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And, to be honest, he was never sure it would come. When Prentice climbed harness racing’s Mt Everest to win the 2003 Christchurch Inter Dominion, he never thought he would experience that buzz again. Nor did he think he’d get another horse as good, let alone better than, Baltic Eagle. Now he’s done one and could do the other. Soho Tribeca has been THE find of this Perth Inter Dominion series. As exciting as looked in the lead-up races, Prentice he is more confident now than he was before the series started of actually winning the final. “You think they’ll measure-up, especially the way he and Chicago Bull had been going and the times they were running, but you’ve never truly sure until you race the best,” he said. “That’s why that first heat when we took on Lazarus was so important. I was probably more relieved than excited to win it. “Just the way he did it so easily, enen though he had the draw and got to the front. It showed everyone he was as good as we think he is.” Soho Tribeca then posted a cosy second-round heat win at Bunbury before a second to emerging Victorian star San Carlo after he had to sit parked last Friday night. “He’s come through the heats really well and I wasn’t at all disappointed he got beaten the other night,” Prentice said. “I never doubted he’d cope with the three runs in a week to qualify and that’s how it’s turned out. He’s been great since and his work was outstanding earlier this week.” Prentice concedes the draw has set him a challenge. “You see barrier four and think ‘you beauty’, but then you see Tiger Tara in one, Lazarus in two and Chicago Bull in 10 (inside back row) and four starts to look a lot worse,” he said. “But I’ve got a horse at his top and he’s very versatile. Sure I’d love to have drawn to lead like Tiger Tara has, but if it’s a hotly contested race, which these races usually are, then everyone should get their chance. “My fella is tough, but he’s got good point-to-point speed as well.” So who is the horse to beat? “Lazarus, obviously,” Prentice said. “But it won’t be easy for him if he’s got to do most of the work. He’s a great horse, no doubt about it, but this track is a real leveller if you’re off the marker pegs the whole way. “Chicago Bull looks dangerous from his draw. Sure he’s going to need luck, but it looks like he’s going to get the easy run in behind Tiger Tara.” Beyond the final, Prentice is set to chase all the big races this season. “Yes, we’ll be going to races like the Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile,” he said. “I still think he’s on the improve and he’s going to get better and better for competing in these big races.”   Adam Hamilton

Kim Prentice admits he is awe of his emerging star Soho Tribeca. As impressed as Prentice was with the ease of Soho Tribeca’s opening round heat win, he’s more chuffed with how the five-year-old has come through his first taste of Inter Dominion racing. “He was raring to go again straight away. I’m actually surprised just how well he came through that run,” he said. “It gives me a lot of confidence heading to Bunbury on the quick back-up.” Not even a wide draw (gate six) has dampened Prentice’s confidence at Bunbury where he meets his arch hometown rival, Chicago Bull. While Soho Tribeca has drawn wide, it’s a better alley than Chicago Bull, who will start from inside the back row (gate eight). Soho Tribeca led easily last Friday, but will probably park outside the leader, who could be Ohoka Punter (gate two),at Bunbury. “That won’t bother me. I can control the race from there and he’s not fazed by racing outside the leader,” Prentice said. It will take plenty of luck and a masterful Gary Hall Jr drive for Chicago Bull to make it four wins from his last four clashes with Soho Tribeca. “I don’t think we’ve ever had him better, but the draw makes it hard,” Hall Jr said. In the first heat, NSW trainer Shane Tritton expect noted front-runner Yayas Hot Spot to resurrect his quest for a Grand Final berth. “He needed a draw and he’s got one with the pole. He’ll lead, it’s where he runs his best races, and I think he’ll be very hard to beat,” he said. “We haven’t given up hope of making the final that’s for sure. He actually ran a great race the other night from an impossible position the way the race was run.” The hurdle will be the great Lennytheshark, who has the back row (gate nine), but should trail through well. Any hope Have Faith In Me has of making the final depends on him improving sharply on an opening night ninth and overcoming a tough back row draw (gate 10) at Bunbury. The best of the Bunbury heats is the third where Lazarus will be looking to return to winning form. Tiger Tara looks the likely leader and main danger from the pole. “He’ll lead. He’s beginning quicker and quicker every time we ask him,” trainer Kevin Pizzuto said. “His run was huge the other night and I think he’ll be improved by it as well.” Adam Hamilton

The man who stands between Lazarus and a winning start to his Inter Dominion career says the New Zealand Cup hero is going to have to be a freak to beat him tonight. West Australian trainer-driver Kim Prentice knows how to win an Inter Dominion, pulling off the 2003 series at Addington with Baltic Eagle after long-time favourite Young Rufus, trained by Lazarus's preparer Mark Purdon, was scratched on the eve of the series. Prentice knows the series which starts at Gloucester Park in Perth tonight will be much stronger than the one Baltic Eagle won but he says he has even more equine firepower this time in Soho Tribeca. He has drawn perfectly at barrier two in the opening 2130m heat just after midnight tonight (NZT), with Lazarus having to give him a huge start from barrier nine.   That almost certainly means Lazarus will have to sit parked and try to out-grind the hard-running local and Prentice doesn't think that will happen. "It's great we've drawn so well and I'd like to think we'll find the front without spending too much petrol," he says. "If that happens and Lazarus can come around and beat us, then I'll be the first to put my hands in the air and say he's a freak. "Knowing what I do about my horse and how good he is, I'll be stunned if Lazarus can do that." Prentice said Soho Tribeca showed he was "better than ever" with a sparkling solo workout at Gloucester Park last weekend. "I've never had him better. This is his moment on Friday. Baltic Eagle was a great horse and will always be my champion, but Soho Tribeca has a bit more to him. He's got more speed. He's sharper," Prentice said. "He's a bit scary this horse. I still don't know how good he could end up being." A fighting second would not be a disaster for Lazarus and Purdon but the champion trainer says he would like to win as he is fully aware of the public expectation on the two-time New Zealand Cup winner. "It looks like I will be parked and have to do it the hard way but the horse is well and I won't be gifting it to Soho Tribeca if he is in front. We will make him work," says Purdon. If Lazarus can sit parked and win, this is his series to lose. The other Kiwi in the series, Have Faith In Me, has a lot to prove on tighter Australian tracks and meets flying local Chicago Bull in tonight's last heat, while Lennytheshark dominates betting in the middle of the three heats. Last Friday's outstanding NZ Free-For-All winner Ultimate Machete has the ace draw in tonight's Four-Year-Old Classic and has opened a $1.08 favourite from the ace, with the only concern whether he gets crossed at the start. Meanwhile, tonight's Alexandra Park programme is highlighted by the return of last season's speedy three-year-old Star Galleria, who has been trialling well ahead of his comeback. Michael Guerin

Harness racing driver Chris Voak sat behind Soho Tribeca (American Ideal) for the first time when the star five-year-old worked with two other pacers at Byford on Tuesday morning and he was left in awe at the stallion’s amazing talent. Voak will now drive Soho Tribeca in the Matt McDermott Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night when the Kim Prentice-trained pacer will start his spring and summer campaign with the main focus on the rich TABtouch Inter Dominion championship series at Gloucester Park in November and December. Voak has leapt at the opportunity to drive Soho Tribeca after Prentice was suspended recently for causing interference in a race. He has driven only twice for the Prentice stable when seventh with Soho Angel behind Rock Diamonds in the Caduceus Club Classic in February this year and when successful with Abraxas Blues at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon this week.  “I’ve had the experience of driving some outstanding horses of the calibre of Crombie, Dasher VC and Ima Spicey Lombo, and Soho Tribeca is one of the best horses I’ve sat behind,” Voak said. “We went even pace for a mile in the workout this morning (Tuesday) and then got home with a solid last half. I sat last and pulled out with a lap to go and won from The Odd Lover. We went under 55sec. for the last half and I haven’t driven a horse who can drop fractions like he can so easily. “Honestly, I haven’t driven one on the track who has done that and has felt like that. Kim told me that after he had driven Soho Tribeca to win the Golden Nugget last year that he’s the best horse he has trained, ahead of Baltic Eagle. I haven’t yet had the chance to speak to Kim to see how he wants me to drive the horse on Friday night. “What impressed me with Soho Tribeca was the ease in which he did it, and how much power he had. I haven’t had the opportunity to drive a horse of his capability in a race. I think he is the type of horse who in a good race will make his own luck. I’ve always had to drive horses who have had to rely on luck but this one is one who has the power to make his own luck.” Soho Tribeca, bred and owned by Rob Watson, faces the distinct disadvantage on Friday night of starting from the outside (No. 9) on the front line but he has the ability to overcome the wide barrier. He has not appeared since he raced wide early and then set the pace before winning the Group 1 Vicbred Four-Year-Old Classic for entires and geldings at Melton on July 8. He was in dazzling form in Perth last summer when he won the Golden Nugget from Nathans Courage and Chicago Bull before finishing second to Chicago Bull in the Fremantle Cup and third to the same pacer in the WA Pacing Cup. His chief rivals on Friday night are likely to be Itz Bettor To Win, Ideal Tyson and Bronze Seeker. Itz Bettor To Win is a highly-promising six-year-old who has had only 29 starts for 11 wins and seven seconds. He will be having his first start in Western Australia and will be driven by Chris Lewis from barrier three on the front line. He is being set for the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship series. “I have had him in my stable for five to six weeks and I expect him to run first or second on Friday night,” Olivieri said. He’s a big, strong horse whose major assets are his strength and speed. He is a serious horse and he will improve on whatever he does this week. “He’s got a win over in the Franklin Cup in New Zealand, beating top horses like Smolda, Have Faith In Me and Ohoka Punter.” Itz Bettor To Win raced 18 times in New Zealand for eight wins and three placings and his 11 starts in Victoria produced three wins and four placings. As a three-year-old Itz Bettor To Win won a 2700m stand at Alexandra Park, beating horses of the calibre of Border Control, Smolda and Have Faith In Me. Two months earlier, he won the Group 2 Alabar Classic, rating 1.55.9 over 2200m. As a four-year-old, he won the Franklin Cup, a 2700m stand, beating home Mossdale Conner, Have Faith In Me, Ohoka Punter and Smolda. Ideal Tyson, who gave a powerful frontrunning display to win from Mach Time and Bronze Seeker over 2130m last Friday night, faces a sterner test this week from out wide at barrier seven. He will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, who replaces Aiden de Campo, who will be in Melbourne preparing to watch the AFL grand final between Richmond and The Adelaide Crows on Saturday. The Peter Anderson-trained Bronze Seeker will be driven by Deni Roberts from the No. 1 barrier and the versatile nine-year-old should be prominent throughout the race. Ken Casellas

Oldbury trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice admits that Abraxas Blues is not particularly tough, but he admires the four-year-old’s sit-sprint ability. Abraxas Blues will start from the inside of the back line in the In Memory of Max Johnson Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and Prentice gives the gelding a good chance of notching his seventh win at his 25th start. Abraxas Blues caught the eye last Friday night when he started from the outside of the front line and settled down in 11th position before moving to ninth (three wide) at the bell and sustaining the effort to finish a half-head second to hot favourite The Publisher over 2130m. He sprinted fast from the 400m and looked likely to overhaul The Publisher but The Publisher dug deep to prevail in a thrilling finish. “The way he sprinted I thought he was going to run past The Publisher,” Prentice said. “But The Publisher just nodded off and when I got alongside of him, he picked up. However, it was a very good run by Abraxas Blues. “Drawn the inside of the back line on Friday night, I’m hoping the pole marker Attack On Command holds up and leads. Then we’ll just be sitting along the fence and, hopefully, we’ll get the run at the right time. He loves just sitting back and it gives him a good chance.” Another four-year-old in Fanci A Dance, trained in Busselton by Barry Howlett and with Chris Lewis in the sulky, will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line and he looks a major winning chance after scoring at six of his past nine starts. He maintained his splendid form at Bunbury at his latest appearance, on July 8, when he raced wide in the middle stages and then in the breeze before winning from Our Zac Whitby, rating 1.57 over 2100m. Another well-fancied runner will be the Justin Prentice-trained and driven Quite A Delight, a winner at ten of her 27 starts, who will start from barrier five on the front line. She made a most impressive return to racing after an absence of almost seven months last Friday week when she finished powerfully to win from Mary Catherine and Donegal Rundlescreek, rating 1.58.3 over 2536m. Ken Casellas

Visiting Western Australian trainer Kim Prentice faces a race against time with his stable star Soho Tribeca’s fitness ahead of next Saturday night’s Group One Vicbred final.  Delight turned into serious concern in the space of 200m in Friday night’s semi-final for Prentice.  Soho Tribeca went from seemingly cruising towards an easy win to stopping sharply and just holding-on to win by a nose.  Prentice knew something wasn’t right.  “Turns out he’s got a foot abscess which hasn’t been able to blow out and his whole leg blew-up because of it,” Prentice said. “We’ve got another seven days now until the Friday. All we can do is hope he’s ok for it.  “Knowing what we do now, he was so incredibly brave on Friday night. I’m so proud of him.”  Soho Tribeca, placed behind Chicago Bull in the huge Fremantle/WA Pacing Cup double earlier this year, was one of the headline acts of the entire Vicbred series.  He was $1.80 prepost favourite on the Aussie TAB for the final before Friday night’s issue emerged.  The cloud over Soho Tribeca further boosts the final chances of exciting local General Dodge, who made it nine wins from just 10 starts when he powered to an arrogant all-the-way win in his semi-final.  “He’s got gears this horse. His cruising speed is so high. He does it so easily,” driver Jodi Quinlan said.  General Dodge has drawn gate nine for the final, while Soho Tribeca has gate six if he is fit enough to line-up.  Kiwi raider Moonrock, who ran a sound third to General Dodge in his semi, has gate eight (inside the back row) in the final.  The other huge talking point of Friday night’s Vicbred semis was the remarkably dominance of champion trainer Emma Stewart.  Stewart had a staggering 23 runners across the 12 semi-finals and converted impressively with 18 of them qualifying for next Saturday night’s Grand Finals.  She trained five of the 12 semi winners and also landed two quinellas.  The winners were: Nostra Villa (2YO filly), Whirily School (4YO mare), Major Times and Poster Boy (2YO colts/geldings) and Miss Graceland (3YO fillies).  Realistically, Stewart is well placed to win four of the Group One Vicbred finals next Saturday night.  Miss Graceland, who finally turned the tables on arch-rival Petacular when they last met in the Victoria Oaks final, gets her chance to win again from gate two in the final.  But, Petacular showed the most gate speed she ever has in her semi win and could be a chance of getting across Miss Graceland at the start from gate five in the final.  That clash will be a real highlight of the night.  Barring a huge shock, Stewart will win the 2YO colts and geldings final, most probably with sparkling youngster Poster Boy who will start from gate three.  Giant young stablemate Major Times looks the main threat from gate two in a final where Stewart has an incredible seven of the 12 runners.  Stewart also has a huge hand in the 2YO fillies’ final with semi-final winner Nostra Villa drawn gate 10.  Her Australian Gold final winner Nostra Beach had nothing go right when sixth in her semi, but made the final and snared the valuable gate three.  Other Kiwi interest in the Vicbred finals comes through former Allstars stable three-year-old Stars Align, who has been a revelation since being sent across to the Dean Braun stable.  His semi-final over the speedy Rocknroll Icon was awesome and he looks a standout in the final from gate four. Adam Hamilton

Exciting Perth pacer Soho Tribeca is the latest addition to the Brisbane harness racing winter carnival. But it will be a hit/run mission for the Kim Prentice trained four-year-old. The Gr.1 $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake on July 15 at Albion Park has been penciled in as the sole target before returning home to the west. Currently based in Victoria, the American Ideal entire is competing for the Vicbred Super Series and scored a dominant victory last Friday night at Ballarat and will again take a power of beating in this week’s semi-final at Tabcorp Park Melton. Soho Tribeca has drawn the ace in Friday night’s event. “Rob (Watson – owner) and I have held talks about this race in Queensland and it fits into his schedule nicely, it’s programmed for a week after the Vicbred final but there’s still plenty of logistics to consider, we’ve got to get through this series first and remain in good order.” Prentice said. Since relocating to the stable of Prentice, Soho Tribeca has quickly elevated himself into one of the country’s premier pacers and that was evident earlier this season with a number of outstanding efforts. Soho Tribeca captured the Gr.1 $200,000 Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park on December 9 before running two cracking races in the Gr.1 $300,000 Fremantle Cup and the Gr.1 $450,000 WA Pacing Cup in January. He was second in the Fremantle Cup while third in the WA Pacing Cup; both events were won by Chicago Bull. “He’s racing in very strong form and he’s a very good horse, both of his runs following a break this campaign has been very good and hopefully he can do it again this weekend. “We’ve had good draws in both races to date in Melbourne so hopefully our luck hasn’t run out just yet. We need to look into a flight from Melbourne to Brisbane but he’s going home for another short let-up once he returns home before being set for the Inter Dominion later this year. “I know he’s good enough to compete with the very best and he’ll have to be when he starts in the Inter Dominion so this is a good opportunity for him. It’s one race at a time but plans are certainly in place.” Prentice is no stranger to good horses and Inter Dominion glory having prepared 2003 winner Baltic Eagle while taking several drives behind Im Themightyquinn throughout his career. But Prentice is yet to race at Albion Park, in fact, the only time he’s been trackside was during the 2001 Inter Dominion series as a spectator. Soho Tribeca is raced by his breeder, Robert Watson and has won 13 of his 37 starts to date while banking more than $360,000. The Albion Park winter carnival officially starts this weekend before reaching its climax on July 15. Chris Barsby

HANDICAPPING systems are a big talking point right now, whether it’s in NZ of Australia. Harness Racing NSW unveiled its new system late last week and leading trainer Shane Tritton immediately came out with lavish praise. “This will be the saviour of (harness) racing in NSW,” he said. “And metropolitan racing will become the place to be … horses will come from all over the country to compete at Menangle.” Despite Tritton’s support and that of most others trainers who compete regularly at Menangle, HRNSW stressed it was just being trialled for three months – July-September this year – for comparison against the same period last year. Betting turnover, field sizes, number of short-priced favourites and stakeholder satisfaction are the KPIs with which a longer term decision will be made. David Aiken is another training excited by the trial. “I’ve usually got five or six horses in my Menangle stable, but it could be up to 14 or 15 now with the new handicapping system,” he said. Handicapping systems are never easy to explain, but the keys to this NSW system are: * Horses placed in races based on stakemoney earned at their past five starts. * Barrier draws done within those races based on stakemoney earned at past five starts. * Up to six levels of races with staggered stakemoney down from level one to six. * 20 per cent discount on stakemoney earned for mares to aid them in barrier draws * 20 per cent discount on stakemoney earned for pacers when driven by concession drivers to aid them in barrier draws The NSW industry mood seems strong around this system and it will be interesting to see if has as positive effect as Tritton predicts in the three-month trial period. YOUNG Kiwi superstar Vincent survived a scare to win his NSW Breeders Challenge semi-final at Menangle last Saturday night. Most expected the NSW and NZ Derby winner to stroll to the front and win as he liked, but instead outsider Geldof overraced outside Vincent once he found the front and they scorched through a 54.9sec first half. Luke McCarthy steadied Vincent with a 28.9sec third split and ripped home in 27.2sec to hang on a win by 1.1m over the fast-finishing Pretty Hot in a 1min51sec mile. The Victorian raiders have certainly made their impact on the NSW Breeders Challenge semi-finals. Last Saturday week, Victorian-trained pacers won three of the six semis at Menangle and three-year-old colt Jilliby Bandit added to the strike when he caused a minor upset last Saturday night. The superbly-bred Marg Lee-trained colt – by Rock N Roll Heaven out of former top filly Keppel Bay – came from behind the leader in a hotly-run semi to win in a 1min52.4sec mile. The win thwarted a massive betting plunge on NSW Derby heat winner Atomic Red, who could only manage fourth after being backed from $4 into $1.60 and coming from a back row draw. In the Challenge 3YO fillies’ division, Dont Think Twice showed why she will dominate betting in the final with a dominant al-the-way semi win in a 1min53.1sec mile. The Breeders Challenge finals are on the same card as the Len Smith Mile at Menangle next Sunday. IT only took former Kiwi mare Supersonic Miss two comeback runs to show she still had some serious star power. The five-year-old strung together nine successive wins – the last six of those when switched from the Allstars barn to Kerryn Manning’s stable – before injury forced her off the track in March, last year. Supersonic Miss returned with a good second to reigning Breeders Crown champ Rocknroll Magic at Melton on June 9, then regained winning form at the same track last Saturday night. She smashed the clock, too. Despite sitting parked, she posted a 1min53.9sec mile rate for 1730m and ripped home in 55.9 and 27.5sec. ONE of Western Australia’s best pacers is heading to Victoria. Soho Tribeca, a placegetter in the big Group 1 WA and Fremantle Cups double earlier this year, is returning to the state where his career started to chase the Group 1 Vicbred 4YO final at Melton. Trainer-driver Kim Prentice confirmed the trip when Soho Tribeca returned from a spell with a gutsy third after doing all the work in slick times at Gloucester Park last Friday night. The other key race at Gloucester Park last Friday, the free-for-all, went to former Kiwi sit-sprinter The Bucket List, who swooped off a hot pace to win impressively for trainer Michael “Mouse” Brennan and driver Michael Grantham. The race was set-up for the backmarkers when Gary Hall Jr threw everything at easing favourite Beaudiene Boaz to try and cross Sheer Rocknroll at the start in a blazing 35.3sec lead time. He failed to get across, but spent plenty of petrol and dropped in behind the leader. Beaudiene Boaz did a good job to finish a distant third, while classy stayer Our Jimmy Johnstone caught the eye by flashing home late for a close second. Classy three-year-old Mitch Maguire continued his big season by posting his 10th win from just 13 starts this term in last Friday’s ninth event. ONE of Australia’s biggest “buzz” pacers, San Carlo, could be a surprise raider at the Queensland Winter Carnival. The Steve O’Donoghue-trained six-year-old has been restricted to just 16 starts by a string of injury issues, but he’s won 14 of those and looked elite at times. Arguably his best win yet came at Bendigo last Saturday when he sat parked and toyed with a strong field in a 1min55.4sec mile rate for 2150m. The line in the sand for a Queensland trip comes at Maryborough on Thursday when San Carlo tackles the Leo Crameri Memorial. “That’s his next target and it’s likely he will meet plenty of classy rivals but it will also tell us if Brisbane is on or off. A victory will go a long way in making the northern trip a reality, Brisbane will be tough but it looks a good opportunity for him,” O’Donoghue told harness.org.au “I don’t think he shocked us in anyway last week because we’ve known for some time how good he really is but to do it in the manner in which he did was the best part. He was really strong. “And that’s his best asset; he’s a very strong horse.” GIANT-KILLER Onlykidding snared her second Group 3 win this season when she swamped a strong field of mares to win the Frith Stakes in a slick 1min51.7sec mile at Menangle last Saturday night. Trained and driven by Dennis Picker, Onlykidding previous won the Group 3 Ladyship Pace at Menangle on March 10. The eye-catching run of the Frith Stakes came from former Kiwi mare Rocker Band, now in the care of Mark Jones. She rocketed home too late for a close third. In contrast, top class mare Cyclone Kate, the $3.70 favourite, finished last and stewards queried the run and ordered veterinary tests. IT’S not just Hectorjayjay and Lennytheshark winning feature races for David Aiken’s stable. Aiken has always liked his trotters and snared a Group 3 win when the in-form Maorisfavouriteson won the Wagon Apollo free-for-all (2240m) in a slick 1min57.4sec mile rate last Saturday night. Adam Hamilton

Classy Soho Tribeca returns to the track on Friday night and harness racing trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice is looking forward to getting back in the bike behind his star four-year-old entire. Soho Tribeca makes his reappearance in the Karri Forest Motel Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park and, despite starting from the outside of the front line, appeals as the horse to beat. Bred and owned by prominent owner Robert Watson, Soho Tribeca did his early racing in Victoria under the guidance of Jayne Davies where he competed against the best youngsters in Australia. He won nine races on the east coast and ran many placings, but he has blossomed since Prentice took over his training in October last year. The Oldbury horseman raced Soho Tribeca six times at headquarters for three wins and two placings. One of those wins was in the $200,000 Golden Nugget where he defeated Chicago Bull and his two placings were a second in the $300,000 Fremantle Cup and a third in the $450,000 WA Pacing Cup, both times behind Chicago Bull. Prentice said Soho Tribeca had benefited from a "really good spell" and had been back in work for about three months. "He's a very, very nice horse," Prentice said. "He's the best horse in the race, but it's not going to be easy from where he's drawn. You know, you get a horse like Rabchenko who can lead and run 1:56 for the trip and we're doing it tough out wide - it just makes it hard and I don't want to gas him first-up. But in saying all that, I'm confident he can get the job done on Friday night." Prentice said if Soho Tribeca performs as well as he expects at his return and pulls up soundly, then it's all systems go for the rich Vic Bred Series over the next couple of weeks. "He'll be on a plane next Tuesday for Victoria if all goes according to plan," Prentice said. "There's heats coming up for the series next weekend and then there's a $125,000 final for the four-year-olds. After that he'll come back home and we'll give him a break before setting him for the Inters." Prentice knows what it takes to win an Inter Dominion Final. He trained and drove WA champion Baltic Eagle to an all-the-way victory in the 2003 Inters in Christchurch. In the same year Baltic Eagle won the WA Pacing Cup and retired with more than $746,000 in prize money. Prentice is reluctant to compare horses from different eras, but he knows he has a good one in Soho Tribeca. "Soho Tribeca is something special," Prentice said. "I don't know if I'll ever get another one as good as him. He's not a push-button horse. He can over-race at times and seems at his best when he finds the front and can relax. Hopefully he'll be too good for them on Friday night and then we'll be off to Victoria on Tuesday." Wayne Currall

Oldbury harness racing trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice is breathing a sigh of relief with his Bettor's Delight filly Soho Angel showing all the signs of returning to her best form. She has a losing sequence of six, after winning at five of her previous ten starts, which also included two seconds and two thirds. Soho Angel is nicely drawn at barrier two on the front line in the $18,000 Sky Harness WA Oaks Prelude over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and Prentice has high hopes that she will bounce back to top form. “Her past couple of starts had me a little bit wondering,” Prentice admitted. “But I have run a blood count and we’ve had a bug go through the stable which knocked a few of the horses around. “However, Soho Angel is eating better than ever now and her work on Saturday was the best it has been since she has been here (from Victoria). So, I expect her to go very well this week. From barrier two, I’ll be coming out, trying to lead. Whether we can, I’m not quite sure. But she has got good gate speed and we’ll be using it.” Soho Angel has worked hard in the breeze at her past two outings --- for a third to Im Stylish at Bunbury and a fourth behind Im Stylish and Allamerican Queen at Gloucester Park last Friday week. Im Stylish, trained by Justin Prentice, will start from barrier two on the back line with Tom Buchanan in the sulky. She looms as a major player in a field of smart three-year-old fillies, which includes She Could Be Good, Lady Luca, Red Hot Roxy, Sarah Goody and Susies Desire. Ryan Warwick will drive She Could Be Good for trainers Greg and Skye Bond and he gives the filly a solid each-way chance. She Could be Good, a winner of two races in New Zealand earlier this season, made a winning Australian debut when Warwick drove her to victory at Northam on Thursday of last week. She showed good ability to overcome breaking in running and racing out wide. “She then felt sharp in a trial at Byford on Sunday (when she finished strongly to win from Kerrin Joseph),” Warwick said. “She didn’t feel quite like that at Northam. She’s an honest little filly with gate speed and good high speed.” Ken Casellas

West Australian-bred three-year-old Michael Joseph ended a sequence of ten unplaced runs with a smart victory in modest harness racing company at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening and trainer Clive Dalton is confident the gelding will maintain his form and prove hard to beat in the Sky Racing.com.au WA Derby Consolation over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I think that he can hold up from barrier one, lead and win,” said Dalton, who will return to his training establishment in the Victorian town of Shepparton within the next month after spending the past four years preparing a team of pacers and trotters at Herron, south of Pinjarra. Michael Joseph, driven by Kim Prentice, trailed the pacemaker Anvil Rollover before switching three wide 250m from home and sprinting strongly to hit the front 90m from the post. He sprinted over the final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.1sec. in notching his second win from 14 starts. Dalton, who races the Bettor's Delight gelding on lease, said that Prentice was most impressed with the gelding’s performance on Tuesday. “Kim said that he couldn’t believe how easily he won,” Dalton said. “He said the horse was just jogging down the back.” To win on Friday night Michael Joseph is sure to have to hold off strong challenges from New Zealand-bred geldings Righteous Brother (barrier three), Punters Dream (No. 2), Messi (No. 8) and Im The Best (No. 7) and stiff opposition from WA-bred pacers Courage To Live and Davinci Diamond. Ryan Warwick, who will drive Righteous Brother for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, said that the gelding, who led and won at his WA debut at Northam on Thursday of last week, should be prominent. “He gave me a really good feel at Northam and he’s very strong,” Warwick said. Righteous Brother also won three races in New Zealand earlier in the season.  Punters Dream, a speedy beginner and a winner at Pinjarra in February and March, is ideally drawn at barrier two for Busselton trainer Barry Howlett and ace reinsman Chris Lewis. He improved from eighth at the bell to finish sixth behind El Barcelona last Friday night. Dalton said that he and his wife Annie had thoroughly enjoyed their four years in WA. “It has been wonderful here where we’ve had a lot of wonderful winners and memorable nights,” he said. “We plan to come back for a weekend here and there and for the Interdominion championship series later this year. “I’m hoping to have John of Arc fit to race at the Inters. He is spelling now, recovering from another suspensory ligament injury. And I’m looking at bringing Cardigan Boko back to Perth for the major trotting races in the summer.” Ken Casellas

Colin Belton has two metal plates and eight pins in his right leg and walks with a slight limp. But he has no hard feelings towards harness racing four-year-old Mister Versace, who sent him crashing into a fence at the family property in Banjup last September. “I forgive him now, the way he’s going,” said Belton, husband of Annie Belton, who trains Mister Versace, who has blossomed after the terrible track accident almost seven months ago, with his 14 starts since then producing four wins, three seconds and one third for stakes of $28,995. And now the Beltons have high hopes that Mister Versace will maintain his excellent form and win the $18,500 www.gloucesterpark.com.au Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The WA-bred Mister Versace, purchased as a yearling for $19,000, will be driven by Kim Prentice from the inside of the back line. “He has drawn behind October Brown, a smart beginner and good frontrunner,” said Colin Belton. “He should have a soft run and, hopefully, Kim will be able to get him into the clear at the right time.” The Bettor's Delight gelding has been racing in considerably stronger company and should enjoy a drop in class this week. Three starts ago he led from barrier four and won from Americanbootscoota and Military Master, rating 1.56.1 over 2130m at Gloucester Park. That followed his strong finishing effort to be fourth behind Bettor Reward and Sprinter in the Four and Five-Year-Old Championship at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park. He has no luck at his past two outings. He raced three back on the pegs and was blocked for a clear run in the final stages when sixth behind Kiwi Legend in the group 3 Four and Five-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park last Friday week. Then, last Friday night he raced in sixth place in the one-wide line before he was hampered and lost about three lengths when shuffled back at the 700m mark behind the tiring Debt Free Charlie in the Westbred final. He then fought on gamely to be fourth behind Hot Fraternity. Belton explained what happened on the fateful day in September, saying: “Mister Versace was the last horse to be worked on our track that day, and we were on the final lap when a bird suddenly flew in front of us. He took fright and jumped left and took me with him. “The cart got stuck in the fence. I was holding on for dear life, but I couldn’t hold him and he took off, with my leg still caught in the fence. He jumped the fence and dashed down Liddelow Road before being caught, unharmed, near the Jandakot track. “I was lying in the sand for 40 minutes and I knew that there was something wrong when I stood up and started hyper-ventilating. I knew I was in shock. Finally, the next door neighbour found me and I was taken to hospital where I asked a nurse if she could see anything. She said ‘it doesn’t look very good.’ “There was a spiral fracture in the right shinbone and now I have two plates and eight pins in the leg, and they’re going to be there forever. It was a bit of a setback and I was unable to work for six months. But Mister Versace has made up for it and is doing really well.” A sympathetic Annie Belton said that Mister Versace was an extremely docile horse and the accident was no fault of his, or of Colin. Meanwhile, Annie Belton has stable star Mister Jadore back in work and she is hopeful that the $17,000 yearling who has earned $267,889 from 12 wins and ten placings from 27 starts will be able to make a successful comeback after suffering a severely damaged tendon more than two years ago. “He’s a pet and I have taken my time with him,” she said. Ken Casellas

Oldbury harness racing horseman Kim Prentice knows what’s needed to win a TABtouch WA Pacing Cup after winning drives behind Baltic Eagle in 2003 and Im Themightyquinn in 2011--- and he gives brilliant four-year-old Soho Tribeca a great chance in the $450,000 Cup over 2936m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And this is despite the distinct disadvantage of drawing the outside (barrier three) on the back line. “Barrier 12 is not ideal, but over this long journey things could fall in our favour,” the 55-year-old Prentice said. “After the draw, it’s very hard to read how the race will be run and with Soho Tribeca sitting back and doing nothing could work in our favour. I was absolutely ecstatic at his run in the Fremantle Cup last Friday night when second to Chicago Bull. “And I’m even more happy this week. The son of American Ideal has trained on unbelievably well and I feel that he has benefitted immensely from last week’s run. I think he will run an incredible race. I hoppled him at Byford on Tuesday morning and he worked better than he has ever worked. His recovery has been brilliant and I’m extremely happy. ‘’Last week when Chicago Bull got the gap and put three lengths on us I thought I had no hope. I was just hoping he might be able to run second or third. But Soho Tribeca was hitting the line so well that 100 metres out I thought had him. Whether little Bully saw me coming and picked up the bit and got going again, I don’t know. “It’s an extra 400m in this week’s race and I know that my horse will run that on his ear.” Prentice declared that Soho Tribeca was, by far, the second-best pacer he has trained --- behind Baltic Eagle, who in 2003 won the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park and the Interdominion championship in Addington. “I honestly believe that Soho Tribeca has the potential to go all the way to the very, very top,” Prentice said. Last week Soho Tribeca was having his first start for four weeks --- since he raced three wide early, took the lead after 600m and went on to win the Golden Nugget Championship by just under two lengths from Nathans Courage and Chicago Bull. Prentice is convinced that the horse is even stronger and better now. Gloucester Park

Mister Versace started a rank outsider as a $93.90 chance at his latest harness racing appearance when a sound fifth behind star New Zealand mare A Piccadilly Princess last Friday week. But he will be at a much shorter quote when he starts from the prized No. 1 barrier in the Westbred Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Banjup by Annie Belton, Mister Versace warmed up for this week’s assignment with a dashing win in a nine-horse trial at Byford on Sunday morning when he sprinted over the final quarter in 28.2sec. and beat Snowball Mackenzie by eight lengths. At his most recent outing the four-year-old, with Kim Prentice in the sulky, raced four back on the pegs in seventh position before finishing solidly into fifth place. A week earlier he trailed the pacemaker Trustytrev and ran home powerfully to finish second, a half-head from Trustytrev, with final quarters of 28.6sec. and 27.7sec. That followed his fast-finishing victory by a head over Chelsea Royale four days earlier. Eight-year-old Trustytrev again looms as one of Mister Versace’s main rivals. Trustytrev, a winner at ten of his 89 starts, is trained at Byford by Chris Feast and will be driven by Nathan Turvey. He will start from the No. 5 barrier. Trustytrev followed his recent Gloucester Park win with a solid performance in the 2277m Williams Cup on Sunday afternoon when he set the pace and finished second to Scoobys Delight. Soho Wall Street, Mako Shadow and Argyle Red are in sound form and will have admirers. Soho Wall Street, trained by Glenn Elliott, has resumed after a spell in good shape, with two thirds and a fourth from, four starts, while the Clint Kimes-trained Mako Shadow and Argyle Red, trained at Pinjarra by Robert MacDonald, will pay to follow. Ken Casellas

A star-studded harness racing field of 12 will contest the group 1 $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice sounded an ominous warning to his rivals when he predicted big things from Soho Tribeca. Soho Tribeca, a brilliant winner over 2130m in weaker company last Friday night, is awkwardly drawn at barrier five. But Prentice is going into battle full of confidence. Soho Tribeca, a former Victorian performer, is unbeaten at his first two runs for Prentice, leading all the way and winning from Franco Rayner and Chicago Bull over 2185m at a 1.56 rate at Pinjarra on November 7 and then giving a powerful display to win from Cut For An Ace and Ohoka Kentucky at a 1.55.3 rate last Friday night. Prentice restrained Soho Tribeca from the No. 4 barrier before sending the American Ideal stallion forward, three wide and following Ohoka Kentucky after a lap had been completed. Soho Tribeca eventually forged to the front at the bell and won by one and a half lengths. ”After a 28.4sec. second quarter and racing three wide in the middle stages, he’s going to run any time in the good races,” Prentice said. “He will improve on the run; I’ve been a bit easy on him since his Pinjarra win. I think he had something up his sleeve at the finish. Rob (owner Rob Watson) said that the horse always switched off in his races, but he didn’t switch off in this race. Hopefully, we’ve got him at a different fitness level. He could have kept going and it took me 400m to pull him up. “I rang Chris Alford and he said that he’s really good with a sit. If they’re running time and he’s sitting back, he can peel off a really quick quarter. I’ve honestly only had two better pacers –— and one (Baltic Eagle) won an interdominion championship and the other (Big Town Walton) finished fourth.” Adding considerable interest to the race will be the first appearance in Western Australia of the highly-rated New Zealand gelding Mr Mojito and the former Victorian performer Motu Gatecrasher. Mr Mojito, to be driven by his trainer Mark Purdon, will start from the inside of the back line and Motu Gatecrasher, a newcomer to Ross Olivieri’s stable, has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line and will be driven by star reinsman Chris Lewis. Mr Mojito has had only nine starts for seven wins and a second placing after a first-up failure. He rated 1.55.2 when he won easily from Captain Dolmio over 2600m at Addington on November 8. “It’s an awkward draw, but he’s a lovely horse who has climbed the ladder pretty quickly and at his latest start he was very good and the time they went was extra good,” Purdon said. Motu Gatecrasher has won at 11 of his 20 starts and is a noted frontrunner. He was a 10/1 on favourite at his latest start when he worked hard in the breeze all the way and finished second to Bad Boy Brad over 2150m at Bendigo on October 25. His past ten starts have produced eight wins and two seconds. Chicago Bull, last season’s WA Derby winner and a winner at 15 of his 25 starts, will lead the challenge of ace trainer Gary Hall sen., whose other runners Harry Hoo and King Lebron are in good form. Chicago Bull will start from the No. 6 barrier and should fight out the finish. He had a tough run without cover at his latest appearance when third behind Soho Tribeca at Pinjarra. Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice holds a strong hand in the $50,000 Clipsal By Schneider Electric Norms Daughter Classic over 2130m with Major Reality, Quite A Delight and The Parade. Prentice will drive Major Reality, winner of the WA Oaks in May 2015, who is favourably drawn at the No. 1 barrier. Prentice has engaged Gavin Lang to handle Quite A Delight (barrier eight) and Chris Alford for The Parade (inside of the back line). The all-conquering Dodolicious for the Bond stable, will be driven by Ryan Warwick and is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line. She will be hard to beat. Ken Casellas

Oldbury horseman Kim Prentice is lavish in his praise of Soho Tribeca and declares that the talented young American Ideal stallion is spot on for harness racing four-year-old feature events at Gloucester Park in the coming weeks. Soho Tribeca will make his debut at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he will start from the No. 4 barrier in the field of eight in the $21,500 Check In With TABtouch Pace over 2130m. He should prove to be a star bet on the ten-event program after his splendid all-the-way victory over Franco Rayner and Chicago Bull in the $25,000 Four-Year-Old Classic at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. Prentice cleverly dictated the terms of that race in front and Soho Tribeca gave a sample of his class by sprinting over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 26.5sec. “I was very rapt with the horse, first-up, in the way he went about it,” Prentice said. “Over there (in Victoria) he used to pull and be a bit frantic. However, he drove absolutely beautifully and he has trained on great. “I knew he would run a really good race and he did just what I expected and now, knowing, hopefully, that he can relax like that, he doesn’t have to lead. He’s a real good stayer as well. I’ve changed quite a bit of gear. I’ve removed the head check, taken the Dollies off and put a different bit on him. “He’s the best horse I’ve ever had to handle, by far. For a stallion, he goes out into a paddock with a little pony and they play all day. Everything I get him to do, he does, and when he goes to the track he knows what he’s there for … and he can run.” Soho Tribeca was bred and is owned by West Australian Robert Watson, who sent him from Victoria to be trained by Prentice about seven weeks ago. The American Ideal horse has had 30 starts for ten wins, ten seconds and three thirds for earnings of $132,960. “After this week’s run we’ll be looking at the major events for four-year-olds,” Prentice said. “His main aim is the Golden Nugget (on December 9), but first he will contest the McInerney Ford Classic on Friday of next week. I haven’t spoken to Robert yet about whether he should run in the $50,000 Four-Year-Old Championship on December 2. “Robert has always said that Soho Tribeca was a very immature horse. But since he’s been here he has muscled up and got a lot more solid.” Soho Tribeca is out of Tasmania mare Pixel Perfect, whose dam Amarillen’s first foal was Villagem, an outstanding pacer who was retired with a record of 109 starts for 25 wins and 27 placings for stakes of $626,585. His major wins included three group 1 events --- the Vicbred Super Series for three-year-old colts and geldings in June 2009, the Chariots of Fire at Menangle and the Australasian Breeders Crown for four-year-old horses at Melton in 2010. Soho Tribeca, named after Tribeca, a neighbourhood in Lower Manhattan, New York, looks superior to his seven rivals in Friday night’s race in which last-start winners Mighty Major and Commander Chapel will be strongly fancied to fill the minor placings. Prentice also has excellent prospects of winning the opening event on Friday night, the Westbred pace over 2130m, with four-year-old Mister Versace, who will start from the inside of the back line. Mister Versace, trained by Annie Belton, has resumed after a spell in excellent form and the Bettors Delight gelding impressed in winning at a 1.56.5 rate over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon. Mister Versace sustained a strong burst from sixth (three wide) at the bell to take a narrow lead 300m from home and go on and win by a head from the gallant pacemaker Chelsea Royale. Mister Versace finished strongly when a head second to Our Magical Miracle over 1684m at Pinjarra the previous Monday. Ken Casellas

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