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Looks like a tough night to find winners at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but a few members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have settled on the same best bets for the 10-event card. Radio Great Southern’s form analyst and leader in the Guild’s tipping competition Warren Wishart and TABradio’s Matt Young have declared Vampiro in race five. “My best bet is No. 1 in race five, Vampiro,” Wishart said. “Been waiting for this guy to draw a gate and he finally gets that here. He is going well but, as we saw last preparation, he went to a new level leading in the State’s features and finished no further back than second. Should lead and win. Followers of the column have had a golden six weeks - let’s hope that can continue.” And Young echoes those comments. “Vampiro has come up with the perfect draw and gets reacquainted with Colin Brown,” Young said. “No question marks over whether he will go forward this week - he will lead and win over the longer trip.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas, fresh after a week’s sojourn down south, is keen on Quick Stride in the last race on the program. “Five-year-old Quick Stride has managed just one win from his past 21 starts, but he should appreciate a drop in class and is my best bet at on Friday night when he will start from the inside of the back line in the final event,” Casellas said. “The Ross Olivieri-trained gelding had no luck at all last Friday night when he raced three back on the pegs and was badly hampered for room in the last lap when fifth behind Lord Rosco.“ However, The West Australian’s Racing Co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and longshot guru Pat Harding don’t abide with Casellas’ summing up of the race. They are both in the camp of Marquisard, who has drawn the pole. “Marquisard resumed last week from a middle draw and only emerged late to catch a few runners in the closing stages,” Havercroft said. “He does his best racing on the speed and, having the inside barrier, should be right there for his second-up assignment.” And Harding agrees with his younger colleague. “Looks like a tough night at GP this Friday night with no obvious standouts,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in the last race of the night with No. 1 Marquisard. He ran eighth to Liam Neil first-up last week, but is ideally drawn here and with Chris Voak aboard, who has a habit of winning the last race, I expect a forward showing.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has opted for the speedy Lord Rosco as his best bet for the night. “Lord Rosco, looking primed to score his eighth win in nine starts, has become one of WA’s most consistent pacers since joining Stephen Reed’s stable a year ago,” Manning said. “His overall tally in 23 starts for Reed is 12 wins, five seconds, three thirds and two fourths. The gelding was most impressive when he led and won last Friday night.” Guild president Wayne Currall has settled on Mister Flying Ideal in the stand as his star bet. “Ryan Warwick, the stable foreman for the Bond stable, had the choice of drives between J B Mauney and Flying Mister Ideal and he chose the latter,” Currall said. “That’s a very good lead for punters and Flying Mister Ideal is quick away from the tapes and can post an all-the-way victory.” VALUE BETS WARREN: Best value race 10 No. 1 Marquisard. Looks another good night for saddlecloth 1 and we know Marquisard improves when he’s on the pegs. Doesn’t have the figure form so will be overlooked by many and get out in the market. Will give a great sight. MATT: The last race is an open affair with a bit of speed in the event. I am going to give Henwood Bay another chance. Even from the awkward draw, he should be value and is capable. KEN: For value, I suggest Star Fromthepalace in the opening event, in which she will start from the outside of the back line. She is wonderfully consistent and has resumed from a spell in fine style. Her past 10 starts have produced five wins and three placings. RYAN: Look for Stroke Of Luck to be sitting on Vampiro’s back and enjoying a run which should see him earning a minor cheque. PAT: My value bet comes in race three with No. 4 Liam Neil. He had an excellent win last week and I expect him to make it three wins in a row. He should be at a good price. ERNIE: Henwood Bay looked ready to win when placed two starts ago and his eighth last Friday night can be discarded. His sulky locked wheels and sustained a flat tyre. The gelding is a winner only once from his past 13 starts, but he has a total of 15 victories. WAYNE: Last week I threw out Euphoric Moment as my value tip and he almost got the money at good odds. He’ll be at double-figure odds on Friday night and he can go one better with an ounce of luck in running. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

Young trainer-reinsman Corey Peterson is hoping that a change of shoeing will enable Cant Refuse to return to the winning list when he contests the 2130m Off The Track Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Peterson admits that he was disappointed when Cant Refuse lacked sparkle and finished a well-beaten sixth behind Jack Farthing last Friday night, two weeks after his strong first-up victory at his first appearance for his new trainer. Last week Cant Refuse raced without cover before wilting in the final circuit. This week he is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line and Peterson is hoping he will make amends for last week’s failure. “After racing in the breeze last week, he didn’t let down in the final 600 metres,” Peterson said. “He was bolting before that. I now have found a few issues with him; it was mainly problems with his feet that was causing the headache. I’m hoping that a change of shoeing will do the trick.” Cant Refuse started from barrier five two starts ago when he wasn’t bustled early and raced wide before getting to the front after 650m. He was then untroubled to set the pace and win by a length from Sightseeing Anvil and Henwood Bay. Adding considerable interest to this week’s race will be the return to racing of the talented New Zealand-bred four-year-old Gran Chico, who will be having his first start since leading and fading to fifth behind Destined To Rule over 2130m on May 29. Gran Chico, trained by Mike Reed and to be driven by Mark Reed, has won at six of his 13 starts, but faces a stiff first-up test from the outside barrier (No. 9) in the field of 12. He set the pace in a 2150m Byford trial on Sunday morning and wilted in the home straight when second to the fast-finishing Mattjestic Star when the final 800m was covered in a modest 58.2sec. Mattjestic Star will start from the No. 1 barrier and Shannon Suvaljko looks set to set the pace and make a bold bid for an all-the-way victory. Other runners expected to be fancied include stablemates Liam Neil and Mister Bushido, Braeview Bondi, Dredlock Rockstar and Baylan Jett. Star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has chosen to drive Liam Neil (barrier four) in preference to Mister Bushido (six), saying: “Liam Neill is going really well and is a good each-way chance.” Liam Neill, trained by Gary Hall Snr, has set the pace and won very easily at his past two starts, but on Friday night he could find it difficult to wrest the lead from Mattjestic Star in the early stages. The Michael Brennan-trained Braeview Bondi should prove hard to beat after finishing strongly to be placed at his past two starts. Hall Jnr predicted a strong showing from My Carbon Copy (barrier seven) in the 2130m Better Your Industry With TABtouch Pace. “It’s a big drop in grade and if it was a 2500m race I’d declare him,” he said. “However, over 2100m, it gives the others a chance. I probably can’t go forward and probably will have to rely on a strong finish. He can run 56sec. for the last 800m, off the track.”   Ken Casellas

Chicago Bull is indisputably Western Australia’s champion pacer, and for an inexperienced performer to extend him in a track workout is indeed a notable achievement. Last week four-year-old mare Balcatherine impressed with a strong trackwork display against Chicago Bull and her effort was a firm indication that she would prove to be hard to beat, first-up, in the $22,000 Download The TABtouch App Today Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Balcatherine, prepared by Gary Hall Snr, is a promising, lightly-raced New Zealand-bred pacer who has had only 13 starts for six wins and four placings. She is favourably drawn at barrier No. 2 in Friday night’s 2130m event for mares in which she will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr. This will be her first appearance for five months. “She’s got the draw advantage and will go well first-up,” said Hall Jnr. “She’s working very good and she worked with Bully on the track last week when she really stretched his neck. She is going to need the run, but she should take advantage of the draw.” Hall aims to set the pace with Balcatherine, who is expected to receive strong opposition from Wainui Creek, the richly-talented newcomer from New Zealand who is prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and will be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green. Wainui Creek, the only runner on the back line, made an impressive Australian debut at Gloucester Park last Friday week when she raced without cover all the way and fought on with great determination to finish second, just a nose behind the pacemaker Millwood Molly, with a final quarter of 27.3sec. Capel trainer Aiden de Campo holds a powerful hand in this week’s race with Millwood Molly (barrier six) and Mandy Joan (barrier three). He has given punters a lead by deciding to drive Mandy Joan, who is in splendid form and has won at four of her past eight starts. Millwood Molly, a smart seven-year-old de Campo has driven to victory seven times, will be handled by Chris Lewis, who has driven the mare once, 36 starts ago when she finished boldly from the rear to win over 1609m at Bunbury on July 23, 2016. Our Alfie Romeo, a stablemate of Wainui Creek, and recent winners Typhoon Tiff, Has No Fear and Vivere Damore also will have admirers in what should prove to be a highly-competitive event. The powerful Bond stable holds an extremely strong hand in the $25,000 Better Your Club With TABtouch Pace, a 2536m event in which it has six of the nine runners, Vampiro, Galactic Star, Our Jimmy Johnstone, The Bird Dance, Ocean Ridge and Mighty Conqueror. Vampiro, to be driven by Colin Brown, makes strong appeal after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. The New Zealand-bred six-year-old is a speedy beginner and Brown will be attempting an all-the-way victory with the gelding he has handled 12 times for four wins and three placings. Last season’s WA Pacing Cup winner Mighty Conqueror (Dylan Egerton-Green) also should prove very hard to beat, despite drawing the outside barrier in the field of nine. The brilliant five-year-old made an excellent return to racing after an eight-month absence when he raced wide early and then in the breeze before fighting on solidly to finish second to the pacemaker Convert Denario over 2130m last Friday week. Leading reinsman Ryan Warwick will drive Galactic Star from barrier four, Michael Grantham will drive Our Jimmy Johnstone (barrier five), Aiden de Campo has been engaged for The Bird Dance (barrier six) and Deni Roberts will handle Ocean Ridge (barrier eight).   Ken Casellas

Victorian-bred four-year-old Perfect Major has thrown off the effects of troublesome knees and is poised to stretch his winning sequence to five by proving the master of his 11 rivals in the Preux Chevalier Pace, a $30,000 Group 3 feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Prepared by eight-time premier WA trainer Ross Olivieri, the much-travelled but lightly-raced Perfect Major has created a big impression at his first two appearances in this State, working hard in the breeze before sprinting home powerfully to score in fine style at Gloucester Park and Pinjarra. He dashed home over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 27.4sec. to win by a length from Triroyale Brigade over 2130m at Gloucester Park last Tuesday week and won by three lengths from Tellmetoattack over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday this week, with final quarters of 27.9sec. and 27.1sec. Perfect Major is one of three runners in Friday night’s race, with Olivieri declaring that the gelding was his best prospect, ahead of stablemates Diamond Life and Just Makemine Diamonds. Chris Voak, the regular reinsman for the three Olivieri pacers, has given punters a good lead by choosing to handle Perfect Major, who has been successful in Tasmania, South Australia and Victoria and boasts a career record of 28 starts for ten wins and nine placings. Perfect Major was off the scene for 12 months before having his first two starts for Olivieri. He qualified for the Victoria Derby by finishing second in a Derby heat at Ballarat in January 2019, but knee problems forced him to miss the final of the classic. He then resumed after a two-month break and had 16 starts in seven months, culminating with a striking performance to win by a head over 2240m at Swan Hill on October 25, 2019. After setting a slow early pace, Perfect major sprinted brilliantly to dash over the final 400m sections in 28.1sec. and 26.7sec. After that victory he succumbed to knee problems. “He was then put out for six months or more before being jogged up and sent over to me,” Olivieri said. “He showed in Victoria that he is very fast but didn’t do a lot of tough stuff. He’s got really good speed, and now that he is not feeling his knees, he is getting a bit tougher.” Chris Lewis will drive Diamond Life from the No. 2 barrier on the back line and Mitch Miller will handle Just Makemine Diamonds from barrier four on the front line. Olivieri said that he expected both pacers to be prominent on Friday night. “Diamond Life is a definite chance,” he said. “We gave him a bit of space between his runs and he was off his head at his most recent run, so we’ve now jammed a bit more work into him. His form prior to his latest run was very good. At his latest appearance Diamond Life raced wide before working in the breeze and wilting to sixth behind The Last Drop over 2536m last Friday night. Voak drove the six-year-old to convincing wins at each of his three previous starts, all at Gloucester Park. “Just Makemine Diamonds would shake the life out of this field if she was able to lead,” said Olivieri. “But I’m doubtful whether she will be able to cross to lead. However, she will have a bit of a dash (for the lead).” Collie trainer Errol Ashcroft will be hoping that Euphoric Moment will take advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier and end a losing sequence of 16. The four-year-old has impressed with strong finishing bursts to record excellent second placings at three of his past five starts. The experienced performer will be handled by his regular driver Deni Roberts and though he is generally regarded as a strong sit-sprinter, he also possesses good gate speed and has won after leading. Another four-year-old in the Chris Willis-trained The Verandah is favourably drawn at barrier No. 2. He is a strong frontrunner but is not always reliable at the start in mobile events. Michael Grantham has been engaged to drive the son of Alta Christiano. Alta Intrigue, prepared by Gary Hall Snr, is awkwardly drawn at barrier six and faces a stern test. The six-year-old reappeared last Friday night after an absence of 28 months when he enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail and fought on to finish fifth behind The Last Drop. Star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr said that he expected Alta Intrigue to improve on his first-up effort, saying: “He definitely needed the run, big time, first-up.”   Ken Casellas

Outstanding three-year-old filly Double Expresso’s future is under a cloud. A cyst on a hind pastern is causing the problem and she will undergo surgery on Thursday when a screw will be inserted in a bid to mend the damaged pastern. “She will then need three months off,” said trainer Ross Olivieri. “The prognosis is pretty good, and she has an excellent chance of recovery. “She will be unable to contest coming events for three-year-old fillies and the major feature events for fillies and mares (the $50,000 Norms Daughter Classic on November 13 and the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic on November 27). “I would say that Double Expresso was affected by this problem during her latest campaign; it might have taken the edge off her. All going well, it is possible she could be fit to resume racing in May. But we might even give her a bit of extra time and set her for the big races for mares at the end of next year.” Double Expresso has been a shining light as a two and three-year-old and has a wonderful record of 22 starts for 12 wins, seven placings and $313,196 in prizemoney. As a two-year-old she won two Group 1 features for fillies, the Sales Classic and the Westbred Classic, and as a three-year-old she won two Group 2 events, the Daintys Daughter Classic and Sales Classic, as well as the Group 3 Caduceus Club Classic when she beat Major Martini. She also finished a head second to Sports Package in the WA Oaks and a half-length second to Blockjorg in the Diamond Classic.   Ken Casellas

CHICAGO BULL BREAKS $2 MIL BARRIER Champion pacer Chicago Bull took out the $50,000 Group 2 Mount Eden Sprint (1730m) in emphatic fashion at Gloucester Park on Friday night, taking his stake earnings past an incredible $2 million in the process. Starting a raging $1.16 favourite, the Bettors Delight seven-year-old stopped the clock in a sizzling 1:53:2 mile rate en route to landing the 57th win of his career and his ninth from his past 10 starts. After jumping from barrier one, Hall of Fame driver Gary Hall Jnr held the lead with ease through the early stages before leaving his rivals in his wake courtesy of a breathtaking 26.6 third quarter and 54.2 last half. Main rival Shockwave ($5.50) sat in the breeze and battled on gamely to finish second, beaten just over six metres, while Vampiro ($23) ran on into third place a further 10.4 metres away. Chicago Bull’s victory was the first of four wins on the night for Hall Jnr and the first of three for champion trainer Gary Hall Snr.   AMERICAN ARMA MAKES NICE FIRST IMPRESSION Blue-blooded filly American Arma made an auspicious debut in the Cowcher The Insurance Brokers 2YO Fillies Preferred Pace (2130m) when finishing strongly to score by more than three metres. The American Ideal two-year-old is out of former Australian 2YO Filly of the Year, Arma Xpress, and justified trainer-driver Colin Brown’s high opinion of her in an ultra-professional first start performance. Brown settled the $2.90 race-favourite one-out and one-back before levelling up to race-leader Bettor Beach Belle ($12) turning for home and running away from her rivals over the final 100 metres. Goodealhmaddie ($8) finished a further metre away in third place. Following the race, Brown reported that American Arma pulled up surprisingly big and the veteran horseman was of the opinion there was plenty of improvement still to come.   THE LAST DROP GOES BACK-TO-BACK The Joshua Dunn-trained The Last Drop scored successive wins with Shannon Suvaljko in the sulky when leading from go-to-whoa in the Retravision Pace (2536m). The Allamerican Ingot four-year-old held the front from barrier one and skipped clear entering the straight before clinging on over the concluding stages to defeat the fast-finishing Euphoric Moment ($5.50) by a neck. The Kraken ($10) finished almost two metres away in third place, while Alta Intrigue ($4.40) encountered a chequered passage over the final 400 metres before finishing fifth in his first race for almost 28 months. Formerly trained by Justine Prentice and then Ross Olivieri, The Last Drop was transferred to Dunn’s care in July and has since recorded three wins and two minor placings from seven starts. The gelding’s win was the first of two on the night for Suvaljko.   JIMMY MACK BOUNCES BACK Ross Olivieri’s consistent pacer Jimmy Mack landed his second win from his past three starts in the Westral Pace when surviving a late scare over the late stages of the 2130m event. Starting the $1.55 race favourite, the Washington VC eight-year-old was allowed a soft lead as the seven-horse field settled in Indian file and driver Chris Lewis still looked to be in complete control making the final turn before Bettor Be Oscar ($8.50) finished powerfully to issue a strong challenge in the straight. Lewis and Jimmy Mack lifted over the late stages to hold on by a half-neck, while second-favourite My Carbon Copy ($2.90) recorded his seventh-consecutive top-three finish when filling third position a further five metres away. Jimmy Mack was well-found as a $2.35 elect at his previous start before being heavily pressured for the lead and subsequently fading to finish a distant fifth, however, he was able to bounce back to his best on Friday to continue his sound form since resuming from a freshen-up. The gelding has returned three wins and two minor placings from seven starts since August 21.   PATRICK RETURNS TO BEST FORM Colin Brown’s night went from good to great when his former Group 1-winning three-year-old Patrickthepiranha bounced back to his best to lead all-of-the-way in the TABtouch Pace (2130m). After openly conceding the Four Starzzz Shark CA gelding needed to improve on recent form, Brown’s decision to apply the hood-type blinkers for the first time paid dividends when the $9.50 chance flew off the arm to lead from barrier five and never really looked in danger from then on. Race-favourite I’m Soxy ($2.35) drew the pole and settled leaders-back after being crossed by Patrickthepiranha and stuck on well to finish second, while Roman Aviator ($26) improved from a last-start disappointment to fill third position. Eloquent Mach ($9), Stroke Of Luck ($4.80) and Whozideawasthis ($5.50) each received interference at various stages before finishing fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. Patrickthepiranha’s 1:55:8 winning mile rate was his best performance since clocking 1:55:4 in his $100,000 Group 1 3YO Colts & Geldings Westbred Classic victory 16 months ago.   JACK FARTHING SCORES AT WA DEBUT Former New South Wales pacer Jack Farthing appears destined for future success for new trainer Justin Prentice after an impressive win at his WA debut in the Simmonds Steel Pace (2536m). Previously trained by John McCarthy in Menangle, the McArdle five-year-old was having his first start for 35 days when settled leaders-back behind race-favourite Baylan Jett ($2.90) and he raced fiercely through the middle stages, however, he was still able to let down with a sharp turn-of-foot to reel in a brave Braeview Bondi ($12) by a half-neck. Baylan Jett battled on fairly to finish just over four metres away in third place. Champion driver Gary Hall Jnr reported afterwards that Jack Farthing wasn’t entitled to win the race after over-racing badly and felt the gelding had plenty of scope for improvement moving forward. Meanwhile, Braeview Bondi is knocking on the door for another win after continuing to race consistently despite not having drawn inside barrier four for six starts.   CARTER MICHEAL GOES OUT WITH A BANG Bettors Delight entire Carter Micheal bowed out from racing a winner after scoring a dominant victory at his 83rd and final race start in the Etch Coatings Pace (2130m). Starting the $1.80 race favourite, the Nathan Turvey-trained and Emily Suvaljko-driven six-year-old took his career stake earnings past $200,000 after leading from start-to-finish and romping in by almost 18 metres. Crocodile Kid ($5) settled leaders-back from barrier one and finished runner-up, while Destined To Rule ($31) was a head away in third after hitting the line strongly from back in the field. Carter Micheal finishes his career with three wins, three minor placings and seven top-five finishes from his past nine starts.   LIAM NEIL JUSTIFIES SHORT QUOTE Liam Neil landed two wins in the space of three days when making good of his $1.45 starting price in The West Australian Pace (2130m). After recording an effortless win by more than 13 metres at Gloucester Park on Tuesday, the Modern Art five-year-old handled a rise in grade with ease to score by eight metres. Outsider Be On Guard ($71) was given a nice push by driver Maddison Brown pre-race and hit the line well into second place, while Lightning Jolt ($8) was a further half-metre away in third after also doing his best work over the late stages. The Gary Hall Snr-trained Liam Neil has now recorded 15 wins and 16 minor placings from his 64 career starts and appears to be an improved horse in his three runs back this preparation. Meanwhile, noted speedster Dreamy Nights ($6.50) failed to beat a runner home at his race return when making an unsuccessful bid for the lead and subsequently tiring to be beaten 33 metres at the finish.   LORD ROSCO LEADS ALL OF THE WAY Prolific winner Lord Rosco scored his seventh win from his past eight starts when leading from barrier to box in the Channel Seven Pace (2536m). Prepared by Stephen Reed, the relatively lightly-raced Bettors Delight five-year-old has a brilliant race record of 31 career starts for 14 wins and 12 minor placings and was the recipient of strong backing on Friday, backed from $2.60 into $2.15 with TABtouch. Consistent type Maras Ace Man ($9.50) continued his good form when hitting the line well from an unfavourable draw to finish second, while drifting pre-post favourite Roman Art ($2.25 to $2.40) was held up for the majority of the straight before finishing third. Rocknroll Whitby ($31) and Henwood Bay ($17) locked wheels and the latter suffered a flat tyre before the pair faded to finish a distant seventh and eighth respectively.   VIVERE LAMORE LANDS PLUNGE Peter Tilbrook-trained mare Vivere Lamore landed good bets in the Worldwide Printing Fillies & Mares Pace (2130m) when scoring an all-the-way win with Shannon Suvaljko in the sulky. The Lincoln Royal five-year-old opened at $6.50 in pre-post markets with TABtouch and was as high as $4.80 within 10 minutes of the jump before getting crunched into $3.80 late and recording her first win since for 16 starts. Suvaljko was full of confidence of a return to winning form for the mare pre-race and went on to chalk up the second leg of a winning double on the night, however, it wasn’t before a scare from the fast-finishing Suzies Gem ($34). The Peter Lodding-trained mare settled leaders-back before getting clear on straightening and launching late to miss by a neck, while rank outsider C C Cheveron ($51) showed marked improvement to finish just over four metres away in third place. The well-found Queen Shenandoah ($3.20) was inconvenienced before finishing at the tail of the nine-horse field.   THE IDEAL TOUCH REMAINS UNBEATEN IN THE WEST Progressive three-year-old The Ideal Touch made it four wins from as many starts in WA when scoring easily in a dramatic edition of the Owners Only 3YO Pace (2130m) to round out the night. Stormyskyes ($31) and Middlepage ($5.50) locked horns in a spirited battle for the lead through the early stages before the former broke into a gallop and the latter soon followed, causing interference in the field. Gary Hall Jnr and The Ideal Touch ($2.30) were the beneficiaries of the incident and subsequently strode forward to claim the lead unchallenged before skipping clear on straightening and scoring by almost four metres. Warriors Legacy ($19) finished runner-up, while Hotfoot It ($7.50) was a further two metres away in third place. A former New Zealand import, The Ideal Touch has now won five of his eight career starts and appears destined for bigger and better things in the future.   Michael Heaton

Tomorrow night sees the running of the Mount Eden Sprint, taken out last year by Argyle Red, at Gloucester Park. Get the all important last word from each of the key players on the 11 event card. RACE 1 – COWDEN THE INSURANCE BROKERS 2YO FILLIES PREFERRED PACE Michael Blakemore (GOODEALEHMADDIE): “She has the gate speed to hold up early and put herself in a forward spot. Porgressive filly and I do really like her. One to follow.” Colin Brown (AMERICAN ARMA): “Well bred filly who has the ability and is very forward.”  (Gladys Gugman) Chris Voak (STAR LILY): “Improving with each run. Each-way with a good trip.”  (Yellowroseoftexas) Aiden De Campo (SECRET REACTION): “Tough draw. Should improve on previous runs.” Emily Suvaljko (LETSDANCETONIGHT): “Connections said she’s come through her last run well. Will look to use the advantage on the two drawn to our outside.” Nathan Turvey (BETTOR BEACH BELLE): “I like the filly. Each-way with luck in running from the draw.” Shannon Suvaljko (BENESARI LANE): “Great first-up and drove her during the week a couple of times and has improved immensely. Bad draw but she’ll still go very well.” Colin Brown (JOELENE): “Another well related filly with a very good turn of speed.” Jemma Hayman (KISSED BY A ROSE): “Place chance. She will go okay.” RACE 2 – RETRAVISION PACE Shannon Suvaljko (THE LAST DROP): “Great draw after working hard to lead last start over the same distance. Will lead and go very close.”  (Euphoric Moment) Aiden De Campo (THE KRAKEN): “Was really good last start and has trained on well. Drawn to be on speed. Each-way with racing luck.”  Ryan Bell (Radiant Amber): “Has really hit her best form of late. Tricky draw but 2500 is in her favour. Really good each-way chance.”  (Major Shard) Ross Olivieri (THE LAST PARISIAN): “Tough draw. He was terrific last week. Distance will suit. Place chance Lindsay Harper (BEACH SKIPPER): “The draw doesn’t help. It’s an even field. Improving every run but it’s just a tough draw.  (Be My Rock)  (Tiffany Twirl) Gary Hall Snr (ALTA INTRIGUE): “Intriguing horse. Did a tendon twice. I want to try win a city race in case he goes amiss. Needs the run. Nice trailing draw. Each-way.” Chris Voak (DIAMOND LIFE): “In good form. The journey suits. Has solid claims.” Jocelyn Young (LA SULIEMAN): “If the one leads and the 11 doesn’t go to the pegs we can be handy enough to finish top five.” RACE 3 – WESTRAL PACE Ross Olivieri (JIMMY MACK): “Good draw. Respect the two horse. It does look his race to lose though.” Aiden De Campo (BETTOR BE OSCAR): “Really happy with him first-up. Looks to get a good run from the gate.” Gary Hall Snr (MY CARBON COPY): “He’s a chance. One hard to beat. Needs soft run. Gets the right run he’s each-way.” Greg Bond (TAROONA BROMAC): “Hoping for a return to form.” Dylan Egerton-Green (OUR PERKINS): “Draw makes it tough. Will be driven sit-kick.” Nathan Turvey (BEE SEVENTEEN): “The horse is going well.” Chris Voak (TOUCH OF SUCCESS): “Drawn wide. Not sure where he’s at. Will be guided by the trainer.” Shannon Suvaljko (MATTJESTIC STAR): “Good trial on Sunday. Bad draw. Will go okay but wait until he can find the front again.” RACE 4 – TABTOUCH PACE Kim Prentice (IM SOXY): “He’s much better on the fence and the way he went first-up I think if he leads he’s the one to beat.” Chris Voak (STROKE OF LUCK): “Ran well first-up from a break. Felt excellent at track work during the week. Expecting a strong performance from the favourable draw.” Gary Hall Snr (WHOZIDEAWASTHIS): “He’s a good chance. Needs everything to go his way in the run. Ran out of legs late last week. Should be improved.” Greg Bond (EL JACKO): “Can figure.” Colin Brown (PATRICKTHEPIRANHA): “Has the hood on this week. Looking for improvement.” Gary Hall Snr (ELOQUENT MACH): “He’s always chance with right run.” Shane Young (ROSIES IDEAL): “Happy with her. Expect her to be competitive.” Dylan Egerton-Green (TYLER BRETT): “Hard from the draw.” Shannon Suvaljko (ROCK ME OVER): “Has continued to race well week in week out. He will run another honest race.” Aldo Cortopassi (ROMAN AVIATOR): “It’s a good draw. Imagine the one will run the gate hard. Bit disappointing last start. Seems to have freshened up well. Expect to go well this week.” RACE 5 – MOUNT EDEN SPRINT Gary Hall Snr (CHICAGO BULL): “He will lead and he’s a good miler. He’s not crossable.” Aiden De Campo (SHOCKWAVE): “Looks like an exciting race on paper. Should be fun.” Nathan Turvey (SIMBA BROMAC): “He didn’t have a lot luck last week. It’s a draw where he should be able to earn. Greg Bond (OCEAN RIDGE): “Very good chance for the novelties.” Lindsay Harper (BLETCHLEY PARK): “It looks hard with the fancies drawn one and two. Sectionals have been good. He races best when he’s driven cold and can run on strongly.  (Argyle Red) Greg Bond (VAMPIRO): “Very good chance for the novelties as well.” Aldo Cortopassi (CONVERT DENARIO): “Hard with the two favourites drawn one and two. Wil drive conservatively and see what happens.” Emily Suvaljko (VINCENZO PERUGGIA): “Very good effort first-up and would have improved with that run. Classy field. Whatever he does he will improve on.”   RACE 6 – SIMMONDS STEEL PACE Aiden De Campo (BAYLAN JETT): “Grows a leg in front and has the draw and gate speed to lead.” Justin Prentice (JACK FARTHING): “Will know a lot more after this run. Working well at home but racing at GP over 2500m is different to what he’s used to at Menangle. Will improve on whatever he does. Each-way.” Gary Hall Snr (MISTER BUSHIDO): “He’s an each way chance.” Corey Peterson (CANT REFUSE): “Good little race. It will be interesting to see how Justin’s goes but my bloke is working really well and should be a lot sharper. Don’t know how the race is going to be run.”  Michael Brennan (Braeview Bondi): “Just can’t seem to draw inside his main dangers. Dashed well last week. Hoping for the same this week.” Shannon Suvaljko (A BOY NAMED ROSIE): “Racing well. Good place claims again.”  (Star Armbro) Matt Scott (ALWAYS ARJAY): “Too wide a barrier.”  (Jilliby Jake) RACE 7 – ETCH COATINGS PACE  (Crocodile Kid) Shannon Suvaljko (QTOWN RIP ROARING): “Good draw for him and been unlucky the last few starts so he’s not out of it.” Nathan Turvey (CARTER MICHEAL): “Last start for him, so I hope goes out a winner. We won’t be looking for luck.” Jocelyn Young (BETTYS LASS): “Bad draw and will find a few too good.” Brett Smith (MCARDLES GEM): “Will be driven quietly and look for improvement on last start.” Aldo Cortopassi (IM SPIDERMAN): “He went well last start. Not 100 per cent on a plan of attack.” Greg Bond (CAPTAIN KIRK): “Place at best from the draw.”  (Allwoods Rocknroll)  (Destined To Rule) Chris Voak (FREE TO AIR): “Perfec draw. Good each-way chance with luck.” Callan Suvaljko (SIGHTSEEING ANVIL): “Racing well. Will drive to how the race goes early. Then will be driven to get home.” Brett Smith (BURNING RUBBER): “Looks tough from the draw.” RACE 8 – THE WEST AUSTRALIAN PACE Shannon Suvaljko (CHARLIE EL): “Great draw for him to follow the two. Hopefully he can sit on speed and run a place.” Gary Hall Snr (LIAM NEIL): “He should lead and win. Went good Tuesday. He will keep on improving.” Aldo Cortopassi (DREAMY NIGHTS): “I think the two has enough speed. If my bloke hits the arm right though not much can hold out. If we lead he’s a realistic chance. Hard if he doesn’t.” Ryan Warwick (LIGHTNING JOLT): “Will need luck. Let’s hope it’s all good.”  (Bob Wheel) Chris Voak (MARQUISARD): “Tricky draw. Has been track working well enough. Novelty hope first-up from a break.”  (Tanaka Eagle)  (Ideal Investment)  (Sokys Bigbullet) Lindsay Harper (THEREUGO): “The last two months he’s been going ordinary. We’ve been pulling our hair out. I thought he was on the way back two runs back. I thought he would win last start before he locked wheels. The draw isn’t his cup of tea. I think he’s back but I’d like a front line draw.” Dylan Egerton-Green (HOIHO): “Racing well. Needs luck to go his way.”  (Be On Guard) RACE 9 – CHANNEL 7 PACE Chris Voak (ROMAN ART): “Won well last week. Had plenty left. Perfect draw in a rise in grade. Solid hope.” Ross Olivieri (QUICK STRIDE): “Place chance with some winning hope. Should get the run of the race.”  (Henwood Bay) Stephen Reed (LORD ROSCO): “If he can find the lead he’s a solid chance.” Aldo Cortopassi (ART TUTOR): “We will come off the arm and have a look. The breeze would be perfect. Going well, he just needs the breaks to go his way. Aiden De Campo (MARAS ACE MAN): “Distance suits. Draw hurts but he will run a good race.” Callan Suvaljko (ROCKNROLL WHITBY): “Will go back and take shortcuts. Racing well but the draw hurts him.”  (Black Jack Zac) RACE 10 – WORLDWIDE PRINTING PACE Callan Suvaljko (SUZIES GEM): “Supposed to be working well. Has the draw so I will be taking advantage of that.” Shannon Suvaljko (VIVERE DAMORE): “Great draw for her. She can lead and win. She’s peaking at the moment. Unlucky last start and jumped off last week and told Tilly (Peter Tilbrook) she will win next start. I’ll see if I’m on the mark.” Matt Scott (C C CHEVRON): “Racing well. Knock out hope.”  Bailey McDonough (Thejewelinhereye): “Will save her up and she will be running on.” Aiden De Campo (AMERICAN DELIGHT): “Had a freshen-up and is working well at home. Each-way with racing luck.” Aiden De Campo (DELIGHTFULREACTION): “Never runs a bad race. Needs things to go her way though.” Chris Voak (QUEEN SHENANDOAH): “Racing well. This looks a suitable assignment. Each-way chance with average.” Emily Suvaljko (TALKERUP): “Will go forward out of the gate. Is racing enough to be competitive in this field.” Jocelyn Young (HAS NO FEAR): “Expect her to run well. Bad draw but a small field. If there’s speed on she can run into the money.” RACE 11 – OWNERS ONLY 3YO PACE  (Sax Player) Aldo Cortopassi (GENERAL JOLT): “We will come off the arm and drive the race as it happens. I don’t think I can push him early as he broke two starts ago and got out of gear.” Lindsay Harper (MIDDLEPAGE): “He’s a progressive type. Learning the ropes still. Had three runs back from being gelded. He ran second to Luke Edwards’ nice three-year-old. He should’ve won next start from barrier one but broke at the start. Then he chased soho Hamilton to a head. If he leads give them something to chase here.”  (Stormyskyes) Jocelyn Young (WARRIORS LEGACY): “Tricky draw but is improving. Will drive him quietly and he should be hitting the line strong.” Kyle Harper (MEDIEVAL MAN): “Tough draw. Might be coming to the end of his campaign.” Chris Voak (HOTFOOT IT): “Interesting runner. Savaged the line last run and felt great. Could run a very cheeky race.” Stephen Reed (POCKET THE CASH): “Tough from the draw. Place chance.” Aiden De Campo (BLUE CHIP ADDA): “Really good run last week. Will be improved from the run. Just needs a genuine tempo and she shouldn’t be too far away.” Gary Hall Snr (THE IDEAL TOUCH): “The draw hasn’t helped. He can win it though.   by Tim Walker

The $50,000 Mount Eden Sprint (1730m) takes pride of place at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Group 2 feature brings together WA’s best two horses, Chicago Bull and Shockwave, in what promises to be another mighty clash between the pair. Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have, however, looked elsewhere on the 11-event card to find their star bets for the meeting. The West Australian’s Racing Co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and The West’s Ernie Manning believe Liam Neil can line the pockets of punters. “Liam Neil soundly accounted for a weaker field here Tuesday night at his second run for the Hall stable,” Havercroft said. “He looks likely to find the front from barrier two and will then be the one to beat.” Manning agrees with his colleague. “Liam Neil, a recent addition to Gary Hall’s stable, impressed in a Gloucester Park win on Tuesday night and looks ready for a successful class rise,” Manning said. “The five-year-old will be racing third-up and should be further improved. He is among top drives at the meeting for Hall’s reinsman son Gary Jnr.” TABradio’s Hayden King is keen on the chances of another Hall runner in the last on the big program. “The Ideal Touch has had a few easy kills but steps up now,” King said. “His times suggest he will measure up and get more prominent early than key rivals who are drawn wide. He looks hard to beat.” Longshot guru Pat Harding is tipping a better night for punters on Friday night. “Certainly last Friday night at GP was a distinct improvement over recent weeks for both tipsters and punters,” Harding said. “Hopefully the trend continues. My best bet for the meeting comes up in race four with No.5 Patrickthepiranha. He had a pretty ordinary run last week but we know he’s a better horse than that and I expect a far more positive showing this week.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst and leader in the Guild’s tipping competition Warren Wishart has made Carter Micheal his best bet. “Carter Michael looks very well graded here and from the low draw should find the lead and be awfully hard to beat,” Wishart said. TABradio’s Matt Young has opted for consistent mare Vivere Damore as his best. “Vivere Damore has been unlucky as of late, she steps out from a positive draw and excels as a frontrunner,” Young said. “Looks a big player.” However, Guild president Wayne Currall has a different spin on the race. “American Delight drops in class for this assignment,” Currall said. “She has been racing against the A-grade mares of late and holding her own. She comes out of gate five, which shapes as a tricky draw, but trainer-driver Aiden De Campo should be able to position her just off the pace. She could prove too strong at the finish for her eight rivals.” VALUE BETS RYAN: Charlie El is unplaced through his last 41 starts, but can dispel his poor numerical form by following Liam Neil into the placings. ERNIE: Im Soxy has not won in his past 19 starts, but will appreciate gate one and a class drop. He has raced in strong company when unplaced at his past two starts. The gelding is a winner of nine Gloucester Park races. HAYDEN: Diamond Life has strung together a few strong wins and he rises in class now. However, he has shown all the attributes to suggest he can do work and still be a solid chance in this line-up.  PAT: My value bet comes in race 10 with No.7 Queen Shenandoah. She has been a model of consistency and I won't be at all surprised if she outruns this field and gives a good return. WARREN: Im Soxy is another who looks well graded and he too should appreciate the low draw. Will be underestimated by the market and has solid claims. MATT: Free To Air has drawn beautifully, he is racing well and has to be respected with normal race luck. WAYNE: Punters who burnt their fingers on Euphoric Moment last start shouldn’t write him off. He’s drawn ideally in gate two and can finish over the top of them off a fast pace. Good punting.   Wayne Currall

Last but not least, the night rounds out with star three-year-old Blue Chip Adda having her second start back from a spell. The prized filly took out the Group 1 Allwood Stud Farm 3YO Fillies Westbred Classic on June 19 at her last start before a break but she appeared unsuited when settled behind a slow tempo and subsequently finishing fifth at her race return last week. Sharp improvement can be expected this Friday, however, she faces a tough task from the outside of the front line under the preferential barrier draw conditions. Rival Hotfoot It has also drawn awkwardly in barrier seven but looms as the main threat if he can re-produce a performance similar to his slashing half-head third to Soho Hamilton when racing first-up a fortnight ago. Friday night’s meeting will kick off at 4.47pm AWST, with the final event to be run at 9.55pm AWST.   Michael Heaton

Friday night’s bumper 11-race card at Gloucester Park will see the running of the annual $50,000 Group 2 Mount Eden Sprint (1730m), highlighted by a mouth-watering clash between superstar duo Chicago Bull and Shockwave. The pair have sets tongues wagging nation-wide off the back of an exciting new rivalry this spring, which currently sits at one win apiece after $1.97 million earner Chicago Bull turned the tables on his younger opponent in the Group 2 Stratton Cup (2130m) on October 2, three weeks after Shockwave defeated him by the shortest of margins in the James Brennan Memorial Pace (2536m). An intriguing speed battle also looms over the mile of Friday’s feature event after Chicago Bull drew the pole position, with Shockwave drawn directly outside him in barrier two and noted front-runners Vampiro and Convert Denario coming out of gates seven and eight respectively. Vampiro is one of two Greg and Skye Bond runners engaged in the race, with stablemate and Listed Winter Cup winner Ocean Ridge set to race second-up from a spell. Talented duo Bletchley Park and Simba Bromac will also be starters, while Argyle Red will be looking to land back-to-back Mount Eden Sprint wins after taking out last year’s edition.   Michael Heaton

Later in the night top Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice will team up with Gary Hall Jnr when the astute combination unveils Jack Farthing, a 16-time winner formerly prepared by John McCarthy in New South Wales, at the five-year-old’s WA debut. The McArdle gelding was a beaten $2 favourite at his last outing at Menangle on September 5 but recorded a fast-finishing third over 2300m in 1:54:1 at his start prior to that. Jack Farthing has drawn barrier two, while honest campaigner Baylan Jett has come up with the pole position for the first time since leading all of the way over the same distance five starts ago. Talented trio Mister Bushido, Can’t Refuse and Braeview Bondi have drawn gates three, four and five respectively.   Michael Heaton

The race prior to Friday’s feature promises to be a competitive battle with Gary Hall Snr-trained pair Whozideawasthis and Eloquent Mach set to take on a quality field that includes Stroke Of Luck, El Jacko and Patrickthepiranha. Whozideawasthis returned to racing off a nine-and-a-half month break last Friday night and finished a narrow second to Our Perkins in 1:55:1, beating home his better-credentialed stablemate and a similar field to whom he faces in his upcoming encounter. The Ross Olivieri-prepared Stroke Of Luck, who has drawn inside of Whozideawasthis in barrier two on Friday, looks capable of squaring the ledger after having finished second to Chicago Bull from the same draw in a blistering 1:53:2 mile rate on July 24. Group 1-winning three-year-old Patrickthepiranha will have the addition of hood blinkers for this assignment and will also be looking to bounce back to his best form after finishing a beaten favourite at his past two starts, however, he may have his work cut out after drawing outside of his main rivals in barrier five again. Eloquent Mach, a winner at 13 of 32 starts, will come out of gate six.   Michael Heaton

Race eight will see the Hall camp produce dominant last-start winner Liam Neil off a three-day back-up at the Modern Art five-year-old’s third run back from a spell after a sizzling display at Gloucester Park on Tuesday. The gelding easily accounted for lesser company by more than 13 metres and looks well-placed to score again, however, he may face a spirited battle for the lead from speedy customer Dreamy Nights who has drawn directly outside of him. The Ray Williams-trained pacer will be having his first start since May 22, while fellow first-upper Marquisard could also run a race at big odds after recording some sharp times at the start of the year.   Michael Heaton

Convert Denario’s nostalgic victory Nostalgia ran high at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Convert Denario maintained his superb form with a powerful frontrunning performance to score an emphatic victory in the $25,000 Fred Doy Memorial. The big six-year-old gelding was produced in splendid condition for his first outing for six weeks by astute Mount Helena trainer Ray Williams, whose wife Dot is a daughter of the late Fred Doy, a former outstanding trainer and driver whose ashes are buried adjacent to the winning post at Gloucester Park. “It was great to win this race,” said a proud Williams, whose son Grant drove Matt In Black to a fast-finishing win over Crab Stick and Lennon in the inaugural Doy Memorial in December 2006. Convert Denario, favourite at $2.40, is looming large as a major player in the $300,000 Fremantle Cup on November 20 and the $450,000 WA Pacing Cup on December 4. Williams is anxious to keep Convert Denario fresh and intends to space the gelding’s races before the major Cup events. Therefore, there is a strong possibility that Convert Denario will bypass the $50,000 Mount Eden Sprint next Friday night, a race expected to feature leading Cups candidates Chicago Bull, Shockwave and Might Conqueror. “Our main aim for the horse is the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups,” said Williams. “He is a big raw-boned horse who is not particularly robust. So, we try to keep him fresh and not to go to the well too many times.” Aldo Cortopassi took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier and Convert Denario was not extended in holding Our Jimmy Johnstone at bay in the early stages. Mighty Conqueror, making his first appearance since winning the WA Pacing Cup last January, raced four wide early before being restrained by Ryan Warwick to settle in eighth position. Gary Hall jnr urged My Carbon Copy forward early and his three-wide run was followed by Mighty Conqueror, who eventually moved to the breeze after a lap. Convert Denario dashed over the final quarters in 28.2sec. and 27.8sec. and went on to win by just under a length from Mighty Conqueror, rating 1.55.9 over the 2130m journey. My Carbon Copy fought on gamely to be third, just ahead of The Bird Dance, who was hopelessly blocked for a clear passage in the final stages after trailing the leader throughout. The New Zealand-bred Convert Denario has earned $175,211 from 15 wins and 12 placings from 38 starts.   Bracken Sky proving a good buy Five-year-old Bracken Sky continues his steady rate of improvement and is proving a good buy for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg, her husband John and loyal stable clients Don and Adele Simmons. After winning at ten of his 45 starts in New South Wales, Bracken Sky was sold for $20,000 to his West Australian owners, and now he has raced 38 times in WA for four wins, 12 placings and $85,183 in prizemoney. A $5.80 chance, Bracken Sky was driven in fine style by Jocelyn Young to win the $30,000 Kersley Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bracken Sky, from the No. 3 barrier, led for the first 450m before the freewheeling $3.40 favourite Rakasinc assumed control and he sped over the final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.1sec., but was unable to hold out the fast-finishing Bracken Sky, who went three wide on the home turn before bursting to the front 90m from the post to beat Rakasinc by just over a length at a 1.5 4.8 rate over 2130m. The Buckeye Bullet ($4.20) and Queen Shenandoah ($14) each performed strongly to finish third and fourth, respectively. The Buckeye Bullet had a tough run in the breeze throughout and fought on grandly, while Queen Shenandoah thundered home from eleventh at the bell. “Bracken Sky is now going to have a break,” said Mrs Padberg. “He’s no champion but will keep running good races. He’s worth every cent we paid for him. “Bracken Sky is typical of all the pacers from Sydney, all they’re taught to do is to run a mile, and to run the gate. So, we’ve got to teach them to settle and to get the extra distance. And Jocelyn is ideal for him. She is quiet and he responds well to her.”   First city win for almost six years Coolup trainer Victor Bryers, a rare visitor to Gloucester Park, recorded his first city victory for almost six years when Chris Voak drove the promising, lightly-raced Roman Art to an easy win in the 2130m Mondo Doro Smallgoods Pace on Friday night. It was his first success at Gloucester Park since Voak was successful with the Bryers-trained Mosquito Buzzin, a $27.30 outsider who finished fast to beat Dashing Christian by a head on December 12, 2014 --- a week after Voak had guided the old gelding to win at $12.90. Those were among the final few races contested by Mosquito Buzzin for the New Zealand-born Bryers, and his only city runners since then have been four starts with Roman Art, a WA-bred stallion by Art Major. Bryers races Roman Art on lease from breeder John McIntosh and the horse has shown considerable promise, earning $54,693 from nine wins and five placings from just 18 starts. “It is by design that Roman Art is lightly raced and did not appear as a two-year-old,” said Bryers. “I wanted to give him plenty of time to develop and mature, and now he has just come of age. One day, I’d like to have a crack at the Pinjarra Cup with him. That’s his favourite track, so hopefully he can achieve that one day.” Roman Art, having his first start for almost five months, was big and burly for his first-up assignment. But he was produced in excellent condition by Bryers, starting favourite at $1.55, dashing to the front after 350m, setting the pace and running the final quarters in 28sec. and 28.7sec. to beat $91 outsider The Last Parisian, who fought on gamely after working hard without cover.   Suvaljko’s early birthday present Talented concession driver Emily Suvaljko received an early birthday present when she excelled as a frontrunning driver to land a double at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Suvaljko, who will celebrate her 20TH birthday next Friday, was successful with the Tony Svilicich-trained Vincenzo Peruggia in the Owners Only Pace and with the Karen Thompson-trained Our Perkins in the Retravision Pace. She is enjoying a fabulous season, with her 987 drives producing 89 wins, 108 seconds and 127 thirds. Svilicich produced Vincenzo Peruggia in fine fettle for his first appearance for seven months and the six-year-old was a solidly-supported favourite at $1.60. Vincenzo Peruggia led from the No. 1 barrier before Suvaljko surrendered the lead after 150m to Carter Micheal. This left Vincenzo Peruggia with an ideal trail behind the pacemaker, but Suvaljko, concerned that she could be hemmed in and blocked for a run in the final circuit, wisely opted to vacate the position behind the leader and to move Vincenzo Peruggia into the breeze 500m later. The third 400m section of the final mile whizzed by in 28.5sec. and Vincenzo Peruggia forged to the front 300m from home and went on to win by a half-length from $14 chance Mister Bushido, who finished strongly from seventh at the bell. Vincenzo Peruggia has earned $181,198 from 17 wins and 25 placings from 76 starts. Our Perkins was a $13.340 chance from the coveted No. 1 barrier and Suvaljko gave the opposition little chance by setting a fast pace over the 2130m, with the final quarters being run in 29.1sec., 29.6sec., 27.8sec. and 28.8sec. Whozideawasthis, racing first-up for trainer Gary Hall snr, was an $18 chance who enjoyed the perfect trail behind the pacemaking Our Perkins before running home fast to fail by a head to overhaul the pacemaker, who rated 1.55.1. Bettor Be Oscar ran on solidly to be third, with Justasec impressing by charging home from the rear into fourth position. Our Perkins, bred in WA by Steve Johnson, has been a handy performer who now has raced 75 times for 13 wins, 16 placings and $114,105 in stakes.   Smooth start suits J B Mauney A smooth beginning from the standing start paved the way for J B Mauney’s easy victory in the 2096m Westral Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Ryan Warwick got J B Mauney, second fancy at $3.40, away smartly from the front line and he gave the New Zealand-bred four-year-old time to settle before sending him past the stablemate Flying Mister Ideal and into the lead after 450m, thus leaving the $1.85 favourite Just Wing It in the breeze.       Final quarters of 28.6sec. and 27.3sec. gave the opposition little hope and J B Mauney strode away to win by one and a half lengths from Flying Mister Ideal, with $91 outsider Ohoka Damo finishing third. Just Wing It was hanging approaching the home turn before breaking and damaging a hopple. He galloped down the straight and finished a distant last. J B Mauney, prepared by Greg and Skye Bond, had 12 starts in mobiles in New Zealand for two wins and three placings, and four of his seven wins from 14 starts in Western Australia have been in stands.   It’s Millwood Molly all the way Capel trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo is setting the speedy Millwood Molly for the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic on November 27 after the seven-year-old gave a bold frontrunning performance to win the Vale Ken Cummins Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Millwood Molly, having her second start after a spell and a solid $3.20 second fancy, was smartest to begin from the No. 1 barrier and she needed a final quarter of 27.3sec. to hold on and score by a nose from the $2.25 favourite Wainui Creek. Wainui Creek, a group 1 winner in New Zealand, failed by the barest of margins to win at her Australian debut. The Greg and Skye Bond-trained four-year-old had a tough run in the breeze before fighting on with grim determination to go down by a nose. Typhoon Tiff ($17) raced in seventh and last position before Colin Brown brought her home with a fast inside burst to be a neck away in third place. Millwood Molly, owned by Craig Lynn, has been a consistent mare, with her 39 starts producing 12 wins, ten placings and stakes of $127,447.   Hall’s 200TH winner Champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr enjoyed an armchair drive to land promising New Zealand-bred filly Broadbeach a half-length winner of the 2130m Inter Sport Slater Gartrell Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This gave Hall his 200TH winner for the 2019-20 season. Broadbeach, trained at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, was the $1.70 favourite who set the pace from barrier two and held on to defeat the strong-finishing Nikasa ($12), with Star Fromthepalace resuming after a spell, an eye-catching third, coming from eighth at the bell. Early moderate times (37.9sec. lead) and opening quarters of 31.4sec. and 29.6sec. enabled Broadbeach to cover the final 800m in 57sec. and beat Nikasa, who ran on strongly from seventh at the bell. Broadbeach was placed once from five New Zealand starts before arriving in Western Australia in March. Her first four starts in the State have produced three wins and a good second to Red Hot Lady. She is the fifth foal out of the Christian Cullen mare Galleons Honour, whose first four foals, Laszlo, My Venice Beach, Duke of Wellington and Rise Above This, have all won several races.   Maras Ace Man strikes again The remarkable rags to riches story of veteran pacer Maras Ace Man continued at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he was not extended in setting the pace and scoring an easy victory in the 2130m TABtouch Pace. The eight-year-old, who managed just one win from his first 95 starts, has been revitalised since he was purchased early last year for $1500 by young trainer-reinsman Michael Grantham and his friend Kurt Pellington. Now prepared at Capel by Aiden de Campo, Maras Ace Man has had 34 starts for his new owners for ten wins and nine placings and $69,588 in prizemoney. He was a hot favourite at $1.70 from the No. 1 barrier on Friday night and he set a solid pace throughout to win by two lengths from Sightseeing Anvil, rating 1.55.4. Jack William raced in the breeze and battled on doggedly to finish third, five lengths from the winner. Maras Ace Man’s career record now stands at 129 starts for 11 wins, 17 placings and stakes of $87,876.   Lavra Joe comes from last Powerful colt Lavra Joe further enhanced his prospects in the rich WA Derby next year when he gave another splendid performance to win the 2130m Sky Racing Pace for two-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Lavra Joe, a $2.90 chance and starting at $3.90 on the fixed market, started from the outside barrier in the field of seven and Chris Lewis wisely restrained him back to last with Our Shelley Beach setting the pace and defying a couple of spirited early challenges for the lead. He settled down 12 lengths behind Our Shelley Beach, but Lewis was not particularly concerned, knowing the colt’s sprinting capabilities. Lewis started a three-wide burst from last at the bell which saw Lavra Joe bursting to the front 250m from home and going on to win by just under two lengths from Be Hard Rock, rating 1.56.6. Owner-trainer Ray Jones is delighted with Lavra Joe’s outstanding form, and the colt now has had 17 starts for eight wins, four placings and $97,514 in stakes.   Ken Casellas

It’s a bit of a mixed bag from members of the WA Trotting Media Guild this week when selecting their best bets for Gloucester Park. Only two members have opted for the same star bet on the 10-event card. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas believe that The Buckeye Bullet can win race four. “The Buckeye Bullet, a Pinjarra winner from 30m behind last Monday, should not be troubled by a switch back to mobile start racing after contesting stands at his past three starts,” Manning said. “A winner of eight mobile events, he looks one of the most promising pacers prepared by Greg and Skye Bond. He has a tally of five victories in his past seven starts and his career record is 13 wins from 24 appearances.” And Casellas agrees with Manning. “Consistent four-year-old The Buckeye Bullet continues to race with admirable zest and he gets the nod as my best bet at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he has the strength and determination to overcome the wide draw at No. 8 in the $30,000 Kersley Pace,” Casellas said. The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is keen on Lavra Joe in the last race. “Lavra Joe was too good for the same quartet of Bond runners he meets here upon resuming a fortnight ago,” Havercroft said. “That effort was irresistible and assuming he is more forward in his preparation for this assignment then he will be hard to topple again.” Media Guild president Wayne Currall thinks punters can get off to a flying start with the consistent Jack Williams in the opening event. “Jack Williams is racing in career-best form,” Currall said. “He has finished second at his last three starts and all by under a length. He’ll probably have to do it hard again in the breeze again, but he just may prove too strong for this field.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart has opted for J B Mauney as his star bet. “My best bet comes up in race six in No. 3 J B Mauney,” Wishart said. “I think this is the race for him here. Great effort two back under these conditions when getting over the smart The Buckeye Bullet. Looks hard to beat.” TABradio’s Matt Young is keen on Mighty Conqueror in race five. “Mighty Conqueror won the Pacing Cup in January,” Young said. “He returns to racing on Friday and without facing Chicago Bull or Shockwave he should be able to roll forward and monster his opposition.” Longshot guru Pat Harding is hoping for a change of luck. “After a couple of very tough weeks at GP, hopefully some of the well-fancied runners can come to the fore this Friday night,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race three with No. 5 Patrickthepiranha. After a couple of close seconds, I think he is due for a win and this could be just the race for this very talented horse.“ TABradio’s Hayden King believes Bracken Sky is the best bet for the night. “Bracken Sky was enormous last start,” King said. “He copped a horrid check coming off the back straight and still had the temerity to flash home and be the best of good things beaten. Drawn more favourably this week to get a trouble-free run, he will prove hard to beat.” VALUE BETS ERNIE: Starofthepalace has not raced for almost four months, but proved her fitness with a 33m win at last Sunday’s Byford trials. The three-year-old filly, who has tackled 30 races, was placed at Gloucester Park in her last two appearances before a break. KEN: For value, I firmly recommend Mister Bushido from barrier seven in race two. Only a race mishap prevented him from storming home and making a bold bid for victory last week. RYAN: Our Perkins hasn’t drawn the pole in 364 days or 26 starts, but he won at consecutive starts (both from barrier one) prior to that. Drawn to improve. WAYNE: Destined To Rule has been racing consistently and should get a great run behind likely leader Rakasinc. Looks each-way all day. WARREN: My best value bet is in race five No. 10 The Bird Dance. Did a super job to hang on for third last week. Will get the exact same run this week, but won’t have to run home anywhere near as fast. I think the market will underestimate his chances. Great each-way bet. MATT: Simba Bromac is racing really well. If the feature is run to suit, he could be value for a quaddie and other novelties. PAT: My value bet comes up in race four with No. 5 Rakasinc. I think he has an excellent chance and should add to his tally of wins. HAYDEN: Carter Micheal is a chance to cross Vincenzo Peruggia, who doesn't have sparkling gate speed. He is a bold frontrunner and will take a lot of catching. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

Ron Huston celebrated his first starter as a trainer for seven and a half years with Benesari Lane’s stylish victory in an event for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. Benesari Lane, resuming after a spell, was driven by Shannon Suvaljko and impressed when she finished with a powerful burst from sixth at the bell to win by two lengths from Bettor Beach Belle at a 1.58.5 rate. Huston and his partner Vickie Lea own Benesari Lane and he has taken over from Lea as the filly’s trainer after she had encouraged him to return to the training ranks. Both have full-time jobs, with Lea holding a senior administrative position at the Rockingham Hospital and Huston employed as a truck driver. Benesari Lane was the 42-year-old Huston’s first starter since Getaway Plan finished fourth in a race at Northam in April 2013. Huston’s previous win as a trainer before Tuesday’s success was when Getaway Plan won at Northam in February 2013. Earlier, Huston had great success with Getaway Plan, who won two Group 1 events for two-year-olds in 2012 --- the Sales Classic and the State Sires Series for colts and geldings. Among other good pacers prepared by Huston was Jumbo Operator, who earned $313,175 from 24 wins, eight seconds and one third from 43 starts.    Ken Casellas

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