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The Colin Brown-trained Patrickthepiranha has shown yet again why he’s the horse to beat for next month’s WA Derby, following an eventful running of the Sales Classic (2130m) for the three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park last night. In a race marred by an incident where two spectators threw shoes on to the track, all six horses managed to get around safely and it was Patrickthepiranha that outlasted the rest. Brown also had Its Rock And Roll in the $50,000 event, which he drove, while Dylan Egerton-Green took the drive on Patrickthepiranha. The veteran reinsman tried to find the front on Its Rock And Roll, but Shockwave was able to hold the front from barrier three. The early speed allowed Patrickthepiranha to settle behind the leaders and gain the perfect run throughout. Patrickthepiranha hit the front with 100m left, before $91 outsider Walsh flashed down the outside late to almost cause a major upset. The Four Starzzz Shark gelding held on to win by a head and ran home in 58.9. Egerton-Green said he was impressed by Patrickthepiranha’s performance and was fortunate to avoid a serious accident after the incident. “We actually didn’t see it, so he was fine,” he told RWWA Harness. “The horse went good and he’s probably got a bit of room for improvement off that run. “I don’t think he saw Walsh coming. “He always finds the front then switches off a bit, so I’ve probably got a bit of training to do there.” Egerton-Green said he was confident Patrickthepiranha could go to the WA Derby on April 6 without another run, but said the Group 2 Western Gateway next week could be a suitable option. Brown said he would consider running Its Rock And Roll in the Western Gateway next week as well. In the filly’s edition of the Sales Classic, Has No Fear proved too classy for her rivals in scoring a 7.4m victory. Elsewhere on the night, Eloquent Mach and Major Trojan continued to enhance their WA Derby claims, running first and second respectively in the WA Derby Prelude (2130m). The pair finished produced a repeat of the result from the Battle Of Bunbury last Saturday night. Meanwhile, Handsandwheels justified his short-priced quote to take out the Group 2 4&5YO Championship (2130m) for the Andrew De Campo stable. Handsandwheels was able to control the race from barrier one and never looked like being beaten. Vincenzo Peruggia and Lord Willoughby filled the minor placings. In the Free-For-All event of the evening, consistent pacer The Bucket List made a well-deserved return to the winners circle, storming home to beat Whozideawasthis and Vultan Tin.   Tim Walker

The unfortunate scratching of WA Pacing Cup winner Rocknroll Lincoln has opened up the opportunity for Handsandwheels to score another feature race win in the four and five-year-old Championship (2130m) at Gloucester Park tomorrow night. Handsandwheels recorded his first feature win since the 2017 WA Derby in last month’s Group 2 RWWA Cup and proved himself as a Free-For-All horse on the rise. He continued his solid form with a tough fourth to El Jacko in the Pinjarra Cup on March 4. He gets another chance for a Group 2 win in tomorrow night’s $50,000 event, where he has drawn barrier one. The Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln, who had drawn barrier nine and looked the main danger to Handsandwheels, was withdrawn earlier today due to bruising in his feet. Prentice said he wasn’t 100 per cent happy with Rocknroll Lincoln and said the five-year-old would now be spelled, with a view towards next year’s WA Pacing Cup. Aiden De Campo has the drive on Handsandwheels, trained by his father Andrew, tomorrow night and said the five-year-old deserved to be the one to beat off his recent form. “He’s going great,” he told RWWA Harness. “His Pinjarra Cup run was good and his work since then has been good too. “We were looking for the right race for him and this looks to be that right one.” De Campo said he expected to hold the lead from the favourable draw, but acknowledged the short-priced favourite Handsandwheels would still have his work cut out to win the race. “He’s got good gate speed and I can’t imagine anything else would want to pressure us,” he said. “There’s no such thing as a good thing in racing though. “There are still some well performed horses in the race.” Handsandwheels is now a $1.07 favourite with TABtouch, ahead of Clarenden Hustler ($10) and Hasani ($12). De Campo takes the drive on $51 outsider Walsh in the Sales Classic for the three-year-old Colts and Geldings (2130m), but conceded the gelding would have his work cut out to beat star trio Patrickthepiranha, Shockwave and Its Rock And Roll. Prentice has the short-priced favourite Has No Fear in the Sales Classic for the three-year-old fillies and hopes to launch a WA Oaks campaign off the back of it. De Campo’s only other drive of the evening is in the opening event with Smoldering Ashes, who he felt could fill a minor placing from barrier 11. “We will drop back to the fence and hopefully be three back,” De Campo said. “If he gets the splits he can figure in the finish, if he doesn’t we will bring him back again next week and have another go.”   Tim Walker

The three leading chances for the three-year-old colts and geldings Sales Classic Final (2130m) have drawn the middle of the line, setting up an intriguing renewal of the $50,000 event on Friday night. Shockwave, Its Rock And Roll and Patrickthepiranha filled the top three placings in the heat last Tuesday and have drawn barriers three, four and five respectively for the final at Gloucester Park. The field for the colts and geldings was reduced to six this morning, when the Justin Prentice-trained Know When To Run was withdrawn from the event. Patrickthepiranha produced, arguably, the biggest performance in the heat last Tuesday, after he was restrained from the early speed battle and eventually ran on boldly to finish third. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr regains the drive on Shockwave, after he drove Know When To Run in the heat. Hall Jnr also has a strong chance in the three-year-old filly’s edition of the Sales Classic with the in-form Has No Fear, who will start from barrier five. The Prentice-trained filly was impressive in taking out the heat last week and comes into Friday night’s feature having won her past two starts. Soho Interceptor, runner-up in the heat, has drawn barrier 10 and is the sole runner on the second line, while the third placegetter from the heat Kirsten will start from the outside of the front line. For the three-year-old’s not engaged in the Sales Classic’s, they get the chance to press their WA Derby and WA Oaks claims in the WA Derby Prelude (2130m). A high quality field has been assembled for the Prelude, headlined by last week’s Battle Of Bunbury winner Eloquent Mach. Eloquent Mach is one of three runners in the race for trainer Gary Hall Snr, with Robbie Easton and Major Trojan also set to take their place. Impressive filly Typhoon Tiff will be looking to record her fourth straight win in the Derby Prelude, where she will line up from barrier seven. Another highlight of the program is the four and five-year-old Championship (2130m), which features the WA Pacing Cup winner Rocknroll Lincoln. The star pacer will have his work cut out to add the $50,000 event to his growing list of wins though, having drawn barrier nine. Handsandwheels, who has performed admirably at Free-For-All level over the past month, gets an ideal chance to add another feature win from barrier one and looks the likely leader. In-form pacer Luis Alberto, Lord Willoughby and Clarenden Hustler have drawn barriers three, four and 10 respectively. The Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.50pm on Friday.   Tim Walker

Impressive pacer Shockwave has taken out a star-studded WA Sales Classic Prelude (2130m) for the three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park last night. With a number of runners in the field having legitimate WA Derby claims, Shockwave was able to capitalise on a hot early speed and enhance his feature race credentials. Its Rock And Roll was able to hold the lead from barrier one, but was never afforded any peace in front as Know When To Run applied pressure in the breeze. Shockwave’s trainer-reinsman Ryan Bell was eventually able to land the perfect spot on the back of Know When To Run and was poised for his run at the bell. The Mach Three colt then finished powerfully in 58.5 and rated 1.54.5 to record a comfortable 4.9m win to the Colin Brown-trained Its Rock And Roll and race favourite Patrickthpiranha. Bell said he was wrapped with the run he got throughout and was supremely confident coming into the home straight. “He won quite comfortably,” he told TABradio. “We couldn’t have asked for a better run and he got the job done. “He pulled up like he needed the run.” Bell said it was one of the softest runs Shockwave has had for a long time and indicated the colt was well on track for next month’s WA Derby. In the fillies edition of the Sales Prelude, Has No Fear recorded a strong 6m win over short-price favourite Soho Interceptor. Bell will be hoping to record a feature race double in the two-year-old Sales Classic finals this Friday night, where he teams up with Moon Goddess and Matai Reactor in the fillies and colts and geldings respectively. Moon Goddess was a surprise winner in last week’s Prelude and Bell said he expected her to challenge nominal favourite Double Expresso from the favourable draw in barrier three. “Based on her work this morning, I think she can,” he said. “I don’t think she’s any given to find the front. “My filly didn’t look like she was as good as Double Expresso last week, but she only does what she has to.” Matai Reactor has also drawn barrier three for his Sales Classic Final. The fillies Sales Classic gets underway at 8pm on Friday, with the colts and geldings edition to start at 8.29.   Tim Walker

WA Pacing Cup winning trainer-driver combination Justin Prentice and Gary Hall Jnr have combined to take out both colts and geldings heats of the two-year-old Sales Classic at Gloucester Park last night. The pair teamed up with Sportswriter colt Manning in the first heat, in what turned out to be an intriguing battle over the closing stages between Manning and Team Mascot. The pair were the clear fancies in the market, with Manning narrowly holding favouritism at $1.75 with TABtouch. Hall Jnr elected to hand up the lead to Team Mascot in the early stages, which allowed him to settle on the back of the second favourite. Manning was then able to wear down Team Mascot in the home straight and score by 1.5m. The colt ran home in 58.1 and rated 1.59.1. Prentice and Hall Jnr then teamed up in the second colts and geldings heat with another short-price favourite Major Martini. Unlike Manning, Hall Jnr was intent on finding the lead with Major Martini from barrier six and he did so with ease. Major Martini was then able to go on and score a comfortable 9.6m victory to Secret Operation. The Art Major colt kick-started a race-to-race treble for Hall Jnr and Prentice, who took out the Retravision three-year-old Pace (2130m) with Know When To Run and the Westral Pace (2130m) with Courage To Live. The first of the filly’s heats of the Sales Classic saw an impressive showing by the Ross Olivieri-trained Double Expresso by boom sire Sweet Lou. Reinsman Chris Lewis slowly worked his way to the front on the first lap and was able to go on and record a comfortable 11.4m win in what was, arguably, the performance of the night. The second fillies heat was taken out by the Ryan Bell-trained and driven Moon Goddess. Bell, who won a colts and geldings heat last year with Shockwave, was able to find the lead from barrier seven and then fought on strongly to score by 4.6m. The finals for both the fillies and colts and geldings Sales Classic take place at Gloucester Park on March 8. The three-year-old heats of the Sales Classic take place next Tuesday, before the finals on March 15. Meanwhile, a field of six has been engaged for this Friday’s WA Derby Prelude (2130m). The in-form Eloquent Mach has drawn barrier one, while multiple Group 1 winner Franco Edward gets his chance to bounce back to his best form from barrier two. As well as having Eloquent Mach, trainer Gary Hall Snr also has Robbie Easton engaged in the Derby Prelude with Hall Jnr to take the drive. Tim Walker

WA Pacing Cup champion Rocknroll Lincoln has made an impressive return to racing, taking out the Group 2 Governors Cup (2130m) at Gloucester Park last night. Having his first start since the Pacing Cup triumph, it wasn’t easy for the five-year-old, who was forced to do plenty of work three-deep early in the race. Eventually, reinsman Gary Hall Jnr was able to find the front just before the field got the bell. Rocknroll Lincoln was too strong on the final lap and went on to score a comfortable 3.3m victory. The son of Rocknroll Hanover rated 1.54.7 and ran home in 57.0. As Happy As Larry continued his excellent preparation by finishing second, while Vultan Tin bounced back to form with a game third placing. Always Arjay and Mr Mojito both wanted the lead early on, which ensured a slick lead time of 35.7. The pair faded out late to finish well back in the field. Following the win, Hall Jnr said the Pinjarra Cup on March 4 loomed as an ideal target for Rocknroll Lincoln. Vultan Tin and Handsandwheels are also expected to head to the Pinjarra Cup. The other feature on the night was the $30,000 Lewis Final (2130m), which was taken out by the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Our Alfie Romeo. It was Our Alfie Romeo’s eighth win from 11 starts in Australia. Reinsman Ryan Warwick said the mare had plenty of upside and forecast a bright future for her. Meanwhile, Typhoon Tiff continued trainer-reinsman Colin Brown’s outstanding run of form with the three-year-old’s, taking out the Thank You For Celebrating Pace (1730m). It was the third straight week Brown won a three-year-old race at Gloucester Park, after Patrickthepiranha won last week and again with Typhoon Tiff a week earlier. There were a couple of anxious moments for Brown in the home straight as Typhoon Tiff put in a couple of rough strides and Dracarys made late ground. However, the filly was able to withstand the surge of Dracarys to win by a head. Tim Walker

Impressive pacer Patrickthepiranha has landed the first blow in the run to April’s WA Derby, taking out last night’s Group 3 Caduceus Club Classic at Gloucester Park. In what looks set to be a strong year for the three-year-old’s, Patrickthepiranha was able to make the most of barrier one to record his seventh straight victory. The Colin Brown-trained gelding looked to have the race well in his keeping on the turn for home, but reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green had to urge him over the closing stages as Eloquent Mach made up late ground. Gee Jay Kay finished third, while other star three-year-old’s Shockwave and Franco Edward were unplaced from the tough draws. Patrickthepiranha rated 1.56.1 and ran home in a time of 57.5. Egerton-Green said he was happy enough with the performance, but indicated there was plenty of improvement left in the Four Starzz Shark gelding. “We got it our own way,” he told RWWA Harness. “He wasn’t fully wound up and we’ve probably got a little bit more work to do. “I probably got a bit busy on him late, but that was probably more my fault because he switched off. “He hasn’t started for a month and the other horses are race fit. “When anything comes near him, I think he’ll put his mind to it.” The other feature event of the night, the Group 2 RWWA Cup, was taken out by Handsandwheels. Handsandwheels was able to get the perfect run on the back of Vultan Tin, who sat outside the leader Herrick Roosevelt. The 2017 WA Derby winner then swept to the front on the turn for home and held on by a head over Always Arjay. Always Arjay’s driver Shannon Suvaljko launched a protest against the winner, who he claimed shifted out in the final 100m. Stewards eventually dismissed the protest, but Handsandwheels reinsman Aiden De Campo was fined $300. Gary Hall Jnr, fresh from being unveiled as one of the 2019 West Australian Racing Hall Of Fame inductees during the week, recorded a winning treble on the night. Hall Jnr started the night with a winning race-to-race double with Soho Chelsea and Chok Chai. He then teamed up with progressive pacer Caviar Star later in the night to take out the Join The Caduceus Club Standing Start Pace. Caviar Star took his record in Australia to five wins from nine starts and trainer Gary Hall Snr was impressed by the gelding’s performance.   Tim Walker  

Trainer Ryan Bell concedes Shockwave has a difficult task in front of him if he’s to win the Group 2 Caduceus Club Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park tomorrow night, but is confident he has the right horse to upstage warm favourite Patrickthepiranha. Shockwave, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr once again, has impressed at his two most recent outings at Gloucester Park, where he overcame barrier five on both occasions, however he has drawn barrier eight tomorrow night. Despite the draw, Bell said he has Shockwave primed for a big performance in the $40,000 event. “As good as our bloke is going, the barrier is a bad one for him,” he said. “I’m confident he will put in a forward performance, but he will have to do the hard yards. “Our bloke is more forward than a lot of others in the field, but with Patrickthepiranha drawn barrier one over 2130 he can still afford to be fresh and be too good.” Shockwave produced, arguably, a career best performance over 1730m on January 25, where he rated 1.54.0, before he returned on February 1 over 2130m and rated 1.57.7. The Group 1 WA Derby on April 5 looms as the likely target for a majority of the three-year-olds engaged in tomorrow night’s feature. Bell described both performances as “pretty impressive” and said the fortnight between runs suited Shockwave perfectly. “He’s been lucky for most of his career so far that he’s been able to have two weeks between runs,” he said. “It has meant we’ve been able to keep him fresh a lot of the time. “He’s probably the type of horse I could keep fresh and I’d only work him at home to have him ready for the Derby.” Bell added he was hopeful he would be able to retain the services of Hall Jnr for the duration of Shockwave’s preparation. Patrickthepiranha, who is looking for seven straight wins, was installed a $1.55 chance with TABtouch, ahead of Gee Jay Kay ($5), Franco Edward ($5) and Shockwave ($5.50). Gee Jay Kay, who was the favourite in both of the recent races Shockwave won, has drawn barrier three tomorrow night, while Franco Edward has drawn barrier nine. Dylan Egerton-Green retains the drive on the Colin Brown-trained Patrickthepiranha and said he was confident the gelding would be able to lead all the way from the inside draw. “He’s got the right draw, but I still have to make sure that he runs off the gate and make sure nothing else can cross,” he said. “It’s a pretty handy field with Shockwave and Franco Edward, then you have a horse like Valbonne who has also been going well. “I have to keep my wits about me early but he should be able to capitalise on the good draw.” The Caduceus Club Classic gets underway at 7.25. Tim Walker

In-form reinsman Chris Voak has elected to drive Vultan Tin over tough mare Gotta Go Gabbana in Friday night’s Group 2 City Of Perth Cup (2130m) at Gloucester Park. A better barrier draw, together with Vultan Tin’s impressive record in Free-For-All company, swayed Voak to drive the Phil Costello-trained pacer. “He’s got her measure at this stage,” Voak said. “He’s going really well at the moment and was really good last week. “Gotta Go Gabbana’s work last Friday was exceptional, but it’s a big step up taking on the big boys at Free-For-All level.” Vultan Tin bounced back to winning form in last week’s 2536m Free-For-All at Gloucester Park, where he finished powerfully to beat Always Arjay and Saying Grace. Following the win last week, Voak said the Pinjarra Cup in March would be a suitable target for Vultan Tin. Prior to that, the gelding finished third in the Fremantle Cup and 10th in the WA Pacing Cup. Voak said he expected Vultan Tin to lead and be hard to beat from barrier two in Friday’s $50,000 feature. “He felt really good last week and I expect him to feel even better this week,” he said. “I think over the 2536 they will be happy to sit on Vultan Tin. “A lot of the runners on the front line probably won’t like to be used off the gate over the 2536. “El Jacko probably looks the hardest to beat, so I’d like to see him shuffled back from barrier 11.” Despite not electing to drive Gotta Go Gabbana, Voak said he expected a completive showing from the mare as well. A field of 11 has assembled for the Group 2 event, with Argyle Red drawn in barrier one, while other notable runners include Eden Franco (barrier eight) and Vampiro (nine). Vultan Tin forms a key part of Voak’s six drives on the night and rated Anime as his next best chance on the program. The first event at Gloucester Park on Friday night gets underway at 5.40. Meanwhile, trainer-reinsman Kristian Hawkins is recovering from a torn calf and ligament damage, following an incident in the Busselton Cup last Friday night, which he detailed on TABradio this morning. Hawkins was driving Danieljohn in the $15,000 event before he was involved in a fall soon after the start and was taken to hospital for scans. Hawkins said he feared initially he had done more than ligament damage to his foot. “They always look a lot worse than they are when there are carts going everywhere,” he said. “The horse in front of me was Budd Sidewinder and I was following him. “Ash Markham (Our Bobbydazzler) and I were racing pretty tight…no one was giving anybody any room into that first corner. “We would’ve been okay if that horse hadn’t of come down, but when that horse came down we were racing so tight there was no room for anyone to move. “I went straight over the top of the ones that had fallen…I don’t think it was anybody’s fault. “I thought it was broken (leg) at the time but luckily it wasn’t. “Luckily everyone came out of it unscathed and the horses were alright.”   Tim Walker

Gary Hall Jnr has produced another masterful display of driving at Gloucester Park tonight, chalking up his eighth win in the Group 1 WA Pacing Cup (2936m) with the Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln. Three months ago it looked as if Hall Jnr would struggle to add to his seven Pacing Cup wins when his father’s superstar pacer Chicago Bull injured himself in New Zealand. But on the state’s biggest Harness Racing stage, Hall Jnr showed his class with the horse that filled the breach left by Chicago Bull. There was some doubt as to whether Rocknroll Lincoln would be able to find the lead from barrier two, but that doubt was quickly dispelled within the first 100m of the race, as the five-year-old crossed Maczaffair with ease. Fremantle Cup winner My Field Marshal elected to ease back in the early stages and eventually found himself only slightly better than midfield on the back of Galactic Star. Vampiro was forced to settle outside the leader, which gave Galactic Star, the best chance of Greg and Skye Bond’s six runners, the perfect trail into the race. Despite the high quality of horses behind him, Rocknroll Lincoln fought on strongly to the line and rated 1.56.8 in the 1.3m victory. El Jacko ran on well for second, while Maczaffair held on for third. Hall Jnr said he had some small concerns heading into the race, but was full of praise for Prentice’s training performance. “I was confident and hopeful, but I think I was more hopeful than I was confident,” he said. “The horse was in such good order. “He warmed up really well and he was nice and relaxed. “Hats off to Justin because in his last two starts he hadn’t really got a good crack at them. “For him to turn him out again tonight and lead and run that trip, it was a pretty special effort.” Hall Jnr returned later in the evening to drive a further two winners in You Gotta Have Faith and Caviar Star. You can hear from the beaten drivers from the WA Pacing Cup below. Review all of the action of TABtouch-WA Pacing Cup night here.   Tim Walker

Trainer Mike Reed has declared Maczaffair will be doing everything she can to hold the lead in the early stages of tomorrow night’s Group 1 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup (2936m) at Gloucester Park. The sole mare in the field had her chances of winning increase following the barrier draw on Tuesday morning, when she drew barrier one, with fancied runners Rocknroll Lincoln and My Field Marshal to her outside. Earlier this week, Gary Hall Jnr, who drives Rocknroll Lincoln tomorrow night, indicated on TABradio he would look to lead from barrier two, but Reed told the same station this morning Maczaffair would look to utilise her advantage from gate one with his son Mark Reed engaged to drive. “I couldn’t be happier with her and she’s ready to rock and roll,” he said. “I will leave it up to Mark, but he said when he worked her ‘she’s the best she’s ever felt’. “The only one we’d be handing up to would be My Field Marshal, but Mark said yesterday ‘why hand up’. “If she gets a lot of pressure from My Field Marshal we may let him go.” Maczaffair drew barrier six in last week’s Fremantle Cup and had little luck in the closing stages, before she eventually finished sixth behind My Field Marshal. The five-year-old will be out to become the first mare since 1972 to take out the state’s most prestigious race. She will also be looking to become just the 20th mare to win the race. Reed said he was confident Maczaffair was back to the form from the start of her preparation that saw her run second to Vampiro in the Mount Eden Sprint. “She ran the quickest half she’s ever run at Gloucester Park yesterday,” he said. “She ran second in the Mount Eden Sprint first-up and it might have just taken the edge off her a bit. “The last couple of weeks we have freshened her up and she’s jumping out of her skin. “12 months ago she ran second to Ultimate Machete in the Golden Nugget. “If Ultimate Machete had drawn one, he’d most probably be favourite.” My Field Marshal remains a solid $1.85 favourite for the WA Pacing Cup, while Rocknroll Lincoln ($4.20) and Galactic Star ($4.60) are the only other runners in single figure odds. Reed’s Henley Brook stable also has the in-form Golden State engaged in the second heat of the Nights Of Thunder Series (1730m). Golden State won back-to-back races after his sixth placing in the Golden Nugget last month, before he finished second at his most recent start behind Neighlor last Friday. The smart four-year-old has drawn barrier four tomorrow night and Reed said he expected him to be driven quietly. “I expect Tanaka Eagle will lead and we will be outside him or in the one-one position,” he said. “If you don’t burn him out of the gate, he definitely comes home a lot better.” Each of the three Nights Of Thunder heats have nine runners engaged, with the fastest nine horses across the heats qualifying for next week’s Final. Tomorrow night’s Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.50.   Tim Walker

This Friday night sees the running of the $450,000 TABtouch-WA Pacing Cup (2936m) at Gloucester Park, the first of seven Grand Circuit Harness races for the calendar year. First run in 1913, where it was taken out by Letty Lind, the state’s premier race became a part of the Grand Circuit in 1977 where it sits alongside races like the Hunter Cup and Inter Dominion. Notable winners of the WA Pacing Cup previously include; Pure Steel (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980), San Simeon (1981), Preux Chevalier (1984), Village Kid (1985, 1986, 1988, 1989), The Falcon Strike (2002, 2004, 2005), Im Themightyquinn (2011, 2012, 2013) and My Hard Copy (2015, 2016). Friday night will mark the 90th time the WA Pacing Cup has been run at Gloucester Park, after the first 16 editions of the race were run at the WACA Ground. Soho Tribeca took out last year’s WA Pacing Cup for reinsman Kim Prentice and trainer Bryan Cousins. Soho Tribeca’s win in last year’s Pacing Cup broke a run of seven straight wins in the race for champion trainer Gary Hall Snr. Hall Snr has been the dominant figure in the WA Pacing Cup over the past two decades, winning 11 of the past 17 editions of the race. This year, his sole runner in the race is Runrunjimmydunn, to be driven by Clinton Hall, a winner of three Pacing Cups himself. Gary Hall Jnr has been a big beneficiary of his father’s dominance in the race, winning it on seven occasions. As he did in the Fremantle Cup last week, Hall Jnr has elected to team up with the Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln in this week’s feature. My Field Marshal is once again the favourite to take out the WA Pacing Cup, as he was in the Village Kid Pace and Fremantle Cup. The last horse to win the Village Kid, Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup in the one year was The Falcon Strike in season 2003/2004. Chicago Bull was the most recent horse to claim the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup in the one season, one of eight times since 1988 a pacer has achieved that feat. Maczaffair, the sole mare in this week’s WA Pacing Cup, will be looking to become 20th mare to win the race and the first since 1972. The TABtouch-WA Pacing Cup gets underway at 7.55 on Friday night.   Tim Walker

East coast visitor My Field Marshal has taken out another sensational edition of the Retravision-Fremantle Cup (2536m) at Gloucester Park last night. The reigning Miracle Mile winner had to survive a number of challenges from some of the Greg and Skye Bond-trained runners throughout the Group 1 event, but was able to fight all of them off. Reinsman Anthony Butt was able to cross Saying Grace from barrier two and find the lead with ease and control the race from there. The first of the Bond runners to make an aggressive move was Vampiro, with reinsman Colin Brown finding the breeze at the end of the first lap. Dylan Egerton-Green then made a move to the breeze with Our Max Phactor and continued to put the pressure on the short-price favourite. The leading chance from the Bond stable Galactic Star then made a three-wide move approaching the bell for reinsman Ryan Warwick and looked to be travelling strongly. My Field Marshal was able to hold off Galactic Star in the closing stages though and win by a metre to Galactic Star, while Vultan Tin was third. Saying Grace finished fourth, but appeared to have little luck in the home straight. El Jacko’s reinsman Nathan Turvey was suspended for 23 days for his drive in the $300,000 event. My Field Marshal 1.55.6 for the feature event and ran home in 58.0. The seven-year-old will now look to complete a clean sweep of the WA feature events when he lines up in next week’s $450,000 TABtouch-WA Pacing Cup (2936m). He also took out the Village Kid Pace a fortnight ago. Elsewhere on the night, Im Full Of Excuses took out the Listed Free-For-All event, producing a tough performance when three-wide for much of the last lap. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr recorded a winning double with Bronze Seeker and impressive three-year-old Dracarys.   Tim Walker

When Rocknroll Lincoln lines up in this Friday night’s Retravision-Fremantle Cup (2536m), it will deliver his owner Glen Mortimer his proudest moment in a sport he has held dear to him for more than 40 years. Mortimer will have a dual role to play in Friday night’s feature, as an owner of a runner in the $300,000 event, as well as being the major sponsor of the race with Retravision. Mortimer recalls spending a countless number of hours at Richmond Raceway as a teenager, where his love for Harness Racing grew. “I used to go and watch trials at Richmond Raceway when horses like Mount Eden were racing,” he said. “My parents often played tennis at a tennis court across the road from the Raceway, so I would sneak across and watch Mount Eden trial. “Watching participants like Fred Kersley and Chris Lewis and horses like James Eden, Binshaw then Preux Chevalier and Village Kid, I thought it was a great spectacle. “Seeing the horses go around the track two or three times a race and being really close to the action, it’s exhilarating.” Mortimer first got involved in ownership as an 18-year-old and said he has now had more than 150 winners as an owner, the highlight of those being Kim Prentice’s Breeders’ Stakes winner Absolutely Ruthless. The success with Absolutely Ruthless prompted Mortimer to continue investing in the industry, which has also provided a few speed bumps for him along the way. “I had a horse called Alberta Retreat, who was beaten as a $1.30 favourite in the WA Derby,” he said. “He won eight of his first nine starts and we thought he was a real good one. “Since then, we have tried to get that really good horse. “I had one win an Easter Cup, but he hurt his leg and we lost him. “That kept me motivated to find a really good one.” The persistence and patience Mortimer has shown to try and get ‘the good one’ is now a realistic chance to pay off over the next fortnight. Rocknroll Lincoln has emerged as a genuine Fremantle Cup contender over the past month, taking out the Bunbury Cup and a Free-For-All at Gloucester Park. It was a ride that Mortimer almost wasn’t a part of. Mortimer had a small team of pacers with Rocknroll Lincoln’s trainer Justin Prentice a couple of years ago, a team he was happy to keep small. When Prentice went to New Zealand in 2017, he called Mortimer to try and get him involved in the son of Rocknroll Hanover. “I had four or five horses with Justin and I said to him ‘I’ll sit with what I’ve got’,” Mortimer said. “He called me from New Zealand and said ‘I know you’re not interested in getting anymore horses, but just watch the video on this link and let me know what you think’. “I was taken with his gate speed, so I called Justin straight back and told him that I’d be in. “I called up another mate after that and said ‘I’ve just bought the best horse I’ll ever have’.” In a further boost for Rocknroll Lincoln’s Fremantle Cup prospects, champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has elected to stick with him instead of his father Gary Hall Snr’s horse Runrunjimmydunn. The five-year-old will start from barrier four in the Fremantle Cup, with short price favourite My Field Marshal to start from barrier two. Mortimer said it would be a tough task for Rocknroll Lincoln to beat My Field Marshal, the fastest horse in Australasia, but was elated with Hall Jnr sticking by his charge. “Junior is worth two or three lengths because he’s the best in the sport,” he said. “I would’ve thought he’d bustle him out of the gate and maybe get to the breeze and see what happens from there. “My Field Marshal is an outstanding horse and he’s drawn very well. “Galactic Star was unlucky in the Inter Dominion where he stormed home and ran sixth.” After years of watching the champions win one of the state’s biggest races in the sport he loves, Mortimer said he was daring to dream about having his own horse win it. “It’s one of the great time-honoured events in WA pacing,” he said. “Last year we had one of the greatest races of all time at Gloucester Park with Lazarus and My Hard Copy. “It would be one of the biggest thrills in life…I love Harness Racing. “I’d love to be up there on Friday night handing myself the trophy.” Rocknroll Lincoln is on the fourth line of betting with TABtouch for the Fremantle Cup at $12, with Miracle Mile and Village Kid Sprint winner My Field Marshal rated a $1.50 chance.   Tim Walker

Consistent pacer El Jacko has added to trainer Greg and Skye Bond’s strong artillery for the upcoming Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups, taking out the Direct Trades Supply Free-For-All at Gloucester Park last night. With Inter Dominion champion Tiger Tara being scratched earlier in the week from both Cups, along with the Bond’s star four-year-olds Ana Malak and Mighty Conqueror, together with El Jacko’s two consecutive Free-For-All wins, means the gelding is now well placed for the features. El Jacko was perfectly driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, settling on the back of Runrunjimmydunn, who was in the breeze, while short price favourite Vultan Tin led throughout. In similar circumstances to last week though, El Jacko was well poised on the turn and showed a tremendous finishing burst to win by a head to Vultan Tin. Egerton-Green said El Jacko had a few key traits that would hold him in good stead for next week’s feature. “It was a good win and he probably had that little bit of luck go his way at his last two starts,” he said. “He’s capitalised on it and his quick turn-of-foot probably pays dividends at the end of the day.” Greg Bond said he had seven runners nominated for next week’s Fremantle Cup, headlined by last month’s Inter Dominion Final runner Galactic Star and consistent performer Vampiro. My Field Marshal remains the favourite for both races, following his win in the Village Kid Sprint last week. In the other feature event of the night, trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice was able to steer Sun Of Anarchy to victory in the $50,000 Trotters Cup. Tenno Sho opened up a big lead throughout the running of the 2503m event and looked the winner for much of the home straight, before Sun Of Anarchy eventually got passed him in the final 50m. Elsewhere on the night, trainer-reinsman combination Mike and Mark Reed teamed up with half-siblings Golden State and Maczaffair to score a winning double. Tim Walker

Impressive performer Tenno Sho has wasted little time stamping himself as one of the more exciting trotters in Western Australia since coming from the east coast last year and he gets a chance to further prove himself in tomorrow night’s Trotters Cup (2503m) at Gloucester Park. The six-year-old has had five starts in WA, under the care of trainer-reinsman Nathan Turvey, for two wins and three placings. His first win in at Pinjarra on December 3 was by more than 33m, a performance which Turvey said made him aim for a Trotters Cup berth. “He’s done a good job,” Turvey said. “He was advertised online and I bought him for $11,000. “I bought him to race in lower grade races…you always have hope with them though.” Tenno Sho rounded out his preparation for the $50,000 event with a sound second placing to Balmoral Boy at Gloucester Park on New Year’s Eve. The gelding starts off the 10m line in tomorrow night’s feature, while other fancied runners in the race Sunoflindenny and Sun Of Anarchy are off 20m. Turvey said he had hoped to give Tenno Sho a lighter week, but was content with the preparation he’s had. “I didn’t want to race the week of the Trotters Cup, but he hadn’t raced for three weeks,” he said. “It wasn’t a bad run, but I reckon he’s better from the stand and able to lead. “When he gets out in front, that’s his best asset. “We will weigh it up tomorrow night, but I reckon he will be able to lead.” Turvey said Sunoflindenny was the one to beat in the Group 2 event, with the Ross Olivieri-trained trotter looking for four straight wins. Turvey also has last start winner Carter Micheal engaged in the Direct Trades Supply Free-For-All (2130m), with the five-year-old to start from barrier six. It’s a sharp rise in grade for Carter Micheal, but Turvey said he’s hopeful of a competitive showing. “He won’t be driven aggressively,” he said. “I’m hoping he can surprise a few of them. “They’re all good horses in that race, so if he runs home well that would be good.” In a further boost for Turvey’s stable, up-and-coming pacer Simba Bromac is on track to make his return to the track next week. Simba Bromac was scratched from a Free-For-All race on December 7. Turvey is hopeful of gaining a start in either the Fremantle Cup on January 11 or the WA Pacing Cup on January 18.   Tim Walker

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