Day At The Track

Safety is in the numbers for Tony Svilicich

08:12 AM 15 May 2013 NZST
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Mysta Magical Mach
Mysta Magical Mach

Harness racing trainer Tony Svilicich will have seven of the ten runners in Friday night's feature event, the $21,000 Lancaster Park Stakes at Gloucester Park over 1730 metres.

The unconventional trainer will line up, old favourite Has The Answers (barrier 1), Our Gent (5), Mysta Magical Mach (6), Im Grant Lea (7), Touch Me Toes (8), Wrongly Accused (9) and Shardons Rocket (10)

Stable star Mysta Magical Mach had to be content with sharing last week's Gate Bar & Bistro Pace when he dead-heated with the Greg and Skye Bond trained Dundee Three, but he will be out to make amends this Friday night with an outright win and should once again be sent out as the punters elect.

The son of Mach Three has had another great season winning seven races and banking over $200,000 in stakes, as well as making the Inter Dominion Final at Menangle in March. Top young reinsman Morgan Woodley is also booked to reunite with Mysta Magical Mach for the first time since he partnered the millionaire pacer in the Inter Dominion Grand Final.

Mysta magical Mach's stablemate and fellow millionaire earner Has The Answers 12 months ago would have started a short price favourite from barrier one over the sprint 1730 metres, however the old champ has battled age and injury over the past year and, as it will be almost 12 months to the day since his last victory, it would be a massive reversal of form to see the millionaire salute the judge first again.

Despite Svilicich's numbers, a win by one of the other three runners would not surprise. Uppy Son (2), trained by Stephen Reed, Dundee Three (3)for Greg and Skye bond and the Andrew De Campo trained Adda Paternal Suit (4) are all drawn well and are capable of finishing in the major end of the prizemoney.

Adda Paternal Suit currently holds the track record for the Gloucester Park 1730 metres, running a mile rate of 1.53.6 six starts ago on the 22nd March.

CONDRIEU SET TO DOMINATE

Exciting pacer Condrieu has not started since breaking gate on the final bend in the G1 Sky Racing Derby when in a challenging position a month ago, but punters are expected to forgive the three-year-old when he takes on the older horses in the Retravision Pathway Series which is race three on the Gloucester Park card this Friday night.

Condrieu is impeccably bred being by top sire Bettors Delight and out of outstanding mare Oaxaca Lass. Oaxaca Lass won the 2002 Australasian Oaks at Moonee Valley and beat the boys in the Queensland Derby at three, before winning the G1 Chariots Of Fire at Harold Park at four years of age.

Since entering the Greg and Skye Bond's Forrestdale stable, Condrieu has impressed, winning two of his six starts in the West and performed well at the elite level despite having no luck in the feature events when taking on the best of his age group.

Condrieu has finally drawn well in barrier two and looks to be able to dominate the race by rolling straight to the front; however he is good enough to race outside the leader if made to.

Condrieu's main danger appears to be Our Boy Su for trainer/driver Bob Melsop. Our Boy Su has won two of his last three starts, including a win over open class pacer Rocket Reign in a slick 156.8 at Northam at the end of April, while Lombo Louganis for trainer Michael George is drawn perfectly in barrier one.

WESTERN CULLEN READY FOR NEXT ASSIGNMENT

Star four-year-old Western Cullen makes his return to Gloucester Park on Friday night and is expected to be the one to beat in the Yes Loans Qualifying Heat 3 for the M1's.

The son of Christian Cullen is second-up after only being beaten a length when chasing home track specialist Pacific Warrior at Pinjarra in a hot restricted class race two weeks ago and should have derived plenty of benefit from that performance after three months away from the race track.

Western Cullen has won 14 of his 31 starts with 10 minor placings and banking almost $390,000 in stakes for owners Paul and Toni Poli.

Trainer Andrew De Campo said on WA's Racing Radio last week that he expected a big season from the highly talented pacer and Friday is the nest step along the road to a potential Cup's campaign in January next year.

Greg and Skye Bond also have a strong hand in the qualifying heat with four runners, Next Dawn (Barrier 3), last start winner Gate Bender (4), Johnny Be (7) and Nimrod (12). Artesian Boy from barrier one will also be one of the main players.

The first four home in Friday night's heat will qualify for next week's $25,000 Final, which looks set to be dominated by four-year-olds with Polak, Your Good Fortune, Midnight Dylan and Dreadlock Rockstar all qualifying the previous two weeks.

EMERGING STARS COME OUT TO PLAY LATE AT GLOUCESTER PARK

Emerging stars of WA harness racing will finish the card on Friday night with race nine the Del Basso 3YO pace, while last start Champagne Stakes winner Mister Jadore highlights a quality two-year-olds' field in the final event of the night in The West 2YO Pace.

The three year-old event has lost some lustre with the scratching of the WA Derby winner Alta Christiano, however champion trainer Gary Hall Snr still has a strong hand in race nine with the quality My Hard Copy (barrier three), Rowchester (8) and Verdasco (4).

Hall has an embarrassment of riches in the three-year-old ranks, with up to five of the state's best of the age group prepared at his Serpentine stables. My Hard Copy finished an unlucky fourth in the WA Derby, his debut run in the state, before winning his next start at Pinjarra and looks like being sent out a warm favourite, while Rowchester drops back to his own age after running second when taking on the older horses at Gloucester Park last Friday night.

The promising Senor Jet trained by Peter Tilbrook will also be high up in betting markets, winning two of his three starts since arriving in Western Australia from New Zealand. Senor Jet is owned by Neven Botica, who has owned many top horses including champion trotter Sundons Gift.

In the final event the Anne Benton trained and Chris Lewis driven Mister Jadore will also have to overcome the outside barrier. The son of Grinfromeartoear has won three of his only five starts including the $100,000 Clipsal Sales Classic two starts ago, before proving too strong in the $50,000 Nepean Conveyors Champagne Classic last start. The $19,000 Gloucester Standardbred Sales purchase has taken his earnings to a massive $97,485.

Despite Mister Jadore having won more than $41,385 in prizemoney than the rest of his rivals combined earnings, it won't be a walkover with the talented Typhoon Tan drawn well in barrier two. Top trainer Ross Olivieri will also debut Absolute Steel, a full brother to WA Derby winner Argent Treasure, who should be respected.

by Michael RADLEY

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