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

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

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

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

Talented pacer Motu Premier will resume racing after a beneficial spell when he contests the Choices Flooring Joondalup Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old fared poorly in the random draw and faces a stern first-up test from barrier eight against veteran pacer Bettors Fire, who is in superb form, with six wins from his past eight starts. Motu Premier, who has not raced since finishing fifth behind Soho Tribeca and Chicago Bull in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup on January 19 this year, warmed up for his return to action in impressive fashion when he dashed to an early lead from barrier five, set the pace and dashed over the final 800m in 57.5sec. to easily beat stablemate Costa Del Magnifico at a 1.56.8 rate in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. “He’s a lazy horse who does just what he has to do,” said trainer Ross Olivieri. “He went to the line with something in hand. Bettors Fire is at the top of his game right now and I would suggest that Motu Premier is a couple of runs off his best but he’s a pretty clever horse and I wouldn’t disregard him this week, although he’s probably just a place chance and an outside winning hope.” Motu Premier, who has raced 45 times for 16 wins, 13 seconds and four thirds for $322,278 in stakes, was unplaced in three heats of the Interdominion championship series at Gloucester Park last November and December. If he regains his best form in the coming months Olivieri will consider taking him to Melbourne for the Inter Dominion series at Melton in early December. “He wasn’t at his best in the last Inters when he was at the end of a long preparation,” said Olivieri, who added: “It would be nice to have him on the up instead of on the wane.” Shannon Suvaljko, who handled Motu Premier in the Byford trial, will drive the Bettors Delight gelding in a race for the first time on Friday night. Chris Lewis, who has driven Motu Premier at 17 of his 18 West Australian starts, will handle Eagle Rox, who will start from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. Eagle Rox is in brilliant form and has scored in impressive style at each of her past three starts. Bettors Fire will start from barrier five and will be a short-priced favourite. He completed a winning hat-trick last Friday week when he started out wide at barrier eight and settled in last position before charging forward to take up the running 1450m from home on his way to winning the 2536m Winter Cup at a 1.56.6 rate, with a final quarter in 27.3sec. “We will push the Go button as we try to take the front,” said trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper. “The old horse is doing a wonderful job.” Galactic Star, trained by Greg and Skye Bond and driven by Ryan Warwick, will have admirers after his dashing return to form last Friday night when he settled at the rear, burst to the front at the 1200m and won the 2130m Past Presidents Cup by more than four lengths from The Bucket List. He will start from barrier six. Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, who recorded his 2500th winner as a trainer when two-year-old Robbie Easton was successful at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening, said he expected a strong forward showing from Whozideawasthis, who will start from the No. 3 barrier. Whozideawasthis was ninth at the bell and finished powerfully, out six wide, to be a close-up fourth behind Bettors Fire last Friday night. Ken Casellas

Banjup trainer Annie Belton should continue her remarkable run of success by scoring with the speedy Dior Mia More in the $25,000 Owners Only Lombardo final over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She boasts an outstanding strike rate this season, with her 79 starters producing 23 wins, 14 seconds and 12 thirds for stakes of $235,325. Seven of those wins have been in metropolitan-stakes races and the other 16 have been in country-stakes events. Dior Mia More, a lightly-raced five-year-old by Tintin In America, has won at seven of her past 11 starts and she has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in Friday night’s event which is restricted to mares. Her 18 starts have produced ten wins and five placings. Gary Hall Jnr made full use of a favourable barrier (No. 3) and the mare’s gate speed when Dior Mia More burst to an early in a qualifying heat last Friday night. After a fast lead time of 36.1sec. Dior Mia More ambled through the first quarter of the final mile in 32.8sec. before reeling off the next three sections in 31sec., 28.6sec. and 28.1sec. She beat Susie Rocks by just under a length. Belton and her husband Colin have a splendid second string in Friday night’s final in Gotta Go Gabbana, a four-year-old who has had 32 starts for nine wins, eight seconds and five thirds. Gotta Go Gabbana, to be driven by Chris Voak, is in good form and is a tough mare capable of fighting on strongly after working hard. She will start from barrier four and is well worth serious consideration. Four-year-old Im Stylish, trained and driven by Justin Prentice, has won at eight of her 22 starts and is capable of a strong showing, despite a back-line draw. She raced wide early and then in the one-out, one-back position when s close-up fourth behind the pacemaker Shes Turbo Charged in a qualifying heat last Friday week. Millview Sienna, a five-year-old to be driven by Aldo Cortopassi for Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams, has won at ten of her 36 starts and will have admirers, particularly after drawing barrier three on the front line. Millview Sienna warmed up for this week’s event in fine style with a convincing two-length win over Cup-class mare Tricky Styx in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. She dashed over the final quarters in 28.7sec. and 28.6sec. and rated 1.57.7.   Ken Casellas

Ace trainer-reinsman Colin Brown should be rewarded for his patience and thoughtful planning by guiding Typhoon Tiff to victory in the $100,000 Owners Only Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Typhoon Tiff, a Bettors Delight filly, has shown wonderful ability at her five starts which have resulted in three wins, a second and a third and she has the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line in the 2130m classic. Bred and owned by Colleen Lindsay, Typhoon Tiff is following in the footsteps of her dam Tiffany Twisted and great granddam Blithe Spirit, each of whom were smart winners as a two-year-old. Tiffany Twisted won three in a row at Gloucester Park as a two-year-old in the 2009-10 season, with Brown in the sulky for the third of those wins. Blithe Spirit won at Pinjarra and Kilmore as a two-year-old in the 1993-94 season. Typhoon Tiff gave a sample of her ability at her latest outing, at Gloucester Park four Fridays ago, when she started from barrier No. 6 on the front line in the Group 1 Diamond Classic and finished a gallant neck second to the pacemaker Majorpride after racing three wide for the first circuit and then in the breeze. The final sections were covered in 28.9sec. and 27.9sec. That followed stylish victories at her three previous starts, all from wide barriers and being forced to cover extra ground. Looming as the most serious rival for Typhoon Tiff is Soho Interceptor, an Art Major filly trained at Hopeland by Glenn Elliott and a winner at two of her seven starts. Soho Interceptor possesses good gate speed and Shannon Suvaljko is sure to be anxious to take full advantage of the favourable draw by attempting to burst to an early lead and then dictate terms from the front. Two starts ago, Soho Interceptor raced three back on the pegs before running home fast in a final quarter of 27.7sec. to finish a nose second to Lady Valasca over 2130m at Gloucester Park. That was Lady Valasca’s only win from 11 starts, but she has also finished second six times and third once for trainer Annie Belton. Lady Valasca, the first of the progeny of former star pacer Alta Christiano to win a race in Western Australia, will start from barrier five on the front line in Friday night’s race in which she will handled by Chris Lewis. My Prayer has been placed at four of her six starts for Busselton trainer Barry Howlett and, from the inside of the back line she has sound place prospects. Ken Casellas

Aiden de Campo is driving in grand form and he gives Michael Joseph a good chance of winning the TABtouch Westbred Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Michael Joseph, trained in Capel by de Campo’s father Andrew, unleashed a powerful finishing burst to win easily from Our Zak Whitby at Pinjarra two starts ago and then gave a spirited performance when third behind the pacemaker Carter Micheal and Fanci A Dance over 2130m in fast time at Gloucester Park last Friday night. “I was happy with him last week,” said Aiden de Campo. “He was three wide with cover (before the bell) and was four wide half-way down the back. And he boxed on well. It’s a tricky draw (No. 5) on Friday night and I’ll probably press forward. If he happened to find the top he would be very hard to beat.” Hardest for Micheal Joseph to beat is likely to be the Barry Howlett-trained Fanci A Dance, who raced three wide without cover for much of the race before fighting on grimly to be fourth behind Carter Micheal last Friday night. At his previous start, a fortnight earlier, Fanci A Dance had a tough run in the breeze before winning from Chiaroscuro and Back To The Beach. De Campo said that he also had each-way prospects on Friday night with Oneonthewood (race one), Tisadream (race two) Tellmetoattack (race four) and Tommy Be Good (race seven). Tisadream, a brilliant winner last Friday night when he raced in the breeze before getting to the front 380m from home and racing away to win by four lengths from Extreme Prince and Vampiro, will start from the outside of the back line in the Yes Loans Pace over 2536m. “The draw doesn’t help, but his run last week was probably the best of his career,” de Campo said. “He’s not purely a breeze horse or a leader. He’s versatile who can sit and sprint.” Tellmetoattack will be having his first start for two months when he contests the Westsired Pace for two-year-olds. He won a 2100m trial at Bunbury last Saturday night. “The trial was good,” said de Campo. “He sat last and ran on to win. He has a lot of ability, but has a lot of problems to match his ability. We’ve got a few steering problems with him and he can pull.” The Ross Olivieri-trained Babyface Adda will be strongly fancied in this event. The Rich And Spoilt colt has won at two of his 11 starts and is the only winner in the nine-horse field. Babyface Adda, to be handled by Shannon Suvaljko, will start out wide at barrier seven, but should carry too many guns for his rivals. De Campo has been granted a nine-day deferment of a 24-day suspension to enable him to drive on Friday night. He was suspended by the stewards, who found him guilty of causing interference to Shandale, who fell 50m from the post in the race won by Bettors Fire last Friday night. “I’ve lodged an appeal against the suspension,” de Campo said. “I believe that I didn’t contribute to Shandale falling. He hit the back of my wheel and I don’t feel that I deserved a suspension at all.” Ken Casellas

 “Maczaffair has good gate speed and if she leads she will be very hard to beat,” declared trainer Mike Reed when assessing the four-year-old’s prospects in the $25,000 RSM Australia Rotary Club Fremantle Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Maczaffair will start from the No. 2 barrier on the front line and Shannon Suvaljko will be hellbent on beating out polemarker Dodolicious. “She loves the 2536m and the further they go, the better she likes it,” said Reed, who will also be represented by Shandale, who will be driven by Chris Lewis from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. Maczaffair, who has amassed $379,787 from 18 wins, seven seconds and two thirds from 38 starts, gave further proof of her ability as a frontrunner two starts ago when she began from barrier three, took the lead after 300m and won the group 2 $50,000 WASBA Breeders Stakes at a 1.55.6 rate over 2130m. Then, last Friday night she started off the 30m mark in a 2503m stand and raced in eighth position in the one-wide line before starting a three-wide move 700m from home. She fought on determinedly to be fifth behind the pacemaker Better Scoot, who dashed over the final quarters in 27.8sec. and 28.3sec. “I clocked her to run the final half-mile, out three deep, in 55.5sec.,” said Reed.  Dodolicious, the only other mare in Friday night’s race, will start from the No. 1 barrier and Ryan Warwick is likely to use the five-year-old’s good gate speed in a bid to withstand Maczaffair’s early bid for the lead. It is problematic whether Dodolicious will be able to hold out Maczaffair. Dodolicious will be driven by Colin Brown, with Greg and Skye Bond’s other runner, Our Jimmy Johnstone, to be handled by the stable’s No. 1 driver Ryan Warwick. Our Jimmy Johnstone, who will start from barrier five, is in top form, with his past eight starts producing two wins and five placings. He started from barrier six in a 2130m event last Friday night when he raced three wide before charging to the front after 550m. He then gave a bold frontrunning display to win by a length from stablemate Galactic Star at a 1.55.4 rate. Maczaffair, Our Jimmy Johnstone and Bettors Fire look set to fight out the finish. Trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper said that he was confident that the nine-year-old Bettors Fire would run a bold race. “Barrier draws are not so important in races over 2536m,” he said. “We’ll play our cards according to the way things unfold at the start. If the race is run to suit Bettors Fire will be a very big chance of winning. Maczaffair and Our Jimmy Johnstone look to be the horses to beat.”   Ken Casellas

Cracking reinsman Chris Voak is riding on the crest of a wave and has already landed 128 winners this season. He has no hesitation in declaring that Gotta Go Gabbana is his best winning prospect at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Annie Belton-trained Gotta Go Gabbana has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2536m Australian Marine Complex Pace and Voak is anxious to use the four-year-old’s good gate speed in a bid for an all-the-way victory. “She’s sharp and in the zone,” Voak said. “She’s in a really good head space and she wants to be out there, racing. If she shows the speed she did last week, she will hold up comfortably. And if she leads, she’ll be mighty hard to beat.” Gotta Go Gabbana has been gallant in defeat at four of her past five starts when she was forced to work hard in the breeze. Three starts ago, she led from barrier two and scored a comfortable victory over 2130m. Voak named Detroit Lily (six wins from 14 starts) and Pick My Pocket (seven wins from 20 starts) as two of the hardest for Gotta Go Gabbana to beat. But he said that the Justin Prentice-trained Pick My Pocket (No. 3 barrier) would face a very difficult task if she was forced to race without cover. Detroit Lily, second to Our Maja Mama in last month’s WA Oaks, will start from the inside of the back line. “If Detroit Lily stays on the pegs she is likely to have difficulty in getting a clear run in the late stages,” Voak said. “When Gotta Go Gabbana leads she doesn’t kick away, she just does what she has to do.” Voak also has sound prospects with Iceenothink in the Kari Forest Motel Pace, in which the lightly-raced five-year-old is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line in the 2130m event. “I see Iceenothink as my best winning prospect on the night,” said trainer Ross Olivieri. Voak said that the gelding’s form was hard to gauge. “I drove him first-up in WA and he was awful,” Voak said. “Then I drove him again two starts after that and he led from barrier one and won at Northam when he no horse challenged him or put any pressure on him. I reckon he goes well on the pace, and from barrier three on Friday night he should be prominent.” At his most recent appearance, at Northam on Tuesday of last week he was restrained from barrier seven and raced wide in the final circuit before finishing last in a field of nine.   Ken Casellas

Talented reinsman Ryan Warwick is poised to chalk up his 100th winner of the season at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he drives four top-class pacers from the powerful Skye Bond stable. Warwick, who has driven 99 winners this season, will handle Galactic Star in the Christmas In July at the Beau Rivage Pace, Dodolicious in the Book Your Next Conference at Gloucester Park Pace, Bettor Scoot in the Book A Private Box at Gloucester Park Pace and Detroit Lily in the Entertainment With Horsepower Pace. All have excellent each-way prospects, with Galactic Star perhaps the best of the quartet. Warwick gave punters an important lead when he chose to drive Galactic Star (from the outside barrier) in preference to stablemates Our Jimmy Johnstone (barrier seven) and Vampiro (eight). Five-year-old Galactic Star, a winner at 20 of his 45 starts, impressed at his first appearance for almost four months when he finished strongly from sixth at the bell to be third behind Vultan Tin and Bettors Fire in the 1730m Members Sprint last Friday night. Our Jimmy Johnstone (Dylan Egerton-Green) also impressed in that event when he started out wide at barrier eight and finished powerfully from tenth at the bell to be fourth. Colin Brown has been engaged to drive smart four-year-old Vampiro, a winner at 12 of his 24 starts. Vampiro, who will start from barrier eight on Friday night, has been freshened up since he ran home solidly to finish fourth behind Runrunjimmydunn over 2130m on March 23. The main rivals to the Bond trio are likely to be the Katja Warwick-trained Tommy Be Good and the Bob Mellsop-trained Real Lucky. Tommy Be Good, who is handily drawn at barrier four on the front line, indicated that he would pay to follow when he began off the back mark of 20m and surged home from ninth at the 650m to finish an excellent second to Lord Willoughby last Friday week. He will again be driven by Aiden Warwick. Gary Hall Jnr has been engaged to drive Real Lucky (barrier five) who won for the 16th time from 64 starts when he set the pace and beat Eagle Rox over 2130m last Friday night. Dodolicious is the best-performed runner in her event and she has the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting out wide from the No. 8 barrier at her third outing in her current preparation. A winner at 18 of her 40 starts, she fought on from fifth at the bell to be third behind Major Reality last Friday night. She meets much weaker opposition this week. Better Scoot looks one of the main chances in race eight and three-year-old filly Detroit Lily has the class to defeat her older and more experienced rivals in the ninth event in which she will be the only runner off the back line. Detroit Lily, a gallant second to Our Major Mama in the WA Oaks four starts ago, is in top form. She was not extended when she set the pace, sprinted over the final 400m in 27.7sec. and won from The Freedom Fighter over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. She has the ability to defy challenges from in-form mares Glenferrie Arch, She Could Be Good and Im Stylish.   Ken Casellas

Shannon Suvaljko, who holds a convincing lead on the Statewide drivers’ premiership, has given punters a massive lead by opting to handle star mare Maczaffair in preference to Lord Willoughby in the Book A Private Box at Gloucester Park Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Suvaljko has driven the Ross Olivieri-trained Lord Willoughby at the four-year-old’s past 17 starts for eight wins, six seconds and three thirds. Those wins include Lord Willoughby’s only four appearances in standing-start events. Lord Willoughby will begin from the 10m line in Friday night’s stand over 2503m and is sure to be hard to beat, following strong wins at his past two starts. The Mach Three gelding will be handled by Chris Lewis, who has driven him 14 times for two wins, six seconds and two thirds. Suvaljko has driven the Mike Reed-trained Maczaffair to victory 11 times. Lewis has driven the mare only twice for two wins, at Gloucester Park last July and August. Maczaffair has a winning record of 49 per cent (18 wins, seven seconds and two thirds from 37 starts) and she will need to be at the top of her game to succeed against smart pacers of the calibre of Lord Willoughby, Better Scoot and Im Rockaria. She is the lone backmarker off 30 metres and certainly has the speed and strength to overcome this handicap. Maczaffair has raced only once in a stand and that was two starts ago when she began from 30m in the 2503m Race For Roses in which she started off 30m and enjoyed a good passage in sixth position in the one-wide line. She fought on determinedly to be fourth behind Eden Franco, Sarah Goody and C C Chevron. The Skye Bond-trained Better Scoot, to be handled by Ryan Warwick, should appreciate a front-line draw and looks set to fight out the finish at his second outing after a spell. The lightly-raced six-year-old (23 starts for ten wins, six seconds and four thirds) challenged unsuccessful for the early lead and then enjoyed an ideal trail, one-out and one-back, when a sound first-up third behind Lord Willoughby and Tommy Be Good last Friday week. Better Scott has an impressive record in stands, with his seven starts behind the tapes in WA producing four wins, a second and two thirds. The Michael Brennan-trained Im Rockaria was a disappointing first-up sixth behind Lord Willoughby last Friday week, but he is a talented pacer capable of considerable improvement. Ken Casellas

Nine years ago, Colleen Lindsay was the excited breeder and owner of Centrefold Angel when she was a rank outsider at 85/1 and scored a dashing victory in the Diamond Classica and Mrs Lindsay has high hopes of repeating the dose with her classy two-year-old filly Typhoon Tiff in the $100,000 Group 1 classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Typhoon Tiff is bred in the purple and is closely related to Centrefold Angel, who was retired after earning $237,348 from 14 wins and 15 placings from 47 starts. Typhoon Tiff has an awkward draw at barrier No. 6 on the front line in the 2130m feature event, but she has been highly impressive in winning convincingly at her past three outings after her extremely unlucky third on debut in a 1684m event at Pinjarra early in March. The Bettors Delight filly will be driven by her trainer Colin Brown, who hasn’t bustled her at her four starts. Brown has given the impression that he was determined to nurse Typhoon Tiff and he has appeared like a man treading with great caution on egg shells. On debut at Pinjarra on March 12 Typhoon Tiff appeared quite flighty and she broke into a gallop and lost more than 12 lengths 80m after the start. Brown eased her three wide after 550m and she sustained a spirited burst to get to the front 150m from the post before galloping in front with 25m to travel. She finished third, a length behind the winner Itz All About Magic. Then Typhoon Tiff started from barrier eight over 1730m at Gloucester Park on April 10 when she raced four wide early and moved to the breeze after 500m before hitting the front 220m from home and winning, untouched, by a length from Lady Valasca. Brown restrained Typhoon Tiff from barrier seven at her third start, over 168m at Pinjarra on April 16, when she settled in sixth position and raced three wide from the 950m until she got to the front 120m from the post and won by just over a length from Its Set In Stone, rating 1.57.7, with final quarters in 28.2sec. and 28.5sec. Then, in a qualifying heat of the Diamond Classic at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week, Brown gave Typhoon Tiff time to settle after starting out wide at barrier seven. Typhoon Tiff then dashed forward to move to the breeze after 500m and she was not extended in winning easily from My Prayer and Fulfil The Dream at a 1.58.3 rate over 2130m after taking the lead on the home turn. Typhoon Tiff covered the 2130m in 2min. 36.6sec., with the other heat winners being Lady Valasca (2.38.1) and Mandy Joan (2.36.2). Mandy Joan, trained by David Thompson, was driven confidently by Dylan Egerton-Green, who took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier by setting the pace and giving the filly’s rivals little chance by covering the four 400m section of the final mile in 29.9sec., 29.5sec., 29.9sec. and 28.7sec. Mandy Joan, who defeated Majorpride and Has No Fear, will start from barrier four in the final, with Majorpride drawing the prized No. 1 barrier and Has No Fear at barrier seven. Majorpride (Gary Hall Jnr) and Has No Fear (Tom Buchanan) are prepared by Justin Prentice, who will also be represented in the final by Iona Diamond (Stuart McDonald, barrier three) and Fulfil The Dream. Prentice, who prepared 25/1 chance Lady Luca for her victory in the 2016 Diamond Classic, will drive Fulfil The Dream, who will start from barrier five. Fulfil The Dream raced in sixth position and was switched five wide on the home bend before charging home to finish an impressive third behind Typhoon Tiff and the pacemaker My Prayer in a qualifying heat. Has No Fear, a winner at three of her seven starts, also caught the eye in a qualifying heat when she started from barrier seven and was last in a field of nine at the 400m mark before she thundered home, out wide, to finish third behind Mandy Joan and Majorpride (who fought on from the one-out, one-back position to finish second). Lady Valasca, trained by Annie Belton and driven by Chris Lewis, set the pace in her heat and fought on grimly to win narrowly from Soho Interceptor, faces a stern test from the outside barrier (No. 9). Wonnerup trainer Terry Ferguson, who prepared $27.70 outsider Cimorene for her win in the Diamond Classic last year, has two runners in this year’s race Bettor Pack It and Bettor Copagoodone, who will be at long odds. Typhoon Tiff was bred by Mrs Lindsay. The filly is by champion American-bred stallion Bettors Delight and is out of Tiffany Twisted, who won at three of her eight starts before being retired. Brown also has an association with Tiffany Twisted, having driven her twice for a win and a second placing at Gloucester Park as a two-year-old in 2010 Tiffany Twisted was bred by Mrs Lindsay, who also bred that mare’s dam, the unraced Twisted Art, who produced five winners, including Centrefold Angel, who was driven twice by Brown for a win at Gloucester Park and a fourth at Pinjarra as a three-year-old. Typhoon Tiff can trace her ancestry back to Magic Flute, an outstanding WA pacer whose 16 Gloucester Park wins included the 1957 and 1958 Easter Cup, the 1957 State Sprint Championship and a heat of the 1957 Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park. Ken Casellas

Rival reinsmen Aiden de Campo (Ideal Tyson) and Kyle Harper (Bettors Fire) have a healthy respect for each other’s horse and are anticipating a spirited duel in the $25,000 GPHR Members Sprint over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The sparks are set to fly from the outset, with Ideal Tyson and Bettors Fire, as well as Galactic Star and Vultan Tin, blessed with sparkling gate speed. Ideal Tyson, trained at Coolup by Kristy Elson, will start from barrier four on the front line, with Bettors Fire at No. 6. Vultan Tin (Chris Voak) will start from No. 3 and Galactic Star (Ryan Warwick) at No. 5. De Campo made his intentions quite clear when he said: “’From gate four, we’ll be pressing forward pretty hard. I’d love to lead. We’ll work forward and hopefully be in front, or in the breeze. On his latest run, you would suggest he could win again from the breeze. However, Bettors Fire is a very good horse and can go very fast.” Harper said that Bettors Fire (who has made most of the running to win over 2536m and 2130m at his past two starts) was always a winning chance over any distance. “He’s a good sprinter who loves the mile,” he said. “It’s hard from barrier six over the short trip and I’m sure it’s not going to be easy. Vultan Tin goes well in front and Ideal Tyson went very well, first-up, sitting in the breeze and winning in 1.52.8 over 1730m. “If we go too hard early it will bring horses like Shandale and Our Jimmy Johnstone into the race from bad barriers. I’ll play it by ear, but over the sprint trip I don’t think we will be going back. “I often get asked the question whether Bettors Fire is better at a staying distance or a short trip and the answer is ‘I don’t know’. He’s very good over all distances.” Punters would be well advised to take into account Bettors Fire’s performance at his most recent outing over 1730m. That was 12 starts ago when the wonderful nine-year-old burst to the front from barrier seven and set the pace before winning the Group 2 Village Kid Sprint at Gloucester Park on December 29. He was a 55/1 outsider and won from the 7/4 on favourite Soho Tribeca, Chicago Bull, Zach Maguire and My Hard Copy, rating 1.52.6. His ten runs over 1730m have produced three wins (including a victory over Im Victorious in the Mount Eden Sprint at Gloucester Park in November 2013), two seconds, one third, two fourths, one fifth and one sixth. De Campo was overseas on holidays when Gary Hall Jnr drove Ideal Tyson to a dashing first-up victory in considerably weaker company over 1730m two Fridays ago. “He went super first-up and I’m lucky to get the drive back,” said de Campo, who has driven Ideal Tyson 26 times for six wins, seven seconds and seven thirds. Ryan Warwick, who drove Our Jimmy Johnstone to an all-the-way victory over Beaudiene Boaz in the 2017 Members Sprint, has given punters a good lead by opting to drive the Skye Bond-trained Galactic Star in preference to Our Jimmy Johnstone this week. Our Jimmy Johnstone, an impressive winner from Shandale and The Bucket List over 2130m last Friday week, will start from barrier eight on Friday night, with Dylan Egerton-Green in the sulky. Galactic Star, a noted speedster, is capable of a bold showing from barrier five at his first appearance since finishing second to Major Star in the Albany Cup on February 2. Heez On Fire also will be racing first-up for veteran trainer Bill Horn. The eight-year-old, the winner of 20 races from 51 starts, is handily drawn at barrier two. He proved his fitness with a narrow trial win over Gotta Go Chocolate in a 2550m standing-start trial at Byford last Sunday week. Ken Casellas

Sunoflindenny, an eight-year-old with a modest record, has sound prospects of turning the tables on the richly-talented Glenferrie Typhoon when they clash in the $18,000 Trotters Mobile over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Sunoflindenny, trained by Ross Olivieri and driven by Chris Lewis, began speedily from barrier seven, but was beaten out by Glenferrie Typhoon, who began like a shot from barrier eight in a 2130m event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Sunoflindenny, a massive gelding, was quickly eased out of the early speed battle and after 250m was severely checked and broke into a gallop, losing a good ten lengths. He settled down a distant seventh before moving forward into the breeze with 1050m to travel. He issued a strong challenge to the pacemaking Glenferrie Typhoon over the final stages and was beaten by a length. “It was a brave performance,” declared Olivieri. “It was like an M0 performer against a Free-For-Aller, and you would be pretty pleased with the way the M0 went, giving that he was knocked over and that the winner is a very classy horse. Sunoflindenny can turn the tables on Friday night. Barriers are everything at Gloucester Park, so it gives us a good hope.” Sunoflindenny will start from the No. 1 barrier in Friday night’s race, with Glenferrie Typhoon on the outside at barrier No. 9. “Sunoflindenny has good gate speed and I’ll be trying to get to the front,” Lewis said. “He did a great job to get back into a trot so quickly after being badly checked on Tuesday night. I expect him to run a strong race on Friday night.” Sunoflindenny, who won easily at his first WA start, at Pinjarra last Monday week, has raced 58 times for seven wins and 22 placings for $68,960. Glenferrie Typhoon, also an eight-year-old, has amassed $464,899 from 23 wins and 12 placings from 54 starts. Glenferrie Typhoon and Sunoflindenny are unlikely to have all things going there way on Friday night when Balmoral Boy, Ton Tine and Sun of Anarchy capable of bold showings. The Tonia Stampalia-trained Balmoral Boy (barrier two) is a speedy beginner and smart frontrunner who has scored very easy wins at his past two starts; The Justin Prentice-trained Sun of Anarchy (barrier eight) also has won easily at his past two starts and the Shaun Adams-trained Ton Tine trotted strongly when a close third to Glenferrie Typhoon and Sunoflindenny on Tuesday night. Ken Casellas

Ravenswood horseman Nathan Turvey simply cannot believe his good fortune when he was contacted completely out of the blue last year by Karl Deiley, who asked him to train a young pacer by the name of Simba Bromac. “I had never met him and I don’t know why he picked me out,” said Turvey. “That’s the million-dollar question.” Turvey was more than happy to accept the offer from Deiley, a West Australian businessman, to train Simba Bromac, a New Zealand-bred pacer who had raced six times in Victoria for one win (at Cobram in February of last year) and three placings. Turvey is delighted at the progress shown by Simba Bromac, who has had 17 starts for him for 13 wins, three seconds and one fourth. And he is excited at the four-year-old’s potential, saying that he was hopeful that the gelding would develop into a realistic prospect for the rich feature events at the Christmas carnival next summer. “Simba Bromac is pretty smart and I haven’t had a Christmas feature horse before, but he could be the one,” Turvey said. Simba Bromac is in superb form and has excellent prospects of extending his winning sequence to five by proving the master of his nine rivals in the $25,000 Caporn Electrical Pure Steel final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He is the only M0-class runner in the field, but should carry too many guns for his rivals, all of whom have an M1 classification. He has drawn perfectly at the No. 1 barrier on the front line and Chris Lewis will attempt an all-the-way victory. “Simba Bromac is jumping out of his skin and to lead, that’s the plan,” said Turvey. “Touch of Success (barrier five) has good gate speed, but I think that Simba Bromac will hold up. He’s very fast out. It’s a good field and if Simba Bromac has to do a bit of work early, it could bring smart horses like El Jacko into the race.” One of Simba Bromac’s main rivals appears to be Mister Versace, who has struck a purple patch for Banjup trainer Annie Belton, with two wins and a fast-finishing third at his past three starts. He will start from barrier three on the front line with Chris Voak in the sulky. Mister Versace was most impressive last Friday night when he led for the first 220m and then sat behind the pacemaker Mista Shark before finishing with a powerful burst to beat that pacer by 2m at a 1.56.5 rate over 2130m. Belton is in fantastic form, winning with each of her past four starters at Gloucester Park (Mister Versace and Lady De La Renta last Friday night and Lady Valasca and Dior Mia More on Tuesday evening). Whenmechief, trained by Michael Brennan and driven by Michael Grantham, gave a powerful frontrunning display to win from Ohoka Darcy at a 1.57.5 rate over 2130m last Friday night. He faces a sterner test this week from the No. 7 barrier. The in-form Skye Bond-trained pair of Messi and El Jacko fared poorly in the random draw and will need plenty of luck from barriers eight and nine, respectively. Ken Casellas

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