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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

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

“The plan of attack will be to attack,” declared talented reinsman Kyle Harper when assessing the claims of smart two-year-old Bushwacked in the Follow The Stars To Allwood Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bushwacked, a colt by Follow The Stars who is owned and trained by his breeder Shane Quadrio, will start from the No. 2 barrier and Harper is keen for him to set the pace against his most serious rival Whataretheodds, who will start from barrier three. Bushwacked has won at three of his past four starts, the most recent being the group 2 Champagne Stakes over 2130m last Friday week when he set the pace and survived considerable mid-race pressure on his way to winning by a head from the Ryan Bell-trained Whataretheodds, who charged home powerfully from seventh at the bell. Whataretheodds, to be handled by in-form reinsman Michael Grantham, then chalked up his third win from five starts when he dashed to the lead after 150m, set a brisk pace and held on to defeat The Miki Taker by a neck, rating 1.55.5 over 1609m, with final quarters of 28.2sec., and 27.2sec. “Bushwacked is a lovely horse who goes very well in front,” said Harper. “We fended off Whataretheodds last start and I think he can do it again. They are both very nice horses, and fortunately we’ve got the barrier draw advantage over him. “Bushwacked should improve on his last run; I think he’s still on the way up. His latest run was very impressive and to say that he can improve on that, you’re saying something. If that’s the case, he should be hard to beat. However, two-year-olds are tricky; they can be strong one week and not quite right the next.” While Bushwacked and Whataretheodds appear certain to dominate betting on the race, the Aiden de Campo-trained and driven gelding The Miki Taker cannot be underestimated. He raced in fourth position in the fields of five at Bunbury on Saturday night and impressed with his determined finishing burst. Harper is also optimistic about the prospects of My Sweet Deal in race one on Friday night and Cavalry Call in race three. My Sweet Deal, owned and trained by David Hunter, boasts a splendid record of 11 wins, nine seconds and one third from 31 starts, and the New Zealand-bred four-year-old looks capable of fighting out the finish of the 2130m Budget Stockfeeds In Oakford Pace. She will start out wide at barrier No. 7 and Harper will be relying on her ability to unwind a fast late sprint. She notched her third win from her past four starts when she raced in the one-out, one-back position before finishing strongly to beat Sidstrepo and The Code Breaker over 2242m at Narrogin on Tuesday of last week. It was an impressive display at her first appearance for eight weeks. “I think she is on her way back to her best form,” said Harper. “It’s an awkward draw in quite a reasonable field on Friday night, but if the race is run to suit, I reckon she’ll be getting home the one of the best. She’s got a dazzling turn of foot and when the pace is on early, she is electric late.” Cavalry Call is an eight-year-old and veteran of 164 starts but looks a sound prospect from the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Milne Feeds Made In WA Pace for Byford trainer Peter Tilbrook. “It’s an interesting race and I certainly would like to lead, said Harper. “He led up and won the Trayning Cup at Kellerberrin two starts ago. He won with the plugs in and was impressive. He rated 1.56.6 which was just shy of the track record. “The number seven against his name (at his latest start) should be disregarded. He had a bad draw (No. 8) and was pushed wide on the track and he still ran a really nice race. If he doesn’t have to run a blistering lead time and is able to lead, I think he can win.”   Ken Casellas for Glucester Park

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

Last season’s leading WA harness racing driver Chris Voak is looking forward to exciting pacer Papinik’s return to action when the gelding starts off the 10 metre mark in the 2503m Go First Class With Ramsay’s Horse Transport Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He’s probably my best drive for the night,” said Voak. “His trial at Pinjarra on Wednesday of last week was good and he will be unleashing a really good (late) burst on Friday night.” Papinik, prepared by Ross Olivieri is unbeaten in stands, having won over 2631m at Pinjarra in March 2020 and scoring over 2116m at Pinjarra in January this year. He sprinted home brilliantly in those events, with final quarters of 27.7sec. and 27.4sec. In his 2185m mobile trial last week Papinik started from barrier four and was restrained to the rear in the field of six. After a third quarter of the final mile in 28.8sec. he flew home over the final 400m in 26.8sec. to win by eight lengths from Bee Seventeen, rating 1.56.5. “He is normally a good stand horse and is sure to perform well,” said Voak. “I have also got a big respect for Louie The Horse, who was a strong winner in a stand at Pinjarra on Monday.” Louie The Horse, to be driven by star reinsman Ryan Warwick for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred four-year-old set the pace in Monday’s 2631m event and impressed in winning by six and a half lengths from talented stablemate Lawrence. It was a commanding and bold frontrunning display in which he dashed over the final three quarters in 29.4sec., 27.5sec. and 28sec. His past six starts have produced four wins and two seconds. Medieval Man, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr for trainer Michael Young, will start from the outside of the front line and will have admirers after his past three runs, all in stands, have produced wins at Bunbury and Pinjarra and a half-head second to Lawrence at Gloucester Park. “If he gets away fast and leads, he’s a chance of beating Louie The Horse and Papinik,” said Hall.  Papinik, who will be having his first start for eight weeks, is the least experienced runner in Friday night’s event, having raced only 12 times for nine wins, one second and two thirds. His flying finish will make him extremely hard to beat this week.   Ken Casellas for Gloucester Park

Former Victorian pacer Mirragon is blessed with sparkling gate speed and harness racing's champion reinsman Chris Lewis aims to use this vital asset in a concerted bid to win the $51,000 Rock N Roll World at Allwood Stud APG Consolation final for four-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Mirragon, trained by Debra Lewis, will start from the No. 3 barrier in the 1730m sprint in which the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Poisedtopounce has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier. “Mirragon doesn’t have to lead, but over the sprint we will be coming out,” said Lewis. “There’s no point in going back at the start. He is a good sprinter.” Mirragon started from the No. 1 barrier and was untroubled to set the pace and win a qualifying heat three Tuesdays ago. He rated 1.56.7 over the 1730m when he dashed over the final 400m sections in 28.6sec. and 27.5sec. to win by 4m from Poisedtopounce, who trailed him throughout. Poisedtopounce has good gate speed and there is likely to be a spirited tussle for the early lead. Mirragon arrived in Western Australia in January with a losing sequence of 10. He has flourished for the Lewis stable, with his 10 WA starts producing five wins and two seconds. Blythewood trainer Michael Brennan will be represented by Valentines Brook (barrier four) and The Code Breaker (seven). He said that both pacers were going “super well” but would need some luck from awkward barriers in the field of seven. Brennan is also looking forward keenly to contesting the $350,000 finals of the APG classics for three-year-olds at Melton on May 29 with quality filly Miss Boudica and smart gelding Pinny Tiger. Miss Boudica maintained her splendid form with a strong victory at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park last Saturday night which improved her record to nine starts for four wins and four placings. Pinny Tiger finished an excellent fifth behind Mighty Ronaldo in the WA Derby last Friday night and has a record of four wins and seven seconds from 16 starts. Brennan said that Miss Boudica and Pinny Tiger would have their final starts before travelling to Victoria either at Pinjarra next Monday or Gloucester Park the following day.   Ken Casellas for Gloucester Park

Astute Henley Brook horseman Mike Reed, the leading harness racing trainer in the 42-year history of the WASBA Breeders Stakes, is hoping to continue his formula for success when he produces New Zealand-bred four-year-old mare Tiffany Rose first-up in the $50,000 feature at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Reed has won this Group 2 event with New Zealand-bred four-year-olds Libertybelle Midfrew (2015), Maczaffair (2018) and Arma Indie (2020). Libertybelle Midfrew started from barrier six and sustained a powerful burst from the rear to win by three lengths from The Parade, while Maczaffair and Arma Indie each recorded impressive all-the-way victories. Tiffany Rose, a winner at ten of her 29 starts, will be driven by Reed’s son Mark from the prized No. 1 barrier and is sure to be set the task of leading and then holding her rivals at bay. Tiffany Rose warmed up for this week’s race in fine style when she finished strongly to win a six-horse 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning, beating Kiwi Jewel by a neck at a 2.1.7 rate after dashing over the final 400m in 28.2sec. Mark Reed restrained Tiffany Rose from the outside barrier and the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere settled down in last position. She was fifth at the 500m before starting a fast three-wide move with 400m to travel. Tiffany Rose, who will be having her first start this week after a 15-week absence, is a smart frontrunner who led and won twice over 2130m at Gloucester Park late last year. Mike Reed also will be looking for a strong effort from Arma Indie, who will start from the No. 6 barrier with Michael Grantham in the sulky. Arma Indie, a winner at 10 of her 35 starts, will be having her first start since finishing ninth behind Balcatherine in the Group 1 Mares Classic on November 27. Ravenswood trainer Nathan Turvey, who drove the Andrew de Campo-trained Copper Beach Girl to a head victory over Little Angel in the 2011 Breeders Stakes, has four-year-old Savvy Bromac in top form. The Mach Three mare is poorly drawn out wide at barrier eight, but reinsman Gary Hall jnr is far from despairing, saying: “She is a chance from any draw because she’s so fast, late. However, she needs the pace to be on.” Savvy Bromac started from 20m and was eighth at the bell before finishing powerfully to be second to Star Of Diamonds in the 2503m Race For Roses last Friday night. At her previous appearance, a fortnight earlier, Savvy Bromac was fifth on the pegs at the bell before surging home strongly to win the group 3 Johnson Pace at a 1.56.4 rate over 2130m. Turvey also has a leading contender in five-year-old Heavens Showgirl, who has resumed after a spell in dazzling form with four wins from five starts. She thundered home from seventh at the 550m to win easily from Blissfullabbey over 2130m last Friday week. She will be driven by Emily Suvaljko from barrier two on the back line and should enjoy a good run in the one-wide line. Star Of Diamonds, trained by Barry Howlett, is in marvellous form with her eight starts in her current preparation producing four wins, three seconds and a third. She will start from barrier four and star reinsman Chris Voak said that with luck in running the mare would sprint home really well. “She is very quick off the gate and I think we will be rolling forward trying to get a forward position,” Voak said. Star Of Diamonds led when she won the Race For Roses last Friday night, beating Savvy Bromac by just over a length, with the final three quarters of the event being covered in 28.8sec., 28.2sec. and 28.8sec. However, it is problematic whether Star Of Diamonds will be able to wrest the early lead from Tiffany Rose. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, who trained and drove Miss Bo Scott to victory in the Breeders Stakes in 1992, and prepared Sheer Rocknroll for her win in 2017, will be pinning his hopes on six-year-old Queen Shenandoah, who will be handled by Chris Lewis from the favourable No. 2 barrier. Queen Shenandoah, a winner of 14 races, will be making her first appearance for 14 weeks since she led and finished second to Divinia Bellezza on January 29. She showed that she was well forward in condition with a neck second to Will I Rocknroll in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning.   Ken Casellas

Talented reinsman Justin Prentice’s plan of opting out of the early speed battles and conserving Mighty Ronaldo’s energy for the final stages paid handsome dividends when the WA-bred gelding unleashed a supercharged finishing burst to score a decisive victory in the $200,000 WA Derby at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Mighty Ronaldo, third favourite at $7.50, was under lock and key, hemmed in on the inside in seventh position, four back on the pegs, turning into the back straight in the final lap. But the 32-year-old Prentice did not panic and he was able to manoeuvre Mighty Ronaldo off the pegs with about 500m to travel and the son of former superstar pacer and the 2013 WA Derby winner Alta Christiano sprinted powerfully, out four wide on the home turn, to burst to the front with 100m to travel before winning by two lengths from the $2.20 favourite Jumpingjackmac, with a neck to Sugar Street ($21) in third place, a length ahead of $2.50 second fancy Lavra Joe. “We didn’t chase them early because they were going a bit quick,” said Prentice. “I didn’t want to rev him up out of the gate. I thought that I would have had to open him up if I tried to get over Sugar Street (at barrier one), and with the sectionals I expected they would be running I considered that the fence was the place to be and just hope that we would get luck late in the race. “I was a bit concerned when we were four fence, not three fence, but it was still worth risking losing a spot to save some energy until late.” Sugar Street led early for Chris Voak before Gary Hall jnr urged Jumpingjackmac forward from barrier four to take the lead after about 400m. Lavra Joe, attempting his sixth win in a row, started from the inside of the back line and Chris Lewis got him away from the inside moments after the start and the colt settled down in eleventh position in the one-wide line. Otis (Dylan Egerton-Green) dashed forward in the first lap to move to the breeze before Lavra Joe surged forward, three wide, to move to the outside of the pacemaking Jumpingjackmac.   Lavra Joe fought on strongly to move level with Jumpingjackmac about 220m from home, but he wilted in the home straight. Prentice said that winning the Derby helped to relieve the great disappointment of finishing second a close second with Major Martini in the big race 12 months earlier. Hall was in the sulky behind the Prentice-trained Major Martini, who dashed to the front 550m from home and was beaten in the final stride by the fast-finishing Patronus Star. Prentice admitted that he had not watched a replay of the 2020 Derby because he was still saddened by the narrow defeat. “It’s hard when you’re excited the whole way down the straight until the most important part,” he said. “But I was super proud of the horse because he ran as good as he could, and he tried his heart out.” Prentice, one of the State’s best reinsmen, concentrates on training in recent times and prefers Hall to drive his pacers, particularly in major feature events. But Hall opted to handle Jumpingjackmac, who is prepared by his father Gary Hall snr. “Junior and I are really good mates and obviously, I love him to drive my horses, but he has his commitments with his Dad and the stable’s horses,” Prentice explained. For Prentice this was his second success in a WA Derby. He drove Im Victorious to an all-the-way victory for trainer Michael Brennan in the classic in 2012. “I get a bigger thrill out of training, because you put so much into it,” he said.  Mighty Ronaldo, bred by Trevor Lindsay, was purchased for $22,000 at the 2019 Perth APG yearling sale and is raced by a syndicate of 20 harness racing enthusiasts, including Prentice, who chose the youngster at the sale. The gelding, who also won the group 1 Golden Slipper last July, has earned $270,255 from five wins and six placings from 17 starts. Mighty Ronaldo rated 1.56.1 which broke the race record of 1.56.4, held jointly by Chicago Bull (2016) and Patronus Star (2020). He is out of the New Zealand-bred mare Millwoods Delight, who raced 47 times for six wins, nine placings and stakes of $49,648. Prentice said that Mighty Ronaldo would be set for several upcoming feature events for three-year-olds, including the $50,000 Pearl Classic on May 21, the $50,000 APG Championship on May 28 and the $100,000 Westbred Classic for colts and gelding on June 18.   Howlett knows how to pick a winner Busselton trainer Barry Howlett is a keen judge of breeding and horseflesh and he has no regrets that he paid the top price of $52,500 at the 2018 Perth APG yearling sale for a filly by champion stallion Bettors Delight out of the Lombo Mandingo mare Maddy White. Now a four-year-old mare named Star of Diamonds, she has earned $112,976 from seven wins and 12 placings from 33 starts. Star Of Diamonds, second favourite at $6.10, relished her first appearance in a stand when she began with great alacrity from the 10m line to charge straight to the front before setting a fast pace and scoring an easy win in the group 3 Sky Racing Replays Laurie Kennedy Race For Roses at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Her task was made easy when the $1.65 favourite Alice Kay broke into a gallop after pacing for the first few strides and dropped back through the field. Chris Voak took full advantage of Alice Kay’s misdemeanour and he urged Star Of Diamonds past frontmarker Bettor Pack It to take up the running. After solid quarters of 30.4sec., 28.8sec., 28.2sec. and 28.8sec. Star Of Diamonds rated a smart 1.59.8 over the 2503m journey. Alice Kay settled down in eighth position before Gary Hall jnr sent her forward in the first lap to race without cover. Alice Kay wilted after her hard run and finished ninth. Alice Kay beat $8.50 chance Savvy Bromac, who started off 20m and was eighth at the bell before finishing powerfully to be an eye-catching second, almost a length ahead of the third placegetter, the Howlett-trained Somebeachparty, who fought on gamely after enjoying an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. Star Of Diamonds certainly has inherited much of the ability of her dam Maddy White, who earned $110,824 from 11 wins and 20 placings from 51 starts. Star Of Diamonds completed a double for Voak, who guided Perfect Major, the $1.70 favourite, an all-the-way victory in the 2130m Sky Racing Active Pace. Perfect Major, who is developing into a contender for rich feature events at the summer carnival, has raced seven times in WA for trainer Ross Olivieri for seven wins to improve his record to 37 starts for 15 wins, 11 placings and stakes of $184,246. He sped over the final 800m in 56sec. and rated 1.55.1 in beating Chiaroscuro by a neck.   Rock Me Over is an iron horse Six-year-old Rock Me Over is proving to be one of the State’s greatest iron horses, who at Gloucester Park on Friday night celebrated his 38TH start in the past 42 weeks with his 22ND victory in his 130-start career. Serpentine trainer Matt Scott, who owns Rock Me Over in partnership with Tony Maguire and his son Ian, said that the WA-bred gelding was enjoying his latest 38-start campaign, and that he ranked as probably the most consistent pacer he has prepared. “He has been racing week-in and week-out since last July and is very sound,” Scott said. “And he will continue to poke around. His work has been really good, and on Wednesday he beat Qtown Rip Roaring by three lengths. “Qtown Rip Roaring ran second tonight (beaten a head by Space Junk) and the two horses share a paddock and get on very well.” Scott said that Rock Me Over ranked alongside Always Arjay and Jaxon Fella as the most consistent pacers he has trained. Always Arjay won 16 times for Scott, including seven metropolitan-class victories, while Jaxon Fella’s 13 wins for Scott included eight in city-class company. Rock Me Over is proving a marvellous bargain for Scott and the Maguire family, who bought him for $6000 just over two years ago. The Rock N Roll Heaven gelding has had 84 starts for his new owners for 11 wins, 17 seconds and 15 thirds for stakes of $198,412. Rock Me Over’s career record now stands at 130 starts for 22 wins, 45 placings and stakes of $323,966. Tony Maguire is thrilled at Rock Me Over’s continuing success and he has purchased Gee Smith, a four-year-old Sportswriter gelding who has raced 23 times in Victoria for four wins and three placings. “Gee Smith has been here for about five weeks and he is ready to make his WA debut in the next week or two,” said Scott. Rock Me Over was the second fancy at $4.10 in Friday night’s event, the Skyharness Pace, in which he was driven confidently by Shannon Suvaljko. Rock Me Over started from the No. 1 barrier and led for the first 60m before $81 outsider Talkerup began speedily from the No. 9 barrier charged to the front. Emily Suvaljko then surrendered the lead to Rock Me Over about 250m later, giving the veteran mare an ideal trail behind the pacemaker. Talkerup finished solidly to be second behind Rock Me Over, who rated 1.57.8 over the 2536m trip in which the final 800m was covered in 56.9sec.   Space Junk’s first win for Inwood Seven-year-old Victorian-bred gelding Space Junk, who fractured his pelvis three years ago, broke through for his first win at his ninth start for his new trainer Giles Inwood when master reinsman Chris Lewis drove him to a narrow victory in the 2130m Sky Racing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Space Junk, the $1.80 favourite from the No. 2 barrier, was beaten for the early lead by the polemarker Twentynine Twelve ($8.50), and Lewis was quite content to rate Space Junk in the breeze, and after a 28.1sec. third quarter, he sent Space Junk to the front 400m from home. Qtown Rip Roaring, a $7.50 chance, raced three back on the pegs and was badly blocked for a clear run until the final stages, when he finished fast to fail by a head to overhaul Space Junk, who covered the final 400m in 29.1sec. and rated 1.57.9. Space Junk won five times from his 12 starts in Victoria and now has earned $123,261 from 16 wins and nine placings from 49 starts. By American stallion Dawn Ofa New Day, Space Junk is the first foal out of Always Lacking and is a half-brother to Withoutthetuh, who finished second to Babyface Adda in the Northam Cup in March and has a record of 29 starts for ten wins, 11 placings and stakes of $76,800.   Vespa flies home from last New Zealand-bred five-year-old Vespa caused a minor upset at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he started at $13.50 and charged home from last 700m from home to get up and snatch a neck victory over $17 chance Euphoric Moment in the 2536m In The Gig On Sky Racing Pace. Vespa, a Mach Three gelding trained by Michael Young and driven by Emily Suvaljko, started from barrier four and raced at the rear in the field of eight before he flew home, out five wide to defeat Euphoric Moment, who sustained a powerful three-wide burst from the rear at the bell to hit the front in the final 50m. Parmesan, the $1.34 favourite at his first appearance for three months, was untroubled to set the pace from the No. 1 barrier. But he wilted in the final stages to finish fourth. Vespa, a winner of four races in New Zealand, has now had eight starts for Young in WA for three wins and two placings.  Young completed a good weekend when he was successful with Medieval Man, driven by Gary Hall jnr, at Bunbury on Saturday night.   Valhalla Miss enhances her Diamond prospects Valhalla Miss, produced in fine fettle by Byford trainer Linda Hamilton for her first appearance for two months, gave further proof that she will be a leading contender for the $100,000 Diamond Classic on May 28 when she scored an impressive victory in the 1730m In The Gig Pace for two-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Kyle Harper got Valhalla Miss away to a flying start from the No. 5 barrier and the Fly Like An Eagle filly set a solid pace and won convincingly by just over a half-length from debutant Beyond The Sea, rating 1.57.4.    Valhalla Miss went into the field of eight as the only winner, having won at her two previous starts in February after her first-up second to Wonderful To Fly earlier in the month. However, despite that excellent form, she started at the attractive odds of $3.70, with Sovrana, drawn to her outside at barrier No. 6 the favourite at $2.50. The excellent price about Valhalla Miss probably was because she had been unplaced in two 1684m Pinjarra trials in the weeks leading up to Friday night’s race. Purchased at the 2020 APG Perth yearling sale by Linda and Barry Hamilton for $17,500, the filly now has earned $78,191 from three wins and a second from four starts. Sovrana raced in fifth position in the one-out, one-back position and did not threaten danger, finishing fourth.   Sagano bred to succeed A few years ago, leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond enjoyed considerable success with New Zealand-bred mares Jungle Genie and Jungle Jewel, and it came as no surprise that Sagano, a half-sister to those talented mares, won the Sky Racing Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Sagano, a five-year-old by Christian Cullen raced by his New Zealand breeder Craig McConchie and Greg Bond, is a slim, lightly-framed mare who raced 23 times in New Zealand for five wins and three placings. At her third appearance in Western Australia, she was the $2.40 favourite for Greg and Skye Bond and star reinsman Ryan Warwick, who drove her to an all-the-way victory over $6 chance Deeorse, rating 2.0.8 after final quarters of 27.6sec. and 28.9sec. Her dam Jungle Jane had 43 starts for six wins, ten placings and stakes of $58,371. Jungle Jane produced Jungle Genie, who had 119 starts for 23 wins, 31 placings and $284,354, and Jungle Jewel, whose 81 starts resulted in 16 wins, 30 placings and stakes of $238,877. The Bonds won 17 races with Jungle Genie and enjoyed 15 wins with Jungle Jewel.   Shanway makes his mark in WA The much-travelled six-year-old Shanway arrived in Western Australia a couple of months ago after winning races in New Zealand, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales --- and he celebrated his third appearance in WA with a smart victory in the Follow@skyracing.com.au on Twitter Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained and driven by 20-year-old Corey Peterson, Shanway, second favourite at $3.30, set the pace from barrier one and won by a neck from Nota Bene Denario, a $21 chance who finished strongly from eighth at the bell. Shanway was headed by a half-length in the early stages by the $1.90 favourite Lord Rosco, who began with his usual brilliance from the No. 5 barrier but was unable to cross to the front. A fast lead time of 35.5sec. had Peterson rather worried. “But once we then got through the first quarter in 31sec. and didn’t speed up in the second quarter (31.7sec.) I was pretty confident,” said Peterson. Shanway then dashed over the final two 400m sections in 29sec. and 28.5sec. and won at a 1.57.7 rate over the 2130m journey. Peterson said that owner Mick Harvey had sent Shanway to Perth to race because the Bettors Delight gelding was getting up in grades in Sydney. “Shanway doesn’t want to try, and you can’t get him to go in his trackwork,” Peterson said. “But he performs well in his races. He is no superstar but is a nice handy horse who should be able to win another race or two.” Shanway is the third foal out of Grace Way, and he now has had 58 starts for 12 wins, 14 placings and stakes of $98,380. He won twice from 17 New Zealand starts, five times from 14 Victorian starts, once from six starts in Queensland and three times from 17 appearances in New South Wales. Shanway is a full-brother to Forgotten Highway (53 starts for 12 wins, 21 placings and $150,540) and is a half-brother to Three Ways, who earned $243,434 from 21 wins and 15 placings from 71 starts, with a highlight of his career his second placing behind Lazarus in the Victoria Derby in January 2016. Another half-brother to Shanway is Make Way (56 starts for 14 wins, 14 placings and $150,495) and a full-brother Man Of Action has raced 19 times for two wins, seven placings and $33,080. Shanway is the third pacer that Harvey has sent to Peterson, the others being Runaway Three and Cant Refuse. Peterson has driven Runaway Three to six wins in WA, and he has prepared Cant Refuse for eight races for two wins and three placings. “Runaway Three is now back in work after having a couple of weeks off to get over a few little problems,” Peterson said. “Cant Refuse has recovered from a damaged pastern and has just got the all clear to get back into work. It was just a minor fracture, not even a hairline.”   Ken Casellas

Bushwacked leaves Quadrio in awe “For a young horse to cop that pressure and keep going, I’m over the moon,” declared a delighted breeder-owner-trainer Shane Quadrio after Bushwacked set the pace and fought on grandly to win the $50,000 group 2 Champagne Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bushwacked, third favourite at $6.40 from the No. 1 barrier, survived considerable pressure from $7.50 chance Battlescard, who overraced in the breeze, and went on to defy a powerful late challenge from $4.80 second fancy Whataretheodds to defeat that gelding by a head at a 1.57.2 rate over 2130m. Bushwacked, driven with great confidence by Kyle Harper, emerged as a leading contender for the upcoming rich classics for two-year-olds, including the $100,000 Pearl Classic, the $100,000 Westbred Classic and the $125,000 Golden Slipper. “He will be set for those events, but I won’t be overracing him because he’s not mentally ready or physically mature enough to race week-in and week-out,” said Quadrio. “His body needs to mature a bit and we will assess his options as we go along. I’m happy with the way he is going at the moment. He will mature into a better horse when he gets older. “It was a sensational run tonight after his work during the week was sensational. I know that at his previous start (when he led and won over 1730m) he got away with easy sectionals, and my son Dylan and I gave him a hard workout the day after that event because he did nothing in that win. “We were very confident going into tonight’s race after the way Bushwacked worked during the week when Dylan drove Bushwacked and I sat behind him with an older horse, and I couldn’t get anywhere near Bushwacked.” The Ryan Bell-trained Whataretheodds gave a splendid performance at his first appearance for two months. He was seventh in the one-wide line at the bell before sustaining a spirited three-wide burst to fail by just a head. Tomlous Jambo, trained and driven by Justin Prentice, enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing solidly to be a close third. Rock On Top, favourite at $3.20 from out wide at barrier No. 7, raced at the rear and did not threaten danger, finishing in sixth position. Meanwhile, Quadrio’s brilliant three-year-old filly Black Jack Baby is enjoying a brief spell after her shock failure when leading before fading to tenth behind Benesari Lane in the WA Oaks on April 9. “The day after the Oaks I sent Black Jack Baby to Trevor Lindsay’s spelling paddock, and he telephoned me the next day to tell me that she was as lame as a cat,” Quadrio said. “She had a bad abscess in the rear offside hoof, and it was no wonder she couldn’t run on at the end of the Oaks because she was in such pain. I’m not using that as an excuse but would have been a factor in her performance.”     Jumpingjackmac’s last-to-first victory Brilliant three-year-old Jumpingjackmac warmed up for his clash with outstanding colt Lavra Joe in next Friday night’s $200,000 Sky Channel WA Derby in fine style with a most impressive last-to-first victory in the 2130m Worldwide Printing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His win over Otis and Seeryanfly left trainer Gary Hall snr and reinsman Gary Hall jnr looking forward keenly to the prestigious group 1 feature. Hall jnr did not bustle Jumpingjackmac at the start from the outside barrier (No. 9), but he admitted that he was somewhat concerned when he was in last position in the middle stages in the field of eleven. “I was a bit worried when he was that far back and I thought he was going to have to be good to win,” said Hall jnr. “I know that a lot of people thought he would just win --- but it is hard when you are that far back, and he was having just his eighth start.” Hall sent Jumpingjackmac forward, three wide, with 1200m to travel and the gelding moved to the breeze outside the pacemaker Squinta with 600m to travel before forging to the front 300m later and coasting to victory by 2m from the strong-finishing Otis, with Seeryanfly running home solidly to be an excellent third. Jumpingjackmac rated 1.55.9 after the three final quarters were run in 28.6sec., 28sec. and 29.1sec. “He raced to the breeze pretty comfortably and I sat up on him in the home straight,” said Hall. “He is a horse you really have to drive out if you want him to completely run through the line. I think he had a little gear left on the line, which was good. I don’t think that we could be more ready for next week’s meeting with Lavra Joe. “Id like Jumpingjackmac to have had 15 more runs under his belt. But he’s ready, and all we need is a (good) draw. I don’t think we can beat Lavra Joe if he draws inside of us, and I’d say that we would be hard to beat if we drew inside of him.” Hall snr was in a buoyant mood after Jumpingjackmac’s victory, saying: “The extra distance (2536m) of the Derby won’t worry him. He did just what he had to tonight and he will be sharper next Friday night because we didn’t hopple him this week. “The draw is the most important thing. If Lavra Joe draws to lead, we can’t beat him. But if we draw to lead, Lavra Joe can’t beat us. Probably it would be better if neither horse draws to lead --- and then it will become a battle of tactics. However, I wouldn’t swap my driver or my horse with anything.” Lavra Joe continued his winning ways with an extremely comfortable victory in the $30,000 Country Derby at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park on Saturday night. Chris Lewis sent Lavra Joe straight to the front from the No. 4 barrier and the powerful colt paced faultlessly in front before coasting to a win by two and a half lengths over Strike Team, who fought on doggedly after trailing the leader all the way. Lavra Joe sprinted over the final quarters in 27.9sec. and 26.9sec. and rated 1.56.8.   Swimming enlivens Lightning Jolt Eight-year-old Lightning Jolt, whose career was in considerable jeopardy six years ago, is enjoying a major change to his training program and he maintained his purple patch of form with a fighting victory in the 2130m TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Byford trainer John Oldroyd explained the WA-bred gelding’s excellent form of six starts for two wins, two seconds and two thirds in his current preparation by saying he is thriving on a diet of swimming. “I’ve changed his work around a lot this time in,” said Oldroyd. “He’s an eight-year-old and I know it sounds crazy that it has taken me such a long time to work things out. I have started swimming him in the pool at the Byford track and have backed his fast work right off. “He was a very good horse as a baby and was one of the State’s best two-year-olds. But he has had chronic leg problems and didn’t race for 16 months at one stage. He did a tendon and was given only a 30 per cent chance to stand up and race again. So, I sent him to Debbie Lewis for ten months, and she did a terrific job with him, putting him on the walker and treating his leg every day. And at his first run after 16 months, he was just beaten by Walkinshaw (in October 2017). “He is a funny sort of horse and the not the nicest to jog in the cart. He has never been easy to get on with, but for the past six months he’s been a lot easier to get on with at home, a lot more placid. Before, he would kick and bite you.” Lightning Jolt has done a wonderful job to have had 101 starts for 16 wins, 32 placings and $183,335 in prizemoney. By Canadian sire Village Jolt, Lightning Jolt is one of only two foals out of Barnett Hanover mare Sandys Success. The first foal, Mynameskenny, a full-brother to Lightning Jolt, was an excellent performer for Oldroyd, earning $199,195 from 21 wins and six placings from 43 starts. Mynameskenny’s most important win was in the Diggers Cup at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park on April 23, 2016. It was indeed a memorable moment on Friday night with Lightning Jolt winning on April 23, 2021. Lightning Jolt was a $3.80 chance from barrier five in Friday night’s event in which Ryan Warwick gave him a perfect trip in the one-out and one-back position before the oldtimer got to the front about 470m from home and fought on determinedly to win by a half-length from another veteran pacer Major Stare, who finished strongly from last at the bell.   Heavens Showgirl storms home Victorian-bred pacer Heavens Showgirl gave further proof that she will develop into one of Western Australia’s best mares when she charged home from seventh with 550m to travel to burst to the front 330m later on her way to an impressive victory over Blissfullabbey in the 2130m Channel 7 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This was the five-year-old’s fourth win from five WA starts and improved her record to 28 starts for ten wins, ten placings and stakes of $73,547. Trained by Nathan Turvey, Heavens Showgirl was the second favourite at $3.30. Emily Suvaljko urged her forward from the No. 5 barrier and she raced without cover early before gaining the ideal sit, one-out and one-back, after $91 outsider Talkerup dashed forward to race in the breeze outside the pacemaker and $2.75 favourite Suing You. Heavens Showgirl was hampered and lost about a length in the back straight when Talkerup began to weaken and drop back. However, Suvaljko did not panic and, after the third quarter of the final mile whizzed by in 27.8sec., Heavens Showgirl sprinted home smartly with a final 400m in 28.4sec. and she rated 1.55.3.   My Carbon Copy does it easily Talented New Zealand-bred five-year-old My Carbon Copy enjoyed a drop in class when he ended a losing sequence of ten with a comfortable all-the-way victory in the 2130m Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The $1.20 favourite from the No. 2 barrier dawdled through the lead time in 39.5sec. and the opening quarters of the final mile in 32.1sec. and 29.8sec. before final 400m sections of 29.4sec. and 28.1sec. The American Ideal gelding, trained by Gary Hall snr and driven by Gary Hall jnr, defeated Mister Ardee ($8) by just under a length to improve his record to 38 starts for 11 wins and 15 placings for earnings of $129,909. The win completed a treble for the father-and-son combination which had been successful earlier in the night with Jumpingjackmac and Whozideawasthis. My Carbon Copy is a full-brother to former star pacer My Hard Copy, who raced 89 times for 27 wins, 23 placings and stakes of $1,271,592. His victories included the WA Pacing Cup in 2015 and 2016 and the 2018 Fremantle Cup in which he defeated Lazarus and Chicago Bull.   Brown seizes the initiative When the $1.50 favourite Classic Choice galloped at the start from the No. 2 barrier in the Garrard’s Horse And Hound Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night talented driver Maddison Brown seized the initiative by urging $14.40 chance Back In Twenty to the front from barrier three. Back In Twenty, trained by Justin Prentice, relished the pacemaking role and romped top a three-length victory over Our Surrogate ($9.50), with Whoswhointhezoo ($14) another two lengths away in third place. “He is a hard horse to get over when he’s in front,” said Prentice. “He can run good sectionals and make it hard for anything in the field. His last three starts have been really good, and his fourth behind Hampton Banner at his previous start was close to his career best, the way he sprinted home which hasn’t always been his caper.” Back In Twenty, bred and owned by Bob Fowler’s Allwood Stud Farm, has now earned $90,190 from ten wins and 13 placings from 55 starts. By Sportswriter, Back In Twenty is out of the Northern Luck mare Aristocratic Glow, who had 44 starts for nine wins, 13 placings and $74,756. Aristocratic Star is a half-sister to former star mare Amongst Royalty, who amassed $570,820 from her 23 wins and 27 placings from 86 starts. He is also closely related to former star pacer Mon Poppy Day, who had 50 starts for 20 wins, 16 placings and $318,558.   Lawrence gets up in the final stride Dependable New Zealand-bred six-year-old Lawrence continued his outstanding form in Western Australia for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond when he was favourite at $2.20 and had to be driven desperately by Ryan Warwick to get up and snatch a last-stride victory by a half-head from Medieval Man in the 2096m Choices Flooring Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A winner at five of his 28 New Zealand starts, Lawrence, a son of Shadow Play, has now raced nine times in WA for six wins and three seconds. He started from the 10m line and Warwick had him travelling in sixth position in the one-wide line before bringing him home with a determined three-wide burst to score narrowly. Medieval Man, trained by Michael Young and driven by Emily Suvaljko, was gallant in defeat. With $41 outsider Sarge setting the pace, Medieval Man raced without cover before he took the lead 450m from home. Then, 230m later Gary Hall jnr sent Nota Bene Denario to the front before Medieval Man fought back grimly to regain the lead in the home straight.   Jack Farthing is learning WA style Former New South Wales prolific winner Jack Farthing justified hot favouritism at $1.50 with an effortless victory in the 2130m Mondo Doro Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His win for Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice, Capel reinsman Aiden de Campo and owners Kevin Jeavons and his son Kyle came at his second appearance after a four-month absence and at his seventh start in Western Australia. Jack Farthing had the luxury of a slow lead time (38.3sec.) and opening quarter (30.8sec.) before giving his rivals little chance with final 400m sections of 28.6sec., 27.5sec. and 28.2sec. He scored by three lengths from $34 chance Extradite, who began speedily from the No. 7 barrier and hit the front from polemarker Jack Farthing after 120m before Corey Peterson was happy to relinquish the lead to Jack Farthing 200m later and give Extradite the perfect sit behind the favourite. Six-year-old Culpeka, a winner at his previous six starts and resuming racing after an absence of just under 15 months, was second fancy at $3.80 from the outside barrier in the field of eight. He raced at the rear before Gary Hall jnr sent him forward, three wide, 650m rom home. But his run was short-lived and he finished a well-beaten seventh. Jack Farthing improved considerably on his first-up eighth behind Galactic Star two weeks earlier when Prentice said that interference in the back straight in the final lap when Mighty Conqueror broke into a gallop cost him dearly. “Aiden said that Jack Farthing was travelling well in the one-out, two-back position, and when he was checked he lost all his momentum and didn’t chase again,” Prentice explained. “Maybe he lost his balance and was unable to regain his rhythm. His trial win at Pinjarra before that run was super, and his work since that hiccup has been very good. There is a mile race for him in a fortnight and another (Members Sprint) the following week. “We are trying to teach him our style of racing, and he seems to have settled a lot better after a full preparation. Hopefully, he will learn and settle into our style of training and the different style of racing here.”   Whozideawasthis equals Kiwi Dillon’s record Veteran pacer Whozideawasthis became only the second pacer in the 60-year history of the Memorial Day Stakes to win the feature event twice when he revealed sparkling gate speed from the outside barrier in the field of six to set a brisk pace and score a stylish victory in the $25,000 feature event over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The only other dual winner of the Memorial Day Stakes was Kiwi Dillon, who was successful in 1962 and 1963 for trainer Bill Johnson and his reinsman son Max. Whozideawasthis, a New Zealand-bred ten-year-old, won this event in 2018 and finished second to The Bucket List in 2019. He charged home from last to win by a half-head from Lord Rosco over 2130m last Friday week, but was neglected by punters on Friday night and was a $25.40 tote outsider. Vultan Tin was generally expected to set the pace and win from the No. 1 barrier on Friday night and was a hot favourite at $1.07. However, Vultan Tin was unable to hold out the flying Whozideawasthis, who sped to the front after 50m. Trainer Gary Hall snr said that Whozideawasthis could not have won if he had been restrained at the start, and he praised the initiative shown by his son, Gary. “I was very pleased to get Whozideawasthis from Albert Pizzuto a few years ago and he has done a huge job here,” said Hall snr. Whozideawasthis now has earned $307,029 from 27 wins and 18 placings from 108 starts. Vultan Tin settled down trailing Whozideawasthis before Emily Suvaljko eased him off the pegs and into the breeze with two laps to travel when Chris Voak was urging Im Full Of Excuses forward. Im Full Of Excuses then gained a perfect sit in the one-out, one-back position, but he wilted to finish sixth. Vultan Tin battled on manfully into third place, just over a length behind the winner.   Hampton Banner overcomes three operations Inexperienced four-year-old Hampton Banner has overcome a fractured hind leg and three operations to develop into one of the State’s most promising young pacers. The Bettors Delight gelding, trained by Debra Lewis, has returned to racing after an eleven-month absence in fine style, and he completed a winning hat-trick when Chris Lewis drove him to an impressive victory in the 2130m Vili’s Family Bakery Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hampton Banner raced ten times in New Zealand for three wins and a second placing before he was purchased by a syndicate of West Australian owners, including Mark Lewis, the son of Chris and Debra Lewis. The strongly-built gelding made his WA debut in March 2020 when second to Harley Zest before finishing sixth behind Patronus Star in the WA Derby the following month. It was then discovered that he had a fractured hind leg. “When we bought him in New Zealand we were told that he had soft bones,” said Mark Lewis. “And after two runs here we could see that he wasn’t right. “An MRI examination revealed that he had a stress fracture in his nearside fetlock, and he underwent surgery when a screw was inserted. He had another operation to remove the screw, and a third surgery when suffering an infection in the joint.” Hampton Banner, the fourth foal out of the Christian Cullen mare Surf And Sand (11 starts for one win, one placings and $7160), is still relatively inexperienced with a record of 16 starts for six wins, two placings and stakes of $61,853. His owners are optimistic about his prospects of developing into a top-flight pacer and are hoping he will maintain his rate of improvement and be a candidate for the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup next summer. “He will probably go for a break soon, and hopefully he’ll be good enough to come back for the summer racing,” said Mark Lewis. On Friday night, Hampton Banner, the $1.90 favourite, began speedily from the No. 6 barrier and gave a bold frontrunning display to win by 4m from Bettor Finish, rating 1.57.4 after final 400m sections of 28.7sec. and 27.8sec.         Ken Casellas

Byford owner-trainer Shane Quadrio’s smart colt Bushwacked has drawn ideally at barrier No. 1 in the $50,000 Champagne Classic for two-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night, and reinsman Kyle Harper plans to set the pace and improve on his winning performance last Friday week. There were only four starters in that 1730m event in which Harper allowed Bushwacked to dawdle through the opening quarters of the final mile in 34sec. and 33.8sec. before final 400m sections of 29.9sec. and a sparkling 27.2sec. on his way to an easy victory over Five Bangles and Battlescard at a slow 2.4.6 rate. “I don’t think we’ll be able to get away with going so slowly this week,” said Harper. “I went a bit overboard and was able to get away with a ridiculously slow half and then only run one quarter (the last). “Four-horse fields are very tricky to drive in, and though we don’t want to be rating too quickly early this week, we will certainly be rating a lot more genuinely than we did last time out. “I think we can lead again, and he should have improved since his last run. He has gone 56sec. (for the final 800m) on multiple occasions, and if he can rate 1.56 out in front, I think he can win this week. The question mark for all the runners is stepping up from 1730m to 2130m. This will be a big test for a few of them, but I don’t think it will worry Bushwacked too much.”    Gary Hall jnr, who drove Battlescard into third place behind Bushwacked a fortnight ago, said he was confident the Gary Elson-trained gelding was capable of turning the tables and winning this week’s group 2 classic. “This will be a differently run race in which I will be happy to hold the breeze and try to control the race from there. Battlescard is pretty tough.” Capel trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo has a good opinion of Rock On Top, who looms as the youngster who should prove hard to beat despite starting out wide at barrier No. 7. Rock On Top has won at three of his four appearances. He possesses excellent gate speed and also is capable of unwinding a powerful finish. Chris Voak will drive Ross Olivieri’s talented colt Griffin Lodge and is disappointed that he has drawn the outside barrier (No. 9). “Griffin Lodge worked exceptionally well this morning (Tuesday), but we will need a lot of luck from the outside draw,” he said. “However, he’s got the ability to win. We’ve got to sit off them and come with one run.” Baskerville trainer Ryan Bell is suffering from a torn ligament in a wrist and will be unable to drive his promising gelding Whataretheodds, who will start from barrier five. Bell has engaged Michael Grantham to handle Whataretheodds, who will be having his first start for two months. “He was meant to resume racing in the Gold Bullion heats a couple of weeks ago, but he was suffering from a bit of colic and had to scratch him,” explained Bell. “He missed only two days work and went all right in a trial on Sunday when he went around without the blinkers. “He’s a lot better with the blinkers on; he needs to be forced to concentrate. He doesn’t feel like much of a horse, but as soon as you show him the shillelagh or touch him with it, he drops into another gear. He is very lazy in trackwork but seems to switch on on race nights.”   Ken Casellas

“It’s always hard from nine, but Jumpingjackmac is jumping out of his skin and should be capable of overcoming the outside (No. 9) barrier and winning,” said champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr. Jumpingjackmac, trained by Gary Hall Snr, will clash with some smart three-year-olds in the 2130m Worldwide Printing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.   This will be Jumpingjackmac’s final race before his much-anticipated clash with star colt Lavra Joe in the $200,000 Sky Channel WA Derby on Friday week. Lavra Joe will also wind up his preparation for the WA Derby when he contests the $30,000 Country Derby at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park on Saturday night. The Ray Jones-trained colt to be driven by Chris Lewis from barrier No. 4 should prove too strong for his seven rivals who include Aiden de Campo’s promising Mach Three gelding Strike Team. Hall jnr said he had not decided on his tactics with Jumpingjackmac on Friday night, saying: “I’ll probably decide after we get under way.” Hall did not bustle Jumpingjackmac early from the No. 7 barrier last Friday night. The gelding settled in sixth position before Hall urged him forward, three wide, to burst to the front 650m after the start. Jumpingjackmac then relaxed in front before dashing over the final quarters in 28.3sec. and 27.4sec. and winning by just over seven lengths from Sugar Street, rating 1.55.7 over 2130m. Otis, Dominus Factum and Aussie Scooter should be prominent and earn their place in the WA Derby field. Hall jnr is also looking forward to driving five-year-old My Carbon Copy, who is favourably drawn at barrier two in the Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace over 2130m. “He should win and I expect him to be my best drive of the night,” Hall said. “He started from the outside of the back line and made up a lot of ground, coming from tenth at the bell to be fifth behind Diego last Friday night.” Hall has chosen to handle Nota Bene Denario in preference to Medieval Man in the Choices Flooring Handicap, a stand over 2096m. Nota Bene Denario, trained by Gary Hall Snr, will start from the inside of the 10m line, and the Michael Young-trained Medieval Man will start from the outside of the six-horse front line, with Emily Suvaljko in the sulky. Hall drove Medieval Man when he set the pace and dashed over the final quarters in 27.8sec. and 27.9sec. and easily defeated Louie The Horse in a 2116m stand at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. He drove Nota Bene Denario two starts ago when the former New Zealand performer made an auspicious Australian debut, setting the pace and winning a 2503m stand in easy fashion at Gloucester Park.   Ken Casellas

Evergreen pacer Vultan Tin should make it a case of third time lucky when he contests the $25,000 Memorial Day Stakes over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.  The Phil Costello-trained nine-year-old has drawn perfectly at barrier one, and Emily Suvaljko will be keen to set the pace and win the event which was first run in 1961 when Bob Pollock drove Cormint to victory, and subsequent winners included such stars as Kiwi Dillon, Roscott, Tanaka, Pure Steel, Village Kid, Morgan James, My Current Account, Mysta Magical Mach and Hokonui Ben. This will be Vultan Tin’s third attempt to win the Memorial Day Stakes. He started out wide at barrier eight and raced without cover before locking wheels and fading to eighth behind The Bucket List in 2019, and he started from the No. 3 barrier and failed to flatter at $61 when sixth behind Ocean Ridge 12 months ago. However, he is in career-best form and he looks set to make amends for placings at his past three starts third behind Texas Tiger and seconds to Galactic Star and Stroke Of Luck. Vultan Tin began from the outside in a field of seven in a 2130m Free-For-All last Friday night when he raced three wide early and then in the breeze before fighting on doggedly to fail by a neck to overhaul the pacemaker Stroke Of Luck. He began from barrier No. 8 in a 2536m event the previous week when he raced wide early and then in the breeze before his half-head second to the leader Galactic Star. One of Vultan Tin’s rivals this week will be ten-year-old Whozideawasthis, who has a splendid record in the Memorial Day Stakes, winning by four lengths from Futurist in 2018 and second to The Bucket List in 2019. Whozideawasthis returned to top form last Friday night with a dashing last-to-first win over Lord Rosco over 2130. He will start from the outside in this week’s field of six and is capable of unwinding another strong finishing burst. The Ross Olivieri-trained Im Full Of Excuses (barrier No. 4) is racing keenly and has finished third at each of his past three starts. Chris Voak predicted that Vultan Tin should prove hard to beat and said that Im Full Of Excuses’s best prospects would be from the breeze, at least over the final 800 to 900m.   Ken Casellas

Savvy Bromac’s owner is a pacing phenomenon Quite a remarkable sequence of events just over five years ago has resulted in Broome businessman Karl Deiley becoming interested in standardbred horses for the first time in his life. He is now the proud owner of Simba Bromac and Savvy Bromac, the first and only pacers he has raced. Both are prepared by Ravenswood trainer Nathan Turvey, a horseman selected by Deiley in the most unusual manner. Simba Bromac has earned $228,732 from 23 wins and 19 placings from 72 starts, and Savvy Bromac was the brilliant winner of the group 3 The Johnson final at Gloucester Park on Friday night, a victory which took her record to 21 starts for eight wins, nine placings and stakes of $87,875. Deiley explained his extraordinary method of choosing a trainer when he said he knew nobody in the harness racing industry in Western Australia and that he was like an incognito shadowy figure as he ambled around the birdcage at Gloucester Park in 2017, watching all the trainers attending to their horses. “I watched from a distance as I was analysing the trainers and I liked the way Nathan was treating his horses,” he said. He didn’t seek to speak to Turvey. Instead, he telephoned him and asked him to prepare Simba Bromac. “I got the call completely out of the blue from someone I had never met,” said Turvey, who agreed to train Simba Bromac. “Karl told me that he wanted a trainer to travel to the country tracks, so I took Simba Bromac to Kellerberrin (in October 2017) and he led all the way and won by almost ten lengths. I returned to Kellerberrin (205km east of Perth) a week later and drove Simba Bromac in the breeze before he won by eight lengths.” It was then obvious to Turvey that Deiley had seriously underestimated the potential of Simba Bromac, who went on to win a string of races at Gloucester Park. “I had a few gallopers who raced with very little success in Broome,” said Deiley. “A few years ago, I went to New Zealand for a family reunion when my mother passed, and at the wake in Christchurch I met Bob McArdle, who was a close friend of my mother.” McArdle, a legendary breeder of standardbreds, was quick to discover that he and Deiley shared a common interest in horses, and he introduced his new friend to harness racing. “And I fell in love with standardbreds and shared the ownership of Simba Bromac and later, Savvy Bromac, with Bob,” said Deiley. McArdle died in January 2018 and Deiley now owns both Simba Bromac and Savvy Bromac in his own right. Simba Bromac did not race in New Zealand. He was sent to Australia where he had six starts in Victoria for a win at Cobram in February 2017 before crossing the Nullarbor where his 66 starts to date in WA have produced 22 wins and 16 placings. Savvy Bromac raced four times in New Zealand for one win and three placings. Her record in WA is 17 starts for seven wins, six seconds and one third placing. Savvy Bromac was a $20 chance from the No. 2 barrier on the back line in Friday night’s event in which Emily Suvaljko was content to keep the four-year-old mare in fifth position, three back on the pegs, before she charged home to snatch victory, by almost a half-length from the pacemaker and $1.36 favourite Star Of Diamonds. The final quarters were covered in 28.4sec. and 27.6sec. and the winner rated 1.56.4 over the 2130m journey. Watch the race click here! Deiley, who keeps a low profile, is looking forward to Simba Bromac concluding a spell and being prepared for feature events at Gloucester Park’s summer carnival. In the short term, Deiley and Turvey are keen to see if Savvy Bromac can clinch another feature event, the $30,000 Race For Roses next Friday week. “She steps well in stands, so the Race For Roses should suit her,” said Turvey. She is the fastest point-to-point pacer I have trained.”   Taking The Miki smashes track record Speedy filly Taking The Miki emerged as a major hope in the $100,000 Diamond Classic on May 28 when she smashed the track record for two-year-old fillies in scoring a runaway victory in the group 2 APG WA Gold Bullion for fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Taking The Miki, third favourite at $3.60, trained by Ross Olivieri and driven perfectly by Chris Voak, trailed the pacemaker Extraordinary Mary before finishing with a powerful burst to win by just under six lengths from the $2.15 favourite Wonderful To Fly, with Extraordinary Mary ($2.35) a length farther back in third place.   The winner rated a sparkling 1.54.2 to set a track record for two-year-old fillies over 1730m, eclipsing the record of 1.55.1 set by Lady De La Renta when she won a heat of the WA Sales Classic on April 11, 2017. In winning, Taking The Miki turned the tables on Wonderful To Fly and Extraordinary Mary, who had defeated her at her two previous starts. “I wasn’t expecting her to win, but thought it was possible,” said Olivieri, who added that Taking The Miki and Extraordinary Mary (who is trained by his wife Jemma Hayman) would have between a week and ten days off before being prepared for the Diamond Classic and the $100,000 Westbred Classic three weeks later. “Jemma picked Taking The Miki at the 2020 APG yearling sale, and originally I went crook at her for buying the filly. But the filly ticked all our boxes.” Hayman outlaid $26,000 to buy Taking the Miki, with whom she now races in partnership with Steve Burnside, Garry McRae, Bernie Eales, Debbie Putland, Bill Brandsma and Ted and Margaret Russell. The filly now has earned $39,116 from three wins and two placings from six starts. Her sire Always A Miki was a champion pacer in America, earning $2,826,176 from 30 wins, 13 seconds and three thirds from 53 starts. Taking the Miki is the first foal out of the Bettors Delight mare All American Dream, who managed just four wins (two at Busselton and one each at Bunbury and Williams from 63 starts). Hayman admitted that Taking The Miki’s emergence as a top-flight two-year-old had surprised her, saying: “It wasn’t that long ago and just before her first trial that I thought she was going to struggle early in the season,” she said. “She wasn’t showing a lot of enthusiasm at home or on the track and was making quite a few mistakes. “We thought that we had a bit of trouble on our hands, and we almost thought that she would need more time. But to her credit in the couple of weeks following she put it all together, and she has got better and better with every run. “I’d like to give credit to Denise Trobe, who is a breeding analyst extraordinaire who said that the filly ticked all the boxes.”   Rock On Top set for Champagne Classic Rock On Top warmed up for the $50,000 Champagne Classic next Friday night in fine style with a commanding victory in the $50,000 WA APG Gold Bullion for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He has got a lot to learn but has got a lot of speed and raw ability,” said trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo after driving the $2.20 favourite to his win by three and a half lengths over $9 chance Dunamis, rating 1.55.3 over the 1730m journey. Rock On Top started from barrier six and de Campo sent him to the front after 350m, and the Rocknroll Dance gelding relished his pacemaking role. “He has had only four starts and he will contest next week’s Champagne Classic,” said de Campo. “Long-term, he will run in all the feature events for two-year-olds, providing he retains his form.” Rock On Top, owned by Robbie Tomlinson’s Oz-West Pacing, Damian Keating and Peter Morris, was purchased at the 2020 APG Perth yearling sale for $18,000 and now has earned $31,569 from three wins from four starts.   Boom Time gives Olivieri a treble Lightly-raced seven-year-old Boom Time, the hot $1.20 favourite, completed a treble for eight-time WA premiership trainer Ross Olivieri when he was untroubled to set the pace and beat the $5 second fancy Mirragon by two lengths in the 2130m Etch Coatings Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The win also gave ace reinsman Chris Voak a driving double, after he had won earlier in the night with the Olivieri-trained Taking The Miki. Olivieri’s other winner was Stroke Of Luck in the 2130m TABtouch Free-For-All. Boom Time’s easy win came after a slow lead time of 38.9sec. and modest opening quarters of 31.4sec. and 30.6sec. Boom Time then dashed over the final 400m sections in 29sec. and 27.1sec. Mirragon trailed Boom Time throughout and did not get clear until late, when he flashed home, out wide. Boom Time has had only 35 starts for 11 wins, nine placings and $91,957 in stakes. He won twice from five starts in New Zealand, his seven Victorian starts produced three wins, and he has raced 23 times for Olivieri in WA for six wins and six placings. He is owned by Merv Butterworth’s Butterworth Racing Syndicate, which also races eight-year-old Stroke Of Luck, who was a $4.90 chance, with Chris Lewis in the sulky, when he set the pace and fought on grandly to beat the $2.80 favourite Vultan Tin in the Free-For-All, rating 1.56. Vultan Tin started from the outside in the field of seven and raced three wide early before working in the breeze and fighting on in typical dogged fashion. The Butterworth syndicate’s second-string runner Im Full Of Excuses ($9.50) raced in sixth position in the one-wide line before finishing powerfully, out four wide, to be third, ahead of last-start winner Galactic Star, who had enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. Stroke Of Luck, a gelding by Major In Art, has earned $248,406 from 17 wins and 22 placings from 78 starts. He was on offer for sale to American buyers for $30,000 about six weeks ago. But he was overlooked by prospective purchasers who said the gelding was too old. Since then, Stroke Of Luck has had five starts in Free-For-All company for two wins, two seconds and a seventh placing for stakes of $38,846.   Rakasinc bounces back New Zealand-bred five-year-old Rakasinc, somewhat disappointing when unplaced at his two previous outings, bounced back to his best form with a stylish victory in the 2130m Cowden The Insurance Brokers Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The well-supported $3.70 equal favourite with Shanway, Rakasinc was produced in top shape by trainer Nathan Turvey and was given a perfect trip by Emily Suvaljko in the one-out, one-back position before being switched three wide 650m from home and then surging to the front 250m later on his way to a most impressive victory by two and a half lengths from last-start winner Rabchenko ($4.80). Rabchenko, driven by Chris Voak, also enjoyed an ideal passage behind the pacemaker Rebel With A Grin, and he fought on determinedly in an up-tempo event that had a smart lead time of 35.5sec. followed by quarters of 29sec., 29.3sec., 29sec. and 28.9sec. Rakasinc, who is part-owned by GPHR vice-president Kevin Jeavons, rated a slick 1.54.6. The Changeover gelding now has raced 60 times for 14 wins, 16 placings and $112,551 in prizemoney.   Flying start paves the way for Tenno Sho Pinjarra trainer Tracy Reay maintained her excellent form with her big team of square gaiters when veteran performer Tenno Sho began brilliantly from out wide at barrier eight before setting the pace and coasting to a convincing win over the Debra Lewis-trained The Debater and another Reay-trained trotter Mortician in the 2130m Channel 7 Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Supporters of Tenno Sho, the $3.70 second favourite, had a few moments of concern when Tenno Sho raced roughly in the mobile score-up. But Michael Grantham quickly had Tenno Sho back in his stride and the eight-year-old burst straight to the front. Tenno Sho led from the $3.10 favourite and last-start winner Dark Secret, who was forced to work in the breeze and then wilted in the final stages to finish fourth. Tenno Sho, a winner of five races in Victoria, has had 70 starts in WA for 11 wins and 26 placings for a career record of 134 starts for 16 wins, 43 placings and stakes of $156,694.   Hampton Banner has a bright future Hopeland trainer Debra Lewis looks set for many more wins with the lightly-raced New Zealand-bred four-year-old Hampton Banner, who was not extended in leading and winning easily from Palatino and Poisedtopounce in the 1730m Simmonds Steel Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hampton Banner, driven by Chris Lewis, asserted his ascendancy when he sped over the opening quarter of the final mile in 27.8sec. He then relaxed with quarters of 30.3sec. and 29.6sec. before sprinting over the final 400m in 28sec. He rated a smart 1.55.2. This followed his easy all-the-way win at a 1.56.5 rate over 2130m at Gloucester Park ten nights earlier. He now has had five starts in Western Australia for two wins and a second placing after racing nine times in New Zealand for three wins and one placing. This completed a double for Lewis, who was successful behind Stroke Of Luck in the previous event.   Whozideawasthis overcomes setbacks Ten-year-old Whozideawasthis showed that he still has plenty of natural speed in his old legs when he sprinted home fast from the 400m to get up and snatch a last-stride victory by a half-head over the pacemaker Lord Rosco in the 2130m The West Australian Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He has done a great job for a horse who has done a tendon a couple of times,” said star reinsman Gary Hall jnr. “He damaged a tendon after he had gone through the grades, and then when we brought him back the injury flared up again.” Injuries forced him out of action for nine months, between June 2018 and March 2019 and for ten months, between December 2019 and October 2020. He has been sound in recent months and his win on Friday night when a $3 favourite ended a losing sequence of eleven. “He has to be driven one way (as a sit-sprinter),” said Hall. “He was pushed four wide on the final bend and has done a good job. He put the writing on the wall the previous week when he got home well and ran good time when fourth behind Galactic Star and Vultan Tin in a 2536m Free-For-All.” Whozideawasthis won nine races in New Zealand before he raced 29 times in New South Wales for just four wins, all at Penrith, before part-owner Albert Pizzuto sent him over to WA to be prepared by Gary Hall snr. He has performed in fine style for Hall, with his 61 starts, all at Gloucester Park, producing 13 wins and 15 placings. He now has a fine record of 107 starts for 26 wins, 18 placings and stakes of $291,916. His win on Friday night completed a treble for Hall and his son, who combined earlier in the program for wins with Jumpingjackmac and Diego. Diego, the $1.20 favourite, gave a sample of his class with a powerful victory in the 2536m Direct Trades Supply Pace. From the No. 3 barrier Diego raced three wide early before surging to the front after 600m. He gave his rivals little chance by dashing over the final quarters in 28.7sec. and 27.5sec. and he ended a losing run of seven by beating the early leader Extreme Prince ($14) by 11m. “Diego went super, and that was probably more like the Diego we know,” said Hall jnr. Diego, a Bettors Delight five-year-old, had 17 starts in New Zealand for three wins and five placings, and his 17 appearances in WA have resulted in seven wins and four placings.   Jumpingjackmac is WA Derby bound Exciting Mach Three gelding Jumpingjackmac continued his preparation for the $200,000 Sky Racing WA Derby next Friday week with a superb performance in the 2130m Worldwide Printing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. From out wide at barrier seven, the $1.50 favourite settled in sixth position with polemarker Sugar Street ($7.50) setting the early pace. Gary Hall jnr wasted little time in sending Jumpingjackmac forward with a three-wide burst and the gelding surged to the front after 650m. He left his rivals floundering in his wake as he sprinted over the final quarters in 28.3sec. and 27.4sec. He won by just over seven lengths, rating 1.55.7. Sugar Street fought on gamely into second place, with $20 chance Be Rock Hard running on from fourth at the bell to be third. This was Jumpingjackmac’s fifth win from just seven starts, and Hall jnr said that he would race again at Gloucester Park next Friday night as an important final race before the 2536m Derby the following Friday night. “He is still a baby as far as Derby horses go,” said Hall. “And that’s why I really made him run to the line tonight. You can’t go into a 2536m Derby 90 per cent fit. He needs to be 100 per cent. “He’s got a bit of toughness and heaps of speed, so when you combine those assets, you end up with a decent horse.” Jumpingjackmac is a firm second favourite behind Lavra Joe for the WA Derby, and the clash between these two outstanding three-year-olds in the Derby promises to be one of the highlights of the season. Lavra Joe, trained by Ray Jones, will complete his Derby preparation when he runs in the Country Derby at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park next Saturday night. The highly regarded Mighty Ronaldo, who finished sixth behind Jumpingjackmac on Friday night, is also likely to contest the Country Derby.   Ken Casellas

Champion harness racing reinsman Gary Hall Jnr declared that brilliant lightly-raced gelding Jumpingjackmac was on target to perform strongly in the $200,000 Sky WA Derby in a fortnight, and he is looking forward to testing him against several likely Derby rivals when he contests the Worldwide Printing Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Jumpingjackmac, prepared by Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr, will not have a stroll in the park when he starts out wide at barrier seven, with several fast beginners and strong frontrunners drawn to his inside. They include polemarker Sugar Street, Powerplay (barrier two) and Be Rock Hard (three), all of whom have excellent gate speed and are strong frontrunners. Jumpingjackmac has had three runs in his latest preparation for an easy first-up victory over The Swiss Maestro, a strong-finishing second to Lavra Joe and a last-start narrow win over the pacemaker Arma Einstein, rating 1.56.2 over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. “I was really happy with his latest run,” said Hall Jnr. “It would have been nice to have drawn a better barrier this week.” Sugar Street, trained in Busselton by Barry Howlett, showed that he was capable of earning a start in the Derby with a strong first-up victory over Bettors Destroya over 2100m at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park last Saturday night. Reinsman Chris Voak said he was sure that Sugar Street would be much improved after his Bunbury win. “We have the speed to hold up, but I have yet to speak to Barry about tactics,” he said. “Sugar Street is very talented, and we haven’t seen the best of him.” Perhaps the greatest threat to Jumpimngjackmac on Friday night could be Justin Prentice’s Mighty Ronaldo, who will start from the inside of the back line. On Friday night Prentice will be in the sulky, replacing Hall, who has driven Mighty Ronaldo at eleven of his 15 starts, including a head victory over Lavra Joe in the group 2 Sales Classic four starts ago, at Gloucester Park on February 26. Mighty Ronaldo impressed with his excellent third behind Lavra Joe in the Battle of Bunbury last Saturday night when he finished strongly from sixth at the bell. Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond hold a strong hand in Friday night’s event, with Be Rock Hard at barrier three and Mufasa from the No. 6 barrier. Ryan Warwick has given punters a good lead by choosing to drive Be Rock Hard in preference to Mufasa, who will be handled for the first time in a race by Dylan Egerton-Green.   Ken Casellas

Rock On Top, who was sold for $18,000 at the 2020 APG Perth yearling sale, has bright prospects of notching his third win from four starts when he contests the $50,000 Group 2 APG WA Gold Bullion final for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He reappeared after an absence of 40 days when he gave an impressive performance to win a qualifying heat from The Wildcard and Seven No Trumps on Tuesday of last week. Rock On Top started from barrier five in the field of six and raced in fourth position, one-out and one-back, before running home strongly with a three-wide burst in which he covered the final 400m in 28sec. Capel trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo said he was pleased with the win, adding: “He did a bit better than I thought he would. He was a bit underdone, first-up for more than a month and he sprinted over the top of them really well. “He overcame barrier five in the heat, and he has definitely got the ability to win from barrier six this week. Although this is a bit stronger race, I reckon he’s up to them. I have been happy with him since his latest win, and his work this morning (Tuesday) was really good.” Rock On Top’s chief rivals appear to be the Ross Olivieri-trained Follow The Music and Shane Quadrio’s The Wildcard. Rock On Top rated 1.59.2 in his heat, and Follow The Music was not extended in setting the pace from the No. 1 barrier and winning his heat by just under two lengths from Rellim, rating 1.58.5. “Follow The Music went well in his heat and he should be better in the final,” said Olivieri. “He was injured in a heat of the Sales Classic (when fourth behind Rock On Top in mid-February) and was unable to run in the final. We were lucky that he didn’t damage a tendon when he was struck on a boot, but we had to give him two weeks off.” Star reinsman Chris Voak said that Follow The Music had trained on well since his heat win. “He is the only runner on the back line, and I’m not quite sure how to drive him. If I get clear running, he can win.” The Wildcard will be driven by Kyle Harper and will start from the No. 3 barrier. He followed an all-the-way win over 1684m at Pinjarra with a well-beaten third behind Griffin Lodge at Gloucester Park and then a good second to Rock On Top in the Gold Bullion heat when he trailed the pacemaker Seven No Trumps.   Ken Casellas

Wonderful To Fly had a tough run in the breeze before scoring an easy victory in a qualifying heat of the APG WA Gold Bullion classic for two-year-old fillies on Tuesday of last week, and Pinjarra trainer-reinsman Shane Young is quietly confident she can overcome the outside barrier in the field of five in the $50,000 final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. In the heat, Wonderful To Fly started from the No. 5 barrier and she raced without cover before dashing to the front 350m from home and winning by just under two lengths from Taking The Miki, who enjoyed a perfect passage on the back of Wonderful To Fly. “I don’t think that the draw this week is a worry, but I’m not saying that I’m just going to win,” said Young. “The way she went, she looks the testing material. She is still learning to race, and it was good that she didn’t overrace and was able to relax in the heat.” Wonderful To Fly, bred by Kevin and Annette Charles, was passed in at $10,000 at the 2020 APG WA yearling sale before Young purchased her for $20,000 a few months after the sale on behalf of himself, his daughter Alison and several stable clients. The filly now has earned $18,331 from three wins and two placings from six starts. Wonderful To Fly had been broken in and had had two preparations when Young asked Kevin Charles if he had anything for sale. “Kevin said he had some youngsters for sale, so I went and had a look at those horses, and I picked out Wonderful To Fly,” said Young. “Dad (Ron Young) had given the filly a preparation and he said that he liked her. She was quite an athletic type, and I was able to drive her on the track when she felt okay.” Wonderful To Fly is sure to be seriously tested by Extraordinary Mary (barrier two) and Taking The Miki (barrier three). Extraordinary Mary, trained by Jemma Hayman and to be driven by Shannon Suvaljko, has won at two of her five starts when Suvaljko took full advantage of her gate speed and drove her to all-the-way victories, including the Western Crown Classic two starts ago when she beat Wonderful To Fly by a neck, with Taking The Miki in third place. Chris Voak, who will drive the Ross Olivieri-trained Taking the Miki, said that the filly was still a bit immature, but was certainly capable of figuring in the finish. “She is improving and her trackwork is getting better,” he said. Trainer Michael Brennan is looking for a strong effort from Miss Sassy (barrier four). “She has been awfully unlucky at her past two starts,” he said. “If Extraordinary Mary and Wonderful To Fly go to war, Miss Sassy will play a part.”   Ken Casellas

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