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New Zealand-bred five-year-old Rakasinc is a noted frontrunner and he should give punters a flying start by winning the opening event, the 2130m R U OK? Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Rakasinc is ideally drawn at barrier two and Ravenswood trainer Nathan Turvey said that Emily Suvalko would be aiming to set the pace with the Changeover gelding who has won at four of his past five starts. “We will just let him run; that’s the plan,” said Turvey. “He gets keen, and, hopefully, he’ll be able to cross the No. 1 horse Starlight Destiny. He’s a horse that you let him do what he wants to do, so we just let him run.” Rakasinc broke the track record when he led and won by nine lengths from Right Royal Cheer, rating 1.56.1 over 2190m at Northam five starts ago. He has won at his past three outings, two at Northam and one at Narrogin. He is a half-brother to the Christian Cullen pacer Rakarebel, who made a spectacular start to his West Australian career in 2011 when he revealed dazzling gate speed and relished setting the pace when he won at his first eight appearances in the State for trainer Gary Hall snr and reinsman Gary Hall jnr. Rakasinc is unlikely to get all things going his way and is sure to be tested by the Hall camp’s inexperienced, but highly promising four-year-old Undercover Mac, who will start from barrier six. He was most impressive last Friday night when he charged home from ninth at the bell to finish second to Howard Hughes. That followed smart Gloucester Park wins at his two previous outings. Others with claims on Friday night include the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Starlight Destiny and Blissfullabbey, who is racing keenly for Port Kennedy trainer Chris Willis. Turvey also has sound prospects in the second event, the RWWA’S Racing Assist Pace, in which he will be represented by Jack William, who will be driven by Suvaljko from the prized No. 1 barrier. Jack William started out wide at barrier eight last week when he was not suited by a slow early pace and finished tenth behind Baylan Jett. “This is my third No. 1 barrier on a Friday night at Gloucester Park for 14 months, so I’m happy,” said Turvey, whose previous starters from the No. 1 barrier were winners, Live Like A Royal and Touch Of Success. “Jack William is a frontrunner and he’s tough. He doesn’t try too hard when he’s back in the field. Three starts ago he kept Robbie Easton out (at the start) and then Robbie Easton sat on his back (in the one-out, one-back position) and couldn’t get near him. So, I think he’s got the form (to be hard to beat).” Suvaljko will also team with Turvey in the third event, the Mental Health Awareness Pace, in which she will drive Carter Micheal from the inside of the back line. “Carter Micheal is racing well and just needs a bit of luck,” said Turvey. “He won’t know himself, getting on the fence. It wasn’t a bad run last week when he raced in the breeze and finished third behind Our Alfie Romeo.”   Ken Casellas

Remarkably, New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Livura has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier only once in his first 63 starts in mobile events in Western Australia. The Nathan Turvey trained and driven gelding will enjoy starting from barrier one for just the second time when he contests the opening event, the DTS Farmlock Fencing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he should give punters a flying start by setting the pace and winning the 2130m event. The previous time Livura started from barrier one was three starts ago, at Gloucester Park on December 7 last year when he set the pace and finished third behind Saying Grace and Carter Micheal. He resumed racing last Friday night after a three-month absence and had no luck at all, finishing last in a field of seven behind Mattjestic Star. A 12/1 chance, he raced three back on the pegs in fifth position before he hung out slightly 500m from home and lost ground when he locked wheels with the sulky of Lord Willoughby. And then he was blocked for a clear passage in the final stages. Livura makes strong appeal as the pacemaker in this week’s race. He has set the pace in five of his 16 wins in this State. One of his dangers appears to be Kimani, who will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line. Kimani reappeared last Friday night after a two-month absence when he started from the inside of the back line and trailed the pacemaker Bronze Seeker. He was blocked for a clear run throughout the final circuit and finished second to Bronze Seeker. Gary Hall Jnr, who drove Bronze Seeker to victory last week, has opted to handle Kimani this week, with the drive on Bronze Seeker going to Michael Grantham. Bronze Seeker, who will be competing in his 227th race, is awkwardly drawn at barrier seven and will need luck to figure in the finish. One of the best bets on the program should be Im Soxy in race two in which he will be driven by Ryan Warwick from the favourable No. 2 barrier. Im Soxy, a WA-bred gelding trained in Bunbury by Brian Clemens, caught the eye last Friday night when he raced three back on the pegs in fifth position before finishing with a powerful burst to be a close-up third behind Caviar Star and Herrick Roosevelt, with the final quarter whizzing by in 27.2sec.   Ken Casellas

Impressive performer Tenno Sho has wasted little time stamping himself as one of the more exciting trotters in Western Australia since coming from the east coast last year and he gets a chance to further prove himself in tomorrow night’s Trotters Cup (2503m) at Gloucester Park. The six-year-old has had five starts in WA, under the care of trainer-reinsman Nathan Turvey, for two wins and three placings. His first win in at Pinjarra on December 3 was by more than 33m, a performance which Turvey said made him aim for a Trotters Cup berth. “He’s done a good job,” Turvey said. “He was advertised online and I bought him for $11,000. “I bought him to race in lower grade races…you always have hope with them though.” Tenno Sho rounded out his preparation for the $50,000 event with a sound second placing to Balmoral Boy at Gloucester Park on New Year’s Eve. The gelding starts off the 10m line in tomorrow night’s feature, while other fancied runners in the race Sunoflindenny and Sun Of Anarchy are off 20m. Turvey said he had hoped to give Tenno Sho a lighter week, but was content with the preparation he’s had. “I didn’t want to race the week of the Trotters Cup, but he hadn’t raced for three weeks,” he said. “It wasn’t a bad run, but I reckon he’s better from the stand and able to lead. “When he gets out in front, that’s his best asset. “We will weigh it up tomorrow night, but I reckon he will be able to lead.” Turvey said Sunoflindenny was the one to beat in the Group 2 event, with the Ross Olivieri-trained trotter looking for four straight wins. Turvey also has last start winner Carter Micheal engaged in the Direct Trades Supply Free-For-All (2130m), with the five-year-old to start from barrier six. It’s a sharp rise in grade for Carter Micheal, but Turvey said he’s hopeful of a competitive showing. “He won’t be driven aggressively,” he said. “I’m hoping he can surprise a few of them. “They’re all good horses in that race, so if he runs home well that would be good.” In a further boost for Turvey’s stable, up-and-coming pacer Simba Bromac is on track to make his return to the track next week. Simba Bromac was scratched from a Free-For-All race on December 7. Turvey is hopeful of gaining a start in either the Fremantle Cup on January 11 or the WA Pacing Cup on January 18.   Tim Walker

Five-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding Simba Bromac boasts a winning record of 61 per cent and he has good prospects of making a successful return to racing after a spell when he starts from the No. 2 barrier in the $25,000 Westral Vertical and Panel Blinds Free-For-All at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will be driven by Chris Lewis for Ravenswood trainer Nathan Turvey and should be prominent against stiff opposition from the three smart pacers from the Forrestdale stables of Greg and Skye Bond, Our Jimmy Johnstone, El Jacko and Rock Diamonds. Simba Bromac, whose 31 starts have produced 19 wins, six seconds and three thirds, warmed up for his first-up assignment in fine style with a dashing win over Chiaroscuro in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra last Sunday morning when he was not asked for an effort until the final stages when he sprinted over the final 400m in 27.7sec. This will be Simba Bromac’s first appearance since he began speedily from barrier seven, set the pace and sprinted over the final quarters in 27.9sec. and 27.3sec. to win by three lengths from Mitch Maguire at a 1.57 rate over 2130m on August 31. Ten-year-old Our Jimmy Johnstone, to be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green, still possesses excellent gate speed and a strong competitive attitude. He will begin from barrier four and looks set to fight out the finish. So, too, does the enigmatic, but highly talented El Jacko, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick from the coveted No. 1 barrier. El Jacko notched his 17th victory from 42 starts last Friday week when he started from the outside of the back line and charged to the front after 550m on his way to a stylish victory over Kimani. Turvey also holds a strong hand in the Westral Timber Blinds Pace in which he will be represented by the polemarker Livura and Carter Micheal at barrier two in the 2130m event. He will handle Carter Micheal and Chris Lewis will be in the sulky behind Livura. Lewis drove Livura to an effortless victory over Bad Round and El Machine, rating 1.57.3 over 2130 at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. That ended a losing sequence of 16 and was the seven-year-old’s 20th win from 87 starts. Carter Micheal is racing with refreshing enthusiasm and looks hard to beat. He raced in seventh position on the pegs and was eighth 100m from the post before he sprinted fast to finish an eye-catching third behind Our Max Phactor over 2130m last Friday night. In what appears to be a highly competitive race, the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Saying Grace will have many admirers after winning at six of his past nine starts. He began off 40m and worked forward in the middle stages to race in the breeze when a close second to Carrera Mach over 2503m at Bunbury last Saturday night. He won easily at Kellerberrin and Pinjarra at his two previous outings.     Ken Casellas

Former Victorian pacer Beltane has been strongly fancied when placed at Narrogin, Bunbury and Wagin at his first three starts in Western Australia and Ravenswood horseman Nathan Turvey is confident that the four-year-old can break through at his Gloucester Park debut by leading all the way in the final event, the Yes Loans Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “It’s the best I’ve had him; he’s got gate speed and is tough,” Turvey said. Turvey, who owns and trains Beltane, has driven him at his first three WA starts, but has engaged champion reinsman Chris Lewis to drive him on Friday night when he will start from the No. 1 barrier in a field of nine. After finishing second to smart mare Come Dance With me at Narrogin at his WA debut, Beltane had no luck at all at his next two outings when he raced three wide early and in the middle stages and then worked hard in the breeze before fighting on doggedly to finish third to Baylan Jett at Bunbury and then he had a tough run without trail when a fighting second to the pacemaker Hoiho at Wagin. Beltane also covered extra ground and had tough runs when winning at his final three starts in Victoria before arriving in WA early last month. He showed his liking for leading when he won a 1720m event for two-year-olds at Melton in April 2017, and in July that year he set a track record, rating 1.57.4 when he sat behind the pacemaker and won over 2190m at Maryborough. The Greg and Skye Bond-trained Lincs Tiger looks likely to be favourite and should prove hard to beat from barrier five. The four-year-old Lincs Tiger, a winner at eight of his 26 starts, is sure to appreciate a drop in class.   Anime, to be driven by Chris Voak for Coolup trainer Phil Costello, will have many admirers from the favourable No. 2 barrier. He has been racing in considerably stronger company and is set to fight out the finish. He is a smart sit-sprinter, but also possesses excellent gate speed and has led and won over 1684m at Pinjarra and twice over 2130m at Gloucester Park. The Mike Reed-trained All The Whispers and Luis Alberto, prepared by Gary Hall Snr, are other runners with each-way prospects. “All The Whispers has had a bit of a freshen-up, but he’s a bit of a hit and miss type,” said reinsman Mark Reed. “There’s two of him and if the real All The Whispers turns up, he’s a chance.” Hall said that Luis Alberto was a horse who seemed to not like winning, but he said that the five-year-old (second to Free To Air last Friday night) could not be left out of calculations. Hall is also looking forward to former smart New South Wales performer Lets Cut Loose making his West Australian debut when he starts from barrier five in the 1730m We Say Yes To Personal Loans Pace. The seven-year-old New Zealand-bred Lets Cut Loose has not raced since finishing last behind Let It Ride over 1609m at Menangle on June 2 this year. He has performed well in good company at Menangle and should prove hard to beat, first-up.   Ken Casellas

Eight-year-old Machrie has been unplaced at his past seven starts and boasts a losing sequence of 22, but he looks to have sound winning prospects when he starts from the prized No. 1 barrier in the Book Your NYE at Gloucester Park Pace over the sprint trip of 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Much water has flowed under the bridge since Machrie won on debut, as a three-year-old at Winton in April 2014, and was a winner Gore later that year when he defeated Run Oneover, who has since proved to be a splendid open-class performer and has a record of 68 starts for 19 wins, 27 placings and $458,763 in prizemoney. Machrie certainly has been left in Run Oneover’s wake and has managed just $58,112 in stakes from eight wins and ten placings from 63 starts. However, the New Zealand-bred gelding has shown flashes of form in recent starts and Chris Voak will be attempting to set the pace over 1730m journey. Machrie, trained at Pinjarra by Chris King, is the first foal out of Presidential Reign, who raced 37 times for ten wins, nine seconds and four thirds for stakes of $115,714. Presidential Reign has also produced Heez Manly, a promising five-year-old who has earned $40,374 from seven wins and eight placings from 19 starts. Machrie has won once from 26 starts for King (over 1730m just over 12 months ago). He was prepared by Nathan Turvey for his first 13 WA starts for three wins and three placings and, interestingly, Turvey is a part-owner of Smackwater Jack, who looms large as the toughest rival for Machrie on Friday night. Turvey has trained Smackwater Jack (a winner of five races in New Zealand) for his first 20 starts in WA for two wins and four placings. The six-year-old has just been transferred to Matt Scott’s Serpentine stables and will be driven for the first time by last season’s leading driver Shannon Suvaljko. Smackwater Jack has been unplaced at his past four starts after he finished boldly to win from Its My Lucknow and Tradie over 2185m at Pinjarra. He is expected to be supported strongly.   Ken Casellas

Trainer-reinsman Nathan Turvey looks set to play a big part in tomorrow night's Schrader Final (2130m) at Gloucester Park, with three live chances in the feature event. Simba Bromac, a winner at 18 of his 30 career starts, is expected to start as one of the favourites for the $25,000 event following his win in the heat last Friday night. The four-year-old has drawn barrier one or two at his last four starts, but has barrier eight tomorrow night and comes up against talented pacer Mitch Maguire. Turvey said the gelding was in good order for tomorrow night but conceded the task was a tricky one. "He's trained on really well and I'm really happy with him," he said. "There's a couple of classy horses in that race tomorrow night and we will need things to go our way. "Simba Bromac is on the front line, while Mitch Maguire is on the back line so I'd imagine we would be trying to keep in front of Mitch Maguire." Turvey indicated Simba Bromac would likely head for a spell following tomorrow night's run. Arthur Lowe finished fifth behind Simba Bromac last week after starting from barrier four. Turvey said the start would be crucial in the Schrader Final, particularly for Arthur Lowe, who he expects to lead from the inside. "I think Arthur Lowe is a good each way chance," he said. "He didn't lose ground last week and got checked which probably cost him third spot. "Mitch Maguire and Simba Bromac are probably better horses, but we've put the hood on him and barrier one around Gloucester Park is always a big advantage." The third of Turvey's horses in the race is consistent performer Livura, who is third-up tomorrow night. Livura was beaten 6.8m first-up before an improved showing last Friday when third to Mitch Maguire. Turvey said the six-year-old would show more improvement tomorrow night, but felt he would still be another run or two away from hitting top form. "He's a pretty classy horse," he said. "His fitness is still on the rise, but he will be better for those two runs." The Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.20pm tomorrow, with the Schrader Final to get underway at 7.24pm.   Tim Walker

Simba Bromac, who boasts a remarkable record in WA of 17 wins, four seconds, two thirds and one fourth from 24 starts, faces the biggest test of his brief career when he clashes with Mitch Maguire in the $25,000 www.gloucesterpark.com.au Schrader final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The clash between the two New Zealand-bred four-year-olds, the youngest runners in the 2130m event, promises to be the highlight of the ten-race program. Both are brilliant frontrunners, but neither is expected to lead after Simba Bromac drew out wide at barrier seven on the front line and Mitch Maguire drew the back line. However, each is extremely versatile and should fight out the finish. Simba Bromac was not extended in scoring an easy all-the-way victory last Friday night when, after a moderate early pace, he sped over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 27sec. This week Chris Lewis is unlikely to have the luxury of being able to send Simba Bromac to the front in the early stages, with speedy beginners Mister Versace, Debt Free Charlie, Extreme Prince and Arthur Lowe drawn on his inside. Lewis will be hoping for better fortune than he experienced in last year’s Schrader final when he drove the 6/4 favourite Military Master and was involved in a hectic battle for the early lead and then, after getting to the front, was challenged strongly by Ideal Tyson. Military Master led until the final 100m before wilting to finish eighth behind the fast-finishing 20/1 chance Rabchenko. Simba Bromac is prepared by Nathan Turvey, who will also be represented by Arthur Lowe and Livura. Turvey will handle the consistent Livura (barrier No. 6) and Jocelyn Young will be in the sulky behind the polemarker Arthur Lowe, who is capable of improvement after two unplaced efforts following a two-month absence. Mitch Maguire, a $43,000 yearling and winner at 17 of his 26 starts, has returned to action after a 13-month absence in grand fashion with three easy victories. The small and speedy Sportswriter stallion is trained by Greg and Skye Bond, who have won the Schrader Pace with Tuapeka Kahu in 2014 and Risk in 2016. Tuapeka Kahu was favourite at 7/4 when Ryan Warwick drove him to victory over Say It Now, with three other Bond runners, Jay Bees Grin, Lunar Tide and Condrieu finishing third, fourth and fifth, respectively. The Bonds had three runners in the 2015 Schrader final, with Ohoka Squire finishing second, Jungle Jewel third and Condrieu fourth behind the winner Norvic Nightowl. Ryan Bell drove Risk to victory over the 7/4 on favourite and pacemaker American Boy in 2016. Leading trainer Gary Hall Snr, who was successful with Norvic Nightowl, is pinning his faith on Extreme Prince, who will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr from barrier five on the front line. Extreme Prince trailed the pacemaker Simba Bromac and battled on gamely when a well-beaten second to that pacer last Friday night. Ken Casellas

“He’s freshened up really well since his latest run and I can’t fault him,” said Ravenswood trainer Nathan Turvey when assessing the prospects of Simba Bromac, one of three stable runners in the second heat of the Schrader Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Turvey had no hesitation in declaring that Simba Bromac was the stable’s best prospect, ahead of Arthur Lowe and Robert The Bruce, and he is expecting the New Zealand-bred four-year-old to make amends for his last-start second behind Tyler Brett three Fridays ago. Simba Bromac is perfectly drawn at barrier No. 1 and will be driven by Chris Lewis. Turvey will handle Robert The Bruce from barrier eight and Jocelyn Young will drive Arthur Lowe from the No. 5 barrier. “Arthur Lowe is working very well, but is racing first-up and I’d say that he will probably need the run,” said Turvey. “And Robert The Bruce will need luck from his wide draw. Simba Bromac boasts an outstanding record of 28 starts for 16 wins, six seconds and three thirds and he will be at short odds. But he should get punters away to a flying start in the first of the ten events on the program. Turvey is also looking forward keenly to driving the extremely consistent six-year-old Livura, who will start out wide at barrier seven in the Inter Sport Slater Gartrell Pace over 2536m. This will be Livura’s first appearance since he finished with a typical stout-hearted burst to be second to Zennart on March 16. “He is working really well, but 2536m first-up will test him,” Turvey said. “I will have to drive him patiently, but he never performs badly and I’m sure he will put his best foot forward.” Livura has had 76 starts for 19 wins and 31 placings for earnings of $209,315 and is still classified as an M1-class performer. Hardest for Livura to beat appears to be the Greg and Skye Bond-trained The Freedom Fighter, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick from out wide at barrier No. 8.   The Freedom Fighter won six races in a row before an extremely gallant last-start second to Major Pocket over 2130m last Friday week when he started from barrier eight, raced three wide for the first 650m and then worked hard in the breeze before fighting on doggedly to fail by a head. There is likely to be a spirited battle for the early lead between smart beginners Raffaello (barrier one) and Whenmechief (No. 2) and The Freedom Fighter is again expected to have a tough run in the breeze. Ken Casellas

Razor Brogden, a handy restricted-class performer in New Zealand, is causing a few headaches for Ravenswood trainer-reinsman Nathan Turvey. But he gets a chance to break through for his first Australian win when he contests the Dance Boss On Seven Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Mach Three five-year-old has managed just one placing, a third at Northam three starts ago, from six starts in Western Australia after having 41 starts in New Zealand for six wins and 11 placings. “I’m just having a few problems with him,” said Turvey. “He’s a bit sore in the feet and getting on to his bumpers. We’ll have another experiment with him this week.” Razor Brogden will start from barrier six on the front line in an event with little exposed good form. Razor Brogden has a C5 classification, easily the best rating of the ten runners. Two of his rivals performed soundly at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Absolution set the pace and finished second to the talented Roman Aviator, while the 11-year-old Jasper Casper caused an upset at his 206th start when he raced three back on the pegs in fifth position before finishing fast out wide to win from hot favourite Naval Aviator. Absolution, trained by Debbie Padberg is racing keenly and is capable of overcoming the wide draw at No. 8 on the front line. Jasper Casper, to be driven by Chris Voak for Northam trainer Lang Inwood, looks tested from barrier seven. Kasey Kahne, trained at Northam by Nathan Dymock, has a losing sequence of 15, but has some hope from the No. 1 barrier. He raced at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night when he was restrained at the start from barrier six and was 11th at the bell and tenth on the home turn before running on solidly, out six wide, to be seventh behind the 12-year-old Ronan Maguire. “He finished eighth at Northam at his previous start,” said reinsman Kyle Harper. “But he was unlucky. We led early and then I handed up to The Marble Ridge, who tired in the last lap and took me back through the field.”   Ken Casellas

Ravenswood horseman Nathan Turvey simply cannot believe his good fortune when he was contacted completely out of the blue last year by Karl Deiley, who asked him to train a young pacer by the name of Simba Bromac. “I had never met him and I don’t know why he picked me out,” said Turvey. “That’s the million-dollar question.” Turvey was more than happy to accept the offer from Deiley, a West Australian businessman, to train Simba Bromac, a New Zealand-bred pacer who had raced six times in Victoria for one win (at Cobram in February of last year) and three placings. Turvey is delighted at the progress shown by Simba Bromac, who has had 17 starts for him for 13 wins, three seconds and one fourth. And he is excited at the four-year-old’s potential, saying that he was hopeful that the gelding would develop into a realistic prospect for the rich feature events at the Christmas carnival next summer. “Simba Bromac is pretty smart and I haven’t had a Christmas feature horse before, but he could be the one,” Turvey said. Simba Bromac is in superb form and has excellent prospects of extending his winning sequence to five by proving the master of his nine rivals in the $25,000 Caporn Electrical Pure Steel final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He is the only M0-class runner in the field, but should carry too many guns for his rivals, all of whom have an M1 classification. He has drawn perfectly at the No. 1 barrier on the front line and Chris Lewis will attempt an all-the-way victory. “Simba Bromac is jumping out of his skin and to lead, that’s the plan,” said Turvey. “Touch of Success (barrier five) has good gate speed, but I think that Simba Bromac will hold up. He’s very fast out. It’s a good field and if Simba Bromac has to do a bit of work early, it could bring smart horses like El Jacko into the race.” One of Simba Bromac’s main rivals appears to be Mister Versace, who has struck a purple patch for Banjup trainer Annie Belton, with two wins and a fast-finishing third at his past three starts. He will start from barrier three on the front line with Chris Voak in the sulky. Mister Versace was most impressive last Friday night when he led for the first 220m and then sat behind the pacemaker Mista Shark before finishing with a powerful burst to beat that pacer by 2m at a 1.56.5 rate over 2130m. Belton is in fantastic form, winning with each of her past four starters at Gloucester Park (Mister Versace and Lady De La Renta last Friday night and Lady Valasca and Dior Mia More on Tuesday evening). Whenmechief, trained by Michael Brennan and driven by Michael Grantham, gave a powerful frontrunning display to win from Ohoka Darcy at a 1.57.5 rate over 2130m last Friday night. He faces a sterner test this week from the No. 7 barrier. The in-form Skye Bond-trained pair of Messi and El Jacko fared poorly in the random draw and will need plenty of luck from barriers eight and nine, respectively. Ken Casellas

Star filly Cott Beach is thriving after her brilliant victory last Friday night and harness racing trainer Kristy Elson is quietly confident that she will maintain her winning form when she contests the Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Cott Beach was untroubled to defeat her ten rivals in last week’s event restricted to three-year-old fillies, but is sure to find the going somewhat more testing this week when she comes up against six colts and geldings and one filly (Miss Sangrial). “It will be tougher against the boys,” Elson said. “However, she should go okay. She has worked well this week and is feeling good within herself.” Cott Beach, who has earned $176,568 from nine wins and five placings from 15 starts, will begin from the outside barrier in the field of eight on Friday night. The Advance Attack filly revealed dazzling gate speed from the outside barrier (No. 9) last week and burst to the front after 150m before setting a brisk pace and winning by more than a length from Beaudiene Beach Babe, with Miss Sangrial 5m farther back in third place. Elson said that she would leave the tactics up to reinsman Nathan Turvey, who appears certain to make full use of Cott Beach’s sparkling early speed. Miss Sangrial, trained by Michael Brennan, has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and Chris Voak plans to take advantage of her good gate speed. In last week’s race, Miss Sangrial, from barrier four, was a hot 5/2 on favourite, with Cott Beach at 4/1. However, Miss Sangrial was sluggish at the start and was easily passed in the early stages by Ella Gant Player and Cott Beach. She then had to work hard in the breeze before battling on into third place. Voak is of the firm opinion that a false start was the reason for Miss Sangrial’s defeat. “At the first attempt at a start she felt a million dollars and felt as though she was going to lead,” he explained. “The second time, she wasn’t the same horse. She obviously was unsettled by the false start and didn’t want to get going. “She didn’t feel like the same horse 50 metres from the release point. I don’t believe she’ll get crossed this week. If she leads I reckon she’ll be right in the finish and even if she does get crossed, she is a good sit-sprinter who is still capable of winning.” There is also plenty of talent among the six colts and geldings, with the Mike Reed-trained Bechers Brook a winner at three of his four starts and Mistahmistah, trained and driven by Kyle Harper, looking set for a bright career after stylish wins at his only two starts. Bechers Brook reappeared after a spell in fine style when he set the pace and won by more than two lengths from Extradite over 2190m at Northam last Saturday night. He dashed over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 27.8sec. He will start from barrier four and will have many admirers. Mistahmistah, a winner at Addington in July, made an impressive Australian debut at Gloucester Park three Fridays ago when he led from barrier one and sped over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 27.8sec. to beat Speed Man and Cott Beach. Ken Casellas

The three big zero’s alongside Ohoka Darcy’s name in the opening event, the $18,000 Book Your TABtouch Inter Dominion Hospitality Now Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, should not deter punters from supporting the New Zealand-bred five-year-old. Yes, it is true: Ohoka Darcy, prepared at Ravenswood by Nathan Turvey, has finished last at his past three starts and he has been beaten by 150m, 85.4m and 124.1m - a combined total of 359.5m. At the end of May Ohoka Darcy resumed after a short spell when he gave an impressive display to win by five lengths from A Bit Ruthless after being checked and breaking into a gallop and then racing three wide for most of the 1776m journey. He then raced in the first week of June, July and August when he galloped at the start of a stand and finished a distant last at Gloucester Park and then broke in running in mobile events and finished last at Narrogin and Gloucester Park. “He raced three wide the trip for his first-up win at Wagin,” Turvey said. “He went really good, but I don’t know whether that hurt him a bit. After that, he got a bit agitated and started going rough and galloping. So, I turned him out to freshen him up. “I took him to the trials at Pinjarra on Sunday and I didn’t push him. I just wanted him to go to the line feeling good. He did and felt real good (in finishing fourth behind Lady Dupree in a field of five). “He will start from barrier one on Friday night and is a capable leader. I’ll play things by ear. It doesn’t look good, looking at his numerical form. But at his latest start he was going to run third behind Vultan Tin and Sprinter before he galloped.” Ohoka Darcy won at three of his eight starts in New Zealand and his 23 starts in Western Australia have produced eight wins and four placings. He is sure to meet extremely stiff opposition on Friday night from the speedy five-year-old Just Bet On Black, who is trained and driven by Colin Brown and will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line. Brown’s team has been firing lately and smart punters are sure to rally to support Just Bet On Black, who possesses excellent gate speed and has a fine record of ten wins and eight placings from only 27 starts.   Ken Casellas

Ravenswood trainer-reinsman Nathan Turvey, Peter Ensel and Michael Rowe have no regrets of their decision to buy Livura from New Zealand for $45,000 in March of last year and the six-year-old looks a star bet in the second heat of the TABtouch Inter Dominion Starts November 24 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The son of Live Or Die has been placed diligently and cleverly by Turvey and is still classified as an M0 performer, despite earnings of $168,420 from 16 wins and 26 placings from 62 starts. Livura has raced 36 times in Western Australia for 12 wins, 17 placings and stakes of $125,985. He was successful at his first four starts in this State, two at Northam and two at Narrogin in April-May 2016 and last summer he finished second to Master Jaxon in the Group 2 San Simeon Classic and third behind Rub of the Green and Ideal Tyson in the Group 3 Christmas Gift before finishing a head second to Harry Hoo in the Pure Steel Final, a listed classic, in May this year. Turvey is confident that Livura will prove hard to beat this week when having his first start for five weeks. At his latest appearance, on August 11, Livura started from the back line and Turvey quickly had him racing in the one-out, one-back position before dashing him forward in the middle stages to work in the breeze outside the pacemaker Argyle Red. Livura finished strongly to hit the lead 90m from the post and win by a short half-head from the fast-finishing Military Master. “I have given him a little freshen-up, but he’s pretty forward (in condition) and we’ll be coming out hard (from barrier three) in a bid to lead,” Turvey said. “If we can’t cross to the front, I’ll be quite happy to sit in the breeze.” Turvey said that he had placed Livura well in selecting his races. “I haven’t set any targets for him,” he said. “But this preparation we’ll see how far he can go. He can sit on good speed and still have a good kick at the end.” Livura’s chief rival on Friday night is sure to be the Skye Bond-trained Bettor Not Bitter, the only runner off the back line. Bettor Not Bitter, who has earned $56,739 from nine wins and nine placings from 31 starts, has a bright future and will pay to follow in the coming months. He galloped at the standing start and again 150m later and gave an eye-catching performance to surge home, out wide, from tenth at the bell to finish an extremely close fourth behind Ohoka Kentucky last Friday night. His past six starts have been in stands and he is sure to appreciate a return to mobile racing. Bettor Not Bitter will be driven by Ryan Warwick, who also has bright prospects with other Bond-trained pacers Donegal Rundlescreek and Mighty Mr Sharkey. Donegal Rundlescreek is in splendid form, but has to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier (No. 9) in the Season Award Winners Pace for mares. She has the ability to do just that. Donegal Rundlescreek caught the eye last Friday night when she was tenth at the bell before sustaining a spirited burst to finish a close third to Thereugo and Lets Chase The Dream over 2130m.  She finished powerfully from the rear to win in fine style over 2185m at Pinjarra the previous Monday. Mighty Mr Sharkey should complete a hat-trick and record his ninth victory from 21 starts by proving too good for his 11 rivals in the Gloucester Park Leading Trainer Greg and Skye Bond Pace over 2130m. He will start from barrier five on the front line and he is capable of mustering sufficient early pace to get to the front and then dictate the terms of the race. He started from the No. 4 barrier, dashed to the front after 400m and sprinted over the final 800m in 56.3sec. to win easily from Im Master Charlie and Webb Ellis over 2130m last Friday night. Ken Casellas

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr faces a busy time in the sulky at Gloucester Park on Friday night with eight drives and he has labelled speedy mare Ideal Alice as his best winning prospect. Ideal Alice, trained by Hall’s father Gary, is perfectly placed at barrier No. 1 on the front line in the Spring Pace, a $25,000 listed classic event over 2536m. She is a brilliant frontrunner whose 46 starts in Western Australia, all at Gloucester Park, have produced 16 wins and 15 placings after winning at three of her 11 starts in New Zealand. The daughter of American Ideal boasts a splendid record from the No. 1 barrier. She has started from the pole position ten times in WA for six wins, three seconds and one third. “She’s my best drive at the meeting and I reckon she’ll win,” said Hall Jnr “She should lead and she’s a hard horse to put pressure on because she runs so fast. The track is very fast and I reckon it is a three-length advantage for a leader at the moment.” Hall Snr holds a strong hand in Friday night’s feature event in which he will also be represented by American Boy (Corey Peterson), Norvic Nightowl (Stuart McDonald) and Beaudiene Boaz (Kim Prentice). Hall Jnr said that he expected Norvic Nightowl to perform strongly, even from out wide at No. 7 on the front line. Norvic Nightowl started from barrier eight in a 1730m sprint last Friday night when making his first appearance for 15 months. He was seventh at the bell before finishing strongly to be fifth behind Shandale. Ideal Alice started from the No. 9 barrier and ran on from ninth at the bell into sixth position. Vultan Tin, trained at Coolup by Phil Costello, and Sprinter, trained at Blythewood by Gary Elson, will have many admirers, despite starting from unfavourable barriers, at No. 6 and No. 8, respectively. Vultan Tin has been freshened up since he raced wide in the early stages, then worked hard without cover and fought on gamely to finish fourth behind El Hombre over 2130m on August 18. His form before that was outstanding, with his previous six starts producing an easy win over Sprinter, four seconds and one fourth. Sprinter maintained his wonderful form when he started from barrier eight, settled in eighth place, dashed forward to work in the breeze after a lap and took a narrow lead 100m from the post to win by a neck from the pacemaker Gaz Wannabet last Friday night. He has been driven in his past eight starts by Hall Jnr, who opted to drive Ideal Alice in this week’s race. Sprinter will be driven by Nathan Turvey, who has enjoyed tremendous success with the New Zealand-bred five-year-old. Turvey said that he was delighted to renew his association with Sprinter after having driven the gelding 30 times for 12 wins, six seconds and four thirds. Interest will also surround the return to racing of the enigmatic Condrieu, who will start from the inside of the back line, immediately behind Ideal Alice. Condrieu, trained by Skye Bond and a winner of 19 races, has been off the scene for three months. He should enjoy a perfect trip. Ken Casellas

Brookies Jet has managed just one win from his past 28 starts, but he looms large as a strong winning prospect in the opening event, the Allwood Stud Farm Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The five-year-old, owned and trained by Matt Scott, will be driven by Mitch Miller and he put the writing on the wall for a win in the near future when he started from barrier nine, was restrained to the rear and finished boldly from tenth at the bell to finish an extremely close third to Heza Cracker and Anna Faye in a thrilling four-way photo at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. At his previous outing, two weeks earlier, Brookies Jet raced three back on the pegs before finishing solidly to be third behind Dana Duke and Whozideawasthis. Brookies Jet’s most recent victory was when he set the pace and beat Real Zeal over 2050m at Collie in March. Real Zeal, to be driven by Miller’s elder brother Dean, will start from the coveted No. 1 barrier in Friday night’s event and the six-year-old will have many admirers. The major danger to Brookies Jet and Real Zeal looks set to be Bethany Aitch, a four-year-old who has won at seven of her 30 starts, along with 13 placings. Bethany Aitch, trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, was last with 600m to travel before finishing strongly, out wide, to be fifth behind Sea Me Smile at Northam on Tuesday night. Bethany Aitch also was impressive at her previous outing, over 2536m at Gloucester Park last Friday night, when she was restrained to the rear from barrier nine and was last at the bell before sustaining a solid three-wide burst which carried her to fifth place behind Kissmecougar. She sat behind the pacemaker and won from Real Package three starts ago. Scott has a handy second string in Friday night’s event in Charlie El, who will be driven by Jocelyn Young from barrier eight. Charlie El enjoyed an ideal trail behind the pacemaker when second to The Spinster over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon. The Debbie Padberg-trained Forever Faster will have friends after he ended a losing sequence of 17 when Isaac Edwards drove him to an all-the-way victory over 2130m on Monday afternoon. Forever Faster is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line. Ken Casellas

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