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From the freezing cold to the scorching heat, in 2011 young harness racing driver Stuart McDonald made the daring move to leave his family and relocate to Australia to seek more opportunities within the harness racing industry. In 2013 at a small town track approximately 200km out of Perth, Stuart or Stewie as his friends call him, drove his first winner to victory with Greg Schofield-trained Mako Shadow.  He worked with Greg Schofield for 18 months before moving on to work for Byford trainer Ross Olivieri. With 73 wins this season, Stewie’s short-term career goal is to win a Group One race as a driver and has so far enjoyed success with Our Blackbird in the 2015 Inter Dominion Final to finish fifth.   On the March 4, 2014, Stewie drove a double with Imtheguy and Arousing at Gloucester Park for Ross. The 21-year-old from Christchurch describes Ross as his greatest influence and feels privileged that Ross is giving him the opportunities to help him achieve his career goal of being a freelance driver.   New Zealand or Australia:  Australia Favourite singer: Hilltop Hoods Favourite food: Chicken Bernard Childhood hero: My Dad Who do you think is the best driver: Gary Hall Jnr Best Track driven at: Pinjarra, WA Ashlea Brennan HRNSW

As the winner of the 2016 Garrard’s Junior Concession Driver Challenge, Stuart McDonald is the West Australian representative for the 2016 NSW Rising Stars Series being conducted this week. After an unlucky start to the Rising Stars Series, with his allocated drives in the first two races being scratched and unable to participate, Stuart is making up ground after a win with A LIFE UNDER FIRE NZ and fifth place with MISTER BIG SHOOT yesterday (22 June). Stuart has been driving for four seasons and has an impressive seventy one wins for this season, and we are both proud and excited to have him participating in NSW Rising Stars Series on behalf of WA. His career started with trainer Greg Schofield and more recently Stuart has joined the Ross Olivieri stable. Proving his potential in the last season as one of WA’s leading young drivers, Stuart was rewarded for his effort by gaining the drive behind Our Blackbird throughout the 2015 TABtouch Inter Dominion Series. We look forward to seeing Stuart driving in the upcoming days as the series continues and wish him the best of luck for another win. Points after Heat 5 & 6 Jason Grimson (63) Tom Pay (44) Ellen Rixon (42) Sam Ison (41) Mitch Turnbull (40) Stuart McDonald (38) Martelle Maguire (34) James Harding (32) Brad Elder (26) Ross Druitt (22)

Ace harness racing reinsman Kim Prentice will resume at Gloucester Park on Friday night after a term of suspension and has landed the plum drive behind This Time Dylan in the $50,000 MMJ Real Estate RWWA Cup. Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan engaged Prentice after the gelding's regular reinsmen, Justin Prentice and Gary Hall jun., were unavailable. Justin Prentice, son of Kim Prentice, is committed to drive his own nomination Gday Mate and Hall is serving a brief term of suspension. This Time Dylan is in dazzling form, with his past 16 starts producing nine wins, three seconds, two thirds, a fourth and a sixth. He is the leader in the Gloucester Park Horse of the Year award with 70 points, 20 ahead of Northview Punter. This Time Dylan was most impressive at his most recent outing when he was eighth in the middle stages before charging home with a powerful three-wide burst to win the 2662m Narrogin Cup on February 6. That followed his fast-finishing third to Hokonui ben and Toretto in the 2936m Fremantle Cup. Enhancing This Time Dylan's prospects in the 2536m RWWA Cup is the fact that he will start from the coveted No. 1 barrier. Kim Prentice drove the eight-year-old for his previous trainer Gary Hall sen. three times, in claiming races in November and December for a win and two seconds and he has a high opinion of the chunky little pacer. Gday Mate will also be one of the main fancies on Friday night. He has won at five of his past 12 starts, including two fast-finishing victories at Gloucester Park before he contested the 2683m Albany Cup on January 31 in which he raced three wide for much of the way and finished strongly to be a close third behind Bronze Seeker and the pacemaker Lovers Delight. Star pacer David Hercules is the likely favourite, but will need a good share of luck after starting from the outside (No. 7) on the front line. The WA-bred seven-year-old trailed them pacemaker Livingontheinterest before getting off the pegs at the bell and fighting on to be fourth behind Im Victorious in the 2536m interdominion championship heat at Gloucester Park last Saturday night. Eight nights earlier the David Thompson-trained David Hercules led from barrier three and rated 1.54.8 when he beat Our Major Mark by seven lengths over 2130m at Gloucester Park. Our Major Mark, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, performed soundly in Saturday night's interdominion heat when he was eighth on the pegs at the bell before finishing solidly into third place behind Im Victorious and Livingontheinterest. He lined up again at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night when he started off the 40m mark and surged home from ninth at the bell to be third behind Shnappy. He is well placed from the No. 2 barrier in Friday night's Cup. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. will be represented by Northview Punter (barrier three), Our Arlington (six) and Passion Stride (barrier two on the back line). Northview Punter dashed to the lead 500m after the start and gave a bold frontrunning display to score an easy two-length win over Pacific Warrior over 2130m last Friday week. He bowled along in front and won a 2150m trial in good style at Byford on Sunday morning when he sprinted over the final two quarters in 28.4sec. and 27.7sec. to beat stablemate Famous Alchemist by a head at a 1.576.2 rate over 2150m. . Adding depth to the RWWA Cup is Fremantle Cup winner Hokonui Ben, who will start from barrier three on the back line for his new trainer-reinsman Aldo Cortopassi. Hokonui ben was tenth at the bell before finishing strongly and going five wide on the home turn to be sixth in Saturday night's interdominion heat. LAUREN JONES TO MAKE HER WA DEBUT BEHIND WHOS MISTAKE Diminutive Queensland teenager Lauren Jones will make her West Australian debut when she drives Whos Mistake in the $21,000 MMJ Investment Sales Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 18-year-old arrived in Perth last Friday week to work for leading trainer Gary Hall sen. at his Serpentine training establishment and she appeared in public for the first time in the State when she drove Northview Punter to victory in a Byford trial on Sunday morning. Hall engaged Jones, who weighs a mere 49kg, to drive Whos Mistake to take advantage of her junior concession to enable Whos Mistake, classified as an M5 performer, to contest Friday night's event which is restricted to horses handicapped on an M4 mark or an easier mark. Whos Mistake, a Victorian-bred eight-year-old, is a smart frontrunner and is favourably drawn at No. 2 on the front line. Gary Hall jun. drove Whos Mistake to an effortless all-the-way victory at a 1.58.3 rate over 2130m last Friday night. He sprinted over the final 800m in 56.4sec. Jones, a daughter of Queensland trainer-reinsman Peter Jones, has had about 250 drives for 19 wins. Her final drive before heading to Perth was at Redcliffe on Thursday, February 6 when she was in the sulky behind five-year-old Wake Up Quinn, an $18.70 tote outsider with a losing sequence of 34. Wake Up Quinn raced without cover for the first 500m before gaining the one-out, one-back position. Jones eased him three wide 450m from home and the chestnut burst to the front 250m from the post. After a highly successful career contesting events for mini trotters, Jones started driving at Albion Park, Redcliffe and the Gold Coast at 17. She represented Queensland in a championship event for mini trotters at Alexandra Park in Auckland in 2011, in which she finished third. She won three of the four races in the Marburg series at Ipswich West late last year. She saw a job advertised on the Trading Ring to work at the Hall training establishment. She applied and got the job and has started a three-month trial period. In the random draw for Friday night's event, the Andrew De Campo-trained Danieljohn fared best and is sure to appreciate the prized No. 1 barrier. Aiden De Campo will be anxious to get Danieljohn away smartly and attempt to lead throughout over the 2130m journey. "He hasn't had a good draw for a while and we'll be trying to lead," said de Campo sen. "Lord Lombo also gets away fast, but we will be aiming to hold the lead." Bickley trainer Peter Anderson will be represented by in-form pacers Rocky Marciano (barrier five) and Mighty Flying Thomas (inside of the back line). Morgan Woodley gave punters a lead by opting to drive Rocky Marciano in preference to Mighty Flying Thomas, who trailed the pacemaker and was hampered for room when a splendid second behind the pacemaker Pacific Warrior in the 21230m Governor's Cup last Friday night. Rocky Marciano also was unlucky when he failed to obtain a clear passage in the final circuit when third to Famous Alchemist over 1730m the previous Friday night. LEDA McNALLY READY FOR A STRONG EFFORT BEFORE THE LADYSHIP MILE Speedy mare Leda McNally ran a sparkling trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning and looks set to lead and should take plenty of beating in the first prelude of the MMJ Land Sales Empress Stakes at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 2130m event should prove a perfect lead-up for the $200,000 Ladyship Mile at Menangle on Sunday week. "She sat back in the trial before finishing strongly to win by more than three lengths from Carim Courage," said reinsman Chris Voak. "She recorded almost her best winning mile rate (1.56.7) over the trip (2185m). "It was a good blow-out for her and Friday night's race will be a good conditioning run for the Ladyship Mile. We are hoping and expecting to win, even though she has been programmed for the Ladyship Mile. "She should be leading on Friday night in a race in which the Hall stable will mount a two-pronged attack with Askmenow and Famous Alchemist. I expect one of them to work forward and apply a lot of pressure. But I think Leda McNally is ready to run a good race." Leda McNally, trained at Pinjarra by Chris King, should appreciate racing against her own sex after performing soundly against some of the State's best pacers in recent feature events, including the Fremantle Cup and Lord Mayor's Cup. She should get spirited opposition from Askmenow and Famous Alchemist. Askmenow, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old, has ruined her chances at her past two starts with bad beginnings in standing-start events. She looks far better suited in Friday night's mobile event over 2130m in which she will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line. Famous Alchemist set the pace and dashed over the final 400m in 27.2sec. when she won from Sensational Gabby and Rocky Marciano over 1730m last Friday week. She will be the only runner on the back line in Friday night's event and looks set to fight out the finish. CONNIVING MAJOR DAVE GETS HIS CHANCE FROM BARRIER THREE Capel trainer Andrew De Campo predicted that four-year-old Conniving Major Dave would be "pretty hard to beat" after the New Zealand-bred gelding drew barrier three on the front line in the MMJ Real Estate Pathway Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. "I was very happy with his run last week and if he finds the top or the breeze this week he should be the one to beat," he said. "Those are the positions from which he races at his best. It was hard for him to make up ground last week, being off the track in the last lap." Conniving Major Dave started from the outside of the back line in a 1730m Pathway last Friday night when he settled down in ninth position and did well to fight on, out wide, from seventh at the bell to be fourth behind the pacemaker Myouri, who sprinted over the final 800m in 57.6sec. Conniving Major Dave won at three of his 12 starts in New Zealand and has raced 12 times in WA for four wins and four placings. He will be having his second start after a spell this week. "He had a good prep last year and ran some good times, including 1.54.6 over 1684m at Pinjarra last October. And he's getting better with age." Conniving Major Dave will be handled by Aiden De Campo, who also has sound prospects with Trojan Bromac and Danielhjohn later in the program. Trojan Bromac will start from barrier five off the front in the MMJ Commercial Property Handicap, a stand over 2503m. "His form is good and he hasn't missed the money at his past five or six starts," said trainer Andrew De Campo. It's not a strong field on Friday night and he should go well." Trojan Bromac's past six starts have produced two wins, two seconds and two thirds. SHEZABLAZE GIVES TERESA SCHOFIELD HER FIRST TRAINING SUCCESS Teresa Schofield, wife of Bennett Springs horseman Greg Schofield, landed her first winner as a trainer when Matt White drove Shezablaze to victory in the 1730m Yes Loans Pace for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Tuesday afternoon. The inexperienced Shezablaze was a 21/1 outsider who exceeded expectations when she raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing strongly to defeat Major Flirt by a neck at a 1.58.7 rate. This was the filly's fourth appearance as a three-year-old after a ten-month absence, following a third and a fourth in March 2013. Shezablaze, by Courage Under Fire, is the third foal out of the Village Jasper mare Fluent Style, who was trained by Greg Schofield for seven wins, eight placings and stakes of $78,033 from 28 starts. Fluent Style finished second to Dilingers Reign in the WA Oaks in May 2006. Fluent Style's half-brother Effortless (by Crouch) was a handy performer for Greg Schofield, earning $64,743 from 12 wins and 21 placings from 89 starts. Shezablaze was bred by Teresa Schofield and Rod Price, who race the filly in partnership with Glen Price, a greyhound trainer. Teresa Schofield has had a battle on her hands with Shezablaze, who has made many trips to the veterinary surgeon in attempts to cure physical problems. "She has had problems that we couldn't solve," she said. "She was sore somewhere, but we were unable to pinpoint the problem. We were told that she was just suffering from growing pains. "She's got ability and it's just a matter of getting it out of her. She has tended to pace roughly. She goes all right for the first thousand and after that she goes roughly. Recently I decided to treat her with Bowen therapy; it's cross fibre manipulation by hand. She has had muscle soreness on all parts of her body. "She now has had three treatments, once a week, and after each treatment she has improved a bit. She paced okay today. It's the best she's ever gone around since I've been treating her." White completed a double when he drove four-year-old mare Cielito to victory in the 2130m Caduceus Club Pace. Cielto, trained at Busselton by her owner Barry Howlett, started at 11/1 and won from the fast-finishing El Sunami. It was her second start after an absence of nine months. by Ken Casellas  

Former Victorian pacer Shnappy is poised to end a 21-month drought by setting the pace and winning the $50,000 Channel Nine News Binshaw Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The seven-year-old Shnappy's prospects soared when he drew the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line of the 2130m feature event. The Binshaw Classic has been run only twice and both winners started from the No. 1 barrier and as odds-on favourites. Please Release Me, trained by David Hunter and driven by Chris Brew, led and rated 1.56.8 in defeating Grehawk and Dundee Three in 2012 and last year Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri and champion reinsman Chris Lewis combined to score easily with Red Salute, who set the pace and won at a 1.57 rate from Western Cullen and Gate Bender. Olivieri and Lewis will join forces again in this year's race and Olivieri was delighted when Shnappy drew the inside barrier for his fifth appearance in Western Australia. Shnappy caught the eye in a qualifying heat of the Binshaw Classic last Friday night when he raced in fifth place, three back on the pegs, before finishing fast to be third behind Northern Assassin and Lunar Tide. "He is certainly capable of holding up and leading," Olivieri said. "He's got good gate speed and if we want to lead, he'll lead. Whether we lead or hand up the lead, he's going to get a nice run and I think that he is one of the main chances in a pretty wide-open race." Shnappy led and won at five of his ten wins in Victoria, at Cobram (twice) and at Geelong, Shepparton and Cranbourne. His latest success was when he began speedily from barrier seven on the front line and raced without cover before beating Lovable Larrikin over 2240m at Melton in May 2012. He has managed only three third placings at his subsequent 13 starts. Noted frontrunner Our Amazing Art has drawn favourably at barrier two on Friday night and Shannon Suvaljko is likely to make a bold bid to outpace Shnappy at the start and attempt an all-the-way win with the Debbie Padberg-trained six-year-old. Our Amazing Art began fast from the No. 2 barrier and was untroubled to set the pace and win a qualifying heat last week when he beat the fast-finishing Atlastalone by two lengths. Atlastalone, trained and driven by Garry Butler, is in sparkling form and cannot be underestimated, even from the No. 5 barrier. He is quite versatile and his past five starts have produced two wins and three seconds. Northern Assassin and Copagrin, stylish heat winners last week when they set the pace, will be unable to use their excellent gate speed to advantage after drawing the back line. Northern Assassin will start from No. 3 on the back line, with Copagrin on his immediate outside. Soho Redford, a fighting second to Copagrin last week when he worked hard in the breeze, will start from the inside of the back line and is worthy of consideration. DAVID HERCULES IS AIMING FOR A TILT AT INTERDOMINION GLORY Byford trainer David Thompson is setting his sights on qualifying star pacer David Hercules for the $750,000 interdominion championship final at Menangle on March 2 and the seven-year-old is spot on to win the $21,000 Nine News Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This will be the gelding's final appearance before contesting the $48,000 interdominion championship qualifying heat over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Saturday week. David Hercules has drawn favourably at barrier three in Friday night's seven-horse event and he should prove too good for his rivals. His reinsman Morgan Woodley and Thompson should keep their winning streak going after they had combined to win with Hugh Victor and Guilty Grin at Gloucester Park on Tuesday. Three-year-old Hugh Victor is a full-brother to David Hercules, who has raced 82 times for 27 wins, 29 placings and $767,444. "I would have rather drawn a terrible barrier in Friday's race and get a good draw in the interdominion heat," Thompson said. "We really want to go to Sydney and the barrier draw will play a big part in the interdominion heat. "I am sure David Hercules can hold his own anywhere and over any distance, provided he gets the right run. He is not far off a hundred per cent right now. After his most recent run (when a strong-finishing fourth behind Hokonui Ben in the WA Pacing Cup three Fridays ago) he has had a quiet week or ten days at his owners' place in Serpentine when they rode him in the sand and kept him around the mark. "He then ran a very pleasing trial at Byford on Sunday morning when he led and rolled around before sprinting home nicely over the final half-mile. We're fortunate enough to have such a good horse and we want to give him every chance in the big races." David Hercules should prove too speedy on Friday night for veteran pacers Mysta Magical Mach and Ima Rocket Star. Woodley, who won with Mysta Magical Mach two starts ago and was again in the sulky when the nine-year-old finished solidly to be third behind Livingontheinterest and Hokonui Ben in the Lord Mayor's Cup last Friday night, will be replaced by Chris Lewis. Lewis drove The Oyster Bar (a stablemate of Mysta Magical Mach) to an all-the-way win last Friday night to end a losing sequence of 25 and trainer Tony Svilicich has engaged Aldo Cortopassi to drive the seven-year-old from barrier two in Friday night's event. This is a massive rise in class and The Oyster Bar will be at long odds. INSIDE BARRIER POINTS TO THE FRONTRUINNING FAMOUS ALCHEMIST New Zealand-bred mare Famous Alchemist is unbeatable when she leads, according to her trainer Gary Hall sen., and when she drew the prized No. 1 barrier in the 1730m Alan Vawser Memorial Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night he declared: "She'll lead and win." Famous Alchemist will clash with promising four-year-old Rocky Marciano, who has chalked up three wins in a row in the past three weeks, and former juvenile pacing star Sensational Gabby. "Famous Alchemist is much quicker out of the gate than Sensational Gabby," Hall said. "She is in terrific form and even went well in the WA Pacing Cup. I wouldn't want her to sit on Sensational Gabby and I consider Rocky Marciano is the danger." Rocky Marciano, trained by Peter Anderson, was a Metropolitan maiden five weeks ago and has had a rapid rise to an M4 classification. He has won with great authority at each of his past three starts and was most impressive when he raced outside the pacemaker Your Good Fortune before racing away to win easily from Argent Treasure over 2536m last Friday night. He meets stiffer opposition this week, but is capable of a bold showing from the No. 2 barrier against Famous Alchemist, Sensational Gabby, last-start winner Truckers Ruffnut and Lord Lombo, who caught the eye with his fast-finishing fifth behind Livingontheinterest in the 2130m Lord Mayor's Cup last Friday night. Famous Alchemist has led at five of her 19 outings in Western Australia --- and she has won at all those five starts. The appearance of Sensational Gabby certainly adds spice to Friday night's race. The five-year-old possesses sparkling gate speed and she has set the pace and won 18 times during her 42-start career which has produced 25 wins, three placings and $469,485 in prizemoney. "I think she should lead," said trainer Ross Olivieri. And in reference to the mare's habit of pulling hard and overracing, Olivieri added: "She will be going forward; that will be Gabby's plans." HOYLAKES FIRSTLADY GETS HER CHANCE IN MARES SPRINT Smart five-year-old Hoylakes Firstlady has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier for only the fourth time in her career, boosting the confidence of trainer Greg Schofield that she will prove hard to beat in the 1730m The Voice On Nine Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And Schofield believes it is time for Hoylakes Firstlady to take full advantage of the inside barrier. She has finished second at her three starts from the No. 1 barrier --- at Narrogin in March 2012 and at Gloucester Park last September and October. She has been an honest performer for Schofield, earning $93,917 from nine wins and 19 placings from 64 starts. Schofield said that Hoylakes Firstlady (who will be handled by her regular reinsman Nathan Turvey) would attempt to lead all the way over the sprint journey. "She goes well in front and I think she will hold up from one," he said. "It would wise to overlook her seventh behind Aristocratic Glow last Friday night when she got tangled up and locked wheels with Talk About Mach in the front straight racing for the bell." Hoylakes Firtslady performed strongly the previous week when she raced three wide and then without cover before finishing fourth behind Courage On Fire. Looming as one of the main threats to Hoylakes Firstlady is the New Zealand-bred four-year-old Am Opulent, who has won eight times from 26 starts. At her third appearance after a spell, at Pinjarra last Monday week, Am Opulent surged home from the rear to finish second to Eminence Grise. "It was a really good run at Pinjarra and I expect her to be up there and in the firing line for a long way," said part-owner Greg Bond, who trains the mare in partnership with his wife Skye. "Stablemate Showstopper will start from the inside of the back line and is also capable of a strong showing." PRIDE OF COLORADO TO RESUME IN A CLAIMER Pride of Colorado struggled in Free-For-All company at the end of his most recent campaign, prompting trainer Aldo Cortopassi to start the seven-year-old in claiming company at the start of his current campaign. Pride of Colorado, an M5-class performer, will start from the outside barrier in the field of seven in the 2130m A Current Affair Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, his first appearance since early last September. "He had three months off and has had a couple of trials and went pretty well," Cortopassi said. "I sat last and just let him run home when fourth behind David Hercules at Byford on Sunday morning. He ran home well and I'm really happy with him. "He struggled against the Free-For-All horses, mainly because he lacks gate speed and is more tough than he is fast. He had a few cracks at Free-For-Alls and was found wanting. So now it's the claimers; there are no other options." Pride of Colorado won six races in 2013 and is capable of a strong first-up showing on Friday night in a race in which he will meet in-form runners On All Fours, Shardons Rocket, Rojen Cruz and Whos Mistake. by Ken Casellas  

Mt Helena harness racing trainer Ray Williams and Baldivis reinsman Nathan Turvey are proving a formidable combination and they continued their run of recent successes when Balleybofey set a fast pace and scored an easy victory in the $25,000 Lancaster Park Marathon Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was their second successive triumph in a Gloucester Park feature event, following their win with Pacific Warrior in the John Higgins Memorial a fortnight earlier. Balleybofey, a 7/1 chance, got away smoothly from the inside of the front line, but Salliwood, revealing her normal brilliance from a stand, burst straight to the front after Lord Diego, second favourite at 15/4, reared as the tapes were released and galloped badly. Turvey gave Balleybofey plenty of time to get balanced before he sent the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old to the front after 400m. Nipperinghall quickly moved outside the pacemaker, giving Rodrigo the ideal trail, one-out and one-back. Gary Hall jun. kept 7/4 favourite Bettor Reason, favourite at 7/4, at the rear after starting off the 40m mark before he sent him forward, three wide, 1750m from home in the 3309m event. This was the signal for Turvey to increase the tempo and Balleybofey made life tough for Bettor Reason and co-backmarker Shardons Rocket by covering the final four 400m sections of the last mile in 29.7sec., 30sec., 29sec. and 29.2sec. Bettor Reason moved into the breeze before Shardons Rocket took over that position for much of the final two circuits. Balleybofey carried too many guns for his rivals and scored by 4m from Shardons Rocket (12/1), with Salliwood running on into third place after trailing the pacemaker. Bettor Reason wilted to finish tenth. Rodrigo, who was shuffled back to eighth in the middle stages, ran on from seventh (three wide) at the bell to be fourth. The winner rated 2.2.1 and took his record to 62 starts for 13 wins, 23 placings and stakes of $98,826. He won six times in New Zealand and has had 26 starts in Western Australia for seven wins and six placings. Friday night’s victory gave Williams (who celebrated his 68th birthday the following daty) his first success in the Marathon Handicap and enabled him to emulate the performance of his son Grant, who trained and drove Shardons Aflyin, who started off 50m and charged home to win the 2006 Marathon. Balleybofey, who started at 3/1 on and finished fifth behind Splendiferous in much weaker company in a 2130m mobile event at outer country track Kellerberrin the previous Sunday (when he faded after working hard in the breeze), is by Badlands Hanover out of the Holmes Hanover mare Kate Eileen, whose dam Heather’s Bo produced several winners, including Patches. Patches, who earned $258,741 from 25 wins and 37 placings from 154 starts, won eight times in WA, including dead-heating for first with OK Windermere in the 2006 Easter Cup at Gloucester Park. WOODLEY CELEBRATES A TRIUMPHANT REUNION WITH HAS THE ANSWERS There is little wonder that outstanding young reinsman Morgan Woodley rates evergreen champion Has The Answers as one of the best pacers he has driven. Woodley was reunited with the wonderful ten-year-old gelding at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he produced a superb exhibition in the sulky to land the veteran a dashing winner at 18/1 in the 1730m Happy Birthday Henry McManus Pace. Byford trainer Tony Svilicich nominated Chris Lewis for Has The Answers, but Lewis opted to drive the Ross Olivieri-trained Hez The Bart Man. Svilicich then engaged the 24-year-old Woodley to handle Has The Answers in a race for the first time since the oldstager was unplaced behind Lombo Navigator in the Pinjarra Cup in June 2012. It was a great reunion, with Has The Answers showing that he still has what it takes to win in top company, even though he had been successful only once from his previous 21 starts. Woodley has a tremendous record with Has The Answers, having driven the WA-bred gelding 42 times for 20 wins and nine placings. Has The Answers now has amassed $1,305,022 in stakes from 75 wins, 39 seconds and 25 thirds from 237 starts. Has The Answers started from the outside (barrier three) on the back line and Woodley got him away speedily to settle him in sixth position in the one-wide line. Sneakyn Down Under, unplaced at his previous nine starts, was a heavily-supported favourite at evens and Darren Duffy sent the ten-year-old straight to the front from No. 2 on the front line, leaving Hez The Bart Man (9/1) to work hard in the breeze, with Uppy Son (6/1) enjoyed the perfect trail, one-out and one-back. Woodley bided his time and he waited until Gary Hall sent Uppy Son forward, three wide, with 420m to travel. Has The Answers followed Uppy Son until Woodley switched him five wide approaching the home turn. Has The Answers was fifth at the 100m mark and he finished powerfully to get up in the final couple of strides to win by 1m from Sneakyn Down Under, with a neck to Uppy Son in third place. Please Release Me (5/1) battled on along the pegs to be fourth, with Can Return Fire charging home, six wide, to be a close-up fifth. The stewards fined Duffy $200 for allowing Sneakyn Down Under to shift out in the run to the post, allowing Please Release me the room to run home on the inside. The final four quarters were covered in 29.6sec., 28.8sec., 27.4sec. and 28.4sec. and Has The Answers rated a smart 1.53.8 on the rain-affected track which compares favourably with Livingontheinterest’s track record of 1.53.1. Hez The Bart Man faded to finish last in the field of ten. IM VICTORIOUS RETURNS TO ACTION IN GRAND STYLE Star four-year-old Im Victorious is well and truly on target for group 1 successes in the spring and summer of the 2013-14 season. That was the obvious conclusion after his effortless victory in the Go Quinny Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Justin Prentice dashed Im Victorious, favourite at 5/1 on, to the front after 300m and the New Zealand-bred gelding was completely unextended in strolling along in front and scoring by just over three lengths from Western Cullen and Village Steel, rating 1.57.7. Produced in great shape by Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan for his first start for five months, Im Victorious maintained his unblemished first-up record --- four wins from four first-up appearances. Im Victorious qualified to run in a $25,000 event for M3-class pacers next Friday week, and after that Brennan will keep him racing in Perth before taking him to Melbourne to contest the $400,000 Victoria Cup at Melton in mid-December. Then he will be set for the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup. Im Victorious could have improved considerably on his time on Friday night. Prentice let him able through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31.4sec. and 30.6sec. before giving him more rein when he sped over the final quarters in 28.8sec. and 27.6sec. Western Cullen worked hard in the breeze all the way and fought on doggedly to be second, a nose ahead of ten-year-old Village Steel, who led early and then trailed the pacemaker. Banana Dana showed a glimpse of his best form in finishing strongly from sixth at the bell to be a close-up fourth. FOUR LEGGED FRENZY UPSETS THE FRONTRUNNING JUNGLE GENIE Consistent filly Four Legged Frenzy caused an upset when she trailed the pacemaker Jungle Genie and finished strongly to snatch a last-stride victory by a nose from the even-money favourite in the 2130m Nepean Conveyors Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Northam by Lang Inwood, Four Legged Frenzy was an 11/1 chance and she impressed in sprinting over the final 400m in 28.5sec. to get up and beat Jungle Genie, who looked a certain winner when she led by almost two lengths with 100m to travel. The winner rated 1.58.1. The win gave reinsman Nathan Turvey the first leg of a double. Later, he won the Lancaster Park Marathon Handicap with 7/1 chance Baleybofey. Loving You (35/1) raced three back on the pegs before finishing gamely to be third, with a neck to Deluxe Edition (11/2) sustaining a solid run from 11th in the middle stages. Four Legged Frenzy, by Northern Luck, is out of Mystical Prince mare Heyumob, who raced 72 times for five wins, 14 placings and $37,187. Heyumob is a half-sister to former WA performer Go Worley, a winner at Globe Derby last month who won a 1609m event at Menangle in 1.55.9 last Tuesday. Go Worley has earned $51,234 from eight wins and 27 placings from 68 starts. Four Legged Frenzy has had 31 starts for six wins, 11 placings and $48,894 in prizemoney. Her next appearance is likely to be in 2536m event for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park next Friday week. IMTHEGUY MAKES THE MOST OF A LATE MISTAKE BY FAVOURITE Victorian-bred four-year-old Imtheguy made the most of a mistake made in the closing stages by 10/9 on favourite The Left Arm Quick to win the 1730m Ross North Homes Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Left Arm Quick looked set for victory when he was a length in front of Imtheguy (in the breeze) 100m from the post. But punters were dismayed when The Left Arm Quick stumbled and almost fell with 50m to go. Chris Lewis then urged Imtheguy to the front as other runners were inconvenienced behind the galloping The Left Arm Quick. Te Rauparaha, who was trailed the pacemaker, was unlucky. He broke when The Left Arm Quick galloped and Callan Suvaljko had to restrain him to enable him to regain his pacing gait. Imtheguy won by 1m from Te Rauparaha, with Extreme Bromac third and Ardens Southee fourth. Bob Mellsop, driver of Ardens Southee, lodged a protest against Extreme Bromac (Chris Playle), alleging interference with a lap to travel. The stewards upheld the protest and relegated Extreme Bromac to fourth while promoting Ardens Southee to third. The stewards ruled that Playle had switched Extreme Bromac three wide, forcing Ardens Southee wider on the track before the field had reached the candy pole, 600m from the finish. Playle had his licence suspended for 14 days. The Left Arm Quick lacked early sparkle and paced roughly from the inside barrier when the mobile barrier released the field. The Left Arm Quick was beaten out by almost two lengths by The Black Lord, Imtheguy and Soho Indianapolis, but he was able to kick up and take up the running. Imtheguy, trained by Ross Olivieri, has had five WA starts for one win after winning four races in South Australia and three in Victoria. He has had only 19 starts for eight wins, five placings and $24,809. He is related on his dam’s side to former star juvenile Jasmarilla, who won at her first nine starts in Victoria as a two and three-year-old in 1983 and 1984. She had 20 starts in Australia as a youngster for 14 wins and four placings before racing successfully in America where she was retired after having had 216 starts for 50 wins, 68 placings and stakes of $503,000. LEDA McNALLY AGAIN REVEALS HER CLASS Versatile four-year-old Leda McNally gave further proof that she will be a leading contender for feature events for mares in the new season when she unwound a spirited finishing burst to win the 2130m Happy Birthday Jaime Congerton Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Starting second favourite at 11/2, Leda McNally caused an upset when she proved too strong in the concluding stages to beat the 7/4 on favourite Pacific Warrior by one and a half lengths, with Bulldozer finishing fast into third place after trailing the pacemaker Lucie Boshier. Leda McNally, trained at Pinjarra by Chris King and driven by Chris Voak, enjoyed a perfect passage, one-out and one-back, while the polemarker Lucie Boshier set a brisk pace, with Pacific Warrior working in the breeze. Pacific Warrior got to the front approaching the home turn, but was unable to hold out the fast-finishing Leda McNally, who burst to the front 100m from the finish. She rated 1.56.7 with the final 800m being covered in 57.3sec. She has performed superbly in WA where her 12 wins and four placings have taken her career record to 35 starts for 13 wins and seven placings for earnings of $123,338. Lucie Boshier, a first-up winner at Gloucester Park at her previous outing, faded over the final stages to finish seventh. VANESIA COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL WEEK FOR SCHOFIELD AND WILLIAMS Promising two-year-old filly Vanesia completed a successful week for Bennett Springs trainer Greg Schofield and reinsman Robbie Williams when she ran home strongly to win the 2130m Del Basso Smallgoods Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Schofield started the week by training and driving First Time Rich for his all-the-way win at Gloucester Park on Tuesday. Williams was successful behind Showtime Prince at Kellerberrin on Sunday before he landed a double with Ohoka Kentucky and Justlikelindt at Gloucester Park two days later. Vanesia, who had been placed at five of her nine starts, was a 13/1 chance from the inside of the back line, with Generally Outspoken favourite at 5/4 from the outside (No. 7) of the front line. Polemarker Mill Pond set the pace, with Generally Outspoken moving outside the leader after 250m. Eventually, Generally Outspoken (Gary Hall jun.) got to the front 240m from home. Williams drove Vanesia to the front at the 100m mark and the filly won by a half-length from 40/1 chance Red Hot Go, who finished fast after having raced three back on the pegs. Generally Outspoken was in third spot when she paced roughly and broke in the final couple of strides. Vanesia covered the final 800m in 59.8sec. and rated 1.59.6. She is by American stallion Life Sign and is out of the Troublemaker mare Ilona Belle, who had 18 starts for four wins, six placings and $15,823. She won at her final two starts, at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park in 2002 before being retired. LORD JOWERS RELISHES HIS FRONTRUNNING ROLE New Zealand-bred four-year-old Lord Jowers notched his eighth win in Western Australia when he gave a bold frontrunning display to score a three-length victory over Veitchy in the 2130m Happy Birthday Dorothy Cook pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained by Greg and Skye Bond, Lord Jowers started from barrier four on the front line and Colin Brown sent the gelding to the lead 80m after the start. After covering the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31sec. and 30.7sec., Lord Jowers made life tough for the opposition by sprinting over the final two quarters in 28.8sec. and 28sec. He coasted to victory at a 1.57.3 rate to take his record to 48 starts for ten wins, 13 placings and stakes of $74,375. Lord Jowers started at 7/2, while 2/1 favourite Franco Torres and 11/4 second fancy Heavens Delight failed to flatter. Franco Torres raced one-out and one-back before starting a three-wide move approaching the bell. He wilted to finish tenth. Heavens Delight raced in tenth position before Gary Hall jun. sent him forward, three wide, 950m from home. The five-year-old battled on to finish a well-beaten fifth. HALLS MAINTAIN THEIR DOMINANCE Serpentine trainer Gary Hall sen. and star reinsman Gary Hall jun. maintained their dominance of the WA pacing scene when Hall jun. drove This Time Dylan to an easy all-the-way victory in the 2130m Baltic Eagle Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This Time Dylan, favourite at 6/4, simply proved too speedy for his rivals, winning by 2m from Smooth Caesar at a 1.56.6 rate. This gave Hall jun his 223rd driving success for the season and his father his 178th winner from 634 starters. Hall jun. heads the Metropolitan reinsmen’s list with 155 winners and he leads from Chris Lewis (65). Hall sen. has trained 140 city winners and leads from Greg and Skye Bond (72). The win of This Time Dylan was his third from 13 WA starts and he now has raced 21 times for six wins, five placings and $36,200. SUVALJKO BRINGS UP HIS CENTURY IN STYLE Shannon Suvaljko brought up his century in fine style at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he drove evergreen pacer Tee Pee Village to an effortless win in the 1730m Congratulations Matt and Hayley Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This gave Suvaljko his 100th winner from 749 starters this season. He also has driven 190 placegetters. Tee Pee Village, a runaway last-start winner, started favourite at 2/1 for trainer Peter Tilbrook and Suvaljko was content to rate the New Zealand-bred 11-year-old in the breeze on the outside of 15/1 chance Octavian. Tee Pee Village got his head in front 250m from home and then he raced away to win by more than two lengths from Talk It Up (12/1), with Death Adda (5/2) a close third. This took Tee Pee Village’s record to 93 starts for 22 wins, 24 placings and stakes of $229,607. Unplaced runners Therecomesatime and Empire Flame were claimed, each for $10,000. Seven-year-old Therecomesatime, who led early and then trailed the pacemaker Octavian before finishing fifth, was claimed by Narelle McCarthy, wife of top-flight Sydney trainer John McCarthy. Seven-year-old Empire Flame, who raced at the rear and finished sixth in a field of seven, was claimed by East Fremantle footballer Tom Howlett. by Ken Casellas  

Star harness racing four-year-old Sensational Gabby is poised to end a 20-year hoodoo at Gloucester Park on Friday night by becoming the first mare to win the $35,000 Retravision Christmas Gift final since Savette was successful in December 1992.

Four Starzzz Shark, Empire Stallions' brilliant young sire, continues to make a huge impact with his first commercial harness racing crop competing in Australia.

All-conquering juvenile superstar Sensational Gabby is on target to confirm her status as Australia's best harness racing three-year-old filly by winning the rich Breeders Crown at Melton in Victoria on August 19 after romping to an effortless victory in the$150,000 Gannon's WA Oaks at Gloucester Park on Friday night

All-conquering juvenile superstar Sensational Gabby is on target to confirm her status as Australia's best three-year-old filly by winning the rich Breeders Crown at Melton in Victoria on August 19 after romping to an effortless harness racing victory in the$150,000 Gannon's WA Oaks at Gloucester Park on Friday night (May 11).

Twice in the past decade Greg Schofield has had great expectations of winning the Western Australia Oaks, but each time fate intervened and shattered his harness racing dreams.

Brilliant harness racing filly Sensational Gabby, unbeaten at her eight starts, faces her most serious test when she contests the $125,000 Premier Suzuki Golden Slipper Stakes against nine male rivals at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

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