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With his win at Gloucester Park last night behind the red hot favourite Joelene, champion harness racing reinsman Colin Brown brought up his 3000th winner in a 45-year driving career. Joelene was his 1532nd winner in Perth and 421st training success in the Perth. Only Chris Lewis and Gary Hall Jnr have driven more winners than Brown while Fred Kersley and Trevor Warwick are the only other Western Australians to have passed the 2000 career wins milestone. Of that elite quintet Brown is the only one yet to be inducted into The West Australian Racing Industry Hall of Fame. He is also the only driver in the State to have driven in excess of 2000 winners as a freelance driver for other trainers AND to have also trained more than 500 winners while he is approaching the 900 winners mark as a trainer. Brown drove his first winner on 9th October 1976 at the now defunct York track behind a gelding called Go To It which was trained by Brown’s mentor Jim Schrader. His first Perth winner came at Richmond Raceway behind Esteral Lass on 19th August 1977. Coincidentally the Fremantle circuit is also now defunct. Schrader never rushed to careers of aspiring young reinsmen and both Brown and Schrader’s son Peter went through three six-month Reinsman’s Schools before they were allowed to apply for their country licence. “It was a lot harder then than it is now. At that time drivers were allowed to push out at anytime in races and there were a host of old-time hard-school drivers out there and they were very good at driving on the margin”, Brown said. “It was almost impossible to hold your position when the likes of a Jim Schrader or Alan Woodworth decided that they wanted to get away from the rails”, he added.   By Alan Parker for Gloucester Park

It’s quite possible the best race on Friday night’s meeting is the last one. For those willing to stay up until 9.42, they are set to be treated to an outstanding three-year-old event, with six of the state’s best in that age group set to do battle. With rich Westsired and Westbred races just around the corner, this shapes up as one of the final chances for these three-year-olds to stake their claim for a slice of the lucrative prize pool. On paper, it appears as if the Justin Prentice or Colin Brown stable will take out the Team Trolio Harcourts Realty Pace (2130m). Prentice will be represented by Know When To Run and Back In Twenty, who have barrier one and four respectively. Know When To Run produced, arguably, the run of the night last Friday night when second to Gee Jay Kay, while Back In Twenty was third. Meanwhile, Brown has Its Rock And Roll and Patrickthepiranha engaged from barrier two and six respectively. Its Rock And Roll and Patrickthepiranha haven’t started since finishing second and fourth respectively to Theo Aviator in the Pearl Classic last month. It is that pacer, Theo Aviator, who will be out to bring about their undoing again this Friday night. The Aldo Cortopassi-trained and driven pacer has put together a sound record of 11 wins from 27 starts, with the Pearl success the main highlight. Theo Aviator has a tricky draw of barrier five to navigate from on Friday though, but Cortopassi said he would still look to roll forward into a prominent position. “We needed a run this week and it’s held together, which is good,” he told GPTV. “We knew we were going to draw badly on the preference win dollars. “We will put him up in the firing line early. “There is probably a chance we are going to have to do some work off the arm. “In a small field, if that happens, we might be a chance to drop in somewhere as well.” Galante, to start from barrier three, rounds out the six horse field for trainer Bryan Cousins and reinsman Kim Prentice. The Art Major gelding produced a strong performance last start on May 28 at Gloucester Park, where he sat in the breeze and wore down Our Virtuoso. Prior to that, Galante was unplaced behind Theo Aviator in the Pearl. Cousins said Galante deserved his standing as one of the outsiders in the race, but was hopeful he could produce another tough performance. “Everyone who has a three-year-old hopes they can progress through to the top grade,” he told GPTV. “He got through and competed in the Derby and some of the other feature three-year-old races, but he was just short of the really top class ones. “He’s been up for a while, but his last couple of starts have been pretty good. “It’s an intriguing race and how it’s going to be run. “I’m just hoping my horse can be really competitive and if he finishes first three I’ll be happy.” Know When To Run could be running to give Gary Hall Jnr his 150th winner for the season. The leading reinsman currently has 148 winners to his name this season and looks well poised to be among the winners this week.   Tim Walker

Friday night's Studco Building Systems Fillies and Mares Free-For-All Pace (2130m) looks set to be a fascinating battle between the old and the new, with some of the state's best mares to clash. Five of the eight runners engaged are four-year-olds hoping to enhance their credentials for feature races later this year. Two of the three other runners in the race are seasoned veterans and know what FFA racing is all about. Perhaps the most intriguing runner in the race is the Mike Reed-trained Maczaffair. The Mach Three five-year-old is first-up since running second in the Past President's Cup and was third in the WA Pacing Cup the start prior. Her return to the track was delayed a week, after last week's FFA race didn't attract enough acceptances.  Maczaffair, under the guidance of trainer Mike Reed and reinsman son Mark, will have to be at her best to win from barrier seven on Friday.  Eden Franco has struggled to recapture her best form this campaign and that was no more evident than her unplaced finish in the Breeders Stakes a fortnight ago. The Colin Brown-trained and driven mare has now had six starts without a win, but has to be respected in this class from barrier three. Trainer Debra Lewis has enjoyed a strong run of form over the past month and The War Nurse is responsible for a large part of that. The War Nurse finished third in the Breeders Stakes two starts back, her biggest test to date, before she returned to the winners circle last Saturday. The four-year-old has barrier two on Friday night and gets a tremendous chance to beat a high quality field. Cott Beach always has to be respected from barrier one for trainer Kristy Elson. The Advance Attack mare held the front from barrier one the last time she had that draw, but will have a lot more pressure to hold the front this time around. Our Alfie Romeo was another mare who returned to the winners circle at her most recent start in the Breeders Stakes, thanks to a tremendous drive by Ryan Warwick. Trained by Greg and Skye Bond, Our Alfie Romeo strung five wins together earlier this campaign, before five unplaced runs in a row.  Dylan Egerton-Green has the drive on Friday night and looks set to get the perfect run from barrier four.  Progressive pacer Come Dance With Me and the Ross Olivieri-trained pair Madame Meilland and Veiled Secret make up the eight horse field. Although his pair may be the outsiders in the race, Olivieri was hopeful one of them could surprise.  "She (Madame Meilland) is very well," Olivieri told GPTV. "Unfortunately, she has got four very good horses drawn inside of her. "In the Breeders Stakes, she went to the line bolting and couldn't get a run. "I've changed the training around with her a little bit this week, but we will see Friday whether that will make a difference. "Veiled Secret, Gary Hall Jnr drove her and came in and said it's the best sixth I've run for a long time. "Barrier eight though, where's she going to go?" Although Olivieri didn't get the luck with barriers with his mares, four-year-old Carrera Mach looks set to play a big part in the Standing Start event of the evening. Carrera Mach and One Off Delight are the only two runners in the 10 horse field to start off the front line.   Tim Walker

Ace trainer-reinsman Colin Brown has high hopes of going one better with speedy mare Eden Franco when she contests the $50,000 WASBA Breeders Stakes over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Eden Franco went within a whisker of winning the group 2 feature event for mares 12 months ago when she finished second, a half-head behind the pacemaker Maczaffair. A 4/1 chance, she started from the No. 11 barrier (No. 2 on the back line) and surged forward, three wide in the early stages, before racing in the breeze and finishing with great determination. Now a six-year-old and the oldest runner in this year’s race, Eden Franco again will start from the No. 11 barrier and she looms large as a major player. Eden Franco warmed up for this week’s assignment with a good sixth behind Miss Sangrial in the group 3 Race For Roses last Friday night when she was the backmarker off 50m. She was last in the field of 12 at the bell and was blocked for clear running in the final circuit. Brown has a splendid record in the Breeders Stakes, having won the event three times --- as the trainer-driver of Sand Pebbles in 2004 and Montel in 2008 and as the driver of the Greg Bond-trained Little Big Sister in 2010. Sand Pebbles also finished second in the Breeders Stakes in 2002 and third in 2003 and in recent years he has finished second behind Kamwood Laughter in 2012 and Alkira Jetstar in 2013. The Breeders Stakes was first run in 1979 and the only driver with a superior record to Brown is Chris Lewis, who has been successful with Tareena Bright (1985), Armbro Lucy (1993), Twinkle Paige (1997), Meggie Dear (2001) and Sheer Rocknroll (2017). This year Lewis will handle the up-and-coming four-year-old The War Nurse, who is trained by his wife Debra and is aiming to extend her winning sequence to five. The War Nurse revealed sparkling early speed from barrier five to burst straight to the front in a 2130m event last Friday night. She relished the frontrunning role and sped over the final 800m in 57sec. to win by more than a length from Ona Happy Note. The War Nurse meets far stronger opposition this week, but cannot be underestimated. Whether The War Nurse can prove the master of polemarker Miss Sangrial in the battle for the early lead is problematic. Miss Sangrial possesses excellent gate speed and Michael Grantham will be most anxious to win the race for the early lead. Miss Sangrial, trained by Michael Brennan, is in tremendous form, with a fast-finishing win in a 2631m stand at Pinjarra and a stylish victory in the 2503m Race For Roses last Friday night when she began speedily from the 20m mark, took the lead after 600m and then took the trail behind Our Angel of Harlem with two laps to travel. When Our Angel of Harlem broke 600m from home, Grantham sent Miss Sangrial through on the inside to take up the running. Miss Sangrial fought on with grim determination to hold out the fast-finishing pair of Beaudiene Beach Babe. Grantham has a wonderful association with the New South Wales-bred Miss Sangrial, having driven her at 30 of her 45 starts for 15 wins, five seconds, two thirds, four fourths, two fifths, one eighth and one ninth. Rosies Ideal, trained and driven by Shane Young, ran an excellent trial for this week’s event when she galloped at the standing start and was tenth at the bell before flying home, four wide, to finish third to Miss Sangrial last week. Rosies Ideal, a winner at ten of her 26 starts, is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier on the front line and will have many admirers. Another four-year-old in the Annie Belton-trained Lady De La Renta is capable of a bold showing, even though she is not particularly well drawn on the outside of the back line. She is racing with admirable enthusiasm and is capable of unwinding a powerful finishing burst. Other four-year-olds - Captured Delight, Cott Beach, Our Alfie Romeo, Come Dance With Me and Veiled Secret have strong credentials in what should prove to be a keen betting race.   Ken Casellas

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

No mare has won the Laurie Kennedy Race For Roses more than once. But ace Banjup trainer-reinsman Colin Brown firmly believes that six-year-old Eden Franco has the ability to create history by winning the $30,000 2503m standing-start feature event for the second time. Eden Franco is the lone backmarker off 50m in Friday night’s Race For Roses at Gloucester Park when her clash with brilliant four-year-olds Our Angel of Harlem and Miss Sangrial should provide one of the highlights on a highly attractive ten-event program. Brown admits that the 50m handicap represents a serious challenge to Eden Franco, a big and powerful Christian Cullen mare who has raced only 36 times for 14 wins, 11 seconds and four thirds. But he believes she has the class to overcome that disadvantage. “Starting off 50 metres provides a big task,” Brown said. “However, I’m sure she will go very well. Without a doubt, she is the fittest I’ve ever had her and on occasions she has shown that she can absolutely fly the stand. “We stood her up on the track the other day and she belted out. She’s got the hood on for the first time. I thought she’d been becoming complacent and had been having a lend of me lately. With the hood, she’s a different animal. “I put her in this race because I thought it would be a better lead-up for her for the $50,000 Breeders Stakes the following week, rather than go in the Free-For-All against the boys and have them dictate to me, whereas over the 2503m of the Race For Roses I can run the race that I want to run.” Twelve months ago, Eden Franco started off the 10m mark in the Race For Roses and was a 9/2 chance. She began speedily and burst to the front after 550m. She gave her rivals little chance when she sped over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 28.1sec. to win by two and a half lengths from Sarah Goody. Miss Sangrial (20m) and Our Angel of Harlem (30m) are racing in grand style and look set to fight out the finish, while other good four-year-olds Rosies Ideal (10m), Veiled Secret (10m), Our Major Mama (front) and Purest Silk (front) cannot be underestimated. The Michael Brennan-trained Miss Sangrial (Michel Grantham) warmed up for Friday night’s race in marvellous fashion when she started from the 30m mark and sustained a powerful finishing burst to win a 2631m stand from Major Pocket at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Three starts before that she was a $59.60 outsider when she ran home strongly from fifth at the bell to win the 2536m Empress Stakes from Our Alfie Romeo and Lady De La Renta. “She loves racing and I consider that she is one of the top three mares in the State,” said Brennan. Miss Sangrial has already earned $198,119 from 16 wins and 124 placings from 47 starts. Our Angel of Harlem, trained by Mike Reed, has won at 11 of her 32 starts and was most impressive last Friday night when she started out wide at barrier eight and finished powerfully from last at the bell to be third behind Herrick Roosevelt and Overboard Again. Our Angel of Harlem won at each of her three previous starts and has bright prospects of giving reinsman Mark Reed his second victory in the Race For Roses. He trained and drove Regina Mia when she was successful in 2000. Ross Olivieri boasts the best record as a trainer in the Race For Roses which was first run in 1997. He has been successful with Yippy Yi Yo (1998), Arctic Fire (2011), Selkie (2014) and Sheer Rocknroll (2017). He will be represented this year by Veiled Secret (10m) frontmarker Halle Rage. Veiled Secret, to be driven by Chris Voak, ran an excellent trial for Friday night’s race when she set the pace and dashed over the final quarters in 27.9sec. and 28.7sec. to win the group 2 Johnson final for mares over 2130m last Friday night. Halle Rage will be handled by champion reinsman Chris Lewis, who notched his 100th winner in WA this season when Jilliby Jake led and easily beat Allwood Peacemaker in a 2536m event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Halle Rage, unplaced at her four starts since winning a 1730m mobile event two months ago, faces a tough task. Lewis has the best record as a driver in the Race For Roses, having won the event behind Lady De Beau (2007), Arctic Fire, Selkie and Sheer Rocknroll. Justin Prentice trains and drives Our Major Mama, whose recent form has been only fair. Prentice was successful as a trainer and driver with The Parade (2015) and Digital Art (2016).   Ken Casellas

The Colin Brown-trained Patrickthepiranha has shown yet again why he’s the horse to beat for next month’s WA Derby, following an eventful running of the Sales Classic (2130m) for the three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park last night. In a race marred by an incident where two spectators threw shoes on to the track, all six horses managed to get around safely and it was Patrickthepiranha that outlasted the rest. Brown also had Its Rock And Roll in the $50,000 event, which he drove, while Dylan Egerton-Green took the drive on Patrickthepiranha. The veteran reinsman tried to find the front on Its Rock And Roll, but Shockwave was able to hold the front from barrier three. The early speed allowed Patrickthepiranha to settle behind the leaders and gain the perfect run throughout. Patrickthepiranha hit the front with 100m left, before $91 outsider Walsh flashed down the outside late to almost cause a major upset. The Four Starzzz Shark gelding held on to win by a head and ran home in 58.9. Egerton-Green said he was impressed by Patrickthepiranha’s performance and was fortunate to avoid a serious accident after the incident. “We actually didn’t see it, so he was fine,” he told RWWA Harness. “The horse went good and he’s probably got a bit of room for improvement off that run. “I don’t think he saw Walsh coming. “He always finds the front then switches off a bit, so I’ve probably got a bit of training to do there.” Egerton-Green said he was confident Patrickthepiranha could go to the WA Derby on April 6 without another run, but said the Group 2 Western Gateway next week could be a suitable option. Brown said he would consider running Its Rock And Roll in the Western Gateway next week as well. In the filly’s edition of the Sales Classic, Has No Fear proved too classy for her rivals in scoring a 7.4m victory. Elsewhere on the night, Eloquent Mach and Major Trojan continued to enhance their WA Derby claims, running first and second respectively in the WA Derby Prelude (2130m). The pair finished produced a repeat of the result from the Battle Of Bunbury last Saturday night. Meanwhile, Handsandwheels justified his short-priced quote to take out the Group 2 4&5YO Championship (2130m) for the Andrew De Campo stable. Handsandwheels was able to control the race from barrier one and never looked like being beaten. Vincenzo Peruggia and Lord Willoughby filled the minor placings. In the Free-For-All event of the evening, consistent pacer The Bucket List made a well-deserved return to the winners circle, storming home to beat Whozideawasthis and Vultan Tin.   Tim Walker

Outstanding young reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green is delighted at Patrickthepiranha drawing the coveted No. 1 barrier in the $40,000 Caduceus Club Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night and is confident the WA-bred gelding will continue on his winning ways. “He gets away good from the arm and he’s got better with every run,” he declared. “And I’m confident that Patrickthepiranha is quick enough to hold the lead. He’s shown that at his previous runs. “Having his first run for a month is not a concern; he’s down the beach a fair bit and has also been working well. He hoppled today (Tuesday) and went really good, working by himself. Last Friday he worked with a few others and I was very happy with him.” Patrickthepiranha is aiming to extend his winning sequence to seven. He is unbeaten at six starts as a three-year-old and Egerton-Green (who has driven the gelding at all of his nine starts for seven wins, a first-up fifth and a third placing) said he was “probably” the best three-year-old he has driven. “I was fortunate to have driven Bechers Brook as a three-year-old last season (when he won the Battle of Bunbury and the Group 2 Western Gateway Pace before finishing a fast-finishing head second to King of Swing in the WA Derby),” he said. “They are two different horses. Bechers Brook was more of a sit and kick horse and Patrickthepiranha is more versatile; he can lead, sit-kick and is tougher.” Patrickthepiranha is prepared by ace Banjup trainer Colin Brown, who trained and drove The Hard Ball Get when he won the 2002 Caduceus Club Classic from Roadless Travelled and Sacre Bleu. Brown also won the Classic as a driver with David Hercules in 2010 and Ohokas Bondy in 2011. Patrickthepiranha’s chief rivals Shockwave and Franco Edward will need luck after drawing out wide. Shockwave, the winner of seven races from 17 starts, will begin from barrier No. 7, with Franco Edward, a winner at eight of his 12 starts, on his outside. Shockwave is in sparkling form and his seven starts this season have produced four wins and three placings. He is trained at Baskerville by Ryan Bell and will be driven by champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, who has won the classic behind Latte (2003), Ulrich (2004), Alberts Fantasy (2006), Gracias Para Nada (2012), Northview Punter (2013) and Beaudiene Boaz (2015). Shockwave has revealed sparkling gate speed from barrier five at his past two starts for easy all-the-way wins over 1730m and 2130m. Whether he can cross to the front from barrier seven this week is debatable. Franco Edward, trained and driven by Kyle Harper, made most of the running when beaten into second place by the fast-finishing Sweet N Fast over 2536m last Friday night. That followed two convincing wins over 2185m at Pinjarra at his two previous starts. Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, who has won the classic seven times, will be represented by the consistent and improving Eloquent Mach, who will be driven by Stuart McDonald from the outside of the back line. Eloquent Mach notched his fourth win from ten starts when he raced wide early and then in the breeze before fighting on determinedly to win from Know When To Run over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. He faces a far tougher assignment against much stronger opposition on Friday night. Shannon Suvaljko, last season’s leading driver, is hoping for a change of fortune with the highly-promising Gee Jay Kay, who will start from, the No. 3 barrier for trainer Vicki Lea. Gee Jay Kay is still somewhat green, but has performed meritoriously at his three outings as a three-year-old with a second, a third and a fourth behind Shockwave. “His trial at Byford on Sunday was really good,” Suvaljko said. “He needs to sit and come over the top. He’s got some good horses to beat, but he’s up to them. It’s a good draw, but not a great draw.” Gee Jay Kay dashed over the final quarters of the 2150m trial in 28.9sec. and 27.1sec. and finished second to Another Snag. Ken Casellas

Owner/breeder Colleen Lindsay was almost speechless after the all-the-way win by her filly Typhoon Tiff in the $50,000 Group Two Daintys Daughter Classic at Gloucester Park last night for harness racing trainer/driver Colin Brown. It was Colleen Lindsay’s second Daintys Daughter Classic after she won the race in 2010 with Centrefold Angel which was trained by Deb Sweet and driven by Colin Brown. The win by Typhoon Tiff was Brown’s third in the race as a driver and his second as a trainer having won in 2013 with Gota Good Lookadda. To watch the video replay of this race click on this link. Some 20 years ago Colleen took the advice of trainer Bob Sweet and bought the mare Blithe Spirit which had won six races for Sweet. By Classic Garry, Blithe Spirit was a grand-daughter of the outstanding broodmare Papagena which had been bred by Dr Tom Early from his imported New Zealand mare Star Song. Star Song produced the winners of 46 races in Western Australia including the standout gelding Magic Flute whose 16 wins, all in the city, included a heat of the 1957 Inter Dominion, a State Sprint Championship and a pair of Easter Cups for trainer Fred Kersley Snr. Although unraced Papagena was prolific at the stud for Dr Early with her 16 foals producing 10 winners of 57 races including the good mare Bellagena which won two Empress Stakes and an August Cup for trainer Fred R Kersley. Another daughter of Papagena in Gena Wrack also won an Empress Stakes. When mated to Art Major’s full-brother Perfect Art in 1998, Blithe Spirit produced a filly later named Twisted Art which didn’t race and then to compound matters her first two foals, both colts, died. Proving the adage that patience and persistence are a virtue, Twisted Art produced a filly in 2006 later to be named Centrefold Angel. Centrefold Angel’s 14 wins included the Group One Diamond Classic for 2yos, the aforementioned Daintys Daughter Classic and later a WA Breeders Stakes. In 2007 Twisted Art produced another filly later named Tiffany Twisted which won three races as a 2yo before being injured and sent to stud in 2010. Her first foal was the Bettors Delight gelding Bettor Twisted which has won 10 races and some $90,000. After an attempted race-track comeback in 2013 failed Twisted Art was again served by Bettors Delight that year and produced the filly Tiffany Twirl which won as a 3yo last season. Twisted Art’s third foal, again by Bettors Delight, is Typhoon Tiff which now boasts a record of five wins, one second and one third in her seven starts for stakes of $65,526. Typhoon Tiff finished second to the New Zealand bred Majorpride in the $100,000 Group One Diamond Classic at Gloucester Park in June last year after racing outside the leader. She was sent for a spell shortly thereafter and didn’t resume racing until 29th January when she easily accounted for star New Zealand bred filly Dracarys at Pinjarra when Typhoon Tiff led throughout rating 1:55.2 for the 1684 metres and sprinted home the last half in 55.0 with quarters of 26.7 and 27.8. It was a masterful training performance by Brown that Typhoon Tiff should perform so well after a seven month break with the benefit of trials. A consummate horseman, Colin Brown has a unique record in the 109 year history of harness racing in Perth as the only individual to have trained more than 500 winners and to have driven more than 2000 winners for other trainers. After last night’s win Brown has trained 827 winners and driven 2930 (2245 for other trainers). Only Hall Of Fame inductee Chris Lewis has driven more winners in Perth.   09 February 2019 | Alan Parker

In recent months Eden Franco and Maczaffair have stamped themselves as the best two pacing mares in Western Australia and the connections of those pacers and harness racing fans in general have been predicting a tantalising showdown between the two in the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But the result of the random barrier draw has clouded the issue and has revived the hopes of some of the other combatants, including the courageous Gotta Go Gabbana, the seasoned and well-performed veteran Tricky Styx and rising four-year-old stars Our Angel of Harlem and Lady De la Renta. Eden Franco, trained and driven by the evergreen Colin Brown, and Maczaffair, prepared by the equally astute horseman Mike Reed, have clashed in races only four times with the honours shared two victories to each mare and two seconds to Eden Franco and two fourths to Maczaffair. The barrier draw has thrown this week’s classic into the melting pot, with Eden Franco faring badly, drawn on the outside (No. 9) on the front line, while Maczaffair will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line. Brown has a high opinion of Eden Franco and is looking for a change of luck after Eden Franco started from the prized No. 1 barrier in the Mares Classic 12 months ago and was a strongly-supported 4/1 chance. She set a solid pace, but was swamped in the final 100 metres when she was at a distinct disadvantage when the deafeners failed to release. She finished fourth behind Ideal Alice, Ameretto and Quite A Delight. Brown is hoping for his first success in the Mares Classic or its predecessor the Mares Mile. Three years ago, he drove $78.80 chance Jungle Jewell for Greg and Skye Bond when she surged home from ninth on the pegs at the bell, and sixth at the 100m, to finish second to the pacemaking Nike Franco and in 2010 he was third behind 10/9 on favourite Ima Spicey Lombo with Greg Bond’s Little Big Sister, who finished boldly from tenth at the bell. Eden Franco’s part-owner Jim Currie was a part-owner and trainer of 10/1 tote chance Smoking Again, who set the pace from barrier three and won comfortably from the polemarker Country Change in the 2009 Mares Mile. Eden Franco is generally considered simply as a frontrunner. But Brown does not agree with that, saying after driving the mare to a four-length victory over Alfa Queen in the 2130m Norms Daughter Classic last Friday week that she was quite versatile. “Everybody thinks that she’s just a one-trick pony, but at home she can run very quick times when held up. She’s got high cruising speed on the track at home and runs 27-second quarters hard-held.” Eden Franco started from barrier four in the Norms Daughter Classic and burst to the front after 250m. Maczaffair started from the inside of the back line and raced three back on the pegs in fifth position. She was badly blocked for a clear passage in the final stages and went to the line full of running to finish a most unlucky fourth. Then, last Friday night Maczaffair was a 10/1 on favourite from the No. 1 barrier when she was not extended in setting the pace, sprinting over the final quarters in 28.2sec. and 27.8sec. and winning by 10m from Gotta Go Gabbana over 2130m. Both Eden Franco and Maczaffair are capable over the 2536m journey. Eden Franco has won over 2600m and 2503m and Maczaffair has won twice and finished second three times over 2536m. Tricky Styx, now in the Capel stables of Andrew de Campo, has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and Aiden de Campo is sure to attempt to set the pace with the seven-year-old and will be hoping to keep all challengers at bay. This will be Tricky Styx’s third appearance in the Mares Classic. She started out wide at barrier nine and finished solidly from 11th at the bell to be fifth behind The Parade in 2016 and last year she began out wide at barrier eight and was always well back, finishing tenth behind Ideal Alice. Four-year-old Our Angel of Harlem, a stablemate of Maczaffair, cannot be underestimated, even from the wide draw at No. 8. Her two runs since resuming from a spell have been encouraging and she will have the services of champion reinsman Chris Lewis, who has won the Mares Mile with Jilsander (2007) and Ima Spicey Lombo (2010). Chris Voak, who set the pace with the Chris King-trained Leda McNally and won the Mares Classic from Famous Alchemist and Sensational Gabby in 2013, will be in the sulky behind the Annie Belton-trained Gotta Go Gabbana, who is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line. Gotta Go Gabbana has impressed with her courageous efforts on the past two Friday nights when she had a tough run in the breeze before fighting on grandly for a third behind Eden Franco and a second to Maczaffair. Gotta Go Gabbana’s stablemate Lady De La Renta will be driven by Kim Prentice and she impressed at Gloucester Park last Tuesday week when she unwound a powerful finishing burst to win easily from Shes Artful and Jasmin Amal.   Ken Casellas

Star reinsman Mark Reed rubbed his hands together in delight when he saw that outstanding mare Maczaffair had drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier in the $30,000 Howard Porter Memorial over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and agreed wholeheartedly that the five-year-old looked a virtual certainty. “We’ll be coming out on roller skates and it should be a case of see you later,” Reed enthused. “Leading is her greatest attribute and she should win. However, she’s versatile and can do it at both ends. She came from a fair way back to beat Eden Franco two starts ago.” This will be Maczaffair’s final warm-up before she clashes with the brilliant Eden Franco in the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic on Friday week. The Colin Brown-trained Eden Franco rated 1.56.2 when she dashed to an early lead, set a solid pace and won by just over four lengths from Alfa Queen in the Norms Daughter Classic last Friday night. Maczaffair, who started from the inside of the back line and raced in fifth place three back on the pegs, charged home along the inside and was badly hampered for room when fourth. “Maczaffair never got a crack at them at all,” Reed said. “Eden Franco won well, but I got caught up in a bit of traffic. She was bolting. “There’s not much between Eden Franco and Maczaffair; it just gets down to barrier draws. Maczaffair has proven herself in Free-For-All class.” Reed, fresh from a double at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening with Mighty Major ($39.80) and American Dynasty ($1.30), also is confident that The Art Form will be hard to beat in the Yes Loans Insurance Pace over 2130m. The Art Form, a lightly-raced New Zealand-bred six-year-old, resumed after an eight-week absence at Northam on Saturday night when he set the pace and romped to an easy victory over Makinchanges. It was his sixth win in a row and the tenth in a 23-start career. “He curbed a hock and that was the first time he’d had the hopples on since his previous start (when he led and won from Benhope Rulz at Pinjarra on October 1),” Reed said. “So, he was very underdone and he’s probably still a bit underdone but he will benefit a lot from the run. He’s a class horse and Fizzing appears as the only serious threat.”   Ken Casellas

Star trainer-reinsman Colin Brown was mystified and at his wit’s end earlier this year when speedy pacer Maxentius faded and finished last in consecutive runs at Northam and Bunbury. “X-ray examinations then revealed that the horse had a five-millimetre chip in a fetlock which required surgery to remove it.” Brown said. Maxentius was out of action for six months and Brown produced the gelding in superb condition for his first-up appearance when he started from the outside of the back line in 2130m event last Friday week. Driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, Maxentius, an 8/1 chance, settled at the rear before sustaining a powerful three-wide burst to hit the front 300m from home on the way to a three-length victory over the pacemaker Mister Rollins. The final quarters were run in 27.8sec. and 28.8sec. Maxentius will start from the outside of the front line, with Brown in the sulky, in the opening event, the 2130m Worldwide Printing Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night and looms as a serious rival to outstanding four-year-old Bechers Brook. A Maxentius victory would cap a wonderful 60th birthday week for Brown. Bechers Brook, trained by Mike Reed and driven by Mark Reed, notched his ninth win from, 16 starts when he scored a decisive first-up victory at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, rating 1.57.1 over 2185m, with final sections of 27.4sec. and 28.9sec. He raced in fifth position, one-out and one-back, before starting a three-wide move 700m from home. He got to the front 50m from the post and won easily from Ideal One and the pacemaker Rocknroll Whitby. “He’s still big in condition but has come back really well and is definitely a lot stronger than he was as a two-year-old,” Mark Reed said. “He will be hard to beat again on Friday night.” Bechers Brook, who finished a fast-finishing head second to King of Swing in the WA Derby last April, is a leading contender for the $200,000 Golden Nugget championship on December 14. So, too, is his talented stablemate Golden State, who resumed after a spell with an impressive win at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Golden State began from the outside of the front line and he finished powerfully from last (eighth) at the bell to win from the pacemaker Innocent Affair.   Ken Casellas

Ace trainer-reinsman Colin Brown is upbeat about the prospects of Amelias Courage in the Gloucester Park - Entertainment With Horsepower Pace for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night, declaring that she was ready to repeat her victory over Our Angel Of Harlem two weeks ago. Ryan Warwick may well have been presented with a perfect 40th birthday present with the decision to engage him to drive the Victorian-bred Amelias Courage from the No. 5 barrier in the quality field of seven fillies. Warwick, who celebrates his birthday on Saturday, will handle Amelias Courage for the first time. He replaces Dylan Egerton-Green, who drove the filly to a notable victory over Our Angel Of Harlem last Friday week and is currently enjoying a holiday in the Greek islands. Brown has decided to drive Amelias Courage’s stablemate Arma Rich Girl, who will start from the No. 2 barrier. “Drawing inside of Our Angel Of Harlem and Liberty Rose gives Amelias Courage the advantage,” said Brown. “We’ve got options with Amelias Courage and I’d imagine that this week she will be driven a bit more positively. My filly is ready to go huge. “It’s a small field, but a very nice field and whoever gets the luck in the run probably will emerge as the winner. I will be driving Arma Rich Girl, who is still learning how to race. However, she is improving and I expect her to go well. It wouldn’t surprise me if she finishes closer than she did last time (when sixth behind Amelias Courage two weeks ago).” Mike Reed, trainer of Our Angel Of Harlem, said he was confident that his filly would turn the tables on Amelias Courage. “Dylan Egerton-Green drove a good race with Amelias Courage in the one-out, one-back position while Our Angel Of Harlem did all the work (out three wide for much of the race),” Reed said “Then Our Angel Of Harlem won easily in a four-horse field at Pinjarra last Monday week. “It was a good run and she has improved since then. I think she will go super; I couldn’t be happier with her and she’s getting better and better. I wouldn’t swap my filly with any other filly in the race.” While most punters will be leaning towards Amelias Courage and Our Angel Of Harlem, Liberty Rose and Innocent Affair should not be left out of calculations. Liberty Rose, prepared by Gary Hall Snr, had a tough run, out three wide and then in the breeze when a last-start fourth behind Amelias Courage at her first appearance for just over a month. She has impressed in winning at six of her 13 starts. Champion reinsman Chris Lewis will handle Innocent Affair (trained by his wife Debra) from the prized No. 1 barrier and the Art Major filly is capable of leading and proving hard tom overhaul. She has set the pace and won at three of her past four starts.   Ken Casellas

Ace trainer-reinsman Colin Brown should be rewarded for his patience and thoughtful planning by guiding Typhoon Tiff to victory in the $100,000 Owners Only Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Typhoon Tiff, a Bettors Delight filly, has shown wonderful ability at her five starts which have resulted in three wins, a second and a third and she has the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line in the 2130m classic. Bred and owned by Colleen Lindsay, Typhoon Tiff is following in the footsteps of her dam Tiffany Twisted and great granddam Blithe Spirit, each of whom were smart winners as a two-year-old. Tiffany Twisted won three in a row at Gloucester Park as a two-year-old in the 2009-10 season, with Brown in the sulky for the third of those wins. Blithe Spirit won at Pinjarra and Kilmore as a two-year-old in the 1993-94 season. Typhoon Tiff gave a sample of her ability at her latest outing, at Gloucester Park four Fridays ago, when she started from barrier No. 6 on the front line in the Group 1 Diamond Classic and finished a gallant neck second to the pacemaker Majorpride after racing three wide for the first circuit and then in the breeze. The final sections were covered in 28.9sec. and 27.9sec. That followed stylish victories at her three previous starts, all from wide barriers and being forced to cover extra ground. Looming as the most serious rival for Typhoon Tiff is Soho Interceptor, an Art Major filly trained at Hopeland by Glenn Elliott and a winner at two of her seven starts. Soho Interceptor possesses good gate speed and Shannon Suvaljko is sure to be anxious to take full advantage of the favourable draw by attempting to burst to an early lead and then dictate terms from the front. Two starts ago, Soho Interceptor raced three back on the pegs before running home fast in a final quarter of 27.7sec. to finish a nose second to Lady Valasca over 2130m at Gloucester Park. That was Lady Valasca’s only win from 11 starts, but she has also finished second six times and third once for trainer Annie Belton. Lady Valasca, the first of the progeny of former star pacer Alta Christiano to win a race in Western Australia, will start from barrier five on the front line in Friday night’s race in which she will handled by Chris Lewis. My Prayer has been placed at four of her six starts for Busselton trainer Barry Howlett and, from the inside of the back line she has sound place prospects. Ken Casellas

Mach Three colt Shockwave has contested two Group 1 events and has finished second on each occasion. He has drawn the No. 2 barrier on the back line in the $100,000 Group 1 Owners Only Westbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night and gets an excellent chance to notch his first victory in a rich feature event. The clash between Shockwave and the richly-talented Its Rock And Roll promises to be a highlight on the ten-event program. Its Rock And Roll won the Group 1 Sales Classic seven weeks ago when he defeated Shockwave by a head and last Friday week Shockwave turned the tables on Its Rock And Roll when he finished second to the brilliant New Zealand-bred colt Franco Edward in the Pearl Classic, with Its Rock And Roll finishing third. They were two of the stand-out youngsters at the 2017 APG yearling sale in Perth when Shockwave was sold for $46,000 and Its Rock And Roll for $37,500. Shockwave, raced by Kevin Jeavons and Howard King, has won at three of his eight starts for earnings of $49,799. Its Rock And Roll, raced by Liam O’Connor and Jim Currie, has won three times from seven starts for $115,188 in prizemoney. He will start from the No. 5 barrier on the front line on Friday night. Both two-year-olds performed in grand style in the Pearl Classic when Shockwave (barrier seven) and Its Rock And Roll (nine) settled at the rear. Shockwave, trained and driven by Ryan Bell, started a three-wide move 1350m from home and impressed in sustaining the strong burst to finish a length from the pacemaker Franco Edward, who dashed over the final three 400m sections in 28.3sec., 28.8sec. and 28sec. Its Rock And Roll, trained and driven by Colin Brown, ran home powerfully from tenth at the bell to finish third, two lengths behind Shockwave. Shockwave and Its Rock And Roll have inherited much of their ability from their dams. Shockwave is out of Here For The Money, who earned $81,874 from seven wins and 18 placings from 79 starts and Its Rock And Roll’s dam Miss Worthy Whitby, won at Bathurst, Albion Park and Gloucester Park as a two-year-old before being retired with $40,154 in stakes from three wins and three seconds from 14 starts. Outstanding trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who prepared Baylan Jett when he finished third behind The Real Ideal and Major Pocket in this event two years ago, are pinning their hopes on the promising Bitcoin, a winner at Pinjarra and Bunbury. Bitcoin is the first foal out of Am Opulent, who earned $269,515 from 18 wins and 24 placings from 85 starts. The Bond stable will also be represented by $30,000 yearling Sports Central, who has yet to win a race. He will start from barrier three and will be driven by Chris Lewis, who has won this classic event with Johnny Disco in 2015 and The Real Ideal a year later. To Fast To Serious, a $10,000 yearling, adds considerable interest to the race. He is the only runner in the race who has not appeared at Gloucester Park, but has shown great promise in winning easily at his only three starts two at Bunbury and one at Narrogin for trainer Aiden Warwick and reinsman Aldo Cortopassi. He possesses good gate speed and is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier. His dam Smile With Me raced 40 times for ten wins, 15 placings and $80,819 in stakes. Watch Me React, trained at Collie by Dale Jackson, will be at long odds, despite drawing the coveted No. 1 barrier. He is a last-start winner at Narrogin and won a trial in good style at Pinjarra on Sunday morning. Watch Me React’s reinsman Trent Wheeler is hoping that history repeats itself. The previous time he drove a pacer from barrier one in a Group 1 event was in 2015 when he was successful with 12/1 chance Once Bitten, who trailed the pacemaker and 10/9 favourite Delightful Jade before getting up to beat that filly in the Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri’s Babyface Adda will start from the inside of the back line and will have admirers. Babyface Adda gave a tough staying performance last Friday night when he worked hard in the breeze before finishing determinedly to win from My Prayer and Sheza Spoilt Miss. Kyle Harper, successful with the Robert Wood-trained All Aussie Boy in the inaugural running of this classic in 2014, will drive Errol Ashcroft’s consistent Euphoric Moment from barrier eight. Justin Prentice trained and drove last year’s winner Highroller Joe and he will be in the sulky on Friday night behind Chetak, who has yet to win from ten starts and faces a difficult assignment from the outside of the back line. Ken Casellas

 “Maczaffair has good gate speed and if she leads she will be very hard to beat,” declared trainer Mike Reed when assessing the four-year-old’s prospects in the $25,000 RSM Australia Rotary Club Fremantle Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Maczaffair will start from the No. 2 barrier on the front line and Shannon Suvaljko will be hellbent on beating out polemarker Dodolicious. “She loves the 2536m and the further they go, the better she likes it,” said Reed, who will also be represented by Shandale, who will be driven by Chris Lewis from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. Maczaffair, who has amassed $379,787 from 18 wins, seven seconds and two thirds from 38 starts, gave further proof of her ability as a frontrunner two starts ago when she began from barrier three, took the lead after 300m and won the group 2 $50,000 WASBA Breeders Stakes at a 1.55.6 rate over 2130m. Then, last Friday night she started off the 30m mark in a 2503m stand and raced in eighth position in the one-wide line before starting a three-wide move 700m from home. She fought on determinedly to be fifth behind the pacemaker Better Scoot, who dashed over the final quarters in 27.8sec. and 28.3sec. “I clocked her to run the final half-mile, out three deep, in 55.5sec.,” said Reed.  Dodolicious, the only other mare in Friday night’s race, will start from the No. 1 barrier and Ryan Warwick is likely to use the five-year-old’s good gate speed in a bid to withstand Maczaffair’s early bid for the lead. It is problematic whether Dodolicious will be able to hold out Maczaffair. Dodolicious will be driven by Colin Brown, with Greg and Skye Bond’s other runner, Our Jimmy Johnstone, to be handled by the stable’s No. 1 driver Ryan Warwick. Our Jimmy Johnstone, who will start from barrier five, is in top form, with his past eight starts producing two wins and five placings. He started from barrier six in a 2130m event last Friday night when he raced three wide before charging to the front after 550m. He then gave a bold frontrunning display to win by a length from stablemate Galactic Star at a 1.55.4 rate. Maczaffair, Our Jimmy Johnstone and Bettors Fire look set to fight out the finish. Trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper said that he was confident that the nine-year-old Bettors Fire would run a bold race. “Barrier draws are not so important in races over 2536m,” he said. “We’ll play our cards according to the way things unfold at the start. If the race is run to suit Bettors Fire will be a very big chance of winning. Maczaffair and Our Jimmy Johnstone look to be the horses to beat.”   Ken Casellas

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