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Trainer Kristy Elson admits she’s still trying to get her head around the fact she’s a Group 1 winning trainer, following Jaspervellabeach’s win in the Choices Flooring-Golden Slipper (2130m) at Gloucester Park on Saturday night. Under the guidance of Nathan Turvey, the Somebeachsomewhere colt led all the way in the $125,000 event and delivered Elson the biggest thrill of her career to date. “It was pretty amazing,” Elson told TABradio of the win. “I’ve been wanting it for a long time. “We’ve had him set at that for a long time and I wanted it so bad. “I nearly got a Group 1 with Cott Beach last year and I just missed that.” Elson said she was never comfortable the whole way down the home straight, as the Justin Prentice-trained Major Martini closed in rapidly on Jaspervellabeach. The win took Jaspervellabeach’s record to four wins and a second placing from his six career starts and added Saturday night’s feature to the Champagne Classic he won in April. Elson said both Jaspervellabeach and Secret Operation, who was seventh in the Slipper, would head to the paddock and hoped the pair could come back even stronger as three-year-olds. Meanwhile, Herrick Roosevelt was able to capitalise on a hot early speed in front to take out Saturday night’s Free-For-All event. The five-year-old gelding worked his way to the front for Stuart McDonald, after Gary Hall Jnr elected to hand up the lead with race favourite Ideal Liner following the early speed battle. Vampiro and Saying Grace delivered trainers Greg and Skye Bond a double on the card. Vampiro, first-up since February, was given an almighty scare by veteran stablemate Our Jimmy Johnstone, but hung on to win by a head. It was also a reassuring performance from Saying Grace, who scored his first win of his winter campaign following five winless runs to start it.   Tim Walker

Everyone knows that drawing the pole at Gloucester Park is a big advantage. Certainly members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are all over it, a fact which is reflected in their best bets for Saturday night’s card. All of the Guild members’ star bets, except one, will come out of the pivotal inside gate. The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has made polemarker Jaspervellabeach his best in the $125,000 Golden Slipper Pace (2130m). “Jaspervellabeach resumed from a spell last Friday and was doing his best work late when running on into fifth in the Slipper Prelude,” Havercroft said. “He is drawn the pole for this week’s Group 1 feature and will be the one to beat.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas, TABradio’s Matt Young and RWWA’s racing communications co-ordinator Tim Walker have all made Saying Grace their best bet. Casellas spoke for his two younger colleagues by declaring Saying Grace. “Star reinsman Ryan Warwick is delighted to be lining up in the prized No.1 barrier in four events on Saturday night and I’m choosing one of those runners, Saying Grace, as my best bet,” Casellas said. “The Greg and Skye Bond-trained five-year-old gets a perfect opportunity to end a losing sequence of nine after encouraging efforts at his past three outings. Warwick’s other drives from the No.1 barrier - Infinite Symbol, Vampiro and Salacious Gossip - all have excellent winning prospects.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on Ideal Liner continuing on his winning ways. “Ideal Liner has won his last seven races and  looks the eventual heir to Chicago Bull’s crown as trainer Gary Hall’s stable star,” Manning said. “Highly rated since a close second behind Ana Malak in the 4YO Championship at Gloucester Park last November, he now han an imposing career tally of 10 wins from 13 starts.” Guild president Wayne Currall and racecaller Hayden King keep the ball rolling for the polemarkers by making Batavia On Fire their best for the night. “Punters can start the night off with a flyer by jumping on the ‘Voak Train’ in the opening event,” Currall said. “This bloke’s really being crying out for a draw and on Saturday night he finally gets the draw to post an all-the-way victory.” And King agrees. “Batavia On Fire is the best horse in this race and has the ace draw,” King said. “Should lead throughout.” Longshot guru Pat Harding is the only Guild member not making his best bet a horse drawn in gate one. “My best bet on Saturday night at GP is, in fact, the same as my best bet last week,” Harding said. “Simba Bromac gave punters a nice return and I reckon he can repeat the dose this week. Coming out of barrier three in a small field, I think he can make it two wins in a row.”   VALUE BETS RYAN: The Midas Touch was ultra-consistent last preparation and won a Byford trial in good time last weekend, which suggests he might be primed to strike first-up. KEN: For value, I suggest The War Nurse in race two in which she is nicely drawn on the inside of the back line behind the likely pacemaker Thereugo. The War Nurse’s recent efforts have been full of merit. MATT: Cut For An Ace has been unlucky as of late and should get a decent run and be getting home well. TIM: Simba Bromac won well last week. Takes on Vampiro and the like here, so it will be a challenge. Given he got a win on the board last week, I think he can stay in that winning form here. ERNIE: Parisian Partygirl has not won in her past 10 starts, but showed signs of a return to top form when third at Bunbury and fourth at Gloucester Park in her most recent appearances. Has won nine races, including two at Gloucester Park. WAYNE: Secret Operation had a horrid run at his last start when everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Will appreciate being drawn wide and can storm home off a hot pace. A genuine knockout hope at odds. HAYDEN: Rock N Roll Delight is consistent and conditions could suit in the final event. She is a powerful sit-sprinter. PAT: My value bet of the night comes up in race two. I think Robert The Bruce from gate six over the sprint journey can get the money. It is not a particularly strong field and he did have a win three starts ago. He seems an excellent each-way chance for punters. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

Hardy New Zealand-bred mare Talkerup will contest her 36th race this season and veteran trainer Tony Svilicich has high hopes she will set the pace in the 2130m Choices Flooring Midland Pace at Gloucester Park on Saturday night and win to end a losing sequence of 41. Up-and-coming young reinsman Bailey McDonough has given punters a valuable lead by opting to handle Talkerup instead of sticking with the polemarker Salacious Gossip, who is prepared in Bunbury by his grandfather Frank Bonnett. McDonough has driven Salacious Gossip at her past four starts and at 20 of her past 22 starts (for four wins). But he is leaning towards Talkerup, a six-year-old mare he has driven at each of her past five starts for a second to Infinite Symbol at Gloucester Park and a sound third behind Back In Twenty and Batavia On Fire over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Talkerup began speedily from barrier four and dashed to the front after 200m before McDonough handed up to the talented Back In Twenty 450m later. Talkerup enjoyed a trail behind Back In Twenty and fought on solidly into third place. Salacious Gossip cannot be underestimated from the inside barrier. She has won three times after setting the pace twice at Bunbury and once at Pinjarra. Bonnett has engaged Ryan Warwick to drive Salacious Gossip for the first time. Warwick is hoping that the No. 1 barrier will prove a winning advantage fore Salacious Gossip on a night when several pacers are sure to prove mighty hard to beat after starting from the prized No. 1 barrier. The Sarah Suvaljko-trained pair of Rock N Roll Delight and Nowuseemesmile are sure to provide plenty of opposition to Talkerup and Salacious Gossip. Dylan Egerton-Green will handle Nowuseemesmile from barrier four and Madeleine Young will be in the sulky behind Rock N Roll Delight in barrier three. Egerton-Green has a good association with Nowuseemesmile, having won twice with her at Kellerberrin and Gloucester Park and at Collie and Bridgetown as well. Four-year-old Nowuseemesmile has inherited some of the ability of her dam Nowuseeme and granddam Nowuseemeenowudont. Nowuseeme, the winner of the 2009 Race For Roses, earned $287,234 from her 23 wins and 25 placings from 88 starts. Nowuseemenowudont, also prepared by Andrew de Campo, had 65 starts for 16 wins, 20 placings and $116,931 in stakes. Her most notable victory was in the Champagne Stakes for two-year-olds in May 2000.   Ken Casellas

Hopeland trainer Giles Inwood made a wise decision recently when he took the lease of six-year-old Batavia On Fire, a gelding who is racing in sparkling form and should get punters away to a flying start at Gloucester Park on Saturday night by winning the opening event, the 2536m Choices Flooring Northam Pace. Batavia On Fire has had 11 starts for Inwood for three wins and seven placings and he is poised to make a bold showing from the No. 1 barrier. He possesses good gate speed and has led and won from barrier one at Gloucester Park and Pinjarra and has led and won from barrier three at Bunbury. He will again be handled by Chris Voak, who guided him to an impressive victory from the breeze at Pinjarra four starts ago, rating 1.54.8 over 1684m. In a race over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday this week, Batavia On Fire finished an excellent second to Back In Twenty after racing wide in the middle stages and then in the breeze. The final quarters whizzed by in 28.9sec. and 27.9sec. Three nights earlier at Gloucester Park on Friday of last week, Batavia On Fire started from the outside of the back line, raced three wide early and then in the breeze before fighting on gamely to finish third behind Black Jack Zac and One Off Delight. Barrier one continues to prove to be a significant advantage at Gloucester Park and horses from the No. 1 barrier have won race one 17 times in the 44 metropolitan-class meetings at Gloucester Park this season, as well as recording nine seconds and four third placings. Batavia On Fire, bred by Ted O’Connor, has won six times from 45 starts and is in the best form of his career. He has inherited a good share of the ability of his dam, the Rich And Spoilt mare Batavia Touchngo, who earned $117,878 from eight wins and four seconds from 18 starts. Among her wins for trainer Kevin Keys was the State series final fore two-year-old fillies in June 2009. Looming large as the toughest for Batavia On Fire to beat on Saturday night is four-year-old Beltane, who has resumed after a spell in fine style for part-owner, trainer and driver Nathan Turvey. Beltane is favourably drawn at barrier two. On Friday of last week, Beltane began speedily from barrier eight and raced three wide early before getting the breeze and then gaining the one-out, one-back trail and finishing gamely into fourth place behind Black Jack Zac. A week earlier, Beltane worked hard in the breeze and was a splendid second to Shockwave. The Kyle Harper-trained and driven Kennys Revenge will start from the inside of the back line and should obtain an ideal passage behind the leader. The six-year-old caught the eye with a smart all-the-way win over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. Robb Stark, trained by Gary Hall snr, will also be popular with punters, despite drawing out wide at barrier No. 8.   Ken Casellas

Fifteen years ago, Glen Mortimer cheered excitedly as 8/1 chance Fake Embrace stormed home with a three-wide burst from eighth at the bell to finish second to The Jobs On in the 2004 Golden Slipper Stakes. And at Gloucester Park on Saturday night Mortimer hopes to go one better and win the $125,000 Choices Flooring Golden Slipper with Fake Embrace’s close relation, Major Martini. Mortimer was a part-owner of Fake Embrace and he is among a host of harness racing enthusiasts who own the brilliant Major Martini, who, like Fake Embrace was bred by leading West Australian breeder Steve Johnson. Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has given punters a strong lead by electing to drive the Justin Prentice-trained Major Martini in preference to stylish stablemate Aristocratic Star, a talented colt he has handled at each of his past five starts for Prentice for an all-the-way victory two starts ago and two seconds and two thirds. Prentice was in the sulky when he brought 7/1 chance Major Martini home with a dazzling late burst of speed from the one-out, one-back trail to win the Group 1 Westbred Classic from the pacemaker and $1.65 favourite Aristocratic Star on June 28. Prentice holds a powerful hand in this week’s Group 1 classic. He will be represented by Aristocratic Star, Major Martini and Manning. A win by any one of the three pacers would come as a wonderful present for Prentice, who celebrates his 31st birthday on Friday this week. Manning, who has drawn awkwardly out wide at barrier seven, will be handled for the first time by Stuart McDonald, who replaces champion reinsman Chris Lewis, who has driven the gelding at his past five starts for two wins, including a fast-finishing victory over Aristocratic Star in the group 1 Pearl Classic two starts ago. Prentice has engaged Lewis to drive the bold-striding Aristocratic Star, will start from the No. 5 barrier on the front line in the 2130m feature event. Lewis, who drove The Jobs On to victory in the 2004 Golden Slipper, has won the classic a record eight times, with his other winners being Pardon Me Boys (1987), Harry Gunn (1995), Saab (1997), Talladega (1999), Aikido Whitby (2006), Western Cullen (2011) and Jack Mac (2017). Prentice has yet to taste success in the Golden Slipper, with his closest effort being with 5/4 favourite Major Reality, a filly he trained and drove into third place behind Beaudiene Boaz and Mister Ardee in 2014. That remains as Hall’s only win in the Slipper. Fake Embrace was the only runner off the back line in the 2004 Golden Slipper when he gave one of his finest performances in his two-year-old season of five starts for three wins, which included victory in the Sales Classic for colts and geldings. Fake Embrace had 26 starts in Western Australia for 11 wins before continuing his career in America, where he retired with a record of 178 starts for 37 wins, 40 placings and $240,249 in prizemoney. He was out of unraced Victorian mare Hold Tight, whose unraced daughter Gaetana Nicole (by American stallion Sutter Hanover) produced Major Martini, a $44,000 yearling who has now earned $132,117 from three wins and two thirds from six starts. Major Martini, by Art Major, will start from barrier two on the back line on Saturday night and Hall will be anxious to quickly position the gelding into a prominent position in the one-wide line. Coolup trainer Kristy Elson holds a strong hand, with Jaspervellabeach starting from the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line and Secret Operation at barrier six. Nathan Turvey will handle Jaspervellabeach, a highly-promising colt he has driven at each of his five starts for three wins, a second and a last-start first-up fifth. The colt possesses excellent gate speed and Turvey is sure to attempt an all-the-way win. Elson is keen to emulate the deeds of her father Gary, who won the Slipper with Class of Tara in 2013 and Sprinter in 2015. He also prepared Mister Ardee when that pacer finished second to Beaudiene Boaz in the 2014 Slipper. Turvey scored a brilliant victory with Sprinter in 2015 when the gelding, an 11/1 chance from barrier six was 11th at the bell and charged home to beat the pacemaker Dodolicious by just under two lengths. Greg and Skye Bond trained Dodolicious and they won the Slipper in 2016 when Ryan Warwick drove 3/1 on favourite Mitch Maguire to an all-the-way win from barrier No. 1, beating Major Pocket (Turvey) and El Barcelona (Hall). A year later Turvey again finished second in the Slipper when Cott Beach (8/1) found the 10/1 on favourite Jack Mac far too speedy. Dodolicious and Cott Beach are the closest a filly has goner to winning the Golden Slipper in recent years. Greg Bond prepared Ohokas Bondy when Colin Brown drove him to victory in the 20190 Golden Slipper, and Warwick was successful behind Spirit of Navajo in 2005. Warwick will drive the Bond-trained Poisedtopounce in Saturday night’s classic. The colt, who finished strongly to win from Bee Jays Boy and Power And Grace on Friday of last week, will be tested from the outside barrier at No. 9. Fillies face a tough task in the Slipper which was first run in 1968 when Vince Chalker trained and drove Sordice to victory over Echo’s First and Hill Oro. Sordice was the first of eight fillies to win the big race, with the others being Omista (1971), Via Vista (1980), Mazzini Magic (1988), Whitbys Miss Penny (1990), Whitbys Merit (1993), Spirit of Navajo (2005) and Arma Xpress (2012). Three fillies Star Fromthepalace (barrier two), Advance Your Dream (three) and Some Copper Beach (four) will line up in this year’s Slipper, but are sure to be severely tested by the colts and geldings.   Ken Casellas

Talk about a mixed bag! This week, three members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have made their best bets at Gloucester Park on Friday night all in the same race - and all different horses. I’m tipping one of them will be right ... but which one? The clear leader in this year’s tipping competition, TABradio’s Matt Young has made Natural Disaster his star bet for the night. “Natural Disaster is ideally drawn and is going to get a beautiful run throughout,” Young said. “He is very versatile and looks the one to beat.” Not according to longshot king Pat Harding. “My best bet comes up late in the night in race nine,” Harding said. “Simba Bromac has had two starts since a spell and performed pretty well. With only a small field of seven, Chris Lewis should have no problems from barrier six and I expect Simba Bromac to win well.” But hold your horses, they’re both wrong, according to novice racecaller Hayden King. “Thereugo can burn across and lead, looking likely to make every post a winner,” King said. Maybe an all-ways trifecta - with the aforementioned runners - could be the way to go. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has opted for Our Corelli in the last as his best bet. “Our Corelli won stylishly at Pinjarra on Monday when having his first start since joining trainer Debra Lewis’ stable and looks set to maintain an unbeaten record for his new team,” Manning said. “Lewis has won with a string of pacers, headed by Luis Alberto, after taking them over  from other WA stables this year. Our Corelli showed a lot of potential when he won seven races, including two at Gloucester Park, when prepared by Justin Prentice.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas, fresh and raring to go after a long break, believes punters can get the night off to a great start in the opening event. “Four-year-old One Off Delight has managed just one top-three placing from 11 starts this season - a win in modest company at Gloucester Park two starts ago - but he is my best bet on Friday night,” Casellas said. “Trained by Gary Hall and driven by Gary Hall Jr, One Off Delight should give punters a flying start to the meeting by setting the pace from barrier two and winning the opening event. He was a 33/1 outsider last Friday night when seventh behind Shockwave in much stronger company. He met with interference and had no luck at all after starting from the outside of the back line and therefore it will pay to overlook that failure.” RWWA’s racing communications co-ordinator Tim Walker is keen on Ideal Liner. “Ideal Liner recorded a good win last week and ran some solid time to go with it,” Walker said. “He should keep going on his merry way this week.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has made Vincenzo Peruggia his best for the evening. “Vincenzo Perrugia falls back into a race he should just win this week,” Havercroft said. “Drawn the pole and over the sprint distance, he will lead and will be extremely hard to topple.” Guild president Wayne Currall believes Some Copper Beach has drawn ideally to post an all-the-way victory in the $30,000 2YO Fillies Gold Bracelet (2130m). “Some Copper Beach ran a cracking race behind the talented Double Expresso last Friday night,” Currall said. “She’s drawn the pole here and Aiden De Campo will be looking to lead from go to whoa. Two of her four wins have come from leading and she looks very hard to catch in this race.” VALUE BETS MATT: Dontstopbelievin is returning and is a brilliant frontrunner. If she is fit and ready she will run a big race at odds. PAT: My value bet comes up in race seven with No. 5 Veiled Secret. The Olivieri/Voak combination should see this horse give punters a good sight in what is an average field. HAYDEN: Suing You is very smart and I would be very confident had she drawn a barrier. With luck she will be hard to beat. ERNIE: Trust My Judgement, a seasoned stand performer, will appreciate starting from only 10m behind after having to contend with a 40m handicap when unplaced at Pinjarra last Monday. He has won six races and run 25 places from standing starts. KEN: For value, I suggest Lagoon Stride in race three in which he will start from the inside of the back line and should obtain a perfect trail behind the likely pacemaker Vincenzo Peruggia. He had a similar passage before finishing boldly to win at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. TIM: I’m convinced Come Dance With Me is a nice horse, but does need luck to win her races. If the speed is on here, which it should be, she can zap them late RYAN: While still a maiden, Al Guerrero has drawn ideally behind the well-fancied Secret Operation in the Slipper Prelude. From there he should get an economical run and could figure in the placings. WAYNE: Illusionation is drawn to get a cheap run in the first race. He has been racing quite consistently for Peter Tilbrook and can run into the money at big odds. Veteran tipster and long-serving member of the Guild Stuart Lowe hasn’t been in the best of health lately. On behalf of all Guild members and the harness racing fraternity in general, we wish Stuart a quick recovery and hope to see him back on deck shortly. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

Hopeland trainer Debra Lewis is riding on the crest of a wave and she has excellent prospects of continuing her golden run by winning the final event, the Cowden The Insurance Brokers Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night with Our Corelli, the latest addition to her stable. Our Corelli, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old, is awkwardly drawn at barrier six in the 1730m sprint event, but looks set to be a short-priced favourite with Lewis’s husband, champion reinsman Chris Lewis, in the sulky. Our Corelli, driven by Jocelyn Young, made an auspicious debut for the stable when he sustained a strong finishing burst to win from The Lightning Strike at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, rating 1.57.6 over 2692m. That was his eighth win from 21 starts. Our Corelli races at his best at Pinjarra where he has won five times. He has appeared at Gloucester Park 11 times for two wins and two seconds. Looming as chief danger to Our Corelli is the polemarker Parisian Partygirl, a consistent six-year-old veteran of 81 starts for nine wins, 24 seconds and 12 thirds. Trained at Bindoon by Bernie James, Parisian Partygirl will be handled by her regular driver Aiden de Campo, who elected to take the drive ahead of Miss Camouflage, a four-year-old mare who is handily drawn at the No. 2 barrier for de Campo’s uncle Stephen de Campo. Aiden de Campo has driven Miss Camouflage at her two most recent runs for wins at Bunbury and Gloucester Park. Michael Grantham will be Miss Camouflage’s new driver this week. “Our Corelli went super at Pinjarra, but Parisian Partygirl gets her chance to lead from the inside barrier and this could be her race,” said de Campo. Debra Lewis is enjoying the most successful stage of her career as a trainer, with 31 winners over the past 18 weeks. These winners have been: Luis Alberto (eight), The War Nurse (six), Carte Blanche (five), The Watch Maker (four), Vrai Amour, Lot Twenty One and Pierre Whitby (two each), and Right Royal Cheer and Our Corelli (one each).   Ken Casellas

It’s been more than eight months since Tommy Be Good’s most recent victory and the seven-year-old has been sent out as a rank outsider at $91 at each of his past two starts. But in-form reinsman Shannon Suvaljko is confident that the experienced gelding will go very close to ending a losing sequence of 13 by taking full advantage of the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Direct Trades Supply Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Tommy Be Good, trained at Byford by Katja Warwick, has suddenly bounced back to top form with excellent fast-finishing seconds at his past two starts after having been unplaced at his previous 11 starts, following his most recent success, when Suvaljko brought him home with a powerful burst to win the 2130m Parliamentarians Cup last October. “He’s flying again,” Suvaljko enthused. “He has taken a couple of runs to get back to his best. He’s working really good and I expect him to run a good race again. He nearly won the Winter Cup two starts ago; if I hadn’t been held up between the two corners I probably would’ve won. He came from a fair way back and came home quick.” Tommy Be Good was eighth at the bell in the Winter Cup and surged home to be second to the frontrunning Tact Major, who rated 1.55 over the 2536m. Then a week later, last Friday night, Tommy Be Good started from the No. 6 barrier and was eighth at the bell before sprinting home to be a close second to Golden State.   “I drove him on the Byford track on the Wednesday before last week’s race and gave him a good hit-out,” Suvaljko said. “I’ve never worked anything like he did on that day, so I expected him to run a big race and he did. He came right around them and it was a super run against Golden State. “He’s drawn barrier one and he gets out okay. I haven’t spoken to Kat yet and therefore I don’t know what she wants to do. But he’s got good enough speed to lead. Zennart and Herrick Roosevelt are also likely to go forward.” Zennart and Herrick Roosevelt are trained by Gary Hall Snr and are recent winners, while Greg and Skye Bond hold a strong hand in the race with three runners, last-start winners Mighty Santana and Bettor Not Bitter as well as veteran Our Jimmy Johnstone. Suvaljko also fancies his chances with veteran Lagoon Stride, who will start from the inside of the back line in the 1730m Westside Auto Wholesale Pace. The eight-year-old Lagoon Stride has just changed stables and he made a successful debut for Byford trainer Peter Tilbrook in a 2130m event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night when he trailed the pacemaker Bettor B Abeliever and dashed to the front 120m from the post to win comfortably. This victory at $4.70 ended a losing sequence of 68, stretching back to March 2016. Lagoon Stride is expected to gain a perfect trail behind the likely pacemaker Vincenzo Peruggia, who has been unplaced at his past five starts after winning ten times earlier in the season.   Ken Casellas

The sky’s the limit for inexperienced four-year-old Ideal Liner, according to champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr who considers the New Zealand-bred gelding is destined for the top. “He’s going to end up in Free-For-Alls very soon and then he’s going to have to contest Cups and feature events,” he said. “Big races at the coming summer carnival are in his sights and at the moment I’d say he’s our stable’s No. 2 prospect for the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups behind Chicago Bull. He’s got more upside than the others.” Ideal Liner, prepared by champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, will be seeking his seventh win in a row when he contests the 2536m Life Is On With Clipsal Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall will use the junior concession of Corey Peterson to drive the gelding who will start from barrier four in the field of nine. Peterson handled Ideal Liner for the first time when he was untroubled to race in the breeze for much of the 2130m journey before winning in fine style from the pacemaker The War Nurse, rating 1.56.6, with final quarters of 28.8sec. and 27.2sec. That was his sixth win in a row and improved his record to 12 starts for nine wins and two seconds. He showed wonderful early promise when, at his third start in a race, he surged home to finish a head second to the brilliant Ana Malak in the Group 1 $100,000 Four-Year-Old Classic at Gloucester Park last November when he beat home pacers of the quality of Mighty Conqueror, Golden State, Jack Mac, Bechers Brook and King of Swing. Ideal Liner is expected to get to an early lead on Friday night and should prove far too strong for his eight rivals. Polemarker Mister Rollins should gain the perfect trail behind Ideal Liner and should prove hard to beat for second place for trainer Giles Inwood and reinsman Chris Voak, with Hy Leexciting and Mighty Flying Thomas fighting out for the minor placing. While Hall Jnr will be an onlooker for this race, he should give punters a flying start by driving One Off Delight to victory in the opening event, the Retravision Pace over 2130m. One Off Delight won at five of his 19 starts as a three-year-old last season, but has managed just one win and no minor placings from 11 starts this season. He gave a sample of his ability as a frontrunner two starts ago when he led from barrier two and won from Anime and Frostyflyer over 2130m. He was unlucky last Friday night when seventh behind Shockwave over 2536m when he covered extra ground and met with interference. “Corey Peterson drove him in that race and he told me that he went terrific,” Hall said.   “One Off Delight is pretty good out and is a terrific frontrunner. He doesn’t try one inch from back in the field, so we’ll be aggressive early and if he holds the lead, he’s probably a $1.10 chance. When in front he’s capable of beating good horses.” Hall also fancies the prospects of Ideal One, who will start from the outside (barrier two) on the back line in the 1730m Westside Auto Wholesale Pace. “He’s racing really well, and his last-start run was probably a career-best. He sat in the breeze; they ran along and he just careered away from them. It’s tougher here from the back line, but I give him a good chance.”   Ken Casellas

Aiden de Campo is driving in superb form and he hopes to notch his 100th winner of the season by guiding Some Copper Beach to victory in the $30,000 Gold Bracelet over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Some Copper Beach’s prospects improved significantly when she drew the prized No. 1 barrier in the Group 3 classic for two-year-old fillies. “Her return to form last week when she finished strongly to be second to Double Expresso in the Group 1 Westbred Classic was encouraging,” de Campo said. “Drawing barrier one this week probably has given her a leg up on her rivals and that is hopefully what is going to make it our race.” Some Copper Beach, a smart frontrunner, is prepared at Capel by de Campo’s father Andrew, who has trained and driven Kiwaussie Girl (1995) and Express Fire (1999) for wins in the Gold Bracelet. She is the daughter of Artistic Copper, who was prepared by de Campo Snr for her victory in the Group 1 Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies in April 2013.  Aiden de Campo drove Artistic Copper for two of her seven wins from 31 starts and he said that Some Copper Beach was a superior pacer. “She’s as lot better than her mother and she likes to lead which will be the plan on Friday night,” he said. “She led (from barrier three) and won the de Campo Memorial for fillies at Bunbury early in May and she also led and won at Pinjarra earlier in the season.” Her other two wins came after she had raced in the breeze at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park. “Some Copper Beach’s two previous runs before last Friday night’s second to Double Expresso were quite disappointing (sixths behind Askmeilltellya at Gloucester Park and behind Caveman at Pinjarra) and they left us scratching our heads,” Aiden de Campo said. “But her return to form last week was encouraging. She had to do a lot of work early (three wide for the first 500m and in the breeze for the next 350m) and then had to come wide for her (finishing) run when she ran to the line good. “It’s a super field this week and there’s probably not one filly in the race who wouldn’t have a chance from a favourable draw. It is a credit to the breeders and owners this year that the fillies are so strong.” De Campo’s best season in an outstanding career was when he landed 101 winners a few years ago. He chalked up his 99th winner for the current season when he drove Walsh to an all-the-way victory at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. This came after he landed four winners (all prepared by his father) at Bunbury on Saturday night and a victory behind stablemate Just American at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. “My best record was when I drove 101 winners about five or six years ago,” he said. “Hopefully, I can break that record this season. If I don’t, it will be a long couple of months.” Ace trainer Colin Brown gives his filly Fifty Five Reborn a strong winning chance on Friday night. He has driven her at all of her six starts for two wins and a second placing, but has handed the drive to Dylan Egerton-Green. “I’m having 12 days off, going to Exmouth and relaxing on Jim Currie’s boat,” Brown said. “We broke the filly in, and Dylan knows her well, having driven her in trackwork. Fifty Five Reborn finished strongly to win at Pinjarra at Pinjarra three starts ago and followed that with an excellent win at Gloucester Park after working hard without cover. She started from barrier seven in last week’s Westbred Classic and was a most unlucky fourth behind Double Expresso. “Her run last week was good,” said Brown. “We had a bit of pilot error. She has got ear plugs in because she can get a bit aggravated. However, soon after the start you have to get the plugs out because she relaxes too much with them in. We’ve also got a chord on the near-side Murphy blind, and clever me went to pull the plugs, but opened up the Murphy instead. “Then I had to get the plugs out. Out wide, if she’s got a hole with the Murphy, she hangs down the track. And that’s what happened half-way down the back straight in the final lap when she picked up Aiden’s wheel. She did a huge job to run fourth. “This week from barrier two, she’s got a definite winning chance. She can get away reasonably quickly, but I’m sure she won’t be able to cross Some Copper Beach. However, she should race in a prominent position and prove hard to beat.” Brown, who is looking for his first training success in the Gold Bracelet, has tasted success in the classic, driving Five Hundred More to victory over Sovereign Beejay in 2004. Star Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice has high hopes of winning the Gold Bracelet for the third time in six years after preparing and driving Major Reality to victory in 2014 and Dracarys 12 months ago. He is pinning his faith in the highly-promising Suing You, who faces a stern test from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. Gary Hall Jnr will be in the sulky behind Suing You, who has been most impressive in her six starts for three wins, a second, a third and a last-start last behind Double Expresso last week. “I think that Suing You is the best, or very close to the best two-year-old filly in the State,” Hall said. We’re not getting a lot of luck to prove that. If I had been able to get her out into the clear last week she probably would have nearly won.” Suing You was shuffled back towards the rear with a lap to travel and was badly hampered for room in the final lap and was finishing resolutely when she broke into a gallop about 100m from the finish. “If she had drawn anywhere near decent this week, I would have declared her,” Hall said. “But it is not impossible from nine; she’s obviously got to get some luck.” Intheskyrocket, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will have many admirers despite drawing the outside of the back line. She caught the eye when she surged home, three wide from the rear to finish an excellent second behind Double Expresso last Friday night. She was an impressive winner at her only two previous starts at Pinjarra in January and at Gloucester Park in mid-June. Ken Casellas

Outstanding youngster Double Expresso is expected to lead and win Friday night’s Group 1 $100,000 2YO Fillies Westbred Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park, according to the majority of members of the WA Trotting Media Guild. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, longshot king Pat Harding and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have all made Double Expresso their best bet on the 11-event card. Manning believes Double Expresso looks a top prospect for next month’s Golden Slipper and expects her to win on Friday night. “Double Expresso, who has been freshened since she faced the breeze and finished third  four weeks ago, impressed  when winning a Byford trial by 10m last Sunday,” Manning said. “The Ross Olivieri-trained filly, to again be driven by champion reinsman  Chris Lewis, has emerged as an outstanding juvenile when winning at six of eight starts.” Harding agrees. “My best bet of the night comes up in race five,” Harding said. “There is a great deal of talent in this race, but I think Double Expresso coming out of barrier two can win the 2YO Fillies Westbred Classic. She has been a model of consistency throughout the season and richly deserves to win the big one.” Havercroft also is keen on the filly. “Double Expresso will be fancied to add to her outstanding juvenile record when starting from barrier two in the 2YO Fillies Westbred Classic,” Havercroft said. “She has won at six of her eight appearances and from the draw should dictate terms and collect her second Group 1 trophy after winning the sales classic in March.” Novice racecaller Hayden King is keen on Vincenzo Perrugia. “Vincenzo Peruggia just needs to muster enough speed to hold Thereugo and he will lead all the way in the sprint,” King confidently predicted. RWWA’s racing communications co-ordinator Tim Walker has made Aristocratic Star his best for the night. “Aristocratic Star took out the Westsired event last week and has come up with another terrific draw here,” Walker said. “Tough night to find a best bet, but I think this horse is ready to win a big race and I think it can be this Friday.” TABradio’s Matt Young, a clear leader in this year’s tipping competition after winning last year’s edition, fancies Saving Grace. “Saying Grace was very much eye-catching, to say the least, last start and looks well placed this Friday,” Young said. “He looks the winner.” Guild president Wayne Currall believes punters can cash in early by supporting Ideal Liner in the opening event. “I know Ideal Liner will go around in the red, but his form is irresistible,” Currall said. “He’s destined for bigger and better things. It won’t be a walk in the park, what with his second-line draw, but he should still be able to put this field away.” VALUE BETS ERNIE: Carte Blanche, a winner at two of three starts before he was trapped three-wide and finished unplaced in his last appearance, is capable of bouncing back. The gelding has won five races in his current campaign. PAT: My value bet of the night comes up in race eight with Black Jac Zac coming out of barrier seven. There's not a great deal of form in this race and, with Kyle Harper aboard, Black Jac Zac should give punters a good showing. RYAN: Vincenzo Perrugia will lob right on the pace from barrier two where he wants to be. Stuck on well last week in an honestly run affair. HAYDEN: Star Of Diamonds is poorly drawn but could surprise. Her recent form is consistent and she is improving all the time. TIM: Vincenzo Perrugia has been going fairly of late. Barrier two gives him a chance to find the front and I think he gives plenty of cheek here. MATT: Cut For Ace is third up and drawn to get a soft run. He was luckless last start and looks a great each-way chance. WAYNE: Countess Grace will be at each-way odds in the mares event and can run a race off a soft run from her backline draw. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

He's already taken out the Sales Classic and the Pearl Classic for the two-year-old colts and geldings this season and trainer Justin Prentice is perfectly poised to add another juvenile feature to that this Friday night. Prentice has four runners engaged in this week's Westbred Classic, headlined by the victors of those two races Major Martini and Manning. As well as the Group 1 winners, Prentice also has last week's Westsired Pace winner Aristocratic Star and consistent type The Stars Above engaged. The biggest lead as to who the best of the four may be reinsman Gary Hall Jnr's decision to drive Aristocratic Star from barrier one. Hall Jnr has driven each of the four runners at some stage of their short careers and his decision to go with Aristocratic Star is sure to give his followers plenty of confidence.  Manning was able to get the better of Aristocratic Star in the Pearl Classic a fortnight ago, but his hopes of taking out the Westbred were dealt a significant blow when he drew barrier nine. Chris Lewis retains the drive on Manning in the $100,000 event. As he did in the Sales Classic, Prentice takes the drive on Major Martini. Major Martini has been unplaced in three subsequent runs since the Pearl and has given Prentice plenty to think about with his style of racing. Stuart McDonald teams up with The Stars Above from barrier five. Perhaps the biggest threat to Prentice in the race comes from the Mike Reed-trained Caveman. The Somebeachsomewhere colt made it two wins from as many starts at Northam last Saturday night and has come up with barrier 10 this Friday. Reinsman Mark Reed will get the chance to follow Aristocrtic Star every step of the way and could pose a big danger late in the race. Kristy Elson trained the first two across the line in the Group 2 Champagne Classic in April with Jaspervellabeach, while Secret Operation was second.  Secret Operation gets his chance to score a feature win from barrier 11 with Michael Grantham to drive. Poisedtopounce was part of a hot tempo in the Champagne Classic and finished at the tail of the field. Trainers Greg and Skye Bond will be hopeful he can bounce back from barrier six on Friday night.  Classy Colby, Jaxon Jones, Disco Bolt, Tenacious George and Keptain Courageous round out the field. The other feature event on the evening sees the fillies and mares tackle the Westside Auto Wholesale Lombardo Pace (2130m). The three fillies engaged in the race could shape up to be the hardest to beat.  Fake News was game in the Westbred Classic last week when fourth to Typhoon Tiff. The Gary Hall Snr-trained pacer has drawn a lot better this week in barrier four. My Prayer took out the Westsired Pace a fortnight ago for trainer Barry Howlett, before an unplaced finish in the Westbred Classic last week. Chris Lewis teams up with the Renaissance Man filly again this week from barrier three. Countess Grace is the other three-year-old in the field and will start from barrier 10. Tim Walker

For much of her two-year-old season of racing, Blockjorg has regularly filled the bridesmaid position. In fact, the Colin Reeves-trained filly has finished second at her past three starts behind smart fillies Weewah, Askmeilltellya and Fifty Five Reborn. To compound the frustration of running second, the filly has drawn wide or on the back line in each of those starts. Connections of the filly could be forgiven for thinking a favourable barrier draw was coming in this Friday's Westbred Classic (2130m). When the draw came out and Blockjorg had been allocated barrier eight their hopes of winning this week's Group 1 took a massive hit. To make matters even more difficult for Blockjorg, fancied rivals Double Expresso and Intheskyrocket drew to her inside, while Suing You looks poised to get a good run from barrier seven. Despite the draw, reinsman Morgan Woodley was still hopeful Blockjorg would be capable of getting her chance to take out the $100,000 event. "She's a filly with a lot of potential," he said. "We would've liked to have seen her come up with a bit better ally, but it's only a starting point. "She's a filly that can be put into the race and stick on really well. "We will be hoping for a bit of speed on Friday and hopefully be put into it at some stage. "There's nothing to indicate she won't go every bit as well as what she has been, if not better." Another of the consistent two-year-old fillies this season has been the Bob Mellsop-trained Breanna, who has recorded one win and three placings from nine starts. The Follow The Stars filly produced one of her career best performances in the Sales Classic in March when third to Double Expresso.  Lauren Jones gets the chance to drive the filly from barrier one this week, having drove her for the first time last start. Jones said she expected a much better showing this week and had plenty of options from barrier one. "I never usually get the good barriers in big races like that," she said. "I don't get to drive in too many Group races, so it's a bit exciting. "She's got the option to hold out and wait for whoever we want to hand up to. "Hopefully with a good suck along trip she can be right there." Fifty Five Reborn capped off her preparations for the Westbred Classic with a strong win in the Westsired Pace last week. However, the Colin Brown-trained and driven filly will have her work cut out from barrier seven. Brown's daughter Maddison will get her chance at Group 1 glory when she drives the Gary Hall Snr-trained Advance Your Dream from barrier nine. Run For Mercy, Vallani Magic, Some Copper Beach, Missbillynotsilly and Moon Goddess round out the field for the feature event.   Tim Walker

Golden State will have his fast class credentials tested in this Friday night's Announcing Rock N Roll World New Sire To Allwood Stud Farm Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park, where he has drawn barrier one. The Mike Reed-trained four-year-old had his first foray into the Free-For-All ranks in last week's Winter Cup, where he never got into the race from the wide gate. However, there will be no place for Golden State to hide this Friday night when he takes on Chicago Bull in the $25,000 event. The barrier draw has opened up endless possibilities for this week's Free-For-All, with King Of Swing, Vultan Tin and Chicago Bull set to have key roles to play early in the piece from barriers two, eight and nine respectively. Golden State's driver Mark Reed will have a crucial decision to make in the early stages as to whether he tries to hold the front, or to take a sit on one of the more seasoned campaigners. King Of Swing, to be driven by Stuart McDonald looms as an obvious candidate to press forward in the early stages, while Vultan Tin may also find himself prominent throughout the race. Gary Hall Jnr has elected to stick with Chicago Bull, who has scored three wins from four starts this campaign. Chicago Bull was absent from last week's Winter Cup, which saw stablemate Tact Major return to the winners list, while Tommy Be Good and Im Soxy filled the minor placings. Tact Major, Tommy Be Good and Im Soxy are all set to line up again in this week's event from barrier 11, six and 10 respectively. Ryan Warwick teams up with Im Soxy again this week and from the exact same barrier draw. The Brian Clemens-trained gelding has finished top five in each of his 12 runs this campaign. It's that model of consistency that has Warwick confident he can match some of the best pacers in the state. "Probably the last 12 months he has been really good," Warwick said. "He's had 10 days off here and 10 days off there and he's actually got better as a racehorse. "He's a bit more calculated and smarter about some of the moves he makes. "His run last week was probably as good as you can go." Warwick said while barrier 10 wasn't ideal, there were some positives to it again this week. "Golden State is quick, he's very quick, so he can hold the front," he said. "The Hall's have got a bit of power, so that always makes a difference. "King Of Swing's a bully, but if he's not in front he's tended to show that he's not as good. "Obviously Chicago Bull is the best horse we've got in WA. "If it's run at a decent tempo, it will give us a chance to see where we are at." Lauren Jones, who drove Tact Major to victory last week, will team up with Zennart this week and said Hall Snr helped her make the call. "It makes it a bit hard for me with my two favourite horses in the same race," she said. "If Zennart brings the right Zennart he will definitely be right there, but it just depends how the race is run." Michael Grantham teams up with Tact Major, while Dylan Egerton-Green gets the opportunity to drive Hall Snr's other runner in the race Whozideawasthis.   Tim Walker

Trainer Anne Belton has had a few days to digest Lady De La Renta’s farewell and final Perth run, but the emotions are still raw. The final chapter of Lady De La Renta’s WA career was played out at Gloucester Park on Friday and in a fitting finale, the four-year-old mare bowed out on a winning note. In a thrilling conclusion before she leaves for the United States, Lady De La Renta claimed her 14th win from 41 starts when she nailed Veiled Secret on the post. “It was a fantastic night and she did us proud,” Benton told Tabradio. “I had a shocking day yesterday (Monday) when she left. “It was like watching one of your daughters go off travelling. “It breaks your heart a little bit and I didn’t sleep too good at night. “But we’ve had a great, great journey with her. “It’s been a marvelous ride with her, marvelous. “She has gone to America and I think she is going to do bigger and better things over there and I hope that she does.” Lady De La Renta earned stake earnings of $208,319 in her career, which commenced with a fifth placing behind Cott Beach at Pinjarra in 2017. But for Benton, her husband, Colin and the remainder of her family, Lady De La Renta was more than just about the prizemoney that she won. “We called her Chelsea after one of our daughters because she had long legs like Chelsea,” Benton said. “She hasn’t been the easiest filly to train, she gave us a little bit of grief early on, but we always knew she had ability. “She had a few little issues when she was young, but that’s history and we have to look forward to the next chapter in our lives without her. “Colin and I both had a good cry when we both walked down the lane way.”   Julio Santarelli

In a first for the WA Trotting Media Guild, each member has come up with a different best bet for Friday night’s mammoth 12-event card at Gloucester Park. Longshot king Pat Harding is keen on the Colin Brown-trained and driven Typhoon Tiff. “My best bet of the night comes up in race six with No. 4 Typhoon Tiff,” Harding said. “Her last two runs have been a bit ordinary but she did have good wins before that and I think from barrier four she could return to winning form.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, who is still revelling in his namesake’s courageous victory in last week’s $100,000 Group 1 Pearl Classic, has made  Magical Mysty his best for the night. “Magical Mysty, who hit form when winning third-up at Pinjarra, looks a two-year-old who could be headed for next month’s Golden Slipper,” Manning said. “The filly showed  speed at Pinjarra, rewarding co-trainers Greg and Skye Bonds’ educational skills. The Bond combination were Golden Slipper winners with Mitch Maguire (2016). Greg Bond was training solo when Ohokas Bondy won the 2010 Slipper for him.” RWWA’s racing communications co-ordinator Tim Walker believes Aristocratic Star in the last can act as a banker for all-up punters. “Aristocratic Star, fresh from his runner-up finish in the Pearl Classic, should prove too classy for his four rivals,” Walker said. “Looks a nice race for him to return to the winners’ circle.” TABradio’s Matt Young has kept his thoughts short and sweet for this week. “Tact Major has the gate speed to lead and is a natural roller,” Young said. “He should be able to go the trip and win the Free For All.” But fellow racecaller Hayden King has opted for Im Soxy, in the same race, as his best bet. “Im Soxy is absolutely flying and comes up with a cosy draw,” King said. “Will be rocketing home when clear.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is keen on Maczaffair. “Maczaffair can return to the winning list when she contests the fillies and mares race,” Havercroft said. “She has had soft runs at all four starts since resuming, but she looks to have a class edge on her rivals here.” Guild president Wayne Currall believes Space Junk is fitter after two runs back from an injury-enforced 11-month spell and can prove the testing material in the short-course stand. “Space Junk raced too keenly at his last start and was left a sitting duck for the snipers,” Currall said. “He would have derived plenty of benefit from that hit-out and appeals as the one to beat off the front line.” VALUE BETS PAT: My value bet comes up in race eight with No. 2 Georgie Mae. I think this three-year-old filly has a great future and with the combination of Ross Olivieri, Chris Voak and a good draw she could give punters something to smile about. ERNIE: Waimac Attack has not won in his past nine starts, but he fought on impressively to run two thirds after tough runs in the past three weeks. He faced the breeze on May 31, then was trapped three-wide a week later. He has won 10 races, including three at Gloucester Park. TIM: Grand campaigner My Hard Copy is building up to a win. Was a sound performance last week behind Chicago Bull. From a better draw here, he can certainly play a part in the finish. MATT: Absolution is racing really well with no luck. In an open event he can run into the money at big odds. HAYDEN: Adda Tarantella has improved out of sight recently and can make her presence felt in one of the features. RYAN: Shockwave has won five races this season and was a last-start fourth in the WA Derby. Resumes but possesses ability. WAYNE: The speedy Major Artist should be the first one to get to the pegs before likely handing up to Patrickthepiranha. He’s being quoted at a huge price in early markets, but can run a cheeky race at odds. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

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