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Six-year-old Our Max Phactor arrived in Western Australia completely unheralded at the end of August and has been a revelation under the care of leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, with his 11 starts in the State producing ten wins and a close second placing. And this remarkable run of success follows his modest career in New Zealand where he managed just nine wins from 70 starts. He has also shown exceptional qualities here as a standing-start specialist, with six wins from six stands, whereas he had ten runs in stands in New Zealand for one victory by a nose over the marathon trip of 3150m on the grass track at the spacious Hawera circuit. Ryan Warwick, in dazzling form in the sulky, has driven Our Max Phactor in all his races for the Bond camp and he is hoping that the Art Major gelding will maintain his winning ways when he starts off 20m (virtually 10m because there are no runners off the front) in the Mount Eden-No Dill Christmas Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. However, it is unlikely to be simply a walk in the park for Our Max Phactor, who will clash with other smart New Zealand-bred pacers in Mr Mojito and As Happy As Larry. Mr Mojito, to be driven by Chris Lewis for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, will start off 20m at his second appearance after a year’s absence. The six-year-old has raced only 28 times for 11 wins (seven in New Zealand, one in WA and three in Victoria). He resumed racing when he began off the 40m mark in a 2631m event at Pinjarra on Monday of last week when he moved forward in the first lap and then worked hard in the breeze before finishing an excellent first-up second to Saying Grace, with final quarters in 27.8sec. and 27.9sec. Mr Mojito was brought to Perth by ace New Zealand trainer-reinsman Mark Purdon at the end of 2016 when the gelding won the $50,000 Four-Year-Old Championship, beating Nathans Courage at a 1.56.2 rate over 2130m. A week later he was the 2/1 favourite in the Group 1 Golden Nugget, but wrecked his chances by hanging badly and he finished fifth behind Soho Tribeca, Nathans Courage, Chicago Bull and Natural Disaster. Victorian trainer-driver Kerryn Manning brought Mr Mojito to Perth late last year to contest the Inter Dominion Championship series in which he was unplaced in three heats. He has spent the past year in rehabilitation with Olivieri and he has the class to seriously test Our Max Phactor on Friday night. Seven-year-old As Happy As Larry is prepared and driven by Robbie Williams and he has been impressive in four outings since resuming from a spell. He raced wide in the early stages and then had a tough passage in the breeze when a fighting second to Mitch Maguire in a 2503m stand last Friday night. Ken Casellas

Inexperienced New Zealand-bred gelding Mighty Conqueror will make his first appearance at Gloucester Park when he contests the $50,000 Four-Year-Old Championship on Friday night and owner-trainers Greg and Skye Bond have high hopes that he will extend his winning sequence to four to strengthen his claims for a start in the $125,000 Yes Loans Four-Year-Old Classic in a fortnight and the $200,000 Retravision Golden Nugget two weeks after that. Mighty Conqueror arrived in Western Australia five months ago and has scored an effortless victory at Kellerberrin and two stylish wins at Pinjarra in considerably weaker company than he will meet this week. This will be a serious test for the son of American Ideal who has won at six of his seven starts. He will be handled by Ryan Warwick and has drawn favourably at barrier two on the front line of the 2130m event. Mighty Conqueror possesses excellent gate speed, but so does several of his handily-drawn opponents, Think About Me (barrier one), Bechers Brook (three) and Golden State (five). Mighty Conqueror led and won by more than six lengths at Kellerberrin before leading and sprinting the final 400m in 27sec. to beat Carrera Mach by a length at Pinjarra. He revealed his versatility at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when Warwick restrained him from barrier six and the gelding settled down in tenth position before he showed sparkling speed to dash forward and take up the running about 1200m from home and then cover the final three quarters in 29.1sec., 29.1sec. and 26.9sec. He won by 19.6m from Danny Del Vito. Mighty Conqueror showed splendid gate speed at his final appearance in New Zealand, in a 2200m event at Invercargill on May 26 when he was first out from barrier four. He was restrained after 200m to take the sit behind Smooth Mara and was eased off the pegs 300m from home, took the lead 150m from the post and won from the fast-finishing Young Conqueror, his elder half-brother. The Bonds will also be represented in Friday night’s race by Bright Diamond, who will be driven by Chris Lewis from barrier six. Bright Diamond is in fine form, with his past ten starts producing six wins, three seconds and one third. Mighty Conqueror’s toughest rivals loom large as the Mike Reed-trained pair of Bechers Brook and Golden State and the polemarker Think About Me, who has won at each of his past four starts and will be driven by Stuart McDonald. He is prepared by Gary Hall snr, who is in New Zealand. Dylan Egerton-Green will handle Bechers Brook, who has raced 19 times for ten wins, seven placings and $143,143 in stakes. Bechers Brook warmed up for his important assignment this week when he finished stoutly from sixth at the bell to be second to the brilliant Jack Mack over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. He is generally recognised as a powerful sit-sprinter, but he also possesses excellent gate speed. Golden State, a winner at seven of his 16 starts, has wonderful potential and has impressed with his sizzling gate speed. He will be driven by Mark Reed, who could well attempt to steal a march on his rivals by using the horse’s early brilliance. Pinjarra trainer Aiden Warwick has two runners, Shadow Maker (Nathan Turvey) and Sweet N Fast (Aldo Cortopassi). Each show considerable promise, but they face hard tasks this week from wide draws. Our Corelli’s prospects also slumped when he drew the outside barrier (No. 9) and the Justin Prentice trained and driven gelding will lead a lot of luck to overcome this significant disadvantage. Our Corelli has set the pace and won at three of his past four outings, one at Gloucester Park and two at Pinjarra, but he will be at liberal odds from his poor draw. Ken Casellas 

Bettor Finish is proving costly to punters, but he has bright prospects of breaking a losing sequence of ten by winning the ninth event, the Better Your Bet With TABtouch Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Barry Howlett-trained five-year-old has been strongly fancied in several recent starts and will again be driven by Chris Lewis. From his perfect draw at barrier one this week he looks set to lead and is sure to take plenty of catching. He started from the No. 1 barrier three starts ago, but was surprisingly beaten out by Ultimate Major (barrier five) and Thereugo (seven). He then raced three back on the pegs in fifth position before running home strongly, out five wide, to be third behind Thereugo and Chiaroscuro, with the final 800m being covered in a smart 55.9sec. The previous time Bettor Finish started from the No. 1 barrier was 11 starts ago when he set the pace and dashed over the final 800m in 56.3sec. to win from Righteous Brother and Forever Faster over 2130m last May. Howlett has a good second string in Hes Royal Blue, who fought on gamely when a well-beaten third behind the talented Our Corelli over 2185m at Pinjarra three Mondays ago. Challenging the Howlett pair will be The Arsonist and Luis Alberto, from the stables of champion trainer Gary Hall Snr. The Arsonist (Micheal Ferguson) will start from barrier six and Lauren Jones will drive Luis Alberto from barrier four. The Arsonist, at his second appearance after a 25-month absence, gave an encouraging performance last Friday night when he started out wide at barrier eight and came from last in the middle stages to finish third behind Wesley over 1730m. In the same event Luis Alberto disappointed as the 10/9 on favourite when he lacked sparkle and finished seventh. That followed his sound first-up second to stablemate Benhope Rulz when he enjoyed a soft run behind the pacemaker.   Another good winning prospect from the Howlett stable in Busselton will be Major Stare in race six, the HLB Mann Judd Pace, in which the lightly-raced New Zealand-bred seven-year-old will start from the outside of the back line and will be driven for the first time by Aiden de Campo. Major Stare will be having his first start for six months, but is capable of a bold first-up showing. He has raced only 33 times for ten wins, seven seconds and seven thirds. He is a half-brother to Chancellor Cullen, a winner of $327,973 from 38 starts in Australia and New Zealand for 13 wins and nine placings. Chancellor Cullen won the group 1 McInerney Ford Classic for four-year-olds at Gloucester Park in November 2012, beating Bronze Seeker in a desperately close finish by a half-head. Major Stare gave a sample of his ability when he set the pace for Lang Inwood and won the Albany Cup last February from classy pacers Galactic Star and Handsandwheels.     Ken Casellas

Veteran mare Sea Me Smile has turned the corner and excellent efforts at her past two outings suggest that she has sound prospects of ending an eight-month drought and breaking a losing sequence of 31 when she contests the $20,000 Life Is On With Clipsal Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.     The versatile seven-year-old who will be having her 135th start in a race, will begin from barrier four on the front line in the 2130m event for mares. Sea Me Smile, trained at Hopeland by Debra Lewis, will be handled by her husband, champion reinsman Chris Lewis. Sea Me Smile has impressed at her past two starts, earlier this month. She began speedily from the No. 7 barrier and burst to the front after 25m before surrendering the lead to Kingsman 200m later at Gloucester Park on October 2. She was hampered for room until the final 100m when she fought on to finish second to Kingsman. Three nights later Sea Me Smile started out wide from barrier nine and was restrained before settling down in seventh position, four back on the pegs. She was seventh on the home turn and finished strongly to be a 10m second to Bettorgrinanbarit. One of her chief rivals on Friday night is likely to be the Kevin Keys-trained Tajies Girl, who has a losing sequence of 15. The nine-year-old Tajies Girl, a veteran of 147 starts, will be driven by Michael Grantham. She possesses good gate speed and is likely to go forward from the No. 5 barrier. Tajies Girl has finished second at each of her past two starts. She fought on from fourth at the bell to finish second to Liam Neil in the 2185m Alcoa Cup at Pinjarra two starts ago and then was restrained at the start from barrier four and raced in last place in the field of six before charging home, out wide, to finish a close second to the pacemaker Shes Turbo Charged. She was at a disadvantage, with her deafeners failing to release. Shes Turbo Charged will start from the outside (barrier nine) on Friday night and there is a strong possibility that Shannon Suvaljko will take advantage of her sparkling gate speed in a bid to charge to the front soon after the start. The likely favourite is the consistent Ross Olivieri-trained Soho Changeling, who will be driven by Chris Voak from the No. 1 barrier. The Aiden Warwick-trained Millwood Brandy is also sure to be strongly fancied from the favourable No. 2 barrier. Millwood Brandy has drawn out wide at her past five starts since she set the pace from barrier one and won from Alfa Queen over 2130m on August 21.   Ken Casellas

An eye-catching performance at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night by veteran pacer Lot Twenty One was a strong pointer to a return to the winning list. The seven-year-old who has a poor winning record of just five per cent (six wins from 112 starts) will start from the No. 2 barrier on the front line in the final event, the 1730m GP Italian Fireworks Night Pace, has sound prospects of ending a losing sequence of 16. He began from the outside of the back line on Tuesday night and raced in eighth position before Chris Lewis moved him into sixth position, three wide, at the bell. He sustained his effort and finished second to the pacemaker Whoswhointhezoo. That was the gelding’s fifth start for Hopeland trainer Debra Lewis, with those starts producing four seconds and a third. Hardest for Lot Twenty One to beat is likely to be Hes Royal Blue, a five-year-old trained at Busselton by Barry Howlett. He is the youngest runner in the field of ten, and has, by far, the best winning record of 25 per cent. Hes Royal Blue will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr from barrier five and will have many admirers. He was an all-the-way Gloucester Park winner from barrier three six starts ago and he drops considerably in class from, with his recent encouraging efforts including a third to Benhope Rulz, a sixth to Mitch Maguire and a fourth behind Bright Diamond. The more one studies the form, the brighter Hes Royal Blue’s winning prospects appear. Estilo, a nine-year-old having his fourth start for trainer-reinsman Kristian Hawkins, will have friends after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier over the sprint journey.  He has won at 12 of his 125 starts and has managed just three placings from 19 Gloucester Park starts. His losing sequence is 31, which certainly is considerably better than that of nine-year-old Dagati Image, who has not won at any of his past 57 starts. Champion reinsmen Lewis and Hall should fight out the finish after appearing set for earlier successes on the ten-event program. Lewis should prove hard to beat with the Sonia Zucchiatti-trained Destined To Rule in the Maureen Clement Memorial Handicap, a 2503m stand in which Destined To Rule will start from the inside of the front line. His chief rivals are likely to be Always Arjay and Jason Rulz. Hall has excellent prospects with Overboard Again (race two), King of Swing (race three), Speed Man (race five) and Chicago Bull (race six). “I will be attempting to lead with Overboard Again from barrier one and he should be hard to beat,” said Hall. “And King of Swing and Speed Man are sure to appreciate a drop in class after last-start seconds.”   Ken Casellas

Star pacer Jack Mac has made a stylish return to racing at Gloucester Park last night, taking out the Book A Private Box At Gloucester Park Pace (2130m). Having his first start since June 29, Jack Mac was sent out a $1.04 TABtouch favourite and he won accordingly. Reinsman Chris Lewis worked his way to the front in the home straight the first time with Jack Mac and was able to enjoy a comfortable lead throughout. The four-year-old went on to win by 4.5m to Iam Lambros and Scotlynn Beach. It is expected Jack Mac will head towards the Group 1 Golden Nugget in December, where he could come up against WA Derby winner King Of Swing. Another pacer that could join Jack Mac in the Golden Nugget is the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Fizzing, who made two wins in the space of five days by taking out the Gloucester Park Entertainment With Horsepower Pace (2130m). It was also a third consecutive win for the son of Mach Three, who proved a class above his rivals to win by almost 20m to Bettor Finish and Heez About To Rock. The Bond stable then made it a race-to-race double when Our Max Phactor took out the TABtouch – Better Your Bet Handicap (2503m). Despite having to come off a 20m start, the gelding was able to find his way to the breeze and sit outside the leader As Happy As Larry. In similar circumstances to Fizzing’s win, reinsman Ryan Warwick took the lead on the back straight on the last lap and then held off a game Tommy Be Good by 2m. The win also ensured Our Max Phactor remained unbeaten in Australia at four starts since coming from New Zealand in August. The third of the Bond’s winners came earlier in the night when Our Alfie Romeo took out the Fillies And Mares Pace (2130m). The in-form trainer-reinsman combination of Aiden Warwick and Aldo Cortopassi also teamed up for a winning double on the night. The pair’s first winner was Kingsman in the $7 Pints At JP’s Sportsbar Pace (2130m), before Shadow Maker was successful in the Follow GP On Facebook Pace (2130m). Cortopassi also drove seven-year-old Swingin Elsu to victory in the opening event of the night for trainer Mark Tomlinson. Meanwhile, Chicago Bull will face six rivals in Friday night’s Group 2 J.P Stratton Cup (2130m), his final run in Perth before the Victoria Cup on October 13. Tim Walker

Star Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond have made a flying start to the 2018-19 season with 16 winners and seven placegetters from 35 starters from the first 25 days of the season and they have high hopes that up-and-coming star Vampiro will continue this golden run at Gloucester Park on Friday night by winning the $25,000 Media Guild Cup over 2536m. Vampiro, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, is in the best form of his 35-start career which has produced 15 wins, eight seconds and four thirds. He will again be driven by Ryan Warwick, who has won the Media Guild Cup with Fernleigh in 2004 and Simply Susational last year. Simply Susational, an 11/2 chance, gave the Bond stable its second victory in this event, following Ima Rocket Star’s win over stablemate Talk It Up in 2013. The Bond stable also finished second with Can Return Fire in the 2012 Media Guild Cup and had thirds with Mister Odds On in 2009 and Eastwood Fire in 2011.   Vampiro was gallant in defeat at his most recent appearance, in the 2536m Spring Pace last Friday week when he raced three wide for the first 400m and then worked hard in the breeze before getting to the front 250m from home and finishing a close second to the fast-finishing Runrunjimmydunn after a final 800m in 56.7sec. That followed impressive victories at Gloucester Park on each of the three previous Fridays. Vampiro will start from the No. 6 barrier in a field of seven on Friday night and Warwick will have plenty of options, including an early charge to put pressure on the comparatively inexperienced King of Swing. Warwick may well decide to restrain Vampiro in the early stages before making a mid-race move or waiting for a spirited last-lap charge. There is a strong possibility that the Ross Olivieri-trained Motu Premier (barrier five) will dash forward in the early stages to challenge the expected pacemaker King of Swing. Champion reinsman Chris Lewis used similar tactics in a 2536m event last Friday week when Motu Premier started from barrier seven and surged forward into the breeze after 550m to apply pressure on the pacemaker, the smart four-year-old Speed Man. Motu Premier worried Speed Man for two and a half laps before getting up to beat him by a half head. Olivieri, who will also be represented by Im Full of Excuses (Chris Voak), hinted strongly that Motu Premier was likely to apply similar pressure on King of Swing. “Motu Premier’s winning prospects will depend largely on whether King of Swing is stronger than Speed Man,” said Olivieri, who prepared Media Guild Cup placegetters Franco Amon (2008) and Gary Bromac (2010). Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall snr declared that King of Swing, last season’s WA Derby winner, was two or three lengths better than Speed Man, who has won at ten of his 22 starts. However, Hall admitted that he was throwing King of Swing into the deep end in a bid to assess his ability against top-flight pacers. King of Swing notched his fifth win in a row when he enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing powerfully to defeat the pacemaker Dontstopbelievin at a 1.57.5 rate over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when the final 800m was covered in 55.8sec. King of Swing, who is being set for the four-year-old feature events, including the Golden Nugget championship later this season, has an M0 classification and certainly faces an acid test against far more experienced and better-credentialled rivals in The Bucket List (M7), Vampiro and Waylade (M6), Motu Premier and Im Full of Excuses (M5). Hall has won the Media Guild Cup with The Falcon Strike (2003), Kotare Flame (March 2007), Washakie (2008) and Our Arlington (2014). Gary Hall jnr, who will be in the sulky behind King of Swing, has been successful with The Falcon Strike, Kotare Flame, Washakie and the Kevin Keys-trained Tuxedo Tour (2015). Lewis has won the Cup five times --- with Village Kid (1987 and 1991), Paly (2002), Has The Answers (2010) and No Blue Manna (November 2007). The Michael Brennan-trained The Bucket List (Michael Grantham) is a definite knock-out chance in Friday night’s Cup. He maintained his splendid form when he ran home strongly to finish second to Chicago Bull in the Navy Cup last Friday night. He will start from the outside barrier this week and Grantham is likely to hold him up for a late charge at the leaders. Ken Casellas

After last Friday night at Gloucester Park was dominated by favourites, last night was significantly harder for the punters elect’s to salute. There were 10 different trainers take out the 10 races, while Chris Lewis was the only driver on the evening to record a winning double. The first of Lewis’ winners came in the $7 Pints At JP’s Pace (1730m) with six-year-old mare The Spinster, before he completed his double with Heez About To Rock in the final event of the evening. The shortest price favourite of the evening was the Gary Hall Snr-trained Speed Man, who was looking to make it five wins from seven starts to begin his campaign in the Steelo’s Midweek Meals Pace (2536m). Driver Gary Hall Jnr made his move to the front past the winning post with two laps to go and from there was never in danger of being beaten. Hall Snr has identified the Group 1 Golden Nugget over the summer period as a target for Speed Man. Hall Jnr said Speed Man still had plenty of improvement left in him prior to the feature races in the coming months. “He’s ticking along really nicely,” he said. “He’s maturing every time and he’s quite a nice horse. “He’s got a few strings to his bow, he’s got depth, he’s got speed and he’s starting to put it all together.” Meanwhile, the Michael Brennan-trained Whenmechief has ended his time in Perth on a high, taking out the GP’s Bridge Bar Pace (2536m). Whenmechief joined Brennan’s stable in March and has won two races from 20 starts since the move. The eight-year-old held the lead from barrier one for Michael Grantham, before he held off a late charge from Trustytrev. The gelding will now head back to Melbourne, where the owners will plan out a campaign for him. Meanwhile, the Justin Prentice-trained and driven Im Stylish took out the Vale Phil Bonser Mares Pace (2130m), the other of the feature events on the night.   Tim Walker

Talk about a mixed bag. Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have come up with seven different best bets for the last night of the 2017/18 season at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Unfortunately, they can’t all salute - unless, of course, there’s a dead-heat - as longshot maestro Pat Harding and Guild president Wayne Currall have made their star bets in the same race, the $20,000 Schrader Final (2130m). Harding believes the in-form Simba Bromac can make it a hat-trick of wins despite his wide draw in gate eight. “Looks like another night of short-priced favourites at GP on Friday night,” Harding said. “One of those comes up in the Schrader Final in the form of Simba Bromac. This horse won two of the three heats and is a quality performer and I don't believe his draw will be a problem. With Chris Lewis aboard, he should give punters an excellent result.” But Currall doesn’t see it that way. He’s a big fan of Mitch Maguire and believes he can make it four on the bounce after being off the scene for more than 12 months. “Mitch Maguire has a touch of class about him and was very impressive last week when he came home the last 800m in 55.4 after sitting in the breeze,” Currall said. “He’s big, tough and strong and I can see him outmuscling Simba Bromac.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is a fan of consistent three-year-old Speed Man. “Speed Man has been most consistent, notching three wins from five starts since a spell,” Manning said. “It is a bonus he drew barrier one, in contrast to starting from gate eight when running third to classy stablemate King Of Swing last Friday. He should be a quality four-year-old next season.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas is keen on classy filly Detroit Lily. “Detroit Lily has an edge in class over her rivals in race two at Gloucester Park on Friday night and she is my best bet,” Casellas said. “She is capable of overcoming a back-line draw and is sure to have improved on her sound first-up effort a fortnight ago when she sustained a strong three-wide run from 10th at the bell to finish fifth behind Dontstopbelievin.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes Fake News can bounce back from a last-start sixth and score in the ninth event on the program. “Fake News looked below her best when a fading sixth to Countess Grace two weeks ago,” Havercroft said. “Drawn to lead, she would only need to show modest improvement to salute in the final two-year-old race of the season.” TABradio’s Matt Young has marked Vampiro as his star bet for the night. “Vampiro has the draw advantage over his main rival (Natural Disaster) and can do plenty of work in his race which will hold him in good stead here,” Young said. Last season’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe believes punters can start the night in winning style with Lincs Tiger. “My best bet is Lincs Tiger, who got into severe trouble last week before finishing last to King Of Swing,” Lowe said. “Prior form was good, with three wins and four placings from seven previous starts. Draw brings him in with strong claims.” VALUE BETS Pat: The last race is wide open without a great deal of form visible. I think No.2 Fight Song for trainer John Graham with Chris Voak aboard stands an excellent chance. He has a few placings to his name and the barrier should suit. Wayne: Sir Nicholas has been placed at his past three starts and is drawn to get a good run following the favourite Beaudiene Beaufighta. Could surprise at odds. Ernie: Lady Lani, who came from three back on the pegs to run third when favourite at Bunbury last start, will have Shannon Suvaljko resume as her driver. The youngster confirmed her ability when a recent Gloucester Park winner. Ken: For value, I suggest Kaptain Kenny, who goes up considerably in class in race seven, but has the ability to meet the challenge. He was unlucky last Friday night when badly blocked for a clear passage until the final few strides when second to Im Soxy. Ryan: Aussie Jet has a run of 17 unplaced efforts heading into Friday’s meeting. He should take a sit behind short-priced favourite Beaudiene Beaufighta, giving him every chance to break that sequence. Matt: Hello Hotshot is on debut after an impressive trial at Pinjarra. He has plenty of gate speed and looks a big chance to win on debut. Stuart: My value bet is Tajies Girl, who has been placed once from three runs back from a spell. Speedy type who is well drawn and should be close to her top. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting    Wayne Currall

Punters who scorched their fingers when they backed Lincs Tiger into second favouritism at 2-1 last Friday night should recoup their losses by supporting the New Zealand-bred three-year-old in the opening event, the Book Into The $50 Beau Rivage Buffet Special Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Lincs Tiger is poised to burn brightly this week after he was the victim of bad luck last week and finished a distant last, 50 metres behind Speed Man. He began speedily from barrier four and was about to burst to the front after 300m when he locked wheels with stablemate Fizzing, broke into a gallop and dropped back to ninth before Ryan Warwick urged him forward, three wide, to race without cover. He was still third with 420m to travel before he wilted after his torrid run. Lincs Tiger, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, had shown considerable promise, with his six previous starts producing three wins and three placings. He is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line this week and Warwick is sure to make a bold bid for the early lead and then set the gelding the task of leading all the way over the 2130m journey. Lincs Tiger, the first foal out of Tigerzureal, is certainly bred to be a good winner. His maternal granddam Tigerish was an outstanding performer, having 79 starts for 15 wins, 21 placings and $491,957 in prizemoney. Tigerish won a $70,000 feature event for two-year-olds on debut at Alexandra Park in March 1991 and she also won a group 2 event that season before winning three group 1 events as a three-year-old, a group 2 event as a four-year-old and a group 1 feature event for mares as a five-year-old, beating Lento and Blossom Lady.    Fizzing, like his stablemate Lincs Tiger, is being set for the rich feature events for four-year-olds in the coming summer. He has raced 21 times for five wins and nine placings. He was three back on the pegs in fourth place at the bell in last Friday night’s race and battled on to finish fourth. He looks tested from the No. 8 barrier this week. Champion reinsman Chris Lewis has decided to handle Fizzing in preference to the Steve Parsons-trained Mega Moolah, a gelding he has driven for a win at Bunbury and an encouraging second to Benhope Rulz at Gloucester Park at his past two outings. Aiden de Campo has been engaged to drive Mega Moolah from the testing draw of No. 9, the outside of the front line. Adding interest to the race will be the return to city racing of the Aiden Warwick-trained Roman Aviator, who will be driven by Aldo Cortopassi from the awkward draw of No. 6. Roman Aviator had a tough run when he raced wide in the middle stages and then in the breeze before finishing second to Rock Me Over at Bunbury at his most recent outing. That followed a winning sequence of six. Liam Neil, a winner of six races for Byford trainer David Thompson, is capable of a forward showing. He will start from barrier four on the front line and will be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green. Thompson also prepares Itsnotova, a winner at two of his 19 starts who will be driven by Colin Brown from the favourable No. 1 barrier. Ken Casellas

Simba Bromac, who boasts a remarkable record in WA of 17 wins, four seconds, two thirds and one fourth from 24 starts, faces the biggest test of his brief career when he clashes with Mitch Maguire in the $25,000 Schrader final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The clash between the two New Zealand-bred four-year-olds, the youngest runners in the 2130m event, promises to be the highlight of the ten-race program. Both are brilliant frontrunners, but neither is expected to lead after Simba Bromac drew out wide at barrier seven on the front line and Mitch Maguire drew the back line. However, each is extremely versatile and should fight out the finish. Simba Bromac was not extended in scoring an easy all-the-way victory last Friday night when, after a moderate early pace, he sped over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 27sec. This week Chris Lewis is unlikely to have the luxury of being able to send Simba Bromac to the front in the early stages, with speedy beginners Mister Versace, Debt Free Charlie, Extreme Prince and Arthur Lowe drawn on his inside. Lewis will be hoping for better fortune than he experienced in last year’s Schrader final when he drove the 6/4 favourite Military Master and was involved in a hectic battle for the early lead and then, after getting to the front, was challenged strongly by Ideal Tyson. Military Master led until the final 100m before wilting to finish eighth behind the fast-finishing 20/1 chance Rabchenko. Simba Bromac is prepared by Nathan Turvey, who will also be represented by Arthur Lowe and Livura. Turvey will handle the consistent Livura (barrier No. 6) and Jocelyn Young will be in the sulky behind the polemarker Arthur Lowe, who is capable of improvement after two unplaced efforts following a two-month absence. Mitch Maguire, a $43,000 yearling and winner at 17 of his 26 starts, has returned to action after a 13-month absence in grand fashion with three easy victories. The small and speedy Sportswriter stallion is trained by Greg and Skye Bond, who have won the Schrader Pace with Tuapeka Kahu in 2014 and Risk in 2016. Tuapeka Kahu was favourite at 7/4 when Ryan Warwick drove him to victory over Say It Now, with three other Bond runners, Jay Bees Grin, Lunar Tide and Condrieu finishing third, fourth and fifth, respectively. The Bonds had three runners in the 2015 Schrader final, with Ohoka Squire finishing second, Jungle Jewel third and Condrieu fourth behind the winner Norvic Nightowl. Ryan Bell drove Risk to victory over the 7/4 on favourite and pacemaker American Boy in 2016. Leading trainer Gary Hall Snr, who was successful with Norvic Nightowl, is pinning his faith on Extreme Prince, who will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr from barrier five on the front line. Extreme Prince trailed the pacemaker Simba Bromac and battled on gamely when a well-beaten second to that pacer last Friday night. Ken Casellas

“He’s freshened up really well since his latest run and I can’t fault him,” said Ravenswood trainer Nathan Turvey when assessing the prospects of Simba Bromac, one of three stable runners in the second heat of the Schrader Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Turvey had no hesitation in declaring that Simba Bromac was the stable’s best prospect, ahead of Arthur Lowe and Robert The Bruce, and he is expecting the New Zealand-bred four-year-old to make amends for his last-start second behind Tyler Brett three Fridays ago. Simba Bromac is perfectly drawn at barrier No. 1 and will be driven by Chris Lewis. Turvey will handle Robert The Bruce from barrier eight and Jocelyn Young will drive Arthur Lowe from the No. 5 barrier. “Arthur Lowe is working very well, but is racing first-up and I’d say that he will probably need the run,” said Turvey. “And Robert The Bruce will need luck from his wide draw. Simba Bromac boasts an outstanding record of 28 starts for 16 wins, six seconds and three thirds and he will be at short odds. But he should get punters away to a flying start in the first of the ten events on the program. Turvey is also looking forward keenly to driving the extremely consistent six-year-old Livura, who will start out wide at barrier seven in the Inter Sport Slater Gartrell Pace over 2536m. This will be Livura’s first appearance since he finished with a typical stout-hearted burst to be second to Zennart on March 16. “He is working really well, but 2536m first-up will test him,” Turvey said. “I will have to drive him patiently, but he never performs badly and I’m sure he will put his best foot forward.” Livura has had 76 starts for 19 wins and 31 placings for earnings of $209,315 and is still classified as an M1-class performer. Hardest for Livura to beat appears to be the Greg and Skye Bond-trained The Freedom Fighter, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick from out wide at barrier No. 8.   The Freedom Fighter won six races in a row before an extremely gallant last-start second to Major Pocket over 2130m last Friday week when he started from barrier eight, raced three wide for the first 650m and then worked hard in the breeze before fighting on doggedly to fail by a head. There is likely to be a spirited battle for the early lead between smart beginners Raffaello (barrier one) and Whenmechief (No. 2) and The Freedom Fighter is again expected to have a tough run in the breeze. Ken Casellas

Ross Olivieri, the leading trainer in Western Australia eight times, and champion reinsman Chris Lewis have combined to win the Channel 7 Marathon Handicap a record four times and they are confident that they can notch a fifth victory in the 3309m stand at Gloucester Park on Friday night. They are pinning their faith in the New Zealand-bred five-year-old Motu Premier, who at his 50th start in a race, will be attempting to become the first horse in the 25-year history of the Marathon Handicap to win the race twice. Motu Premier is a proven stayer owned by Merv Butterworth, who raced Chief Thundercloud and Our Jericho, who won the Marathon for the Olivieri-Lewis team in 2015 and 2016, respectively.  Before that, Olivieri and Lewis were successful with the Neville Dewhurst-owned Nickelmeldon in 2009. Motu Premier was the 5-4 favourite in last year’s race when he started off the 30m mark. Lewis stole a march on his rivals when he set Motu Premier alight soon after the start and the gelding burst to the lead after a lap. Then, after sections of 29.6sec., 31.2sec. and 29.3sec., Motu Premier sprinted over the final 400m in 28.9sec. to win by just over a length from The Bucket List, who started from 40m and sustained a strong three-wide burst from ninth in the middle stages. This year Motu Premier will share the 40m mark with Runrunjimmydunn and Devendra and Lewis is likely to adopt the same aggression as he used so successfully 12 months ago. In a field of nine and with only one horse (Cracka Star) off the front and two (Always Arjay and Swimbetweentheflags) off 10m, drivers off the back marks are expected to make strong attacking moves in the early stages. Cracka Star relishes the role of pacemaker, but he rises a great deal in class and it is difficult to suggest he can succeed against several far-better credentialled rivals. He will be handled by Luke Edwards for trainer Debbie Padberg, who prepared Rocket Reign for his Marathon victory in 2014 when he started off 40m and surged home from eighth at the bell to beat This Time Dylan. Always Arjay is a standing-start specialist with a record of 23 starts in stands for seven wins, four seconds, two thirds and five fourths. Confident part-owner and trainer Matt Scott said that he expected Always Arjay to run a super race. “Stands are his forte and if he can lead he is capable of beating the backmarkers,” he predicted. Always Arjay is in splendid form. Although he has a losing sequence of 16, he has finished second at each of his past four starts. He raced three wide early and then in the one-out, one-back position before finishing strongly to be second to Courage Tells in a 2130m mobile last Friday night. Two starts before that Always Arjay finished with great determination to be second to The Bucket List in the BOTRA Cup, a 2503m stand. Motu Premier, at his second outing after a spell, finished third. Last Friday night Motu Premier warmed up for the Marathon in fine style with a close-up third behind Ideal Tyson and Vampiro in a 2130m mobile after working hard in the middle stages. Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr has sound prospects of winning the Marathon for the third time after successes with Im Themightyquinn off 80m in 2010 and Code Red, the sole frontmarker in 2012. He will be represented by Runrunjimmydunn (40m) and Lets Chase The Dream (20m). “The distance will suit Runrunjimmydunn and he’s a good each-way chance,” Hall said. ”He got home really well when a close third to Chicago Bull and Devendra last week and the distance won’t worry Lets Chase The Dream, who had a hard run before getting to the front and then finishing fourth behind Ideal Tyson last week.” Four-year-old Runrunjimmydunn’s only appearance in a stand from 26 starts in WA was when he began from 30m and finished a close third to Importer Exporter and Bettors Fire in the 2902m Easter Cup in March this year. Nathan Turvey, who set the pace with Baleybofey in 2013 and won the Marathon for trainer Ray Williams, said that Devendra’s frontrunning head second to Chicago Bull last Friday night was a good pointer to his prospects this week. “Devendra flies out from the stand and he must be considered,” said Turvey. The eight-year-old Devendra is an excellent stayer, who won five stands in Tasmania, including the 3020m Devenport Cup in March 2014. In the summer of 2015-16 he won two heats of the Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park before finishing second to My Hard Copy in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup. Star trainers Greg and Skye Bond will be looking for a strong performance from Vampiro, an up-and-coming four-year-old who has had 29 starts for 12 wins and nine placings. Ryan Warwick will handle Vampiro, the sole runner off the 30m mark. Vampiro was hampered for room in the home straight before flashing home on the inside to finish a half-head second to Ideal Tyson last Friday night.       Ken Casellas

Champion reinsman Chris Lewis has given punters an extremely important lead by choosing to drive the talented, lightly-raced Jimmy Mack in preference to the brilliant Simba Bromac in the $35,000 John Higgins Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Lewis was influenced by the barrier draw, with the Ross Olivieri-trained Jimmy Mack drawing the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2130m event. Simba Bromac will start from barrier two. Lewis has driven the six-year-old Jimmy Mack at six of his eight West Australian starts for four wins, a second and a ninth. He has driven the Nathan Turvey-trained Simba Bromac at each of his past eight starts for six wins and two thirds. Jimmy Mack notched his tenth win from 18 starts when he set the pace from barrier three and held on to dead-heat with the fast-finishing Livin La Bamba over 2100m at Bunbury on Tuesday of last week. Lewis and Olivieri joined forces to win the Higgins Memorial with four-year-old Hail The Judge in 1997 and Lewis, who celebrates his 63rd birthday next Wednesday, has also won the feature event with Our Graedy (1998), Ianalbert (2006) and Sneakyn Down Under (2008). Turvey won the Higgins with the Ray Williams-trained Pacific Warrior in 2013. He has an excellent record in the sulky behind Simba Bromac, 11 drives for eight wins, two seconds and one fourth. He was delighted with Simba Bromac’s dashing victory last Friday night when he set a blistering pace and rated 1.52.8 in beating Righteous Brother by three and a half lengths over 1730m after reeling off quarters in 29.4sec., 28.6sec., 27.5sec. and 27.8sec. “The Higgins has always been his goal,” Turvey said. “I wanted to give him a strong hit-out, leading into the final. Chris did not even release the ear plugs.” Colin Brown, who has won the Higgins with Valiant Soldier (2003), Money Magnet (2004), Richard Henry (2005) and Delightful Offer (2015), will drive smart four-year-old Tyler Brett for young trainer Dylan Egerton-Green. Tyler Brett is in splendid form and boasts an impressive record of 31 starts for ten wins, nine seconds and three thirds. He is handily drawn at the No. 3 barrier. Livin La Bamba, a nine-year-old trained at Coolup by Garry McShane, fared poorly in the random draw and faces a stern test from out wide at barrier seven. Livin La Bamba, who has raced only 32 times for seven wins and ten placings, will be handled by Stuart McDonald. Williams has engaged Aldo Cortopassi to drive promising four-year-old Major Pocket, who will start from the No. 5 barrier. Major Pocket has had 26 starts for seven wins, ten seconds and three thirds. Major Pocket raced wide early, was fourth at the bell and took the lead 550m from home before fighting on to win by a half-head from Black Jack Zac over 2185m at Pinjarra on Tuesday of last week. Ken Casellas

New Zealand-bred filly Our Angel of Harlem shows promise of developing into an outstanding performer and she has bright prospects of overcoming the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line and winning the Garrards Horse And Hound Pace for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Mike Reed-trained Our Angel of Harlem made amends for her first-up failure at 25/1 on two starts ago when she set the pace and wilted to fourth behind De La Tourbie at Pinjarra on Monday of last week by scoring a runaway victory in the group 3 Dainty’s Daughter Classic at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Starting at the lucrative odds on 11/2, Our Angel of Harlem began speedily from the No. 2 barrier but was forced to face the breeze outside the polemarker Infinite Symbol before Mark Reed obtained a favourable passage in the one-wide line. Our Angel of Harlem then was shuffled back to seventh at the bell before she unwound a spirited burst to charge to the front 250m from home and then raced away to win by four lengths from Amelias Courage, rating 1.56 for the 2185m journey. Reinforcing the excellence of the performance is the fact that the quarters of the final mile whizzed by in 29.8sec., 28.6sec., 28.3sec. and 28.1sec. The win was not unexpected, following the explanation of her shock defeat a week earlier. A post-raced veterinary examination then revealed that Our Angel of Harlem was showing symptoms consistent with choking down. Our Angel of Harlem’s driver Shannon Suvaljko explained to the stewards that in the straight racing for the bell De La Tourbie, who was in the breeze, started to contact her own sulky and overrace, and this caused Our Angel of Harlem to overrace. The following day an endoscopic examination revealed no abnormalities. Our Angel of Harlem certainly has the potential to emulate the deeds of Mike Reed’s star mare Libertybelle Midfrew, who as a four-year-old four years ago finished second to Sensational Gabby in the Group 3 Norms Daughter Classic and won the Group 1 Gold Nugget, beating Waylade. If Our Angel of Harlem continues to improve Reed is sure to contemplated setting her for the Golden Nugget and the major feature events for mares at the annual summer carnival at Gloucester Park. Our Angel of Harlem will again clash with Amelias Courage and De La Tourbie, each of whom will have admirers. Amelias Courage, trained by Colin Brown and to be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, will start from the No. 7 barrier and De La Tourbie, to be driven by Chris Lewis for trainer Justin Prentice, is more favourably drawn at barrier four. Amelias Courage, with a record of nine wins, 12 seconds and two thirds from 37 starts, impressed at Pinjarra on Monday when she surged home from eighth at the bell to finish second to Our Angel of Harlem. That was Amelias Courage’s first outing for 11 weeks and she should be improved by the run. Liberty Rose, a winner at six of her 12 starts, trained by Gary Hall Snr and to be handled by Gary Hall Jnr, will start out wide at barrier eight at her first outing since she led from barrier two and won a C2-class event at Gloucester Park on June 19. The New Zealand-bred Semiramide, trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, will also have admirers after her stylish victory at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when she raced in the breeze, took the lead with 350m to travel and defeated Arose For Me, rating 1.57.6 after sprinting over the final 400m of the 1684m event in 27.8sec. She will start from barrier five. The Ross Olivieri-trained Veiled Secret has won at four of her past eight starts and is capable of a bold showing from the outside of the back line Ken Casellas

Talented pacer Motu Premier will resume racing after a beneficial spell when he contests the Choices Flooring Joondalup Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old fared poorly in the random draw and faces a stern first-up test from barrier eight against veteran pacer Bettors Fire, who is in superb form, with six wins from his past eight starts. Motu Premier, who has not raced since finishing fifth behind Soho Tribeca and Chicago Bull in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup on January 19 this year, warmed up for his return to action in impressive fashion when he dashed to an early lead from barrier five, set the pace and dashed over the final 800m in 57.5sec. to easily beat stablemate Costa Del Magnifico at a 1.56.8 rate in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. “He’s a lazy horse who does just what he has to do,” said trainer Ross Olivieri. “He went to the line with something in hand. Bettors Fire is at the top of his game right now and I would suggest that Motu Premier is a couple of runs off his best but he’s a pretty clever horse and I wouldn’t disregard him this week, although he’s probably just a place chance and an outside winning hope.” Motu Premier, who has raced 45 times for 16 wins, 13 seconds and four thirds for $322,278 in stakes, was unplaced in three heats of the Interdominion championship series at Gloucester Park last November and December. If he regains his best form in the coming months Olivieri will consider taking him to Melbourne for the Inter Dominion series at Melton in early December. “He wasn’t at his best in the last Inters when he was at the end of a long preparation,” said Olivieri, who added: “It would be nice to have him on the up instead of on the wane.” Shannon Suvaljko, who handled Motu Premier in the Byford trial, will drive the Bettors Delight gelding in a race for the first time on Friday night. Chris Lewis, who has driven Motu Premier at 17 of his 18 West Australian starts, will handle Eagle Rox, who will start from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. Eagle Rox is in brilliant form and has scored in impressive style at each of her past three starts. Bettors Fire will start from barrier five and will be a short-priced favourite. He completed a winning hat-trick last Friday week when he started out wide at barrier eight and settled in last position before charging forward to take up the running 1450m from home on his way to winning the 2536m Winter Cup at a 1.56.6 rate, with a final quarter in 27.3sec. “We will push the Go button as we try to take the front,” said trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper. “The old horse is doing a wonderful job.” Galactic Star, trained by Greg and Skye Bond and driven by Ryan Warwick, will have admirers after his dashing return to form last Friday night when he settled at the rear, burst to the front at the 1200m and won the 2130m Past Presidents Cup by more than four lengths from The Bucket List. He will start from barrier six. Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, who recorded his 2500th winner as a trainer when two-year-old Robbie Easton was successful at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening, said he expected a strong forward showing from Whozideawasthis, who will start from the No. 3 barrier. Whozideawasthis was ninth at the bell and finished powerfully, out six wide, to be a close-up fourth behind Bettors Fire last Friday night. Ken Casellas

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