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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      

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have pinpointed champion New Zealand pacer Lazarus, classy mare Maczaffair and leading harness racing trainer Gary Hall’s latest edition to his stable, Wardan Express, as star bets for Friday night’s Fremantle Pacing Cup meeting at Gloucester Park. All three pacers will be sent out as hot favourites and, barring accidents, should prove the testing material in their respective races. Guild president Wayne Currall spoke for his colleagues when he said Lazarus was on track to overtake Monkey King ($3,332,513) as the fourth richest pacer in the southern hemisphere. “Blacks A Fake with earnings of $4,575,456 is the richest standardbred in the southern hemisphere, but Lazarus is looming large,” Currall said. “The word champion is bandied about too much, but it’s deserved in the case of Lazarus. “Victory on Friday night and again in next week’s WA Pacing Cup would see Lazarus surpass the third richest pacer in Australasia, Smoken Up ($3,607,985). “Trainer/driver Mark Purdon has also pencilled in the Hunter Cup and the Miracle Mile for the best pacer he’s ever trained. Wins in either, or both, would put Lazarus within touch of Im Themightyquinn, the second richest with stakes of $4,567,456. “Lazarus deserves to be talked about in the same breath as the above champions he’s the real deal and will prove it again in the Fremantle Cup.” Leading tipster Stuart Lowe, TABradio’s Matt Young and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believe Wardan Express will make a winning debut for the Hall camp. Lowe spoke for his two comrades when he said Wardan Express had his hoof on the till. “My best bet is Wardan Express who has finished down the track at three WA runs,” Lowe said. “However, he faces a big drop in class here and has his best draw in WA in barrier three.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas has opted for Dredlock Rockstar as his star bet. “Veteran pacer Dredlock Rockstar bounced back to his best with an impressive victory at Bunbury last Sunday week and he should maintain that form by winning on Friday night,” Casellas said. “He is ideally drawn at the No. 2 barrier and is my star bet on the splendid 10-event program.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is a fan of Ima Rocknroll Legend. “Ima Rocknroll Legend is not in the elite bracket of Gary Hall’s stable, but he has become established as one of the most consistent pacers competing at Gloucester Park and he appears to have hit top form,” Manning said. “He should be able to overcome an outside gate, judging by his win after racing three-wide last Friday. His GP tally is three wins and six places from 12 starts.” Veteran tipster Bill Brindley has earmarked Maczaffair as his best bet. “Maczaffair has to be my best bet despite a wide barrier,” Brindley said. “She is low flying and can make it a hat-trick of victories. The classy Idealndiamonds is my other best bet.” Longshot king Pat Harding believes the Fremantle Pacing Cup will be fought out between the two Purdon horses, Lazarus and Ultimate Machete. “I think Lazarus and Ultimate Machete will fight out the finish of the Fremantle Pacing Cup with the WA horses Chicago Bull and Soho Tribeca filling third and fourth,” Harding said. VALUE BETS Wayne: Collie pacer Mighty Flying Deal has been racing in career-best form and looks a great each-way chance in the second event. Stuart: Bronze Seeker had a great run behind the leader when second last week. Likely to get a similar run here from the pole. Matt: De La Tourbie in the first race needs a touch of luck, but A C Lewis is in form and she should run well on her latest effort. Ryan: Devendra is drawn to surprise in what could be a high-speed Fremantle Cup. If the leaders burn early, look for Chris Voak to be extricating him in the late stages. Ken: American Boy is capable of leading from the No. 4 barrier and beating quality performers, including Our Jimmy Johnstone, A Piccadilly Princess and Delightful Offer. Ernie: Red Salute has slipped down in class and the veteran gets his chance for another victory after striking interference and then being slow away at his past two appearances. Bill: Red Salute and Glenferrie Rustler are my value bets. Both horses should go out at good each-way prices and can win with the right runs. Pat: Idealindiamonds won’t be sent out at any fancy prices but should be a good thing for punters.         To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

Remarkable high-achieving horsewoman Natalie Rasmussen makes a nostalgic return to Perth this week determined to add another chapter to her illustrious career as a harness racing driver of the highest quality. She will drive one of her favourite pacers, Ultimate Machete, in the $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park when she hopes to land her second winner in Western Australia. Keen harness racing fans will remember her as an 18-year-old who represented Queensland in the Australasian Young Drivers Championship series at Harvey, Pinjarra and Gloucester Park in March 1996. She did not fare very well in the ballot for drives and did well to finish fifth behind WA’s Craig Goldfinch in the field of ten drivers. She finished third with Just A Joker (8/1) and fifth behind Son of Song (10/1) at Harvey, fourth with Blake Apollo (33/1) and fifth with Confide In Me (14/1) at Pinjarra and had sixth placings with Be Be Brosnik (16/1) and Bessarlie (11/2) at Gloucester Park. Then on her second and most recent visit to Perth she was successful in a $10,500 invitation 1740m event for mares and restricted to female drivers at Gloucester Park in May 2004. She drove the David Pyburne-trained five-year-old Whitehouse Whisper, the solitary runner on the back line in a field of ten.  Whitehouse Whisper, second favourite at 5/2, raced without cover in the first circuit before gaining an ideal passage and then finishing strongly to defeat Cee Jay Blaze (Emma Turnbull) by a neck. Rasmussen has an outstanding record in the sulky behind four-year-old Ultimate Machete, having driven him 14 times for nine wins and five seconds. Ultimate Machete, a powerfully-built stallion and unbeaten in three starts at Gloucester Park, is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier on the front line and is generally considered one of the main dangers to his champion stablemate Lazarus. Rasmussen, the co-trainer with Mark Purdon at the All Stars establishment in Christchurch, has an outstanding record in the sulky in New Zealand where she has had 547 drives for 204 wins, 103 seconds and 69 thirds for $6,286,467 in prizemoney. Born in Townsville in 1977, she is best known as the trainer and driver of Blacks A Fake, the winner of four Interdominion pacing championships in Hobart (2006), Globe Derby Park (2007), Moonee Valley (2008) and Menangle (2010). Rasmussen also trained and drove Blacks A Fake when he finished a close second to Mr Feelgood in the 2009 Inters on the Gold Coast. Blacks A Fake, the winner of eleven Group 1 and ten Group 2 and 3 feature events for Rasmussen, retired with earnings of $4,575,438 from 72 wins, 19 seconds and five thirds from 105 starts. New Zealand-bred pacers have dominated the Fremantle Cup in recent years and nine of the 12 runners in Friday night’s race were bred in New Zealand, the exceptions being the WA-bred Vultan Tin and Soho Tribeca and the Tasmania-bred Devendra. The past 12 Fremantle Cup winners were bred in New Zealand. Sandy Bay, bred in New South Wales, won the Cup in 2005 and the most recent WA-bred winners have been Golden Gears (2000) and Smooth Business (1994). WA businessman Rob Watson bred and owns Soho Tribeca, who faces a stern test from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. Watson paid $20,000 for Pixel Perfect as a yearling in Tasmania. Pixel Perfect did not race, but Soho Tribeca has shone on the racetrack, earning $588,609 from 18 wins and 21 placings from 48 starts. Kim Prentice, who drives Soho Tribeca, said that the five-year-old had worked superbly on Tuesday morning. He hinted strongly that he was unlikely to charge forward from the outside barrier with the stallion. “In saying that, it could still happen,” he said. “We’ll just have to wait and see.” Coolup trainer Phil Costello bred Vultan Tin, who will start from barrier three with Chris Voak in the sulky. “I think he has the job ahead of him, but I’m hoping he will land in a good position in the running line, either one-out and one-back or one-out and two-back.” Champion WA reinsman Chris Lewis, fresh from four winners at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening and a treble at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, has won the Fremantle Cup six times but he faces an extremely difficult assignment with Motu Premier, who will start from the outside of the back line. Michael Brennan, who prepared Im Victorious for his Fremantle Cup victory in 2014, said that The Bucket List had a perfect draw at No. 2 on the back line. “I’m really happy with him and he should be able to lob three back on the pegs and do no work before being a sniper,” he said. “I’m pretty confident of a top-six finish.”     Ken Casellas

“He’s in the zone and at the top of his game and I don’t think that any horse can beat him,” declared a supremely confident New Zealand trainer-reinsman Mark Purdon when assessing the prospects of harness racing superstar five-year-old Lazarus in the $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “You have always got to respect the opposition, but with everything being equal, I don’t think that he can be beaten.” Purdon, New Zealand’s champion trainer and driver, is also looking forward keenly to the clash between Lazarus and his outstanding four-year-old stablemate Ultimate Machete, who will be handled by star driver Natalie Rasmussen. “They have never met in a race, but I don’t expect Ultimate Machete to be able to beat Lazarus,” said Purdon. Ultimate Machete and Lazarus are by super sire Bettors Delight, who is also the sire of six of the other ten Cup runners Chicago Bull, Bettors Fire, Ohoka Punter, Devendra, Galactic Star and Motu Premier. “I’m happy with both Lazarus and Ultimate Machete,” Purdon said. “They had a quiet hoppled run on Monday and all is well. I don’t expect either of them to have the gate speed to get to the front in the early stages. I expect Ultimate Machete to take up a forward position, while I’ll drive Lazarus like a normally do by giving him time to settle and then work him forward.” Ultimate Machete is the youngest and least experienced runner in the race, with 12 wins and ten placings from 24 starts. He has won at ten of his past 13 starts, including stylish victories at his three appearances at Gloucester Park. Between them, the 12 Cup runners have won 270 races and been placed 240 times for combined earnings of $10,380,689. Lazarus shows the way with 34 wins and seven placings for stakes of $3,330,438 from 41 starts. He won the TABtouch Inter Dominion final five Fridays ago when he settled in fifth place and then was sent forward, three wide, after a lap to race in the breeze outside Tiger Tara before surging to the front at the 100m and winning easily from Chicago Bull at a 1.57.6 rate over 2936m. At his previous outing, a week earlier, he smashed Im Themightyquinn’s track record, rating 1.54.5 over 2536m, when he settled in eighth place and made a fast three-wide move into the breeze before getting to the front with 1450m to travel on his way to victory over stablemate Have Faith In Me. Then last Friday night he was not extended in winning at a 1.55.9 rate over 2536m (the distance of the Fremantle Cup) and scoring by four lengths over the fast-finishing Motu Premier. Trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper is hoping that it will be a case of fifth time lucky for Bettors Fire on Friday night. The nine-year-old Bettors Fire greatly enhanced his prospects when he drew the prized No. 1 barrier on the front line. Harper said that Bettors Fire was in peak condition and was ready to run a big race. “I intend to take advantage of his gate speed and aim to set the pace,” Harper said. “He’s got the right barrier and I expect him to run a bold race out in front.” Bettors Fire warmed up for Friday night’s assignment with a dashing all-the-way victory over Soho Tribeca and Chicago Bull, rating 1.52.6 in the 1730m Village Kid Sprint last Friday week when he revealed sparkling early speed to burst straight to the front from barrier seven. A winner of 33 races, Bettors Fire is the only pacer to have run in the past four Fremantle Cups for a second to Im Victorious in 2014, fourth to David Hercules (2015), third to Beaudiene Boaz (2016) and an eye-catching fourth behind Chicago Bull last year when he charged home from 11th at the bell. Ken Casellas

Harness racing 'Hall of Fame' trainer Gary Hall Snr reports that West Australia’s best pacer Chicago Bull is spot on for a tilt at the $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he has hopes of winning the big race for a record eighth time. Chicago Bull has drawn somewhat awkwardly at barrier four on the front line and Hall said that his son, Gary Hall Jnr, planned to drive the diminutive five-year-old aggressively “Going forward, that’s the plan,” Hall Snr said. “Well, that’s what Junior is saying. So, 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. “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. “I would have liked Chicago Bull to have drawn where he could lead and I reckon that leading, he would go close. He is a better horse now than when he won the Fremantle Cup last year. He’s stronger.” Chicago Bull, who finished a splendid second to Lazarus in the Inter Dominion championship final five Fridays ago, maintained his excellent form when he ran home strongly from sixth at the bell to finish a half-length second to Bettors Fire in the 1730m Village Kid Sprint last Friday week. The powerful Hall stable will also be represented in Friday night’s Cup by eight-year-olds Ohoka Punter and My Hard Copy, who will start from barriers six and seven, respectively. Stuart McDonald will handle Ohoka Punter and Clint Hall will be in the sulky behind dual WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy, who started from barrier nine when he finished strongly to be second to Beaudiene Boaz in the 2016 Fremantle Cup. “My Hard Copy is absolutely flying and is working as good as Chicago Bull,” said Hall Snr “From barrier six he will go back at the start. Don’t forget that he has won two WA Pacing Cups from barrier nine. ”Barrier seven won’t help Ohoka Punter. However, he’s going all right, even though he might be a bit past it.” Clint Hall said that My Hard Copy would need plenty of speed in the race to be a realistic chance. “If things get silly, he could certainly knock them out, late,” he said. “I’m pretty excited about his prospects. “He led and won first-up, beating Bettors Fire and A Piccadilly Princess and then at his next start he was unlucky when he finished right on the back of them in the Village Kid Sprint when he didn’t get clear and still had something to offer.” Clint Hall has yet to win a Fremantle Cup, a race that has been won eight times by his younger brother Gary. Gary Hall Snr has won the Cup seven times with The Falcon Strike (2002 and 2004), Im Themightyquinn (2010-11-12), Beaudiene Boaz (2016) and Chicago Bull (2017). For good measure, Hall has also trained the second placegetter in the Fremantle Cup on eight occasions with Tricky Bey (1993), Our London Pride (2001), De Galdearno (2006), Kotare Flame (2007), Alzona (2010), Im Themightyquinn (2013), Northview Punter (2015) and My Hard Copy (2016). He has also trained three third placegetters Fac Et Spiro (2008), Dartmoor (2010) and Im Themightyquinn (2009). Ken Casellas

Harness racing driver Kyle Harper can see a few scenarios which will land him his first Fremantle Pacing Cup with 9yo speedster Bettors Fire.

There is not much of Chicago Bull but it didn't stop the talented harness racing four-year-old beating the older horses in the $300,000 Group 1 Fremantle Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand bred son of Bettor's Delight  is set to step into Grand Circuit company in next Friday's Western Australian Pacing Cup as favourite after rating 1.56.7 in his Fremantle Cup victory, which had trainer Gary Hall snr singing his praises "Chicago Bull is probably the smallest horse I've trained," Hall told the West Australian. "He's a little more than pony-sized. But he's a dynamic powerhouse."      

Leading WA harness racing driver Gary Hall Jnr has copped a one-month suspension for unacceptable driving in a standing-start event on Fremantle Cup night.   Hall Jnr drove superstar four-year-old Beaudiene Boaz to victory in the Group 1 Fremantle Cup (2536m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night.   Earlier in the night however, he would partner the Matthew Scott-trained eight-year-old gelding Bartowski in a Discretionary Handicap (2503m).   Hall Jnr tried to take the lead off Callan Suvaljko who drove Bettors Ace in the event with the pair matching motors for more than 400m at the beginning of the event.    Suvaljko showed his intent to hold the lead while Hall Jnr drove Bartowski “like a man possessed,” according to race caller Richy Bell.    Bettors Ace ran through a lead time of 66.2 seconds, which was 0.6 seconds quicker than the Fremantle Cup which is run from the mobile.   Chief harness racing steward Carl Coady stated that Hall Jnr persisted for too long at the start of the event, but would be right to drive Beaudiene Boaz in Friday night’s Group 1 WA Pacing Cup (2936m). “He persevered after it was clear Bettors Ace was being driven to hold the lead,” Coady told Seven West Media. “Suspended reinspersons can fulfil engagements for up to nine days after suspensions. Gary Hall will begin his suspension at midnight on Friday, after driving in the WA Pacing Cup.” Trainer Gary Hall Snr prepared the quinella in the Fremantle Cup after Beaudiene Boaz defeated My Hard Copy by 1.5m in a mile rate of 1:55.9.    Hall Snr had six of the 12 runners in the event and five of the six are expected to start this week with Classic American in doubt after running 11th. “They head my WA Pacing Cup entries,” Hall Snr told Seven West Media. “I’ll also nominate Run Oneover, John Of Arc and Waylade. “Our other Cup hope Classic American is in doubt. He disappointed when he was near-last in the Fremantle Cup.” Jason Rulz could also be under the microscope when the handicapper assesses the WA Pacing Cup nominations after running last in the Fremantle Cup.   By Trent Orwin   Reprinted with permission of the site    

Champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. has pledged he will drive Beaudiene Boaz aggressively in a bold attempt to win the $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall has won the rich group 1 event six times (twice with The Falcon Strike, three times with Im Themightyquinn and with Im Victorious in 2014) and a win by Beaudiene Boaz would give his father Gary Hall sen. his sixth success in The Fremantle Cup as a trainer. Beaudiene Boaz, a comparatively lightly-raced New Zealand-bred gelding, is the youngest runner in the Cup, but Hall jun. is confident the Badlands Hanover stallion has the class and versatility to prove the master of his 11 older rivals. Beaudiene Boaz notched his 20th win from 27 starts when he made the most of the No. 1 barrier by leading all the way and beating stablemates My Hard Copy, John of Arc and Waylade at a 1.52.9 rate in the 1730m Village Kid Sprint last Friday night. “Stepping up 2536m won’t be a problem,” Hall jun. said. “Winning the Golden Nugget over 2536m at a 1.55.7 rate at his previous start suggests that this week’s race won’t worry him.” Beaudiene Boaz will start from barrier four on the front line on Friday night, with Hall declaring: “It’s a pretty good draw, really; it could’ve been worse. I’ll press forward and see what everyone wants to do. I expect John of Arc (barrier three) to get past Waylade (two) early and then I’d expect Beaudiene Boaz to run past John of Arc.” Hall said he also anticipated that Chris Lewis to make a strong bid for the early lead from barrier five. “I held Lovers Delight with Waylade once when I drew three and he drew five. He tried to cross and Waylade held him comfortably,” he said. “I’d say Beaudiene Boaz is a lot better beginner than Waylade. He’s got more natural speed. Ideally, I’d like Beaudiene Boaz to get to the front. Obviously, if Chris (Lewis) is coming out, Kyle (Harper) will have questions to answer with Bettors Fire from the No. 1 barrier. I can’t let Lovers Delight go because if he gets to the breeze he would be able to control the race. “So I’ll be coming out hard and if I can’t get to the front I’ll be happy to race in the breeze. Beaudiene Boaz is race hard and he has pulled up well after last Friday night’s win.” The Hall stable has six runners in Friday night’s Cup --- Beaudiene Boaz, Waylade, John of Arc, Run Oneover (No. 6), Classic American (seven) and My Hard Copy (nine) and Hall sen. would dearly love to repeat his feat of landing the trifecta like he did with Im Themightyquinn, Alzona and Dartmoor in the Fremantle Cup in December 2009 when the race was a stand over 2902m. Since then the Fremantle Cup has been a mobile event. GPTV spoke with Gary Hall Jnr about the chances of Beadiene Boaz, and all of his drives - watch the video HERE... Related Links Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 January 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 January 2016

Harness racing drivers Lewis and Harper are certainly not about to concede defeat in the Cup. “Lovers Delight (trained in Bunbury by Stephen Reed) is going super and his second to Lennytheshark in the interdominion championship final was simply brilliant,” Lewis said. “Barrier five is the big question. It’s somewhat of an awkward draw and I’d say, without speaking to Stephen or the owners, we’ll probably get a forward position. We’ll come out and have a look and getting to the front would be perfect. But the front mightn’t be on offer. However, you never know. “If we end up racing in the breeze it wouldn’t be a problem. He’s tough and is better on the pace. He’s definitely a player in the race. He can put himself into a race, so we will be using those attributes.” Lovers Delight, who set the pace when second in the Inters final, gave a sample of his sparkling gate speed in a 2536m heat of the Inters when he began fast from the No. 7 barrier and crossed to the front after 450m before going on to set the pace and sprint over the final 800m in 54.5sec. to beat Lennytheshark. Lewis has won the Fremantle Cup six times --- with Black Irish (1983), Village Kid (1988 and 1989), John Albert (1995), Sandy Bay (2005) and Dasher VC (2013). Harper said he was hoping it would be a case of third time lucky with Bettors Fire, who led and finished second to Im Victorious in the 2014 Cup and then was fourth behind David Hercules last year. “I’m very happy with the draw and we’ll be leading from barrier one,” he declared. “Bettors Fire has the gate speed to hold up quite comfortably. The 2536m shouldn’t worry him first-up. He’s a lot further forward than he was in the first set of interdominion heats in November when his fifth behind Philadelphia Man was quite impressive, considering the power of work he did early. “He shouldn’t have to do that much work this time and he should be further forward than he was for his first-up Inters run. He should run a nice bold race. “Things haven’t been ideal in the lead-up. He had setbacks a month ago. He had a lot of soundness issues going into the first Inters heat which we couldn’t pick. He missed a bit of work due to lameness, but he came good before the first heat. “After his run in the second set of heats (ninth behind My Hard Copy in Bunbury)he pulled up a bit sore behind and wasn’t quite himself. His run was disappointing. Then three days later quite a large abscess burst in his nearside hind, which pretty much explained everything. “I then scratched him from the rest of the championship series and after a week off he’s had plenty of work. He’s forward enough to run an honest race and whatever he does he will improve on. I think he will be about 90 per cent this week and 100 per cent the following week for the WA Pacing Cup.” Bettors Fire, a winner of 27 races from 65 starts and $428,332 in prizemoney, worked impressively in a 2150m mobile trial at Byford last Sunday week when he rated 1.56.4 in finishing strongly to win from Formyeyesonly. The final quarters were covered in 303sec., 28.9sec., 28.9sec. and 28.1sec. “He’s had plenty of beach work and galloping since then and if we don’t cop a lot of unnecessary pressure early I think he will run a very good race, with Devendra, sitting on my back, the main danger,”” Harper said. “Beaudiene Boaz is a class animal and he might be just too good on the night.” Devendra, trained and driven by James Rattray, showed his class with wins in Inters heats over 2130m and 2536m, is now being prepared at Pinjarra by Gary Elson. Rattray will travel from Sydney to drive the six-year-old on Friday night. In the first market available on Tuesday night Devendra was favourite at $2.90, ahead of Beaudiene Boaz ($3), Waylade ($8), Bettors Fire and Lovers Delight ($9), My Hard Copy ($10) and John of Arc and Run Oneover ($18).  GPTV has interviews with connections for both Lovers Delight and Bettors fire... by Ken Casellas VIDEO: Lovers Delight ready to go one better. VIDEO: Harper to tighten screws on Bettors Fire Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 January 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 January 2016

Shane Graham, the reigning Australian harness racing driver of the year, is heading back to Perth again this Friday. But the Queensland reinsman is set for something different. Originally, Graham was hoping to drive the Ian Gurney trained Avonnova in the Gr.1 $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park but a career worst performance last week in the Village Kid Sprint has drastically changed plans. Avonnova finished at the rear of the field, beaten over 25m behind boom four-year-old Beaudiene Boaz in the 1730m feature after racing without cover and therefore leaving his Perth campaign in jeopardy. It has since been revealed that Avonnova is battling a viral infection and Gurney is hopeful his star prospect will be right to take his spot in next week’s Gr.1 $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup. Mach Alert, a stablemate of Avonnova was nominated for the Fremantle Cup but was made the first emergency but will line-up in the Shop Audio & Visual at Retravision Pace, a consolation of some type for the Fremantle Cup. So Graham was left without a drive in the main event. But a chance phone call from the leading stables of Gary Hall has provided an opportunity for Graham to drive in the feature and will now partner emerging prospect Run Oneover. “It’s very strange how the racing game works at times but you just have to roll with the punches and take your opportunities. The main mission with the Perth campaign was clearly Avonnova but things deviated quickly after last week and then we thought Mach had done enough to secure a start but it wasn’t to be and then a call out of the blue landed the drive in the Cup after all.” Graham explained. While Graham is yet to drive for the Hall stable, he’s fully aware of the power the stable possesses and is excited by the opportunity. Graham has been competing regularly at Gloucester Park in recent weeks owing to the Inter Dominion series and has watched Run Oneover with interest. Regular reinsman Clint Hall has elected to stick with proven performer My Hard Copy in the 2536m classic. “He’s definitely surprised a few people with his efforts in the age classics and he knocked me off last week in the Village Kid Sprint consolation and he did a really good job. He’s strong and he’s very fast so he’ll be thereabouts with normal luck. “It was Clint who originally asked if I was interested in driving for the stable and I’ve since spoken with Gary and its all systems go for Friday night. The draw looks a little tricky on paper but the pressure is obvious so hopefully we can get a piece of the action.” Team Hall has a total of six runners engaged in the Cup including Waylade (2), John Of Arc (3), Beaudiene Boaz (4), Run Oneover (6), Classic American (7) and My Hard Copy (9). Fellow Queensland driver Lauren Jones will take the on Classic American for the stable. Gary Hall has trained the winner of the Fremantle Cup on five occasions, twice with The Falcon Strike and three times with champion pacer Im Themightyquinn. by Chris Barsby

The official barrier draw for the $300,000 RETRAVISION Fremantle Cup to be held at Gloucester Park, was held at RWWA HQ in Perth today, with speedy pacer Bettors Fire claiming the coveted number 1 saddle cloth. Harness racing trainer/driver Kyle Harper is expected to try and lead all the way in the Group 1 event, after having to withdraw the horse from the Inter Dominion series in December. “It was very disappointing but it could have been worse, we still have a horse… He is pacing better than ever at the moment” said Kyle to GPTV in a recent interview. “He had an abscess in his foot which came out during the series… We could have sent him around but it wouldn’t have been fair on the horse” Village Kid Sprint winner Beaudine Boaz has drawn in the 4 hole and is also expected to be sent forward early. Stablemates Waylade and John of Arc, an impressive last start placegetter, have drawn inside Beaudine Boaz in gates two and three respectively. Hall’s other three runners have drawn unfavourably – with Run Oneover and Classic American drawing six and seven, and My Hard Copy lining up from the outside barrier of 9. NSW pacer Devendra will get a good run through on the marker pegs as it comes out from barrier 10 (bl1) behind Bettors Fire. The other two runners joining Devendra on the backline is top WA mare Libertybelle Midfrew, and the Ross Olivieri trained Our Blackbird. Inter Dominion runner-up Lovers Delight will have a tricky run ahead of him after drawing post position 5. A known fast beginner, the son of Bettors Delight could be a challenger for the lead if master reinsman Chris Lewis decides to fire him out of the mobile. The official barrier draw can be viewed HERE. FINAL FIELD HERE by Scott Hamilton Race programme for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 January 2016

Harness racing superstar Beaudiene Boaz will progress to the Fremantle Cup following his win in the Group 2 Village Kid Sprint (1730m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night.   Trainer Gary Hall Snr had five of the eight runners engaged in the $60,000 Village Kid Sprint as they finished first, second, third, fourth and seventh.   Beaudiene Boaz led throughout with Gary Hall Jnr in the cart to defeat My Hard Copy by 2.7m in a mile rate of 1:52.9. A further 1.3m away was John Of Arc and Waylade.   Hall Jnr said Beaudiene Boaz was not fully extended as he brought up win number 19 from 26 starts.   "He was keen right from the start", Hall Jnr told Seven West Media.   "I could have got him to go a bit quicker. He had something left at the finish".   Beaudiene Boaz would be the pre-post favourite for the Group 1 Fremantle Cup (2536m) which will be run at Gloucester Park on January 8.    The son of Badlands Hanover is currently the $3.50 favourite with online bookmaker Sportsbet to capture the Group 1 WA Pacing Cup (2936m) which is run at Gloucester Park on January 15. Devendra and Lovers Delight are equal second favourites at $5 ahead of Waylade ($6), John Of Arc ($8), My Hard Copy ($10) and Avonnova ($10).   Avonnova was forced to sit parked in the Village Kid Sprint and failed to beat a runner home as he finished 25.7m away from Beaudiene Boaz.   Another smart four-year-old from Hall Snr’s stable captured the Village Kid Sprint Consolation (1730m) as Run Oneover wore down Mach Alert in the shadows of the post to win by a pixel in 1:53.4.   Mach Alert set the pace with Fernleigh Rebel a surprise breeze horse while Run Oneover made his move three-wide at the bell behind Cyamach who was the first to make his move.   Smokey The Bandit finished a neck away in third place after flashing late and taking considerable ground off the first two runners home.   To watch Beaudiene Boaz win this race click on this link.   By Trent Orwin   Reprinted with permission of site

Star Tasmanian pacer Devendra fell victim to a horror harness racing draw that led to him finishing last in the Inter Dominion final at Gloucester Park yesterday. With his trainer James Rattray in the sulky, Devendra was taken back at the start from his near outside front row draw (8) while eventual winner and race favourite ($2.20) Lennytheshark was allowed to settle outside of the leader Lovers Delight that worked hard early to retain the lead. Rattray allowed Devendra to remain in last place with the hope something ahead would make a move but it was left to him to instigate a three-wide train at the bell (final lap). He gradually eased his way into the race three-wide and for a fleeting moment down the back stretch he looked set to stake a claim but when the leaders also increased the tempo he was unable to get into the race at the business end of proceedings. Once he realised it was a futile exercise he didn't knock his horse about and he finished at the rear of the field. Lennytheshark went on to defeat Lovers Delight with Flaming Flutter, that trailed the leader throughout, sticking on well to finish third. Rattray indicated he would leave Devendra in WA in the care of former Tasmanian Gary Elson who hosted Rattray and Devendra during their stay. "We'll see how the horse pulls up and if everything looks OK he will go on and contest the Fremantle Cup in a fortnight and the WA Pacing Championship a week later," Rattray said.   Peter Staples

David Hercules, a $15,000 yearling in 2008, is poised to become harness racing’s latest millionaire. Engaged at Gloucester Park tomorrow night, David Hercules is expected to prove too good in the Fremantle Cup, which will see the pacer pass the magical million barrier. Trainer David Thompson declared the eight-year-old was “spot on” and that he “couldn’t be happier with his preparation” ahead the 2536-metre Group One. Reinsman Morgan Woodley echoed Thompson’s sentiment when he said: “We’re brimming with confidence and it’s his time to shine.” David Hercules, which has amassed $936,044 as a result of 35 wins and 31 placings from 95 starts, drew favourably at barrier three - after having no luck 12 months ago when he started from the outside of the back line in the Cup. David Hercules also drew along the back line in the Western Australia Pacing Cup. “He was gallant in both those big cups, finishing third to Im Victorious and Bettors Fire in the Fremantle Cup and fourth behind Hokonui Ben, Toretto and This Time Dylan in the Pacing Cup,” Woodley said. “He finished less than two lengths from the winner in both events. “I’m exceptionally happy with the way the horse has been racing. He couldn’t have come back in any better fashion than he has. “He has been doing it with ease and I understand his training since his last run has been exceptional.” While David Hercules has been installed a firm favourite, there is no lack of confidence from rival trainers, particularly Kevin Keys, who prepares Tuxedo Tour, and Rod Oliver, trainer of Heez On Fire. Ace reinsman Chris Lewis and Gary Hall junior gave punters a ‘heads up’ by opting to drive Tuxedo Tour and Heez On Fire. Lewis and Hall share the record of six Fremantle Cup wins, with Lewis scoring behind Black Irish (1983), Village Kid (1988 and 1989), John Albert (1995), Sandy Bay (2005) and Dasher VC (2013). Hall was successful with The Falcon Strike (2002 and 2004), Im Themightyquinn (2010, 2011 and 2012) and Im Victorious (2014). Lewis will drive the inexperienced and lowly-assessed Tuxedo Tour in preference to the brilliant mare Sensational Gabby, which he drove to a dashing all-the-way victory over Hokonui Ben and Tuxedo Tour last week. Champion trainer Gary Hall has three Cup runners, Toretto, Northview Punter and Soho Jackman, but Junior has opted to stick with Tuxedo Tour. Keys laid down the gauntlet to the rest of the field by stating Tuxedo Tour is capable of leading throughout. “My instructions to Gary will be to lead from barrier two,” he said. “There will be only one instruction and that is to lead. “Tuxedo Tour is a better horse on the pole and he’s one of those horses who is better rolling than being held up. “I’ve left no stone unturned…he’s had plenty of work and plenty of swimming.” KEN CASELLAS

Record-breaking harness racing trainer Gary Hall will take aim at the Western Australia Cup with rising star Soho Lennon. Hall revealed his plans to tackle the Grand Circuit event following Soho Lennon’s success in last night’s Nights Of Thunder at Gloucester Park. The state’s premier feature, the Cup is scheduled to be run at the same venue on January 16. There is a chance the son of Mach Three may also line up in next week’s Fremantle Cup. “He’s had three runs in the last fortnight and iS right at his peak at the perfect time,” Hall said. “The Pacing Cup is where I will head with him. “Depending on how he is in the next couple of days, I may put him in the Fremantle Cup as well. “He’s only a four-year-old and I don’t want to burn him out, so how he is after each run will be the guide.” Driven by Hall’s son, Clinton, Soho Lennon led throughout from the pole to score by a metre-and-a-half from In The Perfect Storm. Machtu – a WA Cup-bound stablemate of the winner – was a head away third. Covering the last half 57.1 seconds, Soho Lennon rated a slick 1:54.1 for the 1730 metres to provide Hall with his third victory in the Group Two since its inception in 2007. Hall captured the inaugural running with Tealsby Karita before securing last season’s edition with Hokonui Ben. Gary junior drove the pair. PAUL COURTS

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