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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

One of harness racing’s forgotten stars returns to racing on Friday. Classy Kiwi pacer Ohoka Punter finally steps out for the first time for his new trainer Gary Hall Sr in a free-for-all at Gloucester Park. It will be his first race since winning the Maryborough Cup on October 3, last year, when trained by Nathan Purdon. Ohoka Punter was sent to Hall Sr’s soon after to prepare for the Perth Inter Dominion series, but it derailed when he fell ill. “I was so excited when he got here, he’s a horse I’ve always been a huge fan of,” Hall Sr said. “It was such a shame everything went wrong and we had to scratch him from the Inters. “We gave him a good break and I’m really happy with the way he’s come back. “Everything tells me he’s as good as ever and ready to run a big race this Friday.” Ohoka Punter’s presence on Friday night adds to an already big night for the stable. They will have three runners in the WA Derby: Herrick Roosevelt, El Barcelona and Runrunjimmydunn. “I’d have thought Herrick Roosevelt was our best hope, but Runrunjimmydunn was very impressive winning last Friday,” Hall Sr said. “Junior (Gary Hall, Jr) will drive Herrick Roosevelt, while Clint will be on Runrunjimmydunn.” Ohoka Punter’s return adds to the fantastic depth in Hall Sr’s open-class ranks. Chicago Bull, winner of the big Fremantle and WA Cup double, has recovered from a nasty abscess in his eye and has just returned to the stable. “We feared he was going to lose the eye at one stage, but he’s fine now and has full sight in it,” Hall Sr said. “He’s just starting back work now, so he’s three months away from racing.” Beadiene Boaz, Run Oneover and My Hard Copy are a lot more advanced. “They are all five or six weeks away,” Hall Sr said. “It’s exciting to have My Hard Copy back as well. He seems really sound.” Adam Hamilton

Runrunjimmydunn, a recent arrival from New Zealand, is poised to make a successful Australian harness racing debut when he starts from barrier two on the back line in the Follow Gloucester Park On Facebook Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The American Ideal three-year-old is the youngest and least experienced runner in the 2130m event for C1 to C4-class performers. But the gelding who has won at three of his 11 starts in New Zealand looks to have a decisive edge in class on his 11 rivals. He is prepared by ace trainer Gary Hall sen. and will be driven by Clint Hall, who drove the gelding to a runaway victory in a six-horse trial field at Byford on Sunday morning. He rated 1.59.8 in defeating Righteous Brother by 17 lengths, with final quarters of 29.1sec. and 27.1sec. “He worked his way to the front in the trial and his final quarter was very good,” said Clint Hall. “Starting from the back line on Friday night shouldn’t bother him at all. He should be able to follow In Nyrobi, who looks the likely leader from barrier two on the front line. “I would have preferred the front line on Friday night to test his gate speed., mainly because he has drawn the back line for most of his career.” Runrunjimmydunn last raced when a splendid neck second to Northview Hustler over 2200m at Alexandra Park on February 24, rating 1.57.6 over 2200m, with final quarters of 29.3sec. and 28sec. A 7/1 chance, he settled in eighth position before Maurice McKendry dashed him forward, three wide, after 550m. Then he was able to gain a one-wide trail in seventh place before starting another three-wide move approaching the bell. He moved to the breeze at the 900m and then again was able to gain a good sit, one-out and one-back, with 900m to travel. He finished strongly into second place. At his previous start, a fortnight earlier, Runrunjimmydunn was an 8/1 chance and won at a 1.57.4 rate over 2200m at Alexandra Park. He raced wide early and moved to the breeze before gaining a trail, one-out and one-back, with a lap to travel. McKendry switched the gelding three wide at the 500m and he finished strongly to burst to the lead in the final 25m to win stylishly from the pacemaker Rhythm N Blues. Runrunjimmydunn Runrunjimmydunn is a half-brother to Tosti Girl (19 starts for seven wins, six placings and $190,301), Delightful Soky (33 starts for two wins, seven placings and $13,680), Sir Tosti Boy (83 starts for 11 wins, 27 placings and $99,390) and Delightful Christian (42 starts for 16 wins, 11 placings and $297,501). The powerful Hall stable also has bright prospects in the Book Into The Beau Rivage Restaurant Pace in which they will be represented by newcomer Webb Ellis and Eyre Crusher, who look set to dominate the betting after drawing barriers one and two, respectively, on the front line in the 2130m event. Clint Hall will drive the New Zealand-bred five-year-old Webb Ellis, who has done his recent racing in New South Wales where his 23 starts produced eight wins and three placings. Gary Hall jun. will handle six-year-old Eyre Crusher, who will be making his first appearance since winning easily at Bunbury on April 25, 2015. That success followed runaway victories at Gloucester Park and Pinjarra at his two previous outings. Webb Ellis has won at his two most recent starts, both over 1730m at Bathurst in the space of six days early last November. He began speedily from a wide barrier in both events in which he set the pace and won rating 1.56.3 and 1.54.5. Eyre Crusher has been out of action for almost two years. He has shown wonderful potential, with his 14 starts producing seven wins, five seconds and one third placing. Ken Casellas

Driver Lauren Jones, who ended last week’s harness racing program by winning the final event with 6/1 chance Foxy Dame, should continue in winning vein by guiding talented five-year-old American Boy to victory in the $20,000 TABtouch Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Star trainer Gary Hall sen. engaged Jones in order to use her junior claim which enabled American Boy, an M3-class pacer, to contest an event restricted to M2-class horses. And American Boy’s prospects soared after he got the prized No. 1 barrier in the random draw. American Boy, a winner at his only start in New Zealand, has had 27 starts in Western Australia for 16 wins, seven seconds and one third. He led and won at four of those outings and Jones will be anxious to set the pace on Friday night. Gary Hall jun. was full of praise for American Boy after driving him to victory over Bungalow Bill at Gloucester Park two starts ago. American Boy started from the outside barrier and settled in last position before racing three wide for much of the 2130m journey. “He’s starting to mature and has really hardened up and turned into a real racehorse,” Hall said. “He’s so versatile, which is the key to him. He can do it from the front and the back. I think he’s pretty special and if he stays fit and sound he should be ready to contest the big races next summer.” American Boy is closely related to former star pacer Another Party, who earned $888,678 from 31 wins and 42 placings from 149 starts. His dam Alesandra Ambrosio is out of Bee Gees Dream, the dam of Another Party. American Boy’s toughest rivals on Friday night are sure to be a trio of New Zealand-bred pacers, Risk, Bettor Offer and Our Regal Ideal. Risk, to be handled by Mitch Miller from barrier four, will be making his first appearance since he led and won by two lengths from Twoandahalf Tigers over 2130m on November 25. He is a classy animal with 14 wins, nine seconds and three thirds from 39 starts and is capable of a bold first-up effort. Bettor Offer (barrier three) and Our Regal Ideal (two) are in sound form and should be prominent. Ryan Bell will drive Risk and Michael Blakemore will handle Our Regal Ideal.      Ken Casellas

Star Western Australian pacer Chicago Bull could lose an eye.    Concerned trainer Gary Hall Sr said his latest stable star suffered a nasty eye injury while spelling recently and things have since deteriorated.  “Nobody knows what happened. He was out spelling and hurt his eye somehow,” he said.  “They thought it was going to be OK then he developed an ulcer.   “We’ve now got our fingers crossed he doesn’t lose the eye. The next couple of weeks are crucial.”  The pint-sized Chicago Bull has been a revelation since leaving NZ to join Hall Sr’s WA stable.  He’s raced 23 times in Australia for 16 wins, seven placings and earnings of over $850,000.  Chicago Bull finished a fantastic summer campaign by snaring WA’s two biggest races, the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups on January 6 and 13 respectively.    Hall Sr had to nurse him back from another mishap for those wins.    “During the Inter Dominion series when he was going for the big 4YO races he ran into a water trough and badly cut his legs,” Hall Sr said.  “He’s found his fair share of trouble this horse, but I guess that’s good horses for you.  “We’re just hoping the eye settles down and he doesn’t lose it.”  Adam Hamilton   

For American Boy to achieve a winning strike rate of 62 per cent is an outstanding harness racing performance and he possesses the speed and strength to overcome a wide barrier and win the $25,000 Westside Auto Wholesale Lewis final over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old, prepared by champion trainer Gary Hall sen. and to be driven by his son Gary, gets his chance to make amends for his shock defeat at 10/1 on in a 2536m event last Friday week. He started from the outside barrier (No. 9) and had a torrid run when beaten a half-length by 75/1 outsider Foxy Dame. He was trapped three wide for the first 700m and then was forced to work in the breeze before getting to the front 520m from home. A week earlier, he raced without cover before winning convincingly from Our Regal Ideal over 2130m. This week American Boy, who has raced 26 times for 16 wins and seven seconds, will start out wide at barrier eight and will need to be at his top to win from the Greg and Skye Bond-trained in-form trio of Bettor Offer, Our Regal Ideal and Bungalow Bill. Bettor Offer, to be driven by Ryan Warwick from the No. 6 barrier, makes strong appeal. He began speedily from barrier six to lead after 100m in a qualifying heat last Friday night. He rated 1.57.1 over the 2130m and was untroubled to win by just under two lengths from Commander Chapel, who fought on gamely after racing without cover. Warwick said that with fast beginners, particularly Kimba Bay, on his inside that Bettor Offer was unlikely to be able to lead this week. But he commended Bettor Offer for his wonderful turn of foot and predicted that the gelding would be able to unwind a powerful burst and prove hard to beat. Bungalow Bill, who challenged unsuccessfully for the early lead in a 2130m event last Friday night, will start from barrier seven and will be driven by Ryan Bell, who drove Our Regal Ideal when he set the pace and held on to win by a head from Twoandahalf Tigers in another 2130m event last week. Our Regal Ideal will be driven by Mitch Miller from the prized No. 1 barrier and Bell said he was impressed with the five-year-old’s win last week. “He was pretty tenacious,” Bell said. “He was taken on in a fast lead time and he is definitely a top three chance this week. The draw has made it a good race in which Bettor Offer is probably the class horse. “I was quite happy with the way Our Regal Ideal kicked on last week. At the 200m I thought I was gonzo, but he actually kept coming the more they came at him. I think he should be able to hold up this week. He held up easily last week when I just gave him a flick at the start and he held up quite comfortably.” Ken Casellas

The remarkable run continues. Champion harness racing trainer Gary Hall has won his 11th TABTOUCH WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park after pint-sized pacer Chicago Bull sat without cover for the bulk of 2936m event to defeat John Of Arc and Soho Tribeca. Amazingly, the Hall of Fame horseman has now won the past seven editions. Chicago Bull now joins The Falcon Strike (x3), Tealsby Karita, Im Themightyquinn (x3), Hokonui Ben and My Hard Copy (x2) as Hall trained WA Pacing Cup winners. The victory provides winning reinsman Gary Hall Jnr with his 7th Cup winner and he now joins legendary horseman Phil Coulson as the most successful driver in the events history. Bettors Fire, considered by many as a main challenger was declared a late scratching earlier in the day which forced massive changes to speed maps. Taken back at the start from his wide draw, Chicago Bull was allowed to settle at the rear of the field while the classy mare Major Reality set the early temp before being joined by Beaudiene Boaz. Soon after, Beaudiene Boaz fired up and started to over race which forced driver Clint Hall to challenge for the lead. The lead time was covered in 98.1 seconds. With a moderate speed being set by Beaudiene Boaz, Hall Jnr pounced on the opportunity to make his move and sent Chicago Bull three wide before parking outside his stablemate. The first half of the final mile was covered in 29.5 and 30.4 seconds. Despite racing without cover, Chicago Bull was able to control the race outside the leader. Soho Tribeca pulled three wide at the 1000m point and took up the fight to the Hall stablemates who continued to control the speed. The third quarter was clocked in 27.9 seconds. Racing off the back straight, Chicago Bull raced past Beaudiene Boaz while Soho Tribeca continued to chase strongly. In the straight, Hall Jnr urged Chicago Bull and the gritty four-year-old dug deep and held the fast finishing John Of Arc while Soho Tribeca fought tenaciously for third.  The last quarter was posted in 28.3 seconds. The overall time was 3:34.2 which gives the winner a mile rate of 1:57.4. The victory completes a sweep of the Fremantle/WA Pacing Cups double and Chicago Bull becomes the first pacer since the incomparable Im Themightyquinn (2102) to complete the double in the same season while he joins The Falcon Strike to win the Cups double as four-year-olds.  “He’s a great little horse, his versatility is so good and that makes him such a great racehorse. I made the move once they backed off and I knew that Beaudiene Boaz worked hard early, I was fairly confident once I got outside the leader.” Winning driver Gary Hall Jnr declared. Following four legs of the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit this season, Chicago Bull joins Lazarus and Dream About Me on 100 points while Inter Dominion winner and New Zealand Cup placegetter Smolda leads the way with 120 points. Interestingly, the Grand Circuit takes on a refreshing look with youth given that Lazarus, Dream About Me and Chicago Bull are all four-year-olds. The next leg of the APG Grand Circuit is the $400,000 Eynesbury Victoria Cup at TABCORP Park, Melton on January 28. Chris Barsby

The New Zealand bred harness racing four-year-old, the Bettor's Delight gelding Chicago Bull, proved to be one of Australia's best pacers tonight in taking out the $450,000 Tabtouch WA Pacing Cup run over 2936 metres, on the half-mile Gloucester Park track in Perth, Western Australia. The late scratching of Bettors Fire left a field of 11 going to the post. Nine of the 11 pacers were New Zealand bred. The only mare in the race Major Reality led early with not much pace on until the Hall team came looking first with Beaudiene Boaz who took the lead with Cyamach sitting parked out then Chicago Bull with Gary Hall in the sulky came around the field to sit parked out to give the Hall team a three pronged attack in front with a round and a half to go. Joan Of Arc (Courage Under Fire) had an easy trip following Major Reality in the trail early and then three back before flashing home to get second with Soho Tribeca (American Ideal) holding on for third after making a big run with a round to go to sit parked out three wide. Chicago Bull, regarded as one of the smallest pacers in commision, barely 14 hands high, has now taken his record to 30 starts, 18 wins, four seconds and four thirds for $871,329 in stakes. The gross time of the race was 3.34.2 with a mile rate of 1:57.4. Amazingly the trainer Gary Hall senior has now won eleven WA Pacing Cups with the last seven of those in a row. Harnesslink Media

The Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit harness racing action returns west this weekend. And it’s without the dominant forces of the All Stars stable and their now very familiar livery of blue with silver stars. The all-conquering Christchurch based combination of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen have swept all three legs to date. From the headshaking performance of Lazarus in the New Zealand Cup back in November followed by the heroics of Smolda in the Inter Dominion in December and then completed by the sublime performance of Dream About Me in the Auckland Cup on New Year’s Eve, it’s fair to say it’s been a whitewash to date for the power couple. Or more accurately, a bluewash! But the Gr.1 $450,000 TABTOUCH WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night doesn’t feature a runner from the All Stars nor does it feature a runner from an eastern states stable which therefore paves the way for a local stable to grab the lion’s share of the loot on offer. The WA Pacing Cup is steeped in tradition and the roll of honour boasts some of the greatest names possible. First staged back in 1913 and won by Letty Lind, the great race has been won by the likes of Beau Don, Radiant Oro, James Eden, Just Too Good, Don’t Retreat, Pure Steel, San Simeon, Gammalite, Preux Chevalier and Village Kid among others. In recent times, names like Westburn Grant, Our Sir Vancelot, The Falcon Strike, Baltic Eagle, Im Themightyquinn and My Hard Copy are listed as winners. Many of these great names listed above have won the Cup on more than occasion. The WA Pacing Cup is a race of strength and toughness, only the best survive the arduous battle of the 2936m mobile start event. Champion trainer Gary Hall has won the Cup more than any other trainer; the wily veteran has won the past six editions while he has won 10 of the past 15 Cups. The haul of Hall includes The Falcon Strike (x3), Tealsby Karita, Im Themightyquinn (x3), Hokonui Ben and My Hard Copy (x2). On Friday night, he will have three runners engaged. Last week’s Fremantle Cup winner Chicago Bull shoots for the big double while multiple feature race winner Beaudiene Boaz and the classy Cyamach represent his Serpentine stable. Again Gary Hall Jnr will partner the pint sized four-year-old Chicago Bull and if successful, he will join the legendary Phil Coulson as the most successful driver in Pacing Cup history. Coulson steered to victory Lord Mina, Colour Glo, Pure Steel (x3), Gammalite and Village Kid, his victories spanning from 1965 to 1985. Hall Jnr victories include The Falcon Strike (x3), Tealsby Karita and Im Themightyquinn (x2). Ironically, the last four-year-old to win the Pacing Cup was The Falcon Strike back in 2002. While the Hall stable has claimed the Pacing Cup during the past six years, no driver has won the Pacing Cup four straight times. Enter Clint Hall. The talented horseman has won the past three editions with Hokonui Ben and My Hard Copy (x2), this year he will partner Beaudiene Boaz. The Hall runners have drawn gates 4 (Cyamach), 6 (Beaudiene Boaz) and 8 (Chicago Bull). Nathan Turvey partners Cyamach. Star mare Major Reality landed the inside gate (1) but must defy recent history to win the Cup; the last mare to win the state’s showcase event was Pyramus back in 1972 while Dainty’s Daughter won in 1970. Outstanding young horseman Justin Prentice prepares Major Reality and is yet to taste Cup success while his father Kim is a dual winner after Baltic Eagle (2003) and Im Themightyquinn (2011) proved triumphant. This year, Kim will aim for another Cup trophy with Soho Tribeca, a richly talented pacer racing in excellent form but he must overcome gate 12, the outside of the second-line. The speedy Bettors Fire has drawn ideally in gate 5 for talented young horseman Kyle Harper, his father Lindsay won the Pacing Cup back in 2001 with Havago. Champion reinsman Chris Lewis recently celebrated his 5000th career winner and again takes a drive in the Pacing Cup aboard John Of Arc (gate 10), Lewis is a five times winner. Lewis drove Village Kid (x3), Hilarion Star and Saab. Trainer Ross Olivieri prepares Our Jericho (gate 11) and tasted Cup success back in 1999 with Saab. Morgan Woodley takes the drive aboard Our Jericho. The state’s leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond are chasing their maiden success in the Pacing Cup and have a dual pronged attack through Delightful Offer (gate 3) and Our Jimmy Johnstone (gate 7). Ryan Warwick will partner Our Jimmy Johnstone, the Warwick name features on the honour roll through Trevor (Our Ian Mac – 1987) and Justin (Admirals Avenue – 2002) while Ryan Bell will take the drive behind Delightful Offer. Also chasing their maiden Cup success are Mick Brennan (The Bucket List) and John Oldroyd (Mynameskenny). The Bucket List will start from gate 2 for driver Michael Grantham while Mynameskenny starts from gate 9 for driver Chris Voak. The TABTOUCH WA Pacing Cup is scheduled as race 7 and listed to start at 8.10pm local time. Chris Barsby

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

The superb, all-conquering father-son combination of champion trainer Gary Hall sen. and champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. is poised to continue its domination of the Retravision Fremantle Cup by winning the $300,000 group 1 feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. They combined to win the 2536m Fremantle Cup 12 months ago with 5/4 favourite Beaudiene Boaz, but the 34-year-old Hall jun. has given punters a powerful lead by electing to drive Chicago Bull in preference to his classy stablemate, who has amassed $1,210,734 in prizemoney from 24 wins and nine placings from 43 starts. Chicago Bull will start from barrier four, with Beaudiene Boaz at No. 5. Last Friday night Beaudiene Boaz led from barrier two and won the Village Kid Pace by a head from the fast-finishing Chicago Bull, rating 1.55.3 over 2130m, with a final 800m in a sparkling 55.4sec. The Halls have won six of the past 15 Fremantle Cups and they are confident that Chicago Bull has the class to give them their seventh success in the big race. For good measure, Hall jun. has also won a Fremantle Cup with the Michael Brennan-trained Im Victorious in January 2014. “Barriers four and five are tricky draws and I’d say that both Chicago Bull and Beaudiene Boaz will go forward at the start,” Hall sen. said. “Beaudiene Boaz was good when he won last week. A 36.4sec. lead time was good, coming off a three-week break, and he fought it out right to the line. I felt that Chicago Bull was never going to beat Beaudiene Boaz, particularly after there was no great mid-race pressure. “But I’m favouring Chicago Bull over Beaudiene Boaz in this week’s Cup because I think he’s better suited over the longer 2536m journey.” Clint Hall, the trainer’s elder son, will handle Beaudiene Boaz this week. Clint Hall drove My Hard Copy when he finished strongly to be a half-length second to Beaudiene Boaz in last year’s Fremantle Cup. The Fremantle Cup has been run 87 times and Chicago Bull will become only the third four-year-old to win the race if he succeeds on Friday night. Hall jun. was 19 and became the youngest driver to win the Fremantle Cup when he guided The Falcon Strike to victory over Big Town Walton in the 2002 Cup. The Falcon Strike was the first four-year-old to win a Fremantle Cup, and last year Beaudiene Boaz was the second four-year-old to win the race. The Falcon Strike then won the Fremantle Cup in 2004 and the Halls went on to win the Cup with Im Themightyquinn three years in a row after that pacer had finished third as a four-year-old behind Power of Tara in 2009. Im Themightyquinn failed by a head to win the Fremantle Cup four years in a row when he was beaten by Dasher VC in 2013. Hall jun. said that it wasn’t a particularly difficult decision to take the drive behind Chicago Bull this week --- even though he had handled Beaudiene Boaz in 35 of his 36 starts in Western Australia for 20 wins and eight placings. Clint Hall has driven Beaudiene Boaz only once --- for a win in the Bunbury Cup in November 2015 when his brother was unavailable. On the other hand, Hall jun. has driven Chicago Bull at 19 of his 21 WA starts for 13 wins and six placings. “I thought Chicago Bull was good but not great in the Golden Nugget (when third to Soho Tribeca and Nathans Courage two starts ago),” said Hall jun. “His work since has been really good and I just think he’s more versatile than Beaudiene Boaz. “I think that Chicago Bull, with a bit of luck, can win from anywhere. But Beaudiene Boaz probably has to be right up there or in front. He just hasn’t got that turn of foot at the moment.” The Kim Prentice-trained Soho Tribeca, like Chicago Bull, is an up-and-coming four-year-old whom Prentice is hoping will give him his second success in a Fremantle Cup, after scoring with Baltic Eagle in 2003. Soho Tribeca, who will start from the No. 6 barrier on the front line, will be making his first appearance for a month. His many admirers point to the fact that he has beaten Chicago Bull twice in his past four starts --- when he led and defeated Franco Rayner and Chicago Bull over 2185m at Pinjarra on November 7 and when he dashed to the lead 600m after the start and went on to win easily from Nathans Courage and Chicago Bull in the 2536m Golden Nugget at his latest outing, on December 9. Ten of the 12 runners in Friday night’s Cup were bred in New Zealand, the exceptions being the Australian-bred Mynameskenny and Soho Tribeca. New Zealand-bred pacers have won ten of the past 11 Fremantle Cups and 14 of the past 16. Byford trainer John Oldroyd is excited at the prospect of Mynameskenny contesting the big race on Friday night. The WA-bred five-year-old has drawn perfectly at barrier one on the front line and reinsman Chris Voak should have the stallion in a prominent position throughout the race. Mynameskenny has won at 21 of his 41 starts and he impressed two starts ago when he sprinted home strongly to win convincingly from Cyamach and Waylade over 2130m at Gloucester Park. He raced in the one-out, two-back position when fifth behind Beaudiene Boaz last Friday night. “I’m very happy with the draw,” Oldroyd said. “We’ve got options now. We’ll probably prefer to hand up to the best horse in the race, but we’ll just see what happens. He ruined his chances when he pulled fiercely in last week’s race. For some reason he got fired up after being used up out of the gate. We plan to drive him a bit more quietly this week. “It’s a Hunter Cup field, in my opinion. It’s a super field and Mynameskenny is the new kid on the block. The other horses have been around in this company for a few years, whereas he has had five starts in this company. “So, it’s going to be hard; it’s like someone playing in the AFL after having played five games --- and lining up against others who have played 200 games. The main thing is if he can finish top four which should guarantee him a start in next week’s WA Pacing Cup.” Champion reinsman Chris Lewis, fresh from notching his 5000th winner at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park last Saturday night, will be looking to win the Fremantle Cup for the seventh time --- after successes with Black Irish (1983), Village Kid (1988 and 1989), John Albert (1995), Sandy Bay (2005) and Dasher VC (2013).    He has opted to drive John of Arc for trainer Clive Dalton in preference to tough stayer Our Jericho. John of Arc, a winnehallr at 18 of his 34 starts, is handily drawn at barrier two on the back line and is capable of a bold effort. Our Jericho will be driven by Morgan Woodley from the favourable No. 2 barrier on the front line. Our Jericho’s trainer Ross Olivieri has won the Fremantle Cup with Speedy Cheval (1991) and John Albert (1995) and Woodley drove David Hercules to victory in January 2015. Talented New Zealand pacer Franco Nelson will be driven by Ryan Bell for trainers Greg and Skye Bond and there is a strong chance that he will be able to dash to an early lead and set the pace. Greg Bond prepared Money Magnet for his Fremantle Cup victory in 2006. The powerful Bond stable will also be represented in Friday night’s race by the wonderfully consistent Our Jimmy Johnstone (barrier seven) and Delightful Offer (eight). Ryan Warwick will drive Our Jimmy Johnstone and Nathan Turvey has been engaged for Delightful Offer. The only mare in the race is the Justin Prentice-trained Major Reality, who faces a stern test from the outside of the back line. The only mares to have won a Fremantle Cup in the past 42 years are Golden Gears (2000) and Whitbys Miss Penny (1992). Ken Casellas

Top Western Australian harness racing trainer Gary Hall snr runs Gareth Hall through his stable of runners for Friday night's Gloucester Park card. Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 16 December 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 16 December 2016

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