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Harness racing Group 1 winning Maitland reinsman Guy Chapple was eyeing two qualifiers for the Golden Guitar on Sunday at Tamworth. Chapple will be among several Hunter trainers and drivers making the trip for five heats to decide the field for next week's $30,000 final. Yoha, trained by Chapple's son, Mitch, looks one of the top hopes in the series after winning easily at the track first-up last week. The Kiwi mare had won four of eight starts for the Chapples before the return run and Guy expected her to find the front from gate four in heat two. "She'll be hard to beat," he said. "She had her first-up run last week after a blow and she went really well. "We had targetted her for the Inter City Pace but it was pushed back to April, so we moved on to this one. "She's probably not far off being spot on, but she probably just didn't handle the track 100 per cent the other day. But I think she'll be right. She's one of the best horse I've had." He also drives Our Madiba, a winner twice in his past three starts, in heat four for Singleton trainer Aaron Goadsby. "It's been flying lately, and it gets around the track well and should get a nice run through from that [second-line] draw [behind Ticktockpocketwatch]," he said. The Chapples also have Roclea Ruler in the Starmaker Prelude. Craig Kerry Reprinted with permission of the Newcastle Herald

An editorial in this newspaper at the weekend (Racing's reputation on the line, Adv., Jan. 9) raised a number of issues that require a response on behalf of the industry. The opinion piece posed questions about the community's support for racing going forward, and support for the Tasmanian government's annual financial contribution to its operations. At the outset it is important to note that the North-West Coast community has a long association with the Tasmanian racing industry across all three codes. This importance was specifically underlined at the recent Ladbrokes Devonport Cup at Spreyton when an almost capacity crowd (though impacted by COVID-19 restrictions) turned out to watch our state's best thoroughbred performers. Racing is an industry that touches virtually every region of the state and delivers economic flow-on across a very wide range of sectors. In nearby Devonport there are 14 harness meetings and 52 greyhound meetings (plus trials) held at the Devonport Showgrounds every year. This racing activity at the showgrounds invests nearly $3 million into the North-West Coast economy. Beyond Devonport, there are four harness meetings at Burnie and seven meetings on King Island for thoroughbred and harness racing. They are also great social and community events that bring their respective communities together. The Ladbrokes Devonport Cup (the 100th Devonport Cup was run in 2018) is not only a significant day on the Tasmanian Summer racing calendar, but is an important social occasion on the North-West Coast. Sadly, a horse trained by Spreyton-based Adam Trinder died of a suspected heart attack during the meeting. The death was immediately labelled an animal welfare issue by some well-known industry critics.  Tasracing CEO Paul Eriksson   Both Tasracing and the broader racing industry understand it is critical that animal welfare measures meet community expectations and are in line with community values. Tasracing employs an animal welfare manager whose title is self-explanatory. Every year significant amounts of money are invested across the industry to ensure the welfare of animals is protected. In addition to programs for horses and greyhounds after their racing life, Tasracing is upgrading and improving racing facilities to improve the welfare of the animal during their racing career. These include track renovations, upgraded surfaces in parade and mounting yard areas and stalls, upgrades to kennels, changes to racing equipment, improvements in maintenance and track management practices and improved welfare policies and procedures. The welfare of all racing animals in Tasmania is a core priority for Tasracing. And Tasracing stands by its approach, which is as good as any racing jurisdiction in Australia. And we want to appropriately debate the issue in the community. While racing animals are high-performance athletes and their care, exercising and maintenance is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week task, all industry participants are passionate about their sport and the animals in their care. No one could have predicted the unfortunate death of the horse. As Adam Trinder wrote on his website after the Devonport Cup meeting: "It was a sombre day for the stable with one of our much-loved team members, Douglas, not making it back home to his box tonight." While via Tasracing, racing in Tasmania costs nearly $50 million a year to run ($31 million of which is funded by the government via a funding deed), it is worth more than $100 million a year to the economy through activities including but not limited to animal breeding, veterinary services, food and beverage, retail and tourism. The industry employs more than 2000 people directly with 5000 people employed or participating (particularly in rural and regional areas which are often impacted by higher unemployment levels). Racing is an industry that touches virtually every region of the state and delivers economic flow-on across a very wide range of sectors. The Tasmanian government is a strong supporter of the racing industry, and has recently committed to contributing $8 million over the next two years to underpin the development of new harness and greyhound racing facilities in the North-West. Tasracing intends to build new race tracks for both the harness and greyhound codes. The move away from the Devonport Showgrounds will allow for a proposed $75 million residential development to occur at the site providing a major economic boost to the city and the region more broadly. Tasracing has started work on potential locations for new facilities, including looking at a tri-code facility at Spreyton. Paul Eriksson is the chief executive officer of Tasracing Reprinted with permission of The Advocate

The Group 3 Hardings Hotmix Devonport Pacing Cup headlines a 10-race card at the Devonport Showgrounds on Sunday night. The Cup once again is a standing start event over the true staying trip of 3020 metres. Those wishing to attend the meeting are encouraged to get their tickets for the at goracingtasmania.com.au. If you can’t make it trackside, you can catch all the action with Matt Reid who will host TasracingTV’s on track coverage, with the Cup scheduled for 20:34 and the first race for 17:19. 1. Goggo Gee Gee Trainer: Rachel Williams Driver: Ben Parker Handicap: Front Ladbrokes Odds: $41 Was defeated a neck in this race last year behind Illegal Immigrant. He is yet to win in 14 tries on the Devonport track. Although he hasn’t won since last years Burnie Cup, the Bettors Delight gelding has produced some fantastic efforts including a second placing in a heat of the Tasmania Cup before finishing fifth in the final. He finished fourth in last weeks North Eastern Pacing Cup at Carrick Park 2. Tisu Spirit Trainer: Mark Yole Driver: Mark Yole Handicap: Front Ladbrokes Odds: $10 Is another who hasn’t won on the Devonport track in five tries, but he has won three of his six standing start races to date, the most recent in last weeks North Eastern Pacing Cup where he showed brilliant standing start manners to cross Goggo Gee Gee early. Trainer-driver Mark Yole will be chasing his second win in the race after scoring with Riverboat Jasper in 2018. 3. Finn Mac Kee Trainer: Thomas Jackson Driver: Paul Hill Handicap: Front Ladbrokes Odds: $21 Goes into the Group 3 feature second-up from a spell. His first-up effort was a third placing behind Drayton in a rating 70 to 79 event in Hobart. As we saw with his last win in the 2020 New Norfolk Pacing Cup in Hobart over the 3060-metre trip, he is proven at the long distance. He will be driven by Paul Hill, as has been the case in a large number of the nine-year-old’s starts. Hill won the Cup aboard Drizzle in 1994. 4. The Crimson Prince Trainer: Geoffrey Smith Driver: Gareth Rattray Handicap: Front Ladbrokes Odds: $6.00 Is the sole north-west coast trained pacer in the race after being purchased by clients of the Geoff Smith stable. The five-year-old gelding gets into the race well off the front mark considering he has won four-metropolitan class races in the past 12-months including the 2020 Albury Pacing Cup, which no doubt Tasmanians will use as a form line where he defeated 2019 Tasmania Cup winner Shelby Bromac. 5. Be Major Threat Trainer: Tammy Langley Driver: Dylan Ford Handicap: Front Ladbrokes Odds: $9.50 Brighton trainer Tammy Langley has only been training for a short amount of time, and she will team up with her son Dylan with this six-year-old gelding. Be Major Threat has won two out of his last five starts including three starts ago in Launceston in a rating 65 to 74 event. The gelding goes into the race off a last-start third in the North-Eastern Pacing Cup where he galloped out his first few strides before running on well from back in the field to only be 1.8 metres from the winner. 6. Kardesler Trainer: Juanita McKenzie Driver: Ricky Duggan Handicap: Front Ladbrokes Odds: $9.00 Well, this pacer has the right combination to win the Group 3 feature. His driver Ricky Duggan has won five of them (1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, and 2012) and his trainer Juanita McKenzie had the quinella in the race in 2019 with a short-half-head between her two runners. Kardesler can be hit and miss from the tapes but he was able to lead all the way to win the Meander Valley Cup at Carrick Park two starts ago and was a brave second in the North Eastern Pacing Cup last week. 7. Izaha Trainer: Todd Rattray Driver: Todd Rattray Handicap: 10m Ladbrokes Odds: $21 Loves the Devonport track, he has had six starts at the venue for four wins and one placing. The six-year-old entire hasn’t won since the 2019 N.W.T.L.H.A Cup on the track over the 2698-metre journey which he started of a 30-metre handicap. While it may look like a long time on paper, the pacer has only had six starts since that effort and is first-up in the race, and he goes into the race off a recent Carrick Park trial win. His trainer-driver has won two Devonport Cup as once as a trainer and one as a trainer-driver. 8. Full Speed Ahead Trainer: Mark Yole Driver: Adrian Collins Handicap: 10m Ladbrokes Odds: $81 Surprisingly is yet to win in 10 starts on the Devonport track, but has run three placings including a third in this race last year when defeated 4.8 metres. The 10-year-old gelding was back in winning form in a standing start claimer in Launceston two starts ago before failing to beat a runner home in the Hobart Pacing Cup two weeks ago after being given a lovely run throughout. The Cup will be the pacers 100th career start. 9. Sea Double Ugrant Trainer: Peter Dornauf Driver: Rohan Hadley Handicap: 10m Ladbrokes Odds: $6.50 Has won 11 of his 39 starts to date, his most recent was in a rating 61 to 84 event at a secondary meeting in Hobart last June. The seven-year-old gelding sat one-out and two-back in the Tassie Golden Apple when defeated six-metres by The Shallows. He then went to Hobart last week where he ran Lip Reader down to a head. He is proven at the longer distance winning the 2019 New Norfolk Cup in Hobart over the 3060-metre trip. His driver Rohan Hadley will be chasing his fifth win in the race after scoring in 1991, 1998, 2007 and 2016. 10. Lip Reader Trainer: Rohan Hillier Driver: Conor Crook Handicap: 20m Ladbrokes Odds: $7.00 Has come up with a 20-metre handicap on the back of a win in a $8,100 Discretionary Handicap in Hobart last week. The six-year-old gelding will be looking to remain undefeated on the Devonport track after winning the N.W.T.L.H.A Cup and a Discretionary Handicap in Devonport last November. Two starts ago he put up a great battle with The Shallows in the Tassie Golden Apple where 3.8 metres separated the duo at the finish. 11. Call Me Hector Trainer: Matthew Cooper Driver: Troy McDonald Handicap: 20m Ladbrokes Odds: $14 Hector the track record collector, the six-year-old gelding holds the mantle as the fastest pacer to race on Tasmanian soil, holding track records at both Hobart and Launceston. His standing start manners have been a lot better in recent times, he began well in the Tassie Golden Apple before he locked wheels with another runner that galloped away which resulted in Troy McDonald being dislodged from the sulky. He has been placed third in two runs since, including the Hobart Pacing Cup two starts ago. 12. Ryley Major Trainer: Rohan Hillier Driver: Rohan Hillier Handicap: 30m Ladbrokes Odds: $3.30 Gets in well at the 30-metre handicap given everything the eight-year-old gelding has achieved in his 48-start career where only once he hasn’t been among the top three place getters past the post. He won the numerous feature aged races including the 2016 Tasmanian Derby and Globe Derby Stakes before being sidelined through injury. When he returned he picked up where he left off with a win at Melton in March 2019, before being placed in the 2019 Easter Cup. He then won the 2019 Devonport Quality, with other feature wins including the 2019 Group 3 Tassie Golden Apple, 2020 Listed Hobart Pacing Cup, 2020 Metropolitan Cup and the 2020 Group 2 Tasmania Cup off a 30-metre back mark. If he is at his best he looks well placed to add the 2021 Devonport Pacing Cup to his resume and give his trainer-driver Rohan Hillier the chance to follow in the footsteps of his brother Troy who won the race last year with Illegal Immigrant.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Sunofatrump ran around Melton like a drunken sailor back early this month, but master reinswoman Kerryn Manning managed to steer him home to a heart-warming victory in his first racetrack appearance since mid-2018. Now he'll turn from the hunter to the hunted when he goes around as a warm favourite in tonight's Niota Bloodstock Trot (2240m) against a small field of rivals. Paul and Maree Campbell decided around two-and-a-half years ago to retire the son of Tennotrump after 71 starts and six victories, but were to reconsider that call when their daughter, Holly, started to prepare him for a career in showjumping. Maree noticed him working impressively one day and thought it was worth giving him another shot at the races. And that move was rewarded with the long-odds success at Melton on January 2, when he rounded up a quality field with ease, despite racing roughly in the home straight. Maree, who trains the nine-year-old, said it was an exciting result for the family. "You enjoy the highs while you have got them, because you never know when the next high is going to be," she said. "We have let him totally get over that run because we didn't want to flatten him after such a long time off the racetrack (by) backing him up too soon. But I'm really happy with him. "We are all a bit nervous. We like to be the underdog ... it's much better when you have no pressure." The reins have been passed over to young driver Tayla French for this evening's race and, while careful to not get ahead of herself, Maree remains confident of back-to-back success. "She has never driven him before and he's a little bit quirky, but she'll be right," the Maiden Gully trainer said. "If he trots, he's got a good chance. With Kerryn, she'd driven him last time he was in work and it will be Tayla's first drive on him, but I can't see why (he can't win). "I don't want to sound arrogant, because that's not my personality, and there's obviously another half-a-dozen horses all trying to do the same as what we want to do, but with the right run and no bad luck he's got a very good chance." Sunofatrump has drawn barrier four in the NR 56 to 69 event, one inside what looks his main danger in Barhoon for Brad Aylett and Rebecca Bartley. The Niota Bloodstock Trot is race six on tonight's seven-race card, which kicks off with the opener at 6.14pm. WATCH PAUL CAMPBELL'S MORE THAN A HORSE ABOUT SUNOFATRUMP:   HRV - Tim O'Connor

Boots Electric’s Group success Boots Electric, who won the Group 3 Metropolitan Pace Final at Melton, after carving out the last 800 metres in 55.3 seconds, has now won seven races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as a four-year-old brother by Somebeachsomewhere to The Honey Badger (1:57.9) and a half-brother to Glenburn Joy (1:58.8) and Smokin Annie (2:00). Their dam, Glenburn Jewel (1:59.3), a Live Or Die mare from Glenburn Rose, by Stand Together from Bretella, was a capable racemare who won five races and $51,981 in stakes. She was a half-sister to the Listed winner Chesterton 1:56.1 ($136,984), the Melton and Albion Park winner Novena Rose (1:55) and Debnita Rose (1:57.4), winner of four races in NZ. Boots Electric                         --Stuart McCormick photo   This has been one of the most successful branches of the Dolly (by Young Irvington) family, Glenburn Rose being a half-sister to the metropolitan winners Glenburn Prince and Glenburn Flame and to the Admiral Halsey mare Glenburn Lass, dam of the exported Glenburn Comet (1:54).   Cups double for half-brothers  Two of Victoria’s star trotters at present, and both winners last weekend who promise to be a force in the land in the trotters’ section of the Grand Circuit, are McLovin and Havehorsewilltravel. McLovin, an eight-year-old by Monarchy, won the $50,000 Aldebaran Park Maori Mile in 1:54.2 at Bendigo, while Havehorsewilltravel took out the Trotters Cup at the Cobram Cup meeting. McLovin                     --Stuart McCormick photo Both trained by Andy Gath are out of Winfield Invasion, a trotter herself, and who has left another straightout trotting winner in Say Your Pres. Winfield Invasion was by the Speedy Crown horse Armbro Invasion from Egnal, by Noodlum from the Armbro Del mare Winfield Del, a sister to the Dominion Handicap winner and successful sire Alias Armbro.   By Roll With Joe A bright future is being predicted for the Roll With Joe six-year-old The Croupier, whose success in the Group 3 feature at Menangle last Saturday was his second winning run from five starts on Australian soil. On the score of blood The Croupier lacks nothing. Apart from being by Roll With Joe, and one of his second crop, The Croupier is out of the Beach Towel mare Sam’s Beach Babe, the dam also of the high class NSW pacer Freyberg 1:51 ($422,590) and Vanhalem (1:58.4), a winner of 12 races in NZ and $102,548 in stakes. Sam’s Beach Babe (2:01.5), who won twice, ranks as a half-sister to the Globe Derby Park winner Im The Last Samurai (2:01.4) and to the In The Pocket mare Knot A Patch (2:01.1), the grand-dam of the prolific Gloucester Park winner Jimmy Mack 1:56.5 ($143,635) and Kinky Boots (1:59.9), who won eight.  Sam’s Beach Babe was out of Most Happy Patch, by Smooth Fella from Moody Patch, a good producer by Light Mood from First Despatch (by Dillon Hall) and tracing to the Harold Rothschild mare First Water, whose family today is one of the best in the NZ stud book. From the First Despatch branch of it and to which The Croupier belongs, others in Karter Brown 1:54.3 (QBred Triad 4YO), Hy Commissioner 1:55 ($190,894), the NZ Sapling Stakes and Southern Supremacy winner Malaz, Model Hardcraft (Timaru Nursery) and other fine pacers belong.     Village Kid Sprint winner from good broodmare Bletchley Park, an American Ideal five-year-old and the winner of the $50,000 Village Kid Sprint at Gloucester Park in a new lifetime mark of 1:52.4, is out of Alldatglittersisgold, an unraced Caprock mare who is proving a champion broodmare. Bletchley Park                                --Paceway Photography Alldatglittersisgold is also the dam of Bling It On 1:50.2 ($1.8 million), winner of six Group 1’s including the A. G. Hunter Cup and Victoria Cup, and his half-sister Baby Bling 1:50.5 ($854,490), the Miracle Mile winner. Others from Alldatglittersisgold are Blingittothemax (1:55.3), Hectic (1:56.7), Show Me The Bling (1:53.1) and The Code Breaker (1:57.9). A full brother to Bling It On and Bletchley Park will be offered as Lot 205 at the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Sale at Oaklands Junction in April. Alldatglittersisold is a half-sister to the Group 3 winner Our Graedy 1:52.8 ($307,713) and Sparks Will Fly 1:54.8 ($225,186), who is being bred from successfully in America, and to the Vance Hanover mare Fleet Vance (1:55.2), the dam of the NSW Golden Mile winner Place Of Glory 1:56.6 ($200,412) and Passion N Glory 1:55.9 ($150,501) and the grand-dam of the Caduceus Club Classic and Breeders Crown winner Flying Pocketlands 1:52.6 ($442,423), Mighty Flying Thomas 1:54.6 ($354,622), Mighty Flying Mac 1:55.7 ($265,837) and so on.   Krafty Bart’s Championship Krafty Bart, who won the time-honoured Central Victorian Pacing Championship at Boort, is a four-year-old expected to graduate far beyond his present rating. A member of Emma Stewart’s Ballarat team, he has a good deal more in his favour on the score of blood than most. By Betterthancheddar, who sired Group winning performers in Caviar Star, My Sweetchilliphilly and Jenden Strike, Krafty Bart is out of the Badlands Hanover mare Incendio (1:56.7), whose dam Dawn Bromac (by Ok Bye), was a very successful broodmare. Besides Incendio, a thrice winner at Gloucester Park, she was also the dam of the Abion Park winner Dixie Bromac (1:57), Dougie Bromac (1:58.4) and the Victorian winner Bromac Del Mara (1:56.5). Dawn Bromac was out of Desero, a Nero’s B B mare from Desette, by Adover Rainbow from Desitudor, a half-sister by Tudor Hanover to the NZ Messenger winner Josias and the cup winners Elias and Matthias. Other members of this family, which was founded in New Zealand by the Bellman mare Rita Bell, were the Inter Dominion heat winner Buck The Odds, Stabilizer (1:51.2), Northern Assassin (1:51.8), Eden Paige (1:52.6), Abdias (NZ 4YO of the Year), Drew Bromac and the J. D. Watts Memorial winner Machtavish (1:52.9).   Well related three-year-old Bondi Lockdown, who hoisted a fresh track record of 1:55 at Charlton, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when he finished second to Jacks Hawk in the Vicbred Silver Pace. He has opened his three-year-old season on a winning note and will be well in line for the major juvenile classics. Bondi Lockdown has not been the most reliable, but has proved himself a young pacer of great ability. By Somebeachsomewhere, and one of the second last commercial crop of the American horse to race in Australia, Bondi Lockdown is out of the Art Major mare Without Guile, a daughter of the former glamour racemare Innocent Eyes 1:57.6 ($421,875), by Safely Kept from the grand Lordship mare Cerebrano, the dam of eleven winners and grand-dam of the Victorian ‘Cups King’ Restrepo 1:52.4 ($527,118), also by Art Major. A half-brother to Bondi Lockdown in Joey’s Hangover (by Well Said) won at Cranbourne recently, while Cordero (Western Terror-Innocent Eyes) won in 1:56.9 at Pinjarra on the same day as Bondi Lockdown won.    Siblings win at Albion Park It was no mean feat for the siblings Just Joshin and Jiggle And Jive to win on the same night at Albion Park recently. Both are by the Cam’s Card Shark horse Bettor’s Delight (Australasia’s leading sire). Versace Woman, the dam of Just Joshin and Jiggle And Jive, was out of a capable racemare in Caesar’s Woman (1:59.5), who won the NZ Yearling Sales Series as a two-year-old. Besides Versace Woman (2:01.4), she was also the dam of Roman Ruler 1:55.5 ($114,020), who won 14 races including three at Albion Park. Caesar’s Woman was out of the Holmes Hanover mare Fine Cut, who proved a very successful broodmare. She was the dam of the Gloucester Park winner Seelster Cut, Rennie (1:59.2) and the dual Moonee Valley winner Universal First (TT1:58.8), who, in turn, became the grand-dam of the prolific Perth winner Braeview Bondi 1:55.1 ($198,793), Flaming Courage (1:55.2) and Manly Mach (1:58.2). A half-sister to Fine Cut in Michele Bromac 1:57.8 ($155,500), was a top flight racemare who numbered the Kaikoura Cup and NZ Junior Free-for-all among her eleven successes. She became the dam of the Canberra Cup winner High Finance (1:59.2) and the NZ Queen of Hearts victor Holly Golightly (1:58.9).   Bettor’s Delight tops USA sires’ list Bettor’s Delight has headed the North American sires’ list for the fifth time. His stock in 2020 earned $17.1 million, almost $350,000 more than the second placed Somebeachsomewhere ($16.8), the leading sire of two-year-olds. Captaintreacherous, who topped the three-year-old list for the second time, finished third on the all aged list with $10.6 million, followed by American Ideal ($9.1 million), Mach Three ($8.2 million), Art Major ($7.9 million) and Sweet Lou ($5.9 million). Always B Miki was the leading first crop sire with $2.3 million, followed by Betting Line ($1.4 million) and JK Endofanera ($1 million). Muscle Hill again topped every category of the trotters’ section. During 2020 his progeny earned $9.7 million, of which his two and three-year-olds won $7.3 million. Bar Hopping ($1.4 million) and Southwind Frank ($1.1 million), both sons of Muscle Hill, were the two leading first season trotting sires.   Broodmare double The Armbro Operative mare Tori Miss left winners in consecutive races at Mount Gambier recently with Smart Play (by Shadow Play) and Auckland Miss (by Auckland Reactor). Both bred, raced and trained by Glencoe horseman Graeme Howard are the first two foals of their dam. Tori Miss, a race-winning mare, is out of To Ri Ray, by To Ri Daon (son of Nero) from Raydonist, by Hedonist, a son of Gallant Knight who won 14 races at Wayville including the SA Labour Day Cup and Gawler Cup. This family has strong breeding links to south-east South Australia, Raydonist being the dam of nine winners including Border Prospect 2:00 (14 wins).   by Peter Wharton

Well-known Bathurst harness racing trainer-driver Mat Rue took the sport to a new level this week with a live commentary—from his race sulky seat. Rue provided a comprehensive pre-race analysis of the Reliance Bank Pace, which was race two on the program of the local meeting. He then gave an insight with his thoughts on how the race might pan out and his tactics with his own pacer Goodtime Hero. And when the mobile barrier left, it all went to plan as Rue took an early lead before handing up to the race favorite The Grogfather. Rue continues his commentary throughout the race, but found himself in a world of pain as The Grogfather started struggling a bit earlier than he thought. However he found daylight up the home straight and Goodtime Hero went to the line with a handy break. It was the first of four winners for the night for Rue—a feat he’s performed numerous times, including twice at Saturday night meetings at Menangle. His best effort has been five winners on a card. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

The Ross Olivieri-trained Thats Perfect is a popular choice as a best bet with members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas and TABradio’s Matt Young believe punters can add to their banks by supporting Thats Perfect in race nine. “Thats Perfect drops down in class when he starts from an awkward draw at barrier six in the third heat of the 1730m Nights of Thunder on Friday night and he is my best bet for the evening,” Casellas said. “He was doing his best work at the finish when fifth behind Bletchley Park in the Group 2 Village Kid Sprint last week. He is likely to have to work hard in the breeze this week, but I’m sure his class will tell at the finish.” Young agrees. “Thats Perfect is coming out of a stronger race and with that run under his belt this should be a good race for him,” Young said. “Small field suits and looks to be speed on.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart is keen on Master Publisher in the opening event. “No. 2 Master Publisher in the first race is a capable type who looks well placed in this,” Wishart said. “Has gate speed, so he should lead and will be too good for them.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has made prolific winner Magnificent Storm his star bet. “Magnificent Storm is undefeated through 10 local starts, jumping as an odds-on favourite on each occasion,” Havercroft said. “The son of American Ideal did all of the work at his last outing when tiring late and will be favoured to start his four-year-old season with Group 2 success.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believes Jack William can make it back-to-back victories. “Jack William has barrier one for the second time in a week and looks capable of repeating the front-running victory he notched last Friday night,” Manning said. “Trainer Nathan Turvey has elected to retain leading reinswoman Emily Suvaljko as Jack William’s driver when he attempts to record the 15th win of his career. The Victorian import, who last week broke a 14-run losing sequence, appears to have regained his best form.” Longshot guru Pat Harding is pinning his hopes on Carrera Mach. “A tough night for tipsters and punters alike at GP last week, hopefully we can all do better this week,” Harding said. “My best bet comes in race three with No.11 Carrera Mach. This horse is overdue for a win and has been about the place in four starts since a spell. I think this is his best chance to reward punters.” TABradio’s Hayden King has opted for Touch Of Success as his best bet for the meeting. “Although drawn awkwardly, I feel Touch Of Success may have a class edge over rivals,” King said. “He has tremendous gate speed, however they may be reluctant to use it. In any case, he can sit off them and be strongest late if the speed is honest, which I think it will be.” Guild president Wayne Currall believes Kilowatt Kid can post an all-the-way victory in the first heat of the Nights of Thunder series. “Kilowatt Kid has come up with the ace and driver Ryan Warwick will attempt to lead from start to finish,” Currall said. “The horse has had five starts back from a spell and should be at his peak now. He can carve out some strong sectionals and should prove too strong for his rivals.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest Vivere Damore off the 20m mark in the 2503m Westral Blinds And Awnings Handicap. She is in wonderful form and will be flying home. MATT: Quick Stride is racing well and just needs tempo on to power over the top for victory. WARREN: Jesse Allwood hasn’t had much luck lately and off the front can land a nice forward position and run a race at odds. RYAN: Rabchenko would come into calculations should Hayden Charles be able to find the top. Unsuited when breezing last time out. ERNIE: Cavalry Call has been beaten in his past eight races and he faces a big class jump after running third at Busselton on January 1. But gate one is a bonus and his trainer Peter Tilbrook is inform. PAT: My value bet comes up in race six with No. 5 Delightful Reaction. Coming off the inside of the 10 metre line, I think Aiden De Campo can steer her to victory. HAYDEN: If you put a pen through Gran Chico's last run where he worked hard, he was building into some really promising form. I think he can regather his handicap and he may be too good for rivals at a generous price. WAYNE: Race two is an open affair and I think Marquisard will get out to a good each-way price. He’s drawn awkwardly on the inside of the backline, but if Aldo Cortopassi can get him into the clear he will be charging late. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr declares “that it is time we got the picket fence going for him” when assessing superstar Chicago Bull’s prospects in the $25,000 Joe and Margaret Petricevich Memorial Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Chicago Bull has enjoyed a brief respite from racing over the past six weeks after finishing second at his past two outings, behind Perfect Major in the Group 2 RWWA Cup and Vultan Tin in the Group 1 WA Pacing Cup. Before those defeats as an odds-on favourite Chicago Bull had built a picket fence of six firsts in succession. “He’s had a little freshen up, and I think he had only a week off,” said Hall. “Looking at the field, there’s not a huge issue that I can see. I think that the biggest obstacle for him will be fitness. “However, his trackwork has been good; he’s been working with Balcatherine and is keen to be out there.” Hall said that he would be going into the race with no set plans but said that Chicago Bull (who will start from the outside barrier No. 9) would have to be driven tough at some stage. “The runner I’m most concerned about is Bletchley Park, particularly if he leads,” Hall admitted. “Bletchley Park (drawn wide at barrier eight) hasn’t got scintillating gate speed, and if he happens to end up in front, it will want to be without him doing a bit of work.” Bletchley Park, to be driven by Lindsay Harper for Bunbury trainer Stephen Reed, gave a bold frontrunning display (from barrier two) to score an easy victory over the strong-finishing Vultan Tin in the Village Kid Sprint, rating 1.52.4 over 1730m last Friday night. Ravenswood trainer-reinsman Nathan Turvey will be looking for a strong performance from Simba Bromac from a favourable draw at barrier two on the front line. Simba Bromac caught the eye with an excellent fourth in the Village Kid Sprint. He started from the outside of the back line, was seventh on the pegs at the bell and was hampered for room in the home straight. Trainer Ray Williams said that Cyclone Banner, a winner at two of his past three starts, faced a stiff test from out wide at barrier seven. “However, I’m sure he will run an honest race,” Williams said. “He’ll be finding a spot and, hopefully, he will be coming home.”   Ken Casellas

Three heats of the Nights of Thunder will be decided over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and Capel trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo holds a strong hand. There is only one last-start winner in each of the three heats and de Campo will drive each of them The Kraken, Tellmetoattack and Blue Blazer. De Campo is not bursting with confidence, but he considers that all three pacers have each-way prospects. The Kraken, a brilliant beginner and fine frontrunner, will start from the outside barrier in the field of seven in the first heat. He has won in dashing style at his past two appearances (over 2130m) at Gloucester Park when he has led from the No. 1 and the No. 8 barriers. “There are some quick beginners inside of him on Friday night,” said de Campo. “So, I’ll be playing it by ear. He is not a one-trick pony who doesn’t have to go forward.” The likely favourite in this heat is the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Kilowatt Kid, who has drawn perfectly at barrier one for star reinsman Ryan Warwick. Kilowatt Kid has a losing sequence of eight and is not a noted frontrunner who has fair gate speed, but certainly is not blessed with sparkling early speed. Nineteen of his 38 starts have been in stands, and he has drawn the No. 1 barrier in two of his 19 appearances in mobiles for a second over 2400m at Winton in December 2017 when he sat behind the pacemaker and then raced three back on the pegs before finishing fast, and a fading sixth behind Duke of Wellington after setting the pace in the 2700m group 2 Supremacy Stakes at Invercargill in April 2018. Kilowatt Kid has contested only three mobile events in his 13 WA appearances running on from sixth at the bell to be a head second to Cyclone Banner over 2130m at Gloucester Park on May 19, 2020, covering a lot of extra ground before winning by a neck from Shadow Roll over 2185m at Pinjarra on May 25, 2020, and racing wide early and then in the one-out and one-back position before finishing solidly to be third behind stablemates Justasec and Taroona Bromac at a 1.56.2 rate over 2130m at Gloucester park on December 28 last year. Tellmetoattack has excellent prospects in the second heat in which he is favourably drawn at barrier No. 2. He warmed up for this assignment with a smart all-the-way victory over 2265m at Albany last Saturday week. “He is up in class a little bit,” said de Campo. “If he had drawn one, I would have been quite confident. But I’m not quite sure whether he will be able to cross Im Rocknroll Magic. I’ll have a crack for the top, but if we can’t get there I’ll just drop in behind the leader.” The Debra Lewis-trained Im Rocknroll Magic has a losing sequence of 16, but his past two efforts have been encouraging thirds behind Tellmetoattack at Albany and behind Walsh and Carrera Mach at Gloucester Park last week. A most interesting runner is the Bond-trained six-year-old Bettor Aim, who will start from the outside in the field of seven at his first start in a race for 23 months. He has won at nine of his 16 starts and is capable of causing a surprise. The Bonds also will be represented by Infatuation, who has won at ten of his 19 starts and will have many admirers at his first appearance since last July. He set the pace and won a 2150m Byford trial last Sunday morning, beating Sergeant Oats by two lengths and rating 2.0.4. The Ross Olivieri-trained Queen Shenandoah has been performing soundly in strong company and is capable of a bold showing from the No. 3 barrier. “She will go well,” said reinsman Chris Voak. “She should get a nice soft trip and if she gets a split inside the 300m she will storm home.” Blue Blazer, who ran home gamely to beat Rock Me Over by a neck over 2536m last Friday night, will start from the outside in the field of seven in the third heat. “He went good last week, but the sprint distance this week is probably not his go,” said de Campo. However, if the speed is on, he will be coming home late.” The Olivieri-Voak combination looks very hard to beat in this heat in which former Victorian pacer Thats Perfect will start from the No. 6 barrier. He finished strongly when fifth behind Bletchley Park in the Village Kid Sprint last Friday night. “If it was a 2130m race I’d say that Thats Perfect would be unbeatable,” said Voak. “But average horses can run a good mile. He will probably have to do it the tradesman’s way again.”   Ken Casellas

Follow Dylan Egerton-Green. That was the message to punters after he had landed four winners Our Mista Kalle ($4.10), Talks Up A Storm ($1.80), Nigel Ernest ($8) and Chumani ($2.60) at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. Egerton-Green has a great opportunity to get away to a flying start at Gloucester Park on Friday night by driving Pocket The Cash to victory in the opening event, the 2536m TABtouch Pace in which he will start out wide at barrier eight. Pocket The Cash, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old trained in Bunbury by Stephen Reed, is racing with great heart and looks set to be very hard to beat this week. He started from barrier six in a 2536m event last week and settled down in eighth position before losing ground in the back straight, racing for the bell. He was sixth with 550m to travel before finishing with a spirited burst to be second, a short half-head behind Antero. Reed was impressed with the performance, saying: “He got inconvenienced at about the 1200m when the horse in front of him galloped. This probably cost him at least ten metres. It may have been the difference. But in saying that, we had our chance down the straight to run down Antero, who was strong enough to hold us off.” Pocket The Cash, a smart winner at Bunbury at his previous outing, has been a model of consistency, with his 37 starts producing eleven wins, ten seconds and five thirds. His major rival this week, and the likely favourite is another New Zealand-bred four-year-old in Master Publisher, who will be having his first start for two months and is ideally drawn at the No. 2 barrier on the front line. Master Publisher, trained by Gary Hall Snr, was unplaced at his three starts in New Zealand and has raced 15 times in WA for six wins and a second placing. He has won first-up after a spell for the Hall stable at his WA debut when he led from the No. 1 barrier over 2536m in December 2019 and over 2100m at Bunbury last April. His reinsman Gary Hall Jnr said that he gave Master Publisher a good winning chance. “It is a pretty suitable race for him, particularly if he can get to the top. If he’s anywhere near right he should go close to winning. If he had drawn in the middle of the line, I’d be a bit concerned first-up. But he’s got the barrier advantage, so he should be hard to beat.”   Ken Casellas

Chris Voak celebrated his wonderful performance to be the State’s leading driver last season with a treble at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, and is looking forward to a busy night at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he will have a drive in nine of the ten events. He has chosen the Terry Ferguson-trained mare Bettor Copagoodone as his best winning prospect. The five-year-old, a winner at seven of her past 16 starts, has been racing in fine form on South-West and Great Southern tracks. She has had made only six appearances at Gloucester Park and has yet to be placed there. She has won five mobile events at Albany, two stands at Pinjarra and one stand at Bunbury in her 43-start career. Bettor Copagoodone will start from the inside barrier on the front line and Voak is hoping the mare will maintain her sound form from a standing start. She gave an excellent frontrunning performance to win by four lengths from Be On Guard and Kilowatt Kid in a 2631m stand at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. “She went really good at Pinjarra, and she went even better when she ran on to win a 2265m mobile at Albany at her previous start,” said Voak. “She can win again. At Pinjarra she felt strong and that’s why I let her slide (in front) and just kept her company. “She won very easily and her last 1200m was excellent. If she can lead again, there’s no reason why on the half-mile track she can’t repeat the dose if she steps away like she did on Monday.” Bettor Copagoodone’s chief rival appears the Peter Tilbrook-trained Vivere Damore, who will start off 20m and will be handled by Emily Suvaljko. Vivere Damore ran on powerfully from eighth (and last) at the bell to finish second to Waltzingwithsierra in a 2130m mobile last Friday night. She looks set to fight out the finish. Voak has given punters a good lead by opting to drive Carrera Mach in preference to Rock Me Over in the 2130m Retravision Pace. Voak drove the Matt Scott-trained Rock Me Over last Friday night when the six-year-old, favourite at $1.50, set the pace and finished second to the fast-finishing Blue Blazer over 2536m. Gary Hall jnr has been engaged to drive Rock Me Over, who has solid winning claims from barrier four. Carrera Mach, prepared by Ross Olivieri, will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line. Carrera Mach started from the No. 9 barrier in a 2130m event last Friday night and impressed in sustaining a powerful three-wide burst from last at the bell to finish a half-head second to Walsh. “He will go well this week,” said Voak. “Hopefully, he won’t get too far back; we don’t want to be any worse than one-out, two-back. His past two runs have been very good.”   Ken Casellas

Star pacer Magnificent Storm has recovered from the debilitating effects of racing in blistering heat at 3 o’clock three Thursdays ago and is fighting fit and poised to extend his winning sequence to eleven when he contests the $50,000 Four-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred gelding has drawn awkwardly at barrier six in the 2130m Group 2 feature event which has attracted a quality field and has left astute Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams considering that Magnificent Storm is facing the biggest test in his short but dazzling career. “lt will be a test for him, but I think he will come through all right,” Williams said. “I’m excited and am looking forward to Friday night. It is a good field, and this will tell us where we’re at with the horse. “No doubt, this will be his biggest test and he will tell us whether he’s up to it (to be set for the Group 1 Four-Year-Old Classic in a fortnight and the Group 1 Golden Nugget two weeks later). “We decided not to contest the Pinjarra Four-Year-Old Classic last Monday week because it was pretty hot when he won at Gloucester Park eleven days earlier. He has come through that pretty well and he has worked well. “The draw hasn’t done us any favours, but I’m not too concerned about that. He doesn’t have to lead; he’s a nice horse who is easy to drive. So, we’ll grab a spot and see what happens. “He doesn’t do any track work and the only time he sees the track and is hoppled is when he’s in a race. He gallops in the cart and enjoys galloping up the hill at home.” Aldo Cortopassi will determine his tactics with Magnificent Storm as the race unfolds. The major danger looms large as the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Patronus Star, a winner at ten of his 17 starts. Patronus Star, to be driven by Ryan Warwick from the No. 3 barrier on the front line, is in top form. He started out wide at barrier seven in the Pinjarra Classic and raced three wide in the middle stages and then in the breeze when a fighting second to talented stablemate Howard Hughes, who notched is twelfth win from just 15 starts when he raced three back on the pegs and finished strongly along the sprint lane. Howard Hughes is handily drawn on the inside of the back line on Friday night when he will be handled by Deni Roberts. Stuart McDonald will drive Copy N Pace for trainer Gary Hall Snr, and will have admirers from barrier two on the back line. Copy N Pace impressed two starts ago with his fast-finishing third behind Magnificent Storm and Jaspervellabeach. Michael Grantham has chosen to drive the Mike Reed-trained Power And Grace from the No. 1 barrier in preference to trainer Michael Brennan’s Withoutthetuh (barrier No. 8). Gary Hall Jnr has been engaged to handle Withoutthetuh, who faces a difficult assignment from his wide draw. Chris Voak is looking forward to driving Henrik Larsson, who won for the fifth time from eight starts when he covered extra ground early before taking the lead and winning easily from The Stars Above at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. However, barrier No. 7 is likely to make life tough for Henrik Larsson. Henrik Larsson’s trainer Luke Edwards said that the horse was on track to contest the coming feature events for four-year-olds. “I was very happy with his run at Pinjarra,” he said. “He did a lot of work early and finished the race in good fashion, with the ear plugs in. We will be going back at the start and hopefully he hits the line strongly. “He is still on the way up and I aim to have him peaking for the big events over the next four weeks.” Voak was impressed with Henrik Larsson at Pinjarra, saying: “He still had gears left. But the draw on Friday certainly won’t help his cause.” Capel trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo said that Alta Engen, a winner at eight of his 12 starts, was capable of a solid showing. “But the draw (No. 9) hurts,” he said. “He has improved a lot since his last-start sixth behind Howard Hughes and Patronus Star at Pinjarra, and his work since then has been good.”   Ken Casellas

The countdown to NZB Standardbred's 2021 National Yearling Sale is on, with various tours around the country beginning as early as next Tuesday. We welcome all to join us as we inspect an incredible line up of standardbred yearlings heading to Karaka and Christchurch to go under the hammer this February. The annual on-farm tour begins in the North Island, with visits across multiple farms on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 January. Parades continue in the Canterbury region of the South Island on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 February and finishes with the famous SBSR tour in Southland on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 February. View the schedule here We look forward to seeing you at the picturesque New Zealand stud farms before heading north for the beginning of our 2021 National Yearling Sale. Should you wish for an agent to inspect yearlings on your behalf, please get in touch with one of our Standardbred team members below. For more information about the tours contact Rachel Deegan +64 3 381 0141 or email rachel.deegan@nzb.co.nz.  

One of New Zealand’s best pacing mares is heading off-shore and trainer Mark Jones admits he doesn’t know when to expect her back. Jones is sending Stylish Memphis to Sydney to be trained by former Kiwi horseman Jack Trainor, who trains alongside Jason Grimson at Menangle. The plan was hatched when it became clear the All Stars runners Amazing Dream and Beyond Words were not heading across the Tasman, with trainer Hayden Cullen set to have no Aussie reps for the summer. “With Amazing Dream in particular not going the Sydney races like the Ladyship Mile become very attractive,” says Jones. “Not just because she won’t be there but because it also means she will be here and that makes the Addington mares races here so much harder, especially with Beyond Words also being here. “So Sydney is the best place for her and Jack had been hassling me for a while to send her over and now is the time.” It is not the first time Jones has sent Stylish Memphis to another trainer to maximise her potential, with Mark Purdon himself training the filly to win last season’s NSW Oaks after being a huge second in the Victoria Oaks. “It is about placing them where they are best suited and can make the most money,” explains Jones. “After those two mares races here at Addington she has no real mares opportunities until the Jewels and even that could mean taking on Amazing Dream again. “I don’t think we have enough good mares races here and after the two coming up she has to race the likes of Copy That and Self Assured. “Whereas at Menangle she has two A$50,000 mares races before the A$200,000 Ladyship Mile and then can races in mares races every second week.” While Jones and his owners are leaving the option of Stylish Memphis returning for the Jewels open she could also possibly head to North America. “That is another option for her because of all the mares races and the times she can get for her future broodmare career.” Stylish Memphis won’t be the only former Jones-trained good pacer plying her trade at Menangle soon, with Burnham Boy having already started his career there with a win two weeks ago after a two-third share in him was sold to big-time US owners Gordon Banks and Marc Hanover.   By Michael Guerin

The first of 36 Vicbred Platinum Maidens scheduled for 2021 brought a special result for owner/trainer Alan Ratnasingham, with Illawong Phoenix winning the $10,000 opening race at Geelong last night. An outstanding James Herbertson drive helped produce the trainer’s first victory since February 2017, which proved a big windfall for Ratnasingham, who secured the $5700 for first place plus his $7000 Vicbred first win bonus. Making the win in the Alabar Vicbred Platinum Maiden Pace all the more notable was that it was Illawong Phoenix’s first at start 12, having previously failed to place and amassed a modest $1960 in stakes. The win was the eighth and most richest of Ratnasingham’s career, which stretches back to the 1997-98 season and features 516 starts. Each month in 2021 there will be three $10,000 Vicbred Platinum Maiden races held, two for pacers and one for trotters. The next will be a trotting race at Bendigo on January 27 followed by a pacing race at Wedderburn on January 31. In February, the $10,000 maidens are programmed for February 8 at Yarra Valley and February 28 at Boort for the pacers, and at Geelong on February 26 for trotters.   Harness Racing Victoria

The pathway to a long-coveted win looks extremely simple on paper for David Moran and his superstar Lochinvar Art, with the pair seeming to have a steady hand on their prized local cup. A gate one draw for Saturday night’s Neatline Homes Shepparton Gold Cup only further strengthened Lochinvar Art’s claims to the $60,000 Group 2, even amid the likes of Grand Circuit contender Our Uncle Sam and David Aiken’s trio Sirletic, Malcolms Rhythm and Reactor Now. “I’ve always wanted to win a Kilmore and a Shepparton Cup, along with some of the bigger ones. In the past some great horses have won this race,” Moran said. “(Lochinvar Art’s) got the draw for Saturday night, it’d be a great trophy to have on the mantle.” Enlisted a $1.10 favourite with TAB.com.au, success looks a near formality for the brilliant five-year-old, who’s fresh from dismantling Australia’s best in the Victoria Cup, part of six wins from his past seven outings. It’s a run that his trainer/driver is savoring. “I’m every chance of probably never experiencing a horse like him and his ilk ever again,” Moran said. “Never say never, but the chance of those sorts of horses coming around again are very, very rare. Generally most of the big wins, we celebrated really hard and enjoy it. “You only live once, as much as that’s your job, I really think you need to enjoy it and embrace it and make the most of it really.” And all is in order for the good times to continue to roll from 9.44pm Saturday night, when the cup kicks off and can be enjoyed live and free with extended coverage on Trots Vision at thetrots.com.au. “He’s really good. We cleaned him up a little bit after his last win and got a few things sorted out for the coming months ahead,” Moran said. “He’s going to be pretty close to 100 per cent. He only raced a bit over a fortnight ago, he’s always better the second week backing up, but he’ll be pretty close this week.” While a first Shepparton Cup win would be an unforgettable achievement for Moran, it’s another horse who may carry most interest for him. Race two, the Graham Head Memorial 3YO Pace, will mark the return of Patsbeachstorm, a gelding who created plenty of hype during his short racing stint in February and March last year, when he won two of three starts. “He’s probably my favourite horse in the stable, believe it or not. I don’t think I’ve ever loved a horse so much,” Moran said. “Early on I thought he’d just go through his grades and his age group and eventually be a top class horse. His ability’s unbelievable. “His first three runs showed that. I think the best one, he wasn’t 100 per cent, he hadn’t raced for a few weeks and he came out and sat parked and they ran the last half in 54.6 or 54.8 and he did that with the plugs in. “His ability is definitely there. We had a couple of issues, which is why we haven’t seen him for so long.” Patsbeachstorm’s lengthy absence is the result of an unknown toxic reaction, which Moran said was possibly a spider bite. “He nearly died on us, it was 50-50 as to whether he’d get through the night,” he said. “Thank God we saved him. He’s had a pretty tough road, but he seems to be really good at the moment. We don’t have any issues with him whatsoever. “His work’s been brilliant, but he is going to need that run and will take a bit out of it. Providing he comes back good and keeps pressing on with his work he will make a very good horse.” If all goes well tonight he could target the Group 1 $100,000 VHRC Caduceus 3YO Classic at Tabcorp Park Melton, which headlines night two of the TAB Summer Of Glory.   HRV - Michael Howard

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