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Reigning Fremantle and Pinjarra Cup champion My Hard Copy makes his return to racing in tomorrow night’s Westral Pace (2536m) at Gloucester Park and trainer Gary Hall Snr says the veteran will be hard to beat. The veteran pacer hasn’t been seen since running eighth on April 6 at Gloucester Park at the end of a campaign which included the two feature Cup wins. With Chicago Bull having a short break prior to his east coast campaign, which includes a shot at the Victoria and New Zealand Cups and Inter Dominion, Hall Snr will call upon My Hard Copy to fill the void in Free For All races at Gloucester Park over the next month. My Hard Copy has drawn barrier one for tomorrow night’s $25,000 event, while The Bucket List (barrier two), Runrunjimmydunn (barrier five) and Bettors Fire (barrier six) are expected to feature prominently. Hall Snr said My Hard Copy was in good order ahead of tomorrow night and was looking forward to his return. “He’s good, really good,” he said. “I expect him to lead and be very hard to beat. “He worked yesterday morning as well as he ever has.” Gary Hall Jnr has the drive on My Hard Copy tomorrow night, while Stuart McDonald has the drive on last week’s Marathon Handicap winner Runrunjimmydunn. Hall Snr said My Hard Copy would be given the chance to defend his Fremantle Cup title in January and felt if barrier draws favoured him he could beat Chicago Bull. Despite last week’s win in the Marathon, Hall Snr conceded Runrunjimmydunn would have his work cut out tomorrow night, but said the four-year-old would be competitive. “He’s going well and he has no problems at all,” he said. “He will acquit himself well. “The 2500m from the mobile is like the standing start of 3300m and the distance drop isn’t too much of a concern for my horses.” The pair will look to continue a good week for Hall Snr, after WA Derby winner King Of Swing took out the JP’s Sportsbar Pace (2130m) on Tuesday night at Gloucester Park. Hall Snr said he was pleased with how King Of Swing returned in his two runs this campaign, and would now likely run in a three-year-old race at Gloucester Park next week. Tomorrow night’s Gloucester Park meeting gets underway with the second heat of The Schrader which jumps at 5.20.   Tim Walker

Ace reinsman Mark Reed drove the speedy Pazam to six victories at the turn of the century and he is confident of continuing the family tradition by winning races with promising two-year-old filly Countess Grace. Trained by Reed’s father Mike, Countess Grace is closely related to Pazam, who won 19 races in Western Australia in a splendid 41-start career of 22 wins and six placings for stakes of $136,113. Mark Reed was in the sulky when the New Zealand-bred Pazam won for the final time, at Gloucester Park in February 2004 when he beat The Die Is Cast and Sand Pebbles in a 2140m Free-For-All. He also drove Pazam when he finished sixth behind Lombo Rapida and Shakamaker in the 2000 Chariots of Fire at Harold Park. Countess Grace emerged as a strong winning prospect in the Glenroy Chaff Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night when she unwound a spirited finishing burst to be an eye-catching third behind Fake News and Major Artist over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. Countess Grace was restrained from barrier eight at the start and settled down in 11th position. She was seventh at the bell, three back on the pegs, before sprouting wings in the home straight, with the final 400m being covered in a slick 28.1sec. Countess Grace has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in Friday night’s $18,000 event and Mark Reed said: “She will give them something to chase. She has good gate speed, the aim will be to lead and I consider her to have excellent winning prospects. “She was unlucky at her previous start when third behind Majorpride and Fake News. She raced behind the pacemaker Cosmic Horizons and was shuffled back when that filly weakened and dropped back in the final stages.” Majorpride, Fake News and Countess Grace should dominate Friday night’s race in which Countess Grace has a significant advantage over the other two fillies, who will start out wide, with Fake News at barrier seven and Majorpride on the outside in the field of eight. Fake News, trained by Gary Hall Snr, was impressive on Tuesday evening when she enjoyed the perfect trail behind the pacemaker Major Artist before running home fast to snatch victory for star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr. However, Hall Jnr has decided to drive the Justin Prentice-trained Majorpride in preference to Fake News. “There’s not much between them, but Majorpride is probably a bit more of a racehorse at the moment,” he said. Majorpride has raced ten times for three wins, three seconds and two thirds. Mark Reed will fly out of Perth early on Saturday morning to drive star filly Our Angel of Harlem in the second semi-final of the Breeders Crown for three-year-old fillies at Bendigo on Saturday night. Our Angel of Harlem, trained by Mike Reed, has drawn poorly and will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line. However, she is in top form and should have little difficulty in qualifying for the final the following week. Western Australia will also be represented in semi-finals of the Breeders Crown on Saturday night by the Michael Brennan-trained The Embezzler and the David Thompson-trained Mandy Joan. Michael Grantham will drive The Embezzler from the outside (No. 7) on the front line in the first semi-final for two-year-old colts and geldings. A winner at four of his eight starts and a strong fourth behind Franco Edward in the Pearl Classic, The Embezzler has won at Pinjarra at his past two starts. He possesses wonderful gate speed and is sure to make his presence felt. Mandy Joan also has drawn barrier seven in the second semi-final for two-year-old fillies in which she will be handled by champion Victorian reinsman Gavin Lang. She has won twice from seven starts and is working strongly enough to qualify for the final. Ken Casellas

Dual WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy is poised to make a successful return to racing after an absence of 19 weeks when he starts from the coveted No. 1 barrier in the $25,000 Westral Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The eight-year-old equine millionaire is a first-up specialist, having won five times at his first run after a spell and champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr gave punters a valuable lead when he said that the New Zealand-bred stallion had thrived during a long, solid preparation. Hall also said that he was determined to take full advantage of the inside draw by holding the lead against fast beginners Rock Diamonds, Bettors Fire and Devendra. My Hard Copy, who earlier this year won the 2536m Fremantle Cup, rating 1.55.4 in defeating Lazarus and Chicago Bull, and the 2692m Pinjarra Cup when he finished strongly to beat Chicago Bull and Our Jimmy Johnstone, was a first-up winner (after a nine-week absence) when he drew the No. 1 barrier and resisted an early challenge from Bettors Fire before setting the pace and rating 1.54 in winning a 2130m Free-For-All at Gloucester Park last December. Hall Jnr had no hesitation in choosing to drive My Hard Copy ahead of stablemate Runrunjimmydunn, who will start from the No. 5 barrier with Stuart McDonald in the sulky. Hall gave a masterly display to win the 3309m Marathon Handicap with Runrunjimmydunn last Friday night. Outstanding young reinsman Michael Grantham intends to angle The Bucket List across from barrier two at the start to take the trail behind My Hard Copy and this should enable The Bucket List to fight out the finish. The Michael Brennan-trained The Bucket List finished strongly from sixth at the bell to be second to Rock Diamonds over 2130m last Friday night and set a track record when he won the BOTRA Cup, a 2503m stand, at a 1.57.2 rate two starts before that. Rock Diamonds, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will start from the No. 3 barrier and will be handled by Colin Brown, with Ryan Warwick opting to drive stablemate Galactic Star, who will start from the outside in a field of eight. Rock Diamonds began brilliantly from barrier five and gave a bold frontrunning performance to score an easy victory last week, rating 1.54.7 over 2130m. Galactic Star is racing keenly, but he faces a stern test from the outside barrier. Evergreen nine-year-old Bettors Fire continues to impress with his sparkling speed and fighting qualities. He will be tested from barrier six. Last week he started from the No. 6 barrier and was forced to work hard in the breeze before fighting on determinedly to be third behind Rock Diamonds and The Bucket List.   Ken Casellas

WATCH: Gary Hall Jnr speaks with GPTV about his book of drives this week; including his steer on the resuming Fremantle Pacing Cup winner, My Hard Copy. He also gives us an update on when Chicago Bull will face the starter next...   << WATCH FULL INTERVIEW HERE >>   Ken Casellas

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

Evergreen pacer Bettors Fire is on target to win the August Cup for the third time in a fortnight’s time and trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper said the nine-year-old was fit and well and ready to run a big race in the Sunrise On Seven Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He was unlucky when a last-start fourth behind Chicago Bull,” said Harper, who added: “He’s working well and should be hard to beat.” However, Harper has a healthy respect for the opposition, particularly Galactic Star, who followed two successive wins at Gloucester Park with two excellent third placings behind Chicago Bull at his next two outings. Galactic Star, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old to be driven by Ryan Warwick for trainers Greg and Skye Bond, will start from the No. 7 barrier in Friday night’s 2130m event. A winner at 22 of his 52 starts, he is in sparkling form. Bettors Fire, a winner of 40 races from 104 starts, will start from barrier six. “Galactic Star is definitely the one to beat,” said Harper. “However, I’ve got the barrier draw on him and that gives us some hope. Like usual, I’ll play it by ear. When the green light goes on we’ll assess our options and go from there.” Bettors Fire possesses outstanding gate speed and one option for Harper will be to attempt to fire the handsome gelding to an early lead and then dictate terms in front. At his most recent outing Bettors Fire began speedily from barrier three but was unable to cross the polemarker Chicago Bull. After racing without cover early Bettors Fire then enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, following Galactic Star, who moved to the breeze after about 550m. Chicago Bull won easily from stablemate Runrunjimmydunn, with Galactic Star in third place, a nose ahead of Bettors Fire, who fought on determinedly, out four wide. Millionaire pacer Beaudiene Boaz will start out wide at barrier No. 8 at his fourth appearance after a ten-month absence and is ready for a strong forward showing after a solid last-start fourth behind Chicago Bull. He will again be handled by Micheal Ferguson, with Gary Hall Jnr to drive trainer Michael Brennan’s top-flight eight-year-old The Bucket List from barrier four. Hall drove The Bucket List to a brilliant fast-finishing victory in the 2503m BOTRA Cup two starts ago. The Bond stable have an excellent second-string runner in Friday night’s race in four-year-old Rock Diamonds, who will start from barrier five with Chris Lewis in the sulky. Rock Diamonds finished strongly to win a 2503m stand two starts ago. The Kristy Elson-trained Ideal Tyson will have admirers after his dashing victorying weaker company last Friday night when he charged home from seventh at the bell to win narrowly from Vampiro and Motu Premier. Ideal Tyson will start from barrier three and Turvey will be anxious to get a flying start in a bid to take up the running. “His best attribute is rolling along and either leading or being in the breeze would be nice,” Turvey said. “Bettors Fire and Galactic Star might have a bit on us, but if we are able to lead we could beat them.” Ken Casellas

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

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

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

Leading reinsman Shannon Suvaljko has opted to drive Always Arjay in preference to stablemate Neighlor in the $7 Pints At JP’s Sportsbar Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and said that there was very little between the two pacers trained at Serpentine by Matt Scott. “Always Arjay is flying and is being set for the Marathon Handicap the following Friday night,” he said. “He has drawn barrier six but is capable of doing some work and I wasn’t surprised at how well he went last week (when he raced in eighth position before sustaining a powerful three-wide burst to finish a half-length second to The Freedom Fighter). “At his previous start he finished second to The Bucket List in the BOTRA Cup in which he beat home Motu Premier. If I had got to the front in that race Always Arjay would have won by two or three lengths. “There’s not much between Always Arjay and Neighlor, who is a good winning chance from barrier two. Neighlor has good gate speed and if he lobs in front he will be hard to beat. It will pay to forget Neighlor’s last-start seventh behind Kinda Black at Northam. “He had had a break between runs and it was a very muddy track. I grabbed hold of him and they walked before they sprinted home when Neighlor was off the track. I’d disregard that performance. Neighlor can do anything; he can lead and can win from the breeze or when sat up.” Suvaljko has driven Neighlor at 27 of his 29 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and six placings. Champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr has been engaged to drive Neighlor for the first time. Friday night’s race looks quite an open affair, with last-start winners Forever Remembered and Soho Leviathan having strong claims along with Major Catastrophe, Ardens Concord, Dodolicious and Courage Tells. Ryan Warwick has opted to drive Dodolicious from barrier two on the back line, in preference to veteran stablemate Courage Tells, who will be handled from the prime No. 1 barrier on the front line by Colin Brown. Forever Remembered, trained at Collie by Errol Ashcroft, will have admirers after her dazzling victory last Friday week when Kyle Harper brought her home with a sizzling burst from ninth at the 350m to win easily from Auctioneers Elsu.    Ken Casellas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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