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Former Victorian harness racing pacer Perfect Major is awkwardly drawn at barrier No. 5 in the $25,000 Members Sprint over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and star reinsman Chris Voak is planning to use the five-year-old’s strength in a concerted bid for victory. Jack Farthing, perfectly drawn at barrier one, is certain to lead, with trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice driving the New Zealand-bred six-year-old for the first time in a race sure to be anxious to make full use of the gelding’s sparkling gate speed in a bid for an all-the-way victory. Voak doesn’t want Jack Farthing to enjoy an easy unchallenged time in front, and he plans to make the sprint a strong staying test. “It will be a strong-run race,” said Voak. “Perfect Major will breeze and run a mighty race. Jack Farthing from barrier one is my only danger.” Perfect Major and Jack Farthing clashed over 1730m last Friday night when the polemarker Will I Rocknroll set the pace, with Jack Farthing, from barrier No. 8, racing three wide for the first 400m before working in the breeze. Perfect Major began smartly from barrier nine and Voak dashed him forward, three wide, in the first lap in a determined effort to move alongside the pacemaker. But Aiden de Campo was equally determined to hold the breeze with Jack Farthing, leaving Voak with no alternative but to restrain Perfect Major back to last in the field of eleven. Perfect Major was still last with 400m to travel when Voak sent him forward with a spirited burst. But Perfect Major met with interference and galloped for a couple of strides 100m later and was last half-way down the home straight before finishing strongly, out five wide, to finish eighth. “Perfect Major felt great last week,” Voak said. “Jack Farthing wouldn’t hand the breeze up to him and I had to go back to last and then got knocked over at the 300m. If he hadn’t been knocked over, he would have finished third (behind Extradite and Rakasinc).” Jack Farthing faded to finish last. Prentice decided to drive Jack Farthing this week after de Campo opted to take seven drives, five from his stable, at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park on Friday night. Jack Farthing, who has won twice from eight starts in WA, is extremely experienced at racing over sprint distances. He has run in 43 events over 1609m in New South Wales for nine wins, five seconds and six thirds, with best rates of 1.50.3, 1.51, 1.51.3, 1.52.2 and 1.52.9. With an anticipated battle between Jack Farthing and Perfect Major, it could play into the hands of Balcatherine, the only mare in the race. Balcatherine, prepared by Gary Hall Snr, is the State’s best mare, who has won at ten of her 20 starts and is having her first start for 18 weeks. She will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr from barrier four. “I’m sure she will go well,” said Hall Jnr. “She seems to be every bit as good as she was before she went out (for a spell) and her work has been really good. I reckon Perfect Major will put pressure on Jack Farthing, and the way Perfect Major went last week, I reckon he will take plenty of beating.” The Hall stable will also be represented Eloquent Mach (barrier two) and Whozideawasthis (barrier eight). Callan Suvaljko will handle Eloquent Mach, who is resuming after a 22-week absence, and Maddison Brown will drive the ten-year-old Whozideawasthis.   By Ken Casellas for Gloucester Park

Promising four-year-old Alta Blues will resume racing after an absence of 19 weeks when he starts off the back line in the $30,000 Pure Steel Pace at harness racing's Gloucester Park on Friday night. Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr was nominated to drive six runners in the Group 3 event over 2130m, and he has given punters a valuable lead by choosing Alta Blues (trained by his father Gary Hall Snr) over in-form pacers Alta Intrigue, Plutonium, The Verandah and Blissfullabbey, as well as the well-performed but enigmatic Fanci A Dance. Alta Intrigue, a seven-year-old stablemate of Alta Blues, was a smart first-up all-the-way winner last Friday night, and he will again be handled by Callan Suvaljko. He will start from the No. 4 barrier and is sure to be fancied. “I’ll drive Alta Blues,” said Hall Jnr. “It’s a good draw (No. 2 on the back line) and he is a good horse. Last time in we were hoping he would measure up to the Golden Nugget (in February), but he didn’t. We had given him a little break and it didn’t do him any good. But now he seems to be back on track to be the horse we thought he would be. “He is probably an each-way chance this week. He is a horse who needs racing, and he will get better and better.” The WA-bred Alta Blues did not race as a two-year-old. He had 12 starts as a three-year-old last season and showed considerable promise, winning six times and finishing second three times. Shannon Suvaljko will drive the Michael Young-trained Plutonium from the No. 3 barrier. Hall handled the five-year-old last Friday night when he trailed the pacemaker Alta Intrigue and did not get clear until late, when he finished strongly to be a half-head second to the frontrunner. Chris Voak has chosen to drive the Barry Howlett-trained Fanci A Dance ahead of the Ross Olivieri-trained The Last Parisian, a six-year-old who worked hard in the breeze and was driven to victory by Voak two starts ago. Fanci A Dance, who is resuming after a three-month absence, is favourably drawn on the inside of the back line and should enjoy an ideal passage behind the likely pacemaker Parmesan, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick for trainers Greg and Skye Bond from the coveted No. 1 barrier. Parmesan should be better suited over the 2130m on Friday night than he was when he set the pace and faded to finish fourth behind Vespa over 2536m last Friday week. Hall Jnr has a drive in seven of the nine events on Friday night, and he lent towards Balcatherine, Princess Mila and Nota Bene Denario as his better prospects. Princess Mila, a winner at eight of her 16 starts last season, has enjoyed a beneficial spell since she started off the 30m mark and won the 2530m $50,000 Trotters Cup by a head from Sunnys Little Jestic on New Year’s Eve. She will be tested from the 40m mark in Friday night’s 2096m Happy Birthday Ryan Pontillo Trot. “I think she has come back better, really good,” said Hall. “She is working super.” One of Princess Mila’s most serious rivals is expected to be the Michael Young-trained eight-year-old Champagne Prince, who was driven by Hall when he trailed the pacemaker and finished solidly to be a close second to Tenno Sho in a 2130m mobile event last Tuesday week. Hall said that he was confident of a strong performance from Nota Bene Denario in the 2536m Vale Joe Iemma Pace, in which the New Zealand-bred gelding, prepared by Gary Hall Snr, will start from the prized No. 1 barrier. “I’ll be trying to lead,” said Hall Jnr. “The only time I have led with him was five starts ago (at his Australian debut) when he started off the front in a stand.” In three subsequent starts in mobile events, Nota Bene Denario has started from wide barriers and Hall has not tested his gate speed. Hall is pleased with the gelding’s form a neck second to Shanway and a well-beaten third behind the flying Back In Twenty last Friday night at his past two starts. Whether Nota Bene Denario can hold out Lord Rosco is debatable. Lord Rosco is blessed with terrific gate speed. At his latest appearance, over 2130m last Friday week, Lord Rosco began fast from the No. 5 barrier and led by a half-length in the early stages but was unable to cross the polemarker Shanway, who went on to win from Nota Bene Denario, who finished determinedly from eighth at the bell.   By Ken Casellas for Gloucester Park

Former Victorian pacer Will I Rocknroll has finished last at his first two appearances in Western Australia. But champion harness racing reinsman Gary Hall Jnr is confident the six-year-old will bounce back to his best and win the $25,000 Insure With PSC Bloodstock Services Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He is pretty quick out and will lead and win,” declared Hall. “His trial at Byford on Sunday was pretty good. It was a soft trial. He was sat up and got out late to win.” Will I Rocknroll started from the back line in the seven-horse 2150m trial. He raced in the breeze for the first 500m before taking the lead, which he surrendered to Ideal Liner about 600m later. He got clear in the closing stages and burst to the front to win, unextended, from Queen Shenandoah. Will I Rocknroll has raced 36 times for 11 wins and six seconds. He made his WA debut last November when he began speedily from barrier three before breaking in the breeze after 120m and dropping back to last in the field of nine in the 2536m event. After a lap Will I Rocknroll was sent forward to race without cover before wilting badly to finish a distant last behind To Fast To Serious. He resumed racing at Gloucester Park on April 2 when he was restrained to last in the field of six before obtaining the one-out, one-back trail. But he paced roughly 420m from home and dropped back to finish last behind Thomson Bay. If Will I Rocknroll leads and sets a fast pace it will make life tough for last-start winners Jack Farthing (barrier eight) and Perfect Major (nine). The speedy Extradite is racing in fine style for trainer Kim Prentice and reinsman Corey Peterson, and from the inside of the back line he should enjoy a perfect trip behind the likely pacemaker Will I Rocknroll.   Ken Casellas for Gloucester Park

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr describes New Zealand-bred four-year-old Master Publisher as “a bit of a basket case, but with plenty of ability” and he gives the gelding a good each-way chance in the opening event, the 2536m Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He is a troubled horse, but when he gets going, he’ll probably string a few (wins) together,” he said. “He has a good draw (barrier two), and the distance of the race brings us into it against the likely leader Poisedtopounce from barrier one.” Master Publisher was a $41 outsider from barrier seven in a 2130m event last Friday night when he finished solidly from seventh at the bell to be a well-beaten fourth behind the brilliant Matai Geordie. Poisedtopounce deserves to be a short-priced favourite. He revealed excellent gate speed to set the pace and win easily over 2130m at two of his past three starts. He raced three back on the pegs and did not threaten danger when a last-start fifth behind Matai Geordie. Maddison Brown, who has driven Manning and Longreach Bay to victory in the past week, has chosen to handle the Justin Prentice-trained Manning, who will start from the No. 6 barrier. Dylan Egerton-Green has been engaged to drive Longreach Bay (barrier two on the back line) for part-owner and trainer Peter King. Manning raced in the breeze before getting up to snatch a nose victory over the frontrunning Im Rocknroll Magic in a 2130m event last Friday night. Prentice said that Brown had told him that Manning travelled much better in the breeze where he seems to be so much more switched on. “It’s a tricky draw this week,” said Prentice. Longreach Bay set the pace and won in good style at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening when he dawdled through the lead time in 39.9sec. and the opening quarter in a very slow 33.1sec. before sprinting over the final 400m in 27.5sec. He faces a tougher assignment from the back line on Friday night. The third event, over 2536m, appears likely to develop into a duel between the speedy frontrunner Rakasinc and My Carbon Copy, who is resuming after an absence of five months. Rakasinc, trained by Nathan Turvey and driven by Emily Suvaljko, looks certain to lead from the No. 2 barrier and will take plenty of catching. He led but was inclined to overrace over 2130m last Friday night when he sped over the final 800m in 55.1sec. when second to the fast-finishing Thomson Bay. Gary Hall snr trains five-year-old My Carbon Copy, whose 33 starts have produced ten wins and 14 placings. “He has done a lot of work and is probably working better than last time in (when he had 11 starts for one win and seven placings),” said reinsman Gary Hall jnr. “I expect Rakasinc will lead and prove hard to beat. He likes to roll along, so they’ll probably run a good mile rate. With My Carbon Copy racing first-up I will have to look after him early and find a spot. We expect him to win a few races in this preparation.”   Ken Casellas

Unruly behaviour cost Texas Tiger dearly as a young horse in New Zealand where he managed just two dazzling victories from 20 starts. But the four-year-old gelding, who arrived in Western Australia just over five weeks ago, has matured into a highly-promising pacer who looks set to notch his fourth win from four starts in the State in the space of 19 days when he contests the opening event, the 2130m Australian Pacing Gold Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Texas Tiger, trained by Gary Hall Snr and to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, will be making his Gloucester Park debut after two strong victories at Pinjarra and one at Bunbury when he worked hard in the breeze in all three events. He made a tremendous impression at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when he started from the back line, raced without cover and went on to win by more than five lengths from Rakarover when he smashed the track 1684m record with a sizzling rate of 1.51.7. The previous record rate of 1.53 was shared by Hall-trained pacers Famous Alchemist and Northview Punter. “Texas Tiger is a really nice horse, and his record run was helped by the early war in front (when the opening quarters of the final mile were covered in 26.8sec. and 27.1sec.),” said Hall Jnr. “He is pretty versatile and can do it all. He’s done it up there on the speed and coming from behind. Even though he is starting from the outside of the back line I think he will just win again.” Champion reinsman Chris Lewis is looking forward to former Victorian performer Mirragon starting from the No. 1 barrier in the APG Graduates Pace. Mirragon, prepared by Debra Lewis, drops considerably in class after finishing tenth behind Wildwest in the Group 2 Governor’s Cup last Friday night when he started out wide at barrier eight and raced at the rear. “The race wasn’t run to suit and he was pushed wide in the back straight and wide around the final bend,” said Lewis. “I think he gets his chance to break through at his third start at Gloucester Park.” Lewis also has sound prospects of winning with the Ross Olivieri-trained Kiwi Bloke, who will start from the 20m mark in the 2503m APG Perth Online Guide Handicap. The New Zealand-bred seven-year-old is in top form, making most of the running and winning comfortably at his past two starts. “The task doesn’t get any easier, but he is in form,” said Lewis. “He doesn’t have to lead; he can sprint.” Kiwi Bloke’s chief rival looms as the Aiden de Campo-trained mare Delightfulreaction, who will start from the inside of the 10m line. “This is a good draw and she loves stands over 2503m, and she should be right into it,” said de Campo.   Ken Casellas

Inexperienced New Zealand-bred six-year-old Matai Geordie possesses blistering pace, according to champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, and the Washington VC gelding looks a star bet in the APG Perth Yearling Sales Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He has got a few little niggling ways and if he didn’t have them, I reckon he would be in the top three in our stable,” Hall said. “He’s pretty good. Where he has drawn (the inside of the back line in the 1730m sprint event) makes it a bit awkward. But if he ever gets a look at them, they’ll know he’s there. He is just lightning, and he has got the top speed of any horse I have driven, barring Quinny (Im Themightyquinn).” Matai Geordie has raced only 15 times for five wins and three placings. He won three times from 12 New Zealand starts and has had three starts in WA for two runaway victories by margins of seven and a half lengths and five lengths. One of his rivals on Friday night is the Trevor Wright-trained Cordero, who has won at three of his five starts this season. He will start from the No. 5 barrier and his reinsman Chris Lewis said he expected him to be prominent. “He is a very consistent horse, and with the right run he is definitely a chance,” Lewis said. “He didn’t have any luck at all at Bunbury last Saturday when he was held up.” Cordero started from the outside of the front line in the field of 12 in the Manea Classic last Saturday night and was an unlucky seventh behind Texas Tiger. He was hopelessly blocked for a clear run in the final circuit and went to the line full of running. Hall said he expected a bold showing from Antero, who will start from barrier two in the Direct Trades Supply Pacer over 2130m. Antero has won at four of his past nine starts and he maintained his excellent form with a fighting second to Fifty Five Reborn over 2536m last Friday night when he settled down in seventh position before dashing forward to race in the breeze for the final two laps. “Antero is flying and his latest run was a career-best performance,” Hall said. “If he leads, he won’t get beaten, and he can also win from the breeze.”   Ken Casellas

Veteran harness racing New Zealand-bred pacer Heez About To Rock has managed just one placing from his past 12 starts and has a losing sequence of 28 over 26 barren months. But owner Haydn Charles and his father, trainer Kevin Charles are cautiously optimistic that the nine-year-old will take advantage of the coveted No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Westral Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has been engaged to drive Heez About To Rock for the first time in the gelding’s 79-start career. Hall will be the 16th driver to handle Heez About To Rock and he is expected to use the gelding’s sound gate speed in a bid to set the pace. None of the nine experienced geldings in the race has managed to win at any of his past five starts, with Carrera Mach (barrier No. 9) and Im Rocknroll Magic (eight) expected to be well supported. The Ross Olivieri-trained Carrera Mach should prove hard to beat, following his encouraging last-start fourth behind Mister Ardee over 2130m on New Year’s Eve when he began from the No. 8 barrier and sustained a strong three-wide burst from the rear. He has a losing sequence of nine and has been unplaced at his past eight starts. Im Rocknroll Magic, trained by Debra Lewis and to be handled by her husband Chris, has a losing sequence of 15 and has been placed only once from his past 14 starts. That placing was his third behind Tellmetoattack and Miss Stonebridge over 2265m at Albany last Saturday night, and he is certainly capable of improving on that performance. The Craig Abercromby-trained Marquisard has been unplaced from unfavourable draws at his past five starts, following smart wins from barriers one and two at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park at his two previous outings. He is best suited when leading or racing on the pegs close to the lead, and from barrier No. 4 this week he gets a reasonable chance to obtain an advantageous position. Ken Casellas

Top harness racing reinsman Gary Hall Jr scored his sixth straight win when driving Gardys Legacy to a stylish all-the-way victory in tonight’s $50,000 Pearl Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park. Hall had won with Rakasinc in his final drive at Tuesday night’s Gloucester Park meeting and drove tonight’s first five winners, including outsider Just Rockon Bye. His winning run was broken when he finished third with Always An Honour in the sixth event tonight. Gardys Legacy (Bettor's Delight), trained by Justin Prentice, stirred emotions by scoring the biggest win of his career in the Pearl. He is named in honour of the late Shane Gardiner, who died after a farm accident near Donnybrook 13 months ago. Gardys Legacy is owned by Prentice’s fiancée Jacqueline Bowden, a sister of Gardiner’s widow Kirsty. Hall took $1.08 favourite Gardys Legacy to an early lead from gate one tonight and he rated 1:58.2 when scoring by 4m from Valentines Brook ($23). Almost 3m back was third placegetter Bettor Look ($101). To watch the video replay click here. Gardys Legacy, with seven wins from 14 starts, has earned $86,420. He won at five consecutive starts early in his career, ahead of a five-race losing run. The gelding bounced back to winning form in a Pearl Classic heat last week. “He was below his best for a while,” Hall told TABradio. “But then he felt as good as he did when coming through the grades.” Prentice said Gardys Legacy pulled up in good order from the Pearl and had another feature event target. “He came through extra well,” Prentice said. “He’ll now have a few days off before we give him one or two races leading up to the Westbred Classic in June.” Hall’s earlier winners tonight were Balcatherine ($2.25), Mr Kiwi ($2.35), Mister Bushido ($2.15) and Just Rockon Bye ($19). WA reinsman Ryan Warwick recently set an Australian harness racing record when driving winners with nine consecutive drives across three meetings. Meanwhile, Capel trainer-reinsman Aiden De Campo maintained a run of success when Delightfulreaction (Auckland Reactor) won the Fillies and Mares Pace (2130m) tonight. The four-year-old, a $2.25 favourite, narrowly beat Queen Shenandoah ($5.50) and Dancing With Mach ($31) ran third. De Campo has driven class pacers Shockwave and Handsandwheels to a series of feature event victories this season. Ernie Manning Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has driven two-year-olds Adda Something and Machnificent to victory last month, but he has given harness racing punters a valuable lead by choosing to drive Mighty Ronaldo in the Vision Produce Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Mighty Ronaldo has been freshened up by Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice since he drove the Alta Christiano colt to an easy all-the-way victory over 1730m at Gloucester Park on March 20. That victory over Soho Gigolo was Mighty Ronaldo’s first win at his third race start. The Prentice-trained Adda Something will be handled for the first time by Dylan Egerton-Green and should be prominent from barrier two in the field of seven. Machnificent, prepared at Byford by Katja Warwick, has been driven by Hall in all his seven starts and three Byford trials. He led when he won from Star of Willoughby and Robbie Rocket over 1730m three starts ago. Colin Brown has been engaged to drive him from barrier six on Friday night. Mighty Ronaldo is a smart frontrunner and he has excellent prospects of leading and ending the highly-promising Lavra Joe’s winning sequence of three. Lavra Joe, trained at Greenbushes by Ray Jones and to be handled by Chris Lewis, has drawn the outside at barrier seven, but cannot be overlooked. He revealed great determination at Bunbury last Saturday night when he took the lead after 100m, set the pace and sprinted over the final quarters in 27.7sec. and 26.9sec. to beat Robbie Rocket by a half-head over 1609m in 1.56.5. Robbie Rocket trailed the pacemaker and he fought on powerfully along the sprint lane to just fail to beat Lavra Joe. Robbie Rocket, trained by Vicki Lea and to be driven by Shannon Suvaljko, is sure to stiff opposition to Mighty Ronaldo and Lavra Joe. A winner at two of his six starts, Robbie Rocket has the ability to overcome the slight disadvantage of the No. 4 barrier. Henley Brook trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams will be looking for another stout-hearted effort from Overjoyed, who will start from the No. 3 barrier. After a convincing all-the-way victory over Sugar Street at Pinjarra on debut on April 13, Overjoyed trailed the pacemaking Lavra Joe when second to Lavra Joe in the Champagne Classic last Friday week.   Ken Casellas

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr is seriously contemplating a chance of tactics behind consistent pacer Carter Micheal when he drives the six-year-old from barrier five in the 2130m Christmas Sundowner Packages Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and his advice to punters is to overlook the horse’s fourth placing last week. “He might have looked a bit disappointing,” Hall said. “But they went ridiculous time (with final quarters of 28.4sec., 29.1sec., 28.1sec. and 27.4sec.) after we had burnt out hard from the outside (barrier eight) to get a good spot.” With Major Pocket scorching along in front Carter Micheal enjoyed an ideal trail in the one-out, one-back position, but just battled on in the home straight to finish three lengths from the winner who rated a brilliant 1.52.6 over the 1730m journey.  “It was a catch 22 situation,” Hall explained. “We got a good spot but paid the price for the early burn. He’s probably better when you don’t use him out of the gate like that. We’ll probably try to slot him in on Friday night and see where we end up.” Carter Micheal, trained by Nathan Turvey, is a consistent performer who has had 63 starts for 16 wins, 14 seconds and eight thirds. His past 11 starts have produced two wins, three seconds, three thirds and three fourths. The John Ellis-trained Black Jack Zac has a losing sequence of seven but looks very hard to beat from the prized No. 1 barrier, with Kyle Harper in the sulky. He possesses good gate speed, but is certainly not a noted frontrunner, with all his eight wins from 59 starts coming in races in which he has produced a spirited finishing burst. Marquisard, a five-year-old prepared by Craig Abercromby, is capable of a bold showing at his second outing after a spell and following his first-up 12th behind Mighty Flying Deal at odds of 125/1. He is a speedy beginner and Chris Lewis could well try to steal a march on his rivals by bursting to the front in the early stages. Hall had no hesitation in declaring the best of his winning chances on the ten-event program was the inexperienced Raging Bull four-year-old Wildwest in the Melbourne Cup Luncheon Pace in which the New Zealand-bred gelding will start from the inside of the back line. Wildwest, trained by Gary Hall Snr and a leading candidate for the rich classic for four-year-olds in the coming months, has not been extended in win at his only five starts one in New Zealand and four in WA. “His work has been really good, and this is not a particularly strong field,” said Hall Jnr. “If it was a stronger field I might have elected to stay on the pegs. But here I’ll be looking to come off the inside as soon as I can.” Hall is also bullish about the prospects of Overboard Again in the eighth event in which the seven-year-old is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line. Overboard Again impressed with his first-up second to Mighty Flying Deal last Friday night when he raced three wide in thee first lap and then without cover. “It’s a winnable race for him because of where he has drawn,” he said. “I’ve got options and he should improve a lot on last week’s performance.”   Ken Casellas

Fresh from a week off, Chicago Bull is poised to make it three wins from four starts this campaign, when he lines up in the Community TAB Free-For-All Pace (2130m) on Friday night. The six-year-old was a notable absentee from last week's FFA event, taken out by Luis Alberto. This week's FFA event has attracted a field of nine, with Chicago Bull's trainer Gary Hall Snr having five of the nine runners.  After a surprise defeat at his second start this campaign at the hands of Whozideawasthis, Chicago Bull was back to his best a fortnight ago when he settled outside and eventually wore down race leader Vultan Tin.  Despite drawing barrier seven for this week's $25,000 event, reinsman Gary Hall Jnr is bullish about Chicago Bull's chances. "It does look interesting," Hall Jnr said. "I'm not really sure what happens early, but it probably doesn't concern us too much. "He's well and he's raring to go. "He's going to be awfully short, but he should be winning." Whozideawasthis gets another chance to topple Chicago Bull this week, after he drew barrier two and has just Tommy Be Good to his inside.  Stuart McDonald has stuck with Whozideawasthis, following his fifth placing in last week's FFA. Lauren Jones is the new driver for the talented Herrick Roosevelt, who lines up for his first start since May 3, when he was unplaced behind Chicago Bull. A winner at 13 of his 29 starts, Herrick Roosevelt made an encouraging return from a long injury layoff earlier this year and progressed to FFA company. He starts from barrier three this week and looks set to have his chance to be in the finish from the draw. Hall Snr also has Tact Major and My Hard Copy in the race. My Hard Copy made a promising return in last week's FFA, where he ran on gamely from the rear of the field to finish fourth. Maczaffair looms as the main roadblock to Hall Snr taking out the FFA event, drawing barrier four. The mare produced a strong performance last week when third to Luis Alberto, her third start back from a spell.  Vincenzo Perrugia and Im Soxy round out the nine horse field, the latter of the two finished second to Luis Alberto last week. Hall Snr will be hopeful progressive four-year-old Ideal Liner can continue his winning form when he lines up in the Off The Track-More Than Just A Racehorse Pace (2130m). Ideal Liner has scored five wins from six starts this campaign, including his past four. His past two wins have both been on Friday night's at Gloucester Park, but will face a tricky test from barrier 11 this week.  Mighty Santanna, Mister Bushido, Warfare and Thereugo have all drawn on the front line ahead of Ideal Liner and will make life tricky for Hall Jnr in the sulky. Hall Snr and Hall Jnr will also team up with last start winner Mad Robber in the TABtouch-Better Your Industry Pace.   Tim Walker

Friday night's Group 2 Perth Plasterboard Centre Diamond Classic (2130m) for the three-year-old fillies shapes up as an intriguing edition of the feature. Trainer Justin Prentice's WA Oaks winner Has No Fear headlines the 12 horse field, along with stablemate Majorpride. Has No Fear has a significantly easier barrier in four for this week's event, but her stablemate may prove to be the hardest to beat from barrier one. Jocelyn Young retains the drive on Has No Fear, while Gary Hall Jnr will team up with Majorpride. Majorpride drew barrier one in a WA Oaks Prelude last month and was able to hold the front, before finishing third to Fake News. Hall Jnr said Majorpride's last start second to Countess Grace suggested she could hold the front again on Friday. "She went terrific last start in the breeze," Hall Jnr told GPTV. "I think she's in the form that suggests from this draw she can win the race. "We will be trying to make every post a winner from the draw and the way she's going I give her a big shot." The Mike Reed-trained Countess Grace and the David Thompson-trained Mandy Joan took out the two heats of the Diamond on May 14 but had contrasting fortunes at the barrier draw. Countess Grace will start from the outside of the front row in barrier nine, while Mandy Joan has drawn well in 12.  It was also quite the achievement from trainer Barry Howlett to qualify four fillies for the final, with All The Bells, Hello Hotshot, My Prayer and Millwood Gucci all doing enough in their heat runs. La Roue De Lamour, Bettor Pack It, Better Than Mint and Soho Interceptor round out the field.  The ever consistent La Roue De Lamour may have been a touch disappointing on face value in her heat, but barrier two is sure to see her play a prominent part in the final. Prior to her heat performance, the Annie Belton-trained filly had to be retired out of the WA Oaks in unfortunate circumstances.  The Bettors Delight filly was well respected in heading into the Oaks though, following meritorious displays in Oaks Preludes.  Belton said she was hopeful La Roue De Lamour had overcome issues stemming from her last start fifth to Mandy Joan. "After the last run I was disappointed," Belton told GPTV. "I got bloods done and she did have a virus and she'd carried it for a couple of weeks. "I'm not saying Mandy Joan wasn't a good horse, but I would've expected her to go straight past her. "When she (Mandy Joan) sprinted, we didn't so I knew there was something not quite right with her. "Hopefully I've got on top of it and she goes into the race on Friday nearly 100 per cent." Belton said she would leave it up to reinsman Kim Prentice as to whether La Roue De Lamour would try and cross Majorpride to lead the race. There was a welcome boost for Belton earlier this week when she found out Lady De La Renta would remain in her care for at least another month. The mare was set to head to America after her run in Friday night's Cubic Group Pace (2130m), but a change in plans to the transport arrangements has delayed her departure. Lady De La Renta was at her brilliant best in winning last weekend and will need to call on all that class to win from barrier eight on Friday night.  Belton said it was a hard decision to sell the mare to America, but the offers became too great to pass up. "Every day I look at her and wish I hadn't said yes," she said. "I just love her. "If she could win again for the Americans, I would be so delighted. "It's not going to be easy...if she's driven the same as last week, who knows." The Gary Hall Snr-trained Mister Bushido and Tact Major look set to be the major threats to Lady De La Renta, as do El Hombre and Chiaroscuro.   Tim Walker

Hopeland trainer Debra Lewis is enjoying a golden run of successes which should continue when speedy four-year-old The War Nurse contests the over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Saturday night. In the past 12 weeks Lewis has prepared 24 winners with The War Nurse winning at four of her six starts, and Luis Alberto (six wins), The Watch Maker (four), Carte Blanche (four), Vrai Amour (two), Lot Twenty One (two) and Pierre Whitby (two) all racing in with great enthusiasm. The War Nurse, to be handled by the trainer’s husband Chris, will start from the No. 5 barrier on Saturday night and the mare possesses such sparkling gate speed that she should be able to cross to the front and then dictate the terms of the 2130m event. Last Friday night, The War Nurse began very fast from barrier three and set the pace in the $50,000 WASBA Breeders Pace in which she fought on grandly to finish third behind Our Alfie Romeo and Rosies Ideal. She led from barrier five and won at a 1.55.8 rate from Ona Happy Note and The Trilogy a week earlier and scoring effortless victories at Pinjarra at her three previous outings. The War Nurse, who managed five thirds from 15 starts as a three-year-old, has really blossomed this season, with six wins, four thirds and three fourths from 13 starts. She is likely to be tested by smart mares in Beaudiene Beach Babe, Kitura and Purest Silk, but should emerge triumphant. Beaudiene Beach Babe, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr for trainer Justin Prentice, is favourably drawn at barrier three and should fight out the finish. She dashed to the lead after 400m in the standing-start Race For Roses last Friday week before relinquishing the front and being shuffled back to fifth, three back on the pegs, and then running home with great determination to finish a head second to Miss Sangrial. Kitura, trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, was unlucky at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week when she trailed the pacemaker Breach The Beach and was badly blocked for a clear run in the closing stages when third to that pacer over 1730m. She will have many admirers this week from the prized No. 1 barrier. Purest Silk, trained by Barry Howlett, will start from the inside of the back line and should be prominent. She notched her eighth win from 25 starts when she finished powerfully to win from Crystal Sparkles and the pacemaker Cut Above at a 1.57./6 rate on Tuesday night. The Lewis stable will also have a strong following in other events on Saturday night, with Pierre Whitby (race two), Lot Twenty One (race six), Soho Leviathan (race seven) and Luis Alberto (race ten). Luis Alberto, a New Zealand-bred gelding, has been a revelation in the past few months, with his 13 starts for Lewis producing six wins and three placings. He is handily drawn at barrier three in the final event on Saturday night, the 1730m The Bridge Bar Pace, and should fight out the finish for Jocelyn Young, who has formed a strong association with the five-year-old. Considerable interest in this event surrounds the first appearance in Western Australia of Victorian performer Mad Robber, an eight-year-old stallion who has hade 43 starts for 11 wins, ten seconds and four thirds. Mad Robber, prepared by Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr, will start from the coveted No. 1 barrier and reinsman Gary Hall jnr is sure to make full use of the horse’s good gate speed over the sprint trip. Mad Robber, driven by Maddison Brown, impressed in winning a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning when the horse began fast from barrier one, set the pace and sprinted the final 400m in 27.5sec. in beating Galante by one and a half lengths at a 1.57.3 rate. He will be having his first start on Saturday night since he raced in the breeze and wilted to fifth behind Rackemup Tigerpie over 1710m at Ballarat on December 26 last year.   Ken Casellas

Dracarys has reinforced her standing as the filly to beat in next month's WA Oaks, following an effortless win in the Oaks Prelude (2130m) at Gloucester Park. It was another impressive display from the Justin Prentice-trained filly, who scored by 5.8m to Soho Interceptor. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr slowly made his way to the front on the Bettors Delight filly from barrier 12 and was then too strong over the closing stages, where she ran home in 56.6. Fake News, who won the Oaks Prelude last week, finished third. Balcatherine, the second favourite in tonight's event, was unplaced after having to go back from the wide draw. Hall Jnr said it was a professional performance by Dracarys. "She's got good speed," he told RWWA Harness. "I always planned to put her into it tonight when the pace allowed us to. "She's got a motor to go with it too." Hall Jnr said he expected the filly to improve further for the Oaks and was full of praise for Prentice's training performance. "Justin has always been good at getting them to peak at the right time," he said. "This has always been the plan for her and her main aim this prep. "He's pretty good at what he does, so I just leave that up to him." Prentice then teamed up with reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green in the later in the night with fellow three-year-old Back In Twenty to take out the Glenroy Chaff Pace (2130m). A smart field of three-year-old colts and geldings assembled for the event, but a smart Egerton-Green drive was enough for the colt to score a comfortable win to Sangue Reale. Elsewhere on the Gloucester Park meeting, Mighty Conqueror took out a thrilling edition of the Group 2 Easter Cup (2902m). Mighty Conqueror eventually worked to the front after starting off a 20m Handicap, but had to hold off a fast-finishing As Happy As Larry. Reinsman Ryan Warwick declared post-race the four-year-old had the potential to be a key in feature races over the summer carnival. In the Free-For-All event of the evening, Vultan Tin showed his trademark toughness to score a narrow win over Always Arjay. Vultan Tin settled in the breeze for reinsman Chris Voak, as Always Arjay led from the inside barrier. The tough gelding loomed on the home turn and looked poised to score an easy win, but Always Arjay fought back on the inside to make it a tight finish. It was the second leg of a driving double for Voak, who scored on Back To The Beach earlier in the evening.   Tim Walker

Lightly-raced four-year-old Quick Stride has been shining on country tracks and he has bright prospects of extending his winning sequence to six when he contests the $18,000 Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night at his first appearance in the city. Trained at Boyanup by Justin Prentice and driven by Gary Hall Jnr, Quick Stride has won twice at Narrogin and four times at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park track. He is versatile, possessing good gate speed and powerful finishing burst. At his latest outing he charged home, out wide, from eighth at the bell to win by four lengths from It Aint Royal over 2569m at Donaldson Park last Saturday week. By American sire Live Or Die, Quick Stride is out of the unraced Northern Luck mare Lucky Stride, whose dam Jessica Clare had 118 starts for 11 wins, 39 placings and stakes of $81,285. Hall drove Jessica Clare to two Gloucester Park victories when the mare was trained by Ross Olivieri. Jessica Clare is the dam of the Olivieri-trained Back To The Beach, who looks a strong winning chance in the Bridge Bar Pace on Friday night. Toughest for Quick Stride to beat on Friday night is likely to be five-year-old Heez Manly, who will be having his third start after an absence 11 months. Heez Manly, to be driven by Stuart McDonald for champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, impressed last Friday night when he settled down in eighth position before dashing forward to race in the breeze with two laps to travel. Heez Manly challenged the pacemaker Liam Neil strongly before taking a narrow lead 270m from home and fighting on grimly when a close second to Liberty Rose. The Prentice-Hall Jnr combination will be strongly fancied to win the Christmas in July at the Beau Rivage Pace with Warfare, a New South Wales-bred six-year-old by Courage Under Fire who impressed at his West Australian debut at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week when he  raced in the breeze before surging away to win convincingly from Vincenzo Peruggia at a 1.53.6 rate over 1730m.  Warfare has good gate speed and is perfectly drawn at barrier one in the 2536m event. A winner of one race (at Penrith) in New South Wales, Warfare has won 11 times in Victoria. He is the first foal out of the Ultimate Falcon mare Flamin Yomax, who earned $123,609 from 15 wins and 18 placings from 61 starts. One of Warfare’s most serious rivals could well be Warriors Code, who caught the eye at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening when he charged home from last at the bell to be second to Mistersandman over 2130m. Friday night’s program should open with a spirited tussle between polemaker The Art Form and Im Soxy, who will start from the No. 5 barrier. Im Soxy, to be handled by Ryan Warwick for Bunbury trainer Brian Clemens, revealed excellent fighting qualities last Friday night when he worked hard in the breeze before taking the lead 100m from the post and winning by a head from the pacemaker Mighty Flying Deal. Warwick was full of praise, saying: “He did it really easily. He’s getting better and better and is not finished with yet.”   Ken Casellas

New Zealand-bred filly Balcatherine will begin her WA Oaks campaign when she starts in a prelude of the classic, the Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and she has the raw ability to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the inside of the back line in the 2130m event. She is unbeaten at her only two starts in New Zealand when she was not fully extended in moderate company in winning at a 2.1.1 rate over 2200m at Gore on December 27 and at a modest 2.6.6 rate over 2200m at Invercargill on January 21. Now prepared by Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr, Balcatherine will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr. “She’s got high speed and is going great at home,” said Hall Snr. “She’s probably a little bit underdone with a rushed preparation. This is a bit of a test for her, but she’s up to the task.” Balcatherine was not bustled at the start at her two runs in New Zealand and she revealed excellent sprinting ability to finish powerfully. At her debut at Gore she ran on from seventh (one-out and one-back) at the bell to move to the breeze 500m from home and then take the lead with 150m to travel. She beat the pacemaker Star Ruler by just over a length, with final quarters of 29.3sec. and 27.9sec. Then at Invercargill she started from barrier five in a field of seven and raced in fifth position, four back on the pegs, before going four wide on the home turn and bursting to the front 80m from the post to win, unextended, by two and a half lengths from Myrcella. Balcatherine’s rivals include several fillies aimed at the $150,000 Gannon’s WA Oaks on May 3. The Hall stable will also be represented by Fake News, a winner at six of her 15 starts. She will be driven by Stuart McDonald from barrier five and can improve on her seventh behind the brilliant Dracarys last Friday night when she had a tough run in the breeze. Justin Prentice, trainer of Dracarys, has two runners in Friday night’s event Majorpride (Michael Grantham) from barrier one and Fulfil The Dream (Nathan Turvey) from barrier three. Fulfil The Dream has blossomed this season, winning at three of her five starts. She gave a solid frontrunning display to win from The Royal Lady over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. That followed a sound third behind Dracarys and Majorpride at her previous outing. Busselton trainer Barry Howlett’s promising filly My Prayer will have admirers from the No. 4 barrier after her strong finishing wins at Pinjarra at her past two starts. And Annie Belton’s La Roue De Lamour is showing steady improvement with a good win from the breeze at Bunbury, followed by her good frontrunning display when a fight last-start second to Dracarys.   Ken Casellas

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