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Brilliant filly Typhoon Tiff has not raced for seven weeks, but ace trainer-reinsman Colin Brown is quick to warn punters not to disregard her as a major chance in the $150,000 Gannon’s WA Oaks at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Brown has revealed that her absence was caused by an illness, which she has now overcome. “She’s ready for a strong performance and you can’t overlook her prospects,” he said. “Just have a look at her record.” Typhoon Tiff, who boasts an impressive record of six wins and two placings from nine starts, is awkwardly drawn at barrier eight. “Unfortunately, the draw is no help and I’m not making any plans,” Brown said. “But the 2536m journey and the draws of other fancied runners makes the Oaks anybody’s race.” Typhoon Tiff last appeared when she finished fifth behind Eloquent Mach and Major Trojan in a WA Derby prelude on March 15 when, from the No. 7 barrier, she raced three wide early and then in the breeze before she raced roughly in the final circuit, but still finished fifth in a field of 12. At her previous start, three weeks earlier, she raced wide early and then in the breeze and won by a head from Dracarys, who finished strongly from sixth at the bell. Two weeks before that, Typhoon Tiff started from barrier five, took the lead after 270m and won the Dainty’s Daughter Classic by more than two lengths from Arma Indie, and at her previous outing she led and won by 7.9m from Dracarys over 1684m at Pinjarra. It is, indeed, interesting to note that the only defeats suffered by Dracarys at her past seven starts has been at the hands of Typhoon Tiff.       “In the Derby prelude, in which the winner rated 1.55.5, Typhoon Tiff paced roughly down the back when I pulled the earplugs out,” Brown said. Soon after that, Typhoon Tiff was badly affected by a cold and Brown decided to treat the ailment and not to race the filly in preparation for the Oaks. “While I was treating her, I kept the workload up,” Brown said. “If I had raced her, it would have meant that, with the clearance times (for treatment) I would have had to give her X number of days off treatment before starting the treatment all over again. “Last Saturday we scoped her and she came up crystal clear. So, she’s ready to rock’nroll. She’s done plenty of work and has been working against Eden Franco, and at her latest workout --- two one-mile heats --- she ran home in 27.6sec., swinging, and Franco Eden couldn’t get past her.             “We’re looking forward to the Oaks, and after that there’s a $50,000 race and the $100,000 Westbred Classic. We’ve made a couple of slight gear changes for this week, without going to extremes. The changes include racing her without the ear plugs.” Dracarys is sure to start a warm favourite on Friday night, despite drawing the inside of the back line. She is in dazzling form and is aiming to stretch her winning sequence to five and her career record to 12 wins from 17 starts. Hall of Fame reinsman Gary Hall Jnr will handle the New Zealand-bred Dracarys for Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice, who caused a major upset in the Oaks 12 months ago when he prepared and drove Our Major Mama to victory over Detroit Lily and Cott Beach. Our Major Mama, a rank outsider at $139.80, began out wide at barrier eight and stormed home from tenth at the bell. Hall has driven the winner of the Oaks twice. He was successful behind Miss Holmes (trained by his father Gary Hall Snr) in 2004 and won in 2015 with the Prentice-trained 9/1 chance Major Reality, who beat her stablemate Quite A Delight (driven by Prentice) by a half-head. Prentice also trained and drove The Parade when she finished second to Libertybelle Midfrew in 2014. In the 2013 Oaks Prentice drove 33/1 chance Bettor Dreams into second place behind Frith; he trained Southern Legacy when she finished second to Sensational Gabby in 2012 and in 2017 he trained Im Stylish, who was driven by Tom Buchanan into third place behind Maczaffair and Sarah Goody. Dracarys completed her Oaks preparation in superb fashion when she outclassed the opposition in a prelude on Easter Thursday. She started from the outside of the back line and settled in sixth position before Hall sent her forward, three wide, after 600m to surge to the front 150m later. She was not extended in speeding over the final 400m sections in 28.1sec. and 28.5sec. and beat Soho Interceptor by two lengths, with a neck to the early leader Fake News. Fake News, trained by Hall snr, goes into this week’s classic with sound credentials, seven wins and four placings from 18 starts. She will be driven by Micheal Ferguson from the outside of the back line. She finished strongly, three wide, from last at the bell to finish an excellent second to stablemate Balcatherine in a prelude last week. Balcatherine (Stuart McDonald) will start from barrier six on Friday night and is capable of a bold showing. Apart from Dracarys, Prentice will be represented in the classic by Has No Fear, a winner of six races who will be handled by Jocelyn Young from the outside barrier on the front line (No. 9), and Majorpride, a winner at three of her 17 starts. She will be driven by Michael Grantham from barrier two on the back line. The Barry Howlett-trained My Prayer (Chris Lewis) and the David Thompson-prepared Mandy Joan (Dylan Egerton-Green) are racing keenly and will have admirers after drawing favourably, at barriers one and two, respectively. Annie Belton’s promising filly La Roue De Lamour will be driven by Kim Prentice from the No. 3 barrier, and though she has managed only one win (at Bunbury four starts ago) she is on the upward path and is capable of a bold showing. She was most unlucky in a prelude last Friday night when she trailed the pacemaker Arma Indie before being shuffled back at the 500m mark when the leader began to tire badly. La Roue De Lamour recovered and flashed home to be an eye-catching fourth behind Balcatherine.   Ken Casellas

Our Major Mama caused a massive upset when rocketing home to win the $150,000 Group 1 WA Oaks (2536m) at Gloucester Park tonight. The filly, who started at $139.80, had been unplaced in two recent starts and faced a tough task from barrier eight. Trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice weaved her between rivals in the last 50m to grab victory. Our Major Mama, believed to be Gloucester Park’s longest-priced Group 1 winner, scored by 2.5m from Detroit Lily and Cott Beach finished a close third. “The win has come as a complete surprise,” Prentice said. “Our Major Mama is raced by a big syndicate of owners, but only a few of them are on course tonight. “I had told them not to expect a lot with a bad draw against top opposition. “She tackled the race with only two wins from 17 starts. But luck went our way.” Our Major Mama, who rated 1:58.1, gave Prentice his second Oaks win after Major Reality’s success in 2015. Odds-on favourite Liberty Rose went straight to the lead, but Amelias Courage swept forward and maintained pressure on her. Liberty Rose and Amelias Courage were swamped on the home turn. Eight horses spread across the track when charging down the straight in a blanket finish. Detroit Lily, who had been in fourth position from the early stages, edged clear. But she had no answer when Prentice found a gap with Our Major Mama about four horses off the pegs. Prentice had driven patiently after being in sixth position at the 1600m. Cott Beach fought on tenaciously when looming four-wide from the 400m. She had looked the winner when hitting the front on straightening. Melbourne raider Soho Burning Love settled in eighth position before sprinting wide at the 600m. But she could not reach the leaders. Our Major Mama’s connections plan to tackle next season’s four-year-old features, culminating in the $200,000 Group 1 Golden Nugget (2536m). Ernie Manning Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

Champion harness racing reinsman Gary Hall Jnr declared that Liberty Rose was extremely gallant in defeat last week and said that her half-length second to Detroit Lily clearly stamped her as the filly to beat in the $150,000 Gannon’s WA Oaks at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I thought that her effort last week was simply a be-on-me-next run performance,” he said. “I thought that she stamped herself as the one to beat in the Oaks. “I’m very happy that she drew the No. 1 barrier. I wanted to draw inside the fillies I considered to be the main dangers. We’ve done that now, drawn inside them all and the plan is to lead, so I’ll be coming out all guns blazing, even though it is a 2536m race. “I don’t think that there is a filly on the front line who can take her on early and then expect to be in the finish.” The New Zealand-bred Liberty Rose, a comparative bargain buy at $40,000, is prepared by Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr, who has prepared only one winner of the WA Oaks, Miss Holmes, who was the 5/2 favourite when Hall Jnr drove her to victory over Hindu Sitara and Vinnies Sister in 2004. Hall Jnr also won the 2015 Oaks with Major Reality. In an Oaks prelude over 2130m last Friday night, Liberty Rose began speedily from barrier five and raced three wide in the early stages before getting to the front after 550m. She set a brisk pace, with the quarters of the final mile in 29.5sec., 29.4sec., 28.2sec. and 28.5sec. The Skye Bond-trained filly Detroit Lily started from the outside (barrier three) on the back line and enjoyed a perfect trail, one-out and two-back in fifth position before getting to a narrow lead 300m from home. Liberty Rose refused to give in and she and Detroit Lily fought out a spirited duel in the home straight, with Detroit Lily prevailing by a half-length at a 1.55.8 rate. “Yes, I’m impressed with Detroit Lily, but with the run she had last week she was entitled to beat Liberty Rose a lot easier than she did,” said Hall Jnr “Liberty Rose didn’t give in and she had every right to. If this week’s classic was over 2130m I would just declare Liberty Rose. I think that the 2536m, not that it won’t suit Liberty Rose, will bring others into calculations. However, I considered that before the draw that if Liberty Rose was the one to beat, she certainly is now.” Hall said that even though Liberty Rose, from the No. 1 barrier, was crossed by the speedy Havarti two starts ago, that he was not particularly concerned that any other filly had the speed to cross to the front on Friday night. “We were not really crossed by Havarti,” Hall said. “I grabbed up Liberty Rose and then was able to get to the front (about 350m after the start).” Hall said that he had plenty of respect for the opposition and was wary of Victorian invader Soho Burning Love, who will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line with her Victorian trainer Michael Stanley in the sulky. “I know we haven’t seen Liberty Rose matched against Soho Burning Love,” Hall said. “I’ve watched her races and I give her a chance but I would think that if Liberty Rose has a comfortable lead time and enjoys normal racing luck, then Soho Burning Love will be hard-pressed to beat her.” Soho Burning Love has raced keenly this season, with her 13 starts as a three-year-old producing five wins, seven seconds and one third. The Auckland Reactor filly finished second to Shez All Rock in the New South Wales Oaks at Menangle in late February and ran home solidly when third behind Shez All Rock and Speak No Evil in the Victoria Oaks at Melton last Friday night. Her maternal great granddam Lombo Adreamin won the Queensland Oaks at Albion Park in June 1999 and was retired with earnings of $337,575 from 29 wins and 26 placings from 79 starts. Skye Bond and reinsman Ryan Warwick will be hoping that the No. 5 barrier will prove to be a lucky omen for Detroit Lily. Dodolicious, prepared by Greg and Skye Bond and driven by Warwick, started from barrier five when she raced three wide early and then in the breeze before winning the 2016 WA Oaks from Bettor Boa and Dame Puissant. Greg Bond prepared Millwood Meg when Colin Brown drove her to an easy victory in the 2010 Oaks. The fortunes of Detroit Lily, who will be aiming to complete a winning hat-trick, will be watched with great anticipation by some astute punters, who supported the filly at 100/1 and 50/1 a few weeks ago. One keen judge will be hoping to collect wagers of $10,000 to $100 and $2500 to $50. Our Angel of Harlem remains a strong fancy for the Oaks. She has been given a solid preparation by Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed, who has won the WA Oaks a record four times with Pharosan (2000), Sheer Royalty (2009), Libertybelle Midfrew (2014) and Maczaffair (2017). Our Angel of Harlem will start from the inside of the back line and reinsman Shannon Suvaljko gives her an excellent winning chance. “She is ideally suited over 2536m and from her draw should be able to obtain a good run behind the likely pacemaker Liberty Rose,” Suvaljko said. “The last time she raced over 2536m, she won. And if she relaxes and gets the right run she will be very capable of winning.” Suvaljko has a good record in the Oaks, with wins behind Libertybelle Midfrew and Maczaffair. Nathan Turvey will handle the talented Cott Beach for Coolup trainer Kristy Elson and the winner of 11 races and $217,976 is capable of causing an upset from the outside of the back line. Cott Beach was most impressive two starts ago when she thundered home from tenth at the bell to finish a desperately close third in a three-way photo finish behind King of Swing and Bechers Brook in the 2536m WA Derby. Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice, who prepared the quinella of Major Reality and Quite A Delight three years ago, will be represented by outsider Our Major Mama. Ken Casellas

Liberty Rose has stormed into WA Oaks calculations, following a convincing win in the harness racing WA Oaks Prelude (2130m) at Gloucester Park tonight. It required a patient drive by Gary Hall Jnr on the Mach Three filly, but he was able to push in the clear at just the right time, and storm to victory by a half-neck. Liberty Rose was in an awkward spot on the turn for home caught three back on the pegs, but when the gap opened she was good enough to finish over the top of her rivals. The Gary Hall Snr-trained filly was having just her second start in Australia, and fifth career start, and the move to Australia has worked wonders for her so far, winning at Pinjarra on March 19, before her success tonight. Miss Sangrial was also able to find clear running in the home straight, and finished off well to run second, while Mike Reed’s New Zealand import Our Angel Of Harlem finished third after taking the lead on the home turn. Amelia’s Courage was sent out a warm favourite in the $20,000 event following her win at Gloucester Park on Tuesday, and led throughout for trainer and driver Colin Brown, but couldn’t hold out the barnstorming finish from Liberty Rose. After the race, Hall Jnr said he was pleased with the filly’s performance. “We are really happy with her,” he said. “She has done everything right.” Hall Snr said the filly would start again prior to the WA Oaks next month, and was pleased with the way she went to the line. Later in the night, Military Master continued his good form since returning this campaign, with an effortless nine metre win in the #SkyHarness Pace (2536m). Military Master had never previously won over the distance, but there were no concerns tonight, as he powered to victory over Addfueltofire. Tim Walker

Astute Henley Brook horseman Mike Reed is poised to become the most successful harness racing trainer in the history of the Gannon’s WA Oaks by winning the prestigious $150,000 group 1 classic with outstanding filly Maczaffair at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Maczaffair is in dazzling form and will be a short-priced favourite after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. Reinsman Shannon Suvaljko will attempt an all-the-way victory with Maczaffair, a stylish frontrunner who started from the No. 1 barrier and was untroubled to set the pace and win a 2130m Oaks prelude by more than four lengths from Gotta Go Gabbana last Friday week. This will be the 50th running of the WA Oaks and Reed has won the classic with Pharosan (2000), Sheer Royalty (2009) and Libertybelle Midfrew (2014). The only other trainers to have won the Oaks three times are Fred Kersley jun. and Trevor Warwick.   Kersley was successful with Wannerie (1979), Capricciosa (1980) and Countess Gina (1985) and Warwick has won the event with Benemerenza (1982), Parthenon (1995) and Lombo Rapida (1999). Albert and Julie Walmsley and Suvaljko are looking for their second success in the Oaks --- after Christian Cullen mare Libertybelle Midfrew, favourite at 10/1 on, set the pace from barrier five and won the 2014 classic by more than seven lengths from The Parade --- after scoring effortless victories in both Oaks preludes. Maczaffair, a Mach Three filly, is the most successful filly in Friday night’s event, having won nine times for stakes of $138,650 from 20 starts. The 2536m journey will be no problem for Maczaffair, who gave a superb performance as a 44/1 outsider when she finished with a dazzling burst of speed which carried her from tenth at the 600m and seventh at the 250m to be a half-head second to classy colt Mitch Maguire in the group 2 Western Gateway Pace three starts ago. Adding considerable interest to Friday night’s race will be the first appearance at Gloucester Park of the New Zealand-bred Bettors Delight filly Better B Chevron, who will start from barrier five on the front line and will be driven by Ryan Warwick for champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond. Better B Chevron made an outstanding Australian debut when she set the pace and dashed over the final quarters in 27.1sec. and 28.2sec. to beat Gonzos Shadow by two and a half lengths at a 1.57.2 rate over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. That followed easy wins over 2200m at Invercargill at her two previous outings. On March 11 she was first out from the No. 1 barrier before being restrained to trail the 6/4 on favourite The Bus after 100m. Making use of the sprint lane, she burst to the front 130m from the post to win by one and a half lengths from Lilac Flash, with a final 400m in 26.8sec. A week later, she started from the No. 4 barrier and raced in the breeze before taking the lead with 120m to travel and winning, unextended, by one and a quarter lengths from Santanna’s Rocket after sprinting the final quarter in 27.8sec. The Bonds are hoping that drawing the No. 5 barrier will be a lucky omen (after their star filly Dodolicious began from that barrier and was favourite at 3/1 on when she raced in the breeze before winning last year’s Oaks narrowly from outsider Bettor Boa. Greg Bond also trained Millwood Meg when Colin Brown drove that filly to an easy victory in the 2010 WA Oaks. The Bonds will also be represented in Friday night’s race with Hit It Rich, an easy all-the-way winner at Pinjarra on Monday of last week --- her fourth win from just six starts. Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice, who prepared Major Reality for her narrow victory over stablemate Quite A Delight in the 2015 WA Oaks, has four runners in this year’s classic --- Allamerican Queen, Im Stylish, Lady Luca and Somewhereonlyiknow. Allamerican Queen led from barrier three and scored a three-length victory over Myanniegoat in the 2569m Country Oaks at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park track last Saturday week. That was her second win from 16 starts and she meets far stronger opposition this week. Prentice will drive Allamerican Queen, Tom Buchanan will be in the sulky behind Im Stylish (a winner at five of her 12 starts) and Hayden Charles has been engaged for last-start all-the-way Pinjarra winner Lady Luca and Nathan Turvey for Somewhereonlyiknow, who faces a tough task from the outside of the front line. Kim Prentice has two smart fillies engaged for prominent owner Robert Watson --- Soho Angel (barrier six) and Angel Bromac (barrier two on the back line). He will drive Angel Bromac (who has impressed with four wins and three seconds from seven starts) and Victorian reinsman Michael Stanley has been engaged for Soho Angel, who has won five races and been placed nine times. Ken Casellas

When harness racing driver Greg Bond drove Slick Chic to victory in a two-year-old event in Kalgoorlie 16 years ago he didn’t have the slightest idea - or have any indication - that she would become one of his favourite horses. Slick Chic was retired after that one win from just four starts, with earnings of $1580. Now she is poised to add further lustre to her standing as an outstanding brood mare with her eighth and most recent foal Dodolicious looking set to prove the master of her 11 rivals in the $150,000 Gannon’s WA Oaks at Gloucester Park on Friday night. All eight of Slick Chic’s foals have been winners, with Dodolicious the stand-out, earning $242,733 from 11 wins and six seconds from 18 starts. Dodolicious, bred, owned and trained by Greg Bond and his wife Skye, will start from barrier five in the 2536m classic and she is set to give Bond his second success in the WA Oaks. He trained the brilliant Millwood Meg, who dashed to an early lead and strolled to an easy victory over Arctic Fire in the 2010 Oaks. Ryan Warwick will be in the sulky behind Dodolicious on Friday night and he looks certain to adopt similar tactics to those he used when he handled the filly in an Oaks prelude last Friday night. Dodolicious began speedily from the outside barrier (No. 9) before challenging unsuccessfully for the early lead. The Spinster held out Dodolicious and Warwick was quite content to allow Dodolicious to settle in the breeze. She coasted to the front 250m from home and won by just under two lengths from the fast-finishing Dame Puissant, rating a smart 1.55.5 over the 2130m journey. Two starts before that Dodolicious gave a superb performance to fight on powerfully to finish second to champion filly Our Dream About Me in the 2400m New South Wales Oaks at Menangle. Bond started Slick Chic’s third foal Cuvee Riche in the 2008 WA Oaks in which she finished sixth behind Ruby Dazzler. She retired after 125 starts for $112,125 in prizemoney from ten wins and 30 placings. Slickalong, a six-year-old half-brother to Dodolicious, started the week in propitious style with a win at Kellerberrin on Sunday. Dodolicious, a daughter of champion sire Bettor's Delight, appears certain to be at odds-on this week. Odds-on favourites (Millwood Meg, 9/10; Artemis Belle, 1/3; Sensational Gabby, 1/25; Frith, 4/7 and Libertybelle Midfrew, 1/10) won five successive Oaks before Major Reality (9/1) won last year, narrowly beating her stablemate Quite A Delight (6/1) and the 6/4 on favourite Tricky Styx. After her decisive victory last Friday night, Warwick described Dodolicious as a grand trier. “She had to do all the work, sitting in the breeze,” he said. “She does just what she has to do, and she does it well. She shows great courage, and if you went to war, you would take her with you.” Baldivis trainer Nathan Turvey  holds a strong hand in Friday night’s classic in which he has four runners, Our Gamma Lady (barrier one), Chevrons Champion (No. 9), Bethany Aitch (inside of the back line) and Better Boa (outside of the back line). Our Gamma Lady, a filly by Mach Three, won once from seven starts in New Zealand and has impressed at her first three starts in Western Australia, winning at her only two appearances at Gloucester Park before working hard in the breeze and finishing third to Dior Mia More and Sheer Rocknroll at Bunbury. Chevrons Champion, by Bettor's Delight and out of the unraced Dreamsaregold (a full-sister to former champion Christian Cullen), has raced 21 times for seven wins and six placings. But her prospects slumped when she drew the outside of the front line. Bethany Aitch, winner of the $102,000 Diamond Classic at Bunbury last June, is favourably drawn on the inside of the back line, while Bettor Boa has place prospects from the outside (barrier No. 3) on the back line. She has had 11 starts as a three-year-old for six wins and two seconds. Bettor Boa will be driven by Chris Lewis, who has won the WA Oaks four times, scoring with Jamcaro in 1988, Showtime Franco (1996), Sheer Royalty (2009) and Sensational Gabby (2012). Henley Brook trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams is delighted with Dame Puissant’s recent efforts and he should have the Tintin In America filly in a prominent position throughout from her favourable No. 2 barrier. She started from the back line and was a 33/1 chance in last week’s prelude in which she was eighth on the pegs at the bell before finishing strongly to be second to Dodolicious. Dame Puissant set a track record for two-year-old fillies at her previous outing, rating 1.56.2 over the 2536m journey. She sat behind the pacemaker Sheer Rocknroll before sprinting home fast to defeat Madame Croupier and Dior Mia More. Madame Croupier (barrier two on the back line) and Dior Mia More (barrier No. 4 on the front line) are trainer Gary Hall’s representatives. Hall won the Oaks in 2004 with Miss Holmes. Ken Casellas | GPTV

Outstanding Bettor's Delight filly Dodolicious fared poorly in drawing the outside barrier (No. 9) in the $18,000 harness racing WA Oaks prelude over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but she has the class to overcome this disadvantage. She warmed up for this week’s assignment with a sound effort in winning a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Handled by her race driver Ryan Warwick she dashed over the final quarters in 28.5sec. and 28sec. and beat The Spinster by a nose at a 1.58.2 rate. The $150,000 WA Oaks will be decided over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday week is sure to be a clear-cut favourite after her first 17 starts have produced ten wins and six seconds. She started from the back line and was always well back before finishing eighth behind Chicago Bull in the WA Derby last Friday week. That was her first outing since she gave a splendid performance to finish second behind the brilliant Our Dream About Me in the New South Wales Oaks at Menangle on February 28. She has raced superbly throughout her brief career for Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond. The Spinster, to be driven by Kim Prentice for Millenden trainer Sonia Zucchiatti, will start from the No. 5 barrier on the front line. She shows good promise, with her seven starts producing three wins and three thirds. Dame Puissant, a filly by Tintin In America, will start from barrier two on the back line for trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams. She has already qualified for a start in the Oaks final by winning a prelude in fine style last Friday week. She trailed the pacemaker Sheer Rocknroll before finishing strongly to win from the fast-finishing Madame Croupier, who impressed in coming from seventh at the bell. Madame Croupier was disappointing when she was favourite at 6/4 on and finished fourth behind Nina Jane over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday night. She was restrained from a wide barrier and raced wide in the final circuit. But she cannot be discounted from the prized No. 1 barrier on Friday night. Trainer Gary Hall sen. said that Madame Croupier would be far better suited by leading in this week’s race. “However, I consider my other runner Dior Mia More has stronger claims,” he said. “She’s a pretty good horse and is quite exciting. I’ve freshened her up a bit since she finished third to Dame Puissant last Friday week and she’s definitely improved since then.” Adding plenty of interest to Friday night’s prelude will be the presence of New Zealand-bred Bettors Delight fillies My Platinum Belle and Maia Maguire, who are prepared at Boyanup by Justin Prentice. My Platinum Belle finished strongly to win at her Australian debut when she beat Scoobys Delight over 1730m at a 1.56.3 rate over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. She was a winner in New Zealand two starts earlier. She will start from barrier three on the front line. Maia Maguire, who will start out wide at barrier seven, is a last-start winner over 1950m at Addington on February 12. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri is hoping for strong performances from his three runners, Sheer Rocknroll (outside of the back line), Machine Elle (barrier six) and Charged To The Max (inside of the back line). Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 29 April 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 29 April 2016

Inexperienced filly Dior Mia More has not been extended in winning at her first three starts --- on South-West harness racing tracks --- and she faces an acid test when she clashes with smart pacer Sheer Rocknroll in the Sky Racing WA Oaks Prelude over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Dior Mia More completed her hat-trick when she set the pace and beat Sheer Rocknroll by one and a half lengths at a 1.56 rate over 1609m at Bunbury last Saturday night. Dior Mia More sprinted over the final 400m in 26.9sec., but Sheer Rocknroll was most impressive in charging home from seventh at the bell. The Ross Olivieri-trained Sheer Rocknroll, to be driven by Stuart McDonald, is a brilliant frontrunner who has won eight times from 18 starts. Dior Mia More is owned by Colin and Annie Belton and is prepared by Gary Hall sen., who took over the filly’s preparation after Mrs Belton experienced many problems with her. “I was driving the filly in trials for Annie and she would run off the track all the time,” Gary Hall jun. said. “Annie had real problems with the filly early and she was slowly getting over these problems when she decided to send her to our stables. Annie just couldn’t get the best out of the filly. There have been no major gear changes; most of Dior Mia More’s problems were in her mind.” Dior Mia More made her debut at Pinjarra on March 28 when she started from the back line and was slow in the score-up before finishing powerfully from eighth at the bell to win easily from Major Spoilt and Abraxas at a 1.53.2 rate over1684m. Then she led and won by three lengths from Kathleen Betty at a 2.0.2 rate over 2569m at Bunbury before her last-start victory over Sheer Rocknroll. Sheer Rocknroll is a noted frontrunner who began her three-year-old campaign in fine style with runaway all-the-way wins over 1684m (1.56.2) at Pinjarra and over 2100m (1.57.7) at Bunbury. Baldivis trainer Nathan Turvey has sound prospects with his two runners, Chevrons Champion (barrier three) and Our Gamma Lady (six). Chevrons Champion notched her seventh win from 19 starts when she led and beat Star Boss over 1609m at Bunbury last Saturday night.        Our Gamma Lady won at her first two starts in WA, over 2130m and 1730m at Gloucester Park last month before she raced in the breeze and finished third behind Dior Mia More at Bunbury last Saturday night. Turvey will drive Chevrons Champion and Justin Prentice will handle Our Gamma Lady. The Spinster, a speedy frontrunning type, has shown excellent promise for Millendon trainer Sonia Zucchiatti, with three wins and three thirds from six starts. But she faces a stern test from the outside barrier (No. 9).    Ken Casellas

Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri delved into his glossary of mixed metaphors when he used an aeronautical term to describe Sheer Rocknroll’s path towards the $150,000 WA Oaks on May 6 when he waxed lyrical about the filly’s prospects in the Alltools Pace for harness racing three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “She’s on the final approach and it’s full steam ahead for the Oaks,” he said with great enthusiasm. The WA-bred Sheer Rocknroll has won at eight of her 15 starts and has not been extended by young reinsman Stuart McDonald in scoring effortless victories at her first two runs as a three-year-old. Sheer Rocknroll will start from the outside barrier in a field of seven in the 2130m event on Friday night in which she will clash with Baldivis trainer Nathan Turvey’s New Zealand-bred pair of Our Gamma Lady and Gone Leica Flash, Justin Prentice’s Im Zuleika and David Young’s Catastrophic Event. “She returned to racing in the same fine style as she did when she ended her two-year-old campaign,” Olivieri said. “The outside barrier won’t be a concern. When she won convincingly at Bunbury last Saturday week she scored without the ear plugs being pulled.” Considerable interest will surround the WA debut of Our Gamma Lady, who will start from the No. 4 barrier. Turvey will drive her in preference to the promising Gone Leica Flash, who will be handled by Gary Hall jun. from barrier three. Our Gamma Lady has won once and been placed three times from her seven starts in New Zealand. She is closely related to Maheer Lord, winner of the 2006 WA Pacing Cup and $515,470 in stakes from his 34 wins and 46 placings from 197 starts. Turvey said that he bought Our Gamma Lady cheaply for himself and a handful of stable clients after studying her breeding and form in New Zealand. “She’s been here for about three months and has been ticking along,” he said. “She should go all right. I don’t normally race my new horses first-up in town. Normally they go to the country first, but there’s not much for her in the country at the moment.” Our Gamma Lady came under notice after her race debut when she finished second (beaten by five lengths) in a 1700m event for two-year-olds at Alexandra Park in January 2015. The race was won by Dream About Me, who improved her record to 12 starts for 12 wins (and stakes of $598,489) when she won the recent New South Wales Oaks at Menangle by three lengths from WA filly Dodolicious. Turvey’s other runner on Friday night, Gone Leica Flash is a novice of only three starts --- all in WA --- for easy wins at Narrogin and Gloucester Park and a fighting four-length second to Sheer Rocknroll at Bunbury. Im Zuleika has won twice from seven starts for Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice, but she is awkwardly drawn at barrier five and faces a stern test. “Her latest run was disappointing (when a 100m last behind Gone Leica Flash at Gloucester Park) when she overraced badly in the breeze,” Prentice said. “But since then she has trialled really well.”    by Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 18 March 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 18 March 2016

The $150,000 West Australian Oaks for three year old fillies at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night was meant to be a one filly affair with Tricky Styx from barrier two seen as virtually unbeatable. Justin Prentice had two quality fillies in the field in the form of Quite A Delight and Major Reality but both fillies had drawn poorly on the second line. Donegal Kahlum from barrier one grabbed the early lead for Colin Brown with the favourite Tricky Styx and Aiden De Campo settling three back on the outer in the running line. Both of Justin Prentice's fillies settled near the back of the field early and stayed there for the first lap and a half. With just over 1200 metres to go Gary Hall Jnr took off on Major Reality and worked his way to the death seat with 900 metres to go. Major Reality was tracked up by the stablemate Quite A Delight with trainer Justin Prentice in the bike and she made the death seat with 800 metres to go. Passing the 500 metres mark Donegal Kahlum threw out the anchor leaving Quite A Delight in front with Major Reality and Tricky Styx both coming into it wider out. Quite A Delight turned for home first but bit by bit Major Reality inched closer and right on the line grabbed the stablemate for a great win. Quite A Delight was gallant in defeat, just half a head away from her stablemate with a length back to Tricky Styx in third. Major Reality paced the 2536 metres in 3:08.7, a mile rate of 1:59.8 with closing sectionals of 56.2 and 27.5. Major Reality Major Reality is a three year old daughter of Art Major who was purchased out of the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch in 2013 for $31,000 by Kim Prentice which must look a bargain now. Another filly that Kim Prentice purchased on that trip was Quite A Delight who was also brought out of the New Zealand Premier Sale in Christchurch in 2013 and cost $30,000 And for the trifecta, the third placed Tricky Styx was also purchased out of the 2013 New Zealand Premier Sale at Christchurch for the princely sum of $5,000 It is hard enough to get one filly to peak for an Oaks but to have two runners and to run the quinella is a huge achievement and a real feather in the cap of their young trainer Justin Prentice. Justin Prentice interview Harnesslink Media

It is ladies’ night at Gloucester Park tomorrow night, with the 47th running of the West Australian Oaks heading the program. For most of the season Oaks discussions have centred on the Gary Hall-trained Nuala, but due to a paddock accident, the filly will not contest the Group One. Despite Nuala’s absence, the Blue Riband has attracted a strong line-up and it will be no surprise to see many of these fillies ‘train on’ to future feature race success. Outstanding youngster Tricky Styx heads betting markets following her brilliant campaign through the recent Derby series. After running a solid third in the $50,000 Western Gateway Classic, the strapping daughter of Jeremes Jet was ‘best of the rest’ behind the irresistible Boadine Boaz in the Western Australia Derby. Aiden De Campo always had her travelling smoothly from a horror draw, and she more than held her own storming from midfield in a 54-second last half to run an excellent second behind this season’s premier colt. De Campo will be looking to join his father as a winning driver in the fillies’ classic, with Andrew having driven crowd favourite Norms Daughter to a ‘Herculean’ win against the My Cherie in 1994. Andrew will be represented by classy filly Delightful Jade, a winner at 14 of her 24 starts. She recently ran third in the Country Derby, but her chances have been sullied by a poor draw in gate seven. Victorian horseman Dean Braun is no stranger to WA success, having campaigned many of his stable stars such as Mustang Mach, Chancellor Cullen and Chilli Palmer to capture local features during the past few years. Braun has brought Victorian Oaks heat winner Sudden Change across the Nullarbor, with the daughter of Changeover has drawn handily in barrier five. Fifth in the $205,000 Victorian Oaks Final, Sudden Change rounded off her preparation for a trip west with a solid third in the Prendergast Oaks at Ballarat, with Braun booking Morgan Woodley to partner his charge. JASON LINCOLN

It was the frustration of Libertybelle Midfrew constantly being beaten by champion filly Venus Serena in feature events in New Zealand last summer that prompted her owners to put her on the market in February --- and that's when astute West Australian trainer Mike Reed pounced and purchased the brilliant daughter of Christian Cullen for long-time friends and clients Albert and Julie Walmsley. Reed had travelled to New Zealand with the prime objective of buying a yearling colt for the Walmsleys. But he changed his mind when he heard that Libertybelle Midfrew was available, albeit at a high price, well in excess of $100,000. It was an inspired decision and  Midfrew now ranks as the best three-year-old filly in Australia. She remained unbeaten for Reed at her five Australian starts when she gave another sensational performance to completely outclass her rivals in the $150,000 Gannon's WA Oaks at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This took her prizemoney for her new owners to $130,215 and boosted her career record to 16 starts for six wins, four placings and $261,227. The sky appears the limit for Libertybelle Midfrew, who will now be sent for a spell before being set for rich feature events next season, including the Golden Nugget Championship. "Three months ago we were wondering if we'd ever have another winner at Gloucester Park," Albert Walmsely said. "We've had moderate success, but not recently. And here we are now having a lovely celebration with Libertybelle Midfrew. "Mike said he was going to New Zealand to try to buy a yearling and then he rang me up and said that he hadn't got a yearling colt, but had a three-year-old filly, and the rest is history. We go back some 20 years. He rang me up in 1994 and asked me if I wanted to go halves with his wife (Sue) with Just Packapunch. And that was the start of a business relationship which has now become a very firm friendship." Just Packapunch proved to be a successful venture and the gelding showed his class with wins in a WA Pacing Cup prelude in December 1994 and the Easter Cup and Stratton Cup in 1995. Libertybelle Midfrew, favourite at 10/1 on, started swiftly from barrier five and Shannon Suvaljko took her past the polemarker Artistic Copper and into the lead after 450m. Libertybelle Midfrew then ambled through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.9sec. before increasing the tempo with quarters of 30.4sec., 29.3sec. and 28.2sec. She careered away from her 11 rivals in the final stages to win, untouched, by more than seven lengths from The Parade (22/1), with a half-length to Dontdoubtme in third place. She rated 2.0.4 over the 2536m journey on the rain-soaked track. "She felt really good," Suvaljko said. "She's got better with every race. Tonight she was spot on and felt just amazing and went amazing. She's scary to drive and went to the line bolting. She would have run another half in 56sec. if I had asked her." Libertybelle Midfrew is the fifth foal out of Live Or Die mare Lucinda Midfrew, who had 49 starts for eight wins, nine placings and $52,599. IM THEMIGHTYQUINN SET FOR BRISBANE FEATURES Champion pacer Im Themightyquinn is being set for rich feature events in Brisbane in July after scoring a splendid first-up victory in the Gannon's Pacing Colours Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Leading West Australian trainer Gary Hall sen. said that he would take Im Themightyquinn and his brilliant stablemate Alta Christiano to Queensland for a series of major races. Hall said that Im Themightyquinn, now a nine-year-old and nearing the twilight of a magnificent career, was being set to contest the group 2 $60,000 Garrard's Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park on July 5, the group 1 $100,000 Blacks A Fake Championship over 2100m on July 19 and the $40,000 Redcliffe Cup on August 1. Alta Christiano is being set for two group 3 $45,000 events at Albion Park --- the Four And Five-Year-Old Championship on July 12 and the Four-Year-Old Championship on July 19. "There's a 20m maximum back mark for the Redcliffe Cup and he's got to have a start in a stand if he is to get a start in the Hunter Cup in Melbourne next season," Hall said. Torrential rain fell before and during Friday night's race in which Im Themightquinn was making his much-anticipated return to racing after a seven-month injury-enforced absence. He was favourite at 7/4 on from barrier No. 5 on the front line of the 2130m event and most punters and pacing fans expected Hokonui Ben, second fancy at 6/4, to set the pace from barrier two. However, Gary Hall jun. revved up Im Themightyquinn, who charged forward to burst to the lead after 170m. He was untroubled to surge past the polemarker Rocket Reign, who had easily beaten out Hokonui Ben. In a twinkling the result was a foregone conclusion. After a modest lead time of 37.5sec., Im Themightyquinn pulled hard and was untroubled to record sectionals of 30.4sec., 29.2sec., 28.4sec. and 28.6sec. He won by just under a length at a 1.56.4 rate from Rocket Reign, with two lengths to Hokonui Ben in third spot. "I had full intentions of going back at the start," Hall jun. said. "But when it was pouring and I got behind the mobile, with mud flying off the wheels, I changed my mind. I reckoned a $4.3 million horse didn't deserve to get mud in his face. "I knew that I would have had trouble seeing if I was back in the field. He's not the nicest horse to drive when you can't see where you're going. He was very keen off the gate and I decided to use that speed. Then I was a bit worried about the fact that he pulled so hard and was in danger of choking down coming into the bell. "He hasn't lost any will to win and he felt just as good as he always has. It was so exciting to be sitting behind him again." Hall sen. said that he would run Im Themightyquinn in a Free-For-All at Gloucester Park next Friday night and was seriously contemplating starting star four-year-old Alta Christiano (an effortless winner on Friday night) in the same event. "I am going to nominate both horses for the race which will have a preferential draw on M class," he said. "Alta Christiano is on an M1 mark and if there are only three M1s nominated he's got to draw one, two or three. I wouldn't want to start him off the back line." SELKIE TRIUMPHS AT FIRST RUN FOR OLIVIERI Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri has conjured his magic to transform moderate country performer Selkie into a giant killer. Five-year-old Selkie entered his stables only a month ago with a losing sequence of 12 and she was the first emergency for the $35,000 Schweppes Mix With The Best Race For Roses at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She gained a start when consistent in-form mare Jungle Genie was scratched. Champion reinsman Chris Lewis, who was nominated to drive fellow frontmarker Mene Jaccka in the 2503m stand, then took the drive behind Selkie and Mark Reed was engaged for Mene Jaccka, who had been driven by Lewis when she led and won at Northam at her most recent outing. Despite having managed just one placing at her previous 12 starts since winning in weak company at Busselton in December, Selkie was all the rage with punters and she was a firm 5/2 favourite. Selkie stepped away speedily and was never under any pressure as she set the pace and romped to victory by three lengths over 10/1 chance Salliwood (who trailed her throughout), with outstanding mare Leda McNally, the backmarker off 50m, finishing powerfully from tenth at the bell to be third. "Ross was telling me about a month ago to be ready to drive this horse ... and he was spot on," Lewis said. "She just moved along beautifully. The track was reasonably heavy on the inside and she handled that well and was always in control. I've got no doubt that in this type of competition that she will win more races. She's got a bit of class." Managing part-owner David Gravolin praised Olivieri, Lewis and farrier Tommy Sheehy, saying: "Ross has done a sensational job with this mare and Chris drove her to perfection. Tommy has done a fantastic job with the shoeing and this has made her run a lot better." Selkie, a winner at five of her 25 New Zealand starts, has won four times from 22 starts in WEA and now has a record of 47 starts for nine wins, five placings and $66,421. Her win gave Olivieri and Lewis their third success in the Race For Roses. Olivieri trained Yippi Yi Yo (Craig Goldfinch) for her win in 1998 and he combined with Lewis to win with Arctic Fire in 2011. Lewis was also successful with the Graham Tindale-trained Lady de Beau in 2007. PADBERGS ON FIRE WITH FIVE WINNERS Wanneroo businessman and prominent owner John Padberg and his wife, trainer Debbie, are celebrating their most successful 24 hours in the sport of harness racing. A double with The Feather Foot ($21.60) and Hez Got The Nod ($8.40) at Gloucester Park on Friday night followed a treble with Spendthelot ($4.80), Sign In ($8.50) and What God Knows ($23.50) at Northam the previous evening. And John Padberg attributes this great burst of form to a recent decision to work their horses harder. "The reason for these successes is because we have changed our trackwork," he said. "We were tracking very soft and now we're changed our routine and are tracking a lot harder. "Our star trackworkers over the past week have been Rocket Reign (second to Im Themightyquinn on Friday night), The Feather Foot, Spendthelot and Salliwood (second at 10/1 to Selkie in the Race For Roses on Friday night). The Padbergs also had two other placegetters (Alta Onassis and Harry Em) at the Northam meeting. The Feather Foot has proved a tremendous bargain for Padberg and stable workers Michael Tenardi and Luke and Isaac Edwards, who outlaid just $4000 to claim the WA-bred seven-year-old last July. Since then the son of former champion The Falcon Strike was earned $38,053 from two city-class wins and ten placings from 26 starts to take his career record to 95 starts for 14, 23 placings and $172,921. Luke Edwards drove the Feather Foot, a 20/1 chance, to a fine victory in the 2130m Gannon's WA Owned And Operated Pace on Friday night. After starting from the inside of the back line The Feather Foot trailed the pacemaker The Oyster Bar (9/2) before getting clear on the home and sprinting fast to beat that pacer by just over a length, with Our Arlington (4/1) running home strongly from the rear to be third. "He's definitely a rails horse and he can reel off a real good time if he lands on the leader's back or three back on the fence," Edwards said. "We claimed him as a stable horse. John picked him out and we told him that he was mad. But he's been a good earner and is a favourite at the stable." Hez Got The Nod, a 15/2 chance, made light of his back mark of 20m by scoring a fighting victory in the 2503m Gannon's Supporting Harness Racing Pace. Driven by Shannon Suvaljko, he began speedily and raced in eighth position before starting a three-wide move approaching the bell. He sustained a strong run to be second at the 600m before taking the lead 300m from home and then fighting of determinedly to beat Will Of Iron, who broke for a couple of strides soon after the start, but then enjoyed a perfect run behind the pacemaker Melton Express. The margin was a head, with one metre to Sonic Classic, who finished solidly from eighth on the pegs at the bell. "He flies the stand and makes up so much ground in the first 50 metres," Suvaljko said. "He is not just a leader; he can do some work." Hez Got The Nod won once from 22 starts in New Zealand (in a low-grade non-winners event at Oamaru in January 2012) before having 11 starts in New South Wales for four wins and six placings. His record now stands at 55 starts for 12 wins, 23 placings and $95,491. Hez Got the Nod is by Grinfromeartoear and is the third foal out of Falcon Seelster mare Dumbeath, the mother of Mevagissey (141 starts for 17 wins, 27 placings and $171,709) and Dartmoor (223 starts for 34 wins, 51 placings and $407,310). The 12-year-old Dartmoor won the group 1 Australian Pacing Championship from No Blue Manna and Hayton Brain at Gloucester Park in March 2008. He is still racing in claiming events in Victoria. HALL TRAINS FIVE WINNERS New Zealand-bred six-year-old Notabadexcuse, a bargain buy at $20,000 for prominent owner Glen Moore late last year, completed a highly successful evening for premier trainer Gary Hall sen. at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he scored a strong victory in the 1730m Schweppes Agrum Pathway Pace. This gave Hall his fifth winner for the night, after victories with Vapour, Some Kinda Tactics, Alta Christiano and Im Themightyquinn. Notabadexcuse was heavily supported to start favourite at 10/9 on and after starting from the No. 5 barrier on the front line and racing three wide in the early stages he worked hard in the breeze as 12/1 chance My lady of the Night set a solid pace. Gary Hall jun. sent Notabadexcuse to the front 100m from the post and the Live Or Die gelding fought doggedly to win by a metre from 16/1 chance The Marble Ridge, who ran home strongly after trailing the pacemaker all the way. "He's capable of going through the classes," said Hall sen., who has prepared the gelding for four starts for a win and a third placing for stakes of $6080. The gelding's overall record now is 53 starts for nine wins, 16 placings and $56,280. The win gave Hall jun. his fourth win of the night, after scoring with Vapour, Alta Christiano and Im Themightyquinn. Vapour (5/4) carried too many guns for his rivals in winning the 2130m Gannon's Trophies And Awards Pace. Vapour started from the back line and Hall settled him in seventh place in the one-wide line while polemarker and 7/4 second fancy Conniving Major Dave set a solid pace. Hall started a three-wide move 1050m from home and Vapour moved to second with 500m to travel before bursting clear at the 150m mark and racing away to score by just under two lengths from Conniving Major Dave, with last-start winner Ohoka Squire a very close third after enjoying the run of the race behind the leader. Vapour rated 1.56.3 after final sectionals of 28.2sec. and 28.7sec. "I thought his previous run (when ninth behind Alta Christiano) was his best run he's put up for us," Hall said. "He went three wide and Alta Christiano was out running in front. And Vapour never stopped making ground until the last 150m when he got a bit tired. "I was really impressed with that run and I threw him out as one of my best drives for the night. I got outside the leader about the 400m and he really dropped the bit and I thought that we had done our dash. But when I pulled the plugs and got stuck into him he really found another gear. At the 400m I didn't think that he would race away with it as he did." Vapour, by American stallion Jeremes Jet, had 16 starts in New Zealand for three wins and five placings. His eight wins and five placings in WA have boosted his record to 11 wins and ten placings from just 31 starts for earnings of $64,837. Alta Christiano, favourite at 10/1 on, made a one-act affair of the first heat of the 2130mThe Stables Bar Pure Steel Pace when he had no trouble in setting the pace from barrier one and winning by five lengths from 66/1 outside Robbery, who finished strongly from three back on the pegs to snatch third place from 15/1 chance Lisharry, who had trailed the leader all the way. After a slow lead time of 38.3sec. Alta Christiano dashed over the final quarters in 29.1sec., 28.8sec., 28.6sec. and 27.9sec. The 2013 WA Derby winner rated a slick 1.55.3 as he improved his WA record to seven wins and a third placing from eight starts. He has already amassed $286,164 from 11 wins and two placings from 16 starts. "He was obviously the winner from the draw," Hall said. "We're using these races to get him really race fit. Just looking at him you can tell he's a long way off from being right. He is a gross sort of horse and he's tightening up with every run and he wants to do more every time he comes down here. "He fought me a little bit tonight for the first half and punched out some solid sectionals while doing it. I was a little bit worried that he might get a bit tired with the condition he's got on him. But he was strong on the line." Some Kinda Tactics, having his second start after a six-month absence, bounced back to top form with an impressive victory in the 2130m Paddington Ale House Pace. Starting from barrier three on the back line and equal favourite at 4/1 with polemarker Carters Rocket, Some Kinda Tactics was driven aggressively and confidently by 19-year-old Lauren Jones. Jones sent the Dream Away six-year-old forward, with a fast three-wide burst after 700m and he quickly moved outside then pacemaker carters Rocket. Some Kinda Tactics forged to the front on the home turn and won easily from Carters Rocket and Anvils Big Punt, rating 1.59.6 after a final quarter of 28.5sec. This ended a losing sequence of ten and a 12-month drought. "He had no luck first-up last week (when hampered for room and finishing ninth behind Little Boy Blue)," Jones said. "Down the back straight he was travelling and I knew that I had a whole lot of horse left." Some Kinda Tactics, a winner of one race from four starts in New Zealand, has raced 30 times in WA for 11 wins and four placings. FIREBOMB BRED TO BE A GOOD WINNER Four-year-old Firebomb, impressive winner of the 2130m Gannon's Presentation Rugs Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, is bred to be a success on the racetrack. By former New Zealand champion Elsu, Firebomb's maternal granddam, the Victorian-bred Larrakeyah Lady won 11 races and $78,131 and then produced nine winners of 178 races. The most notable of Larrakeyah Lady's winners were Safe And Sound, Gold Rocket and Massarua. Safe And Sound amassed $995,606 from 33 wins and 30m placings from 84 starts, Gold Rocket had 122 starts for 36 wins, 37 placings and $393,387 and Massarua was a veteran of 216 starts for 42 wins, 59 placings and $282,692. Firebomb, trained at Mt Helena by Ray Williams, was a 15/2 chance from the outside of the back line and Ryan Warwick quickly manoeuvred him into sixth position in the one-wide line, with polemarker and 6/4 favourite Adda Notherzero setting the pace. Ti Amo Franco raced in the breeze in the middle stages and he got to the front 250m from home. However, he was unable to withstand Firebomb's powerful finishing burst which carried him to the front 40m from the post. Firebomb won by a metre and rated 2.0.8 on the heavy track. Firebomb looks set to improve considerably on his record of ten wins and nine placings from just 31 starts for earnings of $54,859. by Ken Casellas  

Star NSW filly Frith produced a brilliant all the way performance to take out an action-packed $150,000 G1 Gannons WA Oaks on Friday night at Gloucester Park.

Harness racing driver Bruce Harpley, a postman in the town of Junee, 435km south-west of Sydney, has high hopes of celebrating his first drive in a race in Western Australia by guiding Frith to victory in the $150,000 Gannon's WA Oaks at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

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