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The members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are confident they can land their best bets at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas and Guild president Wayne Currall believe punters can start the night off on a winning note by backing Our Perkins in the first race on the card. “Our Perkins has been unplaced at his past five starts from unfavourable draws and he is my best bet at Gloucester Park this week to bounce back to top form for trainer Karen Thompson by winning the opening event,” Casellas said. “He has a handy draw at barrier three and Dylan Egerton-Green has excellent prospects of surging to an early lead with a pacer who has set the pace in eight of his 10 career victories.“ And Currall agrees. “Our Perkins ran an eye-catching fifth behind Lightning Jolt last Friday night,” Currall said. “He came from last at the bell and was pushed wide over the last 800m when they ran a slick 57.4. He is drawn to lead and poised to record an all-the-way victory.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and that newspaper’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have made Chicago Bull their star bet for the night. “The $1.8 million stake-earner Chicago Bull looks primed to repeat his impressive victory last Friday night, when he notched a third win in four starts,” Manning said. “He has established a creditable tally of five wins, three seconds and a third in nine races since resuming from a lengthy spell. The gelding has an imposing 43 wins from 60 Perth starts and his 75-race career features 48 victories.” Havercroft also is a big fan of the “Little Bull”. “Chicago Bull has managed to avoid Ocean Ridge this week, with the duo filling the quinella in their last three clashes,” Havercroft said. “The absence of Greg and Skye Bond-trained runners makes this field weaker than he has been facing of late.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart is keen on Just For Love in the 2YO Fillies Gold Bracelet (2130m). “Just For Love had this draw last week and ran very well behind star filly Black Jack Baby, putting a good margin between herself and the third placegetter,” Wishart said. “Should lead and be too good.” Longshot guru Pat Harding has opted for Robbie Easton as his best for the night. “Punters and tipsters enjoyed a pretty good night at GP last Friday,” Harding said. “So let's hope we can repeat the dose this week. My best bet comes up in race four with No. 6 Robbie Easton. An excellent effort to run second last week, but I am sure he can go one better this week and win for the Halls.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest Secret Reaction in the Gold Bracelet. She ran home solidly, out very wide, from the rear when a creditable sixth behind Black Jack Baby in the Westbred Classic last week. She had a tough run when an easy four-length winner at her previous outing. WAYNE: Double Expresso will hardly be a value bet because I think she’ll be sent out favourite in her race. However, I can’t recall a horse having so much bad luck in her races. She’s overdue for a victory and I’m confident it will come on Friday night. ERNIE: Star For Me has yet to win in 12 starts, but is capable of figuring prominently from her inside draw on the back line. The filly, who has recorded six places, ran fourth after she had difficulty getting clear in the Westbred Classic final last Friday night. RYAN: Neighlor was shunted at the bell last week when having his first start in six weeks. Drawn to improve on some terrible numeric form. WARREN: My value bet is Mighty Flying Deal. Connections would have had to double check when the fields came out as this horse did not draw barrier 9. Has had horrendous luck with draws and from 10 will finally get an economical run. At juicy odds he’s worth an each-way play. PAT: My second bet for the night comes up in race three with No. 7 Boom Time. A  good second last start and I think Chris Voak can steer him to victory and give punters a reasonable return.          To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

Astute Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams is enjoying a remarkable run of success and he is hoping that Cyclone Banner, his only runner at Gloucester Park on Friday night, will continue his purple patch by winning the final event, the Worldwide Printing Pace over 1730m. Over the past six weeks Williams has had 19 starters for 14 wins --- six with Magnificent Storm, four with To Fast To Serious, three with Cyclone Banner and one with Shadow Roll. The New Zealand-bred Cyclone Banner, to be driven by Aldo Cortopassi from barrier four, faces an acid test against the talented New Zealand-bred four-year-old Infatuation, who set the pace when an easy last-start winner over Boom Time for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and star reinsman Ryan Warwick. That was Infatuation’s ninth win from 16 starts. Cyclone Banner, a winner of two races in New Zealand, has had 19 starts in WA for nine wins and five placings. “Cyclone Banner is a very lightly-framed horse, but he’s a nice horse with good sit-sprint ability,” said Williams. “With a bit of luck, he’s as good as the other horses in Friday’s race.        Williams started Magnificent Storm and To Fast To Serious at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night, with each pacer, driven by Cortopassi, recording effortless victories.  Three-year-old Magnificent Storm has not been extended in winning by considerable margins at each of his six starts in Western Australia, after being unplaced at his only appearance in New Zealand. “Magnificent Storm will now go out for a spell for about six weeks,” said Williams. “Then we’ll bring him back into work and give him a month’s racing to get him ready for the major feature events for four-year-olds early in the New Year.”   Ken Casellas

Smart New Zealand-bred mare Divinia Bellezza ran an impressive trial for the Etch Coatings Handicap, a stand over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, when she outclassed her rivals in a 2536m mobile event on Tuesday evening. The Greg and Skye Bond-trained five-year-old, driven by Ryan Warwick, began speedily from barrier two and was not extended in leading throughout to win by more than three lengths from Macz Brother. She coasted to the line and was not extended after dashing over the final 400m sections in 28.8sec. and 27.2sec. One of Divinia Bellezza’s chief rivals is likely to be her stablemate Rebel With A Grin, who will start from the No. 2 barrier on the front line, with Divinia Bellezza at barrier four. Rebel With A Grin began speedily from the 10m mark and was unsuccessful in an early bid for the lead. He then raced without cover before fading to last behind the classy Forgotten Highway. Rebel With A Grin had won at three of his five previous starts. Disco Under Fire, who set the pace and fought on grimly when second to Forgotten Highway, has bright prospects in the opening event, the 2130m Cowden The Insurance Brokers Pace, on Friday night. The Giles Inwood-trained pacer will again be handled by Gary Hall Jnr and will start from barrier four in a field with little recent form displayed by most of the runners. Our Perkins, to start from the No. 3 barrier and to be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, has been unplaced at his past five starts, but has bright prospects of leading and proving hard to beat.   Ken Casellas

Serpentine trainer Matt Scott has Cut Above racing with wonderful enthusiasm and the five-year-old New Zealand-bred mare will take a power of beating from the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, according to reinsman Shannon Suvaljko. Cut Above was most impressive last Tuesday week when she began brilliantly from barrier six to set the early pace in a 2536m event before Suvaljko surrendered the lead to the hard-pulling Remit Me Whitby with 1100m to travel. Suvaljko then eased Cut Above off the pegs at the bell and the mare regained the lead 550m from home and won by a length and a half from Missplay. The win followed Cut Above’s three seconds and five thirds at her previous eight starts. “That race was a big drop in grade, and I drove Cut Above like the best horse, and she won like the best horse,” Suvaljko said. “This week the 2130m will suit her. She’s a good frontrunner and she’ll run 1.55 or 1.56 in front. She will lead and prove hard to beat.” Suvaljko chose to handle Cut Above ahead of Qtown Rip Roaring and A Boy Named Rosie, each of whom is racing keenly. A Boy Named Rosie (barrier three) will be driven by Deni Roberts, and Nathan Turvey will drive Qtown Rip Roaring. A Boy Named Rosie, driven by Suvaljko, impressed last Friday night when he charged home, out wide, from eighth at the bell to finish a neck second to Lightning Jolt. Other serious rivals for Cut Above include Our Rhythm N Blues, Jimmy Mach and Parisian Partygirl. This will be one of Cut Above’s final race starts before owner Tim Blee sends her to stud. The mare, who has had 65 starts for 14 wins, 23 placings and $104,842, is booked to American stallion Hes Watching.   Ken Casellas

Star reinsman Chris Voak was nominated for four mares in the $17,600 Simmonds Steel Free-For-All at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he has given punters a good lead by opting to handle My Prayer in preference to Queen Shenandoah, Batavia Silverline and Millwood Gucci. It was a tough decision. He has driven Queen Shenandoah at her past five starts for wins at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park, he drove Batavia Silverline when she led and finished second to Manning at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon and was in the sulky behind Millwood Gucci at her past three outings, for a second to Miss Lamarr and a third to Bad Round. Voak was impressed with the performance of the Barry Howlett-trained My Prayer when she was a $34 chance from the outside barrier in a field of nine in a 2130m event last Friday night. Four-year-old My Prayer raced in last position before flashing home with a powerful four-wide late burst to finish fourth behind Tiffany Rose. “My Prayer really flooded home when the last 800m was covered in 55.9sec. and it was a really good run,” said Voak. “This week I feel that it will be a hot affair. I think that there will be a lot of pace in the race and My Prayer should get a soft trip, either on the leader’s back or three back on the pegs. So, she should get a conservative run and, hopefully, she finishes like she did last week.” Batavia Silverline, ideally drawn at barrier one, will be driven by Michael Grantham, Chris Lewis will handle Queen Shenandoah and Maddison Brown has been engaged for Millwood Gucci. Hardest for My Prayer to beat is the Aiden de Campo-trained Mandy Joan, who will start from barrier five. She was favourite at $1.20 in a $24,000 event for mares last Friday night when she started from the No. 2 barrier and was beaten out by Tiffany Rose. Mandy Joan worked hard in the breeze outside Tiffany Rose and fought on grandly when second to that mare. “She went super,” said de Campo. “It was unfortunate that we were crossed early. Her work this morning (Tuesday) was good and I can’t see why she won’t run another good race this week from a tricky barrier.” De Campo will also be represented in this race with Delightfulreaction, who will start from barrier six and will be driven by Mark Johnson. “She was found a little bit wanting when up against the boys last start, but she always acquits herself well in mares’ company,” said de Campo.  Voak has seven drives at Friday night’s meeting and, apart from My Prayer, he considers he has solid each-way prospects with Boom Time (race three), Ultimate Offer (race seven) and Star of Diamonds (race eight). He also reckons Captain Mannering (race two), Gangbuster (race four) and Vultan Tin (race nine) have sound place prospects. “Boom Time has an awkward draw (barrier six) and he will need luck,” Voak said. “However, he does have the ability to overcome the draw. “Ultimate Offer will start from 10 metres in the 2503m stand and he should fight out the finish, while Star of Diamonds has a good chance from the inside of the back line in the race for three-year-old fillies. She just needs to get lucky, late. She has beaten Double Expresso twice and is capable of winning.” Double Expresso, trained by Ross Olivieri and the State’s best-performed filly, faces a stern test from the outside (barrier No. 9) in the 2130m event. However, she has loads of ability and is capable of overcoming the disadvantage of the outside barrier.   Ken Casellas

Prominent breeder Mike Howie has high hopes of winning the $30,000 Gold Bracelet for the second year in a row when Aiden de Campo drives Secret Reaction in the Group 3 feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Howie bred Some Copper Beach, who started from the No. 1 barrier and was driven by de Campo for a smart all-the-way victory in the Gold Bracelet 12 months ago. Howie bred and trains Secret Reaction, who is awkwardly drawn at barrier six in Friday night’s 2130m event for two-year-old fillies but is racing keenly. She was a $41 outsider from the outside of the back line in last Friday night’s group 1 Westbred Classic in which she was eleventh at the bell and finished strongly, out wide, to be sixth behind the brilliant Black Jack Baby. “It was a really good run,” said de Campo. “They got home really quickly (with final quarters of 29.5sec. and 26.7sec.) and she ran on five and six deep. It’s a tricky draw at six this week, but I was super happy with her run last week.” At her previous outing, Secret Reaction started out wide at barrier seven and raced three wide early and then in the breeze before winning by more than four lengths from Lady Bella Anne. The improving Barry Howlett-trained filly Just For Love looks certain to be a strong favourite after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. She also started from barrier one in last week’s Westbred Classic when Jocelyn Young trailed the $1.10 favourite Black Jack Baby throughout before finishing a good second to Black Jack Baby. Just For Love also started from the No. 1 barrier in the Diamond Classic two starts earlier when she set the pace before wilting to finish seventh behind Always An Angel. Then she started from barrier five and enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail before finishing strongly to win a $6000 event at Gloucester Park, beating Bettor Beach Belle by almost three lengths. Owner-trainer Shane Quadrio has decided to bypass the Gold Bracelet and set Black Jack Baby for the rich Golden Slipper the following Friday. “She has pulled up very well after her win last week and I want to save her for the Slipper and give her the best chance against the colts and geldings. I’ll work her on Saturday and sprint her up the following Wednesday to have her ready for the big race.” Jett Star, the unbeaten New Zealand-bred colt prepared by Greg and Skye Bond, was involved in a dramatic race at Gloucester Park on Tuesday afternoon when he raced keenly in the score-up and his nose struck the mobile barrier, caused him to gallop fiercely and lose six lengths. He then worked his way forward to the breeze and was on the outside of the pacemaker The Swiss Maestro when that colt inexplicably broke into a gallop 850m from home and dislodged reinsman Kyle Harper after locking wheels with Aussie Scooter, a stablemate of Jett Star, who was driven by Dylan Egerton-Green. Jett Star then found himself in front, a length clear of his nearest rival, but was unable to maintain that advantage when Aiden de Campo drove Dominus Factum through on his inside to take up the running. Jett Star then continued to work in the breeze before getting to the front 110m from home. He then had to fend off a spirited late challenge from Seeryanfly and won by a head at a 1.55.4 rate over 2130m. It was an impressive performance, with a fast lead time of 36.3 and final three quarters in 28.8sec., 27.4sec. and 28.5sec. Jett Star was unaffected and uninjured, and his victory was a great trial for the Golden Slipper on Friday week.   Ken Casellas

Black Jack Baby will tackle next month’s Group 1 Golden Slipper, following her scintillating win in the Allwood Stud Farm-Westbred Classic for the two-year-old fillies on Friday night. The Follow The Stars filly was far too classy for her rivals in Friday’s $80,000 event with Chris Voak in the sulky, scoring by 4.5m to Just For Love. It has paved the way for Black Jack Baby to take on the colts and geldings in the showpiece two-year-old event on July 10. Quadrio said he has already had plenty of requests to put Black Jack Baby in the Golden Slipper against the likes of Lavra Joe, Give Us A Wave and Jett Star after Friday’s win. “In the Slipper there’s going to be strength, speed and sheer class and ability,” he told TABradio. “Personally, I think she’s one of the fastest two-year-old’s going around in Perth, if not Australia, over the 400m. “It’ll come down to speed versus strength. “If she gets the right draw with a bit of luck and Voaky can do his magic and we’re sitting behind one of them, they’ll know she’s in the race.” Black Jack Baby has now built an imposing record of seven wins from eight starts and broke through the $100,000 prizemoney barrier on Friday. She managed to beat colts and geldings in each of her first five wins, including an impressive win over fellow Group 1 winner Talks Up A Storm on June 5. Quadrio said the filly was already showing signs of having a prosperous career post her two-year-old season. “It’s amazing because as soon as you take her to the race track she just gets white line fever,” he said. “With another horse next to her she just wants to do it. “You don’t have to hit her with the whip, you just have to give her a rein and a bit of a kiss and off she goes. “She loves being competitive and I’m glad I own her.” Quadrio has nominated the filly for Friday’s Gold Bracelet at Gloucester Park but is unsure if she will run again before the Golden Slipper. Jett Star will continue his build up to the Golden Slipper in tomorrow night’s TABtouch Pace, where he has drawn the outside barrier in the eight horse field. Ryan Warwick drove Jett Star to victory in the Pearl and Give Us A Wave in the Westbred Classic for the colts and geldings. Following Give Us A Wave’s win on Friday night and Jett Star’s Pearl Classic win, Warwick said the Greg and Skye Bond stable were well placed for the Golden Slipper. “There isn’t a lot between them,” he said. “I have a slight leaning to the other horse but I don’t know why. “It’s good going in with two bullets.”   Tim Walker

Black Jack Baby a bargain overlooked Shrewd judges and keen disciples of breeding missed a wonderful opportunity to snare a bargain when they overlooked the very first lot offered at the 2019 APG yearling sale in Perth. The filly, by the highly promising Art Major stallion Follow The Stars and out of the New Zealand-bred mare What A Card, failed to reach the reserve price of $12,000 and was passed in after the bidding fizzled out at $9000. The filly, bred by Shane Quadrio, is Black Jack Baby, who strolled to an all-the-way victory in the $80,000 group 1 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. That was Black Jack Baby’s seventh win from eight starts and boosted her prizemoney to $100,511, as well as earning several thousand more dollars in Westbred bonuses. “I’m ecstatic that the bidding didn’t reach $12,000,” said a relieved Quadrio, who trains Black Jack Baby at his Henley Brook property. “We look back at it now and say ‘Oh, thank our lucky stars that nobody showed much interest in her.’” Quadrio now is looking seriously at pitting Black Jack Baby against the State’s best colts and geldings in the rich Golden Slipper on Friday week. He also has the option of starting his brilliant filly in the $30,000 Gold Bracelet for fillies next Friday night and then determining whether to run her in the Slipper the following Friday. Quadrio purchased the McArdle mare What A Card after she had won six races in New Zealand on the recommendation of his son Dylan. What impressed Dylan Quadrio was the fact that What A Card was a half-sister to speedy and talented pacers Scruncher, Big Three and Dundee Three, who between them had won 72 races. “What A Card had a lot of high speed,” said Shane Quadrio. “But, unfortunately, after a couple of runs we noticed that she had bad joints and we had to keep treating her. Then we decided to breed from her, and that was the main reason why we got her.” For the record, What A Card had 57 starts in Western Australia for one win (in a C2-C6 2190m event at Northam in April 2015) and six placings for a career record of 89 starts for seven wins, 11 placings and $42,074 in stakes. Pinjarra horseman David Young broke in and educated Black Jack Baby and prepared her for her first five starts for four wins and a second (a half-length behind Rumour Has It in the $25,000 Western Crown at Gloucester Park in March this year. Quadrio has trained the filly for her past three starts. Black Jack Baby was a hot $1.10 favourite on Friday night and the result was never in doubt after Chris Voak sent her straight to the lead from the No. 2 barrier after the mobile barrier sent the field of 12 on its way. The race began in a heavy downpour and the lead time was a very slow 39.2sec. which was followed by extremely leisurely opening 400m sections of two 32.3sec. quarters before a third quarter of 29.5sec. and a sizzling last section of 26.7sec., with Black Jack baby rating a modest 2.0.8 over the 2130m. Voak described the commanding performance as having had an armchair drive, with Black Jack Baby winning by one and a half lengths from the polemarker and $9 chance Just For Love, who fought on doggedly after racing behind the pacemaker throughout. Minor Catastrophe ($34), who raced three back on the pegs in fifth position, was a distant third, just ahead of Star For Me, who fought on from eighth at the bell.   Give Us A Wave is Slipper bound Champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond strengthened their grip on the rich Golden Slipper classic next Friday week when Give Us A Wave scored a decisive victory in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Leading reinsman Ryan Warwick emulated the performance of his father Colin, who won this feature event with Whistling Eagle in 1994, by driving Give Us A Wave, the $2.20 favourite, to an impressive all-the-way victory at a 1.57.1 rate over 2130m on a rain-affected track. The Bond stable holds a powerful hand in the Golden Slipper in which their main hope looks likely to be the brilliant New Zealand-bred colt Jett Star, who scored his fourth easy win from four starts when he finished powerfully to win the $100,000 Pearl Classic on June 12 from the pacemaker and hot favourite Lavra Joe. Warwick said that the was anticipating a strong challenge in Friday night’s event to be issued by Lavra Joe, who began from the No. 2 barrier, with Give Us A Wave drawn perfectly at barrier one. Lavra Joe, as expected, raced in the breeze, and Warwick said he was relieved when a tyre of Lavra Joe’s sulky was punctured. “About 1200m from home it sounded as though Lavra Joe got a flat tyre. So, that was a good thing for us. “The barrier draws mean a lot because there’s such a good crop of two-year-olds. They can all run good times which makes it harder for horses back in the pack. Obviously, we were lucky to draw one. Give Us A Wave did what about half the field would have done from the same barrier. “Give Us A Wave got a little bit keen off the arm, but he came back to me after about 200 to 300 metres. It would have been nice to have gone a little bit slower, but I didn’t want Lavra Joe boring it in, and I wasn’t inviting him to come. So, it was a case of finding the (happy) medium. “Give Us A Wave is a very good doer and runs don’t seem to bother him. There’s not a lot between him and Jett Star, who was really good in winning the Pearl, and he probably does have a little edge on Give Us A Wave. But it’s not big enough to suggest that if one drew barrier one and the other drew nine, I could drive the one with the better draw.” Lavra Joe, equal second fancy at $5 with Carabao, was affected by the flat tyre and wilted to finish ninth. Carabao trailed Give Us A Wave throughout and moved to second with 100m to travel before fading to fifth. Mighty Ronaldo ($7) enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing fast to be second, with Machnificent ($20) coming from sixth at the bell to be third. Give Us A Wave, by Mach Three, is the eleventh foal out of the unraced Safely Kept mare Royal Tour (hence the colt’s name) and he was purchased for $60,000 at the 2019 APG yearling sale in Perth by Team Bond, Rob Gartrell’s Running Camel syndicate and Andrew Foster. He now has raced seven times for two wins and three placings for stakes of $64,883. Give Us A Wave is a half-brother to seven winners, including Truckers Ruffnut (53 starts for 20 wins, 14 placings and $249,770) and Tuxedo Tour (70 starts for 15 wins, 21 placings and $194,596.   Victoria Cup plan for Chicago Bull Champion pacer Chicago Bull notched his 48TH victory in a glittering career when he surged home from last in the field of six at the bell to beat the fast-finishing Ocean Ridge and Motu Premier in the $20,000 Direct Trades Supply Past Presidents Cup over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and trainer Gary Hall snr said he was toying with the idea of setting the seven-year-old for the $300,000 Victoria Cup at Melton in October. “I’ll just potter around with him in the winter and I might go for the Victoria Cup if he keeps getting better,” said Hall. “I haven’t made up my mind yet; it’s just a flight there and back. He’s worth a chance and I haven’t ruled out a trip to Melbourne with him. If he keeps getting better, which I think he will, it’s an option before he contests the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup in November and December.” Chicago Bull competed in the Victoria Cup in October 2018 when he raced three wide in the middle stages and then in the breeze before finishing second to Tiger Tara. He now has had 75 starts for 48 wins, 21 placings and stakes of $1,816,598. Gary Hall jnr drove the  nuggety little gelding with great confidence, not bustling him from barrier five and allowing him to settle down at the rear in the one-wide line as the polemarker Motu Premier resisted an early challenge from Ocean Ridge and set a solid pace. Our Jimmy Johnstone raced in the breeze, with Golden State following the pacemaker and Ocean Ridge enjoying the one-out, one-back trail. Hall sent Chicago Bull (favourite at $1.60) forward with a three-wide burst with about 700m to travel. He sustained his three-wide effort before taking the lead 100m from the post and he beat Ocean Ridge ($5) by 2m, with Motu Premier an excellent third at his first appearance for six months. This completed a double for Hall jnr, who had been successful earlier in the night with While They Pray.   Birthday presents for Voak Chris Voak, an adventurous, aggressive and skilful reinsman, enjoyed an early 32ND birthday present when he gave a typical bold exhibition in the sulky to land former Victorian performer Stroke of Luck an impressive winner of the Mondo Smallgoods Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. An hour later he completed a double when Black Jack Baby was successful in the group 1 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies, and he kept up the good work on his birthday on Saturday by driving Burghley Shard to an easy victory in a two-year-old event at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park. Stroke of Luck, a recent addition to trainer Ross Olivieri’s Oakford stable, was favourite at $1.70 from the inside of the back line and Voak eased the Major In Art seven-year-old off the pegs after 100m as the gelding settled down in ninth position. Voak then sent him forward, three wide after 400m and the gelding burst to the front 250m later. Stroke of Luck set a strong pace and dashed over the final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.2sec. to beat Parisian Partygirl by just over a length at a 1.55.7 rate over 2130m. Our Rhythm N Blues, who came from the rear to raced without cover over the final 1100m, fought on solidly to finish third. “It was a very good run by Stroke of Luck,” said Voak. “He did what I thought he would do, and I drove him like the best horse, and he went like the best horse. I don’t know how much improvement is there because he was in pretty good order when he came across from Victoria. He has excellent sit and sprint capabilities and will get to Free-For-All ranks.”   While They Pray needs loving Four-year-old Alta Christiano gelding While They Pray, stylish winner of the 2130m Villi’s Family Bakery Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, is a work in progress. “But he is winning while that progress is happening,” said Pinjarra trainer Michael George after Gary Hall jnr had guided While They Pray ($4.80) to an all-the-way victory over Mister Bushido and Just Rockon Bye  at a 1.55.8 rate. George was given the task of training While They Pray when the gelding was an unraced three-year-old early last year, with George explaining that champion trainer Gary Hall snr considered that the pacer with so much natural ability wasn’t suited to his training system. “His system was probably too much hustle and bustle for a horse who needed plenty of love and care and one-on-one attention,” George said. “I was fortunate to get the horse. He’s the best horse I’ve had and probably the best I’ll ever have. I am forever thankful to Senior and the owners of this horse for the opportunity I have with him. He’s like my third child. “I do all sorts of things with him, trying to keep him comfortable and happy. I bring a companion horse with him to the track when he races and tonight it was Tubbs Farquhar. I also take a horse with him in the barn before he goes out for a hoppled run. “He’s got a good competitive nature and loves racing. But he has had a lot of issues with his manners. He’s been a headache; he’s just got no brakes; he gets keen scoring up and is pretty difficult to control. But he’s got a good motor and can run time. “Last week when he overraced in the breeze and finished fifth behind Bletchley Park he raced with a Murphy blind --- and it fired him up too much. This week I put a HIDZ hood on him and he raced more kindly.” While They Pray is the second foal out of the Bettors Delight mare Slick Bird, who was prepared by Hall snr for her 34 starts which produced ten wins, nine placings and $89,999 in stakes. She finished third behind Artemis Belle in the WA Oaks in May 2011. Her first foal Slick Artist was also trained by Hall for her 18 starts in WA for six wins (including the Daintys Daughter Classic in February 2018) and six placings. Slick Artist then continued her career in America and now has a record of 58 starts for 11 wins, 22 placings and $175,670.   Inwood’s bargain buy Hopeland trainer Giles Inwood made a wise decision just over five weeks ago to outlay $4000 to purchase veteran pacer Bettor Party, who ended a losing sequence of 21 when he set the pace and beat Robbie Easton and Destined To Rule in the 2536m Worldwide Printing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This was Bettor Party’s fifth start for Inwood and followed a third, two fourths and a fifth placing to return his new owner $13,227 in prizemoney. Ten-year-old Bettor Party, favourite at $2 (and $1.80 on the fixed market), was driven for the first time by Aiden de Campo, the 26TH person to have handled the old gelding, who now has raced 202 times for 39 wins, 53 placings and $328,600 in stakes. “I approached Eric Chabros recently and asked if I could lease Bettor Party,” said Inwood. “About two weeks later he rang me and asked if I wanted to buy the horse, and I did. “Eric gave me Bettor Party in super condition and his legs are perfect for an old horse. I thought that a change might suit him. I looked at his record and saw that everyone who has had him had done well. He has been a consistent performer and he won a couple of Cups and won the Horse of the Year award in South Australia in two years straight.” Inwood, who celebrated his birthday two days after Friday’s win, is the fifth trainer to have prepared Bettor Party, who was purchased for $20,000 as a yearling by leviathan owner Rob Gartrell. Inwood, who has a team of eight at his stable, works Bettor Party on the heavy sand, jogging on the side of a quadbike, as well as having a hoppled run on Tuesday mornings. He also has enjoyed good success with Gangbuster, a seven-year-old gelding who was given to him as a gift by Kristian Hawkins in May 2019. Since then Gangbuster has had 41 starts for Inwood for four wins, seven placings and $44,915 in stakes.   Lightning Jolt strikes again Seven-year-old Lightning Jolt, who broke down badly with a tendon injury four years ago and was out of action for 16 months, is racing in fine form for Byford trainer John Oldroyd. “He was one of the best young pacers in the State before he damaged a tendon in his off foreleg,” Oldroyd said. “Debra Lewis treated his leg and did an enormous job with his rehabilitation, and I haven’t had a problem with him since.” Lightning Jolt, a big, powerfully-built gelding, continues to be a fine performer for his owners Kirk Kawana and his wife Charlene, Nick Rutledge, Nick Hathaway and the trainer’s son Brad and his victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night improved his record to 80 starts for 13 wins, 26 placings and stakes of $150,810. A $4.60 chance ($5.50 on the fixed market), Lightning Jolt began from the No. 4 barrier and Ryan Warwick quickly positioned him in the perfect one-out, one-back trail, with Heza Head Honcho setting the pace, with Naval Aviator in the breeze and Euphoric Moment behind the leader. Lightning Jolt dashed to the front on the home turn and fought on determinedly to defeat A Boy Named Rosie, who finished strongly, out wide, from eighth at the bell. The final quarters were run in 28.7sec. and 28.6sec. and the winner rated 1.58.2. Lightning Jolt is the second of two foals out of unraced mare Sandys Success, whose first foal Mynameskenny (a full-brother to Lightning Jolt) was trained by Oldroyd and was a brilliant performer, earning $199,195 from 21 wins and six placings from 43 starts before breaking down with tendon damage as a five-year-old.   The Black Cardinal’s on-off career Ten-year-old The Black Cardinal had two unplaced runs as a two-year-old in June 2012 and then had a three-year break from racing. He reappeared in June 2015 and had 23 starts in the following 12 months for two wins at Pinjarra. But then he was not seen in action for another three and a half years before Jandakot trainer Tommy Sheehy gained the lease of the gelding who now has had 27 starts for Sheehy for five wins and five placings. The Black Cardinal got punters away to a flying start at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he was the $2.60 favourite for the opening event, the TABtouch Pace, and was driven to a convincing all-the-way win by Ryan Warwick, who went on to notch a treble after scoring with Lightning Jolt and Give Us A Wave and then travelled to Bunbury on Saturday where he guided Poisedtopounce to an effortless victory in the Errol Ashcroft Pace . After a modest early tempo, The Black Cardinal dashed over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 28.1sec. to win by just under a length from Alta Rhett ($4.60), who trailed him throughout. Walsh ($16) charged home from eleventh at the bell to be an eye-catching third. The unlucky runner was Pierre Whitby ($4.20), who enjoyed a perfect sit, one-out and one-back, but was hopelessly blocked for a run in the final circuit and finished seventh.    Bad Round ends losing run of 56 Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg and her husband John have never lost faith in Bad Round, and the seven-year-old repaid them for their patience when he unleashed a powerful late burst to snatch a head victory over Madame Meilland in the 2130m Catalano Truck And Equipment Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bad Round, a $4.70 chance from the inside of the back line, was driven expertly by Jocelyn Young, who had the gelding pacing smoothly three back on the pegs in sixth position before she angled him off the inside with 850m to travel, with the $3.10 favourite Millwood Gucci bowling along in front. Bad Round sustained a spirited burst, out wide, to get up and beat Madame Meilland and Millwood Gucci to end a losing sequence of 56, stretching back to December 2018.           The Padberg’s paid $20,000 for Bad Round as a three-year-old after he had been unplaced at two runs in New Zealand and had won at four of his nine starts in New South Wales. He has had 157 starts for the Padbergs for 11 wins, 30 placings and stakes of $158,618. “I was offered him by NSW trainer Blake Fitzpatrick, and he is the first one of about seven pacers I have bought off him,” said Mrs Padberg. “He is a little character and is part of the family now. “He’s got to have good draws because he is purely a fence horse. If he has a bad draw, we just tuck him away and look after him.” Bad Round is certainly not a high-profile pacer, but he has one important claim to fame. His maternal granddam Love To Live produced champion performer Terror To Love, who earned $2,429,978 from 31 wins and 23 placings from 76 starts. His major victory was in the 3200m New Zealand Cup at Addington in November 2011 when he defeated Smoken Up and Highview Tommy. Jocelyn Young continued in winning form when she scored a narrow victory with $1.90 fancy Pamy June over the pacemaker Madame of Mischief at Bunbury on Saturday night.   Flying start is the key A brilliant burst of speed which enabled Tiffany Rose to burst straight to the front from the No. 5 barrier paved the way for the three-year-old filly’s win at $6 over older and more experienced mares in the $24,000 Lombardo Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred Tiffany Rose, trained at Henley Brook by Mike Reed for owners Jim and Wilma Giumelli, scorched into the lead and then was able to relax with a comfortable lead time of 38.1sec. and a slow first quarter of 31.9sec. Shannon Suvaljko then increased the tempo with final quarters of 29.4sec., 27.8sec. and 28.1sec. and Tiffany Rose won by just under a length from the $1.20 favourite Mandy Joan, who fought on grandly after working in the breeze throughout.  The winner’s mile rate was 1.57.4. Radiant Amber ($23) enjoyed the one-out, one-back passage before finishing third, with My Prayer ($34) charging home, four wide, from ninth and last at the bell to be an encouraging fourth. Tiffany Rose had eight starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand for four seconds, three thirds and one fourth placing and her 15 starts as a three-year-old this season have resulted in eight wins and three thirds.   Ken Casellas

Friday night’s blockbuster meeting at Gloucester Park features two Group 1 events for the “babies”. The $80,000 Westbred Classic for 2YO Fillies (2130m) and the $80,000 Westbred Classic for 2YO C&G (2130m) highlight a star-studded night of pacing under the ribbon of lights. Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have found several best bets on the 10-event card, with Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart believing classy filly Black Jack Baby can prove a reliable banker in the first of the Group 1s. “Black Jack Baby’s recent efforts have been absolutely outstanding and from this draw she will lead and win again,” Wishart said. “Then on to the Slipper where she is a strong winning chance.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas and longshot guru Pat Harding have labelled Lightning Jolt as their star bet for the night. “Versatility is a key attribute of Lightning Jolt’s make-up and the John Oldroyd-trained seven-year-old should appreciate a slight drop in class on Friday night,” Casellas said. “Recent placings behind Mister Bushido and Valentines Brook have earned him the accolade of my best bet this week. He led and sprinted the final 400m in 27.6sec. when a splendid last-start second to Valentines Brook, two starts after his fast-finishing third behind Mister Bushido.” And Harding agrees. “Tipping and punting continues to be a challenge at the Friday night Gloucester Park meetings and this week is equally challenging,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race two with No.4 Lightning jolt. He has run a couple of good places and with Ryan Warwick aboard I think he can give a much-needed win to trainer John Oldroyd.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on Mandy Joan in the last race. “Mandy Joan, who faced the breeze when winning at Gloucester Park on June 12, has hit top form since a recent transfer to trainer Aiden De Campo’s team and looks hard to beat again,” Manning said. “The mare was placed  at her first two starts for De Campo, ahead of winning at her third appearance after the stable change. She has won eight races, including four at Gloucester Park. Barrier two is a key advantage for her.” TABradio’s form expert Hayden King has earmarked Robbie Easton as his star bet. “Robbie Easton worked like a train last week and fought on doggedly,” King said. “Providing that effort didn't gas him out, he will take all the beating this week with the draw advantage over Ultimate Offer.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is confident Millwood Gucci can return to winning form in race seven. “Millwood Gucci registered consecutive placings before a last-start failure when facing the breeze 11 days ago,” Havercroft said. “She forged to the front at those two seconds and I expect Im Batman to be happy to take the trail in a race where most runners have a long run of outs to their names.” TABradio racecaller Matt Young believes punters can start the night on a winning note by supporting The Black Cardinal in the first race. “The Black Cardinal has the perfect draw to start your night off right,” Young said. “He was unlucky last start and with a few runs under his belt he looks to lead and control the opener and add some extra dollars to your pocket for the exciting night ahead.” Guild president Wayne Currall says punters will be dancing with joy if they back The Bird Dance in race four. “The Bird Dance has won 15 of his 22 starts and is destined to progress to better races than this,” Currall said. “This is the best field he has met, but leading driver Ryan Warwick has options from gate six and the horse’s class should get him home in what appears to be a highly competitive event.” VALUE BETS WARREN: Things just haven’t gone right for Pradas Ideal Dahling lately and while the draw is a big blow this is about as weak a field as he has ever met. Worth a big each-way play at the indicative price of $21. KEN: For value, I suggest 10-year-old Bettor Party in race eight, in which he will start from the No. 1 barrier. The veteran of 210 starts has a losing sequence of 21 and has managed just one win from his past 41 starts. But his recent efforts have been excellent and point to a win in the very near future. PAT: My value bet comes up in race three with the Garry Hall-trained Our Rhythm N Blues. He had a good win two starts ago and with Junior aboard should give punters a good sight. ERNIE: Neighlor has been unplaced at his past eight starts, but he possesses more ability than his form suggests. A winner of six Gloucester Park races, he is capable of figuring prominently if having luck. HAYDEN: Bad Round is drawn to get a soft run on the pegs in a race where they should roll along. He is racing soundly and when the breaks arrive, he can shoot to victory. RYAN: Caruba has drawn well for her return to racing and won from this draw before going out for a spell. Has gate speed and will be up on the tempo. MATT: Bad Round was eye catching last start and has a beautiful trailing draw. Looks to be perfectly placed and just in need of some luck, but if he gets the breaks I think he’ll sweep over the top late for victory. WAYNE: Euphoric Moment has two “duck eggs” next to his name, but his form is much better than that suggests. Should get a lovely run from the pole and looks a safe each-way investment in race two. Good punting from home. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting from home.   Wayne Currall

Talented driver Jocelyn Young and four-year-old gelding Pierre Whitby have formed a wonderful combination over the past 15 months and Young is looking forward with a good degree of confidence to winning the opening event, the 2536m TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Young drove a splendid patient race to land Pierre Whitby a smart winner over 2130m on Tuesday evening and she is hoping to repeat the dose three nights later. From barrier five, Pierre Whitby raced in seventh position in the one-wide line before Young sent him forward, three wide 400m from home. He went four wide on the turn and burst to the front in the final 50m to win decisively from Soho Wonder. That took Pierre Whitby’s record to 60 starts for nine wins and 20 placings. Young has driven the gelding 52 times for eight wins, eight seconds and seven thirds. He is very consistent, and I love driving him,” said Young. “I drove him (four times) for Ed Dewar as a three-year-old early last year and I was able to stick with him after he was sold.” Pierre Whitby was sold to Mark Lewis and has been trained for his past 54 starts by his mother Debra. Though he has won over 2100m and twice over 2130m, Pierre Whitby excels over longer journeys, having won over 2242m, 2536m, 2569m, 2620m, 2690m and 2692m. “Generally, he is a better horse over 2500m,” said Young. “He’s always driven cold and always has that good sprint. If the tempo is on, he’s even better. Hopefully, we’ll be able to settle close to the lead on Friday night.” Young is also looking forward to driving Just For Love in the Group 1 Westbred Classic for fillies, Powerplay in the Westbred Classic for colts and geldings and veteran Bad Round in the Catalano Truck And Equipment Pace. Powerplay, a winner at his past two starts, will begin from the No. 4 barrier. “The draw is a bit awkward,” Young said. “But he’s going really well and with the right run he should finish in the top five. Bad Round came from last when third last week and this week from the inside of the back line we should race closer to the lead.” Baskerville trainer Ryan Bell is looking for further improvement from Blue Blazer, who will start from barrier four in the TABtouch Pace and looks a danger to Pierre Whitby. Bell brought Blue Blazer from last with a strong finishing burst to win easily from Maximum Demand over 2569m at Bunbury last Friday night. “It’s taken a while, but he showed his trackwork form in the win,” Bell said. “He has had a few feet issues and mental issues and it will be interesting to see how he backs up. “I’m a bit of an old school trainer with him. I work him on the lead and give him pacework instead of full hard hopple work. He just does two-mile pacework and that seems to be working for him. It wasn’t the strongest form race at Bunbury. The 2500m will suit; he’ll be doing nothing or as little as we can and hopefully, he will sprint home.” Bell will also be looking for a solid effort from Radiant Amber in the Lombardo Pace for fillies and mares. The four-year-old, who will start from barrier three, was a fast-finishing winner two starts ago before she set the pace and faded to finish a half-length third behind Tiffany Rose and Major Shard last Saturday night.  “I was a bit disappointed when she was beaten last week, but she lost to a pretty handy mare,” Bell said. “This week it’s a jump up in class, but the better field might suit her.” Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr is hoping that star pacer Chicago Bull can overcome the awkward draw at No. 5 in the field of seven to contest the Direct Trades Supply Past Presidents Cup over 2130m. Chicago Bull also started from barrier five in the 2536m Winter Cup last Friday night when he raced in last position in the field of six before starting a three-wide run at the bell and eventually getting to the front 100m from the post before being beaten in the final stride by a nose by the fast-finishing Ocean Ridge. Ocean Ridge, to be driven by Ryan Warwick for ace trainers Greg and Skye Bond, has an advantage over Chicago Bull this week, starting from the No. 2 barrier. “Chicago Bull has been getting no favours with the random barrier draws,” Hall said. “But he’ll go well this week. He had a little break before last week’s run and was quite fat. It was a good run last week.”   Ken Casellas

The much-travelled and handy Victorian performer Stroke of Luck ran a sparkling trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning and is poised for a strong performance in the Mondo Doro Smallgoods Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He raced three back on the pegs in an Indian file five-horse trial before being switched three wide approaching the home turn and finishing strongly to get up and win narrowly from stablemates Motu Premier and Space Junk, rating 1.57.1, with final 400m sections in identical 27.5sec. Stroke of Luck, a seven-year-old by American stallion Major In Art, will be driven by Chris Voak from the inside of the back line in Friday night’s event in which he will clash with his talented Ross Olivieri-trained stablemate Gee Jay Kay and in-form pacers Parisian Partygirl, Our Rhythm N Blues and Ideal Investment. Stroke of Luck has had 52 starts for 12 wins (six in New Zealand and six in Victoria) and 16 placings. He has also raced once in Adelaide when fourth behind Kerryn Manning-trained stablemate Pat Stanley in the group 2 South Australian Pacing Cup over 2645m at Globe Derby park on February 8 this year. Keen harness racing enthusiasts will recall when Manning brought the gelding to Perth to contest a heat and the final of the San Simeon Pace late in 2017. He finished second to El Jacko in the heat and worked hard in the breeze before fading to eleventh behind Mista Shark in the final. He has had 11 starts in his current campaign which has produced one win (beating Murranji Track by a head in the 1790m Italian Cup at Mildura on March 6), two seconds and one third placing. At his most recent appearance Stroke of Luck was restrained from barrier six and finished powerfully from last at the 550m mark in the field of seven to finish a half-length third behind Im Sir Blake over 2180m at Stawell. At his previous outing he started from the outside barrier in a field of seven, was last at the bell and sixth 450m from home before running on strongly to finish second to Crime Writer over 2180m at Terang. “He’s found a nice race to start off with, which is nice,” said Olivieri. “We are happy with the trial. The three of them split the line. Going into the trial Stroke of Luck was slightly fitter than Motu Premier and Space Junk. He’s come off a racing campaign in Victoria and has been here for five weeks. “He’s got all that race fitness, whereas Space Junk and Motu Premier, who will be resuming racing on Friday night after a spell, will have to start from scratch.” Olivieri said that he fancied Stroke of Luck ahead of talented four-year-old Gee Jay Kay, who resumed after a spell last Friday night when he raced three wide early and then in the breeze before wilting to finish eighth behind Cyclone Banner. “I was disappointed with the run,” said Olivieri. “This week he will be driven differently; he won’t be used up early and will save his best for the second half of the race.” Kyle Harper, who will drive polemarker Parisian Partygirl, advised punters to disregard the mare’s seventh in a field of eight behind Typhoon Tiff last Friday night when she started from the outside barrier and raced in last place in an Indian file affair in which Typhoon Tiff dawdled through the opening quarters of the final mile in 33.3sec. and 30.3sec. “Parisian Partygirl had no chance of getting into the race,” said Harper. “She should go much better from the inside draw.”   Ken Casellas

Breeder-owner-trainer Shane Quadrio and star reinsman Chris Voak agreed after Black Jack Baby’s effortless all-the-way victory in the Westsired Pace for two-year-old fillies last Friday night that the daughter of Follow The Stars was not simply a frontrunner but was ideally suited as a sit-sprinter. But they will abandon that tactic after Black Jack Baby drew perfectly at barrier No. 2 in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “She’s got fantastic gate speed and I’d say she will go straight to the front,” Quadrio said. “Hopefully, she will stay there. She has pulled up well after last week’s win and is feeling a million dollars. We’re lucky enough to get a good draw.” Quadrio and his son Dylan, who selected Black Jack Baby’s dam What A Card from New Zealand, paid special tribute to Pinjarra horseman David Young for his exemplary work in breaking in and educating Black Jack Baby. Black Jack Baby, with six wins and a close second placing from seven starts, looks outstanding on Friday night and it is difficult to envisage any of her 11 rivals extending her. One of her main opponents is likely to be the Barry Howlett-trained Just For Love, who has been driven by Voak at her past six starts for an easy last-start win over Bettor Beach Belle at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week as well as close seconds to Minor Catastrophe and  Always An Angel. Howlett has engaged Jocelyn Young to drive Just For Love for the first time. “I’m pretty happy to get the drive, particularly from barrier one,” said Young. “I should imagine that Barry will be more than happy for me to take the sit behind Black Jack Baby.” Minor Catastrophe, bred, owned and trained by David Young, is handily drawn on the inside of the back line and the filly who has won at two of her three starts, should enjoy an ideal passage and is capable of figuring in the finish. Minor Catastrophe was an impressive trial winner at Pinjarra on Sunday morning when she settled down in last place in a field of five. After very slow quarters of 33.7sec. and 33.9sec. the final 400m sections were covered in 28.1sec. and 29.3sec. with Minor Catastrophe coming from last at the 800m to burst to the front 100m later and stroll to an easy win over the pacemaker Nomorepintsforyou.   Ken Casellas

A horror run of wide barriers for Give Us A Wave has ended with the Mach Three colt drawing the prized No. 1 barrier in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This change in fortune will give star reinsman Ryan Warwick an excellent chance of victory and emulating the performance of his father Colin, who drove Whistling Eagle to victory in this event in May 1994 when the race was known as the State Sires Series Classic. Already, in the 27-year history of the race there has been two father-son victors, with Lindsay Harper winning with Disco Force (2000), Hydroflyte (2001) and Your Call Lombo (2002) and his son Kyle winning with All Aussie Boy in 2014, and Kim Prentice succeeding with Soho Monza in 2011 and his son Justin winning with Highroller Joe in 2017. Give Us A Wave, prepared by champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond, drew barrier No. 1 on debut at Pinjarra on February 3 when he led and finished a short half-head second to Machnificent over 1684m. Since then Give Us A Wave, a $60,000 purchase at the 2019 APG yearling sale in Perth, has enjoyed little luck, starting out wide at barrier eight twice and from barriers nine, six and five. He has revealed excellent gate speed in all those races, which include a win over The Swiss Maestro from barrier nine and working in the breeze, and seconds to Overjoyed and Carabao. At his most recent appearance Give Us A Wave was restrained at the start from barrier eight in the $100,000 Pearl Classic last Friday week when he battled on three wide from the rear to finish seventh behind brilliant stablemate Jett Star. Lavra Joe, who like Give Us A Wave was bred by Kevin and Annette Charles, looms as a strong winning chance, particularly after drawing favourably at barrier two for Greenbushes owner-trainer Ray Jones and champion reinsman Chris Lewis. Lavra Joe possesses good gate speed, but it is debatable whether he will be capable of wresting the early lead from Give Us A Wave. Lavra Joe has impressed greatly with his six wins and four placings from 13 starts. In the Pearl he started from barrier three and took the lead after 350m. The final quarters were covered in 28.1sec. and 27.5sec. and he finished a gallant second to the New Zealand-bred Jett Star. Lavra Joe warmed up for this week’s assignment with an easy win in a 2100m trial at a 2.1 rate last Friday night. He led from barrier three and dashed over the final 400m sections in 28.5sec. and 27.3sec. in winning by three lengths from Tempt Me Once More. Lewis has won the Classic three times, scoring with Hail The Judge (1996), Mista Tigga (2004) and Johnny Disco (2015). Kim Prentice has formed a good association with the Bryan Cousins-owned and trained Carabao, who is ideally drawn on the inside of the back line. Carabao sustained a strong three-wide burst from ninth at the bell to finish third behind Jett Star and Lavra Joe in the Pearl after leading and winning by more than two lengths from Give Us A Wave and Mighty Ronaldo at his previous outing. Mighty Ronaldo, prepared at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, will be handled by champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr from barrier No. 2 on the back line. Mighty Ronaldo raced three back on the pegs when a most unlucky eleventh in the Pearl when he has hopelessly blocked for a clear passage in the final circuit when cast back along the pegs by a tiring runner. “Hopefully, we’ll get a crack at them this time,” Hall said. “The map is good for him and if Give Us A Wave holds up, we should be able to follow the likely breeze horse Lavra Joe. “It was pretty disappointing in the Pearl. The race was run to suit, but we never got clear. I don’t know whether he would have won, but he was travelling well enough to give it a shake.” The Good Life, who ran on from eighth at the bell to finish fourth in the Pearl, looks set to be prominent from the No. 3 barrier for Capel trainer Aiden de Campo, who is driving in devastating form.   Ken Casellas

Brown’s first group 1 success Talented driver Maddison Brown celebrated his first group 1 success with an exuberant wave of the whip after guiding Longreach Bay to an impressive all-the-way victory in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 24-year-old Brown took advantage of Longreach Bay’s favourable No. 2 barrier and used his sparkling gate speed to advantage. But she had to survive an early scare when Al Guerrero began brilliantly from barrier seven and issued a powerful challenge for the lead over the first 200 metres. However, Al Guerrero broke under pressure and Longreach Bay, third favourite at $7.50, relaxed and was able to cover the lead time in a comfortable 37.8sec. and an opening 400m section in a leisurely 31.9sec. “I was a little concerned when we were challenged early,” Brown said. “Al Guerrero was never going to get there (to the front), but I was worried that Longreach Bay was going to burn a little bit more than I wanted. He can fire up, but he relaxed super tonight and wasn’t hanging as badly as he was at his previous start (when he led and won the Westsired Pace). Longreach Bay dashed over the final quarters in 27.9sec. and 28.4sec. and fought on grimly to defeat Poisedtopounce ($3.90) by a head, with a half-neck to the $1.90 favourite Gardys Legacy. The winner rated 1.57.4 over the 2130m. Longreach Bay is trained in Coolup by Peter King, who bred the Renaissance Man gelding and races him in partnership with his wife Barbara Pellick and his son Michael, has earned $74,710 from five wins and two thirds from ten starts. Friday night’s victory gave King his first group 1 success as a trainer. Brown is enjoying a successful season in which she has driven 33 winners and 64 placegetters. She drove more than a hundred winners at her first stint in harness racing before riding 29 winners and 66 placegetters from 266 rides as an apprentice jockey in 2017 and 2018. She still combines her harness racing activities with her work in administration at the St John of God Murdoch Hospital.   A chip off the old block Blue Chip Adda, sold for $16,000 at the 2018 APG yearling sale in Perth, has inherited much of the ability of her dam Adda Rising Star and she completed a winning hat-trick when Capel trainer Aiden de Campo drove her to a dashing victory in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Blue Chip Adda, sixth favourite at $18.90, stormed home from eighth at the bell to win decisively from $51 chance Suing You, who finished strongly from tenth at the bell. Star Fromthepalace ($5), fifth three back on the pegs at the bell, was an unlucky third after being hampered for room in the final circuit. Blue Chip Adda now has earned $89,554 from six wins and seven placings from 22 starts and has bright prospects of emulating the deeds of Adda Rising Star, who raced 84 times for 16 wins, 27 placings and $184,608 in stakes. Star of Diamonds ($34) burst to an early lead from barrier three before relinquishing the front after 500m to the $2.25 favourite Alta Cinderella, who settled down in the one-out, one-back position, but raced greenly as Gary Hall jnr sent her forward, three wide, after 350m. The inexperienced Alta Cinderella began to weaken in the closing stages and Blue Chip Adda, fifth on the home turn, surged home to burst to the front 40m from the post. She rated 1.56.3, with final quarters of 28.4sec. and 28.5sec. Blockjorg maintained her sound form and fought on doggedly from sixth at the bell to finish fourth. Alta Cinderella wilted to finish fifth, but she gives the impression of developing into a quality performer. Double Expresso went into the race with a splendid record of 12 wins, seven placings and $312,252, but she had no luck and finished tenth. From the inside of the back line Double Expresso raced in seventh position, four back on the pegs and was still hampered for room after moving into the one-wide line in the last lap. Fifty minutes after Blue Chip Adda’s victory which gave de Campo his first group 1 success as a trainer, he scored again as a trainer when Mark Johnson drove $12 chance Sunny Mach to a half-head victory over Sweet Sassymolassy in the 2100m Sky Racing Pace at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park.   Warwick’s formula successful Star reinsman Ryan Warwick stuck to a winning formula when he drove $5.90 chance Ocean Ridge to a thrilling last-stride nose victory over $2.15 favourite Chicago Bull in the 2536m Winter Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This gave Warwick his second success in the feature event. It came 16 years after he drove $6 chance Fernlea to victory over Highest Honour and Party Date in the 2004 Winter Cup after Fernlea enjoyed the run of the race in the one-out, one-back position. Ocean Ridge, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, gave champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond their first success in a Winter Cup. The Mach Three gelding had finished second at each of his three previous starts and his victory improved his record to 39 starts for 13 wins, 11 placings and $193,409 in prizemoney. After three wins from ten New Zealand starts Ocean Ridge has had 29 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and seven placings. The Bond camp dominated Friday night’s Cup, with $2.30 second fancy Our Jimmy Johnstone setting a solid pace, with Mighty Santana ($23) in the breeze and Ocean Ridge trailing him in the one-out, one-back position. Chicago Bull started from the No. 5 barrier and was restrained to last in the field of six runners. Gary Hall jnr sent him forward with a three-wide burst with a lap to travel and Chicago Bull eventually worked his way to the front 100m from the post. He failed by a nose and trainer Gary Hall snr declared his was the run of the race.   Chicago Bull and the Bond runners are now set for yet another keen battle when they clash in next Friday night’s Past Presidents Cup.   Black Jack Baby dominant All-conquering filly Black Jack Baby continued in devastating form with a runaway victory in the $20,000 Westsired Pace for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night and she looks set to maintain this dominance when she contests the $80,000 Westbred Classic next Friday night. And if she wins and takes no ill-effects from her recent racing, breeder-owner-trainer Shane Quadrio will set her the goal of challenging the State’s best two-year-old colts and geldings in the $125,000 Golden Slipper on July 10. “We will see how she pulls up after the Westbred, and we’ll let her tell us,” Quadrio said. “If she performs in next week’s race like she did tonight I think she has earned the right to have a crack at the Slipper. “There’s some really nice colts out there, but if she gets the opportunity, she can sprint. She has done a wonderful job so far.” Chris Voak took advantage of Black Jack Baby’s brilliant gate speed and the filly, the hot favourite at $1.04, led easily from the No. 2 barrier. After a slow lead time of 40sec. and comfortable quarters of 32sec., 30.6sec. and 29.3sec. Black Jack Baby careered away from the opposition with a dazzling final 400m in 27.7sec. to win b six lengths from Star For Me. The win was Black Jack Baby’s sixth from seven starts for stakes of $49,311.   Bracken Sky now more tractable New South Wales-bred pacer Bracken Sky gave 30-year-old reinsman Luke Edwards a successful return to race driving when he set the pace and won comfortably from Ideal Investment in the 2130m TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “Drawing barrier one was just what he wanted,” said Edwards, who was having his first drive after taking a six-week break to freshen himself up. “I was a bit worried about whether he would relax in front. But I was quietly confident because he’s more tractable this time in. The previous time I led with him he put his head on his chest and though he wasn’t running a quick time, he was just pulling hard and wasting his energy. Tonight, he was conserving his energy and was able to kick away when we wanted to.” A main reason why Bracken Sky raced fiercely in his early starts in WA was because he was used to the helter-skelter of contesting 11609m sprints in Sydney. The five-year-old Bracken Sky, the $2.60 favourite on Friday night, is proving a good buy for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg, her husband John and long-time stable clients and friends Don and Adele Simmonds, of Northam. He was a $14,000 purchase nine months ago after racing 45 times in NSW for ten wins and 14 placings. His 23 WA starts have produced two wins and seven placings for stakes of $38,238 for an overall record of 68 starts for 12 wins, 21 placings and $107,025. Bracken Sky, by Rock N Roll Heaven, is out of the Live Or Die mare Redemption, who had 27 starts for ten wins, six placings and stakes of $60,768. Bracken Sky is a half-brother to Absolution, who won five races for the Padberg stable before continuing his career in South Australia where he has had five starts at Globe Derby Park for three wins and two seconds to boost his career record to 125 starts for 13 wins, 14 placings and $112,975 in prizemoney. A bonus for the Padbergs was that their evergreen seven-year-old Bad Round, an $81 outsider driven by Jocelyn Young, rattled home out five wide from last in the field of 12 at the 250m mark to finish third and pay $22.50 for a place. Bad Round, purchased for $20,000 as a three-year-old by John and Debbie Padberg after being unplaced at two starts in New Zealand and winning at four of his eight starts in New South Wales, has a losing sequence of 56. But he has been a marvellous moneyspinner for the Padbergs, with his 157 WA starts producing ten wins, 30 placings for earnings of $149,912. His overall record stands at 167 starts for 14 wins, 32 placings and $164,283. “He has been a good buy,” said Edwards. “He’s been to Gloucester Park almost every Friday night for the three or four seasons.” Bracken Sky’s win on Friday night gave Edwards his 102ND driving success. “I like driving, but am now focusing on training,” he said. “I have trained between 20 and 30 winners, including five with Leap Of Faith, three with Mapua Legend and two with Springsteen.” Edwards, who is stable foreman for Debbie Padberg, has just purchased Henrik Larsson, an unraced Art Major three-year-old colt, who is due to arrive in Perth from New Zealand next month.   Baylan Jett is a good buy Powerful six-year-old Baylan Jett, is built like a tank and is proving an excellent buy for Robert (Tex) Dower, who outlaid $12,000 to purchase him in November 2018. The Courage Under Fire gelding, a $16 chance driven by Aiden de Campo, chalked up his fifth win for Dower and his Pinjarra trainer David Young when he was tenth at the bell and charged home, out five wide, over the final 300m to snatch a head victory over Ultimate Offer in the 2130m Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Under Young’s care Baylan Jett has had 48 starts for Dower for five wins, 13 placings and stakes of $68,730. When Madeleine Young drove Baylan Jett to victory in an $18,000 event over 2536m at Gloucester Park on May 3, 2019 it gave Dower his first metropolitan-class win in 37 years as an owner. Young has always had a good opinion of Baylan Jett, who was prepared as a youngster by his parents Ron and Karen, and when the gelding was put up for sale for $12,000, he recommended the pacer to Dower. The new owner had immediate success, with Baylan Jett winning at his first start for him, when trained by Aiden Warwick and driven by Aldo Cortopassi at Bunbury on November 17, 2018. Baylan Jett was then transferred to Young and he was a $12.30 chance when Gary Hall jnr drove him to win at his next start ten days later in a country class event at Gloucester Park. Greg and Skye Bond prepared Baylan Jett for his first four wins before Ryan Bell won three races with him and Warwick two more before the gelding went to Young’s stable in Pinjarra. Baylan Jett is the thirteenth and last foal (and most successful) out of Hilarion mare Liberty Lombo, who won seven minor races in Victoria. Baylan Jett now has raced 92 times for 14 wins, 29 placings and $136,025. “I’ve had a lot of issues with him, with his feet,” said Young. “But we’ve worked out a regime which suits him. The best thing is to keep him off the track and give him no hopple work. He’s better off being driven in a jog cart on the sand. “One of the first time I worked him at Pinjarra he went 1.53.9, but he couldn’t walk the next day because his feet were so sore. We rectified that with a change of shoeing and we’re on to a good thing with that, even when he loses a shoe, like he did tonight when he cast his off fore shoe at the 400m.”   Infatuation is too good Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred four-year-old Infatuation looks set for a bright future after impressing with a convincing victory in the 2130m Pacing WA Supports WA Bred Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. After having four starts in New Zealand for a win and three seconds, Infatuation has excelled for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond in Western Australia where his 12 starts have produced eight wins and one second placing. Favourite at $1.50, Infatuation was sent to the front after 300m by star reinsman Ryan Warwick and the American Ideal gelding gave his rivals little chance by dashing over the final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.8sec. to win by a length and a half from $23 chance Boom Time, who fought on gamely after enjoying an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. Walsh ($26) ran ion strongly, out wide, from eighth at the bell to be third. Infatuation is the eighth foal out of In The Pocket mare Saturation and is a full-brother to Besotted and Rain Man. Besotted raced 11 times in WA for two wins and three placings and was retired after his 70 starts produced 176 wins, 22 placings and $302,677 in prizemoney. Rain Man had 44 starts for eight wins, 11 placings and $72,967.   Slow start, fast finish for Typhoon Tiff Smart mare Typhoon Tiff enjoyed a stroll in the park when she recorded an effortless victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring Free-For-All for mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Bettors Delight four-year-old, trained and driven by Colin Brown, was favourite at $1.30 from the No. 1 barrier and was able to amble through the lead time in a very slow 41.4sec. and the opening 400m section in a dawdling 33.3sec. Then, after quarters in 30.3sec. and 28.8sec. Typhoon Tiff sprinted over the final quarter in 27.7sec. to win by just under a length from Suzies Gem, who sat behind the pacemaker all the way. Typhoon Tiff, bred and owned by Colleen Lindsay, has amassed $167,407 in prizemoney after nine wins and three placings from just 16 starts. She gave a sample of her class as a three-year-old last season when she won the group 2 Daintys Daughter Classic and the group 1 Westbred Classic.   Powerplay on the way up Rich And Spoilt gelding Powerplay maintained his steady improvement when he caused a minor upset as an $8 chance when he defeated the $1.70 favourite Arma Einstein in the $20,000 Westsired Pace for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Owned and trained by Debra Lewis, Powerplay was driven by Chris Lewis, who won two races behind Powerplay’s dam Mene Jaccka, who was retired after seven wins, 17 placings and $48,105 in prizemoney from 95 starts. Powerplay started from the inside of the back line and settled down in fifth position, three back on the pegs before Lewis got him off the inside to fill the favourable position, one-out and one-back. Arma Einstein trailed the early leader Robbie Rocket before moving to the breeze after Dylan Egerton-Green sent the hard-pulling Regal Aura to the front after 600m. Arma Einstein got to the front 300m from home before being overhauled by Powerplay 120m from the finish.   Bletchley Park is Mr Consistency Victorian-bred four-year-old Bletchley Park is one of the State’s most consistent pacers and he boosted his earnings to $221,309 when Dylan Egerton-Green drove him to an emphatic victory by 8m over the fast-finishing Bettor Be Oscar in the 2130m Westral Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Egerton-Green is forming a wonderful association with the American Ideal horse, having driven him five times for three wins, one second and one third. Bletchley Park has rarely performed below par in his 33-start career of 14 wins and 12 placings. Bletchley Park, owned by Albert Walmsley, was favourite at $1.90 from out wide at barrier eight. He settled down in eighth position in the field of nine and was sent forward, three wide, approaching the bell before surging to the front 300m from home. He rated 1.55.6. Another wonderfully consistent four-year-old Cyclone Banner is racing in top form for Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams and reinsman Aldo Cortopassi. He was the $1.20 favourite from the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Community TAB Pace and he gave his backers no cause for any concern when he set the pace and sprinted the final 800m in 56.2sec. to win by a length and a half from the fast-finishing $81 outsider McArdles Gem. Cyclone Banner, a winner at two of his six starts in New Zealand, has had 19 starts in WA for nine wins and five placings.   Ken Casellas

Backing winners on a cold, wintry night warms the hearts of punters. And members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have gone all out this week in a bid to find the best bets at tomorrow night’s Gloucester Park meeting. The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes punters can add to their bank early doors by unloading on Cyclone Banner in race two. “Cyclone Banner worked at both ends of the race last week and was still too good for his opposition,” Havercroft said. “He led comfortably from this draw three starts ago and it’ll take something special to beat him this Friday.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas is keen on Robbie Easton in the fourth on the card. “Robbie Easton has drawn out wide at barrier No. 8, but I’m tipping that will not prevent him from winning the Retravision Pace on Friday night,” Casellas said. “He’s my best bet to repeat the dose after his convincing victory last Friday night.” Guild president Wayne Currall is confident classy filly Double Expresso can shake off the bad luck that has dogged her recently and post an overdue victory. “Double Expresso’s last four placings all could have been wins with an ounce of luck,” Currall said. “She has to overcome an awkward draw in the Group 1 $80,000 3YO Fillies Westbred Classic (2130m), but she’s the best horse in the race and is due for some good luck. I’m confident the cream will float to the top this week.” Longshot guru Pat Harding has singled out Poisedtopounce in the Group 1 $80,000 3YO C&G Westbred Classic (2130m) as his best bet. “A tough night at GP last Friday night, but hopefully better this week for punters and tipsters alike,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race six with the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Poisedtopounce. Although coming off the inside of the back line, I expect him to be well placed to live up to his name in the home straight and record a good win.” TABradio’s form expert Hayden King believes Arma Einstein will prove too smart for his 10 rivals in race 10 and post an all-the-way victory. “Arma Einstein is drawn to lead all the way,” King said. “He did all the work last start in the Group 1 and now comes up with the pole. He should bring up a double for trainer/driver Colin Brown, who also has the smart Typhoon Tiff engaged in race eight.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart are of the firm belief that punters can go home on a winning note by cashing in on brilliant filly Black Jack Baby in race 11. “Black Jack Baby was a dominant two-year-old early and has bounced back after a stable change,” Manning said. “Looks hard to beat again and should be a top chance in next month’s Golden Slipper Pace at Gloucester Park.” And Wishart agrees. “Black Jack Baby made a stunning return to racing earlier this month, sizzling home to beat a smart colt in Talks Up A Storm,” Wishart said. “Drawn to stroll to the front and just wins.” VALUE BETS RYAN: Gangbuster won at consecutive starts from this draw before a last-start fifth and has the favourite drawn on his back. Goes well in front. KEN: For value, I suggest Poisedtopounce from the inside of the back line in the Westbred Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings. He has impressed with his versatility in winning at his past five outings, all in standing-start affairs. WAYNE: Henwood Bay ran a cheeky race at odds last week and looks another solid each-way chance in the second. He should lob on the back of likely leader Cyclone Banner and can add value to the exotics. PAT: My value bet comes up in race eight with Madame Meilland. I believe she is due for a win and Friday night could see that come to fruition at a good price. HAYDEN: Bracken Sky is drawn to the lead in the first and looks the one to beat. He has been racing without luck and much better than recently suggested. ERNIE: Intheskyrocket has been on the improve and pacers from Greg and Skye Bond’s stable can never be underestimated. WARREN: Very soft win by Robbie Easton last week from a wide draw when confidently driven by Hall Jr. Can see a similar run here and would love to be getting $6 each-way that’s for sure. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting from home.   Wayne Currall

Star reinsman Chris Voak has established a reputation in recent years of winning the final race at Gloucester Park meetings and punters should rally to support him when he drives speedy Black Jack Baby in the eleventh event, the Westsired Pace for two-year-old fillies, on Friday night. “Black Jack Baby is a standout filly and she is my best drive on the program,” Voak declared. Black Jack Baby, bred, owned and trained by Shane Quadrio, is favourably drawn at barrier two in the field of nine in the 2130m event. Her six starts have produced five wins and a close second placing. At her first appearance for two and a half months Black Jack Baby raced in third position in an Indian file affair of five runners last Friday week and caused an upset when she sprinted brilliantly over the final 400m in 26.9sec. to win by a head from the hot favourite Talks Up A Storm, with Powerplay in third place. “She sat three wide for the final 400m and that was the impressive thing. The leader is a very good colt and he had every chance. Shane told me that Black Jack Baby has got faster since her break. I always knew she was a good sprint horse. The fact that she led in races was because she had the gate speed. However, I always thought she would be a better sit and sprint horse.” Aiden de Campo, who is driving in dashing style, has seven drives on the program. He said not one of his drives was a certain winner, but reckoned most had fair each-way prospects, given a little bit of luck. He leant towards Bettor Be Oscar (race seven), Blue Chip Adda (race five), Walsh (race three), Baylan Jett (race four) and Keptain Courageous (race six) as his best prospects. Carter Micheal, who has a combined losing margin of 154.8 metres from his past four starts (for a twelfth placing, an eleventh and two tenths), will be one of the fancies for the first event, the TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained by Nathan Turvey, the New Zealand-bred six-year-old, is ideally drawn at barrier two in the 2130m event. He will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, who said: “On his run two starts ago when a fading tenth behind Runaway Three, you couldn’t suggest him at all. He sat one-one and dropped out. “Nathan said he expects the horse to improve. He said that he probably had him a bit far off the mark than what he thought. He drove him last week to see where he was at. He reckons he’ll be a lot better this week. It’s a decent draw, and as long as Nathan is right, he’ll be in the mix.” Hall said that he really fancies Robbie Easton in race four in which he will start out wide from barrier eight. “He won with his head on his chest last week,” he said.   Ken Casellas

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