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Last night Friday 20th July the feature race at Gloucester Park, Perth, Western Australia was the 2018 BOTRA Cup which was a standing start affair of 12 horse's handicapped on career performance. The winner The Bucket List came off the lone 50 metre handicap giving his rivals a 10 to 50 metre start, however the 8 year old gelding son of Christian Cullen out of the American bred mare Saddle Ridge who was having his 101 start showed all his class to over run the opposition down the home straight to win by over 2 metres. Click this link for the race replay: http://media.harness.org.au/wa/GPM20071813.mp4 The mile rate for the 2503 metre standing start race was a NEW TRACK RECORD of 1.57.2MR with sectionals of Lead Time..:68.2...First Quarter..:29.4..Second Quarter..:29.8.... Third Quarter..:29.1..Fourth Quarter:..29.5 .. The Bucket List career now stands..101 Starts..22 Wins..28 Seconds..12 Thirds.. Prize money of over $443,000 and a best of 1.55.3MR for a host of owners.. D T Roberts, D P Skelton, M J Harding, G S Black, P J Skelton, S L Beven, B J Anderson, G A Skelton, K L Grantham, M P Young and Trainer {Mr Nice Guy} Michael Brennan .. The Bucket List was bred in New Zealand by Bruce Carter Bloodstock Ltd, R C Johnson and is a descendant from the USA maternal family U2-Jessie Pepper .. Click this link for his six generation pedigree..https://classicfamilies.net/CF/Pedigree.aspx?HorseID=10171115&Dup=XDUP Closely related Classic Winning family members include.. Daylon Blue 1983 by Armbro Omaha - 1:56.3US $215,892+ Campage 1997 by Rampage Hanover - 1:52.3US $132,874 + Carabella 2007 by Bettors Delight - 1:55.2 $693,615+ Athena Blue Chip 1992 by Goalie Jeff - 1:50.3US $457,118 + Arts Chip 2000 by Artsplace - 1:49.3US $726,999+ Jo Pas Fod 2007 by Art Major - 1:51.2US $202,156+ Extreme Machine 2010 by Mach Three - 1:51.4US $137,093+ Melina Mercouri 1994 by Goalie Jeff - 1:51.1US $234,174 + Cedarwood Chips 1977 by Adios Vic - 1:56.0US $532,560+ Cedarwood Flight 1980 by Windshield Wiper - 1:55.4US $201,526+ Farley Almahurst 1987 by Ralph Hanover - 1:58.1US $203,795+ Keystone Fabulous 1986 by Albatross - 1:54.0US $210,805+ Keystone Famous 1979 by Keystone Ore - 1:54.4US $460,066+ My Gal Mattie 2009 by Tulane - 1:51.2US $150,844 + Thailand 1986 by Tyler B - 1:53.1US $166,221 + Kevin Dinnigan Standardbred Breeding For All For all your breeding data .http://standardbred.wixsite.com/standardbredbreeding  

A little under a year ago, it looked as if the career of star pacer Beaudiene Boaz was finished. The son of Badlands Hanover pulled up sore after track work, where it was later revealed he had done a suspensory ligament in his back leg. He was then sent for an operation, and missed all of the feature races over the summer period, including the Inter Dominion, which he finished third in in 2016. Trainer Gary Hall Snr said he doesn’t know how the six-year-old has been able to get back to the track, ahead of his return to racing in tomorrow night’s Garrards Horse & Hound For All Your Equine Needs Pace (2536m). “His track work and trial form has been pretty good,” he said. “He’s showing no signs of any problems. Beaudiene Boaz trialled at Pinjarra last Sunday, where he defeated stablemate Runrunjimmydunn over 2185m. Hall Snr said he got exactly what he wanted out of the trial with the Golden Slipper, WA Derby and Golden Nugget winner. “He came from last and won,” he said. “Runrunjimmydunn led, and Beaudiene Boaz went 1.56.8 for the journey on a wet track, which was reasonable.” Beaudiene Boaz has drawn barrier six for tomorrow night’s event, and faces a high quality field for his return to the track including star stablemate Chicago Bull, and the Kyle Harper-trained Bettors Fire. Hall Snr said despite the tricky assignment tomorrow night, he still felt Beaudiene Boaz was capable of finding his best form again and would take benefit from the run tomorrow. “If he doesn’t go sore, I expect him to get back to his best,” he said. “He won’t go east, but he will be set for the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups. “He will go back at the start tomorrow night, and I expect him to be competitive, but I couldn’t imagine him beating Chicago Bull or Bettors Fire. “I’m sure he can run into the minors.” Chicago Bull, who returned to racing in winning fashion last Friday night, is again expected to be the one to beat tomorrow night, but Hall Snr said he would need to be at his best to beat Bettors Fire. “I’m happy with him,” he said. “I think Bettors Fire will be pretty hard to beat if he finds the front and Chicago Bull has to sit in the breeze.” Hall Snr also has Runrunjimmydunn to make his return tomorrow night, and was confident of a forward showing from the gelding first-up. Elsewhere on the night, Hall Snr said Lets Chase The Dream and Chok Chai were both in winnable races. The Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.22pm. Tim Walker

Chicago Bull, the State’s best pacer, looms as a good thing at Gloucester Park on Friday night but he’ll be at very skinny odds again. Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have all put the “Little Bull” on top but only two have made him their best bet at the meeting. Longshot maestro Pat Harding and Guild president Wayne Currall believe Chicago Bull will continue on his winning ways and have made him their best for the night, despite the short quote. “Could be a good night for our leading trainers - Gary Hall and Greg and Skye Bond,” Harding said. “They have the possibility of winning two thirds of the program between them. “After a spectacular return to racing last week, Chicago Bull is poised to strike again in the seventh race. With only a small field of seven it should be a good race between the “Little Bull” and Bettors Fire.” Currall agrees with Harding. “Chicago Bull couldn’t have been more impressive in his return to the track last week after a four-month spell,” he said. “He faces a bit more opposition from the likes of Runrunjimmydunn, Bettors Fire, Beaudiene Boaz and Galactic Star than he did last start, but he seems to have the measure of the locals and should be winning again.” Last season’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe is keen on Simba Bromac in the opening event. “My best bet is the ever-consistent Simba Bromac, who has won 14 times and been placed five times from 20 starts this season,” Lowe said. “Was a massive run from a wide draw in a strong field when a close-up third at Narrogin last start. Drawn two and should be able to lead all the way.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas has advised punters to be patient and wait until race nine on the 10-event card to unleash their hard-earned. “Itsnotova has yet to win a race from 14 starts, but he is knocking hard on the door and gets a great chance to break through on Friday night,” Casellas said. “The son of former champion pacer Mr Feelgood gets the nod as my best bet. He is handily drawn at barrier two on the back line and will follow out speedy beginner Flash Hunter.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believes the Mike-Reed trained Our Angel Of Harlem can continue on her winning ways. “High-priced New Zealand import Our Angel Of Harlem bounced back to her best and was most impressive when winning the Daintys Daughter Classic by 12m at Pinjarra on Monday,” Manning said. “The filly showed big potential in two Christchurch victories, but struck setbacks after a transfer to Perth. She won only once in her first seven WA starts and was unplaced in three appearances leading up to the Pinjarra triumph. But she now seems assured of more success.” TABradio’s Matt Young is a big fan of Chok Chai, which is a province in north-eastern Thailand. It’s certainly a topical tip in light of the recent dramatic cave rescue in that part of the world. “Chok Chai is second up and strips fitter,” Young said. “Over the longer trip he can overcome the bad draw with ease and should go on his winning way again.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is waiting until the last race to launch into his best bet. “Majorpride was racing well prior to running seventh in the Gold Bracelet,” Havercroft said. “This is much easier and she should return to form in the last event on the card.” VALUE BETS Pat: The Halls and the Bonds do battle again in race five, but I think that El Jacko with Ryan Warwick aboard should prevail over the favourite Lets Chase The Dream. Wayne: Punters should forgive Forever Remembered her unplaced runs at her past two starts when she couldn’t get into the race. Prior to those efforts, she charged home from well back to finish a close second behind Michael Joseph and could get the fast pace she needs to show her best. Stuart: My value bet is Celestial Ruler, who worked hard and finished with a flat tyre when sixth here last week. Placed at two of previous four starts. Pole draw gives him good claims here. Ken: For value, I suggest Motu Premier in the BOTRA Cup, in which he will start off 40 metres at his second appearance after a spell. It is well worth considering that two starts ago Motu Premier ran on to finish fifth behind Soho Tribeca and Chicago Bull in the WA Pacing Cup in January. Ernie: Motu Premier is capable of running a bold race when racing second-up. He proved his class by finishing fourth in an Inter Dominion heat last November and he later ran fifth in the WA Pacing Cup. Matt: Motu Premier is second-up and has good standing-start form, gets the trip and should show his best. Ryan: Space Junk has won at six of nine local starts and has hardly put a foot wrong since resuming from a spell. A rise in class and an awkward draw means he should be near an each-way quote. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting Wayne Currall  

New Zealand-bred filly Our Angel of Harlem shows promise of developing into an outstanding performer and she has bright prospects of overcoming the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line and winning the Garrards Horse And Hound Pace for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Mike Reed-trained Our Angel of Harlem made amends for her first-up failure at 25/1 on two starts ago when she set the pace and wilted to fourth behind De La Tourbie at Pinjarra on Monday of last week by scoring a runaway victory in the group 3 Dainty’s Daughter Classic at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Starting at the lucrative odds on 11/2, Our Angel of Harlem began speedily from the No. 2 barrier but was forced to face the breeze outside the polemarker Infinite Symbol before Mark Reed obtained a favourable passage in the one-wide line. Our Angel of Harlem then was shuffled back to seventh at the bell before she unwound a spirited burst to charge to the front 250m from home and then raced away to win by four lengths from Amelias Courage, rating 1.56 for the 2185m journey. Reinforcing the excellence of the performance is the fact that the quarters of the final mile whizzed by in 29.8sec., 28.6sec., 28.3sec. and 28.1sec. The win was not unexpected, following the explanation of her shock defeat a week earlier. A post-raced veterinary examination then revealed that Our Angel of Harlem was showing symptoms consistent with choking down. Our Angel of Harlem’s driver Shannon Suvaljko explained to the stewards that in the straight racing for the bell De La Tourbie, who was in the breeze, started to contact her own sulky and overrace, and this caused Our Angel of Harlem to overrace. The following day an endoscopic examination revealed no abnormalities. Our Angel of Harlem certainly has the potential to emulate the deeds of Mike Reed’s star mare Libertybelle Midfrew, who as a four-year-old four years ago finished second to Sensational Gabby in the Group 3 Norms Daughter Classic and won the Group 1 Gold Nugget, beating Waylade. If Our Angel of Harlem continues to improve Reed is sure to contemplated setting her for the Golden Nugget and the major feature events for mares at the annual summer carnival at Gloucester Park. Our Angel of Harlem will again clash with Amelias Courage and De La Tourbie, each of whom will have admirers. Amelias Courage, trained by Colin Brown and to be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, will start from the No. 7 barrier and De La Tourbie, to be driven by Chris Lewis for trainer Justin Prentice, is more favourably drawn at barrier four. Amelias Courage, with a record of nine wins, 12 seconds and two thirds from 37 starts, impressed at Pinjarra on Monday when she surged home from eighth at the bell to finish second to Our Angel of Harlem. That was Amelias Courage’s first outing for 11 weeks and she should be improved by the run. Liberty Rose, a winner at six of her 12 starts, trained by Gary Hall Snr and to be handled by Gary Hall Jnr, will start out wide at barrier eight at her first outing since she led from barrier two and won a C2-class event at Gloucester Park on June 19. The New Zealand-bred Semiramide, trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, will also have admirers after her stylish victory at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when she raced in the breeze, took the lead with 350m to travel and defeated Arose For Me, rating 1.57.6 after sprinting over the final 400m of the 1684m event in 27.8sec. She will start from barrier five. The Ross Olivieri-trained Veiled Secret has won at four of her past eight starts and is capable of a bold showing from the outside of the back line Ken Casellas

Talkerup revealed a sparkling turn of speed in a smart trial over 2185m at Pinjarra on Sunday morning and she looks hard to beat on her return to racing in the Garrards Horse And Hound One Stop Shop Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Talkerup, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall Snr, has been out of action for exactly 12 months and should have derived great benefit from her trial in which she was driven by Stuart McDonald. McDonald restrained Talkerup back to last in the seven-horse trial after she had been trapped three wide in the early stages. She then accelerated brilliantly after 550m and burst to the front 200m later. She led by three lengths at the 400m before she showed signs of fatigue as she drifted out in the home straight. But she still had plenty in hand to win by 5m from Lightning Jolt on the rain-affected track. Talkerup, who will be handled by Gary Hall Jnr from the favourable No. 3 barrier on the front line, has raced only 24 times for six wins, 12 placings and $57,228 in prizemoney. At her most recent appearance, Talkerup raced behind the pacemaker and finished a sound third behind Donegal Rundlescreek and Forever Remembered over 2536m at Gloucester Park on July 21, 2017. Talkerup’s chief rival looms large as Dodolicious, who is awkwardly drawn out wide at No. 8 on the front line. Dodolicious, who has a losing sequence of 14, gave a strong frontrunning display last Friday night when she finished a close second to Your Excused over 2130m. Dodolicious, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has amassed $486,216 in stakemoney from 18 wins, 11 seconds and three thirds from 45 starts. She was an M3-class pacer five starts ago before dropping back to an M2 classification. Talkerup is still an M0-class performer. The two four-year-old mares in Friday night’s race are Susie Rocks and Soho Changeling and both will have many admirers. Susie Rocks was an impressive all-the-way winner over 2130m last Friday night, rating 1.57.5 and beating Im Stylish by a length. She will again be handled by Chris Lewis and faces a sterner task this week from barrier No. 7. The Ross Olivieri-trained Soho Changeling was an encouraging second to Millwood Molly two starts ago before she finished an unlucky sixth behind Susie Rocks last Friday night when she was blocked for clear run in the final circuit. Ken Casellas

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has received an unexpected opportunity to win the Garrards Horse And Hound BOTRA Cup for a record fifth time when he drives The Bucket List, the sole backmarker off 50 metres in the 2503m feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trainer Michael Brennan engaged Hall after The Bucket List’s regular reinsman Michael Grantham was suspended for seven days for causing interference in a race last Friday night. Grantham has driven The Bucket List to victory seven times and Hall has handled the eight-year-old only twice for a second placing behind Hectorjayjay in a 2536m mobile heat of the Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park in December 2016 and for a ninth in a field of nine in a 2503m stand on April 20 this year. The Bucket List gave a remarkable performance when ninth, only five lengths behind the winner Rock Diamonds. He started off 40m, broke into a gallop after 75m and settled down 130m behind the pacemaker The Real Nadal. The Bucket List made up an enormous amount of ground in the final circuit. He is a capable standing-start performer, with his 16 starts in stands in Western Australia producing seven wins, five seconds, two thirds, one fourth and one ninth. He had seven starts in stands in New Zealand for three wins (over 2500m, 2700m and 3000m), a second, two thirds and a sixth. History shows that it is extremely difficult to win off back marks in stands at Gloucester Park. The BOTRA Cup has been run 38 times and only one pacer, Highest Honour in 2005, has been successful after starting off the 50m mark. Three horses (Hilton Adonis, Spirit of Shard and Albert Jaccka) have won from 40m and the two winners from 30m were Speedy Cheval (1991) and Shattering Class (2000). Hall has driven the winner of the BOTRA Cup four times, scoring with Strike A Blow (2002), Spirit of Shard (2008), Classic American (2015) and the Brennan-trained Naughty Maravau in 2016. The only other driver to have won the BOTRA Cup four times is Chris Lewis, who scored with Village Kid (1985), Elteei (1986), Mach Ruler (2009) and Tartary Gladiator (20011). Lewis will drive the Ross Olivieri-trained Motu Premier, who will start off 40m in Friday night’s Cup. Olivieri was successful with Speedy Cheval in the 1991 BOTRA Cup. Sharing the 40m mark with Motu Premier is the highly-promising four-year-old Rock Diamonds, who is trained by Greg and Skye Bond and will be driven by Ryan Warwick. Rock Diamonds notched his 15th win from 35 starts when he began off 30m in a field of eight and finished with a powerful burst from sixth at the bell to beat the pacemaker Always Arjay by a half-length, with an impressive final 800m in 56.3sec. last Friday night. Warwick and the Bonds will be hoping to go one better this year than they did 12 months ago when 10/1 chance Bettor Not Bitter dashed to the front after 600m, set a solid pace and was a neck second to the fast-finishing Sky Art. Motu Premier has the class to fight out the finish at his second outing after a spell, following his first-up ninth in a field of nine behind Galactic Star in a 1730m mobile event last Friday week when he was restrained from barrier seven at the start and raced at the rear. It is well worth remembering that at his previous outing Motu Premier ran on from seventh at the bell to finish fifth behind Soho Tribeca, Chicago Bull, The Bucket List and American Boy in the group 1 2936m WA Pacing Cup on January 19. Major Catastrophe is a tough stayer and the David Young-trained and driven gelding will have admirers even though the nine-year-old will start off 30m. His past 16 runs have been in mobiles, but keen students of form will point out that Major Catastrophe was successful at his two most recent appearances in stands, both over 2503m in February this year. His 34 starts in stands have resulted in five wins, seven seconds, four thirds and 18 unplaced efforts.   Ken Casellas

Trainer Gary Hall Sr wants to set the record straight, on two fronts, Firstly, he’s aware of varying reports about NZ Cup plans with his stable star Chicago Bull. Bottom he’ll be there unless something unexpected happens between now and November. Secondly, the driving force behind the planned Addington raid is itch left to scratch after three aborted trips across with Hall Sr’s former champion pacer Im Themightyquinn. “No doubt, that’s part of the fire in the belly. The fact I’d set Quinny for race so many times only to have things go wrong,” he said. “I’ve been to the NZ Cup, it’s such a great event and raceday, and I’d always wanted to be part of it. Quinny would’ve been the perfect horse, but this little guy will give it a real shake if we can get him there at his top. “It’s just about arranging the travel. I want to get across early to have a lead-up run, they all say it’s crucial. “So it’s likely I’ll go the Victoria Cup at Melton a month before the NZ Cup then go across to Christchurch from there.” It’s pretty clear. This is no “possible” trip. It’s happening unless anything derails. Judging by Chicago Bull’s arrogant first-up win at Gloucester Park last Friday night, he’s come back as well as ever. And Hall Sr estimated he was “only about 75 per cent” wound-up. Chicago Bull settled back, buzzed around the field early to take the lead, and cruised home to win as he liked, albeit against B-graders. “It’s just the sort of run we hoped for first-up. He’s come through it well,” Hall Sr said. “I got a call last night asking if I’d whiz him across to Brisbane for the Blacks A Fake this week after all the drama of the Sunshine Sprint, but that’s a definite no. He’s not ready and it’s not part of the plan. “There are no feature races here for him. He’ll just go through the free-for-alls, there’s another one next Friday, then we’ll work out if the Victoria Cup fits the travel plans to get him to NZ.” The inevitable comparisons come between Chicago Bull and Imthemightyquinn, but Hall Sr shuts them down pretty quickly. “Put it this way, when I took Quinny to the races I expected to win most of the time, with this little guy I hope to win,” he said. “But, what I will say is that Chicago Bull is still on the up and he’s done more at this stage of his career than Quinny had done so it’s exciting to see where he can end up.” Adam Hamilton

Friday night at Gloucester Park, Perth, Western Australia saw the last of the Group 1 races for the 2018 season, and what a race it was. The 2018 Golden Slipper worth $125,000 in prize-money for open 2 year old pacers produced a great finish with Franco Edward winning by a nose. Drawn barrier 11 which is second on the back line Franco Edward running 3rd last with 900 metres to go pulled out 3 wide to chase the leading pair- stable mate Soho Thunderstruck and the hard working & unlucky Shockwave. Turning into the straight any one of five could have won it, but the son of American Ideal out of the New Zealand bred mare Edinburgh Franco got the win from Bletchley Park and third place Its Rock And Roll. Sectional times for the 2130 metre race where.. Lead Time 38.0..First Quarter..30.3..Second Quarter..28.5..Third Quarter..28.3 Fourth Quarter..28.4 and a mile rate of 1.56 which was just a tenth of a second outside the race record . Franco Edward joins past winners such as..1979 winner San Simeon..1992 winner Chandon. 1997 winner Saab..2010 winner Ohokas Bondy and 2014 winner Beaudiene Boaz . Click this link for race replay.. http://media.harness.org.au/wa/GPM13071869.mp4 Franco Edward bred in New Zealand by Spreydon Lodge and owned by Robert Watson for trainer/driver Kyle Harper now has a career of.. 6 Starts ..4 Wins and 2 Seconds and $156,000+ with a best of 1.54.2MR. Click this link for his six generation pedigree.. https://classicfamilies.net/CF/Pedigree.aspx?HorseID=10197089&Dup=XDUP Franco Edward is a descendant from the USA maternal family ..U301 - Kate by Highland Chief.. Classic winning family members include.. Sidepocket 1997 by In The Pocket - 1:52.0US $164,943 Lets Chase the Dream 2012 by Bettors Delight - 1:49.9 $490,835 Dream Royale 2000 by Beach Towel - 1:53.3US $145,068 Soho Lennon 2010 by Mach Three - 1:51.0US $337,627 Western Dream 2002 by Badlands Hanover - 1:56.3 $332,895 Western Cullen 2008 by Christian Cullen - 1:55.6 $447,536 Lochinver 2009 by Mach Three - 1:52.2 $262,530 Wee Brother 2006 by Elsu - 1:51.1US $166,812 Numberone Amenophis 2006 by Live Or Die - 1:53.6 $165,147 Franco Emirate 2006 by Christian Cullen - 1:53.8 $332,830 Artemis Belle 2007 by Artiscape - 1:56.1 $359,599 Franco Enforce 1993 by OK Bye - 1:50.3US $593,738 Kevin Dinnigan http://standardbred.wixsite.com/standardbredbreeding  

Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr has earmarked the Inter Dominion Championship in Melbourne in December and the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups in January as the main targets for champion pacer Chicago Bull, who will resume racing after a spell in the $25,000 Christmas In July at the Beau Rivage Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This will be Chicago Bull’s first appearance in a race for 119 days and the five-year-old showed that he is fit and ready to maintain his magnificent record with an effortless win in a 2550m standing-start trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Driven by Gary Hall Jnr, Chicago Bull ambled to the front after 500m and coasted along in the lead before sprinting over the final 400m in 27.4sec to win by just under three lengths from M0-class performer Diamond Life. Chicago Bull, who has amassed $1,503,524 from 31 wins and 15 placings from 51 starts, last raced when he scored an easy victory over Maxentius and Runrunjimmydunn in the Group 2 Four and Five-Year-Old Championship over 2130m at Gloucester Park 17 weeks ago. Earlier in the season Chicago Bull finished a grand second to Lazarus in the Inter Dominion Championship final at Gloucester Park in December and won the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups in January. Chicago Bull, who has raced over 2130m at Gloucester Park 19 times for 14 wins, two seconds, two thirds and one fourth, will start from the outside barrier in a field on nine on Friday night and should have no difficulty in defeating The Bucket List and Costa Del Magnifico. The Bucket List, trained by Michael Brennan, will be having his 100th start in a race and he should be prominent after good efforts to be placed at five of his past six starts. He finished strongly from seventh at the bell to be second to Galactic Star last Friday week. The Ross Olivieri-trained Costa Del Magnifico has not raced since mid-January and he looks set for a rewarding campaign after a smart effort when second to stablemate Motu Premier in a Byford trial last Sunday week. The powerful Hall stable will have a big following on Friday night, with smart three-year-old Speed Man and talented five-year-old Chok Chai resuming after spells. Speed Man has not appeared since finishing a close-up fifth behind stablemate King of Swing in the WA Derby on April 6 and he looks the winner of the Follow Gloucester Park on Facebook Pace in which he has drawn favourably at No. 2 on the front line and will clash with several in-form three-year-olds, including Fizzing, Our Corelli and Robb Stark. Speed Man finished strongly and was not extended in finishing a head second to the pacemaker Muffins in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Fizzing also will have many admirers at his third start in Australia. A winner of three races in New Zealand, the Mach Three colt raced without cover before winning at his WA debut, over 2190m at Northam before he again faced the breeze and finished second to Rocky The Outlaw at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. Ryan Warwick will drive Fizzing for trainers Greg and Skye Bond and he should have a comfortable run after starting from the inside of the back line on Friday night. Justin Prentice trains and drives Our Corelli, who will start from barrier two on the back line. A versatile pacer, Our Corelli has won at three of his six starts, including wins at his most recent outings, at Pinjarra and Bunbury. Five-year-old Chok Chai will start from the outside barrier (No. 9) in the 2130m Book Your Next Conference at Gloucester Park Pace. A winner at ten of his 13 starts, Chok Chai will be attempting to extend his winning sequence to six. He has good natural pace and is capable of overcoming the disadvantage of the wide draw in a race in which his chief rivals appear certain to be The Freedom Fighter (inside of the back line) and Thereugo (barrier three on the front line). The Freedom Fighter, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, is in top form and will be attempting to win his fourth race in a row. Thereugo, trained and driven by Kyle Harper, is a brilliant frontrunner and he looks the likely leader. He started from 30m in a 2503m stand on Tuesday of last week and impressed when he sprinted home brilliantly to win from Swimbetweentheflags and Another Ayjay.   Ken Casellas

Followers of longshot maestro Pat Harding would have been laughing all the way to the bank after the final race at Gloucester Park last Friday night. Harding, who has won the longshot crown in the WA Trotting Media Guild’s tipping competition for the last four years and made a rare appearance in last week’s racebook, found 50/1 shot Allwoods Rocknroll. Not surprisingly, this is not the longest-priced winner Harding has tipped this season. Late last year, he selected Courage Tells and the horse duly saluted at the cricket-score odds of $114.50. Uncanny! “I was delighted with my $50 winner in the last race last week ... hopefully we can repeat the dose on Friday night,” Harding said. Probably the longest-priced horse Harding has put on top this week is Kohli in race eight. The State’s best pacer, Chicago Bull, makes his reappearance at headquarters on Friday night and Harding, last season’s leading tipster, Stuart Lowe, and Guild president Wayne Currall have made the “Little Bull” their best for the night. “My best bet is Chicago Bull,” Lowe said. “The star pacer, who has won his last four stars at Gloucester Park, resumes after a four-month let up. Looks too classy for his rivals.” Harding and Currall agree. “Friday night should be an excellent night at GP with the return of arguably the State’s best pacer Chicago Bull,” Harding said. “He is my best bet for the night. The small field of nine should be ideal for Gary Hall Jr to make his move when he likes and I am sure he will round them up and return to racing with a convincing win.” Currall said that Chicago Bull had had the benefit of an easy trial win at Byford last Sunday where he sprinted home in 55.4 for the last 800m. “He’s not a big animal and he comes to hand quickly,” he said. “Should pack too much class for the opposition.” TABradio’s Matt Young, who is setting a hot pace in this year’s tipping competition, has made Ideal Tyson his best bet on the program. “Ideal Tyson comes down in grade and has the advantage in the draw over his main rival (Vampiro),” Young said. “He looks well suited to land a victory here.” But The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is at odds with Young. “Vampiro led and ran them along when claimed late by fast-class performers Galactic Star and Bettors Fire last week,” Havercroft said. “That was his third run since resuming and I think he is strong enough to overcome an awkward draw this week in easier company.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas is keen on Speed Man. “A solid performance in a Byford trial on Sunday morning was a strong indication that Speed Man is ready to resume racing after a spell in top shape,” Casellas said. “He is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line and should give his supporters a great run for their money. He’s my best bet.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has made Millview Sienna his star bet. “Millview Sienna was unlucky when fourth after facing the breeze at her past two starts,” Manning said. “Has shown plenty of ability in four Gloucester Park victories and looks capable of bouncing back into the winners' list.” VALUE BETS Pat: Rock Diamonds should return to winning form. Although off 30 metres, expect driver Ryan Warwick to drive a confident race and romp home in a small field. Stuart: The value bet is Rock Diamonds, who switches to a standing-start race here. Run impressive fifths at two runs back from a short let-up. Looks suited here. Wayne: Im Soxy is drawn to get the run of the race behind likely leader Thereugo. She’s racing as well as ever and looms as a solid place chance in this field. Matt: Change Of Address has the perfect draw and looks set to lead and can win this to get punters off on the right foot. Ryan: Our Corelli is drawn to follow out likely odds-on favourite Speed Man. His winning recent form in the bush suggests he could be value at an each-way price. Ken: For value I’m suggesting Dodolicious, who has drawn perfectly at barrier one in race two. She gets an excellent chance to set the pace and end a losing sequence of 13. Ernie: The War Nurse has a 19-run losing sequence and broke gait at her past two starts. But she can be prominent if showing form displayed in two recent placings. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

Justin Prentice turns 30 today and he has high hopes of celebrating this milestone by driving Dracarys to victory in the $125,000 TABtouch Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred Dracarys is unbeaten at five Western Australian starts and Prentice, who trains the filly at Boyanup, was delighted with her all-the-way win in the Gold Bracelet last Friday night, so much so that he has decided to test her against the State’s best colts and geldings in the Group 1 Golden Slipper. Dracarys will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line and should be prominent throughout the 2130m journey. She has revealed wonderful versatility in her races in WA and impressed when she sped over the final 400m section of the Gold Bracelet in 27.4sec. Prentice is hoping that Dracarys will perform better than his former stable star Major Reality, a brilliant juvenile who won the Gold Bracelet in 2014 and then was favourite at 5/4 for the Golden Slipper a week later when she set the pace from the No. 1 barrier before finishing third behind Beaudiene Boaz and Mister Ardee. Only eight fillies, Sordice (1968), Omista (1971), Via Vista (1980), Mazzini Magic (1988), Whitbys Miss Penny (1990), Whitbys Merit (1993), Spirit of Navajo (2005) and Arma Xpress (2012) have been successful in the 50-year history of the Golden Slipper. Mazzini Magic, Whitbys Miss Penny, Whitbys Merit, Spirit of Navajo and Arma Xpress also won the Gold Bracelet. Apart from Major Reality, several fillies Priscilla Rocks, Centrefold Angel, Miss Baypoint, Eagle Rox, Dodolicious, Sheer Rocknroll and Cott Beach have been placed in the Golden Slipper in recent years.    The only other filly apart from Dracarys in this year’s classic is the Glenn Elliott-trained Soho Interceptor, the all-the-way winner of the Group 1 $100,000 Westbred Classic two starts ago. Soho Interceptor, to be driven by Chris Voak from the No. 2 barrier on the front line, is owned by Rob Watson and Grace Inwood. Watson holds a strong hand in the race in which he will also be represented by Soho Thunderstruck and Franco Edward. Kyle Harper trains Soho Thunderstruck and Franco Edward and has opted to handle Franco Edward, who will start from barrier two on the back line. Soho Thunderstruck will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, who drove the colt for the first time when he finished fourth behind Bletchley Park in a prelude of the Golden Slipper last Friday night. Soho Thunderstruck started from barrier six in last week’s prelude and settled down in last position in the seven-horse field before he dashed forward to move outside the pacemaker Its Rock And Roll after a lap had been covered. Soho Thunderstruck took the lead with 400m to travel before wilting in the closing stages. He will have many admirers from the No. 1 barrier this week. Franco Edward enjoyed an ideal passage in the one-out, one-back position for much of the way last week before he got to the front on the home turn and was beaten by a head by the fast-finishing Bletchley Park. Bletchley Park raced in fifth place in the one-wide line and was most impressive in producing a whirlwind late burst, with the final quarters in 28.8sec. and 27.8sec. He rated 1.55.4 which broke the track record of 1.55.9 for three-year-olds over 2130m, held jointly by Mitch Maguire and Jack Mac. Bletchley Park is trained by Mike Reed and his son Mark will drive the black colt, who has won at five of his seven starts. Mark Reed has completed a two-week term of suspension and will replace Dylan Egerton-Green, who was successful in the sulky behind Bletchley Park last week. Mark Reed trained and drove Aussie Reactor when he finished strongly to win the 2008 Golden Slipper from the 10/1 on favourite James Matthew by a nose. In what appears to be an open affair, Shockwave and Babyface Adda also have excellent each-way prospects. Shockwave, trained and driven by Ryan Bell, is awkwardly drawn at barrier seven on the front line, but is overdue for a change of fortune after finishing second in three $100,000 Group 1 classics. He is capable of unwinding a powerful finishing burst and should fight out the finish. Babyface Adda, trained by Ross Olivieri and to be handled by Shannon Suvaljko, faces a stern test from barrier eight but he is in sound form and he fought on gamely from sixth (on the pegs) at the bell to be third behind To Fast To Serious and Shockwave in the Group 1 Westbred Classic last Friday week. Olivieri has won the Golden Slipper with Harry Gunn (1995), Saab (1997), Talladega (1999) and Western Cullen (2011). Ken Casellas

Four-year-old Vampiro should appreciate a considerable drop in class when he contests the 2536m Steelo’s Bistro Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Rocknroll Hanover gelding, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier (No. 9). He gave a bold frontrunning display when an excellent third behind open-class stars Galactic Star and Bettors Fire over 1730m last Friday night at his third appearance after a spell. Going from a 1730m sprint to a 2536m event should pose no problems for the versatile Vampiro, who was successful at his most recent appearance in a 2536m event, when he defeated Mighty Flying Thomas five starts ago, in March. At his only other start over 2536m Vampiro finished a sound fifth behind Ultimate Machete in the Golden Nugget Championship last December. His most serious rivals are likely to be five-year-old Ideal Tyson and four-year-old Im Rockaria. Ideal Tyson, trained at Coolup by Kristy Elson, will be driven for the first time by Micheal Ferguson from out wide at barrier eight and he will have an army of followers after performing extremely well in much tougher company. He has been racing against several top-flight pacers, including star Bettors Fire, at each of his latest five starts. Ideal Tyson enjoyed a good passage, one-out and one-back, when a good fourth (just a head behind third placegetter Vampiro) over 1730m last Friday night. The Bonds and Warwick also have several excellent each-way prospects on Friday night, including Dodolicious (race two), The Lightning Strike (race five), The Freedom Fighter (race six), Fizzing (race eight) and Rock Diamonds (race nine). Dodolicious has good prospects of ending a losing sequence of 13 when she starts from the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2130m $7 Pints For Footy Fridays At JP’s Pace. She is a splendid frontrunner who drops in class after clashing with quality performers Bettors Fire, Eden Franco, Eagle Rox and Whozideawasthis in recent starts. Her toughest opponent looms as Walkinshaw, who will start out wide at barrier eight for trainer Ray Williams and reinsman Nathan Turvey. Walkinshaw started from barrier nine and raced in the breeze for much of the way when a fighting second to the brilliant Eden Franco over 2130m last Friday week. Walkinshaw also worked hard at his previous outing when he was beaten a head by the fast-finishing Trison. That followed stylish victories vat each of his three previous starts.   Ken Casellas

Kyler Harper believes a favourable barrier draw has dramatically improved Soho Thunderstruck's prospects in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (2130m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Harper says Soho Thunderstruck has raced without luck in his two Perth starts, but is confident from barrier one the former Victorian will exert a major presence in the $125,000 feature. “Without sounding too confident I think the barrier has set up the race for him,” says Harper. “He hasn’t had much luck punching the breeze against some handy horses in Perth. “He is drawn to lead and I think he is going to take some beating.” Soho Thunderstruck, previously handled in Victoria by Michael Stanley, has recorded one win and seven placings from his 10 career starts. The son of Art Major ran third to Bletchley Park at his Perth debut and fourth to the same horse in a Slipper prelude at Gloucester Park last week. Soho Thunderstruck shed his maiden status at Bathurst in a heat of the Bathurst Gold Crown last March, rating 1.55.9 over 1730m. In a mixed draw for Harper, Franco Edward, one of his two starters in the Golden Slipper and a winner of the Pearl Classic (2130m), will step from barrier 11. The Pearl Classic capped a winning hatrick for Franco Edward, who had his colours lowered in last week’s Slipper Prelude when runner-up to Bletchley Park. “I am going to have to play it by ear from that position,” Harper said. “There looks like there will be a bit of speed early. “He might have to settle and work into the race. “You have to take what you’re given, but it could have been worse. “Bletchley Park could have drawn barrier one.” 1-Soho Thunderstruck 2-Soho Interceptor 3-Dracarys 4-Bettor Be Oscar 5-The Lightning Strike 6-To Fast To Serious 7-Shockwave 8-Babyface Adda 9-Valbonne 10-Bletchley Park 11-Franco Edward 12-Its Rock And Roll 13-Robbie Easton.   Julio Santarelli

Serpentine horseman Matt Scott achieved a significant milestone notching his 300th winner as a trainer when Shannon Suvaljko drove outstanding square gaiter Glenferrie Typhoon to an effortless all-the-way victory in 2130m mobile event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Glenferrie Typhoon revealed dazzling gate speed from the outside barrier (No. 8) to burst to an early lead and he was untroubled to defeat the well-performed Sun of Anarchy. ”If all goes well, he’ll be set for the Trotters Inter Dominion at Melton in early December,” the 41-year-old Scott said. “He is a very good horse and I have never trained a Group 1 winner, let alone have a Group 1 runner. There will be three mobile heats and a mobile half-a-million dollar final. “Glenferrie Typhoon will have another four to six starts before having a freshen-up and then resume racing to get ready for the Inters. That’s the plan and, hopefully, all goes well. There’s a lot of water to go under the bridge, but I’m sure he will keep improving. I’d say he’s the best trotter WA has had, and that includes Cardigan Boko, Sunnys Little Whiz and some others. “He has had only 12 runs in the past 18 months when it wasn’t known what exactly was wrong with him. He had a full body X-ray in Melbourne where he was racing and this found a few hot spots. This required four months off and then last Christmas he suffered from a quarter crack.” Glenferrie Typhoon came to Western Australia early this year and he has won at three of his five starts in the State. “John Gullace and his partner Cathy Cousins are the majority owners and they were keen for him to race here, instead of watching most of his Victorian races on Sky Channel,” Scott said. Glenferrie Typhoon boasts a wonderful record of 57 starts for 25 wins, 12 placings and $480,043 in stakes. His wins include three wins, a second and a third in Group 1 events and he has also won two Group 3 events. His most recent Group 1 success was when he rated 1.58.8 in beating Speeding Spur by a head in the 2760m $300,000 Great Southern Star final at Melton on February 4, 2017. In March 2016 he finished second in the 1720m Great Southern Star final, with the winner Speeding Spur rating 1.55.5. Scott is enjoying his most successful season and is currently in seventh position on the Statewide trainers’ premiership table with 481 starters for 46 wins, 44 seconds, 59 thirds and 58 fourths. His first training success was when he drove Glenn Agro to victory over Prince of Stone in a 2120m C0-class event at Merredin on March 15, 1997. “My first 200 winners took a long time,” Scott said. “But I’ve had a hundred over the past 16 months.” He has three runners at Gloucester Park on Friday night and said that Neighlor and Qtown Rip Roaring had each-way prospects in race one. “They were unplaced behind Eden Franco last Friday night when she produced a sensational effort,” he said. ”Neighlor has a chance of crossing to the front from barrier six if we light him up at the start, and if he does he’ll go good. Qtown Rip Roaring is an each-way chance if the race is run upside down. Always Arjay faces a tough task from barrier five in race three.” Ken Casellas

The members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have come up with a number of best bets for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. Last season’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe is sticking with a winning formula with the grand, old performer Bettors Fire. “My best bet is Bettors Fire, who is in sparkling form with five wins and a second from his last six starts,” Lowe said. “Has explosive gate speed and likely to lead all the way.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and Guild president Wayne Currall are keen on the in-form Tyler Brett. “Tyler Brett has the ability to overcome his bad draw and score a fifth consecutive win when switching back to Gloucester Park,” Manning said. “He was highly impressive in wins at Narrogin and Northam last month.” And Currall agrees with his colleague. “Dylan Egerton-Green has Tyler Brett racing in career-best form,” Currall said. “Although he’s drawn the river, this appears to be a drop in class from his recent victories. I think he’ll prove too strong for his rivals.” Longshot king Pat Harding believes Soho Changeling can deliver for punters. “I think Soho Changeling, trained by Ross Olivieri and driven by Shannon Suvaljko, can upset the favourite Millwood Molly,” Harding said. “She should be at good each-way odds in what is not a particularly strong race.” But GPTV’s Ken Casellas is at odds with Harding and has made Millwood Molly his best bet for the night. “Shane Young’s team is firing and smart punters will be keen to leap on to the bandwagon and support Millwood Molly in race eight on Friday night,” Casellas said. “The lightly raced five-year-old is an outstanding frontrunner and she has drawn perfectly at barrier one in the 2130m event and is my best bet. She started from the back line and covered extra ground when a fighting last-start third behind Our Corelli at Bunbury. She led and won impressively at Northam and Narrogin at her two previous outings.” TABradio’s Matt Young is keen on Handsandwheels. “Handsandwheels excels as a frontrunner and has the perfect draw,” Young said. “He should go the trip here from the perfect draw.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has earmarked the classy Franco Edward as his star bet. “Franco Edward looks to have strong claims in the upcoming Golden Slipper and should be hard to catch in Friday’s prelude,” Havercroft said. “His main opposition will come from Bletchley Park. The two clashed in the recent Pearl Classic and Franco Edward beat him home by 14m on that occasion.” TABradio’s Matt McDermott has settled on Maczaffair as his best. “Maczaffair drops in class here,” McDermott said. “She has won previously from same or similar barriers and distance.” VALUE BETS Stuart: My value bet is Tubbs Farquhar, who raced without luck at his last two runs here when unplaced. Drops in class here and with the advantage of the pole draw comes in with strong each-way claims. Ernie: Im Rockaria has been unplaced at his past four starts but should be able to take advantage of gate two. He had a back-row draw and a gear malfunction at his last start. Wayne: Chevrons Champion always improves from an inside gate and she gets that on Friday night. Should be able to position up handy and represents good each-way value. Pat: Soho Leviathan, trained and driven by Clinton Hall, could be the way to go. He should be at good value in a field that is pretty devoid of form. Ken: For value I suggest Livin La Bamba, who will start from the outside of the front line in race nine, a 1730m sprint. The nine-year-old unwound a sizzling burst at Bunbury last Saturday night when he was last in a field of nine with 350m to travel and got home to score a dramatic victory. Matt Y: Courage Tells is perfectly drawn and with a lot of speed in the race represents each-way value from the pegs run. Ryan: Toto Picasso is having his first run in the stable of Kristian Hawkins. He led and was only collared in the shadows of the post from the same draw two starts back at Kellerberrin. Matt M: I like Village Benny for a bit of value. His last few runs have been credible, and he moves down a few spots with scratchings. If things go his way he should be in the finish. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting     Wayne Currall

There promises to be no brotherly love lost when Luke Edwards and his younger sibling Isaac clash in what should be an intriguing duel in the $22,000 Choices Flooring Osborne Park Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Luke will drive the Ross Ashby-trained Johnny Disco from barrier No. 6 and Isaac will be in the sulky behind brilliant mare Maczaffair at No. 7. These two pacers are expected to dominate the betting on the event. Johnny Disco has not raced since he finished fifth behind Cut For An Ace over 1730m on January 19 but he appears set for a powerful first-up effort after he set the pace for Trent Wheeler in a three-horse standing-start trial over 2116m at Pinjarra last Sunday week. After a leisurely opening section of the final mile in 31.7sec Johnny Disco sped over the next quarters in 28.4sec, 27.5sec and 27.4sec and won by 17 lengths at a 1.57.1 rate. Johnny Disco, who has earned $266,909 from 16 wins and 16 placings from 55 starts, has been handled only twice by Luke Edwards, for a ninth behind Argyle Red at Bunbury last November and in a 2130m event at Gloucester Park two starts ago, on January 2, when he set the pace and finished a half-length second to outstanding four-year-old Ultimate Machete over 2130m. That was a wonderful performance against Ultimate Machete, a star pacer who has amassed $807,126 from 12 wins and ten placings from 25 starts. Ultimate Machete won the Group 1 Golden Nugget last November and finished fourth behind My Hard Copy in the Fremantle Cup. Maczaffair, trained by Mike Reed, has also finished second to Ultimate Machete in the prestigious Golden Nugget and she is sure to take a power of beating on Friday night when she will be driven for the first time by Isaac Edwards. Maczaffair, the only mare in Friday night’s race, was a splendid last-start second to Bettors Fire in the 2536m Winter Cup and she is also an outstanding sprinter, who has raced four times over 1730m for three wins and a third, as well as winning over 1609m and 1684m. Twenty-one-year-old New South Wales-born Mark Johnson gets an excellent chance of landing his first Friday night winner at Gloucester Park when he handles the Andrew de Campo-trained Handsandwheels from the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2130m first qualifying heat of the Chandon Pace. Johnson, who drove 17 winners from 204 drives in New Zealand, has been working at the de Campo stable in Capel for the past three months. He replaced the suspended Aiden de Campo when he drove Handsandwheels to a smart all-the-way victory over 2100m at Bunbury last Friday night when he sprinted over the final quarters in 27.8sec and 27.7sec to improve the four-year-old’s record to 12 wins and 16 placings from 40 starts. He has excellent gate speed and looks assured of leading. However, he will face a stern test against five-year-old Lets Chase The Dream, who will start from the No. 2 barrier with Gary Hall Jnr in the sulky. Lets Chase The Dream should be close to his best at his fifth start after a spell and he is sure to appreciate a considerable drop in class. His fourth behind Galactic Star, The Bucket List and Cut For An Ace last Friday night extended his losing sequence to ten and under the drop-down regulations he has dropped down from an M3 assessment to an M2 classification.   Ken Casellas

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