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Young reinsman Bailey McDonough says veteran pacer Our Jimmy Johnstone is more than capable of measuring up in feature races over the summer, should connections decide to head that way, following his win in the James Brennan Memorial (2536m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 11-year-old proved age was no barrier in the $50,000 event, as he scored a comfortable 2.1m victory over stablemate El Jacko. Owner Rob Gartrell indicated on Friday night the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups may prove to be a bridge to far for Our Jimmy Johnstone, but McDonough told TABradio on Monday morning the winner at 28 of his 118 starts was still capable of matching it with the state’s best pacers. “He felt good during the run,” McDonough said. “This is probably the best of Our Jimmy Johnstone. “This horse is going as well as ever and he proved that on Friday night. “Mr Gartrell said they’d assess after each start and go from there. “He probably could be a force in those races with the right draw, but we will just play it by ear.” Our Jimmy Johnstone finished fifth in the WA Pacing Cup earlier this year, while he was well beaten in the Fremantle Cup a week earlier. Prior to Friday night, the Greg and Skye Bond-trained gelding’s most recent win came on June 1, 2018 and has since run six placings from 23 starts. The son of P Forty Seven had some issues getting settled at the mobile which had forced him to retire from a race five starts back. McDonough said he was worried for a moment in the score-up on Friday night, but was impressed with how he eventually settled. “I was worried going up to the gates (because) he started cantering as he did a few weeks ago for me,” he said. “I felt pretty confident with how he travelled. “He’s been pretty green and up and down with his form. “He’s had a few problems at home that were all sorted obviously.” Following Our Jimmy Johnstone’s win on Friday night, Ross Olivieri trained the last four winners on the program. Chris Voak teamed up with Atmospherical and Space Junk, before Chris Lewis guided Oliveiri’s other two winners Joe With The Flow and The Dali Express home.   Tim Walker

Trainer Mike Reed has delivered a glowing assessment of promising pacer Bletchley Park, labelling him one of the best horses he’s had ahead of his second-up assignment at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The WA Derby runner-up returned in style at Gloucester Park on August 27, where he recorded an 18m win as a short-price favourite. The four-year-old now steps up in company to Friday’s Christmas Sundowner Packages Available At GP Pace (2130m) and is expected to take plenty of beating once again from barrier seven. Reed said Bletchley Park had enormous potential and was excited about his future. “I think he’s the best horse I’ve got in my stable,” he told GPTV Powered By RWWA. “I class him as good as any horse I’ve had. “He’s a very smart horse.” The son of American Ideal has seven rivals to contend with this Friday night, where Joe With The Flow (barrier one), The Arsonist (five) and Bee Seventeen (six) are expected to provide the stiffest competition. A winner at eight of his 15 career starts to date, Bletchley Park’s campaign will centre on the Group 1 Golden Nugget in December, a race Reed finished fifth in last year with Golden State. Despite the tricky draw this Friday night, Reed said he expected Bletchley Park to be too strong for the small field. “He should win,” he said. “It’s never easy, but I think it should be easy for him. “We worked him on Saturday and he’s right on song. “He worked the best he’s worked in a long time.” Bletchley Park was expected to back-up off his first-up win at Gloucester Park a fortnight ago, but Reed said he scratched the pacer after he didn’t eat all his feed following the win. Meanwhile, trainer Ross Olivieri has given a strong push for The Dali Express in the Book Your Christmas Party At Gloucester Park Pace (2130m) . The Dali Express won first-up in WA at Pinjarra on July 1, but has since managed just one placing in five subsequent starts. However, Olivieri said the gelding had his best chance to return to the winners list from barrier one this week. “I think The Dali Express is the one to beat barring the Bond’s horse (Ocean Ridge),” Olivieri told GPTV Powered By RWWA. “The Dali Express will run along and whatever is good enough to beat him will beat him. “He’s flying at the moment.” Olivieri also has Carrera Mach engaged in the race from barrier nine and indicated he was also nearing a win if he replicated his trackwork. Elsewhere, a field of 11 has assembled for the Group 2 James Brennan Memorial (2536m) on Friday night. Simba Bromac (barrier two), King Of Swing (five), Handsandwheels (six) and Vampiro (11) loom as key contenders in the $50,000 event. Tim Walker

Highly talented pacer Mighty Conqueror is nearing a return to racing, as he looks to work his way into feature races over the summer. The Greg and Skye Bond-trained gelding made a big impression in his first season of racing in Western Australia, winning nine of his 13 starts. His most impressive performance, arguably, came in the Golden Nugget where he finished second to stablemate Ana Malak. Greg Bond said Mighty Conqueror had battled a few minor issues in his first season and gave him an extended break following his Easter Cup win in April. “He’s working up with Our Alfie Romeo now, so they’re probably three weeks away this Friday from coming back to the races,” he told TABradio. “We decided to give him a longer break than what we might normally give them. “He’d done a lot of work, so he’d earnt the right to a couple of months off.” Bond said he hoped Mighty Conqueror would be able to get to races like the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup in January, but felt the five-year-old would have to prove himself of being up to that level. “He’s probably got to earn the right to get in to those races,” he said. “He’s still only just over a $70,000 earning horse, so he still has less than $100,000 races to pick his way through. “If he’s good enough he will be there. “I’m pretty sure he will get there and when he does I’m sure he’ll be good enough as well.” Ana Malak won both the Group 1 4YO Classic and Golden Nugget last season and has returned to the Bond team’s stable for the upcoming summer features. The son of Bettors Delight went to Dean Braun’s Victorian stable earlier this year and won four of his seven starts. However, Bond said Ana Malak was still some time from returning to the track. “He’s had his second gallop today, so he’s probably six weeks away,” he said. “He will come back and we will target Christmas time and January with him as well.” Bond also confirmed Our Alfie Romeo would be the stable’s number one hope for the Group 1 Mares Classic over the summer. Meanwhile, Kingslayer continued his unbeaten run in WA with another strong win in the Alcoa Family Fun Day Standing Start (2116m) at Pinjarra yesterday. The gelding sat outside stablemate and race leader Where Ya Bin and went on to score a commanding 4.2m win. Bond said it was rare the stable purchased five and six-year-olds from New Zealand, but felt Kingslayer could be a good acquisition for them. “It looks like he’s going to develop into a nice performer for us,” he said. “He’s not the age we normally buy, but I was over there in October and quite liked him. “When he fronts up to mobile racing, I expect him to be more than competitive.” Tim Walker

Jocelyn Young has joined Kellie Kersley as the most successful female driver in Western Australia, after she teamed up with Remit Me Whitby in the WA Sires Day Westbred Pace (2185m). The Debra Lewis-trained filly bought up Young’s 194th win in the sulky for her career and joined Kersley on the mark. It was fitting the Mach Three filly bought up the milestone for Young, who she has driven at each of her 13 career starts, three of which have been wins.  Remit Me Whitby was able to cross to the front from barrier five and then held off race favourite Bee Jays Boy to win by 2.4m. It caps off an outstanding year for Young, who took out the Group 1 WA Oaks earlier this year with the Justin Prentice-trained Has No Fear. Elsewhere at the Pinjarra, Arma Indie made it three wins in a row to start her campaign. The four-year-old mare found the front comfortably from barrier three and led all the way.    Tim Walker 

Reinsman Mark Reed has sounded an ominous warning to his rivals about promising colt Bletchley Park ahead of his return to racing in the Westral Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park tonight. The three-year-old is first-up since his unplaced effort at Gloucester Park on April 18. Bletchley Park finished second to Major Trojan in the WA Derby earlier in that campaign. A winner at seven of 14 career starts, Reed said he expected a bold showing from Bletchley Park this evening. “He’s come back really well,” he told TABradio. “He had a trial a week ago and it was a soft trial. “He should win by as far as I want him to win by, he’s flying.” Reed said Bletchley Park had done a super job to run second in the WA Derby, given he had a chequered path to the Group 1 feature. The American Ideal colt looms as a potential player in the Golden Nugget later this year. The Reed stable will also welcome back promising filly Arma Indie in tonight’s Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace (2536m). Arma Indie has had just two starts in WA, the most recent a large defeat at the hands of Balcatherine in the WA Oaks Prelude on April 26. The Well Said filly trialled at Byford on August 18 and Reed said he was pleased with her performance. “She had the one trial last week where there was only three in the trial,” he said. “She led and went 1.58.3 but did it well within herself. “She’s got very good gate speed and she should be able to find the front very easily. “Just A Sec looks the one to beat…but we’ve got the barrier draw and she should be able to take advantage of that.” Meanwhile, trainer Gary Elson has indicated impressive last start Bunbury winner Longreach Bay would start at Gloucester Park this Friday night. The gelding had just his second career start at Bunbury on Saturday night and scored an emphatic 4.8m victory after he worked to the front from the second line.   Tim Walker

Trainer Andrew De Campo is confident he has his stable well poised for success during the upcoming summer feature races, following a treble at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Handsandwheels, American Delight and Alta Engen all scored impressive wins for De Campo and his reinsman son Aiden. Handsandwheels, the 2017 WA Derby winner, continued his outstanding form in Friday night’s Free-For-All, where he scored a commanding 4m win. The five-year-old made it three wins on the bounce in the 2130m event, after he had the perfect run behind the leaders throughout. De Campo said he had been pleasantly surprised at how Handsandwheels had elevated himself to being among the best pacers in the state. “He’s just gone to another level this time in,” he told TABradio. “He did win a WA Derby so good horses do win good races. “We’ve looked after him and he’s doing the right thing by us now. “He’s 100 per cent sound and he’s racing well.” The son of Mach Three will now target the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups early in the New Year. De Campo said Handsandwheels had also adapted to racing in different positions during the run. “We’ve been lucky the last couple of runs we’ve had the right run in the race, but we’ve still run the time,” he said. “To his credit, early on he was a sit and kick horse or a leader.  “Now Aiden can drive him confidently by putting him in the breeze or going forward and making his own luck a little bit. “It makes it a little bit easier.” Alta Engen made a terrific debut in the two-year-old event of the evening, where he led all the way from barrier one. The gelding ran home in a tidy 57.1 and De Campo said there was a lot to like about his long term prospects. “He was probably ready to start four months ago,” he said. “He was a nice big horse, so we decided to give him another spell. “I probably rushed to get him to that last Friday. “I was tossing up whether to go to Perth or Bunbury (on Saturday). “In Perth he had to draw barrier one, so we went there and he won very well.” De Campo said he would look to target three-year-old American Delight towards the Group 1 Mares Classic later in the year, after she recorded her sixth win from 12 starts on Friday. Delightful Reaction completed a De Campo stable quinella in the three-year-old event. Bettor Be Oscar completed an outstanding weekend for the De Campo’s when he scored a strong win over 2100m at Bunbury on Saturday night.   Tim Walker

Smart pacer Liam Neil has ended a frustrating run of defeats, taking out last night’s Cowden Insurance Brokers Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park. The four-year-old was winless from his past six starts, but capitalised on a class drop to return to the winners circle. Driver Emily Suvaljko found the front comfortably from barrier two with Liam Neil and dictated the race from there. It got quite tight for the David Thompson-trained Liam Neil over the concluding stages as Free To Air emerged from the chasing pack, but he held on to win by a half-head and ran home in 56.9. Thompson will be hoping for another strong showing from three-year-old Mandy Joan when she lines up in the 3YO Fillies Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Art Major filly will line up from barrier eight on Friday night, as she looks to continue her solid winter campaign. Thompson said he was confident Mandy Joan would bounce back to her best form, after she was unplaced as favourite at her most recent start. “She’s going really well,” Thompson told GPTV Powered By RWWA. “Things didn’t go right (last start) and she only went okay, but hopefully we can get a bit more luck this time. “Normally we have been going back, then going forward. “Having a look here, maybe we might just work forward straight away. “That’s what first came to mind because she will probably only go around this week, maybe next week, then she will be going to the paddock.” Last start winners American Delight and Countess Grace look set to provide strong opposition for Mandy Joan on Friday night. Meanwhile, Eloquent Mach and Major Trojan are set for an enthralling battle once again in Friday night’s $50,000 Binshaw Pace (2130m). Eloquent Mach defeated Major Trojan three times in the autumn, before Major Trojan turned the tables in the WA Derby. Stuart McDonald teams up with Eloquent Mach from barrier two, while Major Trojan will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr from barrier 10.   Tim Walker

Trainer Ross Olivieri will give improving mare Crystal Sparkles a chance in mares Free-For-All company at Gloucester Park this Friday night, following her win in the WASBA Four and Five-Year-Old Pace (2130m) last Friday. The Rocknroll Hanover mare scored a dominant 4m win in the $30,000 event, overpowering Amelias Courage in the concluding stages. It was Crystal Sparkles best win in WA, having come across from South Australia in May. Since that time, she has gone on to score three wins from 12 starts for Olivieri. Olivieri said the five-year-old, a winner at 20 of 51 career starts, was starting to show her best in WA. “She had a very good record when she came over,” he told TABradio. “She showed a little glimpse of it when she got here.” Olivieri said Crystal Sparkles did have to overcome a few setbacks to recapture her winning form. “In hindsight she might have got a virus and we didn’t recognise it,” he said. “She was unhappy and didn’t want to work or didn’t want to do anything. “Now she’s a happy camper. “Time has helped her and it looks like she’s back to her very best.” Olivieri has nominated her for a fillies and mares Free-For-All this Friday night, which also features Maczaffair and Infinite Symbol. Olivieri said he expected Crystal Sparkles to be competitive in stepping up in grade and would find out if she could make the grade going towards the summer carnival. “Our open mares class have been decimated by sales to America,” he said. “Some of the good mares have been retired, turned out or sold. “It leaves that class a little short on class but that’s of advantage to her. “I’m looking forward to Friday night as a bit of a test for her.” Olivieri also said tough two-year-old Double Expresso was four weeks away from returning to work, having spent the past six weeks in the paddock.   Tim Walker

Impressive three-year-old Eloquent Mach is continuing to surprise reinsman Stuart McDonald, following his win in the Happy 40th Sarah Remta Pace (2503m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Gary Hall Snr-trained Eloquent Mach made it three wins from has many starts this campaign, all of which were standing start events and enhanced his credentials for the feature four-year-old races later this year in doing so. The son of Mach Three worked his way to the breeze outside Atmospherical approaching the bell and wore down his more seasoned opponent over the closing stages. McDonald said Eloquent Mach was still learning the caper and had taken well to standing start events. “He’s getting the standing start caper down pretty well now,” he told TABradio. “It was a good run to come off 20m on a rain soaked track. “The other horse got close, but he never looks impressive and he never kicks away unless he’s made to. “He’s four in a few weeks, but he’s still really only a three-year-old. “He’s very immature and a bit silly.” McDonald was also full of praise for the gelding’s toughness, having won the Marathon (3309m) a week earlier. Eloquent Mach’s stablemates Wildwest and Major Trojan have also established themselves as live chances for the four-year-old features. Major Trojan won the WA Derby earlier this year and is unbeaten in two starts back this campaign, while Wildwest has won each of his three starts for Hall Snr. McDonald said he felt Eloquent Mach wasn’t quite to his more celebrated stablemates right now, but had the qualities of a horse that could elevate himself to that level. “I don’t think he’s up to those two and I think they are both better than him,” he said. “He does nothing wrong and he just keeps winning. “He just does what you ask him to do. “Ability wise, he has got to be there.” Eloquent Mach and Major Trojan have both been nominated this week’s $50,000 Binshaw Pace at Gloucester Park.   Tim Walker

Prominent owner Glen Moore has labelled WA Derby winner Major Trojan’s return to racing in the Chandon Pace (2130m) on Friday night as “exciting”, as the three-year-old gears up for a busy spring and summer campaign. Major Trojan was able to get to the lead comfortably from barrier two in the $30,000 event and was simply too classy for his rivals in the 4.2m win. Moore said he had some concerns how the Art Major colt would return to racing at Gloucester Park, but left feeling bullish at what lay in wait. “His last win was in the Derby, then you spell them and hope they come back,” Moore told TABradio. “It was an ideal opportunity first-up for him drawn there. “Clearly he’s racing older horses, but he handled it very well. “He was pretty well unextended in running home in 56 and his last quarter was 27.5. “It’s onwards and upwards the way he’s going.” RWWA Harness@RWWA_Harness Gr. 1 Derby winner Major Trojan picked up where he left off last preparation, taking out the Gr. 3 Chandon first-up at @GloucesterPark last night... #WAHarness See RWWA Harness's other Tweets Friday night’s win took Major Trojan’s record to five wins from 11 starts and has won three in a row. Moore said the Golden Nugget loomed as a long-term goal for Major Trojan and indicated the next few months were crucial in his development. “He’s growing all the time,” he said. “He’s heading towards the four-year-old classics like the Golden Nugget in December. “We want to try and teach him to race because he’s only had 11 race starts. “The more we get into him the better.” While Major Trojan was impressive in his return to the track, it was another frustrating night for last year’s WA Derby winner King Of Swing. King Of Swing finished at the tail of the field in the Direct Trades Supply Pace (2130m) behind Thereugo. Moore indicated the four-year-old would likely head to the paddock and added there wasn’t anything glaringly wrong with him. Meanwhile, Moore all but ruled out an Inter Dominion campaign in New Zealand later this year for star pacer Chicago Bull. The gelding was unplaced at his most recent start on June 28, which bought to a close his first campaign in WA since he won in New Zealand last October. Moore said the six-year-old was now unlikely to return to New Zealand for the time honoured series. “(Gary Hall) Junior wasn’t happy with how he felt the other day,” he said. “His form prior to that alluded to the fact he was going to be approaching his best again. “There’s a couple of little niggles where we’re inclined to stop with him now and give him a little break. “Not in black and white yet (but) we probably won’t proceed with the Inter Dominion at this point.”   Tim Walker

After welcoming back Major Trojan last Friday night, the powerful Gary Hall Snr stable will unveil another highly talented three-year-old at Gloucester Park this week in the form of Wildwest. WA harness followers got their first chance to see the son of Raging Bull in race conditions at Pinjarra on Monday, where he scored a 35m win. Wildwest raised eyebrows with a strong trial behind Major Trojan at Byford prior to his first race start. He meets a strong field of three-year-olds for his first Gloucester Park assignment in the Better Your Bet With TABtouch Pace (2130m), where another New Zealand import Beaudiene Western is among the acceptances. Wildwest will have to overcome a tricky barrier in six if he’s to keep his unbeaten WA record intact, with Beaudiene Western (two) and Elsu You (four) drawn inside. Hall Snr said he expected Wildwest to bring his form from Pinjarra to Gloucester Park, but was concerned by the draw. “He took no harm from that run at all,” he told GPTV powered by RWWA. “He’s probably drawn the worst of that group. “He’s still a pretty good horse. “I expect him to go well.” Friday night’s three-year-old event also sees the return of the consistent Michael Brennan-trained Sangue Reale and another winner from Monday’s Pinjarra meeting Pierre Whitby. Hall Snr’s tough gelding Whozideawasthis returns from a one month break in Friday’s Bridge Bar At Gloucester Park Open Every Game Day Free-For-All Pace (1730m). Whozideawasthis defeated Chicago Bull last campaign and was one of the strong performers in FFA company throughout the autumn. Stuart McDonald drove Whozideawasthis to beat Chicago Bull on that occasion and has the drive again this week, with Gary Hall Jnr to drive the Clint Hall-trained Bettor Reward. Like Wildwest, the eight-year-old has a tricky barrier draw to overcome on Friday night in five, but Hall Snr said he was more than capable of doing so. “I was hoping he’d draw a bit better, but he will acquit himself well,” he said. Hall Snr said he expected Speed Man and One Off Delight to take plenty of beating in race six and seven respectively on the Gloucester Park program.   Tim Walker

Prominent owner Rob Gartrell has credited training combination Greg and Skye Bond’s patient approach with four-year-old Fizzing for his success in the Botra Cup (2503m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Fizzing produced, arguably, his finest performance in Friday’s $25,000 event, coming off a 30m handicap in the standing start event. The son of Mach Three showed plenty of promised over the summer period, where he finished third in the Group 1 Golden Nugget. Since then, Fizzing has gone on to record five wins at 12 starts, four of which were standing start events at Pinjarra. Gartrell said it had been a strategic approach to keep Fizzing to standing start events, in order to find out more about the horse. “His first campaign with us, we learnt a lot about him and we threw him in the deep end a little bit quickly,” he told TABradio. “This time coming back we decided to take the standing start approach. “He just got better and better with each run at Pinjarra. “He’s obviously been well placed and to top it off with the BOTRA Cup was an excellent result for us. “Hopefully going forward we can see him continue to improve.” Fizzing capped off a terrific night for the Bond stable, who scored wins with Poisedtopounce, Better Scoot and USA-bound Saying Grace. Meanwhile, Ana Malak, who defeated Fizzing in the Golden Nugget, has returned to Western Australia following seven starts in Victoria. Connections are hopeful the winner at 11 of his 16 starts could progress to feature races in the New Year. “We tossed up what to do with him,” Gartrell said. “The handicapping suited him there in that he didn’t have to race against the top end horses. “He will have a short freshen-up now and push on to the races around Christmas.” Elsewhere, WA Derby winner Major Trojan could make his return to racing this Friday night in the Chandon Pace (2130m). Major Trojan won a three-year-old trial at Byford yesterday, defeating newcomer to the Gary Hall Snr stable Wildwest by 3.9m.   Tim Walker

Trainer Kristy Elson admits she’s still trying to get her head around the fact she’s a Group 1 winning trainer, following Jaspervellabeach’s win in the Choices Flooring-Golden Slipper (2130m) at Gloucester Park on Saturday night. Under the guidance of Nathan Turvey, the Somebeachsomewhere colt led all the way in the $125,000 event and delivered Elson the biggest thrill of her career to date. “It was pretty amazing,” Elson told TABradio of the win. “I’ve been wanting it for a long time. “We’ve had him set at that for a long time and I wanted it so bad. “I nearly got a Group 1 with Cott Beach last year and I just missed that.” Elson said she was never comfortable the whole way down the home straight, as the Justin Prentice-trained Major Martini closed in rapidly on Jaspervellabeach. The win took Jaspervellabeach’s record to four wins and a second placing from his six career starts and added Saturday night’s feature to the Champagne Classic he won in April. Elson said both Jaspervellabeach and Secret Operation, who was seventh in the Slipper, would head to the paddock and hoped the pair could come back even stronger as three-year-olds. Meanwhile, Herrick Roosevelt was able to capitalise on a hot early speed in front to take out Saturday night’s Free-For-All event. The five-year-old gelding worked his way to the front for Stuart McDonald, after Gary Hall Jnr elected to hand up the lead with race favourite Ideal Liner following the early speed battle. Vampiro and Saying Grace delivered trainers Greg and Skye Bond a double on the card. Vampiro, first-up since February, was given an almighty scare by veteran stablemate Our Jimmy Johnstone, but hung on to win by a head. It was also a reassuring performance from Saying Grace, who scored his first win of his winter campaign following five winless runs to start it.   Tim Walker

He's already taken out the Sales Classic and the Pearl Classic for the two-year-old colts and geldings this season and trainer Justin Prentice is perfectly poised to add another juvenile feature to that this Friday night. Prentice has four runners engaged in this week's Westbred Classic, headlined by the victors of those two races Major Martini and Manning. As well as the Group 1 winners, Prentice also has last week's Westsired Pace winner Aristocratic Star and consistent type The Stars Above engaged. The biggest lead as to who the best of the four may be reinsman Gary Hall Jnr's decision to drive Aristocratic Star from barrier one. Hall Jnr has driven each of the four runners at some stage of their short careers and his decision to go with Aristocratic Star is sure to give his followers plenty of confidence.  Manning was able to get the better of Aristocratic Star in the Pearl Classic a fortnight ago, but his hopes of taking out the Westbred were dealt a significant blow when he drew barrier nine. Chris Lewis retains the drive on Manning in the $100,000 event. As he did in the Sales Classic, Prentice takes the drive on Major Martini. Major Martini has been unplaced in three subsequent runs since the Pearl and has given Prentice plenty to think about with his style of racing. Stuart McDonald teams up with The Stars Above from barrier five. Perhaps the biggest threat to Prentice in the race comes from the Mike Reed-trained Caveman. The Somebeachsomewhere colt made it two wins from as many starts at Northam last Saturday night and has come up with barrier 10 this Friday. Reinsman Mark Reed will get the chance to follow Aristocrtic Star every step of the way and could pose a big danger late in the race. Kristy Elson trained the first two across the line in the Group 2 Champagne Classic in April with Jaspervellabeach, while Secret Operation was second.  Secret Operation gets his chance to score a feature win from barrier 11 with Michael Grantham to drive. Poisedtopounce was part of a hot tempo in the Champagne Classic and finished at the tail of the field. Trainers Greg and Skye Bond will be hopeful he can bounce back from barrier six on Friday night.  Classy Colby, Jaxon Jones, Disco Bolt, Tenacious George and Keptain Courageous round out the field. The other feature event on the evening sees the fillies and mares tackle the Westside Auto Wholesale Lombardo Pace (2130m). The three fillies engaged in the race could shape up to be the hardest to beat.  Fake News was game in the Westbred Classic last week when fourth to Typhoon Tiff. The Gary Hall Snr-trained pacer has drawn a lot better this week in barrier four. My Prayer took out the Westsired Pace a fortnight ago for trainer Barry Howlett, before an unplaced finish in the Westbred Classic last week. Chris Lewis teams up with the Renaissance Man filly again this week from barrier three. Countess Grace is the other three-year-old in the field and will start from barrier 10. Tim Walker

For much of her two-year-old season of racing, Blockjorg has regularly filled the bridesmaid position. In fact, the Colin Reeves-trained filly has finished second at her past three starts behind smart fillies Weewah, Askmeilltellya and Fifty Five Reborn. To compound the frustration of running second, the filly has drawn wide or on the back line in each of those starts. Connections of the filly could be forgiven for thinking a favourable barrier draw was coming in this Friday's Westbred Classic (2130m). When the draw came out and Blockjorg had been allocated barrier eight their hopes of winning this week's Group 1 took a massive hit. To make matters even more difficult for Blockjorg, fancied rivals Double Expresso and Intheskyrocket drew to her inside, while Suing You looks poised to get a good run from barrier seven. Despite the draw, reinsman Morgan Woodley was still hopeful Blockjorg would be capable of getting her chance to take out the $100,000 event. "She's a filly with a lot of potential," he said. "We would've liked to have seen her come up with a bit better ally, but it's only a starting point. "She's a filly that can be put into the race and stick on really well. "We will be hoping for a bit of speed on Friday and hopefully be put into it at some stage. "There's nothing to indicate she won't go every bit as well as what she has been, if not better." Another of the consistent two-year-old fillies this season has been the Bob Mellsop-trained Breanna, who has recorded one win and three placings from nine starts. The Follow The Stars filly produced one of her career best performances in the Sales Classic in March when third to Double Expresso.  Lauren Jones gets the chance to drive the filly from barrier one this week, having drove her for the first time last start. Jones said she expected a much better showing this week and had plenty of options from barrier one. "I never usually get the good barriers in big races like that," she said. "I don't get to drive in too many Group races, so it's a bit exciting. "She's got the option to hold out and wait for whoever we want to hand up to. "Hopefully with a good suck along trip she can be right there." Fifty Five Reborn capped off her preparations for the Westbred Classic with a strong win in the Westsired Pace last week. However, the Colin Brown-trained and driven filly will have her work cut out from barrier seven. Brown's daughter Maddison will get her chance at Group 1 glory when she drives the Gary Hall Snr-trained Advance Your Dream from barrier nine. Run For Mercy, Vallani Magic, Some Copper Beach, Missbillynotsilly and Moon Goddess round out the field for the feature event.   Tim Walker

Golden State will have his fast class credentials tested in this Friday night's Announcing Rock N Roll World New Sire To Allwood Stud Farm Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park, where he has drawn barrier one. The Mike Reed-trained four-year-old had his first foray into the Free-For-All ranks in last week's Winter Cup, where he never got into the race from the wide gate. However, there will be no place for Golden State to hide this Friday night when he takes on Chicago Bull in the $25,000 event. The barrier draw has opened up endless possibilities for this week's Free-For-All, with King Of Swing, Vultan Tin and Chicago Bull set to have key roles to play early in the piece from barriers two, eight and nine respectively. Golden State's driver Mark Reed will have a crucial decision to make in the early stages as to whether he tries to hold the front, or to take a sit on one of the more seasoned campaigners. King Of Swing, to be driven by Stuart McDonald looms as an obvious candidate to press forward in the early stages, while Vultan Tin may also find himself prominent throughout the race. Gary Hall Jnr has elected to stick with Chicago Bull, who has scored three wins from four starts this campaign. Chicago Bull was absent from last week's Winter Cup, which saw stablemate Tact Major return to the winners list, while Tommy Be Good and Im Soxy filled the minor placings. Tact Major, Tommy Be Good and Im Soxy are all set to line up again in this week's event from barrier 11, six and 10 respectively. Ryan Warwick teams up with Im Soxy again this week and from the exact same barrier draw. The Brian Clemens-trained gelding has finished top five in each of his 12 runs this campaign. It's that model of consistency that has Warwick confident he can match some of the best pacers in the state. "Probably the last 12 months he has been really good," Warwick said. "He's had 10 days off here and 10 days off there and he's actually got better as a racehorse. "He's a bit more calculated and smarter about some of the moves he makes. "His run last week was probably as good as you can go." Warwick said while barrier 10 wasn't ideal, there were some positives to it again this week. "Golden State is quick, he's very quick, so he can hold the front," he said. "The Hall's have got a bit of power, so that always makes a difference. "King Of Swing's a bully, but if he's not in front he's tended to show that he's not as good. "Obviously Chicago Bull is the best horse we've got in WA. "If it's run at a decent tempo, it will give us a chance to see where we are at." Lauren Jones, who drove Tact Major to victory last week, will team up with Zennart this week and said Hall Snr helped her make the call. "It makes it a bit hard for me with my two favourite horses in the same race," she said. "If Zennart brings the right Zennart he will definitely be right there, but it just depends how the race is run." Michael Grantham teams up with Tact Major, while Dylan Egerton-Green gets the opportunity to drive Hall Snr's other runner in the race Whozideawasthis.   Tim Walker

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