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Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr has prepared five of the past 15 winners of the Mount Eden Sprint and he has high hopes that two of his harness racing stable stars will fight out the finish of the Group 2 $50,000 Perth Plasterboard Centre feature event over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will be represented by the New Zealand-bred trio of Chicago Bull, Ohoka Punter and Run Oneover and is finding it difficult to separate Chicago Bull and Ohoka Punter as the stable’s best winning chance. Star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr will stick with superstar Chicago Bull and young reinsman Stuart McDonald has been engaged to drive eight-year-old Ohoka Punter, who is favourably drawn at barrier No. 2 on the front line in a top-class field of ten. Ohoka Punter will be having his first start for five months and has not been produced at trials, while five-year-old Chicago Bull will be having his eighth start in his current preparation. Both are leading candidates for the rich TABtouch Inter Dominion championship which will get underway with the first set of qualifying heats on November 24. Asked for his thoughts on the race, Hall Snr said: “I’d say that if Ohoka Punter leads, he should win. I also reckon he’s a definite chance in the Inters. I like the horse a lot. He lacks a little bit of point-to-point speed, but he’s very strong. “Chicago Bull also will perform very well. He’s got a few options as the only runner off the back line.” Hall also has a lot of respect for the Kim Prentice-trained Soho Tribeca, who will start from barrier three. “Chicago Bull has never beaten Soho Tribeca when he (Soho Tribeca) has drawn better --- or vice-versa,” he said. “I don’t think there’s much between them. Soho Tribeca is probably a better stayer, but Chicago Bull’s point-to-point speed is better. “Nathan Turvey will drive Run Oneover and he’ll go back from barrier five. We’re trying to teach him to settle in his races.” Run Oneover also drew barrier five in last year’s Mount Eden Sprint (which was surprisingly run over 2130m). He enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail and ran on to take a very narrow lead 60m from the post before finishing a close second to the pacemaker and 5/4 on favourite Libertybelle Midfrew. McDonald is excited at the prospect of driving Ohoka Punter for the first time in a race. “I’m very much looking forward to the experience,” he said. “He’s a very good horse and I’m thankful for Senior (Hall Snr) for asking the owners to agree to having me drive the horse. I have had plenty of trackwork drives on him and he’s working super.” Ohoka Punter, a striking stallion who will boost his earnings past the $1 million mark if he is successful on Friday night, has been sparingly raced, with his 56 starts producing 25 wins and 23 placings. He has had a spell since finishing a close third behind Heez On Fire and Run Oneover at Gloucester Park on May 19.         An attack of colic, followed by a lung infection, forced Ohoka Punter to miss the Inter Dominion championship series late last year. Soho Tribeca’s has resumed after a short spell in dazzling form and he will have many admirers. At his most recent appearance, last Friday week, he settled down in ninth position and moved to seventh at the bell before sustaining a powerful three-wide burst to finish a head second to the frontrunning Shandale over 2130m when the final three quarters whizzed by in 28.5sec., 27.4sec. and 28.7sec. “I think that was the best I’ve had a horse perform for me,” said Prentice. “I was so proud of him. He really surprised me how close he got; he wasn’t entitled to get that close. “This week it will be tough from barrier three. He most likely will be in the breeze outside Ohoka Punter, with Chicago Bull on our back.  If My Hard Copy holds the lead from the inside barrier, I can see myself being three wide for the trip. So, I hope that doesn’t happen. “His main aim is the Inter Dominion and he is still getting worked towards that.” Shandale, trained by Mike Reed and driven by Shannon Suvaljko, will start from the No. 4 barrier and faces a stern test. The five-year-old stallion was outstanding at his latest appearance when he was checked early, took the lead after 400m, set a bold pace and won narrowly from Soho Tribeca, with Chicago Bull in third placed. “Shandale’s previous trainer spoke to Mike Reed and said that he considered that was the horse’s best win,” Suvaljko said. “However, I think Shandale will get better. I reckon he’s still only about 75 per cent and I’m sure he will get fitter and harder. “He has shown his liking for 1730m, having won twice, rating 1.53.8 and 1.53.7, after racing in the breeze,” he said. Shandale also won over 1730m, rating 1.54.7 at his West Australian debut and has yet to be beaten over this distance. “This looks his biggest test so far,” Suvaljko said. “We’ve got a couple of options. We don’t have to go forward; we can just slot in.” Suvaljko has won the Mount Eden Sprint behind the Tony Svilicich-trained Real Life in 2010 and the Reed-trained Libertybelle Midfrew last year. Clint Hall, who drove Run Oneover when second in last year’s event, hopes to go one better this year when he drives dual WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy from the prized No. 1 barrier. He was in the sulky when My Hard Copy flew home from eighth at the bell to be a neck second to Waylade in the Mount Eden Sprint in November 2015. My Hard Copy has not raced since September 22 when he started from the No. 1 barrier and was in front for the first 400m before handing up the lead to Americanbootscoota in the 2130m Navy Cup. He fought on gamely when third to Chicago Bull and Americanbootscoota. Ken Casellas

THE forgotten star of Australasian open-class racing Ohoka Punter returns to racing on Friday night. And he’s drawn to run a heck of a race. Now with Gary Hall Sr in Perth, Ohoka Punter has gate two in a very strong $50,000 Mount Eden Sprint (1730m) at Gloucester Park. It is Ohoka Punter’s first start since a third at Gloucester Park on May 19. And it’s only his fifth start in the past year because of niggling injuries, including the most recent quarter-crack. But Hall Sr is thrilled with Ohoka Punter’s progress and tipping a bold showing despite the calibre of opposition. Key rivals are headed by his glamour stablemate Chicago Bull, the lone back row runner, along with Soho Tribeca (three), My Hard Copy (one) and Shandale (four). “I think he’s going better than he ever has since he came to me a year ago,” Hall Sr said. “I was never completely happy with him last time in work. “If he leads, I think he’ll be very, very hard to beat, He’s forward enough to win it. “I actually can’t believe he’s drifted so much in Inter Dominion markets. I still think he’s right there as one of the main contenders.” Hall Sr’s focus will be split between Ohoka Punter, Chicago Bull and to a lesser extent the headstrong and enigmatic Run Oneover. “If Ohoka Punter found the front, he’d be the one to beat. If not, Chicago Bull would be,” he said. “I can’t believe the criticism around Chicago Bull’s run last time. He made three runs. It’s not Inter Dominion time yet, he’s not full wound-up. “I think that run has improved him. His work says so. The record around my track in 1min56.3sec by Im Themightyquinn and Chicago Bull went close at 1min57sec this week. “If he gets a good trail through and the pace is on … look out.” My Hard Copy, now trained at Chris and Debbie Lewis’ property by Hall Sr’s son, Clinton, must be considered from the pole. And Soho Tribeca and Shandale are the emerging local Inter Dominion forces. Shandale won a stirring slugfest over Soho Tribeca and Chicago Bull two weeks back, but the draws present a harder challenge this week. “Put it this way, we’re going to know a heck of a lot more about the pecking order for the locals going towards the Inter Dominion after this Friday’s race,” Hall Sr said. Adam Hamilton

Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr has declared lightly-raced New Zealand-bred pacers Tuas Delight and Extreme Prince fit and ready to be prominent first-up in harness racing metropolitan maiden company at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Each pacer has recovered from injury. Tuas Delight, who will start out wide at barrier eight in the $18,000 Dishlex Pace, suffered serious injuries to a hock soon after finishing a most encouraging second to Mister Versace at Gloucester Park in the first week of April this year. That was his second start in Western Australia after his first-up fourth behind Americanbootscoota at Pinjarra at his WA debut. “He hurt himself when he got caught up in a fence,” said Hall. “He is better now and the injury is not going to affect him.” Tuas Delight, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, has won at four of his 24 starts and should prove hard to beat on Friday night. However, he may have to lower his colours to the Nathan Turvey-trained and driven six-year-old Livura, a winner of 17 races and capable of overcoming the distinct disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line. Extreme Prince, a six-year-old who has won at five of his 19 starts, will begin from barrier four on the front line in the 1730m Kelvinator Pace. He has not appeared since finishing fifth behind Majorlicious at Pinjarra on May 1 this year. “He has now recovered from an infected pedal bone,” said Hall Snr. Extreme Prince revealed excellent gate speed when he began speedily from barrier six and set the pace before winning in 1.53.3 over 1609m at Menangle five starts ago, back in October 2016. The David Thompson-trained Rudimental Sol will start from the prized No. 1 barrier and he and Extreme Prince are likely to dominate betting on the race.  Ken Casellas

Hall of Fame harness racing trainer Gary Hall Snr holds the whip hand in the $50,000 Navy Cup at Gloucester Park tomorrow night with five of the 12 runners. But he predicts stable star Chicago Bull faces a stern test from the outside barrier (No. 9) in the 2130m feature event. “He will obviously improve on his first-up fourth two weeks ago,” he said. “But he will have the job ahead of him from the wide draw and it’s not going to be easy. “I was disappointed with his fourth behind Jambiani in the Porter Memorial last Friday week; I wasn’t over enamoured with it. It wasn’t that strong a field. “Before his first-up run, he did tie up a bit on the Monday. But the vet said he was right to go, and I don’t know whether that had anything to do with his performance. For him, it wasn’t a top performance, not for a horse who is second favourite for the Inter Dominion. “However, he is still my best hope of winning on Friday night. He’s never been a terrific track worker; he’s a bit lazy.” In summing up his five Navy Cup runners, Hall nominated Chicago Bull (to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr) on top, ahead of Beaudiene Boaz and Run Oneover. His other runners are American Boy and Norvic Nightowl. Beaudiene Boaz was a 7/1 chance when he surged home from last at the 1050m to hit the front 680m from home and win the 2016 Navy Cup by two and a half lengths from the 9/4 on favourite Bettors Fire. He warmed up for this week’s assignment with a splendid second, a half-head behind Condrieu in the Spring Pace last Friday night when he ran on from fifth, three back on the pegs at the bell. Kim Prentice is under suspension and this week Michael Grantham will drive Beaudiene Boaz, who will start from the inside of the back line and should enjoy a perfect trip behind the likely pacemaker My Hard Copy. “Beaudiene Boaz improved out of sight with his run last week, a week after his first-up tenth behind Jambiani in the Porter Memorial when he was a bit big in condition and ran out of legs,” Hall Snr said. Run Oneover, to be driven by Stuart McDonald from barrier six, maintained his excellent form when he set the pace and finished a half-head second to Jambiani last Friday week. That followed his all-the-way victory over Our Jimmy Johnstone and Ideal Alice a week earlier. “If Run Oneover had drawn to lead he would’ve been a good thing,” said Hall. “American Boy (Lauren Jones) needs to be close handy to be any chance; he’s strong enough, but just lacks a bit of point-to-point speed. Norvic Nightowl (Aiden de Campo) is a very good horse. But he’s been out for a long time and will take a little while to hit his top.” Hall Snr is seeking his fifth winner as a trainer in the Navy Cup, after successes with Abit Rich (1997), Real Life (2009), Hokonui Ben (2012) and Beaudiene Boaz (2016). He also prepared Navy Cup placegetters Facet Spiro (2007) and Talk To Me Courage (2010). Hall’s elder son Clint is training and will drive dual WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy, who looms as a major chance in Friday night’s Cup after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. The eight-year-old stallion is a capable frontrunner who is sure to take plenty of catching. My Hard Copy impressed last Friday night at his third outing after an absence of 13 months when he ran home boldly from eighth at the bell to be a close fourth behind Condrieu, Beaudiene Boaz and Ideal Alice Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed has high hopes of continuing his dominance of the Navy Cup by winning with the up-and-coming star Shandale, who will be driven by Shannon Suvaljko from out wide at barrier eight. Reed has won the Navy Cup a record six times --- with Sylvies Secret (1986), Manageable (1989), Time Symbol (1992), Golden Resonator (2001), Tricky Vic (2002) and La Valiente (2004). Shandale is in peak form, winning in fine style at his past two starts.          Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, who has won the Navy Cup with Chipmont (1991), Mark Craig (1995) and Super Strike (1996), will be represented with giant-killer Jambiani, who has unwound devastating late sprints to win at odds of 95/1 and 45/1 at his past two appearances. Jambiani will be driven by Morgan Woodley, who is sure to bide his time from the outside of the back line and rely on the seven-year-old’s flying finishing burst. Ken Casellas

Classy New Zealand-bred stallion Lets Chase The Dream with a costly first-up failure last Friday night, can atone for that disappointment by bouncing back and winning the Pacer of the Year Chicago Bull Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, according to star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr. Hall drove Lets Chase The Dream, prepared by his father Gary Hall Snr, when the horse, at his first appearance since April, set a brisk pace and was beaten in the final stride by a head by the fast-finishing Thereugo. “Was I disappointed with that performance,” mused Hall Jnr “Yes and no. Yes, because I thought he was going to win, and, no, because he pulled a bit in the middle stages and hit the wheel a little bit. The middle half in 57sec. cost him a bit and he pulled up fat, which I knew he would.” The Hall stable appears to have a stranglehold on Friday night’s race, with four of the eight runners - Lets Chase The Dream, Harry Hoo, Mach Time and Mcclinchie. Hall Jnr will drive Mach Time from barrier three and Stuart McDonald will be in the sulky behind Mcclinchie. The race is restricted to M2-class pacers and Hall Snr has engaged young drivers Corey Peterson and Deni Roberts to make use of their concession and enable M3-class performers Harry Hoo and Lets Chase The Dream to contest Friday night’s $20,000 event. Sixteen-year-old Peterson gave an accomplished performance to land his first metropolitan-class winner last Friday night when Harry Hoo defeated the fast-finishing Lagoon Stride. He will stick with Harry Hoo this week and said he was keen to take full advantage of the No. 1 barrier by setting the pace. Roberts (21) will drive Lets Chase The Dream, who will start from the No. 5 barrier. Lets Chase The Dream is the stable’s best chance, I’d say,” declared Hall Jnr “He’ll improve and I think that his class will get him over Harry Hoo.” Ken Casellas

Cracking New Zealand bred harness racing five-year-old Lets Chase The Dream will resume after an absence of almost five months and will have his first start for Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr when he contests the $7 Pints At JPs Every Friday Night Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A winner at 13 of his 33 starts and $469,123 in prizemoney, Lets Chase The Dream was purchased by prominent West Australian owners Beth Richardson, Danny Roberts and Sue Beven after the horse finished a nose second to Classie Brigade at Rangiora on April 23 this year.    Hall said that Lets Chase The Dream, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, from the prized No. 1 barrier on Friday night, had been nominated for the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship series at Gloucester Park in November and December. “We’ll take it easy for a while to see how he goes,” Hall Snr said. “He’s a little bit underdone, but is pretty fit. We will try to lead and he should go well. We don’t want to hand up to Thereugo. He’s working on a par with my good horses, Ohoka Punter and all of them.” Lets Chase The Dream (Bettor's Delight) is an M3-class pacer and should prove far too good for his lower-assessed rivals. He came to Perth in April 2016 when Chris Lewis drove him at his two appearances at Gloucester Park, for a win over Mach Time and Ideal Tyson in a prelude of the WA Derby and a 2m second to Chicago Bull in the Derby final. He was an outstanding two-year-old who twice beat superstar Lazarus in rich Group 1 events. He beat Lazarus by a neck in the $100,000 Cardigan Bay Stakes at Alexandra Park in March 2015 and scored by a length over Motu Premier and the fast-finishing Lazarus in the $156,400 New Zealand Sires Stakes at Addington in May. Shandale was fourth and Chicago Bull finished ninth in the latter event. As a three-year-old, Lets Chase The Dream twice finished second to Lazarus in Group 1 feature events in New Zealand. At his latest start, in a Group 3 classic at Rangiora on April 23 this year, Lets Chase The Dream raced in the breeze in the middle stages of the 2600m event before gaining the one-out, one-back trail at the 1400m. He was switched three wide on the home turn and burst to the front 90m from the post before finishing a nose second to the fast-finishing Classie Brigade, rating 1.55.3, with the final 800m taking 54.1sec. Ken Casellas  

Superstar pacer Chicago Bull will start the most ambitious campaign of his illustrious harness racing career when he contests the $25,000 Howard Porter Memorial over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he is forward enough in condition to notch his 23rd victory at his 35th start, despite drawing out wide at barrier seven. Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr was somewhat guarded in his prediction, saying: “he will go close.” Chicago Bull (Bettor's Delight) will be making his first appearance for eight weeks and will be strongly fancied to extend his winning sequence to seven. He took his earnings to $932,049 when he began speedily from the No. 4 barrier, set the pace and won convincingly from The Bucket List and Our Jericho at a 1.55.9 rate over 2130m on July 14. The five-year-old is being set for the rich summer carnival treble of the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship, the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup. His clash in the Inters with sensational New Zealand five-year-old Lazarus should provide spectacular action. Hall hinted that his son Gary Hall Jnr would drive Chicago Bull conservatively and would rely on the gelding’s renowned dazzling finishing burst. Hall Snr holds a strong hand in Friday night’s race in which he will also be represented by Run Oneover and Beaudiene Boaz. Stuart McDonald will drive Run Oneover from the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line and Nathan Turvey has been engaged to handle Beaudiene Boaz, who will start from the inside of the back line. Hall Snr who has won the Porter Memorial with Make The Rules (1999), Its Written In The Stars (2000) and Crusader Banner (2015), said he expected Run Oneover to prove hard to beat, predicting that the six-year-old would set the pace and would not be placed under undue pressure. Run Oneover led from barrier two and after a scorching third quarter of the final mile in 26.8sec. held on doggedly to win from Our Jimmy Johnstone last Friday night. Hall Snr said that $1 million pacer Beaudiene Boaz was “going super” and was poised for a strong effort at his first start for eight weeks. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri will be represented by Sheer Rocknroll (resuming after a spell) and Jambiani (a fast-finishing last-start winner). Sheer Rocknroll, to be driven for the first time by Morgan Woodley, is a winner of 22 races and should be prominent from the No. 2 barrier on the front line. Sheer Rocknroll, the only mare in the race, warmed up for her first-up assignment after an absence of 12 weeks with a most impressive trial win at Pinjarra on Sunday morning when she led and won by four lengths from talented stablemate Im Full of Excuses, rating 1.56.2 over 2185m. Shannon Suvaljko will drive Jambiani, who will start from barrier four on the front line. Jambiani was a 95/1 outsider driven by McDonald when he was fifth, three back on the pegs at the bell, before flashing home to beat Ideal Alice and Run 0neover at a 1.55 rate in the 2536m August Cup last Friday week. The Michael Brennan trained The Bucket List will have admirers from barrier five. Now an eight-year-old, The Bucket List finished solidly when second to the pacemaker Bettors Fire in the Porter Memorial 12 months ago. Adding further interest to Friday night’s event will be the return to racing of seven-year-old Simply Susational, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick for trainer Skye Bond. He will start from barrier two on the back line and is capable of unwinding with a powerful finishing burst. Dual WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy (Clint Hall) and Americanbootscoota (Chris Lewis), a winner at eight of his past 13 starts, fared badly in the random draw and face difficult tasks from barriers eight and nine, respectively. Ken Casellas

Well-bred four-year-old Our Magical Miracle will resume after an absence of eight months when he starts from barrier two on the back line of the 2130m Slater Gartrell Sports Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and the lightly-raced gelding should prove hard to beat after an impressive performance in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Prepared at Serpentine by premier trainer Gary Hall sen., Our Magical Miracle led from barrier five in the trial and held on to win by a head from Shandale, a talented M2-class pacer and winner of $194,677 in prizemoney. The New Zealand-bred Our Magical Miracle sprinted over the final quarters in 28.8sec. and 27.8sec., which suggests that he is close to his best form for his long-anticipated return to racing. He is lightly-raced, having had only nine starts for four wins, two seconds and a third. He has not raced since he started from the No. 5 barrier and dashed forward in the first lap to take up the running before winning easily from Art Lover over 2185m at Pinjarra on December 12 last year.       His chief opposition on Friday is expected to come from another New Zealand-bred four-year-old in the Andrew de Campo-trained Cest Lheure, who will start from the No. 6 barrier with Aiden de Campo in the sulky. After sustaining a powerful finishing burst to win at Pinjarra three starts ago, Cest Lheure has fought on grandly to finish desperately close seconds to The Storm Chief at Gloucester Park and Rudimental Sol at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Andrew de Campo was rewarded for his long trip to Perth from Capel on Tuesday when his only starter at the Gloucester Park meeting, Smoldering Ashes, driven by Ryan Bell, finished strongly from sixth at the bell to win from Rockin The Boys at odds of 64/1. Our Magical Miracle is a full-brother to millionaire pacer Mysta Magical Mach, who retired with a record of 160 starts for 34 wins, 54 placings and $1,261,371 in prizemoney. He won several group events, including the 2009 WA Pacing Cup, the 2009 Bunbury Cup and the 2009 and 2013 Lord Mayor’s Cup and the Members Sprint and Village Kid Sprint in 2012. He also finished second to Im Themightyquinn in the 2011 WA Pacing Cup and second to the same great pacer in the 2012 Interdominion Championship in Perth. The Hall stable has 12 runners at the meeting, with Our Magical Miracle and Ima Rocknroll Legend (Owners Only Pace) looking the best prospects. Ima Rocknroll Legend is the only M0-class performer in a 2130m event in which nine of his rivals have a M1 classification and one, Better Than Money, is on a M2 mark. Hall jun. is bullish about the prospects of Ima Rocknroll Legend and is aiming at winning the start and leading throughout. Ken Casellas

Considerable interest will surround the debut of New Zealand-bred three-year-old The Pima Indian when the gelding makes his debut in the $18,000 Yearling Preparation at Allwood Stud Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Pima Indian, trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen., is favourably drawn at barrier three on the front line in the 2130m event and should prove hard to beat after scoring easy wins in two trials at Byford on the past two Sundays. He rated 1.58.6 when he beat Major Fitz by 40 metres in a three-horse 2150m trial last Sunday morning and he sprinted home over the final 400m in 28.5sec. when he won a five-horse trial from the promising Neighlor the previous Sunday. The son of Changeover will be driven by Gary Hall jun., who preferred him to the Glenn Elliott-trained polemarker Illusionation, who possesses sparkling gate speed and has won at two of his past three starts. The Pima Indian has a family tradition to uphold at his first appearance in a race in Australia. His maternal granddam Cherubic had four of her progeny race in Australia --- and all won at their Australian debut --- Franco Conquest (Newcastle, December 1999), Franco Concord (Globe Derby, December 2000), Franco Croupier (Strathalbyn, December 2001) and Franco Cruz (Bendigo, November 2011). The Prima Indian faces some strong opposition from the outstanding filly Maczaffair and Tisadream, who are racing in excellent form. Maczaffair, to be driven by Chris Lewis for Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed, has amassed $247,295 in prizemoney from 11 wins and seven placings from 23 starts. She will start out wide at barrier eight on the front line. Maczaffair also started from the No. 8 barrier last Friday week when she raced wide early and then in the breeze before winning by almost two lengths from Pick My Pocket, rating 1.55.4 over 1730m. Tisadream, trained at Capel by Andrew de Campo, finished third in the WA Derby earlier in the year and he is in splendid form, winning by big margins over 2536m at Gloucester Park and 2100m at Bunbury at his latest outings. He will start from the outside of the back line and should be charging home in the final stages. Pick My Pocket, to be driven by Tom Buchanan for Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice, is racing with admirable enthusiasm, but will need some luck after starting out wide at barrier seven. Tyler Bret, to be driven by Colin Brown for Banjup trainer Dylan Egerton-Green, should be prominent from the No. 2 barrier. He covered a lot of extra ground before finishing strongly to win from Bravo Tex over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon. Ken Casellas

Capel horseman Ash Markham has given punters a good lead by opting to drive Midnight Man in preference to Budd Sidewinder in the www.allwoodstud.com.au Westbred Pace for three-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Markham, who drove Nitro Lad to an all-the-way win at Northam on Tuesday night, is sure to attempt a similar success with Midnight Man, who has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2130m event. Midnight Man, trained at Busselton by Peter Bell, is in good form. He set the pace when a close second to Rockin The Boys over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday night. At his previous outing, the Village Jolt gelding led from barrier four and won by a neck from War Club over 2100m at Bunbury. Markham has also driven the Mike Callegari-trained Budd Sidewinder at his past three starts for three placings at Gloucester Park. Budd Sidewinder enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, when a sound third to Tyler Bret and Bravo Tex on Monday afternoon. He had a similar run when second to Yankee Boots at his previous start. Ace reinsman Gary Hall jun. also has given punters a good lead by opting to drive Whozideawasthis in preference to Gangbuster in the Follow The Stars At Allwood Pace. Wozideawasthis, trained by Gary Hall sen., will start from barrier three on the front line in the 2130m event, in which the Katja Warwick-trained Gangbuster will start from the prized No. 1 barrier, with Stuart McDonald in the sulky. Whozideawasthis ended a losing sequence of 12 when he led from barrier two and beat Skippy Rascal and Mach Time at a 1.56.5 rate over 2130m last Friday night. That followed excellent seconds to Dana Duke and Rycroft at his first two appearances in Western Australia. Hall has been the regular driver for Gangbuster, whose past seven starts have produced three wins and three seconds. Gangbuster started from barrier seven last Friday night and was restrained to last in a field of eight before dashing forward to work in the breeze when a fighting second to the pacemaker Im Lisart.   Ken Casellas

Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr landed the quinella in last year’s Chandon Final and he is hoping to repeat the dose in the $25,000 In Memory of Bob Pollock The Chandon Final over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He has four runners, Mach Time (barrier one), Harry Hoo (two), Zach Maguire (inside of the back line) and King Lebron (outside of the back). Gary Hall Jnr has given punters a good lead by opting to drive Zach Maguire, a stylish all-the-way last-start winner over Motu Premier. His elder brother Clint will handle talented frontrunner Mach Time, Chris Voak has been engaged for Harry Hoo and Lauren Jones for King Lebron. “It’s a really good field, with many winning chances,” said Hall Jnr, who finished second with 6/1 chance American Boy in the Chandon Final 12 months ago after racing in the breeze for the final 1500m. Stablemate Ricimer, a 16/1 chance driven by Kim Prentice, set the pace and beat American Boy by just under a length. “Mach Time looks set to lead on Friday night and I should be sitting on him with Zach Maguire.” Zach Maguire is capable of unwinding a strong finishing burst, and Hall is hopeful the Bettors Delight four-year-old will get clear in the final circuit and outsprint Mach Time, another New Zealand-bred four-year-old with excellent potential. The main dangers to Mach Time and Zach Maguire loom large as Motu Premier, Natural Disaster and Vanquished. Motu Premier, to be driven by Chris Lewis for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, is in dazzling form and should prove mighty hard to beat. A winner of seven races in New Zealand, Motu Premier raced in New South Wales four times for three wins and his four starts in Western Australia have produced three wins and a last-start second to Zach Maguire when he had a tough run in the breeze. “It’s always a task when you draw wide (barrier eight), but I think he will run a good race,” said Lewis. Natural Disaster, a WA-bred four-year-old by American stallion Shadow Play, is in brilliant form for Boyanup trainer-driver Justin Prentice, with his 11 starts this season producing seven wins and two placings. He is unbeaten at his three outings after resuming from a spell and he should obtain an excellent passage after starting from the No. 2 barrier on the back line. Vanquished, in the stables of leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, will be driven by Ryan Warwick from barrier three on the front line and he warmed up for Friday night’s event with an impressive victory at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night.   He raced in sixth place in the one-wide line before bursting to the front 520m from home and winning by more than two lengths from Auctioneers Elsu, rating a smart 1.55.2 over the 2130m journey. Ken Casellas

Ace reinsman Gary Hall Jnr was stunned at Sprinter’s explosive speed when the four-year-old scored an effortless victory last Friday night and he gives the Mach Three gelding a great chance of winning the $35,000 John Higgins Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Sprinter, trained at Blythewood by Gary Elson, has drawn poorly on the outside (No. 9) of the front line in the 2130m event but Hall is confident he has the ability to overcome that significant disadvantage. “I was hoping for a bit better draw, but he’s going super,” Hall said. “I’d say he’s the equal to any horse in the race. Last week I thought he was throwing out distress signals on the bend, but I gave him one good cut (with the whip) and he just took off like he had just joined in. He really surprised me how much he had left.” Sprinter certainly looked most impressive when he started from barrier seven in last week’s race and was ninth at the bell before unleashing a dazzling three-wide burst which took him into the lead 300m from home. He sprinted over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 28.2sec. and won by three lengths from Blinding Light, rating 1.55.6. Sprinter, purchased for $34,000 at the Australasian Classic yearling sale in Auckland, has amassed $256,305 from his 16 wins and 13 placings from 38 starts. He should develop into a candidate for the rich summer carnival events, including the Inter Dominion championship, Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup. Hall, who has won the Higgins Memorial behind Partywiththedevil in 2010, In The Perfect Storm (2014) and Rub of the Green, who led all the way and won easily from hot favourite Char Do Neigh 12 months ago, rates Sprinter a better pacer than Elson’s Victorian-bred four-year-old Ideal Tyson, who has raced 45 times for 18 wins, 15 placings and $164,294 in prizemoney. However, Aiden de Campo, who will drive Ideal Tyson from barrier three on the front line, has high hopes of victory. “He’s probably got better with every run this time in,” he said. “His was a good win last week and that should have topped him off pretty well for this week. “He’s drawn a good alley and I’ll be coming out hard and looking for the top. He’s a big horse who likes to roll, so I’ll be driving him like a truck, like I always do. If he gets to the front he will be very hard to beat.” Last Friday night Ideal Tyson started out wide at barrier nine and settled down in eighth position before de Campo sent him forward with a three-wide burst which took him to the lead after 600m. He then bowled along in front and won by two and a half lengths from Khun Ratha, rating 1.57.5 over 2536m. Hall also predicted a bold showing from Ima Rocknroll Legend, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old trained by his father Gary Hall Snr and to be driven by the trainer’s older son Clint. “Ima Rocknroll Legend will go very well,” said Hall Jnr “He ran third at Pinjarra at his latest start when they ran 26.3sec. off the front (for the final 400m) and he made up about four lengths. He’s really fast, although Pinjarra suits him better than Gloucester Park.” Another major chance in Friday night’s event is another four-year-old, the Debra Lewis-trained Americanbootscoota, the solitary runner on the back line. The big gelding has struck a purple patch, winning easily at each of his past four starts. Leading reinsman Chris Lewis is confident Americanbootscoota will prove hard to beat. “A front-line draw would’ve been nice, but things might pan out okay. We’ll be moving off (the pegs) as soon as we can and then work out our tactics from there. “Much will depend on the tempo of the race. He is versatile and in good form and I expect a good showing from him. He has always had ability; if you look back at his record when he was a three year old he ran some pretty good times and I’d say he’s now putting it all together. He’s now running times that mean he could be a carnival horse.” Lewis has been successful in the Higgins Memorial with Hail The Judge (1997), Our Graedy (1998), Ianalbert (2006) and Sneakyn Down Under (2008).    Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond have two runners in Friday night’s race in smart three-year-olds Messi (Ryan Bell) and Rock Diamonds (Ryan Warwick), who are racing keenly. Messi has won at nine of his 19 starts and Rock Diamonds has won at nine of his 18 starts Ken Casellas

Having conquered Queensland, the All Stars’ juggernaut moves to Menangle this week.  Luke McCarthy is down to drive Mark Purdon’s three Breeders Crown heat runners on Tuesday. All will be commanding favourites.  First out is talented two-year-old gelding Sicario, who should make it five wins from eight starts, now he’s drawn gate two in race three.  NSW Oaks winner Partyon has the right draw (gate four), but faces the biggest challenge against Queensland Derby placegetter My Casino Belle (gate seven) and Shezallapples (five).  Brad Hewitt’s My Casino Belle ran third to Partyon in Queensland’s Provincial Oaks, then turned the tables when second to Shartin in the actual Queensland Oaks. Partyon ran third.  But, My Casino Belle, lifted to another level to sit parked and run a monstrous third to The More The Better and Shartin in the Queensland Derby last Saturday week.  The More The Better, who smashed the clock winning the Queensland Derby, looks a league above his rivals in his Crown heat (race five) at Menangle.    Still on the Crown heats at Menangle, and another highlight will be the return of unbeaten juvenile filly My Sweetchilliphilly.  It’s a while since we’ve seen the daughter of Betterthancheddar with trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton, sending her for a spell after a sparkling Pink Bonnet win at Menangle on April 8.  But it was her previous win, when My Sweetchilliphilly sat parked in a 1.54.7 mile rate for 1730m to win the Group One Bathurst Gold Tiara final, which showed her potential greatness.  She wasn’t eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, so the Trittons gave her a break with a view to a late season surge towards the Breeders Crown.  My Sweetchilliphilly has sharpened-up for her return to Menangle trial wins on June 20 and July 4.  She looked simply stunning on July 4, when she toyed with older rivals to win by 6.4m in a 1.53.6 mile and closed in a 27.7 split.  My Sweetchilliphilly has gate five in the first Menangle Crown heat and should be untroubled to stretch her unbeaten record to five wins.    Champion driver Chris Alford must have known he was in trouble, on the home bend with buzz juvenile filly Molly Kelly in the Tatlow Stakes at Melton last Saturday night.  Alford surprised many when he opted to drive Molly Kelly instead of the unbeaten stablemate Nostra Villa. He was the regular driver on both.  Molly Kelly led and had a cosy trip, but when Alford tried to pinch a break on Nostra Villa turning for home, he couldn’t shake her off. And then came Peter Manning’s filly, Amelias Courage, along the sprint lane.  In an absolute slugfest to the wire, Nostra Villa found a way to win again, making six wins from as many starts for Emma Stewart.  She beat Amelias Courage by a nose with Molly Kelly another half-head away in third spot. The mile rate was a steady 1.58.7 for 2240m, but they zipped home in 56.2 and 27.4.  Stewart’s dominance in Victoria’s juvenile races continued later in the night when nominal Breeders Crown favourite Poster Boy snared the Tatlow Stakes for colts and geldings with Alford aboard.  The race provided a trifecta for Stewart with Poster Boy working to the front earlier, and easily beating Tam Major and Big Bad Bruce with a 26.5 last quarter.  Poster Boy ran sixth on debut at Menangle in February, but was spelled straight after and has returned with six impressive wins from as many starts.    Chicago Bull is out having a rest, but trainer Gary Hall Sr still found a way to win the free-for-all at Gloucester Park last Friday night.  Classy mare Ideal Alice made the most of gate one to lead throughout in a 1.57 mile rate for the 2536m.  It was only her second run back from a spell, following a successful summer campaign where even beat star Kiwi mare, Piccadilly Princess in the Parliamentarians Cup at Gloucester Park.  The other highlight of the night was popular trainer Gary Elson’s double with his classy four-year-olds Ideal Tyson and Sprinter.  Ideal Tyson, with Aiden De Campo aboard, toyed with his rivals in the opening race by 7.7m in a 1.57.5 mile rate for 2536m.  Sprinter took on a stronger field and won even more impressively for driver Gary Hall Jr by 9.3m in a 1.55.6 mile rate for 2130m.    Classy mare Bettorthanspecial snared the last feature of the hugely successful Queensland Winter Carnival.  The Shannon Price-trained five-year-old caused a minor upset, beating hot favourite Major Cam by a half-head in the Patrons Purse (2280m) at Redcliffe last Friday night.  It took her record to an impressive 51 starts for 25 wins, 18 placings and almost $330,000 in stakemoney.    With some of the big guns away, classy NZ-bred free-for-aller Allblack Stride returned to winning form at Menangle last Saturday night.  But it wasn’t easy going for the Craig Cross six-year-old, who led staved-off a rejuvenated Major Star, to win by a whisker in a 1.52.4 mile.    When Andy Gath took Burnaholeinmypocket home from the 2015 Harness Jewels he thought he had his next stable star.  And anyone who saw the son of Bettor's Delight charged home late for fourth to subsequent Miracle Mile winner Have Faith In Me, in his Jewels final would have said the same thing.  Instead, Gath’s had a largely frustrating two years.  But, Burnaholeinmypocket is now starting to at least show glimpses of that potential from 2015.  The five-year-old has now won four of his past six starts, including his first in genuine open-class in the Our Maestro free-for-all (2240m) at Melton last Friday night.  “It was the first time he’d drawn the front row in eight starts, and we thought he was a great chance of leading, which he did. It was great to get a draw to use his gate speed again,” Gath said.  It was his 17th win from just 42 starts and took him past $200,000 in earnings.    Fresh from his triumphant Group One Blacks A Fake win on Hectorjayjay a week earlier, young gun driver Josh Aiken snared another feature at Melton last Saturday night.  Aiken teamed with top trotting trainer Anton Golino and the huge Yabby Dams operation to win the Group Three Sumthingaboutmaori free-for-all (2240m) aboard Glenferrie Burn.   Adam Hamilton

Next stop is Queensland for star former Kiwi pacer Tiger Tara.  Trainer Kevin Pizzuto moved-on quickly from a totally luckless Len Smith Mile run to back-up Tiger Tara for a dominant win, albeit against easier class, in the Group Three Coca Cola Pace (1609m) at Menangle last Saturday night.  In the Len Smith, Tiger Tara found himself back last in a top-start affair and was clocked to run a 52.5 last half off the track when finishing only eighth.  Driver Todd McCarthy was mindful of not getting too far off the pace this time.  Main danger Allblack Stride worked forward to find the lead from gate eight, but McCarthy quickly moved around the field to sit parked after settling near the rear.  McCarthy stepped-up the heat on Allblack Stride rounding the final bend, quickly hit the front, then Tiger Tara seemed to do just what he had to do for a 4.1m win in a 1.52.7 mile.  It will now be interesting whether Pizzuto heads to Brisbane for next Saturday night’s Group One Sunshine Sprint, or sticks to his original plan of bypassing it, and waits for the longer Group One Blacks A Fake the following week.  Lennytheshark, Hectorjayjay and My Field Marshal head the list of stars awaiting Tiger Tara in Queensland.  We’re in for a couple of great weeks of racing.      Still on Queensland and the Allstars barn quickly put their stamp on this year’s Winter Carnival.  Despite being small on numbers with just the two raiders, both of them won with authority.  First-up was The More The Better, who capped his preparation for the Queensland Derby with an effortless win in the $30,000 Group Three Premiers Cup with Natalie Rasmussen aboard.  Rasmussen also took the reins on star filly Partyon, who showed a return to her sparkling early season form, to win a very strong Provincial Oaks.  Another Kiwi filly, Delighful Memphis, was sent out a hot favourite and led as expected, but Partyon was too strong and classy in a 1.56.8 mile rate for 2138m, capped by closing splits of 55.9 and 26.9.  Former Kiwi filly Shartin, who has been grabbing the eye in easier races for Victorian train Dean Braun, ran a slashing second. My Casino Belle was third and Delightful Memphis fourth.  Another impressive winner on the night was Grant Dixon’s four-year-old Leos Best, who used gate three lead and was simply too fast for the promising stayer Mattgregor in the Group Three 4YO Championship. They flew home in 56.3 last half and 27.8 closing quarter for a 1.55.1 mile rate.  NSW raider Spare Me Days won the Mr Feelgood pace for open-class pacers narrowly but impressively.  Maybe one-time budding superstar Beaudiene Boaz can still be a Perth Inter-Dominion contender.  The Gary Hall snr-trained pacer looked a bit special last season, but his form has been indifferent since.  He posted just his fourth win in almost 18 months when he led throughout at Gloucester Park in the Past Presidents Cup (2130m) last Friday night.  It was a real line in the sand race and the five-year-old delivered. He came from gate five, sat parked early, worked to the front and won strongly by 1.8m in a slick 1.54.8 mile rate from Vulcan Tin and stablemate Run Oneover.  It was the second leg of a double for Hall Jr in the sulky, having taken advantage of a scorching early pacer to blow his rivals away on promising four-year-old Zach Maguire in a flying 1.52.6.    Advance Attack filly Cott Beach built on her impressive record with a dominant Westbred 2YO Fillies’ final win at Gloucester Park last Friday night.  Trained by Gary Elson and driven by Nathan Turvey, Cott Beach posted her sixth win from just eight starts when she led throughout to win the Group One $100,000 feature by a whopping 21.5m.  Cott Beach posted a 1.58.8 mile rate, while Highroller Joe (Roll With Joe-Illeagle) ran only marginally quicker at 1.58.6 in the colts and geldings final. It was a big night for Highroller Joe’s trainer-driver Justin Prentice, who also won the 3YO Fillies’ final with Allamerican Queen.  Handsandwheels capped a big season where he won the WA Derby and then added last Friday night’s $100,000 Westbred final for father-son team Andrew and Aiden De Campo.    Lance Justice has won bigger races, not many would have meant as much as last Saturday night’s $20,000 Popular Alm Sprint (1690m) at Kilmore.  That’s because he trained Love Ina Chevy to a fighting win, and he’s the gelding who narrowly cheated death so many times, when gravely ill at the start of last year. Incredibly, the five-year-old lost none of his fighting qualities as shown by his biggest career win in the Popular Alm.  Love Ina Chevy led and took a trail then used the sprint lane to snatch victory from Four Ex Dan by a half-head in a 1.55.9 mile rate.    Star former Kiwi mare Cyclone Kate was the first benefactor of Menangle’s trial of a new handicapping system.  The system allows horses to drop back in grades pending from over their past five starts and Cyclone Kate did just that and then used gate four to lead and win impressively in a 1.53.1 mile.  Another winner of note on the night was Shane Tritton’s Eh Ef El, who blazed a 1.52.1 mile in race nine.  Tritton has been singing Eh Ef El’s praises for much of this year, but he’s shown as many “tricks” as he has sparkling displays.  If he keeps doing it all right like last Saturday, Eh Ef El will roar through the grades.    No wonder former Kiwi youngster Jack Mac is prepost favourite to win WA’s biggest juvenile race, the Golden Slipper.  The son of Mach Three stretched his unbeaten Aussie record to five wins when he cruised around at Gloucester Park last Friday night.  Jack Mac was unplaced in five Kiwi runs before moving to Barry Howlett’s barn when he looked top shelf.  Another winner from last Saturday’s Gloucester Park meeting well known to Kiwis was recent All Stars’ export Motu Premier, who emphatically won his second run for trainer Ross Olivieri.  The Merv Butterworth-owned four-year-old has enjoyed a bumper season, first in NZ then with two wins and a close second from three Menangle runs (still with the All Stars) and now with Olivieri.  This season he’s raced 13 times for eight wins, two seconds and earned over $80,000. Adam Hamilton

THE comparisons between Chicago Bull and his former champion stablemate Im Themightyquinn are inevitable. Yes, they probably are premature in many ways, but it wasn’t until his five-year-old season and beyond when Im Themightyquinn’s greatness became evident. Chicago Bull, despite being smaller in stature, has achieved a lot more at the same stage of their careers courtesy of his big Fremantle/WA Cup double in January. And now he’s looming as one of the absolute key players in the Perth Inter Dominion. Chicago Bull has brilliantly won both starts this campaign to take his record in Aussie since joining Gary Hall Sr’s stable to 24 starts for 17 wins and seven placings with almost $870,000 in earnings. At Gloucester Park last Friday, Gary Hall Jr drifted back to near last from a wide draw, came with a three-wide run from the bell and roared past the leader before the home bend to win without being extended by 7.5m in a 1min55sec mile rate for 2130m. The most obvious similarity between Im Themightyquinn and Chicago Bull is there amazing ability to make ground, at top speed around the right bends at Gloucester Park. The free-for-all on the same night, the Winter Cup, went to classy mare Tricky Styx, who found the front and just held-off sit-sprinter The Bucket List in a 1min58.1sec mile rate for the long 2536m. MERV Butterworth’s patience is being rewarded with former star Kiwi filly Supersonic Miss. The now five-year-old mare spent more than a year off the track with injury, but Butterworth and trainer Kerryn Manning never lost faith. After a fantastic comeback run when second to last season’s Breeders Crown champ Rocknroll Magic, Supersonic Miss has since won both starts in fantastic style. The latest came in the Group 3 Richmond Lass (1720m) in a slick 1min53.6sec mile rate at Melton last Saturday night. “It’s such a thrill to see her back and going so well,” Butterworth said. “She’s had these three runs close together and shown us she’s comeback where she left off, so we will freshen for a few weeks now and map out a plan around some bigger races.” IT’S Vicbred time and that usually spells Emma Stewart dominance time. This is year no different judging by the qualifying heats run so far. Stewart qualified a staggering 10 runners for semi-finals out of just eight qualifying heats for two year-olds – colts/geldings and fillies – at Bendigo last Tuesday night. It was easy to pick out the star performer with Poster Boy making in three wins from as many starts this campaign in the most dominant fashion in his heat. Chris Alford had the luxury of driving Poster Boy from off the speed in the one-one trail and he blasted past leader and stablemate Major Times on the home bend to win without being extended by 6.2m in a 1min55.8sec mile rate for 2150m. Major Times held on well for second. Concealment led throughout to win his heat for Stewart in a 1min56.7sec mile rate, while Big Bad Bruce (second) and Liftntorque (third) also qualified with their placings behind $66.60 upset winner Regal Cheval. Stewart also qualified Tam Major and Tapthekeg are through to the semis after landing the quinella in their heat. Stewart also won two of the four heats for two-year-old fillies with feature winners Nostra Beach and Nosta Villa, while Pistol Abbey made it through with a fighting second to Nicole Molander’s classy filly Passions Delight. Passions Delight was one of the stars of the night, sitting parked in a 1min57.7sec mile rate for 2150m and zooming away to win by 6.5m. Stewart then snared a double on Vicbred 3YO heats night at Kilmore last Thursday with Victoria Oaks winner Miss Graceland and Rocknroll Icon. Miss Graceland is headed towards another stoush with arch-rival Petacular, who impressively won her heat on the night. There was some added Kiwi interest through Art Major colt Stars Align, who made it two from two for new trainer Dean Braun when he won his Vicbred heat by 12.5m in slick time. Stars Align, part-owned by the Kennards, Creightons and Riseleys, looks a huge winning chance for the final in a Vicbred division lacking a standout performer. X X X THE Vicbred action continued with all the four-year-old qualifying heats at Ballarat last Friday night where the headline act was Western Australian raider Soho Tribeca. The former Victorian was placed behind young superstar Chicago Bull in the Fremantle and WA Cup earlier this year and headed to Ballarat after an eye-catching first-up placing at Gloucester Park. Soho Tribeca showed he will be the horse to beat in the Vicbred final with a powerhouse all-the-way heat win in the equal quickest time of the night, a 1min56.6sec mile rate for 2200m. He 55.8 and 27.4sec to win by 10m. His main threat will be lightly-raced and untapped local General Dodge, who made it seven wins from just eight starts when he led throughout in the same 1min56.6sec mile rate and won by 10m. General Dodge, a son of Courage Under Fire, thrashed highly-rated Kiwi raider Moonrock, who had to be content with second for trainer Michael House and driver Anthony Butt. NSW raider Charlaval returned to his best form to toy with his rivals in his heat in a 1min58sec mile rate, while the other heat went to outsider Warfare. In the 4YO Mares’ heats, the biggest shock came when nominal final favourite and reigning Breeders Crown champ Rocknroll Magic was outstayed after leading in her heat by the emerging Bou Chard. Rocknroll Magic cruised through a 62sec middle half then Bou Chard attacked through a 27.3sec third quarter and was too strong in a slugging 29.4sec last 400m. The other mares’ heats went to the classy one-time Harness Jewels hopeful Rockstar Angel and Emma Stewart’s talented mare Whirily School. FORMER globetrotting Inter Dominion winner Mr Feelgood snared one of his biggest siring wins when Feelin Dusty landed the $40,000 Dan Patch 2YO final (2090m) at Hobart last Friday night. The colt led and had a good stoush with co-favourite Izaha before pulling clear for driver Ricky Duggan to score by 10.5m. It was a big night for trainer Paul Hill who puts the polish on Feelin Dusty and Ideal Bliss, a daughter of American Ideal, who won the Evicus final for 2YO fillies. THE big Queensland Winter Carnival starts next weekend and, as usual, power couple Grant and Trista Dixon will be key players. One of their headline acts is star mare Joys A Babe who used the pole to lead, take a trail on main danger Kept Under Wraps, and sprint lane to win the feature Wondais Mate free-for-all (1660m) in a slick 1min53.1sec mile rate at Albion Park last Saturday night. The other class factor to win on the night was exciting four-year-old Mattgregor, who found the front and scored easily in the final race. Mattgregor ran a massive second to Field Marshall in the 4&5YO Championship at Melton three starts back, then a fighting third in the Group 3 Mount Eden at Menangle. TRAINER Anton Golino and the powerhouse Yabby Dams team keep clocking up the winners. Golino snared a double with promising trotters Cyclone Jeter and Pizza Queen at Melton last Saturday night. Gavin Lang drove both and had armchair drives to win in quick time. Adam Hamilton

Millionaire pacer Beaudiene Boaz gets his chance to return to the winners' list in Friday night's $35,000 Winter Cup (2536m) at Gloucester Park. The Gary Hall-trained five-year-old Badlands Hanover harness racing entire has had four runs back since finishing sixth behind stablemate Chicago Bull in the Group 1 WA Pacing Cup (2936m) last January. Beaudiene Boaz hasn't saluted since late December last year, but he did finish a game third behind Smolda and Hectorjayjay in the Inter Dominion grand final (2936m) earlier in December and Hall has always had a high opinion of the horse. "You know I always thought (Beaudiene) Boaz was better than the Bull," Hall said. "But somewhere along the line Chicago Bull has overtaken Boaz. I lost Boaz for a while there, but I think he's starting to show some of his old ability. He was a little disappointing but then he finished third in the Inters final. And hey you can't be too disappointed with a horse who has won more than a million dollars in prize money." Beaudiene Boaz was sent out as a $2.10 favourite at his last start, but was caught in a speed battle with mare Sheer Rocknroll in the early stages of the race. The lead time was run in a blistering 35.4 and driver Gary Hall Jr sent Beaudiene Boaz to the fence behind Sheer Rocknroll after his unsuccessful attempt to wrest the lead away from the mare but the damage had been already done with the early speed burn and the race was set up perfectly for the backmarkers with the mile rate for the 2130m journey being carved out in a slick 1:55.3. The Bucket List and Our Jimmy Johnstone were the beneficiaries of the hot early pace and finished all over the top of their rivals. Beaudiene Boaz boxed on gamely to finish third, some 8.7m behind The Bucket List. He again takes on The Bucket List on Friday night, along with his stablemate Run Oneover. Beaudiene Boaz comes out of gate eight, while The Bucket List (6), Run Oneover (9), Bettors Reward (the pole) and Our Jericho (2) appear the main chances in the nine-horse field. Junior will be looking to give Beaudiene Boaz a "softer" run in transit this week and that could be vital in assessing his chances. He can get home fast off a quick pace and will appreciate not being involved in any speed battles. Run Oneover, a noted frontrunner, is expected to inject some speed into the race and this will suit Beaudiene Boaz. The two Hall runners, the Michael Brennan-trained The Bucket List, the Justin Prentice-trained and driven Bettors Reward and the Ross Olivieri-trained Our Jericho can all figure in the finish with the right run. Wayne Currall Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 23 June 2017 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 23 June 2017

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