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Hall of Fame harness racing trainer Gary Hall Snr holds the record of preparing five winners of the Group 2 Slater Gartrell Western Gateway Pace and he is pinning his hopes on Speed Man in the $50,000 classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall agreed that the race looked extremely open, but he said that Speed Man had the ability to bounce back from his fifth placing behind Golden State in a WA Derby prelude last Friday night when the colt raced in the breeze outside the pacemaker Golden State. “He is not suited to racing without cover,” Hall said. “He gave it away only over the final 50 metres. He also raced in the breeze when fifth behind Bechers Brook and Golden State in the Battle of Bunbury at his previous start. “However, Speed Man showed his true worth three starts ago when he raced behind the pacemaker Golden State before finishing strongly to beat him by more than a length.” In-form reinsman Stuart McDonald will drive Speed Man, who is drawn awkwardly at barrier six on the front line, while stable newcomer Benhope Rulz, drawn on the inside of the back line in the 2536m event, will be handled by star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr. Benhope Rulz, a winner of three standing-start races from five starts in New Zealand, was driven by Hall Jnr in a 2150m mobile trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Benhope Rulz impressed in finishing powerfully from sixth at the bell to be a nose second to the pacemaker Antero. Hall sat quietly in the sulky all the way up the home straight and he did not ask the gelding for a special effort. “Benhope Rulz went pretty good in the trial,” said Hall Snr “He went a lot better than he had been going at home when his work was lack lustre. However, I wouldn’t say that he cannot win on Friday night.” Hall Snr has won the Western Gateway Pace with The Falcon Strike (2001), Alta Christiano (2013), Elegant Christian (2014), Beaudiene Boaz (2015) and Chicago Bull (2016). Last year Hall was the trainer of Herrick Roosevelt, who raced in the breeze and finished third behind the pacemaker Mitch Maguire and Maczaffair in the Western Gateway Pace. Speed Man, who has won at four of his ten starts, has yet to race beyond 2240m but he is capable of performing strongly over 2536m. Benhope Rulz has unwound powerful finishing bursts to win over 2600m, 2000m and 2400m. At his latest appearance, in a 2400m mobile event at Nelson on January 14, Benhope Rulz started from the outside (No. 8) of the front line and was restrained back to last in the field of nine. He sustained a strong last-lap burst to move into second place before fighting on doggedly to finish fifth, just over a length behind the winner Pirate Bay. Mike Reed, who trained and drove Manageable for his win in the Western Gateway Pace in 1988, holds a strong hand in Friday night’s race, with Bechers Brook (No. 4 on the front line) and Golden State (barrier two on the back line). Golden State, whose ten starts have produced five wins and three seconds, should settle down in a prominent position in the one-wide line and looks set to fight out the finish. Bechers Brook, who also has won at five of his ten starts, will be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green, who brought the colt home with a spirited burst to win the Battle of Bunbury from the pacemaker Golden State two starts ago. Bechers Brook started from the outside (No. 9) in the Derby prelude last Friday night when he raced at the rear and then was forced wide in the final circuit before finishing last. He can do much better from his more favourable draw this week. Three fillies, Lady De La Renta, Cimorine and Cott Beach will contest Friday night’s race. Only three fillies, Omista (1972), Via Vista (1981) and Whitbys Miss Penny (1991) have been successful in the 46-year history of the Western Gateway Pace. Lady De la Renta, trained by Annie Belton and driven by Chris Voak, will have many admirers after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. Lady De La Renta is a versatile filly who has won in good style at her past two starts. Cimorene, trained by Terry Ferguson, and the Kristy Elson-trained Cott Beach, face tougher assignments from out wide at barriers eight and nine, respectively. Cimorene notched her fourth win from 21 starts when she settled in seventh position and raced in the breeze in the final lap before beating Mister Spot in the $30,000 Country Derby over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon.   Mister Spot did well to fail by only a nose after racing wide early and without cover in the middle stages. He is trained in Bunbury by John Graham, who prepared Lively Royce for his victory in the 2008 Western Gateway Pace. Mister Spot will be driven by Dean Miller. Chris Lewis, who has won the classic five times with Flashing Star (1993), Pro Armbro (1995), Saab (1998), Talladega (2000) and Alberta Retreat (2005) will drive the promising, lightly-raced gelding Shadow Magic for Busselton trainer Barry Howlett. Shadow Magic was eighth at the bell and was hampered for room in the final circuit before flashing home on the inside to be sixth behind Golden State last Friday night. He worked hard without cover before winning by five lengths in an R0 event at Bunbury at his previous outing. From barrier two on the front line on Friday night Shadow Magic is capable of a forward showing. Cott Beach, who has earned $195,226 from 11 wins and eight placings from 22 starts, possesses sparkling gate speed, but it is difficult to predict that she will be able to muster sufficient early speed to get to an early lead. Ken Casellas  

Astute Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed was philosophical after highly-regarded filly Our Angel of Harlem was beaten into third place at her harness racing Australian debut at Pinjarra last Monday week, declaring that it was just the first step in her mission to win the $150,000 WA Oaks at Gloucester Park on May 4. “She will improve a lot on that run,” Reed declared after Our Angel of Harlem wilted in the final stages to finish third behind Bettor B Abeliever and Captured Delight. Our Angel of Harlem will have her second start for Reed when she begins from the inside of the back line in the 2130m Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. At Pinjarra, Our Angel of Harlem began from barrier five, raced three wide early and then in the breeze before getting to the front by a half-length 550m from home before wilting slightly, with the final quarters being run in 27.7sec. and 29sec. Our Angel of Harlem will begin behind Infinite Symbol, who possesses good gate speed and is a capable frontrunner. Shannon Suvaljko will weigh up his options early in the race whether to remain on the pegs behind Infinite Symbol or to make an early move to get into the clear. Clint Hall will drive Infinite Symbol for Wanneroo trainer Julie O’Neill. Our Angel of Harlem will clash with several smart fillies, including last-start winners Liberty Rose, Detroit Lily and Somebeachparty as well as recent winners Captured Delight, Princess Major, Orphan Reactor and Slick Artist. Liberty Rose, trained by Gary Hall Snr, made a sound Australian debut when she worked hard in the breeze before finishing determinedly to win from the pacemaker Orphan Reactor at a 1.56.5 rate over 1684m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Hall was happy with Liberty Rose’s win and said that she was more of a stayer than a sprinter. Liberty Rose will start from the No. 5 barrier on the front line with the Skye Bond-trained Detroit Lily out at barrier seven, with Ryan Warwick in the sulky. Detroit Lily led when a close second to Cott Beach over 1684m at Pinjarra two starts ago before she raced without cover and won from The Marble Ridge over 1823m at Narrogin last Saturday night. Somebeachparty made a splendid debut when she set the pace from barrier two and won easily in modest company over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday week. Chris Lewis opted to drive her on Friday night ahead of the Peter Anderson-trained All Over Tan, who has resumed after a spell in sound form with seconds to The Midas Touch and Whoswhointhezoo at Pinjarra. Nathan Turvey has been engaged to drive All Over Tan from barrier four on the front line. Ken Casellas

Red October arrived in Western Australia in July 2016, a week after he had scored a smart win at Alexandra Park but it took him another 18 months to make his Australian harness racing debut, after he had broken down twice with a bowed tendon. But leading trainer Gay Hall Snr’s patient care is at last paying dividends. Now a five-year-old, Red October is revealing plenty of potential and at Gloucester Park on Friday night he looks set to stretch his winning sequence to five when he contests the Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace over 2130m. Red October made his Australian debut at Pinjarra on January 29 this year when he raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing a half-length second to 66/1 outsider Lady Luca. Then his next four starts produced four wins, two at Pinjarra and two at Gloucester Park. Hall said that the gelding should prove hard to beat, but added that his mother runner, Heez Manly, represented the main danger. ”I can’t really separate them; they’ve got equal ability,” he said. “But I lean towards Red October because he has drawn barrier three on the front line, with Heez Manly the only runner on the back line.” Red October, who managed only two wins from 17 starts in New Zealand, will be driven by leading reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, with Stuart McDonald to drive Heez Manly, a promising four-year-old who has won at six of his 16 starts. He had a tough run in the breeze when a fighting second to Back To The Beach at Gloucester Park on February 27 after unwinding a powerful finishing burst to win easily from Courage To Live a week earlier. Looming as the chief rival for the Hall-trained pair is Skye Bond’s smart four-year-old Mighty Mr Sharkey, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick and cannot be overlooked despite the distinct disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line. Mighty Mr Sharkey has had no luck from wide draws when unplaced at his past two starts. He has had 30 starts for ten wins and nine placings and is certainly capable of causing an upset. Hall Snr also has good prospects of winning the first heat of the Clarke Pace with seven-year-old Whozideawasthis, who will be making his first appearance for six months. “He’s been a bit of a bridesmaid who doesn’t seem to like winning and failed a couple of times when an odds-on favourite during his previous campaign,” he said. “However, he’s working in good style and should be hard to beat from the No. 1 barrier.” Whozideawasthis is sure to meet with stiff opposition from trainer-reinsman Nathan Turvey’s smart four-year-old Carter Micheal, who has raced 29 times for 12 wins and seven placings. Carter Micheal broke twice in running before finishing eighth behind Courage To Live in the Bridgetown Cup last Sunday. That followed convincing victories on country tracks at his four previous starts. The Hall stable has 13 runners engaged in Friday night’s ten-event program and Hall Snr said he was confident that stablemates Zennart and Runrunjimmydunn would fight out the finish of the third event. Ken Casellas

Boyanup harness racing trainer Justin Prentice is delighted at his smart two-year-old Has No Fear drawing the coveted No. 1 barrier in the $25,000 Western Crown for fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night and declared: “This looks ideal for her. She has got good gate speed, so if she can hold the front over the mile (1730m), she will be hard to beat. “At her most recent start (in the group 1 Sales Classic last Friday week) she fought all the way to the line, showing that she’s got a fair bit of toughness as well. It was the quickest time (1.57.6) she has run; she’s working well and is still improving.” Has No Fear was the only runner off the back line in that event and she raced in fifth position, one-out and one-back, before fighting on to finish a half-length second to the pacemaker Soho Interceptor. Before that, Has No Fear raced three times for a half-head second to Hong Kong Dolly on debut at Pinjarra and easy wins at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park. She has been driven in all her starts by Tom Buchanan, who will make every effort to jump to the front and set the pace on Friday night with the daughter of American stallion Western Terror. Prentice will also be represented by Delightfull (Aiden de Campo, barrier four) and She Said Diamonds (Shannon Suvaljko, barrier seven). “I was really happy with her latest run (third to Soho Interceptor and Has No Fear) and she has improved again from that,” he said. ”I would say that if you reversed the barrier draws with Delightfull and Has No Fear that Delightfull would be the horse to beat. “Barrier seven is not ideal for She Said Diamonds, but she’s a nice filly on the way up. Tommy (Buchanan) thought she was the winner at the 200m at Pinjarra on Monday. But she weakened to finish fifth behind Itz All About Magic. She’s still a bit fat and her run on Monday should prove beneficial.” Byford trainer Katja Warwick also has multiple runners in Friday night’s race in which she will be represented by Cap In Hand (Gary Hall jun., barrier two) and Hong Kong Dolly (Stuart McDonald, barrier five). Cap In Hand scored convincing wins at her first two starts, at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park in February, before she galloped at the start and then overraced when five back on the pegs and was distanced in the Sales Classic. Since then she has performed soundly in winning two trials at Byford and she should be prominent on Friday night from her favourable barrier at No. 2. Hong Kong Dolly was a winner on debut at Pinjarra early last month before she broke and raced roughly when a well-beaten sixth behind Has No Fear in a Sales Classic qualifying heat. She was checked and broke before recovering and winning a three-horse trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Ken Casellas

It promises to be just a stroll in the park for harness racing millionaire superstar Chicago Bull when he contests the $50,000 Direct Trades Supply Four And Five-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This will be five-year-old Chicago Bull’s final appearance in a race for several months before champion trainer Gary Hall sen. prepares him for feature events next spring and summer, including the Interdominion championship series in Melbourne. Star reinsman Gary Hall jun. will have plenty of options when Chicago Bull lines up behind the mobile in barrier four on Friday night. The is a strong possibility that four-year-old Maxentius, a speedy frontrunner, will be given the task of leading by ace reinsman Colin Brown. In that case, Hall could be content to rate Chicago Bull in the breeze before applying pressure in the final circuit. Hall sen. summed up his son’s possible tactics by saying: “Chicago Bull will be in front or racing in the breeze. I would say he will win, with stablemate Runrunjimmydunn finishing second. Runrunjimmydunn (Clint Hall) is getting better all the time. “Chicago Bull will be spelled for six weeks and then brought back into work. He will probably resume racing in early September.”    Hall sen. has five of the eight runners in Friday night’s event --- Chicago Bull, Runrunjimmydunn, Ima Rocknroll Legend, Zach Maguire and Campora. Runrunjimmydunn will start from barrier three and is capable of a bold showing. He was most impressive in a 2130m event last Friday night when he started from the outside barrier (No. 8) and raced three wide in the early stages before applying pressure to the pacemaker Vampiro. He fought on with tremendous determination and finished a nose behind Vampiro at a 1.55.7 rate, with final quarters in 27.1sec. and 28.9sec. Runrunjimmydunn’s past nine starts have produced five wins and four seconds and he is certain to improve considerably on his record of 30 starts for 12 wins and nine placings for earnings of $123,098. The Ross Olivieri-trained mare Sheer Rocknroll has excellent place prospects. She will be driven by Chris Lewis from the No. 6 barrier. “She went terrific last Friday (when third behind Madame Meilland and Better B Chevron in the Empress Stakes) and I was very impressed with her,” Lewis said. Ken Casellas            

Khun Lek, trained in Capel by de Campo’s father Andrew, will be one of the fancies in the 2130m Building And Constructions At DTS Pace for harness racing mares after smart wins at Bunbury and Gloucester Park at her past two outings. She will start from barrier No. 5 on the front line and Aiden de Campo is planning to go forward at the start in a bid for the early lead or to take up a prominent forward position. In an open affair, Khun Lek, Rockin The Boys and Our Jeremes Gem appear to have sound prospects. Rockin The Boys and Our Jeremes Gem have each finished second at their past two starts and are due for a change of fortune. Khun Lek is by McArdle out of Chantic Sarah, a D M Dilinger mare who raced 17 times in Western Australia for five wins in 2008 and 2009 --- two at Narrogin and Wagin and one at Pinjarra. She is no relation to Khun Ratha, who finished powerfully to win at Gloucester Park last Friday night. Khun Ratha, recently purchased by Kristy Sheehy and Joshua Dunn, has earned $162,519 from 15 wins and 38 placings from 106 starts. He will start from the back line in the 2536m Hardware at DTS Pace on Friday night and has sound each-way prospects, with Shannon Suvaljko in the sulky. Suvaljko and de Campo have excellent prospects of winning the final event, the Direct Trades Supply Pace, in which Suvaljko will be in the sulky behind the polemarker Ctheballerina and de Campo will be driving Cest Lheure. Ctheballerina, unplaced at her past nine starts since winning over 2090m in Hobart last October, is a newcomer to Mike Reed’s Henley Brook stables and she caught the eye in a 2150m trial at Byford in Sunday morning when she surged home from sixth at the bell to be second to Ay Jays Dream. “She’s been all over the place, racing in New Zealand, Tasmania and Victoria,” Reed said. “I like her and whatever she does on Friday night, she will improve on.” Suvaljko watched the trial in which Ctheballerina was driven by Mark Reed, and gave the mare his tick of approval. “The only blue, first-up, is the longer distance of 2536m,” he said. De Campo described Cest Lheure as a handy horse who hardly ever runs a bad race and said that he was confident of a forward showing, without being in any way over-confident. Suvaljko will have a busy time on Friday night and apart from Golden State (who should win the WA Derby Prelude) he has many good each-way prospects among his drives behind A Boy Named Rosie, Chal Storm, Khun Ratha, She Said Diamonds, Our Jeremes Gem and Ctheballerina. He also spoke highly of Back To The Beach’s winning prospects in the Irrigation At DTS Westbred Pace. Back To The Beach, to be driven by Mitch Miller for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, will start from barrier six and looks set to fight out the finish after having notched seven wins from his past 13 starts. Suvaljko has driven Back To The Beach in five of those wins, with Miller, engaged this week to take advantage of his concession, having had only one drive behind the four-year-old for an all-the-way victory in the 2180m Wagin Cup four starts ago. “He doesn’t have to lead; he can sit,” said Suvaljko. “However, he has drawn inside of Red Hot Roxy and she will not be able to sit outside Back To The Beach and beat him.” Ken Casellas

Harness racing driver Shannon Suvaljko continues to be a shining light on the track and he is supremely confident that his golden run will be sustained at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he drives Golden State in the $22,000 Power Tools At DTS WA Derby Prelude. Golden State, trained at Henley Brook by Mike Reed, set the pace and finished second to stablemate Bechers Brook in the Battle of Bunbury at Donaldson Park last Saturday night. But Suvaljko is convinced that Golden State will turn the tables on Bechers Brook and move a step closer to winning the WA Derby on April 6. The 49-year-old Suvaljko, who notched his 100th winner for the season when he was successful with Lord Willoughby at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night, leads the Statewide drivers’ premiership table with 100 winners, 95 seconds and 63 thirds from 681 starters. He is showing the way from Chris Lewis (89 wins), Gary Hall jun. (89) and Chris Voak (84). The New Zealand-bred Golden State and the Victorian-bred Bechers Brook are owned by Albert Walmsley and look set to be leading contenders in the rich WA Derby.   Suvaljko has driven Bechers Brook in eight of his nine starts and the colt impressed in the Battle of Bunbury when Dylan Egerton-Green had him handily-placed in the one-out, one-back position before he went three wide 250m from home and finished powerfully to hit the front 30m from the post. The final quarters were run in 27.6sec. and 28.2sec. Egerton-Green has retained the drive on Bechers Brook on Friday night. At his previous start, in the Caduceus Club Classic, Suvaljko drove Bechers Brook, who raced without cover early and then in the one-out, one-back position before finishing gamely to be third behind the pacemaker Golden State (Chris Lewis) and Speed Man. Golden State will be a warm favourite on Friday night after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2130m event. Bechers Brook’s prospects slumped when he drew the outside barrier in the field of nine. Suvaljko said that he wasn’t disappointed at Golden State’s loss in the Battle of Bunbury, explaining that the colt overraced. “We changed the cart to a shorter one than normal --- and he smashed a wheel all the way,” he said. “That was his undoing. He wanted to run up the track and hit the wheel all the way. “That was his problem; he fired up and made himself run down the back (with a 27.6sec. quarter) when he didn’t have to. I think that if he hadn’t been hitting the wheel he would have won pretty easily. “I don’t think there’s much between Golden State and Bechers Brook, who is a relaxed horse who has a really high sprint at the end.” Lewis will drive the inexperienced New Zealand-bred gelding Shadow Magic, who is unfavourably drawn at No. 7 on Friday night. But the Barry Howlett-trained three-year-old was most impressive in a low-class R0 event at Bunbury on Saturday night when he raced wide early and then in the breeze before winning by five lengths from Kata Noi Beach. That was his first appearance for nine months. He finished second to Rosies Ideal at his only other start, at Bunbury last June. Shadow Magic will be making his first appearance at Gloucester Park and Howlett is hoping that he will emulate the performances of his half-brothers VC Manoeuvre and El Jacko who were successful at their first outing at Gloucester Park. Gary Hall jun. has chosen to drive Speed Man (trained by Gary Hall sen.) in preference to the Katja Warwick-trained Rock Me Over, who finished determinedly from fifth at the bell to win the Sales Classic for colts and geldings last Friday night, with Hall in the sulky. Aiden de Campo will handle the colt this week. Rock Me Over, a winner at four of his 15 starts, will begin from barrier No. 3, with Speed Man (four wins from nine starts) at No. 4. Bettor B Abeliever, trained by Paula Petricevich, is handily drawn at barrier two and Kyle Harper should have the colt in a prominent position throughout. Bettor B Abeliever set the pace and won easily from Captured Delight and Our Angel of Harlem over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon.   Ken Casellas

Friday night’s harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park has thrown up a variety of star bets from members of the WA Trotting Media Guild. And there’s also two races where members clash with their best bets. Last year’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe is keen on Golden State. “My best bet is Golden State who ran great second in the Battle of Bunbury last week,” Lowe said. “He won at two of his previous three starts and is ideally drawn and will go close.” TABradio’s Matt Young has made classy mare Bettor Be Supreme his best for the night. “Bettor Be Supreme is third up from a spell and should be spot on,” Young said. “She is drawn beautifully and was brave on resumption over the trip from a bad draw and should lead throughout here.” Not so, according to The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, who has made Vampiro his star bet in the same race. “Vampiro, a winner at 10 of his past 14 starts, has the class to overcome gate 12,” Manning said. “He showed the typical superb fitness of a Skye-Bond trained runner when setting the pace and then holding off Runrunjimmydunn to win in a close finish last Friday.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes Has No Fear can atone for her last-start defeat. “Punters should hold no fear over taking the short price about Has No Fear in the two-year-old fillies feature,” Havercroft said. “Never finishing worse than second in four lifetime starts, she has drawn to lead and it will take a good one to get around her.” Guild president Wayne Currall disagrees with Havercroft’s views on the race. “Forget Cap In Hand went around last run after she botched the start,” Currall said. “She’s very quick out of the machine and I think she can cross Has No Fear and establish a winning break on that filly.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas believes punters can get off to a great start by supporting Carte Blanche. “Race one, horse one, barrier one - that’s the winning formula at headquarters on Friday night when Carte Blanche is my No.1 selection on the 10-event program,” Casellas said. “The lightly-raced six-year-old possesses good gate speed and Chris Lewis is planning to set the pace with the gelding, who was bred and is trained by Lewis’ wife Debra.” Longshot king Pat Harding is keen on Zennart. “I thought Zennart was a little bit unlucky last week, but he looks to have drawn some weaker opposition and as a result should be able to reward punters from gate five with Lauren Jones aboard,” Harding said. Veteran tipster Bill Brindley says, apart from Chicago Bull, it’s a hard program. “This ia a tough program except for best bet Chicago Bull in the fifth race,” Brindley said. “The Lightning Strike is the one to beat in race seven.” VALUE BETS Stuart: My value bet is Im Zuleika who was a game fourth behind Maxentius and Zennart here three starts ago. Has very good Albany form and has each-way claims. Matt: Euphoric Moment has been unlucky and looks the leader here and should run a big race at each-way odds. Ernie: Muscle Torque, placed twice in four starts since a spell, should now be solidly conditioned again and ready to show form displayed in two wins at consecutive starts last year. Ryan: Max Meridius ran third in the same Northam race where Trustytrev ran fourth at Northam earlier this month, and he franked that form by winning last Friday. Max Meridius hit the line better than Trustytrev on that occasion and is suited by an inside draw. Wayne: Mac Tiger didn’t have much luck at his last start and he’s drawn to get a soft trip behind Bettor Be Supreme. Can run a race at odds. Ken: Livura, to be driven by his trainer Nathan Turvey, is a wonderfully consistent pacer who simply does not know how to perform below par. Pat: The combination of Annie Belton and Chris Voak should prevail with La Roue De Lamour. They had a wonderful win last week with Lady De La Renta  and should repeat the dose with this exciting filly. Bill: CC Chevron should get a lovely run behind likely leader Carte Blanche in the opening event and is my best each-way chance. Good punting. Wayne Currall

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have labelled Chok Chai and Lady De La Renta as star bets on Friday night’s 10-event harness racing card at Gloucester Park. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and longshot king Pat Harding believe punters can get off to a good start with the Gary Hall-trained Chok Chai in the opening event. “Chok Chai looks set for a triumphant return to Friday night racing after winning in midweek company at each of his three starts since an injury-enforced spell,” Manning said. “He has set the pace in his comeback races and barrier one gives him the chance for another all-the-way victory. Possesses an impressive career tally of nine wins and two places from 12 starts.” Harding agrees with his colleague. “Punters should get off to a great start in the first with Chok Chai,” Harding said. “The horse had a very impressive win during the week and coming out of barrier one should give Gary Hall Jr a great start to the night.” Veteran tipster Bill Brindley and last season’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe are in the Lady De La Renta camp. “Lady De La Renta is a standout in the third, going on her recent wins, and Rock Me Over appears to have too much class for the opposition in race seven,” Brindley said. Lowe is in agreement with Brindley. “Lady De La Renta has performed well against the State’s best three-year-old fillies, as evidenced by her last-start win,” Lowe said. “Will appreciate the class drop here and should win.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is keen on Rockin The Boys. “Rockin The Boys was gallant in defeat when collared by Hot Fraternity in the shadows of the post last week,” Havercroft said. “From a similar draw he should again be on the pace and will take beating if he can reproduce that effort.” But TABradio’s Matt Young disagrees with Havercroft and has made One For Sassy, in the same event, his best for the night. “My best bet is One For Sassy,” Young said. “He is a very good frontrunner and is racing super for Dean Miller. He gets the chance to lead throughout here.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas has opted for one of his favourite horses, Major Catastrophe, as his star bet. “Redoubtable stayer Major Catastrophe should appreciate a massive drop in class and win the second event on Friday night,” Casellas said. “The powerful nine-year-old was far from disgraced in finishing eighth in the Pinjarra Cup on Monday when he clashed with superstars Chicago Bull and My Hard Copy and is my best bet on an interesting program.” Guild president Wayne Currall is keen on Rock Me Over. “This Kat Warwick-trained colt drops in class in the $25,000 Milford Homes Roofline Series 3YO Colts and Geldings Sales Classic Final,” Currall said. “With Junior in the bike and from gate three he should prove too strong for his nine rivals.” VALUE BETS Ernie: Stuart McDonald's re-instatement as Ooshtaa's reinsman is a key driving engagement. McDonald drove him to win and run second at consecutive starts last month. Overlook an unplaced run last Monday, when he was set a tough task. Pat: Lady De La Renta should come up trumps for punters. She has some excellent form and with Chris Voak aboard should prove to be a good investment for punters. Bill: My value bets are One For Sassy and Alfs Odyssey. They both line up from barrier one in the final two races and can lead throughout.    Stuart: Mister Tom Dooley has been racing well and loves the stand. Being the only runner off the front gives him each-way claims. Ryan: Trustytrev has had five runs back and made late ground when fourth to Bettor Not Knowing last Saturday at Northam. I liked how he got home on that occasion and this field lacks brilliance. Matt: Gotta Go Yanky turned in a solid performance two starts ago. C D Brown jumps back aboard and looks a chance at big odds. Ken: Nothingbutadream caught the eye when he finished boldly from last at the bell to be third behind Hot Fraternity and Rockin The Boys last Friday night. Wayne: Soho Eastwood is drawn to get a soft trip in the last race. Forget he ever went around last week as he was held up and never got clear. Is an each-way chance. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good Punting.  Wayne Currall

Star reinsman Chris Lewis is happy with the progress being made by Rockin The Boys and predicted the harness racing four-year-old mare would be hard to beat in the $18,000 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Rockin The Boys, bred, part-owned and trained by Lewis’ wife Debra, will be having her third start after a spell and is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier on the front line in the 2130m event. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven put in a strong performance last Friday night when she raced three wide early in an unsuccessful bid from barrier three to take an early lead in the 1730m event. She then worked hard in the breeze before getting to the front 350m from home and being overhauled in the final 15m to finish a half-length second to the fast-finishing Hot Fraternity, who rated 1.56.6. At her first-up appearance a fortnight earlier, Rockin The Boys set the pace from barrier two before wilting to finish sixth behind Gotta Go Gabbana over 2130m. Lewis has put up a strong case for Rockin The Boys this week, saying: “Her first run after a spell was average, but then she worked hard and breezed at her next outing and was a good second. She is a nice horse on the improve. It would be handy to get to the front.” Rockin The Boys, whose 34 starts have produced nine wins, seven seconds and three thirds, meets moderate opposition on Friday night, including six-year-old mare Nothingbutadream, who is trained by Sarah Dacey and will be having her 99th start. Nothingbutadream is awkwardly drawn at barrier six but she put the writing on the wall last Friday night when she was a distinct last at the bell in a field of ten before charging home with a spirited burst to finish third behind Hot Fraternity and Rockin The Boys. She will be driven by Corey Peterson. Jailbreak, Sheez Edgy and Raffaello have been racing in good style and cannot be overlooked. One of the best bets on the ten-event program should be the evergreen nine-year-old Major Catastrophe, who will be driven by Dean Miller from the outside (No. 9) on the front line in the 2536m Milford Homes Pace. Major Catastropohe, trained at Pinjarra by his breeder-owner David Young, is sure to appreciate a considerable drop in class after contesting the $50,000 Pinjarra Cup on Monday afternoon when he was far from disgraced in finishing a game eighth behind star pacers My Hard Copy, Chicago Bull and Our Jimmy Johnstone. Ken Casellas

Hall of Fame harness racing trainer Gary Hall Snr was in grave doubt that New Zealand-bred gelding Chok Chai would be able to race again a couple of years ago after the gelding was laid low by a hairline fracture of a sesamoid. But patience and plenty of rest eventually cured the problem and Chok Chai, now a five-year-old, is showing considerable promise and should get punters off to a flying start at Gloucester Park on Friday night by setting the pace and winning the opening event, the PPC Pace over 2130m. The gelding by Washington VC warmed up for this assignment by scoring an easy all-the-way victory over 2130m, rating 1.57.6 on Tuesday night. This took his record to nine wins and two seconds from only 12 starts. His only unplaced effort was when he met with severe interference and was distanced, finishing 246 metres behind the winner Te Rauparaha at Pinjarra in May of last year. “He’s had a lot of problems, mainly the fracture to his sesamoid, and I felt that he would be unable to overcome his injuries,” Hall said. “All’s well now and from barrier one on Friday night he should lead and win. He’s a strong horse and it will take a good horse to beat him.” Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr agreed, saying: “He felt good tonight (Tuesday). He’s a big horse who should get better and better, hopefully.” Chok Chai is likely to be challenged strongly by in-form pacers in the Ross Olivieri-trained pair of Military Master and Lord Willoughby and Skye Bond’s smart four-year-old Mighty Mr Sharkey. Chris Lewis, who will drive Military Master from barrier No. 7 in a field of eight, praised the six-year-old’s outstanding first-up performance when he led from barrier four and sped over the final 400m in a sizzling 26.9sec. to win by six lengths from Real Zeal over 2100m at a 1.57.6 rate at Bunbury last Saturday week. That was a wonderful effort at his first outing for six months and Lewis said: “He won really well. Obviously, it’s a worse draw this week, but he’s still in the mix of things from the wide draw. He’s going well enough to give a forward showing.”        That performance improved Military Master’s record to 11 wins, nine seconds and two thirds from 38 starts. Shannon Suvaljko, who will drive Lord Willoughby from barrier three, declared that the four-year-old was flying and predicted the gelding would be prominent. This season Lord Willoughby has raced ten times for four wins, five seconds and one third. The Skye Bond-trained Mighty Mr Sharkey will start from the outside (No. 8) with Ryan Warwick in the sulky. The four-year-old has had 29 starts for ten wins and nine placings. He had a tough run in the breeze before winning in fine style over 2130m at Gloucester Park two starts ago. Ken Casellas

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr was impressed with Rock Me Over’s fast-finishing third to Speed Man and Golden State at Gloucester Park last Friday night and he is confident the smart colt will break through for his first success as a three-year-old when he contests the $25,000 Milford Homes Roofline Series Sales Classic for harness racing  colts and geldings on Friday night. Rock Me Over by Rock N Roll Heaven, prepared at Byford by Katja Warwick, has finished third in four of his five starts this season and looks on target to prove hard to beat this week, particularly from his handy draw at No. 3 on the front line. Hall drove Speed Man for his win last Friday night and said: “I was impressed with the way Rock Me Over came home (from last at the bell in a field of seven). He’s got a few strings to his bow and he just needs to put them all together.” Hall drove Rock Me Over in all of his nine starts as a two-year-old for three wins, three seconds and a third. He was prominent in feature events, finishing a half-head second to Play The Boys in the Sales Classic, second to the brilliant Jack Mac in the Pearl Classic and third to Cott Beach and Miss Sangrial in the Champagne Classic. “I had big wraps on him, early on,” said Hall. “But he hasn’t quite lived up to my expectations at this stage. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him turn the corner at any stage. “He’s a funny horse; sat up, he’s quick, but once you make your run with him you’ve got to keep going because he’s a little bull and if you stop-start with him he’ll just pull up. We’ll have a crack for the front, but if he can’t get to the lead he should sit somewhere handy.” One of Rock Me Over’s most serious rivals is sure to be the Bryan Cousins-trained Kohli, who is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier. A fast-finishing winner over Ella Gant Player at Pinjarra five starts ago, Kohli’s recent form on South-West tracks has been quite sound. Chris Voak, who will drive Kohli, said: “Take Rock Me Over out, and I’d give Kohli a really solid chance of winning. When I drove him at Pinjarra a couple of starts ago we went only slowly, but he sprinted home very well.” Harry Haich, a last-start all-the-way winner at Northam for part-owner and trainer Vicki Lea, has claims. He is the solitary runner on the back line and Shannon Suvaljko will have plenty of options. Ooshta and Nuclear Poker are recent Pinjarra winners and will have admirers from unfavourable barriers. Chris Voak has declared the Annie Belton-trained Lady De La Renta a ‘good thing’ in the Total Home Frames Sales Classic for three-year-old fillies, a 2130m event in which she will start from the No. 5 barrier. “I tracked her this morning (Tuesday) and said to Annie that the only draws I didn’t want were one and ten. I said she would win from any other draw. I think that only bad luck will get her beaten. I think she is a standout on the card. “Ideally, I’d like to be in front. She’s got toughness and speed, and is the full package. The only plan I’ve got is to keep out of trouble. Her ability will get the rest done.” Lady De la Renta’s recent form is outstanding and she looks the winner from last-start winners Princess Major and Somersby. Ken Casellas

Better B Chevron has a remarkable record as a frontrunner. She boasts a perfect tally of her nine harness racing victories in Western Australia all being achieved when she has set the pace. And she has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in the $50,000 Perth Plasterboard Centre Empress Stakes at Gloucester Park on Friday night, leaving reinsman Ryan Warwick with the task of giving the New Zealand-bred four-year-old the job of leading all the way in the group 2 2536m classic for mares. Trained at Forrestdale by Skye Bond, who races Better B Chevron in partnership with Rob and Anne Gartrell, the daughter of Bettors Delight has won at 12 of her past 20 starts. A winner at three of her seven starts in New Zealand, Better B Chevron arrived in Australia 11 months ago and has raced 14 times in WA for nine wins and three placings. She was not suited at her most recent outing when she started from the outside of the back line and settled in eighth position before moving to seventh (three wide) at the bell in the Lewis final last Friday week. She paced roughly for a while 600m from home before recovering and fighting on gamely to finish fourth, just over a length behind the winner, the pacemaking Madame Meilland. An important query about Better B Chevron’s ability to win on Friday night is the fact that she has raced only once in an event longer than 2240m. That was in the 2536m WA Oaks last May when she raced wide early and then in the breeze before gaining an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, and battling on into a well-beaten fifth placing behind Maczaffair. Better B Chevron is an M1-class performer and is sure to be tested by the two quality mares in the field, Major Reality (an M7-class mare who will start from barrier six on the front line) and Sheer Rocknroll (an M5-class mare who will start from barrier No. 7).  Better B Chevron is a half-brother to 2011 Easter Cup winner Anvils Big Punt and the highly-promising three-year-old Speed Man, who notched his fourth win from eight starts when he finished powerfully to beat Golden State last Friday night. Warwick was successful with the Grant Williams-trained Asian Paradise in the 2005 Empress Stakes and he was in the sulky when Jungle Jewel, prepared by Greg and Skye Bond, finished solidly to be second to The Parade in last season’s Empress Stakes. Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice is aiming to win Friday night’s classic for the third year in a row --- after Brayden Green drove Major Reality (7/1) from the No. 1 barrier to an all-the-way victory over Tricky Styx and Quite A Delight (also trained by Prentice) in 2016 and when Gary Hall Jnr brought 7/1 chance The Parade home with a strong burst from sixth at the bell to beat Jungle Jewel. Prentice drove Major Reality, the 5/1 on favourite from barrier 1 in last year’s Empress Stakes when the mare raced without cover and wilted to finish sixth. Prentice was suspended for 18 days for causing interference in an event for trotters at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon and he has engaged Hall to drive Major Reality, who will be making her first appearance for 91 days. Major Reality last raced when she was a fading eighth behind Ideal Alice in the $125,000 Mares Classic on December 8. Hall is looking forward to driving Major Reality and keeping his 100 per cent record with the mare. He has happy memories of winning the 2015 WA Oaks with Major Reality, who beat stablemate Quite A Delight by a half-head. His only other drive behind Major Reality was at Bunbury in June 2015 when she dead-heated for first with Baileys Gold. “She is a quality mare and should prove hard to beat,” said Hall, who won the Empress Stakes for the first time when Aussie Made Lombo was successful at her final start, beating Live High and Famous Alchemist in 2013. Champion reinsman Chris Lewis, who has won the Empress Stakes a record eight times with Candy Nacray (1988), Armbro Lucy (1992), Meggie Dear (2001), Classical Mover (2002), Shes Royalty (2007), Ima Spicey Lombo (2011) and Sensational Gabby (2014 and 2015) had the choice of four drives in this year’s classic. He has given punters a strong lead by choosing to drive the Ross Olivieri-trained Sheer Rocknroll ahead of stablemate Madame Meilland, Bettor Be Supreme and Sea Me Smile. “Sheer Rocknroll has got a bit of class,” said Lewis, who was impressed when Dean Miller drove the five-year-old first-up for nine weeks when she had a tough run, three wide and then in the breeze before finishing a close second to Dana Duke over 2130m last Friday week. “It’s always hard first-up,” Lewis said. Sheer Rocknroll warmed up for Friday night’s race with a stylish victory in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning. She was untroubled to dash over the final quarters in 28.5sec. and 28.2sec., with reinsman Tommy Sheehy saying that it was a delight to handle such a quality pacer. “Acting on instructions I didn’t let her go until the final 400m and she certainly sprinted most impressively,” Sheehy said. Lewis drove Madame Meilland at her most recent outing when she set the pace from the No. 1 barrier and held on to win from Gotta Go Gabbana over 2130m last Friday week. Olivieri has engaged Shannon Suvaljko to handle the mare, who is favourably drawn at No. 2 on the front line on Friday night. Busselton trainer Barry Howlett has engaged Morgan Woodley to drive Bettor Be Supreme, who faces a stern test from the No. 8 barrier. Lewis was in the sulky when Bettor Be Supreme raced three wide early and then in the breeze before finishing a good third behind Chok Chai over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Chris Voak, who will drive Gotta Go Gabbana for Banjup trainer Annie Belton, said that he had no doubt that the lightly-raced four-year-old was capable of matching strides for the better-performed mares in the race. “However, from barrier five she is most likely to have to do things tough in the breeze again, he said. “She is improving all the time and you can certainly make a case for her.” Ken Casellas

Last night at Gloucester Park, Perth, Western Australia saw another harness racing Group One $100,000 race was run and  won.   The two-year-old Sales Classic Final for colts and geldings sold at the local yearling sales last year brought a field of 10 together from the qualifiers with several well bred contenders.   One of these was the winner Its Rock And Roll by A Rocknroll Dance out of Miss Worthy  Whitby.{Bettors Delight} who sat just off the pace after working hard for the first 500 metres from the leader Shockwave, who is also bred in the purple..{by Mach Three out of Here For The Money}.   Shockwave took up the lead just after the start and set the pace for the 1730 metres race trip. Turning for home Its Rock And Roll loomed up alongside Shockwave to go stride for stride to the finish to just get the decision by half a head margin.   The mile rate of 1.56.6 was a race record. With sectionals of lead time..8.2..first quarter:.29.8..second quarter:29.1, third quarter:28.6..fourth quarter:29.6..   When we look at the breeding of Its Rock And Roll, he has the bloodline double cross from his sire line to Miss Worthy Whitbys maternal line Shifting Sands.   Click the six generation breeding pedigree here.   Classic winning family members of Its Rock And Roll includes;   Stonebridge Terror by Western Terror - 1:51.1 US $763,450   Riyadh by Jate Lobell - 1:48.4 US $2,763,527   Red River Hanover by Western Hanover - 1:48.4 US $965,426   Rocknroll Hanover by Western Ideal - 1:48.3 US $2,754,038   Royalflush Hanover by Cams Card Shark - 1:49.3 US $2,153,893   Rustler Hanover by Western Hanover - 1:51.0 US $971,638   Blazin N Cullen by Christian Cullen - 1:50.8 $474,077   Escapable Beaux 2002 by Artiscape - 1:50.0 US $960,761   Bettors Up 2014  by Bettors Delight - 1:49.4 US $535,154   Drop Red 2006 by Red River Hanover - 1:49.0 US $716,100   Mcerlean 2009 by McArdle - 1:49.1 US $765,602   Jr Mint 2000 by Northern Luck - 1:49.3 US $778,289   Armbro Proposal 1994 by Dexter Nukes - 1:48.2 US $1,185,684   Sunshine Beach by Somebeachsomewhere - 1:47.4 US $971,037   Activator 2001 by Western Hanover - 1:49.4 US $907,075.   Bettors Edge 2009 by Bettors Delight - 1:48.1 US $2,010,627   Shoobees Place 2007 by Artsplace - 1:49.1 US $787,271    Grinfromeartoear 1996 by Artsplace - 1:50.1 US $1,746,009   Tell All 2004 by Real Desire - 1:48.3 US $1,509,227   Image of Dawn 1999 by Life Sign - 1:50.4 US $1,248,536   Allthatgltrsisgold 2007 by Cams Card Shark - 1:49.0 US $824,471   Control the Moment 2013 by Well Said - 1:48.2 US $1,085,220   Badlands Nitro 2005 by Badlands Hanover - 1:50.0 US $1,597,638   Real Desire 1998 by Life Sign - 1:48.2 US $3,159,814    Vegas Vacation 2010 by Bettors Delight - 1:48.3 US $1,068,243   Safely Kept 1989 (M U20 ) by Jate Lobell - 1:52.4 US $866,999   the list just goes on and on and on.   Keep an eye on the runner up Shockwave who's maternal classic winning family includes;   Emjayem Grand 2005 by Bettors Delight - 1:49.3 US $431,697   Chariot King 2006 by Badlands Hanover - 1:51.3 $643,405   Its Only Rocknroll 2011 by Million Dollar Cam - 1:53.1 US $233,414   Kingstar 1994 by Panorama - 1:50.4 US $758,505   Baileys Dream 2001 by Dream Away - 1:55.1 $1,216,513   Avonnova 2006 by Art Major - 1:51.3 $958,024. etc etc.   Click this link for race replay   And finally to be kept informed on harness racing news from around the world follow icons on the Standardbred Breeding Facebook page to receive posts in your news feeds.   Kevin Dinnigan   For all your breeding data click on this link.    

Harness racing trainer/driver Ryan Bell has Shockwave ready for this week's $100,000 Clipsal Colts and Geldings WA Sales Classic Final at Gloucester Park. Watch the interview below. 28 February 2018 | GPTV

Harness racing driver Justin Prentice has quinella'd a Gr.1 race for mares before, but can he do it with fillies? He will saddle up Delightful and the TROTsynd owned pacer Has No Fear in this week's $100,000 Clipsal WA Sales Classic Fillies Final at Gloucester Park. Watch the interview below. << WATCH FULL INTERVIEW HERE >> 28 February 2018 | GPTV

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