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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

He is still tiny and has a “bung” eye, but Chicago Bull is ready to pick-up where he left off. That’s the snapshot from trainer Gary Hall Sr ahead of Chicago Bull’s return to racing at Gloucester Park tomorrow (Friday) night. It’s his first run since completing the huge Fremantle/WA Cup double back in January. “He’s been through a bit since then, especially with nearing losing an eye. The eye doesn’t look great, but he can see through and, gee, his work has been good,” Hall Sr said. “I thought a found good race for him restricted to M2-M4 horses, but he’s drawn wide (eight) and it’s 1730m which makes it a real challenge. “Throw in the fact Erskine Range looks the leader from the pole and he can run 1min54sec and little Chicago is going to have to go super to win from the draw. “He’s ready to run a big race and I think he’ll be hard to beat, but it’s not just a matter of turning up and winning that’s for sure.” Hall Sr also has a strong hand in the free-for-all (race six) with Run Oneover (six) and Beaudiene Boaz (nine). “If you ask Clint (Hall) he’d say Run Oneover is our best chance, but I’d go with Beaudiene Boaz after his run last time,” he said. “They are both drawn wide, but it’s 2536m which helps them. “Heez On Fire is the one they have to beat. He’s absolutely flying and is drawn six.” Hall Sr said another of open-class stars Ohoka Punter was still spelling after a quarter crack. “He’ll be given all the time he needs for it to grow out. I’d say he’ll spell until at least the end of this month,” he said. “That means it will be October before he’s back at the races, but it still gives us a good run in to the Inter Dominion. “He’s had some knockers over here, but the quarter crack was troubling him. I love him. I’m sure he’ll be a big chance in anything he contests when he gets over this setback.”   Adam Hamilton

Gary Hall Sr is confident Ohoka Punter will be a major Perth Inter Dominion player later this year. But for now, it’s all about getting the former star Kiwi pacer over yet another injury setback. Ohoka Punter joined Hall Sr’s stable last October with a view to last year’s Perth Inter Dominion, but succumbed to an untimely health issue and was forced to the spelling paddock. Hall Sr nursed him back to peak fitness and Ohoka Punter finally stepped-out for the first time in winning style for the new stable at Gloucester Park on April 7. He then followed with a huge third from a 50m handicap at the same track. “Those first two runs were huge, but he was a bit disappointing when beaten at the next two runs, including last week,” Hall Sr said. “He still went well, but he didn’t look to hit the line as strongly as we know he can. “We had him looked right over and found a quarter crack. That explains it. “He’s too good to try and nurse through it, so we’ve opted to give him a month off and then bring him back with a long build-up towards the Inters. All going well he should be back racing in August. “I’ve got no doubt, on what he’s shown us so far, he can and will be one of the main hopes in the Inter Dominion if we can get him spot on.” Another of Hall Sr’s major Perth Inter Dominion players, the pint-sized Chicago Bull, is only a month away from a racetrack return. “He’s had longer out than our other free-for-allers because he had that nasty problem with his eye where we actually he feared he might loose that eye for a while,” Hall Sr said. “That’s all behind us now. Everything about him so far this time up suggests he’s going to come back at least as well as he went out.” And Chicago Bull certainly went out in style with wins in the big Fremantle/WA Cup double early this year. More immediately, Hall Sr has another two stable big guns Run Oneover and Beaudiene Boaz in the $35,000 Group 3 Members Sprint (1730m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I’d have to lean to Run Oneover on his first-up run last week and the draw (gate three),” he said. “His problem is that ongoing tendency to want to overrace so much. It’s what beat him last week and, if you think back, he choked-down in the Inter Dominion final. “He’ll be fitter for last week and if he settles well, he should be hard to beat. I’ve go no doubt he can also be a big player in Inter Dominion if he learns to settle better.” Beaudiene Boaz is causing Hall Sr some headaches. “We all know how good his best is, but he’s going through this stage – hopefully it’s just a stage – where he is being really coltish and I’m not sure he’s concentrating on his racing as he should. He’s quite hard to control,” he said. “We’ll know more this week. Gaz (Gary Hall Jr) is back on and although he’s drawn wide (gate eight), I’m hoping we see something closer to the best Beaudiene Boaz.” By Adam Hamilton

Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr will play a strong hand in Friday night’s harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park. The Serpentine-based horseman has a classy band of pacers engaged to race and has realistic prospects of landing at least a double, maybe a treble and possibly a quartet of winners. The consistent Overboard Again represents the stable in the first race; the Fly Like An Eagle At Allwood Stud Pace (2130m) for the C5-C9 pacers and despite coming from gate eight, this bloke has a terrific each-way chance in an even race. Overboard Again has had two starts this preparation for a first-up win and a gutsy second behind Livura. He could ignite the Hall juggernaut early on in the card Harry Hoo gets his opportunity to break back into the winners' circle in the Follow The Stars To The APG WA Sale Pace (2130m), the second race, after drawing the coveted pole. The little Bettors Delight gelding has a good record when he can find the top and he's capable of giving Clinton Hall an early double after Overboard Again. The Halls have two runners in the fourth event, the Budget Stockfeeds The Pure Steel Qualifying Heat Three (2130m). Mach Time, who has drawn favourably in gate three returns to the track after a five-month spell and Zach Maguire (12) has been impressive with his two wins at Pinjarra after a four-month break. They are up against Nathan Turvey's former Kiwi Dana Duke from gate four, who has impressed with two wins from two starts in WA. The consistent Bettor Twisted (2) with champion reinsman Chris Lewis in the bike must also be given a winning chance in this race. The Ramsay Horse Transport MS Pace (2130m) is the next race on the card and Hall engaged concession driver Lauren Jones to rein Eyre Crusher in the M1-M3 event. The move paid dividends when Eyre Crusher drew the pole. Eyre Crusher has been in great form since returning from an almost two-year absence from the track, with two wins and a last-start second behind the smart Shandale in his five runs. He'll love the pole and will be favoured to post an all-the-way victory. The Hall stable then unleash the "big guns" in the Landmark Midvale MS Pace (2130m). Millionaire pacer Beaudiene Boaz and his classy stablemate Run Oneover ($403,093 in stakes) return to the racetrack after their Inter Dominion and WA Pacing Cup campaigns. They join forces with classy stablemate Ohoka Punter (almost a millionaire with more than $986,000 in prize money) in a formidable three-pronged attack on the race. Their clash with veteran trainer Bill Horn's in-form comeback pacer Heez On Fire, who has recorded "Black Irish-like finishes" to win at his past two starts since his Inters campaign, promises to be one of the highlights on a star-studded program. Punters will no doubt come hard for Ohoka Punter (Gate 7), Run Oneover (8) and Beaudiene Boaz (9), but it would be unwise to discount the winning chances of Heez On Fire (6) and the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Simply Susational (11). Wayne Currall

Serpentine harness racing trainer Gary Hall sen. Is poised to dominate the Schneider Electric Pace for three-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he should produce a quinella result with Runrunjimmydunn and El Barcelona. Hall will also be represented by The Publisher (Lauren Jones) and Vincenzo Peruggia (Nathan Turvey), who will be reappearing after spells. Clint Hall will handle Runrunjimmydunn from the No. 6 barrier on the front line and Gary Hall jun. will be in the sulky behind El Barcelona, who has drawn out wide at No. 8. Hall sen. leans slightly towards Runrunjimmydunn ahead of El Barcelona, each of whom will be racing for the first time since contesting the WA Derby last Friday week. Runrunjimmydunn had a tough run in the breeze before wilting to eighth behind Handsandwheels in the Derby, while El Barcelona raced four back on the pegs in eighth place before finishing solidly into fifth place. “It wasn’t ideal for Runrunjimmydunn, breezing over the 2536m,” said Hall sen. “He has trained on well and should run a strong race. So should El Barcelona. They are definite Golden Nugget contenders later in the year. “The Publisher and Vincenzo Peruggia trialled well at Byford on Sunday, but I think that this is a bit of a rise in class for them.” Vincenzo Peruggia started from barrier one in the 2150m trial and he rated 1.59.8 in winning by a short half-head from The Publisher, who started from the back line in the field of six. The final quarters were run in 29.5sec. and 28.5sec. Vincenzo Peruggia, a winner at four of his 19 starts, has not appeared since he raced in the breeze and finished fourth in moderate company in Kalgoorlie on December 2. The Publisher will be making his Australian debut after winning once from eight starts in New Zealand. The Debra Lewis-trained Ultimate Flyer warmed up for Friday night’s race with a smart all-the-way victory as a 10/1 on favourite at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Ultimate Flyer sprinted over the final 400m section in 27.9sec. and rated 1.56.7 in beating Muscle Torque by more than three lengths over the 1730m journey.     Ultimate Flyer steps up considerably in class on Friday night, but is capable of a bold showing after starting from barrier two on the front line. Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice has chosen to drive Courage To Live (barrier seven) ahead of stablemate Bravo Tex (barrier five).  “He’s better than Bravo Tex and a bit more versatile,” Prentice said. Courage To Live was a smart all-the-way winner, rating 1.57.1 over 2100m at Bunbury on April 1 and then six nights later he sustained a spirited three-wide burst which carrier him from ninth at the bell to finish a head second to Michael Joseph over 2536m at Gloucester Park. “He’s only a little-framed horse and he didn’t quite handle the six-day back-up,” Prentice said. “He also gets a bit nervous on race nights.” Prentice drove Bravo Tex when he worked hard in the breeze before finishing determinedly to win from Punters Dream over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday night. This followed placings at Bunbury at his two previous starts. Tom Buchanan will drive Bravo Tex on Friday night. “Bravo Tex went really well last Saturday night,” Prentice said. “He’s always had the ability, but it’s been a matter of him working out what race day is all about. He switches on and off. But his past few runs have been pretty good.    “The other night, was the first time he has travelled the whole way.” Ken Casellas

THE “All Stars” raid on the Australian Gold series continues at Menangle today (Tuesday). Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen staked their claim in the colts and geldings series when Sicario looked fantastic winning at Menangle last Tuesday. Now it’s Just Makemine Diamonds’ turn in a heat of the fillies’ series. She’s drawn gate five in the first of today’s heats (race three). The fact Sicario won so impressively last week speaks volumes for Just Makemine Diamonds, given her only start was a second to Sicario at Invercargill on April 2. Another All Stars filly, Bare Knuckle, ran third in the Invercargill race and then finished a close-up fourth in the strong Sires’ Stake heat at Addington last Saturday. There are no standouts among the Aussie fillies in the Gold given the stunningly exciting My Sweetchilliphilly is  not eligible and out having a spell. THIS is like the second-coming of Nicole Molander. The decorated former Kiwi trainer-driver made her splash in Australia through the deeds of champion trotter Keystone Del. As fantastic as those days were, this season could be even more rewarding for Molander and her husband, Dean. That’s because it’s not just about horse, more about the depth of quality in their stable, especially the “babies.” There is exciting two-year-old trotter One Muscle Hill, who is campaigning in NZ, but also two leading Australian Gold 2YO fillies’ contenders in Saphirique and Passions Delight. Both looked ultra-impressive winning their Gold heats at Melton last Thursday night. Saphirique was first-up, sitting behind the leader Our Chateau Lafite, and using the sprint lane for driver Gavin Lang to win by 3.8m in a slick 1min56.2sec mile rate for 1720m. Then came Passions Delight, who looked even better. She led, was pressured through the early and middle stages by main danger Amelias Courage, but kicked away to win easily by 6.2m in a quickest of the night 1min56sec mile rate Lang aboard. Importantly for Molander, both are owned by high profile US-based owner-breeders Marc Hanover and Gordon Banks. In a boost for the Victorians, this year’s Gold fillies’ semis and final are at Melton on April 28 and May 6. As usual, Emma Stewart was also a key player in the Victorian heats with two wins last Thursday night – both with superbly-bred fillies. The first was Nostra Beach, a half-sister to recent Victoria Oaks winner Miss Graceland, and Molly Kelly, a baby sister to recently-retired champion mare Frith. Molander’s pair went much quicker, but Nostra Beach won as she liked in a 1min59.8sec mile rate, while Molly Kelly dug deep for a narrow win in 1min58.2sec. There are more heats of the Gold fillies’ series at Menangle and Albion Park tomorrow (Tuesday). MUCH-TRAVELLED former Kiwi star Ohoka Punter won more fans in defeat than he probably would have in victory in last Thursday night’s Group 3 Easter Cup (2902m) at Gloucester Park. Ohoka Punter opened the next phase of his career with Gary Hall Sr with an impressive Gloucester Park win a week earlier, so connections opted to run him off a daunting 50m backmark in the Easter Cup. In the end, it wasn’t the handicap but the mystifying tactics of a rival driver which cost Ohoka Punter another win. Heavily-backed second elect Galactic Star worked forward to grab the lead from stablemate Assassinator with veteran Shardons Rocket outside the leader and Ohoka Punter quickly catching the field, but back second-last. Driver Gary Hall Jr made his with two laps to go, but a gasp went through the crowd when driver Kyle Harper on $62 shot Shardons Rocket booted-up in the breeze and tried to post Ohoka Punter three-wide in a scorching 27.3sec first quarter of the last mile. Ohoka Punter eventually got to the breeze and did a mighty job to fight-on for third, just 4.3m from the winner, Assassinator, who came off the leader’s back to snatch victory. Shardons Rocket was beaten down the back straight and finished ninth, more than 20m from the winner. Stewards queried the drive. Ohoka Punter’s massive run only underlined why he should be a major player in the Perth Inter Dominion later this year. VICTORIAN mare Bettor Downunder has always shown glimpses of Group 1 ability. But driver Mick Stanley now firmly believes the Wayne Ronan-trained mare ready to win at the top level. Stanley admitted to being a tad “in awe” of the mare when she did all the work and thrashed a handy field around a tight track in the Group 3 Ararat Cup last Saturday night. Her mile rate, on one of Victoria slower tracks, was an impressive 1min58.8sec for 2195m. “She’s always given the feel of being top shelf, but all credit to Wayne (Ronan) and he’s been patient and done a fantastic job with her,” Stanley said. “She’s won her past two sitting parked and just left her rivals standing when I’ve said go. “The way she’s going, she’s going to be a serious player in the Queen Of The Pacific (May 20). She certainly deserves her chance in a race like that.” IT was Sugars and Alford show at last Sunday’s Warragul Cup meeting. The superstar pair won seven of the eight races between them, but Sugars snared the big prize – the $30,000 Group 3 Warragul Cup – aboard the Lee Evison-trained Mister Wickham. It was one of the career highs for Evison, who spent some valuable early years in NZ with Barry Purdon and now mixes pre-training thoroughbreds with training pacers. Mister Wickham, a son of Julius Caesar, has always promised to make a serious horse after being bought by clients of Evison’s as a juvenile. The now five-year-old has raced just 38 times for 17 wins, 12 placings and $180,445. Mister Wickham’s speed has always been his best asset and that proved the difference when he grabbed a three-wide trail from last behind his main danger, Four Ex Dan, and finished too strongly in a 56.6sec split to win by 3.2m. Sugars snared the big double by training and driving former Kiwi trotter Great Things Happen to a dominant win in the Trotters’ Cup. His other driving win came aboard Beau Reve in the opening race. Alford landed a quartet of wins, including Stone Of Destiny in the third race, who is part-owned by AFL Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley and the team’s captain, Scott Pendlebury. FORMER Kiwi filly My Venice Beach has quickly made an impact in Australia. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere raced 12 times in NZ for two wins, a second and a third. But her two Aussie runs for new trainer-driver Blake Fitzpatrick have resulted in two wins, the second of them in exciting style by 16.8m in the Golden Easter Egg at Fairfield last Sunday.   Adam Hamilton

Tendon injuries have blighted the career of New Zealand-bred Eyre Crusher. But perseverance is paying dividends and the harness racing six-year-old looks set to complete a hat-trick of wins since resuming after an absence of 23 months by proving the master of his ten rivals in the $23,000 Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Thursday night. Nursed back to fitness by premier trainer Gary Hall sen., Eyre Crusher has not been extended in winning at his first two outings after his lengthy lay-off. Gary Hall jun. will be in the sulky when Eyre Crusher starts from the No. 4 barrier on the front line in Thursday night’s 2130m event. The son of Ohoka Arizona won at each of his final three starts (in April 2015) before breaking down with a bowed tendon. A win this week will extend his winning sequence to six and improve his record to 17 starts for ten wins, five seconds and a third. The most recent time Eyre Crusher tasted defeat was when he finished a close second to Three Blind Mice in the WA Derby early in April 2015. Last week Eyre Crusher started from the back line and settled in sixth position before Hall jun. sent the gelding forward in the first circuit to race in the breeze. Eyre Crusher took the lead 500m from home and went on to win from the fast-finishing Sheer Rocknroll, with the final 800m taking 56.1sec. Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond will be represented by polemarker Condrieu and Vanquished and both pacers should be prominent. Ryan Bell is likely to take full advantage of the No. 1 barrier by attempting to jump straight to the front and set the pace. Condrieu has a losing sequence of 12, but is getting close to notching his 19th victory. At his latest outing, three Fridays ago, he enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before fighting on to be a close third behind Bettors Fire and Bronze Seeker over 2130m. The consistent, lightly-raced Vanquished has resumed after a spell in splendid form. He followed his solid first-up second to Franco Rayner over 2130m at Gloucester Park with an extremely close third behind Lisharry and Shardons Rocket over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Vanquished was sixth at the bell and followed Lisharry’s three-wide run to finish powerfully. The Peter Anderson-trained Lisharry was fifth in the one-out, one-back position at the bell and he finished with typical zest to get up and snatch a last-stride victory by a head from Shardons Rocket, with a nose to Vanquished in third place. The final 800m was covered in 56.3sec. Lisharry (Michael Grantham) will start from the No. 2 barrier on Thursday night and he, Condrieu, Vanquished, Franco Rayner and Foxy Dame all have sound place prospects. Ken Casellas

Unheralded former New South Wales pacer Extreme Prince will make his West Australian debut for harness racing star trainer Gary Hall sen. in the $18,500 $7 Pints At JP’s Sports Bar Pace at Gloucester Park on Thursday night when he appears to face a stern test from out wide at barrier eight on the front line of the 1730m event. The New Zealand-bred gelding has managed five wins and three placings from 17 starts in very moderate company and has earned just $21,716. However, a study of his performances in NSW reveal that he possesses dazzling gate speed and it will come as no surprise if Gary Hall jun. uses this valuable attribute from the wide draw this week. Extreme Prince warmed up for his first West Australian appearance when he finished a sound one-length second to Braeview Bomber (1.57) in a ten-horse field in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. He was a 66/1 outsider at his most recent outing when he started from the back line, raced at the rear and hit a wheel and broke in the final lap before finishing last behind Parramatta over 2125m at Penrith on November 10 last year.   Two starts before that he began from the No. 6 barrier and showed dazzling speed to burst to the front after 40m in a 1609m sprint at Menangle. He sped over the first 400m section in 26.7sec. before relaxing with a 31.2sec. second quarter. Then he dashed over the final sections in 28.2sec. and 27.2sec. and was driven out hard in the home straight to hold on and win from Come Cullect in a time of 1.53.3. He also revealed sizzling gate speed when he won three races in succession (two over 2125m and one over 1720m) at Penrith in August/September last year. He led from barriers three, five and six in those three events. Polemarker Three Kings is a good frontrunner and is capable of showing up, despite being unplaced at each of his past seven starts. Alfs Odyssey is a last-start winner, but he faces a tough test from out wide at the No. 9 barrier. Khun Ratha’s recent efforts have been sound and he must come under serious consideration. Ken Casellas

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