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Shannon Suvaljko, who will represent Western Australia along with Gary Hall Jnr at the Australian Drivers’ Championship at Globe Derby Park on November 3, has a drive in all ten events at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But after bringing home 6/1 chance Absolution with a spirited late burst to win from the 5/2 on favourite and pacemaker Amelias Courage at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night, he said that he was unable to declare any of his ten runners as a strong winning chance. “Most of them have reasonable place prospects and I consider that my best winning prospect is Bad Round in race six,” he said. “He is a versatile pacer and should be prominent after starting from barrier three.” Bad Round, a six-year-old trained by Debbie Padberg, has a losing sequence of 18 and has managed just one placing from those starts since Suvaljko set the pace with him from the No. 2 barrier and won from Trustytrev in April this year. Suvaljko also said that Bad Round’s ten-year-old stablemate Glow Bright was in sound form and that he gave the gelding a blow-out chance in the first event. Suvaljko had the choice of driving A Boy Named Rosie, Always Arjay and Shes Turbo Charged in the Fred Doy Memorial. He opted for Shes Turbo Charged, who will start from the outside of the back line. Suvaljko drove her to an all-the-way victory over Tajies Girl last Friday night. Always Arjay, who set the pace for Suvaljko and won a 2503m stand last Friday night, is poorly drawn at No. 9 this week. He will be handled by Nathan Turvey and Mark Reed has been engaged for A Boy Named Rosie, who will start from the no. 5 barrier. Ken Casellas

New Zealand-bred five-year-old Neighlor is the youngest and least experienced runner in the TABtouch Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but he should prove to be very hard to beat, even from the awkward barrier No. 6 over the sprint trip. He has been freshened up by Serpentine trainer Matt Scott and should perform strongly at his first appearance for seven weeks, with Shannon Suvaljko, last season’s leading driver, in the sulky. Neighlor will be racing for the first time as a five-year-old after impressing last season when his 28 starts produced ten wins and six placings. He possesses excellent gate speed, but he could find it difficult to burst to an early led, with fast beginners Ideal Diamante (No. 1), Cyclone Mitch (two) and Tanaka Eagle (three) drawn inside of him. Ideal Diamante, an eight-year-old trained by Scott, will be driven by Micheal Ferguson. He is a smart frontrunner, but has been unplaced at his past six starts since he set the pace and won from Trust My Judgment and Pacific Playboy over 2636m at Narrogin in July. He raced four back on the pegs and ran on well to finish an encouraging fourth behind Kerrin Joseph over 1730m last Friday week. Ten-year-old Cyclone Mitch, to be driven by Giles Inwood for trainer Tony Svilicich, will be having his third start after a 14-month absence and is capable of improvement after his fading fifth behind Rock Me Over over 2130m last Friday night. He revealed excellent gate speed from barrier five last Friday night, but was trapped four wide for the first 250m before he gained an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. He wilted over the final 500m. Inwood is the 26th driver to have handled Cyclone Mitch in his 119-start career which has produced 17 wins and 27 placings. He has scored all-the-way victories in seven of his wins. He showed plenty of early promise and won on debut, as a two-year-old at Gloucester Park in December 2010. Later that season he started at 10/1 and led early and then sat behind the pacemaker before finishing strongly to win the $100,000 State Sires Series for colts and geldings, beating Soho Monza and Glow Bright. Tanaka Eagle, a veteran of 190 starts, has been unplaced at his past 11 starts but he drops in class here and is capable of a return to his best form for owner-trainer Reg Phillips.     Ken Casellas

Star trotter Glenferrie Typhoon has overcome a short period away from the race track to win the Glenroy Chaff Trotters Mobile (2130m) at Gloucester Park last night. Trainer Matthew Scott now has his eyes firmly focused on the Trotters Inter Dominion in Melbourne later this year following last night’s win, his first start in more than five weeks. Scott said it hadn’t been ideal for the trotter to have that length of time away from the track prior to last night, but he was confident preparations for Melbourne were firmly on track. “It was pretty easy last night, he didn’t have to do a lot,” he said. “We want to try and race him fortnightly now up until the Inters. “There’s been standing starts for the trotters, but no mobiles, so we were happy last night’s one held up even though there was only six starters. “He had a good blow after last night, but Shannon (Suvaljko) didn’t pull the ear plugs and said that he had a little bit in the tank still.” Glenferrie Typhoon had no issues crossing the field from barrier five to find the front and Suvaljko was able to dictate terms to the small field. Diamond Geezer made a late dash at Glenferrie Typhoon, but there were no concerns for the $1.05 TABtouch favourite who went on to score by 2.5m. Scott also heads to Gloucester Park on Friday night confident he has two major chances in the second half of the program. He said veteran pacer Qtown Rip Roaring had his best chance of recording his first win since June 2017, when he lined up in the JP’s Sportsbar Open For Footy Finals Pace (1730m). “We have finally got a draw with Qtown Rip Roaring,” Scott said. “We will be trying to lead throughout with him.” Scott said Brookies Jet, first-up since winning at Northam on May 29, had done enough in his work to run in town rather than in the country. “He’s been working very well,” he said. “We’ve decided to go straight to town with him. “They split the two M0 races over 1730m and it feels like he is in the right race. “I do expect him to improve on the run, but he is ready to go for the 130m.” Scott will also be represented by C C Chevron and Ideal Diamante on Friday night, but said the pair would have a difficult task to win their races given they drew barrier eight and six respectively. The Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.20pm on Friday. Tim Walker

Shannon Suvaljko, the State’s leading reinsman this season with 177 winners, has given punters a strong lead by choosing to drive Three Kings ahead of Algranco Under Fire, Extreme Dreams, Qtown Rip Roaring and Bad Round in the Yes Loans, We Say Yes More Often Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “Three Kings went good last start when third behind Simba Bromac last week and he is my best winning chance on Friday night,” Suvaljko said. “From barrier two he should find the front and take catching. I’d say that Qtown Rip Roaring is the main danger.” Three Kings, trained at Wanneroo by Debbie Padberg, is a noted frontrunner and the eight-year-old has bright prospects of notching his 13th win after managing only one victory from his past 39 starts. He raced in fifth position, three back on the pegs, last week before fighting on solidly to be third behind Simba Bromac, who sped over the final three 400m sections of the final mile in 28.6sec., 27.9sec. and 28.4sec.   Qtown Rip Roaring, a seven-year-old trained by Matt Scott, has managed only four placings from 13 starts this season after winning five times from 30 starts last season. However, his recent efforts, when driven by Suvaljko, have been encouraging. He raced three back on the pegs before finishing solidly into fourth place behind Major Pocket at Northam last Saturday night. Two starts before that he ran home strongly from sixth at the bell to be a close second to Pacific Playboy over 2503m at Bunbury. Qtown Rip Roaring will be handled by Gary Hall Jnr, who has driven the gelding only once in his 111-start career when eighth behind Lightning Jolt at Pinjarra 55 starts ago, on June 6, 2016. Qtown Rip Roaring is one of three Scott runners in Friday night’s race, the others being C C Chevron (Chris Lewis) and Ideal Diamante (Micheal Ferguson). C C Chevron has drawn wide at barrier No. 8, but has sound place prospects after placings at Northam at her past two starts. Chris Voak, who is enjoying his most successful season in the sulky with 153 winners, said he considered that his best winning prospect on Friday night was Gonzos Shadow in race nine, the TABtouch Make Your Bet Matter Pace. Gonzos Shadow, a five-year-old trained at Meckering by Garry Elliott, is awkwardly drawn at barrier seven in the 1730m sprint event. He was a winner for Voak over 2500m at Kellerberrin seven starts ago and Voak was happy with the gelding’s recent placings at Narrogin and Bunbury. “He’s a really good each-way chance,” said Voak. “The 1730m doesn’t really suit him and he’s better over a (longer) journey. But he is still a good chance on Friday night.” One of the fancies against Gonzos Shadow is the Hayden Reeves-trained eight-year-old Aussie Jet, who will be driven by Chris Lewis from barrier six. Aussie Jet, whose most recent success was at Gloucester Park in April 2015, sat behind the pacemaker Tajie Baby when an unlucky third behind Iceenothink when he was blocked for a clear passage in the final stages.   Ken Casellas

Leading reinsman Shannon Suvaljko has opted to drive Always Arjay in preference to stablemate Neighlor in the $7 Pints At JP’s Sportsbar Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and said that there was very little between the two pacers trained at Serpentine by Matt Scott. “Always Arjay is flying and is being set for the Marathon Handicap the following Friday night,” he said. “He has drawn barrier six but is capable of doing some work and I wasn’t surprised at how well he went last week (when he raced in eighth position before sustaining a powerful three-wide burst to finish a half-length second to The Freedom Fighter). “At his previous start he finished second to The Bucket List in the BOTRA Cup in which he beat home Motu Premier. If I had got to the front in that race Always Arjay would have won by two or three lengths. “There’s not much between Always Arjay and Neighlor, who is a good winning chance from barrier two. Neighlor has good gate speed and if he lobs in front he will be hard to beat. It will pay to forget Neighlor’s last-start seventh behind Kinda Black at Northam. “He had had a break between runs and it was a very muddy track. I grabbed hold of him and they walked before they sprinted home when Neighlor was off the track. I’d disregard that performance. Neighlor can do anything; he can lead and can win from the breeze or when sat up.” Suvaljko has driven Neighlor at 27 of his 29 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and six placings. Champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr has been engaged to drive Neighlor for the first time. Friday night’s race looks quite an open affair, with last-start winners Forever Remembered and Soho Leviathan having strong claims along with Major Catastrophe, Ardens Concord, Dodolicious and Courage Tells. Ryan Warwick has opted to drive Dodolicious from barrier two on the back line, in preference to veteran stablemate Courage Tells, who will be handled from the prime No. 1 barrier on the front line by Colin Brown. Forever Remembered, trained at Collie by Errol Ashcroft, will have admirers after her dazzling victory last Friday week when Kyle Harper brought her home with a sizzling burst from ninth at the 350m to win easily from Auctioneers Elsu.    Ken Casellas

“He can do it again,” declared trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper when assessing the prospects of Saleahs Comand in the $25,000 Kerry Clarke Westbred final for four and five-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. That was Harper’s verdict when queried whether Saleahs Comand was capable of defeating the better-performed Lord Willoughby in the 2130m event. Saleahs Comand was a 40-1 outsider when he began speedily from barrier four and sped to the front after 120m before setting a solid pace and winning a qualifying heat from Kasey John, Tradie and Lord Willoughby last Saturday week. Lord Willoughby, a 10-9 chance, started from the No. 2 barrier and was unable to match Saleahs Comand’s early speed. He worked hard in the breeze and finished five lengths from Saleahs Comand. Saleahs Comand entered Harper’s East Martin stables just over five months ago and the five-year-old has thrived under Harper’s care, winning at three of his five starts for him. Lord Willoughby, to be driven by Shannon Suvaljko for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line in Friday night’s race, with Saleahs Comand at barrier six. “Saleahs Comand beat Lord Willoughby the last time we met,” said Harper. “We crossed him and won and I guess he can do it again. Saleahs Comand is at his best when leading, but he can also sit and kick and has won races after sitting. He’s my best chance on Friday night, with stablemate Thereugo starting from the outside of the back line.” Thereugo, who is a brilliant frontrunner, faces a tough task from the back line. A winner at 15 of his 36 starts, Thereugo will be driven by Harper’s elder brother Donald. Olivieri is confident that Lord Willoughby can turn the tables on Saleahs Comand and return to the winning list. The four-year-old was having his first start for a month when a last-start fourth behind Saleahs Comand. He has been wonderfully consistent this season, with his 24 starts producing nine wins, nine seconds and four thirds. Lord Willoughby is an M3-class performer with a superior record over his 11 rivals. Kasey John has an M2 assessment and Kerrin Joseph is an M1-class pacer, with the remainder of the field all on an M0 mark. Chris Voak gave punters a valuable lead when he chose to drive Kasey John in preference to Anvil Rollover and Rocknroll Beachboy. Voak was impressed with Kasey John’s strong finishing effort when a head second to Saleahs Comand last Saturday week. Kasey John, an all-the-way winner over New World Order and Always Arjay two starts ago, will start from barrier two on the back line and is capable of fighting out the finish. Anvil Rollover, trained at Pinjarra by Russell Eddy, has been driven by Voak at five of his seven wins. The grey gelding is perfectly drawn at the No. 1 barrier on the front line and will be driven by Colin Brown. Rocknroll Beachboy, trained by Terry Ferguson, was driven by Voak when he worked hard in the breeze and won from Bravo Tex over 2100m at Bunbury two starts ago, will be handled from barrier two by master reinsman Chris Lewis. Kasey John is prepared by Michael Brennan, who will also be represented by The Kings Assassin, who will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr from out wide at barrier eight. The Kings Assassin has won in good style at Bunbury at his past two outings and will have plenty of admirers. Ken Casellas

With a family background steeped in harness racing, Mathew Scott has an intimate understanding of the history and tradition of the Inter Dominion. Scott has been a regular spectator at the Interdominion’s, but the 41-year-old has long held an ambition to be an active participant in the series. And just five months out from the Inter Dominion at Melton in early December, Scott is on track to be granted his wish with a square gaiter. After stringing together four consecutive wins in a row, Glenferrie Typhoon has surged into the reckoning for the Trotters Inter Dominion. “I have been to the Inter Dominions before,” Scott told Tabradio. “I’ve been to Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. “As a kid growing up all you want to do is to get a horse that you can actually take. “There is still a lot of water to go under the bridge, but that’s our aim with him.” Glenferrie Typhoon, who has earned half a million dollars in stake earnings, came to Western Australia from Melbourne earlier this year. He boasts three Group 1 wins including the Great Southern Star final at Melton in 2017 when he rated 1.58.8 to defeat Speeding Spur. Scott, who recently passed 300 wins as a trainer, said Glenferrie Typhoon had made a perfect transition to his new environment. “He had some soundness issues probably in the past 12-months in Melbourne,” Scott said. “After the Southern Star I think they could only get one run in him and he spent about eight months away from the track. “But touch wood it’s been a great effort from my vet, farrier and chiropractor to get him how he is. He is sound as.” Glenferrie Typhoon, driven by Shannon Suvaljko, showed gate speed to lead out of the mobile and win untouched by five metres at Gloucester Park on Friday, Despite his impressive strike rate since crossing the Nullarbor, Scott believes there is a stack of improvement left in the brown gelding. “We know the times he is running isn’t anywhere near Inter Dominion times,” Scott said. “But at the moment we are doing what we have to do with him. “He is still only about 80 per cent fit and still blows hard after his runs. “He still has more improvement in him.”   Julio Santarelli

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

Serpentine horseman Matt Scott achieved a significant milestone notching his 300th winner as a trainer when Shannon Suvaljko drove outstanding square gaiter Glenferrie Typhoon to an effortless all-the-way victory in 2130m mobile event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Glenferrie Typhoon revealed dazzling gate speed from the outside barrier (No. 8) to burst to an early lead and he was untroubled to defeat the well-performed Sun of Anarchy. ”If all goes well, he’ll be set for the Trotters Inter Dominion at Melton in early December,” the 41-year-old Scott said. “He is a very good horse and I have never trained a Group 1 winner, let alone have a Group 1 runner. There will be three mobile heats and a mobile half-a-million dollar final. “Glenferrie Typhoon will have another four to six starts before having a freshen-up and then resume racing to get ready for the Inters. That’s the plan and, hopefully, all goes well. There’s a lot of water to go under the bridge, but I’m sure he will keep improving. I’d say he’s the best trotter WA has had, and that includes Cardigan Boko, Sunnys Little Whiz and some others. “He has had only 12 runs in the past 18 months when it wasn’t known what exactly was wrong with him. He had a full body X-ray in Melbourne where he was racing and this found a few hot spots. This required four months off and then last Christmas he suffered from a quarter crack.” Glenferrie Typhoon came to Western Australia early this year and he has won at three of his five starts in the State. “John Gullace and his partner Cathy Cousins are the majority owners and they were keen for him to race here, instead of watching most of his Victorian races on Sky Channel,” Scott said. Glenferrie Typhoon boasts a wonderful record of 57 starts for 25 wins, 12 placings and $480,043 in stakes. His wins include three wins, a second and a third in Group 1 events and he has also won two Group 3 events. His most recent Group 1 success was when he rated 1.58.8 in beating Speeding Spur by a head in the 2760m $300,000 Great Southern Star final at Melton on February 4, 2017. In March 2016 he finished second in the 1720m Great Southern Star final, with the winner Speeding Spur rating 1.55.5. Scott is enjoying his most successful season and is currently in seventh position on the Statewide trainers’ premiership table with 481 starters for 46 wins, 44 seconds, 59 thirds and 58 fourths. His first training success was when he drove Glenn Agro to victory over Prince of Stone in a 2120m C0-class event at Merredin on March 15, 1997. “My first 200 winners took a long time,” Scott said. “But I’ve had a hundred over the past 16 months.” He has three runners at Gloucester Park on Friday night and said that Neighlor and Qtown Rip Roaring had each-way prospects in race one. “They were unplaced behind Eden Franco last Friday night when she produced a sensational effort,” he said. ”Neighlor has a chance of crossing to the front from barrier six if we light him up at the start, and if he does he’ll go good. Qtown Rip Roaring is an each-way chance if the race is run upside down. Always Arjay faces a tough task from barrier five in race three.” Ken Casellas

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

Star reinsman Chris Voak wrestled for hours and changed his mind several times before finally opting to drive Lady De La Renta in the $100,000 Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “It’s been a predicament trying to decide between Lady De La Renta and Veiled Secret,” he said. Voak is a great admirer of the Annie Belton-trained Lady De la Renta and the Ross Olivieri-trained Veiled Secret and said: “Touch wood, I hope I have picked the right one. Hopefully, history repeats itself for me.  “The previous time I faced such a dilemma was two years ago when I chose Im Rockaria ahead of Our Zak Whitby in the Pearl Classic.” On that occasion, Voak’s judgment was spot on. Im Rockaria won the Group 1 classic and Our Zak Whitby finished fourth. Voak has driven Lady De La Renta at her past 12 starts for five wins, two thirds and five unplaced efforts and he has driven Veiled Secret nine times for five wins, a second, a third and two unplaced runs. His past four drives behind Veiled Secret resulted in wins at Narrogin, Bunbury, Pinjarra and Gloucester Park. Leading reinsman Shannon Suvaljko has been engaged to drive Veiled Secret, who will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line. Lady De La Renta will start from barrier four and the talented Infinite Symbol, a winner of seven races, including three wins from her past four starts, will begin from the No. 5 barrier. “Lady De La Renta won the Group 2 Diamond Classic three starts ago and she is a very classy filly,” Voak said. In that event Lady De La Renta started from barrier four, got to the front after 250m and set the pace before winning by three lengths from WA Oaks winner Our Major Mama, with Veiled Secret a nose away in third place after racing without cover for much of the way. “Veiled Secret has stepped up in the past six weeks,” Voak said. “I always knew she had the ability, but she had tractability issues. However, she seems to be putting it all together now. I normally keep Veiled Secret pretty comfy out of the gate because I don’t want her to break by putting her out of her comfort zone. “Lady De La Renta is a bit the same; you’ve got to let her find her feet early. If either of the two finds the lead I think that filly would be almost unbeatable. Infinite Symbol, Cimorene and Cott Beach are good fillies and must be respected. “Regarding my choice, I would say that if you were to go on just pure times, it would be a no-brainer. Veiled Secret is the fastest three-year-old filly in WA ever (rating 1.53.6 in winning from Our Major Mama over 1684m at Pinjarra two starts ago). “Millwood Meg and Arctic Fire each rated 1.54.8 in winning over 1670m at Pinjarra in 2010 and that was a world record time for a filly on a 1000m track.” Ryan Warwick is likely to attempt to steal a march on Veiled Secret and Lady De La Renta by taking advantage of Infinite Symbol’s sparkling gate speed in a concerted bid to burst to an early lead. Infinite Symbol has set the pace and won at Pinjarra at two of her past three starts. At her latest outing, at Gloucester Park last Friday night, Infinite Symbol gave a splendid performance to race in the breeze, take a narrow lead 80m from the post and finish a close second to Veiled Secret in the Westsired Pace. Veiled Secret enjoyed an ideal; passage, one-out and one-back, before getting to the front in the final couple of strides. Cott Beach, the best-performed filly in Friday night’s Group 1 feature with 13 wins, 11 placings and $249,872 in prizemoney, disappointed as a 10/9 on favourite in last week’s event when she set the pace and wilted over the final stages to finish fourth, will start from the No. 6 barrier on Friday night. She is capable of unwinding a brilliant finishing burst and is capable of bouncing back to top form. Ken Casellas

Rival reinsmen Kyle Harper (Franco Edward) and Shannon Suvaljko (Bletchley Park) are excited at the sheer brilliance of their colts who look set to make the sparks fly in the $100,000 Princi Smallgoods Pearl Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred Franco Edward earned favouritism after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Group 1 classic for two-year-old colts and geldings but Bletchley Park has drawn favourably at barrier three on the front line and will have a legion of admirers, particularly after he rated a sizzling 1.53.6 when he gave a dazzling frontrunning display to beat Euphoric Moment by four lengths over 1730m at Gloucester Park last Friday night. The Victorian-bred Bletchley Park was not extended in speeding over the quarters of the final mile in 28.5sec., 28.9sec., 28.2sec. and 28.5sec. and his rate smashed the 1730m track record for two-year-olds, the 1:55.0 rate set by El Barcelona in May 2016. Franco Edward and Bletchley Park are by American stallion American Ideal and will be meeting in a race for the first time, with Harper upbeat about his colt’s prospects in the Pearl, declaring after driving him to a superb victory in a qualifying heat on Tuesday of last week that “I think that he’s a bit special.” Franco Edward, who had set the pace and won easily at a 1.54.2 rate (with final quarters of 28sec. and 27.2sec.) over 1684m at Pinjarra at his previous start, was surprisingly beaten out from barrier one in the qualifying heat but there was a particular reason for that: The colt was racing with a splash sheet on for the first time and he became scared when the sheet touched him on the rump in the mobile score-up. “So, I had to nurse him out of the gate and this allowed him to be crossed,” said Harper. “And then when we got to the first corner I had to ease him when the sheet touched him again. He ran out with a little bit of fright and then when we got to the breeze he over raced a bit. To his credit, all these things went wrong and he still won and did a fantastic job.” Franco Edward’s gross time in the 2130m heat was 2min. 35.1sec. which was considerably faster than the time recorded by Bletchley Park (2min. 38sec.) and quicker than the other heat winner, Shockwave (2min. 35.3sec.). However, Suvaljko was full of praise for Bletchley Park’s heat win and then with the colt’s superb performance over 1730m last Friday night when he was unextended and scored with ridiculous ease. “Bletchley Park is probably the best two-year-old I’ve driven, better than Jumbo Operator,” said Suvaljko. “I didn’t pull the plugs and he had plenty left and was still going strong on the line. He’s a versatile horse who is suited by rolling along in front, but he can also come from behind as he showed when he came from second-last to win his heat.” The WA-bred Jumbo Operator was unbeaten at two starts as a two-year-old in August 2008 before having ten starts as a three-year-old for seven wins, two seconds and a most unlucky fifth in the WA Derby. He was retired with earnings of $313,175 from 24 wins, eight seconds and one third from 43 starts. Bletchley Park is trained by Mike Reed, who has won the Pearl twice with Rich And Spoilt in 1999 and Willowleaf Boy in 2003. Shockwave, a Mach Three colt trained and driven by Ryan Bell, notched his third win from seven starts when he began from out wide at barrier eight and raced in seventh position before starting a three-wide burst approaching the bell in his qualifying heat. He dashed over the final 400m in 28sec. and beat the talented Its Rock And Roll by almost a length. Shockwave has the ability to overcome his wide draw (No. 7) in the final. Its Rock And Roll, trained and driven by Colin Brown, has impressed with his three wins and three seconds from six starts. He is speedy and tough, but has fared poorly in the random draw and will need all the breaks to overcome the disadvantage of the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line. Brown drove the David Thompson-trained Isaiah Artois to victory in the 2014 Pearl. Bitcoin, to be driven by Ryan Warwick for trainers Greg and Skye Bond, is racing keenly, with two wins and two seconds from five starts and, from barrier four, will have friends. Three starts ago, Bitcoin finished powerfully to win from the Barry Howlett-trained colt Smart Fortune over 1609m at Bunbury. Smart Fortune, a winner at Alexandra Park in December, faces a stern test from barrier eight, but cannot be underestimated with Chris Lewis in the sulky. Lewis has won the Pearl four times with Lombo Laredo (1994), Mitemptation (1995), Argent Treasure (2007) and Jack Mac (2017). Ken Casellas

Bletchley Park has rounded out his preparations for next week's Group 1 Pearl Classic in style, with a comprehensive win in the Quayside Transport Two-Year-Old Pace (1730m) at Gloucester Park last night. The full brother to star pacer Bling It On, Bletchley Park showed his toughness and durability last night, backing up off just three days after his win in the heats of the Pearl Classic. Shannon Suvaljko, who missed the drive on Bletchley Park on Tuesday, set a solid tempo in front on the colt from barrier one, and was too quick for his rivals, coming away to win by 12m. Trainer Mike Reed said he wasn't concerned about Bletchley Park having two runs in the space of four days prior to next week's Group 1. "I think he went super," he said. "I don't think he could have done any more, Shannon never pulled the plugs. "Next week is the Grand Final, so all things going well, they will know he is there." Former east coast pacer Soho Thunderstruck was having his first start in Perth, and produced an encouraging performance in third place behind Bletchley Park. Trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper said he was pleased with how Soho Thunderstruck performed on his Perth debut. "I haven't done a lot with him," he said. "He trialled on Sunday, and trialled very well. "He was probably going to be underdone, but with the time they ran, I'm very impressed." Harper tasted success in the feature event of the night, the RSM Australia Rotary Club Fremantle Pace (2536m), another Listed win for nine-year-old. Maczaffair and Our Jimmy Johnstone set a slick speed in front, which set it up for the in form Bettors Fire to storm over the top late and win by a metre over Tommy Be Good. The Bucket List ran on well to finish third, as Maczaffair and Our Jimmy Johnstone finished towards the rear of the field. Bettors Fire's owner Frank Ranaldi said the gelding would likely be targeted at some of the feature races during the summer period. Suvaljko bought up the second leg of a winning double when he guided the Matthew Scott-trained Neighlor to victory in the Karri Forest Motel Pace (2130m). Meanwhile, the Michael Brennan-trained Miss Sangrial has recorded her first win on the east coast, taking out a 1740m event at Bankstown. Brennan said the filly would press on to the New South Wales Breeders Challenge Semi-Finals and Finals over the next fortnight. Tim Walker

Astute Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed has Bletchley Park at the top of his game and is confident the stylish black colt will set the pace and win the $18,000 Quayside Transport Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He has high expectations that the Victorian-bred Bletchley Park will maintain his excellent form and win the $100,000 Princi Butchers Pearl Classic the following Friday night. Bletchley Park, purchased for $95,000 by West Australian businessman Albert Walmsley at the 2017 APG yearling sale in Melbourne, warmed up for Friday night’s event with a most impressive victory in a 2130m event at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening when he finished powerfully from seventh at the bell to hit the front 300m from home and beat the pacemaker Babyface Adda by a length, with final quarters of 29sec. and 28.4sec. Reed considers that Bletchley Park faces no problem in having three starts in the space of 11 days, culminating with his appearance in the Pearl Classic. “He’s a good doer and the 2130m of the Pearl will suit him down to the ground,” said Reed, who admitted that he was pleasantly surprised at the ease of the colt’s win on Tuesday evening. Mark Reed restrained Bletchley Park from the No. 6 barrier and was content to keep him at the rear before sending him forward 700m from home. “They didn’t go that hard early (with a slow lead time of 39.1sec. and an opening quarter in 31.1sec.) and I thought we might have been in a bit of pain,” said Mike Reed. “I think that Bletchley Park is at his best when driven as a sit-and-kick horse, but on Friday night he has drawn barrier one over the short journey of 1730m and Shannon Suvaljko will be out to take advantage of the perfect draw by setting the pace.” Bletchley Park, who has won at three of his four starts, is unlikely to have an easy time because he will clash with Soho Thunderstruck, an Art Major colt blessed with great ability. Soho Thunderstruck, bred and owned by Rob Watson, will be making his first appearance in Western Australia after having had eight starts in Victoria for trainer-reinsman Michael Stanley for one win and six placings. Soho Thunderstruck will be driven by his new trainer Kyle Harper from the No. 3 barrier and will have many admirers after a brilliant performance in scoring an effortless victory in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Handled by former leading reinsman Lindsay Harper, Soho Thunderstruck began from barrier five and surged to the front after 100m and after an opening quarter of 30.8sec., he reeled of his next three sections in 28.7sec., 28.7sec. and 29.6sec. to win untouched and unextended by just under seven lengths from Robbie Easton. Soho Thunderstruck’s most recent appearance was in the group 3 consolation of the APG Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings over 1720m at Melton on May 5 when he was a 10/1 chance from the outside (No. 7) of the front line. He was not bustled early and raced three wide for the first 300m before moving to the breeze. He then burst to the front about 450m from home and opened up a four-length lead on the home turn before being overhauled in the final couple of strides by the fast-finishing Arggghhh, who rated 1.55.1. Kyle Harper said that he was very pleased with Soho Thunderstruck’s trial on Sunday and was looking forward keenly to the colt contesting the Pearl Classic and the Golden Slipper on July 13. “He likes to roll along, so over the mile this week I’ll probably drive him pretty confidently,” he said. Soho Thunderstruck is by Art Major and is out of the New Zealand-bred mare Hear No Secret, who had 113 starts for 11 wins, 33 placings and $96,464 in prizemoney. Hear No Secret won once at Gloucester Park, four times at Northam and twice at Narrogin, Pinjarra and Kellerberrin. Bletchley Park is by American Ideal and is out of the unraced Caprock mare Alldatglittersisgold, the dam of seven winners, including Bling It On (85 starts for 45 wins, 20 placings and $1,656,056) and Baby Bling (55 starts for 21 wins, ten placings and $854,490). Ken Casellas

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

Shannon Suvaljko, the State’s leading harness racing driver, is looking forward to driving smart three-year-olds Our Angel of Harlem and Golden State at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he gives both Mike Reed-trained pacers excellent prospects of winning. Our Angel of Harlem is drawn awkwardly at barrier six on the front line in the 2130m Bridal Expo at Gloucester Park Pace, a prelude of the WA Oaks in which she faces a strong challenge from Liberty Rose, who has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier. “From the inside draw, Liberty Rose is probably the one to beat,” Suvaljko said. “However, Our Angel of Harlem is versatile. We have a few options; she can lead, sit or breeze. And she’s spot on for the grand final (the $150,000 WA Oaks on May 4).” Our Angel of Harlem won an Oaks prelude last Friday night when she started from the outside of the back line, settled at the rear and dashed forward after 900m to race outside the pacemaker Amelias Courage before getting to the front 80m from the post and winning by a neck from Amelias Courage, with Lady De la Renta in third place. She sprinted home over the final 400m in 27.5sec. and rated 1.58.1 over the 2536m journey. Friday night’s 2130m event will pose no great problems for Our Angel of Harlem, but Suvaljko said that the filly’s favourite distance was 2536m. “That’s her best distance; it gives her time to relax,” he said. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. spoke with confidence about Liberty Rose’s chances on Friday night, saying that the filly was talented and tough and that he was confident she would set the pace and prove very hard to catch. The New Zealand-bred Liberty Rose won impressively at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park at her first two starts in Western Australia before a broken carrier strap forced Gary Hall jun. to retire her mid-race in last week’s event won by Our Angel of Harlem. The Michael Brennan-trained Miss Sangrial will have admirers and should run a bold race after she had no luck in last week’s prelude when she was cast back in the field behind a tiring runner in the final circuit. Miss Sangrial, to be driven by Chris Lewis, will start and should enjoy a perfect passage behind the expected pacemaker Liberty Rose. The Colin Brown-trained and driven Amelias Courage should clinch a start in the Oaks final with another stout-hearted performance. She will start from barrier five on the front line and should be in a prominent, forward position throughout. Golden State will start out wide at barrier eight in a field of nine in the Pace over 2130m spoke with confidence about the New Zealand-bred colt’s prospects in an event which is likely to be dominated by Golden State, his stablemate Bechers Brook and the Aiden Warwick-trained Sweet N Fast. Golden State began brilliantly from barrier eight in the 2536m WA Derby last Friday week and he set a solid pace before wilting in the final stages to finish eighth behind King of Swing. He was an all-the-way winner over 2130m two starts before that. “Golden State doesn’t have to lead,” Suvaljko said. “He’s probably better if you don’t have to use him from out there (barrier eight). There’s nothing between him and Bechers Brook and most of the time Golden State can beat Bechers Brook over 2130m.” Bechers Brook, who will again be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green, should prove hard to beat, even from the outside barrier (No. 9). He was most impressive in the WA Derby when he charged home, six wide, from 11th on the home to finish a head second to King of Swing. Adding considerable interest to the race will be the appearance of Christian Cullen gelding Sweet N Fast, who will be driven by Aldo Cortopassi for trainer Aiden Warwick. Sweet And Fast possesses good gate speed and there is a strong chance he could be set alight in the early stages. His four WA starts have produced three wins and a second placing. Ken Casellas

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