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If the old adage there are no certainties in harness racing was ever in question, then last nights $300,000 Fremantle Pacing Cup is surely one of the better candidates to prove the saying is right on the money.  After declaring Lazarus unbeatable in the race, driver Mark Purdon was forced to sit three wide the entire race outside the leaders, eventually going down by a narrow margin in what was a herculean performance by the kiwi champion. This was probably one of the greatest performances ever seen at Gloucester Park. Trainer Gary Hall Snr had three horses in the race and rated Chicago Bull the best of them. He was not mincing his words before the race declaring Lazarus would not get his own way.  “Going forward, that’s the plan,” Hall Snr said.. "Chicago Bull will go forward and if Bettors Fire (barrier one) doesn’t hand up, we will keep the breeze and keep Lazarus three wide when he comes", he said. “Everyone has got Lazarus past the post and If we just let him go to the breeze, the race will develop into a walk with a sprint home and Chicago Bull can’t win then. We can’t make it easy for Lazarus. My owners don’t want to make it easy for him. I think Chicago Bull can win, but he will need a lot of luck." Those words came to fruition last night and another Gary Hall Snr trained runner My Hard Copy who sat on the back of Lazarus stormed home to win the cup by a head. My Hard Copy driven by Clinton Hall became the 11th millionaire produced in the world for the stallion American Ideal.  Lazarus was monstrous in defeat and Chicago Bull was good also. He posted Lazarus out three wide and stuck on bravely for third. Ultimate Machete could be considered unlucky sitting in the 1x1 behind Chicago Bull but getting room too late for driver Natalie Rasmussen and running home up the inside for fourth. He was examined by the vet and stood down immediately after the race. Harnesslink Media My Hard Copy - Fremantle Cup 5 7:44pm RETRAVISION FREMANTLE PACING CUP MS PACE (SKY 1) 2536M $300,000 M0 Or Better. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 MY HARD COPY NZ      Fr6 6 Gary Hall Snr Clinton Hall   $ 53.80   COTFB PRBT RAS W2 3WMLT SWAB   BAY HORSE 8 by AMERICAN IDEAL USA out of READALLABOUTIT (NZ) (PRESIDENTIAL BALL USA)  Owner(s): S K Chapman, C Chapman, D Chapman  Breeder(s): Woodlands Stud Ltd 2 LAZARUS NZ      Fr5 5 Mark Purdon Mark Purdon HD $ 1.30 fav  PRBT GS RW SCT W1 SWAB 3 CHICAGO BULL NZ      Fr4 4 Gary Hall Snr Gary Hall Jnr 2.50 $ 9.20   PRBT GS 3WE L1W 2 SWAB 4 ULTIMATE MACHETE NZ      Fr2 2 Mark Purdon Natalie Rasmussen 4.50 $ 6.20   PRBT GS L1W OTE CTS C RR 4 VXAR CR SDVC 5 SOHO TRIBECA      Fr9 9 Bryan Cousins Kim Prentice 8.00 $ 24.90   PRBT GS W3 3WMLT 6 VULTAN TIN      Fr3 3 Phil Costello Chris Voak 9.80 $ 73.70   PRBT 6 7 DEVENDRA      Sr1 10 Todd Rattray Nathan Turvey 12.40 $ 60.00   PRBT 3 8 OHOKA PUNTER NZ      Fr7 7 Gary Hall Snr Stuart McDonald 13.60 $ 208.20   PRBT RAS 8 9 THE BUCKET LIST NZ      Sr2 11 Michael Brennan Michael Grantham 14.90 $ 39.40   PRBT 5 10 MOTU PREMIER NZ      Sr3 12 Ross Olivieri Chris Lewis 16.20 $ 99.70   PRBT 7 11 GALACTIC STAR NZ      Fr8 8 Skye Bond Ryan Warwick 17.40 $ 228.00   PRBT RAS W4 12 BETTORS FIRE NZ      Fr1 1 Kyle Harper Kyle Harper 19.20 $ 22.00   PRBT GS L 1 Scratchings   RUN ONEOVER NZ 13 ZACH MAGUIRE NZ 14 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 3:01:8 Mile Rate: 1:55:4 Lead Time: 66.5 First Quarter: 29 Second Quarter: 29.8 Third Quarter: 28.5 Fourth Quarter: 28 Margins: HD x 1.9m      

Runrunjimmydunn, a recent arrival from New Zealand, is poised to make a successful Australian harness racing debut when he starts from barrier two on the back line in the Follow Gloucester Park On Facebook Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The American Ideal three-year-old is the youngest and least experienced runner in the 2130m event for C1 to C4-class performers. But the gelding who has won at three of his 11 starts in New Zealand looks to have a decisive edge in class on his 11 rivals. He is prepared by ace trainer Gary Hall sen. and will be driven by Clint Hall, who drove the gelding to a runaway victory in a six-horse trial field at Byford on Sunday morning. He rated 1.59.8 in defeating Righteous Brother by 17 lengths, with final quarters of 29.1sec. and 27.1sec. “He worked his way to the front in the trial and his final quarter was very good,” said Clint Hall. “Starting from the back line on Friday night shouldn’t bother him at all. He should be able to follow In Nyrobi, who looks the likely leader from barrier two on the front line. “I would have preferred the front line on Friday night to test his gate speed., mainly because he has drawn the back line for most of his career.” Runrunjimmydunn last raced when a splendid neck second to Northview Hustler over 2200m at Alexandra Park on February 24, rating 1.57.6 over 2200m, with final quarters of 29.3sec. and 28sec. A 7/1 chance, he settled in eighth position before Maurice McKendry dashed him forward, three wide, after 550m. Then he was able to gain a one-wide trail in seventh place before starting another three-wide move approaching the bell. He moved to the breeze at the 900m and then again was able to gain a good sit, one-out and one-back, with 900m to travel. He finished strongly into second place. At his previous start, a fortnight earlier, Runrunjimmydunn was an 8/1 chance and won at a 1.57.4 rate over 2200m at Alexandra Park. He raced wide early and moved to the breeze before gaining a trail, one-out and one-back, with a lap to travel. McKendry switched the gelding three wide at the 500m and he finished strongly to burst to the lead in the final 25m to win stylishly from the pacemaker Rhythm N Blues. Runrunjimmydunn Runrunjimmydunn is a half-brother to Tosti Girl (19 starts for seven wins, six placings and $190,301), Delightful Soky (33 starts for two wins, seven placings and $13,680), Sir Tosti Boy (83 starts for 11 wins, 27 placings and $99,390) and Delightful Christian (42 starts for 16 wins, 11 placings and $297,501). The powerful Hall stable also has bright prospects in the Book Into The Beau Rivage Restaurant Pace in which they will be represented by newcomer Webb Ellis and Eyre Crusher, who look set to dominate the betting after drawing barriers one and two, respectively, on the front line in the 2130m event. Clint Hall will drive the New Zealand-bred five-year-old Webb Ellis, who has done his recent racing in New South Wales where his 23 starts produced eight wins and three placings. Gary Hall jun. will handle six-year-old Eyre Crusher, who will be making his first appearance since winning easily at Bunbury on April 25, 2015. That success followed runaway victories at Gloucester Park and Pinjarra at his two previous outings. Webb Ellis has won at his two most recent starts, both over 1730m at Bathurst in the space of six days early last November. He began speedily from a wide barrier in both events in which he set the pace and won rating 1.56.3 and 1.54.5. Eyre Crusher has been out of action for almost two years. He has shown wonderful potential, with his 14 starts producing seven wins, five seconds and one third placing. Ken Casellas

The Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit harness racing action returns west this weekend. And it’s without the dominant forces of the All Stars stable and their now very familiar livery of blue with silver stars. The all-conquering Christchurch based combination of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen have swept all three legs to date. From the headshaking performance of Lazarus in the New Zealand Cup back in November followed by the heroics of Smolda in the Inter Dominion in December and then completed by the sublime performance of Dream About Me in the Auckland Cup on New Year’s Eve, it’s fair to say it’s been a whitewash to date for the power couple. Or more accurately, a bluewash! But the Gr.1 $450,000 TABTOUCH WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night doesn’t feature a runner from the All Stars nor does it feature a runner from an eastern states stable which therefore paves the way for a local stable to grab the lion’s share of the loot on offer. The WA Pacing Cup is steeped in tradition and the roll of honour boasts some of the greatest names possible. First staged back in 1913 and won by Letty Lind, the great race has been won by the likes of Beau Don, Radiant Oro, James Eden, Just Too Good, Don’t Retreat, Pure Steel, San Simeon, Gammalite, Preux Chevalier and Village Kid among others. In recent times, names like Westburn Grant, Our Sir Vancelot, The Falcon Strike, Baltic Eagle, Im Themightyquinn and My Hard Copy are listed as winners. Many of these great names listed above have won the Cup on more than occasion. The WA Pacing Cup is a race of strength and toughness, only the best survive the arduous battle of the 2936m mobile start event. Champion trainer Gary Hall has won the Cup more than any other trainer; the wily veteran has won the past six editions while he has won 10 of the past 15 Cups. The haul of Hall includes The Falcon Strike (x3), Tealsby Karita, Im Themightyquinn (x3), Hokonui Ben and My Hard Copy (x2). On Friday night, he will have three runners engaged. Last week’s Fremantle Cup winner Chicago Bull shoots for the big double while multiple feature race winner Beaudiene Boaz and the classy Cyamach represent his Serpentine stable. Again Gary Hall Jnr will partner the pint sized four-year-old Chicago Bull and if successful, he will join the legendary Phil Coulson as the most successful driver in Pacing Cup history. Coulson steered to victory Lord Mina, Colour Glo, Pure Steel (x3), Gammalite and Village Kid, his victories spanning from 1965 to 1985. Hall Jnr victories include The Falcon Strike (x3), Tealsby Karita and Im Themightyquinn (x2). Ironically, the last four-year-old to win the Pacing Cup was The Falcon Strike back in 2002. While the Hall stable has claimed the Pacing Cup during the past six years, no driver has won the Pacing Cup four straight times. Enter Clint Hall. The talented horseman has won the past three editions with Hokonui Ben and My Hard Copy (x2), this year he will partner Beaudiene Boaz. The Hall runners have drawn gates 4 (Cyamach), 6 (Beaudiene Boaz) and 8 (Chicago Bull). Nathan Turvey partners Cyamach. Star mare Major Reality landed the inside gate (1) but must defy recent history to win the Cup; the last mare to win the state’s showcase event was Pyramus back in 1972 while Dainty’s Daughter won in 1970. Outstanding young horseman Justin Prentice prepares Major Reality and is yet to taste Cup success while his father Kim is a dual winner after Baltic Eagle (2003) and Im Themightyquinn (2011) proved triumphant. This year, Kim will aim for another Cup trophy with Soho Tribeca, a richly talented pacer racing in excellent form but he must overcome gate 12, the outside of the second-line. The speedy Bettors Fire has drawn ideally in gate 5 for talented young horseman Kyle Harper, his father Lindsay won the Pacing Cup back in 2001 with Havago. Champion reinsman Chris Lewis recently celebrated his 5000th career winner and again takes a drive in the Pacing Cup aboard John Of Arc (gate 10), Lewis is a five times winner. Lewis drove Village Kid (x3), Hilarion Star and Saab. Trainer Ross Olivieri prepares Our Jericho (gate 11) and tasted Cup success back in 1999 with Saab. Morgan Woodley takes the drive aboard Our Jericho. The state’s leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond are chasing their maiden success in the Pacing Cup and have a dual pronged attack through Delightful Offer (gate 3) and Our Jimmy Johnstone (gate 7). Ryan Warwick will partner Our Jimmy Johnstone, the Warwick name features on the honour roll through Trevor (Our Ian Mac – 1987) and Justin (Admirals Avenue – 2002) while Ryan Bell will take the drive behind Delightful Offer. Also chasing their maiden Cup success are Mick Brennan (The Bucket List) and John Oldroyd (Mynameskenny). The Bucket List will start from gate 2 for driver Michael Grantham while Mynameskenny starts from gate 9 for driver Chris Voak. The TABTOUCH WA Pacing Cup is scheduled as race 7 and listed to start at 8.10pm local time. Chris Barsby

Prominent West Australian owner Steve Chapman was devastated four months ago when his star pacer My Hard Copy fractured a bone in a leg and plans for him to contest the rich harness racing TABtouch Inter Dominion championship series had to be scrapped. But now he is bubbling with enthusiasm and has high hopes of winning the $1.1 million final at Gloucester Park on Friday night with his second string pacer Run Oneover, whom he races in partnership with his wife Tina and their daughter Danielle. Ace trainer Gary Hall sen. has timed the five-year-old’s preparation perfectly for the big race to be run over the marathon journey of 2936m and top-flight reinsman Clint Hall gives the New Zealand-bred gelding a great chance of victory. “He can do it,” Clint Hall declared after Run Oneover drew favourably at barrier two on the front line. “You don’t get the chance very often to be able to lead and win the interdominion. So that’s my aim, to set the pace. “Run Oneover has emerged as a genuine prospect after his tremendous performances in the heats.” Hall sen. shared his son’s confidence, saying: “Run Oneover has gone from strength to strength in this carnival, and it’s exciting.” Run Oneover has struck peak form in the Inters heats, working hard in the breeze when a splendid one-length second to Hectorjayjay, setting the pace from barrier three and coasting to victory over Freyberg and Smolda at Bunbury and then starting out wide from the No. 8 barrier and dashing to the front after a lap and winning from Lennytheshark at Gloucester Park last Friday night.  Whether Run Oneover can forge to an early lead on Friday night is problematical. He has sound gate speed, but could have a problem wresting the early lead from Bling It On, who has a distinct advantage after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. Star New South Wales reinsman Luke McCarthy indicated after the barrier draw that he would drive Bling It On with aggression. “He’s got good gate speed and I’ll be going all-out to hold the frontrunning in the early stages,” he said. “After that I’ll decide whether it’s best to keep the lead or take the trail.” Most of the drivers in the final are likely to determine their tactics after the mobile releases the field. There is the possibility that reigning champion Lennytheshark (barrier four), Hectoryjayjay (nine) and Bettors Fire (eight) will charge forward in a bid for the early lead. Alternatively, the drivers of those pacers could well decide to restrain at the start and look for a handy position in the one-wide line. My Hard Copy unwound devastating finishing bursts to score brilliant victories in the past two WA Pacing Cups and he finished a sound sixth behind Lennytheshark in last year’s Inters final at Gloucester Park after being restrained at the start from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. It is interesting that Chapman purchased Run Oneover without realising that the gelding was closely related to the pocket sized sit-sprinter My Hard Copy.         Run Oneover is by Changeover (by In The Pocket) out of Presidential Belle, whose dam Nuclear Atom is a half-sister to Readallaboutit, the dam of My Hard Copy. The David Aiken-trained Hectorjayjay, a firm favourite for the final, is not particularly well bred on his dam’s side. Hectorjayjay is out of Sheer Finesse, who won six minor Victorian country events in the late 1990s and, apart from Hectorjayjay, has produced Teejay Fella (12 wins and $64,177), Wolfgang (three wins and $13,084) and De Santa Anna (seven wins and $39,900). Sheer Lace, the dam of Sheer Finesse, won at 17 of her 67 starts and earned $77,027. The best of her six winners was her first foal Country Duke, who earned $270,650 from 198 starts, which included 19 wins in Victoria and 26 in America. Hectorjayjay’s great, great, great granddam Cherry Blossom was the mother of champion New Zealand mare Robin Dundee, who dead-heated for first with Jay Ar in the final of the 1965 interdominion championship in Dunedin in 1965. While Hectorjayjay possesses dazzling early pace and is a brilliant frontrunner, he is also an outstanding sit-sprinter who can unwind a sizzling burst of speed at the end of his races. Twenty-three-year-old Josh Aiken has driven Hectorjayjay with great skill, aplomb and confidence in the heats. The six-year-old was not extended in winning all his heats. Many pundits rate Hectorjayjay as a devastating sprinter, but have some reservations about his staying ability. However, there is no doubt at all that Hectorjayjay will not be vulnerable over the 2936m of Friday night’s final. Hectorjayjay won the Len Smith Mile at Menangle in June this year, beating Lennytheshark in 1.50.5 over the 1609m journey and two weeks later he gave a phenomenal performance to charge home from a seemingly impossible position in second-last place 400m from home to win the 1660m Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park, rating 1.51.8. He has proved his staying strength with victories over 2627m and 2600m (twice). He also finished a splendid second to Ohoka Punter in the group 1 Blacks A Fake Classic over 2680m at Albion Park in July. Trainer David Aiken said that Hectorjayjay was far from being a one-dimensional pacer. “Josh won’t be intimidated by the occasion and he will have plenty of options,” he said. The barrier draw has made the final a most intriguing affair, with several pacers capable of winning the rich prize. Ace reinsman Gary Hall jun. is happy with Beaudiene Boaz’s draw as the only runner off the back line and he considers the five-year-old millionaire a strong each-way prospect. Here is the full field for the $1.1 million Final; 1 - Bling It On - by American Ideal 2 - Run Oneover NZ- by Changeover 3 - Our Jericho NZ - by Tomahawk 4 - Lennytheshark - by Four Starzzz Shark 5 - Joan Of Arc NZ - by Courage Under Fire 6 - Franco Nelson NZ - by Christian Cullen 7 - Smolda - by Courage Under Fire 8 - Bettors Fire NZ - by Bettor's Delight 9 - Hectorjayjay - by Dream Away 10 - Beadiene Boaz NZ - by Badlands Hanover 11 - The Bucket List NZ (EMG) - by Christian Cullen 12 - Our Jimmy Johnstone NZ (EMG) - P Forty Seven Ken Casellas

On the third night of the 2016 TABtouch Inter Dominion Championships the Gloucester Park racebook covers featured Clinton Hall driving a harness racing horse carrying saddlecloth number two. At yesterday’s barrier draw function for the $1.1 million dollar final of the TABtouch Inter Dominion this Friday night owner Steve Chapman drew barrier number two for his current star Run Oneover which will be driven by Clinton Hall. Chapman’s association with trainer Gary Hall and driver Clinton Hall brought earlier Group One success with dual WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy which won the State’s biggest race in 2015 and 2016 for the trio. The links between Run Oneover and My Hard Copy go further however with Run Oneover’s grand-dam Nuclear Atom being a half-sister to Readallaboutit – the dam of My Hard Copy. Both Readallaboutit and Run Oneover’s dam Presidential Belle are daughters of Presidential Ball. Clinton Hall also won the 2014 WA Pacing Cup with Hokonui Ben which coincidentally carried saddlecloth number two when it led throughout to beat Toretto and This Time Dylan. by Alan Parker

Star pacer Elegant Christian, beaten into last place, 24 lengths behind the record-breaking Beaudiene Boaz last Friday week to give him the unwanted record of three unplaced efforts in a row for the first time in a glittering harness racing career, is poised to bounce back to his best by winning the $23,000 Fred Doy Memorial Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The brilliant six-year-old fared well in the random draw and should burst to an early lead from the No. 3 barrier on the front line in the 2130m mobile event. Clint Hall had no hesitation in opting to drive the Clive Dalton-trained Elegant Christian ahead of up-and-coming five-year-old Mynameskenny, who will start from the No. 2 barrier. Hall has driven Mynameskenny to 15 of his 19 wins in a distinguished 34-start career. Trainer John Oldroyd has engaged Chris Voak to drive Mynameskenny for the first time. Mynameskenny started out wide from barrier seven in the J. P. Stratton Cup last Friday night when he raced three back on the pegs in fifth place and finished a close-up seventh behind Libertybelle Midfrew after being hampered for room in the home straight. He had won at nine of his previous ten starts. Elegant Christian warmed up in excellent fashion for this week’s assignment when Dalton drove the gelding to an easy all-the-way 10m win over Major Catastrophe in a five-horse trial over 2185m at Pinjarra on Sunday morning. He was not extended in clocking 28.8sec. and 29.8sec. over the final quarters. He had a torrid run at his most recent appearance when he started from the outside (No. 9) on the front line in the 2130m Navy Cup last Friday week. He began speedily and raced five wide for the first 200m and then three wide for the next 600m before working in the breeze until he began to wilt over the final 500m. At his previous start, a fortnight earlier, Elegant Christian galloped badly from the No. 1 barrier before making up an enormous amount of ground to finish seventh behind Bettors Fire. Trainer Gary Hall sen. holds a strong hand in Friday night’s feature event, with four runners, Ideal Alice, Run Oneover, Waylade and Cyamach. Gary Hall jun. has opted to handle Run Oneover, who is poorly drawn out wide at barrier eight. Run Oneover has been freshened up since his excellent second to Bettors Fire in the 2536m August Cup on August 26 when he worked very hard in the breeze for the final two laps. He is a strong and versatile pacer capable of a bold showing. Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who won the Statewide trainers’ premiership last season, will be represented by the highly-promising and lightly-raced five-year-old Delightful Offer and the consistent Phoenix Warrior. Delightful Offer, to be driven by Ryan Warwick from the inside of the back line, notched his 15th win from only 30 starts when he raced without cover in the middle stages before proving too strong for the pacemaking Mighty Flying Thomas over 2130m last Friday night. Mighty Flying Thomas, trained by Peter Anderson, will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line this week. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri has two runners in this week’s event --- the polemarker Our Jericho and Our Blackbird, who is awkwardly drawn at No. 7 on the front line. Ken Casellas

Star pacer Elegant Christian will resume harness racing after an absence of 79 days when he contests the $23,000 Spring Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night --- and trainer Clive Dalton declared that the six-year-old was spot-on and ready to win first-up. Elegant Christian’s clash with the richly-talented Bettors Fire, a stylish winner at his past two starts, will be the highlight of the ten-event program. Bettors Fire, trained and driven by Kyle Harper, has shown dazzling gate speed from the No. 4 barrier at his two latest outings before setting the pace and winning comfortably. However, Dalton is confident that Elegant Christian will prove too speedy from the prized No. 1 barrier and will set the pace. “Bettors Fire is a good horse, but he can’t cross Elegant Christian from barrier seven,” Dalton predicted. “I don’t think he’s got any hope of crossing, not from out that wide. From a bit closer, maybe. “Elegant Christian begins quickly and the plan will be for Clint Hall to allow him to bowl along in front, like he normally does. He’s very forward, probably about 85 per cent, and that’s a forward 85 per cent. “Barrier one is a perfect draw for him, first-up. He’s forward enough to win. He wouldn’t be going around if I didn’t think he could win.” Dalton returned to Western Australia almost three weeks ago after a three-and-a-half-week holiday in Croatia, Ireland and England. Six horses in his stable, including Elegant Christian, remained in work. “Elegant Christian had ten days off after his latest start (when fifth behind Run Oneover in the 2536m Winter Cup on July 1) and then I worked him before going away on holidays,” Dalton said. “Erin Tapper worked him and kept him ticking over while I was away. He’s had a lot of long, strong work.” Elegant Christian and Bettors Fire will be two of Western Australia’s best prospects for the TABtouch interdominion championship series in November and December. “That’s the pipe dream --- to try to win the interdominion with Elegant Christian,” Dalton said. “He’s sound and he certainly won’t disgrace himself. I’ll space his runs before the series starts. I’ll probably start him fortnightly. And then when it’s interdominion time the cotton wool will have to come off.” The New Zealand-bred Elegant Christian has done all his racing in Western Australia and leg problems have restricted him to just 34 starts for 19 wins and seven placings for earnings of $301,129. Everything is in his favour for Friday night’s 2130m event. He has won first-up four times; 14 of his wins have been over 2130m and he has led in 15 of his victories. Admirers of Bettors Fire will pin their faith in the New Zealand-bred eight-year-old and will be confident that the gelding’s three splendid runs since resuming from a spell will give him a decisive edge in fitness over Elegant Christian. Bettors Fire notched the 29th win of his 71-start career last Friday night when he began brilliantly and jumped straight to the front from barrier four. He then was under not the slightest pressure at any stage of the race, with an extremely slow lead time of 39sec. and modest opening quarters of the final mile in 30.9sec. and 30sec. before sprinting the next 400m sections in 28.7sec. and 26.9sec. to win by a neck from The Bucket List. Two weeks earlier, Bettors Fire was not extended in leading and winning the 2536m August Cup from Run Oneover and Cyamach. Our Ideal Act, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, ran a good trial for this week’s feature event when he worked hard in the breeze before finishing strongly to win by three lengths from the pacemaker That’s Rite over 2536m last Friday night. The six-year-old fared badly in the random draw and will need a good slice of luck to overcome the disadvantage of barrier eight. The Michael Brennan-trained This Time Dylan will start from the inside of the back line with Maddison Brown in the sulky. The evergreen 11-year-old was an 18/1 chance when he finished fast for reinsman Justin Prentice to snatch a half-head victory from the 5/4 favourite Northview Punter in the Spring Pace 12 months ago. He has built up a losing sequence of 38 since then. Ken Casellas

Gary Hall sen., leading metropolitan harness racing trainer for the 2015-16 season, will make a low-key start to the new season with only four runners at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But he looks set to win at least one race --- with the wonderfully consistent Ideal Justice in the 2130m League Talk On Sportfm 91.3 Pace. Ideal Justice, who boasts a remarkable winning strike rate of 56 per cent, will be a short-priced favourite after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier and Clint Hall will be looking for an all-the-way win. Ideal Justice, a winner at ten of his 18 starts, enjoyed an ideal passage in the one-out, one-back position in the 2130m Schrader final last Friday night and failed to flatter in finishing fifth behind Risk. However, the American Ideal gelding is certain to appreciate a frontrunning role this week. He has led in four of his wins in WA. Bungalow Bill and Lady Willoughby are racing keenly and loom as the hardest for Ideal Justice to beat. Bungalow Bill, to be driven by Ryan Warwick for trainers Greg and Skye Bond, has won at ten of his 21 starts for a winning strike rate of 48 per cent. He will start out wide at No. 7 barrier and there is a strong possibility that Warwick will send him forward early to race in the breeze outside Ideal Justice. At his latest appearance Bungalow Bill led from barrier one and was untroubled to win from Rycroft and Royal Mach at a 1.57.2 rate over 2130m, with finals quarters in 28.7sec. and 27.8sec. He raced without cover when a fighting second to Mattjestic Star the previous week. The Ross Olivieri-trained Lady Willoughby is in splendid form and is sure to be prominent from the No. 4 barrier. She raced without a trail for much of the way before fighting on doggedly to finish a well-beaten second to star mare Tricky Styx in driving rain last Friday night. She charged home from eighth at the bell to win from Jaxon Fella and Three Kings a week earlier. Ken Casellas

Ace harness racing reinsman Clinton Hall has driven talented four-year-old Mynameskenny at his past seven starts for seven wins, but he has opted to drive eight-year-old Glenlochar in the $25,000 Colin Hammersley Memorial Chandon final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. What swayed him was the fact that Glenlochar drew the prized No. 1 barrier and that Mynameskenny drew the outside barrier (three) on the back line in the 2130m event. Banjup trainer Annie Belton was delighted that Hall chose Glenlochar ahead of Mynameskenny and declared that Glenlochar would take plenty of beating. “The plan is to lead, definitely,” she said. “Glenlochar has good gate speed and he worked well in a Byford trial on Sunday morning when he worked his way to the front in the first lap for Nathan Turvey and went on to win, unextended without the ear plugs being released.” Glenlochar competed against extremely moderate opposition in the trial in which he rated 1.58 over the 2150m trip, with final quarters in 28.8sec. and 28.2sec. He defeated Skewsy Newsy by seven and a half lengths. It was only by chance that Belton is training the New Zealand-bred Glenlochar for Horsham owner Shannon Hoffmann, the owner of interdominion championship runner Easy On The Eye in WA late last year. “We met him at the Inters in Perth last November and became good friends,” Belton explained. “He considered that Perth racing would suit Glenlochar and he also sent me Change Gear and Jivin Cullen.” Hall brought up his seventh successive victory with Mynameskenny last Friday night when the horse trailed the pacemaker Ima Connoisseur before getting off the pegs 250m from home and finishing fast to beat that pacer at a 1.56.2 rate over 2130m, with a final quarter of 27.8sec. That took Hall’s record behind Mynameskenny to 15 wins from 24 drives. Glenlochar has raced 15 times in WA for three wins and seven placings. Hall has driven the gelding six times for two wins, two seconds, one third and one fourth. Hall’s younger brother Gary will drive American Boy in preference to Ricimer in Friday night’s race. Ricimer has set the pace and won at each of his past four starts, all at Gloucester Park. Hall jun. was in the sulky for three of those wins, including an all-the-way success over American Boy last Friday night. “I’ll drive American Boy because Ricimer cannot lead from barrier five this week,” Hall said. “In saying that I must admit that American Boy faces a tough task and is likely to struggle from barrier eight.” Ken Casellas

Smart West Australian-bred four-year-old Mynameskenny warmed up for his return to harness racing in fine style when he rated 1.57.7 in winning a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning, a performance which indicated he would prove hard to beat in the third heat of the Regency Food Services WA Chandon Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The John Oldroyd-trained horse’s prospects improved sharply when he drew the prized No.1 barrier and Clint Hall is sure to make full use of the pacer’s good gate speed. Mynameskenny has won at each of his past six starts and his past 13 starts have produced eleven wins. He has had a spell since he led from barrier four and sprinted over the final two quarters in 28.7sec. and 26.9sec. in beating Twoandahalf Tigers and Phoenix Warrior at a 1.57 rate over 2100m at Bunbury on April 23. Ima Connoisseur, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, looms large as the chief danger to Mynameskenny. Ima Connoisseur began fast from barrier two and worked hard in the breeze before fighting on in grand style to finish second, a neck behind the pacemaker Ricimer over 2130m last Friday night. A week earlier he led from barrier five and finished a splendid second to talented stablemate Our Jimmy Johnstone in fast time over 2130m. Adding interest to Friday night’s race is the reappearance of the speedy Thats Rite, who showed good promise late last year when he won five races in a row for Serpentine trainer Gary Hall sen. Thats Rite, a winner of 17 races from 51 starts, will start from barrier six and is not expected to seriously challenge Mynameskenny or Ima Connoisseur. Znana, a standing-start specialist, will begin from the No. 7 barrier in this mobile event for trainer-reinsman Nathan Turvey. The five-year-old caught the eye at Gloucester Park last Saturday night when he started from 50m and charged home from the rear to finish second to Ohoka Assassin over 2503m. Ken Casellas

Inexperienced three-year-old Chok Chai, a brilliant winner over 1730m in fast time on Tuesday of last week, will not be troubled by a big increase in distance to 2536m when he contests the Prince Smallgoods Free Range Bacon Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, according to harness racing driver Gary Hall jun. Hall declared Chok Chai a good thing and punters should get away to a flying start by supporting him to win the opening race of the ten-event program. Hall had no hesitation in opting to drive Chok Chai (who has had five starts for three wins and two seconds) ahead of his more seasoned stablemate Harry Hoo, who has raced 22 times for five wins and six second placings. Hall drove Harry Hoo to a stylish all-the-way win at a 1.57 rate over 2130m on Tuesday of last week. Hall’s elder brother Clint will drive Harry Hoo, who will start out wide at barrier eight on the front line on Friday night. Chok Chai and Harry Hoo are prepared by leading trainer Gary Hall sen. “Jumping up from 1730m to 2536m should pose no problem for Chok Chai and he should just win,” said Gary Hall jun. “He’s got good gate speed and is tough. He’s a little bit immature at home and does some silly things. But when he comes to the races he just puts it all together. This might be his last run before going for a spell. “His latest run was really good, rating 1.54 after working in the breeze. He did it pretty comfortably and he’s learning all the time and getting better. Harry Hoo is going very well in weaker company. But I don’t think he is in the same class as Chok Chai. If the draws were reversed on Friday night I would still drive Chok Chai.” Pinjarra trainer Gary Elson will be represented by promising three-year-olds Estocada and Scoobys Delight and the Stephen Reed-trained James Coburn has sound place prospects after a win and three seconds at his latest four runs. Estocada will be having his first run for five months and is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line. He will be handled by Nathan Turvey. He dashed over the final 400m in 27.7sec. when he won a three-horse trial at Pinjarra last Sunday week. The consistent Scoobys Delight will be driven by Aiden de Campo, but he faces a stern test from the No. 7 barrier on the front line. Ken Casellas

Slick Chapel, a $30,000 bargain from New Zealand, will reappear after an absence of five and a half months at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he should prove one of the best bets on the ten-event harness racing program when he starts from the coveted No. 1 barrier in the Australian Visa Specialists Pace over 2130m. The Mach Three six-year-old, trained by Gary Hall sen., is a talented frontrunner and Clint Hall will be aiming for an all-the-way victory. “His fitness is a bit of a worry, but he’s working quite well and should prove hard to beat,” Hall sen. said. “He’ll roll along and whatever sits outside of him will have a bit of pain. He’s had a lot of leg problems, but he has none at the moment.” Injuries have restricted Slick Chapel to 29 starts in Western Australia in just less than four years --- for 12 wins, seven placings and stakes of $133,353, a good return for his $30,000 purchase price. Slick Chapel has not raced since he started from  the No. 8 barrier and was restrained to the rear before sustaining a powerful three-wide burst which carried him to victory over Change Stride at a 1.56.2 rate over 2130m at Gloucester Park last November. Adding further interest to the race will be the return of American Ideal five-year-old Billies A Star, who will be driven for trainer Michael Brennan by Michael Grantham from the inside of the back line. Billies A Star, a winner of 11 races from only 25 starts, has not raced since finishing last behind Lovers Delight and Lennytheshark in an interdominion championship heat at Gloucester Park on December 4. He has not been produced in recent trials, but is capable of a bold showing from his favourable draw. Four-year-old Ima Connoisseur is well drawn at barrier two and he is sure to be prominent. He led from barrier four last week when a close second to stablemate Denny Crane over 2130m. He possesses sparkling gate speed, but it is doubtful whether he will be able to cross Slick Chapel. Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 29 April 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 29 April 2016

Leading harness racing trainer Gary Hall sen. holds a strong hand in the $18,000 Westforce Pace for three-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he leans slightly in favour of Mach Time, who faces a stern test from the outside barrier in the field of eight over the 2130m journey. Hall’s other runners are Chok Chai (barrier one), Campora (two) and King Lebron (six). Clint Hall looks set to drive Mach Time, with Justin Prentice in the sulky behind Campora and Morgan Woodley driving King Lebron.      Standing firmly in the path of an easy Hall victory is the Gary Elson-trained star Ideal Tyson, who will start out wide at barrier seven. Ideal Tyson notched his tenth win from 19 starts when Nathan Turvey brought him from seventh at the bell with a powerful three-wide burst to hit the front 60m from home and hold on to beat the fast-finishing Alfs Odyssey. Ideal Tyson sprinted over the final 800m in 57.2sec. This was Ideal Tyson’s first appearance since he started from the No. 1 barrier and raced three back on the pegs before finishing powerfully, out wide, to be third behind Chicago Bull and Lets Chase The Dream in the WA Derby last Friday week. Mach Time, who raced wide early and then in the breeze before obtaining the one-out, one-back trail, was a fighting fifth. “Mach Time is the most efficient of the stable’s four runners on Friday night,” Hall sen. said. “I thought the son of Mach Three's run in the Derby was just a bit better than that of Ideal Tyson.”  Chok Chai, a gelding by Washington VC, is a most interesting runner. He made his debut at Pinjarra on Sunday afternoon when he led from barrier five and scored an effortless seven-length victory over The Tornado, rating 1.57.9 over 2185m in an R0 event. He rises considerably in class on Friday night. Campora, a winner in 1.56.2 over 1609m at Bunbury in January, has maintained his sound form and has sound claims from his favourable draw. King Lebron has won four races, including easy victories at his past two outings over 2100m at Bunbury on the past two Saturday nights. Scoobys Delight, a stablemate of Ideal Tyson, has won only once from 14 starts, but has been placed nine times. He worked hard when a good second to My Platinum Belle at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. Lightning Jolt and Destined To Rule complete a strong field. Lightning Jolt notched his sixth when he finished boldly to score over 2185m at Pinjarra on Sunday and Destined To Rule also produced a strong finishing effort to win over 1780m at Northam on Thursday of last week. Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 29 April 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 29 April 2016

A classy pacer who has won a $100,000 group 1 event and has been placed in four other harness racing group events make his West Australian debut when he starts off the front as an M1-classified performer in the Slater Gartrell Sports Allira and Jett Bond Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He is seven-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding Besotted, a recent addition to Gary Hall senior’s Serpentine training establishment, who should relish the standing-start conditions and make a successful start to his new career in WA, with Clint Hall in the sulky. His appearance --- and his clash with the exciting Simply Susational and the Easter Cup winner Znana and runner-up Sonic Classic --- should be a highlight of the ten-event program. Illustrating the massive drop in class for Besotted is the fact that he contested the $250,000 group 1 Auckland Cup at Alexandra Park at his most recent start, last December 31. He finished well back in a quality field, but two starts earlier he finished second to Hughie Green in the group 3 Summer Cup over 2200m at Alexandra Park. His group 1 victory was achieved in the Taylor Mile at a 1.53.5 rate over 1700m at Alexandra Park in May 2013 when he defeated Elios and the champion mare Adore Me. Besotted has earned $271,545 from 15 wins and 19 placings from 59 starts. He has raced twice in Australia --- at Melton in August 2013 when he finished third in a heat and a head second to Ideal Scott in the Breeders Crown final for four-year-old horses and geldings. He is comparatively lightly raced because he has broken down twice with suspensory ligament damage to a fore and hind leg. He arrived in WA in mid-January, but his WA debut debut has been delayed because of a highly unusual injury. “We’ve had a few problems with him,” said Gary Hall jun. “He had a big abscess in a back foot and it didn’t seem to be getting any better for ages. We couldn’t work out why and finally we got the farriers to have a look. “They dug it right out and discovered a 5cm chunk of wood embedded in his foot. It could have been there for who knows how long. He wasn’t happy about it, which is understandable. “He is all good now and is working in good style. He raced in some pretty high-class races in New Zealand and he’ll be winning if he steps. Even if he doesn’t lead I think he should win. He sat outside Pacific Warrior in a Byford trial on Sunday morning and beat him. Simply Susational is a nice horse and looks the hardest to beat.” Besotted dashed over the final quarter of the 2150m mobile trial in 28.6sec. on a heavy rain-affected track. Simply Susational, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, is an up-and-coming star who cannot be underestimated. He will start off the back mark of 20m and Ryan Warwick is sure to put the five-year-old into the race in the middle stages. Simply Susational has raced 37 times for 13 wins and eight placings and he was most impressive last Friday week when he raced in eighth position before charging forward, three wide, from sixth at the bell to burst to the front 250m from home on his way to winning easily from False Promise in a 2503m stand, with final quarters in 28.8sec. and 28.1sec. Znana and stablemate Sonic Classic will also have admirers after fighting out the finish of the 2902m Easter Cup on Thursday of last week. Znana set the pace and held on to win from the fast-finishing Sonic Classic. Trainer Nathan Turvey has engaged Micheal Ferguson to drive Znana and Jocelyn Young to handle Sonic Classic. He will drive Flyalong Falcon. Ken Casellas

Lightly-raced five-year-old Elegant Christian has recovered from a hoof abscess and the harness racing gelding gets an excellent chance of returning to the winning list at Gloucester Park on Friday night, despite starting from the outside barrier (No. 9) in the 1730m Slater Gartrell Sports Alex’s 21 and Amy’s 18 Pace. Clint Hall will resume as the driver of the gelding and Herron trainer Clive Dalton will be anxious for Elegant Christian to go forward in a bid for the lead or to put himself in the race in the breeze. Elegant Christian is an M5-class performer who has earned $220,389 from 14 wins and six placings from 26 starts. His chief rivals appear to be polemarker Courage Tells, Change Stride (barrier two), Ideal Alice (three) and Fernleigh Rebel (eight). Elegant Christian will be having his first start since finishing fifth in the 2692m Pinjarra Cup on March 7 when he began from the back line and fought on from sixth at the bell to be fifth behind Tricky Styx. Two starts earlier he began speedily from the No. 7 barrier and burst to the front after 400m before setting a brisk pace and winning easily from Cyamach and Lisharry at a 1.53.9 rate over 2130m. The consistent Courage Tells is racing keenly for Hopeland trainer Colin Joss and he should be prominent from the inside barrier. He enjoyed an ideal passage behind the pacemaker Ima Connoisseur before sprinting home fast to snatch victory at a 1.54.1 rate from Lettuceriprita over 2130m on Thursday night of last week. Change Stride rattled home from seventh at the bell to finish an eye-catching third and the four-year-old has sound prospects from barrier two. Ideal Alice, a winner at 11 of her 29 starts, will resume after a spell and is handily drawn at barrier three. However, it is problematic whether she will be able to muster sufficient speed to get to an early lead. She has not raced since finishing strongly into third place behind Nike Franco and Jungle Jewel in the $125,000 Mares Classic at Gloucester Park on December 13. She ran home solidly when second to stablemate Besotted in a 2185m Byford trial on Sunday morning. Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 01 April 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 01 April 2016

New Zealand-bred five-year-old Thats Rite should maintain his unbeaten record at Gloucester Park by setting the pace from the prized No. 1 barrier and proving too smart for his rivals in the $25,000 final of the Im Themightyquinn Pace on Friday night. Clint Hall gave punters a strong lead when he chose to handle Thats Rite in preference to the exciting John Oldroyd-trained Mynameskenny in the 2130m event. Hall has been full of praise for Mynameskenny after driving the four-year-old to two splendid wins and a very close second to Bhagwan at his past three starts. However, it came as no surprise whatsoever when he elected to drive Thats Rite, who is an up-and-coming star in the Serpentine stables of leading trainer Gary Hall sen. He is unbeaten at four appearances at Gloucester Park and has won at each of his past four starts (three at headquarters and one in Bunbury) by a combined total of 41.9 metres, an average margin of 10.25m. Friday night’s final brings together a quality field, but Thats Rite simply appears to have an edge over the opposition, which includes several M0-class pacers destined for outstanding careers. Apart from Mynameskenny, who will start from barrier six on the front line and will be driven by Chris Lewis, the field includes talented performers in Atlastalone, Glenferrie Rustler, Burning, Offtocullect, Bhagwan, Calais and Captain Under Fire. Thats Rite warmed up for this week’s assignment with a dominant performance at Bunbury last Saturday night when he settled in fifth position before bursting to the front approaching the bell and racing away to win at a 1.56.9 rate by more than four lengths from Wills Boy and Our Ideal Act over 2100m. The final three quarters whizzed by in 28.8sec., 29.3sec. and 28.4sec. Eight nights earlier Thats Rite was untroubled to lead from barrier one and sprint over the final quarters in 28.3sec. and 27.3sec. to defeat Burning by just under two lengths at a 1.56.8 rate over 2130m at Gloucester Park. Burning, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, raced three and four wide early and then worked hard in the breeze before fighting on gamely to finish second. He will start from the No. 2 barrier on Friday night and should again be prominent. Burning’s stablemate Offtocullect will be driven by Ryan Warwick from barrier five. The five-year-old has resumed after an absence of 23 months in fine style, with a strong-finishing first-up victory at Pinjarra followed by an excellent second to Atlastalone at Gloucester Park last Friday night when he raced three wide for much of the way. Atlastalone, trained at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, was most impressive at his first outing for a month. He settled in ninth place before Prentice dashed him forward, three wide, after a lap to move into the breeze outside the pacemaker Captain Under Fire. Atlastalone surged to the front 220m from home and coasted to victory. “He felt like the winner a long way out and he hit the line really good,” Prentice said. “I think he should win a couple more up here (at Gloucester Park).” Atlastalone’s prospects in the final diminished when he drew out wide at barrier eight. However, Prentice is sure to put the eight-year-old into the thick of the action in the middle stages. Bhagwan began speedily from barrier seven to burst to the front after 250m before setting the pace and winning easily from Ginas Ingot in a qualifying heat. But he faces a tougher task from No. 7 to get to an early lead in the final. Likely to be prominent is the Debbie Padberg-trained Glenferrie Rustler, who is sure to be improved after his first two runs after a spell. He is handily drawn at barrier three. Ken Casellas

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