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Gloucester Park, the home of harness racing in Western Australia, is located on the banks of the Swan River in the exclusive precinct of East Perth. The course was built in 1929 and officially opened in 1930. Gloucester Park is perfectly positioned as one of Western Australia’s prime Friday night entertainment venues and is a unique and versatile venue in Perth, showcasing exciting harness racing every Friday night. Superbly appointed facilities include 3 restaurants operating during race nights and additional function rooms available for private hire.  James Brennan marked the start of organised harness racing in Western Australia when he called a public meeting that led to the formation of the Western Australian Trotting Association (WATA) in September 1910. Prior to this, the only regular harness racing was conducted at the annual Perth Royal Show. The above information comes from and this Friday Night when they run the $100,000 Perth Sales Classic 2yo C&G Final Gr.1 and $100,000 Perth Sales Classic 2yo Fillies Final Gr.1 the excitement at the track could reach fever pitch.  Please note it’s not just about the 2YO’S as the Group 2 $50,000 3YO fillies Sales Classic and the Group 2 $50,000 3YO Colts and Gelding Sales Classic are also going to see some spectacular racing. APG's Perth Sale continues to reach new heights with each passing year, as our Western Australian breeders constantly raise the bar, providing buyers with an ever-improving product proving to be a dominant force in WA's Group One races. APG's 2018 crop of sales graduates won all seven juvenile Group One races in Western Australia in the 2019 season Featuring 21 Group 1 & 2 races this season and over $1,850,000 in stakes for the 2 & 3YO’S to compete for in the west, WA is the state many believe has the best juvenile race card in the Southern Hemisphere. With 62 Colts and just 39 Fillies, all are eligible for over $600,000 of local Perth based APG races. Never have the odds of owning a Group One winner been better! 62 Colts - 4 x Group Races The 62 colts catalogued for next Sunday's Perth Sale are all eligible to sustain for APG's Perth Sales Classics and APG Perth Gold Bullion Series, featuring: •             $100,000 Perth Sales Classic 2yo C&G Final Gr.1; •             $50,000 APG Gold Bullion 2yo C&G Final Gr.2; •             $50,000 Perth Sales Classic 3yo C&G Final Gr.2; •             $50,000 APG Gold Bullion 3yo C&G Final Gr.2; 39 Fillies - 4 x Group Races The 39 fillies catalogued for next Sunday's Perth Sale are all eligible to sustain for APG's Perth Sales Classics and APG Perth Gold Bullion Series, featuring: •             $100,000 Perth Sales Classic 2yo Fillies Final Gr.1; •             $50,000 APG Gold Bullion 2yo Fillies Final Gr.2; •             $50,000 Perth Sales Classic 3yo Fillies Final Gr.2; •             $50,000 APG Gold Bullion 3yo Fillies Final Gr.2; The news continues to get better as this is clearly the strongest catalogue the WA buyers have ever seen. The strength of the dams families in this years sale won’t be missed by the astute buyers looking at capitalising on the wonderful opportunities this the class of 2021 will have going forward. More on these families during the week. The sires list below has a real who’s who of our sport and the up and coming stars of the future, showcasing the Always B Miki’s, American Ideal’s, Art Major’s, Betting Line’s, Captaintrecherous’s, Control The Moment’s, Downbytheseaside ,Fly Like An Eagle’s, Follow The Stars, Foreclosure, Huntsville, and Sweet Lou’s - just to name a few. Please note, we will have online and telephone bidding options available if you are unable to attend. John Coffey will be inspecting the Perth yearlings on sales weekend, and will be pleased to answer any questions that you may have on the individuals featuring in the sale, or to bid on your behalf.  John can be contacted on 0418 500 211. It’s also important to note that the Perth Sale is at the Magic Million’s Sales Complex Swan Valley 2/56 Dale Road Middle Swan, Western Australia 6056 Australia Please phone Kathleen Harris - 0429 066 663 or e-mail her at and she’ll be pleased to assist you with your online registrations, pre-sale bidding approvals or to answer any other questions that you may have on your travel and accommodation needs.   RWWA

Wildwest defies early challenges Exciting five-year-old Wildwest provided champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr with his third victory in the $50,000 Governor’s Cup when he defied spirited early challenges for the lead from Bracken Sky and Talktomeurmattjesty in the group 2 2130m feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred Wildwest, the $1.60 favourite from the prized No. 1 barrier, had to be driven hard to keep his rivals at bay before bowling along in front and winning by 2m at a 1.54.9 rate from $13 chance Miracle Moose, with Cyclone Banner ($51) running on from sixth at the bell to be third. “The fast lead time (34.6sec.) was always going to be,” said Hall. “I had to make my intentions clear. I was surprised that Bracken Sky (barrier five) was the first to have a crack for the lead. “But Wildwest was having his first try from the inside barrier in this company and I expected a few would have a go for the lead. Bracken Sky got a bit of an advantage on me, but we were able to kick through on the inside, and this (the early speed) probably helped me to hold out Talktomeurmattjesty. “Wildwest didn’t get fierce; he’s over that, but it is hanging that remains a problem. On the fence he’s obviously manageable, but out wider he is inclined to hang. He was flat at the finish, but he didn’t switch off.”  Wildwest, prepared by Gary Hall snr, will now be set for the Pinjarra Cup on Monday March 1. There is also a strong possibility that the Raging Bull gelding will be sent to race in Sydney where he is sure to be better suited on the spacious 1400m Menangle track. Wildwest, who won at his only start in New Zealand, in a 2400m stand at Winton In May 2019, has raced 14 times in Western Australia for nine wins.   Rumour Has It survives hoof fracture Promising filly Rumour Has It’s future was in the balance last year after she fractured a hind hoof when she attempted to leap over a 5ft steel gate at trainer Debra Lewis’s Hopeland property. This kept her out of action for nine months before she resumed racing --- and she enhanced her prospects of winning the rich WA Oaks on April 9 when she scored a smart all-the-way victory in the group 2 $50,000 Daintys Daughter Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Fourth favourite at $7.70 from the prized No. 1 barrier, Rumour Has It ambled through the lead time in 38.3sec. and the opening quarters in 29.8sec. and 29.9sec. before sprinting the final 400m sections in 28.2sec. and 28sec. to beat the fast-finishing pair of Just For Love ($71) and Black Jack Baby ($5.50). The $1.90 favourite Always An Angel raced three wide early and then worked hard in the breeze before wilting to finish fifth. The winner, bred, owned and trained by Debra Lewis, now has earned $74,137 from six wins and four placings from 12 starts. “Rumour Has It didn’t race too much in her two-year-old season,” said star reinsman Chris Lewis. “She jumped a steel gate, and all but cleared the gate, but got a back leg caught and fractured a back hoof. “We will now be looking for a few Westbred races for her and the 2536m of the Oaks won’t be a problem. She likes to roll and keeps cutting out (fast) quarters. Tonight, she actually travelled a little slower than I wanted. I wanted to step her up a bit but she star gazed a little bit. “She is a capable filly and is not just a frontrunner who has a few options apart from leading, which was a good option tonight.” The win gave Lewis a record fourth success in the Daintys Daughter Classic --- after wins with Five Hundred More (2005), Sheer Royalty (2009) and Double Expresso (2020). Rumour Has It is by American stallion Roll With Joe and is the eighth foal out of the Christian Cullen mare Roustabout, who had only 12 starts for four wins, two placings and $33,171. Roustabout won twice from three New Zealand starts, was unplaced at her only appearance in Victoria and had eight starts in WA in 2006 for two wins and two seconds. As a four-year-old Roustabout, trained by Noel Keiley, won the group 3 Empress Stakes from Precious Maiden and Sovereign Beejay. Rumour Has It is a half-sister to Arousing (110 starts for 11 wins, 32 placings and $119,663), Just A Horse (157 starts for ten wins, 28 placings and $77,234) and Loving You (59 starts for ten wins, 20 placings and $97,229).   Matai Geordie is a speed machine Inexperienced New Zealand-bred pacer Matai Geordie lived up to the prediction of champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr that the gelding is a speed machine when he revealed a spectacular last-lap burst on his way to a runaway victory in the 1730m APG Perth Yearling Sale Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The $1.60 favourite, prepared by Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall snr, started from the inside of the back line and Hall jnr was able to ease him out into the one-wide line on the first bend to assume a commanding position, one-out and two-back, with the polemarker Anvil Rollover ($12) setting a brisk pace. The opening quarters were run in 28.2sec. and 29.4sec. and Hall bided his time until he set Matai Geordie on fire with a three-wide burst about 600m from home. He sprinted brilliantly, surged to the front at the 380m mark and won by three and a half lengths from $91 outsider Tradie, with Anvil Rollover a length farther back in third place. The final quarters were run in 28.4sec. and 27.4sec. “It all worked out perfectly,” said Hall. “I had room to pull out whenever I wanted to. They put it on for him because of the speed. “He will keep working his way through the grades and, hopefully, he will measure up to the Cups next summer. Over in New Zealand he could only sprint, but we can toughen them up, working on the sand.” The six-year-old Matai Geordie has had only 16 starts for three wins from 12 outings in New Zealand and three wins from four starts in WA.   Hat-trick for transformed Always A Dreamer Always A Dreamer, a pacer who managed just one win from her first 18 starts, has developed into an outstanding square gaiter who took her record as a trotter to 12 wins and 12 placings from 38 starts when she outclassed her rivals in The Trots WA Trot over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Always A Dreamer, prepared at Waroona by Bob Mellsop, was the $1.40 favourite who gave her backers no concern by leading all the way and coasting to a 7m victory over $7 chance Dark Secret, who finished gamely for Morgan Woodley after racing on the pegs in fifth place for most of the way. This brought up a hat-trick of wins for Mellsop and driver Deni Roberts, who completed a double after her success with Aly Shar in the previous event. Always A Dreamer, bred and owned by Bob Fowler, is now certainly paying her way, with her 56 starts producing 13 wins and 17 placings for earnings of $77,913. Her victory completed a successful evening for Fowler, who scored all-the-way wins with Star Aspiration and Star of the Class for trainer Peter Anderson and reinsman Donald Harper at Albany. Then at Narrogin on Saturday night Make It Happen won for Fowler and Harper.   Classic at Lavra Joe’s mercy Outstanding colt Lavra Joe warmed up in grand style for next Friday night’s $50,000 Sales Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings with an effortless victory in the 2130m TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A red hot $1.10 favourite from barrier one, the powerful, muscular colt gave Chris Lewis an armchair drive, leading all the way and winning by three lengths from Talks Up A Storm ($12), with $16 third fancy Mighty Ronaldo a length farther back in third place. Lavra Joe coasted through the lead time in 38.3sec. and the opening quarters in 30.6sec. and 29.4sec. before dashing over the final 400m sections in 27.8sec. and 27sec. The son of American stallion Roll With Joe, Lavra Joe has earned $137,246 from his 13 wins and six placings from 24 starts. “The Sales Classic is a race I have been looking forward to,” said owner-trainer Ray Jones. “After that race next week I’ll look at the program for the horse. I’m looking forward to him running in the Country Derby and the WA Derby. The Murray Lindau-trained Talks Up A Storm trailed Lavra Joe all the way and ran home solidly, while Mighty Ronaldo wilted slightly in the home straight after racing in the breeze over the final 1000m.   Brookies Jet celebrates milestone Veteran pacer Brookies Jet, unplaced at his previous eight starts and with a losing sequence of 16, celebrated his 200TH start in a race when Emily Suvaljko drove the nine-year-old to an easy victory in the 2536m Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A $7.80 chance from the No. 1 barrier, Brookies Jet led for the first 750m before $31 chance Mattjestic Star took up the running. Suvaljko eased Brookies Jet off the pegs 450m from home and the oldtimer hit the front 150m later before running away to beat Valbonne ($13) by two lengths at a 1.56.6 rate. Brookies Jet’s task was made easier after the $3.20 favourite Shadow Roll and $3.40 second fancy Mr Kiwi locked sulky wheels at the bell and dropped right out of contention. Brookies Jet’s 200 starts have resulted in 19 wins and 48 placings for stakes of $195,455. He recorded three seconds from five New Zealand starts and a further three seconds from four starts in Victoria before entering the Serpentine stables of Matt Scott, who has prepared the gelding for all his 192 WA starts for his 19 wins. “Brookies Jet had a mild suspensory problem last year and now he has had about eight runs back, following three to four months in the paddock,” said Scott. “That’s the only issue he has had. He has never had a joint injury or a foot abscess. He has been a very sound horse.” has never had  a joint injury or a foot abscess. I have had him for five years and he has been a very sound horse.” The win was the first leg of a training double for Scott, who was successful with Rock Me Over in the following event. Later in the night Scott travelled to Kojonup to watch his girlfriend Sarah Bonner ride Messiah in the Kojonup Cup on Saturday afternoon. “This was her first ride in a race for four years, and I talked her into it,” said Scott. “She rode about 50 winners, including a win with Dainty Tess in a $60,000 race at Ascot in January 2017. She still rides trackwork every morning for trainer Dan Morton.” Messiah finished third behind the Darryn Pateman-trained Messiah in the Kojonup Cup, and Scott continued his busy weekend by taking five pacers to compete at the Collie trots on Sunday afternoon where he landed a double with Here Comes Sharkie and Carramar Philemon. Here Comes Sharkie, driven by Shannon Suvaljko, impressed with his victory in a 2700m stand at his first start for Scott, who recently purchased the seven-year-old for a mere $3000. Here Comes Sharkie ended a losing sequence of 33, stretching back to his win at Swan Hill in December 2018.   Win relieves Oldroyd’s pain Veteran trainer John Oldroyd is still recovering from a nasty stable accident late last year, and he enjoyed a welcome boost when his five-year-old mare Aly Shar set the pace and won the 2130m Cowden The Insurance Brokers Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Aly Shar, fifth favourite at $7.50, was driven confidently by Deni Roberts and she won by a half-length from the fast-finishing Just Makemine Diamonds ($7), with $11 chance All The Bells, ninth on the pegs at the bell, flashing home out five wide to be a neck away in third place. Oldroyd and his wife Val bred and own Aly Shar, who was transferred to the stables of Greg and Skye Bond when Oldroyd was recovering from surgery to his damaged right eye. Aly Shar was having her second start for the Bond stable and was handled for the first time in a race by Roberts. Oldroyd was injured nine days before Christmas day when he was putting a halter on a yearling colt, who suddenly tossed his head sideways and struck the trainer a stinging blow on the side of the head. After a couple of days in pain, Oldroyd was admitted to hospital to undergo surgery to cure problems in his right eye. Aly Shar is by Alta Christiano and is the first foal out of the Village Jasper mare Shonteleeshar, who won nine races from 19 starts for Oldroyd. Aly Shar now has had 39 starts for ten wins, 11 placings and $63,288 in prizemoney.   Antero turns the corner Six-year-old gelding Antero, winner of six minor races on country tracks from his first 56 starts, has turned the corner with a vengeance and he has blossomed under the care of Gary Hall snr and his ten starts for the master trainer have produced five wins, three seconds, a fourth and a sixth placing, all at Gloucester Park, to take his career record to 11 wins, 24 placings and $109,212 in stakes. Antero, favourite at $2.30, set a solid pace and won the 2130m Direct Trades Supply Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night by a half-length from $41 chance Roman Art, who rattled home from ninth at the bell. Walsh ($7.50) trailed the pacemaker all the way and finished third. The victory completed a winning treble for star reinsman Gary Hall jnr, who was successful earlier in the night with Wildwest and Matai Geordie. “Antero has really found his rhythm and is flying,” said Hall jnr. “He had a really bad quarter crack abscess blow out of his heel about two months ago, and ever since has been going super. He always used to go a bit roughly for all his trainers, but now that problem has been cleared up. “Farrier Larry Boag has kept an eye on the problem hoof, and the horse now races with a bar shoe. He is probably going as good as he ever has and probably better than anyone thought he would go.” Antero, who is owned by Jodie Gray, is the first foal out of Adda My Way, who had 47 starts for seven wins, ten placings and $32,968. Antero’s maternal granddam Rich And Sassy had 56 starts for 13 wins, 20 placings and $77,521. Rich And Sassy’s full-brother Rich And Spoilt was a star performer before becoming a highly successful sire. Rich And Spoilt had 42 starts for 20 wins, 14 placings and stakes of $301,630. He won the Pearl for two-year-olds in March 1999, the Caduceus Club Classic and State Sires Series as a three-year-old as well as finishing second to Talladega in the WA Derby and second to Seelster Sam in the Australian Derby. Then, as a four-year-old, he finished a nose second to Seelster Sam in the Golden Nugget.   Grantham’s unique association Star young reinsman Michael Grantham continued his remarkable association with veteran pacer Dredlock Rockstar when he secured a freak inside run on the home turn and guided the 12-year-old to a surprise victory over Patrickthepiranha and One For Dave Andme in the 2130m Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.         The win at $21.70 improved Grantham’s perfect record behind Dredlock Rockstar to three drives in the gelding’s 162 starts for three victories.           Grantham secured the drive when Dredlock Rockstar’s part-owner and trainer Ash Markham decided to take eight drives at the meeting in Albany on Friday night. This was the first time Grantham had driven Dredlock Rockstar since the gelding started at $15.30 and covered extra ground before getting up to beat the pacemaker Tanaka Eagle at Gloucester Park on September 15, 2017. That was 68 starts ago. And twelve starts before that, at Gloucester Park on February 24, 2017, Grantham drove Dredlock Rockstar to an all-the-way victory over Vultan Tin. Howard Hughes, favourite at $1.14, set the pace and looked a certain winner until he broke into a fierce gallop approaching the home turn. Ryan Warwick quickly switched the galloping Howard Hughes inside the pegs, thus avoiding interference to the following runners. Patrickthepiranha ($15), who had raced in the breeze all the way, then took the lead, but he was unable to withstand the strong finishing burst of Dredlock Rockstar, who had trailed Howard Hughes throughout.     Dredlock Rockstar, who was under the care of Markham’s wife Tamara on Friday night, is certainly an evergreen performer who has raced 162 times for 22 wins, 47 placings and $276,852 in prizemoney. For the record, Markham’s eight drives in Albany on Friday night resulted in two seconds, two thirds, one fourth, two fifths and an eighth placing.   $6000 bargain boosts earnings to $163,718 The fairytale story of Rock Me Over continued at Gloucester Park on Friday night when the six-year-old charged home to win the 2536m Westral Pace. The WA-bred gelding certainly is proving one of the sport’s best bargain buys. Serpentine trainer Matt Scott and stable clients Tony Maguire and his son Ian outlaid $6000 to purchase Rock Me Over two years ago, and in 74 starts since then he has chalked up nine wins, 13 seconds and 12 thirds for earnings of $163,718. He is a younger half-brother of star pacer and 2017 WA Derby winner Handsandwheels, who has amassed $666,739 in stakes from 28 wins and 26 placings from 83 starts. Rock Me Over, a $12.70 chance, was driven in fine style by Shannon Suvaljko, who had the gelding handily placed in sixth position in the one-wide line while the polemarker and $19 chance Beach Skipper set the pace, with the $3.50 favourite Major Stare in the breeze. Major Stare eventually got his nose in front 350m from home, but he was swamped in the closing stages by Rock Me Over and Power And Grace. “People have been knocking Rock Me Over, but we just laughed,” said Scott. “He has paid a lot of bills.”   Ken Casellas

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are keen on three horses - Lavra Joe, Wildwest and Always An Angel - for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart and Guild president Wayne Currall believe punters can get the night off to a winning start by supporting Lavra Joe in the opening event. “My best bet comes up in race one with No.1 Lavra Joe,” Wishart said. “Punters can start the night with a win by supporting Lavra Joe. Showed his class last Saturday with a soft win. Well drawn and should win.” Currall agrees. “Lavra Joe won’t go out at any fancy price, but he should be winning,” Currall said. “Champion reinsman Chris Lewis should send the son of Roll With Joe straight to the top and then dictate the pace in front. I’ll be banking on Lavra Joe as the first leg of an all-up wager.” TABradio’s Hayden King and veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas have made Wildwest their star bet at the meeting. “Wildwest comes up with the pole in the Governors Cup, with noted frontrunner Talktomeurmattjesty drawn out wide,” King said. “I fancy Hall Jr will take luck out of the equation and try for an all-the-way win, as opposed to sitting. Wildwest is the mould of horse that can absorb pressure and keep running. I think he will step up and prove himself on Friday.” Casellas is in the same corner as King. “Wildwest, an inexperienced campaigner with only 14 starts, is still learning how to race,” Casellas said. “But he has great raw ability and should carry too many guns for his rivals in the Governors Cup on Friday night. The five-year-old, trained by Gary Hall, is perfectly drawn at the No. 1 barrier and is my best bet.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, longshot guru Pat Harding and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have all landed on Always An Angel as their best bet. “The Justin Prentice-trained three-year-old Always An Angel looks set for her seventh straight win after an impressive first-up victory last Friday night,” Manning said. “A third was run by the filly in her debut 11 months ago, then she made sharp improvement and scored a top win despite covering extra ground in the $100,000 Diamond Classic. Always Angel appears to have benefited from her lengthy spell.” Harding agrees. “Looks like another tough night at GP, but there is the opportunity for punters to have a win or two,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race six, the Daintys Daughter Pace. Always An Angel has been performing so well for trainer Justin Prentice and coming out of barrier three with Hall Jr aboard looks like adding to her winning ways.” And Havercroft makes it a clean sweep. “Always An Angel made an impressive return to racing last week when defeating Black Jack Baby,” Havercroft said. “A winner at six of seven career starts, including last season’s Diamond Classic, she should be further improved for this assignment and has a favourable barrier draw.” TABradio’s Matt Young is the only Media Guild tipster to “go it alone”, with his best bet coming up in race eight. “Al Guerrero has tremendous gate speed and has crossed quicker line-ups before,” Young said. “He was far from disgraced in the Golden Nugget last Friday night and with this nice drop in grade looks the leader and winner.” VALUE BETS WARREN: Space Junk resumes and the trial reads up OK. Has always shown ability and if the advertised price of $15 is correct is super value. WAYNE: Talented mare Has No Fear resumes after a two-month break, but has drawn well in race two and can play a part at each-way odds. HAYDEN: Shadow Roll is drawn to get a dreamy run over the long trip. There looks sufficient mid-race pressure and I think he can extricate over the concluding stages, before finishing too well for them. KEN: For value, I suggest Shadow Roll in race two in which he will start from the inside of the back line. His recent efforts have been most encouraging. ERNIE: Saleahs Comand has been out of luck in three unplaced runs since a win last month and he could have a change of fortune when Mark Reed resumes driving him. He scored a 10th Gloucester Park win when successful on January 15, but was back on the pegs at his next two appearances and broke gait last start. The veteran is capable of surprising. PAT: My value bet comes in race eight with No. 3 Divinia Bellezza. I think she is ideally placed to cause an upset and give punters a good return. RYAN: Vultan Tin resumes off a short let-up in the Governors Cup and Talktomeurmattjesty could set up a pace that brings last year’s Pacing Cup winner right into calculations. MATT: Just Makemine Diamonds has been racing well, this looks a suitable race and Chris Voak jumps back aboard. Looks a great each-way play. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

Inexperienced New Zealand-bred six-year-old Matai Geordie possesses blistering pace, according to champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, and the Washington VC gelding looks a star bet in the APG Perth Yearling Sales Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He has got a few little niggling ways and if he didn’t have them, I reckon he would be in the top three in our stable,” Hall said. “He’s pretty good. Where he has drawn (the inside of the back line in the 1730m sprint event) makes it a bit awkward. But if he ever gets a look at them, they’ll know he’s there. He is just lightning, and he has got the top speed of any horse I have driven, barring Quinny (Im Themightyquinn).” Matai Geordie has raced only 15 times for five wins and three placings. He won three times from 12 New Zealand starts and has had three starts in WA for two runaway victories by margins of seven and a half lengths and five lengths. One of his rivals on Friday night is the Trevor Wright-trained Cordero, who has won at three of his five starts this season. He will start from the No. 5 barrier and his reinsman Chris Lewis said he expected him to be prominent. “He is a very consistent horse, and with the right run he is definitely a chance,” Lewis said. “He didn’t have any luck at all at Bunbury last Saturday when he was held up.” Cordero started from the outside of the front line in the field of 12 in the Manea Classic last Saturday night and was an unlucky seventh behind Texas Tiger. He was hopelessly blocked for a clear run in the final circuit and went to the line full of running. Hall said he expected a bold showing from Antero, who will start from barrier two in the Direct Trades Supply Pacer over 2130m. Antero has won at four of his past nine starts and he maintained his excellent form with a fighting second to Fifty Five Reborn over 2536m last Friday night when he settled down in seventh position before dashing forward to race in the breeze for the final two laps. “Antero is flying and his latest run was a career-best performance,” Hall said. “If he leads, he won’t get beaten, and he can also win from the breeze.”   Ken Casellas

Lavra Joe and Mighty Ronaldo, early fancies for the WA Derby, should set the scene for an outstanding night of pacing at Gloucester Park on Friday night when they clash in the opening event, the 2130m TABtouch Pace. The random draw resulted in the Ray Jones-trained Lavra Joe drawing the perfect barrier at No. 1, with the Justin Prentice-trained Mighty Ronaldo out at barrier five. A bullish Chris Lewis declared that Lavra Joe would take a power of beating after his superb first-up victory off 30m in a 2503m stand at Bunbury last Saturday night when the colt raced in the breeze before careering away to win by six lengths from The Stars Above after final quarters of 28.7sec. and 27.9sec. “He has come back better than ever,” enthused Lewis. “It was a really good run and he just cruised. The plan on Friday night will be to lead.” Three nights before his Bunbury win Lavra Joe met Mighty Ronaldo in a 2100m trial at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park when Mighty Ronaldo, from barrier four, set the pace and won by 2m from Lavra Joe, who started from barrier five, raced without cover early and then was restrained to the rear. Mighty Ronaldo sprinted over the final 400m in 26.7sec. and rated 1.58.1. “His trial was super,” said Gary Hall Jnr. “He has come back (after a let-up) and he felt awesome. But you wouldn’t think that he could beat Lavra Joe, who has the advantage of a much better draw. However, it promises to be a great race. “We know that Mighty Ronaldo is a good horse who won the Golden Slipper last July. He surprised me in the trial, and he has definitely come back a better horse. He went terrific and I’m looking forward to this week’s race.” This will be Mighty Ronaldo’s first run since he started from the back line and ran on from three back on the pegs to finish third behind Lavra Joe in a 2130m event at Gloucester Park on December 18. That was Mighty Ronaldo’s first appearance since he charged home from well back to win the Golden Slipper from Give Us A Wave five months earlier. Lavra Joe started from barrier eight in the Slipper when he covered extra ground and finished eighth.   Ken Casellas

Enigmatic five-year-old Wildwest, by far the least experienced runner in the $50,000 Governor’s Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night, should make the most of the coveted No. 1 barrier and win the Group 2 feature event at his second outing after a five-month absence. “The way he is working and the motor he’s got, he should just lead and win,” said champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr. Wildwest reappeared after a spell last Friday night when he finished an eye-catching fourth behind The Bird Dance in a 2536m Free-For-All. With Talktomeurmattjesty setting a brisk pace, Wildwest, from the No. 6 barrier, raced in sixth position in the Indian file affair and was blocked for a clear run in the home straight. Hall had the opportunity to ease Wildwest off the pegs in the back straight after Our Jimmy Johnstone moved into the one-wide line 600m from home. He defended his decision by saying that he felt Wildwest would have finished in the same position had he opted to travel wide over the final 500m. “To my way of thinking Wildwest looked like he was running out of room only late,” Hall explained. “If you transfer a pegs run to going four wide, I reckon he would have still finished in the same spot, considering the extra amount of ground he would have had to make up. “This week he has got the draw and will be hard to beat. He is still not quite tractable but is getting better. He got around good enough at his latest start.” Wildwest is prepared by champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, who won the Governor’s Cup with Chicago Bull in 2018. Hall Jnr has won the event twice, scoring with Chicago Bull and the Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln in 2019.   In what looks an even field, Wildwest, the winner at nine of his 14 starts, is expected to receive the stiffest opposition from Mirragon, Vultan Tin, Major Times and Cyclone Banner. Four-year-old Mirragon, the youngest runner in the field of 12, produced an excellent run when fourth behind Minstrel and Magnificent Storm in the Golden Nugget last Friday night. He was shuffled back to tenth at the bell before finishing strongly, covering the final 800m in 55.5sec. “Mirragon is a nice horse and I think he can figure in the finish in this week’s race,” said Lewis who won the 2010 Governor’s Cup with the Tony Svilicich-trained Has The Answers. Vultan Tin, lining up for his 173rd start, cannot be underestimated. Since finishing powerfully to win the 2936m WA Pacing Cup from Chicago Bull early in December, he has competed in fine style, with his past two runs resulting in seconds to Galactic Star over 2636m and Bletchley Park over 1730m. The hardy nine-year-old to be driven by Emily Suvaljko, will start from the outside of the back line in this week’s 2130m event and should be storming home. Major Times, a six-year-old former Victorian performer, will be making his West Australian debut for trainer Ross Olivieri. The stallion, who boasts an excellent record of 48 starts for 18 wins and 20 placings, will start from barrier No. 2 on the back line. Major Times, to be driven by last season’s leading reinsman Chris Voak, warmed up for this week’s assignment in fine style by setting the pace and winning a 2150m Byford trial on Sunday morning from Bettor Party at a 1.58 rate. The final quarters were run in 29sec. and 27.2sec. Olivieri will be looking for his second success in the Governor’s Cup after winning with Chief Thundercloud in 2016. Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who won the 2017 Governor’s Cup with Our Jimmy Johnstone, will be pinning their faith on that evergreen 12-year-old and Wainui Creek, the only mare in the event. Our Jimmy Johnstone (Deni Roberts) will start from the No. 4 barrier, while Wainui Creek (Ryan Warwick) will start from the inside of the back line.  Aiden de Campo, who won last year’s Governor’s Cup with the fast-finishing $9 chance Handsandwheels, has been engaged by trainer Nathan Turvey to handle the up-and-coming five-year-old Miracle Moose, who has been exciting the fans with his powerful finishing bursts in recent weeks. Miracle Moose, who faces a steep rise in class, is favourably drawn at barrier No. 2.   Ken Casellas

A dazzling track workout on Tuesday morning has left owner-trainer Shane Quadrio and his son Dylan bubbling with confidence that the filly has the brilliance to win the $50,000 Daintys Daughter Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “Dylan was over the moon with her work,” said Shane Quadrio. “He said that she worked as good as she ever has.” Black Jack Baby, the winner at nine of her 15 starts, is awkwardly drawn at barrier No. 7. But she is essentially a sit-sprinter and Chris Voak is most unlikely to get involved in early speed battles and is sure to be relying on her outstanding sprinting qualities. She started from the outside in a field of eight last Friday night and was sixth in the one-wide line at the bell before she unleashed a sparkling four-wide burst with just over 300m to travel to take a narrow lead on the home turn before finishing a neck second to Always An Angel, who raced in the one-out, one-back position for much of the way before finishing strongly. “With her speed Black Jack Baby will always be in the race,” said Quadrio Snr. “Her latest run was superb, and if you check her times, her sectionals were sensational. She has pulled up in fantastic shape.” Black Jack Baby was timed to run her final 800m in 54.37sec. and her last 400m in 26.73sec. Always An Angel fared better in the random draw and will start from the No. 3 barrier as she seeks to extend her winning sequence to seven. Her performance last Friday night, at her first appearance for 38 weeks was impressive. She will again be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, who said: “Rumour Has It, from barrier one, obviously wants to lead. I’m two draws away from being very happy, but I’m happy where we are. American Arma looks well above average and Black Jack Baby is going super.” The New Zealand-bred Always An Angel is prepared at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, who is hoping for a change of fortune in the Daintys Daughter Classic after seconds with Racketeers Girl (2011), The Parade (2014) and Quite A Delight (2015) and a ninth placing with 5/4 favourite Lady Luca in 2017. Chris Lewis gives Rumour Has It (bred, owned and trained by his wife Debra) a good chance. He advises punters to disregard the filly’s wilting sixth behind Black Jack Baby three weeks ago when she revealed good gate speed from barrier four before working hard in the breeze. Rumour Has It has plenty of ability and her 11 starts have produced five wins and four second placings. “We will hold up from barrier one,” declared Lewis. “She just had a night off at her latest run. All horses are entitled to have a night off. She’s fairly tough and can lead as well as race without cover.” Lewis and Colin Brown are the most successful drivers in the Daintys Daughter Classic, with each having won the race three times. Lewis has been successful with Five Hundred More (2005), Sheer Royalty (2009) and Double Expresso (2020) and Brown has won with Centrefold Angel (2010), Gota Good Lookadda (2-13) and Typhoon Tiff (2019). Brown has two runners from his Banjup stables engaged in this week’s classic Joelene (a half-sister to Typhoon Tiff who set the pace and won by two lengths from Arma Indie in this event two years ago) and American Arma. Brown will handle American Arma, who will start from the outside of the back line, and Dylan Egerton-Green will drive Joelene from barrier two on the back line. American Arma has had only six starts for five wins and a second to smart colt Sugar Street, and Brown is confident of a strong first-up showing from the filly who will be having her first start for eight weeks. American Arma last appeared on December 24 when she started from barrier seven, settled in sixth position, dashed forward to the breeze at the 1200m and went on to win from the pacemaker Rumour Has It, when the last 800m was covered in 57sec. “After that run American Arma had ten days off, followed by ten days swimming in our dam before she was worked up and was ready to race in the Daintys Daughter Classic two weeks ago,” Brown said. “But the meeting was abandoned. She was very fit then and since then she jogs and swims every day and is hoppled for fast work.” Brown is confident of a strong performance from American Arma and said that Joelene was far from impossible. “American Arma is a better-class filly, but if she has to do too much work Joelene is capable of surprising,” he said. “Joelene will improve on her third behind Always An Angel and Black Jack Baby last week when she led from barrier one. “Burning early is not her caper, and this week from her back-line draw she will get a great sit, and I don’t care how fast they go, she will be hitting the line strongly, providing she doesn’t do any work.”   Ken Casellas

The $200,000 Retravision 4YO Golden Nugget (2536m) highlights an action-packed card of pacing at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And several members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have made Magnificent Storm their best bet in the Group 1 feature. TABradio’s Hayden King and Matt Young, Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas and Guild president Wayne Currall all believe the Ray Williams-trained gelding will keep his unbeaten streak in WA going and record 13 wins in a row. “Magnificent Storm is the best 4YO in WA and potentially the southern hemisphere,” King said. “The draw has driven him out to black odds, but ignoring veritable bad luck he is just better than them. He meets many worthy adversaries, however I think he has the versatility to overcome obstacles.” Young, King’s colleague at TABradio, agrees. “Magnificent Storm, on paper, has a bad draw but punters just need to understand that they are just getting a better price about a superstar,” Young said. “He will win the Golden Nugget.” Casellas is just as bullish. “Champions find ways to overcome difficulties, and I am more than happy to declare Magnificent Storm as my best bet this week,” Casellas said. “And that’s despite drawing the outside barrier at No. 9 in a quality field of four-year-olds on Friday night. He has been a dominant force in winning at his 12 starts in WA and I am confident he will maintain his superb form against the odds.” Currall is singing from the same hymn sheet as King, Young and Casellas. “Ray Williams has Magnificent Storm racing in tremendous heart,” Currall said. “And driver Aldo Cortopassi - one of the coolest reinsmen in the business - has developed a great understanding of the horse. Cortopassi knows his horse is not a ‘one-trick pony’ - he has options from gate nine and I’m confident he will let the horse rip at the right time. Number 13 won’t be unlucky for this bloke.” However, longshot guru Pat Harding is tipping an upset in the Nugget. He has made Patronus Star his star bet on the night. “As racing returns to GP after the lockdown, it looks like a fascinating night with a few odds-on pops,” Harding said. “Could be a good night for some outsiders. My best bet comes up in the Nugget in the shape of Patronus Star. Had a couple of good wins in recent starts and I think he is ideally placed from barrier six over the 2536m journey to give the Greg and Skye Bond stable another major win.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on Miss Limelight in race seven. “The Michael Brennan-trained Miss Limelight looks hard to beat after drawing gate one in fillies and mares’ company,” Manning said. “She has come up with barriers six and five, and a back-line draw, when beaten at her past three starts. The four-year-old has an impressive career tally of eight wins and three places from 13 starts. Her Gloucester Park record is two wins in three appearances.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes punters can get the night off to a winning start with Bettor Be Oscar in the opening event. “Bettor Be Oscar stands out for me on a night where I think punters can build a bank early,” Havercrift said. “He hasn’t won since June, but nine placings since then suggest he has been about the mark. He held out the pacy Talkerup when last drawing the inside barrier and I’d expect Aiden De Campo to elect to lead throughout.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart has opted for another polemarker as his best bet. “Papanik made a nice return at Pinjarra last month in what could have been a tricky race,” Wishart said. “Just knows how to get the job done and from the perfect draw should be too good again.” VALUE BETS HAYDEN: Simba Bromac was a strong effort from the moving line last start, eventually working into second place. He can camp behind the leader here and be too powerful over the staying trip. MATT: Bettor Finish is racing well and has a nice draw. If he can do everything right he will be close enough and with luck can be dangerous late. KEN: For value, I suggest Simba Bromac in race four in which he should lead early and then take the sit behind Talktomeurmattjesty before unwinding a spirited finishing burst. WAYNE: Twentynine Twelve follows speed well and he looks each-way all day in the first from his trailing draw.  PAT: My value bet comes up in Race 10 with No. 1 Joelene. She ran a good third at her last start, first-up after a short break, and I believe Colin Brown can drive her to a well-earned victory. ERNIE: As Happy As Larry, a winner of four standing-start races, is capable of overcoming a 50m handicap. He has competed in mobiles won by class pacers Vampiro, Galactic Star, Chicago Bull and Patronus Star when unplaced at his past four starts. RYAN: I’m happy to be on The Kraken each-way at the indicative price of $26. Never saw daylight in the Nights Of Thunder heat, then hoisted at a vital stage last time out. WARREN: There were a few I could have gone to for a value bet, but decided on As Happy As Larry. Never easy off 50m, but I just think the way this race sets up he’s a huge chance. Has been placed off the 50m relatively recently. Definitely be on him at the $11. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting from home.    Wayne Currall

Inexperienced West Australian-bred five-year-old Papinik looks set to notch his eighth consecutive victory when he starts from the coveted No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Retravision, For All the Electrical Stuff You Love Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He resumed in style after a nine-month absence when he started from 10m and won by five lengths in a 2116m stand at Pinjarra three Mondays ago. He finished powerfully from sixth at the bell and sprinted over the final 400m in 27.4sec. That was his eighth win from ten starts. “He hasn’t started for three weeks, but he’s fine,” said confident trainer Ross Olivieri. “He is capable of leading and winning on Friday night. “He has had a nice bit of time off to recover from surgery when he had bone chips removed from a knee.” Chris Voak, WA’s leading driver last season, shares Olivieri’s confidence, saying: “He should lead and win.” Olivieri and Voak are also bullish about the prospects of Thats Perfect in the Pace and Carrera Mach in the Retravision, Your Fujitsu Air Conditioning Specialist Pace. Thats Perfect rated a sparkling 1.52.1 in winning a heat of the 1730m Nights Of Thunder two starts ago before he raced in the breeze before wilting to sixth behind Queen Shenandoah in the final three Fridays ago. “Her showed no ill-effects from his hard run in the final,” said Olivieri. “I gave him a week off after that. I swum him every day and put him in the paddock each day and by the end of the week he was on his back legs, rearing and carrying on.” Voak is looking forward to Thats Perfect returning to the winning list. “He will go better than he did at his last start when I flattened him,” he said. “He should set the pace and win.” Carrera Mach will be strongly fancied when he starts from barrier two in his 2130m event. He set the pace and was kept under pressure by Diego in the breeze for much of the way when he fought on grandly and was beaten by a head by Our Rhythm N Blues over 2130m last Friday week. “He should lead and go really well,” said Voak. “I chose to drive him ahead of Roman Art (barrier six) because of the better barrier.” Roman Art, a winner at 11 of his 24 starts for Coolup trainer Vic Bryers, will be handled by Colin Brown at his first appearance since Voak drove him to an all-the-way victory over Gran Chico over 2130m on December 4. Voak also has high hopes of ending the ten-event program on a high note by winning the Retravision, Think Smart, Shop Safe Pace with the brilliant three-year-old filly Black Jack Baby, who will start from the outside barrier in a field of eight. Black Jack Baby, prepared by Shane Quadrio, charged home from the rear when a brilliant winner over Royal Essence last Friday week. “She was incredible at her latest start when she ran home in 55.1sec.,” said an admiring Voak. Black Jack Baby, a winner at nine of her 14 starts, will clash with the highly talented Always An Angel, who will be having her first start since winning the group 1 Diamond Classic late last May. Always An Angel, trained by Justin Prentice, will be handled by her regular driver Gary Hall Jnr. She has won at her past five starts after finishing third on debut, and she is poised for a powerful first-up effort.   Ken Casellas

Brilliant but enigmatic pacer Wildwest will reappear after a five-month absence when he contests the $25,000 RAC Members Save 5% Every Day at Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The lightly-raced New Zealand-bred five-year-old has raced first-up four times in his brief career for four wins and he has excellent prospects of maintaining this outstanding record. Prepared by Gary Hall Snr and to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, Wildwest is awkwardly drawn at barrier six in the 2536m Free-For-All. He has revealed a splendid turn of foot in winning two 2150m trials at Byford last month. “The first trial was all right, but in the second trial he did a few things wrong,” said Hall Jnr. “This is a pretty good race for him, first-up, and over 2536m I’d say that we’ll drive him with a sit. “Hopefully, the pace will be on and we can pounce on them late. Hopefully, we can drive him for his speed, which is his asset. I think he has the ability to win.” Wildwest, a winner at his only New Zealand start, a 2400m stand at Winton in May 2019, has experienced tractability problems, including negotiating his way around the 804m Gloucester Park track. However, there is no doubting his wonderful potential. Ravenswood trainer Nathan Turvey has brought Simba Bay back from a spell in fine fettle and the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old impressed at his most recent outing when he finished strongly from seventh at the bell to be second to Im Full Of Excuses over 2536m last Friday week. Simba Bay, to be driven by Chris Lewis (fresh from a treble at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening), looks the early leader. But he is quite likely to surrender the lead to the speedy, freewheeling Talktomeurmattjesty. Talktomeurmattjesty dashed to the front after 500m and set a fast pace before fading badly to finish a distant last behind Im Full Of Excuses last Friday week. The Bird Dance, a lightly-raced New Zealand-bred five-year-old in the stables of Greg and Skye Bond, will be reappearing after a three-month absence and is capable of a bold showing from his favourable draw at barrier two. He has won first-up three times in his 28-start career of 16 wins and two placings. The Bond stable will also be represented by evergreen 12-year-old Our Jimmy Johnstone, who will be handled by Deni Roberts from barrier No. 4. Our Jimmy Johnstone has finished strongly at his past three outings for a third behind Talktomeurmattjesty, a neck second to Chicago Bull and a fourth to Im Full Of Excuses.   Ken Casellas

Champion reinsman Chris Lewis holds the record of four winners in the 40-year history of the prestigious Retravision Golden Nugget Championship and he is upbeat about his prospects in the $200,000 Group 1 classic for four-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Lewis will drive former Victorian performer Mirragon, who will be making his first appearance at Gloucester Park after scoring an impressive victory in moderate company at his West Australian debut at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Mirragon, trained by Lewis’s wife Debra, has drawn favourably at the No. 2 barrier on the front line in the 2536m event and the phlegmatic master reinsman, noted for his conservative predictions, gave a strong indication of his confidence when he declared that Mirragon was capable of a bold showing. “He has gone around at Pinjarra pretty nicely and he could definitely measure up,” he said. “It’s nice to get a decent barrier, particularly with the favourite (Magnificent Storm) drawn nine. Whether that will stop him remains to be seen; he’s a very good horse.” Lewis did not bustle Mirragon from barrier five at Pinjarra and the son of Art Major settled down in last place in the field of eleven. He was tenth at the bell, seven length from the leader, before starting a three-wide move at the 800m, bursting to the front with 400m to travel and going on to win by more than four lengths at a 1.56.5 rate over 2185m. He sprinted over the final 800m in 56.8sec. This was Mirragon’s first start since he finished seventh behind Pacifico Dream in the group 1 Vicbred Sires Series classic for three-year-old colts and geldings at Melton on December 31. He gave an early indication of his class for trainer Emma Stewart when, at his fourth outing, he scored an easy victory over Withoutthetuh in the group 2 Vicbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings over 1720m at a 1.57 rate at Melton in May 2019. Four starts after that Mirragon raced in the breeze before finishing second to Yejele Hammer in the 2240m group 1 Vicbred Super Series at Melton. He has raced 34 times for eight wins, seven seconds and three thirds. “I didn’t attempt to use his gate speed at Pinjarra,” Lewis explained. “He has shown gate speed over east, and we will have options at the start on Friday night. He has been at our place for about six weeks and had a little time off after travelling by float from Victoria. He is a very relaxed little stallion.” Mirragon has led and won at Melton, but most of his wins have been when he has produced a strong finishing burst. For the record, Lewis has won the Golden Nugget with Vero Prince (1987), Flashing Star (1994), Saab (1998) and Dasher VC (2010). Astute Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed will be seeking his third training Nugget success, and he will be looking for an all-the-way win with Power And Grace, who will be driven by Michael Grantham from the prized No. 1 barrier. Power And Grace, the winner of nine races, impressed two starts ago when he trailed the pacemaker Al Guerrero before finishing solidly to be second to Magnificent Storm in the 2130m Four-Year-Old Championship. Reed has won the Nugget with the pacemaker Tricky Vic in 2002 and Libertybelle Midfrew, who started from barrier nine, raced in the one-out, one-back position, took the lead 475m from home and defeated the fast-finishing Waylade in 2014. Despite drawing the outside barrier (No. 9), Magnificent Storm is sure to take a power of beating and extending his winning sequence to 13. Reinsman Aldo Cortopassi was philosophical when he learnt that the rising superstar had drawn the outside, saying: “It’s what it is. Someone had to draw there and unfortunately, it’s us. “There’s a lot of speed to our inside, so there may be a spot for us to fall into early. We’ve got a fair few strings to our bow, so it’s not that we’re a one-trick pony. “We’ll come out and find a spot, and if they’re walking, we will be off early. And if they’re running, we will have to come late. It’s going to be up to the leaders; if they want to go slow, I’ll be right up there beside them. If they are rolling, they are going to make me chase them. “I’m looking forward to Friday, and this will be another test for Magnificent Storm. Winning the Nugget is on the bucket list, and we’ll see if we can tick it off this week. My only realistic chance of winning the Nugget was in 2008 when Total Defiance started from the inside of the back line. But the one horse (Can Return Fire) galloped on release and put us out of the race. Hopefully, we will have better luck this week.” Rob Tomlinson, the major part-owner of Magnificent Storm, and the pacer’s trainer Ray Williams are particularly anxious to win the big race for the first time after they had celebrated prematurely in December 2005 when 2/1 favourite Precious Dylan set the pace from barrier two and turned for home with a big lead. Precious Dylan was owned by Tomlinson and trained and driven by Williams’s son Grant. “For about five seconds I thought we had won in 2005 when Grant waved the whip,” Tomlinson said. “But Gee Whiz Fizz (driven by Ryan Warwick) flew down the extreme outside and got us to win by a nose. “Only good horses win Nuggets, and hopefully Magnificent Storm can win.” Ray Williams said that he was hoping that Magnificent Storm could maintain his winning form and help to erase the disappointment of 2005. “The Nugget is a race which means a lot to us, to the family and to Robbie’s family,” he said. “We thought we had won with Precious Dylan, but he hadn’t. We celebrated when he was a couple of lengths clear of the rest of the field and when it was announced that there would be a photo we didn’t realise that Ryan had come down the outside with Gee Whiz Fizz. “I don’t think that Grant was able to talk about the race for about three years.” Warwick will be seeking his third Nugget victory after scoring with Gee Whiz Fizz and the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Ana Malak in 2018. He will handle the brilliant Patronus Star, the winner at 11 of his 20 starts who will begin from the No. 6 barrier.  His nine wins from his past 13 starts include the 2019 WA Derby. Patronus Star hasn’t enjoyed much luck in recent starts and is capable of a bold showing. He is one of four runners from the powerful Bond stable, the other being See Ya Write (Deni Roberts), Howard Hughes (Dylan Egerton-Green) and Minstrel (Colin Brown). Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr drove the Des Parr-trained Valley Champ to victory in the 1993 Nugget and prepared The Gold Ace (2011) and Beaudiene Boaz (2015). He will be represented by Silent Major (outside of the back line) and Copy N Pace (inside of the back line). Copy N Pace will be driven by Stuart McDonald and should enjoy an ideal passage behind the likely pacemaker Power And Grace. Gary Hall Jnr will drive the New Zealand-bred and former Victorian performer Silent Major, who made a god WA debut when he enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail before finishing strongly to win comfortably from Our Burling and Millwood Gucci over 2185m at Pinjarra four Mondays ago. “He hasn’t had the ideal preparation since coming over by road from Victoria,” said Hall. “We haven’t had him for long, but he did a pretty good job at Pinjarra under the circumstances. And he has improved since that run. “I’m happy with the draw. He probably hasn’t had the racing to use him out of the gate, and he hasn’t got great gate speed anyway. It should be a truly-run 2500m and that will suit Silent Major. It’s a hard race to line them all up and I’m hoping he can finish in the top five.”   Ken Casellas

Sheez Our Hope’s perfect record Inexperienced mare Sheez Our Hope continued her rise to prominence when she outclassed her rivals in the $10,000 Dave And Barb Pace at Northam on Saturday night.  The five-year-old has yet to taste defeat --- winning at each of her four appearances in trials last year and winning at her first three race starts. Starting favourite at $1.50 from the No. 1 barrier in Saturday night’s 2190m event the daughter of Alta Christiano was driven confidently by Kyle Harper for part-owner and trainer Michael Cornwall. She was smartest to begin and was able to dawdle through the opening quarter of the final mile in 33sec. before coasting through the next three sections in 30.6sec., 28.3sec. and 29.5sec. She was kept honest for most of the journey by the $3.90 second fancy Livy Jay, who raced keenly in the breeze before fading to finish seventh. Sheez Our Hope went to the line full of running, beating Run For Mercy by almost four lengths at a 2.2.6 rate on the rain-affected track. Phar From Kalahari ran on from seventh at the bell to be third, just ahead of Jill Mach. The win gave Harper the second leg of a double before the final six events on the program were abandoned due to the heavy track and inclement weather. Harper had won the opening event with Firstjoy. Sheez Our Hope has inherited much of the ability of her dam Easton Swift, who earned $123,391 from 52 starts that produced 13 wins and 12 placings. A winner at one of her five starts in New Zealand, Easton Swift was purchased by West Australian trainer-reinsman Aldo Cortopassi, who drove her to victory at her Australian debut, at Northam in October 2010. Her first 11 starts for Cortopassi produced seven wins, three seconds and a third. She was retired after winning at her final start, at Gloucester Park in February 2013.   Texas Tara bred to be a star New Zealand-bred four-year-old Texas Tara notched his third win from seven starts when he gave a strong staying performance to beat Libba Racy and Sono Abruzzese in the 2190m Helen Grafton Pace at Northam on Saturday night. Favourite at $1.30 from barrier two, Texas Tara was beaten for early speed by Libba Racy and Salingo Bay, who dashed to an early lead and set the pace, with Isaac Edwards content to allow Texas Tara plenty of time to settle and then rate him in the breeze. Texas Tara got to the front about 250m from home and went on to win by just under a length. A gelding by American stallion Hes Watching, Texas Tara is certainly bred to be a good winner. He is the second foal out of unraced Bettors Delight mare Tara Delight, whose first foal Tango Tara has had 28 starts in New Zealand for six wins, eight seconds and three thirds for stakes of $87,975. Tara Delight is a half-sister to brilliant pacers Power Of Tara (102 starts for 22 wins, 24 placings and $747,248) and A G’s White Socks (58 starts for 12 wins and 23 placings for $528,037). A G’s White Socks victories include the group 1 Easter Cup, a 3200m stand at Addington in March 2018, and the group 1 1700m Taylor Mile at Alexandra Park in April 2018. A G’s White Socks was also successful at her Australian debut when he set the pace and beat Self Assured and Chase Auckland in the group 1 2700m Ballarat Cup in January 2020.   It’s all the way for Firstjoy Kyle Harper celebrated his first drive behind seven-year-old mare Firstjoy by guiding her to an all-the-way victory in the opening event, the 2190m Wally Grafton Memorial, at Northam on Saturday night. Harper became the 19TH driver to handle the New Zealand-bred Firstjoy --- at her 61ST start, with her win taking her record to six wins and ten placings. Firstjoy, trained by Russell Matthews, was a $5 chance and Harper took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier by dictating the tempo of the race out in front with final sectionals of 31.7sec., 30.2sec., 29.3sec. and 29.4sec. Firstjoy, who ended a losing sequence of nine, rated 1.59.9 and won by a half-length from Flynscotsman ($4.20) and The Party Boy ($12). Benesari Lane, the $2.35 favourite, worked hard in the breeze before wilting to finish fifth. Firstjoy, by Bettors Delight, had 11 starts in New Zealand for one win --- at her final appearance there, at Timaru on May 13, 2018.   Ken Casellas

Magnificent Storm reigns supreme Rising superstar Magnificent Storm smashed the race record when he romped to victory in the $125,000 Simmonds Steel Four-Year-Old Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he is poised to extend his winning sequence to 13 when he contests the $200,000 Retravision Golden Nugget Championship next Friday week. The comparatively inexperienced New Zealand-bred gelding treated his rivals with contempt as he stormed to victory by four and a half lengths from Minstrel, rating 1.53 for the 2130m and eclipsing the race record of 1.53.6 set by Sangue Reale when he won on protest from Shockwave in November 2019. He is showing all the signs of developing into a champion pacer, along similar lines to many of the star performers who have won the Four-Year-Old Championship which was first run in 1977. The list of champions who have won this event is mind boggling. It includes San Simeon, Classic Garry, Village Kid, Whitbys Miss Penny. Salinger, Saab, The Falcon Strike, Lombo La Fe Fe, Lombo Pocket Watch, Im Themightyquinn, Beaudiene Boaz, Chicago Bull and Ultimate Machete. Trainer Ray Williams admitted that he was nervous before Magnificent Storm’s biggest test on Friday night, but said: “He’s a horse who really doesn’t make you feel nervous. He is so calm and laid-back. “He will have Saturday and Sunday off, as usual, before some light work on Monday --- and then we’ll head towards getting ready for the Golden Nugget. He will be my first Nugget contender.” Magnificent Storm, favourite at $1.80 from the No. 2 barrier one the back line, began speedily and settled down in sixth position, with the polemarker Longreach Bay setting the pace, with the lead time a sparkling 34.3sec. Patronus Star, the WA Derby winner last April and second fancy at $5.50, raced four wide early from barrier six and moved to third after 450m before he clipped a wheel of Henrik Larsson’s sulky and broke into a gallop, losing three lengths. Magnificent Storm was racing on the inside of Patronus Star at the time and did not turn a hair when his rival was galloping. Magnificent Storm was then left in the breeze and Aldo Cortopassi urged him forward to burst to the front 700m after the start. Minstrel, the $6.50 third favourite and a stablemate of Patronus Star, then was left in the breeze, and despite a flat sulky tyre, he fought on determinedly to finish second, with Longreach Bay ($31) finishing a most creditable third, ahead of Al Guerrero, Howard Hughes and Patronus Star. Magnificent Storm now has had 13 starts for 12 consecutive wins and earnings of $164,934. Williams said that he and Cortopassi had no specific plans leading into Friday night’s race. “Aldo has been around for a long time,” said Williams. “He knows what to do, and I’m not the one to tell drivers how to drive a horse.” Williams said that Magnificent Storm would not travel to Sydney for the rich Chariots of Fire at Menangle next month. “After the Nugget he will go for a break,” he said. “He will have a god spell before coming back and getting ready for the summer carnival. If he’s that good, he’ll go to Melbourne for some feature events next year.”   Gardys Legacy earns a Nugget start Smart WA-bred gelding Gardys Legacy earned a start in the $200,000 Retravision Golden Nugget Championship next Friday week with an impressive all-the-way victory in the Simmonds Steel Architectural Steel Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Favourite at $1.20, Gardys Legacy, driven confidently by Gary Hall jnr, sped over the final quarters in 28.2sec. and 27.8sec. to score by 5m from $9 second fancy See Ya Write, who fought on doggedly after racing wide early and then without cover.  This was Gardys Legacy’s ninth win from 20 starts and boosted his earnings to $106,516. It was his first appearance for 36 days --- since he led and finished fourth behind Magnificent Storm in a 2130m event on December 24 when the winner rated 1.54 after final quarters of 27.8sec., 28sec., 28.2sec. and 29.7sec. in a race run in searing heat at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. “I didn’t nominate Gardys Legacy for tonight’s Four-Year-Old Championship,” said trainer Justin Prentice. “He didn’t recover from that race in the heat. So, he has had a bit of a freshen up and has taken a bit longer to get back. “He was coming off a let-up and I didn’t want to give him a gut buster against the good four-year-olds. I now want to run him in the Nugget, for sure. I think he has earned a start. He set the pace when fourth to Magnificent Storm at his previous start, and he also finished second to Magnificent Storm in early June when he ran the final 800m in 55sec. “Tonight, he did just what he has to do when he is in front.”        Im Full Of Excuses set for Pinjarra Cup Cups specialist Im Full Of Excuses will be set for the Pinjarra Cup on March 1 after he returned to form with a stirring victory in the 2536m Simmonds Steel Decorative Screens Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Th sprightly New Zealand-bred nine-year-old, sixth fancy at $8.10, was seventh in the middle stages and fifth in the one-wide line at the bell before he sprinted to take the lead with 250m to travel on his way to a one and a half length victory over Simba Bromac. He rated 1.55.5 in an up-tempo event with the final three 400m sections whizzing by in 28.5sec., 28.4sec. and 28sec. Talktomeurmattjesty ($5.50) dashed to the front after 500m before wilting in the final stages to finish last in the field of nine. Simba Bromac looks a coming winner after his strong effort to finish solidly from seventh at the bell. Im Full Of Excuses, who ended a losing sequence of nine, has won six country up events --- the Kalgoorlie, York and Northam Cups in 2016, the Pinjarra Cup and Harvey Cup in 2017 and the Narrogin Cup in 2020. He also finished second in the 2017 Narrogin Cup, third in the 2019 Narrogin Cup and second to Vampiro in the 2020 Pinjarra Cup. He was a dominant winner of the 2017 Pinjarra Cup when he beat Our Jimmy Johnstone by five lengths. “He doesn’t know he’s old,” said trainer Ross Olivieri. “His previous run (when third to Chicago Bull and Our Jimmy Johnstone) indicated that he was getting back to form. Judged by his heart rate tonight, he’s got further improvement. “The plan with him is to race him with his runs a fortnight apart, and that’s when he does his best.” If the Governor’s Cup at Gloucester Park on February 19 fits in with Olivieri’s scheduled for the pacer, he will contest that $50,000 event before running in the Pinjarra Cup. Im Full Of Excuses, owned by Merv Butterworth, won seven times in New Zealand before his 74 starts in WA for Olivieri produced 15 wins and 13 placings to boost his earnings to $368,419.   Black Jack Baby tunes up for classic Speedy filly Black Jack Baby overcame a wide barrier (No. 7) to score an effortless victory in the 2130m Etch Coating Industrial Spray Painting Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was an excellent trial for the $50,000 Daintys Daughter Classic for three-year-old fillies next Friday night.        Black Jack Baby, having her fourth start after a spell for breeder-owner-trainer Shane Quadrio, was driven with supreme confidence by Chris Voak. She rated 1.57.5 after sparkling final quarters of 28.5sec. and 27.4sec. She raced three wide early, but when she was unable to slot into the one-wide line, Voak had no hesitation in restraining her back to the rear while the polemarker and $2.20 favourite Royal Essence was setting a solid pace from $2.80 second fancy Rumour Has It (breeze), $9 chance Joelene (behind the leader) and $21 chance Simply Shaz in the one-out, one-back position. Black Jack Baby was eighth in the field of nine 450m from home before she sprouted wings and won by three and a half lengths from Royal Essence, with Joelene third and Simply Shaz in fourth place. “At Pinjarra at her previous start she ran home in 54.4sec. when second to Savvy Bromac,” said Voak. “How many three-year-old fillies can run that time, and she did it three and four wide. She has run 55.2sec. tonight and I think she will improve. She has the speed to get herself out of a jam and is getting fitter with racing.” Quadrio has moved from his Henley Brook training establishment to stables in Byford recently purchased by his son Dylan. This was Shane Quadrio’s first winner from the new stables. Black Jack Baby, a winner at eight of her 11 starts as a two-year-old, now has earned $122,926 from nine wins and two seconds from 14 starts. “She suffered a bit of a virus and we treated her and have been bringing her back slowly,” said her trainer. “She put in a mighty run at Pinjarra last week. We intended to sit her back tonight and let her sprint home. She should be pretty well spot on for next week’s classic.”   A winning combination Deni Roberts maintained her perfect record in the sulky behind Divinia Bellezza when she brought the New Zealand-bred mare home with a strong last-to-first burst to record an easy victory over Queen Shenandoah and Sheza Bromac in the 2130m Etch Coatings Mobile Sandblasting Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Roberts has now driven Divinia Bellezza three times for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond for three wins --- at odds of $25.60 on Friday night after previous wins at $34 and $9. Divinia Bellezza started from the outside in the field of six in which her stablemate Wainui Creek was the $1.50 favourite from the No. 2 barrier. Wainui Creek began speedily but was unable to cross the polemarker and $2.65 second favourite Queen Shenandoah, who went on to set a reasonably modest pace, with Wainui Creek in the breeze. Divinia Bellezza was still last 300m from home when Roberts sent her forward, three wide. The mare switched four wide on the home turn and flew out four wide to win by a length and a half from Queen Shenandoah, with Wainui Creek fading to fifth. Divinia Bellezza, a winner of five races in New Zealand, has had 16 starts for the Bond stable for four wins and five placings. This was her second win in the space of four days --- following her last-stride victory over the $1.50 favourite and pacemaker Our Mista Kalle over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday afternoon after she had worked hard in the breeze.   First-up win for Our Rhythm N Blues Our Rhythm N Blues, described by trainer Gary Hall snr as “a bit of a non-trier,” made a successful return to racing when he unwound a powerful late burst to snatch a last-stride victory in the 2130m Simmonds Steel Balustrade And Handrails Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Racing first-up after an absence of five months, the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old was a $10.60 chance from the inside of the back line. Stuart McDonald was content to trail the pacemaker and $2 favourite Carrera Mach before getting Our Rhythm N Blues off the pegs approaching the home turn. Carrera Mach had then shrugged off a spirited challenge from the breeze horse Diego, but he was unable to hold out the fast-finishing Our Rhythm N Blues, who was making his first appearance since he dead-heated for first with Our Perkins at Gloucester Park last August. A winner of five races in New Zealand, Our Rhythm N Blues has now won at seven of his 39 WA starts for a career record of 77 starts for 12 wins, 27 placings and $160,547 in stakes. “He is not a bad horse but is a bit of a non-trier,” said Hall. “However, he has been working well and I thought he was a good winning chance.”   De Campo seizes his opportunity Star Capel reinsman Aiden de Campo made the most of a chance drive when he guided $39.70 outsider Caruba to victory in the 2130m Simmonds Steel Precision Laser Cutting Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. De Campo was offered the drive after Caruba’s trainer Peter Tilbrook decided to drive at the Northam meeting and regular reinsman Shannon Suvaljko opted to handle the polemarker Mattjestic Star, the $3.20 favourite. Suvaljko drove Caruba, the $1.30 favourite, to an easy all-the-way victory over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday afternoon, but punters overlooked the mare’s claims four nights later when she started from the No. 3 barrier in stronger company. De Campo, who had driven Caruba only once before, 24 starts ago when she finished a well-beaten third behind McArdles Gem at Gloucester Park last August, settled Caruba in the one-out, three-back position while Mattjestic Star was setting a fast pace. Caruba, a noted frontrunner who had set the pace at ten of her 12 wins before Friday night’s event, revealed a different side of her normal racing pattern when she finished with a spirited burst to hit the front 25m from the post before winning in good style from Twentynine Twelve and Mattjestic Star. By Caribbean Blaster, Caruba is the sixth (and last) foal out of the Safely kept mare Spirit Away, who raced 64 times for nine wins, 19 placings and $71,250 in stakes. Caruba is related to Magic Flute, winner of the Easter Cup at Gloucester Park in 1957 and 1958, the South Australian pacer Modulation, who was unplaced in the final of the Interdominion championship in Perth in 1957, and Bellagena and Papagena, quality mares in Perth in the 1960s.   Antero exceeds expectations Champion trainer Gary Hall snr is pleasantly surprised at the wonderful form of Antero since the Auckland Reactor six-year-old entered his stables a few months ago. Antero rated 1.55.2 when he set the pace and won easily from Bettor Be Oscar in the 2130m Simmonds Steel Fencing And Gates Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Favourite at $1.30 from barrier one, Antero zipped over the final 400m sections in 28.2sec. and 27.5sec. to take his record for Hall (the fifth person to train the gelding) to four wins and two seconds from eight starts. He now boasts a record of 64 starts for ten wins, 23 placings and $94,546 in stakes. “I took over the training as a favour and now Antero has exceeded expectations,” said Hall. Antero, owned by Jodie Gray, is out of Adda My Way, who earned $32,968 from seven wins and ten placings from 47 starts. Adda My Way is related to former top-flight pacer Rich And Spoilt, who had 42 starts for 20 wins and 14 placings. Rich And Spoilt, a successful stallion, won the Pearl Classic in March 1999, was second to Talladega in the WA Derby in April 2000, second to Seelster Sam in the Australian Derby at Gloucester Park and a nose second to Seelster Sam in the Golden Nugget in December 2000.   Miracle Moose excites with flying finishes Miracle Moose, a cheap purchase from New Zealand where he won at two of his 15 starts, is providing great enjoyment for his band of 13 owners. Trained at Ravenswood by Nathan Turvey and driven by Emily Suvaljko, Miracle Moose is an excitement machine who delights his owners and his fans with his dazzling finishing bursts. He started from the outside in a field of seven in the 2130m Etch Coatings Sandblasting Specialists Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and was still in last place 500m from home. He was then following Walsh’s three-wide burst before being switched four wide at the 300m and taking the lead on the home turn and winning by just over two lengths from Major Stare, who fought on gamely after racing in the breeze outside the pacemaker Ideal Investment. This followed his fast-finishing, last to second behind Babyface Adda the previous Friday night. Miracle Moose, a five-year-old by Mach Three, has now had 20 starts in Western Australia for eight wins and eight placings. He is out of the Bettors Delight mare Minnie Moose, who had 55 starts for eight wins, 21 placings and $140,958 in prizemoney. Minnie Moose also produced Funatthebeach, who earned $156,995 from 12 wins and ten placings from 44 starts.   Kiwi Bloke is a stand specialist New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Kiwi Bloke made an excellent return to racing when he began brilliantly, set a fast pace and scored an easy victory in the Etch Coatings Professional Powder Coating Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He was produced in splendid condition by trainer Ross Olivieri for his first start for 18 weeks and was second favourite at $4.50, behind his stablemate Run For Mercy, a $2.70 chance from the inside barrier off the front in the 2503m standing-start event. Chris Lewis got Kiwi Bloke away like a flash from barrier four and the Courage Under Fire gelding peeled off final quarters of 29.7sec., 28.9sec., 28.7sec. and 28.2sec. to win by two lengths from $10 chance Manoftthepeople, who trailed the pacemaker throughout. “Standing starts are his go,” said Olivieri. “Tonight, he ran terrific sections, and I’ll keep his runs spaced and concentrate on stands.” Kiwi Bloke, who had 22 starts in New Zealand for two wins --- in stands over 2600m and 2700m --- has raced 19 times in WA for six wins and seven placings. Five of those wins were in stands.   Ken Casellas

"Queen of harness racing" is awarded $30,000 after being 'struck in the forehead with a stiletto' by a Vet nurse on a night out - saying the scare left behind caused her irreparable damage. One of Australia's young 'queens of racing' has been awarded $30,000 after being struck in the head with a stiletto by another woman during an argument.  Deni Roberts is one of the biggest names in harness racing in her home state of Western Australia, having won 100 horse races since her first victory in 2015 and being promoted as a charity ambassador by the sports' chiefs.  The 25-year-old had been attending an awards event at Crown Casino in September 2017 when she got into a heated argument with veterinary nurse Asha Vanmaris, reports The West Australian.  Ms Vanmaris was also a guest at the the Harnass Horse of the Year awards and, after the presentation, moved on to Silks restaurant with Ms Roberts and other friends,  where the previously simmering argument boiled over.  Asha Vanmaris was convicted of causing unlawful wounding to Ms Roberts after the September 2017 fight The pair became involved in a push and shove outside the casino complex on the street which ended with a 3cm gash to Ms Robert's forehead.  'While they were standing on the footpath out of the sight of the others, (Ms Vanmaris) ran up to (Ms Roberts) and struck her with a stiletto shoe to the right side of the ... forehead. (She) stumbled and fell to the ground,' court documents stated. The rider was treated at hospital while Ms Vanmaris was arrested and charged with unlawful wounding.  The vet nurse claimed in court in December 2018 she was acting in self-defence but a magistrate found this was not the case.  Ms Vanmaris was given a spent conviction and a $2,500 fine.  She was also given a four month ban from the racetrack which was overturned on appeal.  Ms Roberts maintained that the attack had left her hyper-vigilant and nervous while the scar had left her self-conscious and applied for compensation for criminal injuries.  Ms Vanmaris argued in court she continues to work at the same racetrack as Ms Roberts, whom she sees twice weekly, and she seemed unaffected.   'She does not, nor has she ever seem fazed from the injury. She does not wear make-up over the area. She continues doing her job and I mine,' Ms Vanmaris said.  Compensation assesor Karina Hafford found in favour of Ms Roberts saying the visible location of the scar would serve as a constant reminder of the offence.  Ms Vanmaris was ordered to pay $29,533.25 minus the $2,5000 already paid to Ms Roberts.  By Brett Lackey Reprinted with permission of The Daily Mail Australia  

Western Australian reinswomen will race to raise funds for ovarian cancer research, in support of the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group’s (ANZGOG) Team Teal campaign, from 1 February to 14 March 2021. Racing and Wagering Western Australia’s (RWWA) Community TAB program is the main sponsor of the WA team and will donate $200 each time a race is won by a WA Team Teal driver over the six-week period. The WA team is made up of eight reinswomen: Deni Roberts, Emily Suvaljko, Aimee-Lee Wood, Jocelyn Young, Lauren Jones, Madeleine Young, Maddison Brown, and Tonia Stampalia. Deni Roberts and Emily Suvaljko are the 2021 Ambassadors proudly representing the WA team for the campaign. Deni said being an ambassador for the campaign fills her with great pride. “I believe it is a very worthy cause and I am grateful for the opportunity to be involved because it is important to me to use this campaign to spread awareness of ovarian cancer and the prevention testing that is already available,” Deni said. “I think it is important to support a cause like Team Teal to continue raising awareness of ovarian cancer in women and contributing much needed funds towards the important research required to find a cure for ovarian cancer.” “It is a great feeling for all of us WA female drivers as we not only get to have friendly competition between ourselves, but also the chance to share awareness, raise money, and join together to compete with women all over New Zealand and Australia whilst doing what we love.” Emily said when WA reinswomen come together for this campaign it is a great feeling. “The campaign brings not only women in the industry together, but it also brings women with breast cancer and ovarian cancer together – a great example of this is former reinswoman Kiara Davies and her truly inspirational story about being a survivor of breast cancer,” Emily said. “This cause is a significant contributor to fundraising for women with ovarian cancer, with the funds raised through the campaign supporting the Cancer Research Nurses Grant Program and the Survivors Teaching Students program.” Emily added that the campaign gives women across Australia and New Zealand extra motivation to be first across the finish line. “During the 2021 campaign I hope we as an industry can all do our part in helping achieve the goal of raising awareness of ovarian cancer, whilst exceeding last year’s efforts in donations through us, women, getting more wins on the board against the men – in a sport that is no longer dominated by men,” Emily said. “I appreciate being chosen as an ambassador for Team Teal as it gives me the opportunity to feel like an integral part of the success of raising awareness and I am excited to promote and raise funds for the research that may help scientists find a solution in curing ovarian cancer.” RWWA General Manager Racing Charlotte Mills said RWWA through Community TAB is proud to have supported this cause for many years. “Women play an integral role within our racing industry and we are so proud of our reinswomen for coming together to support this cause and represent WA,” Charlotte said. “Each year the WA team has had great success in raising funds for Team Teal and I am sure 2021 will be no different with the industry right behind them supporting the team.” To further support the cause, the eight reinswomen and all female clerks on course, will wear teal silks or pants throughout the campaign. In 2020, the WA team raised over $13,000, with 35 collective wins and further donations from the wider racing community during the six-week period. Across Australia and New Zealand, 260 reinswomen took part in the 2020 campaign, raising $164,600 from wins. Donations can be made to support the campaign and the WA team here.   RWWA

Antero and Miracle Moose are two pacers who have caught the eye of several members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for Friday night's meeting at Gloucester Park. Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas and TABradio's Matt Young have singled out Miracle Moose as their best bet. “A dazzling burst from 10th at the bell to finish second to Babyface Adda last week makes it easy to choose Miracle Moose as my best bet on Friday night when he will start from the outside barrier in the seventh event,” Casellas said. “The five-year-old went six wide on the home bend and thundered home.” And Young agrees. “Miracle Moose is flying, small field suits and he should sit last and go coast-to-coast in the final circuit,” a confident Young said. Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft are firmly in the corner of Antero in race two. “Antero has been racing well and finally gets a draw where he can dictate terms,” Wishart said. “In that role he should be winning.” Havercroft is just as confident. “Antero battled away from the breeze last week and comes up with the pole this Friday,” Havercroft said. “Led all of the way six starts ago when defeating Ideal Investment under similar conditions. His main danger, Bettor Be Oscar, is drawn on his back too, and that is where Gary Hall Jr will hope to keep him.” Longshot guru Pat Harding is tipping a big night for the Halls. “It looks as though the father and son team of Gary Hall and Gary Hall Jr could enjoy some good winners at GP this Friday night, particularly in the first three races,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in the main race on the program, with No. 6 Patronus Star. He has an excellent record and won well last week. I expect him to repeat that performance.” But Media Guild president Wayne Currall doesn’t see the Group 1 Simonds Steel $125,000 4YO Classic (2130m) playing out that way. “Magnificent Storm has been the dominant horse in this age group all over summer,” Currall said. “He has never tasted defeat in Australia with 11 wins in a row. Trainer Ray Williams has the son of American Ideal flying and Aldo Cortopassi has developed a great understanding of the horse. He’s my best bet.” TABradio’s Hayden King is keen on Mattjestic Star in the opening race on the 10-event card. “Mattjestic Star is drawn to lead in the first and he is a demon to catch out in front,” King said. “He rated a quick mile rate when leading throughout in September last year and should win.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has made Diego his star bet for the night. “Diego will attempt a second straight win and looks hard to beat from gate two,” Manning said. “He was caught wide when unplaced behind Bletchley Park in the Village Kid Sprint two starts ago. Trainer Gary Hall then dropped Diego sharply in class and he scored a front-running victory. The gelding, who stays in similar company, had notched six victories from his past nine appearances.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest Im Rocknroll Magic in race two. He impressed last week when he ran home powerfully from fifth at the bell to finish second to Queen Shenandoah in the Group 2 Nights Of Thunder final. MATT: Jesse Allwood has been unlucky as of late, this race suits and with even luck in running should go close. WARREN: Mattjestic Star runs his best races in front and will get every opportunity from the draw. At the indicative price of $9 is worth an each-way ticket. RYAN: Mattjestic Star grows a leg when drawing the inside and his recent efforts at Pinjarra have been sound. PAT: My value bet comes in race seven with No. 6 Major Stare. With only seven runners, this race is wide open but with Chris Voak aboard I think he stands an excellent chance. WAYNE: Manofthepeople is considered a country horse, but his form of late has been good enough to give him an each-way chance in the stand. He flies the tapes and Kyle Harper will have him bowling along in the lead. HAYDEN: I think Talktomeurmattjesty will power his way to the top. Over the long trip, many may be reluctant to pursue his tearaway lead on the assumption he will come back to them. However, I fancy patience may be misplaced and fortune will favour the brave.  ERNIE: Whozideawasthis, a 10-year-old who has been beaten at his past seven starts, must be showing a lot at trackwork to have remained in top trainer Gary Hall’s stable. He has now drawn favourably, after dropping back from eight when he ran unplaced in last week’s Ray Duffy Memorial. He has won 24 races, including 11 at Gloucester Park. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

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