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A LIFE ban and possible criminal charges await a lunatic who threw his shoe at the field in the feature race at Gloucester Park last Friday night. As the runners in the $50,000 Group 2 Sales’ Classic neared the winning post with a lap to go, a young man threw a shoe at the leader, Shockwave, but miraculously the field was not disrupted. It could so easily have caused a fall and harm to horses and drivers. Gloucester Park Operations Manager Tony Williamson said two shoes were throw onto the track and one hit the sulky of a horse. “We called the police, they’ve taken their details and they are fairly well know young guys here in Perth who play footy. The stewards are taking it from here,” he said. “One of the young men will be banned. What he did was ridiculous and dangerous.” The race was won by emerging star Patrickthepiranha, who had a lovely sit on a hot speed and just scored by a head. It wasn’t the only big three-year-old race on the night. The other saw Gary Hall Sr’s pair Eloquent Mach just stave-off boom Kiwi import Major Trojan by a nose in a 1min55.5sec mile rate for 2130m. They both look serious WA Derby players. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ GARY Hall Sr can’t hide his excitement, Not only is his sidelined champion Chicago Bull back in work, but the hopples went on this week. “So far so good. He’s back quicker than we thought, but it was a guess. They hadn’t seem injuries like his,” he said. “You don’t get many like this guy and his season came to an end so abruptly. It’s great to have him back. “There’s no rush from here. Just a long, steady build-up to get his fitness and confidence then back to races.” Chicago Bull had a freakish reaction to an injection, flipped and badly damaged his back the day after an Alexandra Park win took him into NZ Cup favourite last October. Chicago Bull’s arch-rival, Soho Tribeca, is also back in rehab work, but a long way off racing. “He looks great, but has just started some slow pace work. Hopefully he makes it back when he’s ready,” trainer-driver Mick Stanley said. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ INTERESTING to see Golden Nugget winner and highly-rated former Kiwi pacer Ana Malak switch stables, albeit briefly. The young star won the Nugget for Greg and Skye Bond, but is back in work with Dean Braun for a campaign. “It’s just for this campaign to see what he can do over there,” Bond said. “He’s a free-for-all horse now in Perth or just a M2/C7 in Victoria so there’s more opportunities for him over there.” Ana Malak finished a soft third in a Geelong trial on March 4, indicating he was still a way away from racing. The entire has raced just nine times for seven wins, two placings and $237,499. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ FORMER classy Kiwi pacer Cash N Flow is gradually finding his mojo for the Craig Cross/McCarthy team. The six-year-old former All Stars’ gelding made the most of a lovely Luke McCarthy drive to win the Menangle free-for-all in a slick 1min53.9sec mile rate for 2300m last Friday night. Cash N Flow worked to the front, but McCarthy was content to take a sit on his brother, Todd, aboard race favourite Majordan. Cash N Flow then took an inside run to score by 2.7m over the talented Ellmers Image with Majordan another five metres away in third spot. Menangle’s other feature, the $50,000 Group 2 Tatlow 2YO, produced a stirring finish with favourite Mistery Road, a son of Mr Feelgood, snatching a half-head win over Krafty Bart in a 1min54.4sec mile. Mistery Road’s driver Anthony Frisby teamed with much-improved mare Major Occasion for arguably the win of the night in race three. The four-year-old ran right up to her huge second to Our Dream About Me in the Group 1 Ladyship Mile when she did all the worked and won in a 1min50.6sec mile last Friday. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ THE good babies are starting to emerge in Australia. At Bendigo last Thursday, Marg Lee unleashed nicely-bred colt Jilliby Nitro, a daughter of Bettors Delight out of Safely Kept mare Kiewa Valley. Kiewa Valley, a winner of seven races, has just the one foal to race, Rockmemama (21 starts, seven wins and $148,860), including the NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO fillies’ final. Off the back of a sharp Geelong trial win, Jilliby Nitro packed too much speed for his rivals to win by 2.2m in a 1min56.2sec mile rate for 1650m. At Horsham last Monday, Emma Stewart unleashed her highly-rated colt Be Happy Mach for an impressive win from off the speed. Chris Alford had to dodge traffic and come deep in the last lap, but Be Happy Mach still clocked a private 56.2sec last half out deep to win by 3.4m in a 1min57.5sec mile rate for 1700m. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ STILL on babies and I’m honoured to have a superbly-bred one named after me having its first run at Terang on Tuesday. Soho Hamilton, a brother to Soho Tribeca and half to Carlas Pixel and Soho Nolita, is trained and driven by Mick Stanley and owned and bred by Rob Watson. “Hopefully he does you proud,” Stanley said. “His stable name is Adam. He’s showing plenty of talent, but I can’t help but think whatever he does this year he’ll be a better three-year-old.” Watson said: “Mate we only name the good ones after good people. I think this bloke goes nearly as good as you.” ______________________________________________________________________________________________ AUSTRALIA has so many iconic country cups and Broken Hill’s version is certainly one of them. About as remote a venue as you can get, a big crowd packed Broken Hill and watched respected SA horseman Greg Norman’s gelding The Deal thrash his rivals in the $14,000 feature last Friday night.   Adam Hamilton

Former AFL star Rhys Palmer is reportedly in a critical condition after a motorbike accident in Perth last night. The former Fremantle and Carlton player was riding in Perth last night with his partner on the back of the bike when they were hit at an intersection. Nine News Perth reported the 30-year-old is in a critical condition in the intensive care unit of Royal Perth Hospital after requiring surgery. Palmer plays for Swan Districts Football Club and the team’s operations manager Phil Smart said he had visited Palmer in hospital this morning and revealed he’d been placed in a coma, according to Perth Now, after having his spleen removed and losing a lot of blood. “It’s more positive than it was last night, but he still has a fair way to go,” Mr Smart said. “They (doctors) said he had been responsive to different things.” It is understood his passenger was not badly hurt. Palmer plays in the WAFL for Swan Districts and the club issued a statement this morning about the crash. “The club is of the understanding that Rhys was driving the motorbike and was not to blame for the accident,” the statement said. “It must be noted that the accident was not related to any of the events of the previous 48 hours.” Former AFL star hurls shoe onto race track Swan Districts Chief Executive Jeff Dennis said his thoughts are with Palmer, his partner and their families. “The health and wellbeing of Rhys and his passenger is of utmost importance to the club,” he said. “There is no consideration of anything else at this point in time.” The news comes a day after Palmer was involved in a bizarre incident at the harness racing at Gloucester Park, where his shoes were “thrown” at a horse mid-race. Footage from a race showed the trotters making their way down the straight before getting the final lap underway when a shoe can be seen hurling through the air before landing on the track. Palmer issued a statement late yesterday saying he had been “wrestling” with a mate when the shoe was flung, and apologised for the incident. “No shoe was deliberately thrown at a horse during any race and I have the utmost respect for the racing community and all those involved,” he wrote. “It was simply unfortunate timing. I was having a light hearted wrestle with a young teammate, oblivious to what was happening around us. “What transpired was a shoe being thrown which unbeknown to us was unfortunately at the same time the horses had made their way around the course.” Palmer won the 2008 NAB rising star and made a name for himself as a member of the Fremantle Dockers before joining the GWS Giants. After being delisted by Carlton following the 2017 season, Palmer returned to Western Australia where he signed with the Swan Districts in the West Australian Football League. The club struggled throughout the 2018 season finishing eighth on the ladder of nine teams and winning only six out of 18 games. Reprinted with permission of News.com.au

The Colin Brown-trained Patrickthepiranha has shown yet again why he’s the horse to beat for next month’s WA Derby, following an eventful running of the Sales Classic (2130m) for the three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park last night. In a race marred by an incident where two spectators threw shoes on to the track, all six horses managed to get around safely and it was Patrickthepiranha that outlasted the rest. Brown also had Its Rock And Roll in the $50,000 event, which he drove, while Dylan Egerton-Green took the drive on Patrickthepiranha. The veteran reinsman tried to find the front on Its Rock And Roll, but Shockwave was able to hold the front from barrier three. The early speed allowed Patrickthepiranha to settle behind the leaders and gain the perfect run throughout. Patrickthepiranha hit the front with 100m left, before $91 outsider Walsh flashed down the outside late to almost cause a major upset. The Four Starzzz Shark gelding held on to win by a head and ran home in 58.9. Egerton-Green said he was impressed by Patrickthepiranha’s performance and was fortunate to avoid a serious accident after the incident. “We actually didn’t see it, so he was fine,” he told RWWA Harness. “The horse went good and he’s probably got a bit of room for improvement off that run. “I don’t think he saw Walsh coming. “He always finds the front then switches off a bit, so I’ve probably got a bit of training to do there.” Egerton-Green said he was confident Patrickthepiranha could go to the WA Derby on April 6 without another run, but said the Group 2 Western Gateway next week could be a suitable option. Brown said he would consider running Its Rock And Roll in the Western Gateway next week as well. In the filly’s edition of the Sales Classic, Has No Fear proved too classy for her rivals in scoring a 7.4m victory. Elsewhere on the night, Eloquent Mach and Major Trojan continued to enhance their WA Derby claims, running first and second respectively in the WA Derby Prelude (2130m). The pair finished produced a repeat of the result from the Battle Of Bunbury last Saturday night. Meanwhile, Handsandwheels justified his short-priced quote to take out the Group 2 4&5YO Championship (2130m) for the Andrew De Campo stable. Handsandwheels was able to control the race from barrier one and never looked like being beaten. Vincenzo Peruggia and Lord Willoughby filled the minor placings. In the Free-For-All event of the evening, consistent pacer The Bucket List made a well-deserved return to the winners circle, storming home to beat Whozideawasthis and Vultan Tin.   Tim Walker

The former AFL player at the centre of a bizarre incident in which a pair of shoes were allegedly thrown at horses during a race at at Gloucester Park last night has responded to the claims with a social media post. Swan Districts player Rhys Palmer posted an update on the saga on Facebook about 4.00pm this afternoon, stating he wanted to provide “clarity as to the events that unfolded” that were just a case of “quite simply boys being boys”. “Firstly, let me be clear, no shoe was deliberately thrown at a horse during any race, & I have the utmost respect for the racing community and all those involved,” the post read. “It was simply unfortunate timing. “I was having a light hearted wrestle with a young teammate, oblivious to what was happening around us. “What transpired was a shoe being thrown which unbeknown to us was unfortunately at the same time the horses had made their way around the course.” In the post, Palmer apologised to the owners, trainers and drivers involved, as well as his football club, and said security footage would support his version of events. He rounded his response off with a pledge to donate to the Off The Track program that rehomes retired racehorses. While some remained sceptical, many who responded to the post applauded Palmer’s efforts to allay concern the incident was deliberate. Racing and Wagering WA stewards are investigating the incident with a possibility the culprits will be banned from all harness racing, horse racing and greyhound racing clubs in WA. Palmer has been playing in the WAFL since his AFL career ended in 2017 after 123 games with the Dockers, the Giants and finally Carlton. Swan Districts has confirmed their players were involved in the incident at Gloucester Park and were investigating what happened. One of the horses in the race was part-owned by the Swan Districts coach. By Rory Campbell Reprinted with permission of 7News Perth

The unfortunate scratching of WA Pacing Cup winner Rocknroll Lincoln has opened up the opportunity for Handsandwheels to score another feature race win in the four and five-year-old Championship (2130m) at Gloucester Park tomorrow night. Handsandwheels recorded his first feature win since the 2017 WA Derby in last month’s Group 2 RWWA Cup and proved himself as a Free-For-All horse on the rise. He continued his solid form with a tough fourth to El Jacko in the Pinjarra Cup on March 4. He gets another chance for a Group 2 win in tomorrow night’s $50,000 event, where he has drawn barrier one. The Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln, who had drawn barrier nine and looked the main danger to Handsandwheels, was withdrawn earlier today due to bruising in his feet. Prentice said he wasn’t 100 per cent happy with Rocknroll Lincoln and said the five-year-old would now be spelled, with a view towards next year’s WA Pacing Cup. Aiden De Campo has the drive on Handsandwheels, trained by his father Andrew, tomorrow night and said the five-year-old deserved to be the one to beat off his recent form. “He’s going great,” he told RWWA Harness. “His Pinjarra Cup run was good and his work since then has been good too. “We were looking for the right race for him and this looks to be that right one.” De Campo said he expected to hold the lead from the favourable draw, but acknowledged the short-priced favourite Handsandwheels would still have his work cut out to win the race. “He’s got good gate speed and I can’t imagine anything else would want to pressure us,” he said. “There’s no such thing as a good thing in racing though. “There are still some well performed horses in the race.” Handsandwheels is now a $1.07 favourite with TABtouch, ahead of Clarenden Hustler ($10) and Hasani ($12). De Campo takes the drive on $51 outsider Walsh in the Sales Classic for the three-year-old Colts and Geldings (2130m), but conceded the gelding would have his work cut out to beat star trio Patrickthepiranha, Shockwave and Its Rock And Roll. Prentice has the short-priced favourite Has No Fear in the Sales Classic for the three-year-old fillies and hopes to launch a WA Oaks campaign off the back of it. De Campo’s only other drive of the evening is in the opening event with Smoldering Ashes, who he felt could fill a minor placing from barrier 11. “We will drop back to the fence and hopefully be three back,” De Campo said. “If he gets the splits he can figure in the finish, if he doesn’t we will bring him back again next week and have another go.”   Tim Walker

The Nathan Turvey-trained and driven Livura seems a good way for punters to start the night on a winning note at Gloucester Park on Friday night, according to members of the WA Trotting Media Guild. In a show of confidence, every member of the Guild thinks Livura can score an all-the-way victory. Budding race caller and form analyst Hayden King has even made Livura his best bet for the meeting. “Livura is a very bold frontrunner and he will be very hard to beat in the first race,” King said. “He is racing well and this is his chance.” Multiple winner of the Guild’s tipping competition Stuart Lowe, The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have all made Has No Fear their star bet. “Has No Fear has struck a purple patch of form with impressive wins here at her last two starts,” Lowe said. “This race doesn’t look any stronger.” Manning and Havercroft agree. “Has No Fear should give top young trainer Justin Prentice the chance to complete a prestige double, after winning the 2YO Colts and Geldings Sales Classic Final with Major Martini last Friday night,” Manning said. Havercroft says Has No Fear has a class edge over her rivals. “Half the field are maidens and her main rival, Soho Interceptor, will come from the back line,” he said. TABradio’s two Matts - McDermott and Young - together with Guild president Wayne Currall are keen on Ardens Concord. “He hasn’t been beaten far recently and has the draw to settle close enough and be within striking distance,” McDermott said. Young and Currall are in agreement. “Ardens Concord has been flying since returning and has the draw to lead and should be winning on recent form,” Young said. Currall says Arden Concord has his hoof on the till and is ready to salute on Friday night. “Ardens Concord is cherry ripe after four runs back from a spell and is poised to score here,” he said. Longshot guru Pat Harding believes classy filly Typhoon Tiff can upstage her male rivals. “Although there is quite a deal of form in this race, I think Typhoon Tiff is a cut above the rest and is always well driven by trainer Colin Brown,” Harding said. “I expect the filly to show her class and have a good win.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas is a loyal bloke. This is the third time he’s made Liberty Rose his best bet - maybe third time lucky. “Bad luck continues to dog consistent mare Liberty Rose and the time is ripe for her to enjoy some good fortune on Friday night when she will start from the inside of the back line in the final event,” Casellas said. “She has the ability to unwind a sparkling late burst and she is my star bet on the 10-event card.” RWWA’s racing communications co-ordinator Tim Walker has settled on the consistent Handsandwheels as his best bet. “I’m tipping Handsandwheels to lead all the way,” Walker said. “He just looks to get a lovely run at the front here. He’s racing in terrific form and I think he’s the best bet on the program.” VALUE BETS HAYDEN: Soho Wonder will be sneaking through late again. One for the exotics. STUART: Ardens Concord has been forced to cover a ton of ground at each of his last three runs. At each of those runs he finished hard on the heels of the placegetters. The two draw here brings him in with each-way claims. ERNIE: Liberty Rose has not won in her past 11 starts, but she possesses the ability to bounce back. The four-year-old had difficulty getting a clear run when finishing fifth last Friday night. She was only narrowly beaten in her previous race. RYAN: Vincenzo Perrugia has been racing often, and very well, since joining the Tony Svilicich stable. Drawn to dictate the pace in the 4YO & 5YO Championship and a most interesting runner. MATT M: Mitch Maguire has his fair share of ability and finished only nine metres from the winner last start in the Pinjarra Cup after settling six back the pegs. HIs last win was against a similar line-up . MATT Y: Ona Happy Note has drawn to get a lovely run in a race where there could be a genuine tempo and he could swoop late. Each-way value. WAYNE: Back To The Beach is drawn to get the run of the race behind likely leader Livura in the opening event. Looks each-way all day and can win if he sees daylight in time. PAT: The Annie Belton-trained Lady De La Renta hasn't had a great deal of luck in recent times, but she does have some class and I think Kim Prentice can steer her home at good odds. KEN: Vultan Tin is awkwardly drawn out at barrier seven in the 1730m sprint. I’m tipping he’ll be putting the pressure on in the early stages. TIM: Halle Rage was an impressive winner last week and has a favourable draw here. There does look to be some speed inside her, but she will put herself in the race early and may be able to hold out some smart types from the second row. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting!   Wayne Currall

Remarkably, New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Livura has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier only once in his first 63 starts in mobile events in Western Australia. The Nathan Turvey trained and driven gelding will enjoy starting from barrier one for just the second time when he contests the opening event, the DTS Farmlock Fencing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he should give punters a flying start by setting the pace and winning the 2130m event. The previous time Livura started from barrier one was three starts ago, at Gloucester Park on December 7 last year when he set the pace and finished third behind Saying Grace and Carter Micheal. He resumed racing last Friday night after a three-month absence and had no luck at all, finishing last in a field of seven behind Mattjestic Star. A 12/1 chance, he raced three back on the pegs in fifth position before he hung out slightly 500m from home and lost ground when he locked wheels with the sulky of Lord Willoughby. And then he was blocked for a clear passage in the final stages. Livura makes strong appeal as the pacemaker in this week’s race. He has set the pace in five of his 16 wins in this State. One of his dangers appears to be Kimani, who will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line. Kimani reappeared last Friday night after a two-month absence when he started from the inside of the back line and trailed the pacemaker Bronze Seeker. He was blocked for a clear run throughout the final circuit and finished second to Bronze Seeker. Gary Hall Jnr, who drove Bronze Seeker to victory last week, has opted to handle Kimani this week, with the drive on Bronze Seeker going to Michael Grantham. Bronze Seeker, who will be competing in his 227th race, is awkwardly drawn at barrier seven and will need luck to figure in the finish. One of the best bets on the program should be Im Soxy in race two in which he will be driven by Ryan Warwick from the favourable No. 2 barrier. Im Soxy, a WA-bred gelding trained in Bunbury by Brian Clemens, caught the eye last Friday night when he raced three back on the pegs in fifth position before finishing with a powerful burst to be a close-up third behind Caviar Star and Herrick Roosevelt, with the final quarter whizzing by in 27.2sec.   Ken Casellas

Star Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice has high hopes that Rocknroll Lincoln will maintain his superb form and win the $50,000 Direct Trades Supply Four and Five-Year-Old Championship over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I plan that this will be his final run before going out for a spell,” Prentice said. “And it would be nice for him to go out on a winning note, though barrier nine will be no help. Once again, his chief mission will be the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups next season. “He went to the line really well when a close second to El Jacko in the Pinjarra Cup (on Monday of last week). He had to come three deep without cover.” At his previous outing Rocknroll Lincoln gave a powerful performance to win the Governor’s Cup after racing three wide for the first lap and taking the lead 1100m from home before scoring by a length from As Happy As Larry at a 1.54.7 rate over 2130m. That was his first appearance since winning the group 1 2936m WA Pacing Cup five weeks earlier. Rocknroll Lincoln will again be handled by champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, who appears certain to send the five-year-old forward in the first circuit. The stallion will again clash with the Andrew de Campo-trained Handsandwheels, who has performed strongly in both the Governor’s Cup and Pinjarra Cup at his past two starts. WATCH INTERVIEW WITH AIDEN DE CAMPO Handsandwheels finished with plenty of determination when fourth in the Governor’s Cup and he raced in sixth position in the one-wide line and was hampered for room until the final stages when he went to the line strongly to finish a close fourth in the Pinjarra Cup. Reinsman Aiden de Campo, who has driven 59 winners this season and will celebrate his 27th birthday on Saturday, said he was planning to set a solid pace in his bid for victory on Friday night. Six-year-old El Jacko, who burst to the front in the first circuit and then set the pace before winning the Pinjarra Cup, will be favoured to give trainers Greg and Skye Bond and reinsman Ryan Warwick another feature race win by proving too smart for his rivals in the $30,000 Narrogin Cup over 2662m on Saturday night. El Jacko will start from barrier five on the front line and will clash with giantkiller Always Arjay, Simba Bromac, James Butt and Sweet N Fast. The Bond camp will be represented by in-form New Zealand-bred pacers Ana Afreet (Warwick) and The Buckeye Bullet in the DTS Chainmesh Fencing Pace, a WA Derby prelude over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This will be an acid test for the inexperienced Ana Afreet, who will start from the back line. The versatile Bettors Delight black colt has not been extended in a winning at his only three starts --- two at Pinjarra and one at Bunbury. The Buckeye Bullet, a winner at five of his ten starts, also faces a testing time from the No. 6 barrier on the front line. Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr has three runners in the race, last-start winners Eloquent Mach (Stuart McDonald), Robbie Easton (Micheal Ferguson) and Major Trojan (Gary Hall Jnr). The greatest interest will surround the performance of the lightly-raced Major Trojan, who will start from the inside of the back line. An impressive winner at two of his five New Zealand starts, Major Trojan made his Australian debut at Bunbury last Saturday night when he enjoyed a perfect trip in the one-out, one-back position in the $25,000 Battle of Bunbury before starting a three-wide move 300m from home and fighting of doggedly to finish a neck second to stablemate and pacemaker Eloquent Mach. The final quarters on a rain-affected track were covered in 27.7sec. and 27.8sec. and Major Trojan, an upstanding colt, should have derived great benefit from his first outing for four months.  Ken Casellas

Talented colt Shockwave, relegated to second in three Group 1 events for two-year-olds last year, is on target to break through for his first feature victory, according to his trainer Ryan Bell. Bell is happy with Shockwave’s draw at barrier No. 3 in the $50,000 DTS Pine Logs Sales Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night and is confident the Mach Three colt is capable of leading and emerging triumphant in the Group 2 event over 2130m. Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, fresh from landing two winners and winning the Noel Smith Memorial Invitation Drivers Championship at Victorian track Horsham on Monday, will be planning to take full advantage of Shockwave’s sparkling gate speed in a bid for an all-the-way victory. Bell, who drove Shockwave when the colt finished solidly from the one-out, one-back position to win easily from Its Rock And Roll and Patrickthepiranha in a prelude of this event on Tuesday of last week, said: “He’s done very well since that win and I’m really pleased with him and the way he has come along. “I thought his win was comfortable, without being exciting. But, surprisingly with the amount of racing he’d had, he came through his run like as though he needed it. However, he’s now jumping out of his skin. “Barrier three is the best barrier we’ve had for quite a while, so we’re going to make the most of it in a bid to keep the two main dangers (Patrickthepiranha and Its Rock And Roll) on our outside. Shockwave is definitely capable of winning.” Bell and Hall have already tasted success in the Sales Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings. Hall drove the Katja Warwick-trained Rock Me Over to a neck victory over Our Trump Card 12 months ago and the previous year Bell trained and drove Bob Wheel when he worked hard in the breeze before hitting the front with 100m to travel and winning by a head from the fast-finishing Kasey John. Hall has formed a good association with Shockwave, a $46,000 yearling, having driven him seven times for four wins, two thirds and a ninth placing. Shockwave, Patrickthepiranha and Its Rock And Roll are certain to dominate betting on Friday night’s race. Colin Brown trains Patrickthepiranha (a $30,000 yearling) and Its Rock And Roll (a $37,500 yearling). Brown will handle Its Rock And Roll from barrier four and Dylan Egerton-Green will be in the sulky behind Patrickthepiranha at barrier five. Patrickthepiranha is sure to prove extremely hard to beat. He won in fine style at his first six starts as a three-year-old before being desperately unlucky when third behind Shockwave last week. He began speedily from the No. 5 barrier, but was trapped three wide for the first 500m before being restrained to assume the one-out, two-back position. Patrickthepiranha was further seriously inconvenienced when a tyre of his sulky was deflated 500m from the finish. Despite that, Patrickthepiranha fought on determinedly to finish just over two lengths behind the winner. Shockwave also started from the No. 3 barrier in the Sales Classic final for two-year-olds last season when he was the $1.70 favourite. He crossed to the front after 200m and set a solid pace before going down by a head to 12/1 chance Its Rock And Roll, who finished fast from fourth at the bell. Patrickthepiranha, who started from the outside barrier (No. 9), was forced to cover extra ground and did very well to finish third. Ken Casellas

The three leading chances for the three-year-old colts and geldings Sales Classic Final (2130m) have drawn the middle of the line, setting up an intriguing renewal of the $50,000 event on Friday night. Shockwave, Its Rock And Roll and Patrickthepiranha filled the top three placings in the heat last Tuesday and have drawn barriers three, four and five respectively for the final at Gloucester Park. The field for the colts and geldings was reduced to six this morning, when the Justin Prentice-trained Know When To Run was withdrawn from the event. Patrickthepiranha produced, arguably, the biggest performance in the heat last Tuesday, after he was restrained from the early speed battle and eventually ran on boldly to finish third. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr regains the drive on Shockwave, after he drove Know When To Run in the heat. Hall Jnr also has a strong chance in the three-year-old filly’s edition of the Sales Classic with the in-form Has No Fear, who will start from barrier five. The Prentice-trained filly was impressive in taking out the heat last week and comes into Friday night’s feature having won her past two starts. Soho Interceptor, runner-up in the heat, has drawn barrier 10 and is the sole runner on the second line, while the third placegetter from the heat Kirsten will start from the outside of the front line. For the three-year-old’s not engaged in the Sales Classic’s, they get the chance to press their WA Derby and WA Oaks claims in the WA Derby Prelude (2130m). A high quality field has been assembled for the Prelude, headlined by last week’s Battle Of Bunbury winner Eloquent Mach. Eloquent Mach is one of three runners in the race for trainer Gary Hall Snr, with Robbie Easton and Major Trojan also set to take their place. Impressive filly Typhoon Tiff will be looking to record her fourth straight win in the Derby Prelude, where she will line up from barrier seven. Another highlight of the program is the four and five-year-old Championship (2130m), which features the WA Pacing Cup winner Rocknroll Lincoln. The star pacer will have his work cut out to add the $50,000 event to his growing list of wins though, having drawn barrier nine. Handsandwheels, who has performed admirably at Free-For-All level over the past month, gets an ideal chance to add another feature win from barrier one and looks the likely leader. In-form pacer Luis Alberto, Lord Willoughby and Clarenden Hustler have drawn barriers three, four and 10 respectively. The Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.50pm on Friday.   Tim Walker

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has given punters a massive lead by rejecting the drives behind consistent, in-form pacers Mistersandman, Dominate The Dojo and Mister Bushido and opting to handle Courage To Live in the $18,000 ww.gloucesterpark.com.au Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Courage To Live, trained by Justin Prentice, will start from the inside of the back line in the 2536m event and at his second outing after an absence of seven and a half months, he should notch his tenth victory from only 29 starts. Courage To Live, a five-year-old bred by Prentice, was most impressive at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week when he started from the back line and settled down in ninth position before Hall urged him forward, three wide, to move into third place at the bell. He burst to the front 570m from home and romped away from his 11 rivals to win by six and a half lengths from Lightning Jolt, dashing over the final 800m in 55.6sec. Hall has driven the Kevin Keys-trained Dominate The Dojo at his past three starts for a second, third and fourth placings. The six-year-old, who is ideally drawn at the No. 1 barrier on the front line, will be handled by leading driver Ryan Warwick. Hall has driven Mistersandman for trainer Katja Warwick at two of his past three outings for an easy two-length win over Shadow Maker at Northam and a nose second top Smoldering Ashes at Gloucester Park. Mistersandman (barrier five) will be driven this week by Aiden de Campo. Mister Bushido, trained by Gary Hall Snr, will be handled by Stuart McDonald, who guided the New Zealand-bred gelding to victory over Absolution and Halle Rage over 2130m last Friday night. Mister Bushido faces a sterner test this week from out wide at barrier eight. Prentice was full of praise for Courage To Live, saying: “He surprised me with the ease of his win last week and this looks a suitable race for him.” Hall has several excellent drives on Friday night and is confident of success in race one, the Cowdens The Insurance Brokers Pace, with the polemaker Bronze Seeker, an evergreen ten-year-old for Byford trainer Peter Anderson. This will be the Mach Three gelding’s 226th start. Punters will be well advised to disregard Bronze Seeker’s last placing behind Robert The Bruce in a field of ten last Friday night. Bronze Seeker was travelling strongly in eighth position in the one-wide line at the bell before he made contact with Kerrin Joseph about 550m from home and broke into a gallop. He impressed a week earlier when he has tenth at the bell before charging home, out six wide, to finish third behind Clarenden Hustler and Walkinshaw.   Ken Casellas

Eight-time WA leading trainer Ross Olivieri and Hall of Fame reinsman Chris Lewis have formed a powerful combination over the past 35 years and they are poised to record another Group 1 success by winning the $100,000 WA Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester park on Friday night. They have teamed together for wins in this feature event with Parthenon (1994), Backin A Jiffy (2000) and Hindu Sitara (2003), and for good measure Lewis has also been successful behind Miss Booth (1991), Amongst Royalty (2006), Fidelius Charm (2008) and Tenniele Erin (2017). This week Olivieri and Lewis (who have combined for 21 Group 1 successes) will join forces with brilliant filly Double Expresso, who looks outstanding from barrier four. “She is a very laid-back filly and the fastest two-year-old I have ever trained,” declared a confident Olivieri. Double Expresso has not been extended in scoring effortless victories at Bunbury and Gloucester Park. She raced wide early and then in the breeze before winning in 1.57.3 by three lengths from Sports Package. The final quarters were run in 28.1sec. and 27.4sec. Then Double Expresso, from barrier seven, raced wide early before taking the lead after 550m and rating 1.55.7 in beating Brave Lady by just under four lengths in a 1730m qualifying heat at Gloucester Park. Double Expresso, bred by Kevin and Annette Charles, was sold for $22,000 at the 2018 APG yearling sale in Perth. She is by American stallion Sweet Lou and is out of the Rich And Spoilt mare Here For The Money. Here For The Money raced 79 times for seven wins (three at Bunbury, three at Narrogin and one at Pinjarra) and 18 placings for earnings of $81,874. She was placed at nine of her 38 starts at Gloucester Park. Here For The Money finished second to Soho Cannes in the 2011 Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies and Double Expresso should go one better in the classic this week. She is owned by Olivieri’s wife Jemma Hayman in partnership with first-time owners Brian Miller, Roslyn Carbon and her brother Peter Carbon, a top-flight golfer from the Fremantle Golf Club who combined with his brother Glenn to win the Australian foursomes title many years ago. Peter Carbon’s only involvement in harness racing was when he toiled as a penciller for good friend and on-course Gloucester Park bookmaker Brett Lenton, also many years ago. Double Expresso’s rise to stardom revives wonderful memories of former star New South Wales pacing mare Wickawack. She traces her breeding back to the Lawrie Moulds-trained and driven Wickawack, who finished second to Redwin and to James Scott in the 1962 Interdominion championship series in Perth before being unplaced behind James Scott in the final. Wickawack had a strong connection with WA pacing. Her dam Brunswick Girl’s first four foals were bred in WA and Brunswick Jack, Lawnwick, Comedian and Countess Brun were winners in WA in the 1950s. The other heat winner in this year’s classic is $6500 yearling Moon Goddess, who revealed excellent gate speed from barrier seven for trainer-driver Ryan Bell before setting the pace and beating Major Think Twice at a 1.58.2 rate. Her gross time of 2min. 7sec. was considerably slower than the 2min. 4.4sec. recorded by Double Expresso. Fifo, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, warmed up for the classic with an easy all-the-way win over 1684m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. She is the first foal out of Major Flirt, who finished fourth behind Artistic Copper in the 2013 Sales Classic. Fifo, to be handled by Ryan Warwick, faces a tough task from barrier six.   Ken Casellas

Outstanding Boyanup horseman Justin Prentice has excellent prospects of landing the quinella in the $100,000 Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night with brilliant geldings Manning and Major Martini. He has chosen to drive Major Martini from the No. 6 barrier, and Gary Hall Jnr will be in the sulky behind Manning at barrier four. Those two pacers are the only winners in the field of ten with Manning and Major Martini being unextended at their debuts in scoring impressive victories in qualifying heats on Tuesday of last week when they were driven by Hall. “It’s pretty hard to separate them,” said Hall. “They both went to the line with something in reserve.” Manning covered the 1730m in his heat in 2min. 8sec. and Major Martini’s gross time was 2min. 9.2sec. Each is capable of lowering those times by a considerable margin. Hall has a good record in the Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings, having been successful with Blissfull Boy in 2010, Black Aquila (2011) and Allmightyjoelouis (2016). Prentice selected both the Steve Johnson-bred pacers at the 2018 APG yearling sale. Manning, who is raced by a Trotsynd syndicate, was purchased for $19,000 and Major Martini, owned by Prentice, cost $44,000. Manning is by American stallion Sportswriter and is the seventh foal out of unraced Northern Lights mare Stephanie Rose, with the best of her progeny to date being Brotha ofa Gangsta, whose 74 starts have produced 12 wins, 17 placings for earnings of $89,179. Major Martini, by American-bred sire Art Major, is out of the unraced Sutter Hanover mare Gaetana Nicole, who is out of the unraced mare Hold Tight, the dam of five winners, including Fake Embrace, who was driven to a nose victory over Polak by Kim Prentice in the 2004 Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings. The major danger, if indeed there is one, to Manning and Major Martini looms as Team Mascot, a Follow The Stars colt, who set the pace when a half-length second to Manning in the first of the two qualifying heats. Team Mascot, bred by the Allwood Stud, is trained by Vicki Lea and will be driven by Shannon Suvaljko, who celebrated his 50th birthday by driving Waltzingwithsierra to an all-the-way victory in a 2130m event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. Baskerville trainer-reinsman Ryan Bell declared that his gelding Matai Reactor (bred by KTC Bloodstock) was a definite first-four prospect, particularly if he gained a soft run from his favourable No. 3 barrier. Matai Reactor finished gamely from fifth at the bell to be third behind Major Martini in his heat. Bell drove 3/1 chance Schinzig Buller to victory over Quite Loaded in the 2007 running of this classic. Chris Lewis, who has won the Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings seven times, scoring with The Vigilante (1995), Saab (1997), Talladega (1999), On Line Brut (2000), Wirrpunda (2001), Lombo Wave Link (2005) and Mister Jadore (2013), faces a seemingly impossible task of winning the classic this year. He will drive the Mark Lee-trained Mista Mangels from the outside No. 9 barrier. Mista Mangels was checked and broke early before finishing a distant fifth behind Manning in last week’s heat.   Ken Casellas

Impressive pacer Shockwave has taken out a star-studded WA Sales Classic Prelude (2130m) for the three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park last night. With a number of runners in the field having legitimate WA Derby claims, Shockwave was able to capitalise on a hot early speed and enhance his feature race credentials. Its Rock And Roll was able to hold the lead from barrier one, but was never afforded any peace in front as Know When To Run applied pressure in the breeze. Shockwave’s trainer-reinsman Ryan Bell was eventually able to land the perfect spot on the back of Know When To Run and was poised for his run at the bell. The Mach Three colt then finished powerfully in 58.5 and rated 1.54.5 to record a comfortable 4.9m win to the Colin Brown-trained Its Rock And Roll and race favourite Patrickthpiranha. Bell said he was wrapped with the run he got throughout and was supremely confident coming into the home straight. “He won quite comfortably,” he told TABradio. “We couldn’t have asked for a better run and he got the job done. “He pulled up like he needed the run.” Bell said it was one of the softest runs Shockwave has had for a long time and indicated the colt was well on track for next month’s WA Derby. In the fillies edition of the Sales Prelude, Has No Fear recorded a strong 6m win over short-price favourite Soho Interceptor. Bell will be hoping to record a feature race double in the two-year-old Sales Classic finals this Friday night, where he teams up with Moon Goddess and Matai Reactor in the fillies and colts and geldings respectively. Moon Goddess was a surprise winner in last week’s Prelude and Bell said he expected her to challenge nominal favourite Double Expresso from the favourable draw in barrier three. “Based on her work this morning, I think she can,” he said. “I don’t think she’s any given to find the front. “My filly didn’t look like she was as good as Double Expresso last week, but she only does what she has to.” Matai Reactor has also drawn barrier three for his Sales Classic Final. The fillies Sales Classic gets underway at 8pm on Friday, with the colts and geldings edition to start at 8.29.   Tim Walker

A MASSIVE performance in defeat coupled with an almost perfect season will see Patrickthepiranha’s younger sibling attract plenty of attention during Sunday’s Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Perth. Winner of his first seven starts for the term, Patrickthepiranha finished third at Gloucester Park yesterday in what was an impressive run after dragging a flat tyre. By highly-successful sire Four Starzzz Shark, Patrickthepiranha is from Thats The Spirit which boasts a perfect record from four starters. Thats The Spirit’s latest offering is a colt by Rock N Roll Heaven, which is set to enter the ring as Lot 620. The family includes Il Vicolo, Gotta Go Cullen, Stunin Cullen, Chilli Palmer, Veste, Jinni’s Fantasy, Fake Spirit and Niketia. Also an APG graduate, Patrickthepiranha is being primed for next week’s Sales Series Final by trainer Colin Brown, who played a role in naming the gelding. “The boys were at the stable one morning talking about Lennytheshark,” Brown explained. “Lenny, which is also by Four Starzzz Shark, had just run an enormous race the night before and they were crowing about him. “This bloke’s stable name at the breeder’s place was Patrick and as a throwaway line I said ‘don’t worry about Lennytheshark we’ve got Patrickthepiranha’. “The boys loved it and went with it. So I guess in some way he is named after Lenny!””   APG Media

Several members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have labelled promising mare Our Alfie Romeo as their star bet for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. Multiple winner of the Guild’s tipping competition Stuart Lowe, longshot king Pat Harding, TABradio’s Matt McDermott, RWWA’s racing communications co-ordinator Tim Walker and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft all believe Our Alfie Romeo will score an all-the-way victory in the eighth race at headquarters. Lowe spoke for his colleagues when he said Our Alfie Romeo was poised to make it four in a row from the prized pole draw. “My best bet is the ever consistent mare Our Alfie Romeo, who has won eight of 11 this season,” he said. “Looks to have a class edge on her rivals and is advantaged by the draw here.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, whose namesake scored on debut on Tuesday, believes the impressive Caviar Star can continue on his winning way. “Caviar Star looks set to further boost his impressive standing-start record, which is two wins from four races,” Manning said. “There was a lot of merit in his victory from a stand two weeks ago when he scored convincingly after racing three-wide. The New Zealand import adapted quickly to local conditions when arriving here and his WA tally is nine starts for five wins.” Budding racecaller and form analyst Hayden King is a fan of Waimac Attack in the third race on the card. “Waimac Attack has been racing incredibly well for some time and has been bursting to win a race,” King said. “With a slow beginner inside him, he looks set to simply lead and win on Friday.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas believes Liberty Rose is overdue for a win. “Liberty Rose has too much talent to sustain her losing sequence and she gets the nod as my best bet this week when she is the only runner off the back line in race five,” Casellas said. “This draw should give star reinsman Gary Hall Jr many options and the four-year-old mare should be able to outsprint her rivals in the closing stages of the 2130m event.” Guild president Wayne Currall is keen on Herrick Roosevelt. “This Gary Hall-trained five-year-old has a 50 per cent winning strike rate,” Currall said. “His two runs back from a spell have been full of merit and he is poised to break back into the winners’ stall on Friday night.”   VALUE BETS Stuart: Rocknroll Baby has raced without luck at her recent starts. She should figure in the finish if she gets a good run in transit here. Pat: Robert the Bruce’s last-start second indicates he could be due for a win and the 1730m distance should help. He could give punters some value. Matt: Lot Twenty One should be able to lead and control affairs from the front over 1730m. Tim: Mistersandman was super here last week from the same draw. Should be able to get a nice passage into the race again and can go one better. Ryan: Sunrose Village likes racing on the pegs and will have the option of dropping to the fence from barrier three with just the nine runners across the front line. Could be running into the placings. Ernie: The Arsonist has not won in his past eight starts, but gate one should give him a chance to show form which has enabled him to notch two Gloucester Park victories. He had difficulty getting a clear run when unplaced last Friday night. Hayden: Robert The Bruce is poorly drawn over the short distance but his form is good. With some luck he will be in the finish. Ken: The 11-year-old Courage Tells continues to impress with his determined finishing bursts. He can make his presence felt over the sprint trip in race two. Wayne: The Reg Phillips-trained Illusionation will give them something to catch from the pole in race six. He could be hard to reel in over the 1730m trip. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting! Wayne Currall

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