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DIAMOND WINNER RETURNS

(6 October 17) A great race in the one of our stand out races, the $50,000 J P Stratton, which saw three Inters contenders fight out the finish with relative newcomer Shandale (Art Major) holding out Golden Nugget and multiple Group 1 winner Soho Tribeca and Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup winner Chicago Bull. Certainly hotting up for the Inters which starts next month. Also good to see one of our Diamond Classic winners return to the winners list with a metro win.

With a good run to finish second a fortnight ago and with a good barrier (2), the 2015 Diamond Classic winner Bethany Aitch (Four Starzzz Shark out of Survivor by Live Or Die) made the most of a break by the mare in 1 to hold out the early challenges and go to the lead. The lead was quick and after a slow first quarter, a mid race challenge from Lipizzaner kept the pace up for the next two quarters. However, with the advantage of the inside running Bethany Aitch was able to steady and with Lipizzaner dropping back through the field at the 400m, Bethany Aitch raced clear around the home turn and went on to win the $18,000 Tabtouch Inter Dominion Heat Night Two M0 Mares Pace by 2.5m, mile rate 1:58.2 and last three quarters all under 29.5. A good run by her, and the win was her 8th. She has a career total of $122,232 including 14 places.

Bred and part owned by David Young and trained by another part owner Nathan Turvey,  Bethany Aitch is the second winner from only two foals from her dam Survivor (Live Or Die) 1:59 $40,845, who was a good racemare in Victoria and WA. Her other winner is The Real Nadal (Real Desire) 1:57.3 11 wins $85,472. Survivor was bred in NZ and is one of 4 foals from her dam Koau Jodie (Knowing Bret) that raced in Australia, with 3 winning.

Another winner off a good run at his previous start. In spite of running 2nd the previous week, barrier 9 did not appeal to the punters and 5yo gelding El Hombre (Badlands Hanover out of Appaloosa by OK Bye) started at the good odds of 25/1 in the 2130m Pace for M1 to M3. El Hombre was allowed to drop out early before moving three wide in the home straight the first time and continuing the forward move to the breeze after a lap. The favourite was in front on his inside, and the first qtr was run in a very good 28.7, with the second and third quarter run without change in even time. In the back straight approaching the 400m the favourite looked to be in trouble. Coming off the back El Hombre had raced up and taken the lead and looked the winner. He was the strongest on the line and won the $22,000 Tabtouch Inter Dominion Gala Dinner Pace by 3.8m, last qtr 28.8 and a solid mile rate of 1:56.3 in the breeze. The win took him to a career tally of $138,012 from 12 wins and 16 places.

Bred and owned by one of Australia's top breeders in Bob Fowler, El Hombre's dam Appaloosa produced 5 other winners including Eurodollar (Million To One) 1:56.6 10 win $94,336 and Parsonemby (Parsons Den) 1:56.3 $200,902. The close up family includes Sokys Legend (Sokys Atom), the dam of London Legend (In The Pocket ) 1:57.2 14 wins $290,778 and successful NZ, Australian and US pacer Bit Of A Legend (Bettors Delight) 1:50.6 37 wins $1,803,317.

A nice effort by the Miller boys to take out first and third in the $18,000 PerthInterDominion Pace M0, with Dean Miller training both and Mitch Miller driving the winner, 7yo gelding Western Drover (Northern Luck out of Wichita Gem by Redskin). Western Drover started in 6 and was 3 wide around the bend before getting to the breeze and then getting cover one out one back with stablemate The Thinking Man, driven by Dean, behind him. Waiting until the final turn, Western Drover and The Thinking Man both made their runs with Western Drover grabbing the win on the line by a head, with a head to his stablemate in 3rd.

Bred and owned by R and J Bradley, it was the 11th win for Western Drover with 23 places and $81,933 in stakes. Wichita Gem (Redskin) 1:58.1, the dam of Western Drover was another solid race mare with over $69,000 in stakes and 13 wins. She has produced two other winners including Countess Krista (Northern Luck) 1:59.2 10 wins $64,366. This is one of WAs very old and successful families, which includes Wilver Mint and Raider Adios.

Worth a lot less than it was last season, the $8500 Westbred Final for C1 to C4 was a good race, and a good result for the punters. Another masterly drive from Chris Lewis on the Debra Lewis trained 4yo mare Rockin The Boys (Rock N Roll Heaven out of Boys Lie by Badlands Hanover). Chris, who was tipped out of the cart in an accident in race 3, drove his usual heady race to hold the major challengers where he needed them after going straight to the lead from 1. Controlling the speed and positions in the race he rated Rockin The Boys perfectly and she just held out the late finishing Ruling Gold driven by Shannon Sulvaljko. Bred and owned by Debra Lewis and Julie Champion, it was her 9th win and her 4th win from her last 5 starts. Along with 8 places she has career stakes of $50,834.

Boys Lie 2:01 $6,170, the dam of Rockin The Boys, had a 4 start career for one win. Her dam Hello Boys (Crouch) 1:57.5 12 wins  $89,541, was an excellent race mare and the dam of 6 winners from 7 live foals including Kiss Chasey (Yankee Sensation) 1:55.3 16 wins $146,358, and Play The Boys (Shadow Play) 1:56.2 $64,550 including wins in a Heat and Final of the WA Sales Classic at his only 2 starts. Hello Boys is a half sister to 6 other winners including Party Date (Panorama) 1:56 25 wins and $256,003 and Red Hot Date (Village Jasper) 12 wins $99,730. Party Date is the dam of Bettor Party (Bettors Delight) 1:54 29 wins $238,779, Rocknroll Whitby (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:57.2 11 wins $140,020  and 3 other winners. Boom Or Bust (Kawartha Robust) 2:03 8 wins $35,997, the dam of Hello Boys, is a half sister to 6 other winners, and is out of Boom Boom Baby (Pure Steel) who in turn is a half sister to Dripping Diamonds (Maple Lanes Strike) the dam of Golden Goddess (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 29 wins $258,906 and Golden Gears (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 25 wins $336,466.

GOLDEN NUGGET WINNER RETURNS

(29 September 17) Great winning effort in 1:55.3 from 2016 Golden Nugget winner Soho Tribeca, returning to race in WA after 3 consecutive wins at Melton including a win in the Group 1 Vicbred Super Series 4yo Final. It was also nice to see three WA bred winners to add to the extensive list of recent winners at headquarters.

Driven out of the 3 barrier, 8yo gelding and race favourite Mako Shadow (Four Stazzz Shark out of Poppy Jasper by Village Jasper) zipped over to the rails to take the race lead in the 1730m dash. The first quarter was the fastest quarter at 28.4 and Mako Shadow continued to travel strongly in the back straight the last time. Kicking clear coming out of the back straight he had the race in hand and was maintaining his winning margin to the line. He went on to win by 3.8m, bringing up his 13th career win and along with 17 places his earnings are now $97,396.

Bred by M and D Schofield and J Boley, Mako Shadow is the first foal from race winning mare Poppy Jasper, whose dam Provocation (Hilarion) was also a race winner. The maternal family of Mako Shadow is the great broodmare Tactics (Light Brigade). This family has numerous top class winners and is still prominent with the likes of One Dream (Dream Away) 1:56.7 18 wins  $846,467, Some Kinda Tactics (Dream Away) 1:53.3 41 wins $273,312 and Tact Hayleys Delight (Bettors Delight) 1:52.2 16 wins $300,7366 stakes. This family is capable of producing top horses.

Starting from the inside of the back line was the perfect barrier position for 5yo gelding Abraxas Blues (Santanna Blue Chip out of Apache Kitten by Badlands Hanover)and he went straight through after barrier rise in the 1730 sprint to be behind the leader in running. Over the sprint journey you need to be near the front and in the back straight the last time he was in third position, still on the rails. Coming out of the back straight driver Chris Voak moved Abraxas Blues off the rails and as they cornered he was three wide and in the clear, but still a length off the leader. Making a fast late move and diving on the line he grabbed the lead and the $20,000 Leading Tipster Stuart Lowe M0 to M2 Pacer win by a head, mile rate 1:55.5 and last qtrs 28.5 and 27.7. This was his 8th win and second successive win in 4 days after winning at Pinjarra earlier in the week. His career tally is now $64,760 and includes 14 places.

Bred by Deb Prentice, Mark Conlan, P Kennedy, G Chappell and C Berryman, the talented Abraxas Blues is the first foal from the now deceased Apache Kitten who had a very short racing career of two starts - 2nd in a heat of the Diamond and 5th in the 2009 final. Her unraced dam Silk Lining (In The Pocket) is a half sister to Badlands Chief (Badlands Hanover) 1:59.6 14 wins $73,310 in stake.

Taking off quickly out of the barrier from 6, 9yo gelding Glow Bright (Artesian out of Bailee Renouf by Mystical Prince) settled quickly in the breeze in the $8,500 M0 to M2 Pace over the sprint journey. With the horse behind the leader breaking into a gallop and disorganising the field, Glow Bright found himself one out one back from the wash-up. Taking off just after the 600m to lead the three wide line, he was second at the 400 and in the lead one off the rails coming to the turn into the home straight.  With the inside runner fighting back, Glow Bright raced a metre clear at the 100m and although both horses were tiring Glow Bright went on to win by 2.4m rating 1:56.2, final two quarters 28.6 and 28.8. Glow Bright has done extremely well since being taken over by trainer Debbie Padberg in August last year and won over $31,000 in 2016/17. His lifetime stakes are now $156,906 from 14 wins and 31 places.

Bred and owned by Elderbell Holdings, Glow Bright is the first winner from winning mare Bailee Renouf, who is a half sister to 3 winners including Artesian Queen (Artesian) 1:57.4 6 wins $43,987 and Rylee Jo (Albert Albert) 1:59.4 7 wins $53,222. Rylee Jo is the dam of Eminence Grise (Artesian) 1:56.7 7 wins $57,848 and recent Virgil Queen winner Sea Me Smile (Cams Fool) 1:56.4 11 wins $136,773.

THE RETURN OF THE DODO

(22 September 17) It was another good night of racing with the fields hotting up for the big races ahead. Chicago Bull won the $50,000 Navy Cup in 1:53.5, but it was also a terrific performance by Westsired Allamerican Ingot gelding Americanbootscoota to take second place after setting the pace of the race and being challenged most of the way. There were 5 WA bred winners, another good, Friday night result.

First of our winners was 5yo mare Dodolicious (Bettors Delight out of Slick Chick by Troublemaker)who made it 3 from 3 after returning to racing this month. Starting from 7 and 3rd last early, she settled briefly 3 back in the two wide line before making a 3 wide move. With 1200 to go she was in the front. A mid race scrimmage caused some changes in the field, but Dodolicious was still leading comfortably. Coming out of the back straight the last time she still held the field at bay and running to the line was able to move away and win the $20,000 TABTouch Inter Dominion Mares M0 to M4 by 4.5m in 1:57.6.The win took her to a grand total of $465,960 from her 31 starts  which includes 18 wins, 9 places and a lifetime best of 1:55.5.

Bred by Greg Bond, and owned and now trained by Skye Bond, Dodolicious is one of 8 winners produced by her dam Slick Chic who also produced Cuvee Riche (Kinney Hanover) 1:58.6 10 wins $112,125 and Sir Slick (Kinney Hanover) 1:56.6 11 wins $72,611. Slick Chic is a half sister to five winners including Fox Oshaughnessey (Fake Left), 1:53 35 wins $222,324. Other winners from this maternal line (part of the Mosan Derby family) include Golden Nugget winner Sinn Fein (Royal Force) 1:57.9 $247,359, Sires Produce and Triple Crown winner Race Ruler (Racy Prince), and recently retired mare Deluxe Edition (Jet Laag) 1.56.5 11 wins $129,095.

After qualifying for stands in 2015, and stepping out in his first stand trial in February this year, 8yo gelding Heez On Fire (Courage Under Fire out of Artists Impression by Perfect Art) stepped out in his first ever race start in a stand, from the 30m mark. Starting favourite, Heez On Fire stepped off perfectly and was in touch with the field very quickly, settling last in the moving line. With 1000 to go he followed a 3 wide mover and was within 2 lengths of the leader with a lap to go. At the 400m he moved out 4 wide and started to reel in the leaders. He hit the lead at the 100m and then eased to the line to win the $18,000 Tabtouch Inter Dominion Italian Fireworks Night Stand over 2503m by 1.1m with last quarters 28.4 and 28.5. It was his 20th win and took his stakes to $285,257. Along the way he has won the 2yo Westbred Classic, the 2014 San Simeon and competed in the 2016 Inters.

Bred by Total Strategy Pty LTd, Heez On Fire is the best winner from his dam Artists Impression (Perfect Art), with the next best winner being Remember Me Bel  (Village Jasper) 1:56.3, 5 wins and $41,959. Rakamo (Admiral Halsey) 2:01.7 10 wins and $28,484, the dam of Artists Impression, produced 10 winners including high class performer Hy Royale (Lotsa Clout) 1:57 20 wins $263,564. Rakamo is a half sister to to the dam of Rakarebel (Christian Cullen) 1:54.1 25 wins $349,607 and Rakarazor (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:52.2 12 wins $140,685.

Starting second favourite but with the better barrier, 6yo gelding Argyle Red (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Dekker Diamond by Iraklis) wasted no time and charged straight to the front from barrier 3. With the favourite getting to the breeze after a lap it looked like a race in two. In the back straight the last time driver Morgan Woodley was still sitting quietly and at the turn into the front straight he was a length clear. Going to the line he looked to be tiring but was not pushed to win the $22,000 TabTouch Inter Dominion M1 to M3 Pace by 3m, in a mile rate of 1:57.7. The win was his 12th and took him to $99,003.

Bred and owned by Rob and Ann MacDonald, Argyle Red is the first winner out of metropolitan winner and 100% producer Dekker Diamond (by 1996 Miracle Mile winner Iraklis) 1:57.9  8 wins $63,249, who has also produced Davinci Diamond (Artiscape) 1:56.2 6 wins $43,199 and 2yo winner Havarti (Betterthancheddar) 1:58. Dekker Diamond is a half sister to 2 winners including Bring On De Beers (Kinney Hanover) 1:58.1 $32,374. This is also the family of Mon Poppies (Safely Kept) 1:57.7 10 wins $88,350, Mon Lillies (Artesian) 1:54.7 10 wins $95,605, Real Smooth Lombo (Parsons Den) 1:58.2 13 wins $94,619, Lady Julie Lombo (Million To One) 1:59.3 11 wins $89,499, Lombo Ranmiles (Saab) 1:52.0 20 wins $129,014, Magic Moment Lombo (Lombo Pocket Watch) 1:57.4 11 wins $84,182 and Fours Enuf Tas (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:55.2 21 wins $131,358.

Starting from 2 and very short in the betting following some very good runs, 4yo entire Our Zak Whitby (Mach Three out of Zerina Whitby by Kinney Hanover) went straight for the lead and after a short burst, had the front. After a slow lead and slow first qtr the pace stepped up in the second and really hotted up in a 27.4 third quarter with the third favourite in the breeze keeping Our Zak Whitby honest and the field now well spread out. Coming into the home straight Our Zak Whitby got away from the field and he was well clear going to the line, winning the $18,000 Perthinterdominion.com.au M0 by 8.8m with mile rate 1:58 and last qtr 28.8. It was his 10th win from only 32 starts and along with 14 places his stakes are just over $83,000.

Bred, part owned and trained by Ed Dewar, Our Zak Whitby is one of 5 winners produced by good race mare Zerina Whitby (Kinney Hanover)1:55.6 who won nearly $108,000 from 15 wins and 13 places. Her dam Whitbys Merit (French Chef) 2:00.3 $168,598, was a top class race mare, winning the 1993 Diamond Classic, Champagne Classic, Pearl and the 1993 Golden Slipper, the last two being open races. She retired at 3 after winning 10 of her first 12 starts. Whitbys Merit produced 11 winners from 13 live foals including Aikido Whitby (Life Sign) 1:55.2 1:55.2, 21 wins and $270,328, and Victorian Oaks and WA Sales Classic winner Montana Anna (Mystical Prince) 1:59 13 wins $230,863. Whitbys Merit is a daughter of Ed Dewar's NZ broodmare gem Remit, whose descendants include Whitby Timer (Spring Run) 1:56.9 23 wins $314,899, Whitby Heritage (Maple Lanes Strike) 1:58.8 22 wins $201,758, twice Australian Broodmare of the Year Fiscal Miss (Captain Hook) 1:59.6 15 wins, Whitbys Miss Penny (Booth Hanover) 1:55.2 32 wins $568,289, Ace Of Whitby (Booth Hanover) 1:58.8 29 wins $317,289 and multiple Group 1 winning mare Ima Spicey Lombo (Pacific Fella) 1:55.1 24 wins $483,686.

Starting from the outside of the front line isnt the best start for the favourite, expecially when you are 5 wide into the first turn over 2536m. However, 5yo gelding Bettor Not Bitter (Bettors Delight out of Fina Gemima by Camtastic) continued to go forward three wide until he hit the breeze position with two laps to go. With the 3 wide line forming at the 1000m it looked a very competetive race. Taking the initiative, Bettor Not Bitter moved to the lead on the rails with a lap to go, and was a clear leader at the 400. Bettor Not Bitter came into the home straight well clear, and easing down to the line went on to win the $18,000 Tabtouch M0 by 4.9m in 2:00.4. It was his 10th win and took his stakes to just over $69,000.

Bred by Greg Bond, Rob Gartrell and other stable clients and now owned by Skye Bond and Rob Gartrell and trained by Skye, Bettor Not Bitter is the last foal from Fina Gemima who died the following year whilst foaling. Fina Gemima was raced by the same ownership as Bettor Not Bitter and in a short career won 2 races and a place from only 8 starts.

THEREUGO

(8 and 15 September 17) A double in successive weeks for the lightly raced Thereugo (McArdle by Janice Franco by Live Or Die) who is racing under a new ownership since the start of the season. Thereugo from 7 and the favourite Lets Chase The Dream from 1 poured on the speed out the barrier, with Lets Chase The Dream winning the early battle and Thereugo restraining to sit behind the leader in a lead time of 35.8. An average quarter followed before a fast second and third qtrs - 28.6 and 28.4 - stretched the field but Thereugo was still held in behind the leader coming into the straight for the run home. Looking for a sliver of a gap, Thereugo managed to find just enough room as they straightened and he literally flew home in the last 50m to win the $7 Pints at JPS C5 to C9 by a head from Lets Chase The Dream (a $470,000 earner having his first WA start for Gary Hall Snr) in 1:56 flat. Thereugo followed up this with a win the following Friday (15th Sept) in the Tabtouch Inter Dominion Final Barrier Draw Westbred C5 to C9. Starting from  barrier 5 and with his customary speed, he zoomed to the front then ran two even quarters before stepping up to a 28.3 and 28.5 final two quarters. He went to the line untouched and under a strong hold, winning by 2.2m in 1:57 flat. The wins took Thereugo to $68,588 from 12 wins from only 27 starts. With the ability he shows you would expect him to be well past the $100,000, except for a long period awayfrom the track as a 3yo.

Thereugo is the first foal from well performed mare Janice Franco (Live Or Die) 1:58 $76,782. Janice Franco did most of her racing in WA, winning several metropolitan races. She was trained by a number of different trainers before being purchased and trained and driven by Donald Harper, who is also the breeder of Thereugo. Janice Franco is a half sister to Franco Jonquill (Falcon Seelster) 1:52.6 11 wins and $107,601 in stakes. Janice Franco is a full sister to the unraced dam of Franco Jazzman (McArdle) 1:54.7 $101,840 and belongs to the same family as Inter Dominion performer Franco Nelson (Christian Cullen) 1:53.1 $743,093.

Returning to the Gloucester Park winners list was 9yo gelding Dredlock Rockstar (Northern Luck out of Maid For Life by Safely Kept), who showed you cant keep a good horse down by winning the $20,000 Lightning Calder Pace for M2 class in 1:56.6. Starting from 7 at the barrier, things didnt look too good early, with a fast lead time of 36.6 and some early interference resulting in being second last. With 1200m to go he led up the 3 wide line and continued to make ground around the field. At the 400m he was running second with only race leader Tanaka Eagle to catch. Just getting to the front at the 50m after running three wide and super third and 4th quarters of 27.7 and 28.3, Dredlock Rockstar went on to win by 2m. Bred by Royalstar Pty Ltd and trained and part owned by Ashleigh Markham, it was an excellent run and took his win tally to 17 with 30 places and earnings of just over $202,000, which includes wins in the Parliamentarians Cup and second in the Mount Eden Sprint.

Maid For Life, the non winning dam of Dredlock Rockstar, is the dam of 4 other winners including Choccy Mac (Barnett Hanover) 1:55.7 10 wins $74,548 and is a full sister to Bank The Money 1:59.1, 31 wins and $152,969 in stakes.This is the same family as Ti Amo Franco (Franco Terminator) 1:53.3 13 wns $148,398.

FIRST OF THE NEW SEASON

(1 September 17) On the first day of the new season it was a great return to racing for former 3yo Filly of the Year, now 5yo mare Dodolicious (Bettors Delight out of Slick Chic by Troublemaker) who raced for the first time in more than 3 months and won the C5 to C9 Westbred Pace over 2130m by 2.2m in 1:58.2. Dodolicious started in 6 in the 8 horse field and after restraining, found a good lead up in the two wide line to settle one out and one back. With the race leader Argyle Red really stepping up the pace in the third quarter to 27.8 it was up to Dodolicious to make the 3 wide forward move. Entering the home straight for the run to the line it was between Argyle Red and Dodolicious, with Dodolicious getting 2m clear at the 50m from the tiring Argyle Red, leaving Khun Ratha to run home for second with a last qtr of 28.7. The win was her first for 9 months and her 16th overall from only 29 starts which includes 9 places. Her total stakes are just under $450,000. 

Bred by Greg Bond, Dodolicious is the 8th winner from Slick Chic who was the winner of 1 race. Other good performers produced by Slick Chick include Cuvee Riche (Kinney Hanover) 1:58.6 10 wins $112,125 and Sir Slick (Kinney Hanover) 1:56.6 11 wins $72,611. Slick Chic is a half sister to five winners including Fox Oshaughnessey (Fake Left), 1:53 35 wins $222,324. This is the maternal family of Mosan Derby, brought to WA by Chris Hodgson of Kellett Lodge Stud in the 60s. The family has produced multiple group winners including Golden Nugget winner Sinn Fein (Royal Force) 1:57.9 $247,359 and Sires Produce and Triple Crown winner Race Ruler (Racy Prince). Other recent winners from this family include Deluxe Edition (Jet Laag) 1.56.5 11 wins $129,095.

THE LAST FOR THE SEASON

(25 August 17) The last meeting for the season at Gloucester Park. There were some regular faces, and our last 3CO for the season.

Springing back into the winners list with a scintillating run over the 1730m, 6yo gelding Tanaka Eagle (Elsu out of Miss Tanaka by Badlands Hanover) raced to the lead from barrier 6 and was the tearaway leader in the first quarter which he ran in 26.9! Letting the field catch up, Tanaka Eagle steadied for the next two quarters before increasing speed for the third quarter and sprinting again over the final quarter in 27.8 to win by 2.1m. He certainly likes to be in front over this distance. Bred by Total Strategy Pty Ltd, the win took his career earnings to $136,662 from 15 wins and 33 places.

Tanaka Eagle is the first foal out of the unraced Miss Tanaka who is a half sister to Lockinver (Mach Three) 1:52.2 22 wins $264,010. The unraced Electrify (Holmes Hanover), the granddam of Tanaka Eagle, is a half sister to Dreamy Atom (Sokys Atom) 1:59.2 who in turn is the dam of Western Dream (Badlands Hanover) 1:56.3 14 wins $334,987 the dam of Western Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:55.6 19 wins $447,536. Dreamy Atom is also the dam of Dream Royale (Beach Towel) 1:53.6 22 wins $145,068 and the unraced Christian Dreamer (Christian Cullen). Dream Royale is the dam of Soho Lennon (Mach Three) 1:51.0 25 wins and $337,627 in stakes and Christian Dreamer is the dam of Lets Chase The Dream (Bettors Delight) 1:49.9 13 wins $427,197.

Having trialled over the stand in June (winning) and then winning over the stand at his next start a week later, 4yo gelding Americanbootscoota (Allamerican Ingot out of Bootscootngirl by Parsons Den) was a good bet in the Slater Gartrell Sports Stand Handicap. Starting from the 10m line and stepping away fairly, Americanbootscoota waited for the field to settle before following another forward move and then going around to settle in the breeze with 2 laps to go. With the first and second quarter in even time, the pace stepped up in the third quarter to 28.1 and the field were struggling to make an impression on the leading pair. Coming out of the back straight Americanbootscoota challenged for the lead and just edged to the lead at the 100m and held out a late challenge to win by 1.3m in 1:59.5, last qtr 29.1. It was the 15th win (9th for the season) and gave him a career tally of $157,499 ($90,219 for the season) which included 9 places.

Bootscootngirl (Parsons Den) the dam of Americanbootscoota, has produced two other winners including recent winner Yankee Boots. She is a half sister to 6 winners including top class Aussie Reactor (Camcracker) 1:50.6 44 wins $616,425, Aussie Delight (Bettors Delight) 1:55.6 11 wins and $80,603, and Texan Jet (Jet Laag) the dam of Anvil Rollover (Artistic Fella) 1:56.1 $34,215. The unraced Texan Classic (Classic Garry), the granddam of Bootscootngirl, is also the dam of Madusa Cam (Fake Left) 1:58.9 11 wins $94,162 and Capricorn Cruiser (Kinney Hanover) 1:57.6 17 wins $206,464.

Winning the prized barrier 1 is always helpful for the right horse and 4yo gelding Rabchenko (Art Major out of Lady Parsons by Parsons Den) was no exception, even though his starting odds of 20/1 didnt reflect this. Going out pretty fast Rabchenko conceded the race lead to Military Master who was out of the barrier even faster. With the lead time a snappy 36.2 and the next two quarters in under 30 it was a solidly run race. Getting off the rails at the 400m Rabchenko was manourvred into the 3 wide line than 4 wide on straightening. Running hard down the outside Rabchenko just managed to run over the leaders to win by 1.4m on the line. Bred and owned by Kevin and Annette Charles, the win was the 11th for Rabchenko in a season in which he won over $47,000 and set his lifetime best mark of 1:55.2.

Lady Parsons, the dam of Rabchenko, was unraced but has produced 2 good winners in Rabchenko and metropolitan winning mare Where Dreams Grow (Allamerican Ingot) 1:54.7 $103,800. This is the same family as Golden Slipper and WA Derby winning filly Via Vista (Mark Lobell) 1:56.1 29 wins $169,727.

Stepping out in the last metro 3C0 race for the season (havent they been a success) it was another excellent finish with the Mal and Tanya Hancock bred 3yo gelding Combat Crusade (Advance Attack out of Lopez Live by Live Or Die) who was victorious in the end. Combat Crusade started from barrier 2 and with a reasonable fast start he was quickly the race leader. The favourite was well back, with Combat Crusade looking comfortable in front. In the back straight he went for a real sprint to lead by 6m with the favourite having a hard run three wide. The effort was too much for the favourite who finished a gallant third, with Combat Crusade holding out a late challenge to win by 1m to bring up his first lifetime win.

Lopez Live (Live Or Die) 2:05.1 $5,945 as produced 2 other winners and is the only raced progeny of her dam Whitby Lopez (Mystical Prince). Whitby Lopez is out of the broodmare gem Orthez (Racy Prince) who produced 9 winners including Whitby Tolez (Booth Hanover) 1:58.7 $200,196 the dam of Chairman Whitby (Walton Hanover) 1:50.8 $205,009; Travelling Whitby (Booth Hanover) 1:53.6 $148,404; and Coco Chanel (Mystical Prince) the dam of Cool Adda (Chill Factor) 1:56.2 $160,839. Orthez herself is a half sister to Palimar (Mint Condition) 1:57.4 $306,125, a very prominent pacer in WA in the late 80s

IT'S ANOTHER FIVE

(18 August 17) It was another good night of racing and another 5 winners, with mostly a good night for the punters and an especiallly good night for the connections of our winners.

With a Bunbury win a fortnight earlier in a lifetime best of 1:55.4, supporters of 6yo gelding Khun Ratha (Bettors Delight out of Calafia by Holmes Hanover) were not deterred by his wide barrier and he started second favourite in the $18,500 Clipsal by Schneider Pace for M0 class over the stayers 2536m. Going forward out of the barrier Khun Ratha was unable to gain an inside running and was then restrained to eventually settle second last. The favourite was in the front and setting a solid pace. Still second last with a lap to go, Khun Ratha had to drop back to last to make a run around the field at the 400m. Six wide around the home turn, Khun Ratha ran them all down and finished 1.1m ahead on the line. Bred and owned by Paul Poli, it was the 13th win for Khun Ratha with 28 places for a career tally of just under $120,000

Khun Ratha is the first foal from Calafia (Holmes Hanover) 2:00.1 who won 8 races (7 in WA) for $43,303 in stakes. Deselle (Jefferson Lobell) the dam of Calafia, is a half sister to Abdias (Surmo Hanover) 1:55 30 wins $260,771 and to the granddam of Machtavish (Mach Three) 1:52.9 $276,823. Another arm of this family has produced Buck The Odds (Million To One) 1:55.6 31 wins $307,547, Money Master (Million To One) 1:57.7 18 wins $119,340, Ultimate Consumer (Northern Lights) 1:57 12 wins $91,030 and Might Be Luck (Northern Luck) 1:55 18 wins $117,474 and Northern Assassin (Northern Luck) 1:54.3 13 wins $132,593.

Returning to the winners list after nearly a year 8yo entire Say It Now (Bettors Delight out of Promising Gift by Bright As Day) made the most of a good barrier in a small field and two class drops down to an M1. Starting in barrier 2 in the 9 horse field, Say It Now just managed to grab the position behind the leader before the gap closed. With even sectionals, Say It Now was still comfortably behind the leader running into the back straight the last time. The third quarter was run in 28.2 and with some runners faltering a gap opened up for Say It Now as the field cornered for the run into the home straight. Moving to 3 wide he was still third at the 100m but outstayed his rivals to grab the win on the line. He has been an excellent earner for the Charles' family with $213,435 for his 19 wins and 21 places. His lifetime best of 1:55.4 was set at his previous win in September 2016.

Promising Gift (Bright As Day) 2:02.7 $25,812, the winner of 6 races and dam of Say It Now, is the dam of 4 winners from 5 to race including Looks Promising (Modern Art) 1:54.7, 12 wins and $74,758 and Bettors Gift (Bettors Delight) 5 wins and $29,497.  The great granddam of Promising Gift is Heather Frost (Tarport Adios) the dam of one of the best horses to race in Australia in Preux Chevalier 1:54.3 40 wins $791,331 including an Inter Dominion Grand Final!

With a win the previous week, 4yo gelding Johnny Disco (Jeremes Jet) started at surprisingly good odds of 12/1 in Heat 3 of the Schrader for M1 class. Starting from barrier 11, he maintained his line out of the barrier and settled one out and 2 back in the main field, with the 2 race leaders running 35m in front with a lead time probably the fastest ever at GP in 33.7. The punters would be worrying with the second favourite Thereugo involved in this skirmish and the favourite Nathans Courage tasked with leading up the main field from the breeze. With Thereugo getting to the front at the 1400 and Nathans Courage getting to the rails, Johnny Disco was now one out and one back. At the 1000m Nathans Courage again moved to the breeze as the field caught the two leaders. The three wide line formed with a lap to go and Johnny Disco, who hadnt needed to make a move to this stage, was now one out one back again. Making a move at the 400m, Johnny Disco rounded the turn into the home straight 3 wide and looking the only threat to the two favourites. Nathans Courage and Thereugo both fought back bravely but Johnny Disco got to the lead within the shadows of the post to win by a neck. It was his second successive win in good company and 14th win overall. With over $226,000 in the bank he has been a very good horse for owner breeders John and Sue Awcock and part owner J Lawrence.

Dalmore Disco (Presidential Ball) 1:57.5, the dam of Johnny Disco, won $101,681 from 12 wins and 19 places. Her dam Disco Lights (Northern Lights) 1:57.5, 12 wins $75,681 is a half sister to 7 winners including Disco Force (Resonator) 1:53.8 27 wins $268,416 including the 2000 Golden Slipper, and Disco Flyer (In The Pocket) $186,313. The unraced Madam Butterfly (Windshield Wiper out of Butterfly Trunkey by Batman), the dam of Disco Lights, is a half sister to Tailamade Lombo (Troublemaker) 1:55.3 49 wins $1,354,978 and Espeshlimade Lombo (Troublemaker) 1:58.6 $299,199. Other members of the Butterfly Trunkey family include Fast Play (Aces N Sevens) 1:56.4 20 wins $192,401, Imposter (Fake Left) 1:53.2 38 wins $167,450.

With young reinsman Stewie McDonald back in town he was back on board El Hombre (Badlands Hanover out of Appaloosa by OK Bye) and it was an excellent outcome for owner breeder Bob Fowler with El Hombre winning the $23,000 M2 to M4 Retravision Pace over 2130m. Starting from the same barrier as Johnny Disco earlier, he was even longer odds at 16/1. Setting 3rd along the rails he was getting a nice trip with an even first quarter and very slow second quarter. The third quarter was a super 27.7. Travelling like a winner but still trapped in the same position coming out of the back straight, it looked highly unlikely that he could win. On straightening he was just able to get into the two wide line and at the 100m got clear ground and absolutely motored home to win by a half neck in a mile rate of 1:57.3, last quarter 28.2. El Hombre has had an excellent season with just over $73,000 and the win was his 11th. Along with 14 places his career earnings are just under $117,000.

El Hombre's dam Appaloosa produced 5 other winners including Eurodollar (Million To One) 1:56.6 10 win $94,336 and Parsonemby (Parsons Den) 1:56.3 $200,902. Aspiration (Sonsam), the dam of Appaloosa, is a half sister to the dam of Sokys Legend (Sokys Atom). Sokys Legend is the dam of London Legend (In The Pocket ) 1:57.2 14 wins $290,778 and Bit Of A Legend (Bettors Delight) 1:50.6 33 wins $1,803,317 who is racing successfully at top level in the US.

It was the second last Gloucester Park 3C0 for the season and it was the fillies turn. Placed in two of her previous three starts, 3yo filly The Royal Lady (Allamerican Ingot out of Royal Diva by Safely Kept) was starting as favourite from barrier 1. Going straight to the front, The Royal Lady was unchallenged and duly dictated the terms of the race. With a lap to go it was three across the track but the Royal Lady was a length clear in the back straight and had moved further ahead coming into the turn into the home straight. Running comfortably to the line she went on to win the Perth Interdominion 3yo Westbred Filles Pace by 6.8m to bring up her second career win and a career total of nearly $23,000 in stakes.

Bred by Ross Torre's Royalstar Pty Ltd, The Royal Lady is a half sister to Lucky Diva (Northern Luck) 1:54.4 11 wins $147,771. Their dam Royal Diva (Safely Kept) is a winning half sister to 8 other winners!

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL NIGHT

(11 August 17) After 6 winners at headquarters last week, it was another 5 this week. It was a "great night out" with some very high class wins by some very promising WA bred horses. It was also excitement plus in the last with a rare dead heat!

Starting the night off well for our WA bred horses was 6yo gelding Real Zeal (Real Desire out of Rich Date by Rich And Spoilt), who made a good start from barrier 1 to hold up from the inside and get the sit behind the favourite who started in 2. With the breeze horse holding position until the turn into the home straight, Real Zeal was still behind the race leader Brookies Jet and looking like he wouldnt get a run. The gap came when Brookies Jet went for a winning break and Real Zeal was able to manourvre out from the rails and dash past the leader to win the $18,000 Allwood Stud Farm Pace by a head in 1:57.9, with last qtrs in 28.7 and 29.4. bred by Harry Capararo and Kevin Keys, the win was the 8th for Real Zeal who with 20 places has career earnings of $75,928.

Real Zeal is the first of three winners from his 100% producing dam Rich Date 2:01.1 $13,750. Rich Date is full sister to the unraced My Sweet Adda, who is the dam of Blacknsweet Adda (Sutter Hanover) 1:55.2 21 wins $199,317.

Starting from the inside of the back row, 4yo gelding Johnny Disco (Jeremes Jet out of Dalmore Disco by Presidential Ball) settled nicely into 3rd on the rails, with the favourite in the one out one back position. With a lap to go a strong three wide move from the rear upped the tempo of the race, with Johnny Disco still bailed away on the fence. As soon as the favourite moved three wide to challenge, Johnny Disco went straight into the vacated position and kept going forward, now 4 wide, to chase down the leaders. It was a line of 4 coming into the home straight with the favourite just getting to the lead at the 100m only to be run down by Johnny Disco who won the $18,500 Follow The Stars at Allwood Pace by 2.5m in a mile rate of 1:57.3, last qtrs 28.8 and 28.3. Bred and part owned by Sue and John Awcock, the win was the 13th for the Caduceus Club and Country Derby winner and took his stakes to $216,603. It was also his second win in 4 starts.

Johnny Disco is one of only two foals (both winners) from his dam Dalmore Disco 1:57.5 who was a very good race mare winning $101,681 from 12 wins and 19 places. Disco Lights (Northern Lights) 1:57.5, 12 wins $75,681 the dam of Dalmore Disco, was also an excellent race mare and is a half sister to 7 winners including Disco Force (Resonator) 1:53.8 27 wins $268,416 including the 2000 Golden Slipper, and Disco Flyer (In The Pocket) $186,313. The unraced Madam Butterfly (Windshield Wiper), the dam of Disco Lights, is a half sister to Tailamade Lombo (Troublemaker) 1:55.3 49 wins $1,354,978 and Espeshlimade Lombo (Troublemaker) 1:58.6 $299,199.

The third race saw the third win for a WA bred horse with 6yo mare Forever Remembered (Shattering Class out of Huntress Bell by J Cs Suprimo) reigning supreme in the $19,000 Lombo Mandingo at Allwood Stud M0 to M1 Mares.Starting from 6, Forever Remembered was last in the running line after the field settled. A slow lead time and first quarter followed. With a lap to go she followed the three wide move of her stablemate and was running comfortably along with cover. Coming out of the back straight reinsman Kyle Harper took Forever Remembered four wide around the tiring stablemate to make a charge at the leaders. Running fifth as they cornered, she flew down the outside to grab the favourite and the win by a head on the line, with last quarters in 28.5 and 28.4. Bred, owned and trained by members of the Ashcroft familly in Debra, Bianca and Errol, the win took her to a very handy $110,678 from 11 wins and 30 places.

Forever Remembered is named in memory of George Ashcroft and Shattering Class, one of WA’s favourite pacers of the 90s through to the early 2000sand raced by the Ashcrofts. Shattering Class won 62 races including major Cups and Group races and total stakes of $810,302. Forever Remembered belongs to the same family as some of our top horses bred by Fred Doy and Adios Stud from earlier days including Answer Me.

Then there was four! Starting from outside the front line but still favoured to win, 4yo gelding Thereugo (McArdle out of Janice Franco by Live Or Die) scooted out from the barrier but didnt quite get the front initially. Working forward he got to the lead with two laps to go and slowed the race for the next two quarters. Held back to the field in the back straight the last time, Thereugo proved to be too difficult to run down when in front and went on to win the C5 to C9 by 2.2m with a last quarter of 28.2. It was the second win on the night for driver Kyle Harper, and took the stakes for Thereugo to $55,790 from 10 wins 2 places from 24 starts. Bred, owned and trained by Donald, Don and Kyle Harper respectively, it was also his fifth win in 6 starts, with his lifetime best 1:54.2 set in June 2017.

Thereugo is out of well performed mare Janice Franco (Live Or Die) 1:58 $76,782, who is a half sister to Franco Jonquill (Falcon Seelster)1:52.6 11 wins and $107,601 in stakes. Janice Franco is a full sister to the unraced dam of Franco Jazzman (McArdle) 1:54.7 $101,840. NZ bred Joanie Franco (Talk About Class) the dam of Janice Franco, is out of the Group 1 winning NSW trotting mare Joanie Toliver (Toliver Hanover) 2:05..5 $67,246. The granddam of Joanie Toliver is a half sister to Colwyn Bay, the dam of one of the worlds most highly regarded pacers of all time in Cardigan Bay (Hal Tryax) 1:56.2 $1,000,837. The family also includes Glenferrie Hood (Christian Cullen) 1:52.0 $273,173, Chancellor Cullen (Christian Cullen) - 1:52.4 $411,821, Franco Nelson (Christian Cullen) 1:53.1 $743,093, and locally raced mare Bettor Be Supreme (Bettors Delight) 1:55.6 $126,704 and her full brother Spanish Armada 1:52.1 $787,470.

It was one of the biggest winning margins at GP for quite some time, with 6yo gelding Gotta Go Chocolate (Gotta Go Cullect out of Tapu Lady by Troublemaker) winning the $18,000 Allwood Stud Specialising in AI M0 Pace by nearly 29m. Drawn on the inside of the back row, Gotta Go Chocolate settled 3rd on the rails with the race favourite leading. Whle the favourite was being tested by Gotta Go Chocolate's stablemate, Gotta Go Chocolate was able to take advantage of the gap behind the breeze horse and slipped straight into the one out one back position with 1000m to go. The first three quarters were solid and all under 30, leaving the favourite vulnurable. Gotta Go Chocolate swept up three wide in the back straight and was in front at the 450m. Absolutely scooting in front, Gotta Go Chocolate bolted in, last quarter 28.8 and a lifetime best of 1:56. Bred by David Stringer, Gotta Go Chocolate took his stakes to $63,181  from the 10 wins and 11 places.

Tapu Lady, the dam of Gotta Go Chocolate, has produced 4 winners to date including Justlikechocolate (Live Or Die) 1:57.9 13 wins and $188,937 stakes, and Justlikelindt (Western Terror) 1:56.3 13 wins $122,792 stakes. Kiwaussie Girl (Hilarion) 2:02.6 $52,318, the dam of Tapu Lady, is a half sister to Concorde Lombo (Classic Garry) 1:58.4 33 wins $550,451. Other members of the family include Bancoora Next (Whats Next) 1:57.9 23 wins $196,685, Ecstatic (Smooth Fella) 1:59.3 15 wins $88,913, multiple Group winning mare Quick Draft (Art Major)1:53.1 21 wins $343,819.

It was excitement all around in the last for the 3C0s, and you couldnt get a closer result. Favourite in 1 Midnight Man (Village Jolt out of Darkest Hour by Exotic Earl) was beaten for speed out of the barrier and All The Whispers (Major In Art out of Stage Whisper by Armbro Operative) went to the lead in a 38.9 lead time, with Midnight Man parked behind him. Fairly steady quarters followed, and in the back straight the last time it looked a race in two between All The Whispers and the breeze horse. However, Midnight Man who was two lengths off the lead was making a good run and with a dive on the line he just got to All The Whispers and it was a dead heat. The win was the first ever for All The Whispers and the third for Midnight Man.

All the Whispers is bred and owned by Kim Marsh and Midnight Man was bred by the late Laurie Kennedy. Stage Whisper (Armbro Operative), the dam of All The Whispers, is also the dam of Extreme Dreams (Dream Away) 1:54.8 $120,316. Darkest Hour (Exotic Earl) 1:57.8 $22,479, the dam of Midnight Man, is also the dam of Addfueltofire (Artistic Fella) 1:56.3 $63,479.

WINNERS GALORE

(4 August 17) It was a "great night out" with some very high class wins by some very promising WA bred horses.

Described as "could be dangerous" by race caller Richie Bell, 2yo filly Captured Delight (Bettors Delight out of Capture A Million by Million To One) worked to the front from the 5 barrier and had the lead with the favourite Rosies Ideal eventually settling in the breeze after being restrained early. Captured Delight looked comfortable in front and with the advantage of the rails, she was able to to run a 31.3 first quarter before increasing the pace steadily. Looking a litte at risk in the back straight with the favourite Rosies Ideal coming at her, Captured Delight mustered some grit and even though she was almost headed coming out of the back straight, she fought back and held out the favourite to win the $18,000 Owners Only 2yo Fillies Pace by a half neck in 1:58.9, last two quarters 28.4 and 29.8. Owned and bred by Terry Ferguson, it was her second successive win and took her win tally to 3 along with 6 places and stakes of $29,760.

Captured Delight is the 9th foal and 8th winner from race winning mare and super broodmare Capture A Million, and is a half sister to Schinzig Buller (Pacific Fella) 1:56.1 $293,497, recent US winner Polak (Pacific Fella) 1:50.2 $592,140 and La Stella Del Mare (Live Or Die) 1:55.3 $64,982.

Next up, and starting wide from 7 on the front, 6yo mare Kissmecougar (Live Or Die out of Pure Hilarion by Hilarion Star) went forward out of the barrier but had to restrain back and settled second last in the moving line, behind the race favourite. With the favourite moving out 3 wide and then getting to the breeze, Kissmecougar was one out and four back with a lap to go. Taking a 3 wide trail, Kissmecougar was able to get within striking distance before making a 4 wide move coming out of the back straight. Coming home very strongly, she easily got to the favourite who was the new race leader, and went on to win the $18,000 Own A Piece of the Action Trotsynd M0 Mares Pace by 3.6m with a further 8.8m to third. Bred by Neil Henwood, this was her 8th win and including her 11 places, she has now earned $54,281. This was her second consecutive win, having set her lifetime best mark of 1:55.6 at her previous win at Bunbury.

Kissmecougar is the second winner produced by her dam Pure Hilarion 1:56.9 who was a successful racemare winning 12 races and earning over $65,000 in her career. Pure Hilarion belongs to the same family as Silver Bracelet, dual Empress Stakes and Mount Eden Sprint winner and top 70s mare Kiwi Cloud (Eagle Armbro) 1:59.6 $59,775.

After hanging back behind the barrier, 5yo gelding Vultan Tin (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Ellevarrac by Pacific Fella) got quickly into position at release point and continued a forward move 3 wide, getting to the front by the top of the home straight first time. Running along in front and leading by 10m, Vultan Tin kept everyone honest and at the start of the 3rd quarter he was every bit of 20m in front. With a massive lead in the back straight, and in a 27 flat 3rd quarter, Vultan Tin went on to win the $20,000 I Am Immortal M0 to M2 Pace by 7.4m, with a big 12.6m margin to third. Owned and bred by Phil and D Costello, Vultan Tin ran his lifetime best of 1:55.9 over the 2130m, and the win was his 12th. With 24 placings along the way, his stakes are now $162,044. He has been super consistent this season winning over $105,000 (including a win in the $20,000 Italian Cup and the $30,000 Narrogin Cup, both staying races) and being no further back than 4th in his last 6 starts.

Vultan Tin was bred and owned by Phil and D Costello and also trained by Phil, who also bred his dam Ellevarrac (Pacific Fella) 1:59.3 and $12,896 in stakes.

With the $23,000 race named after the one and only Laurie Kennedy, it was a very worthy win by a WA bred and WA sired horse in 4yo gelding .Americanbootscoota (Allamerican Ingot out of Bootscootngirl by Parsons Den). Bred by Royalstar Pty LTd and showing a lot of class, Americanbootscoota started favourite from 1 and going straight to the front he duly won the Vale Laurie Kennedy M3 and better 1730m Pace in an incredible 1:52.5, first qtr 27.5 and last qtr 27.1. He has career stakes of $144,959 from 14 wins 9 places, and this was his lifetime best mark. He has won just under $80,000 this season, and it was his 6th win from his last 8 starts.

Originally a $10,000 purchase at the 2014 WA Yearling Sale, Americanbootscoota is out of the unraced Bootscootngirl (Parsons Den) who has done an excellent job as a broodmare producing 3 winners from her first three foals. She is a half sister to 6 winners including top class Aussie Reactor (Camcracker) 1:50.6 44 wins $616,425 and Aussie Delight (Bettors Delight) 1:55.6 11 wins and $80,603.

Now for the main race. In what turned out to be a very West Aussie night, it was another really promising 4yo in Natural Disaster (Shadow Play out of Lucrative Kate by Armbro Operative), who stepped out as favourite from 3 and led all the way in the $25,000 4 and 5YO Kerry Clarke Westbred Final. With no challenges the lead time was a leisurely 38.3. Settling into a steady rate the next two quarters were just over 30 and with the pace increasing in the 3rd quarter to 28 flat, Natural Disaster was running along powerfully and pulling away coming out of the back straight. Running a 26.6 last quarter it was impossible for anyone to catch him and he went on to win the $25,000 Kerry Clarke 4 and 5yo Westbred Final by 10.7m in 1:56.4. The other placings were taken by the next two rails horses. The win was his 10th with another 8 places from only 28 starts and lifetime stakes of $121,614. This was his 6th win from his last 8 starts and took his season tally to just over $94,000.

Owned and bred by Oz-West Pacing, he is clearly a very talented gelding. Natural Disaster is the 3rd foal and first winner from  Lucrative Kate 2:00. Lucrative Lady (Embrace Me) 2:00.3 $23,446 the dam of Lucrative Kate, produced 3 other winners and is a daughter of Rosewood Pace (Mark Lobell). Rosewood Pace produced 12 foals for 10 winners including Hy Falutin (Troublemaker) 1:55.9, 18 wins  $135,833 and  Fair Dinkum Lombo (Christian Cullen) 1:58.6, 13 wins $71,106. This is also the family of Real Smooth Lombo (Parsons Den) 1:58.2 13 wins $94,619, Lady Julie Lombo (Million To One) 1:59.3 11 wins $89,499 and Mon Arki (Double Wipe) 1:58.6 7 wins $26,508. Mon Arki is the dam of Mon Poppies (Safely Kept)1:57.7 10 wins $88,350 and granddam of Mon Lillies (Artesian) 1:54.7 10 wins $95,605. Lady Julie Lombo is the dam of Lombo Ranmiles (Saab) 1:52.0 20 wins for $127,944, Magic Moment Lombo (Lombo Pocket Watch) 1:57.4 11 wins and $84,182 and Fours Enuf Tas (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:55.2 with 21 wins and  $130,577 .

The last of our 6 winners on the night was 3yo filly Blackjack Anna (Santanna Blue Chip out of Well Thats Life by Live Or Die). After starting from barrier 5, Blackjack Anna was forced to drop right back to last. Following a 3 wide move at the 1000m, Blackjack Anna was travelling well and at the 400m she moved 4 wide and sprinted hard. Coming out of the back straight she was running second, still 4 wide, and within a length of the leader. On straigtening it was a hard fought battle betwen three fillies, with Blackjack Anna just getting the upperhand on the line to win the Cosmic Horizons 3YO Westbred Fillies C0 Pace by a neck. The win was the first for Blackjack Anna, who has 8 places as well to date and $16,355 in stakes. These 3C0 events have all been very good races and have allowed some of the late 3yos to come through for a win.

Bred by Total Strategy Pty Ltd, Blackjack Anna is the second winner from her dam Well Thats Life (Live Or Die) 1 :59.8 who raced in three states and was the winner of 12 races for $69,158 in stakes. Blackjack Anna is a half sister to Group 1 winner Persistent Threat (Advance Attack) 1:55.3 14 wins $155,520. Well Thats Life is the only mare from her unraced dam Seeking Fame (Bard From Wagering) to go to stud.

BOOTS N ALL

(28 July 17) There might have only been one Westbred winner on the night (giving the others a chance for a change!) but the connections of the winner in the last race were a very happy bunch.

A very pleasing win for the connections of big strong Westsired 3yo colt Yankee Boots (Allamerican Ingot out of Bootscootngirl by Parsons Den) with a double Westbred Bonus attached to his win. Starting from 5 on the front Yankee Boots was caught 3 wide early but a moderate lead time allowed reinsman Kyle Harper to move to the breeze after half a lap. Running even time the next two quarters, Yankee Boots made his move in the back straight the last time and went past race leader and favourite Blazing Saddles to be a length in front at the 300m. Going further away in the run to the finish, Yankee Boots won the In Memory of Jack Simmons 3C0 3yo Pace by 10.2m in 1:59.1, last half 58.7.

Bred by Royalstar Pty Ltd and purchased for just $9,500 at the 2015 Yearling Sale, the win was his second, along with 5 places and $11,749 in stakes and about $11,000 in Bonuses.

Yankee Boots is the third foal and third winner from the unraced Bootscootngirl (Parsons Den) and full brother to the very promising Americanbootscoota 1:55.2 13 wins $129,779. Bootscootngirl is a half sister to 6 winners including Aussie Reactor (Camcracker) 1:50.6 44 wins $616,425, Aussie Delight (Bettors Delight) 1:55.6 11 wins $80,603 and non winner Texan Jet (Jet Laag) the dam of another promising young gelding in Anvil Rollover (Artistic Fella) 1:56.1 6 wins $34,005. The dam of Bootscootngirl is the Fake Left mare Texan Cowgirl 6 wins $20,645 who is a full sister to Madusa Cam 1:58.9 11 wins $94,162 and a half sister to Capricorn Cruiser (Kinney Hanover) 1:57.6 17 wins $206,464.

PICTURE PERFECT NIGHT FOR JODIE

(21 July 17) Some cheers for one of our good supporters - good to see photographer Jodie Hallows score a win in the $23,000 Botra Cup over the stand journey of 2503m when Our Sky Art (Art Major), who she part owns, won by a neck even though he galloped out. His stakes are now a tidy $114,350 for the full brother to Our Sky Major 1:50.4 16 wins $789,358. Congratulations Jodie! And the night also saw classy 6yo mare Ideal Alice (American Ideal) put in a strong staying performance at her second start back after a 6 month absence and win the $23,000 Garrards Horse & Hound M0 and better Pace over the stayers distance of 2536m. The win was her 19th and took her to one race win short of $300,000 The mile rate of 1:57 was top class and the 2016 WASBA Breeders Stakes winner looks to be on track for further success leading to the Mares Classic in December. Now for the WA winners!

Promising 4yo gelding Thereugo (McArdle out of Janice Franco by Live Or Die) set the pace and won Heat 3 of the Garrards Horse & Hound Chandon for M2 class. Bursting out from 7 on the front, Thereugo was in front after 500m. Slowing to a 31 and then 30 quarter (seems to be the routine these days) it was a sprint home in the rain, with Thereugo running 27.9 and 28.4 to maintain his advantage on the rails and win in a fighting finish by 1.7m. Bred and owned by Donald Harper and trained and driven by Kyle Harper, Thereugo took his stakes to just over $50,000 from 9 wins and 2 places.

Thereugo is the first foal out of the successful WA racemare Janice Franco (Live Or Die) 1:58 $76,782, who is a half sister to Franco Jonquill (Falcon Seelster)1:52.6 11 wins and $107,601 in stakes and a full sister to the unraced Jazz Franco, dam of Franco Jazzman (McArdle) 1:54.7 $101,840. Joanie Franco (Talk About Class) the dam of Janice Franco, was bred in New Zealand and is out of the Group 1 winning NSW trotting mare Joanie Toliver (Toliver Hanover) 2:05..5 $67,246. The granddam of Joanie Toliver is a half sister to Colwyn Bay, the dam of Cardigan Bay (Hal Tryax) 1:56.2 $1,000,837. Through another half sister to Colwyn Bay the family includes Glenferrie Hood (Christian Cullen) 1:52.0 $273,173, Chancellor Cullen (Christian Cullen) - 1:52.4 $407,301, Franco Nelson (Christian Cullen) 1:53.1 $743,093, locally raced mare Bettor Be Supreme (Bettors Delight) 1:55.6 $126,704 and full brother Spanish Armada 1:52.1 $787,470.

Stepping out for the 4th consecutive week, 2yo fillies Rosies Ideal (American Ideal out of Rosie Malone by Live Or Die) started favourite despite the wide draw at 8 and ran another excellent race. Caught wide early, she was restrained briefly before following the forward move by All Over Tan who was then left in the breeze after Rosies ideal went past to take the race leaders role. The lead time of 39.1 left Rosies Ideal with plenty in reserve and although there was some challenges in the last 200m there was no real threat and she went on to a comfortable win in the $18,000 Garrards Horse and Hound 2yo Fillies Pace by 4.5m with a last quarter of 28.9. The win took her to $51,880  from 3 wins and 1 place from 7 starts, with her wins including the Group 2 $35,000 Gold Bracelet a fortnight ago.She was placed 4th in the $125,000 Golden Slipper last week.

Owned by Craig and A M Lynn, and bred by the Lynns and D Trigwell, Rosies Ideal is the first foal from good race mare Rosie Malone who won 7 races and was placed 14 times for career stakes of nearly $50,000. Rosie Malone won 3 races in New Zealand before being bought by the breeders of Rosies Ideal to race in WA.

Another nice win by a 3yo Westbred filly with Susie Rocks (Yankee Sensation out of Miss Peggy Sue by Mystical Prince) taking out the last of the night after starting favourite from the difficult barrier 9. Dropping back at the start, Susie Rocks was a clear last in the very wet conditions with second favourite Dibaba in the lead. With 1000m to go driver Chris Lewis moved out 3 wide and continued to move forward, hitting the lead at the 400 but still 3 wide. Rounding the turn it was a close tussle, with Dibaba fighting back on the inside. Susie Rocks gradually wore down Dibaba to win by a neck in 2:01, with a further 9m to third. The win was her first from only 3 starts.

Bred and part owned by Debra Lewis and trained by Debra, Susie Rocks is the first foal out of Miss Peggy Sue who won 4 races and 11 places for $43,356 in stakes. Miss Peggy Sue is the first foal out of another good race mare in Group 2 winning mare All Colours Flying (Mystical Prince) 1:58.6 5 wins and 21 places for $63,462. The dam of  All Colours Flying is champion mare Miss Booth (Booth Hanover) 1:59.9 14 wins 8 places and $212,952 in stakes including wins in the 2yo Fillies Classic, the Pearl Classic (against the boys) and the Bathurst Gold Tiara, all Group 1 events.

GOLDEN SLIPPER NIGHT AND A FUTURE STAR OF THE TRACK

(14 July 17) It was Golden Slipper night and some great racing. The night's racing included an excellent winning return to racing for 5yo mare Quite A Delight after a 6 months away, as three wins from our WA bred horses.

After overracing at his previous start, 4yo gelding Thereugo (McArdle out of Janice Franco by Live Or Die) was a little wider in the betting, starting at 8/1. From barrier 5, Thereugo came out hard and was almost unchallenged getting to the lead. A natural front runner and always hard to beat from the front, Thereugo set up solid quarters, and was clear a length in the back straight before setting a 27.6 3rd quarter. No one was going to get past him and he held the field comfortably to win the Choices Flooring Busselton C5 to C9 Pace for by 2m in 1:55.9, last qtr 28.6. The win was his 8th and he also has 2 places in his 22 starts for a career stakes of $40,516.

Bred and owned by Donald Harper, Thereugo is the first foal out of the successful racemare Janice Franco (Live Or Die) 1:58 $76,782. The granddam of Thereugo is a daughter of Group 1 winning trotting mare Joanie Toliver (Toliver Hanover) 2:05.5 $67,246. This is the family of Cardigan Bay (Hal Tryax) 1:56.2 $1,000,837, with the granddam of Joanie Toliver being a a half sister to his dam Colwyn Bay, the dam of Cardigan Bay. This is a very strong maternal line and includes Franco Jazzman (McArdle) 1:54.7 $101,840, Glenferrie Hood (Christian Cullen) 1:52.0 $273,173, Chancellor Cullen (Christian Cullen) - 1:52.4 $407,301, Franco Nelson (Christian Cullen) 1:53.1 $743,093, locally raced mare Bettor Be Supreme (Bettors Delight) 1:55.6 $126,704 and full brother Spanish Armada 1:52.1 $787,470, Natural Woman (Badlands Hanover) 1:52 $570,886, Cheer The Lady (Bettors Delight) 1:55.1 $279,222 and other high class winners.

Looking for his 4th straight win and 5th from 6 starts it was full steam ahead for 4yo gelding Americanbootscoota (Allamerican Ingot out of Bootscootngirl by Parsons Den)  in the $21,000 Choices Flooring Bunbury M1 to M3 Pace. Pressing forward three wide after starting from 5 out of the barrier he sprinted to the lead with 2 laps to go. Lead time 36.3 was fast and it was going to be difficult to catch the in form Bootscoota. With even 30 for the second and third quarter and 28 flat in the back straight he was 6m clear coming out of the back and went on to win easily by 2.3m, last qtr 27.2. Part owned by the Lewis family, trained by Debra and driven by Chris Lewis, the win was the 13th for Americanbootscoota and as well as running a lifetime best of 1:55.2 it took his stakes to a tidy $129,779.

Bred by Royalstar Pty Ltd, Americanbootscoota is adding to the success of his unraced dam Bootscootngirl who has three winners from her first three foals. Bootscootngirl is a half sister to 6 winners including top class Aussie Reactor (Camcracker) 1:50.6 44 wins $616,425. This is also the family of Toolara Dream (Lumber Dream) 1:55.3 $292,018, Capricorn Cruiser (Kinney Hanover) 1:57.6 17 wins $206,464 and Tasmanians champions Joseph Scott (Scotty Belmont) and Valencia Bay (Scotty Belmont).

The main race of the night was also the 2yo Final for the season, the $125,000 Golden Slipper. Like many previous Slippers, it was won by an abolutely brilliant pacer, this time the Mach Three colt Jack Mac. Starting as a $1.10 favourite from barrier 2 he was expected to go straight to the lead and win, and this is what he did. With ace reinsman Chris Lewis on board to make sure nothing went wrong, Jack Mac went through the 2130m of the Slipper in 1:57, lead time 37.7 and last two quarters in 28.7 and 27.9. It was a valiant effort by the filly Cott Beach (in an unusual year there were 4 fillies in the race) to try to chase him down, but Jack Mac went on to win by 7.3m with 6.6m to third. The win was his 6th straight, and he remains unbeaten in Australia with $186,749 in stakes.

Jack Mac was bred by the New Zealand arm of Alabar Bloodstock. He is the 7th foal and 5th winner from Matavutu (New York Motoring) who won only one race. However, this is the family of the 1978 Inter Dominion winner Markovina, with the granddam of Matavutu being a full sister to Markovina (Mark Lobell).

Waiting for the last race of the night is never a problem if you win. So it was a great result for owner breeders Warren and Adam Towie with 3yo Westsired gelding Illusionation (Rich And Spoilt out of Awesome Cassi by Armbro Operative) winning the Choices Flooring Northam 3yo Westbred 3C0 Pace by a very impressive 11.2m in a good time of 1:58.4. The lead time was fast and coming out from barrier 11 on the second row, Illusionation settled nicely into the one out one back position. With the field slowing in the first quarter the favourite, who was racing behind the leader came off the rails to settle in the breeze. With a lap to go driver Gary Hall Jnr took the initiative to lead the three wide line and Illusionation travelled strongly to hit the lead three wide at the 400m. Sprinting further away Illusionation made it the 5th win on the night to Gary Hall Jnr, a very impressive result for both horse and driver. Illusionation has now won 2 races after a R class win in February and has 4 places for stakes of just under $13,000. Being Westsired his win tonight brought in a double win bonus for his connections.

Illusionation is the first winner from his dam Awesome Cassi (Armbro Operative) a handy winner of 9 races and $31,785 in stakes. Awesome Cassi is a half sister to 4 winners including Half A Mill (Million To One) 1:57.2 $85,370. Lombo Lucida (Northern Lights) the dam of Awesome Cassi, won only one race but is the dam of 10 winners including Showstopper (Northern Luck) 1:55.5 12 wins $90,920 and promising 3yo Baylan Jett (Courage Under Fire) 1:57.6 4 wins $39,386.

WINNERS GALORE ON A NIGHT OF GOLD

(7 July 17) It was a great night "in" for WA bred horses with 6 out of the 10 races going West, a good indication that there are some quality WA bred horses. Some very good prior form going into the meeting meant that the punters should have done well also.

Our first winner started a short priced favourite despite the 9 barrier, and ran like a favourite should. 4yo Westsired gelding Americanbootscoota (Allamerican Ingot out of Bootscootngirl by Parsons Den) went forward from his wide barrier and initially 3 wide, continued to work forward until reaching the lead after 400m. Travelling strongly and running even quarters, he slipped away coming around the home turn and extended his lead for a classy win in the 2536m $18,000 Lombo Mandingo at Allwood Stud Pace by 11.7m in 1:58.2, last quarter 28.5. This was his 3rd win in a row and 4th from 5 starts, with a career tally of 12 wins and 9 places for $115,569.

Bred by Royalstar Pty LTd, he has been a terrific purchase for his new ownership team under trainer Debra Lewis. His unraced dam Bootscootngirl has produced 3 winners from her first three foals and is a half sister to 6 winners including top class Aussie Reactor (Camcracker) 1:50.6 44 wins $616,425, Aussie Delight (Bettors Delight) 1:55.6 11 wins and $80,603 and Texan Jet (Jet Laag) the dam of the very promising Anvil Rollover (Artistic Fella) 1:56.1 $34,005. Texan Cowgirl (Fake Left) the dam of Bootscootngirl, was a 6 times winner and is out of Texan Classic (Classic Garry) who is also the dam of Capricorn Cruiser (Kinney Hanover) 1:57.6 17 wins $206,464 and full sister to Texan Cowgirl in Madusa Cam (Fake Left) 1:58.9 11 wins $94,162.

With the speed on out of the barrier and third in line for favouritism, 4yo gelding Natural Disaster (Shadow Play out of Lucrative Kate by Armbro Operative) just managed to grab the position behind race leader and second favourite El Hombre as the field was settling for position. In the back straight the last time with the field closing up, Natural Disaster was looking for a way out. As they left the back straight Natural Disaster was able to move out to chase down and pass El Hombre. Clear by a length at the 100m, Natural Disaster managed to hold out the late challenge by Daniel John to win Heat 1 of Allwood Stud The Chandon by a neck in an impressive 1:55.6, last quarters a very speedy 28.3 and 27.6. El Hombre, who had made the running, was able to hold on for third. The win was the ninth for Natural Disaster and with seven places his stakes total $102,864. The win was his 3rd in a row and 5th from 6 starts so his recent form has been very impressive.

Bred and owned by Oz-West Pacing, Natural Disaster has shown a lot of talent, winning a Golden Nugget Prelude in 2016 and his stakes this season are a very respectable $75,504. Natural Disaster is the first winner from his winning dam Lucrative Kate who is a daughter of Lucrative Lady (Embrace Me) 2:00.3 $23,446. Lucrative Lady  the dam of Lucrative Kate, produced 3 other winners and is a daughter of Rosewood Pace (Mark Lobell) who produced 12 foals for 10 winners including Hy Falutin (Troublemaker) 1:55.9, 18 wins  $135,833 and Fair Dinkum Lombo (Christian Cullen) 1:58.6, 13 wins $71,106. This is also the family of Mon Lillies (Artesian) 1:54.7 10 wins $95,605 and Lombo Ranmiles (Saab) 1:52 $122,097.

The $35,000 2yo Fillies Gold Bracelet was the race of the night and there was a lot of good form and good fillies in the race. Starting at surprisingly good odds of 10/1 after such a good run the previous week, 2yo filly Rosies Ideal (American Ideal out of Rosie Malone by Live Or Die) put in another strong run to win the $35,000 2yo fillies Gold Bracelet after starting from 8 on the front line. With second favourite Infinite Symbol stepping away badly from 1, the favourite The War Nurse  sped to the front from 4 and Rosied Ideal settled near last of the main bunch. Taking off 3 wide after passing the finish post the first time Rosies Ideal moved up quickly to settle in the breeze.  Moving up at the 400 to be level with the leader The War Nurse, it was a hard fought battle in the run to the finish with Rosies Ideal wearing down The War Nurse to win by 2m in 2:00.1.

Bred and owned by Craig and A Lynn, this was her second win from only 5 starts and her stakes are now $35,000.

Rosies Ideal is the first foal from her dam Rosie Malone (Live Or Die) 2:01.3 7 wins, 14 places and $49,182. NZ mare Rosie Malone was also raced by the Lynns.

Handsome grey gelding The Revolution (Northern Luck out of My Royal Doreen by Jet Laag) is showing the benefit of a new ownership and training team this year. Stepping out fast from 4 as race favourite, he was fast out, initially taking the breeze position but getting cover after half a lap. The pace was really on over the 1730m race with 29.3 and 28.9 for the first two quarters, The Revolution was still one out one back with 300 to go. Coming out of the back straight he moved three wide and showing determination, got to the lead at the 100m and went on to win the $18,000 Allwood Stud Specialising in AI M0 Pace by 2.6m in an excellent 1:54.9, last quarters 28.6. The win was his 11th, with 16 places and just over $113,000 in stakes.

Bred by Royalstar Pty Ltd, he is the first foal from the lightly raced mare My Royal Doreen, who won twice but retired through injury after only 6 starts. My Royal Doreen is also the dam of 3yo Itz Dynamo (Allamerican Ingot) 1:59 $45,710. My Royal Doreen is out of the winning mare Shivering (Chill Factor) who also produced Gives Me Chills (Northern Luck) 1:57.4 11 wins $61,116. Shivering is a half sister to Tuapeka Pocket (In The Pocket) 2:01.9 the dam of Hokuri Handrail (Falcon Seelster) 1:51.4 32 wins $280,332.

With a flat tyre the previous week ruining his chances in the Westbred Classic the previous week, 2yo colt Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven out of Benjor Maddy Lombo by Perfect Art) was looking to make amends in the $18,000 Yearling Preparation at Allwood Stud 2yo Pace. Starting from 2 on the front, Rock Me Over settled behind the race leader. With some worthy opposition it was a very slow lead time and a cat and mouse affair. With a lap to go, a three wide challenge from the favourite Golden State flushed out Rock Me Over, who grabbed the lead coming out of the back straight. Rock Me Over looked briefly to be in danger, but fought back in the home straigth to win by 1.5m in 2:00.4, with a last quarter of 27.8. The win took Rock Me Over to $58,880 from 3 wins and 4 places from only 9 starts.

Bred by Mike Howie, Rock Me Over is the youngest winner out of Benjor Maddy Lombo 2:01.8 3 wins $21,511 and he is a half brother to Maddy White (Lombo Mandingo) 1:56.9 $110,824 and dual Group 1 winner Handsandwheels (Mach Three) 1:56.9 $231,199. Magic Maddy Lombo (Classic Garry), the dam of Benjor Maddy Lombo, is another mare with limited racing success but a phenomenal broodmare, with 6 winners including Sweet Maddy Lombo (Panorama) 1:59.5 11 wins $106,588, Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.3 15 wins $230,312, Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 33 wins $587,032 and Soho Madeleine (Bettors Delight) 1:56.8 9 wins $96,803. Magic Maddy Lombo's dam Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 $245,449 was Australian 3yo Filly of the Year as well as being named Australian Broodmare of the Year as the dam of Lombo Pocket Watch.

The first of the prized 3C0 races for the season and there was a fair bit of pace into the first turn allowing 3yo filly Mileys Desire (by Real Desire out of Scenic Shazar by Scenic Jerlin) to grab the one out one back position in running after starting from barrier 11. Into the back straight the last time, Mileys Desire took off 3 wide and hit the front with 400m to go. Already with a race winning lead Mileys Desire went further away and won the AllwoodStud.com.au 3yo Fillies Pace by 9.4m in 1:58.6 over the 2130m, last quarter 28.8. An excellent run by this filly. This was her second lifetime win and with 7 places from only 15 starts and her stakes are now $11,389.

Bred and owned by P, S and W Lodding, Mileys Desire is the third winner from the very successful racemare Scenic Shazar (Scenic Jerlin) 1:58.6 18 wins $81,158. Scenic Shazar raced in NZ for 3 wins before being brought by the Loddings to race in WA.

OWNERS ONLY NIGHT AND $100,000 WESTBRED CLASSIC WINNERS

(30 June 17) It was the $100,000 Westbred Classics night sponsored by Owners Only, with 4 Group 1 events to showcase our local talent. The weather looked a bit chancy but the racing more than made up for it. In the end it was a fantastic display by some very talented 2 and 3yo WA bred horses in the four Classics, with two more winners on the night from the 3yo brigade.

The first of the Group 1s saw the fillies step out in the $100,000 2yo Fillies Westbred Classic.2yo Westsired filly Cott Beach (Advance Attack out of  Back In The Black by Armbro Operative), who impressively won the $30,000 Westsired Classic the previous week, was the race favourite from 5 on the front. Off the barrier at release point, driver Nathan Turvey sped up and made his intentions to lead very clear. Cott Beach had the race lead before the field left the back straight and then slowed to a similar tempo to the previous week. Gradually increasing the speed in each quarter, Cott Beach started to pull away from the field coming out of the back straight. At about this time Rosies IDeal and Infinite Symbol, who were running second and third, locked wheels and lost ground. After untangling they set about chasing Cott Beach but she was well and truly home, winning in the end by 21m in 1:58.8. An outcome of the incident was that unfortunately for the owners of The War Nurse, who finished second in running, that filly was disqualified. It was a very good run from Rosies Ideal (American Ideal), who led the three wide line for the last lap, met interference in running and still finished third. Infinite Symbol (Indomitable Saab), who was also involved in the interference, ran a good race to finish second. The win took Cott Beach to $136,550 in stakes from 6 wins and 2 places, with a best mile rate as a 2yo of 1:54.9. Back In The Black 1:58.1, 7 wins 18 places and $58,780, the dam of Cott Beach, was bought by owners Peter King and Barbara Pellick in foal to Advance Attack and foaled Cott Beach. Back In The Black is a daughter of prolific winner Black And Blue (Northern Lights) 1:57.2 17 wins 21 places and $212,495 whose wins included the Daintys Daughter 3yo Fillies Classic, the State Sires Classic for 3yo fillies and the 4 and 5yo Championship. Black And Blue is a daughter of prolific broodmare Bonnie Blue Eyes (Golden Greek) 1:56.9,12 wins $87,565 who produced 8 winners in total including champion WA pacer No Blue Manna (Mystical Prince) 1:56.6 41 wins $628,157, Baby Blues (Safely Kept) 1:56.3 14 wins and $115,032, Levi Judd (D M Dilinger) 1:58.5 $71,142 and Big Blue Eyes (Red River Hanover).

A positive but sensible drive by trainer Justin Prentice produced the right result for very promising 2yo gelding Highroller Joe (Roll With Joe out of Illeagle by Northern Lights), with a comfortable 7.8m win in the $100,000 2yo Colts and Geldings Westbred Classic. Very impressive in the $100,000 Pearl Final, Highroller Joe started second favourite from outside the back line and moving forward from the barrier he settled one out two back. With a reasonable good lead time and the field running fairly evenly over the first two quarters, it wasnt until the 350 mark that a three wide line was formed and with 300m to go Highroller Joe set sail 4 wide. He hit the front by the 100m, and moved away over the the final stages to win by 7.8m in 1:58.6, with last quarters 28.6 and 29.5. Good runs behind him were Mister Spot (Village Jolt), who was clearly last with a lap to go and finished a brilliant second after weaving his way through the field. The only non winner in the race, Liam Neil (Modern Art) ran on to run third.

Bred and owned by Craig Lynn, Highroller Joe has won his second race from three starts and 75,550 in stakes. Illeagle (Northern Lights), the dam of Highroller Joe, was lightly raced with a lifetime best 1:57.6 as 3yo $16,184. She has two foals to date with Highroller Joe her first winner. Warner Glen Lass (W R H)  2:03 6 wins $23,289, the dam of Illeagle, also had only 2 foals for one winner. Warner Glen Lass is a half sister to one other winner and her granddam Opal Oro (Leyoro) is also the granddam of Princess Opal (Hey Maybe) 1:58.5 10 wins $106,660. This is not a prolific winning family, and not many fillies have been produced or bred from, but it still managed to produce the winner of a Group 1 race in a very classy performance. Who wouldnt want to be the owner!

Proving the quality of the fillies in the recent WASBA Country Oaks, 3yo Westsired filly Allamerican Queen (Allamerican Ingot out of Teen Queen Lombo by Northern Luck) was victorious in the $100,000 3yo Fillies Westbred Classic. Again it was trainer Justin Prentice choosing his drive wisely and Allamerican Queen stepped out quickly from 1 to take the race lead. A good lead time of 37 followed by even quarters set up the win, and although they were coming from everywhere in the last 50m, Allamerican Queen was a worthy winner by a head in a lifetime best of 1:58.7. It was an excellent run by second placed Milliondollahanova (Shadyshark Hanover), a $5,500 purchase at the 2015 WA Yearling Sale by trainer Michael Callegari. Somewheronlyiknow (Somebeachsomewhere), who was 4th in the Country Oaks, ran on well into third. Allamerican Queen now has 4 wins and 9 places for $111,489.

Bred and owned by Allwood Stud's Bob Fowler, Allamerican Queen is the first foal from lovely grey mare Teen Queen Lombo who only had 2 starts for 1 win in 1:57.1. Teen Queen Lombo is also the first foal from her dam Show Girl Lombo (Jet Laag) 2:01.5 8 wins $54,568 who produced one other winner in Well To Do Lombo (Saab) 1:55 17 wins $86,108. Show Girl Lombo is a full sister to the dam of Lombo Yanky Invada (Lombo Mandingo) 1:52.9 8 wins $59,557 and a half sister to Jolli Good Lombo (Perfect Art) 1:59.1 7 wins $35,880. Jolli Jeorja Lombo (Northern Lights), the dam of Show Girl Lombo, is a half sister to the dam of multiple Group winning mare Repelem (Dream Away) 1:52.9 41 wins and $266,346. Lombo Boucheron, the dam of Jolli Jeorja Lombo, is a full sister sister to Mazzini Magic (Windshield Wiper) 1:56 $367,140 and a half sister to Smooth Sensation (Smooth Fella) 2:00.9 $249,419. This is the family of Lordship, one of the greatest colonial sires ever produced, with Lordship being a full brother to the granddam of Lombo Boucheron.

Last but not least was the $100,000 3yo colts and geldings Classic, with WA Derby winner Handandwheels (Mach Three) starting favourite from barrier 3. He went out fast in the wet conditions and led into the straight the first time. The pace was on for the race, and with 3rd and 4th quarter in 28.7 and 28.9, Handsandwheels had to show his class to win the race. Itz Dynamo (Allamerican Ingot) ran a good race to finish second, closing in on the leader with Our Zak Whitby (Mach Three) running on to finish third. Bred by successful breeder Mike Howie, Handsandwheels has leapt up to $231,199 in stakes from 7 wins and 8 places, with his lifetime best mile rate of 1:56.9 set in this win.

Handsandwheels is out of Benjor Maddy Lombo (Perfect Art) 2:01.8, the winner of 3 Victorian races as a 2 and 3YO and $21,511 in stakes. Benjor Maddy Lombo is the dam of 3 other winners including King-Lethbridge Memorial winner Maddy White (Lombo Mandingo) 1:56.9 11 wins $110,824 and promising 2yo Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:58.2 3 wins $58,880. Magic Maddy Lombo (Classic Garry out of Misty Maiden), the dam of Benjor Maddy Lombo, was the winner of only one race but has been a phenomenal broodmare. She is the dam of 6 winners from 9 foals of racing age, 8 to race including Sweet Maddy Lombo (Panorama) 1:59.5 11 wins $106,588, Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.3 15 wins $230,312, Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 33 wins $587,032 and Soho Madeleine (Bettors Delight) 1:56.8 9 wins $96,803.

Australian 3yo of the Year and Broodmare of the Year Misty Maiden is the granddam of numerous winners including Perfect Gold Lombo (Perfect Art) 1:53.2 18 wins $175,560, Lombo Skyrider (Panorama) 1:50 63 wins $841,611, Lord Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.6 $254,447, Lombo Cloud Nine (Northern Luck) 1:55.3 14 wins $102,310, Jet Laag mare Flylika Bird Lombo 1:59.8 7 wins $53,975 (dam of Well Said filly Lady De La Renta 1:55.1) and El Jay Lombo (Bettors Delight) the winner of 1 race and dam of Wesley (Sportswriter 1:57.4 6 wins and $85,426.

Last but not least, and starting favourite from the prized barrier 1 even though he was the youngest horse in the race, 3yo gelding Kasey John (Bettors Delight out of Shes Our Angel by Classic Garry) stepped straight to the front and dictated the pace of the Owners Only Ambassador Dean Cox Westbred C1 to C4. Picking up the pace in the 3rd quarter in 28.2, he skipped away by a length on the home turn to win the race by 5.5m in the smart time and lifetime best of 1:57.5, last quarter 28.5. Bred by Steve Johnson, Kasey John now has 4 wins and just over $27,000 in stakes.

Shes Our Angel, the dam of Kasey John, was the winner of 4 races and $14,326. She is the dam of 10 winners including Nightn Georgia (Safely Kept) 2:00.4 11 wins $116,605, the dam of Rocknrolla (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:57.1 12 wins $287,351. Shes Our Angel is also the dam of Sky Tower (Panorama) 1:58.5 36 wins $241,236, Keeper Of Keys (Grinfromeartoear) 1:56.9 6 wins $44,63, Jasmin Amali (Sportswriter) 1:55 5 wins $73,400 and Shes Elegant (Safely Kept), the dam of Tightrope (Art Major) 1:53.6 19 wins $168,908..

A GREAT NIGHT OUT FOR THE GIRLS

(23 June 17) It was a special night for our WA bred and sired horses, with the 2 and 3yo $30,000 Westsired Classics. Both races were won by very classy fillies who look more than capable of holding their own in any class. A 3yo filly won Heat 3 of the Lombardo, and the girls also took home the $35,000 Winter Cup. There were two other victories by our WA bred horses and both El Hombre and Soho Wall Street look to be able to win plenty more races.

Starting from the second row barrier 11 El Hombre (Badlands Hanover out of Appaloosa by OK Bye) got a nice run through to settle one out one back in the $20,500 Trotsynd Pace for M0 to M2 class. However, with outsider Aussie Delight going three wide to the breeze position, putting El Hombre one further back, Chris Lewis went forward three wide with El Hombre to take over the breeze position. Down the back El Hombre was tackling for the lead at the 400 after a 27.6 3rd quarter and entered the home straight a length in front. El Hombre went on to win by a half neck from Aussie Delight in 1:58.7, last quarter 28.2 (last half 55.8). The win was the 10th by El Hombre with 5 wins coming this season. As a 3yo El Hombre was successful in the $25,000 Battle of Bunbury in 1:56.1 and at Gloucester Park in 1:55.2 over 1730m. He has gone to another level this season and his stakes are now just under $95,000 ($50,000 this season) and the 4yo gelding looks to have plenty of talent.

It looked like a race in two and thats how they finished in the $30,000 2yo Westsired Classic. Brilliant 2yo filly Cott Beach (Advance Attack out of Back In The Black by Armbro Operative) went to the front from promising filly Infinite Symbol after a moderate start. With Infinite Symbol racing greenly throught the slow first quarter and The War Nurse in the breeze it was Cott Beach racing comfortably in front. Stepping up the pace in the third quarter and with a final quarter of 28.5 it was a comfortable win by 11.3m by Cott Beach in 2:00.2. Infinite Symbol and The War Nurse both ran good races to finish in the placings. All three should perform well in next weeks 2yo fillies Westbred Classic.

The win was a well deserved result for owners Barbara Pellick and Peter King who bought Back In The Black 1:58.1, 7 wins 18 places and $58,780, in foal to Advance Attack. Cott Beach was the resulting foal. This is a terrific family with Back In The Black being a daughter of prolific winner Black And Blue (Northern Lights) 1:57.2 17 wins 21 places and $212,495 whose wins included the Daintys Daughter 3yo Fillies Classic, the State Sires Classic for 3yo fillies and the 4 and 5yo Championship. She also won the 4yo Mares State Sires Series Final. Black And Blue is out of another prolific producer, the John Coffey's Victorian bred broodmare gem Bonnie Blue Eyes (Golden Greek) 1:56.9,12 wins $87,565 who produced 8 other winners including champion WA pacer No Blue Manna (Mystical Prince) 1:56.6 41 wins $628,157, Baby Blues (Safely Kept) 1:56.3 14 wins and $115,032, Levi Judd (D M Dilinger) 1:58.5 $71,142 and Big Blue Eyes (Red River Hanover). This is the same family as 2007 WA 2yo of the Year Priscilla Rocks (Courage Under Fire) 1:58.9 $115,710.

The winner of the 2yo leg of the Westsired Classic in 2016, Sarah Goody (Rich And Spoilt out of Forrest Interlude by Armbro Operative) stepped out from 2 as a short priced favourite in the $30,000 3yo Westsired Classic and went straight to the front, with second favourite Bob Wheel settling in the breeze. With a fairly solid lead time and 31 seconds for the next two quarters Sarah Goody looked comfortable in front. At the 400m she started to pull away and even though Itz Dynamo and Allamerican Queen finished well, Sarah Goody was very classy in wining by 9.4m. After a traumatic week it was a great result for trainer and part owner Kevin, and even more credit to Sarah Goody when you consider she was impeded by a broken hopple carrier during the race. Bred and owned by Kevin Keys, Ross Waddell and Rob Hall, the win was the 9th and with 6 places from only 23 starts her stakes are $118,820.

Sarah Goody has been super impressive this season with $93,500 in stakes. Sarah Goody is the 4th winner and last foal from her dam Forrest Interlude who had a successful race career with 6 wins and 9 places for $22,026. Forrest Interlude is also the dam of Secret Interlude (Panorama) 1:56.6 19 wins $230,348 in stakes and Nothingbutadream (Modern Art) 1:55.1 $54,218. Forrest Interlude is a half sister to 8 other winners including Co Co San (Crouch) 1:58.6 14 wins $90,991. Take Care (El Patron), the granddam of Forrest Interlude won over $300,000 in her career and was one of New Zealands best pacing mares in the early 80s.

Adding to an exciting night of racing was an outstanding win, and her second in a row in open company, by 5yo mare Tricky Styx (Jeremes Jet) who started from barrier 5, went straight to the front and beat The Bucket List and Run Oneover (the exact same result as her previous win) in the $35,000 Winter Cup. It was a great result for Northam stalwart Jesse Moore and followed a week of good luck for the Moore family and some of Northam's family of helpers. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Starting favourite from barrier 7, 4yo gelding Soho Wall Street (Four Starzzz Shark out of Vancelot Lady by Our Sir Vancelot) continued his terrific form with another solid win, this time in the Try Our New Winter Menu Westbred Pace for C5 to C9 class. With a slow lead time of 39, Soho Wall Street, who had settled third last initially, went around the field to sit in the breeze a half length ahead of the inside runner Johnny Disco before settling a half length behind. Firing up in the third quarter which was run a super 27.1, Johnny Disco got to a length in front before Soho Wall Street showed his strength and class and went on to win relatively easily by 2.8m in 1:57.3. The win was his 14th and second in a row and 5th from 8 starts, and took his stakes to $159,292.

Bred by Mike Howie who is having an excellent year, Soho Wall Street is the second winner from Vancelot Lady 2:00.6 who won 4 races and $40,768 in stakes. Her unraced dam Homecoming (Talk About Class) produced 3 other winners and is a full sister to Impressionist 1:57.9 23 wins and $427,005 in stakes. The family has produced other good WA winners in Arousing (Western Terror) 1:56.6 11 wins $119,663, Loving You (Art Major) 1:55.7 10 wins $97,229, and Pelusiac (Washington VC) 1:53.3 11 wins $97,061. Of course Vancelot Lady is by dual WA Pacing Cup winner and dual Inter Dominion winner Our Sir Vancelot, who is also the broodmare sire of Multiple Group 1 winner Messini (Art Major) 1:54.8 23 wins $586,859.

ANOTHER FIVE WINNERS AND THE GIRLS DO WELL!

(16 June 17) Another excellent night of racing with the girls doing well in 3 events (winning the 2yo fillies, the 3yo fillies, and a Heat of the Lombardo)

What a nice result in the $18,000 Quayside Transport 2YO Fillies Pace with very promising Westsired filly Infinite Symbol (Indomitable Saab out of Never Waver Lombo by Astreos) showing some real class to win by a half head from another Westsired filly in The War Nurse, with favourite Miss Sangrial in third. Infinite Symbol started from 6 and settled one out one back after initially breezing in a fairly fast lead time. Going into the back straight the last time, Infinite Symbol took off in front of Miss Sangrial to lead the 3 wide line in a very fast forward move. At the 400 she was challenging the leader The War Nurse, who was fighting back with the advantage of the inside running and some greenness from Infinite Symbol. At the finish it was a top effort from both fillies, with the mile rate 1:56.7 and last quarter in 28.4. For the win Infinite Symbol pocketed $11,800 in stakes and $8,500 in Westbred Bonus through the double win bonus for Westsired progeny. Excluding Bonuses, her stakes to date from 3 wins and 3 places is $21,090. Add to that her Westbred Bonus money of over $22,000 (including first win connections bonus) and another $4500 to her breeder Lancaster Lodge.

Infinite Symbol is the first foal from the good race mare Never Waver Lombo (Astreos) 1:57.1 11 wins $109,662. She in turn is out of another good race mare in Nevabend Lombo (Troublemaker) 1:57.8 8 wins $119,640 whose wins included the WA Oaks. This family stems from WA raced mare Burrows (Tarport Boy) 1:57.1 $113,844 who was one of the first 100 horses in Australia to run under 2:00 and whose wins included the Empress Stakes and the WASBA Breeders Stakes.

You have to go fast to win M0s these days and 4yo gelding Abraxas Blues (Santanna Blue Chip out of Apache Kitten by Badlands Hanover) certainly did that to win the $18,000 Cash Converters Pace over the 2130m. Abraxas Blue was well driven from 3, going forward out of the barrier and taking a sit behind the race leader. Getting clear coming out of the back straight the last time Abraxas Blue skipped around the leading pair and running three wide down the straight he raced up and hit the front to win by 3.6m in 1:55.7.

Abraxax Blue has had a limited career to date of only 21 starts but he has now won 6 times with 8 places and a best mile rate of 1:55. This was his third successive win, with 5 wins and 2 places from 8 starts this season after starting his racing career in March 2016. His total stakes are now just under $40,000.

Abraxas Blue is the first foal from the now deceased Apache Kitten who had a very short racing career of two starts - 2nd in a heat of the Diamond and 5th in the 2009 final. Her dam Silk Lining is an unraced In The Pocket mare who is a half sister to Badlands Chief (Badlands Hanover) 1:59.6 14 wins $73,310 in stakes.

Coming back to racing after a short break, 5yo gelding Tommy Be Good (Jeremes Jet out of Spicks And Specks by Golden Greek) was just too good for them in the $18,000 Homestyle Salad Makers Discretionary Stand for M0 and better over 2503m. Settling one out and two back after starting from the 10m line, the race turned into a sprint with the last three quarters all under 29 seconds. Tommy Be Good moved out three wide entering the back straight the last time and showed some strength to be tackling the leader coming into the straight for the run to the finish. Tommy Be Good likes the stands and runs well fresh and demonstrated both of these characteritics in this race, winning by a neck in 1:59.8 with the last three quarters in 28.9, 28.4 and 28.1. The win took his stakes to just over $94,000 from 12 wins and 11 places.

Bred by Patrician Park,Tommy Be Good is the 4th and last foal and third winner from Spicks And Specks (Golden Greek) 2:00.9 5 wins $25,311. Spicks And Specks is also the granddam of Glenferrie Affair (Courage Under Fire) 1:56.8 19 wins $91,086 and she is a half sister to Demoralizer (Crouch) 1:56.7 26 wins $358,199 and Turkish (Village Jasper) 1:59 12 wins $131,303. Her dam, the unraced Breathtaking (Classic Garry), is a half sister to WA champion Shattering Class (Golden Greek) 62 wins $810,302.

Another top win in the $21,000 Gloucester Motel and Restaurant Pace for M1 to M3 over 2130m stamped 4yo gelding Soho Wall Street (Four Starzzz Shark out of Vancelot Lady by Our Sir Vancelot) as a future contender of major races. Starting favourite from barrier 8, Soho Wall Street was restrained out of the barrier and settled second last with some speed up the front and a first quarter of 28.1. Catching up to the field and with a 1000m to go Soho Wall Street followed the three wide line and in the back straight was let go and sizzled to be third and going forward with 400 to go. In a very close finish Soho Wall Street prevailed in a hard fought finish to win by a neck in a lifetime best of 1:55.9. Soho Wall Street is just shy of $154,000 after 13 wins and 23 places. Bred by Mike Howie, Soho Wall Street has won close to $82,000 this season.

Showing that the punters knew what they were doing, and with junior driver Michael Grantham on board and in excellent form, 7yo gelding Mako Shadow (Four Starzzz Shark out of Poppy Jasper by Village Jasper) stepped off as favourite from barrier 9 and didnt let his supporters down. Mako Shadow settled second last in a slow lead time, with a slow first quarter as well Grantham decided to move forward three wide with 1200 to go. Under a fairly tight rein he made ground steadily and with 600 to go he was 4th but still three wide. At the turn out of the back straight he hit the lead, and in a big effort after being wide so long he just held off the late challenges in the run home to win the Elan Energy Matrix Westbred Pace for C1 to C4 by a half neck in 2:00.4. Bred by M and D Schofield and J Boley, Mako Shadow has now won a very credible $82,000 from 12 wins and 16 places, best mile rate 1:56.

Mako Shadow is the first foal from race winning mare Poppy Jasper, whose dam Provocation (Hilarion) was also a race winner. The maternal family of Mako Shadow is the great broodmare Tactics (Light Brigade). This family has numerous top class winners and is still prominent with the likes of One Dream (Dream Away) 1:56.7 18 wins  $846,467, Some Kinda Tactics (Dream Away) 1:53.3 37 wins $257,303 and Tact Hayleys Delight (Bettors Delight) 1:52.2 16 wins $298,496 stakes.

SUPER RUNS IN THE PEARL

(9 June 17) On another special night, this time the $100,000 Colts and Geldings Pearl Classic, there some other excellent results from some of the girls. There was also the winning return to racing of Chicago Bull.

6yo mare Artistic Lilly (Artistic Fella out of Phar From Over by Armbro Operative) stepped back into the winners list with an excellent win in Heat 1 of the Lombardo Fillies and Mares for the M0 class girls. Never waste a barrier 1 draw, especially when the punters have made you favourite, and Artistic Lilly, with owner Shannon Suvaljko on board, certainly didnt. Artistic Lily looked strong coming out of the barrier and held her advantage to take the leader's role. There were a few changes in the breeze position but none that looked dangerous and Artistic Lilly went to the line quite comfortably in the end, winning by 3.1m in 1:58.8, last quarter 28.2. Artistic Lilly has now won 8 times and has 15 places and career stakes just under $55,000, with over $40,000 earnt this season.

Bred by Shelley Burton, Artistic Lilly is out of the unraced Phar From Over who is a half sister to Phar From A Fake (Fake Left) 1:59.5 27 wins $170,716 and Gee Whiz Fizz (Fake Left) 1:56.4 35 wins $408,496. Their dam Raca Pacer (Classic Garry) 2:02.3 $58,327 was a good race mare who won 11 races including the Race For Roses. Raca Pacer is out of another good race mare in Beats A Bottle (Judge Hanover) 1:58.2 $43,954. Tactile Magic 2:01.3 $35,422, the full sister of Beats A Bottle, is the granddam of  All About Pink (Yankee Sensation) 1:54.5 9 wins $85,140.

A terrific race by Tricky Styx (Jeremes Jet out of Pocket Rain by In The Pocket) to win the open M0 and better 2536m Princi Smallgoods Capretto Pace. Starting from barrier 1 she took the sit behind Run Oneover, which was the race winning move. With Run Oneover over racing, the first and second quarters were 28.3 and 27.8. At the 400m Tricky Styx moved up to tackle Run Oneover and in a solid finish, Tricky Styx ran a super race to win by 1.5m from The Bucket List with a tiring Run Oneover finishing 10.7m behind in third. Lets hope Tricky stays in WA when she retires!

Tricky Styx is by the Western Hanover sire Jeremes Jet 1:47 $1,519,321 out of the Sportsmaster (by Abercrombie) mare in Ohyouprettything who was herself the winner of 35 races and over $1.2 million in stakes. Voted 2-year-old Champion of his year in both the U.S. and Canada, Jeremes Jet has excellent breeding and racing credentials and has done very well at stud without being able to get a foothold in the southern hemisphere with the dominance of Bettors Delight and Art Major. With so many mares served by these two stallions this is the fate of many quality stallions to have come to Australia and New Zealand over recent years.

It was a scintillating performance by Jack Mac (Mach Three out of Matavutu by New York Motoring), who raced in the breeze most of the way before outclassing the field in the JackMac 2015 weanling saleb  $100,000 Princi Smallgoods Pearl Classic to win by 10.4m from a game Rock Me Over with another 15m to third. It was an exceptional run by the winner (last quarters 27.8 and 28.5 with a mile rate of 1:55.9, but for those looking to the future it was a terrific run by third placed Highroller Joe (Roll With Joe out of Illeagle by Northern Lights) who was last more than 30m off the leaders with a lap to go before starting a run in the back straight. Super impressive.

Jack Mac was bred by Alabar NZ and was bought by prominent breeder Barry Howlett in the annual NZ weanling sale. He is still a colt so perhaps that augers well for the future.!

It was a nice return to the winners list for 4yo mare Mary Catherine (Art Major out of Easy Riter by Getting It Right) in the $21,000 Princi Smallgoods Mares Pace for M0 to M3 mares. Mary Catherine started from 2 and was well regarded in the betting for the 2536m mobile, quite a long race for the girls. Going straight to the front she set a fairly solid pace throughout. The runs started to come in the back straight the last time and coming out of the back straight it was 5 across the track. Although tiring slightly, she held up to win by 2m in an excellent mile rate of 1:57.9. The win took her to just over $117,000 from 10 wins and 13 places.

Mary Catherine has always shown talent so it was a good result for owner Robert Sheehy who bred her with M Pumfrey. Mary Catherine is the only winner from her dam Easy Riter 1:57.8 5 wins $39,252. Her half sister Stella Pearl (Live Or Die) is the dam of Michael Joseph (Bettors Delight) 1:56.2 $39,139. Easy Riter is one of two winners from her dam Easy Girl (Romeo Hanover) who is a granddaughter of one of Dr Tom Early's broodmare gems in Star Song (Grattan Loyal). Among the progeny of Star Song was Papagena (King Oro), the dam of  10 winners from 16 foals and one of WAs best maternal families from the 60s and 70s. Members of this family include Centrefold Angel (Legacy Of Power) 1:55.2 14 wins $237,348, Formyeyesonly (Pacific Fella) 1:54.3 12 wins $91,774, Bettor Twisted (Bettors Delight) 1:56.9 $60,415 and multiple other winners.

DIAMONDS ARE A GIRLS BEST FRIEND

(2 June 17) On a sparkling night of racing featuring the 2yo fillies $100,000 Diamond Classic, there was some more happy WA breeders taking home first prize.

First for the night was the Bob Fowler bred and owned 4yo gelding El Hombre (Badlands Hanover out of Appaloosa by OK Bye) who started from 5 on the front and breezed for the race before sizzling over the final quarters in 27.6 and 27.9 to win the 2130m Tabtouch C5 to C9 Pace. The winning margin was a neck in an excellent mile rate of 1:56.2 and brought up the 9th win and almost $81,000 for his career.

El Hombre comes from a very good female line with his dam Appaloosa producing 5 other winners including Eurodollar (Million To One) 1:56.6 10 win $94,336 and Parsonemby (Parsons Den) 1:56.3 $200,902. Appaloosa is a daughter of US mare Aspiration (Sonsam) who is a half sister to the dam of Sokys Legend (Sokys Atom) who in turn is the dam of London Legend (In The Pocket ) 1:57.2 14 wins $290,778 and Bit Of A Legend (Bettors Delight) 1:51 33 wins $1,449,897.

Next for the night was the super win by 2yo filly Cimorene (Sportswriter out of Ultimate Package by Northern Luck). With the short priced favourite Miss Sangrial starting from 1, Cimorene started at the very good odds of 27/1 from barrier 2. Having won her heat 10 days earlier these were very generous odds. Miss Sangrial duly went straight to the front from the barrier, but was tackled most of the way by Tenniele Erin who was over racing. Cimorene settled one out 2 back and at the 400m moved three wide and was making good ground. With Miss Sangrial having being pressured most of the race it was a top effort from her but also from Cimorene who battled all the way down the straight and won by the narrowest of margins. The win was the second for Cimorene and apart from now being a Group 1 winner, took her stakes to $71,750.

Cimorene was bred by Terry Ferguson's Seahorse Racing Stables and is the first foal from Ultimate Package (Northern Luck) 2:01.8 5 wins $29,216. Ultimate Package is one of 4 winners produced by handy race mare Saabrina (Classic Garry) 2:00.7 6 wins $33,776. Of course Saabrina is a full sister to champion racehorse Saab 1:57.1 21 wins $577,197 (multiple group 1 winner, Golden Slipper and WA Derby winner, Golden Nugget and WA Pacing Cup winner at 4), Talladega 1:57.8 18 wins (multiple Group 1 winner, Golden Slipper and APG winner, WA Derby winner), Saabella 1:59.2 17 wins $205,745 and to the dam of Genuine Numbers (Fake Left) 1:53.6 19 wins $190,112 and granddam of Kept Under Wraps (Bettors Delight) 1:51.8 19 wins $361,295. Saabrina is half sister to the dams of Pole Dancer (Modern Art) 1:56.4 $186,352, Bettors Ace (Bettors Delight) 1:56 $172,679 and Lierre Noir (Bettors Delight) $131,629. Congratulations Terry.!

Starting favourite after some recent good form, 6yo gelding Keeper Of Keys (Grinfromeartoear out of Shes Our Angel by Classic Garry) lept straight to the front from barrier 3 and held his ground to win the Westside Auto Wholesale Westbred Pace for C1 to C4 class. Setting good times over the last three quarters Keeper Of Keys withstood a solid challenge over the last 300m to win by 1.6m in a good mile rate of 1:57.7. The win was his 6th and took his stakes to a little over $44,000.

Keeper Of Keys was bred by prominent breeder Steve Johnson and showed early promise as a 3yo, coming 4th in the 2014 3yo $100,000 Westbred Classic before injury problems curtailed his career. His recent form is good with 2 wins and 4 places since March this year. Keeper Of Keys is one of 10 winners from his dam Shes Our Angel 2:03.6 $14,326. The impressive lineup includes Sky Tower (Panorama) 1:58.5 36 wins $241,236, Jasmin Amali (Sportswriter) 1:55 5 wins $73,400, Nightn Georgia (Safely Kept) 2:00.4 $116,605 (dam of Rocknrolla 1:57.1 12 wins $287,351 by Grinfromeartoear), and Shes Elegant (Safely Kept) the dam of Tightrope (Art Major)1:53.6 19 wins $168,170.

The final race of the night, the $18,000 3yo Fillies Pace went to the in-form Sarah Goody (Rich And Spoilt out of Forrest Interlude by Armbro Operative). Sarah Goody has been in excellent form this season with 6 wins and 4 places from only 13 starts. She is raced by her breeders Ross Waddell, Kevin Keys and Rob Hall. She went straight to the front from her barrier 3 over the 1730m journey and won in a very impressive mile rate of 1:54.3, with a stunning first quarter of 27.9. Sarah Goody was pressured for much of the way by Angel Bromac with Angel Bromac heading her at times. She was the first one beaten coming into the turn and Sarah Goody shot away coming up to the turn out of the back straight and went on to win by 7.2m with last quarters 28.9 and 28.1. Sarah Goody, the winner of the 2016 2yo WestSired Fillies Classic, was very impressive in running second in the $150,000 WA Oaks in May and has continued her good form, looking a top chance for the 3yo WestSired and Westbred Fillies Classics later in the month. The win took her stakes to just under $99,000 from 8 wins and 6 places.

Sarah Goody is the 4th winner and last foal from her dam Forrest Interlude 1:58.6 6 wins $22,026 who has also produced Secret Interlude (Panorama) 1:56.6 19 wins and $230,348 and Nothingbutadream (Modern Art) 1:55.1 $54,218. Forrest Interlude is a half sister to 8 other winners including Co Co San (Crouch) 1:58.6 $90,991. Take Care (El Patron), the granddam of Forrest Interlude won over $300,000 in her career and was one of New Zealands best pacing mares in the early 80s.

THEY SHOULD HAVE LOOKED AT HIS FORM

(26 May 17) Some very nice efforts on the night, with punters being very successful with 2 out of 3 but missing a good bet on our first WA bred winner on the night.

Owned and bred by Oz-West Pacing, 4yo gelding Natural Disaster (Shadow Play out of Lucrative Kate by Armbro Operative) has been in good form lately so his win in the $20,500 Book Your Next Conference at Gloucester Park Pace for M0 to M2 class was not much of a surprise for his followers. Starting AT 6/1 from 5 on the front, he was restrained out of the barrier and settled 3 back in the moving line. With some good form in front of him, he stayed in that position until entering the back straight the last time where he moved out to follow the three wide leader. Four wide coming out of the back straight he was within striking distance and was in the lead at the 50m, powering away to win by 5.5m in  a very fast 1:55.6, last quarters 28 and 28.2. The win was his second consecutive and 4th from 5 starts. Overall it was his 8th and with 7 places his stakes are now just over $93,000.

Natural Disaster is the first winner from three times winner Lucrative Kate. Lucrative Lady (Embrace Me) 2:00.3 $23,446 the dam of Lucrative Kate, produced 3 other winners and is a daughter of Rosewood Pace (Mark Lobell). Rosewood Pace produced 12 foals for 10 winners including Hy Falutin (Troublemaker) 1:55.9, 18 wins  $135,833 and Fair Dinkum Lombo (Christian Cullen) 1:58.6, 13 wins $71,106. She is also the dam of the unraced Lombo Serang (Whats Next) who produced Silknsatin Lombo (Northern Lights) 2:00.3 $24,785 and Boschetti Lombo (Chandon) 2:02.3 $21,655 the dam of Lady Julie Lombo (Million To One) 1:59.3 11 wins $89,499. Lady Julie Lombo is the dam of Fours Enuf Tas (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:55.2 21 wins $129,401, Lombo Ranmiles (Saab) 1:52.0 19 wins $122,002 and Magic Moment Lombo (Lombo Pocket Watch) 1:57.4 11 wins $84,182. This is also the family of Mon Lillies (Safely Kept) 1:57.7 10 wins $88,350.

Another WA bred horse at the top of his game and its 4yo gelding Soho Wall Street (Four Starzzz Shark out of Vancelot Lady by Our Sir Vancelot), winning the $23,000 Follow Gloucester Park on Facebook M2 to M4 Pace by an impressive 8.5m. Starting favourite from 2 he went straight to the front. Leading as he liked and with a comfortable lead time and first and second quarters it was going to be a sprint home. Streaking home in 27.6 and 28 flat he was not extended to win. It was his 3rd win from 4 starts and 12th win overall, bringing his stakes to $135,207. He has developed into a tough horse and it wouldnt surprise to see him entered for the Inters!.

Bred by Mike Howie, Soho Wall Street is out of Vancelot Lady who is by Our Sir Vancelot (Vance Hanover) 1:55.4 48 wins $2,197,990 the multiple Group 1 winner including dual WA Pacing Cups (and running 3rd to Saab in the 1999 WA Pacing Cup) dual Inter Dominion winner, Miracle Mile, Truer Memorial (twice), and numerous others. The granddam of Our Sir Vancelot was also an Inter Dominion runner in Teeny Rena.

If there is one horse that everyone expects to have a chance in a mile race, its the 6yo mare All About Pink (Yankee Sensation out of Perform Some Magic by Northern Lights). When she gets barrier 1 as well, it's no wonder she started favourite. Bred and owned by Kevin and Annette Charles, All About Pink held the lead despite a decent early challenge. With her tail flying behind, she looked good out the front and that's where she stayed, winning by 2.3m unextended in 1:57.2. The win was the 9th for this WA bred and sired mare, and with 18 places she has won $85,140 in stakes and a lifetime best of 1:54.5.

Her dam Perform Some Magic 1:59.3 won 8 races and $36,708 in stakes and is a half sister to two winners. All the dams in her female line have raced and won. Tactile Magic (Judge Hanover) 2:01.3 $35,422 the dam of Perform Some Magic is a full sister to Beats A Bottle 1:58.2 8 wins $43,954 who is the dam of Raca Pacer (Classic Garry) 2:02.3 11 wins $58,327. Raca Pacer is the dam of Phar From A Fake (Fake Left) 1:59.5 27 wins $170,716 and Gee Whiz Fizz (Fake Left) 1:56.4 35 wins $408,496 and non winner Phar From Over (Armbro Operative) the dam of Artistic Lilly (Artistic Fella) 7 wins $44,969 in stakes. Not a bad family to have!.

GREAT RESULTS ON WASBA BREEDERS STAKES NIGHT

(19 May 17) The weather wasnt the best but that didnt stop a terrific night of racing, highlighted by a WA bred mare winning the $40,000 2017 WASBA Breeders Stakes. WASBA had great support from our sponsors on the night - Australian Pacing Gold (APG), Allwood Stud Farm, Budget Stockfeeds, Fresh Express, Landmark Midvale, Larkhill Vets, Milne Feeds, Ramsays Horse Transport and Vision Produce. Of course, the night wouldnt be possible without the support of Gloucester Park Harness Racing. Let's see which of our Westbreds won on the night!

It took a few races, but our first winner was a pretty good one, in race 5 over 2130m. 4yo gelding Soho Wall Street (Four Starzzz Shark out of Vancelot Lady by Our Sir Vancelot) started at the very surprising odds of 18/1 after running a super race 3 wide the previous week and winning the week prior to that. Stepping out from 2 on the back line and with the favourite getting the lead easily from barrier 1, Soho Wall Street settled one out two back. However, with two laps to go he moved out 3 wide to go forward and take the breeze position a length from the leader. With about 300 to go Soho Wall Street moved up to tackle the favourite and dispensed with him pretty easily, taking a length lead coming into the home straight. He was well clear at the 50m and went on to win the $21,500 Ramsays Horse Transport M1 to M3 by 7.2m in 1:56.7, last two qtrs 28.1. He now has 11 wins, 22 places and just over $120,000 in stakes.

Bred by Mike Howie, Soho Wall Street is the second winner from Vancelot Lady 2:00.6 who won 4 races and $40,768 in stakes. Her unraced dam Homecoming (Talk About Class) produced 3 other winners and is a full sister to Impressionist 1:57.9 23 wins and $427,005 in stakes. The family has also produced WA winners Arousing (Western Terror) 1:56.6 11 wins $119,663, Loving You (Art Major) 1:55.7 10 wins $97,229, and Pelusiac (Washington VC) 1:53.3 11 wins $97,061.

The winners kept coming, as did the rain, with everyone's favourite Heez On Fire (Courage Under Fire out of Artists Impression by Perfect Art) stepping out from 6 on the front in the $23,000 Landmark Midvale M0 and better Pace over 2130m. As is his usual style, Heez On Fire settled second last in a very wet affair. At the 500m he started to move forward, making a lot of ground on the leaders but coming out of the back straight the last time, the 7yo gelding was still giving the leader and favourite about 20m start. Coming around the bend 5 wide, he was closing in and flew down the outside over the last 50m to win by 1m. Another great result fro Heez On Fire and Bill Horn. The win was his third in succession and 19th overall, with lifetime stakes of $272,535.

Bred by Total Strategy Pty Ltd, Heez On Fire is one of 5 winners produced by Artists Impression (Perfect Art), including Remember Me Bel  (Village Jasper) 1:56.3, 5 wins and $41,959. Rakamo (Admiral Halsey) 2:01.7 10 wins and $28,484, the dam of Artists Impression was an excellent broodmare, producing 10 winners including fast class pacer Hy Royale (Lotsa Clout) 1:57 20 wins $263,564. Rakamo is a half sister to to the dam of lRakarebel (Christian Cullen) 1:54.1 25 wins $349,607 and Rakarazor (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:52.2 12 wins $140,085. Champion racehorse and sire Lordship also belongs to this family.

It was a top class race in the blue ribbon event, the $40,000 WASBA Breeders Stakes, with favourite Tricky Styx having run a super trial on the Sunday. Tricky Styx went to the front  from barrier 2 and with rain falling, 4yo mare Sheer Rocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover out of Sheer Royalty by Parsons Den), at 6/1 and in hot form, stepped off nicely from inside the back row and settled mid field in the moving line. The rain got heavier and 4yo mare Dodolicious went around to take the breeze. With 1000m to go, Sheer Rocknroll moved out to head the three wide line and started to roll forward towards the leaders. At the 400m she was running on strongly and heading out of the back straight she was closing in on Tricky Styx who was still leading but on a loose rein. Looking the winner, Sheer Rocknroll slowed towards the finish but still won by 2.4m in 1:57.2, an excellent mile rate in the wet conditions. The win was her 3rd consecutive and 22nd for her career, with 10 places and $276,432 in stakes.

Bred by Bob Fowler of Allwood Stud Farm, Sheer Rocknroll is one of two winners from her Group 1 winning dam and WA Oaks winner Sheer Royalty 1:55.7 $248,904, who is a sister to 4 other winners including full brother Zacs Nugget 1:55.9 16 wins for $144,900. Orange Pip (Orange Sovereign) 2:00.8 $34,456, the dam of Sheer Royalty, was one of five winners from her winning dam Richfield Lady (Racy Prince) 2:00.2 $21.486.

In his favourite event, the stand over 2503m, 6yo gelding Importer Exporter (Artesian out of Kelcie Sophia by Totally Western) was an easy winner of the $19,000 Larkhill Vets Stand by 4.1m in 2:02.6, last quarters very good at 28.9 and 28.6. Jumping cleanly and going straight to the front, Importer Exporter was easily the most likely winner from there forward. With the rain holding off but the mud flying, a few moves behind him didnt change the race outlook much, with Importer Exporter looking very comfortable in the lead. Getting tackled for the lead in the back straight, Importer Exporter was still fighting but the outside horse looked to have his measure. Not to be outdone, Importer Exporter fought back on the inside and coming into the home straight he kicked away. In the end he looked very comfortable in winning. His lifetime stakes are now a very tidy $83,769 from 9 wins and 13 places.

Bred by Chris Winston, Importer Exporter is the only foal from  non winning Kelcie Sophia who Chris had leased for the breeding season. Her dam Sassy Georgia (Mattgilla Gorilla) has produced four winners including Powerful Tycoon (Powerful Toy) 11 wins $53,791, Kathleen Betty (Kenneth J) 1:57.2 $43,843 and current 2yo The War Nurse (Advance Attack) 1:57.9 2 wins $10,000.

Starting from barrier 1 was always going to be a plus for 4yo gelding Star Armbro (Armbro Operative out of Kin Of Queens by Kinney Hanover) and he duly started favourite in the Fresh Express Westbred Pace for the C1 to C4 class. Going to the lead out of the barrier, the slow conditions meant a more measured rate and Star Armbro controlled the pace from the front. With even first and second quarters, the third quarter was 29.2 and moves were starting with the challengers 4 deep. Shifting out in the home straight, Star Armbro held the field at bay and went on to win by 2.1m in 2:00.2. The win took Star Armbro to $33,194 from 5 wins and 8 places

Bred and part owned by David Bushell, Star Armbro is the first winner from his dam Kin Of Queens, who is out of the good racemare and broodmare Queen Delilah (Orange Sovereign) 2:01.1 10 wins $66,421. Queen Delilah has produced 5 winners including Jumbo Operator (Armbro Operative) 1:57 24 wins and $313,175, Getaway Plan (Parsons Den) 1:58 4 wins $135,549  and 3yo filly Aqueensomewhere (Somebeachsomewhere) 1:57.3 $19,106. Queen Delilah is out of Dainty Delilah (Rock Butler) 1:57.6 who is out of a half sister to Hall of Fame champion mare Daintys Daughter.

STARS OF THE FUTURE

(12 May 17) Some great racing on the night including up and coming 2yos Miss Sangrial (Art Major) and Jack Mac (Mach Three) winning their respective divisions of the $19,999 Western Crown. Remembering that all 2 and 3yo races under $20,000 are supplemented by the Westbred Bonus which makes them the equivalent of around a $25,000 race for Westbred placegetters. Also worth noting is that the dam of Miss Sangrial (Christisimo) is a half sister to the dam of Ohokas Bondy (Bettors Delight) 1:53.6 22 wins $388,148  Dancing Diamonds (Bettors Delight) 1:57.8 9 wins $343,276. Jack Mac was purchased as a weanling in NZ by prominent WA breeder Barry Howlett.

There were also three good wins by our WA bred horses.

With a new ownership team and new trainer Debra Lewis this year, it was a top effort by the former winner of the 2016 Westsired colts and geldings Classic to take out Princi Butchers Heat 2 of the Pure Steel. Starting from 5 on the front, 4yo gelding Americanbootscoota (Allamerican Ingot out of Bootscootngirl by Parsons Den) went forward out of the barrier and after being caught wide, took the right option to go forward again and sit in the breeze. With a 37.6 first quarter it was a solid pace from there on with a second quarter of 28.9 and third quarter in 28.2. The favourite was in the lead and the second favourite, who had been sitting one-one moved out three wide to tackle the leaders and at the 100m it was three across the track. After doing all the work Americanbootscoota fought back to win by 1.9m in an extremely good 1:55.5 for the M0 pacers. The time is just shy of his best mile rate of 1:55.2 set last season.

Bred by Royalstar Pty Ltd and originally a $10,000 purchase at the 2014 WA Yearling Sale, Americanbootscoota has been a good performer and now has 9 wins, 9 places and $93,939 in stakes. His unraced dam Bootscootngirl has produced 3 winners from her first three foals and is a half sister to 6 winners including top class Aussie Reactor (Camcracker) 1:50.6 44 wins $616,425 and Aussie Delight (Bettors Delight) 1:55.6 11 wins and $76,743.

Running a good race the previous week to finish 3rd to Soho Wall Street, Out Back Joe (Northern Luck out of Marilyn Muffett by Armbro Operative) went even better with a win against the same horse in the $20,000 Sullys Painting Pace for M0 to M2 class over the shorter 1730m. Bred and owned by Clive Stevens and now trained by Peter Anderson, the 7yo gelding started from 7 on the front and was restrained out of the barrier and settled second last. Following the three wide move of Soho Wall Street and with a third quarter of 27.8, Out Back Joe was four wide at the 400 and finishing strongly. At the 100 he grabbed the lead from new leader Soho Wall Street and went on to win by 2.9m in a lifetime best mile rate of 1:55.4. He has now won over $75,000 from his 10 wins.

Marilyln Muffet, the dam of Out Back Joe is a sister to 6 winners including Rombo Rambo (Orange Sovereign) 1:58.1 19 wins $152,754, Merlene Muffet (WRH) 1:59.1, 7 wins and $53,289 and Wondastrike (Barnett Hanover). Merlene Muffet is the dam of Mon Gee (Kinney Hanover) 1:53.8 20 wins $227,256, and Wondastrike is the dam of Mista Rush (Art Major) 1:54.5 8 wins and $82,535.

After a super win the previous week in an M0, 5yo entire Military Master (Bettors Delight out of Mabel Fox by Million To One) controlled the race and won the C5 to C9 Westralian Westbred Pace comfortably. Military Master appeared to coast to the lead from 3 and always looked dominant even though the breeze horse kept him honest for most of the race. He won by 3.8m, covering the 2130m race in a 1:57.5 mile rate with last quarters 28.6 and 27.2 making it very difficult for anyone to challenge. The win was his 3rd consecutive win and 9th overall, and with 10 places his stakes are a handy $75,776.

Owned and bred by Allwood Stud Farm, Military Master is out Mabel Fox, a granddaughter of dual Australian Broodmare of the Year Summer Honey (Romeo Hanover) The dam of Mabel Fox, while not being particularly successful at stud, is a half sister to Golden Nugget winner Flashing Star (Northern Lights) 1:56.8 23 wins $352,888, WA Pacing Cup winner Hilarion Star (Hilarion) 1:56.2 26 wins $398,394, and WASBA Breeders Stakes and Empress Stakes winner Sassie Brassie (Hilarion) 1:57.4 17 wins $88,985. Sassie Brassie producing 9 winners including listed and group winner Faking It (Fake Left) 1:56.9 17 wins $174,744.

GANNONS WA OAKS NIGHT

(5 May 17) A night for the girls, including the $35,000 Race For Roses for the older girls over the stand journey. Three girls won on the night, and there were four other WA bred winners.

The night started well for our WA bred horses with a win in the C5 to C9 Gannons.com.au Pace over 2130m. 4yo gelding El Hombre (Badlands Hanover out of Appaloosa by OK Bye) started from 2 and in a solid lead time crossed to take the race lead. Slowing the field for the second quarter before stepping up the pace, El Hombre sprinted hard in the third quarter to run 27.9 and gain a 3 length advantage. With a solid last qtr of 28.2 but with the favourite flashing home from 2 back on the fence, it was it was a victory by the smallest of margins in the end with El Hombre looking like he had lost it on the line but winning by a nose. The mile rate, all set by El Hombre, was a super 1:55.3 and the win was his second in three weeks, taking him to 8 wins and 10 places for $70,872.

Bred and owned by Bob Fowler, El Hombre is out of the NZ mare Appaloosa who has produced 5 other winners including Eurodollar (Million To One) 1:56.6 10 win $94,336 and Parsonemby (Parsons Den) 1:56.3 $200,902. Appaloosa is a daughter of US mare Aspiration (Sonsam) who is a half sister to Shebatross (Niatross) the dam of the unraced Sokys Legend (Sokys Atom) who in turn is the dam of London Legend (In The Pocket ) 1:57.2 14 wins $290,778 and NZ and now US horse Bit Of A Legend (Bettors Delight) 1:51 33 wins $1,449,897.

The good night continued, especially for Bob Fowler, with 5yo entire Military Master (Bettors Delight out of Mabel Fox by Million To One) just too classy for the field in the $18,000 Gannons Harness Colours Pace for M0 class. The lead time was very fast at 35.4 and from the back line the favourite Military Master settled one out two back without having to use any fuel. With the pace slowing a little and the breeze horse looking for cover, Military Master left his position to take up the lead in the breeze. At the 600 Military Master had zoomed up and raced past the leader and had lengths on the field coming out of the back straight. In the run to the line he increased his lead and went on to win by 22.3m in a super 1:55.6, his lifetime best. This was his 2nd consecutive win and 8th overall, with stakes just over $70,000.

Owned and bred by Allwood Stud Farm, Military Master is the first winner from the very lightly raced (one start) Mabel Fox. Mabel Fox is a granddaughter of dual Australian Broodmare of the Year Summer Honey (Romeo Hanover) who produced 8 winners including Golden Nugget winner Flashing Star (Northern Lights) 1:56.8 23 wins $352,888, WA Pacing Cup winner Hilarion Star (Hilarion) 1:56.2 26 wins $398,394, WASBA Breeders Stakes and Empress Stakes winner Sassie Brassie (Hilarion) 1:57.4 17 wins $88,985. Sassie Brassie producing 9 winners including listed and group winner Faking It (Fake Left) 1:56.9 17 wins $174,744. Good to see such a brilliant family coming back with a top runner.

Keeping up the military association (he won the Memorial Day Stakes at his last start), it was a brilliant run by 7yo Heez On Fire (Courage Under Fire out of Artists Impression by Perfect Art) again to grab the $23,000 Gannons Flags & Banners Pace for M0 and better. Starting from 7 on the front, Heez On Fire was cleverly driven by Aldo Cortopassi to settle 3rd last in the moving line. With some action in the first 1000m, Heez On Fire followed a move into the 3 wide line and with 400 to go was third last and three wide. Going five wide on the turn out of the back straight and still plenty of ground to make up, Heez On Fire started to steam down the outside and absolutely sizzled past the race leader to win by the narrowest of margins. With official last quarters of 28.4 and 27.6 belying how fast he actually went, Heez On Fire's mile rate was 1:56.6 for the journey. From only 41 starts Heez On Fire has 18 wins and 7 places, with over $257,000 in stakes.

Bred by Total Strategy Pty Ltd and leased by Bill Horn this is a wonderful result for a talented 7yo whose wins include the 2012 2yo Westbred Classic, the $25,000 2014 The Kersley and $50,000 San Simeon.

Rounding out a fantastic night for owner breeder Bob Fowler, 4yo mare Sheer Rocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover out of Sheer Royalty by Parsons Den) was a brilliant winner of the $35,000 Race For Roses from the stand over 2503m. Starting as the sole runner from the 30m line, Sheer Rocknroll stepped away well. As the field sorted themselves out, Sheer Rocknroll was busily making up ground and coming out of the back straight the first time, she moved three wide and proceeded to move up to take the breeze. With 1000 to go Dodolicious, Sheer Rocknroll's arch rival from her 2yo and 3yo days moved up three wide. At the 400 it was between the three leaders as they moved away from the rest of the field. Into the home straight Sheer Rocknroll was too strong and brilliantly won the Race For Roses by 4.4m, running 2:00.2 for the 2503m stand. Racing in tremendous form it was her 21st win and her stakes at $249,682 have justed pipped those of her dam Sheer Royalty, who won $248,904.

On a night for the girls it was a terrific and dominating win by NZ filly Maczaffair (Mach Three out of Presidential Affair by Presidential Ball), winning the $150,000 Gannons WA Oaks by 6.5m in 1:56.9 over the 2536m. The race was run at a very solid pace with Maczaffair stepping out from barrier 1 and not giving anyone a breather. Second placed Sarah Goody (Rich And Spoilt), who was the 2016 $25,000 3yo fillies Westsired winner, Came from last in the two wide line and made up an enormous amount of ground to round up every filly except the winner.

Presidential Ball, the sire of the dam of Maczaffair, is also the broodmare sire of My Hard Copy 1:51.6 $988,942, Run Oneover 1:52.5 $408,633 and Reuben Brogden 1:50.6 $348,214. Maczaffair was bred by Alabar NZ.

The night is sponsored by Gannons with Valerie Gannon rugging the race winner and presenting the fantastic crystal trophy. Valerie is a fantastic sponsor who is prepared to participate whereever needed, and was on hand to present the Pony Trots trophy as well.

The last race of the night was the Gannons Supporting WA Harness Westbred for C1 to C4 and a very talented Westbred was successful.

Starting favourite from 6, 4yo gelding Soho Wall Street (Four Starzzz Shark out of Vancelot Lady by Our Sir Vancelot) was restrained slightly out of the barrier and settled 3 back on the moving line. With a slow lead time of 39.3 he was taken forward by reinsman Gary Hall Jnr and went to the breeze. The pace quickened and in the back straight Soho Wall Street strode to the front with a 28.3 third quarter. Soho Wall Street was 5m clear coming out of the back straight and dashed away, winning untouched by 13.8m. Bred by Mike Howie, Soho Wall Street has now won 10 races and with 21 places his stakes are $102,237.

Vancelot Lady, the dam of Soho Wall Street, won over $40,000 in stakes and is out of the unraced Homecoming (Talk About Class) who is a full sister to Impressionist 1:57.9 23 wins and $427,005 in stakes.

WASBA IN THE COUNTRY - COUNTRY OAKS AND KING-LETHBRIDGE MEMORIAL

(22 and 24 April 2017) A special thanks to Mike, Julie and the Bunbury Trotting Club for supporting WASBA with the running of the $19,999 WASBA Country Oaks. Once again the WASBA Country Oaks was a small but quality field, with the winner of this event excluded from the ballot of the WA Oaks. This year’s winner is another filly with a very bright future, and she is West Sired as well, which means owner breeder Bob Fowler of Allwood Stud, took home over $21,000 for the win in a $19,999 race.!!

Congratulations to Allamerican Queen (Allamerican Ingot out of Teen Queen Lombo by Northern Luck), Bob Fowler and trainer driver Justin Prentice, with Allamerican Queen going to the front and putting in a strong staying performance over the 2569m, moving away over the final 100m to win by 8m, with last quarters 28.2 and 28.1.

$14,999 WASBA King-Lethbridge Memorial at Pinjarra - an unusual start to an excellent race day, with fillies winning the first four races. The $14,999 WASBA King-Lethbridge Memorial race was an excellent race, with favourite Alkiras Desire (by Real Desire out of Alkira Jet by Jet Laag) initially settling behind the race leader. An early move by Artistic Lilly to take the lead had Alkiras Desire now third on the rails. Getting away from the inside at the 400m, Alkiras Desire got clear coming round the bend and proved to be too strong in the run to the line. Artistic Lilly held on well for second, with a close fought battle for third. The final margin was 7m in 1:57.2. Congratulations to the Brockman family Neville, Mary and Vanessa, and driver Chris Lewis! 

An interesting anecdote about both Alkiras Desire and Allamerican Queen is that the grey Jet Laag is in both pedigrees, and the dam of both Alkiras Desire and Allamerican Queen are grey and very nice race mares!

PATIENCE IS ALWAYS A VIRTUE

(28 April 2017) It was a night where owners and in most case breeders, had their faith in their horses bear fruit. And an unusual quirk of history were one of the winners belongs to the family of a former Champagne Classic winner.

Another yearling Sale graduate, passed in for $14,000 and retained by breeders Kevin and Annette Charles has been doing very well and stepped out in a quality C5 to C9 Westbred Pace and put in a very solid performance from the breeze to win. Starting from 5 4yo gelding Rabchenko (Art Major out of Lady Parsons by Parsons Den) couldnt muster enough speed to get to the front and was left in the breeze after El Hombre, the favourite from barrier 1 took a sit behind Hot Fraternity who was fast out from 2. With 300 to go Rabchenko was challenging for the lead. Hitting the front at the 50m he went on to win by 2.1m in 1:57.5, last quarters 28.9 and 28.2. The win was the 10th overall and along with 12 places his stakes are $74,350. His best mile rate of 1:55.2 was set at Pinjarra earlier in the month.

Lady Parsons, the dam of Rabchenko, was unraced but has produced 2 good winners in Rabchenko and metropolitan winning mare Where Dreams Grow (Allamerican Ingot) 1:54.7 $103,800. This is the same family as Golden Slipper and WA Derby winning filly Via Vista (Mark Lobell) 1:56.1 29 wins $169,727.

Having broken her Group and Listed  "duck" a fortnight earlier, 4yo mare Sheer Rocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover out of Sheer Royalty by Parsons Den) showed that it was no fluke by winning the $23,000 Retravision 60 Day Price Promise Mares M0 and better class Pace in good style after starting from the outside of the front line. Slightly back from the barrier at the start, Sheer Rocknroll was midfield before pressing forward four wide after a few hundred metres to settle in the breeze after 700m. The race was run at a slick rate, with the third quarter in 28.4. Sheer Rocknroll challenged for the lead just before the 400m and coming off the back was just in front. With a last quarter also in 28.4, it was left to Sheer Rocknroll to withstand a late challenge from  Foxy Dame to win by 1.5m in 1:56.6 with a further 8m to third.

Bred and owned by Bob Fowler's Allwood Stud, the win was the 20th for the 4yo mare, with $226,582 in the kitty. Sheer Rocknroll still has $23,000 to overtake the stake earnings of her dam Sheer Royalty, but looks like she will achieve that this season.

Probably everyone was waiting to see what would happen in the $50,000 Retravision Champagne Classic, and the race didnt disappoint. With outstanding West-sired filly Cott Beach (Advance Attack out of Back In The Black by Armbro Operative) taking on the boys it was a question of whether she would try to go to the front from the outside draw over the longer 2130m journey. With some phenomenal performances in her short career so far, Cott Beach has gone to the front from the barrier in recording her previous 3 wins from only 4 starts. Restrained out of the barrier, Cott Beach settled last in the two wide line. With a lap to go she followed a three wide forward move but half way up the back straight had to go four wide when that move stalled. Coming out of the back straight it was three across the front in the lead, with Cott Beach widest. At the 100m she raced up and hit the front and went on to win by 2.5m from the fast finishing Miss Sangrial. It was an outstanding win, and a good run also by Miss Sangrial. The win took her stakes to $48,350 with a best mile rate a super 1:54.9.

Back In The Black,1:58.1, 7 wins 18 places and $58,780 the dam of Cott Beach was sold by breeders Mal and Tanya Hancock and Tracey Massimini while carrying Cott Beach. Back In The Black is out of prolific winner Black And Blue (Northern Lights) 1:57.2 17 wins 21 places and $212,495. Her wins included the 2000 Daintys Daughter 3yo Fillies Classic, the 2000 State Sires Classic for 3yo fillies and the 2000 4 and 5yo Championship. She also won the 2001 4yo Mares State Sires Series Final. Black And Blue is out of another prolific producer, the John Coffey's Victorian bred mare Bonnie Blue Eyes (Golden Greek) 1:56.9,12 wins $87,565. Bonnie Blue Eyes produced 8 other winners including champion WA pacer No Blue Manna (Mystical Prince) 1:56.6 41 wins $628,157, Baby Blues (Safely Kept) 1:56.3 14 wins and $115,032, Levi Judd (D M Dilinger) 1:58.5 $71,142 and Big Blue Eyes (Red River Hanover) dam of Three Bears (Bettors Delight) 1:53.6 18 wins $127,501. This is the same family as 2007 WA 2yo of the Year Priscilla Rocks (Courage Under Fire) 1:58.9 $115,710.

Relishing the change in environment under new trainer (and lessee owner) Sarah Suvaljko, 5yo mare Sea Cider (Somebeachsomewhere out of Sippin Cider by Panorama) put in a strong effort to win the $25,000 GH Mumm The Johnson Final by a half neck in 1:57.1. Sea Cider started from 4 on the front at the nice odds of 11/1 and settled into what looked like the perfect position one out one back. However she was pulling hard and driver Michael Grantham wisely chose to move her into the breeze position outside stablemate Auctioneers Elsu with two laps to go. Coming off the back the last time she tackled the leader and was two lengths clear at the 100m, before withstanding a solid challenge near the finishing line.  The win was her 10th and took her to just under $67,000.

Bred by Howard King and Ron and A Groves, Sea Cider is the 3rd foal and 3rd winner from the non winning Sippin Cider, who is out of the unraced Susie Mai (Tamai Boy). Susie Mai is a half sister to top WA juvenile and Champagne Classic and Golden Slipper winner Pardon Me Boys (Racy Prince) 1:58.9 15 wins $157,211.

2017 SALES CLASSICS AND OTHER GOOD THINGS

(21 April 2017) Some very excited connections winning the $100,000 Sales Classics with some top class performances. There was also a good performance in the Oaks Prelude by Maczaffair (Mach Three) who won by 13m, a great win by Heez On Fire and two other WA bred winners. But the night rightly belonged to the Sales Classic winners.

In the fillies event it was a terrific race between two high quality fillies, but there is always only one winner. WA bred filly Lady De La Renta (Well Said out of Flylika Bird Lombo by Jet Laag) and Tenniele Erin (Sportswriter out of Lilianna Beauty by Walton Hanover) both put in stirling performances.

Starting favourite from 2 Lady De La Renta wasnt able to hold out Tenniele Erin who started from 3. Tenniele Erin raced to the front and had a lead of one and a half lengths with 1200 to go, with Lady De La Renta in the breeze. At the 450 Lady De La Renta got within a half length then around the turn into the home straight she looked to have a good chance of gaining the upper hand. But the effort was telling and she broke stride, got going again but just couldnt make up the ground, with Tenniele winning by 1.5m in a super effort from the girls, mile rate 1:57.6. This was the second win from 5 starts for Tenniele Erin, with stakes of $69,440.

Bred in NSW and bought to WA with her dam, Tenniele Erin was passed in for $12,000 at the 2016 WA Yearling Sale and was retained by owner Kevin Charles. Her dam Lilianna Beauty is an American raced mare with 10 wins and $135,274 in stakes and best mile rate of 1:53. Tenniele Erin is her 3rd foal and first winner. The dam of Lilianna Beauty is Lilly Pad (Landslide) who is a half sister to champion US horse Hi Ho Silverheels (Walton Hanover) 1:49.8 $1,197,987 and champion Australian performer and Hunter Cup winner Sting Lika Bee (Walton Hanover) 1:55.8 $1,042,381.

The boys were next up - another exciting race with some exciting youngsters showing their wares. Favourite from 2 was Play The Boys (Shadow Play out of Hello Boys by Crouch) who took full advantage of his barrier position and went straight to the front, running the same lead time as the girls in the Fillies Sales Classic. Play the Boys led into the final turn, with the challenge coming from Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven), with Play The Boys holding on for a win by a head. Also good performances from Mistersandman (Somebeachsomewhere) who finished fast down the outside to finish 3rd, and 5th placegetter Village Benny (Village Jolt) who sat in the breeze. The race was a great result for Ross Waddell's PAcing WA partnerships, with Play The Boys under the Girl Power in Pacing banner and Rock Me Over under Pacing WA.

The win was the second from only two starts (the first win was in the Heat) by Play The Boys, with trainers Greg and Skye Bond delighted with the result. Play The Boys was a purchase by Pacing WA at the 2016 Sale for $27,000 and was one of the most impressive colts in the sale, bred and beautifully prepared by Debra Lewis. Hello Boys 12 wins 17 places and $89,541, was an excellent race mare, with both Justin and Aiden Warwick winning races on her. Hello Boys is the dam of 6 winners from 7 live foals including Kiss Chasey (Yankee Sensation) 1:55.3 16 wins $146,358, and Boys Lie (Badlands Hanover) 2:01 the dam of recent 3yo winning filly Rockin The Boys (Rock N Roll Heaven). Hello Boys is a half sister to 6 other winners including Party Date (Panorama) 1:56 25 wins and $256,003 the dam of Bettor Party (Bettors Delight) 1:54 24 wins $221,842, Rocknroll Whitby (Rocknroll Hanover) 10 wins $132,992  and 3 other winners. Boom Or Bust, the dam of Hello Boys, is a winning half sister to 6 other winners, and is out of Boom Boom Baby (Pure Steel) who in turn is a half sister to Dripping Diamonds (Maple Lanes Strike) the dam of Golden Goddess (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 29 wins $258,906 and Golden Gears (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 25 wins $336,466

10 days earlier, Heat winners were the Kat Warwick trained Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven out of Benjor Maddy Lombo (yes, the mother of the Derby winner 4 days earlier!) by 7m in 1:59.1, the Greg and Skye Bond trained Play The Boys (Shadow Play out of Hello Boys) in 1:56.2 by a neck, and the Kevin Keys trained Village Benny (Village Jolt out of Higenic) by a nose in 1:58.3. Other qualifers were Kohli, Born To Stride, Hughey The Hammer, Ooshtaa, Mistersandman and Totally Tintin, with fastest 4th Naval Aviator.

The girls fought out two heats, with Aldo Cortopassi trained Cool Sassi (Art Major out of Aussie Operative) in a sensible 2:01.9 by 4.8m, and the Annie Belton trained Lady De La Renta (Well Said out of Flylika Bird Lombo) by 6.8m in 1:55.1. Other qualifiers were Turbulance, Star of Bethany, Centregirl and Limited Funds from Heat 1, and Tenniele Erin, Princess Major, Vivere Damore and Ella Gant Player from Heat 2

Interesting to see that the Heat winners were all around the mid $20,000 price range at the 2016 WA Yearling Sale, with the other finalists ranging from some real bargains to the more expensive yearlings. Goes to show, nothing is guaranteed in racing!.

The night started well for those following form with 6yo gelding Real Zeal (Real Desire out of Rich Date by Rich And Spoilt) winning the $8,500 Clipsal by Schneider Electric Westbred Pace for C1 to C4 class, Starting at good odds of over 20/1 from the second row, he settled 3rd on the rails. With 450m to go in a quickening 3rd qtr of 28.3, Real Zeal got the split he needed and went after the leaders. Still 3rd at the 100m he rounded up the leaders and won by 4.8m. The starting odds were generous considering his good win 4 days earlier at Pinjarra, where he ran last quarters of 27.5 and 28.5 in winning.  Bred by Harry Capararo and Kevin Keys, Real Zeal has now earned just over $59,000 from 7 wins and 18 places.

Real Zeal is the first foal from winning mare Rich Date, who is a 100% producer with all 3 foals being winners. She is full sister to the unraced My Sweet Adda, who is the dam of Blacknsweet Adda (Sutter Hanover) 1:55.2 19 wins $168,617.

A good win in good time saw 6yo mare Mon Lillies (Artesian out of Mon Poppies by Safely Kept) win Heat 3 of the Johnson for M1 mares. With the advantage of barrier 1 and some good form behind her, Mon Lillies started favourite and didnt disappoint. Leading all the way she went on to win by 1.3m in 1:57.5, last quarters in 28.4 and 28.3. It was her 10th win and took her stakes to just over $93,000. Mon Lillies, bred by Dale and D Monson, has a best mile rate of 1:54.7, set just over a year ago.

Mon Poppies (Safely Kept) the dam of Mon Lillies was also bred by Dale Monson and was a winner of 10 races and $88,350 in stakes. Her dam Mon Arki (Double Wipe) 1:58.6 7 wins $26,508 produced 3 other winners and is out of the unraced Lombo Serang (Whats Next). Lombo Serang also produced Silknsatin Lombo (Northern Lights) 2:00.3 $24,785 and Boschetti Lombo (Chandon) 2:02.3 $21,655 the dam of Lady Julie Lombo (Million To One) 1:59.3 11 wins $89,499. Lady Julie Lombo is the dam of Lombo Ranmiles (Saab) 1:52.0 19 wins $121,907 and Magic Moment Lombo (Lombo Pocket Watch) 1:57.4 11 wins $84,182. Also in this family is Real Smooth Lombo (Parsons Den) 1:58.2 13 wins $94,619, Fours Enuf Tas (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:55.2 21 wins $128,416 and Golden Nugget Prelude winner Natural Disaster (Shadow Play) 1:55.5 6 wins and $74,710. 

A brilliant, and apt win by Heez On Fire (Courage Under Fire out of Artists Impression by Perfect Art) in the $23,000 Memorial Day Stakes was a great result for lessee owner/trainer Bill Horn after the gelding returned to racing for the first time in four months. Heez On Fire settled at the back of the two wide line. With just over a lap to go he followed the three wide line forward. Coming out of the back straight and making a scintillating run, he flew down the outside to grab the unlucky Erskine Range 5m from the post. The win took the lightly raced Heez On Fire to $242,175 from 17 wins and 7 places. His wins have included the 2yo Westbred Classic, the $50,000 San Simeon and he was also third in the Golden Nugget.

Artists Impression, the dam of Heez On Fire, has produced 4 other winners including Remember Me Bel  (Village Jasper) 1:56.3, 5 wins and $41,959. The dam of Artists Impression is Rakamo (Admiral Halsey) 2:01.7 10 wins and $28,484. She was an excellent broodmare, producing 10 winners including fast class pacer Hy Royale (Lotsa Clout) 1:57 20 wins $263,564. Rakamo is a half sister to Rakarach (Son Of Afella) 2:01.5 $17,280 the dam of Rakarebel (Christian Cullen) 1:54.1 25 wins $349,607. This is a top New Zealand family with hundreds of winners including champion race horse and sire from yesteryear in Lordship.

EASTER LONG WEEKEND

(13 April) Quite a good night for some very worthy winners and their connections.

With the scatching of Bettor Reward in the C5 to C9 Westbred Pace, 6yo gelding Debt Free Charlie (Village Jasper out of Art And Soul by Live Or Die) from 1 came in to second favourite at 3/1, with the favourite drawn uncomfortably at 5. Debt Free Charlie showed good speed out of the gate to be a clear leader, with the favourite settling in the breeze with two laps to go. The speed went up a level in the third quarter to 27.5, with Debt Free Charlie really stretching their necks. Coming into the home straight he was still in the lead but favourite Americanbootscoota made a last ditch effort and just failed by a nose, last half a scoot at 55.4. The win was the second Gloucester Park win in 6 weeks for the Karen Thompson bred gelding and took his figures to 9 wins and 17 places for stakes of just under $61,000.

Art And Soul (Live Or Die) 2:01.4 8 wins $18,108 had just two foals before dying while in foal, with both foals being winners. Her other foal is 3yo Whoswhointhezoo (Major In Art) 1:58.8 $14,010. Art And Soul is a daughter of the unraced Gladness (Windshield Wiper)  who produced 6 winners including Bancoora Next (Whats Next) 1:57.9 23 wins $196,685, Ecstatic (Smooth Fella) 1:59.3 15 wins $88,913 and non winner Ray Of Gladness (Whats Next), the granddam of multiple Group winning mare Quick Draft (Art Major)1:53.1 19 wins $317,141. Gladness is a full sister to Circulatory, the dam of Concorde Lombo (Classic Garry) 1:58.4 33 wins $550,451. Justlikechocolate (Live Or Die) 1:57.9 13 wins $188,937 also belongs to this family.

What an occasion in Heat 2 of the Johnson for M1 mares, with Sarah Suvaljko reaching the 100 win milestone as a trainer. Congratulations to Sarah, and everyone should be taking note. 7yo mare Auctioneers Elsu (Elsu out of Maybe Matilda by Hey Maybe) started second favourite from 4 (the favourite had the prized 1 barrier). She started well and with the favourite leading from 1, Auctioneers Elsu settled one-one to be well placed after a solid lead time of 37.3. The leader seemed to weaken with 600 to go and started to drop back but grabbed the bit again to come back on the turn out of the back straight. With the changing scene, Auctioneers Elsu found clear ground on the turn into the front straight and coming three wide, she raced to the front and swept away to win by 9.5m with a good drive by Maddison Brown and a last quarter of 28.5. This took her tally to 15 wins and 33 places for $139,380. The real news though is that since taking over the training of Auctioneers Elsu in April 2015 Sarah has won $115,000 with the mare, including the 2015 WASBA Bob Humphries Memorial Westbred Mares race.

Bred by Dawn Howson, Auctioneers Elsu is the fifth winner and last foal from Maybe Matilda, with her other winners including Croucho Marx (Crouch) 2:01.4 $91,311 and Columbus Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:56.5 13 wins $97,089. Maybe Matilda won the 1993 WA Oaks, and another Oaks winner in the family is 2014 NSW Oaks winner Shes A Runa (Jeremes Jet) 1:55.5 18 wins $291,126.

Maybe Matilda was the only filly from her dam Matilda Trunkey (Batman) who was a half sister to the unraced Trunkey Queen (Adorian). The Trunkey Queen arm of the family has produced Tiffany Liz (Tiff N Time) the dam of 6 winners including Cherokee Charmer (Redskin) 18 wins $101,667 the granddam of Shes A Runa.

Starting from 6 on the front, 4yo gelding New World Order (Rich And Spoilt out of Loose Lips by Orange Sovereign) dropped out of the early speed and settled second last but in the two wide line. There were several moves during the race with runners seeking better positions and with a lap to go New World Order had moved three wide. Moving up in the back straight, New World Order was midfield but letting go with a big run. Coming to the home turn he was the only threat to the three Greg Bond runners in front. Continuing to sweep up on the outside he was just in front at the 100m and went on to win the $20,000 Tabtouch M0 to M2 by 2.6m, last quarters 28.9 and 28.4 in a good mile rate of 1:56.5. This was his 10th win, with 9 places and $145,740 in stakes.

New World Order has been super consistent this time in with 4 wins and 5 seconds since November 2016. Bred by Hoghlight Lodge, the Group 1 winning New World Order is the sixth live foal and fifth winner from his dam Loose Lips with her other winners including full brother to Shipwreck 1:52.2 19 wins and $279,198. Ada Trunkey (Massie) the winning dam of Loose Lips, was a prolific broodmare, producing 19 foals of which 15 raced for 10 winners including Miss Scoot Along (W R H) 1:56.7 10 wins $50,294. Miss Scoot Along is the dam of Jennas Speedster (Jennas Beach Boy) 13 wins $103,714, Light Of My Life (Day In A Life) 1:59.5 10 wins $69,071 and Allthewaytothebank (Rich And Spoilt) 1:57 9 wins $54,966.

A great result in the $25,000 International Animal Health Products Westbred 4 and 5yo Mares Series, with 4yo mare Sheer Rocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover out of Sheer Royalty by Parsons Den) breaking through for a Listed race win after some excellent performances in other major races. Sheer Rocknroll's previous major win was in the De Campo 2yo fillies  in 2015. Her best placed performance was a 3rd in the 2015 Golden Slipper and a 4th in the $150,000 Gannons WA Oaks.

Sheer Rocknroll started a short favourite from 4 at the barrier and driver Chris Lewis was content to let others go for the lead. In a fast lead time of 36.4 Sheer Rocknroll was sent to the front with 2 laps to go. From there Sheer Rocknroll dictated the race and slowed for a first quarter of 31 before increasing speed for each subsequent quarter. In the back straight she got a break on the field and was well clear coming into the home straight. Running 27.8 for the last quarter, the winning mile rate was 1:57 with a margin of 11.4m. The win took her stakes to $211,000 from 19 wins and 10 places, with 8 wins and 2 places from 15 starts this season.

Bred by Bob Fowler of Allwood Stud Farm, Sheer Rocknroll is the first foal and one of two winners from her Group 1 winning dam and WA Oaks winner Sheer Royalty 1:55.7 $248,904, who was the first foal from her dam Orange Pip (Orange Sovereign), who also produced good winner Zacs Nugget (Parsons Den) 1:55.9 16 wins for $144,900. Orange Pip was one of five winners from her dam Richfield Lady, whose dam was by the mighty Mount Eden.

Keeping up the good night for Bob Fowler of Allwood Stud, 4yo gelding El Hombre (Badlands Hanover out of Appaloosa by OK Bye) started from 3 out of the barrier and favourite in the 2536m mobile, and went straight to the front. Stepping up the pace in the third quarter, El Hombre was holding the field and was well clear with 100m to go, winning the $18,000 Follow Gloucester Park on Facebook by 8.4m with last quarters 28.7 and 28.8. Bred and owned by Bob, the win was the 7th for El Hombre, with a further 8 places bringing his total earnings to just over $62,000. 

Appaloosa had 10 foals of racing age for 6 winners including the very talented but unsound Eurodollar (Million To One) 1:56.6 10 win $94,336 and Parsonemby (Parsons Den) 1:56.3 $200,902. Appaloosa is a daughter of US mare Aspiration (Sonsam) who was imported to New Zealand. Aspiration is a half sister to Shebatross (Niatross) who was brought to New Zealand as a foal at foot with her mother Sheba Hanover. Shebatross is the dam of Supreme Flight (New York Motoring) 1:53.4 38 wins $145,383, Westwind Renegade (Pacific Rocket) 1:57.1 16 wins and $137,008 and the unraced Sokys Legend (Sokys Atom). In turn, Sokys Legend is the dam of London Legend (In The Pocket ) 1:57.2 14 wins $290,778 and champion NZ, Australian and US horse Bit Of A Legend (Bettors Delight) 1:51 33 wins $1,449,897.

DERBY NIGHT, AND GUESS WHO WON?

(7 April 2017) Well it was Derby night and good to see a Derby Consololation for 12 horses that couldnt quite rate a start in a very competitive and classy Derby field. The night also proved we have talent in our WA bred horses if they are given the chance.

Setting the tone for the night, 3yo gelding Michael Joseph (Bettors Delight out of Stella Pearl by Live Or Die) produced the goods in the $18,000 Sky Racing Derby Consolation. Stepping out from 1 as race favourite, Michael Joseph was able to hold out the early challenges and maintain the race lead. Holding up well in front, the pace increased in a 28.8 third quarter as the challengers came. Kicking away on the turn out of the back proved to be just the right move with Michael Joseph holding on for a narrow win over the 2536m in 1:59.1. The win was the third for Michael Joseph, with $33,529 in career stakes. Bred by Robert Sheehy, Michael Joseph has a best mile rate of 1:56.2 set at only his second start. He has had three trainers in his short career, with Clive Dalton his current trainer producing him in great form for his second consecutive win.

His dam Stella Pearl was unraced and Michael Joseph is her only foal. Stella Pearl is a half sister to Mary Catherine (Art Major) 1:54.5, 9 wins and $103,209. Their dam Easy Riter (Getting It Right) 1:57.8 $39,252 won 5 races in her career and is out of the unraced mare Easy Girl (Romeo Hanover) who is a grand daughter of one of Dr Tom Early's top broodmares in Star Song (Grattan Loyal). Star Song produced 16 foals whose descendants include Centrefold Angel (Legacy Of Power) 1:55.2 14 wins $237,348, Formyeyesonly (Pacific Fella) 1:54.3 12 wins $91,774 and multiple other winners. This is also the maternal family of Majorly Foxy Styx (Art Major) 1:52.8 11 wins $211,635, Ima Rocket Star (Badlands Hanover) 1:56.2 25 wins $411,929, Courage To Rule (Courage Under Fire) 1:51.1 19 wins $523,451, Iraklis (Vance Hanover) 1:54.2 22 wins $1,019,042 and the one and only Mount Eden (Morris Eden).

The main event was a real thriller, with one of ours (yes, a Westbred!) charging down the outside to beat the best of them. 3yo colt Handsandwheels (Mach Three out of Benjor Maddy Lombo by Perfect Art) started inside the backline and settled 2nd on the rails, with the expected race leader and 3rd favourite Im Rockaria in the lead and the favourite in the breeze. The race was run at a good clip, and the action started with just over a lap to go. The three big guns were at the front, with 2nd favourite Mitch Maguire leading up the 3 wide line. A third quarter of 27.9 was a deciding factor, with a short gap behind the leading three allowing Handsandwheels to be extricated from the rails by Aiden De Campo. Making a four then five wide run with Rock Diamond now on his inside and still fifth at the 100m, he ran down the new leader Rock Diamond on the line and grabbed the win by a head in 1:57.8. The win followed an excellent 2nd in a Derby Prelude and a tough 3rd in the $30,000 Country Derby. Handsandwheels now has the impressive figures of 5 wins including a Group 1, 6 places and $156,650 in stakes.

Handsandwheels, who was bred by Mike Howie and trained by Andrew De Campo is out of Benjor Maddy Lombo (Perfect Art) 2:01.8, the winner of 3 Victorian races as a 2 and 3YO and $21,511 in stakes. Benjor Maddy Lombo is the dam of 3 other winners including King-Lethbridge Memorial winner Maddy White (Lombo Mandingo) 1:56.9 11 wins $110,824 and promising 2yo Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven). Benjor Maddy Lombo is also a half sister to 5 other winners including Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1.49.6 $587,032, Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1.53.3 $230,312 and Sweet Maddy Lombo (Panorama) 1:59.5 $106,588. Her granddam is Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 $245,449 who was named Australian 3 year old of the year, and as a broodmare was named Australian Broodmare of the year, both the highest honours that can be achieved. Misty Maiden is the dam of Australian 2yo of the Year Lombo Pocket Watch (Jet Laag) $1,522,638 45 wins, of which 19 were consecutive at 2 and 3!

It was a classic two horse war in the $18,000 Sky Racing Handicap Stand, with Tommy Be Good (Jeremes Jet out of Spicks And Specks by Golden Greek) prevailing over another good WA bred gelding and main rival New World Order. Tommy Be Good had to drop back to last from the 10m line after missing a spot near the front when New World Order slid into the one out one back. Taking off very fast in the back straight, Tommy Be Good rocketed up to the leading bunch and was chasing New World Order who had grabbed the lead at the 300m. Tommy Be Good was just too strong in the finish and won by a head with 9.6m to third. The win was the third for the season and the 11th all up with 10 places and $80,424 in stakes. It was also his second consecutive metropolitan class win in 14 days in a stand.

Bred by John Coffey of Patrician Park, Tommy Be Good is the fifth and last foal out of the winning mare Spicks And Specks who has also produced Liquid Radar (Armbro Operative) 1:57 13 wins $115,893. As well as being the grandam of Glenferrie Affair (Courage Under Fire)1:56.8 19 wins $91,086, Spicks And Specks is a half sister to Demoralizer (Crouch) 1:56.7 26 wins $358,199 and Turkish (Village Jasper) 1:59 12 wins $131,303. Breathtaking (Classic Garry) the dam of Spicks And Specks, is a half sister to WA champion Shattering Class (Golden Greek) 62 wins $810,302. Plenty of class in this family, but unfortunately not many fillies to continue on.

Another class effort from a WA bred horse in 4yo gelding Mister Versace (Bettors Delight out of Prix De Whitby by Life Sign), winning the $18,000 Sky Sports Radio Pace for M0 class. Mister Versace has been in good form this season with this being his fifth win. Stepping out from barrier 1 he was the obvious favourite. He duly went to the front and a slow lead time and slow first quarter followed. The pace stepped up in the third quarter but apart from some concern from driver Kim Prentice 100m from home, with a 28.1 last quarter and 56.6 last half he was going to win. The final margin was 3.6m and there were some good performances amongst the beaten bunch. Bred by Ed Dewar,C Plabou and W Grimm, Mister Versace was a $17,500 WA Yearling Sale puchase and the win took him to $54,583 from 6 wins and 9 places from only 26 starts.

Mister Versace is the first foal from Prix De Whitby 2:01.5 $30,934, who retired as a 2yo with 3 wins and 4 places. Her dam Whitbys Merit (French Chef) 2:00.3 $168,598, was a top flight mare who won the 1993 Diamond Classic, Champagne Classic, Pearl and the 1993 Golden Slipper, the last two being open races. She retired as a 3yo after winning 10 of her first 12 2yo starts. Whitbys Merit produced 11 winners from 13 live foals including Aikido Whitby (Life Sign) 1:55.2 1:55.2, 21 wins and $270,328, and Victorian Oaks and WA Sales Classic winner Montana Anna (Mystical Prince) 1:59 13 wins $230,863. Whitbys Merit is a daughter of Ed Dewar's NZ broodmare gem Remit, whose descendants include Whitby Timer (Spring Run) 1:56.9 23 wins $314,899, Whitby Heritage (Maple Lanes Strike) 1:58.8 22 wins $201,758, twice Australian Broodmare of the Year Fiscal Miss (Captain Hook) 1:59.6 15 wins, Whitbys Miss Penny (Booth Hanover) 1:55.2 32 wins $568,289, Ace Of Whitby (Booth Hanover) 1:58.8 29 wins $317,289 and multiple Group 1 winning mare Ima Spicey Lombo (Pacific Fella) 1:55.1 24 wins $483,686.

You dont always have to lead from barrier 1 and El Sunami (Elsu out of Tropical Sky by Panorama) proved the point in the Follow Sky Racing C1 to C4 over 2130m. With a fast lead time of 36.8 Clinton Hall on El Sunami didnt push his charge out of the barrier and settled 2 back on the rails. Getting his chance coming out of the back straight the last time, El Sunami briskly moved up to be fifth and chasing. Third at the 100m, El Sunami raced up and came away in the end to win by 2.1m in 1:58.6, last quarter 28.9. He now has over $58,000 in stakes from 6 wins and 23 places.

Bred and owned by Danielle Maguire, El Sunami is the first winner from his dam Tropical Sky, who won 2 races in a short career of 11 starts.

Rainy Day Feeling (Sprinkler) the dam of Tropical Sky produced 6 winners including Ladybird (Panorama) 1:58.5 14 wins $109,030, who in turn is the granddam of The Black Assassin (Lombo Pocket Watch) 1:54.4  17 wins $131,233 in stakes.

A BETTOR REWARD

(31 March 2017) a difficult night but some good performances not quite getting past the post first.

However, a good result for 5yo gelding Bettor Reward (Bettors Delight out of Chemical Romance by Northern Luck) to start from 8 out of 8 starters in the C5 to C9. He has always been a class act and duly started favourite even though his previous start was a distasterous run (listed as 502m last although he was retired from the event) in the Pinjarra Cup. Bettor Reward was restrained out of the barrier and settled last in the outside line. The lead time was a leisurely 39.3 and the next two quarters were also steady at around 30 for the 2130m event. Bettor Reward happily stayed at the back until entering the straight the last time where he moved three wide to make a run. Gathering the leaders in, and with the last two quarters in 28.9 and 27.7, his class was on display and he went on to win the Steelos Bistro Westbred Pace by 4.4m in 1:58.7. This was his 11th win from only 19 starts, with only 5 unplaced runs in his career. His total stakes are now $179,585 with a best mile rate of 1:54.5.

Chemical Romance, the dam of Bettor Reward, is a half sister to 7 winners including WA Derby winner Trunkey Maseratti (Wellwood Hanover) 1:56.4, 22 wins and $273,457. Her dam Ferrari Trunkey (Tarcoola Frost) 1:56.6 won 22 races and $267,527 including the WA Oaks, Breeders Stakes, Silver Bracelet and other Group races. Celevale Trunkey (Massie), the dam of Ferrari Trunkey, produced 9 winners including Ferrari Trunkey’s full brother Trunkey Jaguar 1:59.4 26 wins $142,526. This has been a top class family of quality winners in WA.

A GOLDEN WEEKEND OF WINNERS

(24 - 27 March 2017) Two nice results for the girls on Friday night as well as 3 solid performances including some top efforts in the Westbred Final. The following Monday was another great win by 2yo filly Cott Beach (by WA sire Advance Attack) in 1:55.2 and a super race in the $30,000 Golden Girls Mile Classic, won by top mare Major Reality (Art Major) in 1:54 flat for a very happy last minute reinsman in Chris Voak.

Starting favourite from 2 on the front, 5yo gelding Machrihanish (Shadow Play out of Sauvage by Million To One) had plenty of speed out of the barrier and ran to the lead in a solid lead time. Stepping up the pace in the third quarter to run 28.7, he started to clear away on the bend into the home straight and went on to win by 5.6m with a 27.2 last quarter and a very impressive mile rate of 1:55.7 over the 2130m. The win was the 14th for the McLarty bred and owned gelding, with 14 places for $107,951. Over $39,000 has come this season. With a lifetime best of 1:53.8 over the mile at Pinjarra last year he has shown that he is a very speedy customer. 

Machrihanish is the second winner from his dam Sauvage, who started only 8 times for 2 wins. Her dam Patrice (Royal Band) was the dam of 7 winners from 8 foals including Turlington (Crouch) 2:02.1 $71,511. The granddam of Patrice was WA Broodmare of the Year Wilvetta, who produced 8 winners including prolific winners in the 60s in Coolup Way 2:02.4 $126,086 Placid Way 2:01.2 $146,588 and Each Way 2:01.2 $135,992, all by top stallion of the day Admiral Way (Stormyway). These are very impressive stakes for the times. More recent notable winners include Machine Gun Bonnie (Fully Loaded) 1:57.4 10 wins $62,744 and Lindas Only (Armbro Operative) 1:56.9 17 wins $167,383.

Well thought of in the betting, 5yo gelding Tommy Be Good (Jeremes Jet out of Spicks And Specks by Golden Greek) started from 3 on the front in the stand and stepping off well, he quickly settled behind the race leader. With the race run at a good rate, Tommy Be Good was looking to get off the rails in the back straight the last time, and at the 400 when the run came, Tommy Be Good moved out three wide and racing down the outside, grabbing the front on the line to win the $18,000 Intersport Slater Gartrell Discretionary Stand by an official half head in 1:59.8, last quarters 28.1 and 28.4. His 10 wins and 10 places have now earned him $68,544 and his last three wins have come in stands. Bred by John Coffey's Patrician Park, Tommy Be Good is a son of Spicks And Specks who won 5 races in her career and has produced 2 other winners including Liquid Radar (Armbro Operative) 1:57 13 wins 28 places $115,893 and is also the granddam of Glenferrie Affair (Courage Under Fire) 1:56.8 19 wins $91,086. Spicks And Specks is a half sister to Demoralizer (Crouch) 1:56.7 26 wins $358,199 and Turkish (Village Jasper) 1:59 12 wins $131,303. Breathtaking (Classic Garry) the dam of Spicks And Specks, is a half sister to WA champion Shattering Class (Golden Greek) 62 wins $810,302. Plenty of class in this family.

The Westbred Series Final was a hotly contested race, with a lot of good form to choose from. With so much to choose from the punters overlooked the eventually winner, the very nicely bred 5yo gelding Hot Fraternity (Art Major out of Red Hot Date by Village Jasper) who started at the stunningly good odds of 80/1. Hot Fraternity was well driven by junior Bailey McDonough for trainer Frank Bonnett and owners Sean Sargent, Kath Rosher and other family members and friends, with some of the ownership team also breeding the gelding. Hot Fraternity was restrained out of gate 8 on the front and with a solid lead time of 36.1, plenty of pressure in running and a third quarter of 28.2 it was the fast finishing sweeper Hot Fraternity who won out in a mile rate of 1:55.9. Hot Fraternity is the second winner from top race mare and 2007 WASBA Breeders Stakes winner Red Hot Date 1:56.5 12 wins $99,730. Her dam Boom Or Bust (Kawartha Robust) 2:03 $35,997 is another top quality WA broodmare. She is the dam of Hello Boys (Crouch) 12 wins 17 places and $89,541, Party Date (Panorama) 1:56, 25 wins and $256,003 and 4 other winners. Hello Boys is the dam of Kiss Chasey (Yankee Sensation) 1:55.3 16 wins $146,358 and Party Date is the dam of Bettor Party (Bettors Delight) 1:54 24 wins $215,390, Rocknroll Whitby (Rocknroll Hanover) 10 wins $132,642  and 3 other winners. Boom Or Bust is a winning half sister to 6 other winners, and is out of Boom Boom Baby (Pure Steel) who in turn is a half sister to Dripping Diamonds (Maple Lanes Strike) the dam of Golden Goddess (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 29 wins $258,906 and Golden Gears (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 25 wins $336,466.

WINNERS IMPRESS

(17 March 2017) An impressive Derby Prelude win and 4/5yo Championship were not the only good efforts on the night.

An unusual way to win! 6yo gelding Damondo (Orleans out of Armbro Rosie by Armbro Operative) started from outside the back line but broke in the score up, which might have been a blessing in disguise. Settling 3rd last but five back on the fence and with the tempo increasing in the back straight the last time, Damondo was able to move off the rails and make a fast forward move three wide. By the turn into the front straight he was 4 deep and closing  and five deep entering the home straight. Not to be outdone, he hit the lead inside the 50m and went on to win Heat 3 of the Westbred Series by 1.9m in 1:58, third quarter in 28 flat. In an unusual twist, the horse placed third past the post was disqualified for taking a run inside the marker pegs. Bred and owned by John Bell, Damondo has now won 8 times with 11 places for $46,858 in stakes.

Damondo is the first winner from his unraced dam Armbro Rosie (Armbro Operative). Her dam Rose Of Colleen (The Other Guy) 1:59.9 7 wins $25,161 in stakes, is the only filly from her dam Betsy Matao (Sokys Atom) who is a half sister to Sur Sambo (Surmo Hanover) 1:58.4 25 wins $133,626 in stakes. Of particular interest in this pedigree is that Hurricane Iris (Armbro Hurricane),the dam of Betsy Matao, is a half sister to Gramatan (Fallacy) who is the sire of champion WA raced gelding, Hunter Cup, Inter Dominion and dual Miracle Mile winner Village Kid 1:55.1 93 wins $2,117,870

In some good form, trainer driver Garry Butler scored another good win, this time in the $18,500 Alltools Sidchrome M0 with 5yo gelding Aussie Delight (Bettors Delight out of Texan Cowgirl by Fake Left). Bred and part owned by Dene Bickers and raced with family and friends, Aussie Delight started as favourite from 5 on the front and settled straight into the breeze position out of the barrier. Running an even first and second quarter, the race leaders picked up speed to run a 28.6 third quarter and by the 400m Aussie Delight had headed the  leader. An extremely good effort over the longer 2536m race, Aussie Delight pulled away from the field to have about 3 lengths lead entering the home straight and went on to win by 6.6m in 1:59.3, last quarter 28.5. Aussie Delight commenced his career as a 3yo and has had only 25 starts for 11 wins and 3 places for $74,203 in stakes with a best mile rate of 1:55.6 set 2 years ago. The win was his second start since resuming from a 9 month break.

Texan Cowgirl, the dam of Aussie Delight was a 6 times winner and has produced 6 winners from her 8 foals of racing age, including Aussie Reactor (Camcracker) 1:50.6 44 wins $616,425. She is also the dam of Bootscootngirl (Parsons Den) who is the dam of Americanbootscoota (Allamerican Ingot) 1:55.2 $76,545. Texan Cowgirl is also the dam of non winning Texan Jet (Jet Laag) who is the dam of the promising 3yo Anvil Rollover (Artistic Fella) 1:56.1. Texan Cowgirl is out of Texan Classic (Classic Garry) the dam of Capricorn Cruiser (Kinney Hanover) 1:57.6 17 wins $206,464 and full sister Madusa Cam (Fake Left) 1:58.9 11 wins $94,162.

Another excellent win over the longer 2536m, this time in the $18,000 Alltools Pace for M0. After early success as a 2yo in the 2015 $100,000 Sales Classic, 4yo gelding Rocknroll Whitby (Rocknroll Hanover out of Party Date by Panorama) followed a good 3yo season with  a good Busselton season (winning the 2017 Busselton Cup) and now a metro stakes win. Rocknroll Whitby started from 8 and dropped back to long last out of the barrier. He made a strong 3 wide move at the 1200 and was in the breeze with a 1000 to go. By the time they had reached the 400 he was a half length in front. He went on to a huge win by 14.4m in 1:59.6. This was his 10th win, with 8 places to go with $132,642 in stakes.

Bred and part owned by Ed Dewar and Geoff Groenenberg, Rocknroll Whitby is one of 5 winners produced by Party Date, including Bettor Party (Bettors Delight) 1:54 24 wins $214,166. Party Date 1:56, 25 wins (including the Ladyship Mile at Moonee Valley) and $256,003 and her dam Boom Or Bust (Kawartha Robust) 2:03 $35,997 and granddam Boom Boom Baby (Pure Steel) have figured in the breeding of quite a few recent winners, with the family continuing its success story. Party Date is a half sister to Hello Boys (Crouch) 12 wins 17 places and $89,541, WASBA Breeders Stakes winner Red Hot Date (Village Jasper) 1:56.5 12 wins $99,730 and 3 other winners. Boom Or Bust is a winning half sister to 6 other winners, and her dam Boom Boom Baby is a half sister to Dripping Diamonds (Maple Lanes Strike) the dam of Golden Goddess (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 29 wins $258,906 and Golden Gears (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 25 wins $336,466. The family also includes Kiss Chasey (Yankee Sensation) 1:55.3 16 wins $146,358 and recent winner Hot Fraternity.

TALKING ABOUT GOOD WINNERS FROM WA

(10 March 2017) It was another good night for WA bred horses with 6 out of the 10 races at WA's pacing headquarters going to WA bred horses.Two of the winners were by Empire Stallion's Dawn Ofa New Day.

6yo horse Letztorqueaboutyou (Courage Under Fire out of Walnut Hall by Whata Baron) staked his claim for the Westbred Series Final for C1 to C4 class with a good win in Heat 2. Getting away really well from 5 on the front he scooted across and went to a clear lead by 7m in a fast lead time. Slowing the field to a slow first quarter and even second quarter he stepped up the pace in a third quarter 28.9 and had the field "well covered". With an “impossible to catch” last quarter of 27.1 he went on to an easy win by 3.4m in 1:58.2. The win took him to just over $31,000 from 4 wins and 2 places from only 8 starts. Bred, trained and part owned by Garry Butler, Letztorqueaboutyou is showing great from, winning at every second start (now there’s an omen).

Walnut Hall 2:00.6, the dam of Letztorqueaboutyou, has been an exemplary broodmare after a successful race career and has produced 7 winners from her 7 foals of racing age. Garry Butler was very familiar with her racing career, having driven her throughout her South Australian career. Her other winners include Haulin Art (Peace Of Art) 1:56.6 and Globe Vauxall (Tibet) 2:00.2. The maternal family has produced many good winners with multiple Group 2 and 3 winner and Group 1 placegetter Bitobliss (Blissfull Hall) 1:51.8  24 wins $473,733 the most prominent.

Stepping out in the $19,000 Princi Butchers M0-M1 Mares, Sheer Rocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover out of Sheer Royalty by Parsons Den) put in a classy performance to win easily. Starting favourite from 7 off the front, Sheer Rocknroll, who is owned and bred by Allwood Stud Farm, settled one out and two back in running. With a slow first quarter, Sheer Rocknroll waited until the winning post the last time before moving out three wide to start her run. With 400 to go she was second and then raced past the leader and bolted away to win by 7.9m in 1:57.9, last qtrs in 28.8 and 27.9. It was the 18th career win for Sheer Rocknroll who also has 9 places from only 41 starts and stakes of $190,462.

Sheer Royalty, her dam, was the winner of 9 races and $248,904 with a lifetime best of 1:55.7. Orange Pip (Orange Sovereign) 2:00.8 $35,156 the dam of Sheer Royalty, was the dam of 4 other winners including Zacs Nuggett (Parsons Den) 1:55.9 16 wins $144,900.

Starting from 2 on the front 5yo gelding Vultan Tin (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Ellevarrac by Pacific Fella) put in another good performance for the season with a win in Heat 1 of The Clarke for M1 class. Settling quickly into the one out one back position, Vultan Tin was looking good in running. He waited until coming up to the turn out of the back straight where he took off and was looking a definite threat. Still 3 wide round the bend he ran down the race leader to win comfortably by 5.2m, with the middle quarters very solid at 28.9 and 27.9. The mile rate was a snappy 1:56.4 over the 2130m. The win took Vultan Tin to a tick under $85,000 from 9 wins and 18 places. Vultan Tin was bred and owned by Phil and D Costello and also trained by Phil, who bred his dam Ellevarrac who unfortunately died last year with her unborn foal. Ellevarrac won 1 race and $12,896 in stakes in her career, and is a half sister to two other winners.

With some unplaced runs after a top class win in January and from barrier 8, 9yo gelding Atlastalone (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Classy And Smart by Fake Left) started at the nice odds of 10/1 for owner breeder Ross Waddell in the $23,000 McInerney Ford Pace for M1 to M3. Starting well, he went straight across to the breeze position and settled comfortably in running. Towards the turn into the home straight for the run home, Atlastalone ran to the front and after such a strong run sitting in the breeze, he was still able to hold out the favourite and win by 4.5m in 1:58.7, last quarter 28.5. The win took Atlastalone to $170,732 from 16 wins and 22 places, with his tally for the season being over $45,000.

Classy And Smart 1:56.9, the dam of Atlastalone is also the dam of Reminder Call (Armbro Deuce) 1:54.7 7 wins $43,274. Classy And Smart won 14 races in her career for $104,828 in stakes. Her dam Rich and Racy (Preux Chevalier) 1:58.3 5 wins $17,510 is a half sister to Elite Dynasty (Vance Hanover) who is the dam of Son Of Fergie (Totally Western) 1:53.2, 27 wins $374,325, and Elite Angel (Safely Kept) 1:56.7 12 wins $128,702.

Starting favourite but from 6 on the front, 4yo gelding New World Order (Rich And Spoilt out of Loose Lips by Orange Sovereign) settled last in the small field but was within reach if good enough. Taking off with a lap to go he started a three wide move and was three wide without cover coming out of the back. Sprinting hard he stormed to the front at the 100m and went on to win the $18,500 International Animal Health Products M0 Pace by 4.4m in 1:57.5, last quarter 28.1. The win was the 9th for the Bill Hayes' Highlight Lodge bred gelding and with the 2016 $100,000 Westbred Classic and 7 places his total stakes are now $125,700.

Four times winner Loose Lips 2:01.8, the dam of New World Order, is the dam of 4 other winners including Shipwreck (Rich And Spoilt) 1:52.2 19 wins and $279,198. Her unraced dam Ada Trunkey (Massie) is the dam of 10 winners including Miss Scoot Along (W R H) 1:56.7 10 wins $50,294, who is the dam of Jennas Speedster (Jennas Beach Boy) 1:59.8 13 wins $103,714 and recent winner Allthewaytothebank (Rich And Spoilt) 1:57 8 wins $48,551.

The stars must have been aligned for 4yo gelding Rabchenko (Art Major out of Lady Parsons by Parsons Den) in the $18,000 Alltools M0 Pace over 2130m. He won the start and flew to the lead, setting a comfortable lead time and even time for the  first two quarters. In a very unusual situation the rails horse following Rabchenko and the breeze horse locked wheels and caused interference to the next four horses, allowing Rabchenko to dash away and be well clear in the back straight. Rabchenko went on to win by 13.5m for his eighth win. With 12 places his stakes are just under $64,000.

Lady Parsons, the dam of Rabchenko, is also the dam of Where Dreams Grow (Allamerican Ingot) 1:54.7 12 wins $103,800. In a loss to breeders Kevin and Annette Charles, Lady Parsons died in 2016 with her unborn foal. Her 2015 filly by Betterthancheddar was judged best filly in the recent WA APG Sale. This is the family of top race filly, Golden Slipper and WA Derby winner Via Vista 1:56.1 29 wins $169,727.Another sale finished, but this was the first run by the new team of APG. Congratulations David Boydell and crew, and some quality yearlings presented by the vendors

2017 APG WA YEARLING SALE

(5 March 2017) Another sale finished, but this was the first run by the new team of APG. Congratulations David Boydell and crew, and some quality yearlings presented by the vendors.

The fillies were terrific and with their better racing opportunities and EPONA their average was up by over $2,000 on last year. The colts and geldings were marginally higher, but all in all it was a great effort by everyone involved and we look forward to next year's sale being even better. Certainly some of the yearlings were equal in presentation to anywhere in Australia. Two fillies were Sales toppers, both selling for $57,500 with Annie Belton claiming the Bettors Delight half sister to Dior Mia More (Lot 416) sold by Patrician Park and Dennis Roche winning the Sportswriter - Royal Tour filly (Lot 466) presented by KTC Bloodstock. Top of the colts was a Mach Three colt (Lot 412) presented by KTC Bloodstock and bought by Sytka Pty Ltd.

 

Another successful WASBA parade with 2/3 of the yearlings parading. Thanks once again to the Standardbred Pleasure & Performance Horse Association of WA (SPPHAWA) for assisting with the Parade, and to our two judges Hayley Moore and Tracey Cosham.

The five fillies judged best in parade were Lot 428 by Betterthancheddar, Lot 466 by Sportswriter (the equal top price in the Sale) and Lot 485 by Western Terror (all KTC Bloodstock), Lot 478 by Mr Feelgood (for Bill Hayes) and Lot 484 by Alta Christiano (Graham and Wendy Gilbert).Lot 428 by Betterthancheddar was judged best filly in the parade.

   

The top 5 colts presented were Lot 412 by Mach Three (who was also the top priced colt), Lot 481 by Four Starzzz Shark and Lot 509 by Auckland Reactor (all KTC Bloodstock for Kevin and Annette Charles), Lot 439 by Betterthancheddar (Barry and Julie Warwick), and 504 by Sportswriter (Colleen Lindsay). Barry and Julie's Betterthancheddar colt was judged the best, making it a double for BetterthancheddarThe best dressed handler Chris Feast received $50 and WASBA again provided $250 to two of the vendors parading their yearlings (drawn at random). John Coffey did an admirable job compering the parade as well as being one of the vendors on the day. Here is some more of the action in the parade.

    

  

  

 It's along day for the babies, with everyone helping to calm the nerves.

THE WINNERS KEEP ROLLING IN

(3 March 2017) Another night of fun for everyone, with six more winners.

With the speed on throughout it was a very good run by both the winner and second placed Americanbootscoota (Allamerican Ingot), but in the end 4yo gelding Mister Versace (Bettors Delight out of Prix De Whitby by Life Sign) prevailed in Heat 1 of the Westbred Series for C1 to C4 class. The favourite, Mister Versace was fast out from barrier 4 and had the front in the first 100m. With Americanbootscoota  getting to the breeze it was a solidly run race. Headed in running but with the inside advantage, Mister Versace was not going to take the bait and he maintained a solid pace under hold. It was a hard fought third quarter of 28.1 making it difficult for the three wide challenge and with a final quarter of 28.1 as well, it came down to a fighting finish with Mister Versace by a neck over Americanbootscoota. Bred by Ed Dewar, C Plabou and W Grimm, Mister Versace ran a lifetime best of 1:56.1 for the 2130m belying the class of the race and demonstrating once again that our local horses have what it takes. The win took the lightly raced Mister Versace to 5 wins and 8 places and $39,938.

Mister Versace was another excellent spot by trainer Annie Belton who has had great success with her purchases at the WA Yearling Sale, with Mister Versace being a $17,500 purchase in 2014. Mister Versace is beautifully bred being from the winning race mare Prix De Whitby 2:01.5 $30,934, who was retired from raced as a 2yo with 3 wins and 4 places. Her dam Whitbys Merit (French Chef) 2:00.3 $168,598, was a top race mare winning the 1993 Diamond Classic and the Champagne Classic. She also won the 1993 Pearl and the 1993 Golden Slipper, beating the colts. She won 10 of her first 12 starts as a 2yo and was retired after 2 starts as a 3yo. Whitbys Merit has been a fantastic broodmare, producing 11 winners from 13 live foals including Aikido Whitby (Life Sign) 1:55.2 1:55.2, 21 wins and $270,328, and Victorian Oaks and WA Sales Classic winner Montana Anna (Mystical Prince) 1:59 13 wins $230,863. Whitbys Merit is a daughter of the NZ mare and broodmare gem Remit who was brought to WA by Ed Dewar. Whitby Timer (Spring Run) 1:56.9 23 wins $314,899, Whitby Heritage (Maple Lanes Strike) 1:58.8 22 wins $201,758, twice Australian Broodmare of the Year Fiscal Miss (Captain Hook) 1:59.6 15 wins, Whitbys Miss Penny (Booth Hanover) 1:55.2 32 wins $568,289, Ace Of Whitby (Booth Hanover) 1:58.8 29 wins $317,289 and multiple Group 1 winning mare Ima Spicey Lombo (Pacific Fella) 1:55.1 24 wins $483,686 are all part of Remit's family, all bred by Ed Dewar.

Surprising the expected leader, 6yo mare Allthewaytothebank (Rich And Spoilt out of Miss Scoot Along by W R H) flew out of the barrier from 3 and scooted to the lead. From there she controlled the race with fairly even quarters and really wasnt challenged, eventually winning the $18,000 Schneider Ecoxpert Mares M0 class by 4.1m in 1:57.8, last quarter in 28.4. Bred and owned by Bill Hayes' Highlight Lodge, Allthewaytothebank has now won just under $50,000 from 8 wins and 10 places and brought up her third win from 4 starts, with her lifetime best mark of 1:57 set just 3 days before. Miss Scoot Along, the dam of Allthewaytothebank, was a very speedy mare with 10 wins and 14 places from only 38 starts, $50,294 in stakes and best time 1:56.7. She is the dam of 4 other winners including Jennas Speedster (Jennas Beach Boy) 1:59.8 13 wins $103,714, and she is a daughter of Ada Trunkey (Massie). Ada Trunkey produced 10 winners including Loose Lips (Orange Sovereign) 2:01.8 the dam of Shipwreck (Rich And Spoilt) 1:52.2 19 wins $279,198 and Group 1 winning full brother New World Order 1:55.3 9 wins $125,700.

Another WA bred showing speed out of the barrier was 8yo gelding Red Salute (Life Sign out of Gold Stature by Stature) who started from 8 on the front in the 1730m $23,000 Clipsal & Schneider Electric Pace. Red Salute quickly settled in the breeze after the favourite from 2 took the leaders role as expected. After half a lap Red Salute had cover and the race continued without change until the back straight the last time whenthe challengers took off from the back and Red Salute moved out to take the three wide lead. Moving up steadily, he was still three wide but closing and with 100 to go he was just in front. Moving away in the run to the line he went on to win by 3.8m in a lifetime best of 1.55.3, last quarters 28.7 and 27.7. Bred and part owned by Jeanine Diederich, Red Salute took his lifetime earnings to $253,199 from 18 wins and 22 places, including a win in the 2013 $50,000 Binshaw Classic and $25,000 The Kersley.

Red Salute is the 4th foal and second winner from Gold Stature, who won over $60,000 from 14 wins and 28 places in her career. Gold Stature is a full or half sister to 5 other winners including Gold Status (Stature) 2:01.5 10 wins 22 places $57,325.

Starting favourite from 5 in the small but classy field, 3yo filly Red Hot Roxy (Somebeachsomewhere out of Gabriella Rocks by Four Starzzz Shark) went straight to the front and put in an excellent performance to lead all the way in the $25,000 Clipsal By Schneider Electric Fillies 3yo Sales Classic. Roxy was too classy on the night and won by 8.7m with another 9m to third. The winning mile rate was 1:58.6 with last quarter in 28.3. It was an excited group of owners for the Pacing WA partnership celebrating the win on track, with the Steve Johnson bred Red Hot Roxy taking her stakes to $112,050 from 6 wins and 1 place from only 9 starts. Her win meant she won the double, with the 2016 $100,000 Sales Classic already in her collection. What a great result for Ross Waddell's newly formed Pacing WA partnership with trainer Kat Warwick selecting the filly at the 2014 Yearling Sale and paying $24,000 to secure her. Red Hot Roxy is the first foal from the unraced Gabriella Rocks (Four Starzzz Shark), who is a half sister to five winners including Forty Two Grand (Armbro Operative) 1:58.3 16 wins $122,875 and Grinjaro (Grinfromeartoear) 1:55.2 17 wins $248,982. Of course, Four Starzzz Shark, the sire of Gabriella Rocks, is also the sire of Inter Dominion winner Lennytheshark 1:49.2 $2,560,890.

Another win to the favourite, this time it was 3yo gelding Bob Wheel (Allamerican Ingot out of The Silver Lining by Jet Laag) in the $25,000 Clipsal By Schneider Electric Colts and Geldings 3yo Sales Classic. Bob Wheel started from 2 and with a slow lead time he comfortably settled in the breeze position. The pace picked up in the third and fourth quarters and Bob Wheel gradually pulled in the leader then held off a late challenge to win by a head in 1:58.9, last quarters 28.5 and 28.4. Bred by Kevin and Annette Charles, the win was the fourth by Bob Wheel who now has stakes of just under 4 wins 6 places $39,610.

Bob Wheel is the second winner from his dam The Silver Lining, who is a granddaughter of April Franco (Bo Scots Blue Chip). April Franco is a half sister to top juvenile Tempo Cavallo (Timely Knight) 1:58.9 $128,436. This is the same family as Argyle Red (Dawn Ofa New Day)1:55.8 $81,494, Mon Lillies (Artesian) 1:54.7 9 wins $81,455, Real Smooth Lombo (Parsons Den) 1:58.2 13 wins $94,619, Lombo Ranmiles (Saab) 1:52.0 19 wins $116,797, Magic Moment Lombo (Lombo Pocket Watch) 1:57.4 11 wins $84,182 and Fours Enuf Tas (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:55.2 with 20 wins $119,007.

And the winners keep coming, this time with 6yo gelding Debt Free Charlie (Village Jasper out of Art And Soul by Live Or Die) who set a lifetime best of a very special 1:55.4 in winning the $18,000 Clipsal Iconic Pace for M0 over 1730mDebt Free Charlie. Debt Free Charlie started at the nice odds of 27 to 1 from barrier 5 and it was a real battle for the lead going into the first turn with Debt Free Charlie hitting the front. The first quarter was an astonishing 26.4 and it was no surprise that the rest of the race was run with slower quarters. Holding out the challengers, he held on to win by 1.6m and it was an especially good effort with so much speed early. Bred by Karen Thompson, Debt Free Charlie has now won $53,327 from 8 wins and 15 places. 

Debt Free Charlie was the first of only two foals produced by Art And Soul before she died while in foal. Her other foal Whoswhointhezoo (Major In Art) is also a winner. Art And Soul won 8 races in her career and is a half sister to 5 other winners including Bancoora Next (Whats Next) 1:57.9 23 wins $196,685, Ecstatic (Smooth Fella) 1:59.3 15 wins $88,913 and non winner Ray Of Gladness (Whats Next) who is the granddam of multiple Group winning mare Quick Draft (Art Major)1:53.1 19 wins $317,141. This is also the family of Concorde Lombo (Classic Garry) 1:58.4 33 wins $550,451 and Justlikechocolate (Live Or Die) 1:57.9 13 wins $188,937.

EMPRESS STAKES NIGHT

(24 February 2017) A excellent win in the Empress Stakes for classy mare The Parade was one of the highlights of the night.However, she wasnt the only winner whose connections were thrilled with the result.

With a few different trainers and drivers over time but in his new  stable since August 2016, 8yo gelding Glow Bright (Artesian out of Bailee Renouf by Mystical Prince) stepped off nicely from 4 in the $19,000 Retravision M1 or better stand and settled in the breeze until the 2100m when a forward move from another runner resulted in him being one out one back. With 300m to go he made a move three wide and was quickly threatening the leaders. Despite a solid challenge on the outside, he fought on well to win by a nose in 2:00.6 over the 2503m stand, last three quarters very solid at 28.4, 28.8 and 29.1. Bred and owned by Elderbell Holdings, Glow Bright has done well in the stands and has now won $146,995 from 13 wins and 28 places.

Glow Bright is the first winner from one time winner Bailee Renouf, who is a half sister to 3 winners including Artesian Queen (Artesian) !;57.4 6 wins $43,537 and Rylee Jo (Albert Albert) 1:59.4 7 wins $53,222. Rylee Jo is the dam of Eminence Grise (Artesian) 1:56.7 7 wins $57,848 and Sea Me Smile (Cams Fool) 1:58 8 wins $103,638.

Coming off a third at Albany and with a dropback in class, 8yo gelding Dredlock Rockstar (Northern Luck out of Maid For Life by Safely Kept) made the most of the opportunity. Starting from 3 he quickly got to the lead out of the barrier, then ran two even quarters. Travelling very well, he had more than a length on the field in the back straight. He bolted clear coming off the back and although they made ground on him in the straight, the win by Dredlock Rockstar in the $23,000 Garrards Horse & Hound Pace for M1 to M3 was never in doubt. Running 1:56 for the journey, the last quarters were quick at 28 and 28.1.

Bred by Royalstar Pty Ltd and with a change of ownership and trainer in September, the new team were a delighted bunch and rightly so, with Dredlock Rockstar taking his lifetime stakes to $188,635 (which included wins in the Parliamentarians Cup and second in the Mount Eden Sprint) from 16 wins and 30 places, with a very credible lifetime best of 1:53.9 set in April last year. Maid For Life, the dam of Dredlock Rockstar, is the dam of 4 other winners including Choccy Mac (Barnett Hanover) 1:55.7 10 wins $74,548 and is a full sister to Bank The Money 1:59.1, 31 wins and $152,969 in stakes.

Starting from barrier 8 in the McInerney Ford Westbred C1 to C4 Pace was not the best start for 5yo gelding Hindu Kumara (Kenneth J out of Summer Fun by In The Pocket) but some cool driving and early speed resulted in a perfect one out one back position after less than 200m. With the next two quarters even time the pace picked up in the third quarter. Taking off three wide with 600 to go, Hindu Kumara was almost a length in front by the 400m. Well clear coming into the home straight, Hindu Kumara went on to win by 11.4m in 1:57.1, last quarters 28.6 and 28.9. It was a dashing drive and an excellent run in this class. Bred by David Hayes, the win was the 7th for Hindu Kumara and followed a win at Bunbury 6 days earlier. Hindu Kumara has lifetime stakes of $36,399 (over $23,000 in this season) with a lifetime best of 1:56.9.

Hindu Kumara is the second winner from Summer Fun, her other winner being Funzova (Art Major) 1:56 8 wins $53,938. Summer Fun was the 14th foal from Summer Scene (Peyton), which makes her the third winner at Gloucester Park in a fortnight (after Frankie Dancer and Miltary Master) from this family.

PATIENCE DESERVES A REWARD

(17 February 2017) Tonight was a reward for patience for former SA leading trainer Garry Butler, who has also taken on the challenge of breeding. Well done Garry. There were two other good winners on the night that are proudly WA bred

Another good win, from a not so easy barrier, was welcomed by connections of 5yo gelding Machrihanish (Shadow Play out of Sauvage by Million To One) who stepped out in the Check in with Tabtouch Westbred Pace for C5 to C9 and won relatively easily by 7.9m in 1:57. Machrihanish was quickly out from 7 and settled in the breeze before accepting a mid race trail to be one out and one back. With the breeze horse hitting the front coming off the back the last time, Machrihanish simply followed until 300 to go when he moved out three wide and with some terrific acceleration, hit the front with 100 to go and went on to win by 7.9m, last quarters in 28.1 and 27.4. Bred and owned by G and L McLarty, the win took him to $91,201 from 12 wins and 14 places. He has an exceptionally good lifetime best mile rate of 1:53.8 set at Pinjarra in January 2016 and equalled at Bunbury in November 2016.

Machrihanish is the third foal and second winner from the lightly raced winner Sauvage. Her dam Patrice (Royal Band) was the dam of 7 winners from 8 foals including Turlington (Crouch) 2:02.1 $71,511. The granddam of Patrice was WA Broodmare of the Year Wilvetta, who produced 8 winners including prolific winners in the 60s in Coolup Way 2:02.4 $126,086 Placid Way 2:01.2 $146,588 and Each Way 2:01.2 $135,992, all by top stallion of the day Admiral Way (Stormyway). More recent notable winners include Machine Gun Bonnie (Fully Loaded) 1:57.4 10 wins $62,744 and Lindas Only (Armbro Operative) 1:56.9 17 wins $167,383.

It was an even better performance than last week from 5yo gelding Argyle Red (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Dekker Diamond by Iraklis) when he equalled his lifetime best of 1:55.8 in winning the $20,000 Tabradio Pace for M0 to M2 over the longer 2130m journey. Starting a short favourite from barrier 1, Argyle Red got away fast and settled quickly into the leaders role. With fairly even quarters, the pressure went on in the third quarter but Argyle Red kicked away and was well clear entering the straight, and raced away to win by 13.3m. Part owned and bred by Rob and Ann McDonald and trained by Rob, it has been an excellent season for Argyle Red with stakes of over $40,000 so far. His lifetime stakes are now $78,644 from 11 wins and 16 places.

Dekker Diamond, the dam of Argyle Red, has two winners from her first two foals including 3yo Davinci Diamond (Artiscape) 1:57.2 Dekker Diamond is a half sister to 2 winners including Bring On De Beers (Kinney Hanover) 1:58.1 $32,374 and her race winning dam Dash Of Diamonds (Crouch) is a half sister to three other winners including Crystal Tears (Stoneridge Scooter) 2:00.6 8 wins $52,899. April Franco (Bo Scots Blue Chip), the dam of Dash of Diamonds, is a half sister to top juvenile Tempo Cavallo (Timely Knight) 1:58.9 $128,436. The maternal family has also  produced Mon Poppies (Safely Kept) 1:57.7 10 wins $88,350, Mon Lillies (Artesian) 1:54.7 9 wins $78,635, Real Smooth Lombo (Parsons Den) 1:58.2 13 wins $94,619, Lady Julie Lombo (Million To One) 1:59.3 11 wins  $89,499, Lombo Ranmiles (Saab) 1:52.0 19 wins $116,797, Magic Moment Lombo (Lombo Pocket Watch) 1:57.4 11 wins $84,182 and Fours Enuf Tas (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:55.2 with 19 wins $113,102.

6yo entire Letztorqueaboutyou (Courage Under Fire out of Walnut Hall by Whata Baron) stepped out in only his 6th lifetime start and rewarded breeder, part-owner and trainer Garry Butler with a win in the $18,500 Caduceus Club Pace for M0 class. In spite of his 9 barrier he was well favoured in the betting. Letztorqueaboutyou was restrained out of the barrier and settled last of the main field, which looked a very big task over the 1730m journey. With 1100 to go he followed a forward move three wide and with 400 to go he moved out 4 deep to make a run and was rapidly making ground on the leader. It was an excellent final quarter in 27.8, with Letztorqueaboutyou running to the lead and winning by 2.1m in 1:56. With such a short career Letztorqueaboutyou does not have a lot in the bank but no doubt will win a few more races if he stands up. He came a good 3rd at his previous run on 3 February and his previous run was a win at Gloucester Park 19 months earlier in July 2015.

Letztorqueaboutyou is the 7th foal and 7th winner from the race winning Walnut Hall 2:00.6 who was driven throughtout her South Australian career by Garry. Her other winners include Haulin Art (Peace Of Art) 1:56.6 and 11 time winner Globe Vauxall 2:00.2. Walnut Hall was brought to WA by Garry when he relocated from SA to WA and she has since produced a 2015 colt foal by Bettors Delight.This is a family with an abundance of winners but with many of the family members racing and breeding in South Australia they have not come under notice. The most prominent current performer from the female line is multiple Group 2 and 3 winner and Group 1 placegetter Bitobliss (Blissfull Hall) 1:51.8  24 wins $473,773.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT - AND THE BOYS WIN TOO

(10 February 2017) Good wins on the night for 5yo mare Foxy Dame in an open M1 to M3, 5yo mare Major Reality in an M0 and better and by 3yo filly Maczaffair in the $50,000 Daintys Daughter Classic were an excellent result and top class racing. To add to that  there was a new Friday night winner, an improving 5yo and a horse returning from injury to reward their connections with the major reward.

With a nice win 3 weeks earlier, improving 5yo gelding Argyle Red (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Dekker Diamond by Iraklis) started second favourite from 4 on the front in the sprint 1730m C5 to C9. He settled quickly in the breeze although the field was a good 10m from the race leader. With the speed increasing with a lap to go, Argyle Red had moved to within a length and was steadily making ground. Coming out of the back straight he hit the front, then breaking clear in the straight he went on to to good win by 4.3m in a lifetime best of 1:55.8, last quarters 28.7 and 28.8. Bred and raced by Rob and Ann MacDonald and trained by Rob, Argyle Red has shown great improvement and has 10 wins and 16 places for just over $65,000 in stakes.

Argyle Red is the first foal and first winner from his dam Dekker Diamond (Iraklis) 1:57.9 8 wins $63,248 in stakes. Iraklis (Vance Hanover) 1:54.2, 22 wins and $1,019,042 was the winner of the 1996 Miracle Mile and is the sire of multiple group 1 and Victoria Cup winner Melpark Major 1:53.4 36 wins $979,056. Dekker Diamond belongs to a top NZ maternal family that has produced locally raced Mon Poppies (Safely Kept) 1:57.7 10 wins $88,350, Mon Lillies (Artesian) 1:54.7 9 wins $78,635 and multiple eastern states' winners.

After a long break through injury, 5yo entire Military Master (Bettors Delight out of Mabel Fox by Million To One) returned to racing with an excellent first up second, only caught on the line. This time and from a slightly worse barrier, he again started favourite and steamed over from 6 to have the leaders role coming into the straight the first time. Dropping the speed in the first two quarters he had plenty left in the tank and with last two quarters of 28.6 and 28 flat he won the Westbred C1 to C4 Pace by 3.1m in 1:59.5. The win took Military Master to just over $50,000 from 6 wins and 8 places from only 20 starts.

Bred and raced by Bob Fowler's Allwood Stud Farm, Military Master is the first winner from his dam Mabel Fox who had just one race start. Mabel Fox is out of the unraced Miss Jeffries (Albert Albert) who is a daughter of dual Australian Broodmare of the Year in Summer Honey (Romeo Hanover). Summer Honey produced 8 winners including Golden Nugget winner Flashing Star (Northern Lights) 1:56.8 23 wins $352,888, WA Pacing Cup winner Hilarion Star (Hilarion) 1:56.2 26 wins $398,394, WASBA Breeders Stakes and Empress Stakes winner Sassie Brassie (Hilarion) 1:57.4 17 wins $88,985. Sassie Brassie has also been a wonderful broodmare, producing 9 winners including The Dalmation (Northern Lights) 1:56.1 34 wins $108,821 listed and group winner Faking It (Fake Left) 1:56.9 17 wins $174,744 and group winner Iron Gloves (Safely Kept) 1:58.3 15 wins $102,912. Of course, Summer Honey is a daughter of Summer Scene (Peyton), the same maternal family as our next winner.

No sense wasting barrier 1 on a Friday night and 5yo gelding Frankie Dancer (Artistic Fella out of Myrtle Jean by Saab) certainly didnt for driver Chris Voak and owner Asha Vanmaris. Chris showed his intention to lead and Frankie Dancer settled in front. The pace slowed for a very leisurely first two quarters before quickening to 29 quarters. Frankie Dancer held off a concerted attack on the line to win by the shortest of margins but still the winner of the $18,000 M0. Bred by Graham Turner, this was the 4th win for Frankie, with 10 places for nearly $34,000 in stakes. 

Frankie Dancer is the first winner from only 2 foals from the unraced Myrtle Jean, who was out of the nice winning race mare Point Of Order (Northern Lights) 1:57.9 $65,916 the winner of 12 races including the 1995 Breeders Stakes. Point Of Order is a half sister to Perfect Order (Perfect Art) 1:57.6 $143,071, Armbro Order (Armbro Operative) 1:58.3 $61,313 amd Guilty Grin 1:55.6 6 win $33,428. Point of Order is a granddaughter of Summer Scene (Peyton), as is Lombo Laredo (Classic Garry) 1:56.6 $151,712, Rigatoni (Brioso Hanover) 1:54.9 26 wins $181,679, Hilarion Star (Hilarion) 1:56.2 26 wins $398,394 and Flashing Star (Northern Lights) 1:56.8 23 wins $352,888. This is also the maternal family of Light Scotch (Light Brigade) and full sister Light Paree that has produced Ameretto (Million Dollar Cam) 17 wins 1:51.4 $238,973; Elysees Crest (Troublemaker) 1:59.3 23 wins $228,290; Lombo La Paree (Classic Garry) dam of Lombo La Fe Fe (Troublemaker)1:57.1 $654,493 and also belonging to this family is Smokey The Bandit (Jet Laag) 1:55.5 20 wins $285,763.

GOOD DRAWS GOOD ODDS GOOD WINNERS

(3 February 2017) Some more solid performances from our WA bred horses, this time all 4 or 5yos including one of the top locally sired juveniles. Going straight to the front, they were too hard to catch.

With a good barrier it was straight to the front for 5yo gelding Vultan Tin (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Ellevarrac by Pacific Fella) in the $18,000 WA Racing Hall of Fame Bob Pollock Pace for M0 pacers. Running solid quarters, Vultan Tin showed some strength and toughness to lead all the way in the 2536m event and win by an easy 9m in an excellent 1:57.9, with the third quarter in 28.6. Barrier 2 might have helped but it was a good effort regardless. Vultan Tin, bred and owned by Phil and D Costello (and trained by Phil) took his stakes to $69,990 from 8 wins and 17 places.

Vultan Tin is the first foal from only two foals from Ellevarrac, who unfortunately died last year with her unborn foal. Ellevarrac won 1 race and $12,896 in stakes in her career, and is a half sister to two other winners.

Another favourite winning was good for the supporters and handsome 5yo gelding Persistent Threat (Advance Attack out of Well Thats Life by Live Or Die) didnt miss a beat after getting the prized one barrier. Going straight to the front, Persistent Threat ran an easy lead time and two easy quarters, then sprinted hard down the back in 28.5 and sizzled the last quarter in 26.7 to make it impossible for any of the followers to catch him. He went on to win the WA Racing Hall of Fame Lyle Lindau C5 to C9 by 5.5m in 1:59.4. Bred by Total Strategy Pty Ltd the win took him to $146,030 from 13 wins and 15 places, with a lifetime best of 1:55.3. 

Persistent Threat is out of the good race winning mare Well Thats Life, the winner of 12 races and $69,158 in stakes. Well Thats Life is the only mare from her unraced dam Seeking Fame (Bard From Wagering) to go to stud. Persistent Threat is following on from his very good juvenile form.

Continuing her excellent form this season, 4yo mare Chelsea Royale (Grinfromeartoear out of Chelsea Strikes by The Falcon Strike) started favourite and went straight to the front in the $18,000 WA Racing Hall of Fame Harold Richter Mares Pace for M0 mares, going on to a strong win by 4.4m. It was a good effort by several of the mares over the long 2536m mobile, but none more so than the winner who took her total stakes to just over $42,000 from 6 wins and 7 places.

Chelsea Royale, bred by R and S Black, only commenced her career as a 3yo for 1 win and 2 places but has excelled as a 4yo with a season tally of 5 wins and 5 places for just under $36,000 to date. Chelsea Royale is the second foal and first winner from Chelsea Strikes who won 4 races and $22,538 in her career. Chelsea Strikes is out of Chelsea Lights (Northern Lights) 1:58.5 6 wins and $31,308 who produced 5 winners from 6 foals including Chelsea Village (Village Jasper) 1:58.9 15 wins $124,194 and Chelsea Park (Fake Left) 1:56.7 9 wins $43,656. Chelsea Lights is a half sister to 3 other winners including Riverlord (Avenging Eagle) 1:58.4 24 wins $110,178.

CELEBRATING POST - AUSTRALIA DAY WITH ANOTHER 5 WINNERS

(27 January 2017) A great result for some connections after a sombre Australia Day two days earlier. There were also wins by 3yo filly Beach Goddess and Major Reality.

After winning two WASBA Virgil Queen Celebration Pace events, it was great to see 7yo mare Gota Good Lookadda (Rich And Spoilt out of Smooth View by Panorama) and trainer Colin Brown breaking through for a win in the $18,500 Daniel Smedley M0 over 2130m. Starting from barrier 1, Gota Good Lookadda easily won the start and raced impressively out in front. Well rated by Maddison Brown, she kicked clear coming out of the back straight the last time and held out some late challengers to win by 1.2m in 1:58.3. The win took her stakes to $146,175 from 11 wins and 24 places.

Bred by Harry Capararo, Gota Good Lookadda is the only foal from her dam Smooth View, the winner of 7 races. She in turn is the only living filly bred from her dam Smooth Bronny (Smooth Fella). The dam of Smooth Bronny is a half sister to Calophylla (Entrepreneur) who produced several fillies that have bred on. Calophylla produced Cosmophylla (Thor Hanover) who is the dam of Fourwing Sweepa (Safely Kept) 1:53.2 32 wins $152,656, Key To Freedom (Safely Kept) 1:53.4 29 wins $134,508, Wild Wild West (Western Hanover) 1:57 21 wins $136,471, Prince Benji (Aces N Sevens) 1:55.3 33 wins $255,998 and My Ami Lee (Safely Kept) the dam of multiple Group 1 winners Miss Hazel (Presidential Ball) 1:57 15 wins $310,063, Louvre (Art Major) 1:54.5 16 wins $402,665 and WA based sire Renaissance Man (Art Major) 1:53.1 18 wins $297,904. There are numerous other good winners in this family including Queen of the Pacific winner Gumdrops (Western Terror) 1:53.1 19 wins $256,910.

Also stepping up to win his second metro class race in two months was 6yo entire Major Rush (Art Major out of Windsong by Northern Lights). Starting from 5 on the front in the $19,000 Stephanie Smedley Stand over 2503m, Major Rush started well and headed for a rails position, settling 3 back. Travelling strongly, he moved up to 4th place in the back straight during the 27.5 third quarter before being hooked out on the turn. In a close finish, he grabbed the win on the line by a half head. The win took his stakes to $92,232 from 10 wins and 21 places. This has been a very rewarding season for owner breeders Graham and Wendy Gilbert with Major Rush, who is trained by Graham, winning $44,000 so far.

Major Rush is the first winner from his winning dam Windsong 2:00.1 $13,519, who is a daughter of Cerebrano (Lordship), who won 4 races in the 90s. Cerebrano produced 11 winners in all, including Shes Innocent (D M Dilinger) 2:01.7 $12460 and Innocent Eyes (Safely Kept) 1:57.6 18 wins $421,875 including Group 1 events the Victorian Oaks, the Australian Oaks, the $100,000 Vicbred Super Series 4yo Mares Final and the $200,000 Chariots of Fire. Shes Innocent has excelled at stud, producing 2 winners from 2 foals of racing age including Restrepo (Art Major) 1:52.4 1:52.4 $527,118 winner of multiple group races including the Group 1 Coca Cola Sprint and the Group 1 Ballarat Cup.

A top effort by 9yo gelding Atlastalone (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Classy And Smart by Fake Left) saw him win the $23,000 Arnel Deguzman Pace for M1 to M3. Getting away beautifully from 1, Atlastalone settled in the leaders role. With a lap to go and with a 27.5 third quarter he scooted and was 5 lengths in front and running along very nicely. The field made a small amount of ground on him in the straight but he justified starting favourite with an easy win by 11m in an impressive mile rate of 1:55.7. The win took Atlastalone to 15 wins, 22 places and stakes of $154,303, with a best mile rate of 1:55.5.

Owned and bred by Ross Waddell, Atlastalone is the first winner from his dam Classy And Smart 1:56.9, her other winner being Reminder Call (Armbro Deuce) 1:54.7 7 wins $43,274. Classy And Smart won 14 races in her career for $104,828 in stakes. Her sire Fake Left was the Little Brown Jug winner over Western Hanover and both were phenomenal race horses and champion sires. Her dam Rich and Racy 1:58.4 was by Inter Dominion winner Preux Chevalier. Plenty of class in her breeding. Rich and Racy won 5 races in her career, and is a half sister to Elite Dynasty (Vance Hanover) who is the dam of Son Of Fergie (Totally Western) 1:53.2, 27 wins $374,325, and Elite Angel (Safely Kept) 1:56.7 12 wins $128,702.

Starting from 3 on the back line didnt look to be a good start for 6yo gelding Bush Chook (Jet Laag out of Teenas Hit by Lotsa Clout) in the $18,000 Jo Rosso Pace for M0 Class. Bush Chook initially grabbed 2 back on the fence. With the horse in the one back position galloping Bush Chook was expertly moved off the rails and after the field reorganised he was in an excellent position of one out and one back. Moving up 3 wide with 300 to go he made up good ground to be challenging for the win at the 100m. Fighting on well he hit the front at the 50m and won by a half neck in 1:59.5, last quarters 28.8 and 28.8. Having only earned $6,000 last season from 17 starts he has made up for it this season, and rewarded the perseverence of his connections, with over $32,000 this season and a lifetime record of 10 wins, 28 places and $87,212.

Bush Chook is the only foal from his dam Teenas Hit, who won one race in a short career. She is the 5th winner from her dam Teenas Magic (Maple Lanes Strike) who won 6 races during her career. Teenas Magic is a full sister to 3 other winners including Maple Image 2:01.2 15 wins $66,530, which was very good money in the 80s. The dam of Teenas Magic is a full sister to Atone (Light Brigade) This is the same family that produced 1995 Inter Dominion winner and multiple group 1 winner Golden Reign (Whats Next) 1:57.2 28 wins $1,186,022, champion New Zealand trotter and sire Johnny Gee (Johnny Globe) and champion WA bred pacer Has The Answers (Legacy Of Power) 1:53 76 wins $1,326,582.

With the barrier 1 horse breaking stride and the favourite going straight to the front, 4yo gelding Mister Versace (Bettors Delight out of Prix De Whitby by Life Sign) from barrier 5 had luck on his side when he ended up one out one back after the field settled. Running into the last lap the favourite looked to be going well. It wasnt until the 350m point that Mister Versace went three wide to chase down the favourite. It was hammer and tongs down the straight, with Mister Versace grabbing the win right on the post, by the narrowest of margins. The mile rate was 1:58.5 with last quarters 28.6 and 28.4 for the 2130m Westbred Pace for C1 to C4 class, and the win was the fourth for Mister Versace who has total stakes earnings of $31,288 and a best mile rate of 1:56.5. 

Mister Versace is the first foal from the winning race mare Prix De Whitby 2:01.5 $30,934, who was bred and raced by Ed Dewar. Prix De Whitby raced only as a 2yo, for 3 wins and 4 places. Her dam Whitbys Merit (French Chef) 2:00.3 $168,598, was a top race mare winning both the Pearl and Diamond Classics, the Champagne Classic and 3rd in the Bathurst Gold Tiara. She is one of the few fillies to have beaten the colts in the Golden Slipper, which she won in 1993. She retired due to injury as a 3yo after winning 10 of her first 12 starts as a 2yo and starting just twice at 3. Whitbys Merit went on to be an even better broodmare than a race filly, producing 11 winners from 13 live foals including Aikido Whitby (Life Sign) 1:55.2 1:55.2, 21 wins and $270,328, and Victorian Oaks, WA 3yo Sales Classic and WA Sires Series winner Montana Anna (Mystical Prince) 1:59 13 wins $230,863. Whitbys Merit is herself a daughter of the phenomenal Remit who produced 8 winners including Whitby Timer (Spring Run) 1:56.9 23 wins $314,899, Whitby Heritage (Maple Lanes Strike) 1:58.8 22 wins $201,758, and twice Australian Broodmare of the Year Fiscal Miss (Captain Hook) 1:59.6 15 wins $53,854, the dam of full siblings Whitbys Miss Penny (Booth Hanover) 1:55.2 32 wins $568,289 and Ace Of Whitby 1:58.8 29 wins $317,289 and granddam of Ima Spicey Lombo (Pacific Fella) 1:55.1 24 wins $483,686.

SIX WINS TO WESTBREDS AND FILLIES AND MARES

(20 January 2017) A GOOD NIGHT OUT for some new metropolitan winners and an ever improving mare. A small but quality field of 3yos stepped out in the fillies event and another top class effort from Barry Howlett's Bettor Be Supreme and another 4 WA breds, with Bettor Be Supreme starting favourite and comfortably winning a 2536m mobile, last quarter 27.7.

A well timed drive produced a good result for 5yo geldling Argyle Red (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Dekker Diamond by Iraklis) Starting from 6 on the front, Argyle Red settled one out 3 back with some early speed up front in the race. With a lap to go he quickly moved out and led up the three wide line, sprinting hard down the back straight in a third quarter of 28.1 to be the clear race leader with 400m to go. He dashed away to a big lead entering the home straight and went on to ease into a 3.3m win in the Restravision Westbred Pace for C5 to C9, last quarter 28.8. Bred and owned by Robert and Ann MacDonald and trained by Rob, the win took his tally to 9, with 16 places and $59,919 stakes.

Argyle Red is the first foal and first winner out of the good race mare and metropolitan winner Dekker Diamond (by 1996 Miracle Mile winner Iraklis) 1:57.9  8 wins $63,249, who has produced a second winner in Davinci Diamond (Artiscape) 1:57.2 3 wins $21,614 from her 2 foals of racing age (Davinci Diamond won at Bunbury on the following night!). Dekker Diamond is a half sister to 2 winners including Bring On De Beers (Kinney Hanover) 1:58.1 $32,374. Their race winning dam Dash Of Diamonds (Crouch) is a grand daughter of Andata (Forward) who is a full sister to Forward Rose through whom Mon Poppies (Safely Kept) 1:57.7 10 wins $88,350, Mon Lillies (Artesian) 1:54.7 9 wins $78,635, Real Smooth Lombo (Parsons Den) 1:58.2 13 wins $94,619, Lady Julie Lombo (Million To One) 1:59.3 11 wins  $89,499, Lombo Ranmiles (Saab) 1:52.0 19 wins $116,797, Magic Moment Lombo (Lombo Pocket Watch) 1:57.4 11 wins $84,182 and Fours Enuf Tas (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:55.2 with 18 wins $113,102 have been produced.

Lightly raced 6yo mare Alpha Queen (Art Major out of Mabel Rose by Christian Cullen) started fast from 3 to cross and take the race lead in the $20,000 Westside Auto Wholesale Pace for M0 to M2 class. After winning the early speed battle, she dictated terms with a moderate first and second quarters. Picking up speed in the third quarter to run 28.4, she followed with a 28.0 last quarter and held out all challengers to win by 3.2m in a mile rate 1:59.4. The win took her tally to 7 wins and 1 place from only 20 starts, with stakes just over $39,000 and an excellent best mile rate of 1:55.

As well as being trainer driver, Shane Young is also part owner and breeder of Alpha Queen and also bred, owned and trained her dam Mabel Rose (Christian Cullen) 1:59.7 8 wins $49,039. Alpha Queen is her first foal. Mabel Rose is out of the winning race mare Alfa Courageous (Brets Courage), who has been a top producer with 6 other winners including Roadless Travelled (Panorama) 1:58 22 wins $183,666 and Champagne Classic winner Courageous Ned (Life Sign) 2:00.5 $253,750. Alfa Courageous is a half sister to WA Oaks winner Alfa Dyna (Massie) 1:59 $95,147, Scanio (The Sunbird Hanover) 1:57.8 22 wins $208,495 and 4 other winners. Travis Arania (Scottish Arania), the dam of Alfa Dyna, was a top race filly and daughter of one of WAs best ever broodmares in Oro Travis.

Definitely a good night for the connections of 7yo gelding Leftrightgoodnight (Gold Glover out of Morganoon by Northern Lights) Starting from 5 in the $18,000 Sullys Painting M0 Pace, he was restrained out of the barrier by junior driver Deni Roberts and settled one out three back in running. Down the back straight the last time Deni made her run and had Leftrightgoodnight running 4 wide and making a big surge coming out of the back straight. At the 100m he had hit the front with the inside horse fighting back. In a close fought duel, Leftrightgoodnight went on to win by 4m in the 1730m event. It was the first metro win for junior Deni, and the mile rate was a good 1:57.1 with the speed in the race in the 28.8 first quarter. Leftrightgoodnight now has life time earnings of $82,855 from 11 wins and 20 places, with a best mile rate of 1:56.

Leftrightgoodnight is the 3rd and best winner produced by Morganoon, the winner of 1 race in a short career. Morganoon is a half sister to 4 other winers including Stroicker (Titahi Bay) 1:59.4 6 wins $39,996 and Glenmorgan (Bright As Day) 1:58.8 11 wins $63,293 and is a half sister to the dam of good horse Morganator (Resonator) 1:56.9 17 wins $161,125.

Another new metropolitan winner, with 5yo gelding Hot Fraternity (Art Major out of Red Hot Date by Village Jasper) starting from 2 on the back line and settling one out and 3 back after the field had organised. With the favourite in the breeze, the race was relatively unchanged until the speed picked up in the back straight. Hot Fraternity was being patiently driven and was second last at the 400. Going 3 wide to make a run coming out of the back straight, he was 4 wide at the top of the straight but still with only 3 behind him. Running down the leaders, he grabbed the win within the shadows of the post. The win took him to just under $22,000 in stakes from 5 wins and 6 places.

Owned and/or bred by Kath Rosher, Sean Sargent and other family and friends, Hot Fraternity is the second foal and second winner from the top race mare Red Hot Date 1:56.5 12 wins $99,730. Red Hot Date won several metropolitan races including the 2007 WASBA Breeders Stakes, with one of her current owners Justin Warwick being her driver for some of her wins, as well as driving her dam Boom Or Bust (Kawartha Robust) 2:03 $35,997. Boom Or Bust has been another one of WA's exceptional broodmares, being dam of Hello Boys (Crouch)12 wins 17 places and $89,541, Party Date (Panorama) 1:56, 25 wins  (including the Ladyship Mile at Moonee Valley) and $256,003 and 4 other winners. She is also the grand dam of Bettor Party (Bettors Delight) 1:54 19 wins $194,524, Rocknroll Whitby (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:57.2 7 wins $120,522 and Kiss Chasey (Yankee Sensation) 1:55.3 16 wins $146,358. Boom Or Bust is a winning half sister to 6 other winners, and is out of Boom Boom Baby (Pure Steel) who in turn is a half sister to Dripping Diamonds (Maple Lanes Strike) the dam of Golden Goddess (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 29 wins $258,906 and Golden Gears (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 25 wins $336,466.

PACING CUP NIGHT

(13 January 2017) Certainly not an unlucky night for the connections of 4yo Chicago Bull, who in the space of 8 days won over $480,000 by winning the Fremantle Cup and the WA Pacing Cup. And three good results for the girls on the night, with Bettor Be Supreme winning again, along with Ideal Alice and Chevrons Champion. A big night of racing, and along with the three mares winning there were two of our own WA bred horses winning.

Having put up a phenomenal effort the previous week, 7yo gelding Shirls Sensation (Yankee Sensation out of Village Oak by Village Jasper) followed through with another top effort to win Heat 2 of the Im Themightyquinn for M1 class . Starting from 2 and restrained out of the barrier, Shirls Sensation settled one one before going forward to take the breeze. Travelling strongly,  went he past the leader and broke away leaving the back straight the last time. He dashed away in the run home, winning by 5.8m in 1:56.8, last quarters in 27.7 and 28.6. A very strong win, taking his tally to 10 wins and 9 places for $105,319 in stakes.

Shirlz Sensation has always shown huge ability, but with injuries has had limited racing opportunities and lenghty breaks. Bred by Sam and Shirley Salamone and S Fielding, Shirlz Sensation is the only foal from his lightly raced dam Village Oak, who was the only filly and one of only two foals from her dam Grey Oak (Jun Jun Ni). This is the family of one of WA's all time favourite horses, the grey gelding Blue Pennant (Machine Again).

Starting favourite a fortnight early but meeting interference in running to be tailed off, another runner for the Howlett family in 4yo gelding Fanci A Dance (Rock N Roll Heaven out of Fancipance by Fake Left) drew the coveted 1 barrier and went straight to the front in a very leisurely lead time. With the favourite settling in the breeze it was really a race in two with a lap to go. In the run to the finish Fanci A Dance, bred by Barry and Jim Howlett and trained by Barry, was able to shake off the favourite and win the C1 to C4 Westbred by 2.8m in 1:58.7, final quarters in 28.2 and 27.6. Fairly lightly raced, the win was the 6th and with 8 places his stakes tally is $33,334.

Fancipance, the dam of Fanci A Dance, was a winner of 12 races in Queensland and WA and over $40,000 in stakes and is a half sister to 3 other winners. She belongs to the family of foundation mare Pleasant Guy (Adioo Guy), with the family also producing WA Pearl and Derby winner Argent Treasure (Jet Laag) 1:57.4 $398,434 and Touch Me Toes (Our Sir Vancelot) 1:56.6 $265,041.

NEW YEAR WISHES COME TRUE

(6 January 2017) A good start to the year!

There was some good form in the Westbred C5 to C9 Pace, and the race looked like a race in two. Starting from inside the back line and settling 3 back the fence after some very quick early speed led to a lead time of 35.9, the heavily backed second favourite Shirlz Sensation lost considerable ground after galloping following interference.With a fast second quarter of 28.8,favourite Bettor Reward quicky moved up three wide in the back straight, with  Shirlz Sensation on his back after recovering and settling last on the rails. Coming off the back Bettor Reward had swept to the lead, with Shirlz Sensaton following and Machrihanish (Shadow Play out of Sauvage by Million To One) getting off the rails onto the back of Shirls Sensation. Coming out of the back straight Machrihanish, who has been in good form, was in the clear and giving chase powerfully to Bettor Reward and Shirlz Sensation. Into the home straight Machrihanish had grabbed new leader Shirlz Sensation, who had run a mighty race, going on to win by 9.7m in a very good 1:56.1. Bred and owned by G and L McLarty, Machrihanish ran a super race last start and was noticably bolting in running. The win was the 11th, with stakes of $84,061 and a best time of 1:53.8 set almost exactly 12 months ago.

Sauvage, the dam of Machrihanish, was a lightly raced winner of 2 races. Machrihanish is her third foal and second winner. Patrice (Royal Band) the dam of Sauvage, was the dam of 7 winners from 8 foals including Turlington (Crouch) 2:02.1 $71,511. While there appears to be nothing fancy in the breeding of Sauvage, there are some good winners including Machine Gun Bonnie (Fully Loaded) 1:57.4 10 wins $62,744, Lindas Only (Armbro Operative) 1:56.9 17 wins $167,383, many bred by the McLarty family. The granddam of Patrice is WA Broodmare of the Year in Wilvetta, who produced 8 winners including prolific winners in the 60s in Coolup Way 2:02.4 $126,086 Placid Way 2:01.2 $146,588 and Each Way 2:01.2 $135,992, all by top stallion of the day Admiral Way (Stormyway).

Winner of the inaugural $25,000 Kerry Clarke Westbred 4 and 5yo Pace in August 2016, 5yo gelding Three Bears (Bettors Delight out of Big Blue Eyes by Red River Hanover) stepped out favourite from barrier 2 and showing pace out of the gate, went straight to the lead. From there it was only in the home straight running to the finish line that there was any real challenge, with the win not really in doubt even though the final margin was only 1.9m. With a mile rate of 1:57.4 and last quarters in 28.5 and 27.8, the win took his tally to 18, with 11 places and total stakes of $126,311.

Three Bears is bred and owned by the Howlett family and trained by Barry Howlett. He is the first foal from Big Blue Eyes who had a very short racing career of 5 races for one win. Big Blue Eyes is out of the good race mare and prolific broodmare Bonnie Blue Eyes (Golden Greek) 1:56.7 12 wins $87,565. Big Blue Eyes is a half sister to No Blue Manna (Mystical Prince) 1:56.6 41 wins $628,157, Black And Blue (Northern Lights) 1:57.2 17 wins $212,495, Baby Blues (Safely Kept) 1:56.3 14 wins and $115,032 and another 6 winners! This is the same family as 2007 WA 2yo of the Year Priscilla Rocks (Courage Under Fire) 1:58.9 $115,710.

Our third winner on the night, starting second favourite from 4 in a small field of 7 over 2536m, Soho Wall Street (Four Starzzz Shark out of Vancelot Lady by Our Sir Vancelot) settled in the breeze position after a steady start. After a lap he went to the lead and although stretching his lead to a clear length in the back straight the last time, he looked under threat from the race favourite. However, fighting back down the straight he went on to win by a neck in a mile rate of 2:00.8. The win took him to just under $88,000 from 8 wins and 18 places. His previous best win was a top class effort in the $25,000 2016 3yo Sales Classic and it was another good result for owner Robert Watson who has done very well recently with 4yo Soho Tribeca.

Bred by Mike Howie, Soho Wall Street is the second foal and second winner from Vancelot Lady 2:00.6 4 wins $40,768. Her unraced dam Homecoming (Talk About Class) produced 4 winners and is a full sister to Impressionist 1:57.9 23 wins and $427,005 in stakes. The family has also produced Arousing (Western Terror) 1:56.6 11 wins $119,663, Loving You (Art Major) 1:55.7 10 wins $97,229, and Pelusiac (Washington VC) 1:53.3 11 wins $96,501.

The last race was a popular win to 6yo gelding Lukey (Major In Art out of Centrefold Angel by Legacy Of Power). Starting from 8 on the front in an 8 horse field is not usually a good start but Lukey didnt read the script. Restrained slightly out of the barrier, Lukey pressed forward in the back straight and settled in the breeze. He remained there and in the run to the finish, he fought on strongly to take the win in the $18,000 M0 event, and survived what would have been a very close protest. The win took him to just over $69,000 from 8 wins and 16 places. 

Lukey is the first foal and an Embryo Transfer foal from very good mare Centrefold Angel 1:55.2 14 wins $237,348. Among her wins was the ,the 2013 $40,000 WASBA Breeders Stakes, the 2010 $35,000 Daintys Daughter Classic and the 2009 2yo fillies $100,000 Diamond Classic. Centrefold Angel is a half sister to Tiffany Twisted (Righteous Hanover) 1:59.9 $20,260 the dam of Bettor Twisted (Bettors Delight) 1:57.4 7 wins $50,380. This is the family of Dr Tom Early's good mare Go Go Gena (Romeo Hanover) which has also produced Village Kid Sprint record holder Formyeyesonly (Pacific Fella) 1:54.3 12 wins $91,774.

THE GREAT AND THE UP AND COMING

(6 January 2017) A big end of year for two reinsmen, with the importance of having a talented drivers reflected in the smiles on the faces of the winning owners.

Coincidentally, the protest against Lukey on 6 January was raised by master reinsman Chris Lewis, who reached his 5000th winner on New Years Eve at Bunbury with a win on the very aptly named Im The Best, owned and trained by Barry Howlett and family. It was the 4th win on that night for Chris, who drove another winner that night for Barry Howlett in Three Bears (who also won on 6 Jan). WA is very lucky to have had the services of Chris since his early days of driving, and there are very many owners and trainers who are grateful that Chris and his family chose to move to WA. 

Chirs drove his first winner at 16 in his then hometown of Adelaide. He is the youngest driver of an Inter Dominion winner when he won in 1976 in Adelaide behind Carclew (trained by his father). Carclew beat our own and the favourite Pure Steel, with a masterly front running drive by Chris. Chris won a second Inter Dominion in 1986 in Brisbane with the legendary Village Kid. Chris first drove at Gloucester Park in June 1976 (in the inaugural Australian Young Drivers Championship). He has won 9 Perth Driver’s Premierships, and driven 52 Group 1 winners including the Inter Dominion, WA Pacing Cup, Fremantle Cup, WA Derby, WA Oaks, WA Golden Slipper Stakes, Australian Pacing Championship, M H Treuer Memorial (NSW), Australian Pacing Gold (Vic), WA Golden Nugget Championship , Bathurst Gold Tiara (NSW), Harold Park Cup (NSW), NSW Miracle Mile. On behalf of the many owners who have watched their horse being successfull with Chris in the cart, thank you. 

At the other end of the scale with a young reinsman in the very early stages of his career, it was a goodbye for a while to young reinsman Stewie McDonald. Stewie has been a terrific young reinsman, and unfortunately a visiting trainer from NSW during the Inter Dominion series spotted his talent and he will now pursue his career in NSW. We wish Stewie all the best and a first up win on WA owned Blazin N Cullen certainly put him on the map for many more drives.

The photo taken after Stewie won on Sir Slick, is the essence of what made him a good reinsman, talent, a ready smile and happy owners.

NEW YEAR WISHES COME TRUE

(30 December 2016) A good night all round, with 5yo mare Bettor Be Supreme (Bettors Delight) winning the $25,000 The Coulson Mares Final and adding to her impressive record. Bettor Be Supreme ran 1:57.3 to win by 9.9m, with last quarters in 28.7 and 27.7. Local breeder Barry Howlett has added to his broodmare band with another nice purchase, which augers well in the future for WA bred horses.

And there were some very happy connections of 8yo gelding Sir Slick (Kinney Hanover out of Slick Chic by Troublemaker) after his win in the C1 to C4 Westbred over 2130m after starting at odds of 80/1. With a very fast lead time, galloping horses including the favourite and lots of action as several runners competed for positions, it took some very smart driving by young Stewie McDonald in one of his last drives in WA before heading off to NSW, driving to go around the galloping horse and ducking back to the rails to be 4 back on the fence. He was well back in the back straight the last time but starting to make up a lot of ground on the front of the field. Coming out of the back straight he was the definite threat. Hitting the front with 100m to go he drew away to win by a very credible 8.4m in 1:57.2. The win took his lifetime stakes to just under $70,000 from 11 wins and 14 places.

Bred by Greg Bond, Sir Slick is a half brother to reigning 3yo Filly of the Year in Dodolicious (Bettors Delight) 1:55.5 15 wins $441,433. Their dam Slick Chic has produced 8 winners from 8 foals, with not surprisingly Dodolicious being the best. Another good winner was Sir Slick's full brother Cuvee Riche (Kinney Hanover) 1:58.6 10 wins $112,125. Slick Chic is a half sister to five winners including Fox Oshaughnessey (Fake Left), 1:53 35 wins $222,324. Slick Chic is from the maternal family of Mosan Derby, brought to WA by Chris Hodgson of Kellett Lodge Stud in the 60s. The family has produced multiple group winners including Golden Nugget winner Sinn Fein (Royal Force) 1:57.9 $247,359 and Sires Produce and Triple Crown winner Race Ruler (Racy Prince).

Making the most of barrier 1 was 6yo gelding The Real Nadal (Real Desire out of Survivor by Live Or Die) in winning the $18,500 Gloucesterpark.com.au Pace. Driven out to hold the lead from barrier 1, with the favourite starting wide in 7, The Real Nadal settled in front and looked to be travelling well for most of the race before the favourite, who had been facing the breeze, moved up to challenge in the back straight. Under threat and actually headed, it was an excellent fightback in the straight with The Real Nadal coming back to take the lead and win by a length, mile rate 1:58.1 last quarters 28.3 and 28.5. The win was his 10th, with 18 places taking his stakes to $72,606.

Bred, owned and trained by David Young, The Real Nadal is a half brother to Group 1 winner Bethany Aitch (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:57.4 $95,954. They are the only two foals from their dam Survivor who was a handy race mare, winning 6 races in Victoria and WA. Survivor was bred in NZ and is one of 4 foals from her dam Koau Jodie (Knowing Bret) that raced in Australia, with 3 winning.

Starting from 6 on the front and at long odds in the betting, 7yo gelding Firebomb (Elsu out of Be Free by Torado Hanover) returned to the winners list with a stout win in the $21,000 TabTouch Pacing Cup Fireworks Night Pace for M1 to M3 class over 2130m. Firebomb was restrained out of the barrier after the leaders went out hard from the barrier. With 1200m to go he went forward to the breeze position, holding that position until leaving the back straight the last time and fighting for the lead well into the straight before grabbing the win near the line to win by a neck from the fast finishing Indomitable with the favourite and race leader in third. The win took Firebomb's stakes to just under $158,000 from 17 wins and 17 places. He has been a very rugular earner and his wins have included the 2015 $30,000 Avon Waste York Cup.XX

Firebomb, bred by Colleen Lindsay, is the fifth winner and highest stake earner from the unraced mare Be Free, who is out of the good racemare and outstanding broodmare Larrakeyah Lady (Windshield Wiper) 2:02.5 11 wins and $78,131. Larrakeyah Lady is the dam of the winners of over $2 million including Safe And Sound (Safely Kept) 1:57, 33 wins and $995,606, Massaarua (Armbro Operative) 1:55.8 42 wins $282,692, Gold Rocket (Armbro Operative) 1:51.0  36 wins $393,387,  The Good Times (Live Or Die) 1:54.4 17 wins $201,024. She is also the dam of Dreams (Whats Next) - winner and granddam of Inters contender Exciteusinthecity (Metropolitan) 1:52.9 $336,107, unraced mare Lifeline (Classic Garry) dam of winners of nearly $450,000 and granddam of Beauty Secret (Armbro Operative) 1:52.4 24 wins $425,921 and Major Secret (Art Major) 1:55.1 20 wins and $411,172. There are numerous other good winners in this family.

With several runners going hard out of the barrier and a fast lead time of 36.4, 7yo gelding El Sunami (Elsu out of Tropical Sky by Panorama) settled 3 back on the fence from his barrier 10, and was racing comfortably with the pace of the race slowing. In the back straight the last time the field spilt as horses tired. El Sunami, who was travelling a treat, switched to the outside and coming four wide into the straight he quickly established a lead and went on to win the Happy New Year Westbred C1 to C4 by 7.2m in 1:59.6.

Bred and owned by Danielle Maguire, El Sunami is the second foal and first winner from his dam Tropical Sky, who is a winning full or half sister to 5 other winners including Ladybird (Panorama) 1:58.5 14 wins $109,030.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS

(23 December 2016) Some great Christmas presents for some very lucky winners this week.

A great return to racing by 5yo gelding Bettor Reward (Bettors Delight out of Chemical Romance by Northern Luck), winning the C5 to C9 Westbred over 2130m. Bettor Reward went forward out of the barrier from 4 without any real haste and had the breeze position with two laps to go. From there he moved forward in the back straight to take over as race leader. The race was then run at an even rate and Bettor Reward held the lead to win by 2.1m in 1:57, last quarters 29.6 and 28.2. Bettor Reward, who started his career with 6 straight wins and last started 9 months ago, now has the very impressive figures of 9 wins and 3 places from only 15 career starts. His wins have included a stunning victory in the Group 2 $50,000 4yo Championship and the Group 1 3yo Westbred Classic, with his total stakes now $157,135. An excellent return on the $24,000 purchase price at the 2014 Gloucester Standardbreds WA Yearling Sale (APG will run the 2017 sale).

Chemical Romance, the dam of Bettor Reward, has produced 2 other winners including Destined To Rule (Shadow Play) 4 wins $39,680. Chemical Romance is a half sister to 7 winners including WA Derby winner Trunkey Maseratti (Wellwood Hanover) 1:56.4, 22 wins and $273,457. Her dam Ferrari Trunkey (Tarcoola Frost) 22 wins 1:56.6 and $267,527 was a top flight mare with wins including the WA Oaks, Breeders Stakes, Silver Bracelet and other Group races. Ferrari Trunkey was 23 when she foaled Chemical Romance, whose racing career consisted of just 3 starts. Celevale Trunkey (Massie), the dam of Ferrari Trunkey, produced 9 winners including Ferrari Trunkey’s full brother Trunkey Jaguar 1:59.4 26 wins $142,526.

Showing plenty of gate speed, 6yo mare Mon Lillies (Artesian out of Mon Poppies by Safely Kept) burned to the front from barrier 6 and held off the early challenges on her way to winning the $20,000 M0 to M2 Mares Pace. Having held the front, with a fast lead time in 36.2 and 1st quarter in 28.7, Mon Lillies was all heart and with seven across the track for the run home, she fought back and held on to win by 1.9m in 1:57.8, the second quarter being the fastest for the race. It was a very feisty performance from Mon Lillies, and all credit to trainer and part owner Jim Sortras. Bred by Dale Monson, Mon Lillies now has 9 wins and 13 places for just over $78,000.

Mon Poppies (Safely Kept) 1:57.7 10 wins $88,350, the dam of Mon Lillies (both bred by Dale) was a quality race mare who unfortunately has had no luck at stud, with Mon Lillies the only surviving foal. The dam of Mon Poppies is Mon Arki (Double Wipe) 1:58.6 7 wins $26,508 who produced 4 winners and is a daughter of the unraced Lombo Serang (Whats Next).  Lombo Serange produced 4 other winners including Silknsatin Lombo (Northern Lights) 2:00.3 $24,785 and dam of Real Smooth Lombo (Parsons Den) 1:58.2 13 wins $94,619 and Silky (Modern Art) 1:57.5, 7 wins for $31,667; and Boschetti Lombo (Chandon) 2:02.3 $21,655 the dam of Lady Julie Lombo (Million To One) 1:59.3 11 wins  $89,499. Lady Julie Lombo is the dam of Lombo Ranmiles (Saab) 1:52.0 19 wins for $116,797, Magic Moment Lombo (Lombo Pocket Watch) 1:57.4 11 wins and $84,182 and Fours Enuf Tas (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:55.2 with 18 wins and  $107,919.

Another one starting from 6 on the front line and well liked in the betting, 5yo gelding Eric James (Heartland Hanover out of Golden Whisper by Gold Glover) settled third last before some early movers left him with only one runner behind him. With 1½ laps to go he made a strong forward move three wide to obtain the breeze position and after another half lap he raced to the lead. Putting a bit more space between himself and the field in the back straight Eric James was able to withstand some late challenges in the run home and win the $18,000 Proof The Band Live on NYE Pace for M0. It was a good performance from Eric James over the 2536m mobile, winning by 2.3m in a mile rate of 2:00.5. Eric James has now won just over $30,000 from 3 wins and 6 places, with this being his biggest win.

Eric James is the only foal from his lightly raced dam Golden Whisper (Gold Glover), who is a full sister to Tate Gully Road 2:02.9 $55,333. Their race winning dam Royal Sovereign (Orange Sovereign) is a daughter of True Rhapsody (Hilarion), the half sister to 1993 Lord Mayors Cup winner Desert Patrol (Pure Steel)  2:01.7 19 wins $59,161. The granddam of True Rhapsody is the Welsh mare Josie Nandina, imported to WA in the 70s.

SOME OLD, SOME NEW

(16 December 2016)  With the Inters done it was a chance for a few different horses to show their wares, including one who was nominated for the Inters but didnt make the final 30. And the night saw the return to racing of a true millionaire and our own WA bred gelding in David Hercules (Artesian) after an absence of 17 months. David was doing so well in the paddock after being retired that he has been able to come back to racing.

A great return to the winners list in a quality field of 9, 5yo entire Mynameskenny (Village Jolt out of Sandys Success by Barnett Hanover) from barrier 6 in the $23,000 Tabtouch Pace for M0 and better pacers, settled in the dream position of one out one back and was always looking good from there. With just over a lap to go David Hercules, in his first race since sustaining an injury in July 2015, took off three wide to challenge the front runners. Entering the turn out of the back straight and with “David” tiring, Mynameskenny moved three wide and quickly gathered in the leaders once they straightened for the run home. Mynameskenny went on to win the by 3.9m in 1:56.9, last quarters in 28.2 and 28.3. Bred by Glen Ross, Mynameskenny  now has earnings of $160,495 from 21 wins and 6 places from only 40 starts and looks to have a great future in open company.

He is out of an unraced dam in Sandys Success, with Sandys Success and the dam of Smokey The Bandit both being out of unraced Barnett Hanover mares. Sandys Success has only 2 foals, both winners with Lightning Jolt (full brother to Mynameskenny) being her other winner with 7 wins and $67,375 in stakes. Spring Token (Crouch), the dam of Sandys Success is a half sister to Pamper (Parsons Den) 1:57.3 $80,330, and belongs to the maternal family of outstanding broodmare Minerva Reef (Surmo Hanover) who produced 11 individual winners.  Other top winners in this family include Lombo Navigator (Million To One) 1:53.3, 24 wins $554,522 stakes, multiple Group 1 winner Barynya (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.8 19 wins $332,826. Minerva Reef is in fact part of the great New Zealand maternal family of Nell Grattan. Descendants through her daughter Tactics (Light Brigade) include NZ champion racehorse and sire Noodlum (Bachelor Hanover), One Dream (Dream Away) 1:56.7 18 wins  $846,467, Some Kinda Tactics (Dream Away) 1:53.3 36 wins $254,684, Why Live Dangerously (Live Or Die) 1:56.6 11 wins $215,366, Flamin Tact (Dream Away) 1:56.6 20 wins $216,910, Tactical Dreamer (Dream Away) 1:55.4 21 wins $197,121 and Tact Hayleys Delight (Bettors Delight) 1:52.2 14 wins $261,976 stakes.

With three starts in Kalgoorlie over October and November in stands, it was a welcome return to the winners list for 8yo gelding Raymon John (Northern Luck out of Chilli Waters by Chill Factor) Stepped out from barrier 1 at nice odds of 8/1 and held the lead in a fairly slow lead time. The race proceeded at a steady rate with even quarters and the back straight the last time saw the first moves. However, Raymon John still had the front coming out of the back straight and was a length in front with a 100m to go. Running over th final quarter in 28.4 he duly won the $18,000 International Animal Health Pace over 2130m by 2.5m in a mile rate of 2:00 flat. It was a real family affair with owner Madeleine, trainer Kim and driver Jocelyn Young. The win took Raymon John to just over $95,000 from 14 wins and 10 places.

Raymon John is the first foal from his race winning dam Chilli Waters, with both bred by Ray and PJ Grantham. Chilli Waters is a half sister out of Cool Waters (Whats Next) 1:58 4 wins to the good winner Village Hero (Village Jasper) 1:56.1 16 wins $182,133 who in 2007 won both the August Cup and Pinjarra Cup. He also won the Italian Cup at Harvey and was 4th in the Golden Nugget in 2004, driven in many of his races by Kim Young. Cool Waters is a full sister to The Final Word 1:55.7 19 wins and $138,407 and 3 other winners including the grand dam of Astra Boy (Village Jasper) 1:57 7 wins and $51,827.

Showing speed out of the barrier and with the advantage of barrier 1, 4yo gelding Mister Versace (Bettors Delight out of Prix De Whitby by Life Sign) held the lead and went on to win the C1-C4 Westbred Pace comfortably by 6.6m in 1:59.4. Running sedate early quarters, the odds on favourite then sped over the final quarters in 28.8 and 27.4 to put the result out of reach of the field. Bred by Ed Dewar, C Plabou and W Grimm and trained and part owned by Annie Belton, the win was the third for the lightly raced Mister Versace, with lifetime stakes of $25,763.

Mister Versace is the first foal from the winning race mare Prix De Whitby 2:01.5 $30,934, who was bred and raced by Ed Dewar. Whitbys Merit 2:00.3 $168,598, the dam of Prix De Whitby, was a top race mare winning the Group 1 Pearl, the Champagne Classic, the Group 1 Golden Slipper and 3rd in the Bathurst Gold Tiara. She retired due to injury as a 3yo after winning 10 of her first 12 starts and went on as a broodmare and produced 11 winners from 13 live foals including Aikido Whitby (Life Sign) 1:55.2 1:55.2, 21 wins and $270,328, and Victorian Oaks, WA 3yo Sales Classic and WA Sires Series winner Montana Anna (Mystical Prince) 1:59 13 wins $230,863. Whitbys Merit is herself a daughter of the phenomenal Remit

THE 2016 INTER DOMINION

 (25 November - 9 December 2016) Well the Inters is over for another year and some terrific racing by some exceptional horses. Quite a different series to last year with no real "underdog" this year like Devendra and Lovers Delight were last year (Devendra is recovering from injury and Lovers Delight has been retired due to injury). This year was also characterised by withdrawals during the series, and the very unlucky withdrawal of Lennytheshark on the eve of the grand final. A wise move to ensure he can come back in top form once he has recovered from the injury.

Last things first, it was a great Final with probable crowd favourite and warhorse Smolda prevailing and showing just what a tought horse he was to lead the three wide line with 1000m to go with Hectorjayjay right behind him. Up until then Smolda (from barrier 7 and Hectorjayjay (barrier 9) were at the back of the field. Smolda has shown phenomenal ability over the stayers' distance and this was no exception. Credit to Hectorjayjay as well for putting up such a great effort to run second, with WA trained Beaudiene Boaz running a good race to finish third. The mile rate set by Smolda of 1:55.8 was a new track record for the 2936m distance.

Going into the final the points tally for the final field of 10 was Hectorjayjay (VIC) 42 – 1; Run Oneover NZ (WA) 39 – 2; Smolda (NZ) 34 – 3; Lennytheshark (VIC) 32 – 4; Beaudiene Boaz NZ (WA) 29 – 5; Bettors Fire NZ (WA) 29 – 5; Bling It On (NSW) 29 – 5; John Of Arc NZ (WA) 29 – 5; Our Jericho NZ (WA) 25 – 9;  Franco Nelson NZ (NZ) 21- 10. Then followed The Bucket List NZ (WA) 20 -11 who got a start with the Lennytheshark scratching, and emergencies Ultimate Art (NSW) 19- 12th and Our Jimmy Johnstone NZ (WA) 19- 12th on points.

Of interest was the influence of former NZ base US sire In The Pocket (by Direct Scooter out of a Tar Heel dam and a Meadow Skipper grandam) on the make up of the final field. In The Pocket is the sire of Courage Under Fire (sire of Smolda and John Of Arc), Changeover (sire of Run Oneover), Christian Cullen (sire of Franco Nelson, The Bucket List and sire of sire of Our Jericho). In The Pocket is also the sire of the dam of Beaudiene Boaz.

Also featuring on Inters Final night was RWWA's Off The Track (Sharon Joyce) program with a first in Australia with retired standardbreds leading out the Inter Dominion field. With increasing recognition of the importance of this program in Australia, it was good to see a WA first.

The favourites generally prevailing in the Inters Heats. There was also some excellent performances from visiting 4yo mare A Picadilly Princess (Bettors Delight), 5yo mare Major Reality (to win the $50,000 Norms Daughter Classic), Natural Disaster (Shadow Play) to run 3rd to Chicago Bull in the $125,000 4yo Classic), and our own WA horse Major Rush (Art Major). A small but select field stepped out in the Parliamentarians Cup with Ideal Alice (American Ideal) winning.

First round Inters Heats were brilliantly won by returning 2015 winner Lennytheshark, WA trained Bettors Fire and Lenny's stablemate Hectorjayjay, with the standout being Hectorjayjay. On night 2 at Bunbury, there were some more top winning performances, with all winners Run Oneover, Bling It On and repeat winner Hectorjayjay all dominating runs. Heat night 3 produced wins for Run Oneover, Smolda and Hectorjayjay made it 3 out of 3

Some interesting statistics to go with the first four placegetters in each of the Heats:

Heat winners were sired by Four Starzzz Shark (Lennytheshark), Bettors Delight (Bettors Fire), American Ideal (Bling It On), Courage Under Fire (Smolda), Changeover (Run Oneover) and Dream Away (Hectorjayjay). Three of these sires are available for less than $4,000. The dam of Bling It On was unraced. The dams of two of the heat winners were race winners earning less than $35,000 (Botswana dam of Lennytheshark and Sheer Finesse dam of Hectorjayjay). The dam of Run Oneover won a credible $62,000 and the dam of Smolda won 17 times and $105,000. In contrast, the dam of Bettors Fire was a standout race mare who won over $500,000.

The fastest time run by Hectorjayjay as a winning 2yo was 1:58.3, with earnings of $37,775. At 3 his best winning time was 1:57.5 and he won 9 races and $59,833. He did not run a fast time until a 4yo. Look where he is now!

Placegetters were sired by Badlands Hanover (Beaudiene Boaz), Christian Cullen (Franco Nelson), Courage Under Fire (Smolda and John Of Arc), Elsu (Simply Susational), Jeremes Jet (Phoenix Warrior), Modern Art (Ultimate Art), P Forty Seven (Our Jimmy Johnstone), Tomahawk (Our Jericho) and Washington V C (Freyberg and Waylade). All except Courage Under Fire ($5500) and Christian Cullen have a service fee under $4,000, with some under $2,500. P Forty Seven stands in Western Australia. Tomahawk is a skewbald with 3 winners from 56 live foals.

The dam of Beaudiene Boaz had only one race start, the dam of John Of Arc never raced. The dams of Our Jericho and Waylade raced but were non winners.The dams of Franco Nelson, Freyberg, Our Jimmy Johnstone, Phoenix Warrior, Simply Susational and Ultimate Art were race winners of less than $9,000.

WHAT ELSE HAPPENED DURING THE INTERS!

(25 Nov to 9 Dec 2016) There was also some excellent performances from visiting 4yo mare A Picadilly Princess (Bettors Delight), 5yo mare Major Reality (Art Major) (to win the $50,000 Norms Daughter Classic), Natural Disaster (Shadow Play) to run 3rd to Chicago Bull in the $125,000 4yo Classic), and Mr Mojito (Real Desire) made the trip from Addington worthwhile with a good win in the $50,000 4yo Championship. A small but select field stepped out in the Parliamentarians Cup with Ideal Alice (American Ideal) winning. In the $125,000 Mares Classic The Parade (Real Desire) beat her stablemate Major Reality giving trainer Justin Prentice a quinella. And owner breeder Robert Watson was a very worthy winner of the $200,000 Golden Nugget for 4yos with his top class visiting entire Soho Tribeca (American Ideal) winning in a very strong performance.

(9 Dec) What a top performance in the $50,000 San Simeon by locally bred horse Master Jaxon, along with a top training and driving effort.! Starting favourite in the Group 2 event, 5yo entire Master Jaxon (Cams Fool out of Kenzie May Belle by Orleans) settled 2 back in the moving line from his barrier 11. With two laps to go driver Stuart McDonald showed confidence and moved forward to take the breeze position. With the speed going on in the back straight the last time and the leader crumbling, Master Jaxon swooped and took the lead. Breaking away into the turn, he was able to comfortably hold out a challenge and win the 2016 $50,000 San Simeon by 2.3m with a further 7.6m to third. Bred and raced by John Bell, and with new trainer David Hunter this campaign, this was his fifth win in a row and his seventh for the season. The race was run in a very good time of 1:56.3, a lifetime best for Master Jaxon, with 3rd and 4th quarter in 28.1. His stakes tally has raced up to $128,806 from 17 wins and 12 places.

In top form this season after a solid last season, Master Jaxon (Cams Fool out of Kenzie May Belle by Orleans) got to the final by winning Heat 2 of the San Simeon at Bunbury. He started favourite despite the awkward draw of 4 on the back row. Dropping back from the barrier, he settled second last in the two wide line before making a forward move with a lap and a half to go and was in the breeze at the bell. Travelling strongly he raced up and shot to the front entering the home straight and went on to win the Heat by 10.7m in a mile rate of 1:56.7, last quarter 28.3.

Bred and raced by John Bell, Master Jaxon is sired by a WA based sire and his dam Kenzie May Belle is also by a WA based sire. Kenzie May Belle had 7 starts for 4 places, and is a half sister to Danieljohn (Blissfull Hall) 1:56.1, 22 wins and $238,832. Danieljohn has been an excellent performer with wins including Harvey Cup and Italian Sprint, and the 2015 XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Boulder Pacing Cup. Coincidentally he also won the $50,000 San Simeon, in 2013!

There aren’t many winners in this female line but that doesn’t actually matter when two progeny in the family can win nearly $370,000 and both are still racing. Kenzie May Belle is a daughter of Aussie Evita (Armbro Aussie) 2:01.8 8 wins $17,975 and a sister to one other winner.

(29 Nov) Stepping out in race 1 of the inters heat night at Bunbury, 7yo gelding Captain Proud (Riverboat King out of Pocket Time by In The Pocket) started from barrier 1 and settled behind the race leader. Coming up to the turn out of the back straight the last time he was running fourth, still tucked away. As they straightened for the run to the line, and with the sprint lane not in operation, he was able to burst through on the inside of the rails horse who had shifted out slightly under pressure.  He went on to win the $19,000 Retravision Pace for M0-M1 by 1.9m in a mile rate of 1:58.7. Bred by brothers Barry and Geoff Bennetts, but now part owned by his trainer Kym Neal, Captain Proud started in September 2016 for the first time in 15 months and this was his biggest career win. He now has 10 wins and 27 places for $92,471 in stakes.

Captain Proud is the fourth winner from his dam Pocket Time (raced by Barry and Geoff), who has also produced good racemare Moment In Time (Troublemaker) 1:56.3 19 wins and $188,378 including the Group 1 Australian Oaks and WA Golden Girls Mile. 

(25 Nov) A great finish in the M1 or better $19,000 International Animal Health Products Stand over 2503m saw 6yo entire Major Rush (Art Major out of Windsong by Northern Lights) win by 2.6m in a mile rate of 2:00.1, last quarters 28.4 and 28.9. With a very speedy start to the stand, Major Rush settled third on the rails from his barrier 5. With the race run at a fairly solid pace, the field split in two in the back straight the last time and Major Rush was able to move out three wide to make a run. Approaching the final turn he was three wide and a close third but with 50m to go he had dashed past the favourite to take the lead. Bred and owned by Graham and Wendy and trained by Graham, the win was his 8th and with only 3 months of this season he has earned almost $25,000 from 3 wins and 3 places from 6 starts. His lifetime figures includes 20 places and total stakes of $72,032.

Windsong 2:00.1 2 wins $13,519, the dam of Major Rush, is a daughter of Cerebrano (Lordship) and is a half sister to 10 winners including Innocent Eyes (Safely Kept) 1:57.6 18 wins $421,875 and Shes Innocent (D M Dilinger) . Wins by Innocent Eyes include Group 1 events in the Victorian Oaks, the Australian Oaks, the $100,000 Vicbred Super Series 4yo Mares Final and the $200,000 Chariots of Fire. Demonstrating the vagaries of breeding, Shes Innocent was less successful on the track but has produced 2 winners from 2 foals of racing age including Restrepo (Art Major) 1:52.4 1:52.4 $527,118 winner of multiple group races including the Group 1 Coca Cola Sprint and the Group 1 Ballarat Cup.

INTERS ALMOST HERE!

(18 November 16) An exciting night of racing leading up to next week’s Inters First round heats with some star acts from the girls Bettor Be Supreme, Ideal Alice and My Samantha Jane and top performances from some of our WA bred horses.

The night started well with 8yo gelding Trustytrev (Franco Terminator out of The Link by Hilarion) showing the way in the C1 to C4 Westbred over 2130m. Trustrytrev started fairly short in the betting from barrier 1 and proved too hard to catch after going straight to the front. Running 1:58.7 for the distance with last quarters 28.6 and 27.7, it was a great thrill for the Mills family, who bred and race the gelding trained by Chris Feast. The win was the 10th for Trustytrev, taking him to over $61,000.

Trustytrev is the 2nd winner from his dam The Link, a winning full or half sister to 6 other winners including Tahitian Dancer (Boyden Hanover) 2:00.5 5 wins and $40,787. Tahitian Dancer is a half sister  to 5 winners including Nimble Franco (Neros B B) dam of Alfeido (Albert Albert) 1:57.7 29 wins $119,416  and 3 other winners.

Stepping up in class was no worry for $23,000 Golden Nugget Prelude winner and 4yo gelding Natural Disaster (Shadow Play out of Lucrative Kate by Armbro Operative) Starting from barrier 1 as favourite, Natural Disaster won his second race from 3 starts this season in a noteworthy performance after going straight to the front from the barrier. Running even quarters and then sprinting over the final quarters in 27.9 and 27.4, the win was by an impressive 7m and in a mile rate of 1:55.5. The lightly raced Natural Disaster, bred and owned by Rob Tomlinson's Oz-West Pacing syndicate, now has just over $47,000 from 4 wins and 5 places.

Natural Disaster is the 3rd foal and first winner from three times winner Lucrative Kate. Lucrative Lady (Embrace Me) 2:00.3 $23,446 the dam of Lucrative Kate, produced 3 other winners and is a daughter of Rosewood Pace (Mark Lobell). Rosewood Pace produced 12 foals for 10 winners including Hy Falutin (Troublemaker) 1:55.9, 18 wins  $135,833 and Fair Dinkum Lombo (Christian Cullen 1:58.6, 13 wins $71,106.

Lombo Serang (Whats Next) an unraced daughter of Rosewood Pace, produced 5 winners including Silknsatin Lombo (Northern Lights) 2:00.3 $24,785 and dam of Real Smooth Lombo (Parsons Den) 1:58.2 13 wins $94,619 and Silky (Modern Art) 1:57.5, 7 wins for $31,667; Boschetti Lombo (Chandon) 2:02.3 $21,655 the dam of Lady Julie Lombo (Million To One) 1:59.3 11 wins  $89,499 and Mon Arki (Double Wipe) 1:58.6 7 wins $26,508 who in turn is the dam of Mon Poppies (Safely Kept)1:57.7 10 wins $88,350. Lady Julie Lombo is the dam of Lombo Ranmiles (Saab) 1:52.0 19 wins for $116,797, Magic Moment Lombo (Lombo Pocket Watch) 1:57.4 11 wins and $84,182 and Fours Enuf Tas (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:55.2 with 18 wins and  $107,919. Mon Poppies is the dam of Mon Lillies (Artesian) 1:54.7 8 wins and $63,225.

The main race of the night was an exciting affair with some Inters candidates burning out of the barrier in an attempt to get the race lead. This set the race up for sweepers and with Smokey The Bandit (Jet Laag out of Cheers For All by Barnett Hanover) settling one out two back from barrier 3, he didn’t let his supporters down. Following a three wide move coming out of the back straight, he was running on and looking a definite threat. Four wide entering the straight he raced up to the leaders to go on and win the $23,000 Pat Cranley Memorial by 2m in his lifetime best mile rate of 1:55.5, last quarters 28.4 even. It was a worthy win for a very worthy event, named after harness enthusiast Dr Pat Cranley who was the racecourse doctor for Gloucester Park over a long period of time and dedicated much of his time to the community.

Bred by Pat and Ron Borg, the Smokey “family” of Ash Markham (driver) Michael Callegari (trainer) and owners Rohan Baillie and Michael, it was a just reward for a very popular horse. Purchased by Michael and Rohan for a mere $2000 at the 2011 Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale, Smokey The Bandit has now won $283,693 from 20 wins and 35 places including a win in the $50,000 Nights Of Thunder as a 4yo and a second in the 2013 $175,000 Golden Nugget.

Smokey The Bandit is the only foal from his dam Cheers For All, who in turn is the only filly from her unraced dam Viognier (Albert Albert). Viognier is a half sister to Ridge (Stoneridge Scooter) 1:53.0 45 wins  $232,355 and this is the maternal family of Light Scotch (Light Brigade) and full sister Light Paree. This family has produced abundant winners including Summer Honey (dam of Hilarion Star 1:56.2 $398,394 and Flashing Star 1:56.8 $352,888), Ameretto (Million Dollar Cam) 1:51.4 $231,473; Elysees Crest (Troublemaker) 1:59.3 23 wins $228,290; Lombo La Paree (Classic Garry) dam of Lombo La Fe Fe (Troublemaker)1:57.1 $654,493.

Last but not least was 9yo gelding Kiss Chasey (Yankee Sensation out of Hello Boys by Crouch). After a break from racing of almost 2 years, Kiss Chasey was beautifully prepared by owner Debra Lewis for his return to racing in September 2016, and duly won. Eleven weeks after resuming racing, Kiss Chasey started favourite from barrier 8 and after restraining early, took off 3 wide to take the breeze position once the field settled.  Heading to the 400m, Kiss Chasey dashed to the lead and despite 2 runners flashing home late, Kiss Chasey won the $21,000 Superpick Tabtouch Pace by 2.6m in 1:57.3, last quarters in 28.3 and 29.8. Bred by Paul Webster, the win took Kiss Chasey to $146,358 from 16 wins and 25 places. 

Kiss Chasey is one of 5 winners produced by Hello Boys, who was a very good race filly/mare, winning 12 races and 17 places for stakes of $89,541. She is a daughter of Boom Or Bust (Kawartha Robust) and is a half sister to top race mare Party Date (Panorama) 1:56, 25 wins  (including the Ladyship Mile at Moonee Valley) and $256,003, Red Hot Date (Village Jasper)1:56.5 12 wins $99,730  and 4 other winners. Party Date is the dam of Bettor Party (Bettors Delight) 1:54 19 wins $183,232 and Rocknroll Whitby (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:57.2 7 wins $109,332. Boom Or Bust is a winning half sister to 6 other winners, and is out of Boom Boom Baby (Pure Steel) who in turn is a half sister to Dripping Diamonds (Maple Lanes Strike) the dam of Golden Goddess (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 29 wins $258,906 and Golden Gears (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 25 wins $336,466.

REMEMBRANCE DAY

 (11 November 16) On a day when we remember the sacrifices of the past, it is worth stopping to think about the choices we can make and the lifestyle we can lead as a result of those sacrifices. Not just the people who lost their lives or where injured, but also their families and the future they gave up. Many of our standardbreds also appeared on the battlefront, and didnt return.

The best two 4yo mares in WA stepped out and in their respective events and both took the honours against good fields.

Popping up once again was, yes, 4yo mare Sheer Rocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover out of Sheer Royalty by Parsons Den), this time in the C5 to C9 Westbred Pace against some fairly solid opposition. Going straight to the front from barrier 1, the lead time was a dawdle of 40 seconds. However, the speed went on in the third quarter with a 27 flat, making the result look to be beyond the chasers. Sheer Rocknroll went on to win by 7.6m with a last quarter of 28.4, last half 55.4 and mile rate 1:57. The win took her to $72,464 from her last 10 starts, and lifetime stakes of $173,522.

Making it 2 from 2 this season, 4yo mare Dodolicious (Bettors Delight out of Slick Chic by Troublemaker) competed against a top field of mares in the $21,000 Itzstein Mares Pace for M0-M3 class over 2130m. As expected, she started favourite but from barrier 5 had to settle for the breeze position in a fairly fast lead time. Bred owned and trained by the Bond team of Greg and Skye, this brilliant WA bred mare made her claim for the race in the back straight the last time, moving from the breeze position to take the race lead. With a 27.8 third quarter and a last quarter of 28.7, it was certainly a good effort and although tiring slightly she held on to win by 1.5m in a slick 1:55.5, equalling her lifetime best mark. This took her stakes to $431,683 from only two and a bit seasons of racing. Greg and Skye must be looking forward to the racing career of Dodolicious’s full brother, born in September this year.

WIN WIN WIN

 (4 November 16) You can never have too many wins. That was evident with another win for breeder/owner Allwood Stud Farm and nicely bred 4yo mare Sheer Rocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover out of Sheer Royalty by Parsons Den). Sheer Rocknroll stepped out from barrier 3 as second favourite and had to settle for the breeze position for the duration, with the race favourite stepping out from 1 and holding the leader’s role.

It was an exceptionally good effort by Sheer Rocknroll over the 2536m journey, drawing away at one stage in the back straight but having to fight hard to hold that position and eventually win, with the favourite fighting back and a late challenger (the mare sitting behind the race leader) grabbing second place on the line. The third quarter was run in 27.5 and the mile rate was 1:58.4 in the $18,000 Mares M0 event. It was her 5th consecutive win from 6 starts this season, and took her stakes to $167,997.

With 16 wins and a best mile rate of 1:55.9, Sheer Rocknroll looks well on the way to emulating the success of her dam Sheer Royalty, who won 9 races and $248,904 with a lifetime best of 1:55.7

A great result for Donald Harper in the C1 to C4 Westbred Pace with the win by 4yo gelding Thereugo (McArdle out of Janice Franco by Live Or Die) A family affair, with Donald being owner breeder and Kyle Harper the trainer driver.  Thereugo speared across from barrier 8 to get the front, then slowed to a leisurely pace of 38.1 for the lead time. With even quarters to follow, it left the last quarter to be the test and running 27.8 it was between Thereugo and the breeze horse New World Order to fight out the finish, with the closest of margins going to Thereugo. The win was his third for the season and his 5th overall, with stakes of just under $26,000.

Don Harper trained and owned Thereugo’s dam Janice Franco for part of her career, so it was no doubt a very rewarding win.

Janice Franco was more than just a handy mare, winning $76,782 in her career. Thereugo is her first foal. Janice Franco is a half sister to 3 other winners including Franco Jonquill (Falcon Seelster)1:52.6 11 wins and $107,601 in stakes.What a terrific night for the girls.! Some great racing and driving on the night, and really a girls night.

ITS GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS

 (28 October 16) What a terrific night for the girls.! Some great racing and driving on the night, and really a girls night. The mare Hidden Bad again producing the goods, 5yo mare and Inter Dominion candidate Tricky Styx beating Inters hopeful Beaudiene Boaz in a strong display, Dodolicious returning in winning form, Sheer Rocknroll continuing her winning form and top drives by juniors Jocelyn Young (a metro double) and Maddison Brown produced some special results.

Returning to racing for the first time this season, 4yo mare Dodolicious (Bettors Delight out of Slick Chic by Troublemaker) made it 1 from 1 with a win in the $18,500 Tabtouch Inter Dominion Barrier Draw Pace for M0 class over 2130m. Bred, owned and trained by Greg and Skye Bond, Dodolicious understandably started favourite from barrier 2 and duly led for the race, running 1:56.4 for the journey with a final quarter in 27.6. With this her 14th win, her stakes are now $417,823.

Dodolicious is our reigning 3yo Filly of the Year, and her dam Slick Chic is our current Broodmare of the Year, with 8 foals 2yo and over for 8 winners, and overall progeny statistics to end of August, 52 wins, 110 places $710,519.

With the advantage of barrier 1 Sheer Rocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover out of Sheer Royalty by Parsons Den) again started favourite and again produced the goods, winning by 1.9m in 1:56.7 in the Westbred Pace for C5 to C9 class. This time the 3rd quarter was the super slick quarter in 27.4, with the last half in 56.3. Hard to fault this form, with Sheer Rocknroll now having 4 wins in a row and 7 from her last 8 for owner breeder Bob Fowler of Allwood Stud Farm!. Her stakes are now just over $156,000, and she has $5,000 in Epona Credits for her stud career.

GIRLS ON A ROLL

 (21 October 16) The night was characterised by great wins from the girls, with Hidden Bad (Badlands Hanover) in great form, winning an M0-M2 in 1:55.9 over 2130m and Libertybelle Midfrew (Christian Cullen) taken out the $50,000 Mount Eden Pace in 1:54.3 over 2130m (previously the iconic Mount Eden Sprint over 1730m). The night was also produced a wlcome change of luck for some connections.

Returning to the winners list after 15 months, 8yo gelding Red Salute (Life Sign out of Gold Stature by Stature) put in a top effort to win the $20,000 Clipsal By Schneider Electric Pace for M2 over 2130m. Using a claim for junior driver Stewie McDonald, Red Salute began fast from barrier 4 and raced to the lead with the race favourite sitting behind. With the three wide line forming with a lap to go, Red Salute rated through the third quarter in a snappy 28 flat. With a 100 to go he was clear of the field and went on to win by 1.9m in 1:56.1, with the last quarter in 27.2 making it difficult for the chasers.

Bred by Jeanine Diederich and raced by Jeanine, Denise Trobe and Adrian Staltari, the win took Red Salute to $222,999 from 17 wins and 19 places. Red Salute is the 4th foal and second winner from Gold Stature, who won over $60,000 from 14 wins and 28 places in her career. Gold Stature is a full or half sister to 5 other winners including Gold Status (Stature) 2:01.5 10 wins 22 places $57,325.

Also returning to the winners list was 6yo gelding Tanaka Eagle (Elsu out of Miss Tanaka by Badlands Hanover) Tanaka Eagle settled one out one back after starting at long odds from barrier 3 in the Westral Pace for C5-C9 class. After a mid race change in race leader, Tanaka Eagle still held the same position until entering the back straight the last time where he moved around the tiring breeze horse to chase down the leader. Coming out of the back straight he was looking the winner and hit the front at the 100m mark to come away in the end, winning by 5.9m in 1:56.4. Bred by Total Strategy, the win was his 13th. Along with 31 places his lifetime stakes is just under $110,000.

Tanaka Eagle is the first foal out of the unraced Miss Tanaka who is a half sister to Lockinver (Mach Three) 1:54.1 21 wins $243,910. Electrify (Holmes Hanover), the granddam of Tanaka Eagle, is a half sister to Dreamy Atom (Sokys Atom) who in turn is the dam of Western Dream (Badlands Hanover) 1:56.3 14 wins $334,987 the dam of Western Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:55.6 19 wins $447,536. Dreamy Atom is also the dam of Happy Dreamer (Son Of Afella) and Dream Royale (Beach Towel) 1:53.6 22 wins $145,068. Happy Dreamer is the granddam of Heza Bromac (Rob Roy Mattgregor) 1:52.1, and Dream Royale is the dam of Soho Lennon (Mach Three) 1:53.0 20 wins and $238,677 in stakes.

Starting short priced favourite in the Retravision Westbred Pace for C1 to C4 class, 4yo mare Sheer Rocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover out of Sheer Royalty by Parsons Den) didn’t let her backers down with another nice win. Starting from 5 on the front, Sheer Rocknroll pressed forward out of the barrier to be in the lead by the finishing post the first time. With last quarters in 28.4 and 28.2 it was a relatively easy win by 4.1m in 1:56 for Sheer Rocknroll and her owner breeders Allwood Stud Farm. The win was her 3rd in a row and her 6th from 7 starts and took her total stakes to just over $150,000.

Sheer Rocknroll is out of WA Oaks winner Sheer Royalty 1:55.7 $248,904. Sheer Royalty is out of Orange Pip (Orange Sovereign) 2:00.8 7 wins and $34,456, who also produced Zacs Nugget (Parsons Den) 1:55.9 16 wins for $144,900 and 3 other winners!.

ITS NOT JUST ABOUT THE SIRE

 (14 October 16) Strong female lines came to the fore!.

In form 7yo gelding Mako Shadow (Four Starzzz Shark out of Poppy Jasper by Village Jasper) made it 3 wins from his last 5 starts with a win in the Book Your Next Function at Gloucester Park Westbred Pace for C5 to C9 class. Starting at long odds of 18/1 from barrier 3 and with a reasonable solid lead time, Mako Shadow settled one out one back outside the race favourite. With the favourite covered it wasn’t until the turn out of the back straight that Mako Shadow made a move three wide. Moving up and challenging for the lead he got to the front with 100m to go and held out the late challengers to win by a half neck. The win took Mako Shadow to just over $75,000 from 11 wins and 16 places.

Bred by M and D Schofield and J Boley, Mako Shadow is the first foal of the winning mare Poppy Jasper, who is the only mare produced by her dam Provocation (Hilarion). Our Tena Lobell (Nat Lobell) the dam of Provocation is a granddaughter of Tactena (Garrison Hanover), a daughter of great broodmare Tactics (Light Brigade). This family has produced champions of the past and is still producing the likes of One Dream (Dream Away) 1:56.7 18 wins  $846,467, Some Kinda Tactics (Dream Away) 1:53.3 36 wins $254,684 and Tact Hayleys Delight (Bettors Delight) 1:52.2 14 wins $255,486 stakes. This part of the family has done very well when bred to the stallion Dream Away.

Being a non-winner for 9 months, Firebomb started at the luxury odds of 60 to 1 in the $20,000 Book Into The Beau Rivage Restaurant Pace for M0-M2 class, and exceeded expectations. Restrained out of the barrier from barrier 8, the 7yo gelding by Elsu out of Be Free by Torado Hanover, was the beneficiary of some good driving and ended up 4 back on the rails. With several changes in running and a number of runners using up petrol, Firebomb was still in the same position entering the back straight the last time. Turning out of the back straight, Firebomb was still eighth but making a run 4 wide. Looking to be at bigger odds than his starting price, Firebomb looked to have no chance but literally sizzled down the straight to run down the race leader and favourite and win by 1.6m. Bred by Colleen Lindsay, Firebomb now has 16 wins 17 places and $143,091 to his credit.

Firebomb is the fifth winner and highest stake earner from the unraced Be Free, who is out of the good race mare Larrakeyah Lady (Windshield Wiper) 2:02.5 11 wins including at Group 2 level and $78,131. However it was as a broodmare that Larrakeyah Lady excelled, with progeny winning over $2 million including Safe And Sound (Safely Kept) 1:57, 33 wins and $995,606, Gold Rocket (Armbro Operative) 1:51.0  36 wins $393,387, Massarua (Armbro Operative) 1:55.8 42 wins $282,692 and The Good Times (Live Or Die) 1:54.4 17 wins $201,024. Her daughter have also been outstanding with Dreams (Whats Next) the dam of 6 winners and granddam of  Exciteusinthecity (Metropolitan) 1:52.9 23 wins $324,607; the unraced Lifeline (Classic Garry) the dam of winners of nearly $520,000 including Lovelist (Always A Virgin) 1:53.2 18 wins $222,289 and Secret Life (Safely Kept) 11 wins $86,798 the dam of Beauty Secret (Armbro Operative) 1:52.4 24 wins $425,921 and Major Secret (Art Major) 1:55.1 17 wins and $335,652.

PURPLE PATCH FOR WA MARE

 (7 October 16) Only two WA winners on the night but both excellent performances!.

Showing a clean pair of heels for most of the race, 7yo gelding Walter James (Artesian out of Manhattan Transfer by Fake Left)  was an excellent winner of the $21,000 Del Basso Smallgoods Pace over the stayers journey of 2536m. Walter James has sown good form in races over the longer distance and this was no exception. Getting to the front out of the barrier from 3, he held the lead and with 400 to go he kicked strongly and bounded clear at the top of the straight. He went on to extend his advantage and in the end won by over 12m. The win was the 13th for his career, with 23 places and total stakes of $123,462.

Bred by Mike Howie, Walter James is the second foal and first winner out of the lightly raced Manhatten Transfer. Her unraced dam Navajo Miss (Vanston Hanover) is a full sister to Ima Dream 1:58.3 16 wins $129,718 - dam of Left A Dream (Fake Left) 1:55.6, 22 wins $153,448 who in turn is the dam of Left In Paris (Life Sign) 1:56.7 12 wins $151,200. Navajo Miss is also a half sister to Schnappy Jane (Gatwick) dam of Star Interest (Fake Left) 1:54.0 35 $173,547. There are numerous other winners in this family including one of Australians best mares of the 70s in Egmont Inanga (Mark Lobell) 1:57.9.

Hitting a purple patch of form, 4yo mare Sheer Rocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover out of Sheer Royalty by Parsons Den) again stepped out as favourite and overcame a backline draw to put in a class performance to win the International Animal Health Products Westbred Pace over 2130m. After starting from barrier 12 and once the field settled she was 3 back on the two wide line. Forced to take off and lead the 3 wide line with 1000 to go to avoid being pocketed, she stormed up to the race leader and was in front with 400 to go. She was nicely clear entering the home straight and went further away to win by 10m. This was her 13th win, with 8 places and $145,067 (plus 2 and 3yo Westbred Bonuses) for her career to date. It was also her second consecutive win and 5th win from the last 6 starts.

Bred by Bob Fowler of Allwood Stud Farm, Sheer Rocknroll has improved with racing and should have bright future over the next few years. Her dam Sheer Royalty (Parsons Den) was a top Group 1 winning WA racemare, with $248,904 in stakes including the Group 1 WA Oaks.

SUSPICIOUS AND KURIOUS AT THE SAME TIME

(30 September 16) And it was a good win in the Listed event for a daughter of one of our old time favourites.

Showing good recent form, 5yo gelding Suspicious Life (Life Sign out of Anabolic Elle by Christian Cullen) started favourite and easily won the Get the TABTouch Westbred Pace over 2130m for C5 to C9 class. Despite barrier 6 he was expected to lead and duly did so, never looking under threat. He extended his lead in the final stages to win by 8.2m in 1:57.3 final quarters 28.0 and 28.4. It took is total stakes to $39,705 frm 7 wins and 3 places. His best mile rate of 1:55.6 was set last season.

Bred by Mike Howie, Suspicious Life is the second winner from Anabolic Elle who won 6 races in her career and $24,821. Anabolic Elle is the fifth winner from her dam Our Matronella (Smooth Fella) 2:02.5 who won 8 races in her career and $20,299.

With her fourth win in two months, 4yo mare Kurious (Sportswriter out of Snookanite by Walton Hanover) has stepped up a notch and put on notice that she is an improving mare. The first win came in a 3C0 race at Gloucester Park and she has gone on from strength to strength. The win in the $18,000 Book Now for the 2016 TabTouch Inter Dominion Pace for M0 class was facilitated by a good start from barrier 1 with Kurious being able to drive through and lead at a leisurely pace. After 2 steady quarters Kurious was then able to sprint home in 28.1 and 28.5 and extend her advantage to win by 3.9m. This was her 5th lifetime win and with 11 places her stakes total $52,959.

The dam of Kurious, the Victorian mare Snookanite, was unraced but has excelled at stud and produced 5 winners for owner breedes Kevin Keys and Robert Gaunt including Cassie Rox (Village Jasper) 2:012 17 wins $152,492 and Itsallaboutnicole (Courage Under Fire) 1:55.4 12 wins and $174,471. Snookanite is one of the few remaining members of the maternal family that has produced through Princess Melody (U Scott) the Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile winner Our Maestro (Gaines Minbar) 1:56 30 wins $849,313, Sparkling Melody (Fake Left) 1:56.4 29 wins and $291,587 and 1987 Australian 3yo and Harness Horse of the Year Rufus Young Blood ( Sprinkler) 1:56.7 $517,291; and through Tarcoola (Light Brigade) Trunkey Westerner (Batman) 1:59.0 $238,316, Tarcoola (Raider Frost) - 2:01.2 $105,252 and more recently Alkira Jetstar (Jet Laag) 1:56.1 $162,957.

With a second in the Heat a fortnight earlier, Forever Remembered (Shattering Class out of Huntress Bell by J Cs Suprimo) went one better in the $25,000 Tabtouch Inter Dominion The Warwick Final.  Not well favoured in the betting from barrier 11 on the second row, Forever Remembered quickly dropped to 3 back on the rails and remained there most of the race. Entering the home bend for the run home after a 28.9 third quarter she managed to come off the rails to chase the leading horses. Powering home, she ran down the leaders to win by 1.9m. It was an exceptional finish with the last quarter run in 27.8, making the finishing run by Forever Remembered extraordinary. The win took her tally to $81,686 from 10 wins and 22 places.

Bred by Debra Ashcroft, owned by Bianca and Errol Ashcroft and trained by Errol, Forever Remembered is by one of WA’s favourite pacers of the 90s through to the early 2000s in Shattering Class (bred by John Coffey’s Patrician Park and raced and loved by the Ashcroft family after acquiring him as a yearling). Shattering Class won 62 races including a plethora of Cups and Group races and total stakes of $810,302. Forever Remembered is in fact named in memory of  Shattering Class and George Ashcroft.

With three consecutive wins behind her, the very promising filly Somewhereonlyiknow (Somebeachsomewhere out of Ensigns Dream by Michael Jonathan) stepped out as favourite from barrier 8 and didn’t disappoint, with a win by 3.5m in the $14,999 Gloucesterpark.com.au 3yo Pace over 2130m. From that uncomfortable barrier she restrained and settled at the rear of the field. With 2 laps to go she commenced a run three wide and moved into the breeze position. Showing strength, she was able to take the lead coming into the turn out of the back straight the last time and although tiring slightly, she never really looked under threat and won in a mile rate of 1:59.4.

Bred and owned by Kevin and Annette Charles, she is the 13th foal from the race winning Ensigns Dream and isa half sister to 9 other winners including Ball Gown (Presidential Ball) 1:51.0 38 wins and $534,675. Ensigns Dream is also a half sister to Exceptionally Smooth (Double Century) 1:55.2 42 wins $369,438 stakes.

A NIGHT FOR THE FAVOURITES

(23 September 16) It certainly was a good night for favourites and with a number of WA bred horses being favourite, it was a good night for them too!.

Popping up again in the winner’s circle with his ninth win from his last 10 starts was the every consistent and impressive Mynameskenny (Village Jolt out of Sandys Success by Barnett Hanover).

Starting favourite from barrier 4, Mynameskenny quickly settled in the one out one back position. In the back straight the last time and with the speed on with a 27.8 third quarter, he was able to take an opening and move 3 wide to chase the leader. Entering the home straight he looked to have the race won but a fightback from the leader with the advantage of the inside running meant he had to work hard to take the lead, the winning margin only 1.2m with final quarter in 28.3. mile rate 1:55.6.

Bred by Glen Ross, Mynameskenny  now has earnings of $160,365 from 19 wins and 5 places. His unraced dam Sandys Success is the dam of only 2 foals, both winners. Spring Token (Crouch), the dam of Sandys Success is a half sister to Pamper (Parsons Den) 1:57.3 $80,330, with their granddam being the outstanding broodmare Minerva Reef (Surmo Hanover) who produced 11 individual winners. Good winners from this maternal family include  Lombo Navigator (Million To One) 1:53.3, 24 wins $554,522 stakes and multiple Group 1 winner winner Barynya (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.8 19 wins $331,826. However, this is also one of New Zealands great families with Minerva Reef belonging to the maternal family of Nell Grattan, which through her daughter Tactics (Light Brigade) has produced descendants like NZ champion racehorse and sire Noodlum (Bachelor Hanover) and more recently One Dream (Dream Away) 1:56.7 18 wins  $846,467, Some Kinda Tactics (Dream Away) 1:53.3 36 wins $254,684, Why Live Dangerously (Live Or Die) 1:56.6 11 wins $215,366, Flamin Tact (Dream Away) 1:56.6 20 wins $216,910, Tactical Dreamer (Dream Away) 1:55.4 21 wins $197,121 and Tact Hayleys Delight (Bettors Delight) 1:52.2 14 wins $255,486 stakes.

After winning her second WASBA/Allwood Stud Virgil Queen Celebration Pace in the previous month, 7yo mare Gota Good Lookadda (Rich And Spoilt out of Smooth View by Panorama) started favourite from barrier 2 in the Radio Great Southern Harness Preview Heat 3 of the Warwick for M1 mares. She got away really well and shot to the front, with a slow first quarter setting up the race to her liking.  Coming round the home turn after a 28.2 third quarter she looked to have the race in her keeping, but had to withstand a late challenge to go to the line a winner by a neck. Owned and bred by Harry Capararo, the win took her lifetime tally to $122,435 from 10 wins and 20 places.

Gota Good Lookadda is the only foal from her dam Smooth View, the winner of 7 races. She in turn is the only filly bred from her dam Hanover Maize (Scottish Hanover). Hanover Maize is a half sister to Calophylla and fortunately for this bloodline Calophylla produced a number of fillies and is the the great granddam of the dam of Queen of the Pacific winner Gumdrops (Western Terror) 1:53.1 19 wins $256,310, as well as being the granddam of My Ami Lee (Safely Kept) the dam of dual Group 1 winner Miss Hazel (Presidential Ball) 1:57 15 wins $310,063, and multiple Group 1 winners Louvre (Art Major) 1:54.5 16 wins $402,665 and WA based sire Renaissance Man (Art Major) 1:53.1 18 wins $297,904.

Despite the race name, it was a very good night for punters following the favoured horses and 4yo mare Sheer Rocknroll continued the trend of winning favourites, winning the $14,999 Longest Price Winner Pat Harding Westbred Final over 2130m.

Starting from 3 on the front she went forward out of the barrier and settled in the breeze in what was a solid lead time of 36.2. Changes up front and some pace on resulted in her being relegated to one out and 2 back. Taking the three wide running with a lap and the straight to go, Sheer Rocknroll moved into third by the 400 and with 100m to go she looked the likely winner. However she had to withstand a fightback from the race leader and a flying late challenge before taking the honours. The winning margin was 1.4m with a mile rate of 1:56.4. She has now earned $139,542 from 12 wins and 8 places, and this was her fourth win from her last 5 starts.

Bred by Bob Fowler of Allwood Stud Farm, Sheer Rocknroll is the first foal from her Group 1 winning dam Sheer Royalty, who was the first foal from her dam Orange Pip (Orange Sovereign). Orange Pip was one of five winners from her dam Richfield Lady, whose dam was by the mighty Mount Eden.

WINNERS COME IN ALL COLOURS

(16 September 16) Some very nice winners from some very good families!.

The lightly raced 5yo Blacklist (Courage Under Fire out of Summer Lovin by Falcon Seelster) brought up his second win since resuming racing after an 8 month absence when he won the Third Heat of the Westbred Series over 2130m. From barrier 1 he had no trouble getting to and holding the lead in a good lead time of 36.7. The race was run with steady quarters and turning into the home straight for the run to the finish he got away from the field. A late challenge wasn’t quite good enough to catch him, with the margin in Blacklist’s favour on the line being a half head with 13.4m back to third place. The win took him to $44,190 from 6 wins and 10 places.

Bred by Robert Watson, Blacklist is out of Summer Lovin, a full sister to three times WA Pacing Cup winner The Falcon Strike 1:54.5, 41 wins $1,224,094 in stakes. Their dam My Summertime Girl (B Gs Bunny) is a half sister to the great grandam of Highview Tommy (by Bettors Delight out of Baptism of Fire) 1:55.2 17 wins and $990,015.

One of WA’s favourite horses returned to the Gloucester Park winner’s list with a win in the $20,500 Allwoodstud.com.au Pace  over 2130m. Starting from the outside of the back line and with the field running a fast lead time Smokey The Bandit (Jet Laag out of Cheers To All by Barnett Hanover) settled one out and 3 back. A move from the back of the field saw him pushed back one to be one out and 4 back. With a lap to go Smokey followed a three wide move and with 400 to go he was running fourth, three wide still but looking dangerous. Hitting the front with 100 to go he won by a head in a lifetime best of 1:55.6 to take his stakes tally to just over $266,000 from 19 wins and 35 places.

Smokey The Bandit is the only foal from his dam Cheers To All, who in turn is the only filly from her dam Viognier (Albert Albert). Discreet Adios (Adios Vic) the dam of Viognier also produced Ridge (Stoneridge Scooter) 1:53.0 45 wins and $232,355 in stakes. This is the maternal line of the phenomenal New Zealand broodmare gem Scotch Paree, who through the Light Paree (Light Brigade) arm produced the likes of Summer Honey (dam of Hilarion Star 1:56.2 $398,394 and Flashing Star 1:56.8 $352,888), Ameretto (Million Dollar Cam) 1:51.4 $231,473; through the Light Scotch arm produced Lombo La Paree (Classic Garry) dam of Lombo La Fe Fe 1:57.1 $654,493 , Elysees Crest 1:59.3 $228,290, Lombo Adreamin 1:56.8 $337,575, Smokey the Bandit and countless others.

 ANOTHER GOOD NIGHT WITH 4 WINNERS

 (9 September 16) With 4 more winners at Gloucester Park Friday, Westbreds are holding their own.

Great result for her connections, with 7yo mare Four Legged Frenzy (Northern Luck out of Heyumob by Mystical Prince) brought up her first ever Friday night win at Gloucester Park when she won the $19,000 Pegasus Performax Pace for M0 to M1 Mares. Starting at the good odds of 24/1 from barrier 7, she settled one out 2 back. Taking off with a lap to go she led the 3 wide line and was still three wide coming to the home turn. She proved to be too strong for her opposition, hitting the front with a 100 to go to win by 2.5m in 1:58.1. Bred by W Scott and J Sangalli, this was her 14th win and with 26 places her lifetime stakes are $114,920.

Heyumob, the dam of Four Legged Frenzy, won 5 races and over $37,000 in her career. From only 3 foals she has produced 2 winners. Her dam Penny For Scotch (Keystone Scotch) won 10 races for nearly $40,000 and produced 7 winners from 9 live foals including Constant Craving (Northern Lights) 10 wins $75,423, Go Worley (Parsons Den) 1:55.9 9 wins $66,956 and Yippy Yi Yo (Northern Lights) 1:58.6 8 wins $50,986.

After passing a vet check to start in the race, Mynameskenny (Village Jolt out of Sandys Success by Barnett Hanover) still started favourite and although under threat in the straight, he went on to win the $21,000 Mt Barker Chicken Free Range Stakes Pace for M1 to M3 pacers. From barrier 2 he got to the front fairly easily and followed with a moderate first quarter. With a third quarter of 28.1 he sprinted hard in the back straight and looked the winner but had to withstand a solid challenge to hold on and win by 1.3m, last quarter a speedy 27.7. The win took him to 18 wins and 5 places from only 32 starts, with stakes of $147,165.

Bred by Glen Ross, this was the twelfth win from 15 starts in the last 12 months. Mynameskenny is one of only two foals from Sandys Success with the other foal being full brother Lightning Jolt 1:56.2 7 wins and $67,375.This is the family of the prolific broodmare Minerva Reef (Surmo Hanover) who produced 11 individual winners. Good winners from this maternal family include Lombo Navigator (Million To One) 1:53.3, 24 wins $554,522 stakes and multiple Group 1 winner winner Barynya (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.8 19 wins $331,826.

Again showing good speed out of the barrier, Auctioneers Elsu (Elsu out of Maybe Matilda by Hey Maybe) burned to the front from barrier 3 to lead comfortably before slowing the field down in the early stages of the First Qualifying Heat of the Warwick for M1 Pacers over 2130m. With final quarters of 28.3 and 28.0 she was able to hold the field at bay and although the final margin was only 1.8m the race never looked in doubt. Her career earning have move to $110,236 from 13 wins and 28 places. This was her second consecutive win.

Auctioneers Elsu has shown great form as an older mare, showing the benefit to owners of providing opportunities for mares. This is a family of Oaks winners with her dam Maybe Matilda winning the 1993 WA Oaks another arm of the family in Shes A Runa (Jeremes Jet) 1:55.5 18 wins $291,126 winning the NSW Oaks.

Chalking up his second win in 6 days, 7yo gelding Mako Shadow (Four Starzzz Shark out of Poppy Jasper by Village Jasper) won Heat 2 of the Westbred Series for M0 pacers. Starting from barrier 12 on the back line, Mako Shadow settled readily into the one out 3 back position in running. With a lap to go and an attacking field Mako Shadow was second last and covered up in the 2 wide line. Coming off the back straight Mako Shadow was forced to go 4 wide to make a run. He was 5 wide into the straight but with a brilliant finishing run he sprinted over the leaders to win by 1.1m, last quarter in 28.7. The win was his 10th, with 15 places and $66,805 in stakes.

Bred by M and D Schofield and J Boley, Mako Shadow is the first foal of the winning mare Poppy Jasper, who is the only mare produced by the winning Hilarion mare Provocation. This is the one of New Zealands great female lines, stemming from the broodmare Tactics (Light Brigade).

 FIVE WINNERS TONIGHT

(2 September 16) A great result with half the meet won by Westbred progeny!

Starting favourite from barrier 2 Auctioneers Elsu (Elsu out of Maybe Matilda by Hey Maybe) returned to the winners list with a nice win in the $18,000 Fuller Fitness Subiaco Mares Pace for M0 mares over the sprint journey of 1730m. With good speed out of the barrier she took up the race lead and running good sectionals she maintained her lead. With the advantage of the inside running she broke away at the top of the straight to win by a healthy 8m in a lifetime best mile rate of 1:54.5. Bred by Dawn Howson and raced on lease by Sarah Suvaljko, Auctioneers Elsu now has over $100,000 in stakes from 12 wins 28 places.

Maybe Matilda, the dam of Auctioneers Elsu, is the dam of 4 other  winners including Columbus Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:56.5 13 wins $97,089 and Croucho Marx (Crouch) 14 wins $91,311. Maybe Matilda won the 1993 WA Oaks and was the only filly from her dam Matilda Trunkey (Batman) who is a half sister to the unraced Trunkey Queen (Adorian). Trunkey Queen is the granddam of Tiffany Liz (Tiff N Time) the dam of 6 winners including Cherokee Charmer (Redskin) 18 wins $101,667 the granddam of NSW Oaks winner Shes A Runa (Jeremes Jet) 1:55.5 18 wins $291,126.

7yo mare Paid Twice (Blissfull Hall out of Shoalwater Whitby by Holmes Hanover)  showed a clean pair of heels to win the $19,000 M1 only Pace over 2130m to start the season off in great style. Beginning very fast from barrier 4 she surprised many by taking the race lead, giving the field something to chase. In the back straight the last time Paid Twice was a good 2m clear of the field and with a third quarter of 28.7 and 4th quarter in 28 flat she cleared out from the field to win by 7.7m. Bred by Ed Dewar, the win was her 8th with a further 9 places for just under $67,000 in stakes.

Shoalwater Whitby, the dam of Paid Twice is a half sister to Whitbys Magic (Magic Fella) 1:58.2 13 wins $115,939. Whitby Bay (Tarport Adios), the dam of Shoalwater Whitby is a half sister to 4 winners including Bow And Arrow (Afella Rainbow) 1:58 15 wins $96,179 and Ann Of Whitby (Adios Vic) 2:00.7 13 wins $51,995 and dam of Henry Te Whitby (Crouch) 1:57.9 9 wins $128,415.

Coming into the race with some good form, 5yo mare Delightful Jade (Bettors Delight out of Whitby Solitaire by Booth Hanover) took advantage of the concessions available including junior driver concession and overcame an ordinary barrier to win the $20,000 WA Men Of League Pace. Starting from barrier 6 on the front Delightful Jade restrained to the rear to be last in the 2536m race. Coming into the home straight with two laps to go she followed a 3 wide forward move and was in the breeze position in the one out line with 1200 to go. When the leader started giving ground in the back straight, Delightful Jade was able to move forward to take the lead. After the tough run she still held on well to win by 2.1m in a mile rate of 1:58 and last quarter 28.8. Bred by Melissa Howie, the win took her over $200,000 to $208,322 from 21 wins and 10 places.

Delightful Jade belongs to the family of Dr Ed Dewar’s broodmare gem Remit, who was the dam of 8 winners from 10 foals including Whitby Timer (Spring Run) 1:56.9 23 wins $314,899, Whitby Heritage (Maple Lanes Strike) 1:58.8 22 wins $201,758, Whitbys Merit (French Chef) 2:00.3 10 wins $168,598 and Fiscal Miss (Captain Hook) 1:59.6 15 wins $53,854. Fiscal Miss is the dam of full sisters Whitbys Miss Penny 1:55.2 32 wins $568,289 and Whitbys Solitaire as well as their full brother Ace of Whitby 1:58.8 29 wins $317,247. As well as Delightful Jade, Whitbys Solitaire has produced 6 other winners including full sister (to Delightful Jade) and 2yo $100,000 Sales Classic winner Bettor Bling, while Whitbys Miss Penny is the grand dam of Ima Spicey Lombo (Pacific Fella) 1:55.1 24 wins and $483,686 .

Unlike his win the previous month when he started favourite, 8yo entire Say It Now (Bettors Delight out of Promising Gift by Bright As Day) started at the good odds of 20/1 and win the $19,500 League Talk on SportFM Pace for M1 pacers. From barrier 2 and the lead time solid at 36.6, Say It Now quickly settled on the leaders back and remained there until the back straight the last time. Coming off the rails to make a run with the third quarter in 28.2, he was 3 wide around the turn into the home straight and running hard, hitting the lead with 100m to go and extending his margin to 4.5m at the finish. The mile rate was a very good 1:55.4 for the M1 class and the lifetime best for Say It Now. Bred and owned by Kevin and Kody Charles, Say It Now has 18 wins and 20 places for $196,905 in stakes.

Promising Gift, the winner of 6 races and dam of Say It Now, has a 100% record with 4 foals of racing age for 4 winners including Looks Promising (Modern Art) 1:54.7, 12 wins and $73,558 and Bettors Gift (Bettors Delight) 5 wins and $29,497.  The great granddam of Promising Gift is Heather Frost (Tarport Adios) the dam of Preux Chevalier 1:54.3 40 wins including an Inter Dominion and $791,331. Certainly a nice maternal line!

Perfectly driven from barrier 1, the just turned 4yo mare Kurious (Sportswriter out of Snookanite by Walton Hanover) won her second race in a month in the First Qualifying Heat of the Westbred Series for M0 Pacers.  Kurious got to front from the barrier in a moderate lead time, and with easy second and third quarters she was able to make her own running. With final quarters a speedy 28.6 and 28.3 she slipped away to win by over 5m in a mile rate of 1:59.3. Bred and owned by Robert Gaunt and her trainer Kevin Keys, Kurious has now earned $40,939 from 4 wins and 11 places.

Kurious is the fifth winner from her dam Snookanite, who is also the dam of Northam  Cup winner Cassie Rox (Village Jasper) 2:012 17 wins $152,492 and Group 1 Pearl Classic winner Itsallaboutnicole (Courage Under Fire) 1:55.4 12 wins and $174,471.

CONGRATULATIONS WASBA RAFFLE WINNERS

(26 Aug 16) A wet and windy night but that doesnt worry a winner!. Congratulations to our 5 raffle winners, with the raffle drawn on course by Vice President Gino Monaco from Gloucester Park. And the winners were...

  • Simone Strahan won first prize with ticket number 111, a free service for her mare by either Art Major or American Ideal
  • Domenic Macri won second prize with ticket number 044, a Voucher to the value of $1,500 to be used on the service fee for any stallion available from either Alabar Bloodstock or Woodlands Stud,
  • Third prize, a Voucher to the value of $1,000 was won by Kevin Keys;
  • Member prize 1, a Voucher to the value of $750, was won by Barry and Lynley Howlett with ticket number 138,
  • and Member prize 2 a Voucher to the value of $750 was won by Mario Alfonsi with ticket number 019.

Congratulations again to Simone, Domenic, Kevin, Barry and Lyn and Mario.

All voucher prizes are for use in the 2016/17 season for any stallion available from Alabar Bloodstock and Woodlands Stud.

We sincerely thank John Coffey from Alabar and Mark Hughes from Woodlands Stud for their support and assistance with our raffle. Please note that Alabar Bloodstock and Woodlands Stud offer discounts to WASBA members on their stallions. Please refer to the Breeding Tab for the information.

Also winning on the night and her third straight win and (2nd metropolitan win) 3yo filly Sheer Rocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover out of Sheer Royalty by Parsons Den) looked the goods in winning the $18,000 Westralian 3YO Fillies Pace for 3C0 and better. Starting from barrier 6, the Allwood Stud bred filly was restrained out of the barrier and with a solid lead time, settled in last place. She took off at the top of the home straight to follow a three wide move and was making her run 4 wide coming out of the back straight. Sprinting hard she was 2 lengths clear on straightening and went on to win by over 9m in a top display, mile rate 1:57.3. The win took her to career earnings of $129,368 from 11 wins and 8 places, with a life time best of 1:55.9.

Sheer Rocknroll has taken some time to get back to her form of a 2yo, but is well on the way to a bright career. She still has a long way to go to catch up to her dam Sheer Royalty, who amassed stakes of $248,904 including the Group 1 $150,000 WA Oaks.

Not to be outdone and in driving rain, another 3yo filly Shez Our Eye Candy (Bettors Delight out of Priscilla Rocks by Courage Under Fire) started favourite from barrier 4 in the last race of the night, going straight to the front. She held the field at bay coming out of the back straight and in the difficult conditions, sprinted away in the run to the line to win the 3C0 Westralian Classic 3yo Westbred Pace by just under 6m. This was her first race win from only 6 lifetime starts, and under the trying circumstances the mile rate of 2:01.3 was a very good effort.

Bred by Patrician Park, the filly is out of the good racemare and 2yo Filly of the Year in Priscilla Rocks, the winner of $115,710 from 8 wins and 10 places, including second in the Golden Slipper, in only 2 years of racing. Shez Our Eye Candy is the second winner from Priscilla Rocks.

SOME GOOD ODDS FOR THE PUNTERS

(19 Aug 16)  There were some nice odds for those who took a bit of a chance.

A very nice win for 4yo mare Lady Willoughby (Allamerican Ingot out of Amongst Royalty by Parsons Den) in the $20,000 Penfolds  "MAX" Classic for  M0 To M2 over 2130m. Starting from barrier 6, she settled one out and three back. A  fast lead time of 35.7 followed by 30 second quarters meant that there was pace all the way. Lady Willoughby moved out to lead the 3 wide line with a lap to go, she reached 3rd position, still three wide, coming out of the back straight. As they straightened it was then down to Lady Willoughby and the front running favourite, with Lady Willoughby overcoming the favourite and holding off a fast finisher to win by  a head. Bred and owned by Allwood Stud Farm, the win took Lady Willoughby to just over $155,000 from 15 wins and 6 places.

Lady Willoughby is by WA sire Allamerican Ingot out of a mare who is also WA based in Parsons Den. Lady Willoughby is a daughter of Amongst Royalty who was one of WA’s best performed race mares. She had  23 wins 37 places and $570,820 in stakemoney with a best winning mile rate an exceptional 1.55.1. She is a dual Group 1 winner with Group 1 Bathurst Gold Tiara 2 yr old Fillies Final, Australian Pacing Gold 2 yr Fillies Final, VSB & SA Gold Chalice Listed 3 yr Classic, 2008 and 2009 Pinjarra Golden Girls Mile in 1.55.1 and 1.55.9 and 2010 Won Australian Pacing Championship Consolation. A super record for a West Sired mare who took on allcomers.  Amongst Royalty is a half sister to  Chazsalico (Prince Of Gold) 1:57 $141,515 and full sister to Made Of Dreams 10 wins $39,664 and dam of Straittothehilton (Rich And Spoilt) 1:56 10 wins $149,000. The dam of Amongst Royalty is the unraced Arctic Glow (Northern Lights) who is out of Broncroft Castle (J R Skipper), the dam of Mon Poppy Day (Whats Next) 1:56.4 20 wins $318,558, Travcor (Its Levity) 1:58.7 18 wins $102,664, WA Oaks and 2yo Classic winner Parthenon (Golden Greek) 2:00 $79,920 and 5 other winners. Broncroft Castle is a half sister to Vanessa Franco (Andrel) the granddam All In Baby (Aces N Sevens) 1:57 12 wins $164,507. Broncroft Castle is also a half sister to Vain Franco (Holmes Hanover) the dam of Under Cover Lover (In The Pocket) 1:51.8 21 wins $864,923, Ccs Lover (Christian Cullen) 1:51.2 51 wins $324.694 wins, Cybersleuth (In The Pocket) 1:52 30 wins $195,071 and Front Cover Lover (Whats Next) the dam of Bettor Cover Lover (Bettors Delight) 1:53.8 19 wins $1,026,427.

Lady Willoughby is likely to go to stud this year, and will continue to race in the short term.

A very excited bunch of punters were on the end of a long odds winning bet on 7yo gelding Copagrin (Grinfromeartoear out of Red Hot Copper by Fake Left) when he won the $23,000 Here`s To The Chase by Wolf Blass Pace for M0 and better over 2130m. Paying odds of 35 to one and starting from barrier 6, he dropped back at the start and ended with a nice run along the rails to be 4 back on the fence. With about 400 to go Copagrin moved out to 4 wide and with clear ground in the straight was able to fly home and win by the narrowest of margins in an excellent mile rate of 1:55, last quarters 27.5 and 28.3. It was an excellent result for Copagrin and his connections, with several runners in the race having won in their last two starts.Bred by Mike, Ian and Sharon Howie, the win took Copagrin to 19 wins and 18 places for $232,682.

Red Hot Copper, the dam of Copagrin, is also the dam of Copper Beach Girl (Jennas Beach Boy) 1:56.2, 14 wins $156,851 including the 2011 WASBA Breeders Stakes . Her dam Copper Strike (Maple Lanes Strike) 1:58.8 13 wins $91,644 was a good race mare with her wins including a Sires Produce Stakes and the Diamond Classic. Copper Strike produced 5 winners from 6 foals including Willowleaf Boy (Perfect Art) 1:57.7 $74,200 and Strike North (Northern Lights) 2:00.8 $81,239

After running second the previous week with a third placing in between, 3yo filly Parisian Partygirl (Courage Under Fire out of Summer Carnival by Tuapeka Knight) stepped out and won the Head Of The Family  "MATUA" Special 3YO Westbred Fillies 3C0 over 2130m. Starting from 6, she was restrained out of the barrier while the leading pair, including the short priced favourite,were going hammer and tongs in a lead time of 35.9 about 30m clear of the field With the heavens opening up, the race was now run in very heavy rain,  dropping bucketloads of water on the field. Following a three wid run in the back straight, Parisian Partygirl came home strongly and held out another fast finisher to win by 1.8m in 1:59.3. Bred by Tarsao Investments, it was her first win but she also has 8 places from only 13 starts.

Summer Carnival, the dam of Parisian Partygirl, won 7 races and $35,442 in stakes.  She is also the dam of 5 other winners including Winter Retreat (Armbro Operative) 1:52.8 33 wins $416,693 and Kissed Flush (Courage Under Fire) 1:54.7 24 wins $137,532..

ANOTHER FOUR WELL DESERVED WINNERS

(12 Aug 16) Good results for 4 of our Westbreds with some nice runs behind them.

The night started well with the win by 3yo filly Sheer Rocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover by Sheer Royalty out of Parsons Den) in the $18,000 Tabtouch 3yo Fillies Pace over 2130m. The field included some classy fillies including winners of the Daintys Daughter Classic and $100,000 Westbred 2yo Fillies Classic along with some last start winners.

Starting favourite from barrier 2, Sheer Rocknroll went straight to the front and led with a solid lead time of 36.7. Well rated by master reinsman Chris Lewis she had skipped away coming out of the back straight to lead by 3m but in the last 50m had a serious challenge from The Shadow Knows (Shadow Play) one of the recent 3C0 race winners. Sheer Rocknroll held her out to win by 1.8m in a mile rate of 1:56.6, but it was a good run by the inexperienced The Shadow Knows to run second. Bred and owned by Allwood Stud Farm, the win took Sheer Rocknrolls tally to 10 wins and 8 places for $117,488 in stakes.

Sheer Rocknroll is the first foal from top mare Sheer Royalty 1:55.7 and stakes of $248,904 including the $150,000 WA Oaks, the $35,000 Daintys Daughter Classic and the $100,000 3yo fillies State Sires Classic. Sheer Royalty is a full sister to the speedy Zacs Nuggett 1:55.9  16 wins and $144,900 in stakes. Parsons Den, who is still available to breeders at Allwood Stud (formerly Royalstar) is proving to be a good broodmare sire as well as sire.

The good results continued with 6yo entire Northern Assassin (Northern Luck out of Let It Rock by Parsons Den) winning Heat 2 of the Schrader for M1 class over 2130m. Bred by Royalstar and owned, trained and driven by members of the Bell family, Northern Assassin started favourite from barrier 1 and going straight to the front, he didn’t let anyone down. After a slow lead time, he kept everyone honest with even quarters before scooting over the third quarter in 27.5 when challenged. Running the last quarter in 28.1 he was a comfortable winner by 4m in 1:56.2. The win was his twelfth, with 14 places and $103,502.

The unraced Let It Rock has produced 2 winners from her only 2 foals. The family has produced several winners,  Buck The Odds (Million To One) 1:55.6 31 wins $307,547, Money Master (Million To One) 1:57.7 18 wins $119,340, Ultimate Consumer (Northern Lights) 1:57 12 wins $91,030 and Might Be Luck (Northern Luck) 1:55 14 wins $95,574.

More to come - starting favourite from barrier 2, 6yo gelding Another Vinnie (Legacy Of Power out of Vinnies Sister by Lucky Cam) had the race to his liking with Driver Colin Brown on board, and duly won the $21,500 Retravision Pace for M1 to M3 over 2130m. Going forward at the start to take the lead after an early tussle in a 36.6 lead time, Another Vinnie settled comfortably in front. Evenly rated by Colin, he didn’t look under any real threat, going on to win by 2.4m in 1:56.4, last quarter 28.2. Bred by Les Coulson, it was the 23rd win by Another Vinnie, along with 25 places and $273,758 in stakes. Not bad eh!

Vinnies Sister, the dam of Another Vinnie, was a good racemare, winning $123,335 from 13 wins and 20 places including thirds in the Champagne Classic, Pearl (against the boys)and WA Oaks.

Another nice winner in the last race of the night, this time 3yo gelding Clares Fool (Cams Fool out of Pride Of Clare by Crouch) in the Alltools 3YO Westbred Pace. These 3C0 races have all been excellent races, with guaranteed attendance by excited owners and friends, and they have produced as much turnover as any other race 10 run on a Friday night. And wasn’t it fantastic to see all the kids wanting to be with the winner and touch “their” horse.

Clares Fool started from 2 and after a slow lead time and some early changes he settled one out and two back after a lap, behind Parisian Partygirl. The second and third quarters were run in under 30 and in the back straight the last time both 3yos took off to make their challenge. Clares Fool came out of the back straight four wide and running on very strongly, he was a length clear with 100m to go. He went on to win by 8.6m, last quarter in 28.5. It was an excellent result for the Balducci family, and trainer driver Kim Prentice. From his one win and 5 places Clares Fool has won stakes of $11,000 along with another $6,000 in Westbred and first win bonuses for his owners and $3,000 for his breeder Gerard Harney.

Pride Of Clare, the dam of Clares Fool, won nearly $40,000 in stakes from 8 wins and 8 places. She has produced 4 winners from 5 foals including Erris Lad (Northern Luck) 1:58.2 13 wins and $154,057 in stakes. Meggie Hanover (Cignetto Hanover) the dam of Pride Of Clare, was a good racemare winning 13 races including the 1993 Empress Stakes, and over $45,000 in stakes. Along with Pride Of Clare she also produced four other winners including the top racemare Meggie Dear (Northern Lights) 1:55.5 24 wins $186,171 including the 2001 Empress Stakes, the 2001 and 2003 WASBA Breeders Stakes, and 3rd in the 2003 WA Pacing Cup won by Inter Dominion winner Baltic Eagle. Definitely a class mare.

SOME OLD SOME NEW

(5 Aug 16) A good night's result for some of our young and older horses, with some great families (people and horses!) represented. 

7yo entire Say It Now (Bettors Delight out of Promising Gift by Bright As Day) returned to the winning list with a good win in the $20,000 TABTouch Inter Dominion Heat 2 on Nov 29 Pace for M0-M2 over 2536m. Starting favourite from barrier 1, he was beaten for speed out of the barrier and settled behind the leader. With a solid second quarter of 28.7, Say It Now moved out with 800 to go to tackle the race leader. He succeeded in reaching the fence turning out of the back straight and moved away, winning comfortably by 5.9m with last quarters of 29.3 and mile rate of 1:57.4. This took Say It Now to 17 wins and 20 places for over $183,000 in stakes for owner breeders Kevin and Annette Charles and trainer Kevin.

Promising Gift, the dam of Say It Now was the winner of 6 races for $25,812 in stakes. She has a 100% record for her foals of racing age with other winners being Looks Promising (Modern Art) 1:54.7 12 wins and $73,558, Bettors Gift (Bettors Delight) 2:01.4 5 wins and $29,167 and 2yo The Beachcomber (Somebeachsomewhere) with one win. Promising Gift is also the great grand daughter of Heather Frost, the dam of Preux Chevalier 1:54.3 40 wins including an Inter Dominion and $791,331.!

The inaugural $25,000 Kerry Clarke Westbred 4 and 5yo Final was a great result for the Howlett family and 4yo gelding Three Bears (Bettors Delight out of Big Blue Eyes by Red River Hanover) winning the race which is restricted to 4 or 5yo Westbreds who have not win a race at Listed level or better. Three Bears started favourite from barrier 3 but over racing a little, young Kiara Davies wisely took him to the lead after a lap.  Settling a little, Three Bears still maintained a good rate and then sped over the third quarter in 27.9 to put paid to most of the challengers. He ran home a clear winner by 5.3m with a brave Bhagwan running second, and a further 9.7m to third. It was his 4th win from 6 starts, with wins in a Heat of the Kerry Clarke and a Heat of the John Higgins. The mile rate of 1:55.7 was as good as any and a credit to the field. The win was also the second of the night for Kiara and the 16th career win for Three Bears, which along with 10 places has brought in $110,162 stakes.

Bred and owned by the Howlett family’s Geographe Treelopping Services and trained by Barry, Three Bears is the first foal from Big Blue Eyes, who is out of prolific broodmare Bonnie Blue Eyes (Golden Greek) who was bred in Victoria by prominent WA breeder John Coffey. A minor race winner, Big Blue Eyes is a half sister to No Blue Manna (Mystical Prince) 1:56.6 41 wins $628,157, Black And Blue (Northern Lights) 1:57.2 17 wins $212,494, Baby Blues 1:56.3 14 wins and $115,032 and another 6 winners! This is the same family as 2007 WA 2yo of the Year Priscilla Rocks (Courage Under Fire) 1:58.9 $115,710.

Good odds were on offer in the $18,000 www.perthinterdominion.com.au 2YO Fillies Pace over 2130m, with some classy fillies in the race including the favourite starting from barrier 1. That’s not how it turned out, with 4 start filly Salacious Gossip (Art Major out of Red Hot Date by Village Jasper) taking the honours with an easy win by 8.8m in a mile rate of 2:01.5 . With the favourite taking the race running from the barrier, Salacious Gossip settled 4 back on the fence.  With a lap down the two race favourites had taken each other on and were 30m clear of the field. With that battle settled and the field back together, Salacious Gossip was one out and one back with a lap to go. Turning out of the back straight she had moved out three wide and was the one to beat and raced away in the last 50m. Bred and part owned by Sean and A Sargent and Kath Rosher, it was a good win by the filly at only her 5th start.

Salacious Gossip is the third winner from her dam Red Hot Date who was a good race mare with 12 wins and $99,730 in stakes including the 2007 WASBA Breeders Stakes, and a best mile rate of 1:56.5. Red Hot Date is a daughter of Boom Or Bust (Kawartha Robust) and is a half sister to top race mare Party Date (Panorama) 1:56 , 25 wins and 27 places and $256,003, Hello Boys (Crouch) 1:57.5 12 wins $89,541 and 4 other winners. Party Date is the dam of Bettor Party (Bettors Delight) 1:54 19 wins $183,232 and Rocknroll Whitby (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:57.2 7 wins $109,332. Hello Boys is the dam of Kiss Chasey (Yankee Sensation) 1:55.3 14 wins $127,048. Boom Or Bust is a winning half sister to 6 other winners, and is out of Boom Boom Baby (Pure Steel) who in turn is a half sister to Dripping Diamonds (Maple Lanes Strike) the dam of Golden Goddess (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 29 wins $258,906 and Golden Gears (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 25 wins $336,466.

The last race on the night was again very popular on course and brought up a driving double for Ashleigh Markham, who usually sits behind a very fast grey horse. 3yo Filly Falling Starzzz (Four Starzzz Shark out of Kefallonia by Golden Greek) is another very lightly raced filly and was stepping out in her 6th lifetime race. Starting favourite from barrier 1 she was challenged out of the barrier but held her ground and led. Bred and owned by Dean and Reece Kaptein, Falling Starzzz was well rated by Ashleigh who held her together under a big challenge at the finish and she held on to win by a half head.

Falling Starzzz is the fourth winner from the unraced Kefallonia who also produced Ionian Jewel (D M Dilinger) 2:01.2 6 wins and $43,211. Bayliner (Smooth Fella) the winning dam of Kefallonia, produced 5 winners including Ghadasbest (Dream Away) 1:55.9 13 wins $156,975.

ITS NOT ALWAYS ABOUT THE SIRE

(29 Jul 16) Good families are evident in the breeding of many a winner, and tonight was no exception.

Barrier 6 on the front obviously made a difference to his starting price but 3yo gelding Rocknroll Whitby (Rocknroll Hanover out of Party Date by Panorama) didn’t know that he was only second favourite and demonstrated his class with an easy win in the George Maloney Memorial for C1-C4. Rocknroll Whitby ran 3 wide to get to the breeze by the winning post the first time then pressed on to take the race lead going into the back straight. From there he wasn’t really going to lose and the smart drive by trainer driver Callan Suvaljko to get to the lead paid big dividends with a 10m winning margin in 1:57.2, last quarters super at 28.4 and 27.4 over the 2130m. Bred and part owned by Ed Dewar and Geoff Groenenberg, the win took Rocknroll Whitby to $109,332 from 7 wins (including the Group 1 $100,000 2yo Sales Classic) and 8 places.

Party Date 1:56, the dam of Bettor Party, was a top race mare with over $256,000 in stakes from 25 wins and 27 places including a win in the Ladyship Mile at Moonee Valley, beating some of Australias top mares. Party Date is also the dam of 4 other winners including Bettor Party (Bettors Delight) 1:54 19 wins and $183,232 in stakes. Boom Or Bust (Kawartha Robust), the dam of Party Date, was the dam of 6 other winners including Red Hot Date (Village Jasper)1:56.5 12 wins $99,730 and Hello Boys (Crouch) 1:57.5 12 wins $89,541 and dam of 5 winners including Kiss Chasey (Yankee Sensation) 1:55.3 14 wins $127,048, and. Boom Or Bust is a winning half sister to 6 other winners including Pleasedontstop (Crouch) the dam of 7 winners including Nomore Forusir (Armbro Operative) 1:57.8 26 wins and $198,663. Boom Boom Baby (Pure Steel) is a half sister to Dripping Diamonds (Maple Lanes Strike) the dam of Golden Goddess (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 29 wins $258,906 and Golden Gears (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 25 wins $336,466.

Another good family, this time it was 4yo mare Delightful Jade (Bettors Delight out of Whitbys Solitaire by Booth Hanover) who started at nice odds and ran a strong race to win the $23,000 Tom Thompson Memorial Pace for M0 and better Mares over 2130m. Bred by Melissa Howie, Delightful Jade settled towards the rear in the race which was run with a fairy fast lead time. Delightful Jade took off with 1000 to go to lead the 3 wide line and steadily made ground on the leaders. Showing some toughness, Delightful Jade was still 3 wide and outside the race leaders at the top of the straight and just got to the lead and held it in a 3 way finish, with a neck to second Blacknsweet Adda and the same to third Formyeyesonly. A good effort by the three mares who are all WA bred. The winning mile rate was 1:56.8. The win was the 19th for Delightful Jade and she has now won $188,932 in stakes.

Whitbys Solitaire, the dam of Delightful Jade has produced 7 winners including full sister and 2yo $100,000 Sales Classic winner Bettor Bling. Whitbys Solitaire is a full sister to Whitbys Miss Penny 1:55.2 32 wins $568,289 and Ace of Whitby 1:58.8 29 wins $317,247. Whitbys Miss Penny is the grand dam of Ima Spicey Lombo (Pacific Fella) 1:55.1 24 wins and $483,686. Fiscal Miss (Captain Hook), the dam of Whitbys Solitaire and Whitbys Miss Penny is also the dam of  Lady Legacy (Northern Lights) who is the dam of Scram Jet (Jet Laag) 1:55.8 24 wins $235,076 and Pride Of Colorado (Saab) 1:55.1 17 wins $153,867. Fiscal Miss is out of Dr Ed Dewars exceptional foundation mare Remit.

It was cheers all round for 3yo gelding Hindu Raja (Cams Fool out of Hindu Sari by Crouch) when at only his third start he won the 3YO Westbred Pace over 2130m. Owned and bred by Kevin Dinnigan and Tammy Pleysier, Hindu Raja started at the good odds of 12/1 from barrier 1 and after some early speed up front he settled behind the leader. Looking like a very good chance down the home straight in the run to the finish, Hindu Raja just grabbed the race leader on the line to win by a half head in a mile rate of 2:01.3.

Hindu Raja is the second winner from her unraced dam Hindu Sari. Hindu Maharani (Kawartha Robust), the dam of Hindu Sari, produced two winners and is a full sister to Rainbow Knight 1:55.9 26 wins and $417,771, winner of the Group 1 Australian Championship and second in the 1997 Inter Dominion to Our Sir Vancelot.!.

 ANOTHER THREE WINNERS

(22 Jul 16) Continuing quite a good month, two very consistent WA bred horses came up trumps, and a very happy breeder/owner/trainer had a win!.

 Continuing his fantastic form, 4yo gelding Mynameskenny (Village Jolt out of Sandys Success by Barnett Hanover) won his eleventh race this season with a win in the The Chandon Qualifying Heat for M2 over 2130m. Starting favourite and from barrier 1, he was beaten for speed out of the barrier and settled behind the race leader. Taking a narrow gap coming out of the back straight the last time, Mynameskenny came after the leader, who had managed to gain a few metres on the bend, and grabbed the lead by a neck in the run to the line. The mile rate was a solid 1:56.2 with last quarters in a very speedy 28.1 and 27.8 for a last half in under 56. The win took Mynameskenny to 17 wins and 5 places for $133,305, with a lifetime best of 1:55.4

Bred and formerly owned by Glen Ross, Mynameskenny has been a real find over the season and his connections including trainer John Oldroyd would be elated, with the win being his first race start in 3 months. Mynameskenny is a full brother to Lightning Jolt 1:56.2 7 wins and $67,375 and they are the only two foals from the unraced Sandys Success. Spring Token (Crouch), the dam of Sandys Success is a half sister to Pamper (Parsons Den) 1:57.3 $80,330  Their granddam is the prolific broodmare Minerva Reef (Surmo Hanover) who produced 11 individual winners. Good winners from this maternal family include  Lombo Navigator (Million To One) 1:53.3, 24 wins $554,522 stakes and multiple Group 1 winner winner Barynya (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.8 19 wins $331,826.

Also maintaining excellent form was 6yo mare Blacknsweet Adda (Sutter Hanover out of My Sweet Adda by Rich And Spoilt), winner of the $20,000 Garrards Horse & Hound On Course Mares M0 to M4 over 2,130m. Blacknsweet Adda started from barrier 2 on the front and settled comfortably into the one out one back position. The race was run at a good tempo and Blacknsweet Adda moved three wide in the back straight the last time to chase down the race leader who had beaten off the other challengers. Blacknsweet Adda stormed to the lead to win comfortably in the end by 5m, with last quarters 28.3 and 28.5 and mile rate 1:56.9. Owned and bred by Harry Capararo and trained by the in-form Courtney Burch, it was also an excellent drive by Stewie McDonald. The win took her lifetime stakes to $143,326 from 16 wins and 29 places. She is the second winner produced by the unraced My Sweet Adda, whose full sister Rich Date has also produced two winners including Real Zeal (Real Desire) 1:57.8 5 wins and $38,961.

The last race of the night, the Horseandhound 3yo Fillies Pace for the 3C0 fillies, was an excellent result for WASBA member Karen Young who bred, owns and trains 3yo filly The Shadow Knows (Shadow Play out of Packed And Ready by WRH). The lightly raced filly has had a lot of trials but only 6 starts and started favourite from barrier 3. Galloping shortly after the start, she recovered and had to settle for the breeze position. Again a little bit rough on the home turn for the run to the finish, she showed some grit by getting balanced again and then running down the leader is a good final quarter of 28.7 to win by 3.3m. A good  drive by the popular Ron Young to get the win.

The Shadow Knows is the 4th winner from Packed And Ready, who won 7 races and $36,919 in her career. Her other winners include Packed Safely (Safely Kept) 1:59.2 12 wins $133,132 in stakes. Packed And Ready is a granddaughter of Inter Dominion winner Preux Chevalier (Lumber Dream) 1:54.3 $791,331!

SLIPPER NIGHT

(15 Jul 16) What a brilliant effort by exciting young colt Mitch Maguire (Sportswriter out of Miley Maguire by Christian Cullen) who followed up a win at his first WA start at Narrogin in track record time of 1:55.4 with a win by 4.6m in the Slipper after leading but being tackled all the way, running 1:55.9. A great little effort by the Ray Williams trained WA bred Major Pocket to run second, the same placing as in the $100,000 Westbred 2YO Classic. Goes to show our Westbreds are very competitive! There were also some other nice winners on the night.

Stepping out as favourite from barrier 1 at her third run back from a short let up, 3yo filly Jasmin Amal (Sportswriter out of Shes Our Angel by Classic Garry) proved the punters correct with a nice win in the $18,000 Premier Avan Golf Maxxi 3YO Fillies Pace over 2130m. Bred and owned by Steve Johnson, Jasmin Amal led throughout and went on to win by nearly 5m in 1:58, last quarter 28.2. It was her fifth win and with 5 places her stakes are now $67,275, along with a best mile rate an excellent 1:55.

Jasmin Amal is the 17th foal and 9th winner from the race winning Shes our Angel, who has been a prolific mare with winners including Nightn Georgia (Safely Kept) 11 wins $116,605 the dam of multiple Group 1 winner Rocknrolla (Grinfromeartoear) 12 wins $287,351, Sky Tower (Panorama) 29 wins $234,433 and non winner Shes Elegant (Safely Kept) the dam of Tightrope (Art Major) 1:53.6 18 wins $153,809. Shes Our Angel is the first foal of Shes Cool (Glen Almahurst), another prolific producer of 10 winners as well as the non winner Heaven (Victory Sarnel) who is the dam of Dreams of Heaven (Safely Kept) 1:58.9 13 wins $150,444 who in turn is the dam of Menin Gate (Somebeachsomewhere) 1:54.3 13 wins $519,690. Heaven is also the granddam of Golden Showgirl (Golden Greek) the dam of Group 1 winner Smooth Showgirl (Art Major) 1:52.3 $213,159. What a family!.

Consistency paid off for 4yo mare La Mia Juliette (Jet Laag out of True Royalty by Barnett Hanover) in the $18,000 Premier Avan Aspire Series Pace for M0 Mares over 2,536m.  Starting at the good odds of 25/1 from barrier 4, she settled one out and three back.  In the back straight the last time, La Mia Juliette followed the three wide line and was still a fair way off and wide coming into the home straight for the run to the finish. Sprinting hard, she ran down the race leaders to win by 1.8m with another fast finisher grabbing second place on the line. Although this is her first win since November 2015 when she set her best mile rate of 1:55.8, La Mia Juliette has failed to win a cheque on only 4 occasions this season from 23 starts. Her 9 wins and 18 places have brought in $135,267 for owners Letitia Barron and Luke Tabbakh. Trainer Peter Tillbrook purchased La Mia Juliette at the 2013 Yearling Sale from breeders Royalstar Pty Ltd.

La Mia Juliette is the only filly from her dam True Royalty, and is the only remaining female in WA from her granddam Remember Rhoie (French Chef) a daughter of Double Dainty and therefore a granddaughter of Daintys Daughter. Remember Rhoie produced 6 winners including Lombo Buon Natale (Chandon) 1:56.9 14 wins $112,061. Double Dainty produced 5 winners including Double Wipe (Windshield Wiper) 1:59 21 wins $241,296.

Winning his second consecutive race in a fortnight, 4yo gelding PePersistentThreat GPM15071619rsistent Threat (Advance Attack out of Well Thats Life by Live Or Die) showed the class that made him a top 2yo. Starting from barrier 8 on the front, he settled second last one out and 4 back. With a lap to go he moved forward to lead the 3 wide line and remained there before being forced to move 4 wide round the home bend. Straightening, he steadied before flashing down the outside and grabbing the lead 20m out to win the $18,000 Premier Avan Savannah Series Pace for the M0 class. It was a good tough run and set a lifetime best mark of 1:55.3. Bred by Total Strategy Pty Ltd the win took him to $138,155 from 12 wins and 14 places.

Persistent Threat won the $100,000 2yo Colts and Geldings Sales Classic in 2014. During his career he has failed to earn on only 4 occasions. Persistent Threat is the first winner from his dam Well Thats Life, who raced in three states and was the winner of 12 races $69,158 in stakes.

The final race of the night went the 3yo gelding Star Armbro (Armbro Operative out of Kin Of Queens by Kinney Hanover) who was a very nice winner of the Premier Avan Frances 560 Westbred 3YO Pace by over 6m. Starting from barrier 2 on the second row, Star Armbro settled in mid field and with just over a lap to go had moved to the 3 wide line. Running strongly over the final stages he cleared away to win by a good margin over the 2130m for breeder and part owner David Bushell. David races Star Armbro with some family members and some mates and they were certainly expressing their pleasure at winning with a very happy trainer/driver Colin Brown on board. The win was Star Armbro’s second and he has now won $10,825 in stakes along with about $10,000 in bonuses. 

Star Armbro is the first winning foal from his winning dam Kin Of Queens, who is the first foal from the very good broodmare Queen Delilah (Orange Sovereign). Queen Delilah won 10 races and over $66,000 in stakes and has produced 5 winners including Jumbo Operator (Armbro Operative) 1:57 24 wins and $313,175 and Getaway Plan (Parsons Den) 1:58 4 wins $135,549  in stakes. Queen Delilah is out of Dainty Delilah (Rock Butler) 1:57.6 and 8 wins who is a daughter of Daintys Last (Frosty Nelson) a half sister to Daintys Daughter. What a coincidence that two horses from the family of Daintys Daughter were winners on the night!

A WINTRY NIGHT CAN STILL PRODUCE WINNERS

(8 Jul 16) It might have been a wet night but there was still some good racing. Wet weather doesnt dampen the spirits of a winner.! Obviously the winners rated the track as good.!

After a hard run in the Westbred Classic the previous week, 2yo gelding Sergeant Oats (Rich And Spoilt out of Miss Mystique by Mystical Prince) showed his true ability with a solid win in the $18,000 Ele-Hanna Hutchison 2YO Pace in 1:57.9 over 2130m, winning by nearly 4m against almost a Slipper field. Starting from gate 1 and stepping out perfectly after causing a false start the first time, Sergeant Oats held the lead with the Gary Hall trained favourite in the breeze. He proceeded to run steady quarters before a fast third quarter in 28.9 put the righting on the wall that he had the race won. He ran to the line comfortably with his stablemate sneaking through to run second ahead of the favourite. Sergeant Oats looks to definitely have the goods for his owners who also feature as the owners of full brother Captain Oats, with trainer Courtney Burch enjoying the benefits of training and part owning. The win took Sergeant Oats to nearly $53,000 in stakes from 4 wins and 4 places, including the West Sired Classic a fortnight before.

Bred by Harry Capararo from Harry’s WA bred sire Rich And Spoilt, Sergeant Oats is the 6th foal and fifth winner from the unraced Miss Mystique, with Captain Oats 1:55.1 8 wins and $84,241 in stakes being her best winner to date. Captain Oats looks like he will easily surpass that mark. Miss Mystique is out of the very successful broodmare Black River Tina who produced 6 winners including Sports Adda (Sports Town) 1:55.8 19 wins $133,459, Tony The Tank (Mystical Prince) 1:59, 9 wins and $80,448 and Cams Flirt (Lucky Cam) the winner of 3 races. Cams Flirt has excelled as a broodmare, producing Rich And Spoilt siblings Adda Double Dip 1:58.8 15 wins $209,272, Rebecca Amy 1:58.5 13 wins $97,465, and Billionaire Bob 1:57.7 13 wins and $91,624 amongst her 5 winners.

Showing that you cant keep a good mare down on a cold wet night, 7yo mare Formyeyesonly (Pacific Fella out of Gena Doro by Classic Garry) stepped out and won the $18,000 Jazmyn Stol Special Pace for M0 class over 2130m. With  water spinning off the wheels, Formyeyesonly started from inside the back line and settled behind the race leader and stablemate Just Jamie. Being held in by a good front running drive, Formyeyesonly didn’t see daylight until part way down the straight when Chris Lewis extricated her from the rails and swooshed past Just Jamie to grab the lead by 1.3m. The win took Formyeyesonly, who is bred and part owned by the Avins, to 11 wins and 10 places for just under $82,000 in stakes. Ten of those wins have come this season, including the Village Kid Sprint at Northam in January in a track recored of 1:54.3.

Formyeyesonly is the second winner from Gena Doro, the winner of 7 races. Gena Doro is out of the Dr Tom Early bred winner Go Go Gena (Romeo Hanover) and is a full sister to Blithe Spirit, the winner of 6 races and granddam of Centrefold Angel (Legacy Of Power) 1:55.2 14 wins including the WASBA Breeders Stakes and $237,348.

The first of the 3C0 Westbred races at Gloucester Park was a great opportunity for a bunch of 3yo Westbred fillies to grab a win and a bonus before they turn four. Much to the delight of her trainer Kevin Keys who also is her part owner/breeder with friend Robert Gaunt, Kurious (Sportswriter out of Snookanite by Walton Hanover) bounced out from barrier 2 and got the lead. With water still on the track from the heavy rain, the race was run at a slower pace and Kurious, who started favourite and was well rated by Gary Hall Jnr, was in control of the race throughout. She went on to win the Ben & Lachlin McNair 3YO Westbred Fillies Pace by nearly 7m to take her lifetime stakes to $30,424 from 2 wins and 11 places. 

Kurious is the sixth live foal and fifth winner from the non winning Victorian mare Snookanite who has excelled as a mum with Cassie Rox (Village Jasper) 2:012 17 wins $152,492 and Itsallaboutnicole 1:55.4 12 wins and $174,471 amongst her winners. This is the same maternal line as Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile winner Our Maestro (Gaines Minbar) 1:56 30 wins $849,313 and Sparkling Melody (Fake Left) 1:56.4 29 wins and $291,587

A PLEASURE TO BE ON COURSE FOR THE WESTBRED FINALS (thanks to Jodie Hallows for the photos)

(1 Jul 16) A fantastic night for WA bred horses with 4 $100,000 Classics for the 2 and 3yos. Rozy Bynder and RWWA's Owners Only were also on course, hosting owners who had purchased yearlings from our recent Yearling Sales. A very upbeat night of racing, with some real stars of the future!

The third win of the season for 4yo gelding Persistent Threat (Advance Attack out of Well Thats Life by Live Or Die) in race 1 started the night off nicely. With the favourite from barrier 1 bubbling at the start, Persistent Threat was able to go straight to the lead. Well rated by Morgan Woodley, the former top 2yo was able to hold the field well in running and won by 4m in the finish, rating 1:57.9 with fast last quarters of 28.4 and 27.8. Bred by Total Strategy Pty Ltd, Persistent Threat now has 11 wins and 14 places for $126,275 in stakes. Persistent Threat won the $100,000 2yo Colts and Geldings Sales Classic in 2014. During his career he has failed to earn on only 4 occasions. Persistent Threat is the first winner from his dam Well Thats Life, who was a winner of 12 races and 21 places for $69,158 in stakes.

A classy field of 2yo fillies stepped out in the first Group 1 of the night, The $100,000 2yo Fillies Westbred Classic. With the favoured fillies in difficult draws and a solid lead time of 36.6, the favourite Red Hot Roxy settled one out two back before being put into the race and taking the breeze position after a lap. With 1200 to go Doalittlerocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover out of Royal Tour by Safely Kept) moved up to lead the three wide line. Coming out of the back straight it was a race in two, Red Hot Roxy having got to the front with Doalittlerocknoroll on her outside. They raced stride for stride down the straight and Doalittlerocknroll grabbed Red Hot Roxy on the line. It was a strong performance from both fillies, with Doalittlerocknroll breaking her maiden status in the win to take her stakes to just under $75,000 for her win and 4 placings. Bred by Kevin and Annette Charles, Doalittlerocknroll was passed in at the 2015 Yearling Sale, which turned out to be a good move for Kevin and Annette who now have the thrill of winning a Group 1 with her.

  

Royal Tour, the unraced dam of Doalittlerocknroll has been an exceptionally good broodmare, with 6 winners from 8 foals of racing age including Truckers Ruffnut (Parsons Den) 20 wins 1:56 $249,770 including the 2009 Group 1 $100,000 3yo State Sires Series, Tuxedo Tour (Northern Luck) 1:53.9 15 wins $193,266 including the 2012 Group 1 $100,000 3yo State Sires Series, and Rocky Pop (Jet Laag) 1:57.3 9 wins $69,844. The granddam of Royal Tour is Zenover (Bachelor Hanover) dam of Motoring Magic (New York Motoring) 1:57.5 10 wins $366,395 and Interchange (New York Motoring) 4 wins $105,725 dam of several winners the most famous of which is Inter Dominion winner Elsu (Falcon Seelster) 1:53.6 27 wins $2,030,796.

Next up was the $100,000 Owners Only Westbred Classic for the 2yo colts and geldings. Another good field with form everywhere. With barrier 1, Chris Lewis took the favourite The Real Ideal (American Ideal out of Kashmir by Wellwood Hanover) straight to the lead from second favourite Wesley who started in barrier 4, both missing some interference caused by the galloper in barrier 2. With a solid lead time of 36.3, and the breeze position changing three times in the first lap, the race was run in even quarters. In the end, no one was up to The Real Ideal who went on to win by 2.4m but looked very comfortable in doing so, despite the valiant effort from Major Pocket (trained by Ray Williams) who raced behind the leader all the way.


Bred by John McIntosh of Worthy Park Stables and purchased by trainer Peter Anderson for $17,000 for the Pacing WA syndicate led by Ross Waddell, the win was the third from 5 starts and one placing, with nearly $88,000 to boot.

Kashmir, the dam of The Real Ideal is another successful broodmare, with her other progeny including General Naseem (Pacific Fella) 1:58.3 14 wins $95,722. The Real Ideal looks to have a very promising future.

The $100,000 Owners Only 3yo Fillies Westbred Classic featured arguably the best 3yo filly in Australia. Dodolicious was sent out a raging favourite from barrier 3 and although she didnt fire out, she pressed forward to take the race lead. Rated comfortably in front, it wasnt until the third quarter that the sparks started to fly and with a 28.8 and 27 flat final quarter the result wasnt in doubt. A good run and valiant effort from 3yo Mister Big filly Maidenimpression kept Dodolicious honest running to the line. Runnig a mile rate of 1:57 over the 2130m the win was the 13th for Dodolicious, with only one unplaced run to date. Her stakemoney for this season is over $275,000, with $405,000 in total stakes in two seasons of racing.

   

Dodolicious shows it can be done in the West!. Her dam Slick Chick has produced 9 good earing foals, and not surprisingly Dodolicious is her best. This is another top female line, with Dodolicous from the maternal family of Mosan Derby, brought to WA by Chris Hodgson of Kellett Lodge Stud in the 60s. The family is responsible for multiple group winners including Golden Nugget winner Sinn Fein 1:57.9 $247,359 and Sires Produce and Triple Crown winner Race Ruler.

The final $100,000 Owners Only Westbred Classic was for the 3yo colts geldings, with another good field stepping out. From barrier 1 in a competetive betting race, West Sired 3yo gelding New World Order (Rich And Spoilt out of Loose Lips by Orange Sovereign) held off the challengers to maintain the race lead with a 36.1 lead time. Travelling well in the lead, the next two quarters were run under 31 and then 27.6 down the back straight and 28.5 final quarter saw New World Order get the win, much to the delight of his very vocal owner group led by Robbie Tomlinson who purchased New World Order for $17,000 at the 2014 Gloucester Standardbreds Yearling Sale.

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It was a great result for trainer Ray Williams who "ran second" earlier in the 2yo event.! Also a good run by another Rich And Spoilt gelding Americanbootscoota who had a tough run, with Bettor Million putting up a real challenge and running a good second after following the leader all the way around. The win was the fifth for New World Order, who started twice as a 2yo for one win, and has $88,800 in stakes.

Bred by Highlight Lodge, New World Order is a full brother to Shipwreck 1:52.2 19 wins and $279,198. Ada Trunkey (Massie) the winning dam of Loose Lips, produced 10 winners including Miss Scoot Along (W R H) 1:56.7 10 wins $50,294 (the dam of Jennas Speedster 13 wins $103714 and 4 other winners). This is also the family of Dr Dre (Christian Cullen) 1:52.8 $280,254.

With wins in the first race, followed by 4 classy Westbred Finals, it was fitting that the last race, an M1 race for mares, also went to a Westbred, with 6yo mare Blacknsweet Adda (Sutter Hanover out of by My Sweet Adda by Rich And Spoilt) by 5.5m.

Starting second favourite from barrier 1 for trainer Courtney Burch (who is having a good run with the local horses) Blacknsweet Adda easily won the start and settled in the lead. With an easy lead time and a last quarter 27.8 Blacknsweet Adda sailed away in the finish. Bred by Harry Capararo who also bred Rich And Spoilt (so a very good night for him) the win was the 15th for Blacknsweet Adda, with 28 places for $128,936 in stakes. She is the second winner produced by the unraced My Sweet Adda.

LUCKY IN PINK AND BOOTSCOOTN IN 3YO WEST SIRED FINALS

(24 Jun 16) An exciting night of racing with some top class performances in several races. Two very nice winners in the West Sired Finals with both set to be starters in their respective Westbred Classic Finals next week.

Showing a clean pair of heels from gate 6, favourite Americanbootscoota (Allamerican Ingot out of Bootscootngirl by Parsons Den) got to the front in the Lumex $25,000 3yo West Sired Colts and Geldings Final and never looked back. With a fast lead time of 36.7 over the 2130m and last three quarters of 28.9, 28.3 and 28.6, Americanbootscoota literally scotted away and won by just under 7m in a mile rate of 1:55.2.

Bought by Dennis Roche for $10,000 at the 2014 Gloucester Standardbreds Yearling Sale and trained by Dennis, Americanbootscoota was unlucky enough to meet Dior Mia More when she won at her first start in  1:53.2. Since then he has 5 wins, with lifetime stakes of $65,140 from 6 wins and 4 places. Bred by Royalstar Pty Ltd, he is the second foal and second winner from the unraced Bootscootngirl who is a half sister to top class Aussie Reactor (Camcracker) 1:50.6 44 wins $616,184 and 5 other winners.

Only a small field stepped out in the Lighting By Lakes $25,000 3yo West Sired Fillies Final but no less a good win by Lucky  In Pink (Legacy Of Power out of Legendary Jac by Lucky Cam) who led from barrier 1. With the connections all gathered on the fence cheering their respective filly, it was Lucky in Pink who maintained the advantage of the rails run and held out Hoylakes Next Lady who tried valiantly to catch the winner. The final quarter was 28.6 and the winning margin was a neck.

Legendary Jac won over $89,000 in her career from 15 wins and 27 places, with a lifetime best mile rate of 1:54.6. She is also the dam of Cyclone Mitch (Legacy Of Power) 1:55.5 17 wins $198,270, a full brother to Lucky In Pink.

After a controversial series of disqualifications last year, Another Vinnie (Legacy Of Power out of Vinnies Sister by Lucky Cam) returned to the winners list with a top class win in the $23,000 Schneider Electric FFA over 2536m. Bred by Les Coulson but with a new owner and trainer, Another Vinnie was checked early by a galloping runner and went forward to the breeze position. Showing brilliant speed after sitting in the breeze over the long journey, Another Vinnie shot to a clear lead in the back straight and had the race won entering the straight, going on to win by 4.3m in 1:58.7, last three quarters 28.3, 27.9 and 28.7. The win took Another Vinnie's total stakes to $253,238 from 22 wins and 23 places including the 2013 3yo Colts and Geldings Sires final. Very fitting that he should win on the same night as the 2016 Finals.

Vinnies Sister, the dam of Another Vinnie, was a good racemare, winning $123,335 from 13 wins and 20 places including thirds in the Champagne Classic, Pearl and Oaks. Another solid performance like that and who knows - we may have our own real WA starter in the 2016 Inter Dominion!.

Good to see the Bond team that includes Rob and John Gartrell, Andrew Foster, Craig Hampson  and Greg Bond as breeders (with Kevin Gartrell and Skye Bond joining in the ownership) from their racemares, with 3yo gelding Bettor Not Bitter (Bettors Delight out of Fina Gemima by Camtastic) winning the LED Goldfields Westbred Pace by over 5m in a mile rate of 1:57. Starting favourite from barrier 5, Bettor Not Bitter was facing the breeze after half a lap. With just over a lap to go the race leader galloped, causing interference to the runners behind him, and Bettor Not Bitter was able to go to the front, a perfect position for his supporters. Running the third quarter in 27.9 was too much for his rivals who hadnt quite settled back into the race after the interference and Bettor Not Bittor went to the line well. The win took his stakes to just over $27,000 from 5 wins and 5 places and will see him as a starter in the 3yo Westbred Classic.

Fine Gemima was raced by the same ownership in a short career that saw her win 2 races and a place from only 8 starts. Bettor Not Bitter is the third foal and first winner from Fine Gemima

GOOD PERFORMANCES IN 2YO WEST SIRED FINALS

(17 Jun 16) The R H Trotter & Co $25,000 2yo Fillies West Sired Final was won by nicely bred local filly Sarah Goody (Rich And Spoilt out of Forrest Interlude by Armbro Operative). Bred and part ownerd by Ross Waddell, Kevin Keys and R Hall, and trained by Kevin, Sarah Goody went to the front from barrier 2 in the small field. A nicely run race, Sarah Goody went on to win by 4.5m in 2:00, last quarter in 28 flat with the second placed filly Allamerican Queen valiantly trying to make up the required ground.

Sarah Goody is out of the good mare Forrest Interlude who has also produced Secret Interlude (Panorama) 1:56.6 19 wins and $230,348 and Nothingbutadream (Modern Art) 1:55.1 $39,285 and 2 other winners. Take Care, the granddam of Forrest Interlude won over $300,000 in her career and was one of New Zealands best pacing mares in the early 80s.

The very impressive 2yo gelding Sergeant Oats (Rich And Spoilt out of Miss Mystique by Mystical Prince) stepped out favourite and won with ease by 17.5m in the Gloucester Motel & Restaurant $25,000 2yo Colts and Geldings West Sired Final. Showing plenty of speed off the gate, Sergeant Oats got to the front from barrier 8, settling into comfortable quarters. With a 28 even, 56 second last half, it was very difficult for any of the other runners to catch, let alone pass him. He went on to win easily and will certainly be a worthy contender in the Westbred Classic on 1 July. Bred b Harry Capararo and trained and part owned by Courtney Burch, his 9 starts have resulted in 3 wins including the De Campo Memorial at Bunbury.

Sergeant Oats is a full brother to 3 other winners including Captain Oats 1:55.1 8 wins $84,241. Miss Mystique, the dam of Sergeant Oats, is an unraced half sister to Cams Flirt (Lucky Cam) the dam of Adda Double Dip (Rich And Spoilt) 1:58.8 $209,272 and 4 other winners, Sports Adda (Sports Town) 1:55.8 19 wins $131,459 and 4 other winners.

Lightly raced 6yo gelding Max Meridius (Elsu out of Mac A Lot by Our Sir Vancelot) had his first start for six months and did everyone proud with a win in the Cash Concerters Westbred PAce for C5-C9 over 2130m. Settling 3 back on the fence, Max Meridius was able to move out to 3 wide and clear coming out of the back straight and put in a really good finishing run to win by 6.7m in 1:56.3, 2nd and 3rd qtrs 28.7 and 28.9. The mile rate was his lifetime best.

Bred and part owned by L and A Stampalia, Max Meridius took his stakes to just over $58,000 from 6 wins and 12 places. He is the only foal from his dam Mac A Lot, who won over $53,000 in her race career.

 

Starting from barrier 1 was always going to make it hard for the others, and 7yo mare Formyeyesonly (Pacific Fella out Gena Doro by Classic Garry) proved that in Heat 3 of the Lombardo for M0 Mares. It was a bit closer than anticipated though, with Formyeyesonly leading from the barrier but almost getting run down in the straight to win by a head, mile rate 1:57.2 over the 2130m with last quarters 28.7 and 27.9. Formyeyesonly was the winner of the Village Kid Sprint at Northam in January in track record time of 1:54.3, then went for a spell after an unplaced run in February, returning for a win first up at Northam earlier in June. Bred and part owned by Phil and I J Avins, Formyeyesonly has now won over $58,000 this season with lifetime stakes of $70,074 from 10 wins and 12 places.

Gena Doro, the dam of Formyeyesonly, won 7 races and is also the dam of Call Me Zorro (Orange Sovereign) 1:56.8 9 wins and $53,193, and is a full sister to the granddam of Centrefold Angel (Legacy Of Power)1:55.2, 14 wins and $237,348 in stakes. The dam of Gena Doro was another good race winning mare in Go Go Gena (Romeo Hanover), who is is out of Papagena (King Oro), dam of 10 winners from 16 foals and one of WAs best maternal families from the 60s and 70s

Thanks to Owners Only for Breakfast at Byford, Sunday 12 June, and a great night in Steelos on Westbred Classic night. A good time had by all. Thanks especially to Rozy Bynder! 

A ROYAL WIN

(10 Jun 16) NSW bred colt Im Rockaria (Rocknroll Hanover out of Vitness by Vintner) was the winner of the Princi Smallgoods $100,000 Pearl Classic for 2yo colts and geldings. Starting second favourite from barrier  4 on the front, Im Rockaria was settled perfectly one out and one back by reinsman Chris Voak, He then moved forward with a lap to go to lead the 3 wide line, tackling race leader Wesley. It was a mighty battle in the straight, with Im Rockario just nudging past Wesley (Sportswriter) to win by 1.4m in 1:58.3, last quarter 28.3. For his 5 starts he has 3 wins, 2 places and nearly $78,000 in stakes.

Im Rockario is the 8th foal and 6th winner from his dam Vitness, with winners including Twelve Paces (Live Or Die) 1:57 27 wins $263,058 and Murcielago (Live Or Die) $51,189

6yo  i form mare Paid Twice (Blissfull Hall out of Shoalwater Whitby by Holmes Hanover) returned to the winners list with a nice win in the Princismallgoods.com.au Westbred Pace over 2130m for Class C1-C4. Restrained to the rear from barrier 7, she avoided the early speed dual up front which saw a solidly run lead time of 37.2 and first half of 57.8. With a lap to go she was 5 back on the fence, with plenty to offer but nowhere to go. With some quick changes in position, Paid Twice was in striking distance and was moved to the outside of the field at the top of the straight. Flying over the last 50m she caught the leaders and won by a neck, in a mile rate of 1:56.5.

Bred by Dr Ed Dewar and  purchased for $8,000 at the Yearling Sales, Paid Twice has now won just under $53,000 from 7 wins and 8 places. Shoalwater Whitby, the dam of Paid Twice is a race winning half sister to Whitbys Magic (Magic Fella) 1:58.2 13 wins $115,939. Whitby Bay (Tarport Adios), the dam of Shoalwater Whitby is out of Appro Bay (Scottish Bret) and is a half sister to 4 winners including Bow And Arrow (Afella Rainbow) 1:58 15 wins $96,179 and Ann Of Whitby (Adios Vic) 2:00.7 13 wins $51,995 and dam of Henry Te Whitby (Crouch) 1:57.9 9 wins $128,415.

A VERY GOOD CHOICE WITH LADY LUCK

(3 Jun 16) Heat 1 of the Del Basso Butchers The Lombardo for M0 Mares over 2130m went to in form driver Shane Young on 6yo mare Auctioneers Elsu (Elsu out of Maybe Matilda by Hey Maybe) for owner trainer Sarah Suvaljko. Auctioneers Elsu (a winner of the WASBA Bob Humphries Memorial Westbred Mares Pace) started from 3 on the front and settled in the breeze before getting a trail. With a solid lead time, steady quarters and a blanket finish, there were several good runs by all the qualifiers for the final, with only 1.9m separating first to fourth. Bred by Dawn Howson, the win took Auctioneers Elsu to just over $82,000 from 11 wins and 26 places.

Auctioneers Elsu is the 5th winner produced by Maybe Matilda, with other winners including Croucho Mark (Crouch) 14 wins $91,311 and Columbus Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:56.5 13 wins $97,089. Maybe Matilda won the 1993 WA Oaks and was the only filly from her dam Matilda Trunkey (Batman). Matilda Trunkey is a half sister to the unraced Trunkey Queen (Adorian) who is the granddam of Tiffany Liz (Tiff N Time) the dam of Tiffanys Boy (Panorama) 1:59.1 11 wins $89,072 and Cherokee Charmer (Redskin) 18 wins $101,667 the granddam of Shes A Runa (Jeremes Jet) 1:55.5 18 wins $282,271 , incl the NSW Oaks.

However, the night was all about the Del Basso Smallgoods $100,000 Diamond Classic for 2yo Fillies, which was brilliantly won by NSW bred filly Lady Luca (Lis Mara out of Hearty Franco by Artsplace). Driven a treat by master reinsman Chris Lewis for trainer Justin Prentice, Lady Luca made the most of a scorching first half by the two race leaders and ran over the top of them in the straight to win by 2m in a race record of 1:55.6, with first two quarters in 28.8 and 28.1. Bought in NSW by Kevin and Annette Charles with her dam Hearty Franco as a foal at foot, Lady Luca now has nearly $66,000 in the bank from just 3 starts. Hearty Franco was unraced but is a half sister to two exceptional horses, Franco Hat Trick (Holmes Hanover) 1:52 30 wins $659,210 including the Chariots of Fire and NSW Derby, and his full brother Franco Heir 1:56.4 $392,272 also including the NSW Derby. Quite a feat for two brothers to win a Derby. Congratulations Kevin and Annette.

BETTER AGAIN

(27 May 16) Another top win in consecutive weeks for 4yo mare Bettors Gem (Bettors Delight out of Falcons Gem by Falcon Seelster) saw her take the major stakes by winning the inaugural $25,000 Cold Storage Specialists Westbred 4YO & 5YO Mares Final over 2130m. Starting favourite from barrier 2, Bettors Gem led the field, but looked under threat from a serious challenge at the top of the straight. Buckling down to the task and showing a lot of spirit, she responded in the run to the line and won by half head in 1:57.6, last quarters 28.5 and a really snappy 27.2. Top effort by second placed Where Dreams Grow for Courtney Burch, with drivers Shane Young (on Bettors Gem) and Garry Hall Jnr fighting out the finish again. Owned by Trevor and Colleen Lindsay and bred by Trevor with Mark Sargent, the win took Bettors Gem to $81,462 ($62,000 this season) from 10 wins and 9 places, with a lifetime best of 1:54.6 set in winning the previous week.

Bettors Gem is the first foal from a non winning lightly raced mare Falcons Gem, who is a half sister to  Rare Gem (Sokys Atom) 1:52.6 11 wins $215,350 and Ebony Gem (Island Fantasy) 1:56.9 13 wins $304,323 and 2 other winners.

Good to see the great co-operation between WASBA and RWWA to get this race up and running with heats at Pinjarra, Narrogin and Northam.!

It was a long wait for the last race but well worth it, with 4yo entire It Aint Royal (Allamerican Ingot out of Supreme Royalty by Parsons Den) winning the Crusing The Kimberley Westbred Pace for C1-C4. Starting from barrier 9, he worked hard to get to the breeze, the same as a fortnight earlier. As the caller said, a "tough little pony" with very solid quarters over the 2130m resulting in a mile rate of 1:56 with middle quarters of 28.7 and 27.9 and a win by 3.6m. Kristy Sheehy purchased the 4yo in April and with new trainer Kristian Hawkins on board, it Aint Royal recorded his 4th consecutive win.

Bred by Royalstar Pty Ltd, It Aint Royal has $30,930 in stakes from 5 wins and 4 places, with all his wins coming this season! Supreme Royalty, the dam of It Aint Royal, won over $93,000 in her career including the Group 2 2008 $50,000 2yo Fillies State Sires Series. Her dam Hotniten Georgia (Albert Albert) is a half sister to Like A Dame (Golden Greek) dam of David Hercules 1:52.7 39 wins $1,259,019 and 5 other winners; Endless Journey (Die Laughing), dam of $100,000 Pearl winner Isaiah Artois; Go By Jet (Whats Next) 20 wins and $91,746; and 2yo Sales Classic winner Fake Embrace 1:53.4 37 wins $240,2497m in 1:57.3, last quarters in 28.7 and 28.1.

TOP MARE WINS 2016 WASBA BREEDERS STAKES

(20 May 16) Run over the new distance of 2130m, the $40,000 WASBA Breeders Stakes saw a very classy mare stamp her credentials with another top win in very good company. New Zealand mare Ideal Alice (American Ideal out of Bonsoir by Armbro Operative) was always going to be hard to beat – she may well be “horse” of the year at Gloucester Park – and although Lady Willoughby put up a valiant effort to run second it was always Ideal Alice, who went on to win by 6m in 1:55.8, last quarters 28.5 and 28.3.

Another good drive by Gary Hall Jnr making each quarter just a little harder than the previous.

Very pleasing to present the trophy to Gary Snr and Karen on behalf of owner Phil Cook,  an Aussie living in New Zealand. Gary also commented that he is breeding from some of his successful WA based New Zealand mares.

The $40,000 WASBA Breeders Stakes is one of the prestigious races for mares on the Gloucester Park Calendar. WASBA is very grateful to all our sponsors on the night, with a race named after each sponsor Budget Stockfeeds, (Follow The Stars at) Allwood Stud, Fresh Express, Gloucester Standardbreds, Landmark Midvale, Larkhill Vets (great to see Trevor and Colleen win a double on the night!), Mine Feeds, Ramsays Horse Transport and Vision Produce. The night is made all the better by the support of Gloucester Park Harness Racing who also support our sponsors on the night. We are very proud of what we have been able to achieve in consultation with our country clubs, RWWA and GP, and we are seeing our Westbreds like Dodolicious and Bettors Gem get the opportunities they deserve.

Thanks to our WASBA sponsors for making this race and many others possible.!

WASBA 2016 BREEDERS STAKES NIGHT

(20 May 16) With a good position in running, lightly raced 4yo Tommy Be Good (Jeremes Jet out of Spicks And Specks by Golden Greek) was able to make the most of a small field and good finishing speed to win the Gloucester Standardbreds Westbred Pace over 2130m on Breeders Stakes Night. Bred by Patrician Park, Tommy Be Good settled one out one back early, before race favourite Cyclone Mitch took off from the rear to settle in the breeze. Racing one out two back until coming off the back straight with a three wide run, Tommy Be Good was able to sustain the run and win from the breeze horse by just over 2m in 1:56.3, last two quarters in 28.8. The win took his stakes to just over $46,000 ($32,700 this season) from 7 wins and 10 places.

Spicks And Specks, the dam of Tommy Be Good, has produced 2 other winners in Liquid Radar (Armbro Operative) 1:57 13 wins 28 places $114,667 and Niseko (Bettors Delight) 6 1:58.8 6 wins $35,445. Spicks And Specks is a half sister to Demoralizer (Crouch) 1:56.7 26 wins $358,199 and is also the granddam of Glenferrie Affair (Courage Under Fire) 1:56.8 17 wins $67,776.

A classy field of 3yo fillies, almost an Oaks field, stepped out in the $18,000 Follow The Stars At Allwood Stud 3yo Fillies Pace. Starting from 9 at the barrier and coming off a second in the Oaks, Bettor Boa (Bettors Delight out of Miss Anaconda by Falcon Seelster) started favourite and with 2 laps to go was at the back of the 3 wide moving line. Finding herself 3 wide without cover with a lap and a half to go, Bettor Boa continued to run solidly outside the race leaders. In the back straight the last time, she burst to the front with terrific acceleration and had 4 lengths on the field. With such a hard run she held on particularly well and went on to score by 4.6m in 1:56.8 over the 2130m. The win was her 7th, with 5 places making up $69,277 ($67,196 this season) so far with a career best mile rate of 1:55.2. Owner breeders Trevor and Colleen Lindsay from Karnup Racing were on course to witness the top class win.

Bettor Boa is the first foal from the non winner Miss Anaconda, who descends from the great NZ Black Watch maternal line.

Double joy for the Karnup Racing ownership of Trevor and Colleen, with 4yo mare Bettors Gem (Bettors Delight out of Falcons Gem by Falcon Seelster) winning the $18,000 Fresh Express Pace for M0 pacers over 1730m. Starting from barrier 2 Bettors Gem went to the lead and set solid quarters. With 400 to go she was tackled by the favourite and for a blink of an eye he had the lead in the straight. Not to be outdone, Bettors Gem fought back and went on for a gritty win by 2 in 1:54.6, last quarters both 28.2. Bred by Trevor Lindsay and Mark Sargent, the  win was her 9th with  9 places for $64,962 from only 13 months of racing after many early setbacks from serious injury. The winning mile rate was her lifetime best.

Bettors Gem is the first foal from Falcons Gem who is a half sister to  Rare Gem (Sokys Atom) 1:52.6 11 wins 21 places $215,350 and  Ebony Gem (Island Fantasy) 1:56.9 13 wins 18 places and $304,323.

A ROYAL WIN

(13 May 16) A nice win by outsider 4yo gelding It Aint Royal (Allamerican Ingot out of Supreme Royalty by Parsons Den) to sit the breeze the whole race and have enough left to move away and win the 2130m Telethon Westbred Pace by 2.7m in 1:57.3, last quarters in 28.7 and 28.1. This was his second consecutive win and 4th career win from only 29 starts, with stakes of $19,880.

It Aint Royal, bred by Royalstar Pty Ltd, had three starts as a 2yo and 4 starts as a 3yo with the balance of his starts and all but $1500 coming from this season. It Aint Royal changed ownership and trainer in April, so great results for his new connections! Supreme Royalty, the dam of It Aint Royal and also bred by Royalstar, was the winner of the 2008 $50,000 2yo State Sires Series for Fillies.

TOP FILLY HIGHLIGHTS GANNONS WA OAKS NIGHT

(6 May 2016) It might have taken to race 7 to get the first Westbred winner on the night, but what a good one. Dodolicious (Bettors Delight out of Slick Chic by Troublemaker) turned in another scintillationg performance to win the $150,000 Gannons WA Oaks. As expected, Dodolicious started favourite and gave the punters everything they wanted with a race record of 1:57 over the 2536m Oaks distance, final quarters 28.6 and 28.8. This broke the previous race record set 27 years ago in 1989. This was a tough win, with Dodolicious settling in the breeze position very early in the race. Having done all the work, she got to the front and fought off the challenge from another impressive local filly in Bettor Boa (Bettors Delight) to win by 1.25m. The win was her 12th, with 6 places and $337,773 in stakes and a best mile rate of 1:55.5 set in the Oaks Prelude the previous week.

Dodolicous is the eighth foal and eighth winner from lightly raced winning mare Slick Chic, with other winners including Cuvee Riche (Kinney Hanover) 1:58.6 10 wins $112,125. Slick Chic is a half sister to five winners including Fox Oshaughnessey (Fake Left), 1:53 35 wins $222,324. Rather Slick (Maple Lanes Strike), the dam of Slick Chic, won one race in a short career and is a sister to 6 other winners. This is the maternal family of Mosan Derby, who was brought to WA by Chris Hodgson of Kellett Lodge Stud in the 60s. This family has produced multiple group winners including Golden Nugget winner Sinn Fein 1:57.9 $247,359 and Sires Produce and Triple Crown winner Race Ruler.

Lightly raced 7yo mare Artesian Queen (Artesian out of Butlerish of Butler B G) showed some toughness to take out the $18,000 Gannons East Perth Showroom M0 Mares Pace over 2130m by 2.4m. Initially settling one out and one back following a 37 second lead time, she found herself facing the breeze with a lap and a half to go. She tackled for the lead coming out of the back straight and had hit the front at the top of the home straight, holding on to win in 1:58.1, last quarter 28.5. The win was her 6th win, with 10 placings taking her stakes to $42,617 from only 27 starts. Bred by Elderbell Holdings, she is the seventh foal and 4th winner from her dam Butlerish, the winner of 4 races and $21,126. Artesian Queen is a half sister to Rylee Jo (Albert Albert) 7 wins $53,222 and dam of Sea Me Smile (Cams Fool) 7 wins $79,848 and Eminence Grise (Artesian) 7 wins $57,848. She is also a half sister ot Bailee Renouf (Mystical Prince) dam of Glow Bright (Artesian) 12 wins and $119,405. Obviously this family goes well with stallion Artesian, who now stands in WA.

Another 7yo, gelding Soho Monza (Pacific Fella out of Spick And Spangled by Perfect Art) rounded out the night for Westbreds by winning the $18,000 Gannons Harness Saddle Cloths M0 Pace over 2536m. Bred by Robert Watson, the win took Soho Monza just shy of $200,000 with 16 wins and 36 places with a best mile rate of 1:56 set this season.

Soho Monza is the first foal from winning mare Spic And Spangled, whose dam Spangledempress (Pure Steel) is a daughter of 1986 WA Oaks winner Spangle Black (Black Gamecock). Very apt winner on WA Oaks night. As a 2yo Soho Monza won the $50,000 Westbred Classic and was second in the 2yo $100,000 State Sires Series Classics.

TOP RACING BY THE BIRD

(29 Apr 16) Another great run by 3yo filly Dodolicious (Bettors Delight out of Slick Chic by Troublemaker) to win the $18,000 Oaks Prelude over 2130m. Initially challenging for the lead from her barrier 9, she settled for the breeze position. A fast lead time of 36.2 set up a fast race, and not one to disappoint, Dodolicious just looked classy when hitting the lead at the 300 mark and went on to win by nearly 6m in a mile rate of 1:55.5. She certainly looks the one to beat in next weeks $150,000 WA Oaks. The win took her stakes to nearly $243,000 from 11 wins and 6 places from just 18 starts. Bred owned and trained by Greg and Skye Bond, her wins have included the $100,000 2yo fillies Westbred Classic, the $35,000 Gold Bracelet and the $50,000 3yo fillies Daintys Daughter Classic, with seconds in the $125,000 Golden Slipper and $200,000 NSW Oaks.

Following on from this was another great run, this time by outsider Wesley (Sportswriter out of El Jay Lombo by Bettors Delight) to win the $50,000 Monford Group Champagne Classic over 2130m. A surprise race leader from barrier 8, 2yo colt Wesley was well rated by Kaydn Hayter who was able to slow the field down early and then sprint over the last 400 in 28.7, holding out all challengers to lead all the way. Bred by Lombo Standardbreds, this was the 4th win by Wesley, with one placing from only 6 starts and stakes of $49,560.

El Jay Lombo, the dam of Wesley was a winner in Victoria and Wesley is her first foal. El Jay Lombo is out of multiple winner and $50,000 earner Lady Lara Lombo (Northern Lights) and is a half sister to Lord Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:56 19 wins $217,567 and one other winner. Lady Lara Lombo is a full or half sister to Lombo Skyrider (Panorama) 1:50 63 wins $841,611, Lombo Cloud Nine (Northern Luck) $102,310 and 9 other winners. Decethree Lombo (Classic Garry), the dam of Lady Lara Lombo, is a half sister to one of Australias greatest ever 2yos in Lombo Pocket Watch (Jet Laag) 1:53.6 45 wins and $1,522,638.

Settling one out and 2 back in the moving line was a good move for 4yo gelding Tommy Be Good (Jeremes Jet out of Spicks And Specks by Golden Greek) who showed his customary dash to win the Westbred Pace for C1-C4 over 2130m. Tommy Be Good put in a real burst of speed in the back straight to close in on the race leaders coming out of the back straight. He had drawn to the lead coming into the home straight and looked an easy winner before holding off a late challenge to win by a head. The win took the lightly raced 4yo to 6 wins and 10 places for $40,494 in stakes.

Bred by John Coffey's Patrician Park, Tommy Be Good only started his racing career 15 months ago. He is a half brother to a very handy winner in Liquid Radar (Armbro Operative) 1:57 12 wins $112,417 and Niseko (Bettors Delight) 1:58.8 6 wins $35,445. He is also a half brother to Rapunzels Dream (Western Terror) the dam of Glenferrie Affair (Courage Under Fire) 1:56.8 17 wins and $67,776 in stakes.

Spicks And Specks, the dam of Tommy Be Good, won 5 races in her career and is a daughter of Breathtaking (Classic Garry) who also produced Demoralizer (Crouch) 1:56.7 26 wins $358,199, Turkish (Village Jasper) 1:59 12 wins $131,303 and two other winners. Breathtaking is a half sister to WA champion Shattering Class (Golden Greek) 62 wins $810,302.

THE 2016 GLOUCESTER STANDARDBREDS SALES CLASSICS

(22 Apr 16) Some terrific performances by our WA bred fillies and boys in this years Heats and Finals. These exciting youngsters showed their wares in the two $100,000 Clipsal by Schneider Electric Sales Classic Finals for 2yos at Gloucester Park. All the Heats were run on April 12 in very wet conditions, with Heat winners The Real Ideal, The Beachcomber and Allmightyjoelouis for the boys and Aqueensomewhere, Betshes Precious and Beach Goddess in the fillies Heats and some other runners putting in really special performances.

First the fillies.

2yo filly Beach Goddess (Somebeachsomewhere out of Cleopatra by Village Jasper) started from the outside barrier in a field of 7 and finished strongly from second last at the bell, making it two wins from 4 starts. Running second to her was Doalittlerocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover out of Royal Tour by Safely Kept) who had met severe interference in the first lap. Final quarter 28.8.

Favourite Red Hot Roxy (Somebeachsomewhere out of Gabriella Rocks by Four Starzzz Shark) started quickly and led in her Heat before taking the sit behind eventual winner and unbeaten filly Betshes Precious (Bettors Delight of our Precious Blonde by Precious Bunny). Blocked for a run in the straight, Red Hot Roxy finished 4th, with The Royal Lady (Allamerican Ingot out of Royal Diva by Safely Kept) and Miss Twiggy Whitby (Rich And Spoilt out of 2001 3yo Fillies Sales Classic and WA Oaks winner Miss Electra by Magic Fella).

After finishing second in her first race start, favourite Aqueensomewhere (Somebeachsomewhere out of Queen Delilah by Orange Sovereign) settled one out one back in her 5 filly Heat before storming forward to be in front on the home turn and winning by 11m with another 14m to third. Final quarter 28.7.

Come the final, Red Hot Roxy, trained by Katja Warwick, showed tremendous gate speed and burst out from barrier 9, crossing to the lead by the turn into the back straight. She was a clear leader in the run to the finish and went on to win by 5m in a mile rate of 1:57.5, last quarter 28.5. Placegetters were Beach Goddess, The Royal Lady and Miss Twiggy Whitby. For her 3 starts to date, Red Hot Roxy is a Group 1 winner and winner of 2 races and $64,900.

Bred by Steve Johnson, Red Hot Roxy was purchased for $24,000 by the Pacing WA syndicate. Congratulations to Ross Waddell, director of Pacing WA and all the syndicate members. Red Hot Roxy is the first foal from the unraced Gabriella Rocks (Four Starzzz Shark), who is a half sister to Forty Two Grand (Armbro Operative) 1:58.3 16 wins $122,875, Grinjaro (Grinfromeartoear) 1:55.2 17 wins $248,982 and 3 other winners.

Now for the boys

2yo gelding Allmightyjoelouis (Roll With Joe out of Bolshoi Belle by Resurgent Dragon) was eased back from barrier 5 in his Heat in the small field. Still last at the bell, he moved 3 wide at the 600 with a sizzling burst of speed and hit the front 400m from home, dashing further away to win by 6m with the final quarter 28.9 under the soggy conditions. This was only his second start following a fifth at Pinjarra.

The Beachcomber (Somebeachsomewhere out of Promising Gift by Bright As Day) started from the outside of the field at 6 in his Heat and was restrained early before getting to the breeze to race outside the leader. He moved forward in the back straight and went on to win by 1.5m from the grey Itz Dynamo (Allamerican Ingot out of My Royal Doreen by Jet Laag).

The Real Ideal (American Ideal out of Kashmir by Wellwood Hanover) set the fastest heat time of 1:59.1 when he led out from barrier 1 and went on to win by just under 9m at his first race start, last quarter in 28.3.

In the final,The David Thompson trained Allmightyjoelouis jumped straight to the front from barrier 4 and didn't give his rivals a chance, running a race record of 1:56.9 over the 1730m. With an exceptional 3rd quarter of 26.5, he cruised to the line winning by 8m. It was a good effort by second place getter The Real Ideal who had breezed most of the way after coming off the rails behind Allmightyjoelouis - possibly because of the suspension of Chris Lewis for staying on the rails with the favourite in one of the Heats. Third was Let It Roll with Its Dynamo 4th.

Bred by Zoe Ellis, Allmightyjoelouis was a $12,000 purchase by Angelo Russo at the 2015 Gloucester Standardbreds Yearling Sale. Allmightyjoelouis, who has $64,7BreederZoeEllisWithherBestPresentedFilly201660 in the bank from his two wins, is the third foal and second winner from his dam Bolshoi Belle, who is the best performed winner from her dam Speakout (Its Levity). Bolshoi Belle won over $60,000 in her career from 10 wins and 9 places. Congratulations to breeder Zoe Ellis and the connections of Allmightyjoelouis.! 

The new owners of the yearling half sister (by We Will See) to Allmightyjoelouis who purchased her for $10,000 at the 2016 Sale must be very pleased with their purchase, with the filly also winning the award for best filly paraded at the Sale.!

MORE WINNERS ON SALES CLASSIC NIGHT

(22 Apr 16) The A great turn of foot was a big factor in the win by 4yo mare Delightful Jade (Bettors Delight out of Whitbys Solitaire by Booth Hanover) in the $25,000 The Johnson Mares Final. Starting at very long odds, especially for a Gary Hall Snr starter, Delightful Jade burnt across from barrier 5 on the front line to go to the lead, then allowed good front runner Lady Willoughby to run to the front in a good lead time 37.4. The first two quarters were relatively even but a flying third quarter of 27.3 tested several runners and coming into the straight with the run to the line, Lady Willoughby looked to have the race run and won. However, Delightful Jade came off the rails behind Lady Willoughby and made a late lunge 50m from the finish and just nailed the race leader on the line, to win officially by a half head. The last quarter was 28.1 (so last half in 55.4) with a winning mile rate of 1:55.5. Bred by Melissa Howie and now owned by prominent breeder Robert Watson, Delightful Jade has won $164,767 from 18 wins and 7 places, with a best mile rate of 1:55.3. Included in her wins is the Western Crown and De Campo Memorial for 2YO fillies in 2014, and the 2015 Country Oaks.

Delightful Jade is from the Remit maternal family, one of WA and probably Australia's best families. Whitbys Solitaire, the dam of Delightful Jade and 6 other winners including Bettor Bling (winner of the 2015 2yo fillies $100,000 Sales Classic), was a minor winner herself but a full sister to prolific winner Whitbys Miss Penny (winner of the WA Oaks, the WA Derby, the 3yo fillies Pink Diamond and the Fremantle Cup to name a few) 1:55.2 $568,289. In turn, Whibys Miss Penny is the dam of Sexy Lexy Whitby (Mystical Prince), the winner of only one race but the dam of Ima Spicey Lombo (Pacific Fella) 1:55.1 24 wins $483,686 in stakes including the Empress Stakes, Mares Mile, Australian Pacing Championship, Parliamentarians Cup and minor placings in the Fremantle Cup and WA PAcing Cup.

2013 Sales graduate and 4yo mare Straittothehilton (Rich And Spoilt out of Made Of Dreams by Parsons Den) was impressive in winning the Clipsal Saturn Pace over 2130m for C1-C4 pacers in a mile rate of 1:56. A supersonic lead time of 34.2 was always likely to leave the race leaders open to attack, and with Straittothehilton settling last in the moving line she was well positioned. Taking off three wide with a lap to go, she worked forward and hit the front with 500 to go. She had a good break on the rest of the field entering the straight for the run to the finish, and held off the late finishers to win by 1.7m, last quarters 29 and 27.7. Heady drive by young reinsman Stuart McDonald. Bred by Harry Capararo, L Inwood and S Tupluk, Straittothehilton has now won $137,750 from 9 wins and 7 places with tonights win being her lifetime best mile rate. Along the way the $6,000 yearling purchase has won the 2yo $100,000 Westbred Classic for fillies in 2014 and the 3yo Fillies Sales Classic in 2015. Not a bad return and a very nice mare for the future.

Made Of Dreams 10 wins $39,664 and her full sister Amongst Royalty 1:55.1 23 wins $570,820 are out of the unraced mare Arctic Glow who is also the dam of Chazsalico (Prince Of Gold) 1:57 $141,515, Aristocratic Glow (Northern Luck) 1:55.9 9 wins $74,756 and three other winners. Arctic Glow is out of Broncroft Castle (J R Skipper), the dam of Mon Poppy Day (Whats Next) 1:56.4 20 wins $318,558, Travcor (Its Levity) 1:58.7 18 wins $102,664, WA Oaks and 2yo Classic winner Parthenon (Golden Greek) 2:00 $79,920 and 5 other winners. Broncroft Castle is a half sister to Vain Franco (Holmes Hanover) the dam of Under Cover Lover (In The Pocket) 1:51.8 21 wins $864,923, Ccs Lover (Christian Cullen) 1:51.2 36 $293,361 wins, Cybersleuth (In The Pocket) 1:52 30 wins $195,071 and Front Cover Lover (Whats Next) the dam of Bettor Cover Lover (Bettors Delight) 1:53.8 19 wins $1,026,427. The winners just keep coming!

Another one bred by the Howie family, this time Mike, and the well backed 6yo gelding Walter James (Artesian out of Manhattan Transfer by Fake Left) justified the confidence of his backers with a win in the $23,000 Clipsal Powerhouse FFA over 2536m by just over 4m.  Starting from barrier 1 and untroubled to lead, he was 3m clear at the top of the home straight on the way to the line and moved further away at the finish, running 1:58 with last quarters in 28.6 and 28.2. The win took Walter James over the $100,000 mark and was his second win over 2536m this year.

Manhattan Transfer, the dam of Walter James, is out of the unraced Navajo Miss (Vanston Hanover) who is a full sister to Ima Dream 1:58.3 16 wins $129,718 - dam of Left A Dream (Fake Left) 1:55.6, 22 wins $153,448.

Stepping up in more ways than one, 4yo gelding Three Bears (Bettors Delight out of Big Blue Eyes by Red River Hanover) was an easy winner of the Clipsal Westbred Pace for C5-C9 over 2130m. Started favourite from barrier 5, he settled one out and 2 back in the small field. The race consisted of very solid lead time and quarters, with Three Bears taking off with a big run  in the back straight the last time. He had swept to the front by the turn out the back straight, racing away from the field and winning by 8m. The mile rate was an exceptionally good 1:54.8, lead time 35.7 and last quarter 28.4. The win added to his win in the Busselton Cup over 2597m in December and the Bridgetown Cup in March over the 2680m stand. His lifetime stakes are now $75,762 from 12 wins and 8 places and tonights run was his lifetime best mile rate.

Bred by Geographe Treelopping Services, Three Bears is the first foal from Big Blue Eyes, who is out of prolific broodmare Bonnie Blue Eyes who coincidentally was bred in Victoria by now prominent WA breeder John Coffey. Although only a minor race winner, Big Blue Eyes is a half sister to No Blue Manna (Mystical Prince) 1:56.6 41 wins $628,157, Black And Blue (Northern Lights) 1:57.2 17 wins $212,494, Baby Blues 1:56.3 14 wins and $115,032 and another 6 winners!

DERBY NIGHT SPOILS

(15 Apr 16) The 2016 WA Derby was run tonight but there is more than one winner on a night of racing.!

Another very good win by 4yo entire Mynameskenny (Village Jolt out of Sandys Success by Barnett Hanover) to win his 5th race in a row in taking out the $18,000 Sky Racing Replays M0. Rating 1:55.7 over the 2130m, he was three wide for the first lap before going to the front entering the back straight the first time. The race was solidly run, and Mynameskenny broke away from the field coming out of the back straight to the run to the finish and won comfortably by 4.6m. A very good performance from the favourite, with quarters in 28.9, 30.3, 29.1 and 28.0.

Bred and part owned until last month by Glen Ross, Mynameskenny has a new partnership enjoying his winning performances. His lifetime stakes are now $107,055 from 15 wins and 5 places and he continues to improve since his 4th in the 2014 Golden Slipper as a 2yo. His full brother 3yo Lighning Jolt, also bred by Glen Ross, is showing a lot of talent as well. They are the only two foals from their dam Sandys Success.

Missing out on a run in the Derby, 3yo West sired gelding New World Order (Rich And Spoilt out of Loose Lips by Orange Sovereign) showed his credentials with a win in the Sky Racing 3yo Pace over 2130m. Starting from the outside of the backline in 12, New World Order settled one out and 2 back in running and maintained the same position for most of the race, before starting a run in the back straight and being pushed four deep. He continued his wide run around the bend and hit the front entering the straight. While the winning margin was only 2.1m it was an authoritative win and the first leg of a double for trainer Ray Williams. The mile rate of 1:56.3 was a lifetime best for New World Order and the final quarters were a quick 28.2 and 28.1. This was his third win out of 4 starts, so unlucky not to get a Derby start, and his 4th win from 8 career starts. He also won on debut as a 2yo and has been placed twice. New World Order is a full brother to 2 other winners including Shipwreck 1:52.2, 19 wins $278,778.

His dam Loose Lips won 4 races in her career and is a full or half sister to 9 winners including Miss Scoot Along (W.R.H) 1:56.7 10 wins $50,294 who is the dam of 5 winners including Jennas Speedster 13 wins $103,7143.

Another very happy group of connections including trainer Jamie Howlett and son Tom witnessed the win by 7yo gelding Dredlock Rockstar (Northern Luck out of Maid For Life by Safely Kept), who ran a lifetime best of 1:53.9 to win the $23,000 Inthegig Pace for M2-M5 over 1730m. Shooting out from barrier 1 and leading, under the guidance of regular reinsman Ashleigh Markham, the quarters were run in 27.2, 30.4, 29.4 and 27.2. A pretty special effort to run low 27s in the first and last quarter and a smart drive by Ashleigh Markham to suit Dredlock, after warming up to the event with a 2nd in a 2500m stand at Bunbury 13 days before. The winning margin was 5.1m, so nobody really got near him at the end with the field being 3 deep for most of the race. It brought his career total to 15 wins and 25 places for $163,451. Dredlock Rockstar- or "The King" to his friends - has returned to the form of old when he was second in the Mount Eden Sprint, third in the Stratton and won the Parliamentarians Cup.

Maid For Life, the dam of Dredlock Rockstar, is the dam of 4 other winners including Choccy Mac (Barnett Hanover) 1:55.7 9 wins $65,163 and is a full sister to Bank The Money 1:59.1, 31 wins and $152,969 in stakes.

In form 5yo mare Mon Lillies (Artesian out of Mon Poppies by Safely Kept) recorded a back to back win in the Sky Racing Replays Westbred Pace for C1-C4 over 2130m. Spearing across the field from barrier 9, she was the race leader after 150m and stayed there for the race, giving driver Ash Markham a double. She booted clear at the top of the straight in the run to the line and went on to win by 4.9m in a mile rate of 1:57.6, last quarter a very nice 27.6. Bred by D and D Monson, her lifetime stakes are now $56,555 from 8 wins and 9 places, with her lifetime best mile rate of 1:54.7 set on 8 April, when she led early and handed up to All About Pink  then ran her down at the post. A great result for the Sortras family.

Mon Lillies is the only surviving foal from her dam Mon Poppies 1:57.7 10 wins and $88,350 in stakes

ANOTHER TOP NIGHT FOR WESTBREDS

(8 Apr 16) Friday at GP was an excellent night for Westbreds, Westbred mares and the hopes and persistence of owners and breeders who don’t always get the biggest share of the limelight!

We’ll take you through from race 1 which was won by 6yo Westbred mare Paid Twice (Blissfull Hall out of Shoalwater Whitby by Holmes Hanover). Owned by Katrina Lynn and trained by Brad Lynn and, as the dam’s name might give a hint, bred by Ed Dewar. The dam, Shoalwater Whitby, is a half sister to Whitby Magic (Magic Fella) who won $115,939 but was not bred from. Shoalwater Whitby herself has only had 3 foals with Paid Twice the only runner.

Paid Twice went into the race as a heavily backed favourite and was well driven in the lead by Kiara Davies who just gradually increased the sectionals to run home in 28.4 and win by 10.4 metres.  An $8,000 yearling sale purchase, Paid Twice has earned just under $44,000 in stakes and Epona Credits of $3,367, with her best mile rate of 1.55.9 winning an MO in January this year.

Next was Artesian mare Mon Lillies out of mare Mon Poppies (Safely Kept) who you may also be able to guess were both bred by Dale Monson! Mon Poppies was a very talented race mare who had 10 wins including an Oaks prelude and $88,350 stakemoney. Sadly from 7 attempts at pregnancy Mon Lillies is the only surviving foal, with Mon Poppies losing an Art Major colt and slipping or missing every other time. Mon Lillies has now earned $51,000 in stakes and $3,984 Epona credits after her great win on Friday night, where she led early and handed up to All About Pink who can run some phenomenal sectionals. Mon Lillies ran her down at the post to record a super 1730m time of 1.54.7. That would have the Sortras family really happy with James (Jim) Sortras both training the mare and sharing ownership with the family. Callan Suvaljko was the reinsman.

There wouldn’t be many to notice that stallion Artesian (pictured left) would get a city double in consecutive races (he is also the sire of WA millionaire David Hercules pictured right), but that’s what happened when 5 year old gelding Importer Exporter brought up a milestone city win for himself and trainer Chris Winston. Artesian USAChris is also the breeder of this horse and it was his first venture into breeding and watching the development from pregnancy to city winning five year old and all that happens in between. Chris basically borrowed the mare Kelcie Sophia (Totally Western out of Sassy Georgia) for one pregnancy and Importer Exporter is her only progeny. Granddam Sassy Georgia (Mattgilla Gorilla-Elysees Elle) has produced Powerful Tycoon (Powerful Toy) 11 wins $53,791, Hooza Clever Buntz (Art Major) $25,234 and Kathleen Betty (Kenneth J) who, only a week ago ran a very game second to Dior Mia More in the WASBA Country Oaks, for her long-term owner breeders M & T Hancock. Driven for the first time by Chris Lewis, Importer Exporter led all the way and actually ran away from the field at the end in the stand. He is very lightly raced having had only 23 starts and now has 5 wins and 8 places with the last two starts both being wins. It’s only early in this preparation for Importer Exporter, who already has $42,000 to his name, so all owners including dad Geoff Winston are hoping there’s more! DONT FORGET THAT ARTESIAN IS NOW STANDING IN WA!

Our fourth Westbred winner for the night was another 6yo mare Deluxe Edition (Jet Laag out of Hindu Sitara by Safely Kept) who recorded her 11th win with 23 places (13 seconds), also to her credit. Her earnings to date are a very nice $128,845. Owner breeders Denise Trobe and Adrian Staltari have been through a fair bit with this mare who has always shown a lot of talent, but has at times let herself down with racing manners. Trainer Ross Olivieri has worked pretty hard, along with stable staff putting up with her quirks etc as they have tried to resolve those issues, so Friday was a great reward for effort for all, and for Chris Lewis who has reined this mare in such a manner to let her run to her best. 

Deluxe Edition is out of another talented mare Hindu Sitara who won $97,607 in her career. She won 5 races at 2 years including the Gloucester Standardbred Sales Classic and also won a Pearl Heat against the boys. She went on to win a further 4 races including second in the Oaks before a paddock accident finished her racing career. She was raced by Denise and Adrian, who also retain her for breeding. Hindu Sitara’s first foal was a highly talented colt called Premium Black (Blissfull Hall) who won once and placed twice in his 3 2yor starts, before he died suddenly as a three year old. Deluxe Edition is the second foal and won twice as a 2yo, with further city wins at three and four. She also won the inaugural WASBA Bob Humphries Memorial in 2013. Her Epona credits before Friday’s win were already sitting on the maximum of $5,000 which will obviously be of great assistance for future breeding.

Deluxe Edition comes from the family of Mosan Derby, brought to WA by Chris Hodgson of Kellett Lodge Stud in the 60s, who produced multiple group winners including Golden Nugget winner Sinn Fein 1:57.9 $247,359 and Sires Produce and Triple Crown winner Race Ruler. This is also the family of current top 3yo filly Dodolicious (Bettors Delight)!

COUNTRY OAKS WEEK

There were some great wins by the young brigade over the week.

The week really started at Pinjarra on the Monday (28 Mar 16), with an exceptional, and in fact record breaking, performance by 3yo filly Dior Mia More (Tintin In America out of I Am Special by Live Or Die) who stepped out for the first time in a race and unfortunately for her rivals, went 1:53.2 over the 1684m with a scorching lead time of 27.1 and final quarters of 27.6 and 28.8.

Bred by Brett Coffey, Dior Mia More was purchased by Annie Belton for $17,000 at the 2014 Gloucester Standardbreds Yearling Sale and was recently transferred by Annie to the larger stable of Gary Hall Snr to iron-out some foibles that were preventing her moving forward to a racing career. What a brave and wise move that was! It was also a superlative effort by second placegetter Americanbootscoota (Rich And Spoilt out of Bootscootngirl by Parsons Den), a $10,000 Yearling Sale graduate who led and set the pace, only to be gathered up in the last 100m to finish 4th. Dior Mia More raced last of the two wide line for most of the race so had something left when called upon, and won easing down by 8.4m.

At the same meeting the Disco name came to the fore again with Courageous Disco (Courage Under Fire out of Elite Disco) also displaying some real talent to win the 2yo event at Pinjarra by 11.5m in an impressive 1:56.5 over the  1684m event. Bred by John and Sue Awcock, he led and reeled off an impressive first quarter of 28.8 and followed with final quarters of 27.9 and 28.4. This was his first start also, so big things expected from him too.

Another Yearling Sale 3yo started at Northam on Thursday (30 Mar), and duly won. 3yo gelding Rocknroll Whitby (Rocknroll Hanover out of Party Date by Panorama) started in the $11,000 C0 Westbred and led all the way, winning by over 21m.

On Friday at headquarters 6yo gelding Guns With Cows (Legacy Of Power out of Come On Jessie by Greener Pastures) continued his good form with a win in the Slater Gartrell Sports Thanks Leith Westbred MS Pace. Guns With Cows now has 4 wins and 11 places for $35,137 in stakes. Guns With Cows has had some long breaks in his career, with more than 14 months break before his first start this season in September. Then another 2 months off before getting back to racing consistently, with his 10 starts this season resulting in 2 wins and 5 places.

Guns With Cows is a full sister to Jessie Power 2:00.7 $52,884. Come On Jessie, the dam of Guns With Cows, was a race winning mare and daughter of very good race mare Moorilla Lass (Royal Force) 2:02 14 wins $100,348, excellent for a 1978 mare.

Then on Saturday (2 Apr) at Bunbury, after some early controversy about starters in the Country Oaks, 8 fillies left the gate with Kathleen Betty (Kenneth J) setting a solid pace for the fillies over the Oaks distance of 2569m. The short priced favourite Dior Mia More, fresh from her 1:53.2 over the short course at Pinjarra, settling at the rear in the two wide line. With a lap to go the field was tightly bunched then at the 600m mark Dior Mia More took off and quickly gathered the field in, hitting the lead at the 400m mark from a fighting Kathleen Betty. Dior Mia More went on to win by 9m in a mile rate of 2:00.2 and last quarters 28.8 and 28.1. This very impressive WA bred filly should go a long way.

Dior Mia More is by new sire Tintin In America out of I Am Special by Live Or Die. I Am Special was a good race mare in WA with $74,744 in stakes from 6 wins and 11 places. Kelty Star, the dam of I Am Special, is a full sister to Jillbo (Caprock) 1:53.8 27 wins and $272,951.

EASTER THURSDAY CHOCOLATES

(24 Mar) The Easter Cup meeting on Thursday 24 March at Gloucester Park showed us a couple of interesting points; they being that good winners can come from unraced mares – Mynameskenny out of Sandys Success (by Barnett Hanover) and Tanaka Eagle out of Miss Tanaka (by Badlands Hanover), or, they can come from top shelf winners Lady Willoughby out of Amongst Royalty (by Parsons Den). In addition, all three winners are our own  Westbreds!

Sandys Success is one of many good producers bred by Ian Davie. Owner/breeder Glen Ross is the breeder of Mynameskenny who is by Village Jolt, and Tanaka Eagle was bred by Total Strategy Pty Ltd. Friday night’s very good win took Mynameskenny to 13 wins and just over $90,000 in stakemoney. Of course he has won a lot more than that with his Westbred bonuses not included in that figure! This particular mating - Village Jolt to Sandys Success is obviously quite a potent one as there is a quality 3 year old full brother also trained by John Oldroyd, called Lightning Jolt. He has already won 5 races and $53,845 plus Westbred Bonuses.

Lady Willoughby's win on Friday night was also full of merit, coming from the moving line defeating the fast finishing Deluxe Edition and giving Ross Olivieri a training quinella. Lady Willoughby is not only Westbred but Westsired, being by Allamerican Ingot. Her dam Amongst Royalty is one of WA’s best performed race mares. We tend to forget, but her record is 23 wins 37 places and $570,820 stakemoney with a best winning mile rate an exceptional 1.55.1. She is a dual Group 1 winner with Group 1 Bathurst Gold Tiara 2 yr old Fillies Final, Australian Pacing Gold 2 yr Fillies Final, VSB & SA Gold Chalice Listed 3 yr Classic, 2008 and 2009 Pinjarra Golden Girls Mile in 1.55.1 and 1.55.9 and 2010 Won Australian Pacing Championship Consolation. A super record for a West Sired mare who took on allcomers. 4yo mare Lady Willoughby is Amongst Royalty’s first foal and she has already to her credit 14 wins and $124,062 plus all those DOUBLE bonuses! Her breeders Bob and Marilyn Fowler of Allwood Stud had the unfortunate luck to lose Amongst Royalty last year before foaling. She does however have a Rocknroll Hanover filly and a Mach Three colt to yet be produced on the racetrack. We would all hope this good family breeds on through her two daughters.

Tanaka Eagle is a 5 yr old Westbred gelding by Elsu and he now boasts 12 wins 28 places and has just topped the $100,000 in stakemoney. The gelding is out of the unraced NZ mare Miss Tanaka who is by Badlands Hanover out of Electrify. Tanaka Eagle is currently owned by R and G Phillips- or Reg Phillips as we all know him. It’s 37 starts since his last win at Albany February 2015 but who's counting? On Thursday night Reg was absolutely “cockahoop” about his clever little horse and clever training and it was good to see someone so proud of his win! Tanaka Eagle is the first foal of Miss Tanaka, who is a half sister to Lockinver (Mach Three) 1:54.1 21 wins $235,715. Electrify (Holmes Hanover), the granddam of Tanaka Eagle, is a half sister to Dreamy Atom (by Sokys Atom). Dreamy Atom is the dam of Western Dream (Badlands Hanover) 1:56.3 14 wins $334,987 the dam of Western Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:55.6 19 wins $447,536. Dreamy Atom is also the dam of Dream Royale (Beach Towel) 1:53.6 22 wins $145,068 the dam of Soho Lennon (Mach Three) 1:53.3 17 wins and $200,957 in stakes.

DELIGHTFUL WIN

(18 Mar 16) Congratulations to leading owner/breeder Robert Watson, who had his first win with 4yo mare Delightful Jade (Bettors Delight out of Whitbys Solitaire by Booth Hanover) in the $20,000 Alltools Name Says It All Mares Pace for M0-M2 class over 1730m. Delightful Jade returned to racing after an 8 month break to win first up by just under 4m. Bred by Melissa Howie, Delightful Jade has shown a lot of class throughout her career and has been unlucky not to win some of the big races.

Starting from barrier 5 and favourite she flew out to take the race lead. Running a last quarter of 27.4 made it close to impossible for any of the other runners to catch her. Robert, Principal of Soho Standardbreds, bought Delightful Jade just before the $100,000 Westbred Classic for 3yo fillies and he was very unlucky not to get a quick return on his investment. However, she looks like she has plenty of time to become a very good racemare, with her current statistics a very impressive $146,307 from 17 wins and 6 places with best mile rate of 1:55.3. Congratulations Robert, for purchasing this excellent Westbred.

Delightful Jade won 6 of her first 7 starts including the 2yo Fillies Western Crown and De Campo Memorial. As a 3yo she was second in the Country Derby and won the 2015 Country Oaks. She is a full sister to 2015 $100,000 2yo fillies Sales Classic winner Bettor Bling and 5 other winners. Whitbys Solitaire, a daughter of Fiscal Miss (Captain Hook) and the dam of Delightful Jade, is a full sister to Whitbys Miss Penny 1:55.2 32 wins $568,289 and Ace of Whitby 1:58.8 29 wins $317,247. Whitbys Miss Penny is the grand dam of Ima Spicey Lombo (Pacific Fella) 1:55.1 24 wins and $483,686. Lady Legacy (Northern Lights) a half sister to Whitbys Solitaire, is the dam of Scram Jet (Jet Laag) 1:55.8 24 wins $235,076 and Pride Of Colorado (Saab) 1:55.1 17 wins $153,867. This is one of the great female lines, with Fiscal Miss being out of Dr Ed Dewars foundation mare Remit.

A good drive on Johnny Be Good (Jeremes Jet out of Spicks And Specks by Golden Greek) saw him take advantage of a scrimmage early in the race and resulted in a nice win to the lightly raced 4yo gelding in Heat 3 of the Westbred Series. Settling 3 back on the fence after starting from barrier 4, he got clear ground in the back straight after the leading two horses broke away from the field. He then got into third position and was closing in on the turn into the front straight before reeling in the race leaders and winning by 1.5m. Bred by Patrician Park, he now has 5 wins, 8 places and $31,479 from only 20 starts.

Spicks And Specks, the dam of Tommy Be Good, is a winner of 5 races and dam of 3 winners from 5 foals including Liquid Radar (Armbro Operative) 1:57 12 wins $111,907. Spicks And Specks is a half sister to Demoralizer (Crouch) 1:56.7 26 wins $358,199 and Turkish (Village Jasper) 1:59 12 wins $131,303. Breathtaking (Classic Garry), the dam of Spicks And Specks, is an unraced sister to Shattering Class (Golden Greek) 1:56.6 62 wins and stakes of $810,302.

GOOD METRO WIN FOLLOWS STRONG COUNTRY FORM

(11 Mar) Following on from a terrific Albany season, 5yo gelding Kimba Bay (Artistic Fella out of Lorinda Bay by Mystical Prince) won Heat 2 of The Clarke for M2 class in 1:57.Getting to the lead quickly from barrier 3 and then slowing, Kimba Bay put the pressure on with three fast last quarters of 28.7, 27.5 and 28.8 and won by 4.4m. Owned and bred by Doug Sutton and trained by Debra Sutton, the win took Kimba Bay to just over $212,000 from 19 wins and 13 places. This was his third successive win with the previous win being the $30,000 Harvey Cup at Albany. Kimba Bay also won the $100,000 Westbred Classic as a 2yo.

Lorinda Bay, the winner of 7 races and dam of Kimba Bay and Scot Bay (Grinfromeartoear) 1:56.5 16 wins $123,731 in stakes, is a half sister to the dam of 3yo filly Baby She Rocks (American Ideal) $33,710 and winner of the 3yo Sales Classic. Lorinda Bay's dam Tempt Me Whitby (Butler B G) is out of Tempting Franco who is a half sister to Franco Tiger (Bo Scots Blue Chip) 43 wins $991,387 including the 1992 Miracle Mile and Australian Pacing Championship and 2nd in the 1992 Inter Dominion. The close family also includes Motu Crusader (1:52.9 $361,343) and Motu Treasure (1:55.9 $191,566).

A well judged drive behind 7yo gelding Eminence Grise (Artesian out of Rylee Jo by Albert Albert) resulted in a good win in the $18,000 Cowden Insurance Brokers Pace Stand over 2503m. Jumping straight to the front from the stand was a good move and so was relinquishing the lead after half a lap to take the sit behind the leader. In the back straight the last time he was extricated from the rails position to be up and challenging for the lead in the home straight. He went on to win by just over a metre in 2:01.1 Bred by Elderbell Holdings Pty Ltd, the win took Eminence Grise to M1 class and lifetime stakes of $57,848, with nearly half of it coming in this season.

Rylee Jo, the dam of Eminence Grise won 7 races and was placed 19 times for just over $53,000 in her race career. She has a 100% producing record with her only other foal, 4yo mare Sea Me Smile (Cams Fool) proving to be a very handy mare with stakes of $73,617 from 6 wins and 9 places. Rylee Jo is a half sister to Bailee Renouf (Mystical Prince) the dam of Glow Bright (Artesian) the winner of 12 races and 23 places for stakes of $113,405.

Starting favourite from barrier 4 on the front line 4yo gelding Mynameskenny (Village Jolt out of Sandys Success by Barnett Hanover) was beaten for speed out of the barrier and settled in the breeze for Heat 2 of the Westbred Series over 2130m. He worked to be a nose in front turning out of the back straight and was consolidating his lead running down the home straight before tiring slightly, but hung on to win by a neck in a mile rate of 1:57, last quarters 28.9 and 28.9. Bred by Glen Ross, the win took Mynameskenny to just over $81,000 from 12 wins and 5 places with best mile rate a very good 1:55.4. This season alone he has the very credible figures of 6 wins and 1 place from 8 starts.

Mynameskenny is a full brother to the very promising 3yo Lightning Jolt 1:56.4 5 wins and $53,845. The granddam of Sandys Success, the dam of Mynameskenny is a half sister to Pamper (Parsons Den) 1:57.3 $80,330 with the family stemming from Minerva Reef (Surmo Hanover) and also including  Lombo Navigator (Million To One) 1:53.3, 24 wins $554,522 stakes, and Tasmanian and $150,000 Victorian Oaks winner Barynya (Blissfull Hall) 1:55.7 16 wins and 10 places from 34 starts and $296,539.

Producing the goods in the $50,000 Caduceus Club Classic was 3yo gelding Johnny Disco (Jeremes Jet out of Dalmore Disco by Presidential Ball). Johnny Disco started from the inside of the back line and settled three back on the fence after an extremely fast lead time of  35.5 saw the leading two horses well clear after 400m. Gradually moving up on the inside, Johnny Disco remained three back until the back straight where he was able to move off the rails. Getting clear just before straigtening he steamed home to win by over 5m in a very fast 1:55.8 for the 3yos over the 2130m. The win was his 6th (the third this season) for $137,478 in stakes. Johnny Disco, bred and part owned by John and Sue Awcock, is the second foal and second winner from Dalmore Disco 1:57.5 who won $101,681 from 12 wins and 19 places. Disco Lights (Northern Lights) 1:57.5, 12 wins $75,681 the dam of Dalmore Disco, is a half sister to 7 winners including Disco Force (Resonator) 1:53.8 27 wins $268,416 including the 2000 Golden Slipper, and Disco Flyer (In The Pocket) $186,313. The dam of Disco Lights is a half sister to Tailamade Lombo (Troublemaker) 1:55.3 49 wins $1,354,978 and Espeshlimade Lombo (Troublemaker) 1:58.6 $299,199.

STRONG PERFORMERS SHOW THROUGH

(4 Mar 16) A good win for 4yo grey gelding The Revolution (Northern Luck out of My Royal Doreen by Jet Laag) to win Heat 1 of the Westbred Series for M0 pacers over 2130m. The Revolution, bred by Royalstar Pty Ltd, ran to the front from barrier 3 and ran steady quarters before moving away to be 7m in front coming out of the back straight. He then went on to win comforatbly by 11m, last quarters 28.3 and 27.9, mile rate 1:56.9. This was the 10th win for The Revolution, with 10 places bringing his stakemoney to $84,847 and life time best mile rate 1:54.7.

The Revolution is the first foal from the lightly raced mare My Royal Doreen, who won twice and was placed twice from only 6 starts before injury. The Revolution is a half brother to recent 2yo winner Itz Dynamo (Allamerican Ingot) who won at his first start. My Royal Doreen is out of the winning mare Shivering (Chill Factor) who also produced Gives Me Chills (Northern Luck) 1:57.4 11 wins $60,466.

Another win to the Justin Prentice team, in consecutive races and again starting from barrier 3. This time it was a strong performance from Atlastalone (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Classy And Smart by Fake Left) in the $21,000 Sullys Painting Pace over 1730m for M0-M2, with Atlastalone tackling for the lead before settling in the breeze. At the top of the straight for the run to the finish he was still second but simply outstayed the race leader and favourite to win by a half neck in 1:55.5 with the four quarters in 28.9, 30.8, 28.3 and 28.1. It was a good win to Atlastalone and took his stakes to $112,238 from 12 wins and 14 places, with nearly $60,000 coming from the current season. It was also the second win in 7 days, following a win last Friday.

Classy And Smart, the dam of Atlastalone, was very sucessful as a race mare winning 14 times for $104,828 in stakes. Her dam Rich and Racy was by Inter Dominion winner Preux Chevalier. Rich and Racy won 5 races in her career, and is a half sister to Elite Dynasty (Vance Hanover) who is the dam of Son Of Fergie (Totally Western) 1:53.2, 27 wins $374,325, and Elite Angel (Safely Kept) 1:56.7 12 wins $128,702.

Another small field but another excellent race, with 3yo filly Mary Catherine (Art Major out of Easy Riter by Getting It Right) proving too good on the night after getting to the front from the start in the $18,000 International Animal Health Products Pace for the fillies over 2130m. Bred by M Pumfrey and Robert Sheehy, Mary Catherine started from barrier 7 on the front and was driven confidently to take the race lead after half a lap. From there she always looked the winner and duly did so, winning by just over 6m in 1:57.9. Mary Catherine has now won $85,369 from 8 wins and 8  places, with 4 wins coming since December.

Mary Catherine is the third foal from her dam Easy Riter and the first winner. Easy Riter 1:57.8 $39,252 won won 5 races in her career and is out of the unraced mare Easy Girl (Romeo Hanover) who is a grand daughter of one of Dr Tom Early's top broodmares in Star Song whose descendants include Centrefold Angel (Legacy Of Power) 1:55.2 14 wins $237,348. This is also the maternal family of the one and only Mount Eden (Morris Eden).

GREAT RUN BY DODOLICIOUS IN NEW SOUTH WALES OAKS

(28 Feb 16) What more can you ask? Following a great win in a Heat, Dodolicious did herself and her connections proud with a fantastic effort to run second to a genuine future champion Our Dream About Me in in the Final of the $200,000 New South Wales Oaks over 2400m. In the breeze early until Our Dream About Me came forward to take up that position. Our Dream About Me then maintained that position with Dodolicious hard up behind her. In the final stages, Our Dream About Me cruised to the front and is clearly an incredible filly. The mile rate of 1:54.2 with lead time 56.7 and final sectionals 28.4, 27.2 and 27.8 was just exceptional for the 3yo fillies and Dodolicious, a WA bred filly, has clearly shown that she is up with the best that Australia and New Zealand can produce.

Congratulations to Dodolicious and her connections.

SENSATIONAL RETURN

 (26 Feb 16) What a great return to racing by 6yo gelding Shirlz Sensation (Yankee Sensation out of Village Oak by Village Jasper). Winning 3 consecutive races in March/April 2014, Shirlz Sensation didnt race again for 15 months then had a few unsuccessful starts before another 5 months away from the track.Now his first up win in the $18,000 Westral Pace for M0 class over 1730m in an amazing 1:54.7, clearing out to win by just under 8m. Shirls Sensation started from 9 on the front line and settled mid field early, before moving up 3 wide after half a lap to initially challenge for the lead then settling in the breeze position. He had reached the front on entering the home straight for the run to the finish and quickly put the result beyond doubt. Bred by Sam and Shirley Salamone and S Fielding, Shirlz Sensation has only had 28 starts for 9 wins and 4 places and $82,345.

Shirlz Sensation is the only foal from his lightly raced dam Village Oak, who was the only filly and one of only two foals from her dam Grey Oak (Jun Jun Ni).

Only a small but quality field left the gate in the $18,000 Gannons Pacing Colours 3YO Pace over 2130m but the race didnt lack excitement. With the leaders aggressively driven to run a 36 second lead time, Johnny Disco (Jeremes Jet out of Dalmore Disco by Presidential Ball), who challenged early for the lead, was happy to allow a fast moving challenger to take the breeze position from him and settled one out and one back. Taking off in the back straight, Johnny Disco showed the benefit of keeping your feet when attacking and with the favourite galloping and losing position on his outside, Johnny Disco steadily moved forward into the lead in the straight and won by 3.5m in 1:56.4, with only the last quarter over 30 seconds after a hard run race. Johnny Disco, who is bred and part owned by John and Sue Awcock, has had 5 wins and 5 places from his 13 starts for stakes of $104,478 and best mile rate an impressive 1:55.8.

Dalmore Disco, the dam of Johnny Disco,was a good race mare, with 12 wins and 19 places for $101,782 and best mile rate of 1:56.7. Her only other foal to date is also a winner. Her dam Disco Lights (Northern Lights) 1:57.5, 12 wins $75,681 is also a 100% producer with 3 winners from 3 foals including Roll On Disco (Presidential Ball) 1:58.3 9 wins $66,425. Her unraced dam Madam Butterfly (Windshield Wiper) produced 8 winners from 10 foals including Disco Force (Resonator) 1:53.8 27 wins $268,416 including the 2000 Golden Slipper, Disco Flyer (in The Pocket) $186,313 and Live In Hope (Northern Lights) 1:56.4 23 wins $114,596. Madam Butterfly is a daughter of Butterfly Trunkey and half sister to Tailamade Lombo (Troublemaker) 1:55.3 49 wins $1,354,978.

Another good run by a WA sired horse, this time with 4yo gelding Persistent Threat (Advance Attack out of Well Thats Life by Live Or Die) being successful in the Princi Butchers Westbred Pace for C1-C4 over 2130m. Another solidly run race, with Advance Attack settling 3 back on the fence after starting from the inside of the backline. With the lead changing again, a good drive saw Persistent Threat moved off the rails into the moving line. Some more good driving to move further foward in front of tiring horses and Persistent Threat then moved to second place coming into the run to the finish and grabbed the leader in the shadows of the post to take the race by a head, in a mile rate of 1:56.6.

Bred by Total Strategy Pty Ltd, Persistent Threat has 10 wins and 11 places for $115,145, with only three unplaced starts in his career. Persistent Threat is the first winner from his dam Well Thats Life, who was a winner of 12 races and 21 places for $69,158 in stakes.

GLOUCESTER STANDARDBREDS YEARLING SALE

 (21 Feb 16) Congratulations to all the purchasers of the yearlings, who were beautifully presented on Sale Day. We hope you are all successful, but dont forget to nominate your yearling for the Pearl and Diamond - the yearlings this year have a chance to run in a $50,000 3yo leg as well as the normal $100,000 2yo leg. Thanks go to RWWA for seeing this initiative through.

There are still some fantasitc lots available - see the list under the "Breeding News" tab, or click on the yellow box above.

Some highights were:

top priced colt Lot 72 Mach Three out of Queen Delilah $45,000 - presented by KTC Bloodstock for Kevin Charles and purchased by Rob Gartrell. Congratulations Rob!

top priced filly Lot 97 Mach Three out of Party Date $48,000 - presented by Whitby Falls Pacing and G Groenenberg and purchased by one of the Burtons. Congratulations!

The top 5 fillies presented were Lot 1, Lot 3 by Art Major (Steve Johnson), Lot 52 by Shadow Play, Lot 58 by Mcardle (Global Breeding Farms) and Lot 63 by Rock N Roll Heaven (KTC Bloodstock for Kevin Charles). The best presented filly was Lot 1 by We Will See. Picture below with proud mum Zoe Ellis

The top 5 colts presented were Lot 21 by Christian Cullen (Neven Botica), Lot 83 by Shadow Play (Debra Lewis), Lot 108, Lot 113 by Rock N Roll Heaven (KTC Bloodstock for Kevin Charles) and Lot 121 by Western Terror (KTC Bloodstock's Kody Charles). The best presented colt was Lot 108 by Mr Big, from Copper Lodge. And he is still available!!!

Some photos from the day. More to follow. The morning parade was a credit to the vendors, who should be congratulated for the presentation and behaviour of the yearlings.

DODOLICIOUS GOING GREAT GUNS IN NSW - YES WE CAN BE THE BEST! 

(20 Feb 16) Fantasatic run by WA bred, owned and trained filly Dodolicious (Bettors Delight out of Slick Chic by Troublemaker) in a Heat of the New South Wales Oaks, with the 2400m $200,000 Final due to run on Sunday 28 February at NSWs premier track at Menangle near Sydney.

Driven by Luke McCarthy it was a dominant win by 11m in a mile rate of 1:57.5 with last quarter in 26.9 seconds. This makes it 5 wins in a row, with a total of 10 wins and 5 places from 15 starts. Her wins included the $100,000 2yo fillies Westbred Classic, the $35,000 Gold Bracelet and last week’s $50,000 Daintys Daughter Classic. And she wan an extremely good second in WA’s 2015 $125,000 Golden Slipper.

Breeder/owner/trainers Greg and Skye Bond are extremely confident that she is “good to go” and she should be a real chance from barrier 3 in the final. She has shown herself to be tough, and had to go round the field in the Heat to lead rather than have the advantage of an inside barrier. She has measured up at every challenge.

THE FEATURE RACE PLUS 5 OTHER WINNERS

 (19 Feb 16) Showing a clean pair of heels from barrier 1, 6yo gelding Leftrightgoodnight (Gold Glover out of Morganoon by Northern Lights) wasn’t headed in the Pathway over 2130m at headquarters. Running 1:57 for the journey, he won by 3.6m. As well as being the trainer, Sonia Zucchiatti also bred and owns Leftrightgoodnight in partnership with A Kirke. Leftrightgoodnight is the third winner from Morganoon and has now won just under $54,000 from 10 wins and 10 places best mile rate 1:56. Morganooon is a sister to 4 other winners including Glenmorgan (Bright As Day) 1:58.8 11 wins $63,293.

In another good result, 8yo gelding Atlastalone (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Classy And Smart by Fake Left) showed continuing good form when he won the $18,000 James Squire Pale Ale for M0 pacers. After starting from barrier 5 he was fast out and had raced to the lead leaving the home straight the first time. He maintained the pressure by reeling off steady quarters and went on to win by 3.4m in a mile rate of 1:56.2. He now has 4 wins and 4 places from 12 starts this season and overall his 11 wins and 14 places for just under $99,000. Owned and bred by Ross Waddell of Gloucester Standardbreds, it was a good result for Ross, just 2 days before the 2016 Sale.

Atlastalone is out of classy mare Classy And Smart 1:56.8, 14 wins $104,828 who has two winners to date. There are some good winners in this family, including Son Of Fergie (Totally Western) 1:53.2, 27 wins $374,325, and Elite Angel (Safely Kept) 1:56.7 12 wins $128,702 who are out of Elite Dynasty (Vance Hanover), a half sister to Rich And Racy (Preux Chevalier) who is the dam of Classy And Smart.

Another one with runs on the board was Bhagwan (Rich And Spoilt out of Serene Dreamer by Dream Away) who got to the lead from barrier 3 in the $20,000 Heineken Pace over 2130m for M0-M2 class and wasn’t headed. The race was unusually run with a slow lead time and a slow first quarter, but you don’t get paid more for running fast. The last two quarters were 28.6 and 28.8, with Bhagwan winning by just under 2m in 1:59.1. This was his 11th win and took him over $100,000 in stakes, with 26 places along the way. Bhagwan is the only foal from Serene Dreamer, the winner of 6 races. Van Atom (Sokys Atom), the dam of Serene Dreamer, produced 2 other winners in Cumbria Warrior (Dream Away) 24 wins $105,649 and Dominus (In The Pocket) 1:51 $229,120. Going Smooth (Smooth Fella) the dam of Van Atom and Van Ished (Holmes Hanover), is a half sister to the dams of Tribute (In The Pocket) 1:54.8 $587,772, Money Magnet (Fake Left) 1:57.2 $306,123, and Meredith Maguire (Christian Cullen) 1:50.2 $302,570, while Van Ished is the dam of full brothers Van Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:56 12 wins $82,656 and Easy On The Eye 1:50.7 18 wins $504,180.

An astonishingly good display by 3yo colt Soho Wall Street (Four Starzzz Shark out of Vancelot Lady by Our Sire Vancelot) saw him win the $25,000 3yo Sales Classic for colts and geldings by over 15m. Bred by Mike Howie, Soho Wall Street raced to the lead out of barrier 2 and outclassed his rivals, to bring up his 6th win. Along with 9 places, his stakes are now $52,742. Vancelot Lady, the dam of Soho Wall Street and one other winner from 3 foals of racing age, was a winner of 4 races and over $40,000.Her dam Homecoming (Talk About Class) is a full sister to Impressionist 1:57.9 23 wins and $427,005 in stakes.

Breaking the front running trend for the night, and definitely picking the right race to do so, 7yo gelding El Machine (Elsu out of Fashion Statement by New York Motoring) put his best foot forward in winning the $50,000 RWWA Cup over 2536m. Overlooked in the betting, El Machine started at very good odds of 35/1 from the inside of the back line and settled 3 back on the fence, missing all the activity outside of him as several horses sought forward positions. With a very solid lead time over the longer journey it was always going to favour the inside runners, who were all travelling well. At the top of the back straight the last time El Machine was able to move up behind the race leader and then drove up strongly to tackle the leaders, looking every bit the winner at that point. He went on to win by just under 6m in 1:58,1, with the horses running fourth and second on the rails finishing in third and fourth place behind the breeze horse. The win was the 21st for El Machine, with places giving him lifetime stakes of $223,838 with a best mile rate of 1:55.2.

Bred by Ian Davie, El Machine is the fourth foal and fourth winner from the lightly raced Fashion Statement, who now has a fifth winner with the 2yo full sister to El Machine winning 3 days later. El Machine cost $5,000 at the Yearling Sale - what a wonderful return on the investment. He has been very versatile throughout his career and is a winner of the Village Kid Sprint at Northam, and the Manea Classic at Bunbury.

Also from the inside of the second line, Tommy Be Good (Jeremes Jet out of Spicks And Specks by Golden Greek) bolted away with the Hahn Super Dry Westbred Pathway over 2130m. Settling behind the leader, Tommy Be Good had a good position with the race run in very windy conditions. With a lap to go he pushed off the rails and had the one out one back position, perfect to make a challenge. With the very brave breeze horse, 6yo mare Showstopper, running to the lead in the back straight it was inevitable that Tommy Be Good would challenge. Tommy Be Good reached the lead by the top of the home straight and went on to win by 16.5m.

Bred by Patrician Park, Tommy Be Good had his first career start as a 4yo in January 2015 and since then has won 4 times with 8 places. He is a half brother to a very handy winner in Liquid Radar (Armbro Operative) 1:57 12 wins $111,907 and 1 other winner Niseko (Bettors Delight) 1:58.8 6 wins $34,015. His unraced half sister Rapunzels Dream (Western Terror) is the dam of Glenferrie Affair (Courage Under Fire) 1:56.8 16 wins $62,506. Spicks And Specks won 5 races in her career and is the only filly from her dam Breathtaking (Classic Garry). Spicks And Specks is a half sister to Demoralizer (Crouch) 1:56.7 26 wins $358,199, and Breathtaking is a half sister to WA champion Shattering Class (Golden Greek) 62 wins $810,302.

SHE IS NO DODO

 (12 Feb) What can only be regarded as a very promising run, 5yo gelding Muscle Torque (Rich And Spoilt out of Loose Lips by Orange Sovereign) won the Cowden Insurance Broker Westbred Pace over 2130m by 6m,  his third win from only 5 starts. Muscle Torque started favourite from barrier 2 and duly led the C1-C4 field from start to finish in a mile rate of 1:57, last quarters 28.6 and 28.2. Bred by Bill Hayes of Highlight Lodge, Muscle Torque had 2 starts as a 3yo in November 2013 for a win and 4th, with his next start being a win in June 2015. An 8 month break saw him reappear again in February for a third at Pinjarra, followed by the win at Gloucester Park 11 days later.

Muscle Torque is a brother to 4 winners including full brother Shipwreck 1:52.2, 19 wins $274,938, and 3yo New World Order 1:57.8. Their race winning dam Loose Lips is a sister to 9 other winners including Miss Scoot Along (W.R.H) 1:56.7 10 wins $50,294 who is the dam of 4 winners including Jennas Speedster 1:59.8 13 wins $103,714.

Showing herself to be every bit the top filly of her class, 3yo Dodolicious (Bettors Delight out of Slick Chic by Troublemaker) did it the hard way in winning the $50,000 Cowden Limited Daintys Daughter Classic over 2130m in 1:57.4. Bred and owned by Greg Bond and trained by Greg and Skye, Dodolicious started from barrier 5 and settled one out and 2 back before the stablemate of the race leader went forward to the breeze. Dodolicious followed the move and had taken the breeze position with 1400 to go. The final 600 was a two horse war, with Dodolcious overcoming a tenacious race leader in the shadows of the post to win by a head, last quarters in 28.2 and 28.5. Dodolicous now has the almost impeccable record of 9 wins and 5 seconds from 14 starts and stake earnings of $187,853.

Dodolicous is the eighth and best foal from lightly raced winning mare Slick Chic and the eighth winner, with other winners including Cuvee Riche (Kinney Hanover) 1:58.6 10 wins $112,125.Slick Chic is a half sister to five winners including Fox Oshaughnessey (Fake Left), 1:53 35 wins $222,324. The dam of Slick Chic is Rather Slick (Maple Lanes Strike), who won one race in a short career and is a sister to 6 other winners. This is the family of Mosan Derby, brought to WA by Chris Hodgson of Kellett Lodge Stud in the 60s, who produced multiple group winners including Golden Nugget winner Sinn Fein 1:57.9 $247,359 and Sires Produce and Triple Crown winner Race Ruler.

THIS TIME ITS 6 WINNERS

(5 Feb 16) A great night for our WA bred horses with 6 winners at headquarters.!

With the advantage of barrier 1, Mynameskenny (Village Jolt out of Sandys Success by Barnett Hanover) gave his backers very little to worry about and duly won the WECAREPERTH BUSHFIRE RELIEF CONCERT Pace over 2130m. Bred and part owned by Glenn Ross, the promising 4yo entire led and won by just under 7m in 1:56.4, with last quarters in and 28 and 27.8. The win was his 11th with another 5 places bringing stakemoney earned to $75,350.

Mynameskenny is the older full brother to the very promising Lightning Jolt, with the unraced dam Sandys Success being a 100% producer with 2 winners from 2 foals.

Stepping up in class, 5yo gelding Macon Georgia (Mach Three out of Falconova by Falcon Seelster) proved his mettle with a win in the $23,000 Garrards Horse And Hound Pace for M2-M5 over 2130m. Macon Georgia went hard out from barrier 4 and led, then ran a hard first quarter 28.5. With the short priced favourite sitting on his outside with a lap and a half to go, Macon Georgia ran a very even race to hold the lead and win by 2.3m in an impressive lifetime best mile rate of 1:55.8, last quarter 28.2. The win took his stakes to $154,940 from 12 wins and 18 places.

Macon Georgia, bred and owned by Glenn Smith, showed a lot of promise early in his career with 3rd in the $100,000 Pearl, 2nd in the $100,000 2yo Westbred Classic and 2nd in the $125,000 Golden Slipper. He is the first foal from Falconova, who was a successful race mare with more than $86,000 and 13 wins to her credit in Victoria and WA.

Having only her seventh start, 3yo filly Baby She Rocks (American Ideal out of Brave Attempt by Courage Under Fire) put in a very good performance to win the $25,000 Westside Auto Wholesale 3yo Fillies Sales Classic over 2130m. Starting from the unenviable 8 on the front line, she settled one out 2 back before following a forward move in the back straight the last time. Running 3 wide and closing fast approaching the home straight, Baby She Rocks went on to win by 5m with another 7m to third place.

Bred by John Coffey’s Patrician Park, this was her 3rd win. She is the first foal out of lightly raced mare Brave Attempt, who is a half sister to Go On Tempt Me (Kinney Hanover) 2:00.2 8 wins $67,874, and Lorinda Bay (Mystical Prince) 2:01.8 7 wins $38,593 who is the dam of Scot Bay (Grinfromeartoear) 1:56.5 16 wins $123,731 and Kimba Bay (Artistic Fella) 1:57.5 16 wins $178,800.

Tempt Me Whitby (Butler B G) the dam of Brave Attempt, is a winning half sister to Typhoon Whitby (Northern Lights) 1:59.7 17 wins $163,751 who is the dam of Bronzwhaler Whitby (Mach Three) 1:55.6 19 wins $135,652 and Whitbys Rhapsodie (Astreos) the dam of Terrifying (Western Terror) 1:55.3 19 wins and $131,200 in stakes.

It was another good win to 6yo gelding Bettor Party (Bettors Delight out of Party Date by Panorama) in the $23,000 Steelos Summer Menu FFA over 1730m. Bettor Party started from barrier 1 and led with a scintillating first quarter of 27.3 setting up the race. Final quarters of 28.3 and 28.7 gave no respite and he held on to win by a neck.

Bettor Party, bred by M J Sargent, D S Hindle, is in super form with 4 wins and 4 places from his last 9 starts, and lifetime stakes of $173,970 from 18 wins and 27 places.

Bettor Party, who was sold for $20,000 at the 2011 Gloucester Standardbeds yearling Sale, is out of classy race mare Party Date 1:56 25 wins 27 places and $256,003. Party Date is a 100% producer with the great record of 5 winners from 5 foals (her 2yo filly has since won on debut).

6yo gelding Walter James (Artesian out of Manhatten Transfer by Fake Left) brought up his eleventh win in unusual style when he broke gait under hard driving before taking the lead near the winning post and galloping across the line. Having settled one out one back for most of the 2536m race, he was travelling 4 wide around the final bend before moving forward and eventually winning the $20,000 Slater Gartrell Pace for M0-M2 by just over 3m in 1:58.2. The win took his lifetime stakes to just under $85,000.

Bred by Mike Howie, Walter James is out of the lightly raced Manhatten Transfer who is out of the mare Navajo Miss (Vanston Hanover) who is a full sister to Ima Dream 1:58.3 16 wins $129,718 the dam of Left A Dream (Fake Left) 1:55.6 22 wins $153,448 and grand-dam of Left In Paris (Life Sign) 1:56.7 12 wins $151,200.

In winning the Westbred Pace over 1730m 7yo gelding Soho Monza (Pacific Fella out of Spic And Spangled by Perfect Art) won his second race from 4 starts for new trainer Kristian Hawkins. Starting from the unfavourable barrier 7 on the front he still started as favourite in a race run to suit the horses that stayed out of the speed battle for leading positions. With a first quarter of 26.8, Soho Monza had settled second last and just needed the right opportunity in the last half. He eventually grabbed the win near the winning post to win by 1.3m in a mile rate of 1:56.1. Bred and part owned by Robert Watson, the win took Soho Monza to just under $176,000 from 14 wins and 34 places.

Soho Monza is out of the winning mare Spic And Spangled, whose granddam is 1986 WA Oaks winner Spangle Black (Black Gamecock).

BUSH FIRE RELIEF CONCERT SUNDAY 7 FEB TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE SOUTH WEST

Don’t forget the “We Care South West Bushfire Relief” concert, will be held on Sunday, 7 February 2016 at Gloucester Park from 2pm to 10pm.

The devastation of the fires is still being felt by the local communities and help is going to be needed for quite some time. To help raise funds for those affected, some of Australia’s leading entertainers have volunteered to play at the concert. These include Mental As Anything, Dave Warner’s From The Suburbs, Dave Gleeson from the Screaming Jets, Daren Reid, Slim Jim and the Phatts, Daren Reid and the Soul City Groove and X-Factor’s contestants The Fisher Boys and Reigan Derry, Johnny Ruffo and Big T. Also playing are iconic Australian bands such as Eskimo Joe, who will be playing an acoustic set, Angry Anderson and a host of others.

The concert will have four separate stages with a total of more than 100 musicians taking part. Many WA companies have also provided sponsorship and support in the form of donating services or products. It will be one of the biggest family concerts in Perth, and will include a wide range of entertainment for all ages including a dedicated family-focused stage. Click here for more details.

All funds raised will go to the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund.

Tickets are available from Oztix, priced at $20 for adults, $10 for children and $50 for families (plus booking fee). Food and drinks will be available from Gloucester Park food outlets..

TWO MORE GRINNERS

(29 Jan 16) Hats off to owner breeder Bob Fowler of Allwood Stud who has shown considerable patience with 6yo gelding Icy Grin (Grinfromeartoear out of Arctic Glow by Northern Lights). Icy Grin started from barrier 5 and was wide early until sent to the lead by ace reinsman Chris Lewis. From there he controlled the race and went on to win the 2130m Daniel Smedley Westbred Pace by just under 7m in 1:57.1.

Icy Grin’s career has been characterised by a number of setbacks, with his first lifetime start being in June 2015. His previous track performances were in 2yo trials in 2013.

  Icy Grin is very well bred, being out of the unraced Arctic Glow who is the dam of multiple Group 1 winning mare Amongst Royalty (Parsons Den) 1:55.1 23 wins $570,820, Chazsalico (Prince Of Gold) 1:57 $141,515, Made Of Dreams (Parsons Den) 10 wins $39,664 and dam of Group 1 winner Straittothehilton (Rich And Spoilt), Aristocratic Glow (Northern Luck) 1:55.9 9 wins $74,756 and two other winners including Icy Grin. Arctic Glow is out of Broncroft Castle (J R Skipper) who is also the dam of Mon Poppy Day (Whats Next) 1:56.4 20 wins $318,558, Travcor (Its Levity) 1:58.7 18 wins $102,664, WA Oaks and 2yo Classic winner Parthenon (Golden Greek) 2:00 $79,920 and 5 other winners.

This is a prolific winning family, with Broncroft Castle being a half sister to Vain Franco (Holmes Hanover) the dam of Under Cover Lover (In The Pocket) 1:51.8 21 wins $864,923, Ccs Lover (Christian Cullen) 1:51.2 36 $293,361 wins, Cybersleuth (In The Pocket) 1:52 30 wins $195,071 and Front Cover Lover (Whats Next) the dam of Bettor Cover Lover (Bettors Delight) 1:53.8 19 wins $1,026,427. Broncroft Castle is also a half sister to Vonnie Franco (OK Bye) the dam of Wirrpunda (Falcon Seelster) 1:54.8 26 wins $221,626.

A great result for the Chabros family with Bettor Party (Bettors Delight out of Party Date by Panorama) taking out the $21,000 Grace Smedley Pace for M1-M3 pacers over 2130m. Bred by M Sargent and D Hindle but trained and part owned by Eric and driven by Bronson Chabros, Bettor Party continued his good form to win his 3rd race since November, with another 3 places in 7 starts. Also starting from barrier 5, Bettor Party settled one out and 2 back before taking off to lead the 3 wide line with 1000 to go. Bettor Party had worked to the front at the top of the back straight and held on to win by 3m in an excellent mile rate of 1:55.8, last quarters 28.6 and 28.8. The win took Bettor Party to $158,790 from 17 wins and 27 places with best mile rate of 1:55.

Party Date 1:56, the dam of Bettor Party, was a top race mare with over $256,000 in stakes from 25 wins and 27 places. Party Date is also the dam of 2yo $100,000 Sales Classic winner Rocknroll Whitby 1:57.7 $78,935. Boom Or Bust (Kawartha Robust), the dam of Party Date, was the dam of 6 other winners including Hello Boys (Crouch) 1:57.5 12 wins $89,541 and dam of Kiss Chasey (Yankee Sensation) 1:55.3 14 wins $127,048, and Red Hot Date (Village Jasper)1:56.5 12 wins $99,730 . Boom Or Bust is a winning half sister to 6 other winners, and is out of Boom Boom Baby (Pure Steel) who is a half sister to Dripping Diamonds (Maple Lanes Strike) the dam of Golden Goddess (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 29 wins $258,906 and Golden Gears (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 25 wins $336,466.

Worth noting for yearling buyers is lot 83 (colt by Shadow Play out of Hello Boys, and lot 36 (filly by Betterthancheddar out of a winning Courage Under Fire daughter of Hello Boys) in the 2016 Gloucester Standardbreds Yearling Sale on 21 February.

ANOTHER 5 WINNERS AT HEADQUARTERS

(22 Jan 16) After the Inter Dominion, Binshaw, San Simeon, Mares Classic, Nights of Thunder and our two biggest Cup races, it was a quieter night but good racing, with some good results for our WA bred horses.

A nice run by 6yo gelding Firebomb (Elsu out of Be Free by Torado Hanover) resulted in a win in the $18,000 Stirling Asphalt stand over 2503m. Starting sedately from the 10m line, Firebomb settled almost last before circling the field with 1700m to go and settling in the breeze. Running last quarters in 28.4 and 28.5 he wore down the race leader in the straight and won by 2.5m. The win took Firebombs lifetime earnings to nearly $115,000 from 15 wins and 14 places with best mile rate of 1:58.6. Firebomb has been in excellent form lately, and won the $30,000 Avon Waste York Cup in November.

Firebomb, bred by Colleen Lindsay, is the fifth winner and highest stake earner from the unraced mare Be Free, who is out of the outstanding broodmare Larrakeyah Lady (Windshield Wiper) 2:02.5 11 wins and $78,131. Larrakeyah Lady is the dam of the winners of over $2 million including Safe And Sound (Safely Kept) 1:57, 33 wins and $995,606, Massaarua (Armbro Operative) 1:55.8 42 wins $282,692, Gold Rocket (Armbro Operative) 1:51.0  36 wins $393,387,  The Good Times (Live Or Die) 1:54.4 17 wins $200,899. She is also the dam of Dreams (Whats Next) - winner and granddam of Exciteusinthecity (Metropolitan) 1:52.9 $240,537, unraced mare Lifeline (Classic Garry) dam of winners of nearly $450,000 and granddam of Beauty Secret (Armbro Operative) 1:52.4 24 wins $425,921 and Major Secret (Art Major) 1:55.6 14 wins and $294,73.

It was another good performance from 8yo gelding Atlastalone (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Classy And Smart by Fake Left) to win Heat 3 of the Im Themightyquinn Series for M0 pacers. Starting from 6 on the front line he settled towards the rear before going round the field with a lap and a half to go and settled in the breeze. Atlastalone got to the lead turning into the home straight for the run home and went on to win by 5m with another 5m to third, last quarters 28.7 and 28.4. He has been in good form this season with  the win bringing his tally to 9 starts for 3 wins and 3 places, and lifetime tally to 10 wins and 13 places for just over $85,000 in stakes. His best mile rate of 1:56.2 was set in a Heat of the San Simeon in December.

Bred and owned by Ross Waddell of Gloucester Standardbreds, Atlastalone is out of classy mare Classy And Smart 1:56.8, 14 wins $104,828 who is a full sister Barrochelli  1:58.1 13 wins $85,971. Rich And Racy (Preux Chevalier), the dam of Classy And Smart, is a winning full or half sister to 9 other winners and a half sister to Elite Dynasty (Vance Hanover) the dam of 6 winners including Son Of Fergie (Totally Western) 1:53.2, 27 wins $374,325, and Elite Angel (Safely Kept) 1:56.7 12 wins $128,702.

In spite of drawing 9 on the front 4yo gelding Mynameskenny (Village Jolt out of Sandys Success by Barnett Hanover) started favourite and didn’t let his backers down with a win in the Ross North Homes Westbred Pathway over 2130m. Bred and part owned by Glenn Ross, Mynameskenny settled last before following a 3 wide move with a lap to go. Running four wide in the back straight he quickly made up ground and swept to the front entering the home straight for the run home. He went on to win by 3.4m in 1:56.2 with 2nd and 3rd quarters of 28.8 and 28.9 the fastest for the race. His lifetime earnings are now $69,825 from 10 wins and 5 places with a best mile rate of 1:55.4. His season tally is 4 wins and a second from 5 starts, with his race manners costing him the win at his only loss this season.

Sandys Success, the dam of Mynameskenny, has had two foals for two winners, including Mynameskenny’s impressive younger full brother Lightning Jolt 1:56.4 $47,295. Sandys Success was unraced but her maternal line has produced the likes of Lombo Navigator (Million To One) 1:53.3, 24 wins $554,522 stakes, and Tasmanian and $150,000 Victorian Oaks winner and Australian 3yo filly of the year Barynya (Blissfull Hall) 1:55.7 15 wins and 10 places from 34 starts and $285,149.

Setting his lifetime best mark of 1:56.1, 5yo gelding Macon Georgia (Mach Three out of Falconova by Falcon Seelster) took full advantage of a good barrier and a sit behind the race leader when he started from the inside of the back row and just won the $20,000 Beau Rivage Restaurant at Gloucester Park Pace for M0-M2 pacers over 2130m. With an evenly run race and last quarters in 28.9 and 28.7 Macon Georgia was able to come off the back of the race leader and grab the lead on the post, with another 7m to the 3rd horse.  Bred and owned by Glenn Smith, his lifetime earnings are now $137,870 from 11 wins and 17 places.

Macon Georgia is the first foal of NZ mare Falconova, who won $86,416 from 13 wins and 24 places in Victoria and WA.

Starting from barrier 1 and favourite, 3yo filly Mary Katherine (Art Major out of Easy Riter by Getting it Right) was never likely to lose and won the $18,000 Cowden Insurance 3yo Fillies Pace over 2130m in an amazing 1:56.3. Amazing because after moving from the Gary Hall stables earlier this month she has run 2 thirds and a first in 7 days, demonstrating just how tough she is. Bred by Robert Sheehy and M Pumfrey but owned by Robert, she has now won a credible $60,768 from 5 wins and 7 places from just 14 starts, with her best mile rate 1:55.6.

Easy Riter (Classic Garry), the dam of Mary Catherine, won over $39,000 from a career of 4 wins and 31 places. She comes from one of Dr Tom Early’s foundation mares in Star Song, who produced, through King Oro and Wrack Again, many of WA’s top horses in the 60’s.

PACING CUP NIGHT

My Hard Copy put in a great race to win his second Pacing Cup, with a brave Devendra failing by just over a metre to hold out the fast finishing winner after (quote from race caller) "one of the most fleeting shots for the lead you are ever likely to see in a big race" by My Hard Copy's stablemate John Of Arc forced Devendra and breeze horse Lovers Delight to use up very valuable energy to retain their positions. Mohegan Sun ran out of his skin to win the Nights of Thunder Final in 1:53. Both My Hard Copy and Mohegan Sun are by outstanding sire American Ideal, who was included in the 2015 WASBA's Stallion Service Raffle.

(15 January) 6yo mare Paid Twice (Blissfull Hall out of Shoalwater Whitby by Holmes Hanover) showed that discretion is the better part of valour in the $20,000 Kai Constructions Pace for M0-M2 mares when she had the early race lead from barrier 2 but with a lead time of 35.2 Kyle Harper wisely conceded the lead to the favourite and sat behind. With the favourite travelling comfortably in the back straight the last time, Paid Twice valiantly stuck to her back and then surprised many by running down the favourite in the straight, going on to win by 2.7m in a lifetime best of 1:55.9 over the 2130m, last quarters 28.9 and 28.3. Bred by Ed Dewar, this was her 5th and clearly best win from only 28 starts, with stakes of $33,437.

Shoalwater Whitby, the dame of Paid Twice is a race winning half sister to Whitbys Magic (Magic Fella) 1:58.2 13 wins $115,939.Whitby Bay (Tarport Adios), the dam of Shoalwater Whitby is out of Appro Bay (Scottish Bret) and is a half sister to 4 winners including Bow And Arrow (Afella Rainbow) 1:58 15 wins $96,179.

7yo gelding Soho Monza (Pacific Fella out of Spic And Spangled by Perfect Art), having his second start for his new trainer, gave his connections a great thrill by winning the  $8,500 Hi Temp Services Pace for M0-M3. Starting favourite from barrier 1, he was always going to lead over the 2130m journey and he followed through with a relatively fast lead time of 36.2 and final quarters of 28.7 and 28.3 to win by 2.5m. Bred by esteemed breeder Robert Watson, the win took him to $169,242 from 13 wins 33 places. The mile rate of 1:56 was his lifetime best. As a 2yo Soho Monza won the $50,000 Westbred Classic and was second in the 2yo $100,000 State Sires Series Classic.

Soho Monza is the first foal from winning mare Spic And Spangled, whose dam Spangledempress (Pure Steel)  is a daughter of 1986 WA Oaks winner Spangle Black (Black Gamecock).

Showing a clean pair of heels out of the gate, 5yo gelding Bhagwan recorded his second consecutive win when he led from barrier 7 in the $8,500 Retravision Pace over 2536m. Starting favourite, he broke clear entering the straight and drew away to win by nearly 7m with another 4m to the third horse, previous winner Astra Boy. A very meritorious effort over the stayers distance with last quarters 28.2 and 28.9.

Bhagwan is out of Serene Dreamer, winner of 6 races and from a strong NZ maternal line which has produced horses like Foreal (Washington VC) 1:55.8 $623,872. Closer up in the pedigree Van Atom (Sokys Atom), the dam of Serene Dreamer, produced 2 other winners in Cumbria Warrior (Dream Away) 24 wins and $105,649 stakes and Dominus (In The Pocket) 1:51 $229,120.  Going Smooth (Smooth Fella) the dam of Van Atom and Van Ished (Holmes Hanover),  is a half sister to the dams of Tribute (In The Pocket) 1:54.8 $587,772, Money Magnet (Fake Left) 1:57.2 $306,123, Meredith Maguire (Christian Cullen) 1:50.2 $302,570, while Van Ished is the dam of Van Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:56 12 wins $82,656 and Easy On The Eye (Christian Cullen) 1:54 17 wins $450,950.

WASBA DONATES TO ASSIST BUSH FIRE VICTIMS

(15 January) The recent South West fires have been very devastating and in an effort to assist, WASBA has made a donation through one of our sponsors, Budget Stockfeeds (08) 93971659, who are working with Smart Stockfeeds in Bunbury to assist with feed supplies and other requirements for affected people and animals. Milne Feeds, who are also one of our sponsors, have assisted as well by donating feed, and Ramsays Horse Transport, the parent company of another sponsor BEC Horse Transport, have also provided transport assistance and facilities.

There was much appreciated industry support at Gloucester Park on Friday 15 January, where Gloucester Park Harness Racing donated 25% of their proceeds from ticket sales on the night to the Lord Mayors Distress Relief Fund. Community TAB, Greyhounds WA and Perth Racing also donated to the Lord Mayors Fund.

The Western Australia Horse Council WAHC has received offers of help and support and if anyone is looking for assistance they can check the businesses listed on the WAHC website http://wahorsecouncil.com.au/information.html or https://www.facebook.com/WA-Horse-Council-194894953913813/?fref=ts . If you would like to make a donation you can contact Budget Stockfeeds or one of the other companies coordinating assistance. You can also donate, or apply for assistance, to the Lord Mayors Distress Relief Fund http://www.appealswa.org.au/index.html .

Feedstocks over the next few months will be critically short through the bushfire affected areas so please keep this in mind if you are able to assist in any way.

HEARTACHE IN THE SOUTH WEST AND THUNDER AT GLOUCESTER PARK

(8 Jan 16) Eerily, on Nights of Thunder heat night, and Fremantle Pacing Cup night, there were some scratchings throughout the program due to the devastating fires in the South West, which prevented many starters from reaching Gloucester Park. The Busselton and Bunbury meetings were also cancelled due to the fires.

The $21,000 Nights of Thunder Heats produced some exciting racing, not least of which was the 1:53.3 mile rate set by 7yo gelding Ti Amo Franco (Franco Terminator out of Ti Amo Lombo by Northern Lights) in Heat 2. Bred by D Jackson and E and R Annandale, he led from barrier 2 and sizzled over the 1730m distance with last quarters in 28.1 and 27.6. Ti Amo Franco’s mile rate was 2 seconds faster than the first heat, guaranteeing  most of the runners in the second Heat a start in the final.  The win took Ti Amo Franco’s tally to 13 wins and 30 places for $131,636 in stakes. It was a return to form for Ti Amo Franco who had good success in February and March 2015.

Ti Amo Lombo, the dam of Ti Amo Franco, is out of the mare Victory In Paris (Adios Vic) who is a half sister to 8 other winners including Like A Tiger (Apollos Way) 1:58.7 $110,094 and Mon Shekhan (Getting It Right) 1:58.1 $101,280.

Showing his versatility, a very worthwhile trait, 7yo gelding Copagrin (Grinfromeartoear out of Red Hot Copper by Fake Left) produced his second consecutive win when he was successful in the $19,000 Shop Laundry & Cleaning Appliances at Retravision Discretionary Stand over 2503m. Starting from the 20m line, Copagrin settled at the rear and raced there for most of the race which was highlighted by an early speed battle for the lead. Copagrin took off three wide entering the back straight the last time and with a very solid burst had hit the front before leaving the back straight and went on to win by 9.6m in 1:58.5. The win took his lifetime stakes to $213,131 from 18 wins and 17 places.

Red Hot Copper, the dam of Copagrin and Copper Beach Girl, only raced 8 times for 1 win and 5 places and she has produced 3 winners from her 4 foals. Her dam Copper Strike (Maple Lanes Strike) was a top race mare, winning 13 races as well as a Sires Produce and Diamond Classic. She has produced 5 winners from 6 foals including Willowleaf Boy (Perfect Art) 1:57.7 $74,200. This family has always produced winners, with Renaud Express (Renaud), the dam of Copper Strike producing 3 foals for 3 winners.

Another good result, and in a close finish 5yo gelding Bhagwan (Rich And Spoilt out of Serene Dreamer by Dream Away) just held on to win by a head from the breeze horse in the first heat of the Retravision Im Themightyquinn for M0 horses over 2130m. Bred by N Warren, E Barrett and D McAuliffe, Bhagwan showed good speed from barrier 5 and led, and fairly solid quarters followed with the breeze horse Mynameskenny over-racing and putting pressure on with more a lap to go. Bhagwan was headed but held his position and with the last three quarters in 29.8, 28.0 and 28.3 it was a very good effort from both M0 horses. The win took Bhagwan’s stake earnings to just over $81,000 from 9 wins and 25 places.

Bhagwan is the only foal from his dam Serene Dreamer, who was the winner of $35,820 from 6 wins and 12 places with a best mile rate of 1:58. Serene Dreamer is a full sister to Cumbria Warrior 24 wins and $105,649 stakes and a half sister to Dominus (In The Pocket 1:51 $229,120. Van Atom (Sokys Atom), the dam of Serene Dreamer, is a half sister to Van Ished (Holmes Hanover) who is the dam of Christian Cullen sons Easy On The Eye 1:54 17 wins $461,580 and Van Cullen 1:56, 12 wins $82,656.

It has been a good few weeks for 5yo gelding Astra Boy (Village Jasper out of Astra Miss by Fake Left) who won the Retravision Westbred Pace over 2130m for M1 class. Bred by D Prentice and D Brown, Astra Boy continued his good country form and won his first ever race at Gloucester Park. Starting from barrier 2 on the front, Astra Boy settled one out one back. Astra Boy appeared to struggle briefly when caught out by the 28.6 of the second quarter, but recovered well to move forward at the top of the straight and he was in front turning for home, winning by 3.4m with the last quarter in 28.7 and the mile rate 1:57. The win took Astra Boy to just over $47,000 from 7 wins and 8 places, with 5 wins, 4 places and $33,049 coming from just this season.

Astra Miss, the dam of Astra Boy, is a winning half sister to 4 other winners and comes from the same family as The Final Word (Whats Next) 1:55.7, 19 wins $138,407, Raymon John (Northern Luck) 1:54 13 wins $83,563 and Village Hero (Village Jasper) 1:56.1 16 wins and $182,133 in stakes.

HITTING HIS STRAPS

(1 Jan 16) Another promising WA bred horse, the 4yo Mynameskenny (Village Jolt out of Sandys Success by Barnett Hanover) put in a strong run to win the  Brear & Doonan Westbred Pace. Bred and part owned by Glenn Ross, he was favourite even though he was starting from barrier 11 on the second line. He settled midfield and with two laps to go, Mynameskenny went forward to take the breeze position. He moved up to tackle the leader out of the back straight the last time and reached the lead entering the home straight.  Having accounted for the race leader, he went on to win by 6.4m in 1:57, last quarters 29.3 and 28.3. It was another good run from Mynameskenny, who now has lifetime earnings of $61,751 from 9 wins and 4 places and best mile rate of 1:55.4. His 3 starts this season have resulted in 3 wins.

Mynameskenny is a full brother to 3yo gelding Lightning Jolt 1:56.4 4 wins $48,295.Their dam Sandys Success, was unraced but has a good family behind her. Her granddam Pamela Valentine (Whats Next) is the dam of Pamper (Parsons Den) 1:57.3 $80330. Pamela Valentine is out of the broodmare gem Minerva Reef (Surmo Hanover) who produced 10 winners including The Maitre Dee (French Chef) 19 wins $107,161, Crimson Lake (Northern Lights) 1:55.9, 13 wins $74,000 and Princess Talaria, the granddam of Lombo Navigator (Million To One) 1:53.3, 24 wins $554,522 stakes, and Tasmanian and $150,000 Victorian Oaks winner Barynya (Blissfull Hall) 1:55.7 15 wins and 10 places from 34 starts and $285,149.

(1 Jan) 7yo gelding Copagrin (Grinfromeartoear out of Red Hot Copper by Fake Left) took full advantage of barrier 1 in the $21,000 Abbott & Co Pace for M1-M3 over 2130m and won nicely by just under 6m. Bred by Mike Sue and Ian Howie, Copagrin took his winning tally to 17 wins and 17 places for just over $200,000 with a best mile rate of 1:54.7.

Copagrin is a half-brother to former smart mare Copper Beach Girl (Jennas Beach Boy) 1:56.2, 14 wins and 24 placings for stakes of $156,851. Included in her wins was the 2011 WASBA Breeders Stakes. Red Hot Copper, the dam of Copagrin, is a half sister to Willowleaf Boy (Perfect Art) 1:57.7 $74,200 and Strike North (Northern Lights) 2:00.8 $81,239 and is out of the mare Copper Strike (Maple Lanes Strike) 1:58.8 13 wins $91,644 including the 3yo fillies Sires Produce and the 3yo fillies Diamond Classic.


BACK TO NORMAL

(18 December) The Inters series was great, back to the true Inter Dominion series. Now its back to the usual racing program, with a few programming changes as a result of the Inters scheduling.

One of our up and coming fillies! A great run by now 3yo filly Dodolicious (Bettors Delight out of Slick Chic by Troublemaker) produced another win for this promising filly in the $18,000 Hi-Temp Services 3yo Fillies Pace. Starting favourite, the Greg and Skye Bond trained filly led from barrier 2 and won by 5.3m, running the 2130m journey in 1:58.5 with last quarters in 28.8 and a scintillating 26.8. Bred and owned by Greg, the filly has now had 12 starts for 7 wins and 5 seconds, with 2 wins and 2 seconds this season. Dodolicious has already got lifetime earnings of $150,303 and a best mile rate of 1:56.8. 

Slick Chic, the dam of Dodolicious, had only a 4 start race career, winning one race as a 2yo at Kalgoorlie. She has excelled at stud, producing 8 winners from 8 foals including Cuvee Rich (Kinney Hanover) 1:58.6 10 wins $112,125, Sir Slick (Kinney Hanover) 1:56.6 8 wins $54,366 and Slickman (Armbro Intercept) 1:59.8 10 wins $50,885. Slick Chic is out of Rather Slick (Maple  Lanes Strike) and is a half sister to Fox Oshaughnessey (Fake Left), 1:53 35 wins $222,324. This family descends from the South Australian mare Mosan Derby who was brought to WA by the Hodgson family and became a foundation mare of Kellett Lodge Stud. The family contains multiple Group 1 and 2 winners  including Golden Nugget winner Sinn Fein 1:57.9 $247,359.

2015 PERTH INTER DOMINION

(13 December 15) Sunday 13 December saw some terrific racing, with Queensland bred Cold Major (Art Major) winning the $25,000 Kai Construction Pace in 1:54.8, NZ bred and locally raced Three Blind Mice (Santanna Blue Chip) winning the $25,000 Heat of the Drivers Challenge, the $50,000 Tabtouch Inters Consolation going to NSW bred Major Crocker (Art Major), NZ bred and locally raced Ima Connoisseur (Bettors Delight) winning the $50,000 San Simeon Final.

The $200,000 Golden Nugget went to top class favourite, NZ bred and locally trained Beaudiene Boaz (Badlands Hanover) and NZ bred visitor Nike Franco (McArdle) won the $125,000 Mares Classic.

WA Sales graduate Earl of Charity (Earl) super impressively won the $50,000 Trotters Cup by 25m, making it 9 wins from 11 starts.

NSW bred Lennytheshark (Four Starzzz Shark) won the big one, the $1,300,000 Inter Dominion Grand Final from a very gallant Lovers Delight (Bettors Delight), who along with Devendra was the find of the series. Congratulations should go however to all the runners in the heats and final who all toughed it out of 3 days of Heat racing. There was only one scratching for the series.

Following a win in his Heat, 7yo gelding Major Catastrophe (Art Major) proved to strong in the $50,000 Binshaw Final  in a very close finish after racing outside the leader most of the way. Final quarters were very impressive - 27.7 and 28.8. The win took his stake earnings for the season to over $46,000, with lifetime stakes of $308,055 from 22 wins and 26 places.

THE (TWO) NIGHTS BEFORE THE 2015 PERTH INTER DOMINION GRAND FINAL

(11 December 15) A bit like the night before Christmas, but there was some very good racing and 3 locally bred quality winners.

Showing new zest with new trainer Kristian Hawkins, 7yo mare Formyeyesonly (Pacific Fella out Gena Doro by Classic Garry) showed some class in winning the 1730m Pathway by 1.9m in a very good mile rate of 1:56.1, first quarter 28.9 and last quarter 27.5. Bred and part owned by P E and I J Avins, Formyeyesonly went forward from barrier 5 before settling one out and one back, then sprinted quickly up to the leaders on the home turn before taking the lead and going to the line impressively. The win took her lifetime stakes to $39,390 from 6 wins and 11 places.

Gena Doro, the dam of Formyeyesonly, was a winner of 7 races herself, and is a full sister to the granddam of Centrefold Angel (Legacy Of Power)1:55.2, 14 wins and $237,348 in stakes. The dam of Gena Doro was another good race winning mare in Go Go Gena (Romeo Hanover), who is is out of Papagena (King Oro), dam of 10 winners from 16 foals and one of WAs best maternal families from the 60s and 70s.

A good effort from 6yo gelding Delete And Deny (Elsu out of Russ Collette by Christian Cullen) in the Westbred Pathway over the staying distance of 2536m, showing a clean pair of heels to lead all the way and win by 7.6m with speedy last quarters of 28.6 and 27.6. Bred by Total Strategy Pty Ltd, the win took Delete And Deny to total stakes of $28130 from 5 wins and 5 places.