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Blythewood harness racing trainer Michael Brennan's team has been in good form of late and Naughty Maravu has a second to none chance of keeping the ball rolling for the stable in tonight’s Larkhill Vets Conditioned Handicap SS Pace (2503m) at Gloucester Park. The six-year-old bay Badlands Hanover gelding put the writing on the wall at his last start when he sat parked outside of leader and eventual winner Franco Rayner in a 1730m sprint at headquarters last week. The last 800m was carved out in 56.4 and Naughty Maravu never gave up the chase, finishing a brave 3.9m second behind Franco Rayner. It was a gutsy effort and full of merit and Naughty Maravu's previous runs have all been against top-class horses. Prior to his second, he raced against horses of the calibre of Ohoka Punter, Heez On Fire, Galactic Star and Shandale. Tonight’s race is a drop in class for Naughty Maravu and Brennan has him poised to score his first win in this campaign. He loves the stands with his 22 starts from the tapes producing six wins and ten placings. Punters should disregard the fact that Naughty Maravu hasn't saluted since October last year. Brennan tipped the horse out of work after he finished fifth in the Tabtouch Australasian Young Drivers Championship at GP in early December. Naughty Maravu had a long campaign since May, 2016 and was ready for a break but the horse should be cherry ripe after five runs back from a spell. It's hard to imagine any of Naughty Maravu's 11 rivals being able to sit outside of a horse of Franco Rayner's ability and still be there when the whips are cracking in the home straight. Driver Shannon Suvaljko is good at getting them away from the strands and if Naughty Maravu can step on terms with them from his 10m handicap then he appeals as the horse to beat. Winning chances should also be given to reliable beginner Importer Exporter, who seems to be working back into form, has the services of champion reinsman Chris Lewis and steps from the front, the consistent stand performer Assassinator off 10m from the stables of leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, and backmarker Waltzing With Cullen, a seasoned standing-start specialist who is alone on the 20m mark and is returning from a spell. Wayne Currall Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 19 May 2017 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 19 May 2017

Not sure if the Charles family named their pacer after Belarusian boxer Sergei Rabchenko, but Rabchenko appears to have more than a fighting chance in tonight’s harness racing Milne Feeds MS Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park. The four-year-old gelding was once known as purely a leader. That's to say that once he found the front he was always tough to roll but a breakout performance at headquarters last month quashed any doubts that there was more to this horse than many people first thought. In that race, he sat in the breeze outside of Hot Fraternity, with odds-on favourite El Hombre parked off the speed directly behind the leader. When Hayden Charles, the son of trainer Kevin, asked Rabchenko for the supreme effort the son of Art Major dug deep to outstay both Hot Fraternity and El Hombre. It was a tough win - the last 800m was covered in a tidy 57.1 - and one that made many pundits sit up and take notice of his ability. Rabchenko is drawn awkwardly on the inside of the second row tonight and will follow out the Aldo Cortopassi-trained and reined To Infinitynbeyond. The last time To Infinitynbeyond drew an inside barrier at GP he speared straight to the front and ran them along to record a strong victory over the 2536m journey. To Infinitynbeyond is drawn to lead from the pole, which means Rabchenko should get an ideal passage all the way. He only needs to get some racing room over the final 400m to prove very dangerous. Rabchenko's last run when he finished fifth only 6.4m behind Franco Rayner over the sprint trip of 1730m was a "get on me next start" effort. The horse tramped three deep when the winner carved out his last 800m in a slick 56.4. To finish so close to the flying Franco Rayner after doing all that work puts Rabchenko in a very strong position for tonight’s assignment. He's each-way all day in a race with many winning chances. Wayne Currall Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 19 May 2017 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 19 May 2017

Members of the Media Guild have mixed thoughts about their best bets for Friday night’s harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park. Leading tipster Stuart Lowe and TABform racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have opted for Tricky Styx as their best for the night. "Tricky Styx is a classy WA mare whose last two runs were at Menangle where she finished just behind the placegetters in very smart time after tramping wide," Lowe said. "Should lead here and be very hard to beat." Havercroft agrees with Lowe. "Tricky Styx resumes in the WASBA Breeders Stakes and her class should see her prevail over her race-fit rivals," Havercroft said. "A recent Byford trial where the Jesse Moore-trained daughter of Jeremes Jet rated 1:58.6 in defeating Pay Me Quick by 3.6m suggests she will be ready for this assignment." TABradio race caller Matt McDermott and Guild president Wayne Currall are in the Harry Hoo camp. "This is the best barrier draw he has had for quite some time and although gate one has been a 'hoo do' for some I think this Hoo, as in Harry, has his fair share of ability to take advantage of the pole," McDermott said. Currall is on the same page as McDermott."This is Harry Hoo's fourth run in after a four-month break and he should just about be cherry ripe," Currall said. "He's got good gate speed and should make every post a winner." The West Australian's Ernie Manning has put another Gary Hall-trained horse in Overboard Again as his best for the night. "Overboard Again appears to be near the form he showed when winning five races in a sequence of eight starts late last year," Manning said. "He has won and run second after facing the breeze at his two starts since a spell. First-up, Overboard Again scored from the highly rated Shandale. He was then only narrowly beaten by the in-form Livura." Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar believes former New Zealand mare Dana Duke is a stand out in the fourth race. "She's a winner at her only two starts in WA and she has drawn well in barrier four," Dewar said. "I know it’s a step up in class on Friday night but she looks a capable type." Longshot maestro Pat Harding has gone head-to-head with Manning, nominating Vultan Tin as his best. "I think punters should get off to a good start in the opening event with Vultan Tin, especially on an each-way basis," Harding said. "Forget about last week, after all there's no Galactic Star in this race." Harding's value runner for the night is last-start winner My Platinum Belle. "She should give punters a good sight in the seventh race and I predict leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond could have a great night with up to six winners." Lowe has opted for Rabchenko as his best each-way chance. "Rabchenko won well at headquarters three starts ago." Lowe said. "Two subsequent runs have been solid and is drawn to get a great run here." Havercroft believes The Bob Mellsop-trained Your Excused could be good each-way value in the first. "This horse grows a leg when drawn to lead and should give a sight," Havercroft said. "The six-year-old gelding saluted last time he drew the coveted inside barrier, dictating terms and going on to hold off Challenging by 3.9m at this track and distance." McDermott is a Skippy Rascal fan. "I think he has enough gate speed to hold a forward position and with the right run and a little bit of luck can finish in the money," McDermott said. Currall has come up with Naughty Maravu in the stand as his best value for the night. "This bloke has been racing against better horses than he meets on Friday night." Currall said. "He loves the stand and should get out to an each-way quote." Manning is at odds with Currall, opting for The Real Nadal in the same race. "The Real Nadal looks suited off the front after being handicapped off 30m at his past two appearances," Manning said. "He galloped away three starts ago, but his barrier manners were better when he ran fourth at Pinjarra early in May and third at Narrogin last week." Dewar believes Star Armbro could be good value in the ninth race. "Star Armbro has drawn beautifully in barrier one," Dewar said. "He was a winner two starts back and should be able to repeat the dose here." Good punting. Wayne Currall

Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr will play a strong hand in Friday night’s harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park. The Serpentine-based horseman has a classy band of pacers engaged to race and has realistic prospects of landing at least a double, maybe a treble and possibly a quartet of winners. The consistent Overboard Again represents the stable in the first race; the Fly Like An Eagle At Allwood Stud Pace (2130m) for the C5-C9 pacers and despite coming from gate eight, this bloke has a terrific each-way chance in an even race. Overboard Again has had two starts this preparation for a first-up win and a gutsy second behind Livura. He could ignite the Hall juggernaut early on in the card Harry Hoo gets his opportunity to break back into the winners' circle in the Follow The Stars To The APG WA Sale Pace (2130m), the second race, after drawing the coveted pole. The little Bettors Delight gelding has a good record when he can find the top and he's capable of giving Clinton Hall an early double after Overboard Again. The Halls have two runners in the fourth event, the Budget Stockfeeds The Pure Steel Qualifying Heat Three (2130m). Mach Time, who has drawn favourably in gate three returns to the track after a five-month spell and Zach Maguire (12) has been impressive with his two wins at Pinjarra after a four-month break. They are up against Nathan Turvey's former Kiwi Dana Duke from gate four, who has impressed with two wins from two starts in WA. The consistent Bettor Twisted (2) with champion reinsman Chris Lewis in the bike must also be given a winning chance in this race. The Ramsay Horse Transport MS Pace (2130m) is the next race on the card and Hall engaged concession driver Lauren Jones to rein Eyre Crusher in the M1-M3 event. The move paid dividends when Eyre Crusher drew the pole. Eyre Crusher has been in great form since returning from an almost two-year absence from the track, with two wins and a last-start second behind the smart Shandale in his five runs. He'll love the pole and will be favoured to post an all-the-way victory. The Hall stable then unleash the "big guns" in the Landmark Midvale MS Pace (2130m). Millionaire pacer Beaudiene Boaz and his classy stablemate Run Oneover ($403,093 in stakes) return to the racetrack after their Inter Dominion and WA Pacing Cup campaigns. They join forces with classy stablemate Ohoka Punter (almost a millionaire with more than $986,000 in prize money) in a formidable three-pronged attack on the race. Their clash with veteran trainer Bill Horn's in-form comeback pacer Heez On Fire, who has recorded "Black Irish-like finishes" to win at his past two starts since his Inters campaign, promises to be one of the highlights on a star-studded program. Punters will no doubt come hard for Ohoka Punter (Gate 7), Run Oneover (8) and Beaudiene Boaz (9), but it would be unwise to discount the winning chances of Heez On Fire (6) and the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Simply Susational (11). Wayne Currall

"I thought she'd been hit by a train - she had a gash over her eye, her knees were skinned, her ribs were cut and so was her elbow. She was a mess." This was harness racing trainer Jesse Moore's reaction when he saw his glamour mare Tricky Styx after she'd fallen over on a jogger at NSW trainer John McCarthy's stables. The $373,000 earner, bought by Moore and his wife Maree on a whim at a New Zealand yearling sale for $5000, was in Sydney competing against Australia's best mares in the Ladyship Mile series. "Tricky was so badly injured that we decided to let her recuperate in NSW before we brought her home. It's taken a long time to get her back to good health but shes fully recovered now and we're looking forward to seeing her race again." Moore said. Tricky Styx makes her return to the track in Friday night's $40,000 Group 3 WASBA Breeders Stakes (2130m) at Gloucester Park and the Moore's are happy to see "their girl" back racing - and delighted that she's finally drawn a gate. The all-the-way 2016 Pinjarra Cup winner comes out of gate two and has the slow beginner Forever Remembered draw inside of her. "We're very happy with her, I've only been able to give her the one trial." Moore said "That was at Byford and we went well and won in a quick time. We'll lead at all costs on Friday night. Each time she's led she's won." Tricky Styx will have to chase victory with a new reinsman with regular drive Aiden De Campo in New Zealand for good mate Matthew White's wedding. Up and coming young driver Dylan Egerton-Green well be taking the reins. "Aiden told me three weeks ago that he had to go to New Zealand.” Moore said. "He didn’t want to miss the drive on Tricky but he committed to going to Matt's wedding. It's unfortunate but I'm confident Dylan will do a good job for us." Moore said with Tricky Styx's M7 rating he would have to be selective in setting her for particular races. "We're fortunate we've found a suitable race for her at her return to the track and she's finally drawn a barrier." he said "But we'll set a program for her that won’t be too taxing; after all she's a rising six-year-old now. She's been good to me and Maree and we want to look after that." Tricky Styx faces some race-fit rivals on Friday night with the brilliant Sheer Rocknroll (Gate 10), the consistent Foxy Dame (3) and the dogged Dodolicious (9), the highest stakes earner in the race with than $444,000 in the bank. Wayne Currall

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