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Mon Lillies has led in six of her ten wins, but Boyanup harness racing hobby trainer James Sortras is far from dismayed at her drawing the back line in the $25,000 final of the Johnson Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “She’s not just a frontrunner,” Sortras said. “She’s also got a very good sit and kick on her. She showed that when second at Pinjarra two starts ago.” Mon Lillies, a six-year-old mare by American sire Artesian, has proved a remarkable bargain for Sortras who purchased her as an untried two-year-old for an extremely small figure. Her stylish all-the-way win last Friday night boosted her earnings to $93,355 from ten wins and 18 placings from 73 starts. Another victory this week would take her prizemoney to $109,855. The 56-year-old Sortras grew up in Gelorup in a strong harness racing atmosphere. His late father George was a prominent trainer and driver whose best pacer was Magic Embrace. “I drove a lot of horses bred from Magic Embrace, with the best of them being Come On Magic,” he said. “I suppose you could count the number of winners I drove on country tracks on my two hands. “I got out of the sport more than 15 years ago to concentrate on my job in the building trade, to pay off the mortgage and to provide for a young family. “Then, four or five years ago, I decided to get back into harness racing. When I was looking around for a horse, a good mate of mine, Stephen Simms, recommended an unraced two-year-old filly, whom, he advised, possessed plenty of speed, but had a lot of growing to do and needed to mature.” It was arranged for Sortras to drive the filly on the Byford track. “I gave her a workout and she gave me a pretty good feel,” Sortras said. “So that day I put her on the float and brought her home. I bought her for a very cheap outlay. She now has gone past her dam Mon Poppies, who had 69 starts for ten wins, 21 placings and $88,350 in stakes.” Lindsay Harper was in the sulky when Mon Poppies won at Bunbury and Pinjarra as a three-year-old in February 2005, and Harper’s younger son Kyle has driven Mon Lillies to victory eight times. Mon Lillies impressed in a heat of the Johnson Pace last Friday night when she set the pace and dashed over the final 800m in 56.7sec. to win from Sea Cider and Madame Croupier. At Pinjarra four days earlier Mon Lillies illustrated her versatility when she started from the No. 5 barrier, raced three wide for the first 300m and was eighth in the one-wide line at the bell. She was seventh with 400m to travel and was hampered for room in the home straight before getting clear in the final stages and flashing home to be second to Just bet On Black. Sortras, who races Mon Lillies in partnership with his wife Debbie, her daughter Lucinda and his children Ebony and Colbey, also trains and drives Five Star Fairy, who has yet to break through for her first win. The Johnson final looks an open affair, with four-year-olds The Spinster (Chris Lewis), Madame Croupier (Clint Hall) and Shes Artful (Ryan Warwick) all racing keenly and five-year-olds Sea Cider (Michael Grantham), Giuliana Rancic (Gary Hall jun.) and C C Chevron (Nathan Turvey) in sound form. Seven-year-old Auctioneers Elsu, to be driven by Maddison Brown for Cardup trainer Sarah Suvaljko, will also receive good support after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. Auctioneers Elsu notched her 15th victory from 151 starts when she enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing strongly to win from C C Chevron at her most recent outing, on April 13. Ken Casellas

An impressive win by Importer Exporter in a 2550m trial at Byford last Sunday week was a strong pointer to the harness racing six-year-old’s prospects in the $19,000 Stephenie Smedley Handicap over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Importer Exporter, bred, part-owned and trained by Chris Winston, will be driven by Kyle Harper from barrier two on the front line and the capable frontrunner will be strongly fancied to notch his ninth victory from only 32 starts. He also has finished second ten times. This will be the Artesian gelding's second appearance after a spell. He was a 2/1 chance when he started off the 10m mark and raced in sixth place in the one-wide line before finishing sixth behind Major Rush over 2503m at Gloucester Park on January 3. He did not make up any ground in the final circuit when the final 800m was run in a smart 56sec. A standing-start specialist, he excelled in his previous preparation when he had 11 starts for five wins and four seconds.       He rated 2.3 in his recent trial win (by 4m over Nothing In Between) when he covered the final quarters in 29.7sec. and 28.5sec. His chief rival on Friday night looks set to be Ohoka Cooper, who will be resuming after a spell. Ohoka Cooper warmed up for his first appearance for 21 weeks in fine style with a splendid win over Bettors Ace in a 2550m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Driven by Nathan Turvey, Ohoka Cooper started off the 20m mark and rated 2.4.1, with final sections of 28.8sec. and 29.8sec. Trained at Mt Helena by Ray Williams, Ohoka Cooper excels in standing-start events and looks set to improve on his good record of ten wins and 11 placings from 46 starts. Chris Voak, who had the choice of four drives in Friday night’s race, has opted for the Matt Scott-trained Another Ayjay, who will have admirers from the inside of the front line. If he reproduces his effort in the 2560m Northam Cup two starts ago he will take a power of beating. He raced three wide early before setting the pace in the Northam Cup and fought on doggedly when third behind the talented Im Full of Excuses and veteran open-class performer This Time Dylan. There were excuses for his last-start eighth behind Hear It Now in a 2631m stand at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. He started off the 30m mark and he quickly moved forward to race in the breeze. However, he lost his winning chance when he locked wheels with another runner and dropped back to the rear. Voak has driven Another Ayjay only once in a race --- 18 starts ago at Gloucester Park last June when the gelding finished third behind American Boy and Persistent Threat. Though a winner at only one of his past 22 starts Another Ayjay could give his supporters a great run for their money. Voak gave punters a strong lead by choosing Another Ayjay ahead of Major Rush, Glow Bright and Authorized. He drove Major Rush when the six-year-old set the pace and won comfortably from Another Ayjay in a 2503m stand three starts ago. Michael Grantham will handle Major Rush on Friday night, Luke Edwards will drive Glow Bright and Dylan Egerton-Green will handle outsider Authorized. Well-performed five-year-old Twoandahalf Tigers, trained by Gary Hall sen., will return to standing-start racing after appearing in mobiles at his past eight starts, He will start off 10m and must come under consideration. His eight runs in stands in WA have resulted in four wins. Ken Casellas

WA-bred five-year-old Importer Exporter is one of the State’s most improved harness racing pacers and he has bright prospects of maintaining his grand form by proving the master of his opposition in the $19,000 Homestyle Salad Makers Handicap over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Artesian gelding is a standing-start expert and a noted frontrunner and Chris Lewis will be anxious that he begins smoothly from barrier two on the front line in a bid to set the pace. Importer Exporter, bred, part-owned and trained by Chris Winston, has relished the role of pacemaker and standing-start racing, with his past seven starts producing five wins and two seconds. He was untroubled to lead from barrier two on Tuesday of last week and he gave his rivals virtually no hope when he sprinted over the final 400m in 28sec. He covered the final quarter in 27.2sec. when he won from Our Jericho over 2500m at Bunbury two starts before that.    However, Importer Exporter will have to be at his best to defy strong opposition from in-form performers Bashful Compton, Pelusiac, Change Gear and Naughty Maravu. Eight-year-old Bashful Compton, trained at Collie by David Hunter, is a noted frontrunner who is favourably drawn at No. 3 on the front line. He revealed his versatility at his latest appearance, when he started off the 50m mark in a 2503m event at Bunbury last Saturday week. He was 11th at the bell and finished powerfully, out wide, to get up and win from Waltzing With Cullen and Perfect Mach. The Ross Olivieri-trained Pelusiac also will have many admirers from barrier five on the front line. The Washington VC five-year-old is in excellent form, with his past four starts producing three wins and a second. At his most recent outing, he started off 20m and burst to the front after 950m before going on to win, untouched, from Firth of Forth after final quarters in 27.8sec. and 29.1sec. Ken Casellas

Western Australia’s best pacer and leading chance in the 2015 TabTouch Inter Dominion Perth was handed a career ending blow last night. A tendon injury will see David Hercules retire from harness racing just 10 weeks out from Australasia’s greatest harness racing event. This was to be David Hercules third attempt at an Inters crown, having competed in 2012 and earlier this year in NSW. Trainer David Thompson said in an interview recently the horse meant everything to him. “He’s Part of the family, the chances of finding another one like him are slim” The 9yo son of Artesian last saw victory in June this year with a win in the $50,000 Pinjarra Cup, taking his career earnings to over $1.2m. The Byford based gelding was well travelled, having made the trip to the eastern states six times. From those interstate raids he walked away with 2 VicBred Super Series finals and a 4yo Breeders Crown Final. At home he was a hero. His first win was at Gloucester Park in just his third start, with big race success coming soon after - taking out the Sales and Champagne Classics as a 2yo. In his 3yo season he took out the Group 3 Caduceus Club Classic and the Group 3 Western Gateway before heading over east. As a 4yo the pacer saw success in the 4yo Classic and the Manea Classic before going to Melton for two Group 1 wins. A long list of consistent free-for-all performances followed, culminating in a dominant win in the $250,000 Fremantle cup in 2015. Trainer David Thompson said the horse had seen his fair share of issues, having gone under the knife a few years ago to fix a breathing issue, and having treatment for sore joints since he was 2 years old. “He’s never let us down, anytime he may not have lived up to expectations there has normally been something wrong” Herc will head to a breeding farm where he will accompany young foals after being weaned off their mother.  by Scott Hamilton

Just over three years ago at the age of 89, harness racing owner Ron Hutchinson purchased his first racehorse, the then seven-year-old New Zealander, Barney Maguire which took 47 attempts to win its first race. On Sunday Ron, now 92 hopes to cheer home his veteran pacer to victory, a win that would see the rising 11-year-old maintain a perfect record on the Beaudesert turf track. Sunday is the Beaudesert Hibernian Club charity race day and it features a 10 race card, three harness races and seven thoroughbred races on the turf. The trots will be over a mile (1609m) starting in the home straight with the horses travelling a full circuit of the picturesque track. “The races are a real crowd pleaser,” deputy chairman of harness stewards Larry Wilson said. “Last year everyone loved seeing the trots here and I just hope the locals turn up early to watch so they don’t miss the harness racing action. The 10 race TAB card starts at 10.20am with the three harness races run before the fourth race, the first thoroughbred race at 11.55am. All races will be telecast on Sky Racing with the harness races on Sky 2, the first four gallops on Sky 1 and the last three gallops on Sky 2. Barney Maguire will start from gate three in the mobile start, race two, the Hygain Feeds Pace. Ron’s son Richard, a long time harness racing participant and breeding authority, is the trainer of Barney Maguire and said the pacer, the only horse he now trains at his Tamborine property, has really made a difference to his father’s life. “Dad has not been well lately but this horse is a real tonic for him,” Richard said. “He just just loves to watch him race and replays the races over (on the TV). “Hopefully we can both be at the track and see him win again on Sunday.” Barney Maguire may have the oldest owner in the race but he will be ably supported by one of the youngest drivers in the race, talented young gun Brittany Graham. Brittany is counting the days until she travels to the US for a month driving experience overseas, a prize she won for her high achievements in Queensland last year. With the knowledge of Barney Maguire’s grass track win, Brittany will sure to have the In The Pocket pacer in the firing line from go to whoa. “He is not a horse that you can bottle up, in fact if he cops to much shoving he will turn it up,” Richard said. “At Albion Park on Tuesday he copped a check and that was it but his previous form this month, a second and fourth placing at Redcliffe suggests that he is racing good enough to keep his perfect grass track record intact. The only other horse on the program with a Beaudesert win beside its name is Major Lefty which will start off the second row in the third race, The Ubet For the Thrill of It Pace (1609m). Major Lefty trained by Cristina Monte has been out of form the past few months but the Art Major seven-year-old gelding is more than capable of turning the form around on the grass. Charlie Cini who was in the cart for last year’s grass track win will again take the reins. Steamline Boy trained by the driver Steven Doherty looks the one to beat in this race, starting from the pole mark position. The eight-year-old Artesian gelding has won two of his past three starts with both wins at Redcliffe. Last year he showed a liking for the turf, finishing third on the Beaudesert track. The first of the three TAB harness races on the program starts at 10.20am with coverage of all three races on Sky Racing 2. Concession driver Trent Moffat teams up with Jimboomba local Gary Gerrard in this race to drive 4yo mare Latin For Lovable, a Redcliffe winner last month by David Aldred Related Links Fields for Beaudesert, Sunday 24 May 2015 Form guide for Beaudesert, Sunday 24 May 2015 Race programme for Beaudesert, Sunday 24 May 2015

In Greek mythology Hercules is famous for his strength and for his numerous far-ranging adventures, and harness racing’s version has certainly proven himself worthy of the name during his seven years on the racetrack. The fact that David Hercules has always been ‘a good horse’ is not up for debate, for he was a dual Group winner in his debut season as a two-year-old. But recognition of him being a bit more than ‘a good horse’ had been slow to take hold in his home state. Arguably it was because, much like his namesake, his greatest achievements had occurred whilst away on one of those ‘numerous far-ranging adventures’. Despite being a multiple Group One winner in Victoria, he remained a ‘Group one maiden’ in Western Australia having lived in the shadow of Im Themightyquinn since graduating to fast class. He had long been thought of as the heir apparent to the King of Gloucester Park’s throne, but it wasn’t until January of this year that he was finally able to add a well-deserved hometown Group One to his list of accomplishments, when brilliantly taking out the $250,000 Fremantle Cup. Arguably, David Hercules turned in an even greater performance just seven days later when he went down bravely in the $400,000 WA Pacing Cup to My Hard Copy. Previously regarded by some as ‘more of a speed horse ‘, his trainer David Thompson is quick to dismiss those suggestions ahead of David Hercules return from a spell tomorrow night. “While he has definitely gotten stronger with age, I have never thought of him as a one trick pony,” Thompson saod. “I couldn’t be happier with him, he has just had the one trial and I was very happy with that. “ With an eye to November’s Inter Dominion series at Gloucester Park, Thompson is looking to keep the son of Artesian ‘on the go’ during the winter months. “We’ll look at the Pinjarra Cup despite his assessment, as well as races like the August Cup,” Thompson said. “He’s a bit older now so I’d like to keep him ticking over and we’ll just pick races off as need be” Pacific Warrior has been dominating the open class ranks in David Hercules’ absence, and with a fitness edge, he remains the one to beat. RWWA Media

Having just returned to Western Australia, tough harness racing competitor David Hercules is heading east again. David Hercules booked his passage across the Nullarbor with his tough Inter Dominion heat victory at Gloucester Park tonight. Just a fortnight ago David Hercules contested the Victoria Cup at Melton, with the David Thompson -trained pacer due in Sydney in two weeks. The Inter Dominion Final is scheduled to be held at Tabcorp Park Menangle on March 1. David Hercules guaranteed his position in the elite field when he outstayed his rivals with Morgan Woodley in the cart. After racing in the ‘death seat’, the son of Artesian completed a three-and-a-half metre win from Pacific Warrior, with Dynamite Dude two metres away third. David Hercules’ previous trip to New South Wales resulted in an unplaced effort in the Hondo Grattan Stake in 2011. PAUL COURTS

Underrated Western Australian pacer David Hercules has become harness racing’s latest millionaire. The son of Artesian broke through the magical barrier thanks to his Fremantle Cup success at Gloucester Park last night. Driven by Morgan Woodley, the David Thompson-trained gelding led throughout from barrier three to easily account for Northview Punter and Copagrin. Rating 1:57 for the 2536-metre trip, David Hercules extended his record to 36 wins and 31 placings from 96 starts for earnings of $1,099,044. David Hercules new status makes him the 61st Australasian-bred pacer to earn more than $1million since Cardigan Bay became the world’s first millionaire in 1968. The mighty Gammlite was the first to reach $1million by racing solely in the Southern Hemisphere, a feat he achieved in 1983. A decade later, Westburn Grant became the first $2million earner, with Blacks A Fake surpassing $3million in 2007 and $4million in 2010. Karloo Mick holds the unique honour of being the only millionaire never to win a Group One race. Five trotters have bankrolled more than $1million, with Lyell Creek the ground breaker in 2001. The son of Roydon Glen was also the first to pass $2million. Like Cardigan Bay, Lyell Creek earned prizemoney in America, with Take A Moment the first to reach the mark by racing solely in Australasia. While no Australian-bred trotter has earned $1million, Sundons Gift is the only Aussie-trained squaregaiter in the elite fraternity. Amazingly, Scotch Notch, which raced during the 1980s, is still the highest earning Australian-bred trotter with stakes of $670,755 – of which half was earned in the Northern Hemisphere. PAUL COURTS

Star harness racing performer David Hercules is poised to make the Village Kid Sprint a one-act affair after drawing ideally in the Group Two at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The West Australian-bred pacer will be at very short odds to go one better than his second behind the front running Hokonui Ben in last season’s edition of the feature From barrier three driver Morgan Woodley will be aiming to burst to the front and set a fast pace with David Hercules, which resumed from a 15-week absence with a superb victory a fortnight ago. Produced in grand shape by trainer David Thompson for his first-up triumph, David Hercules has the natural speed and brilliance to threaten the track record of 1.53.1 set by Livingontheinterest in June 14, 2013. David Hercules finished third on that occasion. As it stands, David Hercules holds the track record for 1700 metres (1.52.8) and 2130 metres (1.53.6). The son of American stallion Artesian, David Hercules has been an outstanding bargain for David Botha and Jeneen Johnson, with his 94 starts producing 34 wins, 31 placings and stakes of $896,444. As for dangers in the $60,000 dash, brilliant mare Sensational Gabby shapes as the ‘most likely’ from barrier four. Despite her lacklustre sixth last week, Sensational Gabby’s form has been first rate this preparation, with her victories including the Members’ Sprint, Stratton Cup, Mount Eden Sprint and Norms Daughter Classic. KEN CASELLAS

On Sunday SA BOTRA will host their annual fundraiser "Xmas in July" to be held at the Globe Derby this Sunday starting at noon with the special guest of honor being champion New Zealand reinsman Anthony Butt. Hall of Famer Butt, who has achieved most things in the sport of harness racing including New Zealand, Auckland, Hunter, Rowe Cups and four Inter Dominion finals in a stellar career to date.  Butt, will be interviewed by race caller Jim Jacques in what should be great entertainment. Also during the afternoon you will have a chance to bid on one of nine stallion services that will go under the hammer and in that line up is some of Australia’s most sort after sires: Auckland Reactor, Smiling Shard, Lombo Pocket Watch, Gotta Go Cullect, Western Edition, Tiz A Masterpiece, Art Official, Elsu BG’s Folly, Cullen’s Legacy and Artesian. Tickets are just $40 and includes a three-course meal so please contact Lois Randall on 0402978424. by Gary Newton   

Artesian, the sire of one of Australia's leading pacers David Hercules ($820,304), conqueror of the great Im Themightyquinn recently, and of Tasmanian's premier mare Laterron, will stand at the Elderslie (near Brighton) property of Sue and Hans Streit this season. He is without question one of the most proved sires available to breeders in Tasmania. Artesian, who was first at the stud in Canada, where he sired the winners of over $2million and 10 in the 1:55 list, has enjoyed a good measure of success with his first crops on the mainland. Besides David Hercules, a dual Vicbred champion and Breeders Crown winner, and the Golden Mile winner Latteron ($137,090), Artesian has sired some smart pacers, both colts and fillies, many of whom have distinguished themselves as two and three-year-olds. Among his winners have been a Vicbred final winner in Hexham Heartbeat ($120,079), Daisy Adele, winner of the Tasmanian Yearling Sale Classic and Belmont, Inchbyinch (Tas. Crystal Stakes), Jazzy Jane (Tas. Debutante) and the classic-winning West Australian mares Maggie's Mystery 1:53.8 ($149,154) and Hoylake's First Lady ($114,462). Actually, Artesian's percentage of winners to starters rates him highly. Artesian, who had a record of 1:49.4 and a bankroll of $987,884, won in good company in America. Numbered among his major successes were the $250,000 New Jersey Classic, $275,000 Berry's Creek Pace and divisions of the New Jersey Sires Stake, New Jersey Futurity and Reynolds Stake, while he finished a close second in the $1.5million North America Cup. Artesian is one of the most stylishly bred horses at the stud in Australia. By the Artsplace horse Artiscape, sire of two of America's greatest racehorses in Maltese Artist ($2.3m) and Rainbow Blue ($1.4m), he is out of the Falcon Seelster mare Hula Dancer, who holds the unique distinction of producing sub 1:50 full brothers in Maltese Artist (1:48.6) and Artesian (1:49.4). In all, Hula Dancer left 11 foals, seven winners with two in 1:50, three in 1:55 and progeny earnings of a staggering $3.3million. Hawaiian Ty, the dam of Hula Dancer, produced 12 winners in 2:00, six of whom took records of better than 1:55. This is the family of Betty G, one of the gems of the American stud book and ancestress of Cognac Hanover, the leading sire in Tasmania in the 1990's. A 1:52 sire and classic-winning sire of Artesian's breeding could make an interesting and valued contribution to Tasmanian pedigrees. In Australia this season Artesian has had 84 runners of which 40 were individual winners - six in better than 1:57 - for almost $700,000 in stakes. Artesian will stand for a fee of $1650 including GST. For bookings and further information phone Sue Streit on (03) 6268 5213 or 0409 104 718 or visit the website by Peter Wharton

Favourite Noartographsplease wore down pacesetter Perfectly Royal to prevail by a nose in Wednesday's featured $6,500 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3 Pace at Flamboro Downs. Driver James MacDonald sent 3-5 choice Noartographsplease first over from third nearing the half-mile mark and edged out Perfectly Royal (J.R. Plante) at the wire for the 1:57.1 victory over the 'good' track. Mc Taylor (Billy Davis Jr.) finished third, nearly two lengths behind. The victory was the third in a row on the 12-race card for MacDonald. Ben Paquette trains and co-owns the six-year-old Artesian mare with Lise Carbonneau of Saint-Sulpice, Que. Noartographsplease has now earned 20 top three finishes in 28 starts this year, including six wins, to bankover $40,000 in purses. To view Wednesday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Wednesday's Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by 

Two meetings were held in Victoria on Thursday December 5, with Geelong racing in the afternoon and Nyah at Swan Hill in the evening. At Geelong, Terang owner/trainer Darren Cole produced a nice juvenile by the name of Spot Ona Shadow to land the Bartletts Enviromental 2-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres when all runners were making their race debut. With young Tim McLean in the sulky, Spot Ona Shadow a gelded son of Shadow Play and Charlotte Church began with great zest from gate five to lead throughout in accounting for Stitchintime which raced outside him 13.3 metres in a rate of 2-00.6, with Captain Bronze (oneone) third. Beautifully bred Bettors Delight/Top Tempo four year old mare Musical Delight a former outstanding youngster, had an easy 13 metre victory in the Chas Cole Cellars Pace forC0 class over 2100 metres. Trained at Drouin by Gary and Debbie Quinlan, Musical Delight unbackable at $1.10, led throughout for reinsman Nathan Jack to score untouched in advance of Shes His Story and Bye Bye Luv Lombo in a rate of 2-02.4. Winning nine from 14 outings, Musical Delight has stake earnings in excess of $234,000. Exciting Hawkesdale (Western District) four year old Blissful Hall/Weona Rena entire Bliss Man brought up four wins in succession when victorious in the Your Business name Here Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2100 metres in a mile rate of 1-59.4. Taking a concession for Terang's Jason Lee, Bliss Man trained by Graham Gee for wife Christine, had little trouble leading from the pole and was always travelling under a tight grip. Given an inch of rein approaching the home turn, Bliss Man bounded away to record a 13.2 metre margin last half 56.7 - quarter 28.6 ahead of Nimble Jack along the sprint lane from last, with Amazing Kano third after racing in the open. Highly talented four year old Art Major/Maikona mare Glenferrie EJ is starting to show the potential she was touted with and made it two from two this time in when successful in the Zilco Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres. Trained at Parwan by Craig Demmler for Peter Chambers' Glenferrie Farm Pty Ltd, Glenferrie EJ from gate two was beaten for speed by Antiquities (gate five), with Jodi Quinlan immediately easing around her to take over the front running role. After that, it was a procession as Glenferrie EJ coasted to the wire to score by 4.7 metres untouched from the in-form Bit Of A Babe from mid-field, with Howcomewhynot third. The mile rate 1-58.1. At Swan Hill, Echuca trainer Wayne Lear took the honours by providing a stable double - Seven year old Royal Mattjesty/My Halo Broke gelding Who Broke Our Halo in the Swan Hill & Kerang Toyota Sandstorm FJ Pace for C2 class over 1609 metres and four year old Artesian/Glimpse mare Philotes in Swan Hill & Kerang Toyota Crystal Pearl Pace for C0 class (mares) over the same journey. Who Broke Our Halo (Rebecca Bartley) settled mid-field in the moving line from gate two on the second row, before moving forward three wide solo in the last lap. Sustaining the run, Who Broke Our Halo was too strong over the concluding stages for the heavily supported local Cashisking along the sprint lane from three back the markers last lap, with On Fire Within third after facing the breeze before assuming control at the bell. The mile rate 1-56.3. Philotes (Daryl Douglas) spent the first lap in the open from outside the front row, before gaining cover when Madsisteritis came away from behind the leader In Theory heading into the back straight on the final occasion. Taken three wide approaching the home turn, Philotes ran home strongly to gain the day over Maarek (one/one) and Shes A Spy along the sprint lane (three back at bell) in a rate of 1-58. Lightly raced, it was Philotes 4th race appearance. Kerryn Manning snared the Swan Hill Kia Honey Bee Cerato SLI Pace for C3 to C5 class over 2240 metres with Metropolitan/Liberty Print five year old gelding Kickittochris in a rate of 1-57.9. Starting from the extreme draw, Kickittochris spent most of the race at the rear of the field, before latching to the back of Run Forrest ahead of him at the bell, with the Shane Cramp trained Queen Mab at the head of affairs. Eased four wide on the final bend, Kickittochris put the race beyond doubt in a few strides as he exploded away to record a 2.6 metre victory over the local hope Life Of Ted which followed him home. Ezee Duzit Lombo finished third after a chequered passage just off the speed. Avenel's Wayne Potter made the trip to Swan Hill with happy results, when heavily backed five year old Armbro Operative/The Milky Way gelding Teo Enteo captured the Swan Hill Toyota Dark Furnace Kluger Pace for C6 or better class over 2240 metres. Driven by Nathan Jack, Teo Enteo first up since July possied one/one from gate two on the second line, with Kerryn Manning's Jaccka Luke leading from gate three. Easing three wide approaching the home turn, Teo Enteo sprinted brilliantly to join Jaccka Luke on turning, with the pair going head and head to the wire, with Teo Enteo prevailing by a neck in 1-58.1. Centonic (one/three - three wide last lap) finished third. Len Baker      

Moama breeder/owner/trainer/driver Mal Whiteford was successful at his home track Frank Ryan Raceway Echuca on Tuesday December 3, when more than handy four year old Artesian/Kamwood Toy mare Kamwood Dawn scored in the Christies Welding Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 1755 metres. Settling mid-field in the moving line from gate four on the second line, Kamwood Dawn was set alight three wide approaching the bell and with a sharp turn of speed, crossed the pacemaker Billy Branach to lead for the final circuit. Holding a slender margin at the straight entrance, Kamwood Dawn defied all challengers to register a 1.2 metre victory over the heavily supported Final Flutter which moved outside her on the final bend after an easy time, with Billy Branach battling away gamely for third. The mile rate 1-59.4. It was Kamwood Girl's 3rd victory in 28 outings. Kilmore's Bruce Kennedy always sends his horses out looking a picture and four year old Four Starzzz Shark/Krisney mare Krisney Girl rewarded him by taking the Add Print Pace for C0 class over 1755 metres in a rate of 2-01.4 with Chris Alford in the sulky. Starting from gate two on the second line, Krisney Girl had most of the field ahead of her for the first lap, before gaining a lovely three wide trail home in the last lap on the back of the Riverina visitor Donated which was backed for plenty, with the pair joining the pacemaker Direct Art on the home turn. Given full rein on turning, Krisney Girl prevailed by 1.9 metres from Donated and Direct Art which led for the final circuit after racing outside Miss Wong Sue for the first half of the journey. Kyneton part-owner/trainer Tony Trimboli's Earl/Arnees Sensation six year old gelding Arctic Wolf snared his 6th victory in 89 race appearances, when successful in the Wandana Standardbreds Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2530 metres. With regular reinsman Tony Xiriha handling the ribbons, Arctic Wolf from the 10 metre mark was unable to cross Featherfoot Sun shortly after the start, being restrained for a perfect trail. Easing into the open approaching the bell, Xiriha put the foot to the floor to lead for the final circuit and in a punishing finish, just held on from Doctor Sam which failed by a nose and Featherfoot Sun in a mile rate of 2-07.8. Speedy Kilmore mare Modern Mary chalked up her 8th victory when greeting the judge in the $5,500 Echuca Moama Storage Moama Pacing Cup for C4 & C5 class over 2160 metres. Trained by Julie Mifsud and driven by sister-in-law Rita Burnett, Modern Mary a five year old daughter of Modern Art and Marys Girl first up since August, began like a rocket from outside the front line to lead running into the first turn and after being rated a treat, held too many guns at the finish for the hot favourite Gangster Boy which trailed, moving outside her on the final bend, with Fergus McCool (threeback the markers) third. The mile rate 1-59.4. Melton trainer "Honest" Robbie O'Connell combined with stable apprentice Zac Phillips to land the Moama Bowling Club Pace for C1 class over 2160 metres with eight year old E Dees Cam/Universal Alice gelding Juke Kartel. Given a beaut passage three back along the markers from gate two on the second line, Juke Kartel was eased to be one/one approaching the final bend and when taken three wide on turning, ran home strongly to score by 6.3 metres in a rate of 2-00.7 from Brother Rabbit which trailed the weakening leader and third placed Transaction. Juke Kartel was also a winner at the previous Echuca meeting on October 1. Ever reliable nine year old Peace of Art/Bubblegum mare Bubble Art always races well at this time of year, bringing up her 13th victory by taking the Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1755 metres much to the delight of Wallaloo East (Stawell) trainer/driver Troy Raven and the Raven family. Using a mares concession, Bubble Art starting from the pole was given a sweet trip on the back of the leader and favourite Lookatime Philo next to her, which crossed after racing roughly at the start. Easing wide on straightening, Bubble Art despite shifting out, gained the day by a half neck over Goldiedomic along the sprint lane off her back, with Scottish Glamour (one/one - three wide last lap) third. The mile rate 1-59.9. Marong trainer Trevor Patching has been a regular competitor at Echuca over the years and snared the Bendigo Bank Vicbred Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres with lightly raced 8-Y-0 Safely Kept/Westmoor Elegance gelding Sherpa Star in a rate of 2-03.2. Given the run of the race from the pole following Foyer (gate five), Sherpa Star making his 11th race appearance was eased away from the markers by Nathan Jack on the home turn and finished best to gain the day by 2.5 metres in advance of Foyer and Thelove Child (three back the markers). Serpentine trainer Robert Rothacker joined forces with Daryl Douglas to capture the Echuca Cup 21 March Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres with five year old Art Major/Rachelanne mare Policious. Having her 9th outing and second for the season, Policious from gate three on the second line settled well back in the field, making ground at the bell trailing the well backed Thankbonnie three wide. Dropping in for a breather in the final circuit as Thankbonnie applied pressure to the pacemaker Pascarma, striding clear approaching the home turn, Policious issued an immediate challenge on turning and raced clear over the concluding stages to score from Pascarma which came again, with Miss Tanami running on late to cut Thankbonnie out of third. The mile rate 2-02.6. Robert gained all the spoils as he is the breeder/owner/trainer. Benalla trainer Jason Ross combined with Nathan Jack aboard 4-Y-0 Blissful Hall/Flighty Lisa mare The Hen House to land the New Years Night Hot To Trot Vicbred Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres, leading virtually throughout from gate four in defeating Brown Rice and Katie Lively in a rate of 2-01.7. By Len Baker  

Long Forest husband and wife Andy & Kate Gath back home after a week in Christchurch with Caribbean Blaster competing at the New Zealand Cup Carnival, took the honours at the Shepparton meeting held on Tuesday November 19 with a stable double – Jeremes Jet/Millpac Maid colt Gowan Brae taking the Elite Horse Transport 3-Y-0 Pace over 2190 metres and 6-Y-0 Yankee Paco/Katie Daley mare Jumeirah Jane the Hunter Home Hardware Trotters Handicap for T0 class over the same journey. Gowan Brae raced by Greg Brodie of Courage Under Fire fame, was first up since April and led throughout from the pole to easily account for the first starter Major Crocker off a three wide trail from near last in the final circuit on the back of the third placegetter Provocatator (one/one) in the last lap. The mile rate 1-59.3. Much improved mare Jumeirah Jane raced by Bullengarook’s Wendy Harrison in partnership with mother Jean Johnstone, was probably the most popular winner on the night when making her 16th appearance at the races. Starting from barrier three, Jumeirah Jane crossed Giacomo inside her shortly after the start and was always travelling boldly under a tight rein. Showing no signs of stopping, Jumeirah Jane scored by 7.7 metres in a rate of 2-06.1 over Thumbs Up Jerry (three back the markers) and the roughie Unsolved Mystery from last. The Goulburn Valley, Bendigo and Echuca areas provided five winners on the program. Moama breeder/owner/trainer/driver Mal Whiteford’s 4-Y-0 Artesian/Kamwood Toy mare Kamwood Dawn snared the Quest Shepparton Pace for C0 class over 1690 metres in a rate of 1-57.8. Given the run of the race from gate three trailing the pacemaker Art De Triumph (gate five), Kamwood Dawn was taken away from the markers on straightening and finished best to score by a half neck from the leader, with Rosemary Lane third after following the pair. Shepparton’s Patrick Ryan combined with Chris Alford to land the Neatline Homes Pace (first division) for C0 class over 1690 metres with 4-Y-0 Rollon Bigred/Chocaholic entire Turnoffate, Raced by Kevin Riseley’s Sheron Park Pty Ltd, Turnoffate despite racing in the open, prevailed by a half head in 1-57.6 in defeating Lets Go Rabbitoh which followed him all of the way. Tuxedo Toff (one/two) finished third after joining the leaders approaching the home turn. Goornong trainer Peter Salathiel joined forces with daughter Katrina to capture the Grenada Park Standardbreds Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2190 metres with 4-Y-0 Courage Under Fire/Be All Dilinger mare Cheval Charette which did her early racing in King Island. Jumping straight to the front from the pole as the tapes released, Cheval Charette was rated to perfection, running out an easy 8 metre victor in 2-02.3 from a death-seating Illawong Bill and Junie Jasper which trailed the winner. Popular local trainer Geoff (Marto) Martin took advantage of a concession for Bolinda’s Josh Duggan to land the Ausure Insurance Brokers Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres with ex-NSW Real Desire/Nepeans Last Bird 5-Y-0 gelding Mister Desirable, leading for the majority of the journey to gain the day in advance of Saint Liliana (one/one) which joined the winner on the home turn, with Tom Grainger third. The mile rate 1-59.8. Kyabram trainer Greg Caldwell’s honest 4-Y-0 Union Guy/Orta Be Ruthless gelding Ortabe Good saluted the judge in the Neatline Homes Pace (second division) with Tooleen reinsman Nigel Milne in the sulky. Given a cosy trip three back in the moving line from gate three with the polemarker Kentucky Sands leading, Ortabe Good ran home strongly off a three wide trail last lap to gain the day by 4 metres in advance of Donated which raced in the open from the bell, with The Muse (one/one) third. The mile rate 1-58.9. Other winners on the nine event card were : Jingling Silver (Paul Davies – Baddaginnie) with Daryl Douglas in the sulky and Our Warwick Lad (David Aiken – Avenel) and Nathan Jack. Len Baker

Champion five-year-old Im Victorious remained unbeaten in his current campaign when he sped over the final 800m in 56sec. to defeat bold frontrunner Sneakyn Down Under in the $35,000 Cowden Ltd James Brennan Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan, no relation to James Brennan, the founding president of the West Australian Trotting Association, after whom the Brennan Memorial is named, has high hopes that Im Victorious will continue on his winning ways when he contests the $35,000 Members Sprint over 1730m next Friday week and the $35,000 Navy Cup over 2536m a fortnight later. Im Victorious is unbeaten at four starts at Gloucester Park since resuming from a spell and he looks set to be a star in group 1 feature events later this season. Starting favourite at 5/2 on, Im Victorious began from the outside of the back line in Friday night’s 2130m event and Justin Prentice was quite content to settle the New Zealand-bred gelding at the rear while Please Release Me began speedily from the No. 2 barrier, got to a length lead over the polemarker Lord Lombo, but was unable to cross to the pegs. Brad Stampalia allowed 7/1 second fancy Sneakyn Down Under time to settle before sending the veteran to the front after 650m. Im Victorious was seventh in the one-wide line at the bell and Prentice waited until 650m from home before sending Im Victorious forward, three wide. Sneakyn Down Under dashed over the third 400m section of the final mile in 28.1sec. before Im Victorious got to a narrow lead with 130m to travel. Sneakyn Down Under fought back with great determination and was beaten by only one metre, with Lord Lombo 5m away in third place. Leda McNally maintained her splendid form by running on from ninth at the bell to be fourth. Im Victorious rated 1.55.8 in notching his 11th win from only 16 starts at Gloucester Park. Im Victorious, who is still on target for a trip to Melbourne to contest the Victoria later this year, boosted his earnings to $428,460 from 17 wins and two second placings from 24 starts. A jubilant Brennan was full of praise for Prentice and Im Victorious, saying: “To the owners of Im Victorious, the ride continues, boys, JP, you’re a champion, and the horse was again very, very good tonight, and we’ll just keep moving forward.” YOUR GOOD FORTUNE EMERGING AS A STRONG SUMMER CARNIVAL PROSPECT The recent prediction of part-owner and co-trainer Greg Bond that Your Good Fortune would go right through the classes and develop into a serious contender for the rich summer carnival feature events gained further impetus when the New Zealand-bred five-year-old scored a fighting victory in the $25,000 final of the Warwick Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hot favourite at 3/1 on, Your Good Fortune was driven aggressively by Colin Brown and burst to the front 220m after the start before setting a solid pace and then revealing grand fighting qualities to stave off a spirited late challenge from the 10/1 second fancy the Ragpickers Dream. The Ragpickers Dream started from the outside of the back line and he settled at the rear before Gary Hall jun. set him alight with a three-wide burst 450m after the start which took him to the breeze after a lap had been completed. The Ragpickers Dream challenged the pacemaker approaching the home turn and got his nose in front about 80m from the post. But Your Good Fortune refused to surrender and he fought back tenaciously to win by a nose, with polemarker Artesian Boy 13m farther back in third place after enjoying the run of the race behind the leader. The final 800m was covered in 57.1sec. and Your Good Fortune rated 1.56.8m over the 2130m. The son of Bettors Delight won at three of his seven starts in New Zealand and has raced superbly for trainers Greg and Skye Bond in WA where his 23 starts have produced 11 wins and seven placings. He has earned $175,804. Brown and the Bond team have made a solid start to the 2013-14 season. Brown has had 35 drives for 14 wins and four placings and shares top spot on the Statewide reinsmen’s premiership table with Shannon Suvaljko, who has had 59 drives for 14 wins and 15 placings. The Bond team shows the way on the Statewide trainers’ premiership table, with 17 winners and 15 placings from 65 starters. Gary Hall sen. is in second spot with 12 winners and 13 placings from 54 runners. SWIMMING DOES THE TRICK FOR LUCIE BOSHIER Early this year Lucie Boshier’s racing career was in doubt when she had spurs on a back hock and front knee. It was too late in her career to operate and trainer Chris Brew was having problems in keeping her sound. Then her New Zealand part-owners Andrew Stuart and Rebecca Sutorius suggested that the mare change stables to be prepared by a trainer who had a swimming pool on his property. So it was then decided to send Lucie Boshier to the Boyanup stables of Dennis Roche where Roche was able to give the mare plenty of swimming exercise in his pool. The change had an immediate effect, with Roche gaining a first-up win with Lucie Boshier when Brew drove her to a fast-finishing victory at Gloucester Park in the final week of July. Then followed five unplaced runs before Lucie Boshier returned to top form with a narrow win over her former stablemate, the Chris Brew-trained and driven mare Kotare Ash in the 2130m Freo, Onetogo Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Lucie Boshier, who started from the outside of the front line and at 23/1, was driven for the first time by Matt White, who replaced Brew, who was committed to driving his own nomination, Kotare Ash, the 9/1 equal second favourite in an event in which polemarker Chloe Vargarita was favourite at 3/1 on. Shane Butcher was able to send Chloe Vargarita through the lead time in a modest 38.4sec. when Lucie Boshier was trapped five wide before being restrained by White. But when Chris Lewis dashed Hermattjesty Mulan forward after 250m, White decided to urge Lucie Boshier forward, three wide. Kotare Ash was in last place after 450m and Lucie Boshier moved to the breeze 150m later. Kotare Ash then sprinted fast and Brew issued a strong challenge after a lap had been completed. Kotare Ash got a length in front, but was unable to cross to the pegs as Butcher drove Chloe Vargarita hard to retain the lead. It was then that White had Lucie Boshier in the box seat, one-out and one-back. Kotare Ash got the upper hand and got past Chloe Vargarita about 90m from the post. But Lucie Boshier sprinted fast to get up and snatch victory by a nose, rating 1.57.7 over the 2130m. A winner at three of her 36 starts in New Zealand, Lucie Boshier has had 18 starts in WA for eight wins and a head second from 18 starts. She now has earned $107,969. It was an exciting climax to an interesting race on Friday night which gave Brew’s wife Kalina a quinella result. She is the principal owner of Lucie Boshier, who she races in partnership with Stuart, Sutorius, Jason Payne, Brad Hallows, Mark Pink, Barry Starcevich and K. J. Cameron. Kalina Brew is the sole owner of Kotare Ash. Brew said that maintaining Lucie Boshier’s fitness had been a balancing act for Roche, who had the task of having the mare fit enough and sharp enough to race competitively with a program of swimming and restricted work on the track. “She requires a lot of work and Dennis has got to know the horse and this was her best run for him.” Lucie Boshier, a six-year-old by Elsu, is now going to stud and Brew said that if she got into foal quickly she would be able to resume training and racing. “If she gets in foal we can race her for another hundred days and she could be a player in the feature events for mares over the summer carnival,” he said. Brew said he was setting Kotare Ash for the feature events for mares, including the Nepean Conveyors Mares Classic in December. “First, she will have a short freshen-up before being prepared for the races for mares,” he said. “Kotare Ash is a nice mare, but I think she is a notch below Leda McNally and Bettor Cover Lover. But the track here is a great leveller, so she is a chance for some sort of prizemoney, perhaps, down the track.” ROJEN CRUZ GIVES Chris Voak THE LAST LAUGH Some of Chris Voak’s mates could hardly conceal their mirth when the young reinsman outlaid $3000 to claim Rojen Cruz last March when the veteran pacer had a losing sequence of 29 stretched over a barren period of three years and two months. But the 25-year-old Voak is enjoying the last laugh. The ten-year-old Rojen Cruz took his prizemoney in six months for his new owner to $34,612 when he scored an effortless win in the 2130m Chris Carr Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. These handy and well-deserved proceeds have come from four wins and five placings from 18 starts. The Victorian-bred gelding now has earned $85,405 from 15 wins and 23 placings from 94 starts. Rojen Cruz is trained at Oakford by Ross Olivieri and Voak drove him to wins at Northam and Gloucester Park, while Chris Lewis was successful with him at Bunbury in July and was again in the sulky for Friday night’s victory at 11/1. Voak had driven Rojen Cruz the previous Friday night when he finished gamely to be second to El Machine. But he opted to take the drive behind the Bob Mellsop-trained Chaldea in Friday night’s race in which that gelding also started at 11/1 and enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing on to be third. Noted frontrunner Blissfull Boy set the pace and Lewis had no hesitation in dashing Rojen Cruz forward from barrier four to work hard in the breeze. Rojen Cruz got his head in front 570m from home before he powered away to win by three and a half lengths from 50/1 chance Takeabow, who was eighth at the bell before finishing fast. Heez Orl Black, favourite at 3/1 on, settled in sixth position in the one-wide line before Gary Hall jun. sent him forward, three wide in the middle stages. Heez Orl Black moved to third at the bell, but was kept out wide for the next 500m by Rojen Cruz. Heez Orl Black got to second passing the 400m mark before wilting and dropping back to finish seventh. Rojen Cruz, by the American stallion Sports Town, is the fifth of ten foals out of unraced mare Vera Cruz, whose only other winners have been Exotic Cruz (one win, at Gawler in November 2004, from three starts) and Cruzin A Falcon (one win, at Echuca in September 2011, from 35 starts). This all goes to show that Voak must be a pretty good judge of horseflesh. REJUVENATED WHERE AND WHEN GIVES Kiara Davies HER FIRST CITY-CLASS SUCCESS A nine-year-old pacer with a losing sequence of 25 (since scoring his only win in WA, by a nose at 53/1 at Northam 14 months ago) was sent out a hot favourite at 7/4 on in a full field of 12 in a Metropolitan-class event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The veteran gelding Where And When has been despised by punters throughout his career in WA since arriving from South Australia in the winter of 2011. His average starting price on the tote in his 33 WA starts (for one win and three placings) before Friday night’s event was $58. In his previous 13 starts he went out at long odds, including $141, $86, $51.10, $108.20, $144.20, $118.90, $108.60, $68.50 and $130.80. This remarkable turnabout resulted in Where And When, taking full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier, scoring an effortless victory. He set the pace and sprinted over the final 800m in a sparkling 28.4sec. to win by three lengths from 7/1 chance Three Quarter Drive at a 1.59.4 rate over 2130m. And his wonderful win gave 23-year-old Kiara Davies her first Metropolitan-class training success. She is a talented driver who is in splendid form in the sulky and is leading the Garrard’s Junior Concession Drivers’ Challenge series. Davies has worked as a full-time stablehand for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg since last March where she trains Where And When (who is owned by her father Graeme) and Arts Gangsta, a handy pacer she has driven to wins at Kellerberrin, Narrogin and Pinjarra. “Dad bought Where And When from Adelaide and he gave him to me to train earlier this year, just for a bit of fun,” Davies said. “Where And When is a gentle giant and beautiful horse to work. He had a throat operation about 18 months ago to cure an epiglottis entrapment and is not troubled by that problem now.” Where And When, who won 11 times at Globe Derby Park before arriving in WA, is not fashionably bred. But he does have one claim to fame. He is the first foal and only winner out of Misty Wings, who failed to be placed at her only three starts, in New South Wales in late 2002. Misty Wings is out of Luscious Lady, a full-sister to Scientific, who raced 41 times for 21 wins, eight placings and stakes of $173,273. Scientific won a 1609m heat of the 1986 interdominion championship at Brisbane’s Albion Park, beating Bag Limit by a nose, before finishing second in a 2100m heat to the mighty Village Kid. SPEEDY BEGINNING PAVES THE WAY FOR OUR BOY SU’S WIN New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Our Boy Su relishes racing in September. He notched his fifth win in the month of September when he gave a splendid frontrunning exhibition to beat Cheeryrose and Four Grinners in the 2130m TABtouch Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His first two wins were at Alexandra Park in Auckland in September 2010 and he was successful at Cambridge in September 2011. He resumed racing after a brief spell when he led and won over 2100m at Bunbury on September 21 this year. Our Boy Su, trained at Waroona by Bob Mellsop, was a solidly-supported second favourite at 2/1 on Friday night in a race in which former Victorian performer Ima Grumpy Jasper was favourite at 7/4 for his West Australian debut. Mellsop gained an important advantage over the opposition when he got Our Boy Su away speedily from the No. 2 barrier, easily beating out noted frontrunner Ima Grumpy Jasper from barrier three. Mellsop was able to give Our Boy Su an easy time in front with the gelding coasting through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31.3sec. and 30.4sec. before dashing over the final two quarters in 29.1sec. and 28.6sec. He rated 1.58.8 in beating Cheeryrose, who ran on well after trailing the pacemaker throughout. Four Grinners fought on well to be third after racing without cover for most of the way. Ima Grumpy Jasper raced in sixth place in the one-wide line before starting a three-wide move approaching the bell. He faded badly to finish last and the stewards reported that the gelding had pulled up sore in the off foreleg. Our Boy Su looks certain to prove to be hard to beat when he contests an M0-class event. He has earned $81,943 from ten wins and 15 placings from 52 starts. He raced 37 times in New Zealand for six wins and 11 placings and his 15 WA starts for Mellsop have produced four wins and four placings. He is by Elsu and is the sixth foal out of Star Fleet, who won once from 14 starts and has produced Our First Lad (ten wins and $63,830), Fleeting Imagery (six wins and $28,746) and Star of the Ball (eight wins and $68,331). BANANA DANA REMAINS UNBEATEN FROM THE No. 1 BARRIER Smart eight-year-old Banana Dana has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier only four times in his 53-start career for Woodvale trainer Darren Duffy and he has set the pace and won at each of those four races. He maintained his perfect record from the inside barrier when Brad Stampalia drove him to an easy all-the-way win over Benjamin Banneker and Me Old Mate in the 1730m Trevor Itzstein Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was a carbon copy of a 2130m event the previous Friday night when Stampalia was in the sulky for the gelding’s win over Wrongly Accused and Sir Swanky. Banana Dana, favourite at 7/4 on, had a comfortable time in front in the early stages and coasted through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30sec. and 29.8sec. with Wrongly Accused in the breeze. He sped over the final two quarters in 28.7sec. and 28.2sec. and rated 1.56.1. Bred in New Zealand, but having all his 53 starts in Western Australia, Banana Dana has earned $139,949 from 14 wins and 13 placings. He is the seventh foal out of unraced Holmes Hanover mare Samantha Franco, whose dam Smarty Pants had 51 starts for ten wins, seven placings and $54,715. Smarty Pants produced Smart Son, who raced in New Zealand, Australia and America, earning $347,805 from 41 wins and 59 placings from 226 starts. Another of Smarty Pants’ progeny, Vanderel had 87 starts for 14 wins, 23 placings and $164,163. Vanderel finished third to Il Vicolo in a group 1 classic for two-year-olds at Addington in May 1994 and won a group 2 four-year-old championship at Forbury Park in January 1996. THIS TIME DYLAN ERUPTS TO SNATCH LAST-STRIDE VICTORY Improving eight-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding This Time Dylan charged home to dead-heat for first with Demon Possessed at Gloucester Park last Friday week and he went one better on Friday night when he erupted from sixth at the 100m mark to snatch a last-stride victory by a nose over Turnpike Cruiser in the 2503m Colin Cowden Handicap. Trained by Gary Hall sen. and driven by his son Gary, This Time Dylan started off the 10m mark and was at 9/2 with frontmarker Turnpike Cruiser and 30m backmarker Shardons Rocket at 7/2. Four runners galloped at the start and Chris Lewis sent Turpike Cruiser to the front after 550m. This Time Dylan raced wide early and Hall dashed him into the breeze in the first circuit before having him in the box seat, one-out and one-back, behind Shardons Rocket. Shardons Rocket gained a narrow lead by a head 570m from home, but Turpike Cruiser fought back to regain the lead. He just failed to hold on and beat the fast-finishing This Time Dylan. This Time Dylan has been lightly raced. He had eight starts in New Zealand for three wins and he now has won five times from 19 WA starts. He has earned $54,735 from his eight wins and five placings. EL MACHINE PROVES FAR TOO GOOD Bargain pacer El Machine maintained his sparkling form when he annihilated his 11 rivals in the 2130m final of the Frank Fuller Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trainer Kade Howson gave El Machine, the 3/1 on favourite, time to settle before dashing him past Atomic Chip and Soho Aintree and into the lead 450m after the start. From then on it was a procession and El Machine sped over the final 800m in 56.9sec. to win by six lengths from Atomic Chip (16/1), with 60/1 outsider Mister Roberto running home strongly from eighth at the bell to be third. The winner rated 1.57.1. El Machine, an Elsu five-year-old, was bred in WA and was purchased as a yearling for just $5000 by Howson and fellow-reinsman Michael George. The gelding has now earned $105,954 from 14 wins and 12 placings from 38 starts. OLD AGE IS NO BARRIER FOR CONQUER ALL Eleven-year-old Conquer All proved conclusively that age is no barrier when he outclassed his younger rivals in the 2503m Brian Atkin Trotters Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Conquer All, trained at Pinjarra by David Young and driven by his brother Shane, was a 7/1 chance who began like a flash from the 20m mark, and taking advantage of the early erratic behaviour of three of his eight rivals, charged to the front after 350m. From then on it was easy going for Conquer All, who trotted through the first 400m section of the final mile in a leisurely 32.3sec. Then followed a 30.7sec. quarter before the old gelding trotted faultlessly over the final 800m in 59.6sec. to win by just over three lengths from 7/2 second favourite Hot Holiday, who plugged on doggedly after working hard without cover. Sandakan Lombo, aiming to complete a winning hat-trick, galloped badly at the start and raced at the rear with Idle Maple (who also galloped at the start). Heez Speedy Gonzalez (11/2) led for the first 350m before breaking badly 50m later. Conquer All has been a good moneyspinner and he has earned $150,846 from 16 wins and 20 placings from 98 starts. by Ken Casellas  

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