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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

Sixty odd years ago the brilliant Three Aces was an outstanding pacer in Western Australia and at Gloucester Park on Friday night astute trainer Mike Reed holds three aces in the final event, the Choices Flooring Midland Pace for three-year-olds. Reed was only six years old when Three Aces, owned by Alf Charleson, trained by Dan Egan and driven by Ted Greig for most of his illustrious career, won a two-mile heat of the Inter Dominion Championship at Addington in 1961. This week Reed is hoping his talented trio of Valentines Brook, Power And Grace and Macz Brother will hold all the aces in the 2130m event. Between them, they have won 17 races and been placed 15 times. Outstanding young reinsman Michael Grantham has been the regular driver of the trio (who are owned by Albert Walmsley) and he has  given punters a strong lead by choosing to handle Power And Grace, who will start out wide at barrier six in a quality field of seven runners. Shannon Suvaljko will drive Valentines Brook from the No. 3 barrier and Dylan Egerton-Green has been engaged for Macz Brother (barrier No. 7). For the record, Grantham has handled Power And Grace at his past eight starts for four wins, he has driven Macz Brother in all of his ten starts for four wins, and has driven Valentines Brook eight times for three wins, including his three most recent outings for a third to To Fast To Serious, a victory over Lightning Jolt and a last-start second to the brilliant Magnificent Storm. Power And Grace, a New Zealand-bred colt by Somebeachsomewhere, impressed at his first five starts after resuming from a spell four wins and a close third behind Copy N Pace before a disappointing last-start ninth behind Master Publisher on May 29 when he faded from sixth at the bell. He has been freshened up and is capable of a bold effort at his first appearance for six weeks. Reed’s three runners are likely to meet with plenty of opposition, with Manning, trained and driven by Justin Prentice from barrier five, sure to be popular with punters after his strong performance to race in the breeze before finishing stoutly to win by a length from Batavia Silverline over 2130m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week when the final 800m was covered in 56sec. That was Manning’s fifth win from 18 starts, with the highlight of his career being his victory in the $100,000 Pearl Classic for two-year-olds just over 12 months ago. The promising Alta Blues, prepared by Gary Hall Snr, should be prominent at his Gloucester Park debut at only his third start in a race. Alta Blues, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, is ideally drawn at barrier two. He started from barrier No. 5 and was restrained to last before dashing forward to move alongside the pacemaker Alta Engen at the bell in a 2100m event at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park on Tuesday night. He fought on tenaciously over the final 800m in 56sec. to finish a half-length second to Alta Engen, who rated a smart 1.56.7. This followed his splendid debut, over 2185m at Pinjarra three Mondays ago when he surged home from the rear to win by two lengths from Miss Merit. Prentice’s No. 2 runner in Friday night’s event is The Stars Above, to be driven by Cody Wallrodt from the No. 1 barrier. The Stars Above is a seasoned performer who has raced 24 times for four wins and 12 placings. He started from the outside barrier (No. 6) when he finished gamely from seventh at the bell to be a well-beaten third behind Alta Engen and Alta Blues at Bunbury on Tuesday night.   Ken Casellas

Astute Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed landed a double with Bletchley Park and Arma Indie last Friday night and he is bubbling with confidence about repeating the dose with the brilliant four-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The talented stablemates will be driven by Mark Reed, with Bletchley Park ideally drawn at barrier two in the $30,000 Warwick Pace over 2130m and Arma Indie handily drawn at barrier three in the $22,000 Media Guild Tips Pace over the same journey. Bletchley Park notched his ninth win from 17 starts when he led from the No. 2 barrier and rated a smart 1.56.4 in winning a 2536m event by four lengths from Ocean Ridge. The final quarters whizzed by in 29.9sec., 28.3sec., 28sec. and 28.5sec. Arma Indie gave further proof of her ability when she also scored an effortless victory at a 1.59.7 rate over 2536m last week. She sped home with quarters of 28.2sec. and 28.1sec. to win by just over a length from Hit It Rich, who trailed the pacemaker and fought on grimly. That splendid performance extended Arma Indie’s winning sequence to four and she should have the speed to again beat the promising Hit It Rich, who is prepared by Greg and Skye Bond and is sure to appreciate starting from the No. 1 barrier. “Bletchley Park pulled up really good after last Friday night,” said Mike Reed. “Originally, I wasn’t going to start him this week, but he pulled up so well that I changed my mind. Hopefully, he will be able to lead and be able to hold fast beginner Franco Joaquin at bay. He’s on target for the Golden Nugget.” Bletchley Park should carry too many guns for his main rivals, Joe With The Flow and Ocean Ridge. Trainer Ross Olivieri has engaged Gary Hall jnr to drive Joe With The Flow, who caused an upset last Friday week when he was driven by Chris Lewis, set the pace and won from Bletchley Park, rating 1.57.2 over 2130m. Lewis will drive Joe With The Flow’s stablemate Dennis, who will start from the inside of the back line. Lewis drove Dennis when the six-year-old led from barrier one and won from Machlani at a 1.58 rate over 2185m at Pinjarra last Monday week. Four-year-old Ocean Ridge, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will start from barrier two on the back line with Ryan Warwick in the sulky. He has won at seven of his 18 starts and cannot be underestimated after strong seconds to The Dali Express and Bletchley Park at his past two appearances. Praising Arma Indie, Mike Reed said: “She has done everything she has had to. Mark didn’t pull the plugs at her latest start and he said that she was just jogging. It’s a good field on Friday night and she doesn’t have to lead. If she does, she’ll roll along. She will have two or three more starts before I freshen her up for the feature events for mares in the summer.” Ken Casellas

Trainer Mike Reed has delivered a glowing assessment of promising pacer Bletchley Park, labelling him one of the best horses he’s had ahead of his second-up assignment at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The WA Derby runner-up returned in style at Gloucester Park on August 27, where he recorded an 18m win as a short-price favourite. The four-year-old now steps up in company to Friday’s Christmas Sundowner Packages Available At GP Pace (2130m) and is expected to take plenty of beating once again from barrier seven. Reed said Bletchley Park had enormous potential and was excited about his future. “I think he’s the best horse I’ve got in my stable,” he told GPTV Powered By RWWA. “I class him as good as any horse I’ve had. “He’s a very smart horse.” The son of American Ideal has seven rivals to contend with this Friday night, where Joe With The Flow (barrier one), The Arsonist (five) and Bee Seventeen (six) are expected to provide the stiffest competition. A winner at eight of his 15 career starts to date, Bletchley Park’s campaign will centre on the Group 1 Golden Nugget in December, a race Reed finished fifth in last year with Golden State. Despite the tricky draw this Friday night, Reed said he expected Bletchley Park to be too strong for the small field. “He should win,” he said. “It’s never easy, but I think it should be easy for him. “We worked him on Saturday and he’s right on song. “He worked the best he’s worked in a long time.” Bletchley Park was expected to back-up off his first-up win at Gloucester Park a fortnight ago, but Reed said he scratched the pacer after he didn’t eat all his feed following the win. Meanwhile, trainer Ross Olivieri has given a strong push for The Dali Express in the Book Your Christmas Party At Gloucester Park Pace (2130m) . The Dali Express won first-up in WA at Pinjarra on July 1, but has since managed just one placing in five subsequent starts. However, Olivieri said the gelding had his best chance to return to the winners list from barrier one this week. “I think The Dali Express is the one to beat barring the Bond’s horse (Ocean Ridge),” Olivieri told GPTV Powered By RWWA. “The Dali Express will run along and whatever is good enough to beat him will beat him. “He’s flying at the moment.” Olivieri also has Carrera Mach engaged in the race from barrier nine and indicated he was also nearing a win if he replicated his trackwork. Elsewhere, a field of 11 has assembled for the Group 2 James Brennan Memorial (2536m) on Friday night. Simba Bromac (barrier two), King Of Swing (five), Handsandwheels (six) and Vampiro (11) loom as key contenders in the $50,000 event. Tim Walker

Friday night's Studco Building Systems Fillies and Mares Free-For-All Pace (2130m) looks set to be a fascinating battle between the old and the new, with some of the state's best mares to clash. Five of the eight runners engaged are four-year-olds hoping to enhance their credentials for feature races later this year. Two of the three other runners in the race are seasoned veterans and know what FFA racing is all about. Perhaps the most intriguing runner in the race is the Mike Reed-trained Maczaffair. The Mach Three five-year-old is first-up since running second in the Past President's Cup and was third in the WA Pacing Cup the start prior. Her return to the track was delayed a week, after last week's FFA race didn't attract enough acceptances.  Maczaffair, under the guidance of trainer Mike Reed and reinsman son Mark, will have to be at her best to win from barrier seven on Friday.  Eden Franco has struggled to recapture her best form this campaign and that was no more evident than her unplaced finish in the Breeders Stakes a fortnight ago. The Colin Brown-trained and driven mare has now had six starts without a win, but has to be respected in this class from barrier three. Trainer Debra Lewis has enjoyed a strong run of form over the past month and The War Nurse is responsible for a large part of that. The War Nurse finished third in the Breeders Stakes two starts back, her biggest test to date, before she returned to the winners circle last Saturday. The four-year-old has barrier two on Friday night and gets a tremendous chance to beat a high quality field. Cott Beach always has to be respected from barrier one for trainer Kristy Elson. The Advance Attack mare held the front from barrier one the last time she had that draw, but will have a lot more pressure to hold the front this time around. Our Alfie Romeo was another mare who returned to the winners circle at her most recent start in the Breeders Stakes, thanks to a tremendous drive by Ryan Warwick. Trained by Greg and Skye Bond, Our Alfie Romeo strung five wins together earlier this campaign, before five unplaced runs in a row.  Dylan Egerton-Green has the drive on Friday night and looks set to get the perfect run from barrier four.  Progressive pacer Come Dance With Me and the Ross Olivieri-trained pair Madame Meilland and Veiled Secret make up the eight horse field. Although his pair may be the outsiders in the race, Olivieri was hopeful one of them could surprise.  "She (Madame Meilland) is very well," Olivieri told GPTV. "Unfortunately, she has got four very good horses drawn inside of her. "In the Breeders Stakes, she went to the line bolting and couldn't get a run. "I've changed the training around with her a little bit this week, but we will see Friday whether that will make a difference. "Veiled Secret, Gary Hall Jnr drove her and came in and said it's the best sixth I've run for a long time. "Barrier eight though, where's she going to go?" Although Olivieri didn't get the luck with barriers with his mares, four-year-old Carrera Mach looks set to play a big part in the Standing Start event of the evening. Carrera Mach and One Off Delight are the only two runners in the 10 horse field to start off the front line.   Tim Walker

Outstanding young mare Our Angel of Harlem is fit and ready for a strong first-up effort in the $22,000 Retravision Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Ace trainer Mike Reed was pleased with her impressive performance in a 2550m standing-start trial at Byford on Sunday morning when she began brilliantly, strode out boldly as she set the pace and sprinted over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 28.5sec. “She has now qualified to contest standing-start events and her main mission now is the Race For Roses, a stand over 2503m on May 3,” Reed said. “She flew the stand in her trial and ran home in 56.6sec. It’s a big ask for her to win, first-up, but she is sure to go well this week, judged by the way she trialled. She pulled up a bit big and will improve on whatever she does.” Mark Reed will have a few options when he drives Our Angel of Harlem from the No. 6 barrier in Friday night’s mobile event. The New Zealand-bred four-year-old is a dashing frontrunner and she led and won from favourable barriers at her two most recent runs, both over 2130m at Gloucester Park last December. At her latest start she was untroubled to win by just over two lengths from Our Major Mama and Innocent Affair in the group 3 Coulson final on December 28. That improved her record to 30 starts for ten wins and nine placings for earnings of $192,154. Several runners, including Our Angel of Harlem, will be solidly supported in Friday night’s event. New Zealand-bred mares Our Alfie Romeo and Eden Franco look set to fight out the finish, despite starting out wide at barriers eight and nine, respectively. And Rosies Ideal (barrier No. 4) and Lady De La Renta (No. 6) are in excellent form and have strong claims. Four-year-old Our Alfie Romeo has won at 12 of her past 19 starts and is in splendid form. She started out wide at barrier eight in the 2536m Empress Stakes last Friday week when she raced wide early and then in the breeze before taking a narrow lead 400m from home and finishing a grand second, a head behind the fast-finishing Miss Sangrial, with a final quarter of 27.6sec. Four days before that, Our Alfie Romeo dashed to an early lead, set the pace and finished second to Sarah Goody in the 1684m Golden Girls Mile at Pinjarra. Our Alfie Romeo won at two her eight starts in New Zealand and has a marvellous record of 15 starts for ten wins and two seconds in Western Australia for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and leading reinsman Ryan Warwick. Eden Franco, trained and driven by Colin Brown, cannot be underestimated, even from the outside barrier. She has had 35 starts for 14 wins, 11 seconds and four thirds. She is poised to bounce back to her best form at her third outing after a spell. She was a hot favourite from barrier two in the Empress Stakes when she raced in the breeze for the first 550m before assuming the role of pacemaker. She battled on gamely when a close-up fourth behind Miss Sangrial. Rosies Ideal and Lady De La Renta are in peak form, with the Shane Young trained and driven four-year-old Rosies Ideal notching her tenth victory from 23 starts when she settled in fifth position before dashing forward into the breeze after a lap and taking the lead on the home turn and winning from Miss Sangrial and Jasmin Amal over 2130m last Friday night. The Annie Belton-trained Lady De La Renta, a winner at 12 of her 33 starts, impressed last Friday night when she settled down in ninth position and sustained a powerful three-wide burst to finish a neck second to As Happy As Larry. Ken Casellas

Keen interest surrounds the debut of the extremely well bred two-year-old Valentines Brook in the $25,000 Intersport Slater Gartrell Western Crown Classic for colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Valentines Brook, trained by Mike Reed and driven by his son Mark, will begin from barrier three and is capable of a solid first-up effort. He is a half-brother to Bechers Brook, who flew home to win the Western Gateway Classic 12 months ago and then finished a head second to King of Swing in the WA Derby. Bechers Brook, also from the Reed stable, has had 21 starts for ten wins and eight placings for stakes of $152,763. Valentines Brook is also a half-brother to star pacer Our Waikiki Beach, who has earned $957,479 from 28 wins and 12 placings from 56 starts. Those pacers also are closely related to former star performers Chandon, Bollinger and Salinger. Valentines Brook, bred in Victoria, is by American stallion Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Bettors Delight mare Cyclone Betty, raced 63 times for nine wins, 18 placings and $68,186 in prizemoney. He was bought for $52,500 at the APG yearling sale in Melbourne last year by Bechers Brook’s owner Albert Walmsley. Bechers Brook is named after hugely challenging and famous fence in the English Grand National Steeplechase, held annually at Aintree. Valentines Brook is also a testing fence at Aintree, but somewhat less severe than Bechers Brook. Valentines Brook warmed up for his debut with a sound trial at Byford on Sunday morning when he was not bustled at the mobile dispatch and settled in fourth place in a field of five. After modest quarters of 32.4sec., 32.2sec. and 31.2.2sec., Valentines Brook ran home solidly and was not extended in finishing second, a half-head behind unraced two-year-old gelding The Stars Above, with a final quarter in 29sec. Reed Snr said that Valentines Brook possessed high speed but had still a lot to learn about racing. “He’s not without a chance on Friday night and he’ll improve on whatever he does,” he said. Marcotti, a son of Sportwriter, is sure to be a hot favourite, particularly after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier for Blythewood trainer Michael Brennan and talented reinsman Michael Grantham. Marcotti made a perfect debut when he set the pace from the No. 1 barrier and won from Keptain Courageous over 1609m in 1min. 57.9sec. at Bunbury three Sundays ago. He impressed in dashing over the final 400m in 27.6sec. Marcotti is well bred and is related to former top-flight pacer Another Party, who earned $888,678 from 31 wins and 42 placings from 149 starts. Another Party’s wins included the Bathurst Gold Crown for two-year-olds in March 1997, the Celebrity Mile at Gloucester Park on New Year’s Eve in 2000, the Fremantle Cup the following month and the Hunter Cup at Moonee Valley a few weeks later.   Ken Casellas

Astute Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed is aiming to win the $50,000 Westral Daintys Daughter Classic for a record-equalling third time when high-priced New Zealand-bred filly Arma Indie contests the Group 2 feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Arma Indie arrived in Perth less than two weeks ago and she has the raw ability to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier in the field of nine at her first appearance in Australia. She and the Colin Brown-trained and driven Typhoon Tiff are likely to dominate betting on the 2130m event in which the connections of all runners are anxious to press claims for a start in the $150,000 WA Oaks on May 3. Arma Indie was purchased three weeks ago by Jim and Wilma Giumelli from owner-breeders Davinia Harrison and Johnny Mathers for what they (the owners) described as a “sizeable” figure. Co-trainer David Butt said that Arma Indie had come back as a three-year-old stronger and more sensible than she was as a two-year-old when she raced eight times for no wins, one second and two thirds. Arma Indie ended her two-year-old campaign on a high note at Cambridge last June when she was a 72/1 outsider and finished second to the classy Princess Tiffany in the Group 1 Diamond Classic when the quarters were covered in 27.7sec., 30.7sec., 27.6sec. and 28.2sec. She revealed excellent gate speed and took the lead after 450m before sitting behind the pacemaker Princess Tiffany 400m later. She fought on with admirable spirit. The filly resumed after a spell and an absence of exactly seven months when she started from the No. 1 barrier and led for the first 450m before taking a sit in a 2000m event at Otago on January 2. Taking full advantage of the sprint lane Arma Indie burst to the front 120m from the post and won by more than two lengths from Vergeofgreatness, rating 2.1.6, with a final quarter of 28.6sec. She started from barrier No. 6 over 2200m at Invercargill on January 10. She began speedily and dashed to the front after 250m before taking a sit 400m later. She then regained the lead with 1100m to travel and went on to win in fine style from the fast-finishing colt Mighty Flying Art. Arma Indie rated 1.59.4 and covered the final 40m section in 27.7sec. Arma Indie is by American stallion Well Said and is the second foal (and only one to have raced) out of Arma Courage, who won three minor races and $17,410 from 21 starts. Arma Indie is closely related to Armalight, an outstanding mare who had 36 starts for 18 wins, 11 placings and $277,520 in prizemoney. Armalight, the New Zealand Horse of the Year in 1982, won seven Group 1 events, including the New Zealand Oaks at New Brighton in April 1980, the New Zealand Cup at Addington in November 1981 and the Auckland Cup at Alexandra Park in February 1983. Mark Reed will drive Arma Indie for his father, who has trained the winner of the Daintys Daughter Classic with Sheer Royalty (driven by Chris Lewis) in 2009 and Maczaffair (driven by Shannon Suvaljkjo) in 2017. Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr holds the record with three winners of the classic Majorly Foxy Styx (2014), Nuala (2015) and Slick Artist (2018). Brown has won the Daintys Daughter Classic twice. He was successful with the Deb Sweet-trained Centrefold Angel in 2010 and he prepared 8/1 chance Gota Good Lookadda, who led and beat 6/4 on favourite Bettor Dreams by a half-length. Centrefold Angel, a 3/1 chance, showed great courage to race in the breeze before getting to the front on the home turn and beating the 5/4 favourite Ella Sue by a head. Centrefold Angel was owned by Colleen Lindsay, who bred and owns Typhoon Tiff, who will start from barrier five on Friday night. Mrs Lindsay also bred and owns Typhoon Tiff’s full sister Tiffany Twirl, who was a 75/1 chance when she finished eighth behind Slick Artist in last year’s Daintys Daughter Classic. Typhoon Tiff was produced in outstanding shape by Brown for her first-up run at Pinjarra last Monday week. She led from barrier three and gave an outstanding frontrunning exhibition to win by 8m from Dracarys, rating 1.55.2 over 1684m, with final quarters of 26.7sec. and 27.8sec. That was Typhoon Tiff’s first outing since she raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing a neck second to Majorpride in the Diamond Classic for two-year-old fillies last June. Gary Hall Jnr has been engaged by Busselton trainer Barry Howlett to drive Millwood Gucci for the first time. The filly, a winner this year at Bunbury and Albany, steps up a lot in class, but has place prospects from the coveted No. 1 barrier. Mandy Joan, a winner at two of her nine starts for Byford trainer David Thompson, will be having her first start since August, but also has place prospects from barrier No. 3. She dashed over the final quarters of a 23150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning in 28.5sec. and 27.9sec. She will be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green. Champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond and leading reinsman Ryan Warwick, who combined for the fighting head victory by Dodolicious in the 2016 Daintys Daughter Classic, will be pinning their faith in Starlight Destiny, an all-the-way Northam winner over 1780m last Saturday night. Starlight Destiny will need a shade of luck from barrier seven, but she is an ultra-consistent filly who has had 15 starts for five wins, six seconds and three thirds. Ken Casellas

With an easy win over Our Virtuoso and Baron Jujon at last Tuesday’s Northam meeting Valbonne joined Dreamy Nights, Marquisard and Naval Aviator at the top of the Northam Harness Racing Club’s leaderboard for leading pacer this season with each of the quartet having recorded three wins at Burwood Park this season. Valbonne is a 3yo gelding by Mach Three and is trained by Mike Reed and driven by Mark Reed for Walmsley Developments. That combination nearly took out the State’s biggest race last Friday night when Maczaffair finished third behind Rocknroll Lincoln and El Jacko in the $450,000 WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park. Valbonne was the second leg of a winning double for Walmsley Developments and the Reeds who took out the second race last Tuesday courtesy of another smart 3yo in Its Set In Stone. The win of Valbonne completed a remarkable run for the horse at Northam as he had also won at the December 22 and 29 meetings at Burwood Park – his only three starts at the track in his career. Not to be left behind, the Aldo Cortopassi trained and driven Naval Aviator won the eighth race last Tuesday to bring up his third win in four starts this season at Burwood Park join the leaders in the Horse of the Year Award. Scott pair back in form just in time for the 2019 Grafton Electrics Northam Cup Also a winner at Northam last Tuesday was the Matthew Scott trained Another Ayjay which came off the 40 metre mark to down Billy Mack and Donegal Chokin in a standing start race. Another Ayjay finished fifth behind Tas Man Bromac, Major Catastrophe, Major Rush and Assassinator in last year’s Northam Cup and is set for another tilt at the 2019 edition on February 2. The Scott stable secured a second consecutive city double last Friday night with Always Arjay and Jaxon Fella. Always Arjay finished sixth in last year’s Northam Cup and like his stablemate is in peak form for this year’s race. Matthew Scott is currently in third place on the Northam Trainers Premiership this season with his 24 starters for the season producing four winners and five thirds for a total of 21 points under the 4,2,1 system used to calculate the winner. Mike Reed heads the Trainers List with five winners and two seconds from his 10 starters for 24 points. Locally based trainers Nathan Dymock and Ray Williams have each trained three winners at Northam this season. Big week in Northam Local harness fans will be spoilt next week with a big programme set for Tuesday, January 29, followed by the Grafton Electrics Northam Cup meeting on Saturday, February 2, so mark the two dates in the diary. By Alan Parker Reprinted with permission of the The Advocate

Trainer Mike Reed has declared Maczaffair will be doing everything she can to hold the lead in the early stages of tomorrow night’s Group 1 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup (2936m) at Gloucester Park. The sole mare in the field had her chances of winning increase following the barrier draw on Tuesday morning, when she drew barrier one, with fancied runners Rocknroll Lincoln and My Field Marshal to her outside. Earlier this week, Gary Hall Jnr, who drives Rocknroll Lincoln tomorrow night, indicated on TABradio he would look to lead from barrier two, but Reed told the same station this morning Maczaffair would look to utilise her advantage from gate one with his son Mark Reed engaged to drive. “I couldn’t be happier with her and she’s ready to rock and roll,” he said. “I will leave it up to Mark, but he said when he worked her ‘she’s the best she’s ever felt’. “The only one we’d be handing up to would be My Field Marshal, but Mark said yesterday ‘why hand up’. “If she gets a lot of pressure from My Field Marshal we may let him go.” Maczaffair drew barrier six in last week’s Fremantle Cup and had little luck in the closing stages, before she eventually finished sixth behind My Field Marshal. The five-year-old will be out to become the first mare since 1972 to take out the state’s most prestigious race. She will also be looking to become just the 20th mare to win the race. Reed said he was confident Maczaffair was back to the form from the start of her preparation that saw her run second to Vampiro in the Mount Eden Sprint. “She ran the quickest half she’s ever run at Gloucester Park yesterday,” he said. “She ran second in the Mount Eden Sprint first-up and it might have just taken the edge off her a bit. “The last couple of weeks we have freshened her up and she’s jumping out of her skin. “12 months ago she ran second to Ultimate Machete in the Golden Nugget. “If Ultimate Machete had drawn one, he’d most probably be favourite.” My Field Marshal remains a solid $1.85 favourite for the WA Pacing Cup, while Rocknroll Lincoln ($4.20) and Galactic Star ($4.60) are the only other runners in single figure odds. Reed’s Henley Brook stable also has the in-form Golden State engaged in the second heat of the Nights Of Thunder Series (1730m). Golden State won back-to-back races after his sixth placing in the Golden Nugget last month, before he finished second at his most recent start behind Neighlor last Friday. The smart four-year-old has drawn barrier four tomorrow night and Reed said he expected him to be driven quietly. “I expect Tanaka Eagle will lead and we will be outside him or in the one-one position,” he said. “If you don’t burn him out of the gate, he definitely comes home a lot better.” Each of the three Nights Of Thunder heats have nine runners engaged, with the fastest nine horses across the heats qualifying for next week’s Final. Tomorrow night’s Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.50.   Tim Walker

Champion horseman Tim Butt, who has prepared more grand circuit winners than any other harness racing trainer in Australasia, is poised to set more records when his brilliant seven-year-old My Field Marshal contests the $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 51-year-old New Zealand-born Butt, who relocated from Christchurch to Menangle in New South Wales early last year, is confident that My Field Marshal will prove the best stayer and win the testing 2936m mobile group 1 classic in the stallion’s first attempt over a distance beyond 2700m. “He’s fantastic and has come through his wins in the Village Kid Sprint and Fremantle Cup absolutely terrific,” he said. Asked if the 2936m was a concern, Butt said: “It’s only 400m longer than last week’s Cup and I couldn’t be happier with the barrier draw (No. 3 on the front line).” Queried about the likely driving tactics to be employed by his elder brother Anthony, he said: “We haven’t done the form yet, but we’ve got options from that draw. “The horse hasn’t done a lot since he led and won the Fremantle Cup. He had a hoppled run this morning (Tuesday) and I just ticked him over like I normally do. He’s bright and he loves it here.” The Butt brothers are full of hope that they will be able to go one better than they did when Flashing Red finished second to Tealsby Karita in the 2007 WA Pacing Cup. Flashing Red, second favourite at 3/1 from barrier five, raced wide early and three wide again in the middle stages before working hard in the breeze. He fought on doggedly behind Tealsby Karita, the 11/4 favourite who made most of the running. “Flashing Red was a great horse and a great stayer, but My Field Marshal has got a bit more brilliance,” Tim Butt said. If My Field Marshal is successful this week, it will give the famous Butt family a special record, with the first set of brothers training a WA Pacing Cup winner. Roddy Butt, the youngest of the three Butt brothers, prepared Justaboyden, who was driven by Fred Kersley jnr and produced one of the most spectacular bursts of speed in a Pacing Cup when he was ninth at the 400m and sprouted wings to charge to the front at the 250m mark and career away to beat Southern Knight by more than three lengths in the big race in 1995. The WA Pacing Cup was first run in 1913 and the inaugural Fremantle Cup was in 1928 and, if successful, My Field Marshal will become only the eighth pacer to have won the WA Pacing Cup-Fremantle Cup double in the one season, a feat that has been performed by Black Bertha (1942), Pure Steel (1980), Village Kid (1988 and 1989), The Falcon Strike (2002 and 2004), Baltic Eagle (2003), Im Themightyquinn (2011 and 2012) and Chicago Bull (2017). My Field Marshal, bred and owned by Syd and Shona Brown (who also bred and owned the horse’s dam Foreal, a winner of 18 races and $664,800 in stakes. My Field Marshal has earned $1,324,712 from 26 wins and 21 placings from 61 starts, has won six group 1 features --- the Taylor Mile and Messenger Championship at Alexandra Park, the Four-Year-Old Emerald at Cambridge (in successive starts in 2016), the Len Smith Mile at Menangle in 2017, the Miracle Mile in 1.46.9 on the same track last February and last week’s Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park. Anthony Butt, who will return to Perth from Sydney on Friday, was full of praise for My Field Marshal after the horse’s exciting all-the-way victory in the 2536m Fremantle Cup last Friday night, saying: “To lead and cop that pressure just shows what a great horse he is. He did a mighty job; he had to burn out of the gate and then never got any peace. “He kept running fast quarters and it was a great effort. It won’t be easy this week when I’m sure it will again be a truly-run affair. But he has got that class on his side and no matter what race he’s in, he’s always hard to beat.” Tim Butt said that My Field Marshal would not contest the $500,000 Hunter Cup at Melton on February 2 and that the horse’s main mission after the WA Pacing Cup would be the Miracle Mile at Menangle on March 3. “My Field Marshal will return to Sydney next Wednesday and he’ll probably have one lead-up run before the Miracle Mile.” With My Field Marshal starting from barrier three on Friday night, Anthony Butt will be ready to make snap decisions after the mobile barrier releases the quality field of 12 runners. He knows that Maczaffair (barrier one) and Rocknroll Lincoln (two) will come out flying in bids to take the early lead. Whether the speedy My Field Marshal can burst straight to the front is highly problematical. Sharing the Butt camp’s confidence is Mike Reed, the trainer of Maczaffair, and Gary Hall Jnr, who will be in the sulky behind the Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln. Maczaffair is the only mare in the field and Reed is bullish about her prospects of becoming the first of her sex to win the WA Pacing Cup since Pyramus beat Chief Attain and Sir Alex in 1972. She will again be handled by Reed’s son Mark, who was most impressed with her effort when an unlucky sixth in the Fremantle Cup, only one and a half lengths behind the winner. She was ninth at the bell and was badly blocked for a clear passage before flying home along the pegs in the final few strides. Maczaffair, the winner of five group feature events, showed her class against all-male opposition when second to Ultimate Machete in the group 1 2536m Golden Nugget championship in December 2017. Hall, who has driven the winner of seven WA Pacing Cups, said that Rocknroll Lincoln was travelling strongly and was a sound winning chance before being badly checked approaching the home turn in the Fremantle Cup. Rocknroll Lincoln broke into a gallop and finished 11th. Hall said that the 2936m journey this week would not worry Rocknroll Lincoln. “Barrier two looks good on paper and he’s got genuine gate speed,” he said. “If we get to the front, and I think he can, I won’t consider handing up.” Galactic Star, a gallant second in the Fremantle Cup, is in peak form and must be considered, despite drawing awkwardly at barrier seven. Ryan Warwick looks certain to opt out of any early speed battle and is likely to drive conservatively before deciding when to send the six-year-old forward. Galactic Star raced in eighth position in the one-wide line in the Fremantle Cup before Warwick sent the gelding forward, with a three-wide, burst approaching the bell. He sustained the effort and his performance was full of merit. Galactic Star is prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who will also be represented in the Cup by Our Max Phactor (Dylan Egerton-Green), Vampiro (Colin Brown), Our Jimmy Johnstone (Michael Grantham), El Jacko (Aiden de Campo) and Saying Grace (Chris Lewis). El Jacko and Saying Grace will start from the back line and have sound place prospects after unlucky runs in the Fremantle Cup in which El Jacko, a smart sit-sprinter, was badly blocked for a clear passage in the final circuit before going across the line, full of running, in seventh position. Saying Grace, who trailed the pacemaking My Field Marshal throughout, went to the line, bolting under lock and key, in fourth place. Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, who has won the WA Pacing Cup a record 11 times, is pinning his faith on Runrunjimmydunn, who will be driven by Clint Hall from barrier five. Runrunjimmydunn fought on from tenth in the middle stages to be a sound fifth in the Fremantle Cup. The WA-bred Vultan Tin, trained in Coolup by Phil Costello, is the only non-New Zealand-bred runner in the race. He will be driven by Chris Voak and will start from the outside of the back line. Vultan Tin was seventh at the bell in the Fremantle Cup before finishing fast, out six wide, to be an eye-catching third. Ace trainer Ross Olivieri, who prepared Saab for his WA Pacing Cup victory in 1999, has engaged Shannon Suvaljko to drive Im Full of Excuses from the awkward No. 6 barrier. Im Full of Excuses bounced back to form and ended a 22-month drought when he charged home with as three-wide burst from eighth at the bell to win narrowly from Gotta Go Gabbana in a 2130m mobile event last Friday night. He will again be at long odds this week.   Ken Casellas

Oakford trainer Caris Hamilton-Smith seems to have unearthed a promising horse in former Kiwi pacer Rockaball. He has won twice and finished a close second in his three runs in WA since crossing the Tasman and he gets his first look at Gloucester Park tonight when he goes around in the fourth event. Rockaball, a four-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding, has been sparingly raced having only faced the starter on 15 occasions for four wins and four minor placings. He defeated the Mike Reed-trained Valbonne two starts ago at Pinjarra, but it was his latest victory at that track a fortnight ago that had tongues wagging. Regular reinsman Micheal Ferguson brought Rockaball from last at the bell with a three-wide run and he quickly gathered in the leaders turning for home and raced away for an impressive win. It was the victory of a horse going places. Rockaball has drawn favourably in gate three for tonight’s assignment and Ferguson will be looking to have him a lot closer to the action than he was at Pinjarra. It’s certainly a step up in class for the Hamilton-Smith runner, but punters will get a good idea of where the horse is at after the event. The race also features newcomers to the State in Four Starzzz Forsa, now with Glenn Elliott and to be driven by Gary Hall Jr, and James Butt, a former New Zealander now in the stables of Ross Olivieri and to be driven by Chris Voak (Man With Pink Cart). Four Starzzz Forsa has drawn gate four, while James Butt comes out of gate five. Both horses haven’t trialled publicly and punters would be wise to monitor the betting fluctuations on these two horses. However, Four Starzzz Forsa and James Butt haven’t raced in almost six months so Rockaball will have the fitness edge over his two main rivals. Throw in the consistent Roman Aviator (gate six) and Mistersandman (10), who is aiming for a hat-trick of wins, and you have a very competitive race. But Rockaball, who is also shooting for three on the trot, appears to have a lot of upside and is certain to make his presence felt.   Wayne Currall

Trainer Mike Reed admits he has been puzzled by smart pacer Golden State’s drop in form over the past month, as he looks to rediscover it ahead of tomorrow night’s Group 1 Yes Loans 4YO Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park. Golden State finished at the tail of the field in the 4YO Championship a fortnight ago, beaten 40m by Mighty Conqueror. Reed has again made changes to Golden State’s gear and said he had made adjustments to his work during the week. “I haven’t hobbled him this week, I did that on Saturday,” he said. “We gave him a gallop on Tuesday and he worked well. “I don’t know what’s gone wrong with him, he’s eating well. “His work has been good on the track, he’s been blowing Bechers Brook and Maczaffair away.” Golden State has drawn barrier four for the feature event tomorrow night, with Reed’s son Mark to again take the drive. Reed said he hoped Golden State would be driven positively at the start and felt race favourite Ana Malak could be crossed in barrier one. Reed also has Bechers Brook engaged in the $125,000 event, with Shannon Suvaljko to take the drive from barrier 12. VIEW TABTOUCH'S 4YO CLASSIC MARKET HERE Bechers Brook is rated a $34 chance with TABtouch and Reed said the son of Somebeachsomewhere would need the race to be run truly for him to be in the finish. “We probably have to play for luck with him,” he said. “We have to hope the speed is on and if that’s the case he will be coming home strong. “I have told Shannon to be patient with him tomorrow night. “Whatever he does tomorrow night, he will improve on for the Nugget.” Arguably Reed’s best chance of the night comes up in the $30,000 Howard Porter Memorial (2130m), with star mare Maczaffair rated a $1.14 chance with TABtouch. Maczaffair was an unlucky fourth to Eden Franco at Group 2 level last week, but has drawn barrier one tomorrow night and Reed said he expected the mare the bounce back. “She’s flying,” he said. “She worked home in 55.3 on Wednesday and she was bolting. “We won’t be handing up to anyone tomorrow night.” Reed said Maczaffair would progress to the Group 1 Mares Classic next week, as would Our Angel Of Harlem, following her second placing last week.   Tim Walker

The Mike Reed-trained Maczaffair has stamped herself as one of the mares to beat for upcoming feature races, with a strong win in the Listed York Cup (2130m) at Gloucester Park last night. The five-year-old finished powerfully over her rivals, to record her first win since the Group 2 Breeders Stakes in May. Reinsman Mark Reed gave the mare a lovely trip throughout the feature event, settling one off the fence on the back of race favourite El Jacko. Another talented mare Eden Franco hit the front at the top of the home straight, but she couldn’t hold off Maczaffair, who went on to win by 2.7m. Eden Franco held on for second, while outsider Cracka Star was third. Reed said he thought Maczaffair would find it tough to beat El Jacko, but knew he was a chance on the final lap. “The way the race was run, I was a bit surprised early and Overboard Again found the front,” he said. “They turned it on early and we got a bit of luck when El Jacko locked wheels down the back. “To her credit, to round up Eden Franco, she has done a big job.” Maczaffair will now be aimed towards the Group 1 Mares Classic on December 7 and Reed forecasted further improvement from the mare. “She’s still a bit big in condition,” he said. “She should only strip fitter and fitter from here on in.” It was a win which may have surprised Reed in more ways than one, after he suffered a significant health scare a fortnight ago and saw him taken off drives on Gloucester Park’s Italian night. Reed said he was now back to full health. Another mare that could also be on her way to the Mares Classic is the Justin Prentice-trained and driven Pick My Pocket, who was too good for her rivals in the Cellarbrations York Fillies And Mares Pace (2130m). Prentice had to do a bit of work early on the five-year-old and eventually found the breeze in the home straight the first time. Pick My Pocket found the lead on the turn for home as leader Suzies Gem faded, and went on to win by 2.7m to Gunna Get Lucky and Parisian Partygirl. Prentice said he felt the mare deserved a chance to record a Group 1 win next month. “That’s the aim,” he said. “I definitely think she’s good enough to be in them, whether she’s good enough to win one will depend barrier draws and how good she is on the night. “There’s plenty of ability there and I think she’s still learning the caper.” Kyle Harper also enjoyed a successful night at Gloucester Park, training and driving a winning double. Harper’s first winner on the evening was the speedy Thereugo, who was able to cross to the lead from barrier seven and hold off a game Carter Michael by a short half-head. He then teamed up with enigmatic pacer Ace Bromac later in the evening, who came with a swooping run around the outside and score a 7m win.   Tim Walker

Comeback pacer The Art Form will look to make it six wins in a row, when he lines up in the Retravision Lowest Price Guarantee Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park tomorrow night.  The six-year-old returned from a 26 month absence from the track in July when he finished fourth and has gone on to win his subsequent five starts.  Trainer Mike Reed will give the son of Art Major his first start at Gloucester Park in Friday night company this campaign tomorrow night, where he has drawn barrier eight. Reed said he was pleased with how The Art Form had handled his return to racing this campaign. “He’s has gone really well since he injured himself in the paddock 18 months ago,” he said. “I think it’s the fittest he’s been. “His work the other morning was unbelievable.” Reed said the barrier draw was some concern heading into tomorrow night’s event, but was confident The Art Form was versatile enough to overcome it. “Mark (Reed) might come out and use his gate speed,” he said. “He may be able to slot in somewhere if he can’t lead. “If he can’t get in, he can always go back as well. “He’s just as good from behind as he is in front.” Reed said The Art Form could develop into a Fremantle and WA Pacing Cup contender later this season if he was able to continue his progression through the classes. Atchoo and After Lunch represent the Reed stable in the second qualifying heat of the Preux Chevalier Pace (2130m) for the fillies and mares. Reed said he leant slightly to After Lunch in the $18,000 event. “After Lunch has got a lot of ability, but has had a lot of problems,” he said. “Her work was good this week. “Atchoo will need a lot of luck.” Meanwhile, a number of Reed’s up-and-coming pacers are nearing a return to the track ahead of their summer campaigns. Three-year-old Bletchley Park will be put in hobbles for the first time on Saturday morning, following a prosperous two-year-old campaign which featured a Golden Slipper Prelude win. Four-year-olds Golden State and Bechers Brook will be first-up at Pinjarra on Monday, or Gloucester Park on Tuesday.  Tomorrow night’s Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.22pm.  Tim Walker

Ace reinsman Mark Reed drove the speedy Pazam to six victories at the turn of the century and he is confident of continuing the family tradition by winning races with promising two-year-old filly Countess Grace. Trained by Reed’s father Mike, Countess Grace is closely related to Pazam, who won 19 races in Western Australia in a splendid 41-start career of 22 wins and six placings for stakes of $136,113. Mark Reed was in the sulky when the New Zealand-bred Pazam won for the final time, at Gloucester Park in February 2004 when he beat The Die Is Cast and Sand Pebbles in a 2140m Free-For-All. He also drove Pazam when he finished sixth behind Lombo Rapida and Shakamaker in the 2000 Chariots of Fire at Harold Park. Countess Grace emerged as a strong winning prospect in the Glenroy Chaff Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night when she unwound a spirited finishing burst to be an eye-catching third behind Fake News and Major Artist over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. Countess Grace was restrained from barrier eight at the start and settled down in 11th position. She was seventh at the bell, three back on the pegs, before sprouting wings in the home straight, with the final 400m being covered in a slick 28.1sec. Countess Grace has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in Friday night’s $18,000 event and Mark Reed said: “She will give them something to chase. She has good gate speed, the aim will be to lead and I consider her to have excellent winning prospects. “She was unlucky at her previous start when third behind Majorpride and Fake News. She raced behind the pacemaker Cosmic Horizons and was shuffled back when that filly weakened and dropped back in the final stages.” Majorpride, Fake News and Countess Grace should dominate Friday night’s race in which Countess Grace has a significant advantage over the other two fillies, who will start out wide, with Fake News at barrier seven and Majorpride on the outside in the field of eight. Fake News, trained by Gary Hall Snr, was impressive on Tuesday evening when she enjoyed the perfect trail behind the pacemaker Major Artist before running home fast to snatch victory for star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr. However, Hall Jnr has decided to drive the Justin Prentice-trained Majorpride in preference to Fake News. “There’s not much between them, but Majorpride is probably a bit more of a racehorse at the moment,” he said. Majorpride has raced ten times for three wins, three seconds and two thirds. Mark Reed will fly out of Perth early on Saturday morning to drive star filly Our Angel of Harlem in the second semi-final of the Breeders Crown for three-year-old fillies at Bendigo on Saturday night. Our Angel of Harlem, trained by Mike Reed, has drawn poorly and will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line. However, she is in top form and should have little difficulty in qualifying for the final the following week. Western Australia will also be represented in semi-finals of the Breeders Crown on Saturday night by the Michael Brennan-trained The Embezzler and the David Thompson-trained Mandy Joan. Michael Grantham will drive The Embezzler from the outside (No. 7) on the front line in the first semi-final for two-year-old colts and geldings. A winner at four of his eight starts and a strong fourth behind Franco Edward in the Pearl Classic, The Embezzler has won at Pinjarra at his past two starts. He possesses wonderful gate speed and is sure to make his presence felt. Mandy Joan also has drawn barrier seven in the second semi-final for two-year-old fillies in which she will be handled by champion Victorian reinsman Gavin Lang. She has won twice from seven starts and is working strongly enough to qualify for the final. Ken Casellas

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