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Mighty Ronaldo was a second thought When talented Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice went to the 2019 APG yearling sale in Perth he had no intention of purchasing lot 566, a colt by Alta Christiano out of the New Zealand-bred mare Millwoods Delight. He and stable client John Lohman had condensed their thoughts to about six youngsters. “Funnily enough, we didn’t have him pencilled in in a batch of about a half-dozen we had highlighted, said Prentice. “But once I saw this Alta Christiano colt at the sales I took a liking to him. I saw him in the box and Trevor Lindsay (breeder) got him out and I really liked him. “At the time I was training an Alta Christiano filly Suing You, and I liked her.” Even though lot 566 was out of Millwoods Delight, who had not been successful at stud, Prentice was guided by his instincts and thought, just on type, this colt was worth serious consideration. He bought the colt for $22,000 and his judgment has been thoroughly justified. The colt, named Mighty Ronaldo, boosted his earnings to $104,069 (not including Westbred bonuses) when he stormed home from the rear to score a dashing victory in the group 1 Choices Flooring Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Prentice, who drove a patient and well-judged race to guide Mighty Ronaldo, an outsider at $31.20, to victory by one and a half lengths over Give Us A Wave, is one of about 20 part-owners, including Lohman, Glen Mortimer, Gavin Thorn, Ross Fitzgerald, Bruce Jones, Angelo Vallis, Tony Florio, Rod Brennan’s Family Racing Syndicate and Keith Woolfenden’s Hillbillies Bowling Syndicate. Friday night’s stirring victory was some consolation for the owners who had the disappointment of watching their gelding Major Martini thunder home from ninth on the home to finish a head second to Jaspervellabeach in last year’s Golden Slipper. Millwoods Delight was part-owned by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond when she won five times from 44 starts in Western Australia, and the Bonds surely had nostalgic thoughts when Mighty Ronaldo defeated their smart colt Give Us A Wave, a $10 chance who raced three wide before bursting to the front after 550m and then setting a brisk pace. Prentice decided to drive Mighty Ronaldo only after champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr opted to handle the Kat Warwick-trained colt Machnificent, a $9.50 chance who was handily drawn at barrier two on the back line, with Mighty Ronaldo drawn poorly on the outside ( No. 9) on the front line. “When the draw came out I thought our chances were stuffed,” Prentice said. “I snagged early and we lobbed almost last. When Ryan (Warwick) came off the fence (with the $2.20 favourite Jett Star 200m after the start) there was a massive gap on the fence and I thought that four fence would be a good spot. “So, I went four fence, but when Dylan (Egerton-Green) took the lead (with Give Us A Wave) I was five fence. However, the speed was so genuine I thought that I was in the right position as long as I could get out. “There was a bit of traffic down the back, but I was able to get off the pegs.” Mighty Ronaldo was still well back in ninth position with 450m to travel, with Give Us A Wave still racing strongly in the lead. Mighty Ronaldo went five wide on the home turn and burst to the front 50m from the post. In an up-tempo affair, the four quarters of the final mile were covered in 28.8sec., 28.8sec., 28.4sec. and 29.8sec., with Mighty Ronaldo rating 1.55.6 over the 2130m to set a race record, with the previous best being Mitch Maguire’s 1.55.9 in 2016. Prentice, who celebrated his 32ND birthday on Sunday, said that Mighty Ronaldo would be sent out for a break and that the colt’s main mission next season would be the rich WA Derby next April. “I’m now going on holidays and will be in Exmouth for the next two weeks,” he said. “I’m looking forward to some warmer weather and, definitely, there will be some fishing involved.” The Bond camp had little luck with Jett Star in the Golden Slipper, with the colt looking a strong prospect with 900m to travel before he was inconvenienced and forced four wide when Talks Up A Storm broke into a bad gallop, out three wide, when surging forward into third place in the home straight with a lap to travel. Jett Star fought on to finish sixth. Black Jack Baby, the only filly in the event and second fancy at $3.50, led for the first 550m before trailing the pacemaker Give Us A Wave and wilting in the final circuit to finish a distant eleventh. Machnificent, who started a three-wide move after a lap and then worked hard in the breeze, was an excellent fourth, with Robbie Rocket ($41) running on from seventh at the bell to be third.   American trip is on hold The coronavirus pandemic has prevented a planned American career for the New Zealand-bred pacer Son Of A Tiger, who will be set for a $30,000 Four And Five-Year-Old feature event in three weeks after scoring an impressive all-the-way victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring Myaree Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Prominent owner and horse dealer Frank Ranaldi purchased Son Of A Tiger for $40,000 three months ago with the firm intention of on-selling him to American interests. “The plan was to send him to America,” said Byford trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper. “But with the borders shut down because of the Covid, Frank asked me if I would take the horse and play around with him and see what I thought. “I gave Son Of A Tiger a couple of trials and I really liked him and suggested that we give him a race start.” So, the gelding returned to racing after a three-month absence when he started off 40 metres in a 2503m event last Friday week in which he caught the eye by finishing solidly from last approaching the bell to be fifth behind Rebel With A Grin. “Frank said that if I thought the horse was good enough to stay here and earn some good money, that would be the way to go. But if he wasn’t up to scratch on too hard a mark, he would sell him off to the United States,” Harper explained. “The way he’s going at the moment I’m inclined to tell Frank to hold off for a bit, and now I’m setting him for that feature event for four and five-year-olds. “After his good first-up run in the stand I was quietly confident tonight, but I still had a lot of respect for Stroke Of Luck. The slow lead time (39.5sec.) and slow first quarter (32.1sec.) were essential after running a 28sec. quarter coming into the bell. “Even after the early soft sectionals I thought that there are not too many horses who can run 28sec. into the bell and keep going with 28.3sec. and 28sec. quarters. My horse did and so did Ross Olivieri’s horse Stroke Of Luck.” Son Of A Tiger, favourite at $2.30, set the pace from barrier two and fought on grandly to defeat $2.35 chance Stroke Of Luck by a half neck at a 1.57.8 rate. Stroke Of Luck, who started from the back line, moved to the breeze after a lap and looks set for a profitable career in Western Australia. Son Of A Tiger’s first two runs for Ranaldi have netted him $10,075. The gelding, a son of American Ideal, had been a wonderful performer for owner Tim Blee and trainer Matt Scott, having 33 starts for them for eight wins (including the Northam Cup in February this year) and six placings. Ranaldi and Harper have enjoyed tremendous success with Bettors Fire, combining for 29 wins with the speedy and powerful pacer who, at 11 years of age, is still performing wonderfully well in America where he has won 17 races to take his earnings to $1,038,177.   Reed’s purple patch Stephen Reed, a full-time mechanical engineer with Alcoa in Bunbury and Pinjarra, continues to enjoy his involvement in harness racing and is on the crest of a wave, with his past nine starters giving him nine wins. However, he quickly points out that 22-year-old Aimee-Lee Wood deserves great credit for her work with his three pacers, Lord Rosco, Bletchley Park and Pocket The Cash, who are owned by Albert Walmsley. Dylan Egerton-Green drove Lord Rosco, the $2.30 favourite, to a commanding all-the-way win in the 1730m Choices Flooring Busselton Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park on Saturday night Wood was successful in a 2569m event with the three-year-old Pocket The Cash, who settled last after being restrained from the outside barrier and then moved to the breeze after about 650m before getting to the front 250m from the post. “I have only Lord Rosco, Bletchley Park and Pocket The Cash in work,” Reed said. “I don’t work the horses; Aimee does. I haven’t worked a horse for a year. She rides them and I just get the job of bringing them to the trots and feeding them at night. I get the glory for winning races, but Aimee should take the credit for doing all the hard work. “Aimee does the work on Lord Rosco; she gets along very well with him and she knows the horse better than anyone. She is still learning the craft a bit but does a really good job.” Lord Rosco had raced only five times at Gloucester Park before Friday night --- for two seconds, a fourth, an eighth and a tenth placing. But his first victory on the track was never really in any doubt once Egerton-Green sent him straight to the front at the start. He coasted home to win at a 1.56 rate by almost a length from Art Tutor, who raced in the breeze for most of the way. Reed said that Lord Rosco’s outstanding form (four wins from his past four starts and seven from his past eight outings) could be attributed to some gear changes. “I’d say plenty of gear changes for a start, to help him keep in his gear, and probably a change in training has helped him,” he said. “And probably a change in training, keeping him off the hard tracks by not hoppling him much. He just does his jog work at home on the sand and he goes to the beach occasionally. “He doesn’t overrace; he’s a pretty relaxed horse who conserves his energy.”   Courage Tells is a marvel Old age is not diminishing the competitive spirit of Courage Tells, who is proving a remarkable moneyspinner. The New Zealand-bred 12-year-old celebrated his 262ND start by finishing strongly to win the 2536m Choices Flooring Northam Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His victory over the fast-finishing Euphoric Moment took his record to 38 wins and 62 placings for stakes of $429,008. After two wins from three starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand, a second from one appearance in Tasmania (in Launceston) in March 2010, seven wins and six placings from 23 starts in New South Wales and eight wins and 13 placings from 34 Victorian starts, Courage Tells has raced in Western Australia 201 times for 21 wins and 42 placings. He won 11 races for trainer Colin Joss in WA before Joss took a break from horses in late 2016 and sold him for a reported bargain price of $12,000. And the old gelding’s new owners Greg and Skye Bond have managed him wonderfully well during his 126-start career for them which has produced ten wins, 11 seconds and 14 thirds for $198,497 in prizemoney. Courage Tells is also a favourite with the staff at the Bond training establishment at Forrestdale, who share in the spoils of his successes. One of the highlights with the Bonds was when Ryan Warwick drove him to victory at tote odds of $114.50 at Gloucester Park in December 2017. For Joss, one of his wins was at $66.80 when Nathan Turvey was in the sulky for a half-head win in February 2016. By Courage Under Fire, Courage Tells is the second foal out of Tellalie, who won four races and $28,450 from 37 starts in New Zealand. Full-brothers of Courage Tells in We Tellthetruth and Tella have both raced in WA, with the former managing one win from 47 starts and the latter six wins from 87 WA starts.   Wallrodt breaks the drought Boyanup horseman Cody Wallrodt landed his first metropolitan-class winner for 13 months when he drove the Justin Prentice-trained gelding The Stars Above to an all-the-way victory in the Choices Flooring Midland Pace for three-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 26-year-old Wallrodt, a full-time assistant at the Prentice stable, drives only sparingly in the city and his previous Gloucester Park metro win was when Adda Tarantella led and defeated Georgie Mae in the Westbred Classic consolation for three-year-old fillies on June 21 last year. The Stars Above, a $9.80 chance (but only $5.50 on the fixed market), led from the No. 1 barrier and was able to dawdle through the lead time in a very slow 40.9sec. and the first quarter of the final mile in an ambling 31.8sec. He sprinted over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 27.5sec. and held on to beat the fast-finishing $2.20 favourite Alta Blues by a neck at a 1.59.7 rate over 2130m. “I thought that to get away with what we could in the early stages should leave The Stars Above with the speed at the finish to hold them off,” he said. “We got it a lot easier than I thought we could. I thought we had it sewn up at the top of the straight. But when Alta Blues came late it was a bit scary.” The Stars Above, owned and bred at Bob Fowler’s Allwood Stud Farm, now has had 25 starts for five wins, 12 placings and $41,779 in prizemoney. The gelding is by Follow The Stars and is the last of the progeny of the Albert Albert mare Miss Jeffries. The Stars Above completed a successful night for breeder-owner Fowler, who was successful at the meeting at Wagin with two three-year-old fillies by Follow The Stars in Star In Art and Star Of The  Class as well as with four-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding The Righteous, with that trio being prepared by Byford trainer Peter Anderson. Another Follow The Stars three-year-old filly, Our Star Carly, trained and driven by Dean Miller, was also successful at the Wagin meeting.   It’s No. 49 for Chicago Bull A change of tactics by champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr paved the way for Chicago Bull’s dashing victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring Joondalup Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall had restrained Chicago Bull from wide barriers in small fields at the seven-year-old’s three previous starts which resulted in a win over Ocean Ridge and seconds to that pacer and to Vultan Tin. On Friday night Hall decided to roll the dice from the outside barrier, No. 7, and urged the star pacer forward when the mobile barrier released the field. “Chicago Bull has been flopping out of the gate in recent starts and I decided to go forward in a bid to lead,” Hall said. “Vultan Tin was holding him out in the early stages before we were able to get to the front (after about 220m). It was a soft win, really.” Chicago Bull, favourite at $1.70, beat Im Soxy (who trailed the pacemaker) and Chiaroscuro, who ran on from fifth at the bell, rating 1.56.3, with final quarters of 27.4 and 27.1sec. This was the champion pacer’s 49TH win from 77 starts and boosted his earnings to $1,832,036. Top-flight pacer Handsandwheels put in a solid effort at his first appearance after a spell. He was restrained at the start from barrier five and raced in sixth position before finishing solidly into fifth place.   One Bid Buys surprises Six-year-old One Bid Buys, the only mare in the field, surprised when she started at $27.60 and ended a losing sequence of 16, stretching over 12 months, by beating the pacemaker Tokyo Joe ($4) and Mr Sundon ($2.10) in the 2503m Choices Flooring Osborne Park Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Waroona by Bob Mellsop and driven by Michael Grantham, One Bid Buys enjoyed a perfect passage behind Tokyo Joe, who was untroubled to get to an early lead after Lifes Delight and Dark Secret galloped and the 40m backmarker Mr Sundon broke badly after 50m and settled down almost 100 metres from the pacemaker. Grantham bided his time with One Bid Buys before he urged the mare to the front with 100m to travel. Mr Sundon, having his first start for three and a half months, gave a remarkable performance to make up so much lost ground to finish third. One Bid Buys raced 20 times in New Zealand for three wins and nine placings and seven times in Victoria for two wins and one placing before she was purchased by Kevin and Annette Charles. Her 49 WA starts under the care of Mellsop have resulted in seven wins and 18 placings. This was her first success at Gloucester Park at her 14TH appearance at the track. “Manners is the secret for a successful trotter,” said Mellsop, who has just retired the outstanding ten-year-old square gaiter Lord Liam after he had raced 104 times for 32 wins, 31 seconds and nine thirds for stakes of $281,550. For Mellsop, Lord Liam had 47 starts in WA for 19 wins, 16 seconds, five thirds and four fourths.   While They Pray is too fast Up-and-coming four-year-old While They Pray, described by star reinsman Gary Hall jnr as a handful and a nightmare, maintained his sparkling form for Pinjarra trainer Michael George when he proved too speedy for his rivals in the 2130m Vale Lyn Norman pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. While They Pray, second fancy at $4.80, began with his usual alacrity from barrier six and challenged the polemarker Cyclone Banner, the $1.45 favourite, in the early stages before charging to the front after about 450 metres. He then dictated terms in front and won by almost a length from Cyclone Banner, with Arma Indie ($31) finishing solidly to be third. The winner sped over the final 800m in 55.8sec. and rated 1.54.7. He has now had 28 starts for George for 13 wins, seven placings and $94,612 in stakes. “He went super,” said Hall. “Up to the gate, he’s a nightmare, and sometimes in running he can pull. But tonight, he was pretty good. But I guess not many pull when you run a 35.6sec. lead time. He actually let me back him off. Manners are a big thing when you get up in grade. If he happened to draw to lead in a Free-For-All at this time of the year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win.” While They Pray gave Hall the second leg of a driving treble. Earlier, he had scored an all-the-way win with $1.40 favourite Mister Bushido in the 2536m Choices Flooring Bunbury Pace, and he completed the treble with Chicago Bull’s victory later in the program. Mister Bushido, prepared by Gary Hall snr, has raced 39 times in WA for seven wins and nine placings for a career record of 60 starts for 11 wins, 14 placings and stakes of $132,340.   Century for de Campo Outstanding reinsman Aiden de Campo brought up his one hundredth winner for the 2019-20 season when he set the pace and scored an effortless win with Mandy Joan in the 2130m Choices Flooring Rockingham Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. For the 28-year-old Capel horseman it was also his 71ST training success for the season. Mandy Joan, the $1.10 favourite from the prized No. 1 barrier, was not extended as the field of eight raced in Indian file for much of the journey. Mandy Joan sprinted over the final 400m in 27.3sec. and won by almost two lengths from the $5.50 second fancy My Prayer, who trailed the leader throughout. Mandy Joan, a four-year-old mare by Art Major bred and owned by Steve Johnson, has earned $110,349 from nine wins and nine placings from 34 starts.   Ken Casellas

Punters wagering on the first event, the 2536m Choices Flooring Northam Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night are perplexed as they face the dilemma of selecting a winner in an out-of-form field of 12, with none of the runners being placed at his past three starts and with the field having an overall winning percentage of just 9.57. The 12 runners have a combined losing sequence of 180 (which includes a mere 16 placings). Therefore, barrier positions should prove vital when assessing the prospects of the 12 horses who have amassed a combined tally of 1666 starts for 174 wins and 356 placings. Shannon Suvaljko has provided punters with an important lead by electing to drive Twentynine Twelve, a seven-year-old who has managed just two placings from his past 16 starts and has a poor winning record of eight per cent (from his nine wins from 108 starts. Suvaljko chose Twentynine Twelve ahead of Regal Ambition (barrier No. 7), Charlie El (barrier two on the back line) and Tanaka Eagle (barrier three on the back line). Regal Ambition will be handled by Jocelyn Young, Kyle Harper will drive Charlie El and Peter Tilbrook will handle eight-year-old Tanaka Eagle, a veteran of 288 starts. One of the main prospects appears to be the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Courage Tells, a 12-year-old gelding with a record of 261 starts for 37 wins and 62 placings. Courage Tells will start from the inside of the back line and leading reinsman Ryan Warwick should have him in a prominent position throughout. The youngest runner and most recent winner is Collie trainer Errol Ashcroft’s four-year-old Euphoric Moment, who will be driven by the in-form Deni Roberts from the outside of the front line. Euphoric Moment was a fast-finishing winner at Bunbury six starts ago but has been unplaced at his five subsequent starts. In other news, Dylan Egerton-Green has been engaged to drive lightly-raced five-year-old Lord Rosco in the 1730m Choices Flooring Busselton Pace. He replaces Aimee-Lee Wood, who has driven the gelding ten times for seven wins, two seconds and one third placing. Lord Rosco possesses brilliant gate speed and is capable of charging to the front from the No. 6 barrier. He warmed up for Friday night’s assignment in fine style when Wood drove him to an effortless all-the-way victory at a 1.57.4 rate over 2100m at Bunbury on Tuesday night. Lord Rosco, polemarker Walsh and Art Tutor appear the major players, with Walsh (whose nine wins include five when he has set the pace) expected to make a bold bid to set the pace from the coveted No. 1 barrier. Walsh, trained and driven by Aiden de Campo, has unwound spirited finishing bursts for two thirds and a fourth from his past three starts. Art Tutor, trained and driven by Aldo Cortopassi, is favourably drawn at barrier three and is sure to be prominent. He impressed at $51 last Friday night when he worked hard in the breeze throughout and fought on grandly to be a close second to Bolta.   Ken Casellas

Feature Cup events in the winter and early spring will be on the agenda for star six-year-old Handsandwheels, who will resume after an absence of just over four months when he contests the Choices Flooring Joondalup Free-For-All over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The WA-bred stallion, trained and driven by Aiden de Campo, is a first-up specialist and his clash this week with champion Chicago Bull, Vultan Tin and Motu Premier should result in an exciting spectacle. Handsandwheels has an excellent first-up record. He won on debut as a two-year-old at Pinjarra in February 2016, and his following first-up performances are: first at Albany in January 2017, first at Pinjarra in October 2017, third at Bunbury in June 2018, first at Gloucester Park in October 2018, second at Gloucester Park in July 2019 and first at Gloucester Park in November 2019. He is awkwardly drawn on Friday night at barrier six at his first appearance since starting from the back line and finishing a sound fifth behind Vampiro in the 2692m Pinjarra Cup on March 2 this year. He was successful in $50,000 2130m feature events at Gloucester Park at his three previous outings, beating El Jacko in the City of Perth Cup, Galactic Star in the Governor’s Cup and Rock Me Over in the RWWA Cup. Handsandwheels is a versatile performer, who possesses sparkling gate speed and is a powerful frontrunner, as well as having the ability to unwind strong finishing bursts from back in the field. De Campo is sure to go into the race with an open mind and will assess the situation when the mobile barrier releases the eight runners. The five runners (Bettor Be Oscar, Im Soxy, Chiaroscuro, Rock Me Over and Motu Premier) drawn on the inside of Handsandwheels all have good gate speed and are excellent frontrunners. Therefore, I predict that de Campo is quite likely to take the conservative option and restrain Handsandwheels at the start and rely on the horse’s ability to unwind a strong finishing burst. Bettor Be Oscar will start from the No. 1 barrier and will be driven by Mark Johnson. He is rising in class and racing with a sit could be his best option. Im Soxy (Ryan Warwick) loves to lead, but he might not have sufficient early brilliance to hold out the horse on his outside at barrier three, the Murray Lindau-trained Chiaroscuro. Chiaroscuro has resumed after a spell in good form and is set to improve on his first-up fourth behind While They Pray and his solid third behind Vultan Tin and Chicago Bull over 2536m last Friday night. Ross Olivieri produced Motu Premier in fine fettle for his excellent first-up run last Friday week when he led from barrier No. 1 and finished third behind Chicago Bull and Ocean Ridge. He will find it tougher to lead from the No. 5 barrier this week. Vultan Tin will start out wide at barrier seven and Chris Voak is unlikely to have the opportunity to send the tough eight-year-old to the front in the first lap, like he did from barrier three when he took up the running after 450m, set a fast pace and beat Chicago Bull by just under a length over 2536m, rating 1.56.7. Chicago Bull again will start from the outside barrier, but he is racing with typical spirit and is sure to fight out the finish and prove hard to beat.   Ken Casellas

Sixty odd years ago the brilliant Three Aces was an outstanding pacer in Western Australia and at Gloucester Park on Friday night astute trainer Mike Reed holds three aces in the final event, the Choices Flooring Midland Pace for three-year-olds. Reed was only six years old when Three Aces, owned by Alf Charleson, trained by Dan Egan and driven by Ted Greig for most of his illustrious career, won a two-mile heat of the Inter Dominion Championship at Addington in 1961. This week Reed is hoping his talented trio of Valentines Brook, Power And Grace and Macz Brother will hold all the aces in the 2130m event. Between them, they have won 17 races and been placed 15 times. Outstanding young reinsman Michael Grantham has been the regular driver of the trio (who are owned by Albert Walmsley) and he has  given punters a strong lead by choosing to handle Power And Grace, who will start out wide at barrier six in a quality field of seven runners. Shannon Suvaljko will drive Valentines Brook from the No. 3 barrier and Dylan Egerton-Green has been engaged for Macz Brother (barrier No. 7). For the record, Grantham has handled Power And Grace at his past eight starts for four wins, he has driven Macz Brother in all of his ten starts for four wins, and has driven Valentines Brook eight times for three wins, including his three most recent outings for a third to To Fast To Serious, a victory over Lightning Jolt and a last-start second to the brilliant Magnificent Storm. Power And Grace, a New Zealand-bred colt by Somebeachsomewhere, impressed at his first five starts after resuming from a spell four wins and a close third behind Copy N Pace before a disappointing last-start ninth behind Master Publisher on May 29 when he faded from sixth at the bell. He has been freshened up and is capable of a bold effort at his first appearance for six weeks. Reed’s three runners are likely to meet with plenty of opposition, with Manning, trained and driven by Justin Prentice from barrier five, sure to be popular with punters after his strong performance to race in the breeze before finishing stoutly to win by a length from Batavia Silverline over 2130m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week when the final 800m was covered in 56sec. That was Manning’s fifth win from 18 starts, with the highlight of his career being his victory in the $100,000 Pearl Classic for two-year-olds just over 12 months ago. The promising Alta Blues, prepared by Gary Hall Snr, should be prominent at his Gloucester Park debut at only his third start in a race. Alta Blues, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, is ideally drawn at barrier two. He started from barrier No. 5 and was restrained to last before dashing forward to move alongside the pacemaker Alta Engen at the bell in a 2100m event at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park on Tuesday night. He fought on tenaciously over the final 800m in 56sec. to finish a half-length second to Alta Engen, who rated a smart 1.56.7. This followed his splendid debut, over 2185m at Pinjarra three Mondays ago when he surged home from the rear to win by two lengths from Miss Merit. Prentice’s No. 2 runner in Friday night’s event is The Stars Above, to be driven by Cody Wallrodt from the No. 1 barrier. The Stars Above is a seasoned performer who has raced 24 times for four wins and 12 placings. He started from the outside barrier (No. 6) when he finished gamely from seventh at the bell to be a well-beaten third behind Alta Engen and Alta Blues at Bunbury on Tuesday night.   Ken Casellas

Black Jack Baby, the only female pacer in the field to contest the $100,000 Choices Flooring Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Friday night, is poised to upstage the colts and geldings and become the ninth filly to win the Group 1 event. The classic for two-year-olds has been run 52 times, with a filly, Sordice, trained and driven by Vince Chalker, winning the inaugural event at a 2.14.4 rate in 1968. Since then the successful fillies have been Omista (1971), Via Vista (1980), Mazzini Magic (1988), Whitbys Miss Penny (1990), Whitbys Merit (1993), Spirit of Navajo (2005) and Arma Xpress (2012). Fourteen fillies have competed in the rich feature event in the past five years, with only three placegetters Dodolicious (second to Sprinter in 2015), Sheer Rocknroll (third to Sprinter) and Cott Beach (second to Jack Mac in 2017). Black Jack Baby has been extremely impressive in her short career for breeder-owner-trainer Shane Quadrio, winning at seven of her eight starts, and her prospects on Friday night rose sharply when she drew favourably at barrier No. 2 on the front line. Quadrio has implicit faith in Black Jack Baby and is in awe of her brilliant turn of foot. Both he and reinsman Chris Voak consider that Black Jack Baby is at her best when driven as a sit-sprinter. But with such a favourable draw they are most likely to attempt an all-the-way victory. Black Jack Baby also started from barrier two at her latest appearance when she was untroubled to lead and stroll to victory over Just For Love in the 2130m Group 1 Westbred Classic for fillies last Friday week. She was not put under any pressure at any stage and was able to set a dawdling early pace, with a lead time of a slow 39.2sec., followed by two 32.3sec. quarters before a third section of 29.5sec. followed by a dazzling closing 400m of 26.6sec. She is certainly most unlikely to be afforded such latitude by her rivals this week. Looming large as Black Jack Baby’s major rival is the only unbeaten runner in the field, the brilliant New Zealand-bred Jett Star, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick from the inside of the back line. Trained by Greg and Skye Bond, Jett Star has won at each of his five starts, including a superb victory in the Group 1 Pearl Classic two starts ago. He started from the outside of the back line and raced in eighth position before starting a three-wide move 1050m from home. He moved to fifth at the bell and sustained his effort to take the lead with 250m to travel and go on and beat the pacemaker Lavra Joe by a length, rating 1.56 over the 2130m, with final quarters of 28.1sec. and 27.5sec. Then, at his next start, at Gloucester Park last Tuesday week, he overcame a bad beginning when he was keen in the score-up and his nose struck the mobile barrier, causing him to gallop and lose about six lengths. He raced without cover for much of the way and dashed over the final 400m sections in 27.4sec. and 28.5sec. to beat Seeryanfly by a head. Greg Bond prepared Ohokas Bondy for his victory in the 2010 Golden Slipper before he and his wife trained Mitch Maguire for his win in the 2016 classic. Warwick, who led from the No. 1 barrier and won with Mitch Maguire, also was successful in the 2005 event with Spirit of Navajo.    The Bonds also have an excellent second-string runner this week in Give Us a Wave, who will start from barrier No. 6 with Dylan Egerton-Green in the sulky. Give Us A Wave made the most of the No. 1 barrier when he led and scored an easy victory over Mighty Ronaldo and Machnificent in the Group 1 Westbred Class for colts and geldings last Friday week. Gary Hall Jnr has chosen to handle the Kat Warwick-trained Machnificent in preference to the Justin Prentice-trained Mighty Ronaldo. Machnificent, who will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line, ran home strongly from sixth at the bell when third to Give Us A Wave. Mighty Ronaldo enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing a sound second. Prentice will drive Mighty Ronaldo from the worst draw, the outside (No. 9) on the front line. Chris Lewis, who has won the Golden Slipper a record eight times, will drive the Ray Jones-trained Lavra Joe from out wide at barrier eight. Jones prepared Disco Force for his brilliant victory in the 2000 Golden Slipper. Lavra Joe is one of the State’s best two-year-olds (with six wins and four placings from 14 starts), but he will need luck from his poor draw.   Ken Casellas

Young survives a scare Jocelyn Young had some anxious moments when hot favourite Just For Love paced roughly on the home turn before the filly regained her composure and went on to score a convincing victory in the $30,000 Gold Bracelet at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I had my heart in my mouth at the top of the straight when she put in a couple of rough ones,” she said. “But then she got back down and pacing.” Just For Love was smartest into stride from the coveted No. 1 barrier and she relaxed as she strolled through the lead time in 38.1sec. and the opening quarters in the modest times of 32.1sec. and 31.5sec. She then increased the tempo and covered the final 400m sections in 29.3sec. and 28.1sec. to win at a 2.0.2 rate by 4m from Lady Bella Anne, who finished strongly from fifth on the pegs at the bell. The consistent Star For Me trailed the pacemaker throughout and finished third. Three starts before her win on Friday night Just For Love, trained in Busselton by Barry Howlett, started from barrier one in the group 1 Diamond Classic in which she set the pace before wilting to seventh behind Always An Angel. “Barry was a little concerned about her leading tonight and we thought that we would like to get away with what we could (with a slow pace) and save her for that quick sprint that she’s got,” Young said. “So, it all worked out good for us.” Howlett, who races Just For Love with his daughter Katie and son Jimmy, said that Just For Love was the first horse he saw when he arrived for the 2019 Perth yearling sale and he took an instant liking to her. “She was by Mach Three, a stallion I have always liked, and we were able to buy her for $17,000,” he said. Just For Love, bred by Steve Johnson, is out of Harper Grace, a Victorian-bred pacer who raced in Western Australia for six wins, five placings and $47,185 in stakes from 27 starts. Just For Love now has had 12 starts for two wins, three seconds and $41,713. Harper Grace is a half-sister to eight winners, including Bus To Harland (61 starts for 17 wins, 15 placings and $317,869). Just For Love’s win on Friday night earned her an automatic inclusion in the field for the $100,000 Choices Flooring Golden Slipper next Friday night. However, she will not run in the rich classic, with Howlett saying: “She has had a good campaign and deserves a rest. I’ll now spell her for six to eight weeks.”   Vultan Tin back in form Evergreen pacer, the seemingly indestructible Vultan Tin, burst back to his best form and ended a losing streak of 15 when he defeated champion Chicago Bull in the Intersport Slater Gartrell Free-For-All at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Second favourite at $5.40, the eight-year-old Vultan Tin raced three wide in the early stages before Chris Voak sent him to the front after 450m, with Chicago Bull, the $1.26 favourite from the outside barrier in the field of seven, settling in last position. Gary Hall jnr moved Chicago Bull forward with 1450m to travel and the seven-year-old raced without cover for the remainder of the race and was gallant in defeat, with the final three quarters run in 28.4sec., 27.7sec. and 28sec., with Vultan Tin rating 1.56.7 over the 2536m journey. Chiaroscuro, who led early and then trailed the pacemaker, was a sound third. Vultan Tin, bred, trained at Coolup by Phil Costello and owned by him and his son Daniel, has been a wonderful performer who has had 160 starts for 26 wins, 41 placings and $568,212 in prizemoney. Quizzed about Vultan Tin’s drop away in form recently, Costello said: “He has had a couple of hard runs that didn’t suit him. Old horses when they work hard in races tend to be affected mentally, probably more than physically.” Costello praised the gelding’s versatility and his strong constitution. “His legs have got lumps and bumps on them, but they were there before I broke him in,” he said. “He has never seen a vet since he was a yearling when he was gelded.” Vultan Tin’s next run is likely to be in the $20,000 BOTRA Cup on Friday week, and Costello said that the gelding would be set for the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup in the summer. Vultan Tin, winner of the $50,000 City of Perth Cup in February 2019, when he beat El Jacko and Herrick Roosevelt, gave a sample of his class when he finished fourth behind Lazarus, Chicago Bull and Tiger Tara in the Interdominion championship final at Gloucester Park in December 2017 when he beat home Galactic Star, Soho Tribeca and Lennytheshark. The Vultan Tin story started just over 25 years ago when Costello bought a Victorian-bred mare Toy Shop after she had finished sixth behind Fatal Error in a CO event in Albany in January 1995 for trainer Ray Grantham and driver Lyn Lucas. That was her only start and Toy Shop produced two foals, a colt and a filly, and only the filly, named Carravelle, raced. Carravelle failed to notch a win from 17 starts before being retired to stud, and her first foal, Ellevarrac managed one win from 30 starts, a head victory over Our Captains Lady at Pinjarra in December 2008. Vultan Tin, by American stallion Dawn Of A New Day, is the first foal out of Ellevarrac and the only one of her two progeny to have raced. Ellevarrac died in December 2015. The second foal is five-year-old Co Pilot and the Costello family is hopeful he soon will be able to make his race debut.   Cut Above shines after poor start Serpentine trainer Matt Scott celebrated his 14TH victory with Cut Above when she won at Gloucester Park on Friday night and reminisced how the mare survived a nasty accident soon after she arrived in Western Australia from New Zealand in February 2018. “It certainly wasn’t the best start,” said Scott. “But she has proved to be a good earner. “The first day I worked her I thought she was a lovely quiet horse, being New Zealand-bred and experienced in standing starts. I saw no need for a head check, and after walking a lap I said to one of my staff ‘how quiet is this horse’ and next minute she went to town and bucked for about a hundred metres. “She got her leg over the crossbar where the breastplate goes on to --- and she went down to ground and got impaled on a bolt which went into the side of her off hind leg. She had to have three months off, and it wasn’t a good start to her career here. “There’s no soreness in the leg, but she still shows a nasty scar of about 12 centimetres.” Tim Blee picked out Cut Above after watching her two starts in New Zealand, when second in a 2170m stand on the grass track at Motukarara and an easy all-the way winner in a 2000m stand at Oamaru. Blee was quite taken by Cut Above’s debut effort when she settled in seventh position and charged home, out wide, to finish a half-head second to Si Si Senor and return a place dividend of $11.90, while rating 2.9.5. Blee outlaid $25,000 to purchase Cut Above, who now has had 64 starts for the Scott stable for 14 wins, 22 placings and $106,856 in stakes. Cut Above will have a couple more starts before being retired to stud. Cut Above is just one of several New Zealand-bred pacers purchased by Blee in recent years and trained by Scott. Among them are Neighlor, Son Of A Tiger, Lady Azalea. His latest purchases have recently arrived at Scott’s stables from New Zealand. They are The Situation and Ocean Beach, a full-brother to top-flight pacer Ocean Ridge.   Fifty Five Reborn set for classic Smart three-year-old filly Fifty Five Reborn will be set to contest the $30,000 Daintys Daughter Classic at Pinjarra on Monday week after impressing with her strong victory in the 2130m The West Australian Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Astute Banjup trainer-reinsman Colin Brown was full of praise for the Renaissance Man filly after she started out wide at barrier seven, surged to the lead after 400m and sprinted over the final 800m in  56.7sec. to win from the fast-finishing Red Hot Lady, who led early and then trailed the pacemaker. “She’s just a lovely little filly who does everything right,” Brown said. “She does nothing wrong and just does the job. She is the sort of filly who can continue racing until the end of the extended season in December. With bonuses, she has earned more than $100,000.” Fifty Five Reborn has already amassed $81,897 in prizemoney from seven wins and two placings from 17 starts. She is the first foal out of unraced Bettors Delight mare Arma Fifty Five. Brown also prepares the second foal out of Arma Fifty Five, a colt named Arma Einstein. Fifty Five Reborn and Arma Einstein are closely related to Arma Xpress, who earned $279,890 from 12 wins and one placing from just 18 starts. She was an outstanding two-year-old when her wins in that season included the group 1 Sales Classic and the Golden Slipper, two group 2 events, the Champagne Classic and Westbred Classic, and the group 3 Gold Bracelet.      Young’s first city success Thirty-one-year-old horseman Michael Young notched his first success as a trainer in a metropolitan-class event when Gary Hall jnr drove $7.80 chance Bolta to a fighting victory in the 2130m Westral Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Also enjoying the victory are first-time owners Matt McMahen, Sammy Grantham, Clint Deane and Tam Dijkhuizen, who race the five-year-old in partnership with Young. The new owners, who paid $10,000 for Bolta, are delighted that the gelding’s 26 starts for them have resulted in five wins, eight placings and stakes of $39,241. Young explained that 12 months ago Brad Oldroyd, who owned Bolta with his parents John and Val, offered the gelding to Hall jnr to ascertain whether he knew anyone who might be interested in buying the pacer. “I was in the right place at the right time and said I was willing to buy the horse,” Young said. “Bolta was a bit of a handful when we got him; you would bring him to the races, and he would just stand and shake and sweat. He ran his race before he went on to the track. He also struggled to hold condition. But we have sorted out his problems and he looks well and races well.” Polemarker Affluent Bell, the $2.20 favourite, set the pace in Friday night’s event, with Hall quickly positioning Bolta into the one-out, one-back trail, behind $51 outsider Art Tudor in the breeze. Bolta and Art Tudor got the better of Affluent Bell in the home straight and they fought out an exciting finish, with Bolta prevailing by a half-neck, with Affluent Bell a half-length away in third place.   One for Mum and Dad Trainer Giles Inwood’s recent run of successes with Gangbuster, Bettor Party and Semiramide continued at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Batavia Silverline, a $26 outsider, triumphed in a thrilling three-way photo finish of the 2130m Simmonds Steel Free-For-All for mares. Batavia Silverline, a four-year-old by Elsu, started from the prized No. 1 barrier and reinsman Michael Grantham had her perfectly positioned behind the freewheeling pacemaker Millwood Gucci ($14), with the $1.75 favourite Mandy Joan in the breeze. After the second and third quarters of the final mile in 28.7sec. and 27.9sec. Batavia Silverline finished strongly to gain a last-stride victory by a head over Millwood Gucci, with that mare’s stablemate My Prayer ($8) finishing powerfully to be  a nose away in third place. “Despite her very good second to Manning at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, I thought Batavia Silverline would be outclassed the strong field at Gloucester Park,” said Inwood. “But she’s a good trier. “Batavia Silverline is owned by my parents Grahame and Jennifer and this was their first win in a metropolitan-class event.”   He’s the real deal Hardy seven-year-old Mighty Flying Deal, unplaced at his previous 13 starts and with a losing run of 15, the victim of a succession of wide draws, relished an ideal barrier and bounced back to form with a strong win over Extreme Prince and Bad Round in the 2130m TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred gelding, prepared in Collie by Wayne Justins, was a $8.50 chance from his ideal draw on the inside of the back line and 23-year-old Mark Johnson drove a perfect race, following the pacemaker Mattjestic Star before easing off the pegs in the final lap and dashing Mighty Flying Deal to the front with 220m to travel. In an up-tempo affair, Mighty Flying Deal rated a smart 1.55.6. “I knew that the one horse (Mattjestic Star) pulls hard and that he would run along,” said Johnson. “My horse was travelling easily on Mattjestic Star’s back all the way and I was confident he would be able to get over the leader.” Mighty Flying Deal is by American Ideal and is the ninth foal out of Fleets Pocket, who was retired after four unplaced efforts as a two and three-year-old in New Zealand. Mighty Flying Deal is one of ten winners produced by Fleets Pocket, the most successful being Flying Pocketlands (90 starts for 21 wins, 29 placings and $442,423), Mighty Flying Thomas (226 starts for 24 wins, 56 placings and $345,429) and Mighty Flying Mac (87 starts for 16 wins, 29 placings and $265,837). Mighty Flying Deal raced 35 times in New Zealand for five wins and seven placings. He now has won 14 times for the Justins family and boasts a fine career record of 115 starts for 19 wins, 22 placings and $190,418.   All the way for Rebel With A Grin Rebel With A Grin is an extremely capable standing-start performer and he relished the No. 2 barrier in the Etch Coatings Handicap, a stand over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, when Dylan Egerton-Green drove him to an easy all-the-way victory. The New Zealand-bred four-year-old, prepared by champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond, has excelled since arriving in Western Australia where his 17 starts have produced seven wins and six placings. He was a $5.70 chance and gave his rivals little opportunity to seriously challenge him when he dashed over the final three quarters in 29.5sec., 28.9sec. and a similar 28.9sec. to beat Major Artist (who trailed him all the way) by two and a half lengths. Rebel With A Grin is by Smiling Shard and is out of Highview Chasue, a half-sister to former star pacer Highview Tommy, who earned $990,015 from 17 wins and 27 placings from 104 starts. It was interesting at Northam on Saturday night when one of Highview Tommy’s sons Tommy Kruze, a three-year-old owned, trained and driven by Michael Blakemore, scored an easy win over 1780m.   Our Perkins bounces back Our  Perkins, a handy six-year-old trained at Byford by Karen Thompson, unplaced at his five previous starts from unfavourable barriers, gave a typical powerful frontrunning performance to win the Cowden The Insurance Brokers Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.        Dylan Egerton-Green had no problem in sending Our Perkins, the $2.10 favourite, to the front from the No. 3 barrier and the WA-bred Rocknroll Hanover gelding was not extended in coasting to victory by more than two lengths from $5 second fancy Carter Micheal, who finished boldly from eighth at the bell. Our Perkins is out of the unraced mare Foxy Cleo, who has done a fine job at stud in producing ten winners. Our Perkins has had 65 starts for 11 wins, 15 placings and $92,226.   Double for the Bond camp Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond completed a double at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Ryan Warwick drove promising New Zealand-bred four-year-old Infatuation to an all-the-way victory in the 1730m Worldwide Printing Pace. The Bonds had won earlier in the program with Rebel With a Grin, driven by Dylan Egerton-Green. Warwick had to defy an early challenge for the lead from the $3.90 second favourite Cyclone Banner and then dictated terms in front, with Cyclone Banner working hard without cover. The final quarters whizzed by in 28.6sec. and 28.3sec. and Infatuation, the $1.30 favourite, rated a smart 1.54.5. Infatuation raced four times in New Zealand for one win and three seconds and his WA record stands at 13 starts for nine wins and one placing.   by Ken Casellas

Astute Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams is enjoying a remarkable run of success and he is hoping that Cyclone Banner, his only runner at Gloucester Park on Friday night, will continue his purple patch by winning the final event, the Worldwide Printing Pace over 1730m. Over the past six weeks Williams has had 19 starters for 14 wins --- six with Magnificent Storm, four with To Fast To Serious, three with Cyclone Banner and one with Shadow Roll. The New Zealand-bred Cyclone Banner, to be driven by Aldo Cortopassi from barrier four, faces an acid test against the talented New Zealand-bred four-year-old Infatuation, who set the pace when an easy last-start winner over Boom Time for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and star reinsman Ryan Warwick. That was Infatuation’s ninth win from 16 starts. Cyclone Banner, a winner of two races in New Zealand, has had 19 starts in WA for nine wins and five placings. “Cyclone Banner is a very lightly-framed horse, but he’s a nice horse with good sit-sprint ability,” said Williams. “With a bit of luck, he’s as good as the other horses in Friday’s race.        Williams started Magnificent Storm and To Fast To Serious at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night, with each pacer, driven by Cortopassi, recording effortless victories.  Three-year-old Magnificent Storm has not been extended in winning by considerable margins at each of his six starts in Western Australia, after being unplaced at his only appearance in New Zealand. “Magnificent Storm will now go out for a spell for about six weeks,” said Williams. “Then we’ll bring him back into work and give him a month’s racing to get him ready for the major feature events for four-year-olds early in the New Year.”   Ken Casellas

Smart New Zealand-bred mare Divinia Bellezza ran an impressive trial for the Etch Coatings Handicap, a stand over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, when she outclassed her rivals in a 2536m mobile event on Tuesday evening. The Greg and Skye Bond-trained five-year-old, driven by Ryan Warwick, began speedily from barrier two and was not extended in leading throughout to win by more than three lengths from Macz Brother. She coasted to the line and was not extended after dashing over the final 400m sections in 28.8sec. and 27.2sec. One of Divinia Bellezza’s chief rivals is likely to be her stablemate Rebel With A Grin, who will start from the No. 2 barrier on the front line, with Divinia Bellezza at barrier four. Rebel With A Grin began speedily from the 10m mark and was unsuccessful in an early bid for the lead. He then raced without cover before fading to last behind the classy Forgotten Highway. Rebel With A Grin had won at three of his five previous starts. Disco Under Fire, who set the pace and fought on grimly when second to Forgotten Highway, has bright prospects in the opening event, the 2130m Cowden The Insurance Brokers Pace, on Friday night. The Giles Inwood-trained pacer will again be handled by Gary Hall Jnr and will start from barrier four in a field with little recent form displayed by most of the runners. Our Perkins, to start from the No. 3 barrier and to be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, has been unplaced at his past five starts, but has bright prospects of leading and proving hard to beat.   Ken Casellas

Serpentine trainer Matt Scott has Cut Above racing with wonderful enthusiasm and the five-year-old New Zealand-bred mare will take a power of beating from the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, according to reinsman Shannon Suvaljko. Cut Above was most impressive last Tuesday week when she began brilliantly from barrier six to set the early pace in a 2536m event before Suvaljko surrendered the lead to the hard-pulling Remit Me Whitby with 1100m to travel. Suvaljko then eased Cut Above off the pegs at the bell and the mare regained the lead 550m from home and won by a length and a half from Missplay. The win followed Cut Above’s three seconds and five thirds at her previous eight starts. “That race was a big drop in grade, and I drove Cut Above like the best horse, and she won like the best horse,” Suvaljko said. “This week the 2130m will suit her. She’s a good frontrunner and she’ll run 1.55 or 1.56 in front. She will lead and prove hard to beat.” Suvaljko chose to handle Cut Above ahead of Qtown Rip Roaring and A Boy Named Rosie, each of whom is racing keenly. A Boy Named Rosie (barrier three) will be driven by Deni Roberts, and Nathan Turvey will drive Qtown Rip Roaring. A Boy Named Rosie, driven by Suvaljko, impressed last Friday night when he charged home, out wide, from eighth at the bell to finish a neck second to Lightning Jolt. Other serious rivals for Cut Above include Our Rhythm N Blues, Jimmy Mach and Parisian Partygirl. This will be one of Cut Above’s final race starts before owner Tim Blee sends her to stud. The mare, who has had 65 starts for 14 wins, 23 placings and $104,842, is booked to American stallion Hes Watching.   Ken Casellas

Star reinsman Chris Voak was nominated for four mares in the $17,600 Simmonds Steel Free-For-All at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he has given punters a good lead by opting to handle My Prayer in preference to Queen Shenandoah, Batavia Silverline and Millwood Gucci. It was a tough decision. He has driven Queen Shenandoah at her past five starts for wins at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park, he drove Batavia Silverline when she led and finished second to Manning at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon and was in the sulky behind Millwood Gucci at her past three outings, for a second to Miss Lamarr and a third to Bad Round. Voak was impressed with the performance of the Barry Howlett-trained My Prayer when she was a $34 chance from the outside barrier in a field of nine in a 2130m event last Friday night. Four-year-old My Prayer raced in last position before flashing home with a powerful four-wide late burst to finish fourth behind Tiffany Rose. “My Prayer really flooded home when the last 800m was covered in 55.9sec. and it was a really good run,” said Voak. “This week I feel that it will be a hot affair. I think that there will be a lot of pace in the race and My Prayer should get a soft trip, either on the leader’s back or three back on the pegs. So, she should get a conservative run and, hopefully, she finishes like she did last week.” Batavia Silverline, ideally drawn at barrier one, will be driven by Michael Grantham, Chris Lewis will handle Queen Shenandoah and Maddison Brown has been engaged for Millwood Gucci. Hardest for My Prayer to beat is the Aiden de Campo-trained Mandy Joan, who will start from barrier five. She was favourite at $1.20 in a $24,000 event for mares last Friday night when she started from the No. 2 barrier and was beaten out by Tiffany Rose. Mandy Joan worked hard in the breeze outside Tiffany Rose and fought on grandly when second to that mare. “She went super,” said de Campo. “It was unfortunate that we were crossed early. Her work this morning (Tuesday) was good and I can’t see why she won’t run another good race this week from a tricky barrier.” De Campo will also be represented in this race with Delightfulreaction, who will start from barrier six and will be driven by Mark Johnson. “She was found a little bit wanting when up against the boys last start, but she always acquits herself well in mares’ company,” said de Campo.  Voak has seven drives at Friday night’s meeting and, apart from My Prayer, he considers he has solid each-way prospects with Boom Time (race three), Ultimate Offer (race seven) and Star of Diamonds (race eight). He also reckons Captain Mannering (race two), Gangbuster (race four) and Vultan Tin (race nine) have sound place prospects. “Boom Time has an awkward draw (barrier six) and he will need luck,” Voak said. “However, he does have the ability to overcome the draw. “Ultimate Offer will start from 10 metres in the 2503m stand and he should fight out the finish, while Star of Diamonds has a good chance from the inside of the back line in the race for three-year-old fillies. She just needs to get lucky, late. She has beaten Double Expresso twice and is capable of winning.” Double Expresso, trained by Ross Olivieri and the State’s best-performed filly, faces a stern test from the outside (barrier No. 9) in the 2130m event. However, she has loads of ability and is capable of overcoming the disadvantage of the outside barrier.   Ken Casellas

Prominent breeder Mike Howie has high hopes of winning the $30,000 Gold Bracelet for the second year in a row when Aiden de Campo drives Secret Reaction in the Group 3 feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Howie bred Some Copper Beach, who started from the No. 1 barrier and was driven by de Campo for a smart all-the-way victory in the Gold Bracelet 12 months ago. Howie bred and trains Secret Reaction, who is awkwardly drawn at barrier six in Friday night’s 2130m event for two-year-old fillies but is racing keenly. She was a $41 outsider from the outside of the back line in last Friday night’s group 1 Westbred Classic in which she was eleventh at the bell and finished strongly, out wide, to be sixth behind the brilliant Black Jack Baby. “It was a really good run,” said de Campo. “They got home really quickly (with final quarters of 29.5sec. and 26.7sec.) and she ran on five and six deep. It’s a tricky draw at six this week, but I was super happy with her run last week.” At her previous outing, Secret Reaction started out wide at barrier seven and raced three wide early and then in the breeze before winning by more than four lengths from Lady Bella Anne. The improving Barry Howlett-trained filly Just For Love looks certain to be a strong favourite after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. She also started from barrier one in last week’s Westbred Classic when Jocelyn Young trailed the $1.10 favourite Black Jack Baby throughout before finishing a good second to Black Jack Baby. Just For Love also started from the No. 1 barrier in the Diamond Classic two starts earlier when she set the pace before wilting to finish seventh behind Always An Angel. Then she started from barrier five and enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail before finishing strongly to win a $6000 event at Gloucester Park, beating Bettor Beach Belle by almost three lengths. Owner-trainer Shane Quadrio has decided to bypass the Gold Bracelet and set Black Jack Baby for the rich Golden Slipper the following Friday. “She has pulled up very well after her win last week and I want to save her for the Slipper and give her the best chance against the colts and geldings. I’ll work her on Saturday and sprint her up the following Wednesday to have her ready for the big race.” Jett Star, the unbeaten New Zealand-bred colt prepared by Greg and Skye Bond, was involved in a dramatic race at Gloucester Park on Tuesday afternoon when he raced keenly in the score-up and his nose struck the mobile barrier, caused him to gallop fiercely and lose six lengths. He then worked his way forward to the breeze and was on the outside of the pacemaker The Swiss Maestro when that colt inexplicably broke into a gallop 850m from home and dislodged reinsman Kyle Harper after locking wheels with Aussie Scooter, a stablemate of Jett Star, who was driven by Dylan Egerton-Green. Jett Star then found himself in front, a length clear of his nearest rival, but was unable to maintain that advantage when Aiden de Campo drove Dominus Factum through on his inside to take up the running. Jett Star then continued to work in the breeze before getting to the front 110m from home. He then had to fend off a spirited late challenge from Seeryanfly and won by a head at a 1.55.4 rate over 2130m. It was an impressive performance, with a fast lead time of 36.3 and final three quarters in 28.8sec., 27.4sec. and 28.5sec. Jett Star was unaffected and uninjured, and his victory was a great trial for the Golden Slipper on Friday week.   Ken Casellas

Black Jack Baby a bargain overlooked Shrewd judges and keen disciples of breeding missed a wonderful opportunity to snare a bargain when they overlooked the very first lot offered at the 2019 APG yearling sale in Perth. The filly, by the highly promising Art Major stallion Follow The Stars and out of the New Zealand-bred mare What A Card, failed to reach the reserve price of $12,000 and was passed in after the bidding fizzled out at $9000. The filly, bred by Shane Quadrio, is Black Jack Baby, who strolled to an all-the-way victory in the $80,000 group 1 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. That was Black Jack Baby’s seventh win from eight starts and boosted her prizemoney to $100,511, as well as earning several thousand more dollars in Westbred bonuses. “I’m ecstatic that the bidding didn’t reach $12,000,” said a relieved Quadrio, who trains Black Jack Baby at his Henley Brook property. “We look back at it now and say ‘Oh, thank our lucky stars that nobody showed much interest in her.’” Quadrio now is looking seriously at pitting Black Jack Baby against the State’s best colts and geldings in the rich Golden Slipper on Friday week. He also has the option of starting his brilliant filly in the $30,000 Gold Bracelet for fillies next Friday night and then determining whether to run her in the Slipper the following Friday. Quadrio purchased the McArdle mare What A Card after she had won six races in New Zealand on the recommendation of his son Dylan. What impressed Dylan Quadrio was the fact that What A Card was a half-sister to speedy and talented pacers Scruncher, Big Three and Dundee Three, who between them had won 72 races. “What A Card had a lot of high speed,” said Shane Quadrio. “But, unfortunately, after a couple of runs we noticed that she had bad joints and we had to keep treating her. Then we decided to breed from her, and that was the main reason why we got her.” For the record, What A Card had 57 starts in Western Australia for one win (in a C2-C6 2190m event at Northam in April 2015) and six placings for a career record of 89 starts for seven wins, 11 placings and $42,074 in stakes. Pinjarra horseman David Young broke in and educated Black Jack Baby and prepared her for her first five starts for four wins and a second (a half-length behind Rumour Has It in the $25,000 Western Crown at Gloucester Park in March this year. Quadrio has trained the filly for her past three starts. Black Jack Baby was a hot $1.10 favourite on Friday night and the result was never in doubt after Chris Voak sent her straight to the lead from the No. 2 barrier after the mobile barrier sent the field of 12 on its way. The race began in a heavy downpour and the lead time was a very slow 39.2sec. which was followed by extremely leisurely opening 400m sections of two 32.3sec. quarters before a third quarter of 29.5sec. and a sizzling last section of 26.7sec., with Black Jack baby rating a modest 2.0.8 over the 2130m. Voak described the commanding performance as having had an armchair drive, with Black Jack Baby winning by one and a half lengths from the polemarker and $9 chance Just For Love, who fought on doggedly after racing behind the pacemaker throughout. Minor Catastrophe ($34), who raced three back on the pegs in fifth position, was a distant third, just ahead of Star For Me, who fought on from eighth at the bell.   Give Us A Wave is Slipper bound Champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond strengthened their grip on the rich Golden Slipper classic next Friday week when Give Us A Wave scored a decisive victory in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Leading reinsman Ryan Warwick emulated the performance of his father Colin, who won this feature event with Whistling Eagle in 1994, by driving Give Us A Wave, the $2.20 favourite, to an impressive all-the-way victory at a 1.57.1 rate over 2130m on a rain-affected track. The Bond stable holds a powerful hand in the Golden Slipper in which their main hope looks likely to be the brilliant New Zealand-bred colt Jett Star, who scored his fourth easy win from four starts when he finished powerfully to win the $100,000 Pearl Classic on June 12 from the pacemaker and hot favourite Lavra Joe. Warwick said that the was anticipating a strong challenge in Friday night’s event to be issued by Lavra Joe, who began from the No. 2 barrier, with Give Us A Wave drawn perfectly at barrier one. Lavra Joe, as expected, raced in the breeze, and Warwick said he was relieved when a tyre of Lavra Joe’s sulky was punctured. “About 1200m from home it sounded as though Lavra Joe got a flat tyre. So, that was a good thing for us. “The barrier draws mean a lot because there’s such a good crop of two-year-olds. They can all run good times which makes it harder for horses back in the pack. Obviously, we were lucky to draw one. Give Us A Wave did what about half the field would have done from the same barrier. “Give Us A Wave got a little bit keen off the arm, but he came back to me after about 200 to 300 metres. It would have been nice to have gone a little bit slower, but I didn’t want Lavra Joe boring it in, and I wasn’t inviting him to come. So, it was a case of finding the (happy) medium. “Give Us A Wave is a very good doer and runs don’t seem to bother him. There’s not a lot between him and Jett Star, who was really good in winning the Pearl, and he probably does have a little edge on Give Us A Wave. But it’s not big enough to suggest that if one drew barrier one and the other drew nine, I could drive the one with the better draw.” Lavra Joe, equal second fancy at $5 with Carabao, was affected by the flat tyre and wilted to finish ninth. Carabao trailed Give Us A Wave throughout and moved to second with 100m to travel before fading to fifth. Mighty Ronaldo ($7) enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing fast to be second, with Machnificent ($20) coming from sixth at the bell to be third. Give Us A Wave, by Mach Three, is the eleventh foal out of the unraced Safely Kept mare Royal Tour (hence the colt’s name) and he was purchased for $60,000 at the 2019 APG yearling sale in Perth by Team Bond, Rob Gartrell’s Running Camel syndicate and Andrew Foster. He now has raced seven times for two wins and three placings for stakes of $64,883. Give Us A Wave is a half-brother to seven winners, including Truckers Ruffnut (53 starts for 20 wins, 14 placings and $249,770) and Tuxedo Tour (70 starts for 15 wins, 21 placings and $194,596.   Victoria Cup plan for Chicago Bull Champion pacer Chicago Bull notched his 48TH victory in a glittering career when he surged home from last in the field of six at the bell to beat the fast-finishing Ocean Ridge and Motu Premier in the $20,000 Direct Trades Supply Past Presidents Cup over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and trainer Gary Hall snr said he was toying with the idea of setting the seven-year-old for the $300,000 Victoria Cup at Melton in October. “I’ll just potter around with him in the winter and I might go for the Victoria Cup if he keeps getting better,” said Hall. “I haven’t made up my mind yet; it’s just a flight there and back. He’s worth a chance and I haven’t ruled out a trip to Melbourne with him. If he keeps getting better, which I think he will, it’s an option before he contests the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup in November and December.” Chicago Bull competed in the Victoria Cup in October 2018 when he raced three wide in the middle stages and then in the breeze before finishing second to Tiger Tara. He now has had 75 starts for 48 wins, 21 placings and stakes of $1,816,598. Gary Hall jnr drove the  nuggety little gelding with great confidence, not bustling him from barrier five and allowing him to settle down at the rear in the one-wide line as the polemarker Motu Premier resisted an early challenge from Ocean Ridge and set a solid pace. Our Jimmy Johnstone raced in the breeze, with Golden State following the pacemaker and Ocean Ridge enjoying the one-out, one-back trail. Hall sent Chicago Bull (favourite at $1.60) forward with a three-wide burst with about 700m to travel. He sustained his three-wide effort before taking the lead 100m from the post and he beat Ocean Ridge ($5) by 2m, with Motu Premier an excellent third at his first appearance for six months. This completed a double for Hall jnr, who had been successful earlier in the night with While They Pray.   Birthday presents for Voak Chris Voak, an adventurous, aggressive and skilful reinsman, enjoyed an early 32ND birthday present when he gave a typical bold exhibition in the sulky to land former Victorian performer Stroke of Luck an impressive winner of the Mondo Smallgoods Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. An hour later he completed a double when Black Jack Baby was successful in the group 1 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies, and he kept up the good work on his birthday on Saturday by driving Burghley Shard to an easy victory in a two-year-old event at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park. Stroke of Luck, a recent addition to trainer Ross Olivieri’s Oakford stable, was favourite at $1.70 from the inside of the back line and Voak eased the Major In Art seven-year-old off the pegs after 100m as the gelding settled down in ninth position. Voak then sent him forward, three wide after 400m and the gelding burst to the front 250m later. Stroke of Luck set a strong pace and dashed over the final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.2sec. to beat Parisian Partygirl by just over a length at a 1.55.7 rate over 2130m. Our Rhythm N Blues, who came from the rear to raced without cover over the final 1100m, fought on solidly to finish third. “It was a very good run by Stroke of Luck,” said Voak. “He did what I thought he would do, and I drove him like the best horse, and he went like the best horse. I don’t know how much improvement is there because he was in pretty good order when he came across from Victoria. He has excellent sit and sprint capabilities and will get to Free-For-All ranks.”   While They Pray needs loving Four-year-old Alta Christiano gelding While They Pray, stylish winner of the 2130m Villi’s Family Bakery Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, is a work in progress. “But he is winning while that progress is happening,” said Pinjarra trainer Michael George after Gary Hall jnr had guided While They Pray ($4.80) to an all-the-way victory over Mister Bushido and Just Rockon Bye  at a 1.55.8 rate. George was given the task of training While They Pray when the gelding was an unraced three-year-old early last year, with George explaining that champion trainer Gary Hall snr considered that the pacer with so much natural ability wasn’t suited to his training system. “His system was probably too much hustle and bustle for a horse who needed plenty of love and care and one-on-one attention,” George said. “I was fortunate to get the horse. He’s the best horse I’ve had and probably the best I’ll ever have. I am forever thankful to Senior and the owners of this horse for the opportunity I have with him. He’s like my third child. “I do all sorts of things with him, trying to keep him comfortable and happy. I bring a companion horse with him to the track when he races and tonight it was Tubbs Farquhar. I also take a horse with him in the barn before he goes out for a hoppled run. “He’s got a good competitive nature and loves racing. But he has had a lot of issues with his manners. He’s been a headache; he’s just got no brakes; he gets keen scoring up and is pretty difficult to control. But he’s got a good motor and can run time. “Last week when he overraced in the breeze and finished fifth behind Bletchley Park he raced with a Murphy blind --- and it fired him up too much. This week I put a HIDZ hood on him and he raced more kindly.” While They Pray is the second foal out of the Bettors Delight mare Slick Bird, who was prepared by Hall snr for her 34 starts which produced ten wins, nine placings and $89,999 in stakes. She finished third behind Artemis Belle in the WA Oaks in May 2011. Her first foal Slick Artist was also trained by Hall for her 18 starts in WA for six wins (including the Daintys Daughter Classic in February 2018) and six placings. Slick Artist then continued her career in America and now has a record of 58 starts for 11 wins, 22 placings and $175,670.   Inwood’s bargain buy Hopeland trainer Giles Inwood made a wise decision just over five weeks ago to outlay $4000 to purchase veteran pacer Bettor Party, who ended a losing sequence of 21 when he set the pace and beat Robbie Easton and Destined To Rule in the 2536m Worldwide Printing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This was Bettor Party’s fifth start for Inwood and followed a third, two fourths and a fifth placing to return his new owner $13,227 in prizemoney. Ten-year-old Bettor Party, favourite at $2 (and $1.80 on the fixed market), was driven for the first time by Aiden de Campo, the 26TH person to have handled the old gelding, who now has raced 202 times for 39 wins, 53 placings and $328,600 in stakes. “I approached Eric Chabros recently and asked if I could lease Bettor Party,” said Inwood. “About two weeks later he rang me and asked if I wanted to buy the horse, and I did. “Eric gave me Bettor Party in super condition and his legs are perfect for an old horse. I thought that a change might suit him. I looked at his record and saw that everyone who has had him had done well. He has been a consistent performer and he won a couple of Cups and won the Horse of the Year award in South Australia in two years straight.” Inwood, who celebrated his birthday two days after Friday’s win, is the fifth trainer to have prepared Bettor Party, who was purchased for $20,000 as a yearling by leviathan owner Rob Gartrell. Inwood, who has a team of eight at his stable, works Bettor Party on the heavy sand, jogging on the side of a quadbike, as well as having a hoppled run on Tuesday mornings. He also has enjoyed good success with Gangbuster, a seven-year-old gelding who was given to him as a gift by Kristian Hawkins in May 2019. Since then Gangbuster has had 41 starts for Inwood for four wins, seven placings and $44,915 in stakes.   Lightning Jolt strikes again Seven-year-old Lightning Jolt, who broke down badly with a tendon injury four years ago and was out of action for 16 months, is racing in fine form for Byford trainer John Oldroyd. “He was one of the best young pacers in the State before he damaged a tendon in his off foreleg,” Oldroyd said. “Debra Lewis treated his leg and did an enormous job with his rehabilitation, and I haven’t had a problem with him since.” Lightning Jolt, a big, powerfully-built gelding, continues to be a fine performer for his owners Kirk Kawana and his wife Charlene, Nick Rutledge, Nick Hathaway and the trainer’s son Brad and his victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night improved his record to 80 starts for 13 wins, 26 placings and stakes of $150,810. A $4.60 chance ($5.50 on the fixed market), Lightning Jolt began from the No. 4 barrier and Ryan Warwick quickly positioned him in the perfect one-out, one-back trail, with Heza Head Honcho setting the pace, with Naval Aviator in the breeze and Euphoric Moment behind the leader. Lightning Jolt dashed to the front on the home turn and fought on determinedly to defeat A Boy Named Rosie, who finished strongly, out wide, from eighth at the bell. The final quarters were run in 28.7sec. and 28.6sec. and the winner rated 1.58.2. Lightning Jolt is the second of two foals out of unraced mare Sandys Success, whose first foal Mynameskenny (a full-brother to Lightning Jolt) was trained by Oldroyd and was a brilliant performer, earning $199,195 from 21 wins and six placings from 43 starts before breaking down with tendon damage as a five-year-old.   The Black Cardinal’s on-off career Ten-year-old The Black Cardinal had two unplaced runs as a two-year-old in June 2012 and then had a three-year break from racing. He reappeared in June 2015 and had 23 starts in the following 12 months for two wins at Pinjarra. But then he was not seen in action for another three and a half years before Jandakot trainer Tommy Sheehy gained the lease of the gelding who now has had 27 starts for Sheehy for five wins and five placings. The Black Cardinal got punters away to a flying start at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he was the $2.60 favourite for the opening event, the TABtouch Pace, and was driven to a convincing all-the-way win by Ryan Warwick, who went on to notch a treble after scoring with Lightning Jolt and Give Us A Wave and then travelled to Bunbury on Saturday where he guided Poisedtopounce to an effortless victory in the Errol Ashcroft Pace . After a modest early tempo, The Black Cardinal dashed over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 28.1sec. to win by just under a length from Alta Rhett ($4.60), who trailed him throughout. Walsh ($16) charged home from eleventh at the bell to be an eye-catching third. The unlucky runner was Pierre Whitby ($4.20), who enjoyed a perfect sit, one-out and one-back, but was hopelessly blocked for a run in the final circuit and finished seventh.    Bad Round ends losing run of 56 Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg and her husband John have never lost faith in Bad Round, and the seven-year-old repaid them for their patience when he unleashed a powerful late burst to snatch a head victory over Madame Meilland in the 2130m Catalano Truck And Equipment Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bad Round, a $4.70 chance from the inside of the back line, was driven expertly by Jocelyn Young, who had the gelding pacing smoothly three back on the pegs in sixth position before she angled him off the inside with 850m to travel, with the $3.10 favourite Millwood Gucci bowling along in front. Bad Round sustained a spirited burst, out wide, to get up and beat Madame Meilland and Millwood Gucci to end a losing sequence of 56, stretching back to December 2018.           The Padberg’s paid $20,000 for Bad Round as a three-year-old after he had been unplaced at two runs in New Zealand and had won at four of his nine starts in New South Wales. He has had 157 starts for the Padbergs for 11 wins, 30 placings and stakes of $158,618. “I was offered him by NSW trainer Blake Fitzpatrick, and he is the first one of about seven pacers I have bought off him,” said Mrs Padberg. “He is a little character and is part of the family now. “He’s got to have good draws because he is purely a fence horse. If he has a bad draw, we just tuck him away and look after him.” Bad Round is certainly not a high-profile pacer, but he has one important claim to fame. His maternal granddam Love To Live produced champion performer Terror To Love, who earned $2,429,978 from 31 wins and 23 placings from 76 starts. His major victory was in the 3200m New Zealand Cup at Addington in November 2011 when he defeated Smoken Up and Highview Tommy. Jocelyn Young continued in winning form when she scored a narrow victory with $1.90 fancy Pamy June over the pacemaker Madame of Mischief at Bunbury on Saturday night.   Flying start is the key A brilliant burst of speed which enabled Tiffany Rose to burst straight to the front from the No. 5 barrier paved the way for the three-year-old filly’s win at $6 over older and more experienced mares in the $24,000 Lombardo Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred Tiffany Rose, trained at Henley Brook by Mike Reed for owners Jim and Wilma Giumelli, scorched into the lead and then was able to relax with a comfortable lead time of 38.1sec. and a slow first quarter of 31.9sec. Shannon Suvaljko then increased the tempo with final quarters of 29.4sec., 27.8sec. and 28.1sec. and Tiffany Rose won by just under a length from the $1.20 favourite Mandy Joan, who fought on grandly after working in the breeze throughout.  The winner’s mile rate was 1.57.4. Radiant Amber ($23) enjoyed the one-out, one-back passage before finishing third, with My Prayer ($34) charging home, four wide, from ninth and last at the bell to be an encouraging fourth. Tiffany Rose had eight starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand for four seconds, three thirds and one fourth placing and her 15 starts as a three-year-old this season have resulted in eight wins and three thirds.   Ken Casellas

Talented driver Jocelyn Young and four-year-old gelding Pierre Whitby have formed a wonderful combination over the past 15 months and Young is looking forward with a good degree of confidence to winning the opening event, the 2536m TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Young drove a splendid patient race to land Pierre Whitby a smart winner over 2130m on Tuesday evening and she is hoping to repeat the dose three nights later. From barrier five, Pierre Whitby raced in seventh position in the one-wide line before Young sent him forward, three wide 400m from home. He went four wide on the turn and burst to the front in the final 50m to win decisively from Soho Wonder. That took Pierre Whitby’s record to 60 starts for nine wins and 20 placings. Young has driven the gelding 52 times for eight wins, eight seconds and seven thirds. He is very consistent, and I love driving him,” said Young. “I drove him (four times) for Ed Dewar as a three-year-old early last year and I was able to stick with him after he was sold.” Pierre Whitby was sold to Mark Lewis and has been trained for his past 54 starts by his mother Debra. Though he has won over 2100m and twice over 2130m, Pierre Whitby excels over longer journeys, having won over 2242m, 2536m, 2569m, 2620m, 2690m and 2692m. “Generally, he is a better horse over 2500m,” said Young. “He’s always driven cold and always has that good sprint. If the tempo is on, he’s even better. Hopefully, we’ll be able to settle close to the lead on Friday night.” Young is also looking forward to driving Just For Love in the Group 1 Westbred Classic for fillies, Powerplay in the Westbred Classic for colts and geldings and veteran Bad Round in the Catalano Truck And Equipment Pace. Powerplay, a winner at his past two starts, will begin from the No. 4 barrier. “The draw is a bit awkward,” Young said. “But he’s going really well and with the right run he should finish in the top five. Bad Round came from last when third last week and this week from the inside of the back line we should race closer to the lead.” Baskerville trainer Ryan Bell is looking for further improvement from Blue Blazer, who will start from barrier four in the TABtouch Pace and looks a danger to Pierre Whitby. Bell brought Blue Blazer from last with a strong finishing burst to win easily from Maximum Demand over 2569m at Bunbury last Friday night. “It’s taken a while, but he showed his trackwork form in the win,” Bell said. “He has had a few feet issues and mental issues and it will be interesting to see how he backs up. “I’m a bit of an old school trainer with him. I work him on the lead and give him pacework instead of full hard hopple work. He just does two-mile pacework and that seems to be working for him. It wasn’t the strongest form race at Bunbury. The 2500m will suit; he’ll be doing nothing or as little as we can and hopefully, he will sprint home.” Bell will also be looking for a solid effort from Radiant Amber in the Lombardo Pace for fillies and mares. The four-year-old, who will start from barrier three, was a fast-finishing winner two starts ago before she set the pace and faded to finish a half-length third behind Tiffany Rose and Major Shard last Saturday night.  “I was a bit disappointed when she was beaten last week, but she lost to a pretty handy mare,” Bell said. “This week it’s a jump up in class, but the better field might suit her.” Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr is hoping that star pacer Chicago Bull can overcome the awkward draw at No. 5 in the field of seven to contest the Direct Trades Supply Past Presidents Cup over 2130m. Chicago Bull also started from barrier five in the 2536m Winter Cup last Friday night when he raced in last position in the field of six before starting a three-wide run at the bell and eventually getting to the front 100m from the post before being beaten in the final stride by a nose by the fast-finishing Ocean Ridge. Ocean Ridge, to be driven by Ryan Warwick for ace trainers Greg and Skye Bond, has an advantage over Chicago Bull this week, starting from the No. 2 barrier. “Chicago Bull has been getting no favours with the random barrier draws,” Hall said. “But he’ll go well this week. He had a little break before last week’s run and was quite fat. It was a good run last week.”   Ken Casellas

Breeder-owner-trainer Shane Quadrio and star reinsman Chris Voak agreed after Black Jack Baby’s effortless all-the-way victory in the Westsired Pace for two-year-old fillies last Friday night that the daughter of Follow The Stars was not simply a frontrunner but was ideally suited as a sit-sprinter. But they will abandon that tactic after Black Jack Baby drew perfectly at barrier No. 2 in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “She’s got fantastic gate speed and I’d say she will go straight to the front,” Quadrio said. “Hopefully, she will stay there. She has pulled up well after last week’s win and is feeling a million dollars. We’re lucky enough to get a good draw.” Quadrio and his son Dylan, who selected Black Jack Baby’s dam What A Card from New Zealand, paid special tribute to Pinjarra horseman David Young for his exemplary work in breaking in and educating Black Jack Baby. Black Jack Baby, with six wins and a close second placing from seven starts, looks outstanding on Friday night and it is difficult to envisage any of her 11 rivals extending her. One of her main opponents is likely to be the Barry Howlett-trained Just For Love, who has been driven by Voak at her past six starts for an easy last-start win over Bettor Beach Belle at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week as well as close seconds to Minor Catastrophe and  Always An Angel. Howlett has engaged Jocelyn Young to drive Just For Love for the first time. “I’m pretty happy to get the drive, particularly from barrier one,” said Young. “I should imagine that Barry will be more than happy for me to take the sit behind Black Jack Baby.” Minor Catastrophe, bred, owned and trained by David Young, is handily drawn on the inside of the back line and the filly who has won at two of her three starts, should enjoy an ideal passage and is capable of figuring in the finish. Minor Catastrophe was an impressive trial winner at Pinjarra on Sunday morning when she settled down in last place in a field of five. After very slow quarters of 33.7sec. and 33.9sec. the final 400m sections were covered in 28.1sec. and 29.3sec. with Minor Catastrophe coming from last at the 800m to burst to the front 100m later and stroll to an easy win over the pacemaker Nomorepintsforyou.   Ken Casellas

A horror run of wide barriers for Give Us A Wave has ended with the Mach Three colt drawing the prized No. 1 barrier in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This change in fortune will give star reinsman Ryan Warwick an excellent chance of victory and emulating the performance of his father Colin, who drove Whistling Eagle to victory in this event in May 1994 when the race was known as the State Sires Series Classic. Already, in the 27-year history of the race there has been two father-son victors, with Lindsay Harper winning with Disco Force (2000), Hydroflyte (2001) and Your Call Lombo (2002) and his son Kyle winning with All Aussie Boy in 2014, and Kim Prentice succeeding with Soho Monza in 2011 and his son Justin winning with Highroller Joe in 2017. Give Us A Wave, prepared by champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond, drew barrier No. 1 on debut at Pinjarra on February 3 when he led and finished a short half-head second to Machnificent over 1684m. Since then Give Us A Wave, a $60,000 purchase at the 2019 APG yearling sale in Perth, has enjoyed little luck, starting out wide at barrier eight twice and from barriers nine, six and five. He has revealed excellent gate speed in all those races, which include a win over The Swiss Maestro from barrier nine and working in the breeze, and seconds to Overjoyed and Carabao. At his most recent appearance Give Us A Wave was restrained at the start from barrier eight in the $100,000 Pearl Classic last Friday week when he battled on three wide from the rear to finish seventh behind brilliant stablemate Jett Star. Lavra Joe, who like Give Us A Wave was bred by Kevin and Annette Charles, looms as a strong winning chance, particularly after drawing favourably at barrier two for Greenbushes owner-trainer Ray Jones and champion reinsman Chris Lewis. Lavra Joe possesses good gate speed, but it is debatable whether he will be capable of wresting the early lead from Give Us A Wave. Lavra Joe has impressed greatly with his six wins and four placings from 13 starts. In the Pearl he started from barrier three and took the lead after 350m. The final quarters were covered in 28.1sec. and 27.5sec. and he finished a gallant second to the New Zealand-bred Jett Star. Lavra Joe warmed up for this week’s assignment with an easy win in a 2100m trial at a 2.1 rate last Friday night. He led from barrier three and dashed over the final 400m sections in 28.5sec. and 27.3sec. in winning by three lengths from Tempt Me Once More. Lewis has won the Classic three times, scoring with Hail The Judge (1996), Mista Tigga (2004) and Johnny Disco (2015). Kim Prentice has formed a good association with the Bryan Cousins-owned and trained Carabao, who is ideally drawn on the inside of the back line. Carabao sustained a strong three-wide burst from ninth at the bell to finish third behind Jett Star and Lavra Joe in the Pearl after leading and winning by more than two lengths from Give Us A Wave and Mighty Ronaldo at his previous outing. Mighty Ronaldo, prepared at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, will be handled by champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr from barrier No. 2 on the back line. Mighty Ronaldo raced three back on the pegs when a most unlucky eleventh in the Pearl when he has hopelessly blocked for a clear passage in the final circuit when cast back along the pegs by a tiring runner. “Hopefully, we’ll get a crack at them this time,” Hall said. “The map is good for him and if Give Us A Wave holds up, we should be able to follow the likely breeze horse Lavra Joe. “It was pretty disappointing in the Pearl. The race was run to suit, but we never got clear. I don’t know whether he would have won, but he was travelling well enough to give it a shake.” The Good Life, who ran on from eighth at the bell to finish fourth in the Pearl, looks set to be prominent from the No. 3 barrier for Capel trainer Aiden de Campo, who is driving in devastating form.   Ken Casellas

Brown’s first group 1 success Talented driver Maddison Brown celebrated his first group 1 success with an exuberant wave of the whip after guiding Longreach Bay to an impressive all-the-way victory in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 24-year-old Brown took advantage of Longreach Bay’s favourable No. 2 barrier and used his sparkling gate speed to advantage. But she had to survive an early scare when Al Guerrero began brilliantly from barrier seven and issued a powerful challenge for the lead over the first 200 metres. However, Al Guerrero broke under pressure and Longreach Bay, third favourite at $7.50, relaxed and was able to cover the lead time in a comfortable 37.8sec. and an opening 400m section in a leisurely 31.9sec. “I was a little concerned when we were challenged early,” Brown said. “Al Guerrero was never going to get there (to the front), but I was worried that Longreach Bay was going to burn a little bit more than I wanted. He can fire up, but he relaxed super tonight and wasn’t hanging as badly as he was at his previous start (when he led and won the Westsired Pace). Longreach Bay dashed over the final quarters in 27.9sec. and 28.4sec. and fought on grimly to defeat Poisedtopounce ($3.90) by a head, with a half-neck to the $1.90 favourite Gardys Legacy. The winner rated 1.57.4 over the 2130m. Longreach Bay is trained in Coolup by Peter King, who bred the Renaissance Man gelding and races him in partnership with his wife Barbara Pellick and his son Michael, has earned $74,710 from five wins and two thirds from ten starts. Friday night’s victory gave King his first group 1 success as a trainer. Brown is enjoying a successful season in which she has driven 33 winners and 64 placegetters. She drove more than a hundred winners at her first stint in harness racing before riding 29 winners and 66 placegetters from 266 rides as an apprentice jockey in 2017 and 2018. She still combines her harness racing activities with her work in administration at the St John of God Murdoch Hospital.   A chip off the old block Blue Chip Adda, sold for $16,000 at the 2018 APG yearling sale in Perth, has inherited much of the ability of her dam Adda Rising Star and she completed a winning hat-trick when Capel trainer Aiden de Campo drove her to a dashing victory in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Blue Chip Adda, sixth favourite at $18.90, stormed home from eighth at the bell to win decisively from $51 chance Suing You, who finished strongly from tenth at the bell. Star Fromthepalace ($5), fifth three back on the pegs at the bell, was an unlucky third after being hampered for room in the final circuit. Blue Chip Adda now has earned $89,554 from six wins and seven placings from 22 starts and has bright prospects of emulating the deeds of Adda Rising Star, who raced 84 times for 16 wins, 27 placings and $184,608 in stakes. Star of Diamonds ($34) burst to an early lead from barrier three before relinquishing the front after 500m to the $2.25 favourite Alta Cinderella, who settled down in the one-out, one-back position, but raced greenly as Gary Hall jnr sent her forward, three wide, after 350m. The inexperienced Alta Cinderella began to weaken in the closing stages and Blue Chip Adda, fifth on the home turn, surged home to burst to the front 40m from the post. She rated 1.56.3, with final quarters of 28.4sec. and 28.5sec. Blockjorg maintained her sound form and fought on doggedly from sixth at the bell to finish fourth. Alta Cinderella wilted to finish fifth, but she gives the impression of developing into a quality performer. Double Expresso went into the race with a splendid record of 12 wins, seven placings and $312,252, but she had no luck and finished tenth. From the inside of the back line Double Expresso raced in seventh position, four back on the pegs and was still hampered for room after moving into the one-wide line in the last lap. Fifty minutes after Blue Chip Adda’s victory which gave de Campo his first group 1 success as a trainer, he scored again as a trainer when Mark Johnson drove $12 chance Sunny Mach to a half-head victory over Sweet Sassymolassy in the 2100m Sky Racing Pace at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park.   Warwick’s formula successful Star reinsman Ryan Warwick stuck to a winning formula when he drove $5.90 chance Ocean Ridge to a thrilling last-stride nose victory over $2.15 favourite Chicago Bull in the 2536m Winter Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This gave Warwick his second success in the feature event. It came 16 years after he drove $6 chance Fernlea to victory over Highest Honour and Party Date in the 2004 Winter Cup after Fernlea enjoyed the run of the race in the one-out, one-back position. Ocean Ridge, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, gave champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond their first success in a Winter Cup. The Mach Three gelding had finished second at each of his three previous starts and his victory improved his record to 39 starts for 13 wins, 11 placings and $193,409 in prizemoney. After three wins from ten New Zealand starts Ocean Ridge has had 29 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and seven placings. The Bond camp dominated Friday night’s Cup, with $2.30 second fancy Our Jimmy Johnstone setting a solid pace, with Mighty Santana ($23) in the breeze and Ocean Ridge trailing him in the one-out, one-back position. Chicago Bull started from the No. 5 barrier and was restrained to last in the field of six runners. Gary Hall jnr sent him forward with a three-wide burst with a lap to travel and Chicago Bull eventually worked his way to the front 100m from the post. He failed by a nose and trainer Gary Hall snr declared his was the run of the race.   Chicago Bull and the Bond runners are now set for yet another keen battle when they clash in next Friday night’s Past Presidents Cup.   Black Jack Baby dominant All-conquering filly Black Jack Baby continued in devastating form with a runaway victory in the $20,000 Westsired Pace for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night and she looks set to maintain this dominance when she contests the $80,000 Westbred Classic next Friday night. And if she wins and takes no ill-effects from her recent racing, breeder-owner-trainer Shane Quadrio will set her the goal of challenging the State’s best two-year-old colts and geldings in the $125,000 Golden Slipper on July 10. “We will see how she pulls up after the Westbred, and we’ll let her tell us,” Quadrio said. “If she performs in next week’s race like she did tonight I think she has earned the right to have a crack at the Slipper. “There’s some really nice colts out there, but if she gets the opportunity, she can sprint. She has done a wonderful job so far.” Chris Voak took advantage of Black Jack Baby’s brilliant gate speed and the filly, the hot favourite at $1.04, led easily from the No. 2 barrier. After a slow lead time of 40sec. and comfortable quarters of 32sec., 30.6sec. and 29.3sec. Black Jack Baby careered away from the opposition with a dazzling final 400m in 27.7sec. to win b six lengths from Star For Me. The win was Black Jack Baby’s sixth from seven starts for stakes of $49,311.   Bracken Sky now more tractable New South Wales-bred pacer Bracken Sky gave 30-year-old reinsman Luke Edwards a successful return to race driving when he set the pace and won comfortably from Ideal Investment in the 2130m TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “Drawing barrier one was just what he wanted,” said Edwards, who was having his first drive after taking a six-week break to freshen himself up. “I was a bit worried about whether he would relax in front. But I was quietly confident because he’s more tractable this time in. The previous time I led with him he put his head on his chest and though he wasn’t running a quick time, he was just pulling hard and wasting his energy. Tonight, he was conserving his energy and was able to kick away when we wanted to.” A main reason why Bracken Sky raced fiercely in his early starts in WA was because he was used to the helter-skelter of contesting 11609m sprints in Sydney. The five-year-old Bracken Sky, the $2.60 favourite on Friday night, is proving a good buy for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg, her husband John and long-time stable clients and friends Don and Adele Simmonds, of Northam. He was a $14,000 purchase nine months ago after racing 45 times in NSW for ten wins and 14 placings. His 23 WA starts have produced two wins and seven placings for stakes of $38,238 for an overall record of 68 starts for 12 wins, 21 placings and $107,025. Bracken Sky, by Rock N Roll Heaven, is out of the Live Or Die mare Redemption, who had 27 starts for ten wins, six placings and stakes of $60,768. Bracken Sky is a half-brother to Absolution, who won five races for the Padberg stable before continuing his career in South Australia where he has had five starts at Globe Derby Park for three wins and two seconds to boost his career record to 125 starts for 13 wins, 14 placings and $112,975 in prizemoney. A bonus for the Padbergs was that their evergreen seven-year-old Bad Round, an $81 outsider driven by Jocelyn Young, rattled home out five wide from last in the field of 12 at the 250m mark to finish third and pay $22.50 for a place. Bad Round, purchased for $20,000 as a three-year-old by John and Debbie Padberg after being unplaced at two starts in New Zealand and winning at four of his eight starts in New South Wales, has a losing sequence of 56. But he has been a marvellous moneyspinner for the Padbergs, with his 157 WA starts producing ten wins, 30 placings for earnings of $149,912. His overall record stands at 167 starts for 14 wins, 32 placings and $164,283. “He has been a good buy,” said Edwards. “He’s been to Gloucester Park almost every Friday night for the three or four seasons.” Bracken Sky’s win on Friday night gave Edwards his 102ND driving success. “I like driving, but am now focusing on training,” he said. “I have trained between 20 and 30 winners, including five with Leap Of Faith, three with Mapua Legend and two with Springsteen.” Edwards, who is stable foreman for Debbie Padberg, has just purchased Henrik Larsson, an unraced Art Major three-year-old colt, who is due to arrive in Perth from New Zealand next month.   Baylan Jett is a good buy Powerful six-year-old Baylan Jett, is built like a tank and is proving an excellent buy for Robert (Tex) Dower, who outlaid $12,000 to purchase him in November 2018. The Courage Under Fire gelding, a $16 chance driven by Aiden de Campo, chalked up his fifth win for Dower and his Pinjarra trainer David Young when he was tenth at the bell and charged home, out five wide, over the final 300m to snatch a head victory over Ultimate Offer in the 2130m Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Under Young’s care Baylan Jett has had 48 starts for Dower for five wins, 13 placings and stakes of $68,730. When Madeleine Young drove Baylan Jett to victory in an $18,000 event over 2536m at Gloucester Park on May 3, 2019 it gave Dower his first metropolitan-class win in 37 years as an owner. Young has always had a good opinion of Baylan Jett, who was prepared as a youngster by his parents Ron and Karen, and when the gelding was put up for sale for $12,000, he recommended the pacer to Dower. The new owner had immediate success, with Baylan Jett winning at his first start for him, when trained by Aiden Warwick and driven by Aldo Cortopassi at Bunbury on November 17, 2018. Baylan Jett was then transferred to Young and he was a $12.30 chance when Gary Hall jnr drove him to win at his next start ten days later in a country class event at Gloucester Park. Greg and Skye Bond prepared Baylan Jett for his first four wins before Ryan Bell won three races with him and Warwick two more before the gelding went to Young’s stable in Pinjarra. Baylan Jett is the thirteenth and last foal (and most successful) out of Hilarion mare Liberty Lombo, who won seven minor races in Victoria. Baylan Jett now has raced 92 times for 14 wins, 29 placings and $136,025. “I’ve had a lot of issues with him, with his feet,” said Young. “But we’ve worked out a regime which suits him. The best thing is to keep him off the track and give him no hopple work. He’s better off being driven in a jog cart on the sand. “One of the first time I worked him at Pinjarra he went 1.53.9, but he couldn’t walk the next day because his feet were so sore. We rectified that with a change of shoeing and we’re on to a good thing with that, even when he loses a shoe, like he did tonight when he cast his off fore shoe at the 400m.”   Infatuation is too good Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred four-year-old Infatuation looks set for a bright future after impressing with a convincing victory in the 2130m Pacing WA Supports WA Bred Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. After having four starts in New Zealand for a win and three seconds, Infatuation has excelled for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond in Western Australia where his 12 starts have produced eight wins and one second placing. Favourite at $1.50, Infatuation was sent to the front after 300m by star reinsman Ryan Warwick and the American Ideal gelding gave his rivals little chance by dashing over the final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.8sec. to win by a length and a half from $23 chance Boom Time, who fought on gamely after enjoying an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. Walsh ($26) ran ion strongly, out wide, from eighth at the bell to be third. Infatuation is the eighth foal out of In The Pocket mare Saturation and is a full-brother to Besotted and Rain Man. Besotted raced 11 times in WA for two wins and three placings and was retired after his 70 starts produced 176 wins, 22 placings and $302,677 in prizemoney. Rain Man had 44 starts for eight wins, 11 placings and $72,967.   Slow start, fast finish for Typhoon Tiff Smart mare Typhoon Tiff enjoyed a stroll in the park when she recorded an effortless victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring Free-For-All for mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Bettors Delight four-year-old, trained and driven by Colin Brown, was favourite at $1.30 from the No. 1 barrier and was able to amble through the lead time in a very slow 41.4sec. and the opening 400m section in a dawdling 33.3sec. Then, after quarters in 30.3sec. and 28.8sec. Typhoon Tiff sprinted over the final quarter in 27.7sec. to win by just under a length from Suzies Gem, who sat behind the pacemaker all the way. Typhoon Tiff, bred and owned by Colleen Lindsay, has amassed $167,407 in prizemoney after nine wins and three placings from just 16 starts. She gave a sample of her class as a three-year-old last season when she won the group 2 Daintys Daughter Classic and the group 1 Westbred Classic.   Powerplay on the way up Rich And Spoilt gelding Powerplay maintained his steady improvement when he caused a minor upset as an $8 chance when he defeated the $1.70 favourite Arma Einstein in the $20,000 Westsired Pace for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Owned and trained by Debra Lewis, Powerplay was driven by Chris Lewis, who won two races behind Powerplay’s dam Mene Jaccka, who was retired after seven wins, 17 placings and $48,105 in prizemoney from 95 starts. Powerplay started from the inside of the back line and settled down in fifth position, three back on the pegs before Lewis got him off the inside to fill the favourable position, one-out and one-back. Arma Einstein trailed the early leader Robbie Rocket before moving to the breeze after Dylan Egerton-Green sent the hard-pulling Regal Aura to the front after 600m. Arma Einstein got to the front 300m from home before being overhauled by Powerplay 120m from the finish.   Bletchley Park is Mr Consistency Victorian-bred four-year-old Bletchley Park is one of the State’s most consistent pacers and he boosted his earnings to $221,309 when Dylan Egerton-Green drove him to an emphatic victory by 8m over the fast-finishing Bettor Be Oscar in the 2130m Westral Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Egerton-Green is forming a wonderful association with the American Ideal horse, having driven him five times for three wins, one second and one third. Bletchley Park has rarely performed below par in his 33-start career of 14 wins and 12 placings. Bletchley Park, owned by Albert Walmsley, was favourite at $1.90 from out wide at barrier eight. He settled down in eighth position in the field of nine and was sent forward, three wide, approaching the bell before surging to the front 300m from home. He rated 1.55.6. Another wonderfully consistent four-year-old Cyclone Banner is racing in top form for Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams and reinsman Aldo Cortopassi. He was the $1.20 favourite from the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Community TAB Pace and he gave his backers no cause for any concern when he set the pace and sprinted the final 800m in 56.2sec. to win by a length and a half from the fast-finishing $81 outsider McArdles Gem. Cyclone Banner, a winner at two of his six starts in New Zealand, has had 19 starts in WA for nine wins and five placings.   Ken Casellas

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