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Harness racing punters who followed longshot maestro Pat Harding would have been laughing all the way to the bank after last week’s meeting at Gloucester Park. Harding, who has won the WA Trotting Media Guild’s longest-priced winner competition for the last seven years in a row, tipped Courage Tells who duly saluted at the massive odds of $114.50. Not only did Harding steer punters on to Courage Tells, but he also tipped the main quaddie for the night, which paid $3756.50 for $1. “I never thought a horse trained by Skye Bond and driven by Ryan Warwick would get out to such a big price,” Harding said. “I think I’ll be hard pressed to top the price that Courage Tells got out to.” And members of the Media Guild will be hard pressed to stop Harding making it eight wins in a row for the longest-priced winner. Harding believes punters can get off to a great start with Cott Beach in the first race. “Cott Beach has drawn gate five in a small field and she should be suited,” he said. “I am sure driver Nathan Turvey can notch up another great win with this classy filly.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and TABradio’s Matt Young have earmarked Rock Diamonds as their best. Manning spoke for both when he said Rock Diamonds had drawn favourably and should appreciate a class drop. “Rock Diamonds figured prominently in legs of the 4YO series,” he said. “He ran third to Ultimate Machete in the 4YO Classic, then won the 4YO Championship. A backline draw set him a tough task in the Golden Nugget, but he is poised to bounce back.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas, Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar and yours truly are keen on Zach Maguire. Casellas spoke for his colleagues when he said Zach Maguire had resumed from a spell in splendid form. “Zach Maguire has the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the backline,” he said. “The five-year-old, trained by Gary Hall and to be driven by Gary Hall Jr, is my star bet on a highly competitive 10-event program.” Leading tipster Stuart Lowe has made Madame Meilland his best bet. “Madame Meilland, who has had three wins and three placings from six WA starts, is down in class from her last two city runs and is well drawn,” he said. “She’s the one to beat.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is keen on Mistahmistah. “Mistahmistah showed good early toe when winning his only start to date at Addington in July as a $1.10 favourite,” he said. “He is drawn the pole after the scratching and if he has derived benefit from a spell, then he would give a handy field of three-year-olds something to chase.” VALUE BETS Pat: Assassinator has had a few places since changing stables and is overdue for a win. I think with Chris Voak aboard and off 10m he can cash in. Ernie: Tommy Be Good is capable of overcoming a 30m handicap judging by his Pinjarra win when he scored from The Bucket List and Ohoka Punter, who ran first and second in the Inter Dominion Consolation. Matt: Shes Artful in the ninth meets a decent field but she has the draw and wasn’t disgraced last Friday in the Group 1. Should be cheeky at odds. Ken: Ohoka Punter has drawn out at barrier six, but I’m selecting him to outmuscle and beat his stablemate Ideal Alice, who looks set to lead over the 2536m journey. Robbie: The Trilogy has been in consistent form of late and is poised to get a charmed run from the pole. Looks each-way all day. Wayne: Costa Del Magnifico should take up a handy position from his good draw and appeals as a good each-way chance. Stuart: My value bet is Maximum Demand who has won his last two standing-start races and returns to standing-start conditions here. Ryan: Lord Lexus caught my eye three starts ago when flashing home late. I expect him to get a similar run if dropped out in a race where the best chances are drawn the backline. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

Vampiro was a $56.20 outsider last Friday night when he produced an eye-catching and unlucky fifth behind star New Zealander Ultimate Machete in the harness racing $200,000 Group 1 Retravision Golden Nugget. The Rocknroll Hanover gelding, who is prepared by leading trainer Skye Bond and boasts a 44 per cent winning record, should make amends for that performance by winning the Gannon’s Racing Colours Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line and Ryan Warwick should have him in front or in a commanding position throughout. He was driven by Todd McCarthy in the Nugget and was forced three wide on the first turn before being checked in the back straight in the first circuit. He was eighth at the bell in the one-wide line before unwinding a powerful burst to finish fifth. His previous eight appearances in his current campaign produced six wins and two second placings. This week he is poised for a showdown with another talented four-year-old in Runrunjimmydunn, a winner at eight of his 22 starts. Runrunjimmydunn, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr for top trainer Gary Hall Snr, will start from barrier four on the front line and looks the only serious threat to Vampiro. Runrunjimmydunn started from the inside barrier and was not extended in leading all the way when he beat Sarah Goody by four lengths over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, with final quarters in 28.5sec. and 27.4sec. Another pacer who contested the Golden Nugget and looks a star bet on Friday night is the Mike Reed-trained Maczaffair, who has the speed and class to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier in a field of eight in the second heat of the 2130m Free Entry With Your Ashes Cricket Ticket Coulson Pace. Shannon Suvaljko will be tempted to use Maczaffair’s sparkling gate speed in a bid to burst to an early lead. Maczaffair began brilliantly from barrier six when she led for the first 450m and then sat behind the pacemaker Ultimate Machete before running home solidly to be an excellent second to that star pacer. Maczaffair was a $91.60 outsider last week, but will be at a considerably shorter quote this week as she attempts to notch her 13th win from 31 starts. Ken Casellas

Harness racing "Hall of Fame" trainer Gary Hall Snr is making a concerted bid to win the Christmas Gift and he has bright prospects of winning the three qualifying heats at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Up-and-coming four-year-old Herrick Roosevelt has a 56 per cent winning record and looks outstanding in the first heat; Zach Maguire is in superb form and is capable of overcoming the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line and winning heat two; and Lets Chase The Dream should appreciate a massive drop in class and should fight out the finish in the third heat. All three pacers will be handled by star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr Horses filling the first four placings in each of the 2130m heats will qualify for the final on Friday of next week. Herrick Roosevelt by Christian Cullen, a winner of nine of his 16 starts, is handily drawn at barrier four on the front line in the first qualifying heat. He is a versatile performer who warmed up for this week’s assignment in fine style when he started from the inside of the back line and raced three back on the pegs in fifth position. He was sixth on the home turn before finishing fast along the inside to be third behind Ultimate Machete and Maczaffair in the $200,000 Golden Slipper. At his previous outing, a fortnight earlier, he raced without a trail for much of the way and fought on doggedly to finish fourth behind Ultimate Machete in the $125,000 Yes Loans Four-Year-Old Classic. His chief rivals appear to be the Ross Olivieri trained four-year-old Wrappers Delight and the Skye Bond trained ten-year-old Courage Tells, who will be having his 164th start in a race. Wrappers Delight (Chris Lewis) impressed last Friday night when he sustained a spirited three-wide burst in the middle stages to come from eighth to finish a close third behind Skippy Rascal and Simba Bromac. He is sure to have many admirers from the favourable No. 2 barrier on Friday night. Courage Tells (Ryan Warwick) is well drawn at barrier three after his shock victory at tote odds of $114.50 last Friday night when he started from barrier eight, raced on the pegs in ninth position and overcame interference 300m from home to get up and beat Johnny Disco and Three Blind Mice. Zach Maguire by Bettor's Delight has resumed after a spell in fine style, with a win and three seconds from four starts. He caught the eye with a bold performance last Friday week when he was last in a field of seven at the bell before sustaining a strong three-wide burst to finish second, a head behind the pacemaker Condrieu. His powerful finish should enable him to defeat Itz Bettor To Win, Skippy Rascal, Walkinshaw and Im Rockaria. Itz Bettor To Win has been freshened up since he started off 20m and raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing a close second to Maximum Demand over 2503m. He had a similar tough passage before winning a 2536m mobile event two starts before that. The six-year-old, who has had 34 starts for 12 wins and eight seconds, will again be driven by champion Chris Lewis for trainer Ross Olivieri. Skippy Rascal, trained and driven by Callan Suvaljko, will have many admirers from the favourable No. 2 barrier on the front line. The experienced eight-year-old notched his 17th victory from 135 starts when he sat behind the pacemaker Simba Bromac and finished strongly to beat that promising four-year-old last Friday night. Walkinshaw and Im Rockaria will start from the back line and cannot be discounted. Each pacer has raced eight times this season for four wins. Lets Chase The Dream another by Bettor's Delight, who has amassed $490,835 in prizemoney from his 15 wins and 12 placings from 43 starts, is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line in the third heat and is sure to appreciate a very big drop in class after being unplaced in three heats of the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship series. He is a good frontrunner who led all the way over 2185m at Pinjarra five starts ago. His chief rival is likely to be the Skye Bond-trained four-year-old Rock Diamonds, who raced three wide early and then without cover for two laps before wilting to eighth behind Ultimate Machete in the Golden Nugget last Friday night. At his previous outing, a week earlier, Rock Diamonds gave a strong frontrunning display to win the Group 2 Westral Four-Year-Old Championship from Space Junk and Motu Meteor. Ken Casellas

Thirty-five-year-old Kristy Elson has high hopes of making a flying start to her career as a harness racing trainer by landing a winner with her first starter Cott Beach in the $18,000 GT Insurance Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Cott Beach by Advance Attack is a brilliant filly who has amassed $169,938 in prizemoney, with her 13 starts producing eight wins, three seconds, one third and one fourth. Elson has taken over the preparation of Cott Beach this week from part-owner Peter King, who started the small filly at Gloucester Park last Saturday night when she was surprisingly beaten into third place behind Mistersandman and Lucky Sensation after she had started from the outside barrier in a field of eight and revealed much of her renowned sizzling early speed. Cott Beach, having her first start for 22 days and driven for the first time by Shannon Suvaljko, was forced four wide in the early stages when the lead time was covered in a sizzling 35sec. She eventually crossed to the lead after 400m, and set a moderate pace but the early speed told on her and she wilted over the final 150m. Kristy Elson is a daughter of Blythewood trainer Gary Elson, whose licence has been suspended pending the outcome of a stewards’ inquiry. Gary Elson prepared Cott Beach for her first 12 starts, which included victories earlier this year in the Champagne Classic, the Westsired feature event for two-year-old fillies and the $100,000 Westbred Classic. She also finished second to outstanding colt Jack Mac in the Golden Slipper in July. Nathan Turvey, who handled Cott Beach in her first 12 starts for eight wins and three seconds, will resume in the sulky behind the filly on Friday night, with Blythewood trainer Michael Brennan engaging Suvaljko to drive his brilliant filly Miss Sangrial. Miss Sangrial, who finished second to Cott Beach in the Champagne Classic, has had 15 starts for seven wins, four seconds and two thirds. She is awkwardly drawn at barrier six this week, with Cott Beach at barrier five. They are the only fillies in the race and are sure to receive stiff opposition from the colts and geldings, including Speed Man, Mistahmistah and Lucky Sensation. Before her surprise defeat at 5/2 on last Saturday night, Cott Beach had scored easy victories at her two previous outings (her first two runs as a three-year-old). After leading and winning from Bettor Finish at Bunbury on November 5, Cott Beach set a fast pace and romped home by ten lengths from Fortunate Adda, rating 1.57.1 over 2130m at Gloucester Park on November 17. Adding considerable interest to Friday night’s race will be the appearance of the inexperienced New Zealand-bred gelding Mistahmistah, who will be making his Australian debut and is sure to be fancied from the favourable No. 2 barrier. Mistahmistah arrived in Perth eight weeks ago and is trained and driven by Kyle Harper. He warmed up for this week’s assignment with a most impressive win in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning when he was restrained at the start from the outside barrier. He settled down in last position in the field of six and the first two sections of the final mile were covered in the slow times of 32.8sec. and 31.2sec. before final quarters in 29.9sec. and 29.4sec. Mistahmistah was still last with 300m to travel before he went four wide on the home turn and was completely unextended in winning very easily at a modest 2.03.1 rate. He has raced only once, for a narrow victory at a 2.00.4 rate over 1950m at Addington on July 7. Trained by Cran Dalgety and favourite at 10/1 on, Mistahmistah began well from the No. 4 barrier and burst to the front after 80m before setting a slow pace, with opening quarters of the final mile in 32.2sec. and 32.6sec. He then increased the tempo and ran the final 800m in 57.2sec., with the last 400m taking 27.3sec. He held on and won by a nose from Christian Who, who finished fast along the inside. The most memorable feature of that race was that it gave star New Zealand reinsman Dexter Dunn his 2000th career victory and took his tally for the season to 221, a New Zealand record. New Zealand-bred colt Speed Man, to be driven by ace reinsman Gary Hall Jnr for champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, will start from the outside in the field of eight in his quest to notch four wins in a row at his fifth appearance in a race.  After being checked and breaking into a gallop before finishing a well-beaten second to Reacher at his debut, at Wagin in mid-October, Speed Man scored decisive victories at Narrogin, Bunbury and Pinjarra in November. He was three back on the pegs at the bell before charging home out wide to win by 12 lengths from Rocknroll Beachboy at a 1.57.6 rate over 2185m at his most recent appearance. The Katja Warwick-trained Mistersandman was fourth (three back on the pegs at the bell) before Chris Voak brought him home with a well-timed run to take the lead 150m from the post and to a convincing victory over Lucky Sensation and Cott Beach at Gloucester Park last Friday night. By Ken Casellas

Canadian World Champion harness racing driver James MacDonald took out the third heat of the 2017 Perth International Driver Series at Gloucester Park in Perth on Friday night with a superb exhibition. Drawn the pole with the $7.70 change Skippy Rascal, MacDonald didn’t panic when he was crossed in the early battle for the lead and show his great skill and patience when he extracted the horse from the pocket turning for home and hit the line strongly to win from the $4.50 favourite Simba Bromac. American reinsman Marcus Miller was close up in third place with the $12.70 chance Wrappers Delight which had worked hard three wide over the final 900 metres of the race and fought on strongly in the straight. “It was an amazing buzz to win a race in Perth, not as good as the World Driving Championship but pretty close to it,” an ebullient Miller said post-race. “I have had an amazing stay in Perth and everybody involved in the Inter Dominion carnival has been so friendly and welcoming and the racing here is tight and exciting.” “Mick Radley and his staff here at Gloucester Park have done a superb job and the crowds have been great”. There were some 9,000 fans on-course on Friday night. James MacDonald enters the record books as the first Canadian reinsman to drive a winner at Gloucester Park. American Pat Iovine is the only other Northern Hemisphere driver to win a race at Gloucester Park and he achieved the feat in May 1976 behind a horse called Main Morris. MacDonald is the 1854th individual to drive a winner in Perth in the 53,062 races held in the city since harness racing began in Western Australia in 1910. The second of last night’s two Drivers Series heats was taken out by the $114.50 chance Courage Tells which his driver Ryan Warwick got up in the last stride to down Johnny Disco $8.70 and Three Blind Mice $17.10. With the $2.50 favourite Argyle Red finishing out of a place the first three horses home paid a trifecta dividend of $14,559. Local tipster Pat Harding, renowned for his tipping skill in terms of value selections, had selected Courage Tells as the winner on his Friday morning radio programme. MacDonald finished sixth in the final leg of the Drivers Series on the $73.70 chance Jaxon Fella while Marcus Miller, sitting in a perfect position on the leaders back had his drive Ohoka Darcy go out of its gear and break just as he was about to make a winning move. Local ace Gary Hall Jnr won the Drivers Series, sponsored by Sky Racing and Slater Gartrell Sports, with an overall points score total of 36 ahead of Ryan Warwick and Chris Lewis who each finished with 32 points. Hall failed to win a heat but was placed in three of the four races. MacDonald finished fifth with 27 points and Miller was in tenth place with 19 points. American reinswoman Hannah Miller drove the $17.50 chance Parisian Partygirl in the Retravision Invitation Lady Drivers Challenge which was won by the $1.50 favourite Dior Mia More which was driven by Kiara Davies. Miller finished in seventh place. Alan Parker

Champion New Zealand pacer Lazarus has won the harness racing A$1.1 million (NZ$1.2 million) Tabtouch Inter Dominion final at Gloucester Park in Perth on Friday night (Saturday morning NZ Time). The two-time New Zealand Trotting Cup winner was too tough from the parked position and beat home Chicago Bull and Tiger Tara. Lazarus' victory was the second win in the race in as many years for the training partnership of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, who won the race with Smolda in 2016. Purdon told Sky Racing after the win that Lazarus was the best horse he’d ever put a bridal on. “He’s a champion and I don’t call many of them champions, but this horse is,” Purdon said. “It was a great feeling, when you’ve got a horse like this it comes with a lot of pressure too — it’s a relief.” Hall of Fame racing legend Fred Kersley was in awe of the remarkable horse that now sports a record of 33 wins from 39 starts — placing in the other seven. “He’s a dominant horse ... he’s just outstanding,” Kersley said. “He made it look easy. He went to the line comfortably. “They could have gone another lap and they wouldn’t have caught him.” The honour roll of past Inter Dominion winners reads like a who's who of racing but perhaps the greatest name of them all and certainly the greatest to have graced the track at Gloucester Park was Im Themightyquinn, winner of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Inter Dominion Championships.By  By Mat Kermeen Group 1 $1.1 Million TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final 6 8:00pm TABTOUCH INTER DOMINION GRAND FINAL (SKY 1) 2936M $1,100,000 M0 Or Better. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 LAZARUS NZ      Fr2 2 Mark Purdon Mark Purdon   $ 1.90 fav  2   BAY HORSE 5 by BETTORS DELIGHT USA out of BETHANY (NZ) (CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ)  Owner(s): G J Kennard, P I Kennard, T G Casey, K J Riseley  Breeder(s): G Chin, Studholme Bloodstock Limited 2 CHICAGO BULL NZ      Sr1 10 Gary Hall Snr Gary Hall Jnr 4.1m $ 4.70   3 3 TIGER TARA NZ      Fr1 1 Kevin Pizzuto Todd McCarthy 5.7m $ 7.20   1 4 VULTAN TIN      Fr3 3 Phil Costello Chris Voak 6.0m $ 85.60   5 5 GALACTIC STAR NZ      Fr5 5 Skye Bond Ryan Warwick 7.6m $ 90.70   7 6 SOHO TRIBECA      Fr4 4 Kim Prentice Kim Prentice 9.1m $ 8.20   6 7 LENNYTHESHARK      Fr6 6 David Aiken Chris Alford 9.2m $ 11.00   4 8 SHANDALE NZ      Fr8 8 Mike Reed Shannon Suvaljko 11.5m $ 142.50   9 9 SAN CARLO      Fr7 7 Stephen O'Donoghue Rebecca Bartley 14.7m $ 46.50   8 10 HAVE FAITH IN ME NZ      Fr9 9 Mark Purdon Chris Lewis 16.4m $ 25.50   W1 Scratchings   OHOKA PUNTER NZ 11 DEVENDRA 12 MAJOR CROCKER 13 THE BUCKET LIST NZ 14 Track Rating: Gross Time: 3:34:5 Mile Rate: 1:57:6 Lead Time: 99.9 First Quarter: 30.3 Second Quarter: 29.7 Third Quarter: 27.4 Fourth Quarter: 27.2 Margins: 4.1m x 1.6m   Lazarus NZ, Inter Dominion Grand Final 2017     Group 2 $35,000 TABtouch Inter Dominion Consolation   8 9:05pm TABTOUCH INTER DOMINION CONSOLATION (SKY 1) 2936M $35,000 M0 Or Better. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 THE BUCKET LIST NZ      Fr6 6 Michael Brennan Michael Grantham   $ 4.70   10   BAY GELDING 8 by CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ out of SADDLE RIDGE USA (ARTSPLACE (US))  Owner(s): D T Roberts, D P Skelton, M J Harding, G S Black, P J Skelton, S L Beven, B J Anderson, G A Skelton, K L Grantham, M P Young  Breeder(s): Bruce Carter Bloodstock Ltd, R C Johnson 2 OHOKA PUNTER NZ      Fr7 7 Gary Hall Snr Gary Hall Jnr 3.0m $ 6.80   1 3 MAJORDAN      Fr4 4 Kevin Pizzuto Chris Alford 10.2m $ 27.70   8 4 MAJOR CROCKER      Sr1 10 Vince Vallelonga Mark Purdon 13.0m $ 4.10 fav  2 5 SIMPLY SUSATIONAL NZ      Fr8 8 Skye Bond Ryan Warwick 13.4m $ 30.50   7 6 JAMBIANI      Fr2 2 Ross Olivieri Chris Voak 15.7m $ 7.70   5 7 YAYAS HOT SPOT NZ      Fr1 1 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton 17.8m $ 5.00   3 8 CUT FOR AN ACE      Fr9 9 Michael Brennan Kerryn Manning 18.6m $ 44.70   9 9 EGODAN      Fr5 5 Kevin Pizzuto Todd McCarthy 42.9m $ 46.90   4 10 DEVENDRA      Fr3 3 Todd Rattray Todd Rattray 48.2m $ 7.40   6 Scratchings   MOTU PREMIER NZ 11 CODE BLACK NZ 12 MR MOJITO NZ 13 AMERICANBOOTSCOOTA 14 Track Rating: Gross Time: 3:32:5 Mile Rate: 1:56:5 Lead Time: 96.5 First Quarter: 29.2 Second Quarter: 28.5 Third Quarter: 28.4 Fourth Quarter: 29.9 Margins: 3.0m x 7.1m   The Bucket List NZ, Race 8 Gloucester Park, Inter Dominion 2017       Group 1 $200,000 Retravision Golden Nugget Championship   7 8:30pm RETRAVISION GOLDEN NUGGET (SKY 1) 2536M $200,000 RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 ULTIMATE MACHETE NZ      Fr1 1 Mark Purdon Mark Purdon   $ 1.10 fav  1   BAY/BROWN COLT 4 by BETTORS DELIGHT USA out of REALITY CHECK (NZ) (ARMBRO OPERATIVE USA)  Owner(s): G J Kennard, P I Kennard, G R Douglas, K J Riseley, P J Creighton, M C Creighton  Breeder(s): K J Walsh, G P Walsh 2 MACZAFFAIR NZ      Fr6 6 Mike Reed Shannon Suvaljko 2.4m $ 91.60   3 3 HERRICK ROOSEVELT NZ      Sr1 10 Gary Hall Snr Gary Hall Jnr 3.9m $ 11.60   5 4 MOTU METEOR NZ      Fr4 4 Kerryn Manning Kerryn Manning 6.5m $ 16.60   4 5 VAMPIRO NZ      Fr2 2 Skye Bond Todd McCarthy 7.7m $ 56.20   8 6 ROCKNROLL LINCOLN NZ      Sr3 12 Justin Prentice Justin Prentice 8.0m $ 87.00   7 7 HANDSANDWHEELS      Fr5 5 Andrew De Campo Aiden De Campo 9.2m $ 39.10   12 8 ROCK DIAMONDS NZ      Sr2 11 Skye Bond Ryan Warwick 10.1m $ 33.00   2 9 SPACE JUNK      Fr3 3 Ross Olivieri Chris Voak 10.7m $ 35.60   9 10 IM ROCKARIA      Fr8 8 Michael Brennan Chris Alford 12.3m $ 73.40   6 11 OUR ZAK WHITBY      Fr9 9 Edwin Dewar Chris Lewis 14.5m $ 113.30   11 12 TISADREAM NZ      Fr7 7 Andrew De Campo Nathan Turvey 14.9m $ 84.20   10 Scratchings   MIGHTY MR SHARKEY NZ 13 WRAPPERS DELIGHT 14 Track Rating: Gross Time: 3:05:4 Mile Rate: 1:57:6 Lead Time: 67.8 First Quarter: 31.2 Second Quarter: 30 Third Quarter: 28.8 Fourth Quarter: 27.6 Margins: 2.4m x 1.4m     Ultimate Machete NZ, Golden Nugget 2017       Courage Tells NZ, Race 5 Gloucester Park, Inter Dominion 2017 5 7:22pm SLATER GARTRELL DRIVERS SERIES HEAT 4 MS PACE (SKY 1) 2130M $25,000 M1 To M3. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 COURAGE TELLS NZ      Fr8 8 Skye Bond Ryan Warwick   $ 114.50   RAS INC 7 SWAB   BROWN GELDING 10 by COURAGE UNDER FIRE NZ out of TELLALIE (NZ) (LIVE OR DIE USA)  Owner(s): S A (Skye) Bond  Breeder(s): G W (Greg) Brodie 2 JOHNNY DISCO      Fr5 5 Ross Ashby Mark Purdon 1.30 $ 8.70   3WE L1W OTM 4 3 THREE BLIND MICE NZ      Fr7 7 Barry Howlett Gary Hall Jnr 4.20 $ 17.10   3WM L1W 2 4 MAXIMUM DEMAND      Fr9 9 Kevin Egerton-Green Chris Voak 4.40 $ 119.60   RAS INC 9 5 ARGYLE RED      Fr1 1 Robert MacDonald Todd McCarthy 7.50 $ 2.50 fav  PRBT GS L 1 6 JAXON FELLA      Sr2 11 Matthew Scott James MacDonald 8.50 $ 73.70   5 SFTR 7 FERNLEIGH REBEL NZ      Fr4 4 Clinton Hall Shannon Suvaljko 8.90 $ 33.70   6 8 RED SALUTE      Sr3 13 Ross Olivieri Kerryn Manning 13.20 $ 39.90   8 9 BETTOR REWARD      Fr6 6 Justin Prentice Chris Lewis 13.20 $ 10.90   RAS W3 10 SOKYS BIGBULLET      Fr2 2 Tony Svilicich Kim Prentice 20.30 $ 3.80   GS L1W W1 3WL 11 JOHNNY FOX NZ      Fr3 3 Ross Olivieri Chris Alford 28.60 $ 17.20   HOSU GS W2 3WLT 12 OHOKA DARCY NZ      Sr1 10 Nathan Turvey Marcus Miller 97.20 $ 8.70   3 B WI Scratchings   WEBB ELLIS NZ 12 BHAGWAN 14 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 2:33:5 Mile Rate: 1:56:0 Lead Time: 36.8 First Quarter: 30.4 Second Quarter: 29.3 Third Quarter: 27.9 Fourth Quarter: 29.1 Margins: 1.3m x 2.9m   Courage Tells NZ, Race 5 Gloucester Park, Inter Dominion 2017       Group 1 $125,000 Westral Mares Classic   Ideal Alice gets a deserved win in the Gr. 1 Westral Mares Classic.   4 6:52pm WESTRAL MARES CLASSIC MS PACE (SKY 1) 2536M $125,000 Mares. M0 Or Better. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 IDEAL ALICE NZ      Sr2 11 Gary Hall Snr Gary Hall Jnr   $ 13.70   5   BAY/BROWN MARE 7 by AMERICAN IDEAL USA out of BONSOIR (NZ) (ARMBRO OPERATIVE USA)  Owner(s): P M (Phil) Cook  Breeder(s): Philadelphia Racing Ltd 2 AMERETTO      Fr5 5 Kerryn Manning Kerryn Manning HD $ 2.70 fav  2 3 QUITE A DELIGHT NZ      Sr3 12 Justin Prentice Chris Alford 4.3m $ 67.90   7 4 EDEN FRANCO NZ      Fr1 1 Colin Brown Colin Brown 5.2m $ 4.90   1 5 A PICCADILLY PRINCESS NZ      Sr1 10 Mark Purdon Mark Purdon 8.2m $ 3.00   3 6 DONEGAL RUNDLESCREEK NZ      Fr7 7 Skye Bond Ryan Warwick 8.8m $ 95.80   9 7 SHES ARTFUL NZ      Fr9 13 Bruce Stanley Chris Voak 16.8m $ 161.50   11 8 MAJOR REALITY NZ      Fr2 2 Justin Prentice Justin Prentice 22.2m $ 10.00   4 9 MY RONA GOLD NZ      Fr6 6 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton 29.5m $ 158.70   12 10 TRICKY STYX NZ      Fr8 8 Jesse Moore Aiden De Campo 30.2m $ 70.60   10 11 SHEER ROCKNROLL      Fr3 3 Ross Olivieri Chris Lewis 31.7m $ 27.90   8 12 BETTOR BE SUPREME NZ      Fr4 4 Barry Howlett Dylan Egerton-Green 39.9m $ 86.80   6 Scratchings   DODOLICIOUS 9 SARAH GOODY 14 Track Rating: Gross Time: 3:02:0 Mile Rate: 1:55:5 Lead Time: 64.9 First Quarter: 30.5 Second Quarter: 29.2 Third Quarter: 28.8 Fourth Quarter: 28.6 Margins: HD x 3.7m   Ideal Alice NZ, Race 4 Gloucester Park, Inter Dominion 2017   Dior Mia More, Race 3 Gloucester Part, Inter Dominion 2017 3 6:22pm RETRAVISION INVITATION LADIES DRIVERS MARES MS PACE 2130M $14,000 Mares. M0 To M2. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 DIOR MIA MORE      Fr1 1 Annie Belton Kiara Davies   $ 1.50 fav  1   BAY MARE 5 by TINTIN IN AMERICA NZ out of I AM SPECIAL (LIVE OR DIE USA)  Owner(s): C Belton, A E Belton  Breeder(s): B S R (Brett) Coffey 2 BETTOR BLING      Sr1 10 Callan Suvaljko Kristy Sheehy 1.6m $ 8.00   3 3 MADAME MEILLAND      Fr9 9 Ross Olivieri Jocelyn Young 15.1m $ 9.60   6 4 CHEVRONS CHAMPION NZ      Fr8 8 Nathan Turvey Lauren Jones 18.0m $ 8.30   2 5 TAJIES GIRL      Fr5 5 Kevin Keys Rebecca Bartley 18.6m $ 77.60   7 6 ITS MY LUCKNOW      Fr2 11 Sarah Suvaljko Deni Roberts 21.0m $ 43.90   5 7 SEA ME SMILE      Fr7 7 Debra Lewis Kerryn Manning 22.8m $ 33.70   9 8 PARISIAN PARTYGIRL      Fr3 3 Bernard James Hannah Miller 28.0m $ 17.50   8 9 SHES TURBO CHARGED NZ      Fr6 6 Courtney Burch Courtney Burch 32.1m $ 37.90   4 10 C C CHEVRON NZ      Fr4 4 Matthew Scott Lauren Tritton 32.2m $ 30.50   10 Scratchings   SHES ARTFUL NZ 2 ALFA QUEEN 12 Track Rating: Gross Time: 2:33:1 Mile Rate: 1:55:7 Lead Time: 36.1 First Quarter: 30.4 Second Quarter: 29.8 Third Quarter: 29.3 Fourth Quarter: 27.5 Margins: 1.6m x 13.5m   Dior Mia More, Race 3 Gloucester Part, Inter Dominion 2017       2 5:52pm SKY RACING DRIVERS SERIES HEAT 3 MS PACE (SKY 1) 2130M $25,000 M0 To M2. 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Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 SKIPPY RASCAL NZ      Fr1 1 Callan Suvaljko James MacDonald   $ 7.70   GS 3 SWAB   BROWN GELDING 8 by LIVE OR DIE USA out of ROYAL RASCAL (NZ) (MAN AROUND TOWN USA)  Owner(s): E J & H M Anderson Nominees Pty Ltd  Breeder(s): M R Herman, M S Herman 2 SIMBA BROMAC NZ      Fr3 3 Nathan Turvey Ryan Warwick 1.30 $ 4.50 fav  GS L 1 3 WRAPPERS DELIGHT      Sr3 12 Ross Olivieri Marcus Miller 2.60 $ 12.70   W1 3WML 4 CARTER MICHEAL NZ      Fr7 7 Nathan Turvey Chris Voak 2.90 $ 9.80   RES W2 3WLT 5 ACE BROMAC NZ      Fr8 8 Kyle Harper Chris Lewis 8.00 $ 18.20   RAS W3 3WLT 6 CHAR DO NEIGH NZ      Fr5 5 Skye Bond Kerryn Manning 8.30 $ 91.10   RAS C 7 7 YOUR EXCUSED      Sr2 11 Bob Mellsop Chris Alford 8.90 $ 27.50   3WE RP 5 8 ABRAXAS BLUES      Fr9 9 Kim Prentice Gary Hall Jnr 10.60 $ 11.50   PRBT 8 RAS 9 MIGHTY MR SHARKEY NZ      Fr4 4 Skye Bond Shannon Suvaljko 11.20 $ 7.40   GS 3WE L1W 2 10 BRONZE SEEKER NZ      Fr2 2 Peter Anderson Mark Purdon 14.40 $ 10.40   GS 6 11 WARDAN EXPRESS      Fr6 6 Kevin Pizzuto Todd McCarthy 24.20 $ 5.10   GS L1W OTE 4 12 LISHARRY NZ      Sr1 10 Peter Anderson Kim Prentice 34.00 $ 37.70   B WI 9 Scratchings   SIGHTSEEING ANVIL NZ 13 BHAGWAN 14 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 2:32:5 Mile Rate: 1:55:2 Lead Time: 36.5 First Quarter: 29.3 Second Quarter: 29.3 Third Quarter: 28.1 Fourth Quarter: 29.3 Margins: 1.3m x 1.3m   Skippy Rascal NZ, Race 2 Gloucester Park, Inter Dominion 2017         Group 2 $50,000 Binshaw Classic Aussie Delight wins the first race on the program, the Princi Butchers Binshaw Pace at Gr. 2 level! 1 5:22pm PRINCI BUTCHERS BINSHAW MS PACE (SKY 1) 2130M $50,000 RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 AUSSIE DELIGHT      Fr4 4 Garry Butler Chris Alford   $ 31.50   4   BAY GELDING 6 by BETTORS DELIGHT USA out of TEXAN COWGIRL (FAKE LEFT USA)  Owner(s): J D Bickers, K Bickers, D W Worrall, K R Worrall, T Bickers, T Bickers  Breeder(s): J D (Dene) Bickers 2 KHUN RATHA      Fr7 7 Andrew De Campo Michael Grantham HD $ 96.90   7 3 LIVURA NZ      Fr8 8 Nathan Turvey Nathan Turvey 5.7m $ 10.70   W3 4 THEREUGO      Sr2 11 Kyle Harper Kyle Harper 7.8m $ 6.40   W1 5 AUCTIONEERS ELSU      Fr1 1 Sarah Suvaljko Jocelyn Young 9.0m $ 8.60   3 6 TALKTOMEURMATTJESTY NZ      Fr2 2 Barry Howlett Chris Lewis 10.2m $ 2.00 fav  1 7 ADDFUELTOFIRE      Sr1 10 Linley Voak Chris Voak 11.1m $ 35.10   5 8 ASSASSINATOR      Fr9 9 Ross Olivieri Shannon Suvaljko 13.3m $ 83.00   6 9 BRAEVIEW BOMBER      Sr3 12 Glenn Elliott Gary Hall Jnr 14.8m $ 87.80   W2 10 THE TRILOGY NZ      Fr6 6 Kristian Hawkins Kristian Hawkins 15.7m $ 35.90   W4 11 MARY CATHERINE      Fr3 3 Andrew De Campo Aiden De Campo 16.2m $ 5.30   2 12 CHANGE OF ADDRESS      Fr5 5 Craig Abercromby Callan Suvaljko 38.4m $ 91.50   9 Scratchings   ROBERT THE BRUCE NZ 13 CAPTAIN PROUD 14 Track Rating: Gross Time: 2:32:5 Mile Rate: 1:55:2 Lead Time: 37.4 First Quarter: 28.6 Second Quarter: 29.4 Third Quarter: 27.6 Fourth Quarter: 29.5 Margins: HD x 5.2m   Aussie Delight, Race 1 Gloucester Park, Inter Dominion 2017      

On the eve of one of Australasia’s biggest harness racing events the 2017  $1.1Million Inter Dominion Pacing Championship Grand Final at Gloucester Park, Perth, Western Australia Friday 8th December local time, lets look at the field of 10 finalists. Half the field {5} are made up of progeny by champion sire/stud Bettors Delight, three of these well performed pacers are out of Christian Cullen broodmares. When we drill down to family related winners of past Inter Dominion Grand Finals we see number 1 Tiger Tara is from the same family as, Young Mister Charles 1996 winner and Tactician winner of the 1955 Inter Dominion Grand Final. San Carlo drawn 7 in the final is from the family of 1977 winner Stanley Rio. The past 77 winners of the Inter Dominion Grand Final are from the family's below which break down as follows. 28 winners from Australian Maternal family Line Descendants . 39 winners from New Zealand Maternal family Line Descendants . 10 winners from American Maternal family Line Descendants . For all previous winners of the Inter Dominion Grand Finals 1936 thru to 2016 click this link then click the horses name for six generation breeding pedigree. Below is the barrier draw for Fridays final with breeding and career data..{enjoy} Sire....Dam...Six Generation Pedigree and Career Data. (1) TIGER TARA...7 year old Entire/Horse. By Bettors Delight out of Dream Away mare ..TARA GOLD Career...78 Starts..25 Wins..18 Seconds..11 Thirds..Best of 1.49.8MR.. Prizemoney..$1,136,931. Click this link for Tiger Tara’s six generation breeding pedigree. (2) LAZARUS...5 year old Entire/Horse. By Bettors Delight out of Christian Cullen mare.. BETHANY. Career..39 Starts..32 Wins..4 Seconds..3 Thirds..Best of 1.49.0MR.Prizemoney...$2,712,139. Click this link for Lazarus Six generation breeding pedigree. (3) VULTAN TIN ..6 year old Gelding. By Dawn Of A New Day out of Pacific Fella mare..ELLEVARRAC.. Career..90 Starts..13 Wins..16 Seconds..11 Thirds..Best of 1.55.9MR..Prizemoney..$200,956. Click this link for Vultan Tins six generation breeding pedigree. (4) SOHO TRIBECA..5 year old Entire/Horse. By American Ideal out of Art Major mare..PIXEL PERFECT .. Career..46 Starts..18 Wins..15 Seconds..5 Thirds..Best of 1.53.8MR....Prizemoney..$558,239. Click this link for Soho Tribeca's six generation breeding pedigree..   (5) GALACTIC STAR ..5 year old Gelding. By Bettors Delight out of Christian Cullen mare.. PETRA'S STAR. Career..39 Starts..20 Wins..7 Seconds..5 Thirds..Best of 1.53.1MR..Prizemoney..$248,037. Click this link for Galactic Star's six generation breeding pedigree. (6) LENNYTHESHARK...8 year old Entire/Horse. By Four Starzzz Shark out of Albert Albert mare..BOTSWANA.. Career..73 Starts..38 Wins...17 Seconds..12 Thirds..Best of 1.49.2MR..Prizemoney..$2,872,085. Click this link for Lennytheshark's six generation breeding pedigree. (7) SAN CARLO..7 year old Gelding.. By Mach Three out of Classic Garry mare..BRIDGE PLAYER Career..27 Starts..21 Wins..0 Seconds..3 Thirds..Best of 1.54.6MR..Prizemoney..$187,048. Click this link for San Carlo's six generation breeding pedigree. (8) SHANDALE ..5 year old Entire/Horse. By Art Major out of Bettor Delight mare DELIGHTFUL DALE. Career...47 Starts..14 Wins..5 Seconds..7 Thirds..Best of 1.53.7MR..Prizemoney..$274,505. Click this link for Shandales six generation breeding pedigree. (9) HAVE FAITH IN ME ..6 year old Gelding.. By Bettors Delight out of BGs Bunny mare ..SCUSE ME. Career..40 Starts..16 Wins..8 Seconds..2 Thirds..Best of 1.47.5MR..Prizemoney..$1,444,872. Click this link for Have Faith In Me's six generation breeding pedigree. (10) CHICAGO BULL..5 year old Gelding. By Bettors Delight out of Christian Cullen mare..CHICAGO BLUES.. Career..42 Starts..27 Wins..4 Seconds..6 Thirds..Best of 1.51.6MR..Prizemoney..$1,112,069. Click this link for Chicago Bull's six generation breeding pedigree. For all your breeding data click on this link.  

What a night of harness racing at Gloucester Park! The best Inter Dominion Championship Final we’ve seen in many years and three other high-quality Group 1 events on a stellar 11-event card. Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have identified classy New Zealand four-year-old Ultimate Machete and star Victorian mare Ameretto as stand outs in the Golden Nugget and Mares Classic respectively. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar, the West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and yours truly have labelled Ultimate Machete as the best of good things. Manning spoke for his colleagues when he said Ultimate Machete was shaping as the next rising star in Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen’s stable. “Ultimate Machete already looks a strong 2018 Inter Dominion hope,” Manning said. “He won the New Zealand Free-For-All from Tiger Tara on November 17 and only a week later scored in the Four-Year-Old Classic at Gloucester Park. Probably would have started favourite from any draw and barrier one is a big bonus.” Leading tipster Stuart Lowe, TABradio’s Matt Young and longshot king Pat Harding are keen fans of Ameretto. Lowe echoed the thoughts of his fellow tipsters when he waxed lyrical about the Kerryn Manning-trained mare. “My best bet on a star-studded night is the brilliant Victorian mare Ameretto,” Lowe said. “She was too strong when winning the Norms Daughter Classic two starts ago. Covered a lot of extra ground when a close-up third in the Parliamentarians Cup last week. Draw favours her this week.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas has settled on Mighty Mr Sharkey as his best for the night. “Leading trainer Skye Bond has Mighty Mr Sharkey racing keenly and the four-year-old looks a star bet when he starts from barrier four in the third heat of the Sky Racing Drivers series,” Casellas said. “He has been unplaced at his past four starts against quality opposition, but has the ability to return to the winning list at good odds.” Veteran tipster Bill Brindley has earmarked A Piccadilly Princess as his star bet. “Mark Purdon is set for a big night on Friday with live chances in three of the four Group 1 events,” Brindley said. “I think A Piccadilly Princess could start the night off on the right note for him.” VALUE BETS Ernie: Sea Me Smile has run unplaced in her past four races, but a return to mares company will suit her. She is a winner of five Gloucester Park races. Robbie: Devendra has had a disappointing campaign but could pay expenses with victory in the Inters Consolation. Ryan: Lisharry, from inside of the back-line, would be a great each-way prospect if Skippy Rascal is able to hold the lead in the first of the Sky Racing Drivers heats. Wayne: Bettor Bling is drawn to get the run of the race in the Invitation Ladies Drivers race and looks to be each-way all day. Stuart: Ohoka Darcy was luckless last week when unplaced. He won well at two previous starts and is drawn better here. Matt: Shes Artful was very good on resumption in a top-class race. She steps down in grade and is nicely drawn with Deni Roberts to do the steering. Pat: The Bucket List will give punters a good sight in the Inters Consolation. The Brennan/Grantham combination should see punters on the winning end. Ken: The Bucket List caught the eye last Friday night when he ran home solidly from sixth on the home turn to finish fourth behind Chicago Bull. Bill: Shes Artful is drawn well in the ladies event and can feature at odds. To view all of the Media Guild tips for this week click here. Good Punting.  Wayne Currall

Twenty-six-year-old Rebecca Bartley is the youngest harness racing driver in the $1.1 million TABtouch Inter Dominion championship final at Gloucester Park on Friday night and she will be handling San Carlo, the least-experienced runner in the Group 1 feature over 2936m. San Carlo gave a powerful frontrunning display to win a 2536m qualifying heat last Friday night and Bartley is confident the Victorian-bred seven-year-old by Mach Three will be strongly competitive in the biggest test of his short career. San Carlo was considered almost a hopeless case as a young pacer and he did not race as a two and three-year-old before making his debut as a late four-year-old with an easy victory in a $3000 R0 event in Bendigo in June 2015. He has blossomed since then for Steve O’Donoghue, a trainer from Kialla in the Goulburn Valley, and he goes into this week’s final with an impressive record of 21 wins and three placings from just 27 starts, all of which has seen Bartley in the sulky. His winning record of 78 per cent is bettered by only one of the other nine finalists --- the champion New Zealander Lararus, who has an 82 per cent winning record. Bartley and O’Donoghue never lost faith in San Carlo despite his wayward behaviour as a young horse. “He was really immature as a youngster and we couldn’t work him out,” said Bartley. “He kept galloping in his trials, at the start and in running. Finally, we just chucked him out with the broodmares. We didn’t really think much of him. “He came back into training as a four-year-old and his work became better. He’s pretty quiet, but is still a bit of a funny horse and every now and then has a brain fade. He’s probably more like a thoroughbred than a standardbred. “Small tracks are still a bit of an issue, getting him around the bends. But he was a lot better last Friday and he hit the line really well. The distance of the final will really suit him.” Bartley was born and bred into harness racing. Her father David used to train a small team and her parents encouraged her through pony trot ranks until she gained her A grade licence to drive at 18. She has driven 298 winners and will become only the second female to drive in an Inter Dominion championship final at Gloucester Park. The previous female to drive in an Inters final in Perth was Kellie Kersley, who drove Norms Daughter into fifth place behind the winner Young Mister Charles in 1996. O’Donoghue is thrilled to have a runner in the final, saying: “We’re stoked. We were excited to be just part of the series. San Carlo was at No. 43 in the early rankings and when he got to 30 to gain a start we weren’t thinking about making the final. It’s just a bonus.” Ken Casellas

Lightly-raced five-year-old El Jacko won a heat of the International Health Products San Simeon Pace with such authority that he should overcome a back-line draw and win the $50,000 harness racing final over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will start from the inside of the back line and Ryan Warwick is sure to make every effort to manoeuvre the New Zealand-bred gelding off the pegs in the early stages. These were the tactics when El Jacko started from the inside of the back line in a qualifying heat last Friday week when El Jacko sustained a spirited three-wide burst in the first circuit to get to the breeze outside the pacemaker Touch of Success after failing in a determined challenge for the lead. However, El Jacko (Elsu) paced strongly in the breeze before surging to the front 300m from home and winning from Stroke of Luck and Major Stare, with final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.7sec. The Kerryn Manning trained and driven Stroke of Luck will have many admirers in the final in which he will start from barrier four on the front line. Mista Shark, Reaza Grunter and Fanci A Dance all come into the final with sound each-way prospects. Mista Shark, to be driven by Michael Grantham for his uncle, Blythewood trainer Michael Brennan, will be attempting to stretch his winning sequence to seven. He has worked hard before winning at Bunbury at his past two outings and, from barrier five, will have a legion of followers. Reaza Grunter, the only mare in the final, gave a sample of her class with a record-breaking victory in a heat last Friday night when she made most of the running before racing away to beat Touch of Success by four lengths. Fanci A Dance flew home from seventh at the bell to be a half-head second to Mista Shark in a heat at Donaldson Park, Bunbury, on Tuesday of last week. Several runners will be supported in the final of the $50,000 Princi Butchers Binshaw Pace, with Talktomeumattjesty and Mary Catherine expected to head the markets ahead of Livura, Aussie Delight, Thereugo and The Trilogy. Talktomeurmattjesty disappointed at 3/1 on when he raced to an early lead, set a solid pace and wilted to third behind Mary Catherine and Assassinator in a qualifying heat at Bunbury. However, he won so effortlessly, first-up, at his previous outing that he deserves a chance to atone for that defeat. However, Mary Catherine is sure to prove hard to beat after superb victories at her past two starts for Capel trainer Andrew de Campo. Ken Casellas

Champion New Zealand harness racing trainer-reinsman Mark Purdon was disappointed when his horse Mr Mojito, the 2-1 favourite, hung in badly in the final circuit and finished fifth behind Soho Tribeca in the Golden Nugget last December and he is full of confidence he will make amends by driving the brilliant Ultimate Machete to victory in the $200,000 Retravision Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I’m looking forward to Ultimate Machete lining up in the Nugget; he’s in a really good place,” Purdon said. Ultimate Machete, a runaway winner of the Group 1 Yes Loans Four-Year-Old Classic last Friday week, will dominate betting on the 2536m event after drawing perfectly at barrier one on the front line. He also began from the No. 1 barrier in the Four-Year-Old Classic when he led for the first 150m before being crossed by Rock Diamonds. Purdon then immediately eased Ultimate Machete off the pegs and dashed the horse to the front 350m later, with the lead time a sizzling 34.6sec. Ultimate Machete was not extended as he sped over the final quarters in 28.2sec. and 28sec. and he beat the strong-finishing Handsandwheels by just under four lengths, rating 1.53.8 over the 2130m. A week before that he was in Christchurch where he raced without cover before bursting to the front in the final stages to win the group 1 Woodlands New Zealand Free-For-All at Addington, rating 1.51.9 over 1950m and beating the pacemaker Tiger Tara. He is a half-brother to the West Australian owned and trained mare Major Reality, who will contest the Group 1 $125,000 Mares Classic earlier in the 11-event program. Major Reality, trained and driven by Justin Prentice, has earned $389,739 from 20 wins and nine placings from 37 starts. Her victories include the 2015 WA Oaks, the Norms Daughter Classic and Empress Stakes in 2016 and the Golden Girls Classic at Pinjarra in March of this year. Major Reality will be fancied from her favourable barrier at No. 2 on the front line. She also started from barrier two in the Mares Classic 12 months ago when she raced without cover early before being shuffled back to tenth. Purdon also has high hopes of victory in the Mares Classic on Friday night. He will handle five-year-old A Piccadilly Princess, who will start from the inside of the back line, immediately behind speedy beginner and noted frontrunner Eden Franco. A Piccadilly Princess warmed up for this event in fine style last Friday night when she started favourite at 10/9 on from barrier two in the Parliamentarians Cup. She dashed to the front after 400m and gave a bold frontrunning display to win easily from Ideal Alice and Ameretto, rating 1.55.8 over 2130mk. A Piccadilly Princess was the 2/1 on favourite in last year’s Mares Classic when she was fourth, one-out and one-back at the bell before she locked wheels with another runner and met severe interference in the home straight. She dropped back to finish at the rear. She now has a record of 38 starts for 16 wins, eight seconds and a third for stakes of $681,718. She should enjoy an ideal passage and prove very hard to beat this week. Her chief rivals could be Ameretto and Ideal Alice. Ameretto, a six-year-old trained and driven by Kerryn Manning, will start from barrier five on the front line and she is likely to be sent forward in the early stages in a bid for the lead or for the breeze. She had a tough run in the breeze for much of the way when a fighting third behind A Piccadilly Princess last Friday night. That followed Ameretto’s victory in the Norms Daughter Classic a week earlier when she raced wide early and then in the breeze before surging to the front 700m from home. Ken Casellas

Seven months ago, Chicago Bull had his right eye removed from the socket while a veterinary surgeon operated to cure an eye ulcer, known as a melting eye, and West Australian Hall of Fame harness racing trainer Gary Hall Snr had doubts about the small, inconspicuous-looking gelding recovering fully and being able to maintain his status as the State’s best pacer. The operation was successful, but then Chicago Bull had a few issues which concerned Hall and his son, champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr. “So, we had a few little concerns, but now everything has gone smoothly and I give Chicago Bull a very good chance of winning the Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night,” said an upbeat Hall Snr. “He’s had the fastest finishing sectionals of any horse during the series and you would have to say that he’s going to get a very good run from his barrier (the only horse off the back line in the outstanding field of ten). And I’ve got the best driver. “Chicago Bull is a bit of a sniper. He’s a little, tiny horse and even though he has been phenomenal, you look at him and get overawed looking at all the other horses against him. “He should have the last crack at his rivals and I think that there will be a few people (drivers) in the race who will be looking over their right shoulder.” There is little doubt that Chicago Bull is the best sit-sprinter in the $1.1 million TABtouch Inter Dominion championship final over the 2936m journey. Hall Jnr said that he was planning to take the sit behind the likely pacemaker Tiger Tara, who has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and that it was simply a matter of when and how he would be able to get the gelding off the pegs and into the clear to issue a serious challenge. Chicago Bull began the series with a convincing all-the-way victory over 2130m on the opening night and then started from the back line in a 2100m heat at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park before having to turn sideways 120m from the post to get clear when he flashed home to finish a splendid third behind Soho Tribeca. He then was not extended in setting the pace and sprinting over the final two quarters in 26.8sec. and 27.7sec. to beat Tiger Tara in a 2536m heat at Gloucester Park last Friday night. “That last run gave me so much confidence, the way he hit the line,” said Hall Jnr. “Going back three months ago he was just a rough chance, at best, I thought but I have been very pleased with his form in the series. The 26.8sec. he ran for the third quarter was done on his ear. He was really relaxed and had plenty left on the line. He’s the one horse in the final who maybe can win from anywhere.” Hall Snr explained that Chicago Bull had been in danger of losing his damaged eye. “And I’m still not confident that his vision is unimpaired,” he said. “After he got over the operation I brought him back and he was unbelievable, with four wins from four starts in the space of five weeks in June and July. We were very happy with him and I spelled him before getting him ready for the Inters. “I think that was a mistake and he was a first-up fourth behind Jambiani early in September when he was a bit big (in condition) and then he tied up one day. I have hardly ever had a horse who has tied up. So, we had our concerns but it has been smooth sailing lately and he has had the right draws in the heats and I think he’s got the right draw in the final.” Hall Snr said that he thought that he would never win an Inter Dominion championship after The Falcon Strike, the warm favourite, raced without cover and finished a nose second to the pacemaker Jofess in the Inters final at Gloucester Park in 2004. However, that was not to be the case and Hall and his son have won the big event three times --- with Im Themightyquinn, in Auckland, Sydney and Perth. “There is no comparison between Im Themightyquinn and Chicago Bull,” said Hall Snr “We thought that Quinny would win all three of them. Chicago Bull is not as good as Quinny, but he can win this year’s title.” Im Themightyquinn, who retired with a record of 111 starts for 58 wins, 21 seconds, 13 thirds and $4,567,456 in prizemoney, will lead the field out on to the track on Friday night. Five-year-old Chicago Bull, who was a $110,000 purchase, has already amassed $1,112,069 in stakes from 27 wins and ten placings from 42 starts. The ten runners in Friday night’s Group 1 event have won a combined total of 224 races and have notched 159 placings for combined earnings of $10,746,880. Retaining favouritism is the New Zealand star five-year-old Lazarus, who is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier for champion New Zealand trainer-reinsman Mark Purdon, who has won the big race with Mark Hanover (Alexandra Park in 1991) and Smolda, at Gloucester Park 12 months ago. Lazarus is a grand stayer who has won at 32 of his 39 starts and was at his imperious best at Gloucester Park last Friday night when he started out wide at barrier seven and settled down in eighth position before surging forward to take up the running 1450m from home. He was not extended in winning from his stablemate Have Faith In Me, rating 1.54.5 which broke Im Themightyquinn’s track record for 2536m by 0.2sec. This followed excellent seconds to Soho Tribeca and Tiger Tara from wide barriers in the first two rounds of qualifying heats. “He’s come through the heats well,” said Purdon. “And I’m happy with his barrier. I think it is an ideal draw for him. It’s better than being out wide and he’s going to be handier than he has been in the heats. “I will play it by ear at the start. There will be plenty of speed on and the connections of Tiger Tara (No. 1 barrier) have made it quite clear that they intend to hold the lead. So, rather than getting into any speed duels, I’ll just try to be handy. If we’re caught in the breeze it won’t worry me, no. Lazarus can win from the breeze. I think that if I’ve got a horse capable of winning from the breeze, it is this horse.” Purdon said that he was far more confident of winning with Lazarus than he was with 12/1 chance Smolda last December. “I wasn’t really confident of taking it out last year, but you never know how a race is going to be run on the night. The speed was so torrid up front last year that it took a toll of the horses doing the early work --- and this played into our hands. The level of confidence as far as Lazarus is concerned is much higher than it was with Smolda.” Purdon said that he was pleased with the way Have Faith In Me was progressing. “He’s improving with every run and he might be getting back to his four-year-old form,” he said. “He will go back at the start from the outside barrier and then I’ll leave the tactics up to Chris (Lewis). He knows the track as good as anyone, probably better than most, so I’ll leave the tactics up to him.” Lewis has won the Inter Dominion championship twice --- with Carclew (Adelaide, 1976) and Village Kid (Brisbane, 1986). West Australian Kim Prentice, who trained and drove Baltic Eagle to victory in the championship final at Addington in 2003, has high hopes of victory with five-year-old Soho Tribeca, the leading points scorer after two wins and a close second to San Carlo in the qualifying heats. Soho Tribeca will start from barrier four and Prentice said that he did not intend to get involved in a battle for the early lead. “Hopefully, we’ll be one-out and one-back or one-two,” he said. “Three or four of the ten finalists might not front up the way they started the series, whereas my horse has pulled up an absolute treat after three runs in a week. “I know that I’ve got a very, very special horse and if luck goes our way we can definitely win. To get an easy run in the final heat was very good. I wasn’t out there to break any records or peel off a 27sec. flat quarter.” Trainer David Aiken said that the 2015 Inters champion Lennytheshark was primed for a bold showing in the final after winning an opening-round heat followed by thirds behind Galactic Star and San Carlo. “He has pulled up really well after his last run,” said Aiken. “I don’t know where he is going to end up, really. A few things that are going to happen early will determine how the race is going to be run. Lenny is versatile and is a tough horse capable of doing it tough. “If they go really hard and it develops into a war, he’ll come off pace and run home well. Six is a tricky draw for Chris (Alford), but I think that a lot of drivers have to contend with a tricky draw. I’m not going to take any part in determining tactics. I’ll let Chris work it out for himself. “Listening to all the experts, they still don’t know how the race is going to be run. Chicago Bull has a great draw, but if Tiger Tara gets crossed, then it’s not so good.” New South Wales trainer Kevin Pizzuto was ecstatic when tough and talented seven-year-old Tiger Tara drew the No. 1 barrier and reinsman Todd McCarthy will be determined to jump straight to the front and attempt an all-the-way victory. “He’s been massive and I’ve been booming him all the way,” Pizzuto said. “I can’t ask any more of the horse. He has been prepared for this race and he’s getting better and better with every run.” Twenty-six-year-old Rebecca Bartley, the youngest driver and the only female driver in the final, is confident the inexperienced seven-year-old San Carlo will overcome his wide barrier (seven) and figure prominently in the final stages. San Carlo raced without cover for much of the way when a fighting third to Tiger Tara and Lazarus in a 2100m heat in Bunbury before his strong all-the-way win over Soho Tribeca and Lennytheshark in a final-round 2536m heat. “He’s a strong stayer and the distance will really suit him,” she said. “He hit the line really well last Friday and as long as the speed is genuine he shouldn’t be too far away.” Ryan Warwick will drive the Skye Bond-trained Galactic Star, who unwound a spirited finishing burst to win a 2100m heat at Bunbury from Yayas Hot Spot and Lennytheshark. He will start from the No. 5 barrier and Warwick will have the option of taking advantage of the five-year-old’s excellent gate speed or preferring to angle toward the pegs and rely on a strong finishing burst. Ken Casellas

The $1 million Tabtouch Inter Dominion harness racing grand final takes place at Gloucester Park on Friday night – with NSW represented by two horses including Tiger Tara. Todd McCarthy will drive Tiger Tara from the one barrier, with NZ star Lazarus on his outside from the two barrier. That should give an indication that the speed will be on from the outset. The second NSW contender is Galactic Star (Ryan Warwick) who had one win in the series and has drawn barrier five. WA are pinning their hopes on Soho Tribecca who has won two heats and finished second to San Carlo. And as with all Inter Doms, there is always something to add to the record books. That happened last Friday night when Victorian reinswoman Rebecca Bartley won the eighth heat of the Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park with San Carlo. Bartley notched career win No. 298. She joined WA’s Kellie Kersley as the only woman to drive an Inter Dominion heat winner in a Perth Inter Dominion. It will be Bartley's first drive in an Inter Dominion final. On Friday night, Bartley will join Kersley as the only women to drive in a Perth Inter Dominion final. It was back in 1996 that Kersley won a heat of the Inter Dominion with Norms Daughter. She finished fifth in the final behind Young Mister Charles. San Carlo only commenced racing as a five-year-old and has 21 wins from 27 starts, making the horse the most inexperienced starter in the race. But Bartley has driven the horse for all of those wins, so she knows her steed. Howzat for Williams Racing Williams Racing picked up a winner at the Maitland harness meeting last Sunday with Comeon Howzat – in race start 161 – an all-the-way winner with Tom Ison in the spider. Comeon Howzat returned $17.90 to punters. Meanwhile, Shadow Dealer headed out west for the Sunday afternoon Dubbo meeting after his last-start win at Tamworth and came close to making it back to back wins. Shadow Dealer finished second with Wayne Gray in the spider, beaten by 1.8 metres, with the three-year-old seemingly heading in the right direction for a few more wins in the future. A return to Tamworth Harness racing will return to the Tamworth Paceway on Wednesday night, with the feature race the Roadwork Industries Dash For Cash. By Julie Maughan Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader  

When harness racing 6yo Dawn Ofa New Day gelding Vultan Tin enters the track at Gloucester Park on Friday night for the $1.1 million TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final he will become just the 28th Western Australian bred runner out of 178 starters in Perth finals. Vultan Tin is providing the dream of all hobbyists in harness racing in that he was bred by his owners Phil and Denise Costello and is trained by Phil on the same Coolup property where the gelding was born. Friday night will be a couple of days short of three years since Vultan Tin broke his maiden status in a 3yo maiden Westbred race at Gloucester Park on Saturday 20th December 2014. Willowcliffe was the sole WA bred in the final of the first Inter Dominion run on a Wednesday night – 19th February 1936. A stallion foaled in 1925 and bred by F W Godecke and W P Baker he was a son of legendary sire Alfred Donald from the mare Miss Willow. There has been at least one locally bred starter in every Perth Inter Dominion apart from 1940 when the field was dominated by progeny of Globe Derby and his son New Derby who produced five of the nine starters that year. Western Australian bred horses dominated in 1957 providing six of the 11 starters. Only one Western Australian bred has won an Inter Dominion final in Perth – Binshaw in 1967. Three WA bred horses in San Simeon (1st in 1981 in Hobart), Red Vicar (4th in Brisbane in 1972) and Daintys Daughter (4th in Melbourne in 1970) have started in Inter Dominion finals in other States since Binshaw’s historic win. The full list of Western Australian bred finalists in a Perth Inter Dominion follows; Winner Date Place Breeder Year Sex Sire Dam Willowcliffe 19-02-36   8 F W Godecke, W P Baker 1925 c Alfred Donald Princess Willow Stormy Weather 22-02-47   8 N S Craven 1938 g Peter Stretta USA Miss Eileen Kolrock 22-02-47   10 H H Richter 1936 g Kolect Miss Rock Dixie Stretta 22-02-47   2 G F Fraser 1937 g Peter Stretta USA Lily Whips Beau Don 28-02-53   9 L F Carter 1948 c Don Sebastian Nellies Vin Jack Oro 02-03-57   7 W Clarke 1949 c King Oro NZ Jacks Queen NZ Robert Sheen 02-03-57   2 A S Dreyer 1949 c Prince Robert Wilvasheen Magic Flute 02-03-57   6 T Early 1951 c King Oro NZ Star Song NZ Beau Don 02-03-57   8 L F Carter 1948 c Don Sebastian Nellies Vin Precipitation 02-03-57   3 T Bell 1951 c Wilver Mint Grand Elect Frosty Nelson 02-03-57   pu E C Waters 1949 c Nelson Direct Heather Lu Kolworth 03-03-62   8 J P Stratton 1958 g Kolector Ideal Girl NZ King Capri 03-03-62   9 W Clark 1956 c King Oro NZ Jacks Queen NZ Moonspeed 03-03-62   13 A G Richards 1956 g Speedy Raider Lady Monty Super Paddy 03-03-62   3 H L Cheshire 1956 g Superdel NZ Dainty Patsy Binshaw 18-02-67   1 B Cook 1961 g Bintravis NZ Panminton Color Glo 18-02-67   pu A M Ward 1960 f Wrack Again Mays Flame Velocipede 18-02-67   7 L Baldwin 1959 c Kellett Alliteration Haddock 23-02-74   5 J H Bele 1969 c Admiral Way NZ Snowbird NZ Indian Chant 19-03-82   9 G M Ward 1973 c Indian Lake NZ Wexford Lass NZ Paavo 17-03-89   9 A R Annear, D L Annear 1983 c Afella Rainbow USA Eldora Norms Daughter 15-03-96   5 S D L Palmer 1990 f Northern Lights USA Aeroflight Shattering Class 15-03-96   8 Patrician Park 1991 c Golden Greek USA Earth Shattering Faking It 26-03-04   12 Lombo Standardbreds Pty Ltd 1998 g Fake Left USA Sassie Brassie Buck The Odds 26-03-04   11 Allwood Stud Farm 1998 g Million To One USA Marilyn Ann Nats Nifty 26-03-04   7 N M Poyser 1995 g Trev Leo Thrilling Lombo Navigator 02-03-12   3 Lombo Standardbreds Pty Ltd 2006 g Million To One USA Lombo Anastasia Vultan Tin 08-12-17   3 P J Costello, D A Costello 2011 g Dawn Ofa New Day USA Ellevarrac     Alan Parker

RWWA Stewards have been advised by the ChemCentre in Perth, that cobalt at a concentration in excess of 100 micrograms per litre, being the threshold prescribed in the Harness Rules of Racing, has been detected in a urine sample taken from ARTURUS NZ at Gloucester Park on 15 November 2017 prior to it completing and finishing fourth in Race 9. This finding has been verified by the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory (RASL) in Victoria. Accordingly, the Stewards will inquire into these reports on a date to be fixed which the Trainer of ARTURUS NZ, Mr Gary Elson has been requested to attend. Acting under the provisions of Harness Rule of Racing 183(d) Stewards have directed that Mr Elson’s licence to train be suspended forthwith pending the outcome of the Stewards inquiry to the extent that he is not permitted to nominate or present any horses to race. Harness – Stewards Inquiry – Trainer Mr Gary Elson – ARTURUS NZ Denis Borovica – General Manager Racing Integrity Ph: 9445 5427 Denis.borovica@rwwa.com.au

It’s not unusual to see a feature in harness racing full of top bred horses, and Friday nights $1.1m Tabtouch Inter dominion is no exception. There is plenty of high calibre horses with impressive pedigrees in the ten horse race. Six of these runners are sired by Woodlands Stud stallions, and four of those are the top favourites for the event. With their sons picking up wins seven of the nine heats, the stallions have well and truly dominated the series thus far and look to have the upper hand to finish with a bang in the final on Friday night at Gloucester Park. Bettor’s Delight is the highest supported stallion with half of the field being sired by the champion stallion. He sired the first four home in both the New Zealand trotting Cup and the New Zealand Free-For-All, and there looks to be a chance that it could happen again in this Group 1 event. His top son Lazarus is the early favourite for the race after a terrific winning performance in the final heat last Friday. His other sons, Chicago Bull, Tiger Tara, Galactic Star and Have Faith In Me will also all have good chances given the right run. The later put in a brave performance in the final heat working hard early before sitting parked and running Lazarus into a length for second. American Ideal’s gun son Soho Tribeca has been consistent in the heats on his home track, winning two and placing second in the three lead up heats. The Kim Prentice trained runner has a tricky draw out at 6, but seems to handle the smaller track well so with the right run he will feature in the finish. The first two emergencies in the race, Ohoka Punter and Devendra are also sired by Bettor’s Delight. Harnesslink Media  

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