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Mighty Ronaldo was a second thought When talented Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice went to the 2019 APG yearling sale in Perth he had no intention of purchasing lot 566, a colt by Alta Christiano out of the New Zealand-bred mare Millwoods Delight. He and stable client John Lohman had condensed their thoughts to about six youngsters. “Funnily enough, we didn’t have him pencilled in in a batch of about a half-dozen we had highlighted, said Prentice. “But once I saw this Alta Christiano colt at the sales I took a liking to him. I saw him in the box and Trevor Lindsay (breeder) got him out and I really liked him. “At the time I was training an Alta Christiano filly Suing You, and I liked her.” Even though lot 566 was out of Millwoods Delight, who had not been successful at stud, Prentice was guided by his instincts and thought, just on type, this colt was worth serious consideration. He bought the colt for $22,000 and his judgment has been thoroughly justified. The colt, named Mighty Ronaldo, boosted his earnings to $104,069 (not including Westbred bonuses) when he stormed home from the rear to score a dashing victory in the group 1 Choices Flooring Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Prentice, who drove a patient and well-judged race to guide Mighty Ronaldo, an outsider at $31.20, to victory by one and a half lengths over Give Us A Wave, is one of about 20 part-owners, including Lohman, Glen Mortimer, Gavin Thorn, Ross Fitzgerald, Bruce Jones, Angelo Vallis, Tony Florio, Rod Brennan’s Family Racing Syndicate and Keith Woolfenden’s Hillbillies Bowling Syndicate. Friday night’s stirring victory was some consolation for the owners who had the disappointment of watching their gelding Major Martini thunder home from ninth on the home to finish a head second to Jaspervellabeach in last year’s Golden Slipper. Millwoods Delight was part-owned by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond when she won five times from 44 starts in Western Australia, and the Bonds surely had nostalgic thoughts when Mighty Ronaldo defeated their smart colt Give Us A Wave, a $10 chance who raced three wide before bursting to the front after 550m and then setting a brisk pace. Prentice decided to drive Mighty Ronaldo only after champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr opted to handle the Kat Warwick-trained colt Machnificent, a $9.50 chance who was handily drawn at barrier two on the back line, with Mighty Ronaldo drawn poorly on the outside ( No. 9) on the front line. “When the draw came out I thought our chances were stuffed,” Prentice said. “I snagged early and we lobbed almost last. When Ryan (Warwick) came off the fence (with the $2.20 favourite Jett Star 200m after the start) there was a massive gap on the fence and I thought that four fence would be a good spot. “So, I went four fence, but when Dylan (Egerton-Green) took the lead (with Give Us A Wave) I was five fence. However, the speed was so genuine I thought that I was in the right position as long as I could get out. “There was a bit of traffic down the back, but I was able to get off the pegs.” Mighty Ronaldo was still well back in ninth position with 450m to travel, with Give Us A Wave still racing strongly in the lead. Mighty Ronaldo went five wide on the home turn and burst to the front 50m from the post. In an up-tempo affair, the four quarters of the final mile were covered in 28.8sec., 28.8sec., 28.4sec. and 29.8sec., with Mighty Ronaldo rating 1.55.6 over the 2130m to set a race record, with the previous best being Mitch Maguire’s 1.55.9 in 2016. Prentice, who celebrated his 32ND birthday on Sunday, said that Mighty Ronaldo would be sent out for a break and that the colt’s main mission next season would be the rich WA Derby next April. “I’m now going on holidays and will be in Exmouth for the next two weeks,” he said. “I’m looking forward to some warmer weather and, definitely, there will be some fishing involved.” The Bond camp had little luck with Jett Star in the Golden Slipper, with the colt looking a strong prospect with 900m to travel before he was inconvenienced and forced four wide when Talks Up A Storm broke into a bad gallop, out three wide, when surging forward into third place in the home straight with a lap to travel. Jett Star fought on to finish sixth. Black Jack Baby, the only filly in the event and second fancy at $3.50, led for the first 550m before trailing the pacemaker Give Us A Wave and wilting in the final circuit to finish a distant eleventh. Machnificent, who started a three-wide move after a lap and then worked hard in the breeze, was an excellent fourth, with Robbie Rocket ($41) running on from seventh at the bell to be third.   American trip is on hold The coronavirus pandemic has prevented a planned American career for the New Zealand-bred pacer Son Of A Tiger, who will be set for a $30,000 Four And Five-Year-Old feature event in three weeks after scoring an impressive all-the-way victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring Myaree Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Prominent owner and horse dealer Frank Ranaldi purchased Son Of A Tiger for $40,000 three months ago with the firm intention of on-selling him to American interests. “The plan was to send him to America,” said Byford trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper. “But with the borders shut down because of the Covid, Frank asked me if I would take the horse and play around with him and see what I thought. “I gave Son Of A Tiger a couple of trials and I really liked him and suggested that we give him a race start.” So, the gelding returned to racing after a three-month absence when he started off 40 metres in a 2503m event last Friday week in which he caught the eye by finishing solidly from last approaching the bell to be fifth behind Rebel With A Grin. “Frank said that if I thought the horse was good enough to stay here and earn some good money, that would be the way to go. But if he wasn’t up to scratch on too hard a mark, he would sell him off to the United States,” Harper explained. “The way he’s going at the moment I’m inclined to tell Frank to hold off for a bit, and now I’m setting him for that feature event for four and five-year-olds. “After his good first-up run in the stand I was quietly confident tonight, but I still had a lot of respect for Stroke Of Luck. The slow lead time (39.5sec.) and slow first quarter (32.1sec.) were essential after running a 28sec. quarter coming into the bell. “Even after the early soft sectionals I thought that there are not too many horses who can run 28sec. into the bell and keep going with 28.3sec. and 28sec. quarters. My horse did and so did Ross Olivieri’s horse Stroke Of Luck.” Son Of A Tiger, favourite at $2.30, set the pace from barrier two and fought on grandly to defeat $2.35 chance Stroke Of Luck by a half neck at a 1.57.8 rate. Stroke Of Luck, who started from the back line, moved to the breeze after a lap and looks set for a profitable career in Western Australia. Son Of A Tiger’s first two runs for Ranaldi have netted him $10,075. The gelding, a son of American Ideal, had been a wonderful performer for owner Tim Blee and trainer Matt Scott, having 33 starts for them for eight wins (including the Northam Cup in February this year) and six placings. Ranaldi and Harper have enjoyed tremendous success with Bettors Fire, combining for 29 wins with the speedy and powerful pacer who, at 11 years of age, is still performing wonderfully well in America where he has won 17 races to take his earnings to $1,038,177.   Reed’s purple patch Stephen Reed, a full-time mechanical engineer with Alcoa in Bunbury and Pinjarra, continues to enjoy his involvement in harness racing and is on the crest of a wave, with his past nine starters giving him nine wins. However, he quickly points out that 22-year-old Aimee-Lee Wood deserves great credit for her work with his three pacers, Lord Rosco, Bletchley Park and Pocket The Cash, who are owned by Albert Walmsley. Dylan Egerton-Green drove Lord Rosco, the $2.30 favourite, to a commanding all-the-way win in the 1730m Choices Flooring Busselton Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park on Saturday night Wood was successful in a 2569m event with the three-year-old Pocket The Cash, who settled last after being restrained from the outside barrier and then moved to the breeze after about 650m before getting to the front 250m from the post. “I have only Lord Rosco, Bletchley Park and Pocket The Cash in work,” Reed said. “I don’t work the horses; Aimee does. I haven’t worked a horse for a year. She rides them and I just get the job of bringing them to the trots and feeding them at night. I get the glory for winning races, but Aimee should take the credit for doing all the hard work. “Aimee does the work on Lord Rosco; she gets along very well with him and she knows the horse better than anyone. She is still learning the craft a bit but does a really good job.” Lord Rosco had raced only five times at Gloucester Park before Friday night --- for two seconds, a fourth, an eighth and a tenth placing. But his first victory on the track was never really in any doubt once Egerton-Green sent him straight to the front at the start. He coasted home to win at a 1.56 rate by almost a length from Art Tutor, who raced in the breeze for most of the way. Reed said that Lord Rosco’s outstanding form (four wins from his past four starts and seven from his past eight outings) could be attributed to some gear changes. “I’d say plenty of gear changes for a start, to help him keep in his gear, and probably a change in training has helped him,” he said. “And probably a change in training, keeping him off the hard tracks by not hoppling him much. He just does his jog work at home on the sand and he goes to the beach occasionally. “He doesn’t overrace; he’s a pretty relaxed horse who conserves his energy.”   Courage Tells is a marvel Old age is not diminishing the competitive spirit of Courage Tells, who is proving a remarkable moneyspinner. The New Zealand-bred 12-year-old celebrated his 262ND start by finishing strongly to win the 2536m Choices Flooring Northam Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His victory over the fast-finishing Euphoric Moment took his record to 38 wins and 62 placings for stakes of $429,008. After two wins from three starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand, a second from one appearance in Tasmania (in Launceston) in March 2010, seven wins and six placings from 23 starts in New South Wales and eight wins and 13 placings from 34 Victorian starts, Courage Tells has raced in Western Australia 201 times for 21 wins and 42 placings. He won 11 races for trainer Colin Joss in WA before Joss took a break from horses in late 2016 and sold him for a reported bargain price of $12,000. And the old gelding’s new owners Greg and Skye Bond have managed him wonderfully well during his 126-start career for them which has produced ten wins, 11 seconds and 14 thirds for $198,497 in prizemoney. Courage Tells is also a favourite with the staff at the Bond training establishment at Forrestdale, who share in the spoils of his successes. One of the highlights with the Bonds was when Ryan Warwick drove him to victory at tote odds of $114.50 at Gloucester Park in December 2017. For Joss, one of his wins was at $66.80 when Nathan Turvey was in the sulky for a half-head win in February 2016. By Courage Under Fire, Courage Tells is the second foal out of Tellalie, who won four races and $28,450 from 37 starts in New Zealand. Full-brothers of Courage Tells in We Tellthetruth and Tella have both raced in WA, with the former managing one win from 47 starts and the latter six wins from 87 WA starts.   Wallrodt breaks the drought Boyanup horseman Cody Wallrodt landed his first metropolitan-class winner for 13 months when he drove the Justin Prentice-trained gelding The Stars Above to an all-the-way victory in the Choices Flooring Midland Pace for three-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 26-year-old Wallrodt, a full-time assistant at the Prentice stable, drives only sparingly in the city and his previous Gloucester Park metro win was when Adda Tarantella led and defeated Georgie Mae in the Westbred Classic consolation for three-year-old fillies on June 21 last year. The Stars Above, a $9.80 chance (but only $5.50 on the fixed market), led from the No. 1 barrier and was able to dawdle through the lead time in a very slow 40.9sec. and the first quarter of the final mile in an ambling 31.8sec. He sprinted over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 27.5sec. and held on to beat the fast-finishing $2.20 favourite Alta Blues by a neck at a 1.59.7 rate over 2130m. “I thought that to get away with what we could in the early stages should leave The Stars Above with the speed at the finish to hold them off,” he said. “We got it a lot easier than I thought we could. I thought we had it sewn up at the top of the straight. But when Alta Blues came late it was a bit scary.” The Stars Above, owned and bred at Bob Fowler’s Allwood Stud Farm, now has had 25 starts for five wins, 12 placings and $41,779 in prizemoney. The gelding is by Follow The Stars and is the last of the progeny of the Albert Albert mare Miss Jeffries. The Stars Above completed a successful night for breeder-owner Fowler, who was successful at the meeting at Wagin with two three-year-old fillies by Follow The Stars in Star In Art and Star Of The  Class as well as with four-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding The Righteous, with that trio being prepared by Byford trainer Peter Anderson. Another Follow The Stars three-year-old filly, Our Star Carly, trained and driven by Dean Miller, was also successful at the Wagin meeting.   It’s No. 49 for Chicago Bull A change of tactics by champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr paved the way for Chicago Bull’s dashing victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring Joondalup Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall had restrained Chicago Bull from wide barriers in small fields at the seven-year-old’s three previous starts which resulted in a win over Ocean Ridge and seconds to that pacer and to Vultan Tin. On Friday night Hall decided to roll the dice from the outside barrier, No. 7, and urged the star pacer forward when the mobile barrier released the field. “Chicago Bull has been flopping out of the gate in recent starts and I decided to go forward in a bid to lead,” Hall said. “Vultan Tin was holding him out in the early stages before we were able to get to the front (after about 220m). It was a soft win, really.” Chicago Bull, favourite at $1.70, beat Im Soxy (who trailed the pacemaker) and Chiaroscuro, who ran on from fifth at the bell, rating 1.56.3, with final quarters of 27.4 and 27.1sec. This was the champion pacer’s 49TH win from 77 starts and boosted his earnings to $1,832,036. Top-flight pacer Handsandwheels put in a solid effort at his first appearance after a spell. He was restrained at the start from barrier five and raced in sixth position before finishing solidly into fifth place.   One Bid Buys surprises Six-year-old One Bid Buys, the only mare in the field, surprised when she started at $27.60 and ended a losing sequence of 16, stretching over 12 months, by beating the pacemaker Tokyo Joe ($4) and Mr Sundon ($2.10) in the 2503m Choices Flooring Osborne Park Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Waroona by Bob Mellsop and driven by Michael Grantham, One Bid Buys enjoyed a perfect passage behind Tokyo Joe, who was untroubled to get to an early lead after Lifes Delight and Dark Secret galloped and the 40m backmarker Mr Sundon broke badly after 50m and settled down almost 100 metres from the pacemaker. Grantham bided his time with One Bid Buys before he urged the mare to the front with 100m to travel. Mr Sundon, having his first start for three and a half months, gave a remarkable performance to make up so much lost ground to finish third. One Bid Buys raced 20 times in New Zealand for three wins and nine placings and seven times in Victoria for two wins and one placing before she was purchased by Kevin and Annette Charles. Her 49 WA starts under the care of Mellsop have resulted in seven wins and 18 placings. This was her first success at Gloucester Park at her 14TH appearance at the track. “Manners is the secret for a successful trotter,” said Mellsop, who has just retired the outstanding ten-year-old square gaiter Lord Liam after he had raced 104 times for 32 wins, 31 seconds and nine thirds for stakes of $281,550. For Mellsop, Lord Liam had 47 starts in WA for 19 wins, 16 seconds, five thirds and four fourths.   While They Pray is too fast Up-and-coming four-year-old While They Pray, described by star reinsman Gary Hall jnr as a handful and a nightmare, maintained his sparkling form for Pinjarra trainer Michael George when he proved too speedy for his rivals in the 2130m Vale Lyn Norman pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. While They Pray, second fancy at $4.80, began with his usual alacrity from barrier six and challenged the polemarker Cyclone Banner, the $1.45 favourite, in the early stages before charging to the front after about 450 metres. He then dictated terms in front and won by almost a length from Cyclone Banner, with Arma Indie ($31) finishing solidly to be third. The winner sped over the final 800m in 55.8sec. and rated 1.54.7. He has now had 28 starts for George for 13 wins, seven placings and $94,612 in stakes. “He went super,” said Hall. “Up to the gate, he’s a nightmare, and sometimes in running he can pull. But tonight, he was pretty good. But I guess not many pull when you run a 35.6sec. lead time. He actually let me back him off. Manners are a big thing when you get up in grade. If he happened to draw to lead in a Free-For-All at this time of the year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win.” While They Pray gave Hall the second leg of a driving treble. Earlier, he had scored an all-the-way win with $1.40 favourite Mister Bushido in the 2536m Choices Flooring Bunbury Pace, and he completed the treble with Chicago Bull’s victory later in the program. Mister Bushido, prepared by Gary Hall snr, has raced 39 times in WA for seven wins and nine placings for a career record of 60 starts for 11 wins, 14 placings and stakes of $132,340.   Century for de Campo Outstanding reinsman Aiden de Campo brought up his one hundredth winner for the 2019-20 season when he set the pace and scored an effortless win with Mandy Joan in the 2130m Choices Flooring Rockingham Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. For the 28-year-old Capel horseman it was also his 71ST training success for the season. Mandy Joan, the $1.10 favourite from the prized No. 1 barrier, was not extended as the field of eight raced in Indian file for much of the journey. Mandy Joan sprinted over the final 400m in 27.3sec. and won by almost two lengths from the $5.50 second fancy My Prayer, who trailed the leader throughout. Mandy Joan, a four-year-old mare by Art Major bred and owned by Steve Johnson, has earned $110,349 from nine wins and nine placings from 34 starts.   Ken Casellas

Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park features the running of the Group 1 $100,000 2YO Golden Slipper (2130m). Most members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have found their best bets in other races, but longshot guru Pat Harding has made Black Jack Baby, the only filly in the Slipper, as his star bet for the night. “After a very tough night last Friday at GP, punters and tipsters alike are looking to fightback,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night comes up in the Golden Slipper. In my view Black Jack baby is the best two-year-old in the State and coming out of barrie two I think she will continue on her merry way and make it four wins in a row.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believe Cyclone Banner can record an all-the-way victory in the third race on the card. “Race three at Gloucester Park on Friday night abounds with pacers blessed with excellent gate speed and splendid frontrunning capabilities,” Casellas said. “And I’m tipping that Cyclone Banner will be able to take full advantage of the No. 1 barrier and turn the tables on Infatuation. I am expecting Cyclone Banner will be able to defy any early challenges from fellow four-year-olds Infatuation, American Delight and While They Pray, and I’m happy to make him my best bet.” And Havercroft agrees. “Cyclone Banner is drawn to repeat his success of two starts ago and is undefeated in Western Australia when starting from the inside gate,” Havercroft said. “He stuck on well to run third last week when unable to cross Infatuation at the start, but the draw is reversed this week making Cyclone Banner the one to beat.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has opted for smart squaregaiter Mr Sundon as his best bet. “Victorian import Mr Sundon appears to have a class edge in the trotters event after seven wins from 11 starts since his WA arrival late last year,” Manning said. “He has not raced for more than three months, but boosted his fitness with a third at Pinjarra trials last Sunday. He is adding to a list of wins by horses that Melbourne owner Merv Butterworth has sent to trainer Ross Olivieri.” TABradio’s Hayden King believes the speedy Lord Rosco can bring his winning country form to town. “Lord Rosco should sizzle off the mobile and I think he can find the lead,” King said. “If he does lead, he won't be stopped. He has been untouchable recently.” Media Guild president Wayne Currall is keen on Gee Jay Kay in race two. “Gee Jay Kay has been a non-winner of late,” Currall said. “The four-year-old gelding hasn’t saluted since November last year, but this race appears to map well for him. He’s drawn handily in gate three, should relish the longer trip and has champion reinsman Chris Lewis in the gig.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart has made Mandy Joan his best for the night. “On what looks a good night for the No. 1 saddlecloth, Mandy Joan appeals as the standout of the night,” Wishart said. “Drops in class and is better drawn. Should lead and win easily.” VALUE BETS PAT: My value bet comes up in race three with No. 5 Infatuation. Despite an excellent win last week he is at a good price this week. I believe he can make it five wins from six starts and give punters a nice return. KEN: For value, I suggest Stephen Reed’s speedy Lord Rosco in race seven, a 1730m sprint. Lord Rosco continues to excel on South-West tracks, impressing with his sparkling gate speed and as a freewheeling pacesetter. RYAN: In the same race as my best bet, Anime will drop in behind Cyclone Banner and will get the perfect chance to follow the favourite and run into the placings. ERNIE: Tuas Delight has won only once from his past nine starts, but is holding a place in Gary Hall’s strong stable and another victory could be imminent. The gelding has drawn better than when he ran seventh last Friday night. HAYDEN: Our Rhythm N Blues started near enough to favourite last run and could be at long odds this time. He breezed and stuck it out valiantly on that occasion. He doesn't win often but will be in the mix. WAYNE: Euphoric Moment appeared to have every chance last start when finishing a disappointing fourth. However, this horse isn’t a sit and sprint type - he takes time to wind up and can motor home off a hot hot pace. Can surprise at big odds. WARREN: Lord Rosco is on the quick back up after an impressive win at Bunbury on Tuesday. His early speed will put him in a forward position and the indicative price of $9 is most appealing. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

Punters wagering on the first event, the 2536m Choices Flooring Northam Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night are perplexed as they face the dilemma of selecting a winner in an out-of-form field of 12, with none of the runners being placed at his past three starts and with the field having an overall winning percentage of just 9.57. The 12 runners have a combined losing sequence of 180 (which includes a mere 16 placings). Therefore, barrier positions should prove vital when assessing the prospects of the 12 horses who have amassed a combined tally of 1666 starts for 174 wins and 356 placings. Shannon Suvaljko has provided punters with an important lead by electing to drive Twentynine Twelve, a seven-year-old who has managed just two placings from his past 16 starts and has a poor winning record of eight per cent (from his nine wins from 108 starts. Suvaljko chose Twentynine Twelve ahead of Regal Ambition (barrier No. 7), Charlie El (barrier two on the back line) and Tanaka Eagle (barrier three on the back line). Regal Ambition will be handled by Jocelyn Young, Kyle Harper will drive Charlie El and Peter Tilbrook will handle eight-year-old Tanaka Eagle, a veteran of 288 starts. One of the main prospects appears to be the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Courage Tells, a 12-year-old gelding with a record of 261 starts for 37 wins and 62 placings. Courage Tells will start from the inside of the back line and leading reinsman Ryan Warwick should have him in a prominent position throughout. The youngest runner and most recent winner is Collie trainer Errol Ashcroft’s four-year-old Euphoric Moment, who will be driven by the in-form Deni Roberts from the outside of the front line. Euphoric Moment was a fast-finishing winner at Bunbury six starts ago but has been unplaced at his five subsequent starts. In other news, Dylan Egerton-Green has been engaged to drive lightly-raced five-year-old Lord Rosco in the 1730m Choices Flooring Busselton Pace. He replaces Aimee-Lee Wood, who has driven the gelding ten times for seven wins, two seconds and one third placing. Lord Rosco possesses brilliant gate speed and is capable of charging to the front from the No. 6 barrier. He warmed up for Friday night’s assignment in fine style when Wood drove him to an effortless all-the-way victory at a 1.57.4 rate over 2100m at Bunbury on Tuesday night. Lord Rosco, polemarker Walsh and Art Tutor appear the major players, with Walsh (whose nine wins include five when he has set the pace) expected to make a bold bid to set the pace from the coveted No. 1 barrier. Walsh, trained and driven by Aiden de Campo, has unwound spirited finishing bursts for two thirds and a fourth from his past three starts. Art Tutor, trained and driven by Aldo Cortopassi, is favourably drawn at barrier three and is sure to be prominent. He impressed at $51 last Friday night when he worked hard in the breeze throughout and fought on grandly to be a close second to Bolta.   Ken Casellas

Feature Cup events in the winter and early spring will be on the agenda for star six-year-old Handsandwheels, who will resume after an absence of just over four months when he contests the Choices Flooring Joondalup Free-For-All over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The WA-bred stallion, trained and driven by Aiden de Campo, is a first-up specialist and his clash this week with champion Chicago Bull, Vultan Tin and Motu Premier should result in an exciting spectacle. Handsandwheels has an excellent first-up record. He won on debut as a two-year-old at Pinjarra in February 2016, and his following first-up performances are: first at Albany in January 2017, first at Pinjarra in October 2017, third at Bunbury in June 2018, first at Gloucester Park in October 2018, second at Gloucester Park in July 2019 and first at Gloucester Park in November 2019. He is awkwardly drawn on Friday night at barrier six at his first appearance since starting from the back line and finishing a sound fifth behind Vampiro in the 2692m Pinjarra Cup on March 2 this year. He was successful in $50,000 2130m feature events at Gloucester Park at his three previous outings, beating El Jacko in the City of Perth Cup, Galactic Star in the Governor’s Cup and Rock Me Over in the RWWA Cup. Handsandwheels is a versatile performer, who possesses sparkling gate speed and is a powerful frontrunner, as well as having the ability to unwind strong finishing bursts from back in the field. De Campo is sure to go into the race with an open mind and will assess the situation when the mobile barrier releases the eight runners. The five runners (Bettor Be Oscar, Im Soxy, Chiaroscuro, Rock Me Over and Motu Premier) drawn on the inside of Handsandwheels all have good gate speed and are excellent frontrunners. Therefore, I predict that de Campo is quite likely to take the conservative option and restrain Handsandwheels at the start and rely on the horse’s ability to unwind a strong finishing burst. Bettor Be Oscar will start from the No. 1 barrier and will be driven by Mark Johnson. He is rising in class and racing with a sit could be his best option. Im Soxy (Ryan Warwick) loves to lead, but he might not have sufficient early brilliance to hold out the horse on his outside at barrier three, the Murray Lindau-trained Chiaroscuro. Chiaroscuro has resumed after a spell in good form and is set to improve on his first-up fourth behind While They Pray and his solid third behind Vultan Tin and Chicago Bull over 2536m last Friday night. Ross Olivieri produced Motu Premier in fine fettle for his excellent first-up run last Friday week when he led from barrier No. 1 and finished third behind Chicago Bull and Ocean Ridge. He will find it tougher to lead from the No. 5 barrier this week. Vultan Tin will start out wide at barrier seven and Chris Voak is unlikely to have the opportunity to send the tough eight-year-old to the front in the first lap, like he did from barrier three when he took up the running after 450m, set a fast pace and beat Chicago Bull by just under a length over 2536m, rating 1.56.7. Chicago Bull again will start from the outside barrier, but he is racing with typical spirit and is sure to fight out the finish and prove hard to beat.   Ken Casellas

Sixty odd years ago the brilliant Three Aces was an outstanding pacer in Western Australia and at Gloucester Park on Friday night astute trainer Mike Reed holds three aces in the final event, the Choices Flooring Midland Pace for three-year-olds. Reed was only six years old when Three Aces, owned by Alf Charleson, trained by Dan Egan and driven by Ted Greig for most of his illustrious career, won a two-mile heat of the Inter Dominion Championship at Addington in 1961. This week Reed is hoping his talented trio of Valentines Brook, Power And Grace and Macz Brother will hold all the aces in the 2130m event. Between them, they have won 17 races and been placed 15 times. Outstanding young reinsman Michael Grantham has been the regular driver of the trio (who are owned by Albert Walmsley) and he has  given punters a strong lead by choosing to handle Power And Grace, who will start out wide at barrier six in a quality field of seven runners. Shannon Suvaljko will drive Valentines Brook from the No. 3 barrier and Dylan Egerton-Green has been engaged for Macz Brother (barrier No. 7). For the record, Grantham has handled Power And Grace at his past eight starts for four wins, he has driven Macz Brother in all of his ten starts for four wins, and has driven Valentines Brook eight times for three wins, including his three most recent outings for a third to To Fast To Serious, a victory over Lightning Jolt and a last-start second to the brilliant Magnificent Storm. Power And Grace, a New Zealand-bred colt by Somebeachsomewhere, impressed at his first five starts after resuming from a spell four wins and a close third behind Copy N Pace before a disappointing last-start ninth behind Master Publisher on May 29 when he faded from sixth at the bell. He has been freshened up and is capable of a bold effort at his first appearance for six weeks. Reed’s three runners are likely to meet with plenty of opposition, with Manning, trained and driven by Justin Prentice from barrier five, sure to be popular with punters after his strong performance to race in the breeze before finishing stoutly to win by a length from Batavia Silverline over 2130m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week when the final 800m was covered in 56sec. That was Manning’s fifth win from 18 starts, with the highlight of his career being his victory in the $100,000 Pearl Classic for two-year-olds just over 12 months ago. The promising Alta Blues, prepared by Gary Hall Snr, should be prominent at his Gloucester Park debut at only his third start in a race. Alta Blues, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, is ideally drawn at barrier two. He started from barrier No. 5 and was restrained to last before dashing forward to move alongside the pacemaker Alta Engen at the bell in a 2100m event at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park on Tuesday night. He fought on tenaciously over the final 800m in 56sec. to finish a half-length second to Alta Engen, who rated a smart 1.56.7. This followed his splendid debut, over 2185m at Pinjarra three Mondays ago when he surged home from the rear to win by two lengths from Miss Merit. Prentice’s No. 2 runner in Friday night’s event is The Stars Above, to be driven by Cody Wallrodt from the No. 1 barrier. The Stars Above is a seasoned performer who has raced 24 times for four wins and 12 placings. He started from the outside barrier (No. 6) when he finished gamely from seventh at the bell to be a well-beaten third behind Alta Engen and Alta Blues at Bunbury on Tuesday night.   Ken Casellas

Black Jack Baby, the only female pacer in the field to contest the $100,000 Choices Flooring Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Friday night, is poised to upstage the colts and geldings and become the ninth filly to win the Group 1 event. The classic for two-year-olds has been run 52 times, with a filly, Sordice, trained and driven by Vince Chalker, winning the inaugural event at a 2.14.4 rate in 1968. Since then the successful fillies have been Omista (1971), Via Vista (1980), Mazzini Magic (1988), Whitbys Miss Penny (1990), Whitbys Merit (1993), Spirit of Navajo (2005) and Arma Xpress (2012). Fourteen fillies have competed in the rich feature event in the past five years, with only three placegetters Dodolicious (second to Sprinter in 2015), Sheer Rocknroll (third to Sprinter) and Cott Beach (second to Jack Mac in 2017). Black Jack Baby has been extremely impressive in her short career for breeder-owner-trainer Shane Quadrio, winning at seven of her eight starts, and her prospects on Friday night rose sharply when she drew favourably at barrier No. 2 on the front line. Quadrio has implicit faith in Black Jack Baby and is in awe of her brilliant turn of foot. Both he and reinsman Chris Voak consider that Black Jack Baby is at her best when driven as a sit-sprinter. But with such a favourable draw they are most likely to attempt an all-the-way victory. Black Jack Baby also started from barrier two at her latest appearance when she was untroubled to lead and stroll to victory over Just For Love in the 2130m Group 1 Westbred Classic for fillies last Friday week. She was not put under any pressure at any stage and was able to set a dawdling early pace, with a lead time of a slow 39.2sec., followed by two 32.3sec. quarters before a third section of 29.5sec. followed by a dazzling closing 400m of 26.6sec. She is certainly most unlikely to be afforded such latitude by her rivals this week. Looming large as Black Jack Baby’s major rival is the only unbeaten runner in the field, the brilliant New Zealand-bred Jett Star, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick from the inside of the back line. Trained by Greg and Skye Bond, Jett Star has won at each of his five starts, including a superb victory in the Group 1 Pearl Classic two starts ago. He started from the outside of the back line and raced in eighth position before starting a three-wide move 1050m from home. He moved to fifth at the bell and sustained his effort to take the lead with 250m to travel and go on and beat the pacemaker Lavra Joe by a length, rating 1.56 over the 2130m, with final quarters of 28.1sec. and 27.5sec. Then, at his next start, at Gloucester Park last Tuesday week, he overcame a bad beginning when he was keen in the score-up and his nose struck the mobile barrier, causing him to gallop and lose about six lengths. He raced without cover for much of the way and dashed over the final 400m sections in 27.4sec. and 28.5sec. to beat Seeryanfly by a head. Greg Bond prepared Ohokas Bondy for his victory in the 2010 Golden Slipper before he and his wife trained Mitch Maguire for his win in the 2016 classic. Warwick, who led from the No. 1 barrier and won with Mitch Maguire, also was successful in the 2005 event with Spirit of Navajo.    The Bonds also have an excellent second-string runner this week in Give Us a Wave, who will start from barrier No. 6 with Dylan Egerton-Green in the sulky. Give Us A Wave made the most of the No. 1 barrier when he led and scored an easy victory over Mighty Ronaldo and Machnificent in the Group 1 Westbred Class for colts and geldings last Friday week. Gary Hall Jnr has chosen to handle the Kat Warwick-trained Machnificent in preference to the Justin Prentice-trained Mighty Ronaldo. Machnificent, who will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line, ran home strongly from sixth at the bell when third to Give Us A Wave. Mighty Ronaldo enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing a sound second. Prentice will drive Mighty Ronaldo from the worst draw, the outside (No. 9) on the front line. Chris Lewis, who has won the Golden Slipper a record eight times, will drive the Ray Jones-trained Lavra Joe from out wide at barrier eight. Jones prepared Disco Force for his brilliant victory in the 2000 Golden Slipper. Lavra Joe is one of the State’s best two-year-olds (with six wins and four placings from 14 starts), but he will need luck from his poor draw.   Ken Casellas

Young survives a scare Jocelyn Young had some anxious moments when hot favourite Just For Love paced roughly on the home turn before the filly regained her composure and went on to score a convincing victory in the $30,000 Gold Bracelet at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I had my heart in my mouth at the top of the straight when she put in a couple of rough ones,” she said. “But then she got back down and pacing.” Just For Love was smartest into stride from the coveted No. 1 barrier and she relaxed as she strolled through the lead time in 38.1sec. and the opening quarters in the modest times of 32.1sec. and 31.5sec. She then increased the tempo and covered the final 400m sections in 29.3sec. and 28.1sec. to win at a 2.0.2 rate by 4m from Lady Bella Anne, who finished strongly from fifth on the pegs at the bell. The consistent Star For Me trailed the pacemaker throughout and finished third. Three starts before her win on Friday night Just For Love, trained in Busselton by Barry Howlett, started from barrier one in the group 1 Diamond Classic in which she set the pace before wilting to seventh behind Always An Angel. “Barry was a little concerned about her leading tonight and we thought that we would like to get away with what we could (with a slow pace) and save her for that quick sprint that she’s got,” Young said. “So, it all worked out good for us.” Howlett, who races Just For Love with his daughter Katie and son Jimmy, said that Just For Love was the first horse he saw when he arrived for the 2019 Perth yearling sale and he took an instant liking to her. “She was by Mach Three, a stallion I have always liked, and we were able to buy her for $17,000,” he said. Just For Love, bred by Steve Johnson, is out of Harper Grace, a Victorian-bred pacer who raced in Western Australia for six wins, five placings and $47,185 in stakes from 27 starts. Just For Love now has had 12 starts for two wins, three seconds and $41,713. Harper Grace is a half-sister to eight winners, including Bus To Harland (61 starts for 17 wins, 15 placings and $317,869). Just For Love’s win on Friday night earned her an automatic inclusion in the field for the $100,000 Choices Flooring Golden Slipper next Friday night. However, she will not run in the rich classic, with Howlett saying: “She has had a good campaign and deserves a rest. I’ll now spell her for six to eight weeks.”   Vultan Tin back in form Evergreen pacer, the seemingly indestructible Vultan Tin, burst back to his best form and ended a losing streak of 15 when he defeated champion Chicago Bull in the Intersport Slater Gartrell Free-For-All at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Second favourite at $5.40, the eight-year-old Vultan Tin raced three wide in the early stages before Chris Voak sent him to the front after 450m, with Chicago Bull, the $1.26 favourite from the outside barrier in the field of seven, settling in last position. Gary Hall jnr moved Chicago Bull forward with 1450m to travel and the seven-year-old raced without cover for the remainder of the race and was gallant in defeat, with the final three quarters run in 28.4sec., 27.7sec. and 28sec., with Vultan Tin rating 1.56.7 over the 2536m journey. Chiaroscuro, who led early and then trailed the pacemaker, was a sound third. Vultan Tin, bred, trained at Coolup by Phil Costello and owned by him and his son Daniel, has been a wonderful performer who has had 160 starts for 26 wins, 41 placings and $568,212 in prizemoney. Quizzed about Vultan Tin’s drop away in form recently, Costello said: “He has had a couple of hard runs that didn’t suit him. Old horses when they work hard in races tend to be affected mentally, probably more than physically.” Costello praised the gelding’s versatility and his strong constitution. “His legs have got lumps and bumps on them, but they were there before I broke him in,” he said. “He has never seen a vet since he was a yearling when he was gelded.” Vultan Tin’s next run is likely to be in the $20,000 BOTRA Cup on Friday week, and Costello said that the gelding would be set for the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup in the summer. Vultan Tin, winner of the $50,000 City of Perth Cup in February 2019, when he beat El Jacko and Herrick Roosevelt, gave a sample of his class when he finished fourth behind Lazarus, Chicago Bull and Tiger Tara in the Interdominion championship final at Gloucester Park in December 2017 when he beat home Galactic Star, Soho Tribeca and Lennytheshark. The Vultan Tin story started just over 25 years ago when Costello bought a Victorian-bred mare Toy Shop after she had finished sixth behind Fatal Error in a CO event in Albany in January 1995 for trainer Ray Grantham and driver Lyn Lucas. That was her only start and Toy Shop produced two foals, a colt and a filly, and only the filly, named Carravelle, raced. Carravelle failed to notch a win from 17 starts before being retired to stud, and her first foal, Ellevarrac managed one win from 30 starts, a head victory over Our Captains Lady at Pinjarra in December 2008. Vultan Tin, by American stallion Dawn Of A New Day, is the first foal out of Ellevarrac and the only one of her two progeny to have raced. Ellevarrac died in December 2015. The second foal is five-year-old Co Pilot and the Costello family is hopeful he soon will be able to make his race debut.   Cut Above shines after poor start Serpentine trainer Matt Scott celebrated his 14TH victory with Cut Above when she won at Gloucester Park on Friday night and reminisced how the mare survived a nasty accident soon after she arrived in Western Australia from New Zealand in February 2018. “It certainly wasn’t the best start,” said Scott. “But she has proved to be a good earner. “The first day I worked her I thought she was a lovely quiet horse, being New Zealand-bred and experienced in standing starts. I saw no need for a head check, and after walking a lap I said to one of my staff ‘how quiet is this horse’ and next minute she went to town and bucked for about a hundred metres. “She got her leg over the crossbar where the breastplate goes on to --- and she went down to ground and got impaled on a bolt which went into the side of her off hind leg. She had to have three months off, and it wasn’t a good start to her career here. “There’s no soreness in the leg, but she still shows a nasty scar of about 12 centimetres.” Tim Blee picked out Cut Above after watching her two starts in New Zealand, when second in a 2170m stand on the grass track at Motukarara and an easy all-the way winner in a 2000m stand at Oamaru. Blee was quite taken by Cut Above’s debut effort when she settled in seventh position and charged home, out wide, to finish a half-head second to Si Si Senor and return a place dividend of $11.90, while rating 2.9.5. Blee outlaid $25,000 to purchase Cut Above, who now has had 64 starts for the Scott stable for 14 wins, 22 placings and $106,856 in stakes. Cut Above will have a couple more starts before being retired to stud. Cut Above is just one of several New Zealand-bred pacers purchased by Blee in recent years and trained by Scott. Among them are Neighlor, Son Of A Tiger, Lady Azalea. His latest purchases have recently arrived at Scott’s stables from New Zealand. They are The Situation and Ocean Beach, a full-brother to top-flight pacer Ocean Ridge.   Fifty Five Reborn set for classic Smart three-year-old filly Fifty Five Reborn will be set to contest the $30,000 Daintys Daughter Classic at Pinjarra on Monday week after impressing with her strong victory in the 2130m The West Australian Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Astute Banjup trainer-reinsman Colin Brown was full of praise for the Renaissance Man filly after she started out wide at barrier seven, surged to the lead after 400m and sprinted over the final 800m in  56.7sec. to win from the fast-finishing Red Hot Lady, who led early and then trailed the pacemaker. “She’s just a lovely little filly who does everything right,” Brown said. “She does nothing wrong and just does the job. She is the sort of filly who can continue racing until the end of the extended season in December. With bonuses, she has earned more than $100,000.” Fifty Five Reborn has already amassed $81,897 in prizemoney from seven wins and two placings from 17 starts. She is the first foal out of unraced Bettors Delight mare Arma Fifty Five. Brown also prepares the second foal out of Arma Fifty Five, a colt named Arma Einstein. Fifty Five Reborn and Arma Einstein are closely related to Arma Xpress, who earned $279,890 from 12 wins and one placing from just 18 starts. She was an outstanding two-year-old when her wins in that season included the group 1 Sales Classic and the Golden Slipper, two group 2 events, the Champagne Classic and Westbred Classic, and the group 3 Gold Bracelet.      Young’s first city success Thirty-one-year-old horseman Michael Young notched his first success as a trainer in a metropolitan-class event when Gary Hall jnr drove $7.80 chance Bolta to a fighting victory in the 2130m Westral Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Also enjoying the victory are first-time owners Matt McMahen, Sammy Grantham, Clint Deane and Tam Dijkhuizen, who race the five-year-old in partnership with Young. The new owners, who paid $10,000 for Bolta, are delighted that the gelding’s 26 starts for them have resulted in five wins, eight placings and stakes of $39,241. Young explained that 12 months ago Brad Oldroyd, who owned Bolta with his parents John and Val, offered the gelding to Hall jnr to ascertain whether he knew anyone who might be interested in buying the pacer. “I was in the right place at the right time and said I was willing to buy the horse,” Young said. “Bolta was a bit of a handful when we got him; you would bring him to the races, and he would just stand and shake and sweat. He ran his race before he went on to the track. He also struggled to hold condition. But we have sorted out his problems and he looks well and races well.” Polemarker Affluent Bell, the $2.20 favourite, set the pace in Friday night’s event, with Hall quickly positioning Bolta into the one-out, one-back trail, behind $51 outsider Art Tudor in the breeze. Bolta and Art Tudor got the better of Affluent Bell in the home straight and they fought out an exciting finish, with Bolta prevailing by a half-neck, with Affluent Bell a half-length away in third place.   One for Mum and Dad Trainer Giles Inwood’s recent run of successes with Gangbuster, Bettor Party and Semiramide continued at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Batavia Silverline, a $26 outsider, triumphed in a thrilling three-way photo finish of the 2130m Simmonds Steel Free-For-All for mares. Batavia Silverline, a four-year-old by Elsu, started from the prized No. 1 barrier and reinsman Michael Grantham had her perfectly positioned behind the freewheeling pacemaker Millwood Gucci ($14), with the $1.75 favourite Mandy Joan in the breeze. After the second and third quarters of the final mile in 28.7sec. and 27.9sec. Batavia Silverline finished strongly to gain a last-stride victory by a head over Millwood Gucci, with that mare’s stablemate My Prayer ($8) finishing powerfully to be  a nose away in third place. “Despite her very good second to Manning at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, I thought Batavia Silverline would be outclassed the strong field at Gloucester Park,” said Inwood. “But she’s a good trier. “Batavia Silverline is owned by my parents Grahame and Jennifer and this was their first win in a metropolitan-class event.”   He’s the real deal Hardy seven-year-old Mighty Flying Deal, unplaced at his previous 13 starts and with a losing run of 15, the victim of a succession of wide draws, relished an ideal barrier and bounced back to form with a strong win over Extreme Prince and Bad Round in the 2130m TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred gelding, prepared in Collie by Wayne Justins, was a $8.50 chance from his ideal draw on the inside of the back line and 23-year-old Mark Johnson drove a perfect race, following the pacemaker Mattjestic Star before easing off the pegs in the final lap and dashing Mighty Flying Deal to the front with 220m to travel. In an up-tempo affair, Mighty Flying Deal rated a smart 1.55.6. “I knew that the one horse (Mattjestic Star) pulls hard and that he would run along,” said Johnson. “My horse was travelling easily on Mattjestic Star’s back all the way and I was confident he would be able to get over the leader.” Mighty Flying Deal is by American Ideal and is the ninth foal out of Fleets Pocket, who was retired after four unplaced efforts as a two and three-year-old in New Zealand. Mighty Flying Deal is one of ten winners produced by Fleets Pocket, the most successful being Flying Pocketlands (90 starts for 21 wins, 29 placings and $442,423), Mighty Flying Thomas (226 starts for 24 wins, 56 placings and $345,429) and Mighty Flying Mac (87 starts for 16 wins, 29 placings and $265,837). Mighty Flying Deal raced 35 times in New Zealand for five wins and seven placings. He now has won 14 times for the Justins family and boasts a fine career record of 115 starts for 19 wins, 22 placings and $190,418.   All the way for Rebel With A Grin Rebel With A Grin is an extremely capable standing-start performer and he relished the No. 2 barrier in the Etch Coatings Handicap, a stand over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, when Dylan Egerton-Green drove him to an easy all-the-way victory. The New Zealand-bred four-year-old, prepared by champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond, has excelled since arriving in Western Australia where his 17 starts have produced seven wins and six placings. He was a $5.70 chance and gave his rivals little opportunity to seriously challenge him when he dashed over the final three quarters in 29.5sec., 28.9sec. and a similar 28.9sec. to beat Major Artist (who trailed him all the way) by two and a half lengths. Rebel With A Grin is by Smiling Shard and is out of Highview Chasue, a half-sister to former star pacer Highview Tommy, who earned $990,015 from 17 wins and 27 placings from 104 starts. It was interesting at Northam on Saturday night when one of Highview Tommy’s sons Tommy Kruze, a three-year-old owned, trained and driven by Michael Blakemore, scored an easy win over 1780m.   Our Perkins bounces back Our  Perkins, a handy six-year-old trained at Byford by Karen Thompson, unplaced at his five previous starts from unfavourable barriers, gave a typical powerful frontrunning performance to win the Cowden The Insurance Brokers Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.        Dylan Egerton-Green had no problem in sending Our Perkins, the $2.10 favourite, to the front from the No. 3 barrier and the WA-bred Rocknroll Hanover gelding was not extended in coasting to victory by more than two lengths from $5 second fancy Carter Micheal, who finished boldly from eighth at the bell. Our Perkins is out of the unraced mare Foxy Cleo, who has done a fine job at stud in producing ten winners. Our Perkins has had 65 starts for 11 wins, 15 placings and $92,226.   Double for the Bond camp Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond completed a double at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Ryan Warwick drove promising New Zealand-bred four-year-old Infatuation to an all-the-way victory in the 1730m Worldwide Printing Pace. The Bonds had won earlier in the program with Rebel With a Grin, driven by Dylan Egerton-Green. Warwick had to defy an early challenge for the lead from the $3.90 second favourite Cyclone Banner and then dictated terms in front, with Cyclone Banner working hard without cover. The final quarters whizzed by in 28.6sec. and 28.3sec. and Infatuation, the $1.30 favourite, rated a smart 1.54.5. Infatuation raced four times in New Zealand for one win and three seconds and his WA record stands at 13 starts for nine wins and one placing.   by Ken Casellas

The members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are confident they can land their best bets at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas and Guild president Wayne Currall believe punters can start the night off on a winning note by backing Our Perkins in the first race on the card. “Our Perkins has been unplaced at his past five starts from unfavourable draws and he is my best bet at Gloucester Park this week to bounce back to top form for trainer Karen Thompson by winning the opening event,” Casellas said. “He has a handy draw at barrier three and Dylan Egerton-Green has excellent prospects of surging to an early lead with a pacer who has set the pace in eight of his 10 career victories.“ And Currall agrees. “Our Perkins ran an eye-catching fifth behind Lightning Jolt last Friday night,” Currall said. “He came from last at the bell and was pushed wide over the last 800m when they ran a slick 57.4. He is drawn to lead and poised to record an all-the-way victory.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and that newspaper’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have made Chicago Bull their star bet for the night. “The $1.8 million stake-earner Chicago Bull looks primed to repeat his impressive victory last Friday night, when he notched a third win in four starts,” Manning said. “He has established a creditable tally of five wins, three seconds and a third in nine races since resuming from a lengthy spell. The gelding has an imposing 43 wins from 60 Perth starts and his 75-race career features 48 victories.” Havercroft also is a big fan of the “Little Bull”. “Chicago Bull has managed to avoid Ocean Ridge this week, with the duo filling the quinella in their last three clashes,” Havercroft said. “The absence of Greg and Skye Bond-trained runners makes this field weaker than he has been facing of late.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart is keen on Just For Love in the 2YO Fillies Gold Bracelet (2130m). “Just For Love had this draw last week and ran very well behind star filly Black Jack Baby, putting a good margin between herself and the third placegetter,” Wishart said. “Should lead and be too good.” Longshot guru Pat Harding has opted for Robbie Easton as his best for the night. “Punters and tipsters enjoyed a pretty good night at GP last Friday,” Harding said. “So let's hope we can repeat the dose this week. My best bet comes up in race four with No. 6 Robbie Easton. An excellent effort to run second last week, but I am sure he can go one better this week and win for the Halls.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest Secret Reaction in the Gold Bracelet. She ran home solidly, out very wide, from the rear when a creditable sixth behind Black Jack Baby in the Westbred Classic last week. She had a tough run when an easy four-length winner at her previous outing. WAYNE: Double Expresso will hardly be a value bet because I think she’ll be sent out favourite in her race. However, I can’t recall a horse having so much bad luck in her races. She’s overdue for a victory and I’m confident it will come on Friday night. ERNIE: Star For Me has yet to win in 12 starts, but is capable of figuring prominently from her inside draw on the back line. The filly, who has recorded six places, ran fourth after she had difficulty getting clear in the Westbred Classic final last Friday night. RYAN: Neighlor was shunted at the bell last week when having his first start in six weeks. Drawn to improve on some terrible numeric form. WARREN: My value bet is Mighty Flying Deal. Connections would have had to double check when the fields came out as this horse did not draw barrier 9. Has had horrendous luck with draws and from 10 will finally get an economical run. At juicy odds he’s worth an each-way play. PAT: My second bet for the night comes up in race three with No. 7 Boom Time. A  good second last start and I think Chris Voak can steer him to victory and give punters a reasonable return.          To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

Astute Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams is enjoying a remarkable run of success and he is hoping that Cyclone Banner, his only runner at Gloucester Park on Friday night, will continue his purple patch by winning the final event, the Worldwide Printing Pace over 1730m. Over the past six weeks Williams has had 19 starters for 14 wins --- six with Magnificent Storm, four with To Fast To Serious, three with Cyclone Banner and one with Shadow Roll. The New Zealand-bred Cyclone Banner, to be driven by Aldo Cortopassi from barrier four, faces an acid test against the talented New Zealand-bred four-year-old Infatuation, who set the pace when an easy last-start winner over Boom Time for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and star reinsman Ryan Warwick. That was Infatuation’s ninth win from 16 starts. Cyclone Banner, a winner of two races in New Zealand, has had 19 starts in WA for nine wins and five placings. “Cyclone Banner is a very lightly-framed horse, but he’s a nice horse with good sit-sprint ability,” said Williams. “With a bit of luck, he’s as good as the other horses in Friday’s race.        Williams started Magnificent Storm and To Fast To Serious at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night, with each pacer, driven by Cortopassi, recording effortless victories.  Three-year-old Magnificent Storm has not been extended in winning by considerable margins at each of his six starts in Western Australia, after being unplaced at his only appearance in New Zealand. “Magnificent Storm will now go out for a spell for about six weeks,” said Williams. “Then we’ll bring him back into work and give him a month’s racing to get him ready for the major feature events for four-year-olds early in the New Year.”   Ken Casellas

Smart New Zealand-bred mare Divinia Bellezza ran an impressive trial for the Etch Coatings Handicap, a stand over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, when she outclassed her rivals in a 2536m mobile event on Tuesday evening. The Greg and Skye Bond-trained five-year-old, driven by Ryan Warwick, began speedily from barrier two and was not extended in leading throughout to win by more than three lengths from Macz Brother. She coasted to the line and was not extended after dashing over the final 400m sections in 28.8sec. and 27.2sec. One of Divinia Bellezza’s chief rivals is likely to be her stablemate Rebel With A Grin, who will start from the No. 2 barrier on the front line, with Divinia Bellezza at barrier four. Rebel With A Grin began speedily from the 10m mark and was unsuccessful in an early bid for the lead. He then raced without cover before fading to last behind the classy Forgotten Highway. Rebel With A Grin had won at three of his five previous starts. Disco Under Fire, who set the pace and fought on grimly when second to Forgotten Highway, has bright prospects in the opening event, the 2130m Cowden The Insurance Brokers Pace, on Friday night. The Giles Inwood-trained pacer will again be handled by Gary Hall Jnr and will start from barrier four in a field with little recent form displayed by most of the runners. Our Perkins, to start from the No. 3 barrier and to be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, has been unplaced at his past five starts, but has bright prospects of leading and proving hard to beat.   Ken Casellas

Serpentine trainer Matt Scott has Cut Above racing with wonderful enthusiasm and the five-year-old New Zealand-bred mare will take a power of beating from the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, according to reinsman Shannon Suvaljko. Cut Above was most impressive last Tuesday week when she began brilliantly from barrier six to set the early pace in a 2536m event before Suvaljko surrendered the lead to the hard-pulling Remit Me Whitby with 1100m to travel. Suvaljko then eased Cut Above off the pegs at the bell and the mare regained the lead 550m from home and won by a length and a half from Missplay. The win followed Cut Above’s three seconds and five thirds at her previous eight starts. “That race was a big drop in grade, and I drove Cut Above like the best horse, and she won like the best horse,” Suvaljko said. “This week the 2130m will suit her. She’s a good frontrunner and she’ll run 1.55 or 1.56 in front. She will lead and prove hard to beat.” Suvaljko chose to handle Cut Above ahead of Qtown Rip Roaring and A Boy Named Rosie, each of whom is racing keenly. A Boy Named Rosie (barrier three) will be driven by Deni Roberts, and Nathan Turvey will drive Qtown Rip Roaring. A Boy Named Rosie, driven by Suvaljko, impressed last Friday night when he charged home, out wide, from eighth at the bell to finish a neck second to Lightning Jolt. Other serious rivals for Cut Above include Our Rhythm N Blues, Jimmy Mach and Parisian Partygirl. This will be one of Cut Above’s final race starts before owner Tim Blee sends her to stud. The mare, who has had 65 starts for 14 wins, 23 placings and $104,842, is booked to American stallion Hes Watching.   Ken Casellas

Star reinsman Chris Voak was nominated for four mares in the $17,600 Simmonds Steel Free-For-All at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he has given punters a good lead by opting to handle My Prayer in preference to Queen Shenandoah, Batavia Silverline and Millwood Gucci. It was a tough decision. He has driven Queen Shenandoah at her past five starts for wins at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park, he drove Batavia Silverline when she led and finished second to Manning at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon and was in the sulky behind Millwood Gucci at her past three outings, for a second to Miss Lamarr and a third to Bad Round. Voak was impressed with the performance of the Barry Howlett-trained My Prayer when she was a $34 chance from the outside barrier in a field of nine in a 2130m event last Friday night. Four-year-old My Prayer raced in last position before flashing home with a powerful four-wide late burst to finish fourth behind Tiffany Rose. “My Prayer really flooded home when the last 800m was covered in 55.9sec. and it was a really good run,” said Voak. “This week I feel that it will be a hot affair. I think that there will be a lot of pace in the race and My Prayer should get a soft trip, either on the leader’s back or three back on the pegs. So, she should get a conservative run and, hopefully, she finishes like she did last week.” Batavia Silverline, ideally drawn at barrier one, will be driven by Michael Grantham, Chris Lewis will handle Queen Shenandoah and Maddison Brown has been engaged for Millwood Gucci. Hardest for My Prayer to beat is the Aiden de Campo-trained Mandy Joan, who will start from barrier five. She was favourite at $1.20 in a $24,000 event for mares last Friday night when she started from the No. 2 barrier and was beaten out by Tiffany Rose. Mandy Joan worked hard in the breeze outside Tiffany Rose and fought on grandly when second to that mare. “She went super,” said de Campo. “It was unfortunate that we were crossed early. Her work this morning (Tuesday) was good and I can’t see why she won’t run another good race this week from a tricky barrier.” De Campo will also be represented in this race with Delightfulreaction, who will start from barrier six and will be driven by Mark Johnson. “She was found a little bit wanting when up against the boys last start, but she always acquits herself well in mares’ company,” said de Campo.  Voak has seven drives at Friday night’s meeting and, apart from My Prayer, he considers he has solid each-way prospects with Boom Time (race three), Ultimate Offer (race seven) and Star of Diamonds (race eight). He also reckons Captain Mannering (race two), Gangbuster (race four) and Vultan Tin (race nine) have sound place prospects. “Boom Time has an awkward draw (barrier six) and he will need luck,” Voak said. “However, he does have the ability to overcome the draw. “Ultimate Offer will start from 10 metres in the 2503m stand and he should fight out the finish, while Star of Diamonds has a good chance from the inside of the back line in the race for three-year-old fillies. She just needs to get lucky, late. She has beaten Double Expresso twice and is capable of winning.” Double Expresso, trained by Ross Olivieri and the State’s best-performed filly, faces a stern test from the outside (barrier No. 9) in the 2130m event. However, she has loads of ability and is capable of overcoming the disadvantage of the outside barrier.   Ken Casellas

Prominent breeder Mike Howie has high hopes of winning the $30,000 Gold Bracelet for the second year in a row when Aiden de Campo drives Secret Reaction in the Group 3 feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Howie bred Some Copper Beach, who started from the No. 1 barrier and was driven by de Campo for a smart all-the-way victory in the Gold Bracelet 12 months ago. Howie bred and trains Secret Reaction, who is awkwardly drawn at barrier six in Friday night’s 2130m event for two-year-old fillies but is racing keenly. She was a $41 outsider from the outside of the back line in last Friday night’s group 1 Westbred Classic in which she was eleventh at the bell and finished strongly, out wide, to be sixth behind the brilliant Black Jack Baby. “It was a really good run,” said de Campo. “They got home really quickly (with final quarters of 29.5sec. and 26.7sec.) and she ran on five and six deep. It’s a tricky draw at six this week, but I was super happy with her run last week.” At her previous outing, Secret Reaction started out wide at barrier seven and raced three wide early and then in the breeze before winning by more than four lengths from Lady Bella Anne. The improving Barry Howlett-trained filly Just For Love looks certain to be a strong favourite after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. She also started from barrier one in last week’s Westbred Classic when Jocelyn Young trailed the $1.10 favourite Black Jack Baby throughout before finishing a good second to Black Jack Baby. Just For Love also started from the No. 1 barrier in the Diamond Classic two starts earlier when she set the pace before wilting to finish seventh behind Always An Angel. Then she started from barrier five and enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail before finishing strongly to win a $6000 event at Gloucester Park, beating Bettor Beach Belle by almost three lengths. Owner-trainer Shane Quadrio has decided to bypass the Gold Bracelet and set Black Jack Baby for the rich Golden Slipper the following Friday. “She has pulled up very well after her win last week and I want to save her for the Slipper and give her the best chance against the colts and geldings. I’ll work her on Saturday and sprint her up the following Wednesday to have her ready for the big race.” Jett Star, the unbeaten New Zealand-bred colt prepared by Greg and Skye Bond, was involved in a dramatic race at Gloucester Park on Tuesday afternoon when he raced keenly in the score-up and his nose struck the mobile barrier, caused him to gallop fiercely and lose six lengths. He then worked his way forward to the breeze and was on the outside of the pacemaker The Swiss Maestro when that colt inexplicably broke into a gallop 850m from home and dislodged reinsman Kyle Harper after locking wheels with Aussie Scooter, a stablemate of Jett Star, who was driven by Dylan Egerton-Green. Jett Star then found himself in front, a length clear of his nearest rival, but was unable to maintain that advantage when Aiden de Campo drove Dominus Factum through on his inside to take up the running. Jett Star then continued to work in the breeze before getting to the front 110m from home. He then had to fend off a spirited late challenge from Seeryanfly and won by a head at a 1.55.4 rate over 2130m. It was an impressive performance, with a fast lead time of 36.3 and final three quarters in 28.8sec., 27.4sec. and 28.5sec. Jett Star was unaffected and uninjured, and his victory was a great trial for the Golden Slipper on Friday week.   Ken Casellas

Black Jack Baby will tackle next month’s Group 1 Golden Slipper, following her scintillating win in the Allwood Stud Farm-Westbred Classic for the two-year-old fillies on Friday night. The Follow The Stars filly was far too classy for her rivals in Friday’s $80,000 event with Chris Voak in the sulky, scoring by 4.5m to Just For Love. It has paved the way for Black Jack Baby to take on the colts and geldings in the showpiece two-year-old event on July 10. Quadrio said he has already had plenty of requests to put Black Jack Baby in the Golden Slipper against the likes of Lavra Joe, Give Us A Wave and Jett Star after Friday’s win. “In the Slipper there’s going to be strength, speed and sheer class and ability,” he told TABradio. “Personally, I think she’s one of the fastest two-year-old’s going around in Perth, if not Australia, over the 400m. “It’ll come down to speed versus strength. “If she gets the right draw with a bit of luck and Voaky can do his magic and we’re sitting behind one of them, they’ll know she’s in the race.” Black Jack Baby has now built an imposing record of seven wins from eight starts and broke through the $100,000 prizemoney barrier on Friday. She managed to beat colts and geldings in each of her first five wins, including an impressive win over fellow Group 1 winner Talks Up A Storm on June 5. Quadrio said the filly was already showing signs of having a prosperous career post her two-year-old season. “It’s amazing because as soon as you take her to the race track she just gets white line fever,” he said. “With another horse next to her she just wants to do it. “You don’t have to hit her with the whip, you just have to give her a rein and a bit of a kiss and off she goes. “She loves being competitive and I’m glad I own her.” Quadrio has nominated the filly for Friday’s Gold Bracelet at Gloucester Park but is unsure if she will run again before the Golden Slipper. Jett Star will continue his build up to the Golden Slipper in tomorrow night’s TABtouch Pace, where he has drawn the outside barrier in the eight horse field. Ryan Warwick drove Jett Star to victory in the Pearl and Give Us A Wave in the Westbred Classic for the colts and geldings. Following Give Us A Wave’s win on Friday night and Jett Star’s Pearl Classic win, Warwick said the Greg and Skye Bond stable were well placed for the Golden Slipper. “There isn’t a lot between them,” he said. “I have a slight leaning to the other horse but I don’t know why. “It’s good going in with two bullets.”   Tim Walker

Black Jack Baby a bargain overlooked Shrewd judges and keen disciples of breeding missed a wonderful opportunity to snare a bargain when they overlooked the very first lot offered at the 2019 APG yearling sale in Perth. The filly, by the highly promising Art Major stallion Follow The Stars and out of the New Zealand-bred mare What A Card, failed to reach the reserve price of $12,000 and was passed in after the bidding fizzled out at $9000. The filly, bred by Shane Quadrio, is Black Jack Baby, who strolled to an all-the-way victory in the $80,000 group 1 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. That was Black Jack Baby’s seventh win from eight starts and boosted her prizemoney to $100,511, as well as earning several thousand more dollars in Westbred bonuses. “I’m ecstatic that the bidding didn’t reach $12,000,” said a relieved Quadrio, who trains Black Jack Baby at his Henley Brook property. “We look back at it now and say ‘Oh, thank our lucky stars that nobody showed much interest in her.’” Quadrio now is looking seriously at pitting Black Jack Baby against the State’s best colts and geldings in the rich Golden Slipper on Friday week. He also has the option of starting his brilliant filly in the $30,000 Gold Bracelet for fillies next Friday night and then determining whether to run her in the Slipper the following Friday. Quadrio purchased the McArdle mare What A Card after she had won six races in New Zealand on the recommendation of his son Dylan. What impressed Dylan Quadrio was the fact that What A Card was a half-sister to speedy and talented pacers Scruncher, Big Three and Dundee Three, who between them had won 72 races. “What A Card had a lot of high speed,” said Shane Quadrio. “But, unfortunately, after a couple of runs we noticed that she had bad joints and we had to keep treating her. Then we decided to breed from her, and that was the main reason why we got her.” For the record, What A Card had 57 starts in Western Australia for one win (in a C2-C6 2190m event at Northam in April 2015) and six placings for a career record of 89 starts for seven wins, 11 placings and $42,074 in stakes. Pinjarra horseman David Young broke in and educated Black Jack Baby and prepared her for her first five starts for four wins and a second (a half-length behind Rumour Has It in the $25,000 Western Crown at Gloucester Park in March this year. Quadrio has trained the filly for her past three starts. Black Jack Baby was a hot $1.10 favourite on Friday night and the result was never in doubt after Chris Voak sent her straight to the lead from the No. 2 barrier after the mobile barrier sent the field of 12 on its way. The race began in a heavy downpour and the lead time was a very slow 39.2sec. which was followed by extremely leisurely opening 400m sections of two 32.3sec. quarters before a third quarter of 29.5sec. and a sizzling last section of 26.7sec., with Black Jack baby rating a modest 2.0.8 over the 2130m. Voak described the commanding performance as having had an armchair drive, with Black Jack Baby winning by one and a half lengths from the polemarker and $9 chance Just For Love, who fought on doggedly after racing behind the pacemaker throughout. Minor Catastrophe ($34), who raced three back on the pegs in fifth position, was a distant third, just ahead of Star For Me, who fought on from eighth at the bell.   Give Us A Wave is Slipper bound Champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond strengthened their grip on the rich Golden Slipper classic next Friday week when Give Us A Wave scored a decisive victory in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Leading reinsman Ryan Warwick emulated the performance of his father Colin, who won this feature event with Whistling Eagle in 1994, by driving Give Us A Wave, the $2.20 favourite, to an impressive all-the-way victory at a 1.57.1 rate over 2130m on a rain-affected track. The Bond stable holds a powerful hand in the Golden Slipper in which their main hope looks likely to be the brilliant New Zealand-bred colt Jett Star, who scored his fourth easy win from four starts when he finished powerfully to win the $100,000 Pearl Classic on June 12 from the pacemaker and hot favourite Lavra Joe. Warwick said that the was anticipating a strong challenge in Friday night’s event to be issued by Lavra Joe, who began from the No. 2 barrier, with Give Us A Wave drawn perfectly at barrier one. Lavra Joe, as expected, raced in the breeze, and Warwick said he was relieved when a tyre of Lavra Joe’s sulky was punctured. “About 1200m from home it sounded as though Lavra Joe got a flat tyre. So, that was a good thing for us. “The barrier draws mean a lot because there’s such a good crop of two-year-olds. They can all run good times which makes it harder for horses back in the pack. Obviously, we were lucky to draw one. Give Us A Wave did what about half the field would have done from the same barrier. “Give Us A Wave got a little bit keen off the arm, but he came back to me after about 200 to 300 metres. It would have been nice to have gone a little bit slower, but I didn’t want Lavra Joe boring it in, and I wasn’t inviting him to come. So, it was a case of finding the (happy) medium. “Give Us A Wave is a very good doer and runs don’t seem to bother him. There’s not a lot between him and Jett Star, who was really good in winning the Pearl, and he probably does have a little edge on Give Us A Wave. But it’s not big enough to suggest that if one drew barrier one and the other drew nine, I could drive the one with the better draw.” Lavra Joe, equal second fancy at $5 with Carabao, was affected by the flat tyre and wilted to finish ninth. Carabao trailed Give Us A Wave throughout and moved to second with 100m to travel before fading to fifth. Mighty Ronaldo ($7) enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing fast to be second, with Machnificent ($20) coming from sixth at the bell to be third. Give Us A Wave, by Mach Three, is the eleventh foal out of the unraced Safely Kept mare Royal Tour (hence the colt’s name) and he was purchased for $60,000 at the 2019 APG yearling sale in Perth by Team Bond, Rob Gartrell’s Running Camel syndicate and Andrew Foster. He now has raced seven times for two wins and three placings for stakes of $64,883. Give Us A Wave is a half-brother to seven winners, including Truckers Ruffnut (53 starts for 20 wins, 14 placings and $249,770) and Tuxedo Tour (70 starts for 15 wins, 21 placings and $194,596.   Victoria Cup plan for Chicago Bull Champion pacer Chicago Bull notched his 48TH victory in a glittering career when he surged home from last in the field of six at the bell to beat the fast-finishing Ocean Ridge and Motu Premier in the $20,000 Direct Trades Supply Past Presidents Cup over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and trainer Gary Hall snr said he was toying with the idea of setting the seven-year-old for the $300,000 Victoria Cup at Melton in October. “I’ll just potter around with him in the winter and I might go for the Victoria Cup if he keeps getting better,” said Hall. “I haven’t made up my mind yet; it’s just a flight there and back. He’s worth a chance and I haven’t ruled out a trip to Melbourne with him. If he keeps getting better, which I think he will, it’s an option before he contests the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup in November and December.” Chicago Bull competed in the Victoria Cup in October 2018 when he raced three wide in the middle stages and then in the breeze before finishing second to Tiger Tara. He now has had 75 starts for 48 wins, 21 placings and stakes of $1,816,598. Gary Hall jnr drove the  nuggety little gelding with great confidence, not bustling him from barrier five and allowing him to settle down at the rear in the one-wide line as the polemarker Motu Premier resisted an early challenge from Ocean Ridge and set a solid pace. Our Jimmy Johnstone raced in the breeze, with Golden State following the pacemaker and Ocean Ridge enjoying the one-out, one-back trail. Hall sent Chicago Bull (favourite at $1.60) forward with a three-wide burst with about 700m to travel. He sustained his three-wide effort before taking the lead 100m from the post and he beat Ocean Ridge ($5) by 2m, with Motu Premier an excellent third at his first appearance for six months. This completed a double for Hall jnr, who had been successful earlier in the night with While They Pray.   Birthday presents for Voak Chris Voak, an adventurous, aggressive and skilful reinsman, enjoyed an early 32ND birthday present when he gave a typical bold exhibition in the sulky to land former Victorian performer Stroke of Luck an impressive winner of the Mondo Smallgoods Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. An hour later he completed a double when Black Jack Baby was successful in the group 1 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies, and he kept up the good work on his birthday on Saturday by driving Burghley Shard to an easy victory in a two-year-old event at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park. Stroke of Luck, a recent addition to trainer Ross Olivieri’s Oakford stable, was favourite at $1.70 from the inside of the back line and Voak eased the Major In Art seven-year-old off the pegs after 100m as the gelding settled down in ninth position. Voak then sent him forward, three wide after 400m and the gelding burst to the front 250m later. Stroke of Luck set a strong pace and dashed over the final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.2sec. to beat Parisian Partygirl by just over a length at a 1.55.7 rate over 2130m. Our Rhythm N Blues, who came from the rear to raced without cover over the final 1100m, fought on solidly to finish third. “It was a very good run by Stroke of Luck,” said Voak. “He did what I thought he would do, and I drove him like the best horse, and he went like the best horse. I don’t know how much improvement is there because he was in pretty good order when he came across from Victoria. He has excellent sit and sprint capabilities and will get to Free-For-All ranks.”   While They Pray needs loving Four-year-old Alta Christiano gelding While They Pray, stylish winner of the 2130m Villi’s Family Bakery Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, is a work in progress. “But he is winning while that progress is happening,” said Pinjarra trainer Michael George after Gary Hall jnr had guided While They Pray ($4.80) to an all-the-way victory over Mister Bushido and Just Rockon Bye  at a 1.55.8 rate. George was given the task of training While They Pray when the gelding was an unraced three-year-old early last year, with George explaining that champion trainer Gary Hall snr considered that the pacer with so much natural ability wasn’t suited to his training system. “His system was probably too much hustle and bustle for a horse who needed plenty of love and care and one-on-one attention,” George said. “I was fortunate to get the horse. He’s the best horse I’ve had and probably the best I’ll ever have. I am forever thankful to Senior and the owners of this horse for the opportunity I have with him. He’s like my third child. “I do all sorts of things with him, trying to keep him comfortable and happy. I bring a companion horse with him to the track when he races and tonight it was Tubbs Farquhar. I also take a horse with him in the barn before he goes out for a hoppled run. “He’s got a good competitive nature and loves racing. But he has had a lot of issues with his manners. He’s been a headache; he’s just got no brakes; he gets keen scoring up and is pretty difficult to control. But he’s got a good motor and can run time. “Last week when he overraced in the breeze and finished fifth behind Bletchley Park he raced with a Murphy blind --- and it fired him up too much. This week I put a HIDZ hood on him and he raced more kindly.” While They Pray is the second foal out of the Bettors Delight mare Slick Bird, who was prepared by Hall snr for her 34 starts which produced ten wins, nine placings and $89,999 in stakes. She finished third behind Artemis Belle in the WA Oaks in May 2011. Her first foal Slick Artist was also trained by Hall for her 18 starts in WA for six wins (including the Daintys Daughter Classic in February 2018) and six placings. Slick Artist then continued her career in America and now has a record of 58 starts for 11 wins, 22 placings and $175,670.   Inwood’s bargain buy Hopeland trainer Giles Inwood made a wise decision just over five weeks ago to outlay $4000 to purchase veteran pacer Bettor Party, who ended a losing sequence of 21 when he set the pace and beat Robbie Easton and Destined To Rule in the 2536m Worldwide Printing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This was Bettor Party’s fifth start for Inwood and followed a third, two fourths and a fifth placing to return his new owner $13,227 in prizemoney. Ten-year-old Bettor Party, favourite at $2 (and $1.80 on the fixed market), was driven for the first time by Aiden de Campo, the 26TH person to have handled the old gelding, who now has raced 202 times for 39 wins, 53 placings and $328,600 in stakes. “I approached Eric Chabros recently and asked if I could lease Bettor Party,” said Inwood. “About two weeks later he rang me and asked if I wanted to buy the horse, and I did. “Eric gave me Bettor Party in super condition and his legs are perfect for an old horse. I thought that a change might suit him. I looked at his record and saw that everyone who has had him had done well. He has been a consistent performer and he won a couple of Cups and won the Horse of the Year award in South Australia in two years straight.” Inwood, who celebrated his birthday two days after Friday’s win, is the fifth trainer to have prepared Bettor Party, who was purchased for $20,000 as a yearling by leviathan owner Rob Gartrell. Inwood, who has a team of eight at his stable, works Bettor Party on the heavy sand, jogging on the side of a quadbike, as well as having a hoppled run on Tuesday mornings. He also has enjoyed good success with Gangbuster, a seven-year-old gelding who was given to him as a gift by Kristian Hawkins in May 2019. Since then Gangbuster has had 41 starts for Inwood for four wins, seven placings and $44,915 in stakes.   Lightning Jolt strikes again Seven-year-old Lightning Jolt, who broke down badly with a tendon injury four years ago and was out of action for 16 months, is racing in fine form for Byford trainer John Oldroyd. “He was one of the best young pacers in the State before he damaged a tendon in his off foreleg,” Oldroyd said. “Debra Lewis treated his leg and did an enormous job with his rehabilitation, and I haven’t had a problem with him since.” Lightning Jolt, a big, powerfully-built gelding, continues to be a fine performer for his owners Kirk Kawana and his wife Charlene, Nick Rutledge, Nick Hathaway and the trainer’s son Brad and his victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night improved his record to 80 starts for 13 wins, 26 placings and stakes of $150,810. A $4.60 chance ($5.50 on the fixed market), Lightning Jolt began from the No. 4 barrier and Ryan Warwick quickly positioned him in the perfect one-out, one-back trail, with Heza Head Honcho setting the pace, with Naval Aviator in the breeze and Euphoric Moment behind the leader. Lightning Jolt dashed to the front on the home turn and fought on determinedly to defeat A Boy Named Rosie, who finished strongly, out wide, from eighth at the bell. The final quarters were run in 28.7sec. and 28.6sec. and the winner rated 1.58.2. Lightning Jolt is the second of two foals out of unraced mare Sandys Success, whose first foal Mynameskenny (a full-brother to Lightning Jolt) was trained by Oldroyd and was a brilliant performer, earning $199,195 from 21 wins and six placings from 43 starts before breaking down with tendon damage as a five-year-old.   The Black Cardinal’s on-off career Ten-year-old The Black Cardinal had two unplaced runs as a two-year-old in June 2012 and then had a three-year break from racing. He reappeared in June 2015 and had 23 starts in the following 12 months for two wins at Pinjarra. But then he was not seen in action for another three and a half years before Jandakot trainer Tommy Sheehy gained the lease of the gelding who now has had 27 starts for Sheehy for five wins and five placings. The Black Cardinal got punters away to a flying start at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he was the $2.60 favourite for the opening event, the TABtouch Pace, and was driven to a convincing all-the-way win by Ryan Warwick, who went on to notch a treble after scoring with Lightning Jolt and Give Us A Wave and then travelled to Bunbury on Saturday where he guided Poisedtopounce to an effortless victory in the Errol Ashcroft Pace . After a modest early tempo, The Black Cardinal dashed over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 28.1sec. to win by just under a length from Alta Rhett ($4.60), who trailed him throughout. Walsh ($16) charged home from eleventh at the bell to be an eye-catching third. The unlucky runner was Pierre Whitby ($4.20), who enjoyed a perfect sit, one-out and one-back, but was hopelessly blocked for a run in the final circuit and finished seventh.    Bad Round ends losing run of 56 Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg and her husband John have never lost faith in Bad Round, and the seven-year-old repaid them for their patience when he unleashed a powerful late burst to snatch a head victory over Madame Meilland in the 2130m Catalano Truck And Equipment Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bad Round, a $4.70 chance from the inside of the back line, was driven expertly by Jocelyn Young, who had the gelding pacing smoothly three back on the pegs in sixth position before she angled him off the inside with 850m to travel, with the $3.10 favourite Millwood Gucci bowling along in front. Bad Round sustained a spirited burst, out wide, to get up and beat Madame Meilland and Millwood Gucci to end a losing sequence of 56, stretching back to December 2018.           The Padberg’s paid $20,000 for Bad Round as a three-year-old after he had been unplaced at two runs in New Zealand and had won at four of his nine starts in New South Wales. He has had 157 starts for the Padbergs for 11 wins, 30 placings and stakes of $158,618. “I was offered him by NSW trainer Blake Fitzpatrick, and he is the first one of about seven pacers I have bought off him,” said Mrs Padberg. “He is a little character and is part of the family now. “He’s got to have good draws because he is purely a fence horse. If he has a bad draw, we just tuck him away and look after him.” Bad Round is certainly not a high-profile pacer, but he has one important claim to fame. His maternal granddam Love To Live produced champion performer Terror To Love, who earned $2,429,978 from 31 wins and 23 placings from 76 starts. His major victory was in the 3200m New Zealand Cup at Addington in November 2011 when he defeated Smoken Up and Highview Tommy. Jocelyn Young continued in winning form when she scored a narrow victory with $1.90 fancy Pamy June over the pacemaker Madame of Mischief at Bunbury on Saturday night.   Flying start is the key A brilliant burst of speed which enabled Tiffany Rose to burst straight to the front from the No. 5 barrier paved the way for the three-year-old filly’s win at $6 over older and more experienced mares in the $24,000 Lombardo Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred Tiffany Rose, trained at Henley Brook by Mike Reed for owners Jim and Wilma Giumelli, scorched into the lead and then was able to relax with a comfortable lead time of 38.1sec. and a slow first quarter of 31.9sec. Shannon Suvaljko then increased the tempo with final quarters of 29.4sec., 27.8sec. and 28.1sec. and Tiffany Rose won by just under a length from the $1.20 favourite Mandy Joan, who fought on grandly after working in the breeze throughout.  The winner’s mile rate was 1.57.4. Radiant Amber ($23) enjoyed the one-out, one-back passage before finishing third, with My Prayer ($34) charging home, four wide, from ninth and last at the bell to be an encouraging fourth. Tiffany Rose had eight starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand for four seconds, three thirds and one fourth placing and her 15 starts as a three-year-old this season have resulted in eight wins and three thirds.   Ken Casellas

Friday night’s blockbuster meeting at Gloucester Park features two Group 1 events for the “babies”. The $80,000 Westbred Classic for 2YO Fillies (2130m) and the $80,000 Westbred Classic for 2YO C&G (2130m) highlight a star-studded night of pacing under the ribbon of lights. Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have found several best bets on the 10-event card, with Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart believing classy filly Black Jack Baby can prove a reliable banker in the first of the Group 1s. “Black Jack Baby’s recent efforts have been absolutely outstanding and from this draw she will lead and win again,” Wishart said. “Then on to the Slipper where she is a strong winning chance.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas and longshot guru Pat Harding have labelled Lightning Jolt as their star bet for the night. “Versatility is a key attribute of Lightning Jolt’s make-up and the John Oldroyd-trained seven-year-old should appreciate a slight drop in class on Friday night,” Casellas said. “Recent placings behind Mister Bushido and Valentines Brook have earned him the accolade of my best bet this week. He led and sprinted the final 400m in 27.6sec. when a splendid last-start second to Valentines Brook, two starts after his fast-finishing third behind Mister Bushido.” And Harding agrees. “Tipping and punting continues to be a challenge at the Friday night Gloucester Park meetings and this week is equally challenging,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race two with No.4 Lightning jolt. He has run a couple of good places and with Ryan Warwick aboard I think he can give a much-needed win to trainer John Oldroyd.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on Mandy Joan in the last race. “Mandy Joan, who faced the breeze when winning at Gloucester Park on June 12, has hit top form since a recent transfer to trainer Aiden De Campo’s team and looks hard to beat again,” Manning said. “The mare was placed  at her first two starts for De Campo, ahead of winning at her third appearance after the stable change. She has won eight races, including four at Gloucester Park. Barrier two is a key advantage for her.” TABradio’s form expert Hayden King has earmarked Robbie Easton as his star bet. “Robbie Easton worked like a train last week and fought on doggedly,” King said. “Providing that effort didn't gas him out, he will take all the beating this week with the draw advantage over Ultimate Offer.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is confident Millwood Gucci can return to winning form in race seven. “Millwood Gucci registered consecutive placings before a last-start failure when facing the breeze 11 days ago,” Havercroft said. “She forged to the front at those two seconds and I expect Im Batman to be happy to take the trail in a race where most runners have a long run of outs to their names.” TABradio racecaller Matt Young believes punters can start the night on a winning note by supporting The Black Cardinal in the first race. “The Black Cardinal has the perfect draw to start your night off right,” Young said. “He was unlucky last start and with a few runs under his belt he looks to lead and control the opener and add some extra dollars to your pocket for the exciting night ahead.” Guild president Wayne Currall says punters will be dancing with joy if they back The Bird Dance in race four. “The Bird Dance has won 15 of his 22 starts and is destined to progress to better races than this,” Currall said. “This is the best field he has met, but leading driver Ryan Warwick has options from gate six and the horse’s class should get him home in what appears to be a highly competitive event.” VALUE BETS WARREN: Things just haven’t gone right for Pradas Ideal Dahling lately and while the draw is a big blow this is about as weak a field as he has ever met. Worth a big each-way play at the indicative price of $21. KEN: For value, I suggest 10-year-old Bettor Party in race eight, in which he will start from the No. 1 barrier. The veteran of 210 starts has a losing sequence of 21 and has managed just one win from his past 41 starts. But his recent efforts have been excellent and point to a win in the very near future. PAT: My value bet comes up in race three with the Garry Hall-trained Our Rhythm N Blues. He had a good win two starts ago and with Junior aboard should give punters a good sight. ERNIE: Neighlor has been unplaced at his past eight starts, but he possesses more ability than his form suggests. A winner of six Gloucester Park races, he is capable of figuring prominently if having luck. HAYDEN: Bad Round is drawn to get a soft run on the pegs in a race where they should roll along. He is racing soundly and when the breaks arrive, he can shoot to victory. RYAN: Caruba has drawn well for her return to racing and won from this draw before going out for a spell. Has gate speed and will be up on the tempo. MATT: Bad Round was eye catching last start and has a beautiful trailing draw. Looks to be perfectly placed and just in need of some luck, but if he gets the breaks I think he’ll sweep over the top late for victory. WAYNE: Euphoric Moment has two “duck eggs” next to his name, but his form is much better than that suggests. Should get a lovely run from the pole and looks a safe each-way investment in race two. Good punting from home. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting from home.   Wayne Currall

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