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The Inter Dominion dream is still alive for injury-plagued superstar Hectorjayjay. It’s been well documented his latest injury setback prompted another stable switch to Matty Craven near Warrnambool, so beach swimming could become part of his routine. And that’s just what Hectorjayjay has started doing, making regular visits to into the chilly Lady Bay beach in Warrnambool. “Not only is he swimming and doing really well, but he starts jogging this week,” part-owner Mick Harvey said. “We’ve mapped out a plan for him and the Inter Dominion is part of it. If everything keeps going the way it is, he’ll he on target for the Inters. “Matty is thrilled with how he’s been since he got to his place a few weeks ago.” Hectorjayjay brilliantly won the Group 1 Blacks A Fake last July and returned from almost a year out to win at Kilmore for Gavin Lang in late June, but developed another minor issue. __________________________________________________________________________ NZ Cup hopeful Tiger Tara was beaten, but far from disgraced at his comeback run at Menangle last night. Kevin Pizzuto’s star did plenty of early work to eventually find the lead, kicked away with a big break at the top of the home straight, but was nabbed late by the much-improved sit-sprinter Loorim Creek. They ran a strong 1min51.5sec mile and Tiger Tara was beaten just 1.9m. It was his first run since the Miracle Mile on February 24. The shock of the race was the flop of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen’s heavily backed favourite Cash N Flow ($2.90 into $1.90), who beat just one rival home. Cash N Flow, an eye-catching when runner-up at his first Menangle run, worked forward early, sat parked, loomed as a winning hope coming to the final bend, but wilted to be beaten 15m in ninth spot. __________________________________________________________________________ LUCKY hobby trainer Ange McDowall is a patient person. McDowall’s star Lumineer – one of Australia’s most exciting pacers – is out of the Breeders Crown with another injury setback, but it’s only minor. “It’s not a broken bone, it’s just an untimely hiccup. It’s an abscess which didn’t burst in time,” she said. Lumineer, who boasts eight wins from nine starts, hasn’t raced since being injured during the Victoria Derby final on January 27. He was scratched from his Breeders Crown qualifier at Bendigo last Friday night. __________________________________________________________________________ STILL on the Breeders Crown qualifiers and, as expected, they proved a feast for co-trainers Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin across four meetings in Victoria last week. Stewart and Tonkin amazingly won all of the nine heats run at Ballarat, Kilmore, Shepparton and Bendigo. At Kilmore last Tuesday, Two Times Bettor turned the tables on Kualoa from the Vicbred final in the first heat, then Somebeachsomewhere filly Swimsuit Edition won the second heat. Stewart and Tonkin landed the trifecta in the second of the Ballarat heats last Wednesday with Hurricane Harley storming home over the top of the leader, Hardhitter, with the emerging Brevity in third spot. In the other heat, Australian Gold and Vicbred winner Centenario led throughout to score. Last Thursday, Stewart and Tonkin easily won both three-year-old pacing fillies’ heats with Pistol Abbey (who beat stablemate Tenniele Erin in the first heat) and final favourite Speak No Evil. With Shez All Rock sidelined, Vicbred winner Speak No Evil looks a standout for the final. Stewart and Tonkin then unleashed seven runners across the three heats for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Ballarat on Friday night winning with NSW Derby winner Poster Boy, the untapped Ride High and underrated Major Times, who upstaged more highly-fancied stablemate Maraetai. __________________________________________________________________________ THE old marvel did it again. Kyvalley Blur, the rising 11-year-old who was bred in North America, toyed with his younger rivals in the Group 3 Aldebaran Park Trotters’ free-for-all at Melton last night. It was his second win at the top level in six days after a dominant display in the free-for-all at Maryborough on Redwood Day. Chris Alford was content to sit back and wait for the last shot at Sparkling Success, who gave him the trail home, and comeback champ Keystone Del, who sat parked. Kyvalley Blur exploded past his classy rivals halfway down the straight and cruised to a 5.7m win in a slick 1min58sec mile rate for 2240m. Keystone Del battled on well for second, the spot he occupied at his first run back from a year out. Sparkling Success, who is US bound for the Yonkers International Trot in October, ran on quite well, but has yet to show his peak form in two runs back from a spell. __________________________________________________________________________ STABLE star Chicago Bull stayed home, but trainer Gary Hall Sr still won the major fast-class race at Gloucester Park last Friday night with the promising Kiwi-bred Runrunjimmydunn. The son of American Ideal, superbly driven by Gary Hall Jr, outstayed classy rivals Motu Premier and Vampiro and the end of the Marathon over an epic 3309m. The other fast-class race produced an upset when Greg and Skye Bond’s four-year-old Rock Diamonds upstaged classy open-class performers The Bucket List and Bettors Fire in a slick 1min54.7sec mile rate for 2130m.   Adam Hamilton

Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, delighted at King of Swing’s effortless victory on Tuesday night, will be looking for strong efforts from American Brave and Speed Man when they clash in the first event, the Seven News Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This trio of exciting three-year-olds are being aimed at the rich Golden Nugget Championship for four-year-olds in the coming summer. A winner at six of his 13 starts, American Brave made a stylish Australian debut for Hall when he scored a runaway victory against moderate company over 2130m at Gloucester Park on July 14, despite being on one rein for much of the journey. He sprinted over the final quarters in 28.7sec. and 28.1sec. and won by seven and a half lengths. American Brave will be driven by ace reinsman Gary Hall Jnr from the outside (No. 3) on the back line. He stamped himself as a future star when he trailed the pacemaker Solid Gold and sprinted home powerfully along the sprint lane to win by a neck from King of Swing in a heat of the Sires Stakes at Alexandra Park last October. King of Swing had taken the lead 150m from the post after working hard in the breeze. The final 800m was covered in 56.5sec., with the last 400m taking 27.5sec. American Brave rated 1.53.8 over 1700m and his was a notable victory over King of Swing, who gave further proof of his class by winning the Group 1 WA Derby in April. American Brave has inherited much of the ability of his dam Shez Spicey, a mare by Christian Cullen who earned $183,183 from nine wins, seven seconds and one third from just 31 starts. American Brave is a work in progress and looks set to improve massively on his modest record of 13 starts for six wins and one third for stakes of $55,610. Speed Man, who will be handled on Friday night by Stuart McDonald, has earned $61,206 from six wins and five placings from 15 starts. He is unbeaten at his two starts in his current campaign and he is capable of overcoming the disadvantage of the outside barrier (No. 9) and should take a power of beating. King of Swing made a wonderful return to racing on Tuesday night when he began from the No. 1 barrier in a lowly C0-class event over 2130m. He was untroubled to set the pace and romped home by a margin of 67.2m, rating 1.56.9. It was his first appearance since he won the WA Derby by a head from Bechers Brook on April 6. American Brave and Speed Man are two of eight last-start winners in a classy field of 12. The powerful Greg and Skye Bond stable will be represented by Fizzing, a promising Mach Three colt who notched his fifth victory when he worked hard in the breeze before racing away to win by more than four lengths over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon.  He should enjoy a comfortable trip after starting from the inside of the back line.    Ken Casellas  

Ross Olivieri, the leading trainer in Western Australia eight times, and champion reinsman Chris Lewis have combined to win the Channel 7 Marathon Handicap a record four times and they are confident that they can notch a fifth victory in the 3309m stand at Gloucester Park on Friday night. They are pinning their faith in the New Zealand-bred five-year-old Motu Premier, who at his 50th start in a race, will be attempting to become the first horse in the 25-year history of the Marathon Handicap to win the race twice. Motu Premier is a proven stayer owned by Merv Butterworth, who raced Chief Thundercloud and Our Jericho, who won the Marathon for the Olivieri-Lewis team in 2015 and 2016, respectively.  Before that, Olivieri and Lewis were successful with the Neville Dewhurst-owned Nickelmeldon in 2009. Motu Premier was the 5-4 favourite in last year’s race when he started off the 30m mark. Lewis stole a march on his rivals when he set Motu Premier alight soon after the start and the gelding burst to the lead after a lap. Then, after sections of 29.6sec., 31.2sec. and 29.3sec., Motu Premier sprinted over the final 400m in 28.9sec. to win by just over a length from The Bucket List, who started from 40m and sustained a strong three-wide burst from ninth in the middle stages. This year Motu Premier will share the 40m mark with Runrunjimmydunn and Devendra and Lewis is likely to adopt the same aggression as he used so successfully 12 months ago. In a field of nine and with only one horse (Cracka Star) off the front and two (Always Arjay and Swimbetweentheflags) off 10m, drivers off the back marks are expected to make strong attacking moves in the early stages. Cracka Star relishes the role of pacemaker, but he rises a great deal in class and it is difficult to suggest he can succeed against several far-better credentialled rivals. He will be handled by Luke Edwards for trainer Debbie Padberg, who prepared Rocket Reign for his Marathon victory in 2014 when he started off 40m and surged home from eighth at the bell to beat This Time Dylan. Always Arjay is a standing-start specialist with a record of 23 starts in stands for seven wins, four seconds, two thirds and five fourths. Confident part-owner and trainer Matt Scott said that he expected Always Arjay to run a super race. “Stands are his forte and if he can lead he is capable of beating the backmarkers,” he predicted. Always Arjay is in splendid form. Although he has a losing sequence of 16, he has finished second at each of his past four starts. He raced three wide early and then in the one-out, one-back position before finishing strongly to be second to Courage Tells in a 2130m mobile last Friday night. Two starts before that Always Arjay finished with great determination to be second to The Bucket List in the BOTRA Cup, a 2503m stand. Motu Premier, at his second outing after a spell, finished third. Last Friday night Motu Premier warmed up for the Marathon in fine style with a close-up third behind Ideal Tyson and Vampiro in a 2130m mobile after working hard in the middle stages. Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr has sound prospects of winning the Marathon for the third time after successes with Im Themightyquinn off 80m in 2010 and Code Red, the sole frontmarker in 2012. He will be represented by Runrunjimmydunn (40m) and Lets Chase The Dream (20m). “The distance will suit Runrunjimmydunn and he’s a good each-way chance,” Hall said. ”He got home really well when a close third to Chicago Bull and Devendra last week and the distance won’t worry Lets Chase The Dream, who had a hard run before getting to the front and then finishing fourth behind Ideal Tyson last week.” Four-year-old Runrunjimmydunn’s only appearance in a stand from 26 starts in WA was when he began from 30m and finished a close third to Importer Exporter and Bettors Fire in the 2902m Easter Cup in March this year. Nathan Turvey, who set the pace with Baleybofey in 2013 and won the Marathon for trainer Ray Williams, said that Devendra’s frontrunning head second to Chicago Bull last Friday night was a good pointer to his prospects this week. “Devendra flies out from the stand and he must be considered,” said Turvey. The eight-year-old Devendra is an excellent stayer, who won five stands in Tasmania, including the 3020m Devenport Cup in March 2014. In the summer of 2015-16 he won two heats of the Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park before finishing second to My Hard Copy in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup. Star trainers Greg and Skye Bond will be looking for a strong performance from Vampiro, an up-and-coming four-year-old who has had 29 starts for 12 wins and nine placings. Ryan Warwick will handle Vampiro, the sole runner off the 30m mark. Vampiro was hampered for room in the home straight before flashing home on the inside to finish a half-head second to Ideal Tyson last Friday night.       Ken Casellas

WA Derby winner King Of Swing has made an impressive return to racing, taking out the Worldwide Printing Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park last night. The Gary Hall Snr-trained three-year-old started a $1.05 favourite for his return and was never troubled throughout the event. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr was able to hold the lead from gate one and slowly increased his lead throughout the run, with the final margin 67.2m. King Of Swing recorded a time of 1.56.9 and ran home in 58.3. Flying Seelster and Jiving Jolt filled the minor placings. It was just King Of Swing’s third start in Australia, with his previous two runs resulting in a second in the WA Derby Prelude prior to his Derby win. King Of Swing’s win came in the final event of the evening, capping off a successful night for the Hall stable after Eloquent Mach won the TABtouch Two-Year-Old Pace (1730m). Hall Jnr settled the gelding midfield in running, before he peeled out on the final lap to be three-wide and wear down his rivals in the home straight. The other notable winner from last night’s Gloucester Park meeting was the Mike Reed-trained The Art Form, who overcame a tricky gate to win the Princi Butchers Pace (2130m). Tim Walker

It is now just a matter of how and when Chicago Bull goes to the New Zealand Cup, not if. The pint-sized superstar made it four wins from as many starts and is as many weeks when he snatched a head win at Gloucester Park last night (Friday). It wasn’t his most impressive win, but it got a big tick from driver Gary Hall Jr. “It was a wet track, a really heavy track. I could’ve worked to the lead if I’d wanted to, but I actually spoke with the stewards before the race about the going being quite heavy near the inside and him being a little horse, I’d be happier to sit one-off,” he said. “It almost backfired on me, but he found a way to get the job done. I was trying to look after him, if that makes sense.” A rejuvenated Devendra led and Hall Jr allowed him to dictate with a 63.4sec middle split of the 2536m before they roared home in 55.1 and 27.3sec. Trainer Gary Hall Sr said he it was now all about keeping Chicago Bull “ticking along” until the Victoria and NZ Cups. “He’s going to both, the timing works,” he said. “I might stretch his races out to once a fortnight until between now and when we go to Melbourne. “Then, after Melbourne, we’ll get across to NZ as soon as we can to make sure we get a lead-up race in across there before the NZ Cup.” Hall Sr is also excited about the return of his WA Derby winner King Of Swing, who has his first run since that Derby win in April when he tackles a C0 (maiden) at Gloucester Park on Monday. “He’s underdone, but he’s so well graded over here we should grab these races between now and the end of the season (end of August),” he said. “I’m really pleased how he’s come back and it’ll be exciting to get him into those big races towards the end of the year.” Another winner of note at Gloucester Park last night was former top Kiwi filly Our Angel Of Harlem, who was impressive sitting parked and scoring easily in a 1min56sec mile rate for 2130m in the heavy conditions. The Mach Three filly has four of her 11 starts for Mike Reed with another four placings. Adam Hamilton

The Chicago Bull juggernaut continued at Gloucester Park on Friday, but reinsman Gary Hall sounded a note of caution. “Everything is going to plan, but there comes a time we would like him to have a harder run,” Hall said. “Just something to test him a bit more because he needs some strengthening runs under his belt before he goes east. “It’s just unfortunate that some of the horses have fallen away like Soho Tribeca, but he is doing everything we need him to do at the moment. “It’s a long campaign ahead of him.” Chicago Bull hasn’t been beaten in his winter campaign, stretching his winning sequence to three in the In Memory Of Leo Walton Pace (2130m). The raging $1.04 favourite led and was never headed, rating 1:56.8 to score by 4m from stable mate Runrunjimmydunn.  “I’m not sure where we go from here or how many more runs he has,” Hall said. “But the Victoria Cup is a target on October 13. “From there it’s exactly a month to the New Zealand Cup. “The Inters then start on the 1st of December. “He has a long campaign and travel plans ahead of him if all things go well.” Chicago Bull capped a top night for the champion driver.  Earlier he hit 100 city wins for the season on improving three-year-old colt Speed Man. Hall modestly downplayed his milestone. “It’s good to get, but there is a lot of racing now,” Hall said. “With racing day in, day out, it’s probably easier to get. “But it’s still a good achievement."   Julio Santarelli

Another Gloucester Park meeting, another easy win for the NZ Cup-bound Chicago Bull. Gary Hall Sr’s five-year-old made it three cosy wins from as many starts this campaign when he led from the pole and was never out of second gear at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Chicago Bull zipped home in 26.8sec with driver Gary Hall Jr just sitting against him in a 1min56.8sec mile rate for 2130m. It was a Hall Sr quinella with the emerging Runrunjimmydunn sitting behind Chicago Bull and running second, while the talented Galactic Star ran a brave third after parking outside the champ. “He’ll have another a couple of runs, then a freshen-up before we lock-in travel plans. I’d like to go to the Victoria Cup on the way to NZ. The timing works if it fits the available flights,” Hall Sr said. ______________________________________________________________________ BRENT Lilley’s new Kiwi import Stress Factor is the one to beat in next Sunday’s Group 1 Victoria Trotters’ Derby. That was clear after the former All Stars’ trotter made an impressive Aussie winning debut for new trainer Brent Lilley. Stress Factor showed great manners and gate speed with Chris Alford aboard to work forward and take the lead and went on to win by 2.3m in a 1min59.4sec for 2240m. The eye-catching run was Anton Golino’s Majestic Player, who stormed home from midfield to finish second. Highly-rated local Anywhere Hugo finished third, but would need to improve sharply to be a major player in the Derby. ______________________________________________________________________ SHANE Tritton has no regrets about skipping the recent Queensland Carnival with his emerging star Gotta Go Ya Hu. The four-year-old son of Big Jim made it two sparkling wins in a row at Menangle when he blasted home from last to win running away by 5.2m in a 1min51.3sec mile. “We think he’s our next really top horse, but we made the decision to keep him back from the big races and let him learn,” Tritton said. “Of course you look back at those Queensland races and wonder. I think he’s match it with anything racing right now, he’s got this amazing speed, but we will turn him loose next campaign.” In contrast to most Tritton horses, Gotta Go Ya Hu excels when driven from back in the field, as shown by his past two wins. Suited by the leaders blazing a 54.2sec first half, Gotta Go Ya Hu stormed around the field to win easily. “You’ll note how we drive him and you’ll see more of our horses driven like that. While it’s worked to be aggressive and on the speed, we’re a bit sick of being the bunny for others,” Tritton said. ______________________________________________________________________ MOST Kiwis know Our Golden Goddess has always had the potential to be one of the best mares in Australasia. And now two sparkling wins this campaign have her firmly headed in that direction for trainer-driver Kerryn Manning. The five-year-old Art Major mare toyed with her rivals last night at Melton, the highlight being a staggering 26.2sec closing quarter. Manning had a big night after earlier leading throughout for an impressive but upset win aboard Tough Call in the Group 3 TAB Multiplier final, beating highly-rated Jilliby Bandit on his merits. ______________________________________________________________________ ONE of the biggest stories of this year’s hugely successful Queensland Winter Carnival has been the massive interstate flavour. Queenslanders are used to raiders snatching their major races, but this year trainers like Chris Frisby, Craig Cross and Kerry Ann Turner sent teams up from NSW and had a massive influence. Of course the now NSW-based Tim Butt won the Blacks A Fake with Let It Ride and Amanda Turnbull also came from NSW to win the Sunshine Sprint with Tact Tate. Even last night, NSW raiders won four of the 10 races and Luke McCarthy, who has enjoyed a stellar stint up north, drove three winners. “It’s been a huge success story this Carnival,” Albion Park chief Damian Raedler said. “Betting figures have soared, the media coverage has been outstanding and there is a real buzz around.” ______________________________________________________________________ ROBBIE Morris returned home from his successful three-week Queensland stint to reunite with fiancé Kerry Ann Turner and the pair dominated the Menangle meeting last night. Turner trained four of the nine winners and in two of the races she also snared the quinella. Turner drove Redbank Blaze to win, while Morris was aboard their other three winners: Cherry Stride, Dance For Glory and Fat Prophet. “We had plenty of success in Queensland, but Kerryn Ann did a fantastic job back home and it’s great to back together and having the success we did last night,” Morris said. ______________________________________________________________________ SAME dominance, different state for Emma Stewart. Victoria’s top trainer snared yet another feature this season when Art Major colt Thats Perfect thrashed his rivals in the $50,000 Ubet Southern Cross final for three-year-old colts and geldings at Globe Derby last night. Thats Perfect, driven by Sidney Van Den Brande, roared away to win by 26m in a 1min57.2sec mile rate for 2230m and led a Victorian dominance on the night. Trainer Brett Bunfield, who has taken over most of the horses previously trained in Victoria by Nicole Molander, won the 3YO fillies’ final by 17m with Bettors Delight filly Saphirique. And Nathan Jack trained the quinella in the 2YO colts and geldings final with Art Major colt Animal thrashing stablemate Young Rooster in a sparkling 1min56.5sec mile rate for 1800m. Trainer Bronte Giorgio landed the only local win in the finals with Bubbles And Cheese beating another local, Shesashark, by a whisker in the 2YO fillies’ final. ______________________________________________________________________ IT might not have been the result punters hoped for, but nobody could begrudge popular trainer-driver David Murphy his feature win with Valla Reine in the $50,000 Australian Gold Autumn 2YO Sale final. The daughter of Cams Fool led and just staved-off a gallant Cautivar to win by a nose with heavily-backed favourite Jilliby Macarena having every chance after a superb Jason Lee drive in third spot.   Adam Hamilton

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr celebrates his 36th birthday today (Thursday) and is poised to bring up his century of metropolitan winners this season when he drives in seven of the ten events at Gloucester Park on Friday night. For Hall, who has notched 99 city wins as well as 64 seconds and 48 thirds from 402 drives, his best winning prospect is superstar Chicago Bull in the In Memory of Leo Walton Pace. The best of his other drives are likely to be Speed Man in race three and Lets Chase The Dream in race four. Chicago Bull has won easily at his two outings since resuming from a spell and he looks unbeatable from the No. 1 barrier, with his chief rival, Bettors Fire, drawn at barrier three and to be handled by his trainer and in-form reinsman Kyle Harper from the No. 3 barrier in the 2130m event. Harper, who turns 28 on Saturday, is enjoying his best season, with his 515 drives on all tracks producing 74 wins and 110 placings. He is sure to give plenty of thought to using Bettors Fire’s sparkling gate speed in a bid to wrestle the early lead from Chicago Bull. Bettors Fire, a winner of 40 races and $810,624 in prizemoney, led from barrier two in a 2536m event last Friday night before Harper conceded the lead after 400m to Chicago Bull, who had revealed good gate speed from barrier four. Chicago Bull sped over the final quarters in 27.9sec. and 27sec. and won comfortably by a length and a half from Bettors Fire, who ran home gamely after trailing his arch rival. Galactic Star trained by Greg and Skye Bond will start from the No. 5 barrier and should be prominent. He has struck top form and showed plenty of spirit to fight on and finish third behind Chicago Bull and Bettors Fire last week after racing without cover. That followed strong wins over 2130m and 1730m at his two previous outings. Ryan Warwick, who will drive Galactic Star, looks set to give punters a flying start to the meeting by driving the Bond-trained The Freedom Fighter to victory in the opening event, the In Memory of Alan Woodworth Pace. The Freedom Fighter has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and should lead all the way. He has set the pace and won twice at Pinjarra and has also worked forward to take up the running for wins at Gloucester Park and Pinjarra. The Freedom Fighter is in all-conquering form, having won at each of his past five starts. After two wins and five placings from 11 New Zealand starts The Freedom Fighter has raced 15 times in WA for seven wins and five seconds. The Bonds and Warwick will also have a strong following with other leading prospects on the ten-event program, including El Jacko, Courage Tells, Lincs Tiger and Waimac Attack. Ken Casellas

Cracking New Zealand-bred five-year-old’s Lets Chase The Dream and El Jacko will continue an intriguing rivalry when they clash in the $25,000 Chandon final over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and they look set to fight out the finish. They first met in a heat and the final of the Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes for two-year-olds at Alexandra Park in February and March 2015 when Lets Chase The Dream reigned supreme, winning the heat and the Group 1 final, in which Lazarus was second and El Jacko finished fourth after his sixth placing in the heat. They next clashed 14 months later when Lets Chase The Dream was second to Chicago Bull in the WA Derby at Gloucester Park and El Jacko finished seventh. They renewed their rivalry 15 months later when Lets Chase The Dream finished third behind Whozideawasthis at Gloucester Park on June 15 this year and El Jacko faded to 11th after racing three wide in the early stages before getting to the front after 600m. But El Jacko has turned the tables on Lets Chase The Dream, finishing ahead of him in two 2130m events earlier this month. Last Friday night El Jacko settled down in ninth position and sustained a spirited three-wide burst to take the lead in the home turn and fight on grimly to win by a nose from the fast-finishing Handsandwheels. Lets Chase The Dream had a tough run in the breeze before getting to the front 300m from home and then wilting to fourth, with the final quarters in 27.6sec. and 28.7sec. Two weeks earlier El Jacko, trained by Greg and Skye Bond and handled by Ryan Warwick, surged home from last at the 850m to finish second to the pacemaker Handsandwheels, with Lets Chase The Dream battling on into third place after enjoying a perfect passage one-out and one-back. Lets Chase The Dream, trained by Gary Hall Snr and driven by Gary Hall Jnr, is lacking the brilliance of his two and three-year-old days and has a losing sequence of 12. However, his recent efforts have been sound and he is favourably drawn at barrier three on the front line, with El Jacko drawn to start from the outside barrier (No. 9). The Hall camp will also be represented by another New Zealand-bred five-year-old Ima Rocknroll Legend, who will be driven by Stuart McDonald from barrier four. Ima Rocknroll Legend resumed after a spell last Friday night when he started from the back line and fought on gamely from the one-out, one-back sit to finish second to the pacemaker Mighty Mr Sharkey. Mighty Mr Sharkey will be driven by Colin Brown from the inside of the back line, but it is difficult to suggest that the four-year-old is capable of beating his stablemate El Jacko or Lets Chase The Dream. Ken Casellas

Speed Man, whose long-range target is the rich Golden Nugget Championship in the summer, has the ability to overcome the outside barrier (No. 8) on the front line and win the In Memory of Charlie Thomas Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This will be his second appearance after a three-month break from racing and star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr is likely to give Speed Man time to settle down before sending him forward in the 2130m event. Speed Man was produced in fine fettle by champion trainer Gary Hall Snr for his first-up run in a 2130m event last Friday week when he started from barrier two and took the lead after 100m. He withstood a spirited challenge for the lead from Kohli before setting a brisk pace and winning easily from Allwoods Rocknroll and Fizzing. That was his fifth victory from 14 starts and he looks set for a bright career. One of Speed Man’s rivals in a race with many chances is Itsnotova, to be driven by Colin Brown for Byford trainer David Thompson. Itsnotova impressed in weaker company last Friday night when he finished boldly from seventh at the bell to hit the front 420m from home and win by more than four lengths from Village Benny at a 1.56.4 rate over 2130m. Ryan Warwick has chosen to drive Lincs Tiger in preference to Fizzing, who will be handled by Michael Blakemore. Lincs Tiger is showing steady improvement and has revealed excellent versatility in winning at his past three starts. He will begin from the awkward No. 7 barrier. Fizzing (barrier five) is capable of improvement after placings at his three outings since resuming from a spell. Liam Neil (barrier four) chalked up his fifth win from 21 starts when he led all the way over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Our Corelli finished fourth in a field of four in that event, but he certainly is capable of improvement. Our Corelli, trained at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, began speedily from the outside barrier and made an unsuccessful bid for the early lead before he was restrained to the rear. The early effort took its toll, but he still finished less than two lengths behind the winner. Chris Lewis has been engaged to drive Our Corelli for the first time.   Ken Casellas

THE door is wide open for Chicago Bull. Right now he’s top seed for the tag as Australasia’s best pacer, but the rest of this year will tell the story. More immediately, November’s NZ Cup will be the defining race of his career. Trainer Gary Hall Sr has repeatedly dismiss doubters saying he won’t make the trip to Addington and Chicago Bull is doing his part to ensure it. The pint-sized gelding made it two easy wins from as many starts this campaign when he toyed with a good free-for-all field at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Somewhat surprisingly, but sensibly, main rival Bettors Fire opted to surrender the lead to Chicago Bull in the early stages of the long 2536m race and it developed into a sprint home. Chicago Bull ambled through a 60.1sec middle half, then dashed home in 54.9 and 27.0sec to win by 4.7m without being extended by Gary Hall Jr in a 1min56.8sec mile rate. “It’s all about the NZ Cup now. If the timing and flights work, he’ll probably go to the Victoria Cup then across to NZ nice and early,” Hall Sr said. “For now, we will just pick off a few free-for-alls here then given him a freshen-up and go again.” Trainer Michael “Mouse” Brennan opted to dodge Chicago Bull with his evergreen The Bucket List and was rewarded with a win off a daunting 50m backmark in the Botra Cup. ___________________________________________________________________________ FORMER Kiwi mare Our Golden Goddess looks ready to stake her claim for the crown as Australia’s best mare. It’s tight at the top with the likes of Ameretto, Tell Me Tales and Carlas Pixel, but Our Golden Goddess was awesome winning first-up from a spell at Melton last night. Sure she led, but it was against open-class free-for-allers and she ran blistering times to win by 8.6m in a 1min54.3sec mile rate for 2240m. ___________________________________________________________________________ MILLIONARE trotter Keystone Del didn’t win his comeback race, but he did the next best thing. Sidelined for almost a year, the rising 11-year-old produced a monster run for second to stablemate Kyvalley Blur after having the hardest run in the race. It thrilled trainer Brent Lilley, who has nursed Keystone Del back to form and fitness. Lilley’s pair pulled away from hot favourite Tornado Valley, who looked flat and might be ready for a spell after a busy and blazing start to his Aussie career. ___________________________________________________________________________ FORMER Kiwi pacer Master Moonlite caused one of the biggest upsets of the Queensland Winter Carnival when he snatched a last-stride win in the Group 2 Queensland Derby last night. The race supposed to be a walk in the park for another former Kiwi, Duplicated, with local pin-up pacer Colt Thirty One the only possible danger. Duplicated, who thrashed virtually the same field in the South East Derby the week before, led as expected from gate one and cruised through a first 800m as Colt Thirty One parked outside him. The race changed suddenly in the middle stages when local driver Dannielle McMullen launched three-wide and tried unsuccessfully to get the “death” seat off Colt Thirty One. As a result, the heat win into the race and a revved-up Duplicated started pulling ferociously in front for driver Luke McCarthy. It was clear down the back straight he’d run himself ragged and Colt Thirty One powered to the front while Master Moonlite set out after him. Master Moonlite, trained and driven by Victorian Matty Craven, lunged right on the wire to win by a half-head over the very gallant Colt Thirty One with another 9m away to the filly Fame Assured in third spot. Duplicated wilted four fifth, while another very recent Kiwi import Pembrooks Passion ran a sound fourth at his first run for new trainer KerryAnn Turner. Master Moonlite has been an astute purchase by Craven, having won three of his seven starts for the barn. His Derby win did underline the amazing strength of Emma Stewart’s three-year-old crop given Master Moonlite finished a well-held sixth in the recent Vicbred final at Melton where Stewart had the first four home, headed by Poster Boy. ___________________________________________________________________________ NRL star Jarrod Croker added some celebrity power to Blacks A Fake night and didn’t go home empty handed. Croker, captain of the Canberra Raiders, has shares in a few pacers, including the consistent and talented Our Triple Play, who won last night’s $30540 Group 3 4YO Championship for trainer-driver Brad Hewitt. It was a brilliant drive from Hewitt to find the lead then kick away on the home bend while main danger and eventual runner-up Conviction was bailed-away in traffic. ___________________________________________________________________________ EVERY now and again Queensland produces a young pacer capable of matching Australia’s best. Last year’s Winter Carnival unearthed Colt Thirty One, who has already gone on to win the Victoria Derby. This year it could be Smart As Camm Be, who lifted off the canvas for trainer-driver Kylie Rasmussen for a narrow but fantastic win in the $100,540 Group 1 Qbred Trial final. Luke McCarthy did every possible to get Victorian raider For All We Know home, but failed by a neck after a glorious drive. McCarthy did win the Group 1 2YO colts and geldings equivalent earlier in the night when First String camped on leader and hot favourite Regulus and ran him down in the last 200m. ___________________________________________________________________________ IT was a week of milestones in Victoria with Chris Alford’s record-breaking 389th win of the season the headline act. But another bright star of the sport, Kate Gath, reached her 1300th career win when she snared a double – both trained by husband Andy Gath – at Bendigo on Friday night. Gath’s first Bendigo win came on promising former Kiwi three-year-old trotter Scallywag Sam and then added another aboard Chief Running Cloud. Scallywag Sam now boasts five wins from just six Aussie runs. ___________________________________________________________________________ WHAT a shame buzz Victorian youngster Lochinvar Art isn’t paid-up for the Breeders Crown. Many think he’s up with the best juveniles in Australia and it’s hard to argue after the way he demolished his rivals in last night’s Group 2 Tatlow Stakes (2240m) at Melton. Trained by Laura Crossland and driven by David Moran, Lochinvar Art had to dragged back from an inside back row draw, but circled the field and won by 20m in a 1min55.7sec mile rate. ___________________________________________________________________________ A COUPLE of months ago Shane Tritton popped an advertisement on this website spruiking the opportunities for Kiwi owners to send horses to him to race at Menangle. Just one of the many people to contact him was Dougal Steel, who sent his young mare My Major Pocket across. “He took a chance and has already been rewarded,” Tritton said. “Her Menangle win last night was her third from just seven starts for us. She’s run two seconds and a third as well.” My Major Pocket came from a seemingly hopeless position in a slowly run race to overpower one-time glamour mare Rocker Band and win in a 1min54.9sec mile at Menangle. The other Menangle win of note came from two-time Inter Dominion contestant Major Crocker, who resumed from a spell with a sharp win in the opening race for new trainer Michael Doltoff. Major Crocker, a winner of 29 races and over $680,000, will be a welcome addition to NSW’s open-class ranks.   Adam Hamilton

Last night Friday 20th July the feature race at Gloucester Park, Perth, Western Australia was the 2018 BOTRA Cup which was a standing start affair of 12 horse's handicapped on career performance. The winner The Bucket List came off the lone 50 metre handicap giving his rivals a 10 to 50 metre start, however the 8 year old gelding son of Christian Cullen out of the American bred mare Saddle Ridge who was having his 101 start showed all his class to over run the opposition down the home straight to win by over 2 metres. Click this link for the race replay: The mile rate for the 2503 metre standing start race was a NEW TRACK RECORD of 1.57.2MR with sectionals of Lead Time..:68.2...First Quarter..:29.4..Second Quarter..:29.8.... Third Quarter..:29.1..Fourth Quarter:..29.5 .. The Bucket List career now stands..101 Starts..22 Wins..28 Seconds..12 Thirds.. Prize money of over $443,000 and a best of 1.55.3MR for a host of owners.. D T Roberts, D P Skelton, M J Harding, G S Black, P J Skelton, S L Beven, B J Anderson, G A Skelton, K L Grantham, M P Young and Trainer {Mr Nice Guy} Michael Brennan .. The Bucket List was bred in New Zealand by Bruce Carter Bloodstock Ltd, R C Johnson and is a descendant from the USA maternal family U2-Jessie Pepper .. Click this link for his six generation pedigree.. Closely related Classic Winning family members include.. Daylon Blue 1983 by Armbro Omaha - 1:56.3US $215,892+ Campage 1997 by Rampage Hanover - 1:52.3US $132,874 + Carabella 2007 by Bettors Delight - 1:55.2 $693,615+ Athena Blue Chip 1992 by Goalie Jeff - 1:50.3US $457,118 + Arts Chip 2000 by Artsplace - 1:49.3US $726,999+ Jo Pas Fod 2007 by Art Major - 1:51.2US $202,156+ Extreme Machine 2010 by Mach Three - 1:51.4US $137,093+ Melina Mercouri 1994 by Goalie Jeff - 1:51.1US $234,174 + Cedarwood Chips 1977 by Adios Vic - 1:56.0US $532,560+ Cedarwood Flight 1980 by Windshield Wiper - 1:55.4US $201,526+ Farley Almahurst 1987 by Ralph Hanover - 1:58.1US $203,795+ Keystone Fabulous 1986 by Albatross - 1:54.0US $210,805+ Keystone Famous 1979 by Keystone Ore - 1:54.4US $460,066+ My Gal Mattie 2009 by Tulane - 1:51.2US $150,844 + Thailand 1986 by Tyler B - 1:53.1US $166,221 + Kevin Dinnigan Standardbred Breeding For All For all your breeding data .  

A little under a year ago, it looked as if the career of star pacer Beaudiene Boaz was finished. The son of Badlands Hanover pulled up sore after track work, where it was later revealed he had done a suspensory ligament in his back leg. He was then sent for an operation, and missed all of the feature races over the summer period, including the Inter Dominion, which he finished third in in 2016. Trainer Gary Hall Snr said he doesn’t know how the six-year-old has been able to get back to the track, ahead of his return to racing in tomorrow night’s Garrards Horse & Hound For All Your Equine Needs Pace (2536m). “His track work and trial form has been pretty good,” he said. “He’s showing no signs of any problems. Beaudiene Boaz trialled at Pinjarra last Sunday, where he defeated stablemate Runrunjimmydunn over 2185m. Hall Snr said he got exactly what he wanted out of the trial with the Golden Slipper, WA Derby and Golden Nugget winner. “He came from last and won,” he said. “Runrunjimmydunn led, and Beaudiene Boaz went 1.56.8 for the journey on a wet track, which was reasonable.” Beaudiene Boaz has drawn barrier six for tomorrow night’s event, and faces a high quality field for his return to the track including star stablemate Chicago Bull, and the Kyle Harper-trained Bettors Fire. Hall Snr said despite the tricky assignment tomorrow night, he still felt Beaudiene Boaz was capable of finding his best form again and would take benefit from the run tomorrow. “If he doesn’t go sore, I expect him to get back to his best,” he said. “He won’t go east, but he will be set for the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups. “He will go back at the start tomorrow night, and I expect him to be competitive, but I couldn’t imagine him beating Chicago Bull or Bettors Fire. “I’m sure he can run into the minors.” Chicago Bull, who returned to racing in winning fashion last Friday night, is again expected to be the one to beat tomorrow night, but Hall Snr said he would need to be at his best to beat Bettors Fire. “I’m happy with him,” he said. “I think Bettors Fire will be pretty hard to beat if he finds the front and Chicago Bull has to sit in the breeze.” Hall Snr also has Runrunjimmydunn to make his return tomorrow night, and was confident of a forward showing from the gelding first-up. Elsewhere on the night, Hall Snr said Lets Chase The Dream and Chok Chai were both in winnable races. The Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.22pm. Tim Walker

Talkerup revealed a sparkling turn of speed in a smart trial over 2185m at Pinjarra on Sunday morning and she looks hard to beat on her return to racing in the Garrards Horse And Hound One Stop Shop Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Talkerup, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall Snr, has been out of action for exactly 12 months and should have derived great benefit from her trial in which she was driven by Stuart McDonald. McDonald restrained Talkerup back to last in the seven-horse trial after she had been trapped three wide in the early stages. She then accelerated brilliantly after 550m and burst to the front 200m later. She led by three lengths at the 400m before she showed signs of fatigue as she drifted out in the home straight. But she still had plenty in hand to win by 5m from Lightning Jolt on the rain-affected track. Talkerup, who will be handled by Gary Hall Jnr from the favourable No. 3 barrier on the front line, has raced only 24 times for six wins, 12 placings and $57,228 in prizemoney. At her most recent appearance, Talkerup raced behind the pacemaker and finished a sound third behind Donegal Rundlescreek and Forever Remembered over 2536m at Gloucester Park on July 21, 2017. Talkerup’s chief rival looms large as Dodolicious, who is awkwardly drawn out wide at No. 8 on the front line. Dodolicious, who has a losing sequence of 14, gave a strong frontrunning display last Friday night when she finished a close second to Your Excused over 2130m. Dodolicious, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has amassed $486,216 in stakemoney from 18 wins, 11 seconds and three thirds from 45 starts. She was an M3-class pacer five starts ago before dropping back to an M2 classification. Talkerup is still an M0-class performer. The two four-year-old mares in Friday night’s race are Susie Rocks and Soho Changeling and both will have many admirers. Susie Rocks was an impressive all-the-way winner over 2130m last Friday night, rating 1.57.5 and beating Im Stylish by a length. She will again be handled by Chris Lewis and faces a sterner task this week from barrier No. 7. The Ross Olivieri-trained Soho Changeling was an encouraging second to Millwood Molly two starts ago before she finished an unlucky sixth behind Susie Rocks last Friday night when she was blocked for clear run in the final circuit. Ken Casellas

Trainer Gary Hall Sr wants to set the record straight, on two fronts, Firstly, he’s aware of varying reports about NZ Cup plans with his stable star Chicago Bull. Bottom he’ll be there unless something unexpected happens between now and November. Secondly, the driving force behind the planned Addington raid is itch left to scratch after three aborted trips across with Hall Sr’s former champion pacer Im Themightyquinn. “No doubt, that’s part of the fire in the belly. The fact I’d set Quinny for race so many times only to have things go wrong,” he said. “I’ve been to the NZ Cup, it’s such a great event and raceday, and I’d always wanted to be part of it. Quinny would’ve been the perfect horse, but this little guy will give it a real shake if we can get him there at his top. “It’s just about arranging the travel. I want to get across early to have a lead-up run, they all say it’s crucial. “So it’s likely I’ll go the Victoria Cup at Melton a month before the NZ Cup then go across to Christchurch from there.” It’s pretty clear. This is no “possible” trip. It’s happening unless anything derails. Judging by Chicago Bull’s arrogant first-up win at Gloucester Park last Friday night, he’s come back as well as ever. And Hall Sr estimated he was “only about 75 per cent” wound-up. Chicago Bull settled back, buzzed around the field early to take the lead, and cruised home to win as he liked, albeit against B-graders. “It’s just the sort of run we hoped for first-up. He’s come through it well,” Hall Sr said. “I got a call last night asking if I’d whiz him across to Brisbane for the Blacks A Fake this week after all the drama of the Sunshine Sprint, but that’s a definite no. He’s not ready and it’s not part of the plan. “There are no feature races here for him. He’ll just go through the free-for-alls, there’s another one next Friday, then we’ll work out if the Victoria Cup fits the travel plans to get him to NZ.” The inevitable comparisons come between Chicago Bull and Imthemightyquinn, but Hall Sr shuts them down pretty quickly. “Put it this way, when I took Quinny to the races I expected to win most of the time, with this little guy I hope to win,” he said. “But, what I will say is that Chicago Bull is still on the up and he’s done more at this stage of his career than Quinny had done so it’s exciting to see where he can end up.” Adam Hamilton

Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr has earmarked the Inter Dominion Championship in Melbourne in December and the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups in January as the main targets for champion pacer Chicago Bull, who will resume racing after a spell in the $25,000 Christmas In July at the Beau Rivage Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This will be Chicago Bull’s first appearance in a race for 119 days and the five-year-old showed that he is fit and ready to maintain his magnificent record with an effortless win in a 2550m standing-start trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Driven by Gary Hall Jnr, Chicago Bull ambled to the front after 500m and coasted along in the lead before sprinting over the final 400m in 27.4sec to win by just under three lengths from M0-class performer Diamond Life. Chicago Bull, who has amassed $1,503,524 from 31 wins and 15 placings from 51 starts, last raced when he scored an easy victory over Maxentius and Runrunjimmydunn in the Group 2 Four and Five-Year-Old Championship over 2130m at Gloucester Park 17 weeks ago. Earlier in the season Chicago Bull finished a grand second to Lazarus in the Inter Dominion Championship final at Gloucester Park in December and won the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups in January. Chicago Bull, who has raced over 2130m at Gloucester Park 19 times for 14 wins, two seconds, two thirds and one fourth, will start from the outside barrier in a field on nine on Friday night and should have no difficulty in defeating The Bucket List and Costa Del Magnifico. The Bucket List, trained by Michael Brennan, will be having his 100th start in a race and he should be prominent after good efforts to be placed at five of his past six starts. He finished strongly from seventh at the bell to be second to Galactic Star last Friday week. The Ross Olivieri-trained Costa Del Magnifico has not raced since mid-January and he looks set for a rewarding campaign after a smart effort when second to stablemate Motu Premier in a Byford trial last Sunday week. The powerful Hall stable will have a big following on Friday night, with smart three-year-old Speed Man and talented five-year-old Chok Chai resuming after spells. Speed Man has not appeared since finishing a close-up fifth behind stablemate King of Swing in the WA Derby on April 6 and he looks the winner of the Follow Gloucester Park on Facebook Pace in which he has drawn favourably at No. 2 on the front line and will clash with several in-form three-year-olds, including Fizzing, Our Corelli and Robb Stark. Speed Man finished strongly and was not extended in finishing a head second to the pacemaker Muffins in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Fizzing also will have many admirers at his third start in Australia. A winner of three races in New Zealand, the Mach Three colt raced without cover before winning at his WA debut, over 2190m at Northam before he again faced the breeze and finished second to Rocky The Outlaw at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. Ryan Warwick will drive Fizzing for trainers Greg and Skye Bond and he should have a comfortable run after starting from the inside of the back line on Friday night. Justin Prentice trains and drives Our Corelli, who will start from barrier two on the back line. A versatile pacer, Our Corelli has won at three of his six starts, including wins at his most recent outings, at Pinjarra and Bunbury. Five-year-old Chok Chai will start from the outside barrier (No. 9) in the 2130m Book Your Next Conference at Gloucester Park Pace. A winner at ten of his 13 starts, Chok Chai will be attempting to extend his winning sequence to six. He has good natural pace and is capable of overcoming the disadvantage of the wide draw in a race in which his chief rivals appear certain to be The Freedom Fighter (inside of the back line) and Thereugo (barrier three on the front line). The Freedom Fighter, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, is in top form and will be attempting to win his fourth race in a row. Thereugo, trained and driven by Kyle Harper, is a brilliant frontrunner and he looks the likely leader. He started from 30m in a 2503m stand on Tuesday of last week and impressed when he sprinted home brilliantly to win from Swimbetweentheflags and Another Ayjay.   Ken Casellas

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