Day At The Track
Search Results
1 to 16 of 3168
1 2 3 4 5 Next »

In last week’s column we sang the praises of Matt Young for tipping the card at a recent Saturday night meeting at Bunbury. What we didn’t report was that The West Australian’s Ernie Manning also tipped the card at the same meeting. Apologies to Ernie for that oversight and belated congratulations to him for realising the dream of every tipster. Now to dissect tomorrow night’s meeting at Gloucester Park by members of the WA Trotting Media Guild. TABradio racecaller Hayden King and Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart are keen on Warfare. “The Justin Prentice-trained Warfare is drawn to lead and should be too good off a let-up,” King said. “He can progress through to FFA class.” And Wishart agrees. “My best bet comes up in race three with No.1 Warfare,” Wishart said. “Very talented type who gets a good draw. I think he should lead all the way.” Leading tipster Young believes El Jacko is poised to return to the winners’ list. “El Jacko has drawn to receive the perfect run and has a good turn of foot and should finish over the top of the leaders in the Navy Cup,” Young said. Longshot guru Pat Harding is a fan of the Ray Williams-trained Walkinshaw. “After last week's tough meeting there might be a few more wins for punters this week,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in the second race with No. 6 Walkinshaw. This is his third run back after a spell and I think he can prevail in this small field. He’s due for a win and this might be his best opportunity.” Guild president Wayne Currall has made another Williams-trained pacer as his star bet for the meeting. “Major Pocket has been nothing but consistent this campaign with six minor placings from his past eight starts,” Currall said. “Expect him to be driven more aggressively from gate three and he just might prove too strong at the business end.” Manning and his colleague, The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft, have settled on Arma Indie as their best. “Arma Indie has emerged as one of WA’s most promising pacers when winning clearly at her past three starts and looks set to confirm she is a summer carnival prospect,” Manning said. “The four-year-old, who joined Mike Reed’s stable after two New Zealand wins within eight days last January, has shown she has the gate speed to take advantage of barrier one. She won by 13.2m and 23.1m in Gloucester Park races before her 6.8m victory at Pinjarra  last week. She looks an ideal proposition for the Mares Classic in December.” Havercroft agrees. “Arma Indie has resumed from a spell in devastating fashion, winning at all three starts since her injury-shortened Oaks campaign,” Havercroft said. “In two of her three wins she found the front and from the inside draw this week she will likely lob into the lead and be hard to run down.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas believes punters would be wise to get on Vincenzo Perrugia. “Septuagenarian owner-trainer Tony Svilicich has New Zealand-bred six-year-old Vincenzo Peruggia racing with admirable enthusiasm and the gelding is my best bet this week after drawing favourably at barrier three,” Casellas said. “Vincenzo Peruggia looks like founding the top and is capable of leading his rivals on a merry dance. He put the writing on the wall last Friday night when he raced without cover and finished a desperately close second to Bettor Party.” VALUE BETS HAYDEN: Sea Me Smile is flying lately and will sit off the pace in the first. She could soar home over the top with the speed on. WARREN: James Butt is in a much more suitable race tonight. Some of his runs last preparation were very good and at each-way odds. I think he can win. MATT: The old timer Maximum Demand will get a soft run and if he gets any luck he will be sprinting home powerfully at double-figure odds. He’s getting better with every run. PAT: I think Chris Voak can have James Butt well placed to come home strongly and give punters some value. WAYNE: On a night where there doesn’t appear to be too much value, I think Waylade could get a soft run behind likely leader Thereugo and run a race at huge odds. ERNIE: Presidentmach has not won in his past seven starts, but the gelding should not be overlooked from a pole draw. He started from barrier seven when unplaced last Friday night. A winner of 16 races, he recently ran second to the talented Wildwest. RYAN: Jaxon Fella will drop out to last from the wide draw. He erupted late four starts ago and in a small field here he won’t be far from them if there is any speed on. KEN: For value, I suggest Athabascan in the final event. He’s tough and is overdue for a change of fortune. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

New Zealand-bred five-year-old Cut Above bounced back to her best form with a fast-finishing win in fast time at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night and is poised for another powerful effort in the Mondo Doro Smallgoods Pace on Friday night. The Matt Scott-trained mare, to be driven by Shannon Suvaljko, is favourably drawn at barrier three on the front line and should prove to be a serious rival for the strong, in-form Craig Saligari-trained six-year-old Bob Wheel. “Racing twice in the space of four days won’t worry her,” said Scott, who will set a personal record of nine starters at a Gloucester Park meeting. “Cut Above and Son of a Tiger are probably my best winning chances, but Clarenden Hustler, Rock Me Over and Charlie El have each-way prospects.” Cut Above sat behind the pacemaker Highroller Joe before finishing fast to win narrowly from Dredlock Rockstar on Tuesday night, rating 1.56.9 over the 2130m after the three final quarters in 28.4sec., 27.5sec. and 29sec. Cut Above, a winner at one of her two starts in New Zealand, has proved a good investment for Tim Blee, who outlaid $25,000 to buy the mare, who now has had 34 starts in Western Australia for 11 wins, 12 placings and $66,352 in prizemoney. “She has also been high maintenance,” said Scott. “On her first day here, she bucked and got her leg over the cart. She had to have three months off and still has a big scar on a back leg. She’s fine now, but we only lead her in her work because she still bucks at home.” One of Cut Above’s rivals on Friday night is stablemate Always On, who will start from barrier six with Chris Voak in the sulky. The five-year-old Always On, a former Mildura performer, set the pace from barrier four before wilting to finish sixth behind Atmospherical over 1730m last Friday week when making her first appearance in WA.       “It was a very disappointing first-up run,” said Scott. “I’ve changed his work and he has worked a bit better and I’m not sure whether we’ll blast him out (at the start) or drive him with cover. “ Scott admitted that he was also disappointed with Neighlor’s past two unplaced efforts but is hoping for an improved effort from the No. 1 barrier in the Etch Coating Pace. “Whether we’ll lead or race with a sit — I’ll leave that up to Shannon (Suvaljko),” he said. Scott said that he expected another strong showing from Son of a Tiger in the Simmonds Steel Pace in which the New Zealand-bred five-year-old will start from barrier six. “It’s a tricky draw and he goes up in class, but the speed should be on, and that will suit him,” he said. “I reckon they’ll go 1.55 again and he’ll be coming home.” Son of a Tiger started out wide at barrier nine last week and impressed when he was ninth at the bell and charged home to win from Carter Micheal and Extreme Prince, rating 1.55.2 over 2130m. “He will probably have a spell after this week’s run and then freshen him up for Christmas when the Christmas Gift or Nights of Thunder should be right up his alley,” Scott said. “Clarenden Hustler and Rock Me Over are each-way chances. Clarenden Hustler from barrier eight has quick beginners inside of him, but he doesn’t have to lead to win; he can win with a sit and he’s definitely not out of it (in the Worldwide Printing Pace). “Rock Me Over is consistent and has each-way claims in the final race, while Charlie El is likely to find it hard from the wide draw at No. 8 in race six. But Clarenden Hustler couldn’t beat Charlie El on the track two weeks ago and he didn’t get out when fifth at Northam on Saturday night.” Ken Casellas

Maddison Brown, fresh from driving Highly Flammable to an easy victory at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night, is looking forward to handling stablemate Ideal One in the 2536m TABtouch Pace on Friday night. Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr declared that the No. 1 barrier would suit the eight-year-old Ideal One, saying: “He hasn’t had much luck with barriers, and I think that this is definitely a winnable race. Maddison will try to lead with him, with the only problem being whether the horse gets too much pressure. “Ideal One overraced outside the leader (Runaway Three) when fifth behind Son of a Tiger over 2130m last week. The 2536m will not be a concern for Ideal One. All my horses go better over the longer distances; the further they go, the better they go.” Ideal One showed his liking for 2536m five starts ago when he set the pace from barrier two and won from Waimac Attack and Beltane at a 1.58.5 rate. This will be the first time in 27 starts at Gloucester Park that Ideal One will begin from the No. 1 barrier. He has won at six of his 36 starts in WA and he set the pace in four of his six wins in New South Wales. Ideal One’s main dangers this week appear certain to be the three horses drawn at barriers two, three and four The Trilogy, Pierre Whitby and Carter Micheal.       Another good drive for Brown will be Just Rockon Bye, who will start from the outside barrier in a field of eight in the 2536m Garrard’s Horse and Hound Pace. Trainer Gary Hall Snr engaged Brown in order to use her concession as a novice driver and become eligible for the $20,000 event for mares. Gary Hall Jnr drove Just Rockon Bye last Friday night when she gave a superb performance to race without cover before finishing with tremendous determination to win by a nose from the odds-on favourite and pacemaker Hit It Rich in a 2130m event for mares, with the final quarters whizzing by in  27.4sec. and 28.3sec. Just Rockon Bye will clash with several in-form mares, including the lightly-raced Mike Reed-trained Arma Indie, Hit It Rich and Delightfulreaction. Arma Indie, who will start from the No. 1 barrier, has resumed after a spell in fine form with three effortless victories from three outings against considerably weaker opposition. Hall Jnr has given punters a significant lead by choosing to drive the Justin Prentice-trained Warfare in preference to nine-year-old Mad Robber, an all-the-way winner at his past two starts, in the third event, the 2130m Simmonds Steel Pace. Warfare, a winner at 15 of his 56 starts, is a strong frontrunner who looks the winner from the prized No. 1 barrier. Ken Casellas

A sparkling trial at Byford on Sunday morning is a strong pointer to a win by James Butt in the 2130m Specialised Equipment Funding Solutions Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He’s a nice horse who is tough and tries hard, but his greatest strength is his high speed,” said eight-time West Australian premier trainer Ross Olivieri, fresh from preparing four winners last Friday night. James Butt, who was handled in the 2150m trial by his regular reinsman Chris Voak, has drawn awkwardly at barrier five in the field of nine at his first appearance after an absence of 54 days. But he has the natural speed to overcome this disadvantage. In a three-horse trial at Byford, James Butt burst to the front after 500m and then dashed over the final three quarters in 30sec., 29.3sec. and 27.2sec. to win from open-class performer Waylade at a 1.58.2 rate. “He’s in with a chance and will go good on Friday night,” said Olivieri. “Hy Leexciting and Major Pocket have drawn to his inside and they are in good form and should prove hard to beat.” James Butt, a five-year-old by American stallion Big Jim, won at three of his 20 starts in New Zealand and has impressed in Western Australia with four wins and two placings from ten starts. Hy Leexciting, an eight-year-old to be driven by Emily Suvaljko for Banjup owner-trainer Ian Barker, is racing keenly and was a convincing winner three starts ago after racing without cover. He is favourably drawn at barrier two. The Ray Williams-trained Major Pocket also will have many admirers from barrier No. 3. With five seconds and one third from his past eight starts, he is overdue for a change of fortune. Also in contention is the polemarker, the Craig Hynam-trained Presidentmach, who will be driven for the first time by Shannon Suvaljko. He is a noted frontrunner, with eight of his 12 wins in South Australia coming after setting the pace. The most recent of his four wins in this State was when he started from the No. 2 barrier and set the pace before scoring from Quincey Brogden at Gloucester Park last April. Olivieri said that he was also looking forward for strong showings from The Last Parisian in race one, the Mondo Doro Smallgoods Pace, and Ardens Concord in race eight, the Worldwide Printing Pace. The Last Parisian, to be driven by Chris Lewis from out wide at barrier eight, will return to mobile racing after contesting stands at his past five starts. This will be his first appearance since he galloped at the start and finished at the rear behind Seven Demerits over 2560m at Northam on August 3. The Last Parisian came from fifth in the middle stages to finish second to talented four-year-old Ana Afreet in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. “It was a very good trial and he has gone forward since then,” said Olivieri. “Ardens Concord is also an each-way chance.” Ardens Concord will be driven by Chris Voak from the prized No. 1 barrier and he is capable of improving considerably from unplaced efforts at his past six starts since he set the pace from barrier two and won from Waimac Attack at a 1.57.5 rate over 2130m in March this year. Ken Casellas

El Jacko and Vampiro, two of the star performers from the powerful Greg and Skye Bond stables, look set to dominate the $50,000 Navy Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night and have bright prospects of providing the husband and wife combination with a quinella result in the Group 2 feature event. Punters face an intriguing quandary when choosing their selection in the 2130m race in which the talented stablemates have drawn favourably. The only real certainty surrounding the tactics of the 12 runners is that polemarker Thereugo will reveal his normal brilliant gate speed and will set the pace for Lindsay Harper, who celebrated his 60th birthday on Tuesday. El Jacko, with Dylan Egerton-Green in the sulky, will start from the No. 2 barrier, with Vampiro (Ryan Warwick) at No. 3. El Jacko finished an eye-catching second to the pacemaker and stablemate Our Jimmy Johnstone in the 2536m James Brennan Memorial last Friday night after enjoying a perfect passage behind the leader. He was hampered for room until getting into the clear 100m, when he sprinted fast, but was unable to overhaul Our Jimmy Johnstone, who set his rivals a difficult task by dashing over the final two quarters in 27.5sec. and 28.1sec. Vampiro started from the back line and raced in eighth position before fighting on doggedly to be sixth, less than three lengths from the winner and two lengths behind El Jacko. He will be very hard to beat this week, particularly if Warwick is able to slot him into the one-out, one-back position or the one-out, two-back spot. El Jacko, a seven-year-old with 21 wins from 58 starts, is an enigmatic pacer who gave a sample of his class by racing three back on the pegs and flashing home along the inside to finish a half-length second to the pacemaker Rocknroll Lincoln in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup last January. Then, in March he won the Pinjarra Cup from Rocknroll Lincoln and the Narrogin Cup. He has also had difficulty in the past of negotiating the final bend in races at Gloucester Park, particularly when racing one wide or wider on the track. Astute punters could well opt for Vampiro, a six-year-old with 19 wins from 50 starts, taking into account his splendid performance four starts ago when he began from barrier seven and worked hard in the breeze before finishing powerfully to snatch a half-head victory from the pacemaker Our Corelli in the 2536m August Cup. The Bonds also will be represented in Friday night’s Cup by 11-year-old Our Jimmy Johnstone, who will again be handled by Bailey McDonough, who rated the gelding perfectly in front to win last week’s Brennan Memorial. However, he will be at long odds this week after drawing the outside barrier (No. 9).           Greg Bond is seeking his second success in the Navy Cup. He prepared 9/4 favourite Richard Henry, who started from the No. 2 barrier, set the pace for Colin Brown and held on to win by a short half-head from Lightning Jake in November 2006. Chris Lewis, who has won the Navy Cup behind Skiptar (1980), Western Gentleman (1994), Mark Craig (1995), Super Strike (1996) and Lovers Delight (2015), will drive the in-form Our Corelli, who is handily drawn at barrier two on the back line. Our Corelli has won seven times from 11 starts for trainer Debra Lewis and he was far from disgraced in fading to finish ninth in last week’s Brennan Memorial when he began speedily from the outside barrier but was unable to cross to the front. He then had a tough run in the breeze before wilting only over the final 150m. Ross Olivieri, who has won the Navy Cup with Chipmont (1991), Mark Craig and Super Strike, will be pinning his faith on Mr Mojito, who will be driven by Chris Voak from barrier eight. Mr Mojito will be improved after his sound first-up fourth behind Our Corelli in the York Cup last Friday week, but faces a hard task from the wide draw.     Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr has won the Navy Cup with Abit Rich (1997), Real Life (2009), Hokonui Ben (2012), Beaudiene Boaz (2016) and Chicago Bull (2017 and 2018). He will be represented in Friday night’s Cup by King of Swing (barrier five) and Speed Man (barrier seven), who will need plenty of luck from their awkward draws. Ken Casellas

Young reinsman Bailey McDonough says veteran pacer Our Jimmy Johnstone is more than capable of measuring up in feature races over the summer, should connections decide to head that way, following his win in the James Brennan Memorial (2536m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 11-year-old proved age was no barrier in the $50,000 event, as he scored a comfortable 2.1m victory over stablemate El Jacko. Owner Rob Gartrell indicated on Friday night the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups may prove to be a bridge to far for Our Jimmy Johnstone, but McDonough told TABradio on Monday morning the winner at 28 of his 118 starts was still capable of matching it with the state’s best pacers. “He felt good during the run,” McDonough said. “This is probably the best of Our Jimmy Johnstone. “This horse is going as well as ever and he proved that on Friday night. “Mr Gartrell said they’d assess after each start and go from there. “He probably could be a force in those races with the right draw, but we will just play it by ear.” Our Jimmy Johnstone finished fifth in the WA Pacing Cup earlier this year, while he was well beaten in the Fremantle Cup a week earlier. Prior to Friday night, the Greg and Skye Bond-trained gelding’s most recent win came on June 1, 2018 and has since run six placings from 23 starts. The son of P Forty Seven had some issues getting settled at the mobile which had forced him to retire from a race five starts back. McDonough said he was worried for a moment in the score-up on Friday night, but was impressed with how he eventually settled. “I was worried going up to the gates (because) he started cantering as he did a few weeks ago for me,” he said. “I felt pretty confident with how he travelled. “He’s been pretty green and up and down with his form. “He’s had a few problems at home that were all sorted obviously.” Following Our Jimmy Johnstone’s win on Friday night, Ross Olivieri trained the last four winners on the program. Chris Voak teamed up with Atmospherical and Space Junk, before Chris Lewis guided Oliveiri’s other two winners Joe With The Flow and The Dali Express home.   Tim Walker

Before we launch into this week’s best bets from members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for Friday night at Gloucester Park, special congratulations should go out to TABradio’s racecaller Matt Young. Young, who recently won the Guild’s top tipster award for the second year running, realised a dream of every tipster when he tipped the card at last Saturday’s eight-race program at Bunbury. A $10 all-up wager on Young’s eight winners would have netted almost $500. Guild newcomer Warren Wishart, the former RWWA chief handicapper, opened his tipping debut in style with six winners, including his best bet and best value selection. Wishart believes Ocean Ridge can bounce back from his last-start defeat as an odds-on favourite. “Ocean Ridge is a high-class horse and is beautifully drawn in gate two,” Wishart said. “He should control things from the front and be too good for these.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft, who set the bar high for the other Guild members with eight winners on the firs night of the new season, is keen on Kingslayer. “Kingslayer has been impressive at his three local starts, all of those victories under standing-start conditions,” Havercroft said. “If he steps safely he should be saluting in a modest Friday night field.” Longshot guru Pat Harding is also a fan of Kingslayer. “My best bet comes up in race seven with No. 3 Kingslayer for Greg and Skye Bond,” Harding said. “With three wins in a row, he is ideally placed to make it four and I suspect he will lead all the way over the 2096 metre journey.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning likes the look of Bletchley Park. “Bletchley Park could not have bene more impressive when he won by 18m at a Gloucester Park midweek meeting on August 27,” Manning said. “The four-year-old was having his first start in four months and should improve considerably with the benefit of that race. He showed class when second in the WA Derby last April and has won at eight of 15 starts. The Mike Reed-trained horse looks a strong contender in the Golden Nugget later this year.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas believes another Bond-trained horse will salute. “Hit Is Rich is the least experienced runner in the fourth event on Friday night, but she’s my best bet on an attractive program when I expect her to improve on her 45 per cent winning record,” Casellas said. “The New Zealand-bred six-year-old is favourably drawn at barrier two and Ryan Warwick should have her in a commanding position throughout. She had a tough run in the breeze when a fighting third behind stablemate She Could be Good last Friday night.” TABradio racecaller Hayden King is confident punters can boost their bank early doors. “Saleahs Comand can sizzle across the face of the field and lead the first,” King said. “We saw last week how potent he is from the front and the same result is likely.” Guild president Wayne Currall, however, is at odds with King. “Bettor Reward has drawn the pole in the first race and with champion reinsman Chris Lewis in the bike he appeals as the horse they all have to beat,” Currall said. “This looks like a significant drop in class and there is no one better at getting a horse off the arm than ACL.”   VALUE BETS WARREN: Cut For An Ace can be a big improver from the good draw. He does have some impressive form over the sprint trip and I think he can win. Because of his figure form he could be around or just under each-way odds. RYAN: Our Corelli is likely to get out to a luxurious quote from his wide draw and it’s hard to knock his recent form, boasting seven wins from his last 10 this preparation. PAT: My value bet of the night is in the third with No. 3 Neighlor. With only a small field of nine I think Shannon Suvaljko can bounce him out of the barrier over the sprint journey and give punters an excellent sight. ERNIE: Delightfulreaction, who faced a difficult task from gate nine when unplaced last week, could have better luck with a draw inside the back line. In her past six starts, she has won twice at Gloucester Park and also run two places there. KEN: For value, I suggest The Dali Express in the final event. The Ross Olivieri-trained gelding is expected to lead from the No. 1 barrier and has sound prospects of upsetting the hot favourite Ocean Ridge. HAYDEN: The Dali Express will be some chance to upstage Ocean Ridge in the last. He should be able to lead and give a sight. WAYNE: Major Pocket won’t be suited by the draw or the sprint trip, but his form is hard to ignore - five seconds from his last six starts. Can mow them down off a hot pace. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting Wayne Currall

Lightly-raced four-year-old Bletchley Park is firmly on target for the $200,000 Golden Nugget Championship on December 13 and is a star bet at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he contests the Christmas Sundowner Packages Pace over 2130m. “He’s one of the best pacers I’ve trained,” declared astute horseman Mike Reed. “He should win on Friday night and his main aim is the Golden Nugget and then, possibly, I’ll set him for the WA Pacing Cup in January.” Reed’s son Mark will again be in the sulky behind Bletchley Park, who has drawn awkwardly at barrier seven. “He can go back or forward; I’ll leave it up to Mark. “I think he’s a very good horse. He showed that when he ran second in the WA Derby last April when he was miles underdone. He won at his first two starts as a three-year-old, at Pinjarra in December last year. But then he received a serious eye injury when a stone must have flipped up and hit him in the eye. “This resulted in an ulcer and it was feared that he could lose an eye. He had eight weeks off and wasn’t allowed out of the box three months before the Derby.” Bletchley Park resumed racing after an absence of just over four months when he scored a brilliant six-length victory over Universal Major, rating 1.56.8 over 2130m at Gloucester Park three Thursdays ago when he sped over the final quarter in 27.9sec. “His win was a bit harder run than I wanted him to have and he left a bit of feed after the race, so I decided not to run him on the following Friday,” Reed said. “He worked very well last Saturday and he’s back on song.” Reed said that he was also very satisfied with the form of his Well Said mare Arma Indie, who has won in sparkling fashion at her first three runs after a spell. “She could also be a candidate for the Golden Nugget,” he said. In-form trainer Matt Scott was bitterly disappointed at the fading effort of Neighlor in finishing a well-beaten eighth behind The Trilogy over 2130m last Friday night and has changed his training routine in a bid to have the six-year-old recover his zest for racing. Neighlor will start from barrier three in the 1730m Follow The Stars at Allwood Stud Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Neighlor enjoyed a perfect passage in the one-out, one-back position last Friday night, but wilted badly over the final 400m in last Friday night’s race. This was in marked contrast to his win at a 1.57.2 rate over 1730m at his previous outing ten nights earlier when he began speedily from barrier seven and set the pace before winning from Rock Me Over and Im Batman. “Neighlor pulled up blowing quite a bit after his last-start failure,” Scott said, admitting that he had probably been too easy on the gelding. “So, I have changed his work. He’s a bit lazy, so that’s why I’m working him harder. It’s handlebars down for his work this week, which includes two one-mile heats at Jandakot when I’m trying to rev him up. “He’s got to improve this week; I hope he will. I don’t know whether he can cross (to lead) this week. I think that Bettor Party could try to lead from the No. 1 barrier.” Ken Casellas

Star reinsman Chris Lewis has fond memories of his brief association with Bettor Reward and he is looking forward to joining forces again with the eight-year-old in the opening event, the Allwood Stud Farm Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He looks my best drive at the meeting,” he declared after the Clint Hall-trained eight-year-old drew the coveted No. 1 barrier in the $20,000 sprint. “It’s a good race for him, 1730m and barrier one. Wesley (barrier five) has good gate speed, but one is a good advantage.” Bettor Reward has raced 51 times for 13 wins and 11 placings, but Lewis has driven him only four times for a second to Three Bears at Bunbury in February 2016, an all-the-way win over The Odd Lover in the Manea Classic at Bunbury the same month, an unplaced run at Gloucester Park in December 2017 and fort an all-the-way win over 2190m at Northam seven starts ago. Bettor Reward was a winner three starts ago when he was handled by Hall and worked hard in the breeze for much of the way before beating Dominate The Dojo and The War Nurse at a 1.57 rate over 1730m at Gloucester Park on August 9. At his next two starts, with Hall in the sulky, Bettor Reward started from wide barriers and was unplaced over 2130m Black Jack Zac (barrier two) and Ardens Concord (three) should appreciate favourable draws, while Wesley (five), You Gotta Have Faith (six), Saleahs Comand (eight) and Hy Leexciting (No. 3 on the back line) will have admirers. Wesley, to be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green for Bunbury trainer Sarah Wall, possess sparkling gate speed and is overdue for a change of luck after close seconds to Catastrophic Event (over 1609m at Bunbury) and Magestic Prince (over 1684m at Pinjarra). However, Lewis is confident Bettor Reward can hold out the speedy pacer in the early battle for the lead. Saleahs Comand and Roman Aviator (barrier nine) also possess excellent gate speed, but like Wesley, they face tough tasks to outspeed Bettor Reward after the mobile releases the field.              You Gotta Have Faith, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr for Waroona trainer Bob Mellsop, looks set for a strong return to racing after an absence of almost six months. He impressed in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra last Sunday morning when he began speedily from barrier four, led for the first 550m and then took the trail behind James Butt before sprinting home strongly to win from that pacer at a 1.57.9 rate, with final quarters of 27.6sec. and 28.3sec. Ken Casellas

Six-year-old Runaway Three returned to form and ended a losing sequence of 12 when he set the pace and beat Oneonthewood and Ideal Flipflop over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night and young reinsman Corey Peterson is confident that the Mach Three gelding can handle the rise in class when he contests the Rock N Roll World at Allwood Stud Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Runaway Three, prepared by Kristian Hawkins, will start from the No. 1 barrier and Peterson is anxious to take full advantage of the draw by setting the pace. “The run on Tuesday night will do him the world of good,” said Peterson. “It will sharpen him right up, and before discussing tactics with Kristian, the likely plan is to lead. “His past few runs have been quite good (including a close second to Jaxon Fella after working hard without cover three starts ago) and I think he’s on the way up again. On Tuesday night he went to the line with plenty left in the tank. When there’s a horse right next to him, he will go all day. But if the horse in the breeze drops back, he’ll switch off a little bit.”       Runaway Three’s previous win was when he started from barrier one, set the pace and beat Hasani and Mister Spot over 2100m at Bunbury in late February. He is sure to meet with plenty of opposition on Friday night, particularly from Ideal One, Carter Micheal, Walkinshaw, El Hombre and his stablemate The Trilogy. Ideal One, trained by Gary Hall snr and to be driven by Maddison Brown, is favourably drawn at barrier two and looks very hard to beat. Ideal One started from barrier six in a 1730m sprint last Friday night and impressed in finishing with a resolute burst from sixth at the bell to be second to the pacemaker and stablemate Mad Robber, with a final quarter in 27.8sec. Ideal One is a smart frontrunner, like he showed four starts ago when he set the pace over 2536m and won from Waimac Attack and Beltane. The Nathan Turvey-trained Carter Micheal will be driven by Kyle Harper and the six-year-old is handily drawn at barrier three and looks set to fight out the finish. His past seven starts produced two wins, two seconds and three thirds.  Hawkins will handle The Trilogy, who will start from the inside of the back line and is capable of unwinding a strong finishing burst. The Trilogy took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier last Friday night when he led and won in fine style from Bad Round and Rock Me Over. Peterson will also drive the Hawkins-trained Call Me Ernie in the Melbourne Cup Luncheon at Gloucester Park Handicap, a stand over 2096m in which he will start from the inside of the front line. Peterson has driven Call Me Ernie to victory in 2560m stands at Northam at two of his past three starts. He rises sharply in class and Peterson said that the gelding is a reliable beginner in stands who would be suited by the relatively short distance. “But a place looks his best possible chance,” he said. Kingslayer, a recent import from New Zealand and a newcomer to the Forrestdale stables of Greg and Skye Bond, will be a short-priced favourite at his Gloucester Park debut who should maintain his unbeaten record in Australia after commanding victories in stands at Pinjarra at his first three starts in Australia. The Ross Olivieri-trained Space Junk (Chris Voak) will share the front line with Call Me Ernie, Kingslayer, Ideal Investment, Destined To Rule and Starlight Brigade and he is capable of a bold showing. Ken Casellas

Six-year-old Atmospherical, generally regarded as a standing-start specialist, surprised eight-time WA premier trainer Ross Olivieri with his brilliant victory in a mobile sprint event last Friday night and Olivieri is looking for the gelding to repeat the dose when he starts from barrier five in the 1730m Better Your Bet With TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Atmospherical, with Chris Voak in the sulky, resumed after a four-month absence with three runs in stands at Gloucester Park last month (for a second to Eloquent Mach followed by modest sixth and seventh placings) before Olivieri decided to give him a taste of mobile sprint racing last week when he started from the No. 5 barrier over 1730m. He raced in sixth position before a sparkling three-wide burst at the 650m mark took him to the front 200m later on the way to an effortless three-length win over Bee Seventeen at a 1.56.1 rate. “I was surprised by the way he won so well last week,” Olivieri admitted. “I knew he was good, but I didn’t realize that he would go that good. He came back this preparation off a bit of an injury. Another horse kicked him in the back leg. And that’s why he had the time off and he’s taken a couple of runs to get things right. “He’s a good 2500m stand horse and he gets away that well off the front that he generally gets to the lead and leading is not his go. And 1700m races are not his preferred distance. I don’t think that he has the gate speed to lead from barrier five. But they are going to run a bit which gives him the chance to sit and then run home.” Olivieri has nine runners on Friday night and he could well be the trainer to follow, with all his team having sound each-way prospects. Apart from Atmospherical, Olivieri strongly fancies The Dali Express, who will be driven by Chris Lewis from the prized No. 1 barrier in the final event, the Book Your Christmas Party at Gloucester Park Pace over 2130m. “The Dali Express is flying, and he won’t hand up the lead unless Ocean Ridge is too fast for him,” Olivieri said. “His run in a stand two starts ago when he galloped at the start (and finished tenth behind Twilight Sage) was enormous.” Lewis agreed with Olivieri that the New Zealand-bred six-year-old would be very hard to beat, saying: “It will be quite an advantage starting from barrier one and he’ll give Ocean Ridge plenty of competition. I’ll be looking to hold the lead and if he does, he will be hard to beat.” Ocean Ridge, to be driven by Ryan Warwick for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, will start from the No. 2 barrier and the five-year-old who has won seven times from 16 starts will have many admirers despite a costly last-start failure when a 2/1 on favourite and a disappointing ninth behind One Off Delight five Fridays ago. Ocean Ridge had settled in the one-out, one-back position before he galloped badly 550m after the start. He was shifting in and broke into a gallop when being corrected by Warwick. He dropped back to the rear before he dashed forward to be fourth at the 400m mark and then was hampered for room in the home straight. That followed a brilliant first-up victory over 2692m at Pinjarra when he finished powerfully from sixth at the bell to beat Starlight Brigade by eight and a half lengths at a 1.57.78 rate, with final quarters of 27.7sec. and 28.4sec. Olivieri agreed that Ardens Concord (race one), El Hombre (two), Crystal Sparkles (four), Motu Premier (five), Atmospherical (six), Space Junk (seven), Joe With The Flow (eight) and The Dali Express (nine) had sound each-way claims.   Ken Casellas

Champion reinsman Chris Lewis has won the $50,000 James Brennan Memorial a record eight times and he has not given up hope of recording his ninth victory in the Group 2 2536m feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night despite Our Corelli drawing the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line. Our Corelli, trained by Lewis’s wife Debra, is in superb form and has been most impressive in recording effortless all-the-way victories over 2130m on the past two Friday nights when he started from the prized No. 1 barrier. Lewis admitted that the lightly-raced five-year-old faced a stern test from the wide barrier but said that the gelding could not be written off as a winning prospect. “He keeps on improving and has stepped up in the past couple of starts,” he said. “The saving grace this week is that the race is over 2536m and that gives us some chance.” Our Corelli, who has won at seven of his ten starts for the Lewis stable, possesses sparkling gate speed, but Lewis is unlikely to use this ability in a bid to outpace the eight runners drawn on his inside. “There’s nothing like leading,” Lewis said. “But he comes home strongly from behind, and we will be reliant on a good solid pace.” Lewis was philosophical about Our Corelli drawing the outside barrier, saying: “We’ve had a fairly good run with draws in recent times until Deb has got three runners on Friday night and they have all drawn barrier nine in random draws.” Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond have high hopes of turning the tables on Our Corelli after Vampiro gave a fighting performance to finish a 7m second to Our Corelli in last Friday night’s group 3 York Cup. Vampiro raced wide early and then worked hard in the breeze and battled on gamely, with the final 800m being covered in 54.9sec. Vampiro will start from the outside (barrier two) on the back line and should settle down in a handy position in the one-wide line for star reinsman Ryan Warwick. Vampiro raced without cover before finishing determinedly to snatch a half-head victory over the pacemaker Our Corelli in the 2536m August Cup four weeks ago. Vampiro, a winner of one raced from seven starts in New Zealand, has been a wonderful performer in Western Australia with 18 wins and 15 placings from 42 starts. He was hot favourite at 3/1 on when he started from barrier three and dashed to the front after 120m before setting a solid pace and sprinting over the final 800m in 55.9sec. when he won the 2130m Brennan Memorial from stablemate Our Jimmy Johnstone and Tricky Styx last November. The Bond stable will again be represented by 11-year-old Our Jimmy Johnstone as well as seven-year-old El Jacko in this week’s feature event. The evergreen Our Jimmy Johnstone will start from the No. 1 barrier with Bailey McDonough in the sulky, with Dylan Egerton-Green handling the talented El Jacko from the inside of the back line. Adding interest to this week’s race will be the return of the smart Ross Olivieri-trained seven-year-old Motu Premier, who will be making his first appearance since he had a tough run in the breeze before winning the 2536m Media Guild Cup 50 weeks ago, beating King of Swing and Vampiro in a desperately close three-way photo finish. Lewis has driven Motu Premier for seven of his eight wins from 26 starts in WA. Chris Voak will handle the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old for the first time in a race. He handled the gelding in three recent 2150m trials at Byford for two wins and a third placing. Motu Premier was driven by Lewis when he finished powerfully from sixth at the bell to be third behind Chicago Bull and Soho Tribeca in the 2536m Brennan memorial two years ago. “The 2536m is not ideal for Motu Premier first-up,” said Olivieri. “His trials have been good. He will probably need a run or two to reach his peak, but he should be thereabouts. We’re ready to go and his main mission will be the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup in January.” Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr will be represented by smart five-year-olds Speed Man (barrier four) and King of Swing (five). Stuart McDonald will handle King of Swing, who was driven by Gary Hall Jnr when he enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, and fought on well when third behind Our Corelli last Friday night. Hall jnr has opted to drive Speed Man, who started from barrier nine and raced at the rear when eighth behind Our Corelli last week. In-form Andrew de Campo-trained six-year-old Handsandwheels is awkwardly drawn at barrier five and Aiden de Campo is likely to keep his options open regarding his tactics. Handsandwheels, a winner of three races in a row last month, is capable of fighting out the finish. Ravenswood trainer Nathan Turvey is hoping for a strong performance from Simba Bromac, who is ideally drawn at barrier two. Lewis drove Simba Bromac to an all-the-way win from the No. 2 barrier over 2130m at his latest appearance, six weeks ago.   Ken Casellas

Trainer Mike Reed has delivered a glowing assessment of promising pacer Bletchley Park, labelling him one of the best horses he’s had ahead of his second-up assignment at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The WA Derby runner-up returned in style at Gloucester Park on August 27, where he recorded an 18m win as a short-price favourite. The four-year-old now steps up in company to Friday’s Christmas Sundowner Packages Available At GP Pace (2130m) and is expected to take plenty of beating once again from barrier seven. Reed said Bletchley Park had enormous potential and was excited about his future. “I think he’s the best horse I’ve got in my stable,” he told GPTV Powered By RWWA. “I class him as good as any horse I’ve had. “He’s a very smart horse.” The son of American Ideal has seven rivals to contend with this Friday night, where Joe With The Flow (barrier one), The Arsonist (five) and Bee Seventeen (six) are expected to provide the stiffest competition. A winner at eight of his 15 career starts to date, Bletchley Park’s campaign will centre on the Group 1 Golden Nugget in December, a race Reed finished fifth in last year with Golden State. Despite the tricky draw this Friday night, Reed said he expected Bletchley Park to be too strong for the small field. “He should win,” he said. “It’s never easy, but I think it should be easy for him. “We worked him on Saturday and he’s right on song. “He worked the best he’s worked in a long time.” Bletchley Park was expected to back-up off his first-up win at Gloucester Park a fortnight ago, but Reed said he scratched the pacer after he didn’t eat all his feed following the win. Meanwhile, trainer Ross Olivieri has given a strong push for The Dali Express in the Book Your Christmas Party At Gloucester Park Pace (2130m) . The Dali Express won first-up in WA at Pinjarra on July 1, but has since managed just one placing in five subsequent starts. However, Olivieri said the gelding had his best chance to return to the winners list from barrier one this week. “I think The Dali Express is the one to beat barring the Bond’s horse (Ocean Ridge),” Olivieri told GPTV Powered By RWWA. “The Dali Express will run along and whatever is good enough to beat him will beat him. “He’s flying at the moment.” Olivieri also has Carrera Mach engaged in the race from barrier nine and indicated he was also nearing a win if he replicated his trackwork. Elsewhere, a field of 11 has assembled for the Group 2 James Brennan Memorial (2536m) on Friday night. Simba Bromac (barrier two), King Of Swing (five), Handsandwheels (six) and Vampiro (11) loom as key contenders in the $50,000 event. Tim Walker

Highly talented pacer Mighty Conqueror is nearing a return to racing, as he looks to work his way into feature races over the summer. The Greg and Skye Bond-trained gelding made a big impression in his first season of racing in Western Australia, winning nine of his 13 starts. His most impressive performance, arguably, came in the Golden Nugget where he finished second to stablemate Ana Malak. Greg Bond said Mighty Conqueror had battled a few minor issues in his first season and gave him an extended break following his Easter Cup win in April. “He’s working up with Our Alfie Romeo now, so they’re probably three weeks away this Friday from coming back to the races,” he told TABradio. “We decided to give him a longer break than what we might normally give them. “He’d done a lot of work, so he’d earnt the right to a couple of months off.” Bond said he hoped Mighty Conqueror would be able to get to races like the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup in January, but felt the five-year-old would have to prove himself of being up to that level. “He’s probably got to earn the right to get in to those races,” he said. “He’s still only just over a $70,000 earning horse, so he still has less than $100,000 races to pick his way through. “If he’s good enough he will be there. “I’m pretty sure he will get there and when he does I’m sure he’ll be good enough as well.” Ana Malak won both the Group 1 4YO Classic and Golden Nugget last season and has returned to the Bond team’s stable for the upcoming summer features. The son of Bettors Delight went to Dean Braun’s Victorian stable earlier this year and won four of his seven starts. However, Bond said Ana Malak was still some time from returning to the track. “He’s had his second gallop today, so he’s probably six weeks away,” he said. “He will come back and we will target Christmas time and January with him as well.” Bond also confirmed Our Alfie Romeo would be the stable’s number one hope for the Group 1 Mares Classic over the summer. Meanwhile, Kingslayer continued his unbeaten run in WA with another strong win in the Alcoa Family Fun Day Standing Start (2116m) at Pinjarra yesterday. The gelding sat outside stablemate and race leader Where Ya Bin and went on to score a commanding 4.2m win. Bond said it was rare the stable purchased five and six-year-olds from New Zealand, but felt Kingslayer could be a good acquisition for them. “It looks like he’s going to develop into a nice performer for us,” he said. “He’s not the age we normally buy, but I was over there in October and quite liked him. “When he fronts up to mobile racing, I expect him to be more than competitive.” Tim Walker

Friday night at Gloucester Park marks the beginning of the 2019\20 metropolitan harness racing season. But before we dissect tomorrow night's card, we should acknowledge the WA Trotting Media Guild’s winners for the 2018\19 season. Matt Young made it two in a row when he finished on top as the leading tipster, Pat Harding won the longest-priced winner (for maybe the ninth time in a row) and Ken Casellas and Wayne Currall shared the spoils for the most winners on a night (nine on a 10-event card). Congratulations to all our winners. Polemarkers Mad Robber and Our Corelli are two horses earmarked by members of the Guild as star bets on Friday night. The newest member of the panel, former RWWA chief handicapper Warren Wishart and now a form analyst on Radio Great Southern, is keen on Mad Robber, as is TABradio racecaller Hayden King and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft. “The best bet of the night comes up in race nine in Mad Robber,” Wishart said. “He looks beautifully placed over the sprint distance drawing barrier one. Should lead and win.” King and Havercroft agree. “Mad Robber has the pole again and the result should be as predictable as last week,” King said. “He is a very competent frontrunner and this looks his for the taking.” “Mad Robber led easily last week from the same draw and this field looks no better,” Havercroft said. “I’m not sure any of these are good enough to get around him over the sprint distance.” Longshot guru Harding and The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believe Our Corelli will continue on his winning ways. “Could be a good night for favourites for the first Friday night meeting of the season at GP,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night come up in race five with Our Corelli. He again has the benefit of barrier one and should make it two wins in a row. His last win was impressive and he should give another excellent front-running exhibition.” Manning concurs. “Our Corelli gets the chance to repeat his impressive all-the-way win last Friday after again drawing gate one,” Manning said. “The gelding will be hard to run down, judging by the way he scored by almost 11m and rated 1:52.7 over 1730m last week. He looks a Fremantle Pacing Cup and WA Pacing Cup hope, on the strength of six wins in nine starts since a transfer to trainer Debra Lewis.” TABradio’s Young has gone with another polemarker in the shape of Extreme Prince. “Extreme Prince has returned with good form, awfully unlucky last run and has the draw to go the journey,” Young said. On-course announcer Casellas is looking at another horse who has drawn the pole to keep the winners rolling in. “The Trilogy switches back to mobile racing on Friday night and gets an ideal opportunity to end a losing sequence of 10 by leading all the way from the No. 1 barrier,” Casellas said. “My best bet on the night possesses excellent gate speed and relishes the role of pacemaker. The Kristian Hawkins-trained and driven The Trilogy has been racing in good form in stands at his past four starts, the most recent being three Fridays ago when he started off 30m and sustained a spirited burst from last to finish a close second to Eloquent Mach.” Guild president Currall is the only member of the panel not to make a polemarker his best bet. “Aldo Cortopassi will have a look for the lead from gate two with Major Pocket, but the rails horse Waimac Attack may have too much speed at the start,” Currall said. “Forget Major Pocket went around last week when he finished down the track behind the ‘Crazy Burglar’ - he was tramping three and four deep when they were scooting home in a slick 56.4. Major Pocket’s four previous runs were terrific efforts and I think he’ll break his drought in this race.” VALUE BETS WARREN: I expect improvement tonight from Hot Fraternity, and I also think he will be at each-way odds. This race shapes far more ideally for him and he will give a great sight. HAYDEN: Sir Nicholas is racing well but always needs luck. He has won over this track and distance before and he could blouse them late. RYAN: Spud’s numerical form doesn’t look enticing, but this assignment for his local debut should represent a big drop in class. A recent second at Byford trials suggests he is ready to go. PAT: I thought Michael Joseph was a tad unlucky last week. He’s coming out of barrier four over the sprint distance and should give punters an excellent sight. ERNIE: Champion trainer Gary Hall is persevering with nine-year-old The Arsonist, who has not won in his past 13 starts, and the gelding  should be kept under consideration by punters. He can improve on a ninth last Friday, when  racing for the first time in five months. MATT: Lightning Calder trialled well at Northam and, even though off 30m, should run a big race at decent odds. KEN: Michael Joseph could provide some good value by bouncing back to his best in race eight. He will pay to follow, taking into account his strong second to Roman Aviator two starts ago. WAYNE: El Hombre finished third behind Our Corelli last week and this represents a drop in class. He’s drawn to get the world perfect run behind the ‘Crazy Burglar’ and could finish right over the top at each-way odds. Two former Media Guild members are doing it tough at the moment. Stuart Lowe and Robbie Dewar are struggling with health problems. On behalf of all Guild members and the harness racing fraternity, we wish them both all the best and hope to see them back on their feet in the near future. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

Giant five-year-old pacer Always On is poised to make a successful Western Australian debut after beating smart last-start winner Neighlor in a track workout last Saturday morning. Trained at Serpentine by Matt Scott, the Victorian-bred Always On is a sprint specialist who will start from barrier four in the 1730m Sun of Anarchy Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will be driven by Shannon Suvaljko. “He was advertised for sale on the Trading Ring and one of my owners John Gullace made a few inquiries and he and a couple of other gentlemen decided to buy the horse for $14,000,” Scott said. “He has been here for about a month and is working quite well. Neighlor couldn’t beat him on Saturday morning. He is fast out of the mobile and is a good frontrunner. We will be coming out hard on Friday night and we’re keen to lead over the mile. “At his latest start he raced in the breeze before running away from them and winning the Robinvale Cup at Mildura on July 24. He’s a good chance on Friday night.” The $7000 Robinvale Cup was run over 1709m and Always On, having his first start for three months, rated a modest 1.58.1, with final quarters of 29.1sec. and 29.9sec. His appearance on Friday night will be his first in a metropolitan-class event.   Always On, a massive gelding who stands more than 17 hands tall, has had only 26 starts for eight wins and six placings. Six of his wins have been at Mildura, all over 1790m, and he has been successful over 2040m at Ouyen and 2180m at Stawell. Suvaljko said that he had watched replays of Always On’s races. “He’s huge and has got gate speed, and this looks a winnable race for him,” he said. Suvaljko, who landed a treble with Brookies Jet, Son Of A Tiger and The Midas Touch last Friday night, faced a difficult decision in choosing between The Midas Touch and Son of A Tiger in the Corey Peterson Pace over 2130m. He settled on The Midas Touch, who will start from barrier three on the front line. His daughter Emily will drive Son Of A Tiger, who is poorly drawn out wide at barrier nine. “My sister Georgena Navin owns The Midas Touch and he should be able to duck in and get a good run behind Waimac Attack and Major Pocket, while Son Of A Tiger, from nine, probably will have to go back at the start,” he said. The Midas Touch set the pace from barrier two last week and dashed over the final three quarters in  29.7sec., 28.3sec. and 28.5sec. when he defeated the strong-finishing Waimac Attack by a half-neck. He rated 1.57.2 over 2130m, with the pacemaking Son Of A Tiger was untroubled to coast to an effortless all-the-way victory at a 1.58.1 rate over 2130m. “The Midas Touch doesn’t have to lead,” Suvaljko said. “He only does what he has to do and can win again. Son Of A Tiger also is capable of winning. He did it easily and ran home in 27.8sec. last week.” Emily Suvaljko has a perfect record in the sulky behind the Matt Scott-trained Son Of A Tiger, have guided the gelding to victory at his first two starts in WA, at Wagin and Narrogin.   Ken Casellas

1 to 16 of 3168
1 2 3 4 5 Next »