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Cornwall rises above adversity “I’m one of the lucky ones,” declared Mike Cornwall after rising star Sheez Our Hope had scored a devastating victory at Gloucester Park on Friday night. No, the cheery 67-year-old wasn’t referring to his good fortune in purchasing the mare for a mere $4000 two years ago but was reflecting on enjoying good health after doctors gave him just a five per cent chance of surviving an attack of leukemia 23 years ago. “The leukemia is all gone; I’m one of the lucky ones, said Cornwall. “I was in and out of hospital for 12 months for chemotherapy etcetera and I got a fungal infection and had part of a lung removed. Originally, I went to hospital with pneumonia, and with the leukemia I was given only a five per cent chance of making it.” This good news, heart-warming story outshines the interesting history of Sheez Our Hope, a five-year-old mare, who faced the distinct prospect of never racing as she romped wild with dozens of other horses in a large paddock in Burekup for almost two years. “She was left to her own devices and when I got her she was quite feral and difficult to handle,” said Cornwall. “She had been broken in as a yearling by Steve Burton, and when I got her as a late three-year-old I had to start again, virtually, and it took quite a while to get her going again. “Sheez Our Hope was advertised for sale on Facebook, and I saw that she was by Alta Christiano out of Easton Swift. I had quite a nice filly by Alta Christiano at the time, and I knew that Easton Swift had been a successful mare on the track. “So, I wandered down to Burekup and had a look at her. I sort of liked her, put in an offer and was able to buy her for $4000. Interestingly, I was informed that she was a two-year-old, but then I discovered she was a three-year-old.” The filly gradually responded to Cornwall’s loving care and the former wild animal is now described by her trainer as the best natured horse you would ever find. So far, Sheez Our Hope has revealed that she has inherited much of the brilliance of Alta Christiano, an ill-fated champion pacer who earned $309,163 from his 13 wins from 18 starts, which included the WA Derby in April 2013. Easton Swift, a winner at one of five New Zealand starts, won at her Australian debut for Aldo Cortopassi at Northam in October 2010 and at her final start, in February 2013. She earned $123,391 from 13 wins and 12 placings from 52 starts. Sheez Our Hope, who possesses sparkling gate speed and a dazzling turn of foot, is destined for a wonderful career. Her effortless win in the 2130m Simmonds Steel Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night took her record to eight starts for five wins and two placings for stakes of $37,780. She was driven perfectly by Kyle Harper, who quickly moved her into the commanding one-out, one-back position before urging her forward, three wide, 600m from home. She burst to the front 160m later and won, unextended, from highly-regarded New Zealand-bred mares Nikasa and Sagano. Cornwall proudly relates how Sheez Our Hope won at her four trials, three at Pinjarra and one at Byford, last year before he drove her to victory on debut, rating 2.0.5 over 2185m at Pinjarra last September. “I knew that she would just win,” he said. “That was my final drive in a race. I was 66 and it was time to retire. And I also believe that lighter drivers go better.”  He chose Harper because he “liked his style” and also because he had driven Iam The Real Thing to three wins at Pinjarra in 2019 and 2020. Sheez Our Hope’s win on Friday night gave Cornwall his first training success in a metropolitan-class event since the Ben Geersen-owned Hamelin Gold was successful in a 2500m M0 event on August 8, 1997.   Cornwall became ill soon after that and spent many years away from horses. He and his wife Kerry moved into a property at West Pinjarra five years ago, and in those years he has won 12 races as a hobby trainer. “I’ve ever only had one or two in work at a time and I have prepared only four horses in the past five years, and all four have been winners --- Iam The Real Thing, Downtoafineart, Onlythebestwilldo and Sheez Our Hope. “I work for my wife, would you believe. She manages about 20 anaesthetists, and we work from home.” Sheez Our Hope, whose preparation consists mainly of working in the sand, is being set for the $25,000 Harry Capararo Westbred Pace for four and five-year-old mares. She is an exciting prospect who should develop into a leading candidate for the $125,000 Mares Classic at Gloucester Park next summer. Parmesan bounces back Ultra-consistent four-year-old Parmesan bounced back to his best form with an excellent all-the-way victory in the group 3 $30,000 Pure Steel Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His win at $3.60 by more than a length over Plutonium made amends for his shock first-up failure as a $1.34 favourite when he set the pace and wilted to fourth behind Vespa in a 2536m event a fortnight earlier. Star reinsman Ryan Warwick was pleasantly surprised at the New Zealand-bred pacer’s convincing win, saying: “I thought he was ordinary and was pretty disappointing first-up, even though his work before that run was good. His work since has been exceptional, so maybe we were just two weeks out. “I probably fought him a bit too much at his previous start, and tonight I let him free roll a bit. He’s a winner and his record is pretty good. He is not purely a frontrunner. He has won plenty of races from behind.” Parmesan, prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, has done all his racing in Western Australia and boasts an impressive record of 27 starts for 15 wins, four placings and stakes of $77,322. He has won seven races at Pinjarra, five at Gloucester Park, two at Bunbury and one at Northam. Parmesan, by Betterthancheddar, is the second foal out of the unraced Mach Three mare Tristar Brigade. Warwick took full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier, and Parmesan, who races with his head held low, was untroubled to jump straight to the front, and last-start winner Alta Intrigue moved to the breeze in the first lap. Then, Alta Blues, reappearing after a 19-week absence, dashed forward, three wide after 650m, to move to the breeze after a lap and apply some pressure to the leader. However, Parmesan was never seriously tested and won with something in hand. Last-to-first win to Diego New Zealand-bred five-year-old Diego illustrated his versatility when he charged home from last in the field of seven at the 220m mark to snatch a thrilling last-stride head victory over Lawrence in the 1730m GPHR Sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Diego, prepared by Gary Hall snr, had set the pace at five of his first eight wins in Western Australia. But from out wide at barrier six and with noted frontrunner Mirragon, the $1.60 favourite, drawn perfectly at barrier one, Dylan Egerton-Green wisely did not bustle Diego in the early stages. Diego, fourth favourite at $8.60, saved every inch of ground as he remained on the pegs in last place until Egerton-Green switched him off the inside approaching the home turn and the gelding flew home to beat $7 chance Lawrence, who had taken the lead at the 60m mark. Culpeka ($7) fought on for third after racing without cover, with Mirragon wilting to fourth. Diego, a Bettors Delight gelding and a winner of three races in New Zealand, now has had 37 starts for 11 wins, nine placings and $125,817. He is a full-brother to Mister Bushido (78 starts for 12 wins, 22 placings and $164,175). Nota Bene Denario just holds on Nota Bene Denario, the $2 favourite from the No. 1 barrier, survived a spirited challenge for the early lead and set the pace before fighting on grimly to win the 2536m Vale Joe Iemma Pace by a head from the fast-finishing $41 outsider Deeorse at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Speedy beginner Lord Rosco was the smartest to begin (from barrier three), but was unable to cross Nota Bene Denario, who was driven hard by Gary Hall jnr to gain the advantage of leading. “He was hard work and made me earn the win,” said Hall. “I thought the early pressure would test him; I think he is more of a speed horse than a tough horse.  He went flat out for nearly 150 metres (when challenged by Lord Rosco) and then came back to me really good, enabling me to get away with plenty (with the first quarters of the final mile in 31.9sec. and 30.7sec.). “If he had overraced, he definitely would’ve been rolled. He’s done a good enough job, even though it was like he was gone on the line. You can’t get that little bit out of him.” Lord Rosco, second fancy at $2.20, was angled to the pegs by Dylan Egerton-Green after the failed attempt to get to the front, and the six-year-old had an ideal passage behind the pacemaker until he was eased off the pegs with 600m to travel. But he just battled on to finish fifth. Peterson’s double, 175km apart Talented young reinsman Corey Peterson is making a name for himself as a trainer, and he notched a double on Friday night, driving Shanway to an all-the-way victory in the 2130m Specialised Equipment Funding Solutions Pace at Gloucester Park before his four-year-old mare Smooth Rye ran on from sixth at the bell to beat War Club by a half-head in a 2100m event at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park, 175km away. Shanway, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old by Bettors Delight, was a hot favourite at $1.60 from the prized No. 1 barrier and Peterson made every post a winner, holding out the fast-starting Medieval Man and then setting a brisk pace, with a 36.7sec. lead time followed by 400m sections of 30sec., 30.4sec., 28.7sec. and 28.1sec. He went on to win by more than a length from $8.50 chance Thereugo, who trailed him throughout. The winner rated 1.56.2. Shanway, owned by Mick Harvey, has raced six times in WA for Peterson for two wins and two seconds to improve his record to 60 starts for 13 wins, 15 placings and stakes of $109,881. Smooth Rye, a mare by Tintin In America, was driven by Aldo Cortopassi and her win as the $2 favourite was her second from two starts for the 20-year-old Peterson. She was driven by Peterson when she ran on from the rear to win by more than five lengths from Chase The Feeling at Kellerberrin the previous Sunday. Tokyo Joe excels in stands Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred gelding Tokyo Joe maintained his excellent form in standing-start events when he began safely from the 10m mark and enjoyed a perfect passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing strongly to win convincingly, by more than a length, from On Fast Forward in the 2096m Happy Birthday Ryan Pontillo Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Part-owned, trained and driven by Robbie Williams, Tokyo Joe ($5.10) boasts a fine record of nine wins, six seconds and two thirds from just 28 starts. His four wins from 13 New Zealand starts were in stands and in WA he has won three standing-start and two mobile events. After a false start and a lengthy delay, Chris Voak sent the $3.40 favourite My Mdina to the front and the mare travelled easily before wilting to finish a disappointing fifth. On Fast Forward ($23) maintained his sound form when he raced in the breeze throughout and fought on doggedly to be third. Star mare Princess Mila, a $5.50 chance at her first appearance since winning the $50,000 Trotters Cup on New Year’s Eve, began speedily from the 40m back mark, but she experienced no luck at all in running before locking wheels with Lightning Calder on the home turn. Perfect Major does it tough Former Victorian pacer Perfect Major revealed wonderful strength and fighting qualities to score a thrilling victory in a three-way photo finish to the 1730m $25,000 Members Sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Chris Voak’s plans to send Perfect Major forward at the start from the No. 5 barrier and apply pressure to the logical pacemaker and $1.50 favourite Jack Farthing worked out perfectly. Perfect Major unsuccessfully challenged Jack Farthing for the early lead and then sustained the pressure from the breeze. Jack Farthing reeled off the first three quarters in 28.7sec., 28.5sec. and 28.1sec. before he finally cracked as Voak sent Perfect Major to the front 100m from the post. Perfect Major, the second fancy at $4, then had to fight on grimly to stave off powerful finishing bursts from Balcatherine ($6.50) and Stroke Of Luck ($18). He won by a nose from Balcatherine, with Stroke Of Luck a nose away in third place. Jack Farthing finished sixth. “It’s hard to keep the pressure on the leader and still keep something for the last bit,” said Voak. “Perfect Major rated 1.53.5 and went very well. It was an exceptional time because the track wasn’t very quick. He is probably capable of going 1.52.5 on the pegs, and on a good night he could go 1.51.5. “Perfect Major will have another eight or 10 starts and then go for a break before being prepared for the summer carnival. He will be much better next summer because he then would have had a couple of campaigns under his belt.” It was a most pleasing result for trainer Ross Olivieri, with Perfect Major winning and Stroke Of Luck coming from sixth at the bell to finish third. Perfect Major now has won at seven of his 12 WA starts and has a career record of 39 starts for 16 wins, 11 placings and stakes of $199,609. Heavens Showgirl is flying Victorian-bred mare Heavens Showgirl is proving a good purchase for Ravenswood trainer Nathan Turvey, Ben Irvine, Glenn Jordan, Maddy Coles, Peter Ensell and Ken Lally. Turvey, looking for a mare who could develop into a good earner in Western Australia, took a liking to Heavens Showgirl and was impressed with her record in Victoria. He was pleased to be able to purchase her just over three months ago for $20,000, and the five-year-old has shown sparkling speed to win at five of her first seven starts for her new owners, earning $53,839 to take her record to 33 starts for 11 wins and 11 placings for stakes of $93,033. “I picked her because I thought she had an okay record and that there was an opportunity for a mare to succeed in Western Australia,” said Turvey. Heavens Showgirl, favourite at $2.20, began brilliantly from the No. 5 barrier in the 2130m Catalano Truck And Equipment Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to burst straight to the front. Emily Suvaljko then enjoyed an armchair drive, with Heavens Showgirl bowling along in the lead and winning by three and a half lengths from Henwood Bay, who trailed her throughout. Heavens Showgirl rated 1.55.2 after sprinting home over the final 800m in 56.3sec.  Turvey well remembers Heavens Showgirl’s WA debut when she started from the No. 1 barrier in a race at 2130m race at Gloucester Park on March 16. “From barrier one she felt like she had no idea what to do, but then after about 20 metres she gathered speed,” he said. Heavens Showgirl then was untroubled to set the pace and win by four lengths at a 1.55.5 rate. “She then drew No. 1 at her next two starts (at Bunbury and Gloucester Park) and just felt electric (at the start).” She won easily in both those events. Turvey now plans to “just keep her going around” before Heavens Showgirl hopefully will be able to be set for the rich feature events for mares in the summer months. A bargain is missed Prospective buyers have missed a bargain by overlooking smart New Zealand-bred five-year-old Smart Fortune in recent weeks. There have been no takers for the Art Major gelding who has been advertised on the internet for $15,000. Smart Fortune, owned by Busselton trainer Barry Howlett, his wife Lynley and their son Jimmy, was an $8 chance when Chris Voak drove him to victory in the 2536m Etch Coatings Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The first prizemoney of $10,277 boosted Smart Fortune’s earnings to $87,388 --- from nine wins and 22 placings from 55 starts. The gelding was purchased by the Howlett family as a yearling and he won on debut for trainer-reinsman Brent Mangos when, as an $19.20 chance, he led and defeated Bettor Getta Lover at a 2.1.1 rate over 1700m in a heat of the Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes for two-year-olds at Alexandra Park on December 15, 2017. He then finished third behind Jesse Duke and Star of Montana in the $92,000 group 1 Young Guns final two starts later before travelling to Perth. Smart Fortune raced truly on the clockwise track at Alexandra Park, but found problems with a habit of knee knocking on the anti-clockwise West Australian tracks. He has overcome this habit to an extent by racing with spreaders and a lugging pole as well as a Murphy blind. However, he appeared to be quite lazy in Friday night’s event in which Voak had to constantly urge him to concentrate. It was Voak who gained a decisive advantage by getting Smart Fortune away brilliantly from the outside in the field of seven. Smart Fortune easily crossed Bettys Lass and the $1.36 favourite Euphoric Moment, who failed to muster speed from the No. 1 barrier. In the middle stages and at the bell Voak had to drive Smart Fortune hard in a bid to keep his mind on the job. He battled on doggedly in final 800m of 57sec. to win by a half length from Euphoric Moment. Smart Fortune has been a handy performer for the Howletts in WA where his 52 starts have produced eight wins and 21 placings. He is the seventh foal out of Affairs Of State, who raced only 12 times in New Zealand for one win and eight placings. Her best effort was finishing second to Western Dream in the group 1 Nevele R fillies series final at Addington in May 2006. Smart Fortune is a half-brother to five winners, including Chachingcaching (74 starts for 16 wins, 16 placings and $193,663). Smart Fortune’s maternal granddam Under Cover Lover amassed $864,923 from 21 wins and 22 placings from 70 starts. She won the New South Wales Oaks at Harold Park in March 1998, and four months later she was successful in the $150,000 El Dorado final at Moonee Valley.   By Ken Casellas for Gloucester Park

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

Collie harness racing trainer Errol Ashcroft said that Euphoric Moment was a strong stayer, and he was confident that the experienced six-year-old would prove to be hard to beat and end a losing sequence of ten when he contests the final event, the 2536m Etch Coatings Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Euphoric Moment, a veteran of 91 starts for 12 wins and 28 placings, has drawn ideally at barrier one and Deni Roberts is expected to attempt to win the start and set the pace. “We’re a good chance from No. 1,” declared Ashcroft. “I usually leave the tactics up to my driver, but we would hope to lead. When he starts off the front, he has gate speed, and if we pop the plugs, he’ll go. “I’d say that Deni might pull the plugs at the start. That will be up to her. The horse is going really good, and the 2536m will suit him, regardless of whether he leads or sits. He’s a strong stayer.” Euphoric Moment’s past two runs have been full of merit. Two starts ago he sustained a spirited three-wide burst from eighth at the bell to take a narrow lead in the final 50m before losing by a neck to the fast-finishing Vespa. Then he raced three back on the pegs in fifth position before fighting on to finish fourth behind Alta Intrigue in a fast-run 2130m event.  Roberts will also drive the Ashcroft-trained Henwood Bay, who is favourably drawn at barrier two in the opening event, the 2130m Catalano Truck And Equipment Pace. “It’s a pretty tough race, but he’ll be knocking on the door,” said Ashcroft. “I’m happy with the way he is going. I think 2500m in the breeze (when a fading sixth behind Hampton Banner last Friday night) was a bit much for him.” This week’s event is likely to develop into a battle between speedy pacers Heavens Showgirl and Boom Time. Heavens Showgirl, a winner at ten of her 29 starts, is in top form for Ravenswood trainer Nathan Turvey, who said: “I think she can win; all she needs is a bit of luck. Her sectionals at her past two runs have been fantastic.” Heavens Showgirl will start from barrier five with Emily Suvaljko in the sulky. She enjoyed an ideal passage in the one-out, one-back position before finishing strongly to be second to the brilliant Star Of Diamonds in the group 2 WASBA Breeders Stakes last Friday night. She was most impressive at her previous outing when she was sixth at the bell and seventh at the 550m before she charged to the front 220m from home and won from Blissfullabbey at a 1.55.3 rate over 2130m. Chris Voak is confident the Ross Olivieri-trained Boom Time will prove very hard to beat, saying: “From barrier six he’ll probably sit and sprint. He can run home in 27sec. flat. “On ability, he can beat Heavens Showgirl. But the only concern is that he hasn’t been able to race for a month because races keep falling over.” Boom Time has won at his past two starts, charging home, three wide, from ninth at the 900m to easily beat Vespa and Whoswhointhezoo, and a week later leading from barrier one and scoring by more than two lengths from Mirragon. By Ken Casellas for Gloucester Park

An impressive performance in a 2185m harness racing trial at Pinjarra on Wednesday of last week was a strong indication that the inexperienced mare Sheez Our Hope would prove hard to beat at her first outing. She is first up for seven weeks in the 2130m Simmonds Steel Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Five-year-old Sheez Our Hope, a winner at four of her seven starts, will be driven by Kyle Harper from the favourable No. 2 barrier. Her owner-trainer Michael Cornwall handled the mare in the Pinjarra trial in which she began speedily and set the pace before being beaten by a half-head in the final stride by the experienced performer Major Times, a winner of 20 races and $291,487. Cornwall did not extend Sheez Our Hope, who went to the line untouched and with seemingly plenty in reserve after a flying final 400m in 27.4sec. Sheez Our Hope put up an excellent performance at her latest start when she began from the outside of the back line and was tenth at the bell before finishing solidly, out wide, to be fourth behind Wainui Creek in the group 2 Empress Stakes over 2536m. That followed her strong-finishing third behind Star Of Diamonds and Nikasa in the Golden Girls Mile at Pinjarra 11 days earlier. Sheez Our Hope’s main rival is likely to be the polemarker, the Ross Olivieri-trained Run For Mercy, a winner at seven of her 42 starts. “Number one is a perfect draw for Run For Mercy,” said star reinsman Chris Voak, who said that he had plenty of respect for Sheez Our Hope. “Run For Mercy is working into form and should perform well.”   By Ken Casellas for Gloucester Park

Caveman is making his mark Wilma Giumelli was a fan of the animated television series The Flintstones in the 1960s in which the stars were Fred and Wilma Flintstone who lived in a cave in the town of Bedrock, and she fell in love, at first sight, with a handsome colt at the 2018 APG Perth yearling sale. She and her husband Jim outlaid $47,500 to purchase the Somebeachsomewhere colt, who is developing into a smart performer and caused an upset as a $16.70 chance by finishing powerfully to win the $51,000 Rock N Roll World at Allwood Stud Four-Year-Old APG Consolation final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Mrs Giumelli was happy to name the colt Caveman, who has now won 10 races for earnings of $67,032 and has the stable name of Fred.  Caveman was the first yearling that Mrs Giumelli saw at the sale. “This is the one for me,” she informed her husband. “But I said ‘come on Willie, you have got to look at a few others,’” said Mr Giumelli. However, Mrs Giumelli was adamant, declaring that she really liked the colt’s conformation. Caveman is the first yearling purchased by the Giumellis, and the second horse (after Angel of Harlem) that they have bought. He was bred by the Howie family and is the first foal out of Our Copper Art, who raced 39 times for three wins, 11 placings and stakes of $20,239. Caveman is also closely related to Copper Beach Girl (84 starts for 14 wins, 24 placings and $156,851) and Copagrin (101 starts for 19 wins, 20 placings and $241,352). Astute trainer Mike Reed said that he was not surprised by Caveman’s victory in Friday night’s Group 2 feature in which he trailed the pacemaker Poisedtopounce before Mark Reed eased the stallion off the pegs with 420m to travel, took him three wide on the home turn and burst to the front 120m from home before winning by 4m from $18 chance The Code Breaker, who finished strongly from sixth and last at the bell. The final quarters were run in 27.7sec. and 28.6sec. and the winner rated 1.55.4 over the 1730m sprint. Hesty ($31) finished gamely to be third, with the $2.10 favourite Mirragon in fourth place and Poisedtopounce fading to finish fifth. Valentines Brook ($7) was last home after racing in the one-out, one-back position. Valentines Brook met with interference and broke into a gallop when Caveman moved off the pegs in the final lap. The stewards suspended Mark Reed from driving for 13 days for causing interference. Mirragon made an unsuccessful challenge for the early lead and was hailed as the winner when Chris Lewis sent him past Poisedtopounce and into the lead 300m from home. But he wilted in the home straight. Mike Reed predicted that Caveman would continue to improve, saying: “He is the sort of horse who will get better. He’s tough and the quicker they run, the better he likes it. Mark said that he was unlucky at his previous start (in a qualifying heat of Friday night’s event) when Caveman was bolting in the late stages but was unable to get a clear run.” Jim and Wilma Giumelli are looking forward to their brilliant three-year-old Ragazzo Mach coming to Perth to join the Reed stable next month after having his final race in New Zealand, in the rich Jewels event for three-year-olds at Cambridge on June 6. Ragazzo Mach was most impressive in scoring an effortless victory in the group 2 $38,400 Southern Supremacy Stakes at Invercargill on Sunday of last week. The colt settled in fifth position, dashed to the front after a lap and was not extended in beating Yorokobi by just over five lengths, rating 1.57.8 over the 2700m journey after covering the final 800m in 56.8sec. and the last 400m in 26.9sec. Ragazzo Mach now has had eleven starts for six wins, three placings and stakes of $68,212. Alta Intrigue’s first win for three years Alta Intrigue, a seven-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding who has been plagued by injury, made a successful return to racing at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he set the pace and held on grimly to win the 2130m Budget Stockfeeds In Oakford Pace. Starting favourite at $2.20 and driven assertively by Callan Suvaljko, Alta Intrigue, trained by Gary Hall snr, rated 1.56.4 in beating the $4.20 second fancy Plutonium by a half-head at his first appearance after a 24-week absence. This was Alta Intrigue’s first win for three years --- since Gary Hall jnr drove him to victory at Gloucester Park on May 22, 2018. “He has had three bowed tendons,” said Hall snr. “Every time he has come back (after a spell) he has gone sore after three or four runs. However, he is now actually looking better than he ever has. “I was a little concerned in running tonight with the quick quarters he was running in the middle stages, and I thought he could be found wanting in the final stages. I’m glad he was able to hold on. He is a day-by-bay proposition. “But I’m hoping for the best. The Falcon Strike stood up and raced for four or five years after bowing a tendon. I bought Alta Intrigue from New Zealand in 2017, but he has managed only a few runs here (13 WA starts for four wins and five placings).” Alta Intrigue won at only four of his 26 starts in New Zealand but showed good promise. As a two-year-old he finished fourth behind More the Better in the group 1 $100,000 Cardigan Bay Stakes, and as a three-year-old he finished third behind Raukapuka and Ultimate Machete in the $250,000 Northern Derby at Alexandra Park. Brown’s 3000 milestone Outstanding trainer-reinsman Colin Brown, a master at preparing juvenile pacers, notched his 3000th success in the sulky when he drove $1.10 favourite Joelene to victory in the 2130m Fly Like an Eagle Is Flying Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Much water has flowed under the bridge for the 62-year-old Brown since he landed his first winner, the Jim Schrader-trained New South Wales-bred gelding Go to It at York as an 18-year-old in October 1976. A consummate professional, he has maintained a wonderful standard as a horseman of the highest calibre for the past 44 and a half years. In his early days in harness racing Brown drove his first double, with Donna Way and Know Me at Collie. He can’t remember the first of many trebles, but still has fond memories of his first quartet of winners, at Merredin, and reckons he has driven five winners on a program three times. Joelene, a three-year-old filly bred and owned by Colleen Lindsay, started from barrier five on Friday night and Brown dashed her to the front after 100 metres. She was not extended in front and still had plenty in reserve as she dashed over the final 400m in 28.6sec. and won by just under a length from $26 chance Star Lilly. The win ended Joelene’s losing sequence of 12 and took her record to 15 starts for two wins, six placings and $31,169 in prizemoney. Joelene, by American stallion Roll with Joe, is the fourth foal out of Tiffany Twisted, a Righteous Hanover mare who won at three of her eight starts, including a Gloucester Park win with Brown in the sulky in April 2010. Joelene is a half-sister to Bettor Twisted (161 starts for 12 wins, 39 placings and $101,207), Tiffany Twirl (53 starts for five wins, 19 placings and $54,075) and Typhoon Tiff, who has been trained and driven by Brown for all her 24 starts for 11 wins, five placings and stakes of $205,673. Typhoon Tiff’s victories have included the Group 2 Daintys Daughter Classic and the Group 1 Westbred Classic as a three-year-old, and the group 3 Schrader Pace last August. Back in Twenty’s purple patch Three months ago, Back In Twenty had a worrying losing sequence of 19, but Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice has worked wonders with the Sportswriter gelding who has struck a purple patch with four wins from his past nine starts, including victories at three of his past four appearances. The five-year-old boosted his earnings past the $100,000 mark when Maddison Brown drove him with supreme confidence to score a runaway victory at a 1.55.6 rate in the 2130m Milne Feeds Made In WA For WA Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Back In Twenty was a warm favourite at $1.80 and Brown gave the gelding’s supporters little cause for concern when she dashed him to the front 80 metres after the start. She then rated him perfectly with smart quarters of 29.8sec., 29.5sec., 28.1sec. and 28.4sec. to score an effortless victory by five and a half lengths from Cavalry Call, who battled on after trailing the leader all the way. Back In Twenty, who is closely related to former star pacers Mon Poppy Day and Amongst Royalty, has now had 56 starts for 11 wins and 13 placings and looks set for further successes. Four in a row for Hampton Banner Up-and-coming four-year-old Hampton Banner was not extended in scoring an easy victory over his seven older and more experienced rivals in the 2536m Pacing WA Supports WA Bred Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His all-the-way victory as the $1.50 favourite over $8 equal second fancy Machlani extended his winning streak to four for trainer Debra Lewis and master reinsman Chris Lewis. The son of champion sire Bettors Delight is well and truly on the path to developing into a candidate for the rich summer carnival feature events at Gloucester Park. He has raced only 17 times for seven wins and two placings for earnings of $73,339. Tellmetoattack’s quick return Tree lopper Dave Simmonds made a wise decision five weeks ago to buy Tellmetoattack for $10,000. The five-year-old WA-bred gelding then entered the Gnangara stables of Luke Edwards and he gave a strong frontrunning display to win the 2130m Larkhill Vets Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Shannon Suvaljko dashed the $1.30 favourite straight to the front from the No. 3 barrier and the Advance Attack gelding coasted to an effortless win, beating C C Chevron ($15) by two lengths, rating 1.57.5. Tellmetoattack won 11 races for Capel trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo, including the 2597m Bridgetown Cup on March 21, before the gelding’s eight owners advertised him for sale. Tellmetoattack, raced by Simmonds and his sister Kellie (the first horse she has been involved with), earned $10,277 for his victory on Friday night to take his earnings for his new connections to $12,516. “Aiden told us that Tellmetoattack was ready for a spell, and now he’s going out for a rest,” said Edwards. “That was always the plan, win, lose or draw tonight.” Tellmetoattack is the sixth and last foal out of Falcon Seelster mare Tell A Franco, who was a winner of five country races in Victoria. The Miki Taker set for the Pearl The Miki Taker impressed with a smart last-to-first victory in the 2130m Follow The Stars To Allwood Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, and will be set for the $100,000 Pearl Classic on June 11. “He will head for the heats of the Pearl and hopefully will qualify for the final,” said Capel trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo after the two-year-old gelding, the third favourite at $3.50, had surged home from last at the bell in the field of six to burst to the front 100m from the post and win by two lengths from $2.90 second fancy Whataretheodds. The Miki Taker rated 1.58.8, with the final 800m being covered in 57.4sec. His three starts have produced two wins and a fast-finishing close second to Whataretheodds at Bunbury. “He had a good run and his main danger Whataretheodds had to do a bit of work (in the breeze),” said de Campo. “Hopefully, after the Pearl he will be able to run in the Westbred Classic and the Golden Slipper.” The Miki Taker is related to the de Campo-trained Bettor Be Oscar, who has earned $154,899 from 14 wins and 33 placings from 70 starts. Bushwacked, the $2.45 favourite, set the pace in Friday night’s event before wilting to finish a well-beaten fourth. Extradite snatches victory Six-year-old New Zealand-bred pacer Extradite, who managed only three placings on country tracks from his first 12 starts, is blossoming under the care of Oldbury trainer Kim Prentice, and his past 13 starts have produced six wins, two seconds and two third placings. A noted frontrunner, Extradite, a $17.50 chance, started from the inside of the back line and Corey Peterson was content to trail the pacemaker and $2.35 favourite Will I Rocknroll before he eased the Washington VC gelding off the pegs 250m from home. Extradite then surged home and snatched a last-stride victory by a nose over $13 chance As Happy As Larry, with Rakasinc ($21), tenth at the bell, flashing home out five wide to be third, ahead of Will I Rocknroll. As Happy As Larry raced in ninth position before Robbie Williams sent him forward at the bell to take the lead with 270m to travel. Extradite is racing with commendable spirit and looks capable of performing well at the top level and could develop into a contender for the rich feature events at the summer carnival this year. He has now had 64 starts for 14 wins, 16 placings and $132,0904 in prizemoney. Peterson continued his recent run of successes when he trained and drove a double at Kellerberrin on Sunday afternoon, scoring with Osaka ($1.40) and Smooth Rye ($3.40). Medieval Man is more mature Four-year-old gelding Medieval Man was highly strung as a young horse and wrecked his chances by running his races before he started in them. But he has matured considerably this year and at Gloucester Park on Friday night he notched his fifth win from ten starts in his current preparation when he took the lead shortly after the start and went on to win the 2503m standing-start Go First Class With Ramsays Horse Transport Handicap. Medieval Man, third favourite at $3, simply proved too good for Papinik ($2.90) and Louie The Horse ($2.15). Louie The Horse paced roughly for a couple of strides at the start and then had to work hard in the breeze, while Papinik, racing first-up, was not bustled early and raced in seventh position before finishing with a spirited late burst. “Medieval Man used to pull hard early in his career, and since we have had him in our system, we have worked him pretty hard,” said trainer Michael Young. “This has taken the edge off him and he has matured along the way. He settles now. He has always had the ability but not the attitude. Now he’s got the attitude to go with the ability. “The reason why I have raced him in stands recently is because he needs to be on the pace. He’s a leader or a breeze horse who doesn’t come from back in the field. But with the probability of starting off 10m or 20m in future stands I will have to consider returning him to mobile events.” Medieval Man has been prepared by Young for his past 10 starts for five wins and three placings. His past four starts have been in stands for three wins and a half-head second to Lawrence. Champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr has formed a wonderful association with the gelding, having driven him six times for five wins and a third placing at Williams when he was badly hampered by a punctured sulky tyre. Medieval Man was bred by Graeme Davies, who races him in partnership with his daughters Patrice and Kiara. The gelding has earned $65,076 from 10 wins and 12 placings from 51 starts. He is by Renaissance Man and is out of the Bettors Delight mare So Crimsonandclova, who raced 34 times for six wins, seven seconds and one third placing for stakes of $32,253.  Voak sees bright future for Star Of Diamonds Chris Voak, Western Australia’s leading reinsman last season, has a splendid record in the group 1 Mares Classic, and he predicts that Star Of Diamonds will develop into a leading candidate for the rich feature event for mares next summer. He was full of praise for Star Of Diamonds after driving her to a superb victory in the $50,000 WASBA Breeders Stakes over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I have a good record in the Mares Classic, winning with Leda McNally in 2013, Frith in 2015 and Gotta Go Gabbana in 2019,” said Voak. “Now I’m associated with another nice mare in Star Of Diamonds who is capable of running a big race in the Mares Classic next summer. She is still only four and is exciting. Her form in feature events for mares is outstanding.” In the past 10 months Star Of Diamonds, trained in Busselton by Barry Howlett, has won the Group 3 Golden Girls Mile at Pinjarra, the Group 3 Race For Roses and Friday night’s Group 2 Breeders Stakes. She also has finished a half-head second to Blockjorg in the group 3 Daintys Daughter Classic at Pinjarra, third behind Wainui Creek in the Group 2 Empress Stakes and second to Savvy Bromac in the Group 3 Johnson Pace. Star Of Diamonds has certainly improved in leaps and bounds after managing only four placings from her first 16 starts. Her next 18 starts have produced eight wins and eight placings. Star Of Diamonds was second favourite at $3.70 from barrier No. 4 in Friday night’s big race in which Heavens Showgirl, from the No. 2 barrier on the back line, was a firm $2.75 favourite. Queen Shenandoah, racing first-up, led for the first 400m before Voak sent Star Of Diamonds to the front. Talkerup raced in the breeze, with Heavens Showgirl enjoying a perfect sit in the one-out, one-back position. Emily Suvaljko switched Heavens Showgirl three wide with a strong burst 600m from home. But Voak had seen Heavens Showgirl enjoying a perfect trip and he gave Star Of Diamonds her head as she sprinted over the third 400m section of the final mile in a sparkling 27.3sec. “I started to really sprint from the 800m to try to get Heavens Showgirl to make her run early and took the punt that Star Of Diamonds would hang on.” Voak’s tactics worked out beautifully, and Star Of Diamonds, with a final quarter in 28.8sec. was not seriously challenged and she won by a length and a half from Heavens Showgirl.   By Ken Casellas for RWWA

New Zealand-bred four-year-old Parmesan will reappear after a three-month absence when he starts from the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2536m In The Gig On Sky Racing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He is a first-up specialist, having been successful each time at his first appearance in a race at his first three preparations. A winner at 14 of his 25 starts, Parmesan will be handled by star reinsman Ryan Warwick for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who have prepared 54 winners this season and hold the lead in the State’s trainers’ premiership six ahead of Gary Hall Snr and 16 in front of Aiden de Campo. Parmesan is a versatile performer who has won eight times after setting the pace. His main danger is likely to be the Chris Willis-trained mare Blissfullabbey, who will start from barrier two. Blissfullabbey has resumed after a spell in good form with fourths behind Weewah and Jaspervellabeach, followed by an impressive second in fast time to smart mare Heavens Showgirl last Friday night when she trailed the pacemaker Suing You before running home determinedly.   Weewah, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old mare and a stablemate of Parmesan, also will have admirers. She has won twice from her past four starts and is capable of unwinding a spirited finishing burst. She will be driven for the first time in a race by Colin Brown, with Warwick, in the sulky for ten of Weewah’s 13 wins, choosing to handle Parmesan. An interesting runner in the final event, the 2536m Sky Racing Pace, is the polemarker Sagano, a winner at five of her 23 starts, making her third appearance in Western Australia. Sagano, to be driven by Warwick for the powerful Bond stable, has failed to flatter with unplaced efforts at her first two WA starts. But her New Zealand form suggests she is capable of fighting out the finish of Friday night’s event in which the Michael Young-trained Plutonium should relish a drop in class.   Ken Casellas

A considerable drop in class should enable Space Junk to end a losing sequence of 11 (including only two third placings) when he starts from the favourable No. 2 barrier in the opening event, the 2130m Sky Racing Pace, at harness racing's Gloucester Park on Friday night. The seven-year-old Space Junk, trained by Giles Inwood and to be driven by Chris Lewis, is the least experienced runner in a field of 10 with his 48 starts producing 15 wins and nine placings. There is little exposed form, with the 10 runners having had a combined total of 1210 starts (an average of 121 starts per horse) for 135 wins and 279 places. Space Junk is a noted frontrunner who should take plenty of catching, providing he is able to get to an early lead from the polemarker Twentynine Twelve, who has managed one placing from his past 17 starts and has won once from his past 54 starts. However, the eight-year-old veteran of 146 starts has shown ability as a frontrunner, having led and won twice at Pinjarra and once at Williams. Inwood has a sound second string runner in Disco Under Fire, who will start from the No. 4 barrier with Gary Hall Jnr in the sulky. Disco Under Fire was an all-the-way winner over 2185m at Pinjarra seven starts ago. Eight-year-old Rocknroll Whitby is capable of a forward showing even from out wide at barrier eight, judged by his solid fourth behind My Carbon Copy last Friday night after working hard in the breeze. He has managed just one placing from his past 12 starts.   Ken Casellas

Former Victorian mare Alice Kay has bright prospects of celebrating her first appearance in a stand by winning harness racing's $30,000 Sky Racing Replays Laurie Kennedy Race For Roses over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Katja Warwick-trained four-year-old mare will be handled by star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, who is seeking his third successive victory in this event after scoring with $13 chance Beaudiene Beach Babe in 2019 and $20 outsider Semiramide 12 months ago. Beaudiene Beach Babe, trained by Justin Prentice, finished a head behind Miss Sangrial, but later was declared the winner after a handicapping error was discovered and resulted in the disqualification of Miss Sangrial. Last year Semiramide, trained by Giles Inwood, beat Delighfulreaction by a short half-head. In 2009, Hall drove Andrew de Campo’s Nowuseemesmile to victory. Alice Kay qualified to contest standing-start events with a win in a three-horse 2550m trial from a stand at Byford last Sunday week. She began safely and raced in third and last position before finishing strongly to win by a half-length from Phar From Kalahari. She sprinted over the final 400m in 27.6sec. Alice Kay then ran in a 2150m mobile trial at Byford last Sunday morning when she was driven by Emily Suvaljko. She made an unsuccessful early bid for the lead and then trailed the pacemaker Avivo before getting to the front 650m from home and defeating Avivo by just under five lengths, with a final 400m in 27.6sec. and slow quarters of 34.7sec., 32.2sec. and 30.9sec. Alice Kay will start from the inside of the front line on Friday night and Hall will be keen to set the pace and make life tough for some of her main rivals, including Savvy Bromac (20m), Star of Diamonds (10m) and Leap Of Faith (10m).   The Nathan Turvey-trained Savvy Bromac, to be driven by Emily Suvaljko, is a capable standing-start performer who has finished fifth at Pinjarra, second (from 30m) at Albany and first off the 20m mark at Narrogin. She was most impressive last Friday week when she sprinted home brilliantly to win a 2130m event at a 1.56.4 rate from the pacemaker Star Of Diamonds. Star Of Diamonds, to be driven by Chris Voak for owner-trainer Barry Howlett, is also in top form. Two starts ago she was a fast-finishing winner over Savvy Bromac, coming from tenth in the middle stages and eighth (three wide) at the bell. At her previous outing she covered a lot of extra ground when an excellent third behind Wainui Creek and Has No Fear in the 2536m Empress Stakes. Voak has given punters a good lead by choosing to drive Star of Diamonds in preference to Run For Mercy, who will be handled by Mitch Miller. Run For Mercy is prepared by Ross Olivieri, who has won the Race For Roses with Yippy Yi Yo (1998), Arctic Fire (2011), Selkie (2014) and Sheer Rocknroll (2017).   Ken Casellas

Harness racing backmarker triumphs in Easter Cup. As Happy As Larry, a $10.40 chance, made light of being the sole backmarker off 50 metres when trainer Robbie Williams produced a near perfect drive to land him an impressive winner of the $40,000 Easter Cup over 2902m at Gloucester Park on Thursday night. The victory was a welcome compensation for the eight-year-old’s desperately close fast-finishing second to Mighty Conqueror in the 2019 Easter Cup. Punters rallied to send Taroona Bromac out as a hot $1.70 favourite despite the four-year-old not having contested a standing-start event. Taroona Bromac began safely from the 20m mark before breaking into a gallop moments after the start and dropping back to the rear in the field of eleven. Outsider On My Oath led for the first 550m before Always An Honour, who had begun brilliantly off 30m, swept into the lead. Ryan Warwick seized the initiative by sending Taroona Bromac forward with a swift move after the completion of a lap --- and this proved a vital ingredient in As Happy As Larry’s victory.   Williams followed Taroona Bromac’s three-wide burst and he then skilfully manoeuvred As Happy As Larry into the one-out, two-back position after Dylan Egerton-Green eased the polemarker Where Ya Bin off the pegs into the one-out, one-back position, behind Taroona Bromac in the breeze. After Always An Honour had sprinted over the third quarter of the final mile in 28.2sec., Taroona Bromac began to wilt, and Williams set As Happy As Larry alive with a four-wide burst from the 250m. This carried As Happy As Larry into the lead on the home turn and the New Zealand-bred gelding won comfortably by just over a length from Where Ya Bin, who finished with a determined surge. On My Oath ran on solidly to be third, just ahead of Rum Delight. Miss Sangrial did a fine job in finishing strongly from last at the bell to be a close-up fifth, with Taroona Bromac fading to tenth. As Happy As Larry is by American sire Live Or Die and is the third and last foal out of Smart Shelley, a mare who managed one win and five placings from nine starts in New Zealand before being retired. As Happy As Larry won twice from 17 starts in New Zealand and now has raced 53 times for Williams in WA for 14 wins and 21 placings for a career record of 16 wins, 28 placings and $219,964 in stakes. To watch the video replay of As Happy As Larry's victory click here. Four in a row for Shockwave Star four-year-old Shockwave enhanced his reputation as Western Australia’s best pacer when he overcame the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier in a field of seven to score an exciting victory in the Simmonds Steel Free-For-All at Gloucester Park on Thursday night. The WA-bred stallion by Mach Three, prepared by Ryan Bell, extended his winning sequence to four and looms large as the State’s leading candidate for the Interdominion Pacing championship in New South Wales in November and December, as well as the rich WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park in the New Year. Aiden de Campo stole a march on his rivals when he got Shockwave away speedily from behind the mobile barrier in the 1730m sprint and  immediately slotted into the ideal one-out, one-back position as Ocean Ridge set the pace, with stablemate Galactic Star in the breeze and Golden State behind the leader. De Campo bided his time before urging Shockwave forward, three wide, 300m from home. Galactic Star took a narrow lead at the 250m mark before Shockwave, the $2.05 favourite, burst to the front on the home turn and fought on grimly to win by a head from evergreen 11-year-old Our Jimmy Johnstone, who had raced three back on the pegs. Golden State was third and Galactic Star fourth in a blanket finish. Shockwave rated 1.53.4, with final quarters of 27.6sec. and 27.7sec. He now has had 36 starts for 14 wins, 11 placings and stakes of $370,057. To watch the video replay of Shockwave's win click here Sweet Maddison is Oaks bound New Zealand-bred filly Sweet Maddison is developing into a strong contender for the $150,000 WA Oaks on May 1. Prepared by Michael Brennan, Sweet Maddison ($2.80) notched her fifth win in a row and the sixth in a ten-start career when Michael Grantham drove her to a strong victory over Fifty Five Reborn and Advance Your Dream in the Mondo Doro Smallgoods Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Thursday night. She began speedily from the No. 6 barrier and forged to the front after 220m, with a smart lead time of 36.5sec. The final quarters were covered in 27.7sec. and 28.9sec. and she rated 1.57.1. The Colin Brown-trained and driven Fifty Five Reborn also was impressive. She broke in the score-up and settled down a distinct last in the field of eight before sustaining a spirited three-wide burst from the rear at the bell. Advance Your Dream also did well to finish strongly, out three wide, to come from seventh at the bell to be third, just ahead of the $2.65 favourite Star Fromthepalace, who trailed the pacemaker Sweet Maddison and was hampered for room in the final stages. Sweet Maddison is by American sire Sweet Lou and is related to former good WA performers Pazam and Our Amazing Art. To watch the video replay of Sweet Maddison's victory click here. Machnificent is all class A quick glance at the pedigree of Machnificent is not particularly exciting. The colt is by super sire Mach Three and is the sixth foal out of Honourable Daughter, who was retired after finishing at the rear at each of her six starts in 2010. Honourable Daughter produced three modest performers, Master Flynn (five wins from 86 starts), Beach Landing (four wins from 30 starts) and For Honourandglory (two wins from 25 starts). But delving deeper, we discover that Honourable Daughter’s great granddam Chaangerr (six wins and $75,860 from 30 starts) is a full-sister to former champion pacer Chokin, who amassed $1,801,685 from 34 wins and 11 placings from 59 starts. Chaangerr’s progeny include the mighty Changeover (29 wins, 16 placings and earnings of $2,321,676 from 66 starts) and Change Stride (133 starts for 27 wins, 36 placings and $362,803). Two-year-old Machnificent, favourite at $1.50, trained at Byford by Katja Warwick and driven by Gary Hall jnr, gave a powerful frontrunning display to win from Star of Willoughby and Robbie Rocket at a 1.58.9 rate in the 1730m Happy Easter Pace at Gloucester Park on Thursday night. The disappointing runner was Lavra Joe ($3) who overraced and did not threaten danger. He finished last in the field of five. To watch the video replay of Machnificent's victory click here Typhoon Tiff returns in style Classy pacer Typhoon Tiff reappeared at Gloucester Park on Thursday night after an absence of almost ten months when she gave a dashing frontrunning display to win the 2130m Retravision Pace for mares. Produced in fine fettle by Banjup trainer-reinsman Colin Brown, the Bettor's Delight four-year-old was a $6.50 chance from barrier four at her first appearance since winning the $100,000 group 1 Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies last June. Six-year-old Gotta Go Gabbana started from the outside barrier in the field of nine and Chris Lewis sent her forward, three wide, in a spirited bid to assume the breeze position. But Pick My Pocket (Michael Grantham) made his intentions clear that he was not about to relinquish the position outside the pacemaker, forcing Lewis to ease Gotta Go Gabbana back to the rear. Pick My Pocket performed strongly in the breeze and did well to finish third, just a half-head behind the second placegetter Millwood Molly, who finished gamely after enjoying an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. Balcatherine, having her first start for 12 months, was favourite at $2.50. She trailed the pacemaking Typhoon Tiff but was blocked for a clear passage in the home straight and finished an unlucky fourth. Dracarys found that barrier No. 8 was a major impediment and she raced at the rear before finishing in eighth place. Typhoon Tiff now has raced 12 times for breeder-owner Colleen Lindsay for eight wins, two placings and $151,539. To watch the video replay of Typhoon Tiff's victory click here Valbonne holds on grimly Smart four-year-old Valbonne gave owner Albert Walmsley a flying start to the Easter weekend when he set the pace and held on with grim determination to win the 2536m TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Thursday night. This gave Walmsley the first of three winners in the space of 20 hours. He also was successful with Sweet Maddison on Thursday night and with three-year-old The Code Breaker, who led and won over 2185m at Pinjarra on Friday afternoon. Valbonne, favourite at $2.30 and driven by Michael Grantham, led from barrier three and was kept under pressure for much of the race by the $2.90 second fancy Soho Thunderstruck, who began from the outside of the back line and quickly dashed forward to the breeze position. After opening quarters of the final mile in 30.7sec. and 30.1sec., Valbonne increased the tempo with final 400m sections of 27.7sec. and 28.8sec. and held on to beat his adversary by a half-head at a 1.58.8 rate. Valbonne, by Mach Three and the second foal out of the unraced New Zealand mare Sayang, has had 42 starts for ten wins, nine placings and $88,010 in prizemoney. To watch the video replay of Valbonne's victory click here. The Bird Dance bounces back Promising New Zealand-bred four-year-old The Bird Dance bounced back to form after his unplaced effort when having a torrid run a fortnight earlier when he set the pace and held on to win by a neck from Iceenothink in the 2536m Etch Coating Pace at Gloucester Park on Thursday night. Prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and driven by Ryan Warwick, The Bird Dance was favourite at $1.60 and he made life extremely tough for his rivals with solid quarters of the final mile in 29.4sec., 29.7sec., 29sec. and 28.9sec. Iceenothink ($6) maintained his excellent form. He started out wide at barrier eight and settled down in ninth place before he sustained a spirited three-wide burst over the final 650m. Talkerup did well to finish third after racing without cover throughout. By A Rocknroll Dance The Bird Dance has earned $65,693 from 11 wins from 15 starts. He won twice from five starts in New Zealand and has won at nine of his ten outings in Western Australia. To watch the video replay of The Bird Dance winning click here Good Times Ahead end losing run of 31 Even though he went into the Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Thursday nighty with a losing sequence of 31 over the past 12 months, Good Times Ahead was favourite at $4.10. And the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old by Mach Three justified this confidence by setting the pace for star reinsman Gary Hall jnr and winning by a neck from Qtown Rip Roaring, who ran on strongly from sixth at the bell. This gave Good Times Ahead his third win from 55 starts at Gloucester Park, with his other wins in a 106-start career being at Albany (eight), Wagin (two) and one each at Pinjarra and Narrogin. To watch the video replay click here Bettor Be Oscar is consistent WA-bred four-year-old Bettor Be Oscar ($3.40) maintained his wonderful consistent form when he won for the fifth times from his latest eight starts, scoring by just over a length from the $2.80 favourite Miracle Moose in the 2130m Direct Trades Supply Pace at Gloucester Park on Thursday night. Aiden de Campo got Bettor Be Oscar away swiftly from barrier five and the gelding took over the role of pacemaker from polemarker Absolution after 550m. He sped over the final quarters in 28.7sec. and 28.1sec. and improved his record to 43 starts for 11 wins, 21 placings and $91,525 in stakes. By Bettor's Delight he has inherited much of ability of his dam Copper Beach Girl, who earned $156,851 from 14 wins and 24 placings from 84 starts. Miracle Moose, the Nathan Turvey-trained four-year-old, again revealed his excellent sit-sprint ability by finishing powerfully from ninth at the bell. He will pay to follow. To watch the video replay click here No trouble for Mighty Santana Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond will be looking forward for further successes from their lightly-raced New Zealand-bred six-year-old Mighty Santana, who was untroubled to coast to victory in the 2130m Westral Pace at Gloucester Park on Thursday night. Favourite at $1.30, Mighty Santana began smoothly from barrier four and Ryan Warwick sent him past the polemarker Gangbuster and into the lead after 120m. Mighty Santana rated 1.58.5 and beat Gangbuster by just under two lengths. By Santanna Blue Chip, Mighty Santana won at five of his 17 starts in New Zealand and his 24 WA starts have produced six wins and nine placings. To watch the video replay click here By Ken Casellas

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

Talkerup revealed a sparkling turn of speed in a smart trial over 2185m at Pinjarra on Sunday morning and she looks hard to beat on her return to racing in the Garrards Horse And Hound One Stop Shop Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Talkerup, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall Snr, has been out of action for exactly 12 months and should have derived great benefit from her trial in which she was driven by Stuart McDonald. McDonald restrained Talkerup back to last in the seven-horse trial after she had been trapped three wide in the early stages. She then accelerated brilliantly after 550m and burst to the front 200m later. She led by three lengths at the 400m before she showed signs of fatigue as she drifted out in the home straight. But she still had plenty in hand to win by 5m from Lightning Jolt on the rain-affected track. Talkerup, who will be handled by Gary Hall Jnr from the favourable No. 3 barrier on the front line, has raced only 24 times for six wins, 12 placings and $57,228 in prizemoney. At her most recent appearance, Talkerup raced behind the pacemaker and finished a sound third behind Donegal Rundlescreek and Forever Remembered over 2536m at Gloucester Park on July 21, 2017. Talkerup’s chief rival looms large as Dodolicious, who is awkwardly drawn out wide at No. 8 on the front line. Dodolicious, who has a losing sequence of 14, gave a strong frontrunning display last Friday night when she finished a close second to Your Excused over 2130m. Dodolicious, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has amassed $486,216 in stakemoney from 18 wins, 11 seconds and three thirds from 45 starts. She was an M3-class pacer five starts ago before dropping back to an M2 classification. Talkerup is still an M0-class performer. The two four-year-old mares in Friday night’s race are Susie Rocks and Soho Changeling and both will have many admirers. Susie Rocks was an impressive all-the-way winner over 2130m last Friday night, rating 1.57.5 and beating Im Stylish by a length. She will again be handled by Chris Lewis and faces a sterner task this week from barrier No. 7. The Ross Olivieri-trained Soho Changeling was an encouraging second to Millwood Molly two starts ago before she finished an unlucky sixth behind Susie Rocks last Friday night when she was blocked for clear run in the final circuit. Ken Casellas

Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr has earmarked the Inter Dominion Championship in Melbourne in December and the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups in January as the main targets for champion pacer Chicago Bull, who will resume racing after a spell in the $25,000 Christmas In July at the Beau Rivage Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This will be Chicago Bull’s first appearance in a race for 119 days and the five-year-old showed that he is fit and ready to maintain his magnificent record with an effortless win in a 2550m standing-start trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Driven by Gary Hall Jnr, Chicago Bull ambled to the front after 500m and coasted along in the lead before sprinting over the final 400m in 27.4sec to win by just under three lengths from M0-class performer Diamond Life. Chicago Bull, who has amassed $1,503,524 from 31 wins and 15 placings from 51 starts, last raced when he scored an easy victory over Maxentius and Runrunjimmydunn in the Group 2 Four and Five-Year-Old Championship over 2130m at Gloucester Park 17 weeks ago. Earlier in the season Chicago Bull finished a grand second to Lazarus in the Inter Dominion Championship final at Gloucester Park in December and won the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups in January. Chicago Bull, who has raced over 2130m at Gloucester Park 19 times for 14 wins, two seconds, two thirds and one fourth, will start from the outside barrier in a field on nine on Friday night and should have no difficulty in defeating The Bucket List and Costa Del Magnifico. The Bucket List, trained by Michael Brennan, will be having his 100th start in a race and he should be prominent after good efforts to be placed at five of his past six starts. He finished strongly from seventh at the bell to be second to Galactic Star last Friday week. The Ross Olivieri-trained Costa Del Magnifico has not raced since mid-January and he looks set for a rewarding campaign after a smart effort when second to stablemate Motu Premier in a Byford trial last Sunday week. The powerful Hall stable will have a big following on Friday night, with smart three-year-old Speed Man and talented five-year-old Chok Chai resuming after spells. Speed Man has not appeared since finishing a close-up fifth behind stablemate King of Swing in the WA Derby on April 6 and he looks the winner of the Follow Gloucester Park on Facebook Pace in which he has drawn favourably at No. 2 on the front line and will clash with several in-form three-year-olds, including Fizzing, Our Corelli and Robb Stark. Speed Man finished strongly and was not extended in finishing a head second to the pacemaker Muffins in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Fizzing also will have many admirers at his third start in Australia. A winner of three races in New Zealand, the Mach Three colt raced without cover before winning at his WA debut, over 2190m at Northam before he again faced the breeze and finished second to Rocky The Outlaw at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. Ryan Warwick will drive Fizzing for trainers Greg and Skye Bond and he should have a comfortable run after starting from the inside of the back line on Friday night. Justin Prentice trains and drives Our Corelli, who will start from barrier two on the back line. A versatile pacer, Our Corelli has won at three of his six starts, including wins at his most recent outings, at Pinjarra and Bunbury. Five-year-old Chok Chai will start from the outside barrier (No. 9) in the 2130m Book Your Next Conference at Gloucester Park Pace. A winner at ten of his 13 starts, Chok Chai will be attempting to extend his winning sequence to six. He has good natural pace and is capable of overcoming the disadvantage of the wide draw in a race in which his chief rivals appear certain to be The Freedom Fighter (inside of the back line) and Thereugo (barrier three on the front line). The Freedom Fighter, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, is in top form and will be attempting to win his fourth race in a row. Thereugo, trained and driven by Kyle Harper, is a brilliant frontrunner and he looks the likely leader. He started from 30m in a 2503m stand on Tuesday of last week and impressed when he sprinted home brilliantly to win from Swimbetweentheflags and Another Ayjay.   Ken Casellas

Serpentine horseman Matt Scott achieved a significant milestone notching his 300th winner as a trainer when Shannon Suvaljko drove outstanding square gaiter Glenferrie Typhoon to an effortless all-the-way victory in 2130m mobile event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Glenferrie Typhoon revealed dazzling gate speed from the outside barrier (No. 8) to burst to an early lead and he was untroubled to defeat the well-performed Sun of Anarchy. ”If all goes well, he’ll be set for the Trotters Inter Dominion at Melton in early December,” the 41-year-old Scott said. “He is a very good horse and I have never trained a Group 1 winner, let alone have a Group 1 runner. There will be three mobile heats and a mobile half-a-million dollar final. “Glenferrie Typhoon will have another four to six starts before having a freshen-up and then resume racing to get ready for the Inters. That’s the plan and, hopefully, all goes well. There’s a lot of water to go under the bridge, but I’m sure he will keep improving. I’d say he’s the best trotter WA has had, and that includes Cardigan Boko, Sunnys Little Whiz and some others. “He has had only 12 runs in the past 18 months when it wasn’t known what exactly was wrong with him. He had a full body X-ray in Melbourne where he was racing and this found a few hot spots. This required four months off and then last Christmas he suffered from a quarter crack.” Glenferrie Typhoon came to Western Australia early this year and he has won at three of his five starts in the State. “John Gullace and his partner Cathy Cousins are the majority owners and they were keen for him to race here, instead of watching most of his Victorian races on Sky Channel,” Scott said. Glenferrie Typhoon boasts a wonderful record of 57 starts for 25 wins, 12 placings and $480,043 in stakes. His wins include three wins, a second and a third in Group 1 events and he has also won two Group 3 events. His most recent Group 1 success was when he rated 1.58.8 in beating Speeding Spur by a head in the 2760m $300,000 Great Southern Star final at Melton on February 4, 2017. In March 2016 he finished second in the 1720m Great Southern Star final, with the winner Speeding Spur rating 1.55.5. Scott is enjoying his most successful season and is currently in seventh position on the Statewide trainers’ premiership table with 481 starters for 46 wins, 44 seconds, 59 thirds and 58 fourths. His first training success was when he drove Glenn Agro to victory over Prince of Stone in a 2120m C0-class event at Merredin on March 15, 1997. “My first 200 winners took a long time,” Scott said. “But I’ve had a hundred over the past 16 months.” He has three runners at Gloucester Park on Friday night and said that Neighlor and Qtown Rip Roaring had each-way prospects in race one. “They were unplaced behind Eden Franco last Friday night when she produced a sensational effort,” he said. ”Neighlor has a chance of crossing to the front from barrier six if we light him up at the start, and if he does he’ll go good. Qtown Rip Roaring is an each-way chance if the race is run upside down. Always Arjay faces a tough task from barrier five in race three.” Ken Casellas

“She’s improving with every run,” is the ominous warning to rival trainers from Boyanup horseman Justin Prentice when predicting that his outstanding filly Dracarys would be very hard to beat in the $35,000 Choices Flooring Gold Bracelet at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred Dracarys is unbeaten at her four starts for Prentice since arriving in Western Australia from New Zealand just over three months ago. Prentice prepares Dracarys at his Boyanup property and has a powerful hand in Friday night’s Group 3 classic for two-year-old fillies. He also trains last-start winners Iona Diamond and Majorpride. He had little hesitation in choosing to drive Dracarys, whose prospects improved significantly when she drew the No. 2 barrier on the front line. Stuart McDonald will handle Iona Diamond from barrier one and Gary Hall Jnr will continue as the driver of Majorpride, the all-the-way winner of the Group 1 $100,000 Diamond Classic two starts ago. Prentice, who trained and drove Major Reality when she scored an effortless victory in the Gold Bracelet in 2014, said: “This will be her first time for Dracarys to race against the top fillies but I definitely think she’s up with them. “From barrier two, we’ll come out hard and look for the front if it is there. Iona Diamond is also a quick beginner, but Dracarys might be a bit quicker, point to point. Her latest run (when she raced three wide for much of the way and beat Starlight Destiny and Rollsofthetongue at Pinjarra) was super. “At all of her four runs for me Dracarys has given me the impression that there’s still more there. She’s not just a frontrunner; she’s really versatile. She has been educated by the best trainer (Mark Purdon) probably in the world and he has probably taught her all those strings to her bow.” Purdon gave Dracarys three starts in New Zealand for one win, when she finished powerfully and was not extended in beating Kayla Marie in the Group 3 Leonard Memorial Stakes over 200m at Addington on March 4 this year. Dracarys was bred and is owned by Christchurch businessman Trevor Casey, a part-owner of superstar Lazarus, the Inter Dominion Championship winner at Gloucester Park last December. Purdon had a few fillies he considered better than Dracarys and Casey decided to send Dracarys to WA to be prepared by Prentice, who trains smart trotter Sun of Anarchy for Casey. Prentice catches up with Casey at the New Zealand yearling sales every year and they are both good friends of John Lohman, the owner of Majorpride. Prentice expects strong showing from Iona Diamond and Majorpride. “Iona Diamond went really well at her latest start when she led and won easily at a 1.56.8 rate at Gloucester Park,” he said. “She’s going to come out as hard as she can from No. 1. “Majorpride has beaten these fillies before. She’s versatile and Junior (Hall) said that it was probably the best she has sprinted when she won at Bunbury last Saturday. “Soho Interceptor and Starlight Destiny are racing in good form and along with Lady Valasca and Mandy Joan they are probably our major dangers. It’s a good field and it won’t be a walk in the park for Dracarys.” Soho Interceptor, trained by Glenn Elliott, set the pace and held on to win narrowly from Delightful Reaction and Lady Valasca in the Group 1 Westbred Classic last Friday night. She is handily drawn at barrier three this week. Elliott prepared Generally Outspoken when she was driven by Hall to victory in the 2013 Gold Bracelet. Ryan Warwick will drive Starlight Destiny for trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who prepared Dodolicious for her victory (with Warwick in the sulky) in the 2015 Gold Bracelet. Warwick also was successful in this event with Spirit of Navajo (2005) and Apache Sunrise (2007). Chris Lewis will handle Lady Valasca for trainer Annie Belton. Lewis has won the Gold Bracelet with Smooth Sensation (1991), Flames And Flowers (1997), Lady Maryclaire (2002), Vinnies Sister (2003), Fidelius Charm (2008) and Sensational Gabby (2011). Ken Casellas

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

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