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Aiden De Campo stole the show at Bunbury on Saturday night with a race trifecta in the $10,000 De Campo Memorial 2YO Fillies feature, with his runner Artistic Scribe taking top prize. With three runners in the race, De Campo piloted the winner, owned by Mike Howie for her second career victory at just her fourth race start. His other runners Nowuseemerunnin driven by Dylan Egerton-Green and Sport Sport Sport driven by Mark Johnson took up the other podium positions, with both fillies having their first starts in the race. “It’s a really special race for me to win and to trifecta it means a lot as it was my first trifecta as well.” “It’s probably the race I most look forward to and want to win the most every season, I was able to do it once before but again last night, being able to train and drive the winner made it more special.” “I always wonder if grandad would be proud of me looking down, so to win a race in his honour means more to me than any group one could.” De Campo said. Captains Beachbabe was too strong in race one for Terry Ferguson and Emily Suvaljko with the three-year-old filly initially going back at release point, she then worked her way to the breeze after only a few hundred metres from barrier seven, managing to stave off fast finishing rivals by 1.3m, with a last half of 56.4 and a mile rate of 1:56:7. “She (Captains Beachbabe) travelled really good in the run. I was confident she would run a good race especially after Justin’s horse was scratched. She went really good on Tuesday without knocking her about too much.” Suvaljko said. Arocknbilly Rebel has been knocking on the door for his maiden win and after being the runner up five times in his nine race starts, the five-year-old got his win last night at start number ten for his breeder, owner and trainer John Guagliardo and driver Mark Reed. The $1.70 favourite started from barrier ten and Sunshine Swift led all the way from barrier one for Coolup based Vic Bryers and reinsman Chris Lewis in race three, recording her first win at just start seven since entering Bryers stable, defeating her closest rival by 9.4m in a mile rate of 1:59:5 over the 2100m trip. It wasn’t quite the Group One Derby success Prentice had the night before, but Bettor Get On It NZ kicked off the first leg of the quaddie with the short-priced favourite starting from the widest barrier on the back line to win stylishly in the fourth by 9.9m, in 1:57:9 steered by Gary Hall Jnr. Michael Grantham walked away with a driving double on the night, with the first instalment Miss Boudica making it two in a row for the Michael Brennan stable in race five. The well performed three-year-old led all the way from gate one defeating The Embezzler by two metres in a time of 1:58:5 over the 2569m staying journey. After a last start metropolitan placing, Medieval Man continued the successful weekend for trainer Michael Young with his win in the sixth, giving connections his second win in just three starts. Working his way to the lead early from the 30m handicap, the $2.00 favourite was able to get away with a slow first section, winning by a margin of 3.8m in 2:02:8 and a last half of 55.9. Young had city success on Friday night with his runner Vespa NZ getting his first metro win since entering WA earlier this year. The second leg of Grantham’s driving double came up in race eight, the De Campo Memorial 2YO Colts and Gelding feature when he paired up with Ryan Bell and his runner Whataretheodds. The two-year-old was having just his fifth race start, managing to get his second career victory in a time of 1:55:5 and a last half of 55.4, taking his earnings to just over $30,000, with the youngster looking to have a promising future ahead of him. The last went the way of the locals with Gingers Jet winning narrowly in the ninth for Bunbury trainer Vanessa Brockman and driver Bailey McDonough. After surrendering the lead, McDonough made full use of the sprint lane to win narrowly by a half head with the $5.50 starter being the longest priced winner on the night.   Ashleigh Paikos for RWWA

Star reinsman Aiden de Campo, fresh from a treble last Friday night, has given punters a good lead by choosing to drive Parisian Partygirl in preference to Delightfulreaction in the $30,000 Schrader Pace for fillies and mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He admitted that it was tough choice, but said he was swayed in favour of Parisian Partygirl because he was delighted with her fast-finishing third behind Eloquent Mach and Convert Denario in the Group 2 Binshaw Pace last Friday night. “I was really excited by the way she came home last week,” he said. “We got held up approaching the corner and if she had got clear and gone wide, I think she would have got close to winning.” Parisian Partygirl, a West Australian-bred six-year-old by Courage Under Fire who is trained at Bindoon by Bernard James, started from barrier six and was eighth at the bell before surging home with a late burst on the inside to finish a close third to Eloquent Mach. Three starts before that, Parisian Partygirl trailed the pacemaker Bettorgrinanbarit in a 2130m Free-For-All for mares and finished fast to win by two lengths from Maczaffair. Parisian Partygirl, a sister to former smart Pacers Winter Retreat (33 wins) and Kissed Flush (30 wins), has been a model of consistency, with ten wins, 24 seconds and 15 thirds from 89 starts. She will start from the inside of the back line, immediately behind speedy beginner and good frontrunner Mon Lillies. Delightfulreaction, the only three-year-old in Friday night’s event, will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line and will be handled by Mark Johnson. She boasts a good record of 38 starts for seven wins, 11 seconds and three thirds from 38 starts and maintained her excellent form when she started from the outside of the back line and raced in ninth position in the one-wide line before running home strongly to be second to stablemate American Delight. Delightfulreaction is prepared at Capel by de Campo’s father Andrew and has the ability to upstage her older rivals. Last week Delightfulreaction was driven by Johnson, with Aiden de Campo opting for American Delight. “It didn’t surprise me at all with the way she finished last week,” said de Campo. “I had a quick look over my shoulder (in the home straight) and I saw her coming and thought for a minute that she might’ve beaten me. She’s taking on older mares this week and I don’t see whey she won’t be able to handle the rise in class.” The Schrader Pace looks an open affair, with considerable interest surrounding the return to racing of former juvenile star Cott Beach after an absence of three months. Cott Beach, trained at Coolup by Kristy Elson, has amassed $273,760 in prizemoney from 15 wins and 13 placings from 39 starts. She will start from the outside of the back line with Nathan Turvey in the sulky. She sprinted home strongly with a final quarter in 27.1sec. to finish second to the leader Three Bears in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra last Sunday week. She should be flying home in this week’s race. Last-start winners Just Rockon Bye and Catastrophic Event will be fancied as will be the consistent four-year-old Infinite Symbol, who is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line for trainers Greg and Skye Bond and reinsman Ryan Warwick. Infinite Symbol, a winner of a group three event for mares seven starts ago, covered a lot of extra ground last Friday night when a strong third behind Just Rockon Bye and Crystal Sparkles. Rockon Bye, trained by Gary Hall Snr and driven by Gary Hall Jnr, began speedily from barrier four and set a solid pace to win in good style at her first appearance for five months. Again, she will have many admirers, even from her wide draw at barrier eight.   Ken Casellas

Aiden de Campo is driving in superb form and he hopes to notch his 100th winner of the season by guiding Some Copper Beach to victory in the $30,000 Gold Bracelet over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Some Copper Beach’s prospects improved significantly when she drew the prized No. 1 barrier in the Group 3 classic for two-year-old fillies. “Her return to form last week when she finished strongly to be second to Double Expresso in the Group 1 Westbred Classic was encouraging,” de Campo said. “Drawing barrier one this week probably has given her a leg up on her rivals and that is hopefully what is going to make it our race.” Some Copper Beach, a smart frontrunner, is prepared at Capel by de Campo’s father Andrew, who has trained and driven Kiwaussie Girl (1995) and Express Fire (1999) for wins in the Gold Bracelet. She is the daughter of Artistic Copper, who was prepared by de Campo Snr for her victory in the Group 1 Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies in April 2013.  Aiden de Campo drove Artistic Copper for two of her seven wins from 31 starts and he said that Some Copper Beach was a superior pacer. “She’s as lot better than her mother and she likes to lead which will be the plan on Friday night,” he said. “She led (from barrier three) and won the de Campo Memorial for fillies at Bunbury early in May and she also led and won at Pinjarra earlier in the season.” Her other two wins came after she had raced in the breeze at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park. “Some Copper Beach’s two previous runs before last Friday night’s second to Double Expresso were quite disappointing (sixths behind Askmeilltellya at Gloucester Park and behind Caveman at Pinjarra) and they left us scratching our heads,” Aiden de Campo said. “But her return to form last week was encouraging. She had to do a lot of work early (three wide for the first 500m and in the breeze for the next 350m) and then had to come wide for her (finishing) run when she ran to the line good. “It’s a super field this week and there’s probably not one filly in the race who wouldn’t have a chance from a favourable draw. It is a credit to the breeders and owners this year that the fillies are so strong.” De Campo’s best season in an outstanding career was when he landed 101 winners a few years ago. He chalked up his 99th winner for the current season when he drove Walsh to an all-the-way victory at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. This came after he landed four winners (all prepared by his father) at Bunbury on Saturday night and a victory behind stablemate Just American at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. “My best record was when I drove 101 winners about five or six years ago,” he said. “Hopefully, I can break that record this season. If I don’t, it will be a long couple of months.” Ace trainer Colin Brown gives his filly Fifty Five Reborn a strong winning chance on Friday night. He has driven her at all of her six starts for two wins and a second placing, but has handed the drive to Dylan Egerton-Green. “I’m having 12 days off, going to Exmouth and relaxing on Jim Currie’s boat,” Brown said. “We broke the filly in, and Dylan knows her well, having driven her in trackwork. Fifty Five Reborn finished strongly to win at Pinjarra at Pinjarra three starts ago and followed that with an excellent win at Gloucester Park after working hard without cover. She started from barrier seven in last week’s Westbred Classic and was a most unlucky fourth behind Double Expresso. “Her run last week was good,” said Brown. “We had a bit of pilot error. She has got ear plugs in because she can get a bit aggravated. However, soon after the start you have to get the plugs out because she relaxes too much with them in. We’ve also got a chord on the near-side Murphy blind, and clever me went to pull the plugs, but opened up the Murphy instead. “Then I had to get the plugs out. Out wide, if she’s got a hole with the Murphy, she hangs down the track. And that’s what happened half-way down the back straight in the final lap when she picked up Aiden’s wheel. She did a huge job to run fourth. “This week from barrier two, she’s got a definite winning chance. She can get away reasonably quickly, but I’m sure she won’t be able to cross Some Copper Beach. However, she should race in a prominent position and prove hard to beat.” Brown, who is looking for his first training success in the Gold Bracelet, has tasted success in the classic, driving Five Hundred More to victory over Sovereign Beejay in 2004. Star Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice has high hopes of winning the Gold Bracelet for the third time in six years after preparing and driving Major Reality to victory in 2014 and Dracarys 12 months ago. He is pinning his faith in the highly-promising Suing You, who faces a stern test from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. Gary Hall Jnr will be in the sulky behind Suing You, who has been most impressive in her six starts for three wins, a second, a third and a last-start last behind Double Expresso last week. “I think that Suing You is the best, or very close to the best two-year-old filly in the State,” Hall said. We’re not getting a lot of luck to prove that. If I had been able to get her out into the clear last week she probably would have nearly won.” Suing You was shuffled back towards the rear with a lap to travel and was badly hampered for room in the final lap and was finishing resolutely when she broke into a gallop about 100m from the finish. “If she had drawn anywhere near decent this week, I would have declared her,” Hall said. “But it is not impossible from nine; she’s obviously got to get some luck.” Intheskyrocket, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will have many admirers despite drawing the outside of the back line. She caught the eye when she surged home, three wide from the rear to finish an excellent second behind Double Expresso last Friday night. She was an impressive winner at her only two previous starts at Pinjarra in January and at Gloucester Park in mid-June. Ken Casellas

Harness racing drivers Morgan Woodley and Aiden De Campo were the ones to watch at Donaldson Park on Friday night.  After coming fourth in the 2569-metre TABTouch MS Pace, Woodley led race favourite War Club ($2) in the Sky Racing MS Pace (1609 metres).  A strong performance on the final lap saw the bay gelding finish 6.20m ahead of second-placed Gingers Jet.  Woodley celebrated again, after he and clear race favourite Mega Moolah ($1.18) took out the 2100m Artic Air MS Pace. Without hesitation, the bay gelding crossed 5m in front of Ignite the Passion and Chucking Stone.  De Campo and race favourite Diamond Dove ($2.90) cruised to victory in the TABTouch MS Pace.  Later in the evening, he and Great Googlymoogly ($1.90) held off Leady Lani and Devils Courage to win the Coates Hire Westbred MS Pace (2100m). Bunbury Trotting Club will deliver more harness racing action on April 20. By Thomas Munday Reprinted with permission of The Bunbury Mail  

The unfortunate scratching of WA Pacing Cup winner Rocknroll Lincoln has opened up the opportunity for Handsandwheels to score another feature race win in the four and five-year-old Championship (2130m) at Gloucester Park tomorrow night. Handsandwheels recorded his first feature win since the 2017 WA Derby in last month’s Group 2 RWWA Cup and proved himself as a Free-For-All horse on the rise. He continued his solid form with a tough fourth to El Jacko in the Pinjarra Cup on March 4. He gets another chance for a Group 2 win in tomorrow night’s $50,000 event, where he has drawn barrier one. The Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln, who had drawn barrier nine and looked the main danger to Handsandwheels, was withdrawn earlier today due to bruising in his feet. Prentice said he wasn’t 100 per cent happy with Rocknroll Lincoln and said the five-year-old would now be spelled, with a view towards next year’s WA Pacing Cup. Aiden De Campo has the drive on Handsandwheels, trained by his father Andrew, tomorrow night and said the five-year-old deserved to be the one to beat off his recent form. “He’s going great,” he told RWWA Harness. “His Pinjarra Cup run was good and his work since then has been good too. “We were looking for the right race for him and this looks to be that right one.” De Campo said he expected to hold the lead from the favourable draw, but acknowledged the short-priced favourite Handsandwheels would still have his work cut out to win the race. “He’s got good gate speed and I can’t imagine anything else would want to pressure us,” he said. “There’s no such thing as a good thing in racing though. “There are still some well performed horses in the race.” Handsandwheels is now a $1.07 favourite with TABtouch, ahead of Clarenden Hustler ($10) and Hasani ($12). De Campo takes the drive on $51 outsider Walsh in the Sales Classic for the three-year-old Colts and Geldings (2130m), but conceded the gelding would have his work cut out to beat star trio Patrickthepiranha, Shockwave and Its Rock And Roll. Prentice has the short-priced favourite Has No Fear in the Sales Classic for the three-year-old fillies and hopes to launch a WA Oaks campaign off the back of it. De Campo’s only other drive of the evening is in the opening event with Smoldering Ashes, who he felt could fill a minor placing from barrier 11. “We will drop back to the fence and hopefully be three back,” De Campo said. “If he gets the splits he can figure in the finish, if he doesn’t we will bring him back again next week and have another go.”   Tim Walker

Star Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice has high hopes that Rocknroll Lincoln will maintain his superb form and win the $50,000 Direct Trades Supply Four and Five-Year-Old Championship over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I plan that this will be his final run before going out for a spell,” Prentice said. “And it would be nice for him to go out on a winning note, though barrier nine will be no help. Once again, his chief mission will be the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups next season. “He went to the line really well when a close second to El Jacko in the Pinjarra Cup (on Monday of last week). He had to come three deep without cover.” At his previous outing Rocknroll Lincoln gave a powerful performance to win the Governor’s Cup after racing three wide for the first lap and taking the lead 1100m from home before scoring by a length from As Happy As Larry at a 1.54.7 rate over 2130m. That was his first appearance since winning the group 1 2936m WA Pacing Cup five weeks earlier. Rocknroll Lincoln will again be handled by champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, who appears certain to send the five-year-old forward in the first circuit. The stallion will again clash with the Andrew de Campo-trained Handsandwheels, who has performed strongly in both the Governor’s Cup and Pinjarra Cup at his past two starts. WATCH INTERVIEW WITH AIDEN DE CAMPO Handsandwheels finished with plenty of determination when fourth in the Governor’s Cup and he raced in sixth position in the one-wide line and was hampered for room until the final stages when he went to the line strongly to finish a close fourth in the Pinjarra Cup. Reinsman Aiden de Campo, who has driven 59 winners this season and will celebrate his 27th birthday on Saturday, said he was planning to set a solid pace in his bid for victory on Friday night. Six-year-old El Jacko, who burst to the front in the first circuit and then set the pace before winning the Pinjarra Cup, will be favoured to give trainers Greg and Skye Bond and reinsman Ryan Warwick another feature race win by proving too smart for his rivals in the $30,000 Narrogin Cup over 2662m on Saturday night. El Jacko will start from barrier five on the front line and will clash with giantkiller Always Arjay, Simba Bromac, James Butt and Sweet N Fast. The Bond camp will be represented by in-form New Zealand-bred pacers Ana Afreet (Warwick) and The Buckeye Bullet in the DTS Chainmesh Fencing Pace, a WA Derby prelude over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This will be an acid test for the inexperienced Ana Afreet, who will start from the back line. The versatile Bettors Delight black colt has not been extended in a winning at his only three starts --- two at Pinjarra and one at Bunbury. The Buckeye Bullet, a winner at five of his ten starts, also faces a testing time from the No. 6 barrier on the front line. Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr has three runners in the race, last-start winners Eloquent Mach (Stuart McDonald), Robbie Easton (Micheal Ferguson) and Major Trojan (Gary Hall Jnr). The greatest interest will surround the performance of the lightly-raced Major Trojan, who will start from the inside of the back line. An impressive winner at two of his five New Zealand starts, Major Trojan made his Australian debut at Bunbury last Saturday night when he enjoyed a perfect trip in the one-out, one-back position in the $25,000 Battle of Bunbury before starting a three-wide move 300m from home and fighting of doggedly to finish a neck second to stablemate and pacemaker Eloquent Mach. The final quarters on a rain-affected track were covered in 27.7sec. and 27.8sec. and Major Trojan, an upstanding colt, should have derived great benefit from his first outing for four months.  Ken Casellas

If ever a horse has had its hoof on the till for an overdue win, it just had to be West Australian harness racing  filly Delightfulreaction. Prepared at Capel, halfway between Bunbury and Busselton, by astute horseman Andrew De Campo, the Auckland Reactor-sired three-year-old broke her maiden status in style at Pinjarra on Monday. “I must say we went to the meeting with a fair bit of confidence because she certainly deserved a win after five consecutive second placings,” De Campo said. “She is lovely to have around the stable.  She never runs a bad race, she has gate speed, tries her heart out and hopefully should keep improving with racing,” he said. In addition, Delightfulreaction last season finished runner-up, beaten a half head, in a $100,000 Sires Stakes final at Gloucester Park. At Pinjarra, driver Aiden De Campo, son of the trainer, showed gate speed from barrier to take the lead and rated to perfect cruised home in 55.6 last half for a comfortable win. To watch the video click on this link. Aiden De Campo Delightfulreaction, with earnings of over $30,000, is raced by her breeder Mike Howie, who is one of the main owners with the De Campo team. “Mike was a very good trainer, but these days prefers to jog them up and when they are close to going to the races, he hands them over to us,” Andrew said. “It’s certainly a good deal because we know they are fit and ready to go when we get them,” he said. “We have another Auckland Reactor three-year-old in our team of 30 at the moment and it goes okay but is having a freshen up after a first-up placing.” Delightfulreaction was the 36th winner for Auckland Reactor in Australia and his 66th winner including some exciting types New Zealand. And there’s more to come if the exciting vibes from the sire’s first crop to the races (now four year olds) are on the money.   Chase Auckland from the “land of the long white cloud” (8 wins from 9 starts; 1.52-2. $392,330) is obviously a superstar and being set for all the big races in Australia. Australia’s own Soho Burning Love (1.52-6 $182,400) has won easily at her first three starts back this preparation.  De Campo, who is ranked in the top 10 trainers in the west, finished with 50 winners last season and is well on target to better that tally this season. “I reckon we have a nice team going around at present, so fingers crossed the victories keep ticking along,” he said. “And of course, you need great stable support and we have that in junior reinsman Mark Johnson and handyman and jack of all trades Ron McLachlan.” De Campo who was a polished reinsman in his day with 11 Group One wins as a trainer-driver, has no qualms in watching Aiden do all the race day driving. “He’s pretty good at it, but I wouldn’t be truthful if I said I’d never given him a spray for an ordinary effort on the racetrack. It’s okay cos we both then move on and look to the future,” he said. “I did enjoy driving, but if you don’t do it all the time, your reflexes just aren’t as sharp as they should be. To be honest, I’m enjoying the training part a lot more.” Undoubtedly one of Andrew’s finest driving exhibitions was piloting Son of Otara to victory in 1991 in the $250,000 Australian Pacing Gold Final in Brisbane – the richest race in the country at the time. “Yes, I still remember that night pretty well, despite being a few years back now. It was a big trip from West Australia with a lot of planning, etc, but it was well worth it in the end.” Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

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

Astute Byford trainer David Thompson holds a strong hand in the opening event at Gloucester Park on Friday night with three runners in the 2130m Retravision Westbred Pace and in-form young reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green has given punters a valuable lead by choosing to drive Liam Neil in preference to stablemates in preference to Whoswhointhezoo and Our Perkins. Thompson has got away to a flying start in the 2018-19 season with six wins and three placings from his first 12 starters, while Egerton-Green is in seventh position in the Statewide drivers’ premiership table with seven winners and 31 placegetters. Four-year-old Liam Neil is in sparkling form, with three wins and a last-start third to The Art Form from his past four starts. He will start from barrier six in the field of nine, with Whoswhointhezoo (barrier two) and Our Perkins (three) are better drawn. Stuart McDonald will drive Whoswhointhezoo, an all-the-way winner over subsequent city winner Lot Twenty One two starts ago, and Aiden de Campo has been engaged for Our Perkins, who led and won for Egerton-Green at Pinjarra three starts ago. Liam Neil is by Modern Art and is out of Jane Elouise, a winner of four races from 14 starts, including the group 3 Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park in February 2006. Liam Neil is a half-brother to three winners, including Soho Jackman, who earned $282,518 from 26 wins and 25 placings from 94 starts. Liam Neil is the youngest runner in Friday night’s race, which promises to provide a keen struggle for early ascendancy between the polemarker Bhagwan (Mitch Miller) and the massive gelding Whoswhointhezoo. Liam Neil possesses a strong finishing burst and he and he and the Aiden Warwick-trained Hastalavista will have many admirers. Hastalavista, who will be driven by Aldo Cortopassi, is awkwardly drawn at barrier eight, but the six-year-old has the ability to overcome this significant disadvantage. He was placed once from four starts as a four-year-old and reappeared in August after a 13-month absence. His six outings in this campaign have produced five wins and a second placing. The Neil Lloyd-trained Bhagwan is an M2-class performer and the noted frontrunner is sure to appreciate meeting lower-assessed rivals on extremely favourable terms.   Ken Casellas

Aiden de Campo is driving in grand form and he gives Michael Joseph a good chance of winning the TABtouch Westbred Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Michael Joseph, trained in Capel by de Campo’s father Andrew, unleashed a powerful finishing burst to win easily from Our Zak Whitby at Pinjarra two starts ago and then gave a spirited performance when third behind the pacemaker Carter Micheal and Fanci A Dance over 2130m in fast time at Gloucester Park last Friday night. “I was happy with him last week,” said Aiden de Campo. “He was three wide with cover (before the bell) and was four wide half-way down the back. And he boxed on well. It’s a tricky draw (No. 5) on Friday night and I’ll probably press forward. If he happened to find the top he would be very hard to beat.” Hardest for Micheal Joseph to beat is likely to be the Barry Howlett-trained Fanci A Dance, who raced three wide without cover for much of the race before fighting on grimly to be fourth behind Carter Micheal last Friday night. At his previous start, a fortnight earlier, Fanci A Dance had a tough run in the breeze before winning from Chiaroscuro and Back To The Beach. De Campo said that he also had each-way prospects on Friday night with Oneonthewood (race one), Tisadream (race two) Tellmetoattack (race four) and Tommy Be Good (race seven). Tisadream, a brilliant winner last Friday night when he raced in the breeze before getting to the front 380m from home and racing away to win by four lengths from Extreme Prince and Vampiro, will start from the outside of the back line in the Yes Loans Pace over 2536m. “The draw doesn’t help, but his run last week was probably the best of his career,” de Campo said. “He’s not purely a breeze horse or a leader. He’s versatile who can sit and sprint.” Tellmetoattack will be having his first start for two months when he contests the Westsired Pace for two-year-olds. He won a 2100m trial at Bunbury last Saturday night. “The trial was good,” said de Campo. “He sat last and ran on to win. He has a lot of ability, but has a lot of problems to match his ability. We’ve got a few steering problems with him and he can pull.” The Ross Olivieri-trained Babyface Adda will be strongly fancied in this event. The Rich And Spoilt colt has won at two of his 11 starts and is the only winner in the nine-horse field. Babyface Adda, to be handled by Shannon Suvaljko, will start out wide at barrier seven, but should carry too many guns for his rivals. De Campo has been granted a nine-day deferment of a 24-day suspension to enable him to drive on Friday night. He was suspended by the stewards, who found him guilty of causing interference to Shandale, who fell 50m from the post in the race won by Bettors Fire last Friday night. “I’ve lodged an appeal against the suspension,” de Campo said. “I believe that I didn’t contribute to Shandale falling. He hit the back of my wheel and I don’t feel that I deserved a suspension at all.” Ken Casellas

Rival reinsmen Aiden de Campo (Ideal Tyson) and Kyle Harper (Bettors Fire) have a healthy respect for each other’s horse and are anticipating a spirited duel in the $25,000 GPHR Members Sprint over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The sparks are set to fly from the outset, with Ideal Tyson and Bettors Fire, as well as Galactic Star and Vultan Tin, blessed with sparkling gate speed. Ideal Tyson, trained at Coolup by Kristy Elson, will start from barrier four on the front line, with Bettors Fire at No. 6. Vultan Tin (Chris Voak) will start from No. 3 and Galactic Star (Ryan Warwick) at No. 5. De Campo made his intentions quite clear when he said: “’From gate four, we’ll be pressing forward pretty hard. I’d love to lead. We’ll work forward and hopefully be in front, or in the breeze. On his latest run, you would suggest he could win again from the breeze. However, Bettors Fire is a very good horse and can go very fast.” Harper said that Bettors Fire (who has made most of the running to win over 2536m and 2130m at his past two starts) was always a winning chance over any distance. “He’s a good sprinter who loves the mile,” he said. “It’s hard from barrier six over the short trip and I’m sure it’s not going to be easy. Vultan Tin goes well in front and Ideal Tyson went very well, first-up, sitting in the breeze and winning in 1.52.8 over 1730m. “If we go too hard early it will bring horses like Shandale and Our Jimmy Johnstone into the race from bad barriers. I’ll play it by ear, but over the sprint trip I don’t think we will be going back. “I often get asked the question whether Bettors Fire is better at a staying distance or a short trip and the answer is ‘I don’t know’. He’s very good over all distances.” Punters would be well advised to take into account Bettors Fire’s performance at his most recent outing over 1730m. That was 12 starts ago when the wonderful nine-year-old burst to the front from barrier seven and set the pace before winning the Group 2 Village Kid Sprint at Gloucester Park on December 29. He was a 55/1 outsider and won from the 7/4 on favourite Soho Tribeca, Chicago Bull, Zach Maguire and My Hard Copy, rating 1.52.6. His ten runs over 1730m have produced three wins (including a victory over Im Victorious in the Mount Eden Sprint at Gloucester Park in November 2013), two seconds, one third, two fourths, one fifth and one sixth. De Campo was overseas on holidays when Gary Hall Jnr drove Ideal Tyson to a dashing first-up victory in considerably weaker company over 1730m two Fridays ago. “He went super first-up and I’m lucky to get the drive back,” said de Campo, who has driven Ideal Tyson 26 times for six wins, seven seconds and seven thirds. Ryan Warwick, who drove Our Jimmy Johnstone to an all-the-way victory over Beaudiene Boaz in the 2017 Members Sprint, has given punters a good lead by opting to drive the Skye Bond-trained Galactic Star in preference to Our Jimmy Johnstone this week. Our Jimmy Johnstone, an impressive winner from Shandale and The Bucket List over 2130m last Friday week, will start from barrier eight on Friday night, with Dylan Egerton-Green in the sulky. Galactic Star, a noted speedster, is capable of a bold showing from barrier five at his first appearance since finishing second to Major Star in the Albany Cup on February 2. Heez On Fire also will be racing first-up for veteran trainer Bill Horn. The eight-year-old, the winner of 20 races from 51 starts, is handily drawn at barrier two. He proved his fitness with a narrow trial win over Gotta Go Chocolate in a 2550m standing-start trial at Byford last Sunday week. Ken Casellas

Khun Lek, trained in Capel by de Campo’s father Andrew, will be one of the fancies in the 2130m Building And Constructions At DTS Pace for harness racing mares after smart wins at Bunbury and Gloucester Park at her past two outings. She will start from barrier No. 5 on the front line and Aiden de Campo is planning to go forward at the start in a bid for the early lead or to take up a prominent forward position. In an open affair, Khun Lek, Rockin The Boys and Our Jeremes Gem appear to have sound prospects. Rockin The Boys and Our Jeremes Gem have each finished second at their past two starts and are due for a change of fortune. Khun Lek is by McArdle out of Chantic Sarah, a D M Dilinger mare who raced 17 times in Western Australia for five wins in 2008 and 2009 --- two at Narrogin and Wagin and one at Pinjarra. She is no relation to Khun Ratha, who finished powerfully to win at Gloucester Park last Friday night. Khun Ratha, recently purchased by Kristy Sheehy and Joshua Dunn, has earned $162,519 from 15 wins and 38 placings from 106 starts. He will start from the back line in the 2536m Hardware at DTS Pace on Friday night and has sound each-way prospects, with Shannon Suvaljko in the sulky. Suvaljko and de Campo have excellent prospects of winning the final event, the Direct Trades Supply Pace, in which Suvaljko will be in the sulky behind the polemarker Ctheballerina and de Campo will be driving Cest Lheure. Ctheballerina, unplaced at her past nine starts since winning over 2090m in Hobart last October, is a newcomer to Mike Reed’s Henley Brook stables and she caught the eye in a 2150m trial at Byford in Sunday morning when she surged home from sixth at the bell to be second to Ay Jays Dream. “She’s been all over the place, racing in New Zealand, Tasmania and Victoria,” Reed said. “I like her and whatever she does on Friday night, she will improve on.” Suvaljko watched the trial in which Ctheballerina was driven by Mark Reed, and gave the mare his tick of approval. “The only blue, first-up, is the longer distance of 2536m,” he said. De Campo described Cest Lheure as a handy horse who hardly ever runs a bad race and said that he was confident of a forward showing, without being in any way over-confident. Suvaljko will have a busy time on Friday night and apart from Golden State (who should win the WA Derby Prelude) he has many good each-way prospects among his drives behind A Boy Named Rosie, Chal Storm, Khun Ratha, She Said Diamonds, Our Jeremes Gem and Ctheballerina. He also spoke highly of Back To The Beach’s winning prospects in the Irrigation At DTS Westbred Pace. Back To The Beach, to be driven by Mitch Miller for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, will start from barrier six and looks set to fight out the finish after having notched seven wins from his past 13 starts. Suvaljko has driven Back To The Beach in five of those wins, with Miller, engaged this week to take advantage of his concession, having had only one drive behind the four-year-old for an all-the-way victory in the 2180m Wagin Cup four starts ago. “He doesn’t have to lead; he can sit,” said Suvaljko. “However, he has drawn inside of Red Hot Roxy and she will not be able to sit outside Back To The Beach and beat him.” Ken Casellas

Aiden de Campo, fresh from the excitement of being one of the 100,021 spectators at the AFL grand final at the MCG last Saturday, is bullish about the prospects of giving harness racing punters a good start to Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park by driving Smoldering Ashes to victory in the opening event, the 2130m TABtouch Inter Dominion Starts November 24 Pace. Five-year-old Smoldering Ashes, a recent newcomer to the Capel stables of de Campo’s father Andrew, has overcome a wide barrier (eight) and a 30m handicap to win decisively at his past two starts. He is ideally drawn at the No. 1 barrier on the front line on Friday night and Aiden de Campo is aiming to win the start. “His runs since arriving at the stable have been really good and if he leads he’ll give a ton of cheek and will take beating,” he said. “There’s bit of pace on the front line from horses like Im Batman and Messi. This is Smoldering Ashes’ first run back in the draw and from all reports he gets out pretty well. Hopefully, he can hold the front.” Messi, to be driven by Colin Brown from barrier seven, is a speedy beginner and looms as a major rival to Smoldering Ashes. Messi, from barrier one, led for the first 120m in a 2130m event last Friday night before taking the sit behind the stablemate and hot favourite Idealindiamonds and finishing a sound second to that talented and lightly-raced six-year-old. Ryan Warwick will drive Fifth Edition from barrier six in Friday night’s race and the New Zealand-bred eight-year-old, trained by Skye Bond, will have many admirers. Fifth Edition, favourite at 6/4 on, was most unlucky last Friday night when second to Jaxon Fella after being under duress in front by Debt Free Charlie, who overraced badly. De Campo will also have many friends when he drives veteran mare Its My Lucknow from the No. 1 barrier in the TABtouch Inter Dominion Heat Night Two Pace over 2130m. De Campo will replace Dylan Egerton-Green, who will drive his own nomination Honey And Lime, an easy last-start all-the-way winner over 1684m at Pinjarra. However, Honey And Lime faces a stern test from the outside of the back line. Its My Lucknow is an honest nine-year-old who will be having her 225th start in a race. She started from a wide barrier and raced four back on the pegs before finishing solidly to be third behind Millview Sienna over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. Bettor Bling, trained and driven by Callan Suvaljko, will be one of the fancies in Friday night’s event for mares. A winner at Pinjarra five starts ago, she has impressed with fast-finishing efforts at her past two outings. She was seventh at the bell and finished fast to be a close third to Bad Round and Torrevean Mio over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. A week earlier she finished strongly from fourth at the bell to be second to Chiaroscuro. She will start from the inside of the back line and is sure to threaten danger if she obtains a clear run in the concluding stages. Ken Casellas  

Four-year-old Scoobys Delight has been unplaced at his past six starts, but in-form harness racing reinsman Aiden de Campo is bullish about the horse’s prospects of ending a losing sequence of 11 when he starts from barrier two on the front line in the 1730m Horse Shares Available With Trotsynd Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “If he can find the front I’d be very confident of winning, especially overt the mile,” said de Campo. “He’s been racing really well without luck.” Scoobys Delight, trained at Blythewood by Gary Elson , was a sound last-start fifth behind The Publisher over 2130m last Friday week when he started from the outside of the back line, raced wide early and then in the breeze. Scoobys Delight will need to be close to his top to beat Ima Rocknroll Legend, a promising four-year-old in the stables of Gary Hall sen. who has won at five of his past ten starts. Ima Rocknroll Legend will be driven by Gary Hall jun., who said that the gelding was most disappointing when a fading last behind Rock Diamonds in the Higgins Memorial last Friday night. “He definitely drops in class, but his run last week was terrible,” Hall said. “This was almost his worst run, but his previous run when third to Johnny Disco and Ideal Tyson at Pinjarra was nearly the best run he’s put in.” De Campo has several other handy drives on Friday night --- Muffins, Its My Lucknow, Ideal Tyson, Oneonthewood and Under The Tower. He rates Ideal Tyson, a stablemate of Scoobys Delight, as his best prospect. Ideal Tyson will start out wide at barrier nine in the first qualifying heat of the 2130m Schrader Pace. The four-year-old set the pace and finished third behind Rock Diamonds and Sprinter in the Higgins Memorial last Friday night. “It’s a tough draw and I might have to go back and make a run at them late,” he said. “He and Livura look the class runners. Last week I just had to grab him up round the corner to keep the horse on my back in a pocket. That probably didn’t suit him; once in front he likes to keep trucking.” Its My Lucknow, trained at Cardup by Sarah Suvaljko, has sound claims in the Own A Piece of the Action With Trotsynd Mares Pace. She had a tough run in the breeze before wilting to finish a close-up seventh behind Once Bitten over 2130m on Tuesday night. At her previous start she covered a lot of extra ground before winning over 1730m at a 1.57.7 rate. “She’s going pretty good and the 2500m will suit her down to the ground; she loves the longer distance,” de Campo said. “Under The Tower has a chance in the final race in which she has drawn well at No. 2. She went really good two starts ago when Chris (Lewis) drove her and she finished a close second to Soho Changeling.” Muffins will be having her first start in a race when she begins from the No. 1 barrier in the Owners Only Pace for two-year-old fillies. Trained by Michael Brennan, Muffins finished second in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning. Hot favourite in this event will be the Shane Young-trained Rosies Ideal, who has impressed in winning at three of her seven starts. Justin Prentice will drive her for the first time and she should carry too many guns for her seven rivals. Ken Casellas

Ace reinsman Gary Hall Jnr was stunned at Sprinter’s explosive speed when the four-year-old scored an effortless victory last Friday night and he gives the Mach Three gelding a great chance of winning the $35,000 John Higgins Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Sprinter, trained at Blythewood by Gary Elson, has drawn poorly on the outside (No. 9) of the front line in the 2130m event but Hall is confident he has the ability to overcome that significant disadvantage. “I was hoping for a bit better draw, but he’s going super,” Hall said. “I’d say he’s the equal to any horse in the race. Last week I thought he was throwing out distress signals on the bend, but I gave him one good cut (with the whip) and he just took off like he had just joined in. He really surprised me how much he had left.” Sprinter certainly looked most impressive when he started from barrier seven in last week’s race and was ninth at the bell before unleashing a dazzling three-wide burst which took him into the lead 300m from home. He sprinted over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 28.2sec. and won by three lengths from Blinding Light, rating 1.55.6. Sprinter, purchased for $34,000 at the Australasian Classic yearling sale in Auckland, has amassed $256,305 from his 16 wins and 13 placings from 38 starts. He should develop into a candidate for the rich summer carnival events, including the Inter Dominion championship, Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup. Hall, who has won the Higgins Memorial behind Partywiththedevil in 2010, In The Perfect Storm (2014) and Rub of the Green, who led all the way and won easily from hot favourite Char Do Neigh 12 months ago, rates Sprinter a better pacer than Elson’s Victorian-bred four-year-old Ideal Tyson, who has raced 45 times for 18 wins, 15 placings and $164,294 in prizemoney. However, Aiden de Campo, who will drive Ideal Tyson from barrier three on the front line, has high hopes of victory. “He’s probably got better with every run this time in,” he said. “His was a good win last week and that should have topped him off pretty well for this week. “He’s drawn a good alley and I’ll be coming out hard and looking for the top. He’s a big horse who likes to roll, so I’ll be driving him like a truck, like I always do. If he gets to the front he will be very hard to beat.” Last Friday night Ideal Tyson started out wide at barrier nine and settled down in eighth position before de Campo sent him forward with a three-wide burst which took him to the lead after 600m. He then bowled along in front and won by two and a half lengths from Khun Ratha, rating 1.57.5 over 2536m. Hall also predicted a bold showing from Ima Rocknroll Legend, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old trained by his father Gary Hall Snr and to be driven by the trainer’s older son Clint. “Ima Rocknroll Legend will go very well,” said Hall Jnr “He ran third at Pinjarra at his latest start when they ran 26.3sec. off the front (for the final 400m) and he made up about four lengths. He’s really fast, although Pinjarra suits him better than Gloucester Park.” Another major chance in Friday night’s event is another four-year-old, the Debra Lewis-trained Americanbootscoota, the solitary runner on the back line. The big gelding has struck a purple patch, winning easily at each of his past four starts. Leading reinsman Chris Lewis is confident Americanbootscoota will prove hard to beat. “A front-line draw would’ve been nice, but things might pan out okay. We’ll be moving off (the pegs) as soon as we can and then work out our tactics from there. “Much will depend on the tempo of the race. He is versatile and in good form and I expect a good showing from him. He has always had ability; if you look back at his record when he was a three year old he ran some pretty good times and I’d say he’s now putting it all together. He’s now running times that mean he could be a carnival horse.” Lewis has been successful in the Higgins Memorial with Hail The Judge (1997), Our Graedy (1998), Ianalbert (2006) and Sneakyn Down Under (2008).    Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond have two runners in Friday night’s race in smart three-year-olds Messi (Ryan Bell) and Rock Diamonds (Ryan Warwick), who are racing keenly. Messi has won at nine of his 19 starts and Rock Diamonds has won at nine of his 18 starts Ken Casellas

Harness racing Punters who burnt their fingers when the heavily-supported Ultimate Major finished second to This Time Dylan in the Mount Eden-No Dill Christmas Handicap last Friday night should forgive the six-year-old for his defeat and support him to win the Entertainment With Horsepower Handicap, a stand over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Ultimate Major, favourite at 9/4, ruined his chances when he broke into a gallop at the start of last week’s race. He was eighth at the bell before unwinding a spirited burst to finish second, just one metre behind This Time Dylan. There were excuses for Ultimate Major’s poor start. Like some of his rivals, he was edgy when the race got under way at the second attempt --- after a malfunction with the tapes caused a false start to be called. A week earlier Ultimate Major, trained at Capel by Andrew de Campo and driven by his son Aiden, impressed with a powerful burst to finish third behind Galactic Star and Straight Thru Blue. The Dylan Egerton-Green-trained Waltzing With Cullen is the lone backmarker off 20m and he looks the main danger to Ultimate Major. Waltzing With Cullen started off 20m last Friday night and he gave a strong performance to run home boldly, out wide, from last in a field of 12 at the bell to be a very close third behind This Time Dylan and Ultimate Major.      Waltzing With Cullen is a seasoned veteran of 106 starts for 20 wins and 46 placings. The eight-year-old has resumed after a spell in grand style, with his seven starts this season producing two wins, two seconds and three thirds. Ken Casellas

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