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Harness racing "Hall of Fame" trainer Gary Hall Snr is making a concerted bid to win the Christmas Gift and he has bright prospects of winning the three qualifying heats at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Up-and-coming four-year-old Herrick Roosevelt has a 56 per cent winning record and looks outstanding in the first heat; Zach Maguire is in superb form and is capable of overcoming the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line and winning heat two; and Lets Chase The Dream should appreciate a massive drop in class and should fight out the finish in the third heat. All three pacers will be handled by star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr Horses filling the first four placings in each of the 2130m heats will qualify for the final on Friday of next week. Herrick Roosevelt by Christian Cullen, a winner of nine of his 16 starts, is handily drawn at barrier four on the front line in the first qualifying heat. He is a versatile performer who warmed up for this week’s assignment in fine style when he started from the inside of the back line and raced three back on the pegs in fifth position. He was sixth on the home turn before finishing fast along the inside to be third behind Ultimate Machete and Maczaffair in the $200,000 Golden Slipper. At his previous outing, a fortnight earlier, he raced without a trail for much of the way and fought on doggedly to finish fourth behind Ultimate Machete in the $125,000 Yes Loans Four-Year-Old Classic. His chief rivals appear to be the Ross Olivieri trained four-year-old Wrappers Delight and the Skye Bond trained ten-year-old Courage Tells, who will be having his 164th start in a race. Wrappers Delight (Chris Lewis) impressed last Friday night when he sustained a spirited three-wide burst in the middle stages to come from eighth to finish a close third behind Skippy Rascal and Simba Bromac. He is sure to have many admirers from the favourable No. 2 barrier on Friday night. Courage Tells (Ryan Warwick) is well drawn at barrier three after his shock victory at tote odds of $114.50 last Friday night when he started from barrier eight, raced on the pegs in ninth position and overcame interference 300m from home to get up and beat Johnny Disco and Three Blind Mice. Zach Maguire by Bettor's Delight has resumed after a spell in fine style, with a win and three seconds from four starts. He caught the eye with a bold performance last Friday week when he was last in a field of seven at the bell before sustaining a strong three-wide burst to finish second, a head behind the pacemaker Condrieu. His powerful finish should enable him to defeat Itz Bettor To Win, Skippy Rascal, Walkinshaw and Im Rockaria. Itz Bettor To Win has been freshened up since he started off 20m and raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing a close second to Maximum Demand over 2503m. He had a similar tough passage before winning a 2536m mobile event two starts before that. The six-year-old, who has had 34 starts for 12 wins and eight seconds, will again be driven by champion Chris Lewis for trainer Ross Olivieri. Skippy Rascal, trained and driven by Callan Suvaljko, will have many admirers from the favourable No. 2 barrier on the front line. The experienced eight-year-old notched his 17th victory from 135 starts when he sat behind the pacemaker Simba Bromac and finished strongly to beat that promising four-year-old last Friday night. Walkinshaw and Im Rockaria will start from the back line and cannot be discounted. Each pacer has raced eight times this season for four wins. Lets Chase The Dream another by Bettor's Delight, who has amassed $490,835 in prizemoney from his 15 wins and 12 placings from 43 starts, is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line in the third heat and is sure to appreciate a very big drop in class after being unplaced in three heats of the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship series. He is a good frontrunner who led all the way over 2185m at Pinjarra five starts ago. His chief rival is likely to be the Skye Bond-trained four-year-old Rock Diamonds, who raced three wide early and then without cover for two laps before wilting to eighth behind Ultimate Machete in the Golden Nugget last Friday night. At his previous outing, a week earlier, Rock Diamonds gave a strong frontrunning display to win the Group 2 Westral Four-Year-Old Championship from Space Junk and Motu Meteor. Ken Casellas

TOP local driver Gary Hall Jr had to be content with second in the Inter Dominion aboard Chicago Bull, but still snared a Group 1 win on the night. Hall Jr teamed with his father, Gary Hall Sr, and classy mare Ideal Alice to win the $125,000 Group 1 Mares’ Classic (2536m) at Gloucester Park. And it came courtesy of a typically brilliant Hall Jr driver to extricate Ideal Alice from a three-peg run rounding the final bend, find clear air and storm over the top of a super gallant Ameretto to win by a head in a slick 1min55.5sec mile rate. The NZ-bred Ideal Alice is now in foal herself and will soon be retired to return to her homeland. The win was her 20th from 63 starts with another 20 placings and earnings over $400,000. “She’s been a wonderful mare. I wasn’t sure her recent form was quite up to the likes of Ameretto and A Piccadilly Princess going into these big mares’ races, but she had three nice runs for two seconds and now this big win,” Hall Sr said. It was almost unfair to see Ameretto beaten after Kerryn Manning’s star worked three-wide for more than a lap to finally get outside the heavily-backed leader, Eden Franco, and kick away with what looked a winning break on the home bend. Eden Franco raced a little keen at times, making her vulnerable over the longer trip, and she tired late for fourth. The hardluck story, just as she was last year, was the All Stars’ A Piccadilly Princess. Mark Purdon got the gun through behind the leader and had to decide with a just over a lap to go whether to stay on the pegs and risk being pocketed or move outside the leader. Purdon stayed in, the run never came and A Piccadilly Princess hit the line hard-held in fifth spot. _______________________________________________________________________________________ FREELANCE driver Chris Voak is such a breath of fresh air. An effervescent personality, Voak is also a serious driver and shown by his two big wins in support races as well as a close fourth on roughie Vultan Tin in the Inter Dominion final last Friday night. An $85 shot, the locally-bred Vultan Tin just missed snatching third spot from the leader Tiger Tara. Voak then produced a dashing front-running drive on former Victorian trotting mare Itsgettingcalder to win the $50,000 Group 1 Trotters’ Cup (2503m). He then caused a minor upset on $12.60 shot Costa Del Maginifico to win the last race of the night for trainer Ross Olivieri. “It’s been fantastic o be part of the Inter Dominion series with Vultan Tin, who did us all proud tonight. And to win a couple of other races on the night, especially the big trot, was fantastic. It’s been a great few weeks,” Voak said. _______________________________________________________________________________________ FORMER Olympic hockey gold medallist Michael “Mouse” Brennan already has sights set on the next Inter Dominion. Brennan thinks his emerging star Mista Shark will fly his stable flag in the Melbourne Inter Dominion next year. “He’s going places. Look at the way he won his heat and the final of this (San Simeon) series,” Brennan said. “He’ll be my Melbourne Inter Dominion horse in 12 months time.” Mista Shark sat parked to win his San Simeon heat at Bunbury last Tuesday week, then found the front in a dashing drive by Michael Grantham before easily holding-off the classy El Jacko to win in a 1min55.5sec mile rate for 2130m. Shane Tritton’s buzz former Kiwi mare Reaza Grunter made an early break, just as she did on night one, and lost all chance in the final. But her win on middle Friday of the Inter Dominion series showed why Tritton’s thinks she is potentially one of Australia’s best mares. Back to Brennan and he had another reason to celebrate on the big night when stable favourite The Bucket List overcame plenty of trouble to win the Inter Dominion consolation with Grantham in the cart. “I wish it had been six heats and a final because he’s only hitting his straps now,” Brennan said. “He’s not quite up to those very best ones, but that was a super win tonight to overcame the check he got early and come from so far off them.” Former top class Kiwi pacer Ohoka Punter also showed a glimpse of his best with former with a huge second after burning midrace around the field to take the lead and fight on well for a close second. _______________________________________________________________________________________ NEWLY-CROWNED World Champion driver James MacDonald admitted to getting a huge buzz from his win aboard Skippy Rascal in one of the Sky Racing Drivers’ series heats at Gloucester Park last Friday night. Macdonald escaped a pocket from behind the leader straightening for home and Skippy Rascal picked-up quickly to rundown the leader, Simba Bromac, and win by 1.3m in a 1min55.5sec mile rate for 2130m. “I needed that,” MacDonald smiled. “The first night didn’t go so well.. “We’ve had such an amazing time over here, everyone has looked after us so well, and to land a winner on Inter Dominion final night adds to it.” The other guest international driver, US-based Marcus Miller, finished third in the race aboard Wrappers Delight. _______________________________________________________________________________________ IT was an all local finish in the Invitation Lady Drivers’ race at Gloucester Park. Talented young local Kiara Davies made the most of the pole draw on favourite Dior Mia More to lead throughout and beat Kristy Sheehy on Bettor Bling and Jocelyn Young aboard Madame Meilland. Kerryn Manning, Lauren Tritton and US visitor Hannah “Hurricane” Miller were among the beaten brigade. _______________________________________________________________________________________ LET’S hope Shadow Sax stays sound. Emma Stewart’s injury-plagued star made it six wins on end – and 16 wins from just 24 career starts – when he won the Geelong Cup last Saturday night. It was closer than expected though with former classy there-year-old Cant Refuse running a great race for third and old-stager Messini a close fourth in a 1min57sec mile rate for 2570m. _______________________________________________________________________________________ A QUEENSLAND raid is paying dividends for the KerryAnn Turner and Robbie Morris team. They snared the feature, the Christmas Cup, at Albion Park with their classy gelding Aztec Bromac, who just nabbed remarkable veteran Avonnova. They landed a treble on the night with Smokey Quartz and Come Cullect winning easily as well. _______________________________________________________________________________________ MACH Doro is enjoying Tiger Tara being away in Perth. The classy Craig Cross-trained pacer, who contested last season’s Victoria Cup, opened this campaign with a good second to Tiger Tara at Menangle on November 4. Since then he’s brilliantly won both free-for-alls he’s contested, the latest in a blazing 1min51.9sec mile at Menangle last Saturday night. Trainer-driver Jarrod Alchin landed the feature at the Menangle meeting when Ima Mystery Girl won the Group 3 Teeny Teeny Stakes for mares’ in a 1min52sec mile. The talk of the race was the flop of Mark Jones’ star Kiwi mare Rocker Band, who finished second-last, prompting stewards to open an inquiry into the performance.   Adam Hamilton

Seven months ago, Chicago Bull had his right eye removed from the socket while a veterinary surgeon operated to cure an eye ulcer, known as a melting eye, and West Australian Hall of Fame harness racing trainer Gary Hall Snr had doubts about the small, inconspicuous-looking gelding recovering fully and being able to maintain his status as the State’s best pacer. The operation was successful, but then Chicago Bull had a few issues which concerned Hall and his son, champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr. “So, we had a few little concerns, but now everything has gone smoothly and I give Chicago Bull a very good chance of winning the Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night,” said an upbeat Hall Snr. “He’s had the fastest finishing sectionals of any horse during the series and you would have to say that he’s going to get a very good run from his barrier (the only horse off the back line in the outstanding field of ten). And I’ve got the best driver. “Chicago Bull is a bit of a sniper. He’s a little, tiny horse and even though he has been phenomenal, you look at him and get overawed looking at all the other horses against him. “He should have the last crack at his rivals and I think that there will be a few people (drivers) in the race who will be looking over their right shoulder.” There is little doubt that Chicago Bull is the best sit-sprinter in the $1.1 million TABtouch Inter Dominion championship final over the 2936m journey. Hall Jnr said that he was planning to take the sit behind the likely pacemaker Tiger Tara, who has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and that it was simply a matter of when and how he would be able to get the gelding off the pegs and into the clear to issue a serious challenge. Chicago Bull began the series with a convincing all-the-way victory over 2130m on the opening night and then started from the back line in a 2100m heat at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park before having to turn sideways 120m from the post to get clear when he flashed home to finish a splendid third behind Soho Tribeca. He then was not extended in setting the pace and sprinting over the final two quarters in 26.8sec. and 27.7sec. to beat Tiger Tara in a 2536m heat at Gloucester Park last Friday night. “That last run gave me so much confidence, the way he hit the line,” said Hall Jnr. “Going back three months ago he was just a rough chance, at best, I thought but I have been very pleased with his form in the series. The 26.8sec. he ran for the third quarter was done on his ear. He was really relaxed and had plenty left on the line. He’s the one horse in the final who maybe can win from anywhere.” Hall Snr explained that Chicago Bull had been in danger of losing his damaged eye. “And I’m still not confident that his vision is unimpaired,” he said. “After he got over the operation I brought him back and he was unbelievable, with four wins from four starts in the space of five weeks in June and July. We were very happy with him and I spelled him before getting him ready for the Inters. “I think that was a mistake and he was a first-up fourth behind Jambiani early in September when he was a bit big (in condition) and then he tied up one day. I have hardly ever had a horse who has tied up. So, we had our concerns but it has been smooth sailing lately and he has had the right draws in the heats and I think he’s got the right draw in the final.” Hall Snr said that he thought that he would never win an Inter Dominion championship after The Falcon Strike, the warm favourite, raced without cover and finished a nose second to the pacemaker Jofess in the Inters final at Gloucester Park in 2004. However, that was not to be the case and Hall and his son have won the big event three times --- with Im Themightyquinn, in Auckland, Sydney and Perth. “There is no comparison between Im Themightyquinn and Chicago Bull,” said Hall Snr “We thought that Quinny would win all three of them. Chicago Bull is not as good as Quinny, but he can win this year’s title.” Im Themightyquinn, who retired with a record of 111 starts for 58 wins, 21 seconds, 13 thirds and $4,567,456 in prizemoney, will lead the field out on to the track on Friday night. Five-year-old Chicago Bull, who was a $110,000 purchase, has already amassed $1,112,069 in stakes from 27 wins and ten placings from 42 starts. The ten runners in Friday night’s Group 1 event have won a combined total of 224 races and have notched 159 placings for combined earnings of $10,746,880. Retaining favouritism is the New Zealand star five-year-old Lazarus, who is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier for champion New Zealand trainer-reinsman Mark Purdon, who has won the big race with Mark Hanover (Alexandra Park in 1991) and Smolda, at Gloucester Park 12 months ago. Lazarus is a grand stayer who has won at 32 of his 39 starts and was at his imperious best at Gloucester Park last Friday night when he started out wide at barrier seven and settled down in eighth position before surging forward to take up the running 1450m from home. He was not extended in winning from his stablemate Have Faith In Me, rating 1.54.5 which broke Im Themightyquinn’s track record for 2536m by 0.2sec. This followed excellent seconds to Soho Tribeca and Tiger Tara from wide barriers in the first two rounds of qualifying heats. “He’s come through the heats well,” said Purdon. “And I’m happy with his barrier. I think it is an ideal draw for him. It’s better than being out wide and he’s going to be handier than he has been in the heats. “I will play it by ear at the start. There will be plenty of speed on and the connections of Tiger Tara (No. 1 barrier) have made it quite clear that they intend to hold the lead. So, rather than getting into any speed duels, I’ll just try to be handy. If we’re caught in the breeze it won’t worry me, no. Lazarus can win from the breeze. I think that if I’ve got a horse capable of winning from the breeze, it is this horse.” Purdon said that he was far more confident of winning with Lazarus than he was with 12/1 chance Smolda last December. “I wasn’t really confident of taking it out last year, but you never know how a race is going to be run on the night. The speed was so torrid up front last year that it took a toll of the horses doing the early work --- and this played into our hands. The level of confidence as far as Lazarus is concerned is much higher than it was with Smolda.” Purdon said that he was pleased with the way Have Faith In Me was progressing. “He’s improving with every run and he might be getting back to his four-year-old form,” he said. “He will go back at the start from the outside barrier and then I’ll leave the tactics up to Chris (Lewis). He knows the track as good as anyone, probably better than most, so I’ll leave the tactics up to him.” Lewis has won the Inter Dominion championship twice --- with Carclew (Adelaide, 1976) and Village Kid (Brisbane, 1986). West Australian Kim Prentice, who trained and drove Baltic Eagle to victory in the championship final at Addington in 2003, has high hopes of victory with five-year-old Soho Tribeca, the leading points scorer after two wins and a close second to San Carlo in the qualifying heats. Soho Tribeca will start from barrier four and Prentice said that he did not intend to get involved in a battle for the early lead. “Hopefully, we’ll be one-out and one-back or one-two,” he said. “Three or four of the ten finalists might not front up the way they started the series, whereas my horse has pulled up an absolute treat after three runs in a week. “I know that I’ve got a very, very special horse and if luck goes our way we can definitely win. To get an easy run in the final heat was very good. I wasn’t out there to break any records or peel off a 27sec. flat quarter.” Trainer David Aiken said that the 2015 Inters champion Lennytheshark was primed for a bold showing in the final after winning an opening-round heat followed by thirds behind Galactic Star and San Carlo. “He has pulled up really well after his last run,” said Aiken. “I don’t know where he is going to end up, really. A few things that are going to happen early will determine how the race is going to be run. Lenny is versatile and is a tough horse capable of doing it tough. “If they go really hard and it develops into a war, he’ll come off pace and run home well. Six is a tricky draw for Chris (Alford), but I think that a lot of drivers have to contend with a tricky draw. I’m not going to take any part in determining tactics. I’ll let Chris work it out for himself. “Listening to all the experts, they still don’t know how the race is going to be run. Chicago Bull has a great draw, but if Tiger Tara gets crossed, then it’s not so good.” New South Wales trainer Kevin Pizzuto was ecstatic when tough and talented seven-year-old Tiger Tara drew the No. 1 barrier and reinsman Todd McCarthy will be determined to jump straight to the front and attempt an all-the-way victory. “He’s been massive and I’ve been booming him all the way,” Pizzuto said. “I can’t ask any more of the horse. He has been prepared for this race and he’s getting better and better with every run.” Twenty-six-year-old Rebecca Bartley, the youngest driver and the only female driver in the final, is confident the inexperienced seven-year-old San Carlo will overcome his wide barrier (seven) and figure prominently in the final stages. San Carlo raced without cover for much of the way when a fighting third to Tiger Tara and Lazarus in a 2100m heat in Bunbury before his strong all-the-way win over Soho Tribeca and Lennytheshark in a final-round 2536m heat. “He’s a strong stayer and the distance will really suit him,” she said. “He hit the line really well last Friday and as long as the speed is genuine he shouldn’t be too far away.” Ryan Warwick will drive the Skye Bond-trained Galactic Star, who unwound a spirited finishing burst to win a 2100m heat at Bunbury from Yayas Hot Spot and Lennytheshark. He will start from the No. 5 barrier and Warwick will have the option of taking advantage of the five-year-old’s excellent gate speed or preferring to angle toward the pegs and rely on a strong finishing burst. Ken Casellas

Going into the Perth Inter Dominion series Gary Hall Sr thought he was a fringe player with Chicago Bull, but just days out from the final he’s buzzing with confidence.  And an ideal barrier draw has only fuelled his enthusiasm.  “I know he’s good, but I just wasn’t sure quite where we sould stack-up, especially against a horse as good as Lazarus,” Hall Sr said.  “Don’t get me wrong, Lazarus it the best horse here and clearly, but he’s meeting us on our terms and it looks like he have to do his share of work to win the final now Tiger Tara has drawn inside him.  “If he drew to lead, we’d all have been racing for second, but we’ve got a chance now. He’s obviously not as comfortable around our smaller tracks when he’s not on the pegs.”  Chicago Bull cruised through his heats with two all-the-way wins and a desperately unlucky third to Soho Tribeca when held-up until too late on the middle night at Bunbury.  And now he’s drawn ideally in gate 10 as the lone back row runner and to trail through behind Tiger Tara, who looks the leader from gate one.  Throw in the fact driver Gary Hall Jr is in a league of his own for experience and genius around Gloucester Park and it’s all come together well.  “A couple of months back he was going well, but not at his absolute top and it worried me as the Inter Doms got closer,” Hall Sr said.  “His work really picked-up that week or two before the first round of heats and Gaz (Gary Jr) and I both agreed we had him back to his best.  “It was great to see him win so well on the first night, it really boosted our confidence. Then we went actually left Bunbury even more confident, just in the way he was able to break 26sec for his last quarter and take so much ground of Soho Tribeca even though he’d dictated in front.  “Then last Friday he just jogged it in and he’s been fantastic at home since.”  So what about the draw?  “It’s really taken any decision we might have had to make out of it,” Hall Sr said. “Gaz just follows through behind Tiger Tara and stays there as long as Tiger holds them out early, which you’d think he would.  “Then it’s a case of hoping they go hard up front and looking for the gaps at the right time, which Gaz is better than anybody else around Gloucester Park.”  Does Gary Hall Jr share the confidence?  “I’m like Dad, I’ve become more and more confident we can win the whole thing as it’s gone along,” he said. “I think we’ve got as good a chance as any, especially now the way the barriers have landed. “This little horse’s turn of speed is amazing. It’s a real weapon he has over most others in the final.” Adam Hamilton

The King of Gloucester Park has a plan to beat Kiwi champ Lazarus in Saturday's $1.1 million Inter Dominion final in Perth. And it involves going to sleep and then waking up mid-race. That is what Gary Hall believes is his only real option in the hottest harness race of the year on a track he has ruled for the last decade. Hall, who drives predominantly for his trainer father Gary senior, has won three Inter Dominions driving I'm Themightyquinn but his domination of Gloucester Park's major races extends to near-embarrassing levels.   He has driven the winner of the state's premier race, the WA Cup, seven times and thinks nothing of bagging five winners at a metropolitan Friday night Gloucester Park meeting. And beating the Kiwis is nothing new to Hall, he has won more Grand Circuit pacing races than any other driver, his 22 victories eclipsing Lazarus's trainer-driver Mark Purdon's 20 wins. But for all his skills, Hall thinks they won't be required for much of the great race after his charge Chicago Bull drew one on the second line behind likely leader Tiger Tara. "It looks like I will be in the trail and I can just sit there and go to sleep for a couple of laps," says Hall. "There really won't be many decisions to be made until they start to up the ante over the last 1200m and then I have to work out when I try and get off the marker pegs. "If Tiger Tara stays in front and horses like Lazarus, Lennytheshark and Soho Tribeca all do some work around each other in those first two laps, then we have a great chance." Michael Guerin

Western Australian harness racing trainer Gary Hall added further to his training record in Perth Inter Dominions with his brilliant 5yo Chicago Bull qualifying for the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion final with wins in heats on the first and last nights of the Championship. Chicago Bull qualified in second position behind fellow West Australian Soho Tribeca. Since the first Perth Inter Dominion in 1936 there have been 156 individual starters in a Perth Inter Dominion final and these horses have been trained by 122 individual trainers. Perth trainer Gary Hall heads the list with a total of seven starters in a Perth Inter Dominion final per medium of The Falcon Strike (2nd in 2004), Faking It (12th in 2004), Im Themightyquinn (1st in 2012), My Hard Copy (6th in 2015), Waylade (7th in 2015), Beaudiene Boaz (3rd in 2016) and Run Oneover (10th in 2016). Champion New South Wales horseman Brian Hancock has had six starters in a Perth Inter Dominion final with Jikk Adios (10th in 1982), Tallowood Pursuit (7th in 1996), Our Sir Vancelot (retired from race in 1996), Country Ways (5th in 2004), Peggy Dale (9th in 2004) and Selby Bromac (10th in 2004). The three finalists trained by Brian Hancock in the 2004 final is the record for one trainer in a Perth Inter Dominion final. Three members of the Kersley family have had a total of twelve starters in a Perth Inter Dominion per medium of Fred R Kersley (5 starters), Fred Kersley Snr (4) and Frank Kersley (3). A total of five women have previously been involved in the training of a Perth Inter Dominion finalist with four of them as individuals and one, Skye Bond, as part of the training partnership of Greg and Skye Bond. The five Perth Inter Dominion finalists trained by women are as follows: 1982       Lehigh Lad (2nd) trained by Fran Donohue and driven by Cyril Caffyn 1996       Sunshine Band (2nd) trained by Alison Smith and driven by Chris Gleeson 2004       All Hart (8th) trained by Debra Lewis and driven by her husband Chris Lewis 2012       Can Return Fire (5th) trained by Greg and Skye Bond and driven by Colin Brown 2015       Philadelphia Man (8th) trained by Emma Stewart and driven by Gavin Lang Skye Bond will have a representative in the 2017 Final in her own right per medium of Galactic Star. Alan Parker

Master trainer Gary Hall Snr is poised to notch another remarkable milestone in a glittering career by winning the $50,000 James Brennan Memorial with harness racing superstar Chicago Bull at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A victory by the brilliant New Zealand-bred five-year-old will boost his earnings to $1,028,069 and will give the 68-year-old Hall his fourth millionaire pacer, a feat not approached by any other trainer in WA pacing history. Hall’s other equine millionaires have been The Falcon Strike (78 starts for 41 wins, 17 placings and stakes of $1,224,094), Im Themightyquinn (111 starts for 58 wins, 34 placings and $4,567,456) and Beaudiene Boaz (56 starts for 25 wins, 13 placings and $1,254,227). “All’s well with Chicago Bull and everything is on track for the Inter Dominion championship later this year,” Hall said. Chicago Bull’s reinsman Gary Hall Jnr said he was more than happy with the Bettor's Delight gelding’s favourable draw at No. 2 in the field of eight for the Brennan Memorial and said that the small plain-looking pacer had done well since his record-shattering performance in winning the Mount Eden Sprint at a sizzling rate of 1.51.6 over 1730m last Friday week. “There’s still a long way to go to the Inters, but he’s where we want him at the moment,” he said. “It should be a good battle between him, Shandale, Soho Tribeca and Motu Premier on Friday night. We’ve got the draw which is the first part of the battle. And we’ve got that part won. The 2536m journey will make things interesting. “Jumping to the front will be the intention. Soho Tribeca pulled a little bit in the Mount Eden Sprint when racing outside Ohoka Punter, and I guess if he comes up outside of me and starts grabbing the bit it could leave horses like Shandale and Motu Premier as knockout chances.” While Hall Snr is content with Chicago Bull’s preparation for the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship, he is disconsolate at having to scratch the talented Beaudiene Boaz from the series. Beaudiene Boaz, who finished third behind Smolda and Hectorjayjay in the final of the Inters last December, is likely to have run his final race. “He has done a nearside hind suspensory,” Hall said. “And he probably won’t race again. He’s been a great horse.” Beaudiene Boaz, who was ranked at No. 10 for this year’s Inters, won five Group 1 events, the Golden Slipper in 2014, the WA Derby, the McInerney Ford Classic and Retravision Golden Nugget in 2015 and the 2016 Retravision Fremantle Cup. He also won four Group 2 events, the Western Gateway Pace and Bunbury Cup in 2015 and two Village Kid Sprints in 2016. He was successful in two Group 3 events, the Caduceus Club Classic in 2015 and Navy Cup in 2016. Hall Snr, who prepared Im Themightyquinn for three Inters victories, said that dual WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy would not contest the championship series this year. He explained that his son Clint, who has prepared My Hard Copy for his past five starts, wanted to retire the eight-year-old. “Clinton wasn’t happy with him and owner Steve Chapman asked me to have a look at the horse to see if, maybe, I could give him one more prep,” Hall Snr said. “But he won’t be running in the Inters.” Hall said that his Inters candidates would be Chicago Bull, Run Oneover and Ohoka Punter and, possibly, Lets Chase The Dream. He said that he was a shade disappointed at Ohoka Punter’s latest run, when he started from the back line and raced at the rear before being forced three and four wide in the final circuit, finishing eighth behind stablemate and pacemaker American Boy last Friday night.  “You can’t go four wide in the last lap when they walk in front,” he said. “He’s still pretty big (in condition) and will be fitter by the start of the Inters.” Hall has won the Brennan Memorial twice, with Alzona in 2011 and Waylade, an 8/1 chance driven by Clint Hall last year when Waylade raced three back on the pegs before running home doggedly to take the lead in the final 20m and beat stablemate and 3/1 on favourite Beaudiene Boaz, who set a fast pace. Kim Prentice, trainer and driver of Soho Tribeca, said that the five-year-old was at the top of his game, explaining that his past two runs (very close seconds to Shandale and Chicago Bull) were first-class. “From the outside barrier this week, we’ll just see what happens and put him in the race at the right time,” he said. “He’s going super and I’m hoping they’re saving the good draws for the Inters.” Mike Reed, trainer of Shandale, said: “I think Chicago Bull will find the top on Friday night and I hope that there will be a good speed on. Everything is on song with the horse. He’s an old warrior and knows what it’s all about. I reckon he’s still a long way off his top.” Champion reinsman Chris Lewis has been successful in the Brennan Memorial a record eight times with Lord Maselle (1981), Black Irish (1983), Village Kid (1986, 1987 and 1990), Ohoka Ace (2005), Has The Answers (2010) and Dasher VC (2012) and he will drive the wonderfully consistent Motu Premier from barrier six. Motu Premier, trained by Ross Olivieri, simply does not know how to perform poorly, with his past 17 starts producing 12 wins, four seconds and one fourth. He had a tough run in the breeze when a fighting second to American Boy last Friday night. “It’s a tough race for him, but I expect him to run a good race,” Lewis said. “The way the race is structured it looks as though Chicago Bull will be the one to beat but Motu Premier is a tough little fella.” Ken Casellas

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

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