finishing burst. His was a sound effort last Friday night when he began out wide at barrier eight, settled in ninth and last position and sustained a strong three-wide last-lap burst to finish an 8m second to the pacemaker Beltane over 2130m. A week earlier Luis Alberto was tenth in the middle stages and sustained a three-wide run from the 1000m to take a narrow lead in the final 50m before wilting to finish second to the fast-finishing Free To Air, a stablemate of Machrie. Two of the better bets on the program should be The Art Form in the opening event, the Westral Roller Blinds Pace, and Jack Mac in the Westral Outdoor Patio Blinds Golden Nugget Prelude. The Art Form should have the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting out wide at barrier nine. He is sure to have derived considerable benefit from his solid second to the pacemaker Fizzing after working hard without cover throughout. Jack Mac, trained in Busselton by Barry Howlett, will have his final warm-up before contesting the Golden Nugget Championship the following Friday when he starts as the lone runner on the back line in the 2130m prelude. He resumed after a 25-day absence in the group 1 Yes Loans Four-Year-Old Classic last Friday night when he was at a disadvantage, starting from the outside barrier (No. 9). He covered extra ground in the first lap and moved into the breeze 1270m from home before wilting to sixth. Ken Casellas

Five-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding Simba Bromac boasts a winning record of 61 per cent and he has good prospects of making a successful return to racing after a spell when he starts from the No. 2 barrier in the $25,000 Westral Vertical and Panel Blinds Free-For-All at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will be driven by Chris Lewis for Ravenswood trainer Nathan Turvey and should be prominent against stiff opposition from the three smart pacers from the Forrestdale stables of Greg and Skye Bond, Our Jimmy Johnstone, El Jacko and Rock Diamonds. Simba Bromac, whose 31 starts have produced 19 wins, six seconds and three thirds, warmed up for his first-up assignment in fine style with a dashing win over Chiaroscuro in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra last Sunday morning when he was not asked for an effort until the final stages when he sprinted over the final 400m in 27.7sec. This will be Simba Bromac’s first appearance since he began speedily from barrier seven, set the pace and sprinted over the final quarters in 27.9sec. and 27.3sec. to win by three lengths from Mitch Maguire at a 1.57 rate over 2130m on August 31. Ten-year-old Our Jimmy Johnstone, to be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green, still possesses excellent gate speed and a strong competitive attitude. He will begin from barrier four and looks set to fight out the finish. So, too, does the enigmatic, but highly talented El Jacko, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick from the coveted No. 1 barrier. El Jacko notched his 17th victory from 42 starts last Friday week when he started from the outside of the back line and charged to the front after 550m on his way to a stylish victory over Kimani. Turvey also holds a strong hand in the Westral Timber Blinds Pace in which he will be represented by the polemarker Livura and Carter Micheal at barrier two in the 2130m event. He will handle Carter Micheal and Chris Lewis will be in the sulky behind Livura. Lewis drove Livura to an effortless victory over Bad Round and El Machine, rating 1.57.3 over 2130 at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. That ended a losing sequence of 16 and was the seven-year-old’s 20th win from 87 starts. Carter Micheal is racing with refreshing enthusiasm and looks hard to beat. He raced in seventh position on the pegs and was eighth 100m from the post before he sprinted fast to finish an eye-catching third behind Our Max Phactor over 2130m last Friday night. In what appears to be a highly competitive race, the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Saying Grace will have many admirers after winning at six of his past nine starts. He began off 40m and worked forward in the middle stages to race in the breeze when a close second to Carrera Mach over 2503m at Bunbury last Saturday night. He won easily at Kellerberrin and Pinjarra at his two previous outings.     Ken Casellas

In recent months Eden Franco and Maczaffair have stamped themselves as the best two pacing mares in Western Australia and the connections of those pacers and harness racing fans in general have been predicting a tantalising showdown between the two in the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But the result of the random barrier draw has clouded the issue and has revived the hopes of some of the other combatants, including the courageous Gotta Go Gabbana, the seasoned and well-performed veteran Tricky Styx and rising four-year-old stars Our Angel of Harlem and Lady De la Renta. Eden Franco, trained and driven by the evergreen Colin Brown, and Maczaffair, prepared by the equally astute horseman Mike Reed, have clashed in races only four times with the honours shared two victories to each mare and two seconds to Eden Franco and two fourths to Maczaffair. The barrier draw has thrown this week’s classic into the melting pot, with Eden Franco faring badly, drawn on the outside (No. 9) on the front line, while Maczaffair will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line. Brown has a high opinion of Eden Franco and is looking for a change of luck after Eden Franco started from the prized No. 1 barrier in the Mares Classic 12 months ago and was a strongly-supported 4/1 chance. She set a solid pace, but was swamped in the final 100 metres when she was at a distinct disadvantage when the deafeners failed to release. She finished fourth behind Ideal Alice, Ameretto and Quite A Delight. Brown is hoping for his first success in the Mares Classic or its predecessor the Mares Mile. Three years ago, he drove $78.80 chance Jungle Jewell for Greg and Skye Bond when she surged home from ninth on the pegs at the bell, and sixth at the 100m, to finish second to the pacemaking Nike Franco and in 2010 he was third behind 10/9 on favourite Ima Spicey Lombo with Greg Bond’s Little Big Sister, who finished boldly from tenth at the bell. Eden Franco’s part-owner Jim Currie was a part-owner and trainer of 10/1 tote chance Smoking Again, who set the pace from barrier three and won comfortably from the polemarker Country Change in the 2009 Mares Mile. Eden Franco is generally considered simply as a frontrunner. But Brown does not agree with that, saying after driving the mare to a four-length victory over Alfa Queen in the 2130m Norms Daughter Classic last Friday week that she was quite versatile. “Everybody thinks that she’s just a one-trick pony, but at home she can run very quick times when held up. She’s got high cruising speed on the track at home and runs 27-second quarters hard-held.” Eden Franco started from barrier four in the Norms Daughter Classic and burst to the front after 250m. Maczaffair started from the inside of the back line and raced three back on the pegs in fifth position. She was badly blocked for a clear passage in the final stages and went to the line full of running to finish a most unlucky fourth. Then, last Friday night Maczaffair was a 10/1 on favourite from the No. 1 barrier when she was not extended in setting the pace, sprinting over the final quarters in 28.2sec. and 27.8sec. and winning by 10m from Gotta Go Gabbana over 2130m. Both Eden Franco and Maczaffair are capable over the 2536m journey. Eden Franco has won over 2600m and 2503m and Maczaffair has won twice and finished second three times over 2536m. Tricky Styx, now in the Capel stables of Andrew de Campo, has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and Aiden de Campo is sure to attempt to set the pace with the seven-year-old and will be hoping to keep all challengers at bay. This will be Tricky Styx’s third appearance in the Mares Classic. She started out wide at barrier nine and finished solidly from 11th at the bell to be fifth behind The Parade in 2016 and last year she began out wide at barrier eight and was always well back, finishing tenth behind Ideal Alice. Four-year-old Our Angel of Harlem, a stablemate of Maczaffair, cannot be underestimated, even from the wide draw at No. 8. Her two runs since resuming from a spell have been encouraging and she will have the services of champion reinsman Chris Lewis, who has won the Mares Mile with Jilsander (2007) and Ima Spicey Lombo (2010). Chris Voak, who set the pace with the Chris King-trained Leda McNally and won the Mares Classic from Famous Alchemist and Sensational Gabby in 2013, will be in the sulky behind the Annie Belton-trained Gotta Go Gabbana, who is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line. Gotta Go Gabbana has impressed with her courageous efforts on the past two Friday nights when she had a tough run in the breeze before fighting on grandly for a third behind Eden Franco and a second to Maczaffair. Gotta Go Gabbana’s stablemate Lady De La Renta will be driven by Kim Prentice and she impressed at Gloucester Park last Tuesday week when she unwound a powerful finishing burst to win easily from Shes Artful and Jasmin Amal.   Ken Casellas

Six-year-old Our Max Phactor arrived in Western Australia completely unheralded at the end of August and has been a revelation under the care of leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, with his 11 starts in the State producing ten wins and a close second placing. And this remarkable run of success follows his modest career in New Zealand where he managed just nine wins from 70 starts. He has also shown exceptional qualities here as a standing-start specialist, with six wins from six stands, whereas he had ten runs in stands in New Zealand for one victory by a nose over the marathon trip of 3150m on the grass track at the spacious Hawera circuit. Ryan Warwick, in dazzling form in the sulky, has driven Our Max Phactor in all his races for the Bond camp and he is hoping that the Art Major gelding will maintain his winning ways when he starts off 20m (virtually 10m because there are no runners off the front) in the Mount Eden-No Dill Christmas Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. However, it is unlikely to be simply a walk in the park for Our Max Phactor, who will clash with other smart New Zealand-bred pacers in Mr Mojito and As Happy As Larry. Mr Mojito, to be driven by Chris Lewis for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, will start off 20m at his second appearance after a year’s absence. The six-year-old has raced only 28 times for 11 wins (seven in New Zealand, one in WA and three in Victoria). He resumed racing when he began off the 40m mark in a 2631m event at Pinjarra on Monday of last week when he moved forward in the first lap and then worked hard in the breeze before finishing an excellent first-up second to Saying Grace, with final quarters in 27.8sec. and 27.9sec. Mr Mojito was brought to Perth by ace New Zealand trainer-reinsman Mark Purdon at the end of 2016 when the gelding won the $50,000 Four-Year-Old Championship, beating Nathans Courage at a 1.56.2 rate over 2130m. A week later he was the 2/1 favourite in the Group 1 Golden Nugget, but wrecked his chances by hanging badly and he finished fifth behind Soho Tribeca, Nathans Courage, Chicago Bull and Natural Disaster. Victorian trainer-driver Kerryn Manning brought Mr Mojito to Perth late last year to contest the Inter Dominion Championship series in which he was unplaced in three heats. He has spent the past year in rehabilitation with Olivieri and he has the class to seriously test Our Max Phactor on Friday night. Seven-year-old As Happy As Larry is prepared and driven by Robbie Williams and he has been impressive in four outings since resuming from a spell. He raced wide in the early stages and then had a tough passage in the breeze when a fighting second to Mitch Maguire in a 2503m stand last Friday night. Ken Casellas

The Pinjarra Trotting Club was formed in 1950 and held its first race-meeting in Pinjarra on 10th March 1954 after conducting a couple of early meetings at Harvey. After last Monday’s meeting there have been some 10952 races decided at the Pinjarra club with 6548 individual winners trained by 1298 individual trainers and driven by 890 individual drivers. Ray Grantham with 101 Pinjarra winners as a trainer is the leading Pinjarra based trainer with the Young twins Kim (132) and Shane (104) are the only Pinjarra based drivers to top the ton at the track.  Morgan Woodley, who was raised in nearby Waroona, has driven 245 winners at Pinjarra while Nathan Turvey, who has moved to Pinjarra in the past year, has driver 145 winners at the track. Initially the track was located at what is now Sir Ross McLarty Park in Lovegrove Street but an increase in rental to race there made it unviable. In 1957 the club purchased 34 acres of Blythewood Estate at the corner of Greenlands Road and South Western Highway and works began on the new course in 1959. At the suggestion of then WA Trotting Association President J P Stratton it was decided to build a half-mile 800 metre triangular shaped track based on the design of the Redcliffe track in Queensland. The foundations of the track were laid in 1963 and by 1965 the surface was ready for trackwork although there was still a considerable amount of work required before fencing, lighting and other amenities could be completed. There was no Racecourse Development Trust in 1965 and the best that the WA TAB could offer was a $30,000 loan over a period of 20 years which was used along with debentures of between $20,000 and $50,000 to finance the completion of the course. Even with the financing there was still an enormous amount of donations and volunteer work involved to construct an administration building, parade ring, stables, toilets, switch-room and parking areas. There were donations of galvanized iron for fences while Hawker Siddeley donated a large supply of bricks and eventually the track and facilities were completed in time for the first race-meeting on 16th October 1968. Fittingly the first race on the track was won by a local in John Blackburn with King Brazen. John Blackburn will be a guest of the club next Monday. For the record the last meeting on the original track in Lovegrove Street was on 2nd May 1968 and Hall Of Fame inductee Jim Schrader drove four of the six winners. Jim Schrader is one of 22 drivers to have driven 100 or more winners at the Pinjarra track. A further two meetings were held on the new track before the official opening of the venue on 11th December 1968 where, for the record, the winners were; Pinjarra – 11th December 1968 Trainer Driver Winner Owner R W (Ron) Beresford N T (Noel) Eddy Wee Darlin R W Beresford D A (Denis) Richards D A (Denis) Richards Hi Toby L J Richards, B J Richards W (Bill) Warwick T B (Trevor) Warwick Heather Bay D Friedman L H (Les) Poyser L H (Les) Poyser Cygnet Sea L Baldwin W H (Bill) & R H (Bob) Godecke W H (Bill) Godecke Renaud W H Godecke, R H Godecke R J (Raymond) Green G R (Gary) Lilleyman Lady Alfreda R C Meotti T G (Trevor) Scoby-Smith T G (Trevor) Scoby-Smith Colonel James T G Scoby-Smith In 1982 committeeman Fred Grantham first mooted the idea of converting the triangular track to a 1000 metre circuit but nothing eventuated. In 1988 Pinjarra club stalwart Roy Adam suggested that the club ought to have a feasibility study done to ascertain the design and costings to construct a 1000 metre track to replace the 1968 triangular design. Application was made and in March 1990 the Racecourse Development Trust approved a grant of $375,000 to construct the present-day 1000 metre circuit. At around the same time the Pinjarra Club requested that it be allocated 28 Monday afternoon fixtures and after approval the light poles around the 800 metre circuit. Construction of the new 1000 metre track was undertaken while meetings were still being held on the original circuit and, acting on a suggestion by Roy Adam, the new track featured European style flexi-poles in lieu of an inside running rail. Eventually the club was able to convince the stewards to approve the concept and Pinjarra was the first club in Australia to feature the flexi-poles that are now seen on every harness track in the country. The 1000 metre circuit was officially opened on 26th November 1990 by local MLA Keith Read and the first race on the new track was won by the filly Enlightened for trainer Kevin Keys and driver Jason Keys. As with the first meeting on the “old” triangular track in 1968 the first race on the day was sponsored by the McLarty family of Blythewood. Over the 65 years that the Pinjarra Trotting Club (now Pinjarra Harness Racing Club) has been operating they have been innovators and among the notable firsts at Pinjarra have been First club to run races specifically for 2yos (1956 Sapling Stakes raced in divisions and won by Prince Malcolm and Nelsons Boy) First country club to use a mobile barrier to start races (1958) First club in Western Australia to use head numbers (1960) First 1000 metre track in Western Australia (1990) First track in Australia to use flexi-poles in lieu of a running rail First modern track construction to come in under budget with $63,000 returned to the Racecourse Development Trust for use by other clubs.   Alan Parker

Impressive four-year-old Ana Malak has withstood a number of challenges from a star-studded field to hold on and win the Group 1 Yes Loans 4YO Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park. Ana Malak, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, was having just his second start in Western Australia last night and was able to hold the front from barrier one for reinsman Ryan Warwick. Jack Mac eventually made his move to sit outside the leader with 1200m to go, while the unbeaten Ideal Liner was three pairs back along the inside. Ideal Liner was eventually able to get away from the inside coming to the home turn to give chase to Ana Malak, but the Gary Hall Snr-trained pacer fell short by a head. Mighty Conqueror, another runner from the Bond stable finished third, while Ideal Liner’s stablemate Benhope Rulz was fourth. Warwick said Ana Malak was still learning his craft and would continue to improve with racing. “He was very credible,” he said. “He was off the bit and on the bit. “He was probably doing a bit wrong and he nearly cost himself on the line. “I’m sure there’s more motor then what you saw tonight but he probably doesn’t know how to use it properly.” Winning owner Rob Gartrell paid tribute to the Bond team, who recorded their first success in the $125,000 feature last night. “I haven’t been so nervous for a long time,” he said. “Ryan was really confident we could lead, I was hopeful. “Skye has done a magnificent job, she does a lot of the work with him. “That’s one of the great four-year-old fields.” Of the beaten brigade, reinsman Mark Reed said he was impressed with Golden State’s sharp form turnaround to finish fifth, while Chris Lewis said Jack Mac would take plenty of benefit from his sixth placing heading towards the Golden Nugget on December 14. Ana Malak was one of five winners on the night for the Bond stable and Ryan Warwick. Earlier in the night they teamed up to win the We Say Yes To Commercial Loans Pace (2130m) with Our Max Phactor. Following Ana Malak’s win, Mitch Maguire, Fizzing and Bright Diamond all recorded impressive wins. Fizzing and Bright Diamond were emergencies for the Group 1 feature on the night, but both put forward compelling cases to be included in the field for the Golden Nugget. Mitch Maguire was driven patiently in the standing start event of the evening, before he stormed over the top late to record a win that led to Gartrell describing him as the “fastest horse he had.” The Bond, Warwick and Gartrell combination will be hoping their successful Friday night can transition to Bunbury tonight with Vampiro in the Bunbury Cup, while they also have Galactic Star in Melbourne ahead of the opening night of Inter Dominion heats. Meanwhile, Maczaffair has stamped herself as one of two key contenders for next week’s Group 1 Mares Classic, taking out the $30,000 Howard Porter Memorial for the Mike Reed stable. Mark Reed said there was nothing between Maczaffair and last week’s Norms Daughter winner Eden Franco.   Tim Walker

Trainer Mike Reed admits he has been puzzled by smart pacer Golden State’s drop in form over the past month, as he looks to rediscover it ahead of tomorrow night’s Group 1 Yes Loans 4YO Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park. Golden State finished at the tail of the field in the 4YO Championship a fortnight ago, beaten 40m by Mighty Conqueror. Reed has again made changes to Golden State’s gear and said he had made adjustments to his work during the week. “I haven’t hobbled him this week, I did that on Saturday,” he said. “We gave him a gallop on Tuesday and he worked well. “I don’t know what’s gone wrong with him, he’s eating well. “His work has been good on the track, he’s been blowing Bechers Brook and Maczaffair away.” Golden State has drawn barrier four for the feature event tomorrow night, with Reed’s son Mark to again take the drive. Reed said he hoped Golden State would be driven positively at the start and felt race favourite Ana Malak could be crossed in barrier one. Reed also has Bechers Brook engaged in the $125,000 event, with Shannon Suvaljko to take the drive from barrier 12. VIEW TABTOUCH'S 4YO CLASSIC MARKET HERE Bechers Brook is rated a $34 chance with TABtouch and Reed said the son of Somebeachsomewhere would need the race to be run truly for him to be in the finish. “We probably have to play for luck with him,” he said. “We have to hope the speed is on and if that’s the case he will be coming home strong. “I have told Shannon to be patient with him tomorrow night. “Whatever he does tomorrow night, he will improve on for the Nugget.” Arguably Reed’s best chance of the night comes up in the $30,000 Howard Porter Memorial (2130m), with star mare Maczaffair rated a $1.14 chance with TABtouch. Maczaffair was an unlucky fourth to Eden Franco at Group 2 level last week, but has drawn barrier one tomorrow night and Reed said he expected the mare the bounce back. “She’s flying,” he said. “She worked home in 55.3 on Wednesday and she was bolting. “We won’t be handing up to anyone tomorrow night.” Reed said Maczaffair would progress to the Group 1 Mares Classic next week, as would Our Angel Of Harlem, following her second placing last week.   Tim Walker

Here we go punters! Strap yourselves in - according to the associated members of the WA Trotting Media Guild, Maczaffair is home and hosed and Mitch Maguire is streaking away to his 11th win from 15 starts at headquarters. Only last season’s leading tipster Matt Young, budding racecaller Hayden King and Guild president Wayne Currall have settled on different specials. King reckons punters can add to their bank early doors, if they forgive Davinci Diamond for his last-start flop. “Davinci Diamond has come up with the ace and looks hardest to beat,” King said. “He has won eight of 10 when leading and is in career-best form, emphasised by his win in slick time two starts ago beating Saying Grace.” Young is keen on former Kiwi pacer Ana Malak in the highly competitive Group 1 $125,000 4YO Championship (2130m) - a race for the ages. “Ana Malak looks very talented and has come up with the draw in a slick field,” Young said. “Faces acid test but looks the winner to me.” Currall has been taken by the performances of Our Max Phactor since crossing the Tasman. “This tough-as-teak Kiwi has won nine from 10 in WA since heading west four months ago,” Currall said. “This bloke’s all class and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him progress through the grades this preparation.” Longshot guru Pat Harding, veteran tipster Stuart Lowe and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believe Maczaffair will score an all-the-way victory in the $30,000 Howard Porter Memorial (2130m). Havercroft summed up his, and his colleagues, thoughts on the race in a succinct manner. “Forget that Maczaffair went around last Friday night,” Havercroft said. “She was pocketed for the duration of the race and should have plenty to offer this week having drawn the pole.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas, RWWA’s Tim Walker and The West Australian’s Ernie Manning have abandoned traditional wisdom (don’t make your best bet in a stand - there’s too many things that can go wrong) by declaring Mitch Maguire. Perhaps the senior member of the trio summed it up best. “Mitch Maguire is on an upward spiral and should improve his already outstanding record by winning on Friday night,” Casellas said. “The Greg and Skye Bond-trained five-year-old has a winning record of 64 per cent (21 wins from 33 starts) and is a standing-start specialist, with five wins and a close second from his six appearances in stands.” VALUE BETS Hayden: Royal Mach will be just off the pace and is blessed with an excellent turn of foot. He made ground out wide in brutal closing sectionals behind Davinci Diamond last time and will be hard to beat. Matt: Neighlor has drawn to lead and am thinking his form is solid enough to go the journey. Wayne: Last season’s WA Derby winner King Of Swing will get out to a ridiculous price in the feature. Big-race driver Kim Prentice jumps in the bike in a cracker of a race. Pat: Looking for a bit of value, Anime from barrier two in race 10 gets the nod. With Chris Voak aboard and not a great deal of exposed form in the race, he could be a good each-way bet. Stuart: The value bet is All The Whispers, who has been racing without luck recently. He is a nice type who looks to be down in class here. Ryan: Sokys Bigbullet is drawn to lead and he won't hand up. This represents a drop in class on recent outings. Ken: For value, I suggest El Comacho in the eighth race in which he will certainly appreciate the No. 1 barrier. He is a splendid frontrunner and is capable of ending a losing sequence of 13. Tim: The Bond camp look to have a stranglehold on the 4YO Championship, but Ideal Liner may be the one to spoil the party. He will need luck from barrier 10, but should be able to get his chance at some stage. Ernie: Gotta Go Gabbana should be solidly conditioned when racing fourth-up after a spell and will be suited in fillies and mares company.  The five-year-old impressed when fighting on to finish third behind Eden Franco after facing the breeze last Friday night. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

Former Victorian pacer Beltane has been strongly fancied when placed at Narrogin, Bunbury and Wagin at his first three starts in Western Australia and Ravenswood horseman Nathan Turvey is confident that the four-year-old can break through at his Gloucester Park debut by leading all the way in the final event, the Yes Loans Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “It’s the best I’ve had him; he’s got gate speed and is tough,” Turvey said. Turvey, who owns and trains Beltane, has driven him at his first three WA starts, but has engaged champion reinsman Chris Lewis to drive him on Friday night when he will start from the No. 1 barrier in a field of nine. After finishing second to smart mare Come Dance With me at Narrogin at his WA debut, Beltane had no luck at all at his next two outings when he raced three wide early and in the middle stages and then worked hard in the breeze before fighting on doggedly to finish third to Baylan Jett at Bunbury and then he had a tough run without trail when a fighting second to the pacemaker Hoiho at Wagin. Beltane also covered extra ground and had tough runs when winning at his final three starts in Victoria before arriving in WA early last month. He showed his liking for leading when he won a 1720m event for two-year-olds at Melton in April 2017, and in July that year he set a track record, rating 1.57.4 when he sat behind the pacemaker and won over 2190m at Maryborough. The Greg and Skye Bond-trained Lincs Tiger looks likely to be favourite and should prove hard to beat from barrier five. The four-year-old Lincs Tiger, a winner at eight of his 26 starts, is sure to appreciate a drop in class.   Anime, to be driven by Chris Voak for Coolup trainer Phil Costello, will have many admirers from the favourable No. 2 barrier. He has been racing in considerably stronger company and is set to fight out the finish. He is a smart sit-sprinter, but also possesses excellent gate speed and has led and won over 1684m at Pinjarra and twice over 2130m at Gloucester Park. The Mike Reed-trained All The Whispers and Luis Alberto, prepared by Gary Hall Snr, are other runners with each-way prospects. “All The Whispers has had a bit of a freshen-up, but he’s a bit of a hit and miss type,” said reinsman Mark Reed. “There’s two of him and if the real All The Whispers turns up, he’s a chance.” Hall said that Luis Alberto was a horse who seemed to not like winning, but he said that the five-year-old (second to Free To Air last Friday night) could not be left out of calculations. Hall is also looking forward to former smart New South Wales performer Lets Cut Loose making his West Australian debut when he starts from barrier five in the 1730m We Say Yes To Personal Loans Pace. The seven-year-old New Zealand-bred Lets Cut Loose has not raced since finishing last behind Let It Ride over 1609m at Menangle on June 2 this year. He has performed well in good company at Menangle and should prove hard to beat, first-up.   Ken Casellas

Star reinsman Mark Reed rubbed his hands together in delight when he saw that outstanding mare Maczaffair had drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier in the $30,000 Howard Porter Memorial over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and agreed wholeheartedly that the five-year-old looked a virtual certainty. “We’ll be coming out on roller skates and it should be a case of see you later,” Reed enthused. “Leading is her greatest attribute and she should win. However, she’s versatile and can do it at both ends. She came from a fair way back to beat Eden Franco two starts ago.” This will be Maczaffair’s final warm-up before she clashes with the brilliant Eden Franco in the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic on Friday week. The Colin Brown-trained Eden Franco rated 1.56.2 when she dashed to an early lead, set a solid pace and won by just over four lengths from Alfa Queen in the Norms Daughter Classic last Friday night. Maczaffair, who started from the inside of the back line and raced in fifth place three back on the pegs, charged home along the inside and was badly hampered for room when fourth. “Maczaffair never got a crack at them at all,” Reed said. “Eden Franco won well, but I got caught up in a bit of traffic. She was bolting. “There’s not much between Eden Franco and Maczaffair; it just gets down to barrier draws. Maczaffair has proven herself in Free-For-All class.” Reed, fresh from a double at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening with Mighty Major ($39.80) and American Dynasty ($1.30), also is confident that The Art Form will be hard to beat in the Yes Loans Insurance Pace over 2130m. The Art Form, a lightly-raced New Zealand-bred six-year-old, resumed after an eight-week absence at Northam on Saturday night when he set the pace and romped to an easy victory over Makinchanges. It was his sixth win in a row and the tenth in a 23-start career. “He curbed a hock and that was the first time he’d had the hopples on since his previous start (when he led and won from Benhope Rulz at Pinjarra on October 1),” Reed said. “So, he was very underdone and he’s probably still a bit underdone but he will benefit a lot from the run. He’s a class horse and Fizzing appears as the only serious threat.”   Ken Casellas

Ana Malak is an inexperienced and laid-back pacer who has not revealed sparkling gate speed and has not led all the way in any of his seven starts that have produced five wins and two placings. The New Zealand-bred stallion has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in the $125,000 Yes Loans Four-Year-Old Classic over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and leading reinsman Ryan Warwick is expected to take full advantage of the draw by attempting to hold up at the start and then set the pace in the Group 1 classic. The exciting son of Bettors Delight has been driven conservatively in his brief career in which he has created a wonderful impression with his tractability and his determination, will to win and brilliant turn of foot. Ana Malak, prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, goes into this week’s race with only one start in Australia in modest company at Pinjarra last Monday week when he was not bustled out from barrier five and settled down in sixth place before enjoying a perfect trail in the one-out, one-back position. Warwick sent him forward with a sizzling burst three wide 650m from home to take the lead 100m later. Ana Malak then careered away from his seven rivals and rated 1.56 over 2185m in winning, unextended, by more than 12 lengths from Eely Point Bomber. The final three quarters were run in 28.7sec., 28.6sec. and 28.2sec. That was his first appearance for three months when he was not driven out hard from barrier five before mustering good early pace to take the lead after 120m. He then surrendered the lead 200m later and sat behind the pacemaker Wrangler before easing off the pegs with 300m to travel and taking the lead 150m later and winning by four and a half lengths at a 1.57.4 rate over 1980m, with a final quarter of 27.8sec. At his previous outing, over 2200m at Invercargill on January 27, Ana Malak gave an outstanding performance to finish second to the brilliant Sheriff. He started from the outside of the back line in a field of 12 and settled down last, almost 15 lengths behind the leader, Sheriff. He was last with 750m to travel and eighth at the 300m before going five wide on the home turn and surging home in grand style. He was not pushed out at the start at any of his four previous starts which produced three easy victories and an excellent dead-heat for third behind Anthem over 1950m at Addington when he was restrained to the rear from barrier five on the back line. The Bonds hold a powerful hand in Friday night’s event and Warwick gave punters a strong lead by electing to drive Ana Malak in preference to Bettor Aim (six wins from nine starts) and Mighty Conqueror (seven wins from eight starts). Warwick’s only success in the Four-Year-Old Classic was behind the Steve Burton-trained Gee Whiz Fizz in 2005. Colin Brown will drive Bettor Aim from the No. 5 barrier and Dylan Egerton-Green will be in the sulky behind Mighty Conqueror from the No. 2 barrier on the back line. Mighty Conqueror has not been extended in winning at each of his four starts in Western Australia. He led and beat Bechers Brook by two and a half lengths in the $50,000 Group 2 Four-Year-Old Championship last Friday week. Gary Hall Snr, who has been successful in the Four-Year-Old Classic eight times with Love of Glory (1990), Valley Champ (1993), Slick Vance (1995), The Falcon Strike (2001), Im Themightyquinn (2008), Waylade (2014), Beaudiene Boaz (2015) and Chicago Bull (2016) has four runners in this year’s classic - Think About Me (barrier two), Benhope Rulz (three), King of Swing (eight) and Ideal Liner (inside of the back line). Gary Hall Jnr has opted to drive the inexperienced Ideal Liner, who should enjoy a perfect passage and is capable of unwinding a spirited finishing burst. Stuart McDonald will drive Think About Me, Clint Hall will handle Behope Rulz and Kim Prentice will handle the 2017 WA Derby winner King of Swing. Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed, who has won the classic with Manageable (1988) and Bonavista Bay (2010), will be represented by Golden State (barrier four) and Bechers Brook (outside of the back line). Mark Reed, son of the trainer, has chosen to drive Golden State, and Shannon Suvaljko has been engaged for Bechers Brook. Initially, Mark Reed has been in two minds about the tactics he will use with Golden State, a winner at seven of his 17 starts and disappointing with last placings at his two latest appearances. “Golden State hasn’t been himself at his past couple of starts and I’m hoping that Dad can turn him around, because if the real Golden State turns up, he would be right in it up to his eyeballs,” he said. “Golden State is very quick out of the gate and I’m not too sure about Ana Malak’s gate speed. “I’m still not sure what I’ll do, but I really wouldn’t mind driving him, sit and kick, so we might drive him for a bit of luck.” Adding to the intrigue of what should be an exciting spectacle is the appearance of Jack Mac, an enigmatic superstar who after five unplaced efforts in New Zealand has raced 16 times in Western Australia for 15 wins and one second placing. Jack Mac has been raced sparingly over the past 12 months and his part-owner and trained Barry Howlett remains reluctant to discuss the horse’s wellbeing and prospects from the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line. Jack Mac has raced four times this season and has not been fully tested and he certainly has the raw ability to overcome the distinct disadvantage of the outside draw. Chris Lewis, who has driven the horse in all of his 16 WA starts, is a big-race specialist and he is sure to pick the right moment to issue a strong challenge. Lewis has won the Four-Year-Old Classic with Village Kid (1984), Tamai Boy (1985), Vero Prince (1986), Flashing Star (1994) and Saab (1998). He combined with trainer Ross Olivieri for Saab’s win, and Olivieri, who also trained the 2010 winner Crombie, will be hoping for a touch of luck with his talented stallion Stefsbest, who will be handled by Chris Voak from the awkward No. 7 barrier. Stefsbest has been most impressive in winning stylishly at his past three appearances.   Ken Casellas

ACCORDING to prominent trainer Ross Olivieri it is fitting Australian Pacing Gold purchase Stefsbest has become a Western Australian. With a tendency to race with his tongue hanging out the side of his mouth, the son of Sportswriter is the harness racing’s version of one of WA’s favourite sporting sons, Brad Hogg. A flamboyant cricketer, who represented Australia, Hogg was renowned for constantly having his tongue protruding over his lips. “He simply has to be the industry’s answer to Brad Hogg,” Olivieri said. “He’s always sticking his tongue out of his mouth as he races. “Hogg competed at the highest level in his field and Stefsbest is heading in the same direction. “He is improving all the time, and on what he has shown so far, I reckon he can develop into something special.” Winner of his last two starts, which followed a first-up second for Olivieri, Stefsbest is well positioned to complete a hat-trick at Gloucester Park tomorrow night. Engaged in a Golden Nugget Prelude, the four-year-old has drawn to lead throughout from the pole. “I’m very happy with that draw and he will take a lot of beating from there,” Olivieri said. “He comes out well enough to hold the front. “He has pulled up a little big still and has got some tightening to do, but there is nothing I can do at home to have him fitter, it comes down to racing. “That said, I wouldn’t swap him for any other in the race.” While Hogg was a spin bowler, Stefsbest’s main danger is King Of Swing – a title some believe belongs to Hogg’s former Australian team mate, Glenn McGrath! A multiple feature winner, King Of Swing will begin from barrier four. “On exposed form King Of Swing is the biggest threat,” Olivieri said. “Fizzing is good too, but really, you can’t disrespect any of them.”   APG Media

Classy mare Eden Franco has been earmarked as a special at Gloucester Park on Friday night by three members of the WA Trotting Media Guild. The Colin Brown-trained and reined six-year-old will start a short-priced favourite in the $50,000 Norms Daughter Classic (2130m) after drawing favourably in gate four. Last year’s leading tipster Matt Young, longshot king Pat Harding and Guild president Wayne Currall have all made Eden Franco their best for the night. “Eden Franco has drawn the advantage in the feature mares event, she should roll to the top and control and win the event,” a confident Young said. Harding believes she will prevail via a different method. “I think Eden Franco could be a good bet for punters,” Harding said. “While Colin Brown doesn't have that many drives these days, he is very astute and I think he will position the horse in the one-out line and pounce in the last lap.” Currall is singing from the same hymn sheet. “From gate four, Colin Brown has a few options,” he said. “Eden Franco is a big, powerful mare and leading or facing the breeze she should be too strong for her rivals.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas is keen on the consistent Tyler Brett in the final of the $30,000 Kersley Pace (2130m). “Tyler Brett is one of the State’s best up-and-coming pacers and he is my best bet to maintain his excellent form by setting the pace and winning on Friday night." Casellas said. “Dylan Egerton-Green should make full use of the No. 1 barrier and Tyler Brett looks capable of holding out chief rival Our Max Phactor.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has opted for Vampiro as his star bet. “Vampiro has the class to overcome a wide draw and complete a winning hat-trick before he flies out to tackle next month’s Inter Dominion series,” Manning said. “He has been promoted from 31st to ninth in Inters rankings and looks set to be prominent against tough opposition in Victoria.” The racing co-ordinator at The West Australian Ryan Havercroft believes punters should forgive King Of Swing’s last start. “King Of Swing had a torrid run when dragged back to last and then three wide a long way from home in the Parliamentarians Cup at his last outing,” Havercroft said. “He has been freshened-up since, and looks a serious Golden Nugget contender.” RWWA’s Tim Walker is confident punters can start the night off on a winning note with Our  Angel Of Harlem. “I think we can get in early this week with star mare Our Angel Of Harlem,” Walker said. “She was exceptional last week first-up without a trial and would have taken plenty of benefit from the run. Looks a standout here.” Budding racecaller Hayden King is keen on Theo Aviator. “Theo Aviator trialed impressively on Sunday when he defeated Franco Edward,” King said. “He has the draw advantage and some of his better credentialed adversaries possess long-term goals rather than a win tonight. He could take a power of beating.” VALUE BETS Matt: Ace Bromac has been racing well as of late and with a quick tempo early it could bring him right into play. Pat: Value bet of the night comes up in the last race for the trotters. I think Earl Harbour from barrier two is ready to win. Wayne: Alfa Queen should get a lovely run behind likely leader Eden Franco. This Shane Young-trained and driven mare can run a race at odds. Ken: For value, I suggest Rocknroll Lincoln in race six in which he is unfavourably drawn at barrier seven. Rocknroll Lincoln had no luck when a last-start 10th behind Vampiro after being hampered for room in the final lap. Ernie: Tuas Delight has not won in his past 21 starts, but he is better drawn this week and should not be underrated. He ran on after dropping back from awkward barriers at his past two appearances. Ryan: Machrie caught the eye last week when flooding home behind Our Angel Of Harlem. From a wide draw he will be dropped out and will be each-way odds again. Tim: Stefsbest was super impressive winning at Pinjarra on Monday. Meets a high-class field here and will need to step up even further, but prepared to give him a chance here from barrier one. Hayden: Mister Ardee was a career-best effort last week, coming wide and finishing off in outrageous sectionals. He has to be respected again. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

Tisadream has managed just one third placing from three starts since resuming from a spell, but reinsman Aiden de Campo warned punters not to overlook the five-year-old when he contests the Chris Carr Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. De Campo pointed out that Tisadream, prepared in Capel by his father Andrew, was extremely unlucky when seventh behind Soho Wonder last Friday night. Tisadream, who was restrained at the start from barrier seven, was eighth in the one-wide line at the bell and was unwinding a spirited finishing burst when he broke gear and galloped in the home straight. “His was a really good run until he broke gear,” de Campo said. “He broke a breastplate, which caused the saddle to slip. If it hadn’t been for that mishap, he would have finished top three, second or third at worst. It was an encouraging run after disappointing efforts at his two previous starts after resuming from a spell.” “This is a nice race this week, but if he is able to lead from barrier two, he’ll go really well. I’m not sure about Kimani’s gate speed from barrier one. I’ll just have to wait and see.” Kimani’s trainer Gary Hall Snr said that the New Zealand-bred gelding had not before been drawn to lead. “But I’m sure he will go all right,” he said. Kimani sustained a powerful finishing burst from fifth at the bell when second to Walkinshaw last Friday week. He was most impressive a week earlier when he was restrained at the start from barrier eight and was eighth at the bell before surging home, three wide, to win easily from Starlight Brigade and The Redmeemer. Tisadream and Kimani are expected to receive stiff opposition from back-line runners El Jacko and Mister Ardee. El Jacko, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, resumed after a spell last Friday week and disappointed in finishing tenth behind Maczaffair. He began from the prized No. 1 barrier, but he dropped his head and raced roughly at the start, allowing Overboard Again to race to the front. Ryan Warwick then quickly moved El Jacko into the breeze before obtaining the one-out, one-back trail. He was forced wide at the 400m and resented this before taking the final turn awkwardly, thus losing momentum and dropping back. He has won at 16 of his 41 starts and is capable of bouncing back to his best form. Mister Ardee, to be driven by Madeleine Young for trainer Matt Saw, is racing in great heart and should fight out the finish.        Ken Casellas

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